Friday, February 28, 2014

Bible Truths for Seventh-Day Adventists (SDA), part 2--Ellen White a False Prophet

Once you are saved, God will make you into His true worshipper (Jn 4:23). Consequently, you will intensely desire to worship God both as an individual and together with other believers. God commands you to assemble with His church (Heb 10:25)—we therefore should consider what He has said about it, so that we may attend the one He has ordained, not one people have invented. Consider the following truths:

1.) The true church recognizes that the 66 books of the Bible were all “given by inspiration of God” and are able to make the believer “perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tim 3:16-17) without any other authority, such as allegedly inspired writings of other people. Since every single word and even letter of the Bible is inspired (1 Cor 2:13; Deut 18:18; Jer 36:2; Ps 12:6-7; Mt 5:18), we are to live “by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Mat 4:4), and not “add unto the word . . . neither . . . diminish ought from it” (Deut 4:2; 12:32).
            Furthermore, the apostles and prophets were the foundation of the church (Eph 2:20). Once the foundation was laid in the prophetic and apostolic writings of the New Testament, “the perfect” canon of Scripture, “prophecies . . . [were] done away” (1 Cor 13:8-13).[1] With the final revelation of God in the New Testament, no more inspired books or true apostles and prophets will come before Jesus Christ returns. On the other hand, “many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” (Mt 24:11; 7:15). Consequently, the last chapter of the last book of the Bible warns “every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18-19).
For that matter, even when there were true apostles and prophets before God gave the complete New Testament, there were no women prophets or preachers who taught men, because God said: “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence” (1 Tim 2:11-12). “Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church. What? came the word of God out from you? or came it unto you only? If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (1 Cor 14:34-37). Women prophets (Ac 21:9) prophesied only to women, not to mixed groups that included men. Biblical writers of Scripture such as the Apostles also did many miracles to validate their message, from healing those lame from birth to raising the dead (2 Cor 12:12; Mt 10:8; Ac 3:2-11; 9:41; 20:12).
Furthermore, all true prophets were 100% accurate in their predictions. Since God cannot lie (Tit 1:2), even one false prophecy meant a prophet was not speaking God’s Word but was from the devil, and was worthy of death: “[T]he prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak . . . even that prophet shall die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him” (Deut 18:20-22).

