A Lived Experience Shaping Our Identity and Mission

April 10, 2024

In a world filled with uncertainties and doubts, the Seventh-day Adventist Church stands firm in its belief that the Scriptures testify to the gift of prophecy as one of the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. This conviction sets us apart from other denominations and forms a cornerstone of our faith. At the heart of this belief is the recognition of Ellen G. White as a vessel through whom this prophetic gift was manifested.

White’s ministry is not just a historical account of Seventh-day Adventists; it is a living testimony of the ongoing guidance and inspiration provided by the Holy Spirit. Her writings, which we hold as inspired, speak with prophetic authority and offer a source of comfort, guidance, instruction and correction to the Church. Through her words, we find clarity and direction in a world that often seems muddled and chaotic.

One key aspect differentiating Seventh-day Adventists from other denominations is our belief in the ongoing relevance of her prophetic teachings. While some may view prophecy as a relic of the past, others see it as a vital source of spiritual nourishment and guidance for the present and the future. White’s prophetic insights provide a framework to understand the world around us and navigate the challenges we face with faith and courage.

Her writings enrich our faith in profound ways. They remind us of the eternal truths in the Scriptures and point us toward a deeper understanding of God’s plan for humanity. They encourage us to live lives of purpose, integrity and dedication to God’s will. 

Her prophetic messages serve as a beacon of hope in times of uncertainty, reassuring us that God is in control and His promises will be fulfilled.

Moreover, her writings bring hope for humanity in the imminent return of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life. In a world marred by division, injustice and suffering, White’s prophetic message illuminates a path to a glorious future. It encourages us to persevere to finish the work rooted in love, compassion and justice—principles central to Christ’s teachings. By embracing these prophetic truths, we are empowered to endure, knowing that victory is assured through Christ’s power.

The belief in the prophetic gift of Ellen G. White and its impact on the Seventh-day Adventist Church is not just a matter of doctrine; it is a lived experience that shapes our identity and mission. 

As we continue to uphold and cherish this gift, may we be ever mindful of the responsibility it entails—to live out the principles of love, truth and service in a world that longs for hope and redemption.

By Elton DeMoraes, D.Min.