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15, 1934 Los Angeles, California
One No. 5
Interest Of The S.D.A. Denomination
never seen people drink in the Third Angel's Message as the folks did in
Georgia. At the end of four weeks
we had a nice little company who had banded themselves together to plead with
'Mother.' While holding what we
thought to be the closing meeting, and while about to pass on to fill our next
appointment, a church elder, his wife, two daughters, and the church school
teacher, drove fifteen miles earnestly to request that I remain long enough to
teach them what had been given to others. As
the result of remaining a week longer, not only this family, but two others
accepted and are rejoicing in the reformatory message.
closing meeting finally came, we were happy to have the conference president
with us, and the Lord gave freedom in the presentation of the 'Eleventh Hour
Call.' About forty people were
present at this last meeting.
Georgia with confidence that the Lord had led us there, and we believe these
brethren, more than ever, will do their share in helping to fulfill the
statement in Volume Nine which says, 'In visions of the night representations
passed before me of a great reformatory movement among God's people.'
To God be all the glory for this company in Georgia.
a very encouraging visit to the Charleston-Columbia section, spending from
Wednesday morning until the following Tuesday afternoon with the believers in
these two places....It was a great joy to these dear children of the Lord to
learn what had been done in Georgia, and I believe they are taking courage from
the report to increase their activity in laying the 'siege.'
Oct. 20, five of us from Charleston attended church in Columbia, knowing that
the cases of Dr. and Mrs. Young and
others were to be dealt with. The
conference president preached a sermon preparatory to the 'unholy feast' that
was to take place that evening, following the Holy Sabbath, at which time he
recommended that Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Young, and four other fine, clean S.D.A.
members be 'cast out as evil.' We
had opportunity to witness for the truth that Sabbath morning by standing with
those who were to be cast out when the proposition was submitted as to who
believed the message of 'The Shepherd's Rod.'
Then in the evening while they were in session we, who of course were
barred from their midst, had a prayer meeting in the home of Dr. Young, which
was appreciated very much by those concerned.
believe we have come to a new day for the 'Reformatory Movement Among God's
People,' and that no ordinary experience as a Christian will avail anything from
here on in the presentation of Present Truth.
Not only is the world sick and tired of a cheap experience, but our own
dear people to whom we must go now are really longing for 'Pure provender,
thoroughly winnowed,' and are looking for an example of purity of heart and life
in those who bear this heart appeal to 'Mother.'
one thing to have a message of theoretical truth which cannot be gainsaid by the
wisest of earth, but it is altogether another thing to have a life that will
back it up 100%. My plea to my
fellow workers in Present Truth is that we shall not move one step toward a
mission field until we have settled it in our own hearts that we mean business,
and that we are willing to die, if need be, for the meanest S.D.A. leader or
laymember in the denomination. Thus
we shall emulate the example of the Master Worker of Whom it was said, 'He
reviled not again.'
observation from coast to coast during my short acquaintance with those standing
in the light convinces me that we are in danger of allowing this wonderful light
of Present Truth to become darkness in our lives by forgetting the real issue
before us which is, 'Cry aloud and spare not.'
But this cannot be done unless we have put sin out of our own lives, and
it may be that the kind which besets us 'goeth not out but by prayer and
fasting.' I therefore believe we
have come to an experience similar to that of Ezra, and it is high time to do as
he did at the River Ahava.--E.T. Wilson.
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be glad to hear about the work here. From
within a radius of about 25 miles a company of 42,--13 men, 12 women, and 17
children--gathered at the home of father and mother McTyre, at which time we
organized as a little army of workers to proclaim the message of Present Truth
to the churches in Georgia.
lesson of the hour brought a new meaning to the words, "spake oft one to
another," and one of the thoughts brought out was, that it is by the grace
of God that we can still love "the dear brethren who do not see this
beautiful light that God is so graciously sending to His people at this time....
daughter in the faith,
Fannie Lou Woods
Sebring of Hartford City writes as follows:
been reading and studying the SRod, Volumes One and Two, and the four
tracts....I have read them several times and the more I read, the more I see the
truth in them....
belonged to the church for 42 years,...but when those in office received word
from the conference to drop in 30 days all that believed the SRod, they stopped
me from leading the prayer meeting and took my Sabbath School class away from me
and warned me not to teach the SRod in the church...but I am glad I can be
partaker with Christ in His sufferings.
