Ellen G. White plagiarizes Joseph Smith


"Largely paralleling the early Advent movement in time was the Mormon development, headed by their 'prophet' Joseph Smith (1804-1844), who asserted that he received direct communication from God. Smith claimed to have received numerous 'visions' between 1820 and 1844." Prophetic Guidance in Early Days, by Arthur White, Former Secretary of the E. G. W. Estate.


A comparison between Joseph Smith, 1805-1844, and Ellen White, 1827-1915

New England origins

JS: "I was born in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five, on the twenty‑third day of December, in the town of Sharon, Windsor county, State of Vermont..." JS 2:3

EGW: "I was born at Gorham, Maine, November 26, 1827." 1T 9


Early family religious orientation

JS: "I was at this time in my fifteenth year. My father's family was proselyted to the Presbyterian faith..." JS 2:7

EGW: was fifteen years of age when her family was "discontinued from the church... we had been guilty of walking contrary to the rules of the Methodist church." 1T 45


Relating to Methodism

JS: "In process of time my mind became somewhat partial to the Methodist sect, and I felt some desire to be united with them..." JS 2:8

EGW: "My parents, Robert and Eunice Harmon... became earnest and devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal church." 1T 9


Distress of mind

JS: "During this time of great excitement my mind was called up to serious reflection and great uneasiness..." JS 2:8

EGW: "My mind was often in great distress, because I did not experience the spiritual ecstasy that I considered would be the evidence of my acceptance with God..." 1T 17


Vision in the woods

JS: "...I retired to the woods...After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desire of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me... I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell on me." JS 2:14‑17

EGW: "Then I would go away alone in the woods, where no eye or ear but God's could see or hear, and pray to Him, and He would some­times give me a vision there...EW 21 (1945).


Contempt for visions

JS: "Some few days after I had this vision, I happened to be in company with one of the Methodist preachers... I took occasion to give him an account of the vision which I had had. I was greatly surprised at his behaviour; he treated my communication not only lightly, but with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil..." JS 2:21‑22

EGW: "Soon it was reported all around that the visions were the result of mesmerism, and many Adventists were ready to believe and circulate the report..." EW 21 (1945).


Bitter opposition

JS: "...all united to persecute me ... a spirit of the most bitter persecution..." JS 2:23

EGW: "It was shown me that my labors would meet with great opposition...I met with bitter opposition and reproach.” 5T 655‑656


Suffered like Paul

JS: "I have thought since that I felt much like Paul... So it was with me ... For I had seen a vision and I knew it..." JS 2:24‑25

EGW: "Paul was a man who knew what it means to be a partaker of Christ's sufferings ... I speak with no hesitation about this matter, for I know for myself that what he says is true." 8T 125‑126


Condemnation and agony in the night

JS: "I often felt condemned for my weaknesses and imperfections...after I retired to bed for the night, I betook myself to prayer and supplication to the Almighty for forgiveness of all my sins, and follies, and also for a manifestation to me that I might know of my state and standing before him." JS 2:29

EGW: "Words of condemnation rang in my ears day and night, and my constant cry to God was, What shall I do to be saved? ... My sufferings of mind were intense. Sometimes for a whole night I would dare not to close my eyes...then quietly leave my bed and kneel upon the floor, praying silently, with a dumb agony that cannot be described." IT 23,26


Chosen from obscurity

JS: "...and though I was an obscure boy, only between fourteen and fifteen years of age... a boy of no consequence in the world, yet men of high standing would take notice sufficient to excite the public mind against me..." JS 2:22

EGW: "An unspeakable awe filled me, that I, so young and feeble should be chosen as the instrument by which God would give light to his people." IT 62

EGW: "But it seemed impossible for one so young, and in feeble health, to do so much in the great work." IT 38


Ask of God

JS: "At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God..." JS 2:13

EGW: "...I appropriated to myself the precious promise of Jesus. He had said to his disciples, 'Ask, and ye shall receive..." IT 55


A sudden light appears

JS: "While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued increase until the room was lighter than at noonday..." JS 2:30

EGW: "While prayer was offered for me, the thick darkness that had encompassed me rolled back, and a sudden light came upon me. My strength was taken way, I seemed to be in the presence of angels." IT 64


A beautiful person enters

JS: "...when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside..." JS 2:30

