This article is third in the series called “Our Personal God and His Spirit Versus the No God Alpha and Omega”. Previously, we have examined “The Personality of God” and “the Personality of the Holy Spirit“. Here we will cover the places where Sister White warns us of the omega to follow the “alpha of deadly heresies,” which she identified with the pantheistic teaching J.H. Kellogg had in his book called “the Living Temple,” which denied the personality of God. But first I will provide a little background.
Kellogg taught that God was in all things. But was it any different that what the main tenet of apostate Christianity holds as a whole—that “God the Spirit” is everywhere? The only thing that may be different about it is the way in which Kellogg presented it. He clothed it with the most beautiful, thus deceptive words, as he was inspired by Satan; he also presented pantheistic ideas very directly. Trinitarianism tries to use biblical language, but Kellogg’s language sounded more new age than Christianity. So, Sister White was given visions in regards to this specific situation, but it was to also warn us what was to follow. Would we heed the warnings she gave to Kellogg, or would we repeat the same mistake, with error becoming much more widespread? God’s people would be tested and are being tested today.
Here is the first Spirit of Prophecy quote we will examine.
Heresy Dressed Up in Angel Robes
We are now to be on guard, and not drawn away from the all-important message given of God for this time. Satan is not ignorant of the result of trying to define God and Jesus Christ in a spiritualistic way that sets God and Christ as a nonentity. The moments occupied in this kind of science are, in the place of preparing the way of the Lord, making a way for Satan to come in and confuse the minds with mysticisms of his own devising. Although they are dressed up in angel robes they have made our God and our Christ a nonentity. Why?—because Satan sees the minds are all fitted for his working.
Men have lost tract of Christ and the Lord God, and have been obtaining an experience that is OMEGA to one of the most subtle delusions that will ever captivate the minds of men.
— Diary #48, p. 163, 8/28/1904
Notice that the focus is on the result of a spiritualistic view of God, and also how she called the “omega” an experience. This is important to realize as we go forward, because the omega is not a heresy as the things that precede it.
The next section is three parts of a long “pamphlet” that included verys special testimonies, and she speaks of the alpha as a heresy, with more heresies to follow. ‘Alpha’ is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and ‘omega’ is the last letter. So, the omega must come last, after deadly heresies which follow the alpha one. Thus, the ‘alpha’ of anything is the beginning or cause of something, and the ‘omega’ of anything is the conclusion or end result of anything.
The Alpha in “The Living Temple”
“Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy 4:1). We have now before us the alpha of this danger. THE OMEGA will be of a most startling nature.
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. […]
We need not the mysticism that is in this book. Those who entertain these sophistries will soon find themselves in a position where the enemy can talk with them, and lead them away from God. […]
“Living Temple” contains the alpha of these theories. I knew that THE OMEGA would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people. I knew that I must warn our brethren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the presence and personality of God. The statements made in “Living Temple” in regard to this point are incorrect. The scripture used to substantiate the doctrine there set forth, is scripture misapplied.
I am compelled to speak in denial of the claim that the teachings of “Living Temple” can be sustained by statements from my writings. 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, 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 sentiment should prevail.
Few can discern the result of entertaining the sophistries advocated by some at this time. But the Lord has lifted the curtain, and has shown me the result that would follow. The spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give John to give to His people. They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to be given special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin, and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science.
In a vision of the night I was shown distinctly that these sentiments have been looked upon by some as the grand truths that are to be brought in and made prominent at the present time. I was shown a platform, braced by solid timbers—the truths of the Word of God. Someone high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform. Then I heard a voice saying, “Where are the watchmen that ought to be standing on the walls of Zion? Are they asleep? This foundation was built by the Masterworker, and will stand storm and tempest. Will they permit this man to present doctrines that deny the past experience of the people of God? The time has come to take decided action.”
The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result?
The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath, of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, WITHOUT GOD, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure.
Who has authority to begin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compromise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in harmony with this truth?
— Special Testimonies (Series B, No. 02), pp. 16, 50, 52, 53-55
The “OMEGA” she is referring to is clearly a new experience that replaces the old experience of the church in our pioneer days. It is the result of the alpha, which is spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God. It is a no God experience—that is, an experience “WITHOUT GOD,” or living as if God did not exist. Why? Because a spiritualistic view of God is Satan’s means of having Him become a nonentity in our minds; He becomes no longer real to us, because our view of Him is not real but is spiritualistic, making our Christian and Adventist doctrines and experiences of none effect, thus making it easier for us to discard them for more popular doctrines and experiences.
