The Spirit of Prophecy Vindicated

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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed


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Testimony for the Church

No. 20

By Ellen G. White

STEAM PRESS of the SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST

PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION

Battle Creek, Mich.

1871

This Number

To all those who recognize the voice of God in the gift of prophecy, as manifested in connection with the cause of present truth, this number of the Testimonies will possess especial interest. p. 2, Para. 1, [20OT].


 1. "How to Conduct Meetings" is invaluable. p. 2, Para. 2, [20OT].


 2. "How Shall we Keep the Sabbath" is important. p. 2, Para. 3, [20OT].


 3. "Christians Recreation" is a subject that should be understood. This was reported as spoken before two hundred who were enjoying a season of innocent recreation beside Goguac Lake, near Battle Creek, May, 1870. p. 2, Para. 4, [20OT].


 4. The Dreams given are of thrilling interest. May the great facts they illustrate deeply impress the reader. p. 2, Para. 5, [20OT].


 5. "Camp-Meetings" are a matter of interest just now. This article sets forth the pure spirit of sacrifice, and the duty of the times. p. 2, Para. 6, [20OT].


 6. And let all read the "Address to Ministers" with especial care. This also was reported as spoken before the General Conference of 1871. p. 2, Para. 7, [20OT].


 7. We have not space to further particularize. God grant that the reader may be stirred to duty by the appeals in this work. J.W. p. 2, Para. 8, [20OT].


 How to Conduct Meetings. p. 3, Para. 1, [20OT].


NUMBER TWENTY TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH SOCIAL MEETINGS I recently received a letter from a brother whom I highly respect, making inquiries in regard to how meetings, how they should be conducted. He inquires if there should be many prayers offered in succession, and then a relief of a few moments, and quite a number of prayers again. p. 3577, Para. 1, 2, [20OT].


 From the light I have had upon the subject, I have decided that God does not require us, as we assemble for hHis worship, to make these seasons tedious and wearisome, by being obliged to remainremaining bowed quite a length of time, listening to several lengthylong prayers. Those in feeble health cannot endure this taxation without extreme weariness and exhaustion. The body isbecomes weary by remaining bowed down so long. A; and that which what is worse still, the mind becomes so wearied by the continuous exercise of prayer that no spiritual refreshment is realized, and the meeting is to them is worse than a loss. They have become wearied mentally and physically, and they have obtained no spiritual strength. p. 577, Para. 2, [2T].


 Meetings for conference and prayer should not be made tedious. All should, iIf possible, all should be prompt to the hour appointed; and if there are dilatory ones, who are half an hour or even fifteen minutes even behind the time, there should be no waiting. If there are but two present, they can claim the promise. The meeting should open at the appointed hour, if possible, be there few or many present. Formality and cold stiffness should be laid aside, and all should be prompt to duty. TUpon common occasions there should not be, upon any common occasion, prayer of more than ten minutes' duration. If any feelAfter the burdenre has been a change of prayerposition, and the exercise of singing or exhortation has relieved the sameness, then, if any feel the burden of prayer, let them pray. p. 3577, Para. 3, [20OT].


 All should feel it a Christian duty to pray short. Tell the Lord just what you want, without going all over the world. In private prayer, all have the privilege of praying as long as they desire, and of being as explicit as they please. They can pray for all their relatives and friends. The closet is the place to tell all their private difficulties, and trials, and temptations. A common meeting to worship God is not the place to open the privacies of the heart. p. 4578, Para. 1, [20OT].


 What is the object of assembling together? Is it to inform God? or, to instruct hHim by telling hHim all we know in prayer? We meet together to edify one another by a mutual n interchange of thoughts and feelings, thus making one another acquainted with our aspirations, our hopes, and gatheringto gather strength, and light, and courage, from by becoming acquainted with one another. B's hopes and aspirations; and by our earnest, heart-felt prayers, offered up in faith, we receive refreshment and vigor from the Source of our strength. These meetings should be most precious seasons, and should be made interesting to all who have any relish for religious things. p. 4578, Para. 2, [20OT].


 There are some who, I fear, who do not take their troubles to God in private prayer, but reserve them for the prayermeetingprayer meeting, and thenre do up their praying for several days in. these meetings. Such may be named social conference and prayer-meeting prayer meeting killers. They emit no light; they edify no one. Their cold, frozen prayers and lengthy long, backslidden testimonies cast a shadow. They emit no light. They edify no one. All are glad when they get through, and it is almost impossible to throw off the chill and darkness which their prayers and exhortations have brought bring into the meetings. From the light which I have received, our meetings should be spiritual and social, and not too long. Reserve, pride, vanity, and fear of man, should be left at home. Little differences and prejudices should not be taken with us to these meetings. LikeAs in a united family, simplicity, meekness, mutual confidence, and love, should exist in the hearts of brethren and sisters who meet to be refreshed and invigorated by bringing their lights together. p. 578, Para. 13, [20OT].


 "Ye are the light of the world," says the heavenly Teacher. All have not the same experience, and the same exercises in in their their religious life. But those of diverse experiencesexercises come together, and with simplicity and humbleness of mind, talk out their experience. All who are pursuing the onward Christian course should have, and will have, an experience that is living, that is new and interesting, if they are pursuing the onward Christian course. A living experience is made up of daily trials, conflicts, and temptations, strong efforts and victories, and great peace and joy gained through Jesus. A simple relation of such experiences gives light, strength, and knowledge, that will aid others in their advancement in the divine life. The worship of God should be both interesting and instructive to those who have any love for divine and heavenly things. p. 579, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Jesus, the heavenly tTeacher, when he was upon the earth, amongdid not hold Himself aloof from the children of men, did not hold himself aloof from them,; but in order to benefit them, h He came from Hheaven to earth, where they were, that the purity and holiness of hHis life might shine upon the pathway of all, and light the way to Hheaven. p. 6, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The Redeemer of the world sought to make hHis lessons of instruction plain and simple, that all might comprehend them. He generally chose the open air for hHis discourses. There were n No walls which could incloseenclose the multitude which followed hHim. B; but hHe had special reasons for choosing resorting to the groves and the seaside to give hHis lessons of instruction, for h. He could there have a commanding view of the landscape and scenery, and make use of objects and scenes with which those in humble life were familiar, to illustrate the important truths hHe made known to them. The works of God in nature, he associated wWith his His lessons of instruction. He associated the works of God made use of tin nature. The birds which were caroling forth their songs without a care, and the flowers of the valley glowing in their beauty, and the lily that reposed in its purity upon the bosom of the lake, the lofty trees, and the cultivated lands, the waving grains, the barren soil, the tree that bore no fruit, the everlasting hills, the bubbling stream, the setting sun, tinting and gilding the heavens, toheavens--all these He employed to impress hHis hearers with divine truth. He connected the works of God's finger in the heavens and upon the earth with the words of life hHe wished to impress upon their minds, that, as they should look upon the wonderful works of God in nature, hHis lessons wouldmight be fresh in their memories. p. 6579, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Christ, iIn all hHis efforts, Christ sought to make hHis teachings interesting. He knew that a tired, hungry throng could not receive spiritual benefit, and hHe did not forget their bodily needs. Upon one occasion He wrought a miracle to feed five thousand, who had gathered together to listen to the words of life which fell from hHis lips. Jesus regarded hHis surroundings, when giving hHis precious truth to the multitude. The scenery was such as would attract the eye, and awake n admiration in the breasts of the lovers of the beautiful. He could extol the wisdom of God in hHis creative works, and could bind up hHis sacred lessons by directing their minds through nature up to nature's God. p. 7580, Para. 1, [20OT].


 TheThus the landscape, the trees, the birds, the flowers of the valley, the hills, the lake, and the beautiful heavens, were associated in their minds with sacred truths, which would make them hallowed in memory, as they should look upon them after Christ's ascension to Hheaven. p. 8580, Para. 2, 1, [20OT].


 When Christ taught the people, hHe did not devote the time to prayer. He did not enforce upon them, as did the Pharisees, long, tedious ceremonies, and lengthy prayers. He taught his His disciples how to pray?: "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are;: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily, I say unto you, tThey have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray , use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do;: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them;: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask hHim. After this manner therefore pray ye." p. 8580, Para. 23, [20OT].


 Christ impressed upon hHis disciples the idea that their prayers should be short, expressing just what they wanted, and no more. He gives the length and substance of their prayers, expressing their desires for temporal and spiritual blessings, and their gratitude for the same. THow comprehensive this sample prayer, how comprehensive! It covers the actual need of all. One or two minutes is long enough for any ordinary prayer. There may be instances where prayer, is in a special manner, in indited by the Spirit of God, and where supplication is made in the Spirit. The yearning soul becomes agonized, and groans after God. The spirit wrestles as did Jacob, and will not be at rest without special manifestations of the power of God. This is as God would have it. p. 9581, Para. 1, [20OT].


 But there are many prayers offered offer prayer in a dry, sermonizing manner. These pray to men, not to God. If they were praying to God, and really understood what they were doing, they would be alarmed at their audacity; for they delivered a discourse to the Lord in the mode of prayer, as though the Creator of the universe needed special information upon general questions in relation to the things that were transpiring in the world. All such prayers are as sounding brass, and a tinkling cymbal. They are made no account of in Heaven heaven. Angels of God are wearied with them, as well as mortals who are compelled to listen to them. p. 9581, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Jesus was often found in prayer. He resorted to the lonely groves, or to the mountains, to make hHis requests known to hHis Father. When the business and cares of the day were ended, and the weary were seeking rest, Jesus devoted the time to prayer. We would not discourage prayer;, for there is far too little praying and watching thereunto. And there is still less praying with the Spirit and the understanding also. Fervent and effectual prayer is always in place, and will never weary. Such prayer interests and refreshes all who have a love for devotion. p. 10582, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Secret prayer is neglected, and this is the reason why many offer such long, tedious, backslidden prayers, when they assembled to worship God. They go over in their prayers a week of neglected duties, and pray round and round, hoping to make up for their neglect, and pacify their condemned consciences, which are scourging them. They hope to pray themselves into the favor of God. But frequently these prayers result in bringing other minds down to their own low level in spiritual darkness. If Christians would take home the teachings of Christ in regard to watching and praying, they would become more intelligent in their worship of God. p. 10582, Para. 2, [20OT].


 How Shall we Keep the Sabbath? p. 11, Para. 1, [20OT].


OW SHALL WE KEEP THE SABBATH God is merciful. His requirements are reasonable, in accordance with the goodness and benevolence of hHis character. The object of the Sabbath was that all mankind might be benefited. Man was not made to fit the Sabbath; for the Sabbath was made after the creation of man, to meet his necessities. God rested, aAfter heGod had made the world in six days. , He rested and sanctified and blessed the day upon which hHe rested from all hHis work which hHe had created and made. He set apart that special day for man to rest from his labor, and reflectthat, as he should look upon the earth beneath, and the heavens above, he might reflect that God made all these in six days, and rested upon the seventh; and that, as he should behold the tangible proofs of God's infinite wisdom, his heart might be filled with love and reverence to his Maker, as he should behold the tangible proofs of his infinite wisdom. p. 11, Para. 2, [20OTfor his Maker. p. 582, Para. 3, [2T].


 In order to keep the Sabbath holy, it is not necessary that we incloseenclose ourselves in walls, shut away from the beautiful scenes of nature, and also deprive ourselves of from the free, invigorating air of heaven. We should in no case allow burdens and business transactions to divert our minds upon the Sabbath of the Lord, which hHe has sanctified. We should not allow even our minds to dwell upon things of a worldly character even. T But the mind cannot be refreshed, enlivened, and elevated, by being confined nearly all the Sabbath hours within walls, listening to long sermons and tedious, formal prayers. The Sabbath of the Lord has beenis put to a wrong use, if thus celebrated. The object is not attained for which the Sabbathit was instituted is not attained. The Sabbath was made for man, to be a blessing to him, by calling his mind from secular labor, to contemplate the goodness and glory of God. It is necessary that the people of God assemble to talk of hHim, to interchange thoughts and ideas in regard to the truths contained in the WHis word of God, and to devote a portion of time to appropriate prayer. But these seasons, even upon the Sabbath, should not be made tedious by their length and lack of interest. p. 583, Para. 1, [2T].


 During a portion of the day, all should have an opportunity to be out of doors. p. 11, Para. 3, [20OT].


 How can the minds of children become better impressed, and receive a How can children receive a more correct knowledge of God, and their minds be better impressed, than in spending a portion of their time out of doors;, not in play, but in company with their parents? Surrounded with nature'sLet beautiful scenery, as their young minds arebe associated with God in the beautiful scenery of nature, bylet their attention beingbe called to the tokens of God's His love to man in hHis creativecreated works, their young mindsand they will be attracted and interested. They will not be in danger of associating the character of God with everything that is stern and severe. B; but as they view the beautiful things hwhich He has created for the happiness of man, they will be led to regard hHim as a tender, loving Father. They will see that hHis prohibitions and injunctions are not made merely to show hHis power and authority, but that hHe has the happiness of hHis children in view. As the character of God puts on the aspect of love, benevolence, beauty, and attraction, they are drawn to love hHim. You can direct their minds to the lovely birds making the air musical with their happy songs, to the spires of grass, and the gloriously tinted flowers in their perfection perfuming the air. All these proclaim the love and skill of the heavenly Artist, and show forth the glory of God. p. 583, Para. 2, [2T].


 Parents, why not make use of the precious lessons which God has given us in the book of nature, to give our children thea correct idea of hHis character? Those who sacrifice simplicity to fashion, and shut themselves away from the beauties of nature, cannot be spiritually minded. They cannot understand the skill and power of God as revealed in hHis creativecreated works,; therefore their hearts do not quicken and throb with new love and interest, and they are not filled with awe and reverence as they see God in nature. p. 12584, Para. 1, [20OT].


 All who love God should do what they can to make the sSabbath a delight, holy and honorable. They cannot do this by seeking their own pleasure in sinful, forbidden amusements. TYet they can do much to exalt the Sabbath in their families, and make it the most interesting day of the week. We should devote time to interestinteresting our children. A change will have a happy influence upon them. We can walk out with them in the open air. A change will have a happy influence upon them. We; we can sit with them in the groves, and in the bright sunshine, and give their restless minds something to feed upon by conversing with them upon the works of God, and can inspire them with love and reverence by calling their attention to the beautiful objects in nature. p. 584, Para. 2, [2T].


 The Sabbath should be made so interesting to our families that its weekly return will be hailed with joy. In no better way can parents exalt and honor the Sabbath than toby devisedevising means to impart proper instruction to their families, and to interest interesting them in spiritual things, giving them correct views of the character of God, and what hHe requires of us, in order to perfect Christian characters and to attain to eternal life. Parents, make the Sabbath a delight, that your children shallmay look forward to it, and have a welcome in their hearts for it. p. 14585, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Christian Recreation. p. 15, Para. 1, [20OT].


CHRISTIAN RECREATION I have been thinking what a contrast would be seen between theour gathering that we are having here today and such gatherings as they are generally conducted by unbelievers. Instead of prayer, and the mentioningmention of Christ and religious things, we should have the would be heard silly laughlaughter and the trifling conversation. Their idea object would be to have a general high time. It would commence in folly and end in vanity. We want into have these gatherings to have them so so conducted, and to so conduct ourselves, that when we can return to our homes we can havewith a conscience void of offense toward God and man; a consciousness that we have not wounded nor injured in any manner those with whom we have been associated, or had an injurious influence over them. p. 15 585, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Here is where very many fail. They do not consider that they are accountable for the influence they daily exert; that in all their associations in life, they must render an account to God for the impressions they make, and the influence they cast, in all their associations in life. If this influence is such as shall have a tendency to draw the mindminds of others away from God, and attract it them into the channel of vanity and folly, and lead persons leading them to seek for their own pleasure in amusements and foolish indulgences, they must give an account for this. And if these persons are men and women of influence, if their position is such that their example will affect others, then thea greater sin will rest upon them for neglecting to regulate their conduct by the Bible standard. p. 15585, Para. 3, [20OT].


 The occasion we are enjoying today is just according to my ideas of recreation. I have tried to give my views upon this subject, but they are better illustrated than expressed. I was here on this ground about one year since, ago when there was a gathering similar to this. Nearly everything passed off very pleasantly then, but still there were some things were objectionable. There was cConsiderable jesting and joking were indulged in by some. All were not Sabbath-keepers, and there was as an influence was manifest that was not as pleasant as we could wish. p. 16586, Para. 1, [20OT].


 But I believe that, while we are seeking to refresh our spirits and invigorate our bodies, we are required of God to use all our powers at all times to the best purpose. We may associate together as we aredo here today, and do all to the glory of God. We can, and should, conduct our recreations in such a manner that we shall be better fitted for the more successful discharge of the duties devolving upon us, and that our influence shall be more beneficial upon those with whom we associate, e. Especially should it be the case upon an occasion like this, which should be of good cheer to us all. We can return to our homes improved in mind and refreshed in body, and prepared to engage in the work anew , with better hope and better courage. p. 16586, Para. 2, [20OT].


 We are of that class who believe that it is our privilege every day of our lives to glorify God upon the earth; that we are not to live in this world merely for our own amusement, merely to please ourselves. We are here to benefit humanity, andto be a blessing to society. And if we should let our minds run in that low channel thatin which many who are seeking only vanity and folly permit their minds to run in, how cancould we be a blessing to society, a benefit to our race and generation? how can we be a blessing to society around us? We cannot innocently indulge in any amusement which will unfit us for the more faithful discharge of ordinary life duties. p. 17 587, Para. 1, [20OT].


