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Interest Of The S.D.A. Denomination
it been the hue and cry of our own dear Seventh-day Adventist brethren and
sisters that with all the large medical institutions, belting the globe, many of
them here in the United States, yet the rank and file of our people are denied
the benefits to be derived from said institutions because of the wrong curative
principles, prohibitive prices, and uncharitable managements.
guilt of this situation which confronts the church, depicting her neglect all
these years, must be shared by all of us who have been a part of this great
movement which God launched in this world of sin back in the early forties of
the former century.
studies the Bible and the Testimonies, he cannot fail to see that God has a plan
for caring for His own unfortunate, either from sickness or aged, or because of
financial reverses, and the question now confronts us who claim to believe that
the "Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the
common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human
to Ministers," p. 300. But
recreant to our trust indeed would we also be, who claim to have accepted God's
message of "present truth," calling for a "Great reformatory
movement among God's people," should we allow this condition to remain
unchanged. Shall we continue to do
the planning, following in the footsteps of those who have neglected this
time, the need, and the message itself all constitute a clarion call to the
remnant to "Arise, shine (144,000); for thy light is come, and the glory of
the Lord is risen upon thee," and failing at this late hour, how shall we
answer our own dear brethren and sisters, our fellowmen in the world about us,
and above all, the angel spectators, and their loving Commander whose work we
are professedly engaged in?
this denomination is the Laodicean church, no one denies that we, as a church,
have "turned back from following Christ" our "Leader"
("Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 217) all agree.
That "doubt and even disbelief of the testimonies of the Spirit of
God, is leavening our churches everywhere" (Id.), not one dares to dispute.
Then what is there left for us to do, dear friends in "present
truth"? Is it not high time to
do as one of old, by returning to the "old landmarks," from which the
servant of the Lord says "we have wandered"?
"Testimonies for the church," Vol. 5, p. 137.
The Gospel prophet further says :
it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are
cast out to thy house? when thou
seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine
own flesh? Then shall thy light
break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and
thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy
rereward. Then shalt thou call, and
the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and He shall say Here I am.
If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of
the finger, and speaking vanity; and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry,
and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy
darkness be as the noon day: and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and
satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a
watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not."
Carmel Center is to be true to its name, and stand as an antitype of that
ancient hill to which God called His people of old to prove who was the true
God, then we, who are so highly privileged as to be among those chosen to
pioneer this march up the mountain, must be very sure that we can do more than
just say, "The Lord, He is the God, the Lord, He is the God," lest we
fall under the condemnation of the false prophets, who were slain at the close
of that memorable day when
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met the prophets of Baal on the ancient Mount, bearing the same name we have
chosen, where we are now to be tested as to whether we will follow God or Baal.
of those who are expecting to give the "Loud Cry," and the necessary
preparation that is to be made, the servant of the Lord says: "I was shown
that if God's people make no efforts on their part, but wait for the refreshing
to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they
depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and
fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found
wanting."--"Testimonies for the church," Vol. 1, p. 619.
directly to the denomination of what had been shown concerning the care of our
own people, the Lord pointed out the mistakes of those in charge of the Health
Institute in the following language: "When I saw those who managed and
directed, running into the dangers shown me, of which I had warned them in
public, and also in private conversation and letters, a terrible burden came
upon me. That which had been shown
me as a place where the suffering sick among us could be helped, was one where
sacrifice, hospitality, faith, and piety should be the ruling principles.
But when unqualified calls were made for large sums of money, with the
statement that stock taken would pay large per cent; when the brethren who
occupied positions in the institution seemed more than willing to take larger
wages than those were satisfied with who filled other and equally important
stations in the great cause of truth and reform; when I learned, with pain,
that, in order to make the institution popular with those not of our faith, and
to secure their patronage, a spirit of compromise was rapidly gaining ground at
the Institute...when I saw these things, I said, this is not that which was
shown me as an institution for the sick, which would share the signal blessing
of God. This is another
thing."--"Testimonies for the Church" Vol. 1, pp. 633-4.
after reciting some of the things which brought sorrow to her heart, Sr. White
gives the following encouraging words: "With the blessing of God this can
and will be done. Id. p. 635. Calling
attention to the fact that the "health reform" is a part of our work,
the Lord gives the following further instruction with a stinging rebuke;
brethren who have stood at the head of this work have appealed to our people for
means, on the ground that the health reform is a part of the great work
connected with the third angel's message. In
this they have been right. It is a
branch of the great, charitable, liberal, sacrificing, benevolent work of God.
