Ellen White's Great Controversy Book Circulation Stopped by SDA Leaders
By Vance Ferrell\with Commentary by Ron Beaulieu
But, after the book was printed, and
already shipped to many local conferences in
But a minister at the conference office in
The answer is simple enough to those who have read our book, Seventh-day Adventist/Vatican Ecumenical Involvement.
The ecumenical contacts (by the General Conference, with leaders on the highest levels in the other denominations, begun in 1965 and deepened since 1980) would be badly damaged if a Great Controversy was published—which had pictures on pages adjoining the text which talked about the same subject! Too many people would read the book! Too many would be convinced of its truths. Truths which are not fashionable today.
And what is its key truth? That the papacy, working closely with Protestant leaders, are soon going to enact an extremely harsh National Sunday Law.
Commentary by Ron Beaulieu
The Rest of the Story That Vance Ferrell has Chosen Not to Tell You
In order to be a member of the World Council of Churches and its subsidiary National Councils of Churches, a church must agree not to evangelize folk who are already a member of any church. Member churches must agree to proselytize only the unchurched. Handing out The Great Controversy at random would violate the SDA church’s agreement with the World Council of Churches and its subsidiary organizations, the National Council of Churches and the various more local Ministerial Associations.
SDA leaders vehemently deny membership in
the World Council of Churches and its subsidiary National Councils of
Churches around the world, but the Lord has shown me that there are a number
of countries of the world that no church can operate in unless it is a member
of the National Council of Churches of that country. The SDA church operates in all of those countries, so it
is a member of that country’s National Council of Churches, and the only way
any church is automatically a member of the World Council of Churches is by
being a member of one or more National Councils of Churches. This church knowingly and willfully lies
about these liaisons with
This is one of the worst abominations for which we are to be sighing and crying. This is a direct thwarting of the three angel’s messages which is supposed to be the prime mission and commission of the professing Seventh-day Adventist church. Anyone who is aware of this apostasy and still pays tithe to such an organization is guilty of this abominable act by way of aiding and abetting such an apostate course.
Corporate Responsibility as Taught by the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy
Here is the Biblical principle on which Ellen White based her statements regarding corporate responsibility:
Corporate responsibility -- "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity but thou hast delivered thy soul." Ezekiel 3:18-19.
Corporate responsibility: "For evils that we might have checked, we are just as responsible as if we were guilty." Desire of Ages, p. 44.
"We are just as responsible for evils that we might have checked in others by exercise of parental or pastoral authority as if the acts had been our own." Patriarchs and Prophets, 578.2
Corporate responsibility: Blood of the
Luk 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation;
Luk 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
Luk 11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Luke 11:50 Luke 11:49-51 Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world,
COUNTERPART: "The Lord commanded one of his ancient servants, 'Pray not thou for this people [Jer. 7:16 and 11:14], neither lift up cry nor prayer for them neither make intercession to me for I will not hear thee.' The prophet thus describes the sins which had called forth this fearful denunciation: 'The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means and my people love to have it so and what will ye do in the end thereof?' 'From the least of them even unto the greatest of them, every one is given to covetousness and from the prophet even unto the priest, every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace, when there is no peace.' The apostles declare that this state of things will find its COUNTERPART in the last days. Many have a form of godliness, but in their daily life deny the power thereof. They have ceased to be convicted of their sins or alarmed at their state. They say in their hearts, 'The church is flourishing. Peace and spiritual prosperity are within her borders.' The words of the prophet may well apply to these self-deceivers, 'They have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations. I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them." E. G. White, Second Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, 11-07-82.
Jer 23:14 I
have seen also in the prophets [leaders] of
Note: The bracketed portion in the above statement is just the way it appears in the reference source. I have added no emphasis.
COUNTERPART: "In the time of the Saviour, the Jews had so covered over the precious jewels of truth with the rubbish of tradition and fable, that it was impossible to distinguish the true from the false. The Saviour came to clear away the rubbish of superstition and long-cherished errors, and to set the jewels of God's word in the framework of truth. What would the Saviour do if he should come to us now as he did to the Jews? He would have to do a similar work in clearing away the rubbish of tradition and ceremony. The Jews were greatly disturbed when he did this work [As are SDAs today!]. They had lost sight of the original truth of God, but Christ brought it again to view. It is our work to free the precious truths of God from superstition and error." E.G. White, Review and Herald, vol. 2, 308.
That is the express mission and commission of this ministry. There is a modern COUNTERPART to the ancient apostate "chosen people" of God. That modern COUNTERPART is the people who claim to be the modern "chosen people" of God, the remnant, if you will, the professing Seventh-day Adventist church militant.
"The plain straight testimony must
live in the church, or the curse of God will rest upon His people as surely
as it did upon ancient
Now you know the real reason why SDA leaders have distanced themselves from, and has disowned SDA reform groups who have distributed The Great Controversy. Dear brothers and sisters of the laity, I will tell you straight what the Lord showed me concerning all this. He showed me that all who support such abomination with their tithe and offerings will be held corporately responsible for so doing. Amen. A word to the wise is sufficient.
I tell you friend in all surety that the three angel’s messages are not being given by the professing SDA church in the way they could and should be given. They are being watered down more and more as the older pastors and Evangelists retire.
Some have advanced the notion that my warning message is not from God because I do not generally prophesy future events. They say that all prophets made predictions of the future. That is a gross misconception of the truth:
"The prophet [messenger] was thus essentially a spokesman for God, an interpreter of the divine purposes for man.... The modern concept that a prophet is essentially one who predicts the future obscures the fact that some of the greatest prophets of all time had little or nothing to say about future events. A prophet [messenger] is simply a man bearing a message from God." Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, 383.
"The watchmen have not kept pace with the opening providence of God, and the real heaven-sent message and messengers are scorned." The E. G. White 1888 Materials, Vol. 2, 831.
May God bless those who heed His Word,