"He who is trying to reach heaven by his own works in keeping the law is attempting an impossibility. There is no safety for one who has merely a legal religion, a form of godliness. The Christian's life is not a modification or improvement of the old, but a transformation of nature. There is a death to self and sin, and a new life altogether. This change can be brought about only by the effectual working of the Holy Spirit."
Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, page 172.
Seventh Day Adventist Christians hold the Bible, and the Bible alone, as God's Supreme Word; that Jesus Christ is the center of their faith...It is the study of the life of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, that leads the Christian into a right relationship with The Trinity.
Seventh Day Adventist also believe they fulfill the complete discription of the remnant Church as described in The Book of Revelation. Two of those distinct markings describe a people who 'keep the commandments of God and posses the gift of prophecy' as described in both Revelation 14:12 and 19:10.
Rev 14:12 "Here is (A)the perseverance of the saints who (B)keep the commandments of God and (C)their faith in Jesus." The term 'faith in Jesus' is also understood by Seventh Day Adventist as 'having the Testimony of Jesus'. What is the 'Testimony of Jesus'?
Rev 19:10 "Then (A)I fell at his feet to worship him (B)But he said to me, "Do not do that; I am a (C)fellow servant of yours and your brethren who (D)hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
So, we see that the definition of the 'Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy'. Adventist believe they received this gift of prophecy through the writings of Ellen G. White.
Seventh Day Adventist have been careful to hold to a very clearly defined distinction, in regards to the writings of Ellen White and the Bible, by always refering to her as a 'messenger of God' and alway emphasing the Scriptures as the only true source leading to salvation. The Bible and the Bible only is the greater light given to the Children of God. Additionally, God in His Mercy and Wisdom, bestowed added insight and inspiration to His remnant Church so they would have a greater understanding as to what would occur in the last days leading up to the second coming of Jesus. The remnant Church would therefore possess a particularly greater understanding (than other Christian denominations) of the books of Daniel and Revelation; two prophetic books that were sealed up until the last days.
Daniel 12:4 "But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase."
Millions of Adventist worldwide, have received tremendous inspiration from Ellen White's writings of some 50 books on the life of Christ. Ellen G. White is the single most reprinted female writer in American history, but has never had a U.S. postage stamp issued to commemorate her life of writing about Jesus and that "God is love". Such as it is how the world praises the things of this world, but not the things of heaven. Her book 'Steps To Christ' is heralded as one of the most beautiful books ever written, outside of the Bible itself, depicting God's love for mankind in the gift of His Son - Jesus Christ.
'The Conflict of the Ages', her epic work, is a series of five books that span the entire Bible from the rebellion in heaven to Jesus returning to redeem His faithful people, and who, 'keep the commandments of God and hold to their faith in Jesus. The books begin with the statement "God is love" and end with the statement "God is love". Of the five books, 'The Desire of Ages', specifically details the the entire life of Christ, beginning with His early childhood, and is recognized by some as the single most important modern day work ever written and stored in the Library of Congress.
One of our Hawthorne members recounts his first experience with Ellen White's writings:
"At the age 25 years old, and having graduated from college two years earlier, I was living a completely worldly life style. By God's providence, I ended up in a Pentacostal church were I experienced a born again experience. Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, had come into my life. A miraculous change occurred in me overnight.
There was a Seventh Day Adventist in our office who first challenged my intellect with the Adventist view of the state of the dead (death is a state of sleep until the resurrection). He was the first person in my life to introduce me to Christ, which then lead me to attending a very large, extremely popular, Pentacostal church in our community. One day, he gave me an entire set of the 'Conflict Of The Ages' series by Ellen G. White. I took them home and put them on a shelf.
Enjoying my experience at the Pentacostal Church, I did not have a particular interest in learning more about Adventism. I was so on fire, all I wanted to do was read the Bible hours upon hours every day. One evening, about six months after having received the Conflict Of The Ages series from my Adventist friend, I flopped down in my favorite reading chair and glanced at the five books written by Ellen White. I grabbed the first book, 'Patriarch's and Prophets' and began reading. By the third paragraph, I knew I had made a terrible mistake by not reading these books sooner. I could not stop reading... I read all five of the books in about 6 months. What I experienced was that my understanding of the Bible quickly surpassed that of my friends at the Pentacostal Church. I began to realize, that the Adventist were living what everyone else was preaching. They knew, and were living, the truths of the Bible. Soon thereafter, I was baptized Seventh Day Adventist. That was some 35 years ago."
Adventist do not beleive that Ellen White's work should be canonized as the original prophet's of the Bible are, but that the same Holy Spirit that inspired them, inspired her. We, at the Hawthorne Seventh Day Adventist Church, proudly proclaim our heritage as a member of the remnant Church - highlighted as the center piece of Revelation 12 - 14. We would urge the reader to avail themselves to her complete works through the link provided below - at the Ellen G. White Estate. Also, we are very blessed to have a pastor who is firmly grounded in the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and preaches the soon coming of our Savior. If you are a new student to the Bible, we highly recommended you attend Pastor Hassinger's basic belief Sabbath School class at 9:20 on Sabbath mornings.
Before visiting the link to the Ellen G. White Estate, it may be helpful to those who are first inquiring about the Church's view on Ellen White and her relationship to the Sacred Scriptures, to read the General Conference of Seventh Day Adventist's official statement in regards to her authority.
And finally - the complete works of Ellen G. White presented by the Ellen G. White Estate, inc.