Q: Which books of Ellen G. White have
been recalled and burned?
A: No Ellen White book has ever been recalled, nor destroyed. Any rumors
to this effect are entirely without foundation in fact. However, certain
books have gone-out of print as later, fuller printings have taken the
place of earlier books. For instance, the Conflict of Ages Series took
the place of the earlier four volumes of The Spirit of Prophecy. Out of
print books may be accessed through the Research Centre.
Q: Who were Ellen G. White's
A: Among those who helped Ellen White in preparing her writings for
publication over the years were James White, Mary Kelsey-White, Lucinda
Abbey-Hall, Adelia Pattern-Van Horn, Anna Driscol-Loughborough, Addie
Clough-Watson, Mrs. J.I. Lngs, Mrs.B.L. Whitney, Eliza Burnham, Fannie
Bolton, Marian Davis, C.C. Crisler, Minnie Hawkins-Crisler, Maggie Hare,
Sarah Peck, and D.E. Robinson. Some bible writers also had secretaries
Q: Can Satan read our thoughts?
A: Regarding this question, Ellen White expressed that "The adversary of
souls is not permitted to read the thoughts of men; but he is a keen
observer, and he marks the words; he takes account of actions, and
skillfully adapts his temptations to meet the cases of those who place
themselves in his power. If we would labor to repress sinful thoughts
and feelings, giving them no expression in words or actions, Satan would
be defeated; for he could not prepare his specious temptations to meet
the case" (Selected Messages, Book 1, pp. 122, 123)
Q: I would like to know what types of
recreation are suitable for Adventist young people?
A: According to Ellen White, "Recreation, when true to its name,
re-creation, tends to strengthen and build up. Calling us aside from our
ordinary cares and occupations, it affords refreshment for mind and
body, and thus enables us to return with new vigor to the earnest work
of life." Education, 207.
Applying these principles we recommend that those whose work is largely
physical may find recreation in reading, or developing a new skill, such
as music, sewing, woodwork, amateur radio, photography, arts or crafts.
The study of the Bible or Spirit of Prophecy writings, and missionary
works should be given high priority.
We also recommend that, those whose work is largely mental will need
physical recreation. Some suitable recreational activities include:
simple outdoor games and sports that give physical exercise. Undue
emphasis on competition should be avoided. Ellen G. White Estate,
Question & Answer File 10-F.
Ellen White stated "I do not condemn the simple exercise of playing
ball." Adventist Home (Hagerstown, MD: review and Herald, 1952, 1980,
2001), 499. "It is the privilege and duty of Christians to seek to
refresh their spirits and invigorate their bodies by innocent
recreation, with the purpose of using their physical and mental powers
to the glory of God." Adventist Home, 493.
Q: Should I pay my tithe to the
church even if I am not in agreement with the Church's current
A: Ellen G. White writes that "some have been dissatisfied and have
said: 'I will not longer pay my tithe, for I have no confidence in the
way things are managed at the heart of the work.' But will you rob God
because you think the management of the work is not right? Make your
complaint, plainly, and openly, in the right spirit, to the proper ones.
Send in your petitions for things to be adjusted and set in order, but
do not withdraw from the work of God, and prove unfaithful, because
others are not doing right." Testimonies to the Church, (Nampa, ID:
Pacific Press, 1948), 9: 247-249.
Q: Was Ellen G. White Rich?
A: She answered the question thus: "Sometimes it has been reported that
I am trying to get rich. Some have written to us inquiring, 'Is not Mrs.
White worth millions of dollars? I am glad that I can say, 'No."..Why?..
Because I see so much missionary work to be done. Under such
circumstances, could I hoard money? No indeed. I receive royalties from
the sale of my books; but nearly all is spent in missionary work."
Manuscript No. 8, 1904. Years earlier, she wrote, "I do not profess to
be the owner of any money that comes into my hands. I regard it as the
Lord's money, for which I must render an account." Letter 41, 1895.
Q: Did Ellen White write that SDAs
should never engage in debates?
A: Ellen White stated that "We should guard against the influence of men
who have trained themselves as debaters; for they are in continual
danger of handling the word of God deceitfully." Manuscript 15, 1888.
