Ellen White’s description of John the Baptist (Baptist’s work) improved by employing John Ross Macduff’s words and thoughts. Here are the exact parallels form the book I have already referred to which I have in my personal collection. Judge for yourselves how honest our prophet was:
Homeless wanderer (Jesus)
Ellen White (1827-1915): “He was to live, a humble, homeless wanderer, and to die the death of a malefactor” (Red, p. 114, 1877).
Ellen White (1827-1915): “Three years he was going from place to place, a homeless wanderer” (T 27, p. 114, 1878).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “…was a homeless wanderer” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 102,1861).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “At one time, we behold Him a homeless wanderer, who, when “every man went unto his own house, Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives”” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 208, 1861).
And all went forth into the wilderness to hear him (Baptist)
Ellen White (1827-1915): “And all went forth into the wilderness to hear him. Unlearned fishermen and peasants came from the surrounding countries and from regions nigh and afar off. The Roman soldiers from the barracks of Herod came to hear. Chieftains came with their swords girded by their sides, to put down anything that savored of riot or rebellion” (Lt 19a, 1897.5).
Ellen White (1827-1915): “Unlettered peasants and fishermen from the surrounding country; the Roman soldiers from the barracks of hero; chieftains with their swords at their sides, ready to put down anything that might savor of rebellion; the avaricious taxgatherers from their toll booths; and from Sanhedrin the phylacteried priests…even the Pharisee, and the Sadducee, the cold, unimpressible scoffer went away with the sneer silenced and cut to the heart” (8T, p. 332, 1904).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “The desert was alive with crowds hurrying to listen to his message. There were rough boors, unlettered peasants, and fishermen from northern Galilee. There were stern Roman soldiers from the barracks of Herod Antipas; others from Damascus, on their way to measure swords with a lawless chieftain. These stood, with sheathed weapons, to listen to one heroic as their bravest” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 227, 1861).
There were avaricious tax-gatherers
Ellen White (1827-1915): “The avaricious tax-gatherers came from the regions round about; and from the Sanhedrin came forth the phylacteried priests. All listened as if spellbound; and all came away, even the Pharisee, the Sadducee, and the cold, unimpressionable scoffer of the age, with the sneer gone, and cut to the heart with a sense of their sin” (Lt 19a, 1897.5).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “There were grasping, avaricious publicans and tax-gatherers, from Jericho and Tiberias, who came either wearied of their nefarious life, or incited by the novelty of the occasion, to listen to the scourger of their vices. And, stranger than all; Jerusalem, from its Sanhedrim, pores forth its phylacteried representative; – the Pharisee, (the high churchman of his day,) the stickler for forms and ritual observances…the Sadducee, the cold, scoffing infidel of the age…forth they go, many of them, perhaps, with a sneer on their lips” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, pp. 227, 228, 1861).
There were no long arguments
Ellen White (1827-1915): “There were no long arguments, no finely cut theories, elaborately delivered in their “firstly,” “secondly,” and “thirdly.” But pure, native eloquence was revealed in the short sentences, every word carrying with it the certainty and truth of the weighty warnings given” (Lt 19a, 1897.5).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “There must have been a grand, rough eloquence in the preaching of this child of nature. No laboured sentences, no artificial oratory, no metaphysical distinctions. They were short, abrupt, emphatic, stirring aphorisms” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 228, 1861).
John’s message was like that of Jonah to Nineveh
Ellen White (1827-1915): “The warning message of John was in the same lines as the warning to Nineveh, “In forty days, Nineveh shall be destroyed.” [Jonah 3:4.] Nineveh repented, and called upon God, and God accepted their acknowledgement of Him” (Lt 19a, 1897.6).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “…like the call of the prophet of Nineveh, when he rushed through that heathen capital, with his one solemn announcement of its impending doom. Such were John’s exhortations. “Repent!” – Soldiers, Repent! – Publicans, Repent! – Pharisees, and Sadducees, generation of wipers, Repent!” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 228, 1861).
