The Spirit of Prophecy Vindicated

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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed


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Testimony For The Church Number 24 By Ellen G. White Steam Press of the Seventh-day Adventist Publishing Association Battle Creek, Mich.

1875 Testimony for the Church The Great RebellionNUMBER TWENTY-FOUR TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH THE GREAT REBELLION Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, rebelled against Moses and Aaron, and so against the Lord. The Lord had placed special responsibilities upon Moses and Aaron in selecting them for the priesthood, and in conferring upon them the dignity and authority of leading the congregation of Israel. Moses was afflicted by the continual rebellion of the Hebrews. As God's appointed, visible leader, he had been connected with the Israelites through seasons of peril, and had borne with their discontent, their jealousies, and their murmurings, without retaliation, or and without seeking to be released from his trying position. p. 339, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 When the Hebrews were brought into scenes of danger, andor where their appetite was restricted, instead of their trusting in God, who had done wondrous things for them, they murmured against Moses. The Son of God was the leader of the Israelites, although invisible to the congregation, was the leader of the Israelites.

 His presence went before them, and conducted all their travels, while Moses was their visible leader, receiving his directions from the aAngel, who was Jesus Christ. p. 339, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


Base Idolatry. p. 4, Para. 1, [24OT].

 BASE IDOLATRY In the absence of Moses the congregation demanded of Aaron to make them gods to go before them and lead them back into Egypt, it. This was an insult to their chief leader, the Son of the Iinfinite God. They had oOnly a few weeks before, they had stood trembling with awe and terror before the mount, listening to the words of the Lord,: "Thou shalt have no other gods before mMe." The glory which sanctified the mount when the voice was heard which shook the mountain to its foundation, still hovered over it in sight of the congregation; but the Hebrews turned away their eyes and asked for other gods.

 Moses, their visible leader, was in converse with God in the mount. p. 4, Para. 2, [24OT].

They forgot the promise and the warning of God,: "Behold, I send an aAngel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of hHim, and obey hHis voice, provoke hHim not,; for hHe will not pardon your transgressions;: for mMy name is in hHim." p. 4339, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 The Hebrews were cruelly unbelieving and basely ungrateful in their impious request,: "Make us gods to, which shall go before us." If Moses was absent, the presence of the Lord remained.

They; they were not forsaken. The manna continued to fall, and they were fed by a divine hand morning and evening. The cloudy pillar by day and the pillar of fire by night signified the presence of God, which was a living memorial before them. The divine presence was not dependent upon the presence of Moses. But at the very time that he was pleading with the Lord in the mount in their behalf, they were rushing into shameful errors, into transgression of the law so recently given in grandeur. p. 4340, Para. 41, [24OT3T].

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 Here we see the weakness of Aaron. Had he stood with true moral courage, and in boldness rebuked the leaders in this shameful request, his timely words would have saved that terrible apostasy. But his desire to be popular with the congregation, and his fear of incurring their displeasure, led him to cowardly sacrifice the allegiance of the Hebrews in that decisive moment. He raised an altar, and made a graven image, and proclaimed a day in which to consecrate that image as an object of worship, and to proclaim before all Israel,: These be the gods which led you out of Egypt. HWhile the top of the mount is still illuminated with the glory of God, he calmly witnesses the merriment and dancing to this senseless image, while the top of the mount is still illuminated with the glory of God.; and Moses is sent down from the mount by the Lord to rebuke the people. But HeMoses would not consent to leave the mount until his pleadings in behalf of Israel iswere heard and his request granted that God would pardon them.

p. 5, Para. 1, [24OT].

The Tables of the Law Broken. p. 6, Para. 1, [24OT].

 was granted. p. 340, Para. 2, [3T].


 THE TABLES OF THE LAW BROKEN Moses came from the mount with the precious record in his hands, a pledge of God to man on condition of obedience.

 Moses was the meekest man upon the earth;, but when he viewed the apostasy of Israel, he was angry and jealous for the glory of God. In his indignation he casts to the ground the precious pledge of God, which was more dear to his soulhim than his life. He seessaw the law broken by the Hebrews, and in his zeal for God, to deface the idol that they were worshiping, he sacrificed the tables of stone. Aaron stood by, calmly, patiently bearing the severe censure of Moses.

 All this might have been prevented by a word from Aaron at the right time. True, noble decision for the right in the hour of Israel's peril, would have balanced their minds in the right direction. p. 6341, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Does God condemn Moses? No, no; the great goodness of God pardons the rashness and zeal of Moses, because it was all on account of his fidelity, and his disappointment and grief at the sight of his eyes in the evidence of Israel's apostasy. The man who might have saved the Hebrews in the hour of their peril is calm. He does not show indignation because of the sins of the people, neither does he reproach himself and manifest remorse under the sense of his wrongs,; but he seeks to justify his course in a grievous sin. He makes the people accountable for his weakness in yielding to their request. hHe was unwilling to bear the murmuring of Israel, and to stand under the pressure of their clamors and unreasonable wishes, as Moses had done. He entered into the spirit and feelings of the people withwithout remonstrance, and then sought to make them responsible. p. 341, Para. 2, [3T].


 The congregation of Israel thought Aaron a much more pleasant leader than Moses. He was not so unyielding. They thought that Moses showed a very bad spirit, and their sympathies were with Aaron, whom Moses so severely censured. But God pardoned the indiscretion of honest zeal in Moses, while hHe held Aaron accountable for his sinful weakness and lack of integrity under a pressure of circumstances. Aaron, iIn order to save himself, Aaron sacrificed thousands of the Israelites. The Hebrews felt the punishment of God for this act of apostasy;, but in a short time they arewere again full of discontent and rebellion. p. 6341, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 The People Murmur. p. 7, Para. 1, [24OT].

HE PEOPLE MURMUR When the armies of Israel prospered, they took all the glory to themselves. W; but when they were tested and proved by hunger, or warfare, they charged all their hardships to Moses. The power of God which was manifested in a remarkable manner in their deliverance from Egypt, and seen from time to time all through their journeyings, should have inspired them with faith, and forever closed their mouths from one expression of ingratitude. But the least apprehension of want, the least fear of danger from any cause, overbalanced the benefits in their favor, and caused them to overlook the blessings received in their times of greatest danger. The experience they passed through in the matter of worshiping the golden calf, should have made so deep an impression upon their minds as never to be effaced.

 But, although the marks of God's displeasure were fresh before them in their broken ranks and missing numbers because of their repeated offenses against the aAngel who was leading them, they did not take these lessons to their hearts, and by faithful obedience redeem their past failure,; and again they arewere overcome by the temptations of Satan. p. 342, Para. 1, [3T].


 The best efforts of the meekest man upon the earth could not quell their insubordination. The unselfish interest of Moses was rewarded with jealousy, suspicion, and calumny. His humble shepherd's life was far more peaceful and happy than his present position as pastor toof that vast congregation of turbulent spirits. Their unreasonable jealousies were more difficult to manage than the fierce wolves of the wilderness. But Moses dared not choose his own course and do as best pleased himself. He had left histhe shepherd's crook at God's express command, and in its place had been given himreceived a rod of power. He dared not lay down this scepter and resign his position, till God should dismiss him. p. 7342, Para. 2, [24OT3T].

  


 It is Satan's work is to tempt minds. He will insinuate his wily suggestions, and stir up doubting, questioning, unbelief, and distrust of the words and acts of the one who stands under responsibilities, and who is seeking to carry out the mind of God in his labors. It is the special purpose of Satan to pour in upon and around the servants of God's choice, troubles, perplexities, and opposition, so that shall hinder himthey will be hindered in histheir work, and, if possible, discourage his heartdiscouraged. Jealousies, strife, and evil surmising, will counteract, in a great measure, the very best efforts that God's servants, appointed to a special work, may be able to performput forth. p. 9343, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Satan's plan is to drive them from the post of duty by working through agents. All whom he can excite to distrust and suspicion he will use as his instruments. The position of Moses in carrying the burdens that he bore for the Israel of God was not appreciated. There is in the nature of man, when not under the direct influence of the Spirit of God, a disposition to envy, jealousy, and cruel distrust, which, if not subdued, will lead to a desire to undermine and tear down others, while selfish spirits will seek to build themselves up upon their ruins. p. 9343, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


Korah KORAH, DathanDATHAN, and Abiram, were men who, bAND ABIRAM By God's appointment, these men had been intrustedentrusted with special honors. They had been of that number who went up, with the seventy of the elders, went up with Moses into the mount, and beheld the glory of God. They saw the glorious light which covered the divine form of Jesus Christ. The bottom of this cloud was in appearance "like the "paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in itshis clearness." These men were in the presence of the glory of the Lord, and did eat and drink without being destroyed by the purity and unsurpassed glory that was reflected upon them. But a change had come. A temptation, slight at first, had been harbored; and strengthened as it was encouraged, it had strengthened until the imagination was controlled by the power of Satan. These men upon the most frivolous pretense ventured upon their work of disaffection. TAt first they hinted and expressed doubts at first, which took so readily with many minds so readily that they ventured still farther,further. And being more and more confirmed in their suspicions by a word from one and another, each expressing what theyhe thought of certain things which had come under theirhis notice, until these deceived, deluded souls really thoughtcame to believe that they had a zeal for the Lord in thise matter, and that they would not be excusable unless they carried out to the full their purpose of making Moses see and feel the preposterous position he was standing inoccupied toward Israel.

 A little leaven of distrust, and of dissension, envy, and jealousy, was leavening the camp of Israel. p. 10343, Para.

1 3, [24OT3T].


 Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, first commenced their cruel work upon the men to whom God had intrustedentrusted sacred responsibilities. They were successful in alienating two hundred and fifty princes, who were famous in the congregation, men of renown. With these strong and influential men inon their causeside, they felt sure of making a radical change in the order of things. They thought they could transform the government of Israel, and greatly improve it from its present administration. p. 11344, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Korah was not satisfied with his position. He was connected with the service of the tabernacle, yet he desired to be exalted to the priesthood. God had established Moses as chief governor, and the priesthood was given to Aaron and his sons. Korah determined to compel Moses to change the order of things, wherebythat he shouldmight be raised to the dignity of the priesthood. To be more sure of accomplishing his purpose, he drew Dathan and Abiram, the descendants of Reuben, into his rebellion. p. 11, Para. 2, [24OT].

Theyse reasoned that, being descendants fromof the eldest sons of Jacob, the chief authority, which Moses usurped, belonged to them,; and, with Korah, they were resolved to obtain the office of the priesthood. These three became very zealous in an evil work. They and influenced two hundred and fifty men of renown to join them, who were also determined to have a share in the priesthood and the government, to join them. p. 344, Para. 2, [3T].


 God had honored the Levites to do service in the tabernacle, because they took no part in making and worshiping the golden calf, and because of their faithfulness in executing the order of God upon the idolaters. p. 12, Para. 1, [24OT].

To the Levites was also assigned the office of erecting the tabernacle, and encamping around about it, while the hosts of Israel pitched their tents at a distance from the tabernacleit. And when they journeyed, the Levites took down the tabernacle, and bore it, and the ark, and all the sacred articles of furniture. Because God thus honored the Levites, they became ambitious for still higher office, that they might obtain greater influence with the congregation. "And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them;: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?" p. 12, Para. 2, [24OT].

False Sympathy. p. 13345, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 FLATTERY AND FALSE SYMPATHY There is nothing which will please the people better than to be praised and flattered when they are in wrong and darkness and wrong, and deserve reproof. Korah gained the ears of the people, and next their sympathies, by representing Moses as an overbearing leader. He said that he was too harsh, too exacting, too dictatorial, and that he reproved the people as though they were sinners when they were a holy people, sanctified to the Lord, and the Lord was among them. Korah rehearsed the incidents in their experience in their travels through the wilderness, where they had been brought into straight places, and where many of them had died, because of murmuring and disobedience, and with their perverted senses they thought they saw very clearly that all their trouble might have been saved if Moses had pursued a different course. He was too unyielding, too exacting, and they decided that all their disasters in the wilderness were chargeable to Moseshim. Korah, the leading spirit, professed great wisdom in discerning the true reason for their trials and afflictions. p. 13345, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 In this work of disaffection there was greater harmony and union betweenof views and feelings among these discordant elements, in their feelings and views, than had ever been known to exist before.

 Korah's success in gaining the larger part of the congregation of Israel on his side, led him to feel confident that he was wise and correct in judgment, and that Moses was indeed usurping authority that threatened the prosperity and salvation of Israel. He claimed that God had opened the matter to him, and laid upon him the burden of changing the government of Israel just before it was too late. He stated that the congregation waswere not at fault; they were righteous. T; that this great cry about the murmuring of the congregation bringing upon them the wrath of God was all a mistake. T; and that the people only wanted to have their rights; they wanted individual independence. p. 346, Para. 1, [3T].


 As thea sense of the self-sacrificeself-sacrificing patience of Moses would force itself upon their memories, and as his disinterested efforts in their behalf while they were in the bondage of slavery, would come before them, their consciences would be somewhat disturbed.

 Some were not wholly with Korah in his views of Moses, and sought to speak in his behalf. The men, Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, must assign some reason before the people forwhy Moses' doing as he has done in showing had from the first shown so great an interest from the first for the congregation of Israel. Their selfish minds, which haved been debased as Satan's instruments, suggested that they haved at last found out the object of Moses'the apparent interest of Moses. He had designed to keep them wandering in the wilderness until they all, or nearly all, should perish, and he should come into possession of their property. p. 14346, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and the two hundred and fifty princes who had joined them, first became jealous, then envious, and next rebellious. They had talked in regard to Moses'the position of Moses as ruler of the people, until they imagined that it was a very enviable position, which any of them could fill as well as Moseshe. And they gave themselves up to discontent until they really deceived themselves and one another, in thinkingthought that Moses and Aaron had placed themselves in the position which they occupied toin Israel.

 They said that Moses and Aaron exalted themselves above the congregation of the Lord, in taking upon them the priesthood and the government, and that this office should not be conferred on their house alone. They said that it was sufficient for them if they were on a level with their brethren; for they were no more holy than the people, who were equally favored with God's peculiar presence and protection. p. 15, Para. 1, [24OT].

Character Tested. p. 16346, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 CHARACTER TESTED As Moses listened to the words of Korah, he was filled with anguish, and fell upon his face before the people.

 "And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even tomorrow the Lord will show who are hHis, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto hHim,: even him whom hHe hath chosen will hHe cause to come near unto hHim.

 This do; take you censers, Korah, and all his company; and put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord tomorrow;: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy; y. Ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi. S: seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to hHimself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them? And hHe hath brought thee near to hHim, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee;: and seek ye the priesthood also? For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord;: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?" Moses told them that Aaron had assumed no office of himself;, that God had placed him in the sacred office. p.

16 347, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Dathan and Abiram said,: "Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of thea land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? Moreover, thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards;: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? Wwe will not come up." p. 17347, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 They accused Moses of being the cause of their not entering the pPromised lLand. They said that God had not dealt with them thus., and that He had not said that they should die in the wilderness. T, and they would never believe that hHe had thus said so; but that it was Moses who had said this, not the Lord; and that it was all arranged by Moses to never to bring them to the land of Canaan. They spoke of his leading them from a land that flowed with milk and honey. They forgot iIn their blind rebellion they forgot their sufferings in the land of Egypt, and the desolating plagues brought upon thate land.

But And they now accuse Moses of bringing them from a good land, to kill them in the wilderness, that he might be made rich with their possessions. They inquired of Moses, in an insolent manner, if he thought that none of all the host of Israel were wise enough to understand his motives, and discover his imposture;, or if he thought they would all submit to have themhim lead them about like blind men as he pleased, sometimes toward Canaan, then back again toward the Red Sea and Egypt. These words they spoke before the congregation, and they utterly refused any longer to acknowledge the authority of Moses and Aaron. p. 17348, Para.

2 1, [24OT3T].


 Moses was greatly moved at these unjust accusations. He appealed to God before the people whether he had ever acted arbitrarily, and implored hHim to be his judge. The people were in general were disaffected, and influenced by the misrepresentations of Korah. "And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the Lord, thou, and they, and Aaron, tomorrow;: and take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the Lord every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron." p. 18348, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Korah and his company, who in their self-confidence aspired to the priesthood in their self-confidence, even took the censers and stood in the door of the tabernacle with Moses. Korah had cherished his envy and rebellion until he was self-deceived, and he really thought that the congregation waswere a very righteous people, and that Moses was a tyrannical ruler, continually dwelling upon the necessity of the congregation's being holy, when there was no need of it, for they were holy. p.

18 349, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 These rebellious ones had flattered the people in general to believe that they were right, and that all their troubles arose from Moses, their ruler, who was continually reminding them of their sins. The people thought that if Korah could lead them, and encourage them, and dwell by dwelling upon their righteous acts, instead of reminding them of their failures, they would have a very peaceful, prosperous journey, and he would without doubt lead them, not back and forward in the wilderness, but into the pPromised lLand. They said that it was Moses who had told them that they could not go into the land, and that the Lord had not thus said.

p. 19, Para. 1, [24OT].

The Rebels Perish. p. 19349, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 THE REBELS PERISH Korah, in his exalted self-confidence, gathered all the congregation of Israel against Moses and Aaron, "unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. A: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt tThou be wroth with all the congregation? p. 349, Para. 3, [3T].


 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side;: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children. And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men;, then the Lord hath not sent me. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit,; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord." p. 19, Para. 3, [24OT].

As soon as Moses ceased speaking, the earth opened and swallowed them up, and their tents, and all that pertained unto them, were swallowed up. They went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed over them, and they perished from among the congregation. p. 21349, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


And as As the children of Israel heard the cry of the perishing ones, they fled at a great distance from them.

 They knew that they were in a measure guilty, for they had received the accusations against Moses and Aaron, and they were afraid that they shouldwould also perish with them. TBut the judgment of God was not yet finished. A fire came from the cloud of glory and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense. p. 21, Para. 2, [24OT].

These were princes; that is, men generally of good judgment, and of influence in the congregation, men of renown. They were highly esteemed, and their judgment had often been sought in difficult matters. But they were affected by a wrong influence, and became envious, jealous, and rebellious. They perished not with Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, because they were not the first in rebellion. They were first to see their end firstof the leaders in the rebellion, and have an opportunity of repentingto repent of their crime. But they were not reconciled to the destruction of those wicked men, and the wrath of God came upon them, and destroyed them also. p. 21350, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed. The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar;: for they offered them before the Lord, therefore they are hallowed;: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel." p. 22, Para. 1, [24OT].

The Rebellion Not Cured. p. 22350, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 THE REBELLION NOT CURED After this terrificterrible exhibition of God's judgment, the people returned to their tents, but not humbled. They were terrified, but not humbled. They had been deeply influenced by the spirit of rebellion, and had been flattered by Korah and his company to believe that they were a very good people, and that they had been wronged and abused by Moses. They had their mindTheir minds were so thoroughly imbued with the spirit of those who had perished that it was difficult to free themselves offrom their blind prejudice. If they should admit that Korah and his company were all wicked, and Moses righteous, then they would be compelled to receive as the word of God, that which they were unwilling to believe, that they should certainly all die in the wilderness. They were not willing to submit to this, and tried to believe that it was all an imposture, and that Moses had deceived them. The men who had perished, had spoken pleasant words to them, and had manifested especialspecial interest and love for them, and they thought Moses a designing man. They decided that they could not be wrong; that, after all, theose men who had perished were good men, and Moses had by some means been the cause of their destruction. p. 22351, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 Satan can lead deceived souls to great lengths. He can pervert their judgment, their sight, and their hearing. It was so in the case of the Israelites. "But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the Lord." The people were disappointed inthat the matter, resulting resulted as it did in favor of Moses and Aaron. The appearance of Korah and his company, all impiously exercising the priest'spriests' office with their censers, struck the people with admiration. They did not see that these men were offering a daring affront to the divine Majesty. When they were destroyed, the people were terrified; but after a short time all came in a tumultuous manner to Moses and Aaron, and charged them with the blood of those men who had perished by the hand of God. p. 23351, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 "And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation;: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared. And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces." Notwithstanding the rebellion of Israel, and their cruel conduct to Moses, yet he still manifested for them the same interest as before. He fellFalling upon his face before the Lord, andhe implored hHim to spare the people. p. 24, Para. 1, [24OT].

While Moses wasthus praying beforefor the Lord to pardon the sins of hHis people, heMoses requested Aaron to make an atonement for their sin, while he remained before the Lord, that his prayers might ascend with the incense and be acceptable to God, and that all the congregation might not perish in their rebellion. p. 352, Para. 1, [3T].


 "And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make and atonement for them;: for there is wrath gone out from the Lord. T; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation;, and, behold, the plague was begun among the people. A: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,: and the plague was stayed." p. 24352, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


The Subject Applied. p. 25, Para. 1, [24OT].

 A LESSON FOR OUR TIME In the case of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, we have a lesson of warning lest we follow their example. "Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples,: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." p. 25353, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 We have evidences in God's word of the liability of theHis people of God beingto be greatly deceived. There are many instances where what may seenm to be a sincere zeal for the honor of God has its origin in leaving the soul unguarded for the enemy to tempt and to impress the mind with a perverted sense of the real state of things. And we may expect just such things in these last days;, for Satan is just as busy now as he was within the congregation of Israel.

 The cruelty and strength of prejudice are not understood.

 After the congregation had the evidences before their sight of the destruction of these leaders in rebellion, the power of suspicion and distrust which had been let into their souls was not removed. They saw the earthground open and the leaders inof rebellion go down into the bowels of the earth.

 This fearful exhibition before them surely ought to have cured them, and led them to the deepest repentance for their abuse of Moses. p. 25353, Para. 32, [24OT3T].

  


 Here God gave all Israel an opportunity to see and to feel the sinfulness of their course, which should have led them to repentance and confession. He gave the deceived ones overwhelming evidence that they were sinners, and that hHis servant Moses was right. They had an opportunity to pass one night in reflection upon the fearful visitation of Heaven which they had witnessed. But reason was perverted.

 Korah had instigated the rebellion. T, and two hundred and fifty princes had joined him and spreadin spreading the disaffection. All the congregation were, to a greater or less degree, affected with the prevailing jealousy, surmisings, and hatred, against Moses, which had brought the displeasure of God in a fearfully marked manner. Yet our gracious God shows hHimself a God of justice and mercy. He made a distinction between the instigators--the leaders in the rebellion--and those who had been deceived or led by them. He pitied the ignorance and folly of those who had been deceived. p. 26353, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 God spoke byto Moses to bid the congregation to leave the tents of the men whom they had chosen in the place of Moses. The very men whose destruction they premeditated were the instruments in the hands of God of saving their lives upon that occasion. Said Moses,: "Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah." They also were in alarming danger of being also destroyed in their sins by the wrath of God in their sins;, for they were sharers in the crimes of the men to whom they had given their sympathy, and with whom they had associated.

 p. 27354, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


W If while Moses was trying the test before the congregation of Israel, if these menthose who had started the rebellion had repented and sought the forgiveness of God and of hHis injured servant, the vengeance of God would even then have been stayed. But there in their tents boldly stood Korah, the instigator of the rebellion, and his sympathizers boldly in their tents, as if in defiance of God's wrath, as though God had never wrought through hHis servant Moses. And much less doid these rebellious ones act as though they were men who had been so recently honored of God by being brought with Moses almost directly with Moses into hHis presence, and beholding hHis unsurpassed glory. These men saw Moses come down from the mount after he had received the second tables of stone, and while his face was so resplendent with the glory of God, so that the people would not approach him, but fled from him. He called to them;, but they seemed terrified. He presented the tables of stone. He and said,: I pleaded in your behalf. I and have turned the wrath of God from you. I have urged that, if God must forsake and destroy hHis congregation that, my name maymight also be blotted from hHis book. Lo, GodHe has answered me, and here these tables of stone that I hold in my hand are the pledge given me of hHis reconciliation with hHis people. p. 27354, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 The people perceive that it is the voice of Moses,; that, although he is transformed and glorified, he is yet Moses yet.

 They tell Moseshim that they cannot look into his face;, for the radiant light in his countenance is exceedingly painful to them. His face is like the sun. T; they cannot look upon it. When Moses finds out the difficulty, he covers his face with a vaeil. He diddoes not plead that the light and glory upon his face wasis the reflection of God's glory that hHe placed upon him, and that the people must bear it; but he covers his glory. The sinfulness of the people madke it painful to behold his glorified face. Just sSo will it be when the saints of God are glorified, just previous to the second appearing of our Lord. The wicked will retire and shrink away from the sight;, for the glory in the countenances of the saints will pain them. But all this glory upon Moses, all this divine stamp seen upon God's humble servant, is forgotten. p. 28354, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


Slighted Mercy. p. 29, Para. 1, [24OT].

 SLIGHTED MERCY The Hebrews had an opportunity to reflect upon the scene that they had witnessed in the visitation of God's wrath upon the most prominent ones in this great rebellion. The goodness and mercy of God waswere displayed in not completely exterminating this ungrateful people when hHis wrath was kindled against the most responsible ones. GodHe gave the congregation who had permitted themselves to be deceived, space for repentance. The fact that the Lord, their invisible lLeader, showed so much long-suffering and mercy in this instance, is distinctly recorded as evidence of hHis willingness to forgive the most grievous offenders, when they should have a sense of their sin and return unto the LordHim with repentance and humiliation. The congregation had been arrested in their presumptuous course by the display of the Lord's vengeance; but they were not convinced that they were great sinners against the LordHim, deserving hHis wrath for their rebellious course. p. 29355, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 It is hardly possible for men to offer a greater insult to God than to despise and reject the instrumentalities hthat He has appointed to lead them. They had not only done this, but had purposed to put both Moses and Aaron to death. These men fled from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, through fear of destruction; but their rebellion was not cured.

 They were not in grief and despair because of their guilt.

 They felt not the effect of an awakened, convicted conscience because they had abused their most precious privileges, and sinned against light and knowledge. We may here learn precious lessons of the long-suffering of Jesus, the aAngel who went before the Hebrews in the wilderness.

 p. 3055, Para. 12, [24OT3T].

  


 Their invisible Leader would save them from a disgraceful destruction. Forgiveness is lingeringlingers for them. It is possible for them to find pardon if they will even now repent. The vengeance of God has now come near to them and appealed to them to repent. A special, irresistible interference from Hheaven has arrested their presumptuous rebellion. Now iIf they now respond to the interposition of God's providence they may be saved. p. 30, Para. 2, [24OT].

