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This view is popularly known as "thought inspiration", and most Adventist members hold to that view.
According to Ed Christian, former JATS editor, "few if any ATS members believe in verbal inerrancy".
James White explained, “The church [has] ever had a present truth.
The present truth now, is that which shows present duty, and the right position for us…” ”Present truth is present truth, and not future truth, and the Word as a lamp shines brightly where we stand, and not so plainly on the path in the distance.” Ellen White pointed out that “present truth, which is a test to the people of this generation, was not a test to the people of generations far back.” The founders of the SDA church had a dynamic concept of what they called present truth, opposed to creedal rigidity, and had an openness to new theological understandings that built upon the landmark doctrines, or Pillars of Adventism that had made them a people.
It is always open to better insights to learn—to seek for truth as for hid treasure. Adventists are still pilgrims on a doctrinal journey who do not repudiate the way marks, but neither do they remain stopped at any of them.” A "Valuegenesis" study in 2000 of students at Adventist high schools in North America showed a generally high acceptance of the church's beliefs, with some such as marriage within the same faith, the remnant, Ellen White's gift of prophecy, and the investigative judgment with acceptance rates less than 63% percent.
"In looking at the research this may be because over the first ten years of Valuegenesis research, fewer young people were reading their Bibles and Ellen White.
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.
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.
It has received worldwide review and input, although is not an official statement.
It concludes that a proper understanding will avoid the two extremes of regarding her "writings as functioning on a canonical level identical with Scripture, or […] considering them as ordinary Christian literature." Adventist theology is distinctly Protestant, and holds much in common with Evangelicalism in particular.
Furthermore, a traditionally historicist approach to prophecy has led Adventists to develop a unique system of eschatological beliefs which incorporates a commandment-keeping "remnant", a universal end-time crisis revolving around the law of God, and the visible return of Jesus Christ prior to a millennial reign of believers in heaven.
The Seventh-day Adventist denomination expresses its official teachings in a formal statement known as the 28 Fundamental Beliefs.
The 28 fundamental beliefs constitute the church's official doctrinal position.