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Faith on Trial

Faith on Trial

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Letters to and from the General Conference in the files of Donald. K. Short and Robert J. Wieland. A special edition for interested students of history.
Letters to and from the General Conference in the files of Donald. K. Short and Robert J. Wieland. A special edition for interested students of history.

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FAITH ON TRIAL
Letters to and from the General ConferenceIn the Files of Donald K. Short and Robert J. Wieland
 A Documentation o 40 Years o Ofcial Dialogue
Donald K. Short41 Brookside DriveHendersonville, NC 28792Robert J. Wieland2065 Combie RoadMeadow Vista, CA 95722
Special Edition for Interested Students of History 
 Tis abbreviated edition of FAIH ON RIALis verbatim from the 1993 edition
 
but containsonly the comments of the authors withoutsixty-four photocopy exhibits in the original 304 pages.
Compiled in April 1993 for Limited DistributionCopyright © 1993 by Donald K. Short and Robert J. Wieland
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Several scholars at Andrews University have asked Donald K.Short and Robert J. Wieland to donate (or to will) to the HeritageLibrary their les o 1888-related correspondence o the last hal century. We have preerred to release that correspondence now rather than wait until we die (i die we must). Rather than leaveour les where only a ew can see them in context and possibly misuse or misrepresent source material, we chose to release the entirele o correspondence with the General Conerence pro and con,photostatically reproduced, totally unedited. Tis collection was published in February, 1993, and copiessent to the General Conerence president and others. At this date(July 2001) the edition is exhausted. A copy is probably available atmost o our larger denominational libraries.Rather than reprint it (303 pages), we have chosen to reproduceherewith the original 36-page summary (due to re-typesetting now expanded to 42 pages) o the history rom 1950 on or the attentiono those readers who would like to know what were and are the issuesback o the writing o 
1888 Re-examined.
I there should be a largeenough demand or the reprinting o the entire book 
(Faith on rial)
 we would not object.In releasing this material to the Adventist public we exposeourselves to the judgment o our contemporaries. Some o ourearly letters demonstrate the zeal and exuberance o youth, but thethoughtul reader will judge them in the context o the entire history.Our decision to release this material is entirely our own and has noconnection with any other individuals or committee. In particular,this is not a publication o the 1888 Message Study Committee. Tetwo o us alone bear responsibility. Readers would be a blessing tous i they would contact us and show wherein they sincerely believe we err.
PRELIMINARY STATEMENT
 
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 We believe our loyalty to leadership and to the principles o church organization is repeatedly demonstrated in the history o thepast hal century. We have always been respectul to leaders who webelieve are “the anointed o the Lord,” even though we believe they at times have seriously misunderstood the 1888 message and history,and have at times unairly judged our eorts to bring this to theirattention. Te initial issue which prompted our rst letter to the ocerso the General Conerence at the 1950 General Conerence Session(reproduced at the end o this document) was the reality o Baal worship in our midst. Te idea that we could be conused by a“alse christ” in place o the true One has been resisted by GeneralConerence leadership; nevertheless there is clear testimony romEllen White that as a consequence o “our” corporate rejection “ina great degree” o the 1888 message, Baal worship would enter inamong us (1SM 234, 235; M 467, 468).In
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o Spring 1993 Dr. Mervyn Maxwell tellso his being “annoyed” and “stunned” as a committee member whenhe rst heard us present this to General Conerence brethren. Beorehis death he published the article in which he repented o beingso “annoyed” and rankly recognized the reality o Ellen White’sprediction o Baal worship inltrating our ranks.
Tis matter o Baal worship is the central issue, and has been all this hal century.
 Was Ellen White right, or was she wrong?As a reader and loyal church member, you have the duty o thoughtul study. Jesus said, “Judge righteous judgment.”
Donald K. Short and Robert J. Wieland  July
4,
 2001

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