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Ellen White Finally Exposed

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Anil Kanda

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  • November 1, 2014
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I’m going to tell a story a true story that I’ve shared in many places and I really believe that it is important because it is found in a very special Bible verse found in Isaiah 65:24. One morning I woke up very early in the morning. I believe waking up early is the key to having a successful spiritual life, amen? Amen.

I woke up early in the morning it was about 4 am, I was doing my devotion and at the end of that one hour it was 5 am and I thought to myself “I’m going to text my friends this powerful scripture verse. Now how many people just love text messages early in the morning? Three people, great, you must work night jobs. So what happened is I read this beautiful verse5found in Isaiah 65:24 and it says “24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.” So I decided to text all my friends. I ended up texting one of my other friends who is not on my text message list who happened to be an atheist. The last time I talked to this person the curse words were coming out of his mouth every other word.  He was just done with God. He used to be a theology student. Actually he had memorized the book of Romans. So when I accidentally texted him that verse I thought to myself, “I’m about to be cursed out, I’m about to get it right now. I looked at my phone and there was no message, I thought praise the Lord. I closed my eyes and all the sudden the phone went off, it was my friend, my atheist friend and these words were on the phone and it said this “thank you brother”. Now I thought to myself, that’s quite strange so I said to him “What do you mean by that?” He texted me right back and he said “You’re not going to believe what just happened. In the middle of the night I had this horrible, horrific dream and it was just this darkness this void and I woke up and I cried, ‘God are you there?’ and all the sudden the phone went off and it said these words “before you call I will answer and while you're still speaking I will hear”. Do you know what he texted me afterwards? “There is a God” amen?

All right let’s bow our heads for a word of prayer. Father in heaven, Thank you so much for Sabbath School Lord we know that this time is precious; we do need to regain this time in our churches all over the world. Lord we pray and ask for the present blessing at this moment and ask, Jesus, that you would speak to us, that you would challenge us, inspire us in Jesus name we pray, amen.

The name of this message is: Ellen White Finally Exposed.   

When you think of the church today, I was going over the Adventist archives last night, it's very interesting to see how much our church has actually expanded over the course of a hundred years plus. We look at all the various hospitals that have opened up, hundreds of hospitals have opened up, and that’s not including clinics. You think of our church membership, I believe is passing eighteen million at this moment, thousands of churches all over the entire world, all over the entire world. When you think about where this actually started from, you look at the little band of people, church leaders, men and women who began to pray and ask God to lead them in tremendous ways. Men and women from all sorts of backgrounds. It is very interesting when you see all the various people who were involved in the building up of this church.

One person I like to hone in on is a person by the name of Ellen White. Have you ever heard of Ellen White before? You might have heard of her before.

Here are some fascinating points about Ellen White. During her ministry Ellen White wrote more than 100,000 pages, a total of more than 25 million words. The text most often referred to in Ellen White’s writings is, you need to become a vegan, no that’s not it, it is Matthew 5:14-16. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.  16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

She mentions it 654 times. The text refers to Christians as the light of the world, you can say amen to that. One of Ellen's favorite hymns was “When Peace Like a River”, what’s another name for that hymn? “It Is Well”. She always asked for it when attending Healdsburg Church, Colorado. Ellen White's favorite dishes were baked corn souffléd tomatoes and macaroni, and by the way I’m meeting with the AMEN committee to make sure that is going to be at every single meal AMEN 2016, just kidding.

Ellen White’s last known writing is a letter entitled the Victorious Life. I call it the lost doctrine in our church. She wrote this letter on June 14, 1914, you may read it in her book Testimonies to Ministers. This letter is a message overflowing with hope and assurance for Christians. Ellen White was a lover of animals, Arthur White wrote that she knew how to feed and treat animals with affection. She abhorred any practice that brought pain or discomfort to animals and she has firm words of disapproval for anyone who misused a horse or abused a cow. This is very interesting; the granddaughter of Ellen White stated that Mrs. White was a buoyant person. “Never did we feel under a strain or stress in her presence”. She had deep blue gray eyes that were kind and alert and she looked at us with love, amen? Amen.  

It’s very interesting when you think about all the tests of a prophet? Jesus actually hones in on one particular test. Throughout the entire Bible you can look at the various criteria for being a prophet. That is the prophecies must come to pass. That is that they must speak according to the Scripture. It’s very interesting Jesus hones in on one particular criterion, look what it says in Matthew 7:15-17 15 Beware of what? false prophets, by the way any time God is about to do something big, the devil sends in a whole bunch of counterfeits, so if he sends a whole bunch of counterfeits then we must understand that God must have a legitimate voice.  which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are what? ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

When Jesus here is trying to hone in on some powerful characteristics of a prophet he says it is by their fruits you will know them and often times it is after the prophet has passed away the fruits of their lives will speak, amen. It is after that person is long gone that the messages that they gave will continue to be carried forward and will make their mark upon this world.

