Solid Proof that Ellen White Never Became Trinitarian

Misfortune Was The Means Of Turning Ellen's Eyes To Jesus

Ellen, with her twin sister Elizabeth, was born November 26, 1827. At the age of nine, Ellen was struck with a rock thrown by a fellow student. The injury severely disfigured her nose, and left her in a coma for three weeks.[5]

When Ellen Harmon had her first "conversion experience," she would later write:

This misfortune, which for a time seemed so bitter and was so hard to bear, has proved to be a blessing in disguise. The cruel blow which blighted the joys of earth, was the means of turning my eyes to heaven. I might never had known Jesus, had not the sorrow that clouded my early years led me to seek comfort in him.

– Review and Herald, Nov. 25, 1884, par.2


"We are not saved as a sect (i.e. Catholic or SDA); no denominational name has ANY VIRTUE to bring us into favor with God. We are saved individually as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ." E.G. White, Review and Herald, Vol. 2, p. 464.

1827-1915 ELLEN WHITE WRITES: "There are some, who upon accepting erroneous theories, strive to establish them by collecting from my writings statements of truth, which they use, separated from their proper connection and perverted by association with error. Thus seeds of heresy, springing up and growing rapidly into strong plants, are surrounded by many precious plants of truth, and in this way a mighty effort is made to vindicate the genuineness of the spurious plants." 

EGW--Letter 136, 1906, pp. 3, 4. (To Brethren Butler, Daniells, and Irwin, April 27, 1906.) {5MR 154.1} 


Fearing people would not accept her testimony, Ellen did not initially share her visions with the wider Millerite community. In a meeting at her parent’s home when she received what she regarded as confirmation of her ministry:

While praying, the thick darkness that had enveloped me was scattered, a bright light, like a ball of fire, came towards me, and as it fell upon me, my strength was taken away. I seemed to be in the presence of Jesus and the angels. Again it was repeated, ‘Make known to others what I have revealed to you.’[12]

Soon Ellen was giving her testimony in public meetings — some of which she arranged herself — and in her regular Methodist class meetings in private homes.

I arranged meetings with my young friends, some of whom were considerably older than myself, and a few were married persons. A number of them were vain and thoughtless; my experience sounded to them like an idle tale, and they did not heed my entreaties. But I determined that my efforts should never cease till these dear souls, for whom I had so great an interest, yielded to God. Several entire nights were spent by me in earnest prayer for those whom I had sought out and brought together for the purpose of laboring and praying with them.[13]

"Misunderstanding also continues concerning the manner in which the prophetic gift operates. Satan has a vested interest in creating confusion as well as rejection of the prophetic gift by the people it was intended to benefit, "for this reason: Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and bind up souls in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and counsels of the Spirit of God are heeded." Ellen G. White, Selected Messages (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1958), book 1, p. 48.

"The "very last deception of Satan" in the Seventh-day Adventist church just before Jesus returns will be the twofold work of (1) destroying the credibility of Ellen White as an authentic, reliable prophet of the Lord, and (2) creating a "satanic" "hatred" against her ministry and writings--satanic in its intensity as well as in its origin.Ibid. Ellen G. White, Selected Messages (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1958), book 1, p. 48

"Satan's "special object" in these last days is to "prevent this light from coming to the people of God" who so desperately need it to walk safely through the minefield that the enemy of all souls has so artfully booby trapped." Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1948), vol. 5, p. 667. Hereafter shortened to Testimonies.

"And what is Satan's methodology for securing this objective? He will work "ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies." Selected Messages, book 1, p. 48.

"For example, in addition to the two methods mentioned above, satanic agencies seek to keep souls under a cloud of doubt, in a hurried state, and in a state of disappointment." {Ellen G. White, Sons and Daughters of God (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1955), p. 276.} 

"The principles of truth that God has revealed to us are our only true foundation. They have made us what we are. The lapse of time has not lessened their value. It is the constant effort of the enemy to remove these truths from their setting, and to put in their place spurious theories. He will bring in everything that he possibly can to carry out his deceptive designs. But the Lord will raise up men of keen perception, who will give these truths their proper place in the plan of God." Selected Messages, book 1, p. 201. Italics supplied.

The Primacy of the Word

Relation of E. G. White Writings to the Bible Recognized in First Book. I recommend to you, dear reader, the Word of God as the rule of your faith and practice. By that Word we are to be judged. God has, in that Word, promised to give visions in the "last days"; not for a new rule of faith, but for the comfort of His people, and to correct those who err from Bible truth. Thus God dealt with Peter when He was about to send him to preach to the Gentiles. (A Sketch of the Christian Experience and Views of Ellen G. White, p. 64 [1851]. Reprinted in Early Writings, p. 78.)

Not to Take the Place of the Word. The Lord desires you to study your Bibles. He has not given any additional light to take the place of His Word. This light is to bring confused minds to His Word, which, if eaten and digested, is as the lifeblood of the soul. Then good works will be seen as light shining in darkness. (Letter 130, 1901.)

Get Proofs From the Bible. In public labor do not make prominent, and quote that which Sister White has written, as authority to sustain your positions. To do this will not increase faith in the testimonies. Bring your evidences, clear and plain, from the Word of God. A [p. 30] "Thus saith the Lord" is the strongest testimony you can possibly present to the people. Let none be educated to look to Sister White, but to the mighty God, who gives instruction to Sister White. (Letter 11, 1894.) . . .

Relationship of E. G. White Writings to Bible--The Lesser Light. Little heed is given to the Bible, and the Lord has given a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light. (The Review and Herald, Jan. 20, 1903. Quoted in Colporteur Ministry, p. 125.) . . .

Not for the Purpose of Giving New Light. Brother J would confuse the mind by seeking to make it [p. 31] appear that the light God has given through the Testimonies is an addition to the Word of God, but in this he presents the matter in a false light. God has seen fit in this manner to bring the minds of His people to His Word, to give them a clearer understanding of it.

The Word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind, and may be understood by those who have any desire to understand it. But notwithstanding all this, some who profess to make the Word of God their study are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings. Then, to leave men and women without excuse, God gives plain and pointed testimonies, bringing them back to the Word that they have neglected to follow.

The Word of God abounds in general principles for the formation of correct habits of living, and the testimonies, general and personal, have been calculated to call their attention more especially to these principles. (Testimonies,vol. 5, pp. 663, 664.)

Testimonies to Bring Plain Lessons From the Word. In the Scriptures God has set forth practical lessons to govern the life and conduct of all; but though He has given minute particulars in regard to our character, conversation, and conduct, yet in a large measure, His lessons are disregarded and ignored. Besides the instruction in His Word, the Lord has given special testimonies to His people, not as a new revelation, but that He may set before us the plain lessons of His Word, that errors may be corrected, that the right way may be pointed out, that every soul may be without excuse. (Letter 63, 1893.) (See Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 665.)

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My prayer is the same as Ellen White's was for you, dear reader of this webpage. I pray you will yield to the living GOD of HEAVEN. Just like those who take texts out of context for keeping the pagan 1st day of the week Holy, those who wish to worship the pagan Trinity god take Ellen White's writings out of context or insert words other than what she wrote when compiling her books. Actually it is the devil working through those he can trying to discredit the Bible and Ellen's writings and testimony for Jesus. See below for proof of the above statements. However, there will always be room for doubt. The devil makes sure of that. STOP. PRAY RIGHT NOW. ASK GOD TO OPEN YOUR EYES TO THE TRUTH, WHATEVER THAT MAY BE:

“All these spiritualistic representations are simply nothingnessThey are imperfect, untrueThey weaken and diminish the Majesty which no earthly likeness can be compared toGod can not be compared with the things His hands have made. These are mere earthly things, suffering under the curse of God because of the sins of man. “The Father can not be described by the things of earth.” (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, page 62 ‘Come out and be separate’)

  1. The Holy Spirit was sent as the most priceless treasure man could receive. {ML 36.5}

    [Godhead truth V/S Trinity Deception] The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie: The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie

    A persons spirit is their mind, will and emotions. It is who you are. So a spirit is not and never can be a literal person in itself. If it were, it would cease to be a spirit.

    "To pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works. The Saviour's promise is given on condition. If ye love Me, He says, keep My commandments. He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience" The Desire of Ages, 668.

    For instance, in order for a spirit to be another person, it would also have to have its own spirit. In other words, for the Holy Spirit to be a person, it would have to have its own spirit in order to have its own mind, will and emotions. So you would end up with the Spirit of the Holy Spirit.

    Along with this false theology introduced by Satan so he could achieve worship, man seems to have lost all touch with the reality of a what a spirit is.

    However, while our spirit is within us, God's Spirit can do what ours can't. He can send His Spirit anywhere and is how He and His Son represent “Themselves” where “They” are not personally present.

    In other words, the Holy Spirit is their presence and power in you.

    Unless of course you have chosen Satan's creation called “god the spirit!” Then you have rejected the Spirit of the Father and Son and have Satan's creation instead!

    This is what Satan planned when he created the Trinity doctrine long after the Bible was written.

    PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

    We have a spirit and our spirit is our personality. 

    God has a Spirit and His Spirit is His personality.

    When our spirit speaks or grieves, it is us that is speaking or grieving. 

    When God's Spirit speaks or grieves, it is God that is speaking or grieving.

    It is the same whether it is our spirit or God's Spirit as Paul tells us. We should expect no less. But note Paul states man's spirit is within him while God can send His Spirit anywhere.

    “For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man's spirit WITHIN HIM? In the SAME WAY NO ONE knows the thoughts of God EXCEPT the Spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:11

    So when God gives us HIS Spirit, He gives us Himself. NOT ANOTHER PERSON!

    These are words of CHRIST through HIS prophet! 

    “In giving us HIS SPIRIT, God gives us HIMSELF,” — (E.G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)

    The Holy Spirit is His presence and power. The deceived who push the satanic doctrine of the Trinity claim those with truth teach that the Holy Spirit is a force or like an electric current. This is a disgraceful lie and is a dishonest means to try and discredit the truth which could only come from Satan as it is indeed a lie!

    Again, here is the truth from the words of CHRIST through HIS prophet!

    “The DIVINE SPIRIT that the world's Redeemer promised to send, is the PRESENCE and POWER of GOD.” — (E.G. White, ST, Nov 23, 1891)

    So our spirit has a PERSONALITY which is our PERSONALITY but that does not make our spirit another person. Does it?

    And God's Spirit has a PERSONALITY which is God's PERSONALITY as it is His Spirit.

    And for even further evidence, below we see the “Holy Spirit” IS the “Spirit of the Father!”

    Luke wrote, “take you no thought how or what thing you shall answer, or what you shall say: For THE HOLY GHOST shall teach you in the same hour what you ought to say.” Luke 12:11-12

    And below is the same account from Matthew and what he called the Holy Spirit.

    “take no thought how or what you shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak. For it is not you that speak, but THE SPIRIT OF YOUR FATHER which speaketh in you.” Matthew 10:19-20

    Matthew called the Holy Spirit “the Spirit of your Father,” and so is not another being but God's Spirit, and why it is called the Spirit of God. It is not called “god the spirit.” His Spirit of course is Holy and why it is also called the Holy Spirit.

    So why did Satan spread the idea of the Holy Spirit as another god? Who wants to be like the most High and be worshipped and prayed to as God? Isaiah 14:12-14 informs us that this is Satan's desire.

    By Satan creating the Trinity doctrine, it creates a non-existent third being. Satan can then step into that position he has created and not only receives the worship he desires, but he would also effectively regain the position he lost as the third highest being in heaven. This is known as worship by representation and is what Satan has also done with Sunday worship.

    Does it matter if we choose a non–existent god that is a creation of Satan to be the Holy Spirit so he can get worship and have us deny the real Holy Spirit? In other words, does it matter if we have the Spirit of the Father and Son or a creation of Satan and hence reject the real Holy Spirit?

    The third person in the Trinity is actually Satan! It should be obvious that if you get this wrong you will not be in the kingdom!

    So when the someone says the Holy Spirit has a personality so therefore it must be another person, know that you are being lied to and are trying to indoctrinate you into wrong thinking that will cost you your soul.

    The Personality of the Holy Spirit and Satan's lie

    A persons spirit is their mind, will and emotion...


    "When the character [thoughts and feelings] of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own" COL 69.1.

    "To pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works. The Saviour's promise is given on condition. If ye love Me, He says, keep My commandments. He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience" The Desire of Ages, 668.

    The Holy Spirit is the Lord Jesus Christ's CHARACTER in us, the living law of God in us! The law of God lived our in our daily little choices, through our TEN fingers and TEN toes! We are to do the TEN Commandments with our TEN fingers, the Holy Spirit is the FINGER of God upon us Luke 11:19-20:

    "19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you." Luke 11:19-20 KJV.

    "27 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. 28 But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:27-28 KJV.

    "Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" 2 Cor 3:17 KJV.

    "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life" John 6:63 KJV.

    "And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit" 1 Corinthians 15:45.


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    "The Holy Spirit is to be continually present with the believer. We have need more carefully to consider the fact that the Comforter is to abide with us. If we individually comprehended this truth, we should never feel alone. When assailed by the enemy, when overwhelmed by temptation, we are to repose our faith [obedience] in God; for we have his pledged word that we are never to be left to battle alone. Every soul, pardoned of sin, is precious in his sight,--more precious than the whole world. It has been purchased at infinite cost, and Christ will never abandon the soul for whom he has died. The soul may leave him, and thus be overwhelmed with temptation; but Christ can never turn from one for whom he has paid the ransom of his own life" The Faith I Live By, p. 57.6 (Ellen G. White).

    "To pray in Christ's name means much. It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works. The Saviour's promise is given on condition. If ye love Me, He says, keep My commandments. He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience" The Desire of Ages, 668.

There are many professed Seventh-day Adventists who, in support of the trinity doctrine, say that Ellen White changed the anti-trinitarian thinking of the church by writing a book called "The Desire of Ages" in 1898.They say that when people began to read this book they came to understand that God is really a trinity. They say it was Ellen White who changed the thinking of the church. Now, let us notice something most significant. Most of us are reasonably familiar with Scripture and the writings of Ellen White; so I want to ask this: Do you agree that Ellen G. White would've been classed as a false prophet if she held "heretical views" on the Godhead? Do you agree that Ellen G. White would've been classed as a false prophet if she consistently contradicted herself? Do you believe that God gives revelation to people or groups who subscribe to "heretical doctrines", like denying the Trinity?

Friends, I believe with all my heart and soul, that Ellen G. White was/is a True Prophet of God - The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Moses, David, Elijah, Daniel, John the Baptist, Paul, and John the Revelator.

The compilation of EGW quotes concerning the Godhead found in the book "Evangelism" (1946), have been a MAJOR source of controversy between SDA Trinitarians and non-Trinitarians over the years.  Yet, doing so is only for the purpose of clarifying the "context" of her Trinitarian sounding statements.  If all the writings of Mrs. White are NOT allowed public scrutiny; one would inevitably question the purpose, and value of them altogether.  Let the candid reader decide for oneself the method of harmonizing ALL of Mrs. White's statements concerning the identity of God.  The following is the infamous EGW quotation:

The Holy Spirit always leads to the written word. The Holy Spirit is a person; for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. When this witness is borne, it carries with it its own evidence. At such times we believe and are sure that we are the children of God. What strong evidence of the power of truth we can give to believers and unbelievers when we can voice the words of John, "We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God. "For what man knoweth the things of a man save the spirit of man, which is in him; even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God." (EGW, Ms 20, 1906; Evangelism p. 617; FLB p.52)


"Max Hatton has some valuable insights regarding how denominational Adventism has developed it's own unique "version" of the Trinity or Tritheistic doctrine. 

"A Seventh-day Adventist Tritheistic Distortion of the Trinity:

 "Some Seventh-day Adventists accept the full Deity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit but they do not accept that they all exist in the one Substance. They see each of them existing in the same sort of substance but try as they may they cannot avoid the charge of Tritheism. This is not the true doctrine of the Trinity. Maybe this is why I sometimes hear that we should not use the word Trinity but should rather refer to the Three Persons as the Godhead. Call it what you like it is not the true teaching of Scripture to have Three separate beings combined in a unity of character, love and purpose (and this and that) as the True God. 

I cannot escape the conclusion that three separate beings of separate substance are nothing less than three separate gods – Tritheism. "If we want to be in harmony with Scripture we must accept that there are Three persons who occupy the same Substance (sometimes described as Essence). It seems to me that Tritheism is really a form of Polytheism and I am unable to offer acceptance to either of them.  I have noticed for years that many Adventists who have said anything to me on the Trinity are really Tritheists..."

Excellent points from Wiebe's book: I am reminded of this statement by Brendan Knudson: 

"As more evidence like this becomes available, we are fast approaching the time when the myth (that Ellen White alone of the Pioneers held to a trinity) can be laid to rest." 


Furthermore, my objective or my prime purpose is to interpret Ellen White's statements [on whatever subject] so that nothing contradicts (RH, November 25, 1884 par. 24). In an effort to do that very thing, it will be proven that Ellen White was NOT a trinitarian. It will be proven that those who advocate her as being "trinitarian", thus make her into a false prophet. And more importantly, it will be proven how the trinity doctrine destroys the Atonement and the Sanctuary Service messages. I cannot overstate how vital it is that we understand this.

Now please, let us review the Desire of Ages paragraph immediately above, this time, paying extra attention to the portions that are underlined, as well as the portion that is capitalized: DA 671: "The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this Satanic captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine natureCHRIST HAS GIVEN HIS SPIRIT AS A DIVINE POWER TO OVERCOME ALL HEREDITARY AND CULTIVATED TENDENCIES TO EVIL, AND TO IMPRESS HIS OWN CHARACTER UPON HIS CHURCH."

Most SDAs do not recognize the subject of the Godhead as a Landmark or Pillar doctrine of pioneer Seventh-day Adventism: "Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor." (E.G. White, Manuscript Releases 760 9.5) "I entreat every one to be clear and firm regarding the certain truths that we have heard and received and advocated. The statements of God's Word are plain. Plant your feet firmly on the platform of eternal truth. Reject every phase of error, even though it be covered with a semblance of reality, which denies the personality of God and of Christ." (Review and Herald, August 31, 1905 par. 11) "The Father and the Son each have a personality. Christ declared: "I and My Father are one." Yet it was the Son of God who came to the world in human form. Laying aside His royal robe and kingly crown, He clothed His divinity with humanity, that humanity through His infinite sacrifice might become partakers of the divine nature and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust." (9T pages 67-68)

Is it not interesting that Ellen White does NOT mention the personality of the Holy Spirit in the above statements? IF the Holy Spirit has been the third person of the Godhead since eternity past, then why does she not mention Him? The reason she does not is because she elsewhere defines the personality of the Holy Spirit to be that of the life and soul of Christ, and it would thus be redundant to mention the personality of the Holy Spirit as extra to that of God and Christ.

What Was the Landmark SDA Teaching Concerning the Identity of the Holy Spirit? "The Power of God in the Third Person.--The prince of the power of evil can only be held in check by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit." (E.G. White, Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37) {1897}. DA 671: "Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead ...".

The Bible says that it is Jesus, God's Son, whom the Father sent to bless us, turning away every one of us from our iniquities. Acts 3:26 Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities. The "power of evil" is synonymous with iniquity, so unless Ellen White disagreed with the Bible, (and she did not!), we know that the Son isthe Holy Spirit - which is the ONLY agency which holds in check or resists the prince of the power of evil or iniquity.

Did Ellen White Say that the Holy Spirit was Christ? "Christ declared that after his ascension, he would send to his church, as his crowning gift, the Comforter, who was to take his place. This Comforter is the Holy Spirit,--the soul of his lifethe efficacy of his churchthe light and life of the world. With his Spirit Christ sends a reconciling influence and a power that takes away sin. In the gift of the Spirit (HIS LIFE--THE SOUL OF HIS LIFE), Jesus gave to man the highest good that heaven could bestow. ... The Spirit was given as a regenerating agency, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail. ... It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine natureChrist has given his Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress his own character upon the church." (E.G. White, Review and Herald , May 19, 1904 par. 1, 2, 3).

Thus we have the landmark pillar doctrine teaching of the pioneers concerning the Godhead. It becomes clear that any other doctrinewould work total despite to the Atonement and the Sanctuary doctrine as well as the terms of the Everlasting Covenant, whichdemanded the death of the Testator.

What the Trinity Doctrine blasphemes is the fact that Jesus shed His Holy Spirit FOREVER, to become invested with humanity. This is one of the greatest condescension's of the Incarnation, and the Trinity Doctrine denies this great sacrifice on the part of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The trinity doctrine teaches that this other spirit which is separate from Christ's breath of His own Spirit, His own life, abides in men, rather than the life of CHRIST'S OWN LIFE abiding in men. This is an abomination. This is blasphemy. This is antichrist. James White, J.N. Andrews, and ALL the other SDA pioneers recognized this truth.

The regeneration--regenerating agency was NOT Christ's death on the cross. It was something else without which "His sacrifice on the cross would have been of no avail". That "something else", was His Holy Spirit mind, soul and breath, in addition to His blood shed on the cross. The other three--the Holy Spirit mind, soul and breath, was shed or laid aside at His Incarnation, to be [later] given to us, as a gift, for the purpose of regeneration-regenerating us into the image of God. THAT was the highest good and the crowing gift that Christ gave to us, NOT only the death of His humanity on the Cross. For without the regenerating Holy Spirit life, breath and soul (mind) of Christ, sin could have proliferated forever. That is another reason why the truth of this issue is so relevant to the Sacrifice of Christ and EVERYTHING He sacrificed - not just the cross. The Cross Sacrifice provided for justification. The Incarnation Sacrifice provided for sanctification.

"Christ gives them the breath of HIS OWN SPIRIT, the life of HIS OWN LIFE. The HOLY SPIRIT puts forth its highest energies to work in the heart and mind." (E.G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 827). All this could mean is: exactly what Ellen White says that it means. The Holy Spirit is the life, breath and soul of Christ - imparted to us as a regenerating agency, made possible for the first time under the New Covenant, by Christ "laying aside that life" and "bequeathing it to us". If Christ had not given His original life Holy Spirit as a regenerating agency, then His sacrifice on the Cross would have been of no avail, because man could never have overcome and the Sanctuary would never have been cleansed. The Cross provided justification for sins past, but the Holy Spirit life, breath and soul of Christ, which He possessed in Heaven before His Incarnation into humanity, was ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY for sanctificationovercoming, and the final cleansing of the Sanctuary. Without this gift the Sanctuary would never be cleansed.

This is what Ellen White was referring to, when in the Alpha of Apostasy, she saw THE SANCTUARY GONE--THE ATONEMENT GONE. In other words, IF Christ did not give us His original state-of-being Holy Spirit as a regenerating agency, the Atonement could have never been complete and would have been of no avail.

"In a representation which passed before me, I saw a certain work being done by medical missionary workers. Our ministering brethren were looking on, watching what was being done, but they did not seem to understand. The foundation of our faith, which was established by so much prayer, such earnest searching of the Scriptures, was being taken down, pillar by pillar. Our faith was to have nothing to rest upon--the sanctuary was gone, the atonement was gone." (E.G. White, The Upward Look, p.152). This is what the Omega Heresy of the trinity doctrine has achieved. It completely denies that Christ sacrificed His personal Holy Spirit at His Incarnation. Acceptance of the trinity doctrine makes the Atonement and the Sanctuary Service null and void, because it is by CHRIST'S PERSONAL Holy SPIRIT that sanctification is effected. The trinity doctrine teaches that Christ did not sacrifice His personal Holy Spirit. The trinity doctrine teaches that the Holy Spirit was another separate and distinct person from - the person of the Son.

Without the sacrifice of the Son's own personal Holy Spirit, AT HIS INCARNATION, to be given as a regenerating agency, the entire sacrifice of Christ would be null and void and the requirement of the FOREVER death of the Testator of the Covenant - would not be met.

The Scriptural answer to this conundrum is that the Holy Spirit was and is the life, breath and soul of the Son, until the Son gave up His first state-of-being (pure Divinity) to be forever linked with humanity at His Incarnation. This is the ONLY answer that makes all Ellen White statements on the subject of the Godhead, interpret so that nothing contradicts.

James Franks.


