"To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality,
eternal life..." -
Lesser Light and Greater Light
Recently I was talking with a SDA gentleman who hadn't been in the church long and he said that he accepted Ellen White's writings where he could agree with her. Later as I thought about that statement I realized that I could say the same thing of just about anyone. As an example I accept Charles Manson where I can agree with him. If he said that the weather was good and I saw that the temperature was in the 70s and the sun was shining I would accept what he said. But if he said that the weather was good and there was snow falling in July I would not accept what he said.
Other people down play the importance of her writings using her quote about her being a lesser light. They claim proudly that they only read their Bibles and therefore don't need her.
In contemplating this subject I began wondering about how the terms "lesser light" and "greater light" were used in the Bible. What I found was very profound to my mind. In the account in Genesis 1 of creation I found that the moon is refered to as the lesser light and the sun is refered to as the greater light.
As we read about the condition of the world today we find that the world is in great spiritual darkness. Wickedness and evil abound even among professed Christians. Many people don't really know what the Bible says about subjects as basic as salvation, sin and victory over sin, the state of the dead, the Sabbath, baptism, who Christ really was and what his mission was in His first advent.
I see a parallel in the terms used to discribe the sun and the moon and those used for Ellen White's writings and the Bible. Her writings like the moon reflect the light into the darkness making it possible for someone to find their way without stumbling. If you found yourself in the woods on a dark night and had to travel in that darkness would you reject the moonlight when the moon came up? No, you would be grateful for the advantage it offered you to see your way though the darkness. But how many people I have seen living in the darkness of liberalism who are spending little if any time really reading the Bible that will claim that they are relying on that greater light. The ones that make the claim the most strongly are the most blind to Bible truth. They walk in the sparks of their own kindling and boast of having great light.
The ones that seem to appreciate the light of Ellen White's writings the most are those who love the light of the Bible and value it most highly. They regard the Bible as infallable and endevor to live up to all that it teaches. They also know the difference between a true Bible and an imposter.
How is it with you, reader? Do you love the light of the Bible and search it as for hidden treasure. Do you love the truth of the Bible? Do you love to walk in the light of the writings of Ellen White's writings or do you prefer to stumble in darkness? The Bible says that we can do all things through Christ. Even a love of the truth is a gift from God. If you ask Him to give you a love of the truth He will give it to you. Pray and ask Him. My prayer is that you do love the Truth for the Truth will set you free.