2Kings 13:21 gives a very interesting story. It is the story of Elisha. This is after Elisha died, he was buried in the tomb. This is what the Bible says: 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he what? revived, and stood up on his feet.” Do you know what was very interesting? Elisha is going to get to heaven one day and I’m sure he’s going to come to God and say God, how is it that Elijah was never able to see death, he was translated, I even witnessed it, but when it came to the end of my life I died because of a sickness. God’s going to speak to him and say to him and say, Elisha, how many prophets’ bones keeps resurrecting people after they are dead? Can you imagine that? And the reason I bring this story up is because it is after that person is long gone that the fruits of their lives still speak and you’ll find that in the Spirit of Prophecy.

Look what Ellen White says right here. Abundant light has been given to our people in these last days. Whether or not my life is spared my writings will what? constantly speak and their work will go forward as long as time shall last. My writings are kept on file in the office, and even though I shall not live, these words that have been given to me by the Lord, will still have life and will speak to the people.

Somebody one time asked me this: Will there ever be another prophet? You know what my response to them was? Why would God send more light if we are not faithful to the light that was first given to us? Right? There's a reason why they call the red books the unread books, right? God wants us to understand there is so much gold, and direction, and navigation for his people in these times, and we need to understand it. These books are all over the world yet many of them still remain unread. God wants us to look at them again.

Prophetess, messenger of the Lord, Adventist Prophets, Spirit of Prophecy

SOP, Sister White, Mrs. White, EG White, E. G. White, Auntie Ellen you name it. Many have known her through her writings, her many books, her sermons, her studies, and through the fruits of her labor.

Another question is how did and how does the outside world perceive her writings? What happens when sincere, honest folks come into contact with Ellen White? God sent messengers to this world for many reasons, but what about someone like her? How does the world receive someone like that? Ladies and gentlemen what you are going to see in this presentation is a whole bunch of non-Adventists who came into contact with Ellen White who never became Adventist, but how they were impacted by these writings.

Well-known archaeologist by the name William Foxwell Albright and by the way he is called the father of Biblical archaeology. He was America’s and perhaps the world’s foremost archaeologist in the twentieth century. He earned his PhD from Johns Hopkins University at the age of twenty five, and during the next fifty years he received twenty five honorary doctorates from colleges, universities and seminaries of protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish faiths. He wrote more than 800 publications on archaeology, the Bible and Eastern subjects. In the 1950’s one of his doctoral candidates at Johns Hopkins, the late Albert Johns, introduced Albright to Ellen White's writings. His curiosity peaked; the famous archaeologist undertook his own investigation of the life work and claims of Ellen White. In his book from Stone Age to Christianity, Albright named Mrs. White as one of five individuals whom he considered to be authentic prophets during the past 250 years.

I had lunch with a Baptist pastor and he was so excited telling me about William Albright he says “I actually love his stuff, I read his books” and I thought to myself I have another book for you to read.

A well-known educator: Florence B Stratemeyer, she actually spoke to a group of Adventist teachers. This woman helped develop advanced curriculum for colleges today. Recently the book Education by Ellen G White has been brought to my attention, written at the turn-of-the-century this volume was more than fifty years ahead of its time. I was surprised to learn that it was written by a woman with but three years of schooling. The breadth and depth of its philosophy amazed me. It’s concepts of balanced education, harmonious development and of thinking and acting on principle are advanced educational concepts. The objective of restoring a man to the image of God, the teaching of parental responsibility and emphasis on self-control in the child are ideals that the world desperately needs. Mrs. White did not necessarily use current terms, in fact she did not use the word curriculum in her writing, but the book Education in certain parts speaks of important curriculum principles. She was concerned with the whole learner, the harmonious development of mental, physical and spiritual powers. Today many are stressing the development of the intellect but feelings and emotional development are equally important. In our changing society the ability to act on thought and in terms of principle is central. It is this harmonious development is so greatly needed, yet greatly neglected today. I am not surprised that members of the SDA church hold the writings of Mrs. White in great respect and make them central in developing the educational program in their schools, amen? In fact take a good look at this.

This was actually a professor in Japan of Japan’s Tomagall (sic) University and formerly head of Tokyo museum of science and director of social education for the Japanese Ministry of education. He recommended the book Education to parents, teachers and students. He called it the most profitable reading in our understanding of new education. Education written with the inspired pen of Ellen G White has for 50 some years been a well-known book which has rendered the greatest possible sermons and joy to students, teachers and parents in the world over. When I was studying at the University of Illinois it was my privilege to read the book in its original language. I was profoundly moved by the book at that time and it has been my desire ever since the recommended it to educators in Japan. It is my sincere joy to hear that the book has finally been translated into the Japanese language. A non-Adventist speaking right here.  

