A Line of Truth

Compiled by Gary Hullquist

A chronological collection of statements from 1846 to 2010 from Adventist authors, pioneers, leaders, and Ellen White on Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Answering Objections

Bible Answers to Trinitarian Objections

Calvary in Egypt

Ponder it carefully. The minds of the Roman soldiers are controlled by Satan, yet the breath by which they live is the life that lights every man that comes into the world. The power of Christ in the souls of men is used by Satan to nail Him to the cross. Just stop and ponder that for a moment. The single image of a Roman solider with hammer held high and driving a spike into those precious hands of the Saviour holds the key to plagues of Egypt and all the power of destruction manifested on the earth.

Christ's Antediluvian Cross

The mystery of the cross explains all other mysteries. In the light that streams from Calvary the attributes of God which had filled us with fear and awe appear beautiful and attractive. Mercy, tenderness, and parental love are seen to blend with holiness, justice, and power. While we behold the majesty of His throne, high and lifted up, we see His character in its gracious manifestations, and comprehend, as never before, the significance of that endearing title, "Our Father." GC 652.1

Christ's Red Sea Burial

The destruction of the Egyptian army is trumpeted as one of the clearest evidences that God is a destroyer. Even in the song of Moses we are told that God is a man of war that dashes his enemies to pieces

The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name.  (4)  Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea.  (5)  The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone.  (6)  Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. Exodus 15:3-6 

How can God be a man of war and at the same time have a Son who is the prince of peace? Can sweet and bitter water from the same fountain? Is God life and death mixed into one? Is His character like Yin and Yang?

Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;  (2)  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 1 Cor 10:1-2

Christ, the Sabbath and the Heights of the 1888 Message

For over 120 years the Church of Christ has been search for her beloved after He knocked on the door between 1888 and 1895/96. The gift of the Spirit has been there all along in the heart opening to the Spirt that flows during the Sabbaths of the Lord. Jones expresses it so clearly and these four sermons takes you step by step from wretched worm to sealed saint.

Cross Examined and Cross Encountered

Why was the Cross required 
and who required it? 

Why was the Cross necessary 
for our salvation? 

Cross Light

It would be well for us to spend a thoughtful hour each day in contemplation of the life of Christ. We should take it point by point, and let the imagination grasp each scene, especially the closing ones. As we thus dwell upon His great sacrifice for us, our confidence in Him will be more constant, our love will be quickened, and we shall be more deeply imbued with His spirit. If we would be saved at last, we must learn the lesson of penitence and humiliation at the foot of the cross.  {DA 83.4}

Cry of Sodom and Gomorrah

The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the key Bible stories used by people to show how God destroys those who persistently refuse to submit to Him. The fire that comes from Heaven is understood to be God Himself pouring forth a fury of Fire to end the lives of those miserable sinners that were a burden to themselves and a wicked influence in the world.

Discarding Augustine's Covenant Glasses to Receive the Latter Rain

Learn how the covenant systems developed by Augustine helped to short circuit the receiving of the Latter Rain through the most precious message preached in 1888.

Divine Pattern of Life

Three Hundred years ago, Sir Isaac Newton discovered the universal laws of the physical universe and the principles that bound planets and stars together in His monumental work Principia. This booklet explores the divine pattern of human relaitonships and what is the secret of life that will bring prosperity and blessing.

Dominion of the Earth

Under the curse of sin all nature was to witness to man of the character and results of rebellion against God. When God made man He made him rule over the earth and all living creatures. So long as Adam remained loyal to Heaven, all nature was in subjection to him. But when he rebelled against the divine law, the inferior creatures were in rebellion against his rule. Thus the Lord, in His great mercy, would show men the sacredness of His law, and lead them, by their own experience, to see the danger of setting it aside, even in the slightest degree. PP 59, 60

End of the Wicked - Fiery Final Judgment

For those who believe in God it is almost universally reasoned that the only way to end sin is the stop the wicked dead in their tracks by bringing down a fiery stream fury from the heart of God to burn up the wicked and bring them to an end.

God's Strange Act

For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. Isa 28:21

What is this strange act that God does? Many say it is an uncharacteristic act of God that cleanses the Universe of sin. Is God ever not in His character?

Who is the God that you worship. Is He the author of life, love and freedom or is He a combinational author of life and death. Are God’s mercy and justice two opposing sides in His nature or is justice an expression of His mercy?

Godhead to Trinity

Godhead or Trinity?
Which do you prefer? Does it make a difference? Are they both the same?

