SDA Timeline and Changes
ADVENTIST TIMELINE (Very Interesting)!!
1860 – The remnant was given the name, Seventh-Day Adventist.
1863 – Organization of the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventists.
1872 – The Declaration of Fundamental Principles taught and practiced by the Seventh-day Adventists is published at Battle Creek, MI. Primarily written by James White, these fundamentals serve as a synopsis of faith published in a pamphlet. This lays down a clear non-trinitarian foundation and was not replaced or changed in any way until 1931. These propositions are based on 1 Corinthians 8:6 and do not contain the term Godhead or Trinity..
1872 – Death of Elder Joseph Bates.
1874 – The Fundamental Principles of 1872 are published again by James White in the first issue of the Signs of the Times (June 4, 1874), and by Uriah Smith in the Review and Herald (Nov. 24, 1874). In his introductory remarks to the fundamental principles in the Signs, James White states, “In presenting to the public this synopsis of our faith, we wish to have it distinctly understood that we have no articles of faith, creed, or discipline aside from the Bible. We do not put forth this as having authority with our people, nor is designed to secure uniformity among them, as a system of faith, but is a brief statement of what is, and has been, with great unanimity, held by them.”
1877 - The Biblical Institute, where Uriah Smith and James White outlined the Principal Doctrines of Seventh-day Adventists, was held in Oakland, California. Covering everything from the Sanctuary to Prophecy, the nature of Sin to the nature of Christ, this Institute confirmed and strengthened the teachings of Adventism, as outlined in the Fundamentals of 1872.
1881 – Death of Elder James White.
1883 – Death of Elder J.B. Frisbie and Elder John Nevins Andrews.
1883 - At this General Conference Session it is decided against publishing a Church Manual, as it was deemed undesirable to take any steps towards a discipline, creed or form of formalism.
"It is the unanimous opinion of the committee appointed to consider the matter of the Church Manual that it would not be advisable to have a Church Manual. We consider it unnecessary because we have already surmounted the greatest difficulties connected with church organization without one; and perfect harmony exists among us on this subject. It would seem to many like a step toward the formation of a creed or a discipline, other than the Bible, something we have always been opposed to as a denomination. If we had one, we fear many, especially those commencing to preach, would study it to obtain guidance in religious matters, rather that to seek for it in the Bible, and from the leading of the Spirit of God, which would tend to their hindrance in genuine religious experience, and in knowledge of the mind of the Spirit. It was in taking similar steps that other bodies of Christians first began to lose their simplicity and become formal and spiritually lifeless. Why should we imitate them? The committee feels, in short, that our tendency should be in the direction of the policy and close conformity of the Bible, rather than to elaborately defining every point in church management and church ordinances."
"On motion, this report with reference to Church Manual was accepted. It was then also Voted, That the President of the General Conference be requested to write an article for the Review, explaining the action of the Conference on the subject of the manual." — Review and Herald, November 20, 1883 (Yearbook, 1883, pp. 33-36)
1883 – The first Seventh-day Adventist Yearbook is published. It is in commemoration of the Anniversary Meetings held in Rome, NY, December 7-19, 1882 and includes all the statistics of the denomination. This will begin an annual practice.
1888 - The 27th General Conference Session this year is held at Minneapolis, Minnesota, with 91 delegates, and approx. 475 attendees. God brings the truth of righteousness by faith to His people through Elder’s Waggoner & Jones. Built on a powerful Biblical foundation, this message of the love of God marked the beginning of the Loud Cry. But sadly, the message is resisted by a large majority of the church leadership.
Ellen White writes, “The prejudices and opinions that prevailed at Minneapolis are not dead by any means. The seeds there sown are ready to spring into life and bear a like harvest, because the roots are still left.... and will bear their unholy fruit, to poison the perception and blind the understanding of those you connect with, in regard to the messengers and messages that God sends…” (Manuscript 40, 1890; 1888 Materials, ch. 115)
“Some of our brethren have expressed fears that we shall dwell too much upon the subject of justification by faith, but I hope and pray that none will be needlessly alarmed; for there is no danger in presenting this doctrine as it is set forth in the Scriptures…... Some of our brethren are not receiving the message from God upon this subject. They appear to be anxious that none of our ministers shall depart from their former manner of teaching the good old doctrines. We inquire, Is it not time that fresh light should come to the people of God, to awaken them to greater earnestness and zeal? Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.’” (Ellen White, Ms 8, 1890, par. 6)
1889 – Death of Elder Joseph Harvey Waggoner (Ellet Joseph Waggoner’s father)
1889 – The Fundamental Principles are expanded to 28 sections and published in the 1889 Yearbook for the first time, leaving the first two on the doctrine of God unchanged. It remains unchanged during its reprinting from 1905-1914 in the SDA Yearbook. This same statement or guideline of belief can be found in the 1905, 1909, 1913 and 1914 Yearbooks. After that, it is not published until it was changed solely by F. M Wilcox in 1931.
"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 principle features of their religious faith, upon which there is, so far as is known, entire unanimity throughout the body." (1889 Yearbook, p. 147)
1890 – Leadership attempts to remove the name Seventh-day Adventist from the American Sentinel (Religious Liberty journal of the SDA Church) to make the magazine popular with other denominations, but this step is averted because a living prophet is present. Ellen White states, “This policy is the first step in a succession of wrong steps” (Counsels to Writer and Editors, p. 96) the leading brethren are taking down the road to ecumenical concessions.
