Shortly after I became a Christian,-- way back in 1975-- I began to hear
about something called "The Omega". I heard that Sister White had prophesied
that something would come which she referred to as "The Omega". I found the
whole concept fascinating. What did Sister White mean when she spoke about the
Omega? Let me just give you the setting in which she used this word Omega.
Back in the early 1900s - about 1902 - 1904, there was a man by the name of
John Harvey Kellogg. He was one of the big brains in the Adventist Church. One
of the influential men. He was actually a doctor in charge of the sanitarium at
Battle Creek, and, in fact he was one of Sister White's friends; originally he
was Sister White's friend. She and her husband even helped to send him through
But Dr. Kellogg wrote a book called "The Living Temple", and while many
people in the church - many of the leaders in the church - thought it was a
wonderful book, Sister White herself, as she began to hear what the book was
teaching, and as she went and read parts of it for herself, discovered that this
book was teaching doctrines which would completely destroy the foundation of the
Seventh Day Adventist faith; and so she came out against this book. She opposed
the teachings of this book, and it was because of her writings and her influence
that the teachings of Dr. Kellogg did not actually become a part of the Seventh
Day Adventist Church.
However, she referred to the teachings of Dr. Kellogg as the Alpha of Deadly
Heresies, and said that the Omega would follow shortly. Now that's interesting.
What was Dr. Kellogg's teaching basically? Dr. Kellogg was teaching that God
is in everything; which is not, strictly speaking, untrue, because God's power
is what is actually, actively present in every single thing in the Universe,
keeping things in order and keeping things moving. But Dr. Kellogg was taking
this to an extreme. His focus now would have led people to believe that God is
everything. Now do you notice the difference? Not that God is in everything, but
everything is God. There is a great difference and yet both things seem to be so
similar. If you had followed Dr. Kellogg's teachings through to the logical
conclusion, what you would have ended up doing is actually worshipping the
trees, the stones, the flowers, because, he claimed God is in all these things,
and therefore, you know, the subtle emphasis was that these things were actually
God. Perhaps Dr. Kellogg did not word it in this way, but the tendency of his
teaching was in that direction, and Ellen White saw the danger and sounded the
note of warning.
Now let me just read quickly one or two of the things that she said
concerning this Alpha and Omega.
Most, of my quotations will be taken from the book "Selected Messages Bk 1"
because the things that Sister White wrote round about this time were put
together in a little booklet called "Special Testimonies, Series B. No. 2", and
the section that deals with the Alpha and Omega has been put in the book
"Selected Messages Bk. 1". So I'll be quoting from this book.
She says on page 197,
"Be not deceived, many will depart from the faith giving heed to seducing
spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger,
the omega will be of a most startling nature." (SM1 - 197)
So you see it would involve a change of the faith on the part of many. On
page 200 of the same book she says,
"In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies.
The omega will follow...it will be received by those who are not willing to heed
the warning that God has given." (SM1 - 200)
Notice what she calls it! "Deadly Heresies" "Not perhaps, not maybe, not
might be, but "the omega will follow". It was something that she saw coming,
something that was a certainty.
Now notice, Sister White here calls it "the alpha of deadly heresies" Some of
the literature I have read on the subject of the omega, in fact the majority of
books and articles, have referred to it as the "omega of apostasy". But I notice
Sister White didn't say the omega or the alpha of apostasy. She called it
Now there is a difference. I want to just point out very quickly, the
difference. When we talk about apostasy, what we are talking about is perhaps a
falling away from the Faith, which can be in a generalized sense; it can be
simply that a person just gradually departs from the faith, or it can be that
somebody, perhaps not changing his mind on particular points of doctrine just
backslides, or falls away. But when you talk about heresy, you are talking about
some specific point of doctrine on which a person changes, or departs from the
foundation truths of Christianity.
So Sister White said this thing, which Dr. Kellogg was teaching, was the
alpha of deadly heresies, but the omega would follow.
Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. Omega is the last letter.
What she was really saying was, 'look here, we have the beginning of this thing.
This is the first deadly heresy.' and she says 'we are going to see the last,
the greatest, the ultimate. Whatever it was, it was the greatest, it was
something of awesome proportions. She said it would follow and it would be
received by many.
Let us read one more statement in which she speaks of this alpha and omega.
"Living Temple contains the alpha of these theories. I knew that the omega
would follow in a little while, and I trembled for our people. I knew that I
must warn our brethren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the
presence and personality of God." (SM1 - 203)
Now notice what she says: what she saw coming was so awesome, so devastating
that the prophet trembled for our people. She said it would come in a little
while. Now she wrote all of this in the year 1904. Please make a note of that
date because it is significant. We are going to come back and refer to it
several times, because we need to be aware of the date when she wrote this in
order for us to be able to appreciate exactly, some of the other things that she
said: to get a picture in our minds of the whole situation.
Now let me ask you something. When you read this, what kind of hint do you
get there? What do you think Sister White is really trying to say?
Let me put it another way. What do you think would be the issue in the omega?
Notice what she said. She said "the omega will follow and I knew that I must
warn our brethren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the presence
and personality of God."
Well what this says to me is that the omega, whatever it was, whatever it
would be, it would be something that would center around the issue of God's
personality. Something relating to this. This was exactly what Kellogg's heresy
was about. It centered around the presence and the personality of God. But now
when she speaks about the omega, she says "I knew I must warn our brethren...
not to enter into controversy about it."
Now I'm going to ask you a question. Why do you think Sister White could have
regarded a discussion, a false doctrine concerning who God is, to be such a
major thing that she refers to it as the alpha and the omega of deadly
When you talk about alpha and omega, in between you have the other letters of
the alphabet. You have Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon..., all the rest of them. But
she says alpha and she says omega. The beginning and the end. What I understand
from this is that those other doctrines are not as important as the doctrine
that concerns who God is. Now I'll demonstrate to you that this is really
If you believe in the Bible, and you get your beliefs from the Bible, You'll
notice that the Bible teaches that the first and the greatest doctrine concerns
who God is. It was put this way by Jesus:
"The first of the commandments is, hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one
Lord, and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, mind and
strength." (Mark 12:29)
That's the first and the greatest commandment. It concerns who God is, and
our relationship with Him.
In fact, if you look at all the different Christian denominations and even
heathen religions, if you look at the creeds and the statements of beliefs of
the different groups, you will find that all of them begin with the question of
what the different groups believe about God. In the Catholic Church the creed,
the Apostolic creed begins, "We believe in one God Almighty". The Seventh Day
Adventist Statement of Beliefs,-- the second point-- refers to the godhead, and
the original statement of beliefs of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, back in
the 19th century, began with what they believed about God. It is always first,
it is always primary, it is always of the utmost importance, number one; what
you believe about God.
