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Episode 46: Adventists, Abolition & Oakwood

Adam Ramdin
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Adam Ramdin

Youth Director for the North England Conference of SDA

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  • May 15, 2019
    3:30 PM
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Early Adventist pioneers had a radical new theology but it wasn't just limited to the 4 walls of a church they were at the forefront of many of the new social movements such of the temperance movement as well as the abolition of slavery slavery had been practiced in America since its earliest days and was considered normal in some parts of the country but not for the early founders of Adventism William Miller Jos of bait and Joshua the Himes all spoke actively and openly against this evil institution. In the mid eighty's and hundreds slavery was widely practiced in the southern states but not North and many slaves attempted to answer exceeded in a scaping to freedom via the Underground Railroad it was ne the underground nor a railroad but a network of homes of bombs and transportation that would get someone secretly from the south up to the northern states or to Canada perhaps the most famous name associated with this movement of liberation is Harriet Tubman who helped thousands of people to escape also Sojourner Truth spoke widely and passionately against slavery and she was baptized as an Adventist by you Ryan Smith John Byington the 1st General Conference president used his bomb in upstate New York as a stop on the Underground Railroad as well. Early Adventists were encouraged to help out in this defying the law of the land in 850 the fugitive slave law was passed by Congress in the early but often neglected Lord. 193 it required any citizen to. Slate. With fines and punishments in case of violations commenting on the relationship that Adventists should have to this law the law of our land requiring us to deliver an escape slave to his master we are not to obey and we must abide the consequences of violating the law. J. and J. and Andrews you Ryan Smith Joseph Bates and James White all wrote and help positions against slavery the church was advocating a revolutionary new approach and endeavoring to adhere to biblical principles over culture and the norms of society also advocated that those who held pro-slavery views should be disfellowshipped from church. As soon as slavery was abolished the Adventist Church made inroads into the southern state and its morning. Pioneered the work in many new areas. Churches printing presses sanitariums and food companies and the work progress the need arose for us to train workers and on November the 16th 1906 industrial school was open. To be a flagship school among the African-American community here in North America and for over 120 years now they have educated thousands of students graduate around the world some of them graduates will include evangelists Cleveland and C.B. Brooks just 2 of the many prolific pastors passed through this campus. Also famous for renowned choir the aliens Oh. Also play a role in the civil rights movement of the 1960 S. hosting Dr Martin Luther King who spoke here on this campus after there was nowhere else in the city that would have him. As a church we want to help position on matters of equality and justice that was ahead of general society rather than behind it in some ways this radical edge finding comfort in the accepted norms of practice Christianity rather than seeking clear biblical practice in all that we do. That we want to have needs to be reclaimed and have a church we ought to be at the forefront of social change. In our communities as we seek to relieve the suffering of humanity. You.

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