1894, Kneeland’s Christmas on Trinidad

Review and Herald, February 13, 1894, p. 4


As our boat was detained in the harbor of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, over Christmas, we improved the opportunity by going on shore and making the acquaintance of some of the persons with whom the International Tract and Missionary Society had been in correspondence.

When it was known that we were there in the interests of the tract society, we had no lack for friends, and we were gladly welcomed by all. Some had been receiving the Signs and other publications, which they had eagerly read and circulated ; in some instances carrying them on foot twenty miles to their friends. In this way very many had heard something of our work, and as a result, one family had begun the observance of the Sabbath, and others are convinced. This brother belonged to the Church of England, and as they were unable to convince him that he was in error, they expelled him from their midst. This incident only increased the discussion of the Sabbath question, and many questions were asked us on this subject. We tried to show them that Christians should honor Christ by keeping his law.

Services were desired before we left, and the Baptist mission building was kindly offered us. Christmas day with this people is wholly given up to amusements; but the invitation sent out soon gathered in quite a company, who gave good attention as we tried to present a few thoughts from Rom. 1 : 16.


Georgetown, British Guiana.


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2 Responses to “1894, Kneeland’s Christmas on Trinidad”

  1. Todd G Says:

    Hi, I’m trying to rally all traditional Adventist blogs and websites. If you get a moment, please check out oursword.blogspot.com or traditionaladventistbloggerssociety.blogspot.com


  2. newsman777 Says:

    Hi Todd,


    I looked over your blog briefly and recommend to all the discussions found there.

    At Adventist History Library, we certainly treasure the Adventist traditional viewpoint. We gain our inspiration for present action as we study how our forebears viewed matters.

    I don’t like referring to myself as a “traditional” Adventist. Some even use the initials tSDA to show affiliation. The phrase “Traditional Adventist” creates problems. Have you read James White’s comments on Creeds. You can find it at:


    In the following, I have substituted “Adventist Traditions” for “creeds”:

    Adapted from James White:

    “I take the ground that Adventist Traditions stand in a direct opposition to the gifts. Let us suppose a case: We get up an Adventist Tradition, stating just what we shall do in reference to this thing and that, and say that we will believe the gifts too.

    “But suppose the Lord, through the gifts, should give us some new light that did not harmonize with our Adventist Tradition; then, if we remain true to the gifts, it knocks our Adventist Tradition all over at once. Making Adventist Traditions is setting the stakes, and barring up the way to all future advancement. God put the gifts into the church for a good and great object; but men who have got up their churches, have shut up the way or have marked out a course for the Almighty. They say virtually that the Lord must not do anything further than what has been marked out in the Adventist Traditions.

    “Adventist Traditions and the gifts thus stand in direct opposition to each other. Now what is our position as a people? The Bible is our Adventist Tradition. We reject everything in the form of a human Adventist Tradition. We take the Bible and the gifts of the Spirit; embracing the faith that thus the Lord will teach us from time to time. And in this we take a position against the formation of Adventist Traditions. We are not taking one step, in what we are doing, toward becoming Babylon.”

    I am certainly interested in a society of Adventist bloggers. I am uncomfortable pegging myself beyond that.


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