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The Counterfeit Spirit of Prophecy Exposed


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Testimony For The Church

No. 26

By Mrs. E. G. White

The Pacific Press

Oakland, California

Castro bet.

Eleventh and Twelfth

1876

Introduction

The Testimonies to the Church, now twenty-six in number, cover a period of twenty years. These have ranged, in point of size, from a sixteen-page tract to a pamphlet of two hundred and eight pages. In these, a voice has been appealing to the people of God, in one straight-forward line for a score of years. This voice has in a uniform manner given warning of the deceitfulness of riches, and the dangers of the love and spirit of this world. It has also cried out against the prevailing sins of our evil time. p. 3, Para. 1, [26OT].


 On the other hand, we recognize the voice of the dear Shepherd comforting the little flock, and encouraging them to faithfulness in their Christian lives and sacrifices in his cause, in view of immortal rewards to be given at the second coming of Christ. p. 3, Para. 2, [26OT].


 The character of God, of his law, his Son, the Sacred Scriptures, and the way of holiness have been represented in a uniform manner for this period of twenty years. This also may be said of Satan, sin, and the path of death. p. 3, Para. 3, [26OT].


 Twenty years since, the idea of Testimonies from God to the church, through a frail, humble instrument, was regarded very questionable; a few believed fully by reason of attending evidences. Many, however, balancing the matter in their minds like Gamaliel, said, "If this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to naught; but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it." Here is a work that has been subjected to the most rigid criticisms, and the most violent persecutions for the long period of twenty years, and yet remains unchanged. Had this work originated in the mind of an unsophisticated woman, it would have been forced out of its course long since and brought to confusion and to naught. p. 3, Para. 4, [26OT].


 Let the following pages be read in the fear of God. Those who cannot feel the force of the great truths stated, and the importance of the admonitions given, at the first reading, should re-read this book upon their knees. Many who will read these pages of reproof, have read others of a similar character without taking heed to them. Their minds are consequently blinded, and their hearts are well nigh as cold and unfeeling as a stone. Those who can read these pages unmoved, should read them again and again with fervent prayer until they do feel deeply these admonitions from the Lord to his waiting people. J.W. Oakland, Cal., 1876. p. 4, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Testimony For The Church. p. 5, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Bible Biographies. p. 5, Para. 2, [26OT].


NUMBER TWENTY-SIX TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH BIBLE BIOGRAPHIES The lives recorded in the Bible are authentic histories of actual individuals. From Adam down through successive generations, to the times of the apostles, we have the a plain, unvarnished account of what actually occurred, and the genuine experience of real characters. It is a subject of wonder to many, that inspired history should narrate facts in the lives of good men facts that tarnish their moral characters. Infidels seize upon these sins with great satisfaction, and hold their perpetrators up to ridicule. p. 5, Para. 3, [26OT].


 The inspired writers did not testify to falsehoods, to fearing thatprevent the pages of Ssacred Hhistory would bebeing clouded by the record of human frailties and faults. The scribes of God wrote as they were dictated by the Holy Spirit, having no control of the work themselves. They penned the literal truth, and stern, forbidding facts are revealed for reasons that our finite minds cannot fully comprehend. p. 59, Para. 41, [26OT4T].


 It is one of the best evidences of the authenticity of the Scriptures, that the truth is not glossed over, nor the sins of its chief characters suppressed. Many will urge that it is an easy matter to give a relation ofrelate what has occurred in an ordinary life. But it is a provend fact that it is a human impossibility to give an impartial history of a a contemporary; and it is almost as difficult to narrate, without deviating from the exact truth, the story of any person or people with whose career we have become acquainted. The human mind is so subject to prejudice that it is almost impossible for it to treat the subject impartially. Either the faults of the person under review stand out in glaring relief, or thehis virtues shine with undimmed luster, just as the writer is prejudiced for or against him. However impartial the historian may design to be, all critics will agree that it is a very difficult matter to be truly so. p. 59, Para. 52, [26OT4T].


 But divine unction, lifted above the weaknesses of humanity, tells the simple, naked truth. How many biographies have been written of faultless Christians, who, in their ordinary home life and church relations, shone as examples of immaculate piety. No blemish marred the beauty of their holiness, no fault is recorded to remind us that they were of the common clay, and subject to the ordinary temptations of humanity. p. 6, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Yet, had the pen of inspiration written their histories, how different would they have appeared. There would have been revealed human weaknesses, struggles with selfishness, bigotry, and pride, hidden sins perhaps, and the continual warfare between the spirit and the flesh. Even private journals do not reveal on their pages the writer's sinful deeds. Sometimes the conflicts with evil are recorded, but usually only when the right has gained the victory. But they may contain a faithful account of praiseworthy acts and noble endeavors,; this, too, when the writer honestly intends to keep a faithful journal of his life. It is next to a human impossibility to lay open our faults for the possible inspection of our friends. p. 6 10, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Had our good Bible been written by uninspired persons, it would have presented quite a different appearance and would have been a discouraging study to erring mortals, who are contending with natural frailties and the temptations of a wily foe. But, as it is, we have a correct record of the religious experiences of marked characters in Bible history. Men whom God favored, and intrusted with to whom He entrusted great responsibilities, were sometimes overcome by temptation and committed sins, even as we of the present day strive, waver, and frequently fall into error. But it is encouraging to our desponding hearts to know that through God's grace they could gain fresh vigor to rise again rise above their evil natures,; and , remembering this, we are ready to renew the conflict ourselves. p. 710, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 The murmurings of ancient Israel and their rebellious discontent, are recorded for our benefit as well as the mighty miracles wrought in their favor, and the punishment of their idolatry and ingratitude, are recorded for our benefit. The example of ancient Israel is given as a warning to the people of God, that they may avoid unbelief and escape hHis wrath. If the iniquities of the Hebrews had been omitted from the Sacred Record, and only their virtues recounted, their history would fail to teach us the lesson that it does. p. 711, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Infidels, and the lovers of sin excuse their crimes by citing the wickedness of men ofto whom God gave authority in olden times. They argue that if these holy men yielded to temptation and committed sins, it is not to be wondered at that they, too, should be guilty of wrong-doing; and intimate that they are not so bad after all, since they have such illustrious examples of iniquity before them. p. 8 11, Para. 1 2, [26OT4T].


 The principles of justice required a faithful narration of facts for the benefit of all who should ever read the Sacred Record. Here we discern the evidences of divine wisdom. We are required to obey the law of God, and we are not only instructed as to the penalty of disobedience, but we have, narrated for our benefit and warning, the history of Adam and Eve in Paradise, and the sad results of their disobedience of God's commands. The account is full and explicit. The law given to man in Eden is recorded , together with the penalty accruing in case of its disobedience. Then follows the story of the temptation and fall, and the punishment inflicted upon our erring parents. p. 8, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Their example is given us as a warning against disobedience, that we may be sure that the wages of sin is death, that God's retributive justice never fails, and that hHe exacts from hHis creatures a strict regard for hHis commandments. When the law of Sinai was proclaimed at Sinai, how definite was the penalty annexed, how sure was the punishment to follow the transgression of that law, and how plain are the cases recorded in evidence of that fact.! p. 8 11, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 The pen of inspiration, true to its task, tells us of the sins that overcame Noah, Lot, Moses, Abraham, David, and Solomon, whileand that even Elijah's strong spirit sank under temptation during his fearful trial. Jonah's disobedience and Israel's idolatry are faithfully recorded. Peter's denial of Christ, the sharp contention of Paul and Barnabas, the failings and infirmities of the prophets and apostles, are all laid bare by the Holy Ghost, who lifts the veil from the human heart. There lay before us lie the lives of the believers, with all their faults and follies, and theywhich are intended as a lesson to all the generations following them. If they had been without foible they would have been more than human, and our sinful natures would despair of ever reaching such a point of excellence. But, seeing where they struggled and fell, where they took heart again and conquered through the grace of God, we are led to be encouraged, and led to press on over the obstacles that degenerate nature places in our way. p. 912, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 God has ever been ever faithful to punish crime. He sent hHis prophets to warn the guilty, denounce their sins, and pronounce judgment upon them. Those who question why the word of God brings out the sins of hHis people in so plain a manner for scoffers to deride and saints to deplore, should consider that it was all written for their instruction, that they mightmay avoid the evils recorded, but and imitate only the righteousness of those who served the Lord. p. 912, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 We need just such lessons as the Bible gives us, for with the revelation of sin is recorded the retribution which followingfollows. The sorrow and penitence of the guilty, and the wailing of the sin-sick soul, come to us from the past, telling us that man was then, as now, in need of the pardoning mercy of God. It teaches us that while hHe is a punisher of crime, hHe pities and forgives the repenting sinner. p. 12, Para. 3, [4T].


 In hHis providence the Lord has seen fit to teach and warn his His people in various ways. By direct command, by the Sacred W sacred writings, and by the spirit of prophecy has hHe made known unto them hHis will. p. 10, Para. 1, [26OT].


 My work has been to speak plainly of the faults and errors of God's people. Because the sins of certain individuals have been brought to light, it is no evidence that they are worse in the sight of the Lord than many whose failings are unrecorded. But I have been shown that it wasis not mine to choose my work, but humbly to obey the will of God. The errors and wrong-doings in the lives of professed Christians are recorded for the instruction of those who are liable to fall into the same temptations. The experience of one serves as a beacon light to warn others off the rocks of danger. p. 102, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Thus are revealed the snares and devices of Satan are revealed, the importance of perfecting Christian character, and the means by which this result may be obtained. Thus God indicates what is necessary to secure hHis blessing. There is a disposition on the part of many to let rebellious feelings arise if their peculiar sins are reproved. The spirit of this generation is, : "Speak unto us smooth things." But the Sspirit of Pprophecy speaks only the truth. p. 11, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Iniquity abounds, and the love of many who profess to follow Christ waxes cold. They are blind to the wickedness of their own hearts, and do not feel their weak and helpless condition. God in his mercy lifts the veil and shows them that there is an eye behind the scenes that discerns their hidden guilt and the motives of their actions. p. 113, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 The sins of the popular churches are whitewashed over. Many of the members indulge in the grossest vices and are steeped in iniquity. Babylon is fallen and has become the cage of every foul and hateful bird! The most revolting sins of the age find a shelter beneath the cloak of Christianity. Many proclaim the law of God abolished, and surely their lives are in keeping with their faith. If there is no law, then there is no transgression, and therefore no sin,; for sin is the transgression of the law. p. 113, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 The carnal mind is at enmity withagainst God, and it rebels against his His will. Let it once throw off the yoke of obedience and it slips unconsciously into the lawlessness of crime. Iniquity abounds among those who talk grandly of a pure and perfect religious liberty. Their conduct is abhorrent to the Lord, and they are co-workers with the adversary of souls. The light of revealed truth is turned from their sight, and the beauties of holiness are but as shadows to them. p. 113, Para. 43, [26OT4T].


 It is astoundingastonishing to see upon what flimsy foundations very many build their hopes of Hheaven upon.! They rail at the law of the Infinite One as ifthough they would defy hHim and make hHis word null. Even Satan even, with his knowledge of the divine law, would not dare to make the speeches which some law-hatinglaw hating ministers domake from the pulpit, yet he exults in their blasphemy. p. 124, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 I have been shown what man is without a knowledge of the will of God. Crimes and iniquity fill up the measure of his life. But when the Spirit of God reveals to manhim the full meaning of the law, what a change takes place in his heart.! Like Belshazzar, he reads intelligently the hand-writing of the Almighty, and conviction takes possession of his soul. The thunders of God's word startle him from his lethargy, and he calls for mercy in the name of Jesus. And to that humble plea God always listens with a willing ear. He never turns the penitent away comfortless. p. 124, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 The Lord has seen fit to give me a view of the needs and errors of hHis people. Painful though it has been to me, I have faithfully set before the offenders their faults and the means of remedying them, according to the dictates of the Spirit of God. This has, in many instances, excited the tongue of slander, and embittered against me those for whom I have labored and suffered. But I have not been turned from my course because of this. God gavehas given me my work, and, upheld by hHis sustaining strength, I have performed the painful duties hHe has set before me. Thus has the Spirit of God pronounced warnings and judgments, withholding not , however, the sweet promise of mercy. p. 124, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 If God's people would recognize hHis dealings with them, and accept hHis teachings, they would find a straight path for their feet, and a light to guide them through darkness and discouragement. David learned wisdom from God's dealings with him, and bowed in humility beneath the chastisement of the Most High. The faithful portrayal of his true state by the prophet Nathan, made David acquainted with his own sins and aided him to put them away. He accepted counsel meekly, and humiliated himself before God. "The law of the Lord," he exclaims, "is perfect, converting the soul." p. 134, Para. 14, [26OT4T].


 Repentant sinners have no cause to despair because they are reminded of their transgressions and warned of their danger. These very efforts in their behalf show how much God loves them and desires that they shall be savedto save them. They have only to follow hHis counsel and do hHis will, to inherit eternal life. God sets before hthe sins of His erring people their sinsbefore them, that they may behold them in all their enormity, under the light of divine truth. It is then their duty to renounce them forever. p. 135, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 God is as powerful to save from sin today as hHe was in the times of the Ppatriarchs, of David, and of the prophets and apostles of Bible times. The multitude of cases recorded in Sacred H sacred history, where God has delivered hHis people from their own iniquities, should make the Christian of this time eager to receive divine instruction, and zealous to perfect a character that will bear the close inspection of the Judgment judgment. p. 145, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Bible history stays the fainting heart with the hope of God's mercy. We need not despair when we see that others have struggled through discouragements like unto our own, have fallen into temptations, even as we have done, and yet have recovered their ground and been blessed of God. The words of inspiration comfort and cheer the erring soul. Although the patriarchs and apostles were subject to human frailties, yet through faith they obtained a good report, fought their battles in the strength of the Lord, and conquered gloriously. Thus may we trust in the virtue of the atoning sacrifice and be overcomers in the name of Jesus. Humanity is humanity the world over, from the time of Adam down to the present generation, and the love of God through all the ages is without a parallel. p. 145, Para. 3, 2, [26OT4T].


 Unity of the Church. p. 15, Para. 1, [26OT].


UNITY OF THE CHURCH Dear Brethren:--As As all the different members of the human system unite to form the entire body, and each performs its office in obedience to the intelligence that governs the whole, so the members of the church of Christ should be united in one symmetrical body, subject to the sanctified intelligence of the whole. p. 156, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 The advancement of ourthe church is retarded by the wrong course of its members. Uniting with the church, although an important and necessary act, does not make one a Christian ornor ensure salvation. We can notcannot secure a title to Hheaven by having our names enrolled upon the church books, while our hearts are alienated from Christ. We should be hHis faithful representatives on earth, working in unison with hHim. "Beloved, now are we the sons of God." We should keep in mind this holy relationship and do nothing to bring dishonor upon our Father's cause. p. 156, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 Our profession is an exalted one. As Sabbath-keeping Adventists, we profess to obey all God's commandments, and to arebe looking for the coming of our Redeemer. A most solemn message of warning has been intrustedentrusted to God's faithful few. We should show by our words and works that we recognize the great responsibility laid upon us. Our light should shine so clearly that others can see that we glorify the Father in our daily lives; that we are connected with Hheaven and are joint-heirsjoint heirs with Jesus Christ;, that when hHe shall appear in power and great glory, we shall be like hHim. p. 156, Para. 43, [26OT4T].


 We should every oneall feel our individual responsibility as members of the visible church and workers in the vineyard of the Lord. We should not wait for our brethren, who are as frail as ourselves, to help us along,; for our precious Saviour has invited us to join ourselves to hHim, and unite our weakness with hHis strength, our ignorance to hwith His wisdom, our unworthiness to hwith His merits. p. 16, Para. 1, [26OT].


 None of us can occupy a neutral position,; our influence will tell for or against. We are active agents for Christ or for the enemy. We either gather with Jesus or scatter abroad. True conversion is a radical change. The very drift of the mind and bent of the heart should be turned, and life become new again in Christ. p. 16, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 God is leading out a people to stand in perfect unity upon the platform of eternal truth. Christ gave hHimself to the world "that hHe might "purify unto hHimself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." This refining process is designed to purge the church from all unrighteousness and the spirit of discord and contention;, that they may build up instead of tear down, and concentrate their energies on the great work before them. God designs that hHis people should all come into the unity of the faith. The prayer of the Christ to his Father, just prior to hHis crucifixion, was that hHis disciples might be one, even as hHe was one with the Father, that the world might believe that hethe Father had sent hHim. This most touching and wonderful prayer reaches down the ages, even to our day, ; for hHis words were,: "Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on mMe through their word." p. 167, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 How earnestly should the professed followers of Christ seek to answer this prayer in their lives. Many do not realize the sacredness of their church relations,relationship and are loth loath to submit to restraint and discipline. Their course of action shows that they exalt their own judgment above that of the united church;, and they are not careful to guard themselves lest they encourage a spirit of opposition to its voice. p. 17, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Those who hold responsible positions in the church may have their faults in common with other people, and may err in their decisions; but notwithstanding this, the church of Christ on earth has given to them an authority that cannot be lightly esteemed. Christ, after hHis resurrection, delegated power unto hHis church, saying, : "Whose soeverWhosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained." p. 17, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 A relation to the churchChurch relationship is not to be easilylightly canceled; yet when the path of some professed followers of Christ will threaten to leave the church when their path is crossed, or when their voice has not the controlling influence which they think it deserves, they will threaten to leave the church. True, in leaving the church, they would themselves be the greatest sufferers themselves,; for in withdrawing beyond the pale of its influence, they subject themselves to the full temptations of the world. p. 17, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 Every believer should be whole-hearted in his attachment to the church. Its prosperity should be his first interest, and unless he feels under sacred obligations to make his connection with the church a benefit to it, in preference to himself, it can do far better without him. It is in the power of all to do something for the cause of God. There are those who spend a large amount for needless luxuries,; and tothey gratify their appetites, but feel it a great tax to contribute means to sustain the church. They are willing to receive all the benefits of its privileges, but prefer to leave others to pay the bills. Those who really feel a deep interest in the advancement of the cause, will not hesitate to invest money in the enterprise whenever and wherever it is needed. p. 18, Para. 1, [26OT].


