The book 'The Great Controversy' defragmented, adulterated...
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Conference President Announces Plans to Distribute the 'Great Controversy
Submitted Oct 26, 2011
By Atoday News Team
General Conference President Announces Plans to Distribute
162 Million Copies of Great Controversy
A goal that Ted N. C. Wilson, the world
president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, has repeatedly promoted is the
wide distribution of Ellen White’s book, The Great Controversy.
It is a review of Christian history and extends into a description of the
return of Christ and end time events.
Wilson has announced that plans are in place
to circulate at least 162 million copies of the book next year. A
total of 70 million of these will be in Latin America where the majority of
the population is at least nominally Catholic. The book includes a critique
of the Roman Catholic Church.
Most of the copies that will be distributed
under this plan are actually condensed versions of the nearly 700-page
volume. For example, Project Steps to Christ, an ASI-member organization,
publishes an abridgement which they will distribute through direct mail at 65
cents per household. Any organization or individual can pay for delivery in
communities they select.
This version is 112 pages in a small paperback
format and carries a new title, On The Edge of Time. The main
thing the abridgers did to shorten this beloved, but hefty, book was simply
to leave out the first two-thirds, which deals with the history of the early
reformers, the Protestant Reformation, and the early Adventist movement in
Europe and America, the story of William Miller and others. Chapter 29 in
the original volume, “The Origin of Evil,” is chapter 1 in this version.
These 13 chapters included in the abridged
version are condensed. Some of the material that has been removed includes quotations
from early Catholic journals saying that Protestants ought to keep the
Sabbath if they are really against Catholicism, much of the discussion of
detailed prophecy charts, most of the description of the papacy and its
policies, material on the sanctuary and its relevance to our time, as well as
considerable repetition and some illustrative stories, both biblical and
non-biblical. (non- biblical stories
in the Great Controversy- ARE YOU KIDDING ME?)
The main principles of “the conflict of the
ages” are still there. The material that is retained is not changed, but
is word-for-word the originally-published Ellen White material.(- SIC!- WHAT TO CHANGE ANYMORE WHEN THE MOST IMPORTANT
CHAPTERS WERE CUT OFF?
The other major change is some reordering of
the chapters. After shortened versions of the original chapters 29, 31, 33,
and 34, this version jumps back in the time line and inserts some of chapters
17, 25, and 27, including Jesus’ promise to return and the signs of His
second coming. It leaves out the Lisbon earthquake as fulfillment of
prophecy. There is a presentation of the three angels’ messages of
Revelation 14, the Sabbath, some review
of prophecy time lines, a discussion
of 1798, and the “lamb-like beast” of
This version then goes back to Chapter 36 from
the original and follows the full version, abridging it some, but retaining
the main message. It greatly reduces the
description of the time of trouble, people worrying about “one
sin not repented,” the appearance of the ark in heaven just
before Jesus comes, the detailed reunion of Adam with Christ, and other
more features from the original that have raised arguments.
(ARGUMENTS TO THE BEAST POWER MAYBE?) The famous and lyrical ending is
intact.- GOOD JOB- YOU WORKING FOR SATAN !
It introduces people to the traditional
Seventh-day Adventist understanding (like this one below
it is true that there was a period in the life of the Seventh-day Adventist
Church when the denomination took a distinctly anti-Roman Catholic
viewpoint...that attitude on the church's part was nothing more than
a manifestation of widespread anti-popery among conservative Protestant
denominations in the early part of this century and the latter part of the
last, and which has now
been consigned to the historical trash heap so
far as the Seventh-day Adventist Church is concerned." (Neal
C. Wilson, past president of the Seventh-day Adventist General Conference,
Court Transcript of United States vs the
Seventh-day Adventist Church, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission vs the Pacific Press Publishing Association and the
General Conference, Reply Brief for Defendants, p 4, Civil Case #74-2025 CBR,
presided over by Judge Charles B. Renfrew, U.S. District Court, San
Francisco, California, 1974-1975.)of
the great battle between good and evil, and how it will end. Yet, it is not
precise about every small detail in the traditional telling of this
narrative. The emphasis is on how the reader can align with
God’s side in their daily lives and look forward to Christ’s promised return.
Maranatha! Jozsef Santa