Seventh Day Adventism and the Doctrine of the Trinity

by M. Basner

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Martin Eldon found the following item on the Internet:

"Many Adventists l'm sure would acknowledge that Ellen G. White always believed in the Trinity doctrine. Even the fact that Ellen G. White may have always believed in the Trinity still raises many questions regarding her position as the Lord's messenger. Below are some questions which the SDA's Church must be asked. I invite all Adventist believers who read this page to ascertain the truth behind these questions for themselves, and then honestly ask themselves if they really believe they belong to the "Remnant Church".

Question 1. Has the SDA Church always subscribed to the Trinity doctrine as one of their fundamental beliefs? lf not, when did the movement officially accept this teaching?

Question 2. Did Ellen G. White always subscribe to the Trinity doctrine? Did she deny the deity of Christ at one point? If she did deny the deity of Christ, in what year did she change her mind?

Question 3. If Ellen G. White was always Trinitarian in her understanding why were so many of the early Adventist pioneers including James White non-Trinitarian?

Question 4. lf Ellen G White subscribed to the Trinity doctrine particularly in the initital years of the movement, what solid documented evidence is there to prove this?

Question 5. lf Ellen G. White was a Trinitarian and the Lord's messenger why didn't she take steps to correct the early Adventist pioneers of their heretical views on the Trinity?

Question 6. If Ellen G. White was the Lord's Messenger and in control of the SDA Church why did she permit many anti-Trinitarian statements made by early Adventist pioneers to be printed in the Review and Herald and other publications? Surely she would've had the authority to stop those statements from being published if they were wrong? While there are a few statements by Ellen G White which do provide some evidence that she believed in the Trinity (at least at some point), it still doesn't explain the matter about why she didn't take steps to correct the pioneers about their heretical views on the Trinity.

Question 7. Doesn't the fact that Ellen G. White never corrected the early Adventists and allowed anti-Trinitarian statements to be published in the Review and Herald give evidence that she herself may have been non-Trinitarian at some point?

Question 8. Wouldn't you agree that for a religious group to deny the Trinity doctrine it would make them heretics? lf so, the SDA Church up until they officially accepted the Trinity would've been classified as heretics and not Christians.

Question 9. Ellen G White was apparently given a vision by God about the importance of keeping the Saturday Sabbath. Don't you find it odd that God never gave Ellen G White a vision about the importance of believing in the Trinity doctrine. Wouldn't you agree that belief in the The Trinity doctrine is even more important than keeping the Sabbath?

Question 10. How can the Adventist Church claim to be the remnant church when for 80 years or so the movement did not officially subscribe to the Trinity doctrine? . If the SDA CHURCH was truly the remnant church, why did it take them so long to officially make the Trinity doctrine one of their Fundamental beliefs (1932) even though Mrs White is claimed to have always believed in the Trinity doctrine?

Question 11. Why would God appoint this lady and this movement to be his representative when they did not advocate belief in the Trinity doctrine for 80 years or so?

Question 12. Do you agree that Ellen G. White would've been classed as a false prophet if she denied Christ's deity?

Question 13. Do you consider groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses, The Christadelphians, The Mormons, Christian Science, the United Pentecostal Church etc., as being heretical because of their denial of the Trinity doctrine?

Question 14. Do you believe that God gives revelation to people or groups who subscribe to heretical doctrines, like denying the Trinity?


If the early history of the Seventh Day Adventist Church shows it was not Trinitarian in its belief, then how can its claims to be the "remnant church" and its various other claims be believed today? " M. Basner