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    IS THERE ADDITIONAL LIGHT (PROPHETIC TRUTH)

                             FOR THESE LAST DAYS?


Revised 08-15-12


COLOR CODE:


RED FONT = THE MOST HOLY KJV BIBLE


BROWN FONT = THE MOST HOLY SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE THROUGH Bro V.T. Houteff.


PURPLE FONT = THE ADDITIONAL CODES ( NEW CODES ), OF THE SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE.


BLUE FONT = THE MOST HOLY SPIRIT OF PROPHECY THROUGH Sister Ellen Gould White.


FUCHCIA FONT = THE MOST PRECIOUS 1888 MESSAGE – ( TM 91-92 }.


GREEN FONT = My Own Personal Commentary or the Commentary of Others.


NAVY FONT = Any Other Source of Information, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Etc.


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NOTE: THE FONT IS CAPITALIZED WHEN SPEAKING OF GOD AND HIS TRUTH.


THE FONT IS ENLARGED AND CAPITALIZED, AT TIMES, TO EMPHASIZE THE POINT.

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   IS THERE ADDITIONAL LIGHT (PROPHETIC TRUTH)

                            FOR THESE LAST DAYS?


WHAT DOES THE MOST HOLY KJV BIBLE, SPIRIT OF PROPHEY, 1888 MESSAGE, AND SHEPHERD’S ROD MESSAGE HAVE TO SAY REGARDING THIS MOST VITAL SUBJECT?


IN EFFECT, THEY HAVE SOOOO MUCH TO SAY THAT IF YOU WILL PRAY AND STUDY AND FULLY COMMIT TO THE LORD AND HIS TRUTH YOU WILL LEARN TRUTH THAT YOU NEVER KNEW OR PROBABLY NEVER EVEN HEARD BEFORE, AND ITS ALL FROM THE ABOVE 4 DIVINELY INSPIRED SOURCES OF TRUTH WHICH HAVE BEEN SENT BY THE LORD JESUS, THROUGH HIS DIVINELY INSPIRED MESSENGERS, OR INTERPRETING PROPHETS, TO THE SDA CHURCH OVER THE YEARS SINCE ITS INCEPTION, BUT SAD TO SAY, MUCH OF SAID TRUTH HAS BEEN REJECTED OR IGNORED BY THE MAJORITY IN THE SDA CHURCH, BUT, NOT ALL!


YOU WILL ONLY FIND IT OUT IF YOU PRAY AND STUDY AND INDIVIDUALLY DEVELOP AN ONGOING PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST JESUS. YOU MUST KEEP THE PRAYER LINE OPEN 24/7 TO ACCOMPLISH THAT, SO THAT YOU PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO YOUR MIND.


REMEMBER THIS PRINCIPLE: “IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, PRAY ABOUT IT”. AND, IF YOU THINK THAT IS TOO MUCH ,AND EVEN BEING A FANATIC, THEN READ PROVERBS 3: 5, 6, FOR IT SAYS THE VERY SAME THING, JUST WORDED DIFFERENTLY.


Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.


Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge HIM, and HE shall direct thy paths.


MOST PEOPLE JUST DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT. ARE YOU THE EXCEPTION?


YOU MAY THINK THAT THE ABOVE IS TOO STRONG AND UNNECESSARY. I CAN ONLY TELL YOU, MOST ASSUREDLY, THAT IT IS NOT! IT IS, IN FACT, ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE!


HOWEVER, WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DO WITH IT IS YOUR DECISION. I CAN ONLY SHARE IT WITH YOU. I PRAY THAT YOU MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICE!


SHALOM, IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF Our LOVING LORD AND SAVIOUR, WHO GAVE HIMSELF, FULLY, FOR Us!


Brother Randahl

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With The Above Firmly In Mind, Let Us Pursue The Following:


Posted August 01, 2005

            MORE - (ADDITIONAL)- LIGHT       

               VARIOUS SPIRIT OF PROPHECY SOURCES

Jan.20,1995, Beginning of HOLY SABBATH DAY

Of special value to God's church on earth today--the keepers of His vineyard--are the messages of counsel and admonition given through the prophets who have made plain His eternal purpose in behalf of mankind. In the teachings of the prophets, His love for the lost race and His plan for their salvation are clearly revealed. The story of Israel's call, of their successes and failures, of their restoration to divine favor, of their rejection of the Master of the vineyard, and of the carrying out of the plan of the ages by a goodly remnant to whom are to be fulfilled all the covenant promises --this has been the theme of God's messengers to His church throughout the centuries that have passed. And today God's message to His church--to those who are occupying His vineyard as faithful husbandmen--is none other than that spoken through the prophet of old:

"Sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine. I the Lord do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day." Isaiah 27:2, 3. {PK 22.1}

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That which God purposed to do for the world through Israel, the chosen nation, He will finally accomplish through His church on earth today. He has "let out His vineyard

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unto other husbandmen," even to His covenant-keeping people, who faithfully "render Him the fruits in their seasons." Never has the Lord been without true representatives on this earth who have made His interests their own. These witnesses for God are numbered among the spiritual Israel, and to them will be fulfilled all the covenant promises made by Jehovah to His ancient people. {PK 713.1}

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CSSW28M Precious light is to shine forth from the word of GOD, and let no one presume to dictate what shall or what whall 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-conficence , and say: "I know what is truth. Iam satisfied with my position. I have set my stakes, and I will not be moved away from my position, whatever may come. I will not listen to the message of this messenger; for I know that it cannot be truth." It is 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.

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CAREFULNESS IN PRESENTING NEW VIEWS

TMGW 106B-107 All should be careful about presenting new views of Scripture before they have given these points thorough study, and are FULLY PREPARED to sustain them from THE BIBLE.Introduce nothing that will cause dissension, WITHOUT CLEAR EVIDENCE THAT IN IT GOD IS GIVING A SPECIAL MESSAGE FOR THIS TIME.

BUT BEWARE OF REJECTING THAT WHICH IS TRUTH. THE GREAT DANGER with our people has been that depending upon men and making flesh their arm. Those who have not been in the habit of searching THE BIBLE for themselves, or weighing evidence, have confidence in the leading men and accept the decisions they make; AND THUS many WILL REJECT THE VERY MESSAGES GOD SENDS TO HIS people, IF THESE LEADING BRETHREN DO NOT ACCEPT THEM.

NO ONE SHOULD CLAIM THAT HE HAS ALL THE LIGHT THERE IS FOR GOD'S people. THE LORD WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS. HE has said, " I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it." EVEN IF ALL our LEADING men SHOULD REFUSE LIGHT AND TRUTH, THAT DOOR WILL STILL REMAIN OPEN. THE LORD WILL RAISE UP men who WILL GIVE THE people THE MESSAGE FOR THIS TIME.

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Nov. 21, 2001 4th

GOSPEL WORKERS 297-310.

The Danger of Rejecting Light

God intends that, even in this life, truth shall be ever unfolding to His people. There is only one way in which this knowledge can be obtained. We can attain to an understanding of God's word only through the illumination of that Spirit by which the Word was given. "The things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God;" "for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God." [1 COR. 2:11, 10.] And the Saviour's promise to His followers was, "When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth. . . . For He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you." [JOHN 16:13, 14.]. . . {GW 297.1}

Peter exhorts his brethren to "grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus christ." [2 PETER 3:18.] Whenever the people of God are growing in grace, they will be constantly obtaining a clearer understanding of His word. They will discern new light and beauty in its sacred truths. This has been true in the history of the church in all ages, and thus it will continue to the end. But as real spiritual life declines, it has ever been the tendency to cease to advance in the knowledge of the truth. Men rest

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satisfied with the light already received from God's word, and discourage any further investigation of the scriptures. They become conservative, and seek to avoid discussion. {GW 297.2}

The fact that there is no controversy or agitation among God's people, should not be regarded as conclusive evidence that they are holding fast to sound doctrine. There is reason to fear that they may not be clearly discriminating between truth and error. When no new questions are started by investigation of the scriptures, when no difference of opinion arises which will set men to searching the Bible for themselves, to make sure that they have the truth, there will be many now, as in ancient times, who will hold to tradition, and worship they know not what. {GW 298.1}

I have been shown that many who profess to have a knowledge of present truth, know not what they believe. They do not understand the evidences of their faith. They have no just appreciation of the work for the present time. When the time of trial shall come, there are men now preaching to others, who will find, upon examining the positions they hold, that there are many things for which they can give no satisfactory reason. Until thus tested, they knew not their great ignorance. {GW 298.2}

And there are many in the church who take it for granted that they understand what they believe, but, until controversy arises, they do not know their own weakness. When separated from those of like faith, and compelled to stand singly and alone to explain their belief, they will be surprised to see how confused are their ideas of what they had accepted as truth. Certain it is that there has been among us a departure

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from the living God, and a turning to men, putting human wisdom in place of divine. {GW 298.3}

God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the scriptures, and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. {GW 299.1}

God would have all the bearings and positions of truth thoroughly and perseveringly searched, with prayer and fasting. Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God, so that when the testing time shall come, and they are brought before councils to answer for their faith, they may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear. {GW 299.2}

Agitate, agitate, agitate! The subjects which we present to the world must be to us a living reality. It is important that in defending the doctrines which we consider fundamental articles of faith, we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound. These may avail to silence an opposer, but they do not honor the truth. We should present sound arguments, that will not only silence our opponents, but will bear the closest and most searching scrutiny. {GW 299.3}

With those who have educated themselves as debaters, there is great danger that they will not handle the word of God with fairness. In meeting

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an opponent, it should be our earnest effort to present subjects in such a manner as to awaken conviction in his mind, instead of seeking merely to give confidence to the believer. {GW 299.4}

Whatever may be man's intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the scriptures for greater light. As a people, we are called individually to be students of prophecy. We must watch with earnestness that we may discern any ray of light which God shall present to us. We are to catch the first gleamings of truth; and through prayerful study, clearer light may be obtained, which can be brought before others. {GW 300.1}

When God's people are at ease, and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward, to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them. {GW 300.2}

The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God. There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action. --"Testimonies for the Church," Vol. V, pages 703-709.

{GW 300.3}

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The Test of New Light

Our brethren should be willing to investigate in a candid way every point of controversy.

If a brother is teaching error, those who are in responsible positions

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ought to know it; and if he is teaching truth, they ought to take their stand at his side. We should all know what is being taught among us; for if it is truth, we need it. We are all under obligation to God to know what He sends us. He has given directions by which we may test every doctrine,--"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." [ISA. 8:20.] If the light presented meets this test, we are not to refuse to accept it because it does not agree with our ideas. {GW 300.4}

No one has said that we shall find perfection in any man's investigations; but this I do know, that our churches are dying for the want of teaching on the subject of righteousness by faith in Christ, and on kindred truths. {GW 301.1}

No matter by whom light is sent, we should open our hearts to receive it with the meekness of Christ. But many do not do this. When a controverted point is presented, they pour in question after question, without admitting a point when it is well sustained. O, may we act as men who want light! May God give us His Holy Spirit day by day, and let the light of His countenance shine upon us, that we may be learners in the school of Christ.

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{GW 301.2}

When a doctrine is presented that does not meet our minds, we should go to the word of God, seek the lord in prayer, and give no place for the enemy to come in with suspicion and prejudice. We should never permit the spirit to be manifested that arraigned the priests and rulers against the Redeemer of the world. They complained that He disturbed the people,

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and they wished He would let them alone; for He caused perplexity and dissension. The lord sends light to us to prove what manner of spirit we are of. We are not to deceive ourselves. {GW 301.3}

In 1844, when anything came to our attention that we did not understand, we kneeled down and asked God to help us take the right position; and then we were able to come to a right understanding and see eye to eye. There was no dissension, no enmity, no evil-surmising, no misjudging of our brethren. If we but knew the evil of the spirit of intolerance, how carefully would we shun it!