So Sister White here, seeing this Omega coming said she knew she must warn
our people not to enter into controversy over the presence and personality of
God. In other words, she was suggesting that this Omega which was coming, would
be of such a nature that it would influence the thinking of the Church on the
subject of the presence and the personality of God.
That is very significant and I think when you compare it with all the other
evidence that we are going to put together, you will see that this was what she
was trying to say.
Now interestingly ... should I say interestingly? That is an understatement.
Startlingly, shockingly! There has been a change in the doctrine of the S. D. A.
Church. One major change, only one major change, and this change has been on the
most vital doctrine.....it has been on the doctrine ... of God.
Now I'm not just going to tell you that, I'm going to quote it for you. I'm
going to quote it from a source that you can't doubt or question. I'm going to
quote it from the official publications of the Seventh Day Adventist Church
The following quotation is from the Ministry magazine of October 1993, page
10. This magazine is an official publication of the S.D.A. Church, published for
Seventh Day Adventist ministers. This article was written by George Knight, a
professor at Andrews University. He says:
"Most of the founders of Seventh-Day Adventism would not be able to join the
church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination's fundamental beliefs.
More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2 which
deals with the doctrine of the Trinity".(Ministry magazine of October 1993, page
I hope the impact of it got to you. I have to go back and point out what it
said; Did you get it? He said "Most of the founders of the S.D.A. Church...."
Who were they? James White, Ellen White herself, Joseph Bates, Hiram Edson, --
most of those early Adventists, he says, would not be able to join the church
today. Why? If they had to subscribe to the denomination's fundamental
What this is saying is that, if James White came along today and asked to be
admitted as a member of the Adventist Church, when he compares his beliefs with
the beliefs of the Church today, he would have to turn away. He could not be a
member of this church because the beliefs of this church are so different from
what those early Adventists believed.
What does this say to you? It tells me that some great change has taken place
in the Church since the time of James White. A change so significant that it
would actually exclude him from membership in this church. What it means in
actual fact is that the religion of the Adventist Church today is not the same
as the religion of the Adventist Church in the time of James White. Furthermore,
the most important point of doctrine is the point on which our religion has
changed. That is a shocking point.
William Johnson, the Editor of the Adventist Review, (Again, you couldn't
want a more authoritative publication than the Adventist Review.), writing in
the Review of January 6, 1994, says:
"Adventist beliefs have changed over the years. Most startling is the
teaching regarding Jesus Christ. Many of the pioneers, including James White,
J.N. Andrews, Uriah Smith and J.H. Waggoner, held to an Arian or semi-Arian
view. That is, that the Son at some point in time, before the creation of our
world, was generated by the Father. The Trinitarian understanding of God, now
part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists.
Even today, a few do not subscribe to it." (Adventist Review, January 6,
Is that so? And yet many of us never knew that Adventist beliefs had changed
over the years. Most of us thought that the Adventism that we believed in and
supported, that we embraced; the things that we were taught and that we
believed, were basically the things that God gave to the Adventist church back
in the days when the prophet was alive. But what he says here is that it has
changed over the years, under the impact of what he calls "present truth". Now
notice how he refers to the change. He refers to it as "Most startling". Bear
that in mind. We will come back to that point.
He said many of the pioneers believed that the Son was generated by the
Father. He should have said every one of them because that is the evidence of
history. Every single one of those pioneers embraced that belief.
So friend, you can see that on the very admission of the Adventist Church
itself, two high authorities in the Church, the beliefs of the Adventist Church,
on the most important doctrine of Christian faith, has changed.
I say the most important doctrine because, maybe you think that the most
important doctrine is the Sabbath, or Health Reform, but notice, as I said,
every single creed of Christian belief, and even the Bible itself, begins with
the idea of what you think about God. The greatest commandment, "Hear O Israel,
the Lord our God is one Lord and thou shalt love the Lord thy God...." That's
what it begins with; it's the most important, and on this point the Seventh Day
Adventist Church has changed from what our pioneers believed.
Now let’s go back and look at the significance of this.
Benjamin Wilkinson, the man who wrote the book "Truth Triumphant" (which is
being widely quoted by many of these so-called reformers), wrote a letter to Dr.
T.S. Peters in 1936. He said:
"Replying to your letter of October 13 regarding the doctrine of the Trinity,
I will say that Seventh Day Adventists do not, and never have accepted the dark,
mysterious, Catholic doctrine of the Trinity."
So you see, the testimony of those who lived in those days, and those who
have studied the history of what they believed, is clearly and unanimously that,
our early pioneers never accepted this doctrine of the Trinity. It is something
that came in as the result of a change which William Johnson, the Editor of the
Review, referred to as a "Most startling" change.
Now let's see if we can find out what is the significance of this "Most
startling" change. Why have I emphasized that? Because I'm going back to what
Sister White wrote about the Alpha. She said in Selected Messages bk. 1 Page
"Be not deceived, many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing
spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the Alpha of this danger.
the omega will be of a most startling nature". (SM1 - 197)
Do you recognize the words? What kind of nature? "Most startling" William
Johnson comes back in 1994 and he says that our beliefs have changed. "Most
startling" is the doctrine concerning Jesus Christ. He uses the exact words that
Sister White used. Now I think that's amazing. I think that somewhere in this is
the hand of God, pointing out to those of us who have eyes, to see, exactly what
has taken place. The change of this fundamental belief is "the omega of deadly
heresy" that Sister White was speaking about.
What did Sister White say about this apostasy? Let's look at a few of the
things. Today I'm going to be quoting from Sister White, but I want you to
Sometimes when we get into an argument over a point of doctrine, one side
will bring a lot of statements from Sister White, and the other side brings a
lot of other statements from Sister White, and they toss statements back and
forth, and we end up very inconclusively, because some of the things that Sister
White has written, if taken out of context, may seem to say something one way
and something else another way. So I am not going to approach things from that
angle today. What I'm going to do is to look at circumstantial evidence. As we
proceed you will see what I'm talking about, and I believe the circumstantial
evidence is so strong that at the end of this study you will be absolutely
convinced; you will see very clearly, what Sister White believed on this
subject, what the pioneers believed about this subject; you will see the truth
of the matter and you will recognise that a great apostasy has taken place in
the S.D.A. Church; that the deadly heresy called the "Omega" has indeed been
accepted by the majority of Seventh-day Adventists!
I believe all of this can be very, very clearly demonstrated, so let's
In Selected Messages Bk. 1-- on pages 206 - 207, speaking of the alpha
heresy, this is what Sister White says:
"Many of our people do not realise how firmly the foundation of our faith has
been laid. My husband, Elder Bates, Father Pierce, Elder [Hiram] Edson and
others who were keen, noble and true, were among those who, after the passing of
the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure. I met with them
and we studied and prayed earnestly. Often we remained together until late at
night, and sometimes through the entire night, praying for light and studying
the word. Again and again these brethren came together to study the Bible in
order that they might know its meaning and be prepared to teach it with power.
