Did Ellen White CHANGE her beliefs about what God or gods she worshiped?

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Even the “Softer” Version Resisted “It was hard to relate the plain, cutting testimonies given me of God. I anxiously watched the result, and if the persons reproved rose up against the reproof, and afterward opposed the truth, these queries would arise in my mind: Did I deliver the message just as I should? Could there not have been some way to save them? And then such distress pressed upon my soul that I often felt that death would be a welcome messenger, and the grave a sweet resting place.” -Testimonies, vol. 1, p. 73, 74

God’s Response I did not realize the danger and sin of such a course, until in vision I was taken into the presence of Jesus. He looked upon me with a frown, and turned His face from me. It is not possible to describe the terror and agony I then felt. - Testimonies, Vol. 1, p. 74

  • What EGW Says About Herself "I speak that which I have seen, and which I know to be true." (Letter 4, 1896) She claimed that she was told "In all your communications, speak as one to whom the Lord has spoken. He is your authority." (Letter 186, 1902) "Sister White is not the originator of these books. They contain the instruction that during her lifework God has been giving her. They contain the precious, comforting light, that God has graciously given His servant to be given to the world." (CM 125)

  • What EGW Says About Herself "I do not write one article in the paper expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision--the precious rays of light shining from the throne." (5T 67) "Weak and trembling, I arose at three o'clock in the morning to write to you. God was speaking through clay. You might say that this communication was only a letter. Yes, it was a letter, but prompted by the Spirit of God, to bring before your minds things that had been shown me. In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me." (ST 67)

  • What EGW Says About The Missing Column "God is either teaching His church, reproving their wrongs and strengthening their faith, or He is not. This work is of God, or it is not. God does nothing in partnership with Satan. My work... bears the stamp of God or the stamp of the enemy. There is no halfway work in the matter. The Testimonies are of the Spirit of God, or of the devil." (4T 230) TRUE Both FALSE

  • What EGW Says About The Missing Column "Many times in my experience I have been called upon to meet the attitude of a certain class, who acknowledged that the testimonies were from God, but took the position that this matter and that matter were Sister White's opinion and judgment. This suits those who do not love reproof and correction, and who, if their ideas were crossed, have occasion to explain the difference between the human and the divine. If the preconceived opinions or particular ideas of some are crossed in being reproved by testimonies, they have a burden at once to make plain their position to discriminate between the testimonies, defining what is Sister White's human judgment, and what is the word of the Lord. Everything that sustains their cherished ideas is divine, and the testimonies to correct their errors are human--Sister White's opinions." (Ms. 16, 1889)

  • What EGW Says About The Missing Column "Do not by your criticisms take out all the force, all the point and power, from the Testimonies. Do not feel that you can dissect them to suit your own ideas, claiming that God has given you ability to discern what is light from heaven and what is the expression of mere human wisdom. If the Testimonies speak not according to the Word of God, reject them. Christ and Belial cannot be united." (5T 691) 

  • TRUE Both FALSE
  • What EGW Says About The Missing Column "In the testimonies sent to __________ I have given you the light God has given to me. In no case have I given my own judgment or opinion. I have enough to write of what has been shown me, without falling back on my own opinions." (Testimonies to Battle Creek Church, 1882, p.58) 

  • "I saw the state of some who stood on present truth, but disregarded the visions,--the way God had chosen to teach in some cases, those who erred from Bible truth. I saw that in striking against the visions they did not strike against the worm--the feeble instrument that God spake through--but against the Holy Ghost. I saw it was a small thing to speak against the instrument, but it was dangerous to slight the words of God. I saw if they were in error and God chose to show them their errors through visions, and they disregarded the teachings of God through visions, they would be left to take their own way, and run in the way of error, and think they were right, until they would find it out too late." (1 SM 40)

  •  The “Very Last Deception of Satan” "The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God's remnant people in the true testimony." (Maranatha, p. 158 [LDE 77])

  • To “Make of None Effect” is Not to Reject "...a certain class, who acknowledged that the testimonies were from God, but took the position that this matter and that matter were Sister White's opinion and judgment... Everything that sustains their cherished ideas is divine, and the testimonies to correct their errors are human--Sister White's opinions. They make of none effect the counsel of God by their tradition" --Manuscript 16, 1889
  • "Permit me to express my mind, and yet not my mind, but the word of the Lord." (CW 112) 

    The Results of Casting Seeds of Doubt "It does not become anyone to drop a word of doubt here and there that shall work like poison in other minds, shaking their confidence in the messages which God has given, which have aided in laying the foundation of this work, and have attended it to the present day, in reproofs, warnings, corrections, and encouragements. To all who have stood in the way of the Testimonies, I would say, God has given a message to His people, and His voice will be heard, whether you hear or forbear. Your opposition has not hindered me; but you must give an account to the God of heaven, who has sent these warnings and instructions to keep His people in the right way. You will have to answer to Him for your blindness, for being a stumbling block in the way of sinners." (1 SM 43)

    Many times we hear that "Ellen White changed her belief about how many gods she worshiped over time. That she "came into" a fuller understanding of God and went from worshiping the one and only God to include the trinity of gods. But did she really? Or is this only a lie ingeniously foistered upon unsuspecting would be believers of the true GOD?

"My work will not be hence forth to make any one believe but go forward, out of the atmosphere of unbelief and caviling and criticism. I have more freedom speaking to unbelievers than to those who hold responsible positions, and who have had so great light and great opportunities and have not responded to the light. I have placed my case as I have never before in the hands of my Advocate, Jesus Christ, the Righteous. I am sure that I cannot feel at liberty to converse as I have done with those to whom I have talked so freely." The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, p. 799.1

Let's let Ellen White defend herself and see if she admits to "changing her doctrine about God in light of "Present Truth":

“The Spirit of God rests upon me with power, and I cannot but speak the words given me. I dare not withhold one word of the testimony. . . . I speak the words given me by a power higher than human power, and I cannot, if I would, recall [retract] one sentence. In the night season the Lord gives me instruction in symbols, and then explains their meaning. He gives me the word, and I dare not refuse to give it to the people.” The 1888 Materials, pp. 578, 579.

“The history of the early experiences in the message will be a power to withstand the masterly ingenuity of Satan's deceptions.” EGW, Letter 99, 1905.

The God of heaven saw it fit to establish the Advent movement on a solid foundation of truth. This foundation included a correct understanding of who He is. The Advent band was not left to wander through the multiplied delusions of the spiritualizers. From the earliest visions God assured His children of the reality of His being. “I have often seen the lovely Jesus, that He is a person. I asked Him if His Father was a person and had a form like Himself. Said Jesus, “I am in the express image of My Father’s person.” I have often seen that the spiritual view took away all the glory of heaven […]” {E.G. White, Early Writings, p. 77}

1915 - Ellen G. White dies on July 16, at St. Helena, CA. Stating that "There is one straight chain of truth without one heretical sentence in that which I have written." — Ellen G. White, Letter 329A, 1905. Per this quote - Ellen White was a non-trinitarian at least up till 1910. Today, all those who what the trinity consists of and believe in the trinity of gods will say you are a heretic if you believe as our early SDA pioneers did - in the one and only true God. This is the same charge the Jews laid upon Jesus when he said See the 1874 statement of beliefs and compare them to the current statement of beliefs for the modern changed doctrines on the trinity doctrine #2. 

“Man may become a partaker of the divine nature; not a soul lives who may not summon the aid of Heaven in temptation and trial. Christ came to reveal the SOURCE of his power, that man might never rely on his unaided human capabilities.” (Ellen G. White, Review & Herald 18th February 1890, ‘How to meet a controverted point of doctrine’)

  • What Made People Turn Away from Jesus During His Earthly Ministry? John 6:41 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came down from heaven.

    42 And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? how is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?

    Note: Capernaum compares to modern SDA church today. Capernaum disbelieved just as SDA's today disbelieve that Jesus is truly the Son of God who came down from Heaven - to be twice born - once in Heaven prior to His birth in Bethlehem.... Same lies the devil tells today.

    “Of those who boast of their light, and yet fail to walk in it, Christ says, "But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee." The brackets are Mrs. White’sRH August 1, 1893, par. 5

    "If the church of God becomes lukewarm, it does not stand in favour with God any more than do the churches that are represented as having fallen and become the habitation of devils and the hold of every foul spirit and the cage of every unclean and hateful bird." Letter 35, 1898, p. 6-7

    "We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, and cage of every unclean and hateful bird." Letter 51, 9/6/1886

    "The world must not be introduced into the church. And married to the church, forming a bond of unity Through this means the church will become indeed CORRUPT AND AS STATED IN Revelation, a cage of every unclean and hateful birdTestimonies to Ministers p.265

    "In amazement they hear the testimony that Babylon is the church, fallen because of her errors and sins, because of her rejection of the truth sent to her from Heaven." -Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 424 or Great Controversy, p 606-607

    43 Jesus therefore answered and said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves.

    44 No man can come to meexcept the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.


"I understood that some were anxious to know if Mrs. White still held the same views that she did years ago when they had heard her speak in the sanitarium grove, in the Tabernacle, and at the camp meetings held in the suburbs of Battle Creek. I assured them that the message she bears today is the same that she has borne during the sixty years of her public ministry. She has the same service to do for the Master that was laid upon her in her girlhood. She receives lessons from the same Instructor. The directions given her are, "Make known to others what I have revealed to you. Write out the messages that I give you, that the people may have them." This is what she has endeavored to do."  {1SM 35.2}

"I have been hoping that there would be a thorough reformation, that the principles for which we fought in my girlhood, and which were brought out in the power of the Holy Spirit, would be maintained. Night after night in our early experience our brethren studied out the truths which we now hold. When they came to something that they could not understand, they would get down on their knees, and would remain there for hours sometimes. Sometimes the sun would rise before they would give up the struggle. At times, when they said, “We can do nothing more,” the power of God would come upon me, I would be taken off in vision, and instruction would be given me. Then I could explain what they could not understand. I would read the Scriptures to them, never looking at the printed page. Thus light was given in regard to Christ, His mission, and His priesthood, and the great points of our faith were firmly established." SERMONS AND TALKS VOLUME ONE, PAGE 345;  

Original Testimony No. 26, p. 4: - "Here is a work that has been subjected to the most rigid criticisms, and the most violent persecutions for the long period of twenty years, and yet remains unchanged. Had this work originated in the mind of an unsophisticated  woman, it would have  been forced  out of  its course long since and brought to confusion and to naught."

NOTE: - 1876  - by Elder James White. This statement has been deleted from the present edition of  4th  Testimony.

 

A Word to the Little Flock, p. 27: - "So far from desiring to withhold anything that I have ever published, I would feel great  satisfaction in giving to the public every line of my writings that has ever been printed." [1883.]

 

Battle Creek Letters, p. 62: - “The more Dr. Kellogg is argued with, the more subterfuges will he use. His danger is not now as great as it will be. If he will heed the councils I shall give you for him, I can use him to accomplish an important work. He will make many crooked paths. He will hurt your soul; nevertheless continue to bear the testimonies that I give you, diminishing them not so much as by a word; for this is his hope.”  {BCL 62.4}     [1902]

 

R. & H., January 26, 1905: - "That which I have written is what the Lord has bidden me write. I have not been instructed to change that which I have sent out." {RH, January 26, 1905 par. 19}

 

Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, pp. 57 & 58: - "Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth." [1905]

NOTE: - How did the Holy Spirit testify as to what was truth, after October 22, 1844? Through the visions given to Sr. White. Not a word is changed or denied, concerning the truths revealed through Sr. White's visions, after the great disappointment of 1844!

 

R. & H., April 19, 1906: - "I am not to retract one word of the message I have borne." {RH, April 19, 1906 par. 6}

 

R. & H., July 26, 1906: - "I understood that some were anxious to know if Mrs. White still held the same views that she did years ago when they had heard her speak in the sanitarium grove, in the Tabernacle, and at the camp-meetings held in the suburbs of Battle Creek. I assured them that the message she bears to-day is the same that she has borne during the sixty years of her public ministry." {RH, July 26, 1906 par. 20}

 

 Preach The Word, p. 7: - “The less that is done unnecessarily to change our publications, the better it will be.” -- Preach the Word, p. 7. (1910.) 


Reading the devotion in Ye Shall Receive Power, 11-5-13, page 318, I noticed many instances of the embellishment of the references to the Holy Spirit, i.e. reassigning "it" and "its" to "He" and "Him". The following is a comparison of Ellen White's original words with the words found in Ye Shall Receive Power. The original text is in black, followed by the bracketed red letters indicating the change from the original wording. Consider the red letters RED FLAGS. They misrepresent the manner in which Ellen White intended for the reader to interpret her words. As you can see after each paragraph, the original text is from an article in the RH, June 10, 1902. What do you suppose was the intent of the compilers of Ye Shall Receive Power to change these words?


"When the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, it was like a rushing, mighty wind. It {The Spirit} was given in no stinted measure; for it {He} filled all the place where the disciples were sitting. So will it {He} be given to us when our hearts are prepared to receive it.{Him}  {RH, June 10, 1902 par. 8}  
     Let every  church member kneel before God, and pray earnestly for the impartation of the Spirit. Cry, "Lord, increase my faith. Make me to understand thy {Thy} word; for the entrance of thy {Thy} word giveth light. Refresh me by thy {Thy} presence. Fill my heart with thy {Thy} Spirit that I may love my brethren as Christ loves me."  {RH, June 10, 1902 par. 9}  
     God will bless those who thus prepare themselves for his {His} service. They will understand what it means to have the assurance of the Spirit, because they have received Christ by faith. The religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness of sin; it means that sin is taken away, and that the vacuum is filled with the Spirit. It means that the mind is divinely illumined, that the heart is emptied of self, and filled with the presence of Christ. When this work is done for church members, the church will be a living, working church.  {RH, June 10, 1902 par. 10}  
     We are to seek most earnestly to be of one mind, of one purpose. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, and nothing less can bring us to this place. Let us by self-renunciation prepare our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit that a great work may be done for us, so that we can say, not, "See what I am doing," but, "Behold the goodness and love of God!"  {RH, June 10, 1902 par. 11} 
      We may talk of the blessings of the Holy Spirit, but unless we prepare ourselves for its{His} reception, of what avail are our works? Are we striving with all our power to attain to the stature of men and women in Christ? Are we seeking for his {His} fullness, ever pressing toward the mark set before us,--the perfection of his {His} character? {RH, June 10, 1902 par. 15}  

Here is the answer to the question above.

"The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure." 1 Selected Messages, pp. 204, 205.

Within early Adventism the WHOLE COMPANY of believers were UNITED in the truth on the issue of the Godhead. Their position was NOT Trinitarian. The Adventist Church has undergone such a change on this doctrine that George Knight, professor of church history at Andrews University, could accurately write: “…the founders of Seventh-day Adventism would NOT be able to join the church today if they had to subscribe to the denomination’s fundamental Beliefs. More specifically, most would not be able to agree to belief number 2, which deals with the doctrine of the Trinity. For Joseph Bates the Trinity was an unscriptural doctrine, for James White it was that “old Trinitarian absurdity,” and for M. E. Cornell it was a fruit of the great apostasy, along with such false doctrines as Sunday keeping and the immortality of the soul." --{George Knight, Ministry, October 1993, p. 10}

In 1903 –Ellen White confirms, "The WHOLE COMPANY of believers were UNITED in the truth." --{This Day With God, p. 317.5, (1903)}

1905 –“And the standard-bearers who have fallen in death, are to speak through the reprinting of their writings. I am instructed that thus their voices are to be heard. They are to bear their testimony as to what constitutes the truth for this time”. –{Preach the Word, p. 5., Ellen White, 1905, Counsels to Writers and Editors, pages 31, 32}

Our Lord not does change nor did He change the Message please note the following quotes:

  •       Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel's message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844. We knew then what the message meant, and we call upon our people today to obey the word, "Bind up the law among My disciples." In this world there are but two classes,--the obedient and the disobedient. To which class do we belong? –{GCB April 1st 1903}

•       “The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages.” –{GCB April 6th1903}

•       “We have, as had John, a message to bear of the things which we have seen and heard. God is not giving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches. We need the Holy Spirit to kindle in our hearts the zeal and earnestness that were then seen among God's people. I thank the Lord that there are still living a few who can remember those days, and who know whereof they speak.” –{RH Jan 19th 1905}

•       “The truths that we received in 1841, '42, '43, and '44 are now to be studied and proclaimed. The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit.” –{15MR Ltr 75, 1905}

•        “All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible NOW, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches.”  --{21MR 437.1, LTR 54 1906}

•       “God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844.”  --{MR760 30., July 4th 1907}

“With MANY, a philosophical idol is enthroned in the place of Jehovah; while the living God, as He is revealed in His word, in Christ, and in the works of creation, is worshiped by but FEW.” –{Ellen White, The Great Controversy, p. 583.1}

“Some will tend to resist this doctrine (the trinity) because it is NOT FOUND expressly stated in the scriptures.” –{Adventist Review Aug 20 1993 P-8} "ONLY by FAITH can we accept the existence of the Trinity."
–{Adventist Review, Vol. 158, No. 31, p. 4}       

"I have written many books, and they have been given a wide circulation. Of myself I could not have brought out the truth in these books, but the Lord has given me the help of His Holy Spirit. These books, giving the instruction that the Lord has given me during the past sixty years, contain light from heaven, and will bear the test of investigation."  {1SM 35.3}

"At the age of seventy-eight I am still toiling. We are all in the hands of the Lord. I trust in Him; for I know that he will never leave nor forsake those who put their trust in Him. I have committed myself to His keeping."  {1SM 35.4}

"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry" (1 Timothy 1:12).--The Review and Herald, July 26, 1906. {1SM 35.5}

A LITTLE BACKGROUND ON ELLEN G. WHITE

The Bible foretells that in the last days before the coming of the Lord, God will raise up a remnant, a church that will keep all the commandments of God, and that will also have the gift of prophecy. In order to qualify as the remnant church, the church must have the gift of prophecy. It is one of the special marks of identification of the last-day church. The same gift that inspired the prophet Daniel will be duplicated in the end time by a restoration of the gift of prophecy to the church. Has God fulfilled this prediction? Did He send the gift of prophecy to the remnant church after the darkening of the sun in 1780?

