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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
. . . and

Discern Fact from Fiction

Health Counsel, Wigs, and the Reform Dress

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[The following does not appear in all copies of the video. See the note preceding #117-#118.]

#125: "Interestingly enough, Ellen White on one occasion requested that her feather bed be sent to her without delay."—Dan Snyder.

#125: She hypocritically used a feather bed.

Apparently Mr. Snyder did not read well the previous quote from Dr. Miller. He said that feather beds were unhealthful in "close, unventilated rooms." Mrs. White never said she was going to use her feather bed in such a room, so she was not contradicting her own advice, advice that she never gave. Thus she was not being hypocritical.

Many Adventists do not know how Mrs. White's fourth son died in 1860:

I have had a very afflicting experience in sleeping in damp beds. I slept with my infant two months old in a north bedroom [in someone else's house]. The bed had not been used for two weeks. A fire was kindled in the room, and this was considered all that was necessary. Next morning, I felt that I had taken cold. My babe seemed to be in great pain when moved. His face began to swell, and he was afflicted with erysipelas of the most aggravating form. My dear babe was a great sufferer for four weeks, and finally died, a martyr to the damp bed.—Health Reformer, Jan. 1, 1872; Review and Herald, Jan. 2, 1872.

Rest assured that Mrs. White, when she requested her feather bed to be sent in 1878 to where she was in Texas, planned on using it in a well-ventilated room. She knew by experience the importance of this [p. 87] as a measure for good health, even without connecting it to "secret vice."

By the way, even if this phony charge were true, what would it prove? What about the Bible writers? Were any of them "hypocrites"? Does that mean we have to reject them as false prophets? We'll explore this issue more under #230.

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