Analysis of the Anti-Seventh-day Adventist Church Organization -
Defectors* of the Faith Once Delivered Unto the Saints.
*Defector ~ In politics, a defector is a person who gives up allegiance to one state in exchange for allegiance to another,
in a way which is considered illegitimate by the first state.
More broadly, it involves abandoning a person, cause or doctrine to which one is bound by some tie, as of allegiance or duty.
WHO are THE DEFECTORS from the Seventh-day Adventist Faith?
Anti-Trinitarianism Invades Adventism
As of February of 2016, there are some very zealous people around the boarders of the church, and even within the church, claiming to be "Adventists" and seeking to reform the church so she will return to the beliefs of the Adventist Pioneers, specifically
their beliefs about GOD, and their rejection of the "Trinity."
The Divine Trinity Biblical Truth
ONE GOD; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit a Unity of Three Co-Eternal Persons
Please NOTE this preamble to the Seventh-day Adventist statement of their Fundamental Principles of Faith & Doctrine, found in the very first
issue of Signs of the Times, June 4, 1874
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 any authority with our people, nor is it 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. We often find it necessary to meet inquiries on this subject, and sometimes to correct false statements circulated against us, and to remove erroneous impressions which have obtained with those who have not had an opportunity to become acquainted with our faith and practice. Our only object is to meet this necessity.
As Seventh-day Adventists, we desire simply that our position shall be understood; and we are the more solicitous for this because there are many who call themselves Adventists, who hold views with which we can have no sympathy, some of which, we think, are subversive of the plainest and most important principles set forth in the word of God.
We NOTE that in 1874 the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in an attempt to clarify just what they believed, set forth Fundamental Principles ("Beliefs"-2016) derived from the Word of God. These were NOT intended to have "authority with our people" (church members) and establish "a uniform system of faith."
BUT Anti-Trinitarians have sought to use this list of beliefs to say there was an established uniformity of beliefs, (including an Anti-Trinitarian position) which they view as a rejection of anything that would differ from what was published in 1874.
The reality is that these list of beliefs were not intended to have "any authority with our people." This is extremely disappointing to Anti-Trinitarians, who typically will ignore these statements because it would mean that the Doctrine of God was not set in concrete. The Pioneer Adventists were NOT settled on some kind of church "creed." Their only creed was the Bible. . . but that they were still open to CAHNGE their positions if shown to be in error with the Word of God.
Also, we should NOTE that the intent of listing these Fundamental Principles was to identify all those camouflaged "Adventists," by making it clear just what Seventh-day Adventist members believed, and thus expose the false views that were "subversive" of "the most plain and important principles set forth in the word of God."
This SAME purpose of the current Fundamental Beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church still hold true today in 2016.
In 1874 there was NOT an "Anti-Trinitarian" Doctrine of God in the list of beliefs. What we do have is the teaching that there was only ONE GOD "the Creator of all things" and "His REPRESENTITIVE" (which is a term of "Personality" it never used for an inanimate object or some electrical power or farce, a REPRESENTATIVE is a PERSON not a thing or a power), AND we have Jesus Christ the Son of God the Father. . . and that makes how many Persons? 3! Though they did not call this a "TRINTY" it was the embryonic form that would later develop in to "The Divine Trinity."
The Doctrine of God 1874
The "Adventist Zealots" of 2016 are seeking to have the current Seventh-day Adventist Church's position on the Trinity removed and then replaced (see the Anti-Trinitarian Petition for the 2020 General Conference Session) with the view held by the church in 1874, including some of the most prominent Pioneers, A.T. Jones, E.J. Waggoner, and even James White (the husband of Ellen G. White);
"The 1874 statement of faith published in the June 4 issue of the Signs of the Times:
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. [Where can I go from Thy spirit? or where can I flee from Thy presence?]
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…" -
Geoff Lohrere, taken from his Anti-Trinitarian website "trinitytruth.org"
The pioneers of the SDA Church, R.F. Cottrell, Sr., and Jr., D.T. Bordeau, D.M. Canright, J.N. Andrews, Loughborough, John Matteson, A.C. Bordeau, A.T. Jones, W.W. Prescott, E.G. White, James White and Uriah Smith, were all in agreement that it was that “old Trinitarian absurdity” perpetrated from Rome.
