Table of Contents
 
Defending the TRUE Godhead
Exposing Satan's Greatest Deception on God's Remnant Church


The Restorer of Paths to Dwell In
Chapter 35 - Part 6 - Exalted


and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. Isaiah 58:12


Lets look at something else, because Sister White identified the Alpha of heresies and she said that the Omega will follow and will not be received by those who do not heed the warning that God has given.

The Alpha dealt specifically with what point? According to Kellogg, he summarized the whole thing into one question: Is the Holy Spirit a person? Now the Omega today is not only causing confusion about the Holy Spirit, but its extending and causing confusion about the Son of God as well. The Alpha was a bit contained, and we thank the Lord that the servant of the Lord was still alive and wrote about it, because the error was so subtle that none of the ministers at the time detected that there was a problem.

Right now we need to examine what was the foundation of the faith regarding the Son of God. We need to see what the foundation was and then well understand what a departure from the foundation is. Well see the connection between the Alpha and the Omega and how a false understanding of the Holy Spirit also affects the understanding of who Jesus is.

In order to understand the foundation we just need to look at some of the pioneers writings. Here is an example from James White in Review & Herald, Jan. 4, 1881. He says: The Father was greater than the Son in that He was first. The Son was equal with the Father in that He had received all things from the Father.

They believed, as the Bible says, that Jesus really was the begotten Son of God. Today people say, Thats a heresy.

John N. Andrews was a brilliant pioneer of the faith. Some of us would be happy to memorize a verse or two in scripture, or even a whole chapter. Andrews memorized all of the New Testament and most of the Old Testament. This is what Andrews said in a Review & Herald article - September 7, 1869: And as to the Son of God, He would be excluded also, for He had God for His Father, and did, at some point in the eternity of the past, have beginning of days. Review and Herald, September 7, 1869

So their belief about the Son of God was very plain. They believed Jesus really was the Son of God, and that He was begotten of His Father. They believed the Father, as the Bible says, is really the Father of Jesus Christ, and that Christ received all things from His Father.

This belief is being attacked today by what is also called God the Son. We dealt with God the Holy Spirit and we have a very commonly often used term today, a 3 word phrase called God the Son. Nowhere in all the Scripture will you find those three words, God the Son. In fact in all of Sister Whites writings you will not find that phrase either. However you will find the three word phrase, Son of God 47 times in the KJV and 5,102 times in the S.O.P. That is significant. Jesus is fully God, but the Bible and Spirit of prophecy call Jesus the Son of God. That is very important for a reason which will be explained shortly.

Now lets look at what another pioneer wrote. This is J. H. Waggoner, the father of the younger Waggoner, E. J. Waggoner, who in 1888 along with A.T. Jones was presenting the message of righteousness by faith. This is his father, and this is a comment that he makes regarding Tritheism.

Now Tritheism is the belief in three Gods God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit who are totally unrelated. Notice what he says in Thoughts of Baptism in 1878. There were some very early that turned the doctrine of the Trinity into Tritheism [this is regarding the early centuries] and, instead of three divine persons under the economy of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, brought in three collateral, coordinate, and self-originated beings, making them three absolute and independent principles, without any relation of Father or Son, which is the most proper notion of three gods. J. H. Waggoner, 1878. Very plain. When we bring in three collateral, or whats today termed as coequal, beings who are all self-originated, and when you destroy the relation of Father and Son you really end up with three gods.

Here we see that the pioneers were opposed to all kinds of trinity, including tritheism, including the belief in three divine beings who are not related as would be a Father and Son, which makes three gods. Some will even deny that they believe in tritheism, by saying they believe in a Godhead composed of three co-eternal, separate and distinct Gods. Its still tritheism and the pioneers would reject this new thinking as well. The fact remains, when you destroy the Father-Son relationship, when you say its a metaphor, when you say its symbolic, when you say its only prophetical, when you say its only a role play, when you say all these things, you really destroy the Father-Son relationship. You end up with three gods.

Lets continue. This is an article by John Loughborough, Objections to the Trinity, and he says why he is objecting to the trinity. These are the reasons that he gives. He says:
1. It is contrary to common sense.
2. It is contrary to scripture.
3. Its origin is pagan and fabulous.
(meaning not real)
Its not very consonant (meaning in agreement with) with common sense to talk of three being one, and one being three. Or, as some ex-press it, calling God the Triune God or the three-one-God. If Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are each God, it would be three Gods; for three times one is not one, but three. J. N. Loughborough, Review and Herald, November 5, 1861.

Notice that we find a very common thread in all the pioneers writings. They all believed the same thing. There was a common foundation that they all believed and subscribed to. Here is another one. This is E. J. Waggoner, the son of J. H. Waggoner. Lets see what he says regarding the Son of God in Signs of the Times, Apr. 8, 1889. He says: While both are of the same nature, the Father is first in point of time. He is also greater in that He had no beginning, while Christs personality had a beginning. E. J. Waggoner, Signs of the Times, April 8, 1889.

