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SDA Pioneers Named and Endorsed a Trinity Before 1915

SDA Pioneers Named and Endorsed a Trinity Before 1915

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DID SDA PIONEERS USE THE WORDTRINITY IN AN ACCOMMODATED/NON-TRADITIONAL SENSE EVEN BEFORE 1915? 
By Derrick Gillespie
In
1913
(I did not say 1931) a statement of some of the points of our SDA faith was published on page 21 of the October 9 edition of the
 Advent Review and Sabbath Herald 
.
The following is thesection important for our study, revealing quite clearly how modernSDA anti-Trinitarians aredebunked (and continue to be debunked) by our own historical records regarding what Adventistcame to believe WHILE MRS WHITE WAS STILL ALIVE:
"For the benefit of those who may desire to know more particularly the cardinal features of the faith held by this denomination we shall state that Seventh-day Adventists believe
 
1. In
the divine Trinity
. This Trinity consists of the eternal Father, a personal, spiritual being,omnipotent, omniscient, infinite in power, wisdom, and love; of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the eternal Father, through whom all things were created, and through whom the salvation of theredeemed hosts will be accomplished; the Holy Spirit,the third person of the Godhead, the oneregenerating agency in the work of redemption..." 
 This accommodated or NON-TRADITIONAL use of the controversial term dates back as far as1891
.
Here's the evidence of its progressive use that is undeniable 
³We [Adventists] understand the Trinity , as applied to the Godhead, toconsist of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit ... These supreme Beingswe cannot comprehend or measure«There is certainly nothing incongruous in the idea of the Spirit being a personal representative, hence saying that the Spirit' is the representative of the Father and Son does not deny his personality... He[the Spirit]occupies in our minds an exalted place with Deity «as a supreme  Being´
 
- Bible Echo & Signs of the Times (Australia), Vol
.
7, April 1, 1892, p112
 
³Where Satan cannot lead into absolute unbelief, he will endeavor to mystify so that the belief remaining may prove ineffectual. From the confusing idea of µone God in three Gods¶ 
[
i
.
e
.
thetraditional Catholic Trinity explanation, of a singular threefold organism/Being or singular tri- personal substance]
«the enemy gladly leads to what appears to be a more rational, though not less erroneous idea ± that there is no trinity , and that Christ is merely a created being. But God¶s great plan is clear and logical.There is a trinity, and in it there are three personalities«We have the Father described in Dan. 7:9, 10«a personality surely«In Rev.1:13-18 we have the Son described. He is also a personality« The Holy Spirit is spoken of throughout Scripture as a personality. These divine persons are associated in the work of God«But this union is not one in which individuality is lost«There is indeed a divine trio,but the Christ of that Trinity is not a created being as the angels- He was the ³only begotten´ of the Father «´ 
 -
 
Robert Hare, Union Conference Record, July 19,
1909
 
 
 
³
God is one
[
 person]
 . Jesus Christ is one
[
i
.
e
.
another person]
 . The Holy Spirit is one
[
thethird person of three]
 . And thesethree are one: there isno dissent nor division among them
[
the expression µamong them¶ always indicates three or more beings involved; not just two]
.
´ 
 -A
.
T
.
Jones,
 Review and Herald 
, January 10,
1899
, 24
[
In the disputes leading up to Nicea]
³There was no dispute about 
[
notice, not about µtheopinion¶, or µthe teaching¶, but]
the
*
FACT of there being a Trinity
; it was about the nature of the Trinity. Both parties
[
supporting either Arius or Alexander]
believed in precisely the sameTrinity, but they differed upon the precise relationship which the Son bears to the Father´
 -A
.
T
.
Jones,
The Two Republics
,
1891
, pg
.
333Fancy that!! A
.
T
.
Jones now admitting in writing that earliest Christians never debated
"theFACT"
of whether a Trinity existed (since that was already a given); they simply debated thenature of the Trinity
.
NO WONDER THEN SDA PIONEERS EVENTUALLY CAME TOASSENT TO THAT BASIC FACT BY 1913!!
³Seventh-day Adventists
[
not just myself]
believe
[
now]
in ... the Divine *TRINITY. This Trinityconsists of the Eternal Father« the Lord Jesus Christ«
[
and]
the Holy Spirit, the third Person of the Godhead´
 
-
F
.
M
.
Wilcox (editor of Review and Herald),
*
 Review and Herald,
October 9, 1913
³«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 theGodhead 
 , the great regenerating power in the work of redemption«
We
[
Adventists]
recognizethe divine Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each possessing a distinct and separate personality, but one in nature and in purpose, so welded together in this infiniteunion that the apostle James speaks of them as "one God." James 2:19.This divine unity issimilar to the unity existing between Christ and the believer, and between the different believers in their fellowship in Christ Jesus
«´
 - F
.
M
.
Wilcox, Christ is Very God, Review and Herald
COMMENTARY-
Trinitarianism is predicated upon the principle of a belief in ³threePersons´ within the ³one Godhead´
.
It is Biblical to affirm ³three living
[
literal] personalities´ in the Godhead, and this is what ³
a
trinity´ is (asEVENTUALLY attested to honestly before 1915 by SDA pioneers; seenin the quotes above)
.
Even the false trinities, triads and trios in paganreligious ± proclaim the true definition of ³trinity´
.
 
 
Once, by a Christian, ³three persons´ are affirmed in the Godhead,whether as three separate persons (beings), or personalities, but all arerelated and in union (which some mistakenly call tri-theism), or as three personal ³manifestations´ of the one ³existence´ or reality (being), butall related in ³substance´, then that Christian is a Trinitarian (but caneither be an "orthodox" or "unorthodox" one)
.
Some, unwittingly, areTrinitarians (unorthodox one's of course), and believe in a ³Trio´ in theGodhead, but resist and deny the label
.
 J
.
H
.
Waggoner (a pioneer), a few years before the SDA churchaffirmed three persons in the Godhead, stated that trinitarianism issimply based upon the
true
definition of the word ³trinity´, whichmeans ³three
[
distinct] persons´ who exist together by closerelationship; just like ³trio´, ³triplet´, ³triad´ and ³triumvirate´ ± allcoming from the prefix ³tri´
[
three]
.
Here are his words:
 
³
A Trinity is three persons. To recognize[
adm
it to]
a
 trinity[the true type],the
d
istinction between the F
a
ther
a
n
d
Son
m
ust be preserve
d
 
-J
.
H
.
Waggoner, 1884, The Atonement, pgs
.
167-169
 
Thus a TRUE trinity in not (supposed to be) a single person, personality,or individual, or even a three-faced singular being, as critics rightfullycharge the Roman Catholics to be teaching!! But, if in Adventism, since
1892
, and
long before 1931
, the three Persons in the Godhead, and infact basic/economic trinitariansim through Dr 
.
Spear¶s article (seeexcerpts in the e-mail below) were directly affirmed by a leading editor in the church, then as sure as trilogy, tricycle, triennial, triplicate, trident,tripod, and tripartite all relate to ³three´ distinct, but related entities, pioneering Adventism
bec
am
e
supportive of a ³trinity´ in the Godhead(if even not by orthodoxy)
.
In 1892 SDA pioneers were blunt about thefollowing article they SUPPORTIVELY published:
 

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