SDA-GC Churches are drunk on Babylon’s Wine & Fornication
“The great sin charged against Babylon is that she ‘made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication’ [Rev 14:8]. This cup of intoxication which she presents to the world represents the false doctrines that she has accepted as the result of her unlawful connection with the great ones of the earth. Friendship with the world corrupts her faith, and in her turn she exerts a corrupting influence upon the world by teaching doctrines which are opposed to the plainest statements of Holy Writ” (Ellen G White, The Great Controversy, 1911, p. 388).
“The theory of eternal torment is one of the false doctrines that constitute the wine of the abomination of Babylon, of which she makes all nations drink. Revelation 14:8; 17:2. That ministers of Christ should have accepted this heresy and proclaimed it from the sacred desk is indeed a mystery. They received it from Rome, as they received the false sabbath. True, it has been taught by great and good men; but the light on this subject had not come to them as it has come to us. They were responsible only for the light which shone in their time; we are accountable for that which shines in our day. If we turn from the testimony of God's word, and accept false doctrines because our fathers taught them, we fall under the condemnation pronounced upon Babylon; we are drinking of the wine of her abomination” (The Great Controversy, p. 536).
Most denominations, corporately, not all individual members, have drunk the wine of Babylon – drunken with the trinity error of Catholicism. Seventh-day Adventist pioneers were not Trinitarians, but our new Adventist theologians are ostensibly Trinitarians.
In 1854, Adventist pioneers quoted the Catholic challenge, calling the Protestants out of Rome’s false doctrines: “Protestants not guided by Scripture. [‘Doctrinal Catechism’ – pp. 101,174, 351-355.] Q. Have you any other way of proving that the Church has power to institute festivals of precept? A. Had she not such power, she could not have done that in which all modern religionists agree with her; – she could not have substituted the observance of Sunday the first day of the week, for the observance of Saturday the seventh day, a change for which there is no Scriptural authority. Q. Do you observe other necessary truths as taught by the Church, not clearly laid down in Scripture? A. The doctrine of the Trinity, a doctrine the knowledge of which is certainly necessary to salvation, is not explicitly and evidently laid down in Scripture, in the Protestant sense of private interpretation” (Review and Herald, 22 August 1854). In the same year, Adventists wrote:
“As fundamental errors, we might class with this counterfeit sabbath other errors which Protestants have brought away from the Catholic church, such as sprinkling for baptism, the trinity, the consciousness of the dead and eternal life in misery. The mass who have held these fundamental errors, have doubtless done it ignorantly; but can it be supposed that the church of Christ will carry along with her these errors till the judgment scenes burst upon the world? We think not” (James White, Review and Herald, 12 September 1854, Par 8).
When the Trinitarians attempted to accuse Seventh-day Adventist pioneers of denying the divinity of Christ in denying the trinity, Adventists responded: “The great mistake of Trinitarians, in arguing this subject, is this: they make no distinction between a denial of a trinity and a denial of the divinity of Christ. They see only the two extremes, between which the truth lies; and take every expression referring to the pre-existence of Christ as evidence of a trinity. The Scriptures abundantly teach the preexistence of Christ and his divinity; but they are entirely silent in regard to a trinity” (JH Waggoner, Review and Herald, 10 November 1863).
To inform the world of their beliefs, Seventh-day Adventist pioneers published in 1874, a statement of their fundamental principles of faith, which declared: “1. That there is one God, a personal, spiritual Being, the Creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal; infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by His representative, the Holy Spirit. Psalm 139:7. 2. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the One by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist” (Signs of the Times, 4 June 1874).
When our Seventh-day Adventist pioneers, for rejecting the trinity, were accused of being Arian, they declared that they were emphatically not Arian. That is, they were just as removed from that camp which denies the divinity of Christ and makes Christ a created being as they were removed from the Trinitarian camp. Adventist pioneers responded:
“The inexplicable Trinity that makes the Godhead three in one and one in three is bad enough; but that ultra Unitarianism that makes Christ inferior to the Father is worse. Did God say to an inferior, ‘let us make man in our image?’” (James White, Review and Herald, 29 November 1877 – James White was at that time the President of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, as he was the President: 1865-1867, 1869-1871, and 1874-1880).
Adventist pioneers were non-Trinitarian, as their publications show: “God alone is without beginning. At the earliest epoch when a beginning could be, - a period so remote that to finite minds it is essentially eternity, - appeared the Word. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ John 1:1. This uncreated Word was the Being, who, in the fulness of time, was made flesh, and dwelt among us. His beginning was not like that of any other being in the universe. It is set forth in the mysterious expressions, ‘his [God’s] only begotten Son’ (John 3:16; 1 John 4:9), ‘the only begotten of the Father’ (John 1:14), and, ‘I proceeded forth and came from God.’ John 8:42. Thus it appears that by some divine impulse or process, not creation, known only to Omniscience, and possible only to Omnipotence, the Son of God appeared. And then the Holy Spirit (by an infirmity of translation called ‘the Holy Ghost’), the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, the divine afflatus and medium of their power, representative of them both (Ps. 139:7), was in existence also” (Uriah Smith, Looking Unto Jesus, 1898, p. 10 – Uriah Smith severed as the Secretary of the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; he was Secretary: 1863-1868, 1869-1873, 1874-1876, 1877-1881, and 1883-1888).
