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  1. Brooks K Potter
    28 November 2014 @ 9:51 am

    Even if it was an old edition of the GC, at least they are getting the word out.

    • cfowler
      28 November 2014 @ 8:17 pm


  2. Steve up the sleeve
    28 November 2014 @ 10:02 am

    I admit that I am part of a denomination fixated in 19th century New England. I admit that I’d rather pay some independent spin off group of my denomination to scatter printed matter like the “leaves of autumn” (who treasures dead leaves on the ground?) instead of getting involved in my community and befriending people, meeting needs that become obvious through such interactions. I apologize on behalf of my denomination for being faceless, irresponsible, wasteful, preferring to talk rather than to listen. God forgive me and us. In His grace, the response has been amusement—something we certainly didn’t expect based on the expressions of either warning or embarrassment on our faces.

    • Reply to Steve
      28 November 2014 @ 10:20 am

      Hello Steve, your comment reminds me of when Mary bought the bottle of alabaster to wash Jesus’ feet and then the complaints came how the money could have been used elsewhere among others. It always seems that someone has an idea of where the money should go and what it should do whenever someone else takes the initiative to honour Christ and/or do HIS will. I can’t imagine in the current last days we’re in the Christ would be displeased that a group was trying to get the Great Controversy in the hands as many people as they could.

      “More than one thousand will soon be converted in one day, most of whom will trace their first convictions to the reading of our publications.”–Ev 693 (1885).

      You see unlike the reaction of the world, which in most cases ours should be the opposite, i’m happy to see a group doing the work that so many have abandoned to do, we have become mostly a church satisfied with receiving the adoration and approval of the world.

      • Troy
        28 November 2014 @ 11:03 am

        Good Response!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Teresa
        28 November 2014 @ 12:27 pm

        This is one of many comments I have read that support your conclusions, Steve.

        “By personal labor reach those around you. Become acquainted with them. Preaching will not do the work that needs to be done. Angels of God attend you to the dwellings of those you visit. This work cannot be done by proxy. Money lent or given will not accomplish it. Sermons will not do it. By visiting the people, talking, praying, sympathizing with them, you will win hearts. This is the highest missionary work that you can do. To do it, you will need resolute, persevering faith, unwearying patience, and a deep love for souls.”—Testimonies for the Church 9:41. {ChS 117.5}

        • Ella M
          28 November 2014 @ 4:21 pm

          Yes, but it’s harder to do, takes a bigger commitment, more caring, and more time!
          Impersonal tracts and books are much easier than living the truth for most of us.

      • Adam Hendron
        28 November 2014 @ 3:08 pm

        Spot on, brother.

      • EliosP
        29 November 2014 @ 7:27 pm

        I believe that even for just one soul, Jesus would die; likewise, even if one soul is won by this extremely important work of distributing The Great Controversy, the sacrifice will be accepted by God and the persons involved will be blessed. Hopefully, those who don’t have other work to do other than negatively criticizing the last day manservant/menservant of the Lord will repent and act accordingly.

        30 November 2014 @ 2:01 pm

        Good reply. Whenever something worthwhile is done, there will always be naysayers. Furthermore, the superior attitudes of the world has no standing in spiritual matters, for spiritual things are spiritually discerned.

    • Jesse
      28 November 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      Hello Steve,
      You shouldn’t apologize for the SDA’s and the ministry they are doing? Someone has to the work…many SDA’s are hiding behind church buildings and in the safety of their homes…they are more concerned about being politically correct that speaking truth and proclaiming the word of God wherever they go. Pastors by the hundreds if not thousands have comprised truth over political correctness forgetting the COMPRIMISE KILLED JESUS. God clearly stated, “And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these SHOULD HOLD THEIR PEACE (STAY SILENT), the stones would immediately cry out.” Luke 19:40
      I am a 3rd generation SDA and I have hid behind false claims and beliefs in order that I might not offend anyone. It was not until 3 years ago that God called me of the darkness and into the light and I am proud to be part of a special people that God brought the light to through EGW. I am not arrogant in any way or form by I now know why I believe what I do and I stopped mocking EGW as I did for many years. The truth is hard to hear and swallow…the Bible is the same way…however, pastors within our own denomination are now watering the word of God because our own leaders have fallen victim to political correctness that we may not offend anyone. Jesus offended just about everyone, even his own disciples, yet he always spoke the truth and NEVER once did he candy coat the truth…but spoke it was LOVE and conviction.
      And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Luke 24:15


    • Adam Hendron
      28 November 2014 @ 3:41 pm

      My apologies for my apologizing brethren. We have nothing to be ashamed of, in distributing this book. It has wonderfully impacted millions of lives and is second only to the Bible in literary significance. Trees are a renewable resource and shall “clap their hands” at the great harvest of souls their kind has fostered. Let’s not create a false dichotomy. The Church’s efforts to listen and meet felt needs are indispensable and ongoing, but the word must also get out. And our messages on environmentally-costly flat-screens do not always get through.