{GW 302.1}

We are to be established in the faith, in the light of the truth given us in our early experience. At that time one error after another pressed in upon us; ministers and doctors brought in new doctrines. We would search the scriptures with much prayer, and the holy spiritwould bring the truth to our minds. Sometimes whole nights would be devoted to searching the scriptures, and earnestly asking God for guidance. Companies of devoted men and women assembled for this purpose. The power of God would come upon me, and I was enabled clearly to define what is truth and what is error. {GW 302.2}

As the points of our faith were thus established, our feet were placed upon a solid foundation. We accepted the truth point by point, under the demonstration of the holy spirit. I would be taken off in vision, and explanations would be given me. I was given illustrations of heavenly things, and of the sanctuary, so that we were placed where light was shining on us in clear, distinct rays.

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{GW 302.3}

I know that the sanctuary question stands in righteousness and truth, just as we have held it for so many years. It is the enemy that leads minds off on side-tracks. He is pleased when those who know the truth become engrossed in collecting scriptures to pile around erroneous theories, which have no foundation in truth. The scriptures thus used are misapplied; they were not given to substantiate error, but to strengthen truth.

{GW 303.1}

We must learn that others have rights as well as we ourselves. When a brother receives new light upon the scriptures, he should frankly explain his position, and every minister should search the scriptures with the spirit of candor, to see if the points presented can be substantiated by the Inspired Word. "The servant of the lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth." [2 TIM. 2:24, 25.] {GW 303.2}

Every soul must look to God with contrition and humility, that He may guide and lead and bless. We must not trust to others to search the scriptures for us. Some of our leading brethren have frequently taken their position on the wrong side; and if God would send a message and wait for these older brethren to open the way for its advancement, it would never reach the people. These brethren will be found in this position until they become partakers of the divine nature to a greater extent than ever they have been in the past.

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{GW 303.3}

There is sadness in heaven over the spiritual blindness of many of our brethren. Our younger ministers, who fill less important positions, must make decided efforts to come to the light, to sink the shaft deeper and still deeper in the mine of truth. {GW 304.1}

The rebuke of the lord will rest upon those who would bar the way, that clearer light shall not come to the people. A great work is to be done, and God sees that our leading men have need of more light, that they may unite with the messengers whom He sends to accomplish the work that He designs shall be done. The lord has raised up messengers, and endued them with His Spirit, and has said, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." [ISA. 58:1.] Let no one run the risk of interposing between the people and the message of Heaven. This message will go to the people; and if there were no voice among men to give it, the very stones would cry out. {GW 304.2}

I call upon every minister to seek the lord, to put away pride and strife for supremacy, and to humble the heart before God. It is the coldness of heart, the unbelief of those who ought to have faith, that keeps the churches in feebleness. [305] {GW 304.3}

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A Warning Against False Teaching

At this time we need in the cause of God spiritual-minded men, men who are firm in principle, and who have a clear understanding of the truth. I have been instructed that it is not new and fanciful doctrines nor human suppositions which the people need, but the testimony of men who know and practice the truth, men who understand and obey the charge given to Timothy: "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine." [2 TIM. 4:2.] {GW 305.1}

My brethren, walk firmly, decidedly, your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. You may be sure that pure and undefiled religion is not a sensational religion. God has not laid upon any one the burden of encouraging an appetite for speculative doctrines and theories. Keep these things out of your teaching. Do not allow them to enter into your experience. Let not your life-work be marred by them. {GW 305.2}

A warning against false teaching is found in Paul's letter to the Colossians. The apostle declares that the hearts of the believers are to be "knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. {GW 305.3}

"And this I say," he continues, "lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. . . . As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the lord, so walk

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ye in Him: rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power." [COL. 2:2-10.] {GW 305.4}

I am instructed to say to our people, Let us follow Christ. Do not forget that He is to be our pattern in all things. We may safely discard those ideas that are not found in His teaching. I appeal to our ministers to be sure that their feet are planted on the platform of eternal truth. Beware how you follow impulse, calling it the holy spirit. Some are in danger of doing this. The word of God urges us to be sound in the faith, able to give to every one who asks, a reason of the hope that is in us. {GW 306.1}

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Diverting Minds From Present Duty

The enemy is seeking to divert the minds of our brethren and sisters from the work of preparing a people to stand in these last days. His sophistries are designed to lead minds away from the perils and duties of the hour. They estimate as of little value the light that Christ came from heaven to give to John for His people. They teach that the scenes just before us are not of sufficient importance to receive special attention. They make of no effect the truth of heavenly origin, and rob the people of God of their past experience, giving them instead a false science. "Thus saith the lord: Stand ye in the ways, and

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see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein." [JER. 6:16.] {GW 306.2}

Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faith,--the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work, by prayerful study of the Word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for more than fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way, that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid; but this is a great deception. "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid." [1 COR. 3:11.] In the past, many have undertaken to build a new faith, to establish new principles; but how long did their building stand? It soon fell; for it was not founded upon the Rock. {GW 307.1}

Did not the first disciples have to meet the sayings of men? did they not have to listen to false theories; and then, having done all, to stand firm, saying, "Other foundation can no man lay than that is laid"? So we are to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. {GW 307.2}

Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world, point by point, into the clear light of present truth. With lips touched by holy fire, God's servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed. {GW 307.3}

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A Renewal of the Straight Testimony

The lord calls for a renewal of the straight testimony borne in years past. He calls for a renewal of spiritual life. The spiritual energies of His people

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have long been torpid, but there is to be a resurrection from apparent death. By prayer and confession of sin we must clear the King's highway. As we do this, the power of the Spirit will come to us. We need the pentecostal energy. This will come; for the lord has promised to send His Spirit as the all-conquering power. {GW 307.4}

Perilous times are before us. Every one who has a knowledge of the truth should awake, and place himself, body, soul, and spirit, under the discipline of God. The enemy is on our track. We must be wide awake, on our guard against him. We must put on the whole armor of God. We must follow the directions given through the Spirit of prophecy. We must love and obey the truth for this time. This will save us from accepting strong delusions. God has spoken to us through His word. He has spoken to us through the testimonies to the church, and through the books that have helped to make plain our present duty and the position we should now occupy. The warnings that have been given, line upon line, precept upon precept, should be heeded. If we disregard them, what excuse can we offer? {GW 308.1}

I beseech those who are laboring for God not to accept the spurious for the genuine. Let not human reasoning be placed where sanctifying truth should be. Christ is waiting to kindle faith and love in the hearts of His people. Let not erroneous theories receive countenance from the people who ought to be standing firm on the platform of eternal truth. God calls upon us to hold firmly to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.

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{GW 308.2}

The Word of God Our Safeguard

Our watchword is to be, "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." [ISA. 8:20.] We have a Bible full of the most precious truth. It contains the alpha and the omega of knowledge. The scriptures, given by inspiration of God, are "profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." [2 TIM. 3:16, 17.] Take the Bible as your study-book. All can understand its instruction. {GW 309.1}

Christ calls upon His people to believe and practice His word. Those who receive and assimilate this word, making it a part of every action, of every attribute of character, will grow strong in the strength of God. It will be seen that their faith is of heavenly origin. They will not wander into strange paths. Their minds will not turn to a religion of sentimentalism and excitement. Before angels and before men, they will stand as those who have strong, consistent Christian characters. {GW 309.2}

In the golden censer of truth, as presented in Christ's teachings, we have that which will convict and convert souls. Proclaim, in the simplicity of Christ, the truths that He came to this world to proclaim, and the power of your message will make itself felt. Do not advocate theories or tests that Christ has never mentioned, and that have no foundation in the Bible. We have grand, solemn truths for the people. "It is written" is the test that must be brought home to every soul.

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{GW 309.3}

Let us go to the word of God for guidance. Let us seek for a "Thus saith the lord." We have had enough of human methods. A mind trained only in worldly science will fail to understand the things of God; but the same mind, converted and sanctified, will see the divine power in the Word. Only the mind and heart cleansed by the sanctification of the Spirit can discern heavenly things. {GW 310.1}

Brethren, in the name of the lord I call upon you to awake to your duty. Let your hearts be yielded to the power of the holy spirit, and they will be made susceptible to the teachings of the Word. Then you will be able to discern the deep things of God. {GW 310.2}

May God bring His people under the deep movings of His Spirit! May He arouse them to see their peril, and to prepare for what is coming upon the earth!

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{GW 310.3}

We must not for a moment think that there is no more light, no more truth, to be given us. We are in danger of becoming careless, by our indifference losing the sanctifying power of truth, and composing ourselves with the thought, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing." [REV. 3:17.] While we must hold fast to the truths which we have already received, we must not look with suspicion upon any new light that God may send.

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Sound Doctrine

"The time will come," Paul wrote to Timothy, "when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry." [2 TIM. 4:3-5.] {GW 311.1}

"Sound doctrine" is Bible truth --truth that will promote piety and devotion, confirming God's people in the faith. Sound doctrine means much to the receiver; and it means much, too, to the teacher, the minister of righteousness; for wherever the gospel is preached, every laborer, whatever his line of service, is either true or untrue to his responsibility as the lord's messenger. {GW 311.2}

Paul wrote again, "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him: if we suffer, we shall also reign with Him: if we deny Him, He also will deny us: if we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself. Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers." [2 TIM. 2:11-14.] {GW 311.3}

Some who in Paul's day listened to the truth, raised questions of no vital importance, presenting the ideas and opinions of men, and seeking to divert the mind of the teacher from the great truths of the gospel, to the discussion of non-essential theories and

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the settlement of unimportant disputes. Paul knew that the laborer for God must be wise enough to see the design of the enemy, and refuse to be misled or diverted. The conversion of souls must be the burden of his work; he must preach the word of God, but avoid controversy. {GW 311.4}

"Study to show thyself approved unto God," he wrote, "a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness." [2 TIM. 2:15, 16.] {GW 312.1}

The ministers of Christ today are in the same danger. Satan is constantly at work to divert the mind into wrong channels, so that the truth may lose its force upon the heart. And unless ministers and people practice the truth and are sanctified by it, they will allow speculation regarding questions of no vital importance to occupy the mind. This will lead to caviling and strife; for countless points of difference will arise. {GW 312.2}

Men of ability have devoted a lifetime of study and prayer to the searching of the scriptures, and yet there are many portions of the Bible that have not been fully explored. Some passages of Scripture will never be perfectly comprehended until in the future life Christ shall explain them. There are mysteries to be unraveled, statements that human minds cannot harmonize. And the enemy will seek to arouse argument upon these points, which might better remain undiscussed. {GW 312.3}

A devoted, spiritual worker will avoid bringing up minor theoretical differences, and will devote his energies to the proclamation of the great testing truths

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to be given to the world. He will point the people to the work of redemption, the commandments of God, the near coming of Christ; and it will be found that in these subjects there is food enough for thought. {GW 312.4}

In time past there have been presented to me for my opinion many non-essential, fanciful theories. Some have advocated the theory that believers should pray with their eyes open. Others teach that, because those who ministered anciently in sacred office were required, upon entering the sanctuary, to remove their sandals and wash their feet, believers now should remove their shoes when entering the house of worship. Still others refer to the sixth commandment, and declare that even the insects that torment human beings should not be killed. And some have put forth the theory that the redeemed will not have gray hair --as if this were a matter of any importance. {GW 313.1}

I am instructed to say that these theories are the production of minds unlearned in the first principles of the gospel. By such theories the enemy strives to eclipse the great truths for this time. {GW 313.2}

Those who in their preaching pass by the great truths of God's word to speak of minor matters, are not preaching the gospel, but are dealing in idle sophistry. Let not our ministers spend time in the discussion of such matters. Let those who have any question as to what they should teach, any question as to the subjects upon which they should dwell, go to the discourses of the great Teacher, and follow His lines of thought. The subjects that Jesus regarded as essential are the subjects that we are to urge home today. We are to encourage our hearers to dwell upon those subjects which are of eternal moment.