Why is that? Because Christ was begotten of His Father. He came out of His Father. Now Waggoner says that both are of the same nature.

Here is what Waggoner continues to say. This is in his book Christ and His Righteousness, pages 19-24. He says: There was a time when Christ proceeded forth and came from God, from the bosom of the Father, but that time was so far back in the days of eternity that to finite comprehension it is practically without beginning. E. J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, pp. 19-24.

Then on page 12, same book, Waggoner wrote, The angels are sons of God, as was Adam by creation; Christians are the sons of God by adoption (Romans 8:14, 15), but Christ is the Son of God by birth, and so Christ is the express image of the Fathers person. E. J. Waggoner, Christ and His Righteousness, 1890, p. 12. Very plain. He tells us what they believed. What year was this? 1890

Lets keep in mind the fact that if any pioneer published a false statement, God would have had His prophet to get it corrected in haste, just as she did with Dr. Kellogg. She was shown however, that the pioneers needed to have their works published so that these truths would live on while they slept awaiting their Saviors return.

Now, lets look at a statement from the Spirit of Prophecy five years after Waggoners 1890 book. Signs of the Times, May 30, 1895. Notice carefully what she says: God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, not a son by creation, as were the angels, nor a son by adoption, as is the forgiven sinner, but a Son begotten in the express image of the Fathers person. Signs of the Times, May 30, 1895.

This is from the Youths Instructor, December 16, 1897. It says: From eternity there was a complete unity between the Father and the Son. They were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet one in spirit, and heart, and character. Youths Instructor, December 16, 1897. Here we have a statement that mentions Father, Son, and spirit. It says the Father and the Son were how many? Two, a little short of being identical.
What does that mean? Theyre not exactly identical, just a little short of being identical. And then it says: they were two in individuality, yet one in Spirit.

Remember what we read that the pioneers said? The Holy Spirit is really the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ. In other words, the Father and the Son, share the same Spirit. The word spirit as defined in the Bible means life. If you look it up, life means the mind it is the person of God, the personality of God when it comes to the Holy Spirit.

Look at this statement from Great Controversy 493. Christ the Word, the Only Begotten of God, was one with the eternal Father, one in nature, in character, and in purpose - the only being in all the universe that could enter into all the counsels and purposes of God. Great Controversy, p. 493. Now if you believe that the Holy Spirit is a third God being like the Father and the Son how is it that He cannot enter into the counsels of God? Could it possibly be that your belief is not accurate? How is it that we read in the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy that the Father and the Son have a throne, but there is no mention of a Holy Spirit throne? The Father and Son both have thrones. The question then would be, why would it be necessary to have a throne for their Omnipresent Spirit? The physical presence of the Father and the Son have thrones, but common sense would tell us that their shared Omnipresent Spirit requires no throne.

Listen to this quote: The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted. Youths Instructor, July 7, 1898. Why? Because the Father and the Son are the only two Divine Beings in the universe. Satan does not want you to believe that and everyone who speaks to the contrary is a spokesperson for Satan. The Holy Spirit inspired this irrefutable statement, The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted.
When Jesus was here in the flesh, He taught us how to pray and who to pray to. He never suggested praying to God the Holy Spirit nor did He ever suggest praying to the Holy Spirit which is the Fathers Omnipresence and Christs Omnipresence. So when Sister White wrote that The Father and the Son alone are to be exalted, she knew there were just two Divine Beings in the Godhead.

But lets read another very plain statement: 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. 8T, 268. It says right here, according to inspiration, Christ has been given an exalted position; He has been made equal with the Father. The Spirit of Prophecy is saying; listen this is very simple: God is the Father of Christ; Christ is the Son of God, you dont need to be confused about it. And yet people still today are confused.

Listen carefully now to this statement, The only being who was one with God lived the law in humanity, descended to the lowly life of a common laborer, and toiled at the carpenters bench with His earthly parent. Signs of the Times, October 14, 1897. She says Christ is the only being who was one with God. But if you believe there is another Divine Being besides the Father and the Son, you are in an area that is very dangerous, because here it says: the only being. Remember that there is a created being who once sat on the left hand of God who boasted, I will be like the Most High. Isaiah 14:14. Satan believes that he is not only like the most high, but in his mind, better. Why? Because he has a Sabbath that he achieved through the manipulation of finite men and has most of the Christian world honoring the counterfeit. But listen, in the same verse 14 he said I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; Now listen carefully to the next quote:

R&H Oct. 22, 1895 Satan accomplished the fall of man, and since that time it has been his work to efface in man the image of God, and to stamp upon human hearts his own image. Possessing supremacy in guilt, he claims supremacy for himself, and exercises over his subjects the power of royalty. He cannot expel God from his throne, but through the system of idolatry, he plants his own throne between the heaven and the earth, between God and the human worshiper. He intercepts every ray of light that comes from God to man, and appropriates the worship that is due to God. {RH, October 22, 1895 par. 2} Did you hear that? This quote is powerful. He intercepts every ray of light that comes from God to man. Today Satan does not want you to receive the light of truth about the person of the Holy Spirit being the Omnipresence of Christ. This quote ends by saying, and appropriates the worship that is due to God. Many SDAs including historic Adventists are unknowingly giving worship to Satan and that many in leadership are encouraging it.

