Ellen G. White is the de-facto founder of the SDA movement. Her teachings and prophecies are central to the church which is known as Seventh-Day Adventist. In fact, in order to become a member of the SDA church, you must believe that Mrs. White is the "spirit of prophecy" for the church in the last days.(Article #18 at Adventist.org)
One of the complications which ensues here, is that what the early SDA church members taught and affirmed as doctrine is different from what is taught today. This makes Mrs. White's teaching either questionable, or the SDA's currently stated beliefs questionable or preferential, and not necessary, or perhaps irrelevant. This creates a murky mire of theology for anyone looking for a consistent framework. A good example of this problem is Ellen White's belief that Jesus was a created being, an angel, who was elevated to Godhood, thus making Satan jealous and starting the Great Controversy. With this idea, and the current affirmation by the SDA Church that the doctrine of the Trinity is the accepted theology today, results in a serious theological problem. Since White did not believe in the Trinity (according to her earlier and later writings), and she is accepted as the "spirit of prophecy" for the Church, either the doctrine of the Trinity is optional and non-essential, or having Ellen G. White as a prophet is a huge mistake.
The following web pages are to inform people what Ellen White taught and believed. An examination of her teachings and beliefs are necessary to understand the issues pertaining to the SDA movement.
2. 1843 & 1844--The Great Disappointment --A must read for SDA's by Al & Collette Martin. |
3. Sanctuary Doctrine "Asset or Liability?" by R.F. Cottrell
Note: RethinkingAdventism.com is not endorsing all of Mr. Cottrell's views and observations, but we find that he admits that there is no Scriptural support for the classic Sanctuary/Investigative Judgment Doctrine as taught by EGW, and that many other top SDA members have agreed with this conclusion, and were subsequently tossed out, as documented by Cottrell.
The Leading Adventist Theologians and Hebrew Scholars have admitted to being unable to find support in Scripture for the central doctrine of the SDA church, The Investigative Judgement.
Ted Wilson, church president says that ".........without the central doctrine of the Investigative judgement, the SDA Church has no reason to exist".
4. Satan as the Final Sin Bearer -- Cultic Doctrine (Video Link)
5. The Mark of the Beast
7. The Great Controversy
8. Christ's Ministry in the Sanctuary
For more information on the teachings of Ellen G. White check out SDA Distinctives
An examination of the "Investigative Judgment" doctrine by Dale RatzlaffInvestigative Judgment Doctrine
Dr. Talbot--An Evangelical Theologian evaluates Adventism from a Biblical Perspective.Is Adventism Evangelical?
The struggle of a life-long Adventist Pastor --Greg Taylor-- as he decides to leave Adventism.The New Covenant
If I am saved by God, how can I lose eternal life?
1844 Probation and Satan as Scape Goat Doctrine -- Cultic Doctrine (Video Link)