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The earliest existing eyewitness accounts of Ellen Harmon in vision are accounts that include as part of sworn courtroom testimony the activities that led to Dammon's arrest. The most historically significant find was an article in the 7 March 1845 Piscataquis Farmer under the heading "Trial of Elder I. Dammon." This Dover, Maine, weekly newspaper provided a 124-column-inch abridgment of the court reporter's transcript of Dammon's February 17 and 18 arraignment and trial.
Small pockets of believers were scattered throughout the northeast. The meetings (attended by Miss Harmon), who met almost exclusively in private homes, were characterized by the "holy" salutation kiss, loud shouting and singing, physical prostrations, promiscuous (mixed) foot-washing, multiple baptisms by immersion, odd exhibitions of voluntary humility (i.e. crawling and barking). (Read that last sentence again kissing, crawling and barking.) Did you say, "barking?" A woman, at the meeting, got on her hands and knees, and crept over the floor like a child. A man, in the same position, followed her, butting her occasionally with his head. Another man threw himself at full length upon his back on the bed, and presently three women crossed him with their bodies." Ellen Harmon moved continuously among these Adventist extremists.
The meeting was presided over by a former sea captain from Exeter, Israel Dammon, and featured two visionaries: Miss Dorinda Baker of Orrington, and Miss Ellen Harmon of Portland, as well as Elders Hall, White and Wood. Prosecution witness William Crosby, a 37 year old attorney who attended the Saturday night meeting, described it in court two days later:
"They would at times all be talking at once, halloing at the top of their voices... A woman on the floor lay on her back with a pillow under her head; she would occasionally arouse up and tell a vision which she said was revealed to her... By spells it was the most noisy assembly I ever attended - there was no order or regularity, nor anything that resembled any other meeting I ever attended..."
Before she met Israel Dammon, Ellen Harmon's first vision (December 1844) clearly indicates that she believed in "washing one another's feet and saluting the brethren with a holy kiss."
What Mrs. White wrote Joseph Bates of the Exeter meeting with Dammon, James, and others obviously was not intended as a description of the meeting as a whole; but what she did portray had the flavor of a charismatic service. She and Sister Durben were both "struck down" or "slain upon the floor." And Durben was shouting while Harmon was in vision.
Witnesses at the Dammon trial agreed that for several weeks he had been presiding over meetings at Garland, Exeter, and Atkinson; and that he was teaching and practicing no more salvation for sinners, "holy kissing", foot-washing, creeping, and rebaptism.
Jeremiah B. Green, under oath, said: "I attended an afternoon meeting a fortnight ago yesterday (Sunday, 2 February 1845)...elder Dammon was the presiding elder." There Green witnessed foot-washing and "saw Dammon kiss Mrs. Osborn."
Deputy sheriff Moulton testified that when he notified Dammon that he was under arrest, "a number of woman jumped on him - he clung to them, and they to him." Moulton said that "so great was the resistance" that he had to send twice for reinforcements to help him and the three assistants who accompanied him. "We were resisted by both men and women."
Witnesses at Dammon's trial testified that Miss Harmon presented some individuals visiting the James Ayer, Jr. home that Saturday evening with painful alternatives: they could undergo an icy baptism (in the middle of winter) that very night or "go to hell." Loton Lambert informed the court that Harmon:
"told her vision to a cousin of mine, that she must be baptized that night or go to hell - she objected, because she had once been baptized."
Isley Osborn, a friendly witness, stated:
"She told them their cases had been made known to her by the Lord, and if they were not baptized that evening, they would go to hell. We believed her..."
One particular instance of this "exercise" that received so much attention at the trial had more the flavor of a make-up kiss than a holy kiss. Dorinda Baker, the other visionist present, approached Joel Doore saying, "You have refused me before." Doore recalled Miss Baker saying that he "had thought hard of her." Doore became "satisfied of my error, m, and...we kissed each other with the holy kiss." Loton Lambert was watching and testified that Miss Baker had said, "that feels good." Joel Doore remembered, "When she kissed me, she said there was light ahead."
Job Moody testified that "kissing is a salutation of love...we have got positive scripture for it...." And Isley Osborn added, "It is a part of our faith."
Ellen White later wrote in agreement. Including herself among the 144,000 she stated:
"Then it was that the synagogue of Satan fallen Adventists, who had given up 1844 as a mistake, and the nominal churches knew that God loved us who could...salute the brethren with a holy kiss, and they worshipped at our feet." (Curiously, the highlighted words were omitted from the sixth edition of Spiritual Gifts 2.)
