Manuscript Releases, vol. 9 [Nos. 664-770]
MR No. 680—The Course of Offshoot Leaders
Brother A has done a work that was tearing down—new views after the order of the views of Brother B....A council [of responsible men] heard his [Brother A's] arguments and then wrote out their answer. He has consented to abide by the decision of his brethren. 9MR 27.1
From that which the Lord has been pleased to show me, there will arise just such ones all along, and many more of them, claiming to have “new light,” which is a side issue, an entering wedge. The widening will increase until there is a breach made between those who accept these views, and those who believe the third angel's message. Just as soon as these new ideas are accepted, then there will be a drawing away from those whom God has used in His work, for the mind begins to doubt and withdraw from the leaders because God has laid them aside and chosen “more humble” men to do His work. This is the only interpretation they can give to this matter, as the leaders do not see this important “light.” 9MR 27.2
God is raising up a class to give the loud cry of the third angel's message. “Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them” (Acts 20:30). It is Satan's object now to get up new theories to divert the mind from the true work and genuine message for this time. He stirs up minds to give false interpretation of Scripture, a spurious loud cry, that the real message may not have its effect when it does come. This is one of the greatest evidences that the loud cry will soon be heard and the earth will be lightened with the glory of God.—Letter 20, 1884, p. 2. (To Uriah Smith, July 27, 1884.) 9MR 27.3
Washington, D. C.,
January 16, 1979.