Ellen G. White chosen as new face of $10 bill

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SILVER SPRING, Md. — A massive lobbying effort launched by the Seventh-day Adventist Church to put Ellen G. White on new $10 bills has paid off. Less than a week after news from the US Treasury Department that a redesigned $10 bill would feature a woman, US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced that he had chosen White for the special honor.

“Although not as widely known outside her denomination, Ellen White is the most translated non-fiction female author in the history of literature,” said Lew. “Also, she is the most translated American non-fiction author of either gender. I felt these accomplishments were worthy of some recognition.”

“We are delighted at the news that Mrs. White will grace our new $10 bills,” said General Conference spokesperson Morre Elevant. “She represents all that is best about the American woman: bold, outspoken, resourceful, literally visionary and way ahead of her time.”

Elevant stressed that having White on the $10 bill will bring a whole new level of visibility for the Adventist church and its female co-founder. “There is also a chance that it will boost our offerings as a church as members will be reminded of their faith every time they are tempted to put a $1 or $5 bill in the offering plate,” said Elevant.

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  1. ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍What a wonderful honor for a great woman leader and co-founder of the church, who held “ordained minister” credentials. I know this is just satire, but too bad Sis. White is not alive today to speak out about women’s ordination. Come to think of it, though, she already wrote a lot in favor of it women in ministry. For example:
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍“It is not always men who are best adapted to the successful management of a church.” (Pastoral Ministry, p. 36)
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍“The refining, softening influence of Christian women is needed in the great work of preaching the truth.” (Review and Herald, Jan. 2, 1879)
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍“It is the accompaniment of the Holy Spirit of God that prepares workers, both men and women, to become pastors to the flock of God.” (Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 322)
    ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍ ‍“There are women who should labor in the gospel ministry.” (Manuscript 43a, 1898) http://EqualOrdination.com/egw-on-women-ministers/

    1. That text goes against the bible which specifically says men are the ones to hold the pastoral position ie 1_Timothy.

      If the name if Jesus is claimed it cannot be Egw + it must be Jesus only the bible only

      1. Ray Kraft

        The Bible specifically says that people who engage in homosexuality should be stoned to death (Leviticus). So, Adventists should take this literally and start stoning people to death for being gay?

        The Bible was written by men, not by God, it emerges from the way things were 2,000 and 3,000 years ago. We should look to the Bible for inspiration, not always for literalness.

        Paul (who seems to have something against women and marriage) says women shouldn’t be ordained, but Jesus doesn’t say that. Paul is not God.

        1. efrhen

          wow Bible was written by men and not God,so It is not the word of God after all. So why do I waste my time reading the words of men every morning.Might as well read the newspaper every morning

          1. Rosalie van Putten

            Please remember that “Barely Adventist” is purely 100% satirical. It is us laughing at us, and not meant to be taken seriously at all. I hope this helps.

      2. Sheryl

        The passage you are referring to in 1 Timothy 3 outlines the qualities of a leader not the gender. To take this passage literally excludes Paul and David from spiritual leadership because Paul was not married and David had more than one wife. Timothy also says that a Deacon must be the husband of one wife, but Paul commends Phoebe – a woman, as a deacon in the church, so we know that these verses outline those in spiritual leadership should be of good moral standing, loving, generous, sober, not that they have to be male.

    2. She already spoke enough about that. And so did her husband:

      Women are to commanded to keep silence in the churches; and who will take the position that they should never say a word in religious meetings?

      “…Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor usurp authority over man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed then Eve.”… Here again we se the idea of subjection. Paul DOES NOT suffer a woman to teach, or to usurp authority over man. AND WE DO NOT LEARN FROM SCRIPTURES that women were ordained apostles, Evangelists, or elders. NEITHER DO WE BELIEVE THAT THEY SHOULD TEACH AS SUCH. —JAMES WHITE, Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Dec. 2 1862

      woman may pray, prophesy, exhort, and comfort the church, but cannot occupy the position of a pastor or a ruling elder. This would be looked upon as usurping authority over the man, which here is prohibited— JAMES WHITE, J. N. Andrews, URIAH SMITH, JH WAGONER, Signs of The Times, Dec. 19, 1878

      Ellen White never refuted any of those statements. Now on Ellen Whites own words:

      Eve had been perfectly happy by her husband’s side in her Eden home; but, like restless Eves, she was flattered with the hope of entering a higher sphere than that which God had assigned her. In attempting to rise above her original position, SHE FELL FAR BELLOW IT. A similar result will be reached by all who are unwilling to take up cheerfully their life duties in accordance with God’s plan.

