Category: Politics

Monday September 24, 2012

Some time back I discovered this passage in No. 5, page 42, and thought it to be an understanding, God would that we should have, of some text. Here is the passage.

    I was shown that we have men placed over us for rulers, and laws to govern people. Were it not for these laws, the world would be in a worse condition than it is now. Some of these laws are good, and some bad. The bad have been increasing, and we are yet to be brought into straight places. But God will sustain his people in being firm, and living up to the principles of his word. Where the laws of men conflict with God’s word and law, we are to obey the word and law of God, whatever the consequences may be. The laws of our land requiring us to deliver a slave to his master, we are not to obey, and we must abide the consequences of the violation of this law. The slave is not the property of any man. God is his rightful Master, and man has no right to take God’s workmanship into his hands, and claim him as his own. p. 42, Para. 2, [5OT].

Remember that this was published in 1859, before the Civil War. Whites still “owned” blacks as slaves and God was not happy about that.

I got to doing a study on the word “escape,” and it’s various forms, and discovered this text.

Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which is escaped from his master unto thee: Deuteronomy 23:15

Wow! How humbling! Here I thought myself to be such a student of the Word and the Spirit of Prophecy, and every time I turn around, there is another item, proving that I have a long way to go. Truly the authentic Spirit of Prophecy is “not to give new light; but to impress with vividness upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed.” No. 20, pages 42 – 49.

God Bless your Study

Sabbath July 14, 2012

The slavery of the blacks to the whites in America was punished by God, through the Civil War, in part. The Advent message had it’s roots in the north-eastern portion of America. Though much of the North was generally against slavery, there were many who thought it was Ok,… even professed Advents. God had this to say about that, and the politics involved.

