James Springer White On The Trinity

James S. White wrote: “It is only when we stop believing right that we stop doing right (Best stories from the best book, Bible companion for the home. James Edson White 1900 page 161)

Five Major Problems With The Trinity - Sean Finnegan:

James Springer White

Birthdate:August 4, 1821
Birthplace:Palmyra, Somerset, Maine, United States 
Death:Died August 6, 1881 in Battle Creek, Calhoun, Michigan, United States
Cause of death:Effects of a fever
Place of Burial:Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, MI
Immediate Family:

Son of Deacon John White and Elizabeth "Betsey" White 
Husband of Ellen G. White 
Father of William Clarence WhiteJames Edson WhiteHenry Whiteand John White 
Brother of John WhiteMary WhiteNathaniel White and Anna White 
Source: http://www.geni.com/people/James-Springer-White/359323647740003125


  1. James S White "his father was descended from one of the pilgrims who came on the ship Mayflower and landed on plymouth rock in December, 1620." "The best man that ever trod shoe-leather." (in his sphere - besides Jesus) –Ellen White
  2. Ellen White = The end came on Friday, July 16, 1915, at 3:40 P. M., in the sunny upper chamber of her “Elmshaven” home where she had spent so much of her time during the last happy, fruitful years of her busy life. She fell asleep in Jesus as quietly and peacefully as a weary child goes to rest. Surrounding her bedside were her son, Elder W. C. White, and his wife; her granddaughter, Mrs. Mabel White Workman; her long-time and faithful secretary, Miss Sara McEnterfer; her niece and devoted nurse, Miss May Walling; another of her untiring bedside nurses, Mrs. Carrie Hungerford; her housekeeper, Miss Tessie Woodbury; her old-time companion and helper, Mrs. Mary Chinnock Thorp; and a few friends and helpers who had spent many years in and about her home and in her office.

    For several days prior to her death, she had been unconscious much of the time, and toward the end she seemed to have lost the faculty of speech and that of hearing. The last words she spoke to her son were, “I know in whom I have believed.”

    “God is love.” “He giveth His beloved sleep.” To them the long night of waiting until the morning of the resurrection is but a moment; and even to those who remain the time of waiting will not be long, for Jesus is coming soon to gather His loved ones home. As our beloved sister herself declared to those about her one Sabbath day during her sickness, “We shall all be home very soon now.”  LIFE SKETCHES OF ELLEN G. WHITE, PAGE 449

    On the twenty-sixth Mrs. White had a bad day. Under the painful stress of Edith’s death her mind turned back to the time only a few years before when James White, her husband of 35 years, [James White died August 6, 1881, in the Battle Creek Sanitarium. He lies buried next to his wife who fell asleep July 16, 1915—34 years later. They rest until the happy morning of resurrection in the White family plot in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan, where all four of their sons are resting. James White’s parents are also resting there. Elder White was born on August 4, 1821, in Palmyra, Maine. He reported in his Life Incidents, Page 9, that his father was descended from one of the pilgrims who came on the ship Mayflower and landed on plymouth rock in December, 1620. James’s mother was a granddaughter of Dr. Samuel Shepard, an eminent baptist minister of New England. White was the fifth of nine children, and one of the three founders of the Seventh-day Adventists Church. He served as president of the general conference for an aggregate of ten years: May 17, 1865, to May 14, 1867; May 18, 1869, to December 29, 1871; August 13, 1874, to October 11, 1880. (See The sda Encyclopedia, p. 1419.)] was snatched away from her by a sudden attack of malaria, then before that to the death of her firstborn, Henry, at the age of 16, and her baby boy, Herbert, at three months (see Manuscript 30, 1885). ELLEN G. WHITE IN EUROPE 1885-1887, BY D. A. DELAFIELD, PAGE 90

"I was shown that God has laid upon my husband and me a special work, to bear a plain testimony to His people, and to cry aloud and spare not, to show the people their transgressions and the house of Israel their sins. But there is a class who will not receive the message of reproof, and they raise their hands to shield those whom God would reprove and correct. These are ever found sympathizing with those whom God would make to feel their true poverty.

The word of the Lord, spoken through His servants, is received by many with questionings and fears. And many will defer their obedience to the warning and reproofs given, waiting till every shadow of uncertainty is removed from their minds. The unbelief that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to the evidence that God is pleased to give. He requires of His people faith that rests upon the weight of evidence, not upon perfect knowledge. Those followers of Christ who accept the light that God sends them must obey the voice of God speaking to them when there are many other voices crying out against it. It requires discernment to distinguish the voice of God.

Check out page 6 in the document below to read the article about James White creating Hymnals for the early SDA pioneers to use... very interesting info:

JAMES WHITE
Biographical Sketch
(1821-1881)
 

On Sabbath, March 5, 1870, Elder James White, preached this sermon in the third Seventh-day Adventist church building to be erected in Battle Creek, Michigan. Built in 1866 on a lot diagonally across from the publishing house, the church measured forty-four by sixty-five feet and cost $8,100. In time, a balcony was added which permitted a total seating of 500 to 600 people. This was the first Seventh-day Adventist church building in Battle Creek to have a bell. It was hung in a small rounded belfry on top of the roof of the building. The bell was rung at sunset each Friday and Sabbath evening to herald the opening and closing of the Sabbath hours.
 

James White, a co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist church, was born in Palmyra, Maine, in 1821. As a young man in his early twenties, he became a Millerite Adventist minister. It was nearly two years after the Great Disappointment of 1844, and just shortly after his marriage to Ellen G. Harmon in 1846 that James White accepted the Seventh-day Sabbath.
 

Possessing a keen foresight, James White started papers, built institutions, and traveled widely preaching in churches and encouraging the faithful. Among the papers and institutions that he helped start were, The Present Truth (1849); The Advent Review (1850); the Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, currently called The Adventist Review (1850); The Review and Herald Publishing Association – also originally started under a different name – (1852); The Youth's Instructor (1852); Battle Creek College (1874); The Signs of the Times (1874); and Pacific Press Publishing Association (1875). He also wrote several books and hundreds of articles for various church papers as well as served as president of the General Conference for a total of ten years. He died in 1881 at the age of sixty in Battle Creek, Michigan.
 

James White was a popular, dynamic speaker. One person who, as a girl, heard Elder White speak recalled him as being very friendly with everyone. Although he was a very serious, earnest Christian, she also remembered that he was not always solemn. She said that he told things in a way that you would remember—so that they would fast in your mind. Audiences paid attention to him because of the way he spoke. She also recalled that sometimes Elder White would come in singing – even in the Tabernacle in Battle Creek – to start the service.
 

Another who recalled James White starting his meetings by coming down the aisle singing was Elder W. A. Spicer: "I remember well, as a boy, sitting in our church waiting for the preacher. Our backs were to the street door, through which the minister would enter. Then suddenly the silence would be broken by a sweetly musical and strong, sure voice, singing a familiar hymn. I can see the singer now, James White, silver-haired, coming down the aisle beating time on his Bible, and singing. . . . By the time he had finished the first stanza and the chorus, the congregation had been caught and carried along in the spirit of it, and was joining in. . . . [W. A. Spicer, Pioneer Days of the Advent Movement, pp. 146, 147]
 

Location of Caldwell County

Although James White was an extremely popular speaker at church gatherings, he knew when he had met his match! At Hamilton, Missouri [Little ol' Hamilton, Missouri has become a quilter's paradise—some might even call it the "Disneyland of quilting."], in 1870, James and his wife Ellen held a weekend series of meetings in the Methodist church. Both spoke several times during the three days. At the Friday evening meeting Ellen spoke to a crowded hall. In fact, many had to be turned away for lack of room. She spoke again after sundown Sabbath evening and was announced to speak on the subject of health Sunday afternoon.

 

Long before the appointed time for the meeting on Sunday, the hall was so crowded that there were fears that the floor might collapse. "Divide the preachers," someone called out. The suggestion was that James should take part of the group and go speak to them in a nearby meetinghouse. But he declined. Apparently he was concerned that he would not get his fair share of the audience! Women speakers were very unusual in Missouri then, so it is doubtful that many there that day would have missed a chance to hear Ellen. The situation was finally resolved when the entire congregation was moved to larger quarters.
 

Even when he was just starting out as a young Millerite preacher in his early twenties, James White always put his entire soul into his preaching. He described what happened once as he was closing a meeting, when he was 21 years of age: ". . . The power of God came upon me to that degree I had to support myself with both hands hold of the pulpit. It was a solemn hour. As I viewed the condition of sinners, lost without Christ, I called on them with weeping, repeating several times, 'Come to Christ, sinner . . . before it shall be too late, . . . come.'" [James White, Life Incidents, p. 87]
 

As Elder W. A. Spicer recalled about James White: "He was in earnest in personal work for souls. In campmeetings in the [eighteen] seventies, at the old fairground in Battle Creek, I have seen him step from the platform to the front seat (the board seats had no backs on them), and then quickly from seat to seat, to get to the side of some man whose countenance evidently showed that the Holy Spirit was working in His heart to bring him to a decision then and there. There was no fear of doing the unconventional when it came to helping a soul over the line. "[W. A. Spicer, Pioneer Days of the Advent Movement, p. 159]
 

Speaking of the unusual, an interesting incident occurred as James White was once speaking at a campmeeting. A heavy rain began to fall making in nearly impossible for anyone to hear him.
 

"Let's sing while we wait for the storm to subside," James suggested. "It won't last long." So they all sang, and sure enough, before long the rain stopped and Elder White was able to resume his sermon. He became so completely absorbed in what he was saying that he walked right off the platform. But this did not stop him! He picked himself up, climbed right back up on the platform and all the while kept preaching. In fact, James White built the incident right into his sermon so well that any in the audience thought he had planned it that way!
 

At her husband's funeral, Ellen White recalled their last trip together just a few days before his death. She said: "He labored in the meetings at Charlotte, [Michigan] presenting the truth with clearness and power. He spoke of the pleasure he felt in addressing a people who manifested so deep an interest in the subjects most dear to him. [Ellen White quoted in In Memoriam, A Sketch of the Last Sickness and Death of Elder James White, p. 57]
 

And what were these subjects that were most dear to him? James White's long-time friend and fellow colleague, Elder Uriah Smith, who gave the funeral sermon outlined them as follows:

 

The wonders of redemption; the position and work of Christ as one with the Father in the creation; and in all the dispensations pertaining to the plan of salvation; and finally, the glories of the coming restitution. . . . [Uriah Smith, quoted in In Memoriam, p. 36]


James Springer White 1821-1881

In his youth James White was a school teacher. He later became a Christian minister in Maine. He accepted William Miller’s views on the second advent and was successful in preaching the doctrine of the soon coming of the Savior.

He was a talented and capable executive, missionary leader, and powerful public evangelist. Not only did he participate with William Miller, Joseph Bates, and scores of other preachers in announcing the advent of our Lord near in the 1840’s, but he outlived the Millerite movement to become the first great apostle of the Seventh-day Adventist cause.

White was the publisher of the first periodical issued by Seventh-day Adventists, Present Truth (1849); the first editor of the Review and Herald (1850), the Youth’s Instructor (1852), also the Signs of the Times (1874). He was president of the General Conference between 1865-1967, 1869-1871, and 1874-1880.

If there was a founder of the Review and Herald Publishing Association, it was James White along with his wife, Ellen. He was the sponsor and promoter of the Pacific Press Publishing Association.

He died August 6, 1881, when he was only sixty. He literally worked himself to death. The brethren leaned on him so heavily that his towering figure fell. His sixty years of life were spent unselfishly and sacrificially. No other Seventh-day Adventist minister did more than he to build high principle of the THREE ANGEL'S MESSAGE and efficiency into the life of our churches and institutions.

 

THE THRONE OF GRACE
By James White
Preached on March 5, 1870
 

Text: "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." Heb. 4:16

It is our privilege to come to a throne of grace. And we may approach this throne with boldness. It is a throne of grace. It is where mercy is dispensed. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace."
 

It is a throne of mercy and of grace, that sinners may approach – to find justice? No, to find grace, to find pardon, to find mercy. Do we go there to obtain our pay for what we have done? No, indeed. After we have done all that we can do, we are but unprofitable servants. We are invited to come where we may find grace, not pay. It is our privilege to find mercy and grace.
 

Another point of interest in the text is, that we may find grace to help in time of need; or help when we need help, and mercy and grace when we are in greatest need. What a privilege!
 

But how does this chapter open? "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Read the rest of this sermon by James S. White here.


The beginning of Christ being in Heaven prior to Bethlehem as the firstborn of Heaven sent down to save the sinner?


Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for THE faith which was once delivered unto the saints...” (Jude 3, 4) ...The exhortation to contend for the faith delivered to the saints, is to us alone. And it is very important for us to know what for and how to contend. In the 4th verse he gives us the reason why we should contend for THE faith, a particular faith; “for there are certain men,” or a certain class who deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ... The way spiritualizers have disposed of or denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ is first using the old unscriptural Trinitarian creed, viz., that Jesus Christ is the eternal God, though they have not one passage to support it, while we have plain scripture testimony in abundance that he is the Son of the eternal God.” — (James White, The Day Star, January 24, 1846)

The Most Holy, containing the Ark of the ten commandments, was then opened for our Great High Priest to enter to make atonement for the cleansing of the Sanctuary.  If we take the liberty to say there is not a literal Ark, containing the ten commandments in heaven, we may go only a step further and deny the literal City, and the literal Son of God.  Certainly, Adventists should not choose the spiritual view, rather than the one we have presented.  We see no middle ground to be taken.” — (James White, Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, June 9th 1851, The Parable – Matthew XXV, 1-12)

We are told by those who teach the abolition of the Father's law, that the commandments of God mentioned in the New Testament, are not the ten, but the requirements of the gospel, such as repentance, faith, baptism and the Lord's supper. But as these, and every other requirement peculiar to the gospel, are all embraced in the faith of Jesus, it is evident that the commandments of God are not the sayings of Christ and his apostles. To assert that the sayings of the Son and his apostles are the commandments of the Father, is as wide from the truth as the old trinitarian absurdity that Jesus Christ is the very and Eternal God. And as the faith of Jesus embraces every requirement peculiar to the gospel, it necessarily follows that the commandments of God, mentioned by the third angel, embrace only the ten precepts of the Father's immutable law which are not peculiar to any one dispensation, but common to all.” — (James White, Review and Herald, August 5, 1852, p. 52)

We have not as much sympathy with Unitarians that deny the divinity of Christ, as with Trinitarians who hold that the Son is the eternal Father, and talk so mistily about the three-one God. Give the Master all that divinity with which the Holy Scriptures clothe him. ...” — (James and Ellen White's – Western Tour, Review and Herald, June 6, 1871)

With this view of the subject [that Christ is the very Son of God] there are meaning and force to language which speaks of the Father and the Son. But to say that Jesus Christ “is the very and eternal God,” makes him his own son, and his own father, and that he came from himself, and went to himself.” — (James White, Review & Herald, June 6, 1871)

And as to the Son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for his Father, and did, some point at the eternity of the past, have beginning of days. So that if we use Paul's language in an absolute sense, it would be impossible to find but one being in the universe, and that is God the Father, who is without father, or mother, or descent, or beginning of days, or end of life.” — (J.N. Andrews, Review and Herald, September 7, 1869)

Here is a great site on the trinity: http://www.trinitytruth.org/adventistpioneersandthetrinity.html


"And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many" Matthew 24:11.

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"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).

“The third angel's message was, and still is, a WARNING to the saints to "hold fast," and not go back, and "receive" the marks (of the beast=TRINITY, SUNDAY WORSHIP) which the virgin band got rid of, during the second angel's cry” A Word to the "Little Flock" JAMES WHITE, Topsham, Maine April 21, 1847.