I am praying that the Lord will give me a greater burden for the
brethren. I want to be one of those
who will be sighing and crying and praying for the work and workers, for I am
glad the Lord has set His hand to finish His work.
We have been at a stand still for so many years, but now we should try to
do all that can be done so as not to get back in the rut again.
writing this to inform you how glad I am for finding present truth in the SRod.
baptized into the S.D.A. church about 23 years ago and was happy in the truth at
that time. But later, as I saw the
church departing from the fundamental principles, in despair I quit going to
Sabbath School and paying tithe for something like 10 or 12 years.
This summer I took courage and renewed my former experience by repenting
and confessing my sins, and by attending regularly the church here at Hartford
City, and endeavoring to help it also to return to the old landmarks.
that time Bro. Cleve Smith, a firm believer in the SRod, came to my house and
gave me tracts #1 and #2. At that
time Elder Moore and wife were leaving the city for the summer and he put me in
charge of the prayer meetings during his absence.
Everything went fine until at one prayer meeting I invited Bro. Edwards
to give the study, but when they found out that he was a believer in the SRod,
such opposition was raised that I had to take up the study myself.
Sabbath later on, the assistant elder belittled the SRod so much that his
opposition against it urged me to look into the matter for myself. I told them that I had a greater desire now than ever before
to read the books. So I ordered
Volume 1 and 2, but before I received them the church had called a business
meeting in which they asked a certain sister, who has been a S.D.A. for over 40
years, if she believed the teachings of the SRod.
Answering in the affirmative, they put her on probation for 30 days,
after which they were to remove her name from the church record if she did not
by that time renounce the teachings of the SRod. But she is now rejoicing in the sealing message more and
elder also asked me if I believed in the SRod teachings.
I answered him that I had never read it and therefore I was taking a
neutral position in the matter, but he said that there is no neutral ground,
that it had been proven error, and they would therefore have to vote me out of
taking charge of the prayer meetings. The
vote was taken and out of 33 present, only 3 hands went up against me.
Since that time I have read all the tracts and Vol. 1 and 2, and being
convinced of the light of present truth contained in these volumes, and happy
over it, I have decided to send all my tithes and offerings for the support of
the message in the SRod.
rejoice that we have at last found the long needed spiritual food, and want to
help spread the present truth message.
Pray for me.
for faithful service,
Harry H. Philebaum
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years ago I received a book through the mail that was called 'The Shepherd's
Rod.' I was then elder of the Big
Timber church. Being much delighted
with its contents, I undertook to read it to the church, but the opposition was
so strong that I could not read more than two chapters.
I think it is the most wonderful light that ever came to the church....I also
read the four tracts with much delight. For
years I have prayed for more light, and now my prayers are being answered."
Hendricks writes the following:
still find those who will let us in and who will listen, a good number of whom
are taking studies at this time. It
seems that the more they fight against the message, the more it opens the eyes
of those who are honest in heart....Two members of the church here were very
anxious to hear the studies, but their not being able to understand English made
it necessary that an interpreter assist us. Though the one interpreting could not understand the study
(being an outsider), the party being interpreted for seemed to grasp it.
Pruett and I have been out visiting each member.
They are sick and tired of the way the church is acting and are really
more ready to hear than before all the opposition began.
All save one whom we have visited took one tract or more....We have not
visited all of them yet, but are going to keep on until we have....All those who
asked the Elders what the SRod was all about, said that the elders could not
tell them anything except not to investigate.
