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Manuscript Releases, vol. 21 [Nos. 1501-1598], Page 264

Creek and thought that an honest course had not been taken. He was mistaken.

Satan meant that mistake should ruin him. His brethren were of the same mind as he in regard to the name. But God ruled in that meeting [See The Review and Herald, October 23, 1860, p. 179. Also Testimonies for the Church 1:224.] notwithstanding some confusion and the holding back of those who should have acted and let their influence tell on the right side. God's angels were ministering in the meeting, and when “Church of God” was to be the name of His commandmentkeepers, the angels directed the mind of my husband and one or two others in another channel and to fasten upon another name which was expressive of their faith and which was appropriate for His people.

Brother [T. J.] Butler did not understand this change, and Satan has been troubling him with it ever since; and Brother Butler, being naturally stubborn and feeling the injustice of his brethren, became more and more tempted until he yielded the Sabbath and withdrew his interest from Sabbathkeepers. He felt bitter, very bitter. But I saw that God still pitied him and angels were seeking to win him to God and the truth again. I saw that those who have injured Brother Butler should confess where they had suffered him to suffer their wrongs, and they should take everything out of his way.—Manuscript 8, 1863.

Ellen G. White Estate

Silver Spring, Maryland,

February 28, 1991.

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