 They should also feel it a solemn duty to illustrate in their characters the teachings of Christ, being at peace one with another and moving in perfect harmony as an undivided whole. They should defer their individual judgment to the judgment of the body of the church. Many are living live for themselves alone. They look upon their lives with great complacency, flattering themselves that they are blameless, when in fact they are doing nothing for God, and are living in direct opposition to hHis expressed word. The observance of external forms will never meet the great want of the human soul. A profession of Christ is not enough to enable one to stand the test of the day of Jjudgment. There should be a perfect trust in God, a childlike dependence upon hHis promises, and an utter entire consecration of self to hHis will. p. 18, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 God has always tried hHis people in the furnace of affliction, in order to prove them firm and true, and purge them from all unrighteousness. After Abraham and his son had borne the severest test that could be imposed upon them, God spoke through hHis angel unto Abraham,: "Now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from mMe." This great act of faith causes the character of Abraham to shine forth with remarkable luster. It forcibly illustrates his perfect confidence in the Lord, from whom he withheld nothing, not even his son ofby promise. p. 198, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 There is nothing too precious for us to give to Jesus. If we return to hHim the talents of means hwhich He has intrusted entrusted to our keeping, hHe will give more into our hands. Every effort we make for Christ will be rewarded by hHim; , and every duty we perform in hHis name will minister to our own happiness. God surrendered hHis dearly-beloveddearly beloved Son to the agonies of the crucifixion, that all who believe on hHim should might become one through the name of Jesus. When Christ made so great a sacrifice to save men and bring them into unity with one with another, even as hHe was united with the Father, what sacrifice is too great for hHis followers to make, in order to preserve that unity? p. 19, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 If the world sees a perfect harmony existing in the church of God, it will be a powerful evidence to them in favor of the Christian religion. Dissensions, unhappy differences, and petty church-trialschurch trials dishonor our Redeemer. All these may be avoided if self is surrendered to God, and the followers of Jesus obey the voice of the church. Unbelief suggests that individual independence increases our importance, that it is weak to yield our own ideas of what is right and proper, to the verdict of the church. B; but to yield to such feelings and views is unsafe, and will bring us tointo anarchy and confusion. Christ saw that unity and Christian fellowship were necessary to the cause of God, therefore hHe enjoinsed it upon hHis disciples. And the history of Christianity from that time until now proves conclusively that in union only is there is strength. Let individual judgment submit to the authority of the church. p. 2019, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 The apostles felt the necessity of strict unity, and they labored earnestly to this end. Paul exhorted his brethren in these words: p. 20, Para. 2, [26OT].


 "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. 2019, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 He also writeswrote to his Philippian brethren,: "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 like-minded, 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." p. 210, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 To the Romans he writes,wrote: "Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like-minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus,: that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us, to the glory of God." "Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits." p. 210, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Peter wrote to the churches scattered abroad,: "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another;, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing." p. 210, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 And Paul, in his eEpistle to the Corinthians, says: "Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." p. 210, Para. 4, [26OT4T].


 Go Forward. p. 22, Para. 1, [26OT].


O FORWARD The vast armies of Israel marched in glad triumph from Egypt, the scene of their long and cruel servitude. The Egyptians would not consent to release them until they had been signally warned by the judgments of God. The avenging angel had visited every house among the Egyptians, and had stricken with death the first-born of every family. None had escaped, from the heir of King Pharaoh, to the eldestborn eldest-born of the captive in his dungeon. And tThe first-born of the cattle also were also slain according to the mandate of the Lord. p. 22, Para. 2, [26OT].


 But the Angel angel of Ddeath passed over the homes of the children of Israel and did not enter there. Pharaohp. 20, Para. 5, [4T].


 horror-strickenPharaoh, horror stricken at the plagues that had fallen upon befallen his people, called Moses and Aaron before him in the night, and bade them depart from Egypt. He was anxious that they should go without delay,; for he and his people feared that the land would become a vast burial-ground, unless the curse of God was removed from them, the land would become a vast burial ground. p. 221, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 The children of Israel waswere joyful to receive the tidings of their freedom, and made haste to leave the scene of their bondage. But the way was toilsome, and at length their courage failed. Their journey led them over barren hills and desolate plains. The third night they found themselves walled in on each side by the mountain ranges, andwhile the Red Sea lay before them. They were perplexed and greatly deplored their condition. They blamed Moses for conducting them to this place, for they believed they had taken the wrong course. "This, surely," said they, "is not the way to the wilderness of Sinai, nor to the land of Canaan promised to theour fathers. We can go no farther,; but must now advance into the waters of the Red Sea, or turn back toward Egypt." p. 221, Para. 42, [26OT4T].


 Then, as if to complete their misery, behold, the Egyptian host is on their track! The imposing army is led by King Pharaoh himself, who has repented that he freed the Hebrews, and fears that he has sent them out to become a great nation hostile to himself. What a night of perplexity and distress was this for Israel! What a contrast to that glorious morning when they left the bondage of Egypt, and with glad rejoicings took up the line of march into the wilderness! How powerless they felt before that mighty foe! The wailing of the terror-strickenterror stricken women and children, mingled with the lowing of the frightened cattle, and the bleating of the sheep, added to the dismal confusion of the situation. p. 231, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 But had God lost all care for hHis people that hHe should leave them to destruction? Would hHe not warn them of their danger and deliver them from their enemies? God had not delight in the discomfiture of hHis people. It was hHe, hHimself, who had directed Moses to encamp by the Red Sea, and hHe had faurther informed him that,: "Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord." p. 232, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Jesus stood at the head of that vast army. The cloudy column by day, and the pillar of fire by night represented their Ddivine Leader. But the Hebrews did not patiently bear the test of the Lord. Their voices were lifted up in reproaches and denunciations ofagainst Moses, who was their visible leader, for bringing them into this great peril. They did not trust in the protecting power of God, nor recognize hHis hand staying the evils that surrounded them. In their frantic terror they had forgotten the rod with which Moses had changed the water of the Nile to blood, and the calamities which God had visited upon the Egyptians for their persecution of hHis chosen people. They had forgotten all the miraculous interpositions of God in their behalf. p. 242, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 "Ah!," they cried, "Hhow much better for us had we remained in bondage! It is better to live as slaves than to die of hunger and fatigue in the desert, or be slain in war with our enemies!." They turned upon Moses with bitter censure thatbecause he had not left them where they were instead of leading them out to perish in the wilderness. p. 242, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Moses was greatly troubled because his people were so wanting in faith, especially as they had repeatedly witnessed the manifestations of the power of God in their favor. He felt grieved that they should charge upon him the dangers and difficulties of their position, when he had simply followed the express commands of God. He met and quieted the reproaches and fears of his people, even before he could himself discern the plan of their deliverance; but he was strong in hisBut he was strong in the faith that the Lord would bring them into safety. p. 25, Para. 1, [26OT into safety; and he met and quieted the reproaches and fears of his people, even before he could himself discern the plan of their deliverance. p. 22, Para. 4, [4T].


 True, they were in a place from which there was no possibility of release unless God hHimself interposed to save them; but they were brought into this strait by obeying the divine commands, and Moses felt no fear of the consequences. He "said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which hHe will show to you today;: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." p. 253, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 It was not an easy thing to hold the hosts of Israel in waiting before the Lord. They were excited and full of terror. They lacked discipline and self-control. Impressed by the horrors of their situation, they became violent and unreasonable. They expected speedily to fall into the hands of their oppressors, and their wailings and recriminations were loud and deep. p. 25, Para. 3, [26OT].


 The wonderful pillar of cloud had accompanied them in their wanderings, and served to protect them from the fervid rays of the sun. All day it had moved grandly before them, subject neither to sunshine nor storm. But; and at night it had become a pillar of fire to light them on their way. They had followed it as the signal of God to go forward; but now they questioned among themselves if it might not be the shadow of some terrible calamity that was about to befall them, for had it not led them on the wrong side of the mountain into an impassable way? Thus the angel of God appeared to their deluded minds as the harbinger of disaster. p. 263, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 But now, as the Egyptian host approaches them, expecting to make them an easy prey, the cloudy column rises majestically into the heavens, passes over the Israelites, and descends between them and the armies of Egypt. A wall of darkness interposes between the pursued and their pursuers. The Egyptians can no longer discern the camp of the Hebrews, and are forced to halt. But as the darkness of night deepens, the wall of cloud becomes a great light to the Hebrews, illuminating the whole camp with the radiance of day. p. 263, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Then hope came to the hearts of Israelhope that they might be delivered came to the hearts of Israel. And Moses lifted up his voice unto the Lord. "And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me Me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward. But: but lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it;: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea." p. 264, Para. 3 1, [26OT4T].


 Then Moses, obeying the divine command, stretched out his rod, and the waters parted, rolling up in a wall on either side, and leaving a broad pathway across the bed of the sea for the children of Israel. The light from God'sthe pillar of fire shone upon the foam-capped billows and lit, lighting the road that was cut like a mighty furrow through the waters of the Red Sea anduntil it was lost in the obscurity of the farther shore. p. 274, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 All night long sounded the tramping of the hosts of Israel, crossing the Red Sea. B; but the cloud hid them from the sight of their enemies. The Egyptians, weary with their hasty march, had encamped upon the shore for the night. They saw the Hebrews only a short distance before them, and as there seemed no possibility of escape, so they decided to take a night's rest, and make an easy capture in the morning. The night was intensely dark, the clouds seemed to encompass them like some tangible substance. Deep sleep fell upon the camp,; even the sentinels slumbered at their posts. p. 274, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 At last a ringing blast arouses the army! The cloud is passing on! The Hebrews are moving! Voices and the sound of marching come from toward the sea. It is still so dark theyat they cannot discern the escaping people, but the command is given to make ready for the pursuit. The clatteringclatter of arms, and the roll of chariots is heard, the marshalling of the captains and the neighing of the steeds, are heard. At length the line of march is formed, and they press on through the obscurity, in the direction of the escaping multitude. p. 274, Para. 34, [26OT4T].


 In the darkness and confusion, they rush on in their pursuit, not knowing that they have entered upon the bed of the sea, and are hemmed in on either hand by beetling walls of water. They long for the mist and darkness to pass away, and reveal to them the Hebrews and their own whereabouts. The wheels of the chariots sink deep into the soft sand, and the horses become entangled and unruly. Confusion prevails, yet they press on, feeling sure of victory. p. 284, Para. 15, [26OT4T].


 At last the mysterious cloud changes to a pillar of fire before their astonished eyes. The thunders roll and the lightnings flash, the waves roll about them, and fear takes possession of their hearts. Amid the terror and confusion, the lurid light reveals to the amazed Egyptians the terrible waters massed up on the right hand and on the left. They see the broad path that the Lord has made for hHis people across the shining sands of the sea, and behold triumphant Israel safe on the farther shore. p. 285, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Confusion and dismay seizes them. Amid the wrath of the elements, in which they hear the voice of an angry God, they endeavor to retrace their steps and fly to the shore they have quitted. But Moses stretches out his rod, and the piled -up waters, hissing, roaring, and eager for their prey, tumble down upon the armies of Egypt. Proud Pharaoh and his legions, gilded chariots and flashing armor, horses and riders, are engulfed beneath a stormy sea. p. 28, Para. 3, [26OT].


 The mighty God of Israel hads delivered hHis people, and their songs of thanksgiving wentgo up to Hheaven, that God had s wrought so wonderfully in their behalf. p. 25, Para. 2, [4T].


 The history of the children of Israel should beis written for the instruction and admonition of all Christians. When the Israelites were overtaken by dangers and difficulties, and their way seemed hedged up, their faith forsook them, and they murmured against the leader whom God had appointed for them. They blamed him withfor bringing them into peril, when he had only obeyed the voice of God. p. 295, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 The divine command was,: "Go Fforward!." NThey were not to wait until the way was made plain, and they could comprehend the entire plan of their deliverance. God's cause is onward, and hHe will open thea path before hHis people. To hesitate and murmur is to manifest distrust in the Holy One of Israel. God in hHis providence brought the Hebrews into the mountain fastnesses, with the Red Sea before them, that hHe might work out their deliverance and forever rid them of their enemies. He might have saved them in any other way, but hHe chose this method in order to test their faith and strengthen their trust in hHim. p. 295, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 We cannot charge Moses with being at fault because histhe people murmured against his course. It was their own rebellious, unsubdued hearts that led them to censure the man whom God had delegated to lead hHis people. While Moses moved in the fear of the Lord, and according to hHis direction, having full faith in hHis promises, those who should have upheld him became discouraged, and could see nothing before them but disaster, defeat, and death. p. 3026, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 The Lord is now dealing with hHis people who believe in present truth. He designs to bring about momentous results, and while in hHis providence hHe is working towards this end, hHe says to hHis people,: "Go Fforward!." True, the path is not yet opened,; but when they move on in the strength of faith and courage, God will make the way plain before their eyes. There are ever those who will complain, as did ancient Israel, and charge the difficulties of their position upon those whom God has raised up for the special purpose of advancing hHis cause. They fail to see that God is testing them by bringing them into straight places, from which there is no deliverance except by hHis hand. p. 3026, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 There are times when the Christian life seems beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The imagination pictures impending ruin before, and bondage or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly above all discouragements,: "Go Fforward!." We should obey this command, let the result be what it may, even though our eyes cannot penetrate the darkness and though we feel the cold waves about our feet. p. 3026, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 The Hebrews were weary and terrified,; yet if they had held back when Moses bade them advance, if they had refused to move nearer to the Red Sea, God would never have opened the path for them. In marching down to the very water, they showed that they had faith in the word of God, as spoken by the man Moses. They did all that it was in their power to do, and then the Mighty One of Israel performed hHis part, and divided the waters to make a path for their feet. p. 3126, Para. 14, [26OT4T].


 The clouds that gather about our way will never disappear before a halting, doubting spirit. Unbelief says, : "We can never surmount these obstructions,; let us wait until they are removed, and we can see our way clearly." But faith courageously urges an advance, hoping all things, believing all things. Obedience towardsto God is sure to bring the victory. T It is only through faith onlythat we can we reach Hheaven. p. 3127, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 There is a great similarity between our history and that of the children of Israel. God led hHis people from Egypt into the wilderness, where they could keep hHis law and obey his His voice. The Egyptians, who had no regard for the Lord, were encamped close by them; yet, what was to themthe Israelites a great flood of light, illuminating the whole camp, and shedding brightness upon the path before them, was to the hosts of Pharaoh a wall of clouds, making blacker the darkness of night. p. 3127, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 So, at this time, there is a people whom God has made the repositorydepositaries of hHis law. To those who obey them, the commandments of God are as a pillar of fire, lighting and leading the way to eternal salvation. But unto those who disregard them, they are as the clouds of night. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." Better than all other knowledge is an understanding of the word of God. In keeping hHis commandments there is great reward, and no earthly inducements should cause the Christian to waver for a moment in his allegiance. Riches, honor, and worldly pomp are but as dross that shall perish before the fire of God's wrath. p. 3227, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 The voice of the Lord bidding hHis faithful ones "Ggo Fforward," frequently tries their faith to the uttermost. But if they should defer obedience till every shadow of uncertainty was removed from their understanding, and theyre remained no risk of failure or defeat, they would never move on at all. Those who think it impossible for them to yield to the will of God and have faith in hHis promises until all is made clear and plain before them, will never yield at all. Faith is not certainty of knowledge,; it "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." To obey the commandments of God is the only way to obtain hHis favor. "Go Fforward," should be the Christian's watchword. p. 3227, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Epistle NumberINDULGENCE One. p. 33, Para. 1, [26OT].


F APPETITE Dear Brethren and Sisters:--I I have been shown some things in reference to the church in P----- G-----. Individual cases were shownpresented to me, which in many respects represent the cases of many others. Among them was that of sSister P. and her husband. The Lord convicted him of the truth. He was charmed with the harmony and spirit of the truth, and was blessed in confessing it. But Satan came to him with his temptations upon the point of appetite. p. 3328, Para. 2, 1, [26OT4T].


 Bro.Brother P. had long indulged his appetite for stimulants, which had had an influence to becloud the mind, weaken the intellect, and lessen the moral powers. Reason and judgment were brought into bondage to depraved, unnatural appetite, and his birthright, his God-givenGod given manhood, was sacrificed to intemperate habits. If Bro.Had Brother P. had made the word of God his study, and his guide, had he trusted in God, and prayed for grace to overcome, he would have had strength in the name of Jesus to baffle the tempter. p. 3328, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 But Bro.Brother P. had never felt the high claims that God hads upon him. His moral faculties had been enfeebled by his habits of eating and drinking, and by his dissipation. He had,When when he embraced the truth, he had a character to form for Heaven heaven. God would test and prove him. He had a work to do for himself that no one could do for him. He had, bBy his course of life, he had lost many years of precious, probationary time, when he might have been gaining an experience in matters of religion, and a knowledge of the life of Christ, and of the infinite sacrifice he made in man's behalf that he might to free him from the fetters that Satan had bound upon him, and enable him to glorify hHis name. p. 3328, Para. 43, [26OT4T].


 Christ paid a dear price for man's redemption. In the wilderness of temptation hHe suffered the keenest pangs of hunger; and while He was emaciated with fasting, Satan was at hand with his manifold temptations to assail the Son of God, to take advantage of hHis weakness and overcome hHim, and thus thwart the plan of salvation. But Christ was steadfast. He overcame in behalf of the race, that hHe might rescue them from the degradation of the fFall. Christ's experience is for our benefit. His example in overcoming appetite points out the way for those who would be hHis followers and finally sit with hHim on hHis throne. p. 3429, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Christ suffered hunger in the fullest sense. Mankind generally have all that is needful to sustain life. And yet, like our first parents, they will desire that which God would withhold because it is not best for them. Christ suffered hunger for necessary food, and resisted the temptation of Satan upon the point of appetite. Indulgence of intemperate appetite, creates in fallen man unnatural desires for the things which will eventually prove his ruin. p. 3429, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Man came from the hand of God perfect in every faculty of mind and body,; in perfect soundness, therefore in perfect health. It took more than two thousand years of indulgence of appetite and lustful passions to create such a state of things in the human organism as would lessen vital force. Through successive generations the tendency was more swiftly downward. Indulgence of appetite and passion combined, led to excess and violence; debauchery and abominations of every kind weakened the energies, and brought upon the race diseases of every type, until the vigor and glory of the first generations passed away, and, in the third generation from Adam, man began to show signs of decay in the third generation from Adam. Successive generations after the fFlood degenerated more rapidly. p. 3429, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 All this weight of woe and accumulated suffering can be traced to the indulgence of appetite and passion. Luxurious living and the use of wine corrupt the blood, inflame the passions, and produce diseases of every kind. But the evil does not end here. Parents leave maladies as a legacy to their children. As a rule, every intemperate man, who rears children, transmits his inclinations and evil tendencies to his offspring, and the evil does not end here; he gives to them disease from his own inflamed and corrupted blood. Licentiousness, disease , and imbecility isare transmitted as an inheritance of woe from father to son and from generation to generation, bringing and this brings anguish and suffering into the world, whichand is no less than a repetition of the fall of man. p. 350, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 TheA continual transgression of nature's laws is a continual transgression of the law of God. The present weight of suffering and anguish which we see everywhere, the present deformity, decrepitude, disease, and imbecility now flooding the world, make it, in comparison to what it might be, and what God designed it should be, a lazarhouse, lazar house; and the present generation are feeble in mental, moral, and physical power. p. 36, Para. 1, [26OT].


