In the mid-1990s I was commissioned by the then editor of Ministry magazine, Elder David Newman, to write an article for Ministry entitled "Historic Seventh-day Adventists." This I did. The Ministry editor had said a professor from Andrews University would be writing a contrasting view. I counseled with a number of faithful Seventh-day Adventist pastors who warned the article would not be because it was too well written. The advisors said there was no effective way to answer my dissertation. So it proved to be. Elder Newman wrote a letter rejecting the article in which he stated that he would not offer any reason for the rejection. This booklet that you hold in your hand is based on that article.
The title "Historic Seventh-day Adventists" was not chosen by me. I do not believe it necessary to add any adjective to the name God has given to His people. Further, I believe that, if nineteenth-century Seventh-day Adventists had accepted the message of Christ our Righteousness, the Seventh-day Adventist people would have been home in heaven long ago. To be ready for the latter rain and translation, faithful Seventh-day Adventists today need to "come up to every point, and stand every test, and overcome, be the price what it may." Testimonies, vol. 1, 187