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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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?

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  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?

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  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 http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Cult and more specifically dealing with religion at http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/Cult+(religious+practice).

    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.

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  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.

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    • 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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