Sr.Pruett and I have already been warned that we are fixing for
trouble,...but we are not afraid of what they can do.
We have learned that there are just certain ones who are running things
and trying to cause all the trouble, and that a lot of the members, in fact most
of them, are not in the least behind the opposers of the message, who have
simply exposed themselves by their actions."
(Sept. 29), while at Taylor, North Dakota, I was invited to the pulpit for the
hour. We studied the subject of the
144,000, as found in the following references: Rev. 14:1-5; Rev. 7:1-4; Eze.
9:1-11; T.M. 445, 446; Isa. 66:19, 20; P.K. 725; T.M. 17.
studied for over an hour, and they received the truths disclosed in these
references very readily, and invited me back for the next Sabbath. But in the mean time the news of this incident had reached
the conference office with the result that a warning was published and sent to
all the churches in the N. Dakota Conference to keep me out of the pulpit.
although it seems that the work here has been very slow, and that the number of
those who stand stiffly for the message is small, yet the SRod and what it
stands for is known throughout this section, as well as in the Spokane
community, and at the present time, here in Coeur d'Alene, ten of us are meeting
together for studying present truth, and we ask that you remember us in prayer.
who are acquainted with Bro. and Sr. H.G. Warden will be happy to know that at
present their location is in Greeley where a company of believers is being
Diamond writes from the Sunny Slope desert convalescent colony at Phoenix, where
she has long been fighting to gain back her health, saying; "I have
realized ever since 1929 when I joined the S.D.A. church that we needed a
reformation." Then she adds
the following reassuring words; "I know the SRod message is Present Truth
just as much as Peter knew Jesus was the Son of God...and I like the Present
Truth literature so well that I have read it through twice and now am studying
it so I will be prepared for the work when God calls."
glad for Sr. Diamond's hope and courage and calm determination to endure to the
end, so as to be prepared when the Lord calls, for it is an inspiring example to
all of the stuff of which saints are made.
Let us remember her in our prayers.
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from San Diego:
in the San Diego area is very appreciably on the increase and the message is
claiming new supporters right along. There
are but few in this large locality who have not in some way come in contact with
week, during Bro. Houteff's visit for 10 days, five took their stand for present
truth, while several others became very interested in investigating further into
the message. We are studying with
members of almost every church in the district and are encouraged to believe
that the number of believers here will nearly be doubled by the turn of the year
and that many who are now fearful and hesitant and even hostile will yet take
their stand for truth before it is too late.--M.J. Bingham--M.L. Deeter.
Serns of La Crescenta writes:
7 the quarterly business meeting convened and my name was brought up for
consideration. Elder Armstrong read
from the church manual that persons breaking the commandments, and especially
the seventh, should have their names dropped from the church book regardless of
to impress upon their minds that I had truly and sincerely repented of all my
sins....I also told them how sorry I am for my past life and that the Lord's
assurance of forgiveness has now made me happy....I praise the Lord that I am
having the opportunity to suffer reproach for repentance of my sins and to be
accounted worthy to be classed with those of whom He says:
are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their
company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of
man's sake." When I was
sinning they held me as a member in good regular standing, but now they cast me
out for having repented.
recent visitors from a distance are Bro. and Sr. Carver who have traveled nearly
1500 miles from Cory, Colo. to make a thorough and intimate investigation of
"The Shepherd's Rod."
contrast between these brethren who are willing to sacrifice so much to make
certain whether or not God has any light for them at the present time so that
they be not left behind in the darkness, and those at whose doors the message
daily knocks yet receives no recognition other than the wild charge that it is
from the devil, albeit they know nothing about it!
from Pennsylvania writes Sr. Dundore: "I have been studying the SRod and am
persuaded that God is sending a message to awaken His church, but am sad to
think that our leading brethren are turning down such a plain truth. Our pastor says that a copy of the SRod was sent to him but
that he destroyed it without looking into it!
