As I’m wrapping up my journey through the nine volumes of the Testimonies for the Church (published between 1855 to 1909), I have wondered: what would Ellen G. White say to me, or for that matter, to the church today?
When I was a student intern at the White Estate back in the 1990s I had several of my friends tease me. It was the time of the “What Would Jesus Do” (WWJD) bracelets. Some of them teased: “What Would Ellen Do?” Or, “What Would Ellen Say?”
In all candor, I think that Ellen G. White has a lot to say to the church today from the Testimonies for the Church. As she once opined: Few are alarmed or astonished at their want of spiritual power. Doubt, and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of God, is leavening our churches everywhere. Satan would have it thus. . . . The testimonies are unread and unappreciated. God has spoken to you.”
From a macro perspective there seem to be recurring themes that are emphasized so consistently and with such vigor that I would hazard to summarize them. I make an attempt to update the terminology to make them applicable to today (not in any particular order): [Read more…] about What Would Ellen Say?