Term Paper: Role of a Prophet

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[. . .] (Rea) Walter Rea was once the pastor of a Seventh Day Adventist Church but was fired when he accused Ellen G. White of being a false prophet. (Rea) The book asserts that the seventh day Adventist movement is nothing more than a franchise and the Ellen G, White misled many followers. (Rea)

In the book, Rea asserts that Ellen G. White was nothing more than a psychic who used her abilities to mislead people. The first chapter of the book explains that Ellen G. White and the group that traveled with her were originally members of the Millerite movement. (Rea) The author claims that the group would travel together and have dramatic performances where they would swing from one side of the stage to the other claiming to have a word from God. (Rea) The fact that they traveled in a group and their prophetic speaking is labeled as frenzied or erratic are two of the signs that they were false prophets. (Rea)

Rea goes on to state, that Ellen G. White was not at all inspired by God and that many of her so called "revelations" are actually plagiarized. (Rea) It has been asserted that Ellen G. White plagiarized portions of John Milton's book, Paradise Lost. These allegations have been made by Walter Rea and many others. In The White Lie, Rea explains that there are too many similarities between the Great Controversy vision and Paradise Lost. (Rea) Rea explains that the major similarities come in a description of heaven that does not appear in the Bible but appears in John Milton's book and later in the Great Controversy. According to Rea, these similarities include:

1. The description of the things that took place in heaven prior to and during the rebellion when the loyal angels attempted to reconcile the fallen angels back to God (Rea)

2. When God warned Even to remain with her husband and Eve leave her husband. (Rea)

3. The description of the temptation with Satan, which featured the arguments of Satan, which were, examined point by point. (Rea)

4. The description of how sin affected Adam and Eve and the vegetables and animals around them. (Rea)

5. The manner in which they explained the reason that Adam fell (Rea)

6. The way that the angels chronicled future events to Adam (Rea)

7. The feelings that Adam and Eve had when they left the garden (Rea)

The similarities between these two authors are uncanny and have caused many to question how these authors, who lived over two hundred years apart, could possibly have the exact same experiences. (Rea) Ellen G. White claimed that she was not familiar with the works of John Milton and that her visions were inspired by God. (Rea) Rea asserts that Ellen G. White was a plagiarist that operated under the cloak of a prophet and led many people astray. Rea also explains that current Seventh Day Adventist beliefs are cultish and do not allow for the appropriate interpretation of scripture. (Rea)

Conclusion

As you can see, there are definite distinctions between false prophets and true prophets. We can also conclude that not all prophecy is inspired by God and that some people are simply soothsayers that are only motivated by money. The purpose of this paper was to discuss whether a prophet is always inspired. We began our discussion by defining prophetic inspiration and the function of a prophet. We found that true prophets are inspired by God and are considered the mouthpiece of God. We also found that true prophets often "stand alone." Our discussion then focused on how to distinguish between prophecy that is inspired and prophecy that is uninspired. We found that the Bible clearly distinguishes prophecy that is inspired and prophecy that is uninspired. The bible also distinguishes between false prophets and true prophets. We found that throughout the bible God sent lying prophets to confuse the people and false prophets often traveled in groups.

Taking what we learned from the bible about false prophets we found that there have been several false prophets have existed. One such prophet was Ellen G. White who claimed that she was inspired by God but actually plagiarized John Milton's book Paradise Lost. In addition, at the beginning of her ministry see traveled in a group and their meetings were often frenzied. We also found other false prophets such as the Palm Sunday Prophets, James J. Strang, and Jim Jones. The research indicates that prophets are not always inspired by God and can be motivated by factors that have nothing to do with God.

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Erler, Mary C. "Palm Sunday Prophets and Processions and Eucharistic Controversy." Renaissance Quarterly 48.1 (1995): 58+. Questia. 5 Aug. 2004 .

Foster, Lawrence. "James J. Strang: the Prophet Who Failed." Church History 50.2 (1981): 182-192.

Hayes, Tom. "Diggers, Ranters, and Women Prophets: The Discourse of Madness and the Cartesian 'Cogito' in Seventeenth-Century England." CLIO 26.1 (1996): 29+. Questia. 5 Aug. 2004 .

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