Was EGW Trinitarian or Nontrinitarian?
Updated: Aug 9
Sister White says it so well, through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Rev. 21:6 quoted.] “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent” (Revelation 2:5). They are not to give heed to seducing spirits. They are not to remove one pin from the foundation of truth that the Lord has built up from point to point by the ministration of the Holy Spirit. If one point is yielded, there is no surety that other points will not be discarded; and point by point, the structure of truth will be assailed and discarded. 10MR 46.1
The messages that the Lord has been giving me for the past half century have never, never sanctioned the cherishing of these erroneous sentiments. And yet the assertion of some is that Sister White teaches these very things. I say in the name of the Lord that the truth has been misinterpreted and misapplied. 10MR 47.3
I am filled with sorrow because statements made under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and designed by God to be a great blessing to His people, to guard them against the seducing sentiments of Satan, are woven in with spiritualistic views, and are thus made to testify to falsehoods of Satan's own creating. How can I say to our people, Harmonize with those who advocate these wrong sentiments? How can I hold my peace, and say, Unify? God gives me the message, Beware of the leaven of those who have been destroying the faith of Seventh-day Adventists. There are those to whom I fear to write personally. God says, Beware of the leaven of those who have stepped off the platform of truth. Those who use my writings, given me by God, to build themselves up in sophistry and deceptive theories, steal that which was given to establish souls in the sanctification of the truth, and use it to testify to theories against which I am bidden to warn our people. Beware of the leaven that some who have lost their connection with God will introduce, declaring their theories to be in harmony with that which Sister White has written.
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 the SPIRIT of CHRIST; it is His representative.” — (Ellen G. White, 13MR 313.3, 1895)
“CHRIST has left HIS HOLY SPIRIT to be HIS representative in the world,” — (Ellen G. White, Lt84, October 22, 1895)
“The HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of CHRIST, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency,” — (E.G. White, 14MR 84.3)
“Before he left them, Christ gave his followers a positive promise that after his ascension he would send them the Holy Spirit. “Go ye therefore,” he said, “and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father [a personal God,] and of the Son [a personal Prince and Saviour], and of the 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐲 𝐆𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐭 [𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐯𝐞𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐡𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐭]: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Ellen G. White, Home Missionary, July 1, 1897, ‘Words of Comfort’)
“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST.” — (Ellen G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)
Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the Father and Son, who do we have in us by the Holy Spirit? The Father and Son!
“BY the SPIRIT the FATHER and the SON will come and make their abode with you.” — (Ellen G. White, The Bible Echo, January 15, 1893)
[John 14:23] Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
So why is the Holy Spirit both the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ?
Because Christ inherited everything from His Father including His life. “For as the Father has life in himself; so has he given to the Son to have life in himself.” John 5:26
As Ellen White said, “All things Christ received from God, but He took to give.” — (Ellen G. White, Desire of Ages, p. 21)
And so God gave not only His self-existent LIFE but also HIS SPIRIT as the Father gave “all things” to His Son.
“The Father gave HIS Spirit without measure to HIS Son,” — (Ellen G. White, RH, November 5, 1908)
And so the Father and Son are one in Spirit and share the same Spirit.
“They were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet one in spirit, and heart, and character.” — (Ellen G. White, Youth's Instructor, December 16, 1897)
The Holy Spirit is therefore not another being but the very presence of God Himself coming to us through His Son.
Indeed EGW warned us about the coming heresy in the Seventh-day Adventist Church:
Satan hopes to involve the remnant people of God in the general ruin that is coming upon the earth. As the coming of Christ draws nigh, he will be more determined and decisive in his efforts to overthrow them. Men and women will arise professing to have some new light or some new revelation whose tendency is to unsettle faith in the old landmarks. Their doctrines will not bear the test of God's word, yet souls will be deceived.
We cannot be too watchful against every form of error, for Satan is constantly seeking to draw men from the truth. CCH 344.6
Satan was subtly evolving his false wine
once the original and true nontrinitarian pioneers were laid to rest. It took him 66 years to do it after EGW's death but he accomplished his task in the fateful year of 1981. See below.
Listen to what saith the Spiritualist Teachers and Adventist leaders Who Deny the Father and Son as we observe:
Seventh-day Adventist Teaching on the Trinity becomes official:
In 1981, SDA General Conference President, Neal C. Wilson, announced to the General Conference meeting in Dallas, Texas, that the Church had officially adopted the trinity doctrine, which was now number 2 in the Church's “27 Fundamental Beliefs.” He wrote, “There is another universal and truly catholic organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church,” — (Adventist Review, March 5, 1981, p. 3)
“The concept of the Trinity, namely the IDEA THAT THE THREE ARE ONE, IS NOT EXPLICITLY STATED BUT ONLY ASSUMED.” — Fernando L. Canale, The Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology, Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopaedia, Volume 12, page 138, ‘Doctrine of God’
“The Bible's clear ALLUSIONS [not plainly stated] to the Trinity are enough for Adventists.”
