Storrs, George (1796-1879)

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StorrsGeorgeMillerite minister and editor. Storrs was born in New Hampshire, and as a child was afraid of God due to sermons he heard on the eternal torments of hell. In his mid teens he sought to understand the goodness of God, and was converted and joined the Congregational Church at age 19. He jointed the Methodist Church and ministry in 1825, working as an itinerant preacher until 1836, focusing much on abolition. In 1837 he read a tract by Deacon Henry Grew that started his study of man’s state in death, leading him to reject the concept of natural immortality. His first publication on this topic was in 1841, and the next year he published his “Six Sermons.”

That same year Storrs heard the Advent message and was impressed enough to arrange for Charles Fitch to hold a series of tent meetings in Albany, New York, attended by thousands. He accepted the message himself and became an Advent preacher. At the same time his Six Sermons on conditional immortality received wide distribution in North America and England. Fitch wrote Storrs in January 1844 that he was joining Storrs on this teaching. In contrast William Miller publicly rejected Storr’s position. Storrs was best-known as the editor of the Bible Examiner (1843-1880), which he continued to edit after he renounced his Adventist views.

Books:

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Six Sermons on the Inquiry Is There Immortality in Sin and Suffering?

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