It’s sad hearing that apparently you no longer enjoy the open conversation we have on this site and decided to leave.
Regarding your comments, it caught my attention that you first wrote that maybe you were brainwashed, then stating that maybe I am brainwashed, and finishing by implying that those who see things different than you may be doing the Devil’s work. Interesting progression of thoughts.
I fully respect your views on the issue of EGW. Everyone has to make a choice considering the facts they examine. And you said it well,
Apparently these reasons are strong factors for your decision making process. They are not for me. We are very different for this matter. Long time ago I accepted that the Bible contains everything one needs to find God, to accept Jesus as personal Savior, and to learn what a Christian life looks like. What else is needed? In my opinion, nothing. Unfortunately Adventism decided that for some reason the Bible is not complete without EGW’s writings, another 100,000 pages., That’s a lot of reading, and a good money maker as well…
I believe the Bible IS complete, and any additions are actually “not-recommended” in the Book of Revelation. So I decided to stick with the Sola Scriptura principle. Others, like yourself, decided differently and I have no problem with that. What I have a problem is with the suggestion that those who decided for Sola Scriptura may in any way be used by the Devil … This is indeed insane.
I am sorry you see my decision as “skepticism.” No, it’s not. My decision was (is) based on factual evidence that is public knowledge, and I refuse to keep justifying why plagiarism happened. There is no need for that. What is indeed disappointing as well is that the knowledge of the facts became public despite the Denomination’s immense effort to brush it off. This is, for me, inexcusable and tells a lot about intentions.
When I was in my early 20’s I was a very strong defender of EGW. I had finished 4 years of college (School of Theology) and was fully convinced of my convictions. Then …, before I turned 30 hell broke loose: I found out that a lot of information had not been disclosed by the Church to its members, and even to its pastors!!! I re-studied it all with a completely open mind, and decided to be on the safe side only: The Bible only. I will be 68 next month. And the behavior of the Denomination in the pasts ca. 38 years assures me that I made the right decision - for me, of course.
This is the most rewarding statement for me. If as a fruit of my conversation with someone that person’s critical thinking is enhanced, I feel extremely rewarded; independently of the final decision they make for themselves.
Stuart, I wish you would reconsider staying part of the Spectrum crowd. This is a well of knowledge where we never stop learning. But, again, you need to use your critical thinking and make your own decision on this issue as well.