The Foundation and Pillars of the Seventh Day Adventist Faith Changed

The Foundation and Pillars of the Seventh Day Adventist Faith Changed? The Pillars Removed Before your Eyes
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Have the pillars of our Seventh Day Adventist faith been changed? Many when they think of the pillars of the Seventh Day Adventist faith think of the Sanctuary and the three angels messages. These are the pillars of our faith. There is a truth that is seen in the sanctuary.

Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.

The truth about God and his son are seen in the sanctuary.

Pillar of our faith – The personality of God or of Christ

“Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to 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. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift without an anchor.” {E. G. White, Manuscript Release No.760, p. 9} 1905

Ellen White said plainly that the pillars of our faith included an understanding of the personality of God or of Christ. This has to do with “identity”. It has to do with who Christ is, and who God is. This is major pillar in the Adventist faith.

“The Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father, is truly God in infinity, but not in personality.” (Ellen White UL 367 )

Christ is not God in personality. Christ is identified as “The Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of the Father.” The identity of Christ is a pillar of our faith and she makes it clear in that quote that Christ is:

    1. Lord
    2. The only begotten son of the father
    3. Not God in personality

“Christ is one with the father, but Christ and God are two distinct personages”(RH June 1, 1905)

Regarding what Christ is in respect to his form and nature, he was fully God in respect to his attributes which he possessed as his inheritance by birth as the only begotten son of God. But we are not to call him “God”. He is not the Lord God almighty.

We are to confess Christ as “Lord” and that he is “the son of God”

Php 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

1 John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

That’s his identity. That’s who Christ is in personality. He is “The Lord Jesus Christ”, the “only begotten Son of the Father.”

Now this is about to get very interesting if you are a Seventh Day Adventist. Ms. White said clearly that Christ and God are two distinct personages, furthermore she really clarifies who the “personality of God” is and who “the personality of Christ” is. She tells us what the “scriptures clearly indicate”.

“The Scriptures clearly indicate the relation between God and Christ, and they bring to view as clearly the personality and individuality of each. ellen white pillars[Hebrews 1:1-5 quoted.] God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God. To Christ has been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father. All the counsels of God are opened to His Son.” (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, page 268)

That is very clear regarding the distinct personality and individuality of God and Christ. God is not Christ in respect to his personality. Every knee is not to confess that “Christ is God” in respect to his personality and individuality. Christ is not God himself.

“The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty, yet Christ and the Father are one.” (Ellen White SDA Bible Commentary, vol.5 p.1129)

A doctrine that destroys the personality of God and Christ – The Trinity

If you look at the book fundamental beliefs of Seventh Day Adventists it teaches us that God is or has three personalities. That God is a unity of three co-equal persons. This removes the pillar regarding the personality of God since it is telling us that God is not the father of Christ a single personality. But rather it teaches us that God is a father, son and holy spirit, three personalities.

James White put it plainly:

“Here we might mention the Trinity, which does away the personality of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ”(James White, December 11, 1855, james white pillarsReview & Herald, vol. 7, no. 11, page 85, par. 16)

Or in other words “The book Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh Day Adventists does away with the personality of God and of his Son Jesus Christ.” Or in other words “The book Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh Day Adventists does away with the pillars of our faith concerning the personality of God and of Christ.”

JN Andrews whom the famous university called “Andrews University” was named after and where the Trinity is strongly proclaimed also saw that the trinity destroys the personality of God and Christ.

“The doctrine of the Trinity which was established in the church by the council of Nice, A. D. 325. This doctrine JN Andrews pillarsdestroys the personality of God, and his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. The infamous, measures by which it was forced upon the church which appear upon the pages of ecclesiastical history might well cause every believer in that doctrine to blush.” (J. N. Andrews, March 6, 1855, Review & Herald, vol. 6, no. 24, page 185)

These agree with Ms. White. Christ is our “Lord” the “Only begotten son of God” and not God in personality. God is his father, and our father.

