Who was Dudley Marvin Canright?
Born in 1840, 22nd September was a Methodists like Mrs. E. G. White just before becoming a Seventh Day Adventist. Canright died in mid march 1919 after he had left the S.D.A. church and became a Baptist. No funeral was held and none of his Baptist friends had come to see him. See E G White page [opens in a new window]. A puzzle to both Adventists and Baptists, is that Canright wanted on his tomb stone the title 'Elder' from the Adventists rather than the Baptist title of Reverend.
He also wanted on his tomb stone the inscription: "Here lies the author of world renown." Ellen White rightly predicted to Canright: "You have wanted to be too much, and make a show and noise in the world, and as the result your sun will surely set in obscurity." He was for the first 20 years without a tomb stone.
Canright had fallen down the stairs of his Baptist church Friday evening and was found there Sunday morning. One of his legs had to be amputated. At his own request, he was transferred from the city hospital to the Adventist hospital and blind in one eye and confined to a wheel chair and was a pitiful sight to behold. On march 12, 1919, he died of a paralytic stroke.
Even though Canright was the most ardent critic of E.G. White, at her funeral, according to "The Kingdom of Cults" page 385, last par., by Walter Martin, we read the following: "Canright never ceased to believe that, despite what he believed to be her errors in theology and her mistaken concept of visions, she was a regenerate Christian. With his brother, Canright attended the funeral of Mrs. White in 1915.
His brother described the occasion thus: "We joined the passing throng, and again stood by the bier. My brother rested his hand upon the side of the casket, and with tears rolling down his cheeks, he said brokenly 'There is a noble Christian woman gone.'
So why did Canright change churches? Let's first look at his own testimony: " A short time since I attended the Northern Michigan camp meeting with Elder Butler. Here we had a long time for consultation, prayer, and careful examination of my difficulties. I began to see that at least some of my objections were not tenable, and that I myself was not right and in the light.
I saw that I had put a wrong meaning on some things, and that other things were certainly true. If these were true, then I had certainly been wrong all the way through. Everything looked different. Then I felt how wrong, sinful, and in the dark I had been. My sins came up before me as never before in all my life. Like Job, I cried, 'Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.'
Friday, September 26, while on the camp ground [SDA] at Jackson, Michigan, I felt in my heart the most remarkable change that I have ever experienced in all my life. It was a complete reversion of all my feelings. Light and faith came into my soul, and I felt that God had given me another heart. I never felt such a change before, not even when first converted........I believe it was directly from heaven----the work of the Spirit of God."--unquote
Now lets see what he wrote later after he left the Adventist Church: "In the fall of 1884, Elder Butler, my old friend, and now at the head of the advent work, made a great effort to get me reconciled and back at work again. He wrote me several times, to which I made no answer. Finally he telegraphed me, paid my fare to a camp meeting. Here I met old friends and associations, tried to see things as favorable as possible, heard explanations, etc. etc., till at last I yielded again. I was sick of an undecided position. I thought I could do some good here anyway; all my friends were here; I believed much of the doctrine still, and I may go to ruin if I left them, etc. Now I resolved to swallow all my doubts, believe the whole thing anyway, and stay with them for better or for worth. So I made a strong confession, of which I was ashamed before it was cold."--Seventh Day Adventism Renounced,p.49
Why Did Canright leave his closest friends?
It doesn't take much to figure this out. Three times Dudley Canright left off preaching and returned to his farm. Speaking against the prophet Ellen G. White, he wrote: "In a few days she had a long written 'testimony' for wife and me. [accusing the prophetess with lies, revenge, falsehood and trying to crush them] SDA renounced,p.42
The New Testament speaks thus: "And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him...but if ye be without chastisement, wherof all are partakers, then ye are bastards, and not sons."--Hebrews 12:5-8
Reproof can come from any consecrated Christian showing concern for a erring brother and the Holy Spirit of GOD then uses this, but here a prophet of the Lord was shown secret sins of Brother Canright of which he initially repented as shown in his testimony above, but then went away again hardening his heart and shooting the messenger instead.
When one reads Ellen G White's books, they are full of JESUS CHRIST, but when one reads D M Canright's material, not one word of Jesus but full of criticism and character assassination.
What actually was it that D M Canright renounced?
He wanted to be freed from the Ten Commandments of GOD! The New Testament calls the 10 Commandments the law of freedom [James 1:25;2:12]. So when they speak of snares or yoke of Adventism, they actually mean GOD's sacred holy and spiritual law of morals [Romans 7:7-14].