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{GW 313.3}

When at one time a brother came to me with the message that the world is flat, I was instructed to present the commission that Christ gave His disciples, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations: . . . and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end." [MATT. 28:19, 20.] In regard to such subjects as the flat-world theory, God says to every soul, "What is that to thee? follow thou Me. I have given you your commission. Dwell upon the great testing truths for this time, not upon matters that have no bearing upon our work." {GW 314.1}

Workers for God should not spend time speculating as to what conditions will prevail in the new earth. It is presumption to indulge in suppositions and theories regarding matters that the lord has not revealed. He has made every provision for our happiness in the future life, and we are not to speculate regarding His plans for us. Neither are we to measure the conditions of the future life by the conditions of this life. {GW 314.2}

To my ministering brethren I would say, Preach the word. Do not bring to the foundation wood, hay, and stubble,--your own surmisings and speculations, which can benefit no one. Subjects of vital importance are revealed in the word of God, and these are worthy of our deepest thought. But we are not to search into matters on which God has been silent. {GW 314.3}

When questions arise upon which we are uncertain, let us ask, What saith the Scripture? And if the Scripture is silent upon the question at issue, let it not be made the subject of discussion. Let those who wish for something new, seek for that newness of life resulting from the new birth. Let them

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purify their souls by obeying the truth, and act in harmony with the instruction that Christ has given. {GW 314.4}

The only question asked in the judgment will be, "Have they been obedient to My commandments?" Petty strife and contention over questions of no importance has no part in God's great plan. Those who teach the truth should be men of solid minds, who will not lead their hearers into a field of thistles, as it were, and leave them there. {GW 315.1}

The sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for sin is the great truth around which all other truths cluster. In order to be rightly understood and appreciated, every truth in the word of God, from Genesis to Revelation, must be studied in the light that streams from the cross of Calvary. I present before you the great, grand monument of mercy and regeneration, salvation and redemption,--the Son of God uplifted on the cross. This is to be the foundation of every discourse given by our ministers.

{GW 315.2}

Men are needed for this time who can understand the wants of the people, and minister to their necessities. The faithful minister of Christ watches at every outpost, to warn, to reprove, to counsel, to entreat, and to encourage his fellow-men, laboring with the Spirit of God, which worketh in him mightily, that he may present every man perfect in Christ. Such a man is acknowledged in heaven as a minister, treading in the footsteps of his great Exemplar.-- "Testimonies for the Church," Vol. IV, page 416.

[316] {GW 315.3}

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July 29,1996

TMGW70 ....."these leaders.....do not consider the possibility that they themselves have not rightly understood THE WORD. They will not open their eyes to discern the fact that they have misinterpreted and misapplied THE SCRIPTURES, and have built up false theories, calling them fundamental doctrines of the faith......Even Seventh-Day-Adventists are in danger of closing their cyes to truth as it is in JESUS, because it contradicts something which they have taken for granted as truth, but which THE HOLY SPIRITteaches is not TRUTH."

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TMGW76 "......Let not men feel that it is their pperogative to give to the world what they suppose to be truth, and refuse that anything should be given contrary to their ideas. This is not their work. Many things will appear distinctly as truth, which will not be aceptable to those who think their own interpretations or THE SCRIPTURE slways right. Most decided changes will have to be made in regard to ideas which some have acepted as without a flaw."

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DA239 M Our standing before GOD depends not upon the amount of light we have received, but upon the use we make of what we have.

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Nov.28,1995

DA233T The burden of CHRIST'S preaching was, " The time is fulfilled, and the KINGDOM OF GOD is at hand: repent ye, and believe the GOSPEL".THUS THE GOSPEL MESSAGE, AS GIVEN BY THE SAVIOUR HIMSELF, WAS BASED ON---- THE PROPHECIES.

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Feb.28.1996

GW151B Never should the messenger of GOD cease his strivings for Greater Light and Power. He should toil on, pray on, hope on, amid dis- couragement and darkness, determined to gain a thorough knowledge of THE SCRIPTURES and to come behind in no gift. As long as there is one soul to be benefited, he should press forward with new courage at every effort. So long as JESUS has said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee," so long as the crown of righteousness is offered to the overcomer, so long as our ADVOCATE pleads in the sinner's behalf, ministers of CHRIST should labor with hopeful, tireless energy and persevering faith.

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Mar. 26,1996

CSSW 25 , CWE 35, CSSW 28,29,31.32 . TMGW106, 300, 107, 475. TV2:130 . TV5:294 & 698-711.

TV8:322 , GW251 , TSSW 62 , TV5:728 , EW277 , TV8:130

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TV8:322 "Wonderful possibilities are open to those who lay hold of THE DIVINE ASSURANCES OF GOD;S WORD. There are GLORIOUS TRUTHS to come before the people of GOD. Privileges and duties which they do not even suspect to be in the BIBLE will be laid open before them. As they follow on in the path of humble obedience, doing HIS WILL, they will know more and more of THE ORACLES OF GOD.

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Note the following HOLY SCRIPTURE:

Romans 3:1 WHAT advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

Romans 3:2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

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GW251 "We talk about the first angel's message and the second angel's message, and we think we have some understanding of the third angel's message. But as long as we are content with a limited knowledge, we shall be disqualified to obtain clearer views of truth."

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CSSW25 "There is yet much precious truth to be revealed to the people in this time of peril and darknes, but is is Satan's determined purpose tp prevent the light of truth from shining into the hearts of men......Precious truths that have long been in obscurity are to be revealed in the light that will make manifest their sacred worth; for GOD will glorify HIS WORD, that it may appear in a light in which we have never before beheld it.

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TV5:728 ".... We need never expect that when THE LORD has light for HIS people, Satan will stand calmly by, and make no effort to prevent them from receiving it. He will work upon minds to excite distrust and jealousy and unbelief. Let us beware that we dod not refuse the light GOD sends, because it does not come in a way to please us. Let not GOD'S BLESSING be turned away from us because we know not the time of visitation. If there are any who do not see and accept the light themselves, let them not stand in the way of others. Let it not be said of this highly favored people, as of the Jews when the good news of THE KINGDOM was preached to them, ' They entered no in themselves, and them that were entering in they hindered.'" Continue at SRS531-2-T

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The prophecies , we all know are HEAVEN'S LIGHT to our feet. If we fail to open our eyes and hearts to them at the time THE LORD would have us profit by the unrolling of THE SCROLL, how then shall we escape being like the blind leading the blind?

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Mar.31,1996

TV5:453 and MB54 Beattitudes "Blessed are ye when men shall revile you."

"The wrath of man shall praise thee,' says the psalmist; ' the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain.' GOD means that testing truth shall be brought to the front, and become a subject of examination and discussion, even if it is through the contempt placed upon it. The minds of the people must be agitated. Every controversy, every reproach , every slander will be GOD'S MEANS of provoking inquiry, and awakening minds that otherwise would slumber."

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TV6:165 ".......The time past has shown that both teachers and students know very little in regard to the awful truths which are living issues for this time. Should the third angel's message be proclaimed in all lines to many who stand as educators, it would not be understood by them."

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TV6:166 "......books and papers that contain little of present truth are exalted, an men are becoming too wise to follow a "THUS SAITH THE LORD.'...many of the watchmen are asleep. They are as the blind leading the blind. Yet the ddayu of THE LORD is right upon us. As a thief it is comin with stelthy tread, and it will take unaqwares all who are not watching. Who among our teachers are awake, and as faithful stewards of the grace of GOD are giving the trumpet a certain sound?"

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ATTITUDE OF NO MORE TRUTH NEEDED

TV5:709 "......The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to GOD . There has come in a self confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living in a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. GOD wills that a voice shall be heard arousing his people to action."

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TM117 "A message that will arouse the churches is to be proclaimed. Every effort is to be made to give this light, not only to our people, but to the world. I have been instructed that the prophecies of Daniel and the Revelation should be printed in small books, with the ne4cesary explanations, and should be sent all over the world. Our own people need to have the light placed before them in clearer lines."

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GW304 "The rebuke of THE LORD will rest upon those who would bar the way, that clearer light shall not come to the people. A great work is to be done, and GOD sees that our leading men have need of more light, that they may unite with the messengers whom HE sends to accomplish the work HE designs be don

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EW277 "I saw angels hurrying to and fro in heaven, descending to the earth, and again ascending to heaven preparing for the fulfillment of some important event. Then I saw another mighty angel commissioned to descend to the earth, to unite his voice with the third angel, and give power and force to his message. Great power and glory were imparted to the angel, and as he descended, the earth was lightened with his glory.......The work of this angel comes in at the right time to join in the last great work of the third angel's message, as it swells to a loud cry.....This message seemed to be an addition to the third mesage, joining it as the midnight cry joined the second angel's mesage in 1844."

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TV5:729 "......To souls that are earnestly seeking for light, and that accept with gladnes every ray of DIVINE ILLUMINATION from HIS HOLY WORD,--to such alone light will be given. It is through these sould that GOD will reveal that light and power which will lighten the whole earth with HIS GLORY."

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R&H Nov.7,1918 "In the manifestation of the power that lightens the earth with its glory, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because THE LORD does not work according to their expectations and ideas they will oppose the work. Why, they say, should we not know THE SPIRIT OF GOD, when we have been in the work so many years?"

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May12,1996

If you do a search on the word tradition or traditions in the SOP you will find many, many quotes on the danger of following tradition instead of THE WORD OF GOD. Many of our accepted traditions of belief will have to be given up, in these last days, in favor of THE TRUTH OF GOD’S WORD. Some SOP REFS on that are found below:


ANCIENT TRADITIONS

DA276M ........They had determined not to accept the light; and although they had opposed the mission of the Baptist, they were now ready to court the friendship of his disciples, hoping to secure their co-operation against JESUS. They represented that JESUS was setting at nought the Ancient traditions; and they contrasted the austere piety of the Baptist with the course of JESUS in feasting with publicans and sinners.

The education that consists in the training of the memory, tending to discourage independent thought, has a moral bearing which is too little appreciated. As the student sacrifices the power to reason and judge for himself, he becomes incapable of discriminating between truth and error, and falls an easy prey to deception. He is easily led to follow tradition and custom.  {Ed 230.3}

One of the Great Delusions.--Every species of delusion is now being brought in. The plainest truths of God's Word are covered with a mass of man-made theories. Deadly errors are presented as the truth to which all must bow. The simplicity of true godliness is buried beneath tradition.  {Ev 247.1}  

    The doctrine of the natural immortality of the soul is one error with which the enemy is deceiving man. This error is well-nigh universal. . . .  {Ev 247.2}

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 HEAVEN-SENT-MESSAGES-AROUSE-OPPOSITION!

TV5 : 254 ....."THE MESSAGES FROM HEAVEN ARE OF A CHARACTER TO AROUSE OPPOSITION. The faithful witneses for CHRIST AND THE TRUTH will reprove sin.

Their words will be like a hammer to break the flinty heart; like a fire to consume the dross. THERE IS CONSTANT NEED OF EARNEST, DECIDED MESSAGES OF WARNING. GOD will have men who are true to duty. AT THE RIGHT TIME HE SENDS HIS FAITHFllUL Messengers TO DO A WORK SIMILAR TO THAT OF Elijah."

 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Peter 1:18, 19. {FLB 101.1}

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. Colossians 2:8. {FLB 320.1}  

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CSSW34 Many gems of truth yet to become property of remnant people.

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T8:130 ".....Do not be unbelieving. The more you are jostled mIsapprehended, misstated, misrepresented, the more evidence you have that you are doing a work for THE MASTER, and the more closely you must cling to your SAVIOUR."

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GW264 "All who in that evil day would faithfully serve GOD according to the dictates of conscience, will need courage, firmness, and a knowledge of GOD AND HIS WORD; for those who are true to GOD will be persecuted, their motives will be impugned, their best efforts misinterpreted, and their names cast out as evil."

