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3. The Godhead: A Historical Narrative

Jason Sliger

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Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Jason is a former full-time evangelist with Amazing Facts, now pastoring in Northern Michigan. He and his wife, Midori, have two children, Evangeline and Christian who are 3 and 1. His greatest desire is to have an experience like Jesus and be part of helping others be like Him too. He enjoys playing with his kids, photography and, when he can find time, playing the guitar.

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  • February 17, 2018
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Father in heaven what a blessing it is to be part of a people who have the hand of God leading them and directing them Lord we thank you for what you have done in this great movement of people Father we thank you for your patience with us as we slowly learn the truth of your words this morning Father our prayer is as David prayed that you would lead us in your truth Lord we invite your Holy Spirit to be with us here we pray that you would guide us in the time that we spend together we ask it in Jesus' name amen. As we've gone through the last two studies in this three part series we have looked at three points from the Word of God and these three particular points that the those that are of a more anti Trinitarian persuasion tend to not agree with what we have found from Scripture is that the Bible teaches that there is a unity of three persons in the Godhead we looked at that in our first presentation many Bible passages support the three fold aspect of God in the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit and after we solidified that from Scripture we then went to the spirit of prophecy which confirmed our findings in the Word of God in our study together last week we looked at the last two points here the full Eternal Deity of Christ that he has always existed as part of the Godhead and the personhood and full Deity of the Holy Spirit that He is not an energy or a force of God but that he is a person who has always existed just like the father and just like the Son Again we looked at all of the biblical evidence that supports these two things and then we went to the spirit of prophecy that confirmed our findings now those again who are of the some of the anti Trinitarian persuasions tend to believe that at some point Jesus was created in the distant past at some point that that there is not three there's not a three fold aspect of the Godhead and that the Holy Spirit is a force that comes from the Father and from the son rather than being an actual literal person we have found that the Bible teaches something quite different the small ANY what I want to do is I want to show you from the history of our church. That we have always and always but for a good period of time we as a people have believed what we have studied in the Word of God over the last two presentations and I want to show you that this happened not just in the recent history but also during the time of the great our great prophet Ellen White now just as a disclaimer most of the or much of the information that I'm going to share with you this morning I have borrowed from a administers story and by the name of Jerry moon you can look him up if you choose to he's an associate professor and the chair of church history department down at Andrews University he did a two part series so I'm going to do one but he did two part series hour long presentations showing the development from a historical standpoint of this particular doctrine of the Trinity he also coauthored a book entitled Trinity the Trinity understanding God's love his plan of action and Christian relationship so this is where I've got much of my information I've got other resources that I've pulled from as well but I want you to know where a lot of the information was coming from so you can go back to the resources yourself if you would like to me the next thing I want to see before I get into this is I want you to just hang tight with me we're going to be reading a lot of quotes this morning I know sometimes when you get into quotes it's easy to get disconnected but in order for us to see this from a history historical perspective I want you to see what the writers themselves actually wrote rather than me regurgitating in my own words what they said now it is no secret in the administrates that there were many of our admin to spying ears who were what some define as anti Trinitarian and this is just a brief list of some of these individuals James White Jane Andrews Joseph Bates AC and D.C. Bordeaux are after trial a T. Jones D.M. can write Debbie Debbie Prescott J.. H. Wagner he was the father of E.J. Wagner and Jay and law and I'm going to share with you some of the statements from these particular individuals but many have defined these men as anti Trinitarian in their persuasions and some of them were of course stronger on this than others those that came from the Christian connection James White and some of the others definitely had more of a anti Trinitarian leaning but we actually see over history that they began to change that view and I'm going to share that with you here in our studies give this morning however not all of our pioneers were anti Trinitarian there was some although they were few that were Trinitarian there's a man by the name of Ambrose