In December of 1844, a 17-year-old girl by the name of Ellen Harmon (later to become known as Ellen White by marriage), in frail health, possessing only a third-grade education, received her first vision while kneeling in prayer with a group of women in Portland, Maine. She shrank from the prospect of being called a prophet, yet she dared not be disobedient to the heavenly vision, and so she related what God had shown her. For 69 years she continued to receive visions and dreams from the Lord. She became one of the most prolific female writers in history, with over 50 books still in print today. Was this a genuine or counterfeit manifiestation? Was it a fulfillment of the Biblical promise that the prophectic gift would be restored to the church at the end time?

When she was a little girl attending school, she was hit in the face by a stone thrown by one of the school children. From then on, she had severe headaches and eventually discontinued her education. This left her formally with a 3rd grade education.

Ellen White later in life started having visions. Luckily this was late enough in time that whatever she wrote or said could be recorded and published. There was sufficient scientific knowledge to tell if she was faking or not.

Ellen's White's experience was very similar to that of the prophet Daniel who had visions. How does God communicate to a prophet? "In visions and dreams." [ NUM 12:6 ] Did Daniel have dreams and visions? Yes. [ DAN 7:1, 8:1 ] Physical phenomena accompanied Daniel while in vision.

  [ DAN 10:8  ] "there remained no strength in me"
  [ DAN 10:9  ] "then was I in a deep sleep on my face"
  [ DAN 10:10 ] "an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and
                 upon the palms of my hands"
  [ DAN 10:17 ] "neither is there breath left in me"
  [ DAN 10:18 ] "he touched me"
One of the hardest things to do is to try to accept that someone living in the mid-1800's was a prophet and had visions, dreams, etc. However Mrs. White writes about her accounts in a book entitled "Early Writings" [ ISBN 0-8280-0478-1 ] in which are related notes about Mrs. White, history, her experiences and visions in the first person, and then a section where she explains how she fully expects you the reader to not accept it, She explains in greater detail more information, and then in another section she picks through her vision point by point where critics would say "you said 'A' here and 'B' over here, they conflict." She addresses the context and meanings behind the words and provides scriptual references. She doesn't conflict with the Bible, but you don't have to take it either. Astonishingly, she does provide some fantastic insight which is in-line with the Bible. (see her decription of heaven, transcribed later on)

She did not breathe during her visions. Sometimes her visions lasted for as long as four hours. Physicians who examined Ellen White in vision marveled that she did not breathe, yet still lived.

At times, like Daniel, she experienced a loss of physical strength followed by supernatural strength. During one vision she held a seventeen-pound family Bible outstretched in her hand for thirty minutes as she recited verse-by-verse from it (in the correct context as the prayer group had asked for guidance over). A doctor who was in the room stood on a chair and turned the pages confirming the event. At that time she weighed 97 pounds and was in frail health.

Supernatural phenomena comes from God, or Satan. What is the first Biblical test of a prophect? "To the law and to the testimony." [ ISA 8:20 ] "The law and testimony" was an Old Testament expression for the Bible. "The law" referred to the first five books of Moses, and "the testimony" referred to the testimony of the prophets, the rest of the Old Testament. The basic meaning of the prophet MUST AGREE with Scripture, or he is not a genuine prophet. In every case Ellen White agrees with Scripture.

She typically had compelling insight into many of the scriptures. Yet she always maintained the rule of thumb that one should read and study the Bible first, that it was the authority. Then, if while reading through her works more insight was brought, that was fine. But if ever her work seemed to go contrary to what the Bible taught, her works were to be considered in fault. In all cases no one was to use her works in lieu of the Bible. In fact, her texts harmonize with the Bible.

Her collective, insightful writings, mind you from a 3rd grade education, total a pile in printed text approximately six feet tall.

What is the second test of a prophet? "Every spirit that confesses Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God." [ 1 JOHN 4:2 ] True prophets will attest to the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ. they will elevate and exalt Jesus Christ. Again, she fulfills this test... and rather well.

What is the third Bible test of a prophet? "By their fruits ye shall know them. [ MATT 7:20 ] The Bible prophets were not perfect, nor is any prophet perfect; they are/were human. But the general tendency of the life must be in harmony with the Word of God. Ellen White lived before the public for over 70 years. She was not perfect, but there was consistency and harmony in her life with what she believed.

What is the fourth Bible test of a prophet? "When the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the LORD hath truly sent him." [ JER 28:9 ]

Incidently, the word LORD in all capitals stands for God's name (translated to 'I AM'); the Jews regarded this name as so Holy that they didn't put vowels in it when they wrote it. Additional evidence is found in laws of Greek grammmar. The anarthrous use of "LORD" (used without a definate article). The LXX translates YHWH (Yah-Weh) with an anarthrous KURIOS. Very often, when one finds an anarthrous KURIOS in the New Testament it indicates God (e.g. MAT 7:21; 8:2, 6, 25) A single article qualifies two substantives. Thus, for example, Christ is described as the Son of God, being made or setup as high as His Father, the only true God in the phrases "our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" [ TIT 2:13 ], "the righteous of our God and Savior Jesus Christ." [ 2 PET 1:1 ] When there are two substantives and the second is in the genitive case without an article, for either substantive, the quality/nature of the one is attributed to the other. 

The final Biblical test of the prophet is fulfilled predictions. Bible prophets gave prdictions that daelt with the main themes of the great controversy and salvation, not mundane things such as winning elections, astrology, etc. If the prophet predicts the future, it will come to pass. If the prophecy fails, the prophet would not be genuine. Like most Bible prophets, Ellen White did not give a lot of predicitons. Her work was to edify, exhort, and comfort the church. yet there were times when she did give predictions, and on these she can be tested. Like Bible prophets, her predictions were sometimes conditional upon obedience, but her insights clearly reveal the prophetic voice speaking through her. Ellen White always pointed to the Bible.

The purpose of the gift of prophecy is to edify, exholt, and comfort. [ 1 COR 14:3 ] Not so much to predict the future. Prediction of the future is our verification there is a God.

No one worships Ellen White. This would be breaking the first, second and third commandment. No one takes her works over the Bible, but rather to help clarify Bible true Bible study. She was just someone who had keen insight because God chose her to be His special messenger for these end times that we live in. She even wrote to churches she had not met about topics they were in heated discussions over, he letters usually arrived hours before issues were brought to vote, making the matter clear. Often she was ministering on another continet when this happened... on multiple occasions. She often wrote specific advice to specific people on accounts and matters that she had no natural way of knowing about. Ellen White didn't run around in robes, cause earth quakes or plagues, or do anything other than providing a little insight.

However, this is not how she, or the church is billed when descriptions are written about it. Only recently has a correction been issued in the "who's who of religions."

Doctrine on Christ

Seventh-day Adventists, in the early days, denied the Trinity, but now modern SDA's have changed to accept 3 gods, but no, wait, it's really not 3 gods it's 1+1+1=1? Oh, so confusing. Who is the author of confusion? Satan. However, the "modern" SDA's have "leftovers" from this "heresy" as termed by trinitarians. Ellen G. White wrote in Patriarchs and Prophets, page 761, "...He (Jesus) was revealed to them as the Angel of Jehovah, the Captain of the Lord's Host, Michael the Archangel".

Adventists, you can't have it both ways! Either Jesus Christ is God, or He is the Son of God. You can't talk out of both sides of your mouth to try to cover up embarrassing statements by Ellen G. White. (embarrassing only to trinitarians who try to falsely prove that Ellen White became a trinitarian!)

Ellen G. White, has warned that "Satan has taken full possession of the churches as a body."  Spiritual Gifts. Volume 1, p. 189.1 and  Early Writings, p. 273.2 

THE TRINITY IS FRUITAGE OF THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL! NO MATTER WHAT FLAVOR SATAN TRIES TO DECEIVE YOU WITH - AND SATAN HAS MANY VERSIONS OF THE TRINITY DOCTRINE TO PRESENT TO MORTALS.

1.] THE SPIRIT OF 1888.

A.] KORAH, DATHAM AND ABIRAM.

                Throughout the “Testimonies” of Sr. White, dealing with the rebellion of 1888, the messenger of the Lord, raises the experience of Korah, Dathan and Abiram and their rebellion against God, Moses and Aaron, as being repeated by those leading therebellion in 1888.

 

1888 Materials, pp. 599, 600 & 602 – 604: - “It was plainly revealed what your influence has been, what it was in Minneapolis. I knew for day by day the Lord revealed this to me, and ever since that meeting I have known that you were deceived and deceiving others that you will not only have in the day of final accounts to meet your own course of action but the result of your influence upon other minds. You have refused my testimonies given me for you from the Lord just as much have you labored to make them of none effect as did Korah, Dathan and Abiram. You have done this and thus it is charged against you in the books of heaven. You have strengthened the hands and minds of such men as Larson, Porter, Dan Jones, Eldridge and Morrison and Nicola and a vast number through them. All quote you, and the enemy of righteousness looks on pleased. I was warned of this state of things in 1882.[1] I was shown that which would be if you did not make thorough work out of the difficulty you were in. Have you ever made confession to Prof. Bell in regard to the position and work done at that time? Have you let this sin go before hand to judgment that (it) may be blotted out when the time of refreshing shall come and He shall send Jesus. I have had some things clearly opened to me night before last. How much better position would you be in today had you believed the words that God gave me for you at Minneapolis and how much you might have done to stop the tide of unbelief that was flowing so swiftly at that meeting. I presented before you the things which the Lord had presented before me while in Switzerland as well as in 1882. You strengthened the hands of evil doers. Consider how many joined Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Two hundred and fifty princes, men of renown in the tribes of Israel. They made as firm a stand as you have made. They worked as you have worked. The people believed in Korah, Dathan and Abiram because they set things before them in a perverted light. They honestly thought these men were right. They had heard so many false representations and that Moses and Aaron were all wrong, but the result testified who were right and who were wrong. Korah, Dathan and Abiram had done a similar work as you have been doing.  … I cannot harmonize with you or with the spirit Elder Butler has manifested. I tell you it is not of God, it is another spirit. … I cannot endure the thought of you being left as were Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Whoever may join themselves with you and walk not in the light of the Lord, but in the sparks of their own kindling will lie down in darkness. … Will you be one who will strengthen (the) gainsayer? Will you be found among the Korah's, Dathan's and Abiram's at such a time as this? Christ asks, "When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8. After your course of action has unsettled the minds and faith in the testimonies, what have you gained? If you should recover your faith, how can you remove the impressions of unbelief you have sown in other minds?” [Letter to Uriah Smith; March 8, 1890.]

 

IBID., pp. 911 & 912: - “But when the power and Spirit of God rested upon his messengers they were on holy ground. To ignore the Spirit of God, to charge it with being the Spirit of the devil, placed them in a position where God had no power to reach their souls. No power in any of God's provisions to correct the erring can reach them. Some in Battle Creek will surely reach this point if they do not change their course. They will place themselves where none of God's ordained means will be able to set them right. Their will is not God's will, their persistency is not the perseverance of the saints. To speak against Christ, charging his work to Satanic agencies, and attributing the manifestations of the Spirit to fanaticism, is not of itself a damning sin, but the spirit that leads men to make these assertions places them in a position of stubborn resistance, where they cannot see spiritual light, Some will never retrace their steps, they will never humble their hearts by acknowledging their wrongs, but like the Jews will continually make assertions that mislead others. They refuse to investigate evidence candidly and frankly, but like Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, set themselves against the light.”  [Ms. 30, 1890; Read at the 1891 General Conference Session; March, 1891.]

 

IBID., p. 989: - “Now men are placed in responsible positions who knew not Joseph. Straight testimonies have been borne to head off their ambitious projects again and again, it has hurt their pride. They have but little faith in me or the messages the Lord has given me. It would not take a very strong movement to have a state of things created as in the days of old, and Korah, Dathan, and Abiram would come to the point.” [Letter to S. N. Haskell; May 29, 1892.]

 

IBID., pp. 1067 & 1068: - “Never before have I seen among our people such firm self-complacency and unwillingness to accept and acknowledge light as was manifested at Minneapolis. I have been shown that not one of the company who cherished the spirit manifested at that meeting would again have clear light to discern the preciousness of the truth sent them from heaven until they humbled their pride and confessed that they were not actuated by the Spirit of God, but that their minds and hearts were filled with prejudice. The Lord desired to come near to them, to bless them and heal them of their backslidings, but they would not hearken. They were actuated by the same spirit that inspired Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Those men of Israel were determined to resist all evidence that would prove them to be wrong, and they went on and on in their course of disaffection until many were drawn away to unite with them. Who were these? Not the weak, not the ignorant, not the unenlightened. In thatrebellion there were two hundred and fifty princes famous in the congregation, men of renown. What was their testimony? "all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?" [Num. 16:3]. When Korah and his companions perished under the judgment of God, the people whom they had deceived saw not the hand of the Lord in this miracle. The whole congregation the next morning charged Moses and Aaron, "Ye have killed the people of the Lord" [verse 41], and the plague was upon the congregation, and more than fourteen thousand perished. When I purposed to leave Minneapolis, the angel of the Lord stood by me and said: "Not so; God has a work for you to do in this place. The people are acting over the rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. I have placed you in your proper position, which those who are not in the light will not acknowledge; they will not heed your testimony; but I will be with you; My grace and power shall sustain you. It is not you they are despising, but the messengers and the message I send to My people.” [ Letter to Frank & Hattie Belden; November 5, 1892.]

 

IBID., pp. 1324 – 1326: - “Just as soon as a man separates from God so that his heart is not under the subduing power of the Holy Spirit, the attributes of Satan will be revealed, and he will begin to oppress his fellowmen. An influence goes forth from him that is contrary to truth and justice and righteousness. This disposition is manifested in our institutions, not only in the relation of workers one to another, but the desire shown by one institution to control all others. Men who are entrusted with weighty responsibilities, but who have no living connection with God, have been and are doing despite to the Holy Spirit. They are indulging the very same spirit as did Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and as did the Jews in the days of Christ. (See Matt. 12:22-29; 31 - 37.) Warnings have come from God again and again for these men, but they have cast them aside and ventured on in the same course. … The perils of the last days are upon us. Satan takes control of every mind that is not decidedly under the control of the Spirit of God. Some have been cultivating hatred against the men whom God has commissioned to bear a special message to the world. They began this satanic work at Minneapolis. Afterward, when they saw and felt the demonstration of the Holy Spirit testifying that the message was of God, they hated it the more, because it was a testimony against them. They would not humble their hearts to repent, to give God the glory, and vindicate the right. They went on in their own spirit, filled with envy, jealousy, and evil surmisings, as did the Jews. They opened their hearts to the enemy of God and man. Yet these men have been holding positions of trust, and have been molding the work after their own similitude, as far as they possibly could.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 1, 1895.]

 

IBID., p. 1518: - “The publishing house at Battle Creek has been under the reproof of God for years, especially since the time of the Minneapolis meeting, when some acted the part of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.” [Letter to Sr. Lindsay; May 8, 1896.]

 

 

 

A SUMMARY OF KORAH, DATHAN AND ABIRAM’S REBELLION: -

 

                It would be well for the reader to make a close and prayerful study of the inspired account of this rebellion. Please read Numbers 16 and Spirit of Prophecy, Volume 1, pp. 296 – 308.

 

1.       Korah, Dathan and Abiram were leaders in the congregation or church of Israel.

2.       They influenced the 250 princes of renown within the congregation of Israel, to join their rebellion.

3.       The whole congregation believed Korah, Dathan and Abiram’s message, and sided with them in their rebellion.

4.       The message of Korah, Dathan and Abiram was, “all the congregation are holy” – Numbers 16:3. Also, they refused to believe that God had really stated that all the adults of the congregation were to die in the wilderness – See SOP., 1, pp. 298 & 299.

5.       These church leaders did NOT try to draw apart from the congregation of Israel. But, they tried to take over the congregation, and push out of the congregation, God’s Divinely appointed spokesman Moses, and God’s High Priest Aaron.

6.       This was a battle over authority. God’s prophet VERSUS the leaders of the congregation, who were preaching to the people, a pleasing, flattering, self-exalting message. This message deceived the whole congregation.

7.       This rebellion is full of instruction for God’s people, especially, just before the close of time.

Spirit of Prophecy, Volume 1, pp. 306 & 307:- “The facts relative to Korah and his company, who rebelled against Moses and Aaron, and against Jehovah, are recorded for a warning to God's people, especially those who live upon the earth near the close of time. Satan has led persons to imitate the example of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, in raising insurrection among the people of God. Those who permit themselves to rise in opposition to the plain testimony, become self-deceived. Such have really thought that those upon whom God has laid the burden of his work were exalted above the people of God, and that their counsels and reproofs were uncalled for. They have risen in opposition to the plain testimony which God would have his servants bear in rebuking the wrongs among God's people.”



[1] The two references to the year 1882 are referring to the “Testimony for the Battle Creek Church” – 1882. This pamphlet contains some of the strongest rebukes to Uriah Smith, that Sr. White ever penned. When this was reprinted in the current Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, pp. 21 – 98,many of the pointed rebukes and the names of the offenders against God had been removed or edited. “The Testimonies Slighted” section, found on pages 62 – 84, in the present edition of Volume 5, was in the original pamphlet entitled “The Testimonies Rejected”. For a fuller discussion of this point, seeAPPENDIX A. We do find the following statement concerning Uriah Smith and the rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram in 1882, six years before1888.