God will of these stones raise up children unto Abraham
Ellen White (1827-1915): “And, pointing to the rocks in wild confusion around through which the stream was winding its course, he said, “God will of these stones raise up children unto Abraham”” (Lt 19a, 1897.7).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “His very similes are borrowed from the scenes from among which he stood. The mass of rock that had tumbled from the heights of the grove were strewed, in wild confusion, on the banks of Jordan…if He sees meet, from these channel stones, these rugged rocks, to raise up children unto Abraham” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, pp. 228, 229, 1861).
Need of people who do not fear to reprove popular sins
Ellen White (1827-1915): “…and other sins, are not to be palliated or excused; for they will speedily demoralize the church. Sin may be called by false names, and glossed over by plausible excuses and pretended good motives, but this does not lessen its guilt in the sight of God” (ST, January 20, 1881.16).
Ellen White (1827-1915): “Sins have become fashionable; but they are nonetheless aggravating in the sight of God. They are glossed over, palliated and excused; the right hand of fellowship is given to the very men who are bringing in false theories and false sentiments. confusing the minds of the people of God, deadening their sensibilities as to what constitutes right principles. Conscience has thus become insensible to the counsels and the reproofs which have been given” (Lt 19a, 1897.21).
Ellen White (1827-1915): “God works through those who hear and obey his voice, those who will, if need be, speak unpalatable truths, those who do not fear to reprove popular sins” (GC, p. 455, 1888).
Ellen White (1827-1915): “There are special duties to be done, special reproofs to be given in this period of the earth’s history… Sins have become fashionable; but they are none the less aggravating in the sight of God. They are glossed over, palliated, and excused… bringing in false theories and false sentiments, confusing the mind of the people of God, deadening their sensibilities as to what constitutes right principles. Conscience has thus become insensible to the counsels and the reproofs which have been given” (1NL, 103, 1945).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “Evangelical preaching, in these our days, is not only tolerated, but sought, so long as it adheres to doctrinal statement, and keeps clear of the call to special duties, or the rebuke of special sins. But we oftentimes need men in the spirit and power of the Baptist, who have the moral courage to stand up in the pulpit as the reprovers and denouncers of sins which have become fashionable, – glossed over – palliated – excused, – ay, to the reality of which, through the deadening influence of habit, conscience may have become insensible” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 233, 1861).
He spoke personally and pointedly
Ellen White (1827-1915): “He spoke personally and pointedly. He reproved the Pharisees of the Sanhedrin because their religion consisted in forms and not in righteousness of pure, willing obedience. Their forms alone were of no value to God. He addressed the soldiers who were made to serve the Roman power, and which often provoked in them insubordination and a spirit of defiance. He spoke to Herod in regard to his marriage with Herodias, saying, It is not lawful for thee to have her. [Matthew 14:4.] He spoke to him of a future retribution, a future judgment when God would judge every man according to his works” (Lt 19a, 1897.8).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “The Baptist’s was no mere indefinite homily “the evil of sin” in general. He spoke pointedly and personally, to every class and every individual, of their dominant passion or lust, whatever it was. He spoke to the Pharisee of the day, of his resting in forms. He spoke to the soldier of the day of his spirit of his insubordination…He spoke to the court of the day of their dissoluteness, and to the head of that court of his special sin, – “It is not lawful for thee to have her.” Nor was there any ambiguity or indefiniteness employed in a state of coming retribution” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, pp. 233, 234, 1861).
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do?
