By George R. Knight
Theological background of the 7th day adventist church
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Whenever I found any thing obscure,” he explained, “my practice was to compare it with all collateral passages; and by the help of CRUDEN[’s concor dance], I examined all the texts of Scripture in which were found any of the prominent words contained in any obscure portion. Then by letting every word have its proper bearing on the subject of the text, if my view of it harmonized with every collateral pas sage in the Bible, it ceased to be a difficulty” (A & D 6). Miller’s study of the Bible was not only intensive but also extensive.
But Miller’s teachings were also influential because their advocates preached them with great intensity in an era when millennialism was at the center of Christian thought due to the widespread revival that had been underway since the beginning of the century. ) Miller’s teachings would eventually form the theological foundation of Seventh-day Adventism. ” Miller’s Use of the Bible Although well-read as a Deist intellectual, upon his conver sion to Christianity in 1816 Miller became a man of essentially one book— the Bible.
I grew up thinking something very similar about where evangelicals had come from. We were simply the current manifestation of the first-century church, as modified very slightly, after a long period of Roman darkness, by the Protestant Reformation. But exactly how we had gotten here from there was shrouded in a mystery that no one seemed in terested in exploring” (Less Than Conquerors, vii). Frank’s quandary about the origin of his evangelical heritage may not be too far from where many Adventists find themselves on the topic of their theological backgrounds.
A Search For Identity: The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Beliefs by George R. Knight