Ellen G. White's Position in the
Testimony of Mrs. White
We will let Mrs. White speak for herself on the subject:
Some contend that her books are inspired, but her articles and letters were merely her personal opinions. She meets the issue squarely:
She not only claims that all she has written comes from God, but God has directed her in the writing as well:
In a letter to G.A. Irwin, under the date of July 18, 1902, she wrote:
A Position Taken By Some
The position taken by some is that a part of Mrs. White's writings are
inspired, and part is merely her own ideas; a position strongly and
repeatedly contradicted by the prophet herself. People take this position
to sidestep her errors and to avoid having to defend everything she wrote,
which in their hearts they know cannot be done successfully. But their
position would itself negate the honesty (and by implication, the
inspiration) of Mrs. White.
It is affirmed and reaffirmed by minister and layman that the writings of Mrs. White are not an addition to the Bible, nor should they be placed on an equality with the Bible. This is so often stated that it needs no proof; however we will cite a former editor of the R&H:
Here we see the fundamental confusion of the sect.
If her writings were revelations from God, they are an addition to the Bible. If her writings were received the same as Samuel, Moses, Jeremiah, and John the Baptist received their messages; if they are received in the same manner and from the same source as the text of the Bible, then they are on the same level with the prophecies of the Bible and are an addition to the Bible.
They claim they are inspired in precisely the same manner and to the same degree that the canon of the Scriptures is inspired. Then is it consistent for them to teach that they do not consider them an addition to the Bible?
They not only claim they came from the same source from which we get our Bible, but they use them the same as we use the Bible. They use them as proof texts.
Christian Scientists and Mormons are much more honest, for they boldly
proclaim that "Key to the Scriptures" and "The Book of Mormon" are
additions to the Bible.
The above was taken from E.S. Ballenger's "Facts about Seventh-day Adventism" [Published in the early 1950's]