Warnings by Sister Ellen White
If only these warnings were heeded during the last 80 years. But men of deceit were in charge, building a bridge between the gap that provided safety between us and other denominations. Men that had to wait for the Pioneers, the "old-timers" to die off. They removed the old landmarks, the pillars of our faith, the foundation that was set upon 50 valuable years. The fundamental principles from 1872 (a guideline) would become a "creed" over time and if you didn't follow the new fundamental "beliefs" you would find yourself disfellowshipped. We would compromise the truth that was part of our pillars of faith. The word of the Bible would be replaced by the teaching of scholars.
"I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place.....I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death" – Ellen White, Manuscript 1, Feb. 24, 1915
"Those who try in bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary or concerning the personality of God or of Christ are working as blind men." – Ellen White, MR 760, p. 9, 10
"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." – Ellen White, Selected Messages 1, p. 204, 1903
"It is a grave mistake on the part of those who are children of God to seek to bridge the gulf that separates the children of light from the children of darkness by yielding principle, by compromising the truth." – Ellen White, Review & Herald, July 24, 1894
"The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God."
– Ellen White, Letter 12, 1890
"We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history." – Ellen White, Letter 32, December 19, 1892, par. 38
Warning to Ministers and Leaders with responsibilities
holding onto their creeds
People give up understanding for themselves and place it with their leaders:
“Religious teachers read the Bible in the light of their own understanding and traditions; and the people do not search the Scriptures for themselves, and judge for themselves as to what is truth; but they yield up their judgment, and commit their souls to their leaders.” – Ellen White, Desire of Ages, p.459
Warning to Ministers!
“I saw that the ministers did not escape the wrath of God. Their suffering was ten-fold greater than of their people.” – Ellen White, Early Writings, p. 282
“Ministers should become Bible students. Are the truths which they handle mighty? Then they should seek to handle them skillfully. Their ideas should be clear and strong, and their spirits fervent, or they will weaken the force of the truth which they handle. Men and women are in the last hours of probation, and yet are careless and stupid, and ministers have no power to arouse them; they are asleep themselves. Sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people! A great work must be accomplished for ministers in order for them to make the preaching of the truth a success. The word of God should be thoroughly studied. All other reading is inferior to this.” – Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, p.337.2, 3
Ministers and Creeds:
“It is Satan’s studied plan to clothe sin with garments of light to hide its deformity, and make it attractive. And ministers and people professing righteousness unite with the adversary of souls to help him in his plans. Never was there a time when every member of the church should feel his responsibility to walk humbly and circumspectly before God as at the present. Vain philosophy, false creeds, and infidelity, are on the increase. And many who bear the name of Christ’s followers are, through pride of heart, seeking popularity, and are drifting away from the established landmarks. The plain commands of God in his word are discarded because they are so plain and old-fashioned, while vain and vague theories attract the mind and please the fancy. In these scenes of church festivities, there is a union with the world that the word of God does not justify. Christians and worldlings are united in them.” – Ellen White, Signs of the Times, April 19, 1883, par. 10
Don’t rest your faith on them:
“There are many who have a merely nominal faith, but this faith will not save you. Many believe in Christ because somebody else does, because the minister has told them this or that; but if you rest your faith only on the minister’s word, you will be lost. You must not do as did the foolish virgins, who, when the cry came, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh,” found no oil in their vessels. When they discovered their lack, they sought those who were wise, and applied to them for oil for their dying lights; but it was too late to supply them. The wise had only enough for their own use, and they told the foolish virgins they must go and buy oil for themselves. We all must buy oil for ourselves. We must not be content with a mere profession. We are to take a stand for the truth by profession, and the principles of truth must become a part of our life.” – Ellen White, Review and Herald October 1, 1889, par. 4
Prior to the Loud Cry, stand with the Remnant:
“I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant." – Ellen White, Early Writings, p. 261.1
Contrary to what is being told to you, having a membership card for the SDA church, and showing up for church every week on Sabbath does not guarantee you a spot as being called "the church".
