The Great Controversy in my mailbox

Several folks have asked me about a book they’ve received in their mailbox.  Here’s an image of the book:

The Great Controversy

Maybe you’ve seen it in your own mailbox.  I had several people asking me about it.  So here’s what I know…

This book was written by Ellen White, an important person in the Seventh-day Adventist Church (SDA).

The SDA’s were formed in the mid-1800’s by a group of people that were looking for the second advent, or second coming, of Jesus.  They also are a group of Christians who believe that Christians are still bound to keep the seventh day of the week (i.e. Saturday) as the Sabbath.  So if you put those two things together, that they keep the seventh day as Sabbath and that they expect the advent of Jesus, then you get their name, Seventh-day Adventists.

Of course there is much more that could be said about the SDA’s, but I’ll get back to the book many of you were asking me about this past Sunday.

Mrs. White wrote this about The Great Controversy:
“The Great Controversy should be very widely circulated. It contains the story of the past, the present, and the future. In its outline of the closing scenes of this earth’s history, it bears a powerful testimony in behalf of the truth. I am more anxious to see a wide circulation for this book than for any others I have written; for in The Great Controversy, the last message of warning to the world is given more distinctly than in any of my other books.”

One of the major themes of Mrs. White’s writing was the idea of a cosmic struggle between Jesus and Satan that gets played out on earth.  It looks like this book attempts to trace her understanding of Christian history (Luther has two chapters in it) and Scripture that ends with the second coming of Christ.

When I did a little bit of digging on the Internet, I found that this has been a project of Remnant Publications, an independent publishing house out of Michigan.  They’ve been asking for contributions from people to help send out copies of this book across the US.  Last year 350,000 households in Charlotte, NC received this book and 750,000 households received this book in San Francisco, CA.  Apparently they’re starting to send books to people in San Antonio.

Tomorrow I’ll have a little more about this for you…

-Pastor Russell