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Ellen G. White


or Plagiarist!

The White Lie!
By Walter T. Rea

White copied Patriarchs and Prophets from Adersheim's Bible History: Old Testament, vols. 14

by Walter Rea

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White claimed total inspiration in 1882:

White copied this from Daniel March in his book Night Scenes in the Bible.

"When I went to Colorado I was so burdened for you that, in my weakness, I wrote many pages to be read at your camp meeting. Weak and trembling, I arose at three o'clock in the morning to write you. God was speaking through clay. You might say that this communication was only a letter. Yes, It was a letter, but prompted by the Spirit of God, to bring before your minds things that had been shown me. In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper, expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision-the precious rays of light shining from the throne."


Yet on the same page...


"What voice will you acknowledge as the voice of God? What power has the Lord in reserve to correct your errors and show you your course as it is? ... If you refuse to believe until every shadow of uncertainty and every possibility of doubt is removed, you will never believe. The doubt that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to faith. Faith rests upon evidence, not demonstration. The Lord requires us to obey the voice of duty, when there are other voices all around us urging us to pursue an opposite course. It requires earnest attention from us to distinguish the voice which speaks from God."

"We must not defer our obedience till every shadow of uncertainty and every possibility of mistake is removed. The doubt that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to faith, for faith rests upon probability, not demonstration.... We must obey the voice of duty when there are many other voices crying against it, and it requires earnest heed to distinguish the one which speaks for God."

(EGW, Selected Messages, bk. l, p. 27.)

(Daniel March, Night Scenes in the Bible; Philadelphia: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co., 1823; p88)

What is so incredible about this claim of inspiration, is that on the same page, Ellen White first claimed inspiration, then LITERALLY COPIED THE TEXT OUT OF A BOOK FOUND IN PUBLIC LIBRARIES! Some prophet! What a delusion! What a deceiver!

An incredible example of where Ellen says, "I was shown" by God through inspiration, when in fact she copied her vision from another textbook!

White "was shown" by God:

She actually copied it from this book:

I was shown that one areas cause of the existing deplorable state of things is that


parents do not feel under obligation to bring up their children to conform to physical law.

Parents are also under obligation to teach and oblige their children to conform to physical law for their own sakes....

Mothers love their children with an idolatrous love and indulge their appetite when they know that it will injure their health and thereby bring upon them disease and unhappiness....

How strange and unaccountable that mothers should love their children so tenderly as to indulge them in what they have occasion to know may injure their constitutions and impair their happiness for life.

"They have sinned against Heaven and against their children, and God will hold them accountable."

"May many children be delivered from such mothers, and from such cruel kindness"

"The managers and teachers of schools"

"The mangers and teachers of schools"

EGW, Testimonies, vol. 3, p.141. Testimony 22 (1872).

L(arkin) B. Coles, Philosophy of Health: Natural Principles of Health and Cure (Boston: William D. Ticknor & Co., 1849, 1851, 1853), pp. 144145.


This is one of the remarkable examples of Whites in deception of "borrowing,"

Ellen wrote in the Review and Herald of April 4,1899, which was also to later show up in her Testimonies for the Church, vol. 6, pp. 5860.

She copied from:

"At the Queensland camp meeting in 1898, instruction was given me for our Bible Workers. In the visions of the night, ministers and workers seemed to be in a meeting where Bible lessons were being given. We said, "We have the Great Teacher with us today," and we listened with interest to His words. He said: "There is a great ... "

What White claimed to be visions was actually copied from John Harris, The Great Teacher (Amherst: T. S. & C. Adams, 1836: Boston: Gould and Lincoln, 1870) pp, 1418

The incredible thing about the article is that the bulk of the material was taken from the book, The Great Teacher, authored by John Harris in 1836. Thus, she is in essence putting the words of John Harris in the mouth of God as her own vision. Not really. The words she copied were actually written in the introduction to Harris' book, by Herman Humphrey, who as President of Amherst College was writing the introduction for his friend Harris.

Modern Adventists were treated to a glimpse of this fiasco in the denomination's paper, the Review and Herald, (Review and Herald, April 2, 1981, "Did Mrs. White 'Borrow' in Reporting a Vision?" p. 7.) but nowhere was it admitted that Harris had also been enormously helpful to Ellen in her writing of Desire of Ages, Acts of the Apostles, Fundamentals of Christian Education, Counsels to Teachers, as well as other of her works. No amount of posturing in the Review could explain satisfactorily how Harris and his Great Teacher got to be God, the Great Teacher, through Ellen White. And this transition took place more than once by Ellen's pen. EGW, Testimonies to Ministers, (Mountain View, Pacific Press Association, 1923), p. 193., John Harris, The Great Teacher, p. 58.

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E.G. White was no saintly prophet, but a deluded plagiarist:

Bible Col 2:14-18


"Having nailed it to the cross...Therefore let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Notice that it clearly states that the weekly Sabbath day was done away and was a shadow.


Weekly Sabbath in Col 2:16

Sabbath was only a shadow

Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his (HER) stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind"

Immediately after stating the Sabbath was abolished, God gives us a prophetic insight into Ellen G. White who would claim to see visions and re-instate the Sabbath day from the law of Moses!

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