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A Controversy Over Christ

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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.

Report Regarding the Executive Committee for Daniel, Dustin, and Nick

Greetings, I will give a brief report/summary of the executive meeting that Daniel, Dustin, and I recently attended. The executive committee welcomed us courteously with Elder Rasmussen as chair, at around 1:45PM (2017). They had some committee members attending by phone, including Elder Ramiro Cano (who was in New Mexico with his father-in-law in the hospital, expected to pass away soon). Elder Rasmussen gave the news that Pastor Ponomarov’s mother-in-law had passed away recently. They had some phone troubles, which were eventually resolved, they noted that one of the individuals invited had not come (Welner). Elder Rasmussen noted that some non-members were present as witness (including Pastor Ponomarov, Daniel Toews and I believe Pierre Steenburg), he read the letter that had been sent out to each of us and we were given one hour collectively “to be heard in your own defense, introduce evidence, and produce evidence.”

The clock started at 1:52 PM, I went first, then Dustin Butler, and Daniel Mesa last. I felt rushed and was anxious, Daniel noted my anxiety decreased after a few minutes and I completed my written presentation at about 2:08 PM. Dustin prayed first and he presented several challenging areas about the trinity such as the problem of the Father and the Son role playing, the idea that Jesus died but Christ did not die and whether the robe of righteousness that is given to us is different from the robe of righteousness given to Adam, Abraham, Elijah and Daniel. Dustin had two pages of notes, compared to my 10 pages of notes, so his presentation was far less scripted than mine, he ended at about 2:30 PM. Daniel Mesa prayed first and then gave his testimony of conversion and into pastoral ministry, presenting evidence from testimony of others that God has always lead in his ministry. He shared how this truth has transformed his Bible study and personal spirituality. He shared how when he was studying Revelation in preparation for the 30 part series he could not understand Revelation 3:14 with the belief about God he had in his mind. He entered the verse by verse study of Revelation as a trinitarian, but finished the study as a non-trinitarian. He shared a few thoughts about how Christ admitting that He was the Son of the Blessed (Mark 14:61,62) lead to His cruel death by crucifixion because the Jews had “a law” as it reads in John 19:7. Daniel also explained that he believed in the Holy Spirit, contrary to many false accusations, and that the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead, the Spirit of Christ. Daniel had no notes with him, completely unscripted; he ended at 2:50 PM. Continue reading “Report Regarding the Executive Committee for Daniel, Dustin, and Nick”

The First Mid-week Meeting at SDPM

My name is Sean Worix, I am 21 and I am an Ambassador for Christ. I had the special privilege of attending Mid-Week Meeting at the “Sabbath Day Pioneer Mission” near Fresno, CA. This was an amazing experience as I witnessed a people who were experiencing in real-time, the outpouring of the Latter Rain. We began by praying together. Pastor Daniel Mesa began with a beautiful prayer asking for the presence of God’s Spirit to be poured out within us. His prayer was trailed by others lifted up to the Most Holy Place of the heavenly sanctuary, pleading with God to lead us in our Bible study and to help us know Him, the only true God and His only-begotten Son, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Others sincerely prayed for healing of those they loved and cared for, some asked for God’s blessing on this fellowship, this town, this state, and our blessed nation. The bible verse that lingered in my mind during this prayer time was James 5:16, “Confess your faults to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” We are told from the pen of Inspiration (CSA 27.1) that “the darkness of the evil one encloses those who neglect to pray.” It goes on to say that “why should we be reluctant to pray, when prayer is the key in the hand of faith to unlock heaven’s storehouse, where are treasured the boundless resources of Omnipotence?”

When the sweet fragrance of our prayers closed in reverential awe, we opened our Bibles and followed them with the sincere and beautiful words of Jesus as we examined the scriptures on who The Father is. Pastor Daniel led a Spirit-filled Bible study on the Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s official 1889 Fundamental Principle 1 of 28, “Who is God the Father?” We studied for an hour and a half. We took turns reading out loud a plethora of scripture revealing insightful details on this fundamental principle. I would glance across our study hall and the eyes of men and women were ignited with a passion and love for their Heavenly Father as we went through the Bible verses. Many asked questions and every one of them were answered on a “Thus sayeth the Lord…” or “It is written…” fashion. Brothers and sisters shared as they were moved in the Spirit why they believed in this message and how the Father has blessed them for the “Daniel in the lion’s den”-like boldness they have exhibited in proclaiming the 3 Angel’s Message through this lens of the looking-glass where the smoke screen has finally been lifted from their eyes.