 We want to seek the elevated and lovely. We want to direct the mind away from those things that are superficial and of no importance, and that have no solidity. What we desire is, to be gathering new strength from all that we engage in. From inall these gatherings for the purpose of recreation, from all these pleasant associations. We want from every source possible, we want to be gathering new strength to become better men and women. From every source possible we want to gather new courage, new strength, new power, that we may elevate our lives to purity and holiness, and not come down upon the low level of this world. We hear many who profess the religion of Jesus Christ speak often like this: "We must all come down upon a level." There is no such thing as Christian's coming down upon a level. As weTo embrace the truth of God and the religion of the Bible, this is not coming down, it is coming up upon a high and elevated level, a higher standpoint, where we may commune with God. p. 17587, Para. 2, [20OT].


 For this very reason Christ humiliated hhumbled Himself to humanity, and took take upon himself Him our natures, that by hHis own humiliation, and suffering, and sacrifice, h He might become a stepping-stone to fallen men, that they might climb up upon hHis merits, and that through hHis excellence and virtue receive from God an acceptance of their efforts to keep his God's law might be accepted of Him. There is no such thing here as coming down upon a level. It isWe are seeking to plant our feet upon the elevated and exalted platform of eternal truth that we are seeking to plant our feet upon. . We are seeking to bebecome more like the heavenly angels, more pure in heart, more sinless, more harmless, and undefiled. p. 18587, Para. 13, [20OT].


 We are seeking for purity and holiness of life, that we may at last be fitted for the heavenly society in the kingdom of glory; and the only means to attain this elevation of Christian character is through Jesus Christ. There is no other way for the exaltation of the human family. Some talk of the humiliation, they endure and of the sacrifice they make, because they adopt the truth of heavenly origin! Surely, this is not accepted by the world, it is not received by the unbeliever It is true that the world do not accept the truth; unbelievers do not receive it. They may talk of those that have embraced the truth and sought the Saviour, and represent them as leaving everything, and giving up everything, and making a sacrifice of everything that is worth retaining. But do not tell me this. I know better. My experience proves thisit to be otherwise. You need not tell me that we have to give up our dearest treasures, and receive no equivalent. No, indeed! That God, our Creator, who planted the beautiful Eden for our first parents, and who has planted for us the lovely trees and flowers, and provided everything that is beautiful and glorious in nature for the human race to enjoy, designed that they should enjoy it. Then do not think that God wishes us to yield up everything which it is for our happiness here to retain. All he He requires us to give us isp only that which it would not be for our good and happiness to retain. p. 18588, Para. 21, [20OT].


 That God who has planted these noble trees and clothed them with their rich foliage, andwho has given us the brilliant and beautiful shades of the flowers, and whose handy and lovely workhandiwork we see in all the realm of nature, does not design to make us unhappy; hHe does not design that we shall have no taste for, and take no pleasure in, these things. It is his His design that we shall enjoy them. It is his design that we shall and be happy in the charms of nature, which are of hHis own creating. p. 588, Para. 2, [2T].


 It is right that we should choose such places as this grove for seasons of relaxation and recreation. But while we are here, it is not to devote our attention to ourselves merely, and fritter away precious time, and engage in amusements which will encourage a disrelish for sacred things. We have not come here to indulge in jesting and joking, in thefoolish talk and senseless laugh and foolish talkinglaughter. We here behold the beauties of nature. And what then? Shall we fall down and worship them? No, indeed. But as youwe behold these works of nature, we should let yourthe mind be carried up higher, to nature's God; let it be elevated to the Creator of the universe, and then adore the Creator who has made all these beautiful things for yourour benefit, for your and happiness. p. 19 589, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Men and women willMany delight in lovely paintings; but where do the artists get their ideas of these things to put upon the canvas? From nature's beautiful scenery. Persons are and are ready to worship the talent which can produce a beautiful drawing;, but where do those who devote their lives to this work obtain their designs? From designs? where do the artists get their ideas of things to put upon canvass? From nature's beautiful scenery--from nature, only from nature; and yet these i. Individuals will devote the entire strength of their being, and will bestow all their affections , upon their tastes in this direction. Yet art can never attain the perfection seen in nature. Many withdraw their minds from the beauties and glories of nature that our Creator has prepared for them to enjoy, and devote all the powers of their being to perfection of art; yet all these things are only imperfect copies from nature. Art can never attain the perfection seen in nature. p. 589, Para. 2, [2T].


 The Maker of all these beautiful things of nature is forgotten. I have seen many who would go into ecstacies ecstasies over a picture of a sunset; but, while at the same time they could have the privilege of seeing an actual and glorious sunset almost every evening in the year. They can see the beautiful tints within which nature's Master and invisible Master Artist, has with divine skill, has painted glorious scenes on the shifting canvascanvass of the heavens, and yet they carelessly turn from the heavenly-wroughtHeaven-wrought picture to paintings of art, traced by imperfect fingers, and they will almost fall down and worship them. What is the reason of all this? It is because the enemy is almost constantly seeking to divert the mind from God. But wWhen youwe present God, and the religion of Jesus Christ, will they receive them? No, indeed. They cannot accept of Christ. What! they make the sacrifice they would have to make to receive hHim? Not at all.! But what is required? Simply their heart's holiestbest and best holiest affections for Him who left the glory of the Father and came down to die for a race of rebels. He left hHis riches, hHis majesty, and hHis high command, and took upon himself Himself our nature, that hHe might make a way of escape--to do what? to humiliate you? to degrade you? No, indeed. To make a way of escape for you from hopeless misery, and to elevate you at last to hHis own right hand in hHis kingdom at last. . For this, the great, the immense, sacrifice was made. And who can realize this great sacrifice? Who can appreciate it? None but those who understand the mystery of godliness, who have tasted the powers of the world to come, who have draunk from the cup of salvation that has been presented to us. This cup of salvation the Lord offers us, while with his His own lips hHe drained, in our stead, the bitter cup which our own sins had prepared, and which was apportioned for us to drink. Yet we talk as though Christ, who has made such a sacrifice, and manifested such love for us, would deprive us of everything that is worth having. p. 20589, Para. 13, [20OT].


 ButOf what good would hHe deprive us of? He would deprive us of the privilege of giving up to the natural passions of the carnal heart. We cannot get angry just when we please, and retain a clear conscience and the approval of God. BurBut are are we not willing to give this up? Will the indulgence of corrupt passions make us any happier? It is because it will not, that there are restrictions are laid upon us in this respect. It will not add to our enjoyment to get angry, and cultivate a perverse temper. It is not for our happiness to follow the leadings of the natural heart. WillAnd shall we be made better to indulge by indulging them? No. T; they will cast a shadow in our households, and will throw a pall over our happiness when indulged in. Giving way to your ownthe natural appetites will only injure yourthe constitution, and tear yourthe system to pieces. Therefore God would have you us restrict your the appetite, have control over yourthe passions, and hold in subjection the entire man. And hHe has promised to give youus strength if youwe will engage in this work. p. 22590, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The sin of Adam and Eve caused a fearful separation between God and man. And here Christ steps in between fallen man and God, and says to man, : "You may yet come to the Father; there is a plan devised through which God can be reconciled to man, and man to God; and through a mediator you can approach God." And here hnow He stands to mediate for you. He is the great High Priest who is pleading in your behalf; and it is for you are to come and present your case to the Father through Jesus Christ. Thus you can find access to God; and ifthough you sin, your case is not hopeless. "And iIf any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." p. 23 591, Para. 1, [20OT].


 I thank God that we have a Saviour. And there is no other way whereby men and womenwe can be exalted, except through Jesus Christ. Then let no one think that it is a great humiliation on his part to accept of Jesus Christ; for when we take that step, we take hold of the golden cord that links finite man with the infinite God; we take the first step toward true exaltation; we take hold of the golden cord that links finite man with the infinite God, and elevates us, that we may be fitted for the society of pure and heavenly angels in the kingdom of glory. p. 23591, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Be not discouraged; be not faint-hearted. Although you may have temptations;, although you may be beset by the wily foe;, yet, if you have the fear of God before you, angels that excel in strength will be sent to your help, and you can be more than a match for the powers of darkness. Jesus lives. He has died to make a way of escape for the fallen race; , and hHe lives today to make intercession for us, that we may be exalted to hHis own right hand. Have hopeHope in God. The world is traveling the broad way; and as you travel in the narrow way, and have to contend with principalities and powers, and to contend with, and meet the opposition of foes to meet, remember that there is provision has been made for you. Help has been laid upon One that is mighty;, and through hHim you can conquer. p. 24591, Para. 13, [20OT].


 Come out from among them, and be separate, says Godsaith the Lord, and I will receive you, and ye shall be sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. What a promise is this! It is a pledge to you that you shall become members of the royal family, heirs of the heavenly kingdom. If a person is honored by, or becomes connected with, any of the monarchs of earth, how it goes the rounds of the periodicals of the day, and excites the envy of those who do not think themselves soless fortunate. But here is One who is kKing over all, the monarch of the universe, the oOriginator of every good thing; and hHe says to us,: I will make you mMy sons and daughters; I will unite you to mMyself; you shall become members of the royal family, and children of the heavenly King. p. 24592, Para. 21, [20OT].


 And then sSays Paul,: "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord God." Why should we not do this, when we have such an inducement, the privilege of becoming children of the mMost high God High, the privilege of calling the God of Heaven heaven our father Father? Is not that enough? And do you call this depriving you of everything that is worth having? Is this the giving up everything that is worth possessing? Let me be united to God and his holy angels, for this is my highest ambition. You may have all the possessions of this world; but I must have Jesus; I must have a right to the immortal inheritance, the eternal substance. Let me enjoy the beauties of the kingdom of God. Let me delight in the paintings which hHis own fingers have colored. I may enjoy them. You may enjoy them. But we We may not worship them. B, but through them we may be directed to Him, and behold hHis glory who has made all these things for our enjoyment. p. 25 592, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Again I would say,: Be of good courage. Trust in the Lord. Let Do not let the enemy rob you of the promises. If you have separated yourselves from the world, God has said that hHe will be your fFather, and you shall be hHis sons and daughters. Is not that enough? What greater inducement could be presented before you? Is there any great object in being a butterfly, and having no substance noror aim in life? Oh! let me stand on the platform of eternal truth. Give me immortal worth. Let me grasp the golden chain that is let down from Hheaven to earth, and let it draw me up to God and glory. This is my ambition. T; this is my aim. If others have no higher object than to dress up with bows and ribbons, and fantastic things here, if they can delight in outward display and satisfy their souls with itbows and ribbons and fantastic things, let them enjoy itthese. But let me have the inward adorning. Let me be clothed with that meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. And I recommend it to you, young gentlemen and ladies and young men, for it is more precious in hHis sight than the gold of Ophir. It is this which makes a man more precious than fine gold, even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir. Just so with you, m My sisters, and you, young people;, it will make you more precious in the sight of Heaven than fine gold, yea, than the golden wedge of Ophir. I recommend to you, Jesus, my blessed Saviour. I adore hHim.; I magnify him Him. Oh!, that I had an immortal tongue, that I could praise him Him as I desire;! that I could stand before the assembled universe and speak in praise of his His matchless charms! p. 593, Para. 1, [2T].


 And while I adore and magnify hHim, I want you to magnify him Him with me. p. 26, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Praise the Lord, even when you fall into darkness. Praise him Him even in temptation. "Rejoice in the Lord always," says the apostle:; "and again I say, Rejoice." Will that bring gloom and darkness and gloom into your families? No, indeed; it will bring a sunbeam. ItYou will be the gathering ofus gather rays of eternal light from the throne of glory, and scatteringscatter them around you. Let me exhort you to engage in this work, scatter this light and life around you, not only in your own path, but in the paths of othersthose with whom you associate. Let it be your object to make those around you better;, to elevate them;, to point them to Hheaven and glory, and lead them to seek, above all earthly things, the eternal substance, the immortal inheritance, and the riches which are imperishable. p. 27593, Para. 12, [20OT].


 An Impressive Dream. p. 28, Para. 1, [20OT].


N IMPRESSIVE DREAM While at Battle Creek, in August, 1868, I dreamed of being with a large body of people. A portion of this assembly started out prepared to journey. We had heavily loaded wagons. As we journeyed, the road seemed to ascend. On one side of this road was a deep precipice. O; on the other side was a high, smooth, white, smooth wall, like the hard finish upon plastered rooms. p. 28594, Para. 21, [20OT].


 As we journeyed on, the road grew narrower and steeper. In Ssome places in the roadit seemed so very narrow, so much so that we concluded that we could travel no longer travel with the loaded wagons. We then loosed them from the horses, and took a portion of the luggage from the wagons and placed it upon the horses, and journeyed on horseback. p. 28594, Para. 32, [20OT].


 As we progressed, the path still continued to grow narrow. We were obliged to press close to the wall, in order to save ourselves from falling off the narrow road, down the deep steep precipice. In doingAs we did this, the luggage on the horses pressed against the wall, and caused us to sway toward the precipice. We feared that we should fall, and be dashed in pieces on the rocks. We then cut the luggage from the horses, whichand it fell over the precipice. We continued, on horseback, greatly fearing, as we came to the narrower places in the road, that we should lose our balance, and fall. At such times, a hand seemed to take the bridle and guide us over the perilous way. p. 594, Para. 3, [2T].


 As the path grew more narrow, we decided that we could go no longer go with safety on horseback with safety, and we left the horses and went on foot, in single file, one following in the footsteps of another. p. 28, Para. 4, [20OT].


 At this point, small cords were let down from the top of the pure white wall, which; these we eagerly grasped, to aid us in keeping our balance upon the path. As we traveled, the cord moved along with us. The path finally became so narrow that we concluded we concluded that we could travel more safely without our shoes, so we slipped them from our feet and went on some distance without them. Soon it was decided that we could travel more safely without our shoes; so we slipped them from our feet, and went on some distance without them. Soon it was decided that we could travel more safely without our stockings; these were removed, and we journeyed on with bare feet. p. 29595, Para. 1, [20OT].


 We then thought of those who had not accustomed themselves to privations and hardships. Where were such now? They were not in the company. At every change, some were left behind, and those only remained who had accustomed themselves to endure hardships. The privations of the way only made these more eager to press on to the end. p. 595, Para. 2, [2T].


 Our danger of falling from the pathway increased. We pressed close to the white wall, yet could not place our feet fully upon the path, for it was too narrow. p. 29, Para. 2, [20OT].


 We then suspended nearly our whole weight upon the cords, and would exclaim,exclaiming: "We have hold from above! We have hold from above!" The same words were uttered by all the company in the narrow pathway. As we heard the sounds of mirth and revelry and mirth that seemed to come from the abyss below, we shuddered. We heard the profane oath, the vulgar jest, and low, vile songs. We heard the war songs and the dance songs. We heard instrumental music, and the loud laughlaughter, mingled with cursing and cries of anguish and bitter wailing, and were more anxious than ever to keep upon the narrow, difficult pathway. p. 29, Para. 3, [20OT].


 Much of the time we were compelled to suspend our whole weight upon the cords. And these, which increased in size as we progressed. p. 30595, Para. 13, [20OT].


 I noticed that the beautiful white wall was stained with blood. It caused a feeling of regret to see the wall thus stained. This feeling, however, lasted but for a moment, as I soon thought that it was all as it should be. Those who are following after will know that others have passed the narrow, difficult way before them, and will conclude that if others were able to pursue their onward course, they can do the same. And as the blood shouldshall be pressed from their aching feet, they wouldwill not faint with discouragement; but, seeing the blood upon the wall, they wouldwill know that others hadve endured the same pain. p. 30596, Para. 21, [20OT].


 At length, we came to a large chasm, at which our path ended. There was nothing now to guide the feet, nothing upon which to rest them. Our whole reliance must be upon the cords, which had increased in size, until they were as large as our bodies. Here we were for a time thrown into perplexity and distressed. We inquired in fearful whispers,: "To what is the cord attached?" p. 31, Para. 1, [20OT].


 My husband was just before me. The lLarge drops of sweat were falling from his brow. T, the veins in his neck and temples were increased to double their usual size, and suppressed, agonizing groans came from his lips. The sweat was dropping from my face, and I felt such anguish as I had never felt before. A fearful struggle was before us. IfShould we fail here, all the difficulties of our journey had been experienced for naought. p. 596, Para. 2, [2T].


 Before us, on the other side of the chasm, was a beautiful field of green grass, about six inches high. I could not see the sun,; but bright, soft beams of light, resembling fine gold and silver, were resting onupon this field. Nothing I had seen upon earth could compare in beauty and glory with this field. p. 31, Para. 2, [20OT].


 But could we succeed in reaching it? was the anxious inquiry. Should the cord break, we must perish. Again, in whispered anguish, the words were breathed,: "What holds the cord?" For a moment we hesitated to venture. Then we exclaimed,: "Our only hope is to trust wholly to the cord. It has been our dependence all the difficult way. It will not fail us now." Still we were hesitating and distressed. The words were then spoken,: "God holds the cord. We need not fear." These words were then repeated by those behind us, accompanied with,: "He will not fail us now. He has brought us thus far in safety." p. 31596, Para. 3, [20OT].


 My husband then swung himself over the fearful abyss into the beautiful field beyond. I immediately followed. And , oh, what a sense of relief and gratitude to God we felt! I heard voices raised in triumphant praise to God. I was happy, perfectly happy. p. 32597, Para. 1, [20OT].


 I awoke, and found that from the anxiety I had experienced in passing over the difficult route, every nerve in my body seemed to be in a tremor. This dream needs no comment. It made such an impression upon my mind that probably every item in it will be vivid before me while my memory shall continue. p. 32597, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Camp-Meetings. p. 32, Para. 3, [20OT].