It appears there is a difference and an effort to prefer one over the other, if not to remove the word “Godhead” altogether, has been made to accomplish just that.

Written by Gary Hullquist

Gods of Egypt as Lightning from Heaven

The Bible contains several instances of sentencing people to be stoned to death for their transgressions. Where did this practice come from? Did God introduce this idea to Moses or did it come from some other source. Is it possible that the judgments that fell upon Israel related to their ideas of judgment rather than from God Himself? Did the sin of the golden calf change anything in the relationship between God and Israel? Is it important to know? To him that hath ears let him hear.

Have We Followed Cunningly Devised Fables?

The prophetic framework of the Millerite system forms the backbone of the Midnight Cry and the Midnight Cry lights the path all the way to the city of God. We are not to move a pin of this foundation. One of the lynch pins of that system is the question of the Daily. If you remove that pin, the date 1844 becomes vulnerable to both preterism and futurism. The Millerite view of the Daily plays a vital role in securing the historicist understanding of the prophetic books of Daniel and Revelation.  

In God's Name

The author of this booklet was one such person until he met some Christians in an unlikely place to open a path to a different understanding of God and Christ. The intent of this booklet is to expose the false practice of nations to use the religion of Christianity to advance their national ambitions.

The greatest causality is the view of God this has portrayed to the world and caused many to turn away. You are invited to take another look and consider that since Jesus came as the prince of peace that His Father, the one true God, is the King of Peace and is not a God of war as supposed by most.   

Knowledge of the Son of God in Old Testament Times

What was known about the Son of God in the times of the patriarchs and the people of Israel? In conversations I am often confronted with the idea that Jesus became the Son of God at his birth by Mary. The view that the "sonship" was not more than a "job" that Jesus fulfilled in his time here on earth, was often presented to me. It is also argued that in the Old Testament the Son of God does not really come into appearance. Is that the truth? Here is the answer.

Lessons From History on Church Organisation

Elders A.T. Jones and E.J. Waggoner were God's chosen messengers to bring the message of righteousness by faith to God remnant people. The rejection of that message sparked in these men a fatal flaw in regard to the subject of Church organisation. As we study the history concerning them, may we learn lessons about the church of God in these last days.

Living Bread from Heaven

The sacrificial system with its animal sacrifices and meat and drink offerings all point to the life giving grace of Jesus through His work on the cross and His mediation in heaven for us.

The question arises what is the significance of all the weights and measures of flour and oil and quantities of animals? If all these events simply point to the death of Jesus 2000 years ago then how can each of these animal and meat offerings vary at each religious gathering? What does this mean?

Loving Wrath of God

What does the Bible say about God’s wrath?
Is it like ours? Does God get mad? Does He get angry?
How can God be a loving God and yet destroy the
wicked with fire?

These questions and more are carefully answered in
this little booklet that presents an appealing picture of
our heavenly Father.

Jesus came to show us the Father. He is a perfect
image of God. Fall in love with the Creator who never
loves the sinner less.

Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is either a brilliant person who is right on, or she turns out to be a wild fanatic. Those “three hundred denarii” (silver coins) are a fantastic sum which she blew in just a few moments of aromatic bliss at this party. At first thought, it would seem that the “some” who didn’t like what she did were thinking clearly. Jerusalem and its suburbs were full of poor people who could have used the food or clothing that this princely sum could have purchased for them.

My Father's Kingdom

"I am the resurrection and the life." In our knowledge of Christ and His love the kingdom of God is placed in the midst of us. Christ is revealed to us in sermons and chanted to us in songs. The spiritual banquet is set before us in rich abundance. The wedding garment, provided at infinite cost, is freely offered to every soul. By the messengers of God are presented to us the righteousness of Christ, justification by faith, the exceeding great and precious promises of God's word, free access to the Father by Christ, the comfort of the Spirit, the well-grounded assurance of eternal life in the kingdom of God. What could God do for us that He has not done in providing the great supper, the heavenly banquet? COL 317

Natural Justice and Atonement

Natural Justice and Atonement

In the life of Saul and Agag

The slaughter of the Amalekites including women and children is one of the most difficult stories to explain in the Bible. Why was this commanded in the name of God?

How can this story be understood in the light of the cross?

Original Love

If we worship a God who loves because of inherent qualities then we will do the same. We become what we behold. Yet if we worship a Son who was given all things and rests in the assurance of His Father’s sweet benevolent Agape love, then we can be transformed into the image of this love and love as God loves His Son.

Our God is Agape and in Himis no Eros at all

Passover Theme for Kids

A Teachers Manual for parents to help children understand the themes of passover. 