JS: ...his whole person was glorious beyond description... When I first looked upon him, I was afraid; but the fear soon left me. He called me by name, and said..." JS 2:32‑33

EGW: "...Just then the door opened, and a person of beautiful form and countenance entered..." 1T 28

EGW: "I tried to shield myself from his gaze, feeling unable to endure his searching eyes, but he drew near me with a smile, and, laying his hand upon my head, said, 'Fear not.'" 1T 28‑29


The messenger appears again

JS: "I lay musing on the singularity of the scene... I suddenly discovered the room was again begin­ning to get lighted, and in an instant, as it were, the same heavenly messenger was again by my bedside." JS 2:44

EGW: "This same person has appeared to me before in important dreams to instruct me from time to time during the past twenty‑six years." R & H, November 4, 1875


The messenger delegates work

JS: "He called me by name and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni, that God had a work for me to do..." Preface "The Book of Mormon"

EGW: "...He called me in my youth to be his messenger...'Your work, he instructed me, 'is to bear my word. 'Spalding‑Magan MSS Unpublished Testimonies, p.481

EGW: "God has given me my work..." 5T 19


Joseph Smith source of Ellen White's visions

Fell off path

JS: ("Vision") "...I have seen a vision ... and I saw...And it came to pass that there arose a mist of darkness; yea, even an exceeding great mist of darkness insomuch that they who had commenced in the path did lose their way, that they wandered off and were lost ... and they fell into forbidden paths..." BM 1 Nephi 8: 1;21‑23;28

EGW: ("Vision") "...God has shown me in holy vision... I saw... The light behind them went out leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below. It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path..." EW page 15, 1945.


Dream of pathway to beautiful field

JS: ("Vision") "Behold, I have dreamed a dream ... And I also beheld a straight and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron ... And it came to pass that I beheld others pressing forward, and they came forth and caught hold of the end of the rod of iron ... And they did press their way forward continually holding fast to the rod of iron...and many were lost from his view, wandering into strange roads ... I beheld a large and spacious field ... And I also beheld a straight and narrow path, which came along by the rod of iron ... unto a large and spacious field..." BM 1 Nephi 8:2;9;19; 20;24;30;32

EGW: ("Vision") "While in Battle Creek in August, 1868,I dreamed...As the path grew more narrow... small were let down ... These we eagerly grasped... exclaiming, 'We have hold from above! We have hold from above!' The same words were uttered by all the company in the narrow pathway... Where were such now? They were not in the company. At every change, some were left behind ... Before us, on the other side of the chasm, was a beautiful field ... Nothing I have seen upon earth could compare in beauty and glory with this field..." 2T 594‑597 (1868)


Multitudes enter building

JS: ("Vision") "And I ... beheld ... a great and spacious building ... he saw other multitudes pressing forward ... And he also saw other multitudes feeling their way toward that great and spacious building. And great was the multitude that did enter into that strange building. And after they did enter into that building they did point the finger of scorn at me..." BM Nephi 8:26‑33

EGW: ("Vision") "I dreamed of seeing a temple to which many people were flocking...In my anx­iety to reach the temple I did not notice or care for the throng that­ surrounded me. On entering the building I saw that the vast temple was supported by one immense pillar... Even after entering the building a fear came over me and a sense of shame that I must humiliate myself before these people..." EW 78‑79 (1948).


White robe, bright countenance

JS: ("Vision") "...Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description and his countenance truly like lightning." JS 2: 31‑32; BM 1 Nephi 8:5; 1 Nephi 14:18

EGW: ("Vision") " ... I saw... I then beheld the beauty and loveliness of Jesus. His robe was whiter than the whitest white. No language can describe His glory an exalted loveliness ... whose countenance shines brighter than the sun at noonday. " EW 53 (1945).


River of water near tree

JS: ("Vision") "...I beheld a river of water; and it ran along, and it was near the tree of which I was partaking of the fruit..." BM 1 Nephi 8:10‑13

EGW: ("Vision") "...from which proceeded a pure river of water ... on each side of this river was the tree of life, and on the banks of the river were other beautiful trees bearing fruit which was good for food." EW 289; 1T 61 (1858)


The heavenly messenger

JS: ("Vision") "...The same heavenly messenger was again by my bed­side..." JS 2, 52:44

EGW: ("Vision")"...I dreamed ... The heavenly messenger....said..." 7T 35 (1874)


