Who was right? The Early SDA Church or the Current (modern) SDA Church?
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......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 anti-trinitarianism in Seventh-day Adventist history, p. 190
Sadly, the latter is true. The present Seventh-day Adventist Church has apostatized from biblical truth. That is not this ministries' language, but the term used by writer Jerry Moon.
Ellen White wrote the following at least 11 years after it was claimed she had supposedly become a Trinitarian. I repeat, supposedly. In other words, that is not the reality.
“And now, after half a century of clear light from the Word as to what is truth, there are arising many false theories, to unsettle minds. But the evidence given in our early experience has the same force that it had then. The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth. That which was sought for out of the Word in 1844, 1845, and 1846 remains the truth today in every particular.” - EGW, Letter 38, 1906
It was in this three year period that the pillars of faith were established; 1844, 1845 and 1846.
“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 (1853-1903) would be accounted as error.” - Selected Messages book 1, p. 204; Letter 242, October 1903
Here, about 8 years after the church scholars say she supposedly became a Trinitarian, she states many things would be happening. Our truth would be discarded. Our religion would flat out be changed. The sustained work that hung on the fundamental principles (not beliefs) from the past 50 years would called error. That has happened today where they say the Pioneers were wrong.
So this is a declaration from her, that the non-Trinitarian view that they held in this period is still the truth in every possible way.
Here is a comparison of what the Pioneers believed on the lower left side, and what the church teaches today on the lower right side. You will notice there is a drastic difference in the identity of God and the personality of God and Christ. Sister White along with the Pioneers believed that there are two beings and that the Holy Spirit already belongs to them. Important to note is, it is not believed to be "someone else" or "another". It is their power and presence. Lucifer was next in power or rank in heaven before his fall. And after he was cast out, the angel Gabriel now had that rank. This is according to the Spirit of Prophecy. From John 14, Jesus is our Comforter. He is the Spirit of truth. His Spirit is also known as the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit. It originates from God the Father and then is sent to him, and together they abide and dwell with us.
Today's doctrine removes the literal relationship of God and Christ as a Father and Son. It is written by Adventist scholars that their relationship is just a metophor. It is not a literal relationship. With that thought, it removes the sacrifice of a Father giving up his Son, and a Son making his sacrifice on behalf of the Father. It reality, it means that they are only brothers then, twin brothers in fact. Why is that? Because today's doctrine teaches that they are not only co-equal, but co-eternal. They existed from the exact same time in eternity. And then they add a co-equal, co-eternal third being into the picture as well. The Pioneers along with Sister White believed and taught that in some time in eternity, Christ had a beginning. He was brought forth and came out from God.