Mrs. White vs. The Bible
EGW Calls God's Sabbath Laws "Senseless Restrictions"
By Robert Sanders
"Whatever contradicts God's word, we may be sure proceeds from Satan."
--Ellen White, PP 55
God commanded the Jews not to light a fire in their dwellings on the Sabbath day.
Exodus 35:2-3 (NIV)
2For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a
Sabbath of rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it must be put to death. 3Do
not light a fire in any of your dwellings on the Sabbath day.”
accuses the Jews of perverting the Sabbath, making it a yoke of bondage and
calls God's law "senseless restrictions". Then she blames the scribes and
Pharisees of making the Sabbath "an intolerable burden" because the Jews
were not allowed to "kindle a fire or light a candle on the Sabbath." It was God that commanded not lighting a fire on the Sabbath, not the scribes and
Pharisees. This shows she is a false prophetess:
"The Jews had so perverted the law that they
made it a yoke of bondage. Their meaningless
requirements had become a byword among other nations.
Especially was the Sabbath hedged in by all
manner of senseless restrictions. It was not to them a delight, the holy
of the Lord, and honorable. The scribes and Pharisees
had made its observance an intolerable burden.
A Jew was not allowed to kindle a fire nor even
to light a candle on the Sabbath. As a consequence the people were
dependent upon the Gentiles for many services which their rules forbade them to
do for themselves. They did not reflect that if these acts were sinful, those
who employed others to perform them were as guilty as if they had done the work
themselves. They thought that salvation was restricted to the Jews, and that the
condition of all others, being already hopeless, could be made no worse.
But God has given no commandments which cannot be
obeyed by all. His laws sanction no unreasonable or selfish restrictions."
(Ellen White, The Desire of Ages, p. 204, para. 1)
How many SDAs have a fire in their home from the furnace, water heater, gas range, etc.? Of course they
can say this law does not apply to them, as Mrs. White has given her sheep a dispensation.