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BATTLE CREEK, MICH., furnishes a good illustration of the failure of Adventism after a
fair trial. Beginning in 1855, it was the headquarters of the denomination for about a
half century. It was the home of Elder White and wife. For all those years it had the
benefit of the labours of all their strongest men, and the influence of their great
general conferences. Here were built, at immense cost, their great institutions, as their
large publishing houses, their college, their great sanitarium of world renown, their
large tabernacle, etc. When I withdrew in 1887, there were nearly two thousand Sabbath
keepers here, all united. Often I preached in that great tabernacle when every seat, below
and in the gallery, was full. In the college I taught one class of about two hundred, all
young men and women preparing to work either as ministers or Bible readers. Now, 1914, the
college is closed and lost to the cause; the sanitarium has revolted from the
denomination, and nearly all the management, doctors, nurses and helpers are Sunday
keepers; the publishing houses were burned and the remnant moved away; the church has
dwindled down to about four or five hundred; the tabernacle is largely empty and an
elephant on their hands; three separate companies of Sabbath keepers now meet every
Sabbath, having no connection with each other. Worse still, large numbers have
backslidden, lost faith in everything, and attend nowhere. It has been like a desolating
About twenty years ago among the strongest men in the ranks, men of whom the whole
denomination was proud, were Dr. J. H. Kellogg, head of the sanitarium; Elder A.T. Jones,
editor, author, minister, orator; Elder E.J. Waggoner, editor, author, preacher; Elder
Geo. Tenney editor, minister, missionary; Elder L. McCoy, minister, chaplain of
sanitarium; with many persons in important positions as business managers, college
professors, doctors, etc. All these are now out of the church, and all their influence is
against the body.
What has happened here is constantly happening all over the field in their old
churches. It is in new fields and foreign lands where their history is unknown, that their
chief gains are made. I can name large numbers of churches all over the land, which were
large, strong churches thirty and forty years ago. Now they are either extinct or only a
little handful meeting in the corner of an old church. Such are Norridgewock, Maine,
Danvers, Mass., Memphis, Wright, and Monteray, Mich.; Knoxville, Sigourney, Winterset and
Osceola, Iowa, with scores of smaller churches in many of the states. The thing does not
wear. If the past is any guide, twenty years hence many of their strong men now will leave
and oppose them, and many of their best churches will go down. In 1912, the latest
statistics available, with 4,000 workers in the field, with millions of money spent, they
only gained 4,000 in membership in all the world, or only one for every labourer! The
Review and Herald, April 23, 1914, says: "Take 1912 as a basis, and we find that it
cost this denomination practically from $900 to $1,000 for every person added to the
How does this compare with the claims that theirs is the most wonderful message the
world ever had and that the power of God is with them as with no other people? Cold facts
are against them.
The system of Seventh-Day Adventism rests for its foundation on the unsupported
theories of an uneducated old farmer in his last days and the reveries of a totally
uneducated, unread, sickly, excitable girl. Wm. Miller, the founder of Adventism, was
sixty-one years old in 1843, the year he set for the end of the world. He died six years
later, disappointed and confused. He had only a limited country schooling. He rejected all
Biblical helps and depended solely upon his own ideas of the Bible. See "Life of
Miller," by James White, pages 46, 48, 59. He accepted as infallibly correct the
dates then found in the margin of the Bible. These were arranged by Usher according to the
best information then obtainable. Later investigations have shown these dates to be
incorrect by many years. Miller based all his figures on these old dates and fixed by
these to a year, the beginning and ending of every prophetic period in the Bible! By this
he set 1843 for the end of the world and all other periods to fit that date, such as the
seventy weeks, the 2,300 days, the 1,335 days, the 1,290 days, the 1,260 days, the seven
churches, seven seals, trumpets, etc. He said all were absolutely correct!
Then came the present Mrs. White, a mere girl, wholly unacquainted with history or
chronology, and set her seal to all Miller's figures and dates, said not one must be
altered. Hear her: "I have seen that the 1843 chart was directed by the hand of the
Lord and that it should not be altered, that the figures were as he wanted them."