Brothers and sisters, Jesus is atoning for our sins as our mediator (1 Tim 2:5), and as our parakletos (which is Greek for “advocate” and “Comforter” (1 John 2:1)) and He is longing to return to bring us home to show us to His Father as the fruits of the great harvest of His labor, toil, and death on the cross for us, that He may be able to fulfill in antitype, the feast of tabernacles (Lev 23:34 & Duet 16:13), which will be the marriage supper of the Lamb (Rev 19:9). How He longs to be able to sit down and have a heavenly cooked meal with us. But He cannot do this until He has a people prepared for His second coming (Rev 14:1-5 & Heb 11:39-40). I say all of that, to say this: What I witnessed in this Bible study revealed that the appointed time of the appearing of the Son of Man in the clouds of glory is IMMINENT! God has a people, and they are preparing themselves (1 John 3:2-3). We must study to show ourselves approved (2 Tim 2:15) and I can attest to one thing, truly these men and women are heeding this counsel and hiding the Word of God upon the tables of their hearts that it might be a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path (Ps 119:105) and so they can share it with the world and proclaim it from the hilltops completing our highest calling given in Matthew 24:14, “And THIS GOSPEL of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Even so, Come, Lord Jesus (Rev 22:20).

Martin Luther Before the Diet

“In the presence of that powerful and titled assembly the lowly born Reformer seemed awed and embarrassed. Several of the princes, observing his emotion, approached him, and one of them whispered: “Fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul.” Another said: “When ye shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, it shall be given you, by the Spirit of your Father, what ye shall say.” Thus the words of Christ were brought by the world’s great men to strengthen His servant in the hour of trial.”  GC 155

SPIRITUAL PREPARATION

  1. “An all-wise Providence had permitted Luther to realize his peril,
  2. that he might not trust to his own strength and rush presumptuously into danger.
  3. Yet it was not the fear of personal suffering, a dread of torture or death, which seemed immediately impending, that overwhelmed him with its terror. He had come to the crisis, and he felt his insufficiencyto meet it. Through his weakness the cause of truth might suffer loss.
  4. Not for his own safety, but for the triumph of the gospel did he wrestle with God. Like Israel’s, in that night struggle beside the lonely stream, was the anguish and conflict of his soul. Like Israel, he prevailed with God.
  5. In his utter helplessness his faith fastened upon Christ, the mighty Deliverer.
  6. He was strengthened with the assurance that he would not appear alone before the council. Peace returned to his soul, and he rejoiced that he was permitted to uplift the word of God before the rulers of the nations.”  GC 157

PREPARATION

“With his mind stayed upon God, Luther prepared for the struggle before him:

  1. He thought upon the plan of his answer
  2. Examined passages in his own writings
  3. Drew from the Holy Scriptures suitable proofs to sustain his positions.
  4. Then, laying his left hand on the Sacred Volume, which was open before him, he lifted his right hand to heaven and vowed “to remain faithful to the gospel, and freely to confess his faith, even should he seal his testimony with his blood.”  GC 157

GIVING PRESENTATION

  1. “Luther made his answer in a subdued and humble tone
  2. Without violence or passion
  3. His demeanor was diffident and respectful
  4. yet he manifested a confidence and joy that surprised the assembly.” GC 158
  5. “Spoken to all with Christian dignity and calmness
  6. His words had been free from pride, passion, and misrepresentation
  7. He had lost sight of himself, and the great men surrounding him, and felt only that he was in the presence of One infinitely superior to popes, prelates, kings, and emperors.

Christ had spoken through Luther’s testimony with a power and grandeur that for the time inspired both friends and foes with awe and wonder. The Spirit of God had been present in that council, impressing the hearts of the chiefs of the empire. Several of the princes boldly acknowledged the justice of Luther’s cause. Many were convinced of the truth; but with some the impressions received were not lasting. There was another class who did not at the time express their convictions, but who, having searched the Scriptures for themselves, at a future time became fearless supporters of the Reformation.”  GC 161

EGW Quotes that are not included in the book entitled “Defending the Godhead” by Vance Ferrell

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Quotes not Included in Defending the Godhead by Vance Farrell

A Study on the Comforter Translated into Arabic

The Comforter in Arabic