"We Discovered Ellen White Failed the Biblical Tests of a Prophet"

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"This strong self-image as an inspired writer may have inhibited her [Ellen White's] ability to realize how much her writings depended on other authors. She could scarcely have sensed the degree to which her visions and dreams were shaped by her reading, and thus she came to believe that her revelations were the original sources of what she wrote."
--Ronald Graybill, Ph.D., associate director of the White Estate in his doctoral thesis, "The Power of Prophecy", 1983

 
"Seizure disorder often develops from a severe head injury such as that suffered by young Ellen. ... There is an astonishing similarity between Mrs. White's 'visions' and a type of seizure called 'psychomotor' or 'partial-complex' seizure. ... Unaware that her 'visions' were part of a seizure, Ellen shared them with others who labeled her as a 'prophet' and made her the center of the developing Seventh-day Adventist church."
-- Delbert H. Hodder, M.D., Evangelica, Nov. 1981

 
"I have shown here that these trances were part of the enthusiastic worship experience of Adventism. They gained credibility not because they were unique but because they resembled the spiritual exaltations of other believers. Once Adventist worship grew sedate, Ellen's trances ceased, and her early visions acquired a miraculous aura."
--Ronald Graybill, Ph.D., "The Power of Prophecy", 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Is there Supernatural Evidence for White's Visions?

SDA Claims about Ellen White's Visions and Dreams:

  1. They were given to her by God
  2. They opened up future events to Adventists
  3. They contained knowledge about others that it was not possible for her to obtain elsewhere
  4. While in vision she performed supernatural feats proving their authenticity

Bible Test #1 - Prophecies Must be Fulfilled:
"When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously; thou shalt not be afraid of him." (Deut. 18:22)

Bible Test #2 - A Prophet's Writings Cannot Contain Falsehood:
"Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD...." Jer. 23:32

nonsda.org will present the following evidence:

  1. Her visions contain falsehoods, thus they cannot be from God
  2. Her visions about future events are inaccurate, thus she failed the first test of a prophet
  3. Her visions contain knowledge obtained from others
  4. There are natural explanations for the feats she performed while in vision

In Ellen White's own words: "When God gives you clear evidence that the vision is from Him, you may accept it, but do not accept it on any other evidence." --The Review and Herald, May 25, 1905


The Israel Dammon Incident The story of the arrest and trial of one of Ellen White's closest associates reveals wild religious fervor in the early meetings attended by the visionary Ellen Harmon

Visions Explained What caused Ellen White's visions? Why did they drop in frequency during the 1860s and stop altogether in the 1870s?

Eyewitness Accounts Statements from a number of eyewitnesses who observed Mrs. White in vision. Includes Joseph Bates, Isaac Wellcome (an Adventist minister), Lucinda Burdick (a minister's wife), and more.

You Should See Their Faces! One popular Adventist legend is that Mrs. White used supernatural strength to loft a heavy Bible above her head for a long period of time while in vision. Is this true?

How Did She Know? Who told Ellen White the secret sins of others? How did she know about things happening in America when she was in Australia?

Where Did Mrs. White Get Her Messages From?

Mrs. White's Failed Prophecies Failed predictions about future events

Mrs. White's Failed Predictions about People

The Doubters Surprising statements made by Adventist leaders expressing doubt about Mrs. White's "visions"


Physical and Mental Causes for Ellen White's Hallucinations

Physician's review of Ellen White's Head Injury
A very extensive, thoroughly researched article by a leading SDA physician. Presents significant medical evidence. This is a must-read article for every SDA. (This article is most frequently cited by our visitors as being the best article on this web site)

Visions or Partial-Complex Seizures By Delbert H. Hodder, M.D. Shows there is an astonishing similarity between Mrs. White's "visions" and a type of seizure called "psychomotor" or "partial-complex" seizure. (Evangelica, Nov. 1981).

Visions or Partial-Complex Seizures? Abstract presented by Dr. Delbert Hodder and Dr. Gregory Holmes at the 1981 meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.

The Mind of Ellen White Psychologist Dr. Janet Numbers and Historian Dr. Ronald Numbers evaluate the evidence of psychological problems in Mrs. White's private and public life.

Mercury Poisoning - Examines the evidence showing that Mrs. White may have suffered from mercury poisoning.

Research into Mrs. White's medical condition by D.M. Canright. Includes surprising statements from Mrs. White herself, a statement from an SDA physician familiar with her case, and plenty of medical documentation.

Ellen White's medical condition as described by Walter Rea in The White Lie. As with all of Elder Rea's work, this information is fully documented and explained in Elder Rea's distinctive style.

M.G. Kellogg, M.D., Statement on Mrs. White's Health A statement on Mrs. White's health by an SDA physician

The Ailing Health Instructor Would you trust a health instructor who was often ill, and did not even follow her own instructions? This article exposes the sickening truth about Ellen White's health.

Medical problems Mrs. White possibly suffered from.....Hysteria.....Catalepsy.....Epilepsy


Specific Visions Examined in Depth

Civil War Predictions Do Mrs. White's statements about the Civil War prove she was a prophet of God? Do they contain any insight that was not readily available to everyone else?

The Salmananca Vision - This vision has been touted as evidence of Ellen White's prophetic foreknowledge. But what is the truth? A lengthy, in-depth scholarly study of the source documents, circumstances and events surrounding the Salmananca vision.

The Avondale Furrow Tale - The Avondale furrow has been cited as a prime example of how God worked through Mrs. White to guide the SDA Church. What are the true facts in this case?

Sword of Fire Hung over Battle Creek

The "Saints" are not Seventh-day Adventists - Ellen White's early vision proves Adventists are not the end-time "Saints"


Similar Manifestations in other "prophets"

Other Visionaries - A fascinating study into the many other visionists who claimed to receive visions during Ellen White's era. Examine the similarities in manifestations and message.

Kindred Prophetess - Interesting similarities between the prophetess Ellen G. White and prophetess Maria B. Woodworth-Etter are examined.


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