The Waymarks Abandoned--The Omega Heresy

by Martin Bledsoe

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In the following thesis I will attempt to show that the Seventh Day Adventist Church as we know it today, has left the Way Marks, and has established doctrine that is completely contrary to the beliefs held by the pioneers of the church. I believe Ellen White spoke of this apostasy, and deemed it the Omega of deadly heresy. Some may think the disregarding of these foundational doctrines is the result of the Church advancing in present truth. But can this be? Can one advance in truth if He does not have truth? Was the advancement of truth to change the foundational doctrines of the Church? We will soon see that either the early Church was built upon the most serious heresy, or the church has gone into heresy since the death of its prophet and pioneers. First we must ask, did Ellen White teach that the foundational doctrines of her day were to be changed?

The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time. The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His Word. . . . Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. [The] pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are--Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of God and having the faith of Jesus. (The Upward Look, page 352, paragraph 4 Chapter Title: God's Word is True).

Some may look at this and think, "The foundational doctrines have not changed, we keep the Sabbath and look forward to the soon coming of Jesus Christ". Are these the only two pillars of our faith friends? Of course not! What is the most important doctrine of any church? Look in your fundamental beliefs and the first subject that is addressed, is the doctrine of who God is, and Ellen White knew this and defended the churches doctrine concerning God vigorously against one such attack in the late 1800’s, calling such an attack on the doctrine of God an attack on our foundational Pillars. You see, Mr. Kellogg wrote a book called the ‘Living Temple’, which taught a spurious doctrine concerning the Spirit of God. Basically the book taught that God was in everything (trees, rocks, flowers, etc.); this doctrine of course would have lead to the worship of the creature, instead of the Creator. Ellen called this doctrine the Alpha of heresies and warned of the soon coming Omega.

In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies. The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given (page 200,par 1). 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.The statements made in Living Temple in regard to this point are incorrect. The scripture used to substantiate the doctrine there set forth, is scripture misapplied. (Selected Messages book 1, page 203). 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. (Selected Messages Book 1, page 204, paragraph 2 Chapter Title: The Foundation of Our Faith)

Please notice two things; Both the Alpha and the ‘soon coming’ Omega heresies deal with the presence and the personality of God. And both the scripture and the writings of Ellen White were twisted to support the Alpha heresy, and we can expect to find the same sequence during the Omega heresy. Now notice the effect that these heresies would have on the church if left unattended.

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. 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. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. 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. (Selected Messages Book 1, page 204, paragraph 2).

She clearly states that a false reformation would begin, which would give up the doctrines that stand as the pillars of the SDA faith. Through this so-called reformation the Church of the Pioneers would cease in a sense and give way to a new organization. Books of the new order would be written (re-written). And because the principles of the last fifty years had been accounted error, the reformed church would be built upon shifting sand. Remember friends; she is still commenting on the effects of the Alpha and the coming Omega heresies that deal with the doctrine of God.

Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid. My husband, Elder Joseph 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… 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 instruction as to how we were to labor 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. . (S M bk 1, pg 206-208).

Now she names some of the men who laid the foundation for the SDA church. She explains how the Spirit of the Lord would show her the truth of scripture passages, which she shared with her co-laborers. Included in this truth was the understanding of Christ and his mission, these truths would clearly extend throughout time. In the following quotes we clearly see that Ellen saw the churches doctrine concerning the Godhead a pillar of faith.

"Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor." {MR760 9.5}

"I entreat every one to be clear and firm regarding the certain truths that we have heard and received and advocated. The statements of God's Word are plain. Plant your feet firmly on the platform of eternal truth. Reject every phase of error, even though it be covered with a semblance of reality, which denies the personality of God and of Christ." {RH, August 31, 1905 par. 11}

What influence is it 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. Do you wonder that when I see the beginning of a work that would remove some of the pillars of our faith, I have something to say? I must obey the command, "Meet it!" . .. 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, 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, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority. (Selected Messages Book 1, page 206-208).

Ellen explains that there was and will be attempts to tear away the foundation that had been laid for fifty years, she warns that messages of every sort has been given to take the place of the "Truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord". Her words are still dealing with the Alpha and Omega heresies concerning the doctrine of God.

"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 this 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, 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." (page 204).

