A Call to Stand Apart


A Young Adult’s Encounter with Ellen White ... on the Authority of Scripture

The quality of Ellen White that draws me to her most is her love of Jesus and her insistence on the authority of Scripture. Many times she has expressed in her writings that Scripture alone is the basis for the truth. She considered herself a “lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light [the Bible].”112Colporteur Ministry, 125. AC 105.3

These statements give me confidence that I can trust her writings in my daily walk with God. I thank the Lord for the fabulous asset of Mrs. White’s writings that have been given to help us better understand biblical truths. She was a messenger for the Lord, and she understood that role and abided by it with utmost faithfulness and responsibility. I respect her for that and use her writings as another tool in my study of Scripture. Nothing can replace the Bible, and I am very sensitive to the thought of someone criticizing or trying to change the Bible. I take assurance in knowing that Mrs. White felt that same way. When I read Patriarchs and Prophets or The Great Controversy, the Bible comes alive for me! AC 105.4

As far as I’m concerned, the Bible is my guidebook on the journey of my life, and Mrs. White’s writings are somewhat like the Cliff Notes. AC 105.5

Michael, age 26 AC 105.6