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Battle Creek Letters, Page 103

Re-copied 7/15/28 MS-10-1904 by L. F. W.

Instruction Regarding the Medical Missionary Work

It is not safe to trust in Dr. Kellogg. I dare not do it. I have not written to him much, recently, but I may have to send something soon. I have not the least confidence in his present attitude toward many things. I learn that notwithstanding all I have written regarding “The Living Temple” a book that was written under the inspiration of the arch-deceiver; notwithstanding with many plain messages that I have delivered in the “Review and Herald” and in letters to our brethren in responsibility, Dr. Kellogg now admits only a few of the mistakes he has made, and still supposes that in former years I taught the same errors. This reveals a blindness beyond conception. All that I can now do is to watch developments closely. I can not see that it would do the least particle of good to say more than I have said.

From the first, I have met this matter firmly, without the slightest hesitancy. The sentiments advocated in “Living Temple” make this book a dangerous production; for in the book is taught an insinuating, deceptive science of Satanic origin. The articles from my pen that have been published in the “Review” have, I understand, hurt terribly the feelings of some; but I intend to protest decidedly against the many deceptions that are coming in to lead souls astray.

Some of the Doctor's associates look upon these articles as an abuse of him; nevertheless, I am as clear as the day in the conviction that the sentiments expressed in “Living Temple” should not go out to the people.

An effort has just been made to sell over three thousand copies of the original edition still on hand. Only a few revisions were made, by cutting out leaves and inserting others. If we should keep silent a little while, things might develop further. I have done my duty. Months ago I entrusted Elder A. T. Jones with several communications to read to the physicians and helpers at the Battle Creek Sanitarium; but I fear he is leavened with the spirit that controls the Doctor.

The Doctor thinks that we desire to “Wipe him off the slate.” on the other hand, Elder Daniells and others whose eyes are open, suppose that in some way I am favoring Dr. Kellogg, or have changed my attitude toward him. But I am constantly on guard. The Doctor does things that we know nothing about now, but which may compel me to bear still more decided testimonies against his persistent efforts to weave into his teachings this fascinating,

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