Misrepresentations of the Godhead
Let People Know Our Position—Our policy is, Do not make prominent the objectionable features of our faith, which strike most decidedly against the practices and customs of the people, until the Lord shall give the people a fair chance to know that we are believers in Christ, that we do believe in the divinity of Christ, and in His pre-existence.—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 253. (1895) – {Ev 613.2}
We Shall Have to Meet Erroneous Teaching—Again and again we shall be called to meet the influence of men who are studying sciences of satanic origin, through which Satan is working to make a nonentity of God and of Christ. The Father and the Son each have a personality. Christ declared, “I and My Father are one.” Yet it was the Son of God who came to the world in human form. Laying aside His royal robe and kingly crown, He clothed His divinity with humanity, that humanity through His infinite sacrifice might become partakers of the divine nature, and escape the corruption that is in the world through lust.—Testimonies For The Church 9:68. (1909) – {Ev 613.3}
Positive Truth Versus Spiritualistic Representations—I am instructed to say, The sentiments of those who are searching for advanced scientific ideas are not to be trusted. Such representations as the following are made: “The Father is as the light invisible: the Son is as the light embodied; the Spirit is the light shed abroad.” “The Father is like the dew, invisible vapor; the Son is like the dew gathered in beauteous form; the Spirit is like the dew fallen to the seat of life.” Another representation: “The Father is like the invisible vapor; the Son is like the leaden cloud; the Spirit is rain fallen and working in refreshing power.” – {Ev 614.1}
All these spiritualistic representations are simply nothingness. They are imperfect, untrue. They weaken and diminish the Majesty which no earthly likeness can be compared to. God cannot be compared with the things His hands have made. These are mere earthly things, suffering under the curse of God because of the sins of man. The Father cannot be described by the things of earth. The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and is invisible to mortal sight. – {Ev 614.2}
The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested. The Word of God declares Him to be “the express image of His person.” “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Here is shown the personality of the Father. – {Ev 614.3}
The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven, is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. There are three living persons of the heavenly trio; in the name of these three great powers—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—those who receive Christ by living faith are baptized, and these powers will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ.—Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, pp. 62, 63. (1905) – {Ev 615.1}
The Pre-existent, Self-existent Son of God—Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God.... In speaking of his pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him.—The Signs of the Times, August 29, 1900. – {Ev 615.2}
He was equal with God, infinite and omnipotent.... He is the eternal, self-existent Son.—Manuscript 101, 1897. – {Ev 615.3}
From Everlasting—While God’s Word speaks of the humanity of Christ when upon this earth, it also speaks decidedly regarding His pre-existence. The Word existed as a divine being, even as the eternal Son of God, in union and oneness with His Father. From everlasting He was the Mediator of the covenant, the one in whom all nations of the earth, both Jews and Gentiles, if they accepted Him, were to be blessed. “The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Before men or angels were created, the Word was with God, and was God.—The Review and Herald, April 5, 1906. – {Ev 615.4}
Christ shows them that, although they might reckon His life to be less than fifty years, yet His divine life could not be reckoned by human computation. The existence of Christ before His incarnation is not measured by figures.—The Signs of the Times, May 3, 1899. – {Ev 616.1}
Life, Original, Unborrowed, Underived—Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection, and the life.” In Christ is life, original, unborrowed, underived. “He that hath the Son hath life.” The divinity of Christ is the believer’s assurance of eternal life.—The Desire of Ages, 530 (1898) – {Ev 616.2}
With the Father at Sinai—When they [Israel] came to Sinai, He took occasion to refresh their minds in regard to His requirements. Christ and the Father, standing side by side upon the mount, with solemn majesty proclaimed the Ten Commandments.—Historical Sketches, p. 231. (1866) – {Ev 616.3}
The Eternal Dignitaries of the Trinity—The eternal heavenly dignitaries—God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit—arming them [the disciples] with more than mortal energy, ... would advance with them to the work and convince the world of sin.—Manuscript 145, 1901. – {Ev 616.4}
Personality of the Holy Spirit—We need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds.—Manuscript 66, 1899. (From a talk to the students at the Avondale School.) – {Ev 616.5}
The Holy Spirit is a person, for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. When this witness is borne, it carries with it its own evidence. At such times we believe and are sure that we are the children of God.... – {Ev 616.6}
The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God. “For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.”—Manuscript 20, 1906. – {Ev 617.1}
The Power of God in the Third Person—The prince of the power of evil can only be held in check by the power of God in the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit.—Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37. (1897) – {Ev 617.2}
In Co-operation With the Three Highest Powers—We are to co-operate with the three highest powers in heaven,—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost,—and these powers will work through us, making us workers together with God.—Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 51. (1905) – {Ev 617.3}

Kellogg's New Theology

During this same time period John Harvey Kellogg began entertaining new ideas about the nature of God.

He emphasized the indwelling nature of God, not only as Spirit but power; and not only in humanity, but all living cells in nature.

We get a glimpse of these concepts within the book he later published, the Living Temple. Some of Kellogg's ideas indeed realized the presence of God in everything and drifted toward an impersonal universal power.

Sunlight is divine energy and the presence of God because John said "God is light." p. 64, 87.
God is the very substance of the food we eat; we absorb from our food the very substance of His body. p. 88
The Creator is himself present in our blood because He is life, and the life of the flesh is in the blood. p. 252
The divine Intelligence thinks and wills within the white blood cells of our body. p. 261
God is ever present within us acting through our instincts which way we should go. p. 437
The great Designer is a personal being yet an all-pervading, all-controlling personality within nature. p. 451
There is a universal unity of being, an infinite indwelling presence. p. 459
Every meal is a sacrament, a partaking of God's substance sacrificed for our sustenance. p. 459

But he also presented a theology that equated the indwelling Spirit of God with Christ:

Because the Creator dwells in our body temple He bears all the pain, sorrow that we suffer. p. 441
The Spirit of God is the Lord, the Christ, that made us and dwells in us (Job 33:4; 32:8; 2Cor 3:16,17) p. 457
We must put our wills into harmony with God's ever-present intelligence and will. p. 485
We can believe that God is ever present within us and feel a mighty power working within. p. 486

See Appendix C for actual quotes from the Living Temple.

Ellen White would later point out that some of Kellogg's expressions and sentiments were in harmony with her writings. But she refused to allow this alone to support all the teachings in the book:

"I am compelled to speak in denial of the claim that the teachings of Living Temple can be sustained by statements from my writings. There may be in this book expressions and sentiments that are in harmony with my writings. And there may be in my writings many statements which, taken from their connection, and interpreted according to the mind of the writer of Living Temple, would seem to be in harmony with the teachings of this book. This may give apparent support to the assertion that the sentiments in Living Temple are in harmony with my writings. But God forbid that this sentiment should prevail." EGW, 1SM 203

She does not here identify which expressions and sentiments were at fault and which were in harmony. In 1881, however, Ellen White was forced to send him a warning

"Those theories are wrong. I have met them before." Manuscript Releases, vol. 5, 278, 279.

Which theories was Ellen White referring to?
Was she objecting to the view that God Himself dwells within us? This is the teaching of Scripture.
Or to the conclusion that the Spirit of God is Jesus Christ? The Bible speaks of the Spirit of Christ.
Or, more likely, to the pantheistic notions that God was in sunlight, in water, in food, in our blood?

In 1897 Kellogg began to express his ideas publically and joined forces with his wife's Seventh-day Baptist preacher and EJ Waggoner who presented the teaching to the General Conference.

"What a wonderful thought, that this mighty God that keeps the whole universe in order, is in us! ...What an amazing thing that this almighty, all-powerful, and all-wise God should make Himself a servant of man by giving man a free will-power to direct the energy within his body!" General Conference Daily Bulletin 1897, p. 83.

God in us. Sounds biblical. The Holy Spirit dwells in us; Christ in us, the hope of glory. But these sentiments are different: Not a personal indwelling, abiding, Spirit of Christ, but the focus is on a "power" an "energy" within. This was actually the precursor of what has become present day New Age spiritualism. More than this, Ellen White objected to the thought that God would dwell in the sinner.

"In Living Temple the assertion is made that God is in the flower, in the leaf, in the sinner." Ellen White, Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

"But God does not live in the sinner. The Word declares that He abides only in the hearts of those who love Him and do righteousness. God des not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there." Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1 Manuscript 46, 1904, MR 900, p 343.

"If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men: and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power that is within him." Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 291, 1904.

Mrs White continued sending warnings from Australia. But when the Battle Creek Sanitarium burned down in early 1902, Dr. Kellogg proposed to sell 500,000 copies of the book he was writing on health called the Living Temple to finance the rebuilding of a new facility.

General Conference President, A.G.Daniels, counselled Kellogg to not include any of his "new ideas" in the book.

"Now look here, Doctor, that book must not contain a single argument of this new theory you are teaching, because there are a lot of people all over the States who do not accept it. I know from what they say, and if it has any of what they consider pantheism they will never touch it." (Arthur L. White, The Early Elmshaven Years Vol. 5 chapter 21 page 288)

However, Kellogg introduced a considerable amount of his fanciful ideas anyway-- ideas on the all pervasive nature of God which he saw in every aspect of creation: light, clouds, rain, circles, sound, etc, etc. Ellen white responded by forcefully expounding the Personality and Personhood of God and His Spirit.

Person or Personality
Ellen White explained the nature of her objections:

"I have been instructed to say, the sentiments of those who are searching
for advanced scientific ideas are not to be trusted.
Such representations as the following are made:
'The Father is as the light invisible: the Son is as the light embodied; the Spirit is the light shed abroad.'
'The Father is like the dew, invisible vapor; the Son is like the dew gathered in beauteous form; the Spirit is like the dew fallen to the seat of life.'
Another representation:
'The Father is like the invisible vapor; the Son is like the leaden cloud; the Spirit is rain fallen and working in refreshing power.'
All these spiritualistic representations are simply nothingness. They are imperfect, untrue. They weaken and diminish the Majesty which no earthy likeness can be compared to. God cannot be compared with the things His hands have made. These are mere earthly things, suffering under the curse of God because of the sins of man. The Father cannot be described by the things of earth." Evangelism p. 614

Notice, she cites various analogies used to illustrate the Trinity, but concludes "God cannot be compared…The Father cannot be described by the things of earth." Two issues appear to be addressed: 1) the notion of a trinity, and 2) "spiritualistic representations" of God. She did not denounce the truth that God dwells within us by His Spirit nor that the Spirit of God is the Lord Jesus Christ. She is, in fact, taking issue with the characterization of the Godhead by then popular Pentecostals such as William Boardman.

Popular in England during the 1870's was the 'Higher Life' movement. William Boardman, who teamed up with Dwight L. Moody, wrote a 100,000 copy best-seller called "The Higher Christian Life" in 1858. Coincidentaly, He had used the same examples cited above by Ellen White to illustrate what he called "the triune God."

"The Father is as the light invisible. The Son is as the light embodied. The Spirit is as the light shed down."
"The Father is like the dew in invisible vapor. The Son is like the dew gathered in beauteous form. The Spirit is like the dew fallen to the seat of life."
"The Father is like to the invisible vapor. The Son is as the laden cloud and palling rain. The Spirit is the rain — fallen and working in refreshing power."
(W. Boardman, The Higher Christian life, part 2, chapter 1, pp. 201-203)

Sound familiar? Ellen White was essentially quoting Boardman, rejecting his examples as "untrue" "spiritualistic representations." But then Boardman continued.

"They may also illustrate the truth that all the fulness of Him who filleth all in all, dwells in each person of the Triune God." Ibid.

Ellen White was thus rejecting the physical world metaphors used by both Boardman and Kellogg to promote belief in a "Triune God."

Boardman also wrote another famous trinitarian statement:

"The Father is all the fulness of the Godhead invisible.
The Son is all the fulness of the Godhead manifested.
The Spirit is all the fulness of the Godhead making manifest.”
(William Boardman, The Higher Christian Life, part ii, chapter 1)

Ellen White took Boardman's statement and corrected it point by point.

"The Father is all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and is invisible to mortal sight.
The Son is all the fulness of the Godhead manifested.
The Word of God declares Him to be “the express image of His person." "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." Here is shown the personality of the Father.
The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven, is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour."
(Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies Series B No.7, page 62 1906)
(Ev 1946 p. 615) (In Heavenly Places 1967 Chapter 330) (SDABC 1970 Vol 7A p. 441) (Bible Training School March 1, 1906)

While Boardman concludes with three "persons of the living God"
i.e., three personalities united in one indivisible God.
Ellen White changes it to three "living personalities of the heavenly trio." She does not treat them as a single Being.

Boardman's living God is composed of three persons--an orthodox trinitarian statement.
White's Godhead is a trio of three living personalitiess--clearly nontrinitarian as of 1906.

Those who note that Ellen White's printed statement is "three living persons" not "personalities" will shortly see that her handwritten edited and thus corrected version was indeed "personalities." While she was making a conscious effort to quote Boardman, she did not do so exactly, but rather to correct the errors in his version. Boardman's statement is "living persons," and although Ellen initially wrote this, she appears to see in this expression room for improvement and adjusted in her own handwriting the word to "personalities."

An official photocopy of the original Ellen White manuscript obtained from the E.G.White Estate shows that many words in the original were adjusted by Mrs White herself: Significantly, "persons" was changed to "personalities."

114 ___Copied S.F. III 1906

The Father is not to be described by the earthly
The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead

invisible to mortal earthly sight

The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead

revealed manifested, He is the express image of his
Father's person
For God so loved the world that he gave

his only begotten Son that whosoever

believeth in him should not perish but have

everlasting life. Here is the personality of the Father
The Spirit the Comforter whom Christ

promised to send after he ascended to heaven

is Christ is the Spirit in all the fullness

of the God head making manifest to the

all who receive him and believe in him
______three ___________alities
These are ^ living three persons of the heavenly
trio in which every soul repenting of their

sins believing receiving Christ by a living
faith to them who are baptized in the name

of Jesus Christ to them
In the name of the
Father and of the Son and off the Holy

Ghost their high dignified personalities
______to the obedient subjects
Give power ^ because they are God's property

W he called the Sons of God. What is the sinner

to do, believe in Jesus Christ because they

are His property which he hath purchased

with his own blood through the test and trial

to which he was subjected...

It seems to follow nearly the same structure as the Boardman quote, but it diverges with the third stanza becoming essentially meaningless:

"The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead invisible...
The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested...
The Spirit....is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead making manifest"

The expected symmetry would have been "The Spirit is all the fullness of the Godhead..." This awkward expression is the result of changing an initial thought. In this middle section we see that the original wording was: "The Spirit, the Comforter whom Christ promised to send after he ascended to heaven, is Christ." This would have avoided the circular redundancy of the subsequent correction.

Also notice that she at first wrote "baptized in the name of Jesus Christ..." and then change it to "...in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost..." Both are scripturally accurate, depending on whether one places favored status on the single occurrence in Matthew 28 of "the threefold name" or the multiple occurrences throughout the book of Acts citing the single name of Jesus Christ.

Boardman summarizes by using the standard trinitarian construct--three persons of the one God:

"The persons are not mere offices, or modes of revelation, but living persons of the living God."
(William Boardman, The Higher Christian Life, part ii, chapter 1)

Ellen modifies this statement as well, replacing the one God with a trio:.

There are three living personalitiess of the heavenly trio; in the name of these three great powers-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-those who receive Christ by living faith are baptised, and these powers will co-operate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ." (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies Series B No.7, page 62 1906) (Ev 1946 p. 615) (In Heavenly Places 1967 Chapter 330) (SDABC 1970 Vol 7A p. 441) (Bible Training School March 1, 1906)

Her change of "persons" to "personality" is significant. However, for whatever reason, the adjusted reading in her own handwriting was not captured in the printed version. If it had, then it would have provided consistency with the other statements that clearly express the personality of the Father and the Son.

"The Father and the Son each have a personality. Christ declared, "I and My Father are one." Yet it was the Son of God who came to the world in human form." Evangelism p. 614 T9 p. 68 (1909)

"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in us." These words present God and Christ as two distinct personalities. (Notebook Leaflets, p. 124)

"On Sabbath, April 27, many of our brethren and sisters from neighboring churches gathered in the parlors with the sanitarium family, and I spoke to them there. I read the first chapter of Hebrews as the basis of my discourse. This chapter clearly indicates the individual personalities of the Father and the Son. (R&H, Aug. 1, 1907)

"In this Scripture [John 1:1-4, 14-16: 3:34-36] God and Christ are spoken of as two distinct personalities, each acting in their own individuality. (MR 760, p. 18)

But when speaking of the Holy Spirit she appears to be ambivalent.

"The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof." DA p. 669

"The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God. "For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. [which is in Him]" Manuscript 20, 1906. Evangelism p. 617

"The Holy Spirit is a person, for He beareth witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. When this witness is borne, it carries with it its own evidence." Evangelism p. 616;

This last quote, originally found in Manuscript 20, pages 64-69 and written in 1906, is shown below.

 

 








The Holy Spirit always leads to the written word

The Holy Spirit is a person for he beareth witness

with our Spirits that we are the children of God
When this witness is borne it bears its own

evidence with it and at such times we believe

and are sure that we are the children of God, and
show much evidence we can give to believers and

unbelievers when we can voice the words of John
We have known and believed the love that God

hath to us: God is love; and he that dwelleth in
love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

The Holy Spirit is has a personality else he could not
bear witness to our spiritis and with our spirits

that we are the children of God. He must also be a
divine person or he could not search out the secrets

which lay hidden in the mind of God For what man
knowth the things of a man save the Spirit

of man which is in him even so the things of
God knoweth no man but the Spirit of God

Only a few words were changed in the final published text.

The Holy Spirit has no personality, and has a personality, and is a person.
If the identity of the Spirit, however, is understood to be Christ Himself, the confusion is resolved.

The Holy Spirit is Christ without (divested of) His [Christ's] human personality.
Christ is the only divine being with a human personality.
Thus, the Spirit of Christ has a divine personality and is a divine person--Christ.
This perspective is also consistent with the following statement regarding God's designated channel of communication with the fallen human race:

"To Adam in his innocence was granted communion, direct, free, and happy, with his Maker. After his transgression, God would communicate to man only through Christ and angels."
Signs of the Times
, Jan. 30, 1879

All the communion between heaven and the fallen race has been through Christ."
Patriarchs & Prophets p. 366

The Holy Spirit is a distinct personification of Christ, but not distinct from Christ.

"The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, in Christ's name. He personifies Christ, yet is a distinct personality." 20MR p. 324.2 Taken from Manuscript 93, 1893.

“After His ascension He [Jesus] was to be absent in person; but through the Comforter He  would still be with them, and they were not to spend their time in mourning." Desire of Ages p. 277

The Saviour is our Comforter. This I have proved Him to be.” 8MR p. 49 July 16, 1892

“As by faith we look to Jesus, our faith pierces the shadow, and we adore God for His wondrous love in giving Jesus the Comforter.” 19MR No. 1405 Preston, Melbourne, July 26, 1892 p. 297; Sons and Daughters of God p.124

“There is no comforter like Christ, so tender and so true. He is touched with the feeling of our infirmities. His Spirit speaks to the heart.” Review and Herald Oct 26, 1897

“He is coming to us by His Holy Spirit today. Let us recognize Him now; then we shall recognize Him when He comes in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.” Review and Herald, April 30, 1901

"While Jesus ministers in the sanctuary above, He is still by His Spirit the minister of the church on earth." Desire of Ages p. 166

He gives them His Holy Spirit, the manifestation of His presence and favor.” Testimonies Vol 9, p. 230 1909

"Before the disciples could fulfill their official duties in connection with the church, Christ breathed His Spirit upon them." Desire of Ages p. 805

Jesus is waiting to breathe upon all his disciples, and give them the inspiration of his sanctifying spirit, and transfuse the vital influence from himself to his people… Christ is to live in his human agents.” Signs of the Times Oct 3, 1892

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God, binds the human agent, body, soul, and spirit, to the perfect, divine-human nature of Christ." Review & Herald April 5, 1906

" 'The words that I speak are spirit and life' John 6:63. Christ is not here referring to His doctrine, but to His person, the divinity of His character.” 1Selected Messages p. 249

Romans 8:9 speaks of the Father and Son as sharing the same Spirit referred to as the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ.

“It is through the Spirit that Christ dwells in us; and the Spirit of God, received into the heart by faith, is the beginning of the life eternal.” Desire of Ages, page 388

“They are two in individuality, yet one in spirit”.Youth’s Instructor Dec 16, 1897

“What saith our Saviour? ‘I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you.’ ‘He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father; and I will love him and will manifest myself to him’ When trials overshadow the soul, remember the words of Christ, remember that He is an unseen presence in the person of the Holy Spirit, and He will be the peace and comfort given you, manifesting to you that He is with you, the Sun of Righteousness, chasing away your darkness. 'If a man love me,' Christ said, 'he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him'” Letter 124, 1897 (Daughters of God p.185), John 14:16, 18, 23 Review and Herald Sept 23, 1902

“In giving us His Spirit, God gives us Himself, making Himself a fountain of divine influences, to give health and life to the world.” Testimonies vol. 7, p. 273

"That He [the Father] would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith." Ephesians 4:14-17

"God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts." Galatians 4:6

"For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:19

"And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth." Revelation 5:6

"And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things says he that has the seven Spirits of God." Revelation 3:1 [Jesus possesses the omnipresent Spirit of God]

“The reasons why the churches are weak and sickly and ready to die is that the enemy has brought influences of a discouraging nature to bear upon trembling souls. He has sought to shut Jesus from their view as the Comforter” Review and Herald, August 26, 1890

“Let them study the seventeenth of John, and learn how to pray and how to live the prayer of Christ. He is the Comforter. He will abide in their hearts, making their joy full.” E.G. White, Review and Herald, January 27, 1903

Therefore, the Holy Spirit is a distinct (real, not different) personality because it is Christ himself personified.

 

Kellogg's Living Temple
But despite Ellen White's words of caution, Kellogg persisted undeterred and the Review and Herald printing house, which was printing his book, burned to the ground in December that same year.

Kellogg claimed to have had a conversion experience in the months following this disaster. He felt that he had been rejected because of his treatement of the Holy Spirit as a "force" rather than a person. So he now confessed to have accepted a belief in the trinity. Writing to G.I.Butler, then President of the Southern Union Conference, Kellogg said,

"As far as I can fatham (sic), the difficulty which is found in the Living Temple, the whole thing may be simmered down to this question: is the Holy Ghost a person? You say no." "I had supposed the Bible said this for the reason that the personal pronoun he is used in speaking of the Holy Ghost. Sister White uses the pronoun he and has said in as many words that the Holy Ghost is the third person of the Godhead." "How the Holy Ghost can be the third person and not be a person at all is difficult for me to see." (Letter, Kellogg to G. I. Butler, October 28, 1903)

Kellogg was essentially saying that the church did not share his new conviction that the Holy Spirit was an individual person separate from the Father and Son. Technically, he was proposing three gods, or tritheism. He did not emphasize or insist on the typical trinitarian "oneness." However, he felt justified in taking this position because "Sister White uses the pronoun he" and referred to the Holy Ghost as "the third person of the Godhead." She indeed had made such statements 5-6 years earlier:

"…the third person of the Godhead, the Holy Spirit." Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 37. (1897) Evangelism p. 617

"The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of no avail...Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fullness of divine power." DA p. 671 1898

Subsequent editions of The Desire of Ages demonstrate a capitalization of the words "Third Person" which is further evidence of intentional efforts to legitimize a trinitarian position.

In fact, Ellen White had originally written this phrase two years before the initial publication of The Desire of Ages in a letter dated February 6, 1896 from Sunnyside Cooranbong, Australia and addressed 'To my brethren in America.' Again, no capitalization for the 'third person.'

“Evil had been accumulating for centuries, and could only be restrained and resisted by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fulness of divine power."

The following day A.G. Daniells, then GC president, confronted Kellogg with the "objections" in his material:

"He [Kellogg] then stated that his former views regarding the trinity had stood in his way of making a clear and absolutely correct statement; but that in a short time he had come to believe in the trinity and could now see pretty clearly where the difficulty was, and believed that he could clear the matter up satisfactorily.

He told me that he now believed in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; and his view was that it was God the Holy Ghost, and not God the Father, that filled all space and every living thing. He said that if he had believed this before writing the book, he could have expressed his views without giving the wrong impression the book now gives.

I placed before him the objections I found in the teaching, and tried to show him that the teaching was so utterly contrary to the gospel that I did not see how it could be revised by changing a few expressions." Letter: A. G. Daniells to W. C. White. Oct 29. 1903, p1.2.

Six months later Butler again attempted to convince Dr. Kellogg of his error.

"God dwells in us by His Holy Spirit, as a Comforter, as a Reprover, especially the former. When we come to Him, we partake of Him in that sense, because the Spirit comes forth from him; it comes forth from the Father and the Son" "It is not a person walking around on foot, or flying, as a literal being, in any such sense as Christ and the Father are--at least, if it is, it is utterly beyond my comprehension or the meaning of language or words." (G. I Butler, letter to J. H. Kellogg April 5th 1904)

This was the prevailing view of the Holy Spirit among Seventh-day Adventists in the early 1900s, contrary to the now popular revisionist teaching that Ellen White by this time had "matured" into a full trinitarian understanding of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit at this late date (6 years after the publication of The Desire of Ages) was still believed to be the personal presence of the "Father and the Son" because it comes from them both.

The following month Ellen White commented on her dismay regarding the teachings presented in Kellogg's The Living Temple:

"I am so sorry that Living Temple came out as it did, and was circulated, and the worst of it -- that which struck right to my heart -- was the assertion made regarding the book: 'It contains the very sentiments that Sister White has been teaching.' When I heard this, I felt so heartbroken that it seemed as if I could not say anything. Had I said anything, I would have been obliged to speak the truth as it was." "Living Temple contains the Alpha of these theories. The Omega would follow in a little while. I tremble for our people. These beautiful representations are similar to the temptation that the enemy brought to Adam and Eve in Eden." (Ellen G. White, Talk given on May 18th 1904, Sermons and talks, Volume one, page 341, Manuscript 46, 1904, ‘The Foundation of our Faith’)

Kellogg was promoting the trinity and now embraced the trinitarian formula of "God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost." And Ellen White urged caution in this matter.

