The 1888 Confrontation

Bitter opposition leads to a closer look at justification by faith

Some people viewed the 1888 General Conference session as a disaster because of the confrontation that took place. However, others saw it as a good session because the Church began placing more emphasis on justification by faith in the righteousness of Christ.

Although the contention continued for a few years after the session, the leaders who opposed the change in emphasis finally admitted their mistaken position and apologized to Ellen White for their stubbornness and ill feelings.

Robert W. Olson


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