 All this misery has accumulated misery from generation to generation is because fallen man will break the law of God. Sins of the greatest magnitude are committed through the indulgence of perverted appetite. p. 360, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 The effort made to create a tastetaste created for the disgusting, filthy poison, tobacco, leads to the desire for stronger stimulants,; as liquor, which is taken, on one plea or another, for some imaginary infirmity, or to prevent some possible disease. Thus an unnatural appetite is created for these hurtful and exciting stimulants, which; and this appetite has strengthensed until the increase of intemperance in this generation is alarming. Beverage-lovingBeverage loving, liquor-drinkingliquor drinking men may be seen everywhere. Their intellect is enfeebled, their moral powers are weakened, their sensibilities are benumbed, and the claims of God and heaven are not realized, and eternal things are not appreciated. The Bible declares that no drunkard shall inherit the kingdom of God. p. 360, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 Tobacco and liquor stupefy and defile the user. But the evil does not stop here. He transmits irritable tempers, polluted blood, enfeebled intellects, and weak morals to his children;, and renders himself accountable for all the evil results that his wrong and dissipated course of life has broughtbrings upon his family and the community. p. 36, Para. 4, [26OT].


 The race is groaning under a weight of accumulated woe, because of the sins of former generations. And yet with scarcely a thought or care, men and women of the present generation indulge intemperance by surfeiting and drunkenness, and thereby leave, as a legacy for the next generation, disease, enfeebled intellects, and polluted morals. p. 370, Para. 14, [26OT4T].


 Intemperance of any kind is the worst sort of selfishness. Those who truly fear God and keep hHis commandments look upon these things in the light of reason and religion. How can any man or any woman keep the law of God, which requires man to love his neighbor as himself, and indulge intemperate appetite, which benumbs the brain, and gives weakens the intellect, and fills the body with disease? Intemperance inflames the passions and gives loose rein to lust. RAnd reason and conscience are blinded by the lower passions. p. 371, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 We inquire, w: What will the husband of sSister P. do? Will he, like Esau, sell his birthright for a mess of pottage? Will he sell his godlike manhood to indulge a perverted taste which only brings unhappiness and degradation? "The wages of sin is death." Has not this brother the moral courage to deny appetite? His habits have not been in harmony with the truth, and with the tTestimonies of reproof which God has seen fit to give hHis people. His conscience was not altogether dead. He knew that he could not serve God and indulge his appetite,; therefore he yielded to the temptation of Satan, which was too strong for him, in his to resist in his own strength, to resist. He was overcome. He has assigned his want of interest in the truth to other causes thean the true one, in order to cover his own weak purpose, and the real cause of his backsliding from God, which was uncontrolled appetite. p. 31, Para. 2, [4T].


 This is where many stumble; they waver between denial of appetite and its indulgence, and finally are overcome by the enemy and yield the truth. Many who have backslidden from the truth assign as a reason for their course, that they do not have faith in the testimonies Testimonies. p. 37, Para. 3, [26OT].


 Investigation reveals the fact that they had some sinful habit that God has condemned through the tTestimonies condemned. The question with themnow is, will: Will they yield their idol which God condemns, or will they continue in their wrong course of indulgence, and reject the light God has given them, reproving the very things in which they delight? The question to be settled with them is, shall: Shall I deny myself and receive, as of God, the tTestimonies which reprove my sins, and deny myself, or shall I reject the tTestimonies because they reprove my sins? p. 381, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 In many cases the tTestimonies are fully received, the sin and indulgence broken off, and reformation at once commences in harmony with the light God has given. In other instances sinful indulgences are cherished, the tTestimonies are rejected, and many excuses which are untrue are offered to others as the reason for refusing to receive them. The true reason is not given. It is a lack of moral courage--a will, strengthened and controlled by the Spirit of God, to renounce hurtful habits. p. 382, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 It is not an easy matter to overcome an established habits oftaste taste and appetite for narcotics and stimulants. In the name of Christ alone can this great victory be gained. He overcame in behalf of man in the wilderness of temptation, in the long fast of nearly six weeks in the wilderness of temptation. He sympathizes with the weakness of man. His love for fallen man was so great that hHe made [an] infinite sacrifice that hHe might teach reach him in his degradation, and through hHis divine power finally elevate him finally to hHis throne. But it rests with man whether Christ shall accomplish for him that which hHe is fully able to do. p. 392, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Will man take hold of divine power, and with determination and perseverance resist Satan, as Christ has given him example in hHis conflict with the foe in the wilderness of temptation? God cannot save man, against his will, from the power of Satan's artifices. Man must work with his human power, aided by the divine power of Christ, to resist and to conquer at any cost to himself. In short, man must overcome as Christ overcame. And then, through the victory that it is his privilege to gain by the all-powerful name of Jesus, he may become an heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ. p. 39, Para. 2, [26OT].


 This could not be the case if Christ alone did all the overcoming. Man must do his part. Man; he must be victor on his own account, through the strength and grace that Jesus Christ gives him. Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming, and then he will be partaker with Christ of his His glory. p. 32, Para. 3, [4T].


 It is a sacred work in which we are engaged. The apostle Paul exhorts his brethren,: "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." p. 40, Para. 1, [26OT].


 It is a sacred duty that we owe to God to keep the spirit pure, as a temple for the Holy Ghost. If the heart and mind are devoted to the service of God, obeying all hHis commandments, loving hHim with all the heart, might, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, we willshall be found loyal and true to the loyal requirements of Hheaven. p. 4033, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Again the apostle says: "Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." He also urges his brethren to earnest diligence and steady perseverance in their efforts for purity and holiness of life, in these words: "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we, an incorruptible." p. 4033, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 HeTHE CHRISTIAN WARFARE Paul presents before us the spiritual warfare and its reward, in contrast with the various games instituted among the heathen in honor of their gods. For these games, young men were trained with the Young men who were trained for these games practiced close self-denial and the most severe discipline, practicing close self-denial. Every indulgence which would have a tendency to weaken the powers of body were physical power was forbidden. Those who submitted to the training process were not allowed wine or luxurious food or wine, for thisthese would debilitate instead of increase increasing personal vigor, healthful activity, fortitude and firmness, and firmness. Many witnesses, kings and nobles, were present on these occasions. It was considered the highest honor to gain a simple chaplet which would fade in a few short hours. p. 41, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Many witnesses, kings and nobles, were present on these occasions. The short hours. But after the competitors for this perishable crown, after they had exercised severe abstemiousness, and submitted to rigid discipline in order to obtain personal vigor and activity with the hope of becoming victors, were even then they were not sure of the prize. The prize could be awarded to but one. Some might labor fully as hard as others, and put forth their utmost powers to gain the crowning honor,; but, as they reached forth the hand to secure the prize, another, an instant before them, might securegrasp the coveted treasure. p. 4133, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 This is not the case in the Christian warfare. All may run this race, and may be sure of victory and immortal honor if they submit to the conditions. Says Paul,: "So run, that ye may obtain." He then explains the conditions which are necessary for them to observe in order to be successful: "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things." p. 4134, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 If heathen men, who arewere not controlled by enlightened conscience, who haved not the fear of God before them, would submit to deprivation and athe discipline of training--denying training, denying themselves of every weakening indulgence merely for a a wreath of perishable substance and the applause of the multitude, how much more should they who are running the Christian race in the hope of immortality and the approval of High Heaven, be willing to deny themselves unhealthy stimulants and indulgences, which degrade the morals, enfeeble the intellect, and bring the higher powers into subjection to the animal appetites and passions. p. 4234, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Multitudes in the world are witnessing this game of life, the Christian warfare. And this is not all. The Monarch of the universe, and the myriads of heavenly angels are spectators of this race--anxiouslyrace; they are anxiously watching to see who will be successful overcomers, and win the crown of glory that fadeth not away. With intense interest God and heavenly angels mark the self-denial, self-sacrificingthe self-sacrifice, and the agonizing efforts of those who engage to run the Christian race. The reward given to every man will be in accordance with the persevering energy and faithful earnestness with which he has performeds his part in the great contest. p. 42 34, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 In the games referred to, but one was sure of the prize. In the Christian race, says the apostle, : "I therefore so run ", not as uncertainly." We are not to be disappointed at the end of the race. To all those who fully comply with the conditions in God's word, withand have a sense of their responsibility to preserve physical vigor and activity of body, that they may have well -balanced minds and healthy morals, the race is not uncertain. They all may gain the prize, and win and wear the crown of immortal glory that fadeth not away. p. 43 35, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 The apostle Paul tells us that, "Wwe are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men." A cloud of witnesses are observing our Christian course. "Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the aAuthor and fFinisher of our faith,; 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. 4335, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 The world should be no criterion for us. It is fashionable to indulge the appetite within luxurious food and unnatural stimulus, thus strengthening by indulgence the animal propensities, and crippling the growth and development of the moral faculties. p. 43, Para. 3, [26OT].


 There is not encouragement given to any of the sons or daughters of Adam that they may become victorious overcomers in the Christian warfare unless they decide to practice temperance in all things. If they do this they will not fight as one that beateth the air. p. 4335, Para. 4 3, [26OT4T].


 If Christians will keep the body in subjection, and bring all their appetites and passions under the control of enlightened conscience, feeling it a duty that they owe to God and to their neighbors to obey the laws which govern health and life, they will have the blessing of physical and mental vigor. They will have moral power to engage in the warfare against Satan;, and in the name of hHim who conquered appetite in their behalf, they may be more than conquerors on their own account. Theis warfare is open to all who will engage in it. p. 4435, Para. 14, [26OT4T].


 I was shown the case of Bro.Brother R., that a cloud of darkness surroundeds him. The light of Hheaven wasis not in his dwelling. Although he professeds to believe the truth, he diddoes not exemplify in his daily life exemplify its sanctifying influence upon histhe heart. He does not naturally possess a benevolent, kind, affectionate, and courteous disposition. His temperament is very unfavorable to himself, and his family, and the church where his influence is felt. He has a work to do for himself that no one can do for him. He has need of the transforming influence of the Spirit of God. p. 44, Para. 2, [26OT].


 We are bound, by our profession, as Christ's followers, to test our ways and actions, by comparing them with the example of our Redeemer. Our spirit and deportment must correspond with the copy that our Saviour has given us. p. 4436, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 Bro.Brother R. is not of thata temperament to bring sunshine into his family. Here is a good place for him to begin to work. He is too muchmore like a cloud rather than a beam of light. He is too selfish to speak words of approval to the members of his family, especially to the one of all others who should have his love and tender respect. He is morose, overbearing, and dictatorial. H; his words are frequently cutting, and leave a wound that he does not try to heal by softening his spirit, acknowledging his faults, and confessing his wrongdoings. p. 45, Para. 1, [26OT].


 He does not make efforts to come to the light. There is not with him a searching of heart and, of motives, temper, speech , and conduct, to see if his life is like the Eexample. He does not apply God's law to his life as his rule of action and character as his rule of action. The Lord would have a people honest and upright before hHim. p. 4536, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Sister R. has many trials, and the weakness of her own nature to contend with, and sheher lot should not be compelled to have her lot made any harder than is positively necessary. p. 45, Para. 3, [26OT].


 Bro. Brother R. should soften, and; he should cultivate refinement and courteousness courtesy. He should be very tender and gentle towards his wife, who is his equal in every respect. H; he should not utter a word that would cast a shadow upon her heart. He should begin the work of reformation at home. H; he should cultivate affection, and overcome the coarse, harsh, unfeeling, and ungenerous traits of his disposition, for these are growing upon him. If we poor mortals reach Heaven, heaven we must overcome as Christ overcame. We must be assimilated to hHis image, and; our characters must be spotless. p. 4536, Para. 43, [26OT4T].


 I was shown that Bro.Brother R. has not a high sense of the perfection of character necessary to a Christian. He has not a proper sense of his duty to his fellow-menfellow men. He is in danger of advancing his own interests, if an opportunity presents, irrespective of his neighbor's advantage or loss. He regards his own prosperity as exceedingly important, but is not interested in the fortunes or misfortunes of his neighbors, as a follower of Christ should be. For a trifle of trifling advantage to himself, Satan can allure him from his integrity. This darkens his own soul, and brings darkness upon the church. "All this," says Satan, "shall be yours, if you will depart from strict integrity. All this will I give you if you will only please me in this, or do and say that." And too often has Bro. R.Brother B been deceived by the adversary, to his own hurt and the darkening of other minds. p. 4637, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 There are some others in the church who need to view things from a higher standpoint before they can be spiritually minded, and in a position to shed light, instead of casting a shadow, and where they can discern the mind and will of God. p. 46, Para. 2, [26OT].


and shed light instead of casting Bro.a shadow. Brother R. needs to have his eyes anointed, that he may clearly discern spiritual things, and also the devices of Satan. The Christian standard is high and exalted. But , alas, the professed followers of Christ lower it to the very dust.! p. 4637, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 You have need, Bro.Brother R., of constant vigilance lest you are be overcome by Satan's temptations to live for yourself, to be jealous and envious, suspicious and faultfinding. If you go murmuringly along, you make not one step of progress in the heavenly road. If you stop for a moment in your earnest efforts and prayerful endeavors to subdue and control yourself, you are in danger of being overcome by some strong temptation; you may take imprudent steps; you may manifest an unchristian spirit, which will not only bring bitterness to your own soul, but sadness to the minds of others. You may bring upon them a weight of perplexity and sadness to the minds of others. You may bring upon them a weight of perplexity and sadness that will endanger their souls, and you will be accountable for this baneful influence. Bro.Brother R., if you would escaped the pollution that is in the world through lust, you must adorn the Christian profession in all things. p. 4737, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 You will say,: This is hard work--thework; the way is too narrow, I cannot walk in it. Is the way made more straight in this letter than you find it plainly marked out in the word of God? Heaven is worth a life-long, persevering, untiring effort. If you now draw back and become discouraged, you will certainly lose Hheaven--lose the immortal life and the crown of glory that fadeth not away. p. 47, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Those who have a seat at the Saviour's side on hHis throne are only that class who have overcome as hHe overcame. Love for pure, sanctifying truth, love for the dear Redeemer, will lighten the labor of overcoming. His strength will be cheerfully granted to all those who are really desirous of it. He will crown with grace and peace every persevering effort made in hHis name, with grace and peace. p. 4838, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 If your daily study is to glorify God and subdue self, hHe will make hHis strength perfect in your weakness, and you may live so that your conscience will not condemn you. You may have a good report from those who are without. A circumspect life will not only bring great profit to your own soul, but will be a bright light to shine upon the pathway of others, and will show them the way to Hheaven. p. 4838, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Bro.Brother R., how have you governed your own temper? Have you sought to overcome your hasty spirit? With the disposition and feelings you now possess, you will as surely fail of Hheaven as surely as there is a Hheaven. For your own soul's sake, and for the sake of Christ, who has given you unmistakable evidence of hHis infinite love, bring yourself nearer to hHim that you may be imbued with hHis sSpirit. p. 48, Para. 3, [26OT].


 Cultivate a spirit of watchfulness and prayer that you may rightly represent the holy faith you profess as a follower of our dear Redeemer, who has left an example in hHis own life. Imitate our Saviour. Learn of Christ. Endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, and overcome the temptations of Satan as hHe overcame, and come off conqueror over all your defects of character. p. 4838, Para. 4, [26OT3, [4T].


 Christ was a perfect overcomer. W; and we must be perfect and entire, wanting nothing--withoutnothing, without spot or blemish. The redemption which Christ achieved for man was at infinite cost to himself Himself. The victory we gain over our own evil hearts and over the temptations of Satan will cost us strong effort, constant watchfulness, and persevering prayer,; and we shall then not only reap the reward, which is the gift of eternal life, but willshall increase our happiness on earth by a consciousness of duty performed, and by the greater respect and love of those about us. p. 49 39, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 I was shown that there is a general lack of devotion, and of sincere and, earnest effort in the church. There are many who need to be converted. Bro.Brother C. is not a stay and strength to the church. He does not advance in the divinge life as he advances in years. He has professed the truth many years, yet has been slow to learn and live its principles; therefore he has not been sanctified through the truth. He holds himself in a position to be tempted of Satan. He is still as a child in experience. He is watching others and marking their failings, when he should be searching diligently searching his own heart. p. 49, Para. 2, [26OT].


