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In this book, Woodrow W. Whidden II helps us reconstruct the development of Ellen White's beliefs on the complex issue of salvation. For the first time, he gives us a historical perspective, showing how certain aspects of Mrs. White's teachings on justification and perfection flourished at different times.
The reader also gets a clearer view of her understanding of Christ's humanity and of her understanding of the atonement.
Whidden's treatment is conscientious and precise. He clearly shares Ellen White's conviction that salvation and character perfection are not matters of passing interest, but consuming urgency.
As Whidden plots Ellen White's teaching on Salvation across time, the reader begins to see a pattern. Her basic teaching remains the same, but like a piece of music that features variations on a theme, new emphases come in response to events in her life and in the church.
For example, in the significant 15-year period following 1888, we find three important episodes that shaped her ministry:
By using a chronological study, Woodrow W. Whidden traces converging lines of thought in the teachings of the Spirit of Prophecy. He is able to define accurately where Ellen White stood on several important topics:
Whidden hopes that by examining the position of Ellen White—the most
voice among Adventists—he can help resolve some hotly debated
about salvation. "Our gospel witness cannot possibly be
writes, "if we are not clear on what the gospel is but are
wrangling about it among ourselves."