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Ellen G. White: The Later Elmshaven Years: 1905-1915 (vol. 6), Page 271

heart of the communication she wrote of some “carrying responsibilities that they were not chosen of God to bear” and the confusion that resulted. Then she declared:

When I returned from Australia, I saw that men had assumed a strange authority over the church of God. Some seemed to consider that if any official responsibility was placed upon them, they were to treat others as some unwise school teachers treat their pupils in school. Human teachers having position, supposed to be helpers to the churches, magnified their official authority as rulers, and this spoiled them as teachers and shepherds of the flock. They acted too much as worldly officials act. Those who dared to differ with them were not encouraged in their work.

She continued, showing the deceptive nature of such attitudes:

It was a great surprise to me that the testimonies I bore, reproving this work of “lording it over God's heritage,” had so little effect upon those exercising undue authority. They seemed to think they were carrying out wisely their official responsibilities. This evil in our work must not be permitted to bear sway again.

The past experience should be sufficient for every soul to know that position does not give the qualifications necessary to enable a man to rule his brethren. Ruling is not in the Lord's order. We need to pray, and to watch unto prayer; we need to experience the deep movings of the Spirit of God, and to walk intelligently before the Lord.

It will take much close, hard watching on the part of the Conference officers to uproot the spirit of self-exaltation. This must be done before the true character of their work is understood, and it is clearly seen that human wisdom cannot take the place of wisdom from above.

Much more must be done to uproot fully the fibers of this erratic human power exercised as authority, as though it were the voice of God.—Letter 8, 1910.

This message was obviously written for the benefit of executives on all levels in the Pacific Union Conference, and even some in the

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