In the form of a dove

JS: ("Vision") "...after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove." 2 Nephi 31:8; BM 1 Nephi 11 DC 93:15

EGW: ("Vision")"...angels of God hovered over the scene of His baptism; The Holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. . . " EW 153 (1945)


Not able to speak

JS: ("Vision") "...for the space of three nights I could not open my mouth..." BM Alma 36:9‑10

EGW: ("Vision") "I was struck dumb ... my tongue would be loosened in less than twenty‑four hours." EW 22‑23 (1945)


Soul filled with joy

JS: ("Vision") "...My soul was filled with joy..." BM Alma 36:20

EGW: ("Vision") ... MY soul was filled with joy..." EW 22‑23 (1850)


Garments stained with blood

JS: ("Vision") " will any of you feel, if ye shall stand before the bar of God, having your garments stained with blood...?"BM Alma 5:22

EGW: ("Vision") "...I was taken into the presence of Jesus ... I looked upon my garments and saw that they were stained with blood." EW 77 (1945)


Secret hidden things

JS: ("Vision") "...a seer is greater than a prophet... a seer can know of the things which are past, and also of things which are to come ... and by them shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things come to light..." BM Mosiah 8:15‑17

EGW: ("Vision") "I bore my testimony, and related things which had been shown me in the past history of some present ... what was shown me in relation to them was of a private nature, reproving secret sins..." 1T 584 (1867)

EGW: " ... I was pointed back many years in the past ... There seemed to be a circle of light about you ... I was pointed back to your past... I was shown the past... I was pointed back to your past life..." 2T 268‑279; 296‑297; 318;322 (1869

EGW: "…last June some things were shown me in regard to you. I was carried back in the past..." 2T 421 (1870)

EGW: "…I have written some things which have been shown me in regard to your past, present and future..." 3T 414 (1875)

EGW: "God has been pleased to open to me the secrets of the inner life and the hidden sins of his people... 5T 314315 (1873)

EGW: " ... past, present and future have passed before me..." 5T 671 (1882)


More than a prophet

JS: "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man..." DC 135:3

EGW: " who has had such a long experience, and whom the Lord has taught and used to do a special work, than that of any other person." 5T 689 (1882)

EGW: "One stood by my side and said: 'God has raised you up, and has given you words to speak... as he has given no other one."2T 607(1871) 5T 667 (1‑882)

EGW: "God has given you your testimony ... God has impressed this upon you by opening it before your vision as he has to no other one..." 2T 608 (1871)

EGW: "…my work includes much more than the word 'Prophet' signifies ... My commission embraces the work of a Prophet, but it does not end there." Spalding‑Magan MSS unpublished Testimonies, p.146; SM, Book 1 p. 36

EGW: "…I had given unmistakable evidence of my interest in, and devotion to, the cause of God. I have shown by my works how dear it was to me. Could any produce stronger proof than myself? Were they zealous in the cause of truth? I more. Were they devoted to it? I could prove greater devotion than anyone living engaged in this work. Had they suffered for the truth's sake? I more." 1T 581 (1867)


I lie not

JS: "I speak it ac­cording to the words of Christ... I lie not... " BM Moroni 10:26­-29

EGW: "I state truth... The word of God speaketh truth, not a lie." TM 90 (1880)


Joseph Smith the source of Ellen White's clichés

Lull into carnal security

JS: "And others will he pacify and lull them away into carnal security..." BM 2 Nephi 28:21

EGW: "Thank God, all will not be rocked to sleep in the cradle of carnal security." 5T 10 (1881)

EGW: " ... to lull the deceived to more security..." PT, August 18‑49, Vol. 1, No. 3, p.21



JS: "...concerning the residue..." DC 61:33

EGW: "...and fouled the residue with their feet... EW p. 36


At the bar of God

JS: "...for ye shall see me at the bar of God..." BM Moroni 10:27

EGW: "...But this they must meet at the bar of God..." 5T 46 (1882)


Blood upon garments

JS: "...their blood might not come upon our garments..."BM Jacob 1:19

EGW: "...that the blood of souls might not be found upon my garments." EW 76 (1945)


Great condescensions

JS: " great his condescensions... and his mercy... BM 1‑ Nephi 9:53; 1 Nephi 11:16;26

EGW: "...the great love and condescension of God... the great mercy and condescension of God. EW pp. 125, 126, 127 (1945