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June271996

No One Individual Messenger Has All The Light

GC343 "no man, however honored of Heaven, has ever attained to a full understanding of the great plan of redemption, or even to a perfect appreciation of THE DIVINE PURPOSE in the work for his own time.

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GC372M "The most humble and devoted in the churches were usually the first to receive the mesage.

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GC598M......"it is not enough to have good intentionsl ....not enough to do what a man thinks is right, or what the minister tells him is right. His soul's salvation is at stake, and he should search THE SCRIPTURES for himself. However strong may be his convictions, however confident he may be that the minister knows what is truth, this is not his foundation,"

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GC316M " This truth has been repeatedly illustrated in the history of the church..........many of the profesed followers of CHRIST refused to receive the light from heaven, and, like the Jews of old, knew not the time of their visitation. Because of their pride and unbelief, THE LORD pased them by and revealed HIS TRUTH to those who, like shepherds of Bethlehem and the Eastern magi, had given heed to all the light they had received."

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Sept21.1996

GC164T There are many at the present day thus cling to the customs and traditions of their fathers. When THE LORD sends them additional light, they refuse to acept it, becuase, not having been granted to their fathers, it was not received by them. We are not placed where our fathers were; consequently our duti4es and responsibilities are not the same as theirs. We shall not be approved of GOD in looking to the example of our fathers to determine our dutyh instead of searching the word of truth for ourselves. Our responsibility is greater than was that of our ancestors. We are accountable for the light which they received, and which was handed down as an inheritance for us, and we are accountable also for the aditional light which is now shining upon us from THE WORD OF GOD.

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TM & GW 89- GOD says to HIS servants, "Cry aloud,, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show MY people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." But when the plain, straight testimony comes from lips under the moving ofr THE SPIRIT OF GOD, there are many who treat it with disdain. There are among us those who, in actions if not in words, "say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth thingsm, prophesyh deceits: get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause THE HOLY ONE of Israel to cease from bgefore us. Wherefore thus saith THE HOLY ONE of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness and stay thereon: therefore this iniquity shall bge to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant. . . .For thus saith THE LORD GOD, THE HONLY ONE of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confridence shall be your strength: and ye would not."

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Oct.14,1996

COL130 "This experience gives every teacher of truth the very qualifications that will make him a representative of CHRIST. THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST'S TEACHING will give a force and directness to communications and to his prayers. His witnes to CHRIST will not be a narrow, lifeless testimony. The minister will not preach over and over the same set discourses. His mind will be open to the constant illumination of THE HOLY SPIRIT.

"When we eat CHRIST'S flesh and drink HIS blood, the element of eternal life will be found in the ministry. There will not be a fund of stale, oft-repeated ideas. The tame, dull sermonizing will cease. The old truths will be presented, but they will be seen in a new light. There will be a new perception of truth , a clearn ess and a power that all will discern. Those who have the privilege of sitting under such a ministry will, if susceptible to THE HOLY SPIRIT'S INSLUENCE, feel the energizing power of a new life. THE FIRE OF GOD;S LOVE will be kindled within them. Their perceptive faculties will be quickened to diwscern the4 beauty and majesty of truth."

Here we are told that old truths will be presented in new life; also that Bible symbolism will be revealed. This is the very thing we have seen with our own eyes. We should pray that GOD'S people be able to recognize that the old truth is now set in a new light and that new life is being given to it.

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Oct.17,1996

GC609.1"Different periods in the history of the church have each been marked by the developement of some special truth, adapted to the necessities of GOD'S people at that time.

Every new truth has made its way against hatred and opposition; those who were blessed with its light were tempted and tried. THE LORD gives a special truth for the people in an emergency, Who dare refuse to publish it?"

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TM&GW475.3 "THE LORD says: 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadfrul day of THE LORD.' Somebgody is to come in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he appears,, men may say: ' You are tooo earnest, you do not interpret the scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message.' "

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TV5: 690.0 "They will question and criticize everything that arrises in the unfolding of truth, criticise the work and the position of others, critizise every brance of the work in which they have not themselves a part. They will fed upon the errors and mistakes and faults of others, until, said the angel, 'THE LORD JESUS shall rise up from HIS mediatorial work in the heavenly sanctuary, . . .and surprise them at their unholy feast; and they will find themselves unprepared for the marriage supper of THE LAMB.' "

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TV6:420.3 "As never before, we should pray not only that laborers may be sent forth into the great harvest-field, but that we may have a clear conception of truth, so that when the messengers of truth shall come, we may accept the message and respect the mesenger."

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GW303-304 "Some of our leading brethren have frequ4entlyu taken their position on the wrong side; and if GOD would send a message and wait for these older brethren to open the way for its advancement, it would never reach the people. These brethren will be found in this position until they become partakers of the DIVINE NATURE to a greater extent than ever they have been in the past.

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"The rebuke of THE LORD will rest upon those who would bar the way, that clearer light shall not come to the people. A great work is to be done, and GOD sees that our leading men have need of more light, that they may unite with the messengers whom HE sends to acomplish the workk that HE designs shall be done."

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R&H Nov.7,1918 " In the manifestation of the power that lightens the earth with its glory, they will see only something which in their blindness they think dangerous, something which will arouse their fears and they will brace themselves to resist it. Because THE LORD does not work according to their expectations and ideals, they will oppose the work. Why, they say, should we not know THE SPIRIT OF GOD, when we have been in the work so many years?" Orig. in Bible Training School 1907.

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GC372M "The most humble and devoted in the churches were usually the first to receive the mesage.

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Dec.29,1996

TV5:293 "There are a thousand temptations in disguise prepared for those who have the light of truth; and the only safety for any of us is in receiving no new doctrine, no new interpretation of THE SCRIPTURES, without first submitting it to brethren of experience. Lay it before them in a humble, teachable spirit, with earnest prayer; and if they see no light in it, yeild to their judgment; for "in the multitude of counselors there is safety'."

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TM&GW110 "If a brother is teaching error, those who are in responsible positions ought to know it; and if he is teaching TRUTH, they ought to take their stand at his side. We should all know what is being taught among us; for if it is truth, we need to know it."

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Jan.2,1997

"......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." RH Mar. 18, 1890

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3SM 174 New and Increased Light.

GC595-597

TM 89, 90 TV5: 720

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Aug. 23, 1998

1SM 404T .........."We shall never reach a period when there is no increased LIGHT for us.

The great themes of the Old Testament were misaprehended and misinterpreted, and CHRIST'S work was to expound the truth which had not been understood hby those to whom they had been given. The prophets had ade the statements, but the spiritual import of what they had written, was undiscovered by them. They did not see the meaning of the truth. JESUS reproved HIS disciples for their slowness of comprehension. Many of HIS precious lessons were lost to them, because they did ot understand the spiritual grandeur of HIS WORDS. But HE promised that THE COMFORTER should come, that THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH should recall these lost utterances to their minds. HE gave them to understand that HE had left with them precious jewels of truth whose value they did not know. Keep Reading from 1SM404-.

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See 4SC: 4-9: 2 for following SPIRIT OF PROPHECY REFS. re ADDITIONAL LIGHT.

Also,

TV3:253-54+260

TV1: 262

TV 5: 486

TV5: 71, 94

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MYP260 "Do not read THE WORD in the light of former opinions; but, with a mind free from prejucice, search it carefully and prayerfully. If, as you read, conviction comes, and your see that your cherished opinions are not in harmony with THE WORD, do not try to make THE WORD fit these opinions. Make your opinions fit THE WORD. Do not allow what you have believed or practiced in the past to control your understanding."

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Aug. 4, 1999 4th

EW.188.001

At this time Thomas was not present. He would not humbly receive the report of the disciples, but firmly and self-confidently affirmed that he would not believe unless he should put his fingers in the prints of the nails and his hand in the side where the cruel spear was thrust. In this he showed a lack of confidence in his brethren. If all should require the same evidence, none would now receive Jesus and believe in His resurrection. But it was the will of God that the report of the disciples should be received by those who could not themselves see and hear the risen Saviour. God was not pleased with the unbelief of Thomas. When Jesus again met with His disciples, Thomas was with them; and when he beheld Jesus, he believed. But he had declared that he would not be satisfied without the evidence of feeling added to sight, and Jesus gave him the evidence which he had desired. Thomas cried out, "My Lord and my God!" But Jesus reproved him for his unbelief, saying, "Thomas, because thou hast seen Me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."

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EW.188.002

In like manner those who have had no experience in the first and second angels' messages must receive them from others who had an experience and followed down through the messages. As Jesus was rejected, so I saw that these messages have been rejected. And as the disciples declared that there is salvation in no other name under heaven, given among men, so also should the servants of God faithfully and fearlessly warn those who embrace but a part of the truths connected with the third message, that they must gladly receive all the messages as God has given them, or have no part in the matter.

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EW.189.001

While the holy women were carrying the report that Jesus had risen, the Roman guard were circulating the lie that had been put into their mouths by the chief priests and elders, that the disciples came by night, while they slept, and stole the body of Jesus. Satan had put this lie into the hearts and mouths of the chief priests, and the people stood ready to receive their word. But God had made this matter sure, and placed this important event, upon which our salvation depends, beyond all doubt; and it was impossible for priests and elders to cover it up. Witnesses were raised from the dead to testify to Christ's resurrection.

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EW.189.002

Jesus remained with His disciples forty days, causing them joy and gladness of heart as He opened to them more fully the realities of the kingdom of God. He commissioned them to bear testimony to the things which they had seen and heard concerning His sufferings, death, and resurrection, that He had made a sacrifice for sin, and that all who would might come unto Him and find life. With faithful tenderness He told them that they would be persecuted and distressed; but they would find relief in recalling their experience and remembering the words which He had spoken to them. He told them that He had overcome the temptations of Satan and obtained the victory through trials and suffering. Satan could have no more power over Him, but would bring his temptations to bear more directly upon them and upon all who should believe in His name. But they could overcome as He had overcome. Jesus endowed His disciples with power to work miracles, and told them that although they should be persecuted by wicked men, He would from time to time send His angels to deliver them; their lives could not be taken until their mission should be accomplished; then they might be required to seal with their blood the testimonies which they had borne.