Adventist P.S. Cottrell wrote in the July 6, 1869, issue of Review and Herald, “To hold to the doctrine of the Trinity is not so much an evidence of evil intention as of intoxication from that wine of which all nations have drunk. The fact that it was one of the leading doctrines, if not the very chief, upon which the bishop of Rome was exalted to the popedom, does not say much in its favor ... This should cause men to investigate it for themselves, as when the spirits of devils working miracles undertake the advocacy of the immortality of the soul.”
The Anti-Trinitarian zealots say that the Adventist Church Organization has apostatized from the truth that the Adventist Pioneers.
In 1874, the Adventist Church held the view that there was only ONE GOD, in 2016 we still hold that SAME VIEW, that there is only ONE GOD. The Seventh-day Adventist Church has NEVER taught anything different than there is only ONE GOD.
Anti-Trinitarians are aggressively, purposely and willfully, attacking the Seventh-day Adventist Church Organization. . . . saying she has apostatized from the established Pioneers Anti-Trinitarian Doctrine of God.
One of the foremost proponents of this false accusation is Geoff Lohrere, and he says;
The well-known Adventist Trinitarian Jerry Moon who was a co-author of the book “The Trinity” wrote, “That most of the leading SDA pioneers were non-Trinitarian in their theology has become accepted Adventist history,”
He goes on to say, “either the pioneers were wrong and the present church is right, or the pioneers were right and the present Seventh-day Adventist Church has apostatized from biblical truth.” — (Jerry Moon, The Trinity, Chapter, Trinity and antitrinitarianism in Seventh-day Adventist history, p. 190)
* So, NO ONE is arguing that a majority of the Historic Adventist Pioneers did NOT reject the "Trinity." They DID REJECT the 1874 Doctrine of the Trinity!
* We do not need to waste our time trying to say they were NOT Anti-Trinitarians. They were, and no one should deny this.
(Though not all of the Pioneers were Anti-Trinitarians, including Ellen G. White-
she believed in "THREE living Persons in the heavenly TRIO." Ev. 614)
However, the Adventist Pioneers were WRONG! about the Biblical Trinity Truth! specifically relating to the Son of God "having a beginning" and
by "being born of God" literally!
They were CORRECT about there being only ONE GOD, and that God the Eternal Father WAS NOT ONE and the SAME PERSON as the Son. They were CORRECT in REJECTING the "Trinity" of a ONE PERSON GOD in THREE PERSONS!
They were WRONG about the Biblical Doctrine of God.
There really is "a Divine TRINITY" taught in the Holy Bible.
This TRUTH is different than the Trinity that the Pioneers rejected. What they understood as the TRINITY was that "God was ONE Person in THREE Persons."
That is to say;
"God the Father WAS the Son, and the Son of God WAS the Father . . . THEY were the SAME Person and not TWO distinct Persons."
This idea, that each Person of the Godhead was ONE and the SAME PERSON was considered "absurd" and was essentially the same as the Roman Catholic view of the 3 being 1 and the SAME "substance."
"My parents were members of long standing in the Congregational church, with all of their converted children thus far, and anxiously hoped that we would also unite with them. But they embraced some points in their faith which I could not understand. I will name two only: their mode of baptism, and doctrine of the trinity. My father, who had been a deacon of long standing with them, labored to convince me that they were right in points of doctrine.… Respecting 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. I said to my father, "If you can convince me that we are one in this sense, that you are my father, and I your son; and also that I am your father, and you my son, then I can believe in the trinity." The Autobiography Of Elder Joseph Bates, 1868, page 204
[all italic, bold, and underline emphasis is mine-Pastor RPM]
Let's be absolutely CLEAR:
While the Adventist Pioneers REJECTED "The Trinity," consisting of 1 Person in 3 Persons . . . They DID NOT REJECT the idea of 2 Divine Persons in 1 GOD!
They DID BELEIVED that the Father WAS GOD, and so was His Son-Jesus Christ is Divine/GOD manifest in human flesh.