TBut the repentance and humiliation of the congregation of Israel is required tomust be proportionate to their transgression. The revelation of the signal power of God revealed has placed them beyond uncertainty. They may have a knowledge of the true position and holy calling of Moses and Aaron if they will accept it. But their neglect of the Hebrews to regard the evidences that God had given them was fatal to them. They did not realize the importance of immediate action on their part to seek pardon of God for their grievous sins. p. 3156, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 That night of probation to the Hebrews was not passed by them in confessing and repenting of their sins, but in devising some way to resist the evidences which showed them to be the greatest of sinners. They still heldcherished their jealous hatred of the men of God's appointment. They and strengthened themselves in their mad course of resisting the authority of Moses and Aaron. Satan was at hand to pervert the judgment and lead them blindfolded to destruction. Their minds had been most thoroughly poisoned with disaffection, and they had the matter fixed beyond a question in their minds that Moses and Aaron were wicked men, and that they were responsible for the death of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, whom they thought would have been the saviours of the Hebrews by bringing in a better order of things, where praise would take the place of reproof, and peace the place of anxiety and conflict. p. 3156, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 The day before, all Israel had fled in alarm at the cry of the doomed sinners who went down into the pit,; for they said,: "Lest the earth swallow us up also." p. 32, Para. 1, [24OT].

"But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the Lord." In their indignation they were prepared to lay violent hands upon the men of God's appointment, whom they believed had done a great wrong in killing those who were good and holy. p. 3257, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


T But the Lord's presence wasis manifested in hHis glory over the tabernacle, and rebellious Israel wasare arrested in their mad, presumptuous course. The voice of the Lord from hHis terrible glory now speaks to Moses and Aaron in the same words which they were the day before commanded to address to the congregation of Israel,: "Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment." p.

 3257, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 Here we find a striking exhibition of the blindness that will compass human minds that turn from light and evidence.

 Here we see the strength of settled rebellion. Here we see, and how difficult it is rebellion to be overcomesubdued. Surely, the Hebrews had had the most convincing evidence in the destruction of the men who had deceived them. B; but they still stood forth boldly and defiantly, and accused Moses and Aaron of killing good and holy men. "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." p. 3257, Para. 43, [24OT3T].


 Moses did not feel the guilt of sin, and did not hasten away at the word of the Lord and leave the congregation to perish, as the Hebrews had fled from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram the day before. Moses lingered; for he could not consent to give up all that vast multitude to perish, although he knew that they deserved the vengeance of God, for their persistent rebellion. p. 33, Para. 1, [24OT].

He prostrated himself before God, because the people felt no necessity for humiliation. H; he mediatesd for the people,them because they feelfelt no need of interceding in their own behalf. p. 357, Para. 4, [3T].


 Moses here typifies Christ. InAt this critical crisis,time Moses manifested the tTrue sShepherd's interest for the flock of hHis care. He pleadsed that the wrath of an offended God maymight not utterly destroy utterly the people of hHis choice. He holds backAnd by his intercession he held back the arm of vengeance, that a full end shallwas not be made of disobedient, rebellious Israel. He directed Aaron what course to pursue in that terrible crisis when the wrath of God had gone forth, and the plague had begun. Aaron stood with his censer, waving it before the Lord, while the intercessions of Moses ascended with the smoke of the incense. Moses dared not cease his entreaties. He took hold of the strength of the aAngel, as did Jacob in his wrestling, and like Jacob he prevailed. Aaron was standing between the living and the dead, when the gracious answer came,: I have heard thy prayer, I will not consume utterly. The very men whom the congregation despised and would have put to death, are were the ones to plead in their behalf that the avenging sword of God might be sheathed and sinful Israel spared.

p. 33, Para. 2, [24OT].

New Testament Application. p. 3458, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 DESPISERS OF REPROOF The apostle Paul plainly stateds that the experience of the Israelites in their travels has been recorded for the benefit of those living in this age of the world, those upon whom the ends of the world are come. We do not consider that our dangers are any less than those of the Hebrews, but greater. There will be temptations to jealousies and murmurings, and there will be outspoken rebellion, as is on record in regard toare recorded of ancient Israel. There will ever be a spirit to rise up against the reproof of sins and wrongs.

 But shall the voice of reproof be hushed because of this?

 If so, we shall be in no better situation than are the various denominations in our land, who are afraid to touch the errors and prevailing sins of the people. p. 3458, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Those whom God has set apart as ministers of righteousness have solemn responsibilities laid upon them to reprove the sins of the people. Paul commanded Titus,: "These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee." There are ever those who will despise the one who dares to reprove sin. T; but there are times when reproofs must be given. Paul directs Titus to rebuke a certain class sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. Men and women who are brought together, with their different organizations, are brought together in church capacity, have peculiarities and faults. As these will beare developed, they will require reproof. If those who are placed in important positions never reproved, never rebuked, there would soon be a demoralized condition of things that would greatly dishonor God. But how shall the reproof be given? Let the apostle answer: "With all long-suffering and doctrine." Principle should be brought to bear upon the one who needs reproof.

But, but never should the wrongs of God's people be passed by indifferently. p. 358, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 There will be men and women who despise reproof, and whowhose feelings will ever in their feelings rise up against it. It is not pleasant to be told of our wrongs. In almost every case where therereproof is a necessity of reproving necessary, there will be some who entirely overlook the fact that the Spirit of the Lord has been grieved, and hHis cause reproached. These will pity those who deserved reproof, because personal feelings have been hurt. All this unsanctified sympathy places the sympathizers where they are sharers in the guilt of the one reproved. In nine cases out of ten, if the one reproved had been left under a sense of his wrongs, he might have been helped to see them, and thereby have been reformed. But meddlesome, unsanctified sympathizers place altogether a wrong construction upon the motives of the reprover and the nature of the reproof given, and by their sympathizing with the one reproved lead him to feel that he has been really abused,; and theirhis feelings rise up in rebellion against the one who has only done his duty. Those who faithfully discharge their unpleasant duties under a sense of their accountability to God, will receive hHis blessing. God requires hHis servants to be always in earnest to do hHis will. In the apostle's charge to Timothy, he exhorts him to "preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine." p. 3659, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 The Hebrews were not willing to submit to the directions and restrictions of the Lord. They simply wanted their own way, to follow the leadings of their own mind, and be controlled by their own judgment. Could they have been left free to do this, thereno complaints would have been no complaints made of Moses. T; but they were restless under restraint. p. 3760, Para.

 1, [24OT3T].


 God would have hHis people disciplined and brought into harmony of action, that they may see eye to eye, and be of the same mind, and of the same judgment. In order to bring about this state of things, there is much to be done. The carnal heart must be subdued, and transformed. God designs that there shouldshall ever be a living testimony in the church.

There It will be a necessitary of reproofsto reprove and exhortationsexhort, and some will need to be rebuked sharply, as the case demands.

 We hear the plea, : "Oh!, I am so sensitive, I cannot bear the least reflection.!" If these persons would state the case correctly, they would say, : "I am so self-willed, so self-sufficient, so proud spirited, that I will not be dictated to; I will not be reproved;. I claim the right of individual judgment; I have a right to believe and talk as I please. God" The Lord would not have us yield up our individuality. But what man is a proper judge of how far this matter of individual independence should be carried.? p. 3760, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Peter exhorts his brethren: "Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility;: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." The apostle Paul, also, exhorteds his Philippian brethren to unity and humility as follows: "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Again Paul exhorts his brethren,: "Let love be without dissimulation.

 Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another." He wroteIn writing to the Ephesians, he says: "Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God." p. 3860, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 The history of the Israelites presents before us the great danger of deception. Many do not have a sense of the sinfulness of their own natures, nor of the grace of forgiveness. They are in nature's darkness, subject to temptations and to great deception. They are far from God; yet they havetake great satisfaction in their lives, when their conduct is abhorred of God. This class will ever be at war with the leadings of the Spirit of God, especially againstwith reproof. They do not wish to be disturbed. They have oOccasionally they have selfish fears, occasionally and good purposes, someand sometimes anxious thoughts and convictions. B; but they have not a depth of experience, because they are not riveted to the Eeternal Rock. This class never see the necessity of the plain testimony. Sin does not appear so exceedingly sinful, to them for the very reason that they are not walking in the light, as Christ is in the light. p. 3861, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 There is still another class who have had great light, and special conviction, and a genuine experience in the workings of the Spirit of God; but the manifold temptations of Satan have overcome them. They do not appreciate the light that God has given them. They do not heed the warnings and reproofs from the Spirit of God. They are under condemnation. These will ever be at variance with the straight testimony, because it condemns them. p. 3961, Para.

1 2, [24OT3T].


 God designs that hHis people shall be a unit;, that they shall see eye to eye, and be of the same mind and of the same judgment. This cannot be accomplished without a clear, pointed, living testimony in the church. The prayer of Christ was that hHis disciples might be one as hHe was one with hHis Father. "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on mMe through their word; that they all may be one; as tThou, Father, art in mMe, and I in tThee, that they also may be one in uUs;: that the world may believe that tThou hast sent mMe. And the glory which tThou gavest mMe I have given them; that they may be one, even as wWe are one.: I in them, and tThou in mMe, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that tThou hast sent mMe, and hast loved them, as tThou hast loved mMe." E. G.

W. p. 3961, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


Appeal to the Young. p. 40, Para. 1, [24OT].

 APPEAL TO THE YOUNG Dear Youth: TFrom time to time the Lord has given me, from time to time, testimonies of warning for you. He has given you encouragement if you would yield your hearts' best and holiest affections to hHim. As these warnings revive distinctly before me, I feel a sense of your danger that I know you do not feel. The school located in Battle Creek brings together many young people together of different mental organizations. If these youth are not consecrated to God and obedient to His will, and do not walk humbly walking in the way of hHis commandments, obedient to his will, the location of a school in Battle Creek will prove a means of great discouragement to the church. p.

40, Para. 2, [24OT].

This school may be made a blessing or a curse. I entreat of you who have ever named the name of Christ to depart from all iniquity, and develop characters that God can approve. p. 41362, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 I inquire,: Do you believe that the testimonies of reproof which have been given you are of God? If you really believe that the voice of God has spoken to you, pointing out your dangers, do you heed the counsels given? dDo you keep fresh in your minds these testimonies of warning fresh in your minds by often reading them often with a prayerful hearts? p. 41, Para. 2, [24OT].

The Lord has spoken to you, children and youth, again and again. And; but you have been slow to heed the warnings given you. If you have not rebelliously braced your hearts against the views that God has given of your characters, and your dangers, and against the course marked out for you to pursue, some of you have been inattentive in regard to the things required of you, that you might gain spiritual strength and be a blessing in the school, in the church, and to all with whom you associate. p. 41362, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 Young men and women, you are accountable to God for the light hthat He has given you. This light and these warnings, if not heeded, will rise up in the judgment against you. You have yourYour dangers have been plainly stated. Y; you arehave been cautioned and guarded on every side and, hedged in with warnings. And iIn the house of God you have listened to the most solemn, heartsearchingheart searching truths presented by the servants of God in demonstration of the Spirit. What weight havedo these solemn appeals have upon your hearts? And wWhat influence do they have upon your characters? You will be held responsible for every one of these appeals and warnings. They will rise up in the judgments to condemn those who pursue a life of vanity, levity, and pride. p. 41363, Para. 41, [24OT3T].


 Dear young friends, that which you sow, you will also reap. Now for you is the sowing time for you. What will the harvest be? What are you sowing? Every word you utter and, every act of your lifeyou perform, is a seed which will bear good or evil fruit, and will result in joy or sorrow to the sower of the seed.

. As is the seed sown, so will be the crop. God has given you great light and many privileges. p. 42, Para. 1, [24OT].

After this light has been given, and after your dangers have been plainly presented before you, the responsibility becomes yours. The manner in which you treat the light that God gives you will turn the scale for happiness or woe. You are shaping your destinies for yourselves. p. 363, Para. 2, [3T].


 You all have an influence for good or for evil on the minds and characters of others. And just the influence which you exert is written in the book of records in Hheaven. An angel is attending you, and taking record of your words and actions.

 When you ariserise in the morning, do you feel your helplessness and your need of strength from God? Aand do you humbly, with your heart,heartily make known your wants to your Hheavenly Father? If you doso, angels mark your prayers, and if these prayers have not gone forth out of feigned lips, when you are in danger of unconsciously doing wrong, and exerting an influence which will lead others to do wrong, your guardian angel will be by your side, prompting you to a better course, choosing your words for you, and influencing your actions. p. 42363, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 If you feel in no danger, and if you offer no prayer for help and strength to resist temptations, you will be sure to go astray. And; your neglect of duty iswill be marked in the book of God in Hheaven. Y, and you will be found wanting in the trying day. p. 43, Para. 1, [24OT].

There are thosesome around you who have been religiously instructed, and some who have been indulged, petted, flattered, and praised, until they have been literally spoiled for practical life. I am speaking in regard to persons that I know.

 Their characters are so warped by indulgence, flattery, and indolence, so that for this life they are useless for this life. And if useless so far as this life is concerned, what may we hope for that life where all is purity and holiness, and where all have harmonious characters.? I have prayed for these persons.; I have personally addressed them personally. I could see the influence that they would exert over other minds, in leading them to vanity, love of dress, and carelessness in regard to their eternal interests. The only hope for this class is for them to take heed to their ways, and humble their proud, vain hearts before God, make confession of their sins, and be converted. p. 43364, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Vanity in dress as well as the love of amusement is a great temptation for the youth, as well as love of amusement. The sacred claims that God has upon us all are,. God has sacred claims upon us all. He claims the whole heart, the whole soul, the whole affections. The answer somewhich is sometimes makde to this statement is: "Oh, Oh!

I do not profess to be a Christian.!" What if theyyou do not?

 Has not God the same claims upon themyou that hHe has upon the one who professes to be hHis child? Because theyyou are bold in theiryour careless disregard of sacred things, is theiryour sin of neglect and rebellion passed over by the Lord? p. 44, Para. 1, [24OT].

Every day that you disregard the claims of God, every opportunity of offered mercy that you slight, is charged to your account, and will swell the list of sins against you in the day when the accounts of every soul will be investigated. I address you, young men and women, professors or unprofessor.

nonprofessors: God calls for your affections, your devotion, andfor your cheerful obedience and devotion to hHim. You now have now a short time of probation, and you may now improve this opportunity to make an unconditional surrender to God. p. 44364, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Obedience and submission to God's requirements are the conditions given us by the inspired apostle, by which we become children of God, members of the royal family. Every child and youth, and every man and woman, has Jesus rescued by hHis own blood from the abyss of ruin to which Satan was compelling them to go. Because sinners will not accept of the salvation freely offered to them, are they released from their obligations? Their choosing to remain in sin and bold transgression does not lessen their guilt. Jesus paid a price for them, and they belong to hHim. They are hHis property,; and if they will not yield obedience to Him who has given hHis life for them, and if they willbut devote their time and strength and talents to the service of Satan, they are earning their wages, which is death. Immortal glory and eternal life is the reward that our Redeemer offers as a reward to those who will be obedient to hHim. He has made it possible for them to perfect Christian character through hHis name, and to overcome on their own account as hHe has overcoame in their behalf. He has given them an example in hHis own life, showing them how they may overcome. "The wages of sin is death,; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." p. 45365, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 The claims of God are equally binding upon all. Those who choose to neglect the great salvation offered to them freely, andwho choose to serve themselves and remain enemies toof God, enemies toof the self-sacrificing Redeemer, are earning their wages. They are sowing to the flesh, and will of the flesh reap corruption. p. 46365, Para. 12, [24OT3T].

  


 Those who have put on Christ by baptism, and have by this act shownshowing their separation from the world, and that they have covenanted to walk in newness of life, should not set up idols in their hearts. Those who have once rejoiced in the evidence of sins forgiven, who have tasted of a Saviour's love, and who then persist in uniting with the foes of Christ, and rejectrejecting the perfect righteousness that Jesus offers them, and choosechoosing the ways that hHe has condemned, will be more severely judged than the heathen who have never had the light and have never known God or hHis Llaw. Those who refuse to follow the light which God has given them, and choosechoosing the amusements, vanities, and follies, of the world, and refuserefusing to conform their conduct to the just and holy requirements of God's law, are guilty of sins the most aggravating sins in the sight of God. Their guilt and their wages will be proportionate to the light and the privileges which they have had. p. 46365, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 We see the world absorbed in their own amusements. The first and highest thoughts of the larger portion, especially of femaleswomen, are forof display. Love of dress and pleasures is wrecking the happiness of thousands. And some of those who profess to love and keep the commandments of God are coming as near to apingape this class as possible,near as they possibly can and retain the name of ChristiansChristian name. And sSome of the young are so eager for display that they are even willing to give up even the name of Christian, name if they can only follow out their inclination for vanity of dress and love of pleasure. Self-denial in dress is a part of our Christian duty. To dress plainly, and abstainabstaining from display of jewelry and ornaments of every kind, is in keeping with our faith. Are we of thate number who see the folly of the worldlings in indulging in extravagance inof dress, as well as in love of amusements? If so, we should be of that class who will shun everything that gives sanction to this spirit which takes possession of the minds and hearts of those who live only for this world, only and who have no thought or care for the next. p.

47 366, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Christian youth, I have seen in some of you a love for dress and display which has pained me. In some who have been well instructed, andwho have had religious privileges from their babyhood, and who have put on Christ by baptism, thus professing to be dead to the world, I have seen a vanity in dress and a levity in conduct that hasve grieved the dear Saviour, and hasve been a reproach to the cause of God. I have marked with pain your religious declension and your disposition to trim and ornament and trim your apparel. Some have been so unfortunate as to come into possession of a gold chains or pins, or both, and have shown bad taste in exhibiting these thingsthem, making them conspicuous, to attract attention. I can but associate these characters with the vain peacock who will, that displays his gorgeous feathers for admiration. It is all this poor bird has to attract attention. H, for his voice and form are anything but attractive. p. 48366, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 The young may endeavor to excel in seeking for the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is a jewel of inestimable value that may be worn with heavenly grace.

 This adorning will possess attractions for many in this world, and will be esteemed of great price by the heavenly angels, and above all by our Hheavenly Father, and will fit themthe wearers to be welcome guests in the heavenly courts. p. 48367, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The youth have faculties that, with proper cultivation, would qualify them for almost any position of trust. If they had made it their object in obtaining an education to bring intoso exercise and develop the powers that God has given them for usefulness, that they might be useful and prove a blessing to others, their minds would not be dwarfed to an inferior standard. They would show depth of thought and firmfirmness of principle, and would command influence and respect. They might have an elevating influence upon others, which would lead souls to see and acknowledge the power of an intelligent Christian life. Those who have greater care to ornament their persons for display than to formeducate the mind for the purpose of exercisingand exercise their powers for the greatest usefulness, that they may glorify God, do not realized their accountability to God. They will be inclined to be superficial in all they undertake. They and will narrow their usefulness, and dwarf their intellect. p. 49367, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


But I feel deeply pained at heart for the fathers and mothers of these youth, as well as for the children. There has been a lack in the training of these children, which leaves a heavy responsibility somewhere. Parents who have petted and indulged their children in the placestead of judiciously, from principle, judiciously restraining them, can see the characters they have formed. As the training has been, so the character inclines. p. 49367, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


Faithful Abraham. p. 50, Para. 1, [24OT].

 FAITHFUL ABRAHAM My mind goes back to faithful Abraham pursuing his journey with Isaac by his side, who, in obedience to the divine command given him in thea night vision ofat Beersheba, pursues his journey with Isaac by his side. He sees before him the mountain which God had told him hHe would signalize as the one upon which he was to sacrifice. He removes the wood from the shoulder of his servant and lays it upon Isaac, the one to be offered. He girds up his soul with firmness and agonizing sternness, ready for the work which God requireds him to do. With a breaking heart and unnerved hand, he takes the fire, while Isaac inquires,: Father, here is the fire and the wood; but where is the offering? OBut, oh!

, Abraham cannot tell him now.! Father and son build the altar, and the terrible moment comes for Abraham to make known to Isaac that which has agonized his soul all that long journey, that Isaac himself is the victim. Isaac is not a lad; he is a full-grownfull grown young man. He could have refused to submit to his father's design, if had he chosechosen to do so. He does not accuse his father of insanity. He, nor does nothe even seek to change his purpose even. He submits. He believes in the love of his father, and that he would not make this terrible sacrifice of his only son, if God had not bidden him to do so,. Isaac wasis bound by the trembling, loving hands of his pitying father, because God hads said it. The son submittedsubmits to the sacrifice, because he believeds in the integrity of his father. AndBut when everything wasis ready, when the faith of the father, and the submission of the son wereare fully tested, the angel of God stays the uplifted hand of Abraham that wasis about to slay his son. He and tells him that it is enough. "Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from mMe." p. 50368, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 This act of faith in Abraham is recorded for our benefit.

 It teaches us the great lesson of confidence in the requirements of God, however close and cutting. I they may be; and it teaches children perfect submission to their parents and to God. We are taught inBy Abraham's obedience we are taught that nothing is too precious for us to give to God. p. 51368, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Isaac was thea figure of the Son of God, who was offered a sacrifice for the sins of the world. God would impress upon Abraham the gospel of salvation to man. In order to do this, and make the truth to him a reality, to him as well as to test his faith, hHe required of him to slay his darling Isaac. All the sorrows and agony that Abraham endured through thisat dark and fearful trial were for the purpose of deeply impressing onupon his understanding the plan of redemption for fallen man. He was made to understand in his own experience how unutterable was the self-denial of the infinite God in giving hHis own Son to die to rescue man from utter ruin. NTo Abraham no mental torture to Abraham could be equal to that which he endured in obeying the divine command to sacrifice his son. p. 51369, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 God gave hHis Son to a life of humiliation, self-denial, poverty, toil, reproach, and to the agonizing death of the crucifixion. But there was no angel to bear the joyful commission, message: "It is enough, y; You need not die, mMy well-belovedwell beloved Son." Legions of angels were sorrowfully waiting, hoping that, as in the case of Isaac, God would at the last moment prevent hHis shameful death. But angels were not permitted to bear any such message to God's dear Son. p. 52, Para.

1, [24OT].

The humiliation in the judgment hall, and on the way to Calvary went on. He was mocked, derided, and spit upon. He endured the jeers, taunts, and revilings, of those who hated hHim, until upon the cross hHe bowed hHis head and died.

 p. 52369, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Could God give to us any greater proof of hHis love than this that he gave hin thus giving His Son to pass through this scene of suffering? And as the gift of God to man was a free gift, hHis love is infinite. The, so His claims of God upon our confidence, our obedience, our whole heart, and the wealth of our affections, correspond with the are correspondingly infinite gift. He requires all that it is possible for man to give. The submission on our part must be proportionate to the gift of God; it must be complete, and wanting in nothing. We are all debtors to God. He has claims upon us that we cannot meet without giving ourselves a full and willing sacrifice. PHe claims prompt and willing obedience God claims, and nothing short of this will hHe accept. We have opportunity now to secure the love and favor of God. This year of 1875 may be the last year in the lives of some who may read this. IsAre there any among the youth who shall read this appeal who would choose the pleasures of the world before that peace which Christ gives the earnest seeker and the cheerful doer of hHis will? p. 52369, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 God is weighing our characters, our conduct, and our motives, in the balances of the sanctuary. It will be a fearful thing to be pronounced wanting in love and obedience by our Redeemer, who died upon the cross to draw our hearts unto hHim. God has bestowed upon us great and precious gifts. He has given us light and a knowledge of hHis will, so that we need not err or walk in darkness. To be weighed in the balance and found wanting in the day of final settlement and rewards will be a fearful thing, a terrible mistake which can never be corrected. SYoung friends, shall the book of God be searched in vain for your names, young friends? p. 53370, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 God has appointed you a work to do for hHim which will make you a co-laborercolaborers with hHim. TAll around you there are souls to save around you. There will beare those whom you can encourage and bless by your earnest efforts. You may turn souls from sin to righteousness. When you have a sense of your accountability to God, you will feel yourthe need of faithfulness in prayer, and faithfulness in watching against the temptations of Satan. You will, if you are indeed Christians, feel more like mourning over the moral darkness in the world than indulging in levity and pride of dress. You will be among those who are sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land. You will resist the temptations of Satan to indulge in vanity and in trimmings and ornaments for display. The mind is narrowed and the intellect dwarfed that can be gratified with these frivolous things to the neglect of high responsibilities. p. 370, Para. 2, [3T].


 The youth in our day may be workers with Christ if they will,; and in working, their faith will strengthen and their knowledge of the divine will will increase. Every true purpose and every act of right doing will be recorded in the book of life. I wish I could arouse the youth to see and feel the sinfulness of living for their own gratification and dwarfing their intellects to the cheap, vain things of this life. If they would elevate their thoughts and words above the frivolous attractions of this world, and make it their aim to glorify God, hHis peace, which passeth all understanding, would be theirs. p. 54370, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


Humiliation HUMILIATION Of Christ. p. 55, Para. 1, [24OT].

F CHRIST Did not our ExamplerExemplar tread a hard, self-denying, selfsacrificing, humble path, on our account, in order to save us? He encountered difficulties. He, experienced disappointments, and suffered reproach and affliction in hHis work of saving us. And shall we refuse to follow where the King of glory has led the way? Shall we complain of hardship and trial in the work of overcoming on our own account, when we remember the sufferings of our Redeemer in the wilderness of temptation, and in the gGarden of Gethsemane, and on Calvary? All these were endured to show us the way, and to bring us the divine help that we must have or perish. If the youth would win eternal life, they need not expect that they can follow their own inclinations. The prize will cost them something, yes, everything. They can now have Jesus or the world. How many dear youth will suffer privation, weariness, toil, and anxiety, in order to serve themselves, and gain an object in this life?! They do not think of complaining of the hardships and difficulties they encounter in order to serve their own interest. Why, then, should the youththey shrink from conflict, self-denial, or from any sacrifice, for in order to obtain eternal life? p. 55371, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Christ came from the courts of glory to this sin-pollutedsin polluted world and humbled hHimself to humanity. He identified hHimself with our weaknesses. He and was tempted in all points like as we are. Christ perfected a righteous character here upon the earth, not on hHis own account;, for hHis character was pure and spotless, but for fallen man. His character hHe offers to man if he will accept it. The sinner, through repentance of his sins, and faith in Jesus Christ, and obedience to the perfect law of God, has the righteousness of Christ imputed to him, and; it becomes his righteousness, and his name is recorded in the Lamb's book of life. He becomes a child of God, a member of the royal family. p.

56 371, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Jesus paid an infinite price to redeem the world, and the race was given into hHis hands. T; they became hHis property. He sacrificed hHis honor, hHis riches, and hHis glorious home in the royal courts, and became the son of Joseph and Mary.

