On Feb 9th we proposed a vote to the Scriptures Committee (SC) and asked them to publish whichever Guide and Standard (G&S) was chosen using a voting process which we outlined. On March 3rd the SC agreed to our request. Now, however, the SC has had second thoughts, and has declined any further involvement with the G&S. Because of this our proposal cannot go forward as planned and no online vote will be carried out as has been announced.
However, there will still be an effort to achieve mutual agreement among those attending the conference. It will follow this outline.
- A voice vote choosing between the various G&Ss will take place during the meeting.
- If the majority’s preference can be clearly determined, the minority will be asked if they will agree to not dispute the majority’s choice.
- If nearly all the minority agrees to not dispute, and only a few remain in opposition, then those who remain opposed will be invited to meet with a delegate of our group who will listen to their concerns and inquire again if they are willing to accept the majority’s choice.
- At the meeting, the conference will be told the number of those that remain opposed. And another voice vote will occur, in which those at the conference will be asked if they would like to proceed and adopt the chosen guide and standard.
- If unity is achieved (but not unanimity) a suggestion will be offered as to how we can each proceed individually to fulfill the Lord's command to add a G&S to our scriptures.
- No online participation is provided for in his vote. The vote is designed primarily to promote/show unity among those at the conference. But anyone viewing from home can of course choose whether or not to accept the majority's choice. And the suggestion offered in step 5 will be open to everyone.
We believe there is a real opportunity to make progress towards, or to find, mutual agreement at the conference. And we believe that there is a legitimate way for each of us to individually obey the Lord's command regarding a G&S if those at the conference can achieve unity.
Donald and Christy Danner