When they came to the point in their study where they said, 'We can do nothing
more,' the Spirit of the Lord would come upon me, I would be taken off in
vision, and a clear explanation of the passages we had been studying would be
given me, with instructions as to how we were to labour and teach effectively.
Thus light was given that helped us to understand the scriptures in regard to
Christ, His mission, and His priesthood. A line of truth extending from that
time to the time when we shall enter the city of God, was made plain to me, and
I gave to others the instruction that the Lord had given me." (SM1 -
Well it seems that Sister White did not give this instruction to her husband
and the early pioneers, because although she says that God made plain to her a
line of truth from that time till the time when we enter the city of God, these
early pioneers continued to believe what most Adventists today regard as a false
doctrine. Yet Sister White never corrected them! I mean, God never showed her
that they were wrong? -- That's hard to believe.
Notice how she says the doctrines came about, the foundations of our faith.
She says that they would get together and study, sometimes till late at night.
But what happened? What happened when they came to the point where they just
couldn't get anywhere? They were arguing back and forth, they had a disagreement
and they just couldn't discover what was the truth of the matter.
She says the Spirit of God would come upon her, she would be given a vision
and God would show her the truth of the matter. That is how the faith of these
early Adventists came about.
If this is so, if it was divine instruction that laid the foundation of the
Advent faith as it was given to the pioneers, then how dare we today take it
upon ourselves to change those doctrines? And that's what Sister White says --
the same page, 207--
"What influence is it that would lead men at this stage of our history to
work in an underhand, powerful way to tear down the foundation of our faith--the
foundation that was laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the
Word and by revelation? Upon this foundation we have been building for the past
fifty years." (SM1 - 207)
Now all of this was written in the year 1904. She says, the past fifty years
we have been building on this. Now go back 50 years from 1904. This takes us
back to 1854. She says "for 50 years we have been building on this foundation
and now men are trying to tear down the foundation." She was referring
particularly to Dr. Kellogg.
Somebody might say that what the church believed about God was not really a
part of the foundation of Adventism. Some people have been making a big thing
out of the fact that Sister White speaks about the Pillars of our faith, the old
landmarks, and she refers to the Sabbath and the Sanctuary and the 2300 days and
the state of the dead and so on. She does not mention what we think about God.
So they say that what the Church thought about God was not a part of the old
Notice however, that she says "we have been building on a foundation for the
past fifty years", and she explains how this foundation was solidly laid by
Bible study and Divine revelation. She says now, "What influence is it that
would lead men at this stage.." (Referring to Kellogg) "...to tear down this
Was Kellogg teaching something related to the Sabbath, the State of the Dead,
or the Sanctuary? Not directly. Kellogg was teaching something about God, and
who God was. Clearly, Sister White considered this to be a part of our
foundation beliefs, because she said this man is now tearing down the foundation
of our faith; and yet he was teaching something about the presence and the
personality of God. Obviously, that was a part of the foundation teaching that
she received back there in those early days. You cannot change what the
Adventist Church believes about God without hitting at the foundation that God
She goes on to say, (page 208),
"...Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day
Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been
sought out by prayerful study,"-- point, by point-- "and testified to by the
miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we
are, are to be preserved.." (SM1 - 208)
Again she says in Testimonies Vol. 8, page 297, in reference to the Kellogg
situation, and written in the year 1904 (a very important date. Don't forget
"Let none seek to tear away the foundation of our faith, the foundations that
were laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the Word and by
revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for the last fifty
years." (T8 - 297)
She says we have been building on this foundation from 1854 to 1904. Now bear
that in mind, because many of those people in support of the trinitarian
doctrine, say that Sister White changed the thinking of the church by writing a
book called "The Desire of Ages" in 1898. They say that when people began to
read this book they came to understand that God is really a trinity. They said
it was Sister White who changed the thinking of the Church.
Now that's very interesting. In fact, Elder John Grosboll, the head of Steps
to Life independent ministry, in the December 1996 issue of his Landmarks
magazine, put out an article entitled The Godhead, and he claims in that article
that it was because of the book Desire of Ages that the Church changed its
thinking; Sister White corrected the Church on this question of the Godhead, he
Notice that in the statements which I've been reading from Sister White,
written in 1904, she does not say we have been building on the foundation from
1898,-- for the past six years. She says we have been building on a foundation
for the past fifty years. She does not refer to 1898 as though some new
revelation came at that time; as though the book Desire of Ages brought in any
significant change. She says for the past 50 years we have been building on
Her husband helped to build on it; J.N. Andrews, Jones, Waggoner, Uriah
Smith, all these men were building on that foundation, and yet all of them were
Now I want to point out something significant. Most of us are familiar with
the writings of Sister White, so I want to ask you this: was it her way, when a
false doctrine was being taught, to simply keep quiet on the matter? To allow
people to continue to teach error, and then just to publish a book, and leave it
to gradually change whoever might read the book, and not even to say to anybody
"we were wrong on this matter"? Was that the way of Sister White?
If that was how Sister White responded to this crisis, if that was how she
changed the anti-trinitarian thinking of the S.D.A. Church, that was strange
indeed; because it must have been the only time in the life of Ellen G. White
that she ever responded that way to a false doctrine. That was not her way! and
you know that I'm telling the truth if you are familiar with Sister White's
Here is how she usually related to false teaching.
"After the passing of the time in 1844, we had fanaticism of every kind to
meet. Testimonies of reproof were given me to bear to some holding
spiritualistic theories. There were those who were active in disseminating false
ideas in regard to God. Light was given me that these men were making the truth
of no effect by their false teachings. I was instructed that they were
misleading souls by presenting speculative theories regarding God. I went to the
place where they were and opened before them the nature of their work. The Lord
gave me strength to lay plainly before them their danger. This is only one of
the instances in which I was called upon to rebuke those who were presenting the
doctrine of an impersonal God pervading all nature, and similar errors." (T8 -
Now, don't you think it would be extremely strange that if her husband was
teaching false doctrines; that if all the leading men of her church were
teaching a false idea about God, Ellen White never once corrected them and said,
"this idea is wrong". Don't you think it is strange? And yet God gave her
testimonies to bear to these other people who were teaching false ideas about
God. Doesn't that seem strange to you?
Now I know that this is circumstantial evidence but it is strong evidence and
if you are a thinking person you should be able to see that Ellen White could
never have believed in the Trinity and remained so silent among all these
anti-trinitarians. It was not her way. It was not the way of God!
Russell Holt, in a term paper written for a course at Andrews University, for
professor Mervyn Maxwell, has done a study on the development of the Trinity
doctrine in the Seventh Day Adventist Church; how it became a doctrine. He looks
at it from a positive viewpoint; in other words, he thinks it was good that the
change took place.
