QUESTION: Doesn't the
book Steps to Christ prove Ellen White was inspired?
ANSWER: [Brother Anderson] Steps to Christ is a wonderful book. I would recommend it to anyone. I have personally handed out over 1,000 copies of the book door-to-door, and we were the first to put the Spanish translation of it on the web.
The reasoning behind this question is as follows. (1) Steps to Christ is a great soul-winning book, (2) How could a false prophet write such a great soul-winning book? The reality is that Mrs. White did not write the book herself. Mrs. White's secretary, Fannie Bolton, claimed to have written the book, and I have no reason to doubt that. Elder Sanders has requested the White Estate provide examples of hand-written pages of Steps to Christ (which are, by the way, available for many of her other books), and the White Estate has not been able to show us even a single page (Click here to examine the evidence.)
So, I believe the weight of evidence points to Fannie Bolton, not Ellen White, as the author. However, it was published under Ellen White's name and there is no doubt God has used this little book to minister to people for His glory. I truly believe this book is inspired to the same degree as the writings of any other Christian author. I do not believe that writing an inspirational book proves a person to be a prophet by any means. If so, we would have thousands of prophets, because thousands of inspirational Christian books have been written.