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An Explicit Confession Due the Church - Robert J. Wieland - PDF

An Explicit Confession Due the Church - Robert J. Wieland - PDF

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In the book, Movement of Destiny, L.E. Froom portrayed the authors of "1888 Re-Examined" as disloyal to the church and demanded that they make 'an explicit confession … due the church,' in which they should retract their basic thesis as false. This book contains their response.
In the book, Movement of Destiny, L.E. Froom portrayed the authors of "1888 Re-Examined" as disloyal to the church and demanded that they make 'an explicit confession … due the church,' in which they should retract their basic thesis as false. This book contains their response.

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 November 1972
 
1This public “confession” is made in response to a duty solemnly enjoinedupon the authors of a private document. After twenty-two years of silence they arenow required to speak publicly, though they would prefer to remain silent.Their duty to “confess” is made clear by demands upon them publishedin
Movement of Destiny
and endorsed by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.* It is a duty the authors dare not evade. The Church will expect asincere response to such an authoritative public charge. Truth requires it.Twenty-two years ago in the autumn of 1950 the authors prepared for theattention of the General Conference Committee a private manuscript entitled
1888 Re-examined
. Without the authors’ consent or approval, this documentwith some 600 Ellen G. White exhibits was by others placed in the hands of anever-widening circle of Seventh-day Adventist readers around the world. This iswhat has now been responsible for this public call to make “an explicit confession… due the Church.”We said in 1950 that there is a neglected but essential preparation tomake before the final outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Latter Rain can possiblycome to enable the Church to finish God’s work on earth. That most necessarypreparation is recognition of and repentance for the misunderstanding andrejecting the “beginning” of the Latter Rain and the Loud Cry. This “beginning,”according to Ellen G. White, was a message brought by two young ministers tothe 1888 General Conference Session. Nearly one hundred times in her writingsshe endorses this message and the messengers in language never used at any timeabout any other message or messengers.For us now as a people to beg Heaven to give us the Latter Rain, withoutrecognizing this obvious fact, is just as unreasonable as for the Jews to keep onbegging the Lord to send them the Messiah without recognizing how He kept Hispromise and did send Him two thousand years ago.Here are two examples of Ellen G. White’s typical endorsement of themessage:
AN EXPLICIT CONFESSION . . . DUE THE CHURCH”
* See
Movement of Destiny
(Washington, D.C.: Review and Herald Publishing Association1971), pages 358, 364, 445, 451, 686, etc.
 
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The, Lord in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through EldersWaggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world theuplifted Saviour, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. . . . It is the third angel’smessage, which is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, and attended with the outpouringof His Spirit in a large measure.—TM 91, 92.The time of test is just upon us, for the loud cry of the third angel has already begunin the revelation of the righteousness of Christ, the sin-pardoning Redeemer. This is thebeginning of the light of the angel whose glory shall fill the whole earth.—R&H, November 22, 1892.
Since the imperative demand was made in
Movement of Destiny
that wemake a public “confession,” we have spent much time in thought and prayer,considering what our response should be. We love the remnant church, we area part of it, and our confidence in its ultimate triumph is strong. For the twenty-two years since we presented the original document to the General ConferenceCommittee we have remained missionaries and ministers and have earnestly triedto carry out whatever assignments the church organization has given us, whether in Africa or in our homeland. We are grateful that the
Review and Herald
couldsay of us: “There has been no question on the part of the church leadership of the loyalty and sincerity of Elders Wieland and Short. . . . They firmly support theorganization and unity of the church.”—R&H, May 8, 1969, pages 5, 6.We have never supported or approved of any offshoot movement or disloyal element. It has been and is still our prayer that God’s grace will sustainus in loyal service to Christ and His Church until He comes again.There are many Seventh-day Adventists who have known little or nothingabout that “beginning of the Latter Rain and Loud Cry” in 1888 or the realreason why the finishing of God’s work has been delayed so many decadessince. We are grateful that
Movement of Destiny
has told the church of the greatimportance of the 1888 Conference. We hope it enjoys wide readership. Andwe are especially glad that for the first time in history a major volume clearlyconfesses that the Lord gave through Elders Jones and Waggoner what was inreality “the beginning of the Latter Rain” (see pages 262, 318, 321, 322, 325,345, 570, 667, etc.). We see in this published call for us to make “an explicitconfession” an indication of duty the Lord Himself has laid upon us. Throughthe years He has providentially placed in our hands a remarkable collection of unpublished Ellen G. White material that bears directly on the subject matter of this “confession.” We believe that publication of this epochal volume by theReview and Herald Publishing Association will prove to be a major step towardbringing about those final events which will result in the finishing of God’s workin this generation. We have waited many months beyond the publication of thisbook for the world field to have a chance to become acquainted with what it says.Now we must respond to its call.

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