Why does any one of any age leave a denomination whose foundation is the quicksand also known as “Mrs. White’s Writings”!?!?
A better question is why does anyone stay?
The answer to which question I find to be simple.
People stay for all the wrong reasons; fear of change, inertia, mental stagnation, emotional immaturity, cultic infatuation, dogmatic tendencies, superstition, a preference for speculations about the purportedly miraculous over natural-but-mundane real life, institutional brainwashing, arrogance, inability to admit mistakes, fear of losing their jobs, narcissistic “holier than thou” thinking, belief in the supernatural over scientific skepticism, a wishful mindset that wants to think that things will change, hope that god will forgive their presumptive sin of “going along to get along”, loss of fellowship with friends, ostracism from family, fear that the second coming might actually happen…someday, dismissive attitude toward those who can’t or won’t overlook EGW’s glaring deceitfulness or anyone who “just doesn’t get it”, personal agendas, “mommy or daddy is a minster/saint” issues, “But I wouldn’t get to play ‘special music’ anymore,” an irrational fear of one’s maker, etc., etc., etc.
And if anyone thinks the picture I paint is too bleak, read some of the past comments in this forum from diehard SDA’s.
Or check out some of the responses that may come when EGW sycophants try to refute this comment.
If one finds brotherly love rather than a bunch of sardonic, cherry-picked “proof-texting”, senses human humility rather than abject Adventist Arrogance, or discovers a preference for simple compassion over hyper-criticism and over intellectualization in even a few of them, I’ll renew my subscription to The Review and Herald and eat my copy of “A Lazy Man’s Guide to Enlightenment”!!!