Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 23 (Noble Bereans, Part 20: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding Her Old Testament Statements”)

By admin On January 7th, 2016

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 23

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Noble Bereans, Part 20: “Re-thinking Ellen White Regarding Her Old Testament Statements”

To read part 1, click here…“September 2nd (Noble Bereans?)”

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So, in this little series, the subject of those noble Bereans has been introduced. And St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domaintoday, it is still worthy of a little more exploration into another area of concern.

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Let’s look at the key Bible passage… “And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming there, went into the synagogue of the Jews. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” Acts 17:10, 11

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St Paul Preaching in Athens (Raphael, 1515) Wikipedia US public domain

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AN OPEN-MINDED SPIRIT IN BEREA

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OK, so those in Berea were more noble, because they: 1. “Received the Word with all readiness of mind.” 

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2. “And searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”

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And so, the Bereans were ready to receive new teachings, which no doubt, conflicted with the supposed, “orthodox” teachings of that day.

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Thus there was an open-mindedness which permeated their hearts, and a willingness to search the Scriptures daily, in hopes that these seemingly new teachings were indeed true!

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CRITICISMS OF ELLEN G. WHITE

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One of the most common criticisms of Ellen G. White, divinely appointed messenger to the 7th Day Adventist Church, was that she was wanting to put her followers under the Old Covenant.

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And it’s true! So much of her writings seem to be Old Testament in nature. In one or more instances, she encouraged those who committed sin to make a trespass offering. And in many other places she made similar type Old Covenant statements.

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Ellen G. White – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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SO, WHAT’S WITH ELLEN WHITE?

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So how are we to understand all this? How can such a glaring error be explained? Does this confirm that she was indeed a false prophet, as so many of her detractors claim she was?

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Actually, this can very easily be explained!

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PROCLAIMED BOTH TESTAMENTS

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What must be understood is the office which God gave to Ellen G. White.

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Listen…“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship Him that made Heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.'” Revelation 14:6, 7

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This above passage from Revelation 14 is the key to understanding Ellen White’s ministry.

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You see, her writings encompassed the whole Bible, both Old and New Testaments. Thus many of her statements have an Old Testament flavor to them, while many other statements have a New Testament flavor.

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VEILED PARAPHRASES OF BOTH TESTAMENTS

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Yes, if one would only take the time to thoroughly examine her statements, it would be discovered that much of her writings are paraphrases of Bible verses. As a matter of fact, it may be a true statement that so much of her vast library of writings contain so many veiled paraphrases of the Bible that it’s hard to imagine that a mere human could have accomplished such a feat without divine help!

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And yet, just as the Lord divided up the Bible with both Old and New Covenant statements, so too, Ellen White’s writings do the very same thing, yet to a somewhat lessor degree. In other words, her Old Covenant statements are not so pronounced, often blended and balanced with New Covenant.

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JESUS VEILED IN OLD TESTAMENT SOUNDING STATEMENTS

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And so, just how is a truth-seeker to understand how to read her writings? Simple, the same way we are to understand the Bible!

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Yes, just as Jesus shines through every Old Testament law and precept, so too, He shines through every seemingly Old Testament statement in Ellen White’s writings.

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NEVER CLAIMED INFALLIBILITY

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Now of course, this is not to say that Ellen White’s writings are inspired to the degree that the Bible is inspired.

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As a matter of fact, Ellen White confessed a number of times…“I have never claimed that my writings are infallible! God alone is infallible!”

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In another place, she said…“If there is an error in my writings, it should be prayerfully studied out, and if necessary, changes should be made.”

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And once again, she wrote…“There may be many things we will have to learn, and many things we will have to unlearn!”

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Now this does by no means discount the value of her writings! Ellen White had a wonderful message. And those who still have an ear to hear, will want to listen to her writings on audio. But time is short, and all this should be done in haste.

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THE NOBLE BEREAN IS INVITED TO LISTEN TO THE 24 MINUTE AUDIO NARRATION OF THE 1ST CHAPTER (“GOD WITH US”) FROM ELLEN WHITE’S BOOK ABOUT THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF JESUS, “DESIRE OF AGES”

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TO READ PART 21, CLICK HERE…October 16 (Noble Bereans, Part 21: “Re-thinking Harold Camping Regarding Proper Bible Interpretation”)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to be an open-minded seeker of truth, even if it means giving up a very highly regarded Church opinion! Let me be willing to investigate any seemingly new teaching if it appears to have some biblical validity…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… ” FEBRUARY 10 (The Deserted Island Theologian!)”or you can also read…JUNE 13 (Why The World Didn’t End on May 21, 2011) 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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FINALLY WALKING UPWARD INTO THE HIGHWAYS OF ETERNITY

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Day by day, you will find yourself walking, like the Disciples, spreading the precious Gospel seed wherever the Spirit leads.

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Taking the lovely name of Jesus, with every word spoken. Walking through this sin-darkened world, witnessing to those who take notice that of a truth, Jesus is present within you. Even like faithful Enoch, walking through the highways and byways of life in this world, spreading the Gospel-seed of unpretentious love.

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Day by day, you will become more and more closed in with God. Moment by moment, your heart will become intertwined with God’s heart, eventually two hearts beating as one heart.

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And just like Enoch, when the appointed time of sojourning on earth is finally done…you will walk onward…and upward…and into the highways and byways of eternity. (“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24).

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Castor and Pollux & The Mystery Ship of Scripture”

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TOMORROW…

October 17 (The Devil Made Me Do It! Part 18: “Crucifying The Messenger!”) 

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TOMORROW…

Daily Devotional, Year 2 – NOVEMBER 24 (How To Find Perfect Peace, Part 5: Seekest Great Things? Seek Them Not!

 

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EXCERPTS FROM THE OPEN FORUM QUESTION/ANSWER RADIO TALK-SHOW…

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This is a small 30 minute sampling of Mr. Camping’s nearly 50 year long series of 90 minute nightly talk shows…

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ABOVE PICTURE:Harold Camping

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