Today some in leadership positions and even through quotes found in some books of a new order, Adventists are being encouraged to pray to God the Holy Spirit. I would like to suggest that in all the quotes that we have read so far, the facts are that there is no Divine Being called God the Holy Spirit. There is a strong possibility that any prayers directed to such, may be intercepted and appropriated by Satan who plants his own throne between the heaven and the earth, between God and the human worshiper. Satan is the author of all trinities, including the Trinitarian doctrine found in the Fundamental Beliefs published in 1981 that mirrors what Dr. Kellogg wrote and Mrs. White said is a deadly heresy. So let us pray as Jesus taught us to pray and not become victims of the misleading intellectual philosophy. And let us pray for anyone who ever encouraged praying to a false god, that the scales can come off their eyes..

And remember that God said this in Exodus 34:14, For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God: This is serious. Why? Because to stay with a non-existent third god being, called God the Holy Spirit is worshipping another god. That clearly violates the first commandment.

I want to go back now to a well-known prophecy which we spoke of previously. Selected Messages, book 1, 204, 205. It says: 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 two parts of the prophecy reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and Our religion would be changed, are fulfilled prophecy. Seventh-day Adventists today are worshipping a different religion then the one that God established. God is looking for restorers of paths to dwell in. In the Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary, one meaning for dwell is to continue. So God is looking for restorers of paths to continue in. In Strongs Concordance the Hebrew word is yashab (yaw-shab) and it can mean to remain; to continue; to abide. So we can say restorers of paths to remain in. restorers of paths to abide in. Brothers and sisters there are Seventh-day Adventists across the United States and around the world who are waking up to these marvelous truths that we have been studying and the common feeling is let us take our religion back to Gods honor and glory. You can believe that Satan is angry, but God is in control, Amen?

Well we still have much more to cover. In this same quote from 1 SM 204, 205 it reads, Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years [1853 onward] would be accounted as error. 1 Selected Messages, 204, 205.

Sister White said the fundamental principles would be accounted as error and that prophecy has been fulfilled as there are many SDAs who are saying our pioneers and Sister White were wrong.

Continuing with the same quote: A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. 1 Selected Messages, 204, 205. We will talk about a couple of those books in a minute or two.

She said 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 [God is removed. Very interesting] 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, pp. 204, 205

So here we have a prophecy about the SDA movement that will move from the solid rock and will shift onto the sand. And in order to do that, they will account the fundamental principles as error, they will write new books, they will change our religion, and God will be removed. How is God removed? When you take the Omnipresent Spirit of God and Christ, that is everywhere present in the universe, and say that it is really the work of a third separate being that our pioneers never believed in, then God has been removed and replaced in your belief system.

We are aware of The Living Temple in the alpha, but what about the Omega? What are some examples of these books of a new order that are written more currently today, that Sister White talks about.

I will mention two, but there are many supporting the Trinity and/or Tritheism. Questions on Doctrine, a book that was written in the 1950s. If you open the pages of that book youll find that there is a belief in there that talks about the Trinity, exactly as Kellogg was teaching. But then it gets a little more updated.

And then there is another book called The Trinity [2002], and this is a book by three professors from Andrews University, Woodrow Whidden, Jerry Moon, and John W. Reeve, which talks about the doctrine of the Trinity. It talks about God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. The very words of Kellogg that Sister White called a deadly heresy.

Also I want to give you a special quote in the book from one of these professors who is a respected Adventist historian. He wrote this on page 190, That most of the leading SDA pioneers were non-Trinitarians in their Theology has become accepted Adventist history, same page it goes on to say, 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. On page 191, it says, From about 1846 to 1888 the majority of Adventists rejected the concept of the Trinity at least as they understood it. All the leading writers were anti-Trinitarian These professors believe the pioneers were in error, but lets reason this out. In those 42 years, 1846-1888, Sister White had numerous visions from God. If the pioneer's position on the Godhead was incorrect, dont you think she would have been told to correct their view? Then on page 273 they encourage praying to and worshipping the Holy Spirit even though they state that there is no scriptural basis to do so.

Sister White tells us why Satan is trying to do what hes doing. 1 SM, p. 156. Notice: Satan is determined that men shall not see the love of God which led Him to give His only begotten Son to save a lost race; for it is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. Selected Messages, book 1, p. 156.

Whats Satan determined to do? That you do not see Gods love in giving His only begotten Son. And so Satan is making a full-scale attack on the Son of God and His true Son-ship. He did not start this recently, no, he started this a long time ago in heaven.

We have still much more to discover and we will pick up where we left off in chapter 36 - Part 7. What Gods prophet has given us is the truth that God would have us to know at such a time as this, so that we will become the restorers of paths to dwell in which He commanded us to be.