John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

1 Corinthians 8:6 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.

God is not three personalities… But one personality….Christ the only begotten son of God is a distinct personality and is not God in personality.

Removing the pillars, the foundation, the rock on which the true church is built 

A house normally has a foundation. That foundation can include pillars which support that house. The house in scripture is sometimes referred to as “God’s church”.

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house;

Jesus spoke to Peter and his disciples about building his church and about that foundation. There was something that specifically identified God’s true church. It had a specific foundation. In Desire of Ages Ellen White wrote about this foundation.

Peter said something regarding “the personality of Christ” and Christ’s identity in Matthew 16. But before looking at that passage, here is what Ellen White said about Peter’s statement.

“Peter had expressed the truth which is the foundation of the church’s faith” (DA 413).

What is that foundation? What is the rock upon which the true church is built. What did Peter say?

Matthew 16:15 He(Jesus) saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

Peter expressed the truth which is the foundation of our faith. That Jesus is the Christ, the Son of The living God. This is rock on which the true church is built. This is the solid pillars and true foundation of the true Seventh Day Adventist church.

Jesus did not answer and say “Actually Peter, I am the Lord God almighty”.

Mat 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Upon this rock is the true church built. The rock is the foundation. And Peter had expressed the truth which is the foundation of our faith. That “Jesus is the Christ, the son of living God”.

This doctrine is the declaration of God’s love to us.

1Jn 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

If there is a doctrine that Satan would like to destroy. It is the doctrine regarding the personalities of God and Christ, because it would hide from us the truth of God giving his only begotten son. By removing these truths, he can remove “the foundation of our faith”.

A Church Built on Sand – “A NEW Organization” – A false foundation

I’m sure most of us have heard the parable about the wise man building his house upon the rock. What did the foolish man build his house on?

Mat 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand;

The true church is built on rock, so the false churches that will be swept away will be built on sand.

To summarize what we’ve learned:

    1. The Personalities of God and Christ are pillars of our faith
    2. This refers to the identity of each.
    3. God is the Father of Christ
    4. Christ is the “Lord” or the “Son of God”
    5. Christ is not “God” in personality
    6. To remove these Pillars is to remove the Rock or Foundation of the church
    7. The Trinity destroys the personality of God and of Christ
    8. The church that teaches Christ is the Son of God is built on a rock
    9. The church that teaches Christ is God himself is built on sand
    10. God is one personality not three personalities

So understanding all of this. Let us read and understand how the following has been fulfilled in every point.

“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.” Selected Messages Book 1-Page 204, 205

After reading that, I ask the questions which you should be able to answer if you’ve read all of the above carefully.

The questions are:

    1. Have the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith been given up?
    2. Has there been a reorganization or reformation of this sort?
    3. Have the principles which sustained the first 50 years of our faith been discarded?
    4. Has the first 50 years of our faith been accounted as error?
    5. Has their foundation been built on sand?
    6. Have books of a new order been written?
    7. Have they established a system of intellectual philosophy such as (1+1+1=1)?
    8. Has the God who created the Sabbath been removed?
    9. Have the people had to place dependence on human power? (such as trademarking the name Seventh Day Adventist) ?
    10. Will storm and tempest sweep away this structure(the General Conference) that is built on sand?

Every point in that quote has been fulfilled. Are you understanding the “present truth” yet? If not I suggest you study the old truths that were given to our founders. Flesh and blood will not reveal it to you, but our father in heaven will.

Ephesians 1:17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:

Ephesians 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints.

the personality of God… is everything to us as a people. .” {Ellen White Letter 300 1903.}

See also:

Christ not God in Personality

Pioneers on the Trinity

The General Conference was “NEVER” the Seventh Day Adventist Church

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  • Lawrence

    why does the SDA Church forbid women from preaching on pulpit

    • I’m not sure that the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists do. I am not connected to that organization. I’ve seen many women preaching in the pulpit there however.