1891 - The General Conference sent Ellen White to Australia, contrary to the light given her. (This Day With God, p.61) E.J. Waggoner is sent to England as editor of 'The Present Truth' for 10 years to separate him from A.T. Jones and E.G.White. (Letter from W.C. White to A.G. Daniells, May 30, 1902.)
1892 – Death of Elder Roswell F. Cottrell
1892 - Bible Students' Library series - lessons for the public. # 90 "The Bible Doctrine of the Trinity." Reprint of article in New York Independent in November 14,1889. Author - Samuel Spear (non-SDA). Promoted "one God subsisting and acting in three hypostases/persons," but also in “eternal divine subordination of the Son to the Father." The tract used terms not generally used by Adventists, but it is generally non-Trinitarian in content.
1893 – Ellen White stated the Church is not Babylon (for that time and place).
“Regarding the testimonies, nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered.” – Selected Messages, book 1, p. 57
1894 - Herbert Camden Lacey attends Sunday-keeping / Trinitarian meeting as Battle Creek College delegate to Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions in Michigan. Lacey re-accepts the trinity doctrine.
1894 - Sister White warns, "It is a grave mistake on the part of those who are children of God to seek to bridge the gulf that separate them from the children of darkness by yielding principle, by compromising the truth." (BEcho, April 9, 1894, par. 6) “It is a backsliding church that lessens the distance between itself and the papacy.” (Signs of the Times, Feb 19, 1894)
1895 - Sister White warns the leadership in Battle Creek: “The Lord has not placed any one of His human agencies under the dictation and control of those who are themselves but erring mortals... But there is a power exercised in Battle Creek that God has not given, and He will judge those who assume this authority… Brethren, leave God to rule.” (TM 347.3)
She also warns, the General Conference is itself becoming corrupted with wrong sentiments and principles. In the working up of plans the same principles are manifest that have controlled matters at Battle Creek for quite a length of time.” – Ellen White, Letter 55, September 19, 1895, par. 2
1896 - H. Camden Lacey lectures on trinity in Cooranbong. Sister Marian Davis, literary assistant to Sister White takes copious notes. Arthur G. Daniells does not oppose the lectures. (Lacey Letters to Leroy Froom, 1945).
1896 - Recommendations for essential change at General Conference session, to choose one man as president, but the brethren are advised that it is not wise to do so. Ellen White warns: “To place men where God should be placed does not honor or glorify God. Is the president of the General Conference to be the God of the people? Are the men at Battle Creek to be regarded as infinite in wisdom?… ‘Cease ye from man.’” (TM 375.2)
1897 – John Harvey Kellogg presents his first concepts leading to Pantheism at a series of studies he gave at the General Conference session.
1898 – “Trinitarian-type” King's Messenger article in Review and Herald, "The God-Man".
1898 – Ellen White states, “The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst.” (Ms 156, 1898 – Notebook Leaflets from Elms haven Library, Vol.1, Need of Self-Sacrificing Effort, p. 99)
1898 – Ellen White writes, “It has been some years since I have considered the General Conference as the voice of God.”- Manuscript Releases 17, p. 216, 1898; Last Day Events, p. 50.3
1901 – The American Standard Version of the Bible is first published. This move towards a common Bible between Catholics and Protestants will influence Adventism in small steps away from truth.
1901 – Stated by Ellen White: "It is working upon wrong principles that has brought the cause of God into its present embarrassment. The people have lost confidence in those who have the management of the work. Yet we hear that the voice of the Conference is the Voice of God. Every time I have heard this, I have thought that it was almost blasphemy....We have reached the time when the work cannot advance while wrong principles are cherished." (Manuscript 37, 1901)
1902 – J.H. Kellogg prepares to publish his work, The Living Temple. He is told not to include his new theories, but ignores the counsel. He tries to gain approval at the Autumn Council for his book to be published but a letter from Ellen White to Daniells counsels him to have nothing to do with the book. Kellogg takes his manuscript to the Review and Herald publishing house as outside work, and they agree to print it.
The Battle Creek Sanitarium (February 18) and the Review and Herald Printing office (December 30) burn to the ground. And along with it, the proofs of Kellogg’s book Living Temple. He then takes the manuscript to a non-Adventist printer. Twenty-three fires would happen between 1901 & 1923. Judgment has ruled from the heavens above, but leaders only scoff at the idea.
