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Testimony For The Church

No. 27

By Mrs. E. G. White

The Pacific Press

Oakland, California

Castro bet.

Eleventh and Twelfth

1876

Testimony For The Church

Willing ObedienceNUMBER TWENTY-SEVEN

TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH

WILLING OBEDIENCE

Abraham was an old man when he received the startling command from God to offer up his son Isaac for a burnt offering. Abraham was considered onan old man even in his generation. The ardor of his youth had faded away. It was no longer easy for him to endure hardships and brave dangers. In the vigor of youth man may breast the storm with a proud consciousness of strength, and rise above discouragements that would cause his heart to fail later in life, when his steps are faltering towards the grave. p. 3, 144, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 But God in hHis providence God reserved hHis last most trying test for Abraham, until the burden of years was heavy upon him and he longed for rest from anxiety and toil. The Lord spoke unto him, saying,: "Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest," "and offer him . . . for a burntofferingburnt offering." The heart of the old man stood still with horror. The loss of such a son by disease would have been most heart-rendering to the fond father, it would have bowed his whitened head with sorrow; but now he is commanded to shed the precious blood of that son with his own hand. It seemed to him a fearful impossibility. p. 3144, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Yet God had spoken, and hHis word must be obeyed. Abraham was stricken in years, but this did not excuse him from his duty. He grasped the staff of faith, and in dumb agony, took his child by the hand his child, beautiful in the rosy health of youth, and went out to obey the word of God. The grand old patriarch was human; his passions and attachments were like unto ours;, and he loved thishis boy, who was the solace of his old age, and untoto whom the promise of the Lord had been given. p. 4144, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 But Abraham did not stop to question how God's promises could be fulfilled if Isaac waswere slain, h. He did not stay to reason with his aching heart;, but he carried out the divine command to the very letter, till, just as the knife iswas about to be plunged into the quivering flesh of the child, the word came,: "Lay not thine hand upon the lad,;" "for now I I know that thou fearest God, seeing that thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from mMe." p. 4145, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 This great act of faith ins penciled on the pages of sacred history to shine forth upon the world as an illustrious example to the end of time. Abraham did not plead that his old age should excuse him from obeying God. He did not say,: "My hairs are gray, the vigor of my manhood is gone; who will comfort my waning life when Isaac is no more? How can an aged father spill the blood of an only son?" p. 4, Para. 3, [27OT].


 No; God had spoken, and man must obey without questioning or, murmuring , or fainting by the way. p. 145, Para. 2, [4T].


 We need the faith of Abraham in our churches today, to lighten the darkness that gathers roundaround them, shutting out the sweet sunlight of God's love, and dwarfing spiritual growth. p. 4, Para. 4, [27OT].


 Age will never excuse us from obeying God. Our faith should be prolific of good works, for faith without works is dead. Every duty performed, every sacrifice made in the name of Jesus, brings an exceeding great reward. In the very act of duty, God speaks and gives hHis blessing. But hHe requires of us an entire surrender of the faculties. The mind and heart, the whole being, must be given to hHim, or we fall short of becoming true Christians. p. 5145, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 God has withheld nothing from man that can secure to him eternal riches. He has clothed the earth with beauty and furnished it for his use and comfort during his temporal life. He has given hHis sSon to die for the redemption of a world that had fallen through sin and folly. Such matchless love, such infinite sacrifice, claims our strictest obedience, our holiest love, our unbounded faith. Yet all these virtues, exercised to their fullest extent, can never be commensurate with the great sacrifice that has been offered for us. p. 5145, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 God requires prompt and unquestioning obedience of hHis law. B; but men are asleep or paralyzed by the deceptions of Satan, who suggests excuses and subterfuges, and conquers their scruples, saying as he didsaid to Eve in the garden,: "Ye shall not surely die." Disobedience not only hardens the heart and conscience of the guilty one, but it tends to corrupt the faith of others. That which looked very wrong to them at first, gradually loses this appearance by being constantly before them, till finally they question whether it is really sin, and unconsciously fall into the same error. p. 5146, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 Through Samuel, God commanded Saul to go and smite the Amalekites and utterly destroy all their possessions. But Saul only partially obeyed the command; he destroyed the inferior cattle, but reserved the best, and spared the wicked king. The next day he met the prophet Samuel with flattering self-congratulations. Said he,: "Blessed be thou of the Lord,: I have performed the commandment of the Lord." But the prophet immediately answered,: "What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?" p. 6146, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Saul was confused and sought to shirk responsibility by answering,: " "They have brought them from the Amalekites, : for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the Lord thy God,; and the rest we have utterly destroyed." Samuel then reproved the king, reminding him of the explicit commands of God, directing him to destroy all things belonging to Amalek. He pointed out his transgressions and declared that he had disobeyed the Lord. But Saul refused to acknowledge that he had done wrong; he again excused his sin by pleading that he had reserved the best cattle to sacrifice unto the Lord. p. 6 146, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Samuel was grieved to the heart by the persistency with which the king refused to see his sin and confess ithis sin. He sorrowfully asked,: "Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat orf rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, hHe hath also rejected thee from being king." p. 7146, Para. 14, [27OT4T].


 We should not look in the face of duty and delay meeting its demands. Such delay gives time for doubts,; unbelief creeps in, the judgment is perverted, the understanding darkened. At length the reproofs of God's Spirit do not reach the heart of the deluded person, who has become so blinded as to think that they cannot possibly be intended for him or apply to his case. p. 7147, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The precious time of probation is passing, and few realize that it is given them for the purpose of preparing for eternity. The golden hours are squandered in worldly pursuits, in pleasure, in absolute sin. God's law is slighted and forgotten, yet every statute is none the lessnonetheless binding. Every transgression will bring its punishment. WLove of worldly love of gain desecrates leads to desecration of the Sabbath, yet the claims of that holy day are not abrogated or lessened. God's command is clear and unquestionable on this point; hHe has peremptorily forbidden us to labor upon the seventh day. He has set it apart as a day sanctified to himself Himself. p. 7147, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 Many are the hindrances that layie in the path of those who would followwalk in obedience to the commandments of God. There are strong and subtle influences that bind them to the ways of the world;, but the power of the Lord can break these chains. He will remove every obstacle from before the feet of hHis faithful ones, or give them strength and courage to conquer every difficulty, if they earnestly beseech hHis help. All hindrances will vanish before an earnest desire and persistent effort to do the will of God at any cost to self, even if life itself is sacrificed. Light from Hheaven will illuminate the darkness of those, who, in trial and perplexity, go forward, looking unto Jesus as the aAuthor and finisher Finisher of their faith. p. 8147, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 In ancient times God spoke to men by the mouths of prophets and apostles. In these days hHe speaks to them by the testimonies of hHis Spirit. There was never a time when God Godinstructed His people more earnestly instructed his peoplethan He instructs them now concerning hHis will, and the course that hHe would have them pursue, than now. But will they profit by hHis teachings,? will they receive hHis reproofs, and heed hHis warnings? God will accept of no partial obedience nor; He will sanction any no compromise with self. p. 8147, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 The Twelve Spies. p. 9, Para. 1, [27OT].


HE TWELVE SPIES The Lord commanded Moses to send men to search the land of Canaan, which hHe would give unto the children of Israel. A ruler offrom each tribe was to be selected for this purpose. They went,; and after forty days they returned from their search, and came before Moses and Aaron, and all the congregation of Israel, and showed them the fruit of the land. All agreed that it was a good land, and they exhibited the rich fruit which they had brought as evidence. One cluster of grapes was so large that two men carried it between them on a staff. They also brought of the figs, and the pomegranates, which grew there in abundance. After they had spoken of the fertility of the land, all but two spoke very discouragingly of their being ableability to possess it. They said that the people were very strong that dwelt in the land, and the cities were surrounded with great and high walls, and, more than all this, they saw the children of the giant Anak there. They then described how the people were situated around Canaan, and the impossibility of their ever being able to possess it. p. 9, Para. 2, [27OTexpressed the fear that it would be impossible for them ever to possess this land. p. 148, Para. 1, [4T].


 As the people listened to this report, they gave vent to their disappointment within bitter reproaches and wailing. They did not wait, and to reflect, and reason that God, who had brought them out thus far, would certainly give them the land. They left God out of the question. They acted as though in the taking of the city of Jericho, the key to the land of Canaan, they must depend solely on the power of arms. God had declared that hHe would give them the country, and they should have fully trusted hHim to fulfill hHis word. But their unsubdued hearts were not in harmony with hHis plans. They did not reflect how wonderfully hHe had wrought in their behalf, bringing them out of their Egyptian bondage, cutting a path for them through the waters of the sea, and destroying the pursuing host of Pharaoh. p. 9, Para. 3, [27OT].


 In their unbelief they were limiting the work of God, and distrusting the hand that had hitherto safely guided them. In this instance they repeated their former error of murmuring against Moses and Aaron. "This, then, is the end of all our high hopes," said they. "This is the land we have traveled all the way from Egypt to possess." They blamed their leaders withfor bringing trouble upon Israel, and again charged them with deceiving the people and leading their people m astray. p. 148, Para. 2, [4T].


 Moses and Aaron lay prostrate before God, their faces in the dust. p. 10, Para. 1, [27OT].


 Caleb and Joshua, the two who, of all the twelve spies, trusted in the word of God, rent their clothes in distress, when they perceived that these unfavorable reports had discouraged the whole camp. They endeavored to reason with them,; but the congregation were filled with madness and disappointment, and refused to listen to these two men. Finally Caleb urged his way to the front, and his clear, ringing voice was heard above all the clamor of the multitude. He opposed the cowardly views of his fellowspiesfellow spies, which had weakened the faith and courage of all Israel. p. 10, Para. 2, [27OT].


 He commanded the attention of the people, and they hushed their complaints for a moment to listen to him. He spoke of the land he had visited. Said he,: "Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it." But as he spoke, the unfaithful spies interrupted him, crying,: "We be not able to go up against thise people,; for they are stronger than we!." p. 1149, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 These men, starting upon a wrong course, set their hearts against God, against Moses and Aaron, and against Caleb and Joshua. Every step they had advanced in this wrong direction made them firmer in their design to discourage every attempt to possess the land of Canaan. They distorted the truth in order to carry their baneful influencepurpose. They represented the climate as being unhealthful, and all the people of giant stature. Said they,: "And there we saw the giants, the sons of the giants, the sons of Anak, which caome of the giants,: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight." p. 1149, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 This was not only an evil report, but a lying reportone also. It was contradictory; for if the land was unhealthy, and "had eaten up the inhabitants," how was it that they had attained to such massive proportions.? When men in responsible positions yield their hearts to unbelief, there are no bounds to the advance they will make in evil. Few realize, when they start upon this dangerous course, the length that Satan will lead them. p. 1150, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 The evil report had a terrible effect upon the people. They reproached Moses and Aaron bitterly. Some groaned and wailed, saying,: "Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or, W would God we had died in theis wilderness!" Then their feelings rose against the Lord,; and they wept and mourned, saying,: "Wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? Wwere it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another:, Let us make a captain, and let us return tointo Egypt." p. 1250, Para. 1 2, [27OT4T].


 Thus they manifested their disrespect for God and for the leaders hHe had appointed to conduct them. They did not ask the Lord what they should do, but said,: "Let us make a captain." They took matters into their own hands, feeling themselves competent to manage their affairs without divine aid. They not only accused Moses of deception, but alsoGod Godalso, in promising them a land which they were not able to possess. They actually went so far as to appoint one of their number as a captain, to lead them back to the land of their suffering and bondage, from which God had delivered them with hHis strong arm of omnipotence. p. 1250, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Moses and Aaron still remained prostrate before God in the presence of all the assembly, silently imploring divine mercy for rebellious Israel. Their distress was too deep for words. Again Caleb and Joshua press to the front, and the voice of Caleb once more rises in sorrowful earnestness above the complaints of the congregation. p. 12, Para. 3, [27OT].


 : "The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then hHe will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land that which floweth with milk and honey; o. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us. T: their defense is departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Fear: fear them not." p. 1351, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The Canaanites had filled up the measure of their iniquity, and the Lord would no longer bear with them. His defense being removed from them, they would fall an easy prey to the Hebrews. They were not prepared for battle, for they felt so strong that they deceived themselves with the idea that no army was formidable enough to prevail against them. p. 151, Para. 2, [4T].


 Caleb reminded the people that by the covenant of God the land was insuredensured to Israel. B; but their hearts were filled with madness, and they would hear no more. If only the two men had brought the evil report, and all the ten had encouraged them to possess the land in the name of the Lord, they would still have taken the advice of the two in preference to the ten, because of their wicked unbelief. p. 13, Para. 2, [27OT].


 But there were only two advocating the right, while theten ten were in open rebellion against their leaders and against God. p. 151, Para. 3, [4T].


 The greatest excitement now rageds among the people,; their worst passions wereare aroused, and they refused to listen to reason. The ten unfaithful spies join them in their denunciations of Caleb and Joshua, and the cry is raised to stone them. The insane mob seize missiles with which to slay thoese faithful men. They rush forward with yells of madness, when, Llo! the stones drop from their hands, a hush falls upon them, and they shake with terror. God has interposed to check their rash design. The glory of his His presence, like a flame of light, illuminates the tabernacle. A, and all the congregation behold the signal of the Lord. p. 14, Para. 1, [27OT].


 A mightier one than they, had revealed himself, and not one dared the Lord. One mightier than they has revealed Himself, and not one dares continue his resistance. Every murmurer wasis silenced. T, and the spies, who hadve brought the evil report, crouched terror-stricken and, with bated breath. p. 151, Para. 4, [4T].


 Moses now arosearises from his humiliating position and entereds the tabernacle, to commune with God. Then the Lord proposeds to immediately destroy this rebellious people. He desireds to make of Moses a greater nation than Israel; but the meek leader of hHis people wouldwill not consent to this proposition. "And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for tThou broughtest up this people in tThy might from among them;) and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land,: for they have heard that tThou, Lord, art among this people, that tThou, Lord, art seen face to face, and that thy Thy cloud standeth over them, and that tThou goest before them, by daytime in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night. Now, if tThou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of tThee will speak, saying, Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which hHe sware unto them, therefore hHe hath slain them in the wilderness.'" p. 152, Para. 1, [4T].


 Moses again refuses to have Israel destroyed, and himself made a mightier nation than was Israelthey. This favored servant of God manifests his love for Israel, and shows his zeal for the glory of his Master, and the honor of hHis people. Thou hast forgiven this people from Egypt even until now, t; Thou hast been long-suffering and merciful hitherto toward this ungrateful nation; and however unworthy they may be, tThy mercy is the same. He pleads, : Wilt tThou not, therefore, spare them this once, and add this one more instance of divine patience to the many tThou hast already given? p. 1452, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Moses prevailed with God to spare the people;, but because of their arrogance and unbelief, the Lord could not go with them to work in a miraculous manner in their behalf. Therefore, in hHis divine mercy, h He bade them adopt the safest course, and turn back into the wilderness, towards the Red Sea. He also decreed that, as a punishment for their rebellion, all the adults who left Egypt, with the exception of Caleb and Joshua, should be forever excluded from Canaan. They had utterly failed to keep their promise of obedience to God, and this released hHim from the covenant that they had so repeatedly violated. He promised that their children should possess the goodly land, but declared that their own bodies should be buried in the wilderness. And the ten unfaithful spies, whose evil report had cause d Israel to murmur and rebel, were destroyed by the power of God, before the eyes of the people. p. 152, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 When Moses made known to Israel the will of God concerning them, they seemed to sincerely to repent of their sinful conduct. But the Lord knew that their sorrow wasy sorrowed because of the result of their evil course, rather than from a deep sense of their ingratitude and disobedience. But their repentance came too late; the just anger of God was awakened, and their doom was pronounced, from which there was no reprieve. When they found that the Lord would not relent in hHis decree, their self-will again arose, and they declared that they would not return into the wilderness. p. 1653, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 In commanding them to retire from the land of their enemies, God tested their apparent submission and found that it was not real. They knew that they had deeply sinned in allowing their rash feelings to control them, and seekingin seeking to slay the spies who had urged them to obey God. But; but they were only terrified to find that they had made a fearful mistake, the consequences of which would prove disastrous to themselves. Their hearts were unchanged, and they only needed an excuse to occasion a similar outbreak. This presented itself when Moses, by the authority of God, commanded them to go back into the wilderness. p. 1653, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 They had rebelled against hHis commands, when hHe bade them go up and take the land hthat He had promised them, and now, that hwhen He directed them to retreat from it, they were equally insubordinate, and declared that they would go to battle with their enemies. They arrayed themselves in their warriors' dress and armor, and presented themselves before Moses, in their own estimation prepared for conflict, in their own estimation, but sadly deficient in the sight of God and hHis sorrowful servant. They refused to listen to the solemn warnings of their leaders that disaster and death would be the consequence of their audacity. p. 1753, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 When God directed them to go up and take Jericho, hHe promised to go with them. The ark containing hHis law was to be a symbol of hHimself. Moses and Aaron, God's appointed leaders, were to conduct the expedition under hHis watchful direction. With such supervision, no harm could have come to them. But now, contrary to the command of God, and the solemn prohibition of their leaders, without the ark of God and without Moses, they marched out to meet the armies of the enemy. p. 1754, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 During the time consumed by the Israelites in their wicked insubordination, the Amalekites and Canaanites had prepared for battle. The Israelites presumptuously challenged the foe that had not dared to attack them. B; but just as they had fairly entered the enemy's territory, the Amalekites and Canaanites met them in force and fiercely repulsed them, driving them back with great loss. The field of carnage was red with their blood of the Hebrews, and their dead bodies strewed the ground. They were utterly routed and defeated. Destruction and death waswere the result of their rebellious experiment. p. 18, Para. 1, [27OT].


