hard-working family of ten left their farm and
moved to the bustling city of Portland, Maine, USA, where
Robert took up hat making to support the family.
1836, while nine-year-old Ellen was walking with a group of
schoolmates, an older girl followed them with childish threats. Just as
Ellen turned, the older girl threw a rock that smashed Ellen’s face,
knocking her unconscious and causing her to bleed profusely. For
the next three weeks after the attack, young Ellen lay in a virtual
coma. The significant blood loss had also adversely affected her
respiratory system, an ailment that would burden her for life.
to continue with school because of the injury’s ongoing medical
complications, this bright student’s formal education had been ended
abruptly. Her mother became her teacher and the fields around Portland
her laboratory. Amazingly, Ellen refused to resent this trauma
that would present her with so many hardships. She wrote nearly 50
years later: “The cruel blow which blighted the joys of earth was the
means of turning my eyes to heaven. I might never have known Jesus, had
not the sorrow that clouded my early years led me to seek comfort in
Him” (Review and Herald, 25 November, 1884.).
December 1844, Ellen visited four friends in Portland, Maine, for
prayer, fellowship, and Bible study. During the deeply spiritual
gathering, Ellen was overcome with an astonishing vision: “I seemed to
be rising higher and higher,” she said, “far above the dark world”
(Early Writings, p. 13). Her mind’s eye opened to see a glorious
vision of Jesus leading His people along a straight and narrow path
until the sky ignited with myriad of angels and a rainbow-encircled
Ellen related the vision to a group of likeminded believers in
Portland, Maine, she felt, “an unspeakable awe” that she “should be
chosen as the instrument by which God would give light to His people”
(Testimonies to the Church, Vol. 1, p. 62). Thus began her
70-year ministry that became more significant as the years went by.
30 August 1846, Ellen Gould got married to James White, born in Palmyra
(4 August 1821), the son of John White. The young couple were
penniless, and neither was in good health. After doing various
activities, in 1849 James White began to publish a little paper, which
soon became the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, the organ of the
Seventh-day Adventist denomination. For years James White was in
charge of the publishing work of the Seventh-day Adventist church.
couple, in particular James White, laboured hard for the union of the
church, and in 1863 the General Conference was organised. His
health broke down about 1864 and his wife nursed him back to
health. This experience turned their thoughts to health
reform. In response to a vision that came to Ellen G White, the
Western Health Reform Institute was founded in 1866 at Battle
Creek. Under the promotion of the Whites, Battle Creek College,
the first Seventh-day Adventist school, was founded in 1874. This
same year they journeyed to California, where, at Oakland, James White
established the Signs of the Times, the printing establishment of which
developed into the Pacific Press Publishing Association.
all accounts of the life of Ellen G White, her character enhanced her
productive career. Generous, kind, and honest, she exemplified
the Christian virtues she wrote about. For instance, despite the
potential of living extravagantly off the royalties of her written
work, she passed much of it on to the spread of the gospel, financially
supporting church projects, and helping worthy students going to
all accounts, she was a friendly neighbour, a loving wife and mother, a
diligent housekeeper, and a visitor of the sick and downtrodden.
She was well acquainted with the woes of humanity too: losing two of
her children to disease – a very common occurrence in the 19th century.
Pastor James White died at Battle Creek on 6 August 1881, and Ellen G
White died on 16 July 1915.
Ellen G White’s life was both conventional – she played the role of
wife, mother, housekeeper and friend – and unconventional, as she
responded to God’s call to be His messenger. These two aspects of
her person were balanced with uncommon finesse.
none of this, her personal qualities nor her achievements, prove that
she possessed a prophetic gift. Although she did not choose to
call herself a prophet, she did claim to convey messages from
heaven. Why should we believe them? Her message and
prophetic gift must be tested against the Bible, and that is what this
is about. But first, we turn to her relationship with the Remnant
Church – the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Remnant church and Ellen G White
Bible clearly teaches that God’s end-time remnant church keeps “the
commandments of God” and has “the testimony of Jesus Christ”
(Revelation 12:17). In a later chapter of that book, John is told
that, “the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (19:10), of “thy
brethren the prophets” (Rev 22:9).
