The Stark Warning of 1903
We were warned by Sister White just five months before she died, the following:
“I am charged to tell our people that they do not realize that the devil has device and 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.” — Ellen White, Manuscript 1, February 24, 1915 (five months before she would die)
But twelve years earlier, we were warned from the writings of Sister White that “changes would be made”. A great work would be done, but the truths that were well established would be cast aside. All the work of the Pioneers would be called error. Wasn't Sister White a Pioneer? She was literally a co-founder of the denomination. So if you call the Pioneers or refer to them as being in error, then you don’t honestly adhere to the counsel of God's messenger. Theology and scholars have now replaced the detail and inspiration of Bible study. Our people have become dumbed down to pew warmers attending church like a spectator sport. God has now been placed into the spiritual realm of a mystery and we can't understand him or anything to do with him. Spiritual formation and contemplative player have been brought in by the enemy. WAKE UP FOLKS! We are looking for the enemy from in front of us when we have already been taken from behind decades ago. Lets review a stark warning from Sister White in 1903. Her prophecy didn’t take long to unfold.
“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. The founders of this system would go into the cities and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath, of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice; but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?” - Ellen White, Selected Messages Book 1, p. 204; Letter 242, par. 13, 14, October 1903
Ellen White stated:
1) A reformation would take place
2) Our doctrines / pillars of faith would be given up
3) Engage in Reorganization
4) What was given to the remnant church by God, the Principles of Truth, would be discarded
5) Our religion would be changed. We changed gods in 1980, officially drinking from the wine cup of Rome.
6) The Fundamental Principles for the last fifty years would be called error (1853-1903)
We have had theologians referring to the Pioneers as uneducated, ignorant, not inspired by God. Today it is supposedly “new light”, “present truth.” But you can’t call Old Error, present truth.
7) A New Organization would be established (a counterfeit of the original SDA remnant church is today’s General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists which was formed in 1904, just one year after this prophecy. And along the way that Corporation became a 501c3 in 1950, and then yielded the strong arm of Catholic lawyers with many trademark registrations in 1980.)
8) BOOKS OF A NEW ORDER WOULD BE WRITTEN (“The Coming of the Comforter” – Leroy Froom; “Questions on Doctrine” – Leroy Froom, W. E. Read, Roy Allan Anderson, T. E. Unruh; “Seventh-Day Adventists Believe…27, A Biblical Exposition of Fundamental Doctrines” – P.G. Damsteegt; “Movement of Destiny” – Leroy Froom; “The Trinity” – Woodrow Whidden, Jerry Moon, John Reeve; “Understanding the Trinity” – Max Hatton; Ellen White & The Trinity – Jan Voerman; “Exploring the Trinity, One God…or Three” – Doug Batchelor; “The Sonship of Christ” – Ty Gibson)
9) Intellectual Philosophy would be introduced (Scholars and Theologians took over)
10) Nothing would stand in the way of this new movement
“The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded.” – Ellen White
"Adventist beliefs have changed over the years...Most startling is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ....Many of the Pioneers including James White, J.N. Andrews, Uriah Smith, and J.H. Waggoner, held to an Arian or Semi-Arian view. That is that the Son at some point in time, before the creation of our world was generated by the Father. The Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists. Even today, a few do not subscribe to it." - William Johnson, editor - Adventist Review, January 6, 1994
The above statement by Mr. Johnson is incorrect when he tries to fit the founders of the faith into a box called Arian or Semi-Arian. Trinitarianism was definitely not held by the early Adventists. They were all united as non-Trinitarians.
"Most of the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would not be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denominations Fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief #2, which deals with the doctrine of the Trinity." - George Knight, Ministry Magazine, October 1993, p. 10
“The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error.” – Ellen White
To correct Mr. Knight, all of the founders would not be able to join the church, not just most. Imagine this being done to Martin Luther. They wouldn't be Lutherans any more. This should be startling to the congregation to learn this fact. And they should be searching why, and asking why.
“That most of the leading SDA pioneers were non-Trinitarian in their theology has become accepted Adventist history, surprising as it sounded to most Adventists 40 years ago when Erwin R. Gane wrote an M.A. thesis on the topic. More recently, a further question has arisen with increasing urgency: was the pioneer’s belief about the Godhead right or wrong? As one line of reasoning goes, 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, p. 190
With this quote in mind, if one could say that the Pioneers were wrong, then Adventism and Sister White are a lie. Think about that for a minute. So in reality, it forces you to believe the Pioneers.
“Our religion would be changed.” – Ellen White
April 1980, Dallas, Texas – General Conference Session:
Fundamental Beliefs as printed in the 1981 Year Book
“#2 The Trinity – There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons.…
Sister White had been in some turmoil with the General Conference in recent years leading up to 1903 besides what she was experiencing with the Dr. Kellogg crisis. She had stated the following: “It has been some years since I have considered the General Conference as the voice of God.”- Ellen White, Manuscript Releases 17, p. 216, 1898; Last Day Events, p. 50.3
This is not exactly what you will hear from the church leaders today, ignoring the call for correction and repentance along the way.
“That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we once believed the General Conference to be—THAT IS PAST.” - Ellen White, The General Conference Bulletin, April 3, 1901, p. 25; Last Day Events, p. 50.
In 1904 the General Conference fulfills the beginning of prophesy as they officially form a “New Organization” as it “Reorganizes” itself into a CORPORATION. This would now be called the General Conference CORPORATION of Seventh-day Adventists. This can be found in the 1905 Year Book.
Are we to be baptized into a CORPORATION that is masquerading as a church today?