He wrote down some things which I want to quote. He says on page 4 of his
"A survey of other writers during these years reveal that to a man they
rejected the trinity."
This says that when you look through the writings of the early Adventists,
every single one of them rejected the Trinity. There was not a single one of
them who believed in the Trinity. Although many of the articles you read today
will say that most of them rejected the Trinity, that's not true. Every single
one of them rejected the Trinity! You can't find one of those early Adventists
who supported this doctrine as long as they were members of the Church.
D.N. Canright rejected the Trinity as long as he was an Adventist, but after
he apostasized and left the Church he wrote a book against Adventism, and that
was when he accepted the Trinity. Which fact, is probably more significant than
Now, Russell Holt goes on to speak about James White. He says:
"The evidence from his (James White's) pen seems to indicate that from his
first spiritual affiliations with the "Christian Connection", until his death at
the age of 60, James White opposed the Trinity both on the basis of logic and
scripture, while holding a definite concept of the exalted position and divinity
of Jesus Christ. The conclusion reached is intriguing due to his unique and
special relationship to the Lord's messenger, who happened to be his wife. She
was surely aware of his thinking on this subject. Did she approve? If not, why
did he continue in his belief? Did she simply refrain from correcting him? Why?
"The questions raised are fascinating, but not easily answered. At least James
White, himself, can be demonstrated to have been a consistent
Fascinating indeed! James White died in 1881, after having been married to
Ellen White for about 35 years. The lady that he worked with, ate with slept
with, studied with, went around with; giving sermons and messages, was the
prophet: the messenger of God; and supposedly her husband was teaching a false
doctrine. (It can be demonstrated that James White came out many times and spoke
against the trinitarian concept, calling it a Catholic doctrine. Yet this woman
who was a prophet of God, his own wife, never said to him, "James, you're wrong
on this matter". Not even ONCE!.
Am I supposed to believe that Ellen White believed in the Trinity? Well I
don't know how it sounds to you but it sounds very strange and inexplicable to
me. Clearly she did not believe in it. Clearly, her writings are being misused
today to try to say that she believed in the Trinity.
That's not so strange either because, do you know that the exact thing was
happening during the time of Kellogg's heresy? Let’s read what Sister White
"In the controversy that arose among our brethren regarding the teachings of
this book, those in favour of giving it a wide circulation declared, ‘It
contains the very sentiments that Sister White has been teaching.’ This
assertion struck right to my heart. I felt heartbroken, for I knew that this
representation of the matter was not true." (SM1 - 203:)
Did you get that? They were saying that this was what Sister White had been
teaching. They were using her writings. A little further down she continues:
"I am compelled to speak in denial of the claim that the teachings of Living
Temple can be sustained by statements from my writings. There may be in this
book expressions and sentiments that are in harmony with my writings, and there
may be in my writings many statements which, taken from their connection, and
interpreted according to the mind of the writer of Living temple, would seem to
be in harmony with the teachings of this book. This may give apparent support to
the assertion that the sentiments in Living Temple are in harmony with my
writings. But God forbid that this sentiment should prevail." (SM1 - 203:)
So you notice what was happening? They were using Sister White's writings,
they were quoting Sister white, and she herself admitted that there were many
things in her writings which, if taken out of context, would seem to be saying
the same thing as Dr. Kellogg. But she says, "..God forbid that this sentiment
If you are familiar with Sister White's writings, you will recognise that
sometimes you come upon a statement which seems to be saying something, and it
sounds strange to you because it doesn't seem to be consistent with what she
said somewhere else. It's only when you begin to look at it in context to get
the main point that she was trying to make, that you can make sense out of it.
You'll find that many times.
Today, they are using Sister White's writings (and we are going to look at
that a little more closely to see exactly how Sister White's writings have been
manipulated to try to support this trinitarian doctrine.), she said it was
happening back there in the 'alpha' and we should reasonably expect it to be
happening in the days of the 'omega'.
THE MESSAGE OF 1888
Now let's look at some more circumstantial evidence concerning what Sister
Let's look at the messages of Jones and Waggoner. Most of us are familiar
with what happened in 1888. Most of us know that in 1888 God sent a special
message to the S.D.A. Church through two young ministers, elders A.T. Jones and
E.J. Waggoner. Sister White endorsed the message that came.
In the General Conference session which was held at Minneapolis, these two
young men came with a message that lifted up Christ before the people; and when
Sister White heard the message she said that everything inside of her was saying
"Amen". While the church generally rejected the message, Sister White always
endorsed and supported it. This is what she had to say about the message that
Jones and Waggoner brought to the Church.
"This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the
third angel's message which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice and attended
with the outpouring of the Spirit in large measure." (Testimonies to Ministers,
"The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people
through elders Waggoner and Jones." (ibid. p.91)
She never had one negative thing to say about the message that they carried.
In fact, she said in one place that even if the men were to leave the faith, the
message that they brought was from God.
In 1890, Waggoner wrote a book called Christ and His Righteousness which has
been reprinted by the Adventist Church. We are told that this book expresses
basically, what Waggoner was teaching in 1888. That's interesting, because now I
want to read something from that book for you, from the section entitled "Is
Christ a created being?".
"The Scriptures declare that Christ is the only begotten Son of God. He is
begotten, not created. As to when He was begotten it is not for us to enquire,
neither could our minds grasp it if we were told. There was a time when Christ
came forth and proceeded from God, from the bosom of the Father, but that time
was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is
practically without beginning."
What he is saying here, is that there was a time when Christ had a beginning;
a time when He came out of the Father. But he said it was so far back that to
our human understanding, it's as good as without a beginning.
Now this is what Waggoner was teaching as a part of his message back there in
1888. This is a part of the message that Sister White said God commanded to be
given to the world. This is a part of what she called "..a most precious
message..", and she never said to Waggoner "Look here! Just go and correct that
little part and then the message will be alright." She never said that. She
endorsed the message.
That's another piece of circumstantial evidence which shows us what Sister
White must have believed on the matter.
One more piece of evidence. I will read now from a letter which was written
by Sister White's own son, Willie White. If Sister white was so clear on this
question of the Trinity, surely her husband must have known what she believed.
What about her own son Willie White? What about her other son James Edson White?
It can be demonstrated that as late as 1909 James Edson White was writing
In 1935 H.W. Carr wrote a letter to Willie White asking him: "Will you kindly
tell me what you understand was your mother's position in reference to the
personality of the Holy Spirit?" Here is Willie White's response:
"In your letter you request me to tell you what I understand to be my
mother's position in reference to the personality of the Holy Spirit. This I
cannot do, because I never clearly understood her teachings on the matter. There
always was in my mind some perplexity regarding the meaning of her utterances,
which to my superficial manner of thinking, seemed to be somewhat confusing. I
have often regretted that I did not possess that keenness of mind that could
solve this, and similar perplexities".
