While at St. Louis a year ago, as I
knelt in prayer, these words were presented to me as if written with a pen of
fire: "All ye are brethren." The Spirit of God rested upon me in a
wonderful manner, and matters were opened to me in regard to the church at St.
Louis and in other places. The spirit and words of some in regard to members of
the church were an offense to God. They were closing the door of their hearts
to Jesus. Among those in St. Louis who believe the truth there are colored
people who are true and faithful, precious in the sight of the God of heaven,
and they should have just as much respect as any [other] of God's children.
Those who have spoken harshly to them or have despised them have despised the
purchase of the blood of Christ, and they need the transforming grace of Christ
in their own hearts, that they may have the pitying tenderness of Jesus toward
those who love God with all the fervor of which they themselves are capable.
Ellen White, "Our Duty to the Colored People," March 21, 1891