If he does run, like it or not, believe it or not, want it or not – all of a sudden the Seventh-day Adventist Church and The Great Controversy will be front page news!

Three weeks ago while lamenting the sudden illness of my wife, in our e-newsletter we focused on the unseen foes constantly trying to thwart God’s plans and to wreak havoc among His people. Barely 24 hours later I’d be shuddering over that very newsletter as I sat in the home of friends and listened to speculation about Dr. Ben Carson running for President.

Shuddering?

Yes!

That discussion brought back memories I’d just as soon have left alone. Having intruded into our conversation, however, and having persisted these few days, these memories have morphed into the sort of spiritual itch I usually get before being compelled to pick up my pen.

So here goes. 

Q.
Why was I shuddering?

A.
It all goes back to October 31st, 1984.


New Delhi, India, 9:20 a.m. It was to have been a routine walk in the garden. Peter Ustinov, the British actor, was waiting. So were two of Mrs. Gandhi’s bodyguards: Satwant Singh and Sub-Inspector Beant Singh. Beant, whom Mrs. Gandhi had known for over 10 years, was one of her favorite bodyguards. Satwant, on the other hand, was barely 21 years old and was a newcomer, having been assigned to the post five months earlier.

Both were Sikhs. Both had murder on their minds.

It would be over in seconds. Before Mrs. Gandhi could conclude the short walk from her garden to her office and the waiting Mr. Ustinov, Beant fired 3 shots from his sidearm, striking her in her abdomen. Satwant shot her over 30 times as she lay on the ground. Twenty three bullets passed through her body. Seven would remain inside. Mrs. Gandhi was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.m.

What does this have to do with Dr. Ben Carson?

Everything! 

What you just read is the most striking illustration I could find of the sort of supernatural warfare Dr. Carson’s entry into the 2016 Presidential campaign will most definitely initiate. In fact, without a doubt that battle has already begun!

Let’s pause a while. If you’ve followed me thus far, then two questions beg to be answered.

  1. What is it about Mrs. Gandhi’s assassination that warrants the term “supernatural?”
  2. How does Dr. Carson fit in?

Let’s deal with the first question.

What made Mrs. Gandhi’s assassination supernatural was its awesome timing. Let me explain.

BABY FAYE

Seventeen days earlier and half a world away in Loma Linda, California, doctors had performed a highly controversial operation on a baby girl whose real name was Stephanie Fae Beauclair, but whom the world came to know as Baby Faye. Born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (a rare birth defect) she became the first infant subject of what’s known as a xenotransplant procedure.

In this procedure, cells, tissues, or organs from one species are transplanted into a subject of another species. Baby Faye’s procedure was, ostensibly, a last ditch attempt to preserve her life until a suitable heart donor could be found. It would, however, end up sparking an ethical and legal debate of seismic proportions.

Caught in the looming crosshairs were Loma Linda University Medical Center and the Seventh-day Adventist Church. The unsettling operation was the talk of the nation, being in the news morning, noon and night. Who were these people who dared put a baboon’s heart into a human?

Who were they?

Was this the sort of macabre experiment one could expect from a cult?

Clearly this would be a defining moment for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In anticipation of the hottest medical/ethical cover story in decades, one could just imagine the editors of Time, Newsweek and the major newspapers dishing out assignments.

  • Who’d cover ethics?
  • Who’d cover the lead surgeon, Dr. Leonard Bailey?
  • And what about history? Who’d research the university itself?

The clock was ticking and this was no game. Who’d be first: first with the kind of in-depth analysis demanded by the story; first with the inevitable anal examination of the 4.4 million member church whose facilities had deemed this operation appropriate?

That’s the scenario that was confronting Satan and his imps back in 1984.

There’s simply no way the kingdom of darkness could have tolerated this, for Satan well knew that any study of Loma Linda University Medical Center would involve not only a look back at the origins of the university itself, but a look at the role played by Mrs. Ellen G. White in its establishment.

As is still the case, in 1984 the name Ellen White was shrouded in obscurity – and that, in my opinion, is precisely how the devil wanted it. A Time or Newsweek cover would have shattered that!


To deflect the attention of the nation away from Baby Faye, away from the University and away from Mrs. White and the Spirit of Prophecy, something had to be done and done quickly. This, in my opinion, is why Mrs. Gandhi went to her death when she did. Riveting the attention of the world, her assassination sucked up all competing interests, including Baby Faye! It was the perfect diversion.

So what does this have to do with Dr. Carson?

Dr. Carson strides onto the public stage with all sorts of accolades. A pioneering and some say peerless neurosurgeon, he is, according to Wikipedia, “credited with being the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head. In 2008 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush.”

There’s just one problem.

He’s a Seventh-day Adventist!

What does this mean? It means that as was exhibited most recently with Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who likewise is a member of a minority religion (Governor Romney is a Mormon), if he runs for President Dr. Carson can expect virtually every facet of his faith to undergo public scrutiny.

Making matters worse, several of the anticipated Republican contenders are Catholic; perhaps the two most prominent, Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum, unabashedly so. 

THE GREAT CONTROVERSY

As one of my friends pointed out during the discussion mentioned at the top of this article, if the candidates begin digging up dirt on one another (I don’t expect Dr. Carson to stoop to this) then it will be only a matter of time before The Great Controversy is trotted out and Dr. Carson is accused of being anti-Catholic, which would sink him.

If I can see this, then certainly the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church can see it too. In fact, in my mind I can already hear some within the General Conference giving Dr. Carson numerous plausible reasons why he should not run, while all the time their secret fear will be the emergence, on a truly international stage, of that nagging, troublesome book, The Great Controversy!

No, not all politics is local. The Presidential race and the run up to it (the candidates, the issues, the debates, etc.) will be followed, admittedly with varying degrees of intensity, from every corner of the globe. With the internet at play, there’s simply no telling how far comments about The Great Controversy and the Roman Catholic Church will travel. Uttered in Washington, these remarks could reach Moscow or Riyadh in seconds!

What a pulpit! But does the church want it?

What do you think?

In my opinion, if they wanted it they’d have purchased it decades ago, just as Ross Perot did in the 1990s when he purchased prime-time to deliver his message, and just as Microsoft, Toyota and the top Fortune 500 companies are doing today to deliver theirs. In a word, they’d advertise!

“We must take every justifiable means of bringing the light before the people. Let the press be utilized, and let every advertising agency be employed that will call attention to the work. This should not be regarded as nonessential. On every street corner you may see placards and notices calling attention to various things that are going on, some of them of the most objectionable character; and shall those who have the light of life be satisfied with feeble efforts to call the attention of the masses to the truth?” Evangelism, page 130.

Tragically, the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church may pretend to want a wide distribution of The Great Controversy, but after 40 years in this church I can say without fear of serious contradiction that without a heartfelt commitment to the most creative and persuasive advertising money can buy, they betray their innermost fears – i.e., they secretly dread the mass distribution of this book!

That’s why (as I argue in our new video series, Should Ted Wilson Be Impeached? and Adventist Crime Scenes) they’ve resorted to out and out fraud in the creation and distribution of the base counterfeit, The Great Hope!  

Nor is this the first time they’ve been less than honest about The Great Controversy.

Over 100 years ago Ellen White used that very word, “fraud,” as she described what is perhaps the earliest attempt at suppressing her classic book.


“No one can have been hurt financially more than I was hurt when The Great Controversy lay for nearly two years dead in the office. Just work was not done in this matter. The book Bible Readings was crowded in before Great Controversy, which was already printed, and which should have been placed in the canvasser’s hands first because it contained important matter, which the people needed to have as soon as possible. It seemed that I was mocked because of my intense earnestness in regard to that book, and what it might have done had it not been dropped as it was, and through unsanctified influences and selfish, unprincipled methods shut away from the people. This was a dishonest transaction toward me, and it was unfaithful stewardship toward God.

But I would not now take any restitution money. I accepted the lowest royalty on my books, under a most solemn promise that they would be pushed forward vigorously. This promise was not kept. There was fraud in the management. But I want no restitution; I want no increase of royalty for any books of mine sold in the past. God forbid, when the pressure is strong and means limited, that I should draw one penny from the resources for the carrying forward of the work.” The Publishing Ministry, page 237.

That was then. Today, as I said, the tool being cleverly used to shut The Great Controversy away from the people is The Great Hope, as base a counterfeit as ever was – a joke, a hoax, a sham – stripped of the antichrist, void of the Reformers, purged of Sunday laws and published shamelessly, barefacedly, not from the church’s own vast, hoarded resources, but primarily with untold millions of dollars solicited from trusting Seventh-day Adventists, most of whom no doubt thought, as had been zealously announced by the new President of the General Conference, Ted Wilson, that their money was going toward the worldwide distribution of The Great Controversy!

