Fred Wright’s Destiny of a Movement

 

“He took upon Him our sinful nature.” Ellen White, Review and Herald, 12/15/96.

 

"Christ's life represents a perfect manhood. Just that which you may be. He was in human nature. He took our infirmities. He was not only made flesh but He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh." EGW, 5 SDA Bible Commentary, p. 1124.

 

 

 

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Fred T. Wright's book Destiny of a Movement, proves beyond a particle of doubt that Leroy Froom's book Movement of Destiny is antichrist because it teaches that Christ came in the SINLESS flesh of Adam before the fall. That book received the imprimatur of the General Conference President: 1966 – 1979: Robert H. Pierson at the time of its publication and, like Answers to Questions on Doctrines, was sent to hundreds of thousands of Babylonian ministers and libraries the world over as a testament to what Adventists believe.

 

That book was the most abominably evil amongst all "books of a new order," (1SM 204-5) making the new movement SDA church antichrist beyond question. That book teaches the same errant gospel that Babylon teaches—that Christ came in sinless flesh, thus He could not be an example for us in overcoming—thus there would be no provision for overcoming sin—thus, no redemption from sin. Paul says to accurse anyone who comes with another gospel even if it be an angel. The word he uses means anathema—to have absolutely nothing to do with, and this should be the course of every true and faithful Seventh-day Adventist.

 

SDA leaders try to shrug off the implications of that book by saying it was just one man’s opinion, but it received the imprimatur of a lot of Adventism’s highest leaders. Thus, the entire church stands corporately responsible for that evil book of a new order. What makes it the most evil is not that it is the only book that is antichrist regarding the human nature of Christ, but that it was sent to thousands of Babylonian ministers and institutions as a testament as to what Seventh-day Adventists believe. That error was never corrected and repented of.

 

The factor that makes corporate responsibility applicable in Adventism is the fact that Ellen White said the church is a theocracy. In a theocracy, all are corporately responsible for the teachings of its leaders.

 

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All Israel was corporately for Achan’s sin (Joshua Chapters 6 and 7) because they were a theocracy. Ellen White clearly defined the SDA church as a theocracy and she spelled out corporately responsibility:

 

"The plain straight testimony must live in the church, or the curse of God will rest upon His people as surely as it did upon ancient Israel because of their sins. God holds His people, as a body [corporately], responsible for the sins existing in individuals among them." Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 269.

“The Lord said to Joshua, "Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you." The defects of character in any member of the church, or in the minister, are charged to the church if the church make light of the defects. If you place Elder Daniels over the church as a minister, you, as a church, assume his defects, you make them your own, and the whole church stands under the rebuke of God, even as ancient Israel was under his rebuke on account of the sin of Achan. But your case will be more grievous than theirs, because you knew the evil, yet hid your eyes from it and walked contrary to the will of God.” {PH028 5.4}

In our largest churches the greatest evils exist, because these have had the greatest light. They have not a true knowledge of God, and of Jesus Christ whom he has sent. The leaven of unbelief is working, and unless these evils which bring the displeasure of God are corrected in its members, the whole church stands accountable for them. The deep movings of the Spirit of God are not with them; the glorious presence of the King of saints, and his power to cleanse from all moral defilement, are not manifest among them. Many come to the assembly as worshipers, like the door upon its hinges. They understand not the true application of the Scriptures, nor the power of God. They have eyes, but they see not; ears have they, but they hear not; they continue in their evil ways, yet regard themselves as the privileged, obedient people who are doers of the word. A carnal security and ease in Zion prevail. Peace, peace, is sounded in her borders, when God has not spoken peace. They have forfeited the terms of peace; there is reason for an alarm to be sounded in all "my holy mountain." The sinners in Zion should be afraid, in a time when they do not expect it, sudden destruction will surely come upon all who are at ease.” {RH, December 23, 1890 par. 10}

 

Theocracy -- "God's people have been called out of the world, that they may be separated from the world. It is not safe for them to take sides in politics, whatever preference they may have. They are ever to remember that they are one in Christ. God calls upon them to enter their names as under His THEOCRACY. He cannot approve of those who link up with worldlings [and churches which cannot be distinguished from the world, Early Writings, 273]. We are entirely out of our place when we identify ourselves with party interests....

