Le Roy Edwin Froom October 16, — February 20, was a Seventh-day Adventist minister and historian whose many writings have been recognized by his peers. He also was a central figure in the meetings with evangelicals that led to the producing of the Adventist theological book, Questions on Doctrine. Froom was the first associate secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Association from to He was also the founding editor of Ministry Magazine. From until his retirement in he was a field secretary of the General Conference assigned to research and writing. He was considered to be the leading historian and apologist of the church at the time.
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Following information was adopted from www. This revisionist history can be seen in the books Questions on Doctrine and Movement of Destiny. While Froom is not the originator of this tactic he is most certainly the key perpetrator and popularizer of it. This little known fact reveals much about Mr. True historians do not burn the source material yet Froom did!
When I learned about this I was not even surprised. It fit the pattern perfectly because based on the personal letters that he received Le Roy Froom actually knew the truth but chose to lie anyway. It's just more dishonest, underhanded tactics on Froom's part. Due to this, Froom is certainly culpable for the psuedo-tritheistic doctrine that exists in Adventism today. Froom did this on a few subjects. Basically he used partial data presentations, out of context quotations, and ellipses to make Mrs.
White seem like she was supporting doctrines that she really was not i. Le Roy Froom was best known in the Seventh-day Adventist church for his work as editor for several church publications, a church historian, secretary of the General Conference Ministerial Association, and author of several books. He was also a musician. Froom was born in Belvedere, Illinois. There are mixed stories about Le Roy Froom along with a connection to the Catholic church. But for now, we will delve into his writings and actions and you will see some real efforts by him, trying to bring the Trinitarian doctrine into the Adventist church.
This was already being influenced by Herbert Lacey with other traces coming from A. Daniells, W. Prescott and F. Le Roy Froom would be one of a few key individuals that would succeed in this mission. The movement to adopt Trinitarianism and to become like the rest of the world was on. Ellen White predicted that "books of a new order would be written. In this book, Froom teaches the false doctrine of the Trinity and, as John Harvey Kellogg did before him, he uses Ellen White quotes to substantiate his position.
At the time of the writing, Froom did not mention that he received help from Babylon in producing his book. What does Babylon symbolize? Confusion, false doctrine, false worship, paganism. It was over forty years later before he would confess strangely in his book, Movement of Destiny, on page When, back between and , I was asked by our leaders to give a series of studies on the Holy Spirit, covering the North American union ministerial institutes of , I found that, aside from priceless leads found in the Spirit of Prophecy, there was practically nothing in our literature setting forth a sound Biblical exposition in this tremendous field of study.
There were no previous pathfinding books on the question in our literature. I was compelled to search out a score of valuable books written by men outside of our faith —those previously noted—for initial clues and suggestions, and to open up beckoning vistas to intensive personal study.
Having these, I went on from there. But they were decided early helps. And scores, if not hundreds, could confirm the same sobering conviction that some of these other men frequently had a deeper insight into the spiritual things of God than many of our own men then had on the Holy Spirit and the triumphant life. It was still a largely obscure theme.
So Froom goes to authors of books outside of our faith. In other words, he went to Babylon to see what they said about the topic and he brought this influence into our church thru his writings.
Nothing would match up with his opinion, belief or agenda. In all actuality, he found absolutely nothing that was agreeable to his own opinion for the pioneers certainly had volumes of studies and literature on the subject.
Here is just a glimpse of a seed being planted, showing doubt about the founders of our church. This is what Froom is trying to sell others.
You cannot imagine how I was pummeled by some of the old timers because I pressed on the personality of the Holy Spirit as the Third Person of the Godhead. Some men denied that —still deny it. But the book has come to be generally accepted as standard. Christensen, Oct 27, Notice who Froom said objected to what he was saying.
Some of the old timers. Who are the old timers that he speaks about here? And they would have opposed Froom. This includes people that were part of the original Adventists and their families. They knew what the church believed, and they denied what Elder Froom was trying to sell them. And then in when Froom writes this letter to Mr.
