O how Satan would rejoice if he could succeed in his efforts to get in among this people, and disorganize the work at a time when thorough organization is essential, and will be the greatest power to keep out spurious uprisings, and to refute claims not endorsed by the word of God! We want to hold the lines evenly, that there shall be no breaking down of the system of organization and order that has been built up by wise, careful labor. License must not be given to disorderly elements that desire to control the work at this time. {GW 487.1}
The Type of Organization Needed
The Lord in His wisdom has arranged that by means of the close relationship that should be maintained by all believers, Christian shall be united to Christian and church to church. Thus the human instrumentality will be enabled to co-operate with the divine. Every agency will be subordinate to the Holy Spirit, and all the believers will be united in an organized and well-directed effort to give to the world the glad tidings of the grace of God. {AA 164.1}
God has not set any kingly power in the Seventh-day Adventist Church to control the whole body or to control any branch of the work. He has not provided that the burden of leadership shall rest upon a few men. Responsibilities are distributed among a large number of competent men. {8T 236.3}
Every member of the church has a voice in choosing officers of the church. The church chooses the officers of the state conferences. Delegates chosen by the state conferences choose the officers of the union conferences, and delegates chosen by the union conferences choose the officers of the General Conference. By this arrangement every conference, every institution, every church, and every individual, either directly or through representatives, has a voice in the election of the men who bear the chief responsibilities in the General Conference. {8T 236.4}

1889 Historic Seventh Day Adventist Church

Are we Authorized to Begin a "New Organization"? The Spirit of God has told us through his messenger E. G. White:

After the passing of the time, God entrusted to His faithful followers the precious principles of present truth. ... {2SM 389.3}
Those who passed through these experiences are to be as firm as a rock to the principles that have made us Seventh-day Adventists. ... {2SM 389.4}
The Lord has declared that the history of the past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the closing work. Every truth that He has given for these last days is to be proclaimed to the world. Every pillar that He has established is to be strengthened. We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth.--Manuscript 129, 1905. {2SM 390.1}
Consider the Points Brought out in the Above Statements:
  • God entrusted to the Seventh-day Adventist Church “precious principles of present truth.”
  • It is these principles that make a church, Seventh-day Adventist.
  • To step off of the foundation of these principles, to apostatize from these truths, is equated with, or results in a new organization (a new church).
The Modern Seventh Day Adventist Church is a Different Church, a New Organization

In 1980 the Seventh Day Adventist Church in General Conference Session in Dallas Texas changed these principles, particularly principles 2, 4, and 5. Below, I quote these principles as they were in 1889 during the life of God’s servant Ellen White, and then I quote how it reads after the official change of 1980.

1872 and 1889 Fundamental Principles
  • I. That there is one God, a personal, spiritual being, the creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and eternal, infinite in wisdom, holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and mercy; unchangeable, and everywhere present by his representative, the Holy Spirit. Ps. 139:7.
  • II. That there is one Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Eternal Father, the one by whom God created all things, and by whom they do consist; that he took on him the nature of the seed of Abraham …
1980 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists

#2. “The Trinity

  • “There is one God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, a unity of three co-eternal Persons. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. He is infinite and beyond human comprehension, yet known through His self-revelation. He is forever worthy of worship, adoration, and service by the whole creation.” Seventh-day Adventists Believe p. 16
  • “God is omnipresent (Ps 139:7-12; Heb 4:13), transcending all space. Yet He is fully present in every part of space. He is eternal (Ps 90:2; Rev 1:8), exceeding the limits of time, yet is fully present in every moment of time.” Seventh-day Adventists Believe p. 20

#4. “The Son

  • “God the eternal Son became incarnate in Jesus Christ. … Forever truly God …”

#5. “The Holy Spirit

  • “God the eternal Spirit was active with the Father and the Son in Creation, ...”

The differences are clearly apparent:

  • The 1889 principles 1 and 2 tell us the one God is the Father. (In harmony with 1Co 8:6). The 1980 belief #2 tells us God is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • The 1889 principle #1 tells us God is a personal being (singular). The 1980 belief #2 says God is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - a plurality of persons
  • The 1889 principle #1 tells us God is present everywhere by the Holy Spirit. The 1980 belief #2 says God is omnipresent and that “he” transcends all space and is fully present in every part of space. {This is spiritualism.}
  • The 1889 principle #2 tells us Jesus is the Son of the Eternal Father. The 1980 statement #4 tells us that Jesus is “God the eternal Son”, “forever truly God”.
  • The 1889 fundamental principles do not mention the Holy Spirit in describing the Godhead at all. The 1980 statement #5 calls the Holy Spirit “God the eternal Spirit”.