Testimony for the Battle Creek Church – 1882, pp. 47 & 48: - “If you seek to turn aside the counsel of God to suit yourselves; if you lessen the confidence of God's people in the testimonies he has sent them, you arerebelling against God as certainly as were Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. You have their history. You know how stubborn they were in their own opinions. They decided that their judgment was better than that of Moses, and that Moses was doing great injury to Israel. Those who united with them were so set in their opinions, that, notwithstanding the judgments of God in a marked manner destroyed the leaders and the princes, the next morning the survivors came to Moses and said, "Ye have killed the people of the Lord." We see what fearful deception will come upon the human mind. How hard it is to convince souls that have become imbued with a spirit which is not of God. As Christ's embassador, I would say to you, Be careful what positions you take. This is God's work, and you must render to him an account for the manner in which you treat his message.”  {PH117 47.3}

    
Why is this history important for us today? Because MOST people fail to understand that the rebellionagainst the Lord did NOT begin with Ford coming in with the new Theology. Ford himself stated that he was not presenting anything new, but was simply making clearer what had been taught since the turn of the century by those in leading positions.
Korah, Dathan and Abiram = "All the congregation are holy, every one of them!" Numbers 16:3. = "Spewed out!" means "Going through!" "We are well able to take the land!" God will save us, He has to for He started this movement!"
Then the greatest miracle in the history of the world took place. You remember??? The ground opened up and swallowed those rebels- leaders first!
This history will be repeated! The command was to "SEPARATE YOURSELVES!" SOP 1:300 Moses was very wroth! as he gave that command! Sr. White was very wroth as she wrote in 1905. Long before "Ford" was a gleam in his father's eye! "... Trying to guide the midical ship into the harbor... Christ calls, "COME OUT! from among them and be ye separate! Series B7:63 1905 SOP1:306

1.] THE SPIRIT OF 1888.

B.] THE PHARISEES – A REPEAT OF THE MOB THAT CONDEMNED AND CRUCIFIED JESUS.

                Throughout the writings of Sr. White dealing with the rebellion of 1888, the spirit of the Pharisees [who were Jewish church leaders] in the days of Jesus, was being repeated by the leaders of the rebellion in 1888. In the 1888 Materials alone, the messenger of the Lord, calls them Pharisees over 40 times! Sr. White goes so far, as to state, that had the rebels of 1888, been alive in the days of Christ’s first Advent, they would have rejected and crucified the Son of God, as the Pharisees of old did.

 

                In this SECTION I will also identify who are the modern day counterparts of the Pharisees, and some of their false doctrines and practices.

[NOTE: - To make this readable, only a small number of the many references to the Pharisees have been quoted.]

 

1888 Materials, pp. 92 – 94: - “You speak, dear brother, of that terrible conference, the last held in Battle Creek [The 1886 G. C. Session – compiler], while I was in Switzerland. That conference was presented to me in the night season. My guide said, "Follow me; I have some things to show you." He led me where I was a spectator of the scenes that transpired at that meeting. I was shown the attitude of some of the ministers, yourself in particular, at that meeting, and I can say with you, my brother, it was a terrible conference.  My guide then had many things to say which left an indelible impression upon my mind. His words were solemn and earnest. He opened before me the condition of the church at Battle Creek. I can only give here a meager portion of what was said to me. He stated that the church needed the "energy of Christ" -- that all must cling close to the Bible, for it alone can give a correct knowledge of God's will. A time of trial was before us, and great evils would be the result of the Phariseeism which has in a large degree taken possession of those who occupy important positions in the work of God.  He said that the work of Christ upon the earth was to undo the heavy burdens and let the oppressed go free, to break every yoke; and the work of His people must correspond with the work of Christ. He stretched out his arms toward Dr. Waggoner, and to you, Elder Butler, and said in substance as follows: "Neither have all the light upon the law, neither position is perfect." "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart" [Ps. 97:11]. There are hundreds that know not why they believe the doctrines they do. Let all search the Scriptures diligently for themselves, and not be satisfied to have the leaders do it for them, else we shall be as a people in a position similar to that of the Jews in Christ's time--having plenty of machinery, forms, and customs, but bearing little fruit to God's glory. It is time for the church to realize her solemn privileges and sacred trust, and to learn from the great Teacher.” [Letter to G. I. Butler; October 14,1888.] 

 

IBID., pp. 165 & 166: - “Two years ago, while in Switzerland, I was addressed in the night season by a voice which said, "Follow me." I thought I arose, and followed my guide. I seemed to be in the Tabernacle at Battle Creek, and my guide gave instructions in regard to many things at the conference [The 1886 G. C. Session – compiler]. I will give in substance a few things that were said: "The Spirit of God has not had a controlling influence in this meeting. The spirit that controlled the Pharisees is coming in among this people, who have been greatly favored of God." …  I entreat you, brethren, be not like the Pharisees, who were blinded with spiritual pride, self-righteousness, and self-sufficiency, and who because of this were forsaken of God. For years I have been receiving instructions and warnings that this was the danger to our people. … There is positive danger that some who profess to believe the truth will be found in a position similar to that of the Jews.They take the ideas of the men they are associated with, not because by searching the Scriptures they conscientiously accept the teachings in doctrine as truth. I entreat you to make God your trust; idolize no man, depend upon no man. Let not your love of man hold them in places of trust that they are not qualified to fill to the glory of God; for man is finite and erring, liable to be controlled by his own opinions and feelings. Self-esteem and self-righteousness are coming in upon us, and many will fall because of unbelief and unrighteousness, for the grace of Christ is not ruling in the hearts of many.” [Ms. 15, 1888; November, 1888.]

 

IBID., p. 186: - “Our first meeting was not like any other General Conference I ever attended. The thought that some of our brethren ventured to entertain some ideas contrary to those of the leading brethren filled the minds of some of our brethren with such prejudice that they could not with any fairness even come to an investigation of the positions of our faith with anything like Christian feelings. It was more after the order developed by the priests and rulers and Pharisees in the days of Christ.” [Letter to W. M. Healey; December 9, 1888.]

 

IBID., p. 295: - “The different views in regard to the law in Galatians need not have produced any such exhibitions. I have not the slightest burden upon that subject. God has not inspired all this intense feeling over that subject. I have not a particle of burden on that subject. My only trouble is the position of those ministers who were at that conference who manifested so little of the spirit of Christ and possessed more largely the spirit which controlled the scribes and Pharisees which planned the betrayal and acted a prominent part in the trial of Christ, in false statements, in accusing of Christ and making Him appear before the people in the worst possible light.” [Letter to J. Fargo; May 2, 1889.]

 

IBID., pp. 332 & 333: - “External forms cannot take the place of inward piety. The Jewish teachers exalted themselves as righteous; they called all those who differed from them accursed, and closed the gates of heaven to them, declaring that those who had not learned in their schools were not righteous. But with all their criticisms and exactions, with all their forms and ceremonies, they were an offense to God. They looked down upon, and despised the very ones precious in the sight of the Lord. And among the people who claim to believe the doctrines of our faith are those also who are filled with Pharisaism.” [Letter to Howard Miller; June 2, 1889.]

 

R. & H., July 23, 1889: - “The True Witness says of a cold, lifeless, Christless church, "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." Mark the following words: "Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Here is represented a people who pride themselves in their possession of spiritual knowledge and advantages. But they have not responded to the unmerited blessings that God has bestowed upon them. They have been full of rebellion, ingratitude, and forgetfulness of God; and still he has dealt with them as a loving, forgiving father deals with an ungrateful, wayward son. They have resisted his grace, abused his privileges, slighted his opportunities, and have been satisfied to sink down in contentment, in lamentable ingratitude, hollow formalism, and hypocritical insincerity. With Pharisaic pride they have vaunted themselves till it has been said of them, "Thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”"  {RH, July 23, 1889 par. 12}

 

1888 Materials, pp. 516 & 518: - “Now at that meeting were many different characters and as many different temperaments. There was a striving about words to no profit, and the spirit manifested was uncourteous, ungentlemanly, and not Christlike. I know that hearts were spotted and stained with sin, yet they were the most zealous and vehement in spirit in that meeting. Then how could there have been any fairness in decisions made at that meeting? I have been shown that it was the same ruling spirit that was revealed in the condemnation of Christ. When the Papists were in controversy with men who took their stand on the Bible for proof of doctrines they considered it a matter that only death could settle. I could see a similar spirit cherished in the hearts of our brethren and I would not give room to it for an hour. … In Minneapolis God gave precious gems of truth to His people in new settings. This light from heaven by some was rejected with all the stubbornness the Jews manifested in rejecting Christ, and there was much talk about standing by the old landmarks. But there was evidence they knew not what the old landmarks were. There was evidence and there was reasoning from the word that commended itself to the conscience; but the minds of men were fixed, sealed against the entrance of light, because they had decided it was a dangerous error removing the "old landmarks" when it was not moving a peg of the old landmarks, but they had perverted ideas of what constituted the old landmarks.” [Ms. 13, 1889.]

 

IBID., pp. 632 & 633: - “Now brethren, I have nothing to say, no burden in regard to the law in Galatians. This matter looks to me of minor consequence in comparison with the spirit you have brought into your faith. It is exactly of the same piece that was manifested by the Jews in reference to the work and mission of Jesus Christ.The most convincing testimony that we can bear to others that we have the truth is the spirit which attends the advocacy of that truth. If it sanctifies the heart of the receiver, if it makes him gentle, kind, forbearing, true and Christlike, then he will give some evidence of the fact that he has the genuine truth. But if he acts as did the Jews when their opinions and ideas were crossed, then we certainly cannot receive such testimony, for it does not produce the fruits of righteousness. Their own interpretations of Scripture were not correct, yet the Jews would receive no evidence from the revelation of the Spirit of God, but would, when their ideas were contradicted, even murder the Son of God. "These things will bear your consideration. Jesus found no place for the precious lessons He came to the world to give to those who would receive them. He represented the situation of the Scribes and Pharisees by old, dried-up skin bottles, that could not hold the new wine of His kingdom; and He had to make the bottles into which he could put the new wine. He found a place for His truth in the heart of a Samaritan woman, and she a sinner. He made a bottle for the wine of His kingdom when He called Matthew, the publican; He made bottles into which He could pour the new wine when He called the fishermen." [Letter to W. C. & Mary White; March 13, 1890.]

 

IBID., p. 911: - “And when I see my brethren stirred with anger against God's messages and messengers, I think of similar scenes in the life of Christ and the reformers. The reception given to God's servants in past ages is the same as the reception that those today receive through whom God is sending precious rays of light. The leaders of the people today pursue the same course of action that the Jews pursued. They criticize and ply question after question, and refuse to admit evidence, treating the light sent them in the very same way that the Jews treated the light Christ brought them.” [Ms. 30, 1890. Read at the 1891 General Conference Session; March, 1891.]

 

R. & H., March 20, 1894: - “When God's people are one in the unity of the Spirit, all of Phariseeism, all of self-righteousness, which was the sin of the Jewish nation, will be expelled from all hearts. …  The remnant church is called to go through an experience similar to that of the Jews; and the true Witness, who walks up and down in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, has a solemn message to bear to his people. He says: "I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." … A legal religion has been thought quite the correct religion for this time. But it is a mistake. The rebuke of Christ to the Pharisees is applicable to those who have lost from the heart their first love.

 

1888 Materials, p. 1324: - “Just as soon as a man separates from God so that his heart is not under the subduing power of the Holy Spirit, the attributes of Satan will be revealed, and he will begin to oppress his fellowmen. An influence goes forth from him that is contrary to truth and justice and righteousness. This disposition is manifested in our institutions, not only in the relation of workers one to another, but the desire shown by one institution to control all others. Men who are entrusted with weighty responsibilities, but who have no living connection with God, have been and are doing despite to the Holy Spirit. They are indulging the very same spirit as did Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and as did the Jews in the days of Christ. (See Matt. 12:22-29; 31 -37.) Warnings have come from God again and again for these men, but they have cast them aside and ventured on in the same course.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 1, 1895.]

 

IBID., pp. 1558, 1559 & 1565: - “For years a degree of Phariseeism has been springing up amongst us which has separated some from the Bible standard. If the preconceived ideas of those actuated by this spirit are crossed, they immediately assume a controversial, combative attitude, as a man puts on armor when preparing for battle. Much pride and loftiness and a spirit which desires to rule has been manifested, but very little of the spirit which leads men to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn of him, has been shown. Human inventions and human plans are eclipsing sacred things, and excluding divine instruction. Men are taking the place of God by seeking to assume authority over their fellow-men. But they rule without a vestige of the authority of God, which alone can make their ruling a healthful element; and others are becoming leavened by this wrong influence. …  I shall never, I think, be called to stand under the direction of the Holy Spirit as I stood at Minneapolis. The presence of Jesus was with me. … The same spirit that actuated the rejecters of Christ rankles in their hearts, and had they lived in the days of Christ, they would have acted toward him in a manner similar to that of the godless and unbelieving Jews.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 31, 1896.]

 

The Paulson Collection, p. 388: - “Unless the converting power of God shall be felt upon the hearts and characters of men in positions of trust, they will not, cannot, be one with Christ, keeping the way of the Lord, but like the Pharisees in the days of Christ, they will teach the doctrines and commandments of men, and the Lord will have no more use for them. They cannot be laborers together with God, while they keep the spirit that has actuated them in the past.” [From Brooklyn, New York; November 25, 1890.]

 

Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 6, pp. 19 & 20: - “On many occasions the Holy Spirit did work; but those who resisted the Spirit of God at Minneapolis were waiting for a chance to travel over the same ground again, because their spirit was the same. … They declared in their heart and soul and words that this manifestation of the Holy Spirit was fanaticism and delusion. They stood like a rock; the waves of mercy were flowing upon and around them, but were beaten back by their hard and wicked hearts, which resisted the Holy Spirit's working. Had this been received, it would have made them wise unto salvation, -- holier men, prepared to do the work of God with sanctified ability. But all the universe of heaven witnessed the disgraceful treatment of Jesus Christ, represented by the Holy Spirit. Had Christ been before them, they would have treated him in a manner similar to that in which the Jews treated Christ.”  [To “Brethren who occupy responsible positions in the work”; January 16, 1896.]

 

 

A SUMMARY OF THE SPIRIT AND DOCTRINES OF THE PHARISEES: -

 

 

1.       Jesus warned his disciples against the doctrines of the Pharisees –Matthew 16:5, 6 & 12.

2.       Pharisees are self-righteous, self-exalted and self-confident. Their worship is represented by Cain’s bloodless offering – without Christ. They believe that they are saved, holy and without sin – Luke 18:9 – 14; Christ’s Object Lessons, pp. 150 – 155; R. & H., June 6, 1878 & May 21, 1908.

3.       They teach for doctrines, the commandments and traditions of men, and multiply man made rules and regulations.

4.       The leaders set up their own “Landmarks”, which closes the door against the entrance of God’s advancing truth.

5.       The teachings of the leaders must be obeyed at all costs.

6.       This spirit leads to trying to rule and control others. The leaders are looked up to by the people, to decide what is truth or error for them. It results in putting the leaders in the place of God.

7.       They try to control and dictate, how and through whom God will work. It God should choose others, not from their ranks, they will reject and despise those whom God is using.

8.       Those who teach doctrines not in harmony with the leaders’ creed, will be criticized, opposed, slandered, and finally murdered, as Jesus and his apostles were. Cain, who was the first Pharisee did this to righteous Abel – Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 152. The Pharisees manifest the spirit of Satan, and are the accusers of Jesus’ brethren – Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 151.

9.       The Laodicean = the Pharisee!

2.] THE REJECTION OF THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS.

                This is one of the most frequently mentioned topics found in Sr. White’s writings dealing with the rebellion of 1888. And yet, it is rarely mentioned in any detail, by the “experts” who are giving their understanding of the 1888 message and issues.

 

[NOTE: - For the sake of the reader, I have broken this SECTION into small sub-sections, containing the major issues relating to this subject. To save repetition, only a few choice quotes under each sub-section have been listed.]

 

A.     Sr. White spoke under the special direction and inspiration of the Holy Spirit at Minneapolis.

1888 Materials, pp. 308 & 309: - “I never labored in my life more directly under the controlling influences of the Spirit of God. God gave me meat in due season for the people, but they refused it for it did not come in just the way and manner they wanted it to come.” [Letter to her family; May 12, 1889.]

 

IBID., pp. 706 & 707: - “I attended the meeting at Minneapolis, the history of that meeting has passed into eternity with its burden of record and when the judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened there will be found registered a history that many who were at that meeting will not be pleased to meet. At that meeting I had the special light from heaven on several occasions. I never felt more decidedly the Spirit of the Lord moving upon me than at that meeting. And I know the angels of the Lord were standing by my side to help me. I seemed to live as in clear light of the Sun of Righteousness, but the spirit that prevailed at that meeting was not the Spirit of God. I had to bear a decided testimony against the spirit that prevailed, and since that time the Lord wrought in every meeting we attended, but my testimony was treated with indifference as idle tales.” [Letter to “Brethren in the Ministry”; September 17, 1890.]

 

IBID., p. 1565: - “I shall never, I think, be called to stand under the direction of the Holy Spirit as I stood at Minneapolis. The presence of Jesus was with me. All assembled in that meeting had an opportunity to place themselves on the side of truth by receiving the Holy Spirit, which was sent by God in such a rich current of love and mercy. But in the rooms occupied by some of our people was heard ridicule, criticism, jeering, laughter. The manifestations of the Holy Spirit were attributed to fanaticism.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 31, 1896.]

 

B.     Sr. White wanted to leave the Minneapolis meeting early in the Conference, because of the evil spirit manifested. But her Guide, told her to stay and bear her testimony.

1888 Materials, p. 277: - “I must speak to you in reference to the meetings in Minneapolis. I at one time decided to leave the meeting because I saw and felt the strong spirit of opposition that prevailed. … The night after I had decided not to remain longer in Minneapolis, in a dream or vision of the night -- I cannot tell certainly which -- a person of tall, commanding appearance brought me a message and revealed to me that it was God's will for me to stand at my post of duty, and that God Himself would be my helper and sustain me to speak the words He should give me.” [Letter to “My dear brethren”; April, 1889.]

 

IBID., p. 296: - “I had messages of reproof for some but the spirit that prevailed which was not of Christ but of the enemy made of no effect my words. Christ was wounded in the house of His friends. … I was about to leave the meeting for Kansas for I could not see that my remaining would do any good. … That night the angel of the Lord stood by my bed and said to me many things which I will not attempt to write here, but I was commanded to stand at my post of duty; that there was a spirit coming in taking possession of the churches, that if permitted would separate them from God as verily as the churches who refused light that God sent them in messages of warning and of light that they might advance in regard to His second coming to our world.” [Letter to J. Fargo; May 2, 1889.]

