Topical Studies


Ellen White vs. Holy Bible


"To the Law and to the Testimony: if they speak not according to this WORD, it is because there is no Light in them," Isaiah 8:20.


The Great Controversy 
(all emphases are mine)



Chapter/page: 29/495-496 - "God in His great mercy bore long with Lucifer. He was not immediately degraded from his exalted station when he indulged the spirit of discontent, nor even when he began to present his false claims before the loyal angels. Long was he retained in heaven. Again and again he was offered pardon on condition of repentance and submission. Such efforts as only infinite love and wisdom could devise were made to convince him of his error. The spirit of discontent had never before been known in heaven. Lucifer himself did not at first see whither he was drifting; he did not understand the real nature of his feelings. But as his dissatisfaction was proved to be without cause, Lucifer was convinced that he was in the wrong, that the divine claims were just, and that he ought to acknowledge them as such before all heaven. Had he done this, he might have saved himself and many angels. He had not at this time fully cast off his allegiance to God.

"Though he had forsaken his position as covering cherub, yet if he had been willing to return to God, acknowledging the Creator's wisdom and satisfied to fill the place appointed him in God's great plan, he would have been reinstated in his office. But pride forbade him to submit. He persistently defended his own course, maintained that he had no need of repentance, and fully committed himself, in the great controversy, against his Maker."

31/515 - "Had not Christ restrained the demons, they would have plunged into the sea, not only the swine, but also their keepers and owners."

40/639 - "Then there appears against the sky a hand holding two tables of stone folded together...The hand opens the tables, and there are seen the precepts of the Decalogue, traced as with a pen of fire."

646 - "In every hand are placed the victor's palm and the shining harp. Then, as the commanding angels strike the note, every hand sweeps the harp strings with skillful touch, awaking sweet music in rich, melodious strains."

647 -Speaking of Adam, "Faithfully did he repent of his sin and trust in the merits of the promised Saviour, and he died in the hope of a resurrection...Adam is reinstated in his first dominion." Actually, just about everything on this page is nothing more than nice thoughts with some outright contradictions. But as with the type of fruit on the Tree of Knowledge, the truth is, "We don't know because the Bible doesn't tell us."



25/434 - "They saw, as never before, the force of the Saviour's words: 'Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.' Matthew 5:18."

Once again Mrs. White seems to have an aversion to quoting the rest of this verse. To make matters worse, when she ends her "quote" with a period, unquote, this implies that that is all there is. Do the missing words have any meaning? You decide.

"[For verily I say unto you,] Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, [till all be fulfilled.]"

27/466 - "The apostle James, who wrote after the death of Christ, refers to the Decalogue as 'the royal law' and 'the perfect law of liberty.' James 2:8; 1:25."

Like so many other "quotes," this is a lie. As for the "royal law" (2:8), James tells us in the very same verse what this is: "If ye fulfil the royal law [according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well]"

Notice the verse even tells us that James is quoting scripture, Lev. 19:18 to be exact. This is also the law which Jesus said was greater than all others in Matt. 22:39. As for "the perfect law of liberty" (1:25), there is no reference to the Decalogue in this entire chapter.

Speaking of Jesus she writes, "He said: 'Think not that I am come to destroy the law;' till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.' Matt. 5:17, 18."

She seems to have particular trouble quoting this passage accurately, or even indicating that it is a partial quote. As in the Desire of Ages quote, she ends her "verse" with a period, unquote indicating (falsely) that this is the end of the verse. Again, here is the passage with the missing parts:

"Think not that I am come to destroy the law, [or the prophets: I am not come to destroy the, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you,] Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, [till all be fulfilled.]"

Why is it so hard for her to simply quote the verse the way it is written?

38/604 - "The powers of earth, uniting to war against the commandments of God, will decree that 'all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond' (Revelation13:16), shall conform to the customs of the church by the observance of the false sabbath."

It's "write your own ending" time again. That was Ellen White's version. Now look at God's version: "[And he causeth all,] both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, [to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads.]"

By the way, the Sabbath is not mentioned once in the book of Revelation.

As Martin Luther was being queried by the Roman Church regarding his views on scripture, his response was repeatedly the simple statement, "But that's not what it says." When we read or hear Ellen White as she "quotes" scripture, we need to train ourselves to know when and to boldly say as Luther did, "But that's not what it says." Keep saying it till somebody listens.



19/347 - "The kingdom of grace was instituted immediately after the fall of man, when a plan was devised for the redemption of the guilty race."

"Who hath saved us, and called us...according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began". 2 Tim 1:9. See note under Desire of Ages chapter 1.

23/413 - Speaking of the tabernacle: "The walls had the appearance of massive gold, reflecting in every direction the light of the seven lamps of the golden candlestick." The posts holding up the tabernacle and some accessories were gold, but according to Exodus 26:1, the walls of the tabernacle themselves were made of "...curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet..."