Minds have been darkened

JS: "And your minds... have been darkened..." DC 84:54

EGW: "The minds of many have been so darkened... 5T 62 (1882)


Contrary to the light

JS: "...contrary to the light and knowledge which they do have." BM Alma 9:23

EGW: "...Many are going contrary to the light which God has given to his people. . . " 4T 391 (1880)

EGW: " ... you had the light yet have walked directly contrary to it." 4T 249 (1876)

EGW: "They show their contempt for the light ... by going contrary to his instructions." 5T 6l (1882)


Darkness rather than light

JS: "...their hearts are corrupt, and full of wickedness and abominations; and they love darkness rather than light..." DC 10:21

EGW: "Their consciences have so long been violated, and the hearts have grown so hard by their choosing darkness rather than light..." 3T 214 (1873)


Spirit of prophecy—testimony of Jesus

JS: "And Alma went and began to declare the word of God unto the church ...according to the spirit of prophecy which was in him, according to the testimony of Jesus Christ. . .BM Alma 6:8

JS: " ... I also had the spirit of prophecy . . ." JS 2:73

EGW: "My dear brethren and sisters, let the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ be in your minds continually..." EW 58 (1945)

EGW: "The commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus are testing us..." 2T 693 (1871)

EGW: "…the Lord has manifested himself through the spirit of prophecy..." 5T 64 (1882)

EGW: "Let those who are loyal to the commandments of God and the testimony of Christ now take their position..." 8T 41 (1904)


Manifestation, Spirit of God

JS: "...according to the spirit of prophecy which is in me, which is also the manifestation of the spirit of God..." BM Alma T .57

EGW: "...You have thereby insulted the spirit of God. You know how the Lord has manifested himself through the spirit of prophecy ..." 5T 64 (1882)


Spoken plainly

JS: " ... I have spoken unto you plainly that ye cannot err... For I am called to speak after this manner according to the holy order of God... I am commanded to stand and testify unto this people..." BM Alma 5:43‑44

EGW: "God... sent me to his erring children... to relate the plain '‑‑cutting testimonies given me of God." 5T 656 (1882)

EGW: "My work has been to speak plainly, of the faults and errors of God's people." 4T 13(1876)


Voice of warning

JS: "...the voice of warning..." DC 1:4

EGW: " ... the voice of warning and reproof..." 4T 211 (1876)


Eternal world

JS: "...souls sent to the eternal world, that they might reap their rewards according to their works, whether they were good or whether they were bad, to reap eternal happiness, or eternal misery..." BM Alma 3:26

EGW: "...we are standing on the threshold of the eternal world ... Every good deed is a seed sown to bear fruit unto eternal life." 5T 18 (1881)

EGW: "We are on the verge of the eternal world. The judgments of God have already begun..." 7T 103 (1902)


Eternal happiness

JS: " reap eternal happiness..." BM Alma 3:26

EGW: "...for your eternal happiness... " 7T 264 (1902)


Great plan of redemption

JS: "...the great plan of redemption..." BM Alma 34:31

JS: "…the plan of redemption..." BM Alma 12:25;26;30;32;33; Alma 34:16;31; Alma 42:11;13

EGW: redemption..." 4T 464 (1880)

EGW: ...the plan of redemption..."5T 467(1882)


A book of remembrance

JS: "...A Book of remembrance we have written..." POGP Moses 6:46

EGW: "A book of remembrance is written..." GC 481 (1888)


A book of the dead

JS: "...let us present in his holy temple when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead." DC 128:24

EGW: "...and it was written against their names in the book of death." SG 291 (1858)

EGW: "The books are opened-the book of life and the book of death." EV 52 (1858)


His Image

JS: "And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church... Have ye received his image. In your countenances? ...I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?..."BM Alma 5:14;19;21

EGW: "...and when his image is perfectly reflected in them, they are perfect and holy..." 1T 340 (1862)

EGW: "and his image is reflected in them." 1T 355 (1863)

EGW: "...they reflected not his image." 2T 141 (1868)

EGW: "...he should discern his image reflected in you." 2T 269 (1869)

EGW: "....reflecting the image of Christ..." 3T 28 (1872)


Purify and cleanse

JS: " ... I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved... except his garments are washed white; yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed BM Alma 5:14;19;21

EGW: "I saw that God is purifying and proving his people.' He will refine them as gold, until the dross is removed..." 1T 355 (1863)

