From time to time it is interesting to me to post primary source documents and materials that are germane to the development of Adventist theology. In this particular instance, the article under consideration is by Joseph Clarke (1829-1914) who was a wealthy merchant and educator from Ohio. He was one of the most ubiquitous regular contributors to the Review and Herald during his lifetime, and deserves to be ranked with Uriah Smith and James White in terms of literary output, but his contributions have been largely overlooked. As a layperson, his perspective on Ellen G. White gives a “lay” perspective or that of an ordinary church member who supported the prophetic ministry of Ellen G. White. In a previous blog post I have highlighted some of his contributions.
The Gift in the Church.
In studying the history of the third [angel’s] message, we find that from the first the gift of prophecy has been intimately connected with the work. All along the pathway of this people light has been received which has led the way to investigation, and progress has thus been made. While without this gift discord and contradictory views would have been obtained, to a greater or lesser extent, and long ago we, as a people, would probably have been scattered wide asunder. [Read more…] about The Gift in the Church by Joseph Clarke (1868)