C. Spicer he was the father of the G.C. president aid a Spicer he was a convert to and the tism from the seventh the Baptist church and back to this were Trinitarian and he carried that with him over into the Seventh Day Adventist Church and actually his son later wrote that his father grew so offended at the end titrated Terry an atmosphere in Battle Creek that he actually ceased preaching for a period of time it was a very strong persuasion of anti Trinitarian belief that was down in Battle Creek at a certain time but this began to change over time now I want to just kind of share with you a thought here that something for you to keep in mind if you ever run into somebody who is of an anti Trinitarian thought and it's this just because the pioneers believed in some anti Trinitarian beliefs is not evidence enough that we should also believe the same way historically and for always in forever we have been a people of the book Amen irrespective of the chair of a person's position in the church whether it be current or in the past their beliefs do not dictate what we believe as Seventh Day Adventists what dictates what we believe the Seventh Day Adventist is what the Word of God sense so even though there were some even what we might consider prominent pioneers in the admonition shirts that were anti Trinitarian this is not enough evidence for me to believe the same way they believe the only way that I would believe this way is if it's taught in the Word of God And we've seen in our last two studies that clearly the Word of God does not teach these sentiments so I want you to keep this in your mind if you ever run across somebody because it's a very weak reasoning for us to follow the founders if you will of our church rather than following the Word of God and the Word of God only so we ask ourselves the question this morning why did so many of the pioneers subscribe to this particular view of the Godhead Well I want to share with you just three reasons this morning there are others want to share with you three reasons why they subscribe to this view and what you're going to actually find out is what they thought of as the Trinity is not actually what the Bible teaches Here's one of them the first reason why they subscribed to this view was some thought that the that the Trinity made the Father and the son identical one in the same one and the same person listen to the statement from Joseph Bates. He said this respecting the Trinity I conclude that it was impossible for me to believe that the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the father was also the Almighty God the Father one and the same being Now let me ask you question is this what we believe our Seventh Day Adventist yes or no no we don't believe this way Now this was a Unfortunately it was a mis understanding that Joseph Bates had on the Trinity doctrine that the Trinity made the Father and the son the same exact person when Jesus prayed in the garden of get seventy that this cup pass from me he wasn't praying to his cell to himself he was praying to his father who is a distinctly separate person from himself so of course if I were Joseph Bates and if this is what was being taught as the Trinity I would be opposed to it as well because this is not what the Bible teaches us it was a unfortunate thing but it was he was condemning a false understanding of the Trinity doctrine Here's another reason why some objected or rejected the Trinity some thought that the doctrine of the Trinity taught the existence of three gods Jay and love made the statement eight hundred sixty one if Father Son and Holy Ghost are this are each god it would be three gods Now let me ask you know the question is this what we believe our seventh day adventists yes or no no this is not what we believe as some of the evidence we are not polytheistic we are monotheistic we believe in One God we worship one God We believe what the Bible says in the book of Deuteronomy Deuteronomy Chapter six in verse four hero Israel the Lord our God is ONE Lord but we believe that God head is made up of three individuals the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit not just because we want to believe it that way because that's the way it's outlined to us in the Word of God So again it was a mis understanding of the Trinity doctrine that they were opposed to as we see here in this second point the third reason why they objected to the doctrine of the Trinity is some thought that the doctrine of the Trinity would diminish the value of the Atonement it would diminish the value of the some of the pioneers reasoned that sense the everlasting self existing God cannot die that if Christ had possessed self existence as God He could not have really died on the Cross however L.