So you can see the evil one has his agents that are infiltrating the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. 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. Ellen White died in At the time that she died, there was no controversy over the question of the trinity, or the personality of the Holy Spirit, of the Son-ship of Jesus in relationship to God, or God the Father.
These were things that had been accepted by Seventh-Day Adventists, and they had a common faith with no controversy. And as Le Roy Froom says, when he presented these ideas, he was pummeled by the old timers when he tried to present these ideas. I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place. I do not know when I shall be taken; and I desire to warn all against the devices of the devil.
I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death. Daniells, for in A. Third printing of Daniells for more than twenty years president of the General Conference, told me he believed that, at a later time, I should undertake a thorough survey of the entire plan of redemption…. I was a connecting link between past leaders and the present. But, he said, it is to be later — not yet, not yet.
Elder Daniels recognized the serious problems involved, and sensed almost prophetically certain difficulties that would confront. He knew that time would be required for certain theological wounds to heal, and for attitudes to modify on the part of some.
Possibly it would be necessary to wait until certain individuals had dropped out of action died , before the needed portrayal could wisely be brought forth. Daniells, General Conference President for 22 years, They had to wait until the Pioneers of the church and family members died off, so the influence and doctrine could be changed.
Then you can begin, Daniells was saying. This is Le Roy Froom here telling this story. Soper calls to our attention the fact that you are seeking information as to the positions held by our early workers concerning the Trinity, the personality of the Holy Spirit, and the pre-existence of Christ as this may be revealed in their writings. I think we will have to concede that our early workers were not Trinitarians.
Dec 7, Cottrell to Le Roy Froom. Sep Fast track to the 's Our literature was being gone thru, and editing was taking place for new printings. What they were doing is looking to remove anything that might be taken as supporting non-Trinitarian beliefs. And Sister White did not call out any errors, but endorsed it. The book Daniel and Revelation would be one of these. Scores of changes were made. Social engineering, or you could say re-engineering of Adventism was now under way and taking place.
We believed that Christ truly had a beginning and was truly the begotten Son of God. And thru his Son-ship and inheritance, he was divine. Yes, there is a difference. Andersen, J. Schuler, D.
Reebok, A. Peterson, W. Turner and J. Elder McElhaney, J. Wright, Ruhling, and A. Russell are all deceased. The task of this committee was to form a Baptismal Covenant, and Vow, based on the Fundamental Beliefs statement in the Yearbook and Manual.
It was also to point up a bit more sharply the First, Second, and Third persons of the Godhead. Do you see the blatant attempt and agenda here in the undertone of this letter?
7 Ways LeRoy Froom Helped SDA’s Embrace the Trinity
Following information was adopted from www. This revisionist history can be seen in the books Questions on Doctrine and Movement of Destiny. While Froom is not the originator of this tactic he is most certainly the key perpetrator and popularizer of it. This little known fact reveals much about Mr. True historians do not burn the source material yet Froom did! When I learned about this I was not even surprised.
Le Roy Edwin Froom - 1890 – 1974
When we were asked to help in compiling the book Evangelism these and many other counsels became a vital part of that book. LeRoy Froom, Movement of Destiny p. It shows us clearly too that the pioneers did not accept that the Holy Spirit is a person like God and Christ, also that there was decided resistance to this change. You cannot imagine how I was pummelled by some of the old-timers because I pressed on the personality of the Holy Spirit as the third person of the Godhead. Froom, letter to Otto Christenson, 27th October But the book has come to be generally accepted as standard.
Le Roy Froom
He had been around a long time, and had had his finger in many doctrinal puddings, according to what he tells us in his book, 'Movement of Destiny, "published in He was present when R. And to this must be added the efforts of Froom in the 40s and early 50s to win friendships in Protestant theological circles. Later, as he relates, others in the General Conference united with him in this task as they sought to effect doctrinal reconciliation with their "separated brethren.