“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” Hebrews 11:4
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours: and their works do follow them. Revelation 14:13
Dictionary.net defines a pioneer as “one who goes before, as into the wilderness, preparing the way for others to follow.” When we think of pioneers our minds might run to the men and women who settled this country. They were the forefathers who blazed a trail and created the foundation of these United States of America. When I think of pioneers I think of those men and women who carried high the blood stained banner of Christ. I think of those who faithfully stood in defense of the cause of Christ, even at times when it was not popular to do so. Many of these faithful pioneers sealed their testimony with their blood. I think of reformers like Martin Luther, John Calvin, Jerome, Huss, Zwingli, Melanchthon, and the list goes on. These stalwarts of faith arose during one of the darkest periods in earth’s history and lit the candle so that others could see. The flames were fanned until it became a blazing fire called the Protestant Reformation. As these pioneers faded off the scenes others soon arose to carry forward the work they started.
In the 1800’s the reformation continued through the work of individuals like William Miller, James White, J.N. Andrews, Joseph Bates, Ellen G. White, Charles Fitch, and Stephen Haskell, just to name a few. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit the roots were laid for what would evolve into the Seventh-day Adventist church. Now it is not my intention to give a complete history on the rise of the church, however, it’s important that I lay a foundation. It’s generally true that when something is in its inception, it’s in its purest form. It hasn’t yet had a chance to be sullied by the passage of time. There is a fervency that attends a new thing that is often lost as that thing grows. I think it is safe to say that this is the case with the advent movement.
As the pioneers have passed off the scene and a new generation has arisen it is easy to lose sight of the founding pillars. This is why I thank God for the written word. Through the blessing of pen and paper, the pioneers though “dead yet speaketh.” In a real sense though they are at “rest from their labours…their works do follow them.” While we were not able to physically be present, through the scrolls left behind we are able to understand God’s leading and our faith can be reassured that we have not believed “cunningly devised fables.”
This is a long introduction to say that we will routinely post writings of the pioneers, especially those things that pertain to the development of the pillars of the Adventist faith. For those who are Adventist, this will give you an opportunity to review and gain a better understanding of your faith. To the non-Adventist, you will have an opportunity to learn about Adventism and why we believe as we do.