The setting was the General Conference of 1888 at which time the
brethren came no with open minds to study the word of God but with fixed
positions on certain points. Ellen White's counsel was against debate,
for it led men to depend upon their skill rather than the Spirit of God
to touch the hearts of men and women. Arthur L. White, Ellen White
Ellen White also recognized that in certain situations debate cannot be
avoided. In that case she counsels: "Never should you enter upon a
discussion, where so much is at stake, relying upon your aptness to
handle strong arguments. If it cannot be well avoided, enter the
conflict, but enter upon it with firm trust in God, and in the spirit of
humility, in the spirit of Jesus, who has bidden you learn of Him who is
meek and lowly in heart." Testimonies (Nampa, ID: Pacific Press, 1948)
1:624, 626. Finally, she recommended that "whenever [such] discussions
can be avoided, they should be...God is seldom glorified or the truth
advanced in these combats." Testimonies, 3:213.
Q: How man children did Ellen White
A: Four boys were born into the White family. Henry Nichols (1847-1863)
was their firstborn. He died of pneumonia at the age of 16. James Edison
(1849-1928) became a Seventh-day Adventist minister and is most
remembered for his pioneering evangelistic and educational work among
African Americans in the Southern United States. William Clarence
(1854-1937) also became a Seventh-day Adventist minister. After James's
death in 1881, William became his mother's chief editorial assistant and
publishing manager. John Herbert (1860) died at the age of three months
Q: Did Ellen G. White say who
A: Contrary to many people's opinion, Ellen G. White did not state that Melchizedeck was Christ. She wrote: "God has never left Himself without
witness on the earth. At one time Melchizedek represented the Lord Jesus
Christ in person, to reveal the truth of heaven, and perpetuate the law
of God. Melchizedek was not Christ, but he was the voice of God in the
world" (The SDA Bible Commentary, 1092-1093).
Q: How many books and articles did
Ellen White write?
A: At the time of her death Ellen White's literary productions
totaled approximately 100,000 pages: 24 books in current circulation;
two book manuscripts ready for publication; 5,000 periodical articles in
the journals of the church; more than 200 tracts and pamphlets;
approximately 35,000 typewritten pages of manuscript documents and
letters; 2,000 handwritten letters and diary materials comprising, when
copied, another 15,000 typewritten pages. Compilations made after her
death from Ellen White's writings bring the total number of books
currently in print to more than 130.
Q: What is Ellen White's most popular
consider Ellen White's classic volume on the life of Christ--The
Desire of Ages--to be their
favorite Ellen White book. But her most popular book is
Steps to Christ,
which presents the essentials of basic Christian living. First published
in 1892 and since translated into more than 135 languages, tens of
millions of copies are in circulation.
Q: Did Ellen White believe the earth
to be about 6,000 years old?
Ellen White stated that she was shown in vision that creation week
consisted of seven literal days (The
Spirit of Prophecy,
vol. 1, p. 85), she did not claim to have received any special
revelation regarding the specific age of the earth. However, she
rejected the idea that "the world has existed for tens of thousands of
years." She accepted the Biblical record that the creation days were
seven literal 24-hour periods, believing that the world "is now only
about six thousand years old" (Ibid., p. 87).
Q: What did Ellen White believe
regarding the Godhead?
White never used the term "trinity," although she did refer to the
"three living persons of the heavenly trio" (Evangelism,
615). She believed in the full deity of Christ, stating that "Christ was
God essentially, and in the highest sense. He was with God from all
eternity, God over all, blessed forevermore" (Review
and Herald, April 5, 1906). She
also referred to the Holy Spirit as "the Third Person of the Godhead" (The
Desire of Ages, 671). Her
comments, as collected in
613-617, suggest that she believed that the Scriptures taught the
existence of three co-eternal divine persons (Ellen G. White Estate
Website, January 28, 2004).
Q: Did Ellen White suggest that the
human nature of the Son of Mary changed into the divine nature of the
Son of God?
White believed that the two natures–human and divine- were mysteriously
blended in one person: Jesus Christ. White writes: “He [Christ] was the
divine Son of God. The human and the divine were blended, and those who
humbly seek God through Him will be made partakers of the divine nature”
Echo and Signs of the Times,
Sept. 2, 1895). In Christ, “divinity and humanity were mysteriously
combined, and man and God became one” (Seventh-day
Adventist Bible Commentary,