Her Calling and her Ministry - 1
Part 1: her calling, and the work
assigned her by god
From Spalding Magan Unpublished
Mss. Pg. 480-483
Messenger: Mrs. White describes her Calling and Work
are Laborers Together: E.G. White explains her Method of Working
From Spalding Magan
Unpublished Mss. Pg. 462-465
Who has Told Sister White? E.G. White explains the Testimonies
From Spalding Magan
Unpublished Mss. Pg. 465-466
Should Independent Ministries Request and Receive Means from the People?
James Edson White
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 498
Messenger: Mrs. White describes her Calling and Work
From Spalding Magan Unpublished
Mss. Pg. 480-483
Sanitarium, Cal., May 26, 1906.
Last night, in vision, I was standing before an assembly of our people,
bearing a decided testimony regarding present truth and present duty. After the
discourse, many gathered about me, asking questions. They desired so many
explanations about this point and that point and another point, that I said,
"One at a time, if you please, lest you confuse me."
And then I appealed to them saying: "For years you have had many evidences
that the Lord has given me a work to do. These evidences could scarcely have
been greater than they are. Will you brush away all these evidences as a cobweb,
at the suggestion of a manís unbelief? That which makes my heart ache is the
fact that many who are now perplexed and tempted are those who had abundance of
evidence, and opportunity to consider and pray and understand; and yet they do
not discern the nature of the sophistries that are presented to influence them
to reject the warnings God has given to save them from the delusions of these
Some have stumbled over the fact that I said I did not claim to be a prophet;
and they have asked, "Why is this?"
I have had no claims to make, only that I am instructed that I am the Lordís
messenger; that he called me in my youth to be his messenger, to receive his
word, and to give a clear and decided message in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Early in my youth I was asked several times, Are you a prophet? I have ever
responded, I am the Lordís messenger. I know that many have called me a prophet,
but I have made no claim to this title. My Saviour declared me to be his
messenger. "Your work," he instructed me, "is to bear my word. Strange things
will arise, and in your youth I set you apart to bear the message to the erring
ones, to carry the word before unbelievers, and with pen and voice to reprove
from the Word actions that are not right. Exhort from the Word. I will make my
Word open to you. It shall not be as a strange language. In the true eloquence
of simplicity, with voice and pen, the messages that I give shall be heard from
one who has never learned in the schools. My Spirit and my power shall be with
"Be not afraid of man, for my shield shall protect you. It is not you that
speaketh; it is the Lord that giveth the messages of warning and reproof. Never
deviate from the truth under any circumstances. Give the light I shall give you.
The messages for these last days shall be written in books, and shall stand
immortalized, to testify against those who have once rejoiced in the light, but
who have been led to give it up because of the seductive influences of evil."
Why have I not claimed to be a prophet?--Because in these days many who
boldly claim that they are prophets, are a reproach to the cause of Christ; and
because my work includes much more than the word "prophet" signifies.
When this work was first given me, I begged the Lord to lay the burden on
some one else. The work was so large and broad and deep that I feared I could
not do it. But by his Holy Spirit the Lord has enabled me to perform the work
which he gave me to do.
God has made plain to me the various ways in which he would use me to carry
forward a special work. Visions have been given me, with the promise, "If you
deliver the messages faithfully and endure to the end, you shall eat of the
fruit of the tree of life, and drink of the water of the river of life."
The Lord gave me great light on health reform. In connection with my husband,
I was to be a medical missionary worker. I was to act an example to the church
by taking the sick to my home and caring for them. This I have done, giving the
women and children vigorous treatment. I was also to speak on the subject of
Christian temperance, as the Lordís appointed messenger. I engaged heartily in
this work, and spoke to large assemblies on temperance in its broadest and
I was instructed that I must ever urge upon those who profess to believe the
truth, the necessity of practising the truth. This means sanctification, and
sanctification means the culture and training of every capability for the Lordís
I was charged not to neglect or pass by those who were being wronged. I was
especially charged to protect against any arbitrary or overbearing action toward
the ministers of the gospel by those having official authority. Disagreeable
though the duty may be, I am to reprove the oppressor, and plead for justice. I
am to present the necessity of maintaining justice and equity in all our
If I see those in positions of trust neglecting aged ministers, I am to
present the matter to those whose duty it is to care for them. Ministers who
have faithfully done their work are not to be forgotten or neglected when they
have become feeble in health. Our conferences are not to disregard the needs of
those who have borne the burdens of the work. It was after John had grown old in
the service of the Lord that he was exiled to Patmos. And on that lonely isle he
received more communications from heaven than he had received during the rest of
After my marriage I was instructed that I must show a special interest in
motherless and fatherless children, taking some under my own charge for a time,
and then finding homes for them. Thus I would be giving others an example of
what they could do.
Although called to travel often, and having much writing to do, I have taken
children of three and five years of age, and have cared for them, educated them,
and trained them for responsible positions. I have taken into my home from time
to time boys from ten to sixteen years of age, giving them motherly care and a
training for service. I have felt it my duty to bring before our people that
work for which those in every church should feel a responsibility.
While in Australia I carried on this same line of work, taking into my home
orphan children, who were in danger of being exposed to temptations that might
cause the loss of their souls.