      No one has ever heard me claim the position of leader of the denomination . . . He has not provided that the burden of leadership shall rest upon a few men. Responsibilities are distributed among a large number of competent men. . . —8T 236-237

      “I have often noticed . . . a manner you have in speaking to John in rather a dictating manner, the tone of your voice sounding impatient. Mary, others notice this and have spoken to me. It hurts your influence. We women must remember that God has placed us subject to the husband. He is the head and our judgment and views and reasonings must agree with his if possible. If not, the preference in God’s Word is given to the husband where it is not a matter of conscience.WE MUST YIELD TO THE HEAD.” —6 Manuscript Releases Ch. 20, MR 366, p. 126

      “The husband is the head of the family, even as Christ is the head of the church; and ANY COURSE WHICH THE WIFE MAY PURSUE TO LESSEN HIS INFLUENCE and lead him to come down from this dignified, responsible position IS DISPLEASING TO GOD. It is the duty of the wife to yield her wishes and will to her husband. Both should be yielding, but the Word of God gives preference to the judgment of the husband. And it will not detract from the dignity of the wife to yield to him whom she has chosen to be her counselor, adviser, and protector. The husband should maintain his position in his family with all meekness, yet with decision.” —1T 306

      At times before leaving America, I thought that the Lord did not require me to go to a country so far away, at my age and when I was prostrated by overwork. But I followed the voice of the Conference, as I have ever tried to do at times when I had no clear light myself.” —July 10th 1892, Manuscript Releases 21

      “All members of the family center in the father. He is the lawmaker, illustrating in his own manly bearing the sterner virtues: energy, integrity, honesty, patience diligence, and practical usefulness. The father is in one sense the priest of the household, laying upon the altar of God the morning and evening sacrifice. The wife and children should be encouraged to unite in this offering and also to engage in the song of praise. Morning and evening the father, as priest of the household, should confess to God the sins committed by himself and his children through the day.” —Adventist Home, p. 212

      “All parents should strive to make their families patterns of good works . . . But in pre-eminent degree is this the duty of those who minister in sacred things, and to whom the people look for instruction and guidance. The MINISTERS of Christ are to be examples to the flock. HE who fails to direct wisely HIS own household, is not qualified to guide the church of God.” —Signs of the Times, Nov. 10, 1881

      “If a man does not show wisdom in the management of the church in his own house, how can he show wisdom in the management of the larger church outside? How can he bear the responsibilities which mean so much, if he cannot govern his own children? . . . God’s blessing will not rest upon the minister who neglects the education and training of his children.” —5 Manuscript Releases, Ch. 84, MR 343, p. 449

      “The primary object of our college was to afford YOUNG MEN an opportunity to study for the ministry and to prepare young persons OF BOTH SEXES to become workers in the various branches of the cause. . . . Young men moved upon by the Spirit of God to give themselves to the ministry have come to the college for this purpose and have been disappointed.” —5T 60.

      Note that young men were to prepare for gospel ministry, but persons of both sexes were to prepare for work in various branches of the cause.

      “Those whom God calls must be men of deep experience, tried and proved, men of sound judgment, men who will dare to reprove sin in the spirit of meekness, men who understand how to feed the flock” (1T 209).

      If you need more evidence, the I guess you just need to pray more and surrender your own SELF.

    3. Martha

      Tremendo engaño, eso no es cierto, ese manuscrito está completamente adulterado. Quien o quienes lo hayan hecho, las plagas caerá sobre ellos. Asi lo dice el Señor en su palabra.

  2. One of the van Puttens (yep)

    This one truly made me laugh out loud. I hope all of you know that BarelyAdventist is us laughing at us. It’s an SDA spoof site. Lighten up, folks! Learn to laugh a little! 🙂

  3. At GC and other events the church issues their own ‘script’ aka ‘temple shekels’ for Sabbath meals. This is a great design, and about the price of haystack plate. Print up a bunch and bring them to San Antonio.

