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Ellen G. White: The Lonely Years: 1876-1891 (vol. 3), Page 130

Chapter 11—(1880) Difficult Times

The two-hundred-page Testimony No. 29 came from the press in early January, 1880. It contained articles on “The Relation of Church Membership,” “Dishonesty in the Church,” “Unscriptural Marriages,” “The Cause at Battle Creek,” et cetera. These were important messages of reproof and correction. Some Adventists in Battle Creek, forgetting that the Lord had declared, “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten” (Revelation 3:19), and overlooking the appeal “Be zealous therefore, and repent,” reacted negatively and turned to the public press in Battle Creek to express their bitter feelings. The matter was quickly picked up in Lansing, Detroit, and Chicago. The Lansing Republican of January 17 reported:

Mrs. Ellen G. White, of Battle Creek, well known in Lansing as an able speaker of the Advent persuasion, is receiving a large amount of criticism on her recent vision, marking out a track in which her people should travel.

The Chicago and Detroit dailies, according to Uriah Smith, resident editor of the Review and Herald, were “publishing the most false and unjust statements and insinuation against Sister White and her writings” (The Review and Herald, January 22, 1880). A Battle Creek “morning daily” went far beyond the limits of reporting, according to Smith. He said they “put in whole paragraphs of their own, and place them in quotation marks as if from the writings of Mrs. White. And again, paragraphs are run together with no indication of any omission, which in the book are on different subjects and fourteen pages apart.”—Ibid.

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