-A what makes the statement very clear what happened when Jesus died on the cross and she says this in manuscript one thirty one she says this deity did not die what didn't die deity did not die humanity died but Christ now proclaims over the rent sequitur of Joseph on and the resurrection and the life this language can be used only by the was. So to deity die when Jesus went to the tomb. Did his god side dot No it didn't it was the human side it was the humanity that died when Christ went into the grave so I think it's clear here that although many tout that the pioneers were anti Trinitarian what you actually find is that their concept of the trinity was not really what the Bible teaches they were against a mis understanding of the Trinity doctrine and I think just about every good Seventh Day Adventist would object to the same things that these men objected to in these three objections that I shared with you this morning they condemned a mis understanding of the Trinity doctrine now after a period of time this was from the. Early forty eight hundred forty S. on there grew to be a dissatisfaction with the concept of anti Trinitarian anti Trinitarianism and that rose around the mid to late eighteen hundreds they began to become a little distance this interested or dissatisfied with this idea in eight hundred sixty nine L. white published an article entitled The sufferings of Christ I haven't finished the whole article but I read a good part of it and it's just outstanding I would encourage you to read it this next week at some time in your devotional time you can find it in testimonies for the church volume to page two hundred two hundred to two hundred fifteen but anyways in this article it was perhaps the first time that a prominent admin this point here clearly contradicted anti trinitarian doctrine listen to the statement that she made on page two hundred of testimonies for the church Volume two she said this Savior was the brightness of His Father's glory and the expressed image of his person he possessed divine majesty perfection and excellence what she say there at the last part of the quote he was what he was what he was equal she says with gun this really struck a blow at the foundation of anti trinitarian doctrine because Jesus being a created being at some point by God the Father made him subject to the Father in anti Trinitarian thought in the last page the last paragraph of this of this article page two hundred fifty she says that Jesus He was eternally rich she says yet for our sakes he became poor that we through his poverty might be made rich he was how long how how long was he rich eternally rich So this began to give the idea that the anti Trinitarian belief that was prominent among many admin a scholar Zz was at least in a Whites mind not Scriptural in eight hundred seventy six. Perhaps one of the most prominent Trinitarians in the administration was James wind but eight hundred seventy six he began to change and soften this view that he had of the Godhead listen to the statement that he wrote in review in Herald October twelfth of eight hundred seventy six James White made this statement. In just so you know the background what he was doing in this article he was comparing between Adventists and sympathy Baptist he was comparing between the two denominations and he made the statement Adventists hold the divinity of Christ sown yearly with the trinitarian that we apprehend no trial or conflict here isn't that interesting so as time developed L O R James White began to change his view or his perspective on the Godhead doctrine the next year James White wrote in eight hundred seventy seven that Christ was what with God Now it's interesting that perhaps he began to change his views as a result of some of the visions that Ellen White was receiving on this concept of the Trinity now I'll be honest with you if you read I will watch writings early on you will find that there is ambiguity when it comes to the understanding of the Godhead but as you progress over time reading her writings down towards the end of her life she only gets clearer and clearer and clearer and clearer until she makes these very dogmatic statements about the Godhead where she refers to the heavenly trio that is made up of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit is very clear on who the Godhead really is now you might also find it interesting just as a little historical side note that in eight hundred forty nine when James white cum piled the first Adventist himno and eight hundred forty nine. In that hymnal was something that we saying this morning we refer to it as the doxology and at the end of that dog's doxology What does it say it says that we were is my notes here it says phrase Father Son and Holy Ghost so it's interesting that even in the eighteenth forties James White was not opposed to the idea of the Godhead being comprised of three persons in the fact that he kept that song in that compile ation of that early admin a symbol in eight hundred forty nine so in about thirty years James White began to change his view drastically from what it was to more Trinitarian persuasion if you will now appears in the late one thousand nine hundred S. that the word Trinity cording to some of our writings was no longer considered a taboo word Here's an interesting little side note in eight hundred ninety two one of the churches publications it was called Bible Students library published a tract in titled The Bible doctrine of the Trinity This was in eight hundred ninety two and interestingly enough this particular article was written by a Presbyterian minister I don't know why but it was published in an admin is publication and it carried with it this word that has kind of in some circles become something that you avoid the word Trinity again published in our Adventist publications this represented a significant warming Adventism to not only the term but also what it defined that the Godhead was made up of three distinct individuals the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit now there was a progression that began to happen in the late eighteenth one thousand nine hundred there is a