 Joseph was one of the humblest of day laborers, and. Jesus also worked, and; he lived a life of hardship and toil. When hHis ministry commenced, after hHis baptism, hHe endured an agonizing fast of nearly six weeks of agonizing fast. It was not merely the gnawing pangs of hunger which made hHis sufferings inexpressibly severe, but it was the guilt of the sins of the world which pressed so heavily upon hHim. He who knew no sin was made sin for us. With this terrible weight of guilt upon hHim because of our sins hHe withstood the fearful test upon appetite, and upon love of the world, love and of honor, and pride of display which leads to presumption. TChrist endured these three great leading temptations, Christ endured, and overcame in behalf of man, working out for him a righteous character, because hHe knew man could not do this of himself. He knew that upon these three points Satan was to assail the race.

 He had overcome Adam, and he designed to carry forward his work to completion intill he completed the ruin of man. Christ entered the field in man's behalf to conquer Satan for him because hHe saw that man could not overcome on his own account. Christ prepared the way for the ransom of man by hHis own life of suffering, self-denial, and self-sacrifice, hand by His humiliation, and, finally, his final death. He has brought help to man that he maymight, inby following hisChrist's example, overcome on his own account, as Christ has overcome for him. p. 56372, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? for ye are bought with a price;: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers;: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? and what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be mMy people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be mMy sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." p. 57372, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 How graciously and tenderly our Hheavenly Father deals with hHis children.! He preserves them from a thousand dangers to them unseen. He and guards them from the subtle arts of Satan, lest they should be destroyed. Because the protecting care of God through hHis angels is not seen by our dull vision, we do not try to contemplate and appreciate the everwatchfulever watchful interest that our kind and benevolent Creator has overin the work of hHis hands; and we are not grateful for the multitude of mercies hthat He daily bestows upon us. p. 58373, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 The young are ignorant of the many dangers to which they are daily exposed. They can never fully know them all; but if they are watchful and prayerful, God will keep their consciences sensitive and their perceptions clear, that they may discern the workings of the enemy, and be fortified against his attacks. But many of the youthng have so long followed their own inclinations that duty is a meaningless word to them. HThey do not realize the high and holy duties which they may have to do for the benefit of others and for to glorifyhe glory of God, they do not sense,; and they utterly neglect to perform them. p. 59373, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 If the youth could only be awake, and to deeply feel their need of strength from God to resist the temptations of Satan, precious victories would be theirs, and they would obtain a valuable experience in the Christian warfare. How few of the young think of the exhortation of the inspired apostle's exhortation, Peter: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;: whom resist steadfast in the faith." In the vision given to John, he saw the power of Satan over men, and exclaimed,: "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." p. 59373, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 The only safety for the young is in unceasing watchfulness and humble prayer. They need not flatter themselves that they can be Christians without these. Satan conceals his temptations and his devices under a cover of light, as when he approached Christ in the wilderness, h. He was then in appearance as one of the heavenly angels. The adversary of our souls will approach us as a heavenly guest;, and the apostle recommends sobriety and vigilance the apostle recommends as our only safety. The young who indulge in carelessness, in and levity, and who neglect of Christian duties, are continually falling under the temptations of the enemy, instead of overcoming as Christ overcame. p. 60374, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 The service of Christ is not drudgery to the fully consecrated soul. Obedience to our Saviour does not detract from our happiness and true pleasure in this life, but it has a refining, elevating power upon our characters. The daily study of the precious words of life found in ourthe Bibles strengthens the intellect, and furnishes a knowledge of the grand and glorious works of God in nature. Through the study of the Scriptures, we obtain a correct knowledge is obtained in regard to the wayof how to live in orderso as to enjoy the greatest amount of unalloyed happiness. The Bible student is also furnished with Scripture arguments toso that he can meet the doubts of unbelievers and remove them by the clear light of truth. Those who have searched the Scriptures may ever be fortified against the temptations of Satan, and; they may be thoroughly furnished to everyall good work,s and prepared to give to every man that asketh them a reason of the hope that is withinin them. p.

60 374, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 The impression is too frequently left upon minds that religion is degrading, and that it is a condescendingcondescension for sinners to accept of the Bible standard as their rule of life. They think that its requirements are unrefined, and that, in accepting it, they must relinquish all their tastes for, and happy enjoyments of all, that which is beautiful, and instead must accept of humiliation and degradation. Satan never fastens a greater deception upon minds than this. The pure religion of Jesus requires of its followers the simplicity of natural beauty, and the polish of natural refinement and elevated purity, rather than the artificial and false. p. 61374, Para. 13, [24OT3T].

  


 While pure religion is looked upon as exacting in its demands, and, with the young especially, is unfavorably contrasted with the false glitter and tinsel of the world, they regard the Bible requirements asare regarded as humiliating, selfdenying tests, which takes from them all the enjoyment of life. But the religion of the Bible ever has a tendency to elevate and refine. And had the professed followers of Jesus Christ carried out the principles of pure religion in their lives, the religion of Jesus Christ would be acceptable to more refined minds. The religion of the Bible has nothing in it which would jar upon the finest feelings.

 It is, in all its precepts and requirements, as pure as the character of God, and as elevated as hHis throne. p. 61375, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The Redeemer of the world has warnsed us against the pride of life, but not against its grace and natural beauty. He pointed to all the glowing beauty of the flowers of the field, and to the lily reposing in its spotless purity upon the bosom of the lake, and said,: "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these." Here hHe shows that notwithstanding men and womenpersons may have so great care, and may toil with weariness to make themselves objects of admiration by their outward decorations, all their artificial adornments, which they value so highly, will not bear comparison with the simple flowers of the field for natural loveliness.

 Even these simple flowers, with God's adornment, would outvie in loveliness the gorgeous apparel of Solomon. "Even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

" p. 62375, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Here is an important lesson for every follower of Christ.

 The Redeemer of the world speaks to the youth. Will you listen to hHis words of heavenly instruction? He presents before you themes for thought that will ennoble, elevate, refine, and purify, but which will never degrade ofr dwarf the intellect. His voice is speaking to you.: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Hheaven." If the light of God be in you, it will shine forth to others.

 It can never be concealed. p. 63376, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Dear youth, a disposition in you to followdress according to the fashion in your dress, and to wear lace, and gold, and artificials, for display, will not recommend to others your religion andor the truth that you profess to others. People of discernment will look upon your attempts to beautify the external, as proof of weak minds and proud hearts. Simple, plain, unpretending dress will be a recommendation to my youthful sisters. In no better way can you let your light shine to others than in your simplicity of dress and deportment. You may show to all that, in comparison with eternal things, you place a proper estimate upon the things of this life in comparison with eternal considerations. p.

63 376, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Now is your golden opportunity to form pure and holy characters for Hheaven. You cannot afford to devote these precious moments to trimming and ruffling, to beautify and beautifying the external to the neglect of the inward adorning. "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." p. 64376, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 God, who created everything lovely and beautiful that the eye rests upon, is a lover of the beautiful. He shows you how hHe estimates true beauty. The ornament of a meek and quiet spirit is in hHis sight of great price. That which God estimates as valuable above costly dress, or pearls, or gold, sShall we not seek earnestly to gain that which God estimates as more valuable than costly dress or pearls or gold? The inward adorning, the grace of meekness, a spirit in harmony with the heavenly angels, will not lessen true dignity of character, or make us less lovely here in this world. p.

64 376, Para. 24, [24OT3T].


 Pure Religion. p. 64, Para. 3, [24OT].

Religion--Religion, pure and undefiled, ennobles its possessor. You will ever find with the true Christian a marked cheerfulness, a holy, happy confidence in God, a submission to hHis providences, that is refreshing to the soul. ToBy the Christian, God's love and benevolence can be seen in every bounty he receives. The beauties in nature are a theme for contemplation. In studying the natural loveliness surrounding us, the mind is carried up through nature to the Author of all that is lovely. All the works of God are speaking to our senses, magnifying hHis power, exalting hHis wisdom. Every created thing has in it charms which interest the child of God, and mold his taste to regard these precious evidences of God's love above the work of human skill. p.

64 377, Para. 41, [24OT3T].


 The prophet, in words of glowing fervor, magnifies God in hHis created works: "When I consider tThy heavens, the work of tThy fingers, the moon and the stars, which tThou hast ordained; what is man, that tThou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that tThou visitest him?" "O Lord Godour Lord, how excellent is tThy name in all the earth! I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all tThy marvelous works." p. 65377, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 It is absence of religion that makes the path of so many professors of religion shadowy. There are those who may pass for Christians, but theywho are unworthy the name. They have not Christian characters. When their Christianity is put to the test, its falsity is too evident. True religion is seen in the daily deportment. The life of the Christian is characterized by earnest, unselfish working to do others good and to glorify God. TheirHis path is not dark and gloomy.

p. 65, Para. 2, [24OT].

An inspired writer has said,: "But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness;: they know not at what they stumble.'" p. 66377, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 And shall the young live vain and thoughtless lives of fashion and frivolity, dwarfing their intellect to the matter of dress, and consumeconsuming their time in sensual pleasure? When they are all unready, God may say to them, : "This night thyyour folly shall end." He may permit mortal sickness to come upon those who have borne no fruit to hHis glory. While facing the realities of eternity, they may begin to realize the value of time and of the life they have lost. They may then have some sense of the worth of the soul. They see that their lives have not glorified God in lighting the path of others to Hheaven. They have lived to glorify self. And when racked with pain and with anguish of soul, they cannot have clear conceptions of eternal things.

 They may review their past lives, and in their remorse may each cry out, : "I have done nothing for Jesus, who has conedone everything for me. My life has been a terrible failure." p. 66377, Para.

2 4, [24OT3T].


 While you pray, dear youth, that you may not be led into temptation, remember that your work does not end with the prayer. You wantmust then to answer your own prayer, as far as possible, by resisting temptation, and leave that which you cannot do for yourselves for Jesus to do for you. You cannot be too guarded in your words and in your deportment, lest you invite the enemy to tempt you. Many of our youth open the door wide for Satan to come in, by their careless disregard of the warnings and reproofs given them, open the door wide for Satan to enter. p. 67, Para. 1, [24OT].

With God's word for our guide, and Jesus as our heavenly tTeacher, we need not be ignorant of hHis requirements or of Satan's devices, and be overcome by his temptations. It will be no unpleasant task to be obedient to the will of God, when we yield ourselves fully to be directed by hHis Spirit. p. 67378, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Now is the time to work. If we are children of God, as long as we live in the world GodHe will give us our work. We can never say that we have nothing to do so long as there remains a work undone. p. 67, Para. 3, [24OT].

I wish that all the youthng could see, as I have seen, the work that they can do, and whichthat God will hold them responsible for, because they do not do it neglecting. The greatest work that was ever accomplished in the world, was done by Him who was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. A frivolous-mindedfrivolous minded person will never accomplish good. p. 67378, Para. 42, [24OT3T].


 The spiritual weakness of many young men and women in this age is deplorable because they could be powerful agents for good if they were consecrated to God. I mourn greatly the lack of stability with the young. This we should all deplore. There seems to be a lack of power to do right, a lack of earnest effort to obey the calls of duty rather than those of inclination. There seems to be with some but little strength to resist temptation. The reason of their beingwhy they are dwarfs in spiritual things is because they do not by exercise grow spiritually strong. They stand still when they should be going forward. Every step in the life of faith and duty is a step toward Hheaven. I want greatly to hear of a reformation in many respects such as the young have never heretofore realized. Every inducement that Satan can invent is pressed upon them to make them indifferent and careless in regard to eternal things. I suggest that there be special efforts be made by the youth to help each otherone another to live faithful to their baptismal vows, and that they pledge themselves solemnly before God to withdraw their affections from the love of dress and display. p. 68379, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 I would remind the youth who ornament their persons and wear feathers upon their hats and ornament their persons that, because of their sins, our Saviour's head wore the shameful crown of thorns. When you devote precious time to trimming your apparel, remember that the King of glory wore a plain, seamless coat. You who weary yourselves in decorating your persons, please bear in mind that Jesus was often weary from incessant toil and self-denial and self-sacrifice to bless the suffering and needy.

 He spent whole nights in prayer upon the lonely mountains.

Not, not because of hHis weakness and hHis necessities, but hbecause He saw, hHe felt, the weakness of your natures to resist the temptations of the enemy upon the very points where you are now overcome. He knew that you would be indifferent in regard to your dangers and would not feel your need of prayer. It was on our account, h that He poured out hHis prayers to hHis Father with strong cries and tears. It was to save us from the very pride and love of vanity and pleasure thatwhich we now indulge, and which crowds out the love of Jesus, that caused those tears, were shed and marredthat our Saviour's visage was marred with sorrow and anguish more than any of the sons of men. p. 68379, Para.

 2, [24OT3T].


 Will you, young friends, arise and shake off this dreadful indifference and stupor which has conformed you to the world? Will you heed the voice of warning which tells you that destruction lies in the path of those who are at ease in this hour of danger.? God's patience will not always wait for you, poor, trifling souls. God,He who holds our destinies in hHis hands, will not always be trifled with. Jesus declares to us that there is a greater sin than that which caused the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. It is the sin of those who have the great light of the truth in these days and who are not moved to repentance. It is the sin of rejecting the light of the most solemn message of mercy to the world. It is the sin of those who see Jesus in the wilderness of temptation, bowed down as with mortal agony because of the sins of the world, and yet are not moved to thorough repentance. He fasted nearly six weeks to overcome, in behalf of men, the indulgence of appetite, their and vanity, and the desire for display, and worldly honor. He has shown them how they may overcome on their own account as hHe overcame,; but it is not pleasant to their natures to endure conflict and reproach, derision and shame, for hHis dear sake. It is not agreeable to deny self and to be ever be seeking to do good to others. It is not pleasant to overcome as Christ overcame, so they turn from the pattern which is plainly given them to copy, and refuse to imitate the example that the Saviour came from the heavenly courts to leave them.

 p. 69380, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of Jjudgment than for those who have had the privileges and the great light which shines in our day, andbut who have neglected to follow the light, and to give their hearts fully to God. E. G. W. p. 70380, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


Tithes and Offerings. p. 71, Para. 1, [24OT].

 TITHES AND OFFERINGS The mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to save perishing sinners. It is to make known the love of God to men, and to win them to Christ by the efficacy of that love. The truth for this time must be carried into the dark corners of the earth. A, and this work may begin at home. The followers of Christ should not live selfish lives. B; but, imbued with the sSpirit of Christ, they should work in harmony with ChristHim. p. 71381, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 There are causes for the present coldness and unbelief.

 The love of the world, and the cares of life, separate the soul from God. The water of life must be in us, and flowing out from us, springing up into everlasting life. We must work out what God works in. If the Christian would enjoy the light of life, he must increase his efforts to bring others to the knowledge of the truth. His life must be characterized by exertion and sacrifices to do others good.

And; and then there will be no complaints of lack of enjoyment.

 p. 71381, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 Angels are ever engaged in working for others'the happiness of others.

 This is their joy. That which to selfish hearts would be considered humiliating service, in ministryministering to those who are wretched, and in every way inferior in character and rank, is the work of the pure, sinless angels in the royal courts of Hheaven. The spirit of Christ's self-sacrificing love is the spirit which pervades Hheaven, and is the very essence of its bliss. p. 71381, Para. 43, [24OT3T].


 Those who feel no special pleasure in seeking to be a blessing to others, in working, even at a sacrifice, to do them good, cannot have the spirit of Christ, or of Hheaven; for they have no union with the work of heavenly angels, and cannot participate in the bliss that imparts the elevated joy to the heavenly angelsthem. Christ has said,: "Joy shall be in Hheaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which needethneed no repentance." If the joy of angels is in seeingto see sinners repent, will it not be the joy of sinners, saved by the blood of Christ, to see others repent and turn to Christ through their instrumentality!? In working in harmony with Christ and the holy angels, we shall experience a joy that cannot be realized aside from this work. p. 72381, Para. 14, [24OT3T].

  


 The principle of the cross of Christ brings every believing soulall who believe under heavy contributionobligations to deny self, to impart light to others, and to give of their means to extend the light. If they are in connection with Hheaven, they will be engaged in the work in harmony with the angels. p. 72382, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The principle of worldlings is to get all they can of the perishable things of this life. Selfish love of gain is the ruling principle in their lives. TBut the purest joy found is not found in riches, notr where covetousness is always craving, but where contentment reigns and where self-sacrificing love is the ruling principle. There are thousands who are passing their lives in indulgence and whose hearts are filled with repining. They are victims of selfishness and discontent in the vain effort to satisfy their minds with indulgence. But unhappiness is stamped upon their very countenances, and behind them is a desolate desert, because their course is not fruitful in good works. p. 73382, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 In proportion as the love of Christ fills our hearts and controls our lives, covetousness, selfishness, and love of ease, will be overcome, and it will be our pleasure to do the will of Christ, whose servants we claim to be. Our happiness will then be proportionate to our selfishunselfish works, prompted by the love of Christ. p. 73382, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 Divine wisdom has appointed, in the plan of salvation, the law of action and reaction, making the work of beneficence, in all its branches, twice blessed. p. 73, Para. 3, [24OT].

He that gives to the needy blesses others, and is blessed himself in a still greater degree. God could have reached hHis object in saving sinners without the aid of man; but hHe knew that heman could not be happy without acting a part in the great work in which he shouldwould be cultivating self-denial and benevolence. p. 73382, Para. 4, [24OT3T].


 That man might not lose the blessed results of benevolence, our Redeemer formed the plan of enlisting him as hHis co-worker. By a chain of circumstances which would call forth his charities, hHe bringsbestows upon man under the best means of cultivating benevolence, and keeps him habitually giving to help the poor, and to advance hHis cause. He sends hHis poor as the representatives of hHimself. ABy their necessities a ruined world isare drawing forth from us by their necessities talents of means and of influence to present to them the truth, of which they are in perishing need. And as we heed these calls, by labor and by acts of benevolence, we are assimilated intoto the image of hHim who for our sakes became poor. In bestowing, we bless others, and thus accumulate the true riches. p. 74382, Para. 15, [24OT3T].


 There has been a great lack of Christian benevolence in the church. Those who were the best able to do infor the advancement of the cause of God for its advancement have done but little. p. 74, Para. 2, [24OT].

God has mercifully brought a class to the knowledge of the truth, that they might appreciate its priceless value in comparison with earthly treasures. Jesus has said to these,: "Follow mMe." He is testing them with thean invitation to the supper which hHe has prepared. He is watching to see what characters they will develop, whether their own selfish interests will be considered of greater value than eternal riches. Many of these dear brethren are now by their actions framing the excuses mentioned in the following parable.: p.

74 383, Para. 31, [24OT3T].

  


 "Then said hHe unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many;: and sent his servant at supper-time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse.

 The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it;: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them;: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. sSo that servant came, and showed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind." p. 75383, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 This parable correctly represents the condition of many professing to believe the present truth. The Lord has sent them an invitation to come to the supper which hHe has prepared for them at great cost to hHimself; but worldly interests look to them of greater importance than the heavenly treasure. They are invited to take part in the things of eternal value; but their farms, their cattle, and their home interest,s seem of so much greater importance than obedience to the heavenly invitation that they overpower every divine attraction, and these earthly things are made the excuse for their disobedience to the heavenly command, "Come; for all things are now ready." These brethren are blindly following the example of those represented in the parable. They look at their worldly possessions, and say,: No, Lord, I cannot follow tThee,; "I pray tThee have me excused." p. 75383, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 The very blessings which God has given to these men, to prove them, to see if they will render "unto God the things that are God's," they use as an excuse that they cannot obey the claims of truth. They have grasped their earthly treasure in their arms, and say, "I must take care of these things; I must not neglect the things of this life; these things are mine." Thus the hearts of these men have become as unimpressible as the beaten highway. They close the door of their hearts to the heavenly messenger, who says, "Come; for all things are now ready," and throw it open, inviting the passageentrance of the world's burden and business cares, and Jesus knocks in vain for admittance. p. 76384, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Their hearts are so overgrown with thorns and with the cares of this life that heavenly things can find no place in them. Jesus invites the weary and heavy laden, with promises of rest if they will come to hHim. He invites them to exchange the galling yoke of selfishness and covetousness, which makes them slaves to mammon, for hHis yoke, which hHe declares is easy, and hHis burden, which is light. p. 77, Para. 1, [24OT].

He says,: "Learn of mMe; for I am meek and lowly in heart;: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." He would have them lay aside the heavy burdens of worldly cares and perplexitiesperplexity, and take hHis yoke, which is self-denial and sacrifice for others. This burden will prove to be light.

 Those who refuse to accept the relief which Christ offers them, and will continue to wear the galling yoke of selfishness, tasking their souls to the utmost in plans to accumulate money for selfish gratification, have not experienced the peace and rest found in bearing the yoke of Christ, and lifting the burdens of self-denial and disinterested benevolence which Christ has borne in their behalf. p. 77384, Para. 2, [24OT3T].

  


 When the love of the world takes possession of the heart, and becomes a ruling passion, there is left no room left for adoration to God; for the higher powers of the mind submit to the slavery of mammon, and cannot retain thoughts of God and of Hheaven. The mind loses its remembrance of God, and is narrowed and dwarfed to the accumulation of money. p.

77 385, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


Through Because of selfishness and love of the world, these men have been passing on with less and less sense of the magnitude of the work for these last days. They have not educated their minds to make a business of serving God. They have not an experience in that direction. Their property has absorbed their affections and eclipsed the magnitude of the plan of salvation. While they are improving and enlarging their worldly plans, they see no necessity for the enlargement and extension of the work of God. They invest their means in temporal things, but not in the eternal things. Their hearts are ambitious for more means. God has made them the depositaries of hHis law, that they might let the light so graciously given them shine forth to others. But they have so increased their cares and anxieties that they have no time to bless others with their influence, to converse with their neighbors, to pray with them, and for them, and to seek to bring them to the knowledge of the truth. p. 78385, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 These men are responsible for the good they might do, but from which they excuse themselves because of worldly cares and burdens, which engross their minds and absorb their affections. Souls for whom Christ died might be saved by their personal effort and godly example. Precious souls are perishing for the light which God has given to men to be reflected upon the pathway of others. But the precious light is hid under a bushel, and it gives no light to those who are in the house. p. 385, Para. 3, [3T].


 Every man is a steward of God. To each the Master has committed hHis means which, but man claims that means as his own. HeChrist says,: "Occupy till I come." A time is coming when Christ will require hHis own with usury. He will say to heach of His stewards,: "Give an account of they stewardship." Those who have hid their Lord's money in a napkin in the earth, instead of putting it out to the exchangers, orand those who have squandered their Lord's money by expending it for needless things, instead of putting it out to usury by investing it in hHis cause, will not receive no approval offrom the Master, but decided condemnation. The unprofitable servant in the parable brought back the one talent to God, and said,: "I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strewed;: and I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth;: lo, there thou hast that is thine." His Lord takes up his words: "Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strewed;: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury." p. 78385, Para. 24, [24OT3T].


 This unprofitable servant was not ignorant of God's plans, but he set himself firmly to thwart the purpose of God, charging hHim with unfairness in requiring improvement upon the money intrustedtalents entrusted to him. This very complaint and murmuring is made by a large class of wealthy men, professing to believe the truth. They are, lLike the unfaithful servant, they are afraid that the increase of the talentstalent that God has lent them will be called for to advance the spread of truth; therefore they tie it up, by investing it in earthly treasures, and burying it in the world, thus making it so fast that they have nothing, or next to nothing, to invest in the cause of God. They have buried it, fearing that God would call for some of the principal or increase.

 When, at the demand of their Lord, they bring the amount given them, they come with ungrateful excuses why theyfor not have inotg put the means, lent them by God, out to the exchangers, by investing it in hHis cause, to carry on hHis work. p. 80386, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 He who embezzles his Lord's goods not only loses the talent lent him of God, but loses eternal life. Of him it is said,: "Cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness." The faithful servant, who invests his money in the cause of God to save souls, employs his means to the glory of God, and will receive the commendation of the Master,: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant,: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 80, Para. 2, [24OT].

What will be this joy of our Lord? It will be inthe joy of seeing souls saved in the kingdom of glory. "Who, for the joy that was set before hHim, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." p.

81 387, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 The idea of stewardship should have a practical bearing upon all the people of God. Thise parable of the talents, rightly understood, will bar out covetousness, which God calls idolatry. Practical benevolence will give spiritual life to thousands of nominal professors of the truth who now mourn over their darkness. It will transform them from selfish, covetous worshipers of mammon, to earnest, faithful co-workers with Christ in the salvation of sinners. p. 81387, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 The foundation of the plan of salvation was laid in a sacrifice. Jesus left the royal courts, and became poor, that we through hHis poverty might be made rich. Every oneAll who will share this salvation, purchased for them byat such an infinite sacrifice by the Son of God, will follow the example of the Ttrue Pattern. Jesus Christ was the chief corner stoneCornerstone, and we must build upon this fFoundation. Each must have a spirit of self-denial and self-sacrifice. The life of Christ upon earth was unselfish,; it was marked with humiliation and sacrifice. And shall men, partakers of the great salvation which Jesus came from Hheaven to bring them, refuse to follow their Lord, and to share in hHis self-denial and sacrifice? Says Christ,: "I am the vVine, ye are the branches." "Every branch in mMe that beareth not fruit hHe taketh away. A: and every branch that beareth fruit, hHe purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." The very vital principle, the sap which flows through the vine, nourishes the branches, that they may flourish and bear fruit. Is the servant greater than his Lord? Shall the world's Redeemer practice self-denial and sacrifice on our account, and the members of Christ's body practice selfindulgence?

 Self-denial is an essential condition of discipleship. p. 81387, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 "Then said Jesus unto hHis disciples, If any man will come after mMe, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow mMe." I lead the way in the path of self-denial. I require nothing of you, mMy followers, but that of which I, your Lord, give you an example in mMy own life. p. 82388, Para.

 1, [24OT3T].


 The Saviour of the world conquered Satan in the wilderness of temptation. He overcame to show man how he may overcome.

 He announced in the synagogue of Nazareth,: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon mMe, because hHe hath anointed mMe to preach the gospel to the poor; hHe hath sent mMe to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." p. 82388, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 The great work which Jesus announced that hHe came to do was intrustedentrusted to hHis followers upon the earth. Christ, as our head, leads out in the great work of salvation, and bids us follow hHis example. He has given us a world-wide message. This truth must be extended to all nations, tongues, and people. Satan's power was to be contested, and he was to be overcome by Christ and also by hHis followers.

p. 83, Para. 1, [24OT].

An extensive war was to be maintained against the powers of darkness. And in order to do this work successfully, means were required. God does not propose to send means direct from Hheaven, but hHe gives into the hands of hHis followers talents of means to use for the very purpose of sustaining this warfare. p. 83388, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 He has given hHis people a plan for raising sums sufficient to make the enterprise self-sustaining. God's plan in the tithing system is beautiful in its simplicity and equality.