This is actually from William A Spicer. He wrote this very interesting story that took place during his time. The Minister of education of a southern European country has been studying at a teachers college, Columbia University. He had come to the U.S. for the best in educational policy and program of the newborn states. Under his return to southern Europe he authored a work on religious and moral education. It was written in the Serbian language published by the State University Press and acclaimed by that institution as the best book on religious education in that language. Now watch where the hook comes. When Adventist church leaders in Serbia read the book they recognized it immediately. It was a translation of Ellen White's book Education, with an introduction written by the Serbian Ministry of education. The brother plagiarized her writings. Eighty percent of the new book came directly from Ellen White’s pen. It’s very interesting. 

Now here is a bunch of stuff that you hear all over the world on anti-Ellen White websites, things that we need to examine.

Number 1. The accusation Ellen White was a plagiarist.

Ellen White did not believe in justification by faith.

Ellen White is above the Bible.

Ellen White’s visions were a result of temporal lobe epilepsy.

Ellen White’s prophecies failed.

Ladies and gentlemen I want you to know, Adventist apologists have clearly answered every one of these objectives, amen? In fact take a good look at this.

Here is the story of a well-known lawyer who was actually hired by the General Conference to investigate the claims of plagiarism. Vincent L Ramik a prominent and respected attorney in Washington DC took this case. In 1981 in the midst of newly reborn plagiarism charges the General Conference legal office, the office of General Counsel used privately donated money to hire Ramik to research the case law and literary evidence to see whether Mrs. White was guilty of plagiarism, literary piracy or copyright infringement. Ramik a Roman Catholic, spent 300 hours reading cases and reading the literary evidence. This is very interesting, now watch where this goes. In addition to examining the critics case he sampled what he called a great cross-section of her books even reading the Great Controversy all the way through. You can’t read that book without being converted.

On the legal matters he concluded, if I had to be involved in such a legal case regarding charges of plagiarism, piracy and copyright infringement against Ellen White, I would much rather appear as defense counsel for Ellen White  than for the prosecution. There simply is no case. An important part of his legal opinion was his observation regarding how Mrs. White used the writings of others. Now watch how this ends. Ellen White used the writings of others, he said, but in the way she used them she made them uniquely her own ethically as well as legally. And interestingly, she invariably improved that which she selected. She stayed within the legal boundaries of fair use and all the time created something that was substantially greater and even more beautiful than the mere sum of the component parts. Now watch how he ends this. And I think the ultimate tragedy is that critics fail to see this, the bottom line is, what really counts is the message of Mrs. White not merely the mechanical writing, the words, clauses, sentences of Mrs. White. Theologians, I am told distinguish here between verbal inspiration and plenary inspiration. Too many of the critics miss the boat altogether, now watch how he ends this, and it's too bad too. I personally have been deeply moved by those writings. I have been changed by them. I think I'm a better man today because of them, and I wish that the critics could discover that. Can you say amen to that?

I never forgot one day I was trying to get this guy to make a decision for baptism, I tried my hardest. I wish Mark Findley was there, I’m sure he would have failed too. This guy was just so difficult. He had gone through several different evangelistic series but this brother would not make a decision. One day he comes to my office and he’s just like, Pastor Anil, Pastor Anil, I need to talk to you. About what?  He says, I want to be baptized. I said, why do you want to be baptized? He said, because of that book you gave me. I said what book? He said that book, he pointed to the wall, and he said that book by Edgar White. I was like who is Edgar White?  He points to the wall and what he was pointing to was Steps to Christ.  You know where the spoken word failed, the written word prevailed, amen. I mean think about it and I corrected him and told him it was Ellen White, but anyway, he was interesting because here he is, this man is reading that and he is convicted personally by the Holy Spirit.

This is very interesting. Varner Group 2005 actually listed the most influential authors actually serving pastors. Pastors under the age of forty meanwhile were more than twice as likely to mention books on prayer, only half as likely to include the Purpose Driven Life and just one sixth as likely to place the Purpose Driven Church in their top-ranked volumes, in fact while one third of all pastors over 40 mentioned at least one book by Rick Warren, just 14% of those under 40 did so. The under 40 pastors championed several authors who were not ranked highly by older church leaders. Those authors included business consultant Jane Cullen, seminary professor Thom Rainer, nineteenth century Seventh-day Adventist icon Ellen White and Pastor John Ortberg.

Ladies and gentlemen, I actually had good friend he works for a nondenominational mega-church and he sent me this picture one time, I look at it and it was a picture of the executive pastors library and it had a picture of Desire of Ages right there tucked into that library, amen? Amen.

How about a well-known enemy, now it’s very interesting when your enemy says something about you, we've got to listen. Now watch what this well-known enemy of Ellen White says.  D M Canright, who actually attacked her writings, but at the death and funeral of Ellen G White notice what he wrote. “One thing I have remarked, and that is, that the most bitter opponents of the visions of Sister White admit that she is a Christian. How they can make this admission is more than I know. They try to fix it up by saying that she is deceived. They are not able to put their finger upon a single stain in all her life, nor an immoral sentence in all her writings. They have to admit that much of her writings are excellent, and that whoever would live out all she says would be a good Christian, sure of heaven. This is passing strange if she is a tool of the devil, inspired by Satan, or if her writings are immoral or the vagaries of her own mind.”—Review and Herald, April 26, 1877.” Even D M Canright was questioning, wait a minute this can’t be, if her life was consistent with the Bible.

