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Selected Messages Book 1, Page 164

Chapter 20—Our Attitude Toward Doctrinal Controversy

“The Daily” of Daniel Eight

I have words to speak to my brethren east and west, north and south. I request that my writings shall not be used as the leading argument to settle questions over which there is now so much controversy. I entreat of Elders H, I, J, and others of our leading brethren, that they make no reference to my writings to sustain their views of “the daily.” 1SM 164.1

It has been presented to me that this is not a subject of vital importance. I am instructed that our brethren are making a mistake in magnifying the importance of the difference in the views that are held. I cannot consent that any of my writings shall be taken as settling this matter. The true meaning of “the daily” is not to be made a test question. 1SM 164.2

I now ask that my ministering brethren shall not make use of my writings in their arguments regarding this question [“the daily”]; for I have had no instruction on the point under discussion, and I see no need for the controversy. Regarding this matter under present conditions, silence is eloquence. 1SM 164.3

The enemy of our work is pleased when a subject of minor importance can be used to divert the minds of our 1SM 164.4

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