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If they were in Error ( 4 )
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Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the phrase . . .
 
if  they  were  in  error
 
I saw the state of some who stood on present truth, but disregarded the visions -- the way God had chosen to teach in some cases, those who erred from Bible truth. I saw that in striking against the visions they did not strike against the worm -- the feeble instrument that God spake through -- but against the Holy Ghost. I saw it was a small thing to speak against the instrument, but it was dangerous to slight the words of God. I saw if they were in error and God chose to show them their errors through visions, and they disregarded the teachings of God through visions, they would be left to take their own way, and run in the way of error, and think they were right, until they would find it out too late. Then in the time of trouble I heard them cry to God in agony, "Why didst Thou not show us our wrong, that we might have got right and been ready for this time?" Then an angel pointed to them and said, "My Father taught, but you would not be taught. He spoke through visions, but you disregarded His voice, and He gave you up to your own ways, to be filled with your own doings."-- Broadside, To Those Who Are Receiving the Seal of the Living God, Jan. 31, 1849. {1SM 40.1}
 
 
Sabbath afternoon one of our number was sick, and requested prayers that he might be healed. We all united in applying to the Physician who never lost a case, and while healing power came down, and the sick was healed, the Spirit fell upon me and I was taken off in vision. I saw the state of some who stood on present truth, but disregarded the visions, -- the way God had chosen to teach in some cases, those who erred from Bible truth. I saw that in striking against the visions they did not strike against the worm -- the feeble instrument that God spake through; but against the Holy Ghost. I saw it was a small thing to speak against the instrument, but it was dangerous to slight the words of God. I saw if they were in error and God chose to show them their errors through visions, and they disregarded the teachings of God through visions, they would be left to take their own way, and run in the way of error, and think they were right, until they would find it out too late. Then in the time of trouble I heard them cry to God in agony --"Why didst thou not show us our wrong, that we might have got right and been ready for this time?" Then an angel pointed to them and said --"My Father taught, but you would not be taught.--He spoke through visions, but you disregarded his voice, and he gave you up to your own ways, to be filled with your own doings." Then I saw four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and were on their way to accomplish it. Jesus was clothed with Priestly garments. He gazed in pity on the remnant, then raised his hands upward, and with a voice of deep pity cried--'My Blood, Father, my Blood, my Blood, my Blood." Then I saw an exceeding bright light come from God, who sat upon the great white throne, and was shed all about Jesus. Then I saw an angel with a commission from Jesus, swiftly flying to the four angels who had a work to do on the earth, and waving something up and down in his hand, and crying with a loud voice --"Hold,! Hold! Hold! Hold! until the servants of God are sealed in their foreheads."-- I asked my accompanying angel the meaning of what I heard, and what the four angels were about to do. He said to me that it was God that restrained the powers, and that he gave his angels charge over things on the earth, and that the four angels had power from God to hold the four winds, and that they were about to let the four winds go, and while they had started on their mission to let them go, the merciful eye of Jesus gazed on the remnant that were not all sealed, then he raised his hands to the Father and plead with him that he had spilled his blood for them. Then another angel was commissioned to fly swiftly to the four angels, and bid them hold until the servants of God were sealed with the seal of the living God in their foreheads. {Broadside2, January 31, 1849 par. 3}
 
 
I saw if they were in error and God chose to show them their errors through visions, and they disregarded the teachings of God through visions, they would be left to take their own way, and run in the way of error, and think they were right, until they would find it out too late. Then in the time of trouble I heard them cry to God in agony, "Why didst Thou not show us our wrong, that we might have got right and been ready for this time?"  { 1BIO 157.5 }
 
The next evening Grant launched into a tirade of criticism, speaking with the single purpose of "exposing and discrediting the Lord's messenger," "He spoke more freely," Ellen White said, "bringing forth the precious dish of slander that he loves so well. He served up to the people in his very best style the rare tidbits that he has been gathering and manufacturing during the last thirty years, as condemning evidence that the vision of Mrs. White are not of God."-- Historical Sketches, p. 236. [ATTACKS UPON MRS. WHITE AND HER VISIONS HAVE COME FROM OUTSIDE THE CHURCH AND FROM WITHIN. AS FAR BACK AS THE 1840'S ELLEN WHITE WROTE: 
     "I SAW THE STATE OF SOME WHO STOOD ON PRESENT TRUTH, BUT DISREGARDED THE VISIONS --THE WAY GOD HAD CHOSEN TO TEACH IN SOME CASES, THOSE WHO ERRED FROM BIBLE TRUTH. I SAW THAT IN STRIKING AGAINST THE VISIONS THEY DID NOT STRIKE AGAINST THE WORM -- THE FEEBLE INSTRUMENT THAT GOD SPAKE THROUGH--BUT AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST. I SAW IT WAS A SMALL THING TO SPEAK AGAINST THE INSTRUMENT, BUT IT WAS DANGEROUS TO SLIGHT THE WORDS OF GOD. I SAW IF THEY WERE IN ERROR AND GOD CHOSE TO SHOW THEM THEIR ERRORS THROUGH VISIONS, AND THEY DISREGARDED THE TEACHINGS OF GOD THROUGH VISIONS, THEY WOULD BE LEFT TO TAKE THEIR OWN WAY, AND RUN IN THE WAY OF ERROR, AND THINK THEY WERE RIGHT UNTIL THEY WOULD FIND IT OUT TOO LATE."-- SELECTED MESSAGES, BOOK 1 P. 40.]  {EGWE 144.1}
 
 
show us  that  we  are  in  error
 
"What have we believed," he said, "that we have not been commanded to believe by the word of God, which you yourselves allow is the rule, and only rule, of our faith and practice? What have we done that should call down such virulent denunciations against us from pulpit and press, and give you just cause to exclude us [Adventists] from your churches and fellowship?" "If we are wrong, pray show us wherein consists our wrong. Show us from the word of God that we are in error; we have had ridicule enough; that can never convince us that we are in the wrong; the word of God alone can change our views. Our conclusions have been formed deliberately and prayerfully, as we have seen the evidence in the Scriptures."-- Ibid., pages 250, 252. Great Controversy, page 337.2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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