OUR CAMP MEETINGS There can be no influence so detrimental to a campmeetingcamp meeting, or any other gathering for religious worship, as much visiting and careless conversation. Frequently men and women assemble in companies, and engage in conversation upon common subjects, which do not relate to the meeting. Some have brought their farms with them, and others theirhave brought their houses, and are laying their plans for building. Some are dissecting the characters of others, and have no time or disposition to search their own hearts, to discover the defects in their own characters, that they may correct their wrongs, and perfect holiness in the fear of God. If all who profess to be followers of Christ, would improve the time out of meeting in conversing upon the truth, in dwelling upon the Christian's hope, in searching their own hearts, and in earnest prayer before God, pleading for hHis blessing, there would be a much greater work would be accomplished than we have yet seen. Unbelievers, who falsely accuse those who believe the truth, would be convinced, because " of their "good conversation in Christ." The Our words and actions are the fruit which we bear:; "Wwherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." p. 32597, Para. 43, [20OT].


 God gave direction to the Israelites to assemble before hHim at set periods in the place which hHe should choose, and observe special days, at set periods, wherein no unnecessary work was to be done;, but the time was to be devoted to a consideration of the blessings of Godwhich He had bestowed upon them. At these special seasons they were to bring gifts, freewill offerings, and thank-offerings, unto the Lord, according as the Lord had blessed them. They were directed to rejoice--thethe man-servant and maid-servant, the stranger, the fatherless and widow--thatwidow--all were directed to rejoice that God had by hHis own wonderful power brought them from servile bondage to the enjoyment of freedom. And they were commanded not to appear before the Lord emptyemptyhanded. They were to bring tokens of their gratitude to God for hHis continual mercies and blessings bestowed upon them. These them; they were to bring gifts, freewill offerings and thank offerings unto the Lord, as He had blessed them. These offerings were varied according to the donor's estimate of which the donors placed upon the blessings they were which he was privileged to enjoy. Thus the characters of the people were plainly developed. Those who placed a high value upon the blessings which God bestowed upon them, brought offerings in accordance with their this appreciation of hHis blessings. Those whose moral powers were stupefied and benumbed by selfishness and idolatrous love of the favors received, rather than of inspired by fervent love for their bountiful Benefactor, brought meager offerings. Thus their hearts were revealed. Besides these special religious feast-daysfeast days of gladness and rejoicing, the yearly pPassover was to be commemorated by the Jewish nation. The Lord covenanted that, if they were faithful in the observance of hHis requirements, hHe would bless them in all their increase, and in all the works of their hands. p. 33598, Para. 1, [20OT].


 God requires no less of hHis people in these last days, in sacrifices and offerings, than hHe did of the Jewish nation. Those whom GodHe has blessed with a competency, alsoand even the widow and the fatherless, should not be unmindful of hHis blessings. Especially should those whom hHe has prospered render to GodHim the things that are God'sHis. They should appear before hHim with a spirit of self-sacrifice, and bring their offerings in accordance with the blessings hHe has bestowed upon them. But many whom God prospers manifest base ingratitude to hHim. If hHis blessings rest upon them, and hHe increases their substance, they makeuse these bounties as cords to bind them to the love of their possessions; and they allow worldly business to take possession of their affections, and of their entire being, and neglect devotion and religious privileges. They cannot afford to leave their business cares, and come before God, even once a year. They turn the blessings of God into a curse. They serve by serving their own temporal interests, at to the neglect of hHis requirements. p. 34599, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Men with theirwho possess thousands remain at home, year after year, engrossed in their worldly cares and interests, and feel that they cannot afford to make the small sacrifice of attending the yearly gatherings to worship God. He has blessed them in basket and in store, and surrounded them with hHis benefits on the right hand and on the left; yet they withhold from GodHim the small offerings hwhich He has required s of them. They love to serve themselves. Their souls will be like the unrefreshed desert, without the dew and or rain of heaven. The Lord has brought to them the precious blessing of hHis grace.; He has delivered them from the slavery of sin, and the bondage of error, and has opened to their darkened understandings the glorious light of present truth. And shall these evidences of God'sHis love and mercy call forth no gratitude in return? Will those who profess to believe that the end of all things is at hand be blind to their own spiritual interests, and live for this world and this life alone? Do they expect their eternal interest will to take care of itself? SThey cannot obtain spiritual strength will not come without an effort on their part. p. 35 599, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Many who profess to be looking for the appearing of our Lord, are anxious, burdened gain-seekersseekers for this worldworldly gain. They are blind to their eternal interest. They labor for that which satisfieth not. T; they spend their money for that which is not bread. They strive to content themselves with the treasures they have laid up upon the earth, which must perish. A, and they neglect the preparation for eternity, which should be the first and only real work of their lives. p. 36600, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Let us all who possibly can, attend these yearly gatherings. All should feel that God requires this of them. If they do not avail themselves of the privileges Godwhich He has provided for them to become strong in hHim, and in the power of hHis grace, they will grow weaker and weaker, and have less and less desire to consecrate all to hHim. Come, brethren and sisters, to these sacred convocation meetings, to find Jesus. He will come up to the feast.; He will be present, and he will do for you that which you need most to have done. Your farms should not be considered of greater value than the higher interests of the soul. All the treasures you possess, be they ever so valuable, would not be rich enough to buy you peace and hope, which would be infinite gain, if it at the cost youof all you have, and the toils and sufferings of a lifetime. To have aA strong, clear sense of eternal things, and a heart of willing obedience to yield all to Christ, are blessings of more value than all the riches, and pleasures, and glories, of this world. p. 36 600, Para. 2, [20OT].


 These camp-meetings are of importance. They cost something. The servants of God are wearing out their lives to help the people, while many of them appear as if they did not want help. For fear of losing a little of this world's gain, some let these precious privileges come and go, as though they were of but very little importance. Let all who profess to believe the truth, respect every privilege that God offers them to obtain clearer views of hHis truth, and his His requirements, and the necessary preparation for hHis coming. A calm, cheerful, and obedient, trust in God is what he He requires. p. 37601, Para. 1, [20OT].


 You need not weary yourselves with busy anxieties and needless cares. Work on for the day, faithfully doing the work which God's providence assigns you, and hHe will have a care for you. Jesus will deepen and widen your blessings. You must make efforts if you have salvation at last. Come to these meetings prepared to work. Leave your home cares, and come to find Jesus, and hHe will be found of you. Come with your offerings as God has blessed you. Show your gratitude to your Creator, the gGiver of all your benefits, by a free-will offering. Let none who are able to give come empty-handed. "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mMine house, and prove mMe now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of Hheaven, and pour you out a blessing, that their there shall not be room enough to receive it." p. 38601, Para. 12, [20OT].


 The objects of camp-meetings are a campmeeting is to lead all to separate from business cares, and burdens, and devote a few days of time exclusively to seeking the Lord. The timeWe should be occupied occupy the time in self-examination, close searching of heart, and penitential confession of sins, and renewing our vows to the mMost hHigh God. If any come to these meetings for less worthy objects, we hope the character of the meetings will be such as to bring their minds of all to the proper objects of the meetings. p. 38601, Para. 23, [20OT].


 Some are sufferers through extra labor in preparing for camp-meeting. They are liberal-souledliberal souled people, and want nothing done with stinginess. Some make large provisions; and are thoroughly wearied out when they come to the meeting, and as soon as they are released from the pressure of work, exhausted nature causes them to feel that she has been abused. Some of these persons may never have attended a camp-meeting before, and are not informed in regard to what preparations they are required to make. They lose some of the precious meetings they had purposed to attend. Now these make a mistake in making so largegreat preparation. Nothing should be cooked, or taken to the camp-meeting, unless it becampmeeting except the most healthful articles, cooked in a simple manner, free from all spices and grease. p. 39601, Para. 14, [20OT].


 I am well convinced that none need to make themselves sick preparing for camp-meeting, if they observe the laws of health in their cooking. If they make no cake, or pies, but cook simple graham bread, and depend on fruit, canned or dried, they need not get sick in preparing for the meeting, and they need not be sick while at the meeting. None should go through the entire meeting without some warm food. There are always cook-stoves upon the ground, where this may be obtained. p. 39602, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Brethren and sisters must not be sick upon the encampment. If they clothe themselves properly in the chill of morning, and at night, and are particular to vary their clothing according to the changing weather, so as to preserve proper circulation, and strictly observe regularity in sleeping, and in eating of simple food, and eattaking nothing between meals, they need not be sick. They may be well during the meeting, their minds may be clear and be able to appreciate, with clear minds, the truth, and they may return to their homes refreshed in body and spirit. Those who have been engaged in hard labor from day to day now cease their exercise,; therefore they should not eat their average amount of food. If they do, their stomachs will be overtaxed. It isWe wish to have the brain power we wish to be especially vigorous at these meetings, and in the most healthy condition to hear the truth, and to appreciate it, and to retain it, that all may practice it after their return from the meeting. If the stomach is burdened with too much food, even of a simple character, the brain force will be is called to the aid of the digestive organs. There is a benumbed sensation experienced upon the brain. ThereIt is an almost impossibility of keeping impossible to keep the eyes open. The very truths which should be heard, understood, and practiced, by them, they lose are entirely lost through indisposition, or because the brain is almost paralyzed in consequence of the amount of food taken into the stomacheaten. p. 40602, Para. 12, [20OT].


 I would recommendadvise all to take something warm into the stomach, every morning at least. You can do this without much labor. You can make graham gruel. If the graham meal flour is too coarse, you can sift it. W, and while the gruel is hot, you can add milk. This will make a most palatable and healthful dish for the camp-ground. And if your bread is dry, you can crumb it into your the gruel, and it will be enjoyed. I do not approve of eating much cold food, for the reason that the vitality must be drawn from the system to warm the food until it becomes of the same temperature as the stomach before the work of digestion can be carried on. p. 41, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Another very simple yet wholesome dish, is beans boiled and or baked. ADilute a portion of them may be diluted with water, add milk or cream, and make a broth; the bread can be used the same as in the graham gruel. p. 41603, Para. 21, [20OT].


 I am gratified to see the progress that many have made in the health reform, yet am sorry to see so many behind. If any become sick upon our encampments, inquiry should be made as to the cause, and note should be taken of the case. I am not willing that the reputation of our camp-meetings shall campmeetings should suffer by their being reported as the cause of making people sick. These meetings can be made a blessing to the bodily health, as well as to increase the health of the soul, if a sick. If a proper course be pursued at these important gatherings, they can be made a blessing to the bodily health as well as to the health of the soul. p. 41603, Para. 32, [20OT].


 A Solemn Dream. p. 42, Para. 1, [20OT].


SOLEMN DREAM TOn the night of April 30, 1871, I retired to rest much depressed in spirits. For three months I had been in a state of great discouragement for three months. I had prayed frequently prayed in anguish of spirit for relief. I had implored for help and strength from God, that I might rise above the heavy discouragements that were paralyzing my faith and hope, and unfitting me for usefulness. That night I had a dream which made a very happy impression upon my mind. I dreamed that I was attending an important meeting. A at which a large company were assembled. Many were bowed before God in earnest prayer, and they seemed to be burdened. They were importuning the Lord for special light. A few of the company seemed to be in agony of spirit. T; their feelings were intense. T; with tears they were crying aloud with tears for help and light. Our most prominent brethren were engaged in this most impressive scene. Bro.Brother Cornell was oneprostrated upon the floor, who was apparently in deep distress. He was prostrated upon the floor. His wife was sitting among a company of indifferent scorners. She looked as though she desired all to understand that she scorned those who were thus humiliating themselves. p. 42604, Para. 21, [20OT].


 I dreamed that the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and I arose amid the cries and prayers, and said,: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me. I feel urged to say to you that you must commence to work individually for yourselves. You are looking to God and desiring that God shouldHim to do the work for you which hHe has left for you to do. If you will do thye work for yourselves which you know that you ought to do, then God will help you when you need his help. You have left undone the very things which God has left for you to do. And yYou have been calling upon God to do your work. Had you followed the light Godwhich He has given you, then hHe would cause more light to shine upon you; but while you have neglected the counsels, and warnings, and reproofs, that have been given, how can you expect God to give you more light and blessings for youto to neglect and despise? God is not as man.; He will not be trifled with. p. 43604, Para. 12, [20OT].


 I took the precious Bible, and surrounded it with the several Testimonies tofor the cChurch, given for the people of God. Here, said I, the cases of nearly all are met. The sins they are to shun are pointed out. The counsel that they desire can be found here, which has been given for other cases situated similarly situated asto themselves. God has been pleased to give you line upon line, and precept upon precept. But there are not many of you that really know what is contained in the Testimonies. You are not familiar with the Scriptures. If you had made God's word your study, with a desire to reach the Bible standard and attain to Christian perfection, you would not have needed the Testimonies. p. 43, Para. 2, [20OT].


 It is because you have neglected to acquaint yourselves with God's inspired Book that hHe has sought to reach you by simple, direct testimonies, calling your attention to the words of inspiration which you had neglected to obey, and urging you to fashion your lives in accordance with its pure and elevated teachings. p. 605, Para. 1, [2T].


 The Lord designs to warn you, to reprove, to counsel, through the testimonies given, and to impress your minds with the importance of the truth of hHis word. The written testimonies are not to give new light; , but to impress with vividness vividly upon the heart the truths of inspiration already revealed. Man's duty to God and to his fellow-man fellow man has been distinctly specified in God's word; yet but few of you are obedient to the light given. Additional truth is not brought out; but God has through the testimonies Testimonies simplified the great truths already given, and in hHis own chosen way brought them before the people, to awaken and impress the mind with them, that all may be left without excuse. p. 44 605, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Pride, self-love, selfishness, hatred, envy, and jealousy, hasve beclouded the perceptive powers;, and the truth, which would make you wise unto salvation, has lost its power to charm and control the mind. The very essential principles of godliness are not understood; because there is not a hungering and thirsting for Bible knowledge, purity of heart, and holiness of life. The Testimonies are not to belittle the word of God;, but to exalt it, and attract minds to it, that the beautiful simplicity of truth may impress all. p. 44605, Para. 23, [20OT].


 I said further stated that a: As the word of God is walled in with these books and pamphlets, so has God walled you in with reproofs, counsel, warnings, and encouragements. Here you are crying before God, in the anguish of your souls, for more light. I am authorized from God to tell you that not another ray of light through the tTestimonies will shine upon your pathway, until you make a practical use of the light the Lord has already given. HThe Lord has walled you about with light; but you have not appreciated the light. Y; you have trampled upon it. While some have despised the light, others have neglected it, or followed it but indifferently. A few have set their hearts to obey the light which God has been pleased to give them. p. 606, Para. 1, [2T].


 Some that have received special warnings through testimony have forgotten in a few weeks the reproof given. p. 45, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The testimonies to some have been to some several times repeated; , but they have not felt that they werethought them of sufficient importance to be careful to heed themly heeded. They have been to them like idle tales. Had they regarded the light given, they would have avoided losses and trials which they think are hard and severe. They have only themselves to censure. They have placed upon their own necks a yoke which they find grievous to be borne. It is not the yoke which Christ has bound upon them. They have placed a yoke upon their own necks which they find is grievous to be borne. God's care and love waswere exercised in their behalf; but their selfish, evil, unbelieving souls could not discern the His goodness and mercy of God. They rush on in their own wisdom, until, overwhelmed with trials and confused with perplexity, they are ensnared by Satan. When you gather up the rays of light which God has given in the past, then will hHe give an increase of light. p. 45606, Para. 2, [20OT].


 I referred them to ancient Israel. God gave them hHis law;, but they would not obey it. He then gave them ceremonies and ordinances, that, in the performance of these, God might be kept in remembrance. They were so prone to forget him, Him and theHis claims he had upon them, that it was necessary to keep their minds stirred up to realize their obligations to obey and honor their Creator. Had they been obedient, and loved to keep God's commandments, the multitude of ceremonies and ordinances would not have been required. p. 46607, Para. 1, [20OT].


 If the people of God who now profess to be hisGod's peculiar treasure would obey hHis requirements, as specified in hHis word, special testimonies would not be given to awaken them to their duty, and impress upon them their sinfulness and their fearful danger in neglecting to obey the word of God. Consciences have been blunted, because light has been set aside, neglected, and despised. And God will remove themse awaytestimonies from the people, and will deprive them of strength, and humble them. p. 46607, Para. 2, [20OT].


 I dreamed that, as I was speaking, the power of God fell upon me in a most remarkable manner, and I was deprived of all strength, yet I had no vision. I thought that my husband stood up before the people, and exclaimed,: "This is the wonderful power of God. He has made the testimonies a powerful means of reaching souls, and hHe will work yet more mightily through them than hHe has hitherto done. Who will be on the Lord's side?" p. 47607, Para. 13, [20OT].


 I dreamed that quite a number instantly sprang uponto their feet instantly, and respondingresponded to the call. Others sat sullen, and some manifested scorn and derision and scorn, and a few seemed wholly unmoved. One stood by my side, and said, : "God has raised you up, and has given you words to speak to the people and to reach hearts, that h as He has given to no other one. He has shaped your testimonies to meet cases that are in need of help. You must be unmoved by scorn, derision, reproach, and censure. In order to be God's special instrument, you should lean to no one, but hang upon hHim alone, and, like the clinging vine, let your tendrils entwine about hHim. He will make you a means through which to communicate hHis light to the people. You must daily gather strength from God daily, in order to be fortified, that your surroundings may not dim or eclipse the light that hHe has permitted to shine upon hHis people through you. It is Satan's special object to prevent this light from coming to the people of God, who so greatly need it amid the perils of these last days. p. 47 607, Para. 24, [20OT].


