Dear Brother ___________,
Thank you for contacting us about the questions you forwarded concerning certain allegations regarding Mrs. White and her testimonies. I will refer to them in the order in which you presented them in your message (copied below).
1. A vision regarding a large building Dr. Kellogg never built.
This concerns a building Mrs. White was shown in vision that she supposed had already been built, when, in fact, it was in the planning stage, and her communication effectively prevented the carrying out of those plans. Mrs. White tells us that she occasionally received visions in which she herself did not know whether what she was shown was given in reference to something that had already taken place, or whether it was a warning to guard against a future course of action. In this instance it was the latter, as confirmed by those who knew about the plans being made. This particular incident is discussed in the Ellen G. White Biography, vol. 6, "The Later Elmshaven Years," pp. 96-99. I would encourage you read those pages and share them with those members who have raised the question. The volume may also be read on our Web site in the "Search the Writings" section.
2. Mrs. White did not refute Ballenger's teachings from the Bible.
It is correct that Mrs. White didn't reply to Ballenger's teachings by providing a theological or exegetical rebuttal. It was not her work to engage in debate over Scriptural interpretations at a level involving the translation of Greek and Hebrew phraseology. She knew that others had already taken up this task. Ballenger had presented his views to the church's leaders and theologians at the opening of the GC Session in May 1905 and they had labored to show him his false reasoning and misinterpretations of Scripture. That was the proper forum for a discussion of the Biblical views being presented. Mrs. White was led to remind him that the sanctuary truth had been diligently studied out from the Scriptures, and had been affirmed by the Holy Spirit as truth.
3. F. E. Belden tried to trick Mrs. White by writing her a letter containing falsehoods.
What happened is that F. E. Belden wrote an anonymous (unsigned) letter about himself, alleging certain illegal actions in the hopes that Mrs. White would send a testimony about it and be proven a fraud. She did not fall for the trap. Ellen White, who, as a rule, never payed attention to anonymous letters, wrote no testimony concerning the contents of the letter. Belden was led to acknowledge that he was the author of the letter and it only further exposed him as being on the wrong side of the Battle Creek controversy.
The building referred to in your question is probably the Battle Creek Tabernacle. For an accurate account of the battle over its ownership, see the same E. G. White Biography volume I referred you to above, chapter 9, pp. 118-129.
If we can be of any additional help to you on these or other matters, please let us know. And may the Lord wonderfully bless you as we move into a new year in His service.
Ellen G. White Estate
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
Phone: 301 680-6540
FAX: 301 680-6559
i'll be glad if you can answer the following questions so i can answer members who want answers. sis white had a vision in which she saw j.kellogg built a large building (she wrote telling him he wasted the money by putting up that building)and the truth is he never did build that building.who gave her that vision God or the devil? Can God and the devil give a person vision? when A.Ballenger proved that 'within the veil'means the most holy place and asked sis white to show him where he is wrong from the bible she wrote him a testimony but never produced one text.why? when F.Belden decided to trap sis white and he sent a letter saying jones & kellogg are trying to take over a certain building(the truth is they didn't want the building)did she found out she was tricked? mocedm