Ellen White (1827-1915): ““And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and saith unto him, Master, what shall we do?” Did he say, Leave your toll and custom houses? No, he said to them, “Exact no more than that which is appointed you… “And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages”” (Lt 19a, 1897.9, 10).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “To the common people he said – “Go back to the world and your work, and manifest the spirit of brotherly kindness – ‘He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.’” To the publicans, he did not say – “Leave your irreligious toll and custom-houses – give up your gains at Tiberias and Jericho.” No! but “Return home! Be tax-gatherers still; but hold the balance of truth in your hand… ‘Exact no more than that which is appointed you.’ …To the soldiers, he did not say – “Leave your horrible trade of war; – throw down your commissions; – cast sword and scabbard into the depths of Jordan, and live lives of hermit seclusion on its banks.” …Be brave and good men. ‘Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely, and be content with your wages’” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, pp. 235, 236, 1861).
Beautiful plain of Esdraelon
Ellen White (1827-1915): “More than twenty miles from Capernaum, on a tableland overlooking the wide, beautiful plain of Esdraelon, lay the village of Nain, and thither Jesus next bent His steps. Many of His disciples and others were with Him” (DA, p. 381).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “One of the declivities of Mount Tabor, in the great plain of Esdraelon…the traveller still discovers the ruins of the city of Nain…Jesus and His disciples, along with “much people,” took this journey of twelve miles from the city of Capernaum” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 267, 1861).
The knell of Satan’s empire sounded
Ellen White (1827-1915): “He knew that when He should exclaim, “It is finished,” all heaven would triumph… He knew that the knell of Satan’s empire would then be sounded…” (DA, p. 679).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “He sounds over His prostrated adversary the death-knell of His power! At the sound, the pillars of hell rock and tremble to their foundations. He cried, “IT IS FINISHED; and he bowed his head, and gave up his ghost”” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 294, 1861).
Let the ministers point the people the Lamb of God
Ellen White (1827-1915): “Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world.” …This is the work of every minister of the gospel” (Lt 181, 1905.4).
John Ross MacDuff (1818-1895): “Let the faithful servants of a greater than John have one ambition, one cause of joy, – that Christ their Lord be exalted. Let them take as their motto and watchword the ever memorable words with which the Baptist pointed his disciple to the great being approaching them – “Behold the lamb of God!”” (Sunsets on the Hebrew Mountains, p. 244, 1861).
From other authors:
John resembled Elijah
Ellen White (1827-1915): “John’s singular appearance carried the minds of his hearers back to the ancient seers. In his manner and dress he resembled the prophet Elijah…His words were plain, pointed, and convincing. Many believed him to be one of the prophets risen from the dead” (DA, p. 104).
George Jones (1800-1870): “…a man of singular appearance…in his dress and manner, and in his authoritative language, reminding all who saw and heard him of the old prophets; and, indeed in his appearance so resembling Elijah, that the query was immediately started in every man’s mind, whether he was not actually that prophet risen from the dead?” (Life-scenes from the four Gospels, p. 17, 1865).
John Fleetwood : “…resembling the ancient prophet Elijah, in the coarseness of his clothing, and plainness of his dress” (The life of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, p. 21, 1823).
Alfred Edersheim (1825-1889): “Neither his dress nor his food was that of the Essenes; and the former, at least, like that of Elijah” (The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, vol. 1, p. 264, 1883).
Henry Hart Milman (1791-1868): “His dress recalled that of his master Elijah: a tunic of camel’s hair and a leathern girdle about his lions” (The History of Christianity, from the birth of Christ to the abolition of paganism in the Roman Empire, vol. 1, p. 134, 1840).
The trumpet call of John the baptist
Ellen white (1827-1915): “John the Baptist gave the message that like a trumpet call had sounded through the land, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand” (DA, p. 506).
William Hanna (1808-1882): “… when a voice, loud and thrilling like voice of a trumpet, issues from the desert, saying “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (The Life of Christ, p. 72, 1863).
Cunningham Geikie (1824-1906): “…his voice came like a trumpet, rousing them to new life” (The Life and words of Jesus Christ, vol. 1, p. 408, 1877).
John Milton (1608-1674): “Now had the great Proclaimer with a voice More awful then the sound of Trumpet, cri’d Repentance, and Heavens Kingdom nigh at hand” (Paradise regained, p. 2. 1671).