 

C.      Sr. White’s testimony was rejected almost across the board, and no one would stand by her side at Minneapolis or shortly after the Conference.

1888 Materials, p. 187: - “My testimony was ignored, and never in my life experience was I treated as at that conference; and I give you, my brother, with some others of our brethren, the credit of doing what you could to bring this state of affairs about. You may have thought that you were verily doing God service; but it served the cause of the enemy rather than the cause of God.” [Letter to W. M. Healey; December 9,1888.]

 

IBID., pp. 251 – 253: - “Again and again did I bear my testimony to those assembled, in a clear and forcible manner, but that testimony was not received. When I came to Battle Creek, I repeated the same testimony in the presence of Elder Butler, but there was not one who had the courage to stand by my side and help Elder Butler to see that he, as well as others, had taken wrong positions, and had misapprehended my words, and had false ideas in reference to my position and work. The prejudice of Elder Butler was greater after hearing the various reports from our ministering brethren at that meeting in Minneapolis. … I think that my brethren have a work to do before they can expect the Lord to give them light through Sister White, for they have disregarded her testimony and shown contempt for the very work that the Lord has given her to do.” [Letter to R. A. Underwood; January 26, 1889.]

 

IBID., p. 297: - “I bore my testimony in Battle Creek but there was not one of my brethren who had the moral courage to stand by my side and take back or confess that they had pursued a wrong course and misjudged their brethren and misjudged me. I bore my testimony in Potterville. The Spirit of the Lord attended me, but not one of those who had drank in that spirit of doubt and questioning, who had withdrawn their confidence from me and the work God had entrusted to me, confessed their mistakes and the deception they had been under. The Lord wrought for His people in Battle Creek but notwithstanding the evidences of the work of God, not one who was leavened with the spirit of doubts and suspicion and evil surmisings after they saw that life and freedom and the blessing of God was brought in to the churches by the messages borne by the very ones they had misjudged and demerited and had misstated and falsified had any words of confession. They did not then admit their wrong and confess their errors and take their stand firmly for the right.” [Letter to J. Fargo; May 2, 1889.]

 

IBID., p. 354: - “I tried at the meeting in Battle Creek to make my position plain, but not a word of response came from the men who should have stood with me. I stated that I stood nearly alone at Minneapolis. I stood alone before them in the conference, for the light that God had seen fit to give me was that they were not moving in the counsel of God. Not one ventured to say, "I am with you, Sister White. I will stand by you."” [Ms. 30, 1889; June, 1889.]

 

D.     Sr. White’s work was made so much harder by the opposition of the “brethren”.

1888 Materials, p. 255: - “My way is hedged up by my brethren. I cannot reach the very ones God wants to reach and help.” [Letter to R. A. Underwood; January 26, 1889.]

 

IBID., pp. 620 & 621: - “Elder Butler and Elder Smith are men who, had they been where God would have had them, would have stood by my side to help me in place of hindering me in the work which the Lord has given me to do. Those who have not had the experience and the light that these men have had are only accountable for the light which God has given them.  But the attitude of these two brethren, their words and their influence, have created for me labor, one hundredfold more taxing than it would have been if they had stood in the counsel of God. But they have not done this.” [Letter to W. A. Colcord; March 10, 1890.]

 

IBID., p. 676: - “I know that Jesus is my Restorer, but [I shall be presumptuous] if I do as I have done, carrying the burdens I have carried without change or rest, and going wherever invited because I fear I should show want of faith if I do not go. Thus I have worked ever since I stepped from the steamer upon American soil, and Satan had worked up matters so that my burdens and labors would be fifty-fold greater than there was any need of these being. Brother Butler has been at the foundation of it all, but he makes no confession and writes in the papers as though he were all right.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; June 21, 1890.]

 

IBID., p. 795: - “Your attitude has encouraged a state of things in our churches which you have not measured. The result of your course and your working on the same line since you left Minneapolis has made the carrying out of the work given me of God to do fifty fold harder than it need to have been. You have barred my way, but O, how little did you know the real result of your work.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; December 31, 1890.]

 

E.      Sr. White wanted to die.

1888 Materials, p. 650: - “Well, here I am sick in bed with malaria and rheumatism which first attacked the heart and has now spread over my entire body. I do not feel any burden of my own case. I am too thoroughly sick to try to get up my will power or to present my case to God in faith. I simply do not care. I long for rest. I have wrestled for the victory until I have fallen wounded and bruised and crippled, not by the weapons of the enemy, but those of my own brethren. Perhaps some think, Well, if Sister White was really doing the work of the Lord He would have sustained her. But if they would look, a little and reason from cause to effect, they would feel the rebuke of God upon them for joining the enemy's efforts, stirred from a power from beneath. They did the very work Satan wanted them to do; now let me rest. I have no burden of anxiety to recover. I am a suffering invalid. Just let me be.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 8, 1890.]

 

F.      Sr. White didn’t want to attend meetings because of so much opposition to her testimony.

1888 Materials, p. 252: - “But since some of my brethren hold me in the light they do, that my judgment is of no more value than that of any other, or of one who has not been called to this special work, and that I am subject to the influence of my son Willie, or of some others, why do you send for Sister White to attend your camp-meetings or special meetings? I cannot come. I could not do you any good, and it would only be trifling with the sacred responsibilities the Lord has laid upon me.” [Letter to R. A. Underwood; January 26, 1889.]

 

IBID., pp. 676 & 679: - “Now unless the Lord bids me, I shall not address the church here in Battle Creek until Elder Smith and those who have been in harmony with him show their colors. I set no stakes in this but I will know that the Lord bids me before I get the burden on my soul for the ones for whom I have labored so hard without the least acknowledgment or response or retraction on their part. I have had to vindicate myself and my brethren, press with all my powers against the prejudice, unbelief, false statements and misrepresentations until it almost gives me a nervous chill to think of the blindness and unreasonable Phariseeism that has been adjusted as a garment about men in prominent positions. … Will those who have withstood my labors and made of none effect the light given of God for the people now take this responsibility and labor to bring in a better state of things? I am troubled deeply, but I have no light to attend any camp meetings. I do not see what use it is for me to bear my testimony and the ministers that hear it feel it their privilege to receive or reject it as best pleases them. Let them work until they shall be convinced that God is in earnest with them.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; June 21, 1890.]

 

G.     Sr. White found non-SDA’s more receptive to her message, than were SDA’s.

1888 Materials, pp. 709 & 710: - “I have far greater liberty in speaking to unbelievers, They are interested. They feel impressed by the Spirit of God, and say, It seems those words are spoken under the inspiration of the Spirit of God. O, it is the hardest place in the world to speak where great light has come to men in responsible positions. They have been enlightened, but have chosen darkness rather than light.” [Letter to J. S. Washburn; September 18, 1890.]

 

IBID., p. 799: - “I have more freedom speaking to unbelievers than to those who hold responsible positions, and who have had so great light and great opportunities and have not responded to the light.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; December 31, 1890.]

H.     Sr. White could not place confidence in any human being.

1888 Materials, pp. 354 & 380: - “From this time I must look alone to God, for I dare not rely upon the wisdom of my brethren. I see they do not always take God for their counsellor, but look in a large degree to the men they have set before them in the place of God. … I have in my last few weeks' experience learned what little dependence may be placed in man, for these things must be met.” [Ms. 30, 1889; June 1889.]

 

IBID., p. 799: - “I expect anything and lean on no one, depend on no one.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; December 31, 1890.]

 

I.        The “brethren” would NOT sell Great Controversy, Volume 4. Satan was in charge of the management of her books.

1888 Materials, p. 1129: - “The Lord designed that the messages of warning and instruction given through the Spirit to His people should go everywhere. But the influence that grew out of the resistance of light and truth at Minneapolis tended to make of no effect the light God had given to His people through the Testimonies. Great Controversy, vol. 4, has not had the circulation it should have had, because some of those who occupy responsible positions were leavened with the spirit that prevailed at Minneapolis, a spirit that clouded the discernment of the people of God.” [Letter to W. Ings; January 9, 1893.]

 

The Paulson Collection p. 140: - “Just at that time the devil was influencing minds to hold back my books published at Review and Herald. Those at the head of the work there discouraged the agents about handling "Patriarchs and Prophets" and "Great Controversy," the very books which the people should have had at once, and concentrated their efforts on "Bible Readings," promising that at a certain time they would concentrate their efforts on my books. But this promise they never kept. At the very time when "G. C." should have been circulated everywhere, it was lying idle on the shelves of the Review and Herald and Pacific Press. The light given by God for the people was hidden away in the publishing houses. The inner working of this matter was presented to me, and I saw that the very men who said that the canvassers would not handle my books, were themselves arranging matters so that they should not handle them. They told me falsehoods.” [Letter to J. N. Loughborough; February 19, 1899.]

 

J.        It was not God’s will that Sr. White go to Australia in 1891. The “brethren” did NOT want to hear her “Testimonies” any more.

1888 Materials, pp. 1622 & 1623: - “I have not, I think, revealed the entire workings that led me here to Australia. Perhaps you may never fully understand the matter. The Lord was not in our leaving America. He did not reveal that it was his will that I should leave Battle Creek. The Lord did not plan this, but he let you all move after your own imaginings. The Lord would have had W. C. White, his mother, and her workers remain in America. We were needed at the heart of the work, and had your spiritual perception discerned the true situation, you would never have consented to the movements made. But the Lord read the hearts of all. There was so great a willingness to have us leave, that the Lord permitted this thing to take place. Those who were weary of the testimonies borne were left without the persons who bore them. Our separation from Battle Creek was to let men have their own will and way, which they thought superior to the way of the Lord. The result is before you. Had you stood in the right position the move would not have been made at that time. The Lord would have worked for Australia by other means and a strong influence would have been held at Battle Creek, the great heart of the work. There we should have stood shoulder to shoulder, creating a healthful atmosphere to be felt in all our conferences. It was not the Lord who devised this matter. I could not get one ray of light to leave America. But when the Lord presented this matter to me as it really was, I opened my lips to no one, because I knew that no one would discern the matter in all its bearings. When we left, relief was felt by many, but not so much by yourself, and the Lord was displeased; for he had set us to stand at the wheels of the moving machinery at Battle Creek.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; December 1, 1896.

K.     $ 10, 000 was donated to help Sr. White and the new work in Australia. It was cut off by the Pacific Press. [This would represent a fortune in those days.] The Review and Herald virtually starved Sr. White for money to live on.

1888 Materials, p. 1265: - “Well, many things of a very disagreeable character troubled me. I was depending on the means which Elder Haskell wrote was coming from America. Just when we could not draw from the treasury here, he wrote that the money would come by the next mail. But instead of the money, we received the news that Bro. Haskell took the first payment of the $10,000.00 to the Pacific Press to send here, and Bro. Jones said they needed the money at the Press, and then it would go into the general fund. I was not only grieved but indignant.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; June 10, 1894.]

 

Special Instruction Regarding Royalties, page 6: - “After the publishers refused to handle my books, I had to draw from the Review and Herald for means to live on. They humiliated me in the dust by telling me they could not honor my order, for I had overdrawn.” [March 11, 1899.]

 

L.      Sr. White would not return to the U.S.A., when asked by Elder Olsen, because the church leaders were the slaves of Satan.

1888 Materials, p. 1564: - “Bro. Olsen you speak of my return to America. For three years I stood in Battle Creek as a witness for the truth. Those who then refused to receive the testimony given me by God for them, and rejected the evidences attending these testimonies, would not be benefited should I return.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 31, 1896.]

 

Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 10, p. 29: - “O if I could have the joyful news that the will and minds of those in Battle Creek who have stood professedly as leaders, were emancipated from the teachings and slavery of Satan, whose captives they have been for so long, I would be willing to cross the broad Pacific to see your faces once more. But I am not anxious to see you with enfeebled perceptions and clouded minds because you have chosen darkness rather than light.”  [“To my brethren in America”; February 6, 1896.]

 

2 Chronicles 20:20: - “Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.”


 Chapter 3 = Rebellion of 1888

3.] JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH AND RULE RULE.

 

Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 91 – 94: - “The Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of Christ, which is made manifest in obedience to all the commandments of God. Many had lost sight of Jesus. They needed to have their eyes directed to His divine person, His merits, and His changeless love for the human family. All power is given into His hands, that He may dispense rich gifts unto men, imparting the priceless gift of His own righteousness to the helpless human agent. This is the message that God commanded to be given to the world. It is the third angel's message, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouring of His Spirit in a large measure. … The message of the gospel of His grace was to be given to the church in clear and distinct lines, that the world should no longer say that Seventh-day Adventists talk the law, the law, but do not teach or believe Christ.  … Now, it has been Satan's determined purpose to eclipse the view of Jesus and lead men to look to man, and trust to man, and be educated to expect help from man. For years the church has been looking to man and expecting much from man, but not looking to Jesus, in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered. Therefore God gave to His servants a testimony that presented the truth as it is in Jesus, which is the third angel's message, in clear, distinct lines. … This is the testimony that must go throughout the length and breadth of the world. It presents the law and the gospel, binding up the two in a perfect whole.” [Letter to O. A. Olsen; May 1, 1895.]

 

                The above statement in a nutshell, gives us a summary of what the 1888message involved, as far as the SDA church was concerned.

        I.            Justification by faith in Jesus – which leads to obedience to the Law of God.

      II.            This message was to uplift Jesus before the people, because many SDA”s had lost sight of him for years, by looking to and trusting in man.

   III.            This message was to present Christ in the Law.

    IV.            This message was to be preached to the world, and was in fact the Loud Cry of the third angel, which is to be accompanied by the power of the Holy Spirit – the Latter Rain.

 

1888 Materials, p. 166: - “Said my guide, "There is much light yet to shine forth from the law of God and the gospel of righteousness. This message, understood in its true character, and proclaimed in the Spirit, will lighten the earth with its glory.” [Ms. 15, 1888; Sermon, November, 1888.]

 

1893 General Conference Daily Bulletin, p. 16: - “The message of Christ's righteousness is to sound from one end of the world to the other. This is the glory of God which closes the work of the third angel.”  {GCDB, January 28, 1893 par. 27}

 

                We do know from the pen of inspiration, that the Loud Cry of the third angel did in fact begin in 1888.

R. & H., November 22, 1892: - “The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begun in the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is the beginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth.” {RH, November 22, 1892 par. 7}

 

                This was the message to the Laodicean church.

1888 Materials, pp. 1051, 1052 & 1054: - “The message which the messengers have been proclaiming is the message to the Laodicean church. … The message given us by A. T. Jones, and E. J. Waggoner is the message of God to the Laodicean church, and woe be unto anyone who professes to believe the truth and yet does not reflect to others the God-given rays. …  The Laodicean message has been sounding.Take this message in all its phases and sound it forth to the people wherever Providence opens the way. Justification by faith and the righteousness of Christ are the themes to be presented to a perishing world.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; September 19, 1892.]

 

                The message preached in 1888, by Jones and Waggoner, was the same message as James and Ellen G. White had taught in their ministries, since the year 1844. It presented Christ’s righteousness in the law.

1888 Materials, p. 164: - “I see the beauty of truth in the presentation of the righteousness of Christ in relation to the law as the doctor has placed it before us. …That which has been presented harmonizes perfectly with the light which God has been pleased to give me during all the years of my experience. If our ministering brethren would accept the doctrine which has been presented so clearly-- the righteousness of Christ in connection with the law -- and I know they need to accept this, their prejudices would not have a controlling power, and the people would be fed with their portion of meat in due season.” [Ms. 15, 1888; Sermon, November, 1888.]

 

IBID., pp. 348 & 349: - “It is impossible for us to exalt the law of Jehovah unless we take hold of the righteousness of Jesus Christ. My husband understood this matter of the law, and we have talked night after night until neither of us would sleep. … I have had the question asked, "What do you think of this light that these men are presenting? Why, I have been presenting it to you for the last 45 years --the matchless charms of Christ. This is what I have been trying to present before your minds. When Brother Waggoner brought out these ideas in Minneapolis, it was the first clear teaching on this subject from any human lips I had heard, excepting the conversations between myself and my husband. I have said to myself, It is because God has presented it to me in vision that I see it so clearly, and they cannot see it because they have never had it presented to them as I have. And when another presented it, every fiber of my heart said, Amen.” [Ms. 5, 1889; Sermon, June 19, 1889.]

 

                Most SDA’s did NOT understand the third angel’s message. NOT 1 in 100SDA’s understood the plan of salvation.

1888 Materials, p. 165: - “There are but few, even of those who claim to believe it, that comprehend the third angel's message, and yet this is the message for this time. It is present truth.” [Ms. 15, 1888; Sermon, November, 1888.]

 

R. & H., September 3, 1889: - “We need also much more knowledge; we need to be enlightened in regard to the plan of salvation. There is not one in one hundred who understands for himself the Bible truth on this subject that is so necessary to our present and eternal welfare.” {RH, September 3, 1889 par. 11}

 

                Uriah Smith was largely responsible for the false ideas existing amongst SDA’s about justification by faith. SDA’s were preaching Christless sermons – presenting the law of God, without Christ’s righteousness being presented in the law. The High Priestly work of Jesus was not being dwelt upon or understood. The people did not know how to believe in Christ. The church was Christless because they were putting men in the place of Jesus.

1888 Materials, p. 1053: - “The many and confused ideas in regard to Christ's righteousness and justification by faith are the result of the position you have taken toward the man and the message sent of God.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; September 19, 1892.]

 

R. & H., August 13, 1889: - “The churches are lukewarm. They have listened to doctrinal discourses, but they have not been instructed concerning the simple art of believing. In every meeting which we attend, we find many who do not understand the simplicity of faith. They do not know what constitutes genuine faith, and they miss a rich experience simply because they do not take God at his word. … . The doctrine of justification by faith has been lost sight of by many who have professed to believe the third angel's message. … God has raised up men to meet the necessity of this time who will cry aloud and spare not, who will lift up their voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. Their work is not only to proclaim the law, but to preach the truth for this time, -- the Lord our righteousness.”