 That readiness to question, and to see faults in his brethren and talk of them to others, is reproved by the words of Christ to one whom h, He saw, was more interested in the course of his brethren, than careful to watch and pray lest Satan should overcome himselfhim. Said Christ to hHis disciples,: "What is that to thee? follow thou mMe." p. 4939, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 It is all that Bro.Brother C. can do, in the weakness of his nature, to guard his own soul and close every avenue whereby Satan couldcan gain access to insinuate doubts in regard to others. He is in great danger of losing his soul, by failing to perfect Christian character during probationary time. He is slow to follow Christ. His senses seem to be clouded, and almost paralyzed so that he does not place a proper estimate upon sacred things. He may even now correct his errors, and overcome his defects, if he will work in the strength of God. p. 5039, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 There are several in the church at P. G. whose names I cannot call, who have victories to gain over their appetites and passions. sSome talk too much and; they stand in this position,: "Report, . . . and Iwe will report it." Miserable indeed is such a position! If all these gossipers would ever bear in mind that an angel is following them, recording their words, there would be less talking and much more praying. p. 5040, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 There are children of Sabbath-keepers who have been taught from their youth to observe the Sabbath. Some of these are very good children, faithful to duty as far as temporal matters are concerned; but they feel no deep conviction of sin, and no need of repentance from sin. Such are in a dangerous condition. They are watching the deportment and efforts of professed Christians. They see some who make high professions, but who are not conscientious Christians, and they compare their own views and actions with these stumbling-blocksstumblingblocks; and as there are no outbreaking sins in their own lives, they flatter themselves that, as there are no outbreaking sins in their lives, they are about right. p. 5040, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 To these youth I am authorized to say,: Repent ye and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out. There is no time for you to waste. Heaven and immortal life are valuable treasures that will costcannot be obtained without an effort on your part to obtain. No matter how faultless may have been your lives, as sinners you have steps to take. You are required to repent, believe, and be baptized. Christ was wholly righteous,; yet hHe, the Saviour of the world, gave man an example, by Himself taking the steps himself which hHe requires the sinner to take to become a child of God--an God, and heir of Hheaven. p. 5140, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 If Christ, the spotless and pure Redeemer of man, condescended to take the steps necessary for the sinner to take in conversion, why should any, with the light of truth shining upon their pathway, hesitate to submit their hearts to God, and in humility confess that they are sinners, and show their faith in the atonement of Christ by words and actions, identifying themselves with those who profess to be hHis followers? There will ever be thosesome who do not live out their profession, whose daily lives show them to be anything but Christians; but should this be a sufficient reason for any to refuse to put on Christ by baptism into the faith of hHis death and resurrection? p. 5140, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Even when Jesus Himself was upon the earth himself, and walked with, and taught hHis disciples, there was one among the twelve who was a devil. Judas betrayed his Lord. Christ had a a perfect knowledge of the life of Judas. He knew of histhe covetousness which heJudas did not overcome., and in His sermons to others He gave him many lessons upon this subject in his sermons to others. Through indulgence, Judas permitted this trait in his character to grow and take so deep a root that it crowded out the good seed of truth sown in his heart, until; evil predominated, and he until, for love of money, he could sell his Lord for a few pieces of silver. p. 5241, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 BecauseThe fact that Judas was not right at heart, becausethat he was so corrupted withby selfishness and love of money that ithe was led him to commit a great crime, is no evidence that there were not true Christians--genuineChristians, genuine disciples of Christ, who loved their Saviour and tried to imitate hHis life and example, and to obey hHis teachings. p. 5241, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 I was shown that the case offact that Judas, being was numbered among the twelve, with all his faults and defects of character, is a lesson of instructionan instructive lesson, one by the study of which Christians may be profited in studying. When Judas was chosen by our Lord, his case was not hopeless. He had some good qualities. In his association with Christ in the work, by listening to His discourses, he had a favorable opportunity, by listening to his discourses, to see his evils wrongs, and to become acquainted with his defects of character if he really desired to be a true disciple. He was even placed in a position by our Lord where he could have his choice either to develop his covetous disposition, or to see and correct it. He carried the little means collected for the poor, and for the necessary expenses of Christ and the disciples in their work of preaching. p. 5241, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 This little money was to Judas a continual temptation, and he, from time to time, when he did a little service for Christ, or devoted a little time to religious purposes, he paid himself out of the meager fund collected to advance the light of the gospel. He finally became so penurious that he made bitter complaint ofbecause the ointment poured upon the head of Jesus because it was expensive. He turned it over and over in his mind, and counted the money that might have been placed in his hands to expend, if that ointment had been sold. His selfishness grew stronger, until he felt that the treasury had really met with a great loss in not receiving the value of the ointment in money. He finally made open complaint of the extravagance of this expensive offering to Christ. Our Saviour rebuked him for this covetousness. This rankled in the heart of Judas, until he, , for a small sum of money, he consented to betray his Lord. p. 53, Para. 1, [26OT].


 There will be those among Sabbath-keepers who are no truer at heart than was Judas. But; but the cases of such should be no excuse to keep others from following Christ. p. 5342, Para. 2 1, [26OT4T].


 God loves the children of Bro.Brother N., but they are in fearful danger of feeling whole, and in no need of a physician. Trusting in their own righteousness will never save them. They must feel the need of a Saviour. Christ came to save sinners. Said Jesus,: "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." The Pharisees, who felt that they were righteous, and who trusted in their good works, felt no need of a Saviour. They felt that they were well enough off without Christ. p. 5442, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 These dear children of Bro.Brother N. should plead with Jesus to reveal to them their sinfulness, and then ask hHim to reveal hHimself as their sin-pardoning Saviour. These precious children must not be deceived and miss eternal life. Except they are converted they cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. They must wash their robes of character in the blood of the Lamb. Jesus invites them to take the steps that sinners must take in order to become hHis children. He has given them an example in his life in submitting to the ordinance of baptism. He is our example in all things. p. 5442, Para. 3, 2, [26OT4T].


 God requires these children to give hHim their heart'shearts' best and holiest affections. He has bought them with hHis own blood. He claims their service. They are not their own. Jesus has made infinite sacrifice for them. A pitying, loving Saviour will receive them if they will come to hHim just as they are, and depend on hHis righteousness and not on their own merits. p. 5443, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 God pities and loves the youth of P. G., and hHe wants them to find happiness in hHim. He died to redeem them. He will bless them if they come to hHim in meekness and sincerity. He will be found of them, if they seek hHim with all their hearts. p. 5543, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Epistle Number Two. p. 55, Para. 2, [26OT].


CHOOSING EARTHLY TREASURE Bro. ----, I have been shown the condition of God's people. They are stupefied by the spirit of the world. They are denying their faith by their works. I was pointed back to ancient Israel. They had great light and exalted privileges; yet they did not live up to the light, nor appreciate their advantages, and their light became darkness. They walked in the light of their own eyes, instead of following the leadings of God. The history of the children of Israel was written for the benefit of those who live in the last days, that they may avoid following their example of unbelief. p. 5543, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 Bro. ----Brother -----, you were shown me enshrouded in darkness. The love of the world had taken entire control of your being. The very best of your days are past. Your vitality and power of endurance, as far as physical labor is concerned, are enfeebled,; and now, when you should be able to look back on a life of noble effort in blessing others, and glorifying God, you can only have regret, and realize a want of happiness and peace. You are not living thata life which will meet the approval of God. Your spiritual and, your eternal interests, are made secondary. Brain, bone, and muscle have been taxed to the utmost. Why all this expenditure of strength!? Why this accumulation of cares and burdens for your family to bear? What is your reward? The satisfaction of laying up for yourself a treasure upon the earth, which Christ has forbidden and which will prove a snare to your soul. p. 5543, Para. 4, [26OT4T].


 In Christ's sSermon on the mMount hHe says,: "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal. B: but lay up for yourselves treasures in Hheaven." If you lay up treasures in Hheaven, you do it for yourself, you are working for your own interest. p. 56, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Your treasure, my dear brother, is laid up on the earth, and your interest and affections are on your treasure. You have cultivated a love for money, for houses and lands, until it has absorbed the powers of your mind and being, and your love for worldly possessions has been greater than your love for your Creator, and for the souls for whom Christ died. The god of this world has blinded your eyes so that eternal things are not valued. p. 5644, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 TIn the wilderness of temptation Christ met the great leading temptations that would assail man, Christ met in the wilderness of temptation. There hHe encountered, single-handed, the wily, subtile foe, and overcame him. The first great temptation was upon appetite; the second, presumption; the third, the love of the world. Satan has overcome his millions by tempting them to the indulgence of appetite. Through the gratification of the taste, the nervous system becomes excited, and the brain power enfeebled, making it impossible to think calmly or rationally. The mind is unbalanced. Its higher, nobler propertiesfaculties are perverted to serve animal lust, and the sacred and, eternal interests are not regarded. When this object is gained then, Satan can come with his two other leading temptations and find ready access. His manifold temptations besetments of sin grow out of these three great leading points. p. 5644, Para. 3 2, [26OT4T].


 Presumption is a common temptation, and as Satan assails men with this, he obtains the victory nine times out of ten. Those who profess to be followers of Christ, and claim by their faith to be enlisted in the warfare against all evil in their nature, frequently plunge without thought, into temptations thatfrom which it would require a miracle to bring them forth unsullied. Meditation and prayer would have preserved them and led them to have shunnedshun the critical, dangerous position in which they have placed themselves where n they have given gave Satan the advantage over them. The promises of God are not for us rashly to claim while we rush on recklessly into danger, violating the laws of nature, and disregarding prudence, and the judgment with which God has endowed us. This is the most flagrant presumption. p. 5744, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 The thrones and kingdoms of the world and the glory of them, were offered to Christ, if hHe would only bow down to Satan. Never will man be tried with temptations as powerful as those which assailed Christ. Satan came with worldly honor, wealth, and the pleasures of life, and presented them in the most attractive light to allure and deceive. "All these things," said he to Christ, "will I give tThee, if tThou wilt fall down and worship me." Christ repelled the wily foe, and came off victor. p. 5745, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Satan has better success in approaching man. All this money, all this gain, this land, this power, these honors and riches, will I give thee. F for what? His conditions generally are, that integrity shall be yielded, conscientiousness blunted, and selfishness indulged. Through devotion to worldly interests, Satan receives all the homage he asks. The door is left open for him to enter as he pleases, with his evil train of impatience, love of self, pride, avarice, over-reaching, and his whole catalogue of evil spirits. Man is charmed, and treacherously allured on to ruin. If we yield ourselves to worldliness of heart and life, Satan is satisfied. p. 5845, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Christ's example is before us. He overcame Satan, showing us how we may also overcome. Christ resisted Satan with scripture. He might have had recourse to hHis own divine power, and used hHis own words; but hHe said,: "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." WithTo the second temptation hHe says,id: "It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.'" Christ's example is before us. If the Sacred Scriptures were studied and followed, the Christian would be fortified to meet the wily foe; but the word of God is neglected, and disaster and defeat follow. p. 5845, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Dear Bro.brother, you have neglected to heed the testimonies of warning given you years ago, showing you that the enemy was upon your track, to open before you the charms of this world, urging you to choose earthly treasure, and sacrifice the heavenly reward. Bro.Brother L., you cannot afford to do this, ; there is too much at stake. "What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? oOr what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" You are selling your soul at a cheap market. You cannot afford to make this great sacrifice. God has intrusted entrusted talents to your stewardship. They are your means and your influence. He wishes to test and prove you. You should have lost no time , but should have commenced immediately to increase your Master's store. Had you done this, your success would have been equal to your industry, perseverance, and zeal in applying the capital placed in your hands. Had you done this,; your talents ofr influence (setting--setting aside the means which you could have called to your aid) --would have turned many souls from error to truth and righteousness. These souls would have labored for other soulsothers, and thus influence and means would behave constantly increasingincreased and multiplying multiplied in the Master's cause,; and you, for the faithful improvement of your talent,talents you would have heard from the Master the most gracious words that shall ever fall upon the ear;: "Well done, thou good and faithful servant. T: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. E: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 5946, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Bro.Brother L., had you directed the powers of your intellect into the right channel, serving your Hheavenly Father, you would have been growing stronger in the truth, stronger in spirit, and power, and would now be a pillar of the church in M., and a successful teacher of the truth, throughby your example as well as by giving the reasons of our faith from the Scriptures. p. 60, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Had you used your powers of mind the Scriptures, would be a successful teacher of the truth. Had the powers of mind which you have employed in getting property, been used to bring souls from darkness to the light, you would have met the approval of God and been highly successful. p. 6046, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Those withwho have but small capacities, sanctified by the love of God, can do good for the Master,; but theythose who have quick, discerning minds may employ them for him in hHis high, exalted work, with grand results. To wrap them in a napkin the talents God has entrusted to them, and hide them in the earth, and deprive Godthus depriving Him of their increase of the talents he has intrusted to them, is a great wrong. p. 60, Para. 3, [26OT].


 We are We are probationers. The Master is coming to investigate our course, and hHe will inquire what use has been made of the talents lent us. p. 6047, Para. 41, [26OT4T].


 Bro.Brother L., what use are you making of the talents God has placed in your care? Have you done what you could to enlighten the minds of men in regard to truth, or have you found no time from your business cares and perplexities, to devote to this work? It is a crime to use the bounties of God as you have done, to diminish your physical strength, and separate your affections from God. "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." You cannot love this world and love the truths of God. "Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." You are not a happy man. Your family is not a happy family. Angels of God do not come in and abide with you. When the religion of Christ rules in the heart, conscience approves, and peace and happiness reign; perplexity and trouble may surround, yet there is light in the soul. p. 6147, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Submission, love, and gratitude to God, keep sunshine in the heart, though the day may be ever be so cloudy. Selfdenial, and the cross of Christ are before you. Will you lift the cross? Your children have been blessed by a mother's prayers. They have loved religion. They have tried to resist temptation, and to live lives of prayer. Sometimes they have tried very hard,; but your example before them, your love and devotion to the world, and your close application to business, withdrewhave withdrawn their minds from spiritual things and turned them to earth again. They had Satan has been upon their track to lead them to love the world, and the things of the world. They have gradually lost their confidence in God, and have neglected secret prayer and religious duties, and have withdrawn their interest from holy things. p. 47, Para. 3, [4T].


 Dear Bro.Brother L., you have made a great mistake in giving this world your ambition. You have beenare exacting and sometimes impatient, and at times require too much of your son. He has become discouraged. At your house it has been work, work, work, from early morning until night, it has been work, work, work. Your large farm has brought extra cares and burdens into your house. You have talked upon business,; for business was primary in your mind., and "Oout of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh." Has your example in your family exalted Christ and hHis salvation above your farming interest and your desire for gain? If your children fail of everlasting life , the blood of their souls will surely be found on the garments of their father. p. 6148, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 The mother did her duty faithfully. She will hear the "well Well done," as she rises in the resurrection morning. Her first inquiry will be for her children, who were the burden of her prayers during the latter portion of her life. Can you present them with beautiful characters givingthat will give them a moral fitness for the society of angels?, or will they be tarnished and sullied by the pollutions of the world? Will they be found "partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust"? Will they be as pillars polished after the similitude of a palace?; or will they be found lovers of the world, cursed with the spirit of avarice, and their bright and noble qualities buried in oblivion? Your course will do much to determine the future destiny of your children. If you continue to drown your powers of mind in worldly care and scheming, you arewill remain a stumbling-block to them. They see that, while professing Christianity, you have made no spiritual advancement, but are morally dwarfed. This is true. Your mind has been concentrated on earthly things;, and, as a result, you have developed great power in this direction. You are decidedly a worldly, business man businessman, but God designed that you should use your ability and influence in a higher calling. p. 6248, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 You are dazzled and blinded by the god of this world. Oh, what a terrible insanity is upon you.! You may gather together earthly treasure, but it will be destroyed in the great conflagration. If you now return unto the Lord, and use your talents of means and influence, for theHis glory of God, and send your treasure before you into Hto heaven, you will not meet with a total loss. p. 6349, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 The great conflagrations and the disasters by sea and land that have visited our country, were the especialspecial providences of God, a warning of what is about to come upon the world. God would show man that hHe can kindle a fire upon his idols a fire that water cannot quench. The great general conflagration is but just ahead, when all this wasted labor of life will be swept away in a night and day. The treasure laid up in Hheaven will be safe. No thief can approach nor moth corrupt it. p. 6349, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 A young man came to Christ and said,: "Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" Jesus bade him keep the commandments. He returned answer,: Lord, "aAll these things have I kept from my youth up,: what lack I yet?" Jesus looked with love upon the young man, and faithfully pointed out to him his deficiency in keeping the commandments. He did not love his neighbor as himself. Christ showed him his true character. His selfish love of riches was hisa defect, which, if not removed, would debar him from Hheaven. "If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Hheaven;: and come, and follow mMe." Christ would have him understand that hHe required nothing of him more than hHe hHimself had experienced. All hHe asked was that he should follow hHis example. p. 6449, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Christ left hHis riches and glory, and became poor, that man through hHis poverty might be made rich. He now requires him for the sake of these riches to yield earthly things, and secure Hheaven. Christ knew that while the affections were upon worldly treasure, they would be withdrawn from God; therefore hHe said to the lawyer: "Go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven; heaven: and come and follow mMe." How did he receive the words of Christ? Was he rejoiced that he could secure the heavenly treasure? He was very sorrowful, for he had great possessions. RTo him riches to him were honor and power. The great amount of his treasure made such a disposal of it seem like an impossibility. p. 6449, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Here is the danger of riches to the avaricious man. The more he gains, the harder it is for him to be generous. To diminish his wealth is like parting with life. Rather than do this, he turns from the attractions of the immortal reward , in order to retain and increase his earthly possessions. He accumulates and hoards. Had he kept the commandments, his worldly possessions would not have been so great. How could he, while plotting and striving for self, love God with all his heart, and with all his mind, and with all his strength, and his neighbor as himself? Had he distributed to the necessities of the poor, and blessed his fellow-menfellow men with a portion of his means, as their wants demanded, he would have been far happier, and would have had greater heavenly treasure, and less of earth upon which to place his affections upon. . p. 6550, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Christ assured the young man who came to hHim, that if he would obey hHis requirements, he should have treasure in Hheaven. This world-lovingworld loving man was very sorrowful. He wanted Hheaven, but he desired to retain his wealth. He renounced immortal life for the love of money and power. Oh, what a miserable exchange! Yet many are doing this who profess to keep all the commandments of God. You, dear brother, are in danger of doing the same, but you do not realize it. Be not offended because I lay this matter so plainly before you. God loves you. How poorly have you returned hHis love! p. 6550, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 I was shown that in your first experience your heart was all aglow with the truth; your mind was absorbed in the study of the Scriptures; you saw new beauty in every line. Then the good seed sown in your heart was springing up, and bearing fruit to the glory of God. But after a time, the cares of this life, and the deceitfulness of riches choked the good seed of the word of God sown in your heart;, and you failed to bring forth fruit. The truth struggled for supremacy in your mind;, but the cares of this life, and the love of other things gained the victory. Satan sought, through the attractions of this world, to enchain you, and paralyze your moral powers, so that you should have no sense of God's claims upon you, Satanand he has nearly succeeded. p. 6650, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Now, dear brother, you must make a most earnest, persevering effort to dislodge the enemy and assert your liberty,; for he has made you a slave to this world, until your love of gain has become a ruling passion. Your example to others has been bad:; selfish interests have been prominent. You have, bBy profession, you saidy to the world, m: My citizenship is not here, but above,; while your works decidedly say that you are a dweller on the earth. As a snare shall the day of Jjudgment come upon all those who dwell on the face of the earth. Your profession is only a hinderance to souls. You have not corresponding works. "I know thy works" (not thy profession), says the True Witness. God is now sifting hHis people--testingpeople, testing their purpose,s and their motives. Many will be but as chaff. Nochaff--no wheat, no value in them. p. 6651, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Christ has committed to your trust talents of means, and of influence;, and hHe has said to you, i: Improve these till I come. When the Master cometh and reckoneth with hHis servants, and all are called to the strictest account as to how they have used the talents intrustedentrusted to them, how will you, my dear brother, bear the investigation? Will you be prepared to return to the Master hHis talents doubled, laying before hHim both principal and interest, showing that you have been a judicious as well as faithful and persevering worker in hHis service? Bro. L.Brother E, if you follow the course that you have pursued for years, your case iswill be correctly represented by the servant who wrapped his talent in a napkin and buried it in the earth, that is, hid it in the world. Those to whom the talents were intrustedentrusted, received reward for the labor expended in exact proportion to the fidelity, perseverance, and earnest effort made in trading with their Lord's goods. p. 6751, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 God holds you as hHis debtor, and also as debtor to your fellow-menfellow men who have not the light and truth. God has given you light, not to hide under a bushel, but to set on a candlestick, that all in the house may be benefited. Your light should shine to others to enlighten souls for whom Christ died. The grace of God ruling in your heart, and bringing into subjection your mind and thoughts into subjection to Jesus, would make you a powerful man on the side of Christ and the truth. p. 6752, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Said Paul,: "I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Bbarbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise." God had revealed to Paul hHis truth, and in so doing so made him a debtor to those who were in darkness, to enlighten them. You have not had a proper sense of your accountability before God. You are handling your Lord's talents. You have powers of mind that if employed in the right direction would make you a co-worker with Christ and hHis angels. Had your mind been turned in the direction of doing good, of placing the truth before others, you would now be qualified to become a successful laborer for God, and as your reward you would see many souls saved, that would be as stars in the crown of your rejoicing. p. 6852, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 How can the value of your houses and lands bear comparison with that of precious souls for whom Christ died? Through your instrumentality, these souls may be saved with you in the kingdom of glory;, but you cannot take with you there the smallest portion of your earthly treasure. Acquire what you may, preserve it with all the jealous care you are capable of exercising, and yet the mandate may go forth from the Lord, and in a few hours a fire which no skill can quench, has may destroyed the accumulations of your entire life; they and lay them a mass of smouldering ruins. This was the case with Chicago. God's word had gone forth to lay theat city of Chicago in ruins. p. 68, Para. 2, [26OT].


