1. Shouting Glory! Glory! Glory!
Arthur L. White: “As she went into vision every one present seemed to feel the power and presence of God, and some of us did indeed feel the Spirit of God resting upon us mightily. We were engaged in prayer and social meeting Sabbath morning at about nine o’clock. Brother White, my father, and Sister White had prayed, and I was praying at the time. There had been no excitement, no demonstrations. We did plead earnestly with God, however, that He would bless the meeting with His presence, and that He would bless the work in Michigan. As Sister White gave that triumphant shout of ‘Glory! g-l-o-r-y! g-l-o-r-y!’ which you have heard her give so often as she goes into vision, Brother White” (Ellen G, White: Messenger To The remnant, p. 26).
J. N. Loughborough: “In passing into vision she gives three enrapturing shouts of “Glory!” which echo and re-echo, the second, and especially the third, fainter, but more thrilling than the first, the voice resembling that of one quite a distance from you, and just going out of hearing. For about four or five seconds she seems to drop down like a person in a swoon, or one having lost his strength; she then seems to be instantly filled with superhuman strength, sometimes rising at once to her feet and walking about the room…” (Ibid., p. 26, 1852).
D. H. Lamson: “It seems to me I can almost hear those thrilling shouts of ‘G-l-o-r-y!’ which she uttered” (1854).
M. G. Kellogg: “As Sister White gave that triumphant shout of ‘Glory! g-l-o-r-y! g-l-o-r-y!’ which you have heard her give so often as she goes into vision, Brother White arose and informed the audience that his wife was in vision” (1853).
Rene Noorbergen: “It was a quiet evening. Tired and worn, the visitors [James and Ellen White] sat down for a simple meal with their hosts, and when, after supper, the Hilliars with their friends knelt down for a moment of religious meditation, a sudden shout of Glory… glory… glory! Rang triumphantly through the crowded room, slowly losing its intensity as its echoes faded out with the rays of the dying sun” (Prophet of destiny, p. 86).
William Lyle (1795-1873): The first words he uttered when converted in 11816, were, “Glory! Glory! Glory!”
Phoebe palmer (1807-1874): “It was while exhorting his people [in 1864] to lay aside every weight, and to do it now, that he received power to say, “Lam doing it now! I have Done it Now! Glory! Glory! Glory!” The power of the lord came upon the people in a very remarkable manner, and many wept and others praised the Lord, and whole congregation was moved in a very extraordinary manner” (Life and Letters of Mrs. Phoebe Palmer, p. 67, 1876).
Rev. Thomas: [death of Mrs. M’ Arthur] “involuntarily she broke into prayer, and called, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!” and before she had three times called on the all-pervading name of Jesus the cloud burst and her theme was changed to “Glory! Glory! Glory! I am going to glory” (The Methodist magazine for The Year of The Lord, Vol. VII, p. 78, 1824).
Ellen White condemns the fanatical Methodist worship practices!
Ellen White: “Let us give no place to strange exercisings, which really take the mind away from the deep movings of the Holy Spirit. God’s work is ever characterized by calmness and dignity… I am telling you these experiences, in order that you may know what we have passed through…. Some [fanatics after 1844] would dance up and down, singing, “Glory, glory, glory, glory, glory, glory.” Sometimes I would sit still until they got through, and then I would rise and say, “This is not the way the Lord works” – 2SM, p. 42, 1908.
2. Description of Methodist worship exercises
Ellen White (1827-1915): “In Paris, Maine, in 1850, enthusiasm rose even higher. Ellen White noted: “Sunday the power of God came upon us like a mighty rushing wind. All arose upon their feet and praised God with a loud voice; it was something as it was when the foundation of the house of God was laid. The voice of weeping could not be told from the voice of shouting. It was a triumphant time; all were strengthened and refreshed. I never witnessed such a powerful time before.” (Ellen G. White to The Church in Brother, Hastings’ House, Nov. 7, 1850; letter 28, 1850).
Ellen White: “Our last conference was one of deep interest. Two were dug from beneath the rubbish. The present truth was presented in its clear light and it found way to the hearts of the erring. Before the meeting closed all were upon their knees, some were crying for mercy that had been coldhearted and indifferent, others were begging for a closer walk with God and for salvation. It was as powerful a time as I ever witnessed. The slaying power of God was in our midst. Shouts of victory filled the dwelling. The saints here seem to be rising and growing in grace and the knowledge of the truth” (Letter 30, 1850).
Arthur L. White: “Our conference at Topsham was one of deep interest. Twenty-eight were present; all took part in the meeting. Sunday the power of God came upon us like a mighty, rushing wind. All arose upon their feet and praised God with a loud voice. It was something as it was when the foundation of the house of God was laid. The voice of weeping could not be told from the voice of shouting. It was a triumphant time. All were strengthened and refreshed. I never witnessed such a powerful time before” (Letter 28, 1850; Ellen White: Vol. 1 – The Early years: 1827-1862, By Arthur L. White, p. 198).
Edgar Mayhew Bacon (1855-1935): “The scene was new to me and passing stranger. It baffled any description. Many, very many, fell down as men slain in battle, and continued for hours together in an apparently breathless and motionless state, some times for a few minutes reviving and exhibiting symptoms of life by a deep groan or a piercing shriek or prayer for mercy fervently uttered. After being there for hours they obtained deliverance. The gloomy cloud that had covered their faces seemed gradually and visibly to disappear, and hope, in smiles, brightened into joy. They would rise shouting deliverance, and would address the surrounding multitude in language truly eloquent and impressive. With astonishment did I hear men, women, and children declaring the wonderful works of God and the glorious mysteries of the gospel” (Edgar Quotes Warren Stone’s report (1799), in his book Nation Builders, p. 121, 1905).
Christian History: “The next afternoon, after a sermon by the Rev. John Thompson, another man, Dr. G. W. Woodruff, began to pray aloud, “when, all at once,” as a nationally respected minister reported, “as sudden as if a flash of lightning from the heavens had fallen upon the people, one simultaneous burst of agony and then of glory was heard in all parts of the congregation; and for nearly an hour, the scene beggared all description. …Those seated far back in the audience declared that the sensation was as if a strong wind had moved from the stand over the congregation. Several intelligent people in different parts of the congregation spoke of the same phenomenon. … Sinners stood awestricken and others fled affrighted from the congregation.” The sea of weeping, praying people was galvanized, convinced they were “face to face with God”” (Christian history institute, Issue 82, pp. 16,17).