Bait and switch? Maybe. But in any language – fraud!

“What they desire is a method of forgetting God which shall pass as a method of remembering Him.” The Great Controversy, page 572.

The deviousness of the church’s fundraising drive reminds me of another ecclesiastical fraud – i.e., the one that sparked the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

Back then it was the pope’s blasphemous sale of indulgences to raise money for the erection of St. Peter’s Basilica that compelled an angry Martin Luther to stride out to the castle church door at Wittenberg and, hammer and nails in hand, post his 95 theses. Among these was thesis # 86, which asks: “Why does not the pope, whose wealth is today greater than the wealth of the richest Crassus, build this one basilica of St. Peter with his own money rather than with the money of poor believers?”

That sentence intrigued me; I had to know: who was Crassus? My ready Britannica was on the shelf, but Wikipedia was at my fingertips. Here’s what they had to say.

WHO WAS CRASSUS?

Marcus Licinius Crassus: (115 BC – 53 BC) was a Roman general and politician who played a key role in the transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire. Amassing an enormous fortune during his life, Crassus is considered the wealthiest man in Roman history, and among the richest men in all history.

So what about the enormous fortune of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, now reckoned in the multi-billions of dollars? If ‘the brethren’ are so intent on a counterfeit, why not use this obscene mountain of money to fund the Great Hope charade? Why appeal for a dime from the laity?  Much as I’d like to avoid it, this whole scam is forcing me to ask an even more uncomfortable question – i.e., what does all this say about Ted Wilson?

Is he a crook too?

I don’t believe so, but in refusing to open his mouth, in refusing to tell the world church what is really going on behind the scenes, he runs the risk of being perceived as the chief perpetrator of this fraud, for after all, was it not he who enthusiastically announced this project?

In our new video series, Adventist Crime Scenes, we display the General Conference’s own report of the over 100 million copies of this book that, as of October 2013, have been distributed around the world. Trouble is, if you look at the fine print you’ll discover that in some Divisions, most notably the South American Division, where some 87 million books have been distributed, not one copy of The Great Controversy has rolled off the press. It’s all been The Great Hope. All this, mind you, as part of the so-called Great Controversy Project!

If this con-game doesn’t make your blood boil, then something’s terribly wrong.

Nor should you be apologetic over your anger either. It was anger that sparked the Protestant Reformation, never forget that. “I never work better than when I am inspired by anger;” Luther wrote, “for when I am angry, I can write, pray, and preach well, for then my whole temperament is quickened, my understanding sharpened, and all mundane vexations and temptations depart.”

There are a whole bunch of Seventh-day Adventists who once supported this project who are angry too. Having discovered that what they were supporting was The Great Hope and not The Great Controversy, some have done precisely what those who felt cheated by the Pope’s indulgences did in 1517 – they’ve “boldly demanded that their money be returned to them.” The Great Controversy, page 129.

  • How many are demanding refunds?
  • How many lawsuits have been filed?

These are the General Conference’s dirty little secrets and they’re not telling.

In what has been thus far a futile attempt to get Elder Wilson to open his mouth, in Adventist Crime Scenes, Part 4 (Ted Wilson – Up Against Devils!) we argue that our General Conference President is as much a victim of this fraud as anybody; he, like the thousands who donated to this project, having run up against the real movers and shakers of this church, people with power, people who hate this book even more than it was hated when Ellen White accused some in the publishing work of fraud!

No doubt there are other powerful factions within the church, but this anti-Ellen White, anti-Great Controversy crowd is the key bloc against which Dr. Carson will have to be especially on guard, for if they perceive him to be a threat to the church’s abysmal silence, who knows what they’ll do? Having encountered their hatred and diabolical scheming for myself back in 1990 (when they attempted to block our 6 page Time Magazine ad for The Great Controversy) I believe they’re capable of anything!

Anything!

That, my friend, is not bias; that is experience talking – hot, painful, experience!

Fortunately, thanks to one lowly Time Magazine salesman in Atlanta, the plot of these traitors unraveled, but not before our campaign came almost to a screeching halt. In the end, eyes fully opened and somewhat in shock, the management of Time Magazine sent me this frosty message:

“What your church just tried to do to you is tantamount to
GM trying to block a Ford ad.”

I’ll remember that as long as I live!

But it wasn’t the church per se that tried to block our ad, as Liberty Magazine editor Lincoln Steed correctly argues; it was highly placed, cut-throat players within the church, some of whom (I’d lay my life on this) must take their orders directly from Rome! Mark my words; should Dr. Carson opt to go forward, this is the same crowd likely to work most assiduously to stop him before The Great Controversy ever becomes a subject of national and international discussion.  

As for those outside the church, many already committed to the election of a Roman Catholic President, how far will they be permitted to go in their opposition to Dr. Carson?

We’ll find out soon enough!

At any rate, if the analysis of this writer is accurate, if in 1984 it was indeed Satan who moved swiftly to assassinate Mrs. Gandhi (thus ensuring that the name Ellen White would remain in relative obscurity for another 30 years) then it stands to reason that Dr. Ben Carson’s life, pregnant as it is with eternal results, is likewise in mortal danger.

Unless God protects him before, during and after the series of national debates that probably lie ahead for him, he is a dead man!

Frankly, I fear for Dr. Carson more than I feared for Colin Powell and more than I feared for Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Their liability was limited more or less to the color of their skin. What Dr. Carson brings to the table, however, is not just his brilliance, not just his cool, calm, engaging demeanor; what he brings is the potential, no, the certainty, of placing under the blazing light of public scrutiny everything that Satan has sought to suppress for 150 years.

Without God at his side, that’s suicide!

Whatever our individual political convictions may be, in my opinion we should all be earnestly praying for Dr. Carson right now: praying that he might have wisdom to know what to do; praying that he and his family will have perfect safety until this race, and the more momentous one engaging us all, is over. 

Of course I’d like to see him run for President, for surely his entry into this race would be poetic justice for our denomination’s pathetic cowardice, past and present! To my mind, if there’s one verse in the Bible that looms larger than any other right now it’s this:

“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.”
2 Corinthians 13:8.

Assuming Dr. Carson does indeed run for President, then in one simple move (i.e., in the elevation of this one man, a man who was probably placed on this planet for this special moment) everything that the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has tried to do insofar as suppressing The Great Controversy is concerned, will be overthrown.

And why should that surprise us? With much fanfare, back in 1976 a play carrying the title: “Your arms too short to box with God” made its debut on Broadway. You’d have thought that with its claim to divine appointment, the General Conference would have learned long ago that its arms too are simply no match for the Almighty; but no, they had to provoke Him by gutting The Great Controversy and shamelessly publishing The Great Hope.

Dr. Benjamin Solomon Carson, I believe, is heaven’s response!

How did Ellen White put it?

In Testimonies To Ministers & Gospel Workers, page 300, she penned these lines:

“Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.”

Simple means! Could there be anything simpler than a man running for President?

One wonders what the leadership of the Seventh-day Adventist Church will stoop to in an effort to dissuade Dr. Carson from running; but then again, that’s not strictly fair; perhaps I should limit my comments to those running the Department of Dirty Tricks, the same department encountered by Ellen White when she penned those words about fraud in 1899, and the same department that almost convinced Time Magazine not to run our ad in 1990. The faces may have changed, but as the mere existence of The Great Hope attests, that department is running very well indeed. Regardless, whatever these devils try, if it’s God’s time for Dr. Carson and the loud cry, they’ll be laboring in vain.

Q.
So what about the venom that Satan, through his operatives in the press, is likely to pour out upon the truths Dr. Carson holds dear?

A.
It’ll simply be a means of furthering God’s cause.

"The wrath of man shall praise Thee,” says the psalmist; “the remainder of wrath shalt Thou restrain.” God means that testing truth shall be brought to the front and become a subject of examination and discussion, even if it is through the contempt placed upon it. The minds of the people must be agitated. Every controversy, every reproach, every slander, will be God’s means of provoking inquiry and awakening minds that otherwise would slumber." Testimonies for the Church, Volume 5, page 453.

As for our ministry? As I told a friend recently, we just keep chugging along … but maybe, maybe, not for very much longer. You see, I’d be less than candid if I didn’t tell you that in my opinion, once Dr. Carson announces his candidacy – once he does this – in his train, wittingly, or unwittingly, will be every ministry that ever sought to publish The Great Controversy.

What I’m saying is that our days of chugging along may soon be over. To keep up with the pace that I suspect is coming, we might soon need more than one pair of Bolt’s Pumas, for as with Baby Faye, there’s no telling where press inquiries into Dr. Carson’s religious faith will stop.

Which leads me to ask: have you visited our website lately? Maybe you should. A farsighted press may already be there.

“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”
Romans 11:33.

 

 

 

 

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