 This is not the only city that will realize the visible marks of God's displeasure. He has made a beginning;, but not an end. The sword of hHis wrath is stretched out over the people who have by their pride and wickedness have provoked the displeasure of a just God. Storms, earthquakes, whirlwinds, fire, and the sword will spread desolation everywhere, until men's hearts shall fail them for fear, and for looking forafter those things which shall come upon the earth. You know not how small a space is between you and eternity. You know not how soon your probation may close. p. 6952, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Make ready, my brother, for the Master to demand your talents, both principal and interest! To save souls should be the life worklifework of every oneeveryone who professes Christ. We are debtors to the world for the grace given us of God, for the light which has shone upon us, and for the discovered beauty and power of the truth. You may devote your entire existence to laying up treasures upon earth, but what will they advantage you when your life here closes, or when Christ makes hHis appearance? Not a farthing can you take with you. And just as high as your worldly honors and riches have exalted you here, to the neglect of your spiritual life, just so much lower will you sink in moral worth before the great tribunal of God's Jjudgment. p. 6953, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 How will this wealth for which you have bartered your soul, be appropriated, should you be suddenly called to close your probation, and your voice no longer control it.? What What willshall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world , and lose his own soul?" Your means are of no more value than sand, only as used to provide for the daily necessities of life, and to bless others, and advance the cause of God. God has given you testimonies of warning and encouragement, but you have turned from them. You have doubted the testimonies Testimonies. When you come back and gather up the rays of light, and take yourthe position uponthat the testimonies, that they Testimonies are from God, then you will be settled in your belief and will not thus waver in darkness and weakness. p. 7053, Para. 1 2, [26OT4T].


 You can be a blessing to the church at M. You can be a pillar there even now, if you will come to the light, and walk in the lightit. God calls after you again. He seeks to reach you, girded about with selfishness as you are, and covered with the cares of this life. He invites you to withdraw your affections from the world, and place them upon heavenly things. In order to know the will of God, you must study it, rather than follow your inclinations, and the natural bent of your own mind. "What wilt tThou have me to do,?" should be the earnest, anxious inquiry of your heart. p. 70 53, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 The weight of the wrath of God will fall upon those who have misspent their time, and served mammon instead of their Creator. If you live for God and for heaven, pointing out the way of life to others, you will go onward and upward to higher and holier joys. You will be rewarded with the "Well done, thou good and faithful servant: . E. . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." p. 71, Para. 1, [26OT].


 The joy of Christ was that of seeing souls redeemed and saved in hHis glorious kingdom. "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." Top. 54, Para. 1, [4T].


 To gain the treasures of this world, toand use them as you have done, to separate your affections from God, will be to you in the end a terrible curse. You do not take time to read, to meditate, or to pray,; and you have not taken time to instruct your children, keeping before them their highest interest. God loves your children,; but they have had little encouragement to live a religious life. If you destroy their faith in the tTestimonies you cannot reach them. The minds of poor, failingfallible mortals should be disciplined and educated in religious and spiritual things. When the training is all in reference to the world, and to making a success of acquiring worldly property, how can the mind attain spiritual growth. be attained? It is an impossibility. You, my brother, and your family, might have risen to the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus, had you felt onehalf one half the interest to perfect Christian character and to serve the Lord, that you have had to serve the world. p. 71 54, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 God is not well pleased that hHis servants should be ignorant of hHis divine will, novices in spiritual understanding, but wise in worldly wisdom and knowledge. Your earthly interests can bear no comparison with your eternal welfare. God has a higher work for you to do higher than that of acquiring property. You need a deep and thorough work accomplished for you. Your entire family need it, and may God help you all to attain perfection of Christian character. Your children can and should be a blessing to the youth of your community. They can, bBy their example, by their conversation and actions, they can glorify their Hheavenly Father and grace the cause of religion. p. 7254, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Epistle Number Three. p. 72, Para. 2, [26OT].


TRUE BENEVOLENCE Dear Brother and Sister C-----: I will now try to write what has been presented before me in regard to you,; for I feel that it is time for this church to get their hearts in order and make diligent work for eternity. You bBoth haveof you love the truth and want to obey it,; but you are inexperienced. I was shown that you would be placed in circumstances where you would be tried and tested, and that traits of character would be revealed which you were not aware that you possessed. p. 7255, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 Many who have never been placed in positions of trial, appear to be excellent Christians, their lives seem faultless, ; but God sees that they have traits of character that must be revealed to them before they can perceive and correct them. p. 73, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Simeon prophesied under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost prophesied. He, and said unto Mary in reference to Jesus, ": Behold, this child Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel,; and for a sign thatwhich shall be spoken against; (yea, a sword shall pierce through thinethy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." In the providence of God, we are placed in different positions to call into exercise qualities of mind calculated to develop character under a variety of circumstances. "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." p. 73, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Professed Christians may live unexceptionable lives asso far as outward appearance is concerned,; but when a change of circumstances throws them into entirely different positions, strong points traits of character are discovered, which would have remained hidden had their surroundings remained continued the same. p. 7355, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 I was shown that you have selfish traits which you have need to strictly guard against. You will be in danger of regarding your prosperity and your convenience irrespective of the prosperity of others. You do not possess thata spirit of self-denial that resembles the great ExampleExemplar. You should cultivate benevolence, which will bring you more in to harmony with the spirit of Christ in hHis disinterested benevolence. p. 73, Para. 4, [26OT].


 You need more human sympathy. This is a quality of our natures which God has given us to render us charitable and kind to those with whom we are brought in contact. We find it in men and women whose hearts are not in unison with Christ, and it is a sad sight indeed when his His professed followers lack this great essential of Christianity. They do not copy the Pattern, and it is impossible for them to reflect the image of Jesus in their lives and deportment. p. 7456, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 When human sympathy is blended with love and benevolence, and sanctified by the sSpirit of Jesus, it is an element which can be productive of great good. Those who cultivate benevolence are not only doing a good work for others, and blessing those who receive the good action, but they are benefiting themselves by opening their hearts to the benign influence of true benevolence. Every ray of light shed upon others will be reflected upon our own hearts. Every kind and sympathizing word spoken to the sorrowful, every act to relieve the oppressed, and every gift to supply the necessitynecessities of our fellow-beingsfellow beings, given or done with an eye to God's glory, will result in blessings to the giver. Those who are thus working are obeying a law of Hheaven and will receive the approval of God. p. 74, Para. 2, [26OT].


 The pleasure of doing good to others imparts a glow to the feelings which flashes through the nerves, quickens the circulation of the blood, and induces mental and physical health. p. 56, Para. 2, [4T].


 Jesus knew the influence of benevolence upon the heart and life of the benefactor., and He sought to impress upon the minds of hHis disciples the benefits to be derived from the exercise of this virtue. p. 75, Para. 1, [26OT].


 He say, "s: It is more blessed to give than to receive." He illustrates the spirit of cheerful benevolence, which should be exercised towards friends, neighbors, and strangers, by the parable of the man who journeyed from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, "which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead." The Priest and Levite, n Notwithstanding their exalted professions of piety made by the priest and the Levite, had not their hearts were not stirred with pitying tenderness for the sufferer. A Samaritan who made no such lofty pretensions to righteousness, passed that way, and when he saw the stranger's need, he did not regard him with mere idle curiosity, but he saw a human being in distress, and his compassion was excited. He immediately "went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him." And on the morrow he left him in the charge of the host, with anthe assurance that he would pay all charges on his return. Christ asks, ": Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him whothat fell among the thieves? And he said, hHe that showed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, gGo, and do thou likewise." p. 7556, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Here Jesus wished to give hteach His disciples a lesson in the moral obligations which are binding upon man to his fellow-manfellow man. And wWhoever neglects to carry out these principles, illustrated by this lesson, are is not a commandment keepers, but, like the Levite, theyhe breaks the law of God that theywhich he pretends to revere, while t. There are thosesome, who, like the Samaritan, make no pretensions to exalted piety, yet who have a high sense of the moralir obligation dues to their fellow-men,fellow men and whosehave far more charity and kindness is far greater than some who profess great love to God, but fail in good works toward hHis creatures. p. 7657, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Those are truly lovinglove their neighbor as themselves, who realize their responsibilities and the claims that suffering Hhumanity has upon them, and carry out the principles of God's law in their daily lives. "And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted hHim, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself. And hHe said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live." Christ here shows the lawyer that the true fruits of piety are to love God with all the heart and our neighbor as ourselves is the true fruit of piety. "This do," said hHe, not merely believe but do, "and thou shalt live." It is not alone the professed belief in the binding claims of God's law, that makes the Christian, but also the carrying out of that law. p. 7657, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 In the parable, Christ exalts the Samaritan above the Ppriest and the Levite, who were great sticklers for the letter of the law in the tof Ten cCommandments. The one obeyed the spirit of these commandments, while the other wass were content to profess an exalted faith in them; but what is faith without works? p. 77, Para. 1, [26OT].


 When the advocates of the law of God plant their feet firmly upon its principles, showing that they are not merely loyal in name but loyal at heart, carrying out in their daily lives the spirit of God's commandments, and exercising true benevolence to man, then will they have moral power to move the world. It is impossible for those who profess allegiance to the law of God, to correctly represent the principles of that sacred dDecalogue while slighting its holy injunctions to love ourtheir neighbor as ourselvesthemselves. p. 7758, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 The most eloquent sermon that can be preached upon the law of the tTen cCommandments, is to do them. Obedience should be made a personal duty. Negligence of this duty is flagrant sin. God lays us under obligations not only to secure Heaven heaven ourselves, but to feel it a binding duty to show others the way, and, through our care and disinterested love, to lead towards Christ those who come within the sphere of our influence. p. 77, Para. 3, [26OT].


 The singular absence of principle that characterizes the lives of many professed Christians, is alarming. Their disregard of God's law disheartens those who recognize its sacred claims, and operatestends to turn those from the truth who would otherwise accept it. p. 7858, Para. 1 2, [26OT4T].


 It is necessary forn order to gain a proper knowledge of ourselves, it is necessary to look into the mirror, and there discover discovering our own defects, and avail ourselves of the blood of Christ, the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness, wherein which we may wash our robes of character and remove the stains of sin. MBut many refuse to see their errors and correct them, ; they do not want a true knowledge of themselves. p. 7858, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 If we would reach a high attainments in moral and spiritual excellence, we must live for it. We are under personal obligation to society to do this, in order continually to exert an influence continually in favor of God's law. We should let our light so shine so that all may see that the influence of the sacred gospel is having an influence upon our hearts and lives, that we walk in obedience to its commandscommandments and violate none of its principles. We are in a great degree accountable to the world, in a great degree, for the souls of those around us. Our words and deeds are constantly telling for or against Christ and the at law of God, which hHe came upon theto earth to vindicate. Let the world see that we are not selfishly narrowed up to our own exclusive interests and our religious joys, but that we are liberal, and desire them to share our blessings and privileges, through the sanctification of the truth. p. 78, Para. 3, [26OT].


 Let them see that the religion which we profess does not close up nor freeze over the avenues to the soul, making us unsympathizing and exacting. Let all who profess to have found Christ, minister as hHe did to the benefit of man, cherishing a spirit of wise benevolence. We shouldshall then see many souls following the light that shines from our precept and example. p. 7959, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 We should all cultivate an amiable disposition and subject ourselves to the control of conscience. The spirit of the truth makes better men and women of those who receive it in their hearts. It works like leaven till the entire being is brought into conformity to its principles. It opens the heart that has been frozen by avarice; it opens the hand that has ever been closed to human suffering; and charity and kindness are seen as its fruits. p. 7959, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 God requires that all of us should be self-sacrificing workers. Every part of the truth has a practical application to our daily lives. Blessed are they that hear the word of the Lord and keep it. Hearing is not enough,; we must act, we must do. It is in the doing of the cCommandments that there is great reward. Those who give practical demonstrations of their benevolence by their sympathy and compassionate acts towards the poor, the suffering, and the unfortunate, not only relieve the sufferers, but contribute largely to their own happiness, and are in the way of securing health of soul and body. Isaiah has thus plainly described the work that God will accept and bless hHis people in doing. p. 7959, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 "Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him?; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thythine health shall spring forth speedily;: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rearward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and hHe shall say, hHere I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity,; and if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday; : and the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones;: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not." p. 8060, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 The sympathy which exists between the mind and the body is very great. When one is affected, the other responds to that. The affection. The condition of the mind has much to do with the health of the physical system. If the mind is free and happy, under a consciousness of right-doing and a sense of satisfaction in causing happiness to others, it will create a cheerfulness that will react upon the whole system, causing a freer circulation of the blood and a toning up of the entire body. The blessing of God is a healer, and those who are abundant in benefiting others, will realize that wondrous blessing in their hearts and lives. p. 8060, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 If your thoughts, dear Bro.brother and Sr.sister, were more directed more in the channel of caring for others, your own souls would be more blessedreceive greater blessings. You both have too little human sympathy. You do not bring your feelings to the necessity necessities of others. You hold yourselves too rigid and unsympathizing. You have become stern, exacting, and overbearing. You are in danger of making yourselves a conscience for others. You have your own ideas of Christian duties and propriety, and you would gauge others by those ideas; this is overreaching the bounds of right. p. 8161, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Other people have opinions and marked traits of character which cannot be assimilated to your peculiar views. You also have defects and faults as well as your brethren and sisters, and it is well to remember this when a difference arises. Your wrong-doingwrong doing is just as grievous to them as theirs is to you, and you should be as lenient to them as you desire that they should be to you. You bBoth of you need greater love and sympathy for others, a likove unto theand sympathy like the tenderness of Jesus. p. 81, Para. 2, [26OT].


 In your own house you should exercise kindness, speaking gently to your child, treating him affectionately, and refraining to reprovefrom reproving him for every little error, lest he become hardened by continual fault-finding. p. 8261, Para. 1 2, [26OT4T].


 You should cultivate the charity and long-suffering of Christ. You frequently counteract the good you have done by By a watchful, suspicious spirit in regard to the motives and conduct of others, you frequently counteract the good you have done. You are cherishing a feeling that is chilling in its influence, that repulses, but does not attract and win. You must be willing to become as yielding and forbearing in your disposition as you desire others to be. Selfish love of your own opinions and your own ways will, in a great measure, destroy your power to do the good you are desirous of doing. p. 8261, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Sister C----C., you have too much of the spirit of rulinggreat a desire to rule. You are very sensitive; if your will is crossed, you feel very much injured; self rises in arms, for you have not a meek and teachable spirit. You will need to watch closely upon this point; in short, you need a thorough conversion before your influence can be what it should be. The spirit you manifest will make you miserable if you continue to cherish it. You will see the mistakes of others, and be so eager to correct them that you will overlook your own faults, and you will have hard work to remove the mote from your brother's eye while there is a beam obstructing you r own vision. p. 82, Para. 3, [26OT].


 God does not wish you to make your conscience a criterion for others. You have a duty to perform, which is to make yourself cheerful, and to cultivate unselfishness in your feelings until it will be your greatest pleasure to make all around you happy. p. 8361, Para. 14, [26OT4T].


 Both of you need to soften your hearts and be imbued with the sSpirit of Christ, that you may, while living in an atmosphere of cheerfulness and benevolence, help those about you to be healthy and happy also. You have imagined that cheerfulness was not in accordance with the religion of Christ. This is a mistake. We may have true Christian dignity and at the same time be cheerful and pleasant in our deportment. Cheerfulness without levity is one of the Christian graces. You should guard against taking narrow views of religion, or you will limit your influence and become an unfaithful steward of God. p. 8362, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Forbear reprimanding and censuring. You are not adapted to reprove. Your words would only wound and sadden,; they do not cure and reform. You should overcome the habit of picking at little things that you think amiss. Be broad, be generous and charitable in your judgment of people and things. Open your hearts to the light. Remember that Duty has a twin-sister with istwin sister, Love; these united can accomplish almost everything, but separated, neither is capable of good. p. 8362, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 It is right that you should both cherish integrity and be true to your sense of right. The straight path of duty should be yours from choice. The love of property, the love of pleasure and friendship, should never influence you to sacrifice one principle of right. You should be firm in following the dictates of an enlightened conscience, and your convictions of duty,; but you should guard against bigotry and prejudice. Do not run into a Ppharisaical spirit. p. 8462, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 You are now sowing seed in the great field of life. That, and that which you now sow you will one day reap. Every thought of your mind, every emotion of your soul, every word of your tongue, every act you perform, is seed that will bear fruit for good or evil. The reaping time is not far distant. All our works are passing in review before God. All our actions and the motives which prompted them, are to be open for the inspection of angels and of God. p. 8463, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 YAs far as possible, you should come into harmony, as much as possible, with your brethren and sisters. You should surrender yourselves to God and leave off yourcease to manifest sternness and youra disposition to find fault. You should yield your own spirit and take in its place the spirit of the dear Saviour. Reach up and grasp hHis hand, that the touch may electrify you and charge you with the sweet properties of hHis own matchless character. You may open your hearts to hHis love, and let his His power transform you and hHis grace be your strength. Then will you have a powerful influence for good. Your moral strength will be equal to the closest test of character. Your integrity will be pure and sanctified. Then will your light break forth as the morning. p. 8463, Para. 3 2, [26OT4T].