 "Your success is in your simplicity. As soon as you depart from this, and fashion your testimony to meet the minds of any, your power is gone. Almost everything in this age is glossed and unreal. The world abounds in testimonies given to please and charm for the moment, and to exalt self. Your testimony is of a different character. It is to come down to the minutiae of life, keeping the feeble faith from dying, and pressing home upon believers the necessity of shining as lights in the world. p. 48608, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Your testimony "God has given you your testimony, to set before the backslider and the sinner his true condition, and the immense loss he is sustaining by continuing a life of sin. God has impressed this upon you by opening it before your vision as hHe has to no other one now living, and, according to the light hHe has given you, will hHe hold you responsible. Not'Not by might, nor by power;, but by mMy Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.' Lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show mMy people their transgressions, and the house of Israel their sins." p. 48608, Para. 2, [20OT].


 This dream had a powerful influence upon me. When I awoke, my depression was gone, my spirits were cheerful, and I realized great peace. Infirmities, that had unfitted me for labor, were removed, and I realized a strength and vigor to thatwhich I had for months been a stranger to for months. It seemed to me that the angels of God had been commissioned to bring me relief to me. Unspeakable gratitude filled my heart for this great change from despondency, to light and happiness. I I knew that help had come from God. This manifestation appeared to me like a miracle of God's mercy from God, and I will not be ungrateful for hHis loving-kindnessloving kindness. p. 49608, Para. 1, 3, [20OT].


 Address to Ministers. p. 49, Para. 2, [20OT].


MANNERS AND DRESS OF MINISTERS Eph.Ephesians 3:6, 7: "That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirsfellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of hHis promise in Christ by the gospel;: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, given unto me by the effectual working of hHis power." p. 49609, Para. 31, [20OT].


 "Whereof I amwas made a minister:," not merely to present the truth to the people, but to carry it out in your livesthe life. p. 50609, Para. 12, [20OT].


 "And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God." Verse 9. It isThis does not refer merely to the words that roll off yourthe tongue,; it is not merely to be eloquent in speaking and praying,; but it is to make known Christ, to have Christ in youus, and make hHim known to those that hear. p. 50609, Para. 23, [20OT].


 "Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom," not as novices, not in ignorance, "that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. W: whereunto I also labor, striving according to hHis working, which worketh in me mightily." Col.Colossians 1:28, 29. It is the work of God, the grace from God, that is to be realized and felt, that is togracing grace the life and actions, which is to make a sensible impression upon those that hear. p. 50609, Para. 34, [20OT].


 But it is not this only. There are other things that are toto be be considered;, in which some have been negligent, but which are of consequence, in the light in which they have been presented before me. Impressions are made upon the people by the deportment of the speaker in the desk, by his attitude, and by his manner of speaking. If these things are as God would have them, the impression they make will be in favor of the truth,; especially will that class be favorably impressed who have been listening to fables. It is important that your the minister's manner be modest and dignified, in keeping with the holy, elevating truth you he teaches, that a favorable impression may be made upon those who are not naturally inclined to religion. p. 50609, Para. 4 5, [20OT].


 Carefulness in dress is an important item. There has been a lack here with ministers who believe present truth. The dress of some has been allowed to be even untidy. Not only has there been a lack of taste, and a lack of order to arrangein arranging the dress in a becoming manner upon the person, and to have in having the color suitable and becoming for a minister of Christ, but the apparel of some has been with some, even slovenly and untidy. Some ministers wear a vest of a light color, while their pants are dark, or thea dark vest dark and light pants light, with no taste or orderly arrangement of the dress upon the person in coming when they come before the people. These things are preaching to the people. TheyThe minister gives them an example of order, and sets before them the propriety of neatness and taste in their apparel, or theyhe gives them lessons in lackslackness and lack of taste and slackness which they will be in danger of following. p. 51, Para. 1, [20OT610, Para. 1, [2T].


 Black or dark material is more becoming to a minister in the desk and will make a better impression upon the people than would be made by a combination of two or three different colors in his apparel. p. 610, Para. 2, [2T].


 I was pointed back to the children of Israel anciently, and was shown that God had given specific directions in regard to the material and mannerstyle of the dress thoseto be worn by ministeringthose who ministered before hHim should wear. The God of Hheaven, whose arm moves the world, who sustains us, and gives us life and health, has given us evidence that hHe couldmay be honored or dishonored by the apparel of those who officiated before him Him. He gave especialspecial directions to Moses in regard to everything connected with hHis service. He gave instruction even in regard to the arrangements of their houses, and specified the dress which those should wear who were to minister in hHis service. They were to maintain order in everything, and especially to practicepreserve cleanliness. p. 610, Para. 3, [2T].


 Read the directions that were given to Moses to make be made known to the children of Israel, as God was about to come down upon the mount, to speak in their hearing hHis holy law. What did he He command Moses to have the people do? To be ready against the third day; for on the third day, said hHe, the Lord will come down upon the mount in the sight of all the people, upon the mount. . They were to set bounds about the mount. "And the Lord said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes." p. 51, Para. 2, [20OT].


 That great and mighty God who created the beautiful Eden, and everything lovely in it, is a God of order;, and hHe wants order and cleanliness with hHis people. That mighty God spoke to directed Moses to tell the people to wash their clothes, lest there should be impurity in their clothing and about their persons, as they came up before the Lord. And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and they washed their clothes, according to the command of God. p. 52611, Para. 1, [20OT].


 And to show the carefulnesshow careful they were to observebe in regard to being cleanly cleanliness, Moses was to put a laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, "and put water therein , to wash withal." And Moses and Aaron that ministered before the Lord, and Aaron's sons that ministered before the Lord, were to wash their hands and their feet thereat when they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they went in before the Lord. p. 53611, Para. 12, [20OT].


 HereThis was the commandment of the great and mighty God. There was to be nothing slack and untidy about those who appeared before hHim, when they should coame into hHis holy presence. And whaty was this for? What was the object of all this carefulness? Was it merely to recommend the people to God? Was it merely to gain hHis approbation? The reason that was given me was this:, that a right impression might be made upon the people. If those who ministered in the sacred office should fail to manifest care, and reverence for God , in their apparel and their deportment, the people would lose their awe and their reverence for God and hHis sacred service. If the priests showed great reverence for God, by being very careful and very particular as they came into hHis presence, it gave the people an exalted idea of God and hHis requirements. It showed them that God was holy, that hHis work was sacred, and that everything in connection with theHis work of God must be holy; that it must be free from everything like impurity and uncleanness; and that all defilement must be put away from those thatwho approach nigh to God. p. 612, Para. 1, [2T].


 From the light that has been given me, there has been a carelessness in this respect. I might speak of it, as Paul presents it. It is carried out in will-worship and neglecting of the body. But this voluntary humility, this will-worship and neglecting of the body, is not the humility that savors of Hheaven. That humility that savors of Heaven will be particular to have the person, and actions, and apparel, of all who preach the holy truth of God, right, and perfectly proper, so that every item connected with us will recommend our holy religion. The very dress will be a recommendation of the truth to unbelievers. It will be a sermon in itself. p. 53612, Para. 2, [20OT].


 But things that are wrong often transpire in the sacred desk are often wrong. One minister conversing with another in the desk before the congregation, laughing and appearing to have no burden of the work, or lacking a solemn sense of their his sacred calling, dishonors the truth, and brings the sacred down upon athe low level withof common things. The example istends to remove the fear of God from the people, and to detract from the sacred dignity of the gospel which Christ died to magnify. According to the light that has been given me, it would be pleasing to God for themministers to bow down as soon as they step into the pulpit, and solemnly ask help from God. What kind of anGod. What impression would that make? There would be a solemnity and awe upon the people. Why, tTheir minister is communing with God. Their minister; he is committing himself to God before he dares to venture to stand before the people. Solemnity rests down upon the people, and angels of God are brought very near. Ministers should look to God the first thing as they come into the desk, thus saying to all,: God is the source of my strength. p. 612, Para. 3, [2T].


 A minister who is negligent ofin his apparel often wounds those of good taste and refined sensibilities and good taste. Those who are backwardfaulty in this respect, should correct their errors and be more circumspect. The loss of some souls at last will be traced to the untidiness of the minister. The first appearance affected the people unfavorably because they could not in any way link his appearance in any way with the truths he presented. His dress was against him; and the impression given, was, that theythe people whom he represented were a careless set anyhow; we see that they do notwho care anything d nothing about their dress, and wehis hearers doid not want anything to do with such a class of people. p. 54613, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Here, according to the light that has been given me, there has been a manifest neglect among our people. Ministers sometimes stand in the desk with their hair in disorder, and looking as if it had been untouched by comb and brush for a week. God is dishonored when theythose who engage in hHis sacred service are so neglectful of their appearance. Anciently the priests were required to have their garments in a particular style to do service in the holy place, and minister in the priest's office. They were to have garments in accordance with their work, and God distinctly specified what these should be. Thise laver was placed between the altar and the congregation, that before they came into the presence of God, in the sight of the congregation, they might wash their hands and their feet. What impression was this to make upon the people? It was to show them that every particle of dust must be put away before they could go into the presence of God; for hHe was so high and holy that unless they did comply with these conditions, death would follow. p. 56613, Para. 12, [20OT].


 But look at the manner and style of dress as worn by some of our ministers at the present day. Some who minister in sacred things so arrange their dress upon their persons that, to thatsome extent at least, it destroys to some extent, to say the least, the influence of their labor. There is an apparent lack of taste in color and neatness of fit. What is the impression given by such a manner of dress? Why, iIt is, that the work in which they are engaged is considered no more sacred or elevated than common labor, as plowing in the field. The minister, by his example, brings down the sacred things upon a level with common things. p. 56614, Para. 21, [20OT].


 The influence of such preachers upon the people is not pleasing to God. If any are brought out to receive the truth from their labors, they frequently imitate their preachers, and come down to the same low level with them. It will be more difficult to remodel these and bring suchthem into a right position, and teach them true order, and love for discipline, than to labor to convert to the truth, men and women out of the world who have never heard it. The Lord requires of hHis ministers to be pure and holy, and to rightly represent the principles of truth in their own lives, and by their example to bring themothers up upon a high level. p. 57614, Para. 12, [20OT].


 God requires of all who profess to be hHis chosen people if, though they are not teachers of the truth, to be careful to preserve personal cleanliness and purity of their bodies, also cleanliness and order in their houses and upon their premises. We are examples to the world, living epistles known and read of all men. God requires of all who profess godliness, and especially those who teach the truth to others, to abstain from all appearance of evil. p. 57, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Dark or black material is more becoming a minister in the desk, and will make a better impression upon the people than to have his apparel of two or three different colors. p. 58614, Para. 13, [20OT].


 From the light I have had, the ministry is a sacred and exalted office, and those who accept this position should have Christ in their hearts, and manifest an earnest desire to have hrepresent Him worthily represented before the people, in all their acts, in their dress, in their speaking, and even in their manner of speaking. p. 58, Para. 2, [20OT].


 They should speak with reverence. Some destroy the solemn impression they may have made upon the people, by raising their voices to a very high pitch, and hallooing and screaming out the truth. TWhen presented in this manner, truth loses two-thirds or threequarters much of its sweetness, its force, and solemnity, by being presented in this manner. But if the voice is toned right, if it has in it solemnity, and is so modulated as to be even pathetic, it will haveproduce a much better impression. This was the tone in which Christ taught hHis disciples. He impressed them with solemnity.; He spoke in a pathetic manner. But this loud hallooing--what does it do? It does not give themthe people any more exalted views of the truth. It and does not impress people them any more deeply, but. It only causes a disagreeable sensation to the hearers, and is only wearing wears out the vocal organs of the speaker. p. 58, Para. 3, [20OT].


 The tones of the voice have much to do in affecting the hearts of those that hear. And mp. 615, Para. 1, [2T].


 Many who might be useful men, are using up their vital forces, and destroying their lungs and vocal organs, by the ir manner of their speaking. Some ministers have acquired a habit of hurriedly rattling off what they have to say, as though they had a lesson to repeat and were hastening through it as fast as possible. This is not the best manner of speaking. Every minister can educate himself, bBy using proper care, every minister can educate himself to speak distinctly and impressively, and not to hurriedly crowd the words together without taking time to breathe. He should speak in a moderate manner, that the people canmay get the ideas fastened fixed in their minds as he passes along. But when the matter is rushed through so rapidly, the people cannot get the points in their minds, and they do not have time to get receive the impression that it is important for them to have; nor is there time for the truth to affect them, as it otherwise would. p. 59615, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Speaking from the throat, letting the words come out from the upper extremity of the vocal organs, all the time fretting and irritating them, is not the best way to preserve health or to increase the efficiency of those organs. You should take a full inspiration and let the action come from the abdominal muscles. Let the lungs be only the channel, but do not depend upon them to do the work. If you let your words come from deep down, exercising the abdominal muscles, you can speak to thousands with just as much ease as you can speak to ten. p. 59616, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Some of our preachers are killing themselves by long, tedious praying, and loudly exercising the voice speaking, when a lower tone would make a better impression, and save their own strength. Now , while you go on regardless of the laws of life and health, and follow the impulse of the moment, don't lay do not charge it to upon God if you break down. Many of you waste time and strength in long preliminaries and excuses as you commence to speak in long preliminaries and excuses. You should commence your labor as though God had something for you to say to the people, instead. Instead of apologizing because you are about to address the people, you should commence your labor as though God had something for you to say to them. Some use up nearly half an hour in making apologies; and thus the time is frittered away;, and when they get to their subject, where they are desirous to fasten the points of truth, the people are wearied out and cannot see their force or be impressed with them. You should make the essential points of present truth as distinct as mile-posts mileposts so that the people will understand them. They will then see the arguments you want to present, and the positions you want to sustain. p. 6016, Para. 12, [20OT].


 There is another class that address the people in a whining tone, not with. Their hearts are not softened by the Spirit of God; but, and they think they must make an impression by the appearance of humility. Such a course does not exalt the gospel ministry. It, but brings it down and degrades it, instead. of elevating and exalting it. Ministers should present the truth warm from glory. They should speak in such a manner as to rightly to represent Christ, and preserve the dignity becoming hHis ministers. p. 617, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The long prayers made by some ministers have been a great failure. Praying to great length, as some do, is all out of place. They injure the throat and vocal organs, and then they talk of breaking down by their hard labor. They injure themselves when it is not called for. Many feel that praying injures their vocal organs more than talking. This is in consequence of the unnatural position of the body, and the manner they holdof holding the head. YouThey can stand and talk, and not feel injured. The position in prayingprayer should be a perfectly natural one. Long praying wearies, and is not in accordance with the gospel of Christ. Praying a hHalf or a even quarter of an hour is altogether too long. A few minutes' time is long enough to bring your case before God, telling him and tell Him what you want; and you can take the people with you, and not weary them out, and lessen their interest for in devotion and prayer. They may be refreshed and strengthened, instead of exhausted. p. 617, Para. 2, [20OT].


 ThereA mistake has been a mistake made by many in their religious exercises--inexercises in long praying, in and long preaching, upon a high key, with a forced voice, in an unnatural strain and an unnatural tone. The minister has needlessly wearied himself, and really distressed the people, by the hard, labored exercise, which is all unnecessary. Ministers should speak in a manner to reach and impress the people. The teachings of Christ were impressive and solemn.; His voice was melodious. And should not we, as well as Christ, study to have a melody in our voices? He was a man that had a mighty influence--the influence, for He was the Son of God. We are so far beneath him Him and so far deficient , that, do the very best we can, our efforts will be poor. We cannot gain and possess the influence that ChristHe had; but then, I ask you why we should we not educate ourselves and bring ourselvesto come just as near to the Pattern as it is possible for us to do, that we may have the greatest possible influence upon the people. ? Our words, our actions, our deportment, our dress, everything, should preach. Not only with our words should we speak to the people, but everything pertaining to our person should be a sermon to them, that right impressions may be made upon them, and that the truth spoken may be taken by them to their homes; and t. Thus our faith will stand in a better light before the community. p. 6217, Para. 13, [20OT].


 I never realized more than I do today, the exalted character of the work, its sacredness and holiness, and howthe important that we should be fitimportance of our being fitted for the workit. I see itthe need in myself. I must have a new fitting up, a holy unction, or I cannot go any further to instruct others. I must know that I am walking with God. I must know that I understand the mystery of godliness. I must know that the grace of God is in my own heart;, that my own life is in accordance with hHis will;, that I am walking in hHis footsteps. Then my words will be true, and my actions will be right. p. 6318, Para. 1, [20OT].


 But there is a word moreanother point that I had almost forgotten. It is in regard to the influence which the ministerpreacher should exert in his preachingministry. ItHis work is not merely to stand in the desk. His workIt is but just begun there. It is toHe should enter into the different families, and carry Christ there; to, carry his sermons there; to , carry them out in his actions and his words. As he visits a family, he should inquire into their condition of that family. Is he the shepherd of the flock? The work of a shepherd is not all done in the desk. He should talk with all the members of the flock;, with the parents, to learn their standing;, and with the children, to learn theirs. A minister should feed the flock over which God has made him overseer. It would be agreeable to go into the house and study. B; but if you do this, to the neglect of the work which God has commissioned you to perform, you do wrong. Never enter a family without inviting them together, and bowing down and praying with them before you leave. Inquire into the health of their souls. What does a skillful physician do? He inquires into the particulars of the case, then seeks to administer remedies. Just so the physician of the soul should inquire into the spiritual maladies with which the members of his flock are afflicted, then go to work to administer the proper remedies, and ask the gGreat Physician to come to his aid. But gGive them the help that they need. Such ministers will receive all that respect and honor which is due them, as ministers of Jesus Christ. And in doing this,for others their own souls will be kept alive. They must be drawing strength from God in order to impart strength to those to whom they shall minister to. p. 6318, Para. 2, [20OT].


