While a number of excellent histories of the Seventh-day Adventist church have been written, The General Conference Confronts Apostasy is unique. No other historical volume has documented in detail the manner in which church leaders have dealt with apostasy in our midst from its earliest times.
Commencing with fanatical worship services, moving to the Messenger and the Marian offshoots, the entry of what is now commonly known as the "new theology" with the defection of Pastor Dudley Canright, this book takes up the earth-shattering 1888 General Conference session, the promotion of pantheism, the holy flesh movement of Indiana in 1900, hierarchical church governance, the issue of self-supporting work, the military issue of World War I, and the trend-setting 1919 Bible conference. This book examines each one in detail, presenting the impact upon God's church in the twenty-first century.
In numbers of these issues Church leadership acted responsibly and decidedly. In other crises, commencing with the 1888 General Conference session, Church leadership was found wanting.
The General Conference Confronts Apostasy exceeds any other church history in its depth of documentation and its perception of Satan’s unceasing efforts to seed damnable error into the one object of Christ’s supreme regard - the Remnant Church. Its great value lies in the manner in which the authors have been able to trace the standards and severe challenges confronting the Seventh-day Adventist Church of the twenty-first century in the historical context of the period 1844-1930.
All discerning Seventh-day Adventists will deserve to possess this tome. Its stands as a hallmark history of their church. It is possible that the history of the first eighty six years of God’s final church on earth will never be surpassed.
Paperback: 640 pages
Publisher: Hartland Publications
ISBN 10: 0923309721
ISBN 13: 978-0923309725