By the atmosphere surrounding us, every person with whom we come in contact is consciously or unconsciously affected.… Our words, our acts, our dress, our deportment, even the expression of the countenance, has an influence. COL 339.
OFFICIAL Ellen G. White
of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they
are ravening wolves. Matt. 7:15.
In the work in which my husband and I were called by the providence of God
to act a part, even from its very beginning in 1843 and 1844, we have had
the Lord to devise and plan for us, and He has worked out His plans through
His living agents. False paths have been so often pointed out to us, and the
true and safe paths so clearly defined in all the enterprises connected with
the work given us to do, that I can say of a truth I am not ignorant of Satan's
devices, nor of the ways and works of God. We have had to tax every power
of mind, relying upon wisdom from God to guide us in our investigations, as
we have had to review the different theories brought to our attention, weighing
their merits and defects in the light shining from the Word of God and the
things God has revealed to me through His Word and the testimonies, in order
that we might not be deceived nor deceive others. We surrendered our will
and way to God, and most earnestly supplicated His aid; and we never sought
in vain. Many years of painful experience in connection with the work of God
have made me acquainted with all kinds of false movements. Many times I have
been sent to different places with the message, "I have a work for you
to do in that place; I will be with you." When the occasion came, the
Lord gave me a message for those who were having false dreams and visions,
and in the strength of Christ I bore my testimony at the Lord's bidding. .
During the past forty-five years, I have had to meet persons claiming to have
from God messages of reproof to others. This phase of religious fanaticism
has sprung up again and again since 1844. Satan has worked in many ways to
establish error. Some things spoken in these visions came to pass; but many
things--in regard to the time of Christ's coming, the end of probation, and
the events to take place--proved utterly false. . . .
heed therefore how ye hear" (Luke 8:18), is an admonition of Christ.
. . . Examine closely, "prove all things" (1 Thess. 5:21). . . .
This is the counsel of God; shall we heed it?