Questions on Doctrine - Revisited
Creating more conflict within Adventism than any other book in our history, Questions on Doctrine (QOD) permanently fractured our church. After over 50 years, the opposing parties precipitated still remain in conflict. M. L. Andreasen, opposition leader, made numerous charges, claiming its authors had developed the omega of apostasy about which Ellen White had warned. Andreasen’s primary concerns, however, were the nature of Christ and the atonement.
I saw evidence from the beginning that both sides defended vital truth and each denied or diminished vital truth. With no resolution in sight, I long felt I must sort out charges and counter-charges, seeking to encourage objective discussion. When in 1994 I finally began, I was uncertain whether the time was right for this delicate issue; so I asked the Lord to determine its timing. Questions on Doctrine Revisited was thus basically complete in 1996, but not published until 2005.
The first five, semi autobiographical chapters (I-V) provide the background, from 1950. The next three chapters (VI-VIII) support Andreasen’s claim that QOD changed our historic doctrine of Christ’s nature. Chapter IX proves false the charge that QOD repudiates our traditional view of the Mark of the Beast; while Chapters X-XX demonstrate that Andreasen’s atonement charges are not only false, but even indict his own teaching as well as that of Ellen White. Vital principles of our message that few have understood but are not covered by either are developed.
The eleven chapters that largely affirm QOD are then offset by six concluding chapters (XXI-XVI) that deal with attitudes and methods of Le Roy Froom, primary author, and point up QOD compromises in relating to other issues not appropriate to deal with in prior chapters.
My purpose was not to defend or oppose either but to encourage a priesthood of believers process that alone can bring harmony without compromise, by bringing truth together with truth. An on-going refrain was Ellen White’s admonition: “True Christian love, cherished in the heart and exemplified in the life, would teach us to put the best possible construction upon the course of our brethren.”