Who does Ellen ultimately give the credit to the building of the early SDA Church’s foundational doctrines? To the Master Worker, God himself. Now to review, the Alpha and the coming Omega dealt with the doctrine of God. This doctrine would be against the Pillars of the SDA faith, which had been held for over fifty years (1844-1904). The foundation was laid by men like James White, Elder Edsen, Uriah Smith, Joseph Bates, and Ellen White herself. Now friends I ask, Has the Church’s Doctrine concerning God changed after the death of Ellen White in 1915? What did the pioneers believe, and what does the church teach today about the Godhead?

JOSEPH BATES: Respecting the trinity, I concluded that it was impossible for me to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, was also the Almighty God, the Father, one and the same being. I said to my father, "If you can convince me that we are one in this sense, that you are my father, and I your son, and also that I am my father, and you my son, then I can believe in the trinity."… In a few days I was immersed and joined the Christian Church.---Joseph Bates, The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates (Battle Creek, Mich.: Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association, 1868).

URIAH SMITH: Mr. Smith was strongly anti-trinity. The 1899 edition "Thoughts on the Book of Daniel and the Revelation" by Uriah Smith states: "Others, however, and more properly we think, take the word to mean "agent" or "efficient cause," which is one of the definitions of the word, understanding that Christ is the agent through whom God has created all things, but that he himself came into existence in a different manner, as he is called "the only begotten" of the Father. It would seem utterly inappropriate to apply this expression to any being created in the ordinary sense of the term."

The Southern Publishing Association in the 1944 revision excluded the Semi-Arian view from this work. The statement now reads: "Others, however, and more properly we think, take the word, arche, to mean the "agent" or "efficient cause," which is one of the definitions of the word, understanding that Christ is the agent through whom God has created all things." (*Note: there were almost another dozen changes preformed to this book to remove any anti-Trinitarian statements. This is the process that has been performed on all the writings of the pioneers; in order to make them appear pro-trinitarian. The following quote shows exactly what Uriah Smith believed about the Godhead.)

But respecting this Spirit, the Bible uses expressions which cannot be harmonized with the idea that it is a person like the Father and the Son. Rather it is shown to be a divine influence from them both, the medium which represents their presence and by which they have knowledge and power through all the universe, when not personally present. Uriah Smith, "In the Question Chair," Review and Herald, LXVII (October 28, 1890), 664.

Note by Ron Beaulieu: Before the Incarnation the Holy Spirit was a divine influence. After the Incarnation, it was still the divine influence of the Father and the Son, but more specifically the impartation of the life of Christ that He laid aside as His crowing gift and regenerating agency for us at His Incarnation. In this sense it was also the life of Christ prior to His Incarnation and after His glorification that life is sent to all who subscribe to it by yielding the will to His Holy Spirit, to wit:

"The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul. The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ. It imbues the receiver with the attributes of Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative men, to minister in behalf of the church." Desire of Ages, 805. End Note by Ron Beaulieu.

JAMES WHITE: James White, prior to becoming an Adventist, was an ordained minister of the Christian Connection, which held an anti-trinitarian doctrine. He clearly shows here that he held to the semi-arian belief by denying both the Trinity and the Unitarian doctrines. "The inexplicable Trinity that makes the Godhead three in one and one in three is bad enough; but that ultra Unitarianism that makes Christ inferior to the Father is worse. Did God say to an inferior, ‘let us make man in our image?’ " - James White, Review and Herald, November 29, 1877

The "mystery of iniquity" began to work in the church in Paul’s day. It finally crowded out the simplicity of the gospel, and corrupted the doctrine of Christ, and the church went into the wilderness. Martin Luther, and other reformers, arose in the strength of God, and with the Word and Spirit, made mighty strides in the Reformation. The greatest fault we can find in the Reformation is, the Reformers stopped reforming. Had they gone on, and onward, till they had left the last vestige of Papacy behind, such as natural immortality, sprinkling, the trinity, and Sunday-keeping, the church would now be free from her unscriptural errors. (James White, February 7, 1856, Review & Herald, vol. 7, no. 19, page 148, par. 26)

James White was editor of the Review and Herald in 1861. In November of that year, he published J. N. Loughborough’s answer to the question, "what serious objection is there to the doctrine of the trinity?" Loughborough replied: There are many objections which we might urge, but on account of our limited space we shall reduce them to the following: 1. It is contrary to common sense. 2. It is contrary to Scripture. 3. It’s origin is Pagan and fabulous. Review and Herald, XVIII (November 5, 1861), 184