James Ayer, Jr., the man in whose Atkinson home Dammon was arrested, witnessed to the court that "it is a part of our faith to kiss each other - brothers kiss sisters and sisters kiss brothers, I think we have biblical authority for that." Mrs. White concurred, citing 1 Thess. 5:26. In fact, all of the specific instances of kissing mentioned in the Dammon trial abridgment were kisses between members of the opposite sex: Joel Doore with Dorinda Baker, Israel Dammon with Mrs. Isley Osborn, and Dammon with Mrs. George Woodbury.
AN ACTUAL WITNESS
Mrs. Lucinda Bodge Burdick published the following in an 1874 issue of The World's Crisis. Mrs. Burdick had become well acquainted with Ellen Harmon and James White when the three of them stayed together several times in 1845 at the home of Josiah Little (Burdick's uncle) in South Windham, Maine:
"At the time of my first acquaintance with them (James White and Ellen Harmon) in early 1845 they were in a wild fanaticism, - used to sit on the floor instead of chairs, and creep around the floor like little children. They were NOT MARRIED BUT TRAVELING TOGETHER. Considerable scandal was created by the intimacy of this man and woman, but the "talk" gradually subsided after their marriage in 1846."
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SCRIPTURAL REPROOF: (Hell is a place of eternal punishment.) "And these shall go way into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal." (Matt. 25:46). "And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in TORMENTS, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he CRIED and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am TORMENTED in this flame." (Luke 16:23,24).
" If any man worship the beast he shall be TORMENTED with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their TORMENT ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they HAVE NO REST DAY NOR NIGHT..." (Rev. 14:9-11).
"And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet ARE, and shall be TORMENTED DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVER AND EVER." (Rev. 20:10).
NOTE: The beast and false prophet in the above verse had already been in the Lake of Fire for 1000 years. The Bible says that they are still there in torment.
EVERLASTING means "Lasting or enduring forever; eternal; existing or continuing without end." (Webster's American Dictionary Vol. I, p.75).
SCRIPTURAL REPROOF: A saved person goes to be with Christ, 2 Cor. 5:8 says, "We are CONFIDENT I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be PRESENT WITH THE LORD."
"For me to live is Christ, and TO DIE IS GAIN For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to DEPART AND TO BE WITH CHRIST: WHICH IS FAR BETTER." (Phil. 1:21-23).
Revelation 6:9-11 "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying. How long, O Lord, holy and true, cost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."
Now, coming into the second half of the Tribulation down on earth, John sees under the fifth seal "an altar", and under this "altar" the "souls" who have been slain for the word of God, for the "testimony that they held."
These martyred people, who have been killed, are pictured as "souls." Notice that they have voices, memories, and a body which can wear a white robe.
The passage reveals that a "soul" is not like a croquet ball, or a tennis ball, or a baseball, stuck away in your body somewhere. A SOUL IS A BODILY SHAPE WHICH IS SHAPED EXACTLY LIKE THE "BODY OF FLESH." The soul, being the seat of the emotions, is a bodily-shaped, invisible type of "ghost."
In Luke 16, the rich man in hell had a tongue, eyes, voice, and yet his physical body was buried in the grave. There is no argument at all about "the grave". The Bible clearly teaches that the physical body goes to the grave and rots. Hell is not the grave, and the grave is not hell. In Luke 16 the body is not in hell, the body is in the grave. The soul is in hell. (Every cult in the world, denies that Luke 16 is literal.) But even if a person rejects Luke 16 there are still numerous other passages that disprove soul sleep.
The "soul", in the Bible, has a bodily shape, and IT LEAVES THE BODY AT DEATH. (You'll find this reference in Genesis 35:18 when Rachel died; her soul "was in departing.")
(Gen 35:18) "And it came to pass, AS HER SOUL WAS IN DEPARTING, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin."
We have a case in the Old Testament of a soul leaving, and then coming back again into a child. The child was actually declared dead, and then he returned, as we find it in "modern science." (1 Ki 17:21-22). "And he (Elijah) stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, LET THIS CHILD'S SOUL COME INTO HIM AGAIN. And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; AND THE SOUL OF THE CHILD CAME INTO HIM AGAIN. AND HE REVIVED."
