We consider the biblical canon closed. However, we also believe, as did Ellen G White's contemporaries, that her writings carry divine authority, both for godly living and for doctrine. Therefore, we recommend:
1) That as a church we seek the power of the Holy Spirit to apply to our lives more fully the inspired counsel contained in the writings of Ellen G White, and
2) That we make increased efforts to publish and circulate these writings throughout the world. (1)
That is a lot of doublespeak. I do not know of anybody within the pale of Protestant orthodoxy who would claim any of the Early Church Fathers, the various great theologians down through the centuries, the wonderful men and women of God who have taught and led the church over the years ever claimed or were deserved of the mantle of God's Messenger, with divine authority. If the canon of scripture is closed, so too is the body of divinely inspired writings having any divine authority for doctrine. Ellen G. White is viewed as the embodiment of the "spirit of prophecy", a prophetess of divine importance whose writings are disseminated on a near par with the Gospel. I don't know if many non-SDA Christians realize it or not but there is substantial evidence that Ms. White was a false prophet. Her claims ranged from claiming the existence of a temple in the heavens as seen in her visions to setting an approximate time frame for the return of Christ as given to her by "angels" to presenting her prophetic declaration that the sabbath was the greatest of commandments. Each of these pronouncements can be demonstrated scripturally to be false. John in his apocalypse stated there was no temple in Glory. Jesus told us that no man would know the time of His return, that only the Father knows. Jesus told us that the Love of God and loving one's neighbor were the greatest of commandments.How is it that the SDA can embrace a false prophet and continue to claim a place within orthodox Protestantism? I believe they need to refute these cult loyalties before being accepted as orthodox and especially as Arminian.
Arminius stated the following regarding the perfection of scripture and his cautious view of those who claimed visions, tales and dreams as some measure of authority in the church ...
This is a long way from the musings of our SDA fellows.