    There are a few in the ranks of Sabbath-keepers who sympathize with the slaveholder. When they embraced the truth, they did not leave all the errors they should have left behind them. They need a more thorough draught from the cleansing fountain of truth. Some have brought along with them their old political prejudices, which are not in harmony with the principles of the truth. They maintain that the slave is the property of the master, and should not be taken from him. They rank these slaves as cattle, and say that it is wronging the owner just as much to deprive him of his slaves, as to take away his cattle. I was shown it mattered not how much the master had paid for human flesh and souls of men; God gives him no title to human souls, and he has no right to hold them as his property. Christ died for the whole human family, whether white or black. God has made man a free moral agent, whether white or black. The institution of slavery does this away, and man exercises the power over his fellow-man which God has never granted him, and which belongs alone to God. The slave-master has dared to assume the responsibility of God over his slave, and accordingly the sins, ignorance and vice of the slave he will be accountable for. He will be called to an account for the power he exercises over the slave. The colored race are God’s property. Their Maker alone is their master, and those who have dared to chain down the body and the soul of the slave, and have kept him in degradation like the brute creation, will have their retribution. The wrath of God has slumbered, but will awake, and be poured out without mixture of mercy. p. 3, Para. 2, [9OT].
    Some have been so indiscreet, they have talked out their pro-slavery principles, which principles are not heavenborn, but proceed from the dominion of Satan. These restless spirits must talk and act in a manner to bring a reproach upon the cause of God. I will here give a copy of a letter written to Bro. A. R., of Oswego co., N. Y. p. 3, Para. 3, [9OT].
    “I was shown some things in regard to you. I saw that you was deceived in regard to yourself. You have given occasion for the enemies of our faith to blaspheme, and to reproach Sabbath-keepers. By your indiscreet course, you have closed the ears of some who would have listened to the truth. I saw that we should be as wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. You have manifested neither the wisdom of the serpent, nor the harmlessness of the dove. p. 4, Para. 1, [9OT].
    “Satan was the first great leader in rebellion. God is punishing the North, that they have so long suffered to exist the accursed sin of slavery for in the sight of heaven it is a sin of the darkest dye. God is not with the South, and he will punish them dreadfully in the end. Satan is at the bottom of all rebellion. You, I saw, Bro. R., have permitted your political principles to destroy your judgment, and your love for the truth. They are eating out true godliness from your heart. You never have looked upon slavery in the right light, and your views of this matter have thrown you on the side of the rebellion, which Satan and his host have stirred up. Your views of slavery, and the sacred, important truths for this time, cannot harmonize. You must yield your views, or the truth. Both cannot be cherished in the same heart, for they are at war with each other. p. 4, Para. 2, [9OT].
    “Satan has been stirring you up. He would not let you rest until you should express your sentiments upon the side of the powers of darkness,–strengthening the hands of the wicked whom God has cursed. You have cast your influence on the wrong side, with those whose course of life is to sow thorns, and plant misery for others. I saw you casting your influence with a degraded company,–a God-forsaken company, and angels of God fled from you in disgust. I saw you was utterly deceived. Had you followed the light God has given you; had you heeded the instructions of your brethren; had you listened to their advice, you would have saved yourself, saved the precious cause of truth, from reproach. But as you have given publicity to your sentiments, notwithstanding all the light given, it will be the duty of God’s people, unless you undo what you have done, to publicly withdraw their sympathy and fellowship from you, in order to save the impression which must go out in regard to us as a people. We must let it be known that we have no such ones in our fellowship, and will not walk with them in church capacity. p. 4, Para. 3, [9OT].
    “You have lost the sanctifying influence of the truth. You have lost your connection with the heavenly host. You have allied yourself with the first great rebel, and God’s wrath is upon you; for his sacred cause is reproached, and the truth is made disgusting to unbelievers. You have grieved God’s people, despised the counsel and advice of his ambassadors upon earth, who labor together with God, and are in Christ’s stead beseeching souls to be reconciled to God. p. 5, Para. 1, [9OT].
    “As a people, I was shown we cannot be too careful what influence we exert; and we should watch every word. When we by word or act place ourselves upon the enemy’s battleground, we drive holy angels from us, and encourage and attract evil angels in crowds around us. This you have done, Bro. R., and by your unguarded, willful course have caused unbelievers to look upon Sabbath-keepers all around you with suspicion. These words were presented before me as referring to the servants of God: ‘He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me: and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me.‘ p. 5, Para. 2, [9OT].
    “May God help you, my deceived brother, to see yourself as you are, and have your sympathies with the body.” p. 5, Para. 3, [9OT].
    Our kingdom is not of this world. We are waiting for our Lord from heaven to come to earth to put down all authority and power, and set up his everlasting kingdom. Earthly powers are shaken. We need not, and cannot, expect union among the nations of the earth. Our position in the image of Nebuchadnezzar is represented by the toes, in a divided state, and of a crumbling material, that will not hold together. Prophecy shows us that the great day of God is right upon us. It hasteth greatly. p. 6, Para. 1, [9OT].

God Bless your study

Friday July 13, 2012

Politics. It’s one of those “things” you are supposed to stay away from,… like religion. Since we deal with the other, today we deal with the one.

In the counterfeit SOP is an interesting statement I find to be quite counter to many other quotes in the counterfeit. Here is the statement.

Dear youth, what is the aim and purpose of your life? Are you ambitious for education that you may have a name and position in the world? Have you thoughts that you dare not express, that you may one day stand upon the summit of intellectual greatness; that you may sit in deliberative and legislative councils, and help to enact laws for the nation? There is nothing wrong in these aspirations. You may every one of you make your mark. You should be content with no mean attainments. Aim high, and spare no pains to reach the standard. RH, August 19, 1884 par. 3

Like all of Satan’s devices, and this being no exception, it sounds like a good thing; until examined in the light of truth. We will get to that in a moment. First, here is some interesting information from the rest of the counterfeit SOP.

This passage is used once more, before the death of Ellen, and four more times after, in various books. In the Testimonies reference to political things seems rather rare. We have touched on part of this before, here.

