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Manuscripts and Memories of Minneapolis, Page 348

high in the general councils the church. He was one of those who enthusiastically accepted the truth taught by Elder Jones, and who strongly preached it, being the friend and confidant of Jones. Naturally, I drank in this doctrine and truth.

I become intimately acquainted with Elder Jones, sometimes travelled with him and wrote for him. I greatly admired him, believed what he taught, advocated it, and I trust lived it. Through the greater part or the 1890’s I was a resident in Battle Creek, and while attending college was stenographer successively for the manager of the Review and Herald, Dr. J. H. Kellogg, and the president and dean of Battle Creek College, besides engaging in Sabbath school and church missionary activities. Naturally, I was kept in touch with church affairs, and with church doctrine. I also had pleasant relations with Elder Uriah Smith, and held him in high esteem. With Dr. Waggoner I had only casual acquaintance. But I was acquainted, through attendance at councils, with all the members of the General Conference Committee, and particularly, I may say, 1 was the protégé of president O. A. Olsen. I was present at the great General Conference of 1901, and by direction of my employer was in at the preliminary meeting of leaders whom Sister White called together in the College library, a council which changed the direction of that Conference and of the church.

Now doubtless my personal experience colors what I write of that period. It was spiritually a time of struggle and of triumph for me, an experience in which the majority of my youthful companions shared. I testify that there was a powerful influence, the influence of the Spirit of God, present in our society. The protracted revival in Battle Creek College in the fall-winter of 1898 was the most remarkable I have ever known, interrupting classes for weeks, and inspiring a strong spirit of personal consecration and evangelistic fervor, in which we students participated. I know that I and (I must believe) scores of the youth of my acquaintance were intelligently aware of the truth of justification only through the merits of Christ, I have heard from no one since then a clearer and more forceful presentation of this truth than we had then, through such veterans as A. T. Jones and such youthful earnest preachers as Luther Warren. I can not rid myself of the conviction that the youthful researchers and critics of the history of those times, relying solely upon documentary evidence, miss much of truth by not having then been born. History, to be served well, demands experience.

Now specifically to the points in hand. I believe that my article, which you cite, if you will read it completely and objectively, will convince you that, so far from championing the opposing side at the Minneapolis Conference, I stand foursquare with Sister White, and with Jones and Waggoner and Haskell and Olsen and Kilgore and Covert, and many others who accepted this truth. But I do not take up the cudgels which seem to fit the hands of some young men who apparently are more concerned with defaming honored veterans than in teaching the pure doctrine of Christ. In the thesis to which I referred, Uriah Smith, George I. Butler, and other men tried and true, are practically blacklisted for the history of those times. I do not think God so counts them. Nor would you find A. T. Jones (at least in the days of his loyalty), nor E. J. Waggoner, nor Stephen Haskell, nor Robert Kilgore, traducers of these men. I am not classing you with that company, and I am not supposing that you have any such animus; but it is apparently the inspiration of some writers.

Again I say that I readily consent to the condemnation and elimination of anything I have written which is contrary to what Sister White has written, or which in the opinion of any reader is so contrary. I do not doubt that the obstructive attitude of such men as. Smith, Van Horn, Littlejohn, and Morrison, blocked and blinded the way of the truth; yet, on the other hand, I know that the light shone through. we have documentory evidence that Van Horn received and accepted Sister White’s rebuke; and Jones himself later testified that “the chief opponent,” evidently meaning Smith, make frank and full confession of his error and fault.” To pillory these men who gave loyal service to the Second Advent and Sabbath cause, is the mark, not of advanced spirituality, of small minds.

It may be said—it is tacit in the attacks I have seen—that though we of the ‘90’s thought we had justification by faith, we did not really understand the true significance nor the depth of that doctrine and experience. Granted! We do not now and we never shall plumb the depths of the wisdom and love of God. But though I have

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