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The Biblical Research Institute and Fundamental Belief #2

Here is a letter that was received October 12th, 2017, from the Biblical Research Institute by a sister who shared it with PioneerHealthAndMissions.com.

 

 

Click here for the BRI Letter (PFD)

Mark Finley – Is Jesus Eternal?

Please visit the “notes” page for notes.

An Analysis the BRI’s God in Three Persons—in Theology

Thank you Jean for passing this on to me at a camp meeting!

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The Biblical Research Institute’s publication God in 3 Persons—in Theology was published in May 2015. Authored by Kwabena Donkor, associate director of the BRI, the twenty-nine-page publication addresses Seventh-day Adventism’s understanding of God’s nature. Adventism’s second fundamental belief, Donkor wrote, “which deals directly with the Trinity, has only this to say about the being of God: ‘There is one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons.’ The statement seems to deliberately attempt to state only the basic facts about God’s nature….” (p. 18) Continue reading “An Analysis the BRI’s God in Three Persons—in Theology”

Letter and Response from the General Conference About Disfellowships Regarding the Trinity

Please click the image below for a PDF of two letters.

John 20:28 and Thomas

John 20:28 “And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses like to explain this verse by distinguishing between Lord and God, as Jesus presumably looks first at Jesus, and then lifts up his eyes to God in heaven:

My Lord: Jesus

My God: God the Father (looking up to Heaven)

But the first part of the phrase states that “Thomas . . . said unto him”, which means Jesus. So Thomas called Jesus “God”. Jesus can, indeed, be called God based on His nature, and therefore based on His divinity – which is the nature and divinity of the Father (see esp. John 1:1-3). Continue reading “John 20:28 and Thomas”

Central California OTG Camp Meeting – Sep. 29th – Oct 1st, 2017

A Controversy Over Christ

Thank you Dean Bowen for sending these images. =) Continue reading “A Controversy Over Christ”

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Who is the Holy Spirit?

Ellen White wrote it this way:

“They were two, yet little short of being identical; two in individuality, yet ONE IN SPIRIT,” (E.G. White, YI, Dec 16, 1897)

“The Father gave HIS Spirit without measure to his Son,” (E.G. White, RH, Nov 5, 1908)

“In giving us HIS Spirit, God gives us HIMSELF,” (E.G. White, 7T 273.1, 1902)

“The Holy Spirit, which proceeds from the only begotten Son of God,” (E.G. White, RH, April 5, 1906)

“The HOLY SPIRIT is the SPIRIT of CHRIST, which is sent to all men to give them sufficiency,” (E.G. White, 14MR 84.3)

“We want the HOLY SPIRIT, which is JESUS CHRIST. If we commune with God, we shall have strength and grace and efficiency.” (E.G. White, Lt66, April 10, 1894)

“But it is the leaven of the SPIRIT of JESUS CHRIST, which is sent down from heaven, called the HOLY GHOST, and that Spirit affects the heart and the character.” (E.G. White, Ms36-1891) Continue reading “Who is the Holy Spirit?”

The Comforter as a Distinct Personality

PDF – The Comforter -A DISTINCT PERSONALITY, by Paul Chung

The Holy Spirit is the Comforter, in Christ’s name. HE PERSONIFIES CHRIST, YET IS A DISTINCT PERSONALITY. We may have the Holy Spirit if we ask for it and make it [a] habit to turn to and trust in God rather than in any finite human agent who may make mistakes. {20MR 324.2}

Trinitarian object: If the “distinct personality” statements by Ellen White proves that Father and Son are separate and different entities with two distinct personages, then Holy Spirit while personifying Christ and “yet is a distinct personality” proves Holy Spirit is a separate, distinct personality or a personal being.

Response:

The word, distinct can mean different or it can also mean clear. Notice how Sister White uses the expression below:

WE NEED TO HAVE MORE DISTINCT VIEWS OF JESUS and a fuller comprehension of the value of eternal realities. The beauty of holiness is to fill the hearts of God’s children; and that this may be accomplished, we should seek for divine disclosures of heavenly things. {Steps to Christ 99.3}

LOOKING UNTO JESUS WE OBTAIN BRIGHTER AND MORE DISTINCT VIEW OF GOD, and by beholding we become changed. Goodness, love for our fellow men, becomes our natural instinct. {COL 355.1} Continue reading “The Comforter as a Distinct Personality”

Is the Holy Spirit God in Acts 5:3-4?

Acts 5:3-4But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?1 4 Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.” 

In what sense is lying to the Holy Ghost = lying to God? And–the most direct and obvious question–do these verses make the Holy Spirit God?

The answer lies in a simple comparison with Bible texts that offer a similar parallel:

  • Mt 25:40 “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” But brethren Jesus!
  • Acts 9:4 “Why persecutes thou me?” Paul was really persecuting Christians, which means persecuting Christ, but . . .Christ Christians.
  • 1 Cor 8:12 “When ye sin so against the brethren . . . ye sin against Christ.” Brethren Christ.

If the Holy Spirit is God’s representative, of course lying against the Holy Spirit means lying against God – but it doesn’t make the two the same being, nor does it make the Holy Spirit God.