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The purpose of this website

 

The purpose of this website is to help all those who are interested, which in the main will probably be Seventh-day Adventists, to understand the issues involved in the present trinity debate within their denomination. The views on this website are those of its author. Other Seventh-day Adventists will undoubtedly view the debate very differently. This is the prerogative of each individual.

 

Included on this website are various presentations. The main (and largest) ones are “A study of the Godhead – as it pertains to Seventh-day Adventism, also “A Research Paper on the History of the Trinity Doctrine within the Early Christian Church and within Seventh-day Adventism”, also “The Begotten Series”.

 

This website reveals the author’s personal understanding of both the history and the theology of the trinity doctrine. It also details the history of how, during the 4th century, this teaching was first introduced into Christianity and how, after being rejected all the time of Ellen White’s ministry, the Seventh-day Adventist Church eventually accepted a modified version of it. This is as opposed to the orthodox trinity doctrine.

 

Those who have been involved with this trinity debate will undoubtedly realise that regarding the three personalities of the Godhead, the present day Seventh-day Adventist Church now rejects as error what was once taught by the vast majority (if not all) of early Seventh-day Adventists. The detailed history set out on this website reveals both how and when this change transpired, also what was involved in the changeover. The reader will see that it has been a dramatic change.

 

In this trinity debate, one of the major issues is whether Christ, in His pre-existence, is begotten of the Father. This is why by means of the “The Begotten Series”, the author of this website attempts to explain the various issues involved in the begotten concept. As most Seventh-day Adventists will more than likely realise, the Seventh-day Adventist Church today denies that Christ, in His pre-existence, is begotten (brought forth) of the father therefore they deny that He is truly the Son of God. They say instead that for the sake of the redemption of mankind, He just role-played (pretended to be) a Son. In the ‘Detailed History Series’, also in the ‘Begotten Series’, this is dealt with in detail.

 

This website is named ‘The Prophet Still Speaks’. The author has named it such because he believes that by God, one of the main founders of Seventh-day Adventism, namely Ellen G. White, was given the gift known in Christianity as the ‘spirit of prophecy’.

 

Although never referring to herself as a prophet, Ellen White did term herself a messenger from God. She claimed that through dreams and visions etc, God spoke to her.

 

The latter is not just the personal belief of this writer. It is the Seventh-day Adventist denominational belief. This is one of the reasons why the author uses her writings extensively. It is also why he names his website ‘The Prophet Still Speaks’ - meaning that he has named it as such because he believes that Ellen White was given the gift of prophecy.

 

As this messenger of God once said

 

"Abundant light has been given to our people in these last days. Whether or not my life is spared, my writings will constantly speak, and their work will go forward as long as time shall last. My writings are kept on file in the office, and even though I should not live, these words that have been given to me by the lord will still have life and will speak to the people. But my strength is yet spared, and I hope to continue to do much useful work. I may live until the coming of the lord; but if I should not, I trust it may be said of me, "blessed are the dead which die in the lord from henceforth: yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.” (Ellen G. White, Letter October 23 1907, also as quoted in General Conference Bulletin, 1st June 1913)

 

To help people understand how the author believes Ellen White’s writings should be regarded in relation to the Scriptures, there is a small series included on this website. It is called ‘The Role of Ellen White within Seventh-day Adventism’. All the presentations are accessible through the main menu link.

 

Please take note that the author’s writings are ongoing. This means that as and when necessary they will be updated. He will also be very glad to hear from you regarding what he has written, therefore please email him with any comments you wish to make or questions that you may wish to ask. He freely admits that he does not have all the answers regarding this debate but where possible he is willing to help. Your questions and comments may also serve to enhance this study.

 

There is one important final matter before I finish this brief introduction. This is that on this website many quotations are used from many different authors, all of which are credited in detail. If anyone believes that in quoting something I have infringed copyright, I would ask them to please let me know as soon as possible. I will then deal with it immediately.

 

If in any way I have infringed copyright, I offer my apologies. It was not my intention to do so. I have worked on the premise of ‘fair use’.  I believe that the very small usage from articles and books etc still in copyright, is minimal.

 

Please note too that unless otherwise stated, all emphasis is supplied.

 

God bless you in your studies.

 

Christian regards

 

Terry Hill

England

 

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© T. M. Hill 2008