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The pillars of their faith—the Bible doctrines that define who they are as a people—have been thoroughly studied out in the Scripture and have been attested to by the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.
As Ellen White put it, "When the power of God testifies as to what is truth, that truth is to stand forever as the truth. Men will arise with interpretations of Scripture which are to them truth, but which are not truth.
The truth for this time, God has given us as a foundation for our faith.
Robert Johnston noted, “Without repudiating the past leading of the Lord, it [the Seventh-day Adventist church] seeks even to understand better what that leading was.
The 28 fundamental beliefs constitute the church's official doctrinal position.
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The first fundamental belief of the church stated that "The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of [God's] will." Adventist theologians generally reject the "verbal inspiration" position on Scripture held by many conservative evangelical Christians.
They believe instead that God inspired the thoughts of the biblical authors, and that the authors then expressed these thoughts in their own words.
Adventists generally reject higher critical approaches to Scripture.
The 1986 statement Methods of Bible Study, "urge[s] Adventist Bible students to avoid relying on the use of the presuppositions and the resultant deductions associated with the historical-critical method." Seventh-day Adventist approaches to theology are affected by the level of authority accorded the writings of Ellen White.