Ellen G. White and the Pillars of Prophetic Validity



“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (I John 4:1).

Pillar 1:  Honesty and Integrity

“The lip of truth shall be established for ever: but a lying tongue is but for a moment” (Prov. 12:19).

Pillar 2:  Faithfulness to Scripture

“To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Is. 8:20).

Pillar 3:  Accuracy of Prophecies

“When the word of a prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him” (Jer. 28:9).

Pillar 4:  Testimony Regarding Jesus

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction” (II Pe. 2:1).

Pillar 5:  Fruit of Ministry

“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” (Matt. 7:20).


“Quench not the Spirit.  Despise not prophesyings.  Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (I Thess. 5:19-21).

Prophetic Ministry graphic by Joseph Rector, 2010