WHAT HAPPENED TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE LEADERS AND THEIR SPIRITUAL CONDITION?

Did They Abuse Leadership in God’s Church? Can we and should we say something?

Neal Wilson, long-time president of the General Assembly (1979-1990), made the following statement on behalf of our church in the context of omega apostasy before the American state institution:

  • “Although it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic viewpoint, and the term ‘hierarchy’ was used in a pejorative sense to refer to the papal form of church governance, that attitude on the church’s part was nothing more than a manifestation of widespread anti-popery among conservative Protestant denominations in the early part of this (20th) century and the latter part of the last, and which has now been consigned to the historical trash heap so far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned.“ {Neil Wilson: EEOC vs PPPA and GC, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR 1975}

Did what he said in 1975 have any consequences in the church or in GC? No, on the contrary, after that he became the long-term president of the GC of our church! Most are not even aware of these facts. But this helps us understand in what context his following statement on behalf of the 1985 General Conference should be understood:

  • ”But our work is not to denounce the Roman Catholic church.” {Neil Wilson: Pacific Union Recorder 18.02.1985 S.4} 
  • “There is another universal and truly catholic organization, the Seventh-day Adventist Church.“ {Neil C. Wilson, General Conference President of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Adventist Review, March 5, 1981, p 3} 

Ellen White warned in which direction the General Conference would go, to the Catholic Church:

  • ”Men are pursuing a similar course to that of the Roman Catholics.” {Ellen White: 9MR, p.179, Letter 53, 1894} 
  • “I saw the nominal CHURCH and nominal Adventists, like Judas, would betray us to the Catholics to obtain their influence to come against the truth.“ {Ellen White: Spalding Magan Unpublished Testimonies, p. 1} 

How did this come true? By accepting, according to the Catechism, the main doctrine of the Catholic Church – the Trinity, and since 1980 with the Catholic point that this one God means Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Is it perhaps the “deeper understanding of truth” that the Spirit of Prophecy has announced to us? Certainly not. This is the fulfillment of the prophecy of our fall and thus the departure back to the Catholic Church. Let’s make a comparison now:

Old belief:

  • “They have one God (the Father) and one Saviour; and one Spirit– the Spirit of Christ”  {Ellen White: 9T, p. 189, 1905

New belief:

Note that it is stated here that this one God consists in the sum of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Bible, on the other hand, says something completely different, namely that the title “ONE” God always means only and exclusively God the Father, and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Jesus and not the third Divine Being:

  • ”There is one God: Father, Son, and holy Spirit, a unity of three coeternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. God, who is love, is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation.”  {Point 2 of 28} 

Recent belief:

  • God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, incarnation, and redemption. He is as much a person as are the Father and the Son. He inspired the writers of Scripture. He filled Christ’s life with power. He draws and convicts human beings; and those who respond He renews and transforms into the image of God. Sent by the Father and the Son to be always with His children, He extends spiritual gifts to the church, empowers it to bear witness to Christ, and in harmony with the Scriptures leads it into all truth.“ {SDA: Point 5 on the list of beliefs} 

Catholic belief:

  • “The mystery of the Most holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of Christian life. God alone can make it known to us by revealing himself AS Father, Son and holy Spirit.“ {Vatican Catechism 261} 
  • “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.“ {Revelation 17,5}

Whose doctrine is now officially present in the church? Absolutely Catholic!

  • “I am charged to tell our people, that some do not realize, that the devil has device after device, and he carries them out in ways that they do not expect. Satan’s agencies will invent ways to make sinners out of saints. I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place. I do not know when I shall be taken; and I desire to warn all against the devices of the devil. I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death.” {Ellen White: Manuscript 1, 24. February 1915

It is not a 100-page manuscript book, Published Manuscript, Volume 1, but Manuscript No. 1, just one manuscript, which was not published until August 2015, but was available for inspection at centers such as Newbold or Andrews.

  • “Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.“ {Jeremiah 23,1}

What did Jesus say to the Pharisees of that time, who rejected all the arguments of the Truth regardless of their depth?