R. & H., September 3, 1889: - “If we would have the spirit and power of the third angel's message, we must present the law and the gospel together, for they go hand in hand.” {RH, September 3, 1889 par. 17}

 

R. & H., February 4, 1890: - “Christ's relation to the law is but faintly understood, but ignorance will not excuse any man for acting contrary to the principles of the law and the gospel. … We should understand the relation of Christ to the moral law. … We should dwell on the law and the gospel, showing the relation of Christ to the great standard of righteousness. The mediatorial work of Christ, the grand and holy mysteries of redemption, are not studied or comprehended by the people who claim to have light in advance of every other people on the face of the earth.”

 

R. & H., March 11, 1890: - “As a people, we have preached the law until we are as dry as the hills of Gilboa that had neither dew nor rain. We must preach Christ in the law, and there will be sap and nourishment in the preaching that will be as food to the famishing flock of God.” {RH, March 11, 1890 par. 13}

 

R. & H., March 25, 1890: - “No one has said that we shall find perfection in any man's investigations, but this I do know, that our churches are dying for the want of teaching on the subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and for kindred truths.”  {RH, March 25, 1890 par. 8}

 

R. & H., November 29, 1892: - “Christ has not been presented in connection with the law as a faithful and merciful High Priest, who was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. He has not been lifted up before the sinner as the divine sacrifice. His work as sacrifice, substitute, and surety, has been only coldly and casually dwelt upon; but this is what the sinner needs to know. It is Christ in his fullness as a sin-pardoning Saviour, that the sinner must see; for the unparalleled love of Christ, through the agency of the holy Spirit, will bring conviction and conversion to the hardened heart.” {RH, November 29, 1892 par. 7}

 

1888 Materials, p. 966: - “Men have placed him [Elder G. I. Butler – compiler] where God should be placed, and by so doing, have ruined their own religious experience, and have also ruined Elder Butler, and the church was becoming strengthless, Christless, because they glorified men when every jot of glory should be given to God.” [Letter to S. N. Haskell; December 11, 1891.]

 

                This message was the present truth for the time. It was the third angel’s message in verity.

R. & H., March 5, 1889: - “Eld. Jones came from Boston, and labored most earnestly for the people, speaking twice and sometimes three times a day. The flock of God were fed with soul-nourishing food. The very message the Lord has sent to the people of this time was presented in the discourses. …  I have never seen a revival work go forward with such thoroughness, and yet remain so free from all undue excitement.”

 

R. & H., August 13, 1889: - “The churches in Pennsylvania have been passing through discouragements, and some of their members have apostatized. But as the precious message of present truth was spoken to the people by Brn. Jones and Waggoner, the people saw new beauty in the third angel's message, and they were greatly encouraged.” {RH, August 13, 1889 par. 5}

 

R. & H., September 3, 1889: - “The present message -- justification by faith -- is a message from God; it bears the divine credentials, for its fruit is unto holiness. … When the doctrine of justification by faith was presented at the Rome meeting, it came to many as water comes to the thirsty traveler. The thought that the righteousness of Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit on our part, but as a free gift from God, seemed a precious thought. The enemy of man and God is not willing that this truth should be clearly presented; for he knows that if the people receive it fully, his power will be broken.”

 

R. & H., March 4, 1890: - “Those who were at South Lancaster last winter know that the church and the school were moved upon by the Spirit of God. Nearly every student was swept in by the heavenly current, and living testimonies were given that were not surpassed even by the testimonies of 1844 before the disappointment.” {RH, March 4, 1890 par. 6}

 

R. & H., March 18, 1890: - “I have traveled from place to place, attending meetings where the message of the righteousness of Christ was preached. I considered it a privilege to stand by the side of my brethren, and give my testimony with the message for the time; and I saw that the power of God attended the message wherever it was spoken. … Everywhere the message led to the confession of sin, and to the putting away of iniquity.”  {RH, March 18, 1890 par. 7}

 

R. & H., April 1, 1890: - “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel's message, and I have answered, "It is the third angel's message in verity [1]."” {RH, April 1, 1890 par. 8}

 

 

WHAT IS GENUINE FAITH?

 

                Below are some simple inspired definitions of what is true faith, which were penned in the early 1890’s.

R. & H., July 29, 1890: - “Would it not be better to take the blessed promises of God and apply them to yourself, bearing your whole weight upon them? This is faith. It is by faith that we are to come into a sacred nearness to Christ, not depending upon feeling; we are to say, "I believe thy promise, Lord, because thou hast said it. Thy word is pledged; we know that we are the children of God because we comply with the conditions, because he has pledged his word."”  {RH, July 29, 1890 par. 6}

 

R. & H., August 26, 1890: - “What kind of faith is it that overcomes the world? -- It is that faith which makes Christ your own personal Saviour, -- that faith which, recognizing your helplessness, your utter inability to save yourself, takes hold of the Helper who is mighty to save, as your only hope. It is faith that will not be discouraged, that hears the voice of Christ saying, "Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world, and my divine strength is yours." It is the faith that hears him say, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."”  {RH, August 26, 1890 par. 9}

 

R. & H., May 19, 1891: - “We may have a great deal more faith than we now have, by living up to the light God has given. Says the apostle, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." As you would believe in a friend, so you are to trust God. If your friend has never denied your requests, you will not doubt his promise to favor you in some new desire. You are to believe that Jesus knows just what you need, and will supply all your wants; so you can go on in faith, saying "I have laid my burden upon the Lord, and I will not lay it upon any human being. God will hear and answer my prayers." Satan may say, "You do not feel any better, you are just as miserable as ever." But tell him you believe that God will do just as he said, and rest your whole weight on his promise. We must have a practical faith, a faith which works by love and purifies the soul. This genuine faith has a purifying, refining influence upon the Christian's character.

 

Steps to Christ, p. 52 [1892 edition]: - “From the simple Bible account of how Jesus healed the sick, we may learn something about how to believe in Him for the forgiveness of sins. Let us turn to the story of the paralytic at Bethesda. The poor sufferer was helpless; he had not used his limbs for thirty-eight years. Yet Jesus bade him, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." The sick man might have said, "Lord, if Thou wilt make me whole, I will obey Thy word." But, no, he believed Christ's word, believed that he was made whole, and he made the effort at once; he willed to walk, and he did walk. He acted on the word of Christ, and God gave the power. He was made whole.”

NOTE: - Emphasis is in the original.

 

IBID., p. 69: - “When we speak of faith, there is a distinction that should be borne in mind. There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith. The existence and power of God, the truth of His word, are facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that "the devils also believe, and tremble;" but this is not faith. James 2:19. Where there is not only a belief in God's word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith -- faith that works by love and purifies the soul. Through this faith the heart is renewed in the image of God.”

 

HOW TO OBTAIN FAITH AND LOVE: -

 

1892 Gospel Workers, p. 238: - “Every one needs a practical experience in trusting God for himself. Let no man become your confessor; open the heart to God; tell him every secret of the soul. Bring to him your difficulties, small and great, and he will show you a way out of them all. He alone can know how to give the very help you need. And when, after a trying season, help comes to you, when the Spirit of God is manifestly at work for you, what a precious experience you have gained. You are obtaining faith and love, the gold that the True Witness counsels you to buy of him. You are learning to go to God in all your troubles; and as you learn these precious lessons of faith, you will teach the same to others.” {GW92 238.1}

 

SOME CHOICE INSPIRED STATEMENTS ON JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH: -

 

Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 9, p. 62: - “What is justification by faith? -- It is the work of God in laying the glory of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself. When men see their own nothingness, they are prepared to be clothed with the righteousness of Christ. When they begin to praise and exalt God all the day long, then by beholding they are becoming changed into the same image. What is regeneration? -- It is revealing to man what is his own real nature, that in himself he is worthless.” {SpTA09 62.2}

NOTE: - The under-lined portion has been left out of Testimonies to Ministers, p. 456.

 

R. & H., May 3, 1881: - “Many who are sincerely seeking for holiness of heart and purity of life seem perplexed and discouraged. They are constantly looking to themselves, and lamenting their lack of faith; and because they have no faith, they feel that they cannot claim the blessing of God. These persons mistake faith for feeling. They look above the simplicity of true faith, and thus bring great darkness upon their souls. They should turn the mind from self, to dwell upon the mercy and goodness of God and to recount his promises, and then simply believe that he will fulfill his word. We are not to trust in our faith, but in the promises of God. When we repent of our past transgressions of his law, and resolve to render obedience in the future, we should believe that God for Christ's sake accepts us, and forgives our sins.”  {RH, May 3, 1881 par. 2}

 

R. & H., January 31, 1888: - “Paul said to the elders of Ephesus, "I have kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." Repentance must be exercised toward God because we have all sinned, broken his righteous law, violated the rule of his government, and brought discord into his harmony. We must exercise faith toward Jesus Christ because he had become our sacrifice and surety. He has died that we might have "remission of sins that are past," and obtain grace and help so that we may keep the commandments of the Lord our God. Faith in Jesus does not make void the law, but establishes it, and will work the fruits of obedience in our lives. Faith in Christ means that you are to do whatsoever he commands; it means that you are to follow in his footsteps. "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked." "He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him."”  {RH, January 31, 1888 par. 8}

 

R. & H., July 5, 1892: - “It is by beholding Christ upon the cross of Calvary that the sinner is drawn to his Saviour; and as he realizes that Christ has died for him, his heart is melted into contrition and tenderness. He repents toward God because he has transgressed the divine law, and he has faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ as his substitute and surety. This is the work that is before every soul who has transgressed the law of God, -- repentance toward God for breaking his commandments, which has caused the death of his Son, and faith toward him who imputeth his righteousness unto us. But there is a great misapprehension in regard to what is genuine faith. It is not a mere intellectual assent to truth, or a nominal acceptance of the fact that Christ has died for the salvation of men. Genuine faith works by love, and purifies the soul. There are some who declare that all we have to do is to believe in Jesus, and they think it makes no difference if we trample upon the divine precepts. These statements show that this class do not understand the fundamental principles of the plan of salvation. Genuine faith in Christ will not lead a man to transgress the law; for Christ is not a minister of sin.”

 

 

                The 1888 message of Justification by Faith was NOT lost, despite most of the records from the Minneapolis meeting, not being kept. As the 1888 message was the same message that Sr. White had been teaching since the commencement of her ministry, it would be unlike God not to keep a permanent record of this “most precious message.” In 1892, the book, STEPS TO CHRIST was published by    Fleming H. Revell Company, a non-SDA publisher of religious literature. This book contains the essence of the 1888 message, on Justification and Sanctification.

 

It should be pointed out, that the original, 1892 edition of this book, is NOT  the same as the one we have today. The next page will show the “Title Page” and the “Table of Contents” of the original 1892 edition. It commences with, “The Sinner’s Need Of Christ”, and the rest of the chapters are the same as the present edition. In 1896, the SDA church’s publishing house, purchased back the rights to the book, and ADDEDwhat we find in our present edition, the FAKE first chapter, “God’s Love For Man.” [The SDA Encylopedia, p. 1596 - 1976 edition confirms this fact, except it states the falsehood, that this chapter was added by the author. Peter’s ladder, found in 2 Peter 1:5 – 7, which contains the steps to heaven, has charity [love] last, NOT first. SeeAppendix A, for more information on the changing of the “Testimonies”.]

 

                It is interesting, that Barnhouse, of the Evangelical Conferences, when he was sent a copy of the present edition of STEPS TO CHRIST, attacked this very FAKE first chapter, “God’s Love For Man”, when Unruh sent him a copy, in 1950.

See attachment for Steps to Christ Documentation.

R. & H., NOVEMBER 4, 1890 - CHRIST THE WAY OF LIFE.

BY MRS. E. G. WHITE.

                "Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel."  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 1}

 

                Repentance is associated with faith, and is urged in the gospel as essential to salvation. Paul preached repentance. He said, "I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ." There is no salvation without repentance. No impenitent sinner can believe with his heart unto righteousness. Repentance is described by Paul as a godly sorrow for sin, that "worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of." This repentance has in it nothing of the nature of merit, but it prepares the heart for the acceptance of Christ as the only Saviour, the only hope of the lost sinner.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 2}

                As the sinner looks to the law, his guilt is made plain to him, and pressed home to his conscience, and he is condemned. His only comfort and hope is found in looking to the cross of Calvary. As he ventures upon the promises, taking God at his word, relief and peace come to his soul. He cries, "Lord, thou hast promised to save all who come unto thee in the name of thy Son. I am a lost, helpless, hopeless soul. Lord, save, or I perish." His faith lays hold on Christ, and he is justified before God.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 3}

                But while God can be just, and yet justify the sinner through the merits of Christ, no man can cover his soul with the garments of Christ's righteousness while practicing known sins, or neglecting known duties. God requires the entire surrender of the heart, before justification can take place; and in order for man to retain justification, there must be continual obedience, through active, living faith that works by love and purifies the soul.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 4} 

                James writes of Abraham and says, "Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only." In order for man to be justified by faith, faith must reach a point where it will control the affections and impulses of the heart; and it is by obedience that faith itself is made perfect.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 5}

                Without the grace of Christ, the sinner is in a hopeless condition; nothing can be done for him; but through divine grace, supernatural power is imparted to the man, and works in mind and heart and character. It is through the impartation of the grace of Christ that sin is discerned in its hateful nature, and finally driven from the soul temple. It is through grace that we are brought into fellowship with Christ, to be associated with him in the work of salvation. Faith is the condition upon which God has seen fit to promise pardon to sinners; not that there is any virtue in faith whereby salvation is merited, but because faith can lay hold of the merits of Christ, the remedy provided for sin. Faith can present Christ's perfect obedience instead of the sinner's transgression and defection. When the sinner believes that Christ is his personal Saviour, then, according to his unfailing promises, God pardons his sin, and justifies him freely. The repentant soul realizes that his justification comes because Christ, as his substitute and surety, has died for him, is his atonement and righteousness.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 6}

                "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Righteousness is obedience to the law. The law demands righteousness, and this the sinner owes to the law; but he is incapable of rendering it. The only way in which he can attain to righteousness is through faith. By faith he can bring to God the merits of Christ, and the Lord places the obedience of his Son to the sinner's account. Christ's righteousness is accepted in place of man's failure, and God receives, pardons, justifies, the repentant, believing soul, treats him as though he were righteous, and loves him as he loves his Son. This is how faith is accounted righteousness; and the pardoned soul goes on from grace to grace, from light to a greater light. He can say with rejoicing, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 7}

               Again: it is written, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." Jesus declared, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." "Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." It is not a low standard that is placed before us; for we are to become the children of God. We are to be saved as individuals; and in the day of test and trial we shall be able to discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not. We are saved as individual believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 8}

                Many are losing the right way, in consequence of thinking that they must climb to heaven, that they must do something to merit the favor of God. They seek to make themselves better by their own unaided efforts. This they can never accomplish. Christ has made the way by dying our sacrifice, by living our example, by becoming our great high-priest. He declares, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." If by any effort of our own we could advance one step toward the ladder, the words of Christ would not be true. But when we accept Christ, good works will appear as fruitful evidence that we are in the way of life, that Christ is our way, and that we are treading the true path that leads to heaven.  {RH, November 4, 1890 par. 9}

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                This message was opposed by some of the leading “brethren”.

The Paulson Collection, p. 404: - “The efforts made here to close every avenue to light and truth which is supposed to disagree with the opinions of some leading men, are very unreasonable. Are these men infallible? Has God appointed them supreme judges of how light shall come to his people? I answer, No.”  {PC 404.4} [Letter to G. I. Butler; October 14, 1888.]

1888 Materials, pp. 418 & 419: - “If Elder Smith or Elder Butler should reject the message of truth which the Lord has sent to the people of this time, would their unbelief make the message error? -- No. We are to follow no one but Christ. If men who have occupied leading positions feel at liberty to despise the message and the messenger, their unbelief is no excuse. Our salvation is an individual work.” [Letter to Madison and Howard Miller; July 23, 1889.]

Special Testimonies, Series A, No. 2a, pp. 116 & 118: - “God has committed to his servants a message for this time; but this message does not in every particular coincide with the ideas of all the leading men, and some criticise the message and the messengers. They dare even to reject the words of reproof sent to them from God through his Holy Spirit. … The true religion, the only religion of the Bible, that teaches forgiveness only through the merits of a crucified and risen Saviour, that advocates righteousness by the faith of the Son of God, has been slighted, spoken against, ridiculed, and rejected. It has been denounced as leading to enthusiasm and fanaticism.” [Based on a vision received at Salamanca, New York; November 3, 1890.]

R. & H., March 18, 1890: - “If our brethren were all laborers together with God, they would not doubt but that the message he has sent us during these last two years is from heaven. Our young men look to our older brethren, and as they see that they do not accept the message, but treat it as though it were of no consequence, it influences those who are ignorant of the Scriptures to reject the light. These men who refuse to receive truth, interpose themselves between the people and the light. …  I have tried to present the message to you as I have understood it, but how long will those at the head of the work keep themselves aloof from the message of God?

R. & H., May 27, 1890: - “God has raised up his messengers to do his work for this time. Some have turned from the message of the righteousness of Christ to criticise the men and their imperfections, because they do not speak the message of truth with all the grace and polish desirable. They have too much zeal, are too much in earnest, speak with too much positiveness, and the message that would bring healing and life and comfort to many weary and oppressed souls, is, in a measure, excluded; for just in proportion as men of influence close their own hearts and set up their own wills in opposition to what God has said, will they seek to take away the ray of light from those who have been longing and praying for light and for vivifying power.Christ has registered all the hard, proud, sneering speeches spoken against his servants as against himself.”  {RH, May 27, 1890 par. 5}

                The SDA church historians generally teach that the 1888 message was eventually accepted, and “we all lived happily ever after.” The 1888 message was NOTjust the message of “Christ our Righteousness”; but it was the message of Revelation 18 – the Loud Cry of the Third Angel. [Regardless of what the SDA church historians assert.]

