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Commentary on "Church Life (1 Thess. 5:12–28)"



Day 7: Friday, September 7, 2012 - Further Study


If Ellen White is the "lesser light" why does "further study" always involves her writings? Doesn't further study suggest learning more about the passage? How is it that studying Ellen White takes you further into understanding God's message than studying Scripture? As I have pointed out before, this practice in the Sabbath School lessons clearly illustrates how SDAism truly treats their prophet's writings. The Bible isn't the final and most complete word from God, her writings are the final point, the place to go for further study.

In regards to the study questions:

  1. Is the impact of a prophet on the group or the individual the manner in which we are instructed to test a prophet? Why would the church prefer you to focus on this as a means of testing?
  2. Rather than our opinions about the right balance between mistrust and deference, was does Scripture say our attitude towards God appointed leaders should be?
  3. Is it a new training course or the Holy Spirit that is needed?


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