Every theologian will admit, and in fact it is self-evident, that if you change the doctrines, you change the nature of the church. In other words you have a new church, a new organization. Especially is this the case if you change doctrines that describe the God you profess to worship. Also, the inspired statement quoted previously agrees that if we step off of the foundation of the principles given to us in the beginning, we apostatize from the truth and enter a new organization. Furthermore the Scripture declares that the church is to be the "pillar and ground of the truth" 1 Timothy 3:15. We have just shown above, that the corporate Seventh-day Adventist Church has different principles than it had in its beginning, thus we must acknowledge that is a different church than it used to be. It is a new organization than that which existed in 1889. This is highlighted by the following statement by George Knight, a respected Adventist theologian, historian and professor at Andrews University.

George Knight - MINISTRY magazine, Oct/1993 p. 10.

"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 goes on to mention beliefs numbers 4 and 5 as well, as we have also mentioned above.

The Principle of Separation

The following references outline a guiding principle which applies in this case.

Amos 3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
2Cor 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
2Cor 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
"After a long and severe conflict, the faithful few decided to dissolve all union with the apostate church if she still refused to free herself from falsehood and idolatry. They saw that separation was an absolute necessity if they would obey the word of God. They dared not tolerate errors fatal to their own souls, and set an example which would imperil the faith of their children and children's children. To secure peace and unity they were ready to make any concession consistent with fidelity to God; but they felt that even peace would be too dearly purchased at the sacrifice of principle. If unity could be secured only by the compromise of truth and righteousness, then let there be difference, and even war." {GC 45.3}
" Well would it be for the church and the world if the principles that actuated those steadfast souls were revived in the hearts of God's professed people. There is an alarming indifference in regard to the doctrines which are the pillars of the Christian faith. The opinion is gaining ground, that, after all, these are not of vital importance. This degeneracy is strengthening the hands of the agents of Satan, so that false theories and fatal delusions which the faithful in ages past imperiled their lives to resist and expose, are now regarded with favor by thousands who claim to be followers of Christ." {GC 46.1}
"As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ's withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience." {DA 232.2}

There is outlined in the references quoted above a biblical principle of separation that must be followed to be faithful to Christ. To remain in an apostate church would be to partake of its sins.

The Possibility of the Church Giving up the Principles of Truth, and Thus Forming a New Church, a New Organization, was Foretold
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. {1SM 204.2}

This statement warns that there was already a movement underway in 1904 that would consider the doctrines which constituted the fundamental principles of the first 50 years as error, and would give them up and discard them, writing books of a new order, and that this would constitute a new organization and a re-organization. Dr. Kellogg, leaning toward pantheistic theories for several years, had just accepted the Trinity the year before, and within a few years would leave the church with thousands of followers. But the seeds had been planted, and in 1913 F.M. Wilcox described the church's teachings in the Review as a Trinity, though it required a whole generation to die off before it came to be generally accepted.

God Called for Reorganization and a New organization

On several occasions, when wrong principles were being adopted, God called for a reorganization and a new organization through his servant Ellen White.

That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we once believed the General Conference to be,—that is past. What we want now is a reorganization. We want to begin at the foundation, and to build upon a different principle. {GCB, April 3, 1901 par. 25}
When we see the regular lines are altered and purified and refined, and the God of the heavens mold is upon the regular lines, then it is our business to establish the regular lines. But when we see message after message that God has given has been accepted, but no change, just the same as it was before, then it is evident that new blood must be brought into the regular lines. The leaders of the regular lines, they must have an entire change, an entire new organization, and to have a committee that shall take in not merely half a dozen, that is to be a ruling and controlling power, but it is to have representatives of those that are placed in responsibility in our educational interests, in our Sanitariums, that are working, and the life in them, constantly at work, constantly adding, constantly giving to the field the talent that has come from it. {SpM 163.1}

As we have seen, the corporate Seventh Day Adventist Church has apostatized from its most central foundational pillars held during the first 50 years, the principles concerning God, and thus has formed a new organization, a new church. And we have seen that Ellen White counsels us when the church departs from those principles that the appropriate response is to reorganize, to form a new organization returning to those first fundamental principles. Therefore, we believe we are fully justified in our decision to step back on the foundation of truth that God gave the Seventh Day Adventist people and to re-organize His church on those priinciples.

God has a church. It is not the great cathedral, neither is it the national establishment, neither is it the various denominations; it is the people who love God and keep His commandments. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them" (Matthew 18:20). Where Christ is even among the humble few, this is Christ's church, for the presence of the High and Holy One who inhabiteth eternity can alone constitute a church. {UL 315.5}

Waldensian Center


WC Home Application References 2020 Report

Agricultural, Industrial and Medical Missionary Training Center

Our ideas of education take too narrow and too low a range. There is need of a broader scope, a higher aim. True education means more than the pursual of a certain course of study. It means more than a preparation for the life that now is. It has to do with the whole being, and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for the joy of service in this world and for the higher joy of wider service in the world to come. {Ed 13.1}

Waldensian Center Program

Waldensian Center offers a one year missionary training course, with the Scriptures as the soul basis, guide and standard of Education. It combines the study of the Scriptures, history, and prophecy with academics such as: speaking, writing, health sciences, and various life skills, and trades. Students will participate in an agricultural and industrial program, enabling the student to help support his own room and board.