"Our ministers must be very careful not to enter into controversy in regard to the personality of God. This is a subject that they are not to touch. It is a mystery, and the enemy will surely lead astray those who enter into it. We know that Christ came in person to reveal God to the world. God is a person and Christ is a person. Christ is spoken of in the Word as "the brightness of His Father's glory, and the express image of His person." Ibid p. 343

Just two months later, Ellen White wrote "To Leading Physicians":

"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.” (Ellen G. White, Special Testimonies Series B, No. 2 page 16, ‘To Leading Physicians’, ‘Teach the Word’ Nashville, Tennessee, July 24th 1904)

While many have debated what "the omega" would be, in the context of the prevailing controversy over the identity of the Holy Spirit between Dr. Kellogg and the Adventist leadership including Ellen White, the "alpha" should be clearly recognized. Kellogg was promoting a three person trinity and it was causing a denominational crisis.

Kellogg's conception of the Holy Spirit remained dramatically different from the rest of the Seventh-day Adventist leadership at that time. He swung from God being in everything to God being three persons with "God the Holy Spirit" being in everything. But bringing two more gods into the picture and confessing a fully developed belief in the trinity did not address Daniells' objections nor Butler's counsel.

Kellogg's error lay in making the regenerative power of the Holy Spirit to transform our characters into the image of God, simply an all pervasive energy field that could restore the physical body, change gray hair back to its youthful color, and even grant men the prospect of never dying! See General Conference Daily Bulletin 1899, pp. 53-58, 119, 120; Gilbert M. Valentine, The Shaping of Adventism (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University, 1992), pp. 159-163,

To counter Kellogg's aberrant teachings, Ellen White began to emphasize the Spirit as a real person (as Christ is a real person) to offset the temptation to view "it" as a mystical, spiritualistic force. After the Living Temple was finally printed, she pronounced her own critique on Dr. Kellogg's masterpiece:

"The new theories in regard to God and Christ as brought out in 'The Living Temple', are not in harmony with the teaching of Christ. The Lord Jesus came to this world to represent the Father. He did not represent God as an essence pervading nature, but as a personal being. Christians should bear in mind that God has a personality as verily as has Christ." Letter 212 to teachers at Emmanuel Missionary College, 1903 in SpM p. 324

"Ministers and people are deceived by these sophistries. They lead to making God a nonentity and Christ a nonentity. We are to rebuke these theories in the name of the Lord." Manuscript 70, 1905 'To the delegates at the 1905 General Conference', pp. 3,4 "A Message of Warning."

1905 Kellogg Climax
This period of crisis dealing with Kellogg's Living Temple theology climaxed with the 1905 General Conference. Ellen White, now nearing age 78, having been God's messenger for over 60 years, reminded the delegates during her pre-conference address on May 16 that God had directed the "light" of their understanding in regards to "Christ, his mission and his priesthood." The faith given to them would extend until "the time when we shall enter the city of God."

"God has given me light regarding our periodicals. What is it? -- He has said that the dead are to speak. How? -- Their works shall follow them. 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. They moved forward step by step under the influence of the Spirit of God. One by one these pioneers are passing away. The word given me is, Let that which these men have written in the past be reproduced.

"Let the truths that are the foundation of our faith be kept before the people. Some will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.

"We are now to understand what the pillars of our faith are, -- the truths that have made us as a people what we are, leading us on step by step.

"I would be taken off in vision, and a clear explanation of the passages we had been studying would be given me, with instruction as to how we were to labor and teach effectively. Thus light was given that helped us to understand the scriptures in regard to Christ, his mission, and his priesthood.

"During this whole time I could not understand the reasoning of the brethren. My mind was locked, as it were, and I could not comprehend the meaning of the scriptures we were studying. This was one of the greatest sorrows of my life. I was in this condition of mind until all the principal points of our faith were made clear to our minds, in harmony with the Word of God. The brethren knew that, when not in vision, I could not understand these matters, and they accepted, as light directly from heaven, the revelations given." EGW, Review and Herald May 25, 1905

The following day, in a message entitled "A Warning Against False Theories," she counselled her listeners to keep the pillars of faith, the landmarks that made us what we are.

"Let not any man enter upon the work of tearing down the foundations of the truth that have made us what we are. 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."

"Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor." (Manuscript Releases 760)

Certainly by this time, now 7 years after the publication of the Desire of Ages, if Ellen White was now fully informed by God of His triune nature, she would not recommend the reprinting of the pioneer's words so universally anti-trinitarian. Today, the general concensus is that these "misguided" pioneers actually taught error regarding the Godhead, that Ellen White in her advanced years came to a "mature" and "correct" understanding of the trinity.

Only a few months earlier, in March of 1905 she said

"We are God's commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years [1855-1905] every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the word,--especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation.”

"Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord."

"But the way-marks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority." (Ellen White, Letter 95, 1905, To Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Kress, March 14, 1905, sea also Special Testimonies Series B. No. 2 page 59)

If The Desire of Ages was really the "continental divide", "paradigm shift" exposition of Ellen White's new trinitarian understanding, then why would she maintain that for 50 years Seventh-day Adventists have preserved the truth, the way-marks that had been established point by point by prayerful study?

In fact, the General Conference Yearbook for 1905 contained (the first time since 1889) a statement of fundamental beliefs.

"Seventh-day Adventists have no creed but the Bible; but they hold to certain well-defined points of faith, for which they feel prepared to give a reason" to every man that asketh" them. The following propositions may be taken as a summary of the principal features of their religious faith, upon which there is, so far as is known, entire unanimity throughout the body.

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 every where 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 he created all thing's, and by whom they do consist;"

If these sound familiar, it is because they are entirely unchanged from those first published in 1874. They were reprinted without change every subsequent year until 1914. Ellen White died in 1915. They were not printed again until 1931 when for the first time in our church history the term "trinity" appeared.

In 1905 it was the trinitarian conversion of John Harvey Kellogg and his need to make the "all pervasive Spirit" acceptable to the brethren that threatened the foundations of Adventist faith. Later she identified the satanic nature of these pillar-threatening "theories" that rendered God and Christ as "nonentities."

"Again and again we shall be called to meet the influence of men who are studying sciences of satanic origin, through which Satan is working to make a nonentity of God and of Christ." Testimonies Vol 9 p. 68, 1909.

It should be noted that she does not feature the need to include the Holy Spirit "as a personal being" nor among those that are made "a nonentity." This silence strongly indicates her understanding that the Holy Spirit is not a separate person like the Father and Son.

"You are not definitely clear on the personality of God, which is everything to us as a people. You have virtually destroyed the Lord God Himself." Letter 300, 1903.

"We need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds." Manuscript 66, 1899. (From a talk to the students at the Avondale School.) Evangelism p. 616 compiled posthumously by LeRoy E. Froom.

This selectively edited excerpt when seen in its full context demonstrates that it is "the Lord God" who knows, who hears, who is our Keeper and Helper, who walks unseen by human eyes:

"The Lord says this because He knows it is for our good. He would build a wall around us, to keep us from transgression, so that His blessing and love may be bestowed on us in rich measure. This is the reason we have established a school here. The Lord instructed us that this was the place in which we should locate, and we have had every reason to think that we are in the right place. We have been brought together as a school, and we need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds, unseen by human eyes; that the Lord God is our Keeper and Helper. He hears every word we utter and knows every thought of the mind." EG White, Sermons and Talks Volume Two, pp. 136, 137 Also in Manuscript Releases Vol. 7, p. 299

Even though the Lord God is unseen, He is personally present in His Spirit. The Holy Spirit is a person because He is the personal presence of Jesus Himself. The messenger didn't say "they" she says "He". She is speaking of only one person, the Lord God, Jesus Christ.

We may notice that the section from which this and other quotes are taken is titled "The Trinity." Just remember, the unauthorized subheadings added to compilations such as the book Evangelism are just one example of the direction Ellen White warned would happen:

"There will be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new, strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls." EG White, Selected Messages Book 1, p. 41

Who, then, is it that walks unseen among us?

"Christ walks unseen through our streets. With messages of mercy He comes to our homes. With all who are seeking to minister in His name, He waits to co-operate. He is in the midst of us, to heal and to bless, if we will receive Him." E. G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 107

"Remember that Jesus is beside you wherever you go, noting your actions and listening to your words. Would you be ashamed to hear his voice speaking to you, and to know that he hears your conversation?" EG White, The Youth's Instructor, February 4, 1897 par. 3

"The Lord Jesus standing by the side of the canvasser, walking with them, is the chief worker. If we recognize Christ as the One who is with us to prepare the way, the Holy Spirit by our side will make impressions in just the lines needed." E. G. White, Colporteur Ministry, p. 107

This is the same thought also expressed in The Desire of Ages page 671 where the "third person of the Godhead" is clearly identified:

"It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature. Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil, and to impress His own character upon His church."

Thus the two positions were presented:

Trinity-Tritheism
Christ is eternal by himself

Christ is one of three divine Beings
Christ is equal to the Father
Biblical
Christ is eternal through divine inheritance

Christ as the Son of God receives all authority and power from His Father
Christ is equal in nature with the Father but not in position or person

The mystery is not that there is a three-in-one God, but that God can be personally yet invisibly with us:

"That Christ should manifest Himself to them, and yet be invisible to the world, was a mystery to the disciples. They could not understand the words of Christ in their spiritual sense. They were thinking of the outward, visible manifestation. They could not take in the fact that they could have the presence of Christ with them, and yet He be unseen by the world. They did not understand the meaning of a spiritual manifestation." E. G. White, The Southern Work, September 13, 1898 par. 2

Godhead Trio
Ellen White described not a Trinity but a Godhead trio of three living personalities, eternal heavenly dignitaries, the three highest powers in heaven:

"The Godhead was stirred with pity for the race, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gave themselves to the working out of the plan of redemption." Amazing Grace 1906; Review and Herald, May 2, 1912

"The work is laid out before every soul that has acknowledged his faith in Jesus Christ by baptism, and has become a receiver of the pledge from the three persons--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit." (MS 57, 1900 in SDABC V6 p. 1074).

"The eternal heavenly dignitaries-God, and Christ, and the Holy Spirit-arming them [the disciples] with more than mortal energy" Manuscript 145, 1901; Ev 616

"We are to co-operate with the three highest powers in heaven-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost-and these powers will work through us, making us workers together with God." Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 51. (1905); Evangelism p. 617

"Christ made baptism the entrance to His spiritual kingdom. He made this a positive condition with which all must comply who wish to be acknowledged as under the authority of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost...Baptized into the threefold name." 6SDABC p. 1075.

Persons or Beings?
Mrs White demonstrated a distinction between the words "person" and "being". She did not use them interchangeably. While Ellen White speaks of multiple personalities in the Godhead, she consistently identifies only two beings: The Father and His Son.

"The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each. [Hebrews 1:1-5 quoted] God is the Father of Christ; Christ 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." EGW, 8T 268.3, 1904

"The only being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter's bench with his earthly parent." EGW, Signs of the Times, October 14, 1897 par. 3

"Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father-one in nature, in character, and in purpose-the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God." EGW, Great Controversy 493. 1888, Patriarchs and Prophets, p.34

"There is a personal God, the Father; there is a personal Christ, the Son."
Review & Herald, Nov. 8, 1898.

"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. Signs of the Times, May 30, 1895

This is mentioned in Scripture:

Zech 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. (both indicates only two)

How can such statements as these be consistent with a belief in the trinity?
This is blasphemy to trinitarians. And when the Spirit is identified it is the Spirit of Christ.

"Let them be thankful to God for His manifold mercies and be kind to one another. They have one God and one Saviour; and one Spirit-the Spirit of Christ-is to bring unity into their ranks." EGW, 9T 189 1906

Again, notice there is only one relationship between two beings: that of Father and Son:

"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.” (Ellen G. White to the delegates at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Takoma Park Washington D. C., May 19, 1905 in Review and Herald, June 1, 1905)

"By the power of His love, through obedience, fallen man, a worm of the dust, is to be transformed, fitted to be a member of the heavenly family, a companion through eternal ages of God and Christ and the holy angels.…-Manuscript 21, Feb. 16, 1900. (The Upward Look, page 61).

"The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted." Youth's Instructor, July 7, 1898, par. 2.

"The human family cost God and his Son Jesus Christ an infinite price." Special Testimonies On Education, p. 21

"No man, nor even the highest angel, can estimate the great cost; it is known only to the Father and the Son." E. G. White, The Bible Echo, October 28, 1895 par. 4.

Did we not cost the Spirit anything? Is this great cost not known to the Spirit? There is only one apparent exception to Ellen White's consistent use of persons/personalities and beings. The following was not actually written by Ellen White, but reported by someone listening to a sermon which she gave in Oakland, California, Sabbath afternoon, October 20, 1906:

"You are born unto God, and you stand under the sanction and the power of the three holiest beings in heaven, who are able to keep you from falling . . . When I feel oppressed, and hardly know how to relate myself toward the work that God has given me to do, I just call upon the three great Worthies, and say; You know I cannot do this work in my own strength." 7 Manuscript Release 267.2

The use of the term "beings" differs from all her other published statements where she uses "persons". The fact that this isolated comment alleged to have been made by her contradicts her other written and published statements, makes it applicable to the following words of caution from Ellen herself:

"And now to all who have a desire for truth I would say: Do not give credence to unauthenticated reports as to what Sister White has done or said or written. If you desire to know what the Lord has revealed through her, read her published works." 5T 696.1

It is interesting that this statement of "three holiest beings" was only revealed very recently. The date of release is noted by the White Estate as "Released March 16, 1976." 7MR 273.

Ellen White emphasized the threeness of the Godhead in terms of thinking persons with manifested personalities (not impersonal force fields). She explained the oneness of the Godhead in terms of having the same divine nature, character, purpose and love. But she never speaks of three in one person; she recognizes only two beings.

Because of these changes in Ellen White's explicit statements after 1888, some contend that an understanding of the Godhead was a late development that matured over time into a fully orthodox doctrine of the Trinity. But Ellen White stood firm on maintaining the original "pillars of the faith" established in those early years after 1844.

"When men come in who would move one pin or pillar from the foundation which God has established by His Holy Spirit, 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." EG White, Manuscript Releases Volume 1, p. 55

Ellen White's sons followed her advice and did not change their belief in either the literal Sonship or the separate individuality of the Spirit:

"Christ is the only being begotten of the Father." James Edson White, Past, Present and Future, p. 52. 1909

Her son Willie C. White wrote as late as 1935:

"As I read the Bible, I find that the risen Saviour breathed on the disciples 'and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost.' The conception received from this Scripture, seems to be in harmony with the statement in 'Desire of Ages', page 669 [The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof.], also Gen. 1:2 [the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters]; with Luke 1:4 [that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed]; with Acts 2:4 [and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak] and also 8:15 [Peter and John prayed for those in Samaria that they might receive the Holy Spirit] and 10:44 [while Peter spoke the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the word]. Many other texts might be referred to which seem to be in harmony with this statement in 'Desire of Ages.'

"The statements and the arguments of some of our ministers, in their effort to prove that the Holy Spirit is an individual as are God the Father and Christ, the eternal Son, have perplexed me, and sometimes they have made me sad. One popular teacher said 'We may regard Him, as the fellow who is down here running things.' My perplexities were lessened a little when I learned from the dictionary that one of the meanings of personality, was characteristics. It is stated in such a way that I concluded that there might be personality without bodily form which is possessed by the Father and the Son. There are many Scriptures which speak of the Father and the Son and the absence of Scripture making similar reference to the united work of the Father and the Holy Spirit or of Christ and the Holy Spirit, has led me to believe that the spirit without individuality was the representative of the Father and the Son throughout the universe, and it was through the Holy Spirit that they dwell in our hearts and make us one with the Father and with the Son." Letter, W. C. White to H. W. Carr, April 30, 1935

See Formation of the Heavenly Trio

God in Two Persons
The 1905 General Conference dealt with the crisis that new theology in Kellogg's Living Temple presented to the separate personalities of Christ and his Father (see Spirit Personality 3a). In that context she spoke of theories that threaten the "pillars of our faith" such as the personality of God" and making Christ "a nonentity."

"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." Ellen G. White to the delegates at the 1905 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Takoma Park, Washington D. C., May 24, 1905, "A Warning against False Theories," MR 760

"All through the Scriptures, the Father and the Son are spoken of as two distinct personages. You will hear men endeavoring to make the Son of God a nonentity. He and the Father are one, but they are two personages." "Wrong sentiments regarding this are coming in, and we shall all have to meet them." Ellen G. White to the delegates at the 1905 General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Takoma Park Washington D. C., May 25, 1905 Review and Herald July 13, 1905, 'Lessons from the first Epistle of John'

These statements were being made after John Harvey Kellogg confessed his new found belief in the Trinity. Ellen White urged the church to remain faithful to their original beliefs about the Father and Son.

"He who denies the personality of God and of his Son Jesus Christ, is denying God and Christ. "If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father." If you continue to believe and obey the truths you first embraced regarding the personality of the Father and the Son, you will be joined together with him in love. There will be seen that union for which Christ prayed just before his trial and crucifixion." Ellen White, Review and Herald, March 8, 1906

Ellen White's use of "denies the personality of God and of his Son Jesus Christ" is actually borrowed from a statement James White made nearly 50 years earlier.

"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 [the Sabbath]." James White, Review and Herald, December 11, 1855

This was the conviction of many early Adventist pioneers. The Trinity was viewed as directly contradicting the distinct personhood of the Father and Son. The consubstantial, indivisible mystical three-faced concept of the orthodox Trinitarians rendered the Godhead but an amorphous, inconceivable Deity without form.

"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, Review and Herald, March 6th 1855, 'The Fall of Babylon')

"It is not very consonant with common sense to talk of three being one, and one being three. Or as some express it, calling God "the Triune God," or "the three-one-God"." "If Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are each God, it would be three Gods; for three times one is not one, but three. There is a sense in which they are one, but not one person, as claimed by Trinitarians. It is contrary to Scripture. Almost any portion of the New Testament we may open which has occasion to speak of the Father and Son, represents them as two distinct persons." John Loughborough, Review and Herald, November 5, 1861

"That God is an infinite and eternal Spirit, without person, body, shape, or parts; is everywhere and nowhere present; or, is everywhere as a Spirit, and nowhere as a tangible being. I ask, Is not this making God almost a mere nothing?" "That Jesus Christ is God himself; the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, are one identical being; hence in describing one, we describe the other. Certainly this is doing no better by the Son than by the Father." "Is this not spiritualizing away God, Christ, angels, saints, and Heaven?" A. C. Bourdeau, Review and Herald, June 8, 1869


PROOF ELLEN WHITE NEVER BECAME A TRINITARIAN: (I found this on a site, but am trying to change the comments from derogitory to Ellen White, to uplift her. The site was undoubtedly created by a Jesuit... they are very good at picking apart her words. So forgive me, if I have missed something that is derogatory to Ellen White in the comments of this Jesuit.... It is something I am working on, to support Ellen White, as proof she NEVER became a trinitarian:

"By the Spirit the Father and the Son will come and make their abode with you." EGW, Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, January 15, 1893, par. 8

2 Cor 5:19_God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself.

They were united in the plan of redemption. This same unity of purpose is to exist between us and God. They have one purpose, not one person; we are to have one purpose, not be one person!

"The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." 8T, p. 269.

How can the doctrine of the Trinity be essential to us as Seventh-day Adventists if our pioneers did not believe what we believe?

Ellen White embraces a literal, biblical view of the Godhead—she never uses the word Trinity. 

"How many have read carefully Patriarchs and Prophets, The Great Controversy, and The Desire of Ages? I wish all to understand that my confidence in the light that God has given stands firm, because I know that the Holy Spirit's power magnified the truth, and made it honorable, saying: 'This is the way; walk ye in it.' In my books, the truth is stated, barricaded by a 'Thus saith the Lord.'

"The Holy Spirit traced these truths upon my heart and mind as indelibly as the law was traced by the finger of God upon the tables of stone, which are now in the ark, to be brought forth in that great day when sentence will be pronounced against every evil, seducing science produced by the father of lies.--Letter 90, 1906. (Colporteur Ministry, p. 126.)" (Selected Messages, Book 3, page 122, paragraphs 2-3.)

"I am now looking over my diaries and copies of letters written for several years back. . . . I have the most precious matter to reproduce and place before the people in testimony form. While I am able to do this work, the people must have things to revive past history, that they may see that there is one straight chain of truth, without one heretical sentence, in that which I have written. This, I am instructed, is to be a living letter to all in regard to my faith.--Letter 329a, 1905." (Selected Messages, Book 3, page 52, paragraph 2.)

During the early decades of our church, Ellen White made statements that could be interpreted as anti-Trinitarian.

"This seems to imply that after the angels were created, they did not know or recognize that Christ was equal with the Father and it took a special 'heavenly council' to inform them of this.

when Satan became jealous of Christ, God was forced to lay bare all the facts. It was in this context that the events portrayed in Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 36-38, took place.

only anti-Trinitarians would use such language as "three living persons in the heavenly trio." In Trinitarianism, God is not a group/trio of three living persons--God is a single living Being.

The Holy Spirit is never portrayed in Revelation as sitting on a throne, ruling, judging, receiving worship and adoration, or even sacrificing Himself to save fallen humanity.Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit has a very important role to play in the plan of salvation.  


Ellen White agreed, recommending John 17 as our only church creed.


1850: Christ and the Father are personal beings with tangible form (Early Writings, pp. 54, 77).

Jesus was humble and teachable, not merely willing but anxious to do His Father's will.

He was sealed with the Spirit (see John 6:27). The Spirit's sealing was a sign that He fully and whollybelonged to God and was under His direction. No one else but the owner of the seal had the right of access to Him. He was fully committed to His Father's will and way.

The Gift of Prophecy: One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White . As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)" 

"In the life and ministry of Ellen G White (1827-1915), we see God's promise fulfilled to provide the remnant church with the 'spirit of prophecy.' Although Ellen G White did not claim the title 'prophet,' we believe she did the work of a prophet, and more. She said: 'My commission embraces the work of a prophet, but it does not end there' (Selected Messages, Book One, p 36); 'If others call me by that name [prophetess], I have no controversy with them' (ibid., p 34); 'My work includes much more than this name signifies. I regard myself as a messenger, entrusted by the Lord with messages for His people' (ibid., p 36)." 

"Before the entrance of evil there was peace and joy throughout the universe. All was in perfect harmony with the Creator's will. Love for God was supreme, love for one another impartial. Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father,--one in nature, in character, and in purpose,--the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. By Christ the Father wrought in the creation of all heavenly beings. 'By Him were all things created, that are in heaven, . . . whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers' (Colossians 1:16); and to Christ, equally with the Father, all heaven gave allegiance." (The Great Controversy, 1911 edition, page 493, paragraph 1.)

"In order that the human family might have no excuse because of temptation, Christ became one with them. The onlybeing who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenter's bench with his earthly parent. He lived the life which he requires of all who claim to be his children. Thus was cut off the powerful argument of Satan that God required of humanity a self-denial and subjection that he would not himself render. The weapons that Satan designed to use against God, were taken from his hands.

"Christ became a man that he might mediate between man and God. He clothed his divinity with humanity, he associated with the human race, that with his human arm he might encircle humanity,and with his divine arm grasp the throne of Divinity. And this humiliation on his part was that he might restore to man the original mind, the image of God, which he lost in Eden through Satan's alluring temptations, that man might realize that it is for his present and eternal good to obey the requirements of God. Disobedience is not in accordance with the nature which God gave to man in Eden." (The Signs of the Times, 10-14-1897, "That We Might Be Partakers of the Divine Nature," paragraphs 3 and 5.)


"The earth was dark through misapprehension of God. That the gloomy shadows might be lightened, that the world might be brought back to God, Satan's deceptive power was to be broken. This could not be done by force. The exercise of force is contrary to the principles of God's government; He desires only the service of love; and love cannot be commanded; it cannot be won by force or authority. Only by love is love awakened. To know God is to love Him; His character must be manifested in contrast to the character of Satan. This work only one Being in all the universe could do. Only He who knew the height and depth of the love of God could make it known. Upon the world's dark night the Sun of Righteousness must rise, 'with healing in His wings.' Mal. 4:2.


"The plan for our redemption was not an afterthought, a plan formulated after the fall of Adam. It was a revelation of 'the mystery which hath been kept in silence through times eternal.' Rom. 16:25, R. V. It was an unfolding of the principles that from eternal ages have been the foundation of God's throne. From the beginning, God and Christ knew of the apostasy of Satan, and of the fall of man through the deceptive power of the apostate. God did not ordain that sin should exist, but He foresaw its existence, and made provision to meet the terrible emergency. So great was His love for the world, that He covenanted to give His only-begotten Son, 'that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' John 3:16.
"Lucifer had said, 'I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; . . . I will be like the Most High.' Isa. 14:13, 14. But Christ, 'being in the form of God, counted it not a thing to be grasped to be on an equality with God, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.' Phil. 2:6, 7, R. V., margin.