O how terrible to condemn that of which he knows nothing!
from Richmond, Virginia:
received two copies of the Symbolic Code, and enjoyed it so much, and are so
glad to read of the familiar names who have accepted this new light.
tell you what is troubling Mr. H _______ and me?
It is the idea of leaving the Adventist church.
Why must we? Why can't we accept this new light and stay in and spread it
within the denomination? I am so
firmly rooted in the truth that the very thought of leaving the church frightens
Bro. and Sr. H____________:
glad that you have found help in the message of the SRod and that you realize
that it is best not to leave the S.D.A. church but to help spread the
reformatory message within, which position the SRod takes.
Evidently you have not read that part of our literature which plainly
proves from the Word of God that we must not separate ourselves from the
churches though some would even attempt to make us do so by force.
Read SRod, Vol. 1, pp. 245-252; SRod, Vol. 2 p. 233, and our tract #4,
"The Latest News for Mother." We
hope and pray that you will be able to reach many of our brothers and sisters
within the church.
from Bozeman, Montana:
entitled, "A Warning Against Error," was handed to me by one of our
S.D.A. sisters. I found some things
in it that are not according to the Scriptures and the Spirit of Prophecy.
I then got the SRod and after studying its contents I found that the
"A Warning Against
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has misused the SRod on several occasions.
In fact, it does not deal honestly with the SRod.
I would like to have your answer to the "A Warning Against
Error," and whatever the charges may be will be sent by return mail.
not have anything published which would directly answer the objections against
the SRod as found in the above mentioned tract, but those objections being about
the same as the one entitled, "A Reply to The Shepherd's Rod" you will
find our answer to it in our tract #3, "The Harvest," and tract #4,
"The Latest News for Mother." These
tracts do not only contain an answer to those of objections, but also a message
for God's church. Please study them
carefully and we feel certain that you will be pleased with the contents
harmonize the apparent contradiction:
5, p. 81 says, 'The mark of the beast will be urged upon us.
Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands, and conformed to
worldly customs, will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be,
rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and
death.' But the SRod teaches that
the unfaithful ones will not be permitted to unite with the church at that
teaching in the SRod regarding the purity of the church in the time of the Loud
Cry is as plain a truth as any ever taught.
It is possible that one can not harmonize this subject with every
statement written by Sr. White, but this should not cause us to lose faith in
the message, for there are many passages in the Spirit of Prophecy which the
denomination is unable to harmonize. This
difficulty arises among us as a people because we do not as yet fully understand
all the events connected with the closing of the gospel work. However, though the mark of the beast is yet future, and
difficult to define ahead of time, we may submit a thought on how the above
quotation will meet its fulfillment, which will show the possibility of the
church being free from the unfaithful and yet how some who have been unfaithful
will at the same time "yield to the powers that be."
does not claim that all those professing to be S.D.A's "who have step by
step yielded to worldly demands," will fall under the slaughter weapons of
Ezekiel's vision, but rather that every active member who does not receive the
"mark" (or seal of Eze. 9), excluding those who have departed from the
organized work but who yet claim to be Seventh-day Adventists--a class at the
present time numbering thousands.
to Vol. 5, p. 81, some of those who are independent of the organization but
still claim to be S.D.A's will not "subject themselves to derision, insult,
threatened imprisonment, and death," but will "slide into any position
to suit the tenor of their feelings." T.M. 112.
#2. "The SRod says the former
rain is the Spirit of Prophecy, but the Desire of Ages, p. 827 says it is the
outpouring of the Spirit in apostolic days."
spiritual meaning of the word "rain" according to Joel's prophecy is
not the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Pentecostal power only, but rather a
revelation of truth as is evidenced by the marginal reading--"a teacher of
righteousness." "And it
shall come to pass afterwards (after the revelation of truth--rain) that I will
pour out My Spirit upon all flesh." Joel
see that verse 23 promises a revelation of truth, for righteousness is developed
only by a knowledge of the truth, while verse 28 promises an outpouring of the
Holy Spirit on "all flesh" to endue them with power to proclaim the
revelation (rain) of "the teacher of righteousness."
