Ellen White – Her views

Some points Ellen White has made.

 

The student of the Bible should be taught to approach it in the spirit of a learner, We are to search its pages, not for proof to sustain our opinions, but in order to know what God says. {Ed 189.1}

 

We have many lessons to learn, and many many to unlearn. God and heaven alone are infallible. Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have the occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed. – {1 Selected Messages, p37}

 

I saw that the Bible was the standard book, which will judge us at the last day. {MS 4, 1850; 16 MR 34}

 

He does not tell to any all that He might reveal {DA page 568}

 

We do not want to hold our faith simply because it was handed how to us by our fathers. Such a faith will not stand the terrible test that is before us. – {R&H 4-29-84}

 

None but those who have a fortified mind with the truths if the Bible will stand thotugh the last great conflict. To every soul will come the searching test: Shall I obey God rather than men? The decisive hour is even now at hand. Are our feet planted in the rock of God’s immutable word? Are we prepared to stand in firm defense of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus? – {Great Controversy, p.593}.

 

There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of scripture are without an error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years by our people, is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into a truth and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation. – {RH, Dec 20, 1892 –CW 35.2}

 

When God’s word is studied, comprehended, and obeyed, a bright light will be reflected to the world; new truths, received and acted upon, will bind us in strong bonds to Jesus. The Bible, and the Bible alone, is to be our creed, the sole bond of union; all who bow to this holy word will be in harmony. Our own views and ideas must not control our efforts. Man is fallible, but God’s word in infalliable.” Christina, Norway {RH, December 15, 1885 par,16}

 

But 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.” {Spalding and Magan Collection, p174}

 

 

The question has been asked me, “Do you think that the Lord has any more light for us as a people?” I answer that He has light that is new to us, and yet it is precious old light that is to shine forth from the Word of truth. We have only the glimmerings of the rays of the light that is yet to come to us. We are not making the most of the light which the Lord has already given us, and thus we fail to receive the increased light; we do not walk in light already shed upon us.  We call ourselves commandment-keeping people, but we do not comprehend the exceeding breadth of the far-reaching principles of the law of God; we do not understand its sacred character. Many who claim to be teachers of the truth, have no real conception of what they are doing in teaching the law of God, because they do not have a living knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. {RH, June 3, 1890 par. 2}

 

The Bible has accumulated and bound up together its treasures for this last generation. {Selected Messages, Vol 3, p.339}

 

I saw that God had children, who do not see and keep the Sabbath. They had not rejected the light on it. And at thecommencement of the time of trouble, we were filled with the Holy Ghost as we went forth [Hosea 6:2, 3.] and proclaimed the Sabbath more fully. This enraged the church, and nominal Adventists, as they could not refute the Sabbath truth. And at this time, God’s chosen, all saw clearly that we had the truth, and they came out and endured the persecution with us. {Word to the Little Flock 18.4}
The Test of New LightOur brethren should be willing to investigate in a candid way every point of controversy. If abrother is teaching error, those who are in responsible positions ought to know it; and if he is teaching truth, they ought to take their stand at his side. We should all know what is being taught among us; for if it is truth, we need it. We are all under obligation to God to know what He sends us. He has given directions by which we may test every doctrine,—“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” If the light presented meets this test, we are not to refuse to accept it because it does not agree with our ideas.

Examination of New Views—Truth is eternal, and conflict with error will only make manifest its strength. We should never refuse to examine the Scriptures with those who, we have reason to believe, desire to know what is truth as much as we do. Suppose a brother held a view that differed from yours, and he should come to you, proposing that you sit down with him and make an investigation of that point in the Scriptures; should you rise up, filled with prejudice, and condemn his ideas, while refusing to give him a candid hearing?

The only right way would be to sit down as Christians and investigate the position presented, in the light of God’s word, which will reveal truth and unmask error. To ridicule his ideas would not weaken his position in the least if it were false, or strengthen your position if it were true. If the pillars of our faith will not stand the test of investigation, it is time that we knew it. There must be no spirit of pharisaism cherished among us. When Christ came to His own, His own received Him not; and it is a matter of solemn interest to us that we should not pursue a similar course in refusing light from heaven.

We must study the truth for ourselves. No living man should be relied upon to think for us. No matter who it is, or in what position he may be placed, we are not to look upon any man as a perfect criterion for us. We are to counsel together, and to be subject to one another; but at the same time we are to exercise the ability God has given us to learn what is truth. Each one of us must look to God for divine enlightenment. We must individually develop a character that will stand the test in the day of God. We must not become set in our ideas, and think that no one should interfere with our opinions.—The Review and Herald, June 18, 1889  (GW 300.4}

No one should claim that he has all the light there is for God’s people. The Lord will not tolerate this. He has said, “I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it.” [Revelation 3:8.] Even if all our leading men should refuse light and truth, that door will still remain open. The Lord will raise up men who will give the people the message for this time. {TM 107.1}

Christians should be preparing for what is soon to break upon the world as an overwhelming surprise, and this preparation they should make by diligently studying the word of God, and striving to conform their lives to its precepts…. God calls for a revival and a reformation.—Prophets and Kings, 626.

 

The truth of God is progressive; it is always onwardgoing from strength to a greater strengthfrom light to a greater light. We have every reason to believe that the Lord will send us increased truthfor a great work is yet to be done. In our knowledge of truth, there is first a beginning in our understanding of it, then a progression, then completion; first the blade, then the ear, and after that the full corn in the ear. Much has been lost because our ministers and people have concluded that we have had all the truth essential for us as a peoplebut such a conclusion is erroneous and in harmony with the deceptions of Satanfor truth will be constantly unfolding. {ST, May 26, 1890 par. 2}

Thus the message of the third angel will be proclaimed. As the time comes for it to be given with greatest powerthe Lord will work through humble instruments, leading the minds of those who consecrate themselves to His service. The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions[This means the “truth of God is progressive” message mentioned in the above quote will NOT come from the universities of the SDA church, but from humble SDA church members who have grown further in their faith and have the desire to share this good news] . . . But since many refuse to be satisfied with the mere authority of men and demand a plain Thus saith the Lord,” the popular ministry, like the Pharisees of old, filled with anger as their authority is questioned, will denounce the message as of Satan and stir up the sin-loving multitudes to revile and persecute those who proclaim it{GC 606.2}

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