By George R. Knight
This ebook is the tale of the way Adventists got here to view themselves
as a prpphetic humans, in their transforming into knowledge of a
responsibility to take their targeted message to the entire international, and
of their organizational and institutional improvement as they
sought to meet iheir pmphetic m the tale, of course^is_,
not entire. Tfie undertaking is going ahead whilst you learn these
words. The church and the area nonetheless look ahead to the great
climax of global background on the moment coming of Jesus. hence the
history of Adventism stands incomplete. through the tip of this
volume, you as a reader and that i as an writer will locate ourselves in
the stream of Adventist heritage.
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White, Arthur L. Ellen G. White. : Review and Herald, 1981-1986, 1:45-138. y Chapter 3 Era of Organizational Development (1848-1863) ooking at the present Seventh-day Adventist system of worldwide organization, it is difficult to believe that most of the earliest Adventists were opposed to all church organization above the congregational level. George Storrs summed up their position nicely when he warned that “no church can be organized by man's invention but what it becomes Babylon the moment it is organized” Storrs's logic is not too difficult to unpack.
In its train soon followed the establishment of Sabbath Schools, for which the Instructor published the Bible lessons. The first of these Sabbath Schools was founded in Buck’s Bridge, New York, in 1853 under the leadership of John Byington—a man who became the first General Conference president a decade later. v By the end of the 1850s the Sabbatarian publishing effort had become a major business venture, with its own publishing house having been established in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1855. The problem of ownership of the publishing enterprise eventually pushed the Sabbatarian Adventists toward a more formal and legal organizational structure.
Perhaps the first significant discussions among Sabbatarians regarding gospel order took place in 1850 and 1851. At that time the issue was the withdrawing of the hand of fellowship from members who had become mixed up with spiritualism and other un-Christian activities. ” That year also witnessed the first formal ordinations of men for the gospel ministry. In addition, by 1853 the “loading brethren”—generally Bates and White—were issuing signed identification cards to “traveling brethren” in order to jmwart impostors.
Anticipating the Advent: A Brief History of Seventh-Day Adventists by George R. Knight