White 's status as a modern day prophet has often been criticized. A common criticism of Ellen White, widely popularized by Walter T. ReaRonald Numbers and others, is that she plagiarized material from other authors.
Ramik, undertook a study of Ellen G. Fred Veltman. The ensuing project became known as the "'Life of Christ' Research Project. Roger W. Coon,  David J.
Conklin,  Dr. Denis Fortin,   King and Morgan,  among others, undertook the refutation of the accusations of plagiarism. At the conclusion of Ramik's report, he states:. White, as reflected in her writings and the unquestionably prodigious efforts involved therein, was anything other than a sincerely motivated and unselfish effort to place the understandings of Biblical truths in a coherent form for all to see and comprehend.
Most certainly, the nature and content of her writings had but one hope and intent, namely, the furthering of mankind's understanding of the word of God. Considering all factors necessary in reaching a just conclusion on this issue, it is submitted that the writings of Ellen G. White were conclusively unplagiaristic. Richard W. Schwarz from the Department of History, Andrews Universityopines that any plagiarism results through supernatural inspiration of all those authors, which spoke in more or less the same words to all of them.
Critics have especially targeted Ellen White's book The Great Controversy arguing in contains plagiarized material. In some cases where a historian has so grouped together events as to afford, in brief, a comprehensive view of the subject, or has summarized details in a convenient manner, his words have been quoted; but in some instances no specific credit has been given, since the quotations are not given for the purpose of citing that writer as authority, but because his statement affords a ready and forcible presentation of the subject.
In narrating the experience and views of those carrying forward the work of reform in our own time, similar use has been made of their published works. White Estate, speaking for all SDA Church, does not deny the "accumulating evidence" that she copied some of her information.
H. M. S. Richards Talks About Ellen White - H. M. S. Richards - Prophetic Guidance In The Adventist Church (Vinyl) Ellen White borrowed from other authors was openly acknowledged by herself cf. GC xi-xii and by people close to her cf. Supportive arguments which are used include claims of miraculous physical signs which were present, the accuracy of her health message, predictions, character of her life, and so on.
Loughborough, who had seen White in vision fifty times sinceand her husband, James White, listed several physical characteristics that marked the visions:. Martha Amadon added: "There was never an excitement among those present during a vision; nothing caused fear. It was a solemn, quiet scene. George I. Butler stated that when going into H. M. S. Richards Talks About Ellen White - H.
M. S. Richards - Prophetic Guidance In The Adventist Church (Vinyl), " Often she loses her strength temporarily and reclines or sits; but at other time she stands up. The White Estate wrote, "Such experiences should not be considered proof of divine inspiration, as prophets must meet the tests set forth in the Scriptures; but this experience, as well as other remarkable physical phenomena, were seen as evidence by many early Adventists that Ellen Harmon's visions were of supernatural origin.
White made no claims to work miracles. One claim was to White's prayers enacting healing. There has been much debate regarding the nature of her inspiration, both within and without the Adventist church. There have been many particularly significant developments since the s when the discussion was particularly fierce.
Ellen White's support from the early Sabbatarian Adventists grew over time, although there were major detractors also. She corrected both people who downplayed her writings, and those who elevated them too highly.
She rebuked both those who downplayed or rejected her writings, such as A. Jones and also those who elevated her writings too high, such as Dr. Paulson see above During her life she constantly fought for her followers to focus on Scripture, and not to use her writings as the arbiter of truth.
One opponent to White during her lifetime was the "Marion Party" in the s, led by B. Snook and W. Brinkerhoff, which split from the church in In the same year, they published the first book critical of White's prophetic ministry — The Visions of E.
White, Not of God. Uriah Smith replied with The Visions of Mrs. White: A Manifestation of Spiritual Gifts According to the Scriptures"thus beginning the vast repertoire of apologetic literature defending the ministry of Ellen White," according to one historian. Her first vision was in December She also experienced powerful dreams, including two earlier in Loughborough 's early history Rise and Progress of the Seventh-day Adventists DjVu format  is one of the early Adventist historical books documenting the rise of the movement.
Gilbert edited Divine Predictions of Mrs. White Fulfilled in In the General Conference even published a college textbook that argued for so-called verbal inspiration, while rejecting verbal dictation and Ellen White's several statements of thought inspiration.
The loss of the moderate position has caused problems for the church that continue to the present day. Richards saw her as fallible, and when accusations such as plagiarism arose decades later, he reported that he was not disturbed because he had heard them all before at the Conference. The Bible Conference  was a significant theological milestone, arguably the first scholarly conference in Adventist history its attendees were the best-trained group of leaders and educators up to that time but the significance of the discussions about Ellen White were not recognized until the rediscovery of the conference transcripts in Led by A.
Daniellsthe discussion occurred within the context of issues related to prophetic interpretation, and how to relate to change after her death. What has become known historically as the Fundamentalist movement had an influence on the Bible Conference as it was reaching its heyday during the s. Many members held fundamentalist views and at conference it served to polarize Adventist theology into what some call "liberal" and "conservative" camps that continue to impact the church today.
Detailed study of Adventism by doctoral candidates has been occurring since at least Everett N. Dick 's dissertation. Rebok In Francis D. Nichol published the classic apologetic work Ellen G. White and Her Critics. The first quarter Adult Bible Study Guide covers the gift of prophecy, particularly as it relates to Ellen White.
Several media productions have made an impact since the late 90s. See also the Ankerberg show, and Paul Harvey's radio broadcasts, mentioned above.