As fundamental errors, we might class with this counterfeit sabbath other errors which Protestants have brought away from the Catholic church, such as sprinkling for baptism, the trinity, the consciousness of the dead and eternal life in misery. The mass who have held these fundamental errors, have doubtless done it ignorantly; but can it be supposed that the church of Christ will carry along with her these errors till the judgment scenes burst upon the world? We think not. “Here are they [in the period of a message given just before the Son of man takes his place upon the white cloud, Rev. 14:14] that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” This class, who live just prior to the second advent, will not be keeping the traditions of men, neither will they be holding fundamental errors relative to the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. And as the true light shines out upon these subjects, and is rejected by the mass, then condemnation will come upon them. When the true Sabbath is set before men, and the claims of the fourth commandment are urged upon them, and they reject this holy institution of the God of heaven, and choose in its place an institution of the beast, it can then be said, in the fullest sense, that such worship the beast. The warning message of the third angel is given in reference to that period, when the mark of the beast will be received, instead of the seal of the living God. Solemn dreadful, swiftly approaching hour! (James White, September 12, 1854, Review & Herald, vol. 6, no. 5, page 36, par. 8)

“Here we might mention the Trinity, which does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, and of sprinkling or pouring instead of being “buried with Christ in baptism,” “planted in the likeness of his death:” but we pass from these fablesto notice one that is held sacred by nearly all professed Christians, both Catholic and Protestant. It is, The change of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment from the seventh to the first day of the week.” (James White, December 11, 1855,Review & Herald, vol. 7, no. 11, page 85, par. 16)

“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 herunscriptural errors.” (James White, February 7, 1856, Review & Herald, vol. 7, no. 19, page 148, par. 26)

“We have not as much sympathy with Unitarians that deny the divinity of Christ, as with Trinitarians who hold that the Son is the eternal Father, and talk so mistily about the three-one God. Give the Master all that divinity with which the Holy Scriptures clothe him. ..”(from : Review and Herald June 6, 1871 James and Ellen White’s – Western Tour.)

We invite all to compare the testimonies of the Holy Spirit through Mrs. W., with the word of God. And in this we do not invite you to compare them with your creed. That is quite another thing. The trinitarian may compare them with his creed, and because they do not agree with it, condemn them. The observer of Sunday, or the man who holds eternal torment an important truth, and the minister that sprinkles infants, may each condemn the testimonies’ of Mrs. W. because they do not agree with their peculiar views. And a hundred more, each holding different views, may come to the same conclusion. But their genuineness can never be tested in this way.” { James White RH June 13, 1871}

“He (James S. White) received a commendation that few others have attained. God has permitted the precious light of truth to shine upon His word and illuminate the mind of my husband. He may reflect the rays of light from the presence of Jesus upon others by his preaching and writing”E. G. White, Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, p. 502.

“Many of the pioneers, who shared with us these trials and victories, remained true till the close of life, and have fallen asleep in Jesus. Among these is the faithful warrior who for thirty-six years stood by my side in the battle for truth. God used him as a teacher and leader to stand in the front ranks during the severe struggles of those early days of the message; but he has fallen at his post, and, with others who have died in the faith, he awaits the coming of the Lifegiver, who will call him from his gloomy prison-house to a glorious immortality.” {RH, November 20, 1883 par. 6}


THE FALSE DOCTRINES THE ORIGINAL SDA PIONEERS GOT RID OF - or reformed on - PROTESTED ABOUT and removed from their ideas were SUNDAY worship,  false trinity god worship ie the concept of the trinity is , immortality of the soul, or "natural immortality", sprinkling baptisms instead of immersion... read the quotes above again... :)
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"We invite all to compare the testimonies of the Holy Spirit through Mrs. W. (Ellen White), with the word of God. And in this we (James and Ellen White) do not invite you to compare them with your creedThat is quite another thingThe TRINITARIAN may compare them with his creed, and because they do not agree with it, condemn them. The observer of Sunday, or the man who holds eternal torment an important truth, and the minister that sprinkles infants, may each condemn the testimonies' of Mrs. W. (Ellen White) because they do not agree with their peculiar views. And a hundred more, each holding different views, may come to the same conclusion. But their genuineness can never be tested in this way." {James White RH June 13, 1871}

Those who will not act when the Lord calls upon them, but who wait for more certain evidence and more favorable opportunities, will walk in darkness, for the light will be withdrawn. The evidence given one day, if rejected, may never be repeated." Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, p. 258.2

James White's experience was similar to Elijah's: 

Then the Lord manifests Himself to Elijah (AND TO JAMES WHITE), showing him that quiet trust and firm reliance upon God will ever find Him a present help in time of need. Those who stand in the front of the conflict, and who are reined up by the Spirit of God to do a special work for Him, will frequently feel a reaction when the pressure is removed, and despondency may sometimes press them hard. To wait patiently and trust in God when everything looks dark is the lesson that my husband must learn more fully. God will not fail him in his integrity.

"I have been shown that my husband has erred in giving way to despondency and distrust of God. Time and again has God revealed Himself to him by remarkable evidences of His care, love, and power. But when he has seen that his interest and jealousy for God and His cause have not been understood or appreciated, he has at times given way to discouragement and to despair. God has given my husband and me a special and important work to do in His cause, to reprove and counsel His people. When we see our reproofs slighted and are repaid with hatred instead of sympathy, then we have frequently let go our faith and trust in the God of Israel; and, like Elijah, we have yielded to despondency and despair. Here has been the great error in the life of my husband—his becoming discouraged because his brethren have brought trials upon him instead of helping him. And when his brethren see, in the sadness and despondency of my husband, the effect of their unbelief and lack of sympathy, some are prepared to triumph over him and take advantage of his discouraged state, and feel that, after all, God cannot be with Brother White or he would not manifest weakness in this direction. I refer such to the work of Elijah and to his despondency and discouragements. Elijah, although a prophet of God, was a man subject to like passions as we are. We have the frailties of mortal feelings to contend with. But if we trust in God, He will never leave nor forsake us. Under all circumstances we may have firm trust in God, that He will never leave nor forsake us while we preserve our integrity.
My husband may take courage in his affliction, that he has a pitying heavenly Father who reads the motives and understands the purposes of the soul. Those who stand in the front of the conflict, and who are reined up by the Spirit of God to do a special work for Him, will frequently feel a reaction when the pressure is removed, and despondency may sometimes press them hard and shake the most heroic faith and weaken the most steadfast minds. God understands all our weaknesses. He can pity and love when the hearts of men may be as hard as flint. To wait patiently and trust in God when everything looks dark is the lesson that my husband must learn more fully. God will not fail him in his integrity." TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH VOLUME 3, PAGE 292

James White was inspired IF you believe Ellen was inspired, here's why:

Ellen White said James S. White was: 

  • similar to "Moses to Israel" Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85; 
  • "Moses was a type of Christ." {Patriarchs & Prophets, Chapter 43, p. 480-481; 
  • "KEEN, NOBEL & TRUE" SM bk.1, p. 206-7 1904; 
  • given "GREAT LIGHT also" and SM bk.1, p. 206-7 1904; 
  • "he was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS", SM bk.1, p. 206-7 1904; 
  • "He received a commendation that few others have attained." TC v. 3, p. 502
  • "God has permitted the precious light of truth to shine upon His Word and illuminate the mind of my husband." TC v. 3, p. 502 
  • "He may reflect the rays of light from the presence of Jesus upon OTHERS" TC v. 3, p. 502 
  • "by his preaching and WRITING.” TC v. 3, p. 502

    A Chosen Generation

  • As we entertain the possibility that we may be the generation Jesus was talking about in the fig tree parable nearly 2000 years ago, we are admonished by the Scriptures to watch and be prepared. As stated clearly by Jesus in Matthew and Mark, no man knows the day or the hour of his coming but the Father only. The same Jesus, however, was very angry with the Pharisees and Scribes for not discerning “the signs of the times” and not knowing the “time of their visitation.” (probation closing for each individual soul.) In these thought-provoking and challenging times in which we are living, we need to be informed and discerning like “the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…” (1 Chronicles 12:32). Link is here for reference only, not for truth (rapture/left behind, is NOT what I believe): http://www.raptureready.com/rr-last-generation.html

  • Christ described the generation of his day as evil and accused them of killing, crucifying, and persecuting the prophets, wise men, and scribes that he had sent to them. He also prophesied that he would be rejected by His generation. Because of their stubbornness and failure to recognize “the time of their visitation,” Christ pronounced judgment upon the city of Jerusalem and declared: “all these things shall come upon this generation” (i.e., the generation of Christ).
  • We know that Christ did not live out the full length of his generation, which raises the question: “Who shall declare his generation? For his life is taken from the earth.” (Acts 8:33; Isaiah 53:8). Christ said in Luke 11:30 “For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.”
  • That raises an interesting question! Has God appointed a “man of God” to be a sign to each generation of people? Jesus Christ, who was “cut off” or killed as prophesied in Daniel 9:26, was to represent the evil generation of his day. How long would Christ’s generation have been if he had not died an early death?
  • Most Bible scholars believe Christ was crucified between 30-33 A.D. If that was the case, the wicked generation that the time of Christ represented was judged 40 years later when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. The last vestige of Jewish resistance was wiped out at Masada in 73-75 A.D. The destruction prophesied upon the generation that crucified the Lord was complete.
  • SO, as the chosen JEWS crucified and rejected Christ and wanted another man, a murderer named Barabbas in Christ's place, so today has the chosen "new movement" modern SDA church organization crucified Christ afresh by adopting the gods of the "churches" or "nations" around them, so they would not be labeled a "cult", a "sect", a "peculiar" people in 1950 timeframe by Martinhouse, the three-one god, popularly labeled a trinity of gods today and given biblical sounding names, "God the Father", "God the Son" and the third god "God the Holy Spirit". 
  • Ellen White said that the last fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, was a PREFIGURE. The destruction began at the apostate Jewish Temple, and ended with the destruction of the city proper. So it will be again. The destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, did symbolize the destruction of the world at the end-time, but it will begin “at His Sanctuary,” Ezekiel 9 and Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211. It begins at SDA church militants around the world.
  • So by doing this, SDA's have rejected God and His Son, and cried for "Barabbas" by desiring another gods "trinity" a murderer because worshiping the trinity is the same as worshiping satan, a murderer of Christ through his human agents. So SDA's have officially in 1980 adopted the trinity and officially have rejected Christ and crucified Him afresh. From 1980, compared to the destruction of Jerusalem 40 years after the Jews crucified Christ, Jerusalem was destroyed. Could it be 40 years from 1980 (which would be 2020) until Ezekiel 9 is literally fulfilled and modern Adventists will be destroyed somehow, both man, women and child? See: Shocking Predictions Fullfilled
  • This would make the last Jesuit black Pope Francis I, born December 17, 1936 in 2020, 84 years old. He part of one lung cut out according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Francis 
  • Mrs. Ellen G. White says, "... we must study the characteristics of the beast itself--the papacy." The Great Controversy, p.443
  • Shocking: "ANOTHER" Religious Body Prediction:

    In fact, in 1867 Ellen White foresaw the SDA church becoming Catholic! (see Testimonies, vol 1, p 578). 

    Notice how the "prediction" & "fulfillment" uses the exact wording "another":

    "The image to the beast represents ANOTHER religious body clothed with similar powers." The Story of Redemption, p. 381.2The Spirit of Prophecy Volume 4, p. 277.2



    "the fall of the (501c3) churches or Babylon"THE THIRD ANGEL'S MESSAGE. -- By James White. p. 1, Para. 1, [MESSAGE]. 

    The Shocking 
    "ANOTHER" Protestant Religious Body becomes Catholic Fulfillment:

    And in the Adventist Review of March 5, 1981, on page 3, Neal C. Wilson, General Conference President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, states: "...there is ANOTHER universal and TRULY CATHOLIC ORGANIZATION, the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH."

    Prediction: "Our religion would be changed....A new organization would be established."  Selected Messages, book 1, p 204-205.

    “Are we hoping to see the whole church revived? THAT TIME WILL NEVER COME.” Selected Messages Vol. 1 p. 122 
  • 25 years ago, the Signs of the Times (denominational approval) in 1990 states:
    "God is glad for us to go to church BOTH days [Saturday and Sunday]. He wants us to worship Him BOTH days." (Signs of the Times, March 1990, p. 22-23).
  • "When the finished product carries the stamp of a standard publishing house, it bears denominational approval. It is then a denominational, not a private, publication. It has a measure of authority and dignity not otherwise possible." Ministry, December, 1948, p 23, Review and Herald Publishing Association.

Books and papers promoting Sunday worship are being published by the SDA church that have "denominational approval".  
"When the finished product carries the stamp of a standard publishing house, it bears denominational approvalIt is then a denominational, not a private, publication. It has a measure of authority and dignity not otherwise possible." Ministry, December, 1948, p 23, Review and Herald Publishing Association.

The pattern of history is that famine always follows war. In Matthew 24, Christ also said, “There shall be famines…” (vs. 7). This is reiterated in Revelation 6when the black horse appears (Jesuit Pope Francis I, black because he is of the Jesuit order, also in conjunction with the Arabs (sons of Ishmael son of Haggi/Abraham )...still studying this!). Notice: “He…opened the third seal…and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice…say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see you hurt not the oil and the wine” (vs. 5-6).

This pictures extreme worldwide famine—a widespread lack of food beyond anything civilization has seen. This condition is seen to seize the entire world in a terrible way. Famines are increasing now. They are now far worse than most imagine. Around 24,000 people on Earth starve to death every day—with this number steadily rising!

All nations are poised for a never-before-seen global food crisis. Drastic changes will soon come to an interconnected modern world. No more will supermarket shelves brim with abundance. No more vast exports. No more wealthy nations able to assist countries stricken with drought and famine. Articles every day declare that the black horse is just over the horizon for all nations! 

  • THE SABBATH IS A SIGN OF THE POWER OF CHRIST. THIS IS WHY SATAN WORKS TO DESTROY IT, and the knowledge of KNOWING God and His Son...that is the ONLY power to transform our character into Christ's character (thoughts and feelings)...it is by the very life of Christ, the risen breath soul of Christ's life, becoming ours upon dying to self and baptized in the watery death of Christ, rising up in NEWNESS of life to partake of Christ's own divine/holy/divine nature BY CLAIMING THE PRECIOUS PROMISES OF GOD in HIS WORD. The scriptures all point to Christ as our ONLY means of Salvation! Not some other god called "God the Holy Spirit"! It is Christ's OWN Spirit that is imparted to us! Someone who is walking invisible with each of His children today, just as he did with the Israelites.
  • “The very same principles which were given to the children of Israel for their guidance, by Christ, their invisible Leader, are the principles that he gave upon the mount for the benefit not only of those who were there assembled, but for our admonition to the very close of time.” RH November 12, 1895, par. 6

These old writings are to be studied and brought to view today for those of us who are striving to conform to the image of Christ by the grace of God. Reaffirm! Reprint! Retell! The challenge remains today to implement what was called for 100 years ago. 

“Let the aged men who were pioneers in our work speak plainly, and let those who are dead speak also, by the reprinting of their articles in our periodicals.”—Manuscript 62, 1905, cited in “The Integrity of the Sanctuary Message.”

“We 
are to REPEAT THE WORDS of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our workThe word given me is, Let that which these men have written in the past be reproduced.”—Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.

Although Ellen rebuked many different people, she had no rebukes for her own husbands blatant rebuke of the trinity doctrine, who called it a: 

  1. "Catholic error"
  2. "spiritualism"
  3. "absurdity"
  4. "Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God”
  5. the trinity "denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ"
  6. "The inexplicable Trinity" that it is "bad enough", 
  7. "the old trinitarian absurdity"
  8. "a fundamental error"
  9. "the Trinity, which does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ"
  10. a "vestige of Papacy" 

    The fact is that James Springer White totally and unequivocally rejected the doctrine of the trinity until his death in 1881.

