Agnostic Regarding Ellen White
by Shane Sigley (first published on Facebook on the 5th May, 2017) www.britishfortress.com
After more than thirty-six years I have decided to become an agnostic regarding Ellen White. I do not do this lightly but with serious deliberation. I have decided to base my argument upon just one simple proposition, ie. Was Adam present at the temptation of Eve by Satan in the Garden of Eden or was he not. The reason for choosing this incident is that there can be no words to convince one to one side or the other. Just a simple question that has only two possible answers. Was Adam present at the temptation of Eve at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or was he not present at the temptation of Eve at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? And the bible will be my judge and my rule in this matter. EGW “I saw that the holy angels often visited the garden (of Eden), and gave instruction to Adam and Eve concerning their employment, and also taught them concerning the rebellion of Satan and his fall. The angels warned them of Satan, and cautioned them not to separate from each other in their employment, … Satan commenced his work with Eve, to cause her to disobey. She first erred in wandering from her husband, next, in lingering around the forbidden tree.” – Spiritual Gifts, vol. 1, p.20 written in 1858. “The angels had cautioned Eve to beware of separating herself from her husband … But absorbed in her pleasing task, she unconsciously wandered from his side. On perceiving that she was alone, she felt an apprehension of danger. … She soon found herself gazing with mingled curiosity and admiration upon the forbidden tree.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 53, 54, written in 1890. “Without a fear she plucked and ate. And now, having herself transgressed, she became the agent of Satan in working the ruin of her husband. In a state of strange, unnatural excitement, with her hand filled with the forbidden fruit, she sought his presence. … He (Adam) mourned that he had permitted Eve to wander from his side.” – Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 56 written in 1890.
Ellen White’s three quotes above stated that Adam was not present at the temptation of Eve at the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. By the way, there is a gap of thirty-two years between the first quote and the last two quotes. Enough time I would think to iron out ‘mistakes’. Which means this was a deliberate teaching. Here is what the Holy Bible says about the matter:
Genesis 3:3-6 King James Version (KJV)
3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye
shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant
to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and
did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
Verse 6 says “her husband with her”. That’s all the proof I need.
So there it is. My stand for the Holy Bible. I can do no other. And a stand against
unbiblical teachings. And from now on I am agnostic regarding Ellen White. Ellen White was to me, a godly woman, who brings people to a saving relationship with Christ. But her writings, no matter how good, and I’m questioning this at present, are not the Holy Bible. If she can’t agree with the Holy Bible on one simple fact of geography, ie where Adam was, when Eve was tempted, what else is there that may cast serious doubt upon important salvational doctrines of the Protestant faith. She said that in the last days her writings would be of non-effect. (Selected Messages, book 2, p. 78. http://www.anym.org/SOP/en_2SM.pdf .)
Why is it that she is making her writings the focus of the last days instead of the Holy Bible?
Why is it that instead of the Holy Bible, adherence to her writings are made the standard for determining the validity of a Christian’s character?
It doesn’t matter what she or anyone else says in the matter. What matters is what the Holy Bible says!
And how many instances in her writings do I need, to declare a justified judgement, that I have lost confidence in her writings?
I’ll tell you, in such a clear-cut case as this, ie the geography of Adam, I only need one.
Notes: The barn conferences that were held over a period of time, where the Seventh-day Adventist Church doctrines were thrashed out. In my opinion, these conferences may have had the impress of the Holy Spirit. If so, I am not going to reject the doctrines of the church, as I have also proved these doctrines without recourse to Ellen Whites writings. What I’m saying is that the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church are not dependent on the writings of Ellen White, but stand as bible-based doctrines independent of her writings. And the choice is made so clear thanks to Ellen White’s insistence to have Adam not present at Eve’s temptation. Thanks, Ellen, for making it so much clearer. It couldn’t have been made more clear and we have you and all your writing staff revisors who saw fit to leave Adam out of the picture as Eve was tempted. God’s hand is definitely in this, to give us a clear word of biblical exposition. I for one will obey Ellen’s plea to us all to put the Holy Bible first and last in these last days and to look to the cross, our only hope of glory!
Posts from my Facebook account:
Director, Ellen G.White Research Centre Avondale College of Higher Education on the 30th of November, 2016 for review. I had previously corresponded with John about other objections I had that were ironed out. But this one remains and John has apparently no answer. I think I have put him in a difficult position as I said I would use his name when I finally post this article to Facebook. I am now giving John one last chance as I will notify him of this post and he may respond in kind if he likes. I like John and he has been very helpful. But the fact remains, if he as the Director of the Ellen G. White Research Centre at Avondale College can’t come up with an answer to my objection, then my argument that Ellen White should be treated as an unreliable spiritual resource stands.
It’s now been twelve days since I emailed the good doctor and no reply. He hasn’t got an answer for this and he knows it.