 May the Lord help us to seek hHim with all the heart.; I want to know that I daily gather the divine rays from glory, that emanate from the throne of God, and shine from the face of Jesus Christ, and scatter them in the pathway around me, and. I want to be all light in the Lord. p. 64, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Epistle Number One. p. 65, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Dear Bro.---619, Para. 1, [2T].


 LOVE OF GAIN Dear Brother B: I have twice commenced a testimony to you, but have been unable to complete it for want of time. I must delay no longer, for I feel sadly burdened over your case. I have written a testimony for several of the ministers, and as their cases reviverecur to my mind, I fully realize that their condition is deplorable. Your case is not an exception. The love of gain, the love of meansmoney, is becoming prominent with many of our ministers who profess to be representatives of Jesus Christ. The example of some of our ministers these is such that the people are becoming discouraged. p. 6519, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Some of our ministers are standing directly in the way of the advancement of the work of God, and the people who takelook to them for an examples are backsliding from God. I was shown aAbout two years ago, I was shown the dangers of our ministers, and the result of their course upon the cause of God. I have spoken in general terms in reference to these things in general terms, but those most at fault are the last to apply the testimonies to themselves. Some are so blinded by their own selfish interest that they lose sight of the exalted character of the work of God. p. 6520, Para. 31, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother B, your life has been almost a failure. You had talents of influence, but you have not improved them to the best account. You have failed in your family. Y; you have let things go at loose ends there, and the same deficiencies are felt in the church. The Lord has given you light in regard to theyour neglect of your duty in your family, and the course which you should pursue to redeem the past. Your deficiencies were pointed out, but you did not feel the sinfulness of bringing children into the world, to come up without proper training. You have excused their errors, their sins, and their wayward, reckless course, and have flattered yourself that they would come out right by-andbyby and by. p. 6520, Para. 42, [20OT].


 Eli exactly represents your case. You have occasionally remonstrated with your children, and said,saying: Why do ye so wickedly? Bbut you have not exercised your authority as a father, as a priest of the household, to command, and have your words as law in your family. Your mistaken fondness, own, and also that of your wife's, mistaken fondness for your children, haves led you to neglect the solemn obligation devolving upon you as parents. p. 6620, Para. 13, [20OT].


 And doubly soe obligation rested upon you, Bro. ----Brother B, as a minister of God, to rule well your own house, and bring your children into subjection. YBut you have been pleased with their aptness, and have excused their faults. Sin in them did not appear very sinful. You have displeased God, and nearly ruined your children, by your neglect of duty;, and you have continued this neglect, after the Lord had reproved and counseled you. YThe injury done to the cause of God by your influence as a family in the different places where you have lived, has been a greater injury tothan the cause of God good thant you have accomplished good. You have been blinded and deceived by Satan in regard to your family. You and your wife have made your children your equals. They have done about as they pleased. This has been a sad drawback to you in your work as a minister of Christ, and the neglect of your duty to bring your children into subjection has led to a still greater evil, which threatens to destroy your usefulness. You have been apparently serving the cause of God, apparently, while you have been serving yourself more. The cause of God has languished,; but you have been earnestly figuring and planning how to advantage yourself, and souls have been lost through your neglect of duty. Had you been one who had, during your ministry, occupied a position into build up this work and cause to build it up, and to be , had you set an example to serveby serving the cause of God irrespective of your own interest, and hadbecome worn, through your devotion to it, your course would be more excusable; but, though even them, then it would not be approved of God. But when your deficiencies have been so apparent in some things, and the cause of God has suffered greatly because of the example you have given ofby your neglect of duty in your family, it is grievous in the sight of God for you to be professedly serving the cause, yet making your own selfish interest s prominent. p. 620, Para. 4, [2T].


 In your labors, you have frequently commencedaroused an interest, and at the very point when you could work to the best advantage, have allowed home interest haves to drawn you away from the work of God. In many cases you have not been persevering and kept up the effort commencedperseveringly continued your efforts until you were satisfied that all had decided for, or against, the truth. p. 66, Para. 2, [20OT].


 It is not wise generalship to commence a warfare against the powers of Satan, and at the hight of the conflict to ingloriously leave the field at the height of the conflict, for Satanthus giving the enemy opportunity to bind more securely men and womenthose who were upon the point of leaving his ranks, and taking their position on the side of Christ. That interest, once broken, can never again be raised. A few may be reached, but the greater portion can never be affected, and their hearts softened by the presentation of the truth. p. 6821, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Eld. ----er C lost his influence, and the power of the truth, by engaging in speculations, and that out of his brethren. This was peculiarly offensive to God in a minister of Christ. But you have done the same. You have made Eld. ---- 's er C's course an excuse for your love of traffic. You have justified your course of advantaging yourself, because other ministers have pursued this course. Other ministers are no criterion for you. If they pursue a course to injure their influence, and deprive themselves of the approbation of God, and the confidence of their brethren, their course should be shunned. Christ is your example;, and you have no excuse for taking the course of erring men for example, unless their lives are in accordance with the life of Christ. Your influence will be deadth to the cause of God, if you continue to pursue the course that you have pursued for a few years in the past. Your trafficking, and trading, and gathering up means from your brethren means that you have not earned, is a great sin in the sight of God. p. 6822, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Some have really deprived themselves of means necessary for the comfort of their families, and some have deprivedof even the themselves of even the necessaries of life, to help you, and you have received it. Paul writes to his Philippian brethren,: "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." "Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." He also writes to his Corinthian brethren,: "Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth." The apostleAgain, he mournfully says, : "For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's." Yp. 622, Para. 2, [2T].


 The spirit which your cherishing a spirit to look cherish, of looking out for your selfish interest, is increasing upon you, and your conversation has been with covetousness. p. 69, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The Apostle Paul admonishes his Hebrew brethren,: "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; : for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." You are sacrificing your reputation and your influence to an avaricious spirit. God's precious cause is being reproached, because of this spirit that has taken hold of its ministers. You are blinded. You and do not see how peculiarly offensive to God these things are to God. If you have decided to go in toand get all of the world you can, do so; but do not do it under a covert of preaching Jesus Christ. Your time is either devoted to the cause of God, or it is not. Your own interest has been paramount. YourThe time that you should devote to the cause of God, is devoted too much to your own personal concerns, and you receive, from the treasury of God, means that you do not earn. You are willing to receive means from those who are not as comfortable as yourself. You do not look on their side, and have bowels of sympathy and compassion and sympathy. You do not closely investigate to see whether those who help you can afford to do so. Frequently, it would be more in place for you to help those from whom you receive help from. You need to be a transformed man, before the work of God can prosper in your hands. Your home, farm and farm cares have occupied your mind. You have not given yourself to the work. You have madeAs an excuse for your being so much at home, you have said that your children needed your presence and care, and that you must be with them in order for you to carry out the light given you in vision. But, Bro.Brother B, have you done this? You excuse yourself by saying that your children are now beyond your control, too old for you to command. In this you mistake. There are nNone of your children are too old to respect your authority and obey your commands while they have the shelter of your roof. How old were Eli's sons? They were married men; and Eli, as a father, and a priest of God, was required to restrain them. p. 6923, Para. 21, [20OT].


 But allowing that the two eldest are now beyond your control, they were not when God sent you the light that you were indulging them to their ruin--thatruin; that you should discipline them. But you have three younger children who are walking in the way of sinners, disobedient, unthankful, unholy, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Your youngest son is following in the footsteps of his brother. What course are you pursuing toward him? Do you discipline train him to habits of industry and usefulness? Are you taking up your fearfully neglected work, and redeeming the past? Do you tremble at the word of God? p. 71624, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Your neglect at home is wonderful, for a man in one that has God's written word, and also testimonies borne especially to you of, showing your neglect. Your boy does as he pleases. You do not restrain him. You have not educated and trained him to bear his share of the burdens of life. He is a bad boy because of your neglect. His life is a reproach to his father. Yeou knew your duty, but yeou did it not. He has no convictions of the truth. He knows he can have his own way, and Satan controls his mind. You have made your children an excuse to keep you at home; but, Bro. ----Brother B, the things of this world have come first. p. 624, Para. 2, [2T].


 The cause of God does not lie near your soul, and the example you have given the people of God is not worthy of their imitation. In Minnesota they need laborers;, not merely ministers who go from place to place, when it is convenient. God's cause must have minutemen, who will not be hindered from the work of God, or the call of duty, by any selfish or worldly interest. Minnesota is a large field, and many there are susceptible ofto the influence of the truth. Could the churches be brought into working order, thoroughly disciplined, a light would shine forth from them, that would tell all through the Sstate. You might have done tenfold more in Minnesota than you have done. But the world has come in between you and the work of God, and divided your interest. Selfish interest has come into your heart, and the power of the truth has been going out. YouThere is need of a great change accomplished forin you, that you in order for you tomay be brought into working order. But little labor, earnest labor,You have you accomplished but little real, earnest labor. Yet you have been in earnest to obtain all the means you could as your right. And y You have overreached. Y; you have looked out for your own interest, and have advantaged yourself at the disadvantage of others. You have been, for some time, been going in this direction; and unless you are checked, your influence is at an end. Moses Hull went in this direction. His conversation was with covetousness, and he gathered all the means that he could obtain of means. His hold of the truth was not strong enough to overcome his selfishness. p. 71624, Para. 23, [20OT].


 When B. F. Snook embraced the truth, he was very destitute. Liberal souls deprived themselves of conveniencies, and even of some of the necessaries of life, to help this minister, whom they believed to be a faithful servant of Christ. They helped him, as they would have helped their Saviour. They did all this in good faith, helping him as they would have helped their Saviour. But it was the means of ruining the man. His heart was not right with God. He; he lacked principle. The more he received, the greater desire he had for means. He was not a truly converted man. He converted man. The more he received, the greater was his desire for means. He gathered all he could from his brethren, until he had been helped, through their liberalities, to a valuable home; then he apostatized, and wasbecame the bitterest enemy toof the very ones who had been the most liberal to him. This man will have to render an account for the means that he has taken from true-hearted believers in the truth. He did not rob them, but the treasury of God. We wish him no evil,; for "God willshall bring every work into Jjudgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." He has walked in the ways of his own heart, and in the sight of his eyes;, but for all these things God will bring him into Judgment judgment. All the hidden things of darkness will then be brought to light, and the secret counsels of the heart shall be made manifested. p. 73625, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother B, you are not as these men,. We would not compare you to them;, but we would say,: Beware of walking in their footsteps, and of having your conversation with covetousness. This desire on the part of ministers to obtain means for selfish purposes, by ministers, is a snare to them, which, if they continue in, will prove their overthrow. As they get their eyes upon self, their interest in the prosperity of God's cause, and their love for poor souls, become less and less. They do not lose their love for, and interest in, the truth at once. It is a gradual work. Their departure from the cause of right is so gradual and imperceptible, so much so that it is frequently difficult to tell the time when the change in them took place. p. 626, Para. 1, [2T].


 I think your course highly dangerous. You have not felt the necessity of heeding the light which God has given you, and arousing yourself to save your household family, and acquiting acquitting yourself as a father and priest of your household. You did not deny the light given, you. You did not rise up against it. But; but you neglected to carry it out, because it was not convenient, and agreeable to your feelings, to do this. Therefore you were like Meroz. You came not up to the help of the Lord, although the matter was of suchso vital consequence as to effectaffect the eternal interests of your children. You neglected your duty. You were iIn this respect you were a slothful servant. You have but little sense of how God regards the neglect of parents to discipline their children. Had you reformed here, you would have seen the necessity of the same effort to maintain discipline and order in the church. Your slackness, that has been manifested in your family, has been seen also in your labors in the church. You cannot build up the church until you are a transformed man. p. 626, Para. 2, [2T].


 The neglect of the light that God has given you, has, in a degree, made you captive; , subject to Satan's devices; therefore a door has been left open for him to gain access to you in other directions, and make you a weak man. SatanHe sees that he has made a success of succeeded in blinding your eyes to the interests of your family, in by leading you to neglect the light which the Lord has given. Then Satan has beset you in another direction. He has excited your love of traffic, your love of gain; and by doing this,thus your interest has been divided from the cause and work of God. The love of God and the truth is gradually becoming of less importance. Souls for whom Christ died are of less value to you than your temporal interests. If you continue to pursue theis course, you have, you will soon become jealous, and sensitive, and envious, and will go away from the truth, as others have gone. p. 74627, Para. 1, [20OT].


 You are anxious to obtain labor in your locality, hoping that something can be said or done to awaken your children. You have neglected your duty. When you take up the longneglected long neglected work which the Lord has left for you to do; when you, with the spirit of Christ, resolutely arouse yourself resolutely to set your house in order, then you may hope that God will aid your efforts, and impress the hearts of your family. While you have made your children an excuse to detain youfor your remaining at home, you have not done the work for which you plead your ed to stay at home. You have not disciplined your children. Your wife is deficient in this respect, therefore there is the greater need ofthat your being be in a position to do your duty. Her love is of that kind which will lead her to indulge them in doing as they please, and in choosing their own society, which will lead to their ruin. Your presence at home, while yet you allow your children to do as they please, is worse for your family than if you were away from your children; them; and it has a worse influence upon the cause of truth. p. 627, Para. 2, [2T].


 God calls for earnest, unselfish, disinterested laborers in hHis cause, who will keep up the various branches of the work; , such as obtaining subscribers for the periodicals, teaching them promptness in paying their dues, and encouraging brethren to keep up their Ssystematic Benevolence benevolence. Sacrifice, self-denial, toil, and disinterested, benevolence, characterized the life of Christ, who is our example in all things. The work and character of a true minister will be in accordance with the life of Christ. He laid aside, and turned from, h His glory, hHis high command, his His honor, and hHis riches, and humbled hHimself to our necessities. We cannot equal the example, but we should copy it. Love for souls, for whom Christ made this great sacrifice, should stimulate everyHis minister of Christs to exertion, to exertion, to self-denial and persevering effort, that they may be co-workers coworkers with ChristHim in the salvation of souls. Then will the works of God's servants be fruitful;, for they will indeed be hHis instruments. The power of God will be seen upon them in the gracious influences of hHis Spirit. God would have you arouse, and not be easily discouraged, but possessing possess strength to surmount obstacles; be not easily discouraged; if need be, laboring labor, as did the apostle Paul, in weariness, in painfulness, in watching, forgetting infirmities in the deep interest that is felt for souls for whom Christ died. p. 76628, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Some of our ministers are taking advantage of the liberalities of our brethren, to advantage themselves; and in thusso doing, they are gradually losing their influence,; and destroying, by their example in these things, is destroying the confidence of their brethren in them. And they are effectually closing the door, so that those who really need help, and are worthy of it, cannot obtain it. They also shut the door whereby help may be expected to sustain the cause. TMany of the people are, many of them, becoming disheartened, as they see some of the ministers they employ manifesting so little interest some of the ministers they employ manifest for the prosperity of the cause of God. They do not see a devotion to the work. The people are neglected, and the cause is languishing, because of the lack of well-directed well directed and efficient labor. T which they have a right to expect this from their ministers. p. 78628, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Some of the brethren, iIn their disappointment, some of the brethren give up to a a feeling of impatience and desperation, as they see the selfishness and covetousness manifested by their teachers. The people are in advance of many of their ministers. If the ministers manifest a spirit of self-sacrifice and a love for souls, means will not be withheld from the cause. Let the ministers come up to the exalted standard as representatives of Jesus Christ, and we shall see the glory of God attending the presentation of truth, and souls beingwill be constrained to acknowledge its clearness and power. The cause of God must be made primary. p. 78629, Para. 21, [20OT].


 My brother, you could do a good work. You have a knowledge of the truth, and could be a great blessing to the cause of present truth, if you were consecrated and sanctified to the work, having no selfish interest aside from the work. it. God has committed to you a sacred trust, precious talents; and if you are found faithfultrue to your trust, faithfully improving your talents, you will not be ashamed when the Master shall come, requiring both the principal and interest. It is not safe to slight, or in any sense disregard, the light which God has been pleased to give. You have something to do to bring yourself into a position where God can especially work for you. p. 79629, Para. 12, [20OT].


 The prosperity of the cause of God in Minnesota is due more to the labors of Bro.Brother Pierce, than to your own efforts. His labors have been a special blessing to that Minnesotastate. He is a man of finetender conscience. The fear of God is before him. Infirmities have weighed heavily upon him, and whichthis has opened the way forled him to question whether he was in the way of his duty, and he hasto feared that God was not favoring his efforts. God loves Bro.Brother Pierce. He has but little self-esteem, and is fearing,he fears and doubting,doubts and dreading dreads labor; for the thought is constantly upon his mind that he is not worthy or capable to help others. If he would overcome timidity, and possess more confidence that God would be with him and strengthen him, he would be much more happy, and a greater blessing to others. TIn the life of Brother Pierce there has been a failure, in the life of Bro. Pierce, to read character. He believed others to be as honest as himself; , and he has been deceived in some cases he has been deceived. He has not the discernment that some have. You also have also failed, in your life, to read character. You have spoken peace to those against whom God has declared evil. In Bro. Pierces' his age and feebleness and age, heBrother Pierce may be imposed upon;, yet all should esteem Bro. Piercehim highly for his works'work's sake. He commands the love and tenderest sympathy of his brethren;, for he is a conscientious, God-fearingGod fearing man. p. 79 629, Para. 23, [20OT].


