The Seventh-day Adventist church was founded upon an apocalyptic message that needed to be preached to the entire world—immediately and at any cost. But does the church today preach that same message with the same urgency? Has the Adventist church become irrelevant as it has sought to be more relevant to the world? Does the Adventist church have any reason for existence if it has lost that which makes it different from all the rest of Christianity? It is a question that should rattle Adventists. George R. Knight has been wrestling with this very question for nearly five decades.
If in fact Adventism has neutered itself, is there anything the church can do—as individuals and as a denomination—to remedy this shocking condition? Knight challenges Adventists to go back to their roots—to examine the prophecies that fueled the early Seventh-day Adventists’ determination to evangelize the world. Buried within the books of Daniel and Revelation are the only reasons for the Adventist church to exist. Knight calls for Adventist’s to uproot themselves from the pew in order to be truly Adventist.
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George R. Knight is a retired professor of church history at Andrews University Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including the Adventist Heritage Series, the Ellen White Series, and a devotional Bible commentary series.