Sister White said to Kellogg, “You are not definitely clear on the personality of God, which is everything to us as a people. You have virtually destroyed the Lord God Himself” (Letter 300, 1903), yet Kellogg claimed that Sister White’s writings supported his view. That same claim is made by those who deny the personality of God today, in their belief in a “God the Spirit” being everywhere and using Sister White’s Holy Spirit personality statements to support their claim. But Sister White never taught such a thing, only a Spirit proceeding from God—a power representing Him, not Himself. When we see that the alpha of our apostasy was to virtually destroy God by destroying Him in doctrine (as Kellogg did in aforetime), then it is no wonder that an apostasy resulting in a godless experience followed, so much so that women rule over men (Isa. 3:12) and babies are murdered before they are even born!
And what Sister White described in the last part of her big quote above is a perfect description of the new experience under the name ‘Seventh-day Adventist’. The “new organization” she is referring to can be nothing else than the creed-bound denomination that has continued to carry on the title “General Conference.” God is lightly regarded. Members, including ministers, live as if He did not exist. Reverence has been lost because He is not real to people due to an immaterial view of Him. People talk about whatever and do nearly whatever on the Sabbath. Human policies have replaced God’s standards because God is forgotten. All the things conditionally prophesied have unfortunately taken place. We have all partaken—in one form or another—of this experience, and we all have need of repentance, for our exposure to this has had its due effect on us.
God must become real to us, and our daily lives must show it. We need to know the real and personal God who gave His real only-begotten Son, as a personal Saviour for our sins. This, so that we may have a personal relationship with Him through that wonderful Gift, who became one of us that we may become one like them in holiness. And this, by the Holy Spirit proceeding from that wonderful God of Love and His Son.
And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.
— Jesus, John 17:3
The Omega: Apostasy, Spiritualism, Free-lovism
Already there are coming in among our people spiritualistic teachings that will undermine the faith of those who give heed to them. The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature is one of Satan’s most subtle devices. It misrepresents God and is a dishonor to His greatness and majesty.
Pantheistic theories are not sustained by the Word of God. The light of His truth shows that these theories are soul-destroying agencies. Darkness is their element, sensuality their sphere. They gratify the natural heart and give license to inclination. Separation from God is the result of accepting them.
Our condition through sin has become preternatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the Crucified One is there cleansing from sin.His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature. This power the spiritualistic theories concerning God make of no effect. If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power that is within him.
These theories, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They do away with the necessity for the atonement and make man his own savior.These theories regarding God make His word of no effect, and those who accept them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible as a fiction. They may regard virtue as better than vice; but God being removed from His position of sovereignty, they place their dependence upon human power, which, WITHOUT GOD, is worthless. The unaided human will has no real power to resist and overcome evil. The defenses of the soul are broken down. Man has no barrier against sin. When once the restraints of God’s word and His Spirit are rejected, we know not to what depths one may sink.
Those who continue to hold these spiritualistic theories will surely spoil their Christian experience, sever their connection with God, and lose eternal life.
The sophistries regarding God and nature that are flooding the world with skepticism are the inspiration of the fallen foe, who is himself a Bible student, who knows the truth that it is essential for the people to receive, and whose study it is to divert minds from the great truths given to prepare them for what is coming upon the world.
I have seen the results of these fanciful views of God, in apostasy, spiritualism, and free-lovism. The free love tendency of these teachings was so concealed that at first it was difficult to make plain its 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.
— 8 Testimonies, pp. 291-292
This entire passage, without saying the word, discusses the OMEGA—results, or conclusion—of the spiritualistic view of God—that is, viewing God as a Spirit that pervades all things, which is the alpha, or beginning, of apostasy. This leads to other heresies, such as a denial of a literal sanctuary in heaven where blood atonement is literally taking place, because it denies that God and Christ are in one place, placing God where all His creation is instead. And the end result of this—again, THE OMEGA—is separation from God, in which there is no divine power to subdue the lusts of the human flesh. This is because if God is seen as everywhere, then He and His Son are not personal beings in heaven, but He is wherever His Spirit is, which is everywhere.
For Thine incorruptible Spirit is in all things.
— Wisdom 12:1
Through His Spirit, God is powerful enough to be able to be “above all, and through all, and in you all” (Ephesians 4:6). He can exercise His power wherever He chooses, even though He is way up in heaven. But the supposed existence of an everywhere God can only exercise power where He actually is, thus bringing Him down to the same level as brute creation, not exalted in heaven where He dwells in glorious light unapproachable. If God is on the same level as us, then He is no more powerful than our carnal nature with its carnal desires.