 God loves Sr.Sister Pierce. She is one of the timid, fearing ones, conscientious in the performance of her duty; and she will receive a reward when Jesus comes, if she is faithful to the end. She has not made a display of her virtues. S, she has been retiring, and one of the more silent ones; yet her life has been useful. S; she has blessed many by her influence. Sr.Sister Pierce has not much self-esteem and selfconfidence. She has many fears, yet does not come under the head of the fearful and unbelieving, who will find no place in the kingdom of God. Those outside of the city are among the most confident boasters, boastful, and apparently zealous ones, who loive in word, but not in deed and in truth. Their hearts are not right with God. TheHis fear of God is not before them. The fearful and unbelieving, who are punished with the second death, are of that class who are ashamed of Christ in this world. They are fearful, afraid to do right and follow Christ, lest they should meet with pecuniary loss. They neglect their duty, to avoid reproach and trials, and to escape dangers. Those who dare not do right because they will thus expose themselves to trials, persecution, loss, and suffering, are cowards, and are ripening, with idolaters, and liars, and all sinners, they are ripening for the second death. p. 80 630, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Christ's sSermon on the mMount declares who are the truly blessed: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, [those who are not self-exalted, but candid, and of a humble disposition, not too proud to be taught, not vain and ambitious for the honors of the world,]: for theirs is the kingdom of Hheaven. Blessed are they that mourn, [those who are penitential, submissive, and who grieve over their failures and errors, because the Spirit of God is grieved,]: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, [those who are gentle and forgiving, who, when reviled, will not revile again, but who manifest a teachable spirit, and aredo not holdinghold themselves in high esteem,]: for they shall inherit the earth." Those who possess the qualifications here enumerated, will not only be blessed of God here in this life, but will be crowned with glory, honor, and immortality, in theHis kingdom. of God. p. 81631, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Epistle Number Two. p. 82, Para. 1, [20OT].


THE CAUSE IN VERMONT I have been shown that the disciples of Christ are hHis representatives upon the earth; and God designs that they shall be lights in the moral darkness of this world, dotted all over the country, in the towns, villages, and cities, "a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men." If they obey the teachings of Christ in hHis sSermon on the mMount, they will be seeking continually for perfection of Christian character, and will be truly the light of the world--channelsworld, channels through which God will communicate hHis divine will, the truth of heavenly origin, to those who sit in darkness, and who have no knowledge of the way of life and salvation. p. 82631, Para. 2, [20OT].


 God cannot display the knowledge of hHis will, and the wonders of hHis grace, among the unbelieving world, unless He he has witnesses scattered all over the earth. This is God'sIt is His plan: that men and womenthose who are partakers of this great salvation through Jesus Christ, should be hHis missionaries, bodies of light throughout the world, to be as signs to the people--livingpeople, living epistles, known and read of all men;, their faith and works testifying to the near approach of the coming Saviour, and showing that they have not received the grace of God in vain. The people must be warned to prepare for the coming Judgment judgment. To those who have been listening only to fables, God will give an opportunity to hear the sure word of prophecy, whereunto they do well that they take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place. GodHe will present the sure word of truth to the understanding of all who will take heed, that they; all may contrast truth with the fables which have been presented to them by men who claim to understand the word of God, and profess to be qualified to instruct those in darkness. p. 82631, Para. 3, [20OT].


 In order to increase the numbers at Bordoville, brethren have left moved there, leaving the places from which they moved from came destitute of strength and influence to sustain meetings. This has pleased the enemies of God and the truth. TheseThose brethren should have remained as faithful witnesses, their good works testifying to the genuineness of their faith, by exemplifying in their lives the purity and power of the truth. Their influence would convict and convert, or condemn. p. 83632, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Every follower of Jesus has his or hera work to do as missionaries of a missionary for Christ in the family, in their families, in their neighborhoods, and in the towns and citiestown or city where theyhe lives. If they All who are consecrated to God, they are channels of light. God makes them instruments of righteousness to communicate to others the light of truth, the riches of hHis grace, to others. . Unbelievers may appear indifferent and careless; yet God is impressing and convicting their hearts that there is a reality in the truth. But when menour brethren leave the field, give up the contest, and allow the cause of God to languish, before God says, "Let them alone," they will be only be a burden to any church where they may move. Those whom they have leftleave, who were convicted, have frequently quieted their consciences with thinking that, after all, they were needlessly anxious; they decide that there is no reality in the profession made by Seventh-day Adventists. p. 83, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Satan triumphs to see the vine of God's planting either entirely uprooted or left to languish. It is not the purpose of God that hHis people should cluster together and concentrate their influence in a special locality. p. 84632, Para. 12, [20OT].


 The Brn. ----'s efforts of the Brethren D to encourage brethren to move to their place, were made in good faith, yet not according to the mind of God. God's ways are not as our ways. He seeth not as man seeth. Their object was good; but, in thus so doing, the purposes of God in regard to the salvation of men and women souls could not be carried out. p. 84633, Para. 2, 1, [20OT].


 God designs that hHis people shall be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. The plan of gathering together in large numbers, to compose a large church, has contracted their influence, and narrowed down their sphere of usefulness, and is literally putting their light under a bushel. It is God's design that the knowledge of the truth should come to all, that none may be left remain in darkness, ignorant of its principles, and remain in darkness; but that all should be tested upon it, and decide for or against it;, that all may be warned, and left without excuse. The plan of colonizing, or moving from different localities where there is but little strength or influence, and concentrating the influence of many in one locality, is removing the light away from places where God would have it shine. p. 84633, Para. 32, [20OT].


 The followers of Jesus Christ, scattered throughout the world, do not have a high sense of their responsibility, and the obligation resting upon them to let their light shine forth to others. If there are but one or two in a place, they can, although few in number, so conduct themselves before the world as to have an influence which will impress the unbeliever with the sincerity of their faith. The followers of Jesus are not meeting the mind and will of God, if they are content to remain in ignorance of hHis word. All should become Bible students. Christ commanded hHis followers,: "Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of mMe." Peter exhorts us,: "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts;: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." p. 86633, Para. 13, [20OT].


 Many who profess to believe the truth for these last days, will be found wanting. They have neglected the weightier matters. Their conversion is superficial;, not deep, earnest, and thorough. They do not know why they believe the truth, only because others have done sobelieved it, and they take it for granted that it must be sois the truth. They can give no intelligent reason why they believe. Many have allowed their minds to be filled with things of minor importance, and their eternal interest is made secondary. Their own souls are dwarfed and crippled in spiritual growth. Others are not enlightened or edified by their experience, and or by the knowledge which it was their privilege and duty to obtain. Strength and stability lieare with true-hearted truehearted professors. p. 634, Para. 1, [2T].


 Christ and hHim crucified should become the theme of our thoughts, and stir the deepest emotions of our souls. The true followers of Christ will appreciate the great salvation h which He has wrought for them; and wherever hHe leads the way, they will follow. They will consider it a privilege to bear whatever burdens Christ may lay upon them. It is through the cross alone that we can estimate the worth of the human soul. p. 86, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Such is the value of men for whom Christ died, that the Father is satisfied with the infinite price which hHe pays for the salvation of man in yielding up hHis own Son to die for their redemption. What wisdom, and mercy, and love, in its fullness, are here manifested.! The worth of man is only known only by going to Calvary. In the mystery of the cross of Christ, we can place an estimate upon man. p. 87634, Para. 12, [20OT].


 What a responsible position, to unite with the Redeemer of the world in the salvation of men! This work calls for self-denial, sacrifice, and benevolence;, for perseverance, courage, and faith. Why there are so little results seen of But those who minister in word and doctrine, is, they have not the fruit of the grace of God in their hearts and lives. They; they have not faith. This is why there are so small results from their labor. Many who profess to be ministers of Jesus Christ, manifest a wonderful submission in seeingas they see the unconverted all around them going to perdition. A minister of Christ has no right to be at ease, and sit down submissively toin view of the fact that his presentation of the truth is powerless, and souls are not stirred by its presentationit. ThHey should resort to prayer, and should work and pray without ceasing. Those who submit to remain destitute of spiritual blessings, without an earnest wrestling for those blessings, consent to have Satan triumph. Persistent, prevailing faith is necessary. God's ministers must come into closer companionship with Christ, and follow his His example in all things--inthings, in purity of life, in self-denial, in benevolence, in diligence, in perseverance. They should remember that a record will one day appear in evidence against them for the least omission of duty. p. 87 635, Para. 2 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother D did not discern that in thus encouraging brethren to move to his place he was bringing burdens upon himself, and into the church, as; he did not see that it would require much time and labor to keep them in a condition where they could be a help instead of a hindrance. He thought that if he could collect families to at his place, they would help compose a church, and relieve him of care and burdens. But, it has proved at Bordoville, it has proved as at Battle Creek:; the more the brethren moved into Battle Creekthere, the heavier were the burdens which fell upon the laborers who had the cause of God at heart. Men and women of varied minds and different organizations, clustering could cluster together, could and live in sweet harmony, if they would esteem others better than themselves, and if they would loved their neighbors as themselves, as Christ enjoined upon them. p. 88 635, Para. 12, [20OT].


 IBut it is most difficult to deal with human minds that are not under the especialspecial control of the Spirit of God, and are exposed to the control of Satan. Selfishness so possesses the hearts of men and women, and iniquity is so cherished, by even by some professing godliness, that the clustering together of a large company's clustering togethercompany should be avoided; for they will not thus be the most happy. p. 88636, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Those whom youBrother D really desired to have come to Bordoville, were those youwhom he considered the best of society, capable of exerting a good influence. Just such men and women are wanted to be stationed over the world as faithful sentinels, that those who are without God may be convinced that there is a power in the religion of Christ. M Such men of influence are in truth the salt of the earth in verity and truth. God would not be pleased to have such menthem congregate together, and narrow down their sphere of usefulness. Such men, who are rReliable, men are very scarce, for the reason that the hearts of men are so devoted to their own selfish interests that they know no other interest but that which concerns themselves. p. 89, Para. 1, [20OT].


 If other. p. 636, Para. 2, [2T].


 If there could be a number of picked men could be at the important post at Battle Creek, God would be pleased; and if they would make a sacrifice of their own selfish interests for the sake of the suffering cause, they would only be following in the footsteps of their Redeemer, who left hHis glory, hHis majesty and high command, and, for our sakes, became poor, that we, through hHis poverty, might be made rich. Christ sacrificed for man; but man, in his turn, will not willingly and cheerfully sacrifice for the sake of Christ. If a number of responsible, true-hearted, burden-bearing burden bearing men and women who could be depended upon as minute-men, and who would promptly respond to the call for help when help was is needed, would move to Battle Creek, God would be glorified. God wants men at Battle Creek who can be depended upon; who will ever be found on the right side in times of danger; who will faithfully war against the enemy, instead of taking their position with those who trouble the Israel of God, and who are standingstand in the defense of those who are weakening weaken the hands of God's servants, and turning their weapons against the very ones whom God enjoins upon them to sustain. Every church, iIn order to prosper, every church must have men upon whom it can rely in times of peril--menperil, men who are as true as steel--unselfishsteel, unselfish men, havingwho have the interest of God's cause lying nearer their hearts than anything which concerns their own opinions or their worldly interests. p. 89 636, Para. 23, [20OT].


 Churches are not wholly composed of all pure, sincere Christians. Not all the names that stand registered upon the church books are worthy to be there. The life and character of some, as compared with others, is as gold with worthless dross. It need not be so. Those who are valuable in life and influence have felt the importance of following Jesus closely, andof making the life of Christ their study and example. This will require effort, meditation, and earnest prayer. It requires exertion to obtain the victory over selfishness, and to make the interest of God's cause primary. MSomen have made the effort, and practiced close discipline of self, and they have gained precious victories. Those who consider their own interest primary, live for self. Their character in the sight of God is as worthless dross. p. 90637, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother D has had more than one man should do in working for the interest of the church in his place. If he absented himself for a short time to labor for others, when he would return home, heavier and greater burdens were all ready to be laid upon him when he returned home. He has permitted them to rest upon his shoulders;, and he has bowed, groaning under the load. The Brn. ---- ----Brethren D have been in danger of being too exacting, and of presenting their own lives and example as a criterion. Self has not been lost sight of in Christ. These brethren should have but say little to say about self, but exalt Christ. They should hide behind Jesus, and helet Him alone appear as the perfect pattern which all should seek to copy. p. 91637, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Where were the men to be depended upon in times of trial and danger? Where were the God-fearingGod fearing men to rally around the standard when the foe was seeking an advantage? Some, who should have been at their post, were unfaithful when their help was most needed. Their course showed that they had no special interest in the advancement of the work and cause of God. Some thought that too much was expected of them; and, instead of cheerfully moving forward to do what they could, they sat down in Satan's easy chair, and refused to do anything. p. 91638, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Some were ever jealous. Bro. ----Brother E was of this class. He has a peculiar stubbornness in his organization, that leads him to persist in a wrong course because he thinks it willwould please and gratify his brethren for him to change and take an opposite course. At times, when he feels just like it, he is ready to do anything in his power to advance the cause of God. But he loves so well to have his own way so well that he will let the precious cause of God suffer rather than to give up his will and his way. Bro. ----Brother E is not a dependence manman who can be depended upon. He is subject to the temptations of Satan, and is frequently under his control. He has a selfish, unsubdued heart. He is fitful, impulsive. He has a selfish, unsubdued heart. He hasnow hating, athen loving. At times he is kind, been at other times jealous, envious, and very selfish. He is, at times, kind, then hating, then loving. He cannot perfect Christian character until he resists temptation, and subdues his own stubborn will, and cherishes a spirit of humility, willing a willingness to see and confess his errors. He has been, at times, true and earnest. Then a wave would waftcarry him in an opposite direction, and he would cherish jealousy, envy, and distrust. Self and selfish interest were paramount, and he, was full of fault-finding. He wasfaultfinding, and suspicious that others did not appreciate him, but wished to injure him. Bro. ----Brother E needs a thorough conversion. It is not enough for men to profess the truth. They may acknowledge the whole truth, and yet know nothing, bynothing--have no experimental knowledge in their daily life, --of the sanctifying influence of the truth upon the heart and life, and experience notor of the power of true godliness. p. 92638, Para. 12, [20OT].


 The truth is holy and powerful, and will effect a thorough reformation in the hearts and lives of those who are sanctified by it. Bro. ----Brother E is capable of exerting an influence for good. He can, iIf he subdues self and humbles his heart before God, he can become a true bearer of the yoke of Christ. He can be a help to his family, and to others, instead of a hindrance to his family and to others. He weakens the cause of God in Bordoville, because of the defects in his Christian character. If Bro. ----Brother E lives according to the light he has received, he will work out his salvation with fear and trembling, and, in thusso doing, will let a bright light shine upon the pathway of others, and will glorify God. The case of Bro. ----Brother E represents that of others in the church, who need the same work of transformation in their hearts in order to be right. p. 93639, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother F can be more useful in his life than he now is, or has ever been. God has not called him to the work especially to minister in word and doctrine. He is not qualified for this position;, yet he can do errands for the Lord, and be a help in the meetings. If he lives in the light himself, he can reflect light to others. He can be a blessing to others; he can speak words of comfort and encouragement to the desponding. But in order to do this, he should encourage a more hopeful, cheerful spirit himself, refusing to look upon the dark side, or to talk unbelief. He should throw express cheerfulness, and hope, and courage, in his words, and even in the tones of his voice. p. 93639, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Sr. ----Sister G has infirmities;, yet she does not make the best of her case. She increases her difficulties by an unsubmissive spirit. She permits the enemy to control her mind. She suffers with mind and increase her difficulties by an unsubmissive spirit. She suffers from bodily infirmities, and should have sympathy; but restlessness, peevishness, complaints, murmuring, and useless regrets, do not alleviate her sufferings or bring happiness to her, but only aggravate the difficulty. p. 94 639, Para. 13, [20OT].


 The world is full of dissatisfied spirits, who overlook the happiness and blessings within their reach, and are seeking continually seeking for happiness and satisfaction that they do not realize. They are constantly on the stretch constantly for some expectantexpected, far-offfar off good, greater than they possess, and are ever in a state of disappointment. They cherish unbelief and ingratitude, in that they overlook the blessings right in their pathway. The common, every-day blessings of life are unwelcome to them, as was the manna to the children of Israel. p. 94640, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Sr. ----Sister G is addressed by Christ: "Come unto mMe, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take mMy yoke upon you, and learn of mMe; for I am meek and lowly ofin heart: and ye shall find rest tounto your souls. fFor mMy yoke is easy, and mMy burden is light." p. 95, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The words, the deportment, and general example, of Sr. ---- ,Sister G teach an a lesson entirely different lesson from that oftaught by our Lord. Sr. ---- She loses much in overlooking the present blessings within her grasp, and uneasily searching for happiness. Her efforts are unrewarded, and her fruitless search makes agreat great deal of unhappiness for herself and for all who associate with her. Her unrest, her anxious, troubled spirit, is expressed in her countenance, and casts a shadow. This gloom, and unbelief, and discontent, encourages the temptations of the enemy. By her continual distrust, and by borrowing trouble, she casts a shadow instead of shedding a sunbeam. p. 95640, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother G should be patient and forbearing, and carefully shield her from unnecessary burdens; for she is not prepared to bear them. She, in her turn, should watch against the incoming foe, and should take up her lifeburdenslife burdens unmurmuringly, and bear them with cheerfulness, sweetening them all with gratitude because they are no heavier. p. 95, Para. 3, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother G is prone to look upon the dark side. He should hold himself in readiness to do the will of God, and use to the influence God has given him to the very best advantage. the influence which God has given him. He should cheerfully perform the duties of today, and not borrow tomorrow's trouble to make himself miserable over. He has not to perform the duties of next week, but the work and duties which the day brings. p. 96640, Para. 13, [20OT].