"In his exaltation, before he humbled himself to the work of redeeming lost sinners, Christ thought it not robbery to be equal with God, because, in the work of creation and the institution of law to govern created intelligences, he was equal with the Father." James White, Review &Herald November 29, 1877
"We believe that Christ was a divine being, not merely in his mission, but in his person also; that his sufferings were penal and his death vicarious." James White, Review & Herald, June 27, 1878
The Adventist Pioneers DID NOT believe that THEY, the Father and the Son were 2 Gods! Yet they believed that BOTH the Father and the Son were Divine/God.
Neither did they believe that the Father and the Son were ONE PERSON,
the SAME PERSON! The Father WAS NOT the Son, and the Son WAS NOT the Father.
AND, most shocking is the historical revelation. . .
The Adventist Pioneers DID NOT REJECT the Doctrine of "The Divine Trinity" consisting of 1 God in 3 Persons!
"How can this be?" the Anti-Trinitarian Zealots will exclaim!
What Geoff Lohrere, Terry Hill, David Barron, and other Anti-Trinitarians will not tell you is that the idea of the "Divine Trinity~ consisting of ONE GOD in THREE distinct CO-Eternal BUT separate Persons"(Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) DID NOT exist in 1874 at the time when the Adventist Pioneers rejected the "Trinity!"
The Adventist Pioneers REJECTED the Catholic Trinity in which the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit were the SAME SUBSTANCE and not individual Persons, they view the Trinity as being "Three Persons in ONE Person."
"The divine persons are really distinct from one another. They are distinct from one another in their relations of origin: It is the Father who generates, the Son who is begotten, and the Holy Spirit who proceeds." St. Paul's Catachism of the Roman Catholic Church, Strathfield, New South Wales, 1998, Pocket Edition, Complete and Unabridged
The Anti-Trinitarians are mistaken here. . . . they want to leave the impression that the Trinity the Pioneers rejected was the "God in THREE Persons-Blessed Trinity," when the truth is they rejected a Trinity of 3 Persons in 1 Persons, which is NOT what Seventh-day Adventist believe today in 2016!
Here is the clear statement of what the Adventist Pioneers understood by the term "Trinity" in 1874;
* Seventh-day Adventists in 2016 (18 Million of them) believe "in ONE God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of THREE Co-Eternal Persons." We do NOT now believe, nor have ever believed in the old "3 Person in 1 Person" Trinity that our Pioneers REJECTED. We DO NOT believe God is "ONE PERSON", and neither did
the Adventist Pioneers!
BUT the modern day Anti-Trinitarianite does;
"Christ is God in nature, but not God, not the Father, in personality. God as a person is the Father, God the Father, who is God in personality and in nature, the Source of all being, He who alone is without beginning, the Ancient of days. . . . God is one person, He is the Father of Christ, the Source of all being, of whom are all things. Christ is one person, the Son of God, by whom God made all things." Anti-Trinitarian Paul Williams Facebook post 2/9/16.
The Bible DOES NOT teach that GOD is limited to just "ONE PERSON." And the Adventist Pioneers DID NOT believe that GOD is ONE PERSON! You will never find this stated anywhere in the archives of SDA History of the Pioneers.
The Pioneers did believe that the Son of God, Jesus Christ "had a beginning" and this was their most serious error, for it is a flat out contradiction to one of the most plainest of Bible text, Hebrews 7:3 "like unto the Son of God. . . having neither father nor mother, nor BEGINNING of DAYS!"
THE BIBLICAL DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY
One of the most aggressive attacks currently being made against the Seventh-day Adventist Church Organization is regarding
Fundamental Belief No. 2, at the forefront, and Beliefs 3-5 consequentially.
Here are the actual Seventh-day Adventist statements of faith;
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.)
God the eternal Father is the Creator, Source, Sustainer, and Sovereign of all creation. He is just and holy, merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness. The qualities and powers exhibited in the Son and the Holy Spirit are also revelations of the Father. (Gen. 1:1; Rev. 4:11; 1 Cor. 15:28; John 3:16; 1 John 4:8; 1 Tim. 1:17; Ex. 34:6, 7; John 14:9.)