    • Richard Lawson
      28 November 2014 @ 5:49 pm

      “These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.” Matthew 23:23 ESV

  3. Will Glenn
    28 November 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Thank you this is so wonderful that they sent out the Original Great Controversy, and it wasn’t watered down. Bible prophecy is rapidly fulfilling itself. Or the group could of sent out a colorful flyer, where people could of wrote to get the book for free. Either way it was still great!

    • Adam Hendron
      28 November 2014 @ 3:09 pm


    • Ella M
      28 November 2014 @ 4:24 pm

      And also presented in 20th-century English and terminology that’s harder to follow and outdated–not much interest there for the post-modern. But who cares about them? Too hard to talk to.

    • Steve Moran
      28 November 2014 @ 8:56 pm

      You mean the one watered down by Ellen White? Except how do you know it is better?

  4. Alan Yoder
    28 November 2014 @ 10:36 am

    I am just wondering about how effective mailing an unsolicited book really is. When I receive that kind of mail – it goes directly into the trash. While I Applaud the effort how much better to hand the book to a person willing to receive it. When I lived in the area, I would read the Bible on Caltrain while computing to San Jose. I got many questions and would often give the Bible to the questioner. We need to be smart.

    • Troy
      28 November 2014 @ 11:08 am

      Time is getting short and I applaud those doing this. We must remember that we serve a living God. I am quiet sure that many if not all these books will get into the hands who they are intended for. For those who throw this book in the trash may have lost their last chance for salvation.

      • Troy
        28 November 2014 @ 11:09 am

        Time is getting short and I applaud those doing this. Time is running short. We must remember that we serve a living God. I am quiet sure that many if not all these books will get into the hands who they are intended for. For those who throw this book in the trash may have lost their last chance for salvation.

        • Ella M
          28 November 2014 @ 4:26 pm

          So, we are saved by a book??

    • Adam Hendron
      28 November 2014 @ 3:12 pm

      When was the last time you received “that kind of mail”? This is no mere flyer. Even a catalogue cannot compare, in girth. This mailing is out of the ordinary and people recognize that, hence the news media.

  5. Maridza Westra
    28 November 2014 @ 11:14 am

    To some it may seem wasteful, a waste of resources, unsolicitated yunk mail. But I look at the positive. If the people from this independent ministry prayed, and asked the Spirit of God to touch hearts, He knows just the persons who will read it andwill understand what the final conflict is about. It is my hope that those who receive it will want to know more. But I believe the Spirit of the Lord is leading. The fact that it caught the attention of the media and they commented on it, will get people who received the book interested in looking at the book the media is talking about. Ah, have faith. Our God is an awesome God, and he uses the unbelievers, and even the media to get the ball rolling.

  6. Gary
    28 November 2014 @ 11:22 am

    Time is getting short? There’s a new one! Oh wait–I’ve been hearing that for over 60 years (and many Christians have been saying it for nearly TWO THOUSAND years). “Time is getting short” means NOTHING to anybody in this context. As much as I love Ellen White and all she has meant to Adventism, the Great Controversy is a book that is outdated and incomplete, saying absolutely NOTHING about the rise of militant and murderous Islam–the greatest threat of our time. The book says that the whole world will keep Sunday (save a few of the “remnant”). How in the world are you going to get over a billion Muslims to follow the Catholics? Good luck with that. This book should NOT be distributed like the “leaves of Autumn.” Without context, it only gives Adventism a bad name.

    • Adam Hendron
      28 November 2014 @ 3:27 pm

      “All she has meant to Adventism…” How about, all she MEANS to Adventism? “My words shall speak until the end of time,” she wrote. Also, your sarcastic remarks about the shortness of time remind me of Peter’s prediction, “in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts and saying, Where is the promise of His coming” 2 Peter 3:3. Whatever amount of harassment we may receive from Muslim extremists is nothing compared to the damage done by apostate Christianity. The former destroys body only; not soul. Indeed, the Church has fared better in times of persecution than in times of ease. Moreover in all probability Rome is behind the media campaign to demonize Islam. Should the Muslims observe Sunday, it will most likely be on the same basis that non-Christians and pagans are currently embracing it: environmentalism. “Green Sunday,” they call it, “in honor of Gaia–the earth.”

