NOTICE REGARDING MORE THAN A PROPHET
Bradford, retired professor from the Theology Department of
Avondale College, recently authored a privately-published
book entitled, More Than a Prophet: How We Lost and Found
Again the Real Ellen White. The Foreword and advertising
of the book's first edition incorrectly stated that the manuscript
was evaluated favorably by officers of the Ellen G. White
Estate. In actuality, while recognizing elements of the book
on which we can agree, the White Estate staff has strong concerns
regarding several of the viewpoints expressed in the book.
among these concerns are the following:
book expresses the view that prophets in the New Testament
and beyond generally carry less authority than Old Testament
prophets, and that the individual and/or congregation must
separate the wheat from the chaff in the messages even of
genuine prophets. Such a view confirms people in the human
tendency to accept what they like in inspired writings and
to reject as “chaff” the things with which they disagree.
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concerning this interpretation.
book suggests that because Ellen White used sources in her
writings relating to history, prophecy, health, or theology,
the views she expressed may have originated more from her
contemporaries than divine inspiration. Her depiction of
end-time events, for example, as found in The Great Controversy,
is portrayed as deriving primarily from the expectations
of 19th century North American Adventists, having
little application to today’s global society.
the White Estate staff recognizes that Ellen White was fallible
and subject to human frailties—not unlike the biblical prophets—we
maintain that certain positions taken in the book do not
fairly reflect the understanding of Ellen White and her
associates regarding her prophetic ministry, and fail to
represent fully Ellen White’s prophetic contributions to
the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
For a well-balanced
discussion of God’s system of communication with human beings,
we recommend The
Voice of the Spirit, by the former director of the
White Estate, Dr. Juan Carlos Viera, and Messenger
of the Lord, by Dr. Herbert E. Douglass.