We Have Old Light!
[This article is taken from the JetsofLight.org website]
Dennis Priebe recently preached a sermon in which he labelled the anti-trinity movement in the Seventh-day Adventist church as “new light”.
“So in the past thirty years I have received many compilations of new light for Seventh Day Adventists to consider and the necessity of studying these new ideas carefully and that is exactly what Ellen White said we should do. Some Seventh Day Adventists have taken these statements very seriously and they have come up with ideas new to Adventism.Brother Priebe describes those who do not subscribe to the Trinity as promoters of New Light.
Question: How would a person go about researching the claim that the anti-Trinity movement in the Seventh-day Adventist church is new light?
Answer: One way would be to find out what our church’s flagship publication, the Review and Herald historically said about the topic of the Trinity at the official archives of SDA church. Or, you can search through the TRSC R&H database for 'Trinity.' Please research what our pioneers taught and said about the Trinity. Read the articles and see for yourself the reasons why they believed the way they did. Were their points reasonable and relevant for today?
Question: What was the pioneers’ belief about God?
Answer: The pioneers did not believe the one God was a unity of 3 coeternal Persons. The pioneers believed the one God was “a personal, spiritual being” and Jesus Christ was the Son of the Eternal Father. The one God is everywhere present by His representative, the Holy Spirit. The 1874 Fundamental Principles can be found by searching the “Signs of the Times” periodical volume 1, number 1, June 4, 1874.
After researching the archived Review and Herald and Signs of the Times periodicals what did you find?
The weight of evidence reveals that our church pioneers rejected the idea of God being a Trinity, whether it was a Catholic Trinity, a Protestant Trinity, or the so called Seventh-day Adventist Trinity. The pioneers viewed one true God as a personal being, the Father, and not a unity of 3 coeternal Persons.
It’s confusing when Dennis Priebe says the anti-trinitarian movement is new light. Our church officially accepted the doctrine of the Trinity only back in 1980. Would it not be more accurate to say that the Trinity doctrine is the “new light” rather than the non-trinitarian doctrine of God? We as a church body have accepted the Trinity doctrine officially for only 37 years. However, our church officially started over 154 years ago. For over 118 years we officially did not believe in the Trinity.
Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3