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Divine Guidance in the Remnant of God’s Church, Page 121

an expression is not like God. But God has not put Himself in words, in logic, in rhetoric, on trial in the Bible. The writers of the Bible were God’s penmen, not His pen. Look at the different writers.

“‘It is not the words of the Bible that are inspired, but the men that were inspired. Inspiration acts not on the man’s words or his expressions but on the man himself, who, under the influence of the Holy Ghost, is imbued with thoughts. But the words receive the impress of the individual mind. The divine mind is diffused. The divine mind and will is combined with the human mind and will; thus the utterances of the man are the Word of God.’

“This is E. G. White’s concept of inspiration. We also find it expressed in the Introduction to The Great Controversy.19“Our Firm Foundation,” pp. 258, 259.

I believe it would be helpful if you understood how Mrs. White did her work. Then I am sure you will see the impossibility of infallibility, and wherein came the inspiration. Ellen G. White herself was not what you would call a highly educated person. Her formal schooling was only a few grades. A stone thrown by a school girl hit her on the face, broke her nose, and caused a physical deformity. Because of the shock which came to her she dropped out of school and never had the opportunity to go on and learn to spell correctly every word in the dictionary, nor to write perfectly every grammatical construction. She never enjoyed that privilege, but the remarkable thing is that God could take such a humble instrument, lacking in some of those things that we consider so essential in the educated person, and could work through that humble instrument to accomplish the marvellous things that we see in all of her grand books that are in our hands today. That indeed is a most remarkable accomplishment.

When she began to write, she herself says that her hand was so feeble that she could not hold her hand steady. But the angel said, “Write, and write the things that have been shown to you.” She says of herself, “the more I wrote, the easier it became to write,” and that before long she could

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