The Danger of False Views About God
The following letter was written to oppose the false teachings of John Kellogg on the Godhead. It is addressed to Dr. Ellet J. Waggoner, of 1888 fame. He and A. T. Jones were deceived by Dr. Kellogg because they greatly admired his high degree of intelligence. I was shown that this very same irony is in high operation in the case of Professor Walter Veith. Because of his intelligence in some secular matters, he is overly respected as an authority on everything he teaches, and unfortunately that is a prime factor in his ability to advance error to God’s people.
I was shown that Mr. Veith does not intentionally deceive, but that he holds serious erroneous views on the below listed issues, and that because of his knowledge in other areas, folk are the more willing to believe his errors. The very same situation occurred with Dr. John H. Kellogg. Men as intelligent and once godly as Jones and Waggoner were deceived by Kellogg’s erroneous views on the Godhead, because they were impressed with his keen intelligence.
The Trinity Doctrine error alone sweeps away the entire Christian economy, and Walter Veith supports that teaching and all who follow him in this error are corporately responsible for antichrist doctrine. Any false teaching on the issue of the Godhead is antichrist. There are men spending precious means for travelling all over the world who are not teaching the full truth regarding the following issues:
1. A correct response to the apostasy of the new movement.
2. A correct teaching on overcoming sin that will inspire the bride of Christ to make herself ready with the aid of Christ’s Divine Nature Holy Spirit.
3. They are not teaching the truth on the Godhead. They are teaching the Trinity Doctrine which sweeps away the entire Christian economy.
4. A correct teaching on corporate responsibility for the apostasy of the new movement.
5. They are crossing sea and land to make proselytes, whom they make twice the child of hell than they are, Matt. 23:15, by instructing that God’s people should SUPER GLUE themselves to a pew at the omega of apostasy new movement, where they will remain until the next literal slaughter of Ezekiel 9, which begins at His church, His Sanctuary, the House of Jacob, Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 211.
6. Some point to numbers and facilities as evidence of God’s blessing: "If you lower the standard in order to secure popularity and an increase of numbers, and then make this increase a cause of rejoicing (celebration), you show great blindness. If numbers were an evidence of success, Satan might claim the preeminence for, in this world, his followers are largely in the majority... It is the virtue, intelligence, and piety of the people composing our churches, not their numbers, that should be a source of joy and thankfulness.” Counsels to Teachers, p. 94.
7. Were they teaching ALL THE TRUTH that would be another matter. Because they are not, Matthew 23:15 accrues.
The Lord clearly showed me that the following statement applies to Walter Veith, because of the light he has. He can thus more easily deceive and lead many astray on all of the issues enumerated above. I was shown that some folk are worshipping at his feet because of the knowledge he possesses, and this makes them more susceptible to be deceived.
“It is those who have had the most light that Satan seeks the most assiduously to ensnare. He knows that if he can deceive them, they can, under his control, clothe sin with the garments of righteousness, and lead many astray. God grant that our teachers may see and understand this, their great danger, and that they may recover themselves from the snare of Satan, and put forth redoubled efforts to save others who are exposed.”
The omega heresy was to be a far worse and more widespread error on the personality of God and Christ. That is fulfilled to the letter in the false Trinity Doctrine, which is Rome’s Central Doctrine. It is a very foolish virgin act on the part of professing Seventh-day Adventists to not see this fact and study it out thoroughly.
Now Ellen White’s letter to Ellet J. Waggoner.
MR No. 1534—
I beseech you by the mercy of God to be on your guard. To you and to other ministers and teachers the Lord says, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith.” The world is full of speculation and false theories regarding the nature and character of God. The enemy of our souls is earnestly at work to introduce among the Lord’s people pleasing speculation and incorrect views regarding the personality of God.
The fables that are being accepted and taught by some of our medical writers are not to be accepted as the truth of God. It will soon be discerned that they originate with the great apostate, who works as an angel of light, influencing minds by a deception so subtle that he would deceive, if possible, the very elect.
I am authorized to say to you that some of the sentiments regarding the personality of God, as found in the book , are opposed to the truths revealed in the Word of God. Yet many physicians and teachers are inclined to accept these fanciful ideas of God. To these I say, Awake to a sense of your danger.