  4. Miriam A. Taglinao

    If this $ bill will come out, are you Adventist members are you happy and ready enough to explain who is E.G White? I guess this is the time of sharing our own organization to others whom of those who doesn’t know her?

  5. Clever humor here, sevvy. I like the name of the “General Conference spokesperson,” “Morre Elevant.” We do need to make church “more relevant,” don’t we?

    For the unwary, however, please note the disclaimer on this site’s “About” page: “BarelyAdventist is a satire and humor blog on Adventist culture and issues.”

    “Please note that this story, like others on this site, is a joke. All characters and incidents appearing in this ‘report’ are fictitious or parodied. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead (or events, past or future) is purely coincidental and/or is solely for purposes of parody, satire, irony, caricature, or comedy. If you do not find these stories funny, please see your doctor to check your sense of humor (or maybe he should check your pulse). After all, laughter is the best medicine.”

  6. Richard Mills

    I would suggest that anyone not attempt to reproduce the $10.00 bill with the EGW pix. This is in violation of the U.S. Treasury Department. It is called counterfieting. Do not pass them around at the GC or anywhere else. Do not allow Pacific Press or any SDA printing facility to print this stuff. Maybe an independent SDA group can get away with it! Otherwise, I will visit you at Levenworth. Woe is me!!

  7. duncan

    this is all nonsense. If mrs white would wake up today, she would be disgusted. How the hell do these crazy leaders wan to unite the seventh day Adventist church with circular politics

    1. Even Sis. White had a sense of humor. She would roll over in her grave to read your comment. This is satire just for jokes, but it has a good point: that the church had an outspoken female leader. She was not “silent in church.” Maybe there’s a lesson for us there.

    1. James Mensah

      It appears our leaders are excited about this development. The question is will Mrs. White be excited if she is alive today? After writing extensively about American politics during the end times? Or our leaders are excited about the psychological increase in offerings? Please be wise and sit up.

      1. James, it is not a money issue. Nor is it a cultural issue. It is merely recognizing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, which He distributes without regard to gender. In fact, the Adventist Church already officially approved women ministers 25 years ago in 1990. They already go through the same seminary training, the same ceremony of “laying on of hands,” and they already do the same pastoral duties. They already have the same pastoral role as male ministers. The only difference is the word printed on their certificate (“commissioned” instead of “ordained” — but the two words mean the same thing.). Now the vote simply boils down to whether individual divisions can decide for themselves whether to use the word “ordained” for for these women pastors. There is no reason to use a different word. It’s almost as silly as saying only men can drive “cars.” Women must drive “automobiles.” But they are both the same thing! So why not call both of them “cars”? There is no biblical or logical basis to discriminate between the two terms. http://EqualOrdination.com/facts-about-wo/

  8. Elsaf paulo

    Its confusion, confusion… let we be careful about the matter if there is any truth on it unless we shall comment on anonymous and worthess information. Let we search enough information that will satisfy our mind, then we shall have wise words to to talk to.

  9. Fido Castro

    Have you ever seen Harriet Tubman and Ellen White in the same room together? No? Could it be they were the same person? And that’s why Ellen White is actually the new face of the $20 bill?

  10. Jeanette Ball

    Someone told me they had seen on the internet that EG White was going to feature on the new US $10 bill. I was thrilled and so I googled EG White on US $10 bill and found your article. I took it as gospel. I printed off a few copies of it and gave them to some people I had been outreaching to. I slipped it into the cover of a copy of ” The Great controversy” for these people. I wanted them to know America liked her and also to have a photo of her.
    My husband, who does not follow EG White and goes to church on Sunday, saw one of these and went to look into it himself. He googled “candidates for the new US $10 bill.” and found that EG White didn’t even get a mention. He let me know and I went back to the original site and had a more thorough look. As I read down the page, I found your disclaimer. Well, the joke was on me. I had better let the other people know. Blessings, Jeannie, Australia.

  11. Michael Rosenbaum

    not an adventist. not a christian. not anything that can be given a label. however, if she truly believed that a merciful god cannot be a vengeful god, and that he could not countenance eternal torment, then i say, put her on the damn bill. she sounded like a real maverick, and a woman prophet is good. i dont think we need to “believe” a prophet to learn from them. i have just learned that mercy was able to find a home in a christian denomination, real mercy, or realler mercy. that is heartening. god bless

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