From 1950 to the present . . .
In this total report (parts 1 and 2) we have considered six books dedicated to our 1888 history, plus three published statements from the White Estate. All nine have the same overtone—contradiction of Ellen White as she vividly details what happened in the 1888 era. Almost with a prophetic insight, in December 1890, she wrote a twelve-page letter to a prominent worker, outlining prominent leaders’ contempt toward the testimonies: “There will be a hatred kindled against the testimonies which is satanic. The workings of Satan will be to unsettle the faith of the churches in them, for this reason: Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and bind up souls in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and counsels of the Spirit of God are heeded. … My brethren have trifled and caviled and criticized and commented and demerited, and picked and chosen a little and refused much until the testimonies mean nothing to them. They put whatever interpretation upon them that they choose in their own finite judgement and are satisfied” (1888 Materials, pp. 796, 797, 800).