1902 – Ellen White feels perplexed and frustrated with the General Conference and decides to withdraw herself from all their meetings. She writes to her sons Edson and Willie, "I have but very little confidence that the Lord is giving these men in positions of responsibility, spiritual eyesight and heavenly discernment. I am thrown into perplexity over their course; and I desire now to attend to my special work, to have no part in any of their councils, and to attend no camp meetings, nigh or afar off. My mind shall not be dragged into confusion by the tendency they manifest to work directly contrary to the light that God has given me. I am done. I will preserve my God-given intelligence. My voice has been heard in the different conferences, and at camp meetings. I must now make a change... I shall therefore leave, leave them to receive word from the Bible... This is the light given me and I shall not depart from it." (Letter W-186, 2 Dec. 1902 to Edson and Willie White, p. 4, 5)
1903 - Crisis begins with Living Temple and the Alpha heresy. Kellogg prints the book in which he has placed his theories. Ellen White says they are “spiritualistic” and “akin to pantheism” (Special Testimonies B, No. 6, p. 41). She says these teachings are the “alpha of deadly heresies” (1SM 200), and that “the Omega would follow in a little while. I tremble for our people. In Living Temple the assertion is made that God is in the flower, in the leaf, in the sinner. 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 does not abide in the heart of the sinner; it is the enemy who abides there.” (Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, p. 341,343) But Kellogg claims that his book is in harmony with Ellen White’s writings and can be sustained by statements from the testimonies. Ellen White tells him he has taken her statements away from their connection, and interpreted them according to his own mind. “I saw what was coming in, and I saw that our brethren were blind. They did not realize the danger.” (Sermons and Talks, vol.1, p. 344)
In a vision, Ellen White sees “a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform…” (Selected Messages, book 1, p. 204)
1903 - Dr. Kellogg admitted to A.G. Daniells that “he had come to believe in the Trinity”; letter: A. G. Daniells to Willie Clarence White, October 29,1903
1903 - Autumn Council, the understanding of the character and personality of God comes under threat. Arthur G. Daniells is concerned that the supporters of Living Temple would cause a confrontation, and dares not call for a vote. Ellen White writes to him: “Be careful how you sustain the sentiments of this book regarding the personality of God… It has been represented to me that the writer of this book is on a false track.” (Keepers of the Flame, no.6, Dr. Alan Lindsay)
After the council, Daniells writes to W.C. White regarding the proposed changes Kellogg has planned for the book. “Regarding Dr. Kellogg’s plans for revising and republishing ‘Living Temple’…within a short time he had come to believe in the Trinity and could now see pretty clearly where all the difficulty was… 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…” (Oct 29, 1903, p. 1,2)
Ellen White writes to Kellogg: “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, The Elmshaven Years, Vol.5, 1900-1905. Arthur L. White, 1941)
She further predicts what will happen in the future including a supposed reformation. But it will not be a good and honest one.
“The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? 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. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced…” (Ellen White, Letter 242, p. 13, 1903)
1903 – A New Constitution is proposed to provide for the election of a G.C president who will be given a mandate from the Church. This will give the president and leading officers authority to enact what they think the people need. A.G. Daniells by himself is made president for the next 20 years. New Constitution provides for the Executive Committee of 25 members to have full administrative power between sessions for any five members as a quorum to take steps that will involve the whole committee.
Ellen White writes, “These principles are so foreign to God’s principles that God cannot bless those who vote upon them.” (GCB 1903, p.152) E.J. Waggoner also objects: “It is fundamentally and diametrically opposed to the principles of organization as set forth in the Bible.” (GCB 1903) Percy Magan says, “They are the same principles and introduced in precisely the same way as they were hundreds of years ago when the Papacy was made.” (GCB Day 3, No 10, p. 150) A.T. Jones states, “This proposed constitution is subversive of the principles of organization given to us at the G.C of 1897 and that of 1901.” (GCB 1903, p. 152,153) This G.C session has rejected the 1897 and 1901 recommendations.
1903 – Uriah Smith dies.
1903 - Dr. John Harvey Kellogg promotes Trinitarian doctrines in Battle Creek after converting from Pantheism. Kellogg asks Jones to teach at Battle Creek College. Waggoner moves to Battle Creek, placing him in great peril. Ellen White writes to him: “Satan is working stealthily, untiringly, to affect your downfall through his specious temptations… He hopes to lead you into the mazes of spiritualism.” (Letter 231, 1903).
1904 – The General Conference incorporates itself and fulfills the prophesy from Ellen White’s Letter 242 (1903), describing a “New Organization would be established.” “Nothing would be able to stand in the way of the New Movement.” The articles of Incorporation are published in the church’s 1905 Year Book.
1904 – Ellen White has a vision in which the angel says to Jones and Waggoner, “The sentiments that you have received in harmony with the special theories presented in the book ‘Living Temple’ are not pure truth. There is a co-mingling of truth and error… Separate entirely from the bewitching, misleading sentiments that run through ‘Living Temple’.” (Letter 279, 1904)
1904 – Ellen White has another vision of Kellogg: “The subject upon which he was speaking was life, and the relation of God to all living things. In his presentations he cloaked the matter somewhat, but in reality he was presenting, as of the highest value, scientific theories which are akin to pantheism… I was astonished to see with what enthusiasm the sophistries and deceptive theories were received. The influence of this talk gave the speaker encouragement to call for a council of our brethren at Battle Creek, for a further examination of these seducing sentiments.” (Special Testimonies Series B, No.6, p. 210)
“Rebellion and apostasy are in the very air we breathe.” (2SM 58)
The apostasy will “develop into darkness deep as midnight, impenetrable as sackcloth of hair,” and will increase in strength until the coming of Jesus. (Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 7, p. 185.1)
In 1904, Ellen White writes, “For the past 50 years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us… 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 prayer, study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord.” (Special Testimonies, Series B #2, p. 59)
Notice that in 1904, the foundation of faith has been firmly established. “Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid. My husband, Elder Joseph Bates, Father Pierce, Elder Hiram Edson, and others who were keen, noble, and true, were among those who, after the passing of the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure… When they came to the point in their study where they said, ‘We can do nothing more,’ the Spirit of the Lord would come upon me, 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. 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 to others the instruction that the Lord had given me.” (1SM 206.4)
1905 – The 28 Fundamental Principles of 1889 “Synopsis of our Faith” is inserted again in the church Yearbook, and continues until 1914. This is the core belief of truth that was born from the foundation of our faith thru the Pioneers.
Ellen White confirms these principles: “Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth” (Manuscript 129, 1905).
