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sentence of this preface reads aR ceiving some unwa.ry souls. They now appear
ln their real character, by the publicRtion of sev -
eral thousand copies of this 'suppressed' book,
which our enemies pretended we :vel'y
1er full approval." anxious to conceal. 'fbey h :e c aimed to be
very anxious to obtain these WI'itings to show up
In the. Advent Review under date of Dec. their supposed error~. 'J.1hey now have the op-
26, 1882, is an ar icle fro the pen C>f Elder portunity."
G. I. Butler, under t cap on," A Book Long
From the above quot.ations we ~ather the
Desired." In this a 'cle calls the atten-
following points: lst,$'hat these Early Writ
tion of his readers tot im ortance of pur-
ings of Mrs. White were republished undet
ehasing the above mentioned book; and from
her eye and with her full approval. 2nd,That
~hat article we make the following quotation :
they contain all of her early visions. 3rd,
''These were the very first of the published That those who have claimed that certain
writings of Sister 'Vhlte ... Many have greatly portions of her early VI iQns were suppressed,
de.'iired to have in heir pm~sessiou all $he has .:l
" are liars, since they are now all republished.
written for, po licati .. So 3trong was the in-
terest to have these early writings reproduced that.
Having now set their claim clearly before
several year8 ago the General Conference recom- the reader, we are ready to make a few st.ate-
mended by vote that tht::y be republished. rrhe .. ments: 1st, That this book referred to, doe8
volume under consideration i!i the result or. this not cotain all of her early visions. 2nd, That
intere8t. It meets a want loug felt . . . There is portions of her earl)' visions are suppressed,
another interesting feature counected with tbiF4 and that the lie properly falls upon their own
matter. rrhe enemies of this cause. who have
spared no pains to break down the faith of our
character and not upon ours.
people iu the testimonies of God's Spirit, and the We shall now proceed at once to the proof
interest felt in the writings of Sister White, have of these statements, and the reader can judge
made all the capital po3~ible from the fact that who is right in this matter. On page 9 of the
her early writings were not attainable. 'J.1hey have above mentioned book I find this heading :
Raid many things about our 'supp1essing' these ) ~ "My first Vision," and a foot note is appended
writings as if we were ashamed of them. rrhey
stating that this vision was first published in
have tried to make it appear that there was ~orne
thing objectionable about them, that we f~a.red 1846. Now I am fortunate to have in my
would come to the light of day, and that we care- possession a small tract of24 pages published
fully kept them in the back-ground. These lying in 1847, by Elder James White, entitled ' 4A
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same vision, with these remarks from Elder The shut door doctrine was the belief tha 4~
White: "The following vision was published the door of n1ercy was closed against sinners
in the Day Sta1, more than a year ago, by in 1844, and consequently that there was no
reque o is republished in this salvation for them after that ime. r this
little work, with scripture references for the was the belief of the body of Adventists at
benefit of the little flock." We shall now that time is evident from the following extract
enter into a comparison of these works. taken from Review and H e1ald under date
Commencing at the beginning of this first of June 11th,1861, and signed by nine of their
vision I read down 33 lines and find that the prominent ministers.
late repu olished work agrees with the old one "Our views of the work before us were then
of 1847,nearly word for word, only a few slight mostly vague and indefinite, some still retaining
the idea adopted by the body of A.dyent believers
changes without alteting the sense. But at
in 1844, with Wm. Miller at their head, that our
the end of the 33rd line, behold, I find four work for the world was finished, and that the
lines omitted or s ppressed. These read as message was confinetl to tliose of the original Ad-
follows:- vent faith. So firml,v was this believed that onP
un was just as impo sible for them [those that of our numb&r was nearly refmaed the mes~age,
gave up their faith in the 44 wovem en t,] to get on the individual presenting it having doubts of the
the path again and go to the city, as all the wick- possibility of hiil salvation, becauHe he was not in
ed world which God had rejected. They fell alJ the 44 move., t
along the path, one after another." From the above we learn that they did be-
Why these lines have not found a place in lieve that the time for the salvation of sinners
her recent book we are left to conjecture, and expired in 1844. Mrs. White believed this
to my mind they clearly teach the shut door doctine and taught it in her visions, but since
doctrine. For she says that it was just as that time she has renounced that doctrine,
impossible to reclaim these apQstates as it. and consequently those portions of her vis-
was to save all the wicked world which God ions that taught it are now suppressed and
had (rejected. This taken with that other denied. This proves that her visions are fal-
passage in the shut door vision where she saw lible and hence have no higher source than
that "the time for their salvation is past," is her own mind.