(The case in the Old Testament is several thousand years ahead of the best medical science.) The Bible then reveals something unknown to the physical scientists, and there is nothing in psychology that could come anywhere near the correct truth of the matter.
The truth of the matter is that every man is built like a football. He has an outside leather cover (his body), he has an inside rubber innnertube (his soulthe same shape as the body), and if he is saved he is filled with air (the Spirit). He is like a "flat tire" if he is unsaved. He is not a complete man until he is "born of the Spirit."
(1 Thess 5:23) "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
Look at Genesis 2:7- "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground (body), and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit); and man became a living soul (soul)."
THE SOUL THEN IS A SPIRITUAL BODYA SPIRITUAL BODY WITHIN A PHYSICAL BODY. (If you threw a sheet over it, it would appear as a "ghost".
That is why when you are told of the death of someone in the Bible and their soul departs that they are said to have "GIVEN UP THE GHOST."
The Adventists and Jehovah Witnesses are wrong. There is no such thing as "soul sleep." (That is they teach the soul and body stay in the grave until the final resurrection.)
NOTE: The Bible says, (Rev 20:6) "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years." The problem is that the Adventists deal with the FINAL resurrection and not the FIRST resurrection. All true born again believers in the church age will have their part in the FIRST resurrection.
3. SABBATH KEEPING: They claim that you must keep the Sabbath.
SCRIPTURAL REPROOF: We as Christians do NOT have to keep the Sabbath today.
NOTE THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTURES:
(Did you note WHEN God made known His holy sabbath? It was only in the time of Moses to the Jews on Mt. Sinai. Not before; they did not have the sabbath until then.)
4. The heresy taught by the Adventists is based on the fact that since Genesis 2:1-3 speaks of the Sabbath as blessed and sanctified, everyone from that TIME (4000 B.C.) on kept it. This conveniently overlooks the Biblical FACT that Moses wrote Genesis 2:1-2 and did not write it until 400 years after Abraham was DEAD.
5. The first day was actually set apart as a sanctified day of rest BEFORE the Sabbath, according to Exodus 12:16, and these instructions were given to Moses and Israel BEFORE any law was revealed on Mt. Sinai.
6. Christians in the New Testament do not meet on the Jewish Sabbath. They meet on the FIRST day of the week (Acts 20) and take up collection on the FIRST day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-4) and preach the FIRST day of the week (Acts 20:7) because their Saviour rose the FIRST day of the week (Luke 24, Matt. 28) and the Holy Spirit came down the FIRST day of the week (Acts 2:1-6).
Now the way the Adventists throw out this barrage of New Testament truth is by pretending that there are two laws in the Old Testament which they call the "CEREMONIAL LAW" and the "MORAL LAW." They classify the Jewish Sabbath as a MORAL LAW instead of a ceremonial law because it is found in the ten "moral" commandments at Sinai. This overlooks five Biblical facts that deal with sound doctrine, and it marks the Adventists as a cult perverting the word of God and twisting the Scriptures.
1. There are MORAL LAWS given right in the same list with CEREMONIAL LAWS (see Lev. 19:5-9, 1 1-12).
2. There are CEREMONIAL LAWS given right in the same list with MORAL LAWS (see Lev. 19:17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, and 30). Notice that the SABBATHS are ceremonial observances to be kept (Lev. 19:30).
3. The New Testament clearly forbids anyone judging you in respect to the ceremonial observances of ANY day (Col. 2:16). When giving the "ten MORAL COMMANDMENTS" in the "MORAL LAW" (to quote the Adventists), Paul purposely omits the SABBATH or the observing of the SABBATH as a MORAL LAW OR A CEREMONIAL LAW (Rom. 13:8-10). According to Paul, the Old Testament Sabbath is not a moral commandment for ANY Christian.
4. Observe that the Old Testament laws on STONE (the "moral law" of the Ten Commandments) were done away with in Christ (2 Cor. 3), and the Christian's reason for observing the real moral commandment in that Ten (Paul omits the Sabbath from them: Rom. 13:8-10) has nothing to do with SALVATION. It has to do with good health, testimony, spiritual success, answered prayer, and peace of mind (see Gal:5; Rom:6, 7; and Eph:4, 5). No Christian was ever saved or was ever kept saved by keeping ANY of the commandmentsmoral, ceremonial or otherwise (Gal. 2:16).