This was Sister White's own son writing in 1935 and he still was not able to
say whether or not his mother believed in the Trinity. He says 'based on her
writings I can't tell'.
This bears out what I said a little earlier that sometimes you will find in
her writings, things which seem to say one thing, and then other things which
seem to say something else. It depends on the context in which she was writing,
but the circumstantial evidence; the fact of her silence over all the years,
even with an anti-trinitarian husband; the fact that she never came out and
rebuked people for this false belief on the most important point of Christian
faith; all these things must make us understand that Sister White never believed
in the Trinity.
Now this is what Willie White said a little later:
"The statements and the arguments of some of our ministers, in their effort
to prove that the Holy Spirit is an individual as are God the Father and Christ
the eternal Son, have perplexed me, and sometimes they have made me sad."
Clearly this was an anti-trinitarian statement; Sister White's own son.
Surely, if his mother had believed in the trinity, he should know. But
obviously, Sister White's teachings on the subjects were not such as to convince
her son that she was trinitarian.
HOW THE CHANGE WAS MADE
Now let's look at how the change really came about in the Seventh Day
Adventist Church. Many people are saying Sister White brought about the change
but we have seen that this could not have been. Let's see how it really
The chief architect in this trinitarian heresy was really one of the "great"
theologian/historians in the church. Just as in the 'alpha of apostasy' when it
was one of the most highly educated minds in the church, Dr. John Harvey
Kellogg, so in the 'omega' it was one of the most highly educated minds, A man
called LeRoy Froom, the leading historian in the S.D.A. Church.
It was this LeRoy Froom who introduced the trinitarian doctrine to the
Seventh Day Adventist Church, and almost single-handedly insinuated it into the
beliefs of the Church, until today, it is accepted (by those of us who don't
know better) that this is the correct Biblical understanding, and that this is
what Seventh Day Adventists have always believed.
Let us read from LeRoy Froom's own writings. In his book Movement of Destiny
which was published in 1971, on page 322, he writes:
"May I here make a frank, personal confession. When back between 1926 and
1928 I was asked by our leaders to give a series of studies on "The Holy
Spirit..." (Notice the subject) "...covering the North American Union
Ministerial Institute of 1928, I found that aside from priceless leads found in
the Spirit of Prophecy, there was practically nothing in our literature setting
forth a sound, Biblical exposition in this tremendous field of study. There were
no previous pathfinding books on the question in our literature. I was compelled
to search out a score of valuable books written by men outside of our Faith."
(Movement of Destiny - 322)
Now notice where LeRoy Froom went to get information on the subject of "The
Holy Spirit". He says that "in our literature" he could hardly find anything.
Why is it that he Couldn't find anything in our literature? Not because none
of our pioneers had written anything on the subject of "The Holy Spirit", but
because none of them had written on the subject taking the point of view that
Froom considered to be the correct Point of view. None of them were
trinitarians. So he said he could hardly find anything in our literature; even
when he went to Sister White's writings all that he said he could find were
So what does LeRoy Froom do? He says he was "compelled to search out a score
of valuable books written by men outside of our Faith." In other words he said
that he went to the teachings of Babylon to get information on the question of
the Holy Spirit.
He goes on to say:
"having these, I went on from there; but they were decided early helps and
scores, if not hundreds could confirm the same sobering conviction that some of
these men frequently had a deeper insight into the Spiritual things of God than
many of our own men then had on the Holy Spirit and the triumphant life."
(Movement of Destiny - 322)
So this was in 1928, and that was where LeRoy Froom first began to propagate
this trinitarian idea in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Shortly afterwards he published a book called The Coming of The Comforter,
which is a book on the Holy Spirit, still being widely used by the Seventh Day
Adventist denomination. This book expresses the trinitarian concept.
Froom also had something to say about this.
Writing to Dr. Otto H. Christiansen on October 27, 1960, he said:
"May I state that my book, The Coming of The Comforter, was the result of a
series of studies that I gave in 1927 - 28, to Ministerial institutes throughout
North America. You cannot imagine how I was pummelled by some of the old-timers
because I pressed on the personality of the Holy Spirit as the third person of
Notice who he said objected to what he was saying: "some of the old-timers".
What does this tell you? It says that the old-timers, or the pioneers opposed
Froom; those who knew what the church had believed during the time when Sister
White was alive; they knew what the Church believed, and so, when LeRoy Froom
began to bring in this trinitarian idea, he said he was pummelled by some of
Notice something else. Sister White died in 1915, and up to the time that she
died, there was no controversy over the question of the Trinity, or the
personality of the Holy Spirit or the sonship of Jesus in relation to God the
Father. These are things which were accepted by Seventh Day Adventists; they had
a common faith with no controversy. It was after she died in 1915 that these
ideas now began to creep in; and LeRoy Froom said, when he presented these ideas
he was pommelled by what he called "the old-timers".
He goes on to say:
"Some men denied that...still deny it, but the book has come to be generally
accepted as standard."
Now I want to read a comment from Russell Holt in this term paper that he did
for Dr. Mervyn Maxwell. Remember that he believes the change was a positive move
for the Church, but it is amazing how he describes what happened and as I read
it I am thinking "what an amazing description of a falling-away from the faith".
He has broken up the early church history into three periods. The first is
1844 - 1890, and he says that during this time,
"the field was dominated by those who saw the trinity as illogical,
unscriptural, pagan and subversive of the atonement. ....anti-trinitarianism is
the evident denominational stance."
He next refers to 1890 - 1900. He says,
"Roughly within this period, the course of the denomination on the trinity
was decided by statements from Ellen G. White."
We have looked at that already and we have seen that Ellen White never once
said that the pioneers were wrong. The statements from Ellen White to which he
refers are supposedly found in books like The Desire of Ages, where, it is said,
that she wrote things which show that God is a trinity. Yet, at the same time
she never corrected the denomination nor the people who were her
fellow-labourers in the Church; which seems inexplicable.
It seems more likely that what has been happening is that people have been
misusing or misinterpreting Sister White's writings in order to push a position
which some found to be more popular; which would make them more acceptable to
the people of the world.
The Adventist Church has been leaning in that direction ever since Sister
White died, and maybe from even before. Seeking to be popular, seeking to be
like the other churches. This is apparently what has happened and just like they
did in the time of Kellogg, they have been using Sister White's writings to
support this apostasy.
Holt goes on to talk about 1900 - 1930. Remember that Sister White died in
the middle of this period. He says:
"This period saw the death of most of those pioneers who had championed and
held the anti-trinitarian position. Their places were being taken by men who
were changing their thinking, or had never opposed the doctrine....."
Now notice the significant thing here. The change did not take place because
the pioneers changed their thinking. The change came about because those who
were anti-trinitarian, died! In other words a new generation came up which did
not know what the early Adventist Faith or beliefs were. A different generation
came up which adopted new beliefs. That is very significant. I have a name for
that. The Bible has a name for that. We call it apostasy; we call it a falling
away; we call it a departure from the Faith.