 But the faith of Caleb and Joshua was richly rewarded. According to hHis word, God brought these faithful twoones into the land hthat He had promised to them. The cowards and rebels perished in the wilderness, but the righteous spies did eat ate of the grapes of Eschol. p. 1854, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 The history of the report of the twelve spies' reportspies has an application to us as a people. The scenes of cowardly complaining and drawing back from action when there are risks to be encounter, ed are re-enacted among us today. The same unwillingness is manifested to heed faithful reports and true counsel, as in the days of Caleb and Joshua. The servants of God, who bear the burden of hHis cause, practicing strict self-denial and suffering privation for the sake of helping hHis people, are seldom better appreciated now than they were then. p. 1854, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 Ancient Israel was repeatedly tested and found wanting. Few received the faithful warnings given them of God. Darkness and unbelief does not decrease as we near the time of the second advent of Christ. Truth becomes less and less palatable to the carnal-mindedcarnally minded; their hearts are slow to believe, and tardy to repent. The servants of God might well become discouraged, were it not for the continual evidences their Master gives them of hHis wisdom and assistance. Long has the Lord borne with isHis people. He has forgiven their wanderings, and waited for them to give hHim room in their hearts; but false ideas, jealousy, and distrust have crowded hHim out. p. 1855, Para. 41, [27OT4T].


 Few who are professedly of Israel, and whose minds have been enlightened by the revelations of divine wisdom, dare to come boldly forward, as did Caleb, and stand firmly for God and the right. Because those whom the Lord has chosen to conduct hHis work, will not be swervedturned from the course of integrity, to gratify the selfish and unconsecrated, they become the target for hatred and malicious falsehood. Satan is wide awake and working warily in these last days. God, and God calls for men of spiritual nerve and stamina to resist his artifices. p. 1955, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Thorough conversion is necessary among those who profess to believe the truth, in order for them to follow Jesus, and obey the will of God. NotGod--not a submission born of circumstances, as was that of the terrified Israelites, when the power of the Infinite was revealed to them, but a deep and heart-felt repentance and renunciation of sin. Those who are but half-converted,half converted are as a tree whose boughs hang upon the side of truth, but whose roots, firmly bedded in the earth, strike out into the barren soil of the world. Jesus looks in vain for fruit upon its branches, h; He finds nothing byut leaves. p. 1955, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Thousands would accept the truth, if they could do so without denying self;, but this class would never build up the cause of God. These would never march out valiantly against the enemy, which is the--the world, the love of self, and the lusts of the flesh, trusting--trusting their divine Leader to give them the victory. The church needs faithful Calebs and Joshuas, who are ready to accept eternal life on God's simple conditions of obedience. Our churches are suffering for laborers. The world is our field. Missionaries are wanted in cities and villages that are more certainly bound by idolatry than are the pagans of the East, who have never seen the light of truth. The true missionary spirit has deserted the churches that make so exalted a profession; their hearts are no longer aglow with love for souls, and a desire to lead them into the fold of Christ. We want earnest workers. Are there none to respond to the cry that goes up from every quarter: "Come over ...and help us"?" p. 20155, Para. 14, [27OT4T].


 Can those who profess to be the repositoriesdepositaries of God's law, and who look for the soon coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven, stand acquitted of the blood of souls if they turn a deaf ear to the crying needs of the people who walk in shadows? There are books to be prepared and to distributed, there are lessons to be given, there are self-sacrificing duties to be performed! Who will come to the rescue?! Who will, for Christ's sake, deny self and spreadextend the light to those who sit in darkness? p. 20156, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The Taking of Jericho. p. 21, Para. 1, [27OT].


HE TAKING OF JERICHO After the death of Moses, Joshua was appointed the leader of Israel, to conduct them to the promised land. He had been prime Promised Land. He was well qualified for this important office. He had been prime minister to Moses during the greater part of the time the Israelites had wandered in the wilderness. He had seen the wonderful works of God wrought by Moses, and well understood the disposition of the people. He was one of the twelve spies who were sent out to search for the pPromised land Land, and one of the two who gave a faithful account of its richness, and who encouraged the people to go up and possess it in the strength of God. He was well qualified for his important officep. 156, Para. 2, [4T].


 The Lord promised Joshua tothat He would be with him as hHe had been with Moses, and hHe would make Canaan an easy conquest to him, provided he would be faithful to observe all hHis commandments. p. 21, Para. 2, [27OT].


 Joshua had been anxious concerning the execution of his commission to lead the people into the land of Canaan; but this assurance removed his fears. He commanded the children of Israel to make ready for a three-days'three days' journey, and all the men of war to prepare for battle. "And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go. According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee;: only the Lord thy God be with thee, as hHe was with Moses. Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death;: only be strong and of a good courage." p. 21156, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 God willed that the passage of the Israelites over Jordan should be miraculous. Joshua commanded the people to sanctify themselves, for upon the morrow the Lord would do wonders among them. At the appointed time, he directed the priests to take up the ark containing the law of God, and bear it before the people. "And the Lord said unto Joshua, tThis day will I begin to magnify thee in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee." p. 22157, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The priests obeyed the commands of their leader and went before the people, carrying the ark of the covenant. The Hebrew hosts took up the line of march and followed this symbol of the divine presence. p. 22, Para. 2, [27OT].


 The wide column filed down the bank of Jordan, and, as the feet of the priests were dipped in the brim of the river, the water was cut off from above, and the volume below rolled on, leaving the bed of the stream dry. The priests passed on, bearing the ark of God, and Israel followed in the rear. Half way Halfway over Jordan the priests were commanded to stand still in the channel of the river, till all the Hebrew host had crossed over. This was to impress upon their minds more forcibly the fact that the power which stayed the waters of Jordan was the same that enabled their fathers to cross the Red Sea forty years before. p. 22157, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 Many who passed through the Red Sea when they were children, now, by a similar miracle, crossed over Jordan, men of war, equipped for battle. After the host of Israel had all passed over, Joshua commanded the priests to come up out of the river. When they, bearing the ark of the covenant, stood safe upon the farther shore, God removed hHis mighty hand, and the accumulated waters rushed down, a mighty cataract, in the natural channel of the stream. Jordan rolled on, a resistless flood, overflowing all its banks. p. 23158, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 But before the priests had come up out of the river, that this wonderful miracle might never be forgotten, the Lord bade Joshua select men of note from each tribe to take up stones from the spot in the river-bedriver bed where the priests had stood, and bear them upon their shoulders to Gilgal, and there erect a monument in remembrance of the fact that God had caused Israel to pass over Jordan upon dary land. This would be a continual reminder of the miracle that the Lord had worked wrought for them. As years passed on, their children would inquire concerning the monument, and again and again they would recount to them this wonderful history again and again, till it would be indelibly impressed upon their minds to the latest generation. p. 23158, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 When all the kings of the Amorites, and the kings of the Canaanites heard that the Lord had stayed the waters of Jordan before the children of Israel, their hearts melted with fear. The Israelites had slain two of the kings of Moab, and their miraculous passage over the swollen and impetuous Jordan filled themthe people with great terror. Joshua then circumcised all the people whichthat had been born in the wilderness. After this ceremony, they kept the passover Passover in the plains of Jericho. "And the Lord said unto Joshua, This day have I rolled away the reproach of Egypt from off you." p. 24158, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 Heathen nations had reproached the Lord and hHis people because the Hebrews had failed to possess the land of Canaan, which they expected to inherit soon after leaving Egypt. Their enemies had triumphed because Israel had wandered so long in the wilderness, and they proudly lifted themselves up against God, declaring that hHe was not able to lead them into the land of Canaan. The Lord had now signally manifested hHis power and favor, in by leading hHis people over Jordan on dry land, and their enemies could no longer reproach them. The manna, which had continued up to this time, now ceased; for as the Israelites were about to possess Canaan, and eat of the fruits of that goodly land, so there was no more need of it. p. 24158, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 As Joshua withdrew from the armies of Israel to meditate and pray for God's special presence to attend him, he saw a mMan of lofty stature, clad in war-like garments, with drawna drawn sword in hHis hand. Joshua did not recognize hHim as one of the warriors of Israel, and yet hHe had no appearance of being an enemy. In his zeal he accosted hHim, saying, : "Art thou Thou for us, or for our adversaries? And hHe said, Nay; but as Captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said to hunto Him, What saith my Lord unto hHis servant? And the Captain of the Lord's host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot,; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so." p. 25159, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The glory of God hallowed the sanctuary, and for this reason the priests never entered the place sanctified by God's presence with shoes upon their feet. Particles of dust might cleave to them, which would desecrate the holy place. T; therefore the priests were required to leave their shoes in the court, before entering the sanctuary. In the court, beside the door of the tabernacle, stood a brazen laver, wherein the priests washed their hands and their feet before entering the tabernacle, that all impurity might be removed. All who officiated in the sanctuary were required of God to make special preparation before entering the place where hHis glory was revealed. p. 25159, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 It was the Son of God who stood as an armed warrior before the leader of Israel. It was the One who had conducted the Hebrews through the wilderness, enshrouded in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. p. 26, Para. 1, [27OT].


 In order to convey to impress the mind of Joshua that hHe was no less than Christ, the Exalted One, hHe say,id: "Put offLoose thy shoe from off thy foot." He then instructed Joshua what course to pursue in order to take Jericho. All the men of war should be commanded to compass the city once each day for six days, and on the seventh day they should march around Jericho seven times. p. 26159, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Accordingly Joshua gave orders to the priests and the people as the Lord directed him. He marshalled the hosts of Israel in perfect order. p. 26, Para. 3, [27OT].


 First was a select body of armed men, clad in their warlike dress; not now to exercise their skill in arms, but only to believe and obey the directions given them. Next followed seven priests with trumpets. tThen came the ark of God, glittering with gold, a halo of glory hovering over it, borne by priests in the rich and peculiar dress denoting their sacred office. The vast army of Israel followed in perfect order, each tribe under its respective standard. Thus they compassed the city with the ark of God. No sound was heard but the tread of that mighty host, and the solemn voice toof the trumpets, echoing among the hills and resounding through the streets of Jericho. p. 26160, Para. 41, [27OT4T].


 With wonder and alarm the watchmen of the doomed city marked every move, and reported to those in authority. They could not imagine what all this display meant. Jericho had defied the armies of Israel and the God of heaven; but when they beheld that mighty host marching around their city once each day, in all the pomp and majesty of war, with the added grandeur of the sacred ark and the attendant priests, the impressive mystery of the scene struck terror to the hearts of princes and people. Then, again, they would inspect their strong defenses, feeling certain that they could successfully resist the most powerful attack. Many ridiculed the idea that any harm could come to them through these singular demonstrations on the part of their enemies.; Bbut others were awed as they beheld the majesty and splendor of the procession that each day wound grandly about the city. They remembered that forty years before , the Red Sea had parted before this people, and that a passage had just been opened for them through the river Jordan. They knew not what faurther wonders God might work for them. T; but they kept their gates carefully closed, and guarded them with mighty warriors. p. 27160, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 For six days the host of Israel performed their circuit around the city. The seventh day came, and, with the first dawn of light, Joshua marshalled the armies of the Lord. Now they were directed to march seven times around Jericho, and, at a mighty note of the trumpets, to shout with a loud voice, for God had then given them the city. p. 27, Para. 2, [27OT].


 The imposing army marched solemnly around the devoted walls. The resplendent ark of God lighting the early dusk of morning, the priests with their glittering breast-plates breastplates and jeweled badges, and the warriors with their flashing armor, presented a magnificent pageant. They were silent as the dead, save the measured tread of many feet, and the occasional blare of the trumpets, cutting the blank stillness of the early morning. The massive walls of solid stone frowned darkly down, defying the siege of men. p. 28161, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Suddenly the vast army halts. The trumpets break forth in a blast that shakes the very earth. The united voices of all Israel rend the air with a mighty shout. The walls of solid stone, with their massive towers and battlements, totter and heave from their foundations, and, with a crash like a thousand thunders, fall in shapeless ruin to the earth. The inhabitants and the army of the enemy, paralyzed with terror and amazement, offer no resistance, and Israel marches in and takes captive the mighty city of Jericho. p. 28161, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 How easily the armies of Hheaven brought down the walls that had seemed so formidable to the spies who brought the false report.! The word of God was the only weapon used. The Mighty One of Israel had said,: "I have given Jericho into thine hand Jericho." If a single warrior had brought his strength to bear against the walls, the glory of God would have been lessened and hHis will frustrated. But the work was left to the Almighty; and had the foundation of the battlements been laid in the center of the earth, and their summits reached the arch of heaven, the result would have been all the same, when the Captain of the Lord's host led hHis legions of angels to the attack. p. 28161, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 Long had God designed to give the city of Jericho to hHis favored people, and magnify hHis name among the nations of the earth. Forty years before, when hHe led Israel out of bondage, hHe had proposed to give them the land of Canaan. But, by their wicked murmurings and jealousy, they had provoked hHis wrath, and hHe had caused them to wander for weary years in the wilderness, till all those who had insulted hHim with their unbelief were no more. In the capture of Jericho God declared to the Hebrews that their fathers might have possessed the city forty years before, had they trusted in hHim as did their children. p. 29162, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The history of ancient Israel is written for our benefit. Paul says,: "But with many of them God was not well pleased,: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted." "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples,: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall." p. 29162, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Many who, like ancient Israel, profess to keep God's commandments, as did ancient Israel, have hearts of unbelief, while outwardly observing the statutes of God. FAlthough favored with great light and precious privileges, they will nevertheless lose the heavenly Canaan, even as the rebellious Israelites failed to enter the earthly Canaan that God had promised them as the reward of their obedience. p. 30162, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 As a people we lack faith. Few would iIn these days few would follow the directions of God,given through hisGod's chosen servant, as obediently as did the armies of Israel at the taking of Jericho. The Captain of the Lord's host did not reveal hHimself to all the congregation. He communicated only with Joshua, who related the story of this interview to the Hebrews. It rested with them to believe or to doubt the words of Joshua, to follow the commands given by him in the name of the Captain of the Lord's host, or to rebel against his directions and deny his authority. p. 30, Para. 2, [27OT].


 They could not see the host of angels, marshalled by the Son of God, who led their van; and they might have reasoned: "What unmeaning movements are these, and how ridiculous the performance of marching daily around the walls of the city, blowing trumpets of ram's horns meanwhile! This can have no effect upon those strong and towering fortifications." p. 30 162, Para. 3 4, [27OT4T].