 You both need to come more into sympathy with other minds. Christ is our example; hHe identified hHimself with suffering humanity; hHe made the necessities of others a consideration of hHis own. When hHis brethren suffered, hHe suffered with them. Any slight or neglect of hHis disciples is the same as if done to Christ hHimself. Thus hHe says,: "I was an hungeredanhungered, and ye gave mMe no meat;: I was thirsty, and ye gave mMe no drink." p. 8563, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Dear brother and sister, you should seek for more harmonious characters. The absence of one essential qualification may render the actions of the rest almost inefficient. The principles you profess should be carried into every thought, word, and act. Self should be crucified and the entire being made subordinate to the Lord. p. 8563, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 The church is greatly deficient in love and humanity. Some preserve a cold and, chilling reserve, and iron dignity, that repels those who are brought within itstheir influence. This spirit is contagious; it creates an atmosphere that is withering to good impulses and good resolves; it chokes the natural current of human sympathy, cordiality, and love; and under its influence people become constrained, and their social and generous attributes are destroyed for want of exercise. Not only is the spiritual health affected, but the physical health suffers by this unnatural depression. The gloom and chill of this unsocial atmosphere is reflected upon the countenance. The faces of those who are benevolent and sympathetic, will shine with the luster of true goodness, while those who do not cherish kindly thoughts and unselfish motives, express in their faces the sentiments cherished in their hearts. p. 8563, Para. 35, [26OT4T].


 Sister C----C.-----, your feelings toward your sister are not exactly as God would have them. She needed sisterly affection from you, and less dictating and fault-finding. Your course with her has caused a depression of spirit and an anxiety of mind injurious to her health. Be careful lest you oppress and discourage your own sister. You cannot bear anything from her, and; you resent anything she says that has the appearance of crossing your track. p. 8664, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Your sister has a positive temperament. She has a work to do for herself in this respect. She should be more yielding, but you must not expect to exert a beneficial influence over her while you are so exacting, and so lacking in love and sympathy towards one who bears to you the close relationsrelationship of a sister, and is also united with you in the faith. You have both erred. You have both given room to the enemy, and self has had much to do with your feelings and actions in regard to each other. p. 8664, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Sister CC-----, you have an inclination to dictate to your husband, your sister, and to all those around you. Your sister has suffered very much in her mind very much, but t. This she could have borne had she surrendered herself to God and trusted in hHim. B, but God, is displeased with your course towards her. It is unnatural and all wrong. She is no more unyielding in her disposition than you are in yours. When two such positive temperaments come in contact with each other, it is very bad for both. You should both of youeach be converted anew and transformed into the divine likeness. You would better err, if you err at all, on the side of mercy and forbearance than that of intolerance. p. 8664, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 Mild measures, soft answers, and pleasant words, are much better fitted to reform and save, than severity and harshness. A little too much unkindness may place persons beyond your reach, while a conciliatory spirit would be the means of binding them to you, and you might then establish them in the right way. You should be actuated by a forgiving spirit also, and give due credit to every good purpose and action of those around you. Speak words of commendation to your husband, your child, your sister, and to all with whom you are associated. Continual censure blights and darkens the life of any oneanyone. p. 8765, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Do not reproach the Christian religion by jealousy and in intolerancetolerance towards others. This will but poorly recommend your belief to them. No one has ever been reclaimed from a wrong position by censure and reproach, but many have thus been driven from the truth, and have steeled their hearts against conviction. A tender spirit, a gentle and winning deportment, may save the erring and hide a multitude of sins. God requires us to have that charity that "suffereth long, and is kind." p. 8765, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 The religion of Christ does not require us to lose our identity of character, but merely to adapt ourselves, in some measure, to the feelings and ways of others; for m. Many people may be brought together in a unity of religious faith, whose opinions, habits, and tastes in temporal matters are not in harmony,; but, with if they have the love of Christ glowing in their bosoms, and are looking forward to the same Hheaven as their eternal home, they may have the sweetest and most intelligent communion together, and a unity the most wonderful. p. 88, Para. 1, [26OT].


 There are scarcely two whose experience is alike in every particular. The trials of one may not be the trials of another, and our hearts should be ever be open to kindly sympathy and all aglow with the love that Jesus had for all hHis brethren. p. 8865, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Conquer your disposition to be exacting with your son, lest too frequent reproof make your presence disagreeable to him, and your counsels hateful. Bind him to your heart, not by foolish indulgence, but by the silken cords of love. You can be firm yet kind. Christ must be your helper. Love will be the means of drawing other hearts to yours, and your influence may establish them in the good and right way. p. 8866, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 I have warned you against a spirit of censure, and I would again caution you in regard to that fault. Christ sometimes reproved with severity, and in some cases it may be necessary for us to do so; but we should consider that while Christ knew the exact condition of the ones hHe rebuked, and just the amount of reproof they could bear, and what was necessary to correct their course of wrong, hHe also knew just how to pity the erring, comfort the unfortunate, and encourage the weak. He knew just how to keep souls from despondency, and to inspire them with hope, because hHe was acquainted with the exact motives and peculiar trials of every mind. He could not make a mistake. p. 8966, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 But we may misjudge motives,; we may be deceived by appearances,; we may think we are doing right to reprove wrong, and go too far, censure too severely, and wound where we wished to heal; or we may exercise sympathy unwisely, and counteract, in our ignorance, reproof that is merited and timely. Our judgment may be wrong, but Jesus was too wise to err. He reproved with pity, and loved those he rebuked with a divine love those whom He rebuked. p. 8966, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 The Lord requires us to be submissive to hHis will, subdued by hHis sSpirit, and sanctified to hHis service. Selfishness must be put away, and we must overcome every defect in our characters as Christ overcame. In order to accomplish this work, we must die daily to self. Said Paul,: "I die daily." hHe had a new conversion every day, took an advance step toward Heaven heaven. To gain daily victories in the divine life is the only course that God approves. p. 89, Para. 3, [26OT].


 The Lord is gracious, of tender pity, and plenteous in mercy,. He knows our needs and weaknesses, and hHe will help our infirmities if we only trust in hHim and believe that hHe will bless us and do great things for us. p. 9066, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Epistle Number Four. p. 90, Para. 2, [26OT].


 During the tent-meeting in 1874, and after its close was 4, [4T].


 CO-WORKERS WITH CHRIST It was an important time for S--- F----- F----- during and after the tent meeting in 1874. Had there been a pleasant and commodious house of worship there, more than double the number that waswere really gained, would have taken their stand for the truth. p. 90, Para. 3, [26OT].


 God works with our efforts. We may close the way for sinners by our negligence and selfishness. There should have been great diligence in seeking to save those who were still in error, yet interested in the truth. There is asJust as wise generalship is needed in the service of Christ, as is needed over the battalions of an army that protects the life and liberty of the people. It is not every oneeveryone who can labor judiciously for the salvation of souls. There is much close thinking to be done. We must not enter into the Lord's work hap-hazard and expect success. The Lord needs men of mind, men of thought. Jesus calls for co-workers, not blunderers. God wants right-thinking and intelligent men to do the great work necessary to the salvation of souls. p. 9067, Para. 41, [26OT4T].


 Mechanics, lawyers, merchants, men of all trades and professions, educate themselves forthat they may become masters of their business that they may become masters of it. Should the followers of Christ be less intelligent, and while professedly engaged in hHis service, be ignorant of the ways and means to be employed? The enterprise of gaining everlasting life is above every earthly consideration. In leadingorder to lead souls to Jesus there must be a knowledge of human nature and a study of the human mind. It requires mMuch careful thought and fervent prayer in orderare required to know how to approach men and women upon the great subject of truth. p. 9167, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 Some rash, impulsive, yet honest souls, after a pointed discourse has been given, will accost those who are not with us in a very abrupt manner, and make the truth, which we desire them to receive, repulsive to them. "The children of this world are wiser in their generation wiser than the children of light." p. 91, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Business men and politicians study courtesy. It is their policy to make themselves as attractive as possible. They study to render their address and manners such that they may have the greatest influence over the minds of those about them. They use their knowledge and abilities as skillfully as possible in order to gain this object. p. 91 68, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 There is a vast amount of rubbish brought forward by the professed believers in Christ, which blocks up the way to the cross. Notwithstanding all this, there are some who are so deeply convicted that they will come through every discouragement and will surmount every obstacle in order to gain the truth. But had the believers in the truth purified their minds by obeying the truthit, had they felt the importance of knowledge and of refinement of manners in Christ's work, where one soul has been saved there might have been twenty. p. 9168, Para. 42, [26OT4T].


 Again, after soulsindividuals have been converted to the truth, they need to be looked after. The zeal of many ministers seems to fail as soon as a measure of success attends their efforts. They do not seem to realize that these newly converted ones need nursing, --watchful attention, help, and encouragement. They se should not be left alone, a prey to Satan's most powerful temptations; they need to be educated in regard to their duties, to be kindly dealt with, to be led along, and to be visited and prayed with. These souls need the meat apportioned to every man in due season. p. 92 68, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 No wonder that some become discouraged and, linger by the way , and are left for wolves to devour. Satan is upon the track of all. He sends his agents forth to gather back to his ranks the souls he has lost. There should be more fathers and mothers to take these babes in the truth to their hearts, and to encourage them and pray for them, that their faith be not confused. p. 9268, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Preaching is a small part of the work to be done for the salvation of souls. God's Spirit convicts sinners of the truth, and hHe places them in the arms of the church. The ministers may do their part, but they can never perform the work that the church should do. God requires hHis church to nurse those who are young in faith and experience, to go to them, not for the purpose of gossiping with them, but to pray, to speak unto them words that are "like apples of gold in pictures of silver.'" p. 9269, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 We all need to study character and manner that we may know how to deal judiciously with different minds, that we may use our best endeavors to help them to a correct understanding of the word of God, and to a true Christian life. We should read the Bible with them, and draw their minds away from temporal things to their eternal interests. p. 93, Para. 1, [26OT].


 It is the duty of God's children to be missionaries for hHim, to become acquainted with those who need help. If one is staggering under temptation, his case should be taken up carefully and managed wisely,; for his eternal interest is at stake, and the words and acts of those laboring for him may be a savor of life unto life, or of death unto death. p. 9369, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Sometimes a case presents itself that should be made a prayerful study. The person must be shown his true character, understand his own peculiarities of disposition and temperament, and see his infirmities. He should be judiciously handled. If he can be reached, if his heart can be touched by this wise and patient labor, he can be bound with strong cords to Christ and led to trust in God. p. 93, Para. 3, [26OT].


 Oh, when a work like this is done, all the heavenly court s look and rejoice,; for a precious soul has been rescued from Satan's snare and saved from death! Oh, will int not pay to work intelligently for the salvation of souls? Christ paid the price of hHis own life for them, and shall hHis followers ask,: "Am I my brother's keeper?" Shall we not work in unison with the Master? Shall we not appreciate the worth of souls for whom our Saviour died? p. 9469, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Some efforts have been made to interest children in the cause, but not enough. Our Sabbath-schoolsSabbath schools should be made more interesting. The public schools have of late years greatly improved their methods of teaching. Object lessons, pictures, and blackboards are used to make difficult lessons clear to the youthful mind. Just so may present truth be simplified and made intensely interesting to the active minds of the children. p. 9469, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Parents who couldcan be approached in no other way, are frequently reached through their children. Sabbath-schoolSabbath school teachers can instruct the children in the truth, and they will, in turn, take it into the home circle. But few teachers seem to understand the importance of this branch of the work. The modes of teaching which have been adopted with such success in the public schools could be employed with similar results in the Sabbath-schools,Sabbath schools and be the means of bringing children to Jesus and educating them in Bible truth. This will do far more good than religious excitement of an emotional character, that passes off as rapidly as it comes. p. 9470, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 The love of Christ should be cherished. More faith is needed in the work which we believe is to be done before the coming of Christ. There should be more self-denying, selfsacrificing self-sacrificing labor in the right direction. There should be thoughtful, prayerful study how to work to the best advantage. Careful plans should be matured. We haveThere are minds among us that can invent and carry out if they willare only be put to use. Great results would follow well-directedwell directed and intelligent efforts. p. 9570, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 The prayer-meetingsprayer meetings should be the most interesting gatherings that are held;, but these are frequently illmanagedpoorly managed. Many attend the preaching, but neglect the prayermeetingprayer meeting. Here, again, thought is required. PlansWisdom should be laid, and wisdom sought of God, howand plans should be laid to conduct the meetings so that they will be interesting and attractive. The people hunger for the bread of life. If they find it at the prayer-meeting prayer meeting they will go there to receive it. p. 95, 70, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Long, prosy talks and prayers are out of place anywhere, and especially in the social meeting. Those who are forward and ever ready to speak, are allowed to crowd out the testimony of the timid and retiring. Those who are most superficial generally have the most to say. Their prayers are long-spunlong and mechanical. They weary the angels and the people who listen to them. Our prayers should be short and right to the point. Let the long, tiresome petitions be left for the closet, if any have such to offer. Let the sSpirit of God into your hearts, and it will sweep away all dry formality. p. 9570, Para. 34, [26OT4T].


 Music can be a great power for good, yet we do not make the most of this branch of worship. The singing is generally done from impulse or to meet special cases, and then it isat other times those who sing are left to blunder along losing, and the music loses its proper effect upon the minds of those present. Music should have beauty, pathos, and power. Let the voices be lifted in songs of praise and devotion. Call to your aid, if practicable, instrumental music, and let the glorious harmony ascend to God, an acceptable offering. p. 9671, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 But it is sometimes more difficult to discipline the singers and keep them in working order, than to improve the habits of praying and exhorting. Many want to do things after their own style,; they object to consultation, and are impatient under leadership. Well-maturedWell matured plans are needed in the service of God. Common sense is an excellent thing in the worship of the Lord. The thinking powers should be consecrated to Christ, and ways and means should be devised to serve hHim best. The church of God who are trying to do good by living out the truth and seeking to save souls, can be a power in the world if they will be disciplined by the Spirit of the Lord. They must not feel that they can gowork hap-hazard at workcarelessly for eternity. p. 9671, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 As a people, we lose much by lack of sympathy one with theand other, a want of sociability with one another. He who talks of independence and shuts himself up to himself, is not filling the position that God designed he should. We are all children of God, mutually dependent upon each otherone another for happiness. The claims of God and of Hhumanity are upon us. We must all act our part in this life. It is the proper cultivation of the social elements of our nature that brings us in to sympathy with our brethren, and affords us happiness in our efforts to bless others. The happiness of Hheaven iswill consist in the pure communion withof holy beings, the harmonious social life with the blessed angels, and with the redeemed who have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. We cannot be happy while we are wrapped up in our interest for ourselves. We should live in this world to win souls to the Saviour. If we injure others, we injure ourselves also. If we bless others, we also bless ourselves,; for the influence of every good deed is reflected back upon our own hearts. p. 9771, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 We are in duty bound to help one another. It is not always that we are brought in contact with social Christians, those who are amiable and mild. Many have not received a proper education,; their characters are warped, they are hard and gnarled, and seem to be crooked in every way; while . While we help these to see and correct their defects, we must be careful not to become impatient and irritable over our neighbor's faults. There are disagreeable ones who profess Christ,; but the beauty of Christian grace will transform them if they will set diligently about the work of obtaining the meekness and gentleness of Him whom they follow, remembering that "Nnone of us liveth to himself." p. 97, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Co-workers with Christ, w! What an exalted position! Where isare to be found the self-sacrificing missionaries in these large cities? The Lord needs workers in hHis vineyard. We should fear to rob GodHim of the time hHe claims from us; we should fear to spend it in idleness or in the adornment of the body, appropriating to foolish purposes the precious hours God has given us to become be devoted to prayer, to becoming conversant with our Bibles, to devote to prayer,and to laborlaboring for the good of our fellow-beings fellow beings, and fitthus fitting ourselves and them for the great work devolving upon us. p. 9872, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Mothers spend unnecessary labor upon garments with which to beautify the persons of themselves and their children. It is our duty to dress ourselves plainly and to clothe our children neatly, without useless ornamentornamentation, embroidery , or display, taking care not to foster in them a love of dress that will prove their ruin, but seeking rather to cultivate the Christian graces. We can nNone of us can be excused from our responsibilities, and in no case can we stand clear before the throne of God unless we do the work that the Master has left for us to do. p. 9872, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Missionaries for God are wanted, faithful men and women who will not shirk responsibility. Judicious labor will accomplish good results. There is real work to be done. The truth should be brought before people in a careful manner by those who unite meekness with wisdom. We should not hold ourselves aloof from our fellow-menfellow men, but come close to them,; for their souls are as precious as our own. We can carry the light into their homes, with a softened and subdued spirit plead with them to come up to the exalted privilege offered them, pray with them when it seems proper, and show them that there are higher attainments that they may reach, and then guardedly speak to them of the sacred truths offor these last days. p. 9973, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 There are more gatherings for singing than for prayer among our people,; but even these meetingsgatherings can be conducted in so reverential, yet cheerful a manner that they may exert a good influence. There is, however, too much jesting, idle conversation, and gossiping to make these seasons beneficial by elevating, to elevate the thoughts and refiningrefine the manners. p. 9973, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 SENSATIONAL REVIVALS There has been too much of a divided interest atin S----- F-- ------. When a new excitement is raised, there are thosesome who cast their influence on the wrong side. Every man and woman should be on guard when there are deceptions abroad calculated to lead away from the truth. There are those who are ever ready to see and hear some new and strange thing,; and the enemy of souls has, in these large cities, plenty to inflame the curiosity and keep the mind diverted from the great and sanctifying truths offor these last days. p. 9973, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 If every fluctuating religious excitement leads some to neglect to fully sustain fully, by their presence and influence, the minority who believe unpopular truth, there will be much weakness in the church where there should be strength. Satan takesemploys various means by which to accomplish his purposes,; and if, under the guise of popular religion, he can lead off vacillating and unwary ones from the path of truth, he has accomplished much in dividing the strength of the people of God. p. 100, Para. 1, [26OT].