Then why should these brethren say, 'Stock in the Health Institute will
pay a large per cent, 'it is a good investment,' a paying thing'?"--Ib.
is clear that the Lord approved of our people taking stock in the Health
Institute, which was to be a place primarily for the benefit of our own people,
yet He never designed that inducements should be held out to those purchasing
said stock, that dividends should accrue to them, for this would only bring in a
spirit of selfishness and commercialism that we now see, and thus thwart the
plan of God for the worthy poor among us, and also unfit them for the great work
for which our medical institutions were established.
this plan of purchasing stock in the first Health Institute established among us
was approved by the Lord, and evidently intended to be a model for all those
which should later be established, yet He well knew that there would be those
who would not be able to do what they desired to do, and words of counsel are on
record covering these cases. "Many
who have taken stock are not able to donate it. Some of these persons are suffering for the very money which
they have invested in stock."--Id. 639.
be well for all to read the entire chapter beginning on page 633 and closing on
page 643, which gives a complete plan for the "great, charitable, liberal,
sacrificing, benevolent work of God" which has never been done, as God
designed it should be, and then ask yourselves the question, Is it now too late
to do what God has said, because more than seventy years have passed since light
came to us concerning it?
say it is too late, then how shall we answer when those burning words of the
Master Workman are spoken: "For I was an hungered, and ye gave Me no meat:
1 was thirsty, and ye gave Me no drink: I
was a stranger, and ye took Me not in: naked, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and
in prison, and ye visited Me not." (Matt.
25:42, 43.) Shall our answer to the
Master be, We have been so busy raising our everlasting goals that we have
turned our Christian help work over to the State and County, charitable, and to
other less expensive institutions? Our insti-
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of this sad neglect, which has brought a reproach upon the fair name of the
S.D.A. church to which was given the blessed "ministry of healing,"
along with the abundant light on practical religion as set forth so clearly in
the inspired writings, should we not plan very definitely, in the fear of the
Lord, to "redeem the time" by answering this long-neglected call, and
step into the light on this great "right arm" of the Third Angel's
Message, revealing to the heavenly spectators, as well as to men, how the gospel
is to be practiced by those who expect to be among those who are preparing to
help give the Loud cry?
God is to have a pure church into which He is to gather the innumerable company
by the voice from heaven, saying, "Come out of her, My people, that ye be
not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues," where
the spiritual necessities are cared for; will He not also provide a way whereby
the physical needs may be ministered unto?
Inasmuch as He is to accomplish this work through human
instrumentalities, surely none should fail to enter such a high and exalted
has been stated above, is for the purpose of "stirring up your pure minds
by way of remembrance," and to unburden our hearts regarding this important
work. We shall be glad to hear from
the readers of the Code as to how you feel about undertaking such a noble
service for the "poor, the maimed, and the halt, and the blind" from
the "streets and lanes of the city," as well as for those from
"the highways and hedges."
FROM ANOTHER ANGLE
really constitutes "apostasy"? Is
it not to depart from the teachings of any religious body, whether it be that of
Seventh-day Adventists, or some other church organization?
us enjoy being classed with apostates, yet every one of us freely admit that we
have departed from many of the high standards which characterized the S.D.A.
denomination in her early years, and which were clearly set forth in the Bible
and the Spirit of Prophecy, so with this frank admission on our part, are we not
virtually saying that we have apostatized on many points of our faith?
respect, perhaps, have we departed more decidedly than in the way we conduct
ourselves in the house of God, for almost everywhere it has become a place for
the commonest sort of visiting, of cheap and foolish talking, all of which is
specifically condemned in the following:
the worshipers enter the place of meeting, they should do so with decorum,
passing quietly to their seats. If
there is a stove in the room, it is not proper to crowd about it in an indolent,
careless attitude. Common talking,
whispering, and laughing should not be permitted in the house of worship, either
before or after the service. Ardent,
active piety should characterize the worshipers.
some have to wait a few minutes before the meeting begins, let them maintain a
true spirit of devotion by silent meditation, keeping the heart uplifted to God
in prayer that the service may be of special benefit to their own hearts, and
lead to the conviction and conversion of other souls. They should remember that heavenly messengers are in the
house....The whispering and laughing and talking which might be without sin in a
common business place, should find no sanction in the house where God is
worshiped." --"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, 492.
elevate the standard of Christianity in the minds of your children;...teach them
to have the highest reverence for the house of God, and to understand that when
they enter the Lord's house, it should be with hearts that are softened and
subdued by such thoughts as these: 'God is here; this is His house.