Also consider Ellen White's statement found in Patriarchs and Prophets page 480 where she says "Moses was a type of Christ." Ellen White said James S. White was: * similar to "Moses to Israel" Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85

The following quote shows how BOTH JAMES & ELLEN were non-trinity (triune) believers. Notice the "we" and "our" in the quote below written by James S. White:

"This missionary seemed very liberal in his feelings toward all Christians. But after catechizing us upon the trinity, and finding that WE ("we" Ellen and James) were not sound upon the subject of his triune God, he became earnest in denouncing Unitarianism, which takes from Christ his divinity, and leaves him but a man. Here, as far as our views were concerned, he was combating a man of straw. We do not deny the divinity of Christ. We delight in giving full credit to all those strong expressions of Scripture which exalt the Son of God. We believe him to be the divine person addressed by Jehovah in the words, "Let us make man." He was with the Father before the world was. He came from God, and he says, "I go to him that sent me." The apostle speaks of Christ as he now is, our mediator, having laid aside our nature. "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (James White, Review and Herald, June 6th 1871, ‘Western Tour’) 

The next week James wrote clearly that Ellen White did  NOT agree with the creed of trinitarians.

"We invite all to compare the testimonies of the Holy Spirit through Mrs. W., with the word of God. And in this we do not invite you to compare them with your creed. That is quite another thing. The TRINITARIAN may compare them with his creed, and because they do not agree with it, condemn them. The observer of Sunday, or the man who holds eternal torment an important truth, and the minister that sprinkles infants, may each condemn the testimonies' of Mrs. W. because they do not agree with their peculiar views. And a hundred more, each holding different views, may come to the same conclusion. But their genuineness can never be tested in this way." { James White RH June 13, 1871}

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"We are to repeat the words of the pioneers in our work, who knew what it cost to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, and who labored to lay the foundation of our work."  E.G. White, Review & Herald, May 25, 1905. adventistarchives.org/docs/RH/RH19050525-V82-21__B.pdf#view=fit

James Springer White: 1821 - 1881 on the Trinity 


“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, Nov 29, 1877, Review and Herald} “To assert that the sayings of the Son and his apostles are the commandments of the Father, is as wide from the truth as the old trinitarian absurdity that Jesus Christ is the very and eternal God.” {James White, Aug 5, 1852, Review and Herald – Vol. 3 No. 7 P 52 Par 42}

In the days of Noah the overwhelming majority was opposed to the truth, and enamored with a tissue of falsehoods. The land was filled with violence. War, crime, murder, was the order of the day. Just so will it be before Christ's second coming.--1BC 1090 (1891).

"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose, in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with the Father. Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power (Character=thoughts and feelings=even the "inclination" to sin) to take away sin." {Our Father Cares, p. 36.3}

"I was shown that the truth once published now, will stand, for it is the truth for the last days; it will live, and less need be said upon it in future. Numberless words need not be put upon paper to justify what speaks for itself and shines in its clearness. Truth is straight, plain, clear, and stands out boldly in its own defense; but it is not so with error. It is so winding and twisting that it needs a multitude of words to explain it in its crooked form. I saw that all the light they had received in some places had come from the paper; that souls had received the truth in this way, and then talked it to others; and that now in places where there are several, they had been raised up by this silent messenger. It was their only preacher. The cause of truth should not be hindered in its onward progress for want of means." Early Writings, p. 96.1, Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 15.3, The Publishing Ministry, p. 47.4




James White writes about Ellen Gould Harmon: "We were married August 30, 1846, and from that hour to the present she has been my crown of rejoicing." Ellen White: Woman of Vision, p. 37.9 and Ellen G. White: Volume 1—The Early Years: 1827-1862, By Arthur L. White, p. 112

 

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*In Memoriam A sketch of the Last Sickness and Death of Elder James White who died at Battle Creek Michigan August 6, 1881 This is the discourse preached at His funeral. By: Elder U. Smith 1881(file size 6750kb) Document # 250



He loved the old gospel and the latest gadget.


To a penniless preacher comes the word of the Lord: he must "print a little paper." He owns no home, has no financial backers; but he is a man of faith, vision, and determination. The 27-year-old sets his sails: he will be obedient to the heavenly calling and by hard work will turn the dream to reality.

Does this young man glimpse what will come of his deed? Can his mind stretch far enough to believe that from this obscure beginning the enterprise will blossom and flourish to encompass the sphere of Earth like streams of light, as the divine word prophesied?

Despise not the day of small things. From the smallest seed a mighty tree may grow. If God is in the plan, it cannot fail, no matter what men or demons may attempt to thwart it.

The year was 1848. A small group of Adventists, a tiny remnant left from the disappointment four years earlier, were gathered in Dorchester, Massachusetts. A young woman was among them, only 20 years old but already a wife and mother—Ellen Harmon White. During the course of the meeting she was taken off in vision. When she regained consciousness she had a startling message for her husband James: start a little paper.

James goes to work. He labors with his hands, gathers a few funds. He writes—every word--for the little paper; his "library" consists of a pocket Bible, Cruden's Condensed Concordance, and an abridged dictionary with one of its covers off

By the summer of 1849 he has the copy ready, but lacks funds to pay the printer. He
seeks someone who will accept the job on speculation—and finds him, not an Adventist brother, but a man prepared to take a chance on the earnest young preacher. 

Readable copy here: http://www.friendsofsabbath.org/Further_Research/SDAs/Present%20Truth%20Periodical%20-%20James%20White%20(1850).pdf


At last the paper is ready, 1000 copies of just eight pages in unadorned black and white. James calls it "The Present Truth": he has filled it with arguments regarding the leading edge of truth in his daythe Ten Commandments and the seventh-day Sabbath.


"I was shown that the truth once published now, will stand, for it is the truth for the last days; it will live, and less need be said upon it in future." Early Writings, p. 96.1Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 15.3The Publishing Ministry, p. 47.4

In 1849 he started the first Sabbatarian Adventist periodical entitled "The Present Truth" (now the Adventist Review)

The little band of believers kneels around the tracts with supplication and tears entreating the Lord to guide each one to a receptive heart. Then James stuffs the papers in a carpetbag and, lame as he is, trudges the eight miles to the nearest post office.

"This little sheet is free for all. Those who are interested in Present Truth, and esteem it a privilege, are invited to help pay the expense," wrote James. He also requested names and addresses of "all who are seeking present truth". The names came, the money came, and the printer received payment.

That first issue, volume 1, number 1, was dated July, 1849. Ten more issues of "The Present Truth" followed it, then the name became "The Adventist Review" and subsequently "Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald."

While he was still preparing the copy, James White walked about eight miles (13 km) to Middletown, Connecticut, to find a printer. He presented his case to Charles H. Pelton, asking if Pelton would be willing to print the paper and be paid when funds came in. Pelton agreed, and in July of 1849 the first issue of The Present Truth came from the press. Its subject was the Sabbath, and James White invited its readers to support the paper with their funds. A thousand copies were printed. (Click here for a larger picture of it [87Kb]; this may take some time to load.)

The Whites and the few other Advent believers in that region gathered around the copies and prayed that God would "let His blessing rest upon the feeble effort of His servant" (ibid.) They addressed the papers to people they thought might be interested and sent them out.

Two more issues followed in August, and by the time another issue had been published in early September, Mr. Pelton wrote a receipt to James White for $64.50, "being in payment in full of all demands to this date." The Lord had rewarded their faith. (Click here to see the handwritten receipt.)

After publishing eleven issues of The Present Truth, and five issues, plus two "extras" of The Advent Review in 1849 and 1850, James White decided to combine the two publications. He named his new publication the Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald. Both its name and place of publication have changed several times since the Review and Herald, now the Adventist Review, was first printed in Paris, Maine. The paper now circles the globe both in printed and electronic form. And the publishing work which had such a humble beginning now encompasses 56 publishing houses around the globe, printing and distributing Bible-based literature in more than 300 languages. The "streams of light" have indeed gone "clear round the world" (Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, p. 125). http://www.whiteestate.org/vault/pt.asp


On this 150th anniversary of the first issue of "The Present Truth", I stand amazed, awe-struck at the power and goodness of our mighty God. Truly, He and He alone is our Rock and Fortress, our Wisdom and Strength. He chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise and the weak to shame the strong, "the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before Him" (1 Cor. 1:27-29, N.LV.).

The story of the church paper, since 1978 called the Adventist Review, is the story of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. That "little paper" was our first enterprise as a people, even
though our name came only 11 years later, in 1860.

From a sporadic publication that appeared when funds were available, the Review settled into a weekly cycle that continued in unbroken succession as one of the very oldest magazines in America. It expanded into multiple editions in various languages printed in far flung locations. Every month its three-quarter million copies and more encircle the globe like streams of light.  {Our Roots and Mission By William G. Johnsson}
 

Ellen White held up her husband as an example for others to follow. She, of all people knew he vehemently rejected the trinity doctrine. She said that James White was a type of Moses, that he was KEEN, NOBLE & TRUE and that he had been given GREAT light also, and was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS. She, as a true prophet of God would not ask others to follow her husbands leading if she herself did not believe the trinity was error. Remember? She stated that ALL of the pioneers came into harmony and were UNITED in the TRUTH! That for sure would include HERSELF as being in harmony with the early pioneers! When they came to something they all did not agree and understand, they would pray together, and God would show her the truth. They all worked together to hammer out the foundations of the early church beliefs. She stated just before she died that she believed the same truths that had been in place as the FOUNDATION for the past some 50 years.

"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. . . .It was some time after my second son was born [1849] that we were in great perplexity regarding certain points of doctrine. I was asking the Lord to unlock my mind, that I might understand His WordSuddenly I seemed to be enshrouded in clear, beautiful light, and ever since, the Scriptures have been an open book to me. (Manuscript 135, Nov.4, 1903, "Establishing the Foundation of Our Faith.")

Did you get that? 

"In a vision given me at Bordoville, Vermont, December 10, 1871, I was shown that the position of my husband has been a very difficult one. A pressure of care and labor has been upon him. His brethren in the ministry have not had these burdens to bear, and they have not appreciated his labors. The constant pressure upon him has taxed him mentally and physically. I was shown that his relation to the people of God was similar, in some respects, to that of Moses to Israel. There were murmurers against Moses, when in adverse circumstances, and there have been murmurers against him." Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85


As Moses was a type of Christ leading the ancient children of Israel, so James White, says Ellen White, was a type of Moses, leading the modern children of Israel into the Heavenly Cannan.


Isn't that great?

Here is a little paper I've put together in PDF and WORD format to show this more clearly:
PDF: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2nmi6r-BcI3WlZhTzdPOFVzbEk/edit?usp=sharing

On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 8:18 AM, Patrick Jones <pjones4@hotmail.com> wrote:
I would like to mail this book to anyone who would like to read it.
After you are done, either send it back, or
pass it on to someone else to read,
who can then do the same.  (Just let me know).
I will mail it to the first one who responds with his address.



 

Ellen G. White held her husband, James S. White up as an example for others to follow. She, of all people knew he vehemently rejected the trinity doctrine as unbiblical. She said James White was a type of Moses, that he was KEEN, NOBLE & TRUE and that he had been given GREAT light also, and was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS. She, as a true prophet of God would not ask others to follow her husband's leading if she herself did not believe the trinity was error. Remember? She stated that ALL of the pioneers came into harmony and were UNITED in the TRUTH! That included herself too! New truths do NOT contradict old truths or new light does not contradict OLD LIGHT, it only enhances the old light! When they came to something they all did not agree and understand, they would pray together, and God would show her the truth. They all worked together to hammer out the foundations of the early SDA church beliefs. "Whatever contradicts God's word, we may be sure proceeds from Satan." Patriarchs and Prophets, page 55, paragraph 2. "There is one straight chain of truth without one heretical sentence in that which I have written." — Ellen G. White, Letter 329A, 1905. (references: MS 135, 1903. (The Early Years, p. 145; James S. White, "type of Moses", Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, Page 85; "Moses was a type of Christ." {Patriarchs & Prophets, Chapter 43, p. 480-481; James White was "Keen, Noble & True" and was given "GREAT LIGHT also" and "he was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS", Selected Messages bk.1, p. 206-7 1904; ] As Moses was a type of Christ leading the ancient children of Israel, so James White, says Ellen White, was a type of Moses, leading the modern spiritual children of Israel into the Heavenly Canaan.

 "Like the Jews, many have closed their eyes lest they should see; but there is as great peril now, in closing the eyes to light, and in walking apart from Christ, feeling need of nothing, as there was when he was upon earth." {RH, Aug. 26, 1890}. "A clear conception of what God is, and what He requires us to be, will give us humble views of self." {RH June 2, 1896} "The same arguments are still urged against all who dare to present, in opposition to established errors, the plain and direct teachings of God's word." {GC p. 148} "I saw that the strength of the children of God is in their humility. When they are little in their own eyes, Jesus will be to them their strength and their righteousness, and God will prosper their labors." 3 Testimonies p. 307

I will here copy from another testimony, written June 6, 1863: …I was shown that our testimony is still needed in the church, that we should labor to save ourselves trials and cares, and that we should preserve a devotional frame of mind. It is the duty of those in the office to tax their brains more, and of my husband to tax his less. Much time is spent by him upon various matters which confuse and weary his mind, and unfit him for study or for writing, and thus prevent his light from shining in the Review as it should. “My husband’s mind should not be crowded and overtaxed. It must have rest, and he must be left free to write and attend to matters which others cannot do. Those engaged in the office could lift from him a great weight of care if they would dedicate themselves to God and feel a deep interest in the work. – {3T11, 12}


Another one would be the early pioneer, Bro. Longborough, whom Ellen White said she considered to be her minister or pastor. He was a staunch anti-trinitarian also. Ellen White called him to the ministry around 1852? Very interesting to study about him too. If I thought someone to be my minister that believed in a different God than I did, that would be terribly wrong. How could God bless that person with visions if she "secretly" held other views around all these staunch anti-trinitarian colleagues? Incredible! When you really study, the flimsy lies are shown for what they are.

pantheism
the doctrine that God is the transcendent reality of which the material universe and human beings are only manifestations.

"I call upon those who have been connected with these binding influences to break the yoke to which they have long submitted, and stand as free men in Christ. Nothing but a determined effort will break the spell that is upon them. 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."     - 1 Selected Messages, p.197

Tritheism is the teaching that the Godhead is really three separate distinct beings forming three separate gods.

     "Already there are coming in among our people spiritualistic [trinity] teachings that will undermine the faith of those who give heed to them. The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature [Patheism = Dr. Kellogg who changed to the trinity flavor/version doctrine which is Pantheism fully developed: Tritheim: the doctrine of or belief in the three persons of the Trinity as three distinct gods.], is one of Satan's most subtle devices. It misrepresents God, and is a dishonor to His greatness and majesty. Pantheistic theories are not sustained by the Word of God.The Light of His Truth shows that these theories are soul-destroying agencies. Darkness is their element, sensuality their sphere. They gratify the natural heart, and give license to inclination . . . .

     These theories, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They do away with the necessity for the atonement, and make man his own savior. These theories regarding God make His Word of no effect, and those who accept them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible as a fiction . . . !"
- Evangelism, p.601-602


About Dr. Kellogg. He went from pantheism to the trinity belief, and Ellen White KNEW it! Dr Kellogg wanted to REVISE his book, the Living Temple. He wanted to REVISE it, after he began believing in the God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Ellen White said the Satan was his inspiration or the one by his side while he was writing that book, and that no revised book would be acceptable, while he was in this frame of mind to believe in the trinity...not these exact words, but it is pretty plain to see. This shows that Ellen White called this trinity a mockery of God, just by her warning others of Dr. Kellogg's attempt to use her writings to prove the trinity, just as they do today!

