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Manuscript Releases, vol. 17 [Nos. 1236-1300], Page 1

Manuscript Releases Volume Seventeen [Nos. 1236-1300]

A Word of Explanation

When Ellen White died in 1915, she left her manuscripts and letters in the custody of a small group of ministers and administrators in the Seventh-day Adventist Church whom she had appointed to serve as trustees of her estate. As the years passed, these trustees and their successors became increasingly aware of the potential usefulness to the church of this gold mine of unpublished materials. Procedures were developed whereby church entities, or even individuals, could request the “release” of specified excerpts from Ellen White's writings for use in books, articles, class lectures, or sermons. For details of the release process the reader is referred to the preface to Manuscript Releases, vol. 1.

As in the earlier volumes, materials currently available elsewhere in published form have not been included in the present volume. In a few cases materials under consideration and assigned a release number were not processed. And the number was not reassigned. Until 1983, only the excerpts requested for public use were “released.” Starting with Manuscript Release no. 970, the White Estate began “releasing” entire letters or manuscripts, so far as possible, even if only particular paragraphs were requested.

Copy for this volume has been sent to the publisher camera-ready, which means that any typographical mistakes or other inaccuracies which may appear are the responsibility of the White Estate, not the publisher.

We take pleasure in making these materials available in this form, and trust that the counsels, warnings, and principles put forth by the author will bring a blessing to every reader.

The Trustees of the.

Ellen G. White Estate.

Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

A Word of Explanation
Manuscript ReleasePage
1236Testimony Concerning the Views of Prophecy Held by John Bell—Part I1
1237Testimony Concerning the Views of Prophecy Held by John Bell—Part II6
1238Comments on the Incarnation of Christ24
1239True “Higher Education”; Appeal to Work the Cities; Wives to Receive Remuneration for Their Gospel Work33
1240Week of Prayer in San Francisco; Visit to an SDA Vegetarian Restaurant38
1241Week of Prayer in San Francisco; Experienced Ministers to Teach Younger Workers; The Importance of Character47
1242Talented Speakers Needed for Camp Meetings; Business Men to Handle Financial Matters50
1243Thoughts on Creation and Character Development; Counsel to Seek and Follow God's Guidance57
1244A Night of Troubled Sleep; Talented People To Be Educated for Missionary Work61
1245The Southern Work; Ellen White Disturbed by Dissension in Councils and Camp Meetings; Study the Word, and Seek Christ
1246E. G. White Materials Used in a Paper Presented by R. W. Olson at the Centennial Commemoration of Ellen White's Visit to Europe, Published in Ellen G. White and Europe. On file at the White Estate.
1247E. G. White Materials Used in a Paper Presented by G. Poublan at the Centennial Commemoration of Ellen White's Visit to Europe, Published in Ellen G. White and Europe. On File at the White Estate.
1248E. G. White Material Cited in “The Humor of Ellen White,” by Glen Baker, published in The Adventist Review, April 30, 1987.
1249Counsel on Soul Winning; The Need to Crucify Self; The Importance of Character Development67
1250Lessons From Sightseeing in Nimes; The Wilderness Temptations of Christ; Faithful Sabbathkeeping Enjoined75
1251Complete Victory Possible Through Faith in Christ83
1252Safety in Counseling Together87
1253William Foy Lectures in Beethoven Hall95
1254Included in Manuscript Releases 1265 and 1266.
1255Church Leaders to Set an Example of Christlikeness98
1256Reproof for False Statements Regarding Promotion of EGW Books; Unfair Treatment of Publishing House Workers; God's Law To Be Obeyed107
1257Funds Needed to Establish Medical Institutions in Australia; Camp Meetings Planned119
1258The Need for Church and Sanitarium Buildings125
1259Earnest Effort Needed in the Cooranbong, Maitland, Newcastle Area129
1260Evangelistic Successes in Newcastle and Brisbane; Cooranbong's Need for a Hospital133
1261High Standard of Purity and Holiness to Characterize Gospel Ministers140
1262Counsel Regarding a Second Marriage146
1263Testimony Regarding the Monterey, Michigan, Church153
1264A Message to the Churches162
1265Minds of Committee Members To Be Worked by the Holy Spirit; The Marks of Christlikeness166
1266Church Leaders To Be Humble and Spirit-Filled; Board Members Not to Serve Indefinitely170
1267Evil Counsels Followed at the Review and Herald and the General Conference177
1268Wrong Principles Followed in Battle Creek; Moral Integrity To Be Maintained by Each Individual181
1269Every Person Has God-Given Talents Which Should Bear Fruit; Church leaders Not to Exercise Absolute Control Over Others196
1270The Work in England; Leaders to Walk With Fear and Trembling Before God, Leading People to the Cross and The True Shepherd208
1271Concern Over the Leadership in Battle Creek; Plans for a Medical Institution in Cooranbong; Leaders To Be Connected With God216
1272Bible Principles to Govern SDA Institutions; Conscience Accountable to God Alone; Unconverted Men Controlling Councils and Boards221
1273Satanic Publications in SDA Publishing Houses; Joshua, the High Priest, Being Accused236
1274God Calls Upon Workers To Be Producers, Not Consumers; Medical Missionary Work To Be Pursued; Study the Word244
1275Christ Understands Humanity's Need for Food; Health Food Business Has Potential for Helping God's Cause252
1276Edson White and W. O. Palmer Not to Act Independently of the Conference in Establishing a Health Food Business257
1277The Health Food Work in Sydney; Improvement in the Spiritual Climate of the St. Helena Sanitarium259
1278Workers To Be Transformed by God and Reveal Christlike Tenderness263
1279Conversations Between Ellen White, A. G. Daniells, and Other Church Leaders Regarding the Work in Nashville266
1280The Work in Nashville, Including the Health Food Business; Spiritual Interests To Be Paramount276
1281Concern for the Wahroonga Sanitarium; The Purpose of Our Institutions; Leaders Should Be Chosen for Their Spirituality280
1282An Appeal for a Leader to Repent and Reform284
1283SDA's Not to Erect Mammoth Institutions; If Economy is Practiced, Needs of World Can Be Met; Leaders to Have Upright Characters286
1284Unity in God's Work; Personal Counsel on Diet and On Becoming Involved in the Health Food Work289
1285The Role of Christ's Object Lessons; Concern Over Health Food Companies and Restaurants; Soul Winning To Be Emphasized294
1286W. O. Palmer and the Food Business in the South298
1287Workers in Food Business to Emphasize Spiritual Values and Witnessing300
1288Consultation Regarding the Work of G. C. Tenney; Prayer Offered for G. A. Anderson and Others301
1289Non-Essential Subjects To Be Avoided; Soul Winners to Educate and Use All Talents; Baptismal Candidates To Be Fully Instructed303
1290God's Counsel To Be Sought Before Enlarging Buildings; Means Needed for Opening New Fields308
1291Counsel Not to Overwork; Present Short Messages; Be Thoroughly Converted310
1292The Importance of Philippians 2 and 3; God's Law To Be Proclaimed and Obeyed316
1293A Report on Soul Winning Efforts, Office Matters, and Household and Family Items323
1294Labors in Switzerland; Converts Must Be Willing To Carry the Cross; Plans and Techniques for Evangelism329
1295The Divine and Human Nature of Christ336
1296The Evil of Gossiping About Fellow Church Members; The Importance of Pressing Together and Maintaining Unity341
1297The Need to Review Sacred History; The Importance of the Sabbath; The Nearness of the End344
1298E. G. White Materials Cited in “Dietary Advice and Practice of Adventist in the Nineteenth Century,” by Ronald Graybill. Available from the General Conference Health and Temperance Department.
1299Locating Sanitariums Away From the Cities; Health-Care Workers To Be Deeply Spiritual348
1300The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, available at White Estate or Adventist Book Centers.

MR No. 1236—Testimony Concerning the Views of Prophecy Held by John Bell—Part I

(Written November 8, 1896, at Cooranbong, N.S.W.)

I have not been able to sleep since half past one o'clock. I was bearing to Brother John Bell a message which the Lord had given me for him. The peculiar views he holds are a mixture of truth and error. If he had passed through the experience of God's people as He has led them for the last forty years, he would be better prepared to make the correct application of Scripture.

The great waymarks of truth, showing us our bearings in prophetic history, are to be carefully guarded, lest they be torn down and replaced with theories that would bring confusion rather than genuine light. I have been cited to the very erroneous theories that have been presented over and over again. Those who advocated these theories presented Scripture quotations, but they misapplied and misinterpreted them. The theories supposed to be correct were incorrect, and yet many thought them the very theories to be brought before the people. The prophecies of Daniel and John are to be diligently studied.

There are those now living who in studying the prophecies of Daniel and John, received great light from God as they passed over the ground where special prophecies were in process of fulfillment in their order. They bore the message of time to the people. The truth shone out clearly as the sun at noonday. Historical events, showing the direct fulfillment of prophecy, were set before the people, and the prophecy was seen to be a figurative delineation of events leading down to the close of this earth's history. The scenes connected with the working of the man of sin are the last features revealed in this earth's

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