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No. 2 Mt. Carmel
1936 Waco, Texas
Interest Of The S.D.A. Denomination
that all the friends in Present Truth are anxiously waiting to catch news waves
from Mt. Carmel in each issue of this little paper, we therefore submit the
arriving here last May, as the tract of land was under rental, we have devoted
most of our time to our building program, and as a result there are now five
substantial buildings on the place. The
fifth or last has been built since the last issue of the Code, and as it stands
near the cultivated part of the land--about a mile from the "camp," it
is to be used in connection with our farm industry.
are nearing spring, we now expect to devote a little time to prepare the land
and sow or plant our crops. Hence,
our building program will have to slow down for the time being.
office work, of course, as it is increasing right along, must go on
heartily thank Mt. Carmel's friends for their co-operation and faithfulness in
all lines of the work in this sealing message, and as it has been quite cold
lately, we have especially appreciated the articles of clothing and bedding that
were sent us.
of good courage and words fail us by which to express our thanks to the One Who
is "taking the reins in His own hands" for His great mercy, tender
care, and guiding hand; and we are glad to say that our foreheads are reaching
the flint stage and if we continue in the race of the high calling of Jesus we
shall soon merge into the adamant stage. (Ezek. 3:9.)
that by your hearty cooperation and by our enduring faithfulness we shall not
retard the Lord's most important work, upon which the fate of His church
depends, but without delay prepare this hill for His "dwelling place"
and for a refuge to His needy children as well as for preparing an army of
workers to go forth "clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness,...'fair
as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners,...into all
the world, conquering and to conquer."
Sr. Stokes, also Sr. Mc Call, from North Carolina, surprised us as they
unexpectedly entered our office early one bright morning, and although they
could stay but a few hours we had a pleasant visit while discussing some vital
points in connection with Present Truth.
also pleased to hear them speak of the work and the brethren's faithful standing
at their post of duty in that section of the field.
expressed themselves as being pleased with the surroundings on Mt. Carmel and
especially emphasized the beautiful view as they looked westward toward Lake
urgent call to Sacramento, Calif. stubbornly took them away from "Mt.
Carmel, where truth can enter" about an hour before the dinner bell pealed
throughout the hills and valleys, and as they could not stay longer our great
surprising caused us to overlook that the noon hour was soon to approach, and
therefore, we are sorry that we failed to say, "If now I have found favour
in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: let a little water,
I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree:
and I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye
shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant."
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that this will not happen again to these welcome visitors, or any others, and
that they may be able to stop again on their way home and prove our sincerity in
this disappointment. Nevertheless,
we did not forget to invite them to sit with us and take a little spiritual
"butter and honey," and though this feasting on the Word of God took
but a few minutes, we are sure that it was more satisfying than if they had sat
down to the best dish Mt. Carmel's chef can offer, although his cooking tests us
with every meal on the observance of our doctrine on temperance, and after
having a sincere prayer together, bidding them God speed, they departed.
angel of the Lord watch over them and keep them from all the danger and harm
that human beings are exposed to on the modern highways of travel.
FROM THE EAST
sealing angel, coming from the east, who is to place Heaven's credentials upon
the "servants of God," is slowly, but surely doing his work in this
part of the field, and the blessed Third Angel's Message is being lifted higher
before those who are to enter whole-heartedly into the "closing work for
the church"; and which work the servant of God tells us is "forcibly
set forth by the prophet's illustration of the last work under the figure of the
five men with slaughter weapons in their hands."--"Testimonies for the
Church," Vol. 3, p. 266.
dear people learn the truth on the subject for the first time in their lives and
actually see that what Ezekiel was shown is prophecy and that John's vision of
the same event is the revelation of it, their hearts melt with joy and Godly
fear; and the unanimous testimony is that they would not take millions of
dollars for this blessed "present truth" on the Third Angel's Message,
and in many instances real conversion to the truth is experienced for the first
time, and both old and young rejoice together in this "blessed hope."
everything to encourage us in this noble work in behalf of our own beloved
brethren in the church, for, not one who has accepted the sealing message and
the call for reformation as set forth in the volumes of "The Shepherd's
Rod" has given up; that is, those who have the volumes of the
"Testimonies," and who have studied "The Shepherd's Rod"
message for themselves.
the Lord is preparing His people for the "Loud Cry" which will be
given as soon as the 144,000--the "firstfruits"--are sealed and which
truth is also brought to our attention in "The Signs of the Times" of
May, 1927, and in the little pamphlet entitled, "Forty Years in the
Wilderness in Type and Antitype," by Elder Taylor G. Bunch.
