Sometimes I am asked

The following questions: Do we as Seventh-day Adventist provide room for the so called “new light?” Do we provide space for a new interpretation of some Scriptural passages? Do we believe in “progressive revelation?”

To answer these questions, one needs first to clarify what is understood by phrases like “new light”, “new interpretation”, and “progressive revelation.” If these phrases are rightly comprehended, I would answer all these questions with a firm “Yes.”

It is of utmost importance to keep in mind that the Bible is the Word of God. The Holy Spirit has inspired, guided, and protected the Word of God. The same Holy Spirit was and is at work today guiding a sincere Bible student. The fundamental principle that we always need to keep in our minds is that the Holy Spirit does not contradict Himself! He will never reveal something today and then tomorrow reveal something contradicting the revelation from yesterday. Yes, He will lead us constantly to a better, more fuller understanding of the Scriptures, but the “new light” will not contradict or invalidate what He revealed previously. The “new light” from the Holy Spirit will build upon, enlarge, and deepen our understanding of the revelation from yesterday. Let’s be humble enough and maintain a teachable spirit. Let’s follow the Holy Spirits leading!

Artur Stele
General Vice President
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists