I really appreciate the way this particular Great Controversy is formatted. The pages are textbook size and each chapter flies by because more is included on each page. The only complaint I have is the introduction written by Ellen White is not included which is very important especially for someone reading it for the first time.
It is like it is happening right now!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 16 years ago
This could be a little daunting to read if you are a Catholic, (I am not, but my spouse and children are and many of my friends as well) as there are some negative points made against the Catholic Church. Never the less, she made some very interesting points that should be looked at and ruminated over. She has a great gift at writing so that everyone can understand her meaning, which is something I have found more difficult with some of the other writers on religion. She was considered a prophet and had written this book almost a century ago and it is amazing how closely and accurately the events that she has prophesised about have fallen into place. It is almost like reading today's paper or watching current events on TV.As I have just finished reading the Bible, I found that her book went right along with it. A couple of things that I found of interest is her claim of the heresy of the church changing the day of the Sabbath to Sunday, which actually I have always wondered about myself, and of churches using Idols-like Mary, etc. both of which when I read the bible, I found was a big no-no. Jesus said that none of his Father's laws were to be changed and then there was mentioned in other places in the Bible that "the times and laws they will be a changing" (or something like that). So it did make me wonder, are we celebrating the wrong day for the Sabbath? Also, it was interesting to note that years ago, the scriptures themselves, were kept from the public and only the priests had access to them. It did indeed sound like, through Satan's influence (the best way that he messes with people's beliefs is when he can do it through a false religious front) that good, God-fearing Christians could have been led astray and not even have realized it. This is where everyone should read the Bible for themselves, and that way, they know exactly what it says and what to look our for.She is very good at describing the ways and means that Satan implements is evil ways. From inside the church, to friends, bribery, etc. nothing is missed by Satan when he looks for ways to mislead the people.If you want a good look at the end of times and the way it could very possibly end, this is an excellent book to read. She is very good at explaining everything. She stresses the Word of the Bible as the definitive answer. Enjoy!
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 19 years ago
I first read this book at 13 years of age. I am now 30. I am amazed by the amazing presience of this author. She outlines in one book what many authors are pointing to at the present--the danger of the religious right, the call to Christian Unity by the Pope, the alarming rise in natural disasters, fires, etc., the sad decline of morality in the world, the money-grab by a few super-rich men who own vast chunks of industry, the plight of the poor in America. Read this book, and prepare to see things in a new way. There's a few reviews that seek to quash this book as more 'Adventist Propaganda.' Read for yourself and see what powerful groups don't want us to see. The books Catholic Power, The Thunder of Justice, and The Keys of This Blood only echo what this book foretold many years ago.
What really goes on in the world?
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 20 years ago
As a History major in a non-SDA school, I have read many books regarding the dark ages and world history. Read American Freedom and Catholic Power by Paul Blanshard. You will see a close parallel. The Great Controversy does show you what is happenning in the religious and the secular world. Just look what happened a few days ago! The pope asked the world for forgiveness of their past sins!Now this is a man who is supposed be God on earth, INFALLIBLE. And he is asking the world for forgiveness?Page 571-- "The Roman Church now presents a fair front to the world, covering with apologies her record of horrible cruelties. She has clothed herself in Christlike garments; but she is unchanged. Every principle of the papacy that existed in past ages exists today. The doctrines devised in the darkest ages are still held. Let none deceive themselves. The papacy that Protestants are now so ready to honor is the same that ruled the world in the days of the Reformation, when men of God stood up, at the peril of their lives, to expose her iniquity."What are the churches of today doing? They are stumbling over themselves to become associated with the Roman Church. A few years back Harry Truman tried to appoint an ambassador to The Vatican, and was almost run out of office. But, Ron Reagan did it and there was very little outcry from the Protestant churches.The World Lutheran Church just signed a concordat with the Vatican that says that Luther was wrong! The Angelicans have done a similar agreement! One review says that she plagerized. If that is true than someone else said that these things would happen; where do they say exactly what she has said?She said there would be a rise in spiritualism, that the churches would be teaching that the dead go to heaven or hell at their death. This book, based on these two facts alone shows that this writer to be a prophetess! I am amazed at the information she has presented in this book and when I read a newspaper and compare, it is almost as if she wrote the bylines.The newspapers are reading like this book and people are missing it!
A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path for Bible Help.
Published by Thriftbooks.com User , 20 years ago
This is an excellent work, written approximately a century ago, revealing the love, justice, logic, exactness, and pain of our God. Through this book, God shows His work progressing from Eden, through the Old Testament, Jesus and the Apostles, throughout the middle ages, to today, through trials, wars, and oppression. She gives a clarification of the logic and perfection of God as He fulfills His prophecies in Daniel and Revelation at the exact time appointed.This book also reveals Satan's devices, which are at work today, in main stream churches around the world. Baptist, Catholic, Jew, Hindu, Muslim, Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, Seventh-day Adventist, Jehovah Witness, Mormon/Latter day Saints, Holiness, Christ of Christ, Pentecostal, Non-Denominational, and ALL other persons will be judged by the same rules. "By their fruits" Matthew 7:15-20.In this book, the author clearly explains that good Works do not save us. Faith is revealed by good Works. Good Works are the result of Faith, and "the Holy Scriptures, ... are able to make thee wise unto salvation THROUGH FAITH which is in Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 3:15 (See James 2:14-26).The author shows how, by allowing scripture to explain scripture, the prophecy of Daniel 7:25, "think to change times and laws", has been fulfilled and how Revelation 14:9, "the mark" of the beast, is being fulfilled. She puts in plain words, how this should be an alarm to the whole world to return to the Bible and the Bible only as the only rule of faith, allowing scripture to interpret scripture, just as Jesus did while on this earth. She shows how men, by traditions and "political correctness", have watered down and changed God's Laws, and interpreted them in a way to make them more acceptable to the masses, preventing men, in the end and to their end, from changing their hearts.The book ends with summary and eye-opening descriptions of the final conflict of this world and hope for the next.The seriousness, clearness, intelligence, magnificence and simplicity of God's Word is revealed, throughout the book, as God tries to lead each believer to repent and "Go and sin no more" John 8:11. "For by grace are ye saved THROUGH FAITH; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9. "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." James 2:17Jesus plus faith equals salvation. Ephesians 2:8,9Faith only equals Faith plus Works. Faith without Works equals No faith. . James 2: 14-26If you believe that you are saved by grace only or traditions, or that the blood of Jesus gives us salvation without accountability to God's Law, or that the requirement of obedience for salvation ended at the cross, or that salvation is a gift, even without repentance, please read your bible, and then read this book again. "But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" "Th
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