Canright claimed that the law is dead.---Seventh Day Adventism Renounced,p.388
In condemning Adventism, they are excusing themselves for living in sin. When someone is happily married, he/she appreciates and value the law to protect their marriage. But if someone tries to be free form the other partner, the law is in the way.
Now notice how fully Mr. Canright the Adventist answers Mr. Canright the Baptist before his defection: "Those who hold this theory teach that all the ten commandments were abolished at the cross, and nine of the ten re-enacted at the same instant! Of course this must have been done simply to get rid of the Sabbath, as the law would have been alright, but for that. Or, as some claim, the law was abolished at the cross, and re-enacted at Pentecost, which leaves an interregnum of fifty days without any law at all. Where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans 4:15.---Iowa Reports Vol.XII, p 311.
D M Canright defected to a church that did not hold with his views, but because of it, they could use him against the Adventists with their 'Three Angels Messages' of Revelation 14, they did. Here is what the Baptist Church Manual has to say about the Ten Commandments: "We believe that the law of God is the eternal and unchangeable rule of His moral government." Baptist Church Manual, art 12.
In the 1950's, Donald Grey Barnhouse from Eternity Magazine and a Presbyterian Minister together with Walter Martin from the Christianity today magazine, did some study on Seventh Day Adventism. Barnhouse definitely saw that Seventh Day Adventists were not a cult, but Walter Martin being a Baptist, had to uphold Canright being a Baptist also.
We believe that Mr. Canright retreated from light into darkness. It mirrors the rest of Christianity when the Three Angels Messages denounce spiritual Babylon as being fallen morally by warring with satanic agencies against GOD,s moral law.
D M Canright on the Gospel!
Throughout his attacks, Mr. Canright gives the impression to his readers that Seventh Day Adventists endeavour to secure salvation by works of the law instead of through faith [trust] in JESUS CHRIST the Lord of the Sabbath. Now, a statement could hardly be made about Seventh Day Adventists that would be more completely misrepresentative than this one. See here what S.D.A.'s believe on theGOSPEL [opens in a new and separate page]
Christ is Redeemer by virtue of His power as Creator. We read that: "We have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins," because that " by Him were all things created". [Col.1:14,16]. If He were not Creator, he could not be Redeemer. This means simply put that redemptive power and creative power are the same. To redeem is to create. This is shown in the statement of the apostle that the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation; which statement is immediately followed by another to the effect that the power of God is seen by means of the things that have been made. [Rom.1:16,20].
The Psalmist prayed: "Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me". [Ps.51:10]. the apostle says:' if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation. [2.Cor.5:17]. And again: 'For by grace are ye saved and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not by works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Jesus Christ unto good works, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them." [Eph.2:8-10].
Paul explains: "Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid! But sin, that it may appear sin, worketh death in me by that which is good; that by the commandment might become exceedingly sinful." Romans 7:12,13.
Notice here Paul's words "GOD FORBID" and "DEATH IN ME." What does Paul mean by these expressions? We must see his other letters as well. In his letters to the Galatians he writes: "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is therefore Christ the minister of sin? God forbid!"--Gal.1:17
And again: "Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law."--Gal.2:21
"What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet." Romans 7:7 The lust, or lust of the flesh is covered by the last of the Ten Commandments, namely, you must be content and not covet. Contentment only comes through JESUS.
"Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid! Yeah, we establish the law." Romans 3:31. True faith apparently establishes and not abolishes the law.
The charge is often laid against us of legalism, meaning salvation by works. Adventist have given the mammoth task of countering the general apostasy of fallen Christianity [Babylon] constantly talking down the holy law of GOD to discredit CHRIST's holy Sabbath day.
What does it mean to let your light shine? JESUS explains: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in heaven."--Matthew 5:16 Apparently, according to JESUS, receiving His light and let it shine is counted as good works. The Gospel is apart from works. JESUS and not works is our Saviour from sin. But sin is pointed out by the Ten Commandment and therefore cannot be neglected as we will be judged by them [James 2:10-12]. We are saved by faith, but judged by our works [Revelation 20:12,13] We are being saved for the very purpose of doing good works [Ephesians 2:10] Those who claim to be saved and do not have to work, James tells them that faith without works is dead [ James 2:24-26] and no wonder Luther despised the book of James. The apostle says: "For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified."---Romans 2:13.