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EW.190.001

His anxious followers gladly listened to His teachings, eagerly feasting upon every word which fell from His holy lips. Now they certainly knew that He was the Saviour of the world. His words sank deep into their hearts, and they sorrowed that they must soon be parted from their heavenly Teacher and no longer hear comforting, gracious words from His lips. But again their hearts were warmed with love and exceeding joy, as Jesus told them that He would go and prepare mansions for them and come again and receive them, that they might be ever with Him. He promised also to send the Comforter, the holy spirit, to guide them into all truth. "And He lifted up His hands, and blessed them." -

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Chap. 4 - Attitude to New Light

April 23, 2000 7th HOLY SABBATH DAY

Maintaining Truth Not to Preclude New Light.-- It is a fact that we have the truth, and we must hold with tenacity to the positions that cannot be shaken; but we must not look with suspicion upon any new light which God may send, and say, Really, we cannot see that we need any more light than the old truth which we have hitherto received, and in which we are settled. While we hold to this position, the testimony of the True Witness applies to our cases its rebuke, "And knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." Those who feel rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, are in a condition of blindness as to their true condition before God, and they know it not.--Review and Herald, August 7, 1894. {CW 33.1}

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Led of God, but Not Infallible.--We must not think, "Well, we have all the truth, we understand the main pillars of our faith, and we may rest on this knowledge." The truth is an advancing truth, and we must walk in the increasing light. {CW 33.2}

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investigated the subjects, and then we shall be free to go on without the taxing of the powers of the mind in the investigation of all these subjects? Do you not think that these men who have brought out the truth in the past were inspired of God?" {CW 33.3}

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I dare not say they were not led of God, for Christ leads into all truth; but when it comes to inspiration in the fullest sense of the word, I answer, No. I believe that God has given them a work to do, but if they are not fully consecrated to God at all times, they will weave self and their peculiar traits of character into what they are doing, and will put their mold upon the work, and fashion men in religious experience after their own pattern. It is dangerous for us to make flesh our arm. We should lean upon the arm of Infinite Power. God has been revealing this to us for years. We must have living faith in our hearts and reach out for larger knowledge and more advanced light.--Review and Herald, March 25, 1890. {CW 34.1}

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Increased Light to Shine.--A spirit of pharisaism has been coming in upon the people who claim to believe the truth for these last days. They are self-satisfied. They have said, "We have the truth. There is no more light for the people of God." But we are not safe when we take a position that we will not accept anything else than that upon which we have settled as truth. We should take the Bible, and investigate it closely for ourselves. We should dig in the mine of God's word for truth. "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart." Some have asked me if I thought there was any more light for the people of God. Our minds

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have become so narrow that we do not seem to understand that the lord has a mighty work to do for us. Increasing light is to shine upon us; for "the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."--Review and Herald, June 18, 1889. {CW 34.2}

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Many Gems Yet to Be Discovered.--New light will ever be revealed on the word of God to him who is in living connection with the Sun of Righteousness. Let no one come to the conclusion that there is no more truth to be revealed. The diligent, prayerful seeker for truth will find precious rays of light yet to shine forth from the word of God. Many gems are yet scattered that are to be gathered together to become the property of the remnant people of God.--Counsels on Sabbath School Work, p. 34. (1892.) {CW 35.1}

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Investigation of Doctrine.--There is no excuse for anyone in taking the position that there is no more truth to be revealed, and that all our expositions of Scripture are without an error. The fact that certain doctrines have been held as truth for many years by our people, is not a proof that our ideas are infallible. Age will not make error into truth, and truth can afford to be fair. No true doctrine will lose anything by close investigation. {CW 35.2}

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We are living in perilous times, and it does not become us to accept everything claimed to be truth without examining it thoroughly; neither can we afford to reject anything that bears the fruits of the Spirit of God; but we should be teachable, meek and lowly of heart. There are those who oppose everything

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that is not in accordance with their own ideas, and by so doing they endanger their eternal interest as verily as did the Jewish nation in their rejection of Christ. {CW 35.3}

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The lord designs that our opinions shall be put to the test, that we may see the necessity of closely examining the living oracles to see whether or not we are in the faith. Many who claim to believe the truth have settled down at their ease, saying, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing." --Review and Herald, December 20, 1892. {CW 36.1}

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How to Search the scriptures.--How shall we search the scriptures? Shall we drive our stakes of doctrine one after another, and then try to make all Scripture meet our established opinions? or shall we take our ideas and views to the scriptures, and measure our theories on every side by the scriptures of truth? Many who read and even teach the Bible, do not comprehend the precious truth they are teaching or studying. {CW 36.2}

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Men entertain errors, when the truth is clearly marked out; and if they would but bring their doctrines to the word of God, and not read the word of God in the light of their doctrines, to prove their ideas right, they would not walk in darkness and blindness, or cherish error. Many give the words of Scripture a meaning that suits their own opinions, and they mislead themselves and deceive others by their misinterpretations of God's word. {CW 36.3}

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opinions must not be regarded as infallible. It was the unwillingness of the Jews to give up their long-established traditions that proved their ruin. They were determined not to see any flaw in their own opinions or in their expositions of the scriptures; but however long men may have entertained certain views, if they are not clearly sustained by the written word, they should be discarded. Those who sincerely desire truth will not be reluctant to lay open their positions for investigation and criticism, and will not be annoyed if their opinions and ideas are crossed. This was the spirit cherished among us forty years ago. . . . {CW 36.4}

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We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn. God and heaven alone are infallible. Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed. As long as we hold to our own ideas and opinions with determined persistency, we cannot have the unity for which Christ prayed. {CW 37.1}

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Could those who are self-sufficient see how the universe of God regards them, could they see themselves as God sees them, they would behold such weakness, such manifest want of wisdom, that they would cry to the lord to be their righteousness; they would want to hide from His sight. The apostle says, "Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." When our schemes and our plans have been broken; when men who have depended upon our judgment conclude the lord would lead them to act and judge for themselves, we should

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not feel like censuring, and like exercising arbitrary authority to compel them to receive our ideas. Those who are placed in authority should constantly cultivate self-control. . . . {CW 37.2}

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Would-be Guardians of the Doctrine.--The rebuke of the lord will be upon those who would be guardians of the doctrine, who would bar the way that greater light shall not come to the people. A great work is to be done, and God sees that our leading men have need of greater light, that they may unite harmoniously, with the messengers whom He shall send to accomplish the work that He designs they should. The lord has raised up messengers and endued them with His Spirit, and has said, "Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." {CW 38.1}

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Let no one run the risk of interposing himself between the people and the message of heaven. The message of God will come to the people; and if there were no voice among men to give it, the very stones would cry out. I call upon every minister to seek the lord, to put away pride, to put away strife after supremacy, and humble the heart before God. It is the coldness of heart, the unbelief of those who ought to have faith, that keeps the churches in feebleness.-- Review and Herald, July 26, 1892. {CW 38.2}

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A Sign of Growth.--Whenever the people of God are growing in grace, they will be constantly obtaining a clearer understanding of His word. They will discern new light and beauty in its sacred truths. This has been true in the history of the church in all

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ages, and thus it will continue to the end. But as real spiritual life declines, it has ever been the tendency to cease to advance in the knowledge of the truth. Men rest satisfied with the light already received from God's word, and discourage any further investigation of the scriptures. They become conservative, and seek to avoid discussion. {CW 38.3}

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The fact that there is no controversy or agitation among God's people, should not be regarded as conclusive evidence that they are holding fast to sound doctrine. There is reason to fear that they may not be clearly discriminating between truth and error. When no new questions are started by investigation of the scriptures, when no difference of opinion arises which will set men to searching the Bible for themselves, to make sure that they have the truth, there will be many now, as in ancient times, who will hold to tradition, and worship they know not what. {CW 39.1}

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I have been shown that many who profess to have a knowledge of present truth, know not what they believe. They do not understand the evidences of their faith. They have no just appreciation of the work for the present time. When the time of trial shall come, there are men now preaching to others, who will find, upon examining the positions they hold, that there are many things for which they can give no satisfactory reason. Until thus tested, they knew not their great ignorance. {CW 39.2}

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And there are many in the church who take it for granted that they understand what they believe, but, until controversy arises, they do not know their own weakness. When separated from those of like faith, and compelled to stand singly and alone to explain

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their belief, they will be surprised to see how confused are their ideas of what they had accepted as truth. Certain it is that there has been among us a departure from the living God, and a turning to men, putting human wisdom in place of divine. {CW 39.3}

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God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat. The lord calls upon all who believe His word to awake out of sleep. Precious light has come, appropriate for this time. It is Bible truth, showing the perils that are right upon us. This light should lead us to a diligent study of the scriptures, and a most critical examination of the positions which we hold. {CW 40.1}

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God would have all the bearings and positions of truth thoroughly and perseveringly searched, with prayer and fasting. Believers are not to rest in suppositions and ill-defined ideas of what constitutes truth. Their faith must be firmly founded upon the word of God, so that when the testing time shall come, and they are brought before councils to answer for their faith, they may be able to give a reason for the hope that is in them, with meekness and fear. {CW 40.2}

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Agitate, agitate, agitate! The subjects which we present to the world must be to us a living reality. It is important that in defending the doctrines which we consider fundamental articles of faith, we should never allow ourselves to employ arguments that are not wholly sound. These may avail to silence an opposer, but they do not honor the truth. We should present sound arguments, that will not only silence our opponents, but will bear the closest and most searching scrutiny. . {CW 40.3}

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Continual Search for Greater Light.--Whatever may be man's intellectual advancement, let him not for a moment think that there is no need of thorough and continuous searching of the scriptures for greater light. As a people, we are called individually to be students of prophecy. We must watch with earnestness that we may discern any ray of light which God shall present to us. We are to catch the first gleamings of truth; and through prayerful study, clearer light may be obtained, which can be brought before others.

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When God's people are at ease, and satisfied with their present enlightenment, we may be sure that He will not favor them. It is His will that they should be ever moving forward, to receive the increased and ever-increasing light which is shining for them. {CW 41.2}

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The present attitude of the church is not pleasing to God. There has come in a self-confidence that has led them to feel no necessity for more truth and greater light. We are living at a time when Satan is at work on the right hand and on the left, before and behind us; and yet as a people we are asleep. God wills that a voice shall be heard arousing His people to action.--Gospel Workers, pp. 297-300. (1915.) {CW 41.3}

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Right Spirit Essential.--Brethren, we must sink the shaft deep in the mine of truth. You may question matters with yourselves and with one another, if you only do it in the right spirit; but too often self is large, and as soon as investigation begins, an unchristian spirit is manifested. This is just what Satan delights in, but we should come with a humble heart to know for ourselves what is truth. {CW 41.4}

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The time is coming when we shall be separated and scattered, and each one of us will have to stand without the privilege of communion with those of like precious faith; and how can you stand unless God is by your side, and you know that He is leading and guiding you? Whenever we come to investigate Bible truth, the master of assemblies is with us. The lord does not leave the ship one moment to be steered by ignorant pilots. We may receive our orders from the Captain of our salvation.--Review and Herald, March 25, 1890. {CW 42.1}

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Chap. 5 - Investigation of New Light

Not to Be Suspected.--When a doctrine is presented that does not meet our minds, we should go to the word of God, seek the lord in prayer, and give no place for the enemy to come in with suspicion and prejudice. We should never permit the spirit to be manifested that arraigned the priests and rulers against the Redeemer of the world. They complained that He disturbed the people, and they wished He would let them alone; for He caused perplexity and dissension. The lord sends light to us to prove what manner of spirit we are of. We are not to deceive ourselves. {CW 43.1}

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In 1844, when anything came to our attention that we did not understand, we kneeled down and asked God to help us take the right position; and then we were able to come to a right understanding and see eye to eye. There was no dissension, no enmity, no evil-surmising, no misjudging of our brethren. If we but knew the evil of the spirit of intolerance, how carefully would we shun it!--Gospel Workers, pp. 301, 302. (1915.) {CW 43.2}

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The Test of New Light.--Our brethren should be willing to investigate in a candid way every point of controversy. If a brother is teaching error, those

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who are in responsible positions ought to know it; and if he is teaching truth, they ought to take their stand at his side. We should all know what is being taught among us; for if it is truth, we need it. We are all under obligation to God to know what He sends us. He has given directions by which we may test every doctrine,--"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them." If the light presented meets this test, we are not to refuse to accept it because it does not agree with our ideas.--Gospel Workers, pp. 300, 301. {CW 43.3}

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Examination of New Views.--Truth is eternal, and conflict with error will only make manifest its strength. We should never refuse to examine the scriptures with those who, we have reason to believe, desire to know what is truth as much as we do. Suppose a brother held a view that differed from yours, and he should come to you, proposing that you sit down with him and make an investigation of that point in the scriptures; should you rise up, filled with prejudice, and condemn his ideas, while refusing to give him a candid hearing? {CW 44.1}

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The only right way would be to sit down as Christians and investigate the position presented, in the light of God's word, which will reveal truth and unmask error. To ridicule his ideas would not weaken his position in the least if it were false, or strengthen your position if it were true. If the pillars of our faith will not stand the test of investigation, it is time that we knew it. There must be no spirit of pharisaism cherished among us. When Christ came to His

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own, His own received Him not; and it is a matter of solemn interest to us that we should not pursue a similar course in refusing light from heaven. {CW 44.2}