 But the very plan of continuing this ceremony through so long a time prior to the final overthrow of the walls, afforded opportunity for the increase of faith among the Israelites. p. 163, Para. 1, [4T].


 They were to become thoroughly impressed with the idea that their strength was not in the wisdom of man, nor in his might, but only in the God of their salvation. They were thus to become accustomed to putting themselves out of the question and relying wholly upon their divine Leader. p. 31163, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Would those who today profess to be God's people conduct themselves thus, under similar circumstances? Doubtless many would wish to follow out their own plans, and would suggest other ways and means of accomplishing the desired end. They would be loath to submit to so simple an arrangement, and one that reflected no glory upon themselves, no glory save the merit of obedience. They would also question the possibility of a mighty city being conquered in that manner. But the law of duty is supreme. It should wield authorityhold sway over human reason. Faith is the living power that presses through every barrier, overrides all obstacles, and plants its banner in the heart of the enemy's camp. p. 31163, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 God will do marvelous things for those who trust in hHim. The reason that hIt is because His professed people have no more strength, is because they trust so much to their own wisdom, and do not give the Lord an opportunity to reveal hHis power in their behalf, that they have no more strength. He will help hHis believing children in every emergency if they will place their entire confidence in him, Him and implicitly obey hHim. p. 31163, Para. 34, [27OT4T].


 There are deep mysteries in the Wword of God,; there are unexplainable mysteries in hHis providences,; there are mysteries in the plan of salvation that man can notcannot fathom. But the finite mind, strong in its desire to satisfy its curiosity, and solve the problems of infinity, neglects to follow the plain course indicated by the revealed will of God, and pries into the secrets hidden since the foundation of the world. Man builds his theories, loses the simplicity of true faith, becomes too self-important to believe the declarations of the Lord, and hedges himself in with his own conceits. p. 32163, Para. 15, [27OT4T].


 Many who profess our faith are in this position. They are weak and powerless because they trust in their own strength. God works mightily for a faithful people, who obey his His word without questioning or doubt. The Majesty of Hheaven, with hHis army of angels, leveled the walls of Jericho, with no without human aid. All tThe armed warriors of Israel had no cause to glory in their achievements. All was done through the power of God. Let the people give up self, and the desire to work after their own plans, let them humbly submit to the divine will, and God will revive histheir strength and bring freedom and victory to hHis children. p. 32, Para. 2, [27OT].


 Jeremiah. p. 33164, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 JEREMIAH REPROVES ISRAEL The Lord gave Jeremiah a message of reproof to bear to his people, charging them with the continual rejection of God's counsel; saying,: "I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking; but ye hearkened not unto mMe. I have sent also unto you all mMy servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers." p. 33164, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 God pleaded with them not to provoke hHim to anger with the work of their hands and their hearts;, "but they hearkened not." Jeremiah then predicted the captivity of the Jews, as their punishment for not heeding the word of the Lord. The Chaldeans were to be used as the instrument by which God would chastise hHis disobedient people. Their punishment, was to be in proportion to their intelligence and to the warnings they had despised. God had long delayed his His judgments, because of hHis unwillingness to humiliate his His chosen people;, but now hHe would visit hHis displeasure upon them, as a last effort to check them in their evil course. p. 33164, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 In these days hHe has instituted no new plan to preserve the purity of hHis people. As of old, He entreats the erring ones who profess hHis name, to repent and turn from their evil ways. Now, in as then, by the same manner that he didmouth of old.His chosen servants He predicts the dangers before them, by the mouth of his chosen servants now as then. He sounds his the note of warning, and reproves sin just as faithfully as in the days of Jeremiah. But the Israel of our time have the same temptations to scorn reproof and hate counsel, as did had ancient Israel. They too often turn a deaf ear to the words that God has given hHis servants for the benefit of those who profess the truth. Though the Lord in mercy withholds for a time the retribution of their sin, as in the days of Jeremiah, hHe will not always stay hHis hand, but will visit iniquity with righteous judgment. p. 33165, Para. 41, [27OT4T].


 The Lord commanded Jeremiah to stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak unto all the people of Judah who came there to worship, those things which hHe would give him to speak, diminishing not a word;, that they might hearken and turn from their evil ways. Then God would repent of the punishment which hHe had purposed to do untoinflict upon them because of their wickedness. p. 165, Para. 2, [4T].


 The unwillingness of the Lord to chastise his His erring people is here vividly shown. He stays hHis judgments, h; He pleads with them to return to their allegiance. p. 34, Para. 1, [27OT].


He had He brought them out of bondage that they might faithfully serve himselfHim, the only true and living God; but they had wandered into idolatry, they had slighted the warnings given them by hHis prophets; y. Yet hHe defers hHis chastisement to give them one more opportunity to repent and avert the retribution for their sin. Through hHis chosen prophet, he now sends them a clear and positive warning, and lays before them the only course by which they can escape the punishment which they deserve. This is a full repentance of their sin, and a turning from the evil of their ways. p. 34165, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 The Lord commanded Jeremiah to say to the people: "Thus saith the Lord:; If ye will not hearken to mMe, to walk in mMy law, which I have set before you, to hearken to the words of mMy servants the prophets, whom I sent unto you, both rising up early, and sending them, but ye have not hearkened; then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth." They understood this reference to Shiloh, and the time when the Philistines overcame Israel and the ark of God was taken. p. 35166, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The sin of Eli was in passing lightly over the iniquity of his sons, who were occupying sacred offices. The neglect of the father to reprove and restrain his sons, brought upon Israel a fearful calamity. The sons of Eli were slain, Eli himself lost his life, the ark of God was taken from Israel, and thirty thousand of their people were slain. All this was because sin was lightly regarded, and allowed to remain in their midstamong them. What a lesson is this to men holding responsible positions in the church of God! It adjures them to faithfully to remove the wrongs that dishonor the cause of truth. p. 35166, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Israel thought, inIn the days of Samuel, Israel thought that the presence of the ark containing the commandments of God, would gain them the victory over the Philistines, whether or not they repented of their wicked works. Just so the Jews, in Jeremiah's time, the Jews believed that the strict observance of the divinely appointed services of the temple being strictly observed, wouldwould preserve preserve them from the just punishment of their evil course. p. 36 166, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 The same danger exists today among thate people who profess to be the repositorydepositaries of God's law. They are too apt to flatter themselves that the regard in which they hold the commandments shouldwill preserve them from the power of divine justice. They refuse to be reproved offor evil, and blamecharge God's servants with being too zealous in putting sin out of the camp. A sin-hatingsin hating God calls upon those who profess to keep hHis law to depart from all iniquity. p. 166, Para. 4, [4T].


 Neglect to repent and obey hHis word will bring as serious consequences upon God's people today, as did the same sin upon ancient Israel. There is a limit beyond which hHe will no longer delay hHis judgments. The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern Israel, that the correction of Gods given through hHis chosen instruments cannot be disregarded with impunity. The desolation of Jerusalem stands as a solemn warning before the eyes of modern Israel. p. 36167, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 When the priests and the people heard the message that Jeremiah delivered to them in the name of the Lord, they were very angry, and declared that he should die. They were boisterous in their denunciations of him, crying,: "Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the Lord, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the Lord." Thus was the message of God despised, and the servant with whom hHe entrusted it threatened with death. The priests, the unfaithful prophets, and all the people turned in wrath upon him who would not speak to them smooth things and prophesy deceit. p. 36167, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 The unfaltering servants of God have usually suffered the bitterest persecution from false teachers of religion. But the true prophets will ever prefer reproach, and even death , rather than unfaithfulness to God. The Infinite eEye is upon the instruments of divine reproof, and they bear a heavy responsibility. But God regards the injury done to them through misrepresentation, falsehood, or abuse, the same as though it were done unto hHimself, and will punish accordingly. p. 37167, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 The princes of Judah had heard concerning the words of Jeremiah, and came up from the king's house, and sat in the entry of the Lord's house. "Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears." But Jeremiah stood boldly before the princes and the people, declaring,: "The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words whichthat ye have heard. Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent hHim of the evil that hHe hath pronounced against you. As for me, behold, I am in your hand;: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you. But know ye for certain, that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof;: for of a truth the Lord hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears." p. 37167, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 Had the prophet been intimidated by the threats of those in high authority, and the clamoring of the rabble, his message would have been without effect, and he would have lost his life. But the courage with which he discharged his painful duty commanded the respect of the people, and turned the princes of Israel in his favor. Thus God raised up defenders for hHis servant. They reasoned with the priests and false prophets, showing them how unwise would be the extreme measures which they advocated. p. 38168, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The influence of these powerful persons produced a reaction in the minds of the people. Then the elders united in protesting against the decision of the priests regarding the fate of Jeremiah. They cited the case of Micah, who prophesied judgments upon Jerusalem, saying,: "Zion shall be plowed like a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountains of the house as the high places of a forest." They put to them the question: "Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? did he not fear the Lord, and beseechbesought the Lord, and the Lord repented hHim of the evil which hHe had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls." p. 38168, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 So, through the pleading of Ahikam and others, the prophet Jeremiah's life was spared; although many of the priests and false prophets would have been pleased had he been put to death on the plea of sedition;, for they could not endure the truths that he uttered exposing their wickedness. p. 39168, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 But Israel remained unrepentedunrepentant, and the Lord saw that they must be punished for their sin,; so hHe instructed Jeremiah to make yokes and bonds and place them upon his neck, and to send them to the kings of Edom, the king of Moab, of the Ammonites, and of Tyrus and Zidon, commanding the messengers to say that God had given all these lands to Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon. T, and that all these nations should serve him and his descendants for a certain time, till God should deliver them. They were to declare that if thoese nations refused to serve the king of Babylon , they should be punished with the famine, with the sword, and with pestilence, till they should be consumed. "Therefore," said the Lord, "Hhearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon;: for they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish. But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their own land, saith the Lord; and they shall till it, and dwell therein." p. 39168, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 Jeremiah declared that they were to wear the yoke of servitude for seventy years,; and the captives that were already in the hands of the king of Babylon, and the vessels of the Lord's house which had been taken, were also to remain in Babylon till that time had elapsed. But at the end of the seventy years God would deliver them from their captivity, and would punish their oppressors, and bring into subjection the proud king of Babylon. p. 40169, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Ambassadors had comecame from the various nations named to consult with the king of Judah as to the matter of engaging in battle with the king of Babylon. But the prophet of God, bearing the symbols of subjection, delivered the message of the Lord to these nations, commanding them to bear it to their several kings. This was the lightest punishment that a merciful God could inflict upon so rebellious a people;, but if they warred against this decree of servitude, they were to feel the full vigorrigor of hHis chastisement. They were faithfully warned not to listen to their false teachers , who prophesied lies. p. 40169, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 The amazement of the assembled council of nations knew no bounds when Jeremiah, carrying the yoke of subjection about his neck, made known to them the will of God. But Hananiah, one of the false prophets against whom God had warned hHis people through Jeremiah, lifted up his voice in opposition to the prophecy declared. Wishing to gain the favor of the king, and his court, he affirmed that God had given him words of encouragement for the Jews. Said he: "Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the vessels of the Lord's house, that Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, took away from this place, and carried them to Babylon. A: and I will bring again to this place Jeconiah, the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, with all the captives of Judah, that went into Babylon, saith the Lord;: for I will break the yoke of the king of Babylon." p. 41170, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Jeremiah, in the presence of all the priests and the people, said that it was the earnest wish of his heart that God would so favor hHis people that the vessels of the Lord's house might be returned and the captives brought back from Babylon. B; but this could only be done on condition that the people repented and turned from their evil way to the obedience of God's law. Jeremiah loved his country and ardently wished that the desolation predicted might be averted by the humiliation of the people;, but he knew the wish was vain. He hoped the punishment of Israel would be as light as possible;, therefore he earnestly entreated them to submit to the king of Babylon for the time that the Lord specified. p. 41170, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 He entreated them to hear the words that he spoke. He cited them to the prophecies of Hosea, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, and others whose messages of reproofingreproof and warning had been similar to his own. He referred them to events which had transpired in their history in fulfillment of the prophecies of retribution for unrepented sins. Sometimes, as in this case, men had arisen in opposition to the message of God, and had predicted peace and prosperity, to quiet the fears of the people, and gain the favor of those in high places. But in every past instance the judgment of God had been visited upon Israel, as the true prophets had indicated. Said he, : "The prophet which prophesieth of peace, when the word of the prophet shall come to pass, then shall the prophet be known, that the Lord hath truly sent him." If Israel chose to run the risk, future developments would effectually decide which was the false prophet. p. 42170, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 But Hananiah, incensed at this, took the yoke from Jeremiah's neck and broke it. "And Hananiah spake in the presence of all the people, saying, Thus saith the Lord:; Even so will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon from the necks of all nations within the space of two full years. And the prophet Jeremiah went his way." p.He 42, Para. 2, [27OT].


 He had done his work,; he had warned the people of their danger,; he had pointed out the only course by which they could regain the favor of God. But though his only crime was that he had faithfully delivered the message of God to an unbelieving people, they had mocked his words;, and men in responsible positions had denounced him, and tried to arouse the people to put him to death. Yet his only crime was in faithfully delivering the message of God to an unbelieving people. p. 43171, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 But another message was given to Jeremiah.: "Go and tell Hananiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord:; Thou hast broken the yokes of wood; but thou shalt make for them yokes of iron. For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:; I have put a yoke of iron upon the neck of all these nations, that they may serve Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and they shall serve him;: and I have given him the beasts of the field also. Then said the prophet Jeremiah unto Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah:; The Lord hath not sent thee; but thou makest this people to trust in a lie. Therefore thus saith the Lord:; Behold, I will cast thee from off the face of the earth. T: this year thou shalt die, because thou hast taught rebellion against the Lord. So Hananiah the prophet died the same year in the seventh month." tp. 171, Para. 2, [4T].


 This false prophet had strengthened the unbelief of the people in Jeremiah and his message. He had wickedly declared himself to be the Lord's messenger, and he suffered death in consequence of his fearful crime. p. 43, Para. 2, [27OT].


 In the fifth month Jeremiah prophesied the death of Hananiah, and in the seventh month his death proved the words of the prophet true. p. 44171, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 God had said that hHis people should be saved, that the yoke hHe would lay upon them should be light, if they submitted uncomplainingly to hHis plan. Their servitude was represented by thea yoke of wood, which was easily borne. B; but resistance would be met with corresponding severity, represented by the yoke of iron. God designed to hold the king of Babylon in check, that there should be no loss of life nor galling oppression. B; but by scorning hHis warning and commands they brought upon themselves the full vigorrigor of bondage. It was far more agreeable to the people to receive the message of the false prophet, who predicted prosperity.; Ttherefore theyit was received the counsel which pleased them best. It wounded their pride to have their sins brought continually before their eyes; they would much rather put them out of sight. They were in such moral darkness that they did not realize the enormity of their guilt, nor appreciate the messages of reproof and warning given them of God. p. 44, Para. 2, [27OT].