Very interesting you can see the conviction right there. Adventism and the universe, you’re thinking to yourself, what does this have to do? In Adventism we find the theological perspective that is very compatible with the world we are living in. From biology to astronomy, everything found or observed is consistent with the Adventist worldview amen. The Spirit of Prophecy provides a high-level theological framework for an older universe that has scores of planets very distant from earth. Science has begun to observe the countless worlds light-years away.

Now what I’m going to share with you is something quite unusual, some of you are thinking to yourself, now why would you share something like that?

It is very interesting there were a bunch of researchers several years ago, who were actually examining there was a bunch of researchers several years ago that were actually researching the UFO phenomena, extraterrestrial life. It's very interesting, they began to include Ellen White's writings in there. Now I’m going to share why. One of the founders of the Seventh-day Adventist church Ellen White argued in 1890 that the logos passing from star to star, world to world, superintending all, found sin on earth and became incarnate to save the human race. This was a mystery which the sinless intelligence of other worlds desired to understand. In the 19th century new Protestant movements, which one might expect to be narrow, pursued this theological perspective. In other words still reeling back from Catholicism that taught this galaxy and the whole world revolves around the earth. a lot of Protestant denominations were still stuck to that, but what they begin to discover in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy, she began to say wait a minute there are other worlds out there, that the earth isn't the center of the universe, and these other worlds are inhabited. Until this really began to appeal to these people, and by the way, some of these people who were writing these quotes were not believers in UFO or aliens and things like that, they were simply researchers for UCLA looking at the phenomenon.

This is very interesting you are going to see something interesting right here. Ellen White provided a theology that involved extraterrestrials, including the doctrine that sin occurred only on earth and that correspondingly, Christ came only to our planet. As she wrote in one of her books the story of Patriarchs and Prophets, it was a marvel of the universe that Christ should humble himself to save fallen man. That he was passed from star to star, from world to world, superintending all, should take upon himself human nature, was a mystery which a sinless intelligence of other worlds was desirous to understand. Now watch what he says right here. This theology not only provided a way around Thomas Payne’s dilemma. Thomas Payne was someone who contributed greatly to the politics of our nation, however, he was horrible in contributing to spirituality and philosophy of life. One of the attacks he laid on Christianity was this, and he had a fallacy and this is why he went out with this attack. He believed because in Romans 8 that creation groans because of sin, it was referring to the entire universe. What his dilemma was, was wait a minute, why would Christ come and die for planet Earth? That means he would have to die for every other planet that fell into sin. He had a wrong understanding of Romans 8 when the Bible was clearly referring to what takes place on planet Earth. What this researcher from UCLA says is, wait a minute the writings of Ellen G White show there is other life out there, but sin took place on this planet and that is why Christ came to this planet. Theology not only provided a way around Payne’s dilemma, it also presented a remarkable cosmic conception that seemed to enhance the life and attractiveness of this new religion. White’s denomination has continued to grow and in fact has spread throughout the world, current members are being about 4.4 million. You know that’s a long time ago, now it’s about 18 million. Now watch what happens when this doctoral student ends up studying the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy. In 1965 a German sociologist Nimrod Simon published the doctoral dissertation in Munster Westphalia it dealt with Seventh-day Adventists and Ellen White. She said in part she was without fear of men, courageous and consistent. She struggled within the movement to solve the many problems. She solved problems which the church did not expect to be solved in many decades. Simon was unable to find adequate scientific explanations for Ellen White’s visions and remarkable experiences. She held the opinion that had Ellen White been a Roman Catholic instead of a Seventh-day Adventist she might have well been canonized in due course.  Praise the Lord she wasn’t. In spite of her strong yes, ecstatic union with God she rarely lost the ground of reality. On the contrary she tackled many practice questions in life. Undoubtedly it was the established fact of her mystic vision of God; I don’t like to word mystic, by the way; vision of God which worked as a powerful radiance on her fellow believers enabling her to be their leader without holding an official office in the church. Now watch how she ends it, she ends it with a bang. She functioned as a messenger between God and the churches. Through her, the members had part in the divine being. This explains the strong position E G White has won among Adventists. In spite of her high position E G White never fell for the temptation other founders of various movements have done, where they claim to be elevated themselves above the weakness of human flesh, but was a servant and did not claim the honor that belongs to God. Now notice how she ends this; The Seventh-day Adventists still live on in the spirit of E G White and only so far as its heritage lives, do the Adventists have a future. The rocks will cry out amen? The rocks will cry out. It's so interesting to see this.  You know what's also interesting, take a good look at the Bible. Notice what the Bible says right here about people who are messengers from God, it’s very interesting, you’ll see Proverbs 4 and Proverbs 12, notice what the Bible says in Proverbs 13:17 17 A wicked messenger falleth into what? mischief: but a faithful ambassador is what? health. A faithful ambassador brings health. In our world today there is a phenomenon taking place, this health craze that has taken place, and a lot of people are asking questions.