    • Ella M
      28 November 2014 @ 4:28 pm

      You appear to be right at this juncture of history; maybe later it might mean something, but now it sounds ludicrous with the threat of Islam on the horizon.

    • Richard Lawson
      28 November 2014 @ 6:08 pm

      The fact that some current event that seems important to you is not mentioned by EGW means nothing.
      EGW’s writings, and the Bible, are not meant to be historical commentaries on every event that has occurred in the world since its beginning. Most of what occurred in the world separate from what was happening to the followers of God was not recorded in the Bible. The purpose of the Bible and EGW’s writings are to explain who God is and His plan of salvation in contrast to the false claims of Satan.
      “The rise of militant and murderous Islam”, what you believe is the “greatest threat of our time” is also not mentioned in the Bible. In fact, Islam is not mentioned at all in Revelation after chapter 9. I suppose in your mind, that renders Revelation 12-18 irrelevant to our times.

    • Don Wilson
      28 November 2014 @ 9:12 pm

      Hi Gary, you said “The book says that the whole world will keep Sunday (save a few of the “remnant”). How in the world are you going to get over a billion Muslims to follow the Catholics”

      Muslims are a subsidiary of the Roman Catholic Church. One of the first laws Pakistan (a Muslim country) passed on gaining independence were Sunday rest laws!

      You also said “militant and murderous Islam–the greatest threat of our time”.

      Revelation 14:9. “Whosoever worships the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God,…

      The Beast and his Image are “the greatest threat of our time.”! That’s why the book Great Controversy does’nt mention Islam. Uncledon.

  7. Jesse
    28 November 2014 @ 12:22 pm

    This is just simply amazing! In a country where political correctness has become the norm, God has his children sharing the truth to those who are willing to accept it. We have to remember, Many are called and few are chosen! Matthew 22:14 Many of our churches are still preaching truth from the pulpits; however, many have gone from truth to political correctness being taught by the social and cultural norms. Are we to be taught by social and cultural norms or by the Word of God and “Thus says the Lord?” Many SDAs believe they have learned something new and while to put aside the Word of God, they begin with “I believe or I thing” instead of the Word of God states this! In Brazil the GC is being spread and shared like wild fire and that is a Catholic state; however the truth is being shared and people are accepting it…we need to remember that not all will be saved…many are called and few are chosen..13″Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14″For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. Matthew 7:14, 14. I have given this book to people and it’s historical facts that we should take seriously…It sad to say that possibly more than 80% of our SDA members have never even read the GC and even know our history…that is truly a shame…

    • Jesse
      28 November 2014 @ 12:23 pm

      Sorry, I meant to state Brazil is a majority Catholic Country not state…

    • Adam Hendron
      28 November 2014 @ 3:28 pm


  8. Melvin Frisbey
    28 November 2014 @ 1:22 pm

    How about fixing the egregious typo in the headline? Sheesh!

  9. Roger Metzger
    28 November 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    The great controversy between Jesus and Satan IS about the sabbath. The Sabbath IS the trust relationship also called “entering into his (the Lord’s) rest. The sabbath DAY is a God-ordained SYMBOL of that relationship of trust.

    The Great Controversy (the book) is about religious liberty–the contrast between the use of coercion (the devil’s way) and the use of love (Jesus’ way).

    The mark of the beast is received WHEN coercion is employed with regard to a religious belief, practice or prohibition.

    I fully expect the FINAL use of coercion will be with regard to the religious practice of resting on the day the Lord rested–the day he blessed and sanctified.

    Can someone please explain how it is possible for many people to read that book and think it teaches that people will receive the mark by worshiping the Lord on Sunday?

    Christians worship the Lord every day of the week! !!

    We have two copies of that book in our library. When I find someone who I think can understand it, I expect to loan or give him a copy. But it seems likely that anyone who wants a longer list of things to DO to gain the approbation of the Almighty will misunderstand the theme of the book.
    Roger Metzger
    Benzonia, Michigan

    • Ella M
      28 November 2014 @ 4:35 pm

      I know you didn’t mean it that way but I find the following to be almost blasphemous:
      You said: “The great controversy between Jesus and Satan IS about the sabbath.”