D.M. CANRIGHT: Christ came into existence first of all things…My grounds for this proposition are John i:1,2; Col. i, 17; Prov. viii, 22, 30. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. the same was in the beginning with God." Here, the existence of the Word, or Christ, is placed as far back as language can place it, even in the beginning with the great God. D. M. Canright, "Jesus Christ the Son of God," Review and Herald, III (June 18, 1867),

J.H.WAGGONER: Surely, we say right, that the doctrine of a trinity degrades the atonement, by bringing this sacrifice, the blood of our purchase, down to the standard of socinianism." J. H. Waggoner, The Atonement (Oakland, Cal.: Pacific Press, 1884), p. 174.

" ....the great mistake of Trinitarians, in arguing this subject, is this: they make no distinction between a denial of a trinity and a denial of the divinity of Christ. They see only the two extremes, between which the truth lies; and take every expression referring to the pre-existence of Christ as evidence of a trinity. The Scriptures abundantly teach the preexistence of Christ and his divinity; but they are entirely silent in regard to a trinity."- J. H. Waggoner, Review and Herald, November 10, 1863

And what of Ellen White? As Kellogg took bits and pieces of her work to make it look like she supported his doctrine, those who brought in the Omega heresy have done the same. How can one ever believe Ellen was a Trinitarian, when history so clearly declares that her husband and all the pioneers of the SDA Church were semi-arian? She was married to her husband for 35 years and never once did she rebuke him for his belief. Never once did she ever teach against the semi-arian doctrine. In fact, she never used the term trinity, and she taught decidedly against it. "The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that He migh in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon His Son.... The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. His Son He had invested with authority to command the heavenly host." - E.G. White, the Story of Redemption, p.13.

THE OMEGA APOSTACY REALIZED

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. (Selected Messages Book 1, pg 197)

Will the church admit that there has been a change in the fundamental doctrine concerning the Godhead? "Adventist beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of "present truth." Most startling (was he quoting Ellen?) is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. 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, the Son at some point in time before the Creation of our world was generated by the Father….Likewise, 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, 1994, pp. 10, 11)

George Knight, Andrews University Seminary professor made the following statement in Ministry, the official Seventh-day Adventist journal for ministers: "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, October 1993, p. 10.

It is fulfilled friends! Ellen told us "The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established". The Church even admits that the founders could not join the organization today! Why? Because it is the not the same church that they founded. Friends, the following is the Statement of faith that was published in 1874, this statement was not changed until 1931, sixteen years after the death of Ellen White.

"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. Psalm 139:7.

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...."- Signs of the Times, June 4, 1874

The vision of Ellen White concerning the Omega of Heresies has come to past. The SDA church has replaced the foundational teachings of the person of Jesus Christ and the Godhead with the Roman Catholic doctrine of the Trinity. It has accepted the Cup of Rome. 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, p.16. "The mystery of the trinity is the central doctrine of Catholic faith. Upon it are based all the other teachings of the church"

Surely the saying is true. There is nothing new under the Sun.

"And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel (Judges 2: 7, 10).

Ellen White and the Comforter

The writings of Ellen White, who was one of the founding members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, are considered the most influential words {outside of the bible} in establishing the doctrines of the church. Many have attempted to misconstrue her writings in an attempt to prove false theories and to bring in false doctrines into the Adventist Church. No greater attempt was made thann that which soon proceeded her death; where a few powerful men, gathered together several of her statements from [out of] context and began to preach the trinity doctrine. The demand was soon sounded, "Accept the trinity or reject Sister White as a messenger of God". Many of these theologians accused Sister White of being a ‘closet Trinitarian’, others have suggested that she was at first an Arian, then in her latter years accepted the Trinity. Of course if either was true then Sister White could not of had a prophetic gift.

History clearly testifies that the Seventh Day Adventist Church was established upon a non-trinitarian statement of faith, and every pioneer of the church held to this view. There have been a number of articles which prove this, most prominent are those published by Smyrna Gospel Ministries, which include the books "What did the Pioneers believe" By Lynnford Beachy and "The Foundation of Our Faith" written by Pastor Allen Stump. You can view these materials yourself at their website or contact them for printed copies {www.Smyrna.org}. Also I have put together a small booklet that looks at the beliefs of the Pioneers and documents the change the church made after the death of Ellen White concerning the Godhead, it is called "The Landmarks Abandoned" and I will of course send it out upon request.