Allen Lindsay hosted the documentary series Keepers of the Flameof which the last half primarily concerns White. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Spirit of Prophecy Adventist. This article is about the nature of Ellen White's inspiration. For her biography and heritage, see Ellen G. Media ministries. Andrews Uriah Smith J.
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Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding inline citations. Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. See also: Ellen G. White Encyclopedia. Christianity portal. General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Archived from the original PDF on July 1, Retrieved October 4, White Writings in Multiple Languages. White Estate, Inc.
Crisler to E. Andross, Dec. White's Understanding of How God Speaks ", along with one of her letters. Republished in Colporteur Ministryp. Archived from the original on Retrieved Review and Herald.
Review and Herald Publishing Association. Messenger of the Lord 3rd ed. Autumn RosevilleCalifornia : Adventist Forums. Archived from the original PDF on Life of Mrs. February The White Lie. Moore Publishing. Prophetess of health: a study of Ellen G. White A Plagiarist? White Writings. Marcella Anderson King and Kevin L. Morgan Honor Him Publishers. The Conflict of the Ages Story, Vol. The Great Controversy—Illustrated. Digital Inspiration.
The great events which have marked the progress of reform in past ages are matters of history, well known and universally acknowledged by the Protestant world; they are facts which none can gainsay.
This history I have presented briefly, in accordance with the scope of the book, and the brevity which must necessarily be observed, the facts having been condensed into as little space as seemed consistent with a proper understanding of their application.
The Great Controversyp. Quote: "Rather, he was always at pains to emphasize that Mrs. Ramik, undertook a study of Ellen G.
White's writings during the early s, and concluded that they were "conclusively unplagiaristic. Fred Veltman. The ensuing project became known as the "'Life of Christ' Research Project.
Roger W. Coon, [ 42 ] David J. Conklin, [ 43 ] Dr. Denis Fortin, [ 44 ] [ 45 ] King and Morgan, [ 46 ] among others, undertook the refutation of the accusations H. M. S. Richards Talks About Ellen White - H. M. S. Richards - Prophetic Guidance In The Adventist Church (Vinyl) plagiarism. At the conclusion of Ramik's report, he states:. White, as reflected in her writings and the unquestionably prodigious efforts involved therein, was anything other than a sincerely motivated and unselfish effort to place the understandings of Biblical truths in a coherent form for all to see and comprehend.
Most certainly, the nature and content of her writings had but one hope and intent, namely, the furthering of mankind's understanding of the word of God. Considering all factors necessary in reaching a just conclusion on this issue, it is submitted that the writings of Ellen G. White were conclusively unplagiaristic. Critics have especially targeted Ellen White's book The Great Controversy arguing in contains plagiarized material. In some cases where a historian has so grouped together events as to afford, in brief, a comprehensive view of the subject, or has summarized details in a convenient manner, his words have been quoted; but in some instances no specific credit has been given, since the quotations are not given for the purpose of citing that writer as authority, but because his statement affords a ready and forcible presentation of the subject.
In narrating the experience and views of those carrying forward the work of reform in our own time, similar use has been made of their published works. Adventists state that some prophecy, such as Jonah 's prophecy regarding Nineveh was conditional. Jonah4 Adventists also cite additional texts for such a belief Jeremiah2 KingsJeremiah Recently a number of apologetic books have been published by the church arguing for the validity of her prophetic gift.
Fundamental belief 2 of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is the belief of the Trinity. God is immortal, all-powerful, all-knowing, above all, and ever present. Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. The Child of Bethlehem, the meek and lowly Saviour, is God "manifest in the flesh.
The Holy Spirit has a personality, else He could not bear witness to our spirits and with our spirits that we are the children of God. He must also be a divine person, else He could not search out the secrets which lie hidden in the mind of God. Man is doing the greatest injury and injustice to his own soul when he thinks and acts contrary to the mind and will of God. He is sowing to the flesh, and will of the flesh reap corruption. No real joy can be found in the path forbidden by the God who knows what is best, and who plans for the good of his creatures.
The path of transgression is a path of misery and destruction, and he who walks therein is exposed to the wrath of God and the Lamb. Satan is constantly seeking to deceive men and lead them to call sin righteousness, and righteousness sin.
How successful has been his work! Men who are but agents of Satan are praised and flattered, and even looked upon as martyrs, while those who should be respected and sustained for their fidelity to God, are left to stand alone, under suspicion and distrust. The mind must not be left to dwell at random upon every subject that the enemy of souls may suggest. The heart must be faithfully sentineled, or evils without will awaken evils within, and the soul will wander in darkness.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. When the laws of men conflict with the word and law of God, we are to obey the latter, whatever the consequences may be. The law of our land requiring us to deliver a slave to his master, we are not to obey; and we must abide the consequences of violating this law.
The slave is not the property of any man. God is his rightful master, and man has no right to take God's workmanship into his hands, and claim him as his own. Walls of separation have been built up between the whites and the blacks. These walls of prejudice will tumble down of themselves as did the walls of Jericho, when Christians obey the Word of God, which enjoins on them supreme love to their Maker and impartial love to their neighbors.
The religion of the Bible recognizes no caste or color. It ignores rank, wealth, worldly honor. God estimates men as men. With Him, character decides their worth.
And we are to recognize the Spirit of Christ in whomsoever He is revealed. Wikimedia Foundation. Ellen G. White — ; ] In this text Numbers argues that her understanding of health reform was simply plagiarized from other health reformers and therefore did not come from divine revelation. Criticism of Ellen White — A number of groups and persons have voiced doubts as to the reliability of Ellen G.
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