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Salvation



 

Ellen White spoke with decided force on the fact of the inclusion of black people both in salvation history and in the plan of salvation.  Her statements were revolutionary in her day to people inside and outside the Adventist Church who were misguided and prejudiced as to the status of black people in the sight of heaven.


Character Over Color

The color of the skin does not determine character in the heavenly courts.

Our Duty to the Colored People, March 21, 1891

Blacks and Israel

God cares no less for the souls of the African race that might be won to serve Him than He cared for Israel.

Our Duty to the Colored People, March 21, 1891


Both the Ethiopian and the white race are God's purchased possession, and our work is to improve every talent that has been lent to us of God, to save the souls of both white and black.

Review and Herald, January 21, 1896


He made no distinction between the white race and the black race in His plan of salvation.

Review and Herald, February 4, 1896

Equality in Heaven

There is to be no special heaven for the white man and another heaven for the black man. We are all to be saved through the same grace, all to enter the same heaven at last.

Review and Herald, January 21, 1896

Salvific Realities

The day is coming when the kings and the lordly men of the earth would be glad to exchange places with the humblest African who has laid hold on the hope of the gospel.

Our Duty to the Colored People, March 21, 1891

The God of the white man is the God of the black man.

Our Duty to the Colored People, March 21, 1891

Many of those who have had every advantage, who have regarded themselves as superior to the colored people because their skin was white, will find that many of the colored race will go into heaven before them.

Review and Herald, January 21, 1896

If the Lord is so gracious as to accept sinners from the white race, and forgive their sins, holding out to them the assurance of the higher life, the hope of a place in the redeemed family when he comes in the clouds of heaven, and the righteous dead rise from their grave to meet Him, will he not accept sinners from the black race, and will He not forgive their sins? Does He not hold out to them the same hope that He holds out to the white race? Will He not, if they believe on Him, receive them as His sons and daughters?

Manuscript 70, 1902

Color Not the Issue

I shall not tell you whether you will be white or black in heaven. I know that you will be just what God wants you to be.

Talk given to Oakwood students, June 21, 1904

When the Holy Spirit moves upon human minds, all petty complaints and accusations between man and his fellow man will be put away. The bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness will shine into the chambers of the mind and heart. In our worship of God there will be no distinction between rich and poor, white and black. All prejudice will be melted away. When we approach God, it will be as one brotherhood. We are pilgrims and strangers, bound for a better country, even a heavenly. There all pride, all accusation, all self-deception, will forever have an end. Every mask will be laid aside, and we shall “see him as he is.” There our songs will catch the inspiring theme, and praise and thanksgiving will go up to God.

Review and Herald, October 24, 1899

Inclusive Salvation

The Lord Jesus came to our world to save men and women of all nationalities. He died just as much for the colored people as for the white race.

Our Duty to the Colored People, March 21, 1891


Both the white and the colored people have the same Redeemer, who has paid the ransom money with His own life for every member of the human family.

Review and Herald, April 2, 1895


Those who are converted among the colored race will be cleansed from sin, will wear the white robe of Christ's righteousness, which has been woven in the loom of heaven. Both white and colored people must enter into the path of obedience through the same way.

Review and Herald, April 2, 1895

Respect and Dignity

Whatever may be the nation, kindred, or tongue, whether a man is white or black, he still bears the image of God…viewed from the fact that he is the purchase of the blood of Christ. To show contempt for, to manifest hatred toward any nation, is to reveal the characteristic of Satan.

Signs of the Times, November 20, 1893


What marvelous condescension the Savior showed in His work. How graciously, without prejudice or partiality, He received all who came to Him, rich or poor, white or black. With Him there is no caste. "God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him."

Signs of the Times, May 22, 1901

Heavenly Sadness

The Lord is grieved by the woe in the Southern field. Christ has wept at the sight of this woe. Angels have hushed the music of their harps as they have looked upon a people unable, because of their past slavery, to help themselves.

Testimonies, Volume 7 (1902), 222

Common Brotherhood

Christ came to this earth with a message of mercy and forgiveness. He laid the foundation for a religion by which Jew and Gentile, black and white, free and bond, are linked together in one common brotherhood, recognized as equal in the sight of God. The Savior has a boundless love for every human being. In each one He sees capacity for improvement. With divine energy and hope He greets those for whom He has given His life.

Testimonies, Volume 7 (1902), 225

Were Christ on earth today, He would teach the Negro race in a way that would surprise us.

Testimonies, Volume 9 (1909), 223

Eternal Heritage

The black man's name is written in the book of life beside the white man's. All are one in Christ.

Our Duty to the Colored People, March 21, 1891


Christ died for the colored people as verily as He died for the white people. Through faith in Christ the colored people may attain unto eternal life as verily as may the white people.

Review and Herald, November 26, 1895