The Eternal Nature of Truth

The Eternal Nature Of Truth
by Duane & Sheri Schumacher
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1. When did the truths that God gave to the Pioneers and Ellen White become error? In other words, when did the repudiation of the trinity doctrine end and the embracing of the trinity doctrine begin?              

2. By whose authority were the truths that God gave to the Pioneers and Ellen White declared to be error?

"We can confidently say, The truth that has come to us through the Holy Spirit's working is not a lie. The evidence given for the last half century bear the evidence of the Spirit's power." The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, p. 257, June 23, 1905, Letter to G.I. Butler.

"He (God) calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority." 1 SM, p. 208. "Who has authority to begin such a movement?" 1 SM, p. 205

How many foundations of truth do Seventh-day Adventists have? "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." 1 Selected Messages, p. 201 (1904)

Who gave the principles of truth to establish the foundation? "This foundation was built by the Master Worker,…" 1 Selected Messages, p. 204 (1904) "God never contradicts Himself." 1 SM, p. 162

What would happen if Seventh-day Adventists gave up the doctrines that stand as pillars of our faith? "The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error." 1 Selected Messages, p. 204 (1904) The fundamental principles are now called error.

"We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?" 1 Selected Messages, p. 205 (1904). 

"There is no place for gods in heaven above. God is the only true God. He fills all heaven." 1888 Materials, p. 1633. The Scriptures reveal who the only true God is in John 17:3. There is no room for other gods. 

"Reports that have not the least foundation will be asserted as truth." 5 Testimonies, p. 601

"Men may suppose that they have found a new way, that they can lay a stronger foundation that that which has been laid; but this is a great deception. 'Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid.' (1 Cor. 3:11)" Gospel Workers, p. 307. 

"Like its divine Author, it (the truth) is unchangeable…" 5 Testimonies, p. 62

"Thus light was given that helped us understand the scriptures in regard to Christ, His mission, and His priesthood. A line of truth extending from that time to the time when we shall enter the city of God, was made plain to me, and I gave others the instruction that the Lord has given me." 1 Selected Messages, p. 207 (1904). 

"The message must in no case be changed from that which has been." The Upward Look, p. 168

"Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved,…" 1 Selected Messages, p. 208 (1904).

"…doctrines which require words coined in the human mind to express them, are coined doctrines."Review & Herald, June 1, 1869. Words such as 'God the Son' and 'God the Holy Spirit' are coined doctrines.

"Erroneous theories, with no authority from the word of God, will come in on the right hand and the left, and to weaklings these theories will appear as truth which makes wise." 1 Selected Messages, p. 171. 

"…we are not to allow our imagination to frame doctrines concerning things not revealed." 1 Selected Messages, p. 173

"While no single Scriptural passage states formally the doctrine of the Trinity, it is assumed as fact…"Adventist Review, vol. 158, no. 31, p. 4.Evolution is also 'assumed' as fact.

"The doctrine of the Trinity,…is not explicitly and evidently laid down in Scripture in the Protestant sense of private interpretation"R&H, Aug. 22, 1854

"We have no doubt, neither have we had a doubt for years, that the doctrines we hold today are present truth, and that we are nearing the judgment." 2 Testimonies, p. 355, 1870. To know the truth is to know what the church believed in 1870. "God never contradicts Himself." 1 Selected Messages, p. 162

The book Issuesauthorized by the North American Division Officers and Union Presidents, called the 1872 Statement of Fundamental Principles "distinctly non-Trinitarian" (p. 39). This is what the church believed.

"It is as certain that we have the truth as that God lives, and Satan, with all his arts and hellish power, cannot change the truth of God into a lie." 4 Testimonies, p. 595 (1881). To know the truth is to know what the church believed in 1881. "God never contradicts Himself." 1 Selected Messages, p. 162

"It is a fact that we have the truth, and we must hold with tenacity to the positions that cannot be shaken;…" R&H, Aug. 7, 1894. To know the truth is to know what the church believed in 1894. 

"…I change not…" Mal 3:6

"Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the Lord has been giving for the last fifty years." Review & Herald, May 25, 1905. To know the truth is to know what the church believed between the years 1855 and 1905. "God never contradicts Himself." 1 Selected Messages, p. 162

"We had the truth; we were directed by the angels of God… God nevercontradicts Himself. Scripture proofs are misapplied if forced to testify to that which is not true." 1 Selected Messages, p. 161,162, Letter 329, 1905. To know the truth is to know what the church believed in 1905. "…light and darkness cannot harmonize. Between truth and error there is an irrepressible conflict." Great Controversy, p. 126

"The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth. That which was sought out of the Word in 1844, 1845, and 1846 remains the truth in every particular."E.G.W. MR V. 1, p. 52, 1906. To know the truth is to know what the church believed between 1846 and 1906.

"The truth is so elevated as to be admired by the greatest minds, and yet it is so simple that the humblest, feeblest child of God can comprehend it, and be instructed by it." 1 Testimonies, p. 338. "In the last vision given me, I was shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who now profess the truth will be sanctified by it and be saved. Many will get above the simplicity of the Work." 1 Testimonies, p. 608

"Two lines of railway may seem to lie parallel, yet insensibly they diverge until they lead in opposite directions. 'A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.' A seemingly 'little error,' no matter what it be, has in it the germ of all wickedness. 'Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.' James 2:10. A single false principle adhered to, will wreck the whole life and character. The little foxes spoil the vines." E.J. Waggoner, The Glad Tidings, p. 219. 

"The track of truth lies close beside the track of error, and both tracks may seem to be one to minds which are not worked by the Holy Spirit,…" 1 SM, p. 202