The apostle Paul also employs such language, using the phrases
“testimony of Christ,” “testimony of God,” and “testimony of our Lord”
(1 Corinthians 1:6; 2:1; 2 Timothy 1:8). Similarly, the Old Testament
prophet Isaiah uses the expression “the law and the testimony” (Isaiah
8:19-20) to refer to the messages given by God’s true prophets in
for Seventh-day Adventists, the reference to the “commandments of God
and the testimony of Jesus” (Revelation 12:17; see also Revelation
14:12) confirm that God’s end-time people will be characterised by
keeping the commandments of God (all ten of them, including the
seventh-day Sabbath) and by the testimony of Jesus, that is, the
everlasting gospel given through God’s true prophets, including Ellen G
White. We fundamentally believe that one of the gifts of the Holy
Spirit is prophecy. That this gift is an identifying mark of the
remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G White.
some argue that we should not equate “the testimony of Jesus” or “the
spirit of prophecy” with the writings of Ellen G White. While
indeed we should not think that these terms refer only to Ellen G White
and her work, the term “testimony of Jesus” (or “spirit of prophecy”)
can be used legitimately for all the messages of instruction,
encouragement, and correction proclaimed by God’s chosen messengers –
His prophets (see relevant verses in Revelation 1:2, 9; 6:9; 12:17;
19:10; and 22:9, 16).
the gift of prophecy is an identifying mark of God’s end-time remnant
church (Revelation 12:17) and because we believe that this gift was
manifested in the ministry of Ellen G White, the Seventh-day Adventist
church is justified in referring to her writings as the Spirit of
Prophecy or the Testimonies, even as we would to all inspired messages
from God. We therefore believe that, as the Lord’s
messenger, the writings of Ellen G White are a continuing and
authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort,
guidance, instruction, and correction.
that “the Holy Ghost is the author of the Scriptures and of the Spirit
of Prophecy” (Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 30), Ellen G White made
this forthright statement about her works: “God is either teaching His
church . . . or He is not. This work is of God, or it is not. . . .
There is no halfway work in the matter. The Testimonies are of the
Spirit of God, or of the devil” (Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 230).
may ask: Should all members of the remnant church – Seventh-day
Adventist church, believe in the Spirit of Prophecy? The answer
is: Yes! Those who despise White’s writings do so at their own
Bible says we should accept the Spirit of Prophecy. In 1
Thessalonians 5:20, 21 we are told, “Despise not prophesyings. Prove
all things; hold fast that which is good.” In 1 Corinthians 12 it
also says there are many gifts in the church, including the gift of
prophecy. All these gifts will be present in the church until Jesus
comes (Ephesians 4:7-13). If we accept the other gifts of the Spirit,
we must accept the gift of prophecy as well. In fact, as we have noted,
the Bible singles out this gift as one identifying characteristic of
the end-time church (Rev 12:17; 19:10; 22:9). Whenever God gives a
gift to His people, they must respectfully accept it.
messages said to be from God must be tested against prior word of God
for conformity and harmony. Even the messages of the New
Testament writers were tested against the Old Testament writings.
We see that in Acts 17:10, 11 when the Bareans would study the
scripture to test the message of Paul. The fact that the Bareans
tested Paul’s message did not downgrade his message, but rather proved
that his message was from God. A careful study reveals that the
writings of Ellen G White are in harmony with the Bible, and therefore
authoritative on a given point of doctrine.
The Bible and Ellen G White
Bible speaks very plainly regarding supernatural phenomenon, citing two
sources from which they may emerge. Either they are from God, who
speaks through “holy men … as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2
Peter 1:21), or they are from the devil, who comes with “all power,
signs and lying wonders”
(2 Thessalonians 2:9).
there will be both true and false prophets, we are not left to wonder
whether a messenger is from God or the devil. A careful study of
the Bible gives us 10 clear guidelines to help us determine the origin
of a prophet’s supernatural ability. If the one claiming divine
gifting fails even one of these tests, they cannot be considered a
prophet of God. We turn to the Bible to look at 10 key indicators
that determine whether a person is truly receiving visions from God,
and we apply these 10 tests to the ministry of Ellen G White.
