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that they teach Tritheism. But first, let's examine some other sources of evidence. The following excerpts are from an article entitled "What the Trinity Means to Me," by Fritz Guy, in the September 11, 1986 edition of the Adventist Review (the official "flagship" magazine of the SDA Church). Fritz Guy was, at the time, "associate pastor of the Loma Linda University church." While he was a theology professor at Andrews University (SDA), Guy "served as secretary of the university committee that drafted a new Statement of Fundamental Beliefs for the Adventist Church, which was subsequently adopted (with some revisions) by the church's 1980 General Conference session in Dallas, Texas." 6 He is currently (2009) a theology professor at La Sierra University (SDA). Here are the excerpts from his article: "So we can properly think of this threefold designation—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—as the Christian name of God. [...] "The meaning of the threefold name of God has, however, been the subject of theological debate through the centuries. The principal question has been the way in which the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are different from and related to each other. [...] [...] "Beyond all the theological arguments about the eternal existence of the Son and about His precise status in relation to the Father, what is crucial is the fact that Jesus was and is God. "More Than Son " Yet God is more than the Son. That is why the name Jesus is not the whole name of God . We must speak of God also in terms of the Father and the Holy Spirit. For the reality of God is not limited to the reality of the Person who was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth, preached 'the gospel of the kingdom' (Matt. 4:23; 9:35; etc.) in Galilee and Judea, and died on a Roman cross outside Jerusalem . " Jesus the Messiah is truly God, but He is not the whole of God. When Jesus was in Capernaum, He was not in Jerusalem. But when God is in Capernaum, He is also in Jerusalem, and Athens, and London, and Washington . God is the Son who prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and God is also the Father to whom the Son prayed. [...] "God is the Father who remained in charge of things when Jesus was in the tomb. He continued to be God, doing those things that the Father always does. He continued to be the source of reality. He continued to maintain the created universe, from the minutest subatomic particle to the most massive galaxy. He continued to love the human family, which had been created 'in the image of God' (Gen. 1:27). He also experienced the pain of separation in the death of His Son. [...] "We sometimes speak of the Holy Spirit as the 'third person' of the reality of God. This is appropriate if we understand it correctly. The Holy Spirit is third only because there is a Christian theological custom of speaking of the Father and the Son before speaking of the Spirit. The Spirit is not third chronologically, as a more recent reality of God. The Son and the Father are not prior to the Spirit. And the Spirit is not third organizationally, as if there were some sort of hierarchical order within the reality of God. The Son and the Father are not essentially superior to the Spirit in the quality of their Godness . "The Son, the Father, and the Holy Spirit are all different from each other. But They are not independent of each other, for They are all God and They all belong to the reality of God. So They are all involved in God's extravagant, self-giving love . The gift of salvation is the gift of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. [...] "When I experience the activity of the Holy Spirit, I am experiencing the activity of God. The reality of the Spirit is part of the reality of God. [...]" ( http:///docs/RH/RH19860911-V163-37/?djvuopts&page=12 ) First of all, it cannot be said that the Christian name for God is "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." That is not what Jesus said. Jesus said, "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (Matthew 28:19 NKJV). He did not say that "the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit" is the name of God. Then Guy goes on to use this false claim for devious purposes, to teach that Jesus is not fully God! He says that Jesus is only part of God, not the whole of God (fully--or all of--God). In Trinitarian doctrine, God is a simple being, and does not have parts. Notice also how he says that Jesus is "truly God" rather than "fully God." The SDA Church's official statement of "Fundamental Beliefs" also uses this wording, saying in belief number 4 ("Son") that Jesus is "truly God" rather than stating that He is "fully God." As the above article by Guy shows, Adventism does not believe that Jesus is "fully God," but instead that He is just "part" (one third) of "God"--one of three divine beings who together make up the one "Godhead" group. (And, as we will see later, even when Adventists do use the term "fully God" they, once again, have a different definiton for the term than the Christian definition.) We also see in the above article some of their denial of Christ's omnipresence . Also, Guy makes reference to the SDA teaching (which we will see a bit more of later) that Jesus ceased to exist when He died, and that "the Father" is the one who ran the universe during that time because "the Son" no longer existed, and that the Father "continued to love the human family" but the Son was not able to, because He was non-existent! Next up we will look at quite a few different quotations from the Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide (the official SDA "quarterly"). This first quote is from the Introduction of the October/November/December 1998 Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide : "Lesson 3-'Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.' The Godhead consists of three divine Beings , unified in action but distinct in personality ." PAGE 4


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