 Had they had a proper sense of their disobedience, they would have acknowledged the justice of the Lord's course, and recognized the authority of hHis prophet. God entreated them to repent, that hHe might spare them humiliation, and that a people called by hHis name should not become tributary to a heathen nation; but they scoffed at hHis counsel and went after false prophets. p. 44 172, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 The Lord then commanded Jeremiah to write letters to the captains, elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been taken as captives to Babylon, bidding them not to be deluded into believing their deliverance nigh, but to quietly submit to their captors, quietly pursue their avocations vocations, and make for themselves peaceful homes among their conquerors. HThe Lord bade them not to allow their prophets or diviners to deceive them with false expectations. B; but He the Lord assured them by the words of Jeremiah that after seventy years of bondage they should be delivered and return to Jerusalem. He would listen to their prayers and give them his His favor when they turned to hHim with all their hearts. "And I will be found of you, saith the Lord;: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive." p. 45 172, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 With what tender compassion did God inform hHis captive people in regard to hHis plans for Israel. He knew what suffering and disaster they would experience, were they led to believe that they should speedily be delivered from bondage and brought back to Jerusalem, according to the prediction of the false prophets. He knew that this belief would make their position a very difficult one. Any demonstration of insurrection upon their part would have awakened the vigilance and severity of the king, and their liberty would have been restricted in consequence. He desired them to quietly submit to their fate and make their servitude as pleasant as possible. p. 45173, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 There were two other false prophets, Ahab and Zedekiah, who prophesied lies in the name of the Lord. These men professed to be holy teachers,; but their lives were corrupt, and they were slaves to the pleasures of sin. The prophet of God had condemned the evil course of these men, and warned them of their danger; but, instead of repenting and reforming, they were angry with the faithful reprover of their sins, and sought to thwart his work by stirring usp the people to disbelieve his words, and act contrary to the counsel of God, in the matter of subjecting themselves to the king of Babylon. The Lord testified through Jeremiah that these false prophets should be delivered into the hands of the king of Babylon and slain before his eyes, allnd of whichin good time this prediction was fulfilled in good time. p. 46173, Para. 1 2, [27OT4T].


 Other false prophets arose to sow confusion among the people, by turning them away from obeying the divine commands given through Jeremiah;, but God's judgments were pronounced against them in consequence of their grievous sin of bringing rebellion against hHim. p. 46173, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Just such men risearise in these days and breed confusion and rebellion among the people who profess to obey the law of God. But just as certainly as divine judgment was visited upon the false prophets, just so surely will these evil workers receive their full measure of retribution; for the Lord has not changed. Those who prophesy lies encourage men to look upon sin as a small matter. When the terrible results of their crimes are made manifest, they seek, if possible, to make the one who has faithfully warned them responsible for their difficulties, even as the Jews charged Jeremiah with their evil fortunes. p. 46173, Para. 3, 4, [27OT4T].


 Those who pursue a course of rebellion against the Lord can always find false prophets who will justify them in their acts and flatter them to their destruction. Lying words often make many friends, as in the case of Ahab and Zedekiah. These false prophets, in their pretended zeal for God, found many more believers and followers than the true prophet, who delivered the simple message of the Lord. p. 47174, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 A LESSON FROM THE RECHABITES God commanded Jeremiah to gather the Rechabites into the house of the Lord, into one of the chambers, and set wine before them, and invite them to drink. Jeremiah did as the Lord commanded him. "But they said, We will drink no wine;: for Jonadab the son of Rechab our father commanded us, saying, Ye shall drink no wine, neither ye, nor your sons, forever." p. 47174, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 "Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:; Go and tell the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to mMy words? saith the Lord. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons not to drink wine, are performed;, for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment.' " p. 47174, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 Here God contrasts the obedience of the Rechabites with the disobedience and rebellion of hHis people, who will not receive hHis words of reproof and warning. The Rechabites obeyed the commandment of their father, and refused to be enticed into transgression of his requirements. But Israel refusesd to hearken unto me, saith the Lord, . He says: "notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early and speaking;, but ye hearkened not unto mMe. p. 48, Para. 1, [27OT].


 "I have sent also unto you all mMy servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers;: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto mMe. Because the sons of Jonadab the son of Rechab have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them; but this people hath not hearkened unto mMe:; Ttherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel:; Behold, I will bring upon Judah and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them;: because I have spoken unto them, but they have not heard; and I have called unto them, but they have not answered. p. 48174, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 "And Jeremiah said unto the house of the Rechabites, Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel:; Because ye have obeyed the commandments of Jonadab your father, and kept all his precepts, and done according unto all that he hath commanded you;: therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Tthe God of Israel:; Jonadab the son of Rechab shall not want a man to stand before mMe forever." p. 49175, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The Rechabites were commended for their ready and willing obedience, while God's people refused to be reproved by their prophets. "Because IHe haved spoken unto them, and but they haved not heard; but I, because He haved called unto them andbut they haved not answered," for this therefore God pronounced judgment against them. Jeremiah repeated the words of commendation from the Lord to the faithful Rechabites, and pronounced blessings upon them in hHis name. Thus God taught, h His people that faithfulness, and obedience of hto His requirements, would be reflected back upon them in blessings, as the Rechabites were blessed for their obedience to their father's command. p. 49175, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 If the directions of a good and wise father, who took the best and most effectual means to secure his posterity against the evil of intemperance, were to be so strictly obeyed, God's authority should be held in as much greater reverence should God's authority be held as hHe is holier than man. He is our Creator and Ccommander, infinite in power and terrible in judgment. In mercy hHe employs a variety of means to bring men to see and repent of their sins. If they will continue to disregard the reproofs hHe sends them, and act contrary to hHis declared will, ruin must follow,; for God's people are kept in prosperity only by hHis mercy, through the care of hHis heavenly messengers. He will not uphold and guard a people who disregard hHis counsel and despise hHis reproofs. p. 49, 175, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 THE WARNINGS OF GOD REJECTED Jeremiah was already deprived of his liberty because he would obey God and give to the king and others occupying responsible positions in Israel, the words of warning which he had received from the mouth of God. The Israelites would not accept these reproofs, nor allow their course to be questioned. They had manifested great anger and contempt at the words of rebuke and at the judgments which were predicted to come upon them if they continued in rebellion against the Lord. Although Israel would not hear the words of divine counsel, it did not make that word of less effect, neither did God cease to reprove and to threaten with hHis displeasure and hHis judgments those who refused to obey hHis requirements. p. 50176, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The Lord directed Jeremiah, saying,: "Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way;, that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin." p. 50176, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Here the Lord is shown asthe Lord's reluctantce to give up hHis sinning people. And lest Israel had so far neglected hHis reproofs and warnings as to let them pass from their memory, hHe delays hHis judgments upon them and gives them a full rehearsal of their disobedience and aggravating sins from the days of Josiah down to their own time, and of the judgments hHe had pronounced in consequence of their transgressions. Thus they had another opportunity to see their iniquity and repent. In this we see that God does not delight in afflicting hHis people. B; but with a cuare whichthat surpasses that of a pitying father for a wayward child, hHe entreats hHis wandering people to return to their own allegiance. p. 51176, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 The prophet Jeremiah, in obedience to the commands of God, dictated the words that the Lord gave him to Baruch, his scribe, who wrote them upon a roll. (See Jer.Jeremiah 36:4.) It This message was a reproof of the many sins of Israel and a warning of the consequences that would follow a continuance of their evil course. It was an earnest appeal for them to renounce their sins. After it was written, Jeremiah, who was a prisoner, sent his scribe to read the roll to all the people who had assembled "in the Lord's house upon the fasting day." Said the prophet,: "It may be they will present their supplication before the Lord, and will return every one everyone from his evil way; for great is the anger and the fury that the Lord hath pronounced against this people." p. 51177, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The scribe obeyed the prophet, and the roll was read before all the people of Judah. But this was not all; he was summoned to read it before the princes. They listened with great interest, and fear was stamped upon their faces as they questioned Baruch concerning the mysterious writing. They promised to tell the king all they had heard in regard to him and his people, but counseled the scribe to hide himself, as they feared that the king would reject the testimony God had given through Jeremiah, and seek to slay not only the prophet, but his scribe. p. 52177, Para. 1, 2, [27OT4T].


 When the king was told by the princes of what Baruch had read, he immediately ordered the roll brought and read to him. But instead of heeding its warnings, and trembling at the danger ofthat hung over himself and his people, in a frenzy of rage he flung it into the fire, notwithstanding certain ones who were high in his confidence had begged him not to burn it. Then When the wrath of this wicked monarch rose against Jeremiah and his scribe, and he forthwith sent for them to be taken, "; but the Lord hid them." After the king had burned the sacred roll, the workd of God came to Jeremiah, saying, : "Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim, the king of Judah, hath burned. And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the Lord: ; Thou hast burned this roll, saying, Why hast thou written therein, saying, The king of Babylon shall certainly come and destroy this land, and shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?" p. 52177, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 A merciful God had graciously warned the people for their good. "It may be," said the compassionate Creator, "that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them;, that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin." p. 53, Para. 1, [27OT].


 God pities the blindness and perversity of man; hHe sends light to their darkened understanding in reproofs and threatenings which are designed to make the most exalted feel their ignorance and deplore their errors. He would cause the self-complacent to feel dissatisfied with their attainments and seek greater blessings by closer connection with Hheaven. p. 53178, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 God's plan is not to send messengers who will please and flatter sinners, h; He delivers no messages of peace to lull the unsanctified into carnal security. But hHe lays heavy burdens upon the conscience of the wrong-doer, and pierces his soul with sharp arrows of conviction. The ministering angels present to him the fearful judgments of God, to deepen the sense of his great need and prompt the agonizing cry: "wWhat shall I do to be saved?" The very hand that humbles to the dust, rebukes sin, and puts pride and ambition to shame, lifts up the penitent, stricken one, and inquires with deepest sympathy,: "What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?" p. 53178, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 When man has sinned against a holy and merciful God, therehe iscan pursue no course for him to pursue so noble, as to sincerely repent and confess his errors in tears and bitterness of soul. This God requires of him and; He will accept of nothing less than a broken heart and a contrite spirit. p. 54, Para. 1, [27OT].


 But the king and his lords, in their arrogance and pride, refused the invitation of God to return; they would not heed this warning and repent. This gracious opportunity was their last. God had declared that if they refused to hear his His voice h, He would inflict upon them fearful retribution. They did refuse to hear, and hHe pronounced hHis judgment s upon Israel; and He visited with his special wrath the man who had proudly lifted himself up against the Almighty. p. 54178, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 "Therefore thus saith the Lord of Jehoiakim king of Judah:; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David;: and his dead body shall be cast out in the day to the heat, and in the night ofto the frost. And I will punish him and his seed and his servants for their iniquity; and I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them; but they hearkened not." p. 54179, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 The burning of the roll was not the end of the matter. The written words were more easily disposed of than the reproof and warning which they contained, and the swift-comingswift coming punishment which God had pronounced against rebellious Israel. But even the written roll was reproduced at the command of the Lord. The words of the Infinite were not to be destroyed. "Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire;: and there were added besides unto them many like words." p. 55179, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 God does not send judgments upon hHis people without first givingwarning them warning to repent. He will uses every means to bring them back to obedience, and does not visit their iniquity with judgments until hHe has given them ample opportunity to repent. The wrath of man sought to prevent the labors of the prophet of God by depriving him of his liberty. B; but God can speak to men through prison walls, and even increase the usefulness of hHis servants, through the very means by which their persecutors seek to limit their influence. p. 55 179, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Many now despise the faithful reproof given of God in testimony. I washave been shown that some in these days have even gone so far as to burn the written words of rebuke and warning, as did the wicked king of Israel. But opposition to God's threatenings will not hinder their execution. To defy the words of the Lord, spoken through hHis chosen instruments, will only provoke hHis anger, and eventually bring certain ruin upon the offender. Indignation often kindles in the heart of the sinner against the agent whom God chooses to deliver hHis reproofs. It has ever been thus;, and the same spirit exists today that persecuted and imprisoned Jeremiah for obeying the word of the Lord. p. 55180, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 While men will not heed repeated warnings, they are pleased with false teachers who flatter their vanity and strengthen their iniquity, but who will fail to help them in the day of trouble. God's chosen servants should meet with courage and patience whatever trials and sufferings befall them through reproach, neglect, or misrepresentations, because they faithfully discharge the duty that God has given them to do. They should remember that the prophets of old and the Saviour of the world also endured abuse and persecution for the Wword's sake. They must expect to meet just such opposition as was manifested by the burning of the roll that was written by the dictation of God. p. 56180, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 The Lord is fitting a people for Hheaven. The defects of character, the stubborn will, the selfish idolatry, the indulgence of faultfinding, hatred, and contention, provoke the wrath of God, and must be put away from hHis commandment-keeping commandment keeping people. Those living in these sins are deceived and blinded by the wiles of Satan. They think that they are in the light when they are groping in darkness. God will send reproof and warning to his people as long as they continue upon earth. There are murmurers among us now, even as there were murmurers in among ancient Israel. Those who encourage men in rebellion by their unwise sympathy forencourage men them,in rebellion when their self-love is smarting beneath merited reproof, are not the friends of God the great Reprover. p. 56, Para. 2, [27OT].


 They, the great Reprover. God will send reproof and warning to His people as long as they continue upon earth. p. 180, Para. 3, [4T].


 Those who valiantly take their position on the right side, who encourage submission to God's revealed will, and strengthen others in their efforts to put away their wrongdoings, are the true friends of the Lord, who, in love, is trying to correct the errors of hHis people, that hHe may wash them and cleanse, cleansing them from every defilement, and fit them for hHis holy kingdom. p. 57181, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Zedekiah succeeded Jehoiakim, in reigning at Jerusalem. But neither the new king, nor his court, nor the people of the land hearkened to the words of the Lord, spoken through Jeremiah. The Chaldeans commenced the siege against Jerusalem, but were diverted for a time to turn their arms against the Egyptians. Zedekiah sent a messenger to Jeremiah, asking him to pray to the God of Israel in their behalf; but the prophet's fearful answer was that the Chaldean army would return and destroy the city. Thus the Lord showed them how impossible it is for mean to avert divine judgment. "Thus saith the Lord:; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us; for they shall not depart. For though ye had smitten the whole army of the Chaldeans that fight against you, and there remained but wounded men among them, yet should they rise up every man in his tent, and burn this city with fire." p. 57181, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Jeremiah considered his work done and attempted to leave the city,; but he was prevented by a son of one of the false prophets, who reported that he was about to join the enemy. Jeremiah denied the lying charge, but nevertheless he was brought back. The princes were ready to believe the son of the false prophet, because they hated Jeremiah. They seemed to think that he had brought upon them the calamity which he had predicted. In their wrath they smote him and imprisoned him. p. 58181, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 After he had remained in the dungeon many days, Zedekiah, the king, sent for him and asked him secretly if there was any word from the Lord. Jeremiah again repeated his warning that the nation would be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon. p. 58181, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 "Moreover Jeremiah said unto kKing Zedekiah, What have I offended against thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put me in prison? Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land? Therefore hear now, I pray thee, O my lord the king: let my supplication, I pray thee, be accepted before thee; that thou cause me not to return to the house of Jonathan the scribe, lest I die there. Then Zedekiah the king commanded that they should commit Jeremiah into the court of the prison, and that they should give him daily a piece of bread out of the baker's street, until all the bread in the city were spent. Thus Jeremiah remained in the court of the prison." p. 58182, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 The wicked king dared not openly manifest any faith in Jeremiah;, but his fear drove him to seek information of him. Yet he was too weak to brave the disapprobation of his nobles and of the people, by submitting to the will of God, as declared by the prophet. At last, men in authority, who were enraged because Jeremiah persisted in prophesying evil, went to the king and told him that as long as the prophet lived, he would not cease to predict calamity. They urged that he was an enemy to the nation, and that his words had weakened the hands of the people and brought misfortune upon them. T, and they wanted him put to death. p. 59182, Para. 1, 2, [27OT4T].


 The cowardly king knew these charges were false,; but in order to propitiate those who occupied high and influential positions in the nation, he feigned to believe their falsehoods, and gave Jeremiah into their hands to do with him as they pleased. Accordingly the prophet was taken and cast "into the dungeon of Malchiah the son of Hammelech, that was in the court of the prison;: and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire;: so Jeremiah sunk in the mire." But God raised up friends for him, who besought the king in his behalf, and had him again removed to the court of the prison. p. 59182, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Once more the king sent privately for Jeremiah, and bade him faithfully relate the purpose of God towards Jerusalem. "Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, wilt thou not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, wilt thou not hearken unto me? So Zedekiah the king sware secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As the Lord liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life." Then Jeremiah again sounded the Lord's note of warning in the ears of the king. Said he,: "Thus saith the Lord, the God of hosts, the God of Israel:; If thou wilt assuredly go forth unto the king of Babylon's princes, then thy soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and thou shalt live, and thine house.: p. 60, Para. 1, [27OT].