It’s very interesting by my church there is a Walgreens. You go into Walgreens and you know Walgreens isn’t getting its business from its Snickers and its products you see on TV ads. You go to Walgreens, you go into the back and you see where they are getting their money. It is that long line in the pharmacy.

It is very interesting, CVS just opened up across the street, and there is still no competition. There's enough people for both those businesses to succeed right across the street.

Why am I bringing this up? It’s because the world is searching for answers. A lot of times people just simply prescribing medicine that causes side effects would require you to go get more pharmacy, amen? This is why so many people are interested in natural health, alternative forms of health. We need to be careful about that, you need to always consult your doctor before taking advice on health. Anyway, I had to say that for the lawyers. There has been a slew of documentaries that have come out.

You are going to see something very interesting about these health documentaries and these health fads that have come out.

It’s very interesting Here is a well-known radio host who actually passed away not too long ago, and was considered somebody who was one of the most trusted radio journalists of all time, Paul Harvey.  By the way he never became a Seventh-day Adventist, although he started attending a Seventh-day Adventist church near the end part of his life. Notice what he says right here. In 1960 Paul Harvey wrote. Perhaps we should re-read what she has taught, talking about Ellen White. The oil as eaten, the oil is far more preferable than animal oil or fat. Today we know about cholesterol, she knew refined flour in white bread is lacking in nutritive elements to be found in bread made from whole wheat. She wrote do not eat largely of salt, now we know we should keep the sodium intake low. We have come to accept the wisdom of such advice so completely that it is difficult for us to realize how revolutionary her theories were almost a century ago.

This is very interesting. This is the Oxford Encyclopedia of food and drink in America and was published in 2004. Now what this begins to discuss and survey is American food trends over the last several years.

What they say in this book is something very interesting. Notice what they say right here. No single individual influenced American eating habits during the earlier twentieth century more than who? The guy that made Frosted Flakes right? Doctor John Harvey Kellogg. It’s very interesting, this is in an encyclopedia. They are listing John Harvey Kellogg as somebody who influenced American eating habits in the earliest twentieth century. In fact if you go to various other sources John Harvey Kellogg deserves more than any other person to be called the father of what? Natural health. Now here is the secret of John Harvey Kellogg this was an interview that was done and this is the actual record of the interview. Notice what happens when Dave Paulson actually talks to John Harvey Kellogg about how he was able to stay five years ahead, in his medical profession more than anybody else. Look what he said. When a new thing is brought out in the medical world he knew from his knowledge about the Spirit of Prophecy, the writings of Ellen White whether it belonged in our system or not. If it did he instantly adopted it and advertised it while the rest of the doctors were slowly feeling their way, and when they finally adopted it he had five years head start on them. On the other hand when the medical profession was swept off their feet by some new fad and if it did not fit the light we had received, he simply did not touch it. When the doctors finally discovered their mistake, they wondered how it came that Doctor Kellogg did not get caught. He listened to her medical advice and he should have listened to her spiritual advice, amen?

Very interesting, do you guys know who this individual is? Clive M McKay was an American biochemist, nutritionist, gerontologist, and a professor of Animal Husbandry at Cornell University. He actually mentored somebody who’s well known. He wrote these books, the Cornell Redbook and he wrote some other books when it comes to health, very revolutionary in his time, although he was attacked during his time. Notice what he says, talking about Ellen White, he is not an Adventist. In the first place her basic concepts about the relation between diet and health have been verified in unusual degree by scientific advances of the past decade. In the second place everyone who attempts to teach nutrition can hardly conceive of a leadership such as that of Mrs. White that was able to induce a substantial number of people to improve their diet. In the third place one can only speculate about the large number of sufferers during the past century who could have improved health if they had accepted the teachings of Mrs. White. Finally one can wonder how to make her teachings more widely known. Now notice how he ends this. In spite of the fact that the works of Mrs. White were written long before the advent of modern scientific nutrition, no better overall guide is available today. He mentored this individual right here. Do you know who this individual is? T Colin Campbell. Right? You might know him, he also appears in the Forks over Knives and he also wrote the book called The China Studies that’s exactly right.  He summed up The China Study by saying these words right here. The findings people who ate the most animal-based foods got the most chronic disease. People who ate the most plant-based food were the healthiest and tended to avoid chronic disease. These results could not be ignored, said Doctor Campbell. In fact when you look at Doctor Campbell’s biography it's very interesting. He was really pushed into this by Clive McKay. He really didn't want to go into this particular field but because Clive McKay was influenced by the Spirit of Prophecy and some of the things, he really pushed him to go into this and now you're seeing the fruits of those writings. It’s very interesting. He also helped various people like Bill Clinton and Mike Tyson. There is actually an interview on vegan radio, that’s not an Adventist radio, on vegan radio in 2006 where he actually says that he wishes his son would go to Loma Linda University. Amen? Anyone from Loma Linda here? Hardly okay.