But thank God that is not reality. He sends His power from on high to conquer the sin that is in us. This power comes from the atonement of Christ taking place at His throne. There is wonder-working power in the atoning blood there, and He sends that same all-conquering power by His Spirit to us as we claim it in the promises of His Word through prayer. This is the “whole Christian economy” that Sister White was referring to. This experience of overcoming sin by the blood of the Lamb is the experience we must have. But the omega experience destroys this, because it spiritualizes everything away. Even if we have embraced the truth of the Father and the Son, who dwell in heaven, if we have not also embraced the literal blood atonement there, we have not yet come out of the omega experience. The power of our salvation is in that sanctifying blood, which is applied to our hearts by the Holy Spirit proceeding from the Most Holy Place—the powerhouse of the whole universe.
The blood of Jesus also speaks to our dull senses what true agape love really is: sacrificial love. This is another reason why that blood has power. But the kind of love that is preached in nominal Adventism today, as part of the omega experience, is sentimental, not sacrificial. It has no power and is only a sentiment—an idea, only expressed in words—rather than a principle of action. This active agape love involves total consecration to God that lives according to all His standards and is expressed in kind actions toward others, especially the needy. But this is largely not the case today. Systematic offerings are not collected to relieve the poor as God’s statutes command us, nor are churches organized for service. Yet so-called love is talked about in sermons all the time, but it is only sentiment.
This is the “free-lovism” and “unholy spiritual love” that Sister White is referring to. It is love free from law—God’s Law. It is spiritualistic love, just like the spiritualistic view of God that people have. That love and that God is not real, but only a sentiment. Thus, it is unholy, unheavenly love. The defining Law of God must be the basis of our love, and we also must behold it in the life and sacrifice of Christ—both should be our daily study; hence, both are part of the Revival Reading Plan to help bring us out of our omega experience. And for more information on this topic of counterfeit love, contrasted with the genuine, please listen to the message called Free Unholy Love.
Don’t Remove the Old Landmarks
Those who seek to remove the old landmarks are not holding fast; they are not remembering how they have received and heard. Those who try to bring in theories that would remove the pillars of our faith concerning the sanctuary, or concerning the personality of God or of Christ, are working as blind men. They are seeking to bring in uncertainties and to set the people of God adrift, without an anchor.
Those who claim to be identified with the message that God has given us should have keen, clear spiritual perceptions, that they may distinguish truth from error. The word spoken by the messenger of God is “Wake up the watchmen.” If men will discern the spirit of the messages given, and strive to find out from what source they come, the Lord God of Israel will guard them from being led astray. But God is not to be trifled with.
The messages that we have received from heaven are true and faithful. When one man strives to bring in new theories, which are not the truth, the ministers of God should bear clear warning against these theories, pointing out where, if received, they would lead the people of God. Those who have received the light of present truth should not be easily deceived and readily led from the true path into strange paths. The watchmen are to be wide-awake to discern the outcome of all specious reasoning; for serious errors will be brought in to lead the people of God astray.
— Manuscript 62, 1905
We have a straight testimony to bear. We are not to enter into controversy, nor force people to hear us when they do not want to, nor get into endless debates on proving the correctness of our view of God. God is beyond discussion. We are to simply warn the people of where the alpha teaching of the spiritualistic view of God is leading them, and let the Bible, the Spirit of Prophecy, and the pioneers speak; all of our arguments are worthless. The power of God is to be manifest. Let the human agent be hidden out of sight.
Feel free to share these studies with people. Instead of spending countless wasted hours debating with people, send them to these articles, which contain the writings of Sister White and our pioneers that get right to the root of things.
Remember, the Trinity doctrine is not the problem. It is neither the alpha teaching nor the omega experience. It is an aspect of the alpha, which the broader, underlying sophistry of Satan, who knows that it will eventually lead to an omega experience without God. The alpha is any view that destroys the personality of God and of His Son Jesus Christ. A class of non-Trinitarians have held such a view, making the Holy Spirit Christ Himself, when it is only the representative of God and of Christ, thus bearing their titles. The Comforter is Jesus Christ in us, because He is that mysterious personality which carries the very life and power and character and presence of Jesus Christ, as His representative. But He is “another Comforter” (Jn. 14:16). Making Him the one and the same makes Christ an essence, which does away with Christ from our mind, just as does making Him a third God-being, rather than the very life of Christ, flowing from God and Christ, where our attention is to be continually drawn—away from this earth, away from everything earthly and carnal.
The religion of this world says to look within. It is painted with flowery language (with “Christian” words in Christendom and new age words in spiritualism) to be the ultimate, nirvana experience. But it is really the no God omega experience, which ends in destruction. But our experience is to be the Seventh-day Adventist experience, held up by sure pillars—the God-filled experience, the heavenly experience, the Most Holy Place experience, yea, the true and everlasting Alpha and Omega experience.
May your holy imagination and your hope ever be there, for everything we have here will be destroyed. May your experience be eternal and bright!
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely…
And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve him: And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
— Revelation 21:6; 22:1-5
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May you have a very rich experience with the one true God.