By George R. Knight
This publication is the tale of the way Adventists got here to view themselves
as a prpphetic humans, in their transforming into information of a
responsibility to take their exact message to all of the global, and
of their organizational and institutional improvement as they
sought to meet iheir pmphetic m the tale, of course^is_,
not whole. Tfie venture is going ahead at the same time you learn these
words. The church and the realm nonetheless stay up for the great
climax of global historical past on the moment coming of Jesus. therefore the
history of Adventism stands incomplete. via the top of this
volume, you as a reader and that i as an writer will locate ourselves in
the circulate of Adventist background.
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They faced several problems. First, there was no way to certify ministers. The scattered congregations were at the mercy of any traveling preacher who claimed to be a Sabbatarian minister. Closely connected to that issue was the fact that there were no ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT 47 channels for ordination. As a result, while James White had been ordained as a minister in the Christian Connexion in 1843, it is probable that Joseph Bates never did receive ordination. Second, there was no way to distribute funds to ministers.
Meanwhile, the seventy-three-year-old healthreforming Bates continued to carry on in good health. If the Adventist work came near to collapsing in 1856 because of a lack of organization and the inability to pay ministers, in 1865 it teetered on the brink of collapse from the poor health habits of INSTITUTIONAL AND LIFESTYLE DEVELOPMENT 59 its leading ministers. Health reform was not just a strange aberration on the part of the Adventists. It was a crucial necessity. The next step in Adventism’s developing relationship with health reform resulted from Ellen White’s vision of December 25,1865.
I fainted under the burden. Brethren Bates, Chamberlain, Gurney, Edson, and my husband, prayed for me. . The L ord heard the prayers of his servants, and I revived. The light of Heaven rested upon me. I was soon lost to earthly things. My accompanying angel presented before me some of the errors of those present, and also the truth in contrast with their errors. That these discordant views, which they claimed to be according to the Bible, were only according to their opinion of the Bible, and that their errors must be yielded, and they unite upon the third angeVs message.