Seventh-Day Adventism adds the allegedly inspired and infallible writings of the supposed prophetess Ellen G. White—who prophesied and exerted authority over men to the extent that she founded the SDA religion—to the truly inspired Bible, and thus falls under the curse of Rev 22:18-19 and other passages: “The Holy Ghost is the Author of the Scriptures and of the Spirit of Prophecy [Mrs. White’s writings].”[2] “Ellen G. White[’s] . . . writings . . . are a continuing and authoritative source of truth.”[3] “We believe the revelation and inspiration of both the Bible and Ellen White’s writings to be of equal quality. The superintendence of the Holy Spirit was just as careful and through in one case as in the other.”[4] It is not possible that Ellen White’s writings were simply those of a sincere person with some truth in them and some error—they are either inspired like the Bible, or they are demonic. Mrs. White said: “My work . . . bears the stamp of God or the stamp of the enemy. There is no halfway work in this matter. The Testimonies are of the Spirit of God, or of the devil.”[5]
Indeed, Mrs. White even taught at times that her words were more inspired than those in the Bible! God supposedly gave her specific words, but He did not inspire the specific words of Scripture: “The Spirit of God works upon my mind and gives me appropriate words with which to express the truth. . . . When writing these precious books, if I hesitated, the very word I wanted to express the idea was given me.”[6] In contrast, “[i]t is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man’s words or his expressions but on the man himself[.]”[7] While making high claims for her writings, Mrs. White nevertheless admitted that, concerning “miraculous works” like those of Christ and the Apostles, “we cannot now work in this way.”[8] She claimed her writings had the same kind of inspiration as the apostolic NT books, but she was unable to perform apostolic miracles.
            Indeed, while Mrs. White claimed to be a true prophet, her “inspired” writings are filled with errors and false prophecies. For example:
            i.) Mrs. White predicted in June of 1850 that there were only a few months left before the seven last plagues, a decree that all Saturday-worshippers be put to death, and the end of the world: “In . . . June 27, 1850, my accompanying angel said . . . the seven last plagues were soon to be poured out . . . the inhabitants of the world would . . . suffer from incurable sores and withering plagues . . . and . . . be destroyed by them. Terror seized me[.] . . . Some of us have had time to get the truth . . . but now time is almost finished, and what we have been years learning, they [new SDAs] will have to learn in a few months. . . . Those who would not receive the mark of the beast and his image when the decree goes forth, must have decision.”[9]
            ii.) After this prophecy failed, she predicted that some people alive at a conference in 1856 would live until translated to heaven at the coming of Jesus: “I was shown the company present at the Conference. Said the angel: ‘Some food for worms, some subjects of the seven last plagues, some will be alive and remain upon the earth to be translated at the coming of Jesus.’”[10] This prophecy failed also.
            iii.) During the Civil War Mrs. White prophesied that England would declare war on the United States and humble America to the dust, leading to the downfall of the USA. As a result of “the war . . . to preserve the Union . . . [t]his nation will . . . be humbled into the dust. . . . When England does declare war . . . our nation . . . must fall.[11] The Civil War ended a very long time ago without England ever declaring war on the United States.
            iv.) After the Civil War Mrs. White predicted: “Slavery will again be revived in the Southern States; for the spirit of slavery still lives. Therefore it will not do for those who labor among the colored people to preach the truth as boldly and openly as they would be free to do in other places.”[12] Slavery has been illegal ever since the Civil War and has never been revived. The idea that one needs to be less bold and open in sharing Biblical truth with black people because they are going to be re-enslaved is self-evidently false. This prophecy failed also.
            v.) Mrs. White’s prophecies also contain blatant factual errors. For example, she taught that after the flood of Noah’s day men and beasts interbred, resulting in certain black and Indian peoples: “Since the flood there has been amalgamation of man and beast, as may be seen in the almost endless varieties of species of animals, and in certain races of men.”[13] The union of man and beast had created “such cases as the wild Bushmen of Africa, some tribes of the Hottentots, and perhaps the Digger Indians of our own country . . . it is impossible to tell just where the human ends and the animal begins.”[14] However, science confirms that it is impossible for men and animals to produce offspring, and the idea that some races of people are part man and part beast is also utterly unbiblical (Ac 17:26).
            vi.) Mrs. White also prophesied that Jupiter and Saturn are inhabited by people: “After counting aloud the moons of Jupiter, and soon after those of Saturn, she . . . said, ‘The inhabitants are a tall, majestic people, so unlike the inhabitants of earth. Sin has never entered here.’”[15] There are no tall, majestic people that live on Jupiter or Saturn. The planets are uninhabited and uninhabitable. These are a few of the many false prophecies by Mrs. White.
            vii.) The factual errors in her “prophetic” compositions are unsurprising since vast sections—sometimes up to 90%—of her works were plagiarized, including many portions that she specifically claimed she saw and received from God directly in visions.[16] She plagiarized many books that were simply the products of fallible men who never dreamed of claiming that their works were inspired—her compositions, then, naturally have errors also. Seventh-Day Adventist historians and leaders have been forced to admit (though they have sought to cover up the facts for most of SDA history): “[T]here are serious errors in our authorized books . . . but we let . . . [t]he people and our average ministers . . . go on year after year asserting things we know to be untrue. . . . [W]e are betraying our trust and deceiving the ministers and the people. . . . [W]hat amounts to deception . . . has been practiced in making some of her [Ellen White’s] books.”[17] “Ellen White . . . incorporated . . . the errors of the historians” she plagiarized “into her own text,” so that her works contain “errors in factual matters” as, at times, “virtually every paragraph is a quotation, close paraphrase, or summary” of uninspired writings by others, with the result that “her statements did not agree with the facts of history, science or biblical scholarship . . . Ellen White was not inerrant.”[18]