a true prophet’s predictions will come to pass. It says: “The
prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall
come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly
sent him.” (Jeremiah 28:9).
fulfilments of this test in the ministry of Ellen G White are many, but
one of the most startling may be the 1906 San Francisco/Oakland
earthquake. Having received warnings of impending judgment upon the
city for many years prior, she had her final and most detailed vision
regarding its destruction on 16 April 1906. She saw houses “shaken like
a reed in the wind” and buildings falling to the ground. “Pleasure
resorts, theaters, hotels, and homes of the wealthy were shaken and
shattered. Many lives were blotted out of existence, and the air was
filled with the shrieks of the injured and the terrified. … It seemed
that the forbearance of God was exhausted, and the judgment day had
come” (Selected Messages, vol. 3, p. 40)
accounts reveal that two days later there was no sign of impending doom
until 5:12 a.m., when the San Andreas fault slipped over nearly 270
miles, crumbling the very foundations of the city. In its wake, the
quake left 490 city blocks in a state of total devastation and more
than 225,000 homeless people, along with over 800 dead and 1,500
injured. Several insurance companies went bankrupt trying to meet the
this was the only example of a prediction fulfilled, we could chalk it
up to a lucky guess. But consistently, Ellen G White’s predictions
concerning political, religious, and personal affairs were fulfilled.
The exception to this are conditional prophecies, which we will discuss
a little later. We’ll also share many more of her incredible visions
a true prophet will glorify God rather than self. It says:
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into
all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall
hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” (John
16:13). And so do those led by the Spirit of truth.
central theme of Ellen G White’s writings was The Great Controversy
between Christ and Satan. Her efforts were always aimed at bringing
people to the matchless grace of Christ. Her famous Conflict of the
Ages books begin and end with the phrase “God is love.” She said, “We
must gather about the cross. Christ and Him crucified should be the
theme of contemplation, of conversation, and of our most joyful
emotion” (Steps to Christ, p. 103). She added, “Whatever our
department of labor, be it housework or field work or intellectual
pursuits, we may perform it to the glory of God so long as we make
Christ first and last and best in everything (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p.
communicators of her calibre refrained from taking credit and glory for
themselves. In spite of her great accomplishments, Ellen G White felt a
perpetual sense of dependency upon God. Of public speaking, she said,
“When I am about to speak to the people … I have such a sense of
weakness that it seems like an impossibility to stand before the
congregation.” She would then pray, “Jesus, I hang my helpless soul
upon Thee; Thou will not suffer me to be brought into confusion”
(Historical Sketches, pp. 130-133).
a true prophet does not give own private interpretation. It says:
“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any
private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the
will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost” (2 Peter 1:20, 21).
a servant of God and man, a true prophet relates information received
through revelation, and then submits that information to the scrutiny
of the body of believers. These believers are to take the prophet’s
word and compare it with the prior Scriptures, as did the Bereans of
Acts 17:10-11. These students both “received the word with all
readiness of mind,” and “searched the scriptures daily, whether those
things were so.” Proving the message of Paul by comparing it with prior
Scriptures was part of the process of incorporating his teaching into
Ellen G White called believers to a decision concerning her writings:
“My work … bears the stamp of God or the stamp of the enemy. There is
no halfway work in the matter. The Testimonies [“the testimonies” was
the term she often used for her writings, especially counsels to the
church] are of the Spirit of God, or of the devil” (Testimonies, p. 671, Vol. 5). She went on to admonish believers to apply the same test to
her messages as they would apply to any: “If the Testimonies speak not
according to this word of God, reject them. Christ and Belial cannot be
united” (Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 691). Truly Ellen G White’s
ministry bears the evidence of accountability toward both God and man.
a true prophet points out sin. It says: “Thus saith the LORD
concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their
teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they
even prepare war against him. Therefore night shall be unto you, that
ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye
shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the
day shall be dark over them. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the
diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is
no answer of God. But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the
LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin” (Micah 3:5-8).
