INVESTIGATE: Ellen White's Plagiarism

Topic: Plagiarism


pla-gia-rize: to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (a created production) without crediting the source : to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.
(Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary)

Bible Test #3 - Cannot steal their writings from others:
"Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour." Jer. 23:30

The articles below will present the following evidence:

  1. She copied extensively from others while denying she did so
  2. All the major thoughts and ideas in her writings were derived from others
  3. She copied both truths and falsehoods into her writings

In Ellen White's own words: "Although I am dependent upon the Spirit of the Lord in writing my views as I am in receiving them, yet the words I employ in describing what I have seen are my own." (Review and Herald, Oct. 8, 1867)

New England Farmer,
Jan. 1870
Ellen White, Signs of the Times, May 4, 1882
The great want of this age is men. Men who are honest, sound from the centre to circumference, true to the heart's core. Men who will condemn wrong in friend or foe, in themselves as well as others. Men whose consciences are as steady as a needle to the pole. Men who will stand for the right if the heavens totter... The greatest want of this age is the want of men,ómen who will not be bought or sold; men who are true and honest in their inmost souls; men who will not fear to call sin by its right name, and to condemn it, in themselves or in others; men whose conscience is as true to duty as the needle to the pole; men who will stand for the right, though the heavens fall.

 

Was Frederick Krummacher Ellen's Spirit Guide?
Frederick W. Krummacher,
Elijah the Tishbite 1836, pp. 20-21
Ellen White Diary Entry,
Nov. 21, 1890 (MR21, 446)
The whys and wherefores are concealed from us... The ways God leads us are generally mysterious... God...knows exactly and much better than we do what is good and necessary for His children; and, in truth, He never leads them otherwise than they would wish Him to lead them, if they were able to see as clearly into their hearts and necessities as He does. My guide said... The whys and wherefores are concealed from you, yet speak the words I give you, however painful it may be to you. The ways in which God leads His people are generally mysterious. You have asked to know Godís way. Your supplication has been answered. God knows better than you do what is good and essential for His children. He never leads them otherwise than they would wish to be led if they were able to see as clearly as He does...

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