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A Response to the Video:
Seventh-day Adventism, the Spirit Behind the Church

by Bob Pickle

Answers to Questions Raised by:
Mark Martin, Sydney Cleveland
Dale Ratzlaff, The White Lie
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Discern Fact from Fiction

The Role of Mrs. White and Her Writings

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#25 & #26: "In the twenty-seven points of fundamental beliefs, they state that the Bible is a source of authority. But they also say that her writings are a continuing and an authoritative source of truth."—David Snyder.

#25: They say that the Bible is "a" source of authority rather than "the" source of authority. This is simply not true. In the twenty-seven fundamental beliefs, the one about the Bible comes first. It says:

The Holy Scriptures are the infallible revelation of His will. They are the standard of character, the test of experience, the authoritative revealer of doctrines, and the trustworthy record of God's acts in history.—Seventh-day Adventists Believe, p. 4, italics added.

#26: They say her writings are an authoritative source of truth. So? If one believes that the biblical gift of prophecy will be manifested in the last days, then one must also believe that the writings or talks of a person genuinely having that gift must have some degree of authority. Yet the Bible must always remain the ultimate authority.

Number seventeen of the twenty-seven fundamental beliefs deals with the gift of prophecy:

One of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is prophecy. This gift is an identifying mark of the remnant church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G. White. As the Lord's messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truth which provide for the church comfort, guidance, instruction, and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested.—Seventh-day Adventists Believe, p. 216, italics added.

The documentation package gives this quotation under both "Point 13" and "Point 94." Thus the documentation package proves that Adventists believe, and that Mrs. White taught, that the Bible is to be the standard by which all are to be tested, including Mrs. White herself!

A Response to the Video

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