It is a
real pleasure to find in this section of the field all those "standing in
the light" true to the message and faithful to their post of duty, working
and praying for their dear brethren and sisters in the church, which is the
Lord's "only object upon earth" upon which Christ lavishes His
Buckheister in Charleston, and Doctor Young in Columbia, and Doctor Stokes in
Brevard, all have been faithfully leading out in the work.
Arriving in Georgia we found Brethren Boynton, Kurtz, and Woods, together
with the other brethren faithfully pleading with God's professed people to
accept His gracious call for a reformation and I am glad that their efforts have
not been in vain and that those who have been leading out in the work in this
part of the field are not the only ones who are busy, for many who "stay by
the stuff" have been doing their bit.
solemn work that is committed to us compels us to earnestly plead with all who
have accepted this precious "present truth" that they be faithful, for
the mere acceptance of the theory of the message will not save any of us.
We are indeed now in the "eleventh hour" call, and just as the
Lord demonstrated to the Jews of old how "Justice and Mercy met together
and Righteousness and Peace kissed each other," so we are soon to see how
God is to answer the question raised by the old gospel prophet when he asked:
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is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah?...Wherefore art
Thou red in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth in the
winefat?" The answer rings back, "I have trodden the winepress alone;
and of the people there was none with Me: for I will tread them in Mine anger,
and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My
garments, and I will stain all My raiment.
For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is
come." (Isa. 63:1-4.)
solemn indeed are these words, and the fact that "the closing work for the
church" will soon be over, shall we who know this "startling
denunciation" which God in His mercy is sending to the "angel of the
church of the Laodiceans" (3 T 253) allow anything to turn us from the work
of warning the angel and the church of the storm that shall "sweep away the
refuge of lies" (Isa. 28:17) and be counted with the false brethren who are
to be taken away by the slaughter weapons of Ezekiel Nine? (5 T 211) or shall we do our part faithfully so that the Lord
may set the S.D.A.'s as "light bearers" in all the world?
help us to be more faithful to our sacred trust in the future than we have been
in the past. Please remember this
writer when you talk to our heavenly Father about His children.
for heavenly wisdom and a faith that will not shrink,
"Please explain Matt. 24:21 and Dan. 12:1; i.e., if the tribulation
of Matthew took place in the period of the 1260 years of papal supremacy, which
event is in the past, and the time of trouble, foretold by Daniel, in the
future, how could I harmonize Matthew's record with that of Daniel, for Matthew
writes that there will be no greater tribulation than the one from 538 to 1798
A.D., while Daniel claims that the time of trouble is to be greater than any
"since there was a nation."
It is true that in the eyes of a surface reader Matthew contradicts
Daniel and Daniel contradicts Matthew, but when the student of prophecy is led
by the Spirit of God, Who dictated the Scriptures, he sinks the shaft deep into
the mine of truth, for he knows that the Scriptures in themselves are in perfect
of the tribulation, says the scripture: "Except those days should be
shortened, there should no flesh be saved;" i.e., God's people would have
been completely wiped out from the face of the earth had it not been for the
never failing promise: "But for the elect's sake those days shall be
shortened" (Matt. 24:22), whereas in the time of trouble Michael will stand
up to deliver every one that shall be "found written in the book."
In other words, during the time of the tribulation the righteous were
killed and the wicked delivered, whereas in the time of trouble the righteous
will be delivered and the wicked killed. Therefore,
the tribulation and the time of trouble are two outstanding events, each one
being the greatest of its kind in the annals of prophetic history--one the
greatest against the righteous and the other the greatest against the wicked.
Thus we see that, both Matthew and Daniel are correct--showing that each
event is the greatest of its kind.
tribulation is the greatest "since the beginning of the world," it
shows that there has never been as great a tribulation against God's people as
there was during the above stated period; and as Jesus said that there never
shall be the like, He assures us that God will not permit the wicked after 1798
A.D., to again "wear out the saints," whereas the time of trouble,
says Daniel, is the greatest "since there was a nation;' showing that the
deluge was either greater or equal to it, also that the time of trouble could be
followed by a greater one, for He says, "even to that same time"
instead, "nor ever shall be."
see that when we take into consideration the meaning of each word instead of
making thoughtless and hasty conclusions, the Scriptures prove to be not only
most perfect and wonderful and yet simple, but also inspiring, making wise the
humble--and lightening the path of him who as did Christ, delights to do the
will of God.
