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?


Thought Questions:


  1. Do any of Ellen White’s prophecies fail?
  2. How many of Ellen White’s prophecies actually come true?  Are the prophecies that seem to come true general or specific?
  3. Have some of her “fruits” been negative for those who try to follow her counsels closely?
  4. Did God correct her when she was wrong, and did she ever repudiate erroneous teachings in a timely manner?
  5. Was she honest about her use of sources, and should the apparent lack of honesty impact our view of her prophetic ministry?
  6. Was Ellen White honest and factual about all the details of her life?
  7. Are her followers overly influenced by the supposed supernatural manifestations involved with her ministry?
  8. Does the Bible ever list miracles as a proof of the prophetic gift?



Bible Text:


“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?