Thus these two manifestations of the Holy Spirit--the truth and the power
to proclaim it--compose the rain in its fullness.
the time of the former and the latter rain, the former according to the meaning
of the word--"preceding in time or place"--must naturally precede the
latter. Therefore, the Desire of
Ages is correct, for to the church before the SRod came, the experience of the
apostles was the former rain, whereas to us at the present time the "former
rain" is the Spirit of Prophecy, and the "latter rain" the SRod.
should insist that the word "former" must apply only to the time of
the apostles and the word "latter" to something in the future,
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such a position is not only contrary to the Scriptures, but denies the fact of
the Spirit of Prophecy. Moreover,
Joel's prophecy refers directly to our time and not to the early Christian
church. Saith the prophet, "He
will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain
in the first month." (Joel
2:23.) If the former rain is not
the Spirit of Prophecy at the present time, and the "latter rain" the
SRod, then how can it be possible that both former and latter fall at the same
time, seeing that the apostolic experience of almost 2000 years ago does not
profit us at all?
#3. "The Great Controversy
says that Malachi 3:1-3 and Dan. 7:9 refer to the same event, while the Rod says
Malachi 3:1-3 refers to the purification of the church."
"same event" mentioned in "The Great Controversy" we must
understand to have begun in 1844 and to stretch forth up to the close of
probation, which period includes the judgment of the dead and the judgment of
the living. The purifying work of
Malachi Three applies to the judgment of the living.
Any fair Bible student knows that the words, "but who may abide the
day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appears? for He is like a
refiner's fire and like fuller's sope: and He shall purify the sons of Levi, and
purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in
righteousness," cannot apply to the judgment of the dead.
Nevertheless, for this work (the judgment of the living and the judgment
of the dead, which takes place in the heavenly sanctuary), the Lord came in
1844. Thus the judgment of the
living and the judgment of the dead being the two phases of the Investigative
Judgment, it is true that the Lord came to the heavenly temple in 1844.
Hence, both "The Great Controversy" and the SRod are correct.
#4. "Micah 6:1 says, 'Arise,
contend thou before the mountains and let the hills hear thy voice,' but the
SRod says to work within the S.D.A. denomination."
our duty at the present time is to confine our efforts within the denomination.
Nevertheless, the SRod, Vol. 2 contains also the message for the world.
One must understand that these scriptures do not find their fulfillment
in a moment. Micah 6:1, like
Malachi 3:1-3, will find its perfect fulfillment in the period of the message
for the church, the sealing time of the first fruits (the 144,000), and in the
period of the sealing of the second fruits (the great multitude). See Vol. 1, p. 242.
#5 "If the S.D.A. denomination is one of the seven heads of the beast, then
how can the 'woman' of Revelation 17 sit on the seven heads (one of them being
the S.D.A.), after the purification, at which time the church will be composed
of pure members only?"
questioner will note that there are two beasts with seven heads; one in
Revelation 13 and the other in Revelation 17.
The S.D.A. church is
symbolized by one of the heads on the former beast.
The "woman" sits on the seven heads of the latter beast which
has nothing to do with the S.D.A. denomination and which finds its fulfillment
in the period after the purification of the church.
Hence, the "woman" is not sitting on the S.D.A. church, but
rather on the Protestant churches who have become Babylon.
See the SRod, Vol. 2, pp. 85-125.
#6. "The SRod teaches that the
school teachers should be paid by the tithe, but what about Vol. 9, p. 248, last
of itself does not teach one way or another regarding the above question, but
simply quotes from the writings of the same author who wrote Vol. 9, p. 248.
Therefore, the questioner would have to study deeper in the writings of
Sr. White and learn how to harmonize all the statements on that subject.
Nevertheless, for his convenience and help we offer the following
not know how we could make plainer the question that those who teach the Bible
should be supported by the Lord's tithe than the Spirit of Prophecy has
explained it. Sr. White has stated
that those who "teach the Word of God, explaining the Scriptures, educating
the students in the things of God, should be supported by the tithe money."