 "Bbut if thou wilt not go forth to the king of Babylon's princes, then shaltl this city be given into the hands of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and thou shalt not escape out of their hand. And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me. But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of the Lord, which I speak unto thee;: so it shall be well unto thee, and thy soul shall live." p. 60182, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 Here was exhibited the long-suffering mercy of God. Even at that late hour, if there waswere submission to hHis requirements, the lives of the people would be spared, and the city saved from conflagration. But the king thought he had gone too far to retract. He was afraid of the Jews, afraid of becoming a subject of ridicule, afraid for his life. It was too humiliating, at that late day, to say to the people: "I accept the word of the Lord, as spoken through hHis prophet Jeremiah. I dare not venture to war against the enemy, in the face of all these warnings." p. 61183, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Jeremiah, wWith tears, Jeremiah entreated the king to save himself and his people. With anguish of spirit he assured him that he could not escape with his life, and that all his possessions would fall to the king of Babylon. He could save the city if he would. But he had started upon the wrong track and would not retractretrace his steps. He decided to follow the counsel of false prophets, and of men whom he really despised, and who ridiculed his weakness of character in yielding so readily to their wishes. He yielded the noble freedom of his manhood to become a cringing slave to public opinion. While he had no fixed purpose of evil, he also had no resolution to stand boldly for the right. While he was convicted of the truth, as spoken by Jeremiah, he had did not possess the moral stamina to obey his counsel, but advanced steadily in the wrong direction. p. 61183, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 He was even too weak to be willing that his courtiers and people should know that he had held a conference with the prophet, so far had the fear of man taken possession of his soul. If this cowardly ruler had stood bravely before his people and declared that he believed the words of the prophet, already half-fulfilled, what desolation might have been averted.! He should have said,: "I will obey the Lord and save the city from utter ruin. I dare not disregard the commands of God for the fear or favor of men. I love the truth, I hate sin., and I will follow the counsel of the Mighty One of Israel." p. 62, Para. 1, [27OT].


 Then the people would have respected his courageous spirit, and those who were wavering between faith and unbelief would have taken a firm stand for the right. The very fearlessness and justice of this course would have inspired his subjects with admiration and loyalty. He would have had ample support., and Israel would have been spared the untold woe of fire and carnage and famine. p. 62184, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 But the weakness of Zedekiah was a crime for which he paid a fearful penalty. The enemy swept down like a resistless avalanche, and devastated the city. The Hebrew armies were beaten back in confusion. The nation was conquered. Zedekiah was taken prisoner, and his sons were slain before his sighteyes. Then he was led away from Jerusalem a captive, hearing the shrieks of his wretched people, and the roaring of the flames that were devouring their homes. WHis eyes were put out, and when he arrived at Babylon his eyes were put out and he perished miserably. This was the punishment of unbelief and following ungodly counsel. p. 62184, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 There are many false prophets in these days, to whom sin does not appear specially repulsive. They complain that the peace of the people is unnecessarily disturbed by the reproofs and warnings of God's messengers. As for them , they lull the souls of sinners into a fatal ease by their smooth and deceitful teachings. Ancient Israel was thus charmed by the flattering messages of the corrupt priests. Their prediction of prosperity was more pleasing than the message of the true prophet, who counseled repentance and submission. p. 63185, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The servants of God should manifest a tender, compassionate spirit, and show to all that they are not actuated by any personal motives, in their dealings with the people, and that they do nort take delight in giving messages of wrath in the name of the Lord. But they must never flinch from pointing out the sins that are corrupting the professed people of God, nor cease striving to influence them to turn from their errors and obey the Lord. p. 63185, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Those who seek to cloak sin and make it appear less aggravating to the mind of the offender, are doing the work of the false prophets, and may expect the retributive wrath of God to follow such a course. The Lord will never accommodate hHis ways to the wishes of corrupt men. The false prophet condemned Jeremiah for afflicting the people with his severe denunciations. Therefore, and he sought to reassure them by promising them prosperity, thinking that the poor people should not be continually reminded of their sins, and threatened with punishment. This course strengthened the people to resist the true prophet's counsel, and intensified their enmity towards him. p. 64185, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 God has no sympathy with the evil-doer. He gives no one liberty to gloss over the sins of hHis people, nor to cry, "Peace, peace!," when hHe has declared that there shall be no peace for the wicked. Those who stir up rebellion against the servants whom God sends to deliver hHis messages, are rebelling against the word of the Lord. p. 64185, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 Testimony Given Jan. 5, 1875. p. 65, Para. 1, [27OT].


FAITHFUL REPROOFS NECESSARY The following testimony, given in my last vision, January 5, 1875, I wrote in my tent between the services of the Vermont Camp- Meetingcampmeeting, August, 1875. It sets forth the condition of things at B----- C----- in January, 1875. Developments during the following summer fully justified the apparent severity of the testimony. In September I read portions of it to that church, and a great work commenced under our labors, ; yet, for the benefit of that church and others, I give the testimony in this humble work. p. 65186, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 Darkness is getting the control where only the Spirit of God should rule. But few who were engaged in the work realized the necessity of personal effort and individual responsibility in whatever department they occupiedoccupy. Few felt feel the sacredness of the work in which they wereare engaged. They regarded it as upon a common level with ordinary enterprises. p. 65186, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 Selfishness predominateds with many, who should know that a life of self-sacrificing love is a life of peace and liberty. Those who seek happiness by gratifying themselves and looking out mainly for their own interests are on the wrong track to secure happiness even upon the earth. Whoever is unfaithful in the least of his duties, is unfaithful in much greater ones. If he neglects to faithfully perform the small tasks devolving upon him, he proves himself incapable of bearing weightier responsibilities, and ; he indicates that he is not wholehearted in the work, and that he does not have an eye single to the glory of God. p. 65186, Para. 4 3, [27OT4T].


 Some are ready to define the duties that belong to others, and realize the full importance of their responsibilities, but fail to readily perceive their own. Personal fidelity and individual responsibility isare needed especially in the Health Institute especially[now sanitarium], and in the Ooffice, the church, and the school. If each oneall connected with these institutions were listening eagerly to hear what Jesus directed them to do, instead of turning to ask what this man or that man shall do, we should witness a great change in every department of the work. If the language of each heart was, "I must listen to Christ's teachings, and obey his His voice,; no one can do my work for me,; the attention of others can never repair my negligence," then we might see the cause of God advancing as it has never done beforeyet advanced. p. 66186, Para. 14, [27OT4T].


 It is this holding back, waiting for others to do, that brings spiritual feebleness. To reserve one's energies is a sure way to lessen them. Jesus requires implicit obedience and willing submission from all hHis servants. There must be no halting or self-indulgence in the service of Christ. There is no concord between Christ and Belial. What a lack of devotion to the work of God, what a want of care-takingcaretaking, has there been at B----- C-----. p. 66187, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The heart of W----- B----- has not been devoted to God. He has capabilities and talents for which he must render an account to the great Giver of all. His heart has been unconsecrated and his life unworthy of his profession. Y; yet he has been closely connected with the sacred work of God for more than a score of years. What light he has had, what privileges! He has enjoyed the rarest opportunities to develop a substantial Christian character. The words of Christ when hHe wept over Jerusalem, are applicable to him: "Oh, thatIf thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things that which belong unto thy peace,! but now they are hidden hid from thine eyes." W-----, the retribution of God hangs over you, "because "thou knewest not the time of thy visitation." p. 66 187, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 B----- S----- is of the same cast of mind, but not so thoroughly selfish. Both are lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. Their course is entirely inconsistent with the Christian life. They lack stability, sobriety, and devotion to God. With B----- S----- the work of grace is altogether too superficial. He desires to be a Christian, but does not strive to maintain the victory over self and act up to his convictions of right and wrong. Deeds, not idle words and empty intentions, are acceptable to God. p. 67187, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 W----- B-----, you have heard the Wword of God in reproofs, in counsels, in warnings, as well as in the entreaties of love. But hearing is not enough. "Be ye doers of the word , and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." It is easy to be borne along by the current, and to cry, Hosannah! with the multitude; but in the calm of every-day life, when there is no special excitement or exaltation, then comes the test of true Christianity. It is then that your heart becomes cold, and your zeal abates, and religious exercises becomes distasteful to you. p. 67187, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 You positively neglect to do the will of God. "Ye are," sSays Christ, "my: "Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. " This is the condition imposed,; this is the test that proves men's characters. Feelings are often deceiving, emotions are no sure safe-guard,safeguard; for they are variable and subject to external circumstances. Many are deluded by relying on sensational impressions. The test is: What are you doing for Christ, that is the question? What sacrifices are you making? What victories are you gaining? A selfish spirit overcome, a temptation to neglect duty resisted, passion subdued, and willing, cheerful obedience rendered to the will of Christ, is are far greater evidences that you are a child of God than spasmodic piety and emotional religion. p. 68188, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 YBoth of you have both been averse to reproof; it has ever awakened disaffection and murmuring in your hearts against your best friend Friend, who has ever sought to do you good, and whom you have every reason to respect. You have separated yourselves from hHim, and therebyhave vexed the Spirit of God, by rising up against the words hHe has given hHis servants to speak in regard to your course. You have not listened to those these admonitions, and have thus rejected the Spirit of God and turned it from your hearts, and have become careless and indifferent in your deportment. p. 68188, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Bro.Brother W-----, you should have gained a valuable experience during the many years that you have been blessed by with the great light God has permitted to shine upon your pathway. I heard a voice saying in reference to you,: "It is an unfruitful tree,; why should its fruitless branches shadow the space that a fruitful tree might occupy? Cut it down,; for why cumbereth it the ground?" Then I heard the pleading tones of Mercy's sweet voice, saying,: "Spare it a little longer; . I will dig about its roots,; I will prune it. Give it one more trial; if it fails to be fruitful then, you may cut it down." So a little longer probation is granted the unproductive tree, a little longer time for the barren life to blossom and bear fruit. Will the opportunity given be improved? Will the warnings of God's Spirit be heeded? The words of Jesus in regard to Jerusalem, after she had slighted the salvation graciously offered by her Redeemer, are also, in substance, spoken unto you: "OhO Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! . . . how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her brood chickens under her wings, and ye would not.!" Christ pleaded, hHe invited,; but hHis love was unrequited by the people hHe came to save. You have done no better in your day than did the poor, self-deceived and blinded Jews in theirs. You might have improved your blessed privileges and opportunities, and perfected Christian character,; but your heart has been rebellious, and you "would not" humble yourself to be properly truly converted and live in obedience to God's requirements. p. 69 188, Para. 1 3, [27OT4T].


 The unreconciled feelings and murmurings which have been expressed by some, have also been festering in your soul, although you have not dared to speak out plainly to the same effect. It would have been better for the Ooffice and for all concerned, had you been separated from it years ago. The more light you have had, the more privileges you have enjoyed, the less sincerity and righteousness have you manifested. Your heart has been carnal, and you have neglected the expressed word of God. Although you have been hedged about with warnings and counsels, and have had the strongest evidence that God was in this work and that hHis voice was speaking to you, yet you have slighted and rejected solemn reproofs, and gone on in your own selfish, willful way. p. 70189, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Sometimes your fears have been aroused, but still you have never realized your wretched spiritual condition, and absolute danger. You have repeatedly fallen back again into the same state of indifference and selfishness. Your repentance has never gone deep enough to perfect a thorough reformation. You have had a surface work, but not theat entire transformation which is necessary in order to bring you into acceptance with God. "He that followeth mMe," says Christ, "shall not walk in darkness." TBut through the greater part of your professed Christian life you have walked in darkness because you have failed to connect with Heaven heaven and receive the pure light of God's Spirit. p. 70189, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 If you were in daily communion with the Lord, and cultivated a love for souls, you would grow out of self and become an earnest worker in the vineyard of the Lord. You would perceive how the faithful performance of the duties of life would preserve you from self-love and gratificationselfgratification. You have not been diligent and sought, seeking to gain an advanced experience every day. You should be at this time a trusty man in any position of responsibility, but selfishness has marked the performance of everything you have set your hand to do. You have been wise in your own conceit, but have failed to gain wisdom from many years'the experience of many years. p. 71190, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 B----- S----- has been vain. He might have moved steadily forward, growing in grace, but the external appearance has seemed to him more important than the inward adorning, even the garment of a meek and quiet spirit, which God accounts of great value. Unbelievers, who have been engagedemployed in the Ooffice, but have not had the light of present truth as you have had, have nevertheless have been far more faithful and conscientious than either of you whom I am addressing. p.If 71, Para. 2, [27OT].


 If you had been diligently gathering with Christ, some of these would now be with us in the truth. But your lives were a stumbling-block to them. God looks upon thoese unbelievers with greater pity and favor than upon those who believe the truth, yet deny hHim in their works. That belief that is laid aside when convenient, and put on and off like a a garment, is not the religion of Christ, but a spurious article that will not bear the tests even of this world. p. 71190, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 True religion is ever distinctly seen in our words and deportment, and in every act of life. RWith the followers of Christ, religion should never be divorced from business with the followers of Christ. They should go hand in hand, and God's commandments should be strictly regarded in all the details of worldly matters. The knowledge that we are children of God should give a high tone of character even to the every-day duties of life, making us not slothful in business, but fervent in spirit. Such a religion as this bears the scrutiny of a critical world with a grand consciousness of integrity. p. 190, 72, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 Every workman in the Ooffice should consider himself as God's steward, and should do his work with exactness and faithful vigilance. The constant inquiry should be,: "Is this in accordance with the will of God? Will this please my Redeemer?" Bible religion elevates the reason until Christ is blended with all the thoughts. Every action, every word , and every moment of our lives should bear the impress of our holy faith. The end of all things is at hand , and we have no time to be idle or to live in pleasure, at cross-purposes crosspurposes with God. p. 72191, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The Lord will not be trifled with. Those who neglect hHis mercies and blessings in this day of opportunities will bring impenetrable darkness upon themselves, and will be candidates for the wrath of God. Sodom and Gomorrah were visited with the curse of the Almighty, for their sins and iniquities. There are those in our day who have equally abused the mercies of God and slighted hHis warnings. It will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the Dday of Jjudgment, than for those who bear the name of Christ, yet dishonor hHim by livingtheir unconsecrated lives. This class are laying up for themselves a fearful retribution, when God in hHis wrath shall visit them with hHis judgments. p. 73191, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Sinners who have not had the light and privileges ofthat Seventh-day Adventists, have enjoyed will, in their ignorance, be in a more favorable position before God, in their ignorance, than those who have been unfaithful while in close connection with hHis work, and professing to love and serve hHim. The tears of Christ upon the mount came from an anguished, breaking heart because of hHis unrequited love and the ingratitude of hHis chosen people. He had labored untiringly to save them from the fate that they seemed determined to bring upon themselves. B, but they refused hHis mercy, and knew not the time of their visitation. Their day of privilege was ending, yet they were so blinded by sin that they knew it not. p. 73191, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Jesus looked down through the centuries, even to the close of time, and, taking in the cases of all who had and would repay hid His love and admonitions with selfishness and neglect, and all who would thus repay Him, He addressed to them those solemn words, declaring that they knew not the time of their visitation. The Jews were gathering over themabout themselves the dark clouds of retribution, and many today, in like manner, are drawing upon themselves the wrath of God, because of opportunities unheededunimproved, the counsels and love of Jesus scorned, and hHis servants despised and hated for speaking the truth. p. 73192, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 There is no place on the face of the earth where so great a light has been granted, as at B----- C-----. Even Jerusalem of old was not more greatlyhighly favored with the beams of Hheaven's light shining upon the way that her people should tread. Yet they have failed to walk, by faithful obedience, in the full radiance of the light, by faithful obedience, serving God night and day. A sickly, dwarfed religion is the result of neglecting to follow the revealed light of the Spirit of the Lord. Energy and love increase as we exercise them, and the Christian graces can only developbe developed only by careful cultivation. p. 74192, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 NECESSITY OF FAMILY DISCIPLINE The state of many in B----- C----- is truly alarming,; especially is this the case with a majority of the youth. Families have moved to the place with the understanding that they were not to burden the church, but to be a help to it. With a considerable number the result has been quite the contrary. The neglect of parents to properly discipline their children, has been a fruitful source of evil in many families. The youth have not been restrained, as they should have been. Parents have neglected to follow the directions of the Wword of God in this matter, and the children have taken the reins of government into their own hands. The consequence has been that they have generally succeeded in ruling their parents, instead of being under their authority. p. 74192, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 The parents are blind to the true state of their children, who have entirely succeeded in entirely deceiving them. But those who have lost the control of their children are not pleased when others seek to control them, or to point out their defects for the purpose of correcting them. The cause of God has been retarded in B----- C----,- by parents' bringing their unruly and undisciplined children into this large church. Many are living in constant neglect of their duty to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord,; yet these very ones have most to say concerning the wickedness of the youth in B----- C-----, when it is the wrong example and evil influence of their own children that hasve demoralized the young people with whom they have associated. p. 75193, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Such families have brought upon this church its heaviest burdens. They come with false ideas. They seem to expect the church to be faultless, and that it will take the responsibility of making their children Christians, of those very children whom they, as parents, are unable to control or keep within bounds. They throw themselves upon the church, a terrible and crushing weight. They might be of somea help if they would yield their selfishness and strive to honor God, and try to repair the mistakes they have made in their lives. p. 75, Para. 2, [27OT].