You probably are aware of Nader Mansour.... here is a video where he talks of this exact topic:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8iQcrbi774U - it's right at the front of the video...excellent presentation!


James White on the Trinity.

James Springer White"Jesus prayed that his disciples might be one as he was one with his Father. This prayer did not contemplate one disciple with twelve heads, but twelve disciples, made one in object and effort in the cause of their master. Neither are the Father and the Son parts of the “three-one God.” They are two distinct beings, yet one in the design and accomplishment of redemption. The redeemed, from the first who shares in the great redemption, to the last, all ascribe the honor, and glory, and praise, of their salvation, to both God and the Lamb." (James White, 1868, Life Incidents, page 343) 

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.” These words are written of Christ. He is our representative before the Father. Whatsoever was given to Christ—the “all things” to supply every need of fallen man—was given to Him as the head and representative of humanity. Who will be the receivers of eternal life? All who before the universe of heaven are adjudged to have in Christ endured the penalty of the law, and in Him fulfilled its righteousness. We are to be one in character with Christ. He said, “The glory (character) which thou gavest me, I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them as thou hast loved me.” Mark these words. Ellen G. White, Lt55-1895 (September 19, 1895) par. 11

Ellen White writes: "The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. In mind, in purpose, in character, they are one, but not in person. By partaking of the Spirit of God, conforming to the law of God, man becomes a partaker of the divine nature (character=thoughts and feelings like God Himself). Christ brings His disciples into a living union with Himself and with the Father. (Ellen White warns, "The Father and the Son ALONE are to be exalted." {The Youth's Instructor, July 7, 1898 par.2}) Through the working of the Holy Spirit upon the human mind, man is made complete in Christ Jesus. Unity with Christ establishes a bond of unity with one another. This unity is the most convincing proof to the world of the majesty and virtue of Christ, and of His power (Character=thoughts and feelings=even the "inclination" to sin) to take away sin." {Our Father Cares, p. 36.3}

The Holy Spirit decended onto Jesus at His baptism

it was not another person standing beside him
it was as a dove decended down upon him so


"There is a personal God, the Father; there is a personal Christ, the Son Heb 1:1,2 Ps 19:1-3 quoted.)"…

This is from Romans Chap 1: verses 20-25 second column and toward the bottom of page says, But Christ came as a personal Saviour to the world.

"He represented a personal God.  As a personal Saviour, He ascended on high; and He will come again as He ascended to heaven—a personal Saviour.  He is the express image of the Father’s person.  “In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (RH Nov. 8, 1898)".

 

NOW WE ARE SURE THAT THOU KNOWEST ALL THINGS, AND NEEDEST NOT THAT ANY MAN SHOULD ASK THEE: BY THIS WE BELIEVE THAT THOU CAMEST FORTH FROM GOD.  John 16:30

 

 

THESE WORDS SPAKE JESUS, AND LIFTED UP HIS EYES TO HEAVEN, AND SAID, FATHER, THE HOUR IS COME: GLORIFY THY Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:   John 17:1  (two  son and thee)

 

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. John 17:2

 

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.    Jonn 17:3   two because they both already have the Holy Spirit. It is part of them.

 

Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee.  John 17:7

 

For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. John 17:8

 

Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are

John 17:11     See also John 17:26 AND Rev. 5:10

 

Read the helps under John 17: verse 2, and 3

     Relation of Father and Son.  The seventeenth chapter of John  speaks plainly regarding the personality of God and of Christ, and of their relation to each other.  “Father, the hour is come, “  Christ said, “glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee.” (John 17:23, 3, 5-11 quoted)  Here is personality, and individuality MS 124, 1903).

  

John 17: verse 20-23. EG White quotes In the study bible (the helps)

“ NO Destruction of Personality.  Christ is one with the Father, but Christ and God are two distinct personages.  Read the prayer of Christ in the seventeenth chapter of John, and you will find this point clearly brought out.  How earnestly the Saviour prayed that His disciples might be one with Him as He is one with the Father  RH June 1, 1905)”

 

Where it says, “ADAM’S TEST BROUGHT TO ALL” --  FIFTH LINE DOWN, SAYS

  “Therefore the sanctification of the Spirit of God upon the heart, leads men to walk in the way of God’s commandments.”

 
Chap. 17 helps – “Obey God’s Requirements” “The truth as it is in Jesus is obedience to every precept of Jehovah.  It is heart work. ….. Satan is on your right hand and on your left; he is before and behind; he has a dish of fables cooked up for every soul who is not cherishing the truth as it is in Jesus.  … But there is a crown of life to be won, a life that measures with the life of God (MS 58, 1897)”

 

Study Bible  under John Chap 17: 1 paragraph before verse 20, 21 – “By the work of the Holy Spirit the truth is riveted in the mind and printed in the heart of the diligent, God-fearing.

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for THE faith which was once delivered unto the saints…” (Jude 3, 4) …The exhortation to contend for the faith delivered to the saints, is to us alone. And it is very important for us to know what for and how to contend. In the 4th verse he gives us the reason why we should contend for THE faith, a particular faith; “for there are certain men,” or a certain class who deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.… The way spiritualizers have disposed of or denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ is first using the old unscriptural Trinitarian creed, viz., that Jesus Christ is the eternal God, though they have not one passage to support it, while we have plain scripture testimony in abundance that he is the Son of the eternal God.” (James White, January 24, 1846, The Day Star

"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, November 29, 1877, Review & Herald

"The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first." (James White, January 4, 1881,Review & Herald; found in EGW Review and Herald Articles, vol. 1, page 244) 

"He came not to our world to give the obedience of a lesser God to a greater, but as a man to obey God’s Holy Law, and in this way he is our example." Selected Messages Book 3, p. 140.1

“Christ’s overcoming and obedience is that of a true human being. In our conclusions, we make many mistakes because of our erroneous views of the human nature of our Lord. When we give to His human nature a power that it is not possible for man to have in his conflicts with Satan, we destroy the completeness of His humanity.” (Ellen White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary, vol. 7, page 929)

“Christ’s overcoming and obedience is that of a true human being. In our conclusions, we make many mistakes because of our erroneous views of the human nature of our Lord. When we give to His human nature a power that it is not possible for man to have in his conflicts with Satan, we destroy the completeness of His humanity.” (Ellen White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary, vol. 7, page 929)

Q]  A doctrine is pervading in the church today that Christ became the begotten son when he took on humanity and not before that.  Was he begotten before taking human nature?

“A complete offering has been made; for “God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,”—not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father’s person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Ellen White, The Signs of the Times, May 30, 1895)

“Before Christ came in the likeness of men, he existed in the express image of his Father.” (Ellen White, Youth’s Instructor, December 20, 1900)

The dedication of the first-born had its origin in the earliest timesGod had promised to give the First-born of heaven to save the sinner.” {Ellen White The Desire of Ages, p. 51}

“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. “(Ellen White, Review and Herald, July 9, 1895, par. 13)

“Christ is the Son of God in deed and in truth and in love, and is the representative of the Father as well as the representative of the human race.” (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 14, page 83)

“Modern spiritualism, resting upon the same foundation, is but a revival in a new form of the witchcraft and demon worship that God condemned and prohibited of old.… Peter, describing the dangers to which the church was to be exposed in the last days, says that as there were false prophets who led Israel into sin, so there will be false teachers, “who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them.… And many shall follow their pernicious ways.” 2 Peter 2:1, 2. Here the apostle has pointed out one of the marked characteristics of spiritualist teachers. They refuse to acknowledge Christ as the Son of God.  Concerning such teachers the beloved John declares: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father.” 1 John 2:22, 23. Spiritualism, by denying Christ, denies both the Father and the Son, and the Bible pronounces it the manifestation of antichrist. “(Ellen White, Patriarchs and Prophets, page 686)

“The Lord Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, existed from eternity, a distinct person, yet one with the Father. He was the surpassing glory of heaven. He was the commander of the heavenly intelligences, and the adoring homage of the angels was received by him as his right. This was no robbery of God. “The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way,” he declares, “before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth; while as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth.”” {E. G. White, Review and Herald, April 5, 1906 par. 7}

"We are told by those who teach the abolition of the Father’s law, that the commandments of God mentioned in the New Testament, are not the ten, but the requirements of the gospel, such as repentance, faith, baptism and the Lord’s supper. But as these, and every other requirement peculiar to the gospel, are all embraced in the faith of Jesus, it is evident that the commandments of God are not the sayings of Christ and his apostles. To assert that the sayings of the Son and his apostles are the commandments of the Father, is as wide from the truth as the old trinitarian absurdity that Jesus Christ is the very and Eternal God. And as the faith of Jesus embraces every requirement peculiar to the gospel, it necessarily follows that the commandments of God, mentioned by the third angel, embrace only the ten precepts of the Father’s immutable law which are not peculiar to any one dispensation, but common to all." (James White, August 5, 1852, Review & Herald, vol. 3, no. 7, page 52, par. 42) 

"Bro. Cottrell is nearly eighty years of age, remembers the dark day of 1780, and has been a Sabbath-keeper more than thirty years. He was formerly united with the Seventh-Day Baptists, but on some points of doctrine has differed from that body. He rejected the doctrine of the trinity,also the doctrine of man’s consciousness between death and the resurrection, and the punishment of the wicked in eternal consciousness. He believed that the wicked would be destroyed. Bro. Cottrell buried his wife not long since, who, it is said, was one of the excellent of the earth. Not long since, this aged pilgrim received a letter from friends in Wisconsin, purporting to be from M. Cottrell, his wife, who sleeps in Jesus. But he, believing that the dead know not anything, was prepared to reject at once the heresy that the spirits of the dead, knowing everything, come back and converse with the living. Thus truth is a staff in his old age. He has three sons in Mill Grove, who, with their families are Sabbath-keepers." (James White, June 9, 1853, Review & Herald, vol. 4, no. 2, page 12, par. 16) 


"Catholic Reasons for Keeping Sunday 

1. Because “it is also called Sunday from the old Roman denomination of Dies Solis, the day of the sun, to which it was sacred.” “Sunday was a name given by the heathens to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshipped the sun.” 

2. Because it is “in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary.” 

3. Because “it is a day dedicated by the apostles to the honor of the most Holy Trinity.”"

(James White, April 4, 1854, Review & Herald, vol. 5, no. 11, page 86, par. 16-18) 

The Position of the Remnant 

As fundamental errors, we might class with this counterfeit sabbath other errors which Protestants have brought away from the Catholic church, such as sprinkling for baptism, the trinity, the consciousness of the dead and eternal life in misery. The mass who have held these fundamental errors, have doubtless done it ignorantly; but can it be supposed that the church of Christ will carry along with her these errors till the judgment scenes burst upon the world? We think not. “Here are they [in the period of a message given just before the Son of man takes his place upon the white cloud, Rev. 14:14] that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” This class, who live just prior to the second advent, will not be keeping the traditions of men, neither will they be holding fundamental errors relative to the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ. And as the true light shines out upon these subjects, and is rejected by the mass, then condemnation will come upon them. When the true Sabbath is set before men, and the claims of the fourth commandment are urged upon them, and they reject this holy institution of the God of heaven, and choose in its place an institution of the beast, it can then be said, in the fullest sense, that such worship the beast. The warning message of the third angel is given in reference to that period, when the mark of the beast will be received, instead of the seal of the living God. Solemn dreadful, swiftly approaching hour! (James White, September 12, 1854, Review & Herald, vol. 6, no. 5, page 36, par. 8) 

"Here we might mention the Trinity, which does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ, and of sprinkling or pouring instead of being “buried with Christ in baptism,” “planted in the likeness of his death:” but we pass from these fables to notice one that is held sacred by nearly all professed Christians, both Catholic and Protestant. It is, The change of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment from the seventh to the first day of the week." (James White, December 11, 1855, Review & Herald, vol. 7, no. 11, page 85, par. 16) 

"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)

"We have not as much sympathy with Unitarians that deny the divinity of Christ, as with Trinitarians who hold that the Son is the eternal Father, and talk so mistily about the three-one God. Give the Master all that divinity with which the Holy Scriptures clothe him. .."(from : Review and Herald June 6, 1871 James and Ellen White's - Western Tour.)

“He (Jame White) received a commendation that few others have attained. God has permitted the precious light of truth to shine upon His word and illuminate the mind of my husband. He may reflect the rays of light from the presence of Jesus upon others by his preaching and writing.”{E. G. White, Testimonies for the Church Volume 3, p. 502}

James Springer White: 1821 - 1881

James White was born to Deacon John and Betsey White in Palmyra, Maine on the 4th of August 1821. He was the fifth of nine children and suffered as a boy from weakness of eyesight which prevented him from attending school until he was 19 years old. He studied for 18 hours a day, thus in twelve weeks he attained a certificate indicating his qualifications to teach common branches. The next winter he taught. 

At 15 he was baptized in a denomination called Christian Connection to which his parents belonged. He later learnt about the Advent Message from his mother and joined the Mille rites as they confidently await the return of the Lord. He suffered deep disappointment with the other believers in October, 1844 but he continued to cling in confidence to the word of God. 

Early in 1845, James became acquainted with Ellen Harmon. A courtship developed and they matured only after they assured themselves that for them to marry was God’s providence. They were married on August 30, 1846. Shortly after the young couple read a pamphlet written by Joseph Bates and accepted the Seventh- day Sabbath. The couple had four children, two of whom died at an early age.

Elder White helped to lead “Sabbath Conferences” and worked out several key doctrines of the emerging church. He was also a firm believer in his wife’s visions, and when she was shown that he should begin publishing a paper, he began to work on the first of several papers that he founded- The Present Truth, in July 1849.Among other publications to his credit: The Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald (now Adventist Review) in 1850, The Youth Instructor (now Insight) in 1852, and Signs of theTimes in 1874. Both the Pacific Press and the Review and Herald Publishing Association trace their beginning back to James White. 

During the first years of his marriage, James and Ellen travelled and preached over a wide area, having no permanent home of their own. 

Elder White called for church organization. He helped to establish the General Conference in May, 1863. In spite of illness, including a series of stokes that affected his health and relation to others, he served a total of ten years as General Conference President (1865- 1867, 1869-1871, 1874- 1880). 

He died in Battle Creek on August 6, 1881, of pernicious malarial fever; he was buried in Oak Hill cemetery in the White family plot.

 

James White

Downloadable Books by James White:
Bible Adventism
Present Truth - First Publications of the Advent Movement
The Life of Joseph Bates
The Personality of God
Tongue Of Slander

Downloadable Tracts by James White:
A Brief Exposition of the Angels of Revelation 14
An Ernest Appeal
An Exposition of The Seven Trumpets of Revelation 8-9
Appeal on Immortality
Christ In The Old Testament And The Sabbath In The New
Death and Burial, or Scriptual Coversion
Gods Memorial
My Lord Delayeth His Coming
Perpetuity of Spiritual Gifts
Personality of God
Preach the Word
The Four Universal Monarchies Of The Prophecy Of Daniel, And God’s Everlasting Kingdom
The Judgment: Or, The Waymarks Of Daniel To The Holy City
The Law And The Gospel
The Old Moral Code Of Ten Commandments Not Revised
The Parable. Matthew 25:1-12
The Redeemer And Redeemed; Or, The Plan Of Redemption Through Christ
The Sanctuary The 2300 Days And The Shut Door
The Second Advent: Manner, Object, And Nearness Of The Event
The Second Coming Of Christ: Or A Brief Exposition Of Matthew 24
The Signs Of The Times
The Third Angel's Message
The Two Thrones, Representing The Kingdoms Of Grace And Of Glory

Order Books by James White:
The Biblical Institute

http://www.imsmedia.org/adventist-pioneers/james-s-white

 

CATHOLIC REASONS FOR KEEPING SUNDAY

1. Because "it is also called Sunday from the old Roman denomination of Dies Solis, the day of the sun, to which it was sacred." "Sunday was a name given by the heathens to the first day of the week, because it was the day on which they worshiped the sun."  

