Many, perhaps most, Seventh Day Adventists view Ellen G. White’s book “The Great Controversy” in about the same light as Mormons view the Book of Mormon. I will be the first to say the Book of Mormon is wholly a book of myths and falsehoods, whereas Ellen G. White’s writings contain much beautiful, as well as beautifully worded truth. Herbert W. Armstrong’s various books and pamphlets, as well as those of his son Garner Ted, contain much enlightenment – but, likewise, some profound error.
We are living in an era that has been inundated with Bible study literature. Everybody and their third cousin has written a book, a pamphlet, a tract, produced a video, made a teaching tape, etc. Some few are excellent wordsmiths, having the ability to write super-effectively. Some are spell-binding orators and speakers. I would urge anyone seeking the unvarnished, plain truth of what the Bible says to READ THE BIBLE. Let God speak to you through His Son, His prophets and apostles. Ask God to give you enlightenment from their writings primarily.
It is only when one has a very good foundational knowledge of the scriptures that they can quickly discern when error is being presented.
And I mean ALL the scriptures, both Hebrew and Greek scriptures, commonly called the Old and New Testaments. I have often been perplexed by those who call themselves New Testament Christians, saying they don’t get their doctrine from the Hebrew scriptures. Have they never considered Paul’s statement to Timothy that “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, AND IS PROFITABLE FOR DOCTRINE, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”? (See 2 Timothy 3:16). And, in verse 15 of that text, Paul speaks of how this grown man Timothy had known the holy scriptures of which he speaks from the time he was a child! The ONLY scriptures this adult minister could possibly have known many years before were the Hebrew scriptures. It is the Old Testament to which Paul refers when he says, “ALL scripture is profitable for doctrine!”
The apostle Peter agrees with Paul when he writes: “For the prophecy came not IN OLD TIME (many years previously) by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (See 2 Peter 1:21). And to whom did these prophets write: “The prophets…prophesied of the grace that should come UNTO YOU
(believers of the Christian era), searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, unto whom it was revealed that not unto themselves (their own time and generation), but UNTO US THEY DID MINISTER the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, which things the angels desire to look into” (See I Peter 1:10-12).
Notice that Peter says it was the Spirit of Christ in these prophets prompting them to say and write what they did. Therefore, when you read in these prophets “Thus saith the Lord” you can complete that thought by reading, “Thus saith the Lord Jesus Christ!” Even if someone were to argue that the “Lord” there means the Father, still the Father and the Son are ever in total harmony with one another, always and ever saying the same thing.
Those who neglect studying diligently the Hebrew scriptures cut themselves off from vast oceans of divine truth and from even really understanding the true doctrines of God’s true church!