Ellen White said that the health work is the right arm of the three angelís message, the Everlasting Gospel. †Why?† Because Jesus helped people first. †He healed them and then gave them the gospel.†
Ellen White warned that we should never link-up with the world in business partnership.† When will the church learn?† Never, according to Ellen White, because she said that the Omega of Apostasy would surely develop and wax stronger until Jesus comes. †
Now, in another total defiance of the Holy Spiritís counsel, the church has linked up with Wockhardt hospital chain.† Click the following items for the details of this strictly forbidden enterprise the church has entered upon:
The Lord has repeatedly instructed me to say to His people that they are not to bind up with the world in business partnerships of any kind, and especially in so important a matter as the establishment of a sanitarium [hospital]. Believers and unbelievers, serving two masters, cannot properly be linked together in the Lord's work. "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" God forbids His people to unite with unbelievers in the building up of His institutions. Arthur L. White, "Meeting Crises in Colorado," Ellen G. White, The Later Elmshaven Years, Vol. 6, 1905-1915 (page 42) (emphasis supplied).
"I see now, as ever I have, the danger of binding up in connection with, or in association in labor, with worldlings, professors or non-professors, who are in opposition to our faith, and who have no faith in the testimonies of reproof which the Lord sends. Not the least good can come of such combination, or marriage, in BUSINESS, believers with UNBELIEVERS. There can be in this our work no more combination than oil can mix with water. Here is where the delusion and deception have come in. The world has been placed in front to carry out the workings of the enemy by his own subjects, the children of disobedience, and the children of God have been belittled, suspicioned, accused, and defamed by the agents of the wicked one." E.G. White, Manuscript Releases Volume Eighteen, p. 1338-1.
The above statement makes it plain that by unbelievers, Ellen White means those who are in opposition to (are not members) of our faith and who do not believe in the Testimonies.
"You are not to unite with unbelievers in medical work." Medical Ministry, p. 44.
"Any connection with infidels and unbelievers which would identify us with them is FORBIDDEN by the Word. We are to come out from them and be separate. In NO CASE are we to link ourselves with them in their plans or work....Acts of dishonesty in business deal, with believers our unbelievers should be reproved; and if they give no evidence of reformation, come out from among them and be separate." E.G. White, Fundamentals of Education, p. 482.
It is not only a dishonesty in business deal for the church to be linked with Catholics who are in opposition to our faith, and who have no faith in the testimonies of reproof which the Lord sends. It is a total violation of Isaiah 8:9-20.
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak [and act] not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.
We came out from fallen churches in 1844, because they are considered unbelievers. Any Association, Council, Girding or Confederacy with them is strictly forbidden by the Word, and this is why the church will be broken in pieces in another end-time fulfillment of Ezekiel 9, as Ellen White, Ezekiel 5:9 and Matthew 24:21, attest. Ellen White says that the entire chapter of Matthew 24 applies, Desire of Ages, p. 628. All of these references testify to the destruction of Jerusalem, the SDA church, in an end-time setting, after a small number remnant escape, Ezekiel 5:1-3, and Isaiah 37:31,32, which Ellen White says was written more for us than the Jews of old.
Speaking of the Jews
What will Jewish converts to Adventism think when they find SDA church leaders violating the writings of Ellen White, which they consider to be in league with the ancient Jewish prophets, per the following interesting account?
Artist Elfred Lee's Testimony of Rabbi Joe Kagan's Endorsement of Ellen G. White
"I met Rabbi Joe Kagan at Weimar Institute in CA. His family had come from Eastern Europe where his aunt had been raped while a priest stood over her with a crucifix saying, "This is what you get for killing Christ." So you can imagine the feeling of many Jews towards Christianity. American Christians are not at all like Europeans. His family moved to the US while he was young. At age 13 he debuted at Carnegie Hall as a cantor. He had a beautiful, tenor voice. He received a very high education and became a rabbi. I met him in his later years in 1978 after he had been on Ronald Reagan's staff in Sacramento as their research man. If there were any questions about any subject, he was the one that did the research and found the answers.
He had a very negative attitude towards Christianity. He would never touch the New Testament. However, he knew the Jewish Old Testament (Torah) extremely well as a highly educated rabbi would. One day he got hold of a book called Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G. White. He read it with astonishment and wanted to know who this Ellen White was. That is when I met him. He was asking who is this Ellen G. White and what university did she attend. We told him she only had a 3rd grade education. "Then where did she learn Hebrew?" he asked. We told him that she never knew Hebrew, but was the most prolific female writer in history and that this was only one of her books.