progression of thought on the subject of the Trinity from the late eight hundred to the early one nine hundred S. And this progression of thought was largely led Ellen White was the one who led the charge on the progression of thought and the book that perhaps did more than many of the other books or articles was the book desire of ages that she wrote again it was compiled or published in eight hundred ninety eight and this book really struck a blow at the root of anti Trinitarian persuasion let me share with you a few statements that are in this inspired writing on the first in the first chapter on the first page of the first chapters of the very beginning of the book I will what makes this very dogmatic statement she says from the days of. From the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was. Now this left the anti Trinitarian pioneers scratching their heads how could it be it Jesus was a created being in many of their minds how could he be that from the days of eternity the Lord Jesus Christ was one with the father made his statement very clear here that not only was Jews eternal but that he was with the father from eternity past. Later on in the same book commenting on Jesus' statement to Martha Lazarus and sister when he said I and the resurrection and life you remember that same right standing before the TO MY in the resurrection and like right before he called Lazarus from the grave she pens this historic statement that we read last week on page five hundred thirty that in Christ is the life what she say original and borrowed and under Rives and then she says this The Deity of Christ is the believers assurance of what that means that if Jesus is not is not eternal or if he does not hold deity that we do not have the assurance of eternal life and listen we can look clearly this morning brothers and sisters if Jesus was created he is not divine he is not God in the sense that he has always existed and has all power Jesus was he is much God is His Father is God is the Holy Spirit is God He has always existed he will always exist and it's because of that fact that we have assurance in our eternal salvation which makes this statement so clear that in Christ is life all riginal it was original to him it was unbar road and it was undone derived now there is an admin is playing here by the name of M.L. Andresen in one thousand nine hundred nine. Who visited L O L N Y S her home in St Helena California he went there on a mission and you can read this if you would like to then in the book without fear or favor it's a book Chronicle chronicling his life but he went there because he was not convinced in his mind that some of the statements that Ellen White wrote he was not convinced that she actually penned them in his mind he thought how could somebody with a third grade education one write such explicitly beautiful pieces of literature how could she make such deep theological statements if she only had a third grade education so he was determined that he was going to go out there and see for himself if she had really penned these words or if it was just an editorial adjustment that was made on the behalf of somebody else so he knocked on Ellen White's door he was cordially invited to come into her home and he was given access to the white estate vault and for days he poured himself over these passages that he wanted to know did she really write them herself or were they editorial changes that were made later on before they were published for the public this is what M.O. Andrea's and said commenting on this passage here in desire of a just page five thirty this was one of the statements that he wanted to see did she actually penned this or was it some change that was made later on he says this especially was I struck with the now familiar quotation in desire of ages page five thirty in Christ is life original and borrowed and under Ron He goes on he says this statement at the time was what revolutionary and compelled a complete revision of my former view and that of the denomination on the what this just through the denomination in a tail spin if you will this statement many of the many of the thinkers in the denomination were going in this direction on the deity and then Alawite makes this one sentence statement about Christ Divine Miss and it completely upset the apple cart if you will and caused a complete revision of not only Emily view but also that of the denomination this statement in desire of Ages is a huge statement Christ did not get life from anybody else Christ did not get life from anybody else he did not have it delegate it to him from the father it was original to him if Christ is not divine as I mentioned before we have no assurance in our U.-Turn salvation listen to the statement from desire pages she continues as I have a just paid seven hundred eighty five she says this The Savior came forth from the grave by the what by the law if that was where it was on borrowed time. He had it it was in himself that life is according to her and I believe she's correct what brought him forth from the great so these are clear Trinitarian statements that are being made in the book desire pages this does really hit at the root of anti Trinitarian persuasion and what you will find is after the publication of the book desire pages you will find that not only L.