Those who suggest that Sister White was a Trinitarian expect us to believe that she joined a church, in fact helped form a church that believed blasphemous errors concerning God, for if the Trinity was or is truth, then the SDA church surely blasphemed when they preached the Trinity doctrine was " 1. …contrary to common sense. 2. It is contrary to Scripture. 3. It’s origin is Pagan and fabulous. Review and Herald, XVIII (November 5, 1861), 184

James White the husband of Ellen, stated that the trinity was one of the "unscriptural errors" of Rome, a part of the "Mystery of Iniquity" (James White, February 7, 1856, Review & Herald, vol. 7, no. 19, page 148, par. 26). Why would a person who believed the Trinity, marry a non-trinitarian? Why would a prophet of God not rebuke her own husband for speaking evil of her precious trinity, in an attempt at saving his soul? Why did not Ellen White meet the errors of the pioneers’ head on like she did every other error that crept into the church during her lifetime? If the trinity doctrine is true then Ellen White did not possess the prophetic gift and the SDA church was truly Babylon for the first one hundred years of its existence. But I find a more faithful answer when studying the evidence at hand. Simply the answer is, She was in full agreement with the Pioneers, and they were all united against the trinity doctrine.

"The leading points of our faith as we hold them today were firmly established. Point after point was clearly defined, and all the brethren came into harmony. The whole company of believers were united in the truth. There were those who came in with strange doctrines, but we were never afraid to meet them. Our experience was wonderfully established by the revelation of the Holy Spirit".—MS 135, 1903. (Ellen G. White, The Early Years Volume 1 - 1827-1862, page 145)

With this I would like to look more specifically at the subject of the holy Spirit. It seems because Ellen White spoke of a ‘trio’ on occasions, and sometimes three persons of the Godhead, that some have taken this to mean that she believed in a trinity. Ellen White, under the inspiration of the holy Spirit was always very careful never to use the term trinity. Any student of theology will recognize that a ‘trio’ is not a trinity. A trio is the union of three, a trinity is a division of one into three. To suggest that God is a union of the Father, the Son and holy Spirit, three co-equal beings is polytheism. It is a generic oneness that would be rebuked by any knowledgeable Trinitarian and this is what the SDA of today holds to; but it is NOT what the pioneers and Ellen White taught.

Ellen White believed that the One True GOD was the Father, and that Jesus Christ was his only begotten Son, divine by nature; that these were the only beings to be exalted. The following quotes will prove this point.

"In order that the human family might have no excuse because of temptation, Christ became one with them. The only being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter’s bench with his earthly parent". (Signs of the Times, Oct. 14, 1897)

"Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will." PP - 36

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,- one in nature, in character, and in purpose, - the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." GC – 493

(These teachings are verified by the following bible verse: Zec 6:12-13 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.—both means ‘two’--)

"In the controversy between Christ and Satan, the character of God was now fully vindicated in his act of banishing from Heaven the fallen angel, who had once been exalted next to Christ." Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 3, p. 184)

"He [Satan] was next to Christ in exaltation and character." (R&H, Oct. 22, 1895)

Clearly Sister White is teaching that GOD and Christ are the only TWO divine beings, in fact she clearly declares Lucifer to have been the third in the heavenly rank. This is blatantly contrary to the trinity, for it holds that there is only ONE DIVINE BEING, which exists in three parts (Father, Son, Holy Spirit). These statements are also contrary to the current SDA doctrines, for they teach that the holy Spirit is a BEING just like the Father and Son. They also hold to an independent Christ, who was not begotten by the Father, but whose sonship is only a role. This is also contrary to Ellen White as we can see from the above statements and again this is contrary to the Trinitarian doctrine, for it holds to the eternal generation of the son from the Father. Thus, if the holy Spirit is not a separate being, then what would it be? We will answer this in a moment.