2. Because it is "in honor of the blessed Virgin Mary."  

3. Because "it is a day dedicated by the apostles to the honor of the most Holy Trinity." 

4. "Because Christ was born upon a Sunday."  

5. Because he "rose from the dead upon a Sunday."  

6. Because he "sent down the Holy Ghost upon a Sunday."  

7. Because "the work of our redemption was a greater work than that of our creation."  

8. Because "we have for it the authority of the Catholic Church and apostolic tradition."  

9. Because "Sunday is sanctified by hearing Mass."  

10. Because of a letter reported to have "come from Heaven to Jerusalem, and found at St. Simeon's tomb."  

PROTESTANT REASONS

1. Because Christ rose from the dead on Sunday.  

2. Because Christ sanctioned the first day by meeting with his disciples on the evening of that day. John xx,19,26.  

3. Because the apostles met on the first day to break bread. Acts xx,7.  

4. Because the apostles told them to make their collections on that day for the poor saints. 1Cor.xvi,1,2. 
5. Because John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. Rev.i,10.  

6. Because Paul says, "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind" - whether he will keep one day above another, i.e., whether he will keep Sunday or not.  

7. Because Constantine established it by law, A. D. 321.  

8. Because it is the law of our own country.   

9. Because Sunday is the Christian Sabbath.  

10. Because the "old fathers" say that some kept Sunday.

11. Because learned men and ministers, say it was changed.  

12. Because some say that the day we now keep, is the seventh-day Sabbath.  

13. Because the Lord only requires us to keep a seventh part of time.  

14. Because nobody knows whether we are keeping the right day or not, as time might have been lost.  

15. Because it don't make any difference what day we keep if we are only sincere and honest.  

16. Because it is customary, that is, fashionable.  

17. Because the Lord has blessed me so many times on that day, therefore I think I ought to keep it.

18. Because I don't like to be changing about so much.  

19. Because all my neighbors keep it.  

20. Because I have always kept it, and my friends before me, and some of them died happy, and I will run the risk of it, rather than change now.

21. Because our church keeps it, therefore I will.  

22. Because there are so many new things, and winds of doctrine, and so many "Lo heres," and "Lo theres," that we don't know what to believe, therefore I am agoing to stick to my old church.  

These and many more unfounded and frivolous excuses, are framed up in favor of Sunday-keeping which are called by some, good and conclusive reasons for not obeying God's holy Sabbath law: "The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord: "thus making the law of God void by their traditions.

How will such stand in the judgment, with such excuses in their mouths, before that God whose law they have broken, after having the light. Will it not be said, "thou art weighed in the balances, an art found wanting."

 

The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald - April 4, 1854

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James White was born on August 4, 1821 in the township of Palmyra in Maine. The fifth of nine children, James was a sickly child who suffered fits or seizures. Poor eyesight prevented him from obtaining much of an education and he was 
required to work on the family farm. At age 19 his eyesight improved and he enrolled at a local academy. He earned a teaching certificate and briefly taught at an elementary school. He was baptized into the Christian Connexion at 
age 16. He learned of the Millerite message from his parents and after hearing powerful preaching at an advent camp meeting in Exeter, Maine, White decided to leave teaching and become a preacher. Consequently, he was ordained a minister of the Christian Connexion in 1843. White was a powerful preacher and it is recorded that during the winter of 1843, 1000 people were accepted the Millerite message owing to his preaching. At times however, White was met with 
angry mobs who hurled snowballs at him.During these early travels he met Ellen G. Harmon whom he married on August 30, 1846. James and Ellen had four boys, Henry Nichols (b. 26 Aug 1847, d. 8 Dec 1863), James Edson (b. 28 Jul 1849, d. 
3 Jun 1928), William Clarence (b. 29 Aug 1854, d. 31 Aug 1937) and John Herbert (b. 20 Sep 1860, d. 14 Dec 1860).

                        Adventist Service

The paper which James White initially started, "The Present Truth", was combined with another periodical called the "Advent Review" in 1850 to become the "Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald".This periodical became the main source of communication for the Sabbatarian Adventist movement as they debated points of doctrine and organization. It also became a venue for James and Ellen White to quickly and efficiently share their views to like-minded believers. James White served as editor of the periodical until 1851 when he invited Uriah Smith to become editor. He played a senior role in the management of church publications as president of the Review and Herald Publishing Association. He also served on several occasions as president of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.(1865-67; 1869-71; 1874-80).

White firmly opposed the trinity doctrine. In 1846, White wrote in The Day Star, and on a number of occasions in the Review & Herald (1852,1854,1855 1856 1877 & 1881) that the trinity was 'unscriptural'. This teaching was common 
among the early Adventists, including Joshua Himes, Joseph Bates, Uriah Smith, J. N. Loughborough and J. H. Waggoner

In 1865 White suffered from a paralytic stroke. White eventually determined that he should retire from the ministry and live out his days gracefully. In 1880, G. I. Butler replaced him as General Conference president. During the summer of 1881, White came down with a fever and was taken to the Battle Creek Sanitarium. Despite the efforts of Dr. Kellogg, White died on 1881-08-06.

James Springer White and his son John Herbert White are buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, MI. James is buried in Lot 320, Rt 8 & John Herbert is buried in Lot 320, Rt 11

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In 1874 the very first issue of the periodical “Signs of the Times” was edited and published by Elder James White, where 25 Fundamental Principles held “with great unanimity” by the Adventist people were introduced. Here are the principles relating to God.  They were modeled on Deuteronomy 6:4 and 1st Corinthians 8:6.

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. Ps. 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; that he took on him the nature of the seed of Abraham for the redemption of our fallen race; . . .

These two statements remained unchanged until 1931, and then in 1980 the Trinity was officially voted in as a Fundamental Belief of the Adventist church.

Trinity: There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation.

Jesus warns in John 14:6, "NO ONE comes to the FATHER except through ME." If you believe the "Holy Spirit" is "another "God the Holy Spirit" you are trying to climb into the sheep pen/fold through another door/gate other than Christ and it is a robber and a thief, according to John 10:1 

New Living Translation
"I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!"


Jesus is the ONLY "gate" "way" or "doorway" to Salvation. John 17:3 and Jer 9:24 plainly states that we are to KNOW and UNDERSTAND God and His Son whom He sent to show us the only way to eternal life; and that way is the TRUE Jesus Christ. Christ sends/imparts to us the very presence of His own God and Father through His Spirit by claiming the Faith of Jesus as our very own. "But as many as received him, to them gave he power (character=thoughts and feelings) to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12. {OFC 16.7} 

"The presence of God is guaranteed to the Christian. This Rock of faith IS the living presence of God." HM June 1, 1897, Art. B, par. 8, Our Father Cares, p. 21.6


Dependence Upon God

For without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5, last part. {OFC 21.4} 

The first lesson to be taught . . . is the lesson of dependence upon God. . . . As a flower of the field has its root in the soil; as it must receive air, dew, showers, and sunshine, so must we receive from God that which ministers to the life of the soul. {OFC 21.5} 

"The presence of God is guaranteed to the Christian. This Rock of faith is the living presence of God. The weakest may depend upon it. Those who think themselves the strongest may become the weakest unless they depend on Christ as their efficiency, their worthiness. This is the Rock upon which we may build successfully. God is near in Christ’s atoning sacrifice, in His intercession, His loving, tender ruling power over the church. Seated by the eternal throne, He watches them with intense interest. As long as the members of the church shall through faith draw sap and nourishment from Jesus Christ, and not from man’s opinions and devisings, and methods; if having a conviction of the nearness of God in Christ, they put their entire trust in Him, they will have a vital connection with the parent stock." Sons & Daughters of God p.22

Ellen White warns, "The Father and the Son ALONE are to be exalted." {The Youth's Instructor, July 7, 1898 par.2} This statement does not need a comment. It is very plain indeed.

Power (character=thoughts and feelings) Is Given Us To Become The Sons Of God

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John 1:12. {OFC 16.7} 

Divine sonship is not something that we gain of ourselves. Only to those who receive Christ as their Saviour is given the power to become sons and daughters of God. The sinner cannot, by any power of his own, rid himself of sin. For the accomplishment of this result, he must look to a higher Power. John exclaimed, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” Christ alone has power to cleanse the heart. He who is seeking for forgiveness and acceptance can say only,—
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“Nothing in my hand I bring;
Simply to Thy cross I cling.” {OFC 16.8} 
But the promise of sonship is made to all who “believe on his name.” Every one who comes to Jesus in faith will receive pardon {OFC 17.1} 
The religion of Christ transforms the heart. It makes the worldly-minded man heavenly-minded. Under its influence the selfish man becomes unselfish, because this is the character of Christ. The dishonest, scheming man becomes upright, so that it is second nature to him to do to others as he would have others do to him. The profligate is changed from impurity to purity. He forms correct habits; for the gospel of Christ has become to him a savor of life unto life. {OFC 17.2} 
God was to be manifest in Christ, “reconciling the world unto himself.” Man had become so degraded by sin that it was impossible for him, in himself, to come into harmony with Him whose nature is purity and goodness. But Christ, after having redeemed man from the condemnation of the law, could impart divine power, to unite with human effort. Thus by repentance toward God and faith in Christ, the fallen children of Adam might once more become “sons of God.” {OFC 17.3} 

When a soul receives Christ, he receives power (power=character=thoughts and feelings) to live the life of Christ. {OFC 17.4} 

The most objectionable feature and the one that our Lord Himself has said He hates is the “deeds of the Nicolaitanes” Rev 2:6.  It appears that most of the protestant world (including the SDA Church - which I love) have come to the point of not hating that which our Lord hates but have themselves embraced this most heinous doctrine the "trinity". We are assuredly in that time period where Christ said “So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate.”  Rev. 2:15  That time being the time of the church of Pergamos where “Satan’s seat is,” “where Satan dwellth,” and where “Antipas” was Christ’s “faithful martyr.” Rev 2:13.

The Sabbath School lessons for the 1st Quarter of 2012 will focus on the above statement.

1 Corinthians 11:3 (KJV) But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

Ephesians 1:22 "And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,"

“Some will tend to resist this doctrine (the trinity) because it is NOT FOUND expressly stated in the scriptures.” Adventist Review Aug 20 1993 P-8

"ONLY by FAITH can we accept the existence of the Trinity." Adventist Review,
Vol. 158, No. 31, p. 4.

“Next quarter, the Adult Bible Study Guide, entitled Glimpses of Our God, by Jo Ann Davidson, will look at God, at various aspects of Him as they have been revealed to us, and at what these things mean for us on a practical level. The lesson study will begin by examining the Trinity: the amazing teaching that God is One God and yet composed of three Persons… The distinctions among God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit found in the Bible, must be understood as being the way God is in Himself, however difficult this is for our fallen minds to grasp.” (Text comes from the back of the current lesson quarterly on Galatians)

Sabbath Gem: Scripture contains references and hints to the deity and unity of the divine Godhead. The distinctions among God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit found in the Bible, must be understood as being the way God is in Himself, however difficult this is for our fallen minds to grasp. (Ibid)

Here is a link to the official text of Lesson 1 as it appears in the Adult and Teacher’s Edition of the Quarterly. Wanted to give you a heads up so we can pray, study and prepare how to address the subject matter in the appostate local churches and conferences.

Notable quotes from the lesson give us interesting things to ponder.

"Some early Adventists struggled with the doctrine of the Trinity. Today, the church has taken a firm stand on the doctrine. How does this change over time reveal to us the unfolding nature of truth?" (Discussion Questions: Friday, January 6)


Ellen White writes this about the pioneers of the historical SDA church: "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) When they came together and hammered out a system of Adventist beliefs, they ALL rejected the Trinity which they considered as heathen and Roman Catholic without any Biblical basis.


Gary had this to say about "the unfolding nature of truth." "This is a very interesting and significant expression. Notice what Ellen White said in this regard: 

"In every age there is a new development of truth, a message of God to the people of that generation. The old truths are all essential; new truth is not independent of the old, but an unfolding of it. It is only as the old truths are understood that we can comprehend the new." COL p. 127.4 

"change over time" that results in a repudiation of the "old truths" is incompatible with the principle stated above. And unfolding of truth must not invalidate the old truth making the new truth independent. Rather, new truth that is an unfolding of the old established truth must build on it, expand it, clarify it."


Comments on the trinity by J.N. Andrews “The doctrine of the Trinity which was established in the church by the council of Nice, A. D. 325... This doctrine destroys the personality of God, and his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. The infamous measures by which it was forced upon the church which appear upon the pages of ecclesiastical history might well cause every believer in that doctrine to blush. {J. N. Andrews, March 6, 1855, Review and Herald, Vol. 6, No. 24, P. 185} “...and as the son of God, he would be excluded also, for he had God for his Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days. So that if we use Paul’s language in an absolute sense, it would be impossible to find but one being in the universe, and that is God the Father, who is without father, or mother, or descent, or beginning of days, or end of life.” {Review and Herald Sept. 7, 1869}. J.N.Andrews – showing clearly that the trinity teaching is not biblical “J.N. Andrews reiterated the common Adventist understanding that God the Father is the supreme source of all life in the universe. In 1874 he writes: “That God is the fountain and source of immortality is plain from the statement of Paul. He speaks thus of God the Father: ‘Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting; Amen.’ 1 Tim. 6:16. This text is evidently designed to teach that the self existent God is the only being who, of himself, possesses this wonderful nature. Others may possess it as derived from him, but he alone is the fountain of immortality Our Lord Jesus Christ is the source of this life to us. ‘For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.’ John 5:26. ‘As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father; so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.’ John 6:57. The Father gives us this life in His Son. ‘And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.’ 1Jn 5:11, 12. These Scriptures do clearly indicate that Christ is the source of endless life, and that those only have this who have Christ.” {Review and Herald, Jan. 27, 1874 p.52}. Comments on the above quotation Elder J N Andrews was one of Adventism’s founders and leaders in the highest sense. He is well respected today throughout the Seventh-Day Adventist church. The churches 1st university bears the record of his name and shows the perception of scholarship which has been associated with his Biblical Exegesis.


Brother Corey noted that "the study seems to focus a lot on "echad" and I thought this statement was one that should be questioned:"

This word echad for oneness does not imply a mathematical sum but a complex unity instead." (In Equality and Unity: Wednesday, January 4)

 

Brother Bobby B. addresses this thought in his article Is the word “echad”, (or “one”) “inherently plural”? and again in SDA’s 28 Fundamental Beliefs for 2012 (edited, corrected, and clarified).  See also Elohim and the plurality of God[s] by William Kinkade (Christian Connection minister).

The 2012 Sabbath School lessons also give us a "new" definition of tritheism or polytheism.

In the doctrine of the Trinity, we do not find three different divine roles displayed by one Person (that is modalism). Nor are there three gods in a cluster (that is tritheism or polytheism). The one God (“He”) is also, and equally, “They,” and “They” are always together, always closely cooperating. The Holy Spirit executes the will of both Father and Son, which is also His will. This is the truth that God reveals about Himself all through the Bible. (Futher Study: Friday, January 6)

Brother Bobby B. discovered the above quote comes from J.I. Packer's "Concise Theology." In 2005 Time magazine listed Packer asone of the most influential evangelicals in North America.

In 2008 Packer wrote an endorsement for a book called 'Creation or Evolution: Do We have to Choose?' by Denis Alexander. The book advocates theistic evolution and is critical of Intelligent Design. The most recent information on Packer's position on evolution comes from his foreword to Reclaiming Genesis by Melvin Tinker. Reclaiming Genesis is a 'pro-evolution' book with the subtitle 'The Theatre of God's Glory - Or a Scientific Story?'