Elsewhere in the counterfeit, there are 43 hits on “politics” and 18 hits on “voting,” from the White Estate CD. The striking difference here, is there is little, to no, support for involvement in politics. The little comes from the temperance movement.

Here is the truth.

If L—- neglects to become acquainted with religious subjects and practical Christianity, his life will be a mistake. He should see that he needs an education in spiritual and divine things, that he may use his abilities wholly for God. The Lord calls for young men to work in his vineyard. Young men should not neglect the essential branches of education. But if they turn their entire attention to secular study, and neglect to become intelligent on the great subject of religion, and do not acquire a Christian experience, they are becoming disqualified for the work of God. p. 159, Para. 3, [26OT].
Young men should devote much time to study, but they should also unite physical labor with their mental efforts, and put in practice the knowledge they have gained. That all the faculties of the mind, and powers of the body may be equally developed by useful exercise. But they should not neglect the things necessary to salvation, nor consider them secondary to anything in this life. p. 160, Para. 2, [26OT].

Usually politics becomes rather absorbing for those who dabble in it. Satan uses anything, to distract us, take up our time, prevent us from entering the mysteries of godliness.

Bro. —-, encourage simplicity, love, forbearance, and sweet union with your brethren. But do not, oh! do not, sell everlasting life so cheaply. You will never know real happiness if you go from the truth. You will be miserable indeed. Heaven is worth making any and every sacrifice for. Break the bands of Satan. Jesus is now inviting you. Will you listen to his voice? You must take a higher stand than you have hitherto done. Make the kingdom of Heaven, and the righteousness of Christ, your first business. Live for God and Heaven, and the eternal reward will be yours at the end of the race. p. 33, Para. 3, [17OT].
The Lord will not commit to your trust any larger work until the work now before you has been seen and performed with a ready, cheerful will. Unless the heart is put into the work, it will drag heavily, whatever that work may be. The Lord tests our ability by giving us small duties to perform first. If we turn from these with dissatisfaction and murmuring, no more will be entrusted to us until we take right hold cheerfully of these small duties, and do them well; then, higher and greater responsibilities will be committed to us. p. 68, Para. 1, [17OT].
The pure element of love will expand the soul for higher attainments, for increased knowledge of divine things, so that it will not be satisfied short of the fullness. The most of professed Christians have no sense of the spiritual strength they might obtain were they as ambitious, zealous, and persevering to gain a knowledge of divine things as they are to obtain the paltry, perishable things of this life. The masses professing to be Christians have been satisfied to be spiritual dwarfs. They have no disposition to make it their highest object to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; hence, godliness is a hidden mystery to them–they cannot understand it. They know not Christ by experimental knowledge. Let men and women who are satisfied with their dwarfed, crippled condition in divine things, be suddenly transported to Heaven, and for an instant witness the high, holy state of perfection that ever abides there,–every soul filled with love; joy beaming from every countenance; the high melodious strains of enchanting music in honor of God and the Lamb; the ceaseless streams of light that flow from the face of him who sitteth upon the throne, and from the Lamb, upon the faces of his saints; and yet higher and greater joy to experience (for the more they receive and exercise the enjoyment of God, the more is their capacity increased to bear more, to rise higher in eternal, immortal enjoyment, and thus continue to receive new and greater supplies from the ceaseless sources of glory and bliss inexpressible);— and could such persons mingle with the heavenly throng, participate in their songs, and endure the high, pure, exalted, spiritual, transporting glory that emanates from God and the Lamb? Oh, no! their probation was lengthened for years that they might become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But they had a selfish business of their own to engage the powers of their minds, and the energies of their beings. They could not afford to serve God unreservedly, and make this a business. Worldly enterprises must come first, and take the best of their powers, and a transient thought is devoted to God. Are such to be transformed after the final decision, He that is holy, let him be holy still, he that is filthy, let him be filthy still? Such a time is coming. p. 88, Para. 3, [17OT].

The short of all this, is that if you become a Christian, a pilgrim and a stranger, you become an alien to this world, and it is no longer your home.
Here is what we are told to do.