 Bro.Brother and Sr. ----Sister G should unite their influence together in saying,: "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." It is a misfortune to borrow the trouble of next week, with to which to imbitterembitter the present week. When real trouble comes, God will fit every meek and lowly one to bear it. When hHis providence permits it to come, hHe will provide help to endure it. Fretting and murmuring cloud and stain the soul, and shut out the bright sunlight from the pathway of others. p. 96641, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother G might have pursued a course toward Bro. ---- to have helped him, to help Brother H and at the same time helped himself; but selfishness deprived Bro. ---- Brother H of advantages, and Bro. ---- Brother G himself was disadvantaged, fearing through fear that he would advantage others. Bro. Brother G has not loved his neighbor as himself, and his supreme selfishness in many things has deprived him of good, and shut away from him the blessing of God. It In the end, it does not profit any man, in the end, to be selfish; for God marks it all, and will render to every man according asto his works have been. "Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." "He which soweth sparingly, shall also reap also sparingly." p. 96641, Para. 32, [20OT].


 These persons I have mentioned these persons to represent the true state of many, in the church at Bordoville, whose cases are similar. The many congregated at that place have brought burdens and cares upon Bro. ---- ----Brother D to keep them straight. Had they been free from jealousy, and kept themselves in the love of God, they would have stayed up his hands, comforted his heart, and sent him forth to labor for the salvation of souls, while their prayers would have followed him as sharp sickles in the harvest field. Their lack of consecration and devotion to God has weakened their own faith, weakened the hands of Bro. ----Brother D, destroyed his courage, and made his labors in the gospel field nearly useless. Church trials at home have crippled his efforts, both at home and abroad, and kept his labors confined, in a great measure, to the locality of his place. This confining of the labor mostly to one locality, has a withering influence upon the spiritual interest and zeal of a minister of Christ. p. 97 641, Para. 13, [20OT].


 In order for laborers to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of the truth, theylaborers must have a varied experience, which. This will be best acquired in extended labor in new fields, in different localities, comingwhere they will come in contact with all classes of people, and with all varieties of minds, callingand where into excise various kinds of labor will be required to meet the wants of many and varied minds. This drives the true laborer to God and the Bible for light, and strength, and knowledge, inthat order tohe may be fully qualified to meet the wants of the people. They He should heed the exhortation given to Timothy: "Study to sheow thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." "Who then, is that faithful and wise steward, whom his Llord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?" Wisdom is needed to discern the most appropriate subject for the occasion. p. 98 642, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ---- ----Brother D has not been growing up into a successful workman. He has become dwarfed. His mind has been narrowed down, and his spiritual strength has been waning. He should now be a successful laborer, a thorough workman. Instead of giving himself wholly to the work, he has been serving tables. Paul exhorted Timothy,: "Be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them;: for in doing this, thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee." p. 642, 98, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Bro. ---- ----Brother D is active and willing to do--willingdo, willing to bear burdens that are not connected with his calling; and he has had his mind and time too much engrossed in temporal things. Some ministers maintain a certain dignity not in accordance with the life of Christ, and are unwilling to make themselves useful by engaging in physical labor, as the occasion may require, to lighten the burdens of those whose hospitalities they share, and to relieve them of care. Physical exercise willwould prove a blessing to themselvesthem, rather than an injury. In helping others, they would advantage themselves. But some go to the other extreme. When their time and strength are all required in the work and cause of God, they are willing to engage in labor, and become servants of all, even in temporal things; and they really rob God of the service hHe requires of them. Precious time is thus taken up in Thus trivial matters, take up precious time which should be devoted to the interests of God's cause. p. 99643, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Bro.Brother J. N.A. Andrews has erred here. HThe has devoted time and strength which he has devoted to correspondence with his brethren, answering their private letters of inquiry, which time and strength should have been given to the especialspecial interests of the work of God at large. p. 100, Para. 1, [20OT].


 There are bBut few who realize the responsibilities resting upon the few ministers in this cause who bear the burdens of the work in this cause. The brethren frequently call these men from their work to attend to their little matters, or to settle some church trial, which they can and should attend to themselves. "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." He must be earnest and persevering. If he is irresolute, doubting continually whether the Lord will indeed do as hHe has promised, he will receive nothing. p. 100643, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Many seemlook to think it a cheaper way to have their ministers to bring the light from God to them, ratherseeming to think this a cheaper way than to be to the trouble of going to God for it themselves. Such lose much. They might be obtaining much. If they would daily follow Christ and make Him their guide and counselor, they might obtain a clear knowledge of His will, and thus be gaining a valuable experience in daily following Christ, and obtaining a clear knowledge of his will by making him their guide and counsellor. For want of this very experience, brethren professing the truth walk in the sparks of others' kindling, and; they are unacquainted with the Spirit of God and the have not a knowledge of hHis will, and are therefore easily moved from their faith. They are unstable, because they trusted in others to obtain an experience for them. Ample provisions have been made for every son and daughter of Adam to obtain for themselves individually a knowledge of the divine will, and to perfect Christian character, and to be purified through the truth. God is dishonored by that class who profess to be followers of Christ, and yet have no experimental knowledge of the divine will, or of the mystery of godliness. p. 100644, Para. 3, 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ---- ----Brother D has had a multiplicity of home cares. The increase of numbers in the church has not lessened his burdens. The increase of numbers in his family has been too heavy a tax upon himself and his family, and these things have been a hindrance to his becoming a successful laborer. He has become rusty in the work of God, and needs burnishing. His testimony needs to be vitalized by the Spirit and power of God. His brethren in Bordoville, who have not a special work to do in laboring in word and doctrine, should be awake to see where others need help, and should help them. Many close their eyes to the good which they have opportunity to do for others, and thereby lose, by their neglect, they lose the blessing which they might obtain. Bro. ---- Brother D has been left to bear burdens that his brethren should have considered it their duty and privilege to bear. p. 101644, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Our work in this world is to benefit others, to live for others' good, to bless others, to be hospitable; and frequently it may be only at oursome inconvenience tothat we can entertain those who really need our care, and the benefit of our society, and our homes. There is, by sSome, an avoiding of avoid these necessary burdens. Some oneBut someone must bear thesem; and because churches generallythe brethren in general are not lovers of hospitality, and do not share equally in these Christian duties, and are not lovers of hospitality, a few, who have willing hearts, and who cheerfully make the cases of those who need help their own, are burdened. Especially should a churchA church should take special care to relieve its ministers of extra burdens in this direction. The ministers who are actively engaged in the cause of God, laboring for the salvation of souls, have continual sacrifices to make. p. 102645, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Bro. ---- ----'sBrother D's testimony needs to be enlivened by the grace of God. He needs a new anointing, that he may be able to comprehend the magnitude of the work, and devote his entire being to the advancement of the cause of God. The Lord has work enough to employ all hHis followers. TheyAll can show forth his His glory, if they will. TBut the majority refuse to do this. They profess faith, but have not works. Their faith is dead, being alone. They shun responsibilities and burdens, and will be rewarded as their works have been. Because some do not do the work they might do, and will not lift the burdens they could lift, or do the work they might do, the work is too great for the few who will engage in it. They see so much to do that they overtax their strength, and are fast wearing out. p. 102 645, Para. 2, [20OT].


 God calls at this time for laborers whose whole interests are fully identified with hHis work and hHis cause. The ministers engaged in this work must be energized by the spirit and power of the truths they preach, and then they will have an influence. The people will seldom rise higher than their minister. A world-lovingworld loving spirit in themhim has a tremendous influence upon others. The people make thehis deficiencies ofan the minister an excuse to cover their own world-loving world loving spirit. They quiet their own consciences, thinking that they may be free to love the things of this life, and be indifferent to spiritual things, because their ministers are so. They deceive their own souls, and remain in friendship with the world, which the apostle declares to be enmity with God. p. 103645, Para. 13, [20OT].


 The mMinisters should be examples to the flock. They should manifest an undying love for souls, and the same devotion to the work and cause, which they desire to see in the people. With tThe ministers in Vermont there has beenhave made a mistake in their labor. They have passed over the same ground again and again, to help the churches, when frequently they needed labor bestowed upon themselves, to bring them into a position where God could bless, and make their labors and make them fruitful. There has not been one efficient, thorough laborer, fully qualified to keep up all parts of the work, in Vermont. p. 103 646, Para. 21, [20OT].


 Bro.Brother and Sr. ----Sister I are invalids. God does not lay very heavy responsibilities upon them. They need to watch closely, lest they narrow down their influence. They have no children of their own, to call into exercise parental love and care, and are in danger of selfishness, and of becoming narrow, selfish, and notional in their views and feelings. They are in danger of becoming notional. All these things have a bad influence upon the cause of God. They should labor to keep their minds elevated above themselves. They and should not make themselves a criterion for others. Those who have no children of their own to share their thoughts and labor, and to call into for the exercise, labor, of forbearance, patience, and love, should guard themselves, lest their thoughts and labor center upon themselves. Those who have no children They are poorly qualified to instruct those who have children, how parents as to train them the training of their children, for they have not had the experience in this work. IYet in very many cases, those who have no children are the most ready to instruct those who have children, when, at the same time, theythe former make children of themselves in many respects. They cannot be turned out of a certain course;, and they require as much, and even more, patience exercised toward them, than children do. It is selfishnessselfish to have a certain course marked out, and pursue this course atto the inconvenience of others. p. 104646, Para. 12, [20OT].


 It is little things which test the character. It is the unpretending acts of daily self-denial, with cheerfulness and gentleness, that God smiles upon. We should not be living live for ourselves, but for others. We should bless othersbe a blessing by our forgetfulness of self, and our thoughtfulness of others. We should cherish love, forbearance, and fortitude. p. 647, Para. 1, [2T].


 Very few realized the benefits of the care, responsibility, and experience, that children bring to the family. p. 105, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Many have large families coming up without discipline. T; the parents are neglecting a precious trust and sacred duty, which, if faithfully performed in the fear of God, would be obtainingobtain, not only for their children, but for themselves, a fitness for the kingdom of Hheaven. But a childless house is a desolate place. The hearts of the inmates are in danger of becoming selfish, andof cherishing a love for their own ease, their own way, and consulting their own desires and conveniences. They gather sympathy to themselves, but have a small stocklittle to bestow upon others. The cCare and affection for dependent children remove s the roughness from our natures, makes us tender and sympathetic, and haves an influence to develop the nobler elements of our character. Many are diseased physically, mentally, and morally, because their attention is turned almost exclusively to themselves. They might be saved from stagnation by the healthy vitality which springs from of younger and varying minds, and by the restless energy of children. p. 105647, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother J is aged. No weighty responsibility should now rest upon him. He has displeased God in his misapplied love for his children. He has had too much anxiety to help histhem children pecuniarily, that he might not offend them. In order to please them, he has injured them. They are not wise and faithful in the management of means, even viewing the matter from the worldling's standpoint. Viewed from a religious standpoint, they are very deficient. They have not conscientious scruples in regard to religious things. They do not adorn society, or the by cause of God, bytheir position and influence in the world, or nor do they adorn the cause of God by pure Christian morals and virtuous actionsacts in the service of Christ. They have not been trained to habits of selfdenial self-denial and self-reliance as their safeguards in life. Here is the great sin resting upon parents. They do not discipline their children. They and do not train them up for God. They do not teach them self-government, stability of character, and the necessity of a resolute, well-directed well directed will. Most children, in this age, are left to come up. They are not taught the necessity of developing their physical and mental powers for some good purpose, to bless society with their influence, andto be well qualified to adorn the Christian life, and to perfect holiness in the fear of God. p. 106647, Para. 13, [20OT].


 Bro. ----Brother J has erred by intrustingin entrusting his property to his children. He has laid upon them responsibilities which they were not qualified to bear. He placed his means out of his control, and has gathered up means from his brethren for his feeble labors. God has not been glorified by the course Bro. ----which he has pursued in regards to his meansproperty. He has excused a wrong course pursued by his children, which is not in keeping with our faith, or the Bible standard. He has virtually said to the wicked, It shall be well with thee; when God has plainly declared it shall be ill with him. p. 107 648, Para. 1, [20OT].


 These errors upon the part of Bro. ----Brother J show a great lack of heavenly wisdom, and have, in a great degree, disqualified him for the solemn work resting upon the faithful minister of Christ. What can Bro. ----Brother J plead before God when the Master shall bid him give an account of his stewardship? Bro. ---- has been moving like a blind man. He has been led by the unconsecrated minds of his children. He and has not felt the necessity of seeking for counsel and advice from God's servants who were standing in the light. He has been led by a perverted sympathy, and has failed in judgment. He has been moving like a blind man. His course has injured himself and the cause of God. p. 107 648, Para. 2, [20OT].


 It is not preachers merely, to go among the churches and pray and exhort occasionally, that Vermont needs. A cry for laborers could be consistently raised among God's people in Vermont, for laborers. Earnest, zealous workmen are needed to strengthen the things that remain, by administeringministering to their spiritual wants of the people. The cause of God everywhere, but especially in Vermont, needs burden-bearersburden bearers. Men go over and over on the same ground, but accomplish but very little, if anything. They have a very good visit with their brethren, and this is frequently all that is accomplished; and yet these men they expect to be remunerated for their time. p. 108649, Para. 1, [20OT].


 The case of Bro.Brother and Sr. ----Sister K comes before me as I write. They have not practiced caring for others. They have not felt the responsibility resting upon them to be burdenbearersburden bearers. Bro. ---- Brother K was shown me among others who have felt that they had a work to do for the Lord. He iIndeed he has, and so have very many others, if they will do it. There are thorough workmen in the cause of God, who have an experience in the work, and who devote their time and strength to the service of God, who. These should be liberally sustained. But those who are merely starting out to visit the churches occasionally, should not draw upon the treasury of the Lord, especiallyoccasionally--especially those who have no family families to provide for, and who have a competency themselves. p. 108, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Bro. and Sr. ---- have neither of them themselves--should not draw upon the treasury of the Lord. p. 649, Para. 2, [2T].


 Neither Brother nor Sister K has an experience in sacrificing for the truth, and in being rich in good works, laying up their treasures in Hheaven. Their sympathy, care, and patience, have not been called into exercise by dependent, loving children. They have consulted their own selfish convenience. Their hearts have not been a wellspring sending forth the living streams of tenderness and affection. In blessing others by kindly words of love, and acts of mercy and benevolence, they would realize a blessing themselves. They have been too narrow in their sphere of usefulness. Such cannot become qualified to be Unless such become transformed in mind and being, and are renewed by the spirit of Christ, they cannot become thorough, efficient workmen in the Redeemer's cause, unless there is a transformation of their mind and being, and they become renewed by the Spirit of Christ. His life is the example for Christians. Self-sacrifice and disinterested benevolence should characterize their lives. Self-interest is too prominent. Oh!, how little does Bro. ----Brother K know of what it is to labor for God--toGod, to lift the cross of Christ, and walk in the footsteps of the self-denying Redeemer.! p. 109 649, Para. 13, [20OT].


 A minister of Jesus Christ, a teacher of the truth, a true shepherd, is in one sense a servant of all, anticipating the wants of those who need help, and knowing how to be useful, here and there, in the great work of saving souls. A For a man professing who professes to teach the truth to, and goes just where he pleases, and works when, and how, he pleases, yet shunningshuns responsibilities, is not bearing the cross after Christ, nor fulfilling the commission of a gospel minister. But fFew know by experience what it is to suffer for Christ's sake. They desire to be like Christ, but wish to avoid poverty and crucifixion. They would gladly be with hHim in glory, but do not love to come to hHim through much self-denial and tribulation. p. 110650, Para. 1, [20OT].


 It has not cost Bro. ----Brother K hard effort to search out the truth,; for chosen men of God have prepared arguments to his hand, clear, plain, and convincing. Difficult points of present truth have been reached by the earnest efforts of a few who had a devotionwere devoted to the work. Fervent prayer, and fasting beforeFasting and fervent prayer to God, have moved the Lord to unlock hHis treasuries of truth to their understanding. Wily opponents and boasting Goliaths have had to be met, sometimes face to face, but more frequently with the pen. Satan was urging onhas urged men menon to fierce opposition, to blind the eyes and darken the understanding of the people. The few who had the interests of the cause and truth of God and the truth at heart, were aroused to its defense. They did not seek for ease, but were willing to venture even their lives for the truth's sake. p. 110650, Para. 2, [20OT].


 These zealous searchers after truth risked their capital of strength, and their all, in the work of defending the truth and spreading the light. Link after link of the precious chain of truth has been searched out, until it stands forth in beautiful harmony, uniting in a perfect chain. Arguments have been brought out by tThese men of investigating minds, have brought out arguments and made them so plain that a school-boy schoolboy may understand them. How easy now for men to become teachers of the truth, while they shun self-sacrifice and self-denial. p. 111651, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Those who wereThese searchers for truth, and have suffered for the truth, it and know what it cost. They can value the truth. Theyit and feel the most intense interest in its advancement. Self-denial and the cross lie directly in the pathway of every follower of Christ. The cross is that which crosses the natural affections and the will. If the heart is not wholly sanctified to God, if the will, and affections, and thought,s are not brought into subjection to the will of God, there will be a failure to carry out the principles of true religion, and to exemplify in the life, the life of Christ. There will not be a true desire to sacrifice ease and self-love;, and the carnal mind will not be crucified, to work the works of Christ. p. 111651, Para. 2, [20OT].