"This was a voluntary sacrifice. Jesus might have remained at the Father's side. He might have retained the glory of heaven, and the homage of the angels. But He chose to give back the scepter into the Father's hands, and to step down from the throne of the universe, that He might bring light to the benighted, and life to the perishing.
[...]
"By His humanity, Christ touched humanity; by His divinity, He lays hold upon the throne of God. [...]
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[...] "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[...]" (The Desire of Ages, page 21 paragraph 2, page 22 paragraphs 1-4, page 24 paragraph 3, and page 25 paragraph 3.)
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There is so much anti-Trinitarianism just in the above few excerpts from Ellen G. White's The Desire of Ages,     separating "God" and "Christ". She even teaches that Jesus left "the Father's side," that He gave "back the scepter into the Father's hands," and that He stepped "down from the throne of the universe"! These statements are incredibly anti-trinitarian, and blatantly teach a Sovereign God and Jesus as a lesser God, though equal to the God. Then we see that the teaching of a "coregency" comes from Ellen White's writings, as she says that Jesus only "shares" the throne of the universe. And then she denies that Jesus is THE God by teaching that He is just a middleman between "God" and men, saying that He is "the Daysman between God and humanity, laying His hand upon both." Now let's look at some more excerpts from The Desire of Ages:


[...] "So in heaven's council the hour for the coming of Christ had been determined. When the great clock of time pointed to that hour, Jesus was born in Bethlehem." (The Desire of Ages, page 32, paragraph 1.)

"The story of Bethlehem is an exhaustless theme. In it is hidden 'the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God.' Rom. 11:33. We marvel at the Saviour's sacrifice in exchanging the throne of heaven for the manger, and the companionship of adoring angels for the beasts of the stall. Human pride and self-sufficiency stand rebuked in His presence. Yet this was but the beginning of His wonderful condescension. It would have been an almost infinite humiliation for the Son of God to take man's nature, even when Adam stood in his innocence in Eden. But Jesus accepted humanity when the race had been weakened by four thousand years of sin. Like every child of Adam He accepted the results of the working of the great law of heredity. What these results were is shown in the history of His earthly ancestors. He came with such a heredity to share our sorrows and temptations, and to give us the example of a sinless life.

"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.

"The heart of the human father yearns over his son. He looks into the face of his little child, and trembles at the thought of life's peril. He longs to shield his dear one from Satan's power, to hold him back from temptation and conflict. To meet a bitterer conflict and a more fearful risk, God gave His only-begotten Son, that the path of life might be made sure for our little ones. 'Herein is love.' Wonder, O heavens! and be astonished, O earth!" (The Desire of Ages, page 48 paragraph 5-page 49 paragraph 2.)

"Such was the Saviour's reception when He came to the earth. There seemed to be no place of rest or safety for the infant Redeemer. God could not trust His beloved Son with men, even while carrying forward His work for their salvation. He commissioned angels to attend Jesus and protect Him till He should accomplish His mission on earth, and die by the hands of those whom He came to save." (The Desire of Ages, page 67, paragraph 1.)

Again, we find the teaching of a divine "council" which, as we can see, comes from White's writings, and also her lowering of Jesus Christ. Also notice that the teaching that Jesus gave up "the throne" also comes from Ellen White's writings.

"At the birth of Jesus, Satan knew that One had come with a divine commission to dispute his dominion. He trembled at the angel's message attesting the authority of the newborn King. Satan well knew the position that Christ had held in heaven as the Beloved of the Father. That the Son of God should come to this earth as a man filled him with amazement and with apprehension. He could not fathom the mystery of this great sacrifice. His selfish soul could not understand such love for the deceived race. The glory and peace of heaven, and the joy of communion with God, were but dimly comprehended by men; but they were well known to Lucifer, the covering cherub. Since he had lost heaven, he was determined to find revenge by causing others to share his fall. This he would do by causing them to undervalue heavenly things, and to set the heart upon things of earth.
[...]

"At the Saviour's baptism, Satan was among the witnesses. He saw the Father's glory overshadowing His Son. He heard the voice of Jehovah testifying to the divinity of Jesus. Ever since Adam's sin, the human race had been cut off from direct communion with God; the intercourse between heaven and earth had been through Christ; but now that Jesus had come 'in the likeness of sinful flesh' (Rom. 8:3), the Father Himself spoke. He had before communicated with humanity through Christ; now He communicated with humanity in Christ. Satan had hoped that God's abhorrence of evil would bring an eternal separation between heaven and earth. But now it was manifest that the connection between God     and man had been restored.

"When Jesus entered the wilderness, He was shut in by the Father's glory. Absorbed in communion with God, He was lifted above human weakness. But the glory departed, and He was left to battle with temptation. It was pressing upon Him every moment. His human nature shrank from the conflict that awaited Him. For forty days He fasted and prayed. Weak and emaciated from hunger, worn and haggard with mental agony, 'His visage was so marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men.' Isa. 52:14. Now was Satan's opportunity. Now he supposed that he could overcome Christ.

"There came to the Saviour, as if in answer to His prayers, one in the guise of an angel from heaven. He claimed to have a commission from God to declare that Christ's fast was at an end. As God had sent an angel to stay the hand of Abraham from offering Isaac, so, satisfied with Christ's willingness to enter the bloodstained path, the Father had sent an angel to deliver Him; this was the message brought to Jesus. The Saviour was faint from hunger, He was craving for food, when Satan came suddenly upon Him. Pointing to the stones which strewed the desert, and which had the appearance of loaves, the tempter said, 'If Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.'

"The words from heaven, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased' (Matt. 3:17), were still sounding in the ears of Satan. But he was determined to make Christ disbelieve this testimony. The word of God was Christ's assurance of His divine mission. He had come to live as a man among men, and it was the word that declared His connection with heaven. It was Satan's purpose to cause Him to doubt that wordIf Christ's confidence in God could be shaken, Satan knew that the victory in the whole controversy would be his. He could overcome Jesus. He hoped that under the force of despondency and extreme hunger, Christ would lose faith in His Father, and work a miracle in His own behalf. Had He done this, the plan of salvation would have been broken.

"When Satan and the Son of God first met in conflict, Christ was the commander of the heavenly hosts; and Satan, the leader of revolt in heaven, was cast out. Now their condition is apparently reversed, and Satan makes the most of his supposed advantage. One of the most powerful of the angels, he says, has been banished from heaven. The appearance of Jesus indicates that He is that fallen angel, forsaken by God, and deserted by man. A divine being would be able to sustain his claim by working a miracle; 'if Thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.' Such an act of creative power, urges the tempter, would be conclusive evidence of divinity. It would bring the controversy to an end.


"Not without a struggle could Jesus listen in silence to the arch-deceiver. But the Son of God was not to prove His divinity to Satan, or to explain the reason of His humiliation. By conceding to the demands of the rebel, nothing for the good of man or the glory of God would be gained. Had Christ complied with the suggestion of the enemy, Satan would still have said, Show me a sign that I may believe you to be the Son of God. Evidence would have been worthless to break the power of rebellion in his heart. And Christ was not to exercise divine power for His own benefit. He had come to bear trial as we must do, leaving us an example of faith and submission. Neither here nor at any subsequent time in His earthly life did He work a miracle in His own behalf. His wonderful works were all for the good of others. Though Jesus recognized Satan from the beginning, He was not provoked to enter into controversy with him. Strengthened with the memory of the voice from heaven, He rested in His Father's love. He would not parley with temptation.

"Jesus met Satan with the words of Scripture. 'It is written,' He said. In every temptation the weapon of His warfare was the word of God. Satan demanded of Christ a miracle as a sign of His divinity. But that which is greater than all miracles, a firm reliance upon a 'Thus saith the Lord,' was a sign that could not be controverted. So long as Christ held to this position, the tempter could gain no advantage.

"Jesus rested upon the wisdom and strength of His heavenly Father. [...]

"'The prince of this world cometh,' said Jesus, 'and hath nothing in Me.' John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan's sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us. Christ's humanity was united with divinity; He was fitted for the conflict by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And He came to make us partakers of the divine nature. So long as we are united to Him by faith, sin has no more dominion over us. God reaches for the hand of faith in us to direct it to lay fast hold upon the divinity of Christ, that we may attain to perfection of character.

"And how this is accomplished, Christ has shown us. By what means did He overcome in the conflict with Satan? By the word of God. Only by the word could He resist temptation[...]" (The Desire of Ages, page 115, paragraph 2; page 116, paragraph 2; page 118, paragraphs 1-2; page 119 paragraph 1-page 120 paragraph 1; and page 123, paragraphs     2-4.)

Again, we see more of Ellen White's lowering of Jesus Christ and separating Him from the "Sovereign God." First, she talks about "the position that Christ had held in heaven as the Beloved of the Father"--clearly denying the fact that He is God. Then she says that humanity had been "cut off from direct communion with God" and that instead, "the intercourse between heaven and earth had been through Christ"--again, blatantly denying that He is the invisible eternal Sovereign God! Then she says that at first in the wilderness Jesus was "shut in by the     Father's glory" and that it was only through "communion with God" that He could be "lifted above human weakness," but that even the Father's glory "departed" from around Him and He was left all alone--just a mere man--"to battle with temptation." Again, this is totally denying that Jesus Christ is the Sovereign GOD. Then we see that the wilderness temptation comes directly from Ellen White's writings, where she says that the devil came, "as if in answer to His prayers," "in the guise of an angel from heaven" and claiming that he had "a commission from God to declare that Christ's fast was at an end" and that, "As God had sent an angel to stay the hand of Abraham from offering Isaac, so, satisfied with Christ's willingness to enter the bloodstained path, the Father had sent an angel to deliver Him." This scenario would not even be possible within the concept of Trinitarianism.

 

And she goes on to say that "Christ" had to cling to the Father's words which were Christ's "assurance" and "that declared His connection with heaven"--but that Satan knew that if "Christ's confidence in God could be shaken," that Satan would win "the great controversy" and that he "could overcome Jesus." And she says that Satan hoped that because "Christ" had "despondency and extreme hunger" that He would "lose faith in His Father"! Then she has Satan trying to "trick" Jesus into believing that He (Jesus!) is a "fallen angel" that has been "banished from heaven" rather than being "a divine being"! Then, at the end of that paragraph, she refers to her teaching that the "great controversy between Christ and Satan" (which supposedly began long before man was created) started due to the fact that Satan didn't believe/acknowledge that "the Son of God" is "divine"     (again, a ridiculously impossible scenario within the concept of Trinitarianism). Then she goes on to say that it was "the memory of the voice from heaven" that strengthened Christ and that He "rested upon the wisdom and strength of His heavenly Father." And then she totally denies that Christ was the Sovereign God, saying that His "humanity was united with divinity" by, and that "He was fitted for the conflict" by, "the indwelling of the Holy Spirit"--and that we can have the same experience by also being "partakers of the divine nature"! She is saying that Christ on earth was no more "the Sovereign God" than believers are! And then she says that, "Only by the word could He resist temptation."


"Satan now supposes that he has met Jesus on His own ground. The wily foe himself presents words that proceeded from the mouth of God. He still appears as an angel of light, and he makes it evident that he is acquainted with the Scriptures, and understands the import of what is written. As Jesus before used the word of God to sustain His faith, the tempter now uses it to countenance his deception. He claims that he has been only testing the fidelity of Jesus, and he now commends His steadfastness. As the Saviour has manifested trust in God, Satan urges Him to give still another evidence of His faith.

"But again the temptation is prefaced with the insinuation of distrust, 'If Thou be the Son of God.' Christ was tempted to answer the 'if;' but He refrained from the slightest acceptance of the doubt. He would not imperil His life in order to give evidence to Satan.
[...]

[...] "In their unbelief they sought to put Him to the test. And Satan was urging Christ to do the same thing. God had already testified that Jesus was His Son; and now to ask for proof that He was the Son of God would be putting God's word to the test,--tempting Him. And the same would be true of asking for that which God had not promised. It would manifest distrust, and be really proving, or tempting, Him. [...]
[...]
"Christ's mission could be fulfilled only through suffering. Before Him was a life of sorrow, hardship, and conflict, and an ignominious death. He must bear the sins of the whole world. He must endureseparation from His Father's love. Now the     tempter offered to yield up the power he had usurped. Christ might deliver Himself from the dreadful future by acknowledging the supremacy of Satan. But to do this was to yield the victory in the great controversy. It was in seeking to exalt himself above the Son of God that Satan had sinned in heaven. Should he prevail now, it would be the triumph of rebellion.
[...]
"So we may resist temptation, and force Satan to depart from us. Jesus gained the victory through submission and faith in God, and by the apostle He says to us, 'Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.' James 4:7, 8. We cannot save ourselves from the tempter's power; he has conquered humanity, and when we try to stand in our own strength, we shall become a prey to his devices; but 'the name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.' Prov. 18:10. Satan trembles and flees before the weakest soul who finds refuge in that mighty name.

"After the foe had departed, Jesus fell exhausted to the earth, with the pallor of death upon His face. The angels of heaven had watched the conflict, beholding their loved Commander as He passed through inexpressible suffering to make a way of escape for us. He had endured the test, greater than we shall ever be called to endure. The angels now ministered to the Son of God as He lay like one dying. He was strengthened with food, comforted with the message of His Father's love and the assurance that all heaven triumphed in His victoryWarming to life again, His great heart goes out in sympathy for man, and He goes forth to complete the work He has begun; to rest not until the foe is vanquished, and our fallen race redeemed.

"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. Then we shall cast our crowns at His feet, and raise the song, 'Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.' Rev. 5:12." (The Desire of Ages, page 124, paragraphs 2-3; page 125, paragraph 4; page 129, paragraph 3; and page 130 paragraph 4-page 131     paragraph 2.)

Again we see that she teaches the anti-Trinitarian concept that Satan was trying to trick Jesus into believing that he (satan) was an angel sent from "God" to "test" the "fidelity" and "faith" of "Jesus"! Then she makes it sound like Jesus needed to "pass the test" in order to earn God's approval to be the Savior! And she says that Jesus was dying, and that angels "comforted" Him with "the message of His Father's love and the assurance that all heaven triumphed in His victory"--totally denying His Sovereign deity and omniscience. Then Ellen White even calls Jesus "an exile from the heavenly courts" and says that He "took the risk of failure and eternal loss." "Jesus repelled the charge of blasphemy. My authority, He said, for doing the work of which you accuse Me, is that I am the Son of God, one with Him in nature, in will, and in purposeIn all His works of creation and providence, I co-operate with God. 'The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do.' The priests and rabbis were taking the Son of God to task for the very work He had been sent into the world to do. By their sins they had separated themselves from God, and in their pride were moving independently of Him. They felt sufficient in themselves for all things, and realized no need of a higher wisdom to direct their acts. But the Son of God was surrendered to the Father's will, and dependent upon His powerSo utterly was Christ emptied of self that He made no plans for Himself. He accepted God's plans for Him, and day by day the Father unfolded His plansSo should we depend upon God, that our lives may be the simple outworking of His will.
[...]
"The humble Nazarene asserts His real nobility. He rises above humanity, throws off the guise of sin and shame, and stands revealed, the Honored of the angels, the Son of God, One with the Creator of the universe. His hearers are spellbound. No man has ever spoken words like His, or borne himself with such a kingly majesty. [...] (The Desire of Ages, page 208 paragraph 2 and page 210 paragraph 1.)

"When Jesus was awakened to meet the storm, He was in perfect peace. There was no trace of fear in word or look, for no fear was in His heart. But He rested not in the possession of almighty power. It was not as the 'Master of earth and sea and sky' that He reposed in quiet. That power He had laid down, and He says, 'I can of Mine own self do nothing.' John 5:30. He trusted in the Father's might. It was in faith--faith in God's love and care--that Jesus rested, and the power of that word which stilled the storm was the power of God." (The Desire of Ages, page 336, paragraph 1.)

[...] "They are to contend with supernatural forces, but they are assured of supernatural help. All the intelligences of heaven are in this army. And more than angels are in the ranks. The Holy Spirit, the representative of the Captain of the Lord's host, comes down to direct the battle. Our infirmities may be many, our sins and mistakes grievous; but the grace of God is for all who seek it with contrition. The power of Omnipotence is enlisted in behalf of those who trust in God." (The Desire of Ages, page 352, paragraph 2.)

"Though now He has ascended to the presence of God, and shares the throne of the universe, Jesus has lost none of His compassionate nature. Today the same tender, sympathizing heart is open to all the woes of humanity. Today the hand that was pierced is reached forth to bless more abundantly His people that are in the world. [...]
[...]

"However much a shepherd may love his sheep, he loves his sons and daughters more. Jesus is not only our shepherd; He is our 'everlasting Father.' And He says, 'I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me, even as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father.' John 10:14, 15, R. V. What a statement is this!--the only-begotten Son, He who is in the bosom of the Father, He whom God has declared to be 'the Man that is My fellow' (Zech. 13:7),--the communion between Him and the eternal God is taken to represent the communion between Christ and His children on the earth!" (The Desire of Ages, page 480 paragraph 5 and page 483 paragraph 2.)

"'If any man serve Me,' said Jesus, 'let him follow Me; and where I am, there shall also My servant be: if any man serve Me, him will My Father honor.' All who have borne with Jesus the cross of sacrifice will be sharers with Him of His glory. It was the joy of Christ in His humiliation and pain that His disciples should be glorified with Him. They are the fruit of His self-sacrifice. The outworking in them of His own character and spirit is His reward, and will be His joy throughout eternity. This joy they share with Him as the fruit of their labor and sacrifice is seen in other hearts and lives. They are workers together with Christ, and the Father will honor them as He honors His Son." (The Desire of Ages, page 624,     paragraph 2.)

Notice that Ellen White points out Jesus, and says that He is only "one with" "God" in "nature," "will," and "purpose" and that He "co-operates" with God in "all His works," including creation (thus the teaching of "co-creators" comes from Ellen     White, also). Then she says that "Christ" was "dependent upon" the Father's "power" and that He had so emptied Himself that He "made no plans for Himself" and that He didn't even know what "the Father's" plans for Him were until He unfolded them to Him each day (again denying that Christ is the Sovereign deity and omniscience). Then she says that Jesus had a "guise of sin and shame" and that He is only "One with the Creator of the universe" rather than actually being the Creator of the universe! Then, in the next quote, White says that Jesus did not rest "in the possession of almighty power," because He had "laid down" His power, and that it was instead the power of "God" that calmed the storm! So again we see that according to Ellen White, "Jesus" is certainly not God! And in the next quote she makes the Holy Spirit separate from, and lesser than, "Christ." Then in the next quote White again says that Jesus only "shares" the throne of the universe, but that He didn't even "share" it while on earth, and Ellen White also says what Jesus says in John 10 and denies that He is the eternal God! Then she says that Jesus' followers will be "sharers with Him of His glory" and that "the Father will honor them as He honors His Son"! These statements blaspheme the Trinitarian, Triune God the Son. "Jesus had been earnestly conversing with His disciples and instructing them; but as He neared Gethsemane, He became strangely silent. He had often visited this spot for meditation and prayer; but never with a heart so full of sorrow as upon this night of His last agony. Throughout His life on earth He had walked in the light of God's presence. When in conflict with men who were inspired by the very spirit of Satan, He could say, 'He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him.' John 8:29. But now He seemed to be shut out from the light of God's sustaining presence. Now He was numbered with the transgressors. The guilt of fallen humanity He must bear. Upon Him who knew no sin must be laid the iniquity of us all. So dreadful does sin appear to Him, so great is the weight of guilt which He must bear, that He is tempted to fear it will shut Him out forever from His Father's love. Feeling how terrible is the wrath of God against transgression, He exclaims, 'My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.'
[...]
"He went a little distance from them--not so far but that they could both see and hear Him--and fell prostrate upon the ground. He felt that by sin He was being separated from His Father. The gulf was so broad, so black, so deep, that His spirit shuddered before it. This agony He must not exert His divine power to escape. As man He must suffer the consequences of man's sin. As man He must endure the wrath of God against transgression.

"Christ was now standing in a different attitude from that in which He had ever stood before. His suffering can best be described in the words of the prophet, 'Awake, O sword, against My shepherd, and against the man that is My fellow, saith the Lord of hosts.' Zech. 13:7. As the substitute and surety for sinful man, Christ was suffering under divine justice. He saw what justice meant. Hitherto He had been as an intercessor for others; now He longed to have an intercessor for Himself.

"As Christ felt His unity with the Father broken up, He feared that in His human nature He would be unable to endure the coming conflict with the powers of darkness. In the wilderness of temptation the destiny of the human race had been at stake. Christ was then conqueror. Now the tempter had come for the last fearful struggle. For this he had been preparing during the three years of Christ's ministry. Everything was at stake with him. If he failed here, his hope of mastery was lost; the kingdoms of the world would finally become Christ's; he himself would be overthrown and cast out. But if Christ could be overcome, the earth would become Satan's kingdom, and the human race would be forever in his power. With the issues of the conflict before Him, Christ's soul was filled with dread of separation from God. Satan told Him that if He became the surety for a sinful world, the separation would be eternal. He would be identified with Satan's kingdom, and would nevermore be one with God.
[...]
"Behold Him contemplating the price to be paid for the human soul. In His agony He clings to the cold ground, as if to prevent Himself from being drawn farther from God. The chilling dew of night falls upon His prostrate form, but He heeds it not. From His pale lips comes the bitter cry, 'O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me.' Yet even now He adds, 'Nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt.'

"The human heart longs for sympathy in suffering. This longing Christ felt to the very depths of His being. In the supreme agony of His soul He came to His disciples with a yearning desire to hear some words of comfort from those whom He had so often blessed and comforted, and shielded in sorrow and distress. The One who had always had words of sympathy for them was now suffering superhuman agony, and He longed to know that they were praying for Him and for themselves. How dark seemed the malignity of sin! Terrible was the temptation to let the human race bear the consequences of its own guilt, while He stood innocent before God. If He could only know that His disciples understood and appreciated this, He would be strengthened.
[...]
"The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption. The powers of good and evil waited to see what
answer would come to Christ's thrice-repeated prayer. Angels had longed to bring relief to the divine sufferer, but this might not be. No way of escape was found for the Son of God. In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, when the mysterious cup trembled in the hand of the sufferer, the heavens opened, a light shone forth amid the stormy darkness of the crisis hour, and the mighty angel who stands in God's presence, occupying the position from which Satan fell, came to the side of Christ. The angel came not to take the cup from Christ's hand, but to strengthen Him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father's love. He came to give power to the divine-human suppliant. He pointed Him to the open heavens, telling Him of the souls that would be saved as the result of His sufferings. He assured Him that His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan, that His death would result in the utter discomfiture of Satan, and that the kingdom of this world would be given to the saints of the Most High. He told Him that He would see of the travail of His soul, and be satisfied, for He would see a multitude of the human race saved, eternally saved." (The Desire of Ages, page 685, paragraph 2; page 686, paragraphs 3-5; page 687, paragraphs 2-3; and page 693, paragraph 3.)

The above statements by White in The Desire of Ages are incredibly blasphemous IF Ellen White was indeed a Trinitarian believer. She even goes so far as to say that Christ "longed to have an intercessor for Himself"!!! An intercessor between Himself and..."God"?! She is totally denying that Jesus is God. Then she says that as Christ "felt His unity with the Father broken up" that He "feared" that He would "be unable to endure the coming conflict with the powers of darkness." Then she says that His "soul was filled with dread of separation from God" and that "Satan told Him that if He became the surety for a sinful world, the separation would be eternal. He would be identified with Satan's kingdom, and would nevermore be one with God." This shows very clearly that by "one with God" she does not mean that Jesus actually is the one God, just that He is "one in purpose" etc. with God! Then she makes the disgustingly blasphemous statement to a Trinitarian believer, "In His agony He clings to the cold ground, as if to prevent Himself from being drawn farther from God." And then notice that according to Ellen White, Jesus even needed an angel to "assure" Him that "His Father is greater and more powerful than Satan"! (And notice that there is no mention of Jesus being "greater and more powerful than Satan, if he so chose to assert his own will instead of His Fathers will"!)

"The people of Israel had made their choice. Pointing to Jesus they had said, 'Not this man, but Barabbas.' Barabbas, the robber and murderer, was the representative of Satan. Christ was the representative of God. Christ had been rejected; Barabbas had been chosen. Barabbas they were to have. In making this choice they accepted him who from the beginning was a liar and a murderer. Satan was their leader. As a nation they would act out his dictation. His works they would do. His rule they must endure. That people who chose Barabbas in the place of Christ were to feel the cruelty of Barabbas as long as time should last." (The Desire of Ages, page 738, paragraph 5.)

"In another prophecy the Saviour declared, 'Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink.' Ps. 69:20, 21. To those who suffered death by the cross, it was permitted to give a stupefying potion, to deaden the sense of pain. This was offered to Jesus; but when He had tasted it, He refused it. He would receive nothing that could becloud His mind. His faith must keep fast hold upon God. This was His only strength. To becloud His senses would give Satan an advantage.

