” In the name of whom were you baptized? You went down into the water in the name of the three great Worthies in heaven–the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost you were buried with Christ in baptism; …You are born unto God, and you stand under the sanction and the power of the three holiest Beings in heaven, who are able to keep you from falling”(Sermons and Talks, vol. 1, p. 367).
Three great worthies/Three Holiest Beings quote from the Oakland sermon.
The White Estate tells us that this statement comes from an edited stenographer’s report of a sermon preached by Ellen White at the Congregational Church of Oakland, California, on Sabbath afternoon, October 20, 1906. It is reprinted in Manuscript Releases, vol. 7…. See More
There are some important points we wish to make for consideration.
Firstly, this statement must be considered in the light of the weight of evidence.
As we have seen earlier, Ellen White consistently spoke of only two
divine beings. Secondly, this is from a stenographer’s report that was edited seventy-seven years after she first delivered the address without her having had a chance to edit or correct words or phrases that might not have exactly represented her thoughts. Thirdly, anyone who has ever done public speaking knows that it is easy to misspeak a word or phrase that could have been said more clearly in another way.
Fourthly, Ellen White wrote:
“And now to all who have a desire for truth I would say: Do not give credence to unauthenticated reports as to what Sister White has done or said or written. If you desire to know what the Lord has revealed through her, read her published works” (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p. 696).
With 1000’s of pages of writings and never once using the term “God” to refer to “three persons or beings” we should be careful not to base our doctrine on one quote.. I understand that the third person of the Godhead is the Holy Spirit which is Christ divested(stripped) of the personality of humanity and independent thereof. He is the comforter and there is no comforter like Christ.
“Let the brightest example the world has yet seen be your example, rather than the greatest and most learned men of the age, who know not God, nor Jesus Christ whom he has sent. The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted.” (Ellen White, The Youth’s Instructor, July 7, 1898)
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