  • “Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.“ {John 9,41}

This is the same sin that today’s Pharisees repeat, not wanting to accept Jesus as the literal Son of God, although this is clearly stated in countless places in Scripture. Despite the strongest evidence of truth, they remain in their position and science, which indirectly rejects Jesus’ sacrifice.Overwhelmed with so much clear evidence, proponents of the Trinity, instead of conversion, are still looking for different ways and possibilities, as well as Evolutionists, how to push through their favorite concept. The truth about the literal heavenly birth of Jesus Christ before His coming to this earth as the Messiah is supported by Scripture in many places, which reinforces the warning not to play the blind.

In the 1985 live TV show Baptist John Akenberg, Walter Martin (author of “The truth about Seventh-day Adventism”), a journalist from evangelical circles, clearly proved the true history of the Adventist church and beliefs. This was in an interview with Dr. William Johnsson, who was one of the most important theologians in the General Conference and editor-in-chief of “Adventist Review”. Walter Martin knew history better than most Adventists and Dr. Johnsson, given the infallible evidence he gave. A summary of his words:

  • “Adventists introduced the Trinity much later after the death of Ellen White. In the last phase of her life and a few years later, the Trinity was not part of the Adventist faith, nor was there such teaching. Ellen White had a particularly strong Arian attitude until her death, which is why many of her quotations were removed from the church, which interfered with new teachings on the Trinity.”

Pressed by this evidence, Dr. William Johnsson had to admit in his defense that “if this is really true, then she was unfortunately not a prophet ‘at that stage’ “, instead of humbly saying that she would re-examine the whole area and all the words of EGW, and then decide what is really true. This is called the deeper development in blasphemy. On the other hand, several years later, in 1994, he made an opposite statement that we had not studied the Trinity before. By accident?

  • “Some Adventists today think, that our beliefs have remained unchanged over the years, or they seek to turn back the clock to some point when we had everything just right. But all attempts to recover such “historic Adventism” fail in view of the facts of our heritage.[..] Adventists beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of present truth. Most startling is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. … the Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists.“ {W. J., Adventist Review January 6th, 1994 Article ‘Present Truth – Walking in God’s Light’, 1994} 

This distorted view of the Bible in every way shows the senseless pride of the Pharisees against Jesus because it is easier to look for more and more meaningless arguments than to accept the truth on one’s knees. The prophet Jeremiah describes such behavior and shows that even the believers of that time who accepted the false God were proud to be in the true church and to worship the “true God” in it, because they have the right law and scripts, even though they were guided by theologians. that apostasy. 

But God announces here that the sages, as leaders of the apostasy, will receive a special punishment both on earth and in heaven. This literally, as with the prophet Ezekiel who saw through a hole in the wall of the temple that leaders worship pagan “gods”, refers to our church and the state of Laodicea, and it was fulfilled to the last letter! That is why Jesus calls us in Revelation to cleanse the blinded eyes because led by the masses and false theology, we cannot even think that such a thing could be fulfilled in the true church!

  • “Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?“ {Jeremiah 7,9-10}
  • “How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain.“ {Jeremiah 8,8}
  • “… from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.“ {Jeremiah 8,10}
  • “Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are these.“ {Jeremiah 7,4}
  • “Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.“ {Jeremiah 7,26}
  • “The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?” {Jeremiah 8,9}
  • “Youth who are not established, rooted and grounded in the truth, WILL BE corrupted and drawn away by the blind leaders of the blind; and the ungodly, the despisers that wonder and perish, who despise the sovereignty of the Ancient of Days and place on the throne a false god, a being of their own defining, a being altogether such an one as themselves,—these will be agents in Satan’s hands to corrupt the faith of the unwary.” {Ellen White: 1888 Materials, p. 484.3 1889} 
  • Study the ninth chapter of Ezekiel. These words WILL be literally fulfilled;” {Ellen White: Letter 106, 1909
  • “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: 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.” {Ezekiel 9,5.6}