(6T 215.) Moreover, she
says, "This instruction was given long ago and more recently it has been
repeated." These instructions
were not followed then, and it is certain they are not followed now. The
trouble largely lies in the fact that these instructions which have been given
"again and again" have been slighted which, if available, would
explain themselves. However, we may
add a few remarks which we hope may be helpful.
those who object to the teachers' receiving tithe money settle the problem with
Sr. White, for the SRod states only what the Spirit of Prophecy has said on the
subject and no more. But if you
pray and study, I am confident you will arrive at the truth, and the apparent
contradiction will be removed. It
seems that you cannot harmonize Vol. 6, pp. 210, 211, where it speaks of paying
tuition, with the above quotation. The
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of the instruction in these particular Testimonies is that every school must be
supplied with a good Bible teacher supported by the tithe money.
But let it be remembered that our schools also teach secular subjects for
which the tithe can not be appropriated. Therefore,
those who teach secular things in our schools should not be required to teach
the Bible, and are to be supported by tuition.
In addition to this there are other school expenses.
Thus it would take tithe and tuition fully to carry on the program of the
present day system of our church schools.
trouble with the people is that they make the Rod say things which it really
does not. You write that Sr. White
has stated that the ministry only should receive the tithe.
If you mean by this that only those who are ordained or preach the
message are entitled to the tithe, then we know not of such a statement, for the
Bible teaches that all who are connected with the gospel or "temple"
service are to be supported by the tithe, for all of the tribe of Levi were
supported by the tithes, which principle our church has not followed at all.
The original tithe system would include the local elders, the deacons,
the singers, etc. See 1 Chron. 15.
can give me any advice that might help me to labor more successfully I would
greatly appreciate it."
regard to laboring most successfully, there are a few general principles which,
if closely followed, will tend to minimize prejudice and accomplish the greatest
results. These of course must be
flexible so as to meet the individual circumstances and condition.
Following is a straight enumeration of those points which seem most
First, if necessary, open up to the prospective believer the subject of
investigating purported truth. There
is no use in trying to adduce evidence in support of something if the mind in
question is every step of the way being cluttered up by thoughts which are
continually falling from the preconception that we either need not or should not
investigate into any unknown messages. We must first remove this fallacious conception before we can
get anywhere with our presentation of the truth.
end we should always have at command the ensuing group of statements which will
always compel the honest mind that believes in the Spirit of Prophecy to lay
aside the implements of warfare until it has come and given a fair hearing to
what you have to present. "Testimonies
on Sabbath School Work," (abbreviated means procure as soon as possible
from your Book and Bible House), page 59: "Listen with candor...; p. 60,
"When new light...; p. 65, "Precious light...; p. 65, "If a
message comes...; p. 66 (complete page); T.M. 69-70 "Preaching Contrary to
Established Doctrines." 5T 728
(full page); T.M. 106-7 "But beware of rejecting...; T.M., pp. 108-10; G.W.
300-1, 303-4; T.M. 476 "Brethren, we must... ; M. to Y. P.. 260; C.T. 463;
R. & H., March 25, 1890 and May 28, 1890; T.M. 30 "We have many
lessons...; T.M. 119 "When a message...; 2T 130 "Men, women, and
youth...; 4T 361; "We are on dangerous ground when we cannot meet together
like Christians, and courteously examine controverted points.
I feel like fleeing from the place lest I receive the mold of those who
cannot candidly investigate the doctrines of the Bible.
Those who cannot impartially examine the evidences of a position that
differs from theirs, are not fit to teach in any department of God's
work."--R. & H., Vol. 67, No. 7, February 18, 1890.
See also tract #4, pp. 80-84.
Second, prove that there is a message due the church and that it is to be borne
in the spirit and power of Elijah. References:
5T 254; E.W. 155; 5T 709; 8T 332; T.M. 117.
