Jones, Alonzo Trevier (1850-1923)

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jonesEditor, author, preacher.  Jones became a Seventh-day Adventist in 1874 while in the Army at Fort Walla Walla. He soon became involved in evangelism in the Northwest. He was called in 1885 to assist with periodical editorial work at the Pacific Press, where Ellet J. Waggoner was also working as editor.  Jones’ knowledge of history enabled him quickly to become the church’s expert on the fulfillment of prophecy in the realm of religious liberty. With Waggoner, he pushed the frontiers of understanding the righteousness of Christ in relation to liberty and salvation. May of 1888 Senator Blair brought a national Sunday bill to the U. S. Senate, with Jones appearing later that year before a Senate committee to oppose that legislation on behalf of the church, the first of many testimonies he would give in those settings.

The 1888 General Conference Session brought to a head the differences between the church leadership (G. I. Butler and Uriah Smith in particular) and Jones and Waggoner. The issues were prophecy and salvation. Ellen White endorsed the urgency of the crisis in relation to religious liberty and prophecy highlighted by Jones. She observed that the 1888 session was “the hardest and most incomprehensible tug of war we have ever had among our people” (1888 182.2). She later would call the salvation message Jones and Waggoner were presenting “most precious” and prophesied against those who called them “fanatics, extremists, and enthusiasts” (1888 1336.2 & 1341.2). During the 1890s both Jones and W. W. Prescott erred by supporting the prophetic claims of Anna Rice, but quickly repented on reproof from Ellen White. Jones continued his speaking and writing, publishing at least six major historical works during the next 10 years. In 1897 he became editor of the Review and Herald for a few years.

Ellen White repeatedly, at least through 1899, spoke of Jones as a messenger of God with a special work to do (1888 1455.2), and warned of the “fatal delusion” of rejecting the message, especially if either Waggoner or Jones were to lose their way (1888 1455.2). As the church entered into the period when it would “remain here in this world because of insubordination many more years” (Lt 184, 1901), and Kellogg began his definite move away from the church, Jones lost his confidence in Ellen White, went to work at Battle Creek against her counsel, and ended up feeling that individuality in religion was the proper expression of religious liberty, over loyalty to faulty church organization. He remained active in publishing the last 20 years of his life, but showed the imbalance of independent action. He was dropped from church membership in 1909, but kept the Sabbath until his death in 1923.

The “Abiding Sabbath” and the “Lord’s Day”

The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald Articles (1879-1904)

The American Papacy

The American Sentinel Articles (1886-1900)

Appeal from the U. S. Supreme Court Decision Making this “A Christian Nation”

Are There Any Protestants?

Arguments on the Breckenridge Sunday Bill

Australian Sentinel & Herald of Liberty Articles (1894)

The Bible Echo and Signs of the Times Articles (1886-1906)

Bible Questions and Answers Concerning Man

Bible Training School Article (1905)

The Captivity of the Republic

Christ and the Pharisees

The Christian Educator, Vol. 1 (1897)

Christian Patriotism

The Churches and the Public Treasury

Civil Government and Religion [1889]

Civil Government and Religion [1890]

Civil Government and Religion [1894]

The Columbian Year and the Meaning of the Four Centuries

The Coming of Our Lord

The Consecrated Way to Christian Perfection

The Daily Inter Ocean Articles (Chicago) (1889)

“Due Process of Law” and The Divine Right of Dissent

The Eastern Question

Ecclesiastical Empire

The Edmunds Resolution

The Empires of the Bible from the Confusion of Tongues to the Babylonian Captivity

An Exposition of Matthew Twenty-Four on the Second Coming of Christ

General Conference Bulletin Articles (1893-1903)

The Gospel of Health Articles (1897-1898)

The Great Empires of Prophecy, from Babylon to the Fall of Rome

The Great Nations of To-day

The Home Missionary Articles (1889-1897)

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Immortality of the Soul, Is it a Scriptural Doctrine?

Is Sunday the True Sabbath of God?

Judicial Religious Legislation Exposed

Kansas Campmeeting Sermons (1889)

Lessons on Faith

The Life Boat Articles (1902-1903)

The Limits of Civil Authority

Living by Faith

The Marshaling of the Nations

The Medical Missionary Articles (1903-1909)

The Missionary Magazine Article (1899)

The Missionary Worker Article (1903)

National Reform an Absurdity

National Reform and the Rights of Conscience

National Reform is Church and State [BSL]

National Reform is Church and State [SL]

The National Reformed Constitution and the American Hierarchy

National Reformed Presbyterianism

The National Sunday Law [RLL]

The National Sunday Law [SL18]

The National Sunday Law [SL27]

One-Man Power

Pacific Union Recorder Articles (1901-1904)

Partial Report of Hearing on Johnston Sunday Bill, S. 404

The Peopling of the Earth

The Place of the Bible in Education

The Present Truth [UK] Articles (1887-1903)

The Puritan Sabbath for “Physical Rest” [1894]

The Puritan Sabbath for “Physical Rest” [Australian]

Religion and the Public Schools

Rev. W. F. Crafts Against the Editors of the American Sentinel

The Rights of the People

Shall Religion Be Taught in the Public Schools?

The Signs of the Times Articles (1877-1905)

South African Missionary Article (1903)

The Southern Review Article (1901)

The Southern Watchman Articles (1903-1905)

The Southern Sentinel and Herald of Liberty Articles (1895-1897)

Studies in the Book of Galatians

Sunday Legislation

The Third Angel’s Message (1893)

The Third Angel’s Message (1895)

The Third Angel’s Message (1897)

The Topeka Daily Capital Articles (1889)

Tremont Temple Lectures

The Two Republics, or Rome and the United States of America

Union Conference Record Articles (1898-1903)

The Union of Church and State in the United States

Urge Separation Church and State

Views of National Reform, Series One

“We Would See Jesus”

What is Patriotism in the United States?

The World’s Greatest Issues: Military, Diplomatic, Religious

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