EGW: "...As a refiner and purifier of silver, he kept his eye upon you, watching the process of purification..." 2T 269 (1869)

EGW: "...cleanse ourselves from all filthiness..." 1T 340 (1862)


Trifle with

JS: "...trifle not with sacred things..." DC 6.12

EGW: "They have, trifled with offered mercy..." 1T 124 (1855)

EGW: "God has been trifled with..." 1T 126 (1855)


Do not procrastinate

JS: "Do not procrastin­ate the day of your repentance." BM Alma 34:33-1

EGW: "Beware of procrastination. Do, not put off the work of forsaking your sins..." SC 37 (1892


Probation and salvation

JS: "... work out your own salvation with fear and trembling in the days of your probation..." BM Mormon 9:27‑28

EGW: "Now is the hour of probation ... with fear and trembling work out their own salvation." 2T 102 (1868)


Probation lengthened

JS: "And the days of the children of, men were prolonged... their state became a state of probation, and their time was lengthened ... to BM 2 Nephi 2 21

EGW: "...and lengthened the days of their probation." LS 203 (1880)

EGW: "God is lengthening their probation... time is, granted them..." 4T 306­, 307 (1879)

EGW: "…their probation as lengthened ..." 2T 267 (1869)


Probation granted to prepare

JS: "...there was a space this life became a probationary state ... that endless state... a time to prepare for that endless state ..." BM Alma 12:24; 42:10; 42:13

EGW: "...probationary time is granted us in which for eternity..." 4T 387 (1880)

EGW: "...We are preparing to meet Him... This is all done in these hours of probation..." 2T 355 (1869)

EGW: "We have but a few days of probation in which to prepare for eternity..." COL 342 (1900)

EGW: "The precious hours of probation are granted..." 4T 655 (1881)

EGW: "...I have been shown ... probation is granted to all..." 2T 691 (1871)


Joseph Smith is the source of Ellen White's probation doctrine

(There is not one Bible text that tells us that anyone is on probation)

Probation, eternal life

JS: "And thus did I, the Lord God, appoint unto man the days of his probation- that by his natural death he might be raised in immortality unto eternal life..." DC 29:43

EGW: "...we are placed here on probation to see if we will prove worthy of eternal life." 1T 199 (1859)

EGW: "Probation is granted to all, that they may form characters for eternal life..." 2T 691 (1871)


Probation, judgment

JS: "...for the day must come that they must be judged of their works, yea, even the works which were done by the temporal body in their days of probation." BM 1 Nephi 15:31‑33

EGW: "We have but a few judgment days of probation... It is now that we are to prepare for the searching judgment." COL 342 (1900) 5T 466 (1882)


Probation, eden

JS: " ... after the Lord God sent our first parents forth from the garden of Eden ... there was a probationary time..." BM Alma 42:2‑4

EGW: "...the dwellers in Eden had been placed upon probation..." PP 53 (1890)


Probation wasted

JS: "But, wo unto him... that wasteth the days of his probation..." BM 2 Nephi 9:27

EGW: "...hours of probation are thus wasted." 1T 501 (1867)


Use probation wisely

JS: "Be wise in the days of your probation..." BM Mormon 9:28

EGW: "...labor earnestly and wisely while probation lingers." 9T 126 (1909)

Probationary time

JS: "...probationary time..." BM Alma 42:4

EGW: "...probationary time..." 4T 29 (1876)

EGW: "...probationary time..." 4T 135(1876)

EGW: "...probationary time..." 4T 40 (1876)

EGW: "...probationary time..." 4T 429 (1880)

EGW: "...probationary time..." 4T 646 (1881)

EGW: "...probationary time..." 5T 466 (1882)

EGW: "...probationary time..." 7T 36 (1874)


Days of probation

JS: "... the days of his probation..." BM Mormon 9:28; 1 Nephi 15:31‑33; BM Helaman 13:38; 1 Nephi 10:21

EGW: "We have but a few days of probation..." 6T 407 (1900)

EGW: "We have but a few days of probation..." COL 342 (1900)


Probation closing

JS: "...your days of probation are past..."BM Helaman 13:38; 1 Nephi 10:21‑22; Mormon 9:27‑28

EGW: "...your probation may close..." 4T 342(1879)

EGW: "Every day the probation of some is closing..." PP 140 (1890)