Selected Message, Volume 1, pp. 234 & 235: - “An unwillingness to yield up preconceived opinions, and to accept this truth, lay at the foundation of a large share of the opposition manifested at Minneapolis against the Lord's message through Brethren {E.J.} Waggoner and {A.T.} Jones. By exciting that opposition Satan succeeded in shutting away from our people, in a great measure, the special power of the Holy Spirit that God longed to impart to them. The enemy prevented them from obtaining that efficiency which might have been theirs in carrying the truth to the world, as the apostles proclaimed it after the day of Pentecost. The light that is to lighten the whole earth with its glory was resisted, and by the action of our own brethren has been in a great degree kept away from the world.”  [Letter to Uriah Smith; June 6, 1896.]

“Are Seventh Day Adventists Doing God’s Will?”, by W. L. Brisbin, pp. 10 & 11: - “In1888 in the General Conference held at Minneapolis, Minn., the angel of Revelation 18 came down to his work, and was ridiculed, criticized, and rejected, and when the message he brings again will swell into a loud cry, it will again be ridiculed, and spoken against, and rejected by the majority.” [Entitled taking up a reproach.]

                The leading “brethren” opposed “Christ our Righteousness”, because they wanted to Rule Rule!

Testimonies to Ministers, p. 363: - “The righteousness of Christ by faith has been ignored by some; for it is contrary to their spirit and their whole life experience. Rule, rule, has been their course of action.” [Granville, Australia; September, 1895.]

          The following statements from the Testimony of Jesus plainly link together, “Christ our Righteousness” – Justification by Faith in Jesus, and not trusting in and depending upon man, and not having man ruling over his fellow man.

The Paulson Collection, pp. 53 & 58: - “God says to every man to whom He entrusts responsibilities, "Put not your trust in man, neither make flesh your arm." Look to God. Trust in his infallible wisdom. Regard as a sin, the practice so common, even among Seventh-day Adventists, of becoming the echo of any man, however lofty his position. Listen to the voice of the great Shepherd, and you will never be led astray. Search the Scriptures for yourself, and be braced for duty and for trial by the truth of God's word. Let no friendship, no influence, no entreaty let not the smiles, the confidence, or the rewards of any man, induce you to swerve from the path in which the Lord would lead you. Let Christlike integrity and consistency control the actions of your life. The man who sits most at the feet of Jesus, and is taught by the Saviour's spirit, will be ready to cry out, "I am weak and unworthy, But Christ is my strength and my righteousness."  … Our faith cannot be vested in any man. We need Christ's righteousness. We need Jesus ever by our side. He is our Rock. It is by his might that we conquer, and by his righteousness that we are saved. When I see men exalted and praised, extolled as almost infallible, I know that there must come a terrible shaking.” [Ms. 15, 1886.]

IBID., pp. 403 & 404: - “No one should lean wholly upon another's mind; but as God's free agent, each should ask wisdom of him. When the learner depends in a large degree upon another man's thoughts and goes no farther than to accept his plans, he sees only through that man's eyes, and is so far only an echo of the other. God will, by his own Spirit, work directly through the mind he has put in man, if the man will only give him a chance to work, and will recognize his dealings with him. God designs that men shall use their minds and consciences for themselves. He never designed that one man should become the shadow of another, and utter only another's sentiments. But this error has been coming in among us, that a very few are to be mind, conscience, and judgment for all God's workers. The foundation of Christianity is "Christ, our Righteousness." Men are individually responsible to God and must act as God acts upon them, not as another human mind acts upon their mind; for if this method of indirect influence is kept up, souls cannot be impressed and directed by the great I Am. They will, on the other hand, have their experience blended with another, and will be kept under a moral restraint, which allows no freedom of action or of choice.” [Letter to G. I. Butler; October 14, 1888.]

R. & H., February 12, 1889: - “The work of deep heart-searching has been gradually going forward. Many have sought the Lord with confession of sins and contrition of soul, and have been blessed and made joyful by the God of their salvation. Those who have hitherto been almost destitute of faith have discerned its simplicity, and have been enabled to lay hold of the promises of God. They could truly say, with the prophet, "The hand of our God is upon all them . . . that seek him; - but his power and his wrath is against all them that forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this, and he was entreated of us." The prophet trusted not in man, but in God alone, and he received help. So it has been with the church. Their offerings were accepted, their faith was directed to Christ, our Righteousness, and the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, has been revealed to their souls.

1888 Materials, p. 1041: - “It is a sad fact that many of our people have leaned upon others, and have not made God their dependence. The humility, the meekness and lowliness of Christ, has not been attractive to them. They have set themselves in stubborn self-will, and unless there is a decided change in their attitude, they will, to the last, cherish traits of character that will unfit [them] for seeing and understanding the working of the Spirit of God, and they will be led by another spirit. They will fail to obtain the experience essential for them, so that they shall be clothed in the righteousness of Christ.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; Septemebr 19, 1892.]

IBID., p. 1412: - “When men educate others to rely upon men, to look to and to trust in men, when they dictate to others what they shall do, by pen or voice, and what they shall not do, they are educating their brethren to make flesh their arm, to trust in men, and to give glory to humanity rather than to God. But the Lord would have us have an eye single to his glory. We are safe only as we lift up Jesus, and speak in full praise of his excellency.” [Letter to Dr. J. H. Kellogg; July 15, 1895.]

NOTE: - Compare this statement with Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 91 - 93. The 1888message was to uplift Jesus and him crucified, instead of lifting up men, which the church had been educated to do for years.

IBID., p. 1619: - “The church of Christ must depend on the source of all power for its efficiency. Christ is all and in all. The great sin which has been entering the ranks of Seventh-day Adventists is the sin of exalting man, and placing him where God should be. This was demonstrated at Minneapolis.” [Letter to Bro. and Sis. Prescott; September 1, 1896.]

NOTE: - This statement tells us what the great sin was that took place at Minneapolis – exalting man to the place where Jesus should be.

Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 366 & 367: - “God will not vindicate any device whereby man shall in the slightest degree rule or oppress his fellowmen. The only hope for fallen man is to look to Jesus and receive Him as the only Saviour. As soon as man begins to make an iron rule for other men, as soon as he begins to harness up and drive men according to his own mind, he dishonors God and imperils his own soul and the souls of his brethren. Sinful man can find hope and righteousness only in God, and no human being is righteous any longer than he has faith in God and maintains a vital connection with Him. … We receive from God that which ministers to the life of the soul. We are warned not to trust in man, nor to make flesh our arm. A curse is pronounced upon all who do this.” [September 24, 1895.]

                According to Testimonies to Ministers, p. 93, it had been Satan’s purpose, to keep Jesus from the view of SDA’s, by looking to, and trusting in man. This was the propblem of the church for years. The 1888 message was designed by God to correct this problem, by uplifting Jesus as the hope of the church.

                Satan did succeed in keeping Jesus from the view of SDA’s. How? By getting man to look to man.

R. & H., February 23, 1892: - “The sacredness has been lost from our labors, and we do not appreciate divine realities as we should, because we have lost sight of Jesus, and fastened our eyes upon humanity.” {RH, February 23, 1892 par. 8}

R. & H., April 12, 1892: - “All truth is found in Christ. "Ye are complete in him." Satan is continually seeking to turn minds away from Christ. Through his devices, man has been exalted, and has received confidence and honor that belong only to God. The people have looked to men for wisdom, instead of looking to God. And in order to save man from ruin, God has been compelled to let him see his own weakness by withdrawing, in a great measure, the Holy Spirit from him.”  {RH, April 12, 1892 par. 26}

                According to Testimonies to Ministers, p. 93, this was the problem with the SDA church for years. Throughout the 1880’s, we have Testimonies which outlined this problem. [Sr. White considered it a sin.] G. I. Butler and his associates, taught their brethren, [who then taught the laity], to look to them, instead of looking to Jesus. Butler was a Papist at heart, who believed that one’s position in the church, gave one authority, to rule and dictate to others. He and his associates were holding the reins of control, over the “organized work” so tightly, that it was restricting God’s work from advancing.

1888 Materials, p. 1591: - “A great crisis is coming upon us. If men still yield to men, as they have been doing for the last fifteen years [taking us back to 1881 – compiler], they will lose their own souls, and their example will lead others astray.” [Letter to “The men who occupy responsible positions in the work”; July 1, 1896.]

1892 Gospel Workers, pp. 234, 235 & 237: - “Among our people there has been a trifling with personal responsibilities. I tell you with sorrow that some of our Conferences are weak in Christian experience because their leading men -- and the people have followed the example -- have sought for the approval of man with far greater anxiety than for the approval of God; they have looked to man for help and counsel more than they have looked to God. They have made men their burden-bearers, and have accepted human wisdom just when and where they should depend upon God. And too often those of whom they seek counsel, need help themselves; for their souls are not right with God.  The presidents of our Conferences have become weak and inefficient by making flesh their arm. … I repeat, Do not throw your burdens upon the president of the General Conference. Do not expect him to take up your dropped stitches and bind off your work. Resolve that you will bear your own burdens through Christ who strengtheneth you. If he is walking in the counsel of God, the president of the General Conference will not encourage his brethren in looking to him to define their duty, but will direct them to the only Source that is  untainted with the errors of humanity. He will refuse to be mind and conscience for others.  Satan exults when men look to and trust in man. …  If you expect all your counsel and wisdom to come from men, mortal and finite like yourselves, you will receive only human help. If you go to God for help and wisdom, he will never disappoint your faith. The presidents of the State Conferences have the same God that the president of the General Conference has, and they can go to the Source of wisdom for themselves, instead of depending upon one man, who has to obtain his light from the same source.” [Sermon delivered at the 1883 General Conference Session.]

The Kress Collection, p. 120: - “Are all satisfied with the history of the work for the past fifteen years? [that takes us back to 1885 – compiler] Where is the evidence of the co-working with God? Where has been heard throughout the churches the prayer for the help of the Holy Spirit? Dissatisfied and disheartened, we turn away from the scene. Our churches and institutions must return to where they were before the backsliding commenced, when they began trusting in man and making flesh their arm. Have we not seen enough of human wisdom? Shall we not now seek God in earnestness and simplicity, and serve him with heart and mind and strength? The children of Israel beheld the awful semblance of God's presence in the mount; but before Moses had been forty days away from them, they substituted a golden calf for Jehovah. Things similar to this have been done among us as a people. Let us now return to God in penitence and contrition. Let us trust in Him, not in man.” [June 26, 1900.]

NOTE: - Man trusting in man, instead of trusting in God, caused the backsliding in the churches and institutions, and is likened to making a golden calf, as Israel did at Mt. Sinai. This coincides with the time, when Butler should have been removed from office as the General Conference President in 1885.

1888 Materials, p. 183: - “Elder Butler, we think, has been in office three years too long and now all humility and lowliness of mind have departed from him. He thinks his position gives him such power that his voice is infallible. To get this off from the minds of our brethren has been a difficult matter.” [Letter to Mary White; November 4, 1888.]

IBID., p. 188: - “I am glad that a time has come when something will stir our people to investigate the points of our faith for themselves. We should not consider that either Elder Butler or Elder Smith are the guardians of the doctrines for Seventh-day Adventists, and that no one may dare to express an idea that differs from theirs. My cry has been: Investigate the Scriptures for yourselves, and know for yourselves what saith the Lord. No man is to be authority for us.” [Letter to W. M. Healey; December 9, 1888.]

The Paulson Collection, pp. 402 & 403: - “The work in Battle Creek, and in the State of Michigan is far, far behind. For several years there has been on the part of the Conference Committee and the laborers, a want of wise planning and discreet management in regard to it. While the President of the General Conference was willing to do much work he did not see the necessity of training the powers of mind and qualifying himself to plan to discern the talents of young men and set them to work, associating with himself those who could help him. … Much ability has been lost to the cause of God; because many in responsible positions were so narrow in their ideas, that they did not discern the increasing responsibilities. They did not have extended vision to see that the work was becoming altogether too large to be carried forward by the workers then engaged in it. The work had outgrown them. Much, very much is now left undone which should have been done because men have held things in their own finite hands, instead of proportioning the work to a larger number of workers and trusting that God would help them. They have tried to take all branches of the work upon themselves, fearing others would not prove as efficient. Their wills have therefore controlled in everything, and through some unwise decisions, made because of their inability to grasp all the wants of the cause in its various parts, and as the result, great losses have been sustained. The work has been bound about, not from design, but from not discerning the necessity of a different order of things to meet the demands for the time. This is largely due to the feeling of Elder Butler that position gave unlimited authority. Greater responsibilities were pressed upon him and accepted, than one person could carry; and the consequence was a demoralized condition of affairs, notwithstanding he may have done the very best he himself could do under the circumstances.” [Letter to G. I. Butler; October 14, 1888.]

Battle Creek Letters, p. 35: - “Elder Butler thought that everybody must yield to him. He came to think that he must command everything. This destroyed his brain power.” [Letter to Dr. J. H. Kellogg; K – 215, 1899.]

NOTE: - This is largely the reason that Butler had a breakdown in 1888.

R. & H., June 18, 1889: - “Since my return from Europe [that was in August, 1887 – compiler], I have been pained to notice how men ask counsel of men, instead of seeking wisdom of God. We should make God our support. Those who bear responsibilities in our different institutions should go to him for wisdom. …  From the light that God has given me, I know that there might have been twenty-fold more accomplished than has been accomplished, if the workers had sought God for strength and support instead of depending so much upon man.

                This problem was not just an American problem for SDA’s. The work in Europe had been crippled by the same attitude, since the time of J. N. Andrews’ and J. N. Loughborough’s missionary work in Europe.

The Paulson Collection, p. 384: - “This same character of spirit is found here in Europe.For years Elder Andrews held the work back from advancing, because he feared to entrust it to others lest they would not carry out his precise plans. He would never allow anything to come into existence that did not originate with him. Elder Loughborough also held everything in his grasp while he was in California and England, and as a result the work is years behind in England. Elder Wilcox and Sister Thayer have the same spirit of having everything go in the exact way in which they shall dictate, and no one is being trained in such a way as to know how to get hold of the work for himself.” [Letter to G. I. Butler and S. N. Haskell; October 28, 1885.]

NOTE: - This has been left out of Testimonies to Ministers, p. 304.

                God tried to solve this problem in 1888, according to Testimonies to Ministers, pp. 91 – 93. I have already shown the reason the leaders rejected the 1888 message, was because, they wanted to “RULE RULE” – Testimonies to Ministers, p. 363. The heading of that page is entitled – “IN THE TRACK OF ROMANISM.” In 1888, the leaders manifested the spirit of the Papacy, in two ways, in their opposition to the message of Justification by Faith in Jesus.

                The Papacy gives the authority to decide what is truth, to a select few – the “Fathers of the Church.” Those who opposed “Christ our Righteousness” did not want to study the Bible points under discussion, because the General Conference President was not in attendance at the session.

1892 Gospel Workers, p. 125: - “We are not to think, as did the Jews, that our own ideas and opinions are infallible; nor with the papists, that certain individuals are the sole guardians of truth and knowledge, that men have no right to search the Scriptures for themselves, but must accept the explanations given by the Fathers of the church.” {GW92 125.1}

1888 Materials, pp. 151 – 153: - “And then to take the position that because Elder Butler was not here that that subject should not be taken up. I know this is not of God and I shall not feel free until I have told you. … If Elder Waggoner's views were wrong, what business has anyone to get up and say what they did here yesterday? If we have the truth it will stand. These truths that we have been handling for years -- must Elder Butler come and tell us what they are? Now, do let us have common sense. Don't let us leave such an impression on this people. … But if you want to take a position that only one man can explain the truth, I want to tell you that this is not as God would have it. … Here is Elder Smith and Elder Van Horn, who have been handling the truth for years, and yet we must not touch this subject because Elder Butler was not here. Elder Kilgore, I was grieved more than I can express to you when I heard you make that remark, because I have lost confidence in you.” [Ms. 9, 1888; October 24, 1888.]

                An attempt was made to set up a creed, to restrict what Bible doctrines were to be taught. This would give the General Conference Committee the right to decide what was truth or what was error.


Chapter 4 of the study document - 'Rebellion of 1888'

4.] 1888 AND THE FINAL CRISIS.

R. & H., DECEMBER 11, 1888 - THE APPROACHING CRISIS.

 

BY MRS. E. G. WHITE.