“God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. “Where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them.” Where Christ is, even among the humble few, this is Christ’s church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments of God, Jesus there presides, let it be the desolate place of the earth, in the wilderness, in the city, (or) enclosed in prison walls.” – Ellen White, Manuscript Releases, vol. 17, p. 82
Are you saved?
“We are not saved as a sect; no denominational name has any virtue to bring us into favor with God. We are saved individually as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. And “by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” We may have our names recorded on the books of the most spiritual of the churches, and yet we may not belong to Christ, and our names may not be written on the Lamb’s book of life. Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” If we could reach heaven through our own merits and efforts, then Christ need not have come to the world, to endure suffering, reproach, and shame, to be subjected to humiliation, mockery, insult, and death. He made an infinite sacrifice, because it was the only way whereby man could be saved. Those who believe in Christ will reveal it in their life and character. By beholding Christ they will be changed into his image, and Christ will be represented to the world by his followers. If we are branches of the True Vine, precious clusters of rich fruit will appear in the life as the natural result. Practical faith in Christ will result in the doing of his words; the believer in Jesus will work the works of God. “We are laborers together with God.” “Without me,” says Christ, “ye can do nothing.” In and through the grace of Christ we can do all things.” – Ellen White, Review & Herald, February 10, 1891, par. 6
Learned Men and their influence
Learned Men Added to the Bible
"I saw that God had especially guarded the Bible, yet learned men, when the copies were few, had changed the words in some instances, thinking that they were making it more plain, when they were mystifying that which was plain, in causing it to lean to their established views, governed by tradition. But I saw that the word of God, as a whole, is a perfect chain, one portion of scripture explaining another. True seekers for truth need not err; for not only is the word of God plain and simple in declaring the way to life, but the Holy Spirit is given to guide in understanding the way of life revealed in his Word." — Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 1, p. 117.1
Learned Men – Mystical, Secret, Spiritual meanings
“The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared, “Ye know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.” [Mark 12:24.] The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning unless a symbol or figure is employed. Christ has given the promise, “If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.” [John 7:17.] If men would but take the Bible as it reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad, and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error. “ - The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 416.3; Great Controversy 1888, p. 598.3; Review & Herald, par. 8, June 28, 1906
The Stark Warning of 1903
“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 (1853 onward to 1903) 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. 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.” – Ellen White, Letter 242, October 19, 1903; SpTB02 p. 54.3, 1904; SM book 1, p. 204
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
6) the Fundamental Principles for the last fifty years would be called error (1853-1903)
7) A New Organization would be established (a counterfeit of the original SDA church, today’s General Conference Corporation of Seventh-day Adventists)
8) Books of a new order would be written
- “The Coming of the Comforter” – LeRoy Froom;
- “Questions on Doctrine” – LeRoy Froom, Roy Allan Anderson,
W. E. Read, T. E. Unruh;
- “Seventh-Day Adventists Believe…27, A Biblical Exposition of
- “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-only those with academic degrees)
10) Nothing would stand in the way of this new movement
Sister White had been in some turmoil with the General Conference in recent years leading up to this, besides 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.
Just one year later, prophecy began to be fulfilled.
Fast forward to today.
"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.
"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.
This is a warning from Sister White where she prophesied what was coming in the near future. Five months before she died, she stated:
“when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place.” – Ellen White
“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
The Fundamental Beliefs make a substantial change in who we worship after the General Conference Session in Dallas, Texas in August 1980. After 130 years, a full blown Trinity doctrine, the wine of Babylon is brought into the church. Everything has changed now.
“#2 The Trinity – There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons.…
#3 The Father – 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....
#4 The Son – 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.....
#5 The 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....“
“The Principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church,
would be discarded.” – Ellen White
“Our religion would be changed.” – Ellen White