a warning to Judah, Isaiah pointed out one of their sins. “That this is
a rebellious people ... which say … to the prophets, Prophecy not unto
us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits” (Isaiah
30:9-10). It is our natural bent to want to hear soothing assurances
from the lips of religious leaders. Paul told Timothy that: “For the
time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching
ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be
turned unto fables” (2 Timothy 4:3,4).
the outset of her ministry, Ellen G White knew that she would be asked
to deliver messages of reproof to many. Not only did her shyness make
this an excruciating task, but she was often estranged from those who
preferred denial. It was such times she said of her God-given task:
has been pleased to open to me the secrets of the inner life and the
hidden sins of His people. The unpleasant duty has been laid upon me to
reprove wrongs and to reveal hidden sins. When I have been compelled by
the Spirit of God to reprove sins that others did not know existed, it
has stirred up the natural feelings in the hearts of the unsanctified.
While some have humbled their hearts before God, and with repentance
and confession have forsaken their sins, others have felt a spirit of
hatred rise in their hearts. Their pride has been hurt when their
course has been reproved. They entertain the thought that it is Sister
White who is hurting them, instead of feeling grateful to God that He
has in mercy spoken to them through His humble instrument, to show them
their dangers and their sins, that they may put them away before it
shall be too late for wrongs to be righted” (Testimonies, Vol. 3, p.
a true prophet warns of coming judgment. It says: “The earth
shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a
cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it
shall fall, and not rise again. And it shall come to pass in that day,
that the LORD shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high,
and the kings of the earth upon the earth” (Isaiah 24:20, 21).
only did Ellen G White warn of the destruction of San Francisco and
Oakland, but warned her own church of losing focus on Jesus. In
these last days, where the standards that once led the church are now
much lowered, judgment that befell on God’s old city in 70 AD may be
repeated. She wrote:
is a representation of what the church will be if it refuses to walk in
the light that God has given. Jerusalem was favored of God as the
depositary of sacred trusts. But her people perverted the truth, and
despised all entreaties and warnings. They would not respect His
counsels. The temple courts were polluted with merchandise and robbery.
Selfishness and love of mammon, envy and strife, were cherished.
Everyone sought for gain from his quarter. Christ turned from them,
saying: ‘O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,’ how can I give thee up? ‘How often
would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth
her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!’ Matthew 23:37”
(Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 67).
related to the destruction of Jerusalem is the passing of Sunday
law. Whereas this is not a message we hear often in our church
nowadays, it is a warning that Ellen G White gave us so that we may be
ready by living holy lives now. The first attempt of passing
Sunday law by the great nation was in 1888. We only have to read
in the book Great Controversy to know for ourselves the extensive
coverage of this warning. On first attempt to pass Sunday law and
its application to passing of Sunday law, she warned:
see that efforts are being made to restrict our religious liberties.
The Sunday question is now assuming large proportions. An amendment to
our Constitution is being urged in Congress, and when it is obtained,
oppression must follow. I want to ask, Are you awake to this matter?
and do you realize that the night cometh, when no man can work? Have
you had that intensity of zeal, and that piety and devotion, which will
enable you to stand when oppression is brought upon you? It does not
seem possible to us now that any should have to stand alone; but if God
has ever spoken by me, the time will come when we shall be brought
before councils and before thousands for his name's sake, and each one
will have to give the reason of his faith. Then will come the severest
criticism upon every position that has been taken for the truth. We
need, then, to study the word of God, that we may know why we believe
the doctrines we advocate. We must critically search the living oracles
of Jehovah” (Review and Herald, 18 December 1888, par. 12).
a true prophet edifies the church. It says: “But he that
prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and
comfort. He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he
that prophesieth edifieth the church” (1 Corinthians 14:3, 4).