In recent years, he has supported the ecumenical movement but believes that unity should not come at the expense of abandoning orthodox Protestant doctrine. Nonetheless, his advocacy of ecumenicism has brought sharp criticism from some conservatives, particularly after the 1995 publication of the book Evangelicals and Catholics Together: Toward a Common Mission (ed. Charles Colson, Richard J. Neuhaus) in which Packer was one of the contributors. (J.I. Packer, wikipedia)

Here is another quote from Packer's "Concice Theology:"

All non-Trinitarian formulations of the Christian message are, by biblical standards, inadequate and fundamentally false and will naturally tend to pull Christian lives out of shape.

Jo Ann Davidson, the author of the Sabbath School Lessons on the trinity, wrote an article for "Adventist World" entitled " God in Three Persons—Blessed Trinity." This was to address Fundamental Belief #2. As in the Sabbath School Lesson, she again quotes J.I. Packer.

“The historic formulation of the Trinity . . . seeks to circumscribe and safeguard this mystery (not explain it; that is beyond us), and it confronts us with perhaps the most difficult thought that the human mind has ever been asked to handle. It is not easy; but it is true.”


Revelation 17:5 (KJV) "And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH."

Jo Ann Davidson is assistant professor of theology, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, in Berrien Springs, Michigan. The Adventist Book Center website introduces her book that accompanies the lessons with the following quote:

"If you have been able to fully comprehend God, you have comprehended something else instead of God.  If we have been able to comprehend Him in our thinking, we have deceived ourselves." – Augustine


Jeremiah 9:24 (KJV) "But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me..."

Wikipedia has this to share about Augustine.

In the Catholic Church and the Anglican CommunionAugustine is a saint and pre-eminent Doctor of the Church. He is the patron saint of brewers, printers, theologians. He is also invoked for the alleviation of sore eyes. 

Augustine took the view that the Biblical text should not be interpreted as properly literal, but rather as metaphorical, if it contradicts what we know from science and our God-given reason. While each passage of Scripture has a literal sense, this "literal sense" does not always mean that the Scriptures are mere history; at times they are rather an extended metaphor. 

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Augustine of Hippo
Saint Augustine of Hippo, "That GREAT man of GOD"?

Here is the cover of the Jo Ann Davidson book that accompanies the lessons.  The "image" of the trinity also appears on the quarterly.

trinitysmallDoes this image of "God" violate the 2nd Commandment? (See also Romans 1:18-25) Does it break the   Divine Pattern of 1st Corinthians 8:6 that our church was founded upon? See Isaiah 9:16: "For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed."










LIFE Magazine October 30, 1950

"But the Protestant churches have themselves accepted such dogmas as the Trinity for which there is NO such precise authority in the Gospels..."(Life Magazine, October 30, 1950).

"The mystery of the Trinity is the central doctrine of the Catholic Faith. Upon IT are based ALL THE OTHER teachings of the church..." Handbook for Today's Catholic, p. 11.

  "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 S. White, February 7, 1856, Review & Herald, vol. 7, no. 19, page 148, par. 26) 

The above quote could go to the left of the picture below of James and Ellen White...and the words below to the right of Ellen White?


James & Ellen White

Ellen G. White held her husband, James S. White up as an example for others to follow. She, of all people knew he vehemently rejected the trinity doctrine as unbiblical. She said James White was a type of Moses, ["Moses was a type of Christ." {Patriarchs & Prophets, Chapter 43, p. 480-481] that he was KEEN, NOBEL & TRUE and that he had been given GREAT light also, and he was to speak and WRITE it out for OTHERS. She, as a true prophet of God would not ask others to follow her husband's leading if she herself did not believe the trinity was error. Remember? She stated that ALL of the pioneers came into harmony and were UNITED in the TRUTH! That included herself too! When they came to something they all did not agree and understand, they would pray together, and God would show her the truth. They all worked together to hammer out the foundations of the early SDA church beliefs. "Whatever contradicts God's word, we may be sure proceeds from Satan." Patriarchs and Prophets, page 55, paragraph 2. "There is one straight chain of truth without one heretical sentence in that which I have written." — Ellen G. White, Letter 329A, 1905. (references: MS 135, 1903.” (The Early Years, p. 145); Manuscript Releases, 8, p. 319, Letter 50, 1906; 3 Testimonies, p. 85, 258;)



As Moses was a type of Christ leading the ancient children of Israel, so James White, says Ellen White, was a type of Moses, leading the modern children of Israel into the Heavenly Cannan. 


"Like the Jews, many have closed their eyes lest they should see; but there is as great peril now, in closing the eyes to light, and in walking apart from Christ, feeling need of nothing, as there was when he was upon earth." {RH, Aug. 26, 1890}. "A clear conception of what God is, and what He requires us to be, will give us humble views of self." {RH June 2, 1896} "The same arguments are still urged against all who dare to present, in opposition to established errors, the plain and direct teachings of God's word." {GC p. 148} "I saw that the strength of the children of God is in their humility. When they are little in their own eyes, Jesus will be to them their strength and their righteousness, and God will prosper their labors." 3 Testimonies p. 307.



"Moses was a type of Christ." {Patriarchs & Prophets, Chapter 43, p. 480-481]

Ere we attempt to set forth some (for we do not profess to exhaust the subject) of these correspondencies, let us first appeal to the Word itself in proof that Moses was a type of Christ. In Deuteronomy 18:15 we find Moses saying, "The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken". Thus it wilt be seen from these words that we are not trafficking in human imagination when we contemplate Moses as a type of Christ. Such is the plain teaching of Holy Writ.

Like Unto Me: Moses as a Type of Christ

  There can be no doubt that Moses is a picture of Jesus Christ.  Deuteronomy 18:15
 says, “The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, LIKE UNTO ME; unto him ye shall hearken;” (emphasis added).  The following is a list of some of the ways in which Moses is a type or picture of Jesus Christ.  Although this is not an exhaustive list, it does include 40 different ways in which Moses typifies Christ.  This list, then, is designed for the benefit of Bible students to think about the ways in which Moses and Christ are alike.

  1. Both were born at a time when Israel was under foreign domination (Moses – Egyptian bondage & Jesus – Roman bondage)
  2. Both had rulers that tried to kill them shortly after their births (Exodus 1:15-22
    Matthew 2:16-18
    )
  3. Both spent time in the wilderness before taking on their callings (Exodus 3; Matthew 4:1-11
    )
  4. Both dealt with wicked kings (Pharaoh – Exodus 5-12; Herod – Luke 13:31-32
    )
  5. Both dealt with folks who hardened their hearts (Exodus 8:15
    Mark 6:45-52
    )
  6. Both dealt with lepers (Numbers 12:10-15
    Matthew 8:1-4
    )
  7. Both had the world offered to them (Hebrews 11:24-27
    Matthew 4:8-9
    )
  8. Both were shepherds (Exodus 3:1
    John 10:11
    )
  9. Both fasted for 40 days (Exodus 34:28
    Luke 4:2
    )
  10. Both climbed mountains (Exodus 34; Matthew 5:1
    )
  11. Both were meek (Numbers 12:3
    Matthew 11:29
    Matthew 21:5
    )
  12. Both were envied (Psalm 106:16
    Matthew 27:18
    )
  13. Both did some writing (Exodus 34:27
    John 8:6-8
    )
  14. Both have a connection to the law - Moses, humanly speaking, wrote the law, but Jesus Christ fulfilled the law (Deuteronomy 31:9
    ;Matthew 5:17
    )
  15. Both kept the Passover (Exodus 12; Hebrews 11:28
    Luke 22:11
    Matthew 26:17-19
    )
  16. Both had a connection to innocent blood (Deuteronomy 19:9-10
    Deuteronomy 21:7-9
    Matthew 27:3-4
    )
  17. Both sang (Exodus 15:1
    Matthew 26:30
    )
  18. Both had ministries to the nation of Israel (Exodus 3:1-10
    Matthew 15:21-28
    )
  19. Both did miraculous things (no references needed)
  20. Both did miraculous things to/on large bodies of water (Exodus 7:20
    Exodus 14:16
    , 27; Matthew 8:23-27
    Mark 6:45-51
    )
  21. Both fed hungry people in a wilderness (Exodus 16; Mark 8:1-9
    )
  22. Both provided water for thirsty people (Exodus 15:22-25
    John 4:10
    ,14)
  23. Both spoke of future tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30-31
    Matthew 24:21-22
    )
  24. Both spoke of eternal fire (Leviticus 6:12-13
    Matthew 25:40-41
    )
  25. Both paid tribute (Numbers 31:41
    Matthew 17:24-27
    )
  26. Both sent out 12 men (Numbers 13; Luke 9:1-6
    )
  27. Both were called God’s servants – “my servant” (Numbers 12:7
    Matthew 12:14-21
    )
  28. Both were prophets (Deuteronomy 34:10
    John 6:14
    )
  29. Both were priests (Exodus 40; Hebrews 4:14
    )
  30. Both were kings (Deuteronomy 33:4-5
    John 18:33-40
    )
  31. Both were judges (Exodus 18:13
    John 5:24-30
    )
  32. Both were teachers (Deuteronomy 4:5
    John 18:20
    )
  33. Both told wicked men to depart (Numbers 16:26
    Matthew 25:41
    )
  34. Both met together on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9
    )
  35. Both are connected through the brasen serpent (Numbers 21:4-9
    John 3:14
    )
  36. Both had outstretched arms with 2 men beside them, and in both cases there was a war going on (Exodus 17:8-16
    Matthew 27:38
    ).  In Moses’ case, it was a physical war with Amalek.  In Christ’s case, it was a spiritual war with the devil (Isaiah 50:8
     in the context of the crucifixion).
  37. Both had people weep when they died (Deuteronomy 34:8
    John 20:11
    )
  38. Both died but did not stay in their burial places (Deuteronomy 34:5-6
    ; Jude 9; Matthew 17:1-9
    ; Matthew 28)
  39. Both were the subject of controversies concerning their dead bodies (Jude 9; Matthew 28:11-15
    )
  40. Both had important “dignitaries” interested in their dead bodies (Michael & the devil – Jude 9; the Pharisees, the Roman soldiers, and Pilate – Matthew 27:62-65
    Mark 15:43-45
    )
Bible Adventism
by James S. White

Table of Contents, and Introduction

Introduction to Bible Adventism

Bible Adventism, Sermon One
The Millennium

Bible Adventism, Sermon Two: 
The Second Coming

Bible Adventism, Sermon Three
Noah's Time and Ours
Know the Time is Near, Not to Set Time, We are in the Waiting Time

Bible Adventism, Sermon Four
The Church Not in Darkness

Bible Adventism, Sermon Five
The Time of the End
Focusing on Daniel 12

Bible Adventism, Sermon Six
The Kingdom
Daniel 2, The Two Kingdoms of Grace and Glory, The Kingdom is at Hand.

Bible Adventism, Sermon Seven
The Judgment
Study of Daniel Seven

Bible Adventism, Sermon Eight, "The Time"
Daniel chapter eight

Bible Adventism, Sermon Eight, "The Time" (2)
The 2300 Days

Bible Adventism, Sermon Nine, "The Sanctuary"
The Sanctuary--Earthly model and Heavenly

Bible Adventism, Sermon Nine, "The Sanctuary" (2)
The Ministration and cleansing of the Sanctuary

Bible Adventism, Sermon Nine, "The Sanctuary" (3)
The Disappointment and the Sanctuary

Bible Adventism, Sermon Ten, "Saving Faith"
Hebrews

Doctrines of Seventh-day Adventists, Study 27, "Christ in the Old Testament"
Showing the Continuity between Old and New Testament


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.The Begotten Series

 

Section nine

 

Begotten theology

(Part 6 of 6)

 

God the Father in the person of the Son

 

 

The preponderant belief of Seventh-day Adventists has always been that Christ is God but throughout the time of Ellen White’s ministry and even beyond, this was always professed in terms that were strictly non-trinitarian. In other words, whilst Ellen White was alive, Seventh-day Adventists made no profession of the trinity doctrine.

 

This was no different than it was in early Christianity (see section two and section three). This was prior to the 4th century when the trinity doctrine was formulated. This was also the time period when in the form of the established church, Christianity was fast heading towards apostasy (see section nine of the detailed history series).

 

Regarding the trinity doctrine and the divinity of Christ, James White, in 1877, expressed the generally held view of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

This is when he wrote

 

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 worseDid God say to an inferior, “Let us make man in our image?” (James White, Review and Herald November 29th article ‘Christ Equal with God’ 1877)

 

Even having been married to Ellen White for 31 years, James White remained, just as he had done so throughout his time as a Seventh-day Adventist, a devout non-trinitarian. He did not believe though, as can be very clearly seen here, that Christ was in any way a lesser being than God. This was written by him 4 years before his death in 1881. He died a non-trinitarian.

 

J. H. Waggoner, the father of Ellet Waggoner, was a long time contemporary of James White.

 

In the 1884 edition of a publication that he authored concerning the atonement he wrote (note the use of the word “we” denoting Waggoner was referring to Seventh-day Adventists in general)

 

“Many theologians really think that the Atonement, in respect to its dignity and efficacy, rests upon the doctrine of a trinity. But we fail to see any connection between the two. To the contrary, the advocates of that doctrine really fall into the difficulty which they seem anxious to avoid.” (J. H. Waggoner, ‘The Atonement in Light of Nature and Revelation’, 1884 Edition, chapter ‘Doctrine of a Trinity Subversive of the Atonement’)

 

By way of explanation of trinitarian thinking (note again the use of “they” and “we”) Waggoner added

 

“Their [the trinitarian’s] difficulty consists in this: They take the denial of a trinity to be equivalent to a denial of the divinity of Christ. Were that the case, we should cling to the doctrine of a trinity as tenaciously as any can; but it is not the case.” (Ibid)

 

This is very true. Most trinitarians will say that unless the divinity of Christ is expressed as in the trinity doctrine, it is not correctly expressed – even though it is an assumed doctrine (seesection four of the detailed history series).

 

Waggoner then said (note again the word “our”)

 

“They who have read our remarks on the death of the Son of God know that we firmly believe in the divinity of Christ; but we cannot accept the idea of a trinity, as it is held by Trinitarians, without giving up our claim on the dignity of the sacrifice made for our redemption. (Ibid)

 

Whilst we shall not be pursuing this latter line of thinking here (the atonement), suffice to say that trinitarians believe that the personage of the pre-existent Christ (or as many term Him the pre-existent Son of God) did not really die at Calvary. All that trinitarians say died was the human nature of Christ. Whatever version of the trinity doctrine is accepted, this is standard theology. This is one of the reasons why early Seventh-day Adventists rejected the trinity doctrine. They believed that the pre-existent Son of God really did die. This death was in His human nature.

 

Note Waggoner says that Seventh-day Adventists firmly believe in the divinity of Christ. There was no ‘He might be sort of divine’ or ‘in one sense he may be divine’. The belief was that He is divine in the highest sense of its meaning. As James White said (see above), Christ was not regarded by Seventh-day Adventists as a lesser divine being than God the Father but equal to Him. This is the testimony of the Scriptures through and through (see John 1:1 and Philippians 2:5-8 etc)

 

In its various forms, Joseph Waggoner’s ‘atonement’ publication was circulated amongst Seventh-day Adventists for 23 years. This was between 1861 and 1884. This shows how highly this work was valued. It also shows what the accepted faith of Seventh-day Adventists was at that time. That Christ was fully divine and fully God was never in question within Seventh-day Adventism but it was not professed in terms that were trinitarian.