      NO, NO, NO, the great controversy is about Jesus and the rest He has provided us from working for salvation. The Sabbath is only a SYMBOL of His rest. As long as we keep presenting the Sabbath as saving us or the end as all about the Sabbath, instead of Jesus, we will be considered a cult by other Christians and deserve it. Perhaps the Lord is waiting for us to see the Light and the Truth about the end times and the Truth about Sabbathkeeping.

    • Don Wilson
      28 November 2014 @ 8:31 pm

      Hi Roger, greetings from Australia. Of course Sabbath keepers can worship on Sunday or any day of the week!! You seem to have fallen for the false modern view that the 7th. day Sabbath is to be the test or “Mark of the Beast”.

      According to the book “The Great Controversy Between Christ and His Angels and the Devil and His Angels” Sunday rest laws will be the test as they were in 1888. Being ordered to work on Saturday is not a Sunday Law! Uncledon.

      Quote G.C. page 606:- “But as the question of enforcing Sunday observance is widely agitated, the event so long doubted and disbelieved is seen to be approaching, and the third message produces an effect which it could not have had before.

  10. Tim
    28 November 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I hope we never come to the day when we use the response of the modern day media as a reason to do or not to evangelism. The gospel commission is a much better standard.

    • Adam Hendron
      28 November 2014 @ 3:30 pm

      Liberals will find every excuse for withholding our message.

      • Ella M
        28 November 2014 @ 4:38 pm

        And so have “conservatives” by withholding many avenues and ways to present the Truth of Jesus. They are stuck in 20th-century evangelism that, at least in the western countries, ignores most of the secular population.

  11. George Saxon
    28 November 2014 @ 2:06 pm

    Why the 1888 edition? Why not the revised edition which had supposedly been corrected by Ellen herself?

  12. George Saxon
    28 November 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    1888 edition, or was it the 1858 edition?

    • Tim
      29 November 2014 @ 2:10 am

      according to the organization that sent it out it was from the 1911 edition.

  13. Adam Hendron
    28 November 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    My apologies for my apologizing brethren. We have nothing to be ashamed of, in distributing this book. It has wonderfully impacted millions of lives and is second only to the Bible in literary significance. Trees are a renewable resource and shall “clap their hands” at the great harvest of souls their kind has fostered. Let’s not create a false dichotomy. The Church’s efforts to listen and meet felt needs are indispensable and ongoing, but the word must also get out. And our messages on environmentally-costly flat-screens do not always get through.

  14. David Geelan
    28 November 2014 @ 4:53 pm

    Guess no-one has read enough of it to recognise and call out the virulent antiCatholic strand.

    A strand of mid-19th century American thought that early SDAism shared with the KKK.

  15. sarah
    28 November 2014 @ 5:05 pm

    Seventh Day Adventists were commissioned by God, to give the three angels message. There is nothing wrong with community services. The Bible tells us to feed the hungry and cloth the naked, but it is the number one responsibility of every Seventh Day Adventist, to open up the understanding of the book of Daniel to Revelation 1. This involves educating by teaching and teaching involves quite a bit of talking. Our message is not focused in 19th century New England, but is centered in preparing the world for the mark of the beast, the seal of God, the close of probation and the second coming of Christ.

  16. Richard Lawson
    28 November 2014 @ 5:56 pm

    Too frequently those in the church who are doing nothing criticize the methods and apparent results of those who are doing something. Doing nothing, regardless of the reason, is far worse than doing the wrong things (or the right things in the wrong way). When we do something, the Holy Spirit can work on our actions to accomplish a good result. The Holy Spirit cannot influence our nothingness. Some efforts, any efforts, will achieve some results, even if not measurable by human standards. Many church members, and even church leaders, are doing nothing, having become disillusioned by the apparent futility of their efforts. They are the ones that will be held accountable. “In as much as you did it not…”

  17. Gary
    29 November 2014 @ 5:24 pm

    I see that my comments elicited a “rise” in some of you. Good. I firmly believe, based on the time in which we live (2014), and the region in question that the GC was distributed in (San Francisco Bay Area), that distributing this book will do more harm than good for “the 3 Angel’s Messages.” It will solidify in many minds their already twisted misconception that Adventism is a wacky cult. We will be lumped with the Mormons and, in particular, the Jehovah’s Witnesses. The Broadway musical, “The Book of Mormon,” did nothing but reveal the silly, wacky, out-of-reality beliefs of Mormonism. Now the GC will confirm that Adventism retains the anti-Catholicism of much of 19th century America. To suggest, in the minds of moderns, that the Sabbath is THE KEY ISSUE around which all history rests (and around which salvation depends) is ludicrous at worst, and legalistic at best. This is not to say that the GC doesn’t have its contribution to make. The WARNING that Mrs. White trumpets strongly in the last half of the book, namely, that a dictatorial spirit (“for the good of all mankind”) will arise at the “end of time”, coercive and deadly, is one all people should pay attention to. But to identify that dictatorial entity as one particular religious denomination, is a major TURN-OFF to modern minds. In the 19th century it received a somewhat favorable hearing–even if not embraced. But TODAY, this is no way to win friends and influence people for Jesus Christ.