A perusal of her writings reveal that the bulk of them were counsels
for the church. For example, her 5,274 page, nine-volume series
called Testimonies for the Church consist of advice, visions and
counsel dealing with institutional development, church organisation,
home and foreign mission endeavours, social and health reforms, and
her gifts with the administrative knowledge of her husband, she helped
nurture a denomination that grew in her lifetime from a handful of
scattered followers to a total of 136,879 members attending 3,876
a true prophet’s message harmonises with the Bible. It says: “To
the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).
of her books has literally hundreds of Biblical references. The
Biblical Scripture Index to 77 of her principal books, not counting
periodical articles, contains approximately 30,000 references. Her
writings are to the Bible what a county map is to a country map. They
agree with the Word without merely reiterating it. In some areas, her
writings provide additional detail for present-day application. This is
done in such a way as to reinforce, rather than detract from, the
helpful analogy of her writings flows from her own pen. She called her
writings “a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light”
(Colporteur Ministry, p. 125). Countless seekers who are led to
understand and revere the Bible through her writings have experienced
a true prophet teaches that Jesus came in the flesh. It says:
“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that
confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God:
and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it
should come; and even now already is it in the world” (1 John 4:1-3).
John 3:16, where God gave us Jesus, Ellen G White explains about God,
that “He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our
sacrifice; He gave Him to the fallen race. To assure us of His
immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only-begotten Son to become
one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature” (Desire of
Ages, p. 25). O what awe of thought, that my creator Jesus will
forever retain my human nature, all but to save a wretched like me from
sin; O that sin must forever become exceedingly sinful!
a true prophet has a Christian character. It says: “Ye shall know
them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of
thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a
corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth
evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every
tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the
fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matthew 7:16-20).
New York “Independent” published the following at the time of Ellen
White’s death in 1915: “She was absolutely honest in her belief in her
revelations. Her life was worthy of them. She showed no spiritual pride
and she sought no filthy lucre. She lived the life and did the work of
a worthy prophetess.”
co-worker of 23 years, Pastor A G Daniells, General Conference
president from 1901-1922, described her thus: “Mrs. White’s life far
transcends the life of anyone I have ever known or with whom I have
been associated. She was uniformly pleasant, cheerful and courageous.
She was never careless, flippant, or in any way cheap in conversation
or manner of life. She was the personification of serious earnestness
regarding the things of the kingdom. I never once heard her boast of
the gracious gift God had bestowed upon her, or of the marvelous
results of her endeavors” (Abiding Gift of Prophecy, p. 368).
a true prophet is obedient to the will of God. It says: “I will
raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and
will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I
shall command him” (Deuteronomy 18:18).
Ellen G White received her first vision, Hazen Foss was called to the
prophetic ministry. Foss hesitated to obey, dreading the ridicule and
rejection such a life would entail. His disobedience persisted through
a second vision from God. Fearing that he had grieved away the Spirit,
he called a meeting to relate the first vision, but his mind was blank.
Finally he said, “It is gone from me; I can say nothing, the Spirit of
the Lord has left me” (E G White, Letter 37, 1890).
time later, Mr Foss was witness to Ellen G White’s ministry and
recognised that the gift had been passed on to her. He pled, “The Lord
gave me a message to bear to His people. And I refused after being told
the consequences; I was proud; I was unreconciled to the
disappointment” (Letter 37, 1890). He went on to say that he
believed he was a lost man.
G White’s willing obedience to the call of God was not without a
struggle. When first called to travel, she said, “It seemed impossible
for me to perform this work … the trials attending it seemed more than
I could endure … I coveted death as a release from the responsibilities
that were crowding upon me … despair again pressed upon my soul”
(Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 82). Finally, through prayer and
counsel, she surrendered to the will of her heavenly Father, and began
her lifework as God’s messenger.
you have read above, Ellen G White met all the 10 tests of a true
prophet. She was a true prophet, just as other prophets whose
writings are recorded in the Bible.
Science and Ellen G White
those who still doubt whether Ellen G White possessed the gift of
prophecy, they should observe the long-term validation of her gift by
science. Time and time again her counsels regarding health,
spirituality, world events, and scores of other issues proved true.
Let us look at some of her counsel on health that has proven to be utterly remarkable and well ahead of her time.
said, “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is
come to pass, ye might believe” (John 14:29). Jesus does not expect His
followers to exercise blind faith. Our confidence in His promise is
based upon evidences we have already seen of His goodness and power. As
we exercise faith, it grows from a tiny seed to a strong tree that can
bear the winds of falsehood and unbelief.