"Early Writings," page 64, edition of 1882. By these dates the whole
denomination must always abide, right or wrong! So their whole prophetic system rests upon
the figures of an old farmer and an ignorant girl made seventy years ago! God pity them.
The fanatical expectations of Adventists. For about seventy years Seventh-Day
Adventists have predicted that a few months, or years, before the end, the Holy Ghost
would be poured out upon them like Pentecost. They call it "the latter rain."
Then will occur the "Loud Cry" to close up the work. Now, 1914, they preach and
publish that all this has begun and the work is to close up quickly! Of this work Mrs.
White says: "Miracles are wrought, the sick are heated, and signs and wonders follow
the believers." "Great Controversy," page 430, edition of 1884. She devotes
five chapters predicting the wonders to occur just before the end. Read them. I can only
sketch a few items. Satan will appear personally and visibly to all, in dazzling glory,
claiming that he is Christ come to earth. All the world but Adventists accept him as such.
He smiles on them and blesses them. All shout "Christ has come." Then Satan
tells them that Adventists are wicked blasphemers for working on Sunday and must all be
killed. Pages 442, 443. Read it.
Spiritualism has taken possession of all the churches, pages 405, 422; church and state
have united, pages 423, 424, not only in the United States, but "throughout all
Christendom," page 444; Satan then moves all legislative bodies to issue an edict
that all Sabbath keepers shall be killed and exterminated unless they recant by a certain
day. "No man may buy or sell" who does not keep Sunday, page 422; whoever
refuses "shall be put to death." Sabbath keepers "will be thrust into
prison, some will be exiled, some will be treated as slaves." Page 426. "They
are threatened with destruction." Page 427. Adventists will then flee from the cities
and villages and associate together in companies, dwelling in the most desolate and
solitary places." Page 445. "Many of all nations will be cast into unjust and
cruel bondage and sentenced to be slain." Page 445. "In every quarter companies
of armed men, urged on by hosts of evil angels, are preparing for the work of death, with
shouts of triumph, with jeers and imprecations, they are about to rush upon their
prey." Page 452.
Just then Christ appears and 144,000 Seventh-Day Adventists are caught up in the clouds
and saved. All the rest of mankind, worldlings, Methodists, Baptists, and all Sunday
keepers, are utterly destroyed! This is what Adventists believe and teach. Read the above
quoted book. Of all the wild, fanatical theories ever preached this is the climax. To
bring this about the wheels of progress, would have to be turned back a thousand years. It
would be the most miraculous revolution the world ever saw, and all within a few short
years! It is to be world-wide" all nations." Page 445. India, China, Japan,
where they care nothing for Sunday, will decree that all must die who work that day! The
trend of the whole world is exactly the other way, separation of church and state, greater
liberty of thought, greater toleration of all religious beliefs, and greater laxity of
Sunday observance; a man is blind who cannot see this.
THE SUPREMACY OF THE POPE, not Sunday, is the 'MARK" of the papacy. The one
supreme claim of the papacy, the one all essential TEST of the loyalty of every Catholic,
the one thing which every Catholic must swear to when he joins that church, the one thing
above all others insisted upon in all catechisms and doctrinal books, is the SUPREMACY OF
THE POPE OF ROME. No one can be a Catholic and deny this claim. Subscribe to this, and all
else follows. During the papal supremacy tens of thousands were martyred because they
would not bow to the authority of the pope. It was this that brought on the great
Reformation under Luther and originated the name PROTESTANT. It is what all Protestant
churches have been warning against for three hundred years. The TEST, the MARK, of loyalty
of a Mohammedan is to acknowledge the supreme authority of Mohammed as a prophet; of a
Mormon, to acknowledge J. Smith as God's prophet; of a Christian Scientist, to acknowledge
the authority of Mrs. Eddy; of a Catholic, to acknowledge the authority of the pope of
Rome as supreme. In this city we have several Catholic churches and scores of other
churches which keep Sunday. Does anybody think of these churches as Catholic because they
keep Sunday? No. Do Catholics think of them as Catholics on this account? No. Do these
churches themselves ever think of themselves as Catholics because they keep Sunday? No. Is
it then a MARK of a Catholic to keep Sunday? No, because no one, either Catholic,
Protestant, worlding, or any one else, ever thinks of it as the mark of a Catholic. Hence
as nobody in the church or out ever regards a person as a Catholic because he keeps
Sunday, that cannot be the mark of a papist.