Many of the modern Adventist scholars quote the following statement from Ellen White as proof of the trinity. "There are three living personalities of the heavenly trio" (Special Testimonies, Series B, No.7, pg 63 original handwritten manuscript.) Though in every other place this statement is misquoted as "three living persons". The modern Adventist Church would have you to believe that Sister White believed in three co-equal, co-eternal beings by this statement, but we have already established that she did not believe the holy Spirit to be a being separate from the Father and Son. So if there are only Two Divine beings, then how can there be three personalities? Ellen White’s son Willie answered such a question in this manner. "My perplexities were lessened a little when I learned from the dictionary that one of the meanings of personality was characteristics. It is stated in such a way that I concluded that there might be personality without a bodily form, which is possessed by the Father and Son. (Letter of W.C. White to H.W.Carr, April 30, 1935).

A simplistic study of the writings of Ellen White reveals that she held to the same belief of all the other pioneers concerning the holy Spirit. The following quote from Uriah Smith sets forth the common belief of the Advent Church. "But respecting this Spirit, the Bible uses expressions which cannot be harmonized with the idea that it is a person like the Father and the Son. Rather it is shown to be a divine influence from them both, the medium which represents their presence and by which they have knowledge and power through all the universe, when not personally present". Uriah Smith, "In the Question Chair," Review and Herald, LXVII (October 28, 1890), 664.

Thus the Church held that God and Christ are personally present in Heaven; yet their presence is in the entire world, even in the very hearts of the believer through the Spirit. With this we see three personal attributes of the Godhead, the visible presence of God and Christ in heaven, and their invisible spiritual presence here on earth. This is confirmed in the writings of Ellen White.

"What saith our Saviour? "I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you." "He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him and will manifest myself to him" When trials overshadow the soul, remember the words of Christ, remember that He is an unseen presence in the person of the Holy Spirit, and He will be the peace and comfort given you, manifesting to you that He is with you, the Sun of Righteousness, chasing away your darkness. "If a man love me," Christ said, "he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him" Be of good cheer; light will come, and your soul will rejoice greatly in the Lord".—Letter 124, 1897 (Daughters of God p.185).

With the above quote we are clearly told to remember that the "person of the holy Spirit" is the "unseen presence" of Christ; she even included scriptural verses to prove that the Spirit is Christ manifesting himself to his disciples in an unseen way. In the following quote Ellen reaffirms this fact, and helps us to understand a little more about her use of the word ‘personality’.

"Cumbered with humanity Christ could not be in every place personally, therefore it was altogether for their advantage that He should leave them to go to His Father and send the Holy Spirit to be His successor on earth. The Holy Spirit is Himself, divested of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He would represent Himself as present in all places by His Holy Spirit." Manuscript Release #1084

Here we see that the holy Spirit is the invisible omnipresence of Christ, it is Jesus "divested of humanity and independent there of". It is Christ’s personal presence without the ‘personality of humanity’. Let us not forget as we look at the holy Spirit that it originates with the Father, ultimately it is the Spirit of the Father, and both the Father and Son are present with us through its influence.

John 14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

"It is His purpose that the highest influence in the universe, emanating from the source of all power, shall be theirs. They are to have power to resist evil, power that neither earth, nor death, nor hell can master, power that will enable them to overcome as Christ overcame." DA – 679

"Never before had angels listened to such a prayer as Christ offered at His baptism, and they were solicitous to be the bearers of the message from the Father to His Son. But, no! Direct from the Father issues the light of His glory. The heavens were opened and beams of glory rested upon the Son of God and assumed the form of a dove, in appearance like burnished gold. That I May Know Him- 31

The Father has given the Son his Spirit without measure and has glorified him with it. Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor;

John 3:34 For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Thus by the holy Spirit Christ is now present in all the earth. Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne… stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having…seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

It is this great truth that Satan has hid from the Christian world, and has replaced with a false ‘Comforter’.

"The reason why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die, is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter, as one who reproves, who warns, who admonishes them, saying, "This is the way, walk ye in it." Christ has all power in heaven and in earth, and he can strengthen the wavering, and set right the erring. He can inspire with confidence, with hope in God; and confidence in God always results in creating confidence in one another". (R& H, August 26, 1890).

"The work of the Holy Spirit is immeasurably great. It is from this source that power and efficiency come to the worker for God; and the holy Spirit is the Comforter, as the personal presence of Christ to the soul." (HM, Nov 1 1893).

