Would a young Ellen White– coming as she did from the so-called “Shouting Methodists,” be welcome in your congregation? Shouting Methodists were known for their noisy and demonstrative activities during worship. In fact, the police were once called because of noisy praying by the Harmon family allegedly disturbed the peace.
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Young James White was well known to walk down the center aisle of the church, singing loudly and thumping the time on his Bible as he went to the pulpit.
The early Adventist church also adapted popular songs–yes, there were such, Stephen Foster made a fortune as a song writer–putting sacred words to secular melodies. For example, for Foster’s “Carry Me Back to Old Virginny,” they substituted “Carry Me Back to Calvary’s Mountain.”
Now, maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help wondering if such young people would be welcomed in most of today’s congregations.
Next time: Return to Historic Adventism?