God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. Through Him all things were created, the character of God is revealed, the salvation of humanity is accomplished, and the world is judged. Forever truly God, He became also truly man, Jesus the Christ. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He lived and experienced temptation as a human being, but perfectly exemplified the righteousness and love of God. By His miracles He manifested God’s power and was attested as God’s promised Messiah. He suffered and died voluntarily on the cross for our sins and in our place, was raised from the dead, and ascended to minister in the heavenly sanctuary in our behalf. He will come again in glory for the final deliverance of His people and the restoration of all things. ( John 1:1-3, 14; Col. 1:15-19; John 10:30; 14:9; Rom. 6:23; 2 Cor. 5:17-19; John 5:22; Luke 1:35; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb. 2:9-18; 1 Cor. 15:3, 4; Heb. 8:1, 2; John 14:1-3.)
5. Holy Spirit
God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ’s life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth. (Gen. 1:1, 2; Luke 1:35; 4:18; Acts 10:38; 2 Peter 1:21; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:11, 12; Acts 1:8; John 14:16-18, 26; 15:26, 27; 16:7-13.)
There are those "Seventh-day Adventists" (or former members) who have or are now taking a theological position against the doctrine of the Trinity, which disqualifies them as being genuine Seventh-day Adventists according to our beliefs.
Nail this down good;
Seventh-day Adventists really do believe in the Biblical Doctrine of the Holy Trinity.
Those who reject this Fundamental Belief No. 2 ~ The TRINITY, are in fact rejecting the Doctrine of God, as taught in the Bible AND by Seventh-day Adventism.
No matter what they may claim, they ARE NOT Seventh-day Adventists.
What follows herein below, is the "concrete evidence" that the TRINITY DOCTRINE of God is indeed found and grounded IN the Holy Bible. To reject this teaching is to reject WHO God is as a Divine Personal Being ~ "The ONE True GOD."
One of the leading objections to the Doctrine of the TRINITY is that the word itself is NOT found in the Bible, and this is true. The flaw in this argument is that there are many words not found in the Bible, and yet they are realities; like cell phone, car, and the like. Though the Bible does not say there are cell phones or cars, they do really exist. Now when it comes to the doctrines of the Bible, is it out of order to use words and phrases to describe those doctrines, which are not words or phrases found in the Bible? In other words are Christians limited to only using the vocabulary of the Bible in describing what the Bible teaches?
For instance, the Bible teaches in Revelation 20 that there is a period of time that lasts 1,000 years. Yes or No? Yes, indeed. Adventists know this doctrine as "The Millennium." This term is NOT found in the Bible, so it's unbiblical right? Wrong. It is not wrong to use a word or phrase that means 1,000 years but is not found in the pages of the Bible. Don't get sidetracked by people getting all hung up on such an insignificant fact, it is a human rationalism that is used to avoid the truth. Christians are not limited, nor are Bible translations limited, to using only the exact words found in the original Bible, as long as the words and phrases that are used are descriptive of the TRUTH of the Bible. The same truth can be described in many ways and still be truth.
TRINITY ~ It is true that this word in not found anywhere in the Bible, but the real more serious question is; Is the concept found in the Bible?
FIRST we must recognize there are various meanings of "The TRINITY." Some view it as meaning ONE God-ONE PERSON divided into 3 substances or parts, so that the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit are PART of ONE God. This is the false doctrine of God in ONE Person. There may be other variations of the "Trinity" but still are erroneous.
SECONDLY the TRINITY TRUTH is that GOD is ONE GOD~ Deuteronomy 6:4 "The LORD our God, is ONE LORD." Isaiah 43:10 "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me."
The GREAT TRUTH of the Bible is that there is ONLY ONE GOD;
2 Samuel 7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Isaiah 44:8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? Ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any.
1 Corinthians 8:4-6
4 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 5 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6 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.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Now, It will be argued that the Doctrine of the TRINITY is opposed to the Doctrine of ONE TRUE GOD, because it teaches 3 Gods in ONE Person, or 3 Persons in ONE God-The Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Spirit is God-and that makes 3 God in ONE God? Right?
The objection to the Biblical TRINITY TRUTH is based on the FALSE premise that "God is ONE Person." Therefore, it is obvious that since Jesus was here on earth and prayed to God in Heaven, that He cannot be God, that ONE TRUE God, because He was on earth and His Father was in Heaven ("Our Father which art in heaven . . .") and since God is only ONE Person, He did not divided His Person in half (or in thirds), and send part of Himself to earth to die for sinners. This is the same reason the Jews rejected Christ as God the Messiah.
