38. Did Ellen White (whilst alive) have effective control over the SDA Church in the same manner as many so-called ‘prophets’ do over cults today?
No. Ellen White never acted as some authoritarian Pope or President of the
, never appointed a successor, never had much money and died in debt, was never even officially ordained a Minister of Religion (although she held a Ministerial license), and was actually often ignored – which somewhat ironically largely remains the case today. This behaviour is more consistent with the Biblical model of a prophet, who is never respected in his or her own village, rather than the cult of personality and authoritarian power one typically finds in most contemporary cults. SDA Church
Evangelical scholars, including Walter Martin and Kenneth Samples from the Christian Research Institute, deliberately make a distinction between Mrs White and the other modern prophetic claimants of Joseph Smith, Mary Baker Eddy, and Charles Russell.
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