THE ALPHA AND OMEGA OF DEADLY HERESIES A False Concept Of the Father and the Son

 

Neil C. Livingston

Part 1


THE ALPHA

A False Concept Of the Father


{During the summer of 1904, at a critical point in the crisis over the promulgation by Dr. J. H. Kellogg of pantheistic theories, and at a time when he was advocating unsound policies relating to the management of our medical work, Ellen G. White sounded a number of warnings, which were assembled and "published for the author" in a sixty-page pamphlet, Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, entitled "Testimonies for the Church Containing Letters to Physicians and Ministers Giving Messages of Warning and Words of Counsel and Admonition Regarding Our Present Situation." In two of these communications she refers to "The Alpha and the Omega." Following are the two statements in their entirety as taken from the pamphlet. Further counsels making reference to pantheism may be found in Testimonies, volume 8, pages 255-318 and The Ministry of Healing, pages 427-438. For the background of the experience with pantheism, see A. G. Daniells' The Abiding Gift of Prophecy, pages 330-342, and L. H. Christian's The Fruitage of Spiritual Gifts, pages 277-296.-Compilers.}

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1, p. 193

TEACHINGS OF LIVING TEMPLE

Suppose now we have a boot before us-not an ordinary boot, but a living boot, and as we look at it, we see a little boot crowding out at the seams, pushing out at the toes, dropping off at the heels, and leaping out at the top-scores, hundreds, thousands of boots, a swarm of boots continually issuing from our living boot-would we not be compelled to say, "There is a shoemaker in the boot"? So there is present in the tree a power which creates and maintains it, tree-maker in the tree.

John Harvey Kellogg, The Living Temple (page 29); op. sit., Arthur L. White, EGW: The Early Elmshaven Years, Vol. 5, (page 290) (emphasis supplied).

ELLEN WHITE READS LIVING TEMPLE

I did not read Living Temple, though I had it in my library. At last my son said to me, "Mother, you ought to read at least some parts of the book, that you may see whether they are in harmony with the light that God has given you." He sat down beside me, and we read the paragraphs to which he referred. When we had finished I turned to him and said, "These are the very sentiments against which I was bidden to speak in warning at the very beginning of my public work. When I first left the State of Maine, it was to go through Vermont and Massachusetts, to bear a testimony against these sentiments. Living Temple contains the Alpha of these theories. The Omega would follow in a little while. I tremble for our people. These beautiful representations are similar to the temptation that the enemy brought to Adam and Eve in Eden.

Ellen G. White, Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, p. 341.

DR. PAULSON AND OTHERS ENDORSE LIVING TEMPLE

Dr. Paulson and others have thought that the strange sentiments to be found in the book, "Living Temple" are sustained by my writings. Some expressions, taken independent of their proper connection have been used to sustain this idea, even as many take statements from the Bible from their setting, and use them to testify to error. This is a scheme of Satan to deceive. I have written to Elder Jones and to Elder Tenney that they are in danger of being influenced by the sentiments found in "Living Temple".

Ellen G. White, Battle Creek Letters, p. 102.

CIRCULATION OF LIVING TEMPLE

One was the securing of money for the Battle Creek Sanitarium; another was the circulation of The Living Temple on the same plan of Christ's Object Lessons. Growing out of the latter was another issue, and that was regarding the character of the teaching or doctrines set forth in The Living Temple.

Letter, Arthur G. Daniells to G. A. Irwin, Dec. 12, 1902; op. sit., Arthur L. White, EGW: The Early Elmshaven Years, Vol. 5, (page 207) (emphasis supplied).

So in our plans for the sale of "Living Temple," of our health books, in helping to pay for the sanitarium, it has been so arranged that every man who sells a hundred books becomes a shareholder in the institution, becomes a member; not a stockholder, but, a member.

John Harvey Kellogg, Friday, April 3, 1903, 9:50 a.m., General Conference Bulletin, 1903, No. 6, page 78.

REVIEW AND HERALD FIRE

"In the meantime, on the night of December 30, 1902, the Review and Herald publishing house burned to the ground," Arthur White wrote. "Disaster was following disaster." (Arthur L. White, EGW: The Early Elmshaven Years, Vol. 5, p. 208).

ALPHA OF DEADLY HERESIES

Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature.

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1, p. 197.

The difficulties that have arisen have been very hard to meet, and they are far from being settled yet. One, and another, and still another are presented to me as having been led to accept the pleasing fables that mean the sanctification of sin. The Living Temple contains the alpha of a train of heresies. These heresies are similar to those that I met in my first labors in connection with the cause in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, then in Boston, Roxbury, Portsmouth, New Bedford, and other parts of Massachusetts. Through them the evil one worked upon the minds of men and women. . ..

Ellen G. White, "Letters to J. H. Kellogg," Manuscript Releases, Vol. 11, p.315.

