Posts Tagged: adventist history

Giving the Trumpet A Certain Sound by Fred Bischoff

Giving the Trumpet a Certain Sound

January 5, 2017 | Fred Bischoff

For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? – 1 Corinthians 4:8

Light Bearers and the Adventist Pioneer Library are passionate about an accurate recounting of history. Why is this important?

“The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history.… Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is, and what it was.” These words, penned by historian Milan Hübl, express the critical role that history plays in the identity of any people group.

The human race is encountering issues that can only be solved by knowing the original history and principles found in Genesis 1-11. Western civilization (from Western Asia, through North Africa, into Western Europe, and the New World) has yet to learn the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, as well as their global application. The very identity of the United States of America, as determined by its founding documents, is being challenged to an unprecedented degree.

Meanwhile, our …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

Traditional Adventism or Adventist Traditionalism by Jeffrey Rosario

Traditional Adventism or Adventist Traditionalism?

December 16, 2016 | Jeffrey Rosario

“Tradition is the living faith of the dead,

traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.…

It is traditionalism that gives tradition such a bad name.” – Jaroslav Pelikan

True “Tradition” vs. the Status Quo

The year is 1885. A thirty-five-year-old Adventist is in his study investigating some of the positions of the Adventist church. He thinks he’s on to something. It’s a minor point, but the problem is that his conclusions don’t harmonize with what the church has been teaching for decades. He doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s about to rock the boat and nauseate some folk. His name is Alonzo Trevier Jones, aka, A.T. Jones.

Just a year previous the delegates of the 1884 General Conference asked him to begin a research project to corroborate Adventist interpretations of prophecy with accurate historical evidence. Most of the interpretations were substantiated, except one minor point. Based on the evidence at his disposal, Jones concluded that there was a mistake in the typical Adventist interpretation of the tens horns, or …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

An Unsettled State of Unbelief by Fred Bischoff

An Unsettled State of Unbelief

February 29, 2016 | Fred Bischoff

Do you remember the parable Jesus told about prolonged injustice, and the need “always to pray, and not to faint?” Have you thought much of Jesus’ seemingly rhetorical question at the end?

“Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:1-8).

More and more I believe we can summarize the problems we face in every sphere as due to a lack of faith, unfaithfulness and infidelity.

This is particularly troubling in those who have the most evidences on which to base a robust faith. From the earliest days of the Advent movement, the testimony of Jesus shone a bright light on Scripture, challenged us with the breadth of our mission, rebuked us when we veered into self-exaltation and selfishness, and encouraged us with an unfailing picture of the loveliness of His character.

In 1890 Ellen White was impressed with the acute need for faith in the aftermath of the Minneapolis session with its message of righteousness by faith in relation to the law. …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers

Ellen White and Religious Bigotry by Jeffrey Rosario

Ellen White and Religious Bigotry

February 26, 2016 | Jeffrey Rosario

A Hard Time to Be A Catholic

If there was ever a bad time to be a Catholic in America, it was during the nineteenth century. A massive wave of European immigration flooded the United States with over 3.5 million newcomers, many of whom were Catholics from Ireland and Germany. In proportion to population, it was the largest immigrant influx in American history.1 As a result of this “Catholic invasion,” the Catholic Church ballooned from its place as the fifth-largest denomination in the country in 1840, to the largest denomination by 1850.2 But they weren’t exactly received with open arms.

This phenomenon set the stage for deep animosities toward Catholics as they continued to alter the social, political, and religious landscape of a staunchly Protestant nation. As a defense mechanism, Protestants of all ranks fostered a paranoid obsession that portrayed Catholics as “conspirators against the Christian republic.”3 They were accused of all sorts of sinister schemes, and even the institution of slavery was viewed as “a secular expression of …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

The Ellen White You Thought You Knew by Jeffrey Rosario

The Ellen White You Thought You Knew

January 26, 2016 | Jeffrey Rosario

“Ellen White said…”

Those are three apparently innocent words that have been used and abused with much zest and confidence. They have been known to strike dread and incite rebellion in the hearts of some. But why? Is it in reaction to Ellen White’s message or because of what people think she was all about? Though sweeping generalizations cannot answer that question, it’s hard to avoid the fact that what is often associated with Ellen White would not even be recognizable to her.

Sometimes it’s just another classic case of “my friend said that his friend said that one of his cousins said that his pastor said that Ellen White definitely said…” It’s similar to the telephone game where something is whispered into the ear of someone who then quietly relays the information down a line of participants. One by one, each whispers to the next. By the time the last person in the line announces their version of it, everyone erupts in laughter at the ridiculously botched message.

It’s …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Ben Carson, the Media, and the Mocking of Adventism

Ben Carson, the Media, and the Mocking of Adventism

December 16, 2015 | Jeffrey Rosario

Clearly, these are very interesting times for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. At a rally in Florida, Donald Trump assured his audience of his mainstream religious affiliations with the Presbyterian denomination. Alluding to Ben Carson, he added, “I mean, Seventh-day Adventist, I don’t know about.” Well, neither does much of the rest of the world. But that is now changing under unexpected circumstances. All the media attention surrounding Ben Carson has catapulted his beliefs, along with his church, to public scrutiny.

Though I am not a Ben Carson supporter (or any other candidate), the fact is that one man suddenly became the most prominent public representative of a movement I deeply identify with. That’s enough to make me uncomfortable. The unfortunate reality is that whatever Carson says and the positions he takes will be associated with Adventists at large. Frankly, that freaks me out. A few weeks ago when the Carson frenzy was really buzzing, my Twitter feed was bombarded with links to articles from The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Associated …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

A Power to Withstand

A Power to Withstand

October 7, 2015 | Fred Bischoff

Did you know that Jesus speaks the truth (John 8:40), and the devil speaks the lie (John 8:44)? That difference may seem elementary to anyone who knows something of what we call “the great controversy.” But the lie must be very subtle at times, as it appeals to our self-interest and focus. The devil is a master at this deception (Revelation 12:9; 20:3, 8, 10). Remember Jesus pointedly warned against this very danger, especially during the time just prior to His second coming (Matthew 24:3-5, 11, 24).

We are now at that time, and have been, according to the prophecies, since the beginning of the Advent movement. Within our own history there is abundant evidence of the many attempts Satan has made to deceive. After all, if he can confuse God’s workers, his bigger schemes are more successful.

Consider this wise counsel from 110 years ago:

I have had presentations regarding the deceptions that Satan is bringing in at this time. I have been instructed that we should make prominent …
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Fred Bischoff

Adventist Pioneer Library
Light Bearers