 All may take hold of it in faith and courage, for it is divine in its origin. HereIn it are combined simplicity and utility combined, whichand it requires notdoes not require depth of learning to understand and execute it. All may feel that they can act a part in carrying forward the precious work of salvation.

 Every man, and woman, and youth, may become a treasurer for the Lord. They and may be an agents to meet the demands upon the treasury. Says the apostle,: "Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him." p. 83388, Para. 34, [24OT3T].


 Great objects are accomplished by this system; for i. If one and all would accept it, each iswould be made a vigilant and faithful treasurer for God;, and there would be no want of means with which to carry forward the great work of sounding the last message of warning to the world. The treasury will be full if all adopt this system, and the contributors will not be left the poorer. Through every investment made, they will become more wedded to the cause of present truth. They will be "laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life." p. 84389, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 As the persevering, systematic workers see that the tendency of their benevolent efforts is to nourish love to God and their fellow-menfellow men, and that their personal efforts are extending their sphere of usefulness, they will realize that it is a great blessing to be co-workers with Jesus Christ. The Christian church, as a general thing, are disowning the claims of God upon them to give alms of the things which they possess to support the warfare against the moral darkness which is flooding the world. Never can the work of God advance as it should until the followers of Christ become active, zealous workers. p. 84389, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Every individual ofin the church should feel that the truth which theyhe professes is a reality, and theyall should be disinterested workers. Some rich men feel like murmuring because the work of God is extending, and there is a demand for money. They say that there is no end ofto the calls for means.

 One object after another is continually risingarising, demanding help. WTo such we would say to such that we hope the cause of God will so extend that there will be greater occasion, and more frequent and urgent calls, for supplies from the treasury to prosecute the work. p. 85389, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 If the plan of systematic benevolence was fullywere adopted by every individual and fully carried out to a man, there would be a constant supply in the treasury. The income would flow in like a steady stream constantly supplied by overflowing springs of benevolence. p. 85, Para. 2, [24OT].

Almsgiving is a part of gospel religion. Does not the consideration of the infinite price paid for our redemption leave upon us solemn obligations pecuniarily, as well as lay claim upon all our powers to be devoted to the work of the Master? p. 85389, Para. 34, [24OT3T].


 We shall have a debt to settle with the Master by-and-byby and by, when hHe shall say, : "Give an account of thy stewardship." If men prefer to set aside the claims of God and to grasp and selfishly retain all that hHe gives them, hHe will hold hHis peace at present, and continue frequently to test them by increasing hHis bounties, and by letting hHis blessings flow on, and these men may pass on receiving honor of men, and without censure in the church,; but by-and-by hby and by He will say,: "Give an account of thy stewardship." Says Christ,: "Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to mMe." "Ye are not your own;, for ye are bought with a price," and are under obligation to glorify God with your means as well as in your body, and in your spirit, which are hHis. p. 86, Para. 1, [24OT].

"Ye are bought with a price," not "with corruptible things, as silver and gold," "but with the precious blood of Christ." He asks thea return of the gifts hthat He has intrustedentrusted to us, to aid in the salvation of souls. He has given hHis blood; hHe asks our silver. p. 86, Para. 2, [24OT].

It is through hHis poverty that we are made rich,; and yet, will we refuse to give back to hHim hHis own gifts? p. 86390, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 God is not dependent upon man for the support of hHis cause. He could have sent means direct from Hheaven to supply hHis treasury, if hHis providence had seen that this was the best for man. He might have devised means whereby angels would have been sent to publish the truth to the world without the agency of men. He might have written the truth upon the heavens, and let that declare to the world hHis requirements in living characters. God is not dependent upon any man's gold or silver. He says,: "Every beast of the forest is mMine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills." "If I were hungry, I would not tell thee;: for the world is mMine, and the fullness thereof." Whatever necessity there is for our agency in the advancement of the cause of God, hHe has purposely arranged for our good. He has honored us by making us co-workers with hHim. He has ordained that there should be a necessity for the co-operation of men, that they may keep in exercise their benevolent affectionsbenevolence. p.

87 390, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 God has in hHis wise providence placed the poor always with us, that while we shallshould witness the various forms of want and suffering and of necessity in the world, we should be tested and proved, and brought into positions to develop Christian character. ThHe poor God has placed the poor among us to call out from us Christian sympathy and love. p. 87391, Para.

2 1, [24OT3T].


 Sinners, who are perishing for lack of knowledge, must be left in ignorance and darkness, unless men shall carry to them the light of truth. God will not send angels from Hheaven to do the work which hHe has left for man to do. He has given all a work to do, for the very reason that hHe might prove them, and that they might reveal their true character. Christ places the poor in our midstamong us as hHis representatives. "I was an hungeredanhungered," hHe says, "and ye gave mMe no meat;: I was thirsty, and ye gave mMe no drink." Christ identifies hHimself with suffering humanity in the persons of the suffering children of men. He makes their necessities hHis own, and takes to hHis bosom their woes of the children of men. p. 88391, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 The moral darkness of a ruined world pleads to Christian men and women to put forth individual effort, to give of their means, and of their influence, that they may be assimilated intoto the image of Him who, though hHe possessed infinite riches, yet for our sakes became poor. The Spirit of God cannot abide with those to whom hHe has sent the message of hHis truth, but who need to be urged before they can have any sense of their duty to be co-workers with Christ.

 The apostle enforces the duty of giving from higher grounds than merely human sympathy, because the feelings are moved.

 He enforces the principle that we should labor unselfishly with an eye single to the glory of God. p. 88391, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 Christians are required by the Scriptures to enter upon a plan of active benevolence which will keep in constant exercise an interest in the salvation of their fellow-menfellow men.

 The moral law enjoined the observance of the Sabbath, which was not a burden, except when that law was transgressed, and they were bound by the penalties involved in breaking it. The tithing system was no burden to those who did not depart from the plan. The system enjoined upon the Hebrews has not been repealed or relaxed by the One who originated this planit. Far from itsInstead of being of no force now, it was to be more fully carried out, and more extended, as salvation through Christ alone should be more fully brought to light in the Christian age. p. 89391, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 Jesus made known to the lawyer that the condition of his having eternal life was to carry out in his life the special requirements of the law, which consisted in his loving God with all his heart, and all his soul, and all his mind, and strength, and his neighbor as himself. When the typical sacrifices ceased at the death of Christ, the original law, engraved in tables of stone, stood immutable, holding its claims upon man in all ages. And in the Christian age the duty of man was not limited, but more especially defined and simply expressed. p. 89392, Para. 21, [24OT3T].

  


 The gospel, extending and widening, required greater provisions to sustain the warfare sinceafter the death of Christ, and this made the law of almsgiving a more urgent necessity than under the Hebrew government. Now God requires, not less gifts, but greater gifts than at any other period of the world. The principle laid down by Christ is that the gifts and offerings should be in proportion to the light and blessings enjoyed. He has said,: "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.'" p. 90392, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 The blessings of the Christian aAge were responded to by the first disciples in works of charity and benevolence.

 The outpouring of the Spirit of God, after Christ left hHis disciples and ascended to Hheaven, led to self-denial, and self-sacrifice for the salvation of others. When the poor saints at Jerusalem were in distress, Paul writeswrote to the Gentile Christians in regard to works of benevolence, and says,id: "Therefore, as ye abound in everything, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also." Here benevolence is placed by the side of faith, love, and Christian diligence. Those who think that they can be good Christians, and close their ears and hearts to the calls of God for their liberalities, are in a fearful deception.

 There are those who abound in a professions of great love for the truth, and as, so far as words are concerned, have an interest to see the truth advance, but who do nothing for its advancement. The faith of such is dead, not being made perfect by works. The Lord never made such a mistake as to convert a soul, and leave it under the power of covetousness. p. 90392, Para. 23, [24OT3T].

  


 The tithing system reaches back beyond the days of Moses.

 Men were required to offer to God gifts for religious purposes before the definite system was given to Moses, even as far back as the days of Adam. In complying with God's requirements, they were to manifest in offerings their appreciation of hHis mercies and blessings to them. This was continued through successive generations, and was carried out by Abraham, who gave tithes to Melchiszedek, the priest of the most high God. The same principle existed in the days of Job. Jacob, when at Bethel, an exile and penniless wanderer, lay down at night, solitary and alone, with a rock for his pillow, and there promised the Lord,: "Of all that tThou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto tThee." God does not compel men to give. All that they give must be voluntary. He will not have hHis treasury replenished with unwilling offerings. p. 91393, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


God The Lord designed to bring man into close relationship with hHimself, and into sympathy and love with his fellow-men,fellow men by placing upon him responsibilities in deeds that would counteract selfishness, and strengthen his love for God and man. The plan of system in benevolence God designed for the good of man, who wasis inclined to be selfish, and to close his heart to generous deeds and actions. The Lord requireds gifts to be made at stated times, being so arranged that giving wouldwill become habit, and benevolence be felt to be a Christian duty. The heart, opened by one gift was, is not to have time to become selfishly cold, and to close, before the next its bestowed the next. The stream wasis to be continually flowing, thus keeping open the channel by acts of benevolence. p. 92393, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 As to the amount required, God has specified one-tenthone tenth of the increase. This is left to the conscience and benevolence of men, whose judgment in this tithing system should have free play. And while it is left free to the conscience, a plan has been laid out definite enough for all. No compulsion is required. p. 92394, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 God called for men in the Mosaic dispensation to give the tenth of all their increase. He committed to their trust the things of this life, talents to be improved and returned to hHim again. He has required a tenth, and this hHe claims as the very least that man should return to hHim. He says,: I give you nine-tenthsnine tenths, while I require one-tenthone tenth; that is mMine. When men withhold the one-tenthone tenth, they rob God.

 Sin offerings, peace offerings, and thank offerings, were also required in addition to the tenth of the increase. p.

92 394, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 All that is withheld of the tenthat which God claims, the tenth of the increase, is recorded in the books of Hheaven against the withholders, as robbery against God. Such defraud their Creator,; and when this sin of neglect shall beis brought before them, it is not enough for them to change their course and begin to work from that time upon the right principle. This will not correct the figures made in the heavenly record for embezzling the property committed to them in trust to be returned to the lLender.

 Repentance for unfaithful dealing with God, and for base ingratitude, is required. p. 93394, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed mMe. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed tThee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse;: for ye have robbed mMe, even this whole nation. Bring ye all the tithes into the store-house, 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 heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." p. 93, Para. 2, [24OT].

A promise is here given that, if all the tithes shall beare brought into the store-housestorehouse, a blessing from God will be poured upon the obedient. p. 93394, Para. 34, [24OT3T].


 "And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed;: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts." If all who profess the truth will come up to the claims of God, in giving the tenth, which God says is hHis, the treasury will be abundantly supplied with means to carry forward the great work offor the salvation of man. p.

94 395, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 God gives man nine-tenthsnine tenths, while hHe has claimed one-tenths one tenth for sacred purposes, as hHe has given man six days for his own work, and has reserved and set apart the seventh day to hHimself. For, like the Sabbath, a tenth of the increase is sacred.; God has reserved it for hHimself. He will carry forward hHis work upon the earth with the increase of the means hthat He has intrustedentrusted to man. p. 94395, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 God required of hHis ancient people three yearly gatherings. "Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which hHe shall choose; in the fFeast of uUnleavened bBread, and in the fFeast of wWeeks, and in the fFeast of tTabernacles;: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty. E: every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which hHe hath given thee." No less than one-thirdone third of their income was devoted forto sacred and religious purposes. p.

94 395, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 Whenever God's people, in any period of the world, have cheerfully and willingly carried out hHis plan in systematic benevolence, and in gifts and offerings, therey has been ave realized the standing promise that prosperity should attend all their labors just in proportion as they obeyed hHis requirements.

 When they acknowledged the claims of God, and complied with hHis requirements, honoring hHim with their substance, their barns were filled with plenty. But when they robbed God in tithes and in offerings they were made to realize that they were not only robbing hHim but themselves;, for GodHe limited hHis blessings to them, just in proportion as they limited their offerings to hHim. p. 95395, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 Some will pronounce this as one of the rigorous laws binding upon the Hebrews. But this was not a burden to the willing heart that loved God. It was only when their selfish natures were strengthened by withholding, that men have lost sight of eternal considerations, and valued their earthly treasures above that of souls. There are even more urgent necessities upon the Israel of God in these last days than were upon ancient Israel. There is a great and important work to be accomplished in a very short time, and. God never designed that the law of the tithing system should be of no account among hHis people,; but that, instead of this, He designed that the spirit of sacrifice should widen and deepen for the closing work. p. 95396, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Systematic Bbenevolence should not be made systematic compulsion. It is free-will offerings that are acceptable to God. True Christian benevolence springs from the principle of grateful love. Love to Christ cannot exist without corresponding love to those whom hHe came into the world to redeem. Love to Christ must be the ruling principle of the being, controlling all itsthe emotions and directing all itsthe energies. Redeeming love should awaken all thate tender affection and self-sacrificing devotion that is possible tocan possibly exist in the heart of man. When this is the case, no heart-stirringheart stirring appeals will be needed to break through their selfishness and awaken their dormant sympathies, to call forth benevolent offerings for the precious cause of truth. p. 96396, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Jesus has purchased us at an infinite sacrifice. aAll our capabilities and all our influence are indeed our Saviour's, and should be dedicated to hHis service. By doing this, we show our gratitude that we have been ransomed from the slavery of sin by the precious blood of Christ. Our Saviour is ever working for us. He has ascended up on high and pleads in behalf of the purchase of hHis blood. He pleads before hHis Father the agonies of the crucifixion. He raises hHis wounded hands and intercedes for hHis church, that they may be kept from falling under temptation. p.

96 396, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 If our senseperceptions could be quickened to take in this wonderful work of our Saviour for our salvation, love, deep and ardent, would burn in our hearts. Our apathy and cold indifference would then alarm us. Entire devotion and benevolence, prompted by grateful love, will impart to the smallest offering and, the willing sacrifice, a divine fragrance, making the gift of priceless value. But, after willingly yielding to our Redeemer all that we can bestow is yielded willingly to our Redeemer, be it ever so valuable to us, if we view theour debt of gratitude we owe to God as it really is, all that we may have offered will seem to us very insufficient and meager. But the angels take these offerings, which to us seem poor, and present them as a fragrant offering before the throne, and they are accepted.

 p. 97396, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 We do not, as followers of Christ, realize our true position. We do not have correct views of our responsibilities as hired servants of Christ. He has advanced us the wages in hHis suffering life and his spilled blood, to bind us in willing servitude to hHimself. All the good things we have are a loan from our Saviour. He has made us stewards. Our smallest offerings, our humblest services, presented in faith and love, may be consecrated gifts to win souls to the service of the Master, and to promote hHis glory. The interest and prosperity of Christ's kingdom should be paramount to every other consideration. Those who make their pleasure and selfish interest the chief objects of their lives are not faithful stewards. p. 97397, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Those who deny self to do others good, and who devote themselves and all they have to Christ's service, will realize the happiness which the selfish man seeks for in vain. Said our Saviour,: "Whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be mMy disciple." "Charity "seeketh not her own." This is the fruit of that disinterested love and benevolence which characterized the life of Christ. The law of God, in our hearts, will bring our own interests in subordination to high and eternal considerations. We are enjoined by Christ to seek first the kingdom of God and hHis righteousness. This is our first and highest duty. Our Master expressly warned hHis servants not to lay up treasures upon the earth,; for in so doing so their hearts would be upon earthly, rather than heavenly, things. Here is where many poor souls have made shipwreck of faith. They have gone directly contrary to the express injunction of our Lord, and have allowed the love of money to become the ruling passion of their lives. They are intemperate in their efforts to acquire means. They are as much intoxicated with their insane desire for riches as is the inebriate forwith his liquor. p. 98397, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Christians forget that they are servants of the Master,; that they themselves, their time, and all that they have, belong to hHim. Many are tempted, and the majority are overcome, by the delusive inducements which Satan presents to invest their money where it will yield them the greatest profit in dollars and cents. There are but few who consider the binding claims that God has upon them to make it their first business to meet the necessities of hHis cause, and let their own desires be served last. There are but few who invest in God's cause in proportion to their means. Many have fastened their money in property which they must sell before they can invest it in the cause of God, and thus put it to a practical use. They make this an excuse for doing but little in their Redeemer's cause. They have as effectually buried their money in the earth as had the man in the parable. They rob God of the tenth, which hHe claims as hHis own, and in robbing hHim they rob themselves of the heavenly treasure. p. 98398, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The plan of systematic benevolence does not press heavily upon any one man. "Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come." The poor are not excluded from the privilege of giving. They, as well as the wealthy, may act a part in this work, as well as the wealthy. The lesson that Christ gave in regard to the widow's two mites shows us that the smallest willing offerings of the poor, if given from a heart of love, are as acceptable as the largest donations of the rich. p. 99398, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 In the balances of the sanctuary, the gifts of the poor, made from love to Christ, are not estimated according to the amount given, but according to the love which prompts the sacrifice. The promises of Jesus will as surely be realized by the liberal poor man, who has but little to offer, but who gives that little freely, as by the wealthy man who gives of his abundance. The poor man makes a sacrifice of his little, which he really feels. He really denies himself of some things that he needs for his own comfort, while the wealthy man who gives of his abundance, and feels not want, and denies himself nothing that he really needs. Therefore, there is a sacredness in the poor man's offering that is not found in the rich man's gift;, for the rich give of their abundance. God's providence has arranged the entire plan of systematic benevolence for the benefit of man. His providence never stands still. If God's servants follow hHis opening providence, all will be active workers. p. 100398, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 Those who withhold from the treasury of God, and hoard their means for their children, endanger the spiritual interest of their children. They place their property, which is a stumbling-block to themselves, in the pathway of their children, that they may stumble over it to perdition.

 Many are making a great mistake in regard to the things of this life. They economize, withholding from themselves and others the good they might receive from a right use of the means which God has lent them, and become selfish, and avaricious. They neglect their spiritual interests, and become dwarfs in religious growth, all for the sake of accumulating wealth which they cannot use. They leave their property to their children, and nine times out of ten it is even a greater curse to their heirs than it has been to themselves. Children, relying upon the property of their parents, often fail to make a success of this life, and generally utterly fail to secure the life to come. The very best legacy which parents can leave their children is a knowledge of useful labor and the example of a life characterized by disinterested benevolence, showing by their works that. By such a life they show the true value of money, that it is only to be appreciated infor the good that it will accomplish in relieving their own wants, and the necessities of others, and in advancing the cause of God.

 p. 100399, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Some are willing to give according to what they have, and feel that God has no further claims upon them, because they have not a great amount of means. They have no income that they can spare from the necessities of their families. But there are many of this class who might ask themselves the question; a: Am I giving according to what I might have had?

 God designed that their powers of body and mind should be put to use. Some have not improved to the best account the ability that God has given them. Labor is apportioned to man. It was connected with the curse, because made necessary by sin. The physical, mental, and moral wellbeing of man makes a life of useful labor necessary. "Be . . . not slothful in business," is the injunction of the inspired apostle Paul. p. 101400, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 No person, whether rich or poor, can glorify God by a life of indolence. All the capital that many poor men have is time and physical strength, and this is so frequently wasted in love of ease, and in careless indolence, so that they have nothing to bring to their Lord in tithes and in offerings. If Christian men lack wisdom to labor to the best account, and to make a judicious appropriation of their physical and mental powers, they should have meekness and lowliness of mind to receive advice and counsel of their brethren, that their better judgment may supply their own deficiencies. Many poor men who are now content to do nothing for the good of their fellow-men,fellow men and for the advancement of the cause of God, might do much if they would. They are as accountable to God for their capital of physical strength as is the rich man for his capital of money. p. 101400, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Some who ought to put means into the treasury of God will be receivers from it. There are those who are now poor who might improve their condition by a judicious use of their time, by avoiding patent rights, and by restraining their inclination to engage in speculations in order to obtain means in some easier way than by patient, persevering labor. p. 102, Para. 1, [24OT].

If those who have not made life a success were willing to be instructed, they could train themselves to habits of self-denial and strict economy, and have the satisfaction of being distributors, rather than receivers, of charity.

 There are many slothful servants. If they would do what it is in their power to do, they would experience so great a blessing in helping others that they would indeed realize that "it is "more blessed to give than to receive." p. 102400, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 Rightly directed benevolence draws upon the mental and moral energies of men, and excites them to most healthful action in blessing the needy and in advancing the cause of God. If those who have means should realize that they are accountable to God for every dollar that they expend, their supposed wants would be much less. If conscience waswere alive, she would testify of needless appropriations into the gratification of the appetite, and in ministering toof pride, to vanity, and tolove of amusements, and would report the squandering of their Lord's money, which should have been devoted to hHis cause. Those who waste their Lord's goods will by and by have to give an account of ittheir course to the Master, by-and-by. p. 102401, Para.

3 1, [24OT3T].


 If professed Christians would use less of their wealth in the adorning of the body, and in beautifying their own houses, and would consume less in the extravagant, healthdestroyinghealth destroying luxuries upon their tables, they could place much larger sums into the treasury of God. They would thus imitate their Redeemer, who left Hheaven, hHis riches, and hHis glory, and for our sakes became poor, that we might have eternal riches. If we are too poor to faithfully render to God in the tithes and offerings as hthat He requires, we are certainly too poor to dress expensively; and to eat luxuriously; for we are wastingthus waste our Lord's money in hurtful indulgences to please and glorify ourselves. We should inquire diligently of ourselves,: What treasure have we secured in the kingdom of God? Are we rich toward God? p.

103 401, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Jesus gave hHis disciples a lesson upon covetousness. "And hHe spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully;: and he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee;: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." p. 103401, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 The length and happiness of life does not consist not in the amount of our earthly possessions. This foolish rich man in his supreme selfishness had laid up for himself treasures that he could not use. He had lived only for himself. He had overreached in trade, had made sharp bargains, and had not been exercised by mercy or the love of God. He had robbed the fatherless and widow, and defrauded his fellow-menfellow men, to add to his increasing stock of worldly possessions. He might have laid up his treasure in Hheaven in bags that wax not old. T; but through his covetousness he lost both worlds. p.

104, Para. 1, [24OT].

Those who humbly use to the glory of God the means that hHe has intrustedentrusted to them, will receive their treasure by-andbyby and by from the Master's hand with the benediction,: "Well done, good and faithful servant;: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 104402, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 When we consider the infinite sacrifice made for the salvation of men, we are lost in amazement. When selfishness clamors for the victory in the hearts of men, and they are tempted to withhold their due proportion in any good work, they should strengthen their principles of right by the thought that hHe who was rich in Hheaven's priceless treasure turned away from it all, and became poor. He had not where to lay hHis head. And all this sacrifice was in our behalf, that we might have eternal riches. p. 104402, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 Christ set hHis own feet in the path of self-denial and sacrifice, which all hHis disciples must travel, if they would be exalted with hHim at last. He took to hHis own heart the sorrows which man must suffer. The minds of worldly men frequently become gross. They can see only see earthly things, which eclipse the glory and value of the heavenly things. Men will compass land and sea for earthly gain, and endure privation and suffering to obtain their object, yet will turn away from Hheaven's attractions, and not regard eternal riches.

 Men who are in comparative poverty are usually the ones who do the most to sustain the cause of God. They are generous with their little. They have strengthened their generous impulses by continual liberalities. When their expenditures pressed close upon the income, their passion for earthly riches had no room or chance to strengthen. p. 402, Para. 3, [3T].


 But many, when they begin to gather earthly riches, commence to calculate how long it will be before they can be in possession of a certain sum. In their anxiety to amass wealth for themselves, they fail to become rich toward God. Their benevolence does not keep pace with their accumulation. As their passion for riches increases, their affections are bound up with their treasure. The increase of their property strengthens the eager desire for more, until some consider that their giving to the Lord a tenth is considered by some a severe and unjust tax. Inspiration has said,: "If riches increase, set not your heart upon them." Many have said,: "If I were as rich as such an one, I would multiply my gifts into the treasury of God. I would do nothing else with my wealth but use it infor the advancement of the cause of God." God has tested some of these by giving them riches;, but with the riches came the fiercer temptation, and their benevolence was far less than in the days of their poverty. A grasping desire for greater riches absorbed their minds and hearts, and they committed idolatry. p. 105403, Para. 1, [24OT3T].

  


 He who presents to men infinite riches, and an eternal life of blessedness in hHis kingdom as the reward of faithful obedience, will not accept a divided heart. We are living amid the perils of the last days, where there is everything to divert the mind and allure the affections from God. Our duty will only be discerned, and appreciated when viewed in the light which shines from the life of Christ. As the sun rises in the east and passes toward the west, filling the world with light, so the true follower of Christ will be a light unto the world. He will go forthout into the world as a bright and shining light, that those who are in darkness may be lightened and warmed by the rays shining forth from him. Christ says of hHis followers,: "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid." p. 106403, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Our great Exemplar was self-denying, and shall the course of hHis professed followers be in such marked contrast to hHis? The Saviour gave all for a perishing world, not withholding even hHimself. The church of God are asleep.

 They are enfeebled by inaction. Voices come to us from every part of the world, "Come over and help us;" but there is no answering movement. There is a feeble effort now and then; a few show that they would be co-workers with their Master; but such are frequently left to toil almost alone.

 There is but one missionary from our people in all the wide field in foreign countries. p. 106404, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The truth is mighty, but it is not carried into practice.

Money alone It is not sufficient to be laidlay money alone upon the altar. God calls for men, volunteers, to carry the truth to other nations, and tongues, and people. It is not our numbers ornor our wealth that will give us a signal victory; but it is devotion to the work, moral courage, ardent love for souls, and untiring, unflagging zeal, that never flags. p. 107404, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 There are many who have looked upon the Jewish nation as a people to be pitied, because they were constantly taxed for the support of their religion; but God, who created man and provided him with all the blessings he enjoys, knew what was for his best good. And he has, through hHis blessing, He made their nine-tenthsnine tenths worth more to them than the entire amount without hHis blessing. If any, through their selfishness, robbed God or brought to hHim an offering not perfect, disaster and loss were sure to follow them. God reads the motives of the heart. He is acquainted with the purposes of men, and will mete out to them in hHis own good time as they have merited. p. 107404, Para. 23, [24OT3T].

  


 The special system of tithing was founded upon a principle which wasis as enduring as the law of God. This system of tithing was a blessing to the Jews, else God would not have given it them. So also will it be a blessing to those who carry it out to the end of time. Our Hheavenly Father did not originate the plan of systematic benevolence to enrich hHimself, but to be a great blessing to man. He saw that this system of beneficence was just what man needed. p.