"….The trinity began to be published, until by 1931 it had triumphed, and had
become the standard denominational position. Isolated stalwarts remained who
refused to yield, but the outcome had been decided."
What striking words! Indeed, darkness had triumphed in the Church. Friend, as
I read this I had to write in the margin, "A description of apostasy!" Here, we
don't have a change which is based on men studying the Bible and changing their
opinion. The change came about because the men who believed one thing, died off,
still holding what they believed to be Bible truth. The historical Adventists
died, and the new Adventists came on the scene, bringing with them a different
We are in a different church today. It's not the same church that those
pioneers belonged to.
The next step in the apostasy was to adopt a pro-trinitarian Statement of
Beliefs. In 1931, F.M. Wilcox included the term trinity in the S.D.A. Yearbook,
and this was the first time that this term was seen in any Adventist Statement
of Beliefs. In fact, Russell Holt also has a comment on this. It is really
amazing how these men can phrase the truth in such striking language, yet fail
to see exactly what they are saying. He says on page 12 of his study:
"A comparison of statements of faith issued at various times by the
denomination shows a marked change in the opinion of the church concerning the
Now note these words and notice something which Sister White said. She said
that if the 'omega' succeeded, our religion would be changed. We will come to
this in a moment.
"... Separate statements appeared in 1874, 1889, 1894 and 1931. The first
three of these are, for all practical purposes, identical in the articles
dealing with the deity. A comparison of the statements of 1874 and 1931 shows
In other words, on the point of faith that dealt with God, there was no
change during the time that Sister White was alive. However, after the prophet
died a change was made in the statement of belief which concerns the
Most of us are aware that point number 2 of the present statement of Beliefs
begins by saying that there is one God. But it defines this one god as being
three persons. Belief number 2 of the 1980 Statement of Beliefs says:
"...there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit."
That's what the church today teaches: that the one God is three persons. But
the old Adventist Statements of Beliefs which appeared while Sister White was
alive, had it like this: (This one appeared in 1874 in the Adventist Review)
"1. That there is one God a personal, spiritual being, the creator of all
things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal, infinite in wisdom, holiness,
justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by His
representative, the Holy spirit.
"2. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the
one by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist;..."
This statement of beliefs, put out by the pioneers, teaches clearly that
there is one God who is the Father; that Jesus Christ is His Son and the agent
through whom God created all things, and that the Holy Spirit is the agency
through which God is represented throughout all creation.
Now this brother says that there has been a marked change and that this
change took place after Sister White died; or to be more accurate, there was no
change in the statement of beliefs while Sister White was alive. It was after
she died that the change appeared.
In 1931, as I said, it was put into the Adventist Yearbook: for the first
time the term 'trinity' appeared, and history testifies to the fact that this
change was widely opposed.
In fact, J.S. Washburn, (a retired Adventist minister), opposed this change
in the strongest possible terms. Below, are quotations from a letter which he
wrote in 1939:
"The doctrine of the trinity is a cruel, heathen monstrosity, removing Jesus
from His true position of Divine Saviour and mediator.... Satan has taken some
heathen conception of a three-headed monstrosity, and with deliberate intention
to cast contempt upon divinity, has woven it into Romanism as our glorious God;
an impossible, absurd invention. This monstrous doctrine transplanted from
heathenism into the Roman, papal church is seeking to intrude its evil presence
into the teachings of the Third Angel's Message."
Notice here that he said it "..is seeking to intrude its evil presence..".
This was written in 1939, so even up to then the trinity doctrine was not
established in the Adventist church; it was beginning to creep in. (Don't let
anybody deceive you that Sister White changed the thinking of the Church and
that it was an accepted fact by the time she died.)
Washburn goes on to say:
"If we should go back to the immortality of the soul, purgatory, eternal
torment and the Sunday Sabbath, would that be anything less than apostasy? If
however we leap over all these minor, secondary doctrines and accept and teach
the very central, root doctrine of Romanism, the trinity, and teach that the Son
of God did not die, even though our words seemed to be spiritual, is this
anything else and anything less than apostasy and the very omega of
Now this man uses strong words; but it is understandable because he knew what
the early Adventists believed, (he was one of them) and he saw this thing coming
in as grave apostasy, so he was opposing it in the strongest possible terms.
You will notice that he refers to the trinity doctrine as a Roman Catholic
doctrine. What many of us don't know, is that the trinitarian doctrine is, in
the fullest sense, an invention of the Catholic church.
Let me just read one or two quotations here from Roman Catholic sources.
Please listen carefully.
[Catholicism] "unless people keep this faith whole and undefiled, without
doubt they shall perish everlastingly and the Catholic faith is this: we worship
one God in trinity".
[Handbook for Today's Catholic. Pg. 16] "The mystery of the trinity is the
central doctrine of Catholic faith. Upon it are based all the other teachings of
Now think of all the implications of this. If this is really the foundation
of the Roman Catholic church, then all the other strange beliefs of that church
such as purgatory, baptism for the dead, infant baptism, the Eucharist, the
mediation of Mary and the 'Saints'; all these strange beliefs came into the
Catholic Religion as a result of their holding to this belief in the trinity.
That is what they say themselves.
Think about what this implies for Seventh-day Adventism if we accept the same
The next step in this creeping apostasy that was being perpetrated by LeRoy
Froom, the chief architect, along with his other cohorts, was that in 1932, this
pro-trinitarian Statement of Beliefs was added to the first Church Manual and
all succeeding Adventist yearbooks. It had not been voted on by the Church at
large, by the General Conference, nor even by a representative body of the
leaders of the S.D.A. Church. It was just put into the Yearbook by F.M. Wilcox.
The following year it appeared in the Statement of Beliefs in the Church
Manual, and then it began to appear in all the Church books. Those who bothered
to read the Yearbook, those who bothered to read the Manual, just saw the term
I suppose most people never really gave it much thought, although, as I said,
there were a few who were 'violently' opposed to what was happening.
Then in 1941, the Baptismal Vow was revised to include the trinitarian
statement. In other words, now, in order to become a Seventh-day Adventist you
had to agree to the belief in the trinity. I suppose that every one of us who
was ever baptised as a Seventh-day Adventist was asked "Do you believe that
there is one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit?", and I suppose we all said "yes"
to that belief. (I didn't know better.)
I want to read again, something that LeRoy Froom had to say about this (He
has left a trail, thank God, that clearly identifies what he was up to).
In a letter written to Roy Allan Anderson, J.L. Schuler, Denton Reebok, A.W.
