Anticipating the advent : a brief history of Seventh-Day by George R. Knight

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Truth is progressive, and, as is often the case in our personal lives, the Sabbatarians only comprehended God’s plan for them one step at a time. In fact, the early Sabbatarian Adventists might best be thought of in terms of antimission rather than mission. Their Hussion theory and practice can be accurately described as a “shut door” on mission outreach. That concept was not original with the Sabbatarian believers, but had been developed by William Miller, who had likened his message to the “midnight cry” in the parable of the ten virgins (see Matthew 25).

While “Sister Betsy” did not match up to the tithing plan that Seventh-day Adventists eventually came to adopt after further Bible study in the late 1870s, it was a first step in the systematic support of the church and a further development in the move­ ment toward formal organization by the Sabbatarians. The Final Drive for Church Organization By the summer of 1859 James White was ready to open the final drive for formal denominational organization. In a July 21 Review editorial he penned, “We lack system.

The door of mercy had shut for all others. Thus the shut-door "mistake” provided the small band of Sabbatarian Adventists with ample time to build their own theological foundation. Little of their scarce resources was spent on evangelism until they had a message. After sorting out their DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENT 39 own theological identity, their next step was to try to convince other Millerites of their doctrinal package and prophetic inter­ pretation. That task took place between 1848 and 1850 (to be covered in the next chapter).

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