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).

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.

Latest Nutrition Science for 2014

There has been a significant amount of progress since Colin T Campbell and his colleges did the China Study (if you haven’t read the book, you should).  In the following video, Dr Michael Greger from Nutritionfacts.org takes us through nutrition science that has come to light over the last year.  As always the science seems to very strongly indicated that a plant based diet is the best way to avoid the leading causes of death.

Faith Comes By Hearing… Audio Bibles I recommend.

It is interesting that faith comes by hearing the word of God… This is in a spiritual sense, however for me the blessing I have gained from listening to the bible has been difficult to measure.  I personally am a rather poor reader, but I have found the bible comes alive when listening to it.

There are a number of very good audio bibles out there, I really like Alexander Scourby’s reading of the KJV (you can get it from the apple app store or the android marketplace or simply buy the mp3s to use on your computer or tablet www.scourby.com).

Lately I have been attempting to get my children more interested in learning the word.  Many point to other bible versions that have simpler wording… sadly, the distortion of the word in these versions tends to make this counter productive.  Thankfully there is another option.   I have found they seem to understand far more clearly the dramatization of the King James Bible found at www.bible.is.  This is a great site that has audio bibles in many many languages.    There are also apps on the Android and Apple stores.  The best part is, they are free.

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