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personal experience said: "O how love I thy law!
it is my meditation all the day. Thou
through Thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever
with me. I have more understanding
than all my teachers: for Thy testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the ancients, because I keep Thy precepts. (Ps.
"Please explain the following citation from "Early
Writings" p. 36: 'I saw that the anger of the nations, the wrath of God,
and the time to judge the dead, were separate and distinct, one following the
other, also that Michael had not stood up, and that the time of trouble such as
never was, had not yet commenced.'"
In the above quotation there are four subjects brought to view; namely,
"The judgment of the dead," "The anger of the nations";
"The wrath of God"; and that "The time of trouble such as never
was had not yet commenced."
first three events, according to the vision, occupy three separate and distinct
periods of time--one following the other; however, the time of trouble, in
harmony with the vision, could take place during any of the three periods of
time above mentioned.
wrath of God" is in the seven last plagues (Rev. 15:1) which, as
understood, occupies the period between the close of probation and the second
coming of Christ. As the judgment
of the dead covers the period from 1844 to the commencement of the judgment of
the living, and as the wrath of God falls in the period from the close of
probation to the second coming of Christ, it is evident that the anger of the
nations must occupy the time of the judgment of the living--during the Loud Cry
of the Third Angel's Message.
judgment of the dead and the seven last plagues being fairly understood by
nearly all S.D.A.'s, we shall not say more about these but shall confine our
study only to the time of "the anger of the nations."
Armageddon cannot be the anger of the nations above mentioned, for it is fought
in the time of the sixth plague (Rev. 16:12-16); that is, in the period of the
wrath of God, during which, according to the vision above mentioned, "the
anger of the nations" could not occur, for their "anger" and the
"wrath of God" "are two separate and distinct events, one
following the other." Consequently,
the Armageddon is one thing and the anger of the nations another.
144,000 are to go through the time of the anger of the nations--the time of
trouble such as never was--as well as through the time of the wrath of God and
yet be preserved for translation, and as the anger of the nations must take
place in the time of the judgment of the living as shown in the preceding
paragraphs, it follows that Michael is to stand up in the time of the judgment
of the living and deliver His people from the anger of the nations--the time of
trouble--or else it would be impossible to preserve the lives of all the
144,000; proving the fact that a change is to take place at the commencement of
the judgment of the living--Michael is to stand up for His people, take the
"reins in His own hands" ("Testimonies to Ministers." p.
300) and deliver "every one that shall be found written in the book."
May God's people be aroused by the Good Shepherd's voice now and place
their names in the "book" by sighing and crying "for all the
abominations that be done in the midst thereof," so that when the trouble
bursts out--"when the overflowing scourge shall pass through"--they
may find shelter.
anger of the nations being in the time of the judgment of the living--in the
Loud Cry of the Third Angel's Message--their anger is against God's people, not
against each other nation otherwise the statement in "Early Writings,"
p. 36 could not be correct, for the nations against each other have been and are
angry; for instance, the world's war took place in "the time of the
judgment of the dead."
anger of the nations" will develop by the decree that the two-horned beast
is to enact "and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the
beast should be killed" (Rev. 13:15), for the fact that all the nations
will follow in the footsteps of the two-horned beast and "the same crisis
will come upon our people in all parts of
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world" (6 T 395) showing that this "anger of the nations" is a
world-wide confederacy against God's people as predicted by the prophet
Zechariah: "And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for
all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though
all the people of the earth be gathered together against it."
proves that at the time of the anger of the nations, "clad in the armor of
Christ's righteousness, the church is to enter upon her final conflict, 'Fair as
the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners, ' she is to go
forth into all the world, conquering and to conquer" for, "in that day
shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among
them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as
the angel of the Lord before them."
who have been timid and self-distrustful, will declare themselves openly for
Christ and His truth. The most weak
and hesitating in the church, will be as David--willing to do and
dare."--"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. 5, p. 81.
