The God of Our Fathers

Posted Jan 10, 2011 by Kel Cobbin in Adventist History Hits: 5,211

It was in 1996 that I was first challenged to take another look at the doctrine of the trinity which, I thought, could be clearly supported from the Bible. I was amazed when I found that the Bible reveals an entirely different picture of God than the one that is presented by the majority of popular churches of today, or what would be considered as mainstream Christianity. I also noted to my utter surprise that the Pioneers of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church spoke strongly against the trinity doctrine, and in time, I came to understand that they did this for a very good reason.

To my amazement I noted that the Seventh Day-Adventist Church held the view you will find presented in this manuscript until well after the death of Mrs Ellen G White. One of the more concerning things in all of this is that I, one of the “baby boomer” generation and 3rd generation Seventh-day Adventist, had not heard of these things until the mid 1990's, and if I am representative of the majority of church members then the implications are serious indeed.

While researching this subject it became very clear to me that the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s embracement of the doctrine of the trinity was as a result of certain personalities in our past leadership which desired to bring the denomination into the fold of mainstream Christianity.

We have often heard quoted the following statement from Mrs E.G. White “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history.” {E. G. White, Life Sketches, p. 196} It seems clear to me and I believe it will become clear to the reader that we as a people have much to fear as we have forgotten the Lords leading in “His teaching in our past history”.

If ever a group of believers should understand that clear teachings can be overlooked and replaced, as it has been by most of the Christian world, - it is Seventh-day Adventists. For example Sunday Sacredness, the Immortality of the Soul, and the trinity. These teachings were absorbed from paganism; adopted by the church through the use of a few poorly put together Bible texts and then accepted and believed by millions to be true. Could this have happened to Seventh-day Adventists?

Let me take you on a journey in coming blogs which I believe you will find fascinating and in some areas quite challenging.