Gift of Prophecy – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 18

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen. G. White . As the Lord’s messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. (Joel 2:28, 29; Acts 2:14-21; Heb. 1:1-3; Rev. 12:17; 19:10.)

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Ellen White and Conspiracy Thinking

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Not too long ago, I wrote a blog titled “The End Time and Conspiracy Theories.” In that blog I shared my thoughts regarding the relationship between Christians in general and the ever increasing popularity of conspiracies. In this post, I would like to more specifically address Seventh-day Adventists and conspiracy thinking by sharing some thoughts from the … [Click to read more …]

Disappointment to Discovery!


1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue, and while he thought he was finding a short cut to India what he found was a whole “new world.” Now granted, the millions of people already living there already knew about it, and there is evidence of visitors well before Columbus. Still that does not change the point … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: Relating to “New Light”

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“Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:19-22, NKJV). What is Paul saying to us here? How can these words be applied in our experience? What “form of evil” must you, in your own situation, work extra hard … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Spiritual Gifts for Evangelism and Witnessing

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Read for This Week’s Study: 1 Pet. 4:10; John 16:8, 13; 1 Cor. 12:28–31; Acts 2:40–47; 13:4-5.   Memory Text: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:11-12, NKJV). Key Thought: … [Click to read more …]

For Such a Time as This (Part 2)

[Read Part 1 here, if you have not read it.] And he swore an oath in the name of the one who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and everything in it, the earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it.  (Rev 10:6 NSRV)1 Who created the earth?  Who spoke … [Click to read more …]

For Such a Time as This (Part 1)

Can we find the picture of our religious ancestors’ birth in Scripture?  Our Adventist pioneers, those intrepid spiritual ancestors who set a pretty high bar in terms of mission, priorities, and love for their Savior, saw themselves in Revelation 10. So I’d like us to take a historical approach to Revelation 10. Oh, the inroads … [Click to read more …]

The Irresistible Sin of Babylon

[Editor’s Note: When we think of prophecy, our minds often turn to the message of Rev 14:6-10 and Rev 18:4, and we are reminded that it is our responsibility to call God’s people out of Babylon. But do we understand the sin of Babylon so we can be sure that we do not participate in … [Click to read more …]

Hey! Where’s My Flying Car?

There are a whole bunch of crazy predictions and prophecies out there.1 Here are a few I found that you might find interesting: “Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments.” —Roman engineer Julius Sextus Frontinus, A.D. 100 “The abdomen, the chest, and the brain will forever be … [Click to read more …]

Was Ellen White Green?

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Was Ellen White an environmentalist? Was she concerned with Planet Earth, with ecology, recycling, contaminants, the effects of materialism? Although Ellen White lived most of her life in the nineteenth century before plastics were invented, before nuclear power, before nitrates and anthropogenic chemicals contaminated our rivers and streams, and before greed for oil drove much … [Click to read more …]

Why She’s Still Relevant


Ellen White gets it! She understands the twenty-first-century heart-cry to know and experience God, to do something meaningful and enduring in life, and to grapple with issues of poverty, alienation, health, education, diversity, inclusiveness, integrity and eternity. Yet she’s dead. The principles she espoused transcend time and are more pertinent and applicable than ever. Yes, … [Click to read more …]


Gift of Prophecy – Seventh-day Adventist Fundamental Belief 18 — 6 Comments

  1. I heard smthng abt E.G White that she professed something that happened at battlecreek. What is it,is true, can you fully qualify her as prophet?

  2. I am very confused. There is alot of information on the net that says SDA is a cult because we believe in EGW’s teachings which are absurd and not biblical. Is there any truth in it?

  3. Deborah, the usage of the word "cult" has changed in the last couple of decades. Where it used to be about religious practice and beliefs in a general sense it now has a negative connotation as being something evil. There is a good article on the general usage of the word at and more specifically dealing with religion at

    Some of our beliefs are indeed strange to most Christians but considering that the Pharisees thought the teachings of both Jesus and Paul were strange we seem to be in good company. Besides we do follow the Bible and have an historical interpretation of what it says - we are not alone.

  4. My non-SDA husband also describes SDA's as "a cult" because of Mrs. White's influence in our denomination.
    I wonder if we spent more time holding up her and her writings than we did the Gospel. If so, then perhaps we fueled this misunderstanding.
    I wonder too, if in Mrs. White day, SDA's (and herself) were described as a cult; and if so, what was her response.

    • Connie it seems to me that to some extent that problem existed in Paul’s time as well (1 Cor 1:11-13). I have also seen that kind of worship and deification of contemporary individuals at times even within the SDA church.

      I also wonder what the people in the Old Testament would have thought of those who sided with any one of the prophets who, for the most part, were not appreciated. By the first century AD the Jews recognized those prophets but went about persecuting the current ones (Mat 23:29-31). Isn’t Christianity doing the same thing today with Ellen White? Furthermore, I am not to sure that the SDA church won't do the same to prophets sent to her in the future.

      Even so I think you have a point but I don’t believe we should become paranoid about it. We just have to be Christ centered in our theology. When witnessing to others, after they become attached to Christ and accept the things concerning Him and His church we can introduce them to Ellen White as one in a long list of prophets with a message and ministry for our time.

      As for the term "cult" its definition has changed in the last couple of decades or so to mean something strange or wrong. Originally the term was used by theologians when they discussed the rites and practices of the church such as when they used the adjective "cultic." For instance, My American College Dictionary (Random House, New York) last copyrighted in 1959 has this as its first definition, "a particular system of religious worship, esp. with reference to its rites and ceremonies." The other definitions come much closer to the problem you are addressing.


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