108 404, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 Those churches who are the most systematic and liberal in sustaining the cause of God, are the most prosperous spiritually. True liberality in the follower of Christ identifies his interest with that of his Master. In God's dealing with the Jews and hHis people to the end of time, hHe requires systematic benevolence proportionate to their income. The plan of salvation was laid by the infinite sacrifice of the Son of God. The light of the gospel shining from the cross of Christ rebukes selfishness, and encourages liberality and benevolence. It is not to be a lamented fact that there are increasing calls to give. God, in hHis providence, is calling hHis people out from their limited sphere of action, to enter upon greater enterprises. Unlimited effort is demanded at this time when moral darkness is covering the world. Worldliness and covetousness are eating out the vitals of God's people.

 They should understand that it is hHis mercy which multiplies the demands for their means. The angel of God places benevolent acts close beside prayer. He said to Cornelius,: "Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.'" p. 108405, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 In the teachings of Christ, h He said,: "If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches?" The spiritual health and prosperity of the church is dependent in a great degree upon her systematic benevolence. It is like the life bloodlifeblood which must flow through the whole being, vitalizing every member of the body. It increases love for the souls of our fellowmenfellow men; for by self-denial and self-sacrifice we are brought into a closer relation to Jesus Christ, who for our sakes became poor. p. 109, Para. 1, [24OT].

The more we invest in the cause of God to aid in the salvation of souls, the closer to our hearts will they will be brought. Were our numbers half as large, and all of these devoted workers, we should have a power that would make the world tremble. To the active workers, Christ has addressed these words,: "Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." p. 109405, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 We shall meet opposition arising from selfish motives and from bigotry and prejudice,; yet, with undaunted courage and living faith, we should sow beside all waters. The agents of Satan are formidable; we shall meet them and must combat them. Our labors are not to be confined to our own country.

 The field is the world; the harvest is ripe. The command given by Christ to the disciples just before hHe ascended was,: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." p. 406, Para. 1, [3T].


 We feel pained beyond measure to see some of our ministers hovering about the churches, apparently putting forth some little effort, but having next to nothing to show for their labors. The field is the world. Let them go out tointo the unbelieving world and labor to convert souls to the truth. We refer our brethren and sisters to the example of Abraham going up to Mount Moriah to offer his only son at the command of God. Here was obedience and sacrifice.

 Moses was in king'sly courts, and a prospective crown was before him. But he turned away from the tempting bribe, and "refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures ofin Egypt." p. 109406, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 The apostles counted not their lives dear unto themselves, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for the name of Christ. Paul and Silas suffered the loss of all things. They suffered scourging, and were in no gentle manner thrown upon the cold floor of a dungeon in a most painful position, their feet elevated and fastened in the stocks. Then dDid repinings and complaints then reach the ear of the jailoer? Oh!, no.! From the inner prison, voices broke the silence of midnight with songs of joy and praise to God.

Deep These disciples were cheered by a deep and earnest love for the cause of their Redeemer, for which Paul and Silasthey suffered, cheered them. p. 110406, Para.

1 3, [24OT3T].

And as


 As the truth of God fills our hearts, absorbs our affections, and controls our lives, we also shallwill count it joy to suffer for the truth's sake. No prison walls, no martyr's stake, can then daunt or hinder us in the great work. p. 110406, Para. 24, [24OT3T].


" Come, O my soul, to Calvary." p. 110, Para. 3, [24OT].

Mark the humble life of the Son of God. He was "a "man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief." Behold hHis ignominy, hHis agony in Gethsemane, and learn what self-denial is. Are we suffering want? so was Christ, the mMajesty of Hheaven. But hHis poverty was for our sakes. Are we ranked among the rich? so was hHe. But hHe consented "for our sakes to become poor, that we through hHis poverty might be made rich." In Christ we have self-denial exemplified. TheHis sacrifice of Christ consisted, not merely in leaving the royal courts of Hheaven, and in being tried by wicked men as a criminal and pronounced guilty, and in being delivered up to die as a malefactor, but in bearing the weight of the sins of the world. The life of Christ rebukes our indifference and coldness. We are near the close of time, when Satan has come down, having great wrath, knowing that his time is short. He is working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them whichthat perish. The warfare has been left in our hands by our great Leader for us to carry forward with vigor. We are not doing a twentieth part of what we might do if we were awake. The work is retarded by love of ease and a lack of the self-denying spirit of which our Saviour has given us an example in hHis life. p. 110407, Para. 41, [24OT3T].


 Co-workers with Christ, men who feel the need of extended effort, are wanted. The work of our presses should not be lessened, but doubled. Schools should be established in different places to educate our youth preparatory to their laboring to advance the truth. p. 111407, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Already a great deal of time has been wasted, and angels bear to Hheaven the record of our neglects. Our sleepy and unconsecrated condition has lost to us precious opportunities which God has sent to us in the persons of those who were qualified to help us in our present need.

 Oh!, how much we need our Hannah More to aid us at this time in reaching those of other nations.! Her extensive knowledge of missionary fields would give us access to those of other tongues that nowwhom we cannot now approach. God brought this gift among us to meet our present emergency; but we prized not the gift, and hHe took her from us. She is at rest from her labors, but her self-denying works follow her. It is to be deplored that our missionary work should be retarded for the want of knowledge how to gain access to the different nations and localities in the great harvest field. p. 111407, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 We feel anguish of spirit because some gifts are lost to us that we might now have if we had only been awake.

 Laborers have been kept back from the whitening harvest. It becomes the people of God to humble their hearts before hHim, and in the deepest humiliation to pray the Lord to pardon our apathy and selfish indulgence, and to blot out the shameful record of duties neglected, and privileges unimproved. In contemplation of the cross of Calvary the true Christian will abandon the thought of restricting his offerings to that which costs him nothing, and will hear in trumpet tones: p. 408, "Para. 1, [3T].


 Go, labor in mMy vineyard,; There's resting by-and-byby and by." . p. 112408, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 When Jesus was about to ascend on high, hHe pointed to the harvest fields, and said to hHis followers,: "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel." "Freely ye have received, freely give." Shall we deny self that the wasting harvest may be gathered? p. 112408, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 God calls for talents of influence and of means. Shall we refuse to obey? Our Hheavenly Father bestows gifts and solicits a portion back, that hHe may test us whether we are worthy to have the gift of everlasting life. Ep. G. W. p.

113408, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


Systematic Benevolence. p. 113, Para. 2, [24OT].

 SYSTEMATIC BENEVOLENCE Should all whom God has prospered with earthly's riches carry out hHis plans in by faithfully giving a tenth of all their increase, and if they should they not withhold their trespass offerings and their thank offerings, the treasury would be constantly replenished. The simplicity of the plan of systematic benevolence does not detract from its merits, but extols the wisdom of God in its arrangement. Everything bearing the divine stamp unites simplicity with utility.

p. 113, Para. 3, [24OT].

If systematic benevolence waswere universally adopted, according to God's plan, and the tithing system carried out as faithfully by the wealthy as it is by the poorer classes, there would be no need of repeated and urgent calls for means at our large religious gatherings. There has been a neglect, in the several churches, of keeping up the plan of systematic benevolence, and the result has been an impoverished treasury and a backslidden church. p. 113408, Para. 45, [24OT3T].


 "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed mMe. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed tThee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse;: for ye have robbed mMe, even this whole nation. 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 there shall not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts. And all nations shall call you blessed;: for ye shall be a delightsome land, saith the Lord of hosts." p.

113 409, Para. 51, [24OT3T].


 God has been robbed in tithes and in offerings. It is a fearful thing to be guilty of withholding from the treasury, or of robbing God. Ministers who preach the word at our large gatherings feel the sinfulness of neglecting to render to God the things that are hHis. They know that God will not bless hHis people while they are disregarding hHis plan of benevolence. They seek to arouse the people to their duty by pointed, practical discourses, showing the danger and sinfulness of selfishness and covetousness. Conviction fastens upon minds, and the icy chill of selfishness is broken. aAnd when the call is made for donations to the cause of God, some, under the stirring influence of the meetings, are aroused to give who otherwise would do nothing. As far as this class is concerned, good results have been realized. But under pressing calls many feel the deepest who have not had their hearts frozen up with selfishness. They have conscientiously kept their means flowing out to advance the cause of God. Their whole being is stirred by the earnest appeals made, and the very ones respond who may have given all that their circumstances in life would justify. p. 114409, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 But these whole-hearted, liberal, wholehearted believers, prompted by theira zealous love for the cause, in their and a desire to doact promptly for the cause, judge themselves capable of doing more than God requires them to do, for their usefulness is crippled in other directions. These willing ones sometimes pledge to raise sumsmoney when they know not from what source they areit is coming, and some are placed in distressing circumstances to meet their pledges. Some are obliged to sell their produce at great disadvantage. S, and some have actually suffered for the conveniences and necessities of life, in order to meet their pledges. p. 115410, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 There was a time at the commencement of our work when such sacrifice would have been justified, when God would have blessed all who thus ventured out to do for hHis cause. The friends of truth were few, and their means were very limited. But the work has been widening and strengthening until there areis means enough in the hands of believers to amply sustain the work in all its departments without embarrassing any, if all would bear their proportional part. The cause of God need not be crippled in the slightest degree. The precious truth has been made so plain that many have taken hold of it, who have in their hands means which God has intrustedentrusted to them for the purpose of using to advanceto use in advancing the interests of the truth. If these men of means do their duty, there need not be a pressure brought upon the poorer brethren.

 p. 115410, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 We are in a world of plenty. If the gifts and offerings were proportionate to the means which each has received of God, there would be no need of the urgent calls for means at theseour large gatherings. I am fully convinced that it is not the best plan to bring a pressure upon the point of means at our camp-meetingscamp meetings. Men and women who love the cause of God as they do their lives will pledge upon these occasions, when their families must suffer for the very means that they have promised to give to advance the cause. Our God is not a taskmaster, requiring and does not require the poor man to give means to the cause that belongs to his family and that should be used to keep them in comfort and above pinching want. p. 116410, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 The calls for means at our large camp-meetings hashave hitherto been attended hitherto with apparently good results so far as the wealthy are concerned. But we fear the result of thea continued effort to thus replenish the treasury. TWe fear that there will be, we fear, a reaction. Greater effort should be put forth, by responsible men in the different churches, to have all follow the plan of God's arrangement. If systematic benevolence is carried out, the urgent calls for means at the camp-meetingscampmeetings for means for various enterprises will not be necessary. p. 116411, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 God has devised a plan by which all may give as hHe has prospered them, and which will make giving a habit without waiting for special calls. Those who can do this, andbut will not because of their selfishness, are robbing their Creator, who has bestowed upon them means to invest in hHis cause to advance its interests. Until all shall carry out the plan of systematic benevolence, there will be a failure in coming up to the apostolic rule. Those who minister in word and doctrine should be men of discrimination. They should, while they make general appeals, become acquainted with the ability of those who respond to their appeals, and should not allow the poor to pay large pledges. After a man has once consecrated a certain sum to the Lord, he feels that it is sacred and, consecrated to a holy use. This is true, and therefore our preaching brethren should be well informed of whom they accept pledges. p. 116411, Para. 32, [24OT3T].

  


 Each member of the different families in our churches who believes the truth may act a part in its advancement by cheerfully adopting systematic benevolence. "Let every one of you lay by him in store [margin, by himself at home], .

 . . that there be no gatherings when I come." The burden of urging and pressing individuals to give of their means was not designed to be the work of God's ministers. The responsibility should rest upon every individual who enjoys the belief of the truth. "Let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hasth prospered him." Every member of the family, from the oldest down to the youngest, may take part in this work of benevolence. p. 117411, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 The offerings of little children may be acceptable and pleasing to God. In accordance with the spirit that prompts the gifts will be the value of the offering. The poor, by following the rule of the apostle inand laying by every week a small sum every week, help to swell the treasury, and their gifts are wholly acceptable withto God; for they are makingmake just as great, and even greater, sacrifices than their more wealthy brethren. The plan of systematic benevolence will prove a safeguard to every family against temptations to spend means for needless things, and especially will it prove a blessing to the rich inby guarding them from indulging in extravagances. p. 117412, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Every week the demands of God upon each family are brought to mind by each of its members fully carrying out the plan,; and as its membersthey have denied themselves some superfluity in order to have means to put into the treasury, lessons of value in self-denial for the glory of God have been impressed upon the heart. Once a week, each is brought face to face with the doings of the past week--the income that he might have had if he had been economical, and the means that he hasdoes not have because of indulgence. His conscience is reined up, as it were, before God, and either commends or accuses him. He learns that if he retains peace of mind and the favor of God, he must eat, and drink, and dress, to hHis glory. p. 118412, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Systematic action inand liberal giving in accordance with the plan keeps open the channel of the heart in liberal giftsopen. We place ourselves in connection with God, that hHe may use us as channels that hthrough which His gifts may flow through us to others.

 The poor will not complain of systematic benevolence;, for it touches them lightly. They are not neglected and passed by, but are favored with acting a part in being co-workers with Christ, and will receive the blessing of God as well as the wealthy. In the very process of laying aside the littles as they can spare them, they are denying self and cultivating liberality of heart. They are educating themselves to good works, and are as effectually meeting the design of God in the plan of systematic benevolence as effectually asare the more wealthy who give of their abundance. p. 118412, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 In the days of the apostles, men went everywhere preaching the word. New churches were raised up. Their love and zeal for Christ led them to acts of great denial and sacrifice.

 Many of these Gentile churches were very poor;, yet the apostle declares that their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality. Their gifts were extended beyond their powerability to give. Men periled their lives and suffered the loss of all things for the truth's sake. p. 119413, Para.

 1, [24OT3T].


 The apostle suggests the first day of the week as a proper time to review the course of Providence and the prosperity experienced, and in the fear of God, with true gratitude of heart for the blessings hHe has bestowed, to decide how much, according to hHis own devised plan, shall be rendered back to hHim. p. 119413, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 God has designeds that the exercise of benevolence shouldshall be purely voluntary, not having recourse even to eloquent appeals to excite sympathy. "The LordGod loveth a cheerful giver." He is not pleased to have hHis treasury replenished with forced supplies. The loyal hearts of theHis people of God, rejoicing in the saving truth for this time, will, through love and gratitude to hHim for this precious light, be earnest and anxious to aid with their means in sending the truth to others. The very best manner in which to give expression to our love for our Redeemer, is to give and make offerings to bring souls to the knowledge of the truth. p. 119, Para. 3, [24OT].

The plan of redemption was entirely voluntary on the part of our Redeemer, and it is the purpose of Christ that all our benevolence should be free-will offerings. E. G. W. p.

120, Para. 1, [24OT].

Epistle No. 1. p. 120, Para. 2, [24OT].

Dear Bro. ----p. 413, Para. 3, [3T].


 INDIVIDUAL INDEPENDENCE Dear Brother A: My mind is exercised in regard to your case. Some things I have written you some things which have been shown me in regard to your past, present, and future course. I feel anxious for you, because I have seen your dangers were shown me.

. Your former experience in spiritualism exposes you to temptations and severe conflicts. p. 120, Para. 3, [24OT].

When once the mind has been yielded to the direct control of the enemy through evil angels, that person should be very distrustful of impressions and feelings which would lead him on an independent track, away from the church of Christ. The first step that such a one would take independently of the church should be regarded as a device of the enemy to deceive and destroy. God has made hHis church a channel of light. T, and through his church hit He communicates hHis purposes and hHis will. He does not give one an experience independently of the church. He does not give one man a knowledge of hHis will for the entire church, while the church, Christ's body, is left in darkness. p. 120414, Para.

4 1, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother A, you need to watch with the greatest care how you build. There is a storm coming which will test your hope to the utmost. You should dig deep and lay your foundation sure. "Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mMine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock;: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not;: for it was founded upon a rock." p. 120, Para. 5, [24OT].

Steadily the builder places one stone upon another until the structure rises stone upon stone. The gospel builder frequently carries on his work in tears and amid trials, storms of persecution, bitter opposition, and unjust reproach; but he feels deeply in earnest, for he is building for eternity. Be careful, Bro. ----Brother A, that your foundation is solid rock, and that you are riveted uponto it, Christ being that rRock. p. 121414, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 You have a strong, set will, a very independent spirit, which you feel that you must preserve at all hazards. And you have carried this same spirit into your religious experience and life. You have not always been in harmony with the work of God, as carried on by your American brethren. You have not seen as they see, nor been in union with their manner of proceeding. You have had but very little acquaintance with the work in its different departments. You have not felt very anxious to become acquainted with the various branches of the work. You have looked with suspicion and distrust upon the work, and upon God's chosen leaders to carry it forward. You have been more ready to question, and surmise, and be jealous of those upon whom God has laid the heavier responsibilities of hHis work, than to investigate, and placeto so connect yourself in connection with the work,cause of God as to become acquainted with theits workings and advancement of the cause of God. p. 121414, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 God saw that you were not fitted to be a shepherd, a minister of righteousness to proclaim the truth to others, until you should be a thoroughly transformed man. He permitted you to pass through real trials, and feel privation and want, that you might know how to exercise pity and sympathy, and tender love for the unfortunate, and for the oppressed, and for those borne down with want and passing through trial and affliction. p. 122415, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 While you prayed in your affliction for peace in Christ, a cloud of darkness seemed to blacken across your mind. The rest and peace did not come as you expected. YAt times your faith, at times, seemed to be tested to the uttermostutmost. As you looked back to your past life, you saw sorrow and disappointment.

As; as you viewed the future, all was uncertainty. The divine hHand led you wondrously to bring you to the cross, and to teach you that God was indeed a rewarder of those who diligently seek hHim. Those who ask aright will receive. He that seeketh in faith shall find. The experience gained in the furnace of trial and affliction is worth more than all the inconvenience and painful experience it costs. p. 122415, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 The prayers that you offered in your loneliness, in your weariness and trial, God answered, not always according to your expectations, but for your good. You did not have clear and correct views of your brethren. N, neither did you see yourself in a correct light. But, in the providence of God h, He has been at work to answer the prayers you have offered in your distress, in a way to save you and glorify hHis own name. In your ignorance of yourself you asked for things which were not the best for you. God hearsd your prayers of sincerity;, but the blessing granted iswas something very different from your expectations. God designed, in His providence, to place you in his providence,more directly in connection with hHis church, more directly, that your confidence might be less in yourself, and greater in others whom hHe is leading out to advance hHis work. p. 122415, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 God hears every sincere prayer. He would place you in connection with hHis work that hHe maymight bring you more directly bring you to the light. And, unless you should seal your vision against evidence and light, you would be persuaded that, if you were more distrustful of yourself, and less distrustful of your brethren, you would be more prosperous in God. It is God who has led you through straight places. He had a purpose in this, that tribulation might work in you patience, and patience experience, and experience hope. The trials hHe permitted trials to come upon you were, that, through the exercise of them, you might experience the peaceable fruits of righteousness. p. 123416, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Peter denied the Man of Sorrows in hHis acquaintance with grief in the hour of hHis humiliation. But he was afterward repentant,repented and was reconverted. He had true contrition of soul, and gave himself afresh to his Saviour. With blinding tears he makes his way to the solitudes of the gGarden of Gethsemane, and there prostrates himself where he saw his Saviour's prostrate form, when the bloody sweat was forced from hHis pores by hHis great agony. Peter remembereds with remorse that he was asleep when Jesus prayed during those fearful hours. His proud heart breaks, and penitential tears moisten the sods so recently stained with the bloody sweat-dropssweat drops of God's dear Son. He left that garden a converted man. He was ready then to pity the tempted. He was humbled, and could then sympathize with the weak and erring. He could caution and warn the presumptuous, and was fully fitted to strengthen his brethren. p. 123416, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 God would lead you through affliction and trials that you might have more perfect trust and confidence in hHim, and that you might think less of your own judgment. You can bear adversity better than prosperity. The all-seeing eye of Jehovah detected in you much dross that you considered gold, and too valuable to throw away. The enemy's power over you had at times been direct and very strong. The delusions of spiritualism had entangled your faith, and perverted your judgment, and confused your experience. p.

124, Para. 1, [24OT].

God in hHis providence would try you, to purify you, as the sons of Levi, that you might offer to hHim an offering in righteousness. p. 416, Para. 3, [3T].


 Self is mingled too much with all your labors. Your will must be molded by God's will, or you will fall into grievous temptations. p. 124, Para. 2, [24OT].

I saw that when you labored in God, putting self out of sight, you wouldwill realize a strength from hHim which wouldwill give you access to hearts. Angels of God will work with your efforts when you are humble and little in your own eyes. But when you think you know more than those whom God has been leading for years, and whom He has been instructing in the truth, and fitting for the extension of hHis work, you are selfexalted,self-exalted and will fall into temptations. p. 124417, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 You need to cultivate kindness and tenderness. You need to be pitiful and courteous. Your labors savor too much of severity and an exacting, dictatorial, and overbearing spirit. You are not always kindly considerate of the feelings of others, and you create trials and dissatisfaction all needlessly. More love in your labors, and more kindly sympathy, would give you access to hearts, and would win souls to Christ and the truth. p. 125417, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 You are constantly inclined to individual independence.

 You do not realize that independence is a poor thing when it leads you to have moretoo much confidence in yourself, and to trust to your own judgment rather than to respect the counsel and highly estimate the judgment of your brethren, especially of those in the offices which God has appointed for the saving of hHis people. p. 125, Para. 2, [24OT].

God has invested hHis church with special authority and power which no one can be justified in disregarding and despising;, for in thusso doing he despises the voice of God. p. 417, Para. 3, [3T].


 It is not safe for you to trust to impressions and feelings. It has been your misfortune to come under the power of that satanic delusion, spiritualism. This pall of death has covered you, and your imagination and nerves have been under the control of demons,; and when you become selfconfident and do not cling with unwavering confidence to God, you are in positive danger. You may, and frequently do, let down the bars and invite the enemy in, and he controls your thoughts and actions, while you are really deceived and flatter yourself that you are in favor with God. p. 125418, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 Satan has tried to holdprevent you from having confidence in your American brethren. You have regarded them and their moves and experience with suspicion, when they are the very ones who could help you, and would be a blessing to you. It will be Satan's studied effort to separate you from those who are as channels of light, through whom God has communicated hHis will, and through whom hHe has wrought in building up and extending hHis work. Your views and your feelings and experience are altogether too narrow, and your labors are of the same character. p. 126418, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 In order to be a blessing to your people, you need to improve in many things. You should cultivate courtesy. You should and cherish a tender sympathy for all. You should have the crowning grace of God, which is love. You criticisze too much, and are not so forbearing as you must be if you would win souls. You could have much more influence if you were less formal and less rigid, and were actuated more by the Holy Spirit. Your fear of being led by men is too great. God uses men as hHis instruments, and will use them as long as the world shall stand. p. 126418, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 The angels who fell were anxious to become independent of God. They were very beautiful, very glorious, but dependent on God for their happiness, and for the light and intelligence they enjoyed. They fell from their high estate through insubordination. Christ and hHis church are inseparable. To neglect or despise those whom God has appointed to lead out, and to bear the responsibilities connected with hHis work, and with the advancement and spread of the truth, is to reject the means which God has ordained for the help and, encouragement, and strength of hHis people. To pass these by, and think your light must come through no other channel than directly from God, places you in a position where you are liable to deception, and to be overthrown.

 p. 126418, Para. 34, [24OT3T].


 God has placed you in connection with hHis appointed helps in hHis church that you mightmay be helpedaided by them. Your former connection with spiritualism makes your danger greater than it otherwise would be, because your judgment, wisdom, and discrimination, have been perverted. You cannot always of yourself always tell or discern the spirits; for Satan is very wily. God has placed you in connection with hHis church that they may help you. p. 127419, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 You are sometimes too formal, cold, and unsympathizing.

 You must meet the people where they are, and not place yourself too far above them, and require too much of them.

 You need to be all softened and subdued by the Spirit of God, while you preach to the people. You should educate yourself as to the best manner of laboring to secure the desired end. Your labor must be characterized by the love of Jesus abounding in your heart, softening your words, molding your temperament, and elevating your soul. p. 127419, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 You frequently talk too long, when you do not have the vitalizing influence of the Spirit of Hheaven. You weary those who hear you. It isMany make a mistake that many make inin their preaching, that they do in not stop at the timestopping while the interest is up. They go on speechifying until the interest hasthat had risen in the minds of the hearers and dieds out, and where the people are really wearied with words of no special weight or burden of interest. Stop before you get herethere. Stop when you have nonothing of special matter of importance to say. Do not go on with dry words that only excite prejudice, and do not soften the heart. You want to be so united to Jesus Christ that your words will melt and burn their way to the soul. Mere prosy talk is insufficient for this time. Arguments are good;, but there may be too much of the argumentative, and too little of the spirit and life fromof God. p. 127419, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 Without the special power of God workingto work with your efforts, your spirit subdued and humbled in God, your heart softened, your words flowing from a heart of love, your spirit humbled in God, your labors will be wearing to yourself, and not productive of blessed results. There is a point wherewhich the minister of Christ reaches, beyond which human knowledge and skill are powerless. We are struggling with giant errors, and evils which we are impotent to remedy or to arouse the people to see and understand;, for we cannot change the heart. We cannot quicken the soul to discern the sinfulness of sin, and to feel the need of a Saviour. But if our labors bear the impress of the Spirit of God, if a higher, and divine power attends our efforts in sowingto sow the gospel seed, we shall see fruits of our labors to the glory of God. He alone can water the seed sown. p.

128 419, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 Thus with you, Bro. ----Brother A. You must not get in too great a hurry, and expect too much of darkened minds. You must cherish humble hope that God will graciously impart the mysterious, quickening influence of hHis Spirit, by which alone your labors will not be in vain in the Lord. You need to cling to God by living faith, every moment realizing your dangers, and sensing your weakness, and constantly seeking that strength and power which God alone can give. Try the best you may, you of yourself you can do nothing. p. 128420, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 You need to educate yourself, that you may have wisdom to deal with minds. You should with some have compassion, making a difference, while others you may save with fear, pulling them out of the fire. Our Hheavenly Father frequently leaves us in uncertainlty in regard to our efforts. We are to sow beside all waters, not knowing which shall prosper, this or that. We may stimulate our faith and energy from the Source of our strength, and lean with full and entire dependence upon hHim. p. 129420, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother A, you need to work with the utmost diligence to control self and develop a character according toin harmony with the principles of the word of God. You need to educate and train yourself, in order to become a successful shepherd.

