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


The Fundamental Principles
Chapter 9


We are going to look now and examine the Fundamental Principles of our pioneers while Ellen White was alive, then we will look at the fundamental Beliefs of 1931, sixteen years after her death, where subtle change began. In chapter 10, we will then look at the 1981 Fundamental Beliefs which propelled us into the Omega of Apostasy. Satan has always tried to bring in every possible belief that is a mixture of truth with deadly error, He uses the passing of time to his advantage.

Listen carefully now to God’s prophet, 10MR 45.1,
“This manner of working is making my burden heavier than God ever designed it to be. This painful experience makes my heart ache. I am instructed to say to those who endeavor to tear down the foundation that has made us Seventh-day Adventists:” (Let me stop right here for a moment. She said that there will be those who will attempt to tear down the foundation that has made us Seventh-day Adventists, and in Isaiah 58:12 we are commanded to raise up the foundations of many generations.) Continuing, “I am instructed to say to those who endeavor to tear down the foundation that has made us Seventh-day Adventists: We are God's commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word--especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimonies of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.” {10MR 45.1}

This is the testimony of Jesus and therefore it is Jesus who through His prophet is telling us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.”

Here are the first two published Fundamental Principles in 1872 yearbook, taught and practiced by Seventh-day Adventists:

Fundamental Principle -I- That there is one God, a personal, spiritual being, the creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal, infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by his representative, the Holy Spirit. Ps. 139:7. {1872, FP1872 4.2}

So this first principle that we are to hold firmly, with the grip of faith is about God the Father who is the source of all creation, all powerful, all knowing, eternal, meaning He had no beginning, whose wisdom is infinite, is holy, just, good, merciful, unchangeable, and by His omnipresence, His Spirit is everywhere present.

Fundamental Principle -II- That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the one by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist; that he took on him the nature of the seed of Abraham for the redemption of our fallen race; that he dwelt among men full of grace and truth, lived our example, died our sacrifice, was raised for our justification, ascended on high to be our only mediator in the sanctuary in Heaven, where, with his own blood he makes atonement for our sins; which atonement so far from being made on the cross, which was but the offering of the sacrifice, is the very last portion of his work as priest, according to the example of the Levitical priesthood, which foreshadowed and prefigured the ministry of our Lord in Heaven. See Lev. 16; Heb. 8:4, 5; 9:6, 7; etc. {1872, FP1872 4.3}

So this second Fundamental Principle that we are to hold firmly, with the grip of faith is about Jesus the Son of the eternal Father. It does not say that Jesus is the eternal God because at a point in time so far back in eternity He was begotten of the Father and was of the same substance, however the personality of Jesus had a beginning. The Father appointed His Son to be creator of all things.

Those are the only two fundamental principles pertaining to the Godhead in 1872. The other 23 of 25 Fundamental Principles were regarding doctrines such as baptism, the sanctuary, the second coming, etc. In that first Fundamental Principle it states clearly that there is one God and in the second one there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the eternal Father. No mention of a third God the Holy Spirit. It does say in the first one that the Father is everywhere present by his representative, the Holy Spirit. That speaks to the Father’s omnipresence.

In the 1889 Fundamental Principles the first principle pertaining to the Father and His omnipresent Holy Spirit was unchanged. There was slight changes in Principle #2 pertaining to Jesus Christ which gave more clarification without changing His responsibilities. It reads thus:

Fundamental Principle II. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the one by whom he created all things, and by whom they do consist; that he took on him the nature of the seed of Abraham for the redemption of our fallen race; that he dwelt among men, full of grace and truth, lived our example, died our sacrifice, was raised for our justification, ascended on high to be our only mediator in the sanctuary in heaven, where, through the merits of his shed blood, he secures the pardon and forgiveness of the sins of all those who penitently come to him; and as the closing portion of his work as priest, before he takes his throne as king, he will make the great atonement for the sins of all such, and their sins will then be blotted out (Acts 3:19) and borne away from the sanctuary, as shown in the service of the Levitical priesthood, which foreshadowed and prefigured the ministry of our Lord in heaven. See Lev. 16; Heb. 8:4, 5; 9:6, 7; etc. 1 {1889, FP1889 147.3}

In the 1889 Fundamental Principles as well as in the 1872 Fundamental Principles, there is no mention of a third Divine Being called “God the Holy Spirit.” For that matter there is no mention of “God the Son.” This is important because you will not find the word structure “God the Son,” in the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy. He is fully God but He is the begotten Son of God and as E. J. Waggoner wrote in ST Apr. 8, 1889. He wrote: “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 Christ’s personality had a beginning.”

So the pioneers and Ellen White lived by the Fundamental Principles that God led them to establish with His blessings. We too therefore are to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority. No changes were made in the fundamental principles until 16 years after Ellen White’s death. One seemingly small thing was that the word “Principles” was changed to “Beliefs.” Why do you think Satan would have manipulated this change? Could it be that future Adventists would not connect this quote, “He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority,” that being the 1872 and 1889 Fundamental Principles I and II. Then when they read the quote, “The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error.” {1SM 204.2} They majority would not be able to make the connection.