I must have pure thoughts and the holiest motives.
I must have no pride, envy, jealousy, evil surmising, hatred, or
deception in my heart; for I am coming into the presence of the holy God...
will you not devote a little thought to this subject"?
above quotations are too plain to need comment, and, in view of the fact that we
all stand guilty before God, and compelled to confess that we have apostatized
in this very important matter, shall we not heed the final admonition quoted
above by giving very definite thought to "this subject," and see to it
that our gatherings are char-
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by a true spirit of worship, free from all manner of common visiting and
conversation, that we do not grieve the Spirit of God away from our meetings,
and thus make them the most helpful to those who come to worship with us?
We who claim to have the reformatory message should set an example for
those whom we expect to embrace present truth.
Hence, we, who are standing in the light should most rigidly observe the
above admonition whether it be in a separate meeting of present truth believers
or in the S.D.A. churches. The
responsibility rests upon those in charge of the meeting and should see that the
above instruction is carried out.
MESSAGE IN CALIFORNIA
of times in the past several months letters have been received from other parts
of the field, inquiring if it be true as reported by conference workers that the
work of the SRod has been stamped out in Southern California.
We have endeavored to emphasize a denial of this false report, but
evidently the demon doubt having been aroused in some cases cannot be put down
again so easily as by a straight forward denial, so we feel it mandatory in
behalf of truth and those concerned to set forth a few evidences showing the
utter falsity of this type of propaganda.
writer has been advised semi-officially that the doors of all churches in the
Southern California Conf. are closed to him by order of the Conf. president.
As there are many churches in this area, and as he can attend only one at
a time, he is as yet unable to verify first-hand the truth of the alleged
proscription, but as far as his experience has extended in this wise, he is
convinced that the report of this debarment is correct.
Sabbath after Sabbath and Wednesday after Wednesday (excepting one or two
instances in each case) he has kept vigil by himself on the sidewalk.
Lincoln Park church the pastor has for two weeks running, delivered himself of
most withering tirades against the SRod, descending each time to the depths of
retailing current reports besmirching the good names of prominent workers in the
cause of present truth. He has even
gone to the length of stooping so pitifully low as to countenance the dismissal
from the Sabbath School roll of the names of innocent primary graders whose
parents and older sisters have accepted and are standing courageously for the
written: "And whoso shall receive one such little child in My name
receiveth Me. But whoso shall
offend one of these little ones which believe in Me, it were better for Him that
a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of
the sea....Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones."
(Matt. 18:5, 6, 10.) "God
has shown me that these men [in responsible positions] are Hazaels to prove a
scourge to our people. They are
wise above what is written."--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol.
5, p. 79.
me lie two typewritten letters of two pages each.
They come from the hand of the pastor of the large Glendale church.
The first is dated May 30, and the second July 2, 1935. it is reported
that a third one is yet to come. Both
are addressed to the church membership. And
as epistles of deceit and sophistry they outstrip almost anything that has yet
come to hand. As the writer reflects upon their contents, there seizes upon
his mind an almost unsakeable incredulity giving rise to the question, Is it
possible that there are such men amongst us?
The only answer that can be given is found in those fearful words in
"Testimonies to Ministers," p. 409: "Let the son of deceit and
false witness be entertained by a church that has had great light, great
evidence, and that church will discard the message the Lord has sent, and
receive the most unreasonable assertions and false suppositions and false
theories. Satan laughs at their
folly; for he knows what truth is."
letters could be given a general circulation, they would quickly open the eyes
of the honest. However, our purpose
here is only to prove from them that the SRod if dead is one of the most
troublesome dead things that ever troubled Israel.