 

As Russell Holt put it in a term paper he completed for Dr. Mervyn Maxwell in 1969 (this was with respect to the time period leading up to the death of James White in 1881)

 

“A survey of other Adventist writers during these years reveals, that to a man, they rejected the trinity, yet, with equal unanimity they upheld the divinity of Christ.”(Russell Holt, “The doctrine of the Trinity in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination: Its rejection and acceptance”, A term paper for Dr. Mervyn Maxwell, 1969)

 

Holt then wrote of the pioneer’s beliefs

 

“To reject the trinity is not necessarily to strip the Saviour of His divinity. Indeed, certain Adventist writers felt that it was the trinitarians who filled the role of degrading Christ’s divine nature.” (Ibid)

 

During the 1880’s as the famous Minneapolis Conference loomed ahead (1888), this was the preponderant faith of Seventh-day Adventists. This was the faith that professed Christ to be fully divine and fully God yet not as expressed in the trinity doctrine. This is something that obviously brought about an antagonism between Seventh-day Adventists and the other denominations, which, in the main, were trinitarian. It was this one belief (non-trinitarianism) that acted as an impenetrable barrier between them and us. In other words, whilst that non-trinitarian barrier was in place, there could be no concord between the trinitarian denominations and us.

 

Today things are very different. The evangelicals now accept us as fellow Christians but this would not have happened if we had not adopted the trinity doctrine as part of our fundamental beliefs.

 

Christ is fully God - the testimony of Ellen White

 

Throughout the entirety of her writings, Ellen White maintained that Christ was God essentially. Never once did she waver from this view. This was also the preponderant view of our pioneers.

 

In such statements through the spirit of prophecy Seventh-day Adventists were told (volumes more can be found)

 

“This Saviour was the brightness of His Father's glory and the express image of His person. He possessed divine majesty, perfection, and excellence. He was equal with God. "It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell." "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Ellen G. White, Testimonies Volume 2 page 200, ‘The sufferings of Christ’)

 

She also said in 1877

 

The Son of God was in the form of God, and he thought it not robbery to be equal with God. He was the only one, who as a man walked the earth, who could say to all men, Who of you convinceth me of sin? He had united with the Father in the creation of man, and he had power through his own divine perfection of character to atone for man's sin, and to elevate him, and bring him back to his first estate.” (Ellen G. White, Spirit of Prophecy Volume 2 page 10, ‘The first advent of Christ’, 1877)

 

In volume three of the Spirit of Prophecy Ellen White wrote (1878)

 

“The Jews utterly failed to understand the spiritual connection which identified Christ with both the human and the divine, and gave fallen man a presentation of what he should strive to become. Christ was God in the flesh. As the son of David, he stood forth a perfect type of true manhood, bold in doing his duty, and of the strictest integrity, yet full of love, compassion, and tender sympathy. In his miracles he revealed himself as Lord. When he was asked by Philip to show him the Father, he answered, "Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father." (Ellen G. White, Spirit of Prophecy, Volume 3 page 259, 1878, ‘Ascension of Christ’)

 

In 1893 in the Signs of the Times the same author said

 

“The Redeemer of the world clothed his divinity with humanity, that he might reach humanity; for, in order to bring to the world salvation, it was necessary that humanity and divinity should be united. Divinity needed humanity, that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man, and humanity needed divinity, that a power from above might restore man to the likeness of God. Christ was God, but he did not appear as God. He veiled the tokens of divinity, which had commanded the homage of angels and called forth the adoration of the universe of God. He made himself of no reputation, took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of sinful flesh. For our sakes he became poor, that we through his poverty might be made rich.” (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, 20th February 1893, ‘The plan of salvation’)

 

In 1906 she wrote

 

“The world was made by him, "and without him was not anything made that was made." If Christ made all things, he existed before all things. The words spoken in regard to this are so decisive that no one need be left in doubt. Christ was God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all eternity, God over all, blessed forevermore.” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, 5th April 1906, ‘The Word made flesh’)

 

This was indeed the faith of early Seventh-day Adventists. This faith was that Christ is no one less than God Himself in the person of His own Son. We shall now take a look at the latter from the viewpoint of the writings of Ellen White. This will serve to further endorse the begotten theology.

 

God in the person of His Son

 

Many statements of Ellen White can be found expressing the view that Christ was God Himself in the person of His Son.

 

These are such as

 

“We are called upon to behold the Lord our Father in the person of his Son. Christ came in the robe of the flesh, with his glory subdued in humanity, that lost man might communicate with him and live. Through Christ we may comprehend something of him who is glorious in holiness. Jesus is the mystic ladder by which we may mount to behold the glory of the infinite God. By faith we behold Christ standing between humanity and divinity, connecting God and man, and earth and heaven.” (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, 20th January 1890, ‘God made manifest in Christ’)

 

The “Lord our Father” is obviously God our Father.

 

In a General Conference Bulletin in 1899 Ellen White said

 

In the person of his only begotten Son, the God of heaven has condescended to stoop to our human nature. The Father in heaven has a voice and a person which Christ expressed.” (Ellen G. White, General Conference Daily Bulletin. 6th March 1899, ‘Special Testimonies’)

 

Take particular note as to who it was that Ellen White said had condescended to take human nature. It was God Himself - in the person of His own Son.

 

In the Review and Herald of 1898 and 1904 Ellen White wrote

 

In the person of his only begotten Son, the God of heaven has condescended to stoop to our human nature. To the question of Thomas, Jesus said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him. Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake." (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, 8th November 1898, ‘The revelation of God’, see also Review and Herald 17th March 1904

 

In ‘The Desire of Ages’ the same thought comes out even more clearly.

 

This is when Ellen White wrote

 

God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the "Son of man" who shares the throne of the universe. It is the "Son of man" whose name shall be called, "Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isa. 9:6. The I Am is the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both. He who is "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners," is not ashamed to call us brethren. Heb. 7:26; 2:11.” (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, page 25, ‘God with us’)

 

This was much the same as she said to the Seventh-day Adventist youth the year previous to the publication of ‘The Desire of Ages’.

 

This was when she wrote

 

“What an ocean of love is circulating, like a divine atmosphere, around the world! What manner of love is this, that the eternal God should adopt human nature in the person of his Son, and carry the same into the highest heaven!” (Ellen G. White, Youth’s Instructor, 29th July 1897, ‘The gift of God’s grace)

 

These statements and others like them can only be fully understood in a ‘begotten Christ’ concept. To view them any other way they do not make sense.

 

Regarding their views concerning Christ, Seventh-day Adventists were often misunderstood. They were often thought of, because they were not trinitarians, as denying His divinity. We shall see now that Ellen White experienced this misunderstanding.

 

Ellen White experiences the misunderstandings of others to the non-trinitarian ‘faith’ of Seventh-day Adventists

 

Just two years previous to her ‘begotten’ and ‘made’ statements (1895) that we have noted in previous sections (this was just 5 years after the Minneapolis General Conference), Ellen White spoke of the misrepresentations, in Australia and New Zealand (where she was then residing), of the beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists. This she said was particularly with regards to what Seventh-day Adventists believed regarding the divinity of Christ (these ‘begotten’ and ‘made’ statements referred to here we shall look at again later in this section).

 

She wrote

 

“In this country, the denominational ministers tell the most unblushing falsehoods to their congregations in reference to our work and our people.” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, 5th December 1893, ‘An appeal for the Australasian field’)

 

She followed this by saying

 

“Whatever false report has been started, is circulated by those who oppose the truth, and is repeated from church to church and from community to community. The circulators of these falsehoods take no pains to find out whether or not they are true, for many of those who repeat the reports, though not the framers of them, still love the false reports, and take delight in giving them a wide circulation.” (Ibid)

 

This is very often the scenario today.

 

She then added

 

They do not, like honest, just men, come to those who are accused, and seek to find out what is the truth concerning what they have heard in regard to their faith; but without inquiry they spread false statements in order to prejudice the people against those who hold the truth.” (Ibid)

 

Again how true this is today. Some people would rather believe gossip (perhaps even lies) than ask the ones who are being gossiped about what they actually do believe.

 

People who do this (said Ellen White) are not acting like honest men but in order to cause prejudice spread false statements about those of whom they are gossiping. Note here that Ellen White said that this was to prejudice people’s minds “against those who hold the truth. This is very important.  She was referring primarily of course to what was then, in the 1890’s, held and being taught as truth by Seventh-day Adventists. Take particular note that this was whilst we were still very much a non-trinitarian denomination, meaning teaching the aforementioned begotten concept of Christ.

 

As an example of what she had claimed, Ellen White then recounted an incident when attempts were made to hire a hall for evangelistic purposes (she had said previously that they could not use tents in many places as they had done in America because the wind would strip them to ribbons).

 

She said

 

“For instance, an effort was made to obtain the use of the hall at a village four miles from Hastings, where some of our workers proposed to present the gospel to the people; but theydid not succeed in obtaining the hall, because a schoolteacher there opposed the truth, and declared to the people that Seventh-day Adventists did not believe in the divinity of Christ.” (Ibid)

 

Here then is the reason why Seventh-day Adventists (in this instance) were not allowed to hire the hall. It was said that they “did not believe in the divinity of Christ”. Note very importantly that the schoolteacher mentioned was said by Ellen White to have “opposed the truth”. Again this is very important.

 

Ellen White then went on to say

 

“This man may not have known what our faith is on this point, but he was not left in ignorance. He was informed that there is not a people on earth who hold more firmly to the truth of Christ's pre-existence than do Seventh-day Adventists. But the answer was given that they did not want that the doctrines of Seventh-day Adventists should be promulgated in that community. So the door was closed.” (Ibid)

 

I must admit that at one time I had wondered myself why Christians of other denominations had come to this conclusion. I reasoned, “How could anyone believe this, seeing that we were trinitarians”, which I had once erroneously believed. When I realised that from our beginnings, also for decades after the death of Ellen White, we had been a non-trinitarian denomination, the truth suddenly struck home to me. People thought as I once did that a denial of ‘the trinity’ was equivalent to a denial of Christ’s divinity, which of course, as also I realise now, is far from being the truth (see J. H. Waggoner’s comments above for the same reasoning).

 

Whilst Ellen White did say that the man who had refused them the hire of the hall may not have known what Seventh-day Adventist really believed about Christ, she also said that he was told that there is not a people on earth who hold more firmly to the truth of Christ's pre-existence than do Seventh-day Adventists. She also said that when people were spreading false rumours about these non-trinitarian Seventh-day Adventists, they only did this “in order to prejudice the people against those who hold the truth. This “truth” of course included what our pioneers, including Ellen White, then believed and taught about the divinity of Christ, which was of course a non-trinitarian belief (perhaps better said semi-Arianism). Here Ellen White says that what Seventh-day Adventists were then teaching was “the truth”.

 

This realisation is a serious indictment against those like William Johnsson (retired editor of the Review) who said in 1994

 

“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. Only gradually did this false doctrine give way to the Biblical truth, and largely under the impact of Ellen Whites writings in statements such as “In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. (Desire of ages p 530)” (William Johnsson Adventist, Review January 6th 1994 ‘Present Truth - Walking in God’s Light’, 1994)

 

It is quite apparent that Ellen White did not reason the same way as William Johnsson – far from it. She said that what the pioneers were teaching about Christ, albeit it was in a begotten non-trinitarian framework, was the truth. This is in contrast to William Johnson’s view that they were teaching “false doctrine” and not “Biblical truth”. There is an obvious conflict of views here but we must remember that Ellen White was God’s messenger to the remnant and she was gifted with the spirit of prophecy. This cannot be said of William Johnsson.

 

An ongoing ‘problem’

 

An interesting observation is one that was made by Gilbert Valentine in 2005.

 

During the mid 1890’s (the time period we have just spoken of) and regarding the work in Australia he said

 

“Church workers were astonished at the interest, particularly in the light of the widespread prejudice against Adventists in the community.” (Gilbert Valentine, Ministry, May 2005, ‘A slice of history: How clearer views of Jesus developed in the Adventist Church’)

 

He then added

 

Uriah Smith's Thoughts on Daniel and Revelation had been widely distributed by colporteurs, and its semi-Arian teaching on the pre-existence of Christ had caused many to view Adventists as a heretical, sub-Christian sect that denied the divinity of Christ.” (Ibid)

 

Obvious to relate, the so-called semi-Arianism of Seventh-day Adventism was a continuing source of problems for Seventh-day Adventism but as was said by Ellen White, it was the truth that God had given to our pioneers. This is why she upheld both it and them in these beliefs.

 

The book mentioned here (“Uriah Smith's Thoughts on Daniel and Revelation”) was at one time at the centre of the trinity controversy. This is seen in section thirty-eightsection forty-one,section forty-six and section forty-seven of the detailed history series. This is where it is seen that in the 1940’s to erase the non-trinitarianism from its pages, this book underwent a massive editing. This was when trinitarianism was on its way to becoming prominent within Seventh-day Adventism.

 

The eternal presence

 

We noted previously that in 1895 (this was 2 years after the above quoted experience in Australia), Ellen White did very clearly say that Christ, in His pre-existence, was a begotten Son (see section seven). This statement therefore acted as confirmation of that which up to then was what was being taught as the truth by Seventh-day Adventists.

 

We also noted that 4 years later in 1899 she also said that His pre-existent life could not be measured by “human computation” and “is not measured by figures” (see section seven). This leads us to the obvious conclusion that even after the publication of ‘The Desire of Ages’, Ellen White had not changed her views.

 

In 1894, the year following the above experience in Australia (this was whilst she was still in Australia completing the manuscripts for ‘The Desire of Ages’), Ellen White asked the youth of her day (this was the year before she made her ‘begotten’ and ‘made’ statements)

 

“Who is Christ? -- He is the only begotten Son of the living God. He is to the Father as a word that expresses the thought, -- as a thought made audibleChrist is the word of God. Christ said to Philip, "He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father." His words were the echo of God's words. Christ was the likeness of God, the brightness of his glory, the express image of his person." (Ellen G. White, Youth’s Instructor, 28th June 1894, ‘Grow in grace’)

 

Ellen White was here echoing the Scriptures by saying that Christ is the “express image” of God’s person (Hebrews 1:3) also that He is the “word of God” (John 1:1), God’s “thought made audible”.  Note she differentiates as usual between the One she refers to as “the living God” and His “only begotten Son”. Her remarks concerning the Son of God being like an expression of thought (a word) are also very interesting although we will not comment here. She said this the year previous to her ‘begotten’ and ‘made’ statements concerning Christ.

 

In conclusion there is no way whatsoever that ‘The Desire of Ages’ (1898) could depict a Christ any differently to what we have seen Ellen White confess here, meaning as a truly begotten Son. Certainly in this book she does not depict God as a trinity. That is only part and parcel of the machinations of the human mind.

 

Note here something really very interesting.

 

Returning our thoughts to the “I AM” statement (this time as referred to in ‘The Desire of Ages’) Ellen White wrote

 

“Silence fell upon the vast assembly. The name of God, given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence, had been claimed as His own by this Galilean Rabbi. He had announced Himself to be the self-existent One, He who had been promised to Israel, "whose goings forth have been from of old, from the days of eternity." Micah 5:2, margin.(Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, page 469, ‘The light of Life’)

 

Here we are told that the words “I am” as Jesus used them as quoted in John 8:58 express the idea of “the eternal presence”. This is very important for us to remember because this tells us that she believed, just as the Bible says, that Jesus is God Himself manifest in the flesh (see John 1:1, 14, Hebrews 1:1-3, 1 Timothy 3:16 etc). Note again her use of the margin notes of Micah 5:2. This was in keeping with her statements about Christ’s pre-existence as not being reckoned “by human computation” or “measured by figures” (see section seven)

 

This statement was obviously drawn from the thoughts first penned in a manuscript that the Ellen White Estate confirms was written on February 18th and February 19th, 1895, at Granville, New South Wales. This is obviously during the time that Ellen White was residing in Australia (1891-1900).