His promise to the disciples, Jesus acknowledged faith’s cumulative
quality. He capitalised on it by telling them not just what would build
their faith, but how it would be built. They would see the fulfilment
of His words, and they would believe. This would enable them to believe
His words before they were fulfilled.
the fulfilment of the words of Ellen G White works similarly. She is a
mere vessel through which Christ’s Spirit has worked. Yet her words
have been consistently proven true by science and experience. Let us
consider her teachings in the light of modern-day research.
now turn on her prophecy on Tobacco. The fact that in 1864 Ellen
G White spoke of tobacco as a “slow, insidious, but most malignant
poison” (Ministry of Healing, p. 327) does not impress us today given
the fact that medical science has so completely unveiled the deadly
effects of smoking. But we must remember that it was not until 1957
that the American Cancer Society concluded that smoking was a factor in
she gave her counsel, her words were not easily discernable. After
smoking increased during World War I, it took about 20 years before its
menacing harvest was reaped in the form of lung cancer and other
diseases. Subsequently, medical science has proved the link between
smoking and coronary heart disease, heart attacks, strokes,
osteoporosis, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and miscarriage – as well
as lung and a host of other cancers. Amazing, given the fact that
at the time Ellen G White gave her counsel, cigar smoke was used as a
cure for lung disease!
can we conclude on Ellen G White’s prophetic gift? A Jewish
physician named Robert Cohen was so impressed with Ellen G White’s
dietary advice that he published a book of her teachings, titled God’s
Nutritionist: Pearls of Wisdom from Ellen G White (Square One
Publishers, 2004). In the book’s forward, he says, “She was a
nutritionist with facts as up-to-date as those found in this morning’s
weight of evidence in favour of plant foods instead of animal foods in
the diet has recently been revealed by scientists in the most
comprehensive research published in the book, The China Study – The
Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling
Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health, by T Colin
Campbell and Thomas M Campbell, Benbella Books Inc, 2006, ISBN
is substantiating what Ellen G White said more than a century and a
half ago – that the healthiest diet is comprised primarily of fruits,
nuts, grains, and vegetables.
That same inspired source spoke on
other topics such as ethics, morality, psychology, parenting, and
education. The confirmation of her gift in the areas already cited
should give everyone confidence to believe her in areas that cannot be
as easily proven by science.
Gould White is to the people of God as Philip was to the Ethiopian
eunuch. In Acts 8:26-39 we find this analogy. If you say,
you will only read your Bible without White’s writings, Philip asks:
“Understandest thou what thou readest?” (verse 30). If you humble
yourself, you will say: “How can I, except some man should guide me?”
Moses, to all the prophets, the apostles, and through Ellen G White,
the testimony of Jesus continues to the end of earth’s history.
“God has spoken to us through His Word. He has spoken to us through the
Testimonies to the church, and through the books that have helped to
make plain our present duty and the position that we should now occupy”
(Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 298).
Sunday Law storm approaches, a large class, mostly now despising
White’s writings and present truth, will “abandon their position and
join the ranks of the opposition” (The Great Controversy, p. 608).
Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan's banner will
first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the
Testimonies of God’s Spirit” (Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 84). “The
very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the
testimony of the Spirit of God. Satan will work ingeniously, in
different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the
confidence of God's remnant people in the true testimony” (Selected
Messages, Vol. 1, p. 48).
enemy has made his masterly efforts to unsettle the faith of our own
people in the Testimonies … This is just as Satan designed it should
be, and those who have been preparing the way for the people to pay no
heed to the warnings and reproofs of the Testimonies of the Spirit of
God will see that a tide of errors of all kinds will spring into life”
(Selected Messages, Vol. 3, p. 83).
“It is Satan’s plan to weaken the faith of
God's people in the Testimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to
the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt
as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition.
When the Testimonies, which were once believed, are doubted and given
up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this; and he
redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which
becomes incurable and ends in destruction” (Testimonies, Vol. 4, p.
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His
commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).