 

                A great crisis awaits the people of God. Very soon our nation will attempt to enforce upon all, the observance of the first day of the week as a sacred day. In doing this, they will not scruple to compel men against the voice of their own conscience to observe the day the nation declares to be the Sabbath. In view of this, there must be, among God's commandment-keeping people, more spirituality and a deeper consecration to God, and a zeal in his work that has never yet been reached, to hold aloft the banner of God's truth. The law of God, the only standard of righteousness, must be prized in proportion as the professed Christian world manifest contempt for it.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 1}

    

                The law of God should be loved and prized by God's true people now, more than ever before. There is the most urgent necessity of enforcing the words of Christ upon the mind and heart of every believer, both men and women, youth and children: "Search the Scriptures." Examine your Bibles as you have never done before. Unless you arise to a higher, holier attitude in your religious life, you will not be ready for the appearing of our Lord. There are many who are not purifying their souls by obeying the truth. As great light has been given them, God expects proportionate zeal, devotion, and faithfulness upon the part of his people. But there will be proportionate darkness, unbelief, and blindness as the truth is not appreciated and acted upon.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 2}

   

                 The Lord will not remove from his people every occasion to doubt; but he will give sufficient light and evidence to encourage faith and confidence; and if they walk as Christ, the light of the world, leads the way, they will not step aside into the paths of doubt and unbelief. When declension and danger threaten the church, there will be more praying, more fasting, by the faithful few, and the Lord will answer the prayers offered to him in sincerity, and at the same time he will come forth as an avenger because of the guiltiness of the evil-workers. He will be a protector; for he will "avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them."  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 3}

    

                It will appear as though Satan is triumphant, and that truth is overborne with falsehood and error; because the people over whom God has spread his shield, and the country which has been an asylum to the conscience-oppressed lovers of God and the defenders of his truth, are placed in desperate jeopardy through its oppressive legislation. Should our nation abjure the principles of Protestantism, to give countenance and sanction to the Sunday law, they will in this act join hands with popery; for it will be nothing else than giving life to the tyranny which has been eagerly waiting and watching its opportunity to spring into active despotism. And now, as this evil is on the point of realization, it is the business of all believers in the Bible to arouse.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 4}

    

                For years many have sat in calm expectation of this event, and they will not be working out the purposes of God if they comfort themselves with the thought that what is to come will come, and anything that they may do will not prevent it. They should not settle down in an easy, comfortable indolence, thinking that God will shelter his own people in the day of this calamity. This is the time for action, not for indolence and spiritual stupor. Satan is preparing his forces with a power from beneath, and all heaven is in busy activity, ready to work in the interests of those who are awake to the condition of things, and, like faithful sentinels, are doing all they can to arouse the people to avert, if possible, the threatened evil.  {RH, December 11, 1888par. 5}

   

                 If our people continue in the listless attitude in which they have been, God cannot pour upon them his Spirit. They are unprepared to co-operate with him. They do not realize the threatened danger, and are not awake to the situation. They should feel now as never before their need of vigilance and well-concerted action.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 6}

    

                The following quotation from "Testimony, No. 32," pages 208-210, which was published in 1885, shows that our people have not been left without warnings as to the duties and dangers of the times:--  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 7}

    

                God has revealed what is to take place in the last days, that his people may be prepared to stand against the tempest of opposition and wrath. Those who have been warned of the events before them are not to sit in calm expectation of the coming storm, comforting themselves that the Lord will shelter his faithful ones in the day of trouble. We are to be as men waiting for their Lord, not in idle expectancy, but in earnest work, with unwavering faith. It is no time now to allow our minds to be engrossed with things of minor importance. While men are sleeping, Satan is actively arranging matters so that the Lord's people may not have mercy or justice. The Sunday movement is now making its way in darkness. The leaders are concealing the true issue, and many who unite in the movement do not themselves see whither the under-current is tending. Its professions are mild, and apparently Christian; but when it shall speak, it will reveal the spirit of the dragon. It is our duty to do all in our power to avert the threatened danger. We should endeavor to disarm prejudice by placing ourselves in a proper light before the people. We should bring before them the real question at issue, thus interposing the most effectual protest against measures to restrict liberty of conscience. We should search the Scriptures, and be able to give the reason for our faith. Says the prophet, "The wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand."  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 8}

    

                Those who have access to God through Christ have important work before them. Now is the time to lay hold of the arm of our strength. The prayer of David should be the prayer of pastors and laymen: "It is time for thee, Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law." Let the servants of the Lord weep between the porch and the altar, crying, "Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach." God has always wrought for his people in their greatest extremity, when there seemed the least hope that ruin could be averted. The designs of wicked men, the enemies of the church, are subject to his power and overruling providence. He can move upon the hearts of statesmen; the wrath of the turbulent and disaffected, the haters of God, of his truth and his people, can be turned aside, even as the rivers of water are turned, if he orders it thus. Prayer moves the arm of Omnipotence. He who marshals the stars in order in the heavens, whose word controls the waves of the great deep,--the same infinite Creator will work in behalf of his people if they call upon him in faith. He will restrain the forces of darkness, until the warning is given to the world, and all who will heed it are prepared for the conflict. "The wrath of man shall praise Thee," says the psalmist; "the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain." God means that testing truth shall be brought to the front, and become a subject of examination and discussion, even if it is through the contempt placed upon it. The minds of the people must be agitated. Every controversy, every reproach, every slander, will be God's means of provoking inquiry, and awakening minds that otherwise would slumber. {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 9}

    

                Thus it has been in the past history of God's people. For refusing to worship the great golden image which Nebuchadnezzar had set up, the three Hebrews were cast into the fiery furnace. But God preserved his servants in the midst of the flames, and the attempt to enforce idolatry resulted in bringing the knowledge of the true God before the assembled princes and great men of the vast kingdom of Babylon. So it was when the decree went forth forbidding prayer to any god save the king. As Daniel, according to his custom, made his supplications three times a day to the God of heaven, the attention of the princes and rulers was called to his case. He had an opportunity to speak for himself, to show who is the true God, and to present the reason why he alone should receive worship, and the duty of rendering him praise and homage. And the deliverance of Daniel from the den of lions was another evidence that the Being whom he worshiped was the true and living God.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 10}

    

                So the imprisonment of Paul brought the gospel before kings, princes, and rulers, who otherwise would not have had this light. The efforts made to retard the progress of truth will serve to extend it. The excellence of truth is more clearly seen from every successive point from which it may be viewed. Error requires disguise and concealment. It clothes itself in angel robes, and every manifestation of its real character lessens its chance of success.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 11}

    

                The people whom God has made the depositaries of his law are not to permit their light to be hidden. The truth must be proclaimed in the dark places of the earth. Obstacles must be met and surmounted. A great work is to be done, and this work has been intrusted to those who know the truth. They should make mighty intercession with God for help now. The love of Christ must be diffused in their own hearts. The Spirit of Christ must be poured out upon them, and they must be making ready to stand in the judgment. While they are consecrating themselves to God, a convincing power will attend their efforts to present the truth to others, and its light will find access to many hearts. We must sleep no longer on Satan's enchanted ground, but call into requisition all our resources, and avail ourselves of every facility with which Providence has furnished us. The last warning is to be proclaimed "before many people, and nations, and tongues, and kings;" and the promise is given, "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world."  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 12}

    

                Through fraud and falsehood Satan is now using those who claim to be Christians to divorce the world from God's mercy. They are working in blindness. They do not see that if a Protestant government sacrifices the principles that have made them a free, independent nation, and through legislation brings into the Constitution, principles that will propagate papal falsehood and papal delusion, they are plunging into the Roman horrors of the Dark Ages. But this need not be, just at this point of time, if the church is aroused to her duty and her work. A vast responsibility is devolving upon men and women of prayer throughout the land, to petition that God may sweep back this cloud of evil, and give a few more years of grace to work for the Master.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 13}

    

                The peculiar work of the third angel has not been seen in its importance. God meant that his people should be far in advance of what they are today. But now, when the time has come for them to spring into action, they have the getting ready to do. When Satan made his advances, it was high time for the watchmen on the walls of Zion to arouse and counteract his efforts to obtain the advantage. It is not in the order of God that light has been kept from our people, -- the very present truth which they needed for this time. Not all of our ministers who are giving the third angel's message, really understand what constitutes that message. The National Reform movement has been regarded by some as of so little importance that they have not thought it necessary to give much attention to it, and have even felt that in so doing, they would be giving time to questions distinct from the third angel's message. May the Lord forgive our brethren for thus interpreting the very message for this time. The third angel's message comprehends more than many suppose. What interpretation do they give to the passage which says an angel descended from heaven, and the earth was lightened with his glory? This is not a time when we can be excused for inactivity. If this work, which was so essential, had been taken up by our ministers, there would be today a far different state of things in all our churches.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 14}

    

                Some in the church will prove to be false brethren; their faith, their love, their patience, their constancy will be tested and tried; and if they are not rooted and grounded in the truth, if they are not filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ unto the glory and the praise of God, they will become offended at reproofs and warnings, will not humble their souls before God, and will go back and walk no more with those who love the truth. The people need to be aroused in regard to the dangers of the present time. The watchmen are asleep. We are years behind. Let the chief watchmen feel the urgent necessity of taking heed to themselves, lest they lose the opportunities given to them to see the dangers. Let them blow the trumpet, not in a general way, but so that it may give a certain sound, that other watchmen upon the walls of Zion may hear, and in their turn send forth the warning note.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 15}

    

                Perils now threaten the people of God; and what will they do? Can we not assist in lifting the standard, and in calling to the front those who have a regard for their religious rights and privileges? God calls us to awake; for the end is near. The prophecies that show us the closing scenes of earth's history, are fast fulfilling. The time is fast approaching when we shall be made to feel the hand of oppression, because we demand our religious rights. Shall we then dishonor God by keeping silent, when his holy commandments are being trampled under foot?  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 16}

    

                We have been looking many years for a Sunday law to be enacted in our land; and now that the movement is right upon us, we ask, What are our people going to do in the matter? Do you realize that the night will soon come, when no man can work? Have you that intensity of zeal, that piety and devotion, which will enable you to stand when opposition is brought upon you? If God has ever spoken by me, the time will come when we shall be brought before councils, and every position of truth which we hold will be severely criticised. The time that we are now allowing to go to waste should be devoted to the charge God has given us, of preparing for the approaching crisis. Much time should be spent in prayer, that our garments of character may be washed and made white in the blood of the Lamb.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 17}

    

                We should especially seek God for grace and power to be given his people now. God lives; and we do not believe that the time has fully come when he would have our liberties restricted. The prophet saw "four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree." Another angel ascending from the east, cried to them, saying, "Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads." This points out the work we now have to do, which is to cry to God for the angels to hold the four winds until missionaries shall be sent to all parts of the world, and shall have proclaimed the warning against disobeying the law of Jehovah. But every conceivable thing that the enemy can bring against the people of God, to hinder them in their work, will be employed. The Lord, on the other hand, bids all to be awake and to watch; for it was while men slept, that the enemy sowed tares.       E. G. White.  {RH, December 11, 1888 par. 18}

 

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APPENDIX: -

A.] DID URIAH SMITH, THE LEADER OF THE REBELLION REALLY REPENT?

                Some background information is needed, before we can discuss Elder Uriah Smith’s “repentance” for his part in the rebellion of 1888.

1860: - Sr. White rebuked Sr. Harriet Smith (Uriah Smith’s wife), and Uriah Smith himself very plainly. Sr. White had no freedom to relate her testimonies in the presence of the Smiths. In fact, the spiritual situation at the Battle Creek Church was so bad, that James and Ellen G. White, had no union with the church, and they were spending their Sabbaths at home, and were not worshipping with the Battle Creek Church. The Smiths were cherishing jealous and suspicious feelings against the Whites, working secretly against them.

Pamphlets in the Concordance, No. 16, pp. 5 - 7, 17 & 18: - “Letter to Sister H. N. Smith.”

Battle Creek, Mich., June, 1860.

 

                “Dear Sister Harriet: I think it is my duty to unburden my mind to you this morning. After we came home from the West you well know a burden rested upon us. We felt no union with the church generally, and have spent our Sabbaths at home. But I will go back. When we came from the East last fall I told James that I had no liberty to bear my testimony in the church at Battle Creek; but he urged me to do so. I continued to do so, but to the discouragement of my own soul; and when I prayed in the meeting-house I had so little freedom I told my husband it should be the last time. I knew not the occasion of all this. I felt the same when relating or reading a vision in Uriah's and your presence. I was reluctant to do so, and had no freedom, and felt a strange dissatisfaction.”  {PH016 5.1}

 

                “While at Knoxville some things were explained to me which I was ignorant of before. While at a meeting at Bro. Kellogg's the whole matter as shown me at Knoxville was opened before me. Things came vividly to mind which it had been impossible for me to recall. I was shown while at Knoxville the state of things at Battle Creek. I was shown the case of C. Smith's family, and was pointed back to the visions which they had not heeded. Then I saw Fletcher, Uriah, yourself and other individuals. It seemed to be a chain of connection, with dissatisfied feelings, and watching James and me with jealousy and suspicion. Uriah and James were shown me a distance apart from each other, not united. Darkness was in the Office. The angels of God were grieved, and had but little to do with the work there. There was a secret dissatisfaction, all carried on in darkness, concealed from us.Then I saw J. H. Waggoner, and the communications between him and Uriah. Uriah wronged James in writing to Bro. Waggoner, and Bro. Waggoner wronged him by not being open and frank. If Bro. Waggoner had said to Uriah, If Bro. White is wrong in his feelings in regard to you, I am more so; I have burdened his mind with my feelings in regard to these things; do not judge harshly of Bro. White in this matter, for I was equally to blame, then matters would have been left in a different shape. But that matter was not left right. It was left half finished, with all the censure upon James, like many other things. God frowns upon such injustice. There was occasion for Bro. White's feelings and Bro. Waggoner's; but their feelings were too strong, and their course was wrong in not going directly to Uriah and talking over matters with him. But Uriah's and your wrong was still greater in carrying the matter to others, and writing to Waukon before speaking to James upon the matter.”  {PH016 5.2}

 

                “Harriet, I saw that a strange work has been going on here for months in the past.There has been a strengthening the hands of one another in unbelief of the visions because the wrongs of some have been reproved. I feel crushed in spirit, and that I have been abused. I have no more testimony to bear in Battle Creek until there is an entire change. This is darker than the work in Rochester, and is certainly worse; for I saw that they had their example and present condition before them as a warning.”  {PH016 6.1}

 

                “… Had you heeded the vision given you and Uriah two years ago you would have saved much; but you neglected all that light, chose your own views of matters, have been free to make confidants of those you should not, but have been very close and secretive to us, whom of all others you should confide in. This is the greatest injustice.” {PH016 15.2}

 

                “… I have been shown that the Lord would have a shrewd manager in that Office; one that will reprove, and one that will not be dumb and senseless to wrongs or carelessness. He will have some one there who is sensitive to wrong, quick to feel, and who feels that the cause is a part of him, a part of his very existence. Uriah and you have not felt this as you should. When a word of admonition or even counsel is given which crosses your feelings and ideas, instead of looking closely and seeing that there was a cause for it, and confessing that you might be wrong, you have kept silent and considered you was suffering wrongfully, and Bro. White was censorious, exacting and severe. O Harriet, whether you realize it or not, those feelings came from a selfish, unconsecrated heart. Bro. White is not perfect. In the ardor of his feelings he may speak too strongly and if you at any time felt injured, in confidence open your mind to him; he would not be backward to relieve your mind of any burden he could. And if you and Uriah were as free to confess when you err as he has been, there would not be the trouble which now exists.”  {PH016 17.2}

 

1871: - Elder Smith was a flesh eater and did not follow health reform. He was an "Eli" in his family, and was not following the Testimonies.

Testimony to the church at Battle Creek - 1872, pp. 41 - 45: - "If Bro. and sister Smith had unitedly taken their position, and maintained it, upon health reform, as God had given them light, they would have had better health and greater spiritual strength. Their backsliding upon health reform and yielding to the temptations of Satan on the side of indulgence of appetite have injured both themselves and their children. Had the light been followed, which God had been pleased to give them, and had they observed regularity in eating of simple food, letting alone flesh-meats, they would have realized a blessing. ... If the daily habits of Bro. and sister Smith in eating, drinking, and exercising, had been in accordance with the light God has given upon health reform, that prostrating fever, which separated Bro. Smith from the work, would not have taken hold upon him. ... Health reform carried out in his family with strictness, would be a blessing to Bro. and sister Smith and their children. The neglect of sister Smith to live up to the light on health and dress reform has been a stumbling-block to others. ... Bro. and sister Smith have a work before them to properly educate their children. They should call to mind the sin of Eli, and shun his example. Bro. Smith has not taken upon himself the responsibility which rests upon a father to control his children."

NOTE: - This has been left out of the present 3rd Testimony, pp. 186 - 197.

 

1879: - Elder Smith was an "Eli" in the church, and would not deal faithfully with sin and rebuke it.

Ellen G. White, Pamphlets in the Concordance, Volume 1, p. 479: - "Had Elder Smith exercised more firmness and boldness in defending the right and condemning the wrong, my husband would not have been forced to take such firm, decided positions. This disposition on the part of Elder Smith to overlook wrong, and leave evils uncorrected, which, though small at first, would increase till they finally destroyed the purity of the church, has forced my husband to act, and caused his course, in contrast with Elder Smith's, to seem very severe and dictatorial. Had Elder Smith stood as a bold soldier for Jesus Christ, had he called sin, fraud, and dishonesty by their right names, had he given these evils their just rebuke, less of such disagreeable work would have fallen upon my husband, and less cause would have been given for temptation in regard to his course of action. God would have the facts appear as they are. Elder Smith has neglected to cultivate those traits of character which it is so needful that all who are engaged in the work of God should possess. Pleasing or unpleasing to human nature, faithfulness, vigilance, and boldness must be exercised, or sin will triumph over righteousness. A failure to see and sense the wants of the cause for this time, and to reprove sin, is called by some, meekness; God calls it unfaithfulness, and spiritual sloth."

NOTE: - "The Judgment", pp. 9 & 10, based on a vision given October 23, 1879. This has beenleft out of the present 4th Testimony, pp. 384 - 387.

 

1882: - Sr. White wrote some of the strongest rebukes to the Battle Creek Church, but particularly to Elder Smith, for rejecting the Testimonies, shunning responsibilities, and for being in spiritual darkness. Each of these rebukes has been omitted from the present edition of 5th Testimony, pp. 21 - 98.

"Testimony for the Battle Creek Church" - 1882, pp. 29, 42, 43, 46, 47 & 50: - "I am sorry thatEld. Smith, who has been considered so mild, so kind, and so tender that he shrank from reproving wrongs in the office, or performing his duty in the church and in his own family, is for some unexplainable reason found on the side of the accuser: I can but think that this is due to some influence which has blinded his eyes and confused his senses. I cannot say to Bro. Smith, God speed you in this work, for it is wrong. ... Bro. Smith, the stand which you have taken in this case proves you responible for all your past neglect of duty in the church and in the office. You have shown  that you can be firm, decided, and severe, even when it is uncalled for. ... Hence I wrote to you as I did; but Eld. Smith felt at liberty to withhold the testimony from the church for weeks. If God was leading him and those who united with him and counseled him in this act, he was not leading me; the burden which  moved me  to write was a false burden, imposed by another spirit. Further than this, Eld. Smith questioned the propriety of bringing the testimony before the church at all. Thus he takes the responsibility of standing between God's word of reproof and the people. ... Oct. 23, 1879, the Lord gave me a most impressive testimony in regard to the church in Battle Creek, especially in reference toEld. Smith. Now he is found firm, persistent, stubborn, on the wrong side. He is not led by the Spirit of God in his decisions. The Lord has laid no such-burden upon him. Human influences have molded his judgment. No greater  evidence of this can be given than the course he has taken in regard to my testimony to the church. ... In rejecting this testimony, Eld. Smith, you have virtually rejected all the testimonies. You must know this is the case. This testimony bears the same evidence of its character that all others have borne for the last thirty-six years. But it condemns certain wrongs which you have committed, and which God condemns. The reason why you cannot see it, is because you have been cherishing feelings wholly opposed to the Spirit of God. Your actions stand registered in the books of Heaven. Eld. Smith, I was more grieved than I can express to find you again working on the side of the enemy. ... After I wrote you the long letter which has been belittled by Eld. Smith as merely an expression of my own opinion, ... "

NOTE: - There are other important omissions which do NOT appear in the present edition ofVolume 5.

