Seventh-Day Adventists/Your belief


Greetings Tom, what exactly do you belief?

Although I was raised, like all 20th century Adventists, as an Old Covenant, legalistic SDA, I am now a New Covenant SDA.  

I have long ago repented for my Old Covenant views and false SDA doctrines.  

Traditional, Takoma Park Adventism is full of error, myth, and historic manipulation.  Thus the 28 Fundamentals are not to be viewed as correct or even honest.  They are full of false and legalistic doctrine like the IJ, Old Covenant Tithing and Sabbath keeping, as well as Jewish food laws, and the myth of abstinence, and even inocrrect hermeneutics.    

There is a long list of SDA errors that must be corrected by anyone that understands the Gospel and church history correctly.  While many are blind to these issues, I am not one of them.  So I have no choice but to repudiate the many errors of Traditional, Old Covenant Adventism.  

However, that does not mean that I do not embrace the genuine history or the doctrinal Fundamentals and eschatological mission that defines 7th day Adventism.  I do.  There is much truth in the Three Angels Messages, and none of it should be wasted.

So what am I?


As a New Covenant, Reformed SDA, I embrace all 7 Pillars in the Three Angels Messages, including the Protestant Gospel and the 2nd Coming as the Judgment pillar in the 1st Angels Message.

I also agree with the SDA doctrine about the State of Dead, which is the same correct view as the great Gospel Reformer, Martin Luther, long before the SDA’s existed.  Few know this fact.

As for the Lord’s Day, the SDA’s were correct to teach that Sunday is a fraud and that only the 7th day can be the biblical Sabbath for the church.  But they were wrong to think that the Gospel Sabbath prohibits work.  Thus the genuine Lord’s Day is really an active Sabbath, where none are guilty or judged for working on the 7th day.  

So there is an improved doctrine of the Sabbath waiting for the SDA’s to embrace, if they ever wake up.

It is time for the Advent Movement to transition from its’ present, Old Covenant, Judaizing paradigm, into a New Covenant Gospel Movement as envisioned in Rev 18.  Where the Gospel teachings of Christ are fully embraced and the pursuit of truth, eschatological clarity, and Adventist mission are once again made central.

The Advent Movement, with its unfolding prophecy of the Three Angels Messages, is part of the plan of God.  It mission is not complete.  It still has a duty to prepare the Laodicean church for the Great Tribulation and the Judgment Day, which follows.  There is much work to be done in a short time.  Adventist Reform has the answer.

So I say again, it is time for the SDA’s to wake up and repudiate Traditional, Old Covenant Adventism.  

Why?  So they can move forward to the next and final Advent Message, which is the 4th Angels Message of Rev 18.

The best days of Adventism are in the future, but only if they repent of their Old Covenant errors and embrace Gospel Adventism.

Matt. 11:15 “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

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I can answer most any question about church history and theology, starting from 1818 when William Miller articulated the 1st Angels Message that became the foundation of the Adventist Movement. While this first prophetic message terminated in the spring of 1844, it was followed by what Adventists refer to as the 2nd Angels Message, which dates from the spring of 1844 until the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By 1847, the 3rd Angels Message had been developed and this Sabbatarian theology represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Moreover, I can explain the historical and theological development of the SDA denomination from its beginning and on through the great Battle Creek schism that forced the SDA's to retreat to Takoma Park. Here the 20th century church recovered from their internal battles that had erupted at the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis over the definition of the law and the Gospel. Fearing another repeat of this disaster, President Daniels, determined to hide this debate. However, this policy led to more conflict, especially over the role and authority of Ellen White, a unique and accomplished religious writer that had remarkable spiritual gifts. However, by the decade of the 1970`s, the church once again erupted into debate. The hierarchy settled the turmoil in 1980 with the trial of Dr. Desmond Ford at Glacier View. Here Dr. Ford was exiled because he supposedly disagreed with Ellen White over the Fundamentals. But this controversial action resulted in another major schism that is still in progress today.


Tom Norris was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. He attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate. Over the years he has also interviewed a number of prominent Adventist scholars, theologians, and Pastors ranging from the late Arthur White to the exiled Dr. Desmond Ford. In addition, he has amassed a large private library, which includes numerous rare books and manuscripts about Adventist theology and history. He is presently the online editor of Adventist Reform, and can be found at Adventist for Tomorrow answering questions online about SDA theology and history as well as promoting Adventist Reform.

Tom Norris attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate.

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