Object of Publications to Exalt God. --The great object of our publications is to exalt God, to call men’s attention to the living truths of His word. God calls upon us to lift up, not our own standard, not the standard of this world, but His standard of truth. (Purpose and Objectives of Seventh-day Adventist Institutions)
To Proclaim Saving Truths and Coming Judgments.—The publications and periodicals that come from our presses have a definite and far-reaching work to do. These papers are not to repeat and discuss the errors that are all the time coming in to divert the mind from what is truth. Let the articles deal with the truths of the word of God, giving clear instruction regarding the saving truths for this time, and warning of the near approach of the judgments of God and the end of all things:—Counsels to Writers and Editors, 14
Effectual Means of Soulsaving.—Our institutions were established to serve as an effectual means of advancing the work of soulsaving. Those connected with them are to study how they can help the institution, not how they can take the most out of the treasury. If they grasp more than is their due, they hinder the cause of God.—Selected Messages 2:183.
A responsibility to spread the knowledge of right principles rests upon all who have received the light. This responsibility should be felt by every man and woman who claims to be a Seventh-day Adventist, and much more by those who are connected with our institutions. All should realize that these institutions are an important part of the Lord’s great work for the salvation of souls. Let it be the aim of all to be laborers together with God for the uplifting of humanity. All should be educators by precept and example.—Selections from Testimonies to the Managers and Workers in our Institutions, 3, 4. POSDAI 5.2
To see the full restoration of God’s character in the life of every believer, through obedience to the Word of God, under the influence of the Holy Spirit. We seek to be a part of a mighty harvest of souls, looking forward to the imminent return of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
The Seven Pillars of Adventism
Ellen White wrote on these landmarks or pillars, "Let the truths that are the foundation of our faith be kept before the people. Some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. They talk science, and the enemy comes in and gives them an abundance of science; but it is not the science of salvation. It is not the science of humility, of consecration, or of the sanctification of the spirit. We are now to understand what the pillars of our faith are,-- the truths that have made us as a people what we are, leading us on step by step.--" Review and Herald, May 25, 1905
The seven pillars along with the Second Coming are embodied within Adventism's 28 fundamental beliefs as follows-
The faith of Jesus
The Remnant and Its Mission (the three angels’ messages and Rev. 14)
The Gift of Prophecy
Christ's Ministry in the Heavenly Sanctuary
Death and Resurrection and the Millennium
Pillar #1: The Sanctuary. What makes this a pillar of Adventism, friends? That’s right, the Bible tells us that Christ is in Heaven right now, in God the Father’s presence, ministering on our behalf (see Heb. 9:24). The work of atonement is only complete when mankind’s great High Priest finishes ministering there (Lev. 16), and sin is forever eradicated from the universe. Most other folks sharing space on our planet either don’t teach this Bible truth or else neglect it, whether consciously or otherwise.
Pillar #2: Death. The Bible plainly teaches that when people die, they enter into a temporary state of unconsciousness, out of which God awakens them at one of the resurrections. Jesus declared that His dead friend Lazarus was asleep (read Jn. 11:11–14), and from righteous Abel down to the last saint who will ever die, all sleep in Christ (see 1 Cor. 15:18). Let your fondest hopes overflow as you try to picture this: Jesus’ silver trumpet sounds as He descends on a great cloud, wrapped in flames of fire. Looking on the graves of the sleeping saints, He raises His hands to Heaven, crying, “Awake, awake, awake, ye that sleep in the dust, and arise!” There is a mighty earthquake. Graves open, and the dead come up clothed with immortality.
Pillar #3: The Second Advent. It’s in the heart of our denominational name. We’ve always been about proclaiming Christ’s advent near. Jesus Himself gives us many signs of His return in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21, laying stress on its suddenness and the urgent need for His followers to be ready. Heb. 9:28 tells us that He shall appear a second time,when His work to get rid of sin is finished in the heavenly sanctuary. One of Jesus’ parting promises was, “I will come again” (Jn. 14:3).
Pillar #4: The Millennium. The 20th chapter of Revelation talks a lot about a period of 1,000 years, or a millennium, the time between two resurrections. The people who have loved Jesus are raised to life at the first resurrection, and the unrepentant, stubborn sinners resume their hateful habits at the second one.
Pillar #5: The Three Angels’ Messages of Revelation 14. I can’t think of another religious group in the world that teaches the importance of these three messages, which are an urgent call for every honest-hearted soul on Earth to worship our Creator, keep all His commandments, and pull away from those persons or institutions teaching a misdirecting Babel of untrue doctrines (see Rev. 14:6–12).
Pillar #6: The Spirit of Prophecy. The Bible’s concluding book makes it plain that the Devil hates God’s last-day church, symbolized in Rev. 12:17 as a pure woman, whose very last-born generation, or seed, keep all 10 of God’s commandments and have the testimony of Jesus Christ, and that testimony is His special gift of the Spirit of Prophecy (see Rev. 19:10). We believe that Ellen Harmon (later White) possessed that gift.
Pillar #7: The Seventh-Day Sabbath. The Bible couldn’t be clearer on any teaching than it is on this one: “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: . . In six days the Lord made heaven and Earth, . .. and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath, and hallowed it” (Ex. 20:10, 11). Together with the Second Advent, it’s in the very heart of our name.