 

1883: - This is a very crucial year. Elder Smith was going into darkness, and Sr. White feared for his soul.

Letter 3, 1883: - “I fear for you, my brother. I have the tenderest feelings of pity and respect for you, while I know you are steadily going into darkness; … This makes me more earnest, more anxious, in regard to you. I know that you are under a deception and unless you break away from William Gage and others in no better condition, the Lord will let you go with them to your certain ruin; … I know when one is in the position you are in, truth is turned to error and light to darkness. … But I do feel so sorry that you should be so entangled with a party who have the spirit of the dragon. … You are in darkness and you and he (William Gage – compiler) are not light bearers now in the office. Your influence is for evil. You are scattering from Christ and from the truth. … You know that my husband was strictly, conscientiously honest. You certainly know this; then why do you keep silent and let the vultures tear his reputation to pieces, when you stand as editor of the Review, and have every means in your own hands to vindicate his honor against the insinuations and the suggestions of these satanic agents? … Again I entreat, break the chains of Satan. Be again a free man.” (Letter to Uriah Smith; July 31, 1883.)

 

            The 1883 General Conference Session passed the following resolution, to set up a committee to change the Testimonies of the Holy Spirit.

Ellen G. White - Messenger to the Remnant; by Arthur L. White, p. 65: - "32. WHEREAS, Some of the bound volumes of the 'Testimonies to the Church,' are out of print, so that full sets cannot be obtained at the office; and, 

     WHEREAS, There is a constant and urgent call for the reprinting of these volumes; therefore, resolved, That we recommend their republication in such a form as to make four volumes of seven or eight hundred pages each.

33. WHEREAS, Many of these testimonies were written under the most unfavorable circumstances, the writer being too heavily pressed with anxiety and labor to devote critical thought to the grammatical perfection of the writings, and they were printed in such haste as to allow these imperfections to pass uncorrected; and,

     WHEREAS, We believe the light given by God to His servants is by the enlightenment of the mind, thus imparting the thoughts, and not (except in rare cases) the very words in which the ideas should be expressed; therefore,  

     Resolved, That in the republication of these volumes, such verbal changes be made as to remove the above-named imperfections, as far as possible, without in any measure changing the thought; and further,

34. Resolved, That this body appoint a committee of five to take charge of the republication of these volumes according to the above preambles and resolutions." (R. & H., November 27, 1883.)”

 

NOTE: - The committee of five appointed to change the Testimonies of the Holy Spirit, consisted of the following individuals: - G. I. Butler – chairman; S. N. Haskell; URIAH SMITH;J. H. Waggoner and W. C. White.

 

 

                This shows us how much faith the “brethren” had in the Testimony of Jesus, by putting Uriah Smith on this committee, when the year before he had been publicly rebuked, for rejecting the Testimonies, and within a few months of the date of the setting up of this committee, Sr. White had implored Uriah Smith to “break the chains of Satan”!

 

1888: - The 1888 edition of The Great Controversy was printed. It contained 186 more pages than the 1884 edition, which had been known as Great Controversy, Volume 4, or Spirit of Prophecy, Volume 4. Also, many pages were deleted in this 1888“revised and enlarged edition”, many of the chapter headings were changed, and also the text was largely re-worked and re-worded.

 

                The idea is put forward that the book had to be changed to make it saleable to European readers, and to non-SDA’s. This is a false argument.

R. & H., November 12, 1889: - "Some have thought that you must labor for the Germans in a different way from the way in which you work for the French or English; but the Germans need to learn at the foot of the cross the same lessons that the French must learn there. We have but one Saviour, and but one cross of Calvary. We have but one school in which to learn the lesson of humility. ... The idea that there must be a difference in the manner of presenting and carrying forward the work in different nations, must be dispelled from our minds. There must be no separate interest. Distinctions must be broken down, that we may all meet together as brethren of the same house-hold."

 

 

                The 1884 General Conference Session passed the following resolution urging SDA’s to place this book before the world.

3rd Volume of Sr. White’s Biography, By Arthur L. White, p. 269: - “On the last day of the session the following action was taken relating to the newly published Great Controversy:” {3BIO 269.6}

                “Resolved, That we hail with great pleasure the publication of volume 4, The Great Controversy; that, while we anxiously looked for it, expecting that it would give important information concerning the closing scenes of this world's history, we can freely say that it more than meets our most sanguine expectations; and that we earnestly urge all our people to read it carefully and prayerfully, and to use all proper means to place it before the world.--Ibid., Nov. 25, 1884.”  {3BIO 269.7}

 

R. & H., December 2, 1884: - "It is a volume [1884 G. C. – compiler] no person could write without special help from God. Its value is not be measured by dollars and cents. We earnestly advise all our own people to procure it. WE URGE THEM ALSO TO CIRCULATE IT EVERYWHERE. We would gladly have it read by the most intelligent and highly educated in the land. It will exalt the truth and the importance of the work. LET IT BE CIRCULATED EVERYWHERE." [G. I. Butler - General Conference President; "Volume Four of "The Great Controversy Between Christ and Satan."]

 

                In New Zealand, through the 1880's, canvassers sold the book to Non-SDA's.

Historical Sketches of the Foreign Missions of the Seventh-day Adventists, p. 104: - "Bro. Edward Hare had been successful in selling the "Great Controversy," Vol. IV. , having disposed of over four hundred copies in a little more than three months." [By S. N. Haskell.]

 

                The world-wide membership of the SDA church in 1889, was 28, 376. [See the 1889 General Conference Bulletin, p. 153. This figure also included the Non-English speaking members of the SDA organization.] As 50, 000 copies of the book were sold from 1884 to 1888[1], it is more than likely, that over half the books were sold to non-SDA's. So the book was highly suitable for the people of the world.

 

                A large portion of the historical quotations in this 1888 edition came from Uriah Smith’s books written previously, word for word!

Spectrum, Summer, 1972, pp. 50 & 51: - "If one takes an 1884 edition of Smith's classic work [or even a current edition] and compares his exposition of Daniel 11:36 - 39 with Ellen White's treatment of the French Revolution, one quickly discovers clear evidence that Mrs. White did not quote Scott, Gleig, Thiers, or Alison directly. She drew the quotations entirely from Uriah Smith's work. ... If one compares The Great Controversy, pages 269 - 270 and 273 - 276, with the 1873 edition of Thoughts on Daniel, pages 314 - 325, or the 1884 edition of Daniel and Revelation, pages 270 - 279 [either of which Ellen White could have used in her 1888 revision], one discovers that she used nothing from Scott, Gleig, Thiers, or Alison that Smith did not have. Every time Smith deleted material, she deleted the same material, although occasionally she deleted more. She even used the quotations in exactly the same order on pages 275 and 276. There can be no doubt that she drew the historical quotations from Smith, not from the original works." [By Ronald Graybill.]

 

                A. G. Daniells acknowledged at the 1919 Bible Conference, that Sr. White herself didNOT insert these historical quotations into the 1888 edition of Great Controversy.

 1919 Bible Conference, August 1: -"B. L. House: - As I understand it, Elder J. N. Anderson prepared those historical quotations for the old edition [the 1888 "Great Controversy" – compiler], and Brother Robinson and Brother Crisler, Professor Prescott and others furnished the quotations for the new edition. Did she write the historical quotations in there?"

     "A. G. Daniells: - NO. ... "

 

                It needs to be understood that Sr. White was NOT authorized by God to change her writings!

Original Testimony No. 26, p. 4: - "Here is a work that has been subjected to the most rigid criticisms, and the most violent persecutions for the long period of twenty years, and yetremains unchanged. Had this work originated in the mind of an unsophisticated  woman, it would have  been forced  out of  its course long since and brought to confusion and to naught."

NOTE: - 1876  - by Elder James White. This statement has been deleted from the present edition of  4th  Testimony.

 

A Word to the Little Flock, p. 27: - "So far from desiring to withhold anything that I have ever published, I would feel great  satisfaction in giving to the public every line of my writings that has ever been printed." [1883.]

 

Battle Creek Letters, p. 62: - “The more Dr. Kellogg is argued with, the more subterfuges will he use. His danger is not now as great as it will be. If he will heed the councils I shall give you for him, I can use him to accomplish an important work. He will make many crooked paths. He will hurt your soul; nevertheless continue to bear the testimonies that I give you, diminishing them not so much as by a word; for this is his hope.”  {BCL 62.4}     [1902]

 

R. & H., January 26, 1905: - "That which I have written is what the Lord has bidden me write. I have not been instructed to change that which I have sent out." {RH, January 26, 1905 par. 19}

 

Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, pp. 57 & 58: - "Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, in our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth." [1905]

NOTE: - How did the Holy Spirit testify as to what was truth, after October 22, 1844? Through the visions given to Sr. White. Not a word is changed or denied, concerning the truths revealed through Sr. White's visions, after the great disappointment of 1844!

 

R. & H., April 19, 1906: - "I am not to retract one word of the message I have borne." {RH, April 19, 1906 par. 6}

 

R. & H., July 26, 1906: - "I understood that some were anxious to know if Mrs. White still held the same views that she did years ago when they had heard her speak in the sanitarium grove, in the Tabernacle, and at the camp-meetings held in the suburbs of Battle Creek. I assured them that the message she bears to-day is the same that she has borne during the sixty years of her public ministry." {RH, July 26, 1906 par. 20}

 

 Preach The Word, p. 7: - “The less that is done unnecessarily to change our publications, the better it will be.” -- Preach the Word, p. 7. (1910.) 

 

                Would Uriah Smith change some one else’s writings, and then put that person’s name on the book or article, and give the impression that the book or article is that person’s own work? Yes. We do have some evidence of this.

Manuscripts and Memories of Minneapolis 1888, pp. 202 & 203: - "But another little matter recently came to light, which would indicate that our brethren in the field were not going to be allowed to express their convictions upon this matter through the "Review." Elder J. W. Bagby, of Illinois, a brother who boarded with me during the ministerial institute held here last fall, wrote in a report, in which he said: "The work is onward in southern Illinois. I praise God that while the image may be erected, and only waits to have life to be able to speak with great power, yet God has greater power, and will overrule all for the good of his people." This it seems got into page form before Elder Smith noticed it, whereupon, to save making over the page, which an expunging of this would require, he changed it to read as follows: -"The work is onward in southern Illinois. I praise God that while events are rapidly occurring to fulfill Rev. 13:11 - 18, and bring the long-looked for crisis upon us" etc. Although this at first glance might appear to be a very slight change, it virtually placed Brother Bagby on the opposite side of the question from that which he evidently intended to be placed." [Letter from W. A. Colcord to Sr. White; July 12, 1892.]

 

                According to Arthur White, Sr. White’s first task when arriving back in America from Europe in August, 1887, was to complete the 1888 edition of Great Controversy. The last writing Sr. White apparently did on the 1888 edition of Great Controversy, was in May, 1888.

3rd Volume of Sr. White’s Biography, by Arthur L. White, p. 441: - “The work on the book was well along when Ellen White and her staff returned to the United States in the late summer of 1887. The completion of the work was the first task to which she gave attention as she and her helpers settled in her Healdsburg home. Her last writing for the book was for the author's introduction, carrying the date of May, 1888.” {3BIO 441.1}

 

                Yet Sr. White wrote to her son Willie in 1890, that she had NOT undertaken any of her book writing since she had returned from Europe.

1888 Materials, p. 692: - “You know that I have not done any of my book writing to speak of since I came from Europe because of this terrible burden upon my soul of seeing men who are connected with our institutions so blinded by the enemy they cannot distinguish the voice of the True Shepherd from that of a stranger.” [Letter to W. C. White; August 19, 1890.]

 

I It would indeed appear that we have been given a false version of history relating to the preparation of the 1888 edition of Great Controversy!

 

                Uriah Smith was the leader of the rebellion in 1888! He was responsible for the false ideas about  Justification by faith, existing among SDA’s. He opposed Jones’ preaching on the National Reform Movement, straight after Minneapolis.

1888 Materials, pp. 599, 600 & 602: - “It was plainly revealed what your influence has been, what it was in Minneapolis. I knew for day by day the Lord revealed this to me, and ever since that meeting I have known that you were deceived and deceiving others that you will not only have in the day of final accounts to meet your own course of action but the result of your influence upon other minds. You have refused my testimonies given me for you from the Lord just as much have you labored to make them of none effect as did Korah, Dathan and Abiram. You have done this and thus it is charged against you in the books of heaven.   You have strengthened the hands and minds of such men as Larson, Porter, Dan Jones, Eldridge and Morrison and Nicola and a vast number through them. All quote you, and the enemy of righteousness looks on pleased. … You strengthened the hands of evil doers. … I cannot harmonize with you or with the spirit Elder Butler has manifested. I tell you it is not of God, it is another spirit.” [ Letter to Uriah Smith; March 8, 1890.]

 

IBID., p. 1053: - “The many and confused ideas in regard to Christ's righteousness and justification by faith are the result of the position you have taken toward the man and the message sent of God.” [Letter to Uriah Smith; September 19, 1892.]

 

IBID., pp. 355 & 356: - “But there is Brother Jones, who cannot feel as I do, and who will wait an invitation from you. You should do your duty in regard to this matter and open the way before him." The elders stated they did not feel free to invite him to speak until they had consulted Brother Smith to know whether he would sanction it, for Elder Smith was older than they. I said, "Then do this at once, for time is precious and there is a message to come to this people and the Lord requires you to open the way for the light to come to the people of God."  … But days passed and there came no invitation for Elder Jones to present to the large church in Battle Creek the message given him of God. I sent for the elders of the church and asked again if they designed to give Elder Jones an opportunity to speak to the people. The answer was, "I have consulted Brother Smith and he has decided it would not be best to ask him because he took strong positions, and carried the subject of national reform too far."” [Ms. 30, 1889; June, 1889.]

 

                A. V. Olson’s book –“THROUGH CRISIS TO VICTORY; 1888 – 1901”, [1966 edition], devotes chapter nine – “URIAH SMITH FALLS ON THE ROCK”, to “prove” that Elder Smith confessed his sin in the rebellion of 1888, and accepted the message of 1888. Smith did indeed make a confession to            Sr. White and others in January, 1891. Olson quotes accurately these confessions of Smith’s.

 

                But, here is where the deception comes in. The following letters written by Sr. WhiteAFTER January, 1891, clearly prove that Smith’s repentance was not lasting.

1888 Materials, pp. 1068 & 1069: - “Light has been shining in Battle Creek in clear, bright rays; but who of those that acted a part in the meeting at Minneapolis have come to the light and received the rich treasures of truth which the Lord sent them from heaven?Who have kept step and step with the Leader, Jesus Christ? Who have made full confession of their mistaken zeal, their blindness, their jealousies and evil surmisings, their defiance of truth? Not one; and because of their long neglect to acknowledge the light, it has left them far behind; they have not been growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord. They have failed to receive the needed grace which they might have had, and which would have made them strong men in religious experience.”  [Letter to Frank and Hattie Belden; November 5, 1892.]

 

IBID., pp. 1121, 1122 & 1128: - “If before publishing Elder Jones' article concerning the image of the beast, Elder Smith had conferred with him, plainly stating that his own view differed from that of Brother Jones, and, that if the article appeared in the Review, he himself must present the opposite position, then the matter would appear in a more favorable light than it now does. But the course pursued in this case was the same as that taken at Minneapolis. Those who opposed Brethren Jones and Waggoner manifested no disposition to meet them like brethren, and with the Bible in hand consider prayerfully and in a Christlike spirit the points of difference. This is the only course that would meet the approval of God, and His rebuke was upon those who would not do this at Minneapolis. Yet this blind warfare is continued. Men of the same faith, in the same city, turn their weapons against each other. It is an astonishment to the heavenly universe. … We should counsel with one another, the old, experienced laborers with those whom God shall raise up to advance His work as we approach the great consummation. But if such men as Elder Smith, Elder Van Horn, and Elder Butler shall stand aloof, not blending with the elements God sees essential to carry forward the work in these perilous times, they will be left behind. God will complete His work in righteousness. These brethren have had every opportunity to stand in the ranks that are pressing on to victory, but if they refuse, the work will advance without them.” [ Letter to W. Ings; January 9, 1893.]

 

IBID., pp. 1137 & 1138: - “I know that Elder Smith, Elder Butler, and Elder Van Horn have been losing the richest privileges of heavenly enlightenment, because the spirit and impressions that were entertained before the Minneapolis meeting and in a large degree cherished since that time have kept them in a position where, when good cometh, they have had little appreciation of the same. … The Lord looks with compassion upon you all, but in a special sense upon Elder Butler. Both Elder Smith and yourself have had opportunities of the highest order, but neither of you has improved the privilege of opening the chambers of your mind, and withdrawing the curtain from the soul temple, that the train of the glory of God might illuminate heart and mind. There is no reason that either of you can offer before the great white throne, when the Lord shall ask you, "Why did you not unite your interests with the messengers I sent? Why did you not accept the message I sent through my servants? Why did you watch these men to find something to question and doubt, when you should have accepted the message that bore the imprint of the most High?"” [Letter to I. D. Van Horn; January 20, 1893.]

 

 

F Uriah Smith’s January 1891 repentance was NOT a lasting and thorough one, for his part in the rebellion of 1888. It would also appear that A. V. Olson’s book is misleading concerning Uriah Smith on this issue.

 



[1] Arthur White put forward the belief that 50, 000 copies of the volume were printed and sold in the four years from 1884 to 1888. But there is a question mark against that being the correct number of books that were sold during those years. The first advertisement for the changed 1888 edition appeared in the Signs of the Times, September 2, 1889. It indicated that this was the “REVISED AND ENLARGED EDITION”, it was the “ELEVENTH EDITION”, and most importantly states that “OVER 65, 00 COPIES SOLD!”That would indicate that over 65, 000 copies of the original 1884 edition were actually sold, not the 50, 000 figure Arthur White put forward.

 

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