EGW: "You know not how soon your probation may close"4T 53 (1876)


Joseph Smith is the source of Ellen White's doctrines

No way of escape

JS: "And now, there was no means to reclaim men from his fallen state...' BM Alma 42:12‑14

EGW: "Sorrow filled heaven, as it was realized that man was lost ... and there was no way of escape for the offender." SG 22 (1858)


Not saved in sins

JS: " ... he should not come to redeem them in their sins, but to redeem them from their sins."BM Helaman 5:10

EGW: "Jesus died, not to save man in his sins, but from his sins." 4T 251 (1876)


Six thousand years

JS: "Q. What time are the things spoken of in this chapter to be accomplished? A. They are to be accomplished in the sixth thousand years, or the opening of the sixth seal." DC 77:10

EGW: "For six thousand years the great controversy has been in progress ... Satan's world of ruin is forever ended. For six thousand years he has wrought his God's creatures are forever delivered..." GC 656, 673 (1888) 2T 172 (1868)


Better not born

JS: "And it would be better for them if they had not been born." BM 3 Nephi 28:35

EGW: "...and it would have been better had you never been born." 4T 84 (1876)


Judgment of deeds done in body

JS: "...for the day must come they must be judged ... even the works which were done by the temporal body." BM 1 Nephi 15:31

EGW: "Every man will at the judgment receive according to the deeds done in the body..." 5T 34 (1881)


No change in character

JS: "...for the same spirit which doth possess your bod­ies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world." BM Alma 34:34

EGW: "Death brings dissolution to the body, but makes no change in our characters. The coming of Christ does not change our characters it only fixes them forever beyond all change..." 5T 466 (1882)


Bowing down to plead forgiveness

JS: "...they did bow down before me and did plead with me that I would forgive them of the things that they had done against me... I did frankly forgive them..." 1 Nephi 7:20

EGW: "...and upon your knees asked me to forgive you for the things you said about me ...I freely forgave you..." 5T 622, 623 (1882)


Another example of copying by Mrs. White

E.G. White: The judges sat in the open air, upon seats hewn out in the rock, on a platform which was ascended by a flight of stone steps from the valley below. Sketches From the Life of Paul p.93 1883.

Conybeare and Howson: The judges sat in the open air, upon seats hewn out in the rock, on a platform which was ascended by a flight of steps immediately from the Agora. Life and Epistles of The Apostle Paul p.308 (first edition printed in 1851).

E.G. White: Had his oration been a direct attack upon, their gods, and the great men of the city who were before him, he would have been in danger of meeting the fate of Socrates p.97 Sketches From the Life of Paul, 1883.

Conybeare and Howson: Had he begun by attacking the national gods in the midst of their sanctuaries, and with the Areopagites on the seats near him he would have been in almost as great danger as Socrates before him p.310 Life and Epistles of the Apostle Paul p. 310 (first edition 1851).

E.G. White: An extensive and profitable business had grown up at Ephesus from the manufacture and sale of these shrines and images p. 142 Sketches From the Life of Paul 1883.

Conybeare and Howson: From the expressions used by Luke, it is evident that an extensive and lucrative trade grew up at Ephesus from the manufacture and sale of these shrines p.432 Life and Epistles of the Apostle Paul, (first edition 1851).

In the PREFACE of Mrs. E.G. White's book we read this interesting statement: "The writer of this book, having received especial help from the Spirit of God, is able to throw light upon the teachings of Paul and their application to our own time, as no other authors are prepared to do."

Question: Did the "Spirit of God" lead Mrs. White to "take" the above and much more from a book written 32 years before, with no credit given, and no quotation marks used to show its real origin? Your Answer, your response must be a glory to God and well pleasing to Jesus Christ.



  • JS: is from The Pearl of Great Price, [Chapter Extracts From The History Of Joseph Smith The Prophet].
  • DC: The Doctrines and Covenant
  • BM: The Book of Mormon
  • POGP: The Pearl of Great Price
  • T: Testimonies For The Church
  • LS: Life Sketches
  • COL: Christ's Object Lessons
  • PP: Patriarchs and Prophets
  • TM: Testimonies to Ministers
  • GW: Gospel Workers
  • SG: Spiritual Gifts
  • GC: The Great Controversy
  • EW: Early Writings
  • PT: Present Truth
  • RH: Review and Herald, official organ of the Seventh‑day Adventist Church.

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