Progressive Adventism Credimus


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We believe in the natural constant of change over time. Guided by traditions & inspired by our founders before us, we lift up each other and those around us, engaging doctrines and challenging community in growth.

We believe that genuine dialogue leads to understanding, that consensus is often guided by human pride and we seek not the things of this earth but of those in heaven above.

We believe that the Divine inspires all through His Spirit. Claiming our Adventist heritage of Present Truth, we celebrate a Christianity of inclusion and tolerance, relating the Divine through our interactions communally and individually.

We believe that love, as taught by Jesus, is the highest of Divine Principles, the fruit of which bears out in our interactions with each other. We seek to understand various cultures not simply pronounce judgment.

We believe that together, in communion with God, we have been called to a higher purpose, “testing all things and holding fast to that which is good.” Through our forums and publications we advocate for change, not for the sake of popularity but for revelation and understanding.

We believe that God is still speaking and guiding us today, that the church should not put a period where God has placed a comma. We seek to enter into a divine covenant with God, making known His will.

We believe that progression is at the heart of God’s revelation, that He wills for His children to utilize the minds He has given them. We believe that in affirming our traditions we have yet a responsibility to creatively integrate our knowledge and faith.

We believe these things because He believes in our ability, for He has given all of us the capacity to reason and challenges us to use it. He is forever the inspiration of and the answer to our questions.

The following was written in Southern Adventist University's "The Accent" under the title 'Progressive Adventism.' The poem "Progressive Adventism Credimus" was written in response to that poem.

We believe what everyone else believes only rejecting what we once believed doctrines are just obstacles obstacles are just burdens and burdens are unpreachable

We believe in making the crowd happy telling them what they want to hear to soften them up year by year but not to conviction why make them sneer when we could have them cheer?

We believe that standards are no fun that pushing the envelope must be done even if we make others unhappy exposing our agenda because all we want to do is make us happy

We believe that every kind of music is acceptable except for dull hymns which cannot be accepted music is art and art is pleasure pleasure is desired and desire should not be restrained only to the point that it doesn't hurt anyone to the best of our definition of hurt to the best of our definition of definition

We believe we should be a great social club even though we do not believe its one worth inviting others to the fun evangelisim is antiquated and should be trashed other religions deserve a fair chance even though by accepting everything we reject anything

We believe that progression is good what's new is best even though novelty itself is getting old we should be hip and in and preach instead of the gospel some popular trend

Now if progression has been made a god then Christ is replaced instead of a cross self becomes boss leaving not a religion that is true but one that we want only to leave us wanting


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/431