4. FAITH PLUS WORKS SET UP: They teach a person must work to stay saved. The Bible teaches faith and works CANNOT MIX FOR SALVATION. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: IT IS THE GIFT of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast." (Eph. 2:8,9). Note also Rom. 4:48 and 11:6.
Ellen G. White wrote that a person cannot fully understand the Bible WITHOUT HER WRITINGS. White's visions are considered divine revelations. She claimed to have been caught up to heaven.
The Seventh Day Adventist movement has only been in existence since 1843. I wonder how people understood the Bible before she came along?
She said of her writings, "It is God, and not an erring mortal, that has spoken." God gives a WARNING about this in Rev. 22:18: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:"
"Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer NOT A WOMAN TO TEACH, NOR TO USURP AUTHORITY OVER THE MAN but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, BUT THE WOMAN BEING DECEIVED WAS IN THE TRANSGRESSION." (1 Tim. 2:11-14).
CONCLUSION: Ellen G. White very obviously was deceived, and so will be those that follow her teachings.
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NOTICE: The following quotes reveal striking similarities in experience and message. Please review these and draw your own conclusions.
Joseph Smith, Pearl of Great Price
Ellen White, Testimonies I, Life Sketches
...It seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction... 48:15
...it seemed to me as if I had been rescued from hell... 1T 31; LS 161
Thick darkness gathered around me and it seemed to me for a while as if I were doomed... 48:15
Total darkness settled upon me and there seemed no way out of the shadows... 1T 25; LS 153
When I came to myself again, I found myself lying on my back, looking up into heaven. When the light departed I had no strength: But recovering in some degree I went home... 48:20
While I was lying helpless there, scenes of beauty and glory passed before me, and I seemed to have reached the safety and peace of heaven. At last my strength returned and I arose... 1T 29; LS 157
And as I leaned upon the fireplace, Mother inquired what the matter was. I replied, "Never mind, all is well--I am well enough off." I then said to my mother... 48:20
I now confided all my sorrows and perplexities to my mother. She tenderly sympathized with and encouraged me... LS 157
...I took occasion to give him an account of the vision which I had had...he treated my communication...with great contempt, saying it was all of the devil... 48:21
...I felt forbidden to relate my vision in such company... They denounced my visions as being of the devil... LS 229;231
In consequence of these things, I often felt condemned for my weaknesses and imperfections; when, on the evening of the above-mentioned 21st of September after I had retired to my bed for the night I betook myself to prayer and supplications to the Almighty God for forgiveness of all my sins... 50:29
...words of condemnation rang in my ears day and night, and my constant cry to God was, "What shall I do to be saved?"...Sometimes for a whole night I would not dare to close my eyes, but would...kneel upon the floor, praying silently... 1T 23,26
God had a work for me... PGP 51:33
God has given me a work... 5T 19
And, behold, they will publish this, and Satan will harden the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you, that they will not believe my words. Thus Satan thinketh to over power your testimony in this generation, that the work may not come forth in this generation. DC 10:32,33
It was the spirit of Satan expressed in looks and words to make of none effect the Testimonies of the Spirit of God. ... And while it is called today, if you hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation in the wilderness. Special Testimony to the Battle Creek Church, 9.
...the Book of Mormon...contains the truth and the word of God. DC 19:26
...In my books, the truth is stated, barricaded by a "Thus saith the Lord." Letter, March 6, 1906
Seventh-day Adventism written in 1914 by former Adventist D. Canright
Seventh-day Adventism originated around the 1830s in the work of William Miller, who set the time for the end of the world as 1843-1844. Adding some doctrines to the original faith, Elder James White and his wife became the leaders of the Seventh-day branch of Adventism in 1846.
In doctrine they differ radically from evangelical churches. Their main teachings were:
They have no fellowship with other Christians or work with them in any way, but zealously proselyte from all denominations. They use the Bible to teach their doctrines by taking out of context and twisting the Scriptures.
The Extent of Their Work
Their main mission is in the distribution of their literature. Every member, old and young, down to little children, distributes SDA tracts, papers and books. The result is their literature is widely scattered the world over. There is very little real spiritual power in it like the mighty power, which attended the work of the Apostles, Luther, Wesley, Moody and many others. Their work now extends to all parts of the civilized world and into many heathen lands. The number of their actual converts does not tell the harm they do. Where they convert one they confuse a score, who after that, have no settled faith in any church, and are useless for any Christian work.