"I have carefully studied the temples type as found in Vol. 2 of
'The Shepherd's Rod' and also the March number of the Symbolic Code, p. 9, but I
cannot see that it throws any light on p. 278 of 'The Shepherd's Rod, ' Vol. 2,
for it makes Darius the author of the third decree.
have read and reread everything I can find in the Bible and in "Prophets
and Kings" on these decrees and I can not see how Darius can be made the
author of the third decree, unless you take the position that he made two
The decrees made by the Medo-Persian kings for the rebuilding of the
temple and the city--Jerusalem--the Bible explains as follows :
temple "was finished...in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the
king" (Ezra 6:15) and that Cyrus' decree was renewed by him, saying:
"I Darius have made a decree; let it be done with speed" (verse 12)
and it is shown by verse 15 that this decree finally succeeded to finish the
"house of God." Consequently,
the Artexerxes of chapter seven must have come to the throne after the reign of
Darius and after the house was builded. Therefore,
if the Artexerxes of the seventh chapter made any decree before the temple was
built, he must have made it before his coronation, and before he made the decree
"to beautify the house of the Lord," or else his decree, found in Ezra
7:13-26, must have played a prominent part in the reign of Darius, and if this
be so then the Artexerxes of chapter six, verse 14 must be the same as that of
chapter seven, verse 1, otherwise, the Artexerxes of 6:14 must be another person
by the same name. Hence, the
difficulty comes from the fact that the Bible remains silent on this point.
Consequently, we are left at sea as far as knowing who the Artexerxes of
White is correct that the Artexerxes' decree of Ezra Seven is the third on
record, but it is not the decree which finished the house of God, but rather the
one which beautified it (Ezra 7:27) and furnished the means for the sacrifices
and other necessities for its service. (Ezra 7:17.)
Furthermore, the decree of Ezra Seven was made "in the seventh year
of Artexerxes the king" (verse 7), whereas the temple was finished "in
the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king."
it is not our fault for lack of information on this subject anymore than it is
for not knowing the right birthday of Christ; neither will a perfect knowledge
of every detail beyond what Inspiration gives of these things make us better
Christians, but obedience to the light we already have will, and as "The
Shepherd's Rod" has led us to a greater knowledge in many Bible themes than
any book we have ever had, showing that God is leading us day by day to a
greater knowledge of His mysteries, we should be willing to walk in the light
which we now have until it brings us face to face with this desired information
and to a perfect knowledge of all things instead of stepping off from the path
of light and into darkness just because He does not show us everything all at
once or because we cannot comprehend it all in a moment.
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and 11 of chapter six, in reality, are neither Darius' nor Artexerxes' decree,
but rather Cyrus' and renewed by Darius as any one will see by reading the
White has reference to the decrees on record: Cyrus' being the first (Ezra
1:1-4) ; Darius' the second (Ezra 6:1-12) ; and Artexerxes' the third (Ezra
7:21-26). The latter is the one
which put the beautifying touch on the temple building and supplied the means
for the sacrificial system.
"MUSTARD PLANT" OVERSHADOWING INDIA
ago since I began to entertain an ardent longing for a reformation most of the
S.D.A.'s, including those at the head of rank and file, began to look at me with
long faces, although previously they were very good to me.
It was at this crisis that I received your tract No. 4, "The Latest
News for Mother," and it helped me see more clearly the unavoidable
impending necessity for a reformation among us as a people, and now they have
set a watch on me.
matters worse, one new missionary with family from South Texas,...who is to
superintend the mission here has just arrived.
His wife's father has embraced "The Shepherd's Rod" message.
The superintendent has commanded the authorities here to keep us away
from the school, although until this time the principal of the school knew
nothing about "The Shepherd's Rod," but the mission superintendent has
taken very strict measures to keep the students away from us, and the
principal's wife, an American lady, has given directions to the staff that the
students should be called together for a meeting or a new game as soon as we
enter the premises of the school. In this way they manage to take them away from us.
actions of the faculty prove to us that the S.D.A.'s are very much terrified
because of "The Shepherd's Rod" message, and our hearts are moved by
love to help them, for we feel we could not be able to bear the weight of sorrow
to see them lost after being so many years in the work. I shall study "The Shepherd's Rod" message very
carefully and may God open up the way that I may be able to do something for
them. I will not allow any one to take away my God-given liberty.
