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 respectul 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 unairly judged our eorts to bring this to theirattention. Te initial issue which prompted our rst letter to the ocerso the General Conerence at the 1950 General Conerence Session(reproduced at the end o this document) was the reality o Baal worship in our midst. Te idea that we could be conused by a“alse christ” in place o the true One has been resisted by GeneralConerence 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
o Spring 1993 Dr. Mervyn Maxwell tellso his being “annoyed” and “stunned” as a committee member whenhe rst heard us present this to General Conerence brethren. Beorehis death he published the article in which he repented o beingso “annoyed” and rankly recognized the reality o Ellen White’sprediction o Baal worship inltrating 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 thoughtul study. Jesus said, “Judge righteous judgment.”
Donald K. Short and Robert J. Wieland July