Thriving Denomination Somewhat Sad and Embarrassed To Celebrate 150 Years

(Updated) Seventh-day Adventists, now 17 million strong, 'inventive and prosperous' while still waiting for Second Coming.

Update (April 16): Adventist Review reports that Adventist General Conference president Ted N.C. Wilson, told the church members gathered to celebrate the denomination's 150th anniversary that it is a "very sad" anniversary.

"We should have been home by now!" Wilson said. "The Lord has wanted to come long before this. Why celebrate any more anniversaries when we could be in heaven?"

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(RNS) Over the past 150 years, Seventh-day Adventists have built one of Christianity's most inventive and prosperous churches, all the while praying for the world to end as soon as possible.

A small band of believers has mushroomed to more than 17 million baptized members, including 1.2 million in the U.S. Nearly 8,000 Adventists schools dot dozens of countries. Hundreds of church-owned hospitals and clinics mend minds and bodies around the world.

You might expect Adventists to celebrate their success while marking their church's 150th anniversary this May. There's just one problem: the church wasn't supposed ...

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