Nathan Pritikin, you ever heard of Nathan Pritikin? Anyone heard of the Pritikin diet? Brothers and sisters you need to do your research, Nathan Pritikin founder of the Pritikin program. Here is an interview he had actually with some Adventists and you can actually see the Adventists try to witness to him. Nathan Pritikin although wasn’t Adventist, he highly regarded the writings of Ellen White. Notice what he says right here. Mr. Pritikin your ideas on nutrition and health are quite similar, in many respects, to those of Seventh-day Adventists. Are you aware of the Adventist health writings, many of them which are more than a century old? You mean the writings of Ellen G White? You know exactly where this interviewer was going. Yes, we call it our health message, it is largely based on her counsel. I have read all of her books dealing with health topics. All her books, now how many of you have read all her books dealing with health topics? Now I’m not going to be raising my hand, Mark Finley is not even raising his hand. Let’s keep going. After Sabbath is over I’m buying you dinner, okay. Let’s focus. Would you care to comment on the concepts she presents which we Adventists unfortunately, have not observed as closely as we should. Notice what he says. I feel that if you Adventists had followed the teachings of these books you would have been a much more healthier group. Woe, when I read that I was rebuked. I think that the Adventist dietary plan is very, very close to our nutritional recommendations. It was marvelous that this woman was able to write all that she did without any real scientific background. Of course we believe she was inspired. She had to have been inspired. I don't know how she could have gotten this information herself, she certainly did a tremendous job for her time. Now there were many different people who were involved in health and health revolution at that time but what she was able to do through inspiration with pull it all together and have this harmonious flow of health, and life, and spirituality and is quite amazing when you see the puzzle come together and coalesced. As Adventists we believe that God is the creator of our bodies, that we have not just evolved, that our bodies are priceless and wonderful mechanisms. Only a mastermind could planned all the intricate workings of it. The body is a wonderful machine that no one understands completely. Now watch the witnessing taking place here, some faithful Adventists. I am sure that since you have associated closely with Adventists on your staff, you know that our dietary plan is based on the original diet give to man as recorded in Genesis. According to Genesis man can eat animal protein. Now this is where the interviewer starts witnessing to him. True but this was not the original diet. Meat eating was permitted only after the flood and all vegetation was destroyed. The original diet in the Garden of Eden was given to man was like the diet you have been advocating. Every herb bearing seed, every tree which is the fruit of the tree yielding seeds, these are the grains, fruits and nuts. You’ll be interested in a statement made by Mrs. White regarding the addition of meat to the diet. She said that God permitted the post diluvian man to eat the flesh of animals in order to shorten their wicked lives. This no doubt refers to the degenerative processes of atherosclerosis caused by the high fat and protein diet. Prior to the flood the recorded age of man was more than nine hundred years. Notice what he says. That is interesting for animal products have certainly caused degenerative diseases. There’s also a case on witnessing right there too as well. Nathan Pritikin of the Pritikin diet said in 1979, I think that if you want to get back to the originator of the proper diet you have to go back to Ellen White, she laid the guidelines that unfortunately are not being adhered to as strictly as they should be.

Now what's the big deal? Because this individual actually mentored Doctor John McDougall. Have you ever heard of Doctor John McDougall of the starch diet? Very interesting, he’s written several books about the starch diet. The Starch Solution, McDougal’s Medicine, you name it and all these various books. He actually talks about Nathan Pritikin, talks about him being a mentor. Nathan Pritikin was so amazed by the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy and he says other things that he actually began to mentor Doctor John McDougal at a time when this kind of health teaching was still being attacked.

Have you ever heard of this documentary? Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. Does anyone know who these two people are? Who is the first individual up there? Doctor Fermin, who is the second individual right there? Jack LaLanne, Doctor Fermin actually, in many of his studies, he actually researches Adventists, very interesting. That second person Jack LaLanne who was known for his crazy feats, He was not an Adventist, however, he did go to an Adventist school and his mother was an Adventist. My former senior pastor before I took over the church, it was his church in Santa Barbara, Keith Mulligan and Jack LaLanne mother would always come to church. He would pick her up and take her to church. Sometimes Jack LaLanne would be in church. It’s very interesting, so you see how health laid the foundation for a lot of different things.