The term Comforter in the greek is "parakletos". It means an intercessor or an advocate. The bible teaches us that there is only one intercessor or mediator between God and man, and that is Christ Jesus (1st Timothy 2:5). It also declares Christ to be our only Advocate with the Father. "We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" 1st John 2:1. Here the term Advocate is the same greek word that was translated ‘Comforter’ earlier (parakletos). Thus the Comforter, our Advocate, and our Mediator is no other than Jesus Christ. "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" 2nd Corinthians 3:17.

If we believe the ‘Spirit’ is a third being other than God and His Son, and we look to ‘him’ to be our Comforter, then we believe in a false god and we are truly without help. No wonder the church is so sick, or even dead today. Some use the following verse to teach that God’s blood was shed for our redemption, which is totally unjustified; the rules of grammar and biblical logic force us to accept the facts that the holy Spirit is the invisible presence of Christ, the one who purchased the Church of God.

Acts 20:28 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.

Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed (purchased) us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;

1Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed (purchased) with corruptible things… But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

When will the Seventh Day Adventist Church cease with their lies? First they profess to be Trinitarian, when they hold to no such belief. They are believers of Tritheism to the core (See Gordon Jensen’s quote below). Then they misapply statements of Ellen White to fit their own ungodly doctrines, while classifying the Pioneers of the church as "In error" and "Arians".

The only truthful conclusion is such: #1. Ellen White was decidedly non-Trinitarian, especially with her clear statements that God and Christ are two separate beings. We must also admit that Ellen White did not see the holy Spirit as a ‘being’ separate from the Father and Son, but rather the invisible presence of them both. Thus, if the trinity is true, then Ellen White was a false prophet. #2. If the pioneers were Arians, then there is no link between the Modern Church and the one that came out of the great disappointment and this is readily admitted by the Conference. Thus if the trinity is true then the SDA church is not the remnant, and if the trinity is not truth, then the SDA Church of today is Babylon.

George Knight, Andrews University Seminary professor made the following statement in Ministry, the official Seventh-day Adventist journal for ministers: "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, October 1993, p. 10.

Gordon Jensen: "A plan of salvation was encompassed in the covenant made by the Three Persons of the Godhead, who possessed the attributes of Deity equally. In order to eradicate sin and rebellion from the universe and to restore harmony and peace, one of the divine Beings accepted, and entered into, the role of the Father, another the role of the Son. The remaining divine Being, the Holy Spirit, was also to participate in effecting the plan of salvation. All of this took place before sin and rebellion transpired in heaven. By accepting the roles that the plan entailed, the divine Beings lost none of the powers of Deity. With regard to their eternal existence and other attributes, they were one and equal. But with regard to the plan of salvation, there was, in a sense, a submission on the part of the Son to the Father." Adventist Review, October 31, 1996, p.12 (Week of Prayer readings)

J. R. Spangler: To me this signifies the interchangeableness of the members of the Godhead since they are one in action and purpose." Review & Herald, Oct. 21, 1971.

J.S. Washburn, 1888 and Ellen White

Who was J.S. Washburn?

J.S. Washburn was twenty-six years old in the year of 1888, the year when Brother Waggoner and Jones delivered to the Adventist Church the special message of ‘Righteousness by Faith’. When he first heard the sermon he rejected it, because he felt that it was contrary to the established teachings of the Adventist Church concerning the law of God; thus he sided with Brother Uriah Smith and J.H. Morrison in their disavowal of the doctrine. It was during this time that he first realized that Sister White was in full agreement with Jones and Waggoner, this knowledge led him to question Mrs. White's position as the Lord’s special messenger. After a short time of struggle, he met with Sister White and His doubts were dissolved.

"So I went to have a visit with her in her tent at the Ottawa meeting. I told her I had always thought and believed that she was a prophet. But I was disturbed by the Minneapolis episode. I had thought Uriah Smith and J.H.Morrison were right. "Do you know why J.H. Morrison left the Conference early?" she asked me. I replied, "Yes." Then she told me just what Morrison had said to me—and the revelation of her apparently superhuman knowledge of that private, confidential conversation frightened me. I realized that here was one who knew secrets...Sister White told me of her Guide in Europe, who had stretched His hands out, and said, "There are mistakes being made on both sides in this controversy." Then she added that the "Law in Galatians" is not the real issue of the Conference. The real issue is Righteousness by faith.(She ended by saying) " E.J. Waggoner can teach righteousness by faith more clearly than I can…(because) the Lord has given him special light on that question"’ (Report of interview with Elder J S Washburn by Wieland June 4, 1950 )