-O. white makes dogmatic statements that are Trinitarian and nature but also the pioneers and I'm going to share with the few of them here with you in just a moment made clear Trinitarian statements in their theological writings not only did she write about the life of Christ in the book desire pages but she also wrote about the spirit of prophecy or sorry the Holy Spirit on page six hundred seventy one Ellen White made this statement sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the one of the Godhead right so good she's placing the Holy Spirit as the third person the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit being the ones who make up the Gone head there is a clear progression of thought that is taking place here in Adventism from relative and dignity to greater specificity they're getting more and more pointed on their understanding of the Godhead in Scripture and also in the writings of L. I'm white and other pioneers now in the wake of these statements in the book desire of ages listen to what some of the early at it as pioneers had to say this is from you RA A Smith eighteen thousand nine hundred ninety six he made the statement in the formula of baptism the name Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit is associated with that of the Father and the son and if the name can be used thus why could it not properly stand as part of the same Trinity in the hymn of praise praise Father Son and Holy Ghost Isn't it interesting how as you see as a result of Ellen White's writing in the book desired ages there began to be a change of fought in the minds of the pioneers as well listen to this this is another one from a admin this periodical the union conference record July nineteenth of one thousand nine hundred nine. Made the statement there is a trinity very dogmatic statements there and in it there are three personalities these divine persons are closely associated in the work of God We see a shift that's beginning to take place here in the mind of many of the writers in our periodicals not just alone white but others as well as in Haskell made the statement in house schools Bible training school journal he said this in what was it one nine hundred ten he made the statement he said the Holy Spirit is represented in the Bible as one of the Trinity is an interesting word that he uses there of the Holy Spirit Christ said that it proceed it from the Father and He shall testify of me in many incidences in the New Testament the Holy Spirit is spoken of by the use of the personal pronoun he and his From this we could conclude or we conclude that the Holy Spirit is a personality and it is evident that the Holy Spirit is one of the Trinity and fully represented it represents God Now don't get caught a side tracked by this statement that you cannot find in the spirit of prophecy where use the word Trinity That's true she did not use the word Trinity she preferred the use the word Godhead but the word Trinity was clearly used during Ellen White's lifetime and she did not condemn it OK So the it's majoring in minors when we start getting caught up yes I know that there is some theological baggage that comes with the word Trinity but it has been redefined from a biblical perspective we allow the Bible to define what that word means and then we use it in that sense Ellen White did not have any problem with that in our publications she did not condemn the use of the word Trinity in fact I'm part of a group on Facebook and I'll leave the name and mention but it's the purpose of the Facebook group is the discuss this this very point but the subject of the Godhead and there was a statement that was made on and on there one of the comments that the pioneers never use the word Trinity is that true or false I just I mean I had to leave some of the quotes out I mean it there's just there's so much evidence that contradicts but there are statements like this that are being thrown around that if you don't know what the history says you could be caught off guard and get swept away by a kindly devised fable that is not historically or Biblically accurate yes the pioneers did use the word Trinity and Ellen White did not have any problem with it. So by the early one nine hundred S. the Trinity became a more accepted term in our publications as I've already stated prior to that you've seen some of these quotes here by our pioneers making use of the word Trinity but there was a major shift that happened and I want to outline this for you here this morning as we kind of wind this down in one thousand nine hundred thirteen there was a man by the name of F. and Wilcox who was the editor of the most prominent periodical in the administration known as the review and Harold and in these this particular article in one thousand nine hundred thirteen it was October ninth of one nine hundred thirteen F.N. Wilcox writes an article entitled The message for today and in there he makes this very interesting statement he says this The Seventh Day Adventist believes number one in the divine trinity this Trinity consists of the Eternal Father the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit the third person of the now what you may find very fascinating I have this whole article I had the whole issue this whole issue of the review and herald October ninth of one nine hundred thirteen and you might find it interesting at least I do that the article that happens to be run right before F.M. Willcox article where he uses the term Trinity was written by Ellen G. White you find it interesting so I will White's article she has her article a