(Couple 3T 252-3 with 5T 254) ; E.W. 277, past par.
show that the message will be rejected. References:
Ezekiel 2 and 3; The Review and Herald references quoted on pages 45 and 46 of
the tract, "Warning Paradox"; and the following which is also from R.
& H.: "Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of
Justification by Faith is the Third Angel's Message, and I have answered, 'It is
the third angel's message in verity.' The
prophet declares, 'And after these things I saw an angel come down from heaven,
having great power; and the earth was lighten with his glory.' Brightness,
glory, and power are to be connected with the third angel's message, and
conviction will follow wherever it is preached in demonstration of the Spirit.
HOW WILL ANY OF OUR BRETHREN KNOW WHEN THIS LIGHT SHALL COME TO THE
PEOPLE OF GOD? As yet we have
certainly not seen the light that answers to this description, God has light for
His people, and all who accept it will see the sinfulness of remaining in a
lukewarm condition." R. &
H., Oct. 7, 1890, p. 609; G.W. 303, last par. and T.M. 106, last par.
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the main subjects treated of in the Rod, i.e., the sealing of the 144,000, Ezek.
9, purification of church, sealing of great multitude, judgment of living, and
present them as forcibly as possible. Clear
these main points so they stand out like mighty beacon lights that cannot be
escaped. Then when this is done,
read one or two statements such as the following: G.C. 527 "While God...;
G.C. 528 "There is...; 5T 690 "Those who...; 5T 68-9 "If you...;
3T 255 "The True Witness...; 3T 258 "The word...; P.P. 290 "We
should obey...; 5T 729 "It is...; 5T 486 "Has the Lord...; 5T 94
"Gather up...; 1T 262 "We must walk...Having done this, you leave the
individual without a vestige of footing upon which to stand and cavil over
inconsequentials and recondite points which one needs much discernment to
not entertain subjects which are only partly clear unless constrained to do so.
Cleave strictly to the great truths that no candid mind can dispute.
The failure to do this will constitute a constant impediment, giving rise
to needless disputes and controversies which will invariably leave the mind of
the individual more prejudiced than before.
order to allay as much as possible the prejudice caused to some by the strong
condemnation voiced in all the publications, I refer you to 3T 252-3; 8T 249; 5T
72; C.O.R. 150; 5T 217; 8T 146; T.M. 397; T.M. 174-5; 2T 124, and many, many
others of similar tenor, all of which either explicitly state or imply the
necessity of denouncing the abominations in our midst.
it be said that those bearing the message are too strong in word and deed, point
them to T.M. 475; T.M. 410; T.M. 408; D.A. 468; T.M. 165; T.M. 411; T.M. 412,
413; G.C. 606, etc.
Avoid the subject of tithe until the individual believes that the SRod is true
and is the message for the hour. To
bring it up prematurely is to make crooked paths for his feet and to cast a
stumbling-block before him. When
you see, however, that he believes the message, then show him that the tithe
belongs where present truth is. Read
to him G.C. 609 where the Lord says "Who dare refuse to publish?" and
observe the fact that if one dare not refuse to publish, one dare not then
refuse to take the tithe to help support the work.
may present the matter from still other angles.
Jesus and the apostles were Jews and members of the organized church at
that time, yet they had a treasurer of their own. Moreover the apostles received everything that was brought
and laid at their feet--tithe, offering, and principal. Acts 4:34, 35. This
gives us the finest apostolic precedent one might wish, for the apostles were
also bearing a special message to the church, just as we are today, and not to
may present the matter yet from this angle if necessary: We are sent "to
the lost sheep of the house of Israel," and it "is not meet to take
the children's bread and cast it to the dogs." (Matt. 15:24, 26.) God
has not sent us "into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the
Samaritans," but to the church, and He has commanded: "Bring ye all
the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in Mine house."
