Statement of Consensus
THE BIBLE, THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY,
AND THE CHURCH
We, the attendees at the First Spirit of Prophecy Symposium in Africa, held at the Adventist University of Africa, Kenya, 27-30 July 2016, with full confidence in the end-time prophetic guidance through the ministry of Ellen White (1827-1915), adopt the following Statement of Consensus:
- We reaffirm our full commitment to the Bible as the only rule of faith and practice, recognizing that the Bible itself lists the prophetic gift among the gifts of the Holy Spirit intended to build up the Christian church toward “the unity of the faith” and “the fullness of Christ” (Eph 4:11-14).
- We reaffirm our confidence that God has blessed His end-time remnant church with the gift of prophecy (Rev 12:17; 19:10) in the life, ministry, and writings of Ellen White, to keep His children faithful to the Bible and its teachings.
- We reaffirm that the inspired writings of Ellen White are as authoritative today as they were during the formative years of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
- We reaffirm that when interpreting Ellen White’s writings, we should seek their most natural meaning by using the historical-grammatical method of interpretation, considering all her writings within their historical and literary contexts, recognizing the need for human reason to be aided by the illumination of the Holy Spirit.
- We reaffirm that the principles found in Ellen White’s writings dealing with the practical aspects of Christian life and behavior, including the health message, Adventist education, marriage, and family, are still relevant and necessary for Adventists in Africa as they are elsewhere in the world today.
- We reaffirm that sermons should be based on Scripture and informed by the writings of Ellen White.
- We reaffirm that the mission of the Church and its outreach methods should be informed and guided by sound biblical principles and the writings of Ellen White.
- We reaffirm our commitment to study the Bible and Ellen White’s writings, as well as to encourage others to do so.
- We reaffirm our responsibility to reach and engage the new generations and local cultures whose questions and challenges might require various innovative approaches in making Ellen White’s prophetic ministry relevant.
- As Seventh-day Adventist theologians, church leaders, pastors, teachers, and lay people in Africa, we reaffirm our unconditional commitment to the Bible as the inspired Word of God, and to the theological and practical guidance and end-time applications given in Ellen White’s writings.
Writing Committee: Alberto Timm (chair), Anna Galeniece (secretary), Jim Nix, Sampson Nwaomah, Jonathan Bizirema, Super Moesi, Adelowo F. Adetunji
Ongata Rongai, Kenya, 30 July 2016