“The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time... Not a word is changed or denied.” (Letter 326, Dec. 4, 1905; The Upward Look, 352.4)
1905 – Daniel Bourdeau dies.
1905 – Ellen White says the writings of the pioneers should be reproduced. “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.” (Review & Herald, May 25, 1905)
1907 – Apostasy is here. With the apostasy of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, Ellen White warns: “The time of this apostasy is here. Every conceivable effort will be made to throw doubt upon the positions we have occupied for over half a century.” (Letter 410, 1907, p. 2 [to her son J.E. White, Aug 26, 1907]; 7MR 195)
1910 – Ellen White calls out A.G. Daniells and W.W. Prescott for their work in picking flaws and trying to change our books and writings. (Manuscript 67, 1910)
1912 – The Review and Herald reprints the original Principles with the first two unchanged –"one God" and "one Lord." (August 22, 1912, p. 4)
1913 - F. M. Wilcox publishes supposed “Trinitarian tract." Strategically placed next to it in the next column is a quote from Sister White (taken from Desire of Ages) from 1898 to paint a false picture of belief in R&H Vol 6, Oct. 9, 1913, p 21. People today are led to believe she put it there and knew what was published next to her name. This was really dishonest. At this time (two years from death) she is really feeble and has no say or connection what takes place in the Review & Herald.
Wilcox rolls out the divine Trinity, which includes the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead. This sets the stage for making the Godhead (used exclusively by Ellen White) equivalent with Wilcox's "divine Trinity." This is apparently a response to counter the claim published by James Gray of the Moody Bible Institute that Adventists deny the Trinity (James Gray, Bible Problems Explained, 1913). Wilcox is concerned with what Evangelicals and other Christians think about us. We are different! We are to be and remain a peculiar people. But that would change as more and more Sunday converts came into the denomination.
1914 - Two percent of the members were dis-fellowshipped from the German Seventh-day Adventist Church, because they declared that participation in war service, and that on the Sabbath (Saturday), cannot be reconciled with the Adventist doctrine. The dis-fellowshipped believers have considered themselves as the true keepers and defenders of Adventism.
1914 – the last time the original “Fundamental Principles” from 1872 (and repeated over time) would be published in the SDA Yearbook. This was part of the foundation of the faith that started out in the 1840’s.
1914 – Great changes are made to the Book, “Bible Readings for the Home Circle”. This book remained unchanged from it’s original published date of 1888 to it’s last publishing in 1912 prior to this. Found on page 29 in the chapter “A Remarkable Symbol” is a note on prophecy and history that has since been removed and modified in later editions. “I , considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots." Dan. 7:8
“NOTES. —We must, then, look for the development of the "little horn" this side of A. D. 483. About that time, in fact, there was a pretentious power, seeking acknowledgment of its claims. As early as the beginning of the sixth century the bishops of Rome had become powerful enough to exert considerable of that influence at the imperial court which ere long exalted them to a station where they could command the kings of the earth. There was only one hinderance to their supremacy, — the opposition of the Arian powers to the doctrines of the Catholics, especially to that of the Trinity. These opposing powers were rooted up, the Heruli in 493, the Vandals in 534, and the Ostrogoths in 538. See " Student's Gibbon," pp. 309-319. “
The history of the “Little Horn” plucking up the three horns happened to be called Arian. This important detail of their identity has been removed. They were non-Trinitarian Germanic tribes who would not subscribe to Rome’s Trinity doctrine and belief - the Heruli, Vandals and the Ostrogoths.
1915 – Ellen White warns of great changes to take place after her death. “I am charged to tell our people, that do not realize, that the devil has device after device, and he carries them out in ways that they do not expect. Satan’s agencies will invent ways to make sinners out of saints. I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place. I do not know when I shall be taken; and I desire to warn all against the devices of the devil. I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death.” (Manuscript 1, Feb 24, 1915)
1915 – Ellen White dies only five months after her last written warning.
1915 – Part of the original Landmarks are removed and put out of the way. The “Principles of Faith” mostly written from James White and Uriah Smith and first published in 1872, are now gone from the Yearbook by a mere General Conference statistician, H. Edson Rogers. Rogers was working under the guise of George B. Thompson, Walter T. Knox, William Warren Prescott, Edwin R. Palmer and Irwin H. Evans, representatives of the North American Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists.
1916 – Elder E.J. Waggoner and Elder A.C. Bordeau dies.
1918 – Death of Elder George I. Butler, Elder James H. Morrison and Elder W. H. Littlejohn.
1919 – Bible and Teachers Conference takes place in secrecy with the discussion becoming heated at times as some in leadership positions test the waters to see if the doctrine of the Trinity can be brought in. There is enough resistance to table the conversation for another time. The recorded minutes for this 5-week long event (July 1-August 9) disappears for 55 years until 1974. Arthur G. Daniells, William Warren Prescott, Herbert Lacey among others are working as agents of Satan. An attempt at discrediting the inspiration of Ellen White is made. Some of the subjects addressed included: The Person and Mediatorial work of Christ, the nature of the Holy Spirit, the Trinity doctrine, the Two Covenants, principles of prophetic interpretation, the Seven Trumpets, the beasts of Revelation 13, and of course questioning the nature of Inspiration of the Spirit of Prophecy as related to the Inspiration of the Bible.
1922 - Judson Washburn writes an open letter to Daniells saying the 1919 Bible Conference was "the most terrible thing that had ever happened in the history of this denomination."