The following tell-tale admission is the second paragraph from the
emissaries of apostasy have recently become more active in our church,
endeavoring to sow afresh among us that which the General Conference Committee
and the whole body of our people have declared to be error and heresy."
are moved by the above quotation, to inquire how a corpse
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and why the dead are so feared as to be placarded in the house of those that
believe dead men walk not again? These
are not ironies; these are proofs that Spiritualism is in the ranks of our
denomination, lying spirits and wizards that peep and mutter are ministering at
the altar of propaganda. We as
reformers hold: "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not
according to this word, it is because there is no light in them."
Is it necessary to say more as to the utter falsity and deception of the
propaganda that the SRod is a corpse in Southern California?
tragedy of it all! A nation about
to perish! Brethren, have we
forsaken all and taken Him? Are our
lives to those verging toward the irrevocable night of doom an epistle that
reads with Pauline sincerity and love that "I will very gladly spend and be
spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved."
This is the love that will "make a break against the barriers of
Satan" and bring salvation to the remnant people of God.
It is all that will avail us now. It
is the genesis of that character which the Spirit of Prophecy portrays in the
following words which we ought all profoundly pray are a picture of ourselves:
man who loves God does not measure his work by the eight-hour system.
He works at all hours, and is never off duty.
As he has opportunity, he does good.
Everywhere, at all times and in all places, he finds opportunity to work
for God. He carries fragrance with him wherever he goes.
A wholesome atmosphere surrounds his soul.
The beauty of his well-ordered life and godly conversation inspires in
others faith and hope and courage."--"Testimonies for the
Church," Vol. 9, p. 45.
YOUNG PEOPLE STAND?
recently received by one of our young people written by another who has
recently, with her parents, made a personal investigation of the message
contained in the SRod and is rejoicing in the beautiful truths contained in this
present truth for the church and relates some of her experiences which reveal
how some of our young people are just as willing to "stand in defense of
truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of
the Lord when champions are few," as those of us who are older in years.
young lady in the heart to heart talk with her friends to whom she is writing
tells how disappointed she was recently when some other young people, members of
a family to whom this young lady's parents had brought the S.D.A. message,
failed to speak to her, but the courage of her heart was expressed in the
following words: "They were the last people on earth that I would think of
that would treat us coldly for they have always been dear to us.
My, they used to love us so much! But
it hurts terribly to have your friends pass you by.
I hope that I shall soon be able to place myself above it all so that I
won't feel so badly about such things."
noble desire on the part of this young lady who attained such heights of
Christian experience speaks more loudly for the SRod message than most anything
else could. It does, however,
reveal the fact that God has a message for His church at this present time which
we believe will turn the tide of back door exists which our young people's
leaders everywhere have longed to see for many years.
the weakness of one's argument against the SRod message who indulges in
criticizing the messengers, this young lady states to her friend that all the
stories which have been told about the author of the SRod series of books and
tracts have no weight whatever with her for she has learned that similar
criticism has been made about herself and family because of their acceptance of
the present truth message.
see that our young people, when given an opportunity, will accept a straight
message and conform their lives there to just as well as those older in years.
And let us bear in mind also that "honesty is the best policy"
and shall we not be admonished by what this young lady has written to her friend
concerning the folly of attacking character in order to destroy God's truth?
the Master must have seen some of our young people as He uttered that striking
prophecy when He said, "the works that I do shall He do also; and greater
works than these shall he do." We
believe that the hour has fully come when many of our young people in the S.D.A.
church are going to demonstrate that the Lord has called them to do as great
exploits as did Joseph and Daniel of old. May the Lord bless the young people who are taking their
stand for present truth.
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A.E. Johnson, who with his wife recently lost their church membership in one of
the little churches of Eastern Tennessee, sends the following report concerning
the unfair way in which these church trials are conducted:
have reached the crisis in our beloved little Cumberland Mountain church.
The SRod message has brought a shaking to all of us who have given it
earnest, prayerful study....Besides the Union and Local Presidents, there were
two other conference workers present, with fifteen of our thirty members,
composing the Monteagle church."
spending quite a bit of time frantically denouncing the SRod as being contrary
to good sense and honesty, and declaring it to be worse than Roman Catholicism,
the Union President, contrary to good form and Christian courtesy, began a
tirade on Elder E.T. Wilson, who, of course was not present to defend himself.
The remarks made by the elder were calculated to destroy everybody's
confidence in Bro. Wilson, who had made a personal investigation of the SRod,
and has found it to be in perfect harmony with both the Bible and the
Testimonies, and who has accepted it as a message from God, even at the cost of
speaker then reminded us that the Srod message has been settled by the General
Conference Committee, of which he was a member, and that any church refusing to
vote out SRod believers would be disbanded." He then referred to this as "God's program, in order
that we might have a clean S.D.A. church."