After this meeting, J.S. Washburn and his wife became dear friends with Ellen White. Brother Washburn was the Pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Washington. Mrs. White was a visitor in their home on occasion and the Ellen White Estate has on record several letters that Sister White wrote to the couple. "May the Lord continue to bless the church in Washington is my prayer. I know the Lord blessed me when I was with you, and He blessed His people. Much love to all in your household, and much love to those with whom we took sweet counsel together in our precious meetings. The Lord lives and reigns, praise His holy name". (The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, page 853, paragraph 1 Chapter Title: To J. S. Washburn and wife).

It was the Conference’s rejection of the special message of ‘Righteousness by Faith’, first given in 1888 that caused the writing of several letters from Mrs. White to the Washburn’s. This rejection greatly sorrowed Sister White, and she wrote to Brother J.S. Washburn to encourage him to continue in the ‘rays of the Sun of Righteousness’, for she knew that he had now fully accepted the message.

"I have great sorrow of heart over the hardness of heart that has been leavening our churches, and is especially seen in those who have had great light. Their blindness of mind is correspondingly great as the light was great that shone upon them. What will be the end of this stubborn unbelief we have yet to learn. I am thankful that the Lord is working in Washington. I hope that you will keep (continue) under the direct rays of the Sun of Righteousness, that the bright beams from the face of Jesus Christ may shine with brightness upon your heart, and that you may reflect their bright rays to others…. Who can anticipate the gifts of infinite Love. "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have everlasting life." God's love for the world was not manifest because he sent his Son, but because he loved the world He sent his Son into the world that divinity clothed with humanity might touch humanity, while divinity lays hold of infinity. (In a letter to J.S. Washburn. The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, page 710, paragraph 1)

"In Washington she was entertained in the home of J. S. Washburn, pastor of the Washington church. One day in conversation, thinking of the Minneapolis session and the discussions on righteousness by faith, Washburn asked Ellen White, "What is faith?" Her reply was prompt and simple: "You believe what your father tells you, do you not? That is faith."--As related by J. S. Washburn to the author. To Ellen White, faith was a simple, uncomplicated experience--just trusting belief as a child would trust a father". (Ellen G. White Volume 3 The Lonely Years 1876-1891, page 469, paragraph 6).

Mr. Washburn became known as a true believer in the Spirit of Prophecy, and Ellen White considered him a defender of the Faith, which was once delivered unto the saints. For example, when Brother Uriah Smith repented himself of his error, in which he ‘burdened’ down the work for two years in the late 1880’s (probably in resistance to the 1888 message of ‘Righteousness by Faith’ given in Minneapolis), it was Brother Washburn to whom Sister White wrote and gave the good news of Brother Smith’s repentance. "Brother Smith has fallen on the Rock, and is broken, and the Lord Jesus will now work with him." (Ellen G. White Volume 3 The Lonely Years 1876-1891, page 473, letter 32, 1891).

WHAT IS THE MESSAGE OF 1888 AND HOW DID SISTER WHITE VIEW IT?

Elders Jones and Waggoner called their special message ‘Righteousness by Faith’ which was given in 1888. In it Jesus Christ is set forth in his true position and faith in him is proclaimed the agent by which humanity can overcome every obstacle and sin. The following shows exactly how Sister White estimated it.

"The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer: This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth.." - Selected Messages – bk 1, p.363

"Now it has been Satan’s determined effort to eclipse the view of Jesus and lead man to look to man and trust to man, and be educated to expect help from man. For years the church has been looking to man and expecting much from man, but not looking to Jesus in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. Therefore, God gave His servants (elders Jones and Waggoner) a testimony that presented the truth as it is in Jesus, which is the third angel’s message in clear distinct lines." - TM – 93

"The enemy of God and man is not willing that this truth (Righteousness by Faith) should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken." (Review and Herald – Sept. 2, 1889).

