Seventh-Day Adventists/William Miller and Masonry


I noticed in an answer to a question about Leroy Edwin Froom that you mentioned that William Miller was a mason but you don't inform the person that Miller resigned from the Masons in 1831 was this an oversight please explain because I would not any one to think that you meant to paint Miller in a bad light

William Miller was a remarkable man.  His views about the 2nd Coming as the end of the world have transformed the eschatology of every denomination to this very day.  Few give Miller proper credit for improving the theological platform for the modern Protestant church.

As for Miller’s connection with the Masons, this was normative for that time period, at least before the great scandal of 1826.  After that date however, a great anti-mason movement swept the Country.  As a result, Miller resigned “less than a month after his first public lecture” in 1831.

Miller was an active Freemason until 1831.  Miller resigned his Masonic membership in 1831, stating that he did so to "avoid fellowship with any practice that may be incompatible with the word of God among masons".   By 1833 he wrote in a letter to his friends to treat Freemasonry "as they would any other evil".

William Miller’s Masonic History

Millers' exact masonic history is impossible to determine from available records. Morning Star Lodge No. 27 (later No. 37) went inactive as a result of the Morgan Incident—not reopening until 1856—and the early records of the lodge are lost.

He joined the lodge sometime after moving to Poultney, Vermont in 1803. Grand Lodge of Vermont records show his participation at their annual communications, as a proxy in 1809 and as Senior Warden of his lodge in 1810. Although there is no extant record, there is no reason not to believe that he served the lodge as Worshipful Master in 1811. Miller resigned from the lodge in September 1831. He did not hold any Grand Lodge office.

Worshipful Master: 1811
Morning Star Lodge No. 27, Vermont

See also:

God's Strange Work: William Miller and the End of the World (Library of Religious Biography)

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I can answer most any question about church history and theology, starting from 1818 when William Miller articulated the 1st Angels Message that became the foundation of the Adventist Movement. While this first prophetic message terminated in the spring of 1844, it was followed by what Adventists refer to as the 2nd Angels Message, which dates from the spring of 1844 until the great disappointment of October 22, 1844. By 1847, the 3rd Angels Message had been developed and this Sabbatarian theology represents the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Moreover, I can explain the historical and theological development of the SDA denomination from its beginning and on through the great Battle Creek schism that forced the SDA's to retreat to Takoma Park. Here the 20th century church recovered from their internal battles that had erupted at the 1888 General Conference in Minneapolis over the definition of the law and the Gospel. Fearing another repeat of this disaster, President Daniels, determined to hide this debate. However, this policy led to more conflict, especially over the role and authority of Ellen White, a unique and accomplished religious writer that had remarkable spiritual gifts. However, by the decade of the 1970`s, the church once again erupted into debate. The hierarchy settled the turmoil in 1980 with the trial of Dr. Desmond Ford at Glacier View. Here Dr. Ford was exiled because he supposedly disagreed with Ellen White over the Fundamentals. But this controversial action resulted in another major schism that is still in progress today.


Tom Norris was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist in Takoma Park, Md. He attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate. Over the years he has also interviewed a number of prominent Adventist scholars, theologians, and Pastors ranging from the late Arthur White to the exiled Dr. Desmond Ford. In addition, he has amassed a large private library, which includes numerous rare books and manuscripts about Adventist theology and history. He is presently the online editor of Adventist Reform, and can be found at Adventist for Tomorrow answering questions online about SDA theology and history as well as promoting Adventist Reform.

Tom Norris attended SDA grade and High schools, moving on to study Adventist theology at Columbia Union College. He also spent significant time conducting independent research in the General Conference Archives and the Ellen G. White Estate.

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