CENTENNIAL SPURS STUDY ARTICLE
Announcement of plans for a "centenary commemoration of the 1888 ministerial institute and General Conference session" by action of the 1986 Annual Council gives immediacy to the investigation of the history and content of the 1888 message.
What really happened at the Minneapolis General Conference in 1888? What was the 1888 message, which Ellen White said God gave to the church through Jones and Wagner? If that message was "the beginning of the loud cry?" as God's messenger declared, why are we still waiting 100 years later for the coming of Jesus?
Questions like these are spurring loyal Adventists around the world to study, to attend seminars, join study groups, and listen to sermons and recordings in a sincere effort to understand a long neglected era of our denominational history and its significance for the church today.
Fortunately, there is such material available from the pens of Ellen White, E. J. Waggoner, A T. Jones, Robert Wieland, Donald Short, Ralph Larson and others. A booklist will be sent on request.
Tapes of the excellent sermons heard at Camp Winnekeag, MA, last September are available for $2.00 each from Keith Stokes, Living Springs Retreat, Rt 3, Bryant Pond Rd., Putnam Valley, NY 10579. The sermons include "Day of Atonement Repentance", by Jerry Finneman; "1888 and the Cleansing of the Sanctuary", by Steven Grabiner; a four part series on Galatians; and others—15 tapes in all.
The tapes of the Second National 1888 Message Conference are still available from American Cassette Ministries, P.O. Box 922, Harrisburg, PA 17108.
We must individually know what is truth through our own diligent study. Members of the 1888 Message Study Committee, who sponsor the Newsletter, are deeply committed to making available to anyone who will read or listen, answers to questions about our history and distinctive end-time message.
"The Lord has declared that the history of the past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the closing work." (2 SM 390) If the time is near for "the closing work" as we fondly hope and believe, we may also believe that the time is here when the "history of the past" must be faithfully "rehearsed." "We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and His teaching in our past history." (LS 196)