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Interest Of The S.D.A. Denomination
certain that all concerned will be glad to know that the first of the series of
news items relative to present truth is now being circulated herein.
Therefore let us pray to the end that it will grow with mushroom speed;
have the fabric of a palm tree; the grip of an octopus; clear as crystal, and
glittering as transparent gold; moving "as the appearance of a flash of
lightning" (Ezek. 1:14); sweet as honey (Ezek. 3:3) to those who are
searching, for truth as for "hidden treasure" (Matt. 13:44), and as
bitter as "wormwood" (Rev. 8:11) to those who seek to enjoy the
pleasures of Egypt for a season.
bless it that for the "abundance of milk" it shall give "every
one" who is "left in the land" may eat "butter and
honey" (Isa. 7:22), "that he may know to refuse the evil and choose
the good" (Isa. 7:15), for so shall they be a "great people, and a
strong." Saith the prophet,
"There hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after
it." (Joel 2:2)
From The East
E.T. Wilson reports from West Union, South Carolina: "Present truth has
enraged the conference men and they are unable to cope with the situation in a
fair fight, so they are threatening to close the West Union Church.
But because the conference men are not thought well of there, they have
chosen the local elder and a lay preacher to handle the situation on the coming
Sabbath, and this promises a good interesting time."--July 3, 1934.
Outcome Of The West Union Church Meeting
had a good day Sabbath at West Union where the Busch family lives, and there was
a signal victory for the truth at the eleven o'clock hour for the business to be
attended was left in the hands of the lay preacher and the local church elder.
The conference had submitted the following proposition to the church:
They would send the church a tent to be used for evangelist work in the
community, provided the church would vote to bar E.T. Wilson and Dr. Stokes from
the pulpit. It was a beautiful
sight to see the elder in tears, and in broken words say that he could not put
such a movement or proposition to the church stating that he had never
investigated 'The Shepherd's Rod,' and that Elder Wilson and the doctor were his
friends, and men of God so far as he knew, and that he had never heard them
teach anything but the truth.
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this time the preacher's little wife was weeping, but not with broken heart, but
for joy, and the entire church was in tears as well as the visitors of whom
there were about thirteen, who are ardent believers in the reformatory message
of "The Shepherd's Rod." One
of the ladies said that it was an insult to their intelligence to submit such a
proposition as that submitted by the conference. It certainly was."--July 10, 1934.
to Loma Linda
following report was submitted by Bro. Houteff upon his return:
studies in Loma Linda were well attended, and practically no opposition was
manifested by those present. At the
final meeting of the ten-day series a call was made that all who were convinced
that the message in "The Shepherd's Rod" was the message of the hour
and are ready to openly take their stand on the side of present truth by taking
an active part in its proclamation through personal visits, hand out invitations
to the meetings, and give their fullest financial as well as physical support
for the same, to stand up. About
three-fourths of the attendance stood up. The
remaining one-fourth requested time to study a little longer.
Among them were two ministers--one, an S.D.A.; the other, a former
Baptist. This consecration meeting
was followed by organizing the entire company, at which time Elder R.T. Nash,
from the Redlands Church, was elected as leader, and Sr. Jessie Trowbridge,
secretary. Having digged that hill
with the "Mattock" it was proposed to send forth "oxen," and
the proposition was carried by an unanimous vote that Bro. M.L. Deeter and Bro.
M.J. Bingham should be the "ox" team to another field.
interesting experience brought about by the outside opposition was as follows:
L. Deeter, placing on his car a large sign, advertising the meetings, had parked
in front of the Post Office close to the Loma Linda Bank.
Bro. Thomas, the president of the bank, lost no time in abruptly
commanding Bro. Deeter to "move that thing out of there," meaning the
advertisement. In response to this
drastic order, Bro. Deeter, in his kind manner, plead that he give him a moment
of his time, but he quickly retorted, "Not a word from you.
Remove that thing from there."
the banker's determined command, the sheriff was called, and upon his arrival,
before seeing the banker, Bro. Deeter invited him into his missionary car.
This wise act on the part of the advertising agent infuriated the
president, fearing now that the S.D.A. sheriff may also become a missionary.
He allowed himself to be interrupted in his banking business by coming
out three consecutive times in order to persuade the sheriff to drop the
conversation and quickly interview him. The
officer, having been informed by Bro. Deeter of the reason for the call, replied
that the banker could not lawfully carry out his drastic orders, and sure
enough, the city official came out from the bank and quietly went away attending
to his own business! Having
finished his advertising campaign, on his return, showing his determination for
a successful "siege," Bro. Deeter quoted the words of
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"Hitherto I have been playing with the pope, but now I mean business."
Butterbaugh and Bro. W.A. Eckerman have recently taken full charge of the
Treatment Rooms in Denver, Colorado, and their zeal in the message promises that
this health center shall become the mother of many such institutions in the
proclamation of the Third Angel's Message in the Loud Cry.
interesting item Dr. Butterbaugh writes regarding his acceptance of the
additional light on the Third Angel's Message (E.W. 277).
Brethren: You may not be surprised to learn that I am on record to be tried for
'heresy' on Thursday evening, July 26, at 7 P.M. in Canon City.
These 'orders' come from the 'Sanhedrin' of the Colorado Conference,
S.D.A. executive department! Thus far, only seven hours of time has been taken to
misinterpret the message of the Shepherd's Rod in the pulpit of the Canon City
Church and I presume I will be given 15 minutes' time in which to reply.
I hope and pray that God may give me grace to defend the truth as it is,
and at the same time to uncover error. I
leave it to you to pass the word to all concerned.
I do not know, but they evidently intend to make me 'an example' of what
is to happen to others, and thus the poor blind sheep are to continue to be
frightened to not so much as to even think for themselves!
You brethren everywhere pray to the end that something will develop so as
to make manifest the utter foolishness of and the weakness of the leaders in
keeping the truth from the sheep.--W.S.Butterbaugh.
Sr. Warden's trip to Colorado also promises good fruitage of which we may report
little company in San Diego is steadily growing.
Several new members being recently added.
a splendid report from Sr. Hendricks from Sheridan, Wyoming of the work and
progress, and the zeal attending the entire company in spreading the light,
which we shall later publish along with other news items.
required that all the leaders in their respective fields should report once a
month stating all activities--number of public and private studies, newly
interested parties, the number of converts made during the month, books sold,
tracts given away, etc.
desire to see the growth of this paper and the prosperity of the message must
make a small contribution for every issue to defray expenses--supplies and
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