 

This is when she said (this is quite possibly where her above ‘Desire of Ages’ “eternal presence” statement comes from)

 

I AM means an eternal presence; the past, present, and future are alike to God. He sees the most remote events of past history and the far distant future with as clear a vision as we do those things that are transpiring daily.” (Ellen G. White, Manuscript No. 1084, February 18, 19th, 1895, page 21)

 

She added two paragraphs later

 

“Then said the Jews unto Him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast Thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM. Then took they up stones to cast at Him" because of that saying [verses 57-59]. Christ was using the great name of God that was given to Moses to express the idea of the eternal presence.” (Ibid)

 

I say this is very interesting because it means that this statement regarding Christ as “the eternal presence” (the ‘I AM’), was written by Ellen White 3 months before she wrote the article in the ‘Signs of the Times’ (30th May 1895) saying that Christ is “a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person”.

 

This is when she said

 

“A complete offering has been made; for "God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son,"-- not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Father's person, and in all the brightness of his majesty and glory, one equal with God in authority, dignity, and divine perfection. In him dwelt all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, 30th May 1895, ‘Christ our complete salvation’)

 

This eternal presence statement was also written almost 5 months before the article was written in which she referred to Christ as being Him who was made”.

 

This is when she said

 

“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." (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 9th July 1895 ‘The Duty of the Minister and the People’)

 

Obvious to relate, because Ellen White believed that Christ is the “eternal presence” (Feb 1895), this did not stop her saying that He is “begotten” (May 1895) or “made” (July 1895), in fact this made it imperative. In other words, if Christ is God begotten then He must be the “eternal presence”. That much is very clear.

 

In her understanding of “begotten” and “made”, Ellen White made no profession of knowing ‘how’ this was accomplished. This remains therefore, just as Waggoner admitted in his book ‘Christ and His Righteousness’, a happening unexplainable to man.

 

We can see from all of this that it is not possible to draw the conclusion that in ‘The Desire of Ages’ Ellen White spoke of God as being a trinity, at least not as expressed in the orthodox trinity doctrine or in the version currently held by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

 

Into the 1900’s and warnings

 

We can see from the above that regarding Christ as a truly begotten Son, Ellen White endorsed and supported the views of the pioneers. We have also seen that she continued this view long after ‘The Desire of Ages’ was published. This means that the Christ she presented in that latter book was a begotten Christ, albeit this begetting was so far back in eternity that it is beyond the human mind to even contemplate it. This then was the early 1900’s faith of Seventh-day Adventists.

 

In 1904 Ellen White warned of departing from this faith.

 

She said

 

“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 dangerThe omega will be of a most startling nature.” (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies Series B, No. 2 page 16, ‘A Letter to Leading Physicians’, July 24th 1904, ‘Teach the Word’)

 

Seventh-day Adventists were being warned here not to depart from what was then, in 1904, their denominational faith. If this is not what she was doing then the warning does not make sense. This faith that she said they were not to depart from was the ‘begotten’ faith that we have seen so clearly expressed above and in previous sections.

 

Ellen White also wrote in 1904

 

"Living Temple" contains the alpha of these theories. I knew that the omega would follow in a little whileand I trembled for our people.” (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies Series B, No. 2 ‘The Foundation of our Faith’ Page 53 1904)

 

Note that Ellen White said that the “omega” would appear within Seventh-day Adventism “in a little while”. This she said in 1904, which is over 100 years ago. We must ask therefore, has this “omega” already arrived within Seventh-day Adventism or are we still awaiting its arrival? After all, 100 years is quite a long time.

 

From the above, it is obvious that Ellen White saw something coming upon Seventh-day Adventists that made her shudder with fear. We must ask therefore, as God’s remnant people, can we today afford to ignore these warnings?

 

Ellen White also warned in 1904

 

“In the book "Living Temple" there is presented the alpha of deadly heresiesThe omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given.” (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies Series B No. 2, page 50, letter, August 7th 1904 ‘Beware’)

 

This is quite an ‘attention grabbing’ statement. There were no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ about it. Ellen White did say that all those who did not heed the warnings would receive the omega. To every Seventh-day Adventist today, these “omega” testimonies should be a matter of very serious importance.

 

The next year at the 1905 General Conference session at Takoma Park she said to the delegates

 

“Let not any man enter upon the work of tearing down the foundations of the truth that have made us what we are.” (Ellen G. White to the delegates at the 1905 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Takoma Park, Washington D. C., May 24th 1905,  "A Warning against False Theories," MR 760)

 

She then added

 

God has led His people forward step by step, though there are pitfalls of error on every side. Under the wonderful guidance of a plain "Thus saith the Lord," a truth has been established that has stood the test of trial. When men arise and attempt to draw away disciples after them, meet them with the truths that have been tried as by fire.” (Ibid)

 

Here at the 1905 General Conference, whilst the Seventh-day Adventist Church was still a non-trinitarian denomination, Ellen White was telling its members that their faith (beliefs) as they held it then was the truth that step by step” God Himself had given to them. She also said that it had stood the test of trial” and had “been tried as by fire”.

 

Many attempt to say that Ellen White was only making reference here to what was believed by Seventh-day Adventists concerning the sanctuary but this is far from being the truth. We shall see this now.

 

After appropriately quoting from God’s message to the church at Sardis (this was with respect to ‘holding fast’ to the faith that they then had) Ellen White said

 

“Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard.” (Ibid)

 

In principle, this is exactly what God said to the believers at Sardis (see Revelation 3:1-6). Just as they were told to ‘hold on’ to their faith, so too Seventh-day Adventists in 1905 were being told to ‘hold on’ to what they then believed.

 

She then added

 

“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.” (Ibid)

 

Here we can see that these “old landmarks” included not only what was then believed concerning the sanctuary, but also what was then believed regarding the separate personalities of God and Christ. This simply means that regarding what Seventh-day Adventists believed in 1905 concerning both God and Christ, Ellen White did include in the foundations of the truth that have made us what we are” (see above).

 

This included the ‘begotten’ faith concerning Christ. Today we have ‘given up’ this faith therefore we have not heeded the warnings. This means that we have been “giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (see above). It also means that amongst us we have “the omega” (see above).

 

In Summary

 

In summary it can only be reiterated that in these ‘omega’ warnings, Seventh-day Adventists were being warned not to depart from their 1904 denominational faith. This was the faith that said that because He was begotten of God in eternity, Christ is truly the divine Son of God.

 

Today in current Seventh-day Adventism, with the acceptance of a certain version of the trinity doctrine, this is denied.

 

As Dr. Fernando Canale said with reference to the ‘begotten’ concept of Christ (he wrote the section on the theology of God in the Seventh-day Adventist Handbook of Theology)

 

“In a similar vein, monogenes does not contain the idea of begetting but rather of uniqueness and, when applied to Christ, emphasizes His unique relationship with the Father. On the other hand, Hebrews 1:5 gives no idea of physical or spiritual generation.” (Fernando Canale, Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopaedia, Volume 12, page 125, ‘The doctrine of God’)

 

He then concludes

 

“There is, therefore, no ground within the biblical understanding of the Godhead for the idea of a generation of the Son from the Father.” (Ibid)

 

As can be seen from the above, early Seventh-day Adventists, including Ellen White, would not have agreed with Canale. They saw plenty of grounds for believing that Christ is begotten. They really did believe that Christ is the divine Son of God and that God really is His Father.

 

As Ellen White said in 1908 (10 years after ‘The Desire of Ages; was published)

 

God is the Father of ChristChrist is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son.” (Ellen G. White, 8th Volume Testimonies, page 268, ‘The essential knowledge)

 

The ultimate risk

 

Ellen White made many statements that can only be regarded as non-trinitarian; none more so than where she says that the Son of God, by becoming incarnate, could have sinned and by doing so would have lost His eternal existence. We shall look at some of those statements now.

 

In her supposedly trinitarian book ‘The Desire of Ages’ she wrote

 

“Satan in heaven had hated Christ for His position in the courts of God. He hated Him the more when he himself was dethroned. He hated Him who pledged Himself to redeem a race of sinners. Yet into the world where Satan claimed dominion God permitted His Son to come, a helpless babe, subject to the weakness of humanity. He permitted Him to meet life's peril in common with every human soul, to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it, at the risk of failure and eternal loss.” (Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages. Page 49 ‘Unto you a Saviour’)

 

Who was it here that God allowed to come into the world to face life’s peril as every human being to face it, meaning “at the risk of failure and eternal loss? It was “His [God’s] Son”. This again shows that Ellen White was not a trinitarian. No trinitarian would believe such a thing. This is because trinity theology forbids this reasoning.

 

She also wrote in the same book

 

Never can the cost of our redemption be realized until the redeemed shall stand with the Redeemer before the throne of God. Then as the glories of the eternal home burst upon our enraptured senses we shall remember that Jesus left all this for us, that He not only became an exile from the heavenly courts, but for us took the risk of failure and eternal loss.” (Ibid page 131, ’The victory’)

 

Here we are being told that it is only when we realise what was risked and given up by Christ that we can truly appreciate the gospel. Note what Ellen White actually said. She said that when the redeemed stand with the redeemer” we shall “remember” that Christ “took the risk of failure and eternal loss”. If we are to remember this truth at the time that we enter into Heaven, then it is only too obvious that we must have known it before we got there.

 

The very same year that ‘The Desire of Ages’ was published Ellen White wrote

 

“Could Satan in the least particular have tempted Christ to sin, he would have bruised the Saviour's head. As it was, he could only touch His heel. Had the head of Christ been touched, the hope of the human race would have perished. Divine wrath would have come upon Christ as it came upon AdamChrist and the church would have been without hope.” (Ellen G. White, Signs of the Times, June 9th 1898, see also Selected Messages Book 1 page 256)

 

This is very plain speaking that is not easily misunderstood. It is also something that no true trinitarian believes. This is because in trinity theology, Christ losing His existence is a total impossibility. We can see therefore that in ‘The Desire of Ages’ as well as other places, Ellen White never spoke of Christ in a trinitarian sense but one that was non-trinitarian (trinitarians would say anti-trinitarian). This is just one of the reasons why neither she nor ‘The Desire of Ages’ can ever be truly termed trinitarian.

 

Three years previous to the publication of ‘The Desire of Ages’ Ellen White wrote

 

Who can estimate the value of a soul? Go to Gethsemane, and there watch with Jesus through those long hours of anguish when he sweat as it were great drops of blood; look upon the Saviour uplifted on the cross; hear that despairing cry, "My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?" Look upon that wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet.”(Ellen G. White, General Conference Bulletin 1st December 1895 ‘Seeking the Lost’)

 

She then added

 

Remember that Christ risked all; "tempted like as we are," he staked even his own eternal existence upon the issue of the conflict. Heaven itself was imperiled for our redemption. At the foot of the cross, remembering that for one sinner Jesus would have yielded up his life, we may estimate the value of a soul.” (Ibid)

 

In this General Conference Bulletin, which was in fact a week of prayer reading for that year, notice what it was that Ellen White was asking of Seventh-day Adventists. It was not only toremember that Christ could have sinned but also that in the consequence of this happening, He could have lost His “own eternal existence”. It was the pre-existent divine Son of God that risked his own eternal existence” in becoming incarnate. This shows us how much He and the Father love us. It also shows us that Ellen White was not a trinitarian.

 

In 1895, this was obviously the generally accepted belief within Seventh-day Adventism. This was certainly not a trinitarian faith. It seems that in our haste to adopt the trinity doctrine, many Seventh-day Adventists have already forgotten this wonderful truth, even before they get to Heaven. In other words, for the sake of speculative philosophy, we have forfeited this truth. This statement was made the same year that she made here ‘begotten’ (not created or adopted) and ‘made’ statements (see above).

 

Interesting is that when this reading was transposed into ‘Christ’s Object Lessons’ (1900) in the chapter ‘This man receiveth Sinners’, the wording "”tempted like as we are," he staked even his own eternal existence upon the issue of the conflict” was not included.

 

In a letter written two years after ‘The Desire of Ages’ had been published, Ellen White wrote of Christ (the year that ‘Christ’s Object Lesson’ was published)

 

He became subject to temptation, endangering as it were, His divine attributes. Satan sought, by the constant and curious devices of his cunning, to make Christ yield to temptation.” (Ellen G. White, Letter 5, 1900, as quoted in the Seventh-day Adventists Bible Commentary Volume 7 page 926)

 

From the above, we can readily see that not only did Ellen White believe that Christ was a separate personality from God but also, if He had sinned He would have lost both His “divine attributes” and His “eternal Existence”. This was even though He was, in His pre-existence, God essentially. Again we see that in 1900, Ellen White was not a trinitarian.

 

It is only within a non-trinitarian faith that the conclusion can be drawn that Christ could have gone out of existence. Trinitarianism totally forbids this reasoning.

 

Ellen White also wrote in 1893

 

“To the honor and glory of God, His beloved Son -- the Surety, the Substitute -- was delivered up and descended into the prisonhouse of the grave. The new tomb enclosed Him in its rocky chambers. If one single sin had tainted His character the stone would never have been rolled away from the door of His rocky chamber, and the world with its burden of guilt would have perished.” (Ellen G. White, Ms. 81, 1893, p. 11, Diary entry for Sunday, July 2, 1893, Wellington, New Zealand)

 

This is a mind-blowing realisation. Can we possibly imagine how God the Father would have felt if His Son had sinned and had been lost forever? How would you feel if this were to happen to one of your loved ones?

 

It must be remembered here that there were not two Christ’s. There was only one. If that one Christ had not come out of the tomb then the divine pre-existent Son of God would have ceased to be. The incarnate Christ was indeed the divine Son of God.

 

No Existence separate from the Father

 

In 1890, five years before she would write her ‘begotten’ and ‘made’ statements (see above), Ellen White wrote

 

"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." Christ came to the world to reveal the character of the Father, and to redeem the fallen race.” (Ellen G. White, Review and Herald 7th Jan 1890, ‘Christ revealed the Father’)

 

She then added

 

“The world's Redeemer was equal with God. His authority was as the  authority of GodHe declared that he had no existence separate from the Father. The authority by which he spoke, and wrought miracles, was expressly his own, yet he assures us that he and the Father are one.” (Ibid)

 

Notice the words “He declared”. This said Ellen White is Christ’s own personal testimony. This was that “He had no existence separate from the Father”.

 

This is an allusion to the begotten concept, meaning that Christ is sourced of the Father.

 

This is also in keeping with where she said

 

“Man may become a partaker of the divine nature; not a soul lives who may not summon the aid of Heaven in temptation and trial. Christ came to reveal the Source of his power, that man might never rely on his unaided human capabilities.” (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 18th February 1890, ‘How to meet a controverted point of doctrine’)

 

Ellen White was obviously referring here to Christ in His pre-existence. She said that He came to reveal the Source of his power”.

 

Wherever we go in the writings of Ellen White, we cannot get away from the fact that she always writes in terms of Christ as being begotten of the Father, the one and only begotten Son of God. This is how it was all through the late 1890’s as the turn of the century approached and when in the early 1900’s Ellen White gave the warnings not to depart from their God given faith.

 


 

“When a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken or cease to be honest!" (Source unknown)

The rebuke of the Lord will be upon those who would be guardians of the doctrine, who would bar the way that greater light shall not come to the people. A great work is to be done, and God sees that our leading men have need of greater light, that they may unite harmoniously, with the messengers whom He shall send to accomplish the work that He designs they should. The Lord has raised up messengers and endued them with His Spirit, and has said, “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Ellen G. White, Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 38)

Let no one run the risk of interposing himself between the people and the message of heaven. The message of God will come to the people; and if there were no voice among men to give it, the very stones would cry out. I call upon every minister to seek the Lord, to put away pride, to put away strife after supremacy, and humble the heart before God. It is the coldness of heart, the unbelief of those who ought to have faith, that keeps the churches in feebleness.—The Review and Herald, July 26, 1892.(Ellen G. White, Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 35)

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