Elder then submitted a proposition in the following words: 'All who are against
all error taught by the SRod, and for all the truth taught by the denomination,
please stand.' Nearly all stood,
including myself, for I am against all error taught by the SRod, and for all
truth taught by this denomination. The
second proposition put to us was, 'All who believe in and are for the teachings
of the SRod, stand.' Only two, my
wife and I stood on the latter proposition.
motion was then called for to strike our names from the church records, but the
one who seconded the motion asked that I be given time to reconsider my stand.
I then requested ten minutes of time in which to make a statement before
the church. My request was granted
and I said:
dear brethren and sisters, Elder Wilson is not to be tried by this church; but
my wife and myself are the ones whose membership is called in question.
I kindly ask you not to judge us by the points the speaker has brought
before you. Forget what has been
said here tonight and then decide from the same principles which govern the
church when taking members into its fellowship; that is, whether wife and I are
in harmony with the fundamental principles of our faith.
If we are, I plead that you allow us to remain as members of this church,
but if we are not, then vote us out."
parable of the Tares was then read by the brother on trial and a comment from
"Testimonies to Ministers," p. 47, that the church might have
something to guide them in the action about to be taken.
Here follows the quotation from "Testimonies to Ministers":
"The Lord forbids us to proceed in any violent way against those whom we
think erring, and we are not to deal out excommunications and denunciations to
those who are faulty.
man is likely to misjudge character, but God does not leave the work of judgment
and pronouncing upon character to those who are not fitted for it.
We are not to say what constitutes the wheat, and what the tares.
The time of the harvest will fully determine the character of the two
classes specified under the figure of the tares and the wheat.
The work of separation is given to the angels of God, and not committed
into the hands of any man."
Johnson continued by saying: "Those who oppose the SRod message hold that
the harvest is after the close of probationary time, while the SRod message
holds that it is before the close of probationary time. Nevertheless, as our
dear brethren are endeavoring to decide who are the wheat and who are the tares
acknowledge that the harvest is now during probationary time; but instead of
leaving this work of separation to the angels of God, as the Master has said and
as the SRod teaches, they are taking the work of the angels into their own
hands. The case is before you, may
God guide you."
_______ seemed somewhat restless during my closing remarks, and as soon as I was
seated, rose to his feet, declared that they were not going to stand for being
accused of violence in dealing with SRod believers, and denied that they were
deciding between the wheat and the tares....But after he was through I stated
that my understanding of
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did not have reference to those living in open sin or contrary to the principles
of our faith. The church has full
authority to deal with those living in open sin, but when you go further than
that you are taking a responsibility which 'God has not committed into the hands
of any man.'
Johnson was given the privilege to speak and said, 'The SRod message has
strengthened my faith in the Bible and the Testimonies, and if it has done this,
I don't see how it can hurt me.'
further remarks the vote was taken, and of the thirteen members present besides
ourselves, six voted to disfellowship us while the other seven did not vote at
this trying ordeal we were given special grace from our Lord Jesus; and our
hearts went out in love for our dear brethren and sisters, who are issuing these
excommunications against believers in the SRod message; and at the same time
retaining as members some who are living contrary to the fundamental principles
of our faith. We can only offer the
heartfelt prayer, 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."'
experience of Brother and Sister Johnson leads us to again exclaim, "O
consistency thou art a jewel!"
benefit of those who are taking part in these unholy feasts and come in contact
with this little paper we quote the following admonition which proves that by
their actions they are making a likeness of the papal tyranny (an image of the
beast) which work belongs to the two-horned beast of Rev. 13:11-18 and not to
the S.D.A. ministry.
punish those who were supposed to be evil-doers, the church has had recourse to
the civil power. Those who differed
from the established doctrines have been imprisoned, put to torture and to
death, at the instigation of men who claimed to be acting under the sanction of
Christ. But it is the spirit of
Satan, not the Spirit of Christ, that inspires such acts. This is Satan's own method of bringing the world under his
dominion. God has been
misrepresented through the church by this way of dealing with those supposed to
ROMANS 8:38, 39
am so thankful that the message found me, and I thoroughly believe it, and
nothing but death can keep me from giving it to others. The brethren are feeding the churches with husks, and many of
the people are satisfied with it, and it seems so difficult to arouse them to a
knowledge of this wonderful truth and of their true condition.
message will arouse them if we can get by the ministers who are stationed at the
gate as watchmen to keep the light from the people instead of crying aloud
against the abominations! May God
have mercy upon them."