But the moment any person acknowledges the authority of the pope as supreme, every one
regards him as a Catholic, a papist. And the Catholic church so regards him. But if he
simply keeps Sunday and denies the authority of the pope, will the Catholic church accept
him? Emphatically no. Then what is the TEST, the MARK, of a papist? It is to acknowledge
the supremacy of the pope of Rome. That MARKS him as a Catholic.
Thus "Johnson's New Universal Encyclopedia" says: "Roman Catholic
Church, that body of Christians which acknowledges the authority of the pope of
Rome." The same article gives the creed to which every Catholic must swear obedience
thus: "I promise and swear true obedience to the Bishop of Rome, successor of St.
Peter, Prince of the apostles, and Vicar of Jesus Christ."
Here you have the MARK of that church. It is not keeping Sunday, but the supreme
authority of the Pope. Every Catholic catechism or doctrinal work has in bold letters this
headline: "MARKS OF THE CHURCH." Sunday keeping is never given as one of them,
but the supremacy of the pope is always given. Mark well this fact.
The following statement I drew up, and read to a leading Catholic priest of Grand
Rapids, Mich., who readily signed it, as will be seen below:
"The Catholic doctrine of the change of the Sabbath is this: The apostles, by
instruction from Jesus Christ, changed the Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday to commemorate
the resurrection of Christ and the descent of the Holy Ghost, both of which occurred on
Sunday. The change was made by the apostles themselves, and hence by divine authority, at
the very beginning of the church. There are references to this change in Acts 20:7; 1 Cor.
16:1, 2; Rev. 1:10, etc. Yet these texts do not state positively such a change; hence
Catholics go to the statements of the early Christian Fathers, where this change by the
apostles is confirmed and put beyond doubt. Catholics also rely upon the tradition of the
church which says that the change was made by the apostles. Catholics never teach that the
change of the day was made by the church two or three hundred years after Christ. Such a
statement would be contrary to all the facts of history and the traditions of the church.
"The Holy Catholic Church began with the apostles. St. Peter was the first pope.
Hence, when they say that the church changed the Sabbath, they mean that it was done by
the church in the days of the apostles. Neither the church nor the pope, two or three
hundred years after the apostles, had anything whatever to do with changing the Sabbath,
for the change had been made ages before. Catholics do not call the first day of the week
the Sabbath, for that was Saturday; but they call it Sunday, or the Lord's Day.
"The above statement by Rev. D. M. Canright is true and pure Catholic doctrine.
Rev. James C. Pulcher, Pastor of St. James' Church, Grand Rapids, Mich."
In answer to my question Archbishop Ireland wrote me thus: "St. Paul, March 2,
1914. "MY DEAR SIR: In answering your question I would state that the Jewish Sabbath
was simply a positive precept in the Mosaic law and lapsed with that law. The apostles and
early Christians instituted the Sunday as a day of special prayer in honor of the great
mysteries of the Christian religion: the resurrection and the coming of the Holy Spirit,
both occurring on the first day of the week. "Very sincerely, "JOHN
I have carefully examined the "Catholic Encyclopedia,", the "Catholic
Dictionary," a large number of Catholic catechisms, large and small, and all agree in
locating the change of the, Sabbath in the time of the apostles and by the apostles. This
is emphatically the doctrine of the Catholic church. Not a single Catholic authority ever
locates the change anywhere else. Adventists are unfair in omitting this fact when they
quote only a part of what Catholics say. The above Catholic authorities quote Acts 20:7; 1
Cor. 16:2; Rev. 1:10, the same as Protestants do as evidence that the observance of the
Lord's Day originated with the apostles.
