I need to qualify my “I agree,” about Chuck’s “deeply inexcusable” part.
The Adventism of the 1970s and 1980s regarding “the Spirit of Prophecy” sent my family on a tragic trajectory. We have not recovered.
I take 100% responsibility for my deeply inexcusable responses to the course Adventism took in general, and towards me personally.
Every single day of my life I grieve and ponder in deep shame whether I dare excuse myself.
I can’t. It is a black hole.
What good does God’s forgiveness for me do, I ask myself, when I can’t fix the damage I personally did?
I can’t blame my parents for that. I can’t blame the church.
I have to take 100% personal responsibility, even though I’m helpless to heal what has happened.
What does one do when burdened with things that are simply inexcusable?
Pleading “mitigating circumstances” numbs the pain, but doesn’t heal the damage.
LLU ethicist James Walters admitted that “special pleading” for Ellen White was not tenable.
She did what she did. It has resulted in what has resulted.
Our appropriation of her as “the Spirit of Prophecy” is not entirely our doing. She made many sweeping, and I would say intemperate, statements:
Ellen White’s Claims
I very nearly lost my life in the wreckage of trying to sort out my religious and family situation. My son did not make it.
I’m inexcusable. It’s all inexcusable. We’re all inexcusable.
Unless the Lamb prevailed to open the Seven Seals.
I don’t even understand that, but it’s all I have.