So I was sitting in my office, contemplating lunch when a young lady came into my workplace selling books. Me being id’d as one of the resident religious nuts, she was shown to my office.
She began innocently enough, telling me she was working her way through school and showing me a cookbook with healthy receipes for kids. Then she went on to show me some of her Bible story books for kids. I recognized the books as similar to the ones I’d always seen in doctors’ and dentists’ offices as a kid. I knew she must be some sort of protestant denomination but figured if I bought something as basic as kids’ bible stories, I wouldn’t be hurting anything. She then got into some of her more serious books, devotionals and various other books. She HIGHLY recommended The Great Controversy. Never having heard of the book, I took a look. She told me how it was a history of Christianity and of the Reformation. At which point, she asked what denomination I am. When I told her Catholic, she didn’t blink an eye and told me how she’d always admired the faithfulness of Catholics. She advised me that though The Great Controversy was written from a protestant perspective, I’d still learn a lot of good Christian history.
So, as I made up my mind to buy Our Friend Jesus (for the kids) and The Great Controversy just to see what it said on Church Fathers, I asked where she went to school. The bookseller told me “Ouachita Hills College” near Hot Springs. I’d never heard of it.:o
At this point, as I’m about to whip out my change, I inquire as to what denomination she was. When she replied that she was Seventh Day Adventist, my heart sank. Though I didn’t know a great deal about SDAs, I felt horrible about contributing to them. I didn’t know enough about how different SDA is to evangelize to her and I felt it’d be awefully mean to yank back my money.
When I got home, I flipped through The *Great Controversy *and yep, it’s awfully anti-Catholic. So now I have this useless book that I don’t even want to give away, lest I sway someone’s spiritual beliefs. After reading up on Ouachita Hills (that’s pronounced roughly wash-a-taw for you uninitiated) I’m kinda passively steamed that they are kinda sneaky about their evangelization. She’d have never told me she was SDA if I hadn’t asked. Nothing about any of the books indicated it was in any way esposing an SDA viewpoint. Granted, I guess I should have been aware of EG White and her writings as much as I read on CAF, but to the average person…
Does anyone else feel this way or had this experience with SDA evangelists?