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Sistem Adventista sedmog dana počiva od svog osnivanja na neutemeljenim teorijama
jednog neobrazovanog starijeg seljaka u njegovim poslednjim danima i sanjarijama potpuno neobrazovane, nenačitane, bolesne, uzbudljive devojke. Wm. Miller, osnivač adventizma, bilo je šezdeset i jednu godinu star u 1843, tu godinu on je postavio za kraj sveta. Umro je šest godina kasnije, razočaran i zbunjen. Imao je samo ograničeno seosko školovanje. On je odbacio sva Biblijska pomagala i oslonio se isključivo na njegove vlastite ideje iz Biblije. Pogledajte "Millerov život," James White, stranice 46, 48, 59. Prihvatio je kao nepogrešivo ispravne datume tada nađene na margini Biblije. Oni su bili priređeni po Usheru prema najboljim informacija tada dostupnim. Kasnije su istraživanja pokazala da su ti datumi netočni po mnoge godine. Miller
je utemeljio svu svoju rečunicu na tim starim datumima i fiksirao to na
godinu, početak i završetak svakog proročkog razdoblja u Bibliji! Prema tome je postavio 1843 za kraj sveta i svi ostali periodi da odgovaraju
tom datumu, kao što su sedamdeset sedmica, 2.300 dana, 1.335 dana, 1.290 dana, 1.260 dana, sedam crkava, sedam pečata, truba , itd. On je rekao da je sve bilo apsolutno tačno!
je došlo prisutvo gđa White, prave devojke, u potpunosti neupoznate s istorijom ili hronologijom, i stavivši svoj pečat na sve Millerove brojke
i datume, reče da ne treba menjati. Čujte nju: "Videla sam da su 1843 grafikon režirale ruke Gospodnje i da ga
ne treba menjati, ta računica je bila kako je on želeo." "Rani spisi," str. 64, izdanje 1882. A te datume cela denominacija uvek mora poštovati, pravo ili pogresno! Dakle, celi njihov proročka sistem počiva na podacima starog seljaka i neobrazovane devojka sedamnaest godina stare! Bog neka im se smiluje.
Pape, a ne nedelja, je 'ZNAK"papstva. Jedna vrhovna tvrdnja
papstva, jedan sve suštinski test lojalnosti svakog katolika, jedna stvar
koju svaki katolik mora zakleti kada se pridružuje crkvi, jedna stvar iznad svih drugih insistirana u svim katehizisima i
naučnih knjiga, je premoć rimskog pape. Niko ne može biti katolik i
negirati ovu tvrdnju. Pretplatite se na to, a sve ostalo sledi.
Tokom papske supremacije
desetine hiljada su ubijeni jer se nisu hteli pokoriti autoritetu pape. Bilo
je to donelo veliku reformaciju pod Lutherom i prouzrokovalo naziv
PROTESTANT. To je ono što su sve Protestantske crkve upozoravale
protiv za tristo godina. PROBA, ZNAK, odanosti Muhamedu je priznavati vrhovnu vlast Muhameda kao
proroka, nekog Mormona, priznati J. Smitha kao Božjeg proroka; Hrišćanskog Sajantologa, priznati autoritet gospođe Eddy; katolika, priznati autoritet pape u Rimu, kao vrhovni. U ovom gradu
imamo nekoliko katoličkih crkava i skorpve drugih crkava koje drže nedelju. Da li iko misli da su te crkave kao katolička, jer drže
nedelju? Ne. Da li katolici mislite
o njima kao katolicima na tom računu? Ne. Do li ove crkve ikad misle o
sebi kao katoličkim, jer drže nedelju? Ne. Je li to onda neki Katolički ZNAK držati nedjelju? Ne, jer niko, ni katolici, protestanti, svetovnjaci, ili bilo ko drugi, ne misli o tome kao Katoličkom znaku. Dakle
kako niko u crkvi ili izvan nije ikada smatrao neku osobu katoličkom, jer drži
nedelju, to ne može biti znak za papstvo.
Već trenutkom kada bilo koja osoba priznaje autoritet pape kao vrhovnog, svako ga smatra katolikom, papistom. I katolička crkva, takvog ga smatra. Ali, ako on jednostavno drži nedelju a negira autoritet pape, hoće li Katolička crkva da ga prihvatiti? Naglašeno ne. Onda što je PROBA, ZNAK, papstva? To je priznati premoć Pape u Rimu. To ga obeležava kao katolika.