 There is a work to be accomplished for many who live at Bordoville. I saw that the enemy was busily at work to carry his points. Men, to whom God has intrustedentrusted talents of means, have shifted upon their children the responsibility which Heaven has appointed them, of being stewards for God, upon their. children. Instead of their rendering to God the things that are God'sHis, they claim all that all they have asis their own, as though by their own might, and power, and wisdom, they had obtained their possessions. Who gave them power and wisdom to obtain an earthly treasure? Who watered their lands with the dew of heaven, and with the showers of rain? Who gave them the sun to warm the earth and awaken into life the things of nature, causing them to flourish for the benefit of man? Men, whom God has blessed with hHis bounties, grasp clasp their arms about their earthly treasure, and make the se bounties and blessings, which God has graciously given them, a curse, by filling their hearts with selfishness and distrust of hHim. They accept the goods lent them, yet claim them as their own, and forget forgetting that the Master has any claim upon them, and refuserefusing to yield to hHim even the interest hthat He demands. Riches cause the professed followers of Christ many perplexities, and pierce them through with many sorrows, because they will forget God, and love and worship mammon. They allow worldly treasures to imbitterembitter their lives, and prevent them from perfecting Christian character. And, as though this were not enough, they transmit to their children, to curse them, that which has proved the bane of their own lives. God has intrustedentrusted men with means, to prove them, to see if they are willing to acknowledge hHim in hHis gifts, and use these talentsthem to advance hHis glory upon the earth. p. 112651, Para. 13, [20OT].


 The earth is the Lord's, and all the treasures it contains. The cattle upon a thousand hills are hHis. TAll the gold and silver all belongs to hHim. He has intrusted hentrusted His treasures to stewards, that with them they may advance hHis cause and glorify hHis name. He did not intrustentrust these treasures to men, that with them they might use them to exalt and glorify themselves, and have power to oppress those who were poor in this world's treasure. God does not receive the offerings of any because hHe needs them, and cannot have glory and riches without them, but because it is for the interest of hHis servants to render to God the things which are God'sHis. The free-will offerings of the humble, contrite heart, h He will receive, and will reward the giver with the richest blessings. He receives them as the sacrifice of grateful obedience. He requires and accepts our gold and silver as an evidence that all we have and are, belongs to hHim. He claims and accepts the improvement of our time and of our talents, as the fruit of hHis love existing in our hearts. To obey is better than sacrifice. Without pure love, the most expensive offering is too poor for God to accept. p. 113652, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Many have their hearts so fixed upon their earthly treasure that they do not discern the advantage of laying up for themselves treasures in Hheaven. They do not realize that their free-will offerings to God are not enriching him Him, but themselves. Christ counsels us to lay up treasures in Heaven heaven. For whom? For God, that hHe may be enriched? Oh, no! no. The treasures of the entire world are hHis, and the indescribable glory and priceless treasures of Hheaven are all hHis own, to give them to whom hHe will. "Lay up for yourselves treasures in Hheaven." Men, whom God has made stewards, are so infatuated by the riches of this world that they do not discern that by their selfishness and covetousness they are not only robbing the Lord in tithes and offerings, but robbing themselves, by their covetousness and selfishness, of eternal riches. They could be daily adding to their heavenly treasure by doing the very work that the Lord has left them to do, and intrusted which He has entrusted them with means to carry out. The Master would have them watch for opportunities to do good, and, while they live, apply their means themselves, while they live, to aid in the salvation of their fellow-men,fellow men and in the advancement of hHis cause in its various branches. In thus so doing, they only do that which God requires of them--they them; they render to God the things that are God'sHis. Many willingly close their eyes and hearts, lest they should see and feel the wants of the Lord's cause, and by helping in its advancement should lessen their increase by detracting from the interest or the principal by helping in its advancement. Some feel that what they give to advance the cause of God, is really lost. They consider so many dollars gone, and feel dissatisfied unless they can be immediately replaced, replace them so that their earthly treasure may not decrease. They exercise closeness, and even sharpness, in dealing with their brethren, and also with worldlings. SomeThey do not scruple to overreach in their dealing with others, deal in order to advantage themselves and gain a few dollars. p. 653, Para. 1, [2T].


 Some, fearing they will suffer loss of earthly treasure, neglect prayer and the assembling of themselves together for the worship of God, that they may have more time to devote to their farms or their business, fearing they should suffer some loss of their earthly treasure. They show by their works which world they place the highest estimate upon. They sacrifice religious privileges, which are essential to their spiritual advancement, for the things of this life. They and fail to obtain a knowledge of the divine will. They come short of perfecting Christian character, and do not meet the measurement of God. Their They make their temporal, worldly interests, they make first, and they rob God of the time which they should devote to hHis service. Such, persons God marks. Such, and they will receive a curse, rather than a blessing. Some put place their means beyond their control, by putting it into the hands of their children. Their secret motives are,motive is to place themselves in a position where they will not feel responsible to give of their property to spread the truth. These love in word, but not in deed and in truth. IThey do not realize that it is the Lord's money they are handling, not their own. They do not see this. p. 114654, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Many would love to see souls converted if it could be done without any sacrifice on their part; but if their means is property is touched, they draw back. Their property, for it is of more value to them than the souls of men and women for whom Christ died. If those to whom God has intrustedentrusted means would understand understood their responsibilities as hHis stewards, they would retain in in their own hands that which God has lent them, that they might faithfully perform the duty devolving upon them in doing to do their part to helpin helping carry forward the work of God. If all could comprehend the plan of salvation, and the worth of even one soul purchased by the blood of Christ, they would make every other interest of minor consequence. p. 654, 116, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Parents should have great fear in intrustingentrusting children with the talents of means that God has placed in their hands, unless they have the surest evidence that their children have greater interest in, and love for, and devotion to, the cause of God is greater than that which they, themselves, possess, and that these children will be more earnest and zealous in forwarding the work of God, and be more benevolent than themselves in carrying forward the various enterprises in connectionconnected with the workit which calls for means. But many place their means in the hands of their children, thus throwing upon them the responsibility of their own stewardship, because Satan prompts them to do it. In so doing this, many have placed means they effectually place that means in the enemy's ranks. Satan has workeds the matter to suit his own purpose, and to keeps from the cause of God the means which it neededs, that it might may be abundantly sustained. The efforts made to get the truth before the people are not half as thorough and extensive as they should be. Not a fiftieth part is now being done to extend the truth that might be, in extending the truth done by scattering publications on present truth, and in bringing friends, and all that can be induced, within the sound of the truth. The efforts made in getting the truth before the people are not half as thorough and extensive as they should be. p. 117, Para. 1, [20OT all that can be induced to come. p. 655, Para. 1, [2T].


 The probation of many is closing. Satan is daily gathering his harvest of souls. Some are making final decisions against the truth, and many are dying without a knowledge of the truthit. Their minds are unenlightened, and their sins unrepented of; and yet, men professing godliness are hoarding up their earthly treasures, and directing their efforts are directed to the object of gaining more. They are insensible to the condition of men and women, who come within the sphere of their influence, and who are perishing for want of knowledge. p. 117, Para. 2, [20OT].


 Well-directed Well directed labor, bestowed in love and humility, would do much to enlighten and convert their fellow-men fellow men; but the example of many of those who might do great good is virtually saying,: Your souls are of less value to me than my worldly interests. p. 118655, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Many love the truth a little, but they love this world more. "By their fruits ye shall know them." Spiritual things are sacrificed for temporal. The fruit that such bear is not unto holiness, and their example will not be such as to convict sinners and convert sinnersthem from the errors of their ways to the truth. They allow souls to go to perdition, when they might save them if they would make as earnest efforts in their behalf as they have made to obtain and secure the treasures of this life. ForTo obtain more of the things of the world, that manywhich they do not really need, they and which only increase their responsibility and condemnation, many labor on the high-pressure plan, and peril health and spiritual enjoyment, and the peace, the comfort, and happiness, of their families, and go upon the high-pressure plan, to get more of the world's treasures, which is increasing their responsibility and condemnation. They let souls go to perdition around them, because they fear that it will require a little of their time and means to save them. Money, money, is their god. They decide that it will not pay to sacrifice their means to save souls. p. 118656, Para. 21, [20OT].


 The one to whom is intrustedentrusted one talent is not required to be responsible for five, or for two, talents, but for the one. Many neglect to lay up for themselves a treasure in Hheaven, by doing good with the means that God has lent them. They distrust God, and have a thousand fears in regard to the future. TLike the children of Israel they have evil hearts of unbelief, like the children of Israel. God provided themthis people with abundance, as their needs required; but they borrowed trouble for the future. They complained and murmured in their travels, that Moses had led them out to kill them and their children with hunger. Imaginary wants closed their eyes and hearts from seeing the goodness and mercies of God in their journeyings, and they were ungrateful for all hHis bounties; so. So also are the distrustful, professed people of God, in this age of unbelief and degeneracy,. They fear that they may come to want, or that their childrenchildren may become needy, or that their grandchildren will be destitute. They dare not trust God. They have no genuine faith in Him who has intrusted entrusted them with the blessings, and the bounties of life, and who has given them talents to use in his cause, to advance h His glory in advancing His cause. Very mp. 656, Para. 2, [2T].


 Many have such a constant care for themselves, and that they give God no opportunity to care for them. If they should be a little short at times, and be brought into strait places, it would be the best thing for their faith. If they would calmly trust in God, and wait for hHim to work for them, their necessity would be God's opportunity; and His the blessing of God in their emergency would increase their love for Him and lead them to prize their temporal blessings in a higher sense than they have ever done before. Their faith would increase;, their hope would brighten;, and cheerfulness would take the place of gloom, and doubts, and murmuring. The faith of very many does not grow for want of exercise. And tp. 657, Para. 1, [2T].


 That which is eating out the vitals of God's people is the love of money and friendship with the world. It is the vitalsprivilege of God's people to be bright and shining lights in the world, to increase in the knowledge of God, and to have a clear understanding of hHis will. p. 119, Para. 1, [20OT].


 But the cares of this life, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the seed sown in their hearts, and they bear no fruit to theHis glory of God. They profess faith, but it is not a living faith, because it is not sustained by works. Faith without works is dead, being alone. Those who profess great faith, yet have not works, will not be saved by their faith. Satan believes the truth, and trembles;, yet this kind of faith possesses no virtue. Many who have made a high profession of faith, are deficient in good works. If they should show their faith by their works, they could exert a powerful influence on the side of truth. But they do not improve upon their talents of means lent them of God. Those who think to ease their consciences by willing their meansproperty to their children, or by withholding from God's cause, and suffering their meansit to pass into the hands of unbelieving, reckless children, for them to squander, or hoard up and worship, will have to render an account to God, because; they are unfaithful stewards of their Lord's money. They allow Satan to outgeneral them through these children, whose minds are controlled by the power ofunder his control. Satan.'s Satan's purposes are accomplished in many ways, while the stewards of God areseem stupefied, and seem paralyzed, and; they do not realize their great responsibility, and the reckoning which must shortly come. p. 120657, Para. 12, [20OT].


 Those who have means,property and whose minds are darkened by the god of this world, if seem to be controlled by Satan in the disposal of it. If they have true, believing children, and also children whose affections are wholly upon the things of the world, in making a transfer of their means to their children, seem to be controlled, in the disposal of their means, by Satan. They will mostthey generally give a larger amount of means to their those children who do not love God, and who are serving the enemy of all righteousness, than to those who are serving God. p. 121658, Para. 1, [20OT].


 They place in the hands of the unfaithful children the very things that will prove a snare to them, and that will be obstacles in the way of their making a surrender to God. While they make large presents to the unbelieving, they children they make very stinted offeringsgifts to their childrenthose who are of the same faith with themselves. This very fact should startle the men of means, who have pursued this course. They should see that the deceitfulness of riches had s perverted their judgment. If they could see the influence operating upon their minds, they would understand that Satan hasd these matters very much according to his own purposes and plans. Instead of God's controlling the mind, and sanctifying the judgment, it is controlled by exactly the opposite power. The ones who have been with them in the faith, they sometimes even neglect, and are frequently very close and exacting in all their deal with them,; while they have an open hand to the unbelieving, world-lovingworld loving children, who they know will not use the means they have placed in their hands, to advance the cause of God. GodThe Lord requires that those who haveto whom He has lent talents of means, to make a right use of the means he has lent them, having the advancement of hHis cause prominent. Every other consideration should be inferior to this. p. p. 122658, Para. 12, [20OT].


 The talents of means, be they five, two, or one, are to be improved. Those who have a large amount of means, are responsible for a large number of talents. But the comparatively poor men are not released from responsibility. The one talent represents thoseThose who have but little of this world are represented as having one talent. Yet they are in just as great danger of having too great love for that little in their hearts, and of selfishly retaining it from the cause of God, as are the more wealthy. They do not sense their danger. They apply the stirring reproofs addressed in the word of God, addressed to the lovers of this world, to the rich alone, while they themselves may be in even greater danger than the more wealthy. All are required,Whether they have they much or little, to putall are required to put their talents of means out to the exchangers, that when the Master comes, h He may receive hHis own with usury. They are also required to maintain a consecration to God, and an unselfish interest in hHis cause and his work; s. Seeking first the kingdom of Heaven,God and hHis righteousness, and believing thethey are to believe His promise of God, that all things shall be added. The salvation of the souls of their fellow-men should be above every other interest. EveryIn comparison with every other consideration, in comparison with this important work, should be inferior; but it is generally primary the salvation of the souls of their fellow men should be primary, but this is not generally the case. If there is a neglect anywhere, it is the cause of God that must suffer. God has lent men talents, not to foster their pride, or to excite in them envy, but to usebe used by them to hHis glory. He has made these men agents to disperse the means with which to carry forward the work of the salvation of men. Christ has given them an example in hHis life. He left all hHis heavenly riches and splendor, and for our sakes became poor, that we, through hHis poverty, might be made rich. It is not the plan of God to rain down means from Hheaven, in order that his His cause may be sustained. He has intrustedentrusted, or deposited, ample means with men, that there shouldshall be no lack in any department of hHis work. He proves those who profess to love him, Him by placing means in their hands. H, and then tries them, to see if they love histhe gift better than the Giver. God will reveal, in time, the true feelings of the heart. p. 123659, Para. 1, [20OT].


 In order to advance the cause of God, means isare necessary. God has provided it, and placed it infor this necessity by placing an abundance in the hands of hHis agents, to use in any department of the work where it may be required in the labor of saving souls. Every soul saved, is a talent gained. TIf truly converted, the one brought to a knowledge of the truth, if truly converted, will, in his turn, use the talents of influence and of means which God has given him, and will workin working for the salvation of his fellow-men fellow men. He will engage with earnestness in the great work of enlightening those who are in darkness and error. He will be instrumental in saving souls. And tThus the talents of influence and means are continually exchanging, and constantly increasing. When the Master comes, the faithful servant is prepared to return hHim both principal and interest. By his fruits he can show the increase of talents talentsthat he has gained to return to the Master. The faithful servant haswill then have done his work, and the Master, whose reward is with hHim to give every man according as his work shall be, returns backwill return to that faithful servant both principal and interest to his faithful servants. p. 124660, Para. 1, [20OT].


 GodIn His word the Lord has plainly revealed hHis will plainly, in his word, to those who have riches. Because hBut because His direct commands have been slighted, hHe mercifully presents their dangers before them, through the tTestimonies. He does not give new light, but calls their attention to the light that has already been revealed in hHis word. If those who profess to love the truth are holding on to their riches, and do not, failing to obey the word of God, anddo not seek opportunities to do good with the means hthat which He has intrustedentrusted to them, hHe will come closer, and will scatter their means. He will come near to them with judgments. He will, in various ways, scatter their idols. Many losses will be sustained, and t. The souls of the selfish shall be unblest. But "the liberal soul shall be made fat." Those who honor God, hHe will honor. "The liberal soul shall be made fat." p. 125660, Para. 12, [20OT].


 The Lord made a covenant with Israel, that, if they would obey hHis commandments, hHe would give them rain in due season, and the land should yield her increase, and the trees of the field should yield their fruit. He promised that their threshing should reach unto the vintage, and the vintage unto the sowing-time, and that they should eat their bread to the full, and dwell in their land safely. He would make their enemies to perish. He would not abhor them, but would walk with them, and would be their God, and they should be hHis people. But if they disregarded hHis requirements, hHe would deal with them entirely contrary to all this. His curse should rest upon them in the place of his His blessing. He would break their pride of power, and would make the heavens over them as iron, and the earth as brass. "Your strength shall be spent in vain;: for theyour land shall not yield her increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruits." "And if ye walk contrary unto me Me," "then will I also walk contrary unto you." p. 126661, Para. 1, [20OT].


 Those who are selfishly withholding their means, need not be surprised if God's hand scatters. A reckless son may be intrusted with means which was withheld from the cause of God, and he may recklessly squander tThat which should have been devoted to the advancement of the work and cause of God, but which has been withheld, may be entrusted to a reckless son, and he may squander it. A fine horse, the pride of a vain heart, may be found dead in the stable. Occasionally a cow may die. Losses of crops, and of fruit, or other crops may come. God can scatter the means hHe has lent to hHis stewards, if they refuse to use it to hHis glory. Some, I saw, may have no remindersnone of these losses to remind them of their remissness in duty, by any of these losses, but their cases may be the more hopeless. p. 126661, Para. 2, [20O