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    Adventist Theology: The Wesleyan Connection

    Post by JesSDA on August 17th 2012, 11:03 am

    Adventist Theology: The Wesleyan Connection
    Woodrow W. Whidden
    Andrews University

    While it is true that Adventist theology does not seem to be exclusively indebted to any one major Protestant theological tradition, the present article will argue that the more immediate and essentially formative baseline has been provided by the Wesleyan/Arminian Tradition.

    It is quite clear that there are distinct emphases in the Adventist tradition, especially when it comes to eschatology (such as imminence of the Second Coming and the Millennium). These eschatological accents arose out of the broad impulse of American millennialist concern in the early Nineteenth Century.

    Furthermore, there are some clear strands that have come down to the Seventh-day Adventist theological tradition from the Lutheran, Reformed/Calvinistic, Radical Reformation (Anabaptist), Puritan, Pietistic, and Restorationist Traditions. But I am suggesting that the way Wesleyans understood issues involved with soteriology and the closely related issues of the nature of man, law,[1] and sin were most directly formative for the core of Adventist theology.[2]

    Other formative issues with a Wesleyan flavor concern Adventist theological methodology, Trinitarianism, the way Biblical authority is understood and used, and church organization. This paper, however, will concentrate on salvation issues. These Wesleyan soteriological influences found their most notable witness in Ellen White.[3]

    Under the broad category of soteriology, the most notable concepts deal with divine calling and election, and the ways justification and sanctification are taught, related and emphasized.

    With Wesleyans, Adventist have especially wanted to speak of salvation by grace through faith alone, but such a sola gratia, sola fide vision is intimately connected with an emphasis on faith understood as active participation in God's grace. And such a participating faith receives this grace in a responsible way. This conception of faith and grace has given strong emphasis to a vision (version) of Sanctification which involves extensive character transformation. It should come as no surprise that such an emphasis has led to a carefully nuanced understanding of perfection.

    What follows will be a preliminary analysis of these major perspectives, seeking to demonstrate how these Wesleyan/Arminian influences have affected Adventist theological formation>>>

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