If we could interview Ellen White today, what might she say about how we use media to communicate?
You would be amazed at today’s technology. We can communicate faster and better than ever.
“I am encouraged and blessed as I realize that the God of Israel is still guiding His people and that He will continue to be with them, even to the end.”1
Did Jesus use different methods when He was here on earth?
“Jesus sought an avenue to every heart. By using a variety of illustrations, He not only presented truth in its different phases, but appealed to the different hearers. Their interest was aroused by figures drawn from the surroundings of their daily life.”2
What kind of media did you have in your day?
“[Our evangelist, Elder E. E. Franke, has] given much study to the matter of how to make the truth interesting, and the charts [he has] made are in perfect accord with the work to be carried forward. These charts are object lessons to the people. [He has] put intensity of thought into the work of getting out these striking illustrations. . . . The Lord uses them to impress minds.”3
“Brother [W. W. Simpson] dwells especially upon the prophecies in the books of Daniel and the Revelation. He has large representations of the beasts spoken of in these books. These beasts are made of papier-mâché, and by an ingenious invention, they may be brought at the proper time before the congregation. Thus he holds the attention of the people, while he preaches the truth to them.”4
Should we use technology for spreading the gospel?
“A man is no sooner converted than in his heart is born a desire to make known to others what a precious friend he has found in Jesus; the saving and sanctifying truth cannot be shut up in his heart.”5 “God calls upon us to bring freshness and power into our work. We can do this only by the aid of the Holy Spirit.”6
What about other types of media? Should these also be used?
“Let every worker in the Master’s vineyard, study, plan, devise methods, to reach the people where they are. We must do something out of the common course of things. We must arrest the attention. We must be deadly in earnest. We are on the very verge of times of trouble and perplexities that are scarcely dreamed of.”7
“Let the workers for God manifest tact and talent, and originate devices by which to communicate light to those who are near and to those who are afar off. . . . Time has been lost, golden opportunities have been unimproved, because men have lacked clear, spiritual eyesight, and have not been wise to plan and devise means and ways whereby they might preoccupy the field before the enemy had taken possession.”8 “God will guide His messengers in the adoption of new methods to arrest the attention of men, and convince their judgment. He will give skill and understanding in the use of effective illustrations to arrest the attention of the people.”9 n
1 Ellen G. White, Counsels for the Church (Nampa, Idaho: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1991), p. 357.
2 Ellen G. White, Christ’s Object Lessons (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1900), p. 21.
3 Ellen G. White, Evangelism (Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Pub. Assn., 1946), p. 203.
4 Ibid., p. 204.
5 Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1948), vol. 4, pp. 318, 319.
6 Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers (Mountain View, Calif.: Pacific Press Pub. Assn., 1923), p. 313.
7 E. G. White, Evangelism, pp. 122, 123.
8 Ibid., p. 206.
9 Ellen G. White, in The Gospel Herald, Dec. 1, 1901.
Seventh-day Adventists believe that Ellen G. White (1827-1915) exercised the biblical gift of prophecy during more than 70 years of public ministry.