Should we quote the Spirit of Prohecy from the pulpit?
“But God will have a people upon the earth to maintain the Bible, and the Bible only, as the standard of all doctrines and the basis of all reforms.” (The Great Controversy, p. 595)“The words of the Bible, and the Bible alone, should be heard from the pulpit.” (Prophets and Kings, p. 626)
If the words of the Bible only are to be heard from the pulpit, then does a preacher read from text to text?
When Ellen White preached, she used her own words. Is she saying that we can only read from text to text when preaching? Absolutely not. When we preach, we use words to connect the verses, or to summarize or to fill in with information which the verses otherwise would convey themselves. Each of her writings themselves are a sermon. She is just stating that which the Bible and the Bible only is conveying.
Sr. White is not a hypocrite. Her writings are no different to a sermon preaching exactly that which the Bible says and the very truths which the Bible conveys. It is in essence the Bible and the Bible only. There need be no confusion of the matter.
Ellen White means that the pulpit should be used only for the presentation of God’s word and not tradition, human theories or maxims. Ellen White does not do this. Her writings are only God’s word without those maxims and they can be used in the pulpit.
When Ellen White spoke from the pulpit, she was quoting the Spirit of Prophecy because she was the Spirit of Prophecy.