He was amazed at her knowledge, saying that the information in this book (Patriarchs and Prophets) is Mishnaic. The Mishnah is part of the Hebrew scholarship. He said the Mishnah had only been translated into English 30 years ago and that only high-level rabbis knew this information. This is the history of my people and it is very, very accurate. He also said that you have to know Hebrew to be able to write like this because her sentence structure is not English, it's Hebrew. The rhythm the meter, the arrangement of words and expressions are not English. He said it's as if she wrote in Hebrew and it was translated into English.
†My family and I developed a strong friendship with Joe, his wife and son.
As we studied the Bible and some Ellen White books together one day, he said, "I am convinced that Ellen White was inspired by the same source that inspired the Hebrew prophets. I want to become a Christian. I accept Jesus Christ as my Messiah." Now, he would not have come to Christ through reading the Bible. Even though the Hebrew Bible is full of prophecies pointing to the Messiah, it took Ellen White's writings to prove to him that Jesus Christ was the fulfillment of all the Hebrew prophecies. And only then did he pick up the New Testament and read about his Jewish Messiah.
Many times I saw him cry. I was in the middle of a painting commission for a large mural called "Christ The Way of Life" for the world headquarters of the Seventh Day Adventist church in Washington DC. He became very involved with that painting. The painting had originally been inspired by James and Ellen White who had commissioned an engraver to do a black and white drawing of the subject. He confirmed to me that Ellen White's concept was very accurate on the whole plan of salvation in both the Old and New Testament, but that the engraver had misrepresented her concepts. So he helped me in many details to make the painting historically and theologically accurate; especially regarding the sanctuary section, the Hebrew writing on the cross and the last supper scene. He told me to paint Jesus and his disciples at an oriental style table, sitting on mats on the floor - not Roman couches as the medieval artists painted. Further, he said their heads would be covered and he made sure I painted the wine, the unleavened bread and the bitter herbs and their symbolism exactly as they would have been.
He approved of the whole painting and we had an unveiling ceremony at the Auburn SDA church in late 1979. He had written a song to go with the painting and sat at the organ as we unveiled the painting. He wept as he sang the words of Jesus on the cross quoting Isaiah, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" He sang and sang and wept and wept, his whole body shaking.†† There was not a dry eye in the whole church. His voice was so beautiful.
The original painting hangs in the new SDA world headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland where they have posters and bible studies of the painting. I could never have done it without the inspiration of Rabbi Kagan and Ellen White.† I wish they were still alive!
We were at his secret baptism in the Bear River above Sacramento on Saturday night Dec 22 1979. There were four of us present. He could not even tell his wife and son that he was now a Christian. As he came up out of the cold water praising God and singing to his new Messiah, he said, "I am now a completed Jew. I have now accepted the Old and New Testament and the Messiah that all Jewish prophets told us about!"
I was recently in Europe giving some workshops on art and some of my archeological work in the Middle East. I happened to meet a Jewish family from Israel. Shalom David was originally from Iraq and his wife from Chile.
They were now attending a college in Europe where I met with quite a bit of opposition to the writings of Ellen White. This Jewish family invited me to their home for Shabbat (Friday night supper.) It was a most enjoyable occasion as his wife and beautiful children sang and celebrated the arrival of Sabbath as Jews have done for thousands of years. I told them the story of Rabbi Kagan and he got very excited. He said, "The same thing happened to me!†† I would have rather burned the bible then touch it!††† I wanted nothing to do with Christianity, but I also read the writings of Ellen White and the Spirit of God was on that woman. Her writings are as if she wrote in Hebrew. You can definitely hear the Hebrew rhythm, meter and expressions in her books. I also believe she was inspired by the same source as the Hebrew prophets. And she has helped me fall in love with Jesus Christ, my Messiah."
I just met yesterday with a rabbi living here in California - Rabbi Ben.
It was a follow up to a Sabbath meal I was invited to this last Sabbath with him and a group of Adventists. He went through the whole ceremony at the meal just like Rabbi Kagan and my new friend (Shalom David) in Europe had. So yesterday we were talking over Hebrew ceremonies and how they are still effective in healing disease. Rabbi Ben told me that he has also had the same experience. He hated the Bible but that Ellen White brought him to Christ and helped him read the New Testament and fall in love with the Messiah. He also told me that he had gone to visit one of the most influential rabbis in America who is in his 90s who must remain unnamed. While in this rabbi's library talking, he was scanning the many, many books on his walls and there he saw the book Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen white. Rabbi Ben asked him about it and where he had gotten it, "Why do you have this book by a Christian author?"
The rabbi said, "This as a very authoritative source on our history."†† I recently shared this testimony on T.V. at 3 Angels Broadcasting Network.
My phone has been ringing day and night by interested people from as far away as India and Australia saying, "We want to know more about Joe Kagan and Ellen White."
The book Patriarchs and Prophets can be found in any Adventist Book Center or at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, Maryland. Posters of "Christ The Way of Life" can be found there. See it online at http://www.elfredleereligiousart.com