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Pages: 162

Language: English

Publisher: Waymark Books (16 Dec. 2011)

By: Joseph Bates (Author)

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As a sailor, prisoner of war, sea captain, moral reformer, and itinerant preacher, Joseph Bates led a varied and fascinating life. As a prisoner of war, he survived the Dartmoor massacre. As captain of his own ship, he forced his sailors to swear off liquor and talked pirates out of their prey. Scrupulously honest, he once turned his ship around to return money overpaid him. The unlikeliest of preachers, Bates was an ungodly seaman who, after many narrow escapes from death, eventually gave his heart to God. In the pursuit of health, Bates was far ahead of his times. In 1821 he gave up smoking, and tobacco. He later quit drinking tea and coffee, eventually becoming a vegetarian. Before his retirement from the sea at age 35, Bates amassed a small fortune (for his times). Upon his retirement, he became actively involved in the temperance, anti-slavery, and Second Advent movements. Bates, who invested his wealth in spreading the Second Advent message, experienced the “:Great Disappointment”: in 1844 but did not lose his faith. In 1845, after reading a pamphlet by T. M. Preble, Bates began keeping the seventh day Sabbath. It was a tract written by Bates that convinced James and Ellen White of the importance of the Sabbath. As a result of his involvement in the “:Sabbath Conferences”: of 1848-1950, Joseph Bates became personally acquainted with James and Ellen White. Having personally witnessed Ellen White in vision a number of times, he became convinced that the visions were from God. Together with James and Ellen White, Joseph Bates is considered to be one of the co-founders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Bates served actively as a minister until the end of his life: the year before he died (at the age of 80), he preached at least 100 times. Once a profane sailor, Bates is today remembered as a respected minister who was not afraid to be on the cutting edge. In the words of James White, “:those who knew Bates longest and best, esteemed him most highly.”:


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