 You need to cultivate a good temper--kindly, cheerful, buoyant, generous, pitiful, courteous, compassionate traits of character. You should overcome a morose, bigoted, narrow, fault-finding, overbearing spirit. If you are connected with the work of God, you need to battle with yourself vigorously, and form your character after the divine Model. p. 129420, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 Without constant effort on your part, some development, under the influence of a corrupt mind, will appear and block up your way, which hinderance you will be inclined to charge to some other than the true cause. Self-discipline you needYou need selfdiscipline. Our piety should not appear sour, and cold, and morose,; but lovable and teachable. A censorious spirit will hedge up your way, and close hearts against you. You will, iIf not humbly dependent on God, you will frequently close your own path with obstacles, and charge the same to the course of others. p. 129421, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 You need to stand guard over yourself, that you do not teach the truth, or perform duties, in a bigoted spirit that will excite prejudice. You need to study how you may show yourself approved unto God, a workman whothat needeth not to be ashamed. Inquire of yourself what your natural disposition is--whatis, what character you have developed. It should be theyour study of yourself, as well as that of every minister of Christ, to exercise the greatest watchfulness that you do not cherish habits of action, or mental and moral tendencies, which you would not wish to see appear among those whom you bring out upon the truth. p. 130421, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Ministers of Christ are enjoined to be examples to the flock of God. The influence of a minister can do much toward molding the character of his people. If the minister is indolent, if he is not pure in heart and life, and if he is sharp, critical, and fault-finding, selfish, independent, and lacking self-control, he will have these same unpleasant elements in a large degree to meet and deal with among his people;, and it is hard work to set things in order where wrong influences have made confusion. ItWhat is seen in their minister will make a great difference with the people in regard to the development of Christian virtue in them, by what is seen in their minister people. If his life is a combination of excellencies, those whom he brings to the knowledge of the truth through his labors will, to a great degree, if they truly love God, reflect his example and influence;, for he is a representative of Jesus Christ. Thus the minister should feel his responsibility to adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. p. 130421, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 The highest efforts of the gospel minister should be to devote all his talents to the work of saving souls,; then he will be successful. Wise and watchful discipline is necessary for every oneeveryone who names the name of Christ,; but in a much higher sense is it essential for a gospel minister, who is a representative of Jesus Christ. p. 131, Para. 1, [24OT].

Our Saviour awed men by hHis purity and elevated morality, while hHis love and gentle benignity inspired them with enthusiasm. The poorest and humblest were not afraid to approach hHim; even little children were attracted to hHim.

 They loved to climb upon hHis lap and to kiss that pensive face, benignant with love. This loving tenderness you need.

 You should cultivate love. Expressions of sympathy, and acts of courtesy and respect for others, would not detract from your dignity one particle, but would open to you many hearts that are now closed against you. p. 131422, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Christ was just what every minister should strive to be.

 We should learn to imitate theHis character of Christ, and combine strict justice, purity, integrity, love, and noble generosity. A pleasant face, where in which love is reflected, with kind and courteous manners, will do more, aside from pulpit efforts, than the labor in the desk with the absence of thiscan do without these. It becomes us to cultivate a deference to other people's judgments, when we are absolutely dependent, to a greater or less extent, we are absolutely dependent upon them. We should cultivate true Christian courtesy and tender sympathy, even for the roughest, hardest cases of humanity. Jesus came from the pure courts of Hheaven to save just such. You close your heart too readily to many who have apparently no interest in the message you bear, but who are still subjects of grace, and precious in the sight of the Lord. "He that winneth souls is wise." You must be in the position that Paul was, to becoame all things to all men, if by allny means ye mayhe might save some. You must be in a similar position. You must bend from your independence. You lack humbleness of mind. You need the softening influence of the grace of God upon your heart, that you may not irritate, but melt your way to the hearts of men, although these hearts may be affected by prejudice. p. 131422, Para.

3 2, [24OT3T].


 The cause of God is in great needs of earnest men very much,, men who abound in zeal, hope, faith, and courage. It is not self-willed men who can meet the demands for this time, but men who are in earnest. We have too many sensitive ministers, who are feeble in experience, and deficient in the Christian graces, and lacking in consecration, and are easily discouraged; who are earnest to gratify their own wills, and are persevering in their efforts to accomplish their own selfish purposes. Such men will not fill the demands for this time. We need men in these last days who are ever awake. Minute menMinutemen are wanted, who are sincere in their love for the truth, and willing to labor at a sacrifice, if they can advance the cause of God and save precious souls. Men are wanted in this work, who will not murmur or complain at hardships or trials, knowing that this is a part of the legacy that Jesus has left them. They should be willing to go without the camp, and suffer the reproach, and bear burdens, as good soldiers of Jesus Christ. They will bear the cross of Christ without complaint, without murmuring or fretfulness, and will be patient in tribulation. p. 132423, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 The solemn, testing truth for these last days is committed to us, and we should make the truthit a reality. Bro. ----Brother A, you should avoid making yourself a criterion. Avoid, I entreat of you, appealing to your own sympathies. All that we can suffer, and all that we may ever may be called to suffer, for the truth's sake, will be incomparablyseem too small to be compared with what our Saviour endured for us sinners. You need not expect always to be correctly judged or correctly represented. Christ says, "In that in the world yewe shall have tribulation;, but in me yeHim we shall have peace." p. 133423, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 You have cultivated a combative spirit. When your track is crossed, you immediately throw yourself into a defensive position,; and, although you may be among your brethren, who love the truth and have given their lives to the cause of God, you will criticise and justify yourself, while you criticize them and become jealous of their words, and suspicious of their motives, and thus lose great blessings that it is your privilege to gain through the experience of your brethren. p. 133423, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 DISCUSSIONS TO BE AVOIDED You have loved to debate the truth, and loved discussions; but these contests have been unfavorable forto you to formr forming a harmonious Christian character;, for in this is a favorable opportunity for the exhibition of the very traits of character that you must overcome if you ever enter Hheaven.

 Discussions cannot always be avoided. In some cases the circumstances are such that of the two evils the choice must be made of the least, which is discussion. But whenever they can be avoided, they should be;, for the result is seldom honoring to God. p. 133424, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


The p People who love to see opponents combat, may clamor for discussion. Others, who have a desire to hear the evidences on both sides, may urge a discussion in all honesty of motives; but whenever discussions can be avoided, they should be. DiscussionsThey generally strengthen combativeness, and weaken that pure love and sacred sympathy which should ever exist in the hearts of Christians, although they may differ in opinions. p. 134424, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Discussions in this age of the world are not real evidences of earnest desire on the part of the people to investigate the truth, but come through the love of novelty and the excitement which generally attends discussions. God is seldom glorified or the truth advanced in these combats.

 Truth is too solemn, too momentous in its results, to make it a small matter whether it is received or rejected. To discuss truth for the sake of showing opponents the skill of the combatants is every poor policy, for it does but very little to advance the truth. p. 134424, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 Opponents to the truth will show skill in misstating their opponent. They will make the most solemn, sacred truths the subjects of ridicule. They will generally sport and deride and place the truth, precious, sacred truth, and place it in so false a light before the people, that minds that are darkened by error and polluted by sin, do not discern the motives and objects of these designing men toin thus covercovering up and falsifyfalsifying precious and important truth. There are but few discussions, bBecause of the men who engage in them, there are but few discussions that it is possible to conduct upon right principles. Sharp thrusts are too frequently given by both parties, personalities are indulged in, and frequently both parties descend to sarcasm and witticism. The love of souls is lost in the greater desire for the mastery. Prejudice, deep and bitter, is often the result of discussions. p. 134424, Para. 34, [24OT3T].


 I have beheld angels grieved as the most precious jewels of truth have been brought before men utterly incapable of appreciating the evidences in favor of the truth. Their entire being was at war with the principles of truth. T; their natures were at enmity with the truthit. Their object in discussing was not forthat the sake of gettingy might get hold of the evidences of the truth themselves, or that the people might have a fair understanding of our true position, but that they might confuse the understanding by placing the truth in a perverted light before the people. There are men who have educated themselves as combatants. It is their policy to misstate an opponent, and to cover up clear arguments with dishonest quibbles. They have devoted their God-givenGod given powers to this dishonest work, for there is nothing in their hearts in harmony with the pure principles of truth.

 They seize any argument they can get with which to tear down the advocates of truth, when they themselves do not believe the things they urge against them. They bolster themselves up in their chosen position, irrespective of justice and truth.

 They do not consider that before them is the Jjudgment, and that then their ill-gotten triumph, with all its disastrous results, will appear in its true character. Error, with all its deceptive policies, its windings and twistings and turnings to change the truth into a lie, will then appear in all its deformity. No victory will stand in the day of God, except that which truth, pure, elevated, sacred truth, shall win to the glory of God. p. 135425, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Angels weep to see the precious truth of heavenly origin cast before the swine, to be seized by them and trampled with the mire and dirt. "Cast not "your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." These are the words of the world's Redeemer. p.

136 425, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 God's ministers should not count the opportunity of engaging in discussion a great privilege. All points of our faith are not to be borne to the front and presented before the prejudiced crowds. Jesus spaoke before the Pharisees and Sadducees in parables, hiding the clearness of truth under symbols and figures, because they would make a wrong use of the truths hHe presented before them. B; but to hHis disciples, h He spoke plainly. We should learn from Christ's method of teaching, and be careful not to cut off the ears of the people by presenting truths which, not being fully explained, they are in no way prepared to receive. p. 136426, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The truths that we hold in common should be first dwelt upon, first and the confidence of the hearers obtained; then we can advance slowly, as the people can be brought along, we can advance slowly with the matter presented. Great wisdom is needed to present unpopular truth before a prejudiced people in the most cautious manner, that they may gain access may be gained to their hearts.

 Discussions place before the people, who are unenlightened in regard to our position and who are ignorant of Bible truth, a set of arguments, skillfully gotten up and carefully arranged, to cover over the clear points of truth. Some men have made it their business to cover up plain statements of facts in the word of God by their deceptive theories, which they make plausible to those who have not investigated for themselves. p. 136426, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 These agents of Satan are hard to meet, and it is difficult to have patience with them. But calmness, patience, and self-control, are elements which every minister of Christ should cultivate. The combatants of the truth have educated themselves for intellectual battle.

 They are prepared to present on the surface sophistry and assertions as the word of God. They confuse unsuspecting minds, and place the truth in obscurity, while pleasing fables are presented to the people in the place of pure Bible truth. p. 137426, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 Many choose darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. But there are those who, if the truth could have been presented in a different manner, under different circumstances, giving them a fair chance to weigh the arguments for themselves, and to compare scripture with scripture, would have been charmed by its clearness and would have taken hold upon it. p. 137426, Para. 24, [24OT3T].


 It has been very indiscreet for our ministers to publish to the world the wily sophistry of error, furnished by designing men to cover up and make of none effect the solemn, sacred truth of Jehovah. These crafty men who lie in wait to deceive the unwary give their strength of intellect to pervertperverting the word of God. The inexperienced and unsuspecting are deceived to their ruin. It has been a great error to publish to all, and furnish every class of minds with the arguments ofwherewith opponents wherewith to battle the truth of God, for in so doing minds of every class are furnished with arguments which many of them had never thought of. Some oneSomeone must render an account for this unwise generalship. p.

137 427, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 Arguments against the sacred truth, subtle in their influence, affect minds that are not well informed in regard to the strength of the truth. The moral sensibilities of the community at large are blunted by familiarity with sin. Selfishness, dishonesty, and the varied sins which prevail in this degenerate age, have blunted the senses to eternal things, so that God's truth is not discerned. In giving publicity to the erroneous arguments of our opponents, truth and error are placed upon a level in their minds, when, if they could have the truth before them in its clearness long enough to see and senserealize its sacredness and importance, they would be convinced of the strong arguments in its favor, and couldwould then be prepared to meet the arguments urged by opposers. p. 138427, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Those who are seeking to know the truth and to understand the will of God, who are faithful to the light, and zealous in the performance of their daily duties, will surely know of the doctrine;, for they will be guided into all truth.

 God does not promise, by the masterly acts of hHis providence, to irresistibly to bring men to the knowledge of hHis truth, when they do not seek for truth and have no desire to know the truth. p. 138, Para. 2, [24OT].

Men have the power to quench the Spirit of God. T; the power of choosing is left with menthem. They are allowed freedom of action. They may be obedient through the name and grace of our Redeemer, or they may be disobedient, and realize the consequences. Man is responsible for receiving or rejecting sacred and eternal truth. The Spirit of God is continually convicting, and souls are deciding for or against the truth. The deportment, the words, the actions, of the minister of Christ, may balance a soul for or against the truth. How important that every act of the life be such that it needethneed not to be repented of, e. Especially is this important among the ambassadors of Christ, who are acting in the place of Christ. p. 139427, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 THE AUTHORITY OF THE CHURCH The world's Redeemer has invested great power with hHis church. He states the rules to be applied in cases of trial with its members. After hHe has given explicit directions as to the course to be pursued, hHe says,: "Verily I say unto you, wWhatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Hheaven;: and whatsoever [in church discipline] ye shall loose on earth, shall be loosed in Hheaven." Thus even the heavenly authority ratifies the discipline of the church in regard to its members, when the Bible rule has been followed. p. 139428, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The word of God does not give license for one man to set up his judgment in opposition to the judgment of the church, neither is he allowed to urge his opinions against the opinions of the church. UnlessIf there were no church discipline and government, the church would go to fragments; it could not hold together as a body. p. 139, Para. 3, [24OT].

There have ever been individuals of independent minds, who have claimed that they were right, that God had especially taught, impressed, and led them. Each has a theory of his own, or views peculiar to himself, and each claims that his views are in accordance with the word of God. Each one has a different theory and faith, yet each claims special light from God. These draw away from the body, and each one is a separate church of himself. All of these cannot be right, yet they all claim to be led of the Lord. The word of iInspiration is not yYea and nNay, but yYea and aAmen in Christ Jesus. p. 140428, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Our Saviour follows hHis lessons of instruction with a promise that if two or three should be united in asking anything of God it should be given them. Christ here shows that there must be union with others, even in our desires for a given object. Great importance is attached to the united prayer, the union of purpose. p. 140, Para. 2, [24OT].

God hears the prayers of individuals, but on this occasion Jesus was giving especial and important lessons that were to have an especial special bearing upon hHis newly organized church on the earth. There must be an agreement in the things which they desire, and for which they pray. It was not merely the thoughts and exercises of one mind, liable to deception; but the petition was to be the earnest desire of several minds centered toon the same point. p. 140429, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 In the wonderful conversion of Paul we see the miraculous power of God. A brightness above the glory of the midday sun shone aroundround about him. Jesus, whose name of all others he most hated and despised, revealed hHimself to Paul for the purpose of arresting his mad, yet honest, career, that hHe might make this most unpromising instrument a chosen vessel to bear the gospel to the Gentiles. He had conscientiously done many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. In his zeal he was a persevering, earnest persecutor of the church of Christ. His convictions of his duty to exterminate this alarming doctrine, which was prevailing everywhere, that Jesus was the Prince of Llife, were deep and strong. p. 140429, Para. 42, [24OT3T].


 Paul verily believed that faith in Jesus made of none effect the law of God, and the religious service of sacrificial offerings, and the rite of circumcision, which had in all past ages received the full sanction of God. But the miraculous revelation of Christ brings light into the darkened chambers of his mind. The Jesus of Nazareth whom he is arrayed against is indeed the Redeemer of the world.

 p. 141429, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 Paul sees his mistaken zeal, and cries out,: "Lord, what wilt tThou have me to do?" Jesus did not then and there tell him, as hHe might have done, then and there, the work hthat He had assigned him. Paul must receive instruction in the Christian faith, and move understandingly. Christ sends him to the very disciples whom he had been so bitterly persecuting, to learn of them. The light of heavenly illumination had taken away thePaul's eyesight of Paul,; but Jesus, the gGreat hHealer of the blind, does not restore it. He answers the question of Paul in these words, ": Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do." p. 141, Para. 2, [24OT].

Jesus could not only have healed Paul of his blindness, but hHe could have forgiven his sins and told him his duty inby marking out his future course. From Christ, all power and mercies were to flow; but hHe did not give Paul an experience, in his conversion to truth, independent of hHis church recently organized upon the earth. p. 142429, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 The marvelous light given Paul upon that occasion astonished and confounded him. He was wholly subdued. This part of the work man could not do for Paul, but there was a work still to be accomplished which the servants of Christ could do. Jesus directs him to hHis agents in the church for a further knowledge of duty. Thus hHe gives authority and sanction to hHis organized church. TChrist had done the work of revelation and conviction Christ had done, and now hePaul was in a condition to learn of those whom God had ordained to teach the truth. Christ directs Paul to hHis chosen servants, thus placing him in connection with hHis church. p. 142430, Para.

2 1, [24OT3T].

  


 The very men whom Paul was purposing to destroy, were to be his instructors in the very religion that he had despised and persecuted. He passed three days without food or sight, making his way to the men whom, in his blind zeal, he was purposing to destroy. Here Jesus places Paul in connection with his representatives upon the earth. The Lord gave Ananias a vision to go up to a certain house in Damascus and call for Saul of Tarsus; "for, behold, he prayeth." p.

142 430, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 After Saul was directed to go to Damascus, he was led by the men who accompanied him, to help him bring the disciples bound to Jerusalem to be tried and put to death.

 Saul is tarryingtarried with Judas at Damascus, devoting the time to fasting and prayer. Here the faith of Saul was tested.

 Three days he was in darkness of mind in regard to what was required of him, and three days he was without sight. He had been directed to go to Damascus;, for it should there be told him what he should do. He wasis in uncertainty, and he cries earnestly to God. An angel is sent to Ananias, directing him to go to a certain house where Saul is praying to be instructed in what he wasis to do next. Paul'sSaul's pride is gone. A little before he was self-confident, thinking he was engaged in a good work for which he should receive a reward; but all is now changed. He is bowed down and humbled to the dust in penitence and shame, and his supplications are fervent for pardon. Saithd the Lord, through hHis angel, to Ananias,: "Behold, he prayeth." The angel informed the servant of God that he had revealed to Saul in vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him that he might receive his sight. Ananias couldcan scarcely credit the words of the angel, and repeats what he has heard of Saul's bitter persecution of the saints at Jerusalem. But the command to Ananias is imperative,: "Go thy way,: for he is a chosen vessel unto mMe, to bear mMy name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel." p. 142430, Para. 43, [24OT3T].


 Ananias was obedient to the direction of the angel. He laid his hands upon the man who so recently was exercised with a spirit of the deepest hatred, breathing out threatenings against all who believed on histhe name of Christ. Ananias said to Saul,: "Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost;" a. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales,: and he received his sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized." p. 143431, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Jesus might have done all this work for Saul,Paul directly, but this was not hHis plan. Paul hasd something to do in the line of confession to the men whose destruction he had premeditated, and God had a responsible work for the men to do whom hHe had ordained to act in hHis stead. Paul was to take those steps necessary in conversion. He iswas required to unite himself to the very people whom he had persecuted for their religion. Christ here gives all hHis people an example of the manner of hHis working for the salvation of men. The Son of God identified hHimself with the office and authority of hHis organized church. His blessings were to come through the agencies hthat He has ordained, thus connecting man with the channel through which hHis blessings come. Paul's being strictly conscientious in his work of persecuting the saints does not make him guiltless when the knowledge of his cruel work is impressed upon him by the Spirit of God.

 He is to become a learner of the disciples. p. 144431, Para.

1 2, [24OT3T].


 He learns that Jesus, whom in his blindness he considered an impostor, is indeed the author and foundation of all the religion of God's chosen people from Adam's day, and the finisher of the faith, now so clear to his enlightened vision. He saw Christ he saw as the vindicator of truth, the fulfiller of all prophecies. Christ had been regarded as making of none effect the law of God; but when his spiritual vision was touched by the finger of God, he learned of the disciples that Christ was the originator and the foundation of the entire Jewish system of sacrifices, that in the death of Christ, type met antitype, and that Christ came into the world for the express purpose of vindicating hHis Father's law. p. 144432, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 In the light of the law, Saul sawPaul sees himself a sinner. That very law which he thought he had been keeping so zealously, he finds he has transgressedbeen transgressing. He repents and dies to sin, becomes obedient to the claims of God's law, repents of his sins and has faith in Jesus Christ as his Saviour, is baptized, and preaches Jesus as earnestly and as zealously as he once condemned hHim. In the conversion of Paul are given us important principles which we should ever bear in mind. The Redeemer of the world does not sanction the experience and exercise in religious matters independent of hHis organized and acknowledged church, where hHe has a church. p. 145432, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Many have the idea that they are responsible to Christ alone for their light and experience, independent of hHis acknowledged followers in the world. But this is condemned by Jesus in hHis teachings and in histhe examples of, the facts, which He has given for our instruction. Here was Paul directly brought into the presence of Christ, one whom Christ was to fit for a most important work, one who was to be a chosen vessel unto hHim, brought directly into the presence of Christ; yet hHe does not teach him the lessons of truth.

 He arrests his course and convicts him; and when he asks Christ, "What wilt tThou have me to do?" the Saviour does not tell him directly, but places him in connection with hHis church. They will tell thee what thou must do. Jesus wasis the sinner's friend, hHis heart wasis ever open, ever touched with human woe, h; He has all power, both in Hheaven and upon earth; but hHe respects the means which hHe has ordained for the enlightenment and salvation of men. He directs Saul to the church, thus acknowledging the power hthat He has invested in it as a channel of light to the world. It is Christ's organized body upon the earth, and respect wasis required to be paid to hHis ordinances. In the case of Saul, Ananias represents Christ in the case of Saul, and he also represents Christ's ministers upon the earth who are appointed to act in Christ's stead. p. 145433, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Saul was a learned teacher in Israel,; but while he is under the influence of blind error and prejudice, Christ reveals hHimself to him, and then places him in communication with hHis church, who are the light of the world. They wereare to instruct this educated, popular orator, in the Christian religion. In Christ's stead Ananias touches his eyes that they may receive sight; in Christ's stead he lays his hands upon him, and prayingprays in Christ's name, and Saul receives the Holy Ghost. All is done in the name and authority of Christ. Christ is the fountain. The church is the channel of communication. Those who boast of personal independence need to be brought into closer relation to Christ by connection with hHis church upon the earth. p. 146433, Para.

1 2, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother A, God loves you and desires to save you and bring you into working order. If you will be humble and teachable, and will be molded by hHis Spirit, hHe will be your strength, your righteousness, and your exceeding great reward. You may accomplish much for your brethren if you will hide in God and let hHis Spirit soften your spirit. You have a hard class to meet. They are filled with bitter prejudice;, but no more so than was Saul. God can work mightily for your brethren, if you do not allow yourself to get in the way and hedge up your own path. Let melting love, pity, and tenderness, dwell in your heart while you labor. You may break down the iron walls of prejudice if you are only clingingcling to Jesus Christ and are ready to be counseled by your more experienced brethren. p. 146434, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 You must not, as God's servant, be too easily discouraged atby difficulties or by the fiercest opposition. Go forth, not in your own name, but in the might and power of Israel's God. Endure hardness as a good soldier of the cross of Christ. Jesus endured the contradiction of sinners against hHimself. Consider the life of Christ and take courage, and press on in faith, courage, and hope. E. G. W. p. 147, Para. 1, [24OT].

Epistle No. 2. p. 147434, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 UNITY IN THE CHURCH In my last vision, I was shown the introduction of the truth, and the progress of the cause of God, upon the Pacific Coast. I saw that a good work had been wrought for many in California, but that there were many who professed the truth thatwho were unreadynot ready to take hold of the work of God at the right time, and to move as the opening providence of God indicates their duty. There may be aA great work may be done on this Ccoast in bringing souls to the knowledge of the truth if there is united action. p. 147434, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 If all who have influence would feelfelt the necessity of cooperation, and would seek to answer the prayer of Christ, that they may be one as hHe wasis one with the Father, the cause of present truth would be a power upon this Ccoast.

 But the people of God are asleep, and do not see the wants of the cause for this time. They do not feel the importance of concentrated action. Satan is ever seeking to divide the faith and hearts of God's people. He well knows that union is their strength, and division their weakness. It is important and essential that all of Christ's followers understand hisSatan's devices, and with a united front meet his attacks and vanquished him. They need to make continual efforts to press together even if it be at some sacrifice to themselves. p. 148434, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 The people of God, with various temperaments and organizations, are brought together in church capacity. The truth of God, received into the heart, will do its work of refining, elevating, and sanctifying the life, and overcoming the peculiar views and prejudices of each. All should labor to come as near to one another as possible.

 All who love God and keep hHis commandments in truth, will have influence with unbelievers, and will win souls to Christ, to swell the glad songs of triumph and victory before the great white throne. Selfishness will be overcome, and the overflowing love for Christ will be manifested in the burden they feel to save souls for whom ChristHe died. p. 148435, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 I was shown many families who are not living as Jesus would have them; they have a work to do at home before they can make advancement in the divine life. I was shown the case of Bro.Brother B and was pointed back to the time when he first accepted the truth. It then had a transforming influence upon his life. Self was in a measure lost in the interest he felt for the truth. He sought to show his faith by his works, and his personal interests were made secondary. He loved the work of the Lord, and cheerfully sought to advance the interest of hHis cause, and; the Lord accepted his efforts to serve hHim, and the hand of the Lord prospered him. p. 148435, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 I was shown that Bro. ----Brother B displeased God and brought great darkness upon himself when he set up his judgment in opposition to that of his brethren in regard to the true way to observe the Sabbath. Bro. ----'sBrother B's interest was at stake, and he refused to see the correct bearing of the question under consideration. He never would have taken the course he did when he returned from the East, if he had been in the light.

 I was then carried to another point in his history, and saw him journeying. While among unbelievers he did not let his light so shine before men that they by seeing his good works would glorify our Father which is in Hheaven. He was forgetful of God and of his duty to rightly represent his Saviour in every place and upon all occasions. p. 149435, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B is especially weak upon some points; he loves praise and flattery; he loves pleasure and distinction. He exalted himself, he and talked much and prayed little, and God left him to his own weakness; for he did not bear fruit to the glory of God. On that journey he had an opportunity to do a great amount of good, but he did not realize that he was accountable to God for his talents, and that as a steward of God he would be called to an account, whether he had used his ability to please himself or to glorify God.

 If Bro. ----Brother B had felt the power of the love of Christ in his own heart, he would have felt an interest for the salvation of those with whom he was brought in contact, that he might speak words to them words which would cause them to reflect in regard to their eternal interest. p. 149436, Para.

2 1, [24OT3T].

