Adventists have never published a rebuttal to D. M. Canright’s books. Instead of examining his teachings and cross examining them by the Bible, they choose rather to attack his character.
In nature the pack always turns against the wounded animal. By placing a taint upon his character, the Adventist have effectively used psychology to impress upon the Adventists that they better stay away from him. That way they have less frequent occasion to have to answer the things he said.
The amazing thing is prior to his exodus from the Adventist church, the Adventist leaders had nothing but wonderful praises to sing about D. M. Canright. The negative comments and rumors did not begin until AFTER he left the Adventist church!
The Book, I was Canright’s Secretary was not written until nearly 50 years after she worked for him. During that time she was wife of a prominent Adventist leader. He asked her to write her book to discredit Canright, and that is what she did. If the things she wrote were true why did she not publish them 40 years earlier? Canright was already dead! Instead she waited all those decades, and then comes out and says he was a lunatic, to satisfy the request of her husband. On the other hand we have the testimony of dozens of Evangelical Ministers who knew Canright for decades after leaving Adventism, who give glowing reports about how godly and good a Christian he was. The Bible says we are not to judge based on the testimony of ONE PERSON.
Dozens and Dozens of reports from both Adventists and Evangelicals contradict the testimony of this one person, and yet Adventist believe her report 50 years after the fact, and dismiss the rest, in plain contradiction to what the Bible says about listening to a single witness. Why such injustice against Canright’s character? Since Adventists cannot refute what he wrote, they grab hold of this single witness and run with what she said. This is precisely what the Bible warns against doing. It violates the 9th commandment. Today we are focusing on the positive testimony of the Adventists themselves.
All the testimonies below are dated AFTER Canright formally left the Seventh-day Adventist church in 1879. Apparently these prominent Adventist leaders who knew Canright would have had a different opinion.
The smear campaign did not actually begin until decades after Canright died, and could no longer defend himself – long after most everyone who knew Canright had died! So that Canright’s reputation was left defenseless, and at the mercy of one witness, that has since been accepted as gospel truth by thousands who never knew him. I have read the testimonies of dozens of people who did know him personally, and am outraged by the injustice the Adventist church has played against the reputation of an honorable person simply because his conscience convicted him to believe something other than they did. Since Adventists are distrustful of all who are not themselves Adventists we will begin with the testimony of those whom they do trust.
Here is what his Advent brethren thought of D. M. Canright during the first few years after he left them:
“Battle Creek, Mich., July 13, 1881. Brother Canright: * * * I feel more interest in you than in any other man, because I know your worth when the Lord is with you, as a laborer. James White.”
“Battle Creek, Mich., May 22, 1881. * * * It is time there was a change of the officers of the General Conference. I trust that if we are true and faithful the Lord will be pleased that we should constitute two of that Board. James White.”
“Battle Creek, Mich., Aug. 6, 1884. You have long been with us, and we will all love you. G.I. Butler.”
“Martinsburg, Neb., July 14, 1884. You were a power in the world, and did a vast amount of good. * * * We need your help in the work greatly. Your precious talent, if humbly and fully consecrated to God, would be so useful. There are so many places where it would be a great help. G.I. Butler.”
Advent Review, March, 1887: “We have felt exceedingly sad to part in our religious connection with one whom we have long esteemed as a dear brother.”
Advent Review, March 22, 1887: “In leaving us, he has taken a much more manly and commendable course than most of those who have withdrawn from us, coming voluntarily to our leading brethren, and frankly stating the condition of mind he was in. He did this before his own church, in our presence, and, so far as we know, has taken no unfair, underhanded means to injure us in any way. He goes from our midst with no immoral stain upon his character, chooses associations more pleasant to himself. This is every man’s personal privilege if he chooses to take it.”
Preface to Fourteenth Edition – Seventh-day Adventism RENOUNCED – D.M. Canright