Royal, New Jersey
FOUND THE DOOR OF HOPE
brother of long standing recently expressed his deep appreciation for the light
which has come to him by study and observation of the present truth message
found in the SRod series of books and tracts.
To use this brother's own expression in a letter to one of the workers we
quote: "It is a great satisfaction, a great pleasure, yea, joy to me to
express my views and opinion of this present truth message not only to you, but
also to the little flock that assemble together in Los Angeles every Sabbath
the last six months I missed but few of these services and at no time have any
of them been a disappointment to me. Surely
we are living in a time of great light for those seeking light.
As I peruse and meditate upon these divine predictions and revelations
from day to day it convinces me that the message is from the Lord.
It is this message that has given me the missing link to many of the
prophecies, and the more I examine it the more I see how it so neatly fits in
the chain of gospel truth.
many years I have been watching and wondering what was going to befall us as
S.D.A. Laodiceans, so devoid of the Spirit of God all of which is summed up in
the writings of the prophets. Many
times have I heard S.D.A. people express themselves and say 'Oh if I had lived in
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day, Daniel's, Elijah's or Paul's I surely would have been one of their
followers.' Whereas, these same
people have lived in a time of the greatest message the world has ever seen; and
it is not going too far for me to say a message greater than all the messages
put together and yet we have been blind to it.
what is still worse is that our leading brethren are determined to beat back the
light while groping in the darkness and doing everything to keep the truth away
from the people.
drawing these few remarks to a close, it seems to me that Paul's eye was cast
upon this little company presenting the SRod message when He said, 'Cast not
away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of the Lord...for
yet a little while and He that shall come will come and will not tarry.' (Heb.
am extremely grateful to the dear sister who called my attention to this present
truth message. May these few lines
give each and all of you an encouragement.
My meditation and supplication is in behalf of this 'Final Warning.'
your friend and brother,
BUT NOT CAST DOWN
to the days of thy coming out of Egypt will I show unto him marvelous things.'
(Mic. 7:15.) The wonderful
victories recorded in the book of Joshua will soon be ours if we are faithful.
Praise the Lord for the good report in the April 'Code.'
Some of us who have been cast out can with confidence claim the following
precious promise: 'But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses,
and brethren,...and lands with persecutions.' (Mark 10:30.)
No doubt as the work goes forward on the 'camp' some of the experiences
of Nehemiah will come to the builders. But
the Lord will give wisdom now as He did then."
BETTER THAN OUR TYPES?
the attention of the world been called to the principles of religious liberty,
enunciated by the Author of Christianity, and incorporated in the articles of
our Federal Government, and in turn became a part of the American Constitution,
but a new day seems to have dawned, and one is led to inquire whether we shall
maintain these beautiful principles of liberty, given us as a heritage from the
pioneers of the Advent message, or shall we, like the Jews of old, reject any
message God may choose to send to us, and persecute those who dare to accept it?
just finished reading an article, published in one of the official organs of our
church (S.D.A.), which, to say the least, contains some of the most vitriolic
utterances we have seen in many a day. The
free use of undignified expressions, seems to be justified by the writer of them
because there is a group of men and women, residing in his territory who have
followed the fundamental teachings of the S.D.A. church by making personal
investigation of the SRod message, and now this Elder insinuates that the
"State Institutions" should house such people, and goes on to denounce
them as "erratic" and "vultures or buzzards" and
"hypocritical," manifesting his hatred for those of his own brethren,
who dare to think for themselves.
wonder Sr. White told us long ago that we are repeating the history of ancient
Israel, and that we have done even "worse than they."
"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 1, p. 129
of the "great sin" of our types, the Spirit of Prophecy says,
"The great sin of the Jews was that of neglecting and rejecting present
opportunities. As Jesus views the
state of His professed followers to-day, He sees base ingratitude, hollow
formalism, hypocritical insincerity, Pharisaical pride and
apostasy."--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 72.
words of rebuke are against the ministry, it clearly shows the worst form of
apostasy will arise within the church and that not from among the laity but
through the leadership.
as a people, have lost our moorings is further shown by the following words:
"We have wandered away from the old landmarks."