  


 He had an opportunity to sow the seed of truth which, but he did not improve it as he should. He should have carried his religion with him while among his relatives. His holy profession and the truth of God should have blended with all his thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. Christ commands hHis followers to walk in the light. Walking means moving onward, exerting ourselves, exercising our ability, being actively engaged. Unless we exercise ourselves in the good work to which our Saviour has called us, and feel the importance of personal effort in this work, we shall have a sickly, stunted religion. We gain new victories by our experience in working. We shall gain activity and strength by walking in the light, that we may have energy to run in the way of God's commandments. We may gain an increase of strength at every step we advance heavenward. God will only bless hHis people only when they try to be a blessing to others.

 Our graces are matured and developed by exercise. p. 150436, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 I was shown that Bro. ---- while heBrother B was at Battle Creek, he was weak in moral power. He had not been seeking to cling to God and preserve his soul in purity of thoughts and actions, and he was left to follow his own mind, and to receive impressions that were detrimental to his spiritual interest. He met those who perverted the truth and was led by them to believe things whichthat were untrue,; and as he had opened the door to the enemy and received him as an angel of light, he was readily overcome by temptations. p. 150437, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 He became wickedly prejudiced and was suspicious of the very ones in whom God would have him have confidence. He saw things in a perverted light, and the meetings, which should have been to him a great source of strength, were an injury.

 This was just as Satan would have it, that Bro. ----Brother B might lose confidence in the men whom God had appointed to lead out in this work. He became at variance with them and with the heart of the work. He was like a vessel at sea, without an anchor or a rudder. If he could not have confidence in those at the head of the work he would have confidence in no one. p. 151437, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B has but little reverence or respect for his brethren; he thinks that his judgment, and his knowledge and abilities are superior to theirs,; therefore he will not receive anything from them, nor trust to their judgment, nor seek to counsel with them, unless he can lead and teach them. He will act according to his own judgment, irrespective of his brethren's feelings, their griefs, or entreaties, and w. When he separated his confidence from the heart of the work, Satan knew that he was sure of him, unless this confidence could be restored, he was sure of him. Bro. ----'sBrother B's eternal interest depends upon his accepting and respecting the helps and governments which God has been pleased to place in the church. If he follows a course of his own choosing, he will eventually find out that he has been altogether upon a wrong track, and that he has deceived himself to his ruin. He will take first one turningturn, then another, and yet after all, miss the true and only path which leads to Hheaven. p. 151437, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 There are thousands who are traveling the road of darkness and error, the broad road which leads to death, who flatter themselves that they are in the path ofto happiness and of Hheaven,; but they will never find the one ornor reach the other.

Bro. ---- Brother B needs the helps that God has placed in the church;, for he cannot constitute a church of himself, and yet his course shows that he would be satisfied to be a complete church, subject to none. Bro. ----Brother B long since lost his consecration to God; he did not guard the avenues of his soul against the suggestions of Satan. I saw that angels of God were writing his words and actions. He was going faurther and faurther from the light of Hheaven. When the grace of God does not especially control you, Bro. ----Brother B, you are a hard man to connect with. You have great selfconfidence and firmness, which are felt in your family, and in the church. You have but little reverence and respect for any one--youanyone. You do not possess the grace of humility. p.

152 438, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B returned to this Ccoast in great darkness; he had lost his love for the truth, and his love for God. His natural feelings controlled him, and he was proud. He loved himself, and he loved money better than he loved the truth and his Redeemer. I was shown that his course after he returned to the Ccoast was a dishonor to the name of a Christian name. I saw him joining hands with the gay lovers of pleasure. He grieved his brethren, and wounded his Saviour, and put hHim to open shame before unbelievers. I saw that from this time he did not take pleasure in the service of God, or enjoyin the advancement of the truth. He seemed to possess a zeal to search the Scriptures and different authors, not that he might become established upon important points of present truth which the providence of God had furnished him through men of hHis choice, but to find a new position, and to advance new views in opposition to the established faith of the body. His researches havewere not beenmade for the glory of God, but to promote himself. p.

152 438, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 When Bro. ----Brother B once takes a position on the wrong side, it is not according to his nature to see his error and confess his wrong, but to fight it out tillto the last, whatever may be the consequences. This spirit is ruinous to the church, and ruinous in his family. He needs to soften his heart, and let in tenderness, humility, and love. He needs benevolence and noble generosity. In short, he needs ato be thorough conversionly converted, to be a new man in Christ Jesus. Then his influence in the church will be all right, and he will be just the help they need. He will have the respect and love of his family, and will command his household after him. Duty and love, like twin sisters, will be his helps in the management of his children. p. 153438, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 I saw that sSister ----B had much to grieve over in the course that her husband had pursued toward her,; that her life had been very sad, when he was able to make it happy. She seemed to be dispirited, and to keenly feel that she was neglected and unloved by her husband. In his absence, she at times she felt nearly distracted, and became jealous and distrustful in regard to him. Satan was present with his temptations, and she looked upon some things in an exaggerated light.

 All this might have been saved had Bro. ----Brother B preserved his consecration to God. I was carried on still farther,further and saw that he was walking in unbelief and darkness, while he was flattering himself that he alone had the true light.

 The faurther he separated from God, the less love did he have for his brethren and for the truth. p. 153439, Para. 21, [24OT3T].

  


 I was shown Bro. ----Brother B questioning one after another of ourthe points of our faith, which hadve brought us out from the world, and made us a separate and distinct people, looking for the blessed hope and the glorious appearing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. His unbelief and darkness have not moved the main pillars of our faith. The truth of God is not made of none effect by him. It remains the truth still;, but he has had some influence upon the minds of his brethren. HisThe reports of lying lips in regard to my husband and myselfme, which he brought from the East, had theiran influence in castingto create suspicions and doubts in the minds of others. Those unacquainted with us could not stand in our defense. The church in ---------, I saw, might have numbered three times as many as it now does, and might have had tenfold greater strength, had not Bro. ----Brother B played himself into the hands of the enemy. In his blind unbelief, he has done all that he could to discourage and scatter the believers in the truth. HIn his blindness he has not realized in his blindness that his course was grievous in the sight of God.

 The discouragement and darkness which he has caused have made the labors of Bro. ----Brother C doubly hard;, for his influence has not only been felt by the church in ---------, but by other churches. p.

154 439, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B has strengthened unbelief, and an opposing influence which Bro. ----Brother C has had to meet. I saw that we shouldwould meet the same, and that it would take time to eradicate the old root of bitterness whereby many have been defiled; that there wasis a time to speak, and a time to keep silent; that when God should lay upon us the burden to speak we should not hesitate, whether men would hear or whether they would forbear; and that we should press the matter through if it left some outside the church and outside the truth. God has a great and important work for somebody to do in -----, and at the right time it will be done, and truth will triumph. p. 155440, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Those of our brethren who had not obtained an experience for themselves in present truth could not answer the arguments of Bro. ----Brother B, and although they could not receive the views advocated by him, they were more or less affected by his talk and reasoning. Some have felt no spirit of freedom when they met for worship. They were afraid upon the Sabbath to speak out their real feelings and their faith, expecting that he would criticisze what they would say. There has been death in the meetings, and but little freedom. p. , and at the right time it will be done,440, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B desires that others should look up to him as a man thatwho can explain the Scriptures;, but I was shown that he wasis deceived and diddoes not understand them. He has started upon a wrong track in seeking to get up a new faith, an original theory of faith. He would uproot and misplace those waymarks which show us our correct bearings, that we are near the close of this earth's history. He may flatter himself that he is being led of the Lord, but it is surely another spirit. Unless he changes his course entirely, and is willing to be led and to learn, he will be left to follow his own ways and make entire shipwreck of faith. p.

156 440, Para. 13, [24OT3T].

  


 Some have been so blinded by their own unbelief, that they could not discern the spirit of Bro. ----Brother B. They might have been helped by him if he had been standing in the counsel of God. He could have led them to the light instead of increasing their confusion of faith and their perplexities.

 Bro. ----ut he has been a stumbling-block, a blind leader of the blind. Had he made straight paths for his feet, the lame would not have been turned out of the way, but would have been healed. He has refused to walk in the light of truth which God hads given hHis people, and those who would walk in the light he has hindered. p. 156441, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 He feels that it is an honor to suggest doubts and unbelief in regard to the established faith of God's commandment-keepingcommandment keeping people. The truth that he once rejoiced in, is now darkness to him, and, unless he changes his course, he will fall back withinto a mixture of faith held bythe views of the different denominations, but agreeingwill agree in the whole with none of them,; he will unless he changes his course, be a distinct church of himself, but not under the control of the great Head of the church. p. 156, Para.

3, [24OT].

InBy bringing his views in opposition to the faith of the body, Bro. ----he is disheartening and discouraging the church. He sees that if the body of Sabbath-keepers have the truth, he is in darkness, and this he cannot admit. The truth condemns him, and instead of seeking to bring his soul into harmony with it, surrendering to its claims, and dying to self, he is seeking a position where he will not be under condemnation. p. 157441, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 I was shown that if he continues in his present course, blinded to his real condition, he will be glad after a while to find some pretext for giving up the Sabbath. Satan is surely leading him, as he has led many others leading them, away from the body in a course of deception and error. How much safer for Bro. ----Brother B to bring his soul into harmony with the truth, than to misinterpret Scripture, to bring it into harmony with his ideas and actions. If he would bring his actions into harmony with the principles of God's law, he has a jobtask on his hands thatof which he has scarcely dreamed of. The carnal heart is at enmity with God. It is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. p. 157441, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 The insinuations and open speeches of those who are our enemies in Battle Creek, were received by Bro. ----Brother B while on his journey East, and he returned with bitter and wicked feelings in his heart against those at the heart of the work, and especially against me and my work. He had no good reason for the feelings he cherished, and the views he expressed ofin regard to my labors and testimonies. The unbelief and prejudice which had corrupted his own soul, he sought to instill into others' mindsthe minds of others. He did this with considerable effect. At first, many were influenced by his sophistry and darkness, for he can make assertions and draw inferences as though he were handling positives facts. He knows how to press matters, and is of ready speech. His words had influence with some who were unconsecrated, and who wished to have it just as he represented in regard to our work and our calling. He had influence and excited prejudice in the minds of some whom we could have helped, had he not he closed our way, so that we could get nonot gain access to them. Of this class were Bro.Brother and sSister ----D. p. 157442, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 In this Bro. ----Brother B may see the fruits of his course, and there are others who were influenced in the same way, with the same results, asso far as their faith and confidence in the truth are concerned. As soon as Bro. ----Brother B or any others, shall decide that the men who have had the most to do in bringing the cause of present truth up to its present condition, are not led of God, but are scheming and designing men, deceiving the people, then the course for them to pursue in order to be consistent is to renounce the entire work as a delusion, a fraud. In order to be consistent, they must throw all overboard. This Bro. ----Brother B has almost imperceptibly to himself been doing, and this others have done. He will at some future time, if not now, review his work with different feelings than he now has. He will see the work which he has been doing during the past few years past, as God sees it, and will not view it with the satisfaction he now feels. When he sees the miserable work in which he has been engaged in for a few years past, his proud boasting of wisdom and superior knowledge will have an end, and he will repent in bitterness of soul, for the blood of souls is inon his garments. p. 158442, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 If Bro. ----Brother B had wanted to view things correctly, and feelhad felt the possibility of being deceived, he would have come to Bro.Brother and sSister White with the reports injurious to their reputation, and would have given them an opportunity to speak for themselves. The reports which he brought away across the plains, to the Pacific Coast, bear false witness, thus breaking the law of God. He will one day meet the hard speeches, as well as the deceptive sophistry, instigated by Satan, which he has instilled into minds, to injure the influence of my husband and myself. This matter lies not between Bro. ----Brother B and myselfme, but between him and God. p.

159 443, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 God has given us our work, and if GodHe has given us a message to bear to hHis people, those who would hinder us in the work, and weaken the faith of the people in its truth and verity, are not fighting against the instrument, but against God;, and they must answer to hHim for the result of their words and actions. All who have spiritual discernment may judge of the tree by its fruits. Bro. ----Brother B stands forth as one enlightened by God to undeceive the people in regard to our work and mission. All may see, if they will, the fruit growing upon this tree. Bro. he receivedBrother B, is it to eternal life, or is it to death? p. 443, Para. 2, [3T].


 After Brother B received from Battle Creek this special knowledge from Battle Creek, which led him to take a course to belittle our work and mission, he felt at liberty to join with the unbelieving in the dissipation of pleasure, and by his levity of conduct he brought reproach upon the cause of Christ, and great suffering upon his wife. p.

159, Para. 2, [24OT].

Was Bro. ----he so blinded that he had not conviction that he was seeking to tear down what God was building up? Had he no thoughts that he might be fighting against God? The work which he has been doing, angels have recorded in Hheaven, and he will have to answer for it when every work shall be brought into judgment, and to bear the inspection of the infinite God. In his blindness, Bro. ---- Brother B has been lifting his puny arm to fight against God, while flattering his deceived soul that he was doing God service. Every man's work is to be tried by the fire of the last day, and only gold, silver, and precious stones will stand the test. p. 160443, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 God will not be trifled with. He may bear long with men, but hHe will visit their transgressions, and render to every man as his works have been. Although men may talk boastingly, and pride themselves upon their wisdom, one breath from the lips of God can bring their honor and glorying to the dust. I was shown that Bro. ----Brother B will be inexcusable in the day of God, when every case is weighed in the balances of the sanctuary. He knows better than to do as he has done. He has had sufficient evidence to determine the character of the work which God has committed to us. He has tThe fruits of this work are before him, which he can see and understand if he will. p. 160444, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


Bro. ----'s Brother B's self-confidence is most wonderful, and is a fearful snare to him. If he does not overcome this dangerous trait in his character, it will prove his ruin.

 He is in his natural element when he is battling, and controverting points of doctrine; he will question, and quibble, and be at variance with his brethren, until Satan so controls his mind that he really thinks that he has the truth and his brethren are in error. He does not stand in the light, and has not the blessing of God;, for it constitutes a part of his religion to oppose the settled points of God's commandment-keepingcommandment keeping people. Are all these deceived? and is Bro.Brother B the only man to whom God has given correct truth? Is not God just as willing to give hHis devoted, self-sacrificing servants thea correct understanding of the Scriptures, as to give it to Bro. ----Brother B for them? p. 161444, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Does Bro. ----Brother B try his course by this simple test?: "Does this light and knowledge and light that I have found, and which places me at variance with my brethren, draw me more closely to Christ? does it make my Saviour more precious to me, and make my character more closely resemble hHis?" It is a natural, but not a pleasing, trait in our characters to be keen in our perceptions, and tenacious in our remembrance, of the faults and failings of others. p. the only man to whom God has given correct444, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B does not try to be in union with his brethren; his self-confidence has led him to feel no especialspecial necessity for union. He feels that their minds have been cast in a mold inferior to his own, and that to receive their opinions and counsel as worthy of attention would be a great condescension. This self-confidence has shut him away from the love, and sympathy, and union of his brethren and from union with them. He feels that he is too wise and experienced to need the precautions which are indispensable to many. He has so high an opinion of his own abilities and such a reliance upon his own attainments that he believes himself prepared for any emergency. Said the heavenly angels, pointing to Bro. - ---,Brother B: "Let him that thinketh he standeth, take heed, lest he fall." Self-confidence leads to unwatchfulnessneglect of watchfulness and neglect of humble, penitential prayer. There are outward temptations to be shunned, and inward foes and perplexities to be overcome;, for Satan adapts his temptations to the different characters and temperaments of individuals. p.

the only man to whom God has given correct 445, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 The church of Christ is in constant peril. Satan is seeking to destroy the people of God, and one man's mind, and one man's judgment, areis not sufficient to be trusted.

 Christ would have hHis followers brought together in church capacity, observing order, having rules and discipline, and all subject one to another, esteeming others better than themselves. Union and confidence are essential to the prosperity of the church. If each member of the church feels at liberty to move independently of the others, taking his own peculiar course, how can the church be in any safety in the hour of danger and peril? The prosperity and very existence of a church depend upon the prompt, united action and mutual confidence of its members. When, at a critical time, one shall sounds the alarm of danger, there is need of prompt and active work, without stopping to question and canvass the whole subject from end to end, and thus letting the enemy gain every advantage by delay, when united action might have saved many souls from perdition. p. 162445, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 God wants hHis people to be united in the closest bonds of Christian fellowship; confidence in our brethren is essential to the prosperity of the church; union of action is important in a religious crisis. One imprudent step, one careless action, may plunge the church into difficulties and trials from which it may not recover for years. One member of the church filled with unbelief, may give an advantage to the great foe that will affect the prosperity of the entire church, and many souls may be lost as the result,. Jesus would have hHis followers subject one to another; then God can use them as instruments to save one another; for one may not discern the dangers which another's eye is quick to perceive; but if the undiscerning will in confidence obey the warning, hethey may be saved great perplexities and trials. p. 163446, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 As Jesus was about to leave hHis disciples, hHe prayed for them in a most touching, solemn manner, that they all might be one "as tThou, Father, art in mMe, and I in tThee, that they also may be one in uUs;: that the world may believe that tThou hast sent mMe. And the glory which tThou gavest mMe I have given them; that they may be one, even as wWe are one: I in them, and tThou in mMe, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that tThou hast sent mMe, and hast loved them, as tThou hast loved mMe." The apostle Paul in thehis first epistle to the Corinthians exhorts them to unity.

: "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.'" p.

163 446, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 God is leading a people out from the world upon the exalted platform of eternal truth--thetruth, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. He will discipline and fit up hHis people. They will not be at variance, one believing one thing, and another having faith and views entirely opposite, each moving independently of the body. Through the diversity of the gifts ofand governments hthat He has placed in the church, they will all come to the unity of the faith.

 If one man takes his views of Bible truth without regard forto the opinions of his brethren, and justifies his course, alleging that he has a right to his own peculiar views, and then presses them upon others, how can he be fulfilling the prayer of Christ? aAnd if another, and still another, arises, each asserting his right to believe and talk what he pleases without reference to the faith of the body, where will be theat harmony thatwhich existed between Christ and His Father, and which Christ prayed might exist with his brethren that existed between him and his Father? p. 164, Para. 1, [24OT].

among His brethren? p. 446, Para. 3, [3T].


 God is leading out a people and establishing them upon the one great platform of faith, the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. He has given hHis people a straight chain of Bible truth, clear and connected. This truth is of heavenly origin, and has been searched for as for hidden treasure. It has been dug out through careful searching of the Scriptures and through much prayer. p. 164447, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B is doubting point after point of our faith. If he is right in his new theories, the body of Sabbathkeepers is wrong. Shall the established faith in the strong points of our position, which has led us out from the world and united us a distinct and peculiar people, be given up as erroneous? Shall we receive the faith of this one man, with the evidences he gives us of the fruits of his religious character? oOr will Bro.Brother B yield his judgment and opinions, and come to the body? If he had not blinded his soul by receiving prejudice, and by cherishing his wicked opposition to the work of God, he would not have been left to such darkness and deception. p. 165447, Para. 12, [24OT3T].

  


 He is a ready talker and will persistently urge his opinions, and will not yield to the weight of evidence against him. It is cruel for him to stand in the way of the prosperity of the church, as he has done. The world is large; he has all the privileges that he can ask of going out among unbelievers and converting them to his theories; and when he can present a well organized body that he has been the means of converting from sin to righteousness, then, and not before, should he press his peculiar views upon the church of God, which is pained and disheartened with his darkness and error. He has no right to build upon another man's foundation his hay, wood, hay, and stubble, to be consumed by the fires of the last day. p. yield his judgment and opinions and come447, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 I was shown that the only safe position for Bro. ---- wasBrother B is to sit at the feet of Jesus, and learn the way of life more perfectly. His doctrine shall drop as the rain, and hHis speech shall distill as the dew, upon the heart of the humble and teachable. Bro. ----Brother B must obtain a teachable disposition. He is not to sit as a judge, but as a learner,; not to cavil, but to believe,; not to question and find fault and oppose, but to listen. Pride must give way to humility, and prejudice must be exchanged for candor, or the gracious words of Christ will be in vain to him. YMy brother, you may reason, my brother, until the day of God, with your blind judgment and unsanctified mind, until the day of God and not advance not a step toward Hheaven; you may debate and investigate and search learned authors, and even the Scriptures, and yet grow more and more self-deceived, and become darker and darker, as did the Jews in reference to Christ. What was their fault? They rejected the light which God had already given them, and were seeking for some new light by which they might so interpret the Scriptures as to sustain their actions. p.

yield his judgment and opinions and come 448, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 You are doing the same; you pass over the light that God has seen fit to give you in the publications upon present truth, and in hHis word, and are seeking doctrines of your own, theories which cannot be sustained by the word of God.

 When you become as a little child, willing to be led, and withwhen your understanding is sanctified, and your will and prejudices surrendered, such a light will then be shed abroad in your heart, as will illumine the Scriptures, and show you present truth in its beautiful harmony. It will appear like a golden chain, link joined to link in a perfect whole. "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Hheaven." "Learn of mMe," says Christ,; "for I am meek and lowly in heart,: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." p. 166448, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 If you have, indeed, entered the school of Christ, hHe expects you to manifest in your character and deportment the lowliness which is so beautifully exemplified in hHis character. Christ will not undertake to teach the selfrighteous, self-conceited, and self-willed. If such come to hHim with the inquiry, What is truth? hHe gives them no answer. It is only the meek hthat He will guide in judgment, and; the meek will hHe teach hHis way. Solomon was naturally endowed with good judgment and large reasoning powers;, but he acknowledged himself before God as a little child. He sought for wisdom from God with humility, and he sought not in vain. If you really search for the truth with the right motive, you will come with the body, for they have the truth. If you are searching the Scriptures and different authors, that you may find doctrines which will coincide with your own preconceived opinions, and if you have already settled your faith, then you will be boastful, self-confident, and unyielding. p. 167448, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- SELF-CONFIDENCE A SNARE Brother B, with your present self-willed, stubborn spirit, you will go faurther and faurther from the truth; and unless you are converted, you will prove to be a great hindrance to the cause of God in any place where you have any influence. You are persistent to carry your points. Your self-sufficient spirit must be yielded, before you can see anything clearly. You have led your wife to think that you knew the truth better than any of our ministers; you have taken the key of knowledge into your own hands, so far as she is concerned, and have kept her in darkness. God has given hHis church men of judgment, experience, and faith. They know the way of truth, and of salvation, for they have searched for it while in agony of spirit, because of the opposition they had to meet from men who turned the truth of God into a lie; and the benefit of the labor of these faithful servants of God is given to the world. p. 167449, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 There are but very few who realize the exalted nature of the work of God in comparison with the temporal business cares of life. Jesus, the heavenly tTeacher, has given us lessons of instruction through hHis disciples. When hHe sent out histhe twelve disciples, hHe instructed them that into whatever city or town they should enter, they must inquire who in it was worthy of their attention and visits; and if a suitable place was found where the people would esteem the blessings sent them in being,--the privileged to entertain of entertaining the messengers of Christ, there--there they were to abide and there let their peace rest until they left that city. They were not instructed to visit any and every house indiscriminately, urging their presence upon the people, whether they were welcome or not; but if they were not welcomed, if their peace could not rest in the house, they were to leave it, and seek a house where the members were worthy, and where their spirit could rest. p. 168449, Para.

1 2, [24OT3T].


 When the messengers of Christ, who go forth to teach the truth to others, are rejected, and their words find no place in the heart, Christ is rejected, and hHis word despised in the messengers of truth whom hHe has chosen and sent. This applieshas just as fullyfull an application in this age of the world as it had when Christ gave the instruction to hHis chosen messengers. p. 168450, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 When Christ was upon the earth, there were men who had no respect or reverence for God's messengers, and no more regard for their warning than for their own judgment; also in this age of the world there are those who willdo not respect the testimony of God's chosen servants, so highly as their own opinions. Such cannot be benefited by the labors of God's servants, and time should not be lost in degrading the work of God to meet such minds. Christ said to the servants whom hHe sent forth,: "He that heareth you heareth mMe,; and he that despiseth you despiseth mMe,; and he that despiseth mMe despiseth hHim that sent mMe." p. 169450, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Christ gives power to the voice of the church. "Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Hheaven,: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Hheaven. There is n" No such thing is countenanced as one man's starting out upon his own individual responsibility, and advocating what views he chooses, irrespective of the judgment of the church. TGod has bestowed the highest power under heaven God has bestowed upon hHis church. It is the voice of God in hHis united people in church capacity which is to be respected. p. 169450, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 God has given to hHis church men who have an experience, those who have fasted, and wept, and prayed, even through the entire night, for the Lord to open the Scriptures to their minds. These men iIn humility these men have given the world the benefits of their mature experience to the world. Is this light of Hheaven, or of men? Is it of any value, or is it worthless?

Bro. ---- Brother B is doing a work in disseminating erroneous views of Bible truth that he will wish one day wish to undo; but it will be in vain. He may repent, he may yet be saved as by fire; but, oh!, how much precious time will have been lost that never can be redeemed! How much seed has he sown that has borne only briaers and thorns! How many souls have been lost that might have been saved had he tried as earnestly to let the true light shine as he has to scatter his darkness! p.

169, Para. 3, [24OT].

What might he not have done had he been consecrated, sanctified through the truth? Bro.! Brother B feels too self-sufficient, too rich and increased with goods, to see his need of anything; while t. The True Witness pointed to him and said; : "Unless ye become converted as a little child, ye cannot see the kingdom of Hheaven." The light of truth so carefully brought out in books and papers he does not respect; but he exalts his own judgment above the most precious light, and this light will rise up in the Jjudgment to condemn him. p. 170451, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 I saw that he would question the men upon whom God has seen fit to lay the responsibility of hHis work. He would exalt his own opinions and views above the light which God had given through them, and he would boast of his knowledge,; and he would be an accuser of his brethren, not excepting the ambassadors of Christ. All this overbearing influence to belittle the judgment of the servants of God, and to accuse them of weaknesses and errors, exalting his own opinions above theirs, if not repented of, will be found written against him in the books, which he will see with shame in the day of God. p. feels to self-sufficient, too rich and451, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 God will hold up hHis servants, will preserve hHis favored ones; but woe unto him who would make of none effect the words of Christ's ambassadors, who receive the word from the mouth of God to speak to the people; and who would tell the people that the sword is coming, and warn them to prepare for the great day of God. Bro.Brother B will find that it is no light or trivial work in which he has been engaged in; it is a work which will roll back upon his soul with crushing weight. He has brought his spirit in opposition to God. He has a hard work before him. Said Christ,: "It must needs be that offenses come,; but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!." p. 171452, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B, the course that you have been pursuing was shown me three years ago. I saw that you were wrong in almost every action, and yet you tried to gauge the truth to themyour actions instead of gauging your actionsthem to the truth. You were not a light to the people of God, but a terrible burden. You will not lift when there is lifting to be done, and you discourage others from union of action. You talk of your brethren,are ever finding fault; and talking of your brethren, and while you have been questioning the course of others, a rank growth of poisonous weeds has flourished and taken deep root in your own heart. These roots of bitterness springing up have defiled many, and will defile many more unless you see them and root them out. p. will find that it is no light or trivial work452, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 I was shown that a harsh, Ppharisaical spirit would grow upon Bro. ----Brother B and control him unless he sees the terrible defects in his character, and obtains grace from God to correct the evil. p. will find that it is no light or trivial work, Para. 2, [24OT].

