Ellen White Says SDA Church Militant Would Commit Unpardonable Sin

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It has been maintained by some that Ellen White never said that the SDA Church militant would commit unpardonable sin. The following statement indeed says just that, and it is written in the past-perfect tense, which goes into the future and speaks of the future as though it were already fulfilled. The statement appears in the 1884 Great Controversy, and Vance Ferrell, an SDA minister who did much research into that book, before deciding to re-publish it, says that the 1844 edition was written specifically for Seventh-day Adventist, with the 1884 and 1911 editions being written for the world. Here is Ellen White statement that clearly implies that the corporate church would commit unpardonable sin. This does not mean that a remnant would escape out of it:

"Jesus sends HIS PEOPLE a message of warning to prepare them for his coming. To the prophet John was made known the closing work in the great plan of man's redemption. He beheld an angel flying 'in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his Judgment is come; and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters [Rev. 14:6, 7].
The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who, obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message was not to be committed to the religious leaders of the people. They had failed to preserve their connection with God, and had REFUSED THE LIGHT FROM HEAVEN; therefore they WERE NOT of the number described by the apostle Paul: 'But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day; we are not of the night nor of darkness [1 Thess. 5:4, 5].
The watchmen upon the walls of Zion should be the first to catch the tidings of the Saviour's advent, the first to lift their voices to proclaim him near, the first to warn the people to prepare for his coming. But they were at ease, dreaming of peace and safety, while the people were asleep in their sins. Jesus saw HIS CHURCH, like the barren fig-tree, covered with pretentious leaves, yet destitute of precious fruit. There was a boastful observance of the forms of religion, while the spirit of true humility, penitence and faith--which alone could render the service acceptable to God--was lacking. Instead of the graces of the Spirit, there were manifested pride, formalism, vainglory, selfishness, oppression. A BACKSLIDING CHURCH closed their eyes to the signs of the times. God did nor forsake them, or suffer his faithfulness to fail; but they departed from him, and SEPARATED THEMSELVES from his love. As they REFUSED TO COMPLY WITH THE CONDITIONS, his promises were NOT FULFILLED to them." E.G. White, The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, pp. 199-200 [The 1884 edition of The Great Controversy, NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH TESTIMONIES, VOL 4].

Some try to maintain that the above statement refers only to the fallen churches since 1844. That is not correct, and we will prove such. First of all, the statement begins in the present tense with the words: "Jesus sends HIS PEOPLE a message of warning to prepare them for his coming. The statement was written in 1884, so it must apply to God's people since that time also.
The words "...a backsliding church..." must refer to a church that was once not backslidden, and that can refer only to the SDA church militant. Ellen White said in 1893, that the church was keeping the commandments of God, and heeding the Laodicean Message. Since that time, the professing SDA Church has grossly backslidden from that stance, to the point that on April 21, 1903, Ellen White called the church a harlot, Testimonies, vol. 8, 250.

However, a more important "greater light" proof that the above statement is inclusive of the current day professing Seventh-day Adventist Church is found in Ezekiel 5 and 9. Ellen White said that Ezekiel 9 would have another literal fulfillment involving the entire world, but that it would "begin at His sanctuary," Testimonies, vol. 5, 211. Ezekiel chapter 5 is another description of Ezekiel 9, and in verses 1-5 of Ezekiel 5, we find that only a small remnant is "taken in thy skirts," and the remaining three-thirds of the church, symbolized by Ezekiel shaving his head and forming the hairs into three separate parts, is destroyed.

How do we know from the "greater light" of Scripture that Ezekiel 9 will be literally repeated? We can reasonably conclude such from Ezekiel 5:9, where God mentions that in connection with the scenario of Ezekiel 5, He will do the worst thing He has ever done or will ever again do, and of course that refers to the great time of Jacob's trouble at the end-time, depicted in Matt. 24:21. If the AD 70 fulfillment of Ezekiel 5 and 9, was the worst thing God has ever done or will ever do again, then such would not occur at the end-time. So Ezekiel 5 and 9, prove that Ellen White's 1884 Great Controversy statement is most apropos to the current day professing Seventh-day Adventist church, and aptly, prophetically, if you will, describes its ultimate outcome.

"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled; yet the time is passing, and the people are asleep. They refuse to humble their souls and to be converted. Not a great while longer will the Lord bear with the people who have such great and important truths revealed to them, but who refuse to bring these truths into their individual experience. The time is short. God is calling; will YOU hear? Will YOU receive His message? Will YOU be converted before it is too late? Soon, very soon, every case will be decided for eternity. Letter 106, 1909, pp. 2, 3, 5, 7. (To "The churches in Oakland and Berkeley, September 26, 1909.)" E. G. White Manuscript Releases Volume One, p. 260.

And then there is the alarming statement by Ellen White that the corporate SDA church would be brought down to hell:

"And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT, than for thee." E.G. White, Review and Herald Articles, vol. 3, p. 69, col. 3.

One SDA Pastor, posting on an internet chat group, said that the above statement was written by Ellen White on a day when she was just discouraged with the church! Mighty powerful statement for a prophetess to make about the SDA Church, just because she might have been "discouraged with the church." And what right would anyone have to interpolate Ellen White's words? Does the Pastor in mention, propose to read Ellen White's mind?

These statements along with Ellen White's many statements that the SDA church was and obviously still is following in the tracts of ancient Israel, demonstrate that her 1884 Great Controversy, pp. 199-200 statement is applicable to the professing SDA Church today.