This year marks the 100th anniversary of Ellen G. White’s death on July 16, 1915. Her writings are still read and loved by many around the world, yet she also has critics both inside and outside the church. Some Adventists ignore her counsels, while others tend to uplift her writings above Scripture.
One hundred years after her death, what is Ellen White’s role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church? What should it be as we move into the future? How can we understand and use her prolific writings for our personal and corporate edification?
The Compass Magazine will reflect on the centennial of her death over the next few months with a series of articles on Ellen White’s legacy and significance.
Our first articles explore how inspiration works. Ellen White’s experience as a prophet in recent history gives us insights into questions that also impact our understanding of Scripture, such as:
- Can prophets make mistakes?
- When prophets give counsel, are they expressing their personal opinion, or do they speak with divine authority?
This year the world church will also emphasize Ellen White in several ways. In April the Ellen G. White Estate opened its revamped visitor center, which features exhibits on Ellen White’s life and ministry. The White Estate has planned several special events for this year, including the release of extensive collections of correspondence by Ellen White and her family members.
Photo: Ellen White’s gravesite with the original funeral flowers. Courtesy of the Ellen G. White Estate, Inc.