Before Bro. ----he embraced the truth, his hand seemed to be against every one,everyone; his combative spirit would strengthen at any provocation, and his self-esteem would be injured; he was a hard man, getting into and making trouble. The truth of God wrought a reformation in him. God accepted him, and hHis hand held him up. But since Bro. ----Brother B has lost the spirit of consecration, his old, turbulent spirit, at variance with others, has been strengthening, and seeking to gain the mastery. When he dies to self, and humbles his proud heart before God, he will find how weak is his strength; he will feel the need of heavenly succor, and will cry, : "Unclean, unclean, before tThee, O God." All his proud boasting in self will have an end. p. 172452, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 Life in this stormy world, where moral darkness triumphs over truth and virtue, will be to the Christian a continual conflict; and h. He will find that he must keep the armor on, for he will have to fight against forces that never tire, and foes that never sleep. We shall find ourselves beset with countless temptations, and we must find strength in Christ to overcome them, or be overcome by them, and lose our souls. We have a great and solemn work to do, and how terrible will be our loss if we fail. If the work which our Master has left us be found undone, we cannot have a second probation granted us. It must remain undone forever. p.

172 453, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 I was shown your life in your family, Bro. course, at home. Angels weptthe life of Brother B in his family. Angels wept as they viewed his course at home, as they viewed the unloved wife, who receives no respect from her husbandhim whose duty it wasis to love and cherish her as his own body, even as Christ has loved and cherished the church. YouHe takes pains to make her defects apparent, and to exalt yourhis own wisdom and judgment. You and to make her feel her inferiority in company and alone. p. 172, Para. 3, [24OT].

Notwithstanding she is illiterate, her spirit is far more acceptable to God than the spirit of her husband. God looks upon sSister ----B with feelings of the deepest pity. She lives out the principles of truth, as far as she has light, much better than her husband. She will not be answerable for the light and knowledge that her husband has had, but which she has not had. He could be a light and comfort and blessing to her;, but his influence is used in a wrong way. He reads to her what he pleases, that which will give strength to his views and his ideas, while he keeps back essential light which he does not want her to hear. p. 173453, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 He does not respect his wife, and he allows his children to show her disrespect. TLike Eli's sons, these children are left to come up as Eli allowed his sons. They are not restrained, and all this neglect will have aby and by rebound to it by-and-byupon himself. That which Bro. ----Brother B is now sowing he will most assuredly reap. Sister ----B, in many respects, is nearer the kingdom of Hheaven than her husband. These unruly, disobedient children, that are not educated to self-control, will plant thorns in the hearts of their parents that they cannot prevent,; and then in the Jjudgment God will call the parents to account for bringing children into the world and letting them come up untrained, unloving, and unloved. These children cannot be saved in the kingdom of Hheaven without a great change in their characters. p. 173453, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother B seeks to have his wife believe all thatas he believes, and he would have her think that all which he does is right; and that he knows more than any of the ministers, and is wise above all men. I was shown that in his boasted wisdom, he is dealing with the bodies of his children as he is with the soul of his wife. He has been following a course according to his own wisdom, which is ruining the health of his child. THe flatters himself that the poison which he has introduced into her system, he flatters himself, keeps her alive. What a mistake! He should reason how much better she might have been had he let her alone and not abused nature. This child can never have a sound constitution, for her bones and the current of blood in her veins, have been poisoned,. The shattered constitutions of his children and their aches and distressing pains in the shattered constitution of his children will cry out against his boasted wisdom, which is folly. p. 174454, Para.

 1, [24OT3T].


 But what is more deplorable than all the rest is, that he has, as it were, left the door, as it were, to perdition wide open for his children to enter and be lost. The natures of his children will have to be changed, their characters transformed and made over new, or there can be no hope for them. Can angels look lovingly upon your family, Brother B? Can they delight to dwell in your house? The building is good, but the house does not make the happiness within. Those who live within the walls make it a Hheaven or a hell. You do not respect the mother of your children. You permit in them disobedience and disrespect. p. 174454, Para. 2, [24OT3T].

  


 You may say,: "Why does sSister White come to me with this?

 I have no faith in the visions." I knew this before I attempted to write, but I feel that the time has come for me to set these things before you. I must tell you the truth, for I expect to meet in the Jjudgment what I have here imperfectly written. I have waited, hoping that I might say something that would reach your heart, and soften it for the very words I have here written. But I have lost all hope in that direction, for you wereare fortified with an armor as impenetrable as steel. You will not accept of anything that does not meet your mind. I was shown that it would have been better for the cause of present truth if you had never embraced the Sabbath. Your conscience is not a very sensitive one--youone; you are blinded by the enemy. p.

174 454, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 I gavehave given up all hope of doing anything for the church in --- -- while you were asare a stumbling-block to them. You once loved the truth, and had you followed on in the pathway of truth and holiness, you would now have now been an ambassador for Christ. You will have a fearful account to give in the great day of God for your talents which have been unimproved. You had good abilities. God lent these talents to you for you to put to a good account, but you have abused these gifts. Had you used the ability that God hasd given you, on the right side, you would have done much in winning souls to Christ;, and you would see in the kingdom of Hheaven souls saved through your instrumentality. But you have scattered abroad, instead of gathering with Christ. Your brethren have been discouraged from trying to rise and advance;, because you, like an opposing body, counteract the good they would do. p. 175455, Para. 1, [24OT3T].

  


 The heart of God never yearned toward hHis earthly children with a deeper love and more compassionate tenderness than now. There never was a time when God was ready and waiting and ready to do more for hHis people than now. And hHe will instruct and save all, who will choose to be saved, in hHis appointed way. Those who are spiritual can discern spiritual things, and see tokens of the presence and work of God everywhere.

 Satan, by his skillful and wicked strategy, led our first parents from the gGarden of Eden--from their innocence and purity, into sin and unspeakable wretchedness. He has not ceased to destroy--alldestroy; all the forces which he can command are diligently employed by him in these last days to compass the ruin of souls. EHe seizes every artifice that he can use he seizes to deceive, perplex, and confuse the people of God. p. 176455, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 He has used you as his agent to scatter darkness and confusion, and he finds that you work admirably in his hands. You are the very instrument that he can handle with good effect, to hurt, discourage, and tear down. You are not zealous in puttingto put your shoulder under the load, with the people of God; but when they would move, you throw yourself as an additional load, to prevent them from doing what they might do in advancing in the right direction. Satan is at work uponwith those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus. The most bitter hatred exists within him against all who are loyal to God, obeying h and who obey His commandments. He sleeps not; he does not abate his vigilance for one moment. Would that God's professed followers were half as wise, diligent, and persevering, in the work of God as is Satan is in his work. p. 176456, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 Had you, Bro. ----Brother B, followed on when you first set your hand to the plow, and not looked back, you would now have been a messenger of light, to bear the truth to those in darkness. But God could not use you to hHis glory until you should learn to counsel with your brethren, and not to think you knew all that was worth knowing. Satan has succeeded in keeping you from doing good. You did run well for a season, but Satan's temptations overcame you. You loved to be first and to be flattered. You loved the power which money gives. Satan understands the weakness of men.

 He has the knowledge which he has accumulated for ages, and is an experienced hand at his work. His cunning and devices are well matured, and are too often successful, because God's people are not as wise as serpents. p. 177456, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Satan will frequently appears as an angel of light, arrayed in the livery of Hheaven; he will assumes friendly airs, manifesting great sanctity of character and high regard for his victims, the souls whom he means to deceive and destroy.

 Perils lie in the path which he invites souls to travel, but he succeeds in concealing these, and presents the attractions only. The great Captain of yourour salvation has conquered in yourour behalf, that through hHim youwe might conquer, if youwe would, on yourin our own behalf. But Christ saves none against their choice; hHe compels none to obedience. He has made the infinite sacrifice that they maymight overcome in hHis name, and hHis righteousness hebe imparuted unto them. p.

177 456, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


 But in order for you to be saved you must accept the yoke of Christ, and lay off the yoke which you have fashioned for your neck. The victory that Jesus gained in the wilderness, is a pledge to you of the victory that you may gain through hHis name.

 Your only hope and salvation is in overcoming as Christ overcame. The wrath of God now hangs over you. You love the attractions of the world above the heavenly treasure. The lust of the eye and the pride of life have separated you from God. Your confidence in your own poor, weak, faulty self, must be broken. You must feel your weakness before you will drop, with your burden, into the hands of God. The soul that trusts fully and entirely in God will never be confounded. p. 178457, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 God would not have us consult our own convenience in obeying hHim. Christ pleased not hHimself when hHe was a man among men. He was a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. The Majesty of Hheaven had not where to lay hHis head, no place that hHe could claim as hHis own. He became poor for our sakes, that through hHim we might be rich indeed. Let us not talk of sacrifice;, for we know not what it is to sacrifice for the truth. As yet, we have scarcely lifted the cross for Christ's dear sake. Let us not seek for a way which is easier than the path our Redeemer has traveled before us. How incompetent are you, with all your boasted wisdom, to guide yourself.! How liable are you to follow the dictates of a deceived conscience, to run in the way of error, and drag others with you.! p. 178457, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 Your natural temperament is such that submission and obedience to God's requirements are very hard. Your unbounded self-confidence, your prejudices, and your feelings, easily lead you to choose a wrong path. Christ will be to you an infallible guide, if you will choose hHim before your own blind judgment. You have not, iIn your business, you have not had an eye single to the glory of God. You have had many perplexities, and many difficulties to encounter, and if you had trusted to the True Counselor, instead of to your own judgment, you would ever have been guided out of your perplexities in your business transactions. p. 179457, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 You have an important work before you which you can never do without the especialspecial help of God. You are capable of securing the companionship of angels, and of being thean heir of God, and joint-heir joint heir with Jesus Christ,; and for you to labor to confine the range of hope and desire within the narrow compass of your own convenience would be a life-long mistake. It is a terrible mistake to live only for this world. You look back and feel the condemnation of your own wrong course, and seek to justify yourself by finding fault with others. Whatever course others may pursue, or however wrong they may be, their errors will never cover one of your mistakes; and in the day of final reckoning you will not dare to plead this before God as a palliation for your neglect of duty, before God in the day of final reckoning. p. 179458, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 God makes a proposition to you proposes to accept you as hHis child, and make you a member of the royal family, a child of the Hheavenly King, upon the conditions that you come out from the world, and be separate, and touch not the unclean thing. The Monarch of Hheaven would have you possess and enjoy all that can ennoble, expand, and exalt your being, and fit you to dwell with hHim forever, your existence measuring with the life of God. What a prospect is the life which is to come! What charms it possesses! How broad and deep and measureless is the love of God manifested to man!

 No words can describe this love; it surpasses all thought and imagination, but it is a reality that you may learn by experience; you may rejoice in it with joy unspeakable and full of glory. p. 179458, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


And w With such a prospect before you, how can you narrow your mind to the compass of worldly thoughts, and to the range of worldly occupations, seeking gain and yielding one point after another of present truth. Truth, principle, and conscience, are desirable for you to retain. The favor of God is better than houses of silver and of gold. The deepest joy of the heart comes from the deepest humiliation. Trust and submission to God work out strength and nobleness of character. Tears are not in every case evidences of weakness. In order for you to build up a character which is symmetrical in the sight of a pure and holy God, you must begin at the foundation. The heart must be broken before God, and true repentance for sin must be shown, till you meet the demands of truth and duty as they are. Then you will have true respect for yourself, and true confidence in God. You will have a tenderness of feeling.

 All that braggadocio spirit will be gone. In the place of harshness will be great tenderness blended with firmness of purpose to stand for the truths at all events. You will then see much in the world and in your own heart to make you weep.

E. G. W. p. 180458, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


Epistle, No. 3. p. 181, Para. 1, [24OT].

Bro. ---- TRUE REFINEMENT IN THE MINISTRY Brother E: I have designed to write to you for some time past, but have not found an opportunity to do so until now.

 While speaking to the people last Sabbath, I felt so clearly impressed with your case, that I could with difficulty refrain from calling your name in public. I will get this burden offnow unburden my mind by writing to you. In my last vision I was shown the deficiencies of those who professed to labor in word and in doctrine. I saw that you had not been improving your abilities, but had been growing less and less efficient to teach the truth. You need a thorough conversion. You have a strong, set will, even to stubbornness. You might now have been fitted for the solemn work of bearing the message of truth to others, had you been less self-confident, and more humble and meek in spirit. p. 181459, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 You do not love close application, nor the taxation of a continued effort. You have not been a persevering student of the word of God, neither have you been a zealous worker in the cause of God. Your life has been far from representing the life of Christ. You are not discriminating. You are not a wise, judicious and wise worker.

 You do not study to win souls to Christ, as every minister of Christ should. p. 181, Para. 3, [24OT].

You have a set track, a standard of your own, to which you wish to bring the people,; but you fail to do this, because they will not accept your standard. You are bigoted, and frequently carry things to extremes, and thereby seriously hurt the cause of God, and turn souls from the truth, instead of winning them to it. p. 182459, Para. 12, [24OT3T].

  


 I was shown that you had spoiled several good openings by your injudicious manner of laboring;, and what shall I say to you in regard to this matter? Souls have been lost through your lack of wisdom in presenting the truth, and your failure to adorn your calling as a gospel minister by courteousnesscourtesy, kindness, and long-suffering. True Christian politeness should characterize all the actions of a minister of Christ. Oh!, how poorly have you represented our pitiful, compassionate Redeemer, whose life was the embodiment of goodness and true purity. p. 182, Para. 2, [24OT].

You have turned souls from the truth by a harsh, censorious, and overbearing spirit. Your words have not been in the gentleness of Christ, but in the spirit of ---- ----E. Your nature is naturally coarse and unrefined, and because you have never felt the necessity of true refinement and Christian politeness, your life has not been as elevated as it might have been. p. 182460, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 You have remained in the rut of habit. Your education and training have not been correct, and, therefore, your efforts should have been the more earnest to improve, to reform, and make decided and thorough changes. Unless you realize a decided and thorough conversion in almost every respect, you are entirely unfitted to preach the truth;, and unless you can have a proper and becoming elevation of character, manners, and address, you will do greatermore harm than you can do good. You have not done much in advancing the truth, for you have lingered about the churches too much, when you could not do them no good, but only injury.

 Your ways and manners need refining and sanctifying. You should no longer mar the work of God by your deficiencies, since you have shown no decided improvement in becoming a workman in the cause of God. p. 182460, Para. 42, [24OT3T].


 It is impossible for you to bring others up to any higher standard than that to which you yourself attain. If you do not advance, how can you lead the church of God forward to a higher standard of piety and holiness? All such ministers as you have been for several years are more of a curse than a blessing to the cause of God, and the fewer we have of such ministers,them the more prosperous will be the cause of present truth. p. 183461, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 You are not elevated in your ideas, or aspiring in your labors. You are content to be commonplace, and to make a cheap minister. You do not aspire to perfection of Christian character, and to that position in the work that Christ requires every one of hHis chosen ministers to attain. No one professing to bear the truth to others is fitted for the responsible work unless he is making advancement in knowledge, and in consecration to the work, and is improving his manners and temper, and growing in true wisdom from day to day. Close communion with God is necessary for every man who would guide souls into the truth. p. 183, Para. 2, [24OT].

It should ever be borne in mind by those who take upon themselves the burden of guiding souls out of nature's darkness into the marvelous light that they themselves must be advancing in that light, else how can they lead others?

 If they are walking in darkness themselves, it is a most fearful responsibility which they assumed in pretending to teach others the way. p. 184461, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 You have engaged in labor in places where you were not competent to do justice to the work which you undertook.

 You did not labor judiciously. You sought to make up for your lack of real knowledge by hard censure uponcensuring other denominations, running down others, and making hard and bitter criticisms upon their course and condition. p. 184, Para. 2, [24OT].

Had your heart been all aglow with the spirit of truth, had you been sanctified to God, and walking in the light as Christ is in the light, you would have moved in wisdom, and would have had enough ways and means at your command to maintain an interest, without going out of your way, and aside from your specific work, to rail out against others who profess to be Christians. p. 184461, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 Unbelievers have been disgusted, for; they think theat Seventh-day Adventists have been fairly represented by you, and they have decided that it is enough, and that they want no more of such doctrines. Our faith is unpopular at best, and is in wide contrast to the faith and practices of other denominations. In order to reach men and womenthose who are in the darkness of error and false theories and errors, we must approach them with the utmost caution, and with the greatest wisdom, agreeing with them on every point that we can conscientiously can. p. 184462, Para. 41, [24OT3T].


 All consideration should be shown for those in error, and all just credit given them for honesty. We should come as near the people as possible, and then the light and truth which we have may benefit them. But Bro. ----Brother E, andlike many of our ministers, commences a warfare at once against the errors that others cherish, and; he thus raises their combativeness and their set wills, whichand this holds them encased in an armor of selfish prejudice, which no amount of evidence can remove.

 p. 185462, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 Who but yourself will be responsible for the souls that you have turned away from the truth by your unsanctified labors? Who can break down the walls of prejudice which your injudicious labor has built up? I know of no greater crimesin against God than for men to engage in the ministry who labor in self, and not in Christ. p. 185, Para. 2, [24OT].

They are looked up to as the representatives of Christ, when they do not represent theHis spirit of Christ in any of their labors. They do not see or realize the dangers attending the efforts made by men unconsecrated and, unconverted men. They move on like blind men, deficient in almost everything, and yet self-confident and self-sufficient, themselves walking in darkness, and stumbling at every step. They are bodies ofin darkness. p. 185462, Para.

 3, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother E, you have narrow ideas, and your labor has a tendency to lower rather than to elevate the truth. This is not because you have no ability. You could have made a good workman, but you wereare too indolent to make the effort necessary to attain the object. You would rather come down upon those who differ with you, in a harsh and overbearing manner, upon those who differ with you than to take the trouble to elevate yourthe tone of your labor. p. 185, Para. 4, [24OT].

You take positions, and then when they are questioned, you are not humble enough to yield your ideas and notions, though they are shown to be wrong,; but you stand up in your independence, and firmly hold to your ideas, when concession on your part is essential, and is required of you as a duty. You have stubbornly and unyieldingly held to your own judgment and opinions, to the sacrifice of souls.

 p. 186462, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


Bro. ---- Brother E, your set positions, and your strong, determined will, to carry out your points at all hazards, were felt and deplored by your wife, and her health suffered in consequence. You were not gentle and tender to this sensitive child of God; your strong spirit overbore her more gentle disposition. She grieved over many things. You could have made her life happier had you tried; but you sought to have her see things as you saw them, and, instead of trying to assimilate yourself to her refined temperament, you tried to mold her to your coarser nature and your extreme ideas. She was warped in her nature, and could not act out herself. She withered like a plant transplanted to an uncongenial soil. p. 186463, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 You should not seek to mold minds and characters after your pattern, but should allow your own character to be molded after the divine pPattern. If this world waswere composed of men like yourself in character and temperament, woe would be to it!. As like would meet like, whichever way you might turn, you would be disgusted with your fellow-associatesassociates, the exact patterns of yourself, and would wish to be out of the world. p. 186463, Para. 32, [24OT3T].


 You boast and glory in yourself. But, oh!, how improper is this for any man, even if he have [has] the finest qualities of mind, and the most extended influence.! Men of fine qualities have the greatest influence, because they do not know their worth and how much good they do accomplish in the world. But it is all out of place for men of your stamp of character to be lifted up, and boastful in yourself, is all out of placeself. p. 187463, Para. 13, [24OT3T].

  


 In your labors, you frequently start out well, and; you raise an interest, and conviction isrests upon minds that the arguments used cannot be controverted; but just at the time when souls are balancing in favor of the truth, ---- ----self appears so plainly, is so prominent, that all which might have been gained, had Jesus shone forth in your words and deportment, is lost, because self is prominent. p. 187464, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 You lack the very graces which are essential to win souls to Christ and the truth. You can argue well,; but you have not an experimental knowledge of the divine will;, and for want of a religious experience yourself, you are unable to lead others to the fFountain of living waters. Your own soul is not in communion with God, but is in darkness; and nothing can supply the deficiency realized by souls groping their way in the dark, except the light of truth. p. 187, Para.

3, [24OT].

Unless you are thoroughly converted, your efforts to convert others might as well cease now as for you to labor longer, mangling and perverting the religious standard by your narrow and bigoted ideas. You have not an experimental knowledge of the divine will, but; your own righteousness seems to you to be of value, when it is valueless. You need to be transformed before you can be of use in the cause of God. When you are converted, then you can labor to acceptance. p. 187464, Para. 42, [24OT3T].


 You do not possess the religion of Jesus Christ. You must soften your heart and die to self, and Christ must live in you; then you will walk in the light as hHe is in the light, and you will leave a bright track heavenward to lighten the pathway of others. You have felt too well satisfied with yourself. You should educate yourself and overcome your bigoted and fault-finding spirit. You need to keep the body under, and bring it into subjection, lest, after you have preached to others, you yourself should be a castaway. p.

188 464, Para. 13, [24OT3T].


 You take small views of matters, pick at straws, find fault, and question the course of others, when you might far better be overcoming the defects in your own character and life, working from a Christian standpoint, seeking light from God, and preparing to unite with pure angels in the kingdom of Hheaven. As you are, you would mar all Hheaven. You are uncultivated, unrefined, and unsanctified.

 There is no place in Hheaven for such a character as you now possess. p. 188464, Para. 24, [24OT].

You3T].


 If you will take hold of the work earnestly and, without making any apology for sin, will condemn sin in the flesh and reach up in faith and hope for divine grace and right judgment, you may overcome those deficiencies in your character which disqualify you for laboring in the cause of God, if you will take hold of the work earnestly, and without making any apology for sin, will condemn sin in the flesh, and reach up in faith and hope for divine grace and right judgment. You have not advanced or improved for many years.

 You are faurther today from the standard of Christian perfection, andfrom possessing the qualifications which should be found in the minister of the gospel, than you were a few months after you had received the truth. p. 188465, Para. 31, [24OT3T].


 God is displeased with those who are not intelligent in regard to the Christian religion, and yet are trying to lead others. You have beenare correctly represented by the figure of the man seekingwho sought to pull out a mote from his brother's eye, when a beam was in his own eye. First, set your own heart in order, and reform your own character; obtain a connection with God, and gain a daily Christian experience; then you may bear thea burden for souls who are out of Christ. p. 189465, Para. 12, [24OT3T].


 There are but few of the brethren thatwho have taken more time to read different authors than yourselfyou have, and yet you are very deficient in the qualifications necessary for a minister teaching the truth. You fail to quote, or even read, the Scriptures correctly. This should not be. You have not advanced in mental culture, and in securinghave not secured a growth of grace in the soul, which would shine out in your words and deportment. You have not felt the necessity of reaching up for higher and holier attainments. p. 189465, Para. 23, [24OT3T].


For you to chase Chasing through books superficially clogs the mind, and causes you to become a mental dyspeptic. You cannot digest and use one-halfone half that you read. If you should read with the one object in view to improve the mind, and should read only as much as the mind can comprehend and digest, and would patiently persevere in such a course of reading, patiently persevered in, would accomplish some good results would be accomplished. You, as well as other ministers, need to attend school, and to commence like a child to master the first branches of knowledge. You can neither read, spell, nor pronounce correctly, and yet there are but few who have had less taxations and less burdens of responsibility to bear than yourself. p. 189465, Para. 34, [24OT3T].


 The position of our ministers calls for health of body and discipline of mind. Good sound sense, strong nerves, and a cheerful temper, will recommend the gospel minister anywhere. ThisThese should be sought for, and perseveringly cultivated. p. 190466, Para. 1, [24OT3T].


 Your life thus far has been unprofitable. You have some very good ideas, but the Spirit of God does not dwell in your heart. You are not quickened by hHis power, and you have not genuine faith, hope, and love. The Spirit of Christ dwelling in you will enable you to take of the things of God and reveal them to others. You can be of no benefit to the cause of God till the work of a faithful minister of Christ is more exalted in your mind. You want a purpose in your life to do good, as did Jesus. The self-denial and love which you manifest in this work will tell upon the lives and characters of others. p. 190466, Para. 2, [24OT3T].


 You should get rid as soon as possible of your cold, frozen formality as soon as possible. You need to cultivate feelings of tenderness and friendliness in your every-day life. You should exhibit true courteousnesscourtesy and Christian politeness.

 The heart that really loves Jesus, loves those for whom hHe died. Just as truly as the needle points to the pole, so will the true follower of Christ, with a spirit of earnest labor, seek to save souls for whom Christ has given hHis life. Working for the salvation of sinners will keep the love of Christ warm in the heart, and will give that love a proper growth and development. Without a correct knowledge of the divine will, there will be a lack of harmonious development in the Christian character. p. 190466, Para. 3, [24OT3T].


 I beseech you, my brother, to become acquainted with God.

 "The steps of a good man are ordered ofby the Lord." Ministering angels mark every step of our progress; b. But your will is not surrendered to God. Y; your thoughts are not holy. You go on, stumbling your wayalong in darkness, not knowing where to place your feet. The Lord reveals hHis will to those who are earnest and anxious to be guided. The reason offor your inefficiency is, that you have given up the idea of knowing and doing the will of God, and doing it, therefore, you do not know anything positively. Though blind yourself, you attempt to lead the blind. p. 191466, Para. 14, [24OT3T].


 Oh!, in what a position are you and many other ministers in.

! Having forsaken God, the fFountain of living waters, you and they have hewn out to yourselves broken cisterns that can hold no water. I entreat of you to be alarmed and turn to the Lord with that deep and earnest repentance which will secure to you hHis forgiveness, and the enduring strength of hHis might, that you may indeed be filled with all the fullness of God. GodHe frowns upon your course, for you have been as a stumbling-block to souls. You have depended on your own works and righteousness for success, and have not a knowledge of the divine will. p. 191467, Para. 21, [24OT3T].


 May the Lord reveal to you your true character, and let you see your real deficiencies. When you are enlightened by the Spirit of God to understand this, you will have such a sense of your sinful neglect and unimproved life as will strike terror to your soul, and cause you sorrow that will lead to repentance that needeth not to be repented of. E.

G. W. p. 192467, Para. 12, [24OT3T].



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