Mistaken Attributions to EGW
The statements of well-known persons are often distorted, and frequently statements made by others are attributed to them. Almost from the beginning of the work of Ellen G. White, there have been statements incorrectly attributed to her, or materials deliberately or inadvertently garbled. One such case is described in Testimonies to Ministers, page 57. We can recognize as genuine only such Ellen G. White materials as can be traced to published or unpublished sources known to be authentic.
The statements below link to corresponding commentary. See also a compilation of unusual statements by Ellen White. For a better understanding of Ellen White's writings see principles for interpretation. For other questions on Ellen White's life, ministry and teachings see the frequently asked questions.
Testimonies Dependent Entirely Upon Memory
The memory of even godly people may not be entirely reliable, hence background information for certain statements attributed to Ellen G. White may prove helpful.
- Sabbath Meal at Another Planet
- Authorship of Thoughts on Daniel and the Revelation
- Identity of Melchizedek
- Mountain Hideouts for Time of Trouble
- Work to Close Up First in the South
Association of Ideas
Reports are frequently circulated which have their basis in what might be called an association of ideas.
- Status of Students in School Preparing for the Lord's Work
- Legalized Liquor and Sunday Laws
- Specific Targets of Impending Disaster
Excerpts Taken Out of Their Setting
Not infrequently people base their understanding of the Ellen G. White teachings upon a fragment of a sentence or upon an isolated statement removed from its setting. Writing of certain ones who made such a misuse of her writings, she spoke of their "picking out a sentence here and there, taking it from its proper connection, and applying it according to their idea."—Selected Messages, book 1, p. 44.
Writings Falsely Attributed
Through the years some Seventh-day Adventists have copied and used choice paragraphs from Ellen G. White articles published in the Review and Herald and other journals. Some have also copied choice statements written by others without noting the authorship and have mistakenly attributed them to Mrs. White. Oft-quoted proverbs and sayings have also been attributed to her erroneously.
- Sign Indicating Close of Probation
- Angels Rearranging Environments and Changing Circumstances
- Last Mediatorial Work of Christ
- Counsel on Planning and Living
- Importance of Study on the Question of the 144,000
- Inhabited Planets in our Solar System
- Prayer is the Answer to Every Problem in Life
- Seventh-day Adventists Urged to Leave the United States
- Using Testimonies in the Pulpit
- Public Schools
- World Could Have Been Warned Within Two Years After 1888
Some statements said to be from Ellen G. White are fiction.