Criticism

    Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the word . . .

                C r i t i c i s m        (  4  RELATED  PHRASES )                      

                          The  word  'Criticism'  appears  xxx  times in the published writings of EGW                         See page on Original site                                           Related Phrase:   unkind criticism ( below )  - - spirit of criticism  (  )

But it is to the wrongdoer himself that we are to present the wrong. We are not to make it a matter of comment and criticism among ourselves; nor even after it is told to the church, are we at liberty to repeat it to others. A knowledge of the faults of Christians will be only a cause of stumbling to the unbelieving world; and by dwelling upon these things, we ourselves can receive only harm; for it is by beholding that we become changed. While we seek to correct the errors of a brother, the Spirit of Christ will lead us to shield him, as far as possible, from the criticism of even his own brethren, and how much more from the censure of the unbelieving world. We ourselves are erring, and need Christ's pity and forgiveness, and just as we wish Him to deal with us, He bids us deal with one another.  {DA 441.4}

 

 
The warnings of the word of God regarding the perils surrounding the Christian church belong to us today. As in the days of the apostles men tried by tradition and philosophy to destroy faith in the Scriptures, so today, by the pleasing sentiments of higher criticism, evolution, spiritualism, theosophy, and pantheism, the enemy of righteousness is seeking to lead souls into forbidden paths. To many the Bible is as a lamp without oil, because they have turned their minds into channels of speculative belief that bring misunderstanding and confusion. The work of higher criticism, in dissecting, conjecturing, reconstructing, is destroying faith in the Bible as a divine revelation. It is robbing God's word of power to control, uplift, and inspire human lives. By spiritualism, multitudes are taught to believe that desire is the highest law, that license is liberty, and that man is accountable only to himself.  {AA 474.1}

 

 
The confiding love and unselfish devotion manifested in the life and character of John present lessons of untold value to the Christian church. John did not naturally possess the loveliness of character that his later experience revealed. By nature he had serious defects. He was not only proud, self-assertive, and ambitious for honor, but impetuous, and resentful under injury. He and his brother were called "sons of thunder." Evil temper, the desire for revenge, the spirit of criticism, were all in the beloved disciple. But beneath all this the divine Teacher discerned the ardent, sincere, loving heart. Jesus rebuked this self-seeking, disappointed his ambitions, tested his faith. But He revealed to him that for which his soul longed--the beauty of holiness, the transforming power of love.  {AA 539.3}
 
In the home the spirit of criticism and faultfinding should have no place. The peace of the home is too sacred to be marred by this spirit. But how often, when seated at the meal table, the members of the family pass round a dish of criticism, faultfinding, and scandal. Were Christ to come today, would He not find many of the families who profess to be Christians cherishing the spirit of criticism and unkindness? The members of such families are unready to unite with the family above.  {AH 440.3}

 

In our efforts to correct evil, we should guard against a tendency to faultfinding or censure. Continual censure bewilders, but does not reform. With many minds, and often those of the finest susceptibility, an atmosphere of unsympathetic criticism is fatal to effort. Flowers do not unfold under the breath of a blighting wind.  {CG 280.4}
 
If criticism or suggestion in regard to the teacher's work becomes necessary, it should be made to him in private. If this proves ineffective, let the matter be referred to those who are responsible for the management of the school. Nothing should be said or done to weaken the children's respect for the one upon whom their well-being in so great degree depends.  {CG 326.1}
 
When one who has wandered far in sin seeks to return to God, he will encounter criticism and distrust. There are those who will doubt whether his repentance is genuine, or will whisper, "He has no stability; I do not believe that he will hold out." These persons are doing not the work of God but the work of Satan, who is the accuser of the brethren. Through their criticisms the wicked one hopes to discourage that soul, and to drive him still farther from hope and from God. Let the repenting sinner contemplate the rejoicing in heaven over the return of the one that was lost. Let him rest in the love of God and in no case be disheartened by the scorn and suspicion of the Pharisees.  {COL 190.2}

Christian Leadership, Chapter 22:  CRITICISM, page 58 to 60

 Criticism Invites Criticism -- The work of judging his brother has not been placed upon any man.  "Judge not," the Saviour says, "that ye be not judged; for with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged:  and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."  He who takes upon himself the work of judging and criticizing others, lays himself open to the same degree of judgment and criticism.  Those who are ready to condemn their brethren, would do well to examine their own works and character.  Such an examination, honestly made, will reveal the fact that they, too, have defects of character, and have made grave blunders in their work.  If the great Judge should deal with men as they deal with their fellow workers, they would regard him as unkind and unmerciful.   {ChL 59.2}

 

 

                                                              Unkind  Criticism                                                                                 

 

God's servants are to work together, blending in kindly, courteous order, "in honor preferring one another." Romans 12: 10. There is to be no unkind criticism, no pulling to pieces of another's work; and there are to be no separate parties. Every man to whom the Lord has entrusted a message has his specific work. Each one has an individuality of his own, which he is not to sink in that of any other man. Yet each is to work in harmony with his brethren. In their service God's workers are to be essentially one. No one is to set himself up as a criterion, speaking disrespectfully of his fellow workers or treating them as inferior. Under God each is to do his appointed work, respected, loved, and encouraged by the other laborers. Together they are to carry the work forward to completion.  {AA 275.2}

 

 
But gradually a change came. The believers began to look for defects in others. Dwelling upon mistakes, giving place to unkind criticism, they lost sight of the Saviour and His love. They became more strict in regard to outward ceremonies, more particular about the theory than the practice of the faith. In their zeal to condemn others, they overlooked their own errors. They lost the brotherly love that Christ had enjoined, and, saddest of all, they were unconscious of their loss. They did not realize that happiness and joy were going out of their lives and that, having shut the love of God out of their hearts, they would soon walk in darkness.  {AA 548.1}

 

 
The physician should not be made the object of unkind criticism. This places on him an unnecessary burden. His cares are heavy, and he needs the sympathy of those connected with him in the work. He is to be sustained by prayer. The realization that he is appreciated will give him hope and courage.  {CH 353.2}

 

 

 

                      Return  to  Selected Quotations by EGW  page

Related Information

EGW Quotes-C-D Calamity (Scenes of Calamity) Calvary (Scenes of Calvary) Cancel (to make of no effect) Candles (Golden Candlesticks) Cause (Without cause) Caution (be very cautious) Character (Separate Page) Choose the right Christ (Separate page) Christian (Separate page) Church (Separate page) Cities (leave the cities) Civil authorities cleanse the camp Close their eyes to Coldness by those Comforter Communicate (Willing to Communicate) Communion ( Communion with ) Communion Service Compassion (Full of compassion) Compliance (strict compliance) Complications Comprehension (Separate page) Compromise with sin Confession Confidence (Separate page) Conflict (In the final conflict) Conform to worldly customs Confusion Conscience (Separate page) Consecrated to God Consequences Contaminated Control over minds Conversion (True Conversion) Conviction (Separate page) Correction Counsel of peace Counterfeit Courage (Lose courage) Courtesy (Separate page) Courts (Appeal to courts) Covenant (Everlasting Covenant) Covetousness Creation (Separate page) Creed Crisis (Last crisis) Crown of glory Crucifixion Darkness (Separate page) Day of Atonement Deception (Separate page) Desire (Separate page) Disasters (Separate page) Discipline (Separate page) Divine (Separate page) Doctrines (Separate page) Duty (Separate page) Ten Commandments (Separate page)