"The role of the trinity in a doctrine of God always raises questions. One reason is that the word itself does not appear in the Bible, NOR IS THERE ANY CLEAR STATEMENT OF THE IDEA. But the Bible does set the stage for its formulation, and the concept represents a development of biblical claims and concepts. SO EVEN THOUGH THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY IS NOT PART OF WHAT THE BIBLE ITSELF SAYS ABOUT GOD, IT IS PART OF WHAT THE CHURCH MUST SAY to safeguard the biblical view of God." — Richard Rice, The Reign of God, An Introduction to Christian Theology from a Seventh-day Adventist Perspective’, page 89, 'A constructive proposal', 1985
Adventist Review 7-30-1981 Special Issue on Bible Doctrines — The Trinity was explained one year after it was voted as an official doctrine of the church (which was in 1980; initially composed of 27 fundamental beliefs). It states,
"While no single scriptural passage states formally the doctrine of the Trinity, it is assumed as a fact by Bible writers... Only by faith can we accept the existence of the Trinity." (p. 4)
“The New Testament does not have any explicit statement on the Trinity—apart from 1 John 5:7, which has been rejected as a medieval addition to the text—but the Trinitarian evidence is overwhelming.” — Dennis Fortin
Implications of the Trinity as taught by Seventh-day Adventists:
It teaches that the Father and Christ are merely playing a role, that Jesus is merely a metaphorical Son and not the real Son of God. Furthermore, the role of each member can be interchangeable and is a matter of mere choosing:
“We are dealing with a metaphorical use of the word “son.”.... There is no biblical support for the eternal generation of the Son from the Father. The Son came from God but was not generated by Him. [T]he [human] father-son image cannot be literally applied to the divine Father-Son relationship within the Godhead. The Son is NOT the natural, literal Son of the Father. A natural child has a beginning, while within the Godhead the Son is eternal. THE TERM "SON" IS USED METAPHORICALLY when applied to the Godhead. It conveys the ideas of distinction of persons within the Godhead and the equality of nature in the context of an eternal, loving relationship.” — Angel Manuel Rodriguez (Seventh-day Adventist theologian and “director” of the Adventist Biblical Research Institute in 2015), Adventist World November 2015, p. 42.
“The sonship of Jesus, however, is NOT ONTOLOGICAL, BUT FUNCTIONAL. In the plan of salvation each member of the trinity has ACCEPTED A PARTICULAR ROLE.” — The Trinity In Scripture by Gerhard Pfandl, Biblical Research Institute, Silver Spring, MD. June 1999.
“In God’s foreknowledge and great love, such a provision had already been made. 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. All of this took place before sin and rebellion transpired in heaven.” — Gordon Jenson (President of Spicer Memorial College, Pune, India, "Jesus, the Heavenly Intercessor", Adventist Review, Oct. 31, 1996. 12/32 on digital pdf)
The pen of Inspiration refutes the preceding "new" Adventist theology:
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Also, look at what EGW wrote 6 years before her death and let it be known that after this date, EGW never again wrote or stated so clearly of her long-held belief on whom the Holy Spirit is!
“They have ONE God and ONE Saviour; and ONE Spirit--the Spirit of Christ--is to bring unity into their ranks.” — (Ellen G. White, 9T 189.3, 1909)
Allow me to break it down by illustrating:
"They have one God  and one Saviour ; and one Spirit--the Spirit of Christ " (E.White, Testimonies Volume 9, p. 189, 1909) - [NUMBERS ADDED TO SHOW THE 'THREE PERSONS']
Now that you know the truth, what shall be your outcome?
But not one is made to suffer the wrath of God until the truth has been brought home to his mind and conscience, and has been rejected. GC 605.1
Allow Sister White to clearly reveal from the refererences above, that she knew with clear understanding and stood steadfast in the truth about the Father and His only Begotten Son and THEIR Holy Spirit(indeed, their SPIRIT is HOLY)! And the truth is, that she never changed back to her Methodist-held Trinitarian roots! We take note of this from 1906 in the following and concluding statement that she made.
"I should be an unfaithful watchman, were I to hold my peace, when I see the very foundations of our faith being torn away by those who have departed from the faith, and who are now adrift, without an anchor. In this time, when false doctrines are being taught, WE ARE TO TEACH THE SAME TRUTH THAT WE HAVE TAUGHT FOR THE PAST HALF CENTURY. I HAVE NOT CHANGED MY FAITH ONE JOT OR ONE TITTLE." (E.White, Lt 150, May 15, 1906)
If there's still a doubter out there, ask me for my all-inclusive study that's so intense as it "covers all the bases" and will answer your questions and clear up all the misunderstandings about her usage of the 'third person' along with some hijacked* and altered quotes caused by carelessness and neglect while other quotes and Scriptures were misapplied and made by Jesuits inside the Church. My additional studies(1,000+) on file will prove and reveal the frivolousness by our opposers of their cherry-picked quotes and other false accusations along with their baseless rebuttals, denials, and rejections. This shall leave you without excuse to further reject the truth.
*Hijacked--that's correct. EGW prophesied this would occur..really? Yes, read on!
“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 G. White, Selected Messages Book 1, p. 204)
Let it be clear that the Babylonian wine teaching on the Trinity is NOT new light:
“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).
See the following July 16 post for your follow-up study:
“Statements from EGW & the Pioneers not usually seen nor known by SDA’s”
But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John 20:31