Monday, December 17, 2007

Ellen G. White and the Trinity

There are no words found in all the writings of Christian Adventist author, Ellen G. White where she says: "Do not believe in the Trinity doctrine because it is of the Devil!." Not one sentance where she attacks the Trinity doctrine.

There are many offshoot cultic groups going by the name "Seventh Day Adventist" which deny the Trinity doctrine. As a matter of fact, most cults such as the Watch Tower & Tract Society deny the Trinity doctrine.

The official teaching on the subject of the Trinity doctrine by the Seventh Day Adventist Church is listed as number "two" in our 28 Doctrinal Statements. Here is what it says;

"2. Trinity: There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation. (Deut. 6:4; Matt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Peter 1:2; 1 Tim. 1:17; Rev. 14:7.)"

And to this statement all TRUE Seventh Day Adventists hold. Here is another bit of interesting history regarding the doctrine of the Trinity and the early Adventist movement. Ellen G. White claimed in 1888 that God had called two men, E.J.Waggoner and A.T.Jones to present a special and important message to the Christian church regarding the "Righteousness of Christ". She fully supported the published work of E.J.Waggoner titled; "Christ and His Righteousness" printed in 1890. This book can still be read online or purchased in paperback addition.

In E.J.Waggoner's book he clearly sets forth the doctrine of the Trinity. He explains Christ's rightful position of equality with the Father. Ellen G. White was disappointed that some in the General Conference at that time [1888 through 1894] did not accept the "Waggoner & Jones Message", as it came to be known. Waggoner insisted on "the Divine unity of the Father and the Son" and told that Christ is "by nature of the very substance of God, and having life in Himself, He is properly called Jehovah, the self-existent One (Jer 23:56), "who is on an equality with God" (Phil 2:6, ARV), "having all the attributes of God."

Waggoner also stated regarding Christ; "Now if He [Jesus Christ] created everything that was ever created, and existed before all created things, it is evident that He Himself is not among created things. He is above creation, and not a part of it."

Ellen G. White said later in her life that had the "Waggoner & Jones" message been accepted there would have been a greater out pour of the Holy Spirit. She also connected this message of the Righteousness of Christ closely with the "third angels message" of Revelation chapter 14.

In her book, "Desire of Ages" Ellen G. White clearly defined the divinity of Christ in many of her statements. Here is one of her statements;

"His name shall be called Immanuel, . . . God with us." "The light of the knowledge of the glory of God" is seen "in the face of Jesus Christ." From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the Father; He was "the image of God," the image of His greatness and majesty, "the outshining of His glory." It was to manifest this glory that He came to our world. To this sin-darkened earth He came to reveal the light of God's love,--to be "God with us." Therefore it was prophesied of Him, "His name shall be called Immanuel." [Desire of Ages, p.19]

If you want the truth about what the Seventh Day Adventist Church believes about Jesus Christ and His divinity, then ask a true Seventh Day Adventist Christian.

Written by Eric W. King [December 17,2007]

Please read this other article written by Eric regarding the Trinity Doctrine for more insights!
Is the Trinity pagan?

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