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Meant as an election campaign story but tells a lot more. Are the interviewees authoritative? Did EGW lead the church into popular compromise as claimed? Who assigned Le Roy Froom the work he did?

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Yes, a great story there sadly some things was not quite correct. But clearly, the writer was not an Adventist so we should not expect too much, EG White was never in leadership position her words and writings did carry a lot of weight true but she was never a leader. I am not sure what you mean EG White lead the church into compromise, it seems to me to be a spurious claim. 

I am not too sure what you want to prove with this post anyway?  

It's understandable the writer is not Adventist. However, she interviewed Adventists who seem to have some authority in church history who have made erroneous statements about the church and EG White. Here the writer quotes Samples as saying:

"White is said to have received some of the content of her books and teachings during visions or revelations from God. White's writings and her advocacy for ideas widely accepted in other Christian denominations, such as a belief in the Holy Trinity, helped to remove some of the social stigma that surrounded the religion. (White is a central figure in Adventism, but in July, the denomination voted against ordaining women.)"

I read "stigma" as peculiarity. Samples makes the indirect claim that EGW steered the SDA church towards popularity/acceptance with other (apostate) churches, the daughters of Rome, and cites the Holy Trinity, a term EGW never used to refer to God in all her writings. It is especially discomfiting given that EGW says expressly that:

"The Lord has pronounced a curse upon those who take from or add to the Scriptures. The great I AM has decided what shall constitute the rule of faith and doctrine, and he has designed that the Bible shall be a household book. The church that holds to the word of God is irreconcilably separated from Rome. Protestants were once thus apart from this great church of apostasy, but they have approached more nearly to her, and are still in the path of reconciliation to the Church of Rome. Rome never changes. Her principles have not altered in the least. She has not lessened the breach between herself and Protestants; they have done all the advancing. But what does this argue for the Protestantism of this day? It is the rejection of Bible truth which makes men approach to infidelity. It is a backsliding church that lessens the distance between itself and the Papacy." ST, 1894.

Then also McGraw claims this:

"In a lot of his work, he pushed hard for the elimination of the term "cult" from descriptions of Adventism. He thought this was essential to the efforts to change other people's views. But he also got a lot of pushback from other Adventists. You have to understand that the sense of persecution coming from the outside, that sense of exclusion is part of what binds groups together. So there were Adventists who didn't like what Froom was doing."

He creates the impression that what some Adventists were against was the idea of going mainstream. From what we read, pioneers like JS Washburn did not oppose Froom's work merely because he sought to remove the "cult" label. It was because he compromised the true faith to achieve that objective. Going mainstream was never an objective of the true church, certainly not what EGW wrote. 

"After a long and severe conflict, the faithful few decided to dissolve all union with the apostate church if she still refused to free herself from falsehood and idolatry. They saw that separation was an absolute necessity if they would obey the word of God. They dared not tolerate errors fatal to their own souls, and set an example which would imperil the faith of their children and children's children. To secure peace and unity they were ready to make any concession consistent with fidelity to God; but they felt that even peace would be too dearly purchased at the sacrifice of principle. If unity could be secured only by the compromise of truth and righteousness, then let there be difference, and even war." GC, 45.

I can agree that the church is backsliding. We see this in how the church is trying its hardest to be like other churches. EG White predicted this:

The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. Our religion would be changed. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. {1SM 204.2}

Yes, we see this today how they are changing the books like the Great Controversy and The Desire of Ages although we still have the old books. So we can still be able to resurrect the church of old. 

The one thing is we should not loose heart because predicted this:

"The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ". – {2SM 380.2}

May God encourage you to stay strong in the faith. 

I PREDICTED IT TOO.

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