I will study for myself, come what may!
Pray for us.
continue sending the "Symbolic Code" and other literature and help us
with the treasures of heaven that we may awaken many souls from their "Laodicean"
"lukewarm" condition before they are spued out.
absence of our regular leader, in prayer meeting last night a lay member was
called upon to hold the service. He
talked about false churches and then about the true church and said, "The
true church is the one which keeps the commandments of God and has the faith of
Jesus." Though not out loud,
in our hearts we said amen. Attention
was called to "The Shepherd's Rod" and after asking him questions, he
supposed we (six of us) were against the Rod's teachings but when he found that
we were adherents to it he immediately closed the meeting and never talked any
more about it.
we accepted the Rod's message we were instructed by the council of the church
not to study the "Shepherd's Rod," not to discuss it, not to make
friends with those who believe in it, and not to allow them in our homes, but we
prayed, asking the Lord to lead us right as we complied with the following
instruction from the pen of Sr. White:
light is to shine forth from the Word of God, and let no one presume to dictate
what shall or what shall not be brought before the people in the messages of
enlightenment that He shall send, and so quench the Spirit of God, Whatever may
be his position of authority, no one has a right to shut away the light from the
people. When a message comes in the
name of the Lord to His people, no one may excuse himself from an investigation
of its claims. No one can afford to
stand back in an attitude of indifference and self-confidence, and say: 'I know
what is truth. I am satisfied with
my position. I have set my stakes,
and I will not be moved away from my position, whatever may come.
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listen to the message of this messenger; for I know that it can not be truth.'
It was from pursuing this very course that the popular churches were left
in partial darkness, and that is why the messages of heaven have not reached
them....If a message comes that you do not understand, take pains that you may
hear the reasons the messenger may give."--"Testimonies on Sabbath
School Work," p. 65.
told that "The Shepherd's Rod" is by another denomination, new light,
a false doctrine, the devil's work. However,
upon careful investigation for ourselves we have found "The Shepherd's
Rod" message to be no separate denomination and that exactly as predicted
in "Early Writings," p. 277, its teachings add power and force to all
the authoritative S.D.A. doctrines.
not received new light but more light and the Third Angel's message has now
become to us so wonderful that we can not find words by which to express our
appreciation for it.
experience has taught me that no one should make flesh his arm no matter whether
it be Noah's arm, Job's, or Daniel's--we must do now what we did when we
embraced the S.D.A.'s message; that is, take no minister's advice but with open
mind free from prejudice listen to the messenger for ourselves, trusting in the
Lord to lead us into all truth and when we see the truth to joyfully accept it.
is now filled with joy for the hope that is in me, and for the love of God's
church and His people I shall do all I can to bring this most precious message
to as many as God permits. Pray for
ourselves in conflict and trouble for believing what we think is God's call to
us and for reforming our lives as never before, and therefore, we are asking you
to pray for us that our faith in the Lord may be such as to remove these
mountains of difficulties or to help us bear the cross that we may be worthy of
His name and fitted for His kingdom. The
following are some of the trials that we are encountering:
young people who have embraced the message which the volumes of "The
Shepherd's Rod" contain, after having been refused matriculation at our
denominational schools in Los Angeles, at first were all (both old and young)
welcome to the church, but soon after, Bro. Bingham and Sr. Serns were refused
admittance. Up until this time,
only one piece of literature had been distributed on the church premises by our
group. It was a tract written by
A.M. Dart and published by the denomination.
For this, we were accused of disseminating 'Shepherd's Rod"
literature and in about two more weeks the church council informed us that even
we students were unwelcome, and would not any longer be allowed to enter the
church building. However, feeling
that we are better S.D.A.'s now than before, and that the church property is as
much ours as it is theirs, and for the sake of their souls we returned, but as
we approached the church steps for the young people's meeting, three heavy set
men stepped down in front of us and blocked our entrance. Then silently we lined up on either side of the church
steps--fifteen young folk ranging from the age of eight to twenty-four years.
them for a reason that would justify them to keep us out but all became
quiescent, and seeing that we were determined to obey God rather than man, they
turned off the porch light, and as two of the men went away they soon returned
with a city officer.
guardian of the law admitted that no substantial reason was given him by the
churchmen to take us away and therefore he could not tell us what to do, but he
wished to see us agree and went about his business.