"The enemies of Jesus vented their rage upon Him as He hung upon the cross. Priests, rulers, and scribes joined with the mob in mocking the dying Saviour. At the baptism and at the transfiguration the voice of God had been heard proclaiming Christ as His Son. Again, just before Christ's betrayal, the Father had spoken, witnessing to His divinity. But now the voice from heaven was silent. No testimony in Christ's favor was heard. Alone He suffered abuse and mockery from wicked men.
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"Upon Christ as our substitute and surety was laid the iniquity of us all. He was counted a transgressor, that He might redeem us from the condemnation of the law. The guilt of every descendant of Adam was pressing upon His heart. The wrath of God against sin, the terrible manifestation of His displeasure because of iniquity, filled the soul of His Son with consternation. All His life Christ had been publishing to a fallen world the good news of the Father's mercy and pardoning love. Salvation for the chief of sinners was His theme. But now with the terrible weight of guilt He bears, He cannot see the Father's reconciling face. The withdrawal of the divine countenance from the Saviour in this hour of supreme anguish pierced His heart with a sorrow that can never be fully understood by man. So great was this agony that His physical pain was hardly felt.

"Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus. The Saviour could not see through the portals of the tomb. Hope did not present to Him His coming forth from the grave a conqueror, or tell Him of the Father's acceptance of the sacrifice. He feared that sin was so offensive to God that Their separation was to be eternal. Christ felt the anguish which the sinner will feel when mercy shall no longer plead for the guilty race. It was the sense of sin, bringing the Father's wrath upon Him as man's substitute, that made the cup He drank so bitter, and broke the heart of the Son of God.
[...]
[...] "And all that He endured--the blood drops that flowed from His head, His hands, His feet, the agony that racked His frame, and the unutterable anguish that filled His soul at the hiding of His Father's face--speaks to each child of humanity, declaring, It is for thee that the Son of God consents to bear this burden of guilt; for thee He spoils the domain of death, and opens the gates of Paradise. [...]
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"Amid the awful darkness, apparently forsaken of God, Christ had drained the last dregs in the cup of human woe. In those dreadful hours He had relied upon the evidence of His Father's acceptance heretofore given Him. He was acquainted with the character of His Father; He understood His justice, His mercy, and His great love. By faith He rested in Him whom it had ever been His joy to obey. And as in submission He committed Himself to God, the sense of the loss of His Father's favor was withdrawn. By faith, Christ was victor." (The Desire of Ages, page 746, paragraphs 2-3; page 753, paragraphs 1-2; page 755, paragraph 1; and page 756, paragraph 3.)

First of all, White makes the blasphemous, anti-Trinitarian claim that just as Barabbas was the "representative" of Satan, so "Christ" was the "representative" of "God." Then she says that Christ was "alone" and without the Father, in harmony with Jesus' own words in John 16:32: "Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me." (NASB.) And it also brings to light 2 Corinthians 5:19 which says that "God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself," (NASB). And she even says that "Satan with his fierce temptations wrung the heart of Jesus" and that Jesus did not even know that He would be resurrected or that "the Father" would "accept" His sacrifice! She also says that Jesus even gave into Satan's temptation that she mentioned earlier in the book and "feared that sin was so offensive to God that Their separation was to be eternal"! Then she totally makes Jesus lower/lesser than the Father and denies he is the Sovereign God and omniscience, saying that Jesus had to rely "upon the evidence of His Father's acceptance heretofore given Him" and that He was "was acquainted with the character of His Father" and, "By faith He rested in Him whom it had ever been His joy to obey." Ellen White's teachings are certainly not Trinitarianism or monotheism.

And here are some final excerpts from The Desire of Ages:

"When Jesus came into the world, Satan's power was turned against Him. From the time when He appeared as a babe in Bethlehem, the usurper worked to bring about His destruction. In every possible way he sought to prevent Jesus from developing a perfect childhood, a faultless manhood, a holy ministry, and an unblemished sacrifice. But he was defeated. He could not lead Jesus into sin. He could not discourage Him, or drive Him from a work He had come on earth to do. From the desert to Calvary, the storm of Satan's wrath beat upon Him, but the more mercilessly it fell, the more firmly did the Son of God cling to the hand of His Father, and press on in the bloodstained path. All the efforts of Satan to oppress and overcome Him only brought out in a purer light His spotless character." (The Desire of Ages, page 759, paragraph 4.)

"Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father. He ascended to the heavenly courts, and from God Himself heard the assurance that His atonement for the sins of men had been ample, that through His blood all might gain eternal life. The Father ratified the covenant made with Christ, that He would receive repentant and obedient men, and would love them even as He loves His Son. Christ was to complete His work, and fulfill His pledge to 'make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.' Isa. 13:12. All power in heaven and on earth was given to the Prince of Life, and He returned to His followers in a world of sin, that He might impart to them of His power and glory.

"While the Saviour was in God's presence, receiving gifts for His church, the disciples thought upon His empty tomb, and mourned and wept. [...]" (The Desire of Ages, page 790, paragaphs 3-4.)

"There is the throne, and around it the rainbow of promise. There are cherubim and seraphim. The commanders of the angel hosts, the sons of God, the representatives of the unfallen worlds, are assembled. The heavenly council before which Lucifer had accused God and His Son, the representatives of those sinless realms over which Satan had thought to establish his dominion,--all are there to welcome the Redeemer. They are eager to celebrate His triumph and to glorify their King. "But He waves them back. Not yet; He cannot now receive the coronet of glory and the royal robe. He enters into the presence of His Father. He points to His wounded head, the pierced side, the marred feet; He lifts His hands, bearing the print of nails. He points to the tokens of His triumph; He presents to God the wave sheaf, those raised with Him as representatives of that great multitude who shall come forth from the grave at His second coming. He approaches the Father, with whom there is joy over one sinner that repents; who rejoices over one     with singing. Before the foundations of the earth were laid, the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan. They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge that Christ should become the surety for the human race. This pledge Christ has fulfilled. When upon the cross He cried out, 'It is finished,' He addressed the Father. The compact had been fully carried out. Now He declares: Father, it is finished. I have done Thy will, O My God. I have completed the work of redemption. If Thy justice is satisfied, 'I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.' John 19:30; 17:24.

"The voice of God is heard proclaiming that justice is satisfied. Satan is vanquished. Christ's toiling, struggling ones on earth are 'accepted in the Beloved.' Eph. 1:6. Before the heavenly angels and the representatives of unfallen worlds, they are declared justified. Where He is, there His church shall be. 'Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.' Ps. 85:10. The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, 'Let all the angels of God worship Him.' Heb. 1:6." (The Desire of Ages, page 834, paragraphs 1-3.)

If you are a Trinitarian, the above excerpts from The Desire of Ages are just full of sickening heresy. First, Ellen White says that "the Son of God" had to "cling to the hand of His Father," as if He was some sort of demigod who was frail and helpless! Then she actually states that "Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He had the assurance that His sacrifice was accepted by the Father"!! And she says that He had to ascend to "the heavenly courts" and hear from "God Himself" the "assurance" that His sacrifice was "accepted" and good enough!! Then she says that at His ascension everyone in heaven wants to celebrate Christ's triumph and glorify Him, but that He won't let them and He "waves them back" and tells them, "Not yet;" that "He cannot now receive the coronet of glory and the royal robe." Then she says that "He approaches the Father" and that "the Father and the Son had united in a covenant to redeem man if he should be overcome by Satan" and that, "They had clasped Their hands in a solemn pledge" and that, "The compact had been fully carried out." Then she says that even in heaven, even with her "Son" God in the "physical" presence of her "Father" God, the "Son" god still doesn't even know if "God"'s justice has been "satisfied" by the "Son" God's sacrifice! Then "God" finally clues him in and tells the "Son" god that justice is satisfied. And then she says, "The Father's arms encircle His Son, and the word is given, 'Let all the angels of God worship Him.' Heb. 1:6." Hebrews 1:6 actually states that He says this "when he brings the firstborn into the world," (ESV). Also, notice Ellen White's totally corporeal "Father" God. Also, according to the dictionary, a "coronet" (which she has "Christ" about to receive in the above quote) is a type of crown worn by those who are inferior to the sovereign. And she even makes it sound like there is a "heavenly council" which is above "God and His Son" "before which" "Lucifer" could accuse them. All of these statements from The Desire of Ages are nowhere near the Trinitarian/monotheistic worldview! They are part of a completely different paradigm--the anti-trinitarian worldview.

"It was to redeem us that Jesus lived and suffered and died. He became 'a Man of Sorrows,' that we might be made partakers of everlasting joy. God permitted His beloved Son, full of grace and truth, to come from a world of indescribable glory, to a world marred and blighted with sin, darkened with the shadow of death and the curse. He permitted Him to leave the bosom of His love, the adoration of the angels, to suffer shame, insult, humiliation, hatred, and death. 'The chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.' Isaiah 53:5. Behold Him in the wilderness, in Gethsemane, upon the cross! The spotless Son of God took upon Himself the burden of sin. He who had been one with God, felt in His soul the awful separation that sin makes between God and man. This wrung from His lips the anguished cry, 'My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?' Matthew 27:46. It was the burden of sin, the sense of its terrible enormity, of its separation of the soul from God--it was this that broke the heart of the Son of God." (Steps to Christ, page 13, paragraph 1.)

In the above quote from Steps to ChristEllen White makes according to Trinity believers a blasphemous claim that "God" "permitted" His "Son" to "leave the bosom of His love" and "the adoration of the angels." And then she says that the Son "had been" "one with" God, but then He no longer was. 

"Christ might have continued to abide in the heavenly courts, clothed in garments whiter than the whitest white, and sitting as a prince at God's right hand. He was not compelled to step down from the throne, to lay aside His royal robe and kingly crown, and come to this earth to receive hatred, abuse, rejection, scourging, and a crown of thorns. The humiliation that He endured, He endured voluntarily, to save a world from eternal ruin." (Manuscript Releases, Volume 12, page 397, paragraph 2.)

"Jesus refused to receive the homage of His people until He knew that His sacrifice had been accepted by the Father, and until He had received the assurance from God Himself that His atonement for the sins of His people had been full and ample, that through His blood they might gain eternal life. Jesus immediately ascended to heaven and presented Himself before the throne of God, showing the marks of shame and cruelty upon His brow, His hands and feet. But he refused to receive the coronet of glory, and the royal robe, and He also refused the adoration of the angels as He had refused the homage of Mary, until the Father signified that His offering was accepted.

"He also had a request to prefer concerning His chosen ones upon earth. He wished to have the relation clearly defined that His redeemed should hereafter sustain to heaven, and to His Father. His church must be justified and accepted before He could accept heavenly honor. He declared it to be His will that where He was, there His church should be; if He was to have glory, His people must share it with Him. They who suffer with Him on earth must finally reign with Him in His kingdom. In the most explicit manner Christ pleaded for His church, identifying His interest with theirs, and advocating, with love and constancy stronger than death, their rights and titles gained through Him.

"God's answer to this appeal goes forth in the proclamation: 'Let all the angels of God worship him.' Every angelic commander obeys the royal mandate, and Worthy, worthy is the Lamb that was slain; and that lives again a triumphant conqueror! echoes and re-echoes through all heaven. The innumerable company of angels prostrate themselves before the Redeemer. The request of Christ is granted; the church is justified through Him, its representative and head. Here the Father ratifies the contract with His Son, that He will be reconciled to repentant and obedient men, and take them into divine favor through the merits of Christ. Christ guarantees that He will make a man 'more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.' All power in heaven and on earth is now given to the Prince of life; yet He does not for a moment forget His poor disciples in a sinful world, but prepares to return to them, that He may impart to them His power and glory. Thus did the Redeemer of mankind, by the sacrifice of Himself, connect earth with heaven, and finite man with the infinite God (3SP 202, 203)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 5, page 1150, paragraphs 3-5.)

"Christ was crucified; but he rose from the dead, appeared to his disciples, and ascended to heaven, escorted by myriads of heavenly beings. At the Father's throne he received the assurance that his sacrifice was accepted, and that the world that had been divorced from God by sin, was drawn across the gulf. Receiving Christ as a sin-pardoning Saviour, man might become an heir of God, and a joint heir with Christ; 'for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'" (The Youth's Instructor, 03-29-1900, "John the Beloved," paragraph 5.)

In the first quote, not only does Ellen White teach and hold to her anti-trinitarian views that Jesus left heaven and "step[ped] down from the throne," but she also teaches that He was corporeal, before the incarnation. And she even says that He was "sitting as a prince at God's right hand"--totally denying that He, himself, was the supreme Sovereign King of the universe! And in the last two quotes, we see similar teachings to what she says in The Desire of Ages, and she even states that Jesus "refused the adoration of the angels" (and that He "had refused the homage of Mary"), "until the Father signified that His offering was accepted"!
"Oh, was there ever suffering and sorrow like that endured by the dying Saviour! It was the sense of his Father's displeasure which made his cup so bitter. It was not bodily suffering which so quickly ended the life of Christ upon the cross. It was the crushing weight of the sins of the world, and a sense of his Father's wrath that broke his heart. The Father's glory and sustaining presence had left him, and despair pressed its crushing weight of darkness upon him, and forced from his pale and quivering lips the anguished cry: 'My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'

"Jesus had united with the Father in making the world. Amid the agonizing sufferings of the Son of God, blind and deluded men alone remain unfeeling. The chief priests and elders revile God's dear Son while in his expiring agonies. Yet inanimate nature groans in sympathy with her bleeding, dying Author. The earth trembles. The sun refuses to behold the scene. The heavens gather blackness. Angels have witnessed the scene of suffering until they can look on no longer, and hide their faces from the horrid sight. Christ is in despair! He is dying! His Father's approving smile is removed, and angels are not permitted to lighten the gloom of the terrible hour. They could only behold in amazement their loved Commander suffering the penalty of man's transgression of the Father's law.

"Even doubts assailed the dying Son of God. He could not see through the portals of the tomb. Bright hope did not present to him his coming forth from the tomb a conqueror, and his Father's acceptance of his sacrifice. The sin of the world with all its terribleness was felt to the utmost by the Son of God. The displeasure of the Father for sin, and its penalty, which was death, were all that he could realize through this amazing darkness. He was tempted to fear that sin was so offensive in the sight of his Father that he could not be reconciled to his SonThe fierce temptation that his own Father had forever left him, caused that piercing cry from the cross 'My God, my God,     why hast thou forsaken me?'
[...]
"Faith and hope trembled in the expiring agonies of Christ, because God had removed the assurance he had heretofore given his beloved Son of his approbation and acceptance. The Redeemer of the world then relied upon the evidences which had hitherto strengthened him, that his Father accepted his labors and was pleased with his work. In his dying agony, as he yields up his precious life, he has by faith alone to trust in Him whom it has ever been his joy to obey. He is not cheered with clear, bright rays of hope on the right hand nor on the left. All is enshrouded in oppressive gloom. Amid the awful darkness which is felt even by sympathizing nature, the Redeemer drains the mysterious cup even to its dregs. Denied even bright hope and confidence in the triumph which will be his in the near future, he cries with a loud voice, 'Lord into thy hands I commit my spirit.' He is acquainted with the character of his Father, his justice, his mercy, and great love. In submission he drops into the hands of his Father. Amid the convulsions of nature are heard by the amazed spectators the dying words of the Man of Calvary, 'It is finished.'
[...]
"Some have limited views of the atonement. They think that Christ suffered only a small portion of the penalty of the law of God, and that while the wrath of God was felt by his dear Son, they suppose that he had, through all his painful sufferings, the evidence of his Father's love and acceptance, and that the portals of the tomb before him were illuminated with bright hope. Here is a great mistake. Christ's keenest anguish was a sense of his Father's displeasure. His mental agony because of this was of such intensity that man can have but faint conception of it.
[...]
"But bodily pain was only a small part of the agony of God's dear Son. The sins of the world were upon him, and also the sense of his Father's wrath as he suffered the penalty of the law. It was these thatcrushed his divine soul. It was the hiding of his Father's face, a sense that his own dear Father had forsaken him, which brought despairThe separation that sin makes between God and man was fully realized and keenly felt by the innocent, suffering Man of Calvary. He was oppressed by the powers of darkness. He had not one ray of light to brighten the future. And he was struggling with the power of Satan, who was declaring that Christ was in his hands, and that he was superior in strength to the Son of God, that God had disowned his Son, and that he was no longer in the favor of God any more than himself. If he was indeed still in favor with God, why need he die? God could save him from death." (The Signs of the Times, 02-15-1883, "The Love of Christ," paragraphs 1-3, 5, 12, and 14.)
Again, to the Trinitarian believer,  there are so many heretical statements in the above excerpts. She states that the Father's "glory" and "presence" "left" Christ. Then she says that "Jesus" and "the Father" "had united" "in making the world." Then she teaches the same heresies that we've already seen, saying that "doubts assailed" Jesus and that He had no "hope" that He would rise again, or that the "Father" would "accept" His sacrifice. Then she even states that Jesus "was tempted to fear that sin was so offensive in the sight of his Father that he could not be reconciled to his Son." Nowhere, to the Trinity believer, does the Bible even teach that the Father ever needed to be "reconciled" to His Son! This is absolute blasphemy, to the Trinity worshiper--the Father and the Son are one and the same God. Then Ellen White says that "God had removed the assurance he had heretofore given his beloved Son of his approbation and acceptance." Again, she totally makes Jesus lower/lesser than "God" and denies His omniscience. And notice where she says that Jesus was "Denied even bright hope and confidence in the triumph which will be his in the near future"--actually, Jesus' death on the Cross was His triumph, according to Colossians 2:15! And she even misquotes Jesus, and has Him saying "Lord" instead of "Father." White then goes on to say that those who refuse to deny the omniscience of Jesus Christ "have limited views of the atonement" and are making "a great mistake." Then she says that Christ's "divine soul" was "crushed" and again says that the Father hid His face from Him, that He had despair, and that "he was struggling with the power of Satan, who was declaring that Christ was in his hands, and that he was superior in strength to the Son of God, that God had disowned his Son, and that he was no longer in the favor of God any more than himself"!!! What utter, anti-Trinitarian, blasphemy!
"By loving words and by works of mercy, Christ bore down old traditions and man-made commandments, and presented     the love of the Father in its exhaustless fullness. His calm, earnest, musical voice fell like balm on the wounded spirit. He was revealing the image of God mirrored in himself. He presented to His hearers the truths of the prophecies, separating them from the obscure interpretations which the scribes and Pharisees had attached to them. He scattered the heavenly grains of truth wherever He went.
[...]
"Christ was accused of breaking the Sabbath by doing upon it works of healing. But He justified himself by stating that His work admitted of no interruption. He must work constantly, even as His Father works. It is by God's unfailing care that we are provided with daily food. Then should we not trust in Him who has undertaken our salvation. The knowledge that the Father and the Son are united in the work of redemption should give courage and hope to the most desponding.
[...]
"Christ threw back the charge of blasphemy, with the words, 'Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth Him all things that himself doeth.' My authority for the work that I am doing, He said, is the fact that I am God's Son, one with Him in nature, will, and purpose. I co-operate with Him in His work. My Father loves me, and communicates to me all His counsels. Nothing is planned by the Father in heaven that is not fully opened to the Son." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 03-05-1901, "Lessons from the Christ-Life," paragraphs 2, 7, and 10.)

"This was the reception the Saviour met as he came to a fallen world. He left his heavenly home, his majesty, and riches, and high command, and took upon himself humanity, that he might save the fallen race. Instead of glorifying God for the honor he had conferred upon humanity in thus sending his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, by giving him a place in their affections, there seemed to be no rest nor safety for the infant Saviour. Jehovah could not trust to the inhabitants of the world his Son, who came into the world that through his divine power he might redeem fallen man. He who came to bring life to man would meet, from the very ones he came to benefit, insult, hatred, and abuse. God could not trust the heavenly Messenger with men while carrying on his noble work for their salvation, and final exaltation to his own throneHe sent angels to attend him, and preserve his life, till his mission on earth should be accomplished, and he should die by the hands of the very men he came to save.
"From his childhood, Jesus conformed his life strictly to the Jewish laws. He manifested great wisdom in his youth. The grace and power of God were upon him. The word of the Lord, by the mouth of the prophet Isaiah, describes the office and work of Christ, and shows the sheltering care of God over his Son in his mission to earth, that the relentless hatred of men, inspired by Satan, should not be permitted to thwart the design of the great plan of salvation." (Redemption Or The First Advent Of Christ With His Life And Ministry, page 23 paragraph 2-page 24 paragraph 1.)

First, notice that Ellen White says that Christ was "revealing the image of God mirrored in himself"--separating     "Christ" and "God." Then, in the second quote, she says that Jesus "left his heavenly home, his majesty, and riches, and high command"--meaning he was no longer even a god. She also says that "Jehovah" could not trust His "Son," "the heavenly Messenger," with men and He had to send angels to "attend him" and "preserve his life" until "his mission" was accomplished. If Jesus was God why would He need "God" to send angels to "preserve his life"?! Ellen White is simply denying Jesus' is the Sovereign God. Jesus said that no one could take His life from Him ever: "I lay down My life so that I may take it again. No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative." (John 10:17b-18a NASB.) Also, notice that in Ellen White's quote, her "Jesus" is only the "Son" of "Jehovah," "the heavenly Messenger"-- rather than actually being Jehovah God Himself!


"Christ left His position in the heavenly courts, and came to this earth to live the life of human beings. This sacrifice He made in order to show that Satan's charge against God is false--that it is possible for man to obey the laws of God's kingdom. Equal with the Father, honored and adored by the angels, in our behalf Christ humbled Himself, and came to this earth to live a life of lowliness and poverty--to be a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Yet the stamp of divinity was upon His humanity. He came as a divine Teacher, to uplift human beings, to increase their physical, mental, and spiritual efficiency.

"There is no one who can explain the mystery of the incarnation of Christ. Yet we know that He came to this earth and lived as a man among men. The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty, yet Christ and the Father are one. The Deity did not sink under the agonizing torture of Calvary, yet it is nonetheless true that 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.'
"In every possible way Satan sought to prevent Jesus from developing a perfect childhood, a faultless manhood, a holy ministry, and an unblemished sacrifice. But he was defeated. He could not lead Jesus into sin. He could not discourage Him, or drive Him from the work He had come to this earth to do. From the desert to Calvary the storm of Satan's wrath beat upon Him, but the more mercilessly it fell, the more firmly did the Son of God cling to the hand of His Father, and press on in the blood-stained path (MS 140, 1903)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 5, page 1129 paragraph 6-page 1130 paragraph 1.)

Again, if you are a Trinitarian believer, we see Ellen White's heresy that Jesus left His "position" in "the heavenly courts" and only lived as a man on earth. Then she outright denies Jesus' is Jehovah, saying, "The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty"! That is an absolute lie and denies the deity of Jesus, no matter what exactly she meant by it. And again we see her heresy, if you are a Trinity believer that "the Son of God" had to "cling to the hand of His Father."


"Christ came to save fallen man, and Satan with fiercest wrath met him on the field of conflict; for the enemy knew that when divine strength was added to human weakness, man was armed with power and intelligence, and could break away from the captivity in which he had bound him. Satan sought to intercept every ray of light from the throne of God. He sought to cast his shadow across the earth, that men might lose the true views of God's character, and that the knowledge of God might become extinct in the earth. He had caused truth of vital importance to be so mingled with error that it had lost its significance. The law of Jehovah was burdened with needless exactions and traditions, and God was represented as severe, exacting, revengeful, and arbitrary. He was pictured as one who could take pleasure in the sufferings of his creatures. The very attributes that belonged to the character of Satan, the evil one represented as belonging to the character of God. Jesus came to teach men of the Father, to correctly represent him before the fallen children of earth. Angels could not fully portray the character of God, but Christ, who was a living impersonation of God, could not fail to accomplish the work. The only way in which he could set and keep men right was to make himself visible and familiar to their eyes. That men might have salvation he came directly to man, and became a partaker of his nature." (The Signs of the Times, 01-20-1890, "God Made Manifest in Christ," paragraph 6.)
"Heaven's councils decided that Christ, the great Teacher, must himself come to the world. [...]" (The Signs of the Times, 04-15-1897, "Christ the Restorer," paragraph 3.)

"In the heavenly councils it has been decided by what means and methods the grace of Christ shall prove effectual in saving the soul. And it is clear that unless the sinner consents to be drawn, unless he will cooperate with divine agencies, the end will not be attained. The work to be done is a united work. The divine and the human are to work together, and the sinner is to depend upon grace, while rendering willing obedience to the dictates of the Spirit of God. 'Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.'" (The Signs of the Times, 02-12-1894, "Co-operation With God a Necessity," paragraph 3.)

