Friday, March 07, 2014

Bible Truths for Seventh-Day Adventists (SDA), part 3--SDA anti-Trinitarianism, its teaching that the Father has a body, and its teaching that Jesus Christ had a sinful nature, could have sinned and been annihilated, and is Michael the Archangel

2.) The true church has always taught the doctrine of the holy Trinity, that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are the three eternal Persons of the one true God. The “three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word [or Son], and the Holy Ghost . . . are one . . . God” (1 John 5:7-9; Mt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; Jn 1:1-3).[1] Since knowing the true God is essential for eternal life (Jn 17:3), all persons who reject the Trinity will be numbered with the “idolaters . . . in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone” (Rev 21:8), and alleged “churches” that deny the Trinity worship the devil, not God (cf. 1 Cor 10:20).

Seventh-Day Adventism rejected the Trinity at the time of its founding and for many decades subsequently. “The view of Christ presented in those years by Adventist authors was that there was a time when Christ did not exist[.] . . . In regard to the Holy Spirit, their position was that He was not the third member of the Godhead but the power of God. . . . Two of the principal founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Joseph Bates and James White [the husband of Ellen White] . . . rejected the doctrine of the Trinity . . . prominent Adventists . . . spoke out against the Trinity[,] [stating,] ‘the Trinity . . . is contrary to common sense . . . is contrary to scripture . . . its origin is Pagan and fabulous . . . the Son of God . . . did . . . have a beginning of days . . . [as] the first created being.’ . . . During the early decades of the [SDA] church Ellen White made statements which [were] . . . anti-Trinitarian[.] . . . All [the Seventh-Day Adventist] pioneers, including Ellen White[,] were anti-Trinitarians [originally].[2] During this entire period Ellen White stated that the Seventh Day Adventists “have the truth . . . We know it.”[3] Mrs. White, in over 100,000 pages of supposedly “inspired” writing, and during some seventy years of her life as a “prophetess,” while surrounded by scores of SDA leaders who publicly spoke and wrote against the Trinity, never once exposed their heresy as idolatry and blasphemy, but instead publically endorsed their persons, sermons, and writings. As late as the 1890s she herself still taught that Christ was “made” or created.[4] Since the SDA religion and its prophetess worshipped a false god and denied the true Triune God from the time of its founding in 1844 through the end of the 19th century, Adventism cannot be the true church. The true church has never worshipped the devil, and since Mrs. White proclaimed a false god, she is a false prophet (Deut 13:1-5).

3.) The true church teaches that God the Father is “a Spirit” (Jn 4:24) who “fill[s] heaven and earth” (Jer 23:24; Ps 139:7-10) as the everywhere-present God. He therefore does not have a body (Lu 24:39).

Seventh-Day Adventism follows Ellen White, who claims that she “asked Jesus if His Father had a form like Himself. He said He had[.]”[5] She said that the “Father is all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”[6] The SDA religion commits idolatry when it denies that the Father is an everywhere-present Spirit without a body to affirm instead that He has “features”[7] and a “personal form” reflected in man’s physical body.[8]

4.) The true church teaches that Jesus Christ is the eternal God who created and is worshipped by all the angels, including Michael the Archangel. When Christ came into the world, the Father commanded, “let all the angels of God worship him . . . [b]ut unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever” (Heb 1:6, 8). “All things were made by” Christ (Jn 1:3). Michael the Archangel is just “one of the chief” angels (Dan 10:13) who is inferior to the Lord God and did not even dare to rebuke the devil (Jude 9), while Christ has power over all devils (Lu 9:1). Furthermore, the true church teaches that Jesus Christ was always sinless and united to Himself a sinless human nature in the Incarnation. Because Christ was true Man, He could be tempted (Mt 4:1), but because He was true God, He could not have sinned (Jam 1:13), but He is unchangeably “holy, harmless, [and] undefiled” (Heb 7:26; 13:8). Only this Jesus—the true Jesus of the Bible—can save anyone. A different “Jesus” is a Satanic deception (2 Cor 11:4).

Seventh-Day Adventism teaches that Jesus Christ is Michael the Archangel: “Michael [is] Christ your prince[.]”[9] “Michael, or Christ, with the angels that buried Moses, came down from heaven [in the events of Jude 9]. . . . Satan claimed the body of Moses . . . Christ [did not rebuke the devil, but said,] ‘The Lord rebuke thee.’”[10] Adventism also teaches that Christ took a sinful human nature, could have committed actual transgressions, and could consequently have been subject to God’s wrath, annihilated, and eternally destroyed.[11]Christ . . . took . . . our sinful nature.”[12] Christ “took upon himself fallen, suffering human nature, degraded and defiled by sin.”[13] When “God gave His . . . Son . . . [He took] a . . . fearful risk . . . the risk of failure and eternal loss,”[14] for “Jesus Christ . . . could have sinned.”[15]

[1]              In 1 Jn 5:7-9, the witness of the three Persons (v. 7) is the witness of the one God (v. 9). To learn more about the Biblical truth of the Trinity, see
[2]              Pgs. 1-9, “The Doctrine of the Trinity Among Adventists,” Gerhard Pfandel. Silver Spring, MD: Biblical Research Institute, 1999. The Biblical Research Institute is an institution run by and located in the world office of the General Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists.
For detailed and irrefutable evidence about the anti-Trinitarian character of early Adventism, see “Seventh Day Adventism’s Early Anti-Trinitarianism and its Claim to be the Restored True Church,”
[3]              Ellen White, Letter 18, 1850, to Bro. and Sr. Hastings.
[4]              Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 7/9/1895, “The Duty of the Minister and the People,” Ellen White.
[5]              Early Writings, pg. 54.
[6]              Pg. 62, Special Testimonies, Series B, #7, Ellen White.  Contrast Col 2:9.
[8]              pg. 98, Seventh-Day Adventists Believe, 2008 ed., Pacific Press.
[9]              Pg. 99, Desire of Ages, Ellen White.
[10]            Pg. 58, Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4A, Ellen White.
[11]            Seventh-Day Adventism can only take this view of Christ because of its anti-Trinitarian roots. Only if the SDA denomination thought Christ was a created being is their view possible, for the eternal God cannot sin, cannot be annihilated, and cannot be destroyed (Ro 3:5; Rev 1:8).
[12]            Pg. 181, Medical Ministry, Ellen. G. White. Mountain View, CA: Pacific Press Publishing, 1963.
[13]            Pg. 394, Youth’s Instructor, Dec. 20, 1900, Ellen White.
[14]            Pg. 49, Chapter 4, Desire of Ages, Ellen White.
[15]            Letter 8, 1895, cited from “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-Day Adventist Bible Commentary, ed. Francis D. Nichol, et. al., vol. 5, pg. 1128.

1 comment:

KJB1611 said...

Note also the post here:

on SDA Anti-Trinitarianism.