strong evidence to show that she believed for. We now return again to compare these
a time that the salvation of sinnets was past. works. I read down through 72lines more
after 1844. and find that the new book is a correct rep1int

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of it so far. But here at the end of the s~v , Why omit the1n when this vision was repub-
enty second line, there is another chasm, lished in 1851, a.n d also in 1882? If a part
omission or suppression of 22 lines, which of this vision was from the Lord why not all
-readnnr1bi~~-- of it? And what right has she or a y. pe1son
" And as we were gazing at the glories of tht else to reject a part of God's word. rrhat
place our eyes were attracted upwards to some- these lines are omitted in the republication of
thing that bad the appearance of silver. J asked this vision since 1851, is a fact that cannot be
Jesus to let me see what was within there. In a denied. We are again left to conjecture why
moment we were winging our way upwards; and
these lines ate omitted. It appears evident to
entering in, here we saw good old father Abra-
ham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Daniel, and many hkt my m.ind that at this e~rly petiod sh b~eved
them. And I saw a vail with a heavy fringe of in the immortality of the human soul, and
silver and gold,as a border; it was very beautiful. that the saints went to heaven at death~ for
I asked Jesus what was within the vail. He raised she says that she saw Abraham, Isaac, Jacob,
it with his own right arm, and bade me take Noah, Daniel, and many like them. in the
heed. I saw there a glorious ark overlaid with 1
heavenly Jerusalem above. As these had no
pure gold. And it had a glorious border, re&em_
bling Jesus' crowns, and on it were twtt bright
resurrect.ion they must have ascended there
angels; their wings were ~pread over the ark, as at death. As she does not now believe in
the.v 8at on each end with their faces turned to- L 'I
that doctrine this portion of her vision had to
ward each other and looking down ward. In thf' be suppressed. That weak and childish ex-
ark beneath, where the angels' wings were spread, pression of glorious gra e~ growing on silver
was a golden pot of manna of a yellowish cast, wires, and these wires attached to golden
and I saw a rod which Jesus said was Aaron's. I
rods, was doubtless snfficient to have it struck
saw it bud, blossom, and bear fruit. And I saw
two long golden rods ou which hung silver wires, out also.
and on the wires was glorious grapes; one cluster We again return to the comparison of t.hese
was more than a man here could carry. And I works. We read 43 lines further, and see
saw Jesus step up and t.ake of the manna, al mondf!; I that they agree again ; but ;:tt the end of the
grape~, and pomegranates, and bear them down
to the city, and pla~e them on the supper table. I
last mentioned line two more lines are sup-
stepped up to ~ee how much was taken away,and pressed which read as followR: "Well, bless
there was just as much left, and we shouted hal the Lord, dear brethren and sisters, it is an
lelujah, amen. We all descended from this place, extra meeting for thm~e that ha V' the seal of
down into the city." the living God.'~ Why is this suppressed~
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c}ass of saints are to have an extra meeting place in its republication. The second passage
and they only wHl be sealed. From thi~ reads as follows:
''I saw all that would not receive the mark of
suppression I read 24lines more,which brings the beast,and of his image,in their foreheads, or in
m h cl her first vision. This first their hands coulu not buy or ~:~ell. I saw that the
vi 'ion was given shortly after the passing of number (666) of the image beast was made up; and
~844, as you will see in a foot note on page 9 that it was the beast that changed the Sabbath,
t~ her recent. work. This first vision as pub- and the image beast bad followed -on after, auci
hshed by James 'Vlrite in 1847 contained 200 kept the Pope's, a d not God's Sabbath. And all
we have to do, was to give up God'R Sabbath, and
lin~s~ but now 28 of these lines are suppressed,
keep the Pope's, and then we should have the
whwh hows that over one eighth of t.he whole mark of the bf'ast, and of his image."
vision is suppressed.
This passage teaches a doctrine contrary to
. Having now got through with her first vi~ their present views o~ this subject, and hence
ton, we are ready to proceed to others. On
it omission from their late works. She here
page 25 of this same book, "Early WritinO's
te~whes that the beast that is numbered is the
of 1\Irs. White," w_e have an other vision, ;s l
two horned beast, or image beast as she calls
~e~t by her in 1847, at Topsham, Me. This
it. But Uriah Smith, in his ~~Thoughts on
;,;sw~ covers about three and one-half pagel:l.
