Hiram Edson: My advent experience has been the brightest of all my Christian experience. . . . Has the Bible proved a failure? Is there no God, no heaven, no golden city, no Paradise? Is all this but a cunningly devised fable? Is there no reality to our fondest hopes and expectations?
Ellen White’s answer was firm:
I do not wish to ignore or drop one link in the chain of evidence that was formed as, after the passing of the time in 1844, little companies of seekers after truth met together to study the Bible and to ask God for light and guidance. . . . The truth, point by point, was fastened in our minds so firmly that we could not doubt. . . .The evidence given in our early experience has the same force that it had then. The truth is the same as it ever has been, and not a pin or a pillar can be moved from the structure of truth. That which was sought for out of the Word in 1844 , 1845, and 1846 remains the truth in every particular.
—Letter 38, 1906 , pp. 1, 2.
The proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages has been located by the Word of inspiration.
Not a peg or pin is to be removed.
No human authority has any more right to change the location of these messages than to substitute the New Testament for the Old.
—Ms 32, 1896, p.
Thus spake the prophet. I’m encouraged to see her admit that the truth was “fastened” in the pioneers minds. “Minds” are a rather unreliable place to drive in stakes, in my experience, but at least she admits it.
Examples of unequivocal EGW statements like the above can be multiplied for those not convinced.
It is clear that to to go mucking about with pins, pegs and pillars is to incur the wrath of God, and, not incidentally, the brethren.
This has resulted in well over a hundred years’ accretion of doublespeak silt that has formed the treacherous bottom of the cognitive slough of despond in which we find ourselves mired.
I don’t delude myself that I can drain this swamp beyond, by the grace of God, my own mind, which is miracle enough for me.
It is clear that while Ellen White is (of late) admittedly “not perfect,” and “we have much to learn and much to unlearn,” it is still true that she is never, and cannot ever be, wrong in any substantive way, particularly in the matter of pegs, pins and pillars—the weight-bearing apparatuses of this doctrinal edifice which we must, at all costs, prevent from collapsing on us all.
The recent document conflating this shaky doctrinal contraption with “Jesus” telegraphs the desperation in the air, and hints of blood in the water.
I’m no Bible scholar, not even a rank amateur, so I’m definitely in over my head with Kevin.
I guess what I am is curious. I wonder if there was ever anything to this visionary adventure some of us have been on so long.