(J. S. Washburn, An Open Letter to Elder A. G. Daniells and an Appeal to the General Conference, 1922, p. 28, 29)
Another letter written by Washburn to Claude Holmes is published as a 36-page tract called The Startling Omega and its True Genealogy. It is distributed at the General Conference of 1922. In this tract he mentions that the college in Washington has become “a nest of Higher Criticism” and he blames A.G. Daniells and W.W. Prescott for all the theological problems. (Omega Tract, Washburn, p. 1, 6)
1922 – Elder Stephen Haskell, author of many best selling books and Adventist Pioneer dies.
1923 – Elder Alonzo Trevor Jones and Elder O.A. Johnson dies.
1924 – John Norton Loughborough, the last of the first generation core of Pioneers, dies
1926 – Leroy Froom (who is first associate secretary and then made secretary of the Ministerial Association until 1950) is asked to give studies on the Holy Spirit at the Ministerial institutes in the North American Division. Since he cannot find material suited to his beliefs, he goes to authors outside our faith (Babylon) to reference their writings.
Gradually the meaning of the word “divine” changed, until it meant not fully divine. We do not know how it changed, but Trinitarians were using the term “deity”, instead of “divine”. (Once divine and deity meant the same.) When Froom uses the words “all the fullness of the Godhead”, he is making two statements -- an Arian or Semi-Arian belief is not true Christianity, and the Trinity has a Saviour with full deity.
1926 – General Conference Working Policy (075) is adopted. SDA Church becomes a part of evangelical churches. The policy states, “We recognize every agency that lifts up Christ before men as a part of the divine plan for the evangelization of the world, and we hold in high esteem the Christian men and women in other communions who are engaged in winning souls to Christ.” (“Relationship To Other Societies,” GC Exco, 1926)
This would include the Jesuit Order. Ellen White has warned, “Shall this power, whose record for a thousand years is written in the blood of the saints, be now acknowledged as a part of the church of Christ?” (Great Controversy, 1888, p. 571.1) This is the first “wrong step” toward ecumenical concessions taken by the G.C., only two years after the death of the last of the core of the Pioneers first generation, John Loughborough.
1928 – Death of Elder James Edson White, son of James & Ellen White.
1928 – Leroy Froom, founder of Ministry Magazine begins promoting the American Revised Standard Version and demotes the King James Bible to not accurate and old-fashioned status. He tours the U.S. promoting the Sunday Trinity to Adventist ministers and writes the book the Coming of the Comforter.
1928 – The Coming of the Comforter, a pro-Trinity book by Leroy Froom is published – Froom claims opposition to the Trinity arose from “some of the old timers” as he writes, “You cannot imagine how I was pummeled by some of the old timers because I pressed on the personality of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead.” (Letter from Froom to Dr. O. H. Christenson, Oct. 27,1960).
He would later admit in 1971 in his book, “Movement of Destiny” that he went to authors outside of our denomination for the material he would use for this book. In other words, authors from Babylon!
1928 – William Warren Prescott who was educated by the secular Dartmouth College, writes eleven articles in the Signs of the Times documenting the Sunday scholars proof of the inferiority of the King James Bible. The Bible of the Pioneers is under assault and being replaced by modern corrupt versions.
1928 – General Conference leadership adopts the American Revised Version bible, which is inspired by the Jesuits of Rome, above the Authorized KJV Bible of the pioneers. This version comes from scholars that rely on two manuscripts, the Vaticanus and the Sinaiticus (Constantine’s state bibles.) This is the second “wrong step” toward ecumenism. This step is now possible with the passing of the last pioneer.
1929 – Healing of the deadly wound of the papacy, the Lateran Treaty is signed between Italy and the Vatican, settling the “Roman Question.” Italy now recognizes the Vatican City State as an independent state, and agrees to give the Church financial compensation for the loss of the Papal States.
1929 – Worldly Accreditation is accepted and received into our colleges. The educational system devised by the Jesuits begins to come into influence. This was a goal of A.G. Daniells along with the help of W.W. Prescott.
1929 – A.T. Robinson writes an article “One God and One Mediator” for the Review and Herald, quoting 1 Corinthians 15:28, giving the impression that the one God is the Father only.
1930 – General Conference votes to publish a Church Manual. In 1883 the G.C. session had voted NO. They also decided it was time for a new statement of beliefs. This is the third “wrong step” toward ecumenism. Attitudes have now changed and become more liberal. Theological wounds have “healed.” The last of the pioneers has died and their voices are no longer heard. Leadership wants to change the old SDA doctrines on (1) The final atonement in heaven, (2) The human nature of Christ, (3) The place of Scripture and prophecy in the church, and (4) The doctrine of the Trinity as taught by evangelicals. Ellen White warns, “In no respect is God’s work to be circumscribed by man-made restrictions. Many of the ambitious plans and policies that have been made are not endorsed by Him.” (1MR 245).
1930 – “Our Authorized Bible Vindicated” by B.G. Wilkinson is published, documenting the origins and history of the King James Bible. The General Conference tries to discontinue the book and Wilkinson writes a second book in defense of his position, “Answers to Objections to our Authorized Bible Vindicated.”
1931 – Church leaders in Africa request a "statement" that will “assist in a better understanding of our work.” (27 Fundamentals Introduction) In answer to the request, a suitable Statement of Faith is placed in the 1931 Yearbook.
