As I’ve said previously, the idea of borrowing from another and making it your own isn’t my biggest issue with EGW’s plagiarism.
For example, I understand that the BeeGees admired the Beatles and did their best to imitate their success and songs. But they acknowledged the Beatles were the source of that inspiration and I don’t think there’s any record of them making the claim that their work was superior to that of John, George, Ringo and Paul.
This is decidedly not the case with Mrs. White. She flagrantly stole from writers at least as inspired as she claimed to be but when asked about others who said they were having visions and messages similar to hers, she was quick to disparage their work as that of the devil.
I am a firm believer in the concept of protection and am convinced her accusations of those people is an example of self-incrimination.
Can one gather truth from an evil source? No doubt that if Hitler said, “Watch out for that bus!” It would be good to listen to his advice.
But I wouldn’t advocate distributing millions of copies of Mein Kampf to an unsuspecting populace on the off chance that they would be able cut through his hyperbolic drivel in order to glean whatever other valuable lessons one might be able to find therein.