Ellen G. White: The Early Elmshaven Years: 1900-1905 (vol. 5)


The Interview with Ellen White at the 1905 Session

Now, a month later and back in Washington as a delegate to the 1905 General Conference session, Jones was engaged in the extended interview with Ellen White. His case had been presented to her in vision only a day or two before. She reported that “I pointed out his danger. But he was self-confident.”—Letter 116, 1906. He maintained that there was no change from earlier years in Dr. Kellogg's attitude toward the visions. 5BIO 420.2

Ellen White had been shown in vision what Jones's attitude would be and now she witnessed it. In “place of receiving the warnings, he was full of self-confidence” (Ibid.). 5BIO 420.3

“I warned Elder Jones,” wrote Ellen White, “but he felt that he was not in the least danger. But the fine threads have been woven about him, and he is now a man deluded and deceived. Though claiming to believe the testimonies, he does not believe them.”—Ibid. 5BIO 420.4

To watch a man who had been used mightily of God rejecting light and spurning every appeal weighed heavily on the heart of the Lord's messenger and deeply troubled church leaders. In this experience at the 1905 General Conference session, A. T. Jones took an important step in his apostasy. Matters reached such a point that in 1909 it seemed necessary to drop his name from the church rolls. [For further documentation on A. T. Jones's apostasy, see olson, op. cit., pp. 304-312.] 5BIO 420.5