"If God had decided, in his councils in heaven, to visit the transgressors of his law with instant death, there would have resulted a much greater restriction of the inclination to do those things that are offensive to God. The very men who seem to be dead to entreaties and warnings sent in mercy by God, those who will not be deterred from their evil course of action, would be prudent to save their lives, even if they had no love for God. But the Lord's arrangement, made in council with his only begotten Son, was to leave men free moral agents to a certain length of probation. His eye would discern all their works, but he would compel no man's service. If the love displayed in his long-suffering and patience could not bring them to repentance and perfect surrender to the laws of his kingdom, then they must be left to choose whom they would serve. Their life must testify of their choice. If men love transgression, and choose to disregard his laws, after sufficient test and trial their case is forever decided. God cannot have such as members of his family in heaven. Their punishment will be in accordance with the character of their defiance and rebellion against God." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 12-21-1897, "The Limit of God's Mercy," paragraph 4.)

"In the councils of heaven it was decided that principles must be acted upon that would not at once destroy Satan's power; for it was God's purpose to place things upon an eternal basis of security. Time must be given for Satan to develop the principles which were the foundation of his government. The heavenly universe must see worked out the principles which Satan declared were superior to God's principles. God's order must be contrasted with Satan's order. The corrupting principles of Satan's rule must be revealed. The principles of righteousness expressed in God's law must be demonstrated as unchangeable, perfect, eternal." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 09-07-1897, "The Great Controversy," paragraph 10.)

"That which in the councils of heaven the Father and the Son deemed essential for the salvation of man, was defined from eternity by infinite truths which finite beings cannot fail to comprehend. Revelations have been made for their instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may glorify his own life and the lives of his fellow men, not only by the possession of truth, but by communicating it. [...]" (Fundamentals of Christian Education, page 408, paragraph 1.)
"In the councils of heaven before the creation of the world, when it was planned that man should people the earththere arose the question, What if man should sin, as Satan has sinned? Christ answered this questionThe infinite Son of God pledged Himself that if man should sin, He would give Himself, His life, as a ransom for the fallen race, taking upon Himself the transgression of humanity. The Innocent would bear the sins of the guilty, and stand before God to make intercession in behalf of the transgressor." (Sermons and Talks, Volume Two, page 229, paragraph 4.)

"I was surprised as I saw men who claim to believe the truth for this time all excited in regard to matters-- which relate to the Lord Jesus and eternal interests? No; but they seemed to be wonderfully excited in regard to the currency. Some ministers were distinguishing themselves by weaving these subjects into their discourses. They were excitably involving themselves, taking sides in regard to these questions that the Lord did not lay upon them the burden to engage in. These persons seemed to have a large share of self-sufficiency. But they themselves really did not know what they were advocating. They knew not whether they were defending principles that originated in the councils of heaven or in the councils of Satan." (Testimonies to Minsters and Gospel Workers, page 332, paragraph 1.)

[...] "You have the Word which tells you that God's commandment-keeping people are to have His special favor, and that they are to be sanctified through obedience to the truth. Shall we unite ourselves with those that are full of error, who have no respect for God's commandments, and shall our students go forth to obtain the finishing touches of their education from men who, unless they are converted will not be honored with a place in the councils of heaven." (The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, page 271, paragraph 4.)

"Man's need for a divine teacher was known in heaven. The pity and sympathy of God were aroused in behalf of human beings, fallen and bound to Satan's chariot car; and when the fullness of time was come, He sent forth His Son. The One appointed in the councils of heaven came to this earth as man's instructor. The rich benevolence of God gave Him to our world, and to meet the necessities of human nature He took humanity upon Himself. To the astonishment of the heavenly host the eternal Word came to this world as a helpless babe. Fully prepared, He left the royal courts and     mysteriously allied Himself with fallen human beings. 'The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.' John 1:14.

"When Christ left His high command, He might have taken upon Him any condition in life that He chose. But greatness and rank were nothing to Him, and He chose the most humble walk of life. No luxury, ease, or self-gratification came into His experience. The truth of heavenly origin was to be His theme; He was to sow the world with truth, and He lived in such a way as to be accessible to all." (Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, page 259, paragraphs 2-3.)
"The great plan of redemption was laid before the foundation of the world. Christ did not stand alone in this wondrous undertaking for the ransom of manIn the councils of heaven, before the world was created, the Father and the Son covenanted together that if man proved disloyal to God, Christ, one with the Father, would take the place of the transgressor, and suffer the penalty of justice that must fall upon him. 'God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' What a price was this for heaven to pay to ransom the transgressor of the law of Jehovah!" (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 11-15-1898, "Christ's Attitude Toward the Law," paragaph 1.)

"When Christ bowed His head and died, He bore the pillars of Satan's kingdom with Him to the earth. He vanquished Satan in the same nature over which in Eden Satan obtained the victory. The enemy was overcome by Christ in His human nature. The power of the Saviour's Godhead was hidden. He overcame in human nature, relying upon God for power. This is the privilege of all. In proportion to our faith will be our victory (YI April 25, 1901)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 5, page 1108, paragraph 6.)

"But although Christ's divine glory was for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity, yet He did not cease to be God when He became man. The human did not take the place of the divine, nor the divine of the human. This is the mystery of godliness. The two expressions 'human' and 'divine' were, in Christ, closely and inseparably one, and yet they had a distinct individuality. Though Christ humbled Himself to become man, the Godhead was still His own. His deity could not be lost while He stood faithful and true to His loyalty. Surrounded with sorrow, suffering, and moral pollution, despised and rejected by the people to whom had been intrusted the oracles of heaven, Jesus could yet speak of Himself as the Son of man in heaven. He was ready to take once more His divine glory when His work on earth was done." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 5, page 1129, paragraph 3.)

In the first quote, notice that White refers to Jesus as "a living impersonation of God." Then she talks about "heaven's councils," "the heavenly councils," "the councils of heaven," etc., which apparently include at least "the Lord" and "his only begotten Son," and which "councils" "decide" and "plan" things in regard to man, salvation, etc. She compares "the councils of heaven" with "the councils of Satan," and even talks about humans being "honored with a place in the councils of heaven." And again she says that Christ "left the royal courts" and "left His high command." And in the next quote, she says that "Christ did not stand alone" in the "undertaking for the ransom of man," but that in "the councils of heaven," "the Father and the Son covenanted together" that "if" man sinned, Christ "would take the place of the transgressor." Then she says that the "power" of Christ's "Godhead" was "hidden" and that He had to rely "upon God for power," which is "the privilege of all." In other words, while on earth, "Christ" was no more divine than we can be, and had to rely on a different god for power, because his own divine power was deactivated. Then White says that Christ's "divine glory"--which in reality is unchangeable and outside of time and space--was "for a time veiled and eclipsed by His assuming humanity." And she goes on to make the incredible statement that Christ's "deity" is something that could be "lost"! In other words, His deity is just a "status" that He possesses and He is not actually the one true God. Then she says that Jesus could "speak of" Himself as being in heaven because "He was ready to take once more His divine glory"--even though He wasn't actually telling the truth since He had lost His omnipresence, according to White, as we will see later. All of the above quotes are teaching anti-trinitarian views, pure and simple.


[...] "It was not a dread of the physical suffering he was soon to endure that overwhelmed the Son of God, or forced from his lips the mournful cry, 'My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.' The sins of the world weighed heavily upon the Saviour, and bowed him to the earth. The enormity of sin overwhelmed his soul, and a sense of separation from his Father because he had become sin for us, seemed crushing out his life.

"Christ was amazed at the horror of darkness that enclosed him. [...]
[...]
"But though the disciples slept, the angels watched in silent grief and amazement the Father separating his beams of light, love, and glory from his Son. As Jesus bowed in prayer, in the agony of his spirit, he sweat great drops of blood. The horror of great darkness surrounded him; for the sins of the world were upon him. He was suffering in man's stead, as a transgressor of the Father's law. The light of God was receding from his vision, and he was passing into the hands of the powers of darkness. In the agony of his soul, he lay prostrate on the cold earth. [...]
[...]
"While the load of the world's sin was upon Christ, doubts rent his soul in regard to his oneness with his Father. In this hour of fearful trial he longed even for human sympathy and fellowship. A second time he rose from the earth, and     made his way to where his disciples tarried; but again he found them sleeping. [...]
[...]
"Again the powers of darkness pressed upon Christ with irresistible force. Giving his disciples one look of the tenderest compassion, he left them, and bowed a third time in prayer. The divine sufferer shuddered with amazement at this mysterious and terrible conflict. [...]
[...]
"It was soul anguish that wrung from the lips of God's dear Son this cry of woe: 'My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.'He was overwhelmed with horror at the fearful work that sin had wrought. His burden of guilt, because of man's transgression of the Father's law, was so great that human nature was inadequate to bear it. The sufferings of martyrs can bear no comparison with the agony of Christ.The divine presence was with them in their sufferings; but the Father's face was hidden from his dear Son. [...]

"The awful moment had come that was to decide the destiny of the world. The fate of humanity trembled in the balance. The Son of God might even now refuse to drink the bitter cup. He might wipe the bloody sweat from his brow, and leave men to perish in their iniquity. Will the Son of the infinite God drink the cup of humiliation and agony? Will the innocent suffer the curse of sin, to save the guilty? But now the history of the human race comes up before the world's Redeemer. He sees the power of sin and the utter helplessness of man to save himself. The woes and lamentations of a lost world rise before him, he beholds its impending doom, and his decision is made. He will save man at any cost to himself. He accepts his baptism of blood, that through him perishing millions may gain everlasting life. He has left the heavenly courts, where all is purity, happiness, and glory, to save the one lost sheep, the one world that has fallen by transgression, and he will not be turned from the mission he has chosen.
[...]
"Although the father does not remove the cup from the trembling hand and pale lips of his Son, he sends an angel from his presence to strengthen the divine sufferer. The angel raises the Son of God from the cold ground, and comforts Him with messages of love from His Father. He is strengthened. He has the assurance that He is gaining eternal joys for all who will accept redemption. [...]" (Bible Echo and Signs of the Times, 08-01-1892, "Sufferings of Christ," paragraphs 3-4, 8, 10, 12, 14-15, and 17.)

The above excerpts from Ellen White are to Trinity believers, incredibly heretical, even saying about Christ that "doubts rent his soul in regard to his oneness with his Father"! She also says that the Father separated "his beams of light, love, and glory from his Son." Then she totally denies the deity of Christ, saying that Christ didn't even have "The divine presence" with Him, unlike the martyrs!! She also says again that "the Father's face was hidden" from Christ. Then she says that an angel had to comfort Him "with messages of love from His Father"! Her statements are incredibly anti-trinitarian. And people actually think Ellen White is Trinitarian? What are they reading!


"Christ was amazed with the horror of darkness which enclosed him. The temptations of Satan were almost overpowering. [...]

[...] "At the most critical moment, when the Son of God was in need of their sympathy and heartfelt prayers, they were found asleep. [...] We can have but faint conception of the inexpressible anguish of God's dear Son in Gethsemane, as he realized the separation from his Father in consequence of bearing man's sin. The divine Son of God was fainting, dying. The Father sent an angel from his presence to strengthen the divine sufferer. Could mortals view the amazement and sorrow of the angels as they watched in silent grief the Father separating his beams of light, love, and glory, from his Son, they would better understand how offensive is sin in his sight. As the Son of God in the garden of Gethsemane bowed in the attitude of prayer, the agony of his spirit forced from his pores sweat like great drops of blood. It was here that the horror of great darkness surrounded him. The sins of the world were upon him. He was suffering in man's stead, as a transgressor of his Father's law. Here was the scene of temptation. The divine light of God was receding from his vision, and he was passing into the hands of the powers of darkness. In the agony of his soul he lay prostrate on the cold earth. He was realizing his Father's frown. [...]
[...]
"The suffering Son of God leaves his disciples, for the power of darkness rushes upon him with an irresistible force which bows him to the earth. He prays as before, and pours out the burden of his soul with stronger crying and tears. His soul was pressed with such agony as no human being could endure and live. The sins of the world were upon him. He felt that he was separated from his Father's love; for upon him rested the curse because of sin. Christ knew that it would be difficult for man to feel the grievousness of sin, and that close contact and familiarity with sin would so blunt his     moral sensibility, that sin would not appear so dangerous to him, and so exceedingly offensive in the sight of God. He knew that but few would take pleasure in righteousness, and accept of that salvation which, at infinite cost, he made it possible for them to obtain. While this load of sin was upon Christ, unrealized, and unrepented of by man, doubts rent his soul in regard to his oneness with his Father." (The Signs of the Times, 08-14-1879, "The Sufferings of Christ," paragraphs 2-3, 5.)

"Sundering of the Divine Powers.--The Captain of our salvation was perfected through suffering. His soul was made an offering for sin. It was necessary for the awful darkness to gather about His soul because of the withdrawal of the Father's love and favor; for He was standing in the sinner's place, and this darkness every sinner must experience. The righteous One must suffer the condemnation and wrath of God, not in vindictiveness; for the heart of God yearned with greatest sorrow when His Son, the guiltless, was suffering the penalty of sin. This sundering of the divine powers will never again occur throughout the eternal ages (MS 93, 1899)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 924, paragraph 2.)

To a Trinitarian, the first quote has similar blasphemous statements to the one before it. Notice that she even says that "the power of darkness" was more powerful than the "Son of God"!!! And then the last quote says that there was a "sundering of the divine powers"--a completely anti-Trinitarian, concept!

"The Lord Jesus acts through the Holy Spirit; for it is his representative. Through it he infuses spiritual life into the soul, quickening its energies for good, cleansing it from moral defilement, and giving it a fitness for his kingdom. Jesus has large blessings to bestow, rich gifts to distribute among men. He is the wonderful Counselor, infinite in wisdom and strength; and if we will acknowledge the power of his Spirit, and submit to be molded by it, we shall stand complete in him. What a thought is this! In Christ 'dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him.' Never will the human heart know happiness until it is submitted to be molded by the Spirit of God. The Spirit conforms the renewed soul to the model, Jesus Christ. Through the influence of the Spirit, enmity against God is changed into faith and love, and pride into humility. The soul perceives the beauty of truth, and Christ is honored in excellence and perfection of character. As these changes are effected, angels break out in rapturous song, and God and Christ rejoice over souls fashioned after the divine similitude." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 02-10-1903, "Our Battle With Evil," paragraph 6.)

"Christ determined that when He ascended from this earth He would bestow a gift on those who had believed on Him and those who should believe on Him. What gift could He bestow rich enough to signalize and grace His ascension to the mediatorial throne? It must be worthy of His greatness and His royalty. He determined to give His representative, the third person of the Godhead. This gift could not be excelled. He would give all gifts in one, and therefore the divine Spirit, converting, enlightening, sanctifying, would be His donation.
[...]

"This is a wonderful announcement. Christ longed to be in a position where He could accomplish the most important work by few and simple means. The plan of redemption is comprehensive; but its parts are few, and each part depends on the other, while all work together with the utmost simplicity and in entire harmony. Christ is represented by the Holy Spirit; and when this Spirit is appreciated, when those controlled by the Spirit communicate to others the energy with which they are imbued, an invisible chord is touched which electrifies the whole. Would that we could all understand how boundless are the divine resources!
"But the time had now come. The Spirit had been waiting for the crucifixion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. For ten days the disciples offered their petitions for the outpouring of the Spirit, and Christ in heaven added His intercession. This was the occasion of His ascension and inauguration, a jubilee in heaven. He had ascended on high, leading captivity captive, and He now claimed the gift of the Spirit, that He might pour it out upon His disciples.
"The Spirit was given as Christ had promised, and like a rushing mighty wind it fell upon those assembled, filling the whole house. It came with a fulness and power, as if for ages it had been restrained, but was now being poured forth upon the church, to be communicated to the world." (The Signs of the Times, 12-01-1898, "The Outpouring of the Spirit," paragraphs 2, 4-6.)
"God will inspire his loyal and true children with his Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the representative of God, and will be the mighty working agent in our world to bind the loyal and true into bundles for the Lord's garner. Satan is also with intense activity gathering together in bundles his tares from among the wheat." (The General Conference Bulletin, 03-04-1895,     "Extract From a Testimony," paragraph 4.)

"The king was furious and commanded that they should be bound, and such haste was made to get them into the furnace that the fire burst forth and burned those that put them in; but the king and all his courtiers around him looked, and lo, in the place of three men there were four, and one was like unto the Son of God. How do you suppose he knew anything about the Son of God? You see, he had been brought into connection with Daniel and these men, and they talked of God and of Christ, the representative of God. This was the work they were doing; and just as soon as he saw them, he said the fourth was like unto the Son of God." (Sermons and Talks, Volume Two, page 125, paragraph 1.)
"Christ is the representative of God to man and the representative of man to God. He came to this world as man's substitute and surety, and He is fully able to save all who repent and return to their allegiance. Because of His righteousness, He is able to place man on vantage ground. Christ our Passover has been sacrificed for us. He gave His precious, innocent life to save guilty human beings from eternal ruin, that through faith in Him they might stand guiltless before the throne of God (MS 29, 1899)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 914, paragraph 6.)

"When Philip came to Jesus with the request, 'Show us the Father, and it sufficeth us,' the Saviour answered 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?' Christ declares Himself to be sent into the world as a representative of the FatherIn His nobility of character, in His mercy and tender pity, in His love and goodness, He stands before us as the embodiment of divine perfection, the image of the invisible God. "There are, thank God, brighter and more cheering pictures which the Lord has presented to us. Let us group together the blessed assurances of His love as precious treasures, that we may look upon them continually. The Son of God leaving His Father's throne, clothing His divinity with humanity, that He might rescue man from the power of Satan; His triumph in our behalf, opening heaven to man, revealing to human vision the presence chamber where Deity unveils His glory; the fallen race uplifted from the pit of ruin into which sin had plunged them, and brought again into connection with the infinite God, and, having endured the divine test through faith in our Redeemer, clothed in the righteousness of Christ andexalted to His throne--these are the pictures with which God bids us gladden the chambers of the soul. [...]" (Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, page 739, paragraph 1 and page 745, paragraph 1.)

"We are to be representatives of Christ, as Christ was a representative of the Father. We want to be able to attract souls to Jesus, to point them to the Lamb of Calvary, who taketh away the sin of the world. Christ does not clothe sin with his righteousness, but he removes the sin, and in its place he imputes his own righteousness. When your sin is cleansed, the righteousness of Christ goes before you, and the glory of the Lord is your reward. Your influence will then be decidedly on the side of Christ; for instead of making self a center, you will make Christ a center, and will feel that you are a guardian of sacred trusts." (The Signs of the Times, 04-04-1892, "The Christian a Guardian of Sacred Trusts," paragraph 2.)
"The highest angel in heaven had not the power to pay the ransom for one lost soul. Cherubim and seraphim have only the glory with which they are endowed by the Creator as his creatures, and the reconciliation of man to God could be accomplished only through a mediator who was equal with God, possessed of attributes that would dignify, and declare him worthy to treat with the Infinite God in man's behalf, and also represent God to a fallen worldMan's substitute and surety must have man's nature, a connection with the human family whom he was to represent, and, as God's ambassador, he must partake of the divine nature, have a connection with the Infinite, in order to manifest God to the world, and be a mediator between God and man.

"These qualifications were found alone in Christ. Clothing his divinity with humanity, he came to earth to be called the Son of man and the Son to God. He was the surety for man, the ambassador for God,--the surety for man to satisfy by his righteousness in man's behalf the demands of the law, and the representative of God to make manifest his character to a fallen race." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 12-22-1891, paragraphs 1-2.)

"We are not to look with indifference upon those who are dishonored through sin; 'for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' Having given Jesus, God will with him also freely give us all things that pertain unto life and godliness. However wretched may be the specimens of humanity that men spurn and turn aside from, they are not too wretched, too low, for the notice and love of     God. He sends his Holy Spirit to yearn over them with tenderness, seeking to draw them to himself. God uses humanity to uplift humanity. The Lord Jesus condescended to clothe his divinity with humanity, and to stand as a representative of Godupon earth, an example of what God would have humanity become through the grace of Christ. God has not left humanity out of the plan for saving humanity. Humanity must become the channel through which the grace of God is to flow to reach humanity." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 11-12-1895, "Duty of Man to His Fellow-Men," paragraph 1.)

"Christ alone was able to represent the Deity. He who had been in the presence of the Father from the beginning, He who was the express image of the invisible God, was alone sufficient to accomplish this work. No verbal description could reveal God to the world. Through a life of purity, a life of perfect trust and submission to the will of God, a life of humiliation such as even the highest seraph in heaven would have shrunk from, God Himself must be revealed to humanity. In order to do this, our Saviour clothed His divinity with humanity. He employed the human faculties, for only by adopting these could He be comprehended by humanity. Only humanity could reach humanity. He lived out the character of God through the human body which God had prepared for Him. He blessed the world by living out in human flesh the life of God, thus showing that He had the power to unite humanity to divinity (RH June 25, 1895)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 924, paragraph 6.)

In the above quotes, we see that White teaches that the Holy Spirit is merely "the representative of God" and that "it" is Jesus' "representative." She also says that Daniel and his friends "talked of God and of Christ, the representative of God" and that "Christ is the representative of God to man and the representative of man to God." Then she says that when Jesus said, "he that hath seen me hath seen the Father," all He meant was the He was "a representative of the Father"! Then she says that "We are to be representatives of Christ, as Christ was a representative of the Father"--totally separating Christ and the Father. She also makes the blasphemous claims (from a Trinitarian’s point of view) that Christ was "equal with God, possessed of attributes that would dignify, and declare him worthy to treat with the Infinite God" and that "as God's ambassador, he must partake of the divine nature" and "have a connection with the Infinite" (just like He had "a connection with the human family" and had "man's nature")! She is saying that Christ is no more God than He is the rest of the human family! And notice that she even uses the phrase "partake of the divine nature" (which is similar to a Biblical phrase used for believers) and this is as divine as her "Jesus" gets! Then she says that Jesus was just "a representative of God." And in that last quote, she says that "Christ alone was able to represent the Deity." Christ did not "represent" the Deity, Christ is the Deity! Colossians 2:9 (ESV) says, "For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,"!


"From all eternity Christ was united with the Father, and when He took upon Himself human nature, He was still one with God. He is the link that unites God with humanity. 'Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same' (Heb. 2:14). Only through Him can we become children of God. To all who believe on Him, He gives power to become the sons of God. Thus the heart becomes the temple of the living God. It is because Christ took human nature that men and women become partakers of the divine nature. He brings life and immortality to light through the gospel." (Selected Messages, Book 1, page 228, paragraph 4.)

"Christ saw that the time had come when Satan's power over mankind must be broken. Before the fall of man, the Son of God had united with his Father in laying the plan of salvation. God was to bemanifested in Christ, 'reconciling the world unto himself.' And now, thousands of years later, the fulness of time came for the infinite sacrifice to be made. Divinity was to be communicated to humanity through a divine-human Saviour. The great Life-giver was to purchase the whole world by giving his own life as a ransom." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 09-13-1906, "Love Toward God and Man," paragraph 4.)

"In comparison with the millions of the world, God's people will be, as they have ever been, a little flock; but if they stand for the truth as revealed in His word, God will be their refuge. They stand under the broad shield of Omnipotence. God is always a majority. When the sound of the last trump shall penetrate the prison house of the dead, and the righteous shall come forth with triumph, exclaiming, 'O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?' (1 Corinthians 15:55)--standing then with God, with Christ, with the angels, and with the loyal and true of all ages, the children of God will be far in the majority." (The Acts of the Apostles, page 590, paragraph 1.)

"Christ is the pre-existent, self-existent Son of God.... In speaking of his pre-existence, Christ carries the mind back through dateless ages. He assures us that there never was a time when He was not in close fellowship with the eternal God. He to whose voice the Jews were then listening had been with God as one brought up with Him.--Signs of the Times, Aug. 29, 1900." (Evangelism, page 615, paragraph 2.)

"There was to be co-operation between man and God. But this plan was greatly interfered with by Adam's transgression. Satan led him to sin, and the Lord would not communicate with him after he had sinned as he did when he was without sin. "After the fall Christ became Adam's instructorHe acted in God's stead toward humanity, saving the race from immediate death. He took upon him the office of mediator. Adam and Eve were given a probation in which to return to their allegiance, and in this plan all their posterity were embraced.
"Without the atonement of the Son of God there could have been no communication of blessing or salvation from God to man. God was jealous for the honor of His law. The transgression of that law had caused a fearful separation between God and man. To Adam in his innocence was grantedcommunion, direct, free, and happy, with his Maker. After his transgression, God would communicate to man only through Christ and angels." (Conflict and Courage, page 20, paragraphs 5-7.)

"The Jewish rabbis presented the requirements of the law as a wearing round of exactions. They did just what Satan is doing in our day,-- presented the law before the people as a cold, rigid code of commands and traditions. Superstitions buried the light, the glory, the dignity, and far-reaching claims of the law of God. They professed to speak to the people in the place of God. After the transgression of Adam, the Lord spoke no longer directly with man; the human race was given into the hands of Christ, and all communication came through Him to the world. It was Christ who spoke the law on Mount Sinai, and He knew the bearing of all its precepts, the glory and majesty of the law of heaven. In His sermon on the mount, Christ defines the law, and seeks to inculcate in the minds of His hearers the far-reaching claims of the precepts of Jehovah. [...]" (Fundamentals of Christian Education, page 237, paragraph 1.)