Again: "The church has turned back from following Christ her Leader,
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steadily retreating toward Egypt."--"Testimonies for the Church; Vol.
5, pp. 137, 217.
bad enough to be found guilty of backsliding and apostasy, but how much worse it
is when the church in her "sad deception" turns against those who
refuse to sanction the sins of modern Israel and seek to deny them the God-given
liberty vouchsafed by the founding fathers of our government and espoused by the
pioneers of this "Great Second Advent movement."
not high time to "cry aloud, and spare not"?
help us, who profess to be carrying a reformatory message to God's church, to
ever keep these beautiful principles of religious liberty in our hearts and not
repeat the mistakes of the Jews, the Romans, and of our own brethren of today,
and show by precept and example that we not only teach, but practice the Golden
"If the sealing message of the 144,000 is being proclaimed since
1929, are they being sealed now or is that work to be done later?
Moreover, if no one can receive the seal as long as he is sinning, and if
some are being sealed now, are they sinning no more?"
If the sealing is not in progress now, then the sealing message which we
bear since 1929 would be no more present truth than the proclamation of the
judgment of the dead since 1844 would be if the dead were not judged during the
same period of time. Hence, it is definite that the message and the sealing go
hand in hand the same as the needle and the shuttle travel together until the
seam is completed.
commands the angel with the writer's ink horn to go and "set a mark upon
the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be
done in the midst thereof"--in the church--so that when the men with the
slaughter weapons start slaying they may pass by those who have the mark.
To sigh and cry for the abominations is a sign of reformation and as
reformation never takes place without a revelation of some new truth, it is
evident that the message must be brought to every one's attention and if the
individual does not reform at the moment he is convinced of the truth, neither
will he do it later. Therefore, as the sealing message makes its way through the
church, those who awake and reform (sigh) and endeavor to enlighten others by
the light that is shining upon them (cry), he receives the seal.
Lord: "When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest
him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save
his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I
require at thine hand."
if such an individual can not live without sinning now, neither will he later,
and as he cannot deceive God, he is left without the seal though he may
acknowledge the truth in the message. However,
a true Christian never boasts of having attained perfection, but will rather
exclaim with the prophet: "Woe is me!
for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the
midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of
hosts." (Isa. 6:5.)
sin be committed by such an one, it will not be a known or willful sin.
"To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is
sin" (Jas. 4:17), and not to the other.
Consequently, he who avails himself of every opportunity to know the
truth and zealously does all he knows, it is "counted unto him for
righteousness" (Rom. 4:3)--living without sin.
"Is it true that the seal is placed upon the saints while Sunday
observance and the worship of the image of the beast is being urged upon
Yes, but let it be remembered that the sealing is in two sections.
That of the 144,000, the first fruits, and that of the great multitude,
the second fruits. The 144,000
being sealed before the worship of the image of the beast is urged upon us, it
follows that the seal of God is placed on the second fruits while Sunday
observance and the worship of the image of the beast is being enforced.
"Since 'Christ's Object Lessons,' p. 122 says: "When the
mission of the gospel is completed, the Judgment will accomplish the work of
separation," does not the separation come after the close of probation, and
if so, what judgment is it after the close of probation that
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is to do
As there is to be no judgment in progress between the close of probation
and the second coming of Christ or the commencement of the millennium, it
follows that both the completion of the gospel and the completion of the
judgment as well as the work of separation take place before the close of
probation to each individual. Consequently,
as the gospel is presented to every soul, and as at that particular time his
individual probation closes, his case is followed by the judgment of the living
which does the work of separation. It
may be illustrated by a combine which at the same time cuts and threshes,
separates the chaff, weeds, and straw from the grain.
Let the cutter illustrate the preaching of the gospel, and the thresher
the work of the judgment. Thus,
although the one precedes the other, they both work hand in hand and when the
one is completed the other is also. Therefore,
it is said: "When the mission of the gospel is completed, the judgment will
accomplish the work of separation." Although
one work followed the other, they took place in the same period of time.
"Explain Matt. 24:15, 16. 'When
ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the
prophet, stand in the holy place, (whose readeth, let him understand:) then let
them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains.'