Tako "Johnson Novi Universal Enciklopedija" kaže: " Rimska Katolička crkva, da telo hrišćana koje priznaje autoritet pape u Rimu." Isti
članak daje veru u kojoj svaki katolik mora zakleti poslušnost ovako:
". Obećavam i zaklenjem se na istinsku poslušnost biskupu Rima, nasledniku Svetog
Petra, princu apostola, i namjesniku Isusa Hrista"
Ovdje imate ZNAK te crkve. To nije držanje nedelje, već vrhovni autoritet Pape. Svaki katolički veronauk ili doktrinalno delo ima masnim slovima ovaj naslov: "ZNACI CRKVE." Nedeljnom držanju nikada nije dodeljeno jedno od njih, ali nadmoći pape se uvek dodeljuje . Označi i ovu činjenicu.
izjavu sam izradio, i pročitatao vodećem katoličkom svešteniku Grand Rapids,
Michigan, koji je spremno potpisao, kao što će se videti u nastavku:
doktrina o promeni subote je ovo: apostoli, po uputstvu od Isusa Hrista,
promenili subotu sa subote na nedelju u spomen na Hristovo uskrsnuće i
silazak Duha Svetoga, od kojih su se oba dogodila u nedelju. Promena
je napravljena od strane samih apostola, a time po božanskom
autoritetu, na samom početku crkve. Postoje reference na ove promene u
Delima 20:07;. 1 Kor 16:01, 2;. Rev 01:10, itd.
Ipak, ovi tekstovi ne navode nesumljivo takvu promenu;. stoga katolici
idu na izjave ranih hrišćanskih otaca, gde je ta promena od apostola je
potvrđena i stavljena izvan svake sumnje. Katolici se takođe oslanjaju na
tradiciju crkve koja kaže da je promena
napravljena od apostola. Katolici nikada nisu naučavali da promena dan je bila
od strane crkve dve ili tri stotine godina nakon Hrista. Takva izjava
bi bila u suprotnosti sa svim činjenicama istorije i tradicije crkve.
Katolička Crkva je započela s apostolima. Petar bio prvi papa. Dakle,
kada kažu da je crkva promenila subotu, oni podrazumevaju da je to učinjeno od
strane crkve u dane apostola. Ni crkva ni Papa,
dve ili tri stotine godina nakon apostola, nisu imali nikakve veze s promenom subote, promenu je napravljena u vekovima pre. Katolici ne
zovu prvi dan u nedelji Sabat, jer to je bila Subota; već je zovu nedelja, ili dan Gospodnji.
izjava vlč DM Canright je istina i čista katolička doktrina. Rev James
C. Pulcher, župnik sv Jakova, Grand Rapids, Michigan"
odgovoru na moje pitanje nadbiskup Irske mi je napisao ovako: "Sveti
Pavle, 2. Mart 1914." Dragi moj gospodine: U odgovoru na vaše pitanje ja bih rekao da Jevrejska Subota je jednostavno ustanovljeni propis u Mojsijevom
zakonu i prestao s tim zakon. Apostoli
i rani hrišćani utemeljili su nedelju kao dan posebne molitve u čast
velikih tajni hrišćanske vere: vaskrsenja i dolaska Duha Svetoga, oba su se dogodila na prvi dan u nedelji. "Vrlo iskreno," JOHN IRSKA. "
Pažljivo sam razmotrio "Katoličku enciklopediju,", "Katolička rečnik,"
Veliki broj katoličkih katekizama, veliki i mali, i svi se slažu u
lociranju te promene, subote u vreme apostola i po apostolima. To je naglašeno doktrina Katoličke crkve. Niti jedan katolički autoritet ikad smešta promenu nigde drugde. Adventisti su nepravedni što izostavljaju tu činjenicu kad citiraju samo deo onoga što katolici kažu. Iznad Katolička autoriteti citiraju Dela 20:7; 1 Kor. 16:2; Rev 1:10, isto kao i protestanti što čine kao dokaz da je poštovanje dana Gospodnjeg počelo s apostolima.