Now let us look at the 1931 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists. For the most part the denomination had not changed much from the historic Adventism of the pioneers, however with subtle changes Satan was using his influence. In the 1931 issue, the first Fundamental Belief pertained to the Holy Scriptures, which was the third Fundamental Principle in the 1872 and 1889 year books.

The second Fundamental belief of the 1931 year book is the first mention of a Trinity.

2. That the Godhead, or Trinity, consists of the Eternal Father, a personal, spiritual Being, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient, infinite in wisdom and love; the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, through whom all things were created and through whom the salvation of the redeemed hosts will be accomplished; the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Godhead, the great regenerating power in the work of redemption. Matt. 28:19. {1931, FB1931 377.3} Just like ancient Israel wanting to be like the other countries in their governments, so Adventists wanted to be more like their Protestant counterparts in terminology. The word Trinity is not found in the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy.

The word Trinity has its origin in Paganism and Catholicism; it has been used here for the first time, inserted into the Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists, but was done so under prior protest.

Something else worthy of note, although Sister White has stated that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, this is the first implication that the Holy Spirit is a third Being. The fact that it states, regarding the Father, that He is “a personal, spiritual Being, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient …” Since His omnipresence is His Holy Spirit, the wording implies that the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct being.

Notice the wording in the 1872 and 1889:

1. That there is one God, a personal, spiritual being, the creator of all things omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal; infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by his representative, the Holy Spirit.

You see the Omnipresence of His Spirit is stated as everywhere present by his representative, the Holy Spirit. A seemingly small subtle change but big as far as influencing future thinking.

The third Fundamental Belief of the 1931 Year Book regarding Christ is as follows:

3. That Jesus Christ is very God, being of the same nature and essence as the Eternal Father. While retaining His divine nature He took upon Himself the nature of the human family, lived on the earth as a man, exemplified in His life as our Example the principles of righteousness, attested His relationship to God by many mighty miracles, died for our sins on the cross, was raised from the dead, and ascended to the Father, where He ever lives to make intercession for us. John 1:1, 14; Heb. 2:9-18; 8:1, 2; 4:14-16; 7:25. {1931, FB1931 377.4}

This statement is acceptable in that it says He is of the same “nature and essence;” Sister White says “substance.” His begotten status is still intact. It does not say co-equal or co-eternal and therefore has not strayed from the historic perspective. However Satan would work to make those blatantly offensive changes in subsequent decades.

Regarding the 1942, 1955 and the 1975 Yearbooks, these already mentioned portions of the Fundamental Beliefs remained for the most part unchanged.

While Sister White was alive, there was nothing said about the Godhead being co-equal or co-eternal. We will see shortly that the three God, co-equal, co-eternal scenario evolved over the five decades from the 1931 issuance of the Fundamental Beliefs.

In my lifetime, Isaiah 60:1, 2 has never had more meaning then it does at this time, “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”

We have been betrayed and lied to. I once bought into all the lies. You know, three co-equal, co-eternal Gods who had no beginning and no relation. None preceding the other in point of time, none coming after the other. All three selecting which role they would play. Also the lie that Jesus gave up His attribute of omnipresence when He became a man. I taught and defended these lies because I trusted the leadership who taught me.. We are to trust no man, rather we must be noble Bereans and check all the sources, earnestly praying for the Divine guidance that our Savior is more than happy to give through His comforting Omnipresence.

God led me, through a dear friend’s urging, to search for the truth as for hidden treasure and He did not fail to show me the real truths; when I went back in time to our pioneers and did the research, as well as studying as much information, that like believers around the world had already prepared. He wants our people today to get up to speed and restore the paths to dwell in which are the safe paths on the narrow way. A good place to study additional information is found on the web at www.trinityorheresy.org and the many subject related youtube videos at www.revelation1412.org.

Here is something very sobering to consider. When a person chooses to reject the beliefs and understanding of Ellen White and the pioneers of our faith, regarding the Father and His only begotten Son as the only two Divine Beings and their omnipresent Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead, and chooses instead to go with what has become the traditional trinity doctrine of three separate and distinct, unrelated, co-equal, co-eternal Gods, which are Fundamental Beliefs as of 1981, and further understands that the Father and Son are role playing and there is no real Father/Son relationship as it is described to be only a metaphor, then what is God to do with those who choose such a position which is so far from the truth?

It is clearly breaking the first commandment, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Would that person be worthy of receiving the latter rain? Would they be safe to save? I have often wondered what the special sealing is that Seventh-day Adventists need to be sealed with, since they already have the seal of God, as it pertains to the Sabbath, in their foreheads. Could it be that since Adventism had strayed so far from the truth, as it relates to the Godhead, that there may be a connection with a correct understanding of the Godhead?

In chapter 10 we will look at the 1981 Fundamental Beliefs, the year the Omega of Apostasy became officially fixed within Adventism, and gross darkness came upon God’s remnant people.



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