Peterson, W.G. Turner and J.E. Weaver; November 22,1966; LeRoy Froom says:
"I am writing to you brethren as a group for you are the only living members
of the original committee of 13, appointed in 1931 to frame a uniform baptismal
covenant. Elder Branson was the chairman and I was Secretary. Elder Macalaney,
Wright, Ruling and Russell are all deceased. The task of this committee was to
formulate a uniform baptismal covenant and vow based on the 1931 Fundamental
Beliefs statement in the yearbook and Manual. It was also to point up a bit more
sharply, the first, second and third persons of the Godhead."
Notice what was the stated intention of Froom and his committee; one of their
aims was to push this doctrine of God as a trinity. You can see that it was a
deliberate move; underhanded, sneaking, but deliberate!
The next step was that in 1945 all the standard Adventist books were edited,
and all the anti-trinitarian statements taken from them.
In his book Movement of Destiny, page 422, LeRoy Froom again says:
"The next logical and inevitable step in the implementing of our unified
fundamental beliefs, involved revision of certain standard works, so as to
eliminate statements that taught, and thus perpetuated erroneous views on the
Godhead. Such sentiments were now sharply at variance with the accepted
fundamental beliefs set forth in the Church Manual." (Movement of Destiny, page
The Church had now reached a place where the books written by the pioneers
were now "sharply at variance" with the accepted beliefs of the Adventist
Church. It was not the pioneers who had changed; but something had drastically
This man LeRoy Froom had taken the church to the place where the trinity was
now so accepted as a part of our beliefs that they went through and they changed
Uriah Smith's book, Daniel and The Revelation had 18 non-trinitarian
statements. They went through, (after he was dead), and removed all of those
The next step was the compilation of the book Evangelism compiled from the
writings of Ellen White. I cannot stress enough, the significance of this,
because you'll remember that back in the 'alpha', Sister White said they were
using her writings, and she said that if they took statements from her writings
and used them out of context, it would seem that she and Kellogg were teaching
the same thing.
Now, LeRoy Froom and a few others went through and picked out statements from
Sister White's writings which seemed to support their point of view and they put
them together in a book called, Evangelism. This book is now presented to the
world as what Sister White believed on the trinity, and certain other key
beliefs. This is the book most often used now, (from the writings of Sister
White), to support the trinitarian idea. But listen to what Froom had to say
about it in a letter which he wrote to Roy Allan Anderson on January 18,
"I am sure that we are agreed, in evaluating the book Evangelism, as one of
the great contributions in which the Ministerial Association had a part back in
those days. You know what it did with men in the Columbia Union who came
face-to-face with the clear, unequivocal statements of the Spirit of Prophecy on
the deity of Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the trinity and the
like. They either had to lay down their arms and accept those statements, or
else they had to reject the Spirit of Prophecy. I know that you and Miss Cluser
and I had considerable to do with the selection of those things under the
encouragement of men like Elder Branson, who felt that the earlier concept of
the White Estate brethren on this book on evangelism was not adequate."
Did you get that? It was he, Miss Cluser, and Roy Allan Anderson who were
largely responsible for selecting the things which were put in the book
Evangelism. Just like in the 'alpha' they were using quotations from Ellen
White. However, when the alpha took place Sister White was still around to say,
"That's not what I believe. I am being misquoted".
Sister White is not around today. There is no prophetic voice to say "this is
not true", and so, the deception has been pawned off on the rest of us. But
there is enough evidence for those who are thinking, to see the truth on the
The apostasy continued.
In 1955 there were some meetings of the leaders of the Adventist Church with
Barnhouse and Martin, two evangelical theologians who felt that we were a cult.
They were about to write a book in which we were going to be classified as a
cult, and our leaders figured that this would make us very unpopular. So they
met with these men to try to prove that we are not a cult.
In order to do this they had to water down our doctrines. They said, "We
believe in the trinity", "We believe that Christ came with an unfallen human
nature". They said, "Oh we don't believe the atonement is taking place in Heaven
right now", and gave a watered down version of our doctrines.
1980 was the first time that the trinitarian belief was voted in a General
Conference Session. It was not even discussed then, either. They just voted on
all the beliefs as a whole, and included in them was the belief in, and
acceptance of the trinity. So now, if you are a Seventh-day Adventist, you are
officially, supposed to believe in the trinitarian doctrine, because this is the
official teaching of the Church today.
This is such a significant change from what the pioneers believed that we are
told that they could not have been members of the Church today.
Now let us look at the implications of this change.
If this change is ordained of God and is more in keeping with His will, it
means that for the first fifty-four years, (1844-1898), the Seventh-day
Adventist Church was wrong in what it was teaching about God. The most
fundamental principle of Christian belief: we were wrong on that issue; while at
the same time, the Roman Catholic Church and all her daughters (Babylonian
daughters), were correct.
Do you see the significance of this? We said that we had light to give to the
world. We say God taught us our doctrines; but we were wrong on the most
important doctrine of Christian faith: while the churches that we call Babylon
What does that say about us as a prophetic movement? You would have to
question whether it was really God who called us if those who changed the
doctrine were correct. It would mean that Babylon taught us the truth.
Sister White had prophesied all of this and I would like us to read a section
from Selected Messages, book 1, pages 204-205. Please make careful note of what
she says here because, although I know that Ellen White was a prophet, I am
amazed as I read this. It strikes conviction home to my heart with even greater
force when I see what she wrote and how it was fulfilled. Now here is what she
"In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments (she
is referring to the alpha), have been looked upon by some as the grand truths
that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a
platform, braced by solid timbers--the truths of the Word of God. Some one high
in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to
loosen the timbers supporting the platform. Then I heard a voice saying, "Where
are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they
asleep? This foundation was built by the Master Worker,.." (SM1, p. 204-205)
That was the foundation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. She said it was
built by the Master Worker. It's amazing that we can read these statements and
still believe that these pioneers were wrong on the most important points of
She goes on:
"...and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present
doctrines that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come
to take decided action."(SM1, p. 204-205)
Today these doctrines are being presented. They deny the past experience of
the people of God.
Let me just digress a moment to say something. Go to Hymn No. 73 in the New
Adventist Hymnal. If you had been an Anglican, or a Catholic, or Baptist before
you became a Seventh-day Adventist, you may remember the Hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy,
Lord God Almighty". The last line in the first verse says "God, over all, who
rules eternity". Now if you had come to the Adventist Church from one of the
other churches, you may have been a bit puzzled by that line because you
wouldn't have remembered singing it that way in your previous church. You would
remember the song as saying "God in three persons, Blessed Trinity".
When the early Adventists included this song in the Christ In Song they
changed that last line, because it was wrong according to Adventist beliefs.
They changed it to read "God, over all, who rules eternity." This song was
transferred from the Christ In Song to the Church Hymnal that we were using
until recently, and it had the same wording for that last line. But if you look
in the present Church Hymnal, you will see that they have changed it and put
back in the trinitarian rendering of that verse: "God in three persons, blessed
Somebody now feels that the S.D.A. people have been brainwashed long enough
and it is now safe to put in the Babylonian rendition of this verse; and from
the response which it has got from the Seventh-day Adventist people, it seems
that they are correct. Everybody believes that this is what we have always
believed. The change has completely taken place.