beautiful article and then F. in Wilcox article where he makes this dogmatic statement here that seventy I'd been a spill lead in the divine trinity do you think I don't read that I mean I can't prove that she did but I would think that if she had an article in the publication that she probably looked at what was around that particular article or the issue itself and again as I've stated before that many times the term was used in our by our pioneers and Ellen White did not take issue with the use although she did not use it herself she did not take issue with the others with other people using it in their writing. Now one thousand nine hundred thirty something very fascinating took place. The African Division as you know the church was beginning to grow quite extensively at this point back in this review and herald issue nine hundred thirteen as you go through it most of it is about foreign missions the growth of the church in foreign places it's very beautiful to take a look at that but anyways the African Division. They came to the General Conference and made a request that the admin is Chair print a statement of believes that would help them in the foreign field help government officials quote help government officials and others to better understand our work OK So this is a one nine hundred thirty they made this request so the General Conference in response to this they appointed a subcommittee of four men to put together this statement of believes the next year in one nine hundred thirty one this statement of beliefs was released it was not formally voted on or anything like that it was just released for those people in foreign fields but the person who was tapped up to write the article to write the statement of beliefs was none other then F. and Wilcox the guy who wrote that statement in the review in Herald that we just read a few moments ago he was the leading writer among the four men that were part of this subcommittee and he drafted a twenty two point document that summarized the basic beliefs of the sympathy had been a church now why am I telling you this because in there he has a statement the second point of the twenty two he first to the Godhead or the Trinity and in the third point he affirms that Christ is very God just like the father and just like the Holy Spirit Jesus is also part of this Godhead Now this is interesting history because even still today the second fundamental of the twenty eight fundamentals now is what. I read it to you in our first presentation the second fundamental is the fundamental doctrine of the Trinity so this goes all the way back to the one nine hundred thirty S. to a man who wrote this these twenty two points and it was approved by that subcommittee to be released into the form field for them to be able to use in various ways F.M. Wilcox was the one who began this idea of the fundamental beliefs now in one thousand nine hundred forty six just several years later it was a fish these twenty two points were oafish really voted in at the nineteen forty six general conference session and was part of that obviously was in bracing this fundamental belief of number two the doctrine of the Trinity in number three of Christ being part of being God as part of the Godhead if you will so this is where we begin to see the formation of our fundamental beliefs it happened in the one nine hundred thirty S. and then it was officially voted in one thousand nine hundred six and this is where we find the first first official endorsement of the trinitarian view by the church now this is where a lot of anti Trinitarians get their steam from they say that the trinitarian belief was embraced by the church after Ellen White died Now it's true that it was officially vote it after Ellen White died but history confirms without any ambiguity that this doctrine was in development and was spearheaded by Ellen White long before she passed away OK So again it's a mis understanding of the historical evidence and also the biblical evidence and also the Spirit of Prophecy evidence that we have at our disposal it's a misunderstanding and a misappropriation of these things that lead to this conclusion that the church changed after Ellen White to a trinitarian view rather than an anti Trinitarian view it's just not supported in the history or in the spirit of prophecy so let's conclude this thing here and I want to be honest with you as we wrap this up as we consider the trinitarian view as we've studied in the Bible in spirit prophecy let us be honest with ourselves even the trinitarian view that we have studied is not perfect we are dealing with a very complex subject here it's a very deep and extremely complicated subject that we are trying to grapple with and we just can't completely understand the Godhead right we can't completely understand we're not going to completely understand it we're going to have questions while we are here on this earth those questions perhaps will be given more greater clarity or better understood when we get to the kingdom of heaven but maybe there will be some questions that will never be fully understood because again after all we are talking about the complete complicated subject and even what we have studied so far is not perfect as we grapple with the extreme complexity but I want to tell you something from my perspective. And you can hang me up if you want to on this one but this is my perspective as I've studied in preparation for this three part series