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Moses Hull (1836-1907) was a prominent minister among the Seventh-day Adventists in the early days, and one of the few that they had. But he eventually left the Adventists and became a prominent leader in spiritualism, a movement that advocates communicating with the spirits of the dead.
Hull first joined the United Brethren and then the First Day Adventists in the early 1850's, and soon started preaching. In 1857 he accepted the Seventh-day Adventist message and began preaching for them.
Moses Hull was an able and convincing debater, and he successfully debated those of many persuasions, including spiritualism. In October of 1862, confident of his abilities, Hull found himself alone in a community of spiritualists in Paw Paw, Michigan. Here is how he described that debate when he wrote the following account in January of 1863:
For a short time Hull continued preaching for the Adventists, but he made his sermon of September 20, 1863, his last, and a short time later became a lecturer and writer for the spiritualists.
Ellen White had several things to say about Moses Hull just after that October 1862 debate:
It would be hard to argue that this was not the case, since Moses Hull admitted as much in the quotation we cited above.
What Took Place
After Moses Hull joined the spiritualists in 1863, we have no record that he ever returned to Christianity. The average Bible-believing Christian would therefore agree that this prediction came true.
44 years later Hull traveled to San Jose, California, speaking to the Spiritualist Union on January 6, 1907. Three days later he was stricken on the way to the post office, and died that Friday (Biography of Moses Hull). Thus to his dying day, he went about promoting Spiritualism all he could.
Given Hull's later course, "no stopping place" is quite an interesting phrase when combined with her counsel to him during the following June:
What Took Place
Hull's scandalous promotion of flagrant immorality resulted in his being ostracized by most spiritualist organizations for almost two decades. It all began with his letter that was published in the August 23, 1873, issue of Woodhull & Claflin’s Weekly:
In these and other words, Moses Hull declared to the world that for several years he had been committing adultery while traveling about lecturing, and that this was good and right. He declared that when he previously refused to commit adultery, he actually "violated God's law." In fact, he redefined "adultery" in this letter to include the union of a lawfully wedded man and wife, and denied that free-lovism was adultery!
To Hull, the lustful, carnal desires of his evil heart were "God's command," and had to be obeyed, even if that meant violating the laws of the land.
It is no wonder that he and his wife Elvira separated shortly after this letter was published. Hull then moved in with Mattie Brown Sawyer, one of the women he had been associating with, and they eventually married, sort of. Many spiritualists wanted nothing to do with Hull for nearly twenty years. Other "lecturers refused to appear on the same platform with him." And how did Hull feel about the matter? "Mostly unrepentant" (www.spirithistory.com/freelov.html). How sad!
What Took Place
Moses Hull quit preaching for Seventh-day Adventists in 1863. He then began lecturing for Spiritualism, and continued supporting that cause till his death in 1907. Even if he had never gotten into "free love," a Bible-believing Christian would say that he was used by Satan to lead souls to hell—for a long, long time. And the free-love seeds that he planted, though at first rejected, bore evil fruit across the country (T.J. Hudson, The Law of Psychic Phenomena, p. 335, quoted in Uriah Smith, Modern Spiritualism, pp. 109, 110).
Misery and woe? Arrested? This is true of every sinner in a final sense, for wrath is what they will receive in the judgment before the great white throne. But was Ellen White speaking of something else? Hull's sudden collapse and death in 1907? All the turmoil and domestic strife that followed his infamous foray into immorality? Unfortunately, because the statement lacks additional context, and we lack additional historical details, we can't say more about this one.
One thing is fairly certain: Hull did not escape his share of misery. While he stated in the published letter cited above that Elvira and he "were made more happy" by his unfaithfulness, the fact that they soon separated says otherwise. The same letter admits, "I told my wife all; the scene which immediately followed I will not relate . . . ."