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1894, Kneeland’s Christmas on Trinidad

March 18, 2009

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.

F. C. Gilbert and Christ’s Object Lessons, 1902

October 28, 2008

The Union Conference Record (Australia), September 15, 1902


THE following experiences in the sale of ” Christ’s Object Lessons ” by Pastor F. C. Gilbert of South Lancaster, Massachusetts, U. S. A., are so good, that we take this method of passing them on for the edification and encouragement of others :—*

“Some two years ago, soon after the testimony was written with regard to” Christ’s Object Lessons,” it was read to us at a conference at South Lancaster. It impressed me very much, and I felt that I had a duty to perform in connection with it.- I told my wife that the Lord had sent a ” test ” to His people in this book, and by the grace of God I proposed to stand this test. I kept right on in my work of the ministry, and at the same time sold the books; so that in a short time I had disposed of nearly one hundred copies.

How I do rejoice to see the testimony of God confirmed. I then began to visit some of the churches in the New England Conference with other brethren, and the Spirit of the Lord witnessed to the labors with power, and I saw in the early part of this effort a scene which fulfilled to the very letter that statement which said that the book “Christ’s Object Lessons” would unify the churches. One of the older churches in this conference had been broken up for years, in a measure, on account of an old grudge which had been harbored by brethren ; even being transmitted to posterity. And I had the pleasure of seeing these brethren and their wives sit down at the same .table, eat of the same food, and embrace each other, and offer to loan money to pay for the books, because one of them was too poor to do it. My soul rejoiced and magnified the name of the Lord for His blessed and precious Word, and the means He has by which to accomplish His own work.

Soon after the General Conference last spring I again enlisted in the work, to help finish the quota in our conference, and here again I saw the “testimony” wonderfully fulfilled.

I started to visit and to assist some of our churches again, and especially the Haverhill Church. While here, I was impressed to attend one of the Baptist churches in the place, their prayer meeting. The minister had inquired of me before, as I had once spoken in the place at the laying of the foundation stone of the Jewish Synagogue. Perhaps you may be aware that I was born and brought up a Jew, and lived in that faith till some fifteen years ago, and thirteen years ago the blessed Lord Jesus revealed Himself to me, and saved my soul. Since then the blessedness of salvation and the glories of the Third Angel’s Message have filled my soul with joy and gladness. For nine years I have been devoting my energies and strength in preaching Jesus Christ and Him crucified, seeking to show to men what a wonderful and most blessed redeemer is Jesus.

So at this time the minister wanted to know of some one if I ever came to the city, and if so, he wanted to see me. Hence I was impressed to go this particular evening to his prayer meeting, and to my surprise received an invitation to speak. The people became so interested in the Word of God that they wanted me to speak the next Sunday, though there were other speakers to take the service, Then a new field opened up to me, and since that time, a little over three months, I have had the privilege of speaking between twenty and thirty times to some twelve to fifteen different churches and denominations, and selling hundreds of copies of ” Christ’s Object Lessons.” At least six ministers of these different denominations have made public announcements from the pulpit concerning this book, and have invited me to finish what they could not say. They have given me the names of some of their best people, and I have visited these people in their homes, and many have become deeply interested in the peculiar points of our faith.”

Seventh-day Baptists, 1879

June 12, 2008


Elder Haskell being called to the chair, Elder James White introduced the following preambles and resolutions:–

WHEREAS, The Seventh-day Baptists have for many years observed, taught, and defended the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and are known to us through their delegates to our General Conference as a body of Christian Sabbath-keepers possessing a good degree of culture, liberality of sentiment, and Christian forbearance, therefore

RESOLVED, That we deem them worthy of our respect and love, and that it is for the interest of the Sabbath cause that the two bodies of Christian commandment-keepers labor to sustain friendly relations to each other; and

WHEREAS, Certain preachers, who professed to be Seventh-day Adventists, at an early date in our brief history, did seek their field of labor in the localities where there were Seventh-day Baptist churches, and did weaken some of their feeble churches, and blot out others, resulting in harm and only harm, to the grief of the Seventh-day Baptists, therefore

RESOLVED, That our Seventh-day Baptist brethren had just cause for complaint, and that it is the sense of this Conference that our preachers are violating the Golden Rule–Do unto others as you would have them do to you–in seeking their fields of labor where Seventh-day Baptist churches are located.

RESOLVED, That while we deplore the spirit of prejudice and unkindness manifested by certain Seventh-day Baptist ministers toward Seventh-day Adventists, we deeply regret the injury done to individuals and to feeble churches, about twenty years since, by those men whom we could not control, and who have since done Seventh-day Adventists tenfold the injury they did the (168–GCS 63-88 ) Seventh-day Baptists, resulting in weakening and grieving both denominations. And while we pledge our influence against such wrongs in the future, we ask not to be held responsible for that which we have no power to control.