obviously to do this I have to read and do some little investigation on the other side It's never fair to just look at one side to look at both sides now I have chosen in my presentations to just present what I believe is Biblical and and support in the spirit of prophecy so I haven't gone into the argument so much I just want you to see what the Bible had to say but what I have noticed in mice in my research and from my perspective that this anti Trinitarian view is not heaven born and the fruit tells you everything you don't even need to investigate the doctrine all you have to do is investigate the fruit and the fruit is readily available and accessible as you look at the fruit of anti trinitarian doctrine it is divisive it is dividing the church it is taking people away from what Ella White tells us is the object of God supremum regard the sympathy of minister that is evidence enough in my mind that it is not a heaven born doctrine or heaven born belief the fruit of this movement is is pulling people away it is weakening the church I have heard of churches out West who have been completely decimated by this teaching of anti Trinitarian views we have churches in our own conference that are weak and struggling now because of the presenting and the confusion that it is left in the minds of God's people we must know from the Bible where we stand on these particular points it reminded me as I was wrapping up the study of the passage in Revelation Chapter twelve verse twelve where the Bible says whoa to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea for the devil is come down unto you having having great wrath because he noticed that his time that he hath but a short time is Satan happy with God's church that's he love the object of God in regard what does he want to do to God's church he wants to pull it apart he wants to weaken it he wants to destroy it he wants to divide it and anybody who has studied war tactics understands that the way you weaken the enemy is by dividing the enemy. And so it so Satan has brought in these divisive views if he can't get us caught up in the world and worldly ideas he'll say OK let's confuse them theologically let's get them arguing about theology and so he gets them are going about the ology in the camp becomes divided and there's not the unity that God wants among God's people Revelation Chapter twelve verse seventeen The Bible tells us that Satan specific object of attack is God's church right he has great wrath not only does he have great wrath against the world but he has a great wrath against God's church and he is coming against God's people to cause does unity and I'm sad to say that in some camps he's been successful in this and he carefully brothers and sisters. He may not be successful in causing disunity on the Trinity doctrine in the Muskegon seventh they haven't a church but he can if we allow him become successful in other areas to cause disunity he'll just keep trying if this one doesn't work try this one and if this one doesn't work you cause this one if that one doesn't work you try another one he will push his way in any way he can to try to bring in despair unity among God's people if you see disunity beginning to creep in you can know that that's not God working that is Satan that is working to try to divide and weaken God's church the truth unite error divide it's so my word of encouragement to you this morning or my appeal to you this morning is this let us do everything within our divine with art within our human power in cooperation with the divine agencies to see to it that God would bring harmony and unity into our church not compromising the truths to have unity. But truth but unity that is based on the truths of God's Word which is amen to that Lord bring their unity in my life bring their unity in my family dream their unity in my saddle school class bring their unity into my church bring their unity into my fellowship more let us have the unity of the faith made John seventeen the prayer that Jesus prayed that they may be one as you Father are in me and I in you let that prayer be answered here in the Muskegon Seventh Day Adventist Church and if it is answered God will breathe great power into this church that the enemy of souls will not be able to resist a man may God help us to that end that is my prayer Let's pray together as we close loving Father in heaven we are thankful that you have given to us a rich history and we thank you father that our history isn't just beautiful but that it agrees with the Bible and father the Smorgon as a church we come before you as a church family and we pray that Lord you would keep us united in the truth that we would press close together Lord that we would not allow the enemy of Souls to bring in divisive ideas that would divide and weaken our energies for you Lord keep us on the straight and narrow path I pray that has our light so shine. That others would see Jesus in us that they would think that they would say I want what they have and that doors would be open Lord in our community that we know nothing of at this point to be able to share the precious gems of truth. To have blessed us. We thank you Father. We praise. We ask it in Jesus. This media was brought to you by. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through audio and much more if you would like to know more about. Or you would like to listen to more sermon. Visit.

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