Conclusion to Pillars of Prophetic Validity
Final Crucial Question: If one could approach Ellen White's writings without a preconceived belief in her inspiration, how could one know if she was inspired?
- Do any of Ellen White’s prophecies fail?
- How many of Ellen White’s prophecies actually come true? Are the prophecies that seem to come true general or specific?
- Have some of her “fruits” been negative for those who try to follow her counsels closely?
- Did God correct her when she was wrong, and did she ever repudiate erroneous teachings in a timely manner?
- Was she honest about her use of sources, and should the apparent lack of honesty impact our view of her prophetic ministry?
- Was Ellen White honest and factual about all the details of her life?
- Are her followers overly influenced by the supposed supernatural manifestations involved with her ministry?
- Does the Bible ever list miracles as a proof of the prophetic gift?
“Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (I Thess. 5:19-21).
From the Pen of Ellen White:
According the Ellen White, "[T]he Lord has given a lesser light [EGW's writings] to lead men and women to the greater light [the Bible]" (The Review and Herald, Jan. 20, 1903; Colporteur Ministry, p. 125).
Which light will you follow?