    • Michelle Jackson

      they dont anymore , !!! God did say they shouldn’t preach , but could teach

  • Jo-Ann Wulf

    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”
    (Matthew 18:20). 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. – {Upper Look,p 315.5}

  • Jo-Ann Wulf

    (Gods’ Church) Where two or three are present who love and obey the commandments
    of God, Jesus there presides, let it be in the desolate place of the
    earth, in the wilderness, in the city enclosed in prison walls. The
    glory of God has penetrated the prison walls, flooding with glorious
    beams of heavenly light the darkest dungeon. His saints may suffer, but
    their sufferings will, like the apostles of old, spread their faith and
    win souls to Christ and glorify His holy name. The bitterest opposition
    expressed by those who hate God’s great moral standard of righteousness
    should not and will not shake the steadfast soul who trusts fully in
    God…. – {UPPER LOOK p. 315.6}

  • Phinius Kamocha

    John 1:1 – In the begging was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
    John 1:2 – He was in the beginning with God.
    John 1:14 – And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the father.
    The first chapter of John also talks about the John the Baptist bearing witness of the Word. Who did John the Baptist bear witness of? Jesus. Who is the Word? Jesus. And it says that ‘the Word WAS God’. Jesus is God. –Acts 20:28 says:
    Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood (NASB) – God purchased with His own blood – clearly proves that Jesus is God!
    1 John 5:20 says:
    And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. (NASB) – True God and eternal life – again proves that Jesus is God!
    Romans 9:5
    whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.
    (NASB) – Jesus is God blessed forever!
    Even demons worshipped Jesus and one day all knees will bow down to Jesus. So if someone does not worship Jesus then he/she is worse than demons?
    Revelation 4:9 to 11 – Jesus is being worshipped in Heaven! So…
    4:9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever,
    4:10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him who sits on the throne, and will worship Him who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
    4:11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”
    Maintaining context is crucial. In the full context, which includes Chapter 5, we can see that the person receiving the worship in heaven is not Jesus. How? Consider the following:
    Revelation 5:1-3 the One on the throne holds a book, or scroll, to be opened; an angel asks who is worthy to open the book, or scroll, and no one is found worthy to open it.
    Revelation 5:4-6 the apostle John begins to weep because there is no one worthy and is told to stop because there the Lion of the tribe of Judah is worthy, that Lion being seen by John as a Lamb that had been slain. That Lion is also described as the “root of David”.
    John would have recognized both terms as being part of the Messianic prophecies that had been provided by Jacob (Genesis 49:9, 10), Ezekiel (Ezekiel 21:25-26), and Isaiah (Isaiah 11:1,10). John would have concluded, therefore, that the Lamb in front of him was Christ Jesus.
    In Revelation 4:11 the worthiness of God is put beyond all doubt by right of being the Creator. According to Revelation 5:9, 10, Christ’s worthiness to open the book, or scroll, is based on his death (which brings salvation) and the fact that he established a kingdom with those represented by the 24 elders.
    Jesus worthiness is unique in that he was proved that it is possible to be human and faithful to God. Something that was put into question by the rebellion of Adam and Eve, as well as Satan’s charge in the case of the patriarch Job. (Job 1:7-12; 2:4-5) God being loyal to himself would prove nothing with regard to Satan’s challenge. Jesus being loyal to God despite all that was done to him (including beatings and an excruciatingly painful execution on false charges) is unique in the universe. No man or angel can claim anything close.
    Obviously then there are two separate individuals being highlighted in Revelation 4 and Revelation 5. The One on the throne being God (not Jesus) and the Lamb of God, Jesus. That John appreciated this can be seen by the words that he would write in his inspired Gospel after writing Revelation, “for my Father is greater than I”. (John 14:28)

    • Michelle Jackson

      then who is sitting on the right side of God ?

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