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We must study the truth for ourselves. No living man should be relied upon to think for us. No matter who it is, or in what position he may be placed, we are not to look upon any man as a perfect criterion for us. We are to counsel together, and to be subject to one another; but at the same time we are to exercise the ability God has given us to learn what is truth. Each one of us must look to God for divine enlightenment. We must individually develop a character that will stand the test in the day of God. We must not become set in our ideas, and think that no one should interfere with our opinions.--Review and Herald, June 18, 1889. {CW 45.1}

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Not Revealed to Just One or Two.--God has not passed His people by, and chosen one solitary man here and another there as the only ones worthy to be entrusted with His truth. He does not give one man new light contrary to the established faith of the body. In every reform men have arisen making this claim. Paul warned the church in his day, "Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them." The greatest harm to God's people comes through those who go out from among them speaking perverse things. Through them the way of truth is evil spoken of. {CW 45.2}

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prophets, Jesus christ Himself being the chief cornerstone; in whom all the building, fitly framed together, groweth unto a holy temple in the lord; in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit." "I therefore, the prisoner of the lord," says Paul, "beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." {CW 45.3}

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Beware of Side Issues.--That which Brother D calls light is apparently harmless; it does not look as though anyone could be injured by it. But, brethren, it is Satan's device, his entering wedge. This has been tried again and again. One accepts some new and original idea which does not seem to conflict with the truth. He talks of it and dwells upon it until it seems to him to be clothed with beauty and importance, for Satan has power to give this false appearance. At last it becomes the all-absorbing theme, the one great point around which everything centers; and the truth is uprooted from the heart. {CW 46.1}

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influence that will enable him to unsettle other minds. It is opening a door through which Satan will rush in many errors to divert the mind from the importance of the truth for this time. Brethren, as an ambassador of Christ I warn you to beware of these side issues, whose tendency is to divert the mind from the truth. Error is never harmless. It never sanctifies, but always brings confusion and dissension. It is always dangerous. The enemy has great power over minds that are not thoroughly fortified by prayer and established in Bible truth. {CW 46.2}

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Submit New Light to Experienced Brethren. --There are a thousand temptations in disguise prepared for those who have the light of truth; and the only safety for any of us is in receiving no new doctrine, no new interpretation of the scriptures, without first submitting it to brethren of experience. Lay it before them in a humble, teachable spirit, with earnest prayer; and if they see no light in it, yield to their judgment; for "in the multitude of counselors there is safety."--Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 291-293. (1885.) {CW 47.1}

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Inconsequential Matters.--I would say to my brethren and sisters, Keep close to the instruction found in the word of God. Dwell upon the rich truths of the scriptures. Thus only can you become one in Christ. You have no time to engage in controversy regarding the killing of insects. Jesus has not placed this burden upon you. "What is the chaff to the wheat?" These side issues which arise are as hay, wood, and stubble compared with the truth for these last days. Those who leave the great truths of God's

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word to speak of such matters are not preaching the gospel. They are dealing with the idle sophistry which the enemy brings forward to divert minds from the truths that concern their eternal welfare. They have no word from Christ to vindicate their suppositions. {CW 47.2}

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Do not spend your time in the discussion of such matters. If you have any question as to what you should teach, any question as to the subjects upon which you should dwell, go right to the discourses of the Great Teacher, and follow His instructions. . . . {CW 48.1}

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Erroneous theories, with no authority from the word of God, will come in on the right hand and on the left, and to weaklings these theories will appear as truth which makes wise. But they are as nothingness. And yet many church members have become so well satisfied with cheap food that they have a dyspeptic religion. Why will men and women belittle their experience by gathering up idle tales and presenting them as matters worthy of attention? The people of God have no time to dwell on the indefinite, frivolous questions which have no bearing on God's requirements.--Preach the Word, p. 10. (1901.) {CW 48.2

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Points Unnecessary for Faith.--There are many questions treated upon that are not necessary for the perfection of the faith. We have no time for their study. Many things are above finite comprehension. Truths are to be received not within the reach of our reason, and not for us to explain. Revelation presents them to us to be implicitly received as the words of an infinite God. While every ingenious inquirer is to search out the truth as it is in Jesus,

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there are things not yet simplified, statements that human minds cannot grasp and reason out, without being liable to make human calculation and explanations, which will not prove a savor of life unto life. {CW 48.3}

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But every truth which is essential for us to bring into our practical life, which concerns the salvation of the soul, is made very clear and positive.--Preach the Word, pp. 6, 7. (1895.) {CW 49.1}

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A Device of the Enemy.--We are to pray for divine enlightenment, but at the same time we should be careful how we receive everything termed new light. We must beware lest, under cover of searching for new truth, Satan shall divert our minds from Christ and the special truths for this time. I have been shown that it is the device of the enemy to lead minds to dwell upon some obscure or unimportant point, something that is not fully revealed or is not essential to our salvation. This is made the absorbing theme, the "present truth," when all their investigations and suppositions only serve to make matters more obscure than before, and to confuse the minds of some who ought to be seeking for oneness through sanctification of the truth.--Preach the Word, p. 4. (1891.) {CW 49.2}

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"New Light" Which Unsettles Confidence.-- Satan hopes to involve the remnant people of God in the general ruin that is coming upon the earth. As the coming of Christ draws nigh, he will be more determined and decisive in his efforts to overthrow them. Men and women will arise professing to have some new light or some new revelation, whose tendency is to unsettle faith in the old landmarks. Their

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doctrines will not bear the test of God's word, yet souls will be deceived. False reports will be circulated, and some will be taken in this snare. They will believe these rumors, and in their turn will repeat them, and thus a link will be formed connecting them with the archdeceiver. This spirit will not always be manifested in an open defiance of the messages that God sends, but a settled unbelief is expressed in many ways. Every false statement that is made feeds and strengthens this unbelief, and through this means many souls will be balanced in the wrong direction.-- Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp. 295, 296. (1885.) {CW 49.3}

Attitude to Those Claiming to Have New Light.--Cling close to your Bible, for its sacred truths can purify, ennoble, and sanctify the soul. You must hold the truth and teach it as it is in Jesus, else it is of no value to you. Before the light of God's truth let human opinions and ideas and human wisdom appear as they are in the sight of God,--as foolishness. . . . {CW 50.1}

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every argument that he presents and show him by the scriptures if he is in error. When you do this without unkind feelings, you will do only that which is your duty and the duty of every minister of Jesus christ.-- Letter 21, 1888. {CW 50.2}

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Hear Before You Condemn.--When new light is presented to the church, it is perilous to shut yourselves away from it. Refusing to hear because you are prejudiced against the message or the messenger will not make your case excusable before God. To condemn that which you have not heard and do not understand will not exalt your wisdom in the eyes of those who are candid in their investigations of truth. And to speak with contempt of those whom God has sent with a message of truth, is folly and madness. If our youth are seeking to educate themselves to be workers in His cause, they should learn the way of the lord, and live by every word that proceedeth out of His mouth. They are not to make up their minds that the whole truth has been unfolded, and that the Infinite One has no more light for His people. If they entrench themselves in the belief that the whole truth has been revealed, they will be in danger of discarding precious jewels of truth that shall be discovered as men turn their attention to the searching of the rich mine of God's word.--Counsels on Sabbath School Work, pp. 32, 33. (1892.) {CW 51.1}

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Chap. 6 - Integrity of the Message

Landmarks of Truth, Experience, and Duty.-- Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, p. 59. (1904.) {CW 52.1}

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As a people we are to stand firm on the platform of eternal truth that has withstood test and trial. We are to hold to the sure pillars of our faith. The principles of truth that God has revealed to us are our only true foundation. They have made us what we are. The lapse of time had not lessened their value.-- Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, p. 51. (1904.) {CW 52.2}

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principles, in full view of the world.--Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 17. {CW 52.3}

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Moving a Block or Stirring a Pin.--I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was shown three steps,--the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my accompanying angel, "Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received." I was again brought down through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict. God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. --Early Writings, pp. 258, 259. (1858.) {CW 53.1}

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The Sanctuary a Point of Special Attack.-- In the future, deception of every kind is to arise, and we want solid ground for our feet. We want solid pillars for the building. Not one pin is to be removed from that which the lord has established. The enemy will bring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith. Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the lord has been giving for the last fifty years?-- Review and Herald, May 25, 1905. {CW 53.2}

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wonderful representations of God and the ministry of Christ for our salvation into something that suits the carnal mind. He removes its presiding power from the hearts of believers, and supplies its place with fantastic theories invented to make void the truths of the atonement, and destroy our confidence in the doctrines which we have held sacred since the third angel's message was first given. Thus he would rob us of our faith in the very message that has made us a separate people, and has given character and power to our work.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 17. (1905.) {CW 53.3}

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I know that the sanctuary question stands in righteousness and truth, just as we have held it for so many years. It is the enemy that leads minds off on sidetracks. He is pleased when those who know the truth become engrossed in collecting scriptures to pile around erroneous theories, which have no foundation in truth. The scriptures thus used are misapplied; they were not given to substantiate error, but to strengthen truth.--Gospel Workers, p. 303. (1915.) {CW 54.1}

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Chap. 7 - How to Meet Opposition

"We Cannot Come Down."--Time and strength can be better employed than to dwell at length upon the quibbles of our opponents who deal in slander and misrepresentations. While precious time is employed in following the crooks and turns of dishonest opponents, the people who are open to conviction are dying for want of knowledge. A train of senseless quibbles of Satan's own invention, are brought before minds, while the people are crying for food, for meat in due season. {CW 55.1}

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It takes those who have trained their minds to war against the truth to manufacture quibbles. And we are not wise to take them from their hands, and pass them out to thousands who would never have thought of them had we not published them to the world. This is what our opponents want to have done; they want to be brought to notice, and to have us publish for them. This is especially true of some. This is their main object in writing out their falsehoods, and in misrepresenting the truth and the characters of those who love and advocate the truth. They will die out more speedily to be left unnoticed, to have their errors and falsehoods treated with silent contempt. They do not want to be let alone. Opposition is the

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element that they love. If it were not for this, they would have but little influence. . . . {CW 55.2}

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There are occasions where their glaring misrepresentations will have to be met. When this is the case, it should be done promptly and briefly, and we should then pass on to our work. The plan of Christ's teaching should be ours. He was plain and simple, striking directly at the root of the matter, and the minds of all were met. {CW 56.1}

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It is not the best policy to be so very explicit, and say all upon a point that can be said, when a few arguments will cover the ground, and be sufficient for all practical purposes to convince or silence opponents. You may remove every prop today, and close the mouths of objectors so that they can say nothing, and tomorrow they will go over the same ground again. Thus it will be, over and over, because they do not love the light, and will not come to the light lest their darkness and error should be removed from them. It is a better plan to keep a reserve of arguments than to pour out a depth of knowledge upon a subject which would be taken for granted without labored argument. Christ's ministry lasted only three years, and a great work was done in that short period. In these last days, there is a great work to be done in a short time. While many are getting ready to do something, souls will perish for the light and knowledge. {CW 56.2}

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We must have more of the spirit of those men who were engaged in building the walls of Jerusalem. We are doing a great work, and we cannot come down. If Satan sees that he can keep men answering the objections of opponents, and thus keep their voices silent, and hinder them from doing the most important work for the present time, his object is accomplished. . . . {CW 57.1}

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The world needs labor now. Calls are coming in from every direction like the Macedonian cry, "Come over and help us." Plain, pointed arguments, standing out as mileposts, will do more toward convincing minds generally than will a large array of arguments which cover a great deal of ground, but which none but investigating minds will have interest to follow. --Testimonies, Vol. 3, pp. 36-39. (1872.) {CW 57.2}

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Chap. 8 - Words of Caution

Let the Truth Cut.--Christ said to His disciples: "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." Matt. 10:16. {CW 58.1}

