Thought-provoking Quotes on Unity and Authority


“In a land of boasted freedom of thought and of conscience, like ours, church force cannot produce unity; but has caused divisions, and has given rise to religious sects and parties almost innumerable.”

—James White, Signs of the Times, June 4, 1874

“Diversity is today a fact. The church can not repress it. It would do better to celebrate it.…Unity is dependent on the recognition of diversity.”

—Barry D. Oliver, SDA Organizational Structure, p. 346

“In no conference should propositions be rushed through without time being taken by the brethren to weigh carefully all sides of the question…Very many matters have been taken up and carried by vote, that have involved far more than was anticipated and far more than those who voted would have been willing to assent to had they taken time to consider the question from all sides.”

—Ellen G. White, Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 278

“The very beginning of the great apostasy was in seeking to supplement the authority of God by that of the church.”

—Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pp. 289-290

“God has not put any kingly power in our ranks to control this or that branch of the work. The work has been greatly restricted by the efforts to control it in every line.… If the work had not been so restricted by an impediment here, and an impediment there, and on the other side an impediment, it would have gone forth in its majesty.”

—Ellen G. White, General Conference Bulletin, 1901, p. 26

“It has been a necessity to organize Union Conferences, that the General Conference shall not exercise dictation over all the separate Conferences.”

—Ellen G. White, MS 26, April 3, 1903

“The real issue facing the church today is not that of the ordination of women, but the proper use of authority.”

—George R. Knight

Barry Oliver
Barry Oliver
James and Ellen White
James and Ellen White
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George Knight