Tocmai mi-a semnalat un prieten că EGW se referă pozitiv la formula trinitariană a botezului, dovedinf că o acceptă indiscutabil. Prin urmare, obiecţia, oricât de sinceră a celor care întreţin sentimente antitrinitariene este nejustificată, deoarece pe de o parte nu există manuscris al NT care să ateste o formulare diferită, iar pe de altă parte, tocmai scrierile EGW pe care ei caută să le exploateze în folosul doctrinei lor, susţin contrariul. Citatele de mai jos pot fi verificate pe saitul White Estate:
The prejudice of the Jews was aroused because the disciples of Jesus did not use the exact words of John in the rite of baptism. John baptized unto repentance, but the disciples of Jesus, on profession of the faith, baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY VOLUME 2, PAGE 136
Provision has been made that when man repents and takes the steps requisite in conversion, he shall be forgiven. When he is baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, these three great powers are pledged to work in his behalf. SERMONS AND TALKS VOLUME ONE, PAGE 321. Sermon by Mrs. E. G. White in the Tabernacle, April 14, 1901 (General Conference session, Battle Creek, Michigan.)
The disciples were to carry their work forward in Christ’s name. Their every word and act was to fasten attention on His name, as possessing that vital power by which sinners may be saved. Their faith was to center in Him who is the source of mercy and power. In His name they were to present their petitions to the Father, and they would receive answer. They were to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christ’s name was to be their watchword, their badge of distinction, their bond of union, the authority for their course of action, and the source of their success. Nothing was to be recognized in His kingdom that did not bear His name and superscription. THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES, PAGE 28 RH March 15, 1898,
They were to teach the observance of all things whatsoever Jesus had commanded them, and were to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Jesus was about to be removed from his disciples; but he assured them that although he should ascend to his Father, his Spirit and influence would be with them always, and with their successors even unto the end of the world. THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY VOLUME 3, PAGE 238
Baptism is a perpetual ordinance in the church, and the ministers of the nineteenth century baptize “In the name of the father, and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost,” because the original commission requires it. The terms of salvation stated in this commission were to be held out as long as sinners might be saved. Running parallel with all these, we find in the same commission spiritual gifts. In the absence of proof that the gifts were to be restricted to any particular age of the Christian Church, this commission alone is sufficient evidence of their perpetuity. SPIRITUAL GIFTS, VOLUME 3, PAGE 10
When one goes out as a physician, gospel teacher, and canvasser, he should be fully empowered to do the work of a minister. When under his labors souls accept the truth and give evidence of true conversion, he is to baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. And such workers should have the sympathy and cooperation of those who remain at home. Manuscript 55, 1901. MANUSCRIPT RELEASES VOLUME THIRTEEN
And Christ says, “Go ye therefore, and baptize all nations in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” Letter 252, 1906.
“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” While these words were upon his lips, he ascended, a cloud of angels received him, and escorted him to the city of God. May 30, 1896. SW September 5, 1905. Special Testimony to Battle Creek Church, p. 6.1
“I have come into close relationship with Christ. I have taken upon myself sacred vows. When I was baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, I was buried with Christ in the likeness of His death, and raised in the likeness of His resurrection. I am pledged to consecrate my life to His service.” Letter 73, 1901. (Written July 7, 1901, from St. Helena, Calif., “To those who occupy responsible in Battle Creek.”) Manuscript Releases Volume Thirteen [Nos. 1000-1080], p. 217.
At the time of baptism in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, the will, the purpose, the inclination is pledged that the whole life—body, mind, and soul—shall be dead to the world and to all selfishness, and shall become subordinate to the will of God. MANUSCRIPT RELEASES VOLUME THIRTEEN [NOS. 1000-1080], PAGE 38 Letter 45, 1903. (Written March 10, 1903, from Elmshaven, Sanitarium, California, to D. H. and Loretta Kress.)