GC Appendix - Chapter 18

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                                                 Appendix  to  Chapter  18                                      

 

As the arguments from the prophetic periods were found to be impregnable, opposers endeavored to discourage investigation of the subject by teaching that the prophecies were sealed. Thus Protestants followed in the steps of Romanists. While the papal church withholds the Bible (see Appendix) from the people, Protestant churches claimed that an important part of the Sacred Word -- and that the part which brings to view truths specially applicable to our time -- could not be understood.   Great Controversy, page 340.2   {Chapter 18}

 

PAGE 340. WITHHOLDING THE BIBLE FROM THE PEOPLE. -- THE READER WILL RECOGNIZE THAT THE TEXT OF THIS VOLUME WAS WRITTEN PRIOR TO VATICAN COUNCIL II, WITH ITS SOMEWHAT ALTERED POLICIES IN REGARD TO THE READING OF THE SCRIPTURES.  {GC 691.4}

THROUGH THE CENTURIES, THE ATTITUDE OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH TOWARD CIRCULATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES IN VERNACULAR VERSIONS AMONG THE LAITY SHOWS UP AS NEGATIVE. SEE FOR EXAMPLE G. P. FISHER, THE REFORMATION, CH. 15,PAR. 16 (1873 ED., PP. 530-532); J. CARDINAL GIBBONS, THE FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, CH. 8 (49TH ED., 1897), PP. 98-117; JOHN DOWLING, HISTORY OF ROMANISM, B. 7, CH. 2, SEC. 14; AND B. 9, CH. 3, SECS. 24-27 (1871 ED., PP. 491-496, 621-625); L. F. BUNGENER,

HISTORY OF THE COUNCIL OF TRENT, PP. 101-110 (2D EDINBURGH ED., 1853, TRANSLATED BY D. D. SCOTT); G. H. PUTNAM, BOOKS AND THEIR MAKERS DURING THE MIDDLE AGES, VOL. 1, PT. 2, CH. 2, PARS. 49, 54-56.

SEE ALSO INDEX OF PROHIBITED BOOKS (VATICAN POLYGLOT PRESS, 1930), PP. IX, X; TIMOTHY HURLEY, A COMMENTARY ON THE PRESENT INDEX LEGISLATION (NEW YORK: BENZIGER BROTHERS, 1908), P. 71; TRANSLATION OF THE GREAT ENCYCLICAL LETTERS OF LEO XIII (NEW YORK: BENZIGER BROTHERS, 1903), P. 413.  {GC 691.5}

BUT IN RECENT YEARS A DRAMATIC AND POSITIVE CHANGE HAS OCCURRED IN THIS RESPECT. ON THE ONE HAND, THE CHURCH HAS APPROVED SEVERAL VERSIONS PREPARED ON THE BASIS OF THE ORIGINAL LANGUAGES; ON THE OTHER, IT HAS PROMOTED THE STUDY OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES BY MEANS OF FREE DISTRIBUTION AND BIBLE INSTITUTES.

THE CHURCH, HOWEVER, CONTINUES TO RESERVE FOR HERSELF THE EXCLUSIVE RIGHT TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE IN THE LIGHT OF HER OWN TRADITION, THUS JUSTIFYING THOSE DOCTRINES THAT DO NOT HARMONIZE WITH BIBLICAL TEACHINGS.  {GC 692.1}

                               Another place which refers to this section of the Appendix  - -  Page 596.3                                

 

   The Roman Church reserves to the clergy the right to interpret the Scriptures. On the ground that ecclesiastics alone are competent to explain God's word, it is withheld from the common people. [SEE APPENDIX NOTE FOR PAGE 340.] .  .  .

.  .  . Though the Reformation gave the Scriptures to all, yet the selfsame principle which was maintained by Rome prevents multitudes in Protestant churches from searching the Bible for themselves. They are taught to accept its teachings as interpreted by the church; and there are thousands who dare receive nothing, however plainly revealed in Scripture, that is contrary to their creed or the established teaching of their church.  Great Controversy, page 596.3

 

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Great  Controversy  (1911) Chapter 1 - Destruction of Jerusalem Chapter 10 - Progress of Reform in Germany Chapter 11 - Protest of the Princes Chapter 12 - French Reformation Chapter 13 - Netherlands & Scandinavia Chapter 14 - Later English Reformers Chapter 15 - French Revolution Chapter 16 - Pilgrim Fathers Chapter 17 - Heralds of the Morning Chapter 18 - An American Reformer Chapter 19 - Light Through Darkness Chapter 2 - Persecution in the First Centuries Chapter 20 - Religious Awakening Chapter 21 - A Warning Rejected Chapter 22 - Prophecies Fulfilled Chapter 23 - The Sanctuary Chapter 24 - In the Holy of Holies Chapter 25 - God's Immutable Law Chapter 26 - Work of Reform Chapter 27 - Modern Revivals Chapter 28 - Facing Lifes Record Chapter 29 - Origin of Sin Chapter 3 - An Era of Spiritual Darkness Chapter 30 - Enmity Between Man & Satan Chapter 31 - Agency of Evil Spirits Chapter 32 - Snares of Satan Chapter 33 - First Great Deception Chapter 34 - Spiritualism Chapter 35 - Liberty of Conscience Threatened Chapter 36 - Impending Conflict Chapter 37 - Scriptures a Safeguard Chapter 38 - Final Warning Chapter 39 - The Time of Trouble Chapter 4 - The Waldenses Chapter 40 - God's People Delivered Chapter 41 - Desolation of the Earth Chapter 42 - Controversy Ended Chapter 5 - John Wycliffe Chapter 6 - Huss and Jerome Chapter 7 -- Luther's Separation From Rome Chapter 8 - Luther before the Diet Chapter 9 - The Swiss Reformer Introduction