I don’t understand why the author pictured EGW as modifying her views on the Catholic church? In chapter 35 of the GC entitled “Liberty of Conscience threatened,” EGW is relentless in her harsh judgment of the RC church, not only that chapter but all throughout the entire book. She believed that children should be “taught … to abhor popery,” and pictured Catholics as haters of Religious Liberty.
The author believes that EGW took a more moderate tone in her writing that we should not “make unkind thrust and allusions” toward the RC church. It seems that her chief reasons for doing this position is: “All sharp thrusts will come back upon us in double measure when the power is in the hands of those who can exercise it for our injury.” In other words, the RC church will become again a global persecuting power with a specific aim to destroy the SDA church.
No matter what the author says, EGW consistently pictured the enemy of the SDA church as the RC church. It is the power behind the “Mark of the Beast” and will become aligned with USA’s military to destroy Religious Liberty throughout the world creating the Great Time of Trouble. Without which the Second Coming cannot take place. It is the power that changed Sabbath worship for Sunday.
I guess we wish EGW to be more politically correct for our society. For any religious movement to blacked the motives and teachings of a major religious (such as Muslims) group is not an ideal ethic. EGW represented the ethics of her generation, from which we have moved far away from.