1931 – Yearbook with new Statement of Beliefs is published without a vote or authority. The G.C President C.H. Watson is voted the authority to select a committee of four men of which he is a member, to prepare a statement for publication in the Yearbook. The four are G.C Associate Secretary M.E Kern, Review editor F.M Wilcox, manager of Review and Herald E.R. Palmer, and G.C President C.H Watson. Francis McLellan Wilcox, editor for the Review and Herald (for 33 years), alone writes up the new Statement of Beliefs with 22 Fundamental Beliefs with the approval of the committee and passes it over to Edson Rogers (G.C statistician from 1903-1941) who places it in the 1931 Yearbook. Leroy Froom would later claim there was a consensus because no one complained. He fails to mention the church was unaware of this action. President Watson knows, but does not seek to take official action. Thus the Statement of Beliefs is added not by approval of the G.C, but “by common consent” and is “accepted without challenge.” (Froom, Movement of Destiny, p. 414)
The first two fundamental principles of James White (1872/1874/1889-1914 Yearbooks) state in part,
“1. That there is one God,…everywhere present by His representative, the Holy Spirit.
2. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father… that He took on Him the nature of the seed of Abraham for the redemption of our fallen race…”
The 1931 Yearbook now states, "That the Godhead, or Trinity, consists of the Eternal Father,...the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father,... the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead..." (p. 377)
Points that are entirely removed from the 1872/1874/1889 Fundamental Principles include: Prophesy as a part of God’s revelation to man, World history fulfills Bible prophecy, and Papacy (man of sin) changed the Sabbath.
The pioneer view on the post-fall human nature of Christ is changed to a pre-fall human nature, Christ’s work of final atonement in the most holy place since 1844 is omitted and now replaced with atonement being completed on the cross and Christ now lives to make intercession for us, and the cleansing of the sanctuary involving the work of blotting out sins is now replaced with only a work of judgment.
Now the SDA Church has a new statement on the Trinity, a new Christ with an unfallen human nature instead of a fallen (but not corrupted) human nature, and a new final atonement that was completed on the cross rather than finished in the most holy place in heaven. These doctrinal changes place the SDA Church in harmony with the Sunday-keeping churches of Babylon, and make it possible for ecumenical ties with other denominations. To substantiate these new apostate doctrines, a new Bible, the American Revised Version (now approved by the Papacy), is embraced.
1932 – The first Church Manual is published, with the 22 articles of Fundamental Beliefs, despite
1935 – Death of Arthur Grosvenor Daniells. One of the key men in apostasy.
1935 – Letter from H.W. Carr to Willie White asking about the nature of the Holy Spirit as being promoted by some of the leaders being another separate person from the Father and the Son. Sister White explaining that the Spirit of God and of Christ (Holy Spirit) is a divine personality began to be twisted into “someone else”, “another comforter” other than Christ is the Spirit. Part of Willie White’s response is, “The statements and the arguments of some of our ministers in their effort to prove that the Holy Spirit was 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, (the Holy Spirit) as the fellow who is down here running things.” (Letter, April 30, 1935)
1936 – The General Conference Sabbath School Committee publishes a series of Sabbath School lesson studies (starting with the 4th quarter 1936 to the 2nd quarter 1938) for the church which is intended to show the world what Seventh-day Adventists officially believe, and purportedly to show that the church still upholds the Adventist Pioneer position on the nature of God and Christ. The G.C Committee voted six men including F.M Wilcox and M.E Kern in late 1935 to sit with the Sabbath School Department Lessons Committee when they compile the studies on essential Bible doctrines. The studies apply Trinitarian language to non-Trinitarian belief, in effect subtly reinterpreting it in Trinitarian terms. In the third week of the 4th quarter 1936 lesson under the title "The Godhead", the word Trinity is used twice, once as a heading and once as a sub-heading. Under the "Trinity" heading, they state that "three powers wrought in the work of creation," and that "the name God is used of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit--a kind of heavenly family name. These three constitute the Godhead." Then under the heading "Unity of the Godhead", they state, "The Father is in the Son, and the Son is in the Father. The Spirit is 'the Spirit of God' and 'the Spirit of Christ.' Hence all three dwell together, and the three are one." (Lesson 3, p.10)
Also at this point, the Holy Spirit is still not officially regarded as a divine person exactly like God and Christ are persons. The lesson states, “Hence the Father sends the Spirit in the name of the Son, that is, as the Son’s representative. The Spirit ‘proceedeth from the Father,’ to do His work in the earth… Hence the Father sends the Spirit, and the Son sends the Spirit. The Son speaks what the Father gives Him to speak, and the Spirit speaks what the Son gives Him to speak. The Spirit is both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ…” (Lesson 3, p. 11)
1936 – Benjamin Wilkinson answers a letter from Dr. T.S. Teters saying, “Replying to your letter of October 13 regarding the doctrine of the Trinity, I will say that Seventh Day Adventists do not, and never have accepted the dark, mysterious, Catholic doctrine of the Trinity.”
1937 – Death of Willie C. White, son of James & Ellen White.
1939 – W.W. Prescott preaches a sermon at the Takoma Park Church, where he says that Scripture “clearly implied the doctrine of the Trinity… There are three persons in the Godhead, but they are so mysteriously and indissolubly related to each other, that the presence of one is equivalent to the presence of the other.” Elder Judson S. Washburn protests what he hears and sees happening in the church by writing a letter to the G.C president J.L. McElhany against the Trinity doctrine. It was circulated by a conference president to 32 ministers.
1941-44 – Hymnal “Christ in Song” and “Hymns and Tunes” song book copies are ordered back to the conferences for burning so that a new Church Hymnal with Trinitarian influence can replace them. This was under the guise of Roy Allan Anderson.