What did Sister White proclaim this message to be? "The Loud Cry of the third Angel,' 'the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth’, ‘The truth as it is in Jesus, which is the third angel message’. And what would be the result if people received the message fully? "(Satan’s) power would be broken". Can a message be declared to be any more important than this one? I think not. The sad truth is, the Conference rejected this message in 1888, and it still rejects it today. Though they may now profess to believe that through faith in Christ we can overcome all sin, yet they have laid aside the true position of Christ, and have now accepted the confusion of Babylon. The following paragraphs clarify the position of Christ as stated in 1888.

"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 inquire, nor could our minds grasp it if we were told. The prophet Micah tells us all that we can know about it in these words, "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2, margin. There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from God, from the bosom of the Father (John 8:42; 1:18), but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning."

"And more than seven hundred years before His first advent, His coming was thus foretold by the word of inspiration: "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2, margin. We know that Christ "proceeded forth and came from God" (John 8:42), but it was so far back in the ages of eternity as to be far beyond the grasp of the mind of man." "We honor the Father in honoring the Son. We are mindful of Paul's words, that "to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him" (1 Cor. 8:6); just as we have already quoted, that it was by Him that God made the worlds. All things proceed ultimately from God, the Father; even Christ Himself proceeded and came forth from the Father, but it has pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell, and that He should be the direct, immediate Agent in every act of creation. Our object in this investigation is to set forth Christ's rightful position of equality with the Father, in order that His power to redeem may be the better appreciated." (Taken from the booklet, Christ Our Righteousness by E.J. Waggoner).

As any reader can see this doctrine, which was in accordance with the teaching of all the pioneers of the SDA Church, is in direct opposition to the doctrine of the ‘trinity’, which the Church now holds. Yet, Sister White viewed it as the ‘Truth as it is in Jesus’. How can this be when the Church teaches that Ellen White was a ‘trinitarian’? The truth is, the Church is lying! Sister White truly believed that Jesus Christ was the begotten Son of God, begotten before all creation. "The Eternal Father, the unchangeable one, gave his only begotten Son, tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person, and sent him down to earth to reveal how greatly he loved mankind. Advent Review and Sabbath Herald - 07-09-95

The Letter by J. S. Washburn

With the knowledge that the Seventh Day Adventist Church did not begin to openly incorporate the trinity doctrine into its beliefs until 1931 (after the death of the pioneers, including E.G. White); and with the previous information on just who J.S. Washburn was, and his relationship to Sister White, I hope that the following letter which he wrote to the Conference will have a greater impact on your thinking..

"The doctrine of the Trinity is a cruel heathen monstrosity, removing Jesus from his true position of Divine Savior and Mediator. It is true we can not measure or define divinity. It is beyond our finite understanding, yet on this subject of the personality of God the Bible is very simple and plain. The Father, the Ancient of Days, is from eternity. Jesus was begotten of the Father. Jesus speaking through the Psalmist says: "The Lord (Jehovah) has said unto me, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee." - Psalm 2:7.

Again in Proverbs (where Jesus is spoken of under the title of wisdom, See 1 Cor. 1:24), we read: "The Lord (Jehovah) possessed me in the beginning of his way". - v. 22

"Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth." - v. 24

The Son says he was brought forth, begotten, born of His Father (Jehovah).

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. …

And the fact that Christ is not the mediator in the Roman Church demonstrates that the Trinity destroys the truth that Christ is the one, the only mediator. The so-called Christian Church, the Papacy, that originated the doctrine of the Trinity, does not recognize him as the only mediator but substitutes a multitude of ghosts of dead men and women as mediators. If you hold the Trinity doctrine, in reality, Christ is no longer your mediator. …

Seventh-day Adventists claim to take the word of God as supreme authority and to have "come out of Babylon", to have renounced forever the vain traditions of Rome. 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 seem to be spiritual, is this anything else or anything less than apostasy, and the very Omega of apostasy?…

However kindly or beautiful or apparently profound his sermons or articles may be, when a man has arrived at the place where he teaches the heathen Catholic doctrine of the Trinity, and denies that the Son of God died for us, is he a true Seventh-day Adventist? Is he even a true preacher of the Gospel? And when many regard him as a great teacher and accept his unscriptural theories, absolutely contrary to the Spirit of Prophecy, it is time that the watchmen should sound a note of warning. …"[Portions of a letter written by J. S. Washburn in 1939. This letter was liked by a conference president so much that he distributed it to 32 of his ministers.]