 This fluctuating revival enthusiasm, that comes and goes like the tides, carries a delusive exterior that deceives many honest persons into believing it to be the true Spirit of the Lord. It multiplies converts; t. Those of excitable temperaments, the weak and yielding, flock to its standard, ; but when the wave recedes, they are found stranded on the beach. Be not deceived by false teachers, nor led by vain words. The enemy of souls is sure to have enough dishes of pleasing fables to suit the appetites of all. p. 10073, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 There will ever be flashing meteors thatto arise,; but the trail of light they leave goes out immediately goes out in darkness that seems denser than it was before. These sensational religious excitements, that are created by the relation of anecdotes and the exhibition of eccentricities and oddities, are all surface work, and those of our faith who are charmed and infatuated by these flashes of light, will never build up the cause of God. They are ready to withdraw their influence upon the slightest occasion, and to induce others to attend those gatherings where they hear that which weakens the soul, and brings confusion to the mind. It is this withdrawal of the interest from the work that makes the cause of God languish. p. 100, Para. 3, [26OT].


 We must be steadfast in the faith,; we must not be movable. We have our work before us , which is to cause the light of truth, as revealed in the law of God, to shine in upon other minds and lead them out of darkness. This work requires determined, persevering energy, and a fixed purpose to succeed. p. 10174, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 There are thosesome in the church who need to cling to the pillars of our faith, to settle down and find rock bottom, instead of drifting on the surface of excitement and moving from impulse. There are spiritual dyspeptics in the church. They are self-made invalids; their spiritual debility is the result of their own wavering course; t. They are tossed about here and there by the changing winds of doctrine, and are often confused and thrown into uncertainty because they move entirely by feeling;. They are sensational Christians; they are, hungryever hungering for something new and diverse; strange doctrines confuse their faith;, and they are worthless to the cause of truth. p. 10174, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 God calls for men and women of stability, of firm purpose, who can be relied upon in seasons of danger and trial, who are as firmly rooted and grounded in the truth as the eternal hills, who cannot be swervedswayed to the right or to the left, but who move straight onward and are always found on the right side. There are thosesome, who, in time of religious peril, may be almost always be looked for amongin the ranks of the enemy,; if they have any influence, it is on the wrong side. They do not feel under moral obligation to give all their strength to the truth they profess. Such will receive abe reward ed according to their works. p. 10275, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Those who do little for the Saviour in the salvation of souls, and in keeping themselves right before God, will gain but little spiritual muscle. We need to continually to use the strength we have that it may develop and increase and develop. . As disease is the result of the violation of natural laws, so is spiritual declension the result of a continued transgression of the law of God. And yet the very transgressors may profess to keep all of God's commandments. p. 10275, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 We must come nearer to God and, place ourselves in a closer connection with Hheaven, and carry out the principles of the law in the minutest actions of our every-day lives, in order to be spiritually whole. God has given hHis servants ability, talents to be used for hHis glory, not to layie idle or be wasted. GodHe has given his servantsthem light and a knowledge of his His will, to be communicated to others, and, in imparting to others, we become living channels of light. If we do not exercise our spiritual strength we become feeble, as the limbs of the body become powerless when the invalid is compelled to remain long inactionve. It is use that gives power. p. 10275, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 Nothing will give greater spiritual strength and a greater increase of earnestness and depth of feeling, than visiting and ministering to the sick and the desponding, helping them to see the light and to fasten their faith upon Jesus. There are disagreeable duties that somebody must do or souls will be left to perish. Christians will find a blessing in doing these duties, however unpleasant they may be. Christ took the disagreeable task upon hHimself of coming from the abode of purity and unsurpassed glory, to dwell, a man among men, in a world seared and blackened by crime, violence, and iniquity. He did this to save souls, ; and shall the objects of such amazing love and unparalleled condescension excuse their lives of selfish ease? shall they choose their own pleasure, and follow their own inclinations, and leave souls to perish in darkness because they will meet with disappointment and rebuffs if they labor to save them? Christ paid an infinite price for man's redemption, and shall he say,: My Lord, I will not labor in the Thy vineyard,; I pray tThee have me excused!"? p. 10375, Para. 1 4, [26OT4T].


 God calls for those who are at ease in Zion to be up and doing. Will they not listen to the Master's voice? God He wants prayerful, faithful workers who will sow beside all waters. Those who labor thus will be surprised to find how trials, resolutely borne in the name and strength of Jesus, will give firmness to the faith, and renew the courage. In the path of humble obedience is safety and power, comfort and hope. T; but the reward will finally be lost by those who do nothing for Jesus. Weak hands will be unable to cling to the Mighty One, feeble knees will fail to support in the day of adversity. Bible readers and Christians workers will receive the glorious prize, and hear the "Well done, goodthou good and faithful servant,: . . . enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. " p. 10376, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 WITHHOLDING MEANS The blessing of God will rest upon those in S----- F----- who have the cause of Christ at heart. The free-will offerings of our brethren and sisters, made in faith and love to the crucified Redeemer, will bring back blessings to them,; for God marks and remembers every act of liberality in hon the part of His saints. In preparing a house of worship , there must be a great exercise of faith and trust in God. In business transactions, those who venture nothing make but little advancement; why not have faith also in the an enterprise offor God and invest in His cause.? p. 104 76, Para. 1 2, [26OT4T].


 Some, when in poverty, are generous ofwith their little,; but become penurious as they acquire property, they become penurious. Why The reason they have so little faith, is becausethat they do not keep moving forward, as they prosper, and give to the cause of God even at a sacrifice to the cause of God. p. 10477, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 In the Jewish system it was required that beneficence should first be shown to the Lord. At the harvest and the vintage, the first-fruitsfirst fruits of the fields,field--the corn, the wine , and the oil, --were to be consecrated as an offering to the Lord. The gleanings and the corners of the fields were reserved for the poor. Our gracious Hheavenly Father hasdid not neglected the wants of the poor. The first-fruitsfirst fruits of the wool when the sheep were shorn, of the grain when the wheat was threshed, were to be offered to the Lord; and at the feastit was it was commanded that the poor, the widows, the orphans, and the strangers, should be invited to their feasts. At the close of every year all were required to make solemn oath whether or not they had done according to the command of God. p. 10577, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 This arrangement was made by the Lord to impress upon the people that in every matter hHe must be first. They were, by By this system of benevolence, they were to bear in mind that their gracious Master was the true proprietor of their fields, their flocks, and their herds. T; that the God of Hheaven sent them sunshine and rain for their seed-time and harvest, and that every thingeverything they possessed was of hHis creation. All was the Lord's, and hHe had made them stewards of hHis goods. p. 105 77, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 The liberality of the Jews in the construction of the tabernacle and the erection of the temple, illustrates a spirit of benevolence which has not been equalled by Christians of any later date. They werehad just been freed from their long bondage in Egypt, they and were wanderers in the wilderness,; yet scarcely were they delivered from the armies of the Egyptians who pursued them in their hasty journey, when the word of the Lord came to Moses,. saying,: "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring mMe an offering;: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart, ye shall take mMy offering." p. 10577, Para. 34, [26OT4T].


 His people had small possessions and no flattering prospect of adding to them; but an object was before them,-- to build a tabernacle for God. The Lord had spoken, and they must obey hHis voice. They withheld nothing. All gave with a willing hand, not a certain amount of their increase, but a large portion of their actual possessions. They devoted it gladly and heartily to the Lord. They , and pleased hHim by so doing. Was it not all hHis? Had hHe not given them all they possessed? If hHe called for it, was it not their duty to give back to the lLender hHis own? p. 10678, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 No urging was needed. The people brought even more than was required, and they were told to desist, for there was already more than could be appropriated. Again, in building the temple, the call for means met with a hearty response. The people did not give reluctantly; t. They rejoiced in the prospect of a building being erected for the worship of God. They, and donated more than enough for the purpose. David blessed the Lord before all the congregation, and said,: "But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort,? for all things come of tThee, and of tThine own have we given tThee." Again, in his prayer, David givesgave thanks in these words,: "O Lord, our God, all this store that we have prepared to build tThee an house for tThine holy name cometh of tThine hand, and is all thine Thine own." p. 10678, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 David well understood from whom came all his bounties;. wWould that those of this day who rejoice in a Saviour's love could realize that their silver and gold isare the Lord's and should be used to promote hHis glory, not grudgingly retained to enrich and gratify themselves. He has an indisputable right to all that hHe has lent hHis creatures. All that they possess is hHis. p. 10778, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 There are high and holy objects that require means; they will,, and money thus invested, will yield to the giver more elevated and permanent enjoyment than if theyit were expended in personal gratification or selfishly hoarded for the greed of gain. When God calls for our treasure, whatever the amount may be, the willing response makes the gift a consecrated offering to hHim, and lays up for the giver a treasure in Hheaven that moth cannot corrupt, that fire cannot consume, nor thieves break in and steal, nor fire consume. The investment is safe. The money is placed in bags that have no holes. I; it is secure. p. 107p. 78, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Can Christians, who boast of a broader light than had the Hebrews, give less than they? Can Christians, living near the close of time, be satisfied with their offerings when not half so large as were those of the Jews? Their liberality was to benefit their own nation,; the work in these last day s extends to the entire world. The message of truth is to go to all nations, tongues, and people; its publications, printed in many different languages, are to be scattered abroad like the leaves in Aof autumn. p. 10879, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 It is written,: "Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind;." and And again,: "He that saith he abideth in hHim ought himself also so to walk, even as hHe walked." Let us inquire w: What would our Saviour have done in our circumstances,? what would have been hHis efforts for the salvation of souls? This question is answered by the example of Christ. He left his His royalty, and layid aside hHis glory, and sacrificed hHis riches, and clothed hHis divinity with humanity, that hHe might reach men where they were. His example shows that hHe laid down hHis life for sinners. p. 108 79, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Satan told Eve that a high state of felicity could be gained through the gratification of unlicensed appetite., Bbut the promise of God to man is through denial of self. When upon the shameful cross Christ was suffering in agony upon the shameful cross, for man's redemption, human nature was exalted. Only by the cross can the human family be elevated to connect with Hheaven. Self-denial and crosses meet us at every step ofn our Hheavenward journey. p. 10879, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 The spirit of liberality is the spirit of Hheaven. T; the spirit of selfishness is the spirit of Satan. Christ's self-sacrificing love is revealed upon the cross. He gave all hHe had, and then gave hHimself, that man might be saved. The cross of Christ appeals to the benevolence of every follower of the blessed Saviour. The principle illustratedthere thereillustrated is to give, give. This, carried out in actual benevolence and good works, is the true fruit of the Christian life. The principle of worldlings is to get, get, and thus they expect to secure happiness,; but, carried out in all its bearings, the fruit is misery and death. p. 109 79, Para. 14, [26OT4T].


 To carry the truth to the populationinhabitants of the earth, to rescue them from their guilt and indifference, is the mission of the followers of Christ. Men must have the truth in order to be sanctified through it, and we are the channels of God's light. Our talents, our means, our knowledge, are not merely for our own benefit,; they are to be use d for the salvation of souls, to elevate man from his life of sin and bring him, through Christ, to the Iinfinite God. p. 109 80, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 We should be zealous workers in this cause, seeking to lead sinners, repenting and believing, to a divine Redeemer, and to impress them with a high and exalted sense of God's love to man. "God so loved the world, that hHe gave his His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in hHim, should not perish, but have everlasting life." What an incomparable love is this! A theme for the most profound meditation! The amazing love of God for a world that did not love hHim! The thought has a subduing power upon the soul, and brings the mind into captivity to the will of God. Men who are crazy for gain, and are disappointed and unhappy in their pursuit of the world, need the knowledge of this truth to quiet the restless hungering and thirsting of their souls. p. 10980, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 Missionaries for God are wanted in your large city, to carry light to those who sit in the shadow of death. Experienced hands are needed, in the meekness of wisdom and the strength of faith, to lift weary souls to the bosom of a compassionate Redeemer. Oh, selfishness! What a curse! It prevents us from engaging in the service of God. It prevents us from perceiving the claims of duty, which should set our hearts aglow with fervent zeal. All our energies should be turned to the obedience of Christ. p.To 110, Para. 1, [26OT].


 To divide our interest with the leaders of error, is aiding the wrong side and giving advantage to our foes. The truth of God knows no compromise with sin, no connection with artifice, no union with transgression. Soldiers are wanted who will always answer to the roll-callroll call and be ready for immediate action. N, not those who, when needed, are found aiding the power of the enemy. p. 11080, Para. 23, [26OT4T].


 Ours is a great work. Yet there are many who profess to believe these sacred truths but, who are paralyzed by the sophistry of Satan, and are doing nothing for God, but rather hinder his, God's cause. When will they act like those who wait for the Lord? When will they show a zeal in accordance with their faith? Many people selfishly retain their means, and soothe their conscience with a plan for doing some great thing for the cause of God after their death. They make a will, donating a large sum to the church and its various interests, and then settle down with a feeling that they have done all that is required of them. Wherein have they denied self by this act? They have, on the contrary, exhibited the true essence of selfishness. When they have no longer any use for their money they propose to give it to God. But they will retain it as long as they can, till they are compelled to relinquish it by a messenger that cannot be turned aside. p. 11081, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 Such a will is often an evidence of real covetousness. God has made us all hHis stewards, and in no case has He authorized us to neglect our duty or leave it for others to do. The call for means to advance the cause of truth will never be more urgent than now. Our money will never do a greater amount of good than at the present time. Every day of delay in rightly appropriating it, is limiting the period in which it will do good in the saving of souls. If we leave others to accomplish that which God has left for us to do, we wrong ourselves and hHim who gave us all we have. How can others do our work of benevolence any better than we can do it ourselves? God would have every man an, during his lifetime, the executor of his own will in this matter, during his lifetime. p. 111, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Adversity, accident, or intrigue, may forever cut off forever meditated acts of benevolence, when he who has accumulated a fortune is no longer by to guard it. It is sad that so many neglect the present golden opportunity to do good in the, and present, but wait to be cast out of their stewardship before giving back to the Lord the means which hHe has lent them to be used for his His glory. p. 11281, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 One marked feature in the teachings of Christ, is the frequency and earnestness with which hHe rebuked the sin of covetousness and pointed out the danger of worldly acquisitions and the inordinate love of gain. In the mansions of the rich, in the temple and in the streets, hHe warned those who inquired after salvation,: "Take heed, and beware of covetousness." "Ye cannot serve God and Mmammon." p. 11282, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 It is this increasing devotion to money getting, the selfishness which the desire offor gain begets, that deadensremoves the spiritualityfavor of God from the church and removes the favor of God from herdeadens its spirituality. When the head and hands are constantly occupied with planning and toiling for the accumulation of riches, the claims of God and Hhumanity are forgotten. p. 112,If Para. 3, [26OT].


 If God has blessed us with prosperity, it is not that our time and attentions should be diverted from hHim and given to that which hHe has lent us. The giver is greater than the gift. W We are not our own; we have been bought with a price, we are not our own. . Have we forgotten that infinite price paid for our redemption? Is gratitude dead in the heart? Does not the cross of Christ put to shame a life of selfish ease and indulgence? p. 11282, Para. 42, [26OT4T].


 What if Christ had left his work, becoming weary in consequence of the ingratitude and abuse that met hHim on every side, had left His work! What if hHe had never reached that period when he He said: "It is finished!." What if hHe had returned to Heaven heaven, discouraged by hHis receptions! What if hHe had never passed through that soul agony in the garden of Gethsemane that forced from hHis pores great drops of blood! p. 11382, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 Christ was joined to hinfluenced in His plan of labor to work our for the redemption for of the race, by a love that is without parallel , and a devotion to the Father's will. He toiled for the good of man up to the very hour of hHis humiliation. He spent hHis life in poverty and self-denial, for the degraded sinner. In a world that was hHis own hHe had no place to lay hHis weary head. We are reaping the fruits of this infinite self-sacrifice,; and yet, when labor is to be done, when our money is wanted to aid the work of the Redeemer in the salvation of souls, we shrink from duty and pray to be excused. Ignoble sloth, careless indifference, and wicked selfishness seal our senses to the claims of God. p. 11382, Para. 24, [26OT4T].


 Oh, must Christ, the Majesty of Hheaven, the King of Gglory, bear the heavy cross, and wear the thorny crown, and drink the bitter cup, while we recline at ease, glorifyglorifying ourselves and forgetforgetting the souls hHe died to redeem by hHis precious blood? No,; let us give while we have the power. Let us do while we have the strength. Let us work while it is day. Let us devote our time and our means to the service of God, that we may have hHis approbation and receive hHis reward. p. 11383, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 Epistle Number Five. p. 114, Para. 1, [26OT].


THE TESTING PROCESS Dear Bro.Brother H----- L-----: I feel very anxious forthat you that you mayshould accept light and come out of darkness. You have been greatly tempted of Satan; he has used you as his instrument to hinder the work of God. He has thus far succeeded with you,; but it needdoes not follow that you should continue in the path of error. I look upon your case with great trembling. I know that God has given you great light. In your sickness last fall the providence of God was dealing with you that you might bear fruit to hHis glory. p. 11483, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Unbelief was taking possession of your soul, butand the Lord afflicted you that you might gain a needed experience. He blessed us in praying for you, and hHe blessed you in answer to our prayers. The Lord designed to unite our hearts in love and confidence. The Holy Spirit witnessed with your spirit. The power of God in answer to prayer came upon you,; but Satan came with temptations, and you did not close the door upon him. He entered and has been very busy. p. 114, Para. 3, [26OT].


 It is the plan of the evil one to work first upon the mind of one, and then, through him, upon others. hHe has thus sought to hedge up our way and hinder our labors in the very place where our influence should be most felt, for the prosperity of the cause. p. 11583, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 The Lord brought you into connection with hHis work at ---- ,- for a wise purpose; hHe designed that you should discover the defects in your character and overcome them. You know how quickly your spirit chafes when things do not move according to your mind. Would that you could understand that all this impatience and irritability must be overcome, or your life will prove an utter failure, you will lose Heaven heaven, and it would have been better had you never been born. p. 11584, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Our cases are pending atin the court of Hheaven. We are rendering our accounts there day by day. Every oneEveryone will be receive rewarded according to his works. Burnt-offeringsBurnt offerings and sacrifices were not acceptable to God in ancient times, unless the spirit was right with which the gift was offered. Samuel said,: "Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt-offeringsburnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams." All the money on earth cannot buy the blessing of God ornor ensure you a single victory. p. 11584, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 Many would make any and every sacrifice but the very one they should make, which is to yield themselves, to submit their wills to the will of God. Said Christ to hHis disciples,: "Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Here is a lesson in humility. We must all become humble as little children in order to inherit the kingdom. p. 11584, Para. 43, [26OT4T].


 Our Hheavenly Father sees the hearts of men, and hHe knows their characters better than they do themselves know them. He sees that some have susceptibilities and powers, which, directed in the right channel, might be used to hHis glory, to aid in the advancement of hHis work. He puts these persons on trial, and in hHis wise providence brings them into different positions and under a variety of circumstances, testing them that they may reveal what is in their hearts and the weak points in their characters which have been concealed from their own knowledge.' p. 116, Para. 1, [26OT].