Pattern of God's Judgment

Most Christians have firm ideas about the wrath and the judgments of God, about His visitations, His vengeance and His punishments. They believe, that they represent an active act of God who loses His patience at a certain point and punishes and eliminates the transgressors of His law by instructing His holy angels to hurt, torment and kill human beings and by using the forces of nature in a destructive manner so as to achieve His goal of destroying the apostate. But how do people come to this conclusion?

Pentecost for Kids

Explaining the Feast of Pentecost to Children

Priest Forever

“The priesthood of Christ commenced as soon as man had sinned. He was made a priest after the order of Melchizedek. ...Satan thought the Lord had given up His hold on man, but the Star of Hope lighted up the dark and dismal future in the gospel preached in Eden.” Ms43b-1891 (July 4, 1891)

Rebellion of Korah

Who sent Korah Dathan and Abiram alive down into the pit?

Num 16:31-33  And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:  (32)  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.  (33)  They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

Sabbath Fountain

The Words that the Father spoke to His Son at His Baptism echo the Blessing He poured upon Him on the First Sabbath of Creation. Daily the Father delighted in His Son, and the Son rejoiced before Him. On the Sabbath the Father breathed upon His Son and the Son was refreshed in His Father’s love. This intimate connection between Father and Son was placed permanently in the Sabbath and each Sabbath the Father breathes out His refreshing rest upon His Son and all those who accept the Son.

Saul's Career

n the life of Saul we see the fruit of Israel’s desire for a king. Israel had rejected God as their leader. They departed from Him and in His place providence provided them a manifestation of their own hearts.

They say that power corrupts but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Saul was not given absolute power but he acted as though he did. Saul rejected the appeals and rebukes of Samuel.

Serpent Revealed in Canaan Conquest

How do we reconcile the wholesale slaughter of nations by Israel with the sword against the words of Christ?

…for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Not only men, women and children also:

Deut 2:34  And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain:

Showing Respect for Colossians 2:16,17

A textual review and analysis of the key Pauline passage addressing feasts, new moons, and Sabbath days. One of the most hotly debated texts in the Christian world, it is claimed Exhibit A for prohibiting the gatherings of God’s people as found in the book of the law. But was the apostle who observed the appointed times himself also condemning them as a only legalistic bondage? Was Paul saying the Seventh day Sabbath is no longer relevant to Christians?
Modern commentaries have ignored critical aspects of Paul’s internal consistency. Showing Respect, however, does just that.

Slaughter Weapons of Ezekiel Nine

What is the meaning of this passage?

And the LORD said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.  (5)  And to the others he said in mine hearing, Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity:  (6)  Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. Eze 9:4-6 

Smiting Angels

Do God’s holy angels really kill people? Does Christ truly speak the words “These people must die for now, go and execute them!” Did Jesus hide this part of the character of God when He came to this earth? Jesus never executed anyone while here. If executing people is part of His character then why did He not reveal this while here on earth?

Stand by the Landmarks and Build on the Platform

The Adventist movement was built on the foundation of Revelation 14:12 as those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. From this foundation this booklet reveals the connection to an understanding of the righeousness of Christ that is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God.

The Ceremonial Dividing Line in Adventist History

Adventist history is full of struggle and debate over the issue of when and where did the Old Covenant with all of its rites and ceremonies begin and end. Like all other Protestant churches from which they came, the Adventists long accepted the prevailing notion that all things old and Jewish came to an end at the death of Jesus. For all the other Protestants that meant the seventh day Sabbath as well. Not so, said the Adventists, newly convicted by the Fourth Commandment. The Moral Law is permanent; the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross. But what about tithe, intoxicating liquor, and unclean meats? Soon a growing list of Mosaic statutes were moved across the Ceremonial Divide. And then came 1888. The implications were undeniable. Something had to give. The battle lines were drawn, and the rest— well, the rest is History.

The Destroyer

Who was the destroyer of the first born of Egypt?

The Ministration of Death

Why Does Jesus tell Peter to put away his sword and at the same time tells Moses to take up the sword and put the rebellious ones who refuse to repent to death? Learn about the ministration of death and how all these pieces fit together

The Mirror and the Lie

The difference is important to understand for God does not test men through falsehood. He does not say things that are false in order to force from men their inner thoughts. He rather reflects back to men their own thinking in order that they might discern their failures, turn to Christ and be saved.

God does not use force to learn the truth. Men will lie, torture and imprison to extract the information they desire from others.   

