Misusing Ellen G. White

Misusing Ellen G. White

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Ellen G. White’s Counsel on the Use of Her Writings With Respect to the Bible

Ellen G. White claimed her writings to be the lesser light to lead us
to the Bible, the greater light. “Little heed is given to the Bible, and
the Lord has given a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater
light.” (Colporteur Evangelism, p. 37) When we fail in this objective
and make the Spirit of Prophecy the final word, we do a great injustice
to the church and Ellen G. White and rightfully deserve to be called a
cult! 1. “But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the
Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the
basis of all reforms.” (The Great Controversy, p. 595)
2. “The words of the Bible, and the Bible alone, should be heard from the pulpit.” (Prophets and Kings, p. 626)
3. “…Don’t you quote Sister White. I don’t want you ever to quote
Sister White until you get your vantage ground where you know where you
are. Quote the Bible. Talk the Bible. It is full of meat, full of
fatness. Carry it right out in your life, and you will know more Bible
than you know now.” (Spaulding-Magan Collection, p. 174)
4. H.M.J.
Richards’ Discussion with E.G. White [after she had dropped in on a
service at the West Denver, Colorado, church when he was a young
pastor]: “Now Sister White, there’s something else that I’d like to find
out. How should I use your writings in preaching?” She replied: “Here’s
the way to use them. First, ask God to give you your subject. When you
have the subject chosen, then go to the Bible until you know for sure
what the Bible really teaches on that point. After that, turn to the
writings and see what you can find on the same subject and read that. It
may cast light on it or guide you into other Scripture, or make some
point clearer. When you go to the people, however, preach to them out of
the Bible.” (Story by H.M.J. Richards’s son, H.M.S. Richards, repeated
in Ministry Magazine, October, 1976, pp. 6-7)

Misusing Ellen G. White

we use the Spirit of Prophecy to prove or defend a doctrine or truth,
instead of the Word of God, we make the Spirit of Prophecy the yardstick
of truth. This is misusing the writings of Ellen White. “The
testimonies of Sister White should not be carried to the front. God’s
Word is the unerring standard. The Testimonies are not to take the place
of the Word…. Let all prove the positions from the Scriptures and
substantiate every point they claim as truth from the revealed Word of
God.” (Evangelism, p. 256)

When a truth is presented from the
Bible and we refuse to accept it unless it can be proven from the Spirit
of Prophecy, this makes Ellen G. White the ultimate authority. This is
misusing the writings of Ellen White. “The Bible is our rule of faith
and doctrine.” (Gospel Workers, p. 249)

When the main thrust of
our message and witnessing is from the Spirit of Prophecy instead of the
Word of God, we are substituting Ellen G. White for the Bible. This is
misusing the writings of Ellen White. “Believers are not to rest in
suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their
faith must be firmly founded upon the Word of God.” (Testimonies, Vol.
5, p. 708)

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