In 1794, the Blue Law was passed in Pennsylvania, prohibiting the operation
of businesses and making Sunday a mandatory day of spiritual
Now they would be forced to abstain from any business practice two days
out of every week - one for their Godly commanded day of rest and the other
which the government imposed by the Blue Law. Restrictive "Blue Laws",
placing all seventh day observers at a definite financial disadvantage
from the rest of the population, began to pop up in the Eastern part of
Not all church members went along with these changes and some remained faithful to their original doctrines.
This remnant of the True Church is referred to in "The Seventh Day Baptists In Europe and America" (pages 19-20), as -
As the number of states imposing Blue Law restrictions began to spread throughout the East, a clear pattern of Westward migration by Seventh Day Sabbath keepers occurred during the early decades of the 19th century. The magazine "Sabbath Recorder" from this time period records that:
In the 1840's, Ellen G. (Harmon) White, a young woman claiming to have had divine visions, began the church that has come to be known as the "Seventh Day Adventists".
A majority of Seventh Day worshippers were swept away in this Great Advent Movement and accepted the doctrine established by the Adventists under the leadership of Mrs. White as inspired by her supposed visions.
But as always, a few remained faithful, and not believing in these visions, broke away from those that followed her.
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