God has chosen a people who are to proclaim the third angel's message to the world. They are to be a separate and peculiar people in this world of churches who are transgressing His commandments." E.G. White Manuscript Releases Volume 3, 40, 41.

The last great work of David in his official position was to call the attention of the people once more to their solemn relation to God as subjects of His theocracy. . . . {CTr 156.2}

The people of Israel, in their gratitude at deliverance from the Midianites, proposed to Gideon that he should become their king, and that the throne should be confirmed to his descendants. This proposition was in direct violation of the principles of the theocracy. . . . Gideon recognized this fact; his answer shows how true and noble were his motives. "I will not rule over you," he declared; "neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over you." {CC 129.2}

We are to invite everyone--the high and the low, the rich and the poor, all sects and classes--to share the benefits of our medical institutions. We receive into our institutions people of all denominations. But as for ourselves, we are strictly denominational; we are sacredly denominated by God and are under His theocracy. But we are not unwisely to press upon anyone the peculiar points of our faith.--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 109 (1902). The last great work of David in his official position was to call the attention of the people once more to their solemn relation to God as subjects of His theocracy. . . . {CTr 156.2}

The people of Israel, in their gratitude at deliverance from the Midianites, proposed to Gideon that he should become their king, and that the throne should be confirmed to his descendants. This proposition was in direct violation of the principles of the theocracy. . . . Gideon recognized this fact; his answer shows how true and noble were his motives. "I will not rule over you," he declared; "neither shall my son rule over you: the Lord shall rule over you." {CC 129.2}

We are to invite everyone--the high and the low, the rich and the poor, all sects and classes--to share the benefits of our medical institutions. We receive into our institutions people of all denominations. But as for ourselves, we are strictly denominational; we are sacredly denominated by God and are under His theocracy. But we are not unwisely to press upon anyone the peculiar points of our faith.--Testimonies for the Church, vol. 7, p. 109 (1902).

Man's Consolidation or God's Theocracy?--Stop where you are. You cannot retrieve your past record by seeking to reconstruct, reorganize, and consolidate other institutions with the institutions so defective in Battle Creek. I cry to you in the name of the Lord, No, No. Leave the Pacific Press under God's theocracy, and humble your hearts before God before it is everlastingly too late. The great day of God is coming when every man shall be known as God knows him.--MS 7, 1897. {PM 152.1}

The Lord has a work which is above the world's seeking. To those who have not the mind of Christ, the features of our faith and our work, the great object to be accomplished, is far above their comprehension, and unseen. But we are not to come down from our position of ever remaining a people distinct and peculiar from the world. Our vocation is high, holy and elevated. Our faith, if appreciated, will keep all true believers from political strife. We are to work for the spiritual recovery of mankind to God, to bring them under His theocracy. Then only are we a safe people. In keeping ourselves in close sympathy with God, our hearts bound up in love for Him, is our only security. {BTS, September 1, 1908 par. 1}

... The Lord of heaven is to be the Leader and Guide and Counselor of His people. His institutions are to be managed under His theocracy. His people are to act as a chosen people, a people who are to do a sacred and an unselfish work. {GCB, April 6, 1903 par. 18} & {RH, April 14, 1903 par. 18}

 

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2 John 1


1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. 12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. 13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

 

Not Only Antichrist but the Doctrine of the Nicolaitans That God Especially Hates

 

Rev 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

 

Rev 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

 

Bible Dictionary

Nicolaitanes

“The church at Ephesus (Rev. 2:6) is commended for hating the "deeds" of the Nicolaitanes, and the church of Pergamos is blamed for having them who hold their "doctrines" (15). They were seemingly a class of professing Christians, who sought to introduce into the church a false freedom or licentiousness, thus abusing Paul's doctrine of grace (comp. 2 Pet. 2:15, 16, 19), and were probably identical with those who held the doctrine of Baalam (q.v.), Rev. 2:14.”