1943 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg dies, after seducing many to his heresy. A key member of apostasy.
1944 – Removal by committee of all 18 non-Trinitarian statements from Uriah Smith’s book Daniel and the Revelation in attempt to cover up history. They eliminate every portion that said Christ was begotten of the Father. W.W. Prescott and others change the meaning of the “daily sacrifice” in the 2300 days message. Changes are also made to Spirit of Prophecy books, such as lower case changed to capital letters for "Third Person".
1944 – “Truth Triumphant” by B.G. Wilkinson is published, an exhaustive study of the history of God’s Church in the Wilderness. It contained strong statements against the trinity doctrine. Leroy Froom is angry, and orders the destruction of the original offset press plates so the book cannot be reprinted.
1944 – Death of William Warren Prescott. One of the key men in apostasy.
1945 – Leroy Froom published a compilation of Ellen White quotes in Ministry Magazine to give credence to the “eternity of Christ”. Her understanding in this usage was far different than his.
1946 – Leadership calls for a committee of four to make a statement of official beliefs. However, it is penned individually by F. M. Wilcox thru a statement of belief on the trinity, originally written in 1931 by him and unofficially put in the Yearbook.
1946 - The compilation of Evangelism with careful, calculated use of certain Ellen White statements to paint a picture that she was supposedly Trinitarian, was done by Leroy Froom, Roy Allan Anderson and Miss Louise C. Kleuser under the encouragement of Elder Branson (1966 Froom Letters). This was 31 years after Sister White died. With the intent to deceive, Froom placed these quotes from Ellen White in his book Evangelism where she had said “third person”, “three great powers” and “Heavenly trio” etc. But all of these in fact refer to the Spirit of Christ and not another being. This is how Froom eventually managed to lead the entire Adventist Church astray because people did not take the time to research what else Ellen White wrote in this regard on these topics. They just took the one-liners like they were hypnotized. Froom’s book has persuaded many non-Trinitarians in the Columbian Union to “lay down their arms” and become Trinitarians.
1947 – Charles S. Longacre writes paper #17 “the Deity of Christ,” clarifying the SDA church’s original stand on the Godhead - a non-Trinitarian article. This would be the last of any major resistance left in the church for decades to come.
1948 – World Council of Churches is formally instituted in Amsterdam.
1949 – Bible Readings for the Home Circle is revised by D.E. Rebok in an attempt to remove any non-Trinitarian, Arian or Semi-Arian statements. Roy Allan Anderson had his influence in this as well. The meaning of the nature of Christ is removed from future publications. .
1949-Review and Herald requests that Elder D.E. Rebok revise Bible Readings for the Home Circle,
deleting twice that Christ came in sinful flesh (compare with 1916 edition p 174). Regarding this issue see Desire of Ages p 49; Selected Messages, book 1, p 408; Great Controversy, p 421-22, 429; Manuscript 50, 1900.
1950 – Death of Herbert Camden Lacey. One of the key men in apostasy.
1950 – Elders R.J. Wieland & D.K. Short write a thesis for the GC entitled “1888 Re-examined”. This was eventually rejected with ongoing discussions up until 1961. This was a form of correction for the church thru self-examination and getting back to truth.
1955 - SDA leadership repudiated Seventh-day Sabbath keeping as a basis for salvation to Martin and
Barnhouse. On this issue see SDA Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 970; Testimonies, vol 6, p 350; Counsels to Writers and Editors, p 94-95; Special Testimonies, Series B#2, p 51.
1957 - In Questions On Doctrine by the Review and Herald Press, on p 381, it is denied that Jesus is our
High Priest atoning for us now in the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary. It states that "He had already obtained it for us on the cross." M.L. Andreasen was disfellowshipped for objecting to Questions On Doctrine
1969 - The Autumn Council, as reported in Review and Herald, Dec 18, 1969, voted that
"Whereas...voted...departmental plans...to create a public image...set salvation within the reach of the multitudes...to place emphasis on the noncontroversial truths shared in common with all Christianity."
1971 - Review and Herald publishes Movement of Destiny, by Leroy Froom, in which he states: "He (Christ)
was perfect in His humanity, but He was none-the-less God; and His conception in His incarnation was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit so that He did not partake of the fallen, sinful nature of other men." Regarding this issue see Desire of Ages, p 117; SDA Bible Commentary, vol 7, p 929; Review and Herald, vol 1, p 143; Spirit of Prophecy, vol 2, p 39.
1975 - General Conference President--Neal C. Wilson--states under oath in Court: "Although it is true that
there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist church when the denomination took a
distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term 'hierarchy' was used in a pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the church's part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti-popery among conservative protestant denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist church is concerned." Reply Brief for the Defendant, p 4, case #C-74-2025 CBR. March 30, 1975. In 1985, Neal Wilson denied ever making such a statement. He states: "Our position is not changed. But our work is not to denounce the Roman Catholic church. We speak the truth and let the truth do the cutting. We have not consigned anything to the 'trash heap,' as one publication has charged. We are not watering down or diluting the message. I regret that statements get into print that do not give an accurate picture." Pacific Union Recorder, Feb 18, 1985. (See Testimonies, vol 5, p 94-95 regarding perjury, and Testimonies to Ministers, p 304).