Some argue that this does not apply to our preachers, as Ellen White makes it clear that we unite with Satan when we accuse God’s preachers. But at the same time, she writes in the continuation of the same statement, that we must fight against apostasy regardless of the level of hierarchy:

  • ”Parents were bitterly reproaching their children, and children their parents, brothers their sisters, and sisters their brothers. Loud, wailing cries were heard in every direction, “It was you who kept me from receiving the truth which would have saved me from this awful hour.” The people turned upon their ministers with bitter hate and reproached them, saying, “You have not warned us. You told us that all the world was to be converted, and cried, Peace, peace, to quiet every fear that was aroused. You have not told us of this hour; and those who warned us of it you declared to be fanatics and evil men, who would ruin us.” But I saw that the ministers did not escape the wrath of God. Their suffering was TENFOLD greater than that of their people.” {Ellen White: EW, p. 282} 
  • “But all unite in heaping their bitterest condemnation upon the ministers. Unfaithful pastors have prophesied smooth things; they have led their hearers to make void the law of God (the first commandment) and to persecute those who would keep it holy. Now, in their despair, these teachers confess before the world their work of deception. The multitudes are filled with fury. “We are lost!” they cry, “and you are the cause of our ruin;” and they turn upon the false shepherds. The very ones that once admired them most will pronounce the most dreadful curses upon them. The very hands that once crowned them with laurels will be raised for their destruction. The swords which were to slay God’s people are now employed to destroy their enemies.“ {Ellen White: GC, p. 655 – 1911} 
  • “Sister White told us as we three stood there on the depot platform, that a terrible storm of persecution was coming like a windstorm that blew down every standing object. There was not a Seventh-day Adventist to be seen. They, like the disciples, forsook Christ and fled. All who had sought positions were never seen again. After the storm there was a calm, then the Adventists arose like a great flock of sheep, but there were no shepherds. They all waited in earnest prayer for help and wisdom, and the Lord answered by helping them to choose leaders from among them who had never sought positions before. They prayed earnestly for the holy Spirit which was poured out upon them making them fully ready for service. They then went forth ‘fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,’ to give this message to the world. I was astonished, and asked if that applied to Loma Linda, as we were looking in that direction. Sister White replied to my question by stating that it applied to the entire denominational world. It so stunned me that I did not ask any more questions.“ {Will Ross, Boulder, Colorado: His speaking with Ellen White 1908 on the train station of Loma Linda, written 1943 by Elder D. E. Robinson}
  • “The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work. When a church proves unfaithful to the word of the Lord, whatever their position may be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others are then chosen to bear important responsibilities.“ {Ellen White: 14Ms 102, UL 131}
  • “These men were constantly saying, “God is with us. We stand in the light. We have the truth.” I inquired who these men were, and was told that they were ministers and leading men who had rejected the light themselves, and were unwilling that others should receive it.“ {Ellen White: EW, p. 240.2}
  • “Here we see that the church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God (Ezekiel 9,6). The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust.“ {Ellen White: 5T, p. 211, 1882} 
  • ”And when men standing in the position of leaders and teachers work under the power of spiritualistic ideas and sophistries, shall we keep silent, for fear of injuring their influence, while souls are being beguiled?” {Ellen White:  ChL, p. 62.1}
  • “Church members, who have seen the light and been convicted, but who have trusted the salvation of their souls to the minister, will learn in the day of God that no other soul can pay the ransom for their transgression. A terrible cry will be raised, “I am lost, eternally lost.” Men will feel as though they could rend in pieces the ministers who have preached falsehoods and condemned the truth.“ {Ellen White: 4BC,p. 1157, 1900

Why did only some believers rise up to fight for the truth? Because that’s exactly what God announced:

  • “But the Lord will raise up men of keen perception, who will give these truths their proper place in the plan of God.”! {Ellen White: SpTB02 51.2} 

And Noah was once only one person, but his voice was heard far away. Do we really think that there was no official church then, of course in so much apostasy, that only one family was saved? Is it possible for us to imagine that we are better than the former fallen generations? A member of Laodicea says just that, with the words “I am rich“.

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