Now let us continue reading from Selected Messages. Book 1, pages
"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great
reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this
reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars
of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization."
Notice what they would do. They would give up "..the doctrines which stand as
the pillars of our faith.."
"Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of
truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be
discarded. Our religion would be changed..".
We have seen statement after statement attesting to the fact that our
religion has been changed. In that paper by Russell Holt which we read, he says
that the "..comparison of the statements of faith issued at various times, shows
a marked change." Our religion has been changed. William Johnson, writing in the
Adventist Review, speaks about a most startling change. George Knight says that
the change has been so great that the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would
not be able to join the church today because of this trinitarian teaching. We
can see that Sister White's prophecy has come true: our religion has
She goes on: "The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the
last fifty years would be accounted as error..."
This was written in 1904, so fifty years back would be 1854. Now the Church
is telling us that what they believed between 1854 and 1904 was error. They were
wrong! It is clear that there has been a most striking fulfillment of Ellen
"A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be
written.." -- Like the book Seventh Day Adventists Believe; like the new Church
hymnal with its trinitarian focus; like the books Questions on Doctrines, and
Movement of Destiny. Books of a new order! --"...A system of intellectual
philosophy would be introduced." --Yes you hear this intellectual philosophy
when people begin to talk about God. They say God is one in three and three in
one. You ask "How is that possible?" They say this is something that the human
mind cannot understand. And they use some philosophical reasoning to try to shut
you up.-- "A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders
of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work..." --Yes they
have these big crusades, they baptise thousands. A wonderful work! But she says:
"The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created
it." --Do you believe that? Go into the Adventist Church today and notice the
attitude towards God. Notice that presently, there is hardly even a willingness
to kneel before the great God when we are addressing Him in prayer. In Sister
White's time, she (more than once) rebuked a person for standing when talking to
God. But it is a matter of course today in the churches. God is not respected.
He is lightly regarded. Notice the plays and the skits and the joviality and the
amusement that takes place in the church. There is no respect for God. And why
is that so? Because God has become such a vague, unreal, un-understandable
person (this trinitarian idea of God), that we don't see Him as a personal and
real Father. That is what this trinitarian thing has done. It has destroyed our
concept of who God is, as a living, literal, real person; as a true Father. We
now think of God as some kind of committee or some kind of agency; some kind of
institution. Not a real being, but some un-knowable, unapproachable, strange
being or combination of beings.-
She goes on to say:
"Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The
leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they
would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless.
Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep
away the structure."
If you have been thinking about what I have been saying, you will know that
this is the truth. Don't you see that it is crystal clear before your eyes?
Everything she said would happen, has come to pass.
Friends, the time has come when we must listen to what the angel said to
Sister White. "Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of
Zion?....Will they allow this man to present doctrines that deny the past
experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action."
God is calling upon everyone who truly loves Him, to rise up and take a
stand. To teach the truth regardless of the consequences.
When God saw fit to tell us about this coming 'omega', it must have been
because it was of great importance. Will you sit back in your easy chair and
ignore this issue? If you take that stand, you are not in harmony with the God
of Heaven. If you take that stand God can never bless you and it is questionable
whether you can even be called a Christian.
In a time of crisis God's true soldiers must stand up and be counted.
Now there is one other important point that I want to make. Most of these
people who comment about the beliefs of the pioneers, try to reason around the
fact that most of the pioneers were non-trinitarian. They say, "most", but it
was actually all of the pioneers.
Let me read something from Elder Grosboll's book, the Landmarks magazine of
"In the development of adventism, as people came into the Second Advent
movement from many different churches and backgrounds, it is not surprising that
there would be different individuals who had contrary ideas on the Godhead."
Well Elder Grosboll is wrong. They didn't have contrary ideas. They were
united in their ideas on the Godhead. There was no controversy, no disagreement;
they were in harmony on their beliefs.
In the paper that I have been reading from by Russell Holt, he says that
James White, Uriah Smith, R.F. Cottrell, all came from a church called "The
Christian Connection" which was an anti-trinitarian church, and there is often
the suggestion that the reason why these early Adventists were non-trinitarian
was because, astonishingly, coincidentally, they all came from non-trinitarian
churches. That's amazing, because you should know that by far the great majority
of churches in the world, both then and now, have been trinitarian in their
It seems more likely to me that people who did not believe in the trinity
were being attracted to the Advent Movement because of a common belief. Just
think about that for a moment.
When the thought came to me, it startled me. Why is it that the Advent
Movement was attracting non-trinitarians? Listen to the shocking answer. The
truth is that the Seventh-day Adventist beliefs; our teaching about Jesus
mediating before His Father in Heaven, and pleading "Father, my blood! My
blood!" The truth about an investigative judgment-- none of this can make sense
to a person who believes in the trinity.
What is this about God, in Heaven pleading with God? If God and Jesus Christ
are absolutely equal in every respect, how can one person literally plead with
the other person?
The early Adventists, and genuine Adventism, are very clear about the reality
of Heaven and the things which are happening there; the very real relationship
between God and Jesus Christ, and the mediatorial work that is taking place.
Because of this, we find that, as the advent message began to be preached,
the people attracted to it were non-trinitarians, because this message does not
make sense to a trinitarian. Trinitarians, on the whole, have a very vague,
nebulous idea of God and of heavenly things.
This is why, in the church today, the thinking people, those who study and
think carefully about what they study are finding that the S.D.A teaching that
Jesus is Michael the Archangel; the teaching that Christ is mediating before the
Father in Heaven; and all that we believe concerning the whole Sanctuary
service, are doctrines which cannot be reconciled with their concept of a
trinitarian God, and they are rejecting the foundation beliefs of Adventism.
Desmond Ford is just a manifestation of what is going to happen more and more
as these thinking people see a great discrepancy between our belief in the
trinity and the belief of traditional Adventism concerning the Sanctuary, and
Jesus, and the Father and so on. It is only a non-trinitarian, who believes that
Jesus is the actual Son of God, that they are two separate, distinct persons,
with one truly being in subjection to the other, and who sees Heaven as a real,
literal place, who can accept traditional Adventist beliefs.
So friends, what Sister White prophesied, is going to be manifested more and
more: "departing from the faith", "a system of intellectual philosophy", dumping
"the old beliefs", bringing in "strange doctrines": all of this is the natural
result of, firstly, accepting this "omega of deadly heresies". And that is why
when Sister White saw it coming, she said she "trembled for our people".
If you are a sincere person and you have paid close attention to these
things, then I think YOU should recognise that this is the truth.
I pray that God will bless you and give you understanding as you continue to
stand up for HIS truth.