Schleiermacher, Canright and Paulien


When Schleiermacher started to read literature that was forbidden at his college library to read, he got invested in his mind of Higher Criticism around 20 years old. He rejected faith, he rejected the virgin birth of Christ and writing to his father, puritan pastor Schleiermacher, he lament that he can no longer follow the faith position. His father in tears wrote back to him that he rejects him although he wants to hold him by his own breast, for he no longer follow the faith of his father and mother. He pointed out that they have painted Jesus before his eyes their whole life. And that young Schleiermacher was now senseless.

Then there was Canright who’s wife died in 1878 and he remarried in 1881 but seemingly the second wife did not fancy to be a pastoral wife? He bought a farm in 1882 in Michigan and then in 1887 rejected Adventism.

“Then, quite abruptly, in 1887, Canright and his [second from 1882] wife, Lucy Canright, left the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It was a decision he had been mulling over for a year. In severing his relations with his home church, the Otsego Seventh-day Adventist Church, Canright stated the following, as recorded by the church clerk:

That he had come to a point where he no longer believed that the Ten Commandments were binding upon Christians and had given up the Law, the Sabbath, the Messages, the Sanctuary, our position upon [the] U.S. in prophecy, the Testimonies, health reform, the ordinances of humility. He also said that he did not believe that the Papacy had changed the Sabbath. And though he did not directly state it, his language intimated that he would probably keep Sunday.

He thinks that Seventh-day Adventists are too narrow in their ideas, and that in quoting so much as they do from the Old Testament are going back into the moonlight rather than experiencing the sunlight of the gospel of Christ. He thought we were exalting the law above Christ. Also has no faith in the missionary work as conducted by our people, feels as if it is not the way God designed to do the work.

He still claimed to believe that the coming of Christ was near, making the same application of Daniel 2 and 7 and Matthew 24 that he always had, but did not believe that there was to be any special message preceding Christ's second coming in the sense in which Seventh-day Adventists teach.

Church clerk's record, February 17, 1887, Otsego, Michigan Seventh-day Adventist Church.”

Then there is Paulien who a few months ago said the same as Canright “did not believe that there was to be any special message preceding Christ's second coming in the sense in which Seventh-day Adventists teach”. . . .

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