 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. Jeremiah 29:7

God Bless your Study

Wednesday August 3, 2011

In America we have entered a time of peculiar peril. This is so because of the roots of this country, founded in liberty.

When you stand forth as a Christian, you are actually immigrating, as it were, to Heaven; thus we say, we are pilgrims and strangers on the earth we wander. As such we no longer take part in political matters, such as voting. God himself takes full responsibility for these matters.

    This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men. Daniel 4:17

Therefore the liberties stated in the Constitution are not mine by reason of that founding document. I have liberties granted to me by God. It is well said that liberty is also responsibility. I have a duty to follow Christ in all things. “Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” Thus we are counseled by God….

 I was shown that we have men placed over us for rulers, and laws to govern people. … Where the laws of men conflict with God’s word and law, we are to obey the word and law of God, whatever the consequences may be. The laws of our land requiring us to deliver a slave to his master, we are not to obey, and we must abide the consequences of the violation of this law. p. 42, Para. 2, [5OT].

Are you ready to be branded as a criminal?, before the TV cameras?, before the public?, before the world?

In Rochester, N. Y., Dec. 25, 1865, I was shown many things concerning the people of God in connection with the work of God for these last days. I saw that many professed Sabbath-keepers would come short of everlasting life. They fail to take warning from the course pursued by the children of Israel, and fall into some of their evil ways, which if continued in, they will fall like them, and never enter the heavenly Canaan. “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples, and are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” p. 50, Para. 3, [12OT].
Many, I saw, would fall this side of the kingdom. God is testing and proving his people, and many will not endure the test of character, the measurement of God. p. 51, Para. 1, [12OT].
I saw that many would have close work to overcome their peculiar traits of character, and be without spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, unrebukable before God and man. Many professed Sabbath-keepers will be no special benefit to the cause of God or the church, without a thorough reformation on their part. Many Sabbath-keepers are not right before God in their political views. They are not in harmony with God’s word, and are not in union with the body of Sabbath-keeping believers. Their views do not accord with the principles of our faith. Light has been given sufficient to correct all who wish to be corrected. All who still retain their erroneous political principles, which are not in accordance with the spirit of truth, are living in violation of the principles of Heaven. Therefore as long as they thus remain, they cannot possess the spirit of freedom and holiness. p. 51, Para. 2, [12OT].
Their principles and positions in political matters are a great hindrance to their spiritual advancement. They are a constant snare to them, and a reproach to our faith; and if they retain these principles they will eventually be brought into just the position the enemy would be glad to have them in, where they will finally be separated from Sabbath-keeping Christians. These brethren cannot receive the approval of Heaven while they lack sympathy for the oppressed colored race, and are at variance with the pure, republican principles of our government. Heaven has no sympathy with rebellion upon earth any more than with the rebellion in Heaven, when the great rebel questioned the foundation of God’s government in Heaven. He was thrust out, with all who sympathized with him in his rebellion. p. 51, Para. 3, [12OT].

It is not our place to “fight for liberty.” We have a job to do for God, we need to be about that job, not “fighting poverty,” “fighting crime,” and any of a thousand other “wars” (like “on drugs”) that Satan presents to you as a “good thing to do;” anything, to keep your mind distracted from doing the work God has told his people that they need to be doing.

The position of the Advent people is peculiar in that we are made the repositories of God’s last message of mercy to the world. Now remember, we are told that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,” which is entirely true, except that the SDA church has rejected the true understanding of it.

That verse was (past tense) entirely fulfilled, and the end came, right on time, October 22, 1844. That’s why we are told that the shaking has started, January 26, 1850, and, the time of trouble has begun, November 18, 1848; it is the time of the third WOE.  Now we labor to sound the warning message of the third angel, which will become a loud cry in the power of God, symbolized by the angel of Revelation 18. Soon, we expect Sunday to be made a test.

God Bless your preparation for Heaven