In Australia we also worked as Christian medical missionaries. At times I
made my home in Cooranbong an asylum for the sick and afflicted. My secretary,
who had received a training in the Battle Creek Sanitarium, stood by my side,
and did the work of a missionary nurse. No charge was made for her services, and
we won the confidence of the people by the interest that we manifested in the
sick and suffering. After a time the Health Retreat at Cooranbong was built, and
then we were relieved of this burden.
To claim to be a prophetess is something that I have never done. If others
call me by that name, I have no controversy with them. But my work has covered
so many lines that I can not call myself other than a messenger, sent to bear a
message from the Lord to his people, and to take up work in any line that he
When I was last in Battle Creek, I said before a large congregation that I
did not claim to be a prophetess. Twice I referred to this matter, intending
each time to make the statement, "I do not claim to be a prophetess." If I spoke
otherwise then this, let all now understand that what I had in mind to say was
that I do not claim the title of prophet or prophetess.
I understand that some were anxious to know if Mrs. White still held the same
views as she did years ago when they had heard her speak in the Sanitarium
grove, in the Tabernacle, and at the camp meetings held in the suburbs of Battle
Creek. I assured them that the message she bears today is the same that she has
borne during the sixty years of her public ministry. She has the same service to
do for the Master that was laid upon her in her girlhood. She receives lessons
from the same Instructor. The directions given her are, "Make known to others
what I have revealed to you. Write out the messages that I give you, that the
people may have them." This is what she has endeavored to do.
I have written many books, and they have been given a wide circulation. Of
myself I could not have brought out the truth in these books, but the Lord has
given me the help of his Holy Spirit. These books, giving the instruction that
the Lord has given me during the past sixty years, contain light from heaven,
and will bear the test of investigation.
At the age of seventy-eight I am still toiling. We are all in the hands of
the Lord. I trust in him; for I know that he will never leave nor forsake those
who put their trust in him. I have committed myself to his keeping.
"And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted
me faithful, putting me into the ministry."
(Signed) Ellen White - From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 480-483
We are Laborers Together
Sanitarium, Cal., June 13, 1906.
Dr. C. E. Steward:
I have received your letter, in which you inquire what is meant by the words
"I", "We," and so on, in my testimonies. In my work, I am connected with my
helpers, and I am also connected and in close touch with my Instructor and other
heavenly intelligences. Those who are called of God should be in touch with him
through the operation of his Holy Spirit, that they may be taught by him.
Of mine own self I can do nothing. I feel that all credit must be given to a
higher Power whose will and word I am to carry out, in order that, united with
heavenly intelligences, I may have a clear perception of spiritual and eternal
things. Christ has said, "The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth
the Father do; for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son
Again, Godís way is to be practiced in every line of work, else the cause of
truth, I am instructed, will bear the imperfections of the mold of men, and will
be misrepresented. We are to become one with Christ, in harmony with his prayer:
"Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word; that they all shall be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and
I in thee, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that thou
hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they
may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made
perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast
loved them, as thou has loved me. . . . . O righteous Father, the world hath not
known thee; but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it; that the love
wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them and I in them."
I can not always say "I"! I am not accustomed to doing so. Without the
special light and grace of Christ, I can do nothing. Furthermore, I am connected
with my workers. During the night season I am often deeply impressed with
representations passing before me, and usually, whatever the hour of the night
may be, I arise at once, and write out the instruction that has been given me.
This manuscript is placed in the hands of one of my copyists, who makes several
copies on the typewriter. Then it is returned to me, and I carefully read it
over to see if it is all correct. Matter written for publication is sometimes
sent direct to one of our periodicals, and sometimes laid aside with other
matter to be published later in book form or in some other way.
This is one reason why I often say "we". My helpers and I are co-workers in
sending out the light given me to be a blessing to the world.
In the first chapter of the first epistle to the Corinthians we read: "Paul,
called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes
our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are
sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place
call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours: Grace by unto
you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
"I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given
you by Jesus Christ; that in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all
utterance, and in all knowledge (this is a very broad statement); even as the
testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: so that ye come behind in no gift,
waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall also confirm you unto
the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is
faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our
Lord. Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye
all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye
be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us (notice the use of this word) which are saved it is the power of God. For it
is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and I will bring to nothing
the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where
is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this
world? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
"For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach
Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks
foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the
power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser
than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. For ye see your calling,
brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many
noble, are called; but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the things which are might; and base things of the world, and things
which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to
nought things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence.
"But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption; that, according as it is
written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."
Read the second chapter of First Corinthians, and notice carefully how Paul
uses the words, "I", "we", and "us".
In the third chapter we read: "Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but
ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have
planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that
planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one; and every man shall receive
his own reward according to his own labor. For we are laborers together with
God; ye are Godís husbandry, ye are Godís building."
Now if I say "we" and "us", you may understand what I mean; we are laborers
together with God. The whole of the third chapter of First Corinthians needs to
be carefully studied. Study every verse of this chapter; for it means to you and
your associates, as well as to me.