Does not this scripture refer to the destruction of the ancient Jerusalem
in the Christian era?"
In order to clear the scripture in question, it is necessary to study the
verses preceding it and the verses that follow.
It is generally understood that this scripture was a prophecy of the
destruction of Jerusalem in the Christian era.
Nevertheless, a close study of the same will prove that at that time this
scripture met only a partial fulfillment as did Joel 2:28-31 on the day of
Pentecost. See The Acts 2:16-21.
attention to the fact that Christ was asked to explain concerning His statement
when He said: "There shall not be left here [in Jerusalem] one stone upon
another that shall not be thrown down" (Matt. 24:2) as they said:
"Tell us, when shall these things be?
and what shall be the sign of Thy coming, and of the end of the
world?" Then Jesus pointed out that all these events will be preceded by
certain signs and that His followers were to thus observe the time and escape
the ruin of each event in question which span the time from the destruction of
Jerusalem to Christ's second coming--the end of the world.
long period of time there were many things to transpire in fulfillment of
prophecy and the signs were to forewarn His followers, but the more outstanding
events were the destruction of Jerusalem, the fall of the Christian church under
the domination of the popes, the great tribulation during the 1260 years of
papal rule, His coming and the end of the world.
us concentrate and give undivided attention to the words of the Master:
"For then [when the abomination of desolation, spoken by Daniel the
prophet, stand in the holy place' and when they 'flee into the mountains'] shall
be great tribulation such as was not since the beginning of the world to this
time, no, nor ever shall be." (Matt.
be noticed that the "tribulation" which Christ mentions in this
scripture was to come to His followers and not to the Jews who rejected Him, for
He says: "Except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be
saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened."
That is, if the "tribulation" spoken of here was the
destruction of the Jews, then the days of their destruction and of the city
should have been shortened and some elect ones of the wicked Jews inside the
city should have been "saved," which thought is contrary to historical
facts and to the thought the Master's words contain.
Hence, as the "tribulation" is not the destruction of the city
or the slaying of the Jews, but rather the persecution by the popes against the
saints in the 1260 year period, and as the days of the destruction of the Jews
was not shortened, it is obvious that Jesus was directly and prophetically
forewarning His followers who were to fall under the persecution at the time the
popes set aside the truth of God (Dan. 8:12) and instead placed the abomination;
that is, the pagan system of worship in the "holy place"--the church.
For further study on the subject, see "The Shepherd's Rod,"
Vol. 2, pp. 126-147.
Matt. 24:15 primarily contains valuable instruction for the disciples of the
early Christian church, but it finds its perfect fulfillment with the setting up
of the papacy. Moreover, as the
S.D.A. denomination admits that the "great tribulation" is the
persecution of the Christian in the days of the popes, and that the shortening
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was the cessation of the martyrdom before the 1260 year period ended in 1798, it
follows that the "abomination of desolation" cannot wholly be applied
to something at the time ancient Jerusalem fell, for Jesus' language proves that
the "abomination of desolation" was the cause of the great tribulation
and not of the destruction of Jerusalem. In other words, if the fleeing to the
mountains is the fleeing from Jerusalem and of its destruction, then the great
"tribulation" should be the slaying of the Jews; and the shortening of
the "days" must denote a quick dissolution of the city so that the
Christians could shortly return, and every Bible student knows that this was not
the scripture is so worded as to furnish a warning to those disciples who were
then in Jerusalem although the warning is made directly to those who were to
flee to the mountains from the reign of the popes.
"As we were admitted into the S.D.A. church membership on our former
baptism by the Baptist church, we desire to know if it is necessary for us to be
The Holy Scriptures teach a need of one baptism only. Eph. 4:5.
As you have left the Baptist church and united with the S.D.A. for no
other reason than to walk in a 'brighter light of the Word, there is no need for
re-baptism. To be re-baptized now,
you would be symbolically confessing that prior to the time you joined the
S.D.A. church you were going contrary to the light you have had and are now
returning to walk in it.
words, suppose you were baptized by one of the apostles and were received in
their fellowship and lived on up to the present time, you would have joined
every reformatory movement as they arose from time to time if you were to walk
in the light of the Lord. If your
religious convictions and the Word of God would have thus led you from one
movement to another and as you would not have been required then to be
re-baptized every time you embrace more light, neither would you be now.
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