And one know what this delicious food right here is? That’s not pizza, what does it look like to you guys? Maybe Adventist pizza, what does that look like to you? It’s the Garden burger. Did you know the Garden burger was not developed b Adventists? Right? I know the Garden burger tastes like cardboard, I’m not going to lie, okay? It was developed by this man, Doctor Paul Winter. Now notice Paul Winter, he actually writes in his biography he is the designer, the architect, the engineer of that beautiful work called the Garden burger. Notice what he actually says right. Paul Winter, I really haven’t had any health problems since I was seventeen. When I was about 16 or 17. I started reading books on health and nutrition like Paul Albright the Miracle of Fasting, and Ellen B White, a writer for the Adventist church. That’s actually how he writes it, he got the initial one by a writer for the Adventist church that’s actually how he writes it; he actually got that initial wrong. Right? A writer for the Adventist church. I actually double checked this to make sure he was talking about Ellen G White. There are Ellen B Whites, but not part of the Adventist church, who actually made significant contributions to the health message. He is talking about Ellen G White here, and that’s why we have our Garden burger.

It’s very interesting in Brazil she was recently honored as well as some other people, who actually changed the society, the culture of the world today.

Very interesting ceremony, this was actually recognized by a lot of non-Adventists. And so interesting because here we are we’re seeing a world outside of Adventism and many of the are reading these writings, they are getting blessed by them, the benefit; and then we have those inside the church, and many of us are still rejecting those writings or we have apathy towards those writings.

 

You know I had a friend, who was a pastor. He told me one of his good friends was a Pentecostal pastor and he went to this great Pentecostal convention that took place in Dallas Texas. He gets there and there were all these Pentecostals that were there and all the sudden one of the well-known Pentecostal speakers gets up on stage. Everyone was excited that he was speaking. You know what he said? He said these words. Those Adventists are hiding something from us.

And he actually said these words, they have a real prophet and they’re not sharing her. It is very interesting you’ve seen this all over the world.

Anybody know what Operation Whitecoat is? That’s not another name for AMEN. Operation Whitecoat that's interesting now I’m going to tell you how I began to get involved in this study. One day I ordered this book called, I’m not going to tell you the title, but I ordered this book that was about recently declassified government documents; don’t ask questions you don’t want the answer to. I had this book I didn't open for several months. It was just lying on my counter, one day I open it up and it opened up right there and the recently declassified government document mentioned Adventists. I immediately closed the book and I started looking around like, somebody watching me? I began to do an examination of this and what I found out was this.

During the Cold War, Seventh-day Adventists were actually being targeted for human experimentation. Now what is this all about? Take a good look at this, this is a PBS special. The first half for scientists was to find people willing to be infected by pathogens that could make them very sick. They found them in the followers of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. Although willing to serve the country when drafted, the Adventists refused to bear arms. As a result many of them became medics. Now the US was offering recruits an opportunity to help in a different manner, to volunteer for biological tests as way of satisfying their military obligations. When contacted in late 1954 the Adventist hierarchy, and I’m still challenging this point right here, readily agreed to this plan. For camp Dietrich scientists, church members were a model test population since most of them were in excellent health, and they neither drank or smoked or used caffeine. 

Now this is where it gets interesting. Because of the tests that were done on these people, many of these diseases do not exist to this day, they do not exist to this day.

This is something the world doesn't even know about many of these soldiers and many of them,

By the way, I have talked to families about this and there's some controversy about this whole thing that has to do with many of them did not actually know what they were being tested with. But because of their willingness, Christ-like Spirit and because of their health they were being tested on, they are a model test population and because many of these diseases,

Biological testing was being done on them, biological warfare testing was done on these Adventists. Many a family report that many of them came back changed, different, health problems. These men sacrificed their lives and because some of these diseases do not exist today. In fact take a good look at what one Doctor said right here.

Approximately 2,300 Adventist army veterans served as Operation Whitecoat volunteers. Now notice what he says right here. The effects of the program have been felt from the remote jungles of Latin America to the desert sands of the Middle East to the reaches of outer space. He’s not talking about aliens ladies and gentlemen; he’s talking about testing that would help astronauts in case they got sick. It said the doctors in the book For God and Country Operation Whitecoat, and I challenge you, if you have not looked up this subject you need to look at this history of the Adventist church that has been tucked away, we need to examine this again.

The Blue Zone, you’ve heard of this individual and we are aware of many of these things that have begun to come out. By the way do you know what I’ve begun to recognize? Seventh-day Adventistism was primarily known as a designation for people who belong to a church, now I am beginning to realize Seventh-day Adventism is fast becoming a medical term. It is fast becoming a medical term, in other words, it is associated with longevity.

You know what was very interesting? Do you know the story of Jacob when he finally goes before Pharaoh and Joseph, and do you remember when he goes before Pharaoh and in conscious superiority he blesses Pharaoh. Right, remember that story? It is very interesting; do you remember the first words that came out of Pharaoh’s mouth? How old are you? You don’t usually ask that in this sort of conversation, how old are you? You know why he asked that question? Egyptians never lived that long. Many of the autopsies on Egyptian mummies they died at thirty or forty years if I was living during Egypt’s time during that time I’d be mummified already. He was quite surprised when he saw Jacob as an old man. Longevity was a blessing and even Pharaoh was beginning to understand there is an advantage to God’s system here, amen? Continue.