As were other Seventh-day Adventist pioneers, the prophet, Ellen G White, whilst not mentioning the word “trinity”, taught consistently against the trinity, showing that next to the Father was Christ and next to Christ was Lucifer (not third trinity god), as follows:
“Lucifer in heaven, before his rebellion, was a high and exalted angel, next in honor to God's dear Son. … Christ, God's dear Son, had the pre-eminence over all the angelic host. He was one with the Father before the angels were created. Lucifer 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 Son. … 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 host” (EG White, The Story of Redemption, p. 13).
But the faith once delivered to our Seventh-day Adventist pioneers, once they were laid to their graves, new Adventist theologians embraced the trinity doctrine of the antichrist, denying Christ is the literal Son of God, and drunk the wine of antichrist!
The new Adventist theologians acknowledge that Adventist pioneers rejected the trinity, and would today not join the Adventist church: “Most of the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would not be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination’s Fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the trinity” (George Raymond Knight, Ministry, October 1993, p. 10 – Knight is emeritus professor of church history at Andrews University, and author of many books).
The new theologians ascribe the change to the so-called “present truth” that consists of denouncing the pillars established by our Adventist pioneers: “Adventist beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of ‘present truth’. Most startling is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord ... the Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists” (William G Johnsson, Adventist Review, 6 January 1994, p. 10 – Johnsson was editor of Adventist Review 1982-2006). But the prophet Ellen White tells us that truth remains truth:
“That which was truth in the beginning is truth now. Although new and important truths appropriate for succeeding generations have been opened to the understanding, the present revealings do not contradict those of the past. Every new truth understood only makes more significant the old” (Ellen White, Review and Herald, 2 March 1886).
Worse still, the new Adventist theologians explain the embraced trinity doctrine as the foundation of our salvation and attribute this plan to Three beings:
“A plan of salvation was encompassed in the covenant made by the Three Persons of the Godhead, who possessed the attributes of Deity equally. In order to eradicate sin and rebellion from the universe and to restore harmony and peace, one of the divine Beings accepted, and entered into the role of the Father, another the role of the Son. The remaining divine Being, the Holy Spirit, was also to participate in effecting the plan of salvation” (Gordon Jenson, Adventist Review, 31 October 1996, p. 12 – Jenson was at the time president of Spicer Memorial College of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, India).
The prophet attributes this to only Two: “The plan of salvation devised by the Father and the Son will be a grand success” (EG White, ST, 17 June 1903). “Before the fall of man, the Son of God had united with his Father in laying the plan of salvation” (EG White, RH, 13 Sep 1906). “The plan of redemption was arranged in the councils between the Father and the Son” (Ellen G White, RH, 28 May 1908).
New theologians imply that the words Father and Son are only symbolic based on an arrangement and not literal. Christ said, “the Father is greater than I” (John 14:28); “The Father was greater than the Son in that he was first. The Son was equal with the Father in that he had received all things from the Father” (James White, RH, 4 January 1881, Par 2).
Regarding “the trinity, I concluded that it was an impossibility for me to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, was also the Almighty God, the Father, one and the same being” (Joseph Bates, The Autobiography of Elder Joseph Bates, 1868, p. 204). So fundamental is this truth that Christ is the Son of God that, upon Peter’s confession “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God,” Jesus declared, “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven … upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:16-18). The co-eternal age of Father and Son in the trinity destroys the foundation of the church that Christ built upon Himself as the literal Son of God.
Like ancient Israel, new Adventist theologians have departed from the faith: “And the people served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the LORD, that he did for Israel and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD, nor yet the works which he had done for Israel” (Judges 2: 7, 10). After the pioneers died, we have abandoned the truth they believed: “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him” (1 Corinthians 8:6). But God will reprove His church!
Although new Adventist theologians in Seventh-day Adventist Church have drunk the trinity wine of Catholicism, “The church, enfeebled and defective, needing to be reproved, warned, and counseled, is the only object upon earth upon which Christ bestows His supreme regard” (EG White, TM 49.1).
However, the prophet would today ask our new Adventist theologians these questions: “Shall the ark of the covenant be removed from this people? Shall idols be smuggled in? Shall false principles and false precepts be brought into the sanctuary? Shall antichrist be respected? Shall the true doctrines and principles given us by God, which have made us what we are, be ignored?” (EG White, 21MR 448.3). Whilst God may not leave the Seventh-day Adventist Church, He will surely not work with papist ministers!
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