The War and the Work of the Church

1862

As the Civil War progressed, the president issued calls for more soldiers. James White heartily participated in the matter of raising funds to pay attractive bonuses to volunteers. Seventh-day Adventists as a rule were conscientiously opposed to the bearing of arms, yet they felt it to be their duty to raise money for the payment of the bonuses offered to volunteers who had no religious scruples against bearing arms.

In the meantime, the war excitement empeded public evangelism.