These were unanimously adopted.

The Two Bodies

May 1, 2008


Review and Herald, October 12, 1876, p. 116

ON the broad platform of the divine law, and redemption from its transgression through the death and mediation of the divine Son, both the Seventh-day Baptists and the Seventh-day Adventists stand in general agreement. Here are the great tests of the Christian life, and a fitness for Heaven; and besides these there are no others. s

The principal difference between the two bodies is the immortality question. The S. D. Adventists hold the divinity of Christ so nearly with the trinitarian, that we apprehend no trial here. And as the practical application of the subject of the Gifts of the Spirit to our people and to our work is better understood by our S. D. Baptist brethren, they manifest less concern for us on this account.

But the views which both bodies entertain respecting free investigation and the right to personal opinion forbid any restriction whatever to be laid upon each other in the proper advo- cacy of the sentiments in which both cannot at present agree. We recommend, however, that there be no controversy between the two bodies. The differences between us are of such a nature, an,d we have in common so broad a field of labor with those who differ with us respect- ing the fundamentals, upon which hangs the destiny of a world lying in wickedness, that Seventh-day Adventists and Seventh-day Bap- tists cannot afford a controversy on doctrines which neither regard as tests of Christian char- acter.

Both bodies have a specific work to do. God bless them both in all their efforts for its ac- complishment. The field is a wide one. And we further recommend that Seventh-day Ad- ventists in their agressive work avoid laboring to build up Seventh-day Adventist churches wliere Seventh-day Baptist churches are already established. If ministers or members from the

Seventh-day Baptists regard it their duty to come with us, under the impression that they can serve the cause of God better, we shall give them a place with us. But we see no reasons why there should be any effort put forth on the part of our people to weaken the hands of our Seventh-day Baptist brethren in order to add to our numbers from those who were before us in revering the ancient Sabbath of the Lord.
If it please our Seventh-day Baptist brethten, let the interchange of courtesies in the appoint- ment of delegates be continued, and be conduct- ed in a manner to secure mutual benefit. The visits of the worthy delegates from the Seventh- day Baptists, Pres. Alien, Elders Wardner, Burdick, Rogers, Hull, and Prof. Whitford, have done our people good. And if the dele- gates from our people to that body, Elders An- drews, Smith, Canright, and others, have failed to do that people good, it has been from want of ability and a knowledge how to work out that good which was in their hearts to do.

What God in his wise providence has marked out for these two bodies in their future labors and destiny, the future alone can unfold. But whatever that may be, it seems a certainty to us to-day, while looking with faith and hope toward that untried future, and cherishing a filial love for those whose history of loyalty to High Heaven stretches across long centuries, that no good can result to either from controversy and proselyting, and no harm can come to either from those courtesies and labors of love calcu- lated to build each other up on our common faith.

We do not say that we have seen the proper relation between the two bodies as clearly and joyfully as we do to-day ; neither do we wish to be held responsible for what some of our people have done, or may do, not in harmony with the foregoing. But that our settled convictions on the subject for more than five years may be un- derstood, we quote from our report of the Clear Lake (Wis.) camp-meeting, which appeared in REVIEW AND HEBALD for July 4, 1871 :—

” At the close of the Sabbath morning ser- vice, we were cordially greeted by many who re- ported .themselves Seventh-day Baptists, who gave Our hand the very next thing to it, if not the real Advent shake. Among these was Prof. Cornwall, of the Albion, Wis., S. D. Baptist Academy, who invited us to speak to the citi- zens of his place. Nothing could have given us greater pleasure than to have responded to this, and similar courtesies by speaking freely to this people upon the great fundamentals of our common faith—the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus Christ; but hoarseness, fatigue, and the labors of the Minnesota Camp- meeting the next week, compelled us to pass on without even calling on any of our S. D. Bap- tist friends.

“Here we may, by divine grace, enjoy a strong union ; and while Seventh-day Adventists may prize very highly, and tenaciously hold, their views upon the immortality question, and may cherish as important to the glory of God and their own prosperity, their definite views of the manifestation of spiritual gifts, they will agree that it will be mnch better to seek for that union that may be enjoyed upon the broad fundamentals of onr faith, than to sacrifice that union in urging upon the Seventh-day Baptists sentiments peculiar to Adventists.”

We are happy to say here that a full state- ment of our views and feelings, outlined in this article, was given by the writer before the re- cent General Conference of the S. D. Baptists, which apparently met with a full approval from that body. It is with great pleasure that we look back to the happy hours spent with that good people, and only regret that we could re- main no longer with them. j. w.


Further Study

Review, November 20, 1879
Review, December 4, 1879, Volume 54, #23, page 180
Review, December 11, 1879