The storehouse is where present truth is, and as we bear present
truth--meat in due season--then the Rod must be the storehouse, and the Lord
says "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse."
too, you might well reason with the individual along this wise: "Suppose we
should all feel that our tithes must go to the treasury at Tacoma Park, then how
would the message ever reach the endangered souls in our churches?
God is not desirous at this time to bring the unconverted into the church
to meet the fearful slaughter of Ezekiel Nine, but is exceedingly anxious to
save His church.
those who do not yet have light on the sealing of the 144,000 support the church
in its present activities,--in its round of formalities, goal getting,
devisings, etc., and those who have the light let them "follow the Lamb
whithersoever He goeth." There
is the past message and the fresh message.
"God does not want any man to think that no other message is to be
heard but that which he may have given. We
want the past message and the fresh message."
R. & H., March 18, 1890. Let
each side follow the course of supporting that which they believe present truth
(after all, the inevitable course), then the interests neither of the one nor
the other will suffer.
we might continue to reason, "what success do you suppose we could hope for
in getting the sealing message to the church if we should support that side
which is rising against us like the waves of the sea? No, my Brother, if we should continue paying our tithe to
them, we would not only be weakening our power against the enemy, but also our
position with the message we bear, for then they would think, and justly so,
that if we had something vital to their salvation, we would dare not before
heaven do other than place our gifts to the ad-
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of the present message and not the past message.
To do the latter would, instead of winning the sheep, not only drive them
away, but also would strengthen the forces of the enemy and weaken God's, for no
man can fight his adversaries by lending them his weapons with which to stand
strong against him."
instruction in the SRod, Vol. 1, p. 251, regarding tithe, proves that we have
payed our honest part all the way. It
says that the tithe should be paid to the old S.D.A organization.
But now since the leading part of the denomination has rejected the
sealing message of the 144,000 and is passing on to the people a pseudo
refutation of its subject matter to justify their actions, doing all they can to
prevent the people from coming in contact with the message, the action of the
SRod in calling not only for the tithe but also for the offerings to be brought
in for the support of the message of present truth is Divinely approved and
justified, for present truth has always constituted God's
Avail yourself of charts as soon as possible, as they aid inestimably both in
learning the message and presenting it to others.
following queries from Dr. Young are typical of many which come to our ears from
time to time: "They tell us here that the SRod has about died out in
California. Is this true?
Are we adding believers to the message out there or not?
Is the opposition still bitter? Please
inform us just what is going on."
field work alone in Southern California, if given the attention it needs, would
take the full time of Bro. Houteff and every worker connected with the message,
and even then would not be completely served.
the message has sprung forth in this state of any other, this office knows of no
instance where it has died out. Our
records, on the contrary, show a growth in almost every place where it has sent
forth its roots--especially in the Los Angeles, Loma Linda, and San Diego areas.
facts bear evidence that the conflict has neither ceased nor lessened, and that
it never will so long as the truth continues to advance.
one believe any report about the SRod, except it be authenticated by someone
directly connected with this office.
reports, good or bad, constantly springing up in every connection, themselves
testify that the message is daily making its way like leaven in the lump
throughout the denomination.
literature fund, created by free-will offerings, has thus far covered about half
of the necessary expenses. Therefore,
we are disposed to remind our friends in present truth of the need of this
contributions for the Symbolic Code also thus far cover only about half of our
expenses for supplies alone.
that Sr. Charboneau's address is no longer at 50th Place, but rather 717 W.
104th St., Los Angeles, California.
united prayer on Friday evening (5 P.M. Pacific Standard Time; 6 P.M. Mountain
Standard Time; 7 P.M. Central Standard Time; 8 P.M. Eastern Standard Time) in
behalf of our brethren who are in darkness regarding present truth, should be
faithfully observed by all concerned.
forget to make known your wants to our employment agency.
present truth believers try to fit themselves to get into the Lord's work, for
He is now calling for laborers into His great harvest.
Universal Publishing Association
Code Dept., Station K, Box 68
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