OUT OF HARMONY WITH THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY

St. Helena, Cal., Sept. 22, 1903. To the Teachers in Emmanuel Missionary College:-I have some things to say to our teachers in reference to the new book, "The Living Temple". Be careful how you sustain the sentiments of this book regarding the personality of God. As the Lord represents matters to me, these sentiments do not bear the endorsement of God. They are a snare that the enemy has prepared for these last days. I thought that this would surely be discerned, and that it would not be necessary for me to say anything about it. But since the claim has been made that the teachings of this book can be sustained by statements from my writings, I am compelled to speak in denial of this claim. There may be in this book expressions and sentiments that are in harmony with my writings. And there may be in my writings many statements which when taken from their connection, and interpreted according to the mind of the writer of "Living Temple" would seem to be in harmony with the teachings of this book. This may give apparent support to the assertion that the sentiments in "Living Temple" are in harmony with my writings. But God forbid that this opinion should prevail.

Ellen G. White, Spalding and Magan Collection, p. 320.

ELLEN WHITE DENOUNCES LIVING TEMPLE

All through the book, "The Living Temple," passages of Scripture are used, but in many instances these passages are used in such a way that the right interpretation is not given to them. The message for this time is not, "The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are we." Whom does the Lord receive as vessels unto honor?-Those who co-operate with Christ; those who believe the truth, who live the truth, who proclaim the truth in all its bearings.

Ellen G. White, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 10/22/1903.

If ever there was a time when the writings of every author needed to be criticized, it is now. God's Word is to be our study book. In this Word we do not find such representations of God as are presented in the Living Temple. Had Christ thought it essential for such theories to be given to human beings, He would have included them in His teachings.

Ellen G. White, "Letters to J. H. Kellogg," Manuscript Releases, Vol. 11, p. 314.

The book Living Temple is not to be patched up, a few changes made in it, and then advertised and praised as a valuable production. It would be better to present the physiological parts in another book under another title. When you wrote that book you were not under the inspiration of God. There was by your side the one who inspired Adam to look at God in a false light. Your whole heart needs to be changed, thoroughly and entirely cleansed. . ..

Ellen G. White, "Letters to J. H. Kellogg," Manuscript Releases, Vol. 11, pp. 314, 315.

My Dear Brother:-I am given a message to bear to you and the rest of our physicians who are connected with the Medical Missionary Association. Separate from the influence exerted by the book Living Temple; [A 568-page book issued in 1903 by Dr. J. H. Kellogg in which pantheistic philosophies were promulgated.-Compilers.] for it contains specious sentiments. There are in it sentiments that are entirely true, but these are mingled with error. Scriptures are taken out of their connection, and are used to uphold erroneous theories.

Ellen G. White, "Beware," Washington, D.C., August 7, 1904, Selected Messages, Bk. 1, p. 199.

It will be said that Living Temple has been revised. But the Lord has shown me that the writer has not changed, and that there can be no unity between him and the ministers of the gospel while he continues to cherish his present sentiments. I am bidden to lift my voice in warning to our people, saying, "Be not deceived; God is not mocked" (Gal. 6:7).

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1, p. 199.

I am instructed to speak plainly.  "Meet it," is the word spoken to me. "Meet it firmly, and without delay." But it is not to be met by our taking our working forces from the field to investigate doctrines and points of difference. We have no such investigation to make. In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies. The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given.

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1 (page 200).

My message to you is: No longer consent to listen without protest to the perversion of truth. Unmask the pretentious sophistries which, if received, will lead ministers and physicians and medical missionary workers to ignore the truth. Every one is now to stand on his guard. God calls upon men and women to take their stand under the blood-stained banner of Prince Emmanuel. I have been instructed to warn our people; for many are in danger of receiving theories and sophistries that undermine the foundation pillars of the faith.

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1 (pages 196, 197).

ELLEN WHITE TREMBLED FOR OUR PEOPLE

Living Temple contains the Alpha of these theories. The Omega would follow in a little while. I tremble for our people. These beautiful representations are similar to the temptation that the enemy brought to Adam and Eve in Eden.

Ellen G. White, Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, p. 341.



Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature.

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1, p. 197.

The thought of the errors contained in this book has given me great distress, and the experience that I have passed through in connection with the matter has nearly cost me my life.

Ellen G. White, "The Alpha and the Omega," Selected Messages, Bk. 1, p. 199.

1903 GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION

1903 General Conference Daily Bulletin, VOL. 9. The Daily Bulletin is Published by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, Battle Creek, Mich.

"The 1903 General Conference was one of the important points in the history of Seventh-day Adventism," so stated the editors of Leaves-of-Autumn Books. "Here they changed the General Conference Constitution and the breakdown of the church organization." (Leaves-of-Autumn Books, Inc, P. O. Box 440 Payson, Arizona 85547).