 He gives them opportunities to correct these weaknesses, and to polish off the rough corners of their natures, and to fit themselves for hHis service, that when hHe calls them to action they will be ready, and that angels of Hheaven may unite their labor with human effort in the work that must be done upon the earth. p. 116, Para. 2, [26OT].


 To men whom God designs shall fill responsible positions, He in mercy reveals their hidden defects to men whom he designs shall fill responsible positions, that they may look within and examine critically the complicated emotions and exercises of their own hearts, and detect that which is wrong; thus they may modify their dispositions and refine their manners. The Lord in hHis providence brings men where he He can test their moral powers and reveal their motives of actions, that they may improve what is right in themselves and put away that which is wrong. God would have his His servants become acquainted with the moral machinery of their own hearts. In order to bring this about, hHe often permits the fire of affliction to assail them that they may become purified. "But who may abide the day of hHis coming? and who shall stand when hHe appeareth? for hHe is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap. A: and hHe shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver,: and hHe shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." p. 11684, Para. 34, [26OT4T].


 The purification of the people of God cannot be accomplished without their suffering. God permits the fires of affliction to consume the dross, to separate the worthless from the valuable and let, that the pure metal may shine forth. He passes us from one fire to another, testing our true worth. If we cannot bear these trials, what will we do in the time of trouble!? If prosperity or adversity discover falseness, pride, or selfishness in our hearts, what shall we do when God tries every man's work as by fire, and lays bare the secrets of all hearts!? p. 11785, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 True grace is willing to be tried; if we are loath to be searched by the Lord, our condition is serious indeed. God is the refiner and purifier of souls; in the heat of the furnace the dross is separated forever from the true silver and gold of the Christian character. Jesus watches the test. He knows what is needed to purify the precious metal that it may reflect the radiance of hHis preciousdivine love. p. 11785, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 God brings hHis people near hHim by close, testing trials, by showing them their own weakness and inability, and by teaching them to lean upon hHim, that he is as their only help and safeguard. Then hHis object is accomplished. They are prepared to be used in every emergency, to fill important positions of trust, and to accomplish the grand purposes for which their powers were given them. God takes men upon trial, h; He proves them on the right hand and on the left, and thus they are thus educated, trained and, disciplined. p. 118, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Jesus, our Redeemer, man's representative and head, endured this testing process. He suffered more than we can be called upon to suffer. He bore our infirmities and was in all points tempted as we are. He did not suffer thus on his His own account, but because of our sins; and now, relying on the merits of our Overcomer, we may become victors in the His name of Jesus. p. 11886, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 God's work of refining and purifying must go on until hHis servants are so humbled, so dead to self, that, when called into active service, their eyes are will be single to His glory. Then hHe will then accept their efforts,; they will not move rashly and, from impulse,; they will not rush on and imperil the Lord's cause, being slaves to temptations and passions, and followers of their own carnal minds set on fire by Satan. Oh!, how fearfully is the cause of God marred by man's perverse will and unsubdued temper.! How much suffering he brings upon himself by following his own headstrong passions! God brings men over the ground again and again, increasing the pressure until perfect humility and a transformation of character and a perfect humility bring them into harmony with Christ, with and the spirit of Hheaven, and they are victors over themselves. p. 11886, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 God has called men from different Sstates, and has been testing and proving them, to see what characters they would develop, andto see if they could be trusted to keep the fort at - ---- -----, and to see whether or not they would supply the deficiencies of the men already there, and, seeing the failures theythat these men have made, would shun the example of those who are not fit to engage in the most sacred work of God. p. 119, Para. 1, [26OT].


 He has followed men at ---- ----- ----- with continual warnings, reproof, and counsel. He has poured great light about those who officiate in hHis cause there, that the way may be plain before them. But if they prefer to follow after their own wisdom, scorning the light, as did Saul, they will surely go astray and involve the cause in perplexity. Light and darkness have been set before them and, but they have too often chosen the darkness. p. 11986, Para. 2 3, [26OT4T].


 The Laodicean message applies to the people of God who profess to believe present truth. The greater part are lukewarm professors, having a name but no zeal. God signified that hHe wanted men at the great heart of the work to correct the state of things existing there and to stand like faithful sentinels at their post of duty. He has given them light at every point, to instruct, encourage, and confirm them, as the case required. But notwithstanding all this, those who should be faithful and true, fervent in Christian zeal, of gracious temper, knowing and loving Jesus earnestly, are found aiding the enemy to weaken and discourage those whom God is using to build up the work. p. 119, Para. 3, [26OT].


 The term "lukewarm" is applicable to this class. They profess to love the truth, yet are deficient in Christian fervor and devotion. They dare not give up wholly and run the risk of the unbeliever, yet they are unwilling to die to self and follow out closely the principles of their faith. p. 12087, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 The only hope for the Laodiceans is a clear view of their standing before God, a knowledge of the nature of their disease. They are neither cold nor hot,; they occupy a neutral position, and at the same time flatter themselves that they are in need of nothing. The True Witness hates this lukewarmness. He loathes the indifference of this class of persons. Said hHe,: "I would thou wert either cold or hot." They are, asLike lukewarm water, they are nauseous to hHis taste. p. 120, Para. 2, [26OT].


 They are eitherneither unconcerned ornor selfishly stubborn. They do not engage thoroughly and heartily in the work of God, identifying themselves with its interests,; but they hold aloof and are ready to leave their posts when their worldly personal interests demand it. The internal work of grace is wanting in their hearts; of such it is said,: "Because tThou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." p. 12087, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 Faith and love are the true riches, the pure gold which the True Witness counsels the lukewarm to buy. However rich we may be in earthly treasure, all our wealth will not enable us to buy the precious remedies that cure the disease of the soul called lukewarmness. Intellect and earthly riches were powerless to remove the defects of the Laodicean church, or to remedy their deplorable condition. They were blind, yet felt that they were well off. The Spirit of God did not illumine their minds, and they did not perceive their sinfulness,; therefore they did not feel the necessity of help. p. 12188, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 To be without the graces of the Spirit of God is sad indeed,; but it is a more terrible condition to be thus destitute of spirituality and of Christ, and yet try to justify ourselves, by telling those who are alarmed for us, that we need not their fears and pity. Fearful is the power of self-deception on the human mind.! What blindness! setting light for darkness and darkness for light. p. 121, Para. 2, [26OT].


 ! The True Witness counsels us to buy of hHim gold tried in the fire, white raiment, and eye-salve. The gold here recommended as having been tried in the fire, is faith and love which. It maketh s the heart rich,; for if it has been purged until it is pure , and the more it is tested the more brilliant is its luster. The white raiment is purity of character, the righteousness of Christ imparted to the sinner. This is indeed a garment of heavenly texture, that can be bought only of Jesus Christ for a life of willing obedience. The eye-salve is that wisdom and grace which enables us to discern between the evil from and the good, and to detect sin under any guise. God has given eyes to his His church, and h eyes which He requires them to be anointed with wisdom, that they may see clearly,; but many would put out the eyes of the church if they could,; for they would not have their deeds come to the light, lest they should be reproved. The divine eye-salve eyesalve will impart clearness to the understanding. Christ is the repository depositary of all graces. He says: "Buy of mMe." p. 12188, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 Some may say it is exalting our own merits to expect favor from God through our good works. True, we cannot buy one victory with our good works,; yet neither can wewe cannot be victors without them. The purchase which Christ recommends to us is only complying with the conditions hHe has given us. True grace, which, is of inestimable value, and which will endure the test of trial and adversity, is only obtained through faith and humble, prayerful obedience. Graces that will endure the proofs of affliction and persecution, and evidence their soundness and sincerity, isare the gold which is tried in the fire and found genuine. Christ offers to sell this precious treasure to man,: "Buy of mMe gold tried in the fire." p. 122, Para. 1, [26OT].


 The dead and, heartless performance of duty does not make us Christians, w. We must get out of a lukewarm condition and experience a true conversion, or we shall fail of Heaven heaven. p. 12389, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 I was pointed to the providence of God among hHis people. I and was shown that every trial made by the refining, purifying process upon professed Christians proves some to be dross. The fine gold does not always appear. In every religious crisis some fall under temptation. The shaking of God blows away multitudes like dry leaves. Prosperity multiplies a mass of professors. Adversity purges them out of the church. They areAs a class whose, their spirits are not steadfast with God. They go out from us because they are not of us. For; for when tribulation or persecution ariseth s because of the word, many are offended. p. 12389, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Let these look back a few months to the time when they were sitting on the cases of others who were in a similarcondition conditionsimilar to that which they now occupy. Let them carefully call to mind the exercise of their minds in regard to those tempted ones. Had any oneanyone told them then that notwithstanding their zeal toand labor to set others right, they would at length be found in a similar position of darkness, they would have said, as did Hazael to the prophet,: "Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?" p. 12389, Para. 3, [26OT4T].


 Self-deception is upon them. During the calm, what firmness they manifest! what courageous sailors they make! But when the furious tempests of trial and temptation come, lo! their souls are shipwrecked. Men may have excellent gifts, good ability, splendid qualifications; but one defect, one secret sin indulged, will prove to the character what the worm-eaten plank does to the ship, --utter disaster and ruin! p. 12490, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Dear Bro.:brother, God in hHis providence brought you from your farm to ----- ----,- to bear the tests and trials which you could not have where you were. GodHe has given you some testimonies of reproof, which you professedly accepted,; but your spirit was continually chafed under rebuke. You are like those who walked no more with Jesus after hHe brought to bear upon them some close, practical truths to bear upon them. p. 124, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Bro., yYou didhave not taken hold in faith to correct the defects marked out in your character. You have not humbled your proud spirit before God. You have stood at warfare against the Spirit of God as revealed in reproof. Your carnal, unsubdued heart is not subject to control. You have not disciplined yourself. Time and again your uncontrolled temper and, your spirit of insubordination, has gained complete mastery over you. How can such an impulsive, unsubdued soul live among the pure angels? If itIt cannot be admitted into Heaven heaven, as you yourself know. If so, you cannot begin too soon to correct the evil in your nature, b. Be converted, and become as a little child. p. 12490, Para. 32, [26OT4T].


 Brother, you are proud spirited, lofty in your thoughts and ideas of yourself. All this must be put away. Your relatives have learned to fear these outbreaks of temper. Your tender, God-fearingGod fearing mother has done her best to soothe and indulge you, and has tried to remove every cause that would produce this self-rising and, this uncontrollable disposition in her son. But coaxing, and pleading, and seeking to pacify, hasve led you to consider that this impulsive temper asis incurable, and that it is the duty of your friends to bear with it. All this petting, and excusing, has not remedied the evil, but rather given it license. p. 90, 125, Para. 13, [26OT4T].


 You have not fought with this wicked spirit and conquered it. When your way has been crossed you have felt the provocation sufficiently to forget your manhood and that you were created in the image of God and after hHis likeness. You have sadly defaced and marred that image. You have not had self-control nor power over your will. You have been headstrong, and have yielded to the power of Satan. Every time that you have given up to passion, and self-rule, and let your feelings run away with your judgment, it has strengthened that set, uncontrolled will. The Lord saw that you knewdid not know yourself, and that unless you saw yourself in your true light and the sinfulness of your course, and in the true light; unless you saw how aggravating in the sight of God were these outbreaks of temper which strengthened at every exhibition, you would surely fail of gaining a seat by the side of the suffering Man of Calvary. p. 12591, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 God calls upon you Bro. ----, Brother -----, to repent and be converted, and become as a little child. Unless the truth has a sanctifying influence upon your life to mould your character, you will fail of an inheritance in the kingdom of God. p. 126, Para. 1, [26OT].


 The Lord in hHis providence selected you to comebe more directly into connectionconnected with hHis cause and his work. He took you , like an undisciplined soldier, new to the army, and brought you under rules and, regulations, through and responsibilities, and through the drilling process. At first you did nobly, and tried to be faithful toat your post. You bore trial better than ever before in your life. But Satan came with his specious temptations, and you fell a prey to them. The Lord pitied you and laid hHis hand upon you to save you. He gave you a rich experience, which you have not benefited profited by as you should have done, but, l. Like the children of Israel, you soon forgot the dealings of God and hHis great mercies. p. 126, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Bro. Brother - ----, you were raised up in answer to prayer, and God gave you a new lease of life; but you have let jealousy and envy into your soul, and have greatly displeased hHim. He designed to bring you where you would develop character, where you would see and correct your defects and correct them. p. 12691, Para. 3, 2, [26OT4T].


 There was a decided failure in your education and discipline during your childhood and youth. NYou now you have to learn the great lessons of self-control to learn which ought to have been mastered in earlier days. God brought you where your surroundings would be changed, and where you could be disciplined by hHis Holy Spirit, that you might acquire moral power and self-control to make you a conqueror. It will require the strongest effort, the most persevering and unfaltering determination, and the strongest energy to control self. Your spirit has long chafed under restraint, and your temper has raged like a caged lion when your will has been crossed. The education, which your parents should have been the work of the parents, must now be wholly done by yourself. Theassisted you to obtain must now be gained wholly by yourself. When young and small the twig might have been easily bent when young and small; ; but now how difficult the task, after it has grown gnarled and crooked and strong. T, how difficult the task! Your parents permitted it to be thus to be deformed; and now only by the grace of God, united with your own persistent efforts, can you become conqueror over your will. You may, tThrough the merits of Christ, you may part with that which scars and deforms the soul, and which develops a misshapen character. You must put away the old man with his errors, and take the new man, Christ Jesus. Adopt hHis life as your guide, then your talents and intellect will be devoted to God's service. p. 127 92, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Oh!, if mothers would only work with wisdom, with calmness and determination, to train and subdue the carnal tempers of their children, what an amount of sin would be nipped in the bud, and what a host of church trials would be saved! How many families would be happy that are now miserable would be happy! Many souls will be eternally lost because of the neglect of parents to properly discipline their children, and to teach them submission to authority in their youth. Petting faults and soothing outbreaks, is not laying the axe at the root of the evil, but proves the ruin of thousands of souls. Oh!, how will parents answer to God for this fearful neglect of their duty.! p. 12792, Para. 2, [26OT4T].


 Bro. ----Brother -----, you are willing to stand at the head and dictate to others;, but you will not be dictated to yourself. Your pride fires in a moment at the attempt. Self-love and a haughty spirit are unruly elements in your character, hindering spiritual advancement. Those who have this temperament must take hold of the work zealously and die to self, or they will lose Hheaven. God makes no compromise with this element, as do fond, mistaken parents. p. 12892, Para. 1 3, [26OT4T].


 In my last vision I was shown that if you, Bro. ----, refused reproof and correction, and choose your own way, and will not be disciplined, God has no further use for you in connection with hHis holy work. If you had commenced the work of setting your own soul right with the Lord, you would have seen so great a work to be done for yourself that you would not have spent so much time over the supposed wrongs of Bro. W. Brother H, dwelling upon them behind his back. The work of the last thirty years should inspire confidence in the integrity of Bro.Brother W. "Honor to whom honor is due." p. 128 93, Para. 21, [26OT4T].


 Men in responsible positions should improve continually. They must not anchor upon an old experience, and feel that it is not necessary to become scientific workers. Man, although the most helpless of God's creatures when he comes into the world, and the most perverse in his nature, is nevertheless capable of constant advancement. He may be enlightened by science, ennobled by virtue, and may progress in mental and moral dignity, until he reaches a perfection of intelligence and a purity of character but little lower than the perfection and purity of angels. With the light of truth shining inupon the minds of men, and the love of God shed abroad in their hearts, we cannot conceive what they may be, and become nor what great work they may do. p. 129 93, Para. 12, [26OT4T].


 I know that the human heart is blind to its own true condition. B, but I cannot leave you, without making an effort to help you. We love you, and we want to see you pressing on to victory. Jesus loves you. He died for you;, and hHe wants you to be saved. We have no disposition to hold you in ----- -----; but we do want you shouldto make thorough work with your own soul, andto right every wrong there, and make every effort to master self, lest you miss Hheaven. This you cannot afford to do. For Christ's sake, resist the devil , and he will flee from you. p. 12993, Para. 2, [26OT].


 Epistle Number Six. p. 130, Para. 1, [26OT].


 Dear Bro. and Sister L----3, [4T].


 LABOR CONDUCIVE TO HEALTH Dear Brother and Sister I: I have been shown that you have erred in the management of your children. You received ideas at ----- from Dr. ----J, which you have spoken of before the patients, and before your children. TheyThese ideas will not bear to be carried out. From Dr. ----'sJ's stand-point they may not appear so objectionable,; but viewed from a Christian standpoint , they are positively dangerous. p. 130, Para. 2, [26OT].


 The instructionsinstruction which Dr. ----J has given in regard to shunning physical labor, hasve proved a great injury to many. The donothing do-nothing system is a dangerous one. The necessity for amusements, as he teaches it and enjoins it upon his patients, is a fallacy, . In order to occupy the time and engage the mind, they are made a substitute for useful, healthful exercise and physical labor. Amusements, such as Dr. ----J recommends, excite the brain more than useful employment. p. 13094, Para. 31, [26OT4T].


 Physical exercise and labor combined hasve a happy influence upon the mind, strengthens the muscles, improves the circulation, and gives the invalid the satisfaction of knowing his own power of endurance,; whereas, if he is restricted from healthful exercise and physical labor, his attention is turned to himself. He is in constant danger of thinking himself worse than he really is, and of having established within him a diseased imagination which causes him to continually fear that he is overtaxing his powers of endurance. As a general thing, if he should engage in some well directed labor, using his strength and not abusing it, he would find that physical exercise would prove a more powerful and effective agent in his recovery than even the water treatment he is receiving. p. 13094, Para. 42, [26OT4T].


 The inactivity of the mental and physical powers, as far as useful labor is concerned, is that which keeps many invalids in a condition of feebleness, which they feel powerless to rise above. It also gives them a greater opportunity to indulge inan impure imagination, which --an indulgence which has brought many of them whereinto they are in pointir present condition of of feebleness. They are told that they have expended too much vitality in hard labor, when, in nine cases out of ten, the labor they performed was the only redeeming thing in their lives, and has beenwas the means of saving them from utter ruin. While their minds were thus engaged, they could not have as favorable an opportunity to debase their bodies and to complete the work of destroying themselves. To have all such persons cease to labor with brain and muscle, is to give them an ample opportunity to be taken captive by the temptations of Satan. p. 13195, Para. 1, [26OT4T].


 Dr. ----J has recommended that the sexes should mingle together; he has taught that their physical and mental health demands a closer association with each