The Penalty of Sin Exposed

The Bible tells us that the wages of sin is death. The question that must be asked is who pays these wages?

The majority of the Christian world believes that God will destroy the wicked, burning them in hell. The majority believe that God will burn them for eternity while a few believe that God simply turns them to ashes upon the ground. Either way, all believe that God is the one who actively inflicts death and destruction upon the wicked Himself.

What does the Bible reveal on this subject? If God does the final killing of the wicked why are we told that Satan has the power of death in Hebrews 2:14? If God tells us in the commandments “thou shalt not kill” and Christians believe that it is the Spirit of God that dwells in the heart of the Christian then how can God kill and this character trait not be present in the heart of the believer? And if we are changed to what we behold, what will we become if we behold God as putting Billions of people to death?

We invite you to carefully consider these questions as you read this booklet.

The Sabbath Still Counts

This booklet deals with the sensitive matter regarding the claim that the 1st century disciples replaced the seventh day Sabbath (commonly, "Saturday") with the first day of the week (commonly, "Sunday") as a weekly Holy Day. 

The Sanctuary

“I believe the Sanctuary to be cleansed at the end of the 2300 days, is the New Jerusalem Temple, of which Christ is a minister. The Lord shew me in vision, more than one year ago, that Brother Crosier had the true light, on the cleansing of the Sanctuary, etc; and that it was His will, that Brother C. should write out the view which he gave us in the Day-Star Extra, February 7, 1846. I feel fully authorized by the Lord, to recommend that Extra, to every saint." - A Word to the "Little Flock," Ellen White, printed in 1847.

The Seventh Month Movement The Midnight Cry and the Karaite Calendar

At what time should we keep the feasts? This question is asked regularly and it is a valid question. For those who believe in the foundations of the Adventist movement in 1844 the answer is quite simple. 

The Sufferings of Christ

Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world.

What is it about the cross of Christ that has such power to change a proud sinful man into a humble, gentle and repentant one? In this small volume you are invited to mediate on the sufferings of Christ and consider that each action He has taken is to bring to an awareness of His great love which in turn will help you to see your great need. It is only in the revelation of such deep love as manifested in the cross of Christ that can create an awareness in man of his natural selfishness that will lead him to destruction. May you look upon the Saviour and find in Him one altogether lovely and that has given everything possible to save your soul.  

The True Midnight Cry

“Of all the great religious movements since the days of the apostles, none have been more free from human imperfection and the wiles of Satan than was that of the autumn of 1844. Even now, after the lapse of many years, all who shared in that movement and who have stood firm upon the platform of truth still feel the holy influence of that blessed work and bear witness that it was of God.” 
Great Controversy, page 402.

The Two Covenants in Galatians

 Thus the covenant from Sinai brought them to the covenant with Abraham. The first brought them to the second covenant. The old covenant brought them to the new covenant. And thus the law, which was the basis of that covenant, —the broken law, —was the schoolmaster to bring them to Christ, that they might be justified by faith. A.T. Jones RH July 17, 1900

The Two Mirrors - The Law and the Gospel

If you approach the Law of God without the Gospel, your natural perceptions of justice will kill you. Intrigued? Read on.

They repeated the two great maxims, that the law is a transcript of the divine perfections, and that a man who does not love the law does not love the gospel; for the law, as well as the gospel, is a mirror reflecting the true character of God. GC 465

Time to Commence the Sabbath

At the heart of the Ten Commandments we are invited to remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. What exactly is the Sabbath day and when does it begin and end? 

To Walk in My Father's Ways

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97 

Understanding the Personality of God

1 Cor 8:6  But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

What About the Feasts - Third Edition 2016

What About the Feasts. Answers many questions like:

Are the Statutes required for us to keep today?
What are included in the Statutes?
Do the feasts contain moral principles?
Must we keep the Statutes to be saved?


Wherefore Then the Law

The question of which law was the Law in Galatians was the focal point of the doctrinal battle that took place during the 1888 Bible conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Why is it so vital for us to understand the central points related to this question? The Law in Galatians reveals whether we understand the Everlasting Covenant correctly in the details of Scripture. While it is possible to grasp the central theme of the everlasting covenant, this theme must be understood in the details of Scripture to be truly appreciated and taught from Scripture. This is particularly true concerning the writings of Paul.

Wisdom of God

He that has the Son has life. Why is this so? For in the Son of God resides the pure heart of an obedient Son to His Father. He always does those things that please the Father. He also has the Father’s blessing and deep affection. The heart of the Son rests perfectly in His Father’s love.