Purpose

Graduates will be better equipped to labor in the Lord's vineyard in various capacities, according to their interests and talents, whether in the church as ministers, evangelists, health workers, deacons, elders, secretaries, treasurers, counselors, teachers, etc. or to labor in new and unworked fields to raise up churches. Students will be better equipped to be self-supporting through various skills acquired so they will not be dependent on the church or donations of others.

Operated by:

1889 Historic Seventh Day Adventist Church https://1889hsda.org
Director David Sims

Further Information, Contact:

David or Marrah Sims 0917-301-2857 or admin@1889hsda.org

Length

This is a one year program, divided into 4 terms.

Dates

Location

Waldensian Center has transitioned to online classes due to the "new normal". register and enroll here


Cost

"It cannot be gotten for gold,
Neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof.
It cannot be valued with the gold of Ophir,
With the precious onyx, or the sapphire.
The gold and the crystal cannot equal it
And the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold.
No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls:
For the price of wisdom is above rubies." Job 28:15-18.

2022 Curriculum

See moodle site for up to date curriculum for 2021 and 2022.

Our Great Aim

"The great work of parents and teachers is character building; it is to seek to restore the image of Christ in those who are placed under their care. A knowledge of the sciences sinks into insignificance beside this great aim; but all true education may be made to help in the development of a righteous character. The formation of character is the work of a lifetime, and it is for eternity. If all could realize this, if they would awaken to the thought that we are individually deciding our own destiny and the destinies of our children for eternal life or eternal ruin, what a change would take place! How differently would this probationary time be occupied, and what different characters would fill our world!" Special Testimonies on Education, p. 73

"If a youth desired to search deeper into the truths of the word of God and to seek wisdom from above, that he might become a teacher in Israel, these schools were open to him. The Schools of the prophets were founded by Samuel to promote the future prosperity of the nation by furnishing it with men qualified to act in the fear of God as leaders and counselors. In the accomplishment of this object, Samuel gathered companies of young men who were pious, intelligent, and studious." {PP 593.2}

Object

The true object of Education is to restore the image of God in the soul.

The Waldenses

"Parents, tender and affectionate as they were, loved their children too wisely to accustom them to self-indulgence. Before them was a life of trial and hardship, perhaps a martyr's death. They were educated from childhood to endure hardness, to submit to control, and yet to think and act for themselves. Very early they were taught to bear responsibilities, to be guarded in speech, and to understand the wisdom of silence. One indiscreet word let fall in the hearing of their enemies, might imperil not only the life of the speaker, but the lives of hundreds of his brethren; for as wolves hunting their prey did the enemies of truth pursue those who dared to claim freedom of religious faith. {GC88 67.1}

'The Waldenses had sacrificed their worldly prosperity for the truth's sake, and with persevering patience they toiled for their bread. Every spot of tillable land among the mountains was carefully improved; the valleys and the less fertile hillsides were made to yield their increase. Economy and severe self-denial formed a part of the education which the children received as their only legacy. They were taught that God designs life to be a discipline, and that their wants could be supplied only by personal labor, by forethought, care, and faith. The process was laborious and wearisome, but it was wholesome, just what man needs in his fallen state, the school which God has provided for his training and development. {GC88 67.2}

"While the youth were inured to toil and hardship, the culture of the intellect was not neglected. They were taught that all their powers belonged to God, and that all were to be improved and developed for his service." {GC88 67.3}

"From their pastors the youth received instruction. While attention was given to branches of general learning, the Bible was made the chief study." {GC88 68.2}

"Instead of educated weaklings, institutions of learning may send forth men strong to think and to act, men who are masters and not slaves of circumstances, men who possess breadth of mind, clearness of thought, and the courage of their convictions." {Ed 17.2}

"Such an education provides more than mental discipline; it provides more than physical training. It strengthens the character, so that truth and uprightness are not sacrificed to selfish desire or worldly ambition. It fortifies the mind against evil. Instead of some master passion becoming a power to destroy, every motive and desire are brought into conformity to the great principles of right. As the perfection of His character is dwelt upon, the mind is renewed, and the soul is re-created in the image of God." {Ed 18.1}

"Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God's ideal for His children. Godliness--godlikeness--is the goal to be reached. What education can be higher than this? What can equal it in value?" {Ed 18.2}