[1]              See “1 Corinthians 13:8-13 and the Cessation of Miraculous Gifts,” R. Bruce Compton, at http://faithsaves.net/truths-for-pentecostals-and-charismatics/ for detailed exegetical proof that miraculous gifts ceased with the completion of the New Testament.
[2]              Ellen White, Selected Messages, vol. 3, pg. 30. Note that the quotations below can all easily be examined in their context through a simple search of the Internet.
[3]              Belief #18, “27 Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-Day Adventists.
[4]              Ministry, October 1981.
[5]              Pg. 667, Testimonies, Ellen White, vol. 5.
[6]              Selected Messages, Book 3, pg. 51; Letter 90, 1907; Selected Messages, Book 3, pgs. 51-52; Letter 265, 1907.
[7]              Selected Messages Book 1, pg. 21; Manuscript 24, 1886. Mrs. White also at times placed the Bible above her writings using “greater/lesser light” language; since she is not a true prophet, she is not consistent, but can put the Bible above, equal to, and beneath her own alleged “inspiration.” The SDA denomination makes her writings “the only infallible interpreter of Bible principles” (pg. 1, Mark of the Beast, G. A. Irwin, General Conference President) so that they are the “final court of appeal among God’s people” (pg. 6, Adventist Review, June 3, 1971). Were her writings genuinely the Word of God, they would be equal to the Bible, for there is no such thing as “levels” of inspiration.
[8]              See pg. 169, Last Day Events, Ellen White.
[9]              Pgs. 64-67, Early Writings, Ellen White. Mrs. White believed the “mark of the beast” is worshipping on the first day of the week, and the “decree” was a law that would put all who worship on Saturday to death. See the passage above in Early Writings and section #13 below.
[10]            Pgs. 131-132, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, Ellen White. Note also that Mrs. White’s vision contradicted the declaration of Jesus Christ that angels do not know the time of the second coming (Mt 24:36). Therefore, since Mrs. White’s accompanying angel told her Christ was going to return in the 1800s, he was not an angel of God, but a fallen angel. Mrs. White also, despite the strict warnings of Scripture (Dt 18:11), communicated with the dead in her “revelations”—or at least with fallen angels impersonating the dead—and claimed that what the dead told her was guidance from the Lord. She told a particular dead person, “[Y]ou are always to stay with me now and we will work together,” so that she could have the help of the dead from that time forward (Letter 17, 1881 Ellen White to W. C. White (9/12/1881), pgs. 38-40, Manuscript Releases vol. 10 & www.ellenwhiteexposed.com/egw61.htm).
[11]            Pgs. 258-260, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 1, Ellen White.
[12]            MS 22-a, 1895, Ellen White. Mrs. White also predicted that at least some Southern “slave master[s]” would be alive through the “seven last plagues” (pg. 276, Early Writings), but everyone, including all the slave masters from before the Civil War, are now dead, while the seven last plagues are still future.
[13]            Pg. 75, Spiritual Gifts, Ellen White, vol. 3.
[14]            Pgs. 103-104, The Visions of Mrs. E. G. White, A Manifestation of Spiritual Gifts According to the Scripture, Uriah Smith. See http://www.ellenwhiteexposed.com/critica.htm for more information.
[15]            Mrs. Truesdail’s letter, Jan 27, 1891, on pgs. 212-213, The Great Second Advent Movement, J.N. Loughborough (http://www.historyinfo.net/books/jnlgsam.pdf). Mrs. White also was in severe error in her prophecy about the number of moons of the two planets. See: http://www.ellenwhiteexposed.com/criticb.htm.
[16]            See http://ellenwhiteexposed.com/rea/sop.htm & http://ellenwhiteexposed.com/egw4.htm.
[17]            Letter of W. W. Prescott to W. C. White, April 6, 1915. Prescott was the founder of two SDA colleges, the president of three, and an SDA General Conference Vice President. W. C. White was Ellen White’s son. See http://www.ellenwhiteexposed.com/prescot2.htm.
[18]            “Shifting Views of Inspiration: Ellen G. White Studies in the 1970s,” Donald R. McAdams. Spectrum 10:4 (March 1980) 27-41. Spectrum is the official Journal of the Association of Adventist Forums, and McAdams was the president of a SDA college and a history professor at the SDA Andrews University. His article can be accessed at: http://www.andrews.edu/library/car/sdapiindex.html.

4 comments:

KJB1611 said...