Now is it true that God is ONE PERSON? Where does the Bible teach that? It does not. What the Bible teaches is the God is ONE God in that same sense the word GOD is ONE WORD. BUT that ONE word consists of 3 Letters! And without ALL 3 Letter that ONE word "GOD" would cease to exist. Remove any one of the 3 letters and what do you have? It's not GOD. You cannot spell "GOD" with only 1 letter, you can't do it with only 2 letters. YOU MUST HAVE all 3 letters IF you are going to have "GOD."
So it is with the TRINITY TRUTH; We have ONE TRUE "GOD" in 3 Divine Persons~ Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Each of them are a Person, Each of them are God, BUT the are ONE "GOD" not 3. The Bible Truth is ONE God in 3 Persons. The Bible does not teach that GOD is only "one Person." Where is the text? This is an assumption, or presumption inserted INTO the Bible by man, by human rationalism.
No one argues that The Heavenly Father is not God. The problem arises when we say Jesus is God and that the Holy Spirit is God. It is obvious that each of These 3 are PERSONS, Individuals and so the assumption is made that They must be 3 Gods. This appears confusing, to say there is ONE God and yet say each of these Personal Beings are God: 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 Right? Yes there are 3 Persons, BUT not 3 Gods, because THEY are ONE together-ONE GOD, just like the illustration of the word "GOD." "GOD" is one word, but in 3 letters. Now, no one would be so foolish as to say or think that each letter spells "GOD," or that only the letter "G" is "GOD" and the other 2 are not. The reality is the EACH letter is GOD when they are TOGETHER in a particular order. While it is truth that there is only ONE WORD it would be wrong and false to teach that GOD is only ONE LETTER!
So, it is with the TRINITY TRUTH, the "Divine Trinity." We have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-3 Divine Beings, 3 Persons in ONE GOD. Let me illustrate this by the geometrical reality of a TRIANGLE.
The word TRINITY means TRI-UNITY a Unity of 3 Equally Eternal and Divine Persons. This is illustrated in musical terminology by the TRIPLET and the TRIAD, the first is 3 notes played in the time on ONE NOTE or ONE BEAT, the second is 3 notes play as ONE-that is a chord. A Trio is 3 voices singing together as one or in parts, harmony, but singing in unison.
The Anti-Trinitarianism Begottenist
- Begottenism Theology The False Doctrine of "ONE God-Only- Fatherism"
The follow websites claim to be the true Seventh-day Adventists, while condeming the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventist World Church as being "a new organization" because of the organization's #2 Fundamental Doctrine of the Faith - The TRINITY.
The entire empire of Begottenism Theology is built upon the concept that Jesus Christ was LITERALLY "begotten" or "given birth to" by God the Father way back in the days of eternity, before anything was every created. The So of God was LITERALLY born into existence, wherein He had never existed before. The Mind of Christ did NOT exist from all eternity but literally "had a beginning." Only God the Father is the Eternal Self-existent One. Therefore there was a point in TIME when the Son of God did not exist and the Father existed all alone by Himself. The Person of Christ as a conscious being with a mind of His own was literally "brought forth" in to existence from the Father. Thus Christ as LITERAL "Son" of God had a beginning.
This contradicts the plain word of the Bible~ "The Son of God . . . having neither father nor mother, neither BEGINNING of Days, nor end of life." Hebrews 7:3.
Each of the following websites REJECT the Authority of the Bible, and the Bible ALONE as the only basis of faith (what we are to believe) and doctrine (what we are to teach), and the basis of all REFORMS.
The Third Angels Message
4573 Line 5 North
RR#1 Hillsdale, Ontario, L0L 1V0
Smyrna Gospel Ministries
HC 64 Box 128B,
Welch, WV 24801 U.S.A
"Pastor" Allen Stump
Maranatha Media -"In honor of the Father and His Son"
Adrien Ebens, Gary Hullquist, Frank Klin, Terry Hill, Michael Delaney, Johnathan Otto
The Prophets Still Speaks United Kingdom
The Anit-Trinitarian Begottenism Theology of these websites CANNOT be proved from the Bible and the Bible ALONE. And they neither believe in the Biblical Doctrine of God or the Biblical Doctrine of Christ.
The following Biblical Investigation and Analysis expossed the false doctrine of these Anti-Seventh-day Adventist Cults.