1 Revelatiou," teaches that the ten horned
1e ust two page~ are a vel'batim reprint of beast is the
numbered beast, and applies to
my old copy, published by Eld. James White
the Papacy. She doubtless, at tl1at early
in 1847, entitled "A Word to the Little Flock" period, believed the number 666 applied to
~ut on the third page there are two suppres~ the different Protestant denominations, a po-
IOns, o~1e near the top of the paO'e of fi
li .h o , our sition they now repudiate. Therefore this
.nes, t ,e other near the bottom, of eight. portion of her vi ion must be repudiated and
hnes. The first reads as follows:- omitted from her works. The remainder of
" ~nd if one bel~eved and kept the Sabbath and . this vision, which consists of about a page,
rece1ved the blessmg attending it ' and th en gave is found on compari on to be the very same
1t up and broke the holy commandment, they
would shut the gates of the Holy C't
as published in ~~Word to Little Flock." This
.
1 y agamst
t hemselves, as sure as there was a God that rul vision consists .of 125 lines as first published
in heaven above.'' es by Elder James White, and as 12 lines are
suppressed, the average suppression of this
Doubtless this passage was too deeply col- vision is about one-tenth, or one line in ev-
ored by the shut door doctrine to allow it a ery ten.

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Having now examined the first two visions -11-
through visions but you disregarded hts voice a.nd
as found in this recently published work, we
he gave you up to your own ways to ?e filled "Nlth
shall proceed to the third, which is found on your own doings.'"
page 29, and is entitled "The Sealfng." She
The above suppressed passage is a feart:ui
had this vision Jan. 5, 1849. I am again fort..
warning against those that disreg~rd her ~Is
unate in having in 1ny possession this vision,
ions, for to oppose them "is to .st~Ike ~gainst
published the same month and year in which
the Holy Ghost." For if she 1~ lnspi~ed, as
she received it. It bears the signature of E.
they claim instead of suppressing tlus por-
G. White, and is addressed as follows :-"To tion. it ou~ht to have been published as a
preface in her 34 volumes of inspirat~on,. as a
those who are receiving the seal of the living
God." This vision consists of 106 lines, but warninO' aO':tinst those who might feelinchned
to opp~e her visions. But there is another
in the republication of these "Early Writings
of Mrs. White" I find nineteen lines omitted.
view to this.
The3e suppressed Bnes read as follows:
If to strike against her visions is to strike
"I saw the state of some who stood on present
against the Holy Ghost, have not the ~ub
truth, but disregarded the visions, the way God lishers struck against the Holy Gho~t, since
had chosen to teach in some cases those who erred they have struck out the above p.ortlons re-
from Bible truth. I saw that in striking against 1 ferred to ? and .has riot Mrs. White ~erself
the visions 'they did not strike rgainst the wortn, struck against the Holy Ghost, since It was
the feeble instnunent that GtJU spakethrough,but done under ''her eye and with her full approv-
against the Holy Ghost. I saw it was a small
al~" Perhaps the reason for the above sup-
thing to speak against the instrument but it was
dangerous to slight the words of Goll. I saw if pression was because it condemned the lead-
they were in error and God chose to show them ers of S.D. Adventists.
their errors through visions,and they disregarded We have now examined three .of ~rs.
the teachings of God through visions, they would White's early visions, and find fifty-ntne hnes
be left to take their own way, and run in the way
of error, and think they were right until they
of them omitted. These lines are not found
would find it out too late; then in the time of in any of her works that I have seen that
trouble I heard them cry to God in agony,-'Why have been published since 1849. They are
didst thou not show us our wrongs that we might omitted in Experience and Views of .1~51,
have got right and beeu reads for this time?' Spi?itual Gifts 1858, and Ea?ly Wrtttn,qs
Then an angel pointed to them and said, 'My Fa- of M?~s. White 1882. _ This l~st work m~y b~
ther taught but you would not be taught-be spoke
a cotTect reprint of ~'Experlence and VIews

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of 1851, but it certainly is not "all the early and from the things that are written in this
writings of Mrs. White," as we have clearly book.'' Chap. 22: 18, 19. I understand this
shown. We might go on and show more language to apply to all of God's inspired
suppressions, but we have presented enough word. Now if Mrs. White's visions are the
for any candid mind. Now if any one ques- word 0f God, and they have taken away some
tions the genuineness and authenticity of th~ of them, then their part will be taken a way
works from which I have quoted the above from the book of life. and from the holy city,
suppressions, they can can and see them for and from the things that are written in this
themselv s at the Office of the AnvocATE jn book. But if they are not the word of the
Marion, Iowa Lord, then they have been adding to hir.;
In this article we have been free to ex pres~ word) and God will add unto them the plagues
our opinions as to the cause of these suppres- that are written in tlris book. So taking
sions, and whether dght or wrong, the stub- either horn of the dilemma, they are found
born fact remains, that fifty-nme line8 of he I under the condemnation of the Lord. They
first three vi ions are omitted from her late should confess their ins and forsake them,
published .works, and they cannot deny it. ~ that the Lord may have mercy upon them at
How does the above fact compare with th~ his coming.