Another post related to this topic is here:

http://kentbrandenburg.blogspot.com/2015/05/questions-for-seventh-day-adventists.html

KJB1611 said...

An SDA argued that 1 Thess 4:17 shows that Paul was errant by the same standard that I applied above to EGW. His argument was based on 1 Thess 4:17:

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

Supposedly this verse proves that Paul taught, under inspiration, that he would be alive until the second coming. Since he was not, therefore all the false prophecies by Ellen White, such as those above, can be excused or explained away. However, this SDA argument is very poor.

First, I must remark that it is sad that anyone who professes to be a Christian, as the SDAs profess Christianity, would attempt to prove Scripture errant in order to defend someone else, namely, their allegedly inspired prophetess Ellen G. White.

1.) The argument from 1 Thess 4:17 proves too much. If one really must press the "we which are alive and remain" to mean that Paul was asserting that he would, without doubt, be alive until Christ's second coming, then he would also be "proving" that not a single living member of the Thessalonian congregation would die before Christ's coming. After all, if the "we" means Paul knew that he would not die, then he also would know that not a single member of the audience of the epistle would die either.

KJB1611 said...


2.) There are uses of "we" in Scripture that clearly explain 1 Thess 4:17 without any proof of errancy. "We" in Scripture does not always have to include the speaker, just as in modern English if I say "if we do not repent of the heresies of Seventh-Day Adventism, we will be damned" I am not including myself, as I am not an SDA. For example, Romans 1:5: “By whom we have received grace and apostleship [cf. Acts 1:25; 1 Corinthians 9:2; Galatians 2:8].” The church at Rome was not composed of apostles. 1 Corinthians 10:22: “Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?” Paul was not having fellowship with devils and provoking the Lord to jealousy (v. 20-21)—only segments of his audience were. 1 Corinthians 11:31: “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” This seems to be something his audience was doing; Paul was not sickly and dying from taking the Lord’s Supper unworthily. Hebrews 2:1: “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.” Paul was not going to let slip what he had heard about the gospel and go back to Judaism. Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” Paul was not including himself in the “we” who would be damned for neglecting the great salvation. Other examples in the rest of Scripture are found of a similar use of we; e. g., in Acts 2:8, “And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?” (Acts 2:8), the people hearing the preaching at Pentecost did not all have the same native tongue, nor were they all from the same country. Daniel Wallace supports the possibility of the Greek first person pronoun being “used in an exclusive way . . . [meaning] ‘others, but not myself’” (pg. 391, Greek Grammar Beyond the Basics).

Thus, 1 Thess 4:17 by no means justifies the egregious false prophecies of Ellen G. White. Re-read the false prophecies listed above. They are wildly beyond anything anyone could even pretend to get from 1 Thess 4:17.

Scripture is inerrant, and Ellen White is errant. My SDA friend, you should recognize that what was written to EGW's son was true:

“[T]here are serious errors in our authorized books . . . but we let . . . [t]he people and our average ministers . . . go on year after year asserting things we know to be untrue. . . . [W]e are betraying our trust and deceiving the ministers and the people. . . . [W]hat amounts to deception . . . has been practiced in making some of her [Ellen White’s] books.” [Letter of W. W. Prescott to W. C. White, April 6, 1915. Prescott was the founder of two SDA colleges, the president of three, and an SDA General Conference Vice President. W. C. White was Ellen White’s son.]

KJB1611 said...

An SDA told me that all prophecies are conditional; therefore, so it seems, EGW's false prophecies are not really false. However, there is no verse anywhere that says that all prophecies are conditional. There are many prophecies that are absolutely unconditional--for instance, the day and hour of Christ's return has been eternally decreed by the Father, so it could not have been in 1844 but then gotten postponed over and over again. Christ's resurrection was prophesied but was hardly conditional. That the gates of hell will not prevail against the church is not conditional--it is certain, a promise by God. I can imagine what Hezekiah would have thought if Isaiah had prophecied that Assyria would not take Jerusalem but then told Hezekiah that his prophecy was conditional so maybe they would. I could go on in this regard, but the fact is that EGW made clear false prophecies and there is not a jot or tittle like such a thing in the Bible, God's actual Word.