It has been presented to me that Satan is working in ways that man does not expect. At times he puts on the robes of an angel of light, and many receive him as such a being. If we will link ourselves closely with Christ, Satan will have no power to overcome us. As we draw near to God, He draws near to us and lifts up a standard for us against the enemy.
I have been shown that some, even of those who are teachers of the Word of God, are in great danger of being overcome. I saw some linking their arms in the arm of Satan, while he talked most earnestly with them, telling them of the many things that needed to be changed in the church. Afterward his words were repeated by those to whom he had talked. They were delighted with what seemed to them to be clearer perception and better methods of working.
I say to all, Be on your guard, for as an angel of light Satan is walking in every assembly of Christian workers, and in every church, trying to win the members to his side. I am bidden to give to the people of God the warning, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked.”
Had God desired to be represented as dwelling personally in the things of nature—in the flower, the tree, the spear of grass—would not Christ have spoken of this to His disciples? To take the works of God, and represent them to be God, is a fearful misrepresentation. This misrepresentation of God I was called upon to oppose at the beginning of my work, when the Lord sent me forth to proclaim the message that He should give me to speak.
My labors on this line began when I was seventeen years old, and since then I have been over the ground again and again. Case after case has been presented to me, and the power of God has rested on me as I have stood before large assemblies and called out the names of those who were entertaining false views, telling them where such views would lead them if they did not change.
I have seen the results of these fanciful views of God in apostasy, spiritualism, free-lovism. The free-love tendencies of these teachings were so concealed that it was difficult to present them in their real character. Until the Lord presented it to me I knew not what to call it, but I was instructed to call it unholy spiritual love.
I am warned that we are not to talk of God as He is spoken of in . The sentiments there expressed are a dishonor to His greatness and His majesty. God forbid that our ministers should entertain these ideas. For myself, I take my stand firmly against them. And I entreat you to accept the message that I bear to you. I ask you to arouse to your danger. Who by searching can find out God?
The theory that He is an essence, pervading everything, is one of Satan’s most subtle devices. I warn you to beware of being led to accept theories leading to any such view. I tell you, my brother, that the most spiritual-minded Christians are liable to be deceived by these beautiful, seducing, flattering theories. But in the place of honoring God, these theories, in the minds of those who receive them, bring Him down to a low level, where He is nothingness.
We have a compassionate God, but He will not be trifled with. He will not be dishonored, and make no sign. May the danger into which some of our teachers have fallen lead them to guard their feet carefully, that they shall not wander again upon Satan’s ground. Let them walk humbly with God.
It is those who have had the most light that Satan seeks the most assiduously to ensnare. He knows that if he can deceive them, they can, under his control, clothe sin with the garments of righteousness, and lead many astray. God grant that our teachers may see and understand this, their great danger, and that they may recover themselves from the snare of Satan, and put forth redoubled efforts to save others who are exposed.
My brother, do not try to reason in regard to the errors that the enemy presents. If you will receive the testimony of the Lord, reading His Word with a teachable heart, and refusing to put Scripture on the side of error to maintain falsehood, you will believe that I speak the truth, as a messenger of God. But if you allow the author of error to get between you and the Word, your mind will bear his impress.
If you will believe the message that I bear you, you will see your danger. You can then put on the gospel shoes and walk in the pathway of truth, following the true Shepherd, who knows His sheep by name and calls them to follow Him.
There is a strain of spiritualism coming in among our people, and it will undermine the faith of those who give place to it, leading them to give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. I have seen the arch-deceiver tempting several of our ministers, teachers, and medical workers, presenting fanciful theories to them in a most subtle and charming manner, to wean their affection from those whom they should love and cherish. He shows them charming pictures of women whom they have found congenial, suggesting that in the future life they will be united to the one who is so congenial and whom they will ever love throughout the ages of eternity.
My message to our teachers is, If you hold such views you need to be taught the first principles of the truth. You need to stand where you know that you are not departing from the faith and giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. When you break the spell that is upon you, and become teachable, you will escape from Satan’s snare. Through humility and reconversion you will again be adopted into the family of God.
To all who are thus tempted I would say, I want to see you standing free before God. I want to see you sound in the faith, holding the beginning of your confidence firm unto the end. Leave every false issue alone. We cannot do our seed-sowing too carefully, for we are sowing for eternity.—.
Ellen G. White Estate
Silver Spring, Maryland,
December 13, 1990.