Statements Mistakenly Attributed to Ellen G. White

Statements Mistakenly Attributed to Ellen G. White

 
I would imagine that you have heard some quotes and/or expressions attributed to Ellen White. However, upon research or inquiry, you may discover that she did not make those statements. Therefore, in this weekly edition, I will attempt to highlight some of the alleged statements with the hope of lending understanding and clarification. These examples are taken from The E. G. White Estates website.
 
Specific Targets of Impending Disaster (i.e. the Twin Towers in New York)
Reports that Ellen G. White identified specific areas as targets or centers for earthquakes, fire, flood, tidal wave, submersion beneath the sea, or enemy invasion are without foundation, and must stem from an association of ideas with more general statements in the Ellen G. White books dealing with coming disasters… See Life Sketches of Ellen G. White, pages 411-414, for her statement regarding the linking of specific areas with predictions of disaster.
 Contrary to unsubstantiated reports, Ellen White made no prediction concerning the destruction of a twin-towered building in New York City or any other place in the world. She described scenes involving the ruin of ‘magnificent,’ ‘lofty buildings’, but nowhere does she mention any currently identifiable buildings.
 
Eggs upon Your Table
Lifting the sentence from Testimonies for the Church, vol. 2, p. 400, which reads, ‘Eggs should not be placed upon your table,’ from the context of the paragraph and the setting of the chapter has led some to a distorted concept of Ellen G. White's position, set forth clearly in The Ministry of Healing, page 320. In this reference she says, “Those who live in new countries or in poverty-stricken districts, where fruits and nuts are scare, should not be urged to exclude milk and eggs from their dietary.”
 
Ellen G. White and the 144,000
Nowhere in the Ellen G. White writings is there a statement to the effect that Mrs. White would be one of the 144,000. As recorded in Early Writings, page 40, the angel did tell her when, in vision, she seemed to be visiting another planet and desired to remain there, that ‘if you are faithful, you, with the 144,000, shall have the privilege of visiting all the worlds,’ etc. See also the statement in Selected Messages, book 2, p. 263.
 
Sign Indicating Close of Probation
A published statement which appeared in the Review and Herald Supplement of June 21, 1898, to the effect that a literal darkness will cover the earth as a sign to God's people that probation has closed, has been attributed wrongly to Ellen G. White. It was actually written by a Seventh-day Adventist minister. Such teaching is contrary to her statement in The Great Controversy, page 615, which reads: ‘When the irrevocable decision of the sanctuary has been pronounced and the destiny of the world has been forever fixed, the inhabitants of the earth will know it not.’
 
Apostasy of Seventh-day Adventist Churches or Conferences
The report that Mrs. White predicted the apostasy of entire Seventh-day Adventist churches and conferences is without support. See the statement concerning ‘The Shaking’ in Early Writings, pages 269-273; and Testimonies for the Church, vol. 8, p. 41, for these words: ‘Company after company from the Lord's army joined the foe and tribe after tribe from the ranks of the enemy united with the commandment-keeping people of God.’