QUESTION: Are you taking
her writings out-of-context?
From time to time someone will make this accusation against this web site.
Some church leaders tell their followers this White lie in order to stifle
investigation. The leaders say, "She didn't really mean what she wrote.
Those critics are taking her out of context!" Sadly, some people will
accept this without ever investigating further to determine if their leader is
telling them the truth.
The example that comes up most often is the amalgamation
statement. We are told that we are taking her "out of context."
Her defenders claim that Mrs. White was talking about interbreeding between
humans rather than between man and animal. However, every testimony we have
from every eyewitness that personally knew Mrs. White, including Uriah Smith, James White,
W.C. White (her son), and D.D. Robinson (her secretary), all confirm that Mrs.
White was talking about interbreeding man with animal. In fact, the view of "man
and animal" was held until 1947, when an SDA biologist finally convinced an SDA
panel that interbreeding between man and beast was impossible (something
science had proven impossible decades earlier). So, the SDA Church changed the context
of this statement to mean something else, and then they turn around and accuse us of
taking Mrs. White out of context when all of the evidence indicates they are the ones taking her out of context!
Our response to this accusation has always been: "Show us the
evidence!" Of all the people who have accused us of taking Mrs. White
out-of-context, not one has ever provided any documentation to substantiate
their accusation. Over the years we have made a number of corrections when
certain matters were brought to our attention, but there has not been a single
instance when we have had to correct a page because we took Mrs. White out-of-context.