Today there is much confusion concerning God and His nature. Many are baffled and deceived by a doctrine called the Trinity. This blindness and subsequent belief in the trinity tradition is a result of not understanding the three references to God’s ministry which is being accomplished at this time.
1. Jesus in the most holy place. (Hebrews 2:7, Daniel 8:14)
2. The Father on His high throne of majesty as supreme ruler and Judge. (Hebrews 1:3, Revelation 3:21, and others)
3. The Father and Son together in the heart and mind of all who recognize and worship them. (John 14:23, Romans 8:9-11, 1John 4:13-15)
To the individual who understands these ministries, the work of God’s Spirit is no mystery. We know that our fellowship is with the Father and Son just as the Bible tells us. “That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ”. (1John 1:3)
We recognize that there is no text that states that Jesus is not God’s Son nor is there a text that states God is a trinity of three co-eternal beings. To wrench the scriptures from their obvious meaning to support these unspoken doctrines is purely philosophical in nature. It requires us to let go of our foundations as established by our SDA pioneers and start a new system of worship. We were warned this would happen.
Ellen White under inspiration warned: “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.” SpTB02 204
In wresting scriptures from their obvious meaning, individuals point to Matthew 28:19 as proof of a third deity. “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20) Yet in the promise given in this text is the assurance that it is Christ who is with us always, even unto the end of the world. In John 14:18, Jesus promises “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” The fact that we should be baptized into God’s three-fold ministry should be self-evident.
Our pioneers and Ellen White understood all this. Thus the many warnings against the trinity doctrine by our pioneers and the word “trinity” never appearing even once in inspiration. It seems a mystery to me why so many either cannot or refuse to conceive of the Father and Son having three ministries to be accomplished. Every time a reference is made, concerning the Holy Spirit ministry of God, they jump on the phrase with an Eisogesis zeal to try and prove the existence of a deity that supposedly does the ministry that Christ clearly states is His and His Father’s. Yet Ellen White clearly reveals the three-fold nature of God’s “ministry” not His “personage”.
I believe that this is a fulfillment of the following text: “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness … Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.” (2Thessalonians 2:11-12, 16-17)
God has given us abundant evidence that it is God (our Father) that works in us both to will and to do His good pleasure. He assures us that our hope of glory is Christ in us. He has given us abundant testimony, including His own, that Jesus is His Son.
It should be clear that this doctrine of the trinity is of the world. All of apostate Protestantism, because of their apostasy, is following this doctrine. It is not only the central doctrine of Rome but now has been accepted by all of those who are not of spiritual Israel. It is the central philosophy of the Gentiles. “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart:” (Ephesians 4:17-18) From this blindness God calls us to understand, what is a mystery to the Gentiles. “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:”(Colossians 1:27)
In the world’s belief of the trinity, we are told it is just a mystery and we must accept it. Yet in understanding the three ministries of the Father and Son, there is no mystery in who God is or who it is that works in us. This is only a mystery to the Gentiles. “Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:”(Colossians 1:26)
Finally, therefore, know that those who walk in blindness will deny this truth and try to cause others to share in their apostasy. Recognize them for who and what they are, for they are liars. How will you recognize them? “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life”. (1John 2:22-25)
I urge all who find themselves in this apostasy, as I once was, to first repent and then turn to the one true God, who was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Accept His Son as your personal Savior and share the truth with your fellow SDA’s and all who are still blinded and lost in this error. “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?”(Ezekiel 33:11)
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