"Christ, in counsel with His Father, instituted the system of sacrificial offerings; that death, instead of being immediately visited upon the transgressor, should be transferred to a victim which should prefigure the great and perfect     offering of the Son of God." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7A, page 474, paragraph 3.)

"Four thousand years before a voice of strange and mysterious import was heard in heaven from the throne of God: 'Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.' Christ in counsel with His Father laid out the plan for His life on earth. It was not a chance, but a design that the world's Redeemer should lay off His crown, lay aside His kingly robe, and come to our world as a man. He clothed His divinity with the garb of humanity, that He might stand at the head of the human family, His humanity mingled with the humanity of the race fallen because of Adam's disobedience. The poverty and humiliation of the Son of the infinite God teach lessons that few care to learn. There is a link that connects Christ with the poor in a special sense. He, the life, the light of the world, makes poverty His own teacher, in order that He may be educated by the same stern, practical teacher {as are the poor}. Since the Lord Jesus accepted a life of poverty, no one can justly look with contempt upon the poor. The Saviour of the world was the King of glory, and He stripped Himself of His glorious outward adorning, accepting poverty, that He might understand how the poor are treated in this world. He was afflicted in all the afflictions of the human family, and He pronounces His blessing, not upon the rich, but upon the poor of this world." (The Southern Work, page 85, paragraph 1.)

"Jesus knew that whatever was presented that was out of harmony with what he came to earth to unfold, was false and delusive. But he said, 'Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.' Having stood in the counsels of God, having dwelt in the everlasting heights of the sanctuary, all elements of truth were in him, and of him; for he was one with God. 'Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak what we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.' 'Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.'" (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 12-01-1891, "The Science of Salvation the First of Sciences," paragraph 10.)

[...] "By Christ the work upon which the fulfillment of God's purpose rests, was accomplished. This was the agreement in the councils of the God-head. The Father purposed in counsel with his Son that the human family should be tested and proved, to see whether they would be allured by the temptations of Satan, or whether they would make Christ their righteousness, keeping God's commandments, and live. God gave to his Son all who would be true and loyal. Christ covenanted to redeem them from the power of Satan, at the price of his own life.
[...] "When Christ ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit took his place, and was a perfect representation of him. It is the work of the Spirit to administer the richest grace, and make it effectual in the hearts of God's people, that the elect may be gathered into one family. [...]" (Ellen G. White, The Gospel Herald, 06-11-1902, "The Abiding Trust," paragraphs 6-7.)

Notice anti-trinitarian statements made where Ellen White also says that "the Son of God" had always been "in close fellowship with the eternal God"--again denying that Jesus is the eternal God Himself. Then in the next quote she says that "the Lord" would not communicate with Adam after he sinned, but that "Christ" became his "instructor" and that "Christ" "acted in God's stead toward humanity"!!! And she goes on to say that before Adam sinned God would talk with him, but afterwards "God would communicate to man only through Christ and     angels." So White is totally denying that Christ is "the Lord" and that He is "God," and she makes the blasphemous claims that after Adam's sin "the Lord" refused to talk to man so "Christ" had to take "upon him the office of mediator" and act "in God's stead toward humanity." Then she puts "Christ and angels" together in one category with "God" being in a whole different category. Then the next quote also clearly denies that Christ is the Lord. Then she talks about Jesus "Having stood in the counsels of God" and then discusses "the councils of the God-head" and the "agreement" that took place in them. And in the last paragraph, she says that when "Christ" ascended to heaven, the Holy Spirit "took his place" and "was a perfect representation of him." So we see that the heresy about the Holy Spirit "taking Christ's place" (which is related to the denial of Christ's omnipresence) comes from White.


"I saw a throne, and on it sat the Father and the Son. I gazed on Jesus' countenance and admired His lovely person. The Father's person I could not behold, for a cloud of glorious light covered Him. I asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had, but I could not behold it, for said He, 'If you should once behold the glory of His person, you would cease to exist.' Before the throne I saw the Advent people--the church and the world. I saw two companies, one bowed down before the throne, deeply interested, while the other stood uninterested and careless. Those who were bowed before the throne would offer up their prayers and look to Jesus; then He would look to His Father, and appear to be pleading with Him. A light would come from the Father to the Son and from the Son to the praying company. Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from the Father to the Son, and from the Son it waved over the people before the throne. But few would receive this great light. Many came out from under it and immediately resisted it; others were careless and did not cherish the light, and it moved off from them. Some cherished it, and went and bowed down with the little praying company. This company all received the light and rejoiced in it, and their countenances shone with its glory.

"I saw the Father rise from the throne, and in a flaming chariot go into the holy of holies within the veil, and sit down. Then Jesus rose up from the throne, and the most of those who were bowed down arose with Him. I did not see one ray of light pass from Jesus to the careless multitude after He arose, and they were left in perfect darkness. Those who arose when Jesus did, kept their eyes fixed on Him as He left the throne and led them out a little way. Then He raised His right arm, and we heard His lovely voice saying, 'Wait here; I am going to My Father to receive the kingdom; keep your garments spotless, and in a little while I will return from the wedding and receive you to Myself.' Then a cloudy chariot, with wheels like flaming fire, surrounded by angels, came to where Jesus was. He stepped into the chariot and was borne to the holiest, where the Father sat. There I beheld Jesus, a great High Priest, standing before the Father. On the hem of His garment was a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate. Those who rose up with Jesus would send up their faith to Him in the holiest, and pray, 'My Father, give us Thy Spirit.' Then Jesus would breathe upon them the Holy Ghost. In that breath was light, power, and much love, joy, and peace.

"I turned to look at the company who were still bowed before the throne; they did not know that Jesus had left it. Satan appeared to be by the throne, trying to carry on the work of God. I saw them look up to the throne, and pray, 'Father, give us Thy Spirit.' Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence; in it there was light and much power, but no sweet love, joy, and peace. Satan's object was to keep them deceived and to draw back and deceive God's children."     (Brackets in original. Early Writings of Ellen G. White, page 54 paragraph 2-page 56 paragraph 1.)

The above quotation very clearly teaches two separate corporeal gods. Also, she implies that the Holy Spirit is only an "influence."


"Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost, and the world that God created was to be filled with mortals doomed to misery, sickness and death, and there was no way of escape for the offender. The whole family of Adam must die. I saw the lovely Jesus, and beheld an expression of sympathy and sorrow upon his countenance. Soon I saw him approach the exceeding bright light which enshrouded the Father. Said my accompanying angel, He is in close converse with his Father. The anxiety of the angels seemed to be intense while Jesus was communing with his Father. Three times he was shut in by the glorious light about the Father, and the third time he came from the Father, his person could be seen. His countenance was calm, free from all perplexity and trouble, and shone with benevolence and loveliness, such as words cannot express. He then made known to the angelic host that a way of escape had been made for lost man. He told them that he had been pleading with his Father, and had offered to give his life a ransom, and take the sentence of death upon himself, that through him man might find pardon. That through the merits of his blood, and obedience to the law of God, they could have the favor of God, and be brought into the beautiful garden, and eat of the fruit of the tree of life." (Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, page 22, paragraph 2.)

The above quotation is extremely anti-Trinitarian and blasphemously heretical to a trinitatian, teaching two separate corporeal/spacial gods, teaching that "Jesus" is a much lesser god than the "Father" god, and teaching that "Jesus" had to "plead" with "his Father" three times in order to get him to let him die for man. Her teaching is simply Arianism. Notice that she is teaching that "Jesus" was (before the incarnation, remember) just a corporeal     little god, and that "the Father" was also just a corporeal little god, but that "the Father"--unlike "Jesus"--had an "exceeding bright light which enshrouded" him.


"The Son of God, heaven's glorious Commander, was touched with pity for the fallen race. His heart was moved with infinite compassion as the woes of the lost world rose up before Him. But divine love had conceived a plan whereby man might be redeemed. The broken law of God demanded the life of the sinner. In all the universe there was but one who could, in behalf of man, satisfy its claims. Since the divine law is as sacred as God Himself, only one equal with God could make atonement for its transgression. None but Christ could redeem fallen man from the curse of the law and bring him again into harmony with Heaven. Christ would take upon Himself the guilt and shame of sin--sin so offensive to a holy God that it must separate the Father and His Son. Christ would reach to the depths of misery to rescue the ruined race.
"Before the Father He pleaded in the sinner's behalf, while the host of heaven awaited the result with an intensity of interest that words cannot express. Long continued was that mysterious communing--'the counsel of peace' (Zechariah 6:13) for the fallen sons of men. The plan of salvation had been laid before the creation of the earth; for Christ is 'the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world' (Revelation 13:8); yet it was a struggle, even with the King of the universe, to yield up His Son to die for the guilty race. But 'God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' John 3:16. Oh, the mystery of redemption! the love of God for a world that did not love Him! Who can know the depths of that love which 'passeth knowledge'? Through endless ages immortal minds, seeking to comprehend the mystery of that incomprehensible love, will wonder and adore." (Patriarchs and Prophets, page 63, paragraphs 2-3.)

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"Before the fall of Satan, the Father consulted his Son in regard to the formation of manTheypurposed to make this world, and create beasts and living things upon it, and to make man in the image of God, to reign as a ruling monarch over every living thing which God should create. When Satan learned the purpose of God, he was envious at Christ, and jealous because the Father had not consulted him in regard to the creation of man. Satan was of the highest order of angels; but Christ was above all. He was the commander of all Heaven. He imparted to the angelic family the high commands of his Father. The envy and jealousy of Satan increased. Until his rebellion all Heaven was in harmony, and perfect subjection to the government of God. [...]

"True, faithful angels, listening, hear the awful threats of Satan, and immediately report to their great commander. Christ tells them that he and the Father are acquainted with the purposes of Satan, and that they are forbearing only to     see how many will unite with him to rebel against the government of God. [...]

"While some of the angels joined Satan in his rebellion, others reasoned with him to dissuade him from his purposes, contending for the honor and wisdom of God in giving authority to his Son. Satan urged, for what reason was Christ endowed with unlimited power and such high command above himself! He stood up proudly, and urged that he should be equal with God. He makes his boasts to his sympathizers that he will not submit to the authority of Christ.

"At length all the angels are summoned to appear before the Father, to have each case decided. Satan unblushingly makes known to all the heavenly family, his discontent, that Christ should be preferred before him, to be in such close conference with God, and he be uninformed as to the result of their frequent consultations. God informs Satan that this he can never know. That to his Son will he reveal his secret purposes, and that all the family of Heaven, Satan not excepted, were required to yield implicit obedience. Satan boldly speaks out his rebellion, and points to a large company who think God is unjust in not exalting him to be equal with God, and in not giving him command above Christ.He declares he cannot submit to be under Christ's command, that God's commands alone will he obey. Good angels weep to hear the words of Satan, and to see how he despises to follow the direction of Christ, their exalted and loving commander." (Spiritual Gifts. Volume 3, page 36, paragraph 1-page 37, paragraph 3.)

In the first quote, according to Trinitarians, we see similar heresy to the previous quote. Then, in the second quote, literally all hell breaks loose in White's spewing of satanic, anti-Christ blasphemies. First, we see again that she teaches two co-Creators, saying that the Father "consulted" his Son and that "they" "purposed" to make man. Then she says that satan was jealous of "Christ" because "the Father" had not "consulted" him "in regard to the creation of man." She also says that some angels were "contending for the honor and wisdom of God in giving authority to his Son" but that "Satan urged, for what reason was Christ endowed with unlimited power and such high command above himself!" She then says that Satan had "discontent, that Christ should be preferred before him, to be in such close conference with God, and he be uninformed as to the result of their frequent consultations"!!!! She goes on to say that "God" told Satan that "to his Son will he reveal his secret purposes." Then she says that "a large company" agreed with Satan and thought that "God is unjust in not exalting him to be equal with God, and in not giving him command above Christ"--showing that White's "Christ" was not "God"! Then she says that Satan "declares he cannot submit to be under Christ's command, that God's commands alone will he obey"--again, showing explicitly that her "Christ" is certainly not "God"!! The polytheism and Arianism of the above quotes is extremely blatant and explicit.


"Satan in Heaven, before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. His countenance, like those of the other angels, was mild and expressive of happiness. His forehead was high and broad, showing a powerful intellect. His form was perfect; his bearing noble and majestic. A special light beamed in his countenance, and shone around him brighter and more beautiful than around the other angels; yet Jesus, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created. Satan was envious of Christ, and gradually assumed command which devolved on Christ alone.
"The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that he might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon his SonThe Son was seated on the throne with the Father, and the heavenly throng of holy angels was gathered around them. The Father then made known that it was ordained by himself that Christ, his Son, should be equal with himself; so that wherever was the presence of his Son, it was as his own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. His Son he had invested with authority to command the heavenly hostEspecially was his Son to work in union with himself in the anticipated creation of the earth and every living thing that should exist upon the earth. His Son would carry out his will and his purposes, but would do nothing of himself alone. The Father's will would be fulfilled in him.
"Satan was envious and jealous of Jesus Christ. Yet when all the angels bowed to Jesus to acknowledge his supremacy and high authority and rightful rule, Satan bowed with them; but his heart was filled with envy and hatred. Christ had been taken into the special counsel of God in regard to his plans, while Satan was unacquainted with them. He did not understand, neither was he permitted to know, the purposes of God. But Christ was acknowledged sovereign of Heaven, his power and authority to be the same as that of God himself. Satan thought that he was himself a favorite in Heaven among the angels. He had been highly exalted; but this did not call forth from him gratitude and praise to his Creator. He aspired to the height of God himself. He gloried in his loftiness. He knew that he was honored by the angels. He had a special mission to execute. He had been near the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glorious light enshrouding the eternal God, had shone especially upon him. Satan thought how angels had obeyed his command with pleasurable alacrity. Were not his garments light and beautiful? Why should Christ thus be honored before himself?
"He left the immediate presence of the Father, dissatisfied, and filled with envy against Jesus Christ. Concealing his real purposes, he assembled the angelic host. He introduced his subject, which was himself. As one aggrieved, he related the preference God had given Jesus to the neglect of himself. He told them that henceforth all the sweet liberty the angels had enjoyed was at an end. For had not a ruler been appointed over them, to whom they from henceforth must yield servile honor? He stated to them that he had called them together to assure them that he no longer would submit to this invasion of his rights and theirs; that never would he again bow down to Christ; that he would take the honor upon himself which should have been conferred upon him, and would be the commander of all who would submit to follow him and obey his voice. There was contention among the angels. Satan and his sympathizers were striving to reform the government of God. They were discontented and unhappy because they could not look into his unsearchable wisdom and ascertain his purposes in exalting his Son Jesus, and endowing him with such unlimited power and command. They rebelled against the authority of the Son." (The Spirit of Prophecy, Volume One, page 17, paragraph 1-page 18, paragraph 2.)

Again we have extremely blasphemous, Arian heresy in the above quotation. First, White states that satan was "next in honor to God's dear Son"--clearly teaching that the "Son" was lower/lesser than "God" even though he was "one with" the Father. Then she has her two gods seated on the throne and the "Father" making "known" that he "ordained" that "Christ" "should be equal with himself" and that "wherever was the presence of his Son, it was as his own presence" and that he had "invested" the Son "with authority to command the heavenly host"! Then again we see her teaching of two Creators "work[ing] in union" with each other. She goes on to say that "Christ had been taken into the special counsel of God in regard to his plans, while Satan was unacquainted with them" and that Christ's "power and authority" was acknowledged to be "the same as" that of "God himself"!     Then she says that "God" "exalt[ed]" his Son, and "endow[ed] him" with "such unlimited power and command." Again, all of this is clearly polytheism and Arianism.


[...] "Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of His creatures, it was Lucifer's endeavor to win their service and homage to himself. And coveting the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power which it was the prerogative of Christ alone to wield.
"All heaven had rejoiced to reflect the Creator's glory and to show forth His praise. And while God was thus honored, all had been peace and gladness. But a note of discord now marred the celestial harmonies. The service and exaltation of self, contrary to the Creator's plan, awakened forebodings of evil in minds to whom God's glory was supreme. The heavenly councils pleaded with LuciferThe Son of God presented before him the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator, and the sacred, unchanging nature of His law. God Himself had established the order of heaven; and in departing from it, Lucifer would dishonor his Maker, and bring ruin upon himself. But the     warning, given in infinite love and mercy, only aroused a spirit of resistance. Lucifer allowed jealousy of Christ to prevail, and he became the more determined.
"Pride in his own glory nourished the desire for supremacy. The high honors conferred upon Lucifer were not appreciated as the gift of God and called forth no gratitude to the Creator. He gloried in his brightness and exaltation, and aspired to be equal with God. He was beloved and reverenced by the heavenly host. Angels delighted to execute his commands, and he was clothed with wisdom and glory above them all. Yet the Son of God was the acknowledged Sovereign of heaven, one in power and authority with the Father. In all the councils of God, Christ was a participant, while Lucifer was not permitted thus to enter into the divine purposes. 'Why,' questioned this mighty angel, 'should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He thus honored above Lucifer?'" (The Great Controversy, page 494 paragraph 1-page 495 paragraph 1.)
"Now is fulfilled the Saviour's prayer for His disciples: 'I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am.' 'Faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy' (Jude 24), Christ presents to the Father the purchase of His blood, declaring: 'Here am I, and the children whom Thou hast given Me.' 'Those that Thou gavest Me I have kept.' Oh, the wonders of redeeming love! the rapture of that hour when the infinite Father, looking upon the ransomed, shall behold His image, sin's discord banished, its blight removed, and the human once more in harmony with the divine!" (The Great Controversy, page 646, paragraph 2.)
"The King of the universe summoned the heavenly hosts before Him, that in their presence He mightset forth the true position of His Son and show the relation He sustained to all created beings. The Son of God shared the Father's throne, and the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both. About the throne gathered the holy angels, a vast, unnumbered throng--'ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands' (Revelation 5:11.), the most exalted angels, as ministers and subjects, rejoicing in the light that fell upon them from the presence of the Deity. Before the assembled inhabitants of heaven the King declared that none but Christ, the Only Begotten of God, could fully enter into His purposes, and to Him it was committed to execute the mighty counsels of His will. The Son of God had wrought the Father's will in the creation of all the hosts of heaven; and to Him, as well as to God, their homage and allegiance were due. Christ was still to exercise divine power, in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. But in all this He would not seek power or exaltation for Himself contrary to God's plan, but would exalt the Father's glory and execute His purposes of beneficence and love.
"The angels joyfully acknowledged the supremacy of Christ, and prostrating themselves before Him, poured out their love and adoration. Lucifer bowed with them, but in his heart there was a strange, fierce conflict. Truth, justice, and loyalty were struggling against envy and jealousy. The influence of the holy angels seemed for a time to carry him with them. As songs of praise ascended in melodious strains, swelled by thousands of glad voices, the spirit of evil seemed vanquished; unutterable love thrilled his entire being; his soul went out, in harmony with the sinless worshippers, in love to the Father and the Son. But again he was filled with pride in his own glory. His desire for supremacy returned, and envy of Christ was once more indulged. The high honors conferred upon Lucifer were not appreciated as God's special gift, and therefore, called forth no gratitude to his Creator. He gloried in his brightness and exaltation and aspired to be equal with God. He was beloved and reverenced by the heavenly host, angels delighted to execute his commands, and he was clothed with wisdom and glory above them all. Yet the Son of God was exalted above him, as one in power and authority with the Father. He shared the Father's counsels, while Lucifer did not thus enter into the purposes of God'Why,' questioned this mighty angel, 'should Christ have the supremacy? Why is He honored above Lucifer?'
"Leaving his place in the immediate presence of the Father, Lucifer went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. He worked with mysterious secrecy, and for a time concealed his real purpose under an appearance of reverence for God. He began to insinuate doubts concerning the laws that governed heavenly beings, intimating that though laws might be necessary for the inhabitants of the worlds, angels, being more exalted, needed no such restraint, for their own wisdom was a sufficient guide. They were not beings that could bring dishonor to God; all their thoughts were holy; it was no more possible for them than for God Himself to err. The exaltation of the Son of God as equal with the Father was represented as an injustice to Lucifer, who, it was claimed, was also entitled to reverence and honor. If this prince of angels could but attain to his true, exalted position, great good would accrue to the entire host of heaven; for it was his object to secure freedom for all. But now even the liberty which they had hitherto enjoyed was at an end; for an absolute Ruler had been appointed them, and to His authority all must pay homage. Such were the subtle deceptions that through the wiles of Lucifer were fast obtaining in the heavenly courts.
"There had been no change in the position or authority of Christ. Lucifer's envy and misrepresentation and his claims to equality with Christ had made necessary a statement of the true position of the Son of God; but this had been the same from the beginning. Many of
the angels were, however, blinded by Lucifer's deceptions." (Patriarchs and Prophets, page 36 paragraph 2-page 38 paragraph 1.)

In the first quote, Ellen White says that "Lucifer" "covet[ed] the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon His Son" and she has the "Son of God" presenting before "Lucifer" "the greatness, the goodness, and the justice of the Creator" and talking about "God Himself" and Lucifer's "Maker"--showing that her "Christ" is not God. She also says that "Christ" was a "participant" in "all the councils of God," but that "Lucifer" wasn't "permitted" to be a participant. Then, in the second quote, she has "Christ" presenting to "the Father" the "purchase of his blood" and saying "'Here am I, and the children whom Thou hast given Me.'" And in the last quotation, Ellen White says that the "Son of God" "shared" "the Father's throne" and that "the glory of the eternal, self-existent One encircled both"--clearly teaching two separate corporeal gods. Then she says that the "King of the universe" (who was not "Christ"!) declared to the angels that they needed to give their homage and allegiance to Christ "as well as to God"!!! We also see from these quotes that for Ellen White the phrase "equal with God" just refers to a separate being (god) who has just as much power and authority as God. Notice also that White says in the last paragraph above that Lucifer's claims "had made necessary a statement of the true position of the Son of God"--this scenario is impossible within a monotheistic Trinitarian understanding.


"Among the inhabitants of heaven, Satan, next to Christ, was at one time most honored of God, and highest in power and glory. Before his fall, Lucifer, 'son of the morning,' was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. He stood in the presence of the great Creator, and the ceaseless beams of glory enshrouding the eternal God rested upon him.
"Little by little, Lucifer came to indulge the desire for self-exaltation. Because of the exaltation of Christ, the One equal with the Father, he allowed jealousy to arise in his heart.
"'Why,' he questioned, 'should Christ have the supremacy? Why is he honored above Lucifer?'

"Tho all his glory was from God, Lucifer came to regard it as pertaining to himself. Not content with his position, tho honored above the heavenly host, he ventured to covet homage due alone to the Creator. Leaving his place in the immediate presence of the Father, he went forth to diffuse the spirit of discontent among the angels. [...]
[...]

"The Son of God, heaven's glorious Commander, was touched with pity for the fallen race. He entered into a covenant with God to save man, and to vindicate His Father's character as expressed in the law. He came to the earth in the form of man to refute Satan's lie, that God had given a law which man could not keep. He came to give Himself as a sacrifice for sin, thus revealing to the heavenly universe that the law is as changeless and eternal as is Jehovah Himself." (The Signs of the Times, 07-23-1902, "Satan's Rebellion," paragraphs 2-5, 11.)
"Sin originated with him, who, next to Christ, stood highest in the favor of God, and highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of Heaven. [...]" (The Spirit of Prophecy, Volume Four, page 316, paragraph 3.)

"Satan was once an honored angel in heaven, next to Christ. [...] He desired to receive the highest honors in heaven next to God." (Early Writings of Ellen G. White, page 145, paragraph 1.)
"The Son of God was next in authority to the great Lawgiver. He knew that his life alone could be sufficient to ransom fallen man. He was of as much more value than man as his noble, spotless character, and exalted office as commander of all the heavenly host, were above the work of man. He was in the express image of his Fathernot in features alone, but in perfection of character." (The Spirit of Prophecy, Volume Two, page 9, paragraph 1.)

Notice that in the first quote, White states that "Satan, next to Christ, was at one time most honored of God"--clearly teaching that Christ is not God! She also says that "Lucifer" was jealous because of "the exaltation of Christ" and that he questioned why "Christ" should "have the supremacy" and why he "is...honored above Lucifer"! And in the second quote, she says that Satan "next to Christ, stood highest in the favor of God"--again clearly saying that "Christ" is not God. In the second to last quote, she says that Satan was "next to Christ" but that he desired to be "next to God"--which is explicitly teaching that "Christ" is not God and that he is lower/lesser than God. And in the last quote, she actually states that the "Son of God" was "next in authority" to "the great Lawgiver"--explicitly teaching that He is lower than God. Her reference to "features" shows that she is teaching that the "Son" is a physical carbon copy of the physical "Father" (as we will also see later).


[...] "But every such plea was cast aside when Christ died as a substitute for the sinner. He who was made equal with God bore the sin of the transgressor, and thereby made a channel whereby the love of God could be communicated to a fallen world, and his grace and power imparted to those who came to Christ in penitence for their sin." (The Signs of the Times, 02-05-1894, "God's Love Unmeasured," paragraph 10.)