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Satan's attacks against the advocates of the truth will wax more bitter and determined to the very close of time. As in Christ's day the chief priests and rulers stirred up the people against Him, so today the religious leaders will excite bitterness and prejudice against the truth for this time. The people will be led to acts of violence and opposition which they would never have thought of had they not been imbued with the animosity of professed Christians against the truth. {CW 58.2}

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expressions, give Satan one chance to misinterpret their spirit. {CW 58.3}

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No Railing Accusation.--As a people, we must stand as did the world's Redeemer. When in controversy with Satan in regard to the body of Moses, Christ durst not bring against him a railing accusation. He had every provocation to do this, and Satan was disappointed because he could not arouse in Christ a spirit of retaliation. Satan was ready to misinterpret everything that was done by Jesus; and the Saviour would give him no occasion, not the semblance of an excuse. He would not turn from His straightforward course of truth in order to follow the wanderings, and twistings, and turnings, and prevarications of Satan. {CW 59.1}

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We read in the prophecy of Zechariah that when Satan with all his synagogue stood up to resist the prayers of Joshua the high priest, and to resist Christ, who was about to show decided favor to Joshua, "The lord said unto Satan, The lord rebuke thee, O Satan; even the lord that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee; is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?" Zech. 3:2. {CW 59.2}

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The course of Christ in dealing even with the adversary of souls, should be an example to us in all our intercourse with others, never to bring a railing accusation against any; much less should we employ harshness or severity toward those who may be as anxious to know the right way as we are ourselves. {CW 59.3}

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except through the interpretations given by ministers and church members, and who have received traditions and fables as Bible truth. They are surprised by the presentation of truth; it is as a new revelation to them, and they cannot bear to have all the truth, in its most striking character, presented to them at the outset. All is new and strange, and wholly unlike that which they have heard from their ministers; and they are inclined to believe what the ministers have told them,--that Seventh-day Adventists are infidels, and do not believe the Bible. Let the truth be presented as it is in Jesus, line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little. {CW 59.4}

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Unkind Thrusts and Personal Allusions.-- Let not those who write for our papers make unkind thrusts and allusions that will certainly do harm, and that will hedge up the way and hinder us from doing the work that we should do in order to reach all classes, the Catholics included. It is our work to speak the truth in love, and not to mix in with the truth the unsanctified elements of the natural heart, and speak things that savor of the same spirit possessed by our enemies. All sharp thrusts will come back upon us in double measure when the power is in the hands of those who can exercise it for our injury. Over and over the message has been given to me that we are not to say one word, not to publish one sentence, especially by way of personalities, unless positively essential in vindicating the truth, that will stir up our enemies against us, and arouse their passions to a white heat. Our work will soon be

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closed up, and soon the time of trouble, such as never was, will come upon us, of which we have but little idea. {CW 60.1}

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Disqualified by Careless Statements.--The Lord wants His workers to represent Him, the great Missionary Worker. The manifestation of rashness always does harm. The proprieties essential for Christian life must be learned daily in the school of Christ. He who is careless and heedless in uttering words or in writing words for publication to be sent broadcast into the world, sending forth expressions that can never be taken back, is disqualifying himself to be entrusted with the sacred work that devolves upon Christ's followers at this time. Those who practice giving harsh thrusts, are forming habits that will strengthen by repetition, and will have to be repented of. {CW 61.1}

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We should carefully examine our ways and our spirit, and see in what manner we are doing the work given us of God, which involves the destiny of souls. The very highest obligation is resting upon us. Satan is standing ready, burning with zeal to inspire the whole confederacy of satanic agencies, that he may cause them to unite with evil men, and bring upon the believers of truth speedy and severe suffering. Every unwise word that is uttered through our brethren will be treasured up by the prince of darkness. {CW 61.2}

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against Satan a railing accusation, but said, "The lord rebuke thee"? Jude 9. {CW 61.3}

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It will be impossible for us to avoid difficulties and suffering. Jesus said, "Woe unto the world because of offenses! for it must needs be that offenses come; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!" Matt. 18:7. But because offense will come, we should be careful not to stir up the natural temperament of those who love not the truth, by unwise words, and by the manifestation of an unkind spirit. {CW 62.1}

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Present Truth Without Censure.--Precious truth must be presented in its native force. The deceptive errors that are widespread, and that are leading the world captive, are to be unveiled. Every effort possible is being made to ensnare souls with subtle reasonings, to turn them from the truth to fables, and to prepare them to be deceived by strong delusions. But while these deceived souls turn from the truth to error, do not speak to them one word of censure. Seek to show these poor, deluded souls their danger, and to reveal to them how grievous is their course of action toward Jesus christ; but let it all be done in pitying tenderness. By a proper manner of labor some of the souls who are ensnared by Satan may be recovered from his power. But do not blame and condemn them. To ridicule the position held by those who are in error, will not open their blind eyes, nor attract them to the truth. {CW 62.2}

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how to turn his weapons upon those who use them. Jesus spoke only words of pure truth and righteousness. {CW 62.3}

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If ever a people needed to walk in humility before God, it is His church, His chosen ones in this generation. We all need to bewail the dullness of our intellectual faculties, the lack of appreciation of our privileges and opportunities. We have nothing whereof to boast. We grieve the lord Jesus christ by our harshness, by our unchristlike thrusts. We need to become complete in Him. {CW 63.1}

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Thrusts at the Catholics.--It is true that we are commanded to "cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show My people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins." Isa. 58:1. This message must be given, but while it must be given, we should be careful not to thrust and crowd and condemn those who have not the light that we have. We should not go out of our way to make hard thrusts at the Catholics. Among the Catholics there are many who are most conscientious Christians, and who walk in all the light that shines upon them, and God will work in their behalf. Those who have had great privileges and opportunities, and who have failed to improve their physical, mental, and moral powers, but who have lived to please themselves, and have refused to bear their responsibility, are in greater danger and in greater condemnation before God than those who are in error upon doctrinal points, yet who seek to live to do good to others. Do not censure others; do not condemn them. {CW 63.2}

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and false excuses, to bring us into a perverse state of mind and heart, so that we shall not know the ways and will of God, we shall be far more guilty than the open sinner. We need to be very cautious in order that we may not condemn those who, before God, are less guilty than ourselves. {CW 63.3}

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Let everyone bear in mind that we are in no case to invite persecution. We are not to use harsh and cutting words. Keep them out of every article written, drop them out of every address given. Let the word of God do the cutting, the rebuking: let finite men hide and abide in Jesus christ. Let the spirit of Christ appear. Let all be guarded in their words, lest they place those not of our faith in deadly opposition against us, and give Satan an opportunity to use the unadvised words to hedge up our way. {CW 64.1}

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There is to be a time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation. Our work is to study to weed out of all our discourses everything that savors of retaliation and defiance and making a drive against churches and individuals, because this is not Christ's way and method.--Testimonies, Vol. 9, pp. 239-244. (1909.) {CW 64.2}

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Regarding the Catholics.--Brethren, I feel hurt when I see that so many decided thrusts are made against the Catholics. Preach the truth, but restrain the words which show a harsh spirit; for such words cannot help or enlighten anyone. The Echo is a paper that should be circulated largely. Do not do anything that would hinder its sale. There is no reason why it should not be as a light shining in a dark place. But for Christ's sake heed the admonitions

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which have been given in regard to making scathing remarks about the Catholics. Many Catholics read the Echo, and among the number there are honest souls who will accept the truth. But there is such a thing as shutting the door in their faces as they are about to enter. Put more cheering testimonies of thanksgiving into the Echo. Do not hedge up its way, and prevent it from going to all parts of the world by making it a medium for hard expressions. Satan rejoices when one word of bitterness is found on its pages.--Letter 20, 1896. {CW 64.3}

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Less to Say.--There is need of a much closer study of the word of God; especially should Daniel and the Revelation have attention as never before in the history of our work. We may have less to say in some lines, in regard to the Roman power and the papacy, but we should call attention to what the prophets and apostles have written under the inspiration of the Spirit of God. The holy spirithas so shaped matters, both in the giving of the prophecy, and in the events portrayed, as to teach that the human agent is to be kept out of sight, hid in Christ, and the lord God of heaven and His law are to be exalted.--Letter 57, 1896. {CW 65.1}

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No Condemnatory Articles.--The light which I have to give to our people is, Let no condemnatory speeches be printed in our papers. A large number of precious souls are groping in darkness, yet longing and weeping and praying for light. Thus it is in churches everywhere.--Manuscript 46, 1900. {CW 65.2}

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No Gall.--Every article you write may be all truth, but one drop of gall in it will be poison to the

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reader. One reader will discard all your good and acceptable words because of that drop of poison. Another will feed on the poison, for he loves such harsh words.--Letter 91, 1899. {CW 65.3}

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Facing Readers in Judgment.--My attention has been called to your articles in our papers in reference to the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. In the work of temperance all church members are supposed to stand upon the platform of union. Your putting on the appearance of antagonism is natural to you, but it is not after the order of Christ. You are building up barricades that should not be made to appear. After reading your articles, will those who know not what our faith is feel inclined to make an attempt to unite with us? The tone of your articles savors of pharisaism. The man who expects to enlighten a deceived people must come near to them and labor for them in love. He must become a center of holy influences. . . . {CW 66.1}

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The ideas expressed in your articles savor so strongly of antagonism that you will do harm, more than you can possibly conceive. Remember that if by the injudicious use of your pen you close the door to even one soul, that soul will confront you in the judgment. O, how much has been said that has turned souls to bitterness and gall against the truth. Words that should have been a savor of life unto life have been made a savor of death unto death by the spirit which accompanied them.--Letter 17, 1900. {CW 66.2}

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thrusts in our periodicals. This attitude is misleading, We are to be "not easily provoked." We are to remember that by our spiritual attitude we are to show that we are feeding on Christ, the bread of life. By our words, our tempers, and our works, we may testify to those with whom we come in contact, that the Spirit of Christ dwells in us.--Manuscript 46, 1898. {CW 66.3}

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Chap. 9 - Attitude to Civil Authorities

Bring No Attack.--By some of our brethren many things have been spoken and written that are interpreted as expressing antagonism to government and law. It is a mistake thus to lay ourselves open to misunderstanding. It is not wise to find fault continually with what is done by the rulers of government. It is not our work to attack individuals or institutions. We should exercise great care lest we be understood as putting ourselves in opposition to the civil authorities. It is true that our warfare is aggressive, but our weapons are to be those found in a plain "Thus saith the lord." Our work is to prepare a people to stand in the great day of God. We should not be turned aside to lines that will encourage controversy, or arouse antagonism in those not of our faith. {CW 68.1}

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We should not work in a manner that will mark us out as seeming to advocate treason. We should weed out from our writings and utterances every expression, that, taken by itself, could be so misrepresented as to make it appear antagonistic to law and order. Everything should be carefully considered, lest we place ourselves on record as encouraging disloyalty to our country and its laws. We are not required to

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defy authorities. There will come a time when, because of our advocacy of Bible truth, we shall be treated as traitors; but let not this time be hastened by unadvised movements that stir up animosity and strife. {CW 68.2}

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Condemned by Our Own Words.--The time will come when unguarded expressions of a denunciatory character, that have been carelessly spoken or written by our brethren, will be used by our enemies to condemn us. These will not be used merely to condemn those who made the statements, but will be charged upon the whole body of Adventists. Our accusers will say that on such and such a day one of our responsible men said thus and so against the administration of the laws of this government. Many will be astonished to see how many things have been cherished and remembered that will give point to the arguments of our adversaries. Many will be surprised to hear their own words strained into a meaning that they did not intend them to have. Then let our workers be careful to speak guardedly at all times and under all circumstances. Let all beware lest by reckless expressions they bring on a time of trouble before the great crisis which is to try men's souls. {CW 69.1}

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Charges against Authorities and Powers.-- The less we make direct charges against authorities and powers, the greater work we shall be able to accomplish, both in America and in foreign countries. Foreign nations will follow the example of the United States. Though she leads out, yet the same crisis will come upon our people in all parts of the world.