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 

Nicolaitans

 

Doctrine of the Nicolaitans.--The doctrine is now largely taught that the gospel of Christ has made the law of God of no effect that by 'believing' we are released from the necessity of being doers of the Word. But this is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which Christ so unsparingly condemned." E.G. White, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 7, p. 957.

"(Jude 4).--The Sin of the Nicolaitans.--Is it [our sin] the sin of the Nicolaitans, turning the grace of God into lasciviousness." E.G. White, SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 7, 957.

 

If Jesus came in the flesh of Adam before the fall which is what Movement of Destiny teaches, then not only would we not have to keep the law being doers of the Word, it would be impossible for us to obey. This is the false gospel of Babylon, that we are saved by grace (pardon) alone, without works empowered by the Holy Spirit and motivated by love and faith for Jesus.

 

The Bible gives a definition of grace that the fallen churches (including the SDA church) never mention, to wit:

 

Rom 1:5   By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

 

Grace as Power for Obedience: "Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power." Eph. 3:7.

 

Ellen White defined grace in the above context (power):

 

“They must have His grace, the Spirit of Christ, to help their infirmities, or they cannot form a Christian character. Jesus loves to have us come to Him, just as we are—sinful, helpless, dependent.” Faith and Works, p. 38.

 

“There must be a power working from within, a new life from above, before man can be changed from sin to holiness. That power is Christ. His grace [the Spirit of Christ] alone can quicken the lifeless faculties of the soul, and attract it to God, to holiness.” (ST, May 28, 1902, par. 3).

 

“We are not to have the courage and fortitude of martyrs of old until brought into the position they were in. . . . Should there be a return of persecution there would be grace given to arouse every energy of the soul to show a true heroism.--OHC 125 (1889). {LDE 150.4}

 

“The disciples were not endowed with the courage and fortitude of the martyrs until such grace was needed.--DA 354 (1898). {LDE 150.5}

 

Gnostic Gnosticism

 

"The earliest extra-Biblical Christian writer to mention this party is Irenaeus (c. A.D. 185), who identifies the Nicolaitans as a Gnostic sect...

There is evidence also of a Gnostic sect in the 3d cent. A.D. bearing the name 'Nicolaitans.'

"...The doctrine of the Nicolaitans appears to have been a form of antinomianism (see SDACom 7:957). Nicolaitans of the 2d cent. seem to have continued and extended the views of the 1st-cent. adherents, holding to the freedom of the flesh, and teaching that the deeds of the flesh had no effect upon the health of the soul and consequently no relation to salvation." SDA Bible Dictionary, Vol. 8 pp. 770, 771.

 

Eze 2:6

And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns [be] with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they [be] a rebellious house.

How frequently ancient Israel rebelled, and how often were they visited with judgments, and thousands slain because they would not heed the commands of God who had chosen them. {RH, June 25, 1861 par. 25}

Nicolaitans are thorny-ground hearers of the Word

 

"Thorns sprung up.--The thorns made it impossible for the wheat to mature (see Luke 8:14). In the same way secular interests prevent the fruits of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22, 23) from reaching maturity. Religion is relegated to the subordinate position of being only one interest among many. For lack of cultivation it withers and eventually dies. That which the thorny-ground hearers lack is a moral transformation [E.G. White, Christ's Object Lessons,  p. 50]  To them, justification is the sum and substance of religion, and they fail to realize that the Christian life consists essentially in the process known as sanctification--the process by which evil traits and tendencies are replaced by the perfect life-pattern of Jesus Christ." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 405.

 

This (above) is precisely what New Movement Seventh-day Adventists (Selected Messages, vol. 1, 204-205), teaches. It teaches that justification (grace as pardon only) is the sum and substance of religion.

