Ellen Gould White born November 26, 1827 – July 16, 1915) was an author and an American “Christian” pioneer. Along with other Sabbatarian Adventist leaders such as Joseph Bates and her husband James White, she was instrumental within a small group of early Adventists who formed what became known as the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
White claimed to have received over 2,000 visions and dreams from God in public and private meetings throughout her life, which were witnessed by Adventist pioneers and the general public. She verbally described and published for public consumption the content of the alleged visions. The Adventist pioneers viewed these experiences as the Biblical gift of prophecy as outlined in Revelation 12:17 and Revelation 19:10 which describe the testimony of Jesus as the “spirit of prophecy.” Her Conflict of the Ages series of writings endeavor to showcase the hand of God in Biblical history and in church history. This cosmic conflict, referred to by Seventh-day Adventist theologians as the “Great Controversy theme,” became foundational to the development of Seventh-day Adventist theology.
In 1840, at age 12, her family became involved with the Millerite movement. The Millerites were the followers of the teachings of William Miller, who in 1833 first shared publicly his belief that the Second Advent of Jesus Christ would occur in roughly the year 1843–1844, a cult.
As she attended William Miller’s lectures, she felt guilty for her sins and was filled with terror about being eternally lost. She describes herself as spending nights in tears and prayer and being in this condition for several months. On June 26, 1842, she was baptized by John Hobart in Casco Bay in Portland, Maine, and eagerly awaited Jesus to come again. In her later years, she referred to this as the happiest time of her life. Her family’s involvement with Millerism caused them to be disfellowshipped by the local Methodist church
The SDA uphold and near venerate Ellen White theories:
Ellen White is recognized by the Seventh-day Adventist church as having received the gift of prophecy (The SDA Prophetess) and try to justify it as outlined in Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12. SDA sees the written works by Ellen White as “a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction,” according to their fundamental beliefs, as listed by Adventist.org. She is basically the SDA Pope in this sense in her dictating doctrine and teaching, but the Word of God says about those that teach anything contrary to the Word of God –
So we shall see what she pushes as doctrine on just a couple points and we shall judge this Prophet of the SDA church, because false prophets are condemned by God in the Holy Scriptures
- Galatians 1:8-9) “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.“
1) Unbiblical belief in mandatory maintenance of Lifestyle: When it comes to lifestyle, Seventh-day Adventists hold the belief that the human body is the temple of God and thus should be cared for properly. Because of this, Adventists abstain from harmful substances like alcohol and tobacco, and maintain a vegetarian diet, teaching that eating meat is wrong (Acts 15 and 1 Timothy 4). Abortion is acceptable only when a woman’s life is in danger (child murder), and in cases where a pregnancy poses a serious moral dilemma. –
- 1 Timothy 4:1-5) “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.“
Therefore Ellen White and the SDA are preaching doctrines of devils and that which is contrary to sound doctrine, thus the heresy and error of the SDA belief. Veganism is not wrong in itself when it’s a personal choice to do it, but when one says that it is wrong to eat of anything then it is a sin because God has specifically blessed it and now that person is condemning what God has blessed and cleansed.
The SDA is a cult of Works and Law keeping, no different than the Judaiserzes that followed Paul and tried the bring the people back to Law, like the Galatians – falling from Grace (Galatians 5:4)
2) Errors of the Resurrection: SDA believes when a person dies, they remain unconscious until they are resurrected (heresy of soul sleep). Eternal life is a gift which God only grants to those who have accepted the sacrifice of Christ on their behalf. By an act of mercy on the part of God, the wicked will be destroyed by fire. Thus, Seventh-day Adventists do not believe that a person goes to heaven for an eternal reward or to hell for never-ending torture immediately upon death. But this is error and is again teaching contrary to the Word of God –
- 2 Corinthians 5:6-8) “Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.“
3) The error and Heresy of Investigative judgment: SDA believe in salvation by faith in Christ alone, but also hold that Good Works are seen as evidence of that faith, and that sin or failure to follow the SDA commandments is a sign of loss of salvation. The investigative or pre-advent judgment is that which they believe which takes place in heaven before the return of Jesus, reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Jesus and will have a part in the first resurrection and who among the living are abiding in Christ and are ready for translation. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. Therefore this is saying that God weighs the works and evidences of the person and decides who is saved and who is not, thus the works based system.
- Titus 3:5) “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.“
Also not to mention that this belief of Investigative Judgement contradicts –
- Ephesians 1:13-14) “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.“
And also Ephesians 2:8-9 – Galatians 2:16 – Acts 10:43 – John 3:15-18 – Romans 10:9-10 – Acts 16:30-31 – Ephesians 4:30 – Ephesians 1:7…etc
So we are eternally secured upon our acceptance of Christ Jesus and our repentance of sins, we will not lose our salvation or be in any danger of condemnation whatsoever. We are eternally secured in the Father by the blood of Christ Jesus and sealed with the Holy Ghost. And when we die we are immediately taken to be with God for all eternity – as is also seen by Paul’s explanation of Heaven upon one of the times he was killed for the ministry “I met a man in Heaven above, whether in the body or out of the body I cannot tell”
4) The Atonement of Christ – Ellen says she had a vision and was shown by God that the blood atonement of Christ did not take effect until 1844, when the SDA was established. An attempt to legitimize the religion, but in so doing is adding to the Word of God and contradicting Scripture.
The sheer amount of Scripture that refutes this one is overwhelming – 1 John 2:2 the propitiation of all sins. (means atonement)
5) Ellen White was a necromancer – she believed that the spirits of the dead are the “ministering spirits” that are mentioned in the Bible (Hebrews 1:13-14). – – they don’t correlate this with Psalm 104:4
As Matthew Henry’s Commentary explains –
“Let us make sure that we are children by adoption and regeneration, having made a covenant-resignation of ourselves to God, and walking before him in a gospel-conversation, and then we are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ  The dignity and privilege of the saints–the angels are sent forth to minister for them. Thus they have done in attending and acting at the giving forth of the law, in fighting the battles of the saints, in destroying their enemies. They still minister for them in opposing the malice and power of evil spirits, in protecting and keeping their bodies, pitching their tents about theirs, instructing, quickening, and comforting their souls under Christ and the Holy Ghost and thus they shall do in gathering all the saints together at the last day. Bless God for the ministration of angels, keep in God’s way, and take the comfort of this promise, that he will give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. They shall bear you up in their hands, lest you dash your feet against a stone, Psalms 91:11,12.” – –
This belief in ministering spirits of the dead is Roman Catholic, and the praying to the dead is blatantly described as necromancy in the Scriptures. Praying to any other than God is idolatry, heresy, blasphemy, and doctrines of devils.
- Seventh Day Adventist – changing the Gospel to works, changing the atonement of Christ, doctrines based on visions, speaking with the dead, Prophetess is authority over Scripture.
The fact that there are a number of aspects of the SDA belief that contradict Scripture shows that there is great error of that faith. Any single point of a person’s faith whether it be opinion, ideology, doctrine, or otherwise that in any way contradicts any single point of Scripture or casts doubt on any other part of Scripture, then that opinion, ideology, or doctrine is wrong.