26/452 - Of the Sabbath: "Aside from this precept, there is nothing in the Decalogue to show by whose authority the law is given." Wrong again. The Decalogue begins with the words, "I am the Lord thy God..." These words are found in both renditions of the Decalogue - Exo. 20:2 and Deut. 5:6. Only by pulling the Decalogue out of context can a person not see that these very words are there to establish beyond any doubt "by whose authorithy the law is given" before it is even given.

29/496 - "...Lucifer was convinced that he was in the wrong, that the divine claims were just, and that he ought to acknowledge them as such before all heaven. Had he done this, he might have saved himself and many angels." Also Spiritual Gifts, Vol. 1, pg. 18-19. "After Satan was shut out of heaven, with those who fell with him, he realized that he lost all the purity and glory of heaven forever. Then he repented and wished to be reinstated in heaven. He was willing to take his proper place, or any place that might be assigned him. ... He and his follower repented, wept and implored to be taken back into the favor of God."

How could Lucifer save himself by simply acknowledging his sins? Once the sins were committed, there was no way out, but by the death of Jesus. Heb 9:22 tels us, "...and without shedding of blood is no remission."

36/585 - "If the law were not binding, why should any fear to transgress? Property would no longer be safe. Men would obtain their neighbor's possessions by violence, and the strongest would become richest. Life itself would not be respected. The marriage vow would no longer stand as a sacred bulwark to protect the family. He who had the power, would, if he desire, take his neighbor's wife by violence. The fifth commandment would be set aside with the fourth. Children would not shrink from taking the life of their parents if by so doing they could obtain the desire of their corrupt hearts. The civilized world would become a horde of robbers and assassins; and peace, rest, and happiness would be banished from the earth."

Mrs. White is assuming that if the fourth commandment is disregarded, then we can justify violating all other commandments, committing every kind of vile sin against ourselves and others. She is completely overlooking all the New Testament laws that would still remain in effect with or without the fourth commandment. Acts 15:20 and 29 forbid sexual sin. Romans 13:8-10 tells us, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." Now ask yourself, "How is it possible to 'work no ill' to your neighbor, and at the same time commit any of the sins Ellen White is so sure you will commit if you are not bound to the Ten Commandments?" Then ask yourself this, are my non-Sabbath-keeping Christian friends all "robbers and assassins"? If not, do you ever wonder what keeps them from committing all these sins? Look again at the passage above from Romans 13; then look at Matt. 7:12; Gal. 5:22-23; 6:2; and Phil 4:8 and you'll see that Christians must answer to a higher law than the Ten Commandments.

39/614 - "When He leaves the sanctuary, darkness covers the inhabitants of the earth. In that fearful time the righteous must live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor."

This is in direct contrast to the words of Jesus, "Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matthew 28:20.

"Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them." Heb 7:25

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Heb 13:5

Even so, she repeats the thought again in chapter 40, pg. 649, "...they have stood without an intercessor through the final outpouring of God's judgments."

40/636 - Speaking of the second coming, "Then a rainbow, shining with the glory from the throne of God, spans the heavens and seems to encircle each praying company. The angry multitudes... gaze upon the symbol of God's covenant and long to be shielded from its overpowering brightness. By the people of God a voice, clear and melodious, is heard, saying, "Look up," and lifting their eyes to the heavens, they behold the bow of promise. The black, angry clouds that covered the firmament are parted, and like Stephen they look up steadfastly into heaven and see the glory of God and the Son of man seated upon His throne... It is at midnight that God manifests His power for the deliverance of His people. The sun appears, shining in its strength. Signs and wonders follow in quick succession. The wicked look with terror and amazement upon the scene, while the righteous behold with solemn joy the tokens of their deliverance..." etc. etc.

According to 1 Cor 15:51-52, there's not time for all this standing around. "...but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed."

Yet in Ellen White's version, they are still standing around a few pages later. pg. 640, "The Israel of God stand listening, with their eyes fixed upward...In solemn silence they gaze upon it as it draws nearer the earth..." etc. etc. Also Rev. 6:16 finds the "angry multitudes" hiding "...from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb," not from a rainbow.

639 - "Too late they see that the Sabbath of the fourth commanment is the seal of the living God."

There are only three places in scripture which tell us what the seal of God is: 2 Cor. 1:21-22, "Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts."

And Eph. 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."

Notice that this doesn't simply say sealed by the Holy Spirit, but "with".

Also Eph. 4:30, "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption." At no time in scripture is the seal of God associated with the Sabbath. The seal is mentioned in three books of the Bible, the two above and Revelation. The Sabbath is not mentioned in any of these books. The Sabbath is referred to as a sign, never a seal; and in both the Greek and Hebrew, these two words are never used interchangably.


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