“I desire to speak parenthetically and say to you that of all foolish, absurd and actually stupid things uttered by the tongue of Christians or written by pen, nothing is more excuse less than this attempted arraignment of ‘non‐essentials.’
If the Bible be the revelation of God, as He is the great economist and never wastes or does anything that is unnecessary, it is evident He could not and would not introduce into His infallible Book anything that was not essential. Whatever statement or doctrine therefore may be in the Bible, however apparently inconsequential and insignificant, is, nevertheless, essential. Since this doctrine of the Second Coming is very manifestly in, and a remarkable part of, the Bible it ought to be evident, to say the least, that the term ‘non‐essential’ cannot in any wise be applied to it”
(I.M. Haldeman, Ten Sermons on the Second Coming, First Baptist Church, New York City, 1916).