 

It is true that a few leaders don’t agree that Jesus took the nature of Adam before the fall, but they are corporately responsible for those who do. And the same tithe that pays those who teach the true gospel goes to those who teach a false forbidden gospel that is antichrist. God does not approve of teaching two different gospels. He said through Paul to accurse (let them be anathema) anyone who should come with another gospel, and that does not include admixing the true gospel with the false and paying the sacred tithe money to the false as well as the true. This is not the yea or nay (only) principle that God approves of. He says that whatever is not yea or nay is of the devil (evil).

 

Mat 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

 

2Cr 1:17 When I therefore was thus minded, did I use lightness? or the things that I purpose, do I purpose according to the flesh, that with me there should be yea yea, and nay nay?

 

2Cr 1:18 But [as] God [is] true, our word toward you was not yea and nay.

 

2Cr 1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, [even] by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.

 

Jam 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and [your] nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

 

Those who take a baptismal oath to uphold two different gospels, the false admixed with the true, will fall into God’s condemnation on judgment day.

 

... The Lord will not write as wise those who cannot distinguish between a tree that bears thorn-berries and a tree that bears olives. {EGW, RH, September 7, 1897 par. 15}

 

Excerpt from Fred Wright’s book, pp. 168, 169:

 

It is true that L. E. Froom quotes a paragraph from E. J. Waggoner

stating that Christ "actually" took "upon Himself sinful nature." But this is neatly covered and perverted by inserting a key word which does not appear in the section as written by Waggoner and which changes the truth in the statement. It is the word "vicariously". This word has a definition quite opposite from "actually", which means that He took it literally and in reality. "Vicariously" teaches that He did not take it literally but in some mysterious kind of sympathetic sense. Here Froom has produced one of those impossibly contradictory statements which purports to make the matter clear, but which obscures it further. Something cannot be actual and

at the same time vicarious.

 

Observe too that while  Froom  does refer to Waggoner's statement

saying that Christ took all the weaknesses of man, he is careful to omit the next words in the same sentence which say that the flesh which Christ assumed "had ..." "all the sinful tendencies to which fallen human nature is subject ..."

 

This sentence which Froom has so carefully omitted, is one of the most important in the whole paragraph. Throughout, Froom is doing his best to make  it  appear  that  today  the  church  teaches the  same  message  as Waggoner, but this is the very sentiment in the doctrine of Christ's nature to which he is most opposed—the teaching that Christ came in the same nature as we have, a human nature having "all the sinful tendencies to which human nature is heir."

 

As Movement of Destiny proceeds, Froom emphatically rejects the idea that Christ came in the same flesh and blood as the children. Yet he knows that the Spirit of Prophecy endorsed Waggoner and Jones' teaching that Christ, who was the eternal God, came down and accepted a flesh and blood human nature derived exactly the same as any of the children of men, and therefore had as its very nature, all that humanity has. Froom's task as commissioned by the church, is to prove that he and the church are in perfect agreement with,  and zealously preaching a message with which they are really in complete disagreement. That is quite a task and places before him quite a dilemma.

 

How is such a problem solved?

It is solved without difficulty if the tactics followed by the church are

adopted. This involves, with carefully calculated timing, the setting forth of the problem under the halo of declared agreement, rather than with the chilling atmosphere of direct rejection. Expressions of awe for the message Waggoner brought complete the image of pretended approval. Then, by carefully omitting vital key statements made by the Lord's messenger and inserting the word "vicariously", an interpretation of Waggoner is projected

 

WAGGONER MISREPRESENTED     Page 169

 

which makes his message acceptable to the church. Thus Waggoner is made to be the supporter of deadly error instead of the champion of truth which he really was.” End quote.

 

Remember, you may download the all-compelling book Destiny of a Movement, by Fred T. Wright, on-line at the bottom of the main menu on my Website. Wait a few minutes for it to load. This will be one of the most profound books you will ever read as a Seventh-day Adventist.

 

—rwb

 

For more on the words “exempt” and “vicarious(ly) see the following document:

 

http://omega77.tripod.com/qedhdouglass1.htm

 

 

 

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