 But they do no such thing,; they hold themselves aloof, ready to criticisze the lack of spirituality in the church, whose greatest calamity is the numberingthat it numbers among its members too many like themselves, --dead weights, persons whose hearts and lives are unconsecrated, and whose course is all wrong. The institutions located at B----- C----- have carried along too many diseased and lifeless bodies for their own prosperity and spiritual vitality. p. 76193, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 CRITICIZING BURDEN BEARERS The church is suffering for want of unselfish Christian workers. If all those who are, as a rule, unable to resist temptation, and are too weak to stand alone, would remain away from B----- C-----, there would be a much purer spiritual atmosphere in that place. Those who live upon the husks of others' failings and deficiencies, and who gather to themselves the unwholesome miasma of their neighbor'sneighbors' neglects and shortcomings, making themselves church scavengers, are no advantage to the society of which they form a part, but are an actual burden to the community upon which they inflict themselves. p. 76193, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 The church is in need, not of burdens, but of earnest workers,; not of fault-finders, but of builders in Zion. Missionaries are really needed at the great heart of the work. Menwork--men who will keep the fort, men who will be true as steel to preserve the honor of those whom God has placed at the head of hHis work, menand who will do their utmost to sustain the cause in all its departments, even at the sacrifice of their own interests and lives, if need be. p. 76, Para. 3, [27OT].


 But I was shown that there are but few who have the truth wrought in to their very souls, who can bear the searching test of God. There are many who have taken hold of the truth, but the truth has not taken hold of them, to transform their hearts and cleanse them from all selfishness. There are those who come to B----- C----- to help in the work, as well as many of the old members, who have a fearful account to render to God for the hinderance hindrance they have been to the work through their self-love and unconsecrated lives. p. 77194, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Religion has no saving virtue if the characters of those professing it do not correspond with their profession. God has graciously given great light to hHis people in B----- C-- --,--; but Satan has his work to accomplish, and he brings his power to bear strongestmost strongly at the great heart of the work. He seizes men and women who are selfish and unconsecrated, and makes of them sentinels to watch the faithful servants of God, andto question their words, their actions, and their motives, and to find fault and murmur at their reproofs and warnings. Through them he creates suspicion and jealousy , and seeks to weaken the courage of the faithful, to please the unsanctified, and turnto bring to naought the labors of God's servants. p. 77194, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Satan has had great power over the minds of parents through their undisciplined children. The sin of parental neglect stands marked against many Sabbath-keeping parents. The spirit of gossip and tale-bearing is one of Satan's special agentsagencies to sow discord and strife, to separate friends, and to undermine the faith of many in the truthfulness of our positions. Brethren and sisters are too ready to talk of the faults and errors that they think exists in others, and especially in those who have borne unflinchingly the messages of reproof and warning given them of God. p. 78194, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 The children of these complainers listen with open ears, and receive the poison of disaffection. Parents are thus blindly closing the avenues through which the hearts of their children might be reached. How many families season their daily meals with doubt and questionings?. They dissect the characters of the their friends, and serve them up as a dainty dessert. A precious bit of slander is passed around the board, to be commented upon, not only by adults, but by children. In this God is dishonored. Jesus has said, : "Inasmuch as ye have done this toit unto one of the least of these mMy brethren, ye have done it unto mMe." Therefore Christ is slighted and abused by those who slander hHis servants. p. 78195, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The names of God's chosen servants have been handled with disrespect, and in some cases with absolute contempt, by certain persons whose duty it should beis to uphold them. What a work are these parents doing in making infidels of their children even in their childhood! These children have not failed to hear the disrespectful remarks of their parents in reference to the solemn reproofs and warnings of God's servants. They have understood the scornful jests and depreciatory speeches that from time to time have met their ears, and tendedthe tendency has been to bring sacred and eternal interests, in their minds, on a level with the common affairs of the world. What a work are these parents doing in making infidels of their children even in their minds. p. 78, Para. 3, [27OT].


 childhood! This is the way that children are taught to be irreverent and to rebel against Heaven's reproof of sin. Spiritual declension can but prevail where such evils exist. These very fathers and mothers are, blinded by the enemy to, marvel why their children are so inclined to unbelief and to doubt the truth of the Bible. They wonder that they areit is so difficult to reach them by moral and religious influences. Had they spiritual eye-sighteyesight, they would at once discover that this deplorable condition of things is the result of their own home influence, the offspring of their jealousy and distrust. Thus many infidels are educated in the family circles of professed Christians. p. 79195, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 There are many who find a special enjoyment in discoursing and dwelling upon the defects, whether real or imaginary, of those who bear the heavy responsibilities in connection with the institutions of GodGod's cause. They overlook the good that has been accomplished, the benefits that have resulted from arduous labor and unflinching devotion to the cause, and fasten their attention upon some apparent mistake, some matter that, after it has been done and the consequences have followed, they fancy could have been done in a better manner with fairer results. W, when the truth is, had they been left to do the work, they would either have refused to move at all under the attending discouragements of the case, or would have managed more indiscreetly than those who did do the work, following the opening toof God's providence. p. 79196, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 But these unruly talkers will fasten upon the more disagreeable features of the work, even as the lichen clings to the roughness of the rock. These persons are spiritually dwarfed by continually dwelling upon the failings and faults of others. They are morally incapable of discerning good and noble actions, unselfish endeavors, true heroism, and self-sacrifice. They are not becoming nobler and loftier in their lives and hopes, more generous and broad in their ideas and plans. They are not cultivating that charity that should characterize the Christian's life. They are degenerating every day, they and are becoming narrower in their prejudices and views. Littleness is their element, and the atmosphere that surrounds them is poisonous to peace and happiness. p. 80196, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 The great sin of B----- C----- is neglectinga neglect to cherish the light which God has given them through hHis servants. Said Christ to hHis apostles,: "He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth mMe;, and he that receiveth mMe receiveth hHim that sent mMe." Here it is made plain that those who reject the messages of God's servants, reject not only the Son, but also the Father. p. 81196, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 Again hHe says,: "But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you; : notwithstanding, be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting isn sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the Jjudgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which aret exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell. He that heareth you heareth mMe,; and he that despiseth you despiseth mMe,; and he that despiseth mMe despiseth hHim that sent mMe." p. 81197, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 How awfully solemn are these words! How important that we should not be found rejecting the warnings and admonitions that God delivers through hHis humble instruments; for in slighting the light brought by hHis messengers, we slight the Saviour of the world, and the King of Gglory. Many are running this terrible risk and are thus bringing upon themselves the condemnation of God. The Almighty will not be trifled with , nor allow hHis voice to be disregarded with impunity. p. 81 197, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 Brn. L----EVILS OF LAX DISCIPLINE Brethren L and G----G did not bring that relief to the cause at B----- C----- that they should have brought. Had they both taken hold humbly, in the fear of God, and persevered in well-doing well doing both in the church and Othe office, they would have been a great blessing to the work of God. Had they felt their accountability to God for the training and discipline of their children, they would have been worthy examples to others. These children needed not only the education acquired at school, but they need home training also, that their mental and moral powers shouldmight be developed in due proportion, each having its required the requisite exercise. The physical, mental, and spiritual capabilities should be developed in order to form a properly balanced character. p. 82197, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 Children should be watched, guarded, and disciplined in order to successfully accomplish this. It requires skill and patient effort to mould the young in the right manner. Certain evil tendencies are to be carefully restrained and tenderly rebuked,; the mind is to be stimulated in favor of the right. The child should be encouraged in attempting to govern self, and all this is to be done judiciously, or the very purpose desired is frustrated. p. 82198, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 Parents may well inquire,: "Who is sufficient for these things?" God alone is their sufficiency, and if they leave hHim out of the question, seeking not hHis aid and counsel, hopeless indeed is the task of the parents. p. 83, Para. 1, [27OT].


 But, by prayer, and study of the Bible,their task. But by prayer, by study of the Bible, and by earnest zeal on their part, they may succeed nobly in this important duty, and be repaid an hundred-fold for all their time and care. But gossiping and anxiety forconcerning the external appearance has ve taken the precious time that should have been devoted to prayer and the seeking of for wisdom and strength from God to fulfill their most sacred trusts. Parents who are wise unto salvation, will so order their surroundings that they will be favorable to the formation of correct characters in their children. This is almost always in their power. The source of wisdom is open , from which they may draw all necessary knowledge in this direction. p. 83198, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 The Bible should be their text-book, a volume rich in instruction, should be their textbook. If they train their children according to its precepts, they not only set their young feet in the right path, but they educate themselves in their most holy duties. Impressions made upon the minds of the young are hard to efface. How important, then, that these impressions should be of the right sort, bending the elastic faculties of youth in the right direction. p. 83198, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 Certain parents have come to B----- C----- with their children and dropped them into the church, as if they resigned from thence forththenceforth all responsibility of their moral and religious training. Brother and sSister L. and brother Brother and sSister G. have made a decided failure in disciplining their children, as well as in properly regulating themselves. Their children have gloried in their freedom to do as they pleased. They have been released from home responsibilities and have despised restraint. p. 84, Para. 1, [27OT].


 A life of usefulness appears to them like a life of drudgery. Lax government at home has unfitted them for any position, and, as a natural consequence, they have rebelled against school discipline. Their complaints have been received and credited by their parents, who, in sympathizing with their imaginary troubles, have encouraged their children in wrong-doing. These parents have in many instances believed positive untruths that have been foisted palmed off upon them by their deceiving children. A few such cases of unruly and dissembling children would do much towards breaking down all authority in the school and demoralizing the young people of our church. p. 84198, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 There is perfect order in Hheaven, perfect concord and agreement. If parents so neglect to bring their children under proper authority here, how can they hope that they will be considered fit companions for the holy angels in a world of peace and harmony.? Indulgent parents, who justify their children in their wrong-doingwrongdoing, are thereby creating an element that will bring discord into society and subvert the authority of both school and church. p. 84199, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 Children need watchful care and guidance as never before,; for Satan is striving to gain the control of their minds and hearts, and drivingto drive out the Spirit of God. The fearful state of the youth of this age constitutes one of the strongest signs that we are living in the last days. B, but the ruin of many may be traced directly to the wrong management of the parents. The spirit of murmuring against reproof has been taking root and is bearing its fruit of insubordination. While the parents are not pleased with the characters their children are developing, they fail to see the errors that make them what they are. p. 85199, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Eli remonstrated with his sons, but did not act promptly in restraining them. The ease-lovingease loving, affectionate father was warned of God that retribution would follow his neglect, but even then he did not feel the importance of at once putting the disgusting evil away from Israel. He should have taken prompt measures himself,; but instead of this he said, with remarkable submission, says,: "LetIt is the Lord: let Him do as what seemeth hHim good." If he had been aroused to the full guilt of his neglect, Israel might have been saved from the humility humiliation of defeat, and the ark of God would not have fallen into the enemy's hands. p. 85199, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 God condemns the negligence that dallies with sin and crime, and the insensibility that is slow to detect its baleful presence in the families of professed Christians. He holds parents accountable, in a great degree, for the faults and follies of their offspring. God visited with hHis curse, not only the sons of Eli, but Eli himself, and this fearful example should be a warning to the parents of this time. p. 86200, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 As I looked upon the perilous situation of our youth, and was shown how indifferent the parents wereare to their welfare, my heart was sick and faint,; angels were troubled and wept with grief. The youth are passing into the world , and into the hands of Satan. They are becoming less susceptible to the sweet influences of the grace of God, bolder and more defiant, withand manifest increasing disrespect for disregard of eternal interests. I saw Satan planting his banner in the households of those who profess to be God's chosen ones;, but theythose who are walking in the light should be able to discern the difference between the black banner of the adversary and the blood stainedbloodstained standard of Jesus Christ. p. 86200, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Children should be taught by precept and example. Parents should meet thistheir grave responsibilityresponsibilities with fear and trembling. Fervent prayers should be offered by them for divine strength and guidance in this task. In many families the seeds of vanity and selfishness are sown in the hearts of the children almost during babyhood. Their cunning little cunning sayings and doings are commented upon and praised in their presence, and repeated with exaggerations to others. The little ones take note of this and swell with self-importance, selfimportance; they presume to interrupt conversations, and become forward and impudent. Flattery and indulgence fosters their vanity and willfulness, until the youngest not unfrequently rules the whole family, father and mother included. p. 86200, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 The disposition formed by this sort of training cannot be laid aside as the child matures to riper judgment. It grows with his growth, and what might have appeared cunning in the baby, becomes contemptible and wicked in the man andor woman. They seek to rule over their associates, and if any refuse to yield to their wishes, they consider themselves aggrieved and insulted. This is because they have been indulged to their injury in youth, instead of being taught the self-denial necessary to bear the hardships and toils of life. p. 87201, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Parents frequently pet and indulge their young children because it appears easier to manage them in that way. It is smoother work to let them have their own way than to check the unruly inclinations that rise so strongly in their breasts. Yet this course is cowardly, i. It is a wicked thing thus to shirk responsibility,; for the time will come when these children, whose unchecked inclinations, unchecked, have strengthened into absolute vices, will bring reproach and disgrace upon themselves and their families. They go out into busy life, unprepared for its temptations, not strong enough to endure perplexities and troubles,; passionate, overbearing, undisciplined, they seek to bend others to their will, and, failing in this, consider themselvesthem selves illused by the world, and turn against it. p. 87201, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 The lessons of childhood, good or bad, are not learned in vain. Character is developed in youth for good or evil. At home there may be praise and false flattery. I; in the world each stands on his own merits. The pampered ones, to whom all home authority has yielded, are there daily subjected to mortification by being obliged to yield to others. Many are even then taught their true places by these practical lessons of life. ByThrough rebuffs and, disappointments, and plain language from their superiors, they often find their true level, and are humbled to understand and accept their proper places. But this is a severe and unnecessary ordeal for them to pass through, and could have been prevented by proper training in their youth. p. 88201, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 The majority of these ill-disciplinedill disciplined ones go through life at cross-purposes with the world, making a failure where they should have succeeded. They grow to feel that the world owes them a grudge, because it does not flatter and caress them, and they take revenge by holding a grudge against the world, and bidding it defiance. Circumstances sometimes oblige them to affect a humility they do not feel,; but it does not fit them with a natural grace, and their true characters are sure to be exposed sooner or later. p. 88202, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 If such persons have families of their own, they become arbitrary rulers at home, and display there the selfish and unreasonable disposition they are forced to partially conceal from the outside world. Their dependents feel to the utmost all the faults of their early training. Why will parents educate their children in such a manner as tothat they will be at war with those who are brought in contact with them.? p. 89 202, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Their religious experience is moulded by the education of theirreceived in childhood. The sad trials, which prove so dangerous to the prosperity of a church, and which cause the unbelieving to stumble and turn away with doubt and dissatisfaction, usually arise from an unsubdued and rebellious spirit, the off-spring of parental indulgence in early youth. p. 89, Para. 2, [27OT].


