Book Distribution, Response,
Exceed Early Goals
Rumors of legal action to stop distribution unfounded, church attorney says (Posted July 11, 2012)
major international outreach of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is meeting with success beyond expectations.
“The message of The Great Controversy is being spread and people's lives are being touched and changed,” a General Conference leader says.
Called “The Great Controversy Project: Hope Into Every Home,” the goal is to get a copy of either the full “Great Controversy,” written by Adventist Church co-founder Ellen G. White, or an abridgement, approved by the Ellen G. White Estate, called “The Great Hope” into the hands of millions of people around the world. The stated goal is to challenge Adventists worldwide to personally read or reread this book and to distribute millions of copies in their communities. An initial distribution plan for 50 million has been eclipsed by news that 175 million copies will be printed and distributed by the end of 2013.
The “project is receiving widespread support and its progress is encouraging,” said Delbert Baker, a general vice president of the world church. “It’s proceeding better than anticipated and we are receiving a steady stream of accounts testifying of the positive impact it is making,” Baker said. “To date, all divisions have launched their programs. People are actively distributing the book and readers are responding.”
With the original volume checking in at nearly 700 pages in English, the abridged “Great Hope” is for time-pressed readers to grasp. However, Baker said, the essence of the book’s message is still intact.
“The abbreviated version has a good sampling of what’s in the classic version. And, in ‘The Great Hope,’ we invite readers to come to a website where they can download the entire classic version or log on for Bible studies. Readers are also invited to visit Seventh-day Adventist Churches and institutions” to learn more about the message the book contains and about Adventists, he added.
As the massive project progresses, however, rumors are circulating that legal actions to stop the book's distribution have been filed. Attorney Karnik Doukmetzian, General Counsel for the world church, challenged the truth of these reports and believes them to be unfounded rumors.
"The General Conference is unaware of any legal actions or lawsuits having been threatened or filed in any court. Any such claims would be frivolous and baseless. The source of these rumors is unknown." Doukmetzian said.
Baker noted that while many people may have different perspectives on various aspects of the program, the greatest need of the project is for members to distribute the General Conference’s version of their choosing and to pray for the success of the program.
More information about “The Great Controversy Project: Hope Into Every Home” can be found online at http://greatcontroversyproject.adventist.org/.
-- Reported by Mark A. Kellner, news editor
, Adventist Review