Ellen White vs the Internet

hqdefaultYou only have to briefly read the books of Samuel and the Kings to understand that being a prophet has always been a perilous job.  Not only were most of them rejected and turned against, but many were put to death.  We are smarter than than now though aren’t we?  We would never have rejected a prophet of God right?

Sadly like most things, “there is nothing knew under the sun”, just as God is the same yesterday today and forever, we are also the same as ancient Israel, preferring our own opinions over that of God’s.

Anyone who has done a quick internet search on Ellen White’s writings has likely come across articles attacking her, sometimes vehemently and calling her a false prophet.  The attacks come from the mundane to the outright tirades against her character.  This isn’t new for any of the prophets, or for her. In her day she was constantly attacked by people within the church, especially when she encouraged people to follow what the bible says.  Nothing has changed.  What we need to do as people living 100 years after her death, is to analyze, “was she a prophet” or “are the critics actually correct”.  We are called never to dismiss prophets, but rather to test the spirit.  So if you have read a lot of the negative articles against Ellen White, it is probably a good idea to hear the other side of the story.  Why?  It is clear that the people in the time of the prophets of ancient Israel also had good arguments against their prophets, as most people (including the wisest man on earth, King Solomon) justified ignoring the prophets and worshiping idols.

While most of the attacks against EGW would be obviously silly to anyone who had even a small understanding of SDA history, there are a few that certainly need to be addressed.  One was brought out by an ex-adventist:  “she plagiarized most of her works”, and sadly, with very little testing, many in the church accepted this claim.  What people may not know is this claim was put to test by a catholic copyright lawyer.   His conclusion will likely shock many adventist who still hold this claim to be true. This an a number of other claims is covered in this great sermon: Ellen White vs the World Wide Web.  I can’t recommend this enough for any SDA or for any non-SDA who has been looking into the church and been bombarded by the many misunderstandings, twistings or outright lies leveled against EGW.

If you have the audioverse app, search “ellen white vs the world wide web”.

Remember, minds are like parachutes, they only work if they are open.  The best defense of her, I believe, is to read her writings.  I personally discovered hundreds of lies I had been told as a youth in the SDA church, by simply reading 1st Testimonies and the Great Controversy.

For further study there is a very good book called “response to a video” by pickle publishing.  This book exhaustively goes through the claims of the docco “the spirit behind the church” that mocks the SDA church, using amazingly blatant lies.  You can get the book herek

Great Series from Herb Larsen 2014

For those of you who can’t make it to Big Camp in Brisbane Australia (probably a lot!), this is a very interesting sermon series from Herb Larsen on the practical application of faith.  Herb’s main focus in ministry is to get people to read their bibles for 1h a day, and he gives many testimonies on how this has changed peoples lives.  This series has many amazing stories of how God has used the worst possible circumstances to His glory.

Another interesting sermon of Herb’s shot by Amazing Discoveries (ADTV), defining faith.. not in theological mumbo jumbo, but in solid practical terminology:

Audioverse.org – Great Resource for Spiritual Growth

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If you have been craving sermons and are unsure where to go to find them, I can recommend audioverse.org.  This is a great site where you can type in any topic and there are sermons on them.  Obviously I can’t be certain all will be perfect as far as doctrine is concerned, however, there is a lot of Gold hidden there…

A few good sermons to get you started:
Dennis Priebe – The Real Gospel - An expose on the differences between the two gospels that are being preached in our churches.  Very important sermon.

Gabriel Arruda – testimony about how Gabriel was protected from the entertainment industry and came to work for God.  He does have things I don’t quite agree with relating to prophecy (nothing too crazy though!), however the testimony is very interesting.

Paul Volk – What the Experts Are Telling Us – Very interesting testimony about health.  Very practical message.

Also Dwayne Lemon, Eugine Prewitt have some interesting stuff (leave a comment if you can recommend any preachers or specific sermons on audioverse).

Also, if you have an iPhone or Android device, there is a great app that makes listening and downloading easier. (sadly no windows phone … hint, hint if you are reading this audible crew).

Women’s Ordination – is it biblical and what will it lead to?

This is a very tough topic to cover, as generally it is received with a fairly emotional reaction.  The bible tends to be pushed aside for feelings or cultural norms.   But what does the bible actually say?  And importantly what are the implications of it?  Will women’s ordination actually help the churches to grow, or will it simply cause people to go to other churches who uphold the bible and the bible alone?  It is interesting how clear the evidence is for this.  Here are a few videos that cover this topic:

Daniel Unsealed DVDs Available Now

Now that Daniel Unsealed is reaching the 40,000 views mark (thanks so much for everyone for liking, commenting on and sharing the video), I have been getting a lot of request for DVDs. Unfortunately I don’t have the time or money to fill all the requests so I have opted to outsource the DVD production. The DVDs are at absolute minimum pricing to allow you to hand the DVDs out to as many people as possible.

ThumbMediumDisc1The pricing structure is set up so if you buy a second DVD – or more –  they are less than half price. The postage also decreases significantly per disc, the more you buy.

Also remember, you are in no way obligated to buy these DVDs in bulk, if you have the capacity to do bulk burning yourself, or have made a DVD already, feel free to copy them and distribute them as much as possible!

Click here to buy now!  Prices in US dollars (before you buy, read the version information below)


Important Version Information

The PAL version of the DVD is set up very well now, so you can select chapters, and watch the trailer, plus has menu music (this is very difficult to set up, so if you want to make copies for people in Australia, I suggest you get at least a copy of this to save yourself the hassle of set up)

Due to technical difficulties, the NTSC version doesn’t have menus yet.  I aim to change this over time.  The movie is still high quality though, and all works well.

There is also a bulk version (DVD in plastic sleeve), and or a version with a Standard DVD case (the same as any DVD movie).  The disc is identical in both versions.

What is NTSC / PAL

NTSC is the US format for DVDs
PAL is the UK / Australia / Japan format for DVDs

If you have a DVD player less than 5 years old, you can likely play either PAL or NTSC DVDs without any problem no matter where you are.

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Also, remember you can always just give your friends the link to watch the video on youtube for free!

The Dragon Revealed – Disc 1 – The Dangers of Martial Arts

This is a very interesting project by the guys at little light about how martial arts can direct us away from God.  If you have been into martial arts, or still are, remember to keep an open mind.  This isn’t a production designed to set rules in stone about what you can and can’t do, but rather to warn you of potential danger.  Thanks heaps to the guys at little light for releasing the first 1h for free.  If you gain a blessing and wish to learn more, they will have a second part available in the next few months here for a very small contribution.