Sabbath morning they did not allow us to stand on the property, but as we
returned the next Friday evening to plead with Israel and to worship in the
house of God, we were again barred out and Bro. Lip-
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being found a bit too close to the church property, received a good shove and a
punch on his jaw. The one who
abused us so, the next morning they ordained to be their local elder!
following Friday evening we prayed earnestly for the Lord's help and as He
opened the way we all entered inside the church, but the next morning we were
again refused entrance and we felt fearful of the consequences of the man who
refused a drink of water to a little eight year old girl while we were made to
stand on the public sidewalk.
1 the rain came down in torrents and, besides, Brother Bingham was knocked down
twice, dragged, and punched by the watchmen at the door for not going home.
following Sabbath a middle aged well dressed gentleman before entering the
church inquired if the eleven o'clock service had begun and finding out that we
were not allowed to get in, he was astonished and after hearing the defence of
both sides--the church's and ours--he said, "Soon 'Ichabod' will be seen
written over the entrance of this church. I
am not a prophet," he said, "but I need not be one to see that
something drastic will soon happen to counteract this condition."
Ashamed of the actions taken against us and a bit perplexed, he went
are a number of the brethren who are not in favor of countenancing the actions
that have been taken against us, but, as usual, the majority rules.
these brethren though they are so bitter against us, and will you please pray
for us that we do nothing that would cause them to forever remain in their
"Laodicean" "sad" condition, but that we may be willing to
do everything for them that they may be saved.
May our conduct and determination to remain with the denomination and in
the church witness that we have not apostatized as they think, but that we are
trying to reform our lives and prepare ourselves to meet the Lord in peace, and
thus convince them to investigate our faith for themselves.
The Young People of
SIDE WILL YOU STAND?
indeed troubled when we think of the final outcome of our brethren's actions and
our only hope is that they do not go as far in their Pharisaical wickedness as
to cause them to remain too long in the darkness and at last find themselves at
the "shut door" pleading, "Lord, Lord, open unto us," but
only to hear the words, "Verily I say unto you, I know you not."
(Matt. 25;11, 12.)
love the "three fold" message, the church of God, and the leading
brethren, please do not consent to their foolish and Satanic actions, for
whether we be right or wrong, it is certain that their papist service Christ
will not accept.
carefully the following quotations and immediately comply with the Lord's
instruction lest you, either by deed or by giving consent, finally find
yourselves, too, on His left side,
Christ's warning, men have sought to uproot the tares.
To 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 be heretics." "Christ's
Object Lessons," pp. 73, 74.
as we are right with God your casting us out will not cause us to go into
eternal ruin, for says the Lord: "Blessed 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
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man's sake, Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward
is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
But woe unto you that are rich! for
ye have received your consolation. Woe
unto you that are full! for ye
shall hunger. Woe unto you that
laugh now! for ye shall mourn and
weep. Woe unto you, when all men
shall speak well of you! for so did
their fathers to the false prophets. But
I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and
him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also."
leading brethren and those who take an active part with them in their Satanic
acts are not alone to blame, but also those who countenance their actions.
They are endeavoring to refute "The Shepherd's Rod" by the use
of Sr. White's writings, and to force us to abide by their short-sighted
decisions, but why does not the laity arise and ask them to abide by the counsel
of the Lord in the above quotation? Ought
ye not to obey God rather than man? You,
yourselves, should be right regardless of whether we are or not and thus regain
our confidence in you and in the leading brethren, or will you go on with them
contrary to such plain words as you read in the above citation, which, while it
so flatly contradicts their practice it wholly supports ours?
Yet by word and by force, even by endeavoring to employ the "arm of
the state," they have determined to make us give up our position on this
vital question and take hold of theirs!
name of Christ's ministers they have great influence with some of the laity who
are as blind as themselves, but here is a prophecy that all of you who read this
article would do well to underscore it in your notebook that though for the time
being, like the Czar of Russia, the ministers may keep the multitudes in
darkness of the truth and press them down under their thumb, some day, not far
hence, the eyes of the blind and sleeping laity will be opened, but though they
are too lazy and too busy now to study for themselves, they will not only lose
confidence in their ministers then but also quickly break the strong bands from
off their necks that now hold them down in the darkness as did Lincoln break the
chains of slavery off the negroes' necks. However,
if you do not do this now, my brethren, while the Lord is pleading with you,
though you cut loose later it will not profit you.
very hands that once crowned these ministers with laurels shall be raised for
their destruction, for you will see then that you have been deluded and though
you unite yourselves to heap your bitter condemnations upon them as they hear
you say, "We are lost! and you
are the cause of our ruin," you will be forever too late to redeem your
souls. Thus the snares that they
are laying down against us now God will use against you and them.
have long been preaching against the papists and against those who copy after
them, but now they are doing the very thing of which they once condemned others
doing. Therefore, the price that
the papists are to pay, they will, too, except they now repent.