 How many lives are wrecked, how many crimes are committed , under the influence of a quick-rising quick rising passion, that might have been checked in childhood, when the mind was impressible, andwhen the heart was easily influenced for right, and was subject to a fond mother's will. Inefficient training of children lies at the foundation of a vast amount of moral wretchedness. p. 89202, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 Children who are allowed to have their own way are not happy. The unsubdued heart has not within itself the elements of rest and contentment. The mind and heart must be disciplined and brought under proper restraint, in order for the character to harmonize with the wise laws that govern our being. Restlessness and discontent are the fruits of indulgence and selfishness. The soil of the heart, like that of a garden, will produce weeds and brambles unless the seeds of precious flowers are planted there and receive care and cultivation. As in visible nature, so is it with the human soul. p. 89202, Para. 4, [27OT4T].


 The youth of B----- C----- are in a startling condition. While some ofin the church have been burdened in regard to those occupying responsible positions, and have been finding fault and murmuring against reproof, insinuating their doubts, and gossiping of the affairs of others, their own souls have been enshrouded in darkness, and their children have been leavened with the spirit that was working upon their parents. This disposition is calculated to break down all restraint and authority. God holds these parents responsible for the malice and rebellion of the youth inunder their midstcare. p. 90203, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Satan has succeeded wonderfully in his plans. Men of experience, fathers of families, who manifest a headstrong defiance when their track is crossed, show plainly that they can notcannot or do not control themselves. Then how can they succeed in controlling their children, who follow in their steps, and rebel against their authority and all other restraint, even as they themselves rebel against their authority of the church and the institutions with which they are connected.? Some of these professed Christians have yielded themselves into the hands of Satan and have become his instruments. They influence souls against the truth, by exhibiting their insubordination and restless discontent. While professing righteousness, they are flying into the face of the Almighty, and before they are aware of the enormity of their sin, they have accomplished the object of the adversary. The impression has been made, the shadow of darkness has been cast, the arrows of Satan have found their mark. Verily, a little leaven has leavened the entire lump. Unbelief creeps in, takes hold, and fastens its grasp upon minds that would have wholly accepted the truth. p. 90203, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Meanwhile, these spasmodic workers for Satan, look innocently upon those who have drifted into skepticism, and who stand unmoved under reproof or entreaty, and. While those persons who have been thus influenced have gone farther in unbelief than even they themselves had dared to venture, and they flatter themselves that they are, in comparison with these persons,them, they are virtuous and righteous. They fail to understand that these those sad cases are the result of their own unbridled tongues and wicked rebellion, that these tempted ones have fallen through their evil influence. They started the difficulty, ; they sowed the seeds of anarchy and unbelief. p. 91203, Para. 1 3, [27OT4T].


 No family is justified in bringing children to B----- C---- -- who are not under the control of their parents. If their parents have disregarded the Wword of God in the matter of instructing and training of their children., B----- C----- is no place for them. They will only be the means of demoralizing the young people of that place, and bringing discord where peace and prosperity should reign. Let such parents take up the neglected work of restraining and disciplining their children before they venture to impose them upon the church at B----- C-----. p. 91204, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 Many are as guilty of neglect towards their children as was Eli, and the punishment of God will as surely rest upon them as upon him. The case of Bro.Brother Ingraham was a marked one. God's hand was stretched out in the wrath of hHis retribution, not only over his children, but over himself also. The Wword of God was plain, but its admonitions had been trampled under foot underfoot; warnings had been given unto him, reproofs administered, but all were unheeded, and the curse fell upon him. It is a terrible thing to neglect the education of children. Not only will they be lost in consequence, but the parents themselves, who have so far departed from God as to lose all sense of their sacred responsibility, stand in a very perilous position as regards eternal life. p. 92 204, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Fond and indulgent parents, let me present the case of a rebellious son as recorded in Bible history for your instruction.for your instruction the directions given in the Bible for dealing with a rebellious son: "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them,; then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; and they shall say unto the elders of his city, tThis our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die. S; so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear." p. 92204, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Both the young and the old who are connected with the Office office should be looked after closely, lest their influence should be such as to work directly against the object designed by the Ooffice. If thereany are any employeesd whose influence is of a character to lead away from God and the truth, there should not be a moment's question as to the disposal of their cases. They should be separated from the Ooffice at once, for they are scattering from Christ instead of gathering with hHim. They are virtually servants of Satan. p. 93205, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 If there are young people connected with the Ooffice who do not respect the authority of parents, and are ungovernable at home, despising counsel and restraint, the curse of God will fall upon them,; and it will not only rest upon them, but upon the Office office, should they retain their services, be retained and they be give them n faurther opportunity to pervert the young with whom they are there brought in contact there. Those who occupy responsible positions in the Ooffice are accountable for the prevailing influence there. A, and if they are indifferent to the course of the insubordinate and impenitent in their employ, they become partakers of their sin. p. 93205, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 There has been a covering up of iniquity in B----- C-----. God calls for a different order of things. The youth connected with hHis work should be select, those who will be improved, refined, and ennobled by being associated with the cause of God. Faithful minute-men are needed at every post of duty, especially at the great heart of the work. T Like sleepless sentinels, those who profess the truth should guard, like sleepless sentinels, the interests of the cause at the Ooffice, and ; they should sacredly guard themselves and each otherone another from spiritual contamination. p. 94205, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 Those who have imbibed the spirit of independence, and come to B----- C----- as students in our schools, thinking to do as they please in all matters, should be quickly undeceived and brought under proper discipline. But especially should the youth residing at B----- C----,- be brought under the strictest rules, to guard their integrity and morality. If they refuse to submit to these regulations they should be expelled from the school, and cut off from association with those whom they are demoralizing by their wrong example. p. 94205, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 Parents living at a distance send their children to B----- C----- to educate them be educated, feeling perfect confidence that they will there receive the proper moral training and not be exposed to wrong influences. It is due these patrons of our school, to purify that the moral atmosphere there be purified. A lack of propriety and a laxnessdisregard of strict virtue has been developing among a certain class of young men and women in B----- C-----. Some of these are low in the scale of morality, and are influencing the young students, who have been sent there from a distance, and have not the advantages of parental advice and protection. This should be attended to at once, for it is a matter of grave importance. p. 94, 206, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 The influence of some youth in B----- C----- is demoralizing. They seem to think it praise-worthy to appear independent and to show disrespect to the authority of their parents. TimothyPaul gives a faithful description of this class of youth in these words,: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come; f. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God." p. 95206, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 The influence of this class upon the youth of B----- C---- - is doing much harm. Their conservationconversation and example isare contemptibly low. The young whose morals are established, and whose minds are of an elevated character, would find no attraction in their society and would therefore be beyond the reach of their influence. But there are young men and women who find pleasure in the company of just such persons. Satan has marked success in benumbing the spiritual sensibilities of certain mindspersons who have believed the truth, and in clouding themtheir minds with false ideas until they are unable to discern right from wrong. Then suggestions are made to undermine their confidence in the chosen servants of God, and they are led into positive unbelief. p. 95206, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 If the young would choose the company of those whose lives are an honor to their profession, they would escape many serious dangers. Satan is constantly seeking the ruin of those who are ignorant concerning his devices, yet feel not their special need of the prayers and counsel of experienced and godly friends. Many of the youth who come to B----- C---- - with good resolutions to live Christian lives, fall in with a class of young people who take them by the hand and, under the guise of friendship, and lead them directly into Satan's snare. The enemy does not always come as a roaring lion,; he frequently appears as an angel of light, assuming friendly airs, presenting peculiar temptations, which it is difficult for the inexperienced to withstand. Sometimes he accomplishes his purpose of deluding the unwary, by exciting the pity of their sympathetic natures, when he presents and presenting himself before them as a righteous being who has been persecuted without a cause. p. 96207, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Satan finds willing instruments to do his work. He exercises a skill in this direction that has been perfected by years of experience has perfected. He uses the accumulated knowledge of ages to executein executing his malicious designs. Ignorant youth play themselves into the hands of Satan for him to use as instruments to lead souls to ruin. Those who yield to Satan's power gain no happiness thereby. They are never contented or at rest. They are dissatisfied, querulous and irritable, unthankful and rebellious. Such an one is the young man now under review. But God will have mercy upon him, if he sincerely repents, and becomes converted. His sins may be washed away by the atoning blood of Jesus. p. 207, 96, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 The Saviour of the world offers to the erring the gift of eternal life. He watches for a response to hHis offers of love and forgiveness with a more tender compassion than that which moves the heart of an earthly parent to forgive a wayward, repenting, suffering son. He cries after the wanderer,: Return unto mMe, and I will return unto you." If the sinner still refuses to heed the voice of mercy which calls after him with tender, pitying love, his soul will be left in darkness. p. 97, Para. 1, [27OT].


 But iIf he neglects the opportunity presented him, and goes on in his evil course, the wrath of God will, in an unexpected moment, break forth upon him. Those who"He, that being often reproved, harden their heartseth his neck, shall be suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." This young man has made light of his father's authority, and despised restraint. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. It layies at the foundation of a proper education. Those who, having a favorable opportunity, have failed to learn this first great lesson, are not only disqualified for service in the cause of God, but are a positive injury to the community in which they live. p. 97207, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Solomon exhorts the youth,: "My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother,: for they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. . . . Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets;: she crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates;: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, hHow long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at mMy reproof;: behold, I will pour out mMy sSpirit unto you, I will make known mMy words unto you. p. 208, Para. 1, [4T].


 "Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out mMy hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought m all My counsel, and would none of My reproof.: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon mMe, but I will not answer; they shall seek mMe early, but they shall not find me. F Me: for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They: they would none of mMy counsel;: they despised all mMy reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto mMe shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil." p. 98208, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Order should be maintained in theour different institutions of our church at B----- C-----. Insubordination should be overruled. None should be retained in the Ooffice who have been instructed by Sabbath-keeping parents, and have been privileged to hear the truth, yet rebel against its teachings. No persons should be connected with the sacred work of God who speak lightly of it, or treat our holy faith with disrespect. Those who have been connected with the Ooffice for quite a length of time, and have had ample opportunity to become acquainted with our faith, yet manifest opposition to the truth, should not longer be retained in the Ooffice. p. 99, Para. 1, [27OT].


 Their influence is against the truth if they continue to neglect the light, and slight salvation. This very indifference has a chilling influence upon the faith of others, to draw them away from God. These impenitent, unimpressible ones should not occupy positions that might be filled by persons who will respect the truth and yield to the influence of the Spirit of God by being so closely connected with this sacred work. p. 99209, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The influence of our young people in the Ooffice is not what it should be. W----- and B----- have virtually worked against the cause. The influence of their conversation and deportment has been such as to disgust unbelievers and turn them from our faith and from Christ. The young who heed not the warnings of the Wword of God, and slight the tTestimonies of theHis Spirit of God can only be a living curse to the Office, office and should be separated from it. p. 99209, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 The youth whose influence is demoralizing, should have no connection with our college. Those who are possessed of a love-sick sentimentalism, and make their attendance at school an opportunity for courting and exchanging improper attentions, should be brought under the closest restrictions. Authority must be maintained. Justice and Mercy are twin sisters, standing side by side. p. 100209, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 If no efforts are made to correct the state of things existing at B----- C-----, it will soon be a place for the encouragement of immorality and dissipation. Will parents and those in charge of our institutions sleep while Satan is taking possession of the minds of the children? God abhors the sins that are fostered and concealed by the church, cherished in the Ooffice, and sheltered under the paternal roof. Let parents, and those in authority, earnestly take hold of the work and purge this evil from their midstamong them. p. 100210, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 We are living in the last days. John exclaims: "Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." Jesus Christ is the only refuge in these perilous times. Satan is at work in secrecy and darkness. Cunningly he draws away the followers of Christ from the cross, and brings them into self-indulgence and wickedness. p. 100210, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 Vital interests are located at B----- C-----, and Satan is opposed to everything that will strengthen the cause of Christ and weaken his own power. He is diligently laying plans to undermine the work of God. He never rests for a moment when he sees that the right is gaining the ascendancy. He has legions of evil angels that he sends to every point where light from Hheaven is shining upon the people. Here he stations his pickets to seize every unguarded man, woman, or child, and paress them over tointo his service. p. 101210, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 B--- C---- is tThe great heart of the work, is at B----- C-----; and, as the human heart throws out its living current of blood into all parts of the body, so does the management ofat this place, the headquarters of our church, affect the whole body of believers. If the physical heart is healthy, the blood that is sent from it through the system is also healthy; but if this fountain is impure, the whole organism becomes diseased by the poison of the vital fluid. So it is with us. If the heart of the work becomes corrupt, the whole church, in its various branches and interests, scattered abroad over the face of the earth, suffers in consequence. p. 101210, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 Satan's chief work is at the headquarters of our faith. He spares no pains to corrupt men in responsible positions, and to persuade them to be unfaithful to their several trusts. He insinuates his suspicions and jealousies into the minds of those whose business it is to do God's work faithfully. While God is testing and proving these helpers, and fitting them for their posts, Satan is doing his utmost to deceive and allure them, that they may not only be destroyed themselves, but may influence others to do wrong and to injure the great work. He seeks by all the means in his power to shake the confidence of God's people in the voice of warning and reproof, by through which God designs to purify the church and prosper hHis cause. p. 101210, Para. 35, [27OT4T].


 It is Satan's plan to weaken the faith of God's people in the tTestimonies. Next follows skepticism in regard to the vital points of our faith, the pillars of our position, then doubt as to the Holy Scriptures, and then the downward march to perdition. When the tTestimonies, which were once believed, are doubted, and given up, Satan knows the deceived ones will not stop at this, but; and he redoubles his efforts till he launches them into open rebellion, which becomes incurable and ends in destruction. p. 102211, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Satan has gained marked advantage in B----- C----,- because the people of God have not guarded the outposts. The very men whose labors God has signified hthat He would accept if they were fully consecrated, have been the ones to be deceived, to fail in their duties, and to prove a terrible burden and discouragement, instead of the help and blessing that they should have been. These men who werehave been trusted to keep the fort, have well -nigh betrayed it into the hands of the enemy. They have opened the gates to a wily foe, who has sought to destroy them. p. 102211, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Men of experience have seen stealthy hands slipping the bolts that Satan might enter,; yet they have held their peace with apparent indifference as to the results. Some have been glad to see this, as it seemed an extenuation of their past neglect, which made it a necessity to call for others to fill the posts of responsibility that they had abused or neglected. This lack of watchfulness on the part of these newer incumbents seemed to excuse the former for their own want of faithfulness, pointing the factas it showed that others were fully as derelict in their duty. p. 103, Para. 1, [27OT].


 These persons do not realize that God holds them responsible for every advantage gained by the foe who is admitted to the fort. The desolation and ruin following lays lie at the door of the unfaithful sentinels, who, by their neglect, become agents in the hands of the adversary to win souls to destruction. Men in responsible positions should seek wisdom and guidance of God, and not trust into their own judgment and knowledge. They should, lLike Solomon, they should earnestly pray for faith and light, and heGod will give them freely of hHis abundant supply. p. 103211, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 God would have hHis work done intelligently, not in a haphazard manner. He would have it done with faith and careful exactitude exactness, that hHe may place the sign of hHis approval upon it. Those who love hHim, and walk with fear and humility before hHim, hHe will bless, and guide, and connect them with Heaven heaven. If the workers rely upon hHim h, He will give them wisdom and correct their infirmities, so that they will be able to do the work of the Lord with perfection. p. 103212, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 We must put on the armor and be prepared to successfully resist all the attacks of Satan. His malignity and cruel power isare not sufficiently estimated. When he finds himself foiled upon one point, he assumestakes new ground and fresh tactics, and tries again, working wonders in order to deceive and destroy the children of men. The youth should be carefully warned against his power, and patiently and prayerfully directed how to endure the trials sure to come upon them in this life. They should be led to cling to the Wword of God and give attention to counsel and advice. p. 104212, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Living faith in the merits of a crucified Redeemer will carry them through the fiery furnace of affliction and trial. The form of the Fourth will be with them in the fierce heat of the furnace, which will not leave even the smell of fire upon their garments. Children should be encouraged to become Bible students and to have firm religious principles that will stand the test of the perils sure to be experienced by all those who live upon the earth during the last days, in the closing history of the world. p. 104, Parap. 2, [27OT].