Their Hostility to All Other Churches
One of the highly objectionable features of the SDAs is their bitter hostility towards all other churches. Their theory is that all churches but their own were utterly rejected of God in 1844 for not embracing Miller's doctrine. White says it is the devil who answers their prayers: "I saw them look up to the throne and pray, Father give us thy spirit; Satan would then breathe upon them an unholy influence." (Early Writings, p.47). All intelligent people know that such statements are a misrepresentation of the evangelical churches today. Elder White says: Other churches are "now the synagogue of Satan." (Present Truth, April, 1850).
They say that the revivals and conversions in the churches are largely a deception, the work of the devil, not of God. Mrs. White says of them: "The converts are not renewed in heart or changed in character. They will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit. Under a religious guise, Satan will spread his influence over the land. HE HOPES TO DECEIVE MANY BY LEADING THEM TO THINK THAT GOD IS STILL WITH THE CHURCHES." (Great Controversy, p.294,296).
On this the Review and Herald, May 3, 1887, says: "We are aware that to assume that this revival work, so unquestionably accepted by all the churches, is not genuine, will cause the hands of Christendom to be raised in holy horror.." It is interesting to note that during this same time literally thousands of people were coming to Christ through the preaching of men like; Billy Sunday (one million people saved); Bob Jones Sr. (one million saved); D. L. Moody (close to a million saved); R. A. Torrey; Sam Jones; Wilbur Chapman; Mordecai Ham, Gipsy Smith; Peter Cartright; Charles Finney; Scofield (author of the Scofield reference Bible); Mel Trotter (started 67 rescue missions); Harry Ironside and numerous others who preached the gospel to the lost.
Their Methods of Work
Tent Meetings: Largely they use tents to enter new fields. Being a novelty, they attract attention. At first they present subjects which will offend no one till they gain the confidence of the people. Gradually they introduce their peculiar dogmas, then come out more boldly, till at length they denounce all other churches as Babylon, and their pastors as hirelings and deceivers. They say these pastors cannot defend their doctrines; dare not try. They offer rewards to any who will prove so and so; boast how they have scared this one, defeated that one, and silenced another. When the resident pastors are compelled to defend themselves, the Adventists claim to be greatly abused.
Camp meeting: Adventists hold many yearly camp-meetings. Here their ablest speakers preach their doctrines to thousands, and distribute their literature widely. They hire the papers to print lengthy flattering reports of their meetings, which they write themselves. Their reporters are trained for this special work. They gain wide attention, and impress many in this way.
Bible Readings: They are trained with printed lessons which they learn by heart, to go from house to house and give Bible readings. At first they conceal their real objective and name, till they get a foothold. Then they cautiously introduce their tenets, work against pastors and churches, and lead many away.
Missions: They have missions in many of the large cities and in foreign lands; but they are largely proselytizing agencies. They do little among the heathen, or for the destitute and fallen, but go into the best families to which they can gain access, and gather the converts whom other missionaries have made. Thus Mrs. White instructs them: "Mistakes have been made in not seeking to reach ministers and the higher classes with the truth.... Educate men and women to labor for these higher classes both here and there and in other countries." (Testimony No. 33, pages 108, 109).
Where They Work: Adventists have the best success in new fields, where they are least known. In New England, where they started, they have had to struggle hard to hold their own. In some of the older fields they have lost in numbers, in others the gain is very small. In hundreds of places where they were fair-sized, active churches in the past, now no church at all, or a straggling, discouraged handful.
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This book is only a small amount of vast information available concerning Ellen G. White and her various false doctrines.
If she were truly a real prophet then why were over 3,000 changes made in her original so called "inspired" writings. The reason is that if anyone in this day and age really knew what was stated in HER ORIGINAL WRITINGS they WOULD NOT BE A SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST. Since her death, many areas of her writings have been changed or eliminated. Now is that honest? NO! A true prophet does not lie, present falsehoods or twist the scriptures.
We urge you to prayerfully consider what you have read and COME OUT of the Adventist movement. (Titus 3:10 & 2 John 1:9-11)
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If you were to die today, are you one hundred percent sure that you would go to heaven? You say, "Well no one can know that for sure." But, oh my friend, YES YOU CAN! The Bible says that you can. Wouldnt it be a blessing to KNOW FOR SURE?
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