Here is a recent quote from the church D M Canright joined:" Any evangelist will have false converts. Even the Lord's Apostles did (Acts 8:20-21), but something is seriously wrong when only a very tiny percentage of one's "converts" exhibit any evidence of salvation. This is exactly what we see, though, in large numbers of fundamental Baptist ministries. Hundreds, even thousands, of salvations are claimed, though an extremely large percentage of these converts (up to even 99%) demonstrate no biblical evidence that the Spirit of God has regenerated them.--FBIS News Service, June 1, 2004. [Canright was an evangelist with the Adventists, but became a 'Reverend' with the Baptists and note that the word 'Reverend' is only found once in the entire Bible and it refers to GOD alone.]
THE OFFENCE OF THE CROSS CEASING
By Thomas Scott
"Leave out the holy character of God, the holy excellence of his law, the holy condemnation to which transgressors are doomed, the holy loveliness of the Saviour's character, the doctrine, and the holy tempers and conduct of all true believers: then dress up a scheme of religion of this unholy sort: represent mankind as in a pitiable
condition, rather through misfortune than by crime: speak much of Christ's bleeding love to them, of his agonies in the garden and on the cross; without showing the need or the nature of the satisfaction for sin: speak of his present glory, and of his compassion for poor sinners; of the freeness with which he dispenses pardons; of the privileges which believers enjoy here, and of the happiness and glory reserved for them hereafter: clog this with nothing about
regeneration and sanctification, or represent holiness as somewhat else than conformity to the holy character and law of God: and you make up a plausible gospel, calculated to humour the pride, soothe the consciences, engage the hearts, and raise the affections of natural men, who love nobody but themselves.
And now no wonder if this gospel (which has nothing in it affronting, offensive, or unpalatable, but is perfectly suited to the carnal unhumbled sinner, and helps him to quiet his conscience, dismiss his fears, and encourage his hopes,) incur no opposition amongst ignorant persons, who inquire not into the reason of things; meet with a hearty welcome, and make numbers of supposed converts, who live and die as full as they can hold of joy and confidence, without any fears or conflicts.
What wonder if, when all the offensive part is left out, the gospel gives no offence? What wonder if, when it is made suitable to carnal minds, carnal minds fall in love with it? What wonder if, when it is evidently calculated to fill the unrenewed mind with false confidence and joy, it has this effect? What wonder if, when the true character
of God is unknown, and a false character of him is framed in the fancy,--a God all love and no justice, very fond of such believers, as his favourites,--they have very warm affections towards him?
I would not give needless offence. Let this matter be weighed according to its importance. Let the word of God be examined impartially. I cannot but avow my fears that Satan has propagated much of this false religion, among many widely different classes of religious professors; and it shines so brightly in the eyes of numbers, who 'take all for gold that glitters', that, unless the fallacy be detected, it bids fair to be the prevailing religion in many places."
Thomas Scott, Letter and Papers, edited by John Stott (London: Seeley, 1824, pp. 441-444)
The New Testament starts with the Gospel of Matthew and in fact all Gospels start first with showing the sinless life of JESUS and His teachings and doctrines. So when Canright and all his succeeding critics echo him by saying that all the teachings of JESUS was done while He was obeying the old testament laws. This is directly contradicting JESUS who said the following: "And He said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John [the Baptist] : since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presses into it.
And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass [away], than one title of the law to fail. Whosoever puts away his wife and marries another, commits adultery.......Luke 16:15-18
Here is the clearest proof that the law and the prophets finished at CHRIST's baptism and that the holy moral law of the 10 Commandments are still binding. Matthew also records the same saying about the 10 Commandments and Jesus is quoting only two of them: ..........MMMMM
Q.: If we are to be judged [1.Peter 4:17,18] by the 10 Commandments [James 2:10-12] and a Christian be scarcely saved, how come that Christians today take the liberty to be slaves of sin and hoping to be saved? A.: The answer is simple, Christianity has morally fallen [Revelation 14:8; 18:1-4] and individuals are being called out! Paul in 2Thess.2 wrote of the 'great' falling away or apostasy that would occur before the second Advent by 'lawlessness'. It could mean less law, but since the 1800's when the message of fallen Babylon was first proclaimed, Christians everywhere are talking against the Ten Commandments boldly.
Canright claims that Adventist people are converted to CHRIST by fear rather than love. Strangely enough, the church to which Canright fled teaches that the wicked will burn for ever and ever and yet Seventh Day Adventists do not believe this.
In accusing Adventists, Canright is condemning all Christians who faithfully kept either Saturday, Sunday or both as a holy Sabbath day of worship for the first 1800 years.
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