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The message of this book is an urgent one for all Christians. The divisive controversy about who God is—“the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” as the Bible says, or the Trinity doctrine’s three-gods-in-one-god being—is no inconsequential matter. It is a salvational issue, because it directly concerns whom we worship. It has to do with the One from whom we hope to receive the privilege of entering heaven. The concern on the heart of the author is that “thousands have a false conception of God and His attributes. They are as verily serving a false God as were the servants of Baal.” (RH Dec. 3, 1908)

Is it possible that most Christians are unintentional idolators? Until a few years ago, both the author and I were. As almost all Christians currently do, we continually broke God’s first commandment, though we didn’t realize it at the time. We had an unexamined faith; we believed what we were told by pastors, teachers and leaders. We accepted as our source of eternal life an implausible, unscriptural three-gods-in-one god that cannot save anyone. We would read God’s Word, which explicitly tells of one true God, His sole begotten Son, and His Spirit, and give up trying to make those sacred words fit our parroted misconceptions. In other words, we trusted our souls’ destinies to an interpretation that does not bear scrutiny. We placed our trust in “what saith the church” instead of “what saith the Lord.”

Ignorant, perhaps, of clear warnings from Ellen White’s writings that point out the trail of the serpent in this matter, Seventh-day Adventists are nonetheless without excuse, for her writings are readily available. In addition to making plain the identities of Father, Son and Holy Spirit, her writings clearly contradict the reinterpretation of a few passages from her pen that are claimed to prove her support of the Trinity doctrine.

Ellen White wrote of the necessity of reasoning soundly: “…It is important that in defending the doctrines which we consider fundamental articles of faith, we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound. These may avail to silence an opposer, but they do not honor the truth. We should present sound arguments, that will not only silence our opponents, but will bear the closest and most searching scrutiny…." (CW 40)

The origin and crux of the Godhead debate is two-fold. First, unless the apostolic and pioneer understanding of the Godhead is first proved wrong, what need is there for another interpretation? What error has surfaced in God’s Word that has necessitated an entirely new understanding of the Godhead? Why haven’t we been told about that error, to keep us from it? To date, proponents of the Trinity doctrine have been unable to show the error of a literal, biblical understanding. What, then, justifies the presence of the doctrine in Seventh-day Adventism?

Second is the lack of soundness of the arguments that have been used to sustain the Trinity doctrine. They have not borne investigation; they are not “wholly sound,” as Richard Vaughn in his book clearly and repeatedly demonstrates not only from Scripture, but also from the Spirit of prophecy, from church history and church publications, and by “cogent reasons,” as Martin Luther phrased it when defending himself before the Diet.

Falsehoods can persist only when there is a neglect of searching the inspired writings for ourselves to learn what is truth. The weight of evidence presented in this book should convict every honest but wavering heart as to the true identity of our God, His sole begotten Son, and His holy Spirit. It is crucial knowledge, for shall we receive the seal of the living God if He isn’t the God we worship? 

Jean Handwerk

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