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Omega Heresy in SDA Church

Nearly one hundred years ago a book was written by the most outstanding Seventh-day Adventist physician of the time, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg. The title of this book was “The Living Temple.” When Ellen White read portions of the book she became very alarmed at what she found there and declared that the book contained most dangerous falsehood. Many were surprised at the forcefulness with which she condemned the book. She referred to its teachings as The Alpha of deadly heresies (Selected Messages bk.1, p.200). Even more startling, however, was her prediction that this “Alpha” heresy would be followed by a similar false doctrine of greater magnitude which would have a far more devastating effect upon Seventh-day Adventism than the Alpha did. She referred to this coming heresy as “The Omega.”

Some have foolishly claimed that those of us who are trying to revive the pioneers’ concept of God are guilty of introducing the “Omega.” This accusation shows a lack of logical reasoning and a failure to carefully investigate. The following facts show clearly that the pioneer teaching on God could not be the “Omega” heresy.

1. When speaking of the Alpha crisis and the coming Omega, Ellen White several times stated that our safety would lie in refusing to be drawn away from the faith which God gave to the pioneers (statements follow in this article). Yet some say that the pioneers (including James White) were teaching the “Omega” heresy.

2. Ellen White said that the Omega would follow “shortly” after the Alpha. This statement would not make any sense if the Omega was the teaching of the pioneers for it would mean that the Omega would have been here before the Alpha!

3. Ellen White referred to the Alpha and Omega heresies as falsehoods of the most deadly kind. If the teaching of the pioneers was the Omega, then it means that for the first fifty years of its existence the SDA church to which Ellen White belonged, was teaching the most dangerous false doctrine, yet was not rebuked by Ellen White.

The following article consists of some questions concerning this omega apostasy, with answering quotes from Ellen White and a couple of other sources which make it very clear that there is only one doctrine embraced by the SDA church today, which fulfills the specifications of the Omega heresy, and that this doctrine is the doctrine of the Trinity.

All of the Ellen White quotes were taken from statements written by her either during, or shortly following the Kellogg crisis which she referred to as the “Alpha.” We challenge all those who disagree with this article to find any other doctrine or issue which answers the questions proposed here. We urge our detractors to not merely find fault with this article, but to suggest a better alternative – to suggest something which more fittingly fits the specifications given by the prophet.

1. When would the omega heresy be introduced into the SDA Church?

Answer: In a little while, shortly after the time of the Kellogg apostasy (shortly after 1904). Let us note that the Trinity was introduced into the Church in the 1920s by Leroy Froom.

“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.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 203)

“One thing it is certain is soon to be realized, – the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout. . . . ” (Special Testimonies, Series B7, p. 57-8)

2. would it be received?

Answer: It would be received by those who did not heed the warning. What warning? See point no. 5.

“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.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 200)

3. What would be the result of the church’s accepting the omega heresy?

Answer: It would result in a change of our religion. Let us note that there has been only one significant change in the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist faith between the time when the church first published a statement of beliefs and today. This change consists of the rejection of the pioneer concept of God and the acceptance of the Trinity.

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. (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 204)

4. What was the main issue in the Alpha heresy?

Answer: The main issue was the doctrine of God. Let us note that the only doctrine changed in the SDA church since the time of the pioneers is the doctrine relating to God.

“I have been instructed by the heavenly messenger that some of the reasoning in the book Living Temple is unsound…It introduces that which is nought but speculation in regard to the personality of God and where His presence is. . .”

“One and another come to me, asking me to explain the positions taken in Living Temple. I reply, “They are unexplainable.” The sentiments expressed do not give a true knowledge of God. All through the book are passages of Scripture. These scriptures are brought in in such a way that error is made to appear as truth.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 201)

“The spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 204)

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. . .” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 291)

5. What would be the main issue in the omega heresy?

Answer: The doctrine of 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…” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 203)

6. What would be the safety of Seventh-day adventists during this crisis concerning the doctrine of god?

Answer: Holding to the original doctrines; the faith which God gave to the pioneers.

(please remember that all these statements which follow this question were made by Ellen White in the context of the Alpha heresy)

“. . . We must firmly refuse to be drawn away from the platform of eternal truth, which since 1844 has stood the test.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 199-200)

We are to hold fast the first principles of our denominated faith, and go forward from strength to increased faith. Ever we are to keep the faith that has been substantiated by the Holy Spirit of God from the earlier events of our experience until the present time…”

“The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time. . . Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. (Special Testimonies, Series B7, p. 57-8)

“Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid. My husband, Elder Bates, Father pierce, Elder [Hiram] Edson, and others who were keen, noble, and true, were among those who, after the passing of the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure. I met with them, and we studied and prayed earnestly…. light was given that helped us to understand the scriptures in regard to Christ, His mission, and His priesthood. A line of truth extending from that time to the time when we shall enter the city of God, was made plain to me, and I gave to others the instruction that the Lord had given me. . .”

