The fear of reprisal
No one will teach and preach the truth without Satan attempting to stop them doing it. Our
adversary will endeavour by any means to stop the truth being promulgated. We can
therefore expect reprisals for telling the truth – and this will come from those within – not just
from those outside of our denomination.
In a special testimony concerning the brethren of the Battle Creek Church (this testimony
carried the title “Danger of rejecting truth”) Ellen White wrote under the sub-heading
“Preaching Contrary to Established Doctrines”
467“"The angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and
said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life."”
(Ellen G. White, Letter to the Battle Creek Church, ‘Danger of Rejecting Truth’, written
from “Sunnyside," Cooranbong, N.S.W. May 30th 1896)
Note these other things she said in this same testimony
“We see here that the men in authority are not always to be obeyed, even though
they may profess to be teachers of Bible doctrine.”(Ibid)
“But we see that the God of heaven sometimes commissions men to teach that which
is regarded as contrary to the established doctrines. Because those who were once
the depositaries of truth became unfaithful to their sacred trust, the Lord chose
others who would receive the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and
would advocate truths that were not in accordance with the ideas of the
religious leaders. And then these leaders, in the blindness of their minds, give full
sway to what is supposed to be righteous indignation against the ones who have set
aside cherished fables. They act like men who have lost their reason. They do not
consider the possibility that they themselves have not rightly understood the
word. They will not open their eyes to discern the fact that they have
misinterpreted and misapplied the Scriptures, and have built up false theories,
calling them fundamental doctrines of the faith.” (Ibid)
“But the Holy Spirit will, from time to time, reveal the truth through its own
chosen agencies; and no man, not even a priest or ruler, has a right to say, You
shall not give publicity to your opinions, because I do not believe them. That
wonderful "I" may attempt to put down the Holy Spirit's teaching. Men may for a time
attempt to smother it and kill it; but that will not make error truth, or truth error .
The inventive minds of men have advanced speculative opinions in various lines, and
when the Holy Spirit lets light shine into human minds, it does not respect every point
of man's application of the word. God impressed his servants to speak the truth,
irrespective of what men had taken for granted as truth.” (Ibid)
Regardless of what may happen to us, we must not be afraid to speak the truth for God –
and it must be done in love. We must not get angry and frustrated when it appears that what
we believe to be the truth is rejected.
Many will not openly take a stand for the truth because they know it will affect their
popularity. Rather than speak the truth for God, they prefer to remain popular with those
around them. Some will remain silent because they know they will lose their position in the
church – or perhaps telling the truth will affect their livelihood. None of these things are more
important than believing and speaking the truth for God. Buy the truth says God and sell it
not. This is the counsel given to us through His written word (see Proverbs 23:23). Many
have lost their lives heeding this counsel. They spoke the truth and paid the price.
Are you prepared to give your life for the sake of the truth – or do you consider it too high a
price to pay? Jesus stood for the truth and it cost Him His life. Are you prepared to do the
same? Jesus said “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose
his own soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).
“Christ's ambassadors have nothing to do with consequences. They must
perform their duty and leave results with God.” (Ellen G. White, Great Controversy,
page 609, ‘The final warning’) 468
“Those who in any way hide the truth dishonor God. Upon their garments will be
the blood of souls.” (Ellen G. White, Testimonies Volume 8 page 155, ‘Letters to
For those who are interested, be sure to check out Terry Hill's new study on the Godhead here:
Terry Hill speaks: someone said to me recently that he thought I was saying I had ‘new light’ but as I told him, this could not be further from the truth. I believe that what we use to teach, before we changed it to what it is today, is the truth concerning God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
What I mean by ‘used to believe’ is what was believed amongst the vast majority of Seventh-day Adventists at the time of Ellen White’s death (1915) – also for decades afterwards (1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s). This was that Christ is truly the Son of God and that the Holy Spirit is the presence of both the Father and the Son when they – the Father and the Son – are both in Heaven. This is what we taught for the first 100 years of our existence as God’s remnant people.
Today we (officially) teach so differently. Today we teach that all three personalities of the Godhead are only role-playing the parts of a Father, Son and Holy Spirit – meaning they are only pretending to be these things (pretending to be a Father, Son and Holy Spirit) – which apart from anything else robs Christ of His true Sonship with His Father.
We also teach today that all three divine personalities are inseparably connected to each other as the ‘one God’ (the trinity doctrine). This goes far beyond what is revealed in the Scriptures. This is why this three-in-one teaching was rejected by ‘early’ Seventh-day Adventists. It was said to be unscriptural.
This ‘trinity belief’ has far-reaching implications. It denies that in the making of the decision for Christ to come to earth (the incarnation) there was a risk taken concerning His existence. What I mean is – trinity theology says that no matter what He had done whilst on earth, the divine Christ could not lose His existence. This is even if He had sinned - which as we know from Scripture was possible (Hebrews 2:16-18, 4:14-16).
Today our church is saying that what we ‘used to teach’ (meaning before we changed it to what it is now) is heresy (unscriptural). I believe differently. I believe it is the truth. This is the bottom line of the argument.