"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. He is willing to do more, 'more than we can ask or think.' [...]" (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 07-09-1895, "The Duty of the Minister and the People," paragraph 14.)

"Moses passed through death, but Michael came down and gave him life before his body had seen corruption. Satan tried to hold the body, claiming it as his; but Michael resurrected Moses and took him to heaven. Satan railed bitterly against God, denouncing Him as unjust in permitting his prey to be taken from him; but Christ did not rebuke His adversary, though it was through his temptation that the servant of God had fallen. He meekly referred him to His Father, saying, 'The Lord rebuke thee.'" (Early Writings of Ellen G. White, page 164, paragraph 2.)

"As the Prince of life and the shining ones approached the grave, they were opposed by Satan with his company of evil angels, who were determined that the power of death should not be broken. But the glory attending the Son of God compelled the hosts of darkness to fall back. Satan insolently claimed the body of Moses because of his one transgression. Christ condescended to enter into no dispute with his adversary but meekly referred all to his Father, saying, 'The Lord rebuke thee.' Moses had humbly repented of his sin, no stain rested upon his character, and his name in Heaven's book of records stood untarnished. By the power of his word, Christ opened the prison-house, and set death's captive free.

"Upon the mount of transfiguration, Moses was present, with Elijah, who had been translated. They were sent as the bearers of light and glory from the Father to his dear Son. Such is the last scene revealed to mortal vision in the history of that man so highly honored of God." (The Signs of the Times, 03-31-1881, "The Death of Moses," paragraphs 14-15.)

"The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each.
"'God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son?' Hebrews 1:1-5.

"God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of GodTo 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.
"Jesus said to the Jews: 'My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. . . . The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth Him all things that Himself doeth.' John 5:17-20.
"Here again is brought to view the personality of the Father and the Son, showing the unity that exists between them.
"This unity is expressed also in the seventeenth chapter of John, in the prayer of Christ for His disciples:
"'Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; that they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me. And the glory 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.' John 17:20-23.

"Wonderful statement! The unity that exists between Christ and His disciples does not destroy the personality of     either. They are one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person. It is thus that God and Christ are one." (Testimonies for the Church, Volume 8, page 268 paragraph 1-page 269 paragraph 4.)

In the first quote, Ellen White says that "Christ" was "made equal" with "God"--teaching that Christ is a separate, lesser god. And in the second quote, Ellen White says that the "Eternal Father, the unchangeable one" "tore from his bosom Him who was made in the express image of his person"! Obviously, she is saying that the Son is not "eternal" or "unchangeable" and she even says that He was "made" which is a direct denial of the Nicene Creed which says that the Son was "not made." Then she says that "Christ," who she teaches is "Michael," did not rebuke the devil, but that, "He meekly referred him to His Father, saying, 'The Lord rebuke thee.'" This a non-trinitarian view, a Trinity believer would say it is a blasphemous statement that shows again that her "Christ" is a separate, lesser, "meeker" god than the "Father." And then in the next quote she repeats this heresy again, saying that he "meekly referred all to his Father, saying, 'The Lord rebuke thee.'" And she also adds terrible blasphemy in the second paragraph of that quote, saying that Moses and Elijah were sent as "the bearers of light and glory from the Father to his dear Son." Not only is she glorifying Moses and Elijah which goes completely against the message of the transfiguration, but she even says that the "light and glory" was brought to Jesus by Moses and Elijah from "the Father." And in the last quote, again we see that she says "Christ" has been "made equal" with the "Father" and that all the "counsels of God" are "opened" to him. She also speaks of "the unity that exists between them" and says that the way in which "Christ and His disciples" are "one" is the way that "God" and "Christ" are "one"--"one in purpose, in mind, in character, but not in person." Again, this is simply anti-trinitarian belief, like the other pioneers of the historical SDA church.


"'Looking unto Jesus, not only as our example, but as the author and finisher of our faith. Remember this. As at our baptism we pledged ourselves to him, and received the ordinance in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, these three great powers of heaven pledged themselvesto work in our behalf, not only to begin, but to finish our faith. I am so glad that we have the promises of God." (The General Conference Bulletin, 04-14-1901, "Remarks by Mrs. E. G. White," paragraph 32.)

"Our sanctification is the work of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is the fulfilment of the covenant that God has made with those who bind themselves up with Him, to stand with Him, with His Son, and with His Spirit in holy fellowship. Have you been born again? Have you become a new being in Christ Jesus? Then co-operate with the three great powers of heaven who are working in your behalf. Doing this you will reveal to the world the principles of righteousness.
[...]
"Those who come out from the world in spirit and in all practise may regard themselves as sons and daughters of God. They may believe His word as a child believes every word of his parents. Every promise is sure to him that believes. Those who unite with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who show by their lives that they are no longer following the course they followed before they united withthese divine instrumentalities, will receive wisdom from above. They will not depend upon human wisdom. In order to deal righteously with the world, as members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King, Christians must feel their need of a power which comes only from the heavenly agencies that have pledged themselves to work in man's behalf.

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"After we have formed a union with the great threefold power, we shall regard our duty toward the members of God's family with a sacred awe. We shall seek to answer the prayer, 'Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,' by living pure, sanctified lives, showing the world how the will of God is done in heaven." (The Signs of the Times, 06-19-1901, "Christ's Prayer for Us," paragraphs 4, 7-8.)

"By our baptismal pledge we avouched and solemnly confessed the Lord Jehovah as our Ruler. We virtually took a solemn oath, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, that henceforth our lives would be merged into the life of these three great agencies, that the life we should live in the flesh would be lived in faithful obedience to God's sacred law. [...]" (Manuscript Releases, Volume One, page 118, paragraph 2.)

"Here is a specified work, given to the disciples to do. 'All power (in the sense of authority), is given unto Me, as Mediator between God and man,' Christ said. 'Go, teach, bring into discipleship, all nations. Give them the knowledge of the truth of My gospel, which is founded on truth. Lead them to understand thatthe Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are heaven's loving, powerful agencies for the accomplishment of the work of representing God in the world. Lo, I am with you in this work, to guide, comfort, sanctify, and sustain you, to make you successful in awakening the attention of men, convincing them of sin, the transgression of My law, and turning their transgression to obedience, leading them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan, which has been holding them in the bondage of sin, to the righteousness of God. I will be with you and all who succeed you, till the end of time, in the work of preaching the gospel.'" (Manuscript Releases, Volume Sixteen, page 15, paragraph 4.)

[...] "With amazement the angels behold the indifference that those who have light and knowledge manifest toward a world unsaved. The heavenly host are filled with an intense desire to work through human agencies to restore in man the image of God. They are ready and waiting to do this work. Thecombined power of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost is pledged to uplift man from his fallen state. Every attribute, every power, of divinity, has been placed at the     command of those who unite with the Saviour in winning men to God. [...]" (Manuscript Releases, Volume Seven, page 233, paragraph 3.)

"The three powers of the Godhead have pledged their might to carry out the purpose that God had in mind when he gave to the world the unspeakable gift of his Son. Every act of self-denial, every earnest surrender to God, is an element in God's design for the increase of the piety and zeal and earnest faith of his people. The Holy Spirit unites with the powers of grace that God has provided to turn souls to Christ. We are to labor as Christ labored for the salvation of dying souls. [...]" (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 07-18-1907, "A Message to the Churches," paragraph 3.)

"Those who have by baptism given to God a pledge of their faith in Christ, and their death to the old life of sin, have entered into covenant relation with God. The three powers of the Godhead, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, are pledged to be their strength and their efficiency in their new life in Christ Jesus.
[...]

"Study the whole of this chapter of Colossians carefully and prayerfully. Bear in mind that they are addressed who have been buried by baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost. If you will ever remember that you are dead to worldly interests and attractions, and have risen to seek those things which are above, these heavenly powers are pledged to give you power to walk with Him in newness of life." ((Australasian) Union Conference Record, 10-07-1907, "Words to Church Members," paragraphs 9, 12.)

"'And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.' All through the Scriptures, the Father and the Son are spoken of as two distinct personages. You will hear men endeavoring to make the Son of God a nonentity. He and the Father are one, but they are two personagesWrong sentiments regarding this are coming in,     and we shall all have to meet them." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 07-13-1905, "Lessons From the First Epistle of John [A TALK AT THE GENERAL CONFERENCE BY MRS. E. G WHITE, MAY 25, 1905.]," paragraph 3.) And she even warned against believing anything contrary to this (such as Trinitarianism).

"There is nothing too precious for us to give to Jesus. If we return to Him the talents of means which He has entrusted to our keeping, He will give more into our hands. Every effort we make for Christ will be rewarded by Him, and every duty we perform in His name will minister to our own happiness. God surrendered His dearly beloved Son to the agonies of the crucifixion, that all who believe on Him might become one through the name of Jesus. When Christ made so great a sacrifice to save men and bring them into unity with one another, even as He was united with the Father, what sacrifice is too great for His followers to make in order to preserve that unity?" (Testimonies for the Church, Volume 4, page 19, paragraph 1.)

"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. But the unity that is to exist between Christ and his followers does not destroy the personality of either. They are to be one with him as he is one with the Father. By this unity they are to make it plain to the world that God sent his Son to save sinners. The oneness of Christ's followers with him is to be the great, unmistakable proof that God did indeed send his Son into the world to save sinners. But a loose, lax religion leaves the world bewildered and confused." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 06-01-1905, "The Work in Washington," paragraph 14.)

Again, White talks about "the three great powers of heaven" and also calls them "divine instrumentalities," "heavenly agencies," "three great agencies," "three powers of the Godhead," and "heavenly powers." Also notice her lengthy "quote" of what "Christ" said--most of which is simply made up. She even has "Christ" saying that "the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost are heaven's loving, powerful agencies"! And then she says that, "The Holy Spirit unites with the powers of grace that God has provided..."!

Also, notice that White told the 1905 General Conference session that the Father and the Son are "two distinct     personages". And she even warned against believing anything contrary to this (such as Trinitarianism). And again in the last quote, she says that "Christ" and "God" are "two distinct personages." What Ellen White is claiming is that Christ and the Father are no more "one" than are "Christ and His followers"! And she teaches this same anti-tritarian view or heresy according to Trinity believers, in the following quotes:


[...] "To bring humanity into Christ, to bring the fallen race into oneness with divinity, is the work of redemption. Christ took human nature that men might be one with Him as He is one with the Father, that God may love man as He loves His only-begotten Son, that men may be partakers of the divine nature, and be complete in Him (RH April 5, 1906)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 927, paragraph 3.)

"The Lord wants every one of us to have a deeper, richer experience in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. He desires that we shall grow in knowledge, not earthward, but heavenward, upward to Christ our living Head. How high, how great is this knowledge to be?--To the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus. We cannot grow too much, we cannot gather up too many of the precious rays of light that God sends us. The Lord wants every one of us to be sanctified through the truth. He wants us to stand in a position where Jesus can move, upon our hearts, where his Spirit shall be poured out upon us, where we shall be representatives of Christ as he is a representative of the Father. The Lord would have us to be lights amid the moral darkness that prevails in the world. We should not be light and trifling, but have solidity of character. What faith must come in, what love one for another must exist! If we draw nigh to God, we shall draw nigh to one another. We cannot draw nigh to the same cross without coming into unity of spirit. Christ prayed that his disciples should be one as he and the Father are one. We should seek to be one in spirit and in understanding. We should seek to be one that God may be glorified in us as he was glorified in the Son, and God will love us as he loves his Son. But can God love us as he loves his Son when we quibble and find fault with the truth because it does not agree with our opinions, and for fear we shall understand something as our brother understands it, and so come into harmony with him? God designs that his children shall be one. If this unity did but exist, it would speak     to the world of the power of God manifested in his children. Christ has said: 'By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.' If this unity existed, we should bear to the world our divine credentials; Christ would be represented by his children; Christ would be speaking through us to men, and we should carry an atmosphere     about us that would breathe of heaven. We should not only be gathering light, but also diffusing light, constantly flashing new rays of glory among the churches." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 03-04-1890, "Draw Nigh to God," paragraph 3.)

[...] "By manifesting Christlike love we present to the world the credentials that God sent his Son to this earth to save the human race. It is our privilege so fully to partake of the divine nature that we may be one with Christ as he is one with the Father. When this is so, Christ can confess us before God and before the heavenly angels." (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 05-01-1900, "Christian Perfection [Concluded]," paragraph 8.)

"What possibilities are opened up to the youth who lay hold of the divine assurances of God's Word! Scarcely can the human mind comprehend what is the breadth and depth and height of the spiritual attainments that can be reached by becoming partakers of the divine nature. The human agent who daily yields obedience to God, who becomes a partaker of the divine nature, finds pleasure daily in keeping the commandments of God; for he is one with God. It is essential that he hold as vital a relation with God as does the Son to the Father. He understands the oneness that Christ prayed might exist between the Father and the Son (Letter 43, 1895)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 943, paragraph 5.)

"What possibilities are opened up to the youth who lay hold of the divine assurances of God's word! Scarcely can the human mind comprehend what is the breadth and depth and height of the spiritual attainments that can be reached by becoming partakers of the divine nature. The human agent who yields obedience to God, who becomes a partaker of the divine nature, finds pleasure in keeping the commandments of God; for he is one with God; he holds as vital a relation with God as does the Son to the Father. He understands the oneness that Christ prayed might exist between the Father and the Son. [...]" (The Youth's Instructor, 10-24-1895, "Christ the Youth's Safeguard," paragraph 4.)

"As we partake of the divine nature, hereditary and cultivated tendencies to wrong are cut away from the character, and we are made a living power for good. Ever learning of the divine Teacher, daily partaking of His nature, we cooperate with God in overcoming Satan's temptations. God works, and man works, that man may be one with Christ as Christ is one with God. Then we sit together with Christ in heavenly places. The mind rests with peace and assurance in Jesus (RH April 24, 1900)." (Ellen G. White, S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 7, page 943, paragraph 2.)

"Those who eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of God have a vital, saving union with Him. They are partakers of the divine nature. Christ dwells in the human tenement. True Christians are one with Christ as Christ is one with God. The quickening of the Holy Spirit brings life to the soul. When this is believed, understood, and known by experience, the character of God is revealed in the human agent. Christ abides in the heart." (The Signs of the Times, 10-03-1900, "The Bread of Life," paragraph 13.)

In the above quotes, not only is Ellen G. White saying that Christ and the Father are only as "one" as Christ and His followers are, but she is also saying that Christ's followers are as close to Christ as Christ is to the Father, and they are as much "Christ" as "Christ" is "God" (which is just a unity of purpose!). She even says that the "human agent who yields obedience to God" is "one with God; he holds as vital a relation with God as does the Son to the Father"! And then she even talks about the "oneness" that Christ "prayed might exist" "between the Father and the Son"!



"Those who have been baptized and have taken their stand on the Lord's side, separating from the enemy, have pledged themselves to the service of God. When you went down into the water and were baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, these three great powers of heaven pledged themselves to give you power and grace to resist every temptation to dishonor God. When you rose from the water, you represented the resurrection of Christ." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Nineteen, page 235, paragraph 2.)

"'If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.' What were the words spoken as you took part in the solemn rite of baptism?--'In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.' You were buried with Christ in baptism, and raised to newness of life. And the three great powers of heaven pledged themselves to co-operate with you in your efforts to live the new life in Christ. Then should we not praise him with every breath?" (Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 06-15-1905, "Lessons from the Second Chapter of     Philippians," paragraph 33.)

"Baptism is a most solemn renunciation of the world. Self is by profession dead to a life of sin. The waters cover the candidate, and in the presence of the whole heavenly universe the mutual pledge is made. In the name of the Father, and Son, and the Holy Spirit, man is laid in his watery grave, buried with Christ in baptism, and raised from the water to live the new life of loyalty to God. The three great powers in heaven are witnessesthey are invisible but present." (The Faith I Live By, page 146, paragraph 3.)

"The Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, powers infinite and omniscient, receive those who truly enter into covenant relation with God. They are present at every baptism, to receive the candidates who have renounced the world and have received Christ into the soul temple. These candidates have entered into the family of God, and their names are inscribed in the Lamb's book of life (MS 27 1/2, 1900)." (S.D.A. Bible Commentary Vol. 6, page 1075, paragraph 5.)

"Three distinct agencies, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, work together for human beings.They are united in the work of making the church on earth like the church in heaven. They place the resources of heaven at the disposal of those who will appreciate and impart these spiritual treasures. [sic] multiplying them by using them to the glory of God. Every diligent effort to improve adds to the gifts we have. The powers of heaven work with human beings on the plan of multiplication." (Ellen G. White, Manuscript 27a, 1900, page 7, unpublished, as displayed on the official Ellen G. White Estate website.)

"Baptism is a most solemn ceremony. When men and women, truly converted, are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, these three representatives of heavenly authority behold the scene, and accept the vows made by human agents to walk henceforth in newness of life. In taking the baptismal vows, you have united with the highest powers in the heavenly courts, to live a life patterned after the life of C--hrist. [...]" (Manuscript Releases, Volume Six, page 29, paragraph 3.)

"After the believing soul has received the ordinance of baptism, he is to bear in mind that he is dedicated to God, to Christ, and to the Holy Spirit. These three all cooperate in the great work of the covenant made by baptism in the sight of the heavenly universe. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit receive the believing soul into covenant relation with God." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Six, page 163, paragraph 2.)

"The presence of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, the three highest powers in the universe, is pledged to be with every striving soul. They will impart grace and strength to all who will watch unto prayer, to all who will purify the soul by obedience to the truth. And they will make the believer instrumental in leading other souls to accept Christ by faith." (The Watchman, 12-15-1908, "Honoring God," paragraph 3.)

[...] "We are ordained unto God to bear fruit. Was this not our experience when we were led down into the water, and baptized in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost? What did that mean? It meant that the three great powers in heaven were pledged to keep us so long as we remain one with Christ, united to the Vine." (Sermons and Talks, Volume Two, page 295, paragraph 5.)

"'Buried with Him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with Him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.' As you openly renounced sin and Satan, the three great powers of heaven pledged themselves to help you to overcome. You were raised in newness of life by the power that raised Christ from the dead. You came forth from the watery grave pledged to devote your life to the Master's service. You are henceforth to live a new life, as if reason, knowledge, affection, speech, property, and all else you have, had been anew entrusted to you, with a distinct intimation from heaven that they are to be used for God. You are to live a life of cross-bearing and self-denial, a life bound up with the life of Christ." (The Signs of the Times, 02-12-1902, "Living For Christ," paragraph 9.)

"As Christians submit to the solemn rite of baptism, He registers the vow that they make to be true to Him. This vow is their oath of allegiance. They are baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Thus they are united with the three great powers of heaven. They pledge themselves to renounce the world and to observe the laws of the kingdom of God. Henceforth they are to walk in newness of life. [...]" (Evangelism, page 307, paragraph 3.)

So, we have seen that Ellen G. White, whose writings are considered by the Seventh-day Adventists to be "a continuing and authoritative source of truth," teaches anti-trinitarian doctrine 

In her entire lifetime, Ellen G. White never once taught or endorsed the doctrine of the Trinity in all of her published writings/sermons/talks. Interestingly, she never once even stated that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are "one God". In her latest writings, Ellen G. White was still staunchly anti-Trinitarian. She certainly did not guide the SDA Church towards an orthodox view of Christ or towards Trinitarianism, as some have thought. The Seventh-day Adventists gradually adopted the use of the term "Trinity". As we have seen, the SDA Church's current teaching about the "Trinity" is no more orthodox than Ellen G. White's latest writings (it is identical to them), which as we have seen are anti-Trinitarian and are not closer to orthodoxy than her earliest writings.

"On page 55, I stated that a cloud of glorious light covered the Father and that His person could not be seen. I also stated that I saw the Father rise from the throne. The Father was enshrouded with a body of light and glory, so that His person could not be seen; yet I knew that it was the Father and that from His person emanated this light and glory. When I saw this body of light and glory rise from the throne, I knew it was because the Father moved, therefore said, I saw the Father rise. The glory, or excellency, of His form I never saw; no one could behold it and live; yet the body of light and glory that enshrouded His person could be seen." (Early Writings of Ellen G. White, page 92, paragraph 1.)

[...] "The word and works of Christ testified to a divine power which accomplishes miraculous results, of a future, eternal life exalted above the finite life, of God as a Father to the children of men, watchful of their true interests, and guarding them. He taught that God was a rewarder of the righteous, and a punisher of the transgressor. He was not an intangible spirit, but a living ruler of the universe. This gracious Father was constantly working for the good of man, and mindful of all that concerns him. The very hairs of his head are numbered. Not even a sparrow falls to the ground without the notice of the Heavenly Father, and man is more valuable than many sparrows. [...]" (The Spirit of Prophecy, Volume Three, page 47, paragraph 1.)

"The Father can not be described by the things of earth. The Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, and is invisible to mortal sight. The Son is all the fullness of the Godhead manifested. The word of God declares Him to be 'the express image of His person.' 'God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' Here is shown the personality of the Father.
"The Comforter that Christ promised to send after He ascended to heaven, is the Spirit in all the fullness of the Godhead, making manifest the power of divine grace to all who receive and believe in Christ as a personal Saviour. There are three living persons of the heavenly trio. In the name of these three powers,--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, those who receive Christ by living faith are baptized, and these powers will cooperate with the obedient subjects of heaven in their efforts to live the new life in Christ." (Bible Training School, 03-01-1906, "The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," paragraph 2.)

"I had often been shown the lovely Jesus, that he is a person. I had asked him if his Father was a person, and had a form like himself. Said Jesus, 'I am in the express image of my Father's person.' I had often seen that the spiritual view took away the glory of heaven, and that in many minds the throne of David, and the lovely person of Jesus had been burned up by the fire of spiritual interpretation." (Ellen G. White,Life Sketches of James White and Ellen G. White (1888 edition), page 230, paragraph 3. Italics in original.)

So, according to Ellen G. White, her "Jesus" is a physical duplicate, or carbon copy, of "God the Father" (two separate corporeal beings/gods).



"We have been brought together as a school, and we need to realize that the Holy Spirit, who is as much a person as God is a person, is walking through these grounds, that the Lord God is our keeper, and helper. He hears every word we utter and knows every thought of the mind.--Ms 66, 1899, p. 4. (Talk, April 15, 1899)." (Manuscript Releases, Volume Seven, page 299, paragraph 2.)
And here is another quote from Ellen G. White:
"Man was to bear God's image, both in outward resemblance and in character. Christ alone is 'the express image' (Hebrews 1:3) of the Father; but man was formed in the likeness of God. [...]" (Patriarchs and Prophets, page 45, paragraph 2.)
So, again, White tries to (mis)use the KJV translation of Hebrews 1:3 to say that "Christ" is a physical carbon copy of the physical "Father"--and that so are humans, but that humans do not look quite as much like the Father as Jesus does, who alone is the express image of the Father!

The Ellen G. White Estate has on their website a book entitled The Ellen G. White Writings, by Arthur L. White (Ellen G. White's grandson), published in 1973 by the SDA Church-owned Review and Herald Publishing Association. In this book, Arthur White admits that Ellen G. White fought against the Trinity:

[...] "But because truths are at times presented in a symbolic framework, there are some who would tend to consider as symbolic much that we have evidence should be understood literally. This tendency gave Ellen White considerable concern, and on a number of occasions she spoke out emphatically on this point.

"Consistent and Repeated Declarations on a Critical Point
"One such case relates to the personality of God and involves the Trinity. I have failed to find one instance in which Ellen White employs the term Trinity.

Those who are engaged in proclaiming the third angel's message are searching the Scriptures upon the same plan that Father Miller adopted. In the little book entitled "Views of the Prophecies and Prophetic Chronology," Father Miller gives the following simple but intelligent and important rules for Bible study and interpretation:-- {RH, November 25, 1884 par. 23}

"1. Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible; 2. All Scripture is necessary, and may be understood by diligent application and study; 3. Nothing revealed in Scripture can or will be hid from those who ask in faith, not wavering; 4. To understand doctrine, bring all the scriptures together on the subject you wish to know, then let every word have its proper influence; and if you can form your theory without a contradiction, you cannot be in error; 5. Scripture must be its own expositor, since it is a rule of itself. If I depend on a teacher to expound to me, and he should guess at its meaning, or desire to have it so on account of his sectarian creed, or to be thought wise, then his guessing, desire, creed, or wisdom is my rule, and not the Bible." {RH, November 25, 1884 par. 24}


The above is a portion of these rules; and in our study of the Bible we shall all do well to heed the principles set forth. {RH, November 25, 1884 par. 25}


“The Sovereign of the universe was not alone in his work of beneficence. He had an associate —a co-worker who could appreciate his purposes, and could share his joy in giving happiness to created beings. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” John 1:1, 2. Christ, the Word, the only begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father—one in nature, in character, in purpose— the only being that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God.” Patriarchs and Prophets, page 34, par.1


“The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Christ; it is His representative. Here is the divine agency that carries conviction to hearts.” 13MR 313

 


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