“What influence is it that would lead men at this stage of our history to work in an underhand, powerful way to tear down the foundation of our faith–the foundation that was laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the Word and revelation? Upon this foundation we have been building for the past fifty years. (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 206-7)

7. Was it a small matter that people should have a false concept of god? Some claim today that the godhead controversy is of little importance.

Him, in the minds of those who accept them, as nothingness? . . .”

“It is something that cannot be treated as a small matter that men who have had so much light, and such clear evidence as to the genuineness of the truth we hold, should become unsettled, and led to accept spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God.” (Special Testimonies, Series B7, p. 37)

8. Was Ellen White required by God to correct and rebuke people who had false ideas about God?

Answer: During the early years of the movement God sent her to rebuke people who had false ideas about God. If the pioneers were wrong in their ideas, why did she never rebuke them?

“After the passing of the time in 1844, we had fanaticism of every kind to meet. Testimonies of reproof were given me to bear to some holding spiritualistic theories.

There were those who were active in disseminating false ideas in regard to God. Light was given me that these men were making the truth of no effect by their false teachings. I was instructed that they were misleading souls by presenting speculative theories regarding God. . .”

“I went to the place where they were and opened before them the nature of their work. The Lord gave me strength to lay plainly before them their danger. . .”

“This is only one of the instances in which I was called upon to rebuke those who were presenting the doctrine of an impersonal God pervading all nature, and similar errors.” (Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 8, p. 292-3)

9. how were the writings of ellen white misused during the time of the alpha heresy?

Answer: Their meaning was twisted to make it seem that they were in support of Kellogg’s ideas. We may expect that the same thing would be done during the Omega.

Answer: It was a most critical issue.

“Most of the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would not be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination’s Fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the trinity.” ( George Knight in Ministry, October 1993 p.10)

“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.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 199)

“Few can see the meaning of the present apostasy. But the Lord has lifted the curtain, and has shown me its meaning, and the result that it will have if allowed to continue. We must now lift our voices in warning. Will our people acknowledge God as the supreme Ruler, or will they choose the misleading arguments and views that, when fully developed, make Him, in the minds of those who accept them, as nothingness? . . .”

“It is something that cannot be treated as a small matter that men who have had so much light, and such clear evidence as to the genuineness of the truth we hold, should become unsettled, and led to accept spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God.” (Special Testimonies, Series B7, p. 37)

10. what would be the nature of the omega?

Answer: It would be “most startling.” Here are the words of the editor of the Adventist Review, William Johnson, in describing the doctrinal change which took place in Adventism when the doctrine of God was changed.

“Adventist beliefs have changed over the years under the impact of ‘present truth.’ Most startling is the teaching regarding Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord. Many of the pioneers, including James White, J.N. Andrews, Uriah Smith, and J.H. Waggoner, held to an Arian or semi-Arian view … that is, the Son at some point in time before the Creation of our world was generated by the Father … the Trinitarian understanding of God, now part of our fundamental beliefs, was not generally held by the early Adventists. Even today a few do not subscribe to it.” (William G. Johnsson in the Adventist Review, Jan. 6, 1994 p.10)

“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.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 197)

11. how should God’s true people respond to the omega heresy?

Answer: They should take “decided action” to combat this Omega heresy.”

“In a vision of the night 1 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. Some one high in responsibility in the medical work was directing this man and that man to loosen the timbers supporting this platform Then 1 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 Master Worker, 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.” (Selected Messages bk.1, p. 204-5)


1. The religion of the SDA church has been changed as predicted by Ellen White. From a position of believing in one Being called God who has a literal Son, the Church has embraced the doctrine of a one-in-three God – the Trinity.

2. This has been the only official change in doctrine of the SDA church since it was first organized in 1863.

3. Yet it has been such a significant change that we are told that the founders of the church would not have been able to be members of the church today.

4. It was introduced into the beliefs of the denomination shortly after Ellen White died. As long as Ellen White was alive, no official document of the Church ever used the term “Trinity” in describing any of our beliefs.

5. It has been received by the majority of Seventh-day Adventists.

6. Books of a new order have been written (promoting the new doctrine)

7. It concerns the issue of God – His nature, personality and identity.

8. It turns SDAs away from the foundation laid at the beginning by the pioneers.

9. The writings of Ellen White are being used (mis-used) to support the new doctrine of the Trinity.

Now we challenge any honest person to find any doctrine in Adventism which fulfills all the specifications of the Omega, other than the doctrine of the Trinity.

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