1977 - Samuel Bacchiocchi wrote From Sabbath To Sunday. In this book, he refers to Sunday as being
the Lord's day 51 times in the first 160 pages. (Regarding this issue, see Testimonies, vol 6, p 128; The Sanctified Life, p 74). On page 360 of Bacchiocchi's book, he states that the moral Sabbath was nailed to the cross. On page 163 he calls the moral Sabbath a Jewish institution, and on page 368 he calls the moral Sabbath ceremonial, and a shadow on page 356 and 369. (Regarding these issues, see Selected Messages, book 2, p 147-153).
1980 – World General Conference in session (Dallas, TX), officially votes to accept the Trinity doctrine, as part of 27 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists.
1981 - Adventist Review 7-30-1981 Special Issue on Bible Doctrines—The Trinity doctrine is explained one year after it was voted as an official doctrine (which was in 1980). It states, "While no single scriptural passage states formally the doctrine of the Trinity, it is assumed as a fact by Bible writers and mentioned several times... Only by faith can we accept the existence of the Trinity." (p. 4) "The concept of the Trinity, namely the idea that the three are one, is not explicitly stated but only assumed." - (Fernando L. Canale, Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology, Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, vol. 12, p. 138, 'Doctrine of God')
By officially approving the Trinity doctrine as a fundamental belief of Seventh-day Adventists, the denomination has publicly declared to the world that she is following in the steps of the daughters (fallen churches) of the mother of harlots (the Roman Catholic church) whose central pillar doctrine is the Trinity. Therefore the SDA church has left the original mission (of proclaiming the three angels’ messages) of God’s calling and the firm foundation of our faith (Fundamental Principles) that are based upon unquestionable authority. No longer can the present SDA Church be considered as the “remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ”, but now simply a Counterfeit New Movement as prophesied in 1903 by Ellen White.
1982 - The Sabbath in Scripture and History, published by the Review and Herald, states on page 127 that
the "Lord's day in Rev. 1:10...[possibly] refers to an annual resurrection celebration." And in the Spectrum Magazine vol 14, #3, Edward Vick states that the sanctuary doctrine is not needed now. (See Manuscript 46, May 18, 1904; Upward Look, p 152 regarding this issue). Also the 1000 Days of Reaping was initiated to bring in 1,000,000 new SDA's by lowering the standards. (See Testimonies, vol 6, p 144, 143; Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 42-45 (Testimonies, vol 2, p 439-440 applies this to SDA's); Testimonies to Ministers, p 409-410; Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 46; Special Testimonies, Series B#7, p 55; Special Testimonies, Series B#2, p 47; Selected Messages, book 3, p 412; Upward Look, p 88).
1984 - 1300 Hungarian SDA's were disfellowshipped for protesting against the church's membership in the
National Council of Free Churches. (See Testimonies to Ministers, p 79-80 about this. And for more on the SDA church's involvement with the World Council of Churches, read The World
Council of Churches and the SDA Church). Also the Ministry Magazine of Nov, 1984, on page 22 states; "In 1888 the direction of the Adventist church took an upward turn at the Minneapolis ministerial presession...and the church has not been the same since. "The 1985 World Ministers Council follows in the tradition of 1888." Ellen white stated about the church in 1888 that "The facts concerning the read condition of the professed people of God, speak more loudly than their profession, and make it evident that some power has cut the cable that anchored them to the Eternal Rock and they are drifting away to sea without chart and compass." Review and Herald, July 24, 1888. Ellen White also states; "In 1888 in the General Conference held at Minneapolis, Minn., the angel of Revelation 18 came down to do his work, and was ridiculed, criticized and rejected. And when the message he brings again, swells into a loud cry, it will again be ridiculed, spoken against and be rejected by the majority," E.G. White in "Taking Up A Reproach" cited in Some History, Some Experience, and Some Facts, p 1, by A.T. Jones.
1986 - The British Union Conference of SDA's upholds the British Sunday Trading Laws.
1989 - In the NAD guidelines for "Homecoming Emphasis During Year of Evangelism" on p 37, lines
30-35, it states the General Conferences' desire that every SDA pastor in the North American Division be trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming hypnosis, and that 200 SDA pastors have already been certified as trainers. In Selected Messages, book 2, 351, God tells us that when we see this, we are "near the close of probation."
1990 - Celebration enters the church and continues to spread, and in Selected Messages, book 2, p 336,
God tells us that when we see this, we are "just before the close of probation." Also on the cover of the August issue of Ministry Magazine, depicts the coming of the false Christ which they claim is the real Jesus. This picture is also loaded with occultic symbols and claimed by SDA leadership to be a great evangelistic tool in poster form.
1991 - Becoming a Master Student, by David Ellis, is required reading in most SDA colleges. It is Eastern
mystical spiritualism. Also The Cast, by Andrews University Seminary Pre-Year Book Staff, is illustrated with Roman Catholic art work throughout, and which Ellen White strongly objected to (see Manuscript Release #663, Letter 81a, Dec 20, 1897).
1990's - 2000's - SDA periodicals, especially the children's magazines, continues to be loaded with New
Age, occultic, and satanic signs and symbols hidden, and not so hidden, in the artwork. Also personality typing (sanguine, choleric, phlegmatic, melancholy, and etc.) continues to be popular, and is derived from Babylonian astrology.
1980's - 2000's - Pagan Easter Sunrise Services at SDA churches.
1980's - 2000's - Sunday Services at SDA churches. In fact, in 1867 Ellen White foresaw the SDA church
becoming Catholic! (see Testimonies, vol 1, p 578). And in the Adventist Review of March 5, 1981, on page 3, Neal Wilson states: "...there is another universal and truly catholic organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church."