Why I wrote this book.
If the truth were to be told, I tried not to, but it kept coming to the forefront of mymind. There is so much information 'out there' and on the Internet that I questionedthe need for more. At any rate, I am convinced that this is God's will, so Isurrendered. If just one person is helped, I'll consider it a worthwhile labor of love.I have been a member of the 7
day Adventist church since the age of six. I am nowabout two months from sixty. I have been educated in their schools and worked for two regional conferences for a combined total of thirty-seven years. I retired in 2008and spent said year diligently being a student of prayer, praise and the Word.What I've believed all of my life came into question in 2005. For years I had heardabout the plagiarism of the prophetess, Ellen White, but like most Adventists I prettymuch ignored it. Surely they were wrong or was it because I didn't want to know?Anyway, in 2005, I received
email from a pastor friend of mine with theheading,
Was Ellen White A True Prophet
? This time I was impressed to check it outso I decided to open it and began clicking on the provided links. Needless to say, Icould not believe what I was reading. I printed out a plethora of articles. With Biblein hand, I pulled out the 'little red books' and began my journey.It did not take me long to have several eye openers. When I checked things out for myself without the aid of Ellen White's interpretations, I was startled. I cried, I wasangry and at one point took every one of her books off of my bookshelves and threwthem in the trash. On the flip side, I felt a sweet release because I never found joy in being a 7
day Adventist. Then I'd get angry all over again because I felt like mywhole life had been taken away from me and that I had been unhappy all of my life because of deliberate deception. Since I was six years old, the church has been tellingme what I can and cannot do. Most of it made no sense but what I learned was thatthe rules have everything to do with 'church identification' and nothing to do withsalvation. For me, the price is too high! I want to be called Christian and be free togo wherever He leads.My employment with Southeastern Conference ended in 2007, I retired and thisafforded me the time to dedicate myself to continue my studying that began in 2005.The biggest and most important question for me to settle and understand for myself was the Sabbath. Perhaps I should be ashamed to admit it, but sabbath was always a burden for me, but I felt I had no other choice but to try hard to keep it because that