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It is our work to magnify and exalt the law of God. The truth of God's holy word is to be made manifest. We are to hold up the scriptures as the rule of life. In all modesty, in the spirit of grace, and in the love of God, we are to point men to the fact that the lord God is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, and that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the lord. {CW 70.1}

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In the name of the lord we are to go forward, unfurling His banner, advocating His word. When the authorities command us not to do this work; when they forbid us to proclaim the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, then it will be necessary for us to say as did the apostles: "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." Acts 4:19, 20. {CW 70.2}

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The truth is to be set forth in the power of the holy spirit. This alone can make our words effective. Only through the Spirit's power will victory be gained and held. The human agent must be worked by the Spirit of God. The workers must be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. They must have divine wisdom, that nothing may be uttered which would stir up men to close our way. Through the inculcation of spiritual truth we are to prepare a people who shall be able, in meekness and fear, to give a reason for their faith before the highest authorities in our world. {CW 70.3}

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Give the lord opportunity to work through His own agents. Do not imagine that it will be possible for you to lay out plans for the future; let God be acknowledged as standing at the helm at all times and under every circumstance. He will work by means that will be suitable, and will maintain, increase, and build up His own people. {CW 70.4}

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Hasten Not the Stormy Times.-- The lord's agents should have a sanctified zeal, a zeal that is wholly under His control. Stormy times will come rapidly enough upon us, and we should take no course of our own that will hasten them. Tribulation will come of a character that will drive to God all who wish to be His, and His alone. Until tested and proved in the furnace of trial, we do not know ourselves, and it is not proper for us to measure the characters of others and to condemn those who have not yet had the light of the third angel's message. {CW 71.1}

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If we wish men to be convinced that the truth we believe sanctifies the soul and transforms the character, let us not be continually charging them with vehement accusations. In this way we shall force them to the conclusion that the doctrine we profess cannot be the Christian doctrine, since it does not make us kind, courteous, and respectful. Christianity is not manifested in pugilistic accusations and condemnation. {CW 71.2}

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unsanctified will. Some have exercised this power unscrupulously, and have caused great discomfiture to those whom the lord is using. One of the greatest curses in our world (and it is seen in churches and in society everywhere) is the love of supremacy. Men become absorbed in seeking to secure power and popularity. This spirit has manifested itself in the ranks of Sabbathkeepers, to our grief and shame. But spiritual success comes only to those who have learned meekness and lowliness in the school of Christ. {CW 71.3}

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We should remember that the world will judge us by what we appear to be. Let those who are seeking to represent Christ be careful not to exhibit inconsistent features of character. Before we come fully to the front, let us see to it that the holy spiritis poured upon us from on high. When this is the case, we shall give a decided message, but it will be of a far less condemnatory character than that which some have been giving; and all who believe will be far more earnest for the salvation of our opponents. Let God have the matter of condemning authorities and governments wholly in His own keeping. In meekness and love, let us as faithful sentinels defend the principles of truth as it is in Jesus. . . . {CW 72.1}

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Present Truth with Gentleness.--The truth should be presented with divine tact, gentleness, and tenderness. It should come from a heart that has been softened and made sympathetic. We need to have close communion with God, lest self rise up, as it did in Jehu, and we pour forth a torrent of words that are unbefitting, that are not as dew, or as the still showers that revive the withering plants. Let

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our words be gentle as we seek to win souls. God will be wisdom to him who seeks for wisdom from a divine source. . . . {CW 72.2}

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Attitude Toward Opponents.--God's plan is first to get at the heart. Speak the truth, and let Him carry forward the reformatory power and principle. Make no reference to what opponents say; but let the truth alone be advanced. The truth can cut to the quick. Plainly unfold the word in all its impressiveness.--Testimonies, Vol. 6, pp. 394-400. (1900.) {CW 73.1}Chap. 6 - Integrity of the Message

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Landmarks of Truth, Experience, and Duty.-- Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, p. 59. (1904.) {CW 52.1}

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As a people we are to stand firm on the platform of eternal truth that has withstood test and trial. We are to hold to the sure pillars of our faith. The principles of truth that God has revealed to us are our only true foundation. They have made us what we are. The lapse of time had not lessened their value.-- Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, p. 51. (1904.) {CW 52.2}

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principles, in full view of the world.--Testimonies, Vol. 6, p. 17. {CW 52.3}

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Moving a Block or Stirring a Pin.--I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was shown three steps,--the first, second, and third angels' messages. Said my accompanying angel, "Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received." I was again brought down through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict. God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. --Early Writings, pp. 258, 259. (1858.) {CW 53.1}

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The Sanctuary a Point of Special Attack.-- In the future, deception of every kind is to arise, and we want solid ground for our feet. We want solid pillars for the building. Not one pin is to be removed from that which the lord has established. The enemy will bring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith. Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the lord has been giving for the last fifty years?-- Review and Herald, May 25, 1905. {CW 53.2}

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wonderful representations of God and the ministry of Christ for our salvation into something that suits the carnal mind. He removes its presiding power from the hearts of believers, and supplies its place with fantastic theories invented to make void the truths of the atonement, and destroy our confidence in the doctrines which we have held sacred since the third angel's message was first given. Thus he would rob us of our faith in the very message that has made us a separate people, and has given character and power to our work.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p. 17. (1905.) {CW 53.3}

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I know that the sanctuary question stands in righteousness and truth, just as we have held it for so many years. It is the enemy that leads minds off on sidetracks. He is pleased when those who know the truth become engrossed in collecting scriptures to pile around erroneous theories, which have no foundation in truth. The scriptures thus used are misapplied; they were not given to substantiate error, but to strengthen truth.--Gospel Workers, p. 303. (1915.) {CW 54.1}

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Opposition is the lot of all whom God employs to present truths specially applicable to their time. There was a present truth in the days of Luther,--a truth at that time of special importance; there is a present truth for the church today.

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He who does all things according to the counsel of His will has been pleased to place men under various circumstances and to enjoin upon them duties peculiar to the times in which they live and the conditions under which they are placed. If they would prize the light given them, broader views of truth would be opened before them. But truth is no more desired by the majority today than it was by the papists who opposed Luther. There is the same disposition to accept the theories and traditions of men instead of the word of God as in former ages. Those who present the truth for this time should not expect to be received with greater favor than were earlier reformers. The great controversy between truth and error, between Christ and Satan, is to increase in intensity to the close of this world's history. {GC 143.3}

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Said Jesus to His disciples: "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also." John 15:19, 20. And on the other hand our Lord declared plainly: "Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets." Luke 6:26. The spirit of the world is no more in harmony with the spirit of Christ today than in earlier times, and those who preach the word of God in its purity will be received with no greater favor now than then. The forms of opposition to the truth may change, the enmity may be less open because it is more subtle; but the same antagonism still exists and will be manifested to the end of time. {GC 144.1}

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Yet he did not prosecute his work without bitter opposition. As with earlier Reformers, the truths which he presented were not received with favor by popular religious teachers. As these could not maintain their position by the scriptures, they were driven to resort to the sayings and doctrines of men, to the traditions of the Fathers. But the word of God was the only testimony accepted by the preachers of the advent truth. "The Bible, and the Bible only," was their watchword. The lack of Scripture argument on the part of their opponents was supplied by ridicule and scoffing. Time, means, and talents were employed in maligning those whose

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only offense was that they looked with joy for the return of their Lord and were striving to live holy lives and to exhort others to prepare for His appearing. {GC 335.3}

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Alarmed at these visitations of divine punishment, they returned to the strict observance of all the outward forms enjoined by the sacred law. Not satisfied with this, they made burdensome additions to those ceremonies. Their pride and bigotry led them to the narrowest interpretation of the requirements of God. As time passed they gradually hedged themselves in with the traditions and customs of their ancestors, till they regarded them with all the sanctity of the original law. This confidence in themselves and their own regulations, with its attendant prejudice against all other nations, caused them to resist the Spirit of God, and separated them still farther from his favor. {ST, November 30, 1876 par. 5}

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DA290T The unbelieving Jews refused to see any except the most literal meaning in THE SAVIOUR'S WORDS.

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We need never expect that when the Lord has light for His people, Satan will stand calmly by, and make no effort to prevent them from receiving it. He will work upon minds to excite distrust and jealousy and unbelief. Let us beaware that we do not refuse the light God sends, because it does not come in a way to please us. Let not God's blessing be turned away from us because we know not the time of our visitation. If there are any who do not see and accept the light themselves, let them not stand in the way of others. Let it not be said of this highly favored people, as of the Jews when the good news of the kingdom was preached to them, "They entered not in themselves, and them that were entering in they hindered."
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Comment: There is counsel about New Light from every angle. Be Very Carefull, Stay Open, Watch out, Investigate, and many, many more.


As with everything, it all narrows down to an individual PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH our SAVIOUR for each one of us.


It made no sense, whatsoever, from A BIBLICAL STANDPOINT, for Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac. BUT, THE LORD TOLD him to do that!!! THE BIBLE SAID, NO, THE LORD'S VOICE SAID, YES!!! How could Abramham find out what to do. After all, are we not guided by Isaiah 8:20 “TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY, if they speak not according to THIS WORD, it is because there is no LIGHT in them”!!! Going by THE BIBLE, ( if they had had THE BIBLE in Abraham's day, and, they did not, rather, THE WORD was passed down by word of mouth through The Patriarchs), then, Abraham would have had his Answer. But, he could not go by THAT, he could not go by THE PASSED DOWN WORD OF GOD, "THOU SHALT NOT KILL, THOU SHALT NOT SACRIFICE THY CHILDREN", he had to go by his PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH his SAVIOUR. So, the Point is: If we are confronted with A HEAVY MESSAGE, SUCH AS THE SHEPHERD'S ROD OR ANYTHING ELSE, then, we have to have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD JESUS, by Faith THAT WORKS BY LOVE WHICH IS THE LORD JESUS WORKING IN us BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE, Philippians 2:13. In other words, we must go to our SAVIOUR with these Tough Issues, and its Best to Go To HIM about Everything, and, if necesary, "Go Up The Mountain of Faith with Abraham and Isaac", in order to get our STRAIGHT ANSWERS FROM THE LORD BY WHATEVER METHOD HE CHOOSES TO REVEAL THE ANSWERS TO Us. And, there are Several: HIS WORD, HIS SPIRIT SPEAKING TO Us, HIS DIVINE PROVIDENCE, BY SIGNS AND WONDERS, BY MIRACLES, TYPES AND ANTITYPES, NATURE, Other People, AND, AN INTERESTING ONE THAT not everyone thinks about, NAMELY, MUSIC, OR ANY OTHER METHOD HE MAY CHOOSE TO USE.


In these last days, in which we most definitely find ourselves, every wind of doctrine, is, indeed, blowing, Ephesians 4:14, and many many voices are out there, and none is without significance, 1 Corinthians 14:10. It takes Prayer and Study and More Prayer to determine TRUTH FROM Error. AND, MOST OF ALL, IT TAKES THE SPIRIT OF THE GOD OF HEAVEN, WORKING IN us, BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO OF HIS GOOD PLEASURE, and, lest we forget, it takes our full 24/7 surrender in order to discern THE TRUTH FROM the most clever deceptions, (with which, we shall ever be forced to contend), to come down the highway of life on this sin sick planet.


ONLY our PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH our SAVIOUR WILL DELIVER us IN THESE LAST DAYS. It behooves us all, now, to prepare all we possibly can, IN THE LORD, to make our calling and election sure, 2 Peter 1:10, for we shall not pass by this way again with a second chance. See Ephesians 4:5. IT IS THIS LIFETIME, OR NEVER, IN THE LORD!!!


SHALOM IN THE MIGHTY NAME OF THE LORD OF Hosts


Brother Randahl


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