"Christianity is that system of religion founded by Christ, of which His life and teachings are the true exponents. Uppermost in His life we clearly see the principle of devotion to His Father's will. This will was embraced in two considerations, which from their nature are inseparable-- a life of irreproachable holiness, and a forgetfulness of self in ministering to the wants of others... If Seventh-day Adventism does not embrace those principles in theory and in practice, then it is something distinct from Christianity. And in that case it is utterly useless and worse than useless... It is always a great pleasure to find any article to be just what it pretends to be. In verity, a NAME is a SIGN of CHARACTER... every man is in honor bound to make his NAME a guaranty of integrity and purity. How much more so when we bear the name of Christ!... Our aim should not be to obtain the NAME. That is worthless. But with largeness of heart let us strive to comprehend the breadth of Christian principles. The sacred obligations under which we, by our profession, are placed, do not consist in contending for a NAME or a sect, but in the maintaining of a character that exhibits the fullness of the graces of Christ. It is better to have the thing itself WITHOUT THE NAME, than to have the NAME WITHOUT THE OBJECT... Let our lives, our characters, give us our names, and be it our best endeavor to deserve the NAME which means to the world, Christlikeness. If we are FAITHFUL TO OUR PRINCIPLES, Seventh-day Adventism may mean that."
Advent Review and Sabbath Herald, Oct. 15, 1895, G. C. Tenney (emphases supplied).
"Christ was a Seventh-day Adventist, to all intents and purposes."
Medical Ministry, page 49, Ellen G. White.
"We may claim to be Seventh-day Adventists, and yet fail of realizing how exalted is the standard to which we must attain in order to deserve this name. Some have felt ashamed of being known as Seventh-day Adventists. Those who are ashamed of this name should never connect with those who feel it an honor to bear this name. And those who are Christ's witnesses, standing where the truths of the Bible have placed them, are worthy of the name they bear."
Letter 6, 1903; Ellen G. White.
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