"The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing ...." (5T - 80)
So prophesied the messenger of the Lord, and all who have the faintest idea of what is presently happening within the ranks of Seventh-day Adventism can testify that Ellen White truly was inspired by the Spirit of prophecy when she wrote that statement.
"God does not destroy," "God and Jesus must be called by the Hebrew names, Yahweh and Yashua," "The feast days ought to be still observed," "there is no investigative judgement etc. etc. And so the list goes on. I don't know what it is like in the other churches, but something about Seventh-day Adventism seems to breed a thirst for new, and strange doctrines. It is not surprising that there are some people who conclude that the safest course is to stick with the fundamentals as defined by the organised church and to leave to the church theologians the task of sorting through the mass of rubble which is flying around.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)
Each time I read this text nowadays, I find that I must pause for a moment to savour the impact of what it is really saying. The truth expressed in these few lines is so profound, thrilling and uplifting that it will serve as the basis for the research and study of our entire world for a hundred million years. Simply stated, easily read, but vast and comprehensive in its scope, it encompasses the most precious truths ever revealed to the universe!
God's love for unlovely sinners.
The unfathomable depths of that love.
The infinite value of the gift which He gave.
The simplicity and completeness of the salvation provided.
By David Clayton
The path of truth and error lies close together, but they do not overlap. In this article it may seem that I have stepped close to the line, but I have been careful to go no further than the Bible and the Testimonies have gone. Please read carefully and you will see that God has truly given us a privilege which is unspeakably great.
WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?
I should like to answer this question directly by describing in my own words my concept of the Holy Spirit, based on the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy writings. I realize that this is not the recommended way of proving a doctrine. However, I am not seeking at first to prove what I believe; only to make sure that my ideas are properly understood. This is why I am using this approach. Afterwards I will give the inspired basis for my conclusions.
I believe that God is Omnipotent. This means that He has all power. Without limitations. There is nothing that He cannot do. There is nothing too hard for Him to accomplish.
By David Clayton
The doctrine of the Trinity has been, from the moment it was first introduced into the Christian faith, a subject of heated debate and fierce controversy. Today many centuries later the situation is no different. Still there is argument and division concerning this doctrine which its advocates have declared to be a "great mystery."
Sometime, during the first four hundred years after the death of Christ, this doctrine crept into the teachings of popular Christianity. While it was officially embraced and defined at the Council of Nicea (AD 325), there seems to be evidence to suggest that even before this time it had already insinuated itself into the thinking of some Christians. However, what is absolutely certain is that this doctrine was not introduced into the Christian Church until more than a century after the death of the last of the apostles. The Encarta Encyclopedia describes its introduction into Christianity in the following way:
Trinity (theology), in Christian theology, doctrine that God exists as three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—who are united in one substance or being. The doctrine is not taught explicitly in the New Testament, where the word God almost invariably refers to the Father....
by Colin Gyles
Is the gospel based on a concept of God as a Trinity? A brief look at the gospel and its implications on the one hand and the Trinity and its implications on the other hand should provide a basis for a reasonable answer to this question.
First consider the gospel. If the Christian gospel were to be summarized in a single Bible verse, that verse is universally acknowledged to be John 3:16 - ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."
From the gospel the following realities are brought to view:
(1) A God who loves (2) A God who can and does have a Son (3) A Son who was begotten (4) A Son who could be and was given (5) A Son who could and did die. By God giving His Son is understood that God gave His Son to die wherein humanity should have died. (6) The believer who is most precious and dearly loved. Such love elicited from God the sacrifice of His only begotten Son and elicited from the Son of God the unselfish sacrifice of himself- a double sacrifice of Father and Son.
Sometime ago someone emailed me a copy of the following article. This article was actually taken from a book written on the subject of the Trinity, and in this article the author attempts to explain the Trinity. We have reprinted the article here, because it brings out some of the inconsistencies of the doctrine and illustrates the illogical arguments which must be used when one attempts to justify the doctrine of a Trinitarian God. Ironically this article was written by a man named (of all things) James White!! We have taken the liberty of numbering the paragraphs for easy reference.
By David Clayton
One of the most popular avenues taken by those who deny that Jesus is the true literal son of God, is to claim that Jesus was not the Son of God until he was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, or until He was resurrected after His crucifixion (Rom. 1:4).
Does this claim bear the test of close investigation? Is this conclusion a reasonable one in light of all the facts? Jesus, as well as the entire New Testament reveals that God's love was supremely manifested when He gave His "only begotten Son" for men. (John 3: 16; 1 John 4: 10). Let us pause to think about this. God wants men to appreciate how much He loves them. His whole purpose from the beginning of the world has been to reveal the degree of His love for mankind. When He finally unveiled the fullness of His love in all its splendor for the universe to see, it was in the act of sending someone to earth to die for men. In this action of sending this person, God revealed His love in a way that it had never been seen before and would never again be equaled in all eternity.