  18. John Wood
    01 December 2014 @ 1:08 am

    I’m sure you meant the 1888 edition, which was the expansion of the 1884 Spirit of Prophecy Vol 4, which EGW created using the library of the late JN Andrews in Basel during her time there. Without context, the book can obviously be an unwanted mystery to Biblically illiterate moderns. Prep work is also important. As to the end, it pictures it in her day, which is in fact the way ALL Biblical prophets (and NT apostles too) were presented the end-times. Right now the vast majority of Muslims are taught that the final war will begin in Syria which will bring in the Caliphate that will rule the world. Before that happens, however, even before the coming of the 12th Mahdi, Issa (Jesus) must appear in his role as Prince of Peace and bring peace to the nations. (Devout Sunnis are looking for Jesus to appear.) The Marian apparitions have taught “Adventist” Catholics to look for the same thing, bringing peace between Arab and Jew at last. Orthodox Jews look for the arrival of Messiah in the coming Third Temple, the plans for which are complete. Fundy Protestants are linking w/the papacy on many issues, and believe that after the Tribulation Christ will come down to earth and found an earthly Kingdom of Peace for a thousand years. ALL major religions (even the mystical eastern ones) are looking for the same outline of events. Yes, Muslims like others will long for peace to come and be ready when AS THIS BOOK PREDICTS Satan appears as Christ, the overwhelming final delusion. Good luck with no knowing the basics. Ignorance is not a good basis for mockery.

  19. Nic Samojluk
    01 December 2014 @ 7:32 am

    Currently there are three projects with the aim of distributing the book by the millions. The one taking place in SF is a reaction to the wide distribution of the sanitized version sponsored by the General Conference titled “The Great Hope” because all the chapters offensive to Catholics were removed.

    The third project is a version with a large collection of pictures illustrating the pagan origins of the Catholic Church. This one was published by David Mould. He was offended and angered when the church refused to sponsor his project which forced him to downsize his pet project.

    • John
      01 December 2014 @ 11:47 pm

      Sounds to me that this has more to do with politics or making a point, rather than religion or Adventism. Dare I say if that being the case…. more damage than good will come of it. A pity that our religion is not based on the 1st and biggest commandment, that of LOVE.

  20. Larry
    03 December 2014 @ 5:42 pm

    Lots of opinions that don’t carry a whole lot of weight in the total scheme of things. We need to stand on the truth of the Bible and SOP. We are instructed to scatter the truth like the leaves of autumn. We are to leave the results (saving souls) to God. Faith without works is dead. We are to do our work trusting in the LORD that He will do his part in HIs own time. Don’t know what some of the “Adventists” are studying, but the Sabbath is to be the test that everyone will have to make a decision on. God’s truth is God’s truth – opinions are like … well, everyone has one.

  21. Harry Elliott
    08 December 2014 @ 8:57 pm

    At the heart of TGC lie serious errors that our church chooses to ignore. Satan’s name is not–and never was–Lucifer. The Oh-Lucifer statement in Isa 14 was not God addressing Satan. It was dead kings in hell razzing the newly dead king of Babylon, sorta like “In der fuhrer’s Face.” Can you imagine basing doctrines on a Spike Jones song? “Phhhhht!”

    The Babylonian kings identified with the day-star because it periodically raises itself above the most-high sun god at dawn. The Latin name for the dsy-star is LUCIFER. Eastern myth held that the day-star and therefore its alter-ego, the Babylonian king was the son of the god of morning. (Get it? “Son of morning”.) Satan was not the son of anybody or any thing.

    The KJV speaks of a war in heaven. In the context, it should have been translated a “war in the sky”. That war took place after Jesus was “caught up” to heaven. Notice that the dragon back on earth went after the woman “which brought forth the man-child”.

    As a Seventh-Day Adventist for three-score years, distributing this book with its endless errors is an embarrassment.

    i844 was not Miller’s