statement of Elder G. I. Butler, that this late . The Lord has given us several ways to test
work contains "all the early writings of Mr.. all false prophets. ''For if they speak not ac-
White"? Upon whose character falls these cording to thi word [the Bible,] there is no
"lying in inuations" now~ Who now ~'appears light in them," Isa. 8: 20. Mrs. White teaches
in their real character by the publication of contrary to the Bible in many respects. Again
these" suppressions ~ we hear the Lord saying, "When a propliet
Again, since she claims to be divinely in- speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the
spired, what right bas she and others to sup- thing follow not, nor come to pass ; that is
press portions of God's word? In Rev. we the thing which the Lord hath not spoken,
read, "If any man ball add unto these thing , but the prophet speaketh it presumptuously:
God shall 8dd unto him the plagues that are thou Bhalt not be af1aid of him." Deut. 18:
written in this book. And 1f any man shall 22. Although Mrs. White may threaten us
take aw~y from the words of the book of this with sinning against the Holy Ghost if we
prophecy, God shall take away his part out oppose her visions, and thus try to intimidate
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her for she has spoken many things that tion, Christ had been in the most holy place
ha;e not come to pass. We shall now bring just five years; for they teach that Christ
a prophecy of hers to the above test. In 1849 passed from the holy to the most holy place
she had a vision concerning the time of trou- of the heavenly sanctuary in 1844; and con-
ble which was published in 1851, in "'Expe- sequently when Christ had been in the most
rie~ce and Views," and republished in their holy place for five years, she sees that his
late work, on pages 47-49. In this she speaks time in the most holy place was "nearly fin-
a~ follows: ished," and therefore she expected the Lord
to come in a "'few :vears" from I849 ; but as
''Some are looking too far o:ff for the coming of
' be did not come, "therefore she must be a
the Lord. rrime has continued a few years lon-
ger than .they expected, therefore t~ey th.ink it false prophetess. The expression, "NEARLY
may continue a few years more, and m thts way FINISHED," to allow the greatest latitude of
their minds are being led from present truth out meaning possible, cannot mean les than one
after the world. In these things I sa.w great dan~ half done. For instance, if I ay the day i
ger; for if the mind is filled with .other thin~s, nearly finished, or the week, or month, is
present truth is shut out, and there 1s no place m
nearly finished, they mu t be at least one
our fo1eheads for the seal of the li vi ug God. I
!Saw that the time for Jesus to be iu the Mo8t Ho- half finished, or I would be stating a false-
ly Place was nea1ly finished, aud that time can- ~ . hood. Now, if "nearly finished~'' in the
not la!:!t but a very little longer." above vision, means only one-half finished1
In this vision she sees that some are look- then the Lord would have come about 1854,or
ing too far off for the coming of the Lord, five years aftn this vision was given. But
and that these persons think that be may as be did not come at that time, it proves truR
not come for a few years more. This was in vision fa and her a false prophetess.
1849. Did the Lord come in a ''few years''~ Now t facts are these: thirty-four years
He did not consequently as the thing did have elapsed since this vision wa given, and
not come to' pass, you are not to be afraid of as Christ had been in the most holy plaee but
her, as the Bible teaches. ve years at that time, according to their po
But there is another point in the above sition, therefore his work in the ~Iost Holy
quotation to which I wish to call the r.eader's Place had just begun, instead of being nearly
attention ; it is this : ''I saw that the t1me for finished. It would be a glaring falsehood to
Jesus to be in the Most Holy Place was NEAR- say that a day is nearly finished in the morn-
LY FINISHED." Now, according to their posi- ing, or that a week is nearly finished ou

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