M. L. Andreasen
M. L. Andreasen (1876-1962) is probably best known by present generations of Adventists for his protests against church leaders during the last years of his life. This is not only unfortunate but highly ironic when one considers his long years of active and faithful service to the church and his disapproval of just such public controversy as he himself stirred up in his last years. But, greatly disturbed by what he considered to be false teachings in the book Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine, when his first protests to church leaders did not yield the results he wanted, he penned what were known as "Letters to the Churches," in which he strongly and publicly expressed his dissent. The controversy thus generated resulted in his ministerial credentials being temporarily withdrawn. Unfortunately, though the rift between himself and leaders was repaired, the controversies sparked by his actions not only did not die out with his passing, but took on a life of their own as others of like opinions gave them ever broader circulation and expression.