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God
dwelleth in you?" Then why should not I say "we" in a peculiar and significant
sense? I myself and you yourself must be united in mind, in heart, in soul, in
strength, with heavenly agencies. This is our only hope of success. The less
that is said of "I", the more correct will be our understanding of the great I
"If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple
of God is holy, which temple ye are. Let no man deceive himself. If any man
among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may
be wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is
written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness."
I have been instructed that unless there is a decided changed in the
religious experience of those who have refused to heed the warnings given them,
but who, instead, remain willingly under the molding influence which now
predominates at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, it will not be of the least use to
explain everything that is presented as an objection to the visions. Some have
been under his influence for years, and the many subterfuges and explanations
that are resorted to there, will be taken up by those misled souls and used
against the testimonies. So long as they refuse to heed the warnings given them,
the spell that is upon them can not be broken. God has a work that must be
carried forward purely and intelligently, in his own way, entirely separated
from the influence of seducing spirits that some have communion with.
I am instructed to say to you, We are now living amid the perils of the last
days. I am commissioned to bear my testimony, "Be ye also ready, for in such an
hour as ye think not, the Son of man cometh."
Our God has given us, his people, a special work to do. The Son of God was
manifest in human flesh, that man might receive knowledge intelligently from the
divine-human Teacher. Christ came in the likeness of humanity, that he might
draw all men unto himself. His followers must walk in the light of his glorious
At whatever sacrifice of ease of reputation, at whatever sacrifice of
property of cost of labor, a Christian must maintain the reformative doctrine of
the gospel. In short, if a man is risen with Christ by profession of faith in
the Son of God as his Redeemer, he has made a most solemn pledge to maintain
these reformative doctrines. As he advances in the Christian life, he will
gladly accept the self-denial and self-sacrifice involved. "Ye are laborers
together with God."
(Signed) Ellen White.
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 462-465
Who has Told Sister White?
Sanitarium, Cal., Jan. 15, 1906.
Dear Brother Amadon:--
I have received your letter, I will send you copies of things taken from my
diaries. These articles contain presentations and instructions given me, point
by point. For instance, the evening after the Sabbath I retired, and rested well
without ache or pain until half past ten. But I was unable to sleep. I had
received instruction, and I seldom lie in bed after such instruction comes.
There was a company assembled in Battle Creek, and instruction was given by One
in our midst that I was to repeat and repeat with pen and voice. I left my bed,
and wrote for five hours as fast as my pen could trace the lines. Then, I rested
on the bed for an hour, and slept part of the time.
I placed the matter in the hands of my copyist, and on Monday morning it was
waiting for me, placed inside my office door on Sunday evening. There were four
articles ready for me to read over, and make any corrections needed. The matter
is now prepared, and some of it will go in the mail today.
This is the line of work that I am carrying on. I do most of my writing while
the other members of the family are asleep, I build my fire, and then write
uninterruptedly, sometimes for hours. I write while others are asleep. Who,
then, has told Sister White?--A messenger that is appointed.
If Elder Daniells is in Battle Creek, please place in his hands the
manuscripts I send you. I have my work to do, to meet the misconceptions of
those who suppose themselves able to say what is testimony from God and what is
If those who have done this work continue in this course, Satanic agencies
will choose for them. At the Berrien Springs meeting, the richest blessing was
proffered them. This blessing they could have had if they had let Christ help
them, confessing their wicked obstinacy. But they refused to take the right
course. The holy angels turned away, the evil angels have been holding sway over
minds. Evil angels obtained the victory at that meeting. But there is no need
for me to give the particulars of this.
If Brother Daniells is not in Battle Creek, please read to the church what I
am sending you. I have many letters to write, and I can not add more to this
now. There is just one thing the Lord calls for, and that is, for every man,
minister, or physician, or lay member, to confess his own sins. Each one will
have a hard battle to fight with his own perverse self. Those who have stood
directly in the way of the people, having a clear realization of their perilous
condition, will have an account to settle with God. Those who have helped souls
to feel at liberty to specify what is of God in the Testimonies, and what are
the uninspired words of Sister White, will find that they were helping the devil
in his work of deception. Please read Testimony No. 33, single volume, page 211,
"How to Receive Reproof". Or, Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 683.
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 465-466
Ministries Request and Receive Means from the People?
In a letter from Mrs. E. G. White, written from Cooranbong, Australia, under
the date of August 14, 1898, occurs the following paragraph:
Appeals for Means
You ask me what you shall do in view of the fact that so little help is given
to that department of the work in which you are working.
I would say, "Trust it with the Lord. There is a way opened for you in regard
to securing help for the Southern field. Appeal to the people. This is the only
course you can pursue, under the circumstances.
Send no statement of the situation through our religious papers; because it
will not be honored. Send direct to the people. Godís ways are not to be
counterworked by manís ways. There are those who have means, and who will give
large and small sums. Have this money come direct to your destitute portion of
the vineyard. The Lord has not specified any regular channel through which means
Addenda.óIn a conversation with Mother today she definitely stated to me that
the instructions I have received in regard to the work have not been revoked. J.
(Sent from California by J. E. White in Jan. 1905.)
From Spalding Magan Unpublished Mss. Pg. 498