Will you not, my brethren, do all you can to rescue our leading men from
eternal ruin which they are now running headlong into, and as you are following
their footsteps they will cause you to plunge into the same.
reform" means to be right with God and man, with yourself and with all your
habits. Most people are more
careful of overworking than they are of killing themselves with overeating, and
though they pretend to do this for the sake of their health, under observation
this class of folk will be found to be reckless with their bodies in sinful
pleasures and sacrificing their health by perverted appetite.
Yes, they risk their health for a little sinful pleasure almost of any
kind, and when reproved they are greatly disturbed and would rather, at any
cost, continue with an unhealthful habit, prompted by indulging in some sinful
pleasure, than to deny themselves of it by correcting their evil course.
Consequently, their fear of overworking is a fear of the work cutting
across their perverted desire, "turning the grace of our God into
lasciviousness." (Jude 4.)
They are afraid of overworking but are not afraid of overdoing nothing,
which ultimately results in losing their physical abilities--becoming almost as
weak as a straw, as stiff as a cucumber,
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infirm as a pancake.
nothing in God's creation that stands still--everything is doing something all
the time--and whatever stops moving He takes it away. If the heart stops beating He takes away the life, and the
substance of the body goes back to clay. If
a tree quits growing, it dies. Water
that stands still gets stagnant. God's
"handiwork" is not only ceaselessly moving on its own course, but it
neither falls behind nor goes ahead--it forever keeps perfect time.
If an airplane stops flying it falls to the ground.
When an automobile quits running it becomes worthless to its owner. Anything that falls short of its set standard by its maker
does not only become worthless but also a nuisance.
are thousands who sacrifice their health and happiness for lack of exercise.
Some excuse themselves from working to preserve the beauty of their
hands, not realizing that they are wrecking the whole body by doing nothing!
Others try to preserve their beauty by avoiding the rays of the sun
though without which no one can live the full length of his time and long remain
happy while he lives.
that faithfully labors all summer, when winter comes has plenty to eat and some
to spare for a hungry man that cannot manufacture his own honey, while the
grasshopper by wasting his time singing all summer long is starving during the
winter in the cold. The plant that
is raised in the shade is weak and pale and if exposed to the sun too late,
instead of receiving its natural beauty, it withers away. Those who are living
wrongly, when they start correcting their habits they begin to feel the same
effects, but instead of continuing in the right course they excuse themselves
from reforming and go back treading in the same old crooked road.
and shame shall be to him that refuseth instruction: but he that regardeth
reproof shall be honoured." (Prov.
13:10.) "Strength and honour
are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come. She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the
law of kindness She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not
the bread of idleness. Her children
arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."
(Prov. 31:25-28.) "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be
wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the
summer and gathereth her food in the harvest.
How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard?
when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?
Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to
sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an
armed man." (Prov. 6:6-11.)
"Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work."
the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the
ground." (Gen. 3:19.)
became a friend of God because he did not only believe but because he faithfully
performed his duties and that by arising "early in the morning" (Gen.
22:3), and by doing the things "in the selfsame day."
selected the army by which Gideon was to defeat the Midianites, He commanded
Gideon to separate those who were "fearful and afraid" and those who
had plenty of time before starting to do something from those who, for haste,
would not even stop long enough to take a drink, but who, scooping the water in
their palms, drank as they ran through it.
Jud. 7:2-7. If God's people
do not awake now they never will, for the time is too short and the work is too
great, and the best of us cannot be too skillful or too active to engage in the
conflict which is confronting us.
of the readers of this little paper have extra books of Sr. White's writings,
and who would like to dispose of same, please send them to this office.
We can use as many volumes as we can obtain.
one has an adding machine in good condition and would like to either donate or
sell it at a very reasonable price, please inform us.
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