Now it is not necessary, in order to cure this evil, or other evils in connection with our organization, -those mentioned by Brother White, -to bring up here a communistic resolution, which requires that every institution shall be owned and controlled by all the people, by the denomination. In the first place comes the question. What is the denomination? and where is the denomination? and when is the denomination? Do you know that? You have not any creed: you have not any means of determining as to who composes the denomination.

John Harvey Kellogg, Friday, April 3, 1903, 9:50 a.m., General Conference Bulletin, 1903, No. 6, page 77

Suppose there stands up in a town a church here that says. "We are Seventh-day Adventists," and here is another church in the same town saying, "We are Seventh-day Adventists;" will you tell me which one of these shall be recognized? and how you are going to find out? Suppose it comes before the courts to decide. They would say, "We can not tell you, because you have no standard by which to decide." The court could not possibly decide which one of those churches was a Seventh-day Adventist Church. You have got two institutions, each one claiming to be the denomination. How are

So in our plans for the sale of "Living Temple," of our health books, in helping to pay for the sanitarium, it has been so arranged that every man who sells a hundred books becomes a shareholder in the institution, becomes a member; not a stockholder, but, a member.

John Harvey Kellogg, Friday, April 3, 1903, 9:50 a.m., General Conference Bulletin, 1903, No. 6, page 78.

Part 2

THE OMEGA

A False Concept Of the Son



In 1973 the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International (FGBFI), a militant group of Penticostal men dedicated to bring the false gift of tongues into the major denominations of America, held their annual conference in Dallas, Texas. Emio Shakarian, the founder and leader of FGBFI, was the main speaker and coordinator of the conference.

At this meeting Shakarian called for money to be donated to send the Voice magazine to Seventh-day Adventist administrators, pastors, teachers, doctors, dentists, etc., throughout the world.

"The Seventh-day Adventist people are a holiness people," Shakarian told those who attended conference. "They need the gift of the Spirit in there Church. They need the gift of tongues."

"You know, Bill Loveless, their youth pastor here in Tacoma Park, the headquarters for the Seventh-day Adventist Church, came to our breakfast meetings there," Shakarian continued. "He said, 'This is just what we need, but it will have o come from the grass roots.'"

"Bill Loveless went to Mount Ararat with my son to look for the Ark," Shakarian stated. "Then he came to my room and brought me the books with the names and address of all the Seventh-day Adventist workers in the world."

In 1973 the Seventh-day Adventist youth magazine, Insight, reported this meeting from a tape recording of this Full Gospel Businessmens Fellowship International conference.. This author aquired a copy of this same tape recording from an Adventist doctor. He was given a copy of the tape by a person who worked at the local Conference Office which was across the street from his medical offices.

In the Insight article, it was reported how they laid their hands on Dr. Lowe (an Adventist dentist from Riverside, California) as though they were laying their hands on all the Seventh-day Adventist leaders A motion was made and $2, 400 was raised to send their Voice magazine to the Adventist leaders around the world. However, the portion of the tape telling about Dr. William Loveless bringing Shakarian the books with the names and addresses of all the Seventh-day Adventist workers was omitted from the Insight article!



Dr. Loveless, at the time this story was published in Insight, was pastor and teacher at Loma Linda University. He since served as Dean of Columbia Union College, President of the East Pennsylvania Conference, and at the time of this writing was working at Loma Linda University.

"Now, last year we sent Voice to all the Nazarene ministers, and you remember how the Holy Spirit in the gift of tongues swept through that church," Shakarian continued. "Now, I don't know? I don't know? The Holy Spirit is working here!"

"I'll give a thousand dollars," a voice could be heard on the tape. "I'll give five hundred," another said. "I'll give a thousand," said still another. In just a few moments all the money was raised to send Voice, the militant tool of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International, to the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The hour was right. It was time, they believed, to introduce the false gift of the Holy Spirit, the false gift of tongues, into the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

At this meeting was a Dr. Lowe, a Seventh-day Adventist dentist from Riverside, California. As part of the business conducted at this meeting, Shakarian called Dr. Lowe to the platform along with other leaders of the FGBFI.

"Now, we're going to place our hands on Lowe," Shakarian said, "like we are placing our hands on all the Seventh-day Adventist leaders around the world."

The group of men placed their hands on Dr. Lowe while Shakarian prayed that the false gift of the Holy Spirit and the false gift of tongues be brought powerfully into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. On the tape Dr. Lowe, the Adventist dentist, could be heard praying in tongues.

The false gift of tongues did not enter the Seventh-day Adventist Church during the 1970's. One wonders, however, how much influence Penticostals had on the "Celebration" movement that has swept the SDA Church during the 1980's.