Covington Post a well-known article Adventists who have an average life expectancy of 89, unless you are a pastor; by the way, if you are a pastor you lose 7 years off your life, you only gain two years, about a decade longer than the average American. One of the basic tenants of the religion is that it is important to cherish the body that is on loan from God which means no smoking, alcohol abuse or over indulging in sweets.

Now winding down to what we need to get to because this is extremely important. Deuteronomy 28:13 says 13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail…” in other words when God gives an advantage, he gives a blessing, it is meant so that you could be a blessing, amen? Blessings are given so that you can bless others and God has given us such powerful writing, amazing writings that have shaped and changed our church today. When you take a good look the prophet Elijah, Elijah was someone who came on the scene with a prophetic voice breaking down the altar.

Do you know who came after Elijah? Elisha do you know the difference between Elijah and Elisha? Elisha was not this great rebuker of sin, although he rebuked sin. He was somebody who was more personable and he healed. Did you know they are recorded 14 miracles by Elijah the prophet and exactly 28 miracles by Elisha the prophet?  Now is that significant? He was given twice, a double portion of the Holy Spirit.

Do you know when John the Baptist came on the scene? All-powerful preacher rebuking sin. Then all of a sudden Jesus came on the stage. Do you know the difference between John the Baptist and Jesus? Jesus had more of a personal connection with people and he did more healings. John the Baptist had no healings. You know what you begin to find in the writings of the Spirit of Prophecy in the early Adventist church? You begin to find this mighty message of prophecy and that message still continues, amen?

But what we are now seeing is that the church is evolving to this message of health and personal evangelism. Just like these prophetic movements transition God is transitioning the Seventh-day Adventist church. I love what Ellen White says right here, this is one of my most favorite quotations. Medical missionary work is the pioneer work of the gospel. In the ministry of the Word, and in the medical missionary work, the gospel is to be preached and practiced. He designs that medical missionary work shall prepare the way for the presentation of the saving truth for this time.

By the way the Seventh-day Adventist church is coming against a lot of barriers when it has to do with sexuality, with poverty, with rising healthcare costs. What you're finding with this beautiful message is that this message is going through all these barriers. We have been given such a beautiful message, a beautiful message that is so powerful. But notice what she says right here because it is extremely important.

It is the pioneer work of the gospel. You know we actually just started a church plant, I’m the pastor of Seary Seventh Day Adventist church. We started a church plant in Patterson California published in 20,000 and we decided we were not going to do a traditional church plant, nope we’re not going to go door to door and give Bible studies. We’re going to do something completely different. We’re going door-to-door to do health coaching. What we’re beginning to find has been the most unusual things. We actually had Weimar health program come by and they did this amazing health expo.

Let me tell you something, it easier to invite people to get free massages than it is to get a Bible study right away, amen? You can be a six foot tall hairy Indian; you’ll have no problem telling people, you want a free massage over there? And people want a free message.

They begin to go through these various booths that were there, and at the end they sign up for health coaching, and it's amazing. We had a councilwoman of that town come through, she actually gave our cross trainer our Bible workers ten minutes at the next city hall. We actually had the mayor meeting with us; he is willing to find out how we can bring this message all over Patterson. You know what else is very interesting? A couple of days ago one of the cross trainers, she was actually visiting someone to do health coaching, she knocked on the door and nobody answered, she came back an hour later and you know who was there? The people were there but there was another person there the photographer and one of the journalists for the city’s newspaper and he began to ask, what you doing here? She began to talk to him and he said I’ll write you a free ad. He’s now going to do a great write up, a front page write up on what we’re doing over there and it has been so amazing we are seeing barriers breaking down. Ladies and gentlemen, it is the truth, when she said it is the pioneer work of the gospel, the pioneer work of the gospel and it's something that we as Seventh-day Adventists need to say wait a second, what are we doing wrong? We’ve been continuing this way for such a long time, we need to change what we’re doing and if we begin to just scratch everything off the table and put this on the table we’re going to be blown away by what God does, amen.

I am going to end with this quote. I wish to tell you that soon there will be no work done in ministerial lines but medical missionary work. It is because of the directions I have received from the Lord that I have courage to stand among you and speak as I do notwithstanding the way in which you may look at the medical missionary work. I wish to say that the medical missionary work is God’s work. The Lord wants every one of his ministers to come into line, take hold of the medical missionary work and it will give you access to the people, their hearts will be touched as you minister to their necessities. Ladies and gentlemen my challenge to you is that you will take these writings you will inculcate them. Let them be as a guide for your conferences, for individual lives, for your ministries and you will see amazing things that God will do he's coming back soon. Amen? Amen.

Let’s bow our heads for a word of prayer.

Father in heaven, thank you so much, forgive us Lord for neglecting the work, for so long. We want to pray that we would start bringing into our experience, into our church where ever we are Lord that we would start putting this into practice. Lord you promised that you would bless. May each person be inspired to be a medical missionary for You. Thank you in Jesus name, Amen. God Bless.

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