 Epistle Number One. p. 10512, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 ENTIRE CONSECRATION The following testimony was written Jan.in January, 1875, and its truthfulness was acknowledged by Bro. L---- to be trueBrother L-----, andwho said that it gave him light and hope. p. 105213, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 Bro.Brother H----- L-----, you are backslidden from God. Your views of God's requirements have never been too well defined nor too strict. It is no excuse for you to become lax remiss in your dutiesduty and less vigilant because the course of so many professed Christians is wrong. You have not been consecrated to God. You have not felt your dependence upon hHim to keep you, and therefore you have been overcome and brought into the slavery of doubt; and the bondage of unbelief has chained your soul. You do not glorify God in your life. Our faith sometimes looks to you very questionable. The reason of this is within yourself. In the world, truth and falsehood are so mixed that one is not always clearly discerned from the other. But why has one who professes the truth so little strength? Because he understands not his own ignorance and his own weakness. If he knew this, if he was were distrustful of himself, he would feel the importance of Ddivine help to preserve him from the wiles of the enemy. We need to be active, working Christians, unselfish in heart and life, having an eye single to the glory of God. Oh!, what wrecks of weakness we we meet everywhere! Swhat silent lips, and fruitless lives! "This, " said the angel, "is because of falling under temptation. Nothing mars the peace of the soul like sinful unbelief. " p. 105213, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 You should not give up in despair, thinking you must live and die in the bondage of doubt and unbelief. In the Lord we have righteousness and strength. Lean upon hHim, ; and through his His power you may quench all the fiery darts of the adversary, and come off more than conqueror. You may stillyet become sanctified through the truth; or you may, if you choose, walk in the darkness of unbelief, lose Hheaven, and lose all. By walking in the light and working out the will of God, you may overcome your selfish nature. p. 106213, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 You have been ready to give of your means, but have withheld yourself. You have not felt called upon to make sacrifices which would involve care and; you have not had a willingness to do any work for Christ, be it ever so humble. God will bring you over the ground again and again until you, with humble heart and subdued mind, you bear the test that hHe inflicts, and are wholly sanctified wholly to theHis service and the work of God. . Then you may win immortal life. Which will you choose! God will not be trifled with. You may be a fully developed man in Christ Jesus;, or you may be a spiritual dwarf, gaining no victories. You may live for yourself and lose Heaven. Will you, my brother, choose no victories. My brother, which will you choose? Will you live a life of self-denial and self-sacrifice, doing your work with cheerfulness and joy, perfecting Christian character, and pressing on for the immortal reward? or will you live for yourself and lose heaven? God will not be trifled with; Christ accepts no divided service. He asks for all. It will not do to withhold anything. He has purchased you with an infinite price, and hHe requires that all you have shall be yielded to hHim a willing offering. If you are fully consecrated to him Him in heart and life, faith will take the place of doubts, and confidence the place of distrust and unbelief. p. 106214, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 My brother, you are in positive danger through neglecting to carry out health reform more strictly in your own life and in your family. Bro. L-----, your blood is impure, and you are still corrupting and inflaming it by the gratification of taste. Never be betrayed into indulging in the use of stimulants,; for this will be followedresult not only by in reaction and loss of physical strength, but within a benumbed intellect. Strictly temperate habits in eating and drinking, with firm trust in God, will improve your physical, mental, and moral health. You are of a highly excitable temperament. You have but little self-control, and under excitement frequently say and do things under excitement, which you afterwards regret. You should call a determined will to your aid in the warfare against your own inclinations and propensities. You need to keep the avenues of your soul open forto the reception of light and truth. But when something occurs to test and prove you, prejudice frequently comes in, and you ariserise at once against what you deem a restriction of your liberty or an infringement upon your rights. p. 107214, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 The Wword of God plainly presents before us this truth before us:, that our physical natures will be brought into warfare with the spiritual. The apostle charges us to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. Every perverted appetite becomes a warring lust. Appetite indulged to the injury of physical strength, causes disease of the soul. The lust which the apostle mentions is not confined to the violation of the seventh commandment, but every indulgence of the taste which lessens physical vigor is a warring lust. The apostle declares that he who would gain special victories and make higher attainments in righteousness, must be "temperate in all things." Temperance in eating and drinking at our tables, as well as the exercise of temperance in every other respect, is essential if we would overcome as Christ overcame. God has given us light, not to be treated indifferently, but to be our guide and help. p. 107215, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 You need to cultivate self-control. The lesson you should have learned in your youth should be mastered now. Discipline yourself to die to self, to bring your will in subjection to the will of Christ. A deep and thorough conversion is essential, or you, my dear brother, will fail of eternal life. Your service in the cause of God must be more hearty, full, and thorough. You cannot perfect a Christian character by serving God when you feel inclined to do so, and neglecting it when you please. A decided change must take place in your life, and you must obtain a different experience from whatany you have yet had, or your service will not be accepted of God. p. 215, Para. 2, [4T].


 Our Hheavenly Father has been very gracious to you. He has dealt tenderly with you. Sickness and disease came upon you when you were unprepared to die, for you had not perfected a Christian character and had not a moral fitness for Heaven heaven. p. 108, Para. 1, [27OT].


 Satan stood by your side to afflict and destroy, that you might be numbered with the transgressors. Fervent and effectual prayer prevailed in your behalf. Angels were sent to wait and watch about you, to guard and protect you from Satan's power and preserve your life. God has, in hHis matchless love, granted you another trial. Not because of any goodness or virtue in you, but, because of hHis mercy h, He has answered the prayers of faith. Your probation washas been lengthened that you mightmay have an opportunity to redeem the past, overcome the defects in your character, and show in your life that devotion to God which hHe claims from you. You have had emotions of gratitude, but you have not experienced that heart-felt thankfulness and becoming humility that should have been kindled by hHis unsurpassed love. p. 109215, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 You have not sufficiently felt your obligations to God for sparing your life. You have, for pettish reasons of your own, excused yourself time and again from religious duties which devolve upon us at all times and under all circumstances. Feelings of discouragement are no apology before God for the neglect of a single duty. You are not your own,; you have been purchased by the blood of Christ. He claims all that you are capable of doing; your time and strength are not your own. p. 109216, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 God indicated that you could be educated to act a part in hHis cause;, but it was necessary that your mind should be trained and disciplined to work in harmony with the plan of God. You could gain the required experience if you would; you had the privilege presented before you of denying your inclination, as your Saviour had given you an example in hHis life. But you have not placed yourself in a position to learn all that you could and all that it was important for you to learn in order to makebecome a correct worker in the cause of God. There were some things to reform in yourself before the Lord could use you effectually as hHis instrument. p. 110 216, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Bro.Brother L-----, it was a sacrifice for you to leave your farm, ; you enjoyed your life there. You did not come to Battle---- Creek- from choice. You had no knowledge of the work in connection with the publishing interest. But you waswere determined to do the best you could, and you have in many respects you have done well. But many things have arisen as stumbling-blocks in your way. The course of Bro.Brother A---- - was wrong in many respects,; but you also did not preserve your consecration to God,; you united with Bro.Brother A----- in spirit, and did not stand free; you displeased God in many things and separated your soul from hHim. Satan was obtaining great power over you,; your steps had well -nigh slipped,; you were almost gone in unbelief, when sickness arrested your course. It was in great mercy that God spared you and gave you a new lease of life. But you have not made an entire surrender to hHim,; your stubborn will has not been subdued and softened,; you need a new conversion. You have been easily fretted and annoyed,; you have braced yourself to resist everything that you thought reflected upon you, ; your feelings have arisen like a flash when anything has touched your pride. Now, my dear brother, this is all wrong. This you must overcomeover come, or the enemy will gain the victory over you. p. 110216, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 You have felt sick at heart because you did not love the work in B----- C-----. You have looked back towards O---- -, for your heart is there, and your body should be where your heart is. God has been testing and proving you; how have you borne the test? You needed to be planed and polished, to have the rough and jagged points of your character removed, that you might become refined for the Kkingdom of Hheaven. How hard it is for human nature to deny inclination,; how hard for men to leave flattering worldly inducements and, through love of their Saviour and their fellow-men fellow men, to deny their own pleasure in order to engage more directly in the service of God. p. 111217, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Bro.Brother L-----, you do not enter heart and soul into the work. You have never made it a direct personal interest, and it is not agreeable to you. IfHad you had been so disposed, you could have trained your mind to better understand the work; but you have, in a mannermeasure, held aloof from it,; you have not connected yourself closely with it, and tried to become familiar with its various branches. p. 111217, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 You are not as social and courteous as you should be, and your cold, unapproachable manner is not pleasing to God. You allow your feelings to be easily excited. No man can properly fill a position in connection with the work of God who is controlled by feeling and moves from impulse. Your mind must come in closer connection with God, and yourin sympathiessympathy and interest you must be more closely identified with those who are engaged in hHis work, or you can be of no use in advancing the cause in B----- C-----. You are too independent and exclusive,; you need to soften and assimilate your disposition to the mind and feelings of others. You can, as a business manbusinessman and as a Christian, do much valuable service for the cause of God if you will only surrender your will and your way to the Lord. You need to be sanctified by the truth, having your mind elevated above every personal consideration and every selfish interest. p. 112218, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 I point you to the life of Jesus as a perfect pattern. His life was characterized by disinterested benevolence. Precious Saviour! What sacrifices has hHe made for us that we should not perish, but have everlasting life! Heaven will be cheap enough if we resign every selfish interest to obtain it. Can we afford to have our own way, and take ourselves out of the hands of God, because it is more pleasing to our naturethe natural heart? God requires perfect submission and perfect obedience. Eternal life is worth everything to us. You may come in close connection with God if you will agonize to enter intoin at the straight gate. p. 112 218, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 You could never be aware of your deficiencies unless you were brought where these deficiencies were developed by circumstances. You have not felt as you should since you have come to B----- C-----. You have not entered freely and heartily into the work and made it your chief interest. You have cherished an independence that could not be maintained if you realized your true position; that you are an apprentice, learning how to work in the very best manner for the prosperity of God's cause,; that you are a scholar, seeking to obtain knowledge concerning that with which you are unacquainted. You could have made much greater progress had you earnestly tried to serve God as an efficient worker. p. 113218, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 You have been too reserved, y. You have not come into close relation with men engaged in the different departments of the work,; you have not been familiar enough to consult with themconsulted with them as familiarly as you should andto move understandingly. YHad you done this you might have been a more efficient helper had you done this. You have moved too much according to your own judgment and carried out your own ideas and plans. There has been a lack of harmonious connection between the workers. Those who might have helped you, have been reluctant to impart their knowledge to you on account of this lack of familiarity on your part, and also because you move so much from impulse and feeling that they have dreaded to approach you. p. 113219, Para. 2 1, [27OT4T].


 The Saviour of the world was the adored of the angels, hHe was a prince in the royal courts of Hheaven. B; but hHe laid aside his His glory and clothed hHis divinity with humanity. He became the meek and lowly Jesus. He left His riches and glory hein left in Hheaven, and he became poor that we, through hHis poverty, might be made rich. Three years hHe was goingjourneyed from place to place, a homeless wanderer. But selfish men will repine and murmur if called to leave their little earthly treasure for Christ's sake, or to labor in the work of saving souls, for whom ChristHe gave hHis precious life. Oh, what ingratitude! No one can appreciate the blessings of redemption unless he feels that he can joyfully afford to make any and every sacrifice for the love of Christ. Every sacrifice made for Christ enriches the giver, and every suffering and privation endured for hHis dear sake increases the overcomer's final joy in Hheaven. p. 114219, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 You know but little of real sacrifice and genuine denial of self. You have had but little experience in hardships and taxation of your energies. Your burden has been light, while others have been loaded down with serious responsibilities. The young man who asked Jesus what he should do that he might have eternal life, was answered: "Keep the commandments." He confidently and proudly replied,: "All these things have I kept from my youth up. What: what lack I yet?" Jesus looked pityingly upon the young man, h; He loved him, and hHe knew the words which hHe spoke would forever separate him the youth from hHimself forever. Nevertheless Jesus touchesd the plague-spot plague spot of his soul. He saysid to the young man,him: "Go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven;: and come and follow mMe." The young man wanted Hheaven, but not enough to withdraw his affection s from his earthly treasure. He refused to yield to the conditions required by God in order to enter into life. He was very sorrowful,; for he had great possessions , which he thought were too valuable to exchange for eternal rewards. He had asked what he must do to be saved, and the answer had been given. B; but his worldly heart could not make the sacrifice of his wealth to become Christ's disciple. His decision was to give up heaven and to cling to his earthly treasure. How many are now making the very same decision which fixed the destiny of this young man.? p. 114 219, Para. 2 3, [27OT4T].


 Have we any of us an opportunity of doing something for Christ, how eagerly should we seize it and with the greatest earnestness do all we can to be co-workers with hHim. The very trials that tasktest our faith most severely, and make it seem that God has forsaken us, are designed to lead us more closely to Christ, that we may lay all our burdens at hHis feet and experience the peace hHe will give us in exchange. You need a new conversion,; you need to be sanctified through the truth, and to become in spirit like a little child, meek and humble, relying wholly upon Christ as your Redeemer. Your pride and independence isare closing your heart to the blessed influences of the Spirit of God and rendering your heartit as unimpressible as the hard-beaten hard beaten highway. p. 115, Para. 1, [27OT].


 You have yet to learn the great lesson of faith. When you surrender yourself entirely to God, when you fall all all broken upon Jesus, you will then be rewarded by a victory, the joy of which you have never yet experienced. As you review the past with a clear vision, you will see that at the very time when life seemed to you only a perplexity and a burden, Jesus hHimself was near you, seeking to lead you into the light. Your Father was by your side, bending over you with unutterable love, afflicting you for your good, as the refiner purifies the precious ore. When you have thought yourself forsaken, hHe washas been near you to comfort and sustain. We seldom view Jesus as hHe is, and are never so ready to receive hHis help as hHe is to help us. p. 116220, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 What a victory you will gain when you learn to follow the opening providences of God with a grateful heart and a determination to live with an eye single to hHis glory, in sickness or health, in abundance or want. Self is alive and quivering at every touch. Self must be crucified before you can overcome in the name of Jesus and receive the reward of the faithful. p. 116221, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 Necessity of Harmony. p. 117, Para. 1, [27OT].


NECESSITY OF HARMONY The Spirit of God will not abide where there is disunion and contention among believers in the truth. Even if these feelings are unexpressed, they take possession of the heart , and drive out the peace and love that should characterize the Christian church. They are the result of selfishness in its fullest sense. This evil may take the form of inordinate self-esteem, or of an undue longing for the approbation of others, even if itthat approbation is obtained undeservedly. p. 117, Para. 2, [27OT].


 Self-exaltation must be renounced by those who profess to love God and keep hHis commandments, or they need not expect to be blessed by hHis divine favor. p. 117 221, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 The moral and religious influence at the Health Institute must be elevated in order to meet the approbation of Hheaven. The indulgence of selfishness will surely grieve the Spirit of God from the place. Physicians, superintendent, and helpers should work harmoniously in the spirit of Christ, each esteeming others better than himself. p. 117221, Para. 43, [27OT4T].


 The apostle Jude says,: "withOf some have compassion, making a difference." This difference is not to be exercised in a mannerspirit of favoritism. No countenance should be given to a spirit that implies.: "iIf you favor me, I will favor you." This is unsanctified, worldly policy, which displeases God. It is paying favors and admiration for the sake of gain. It is showing a partiality for certain ones whereby we expect , expecting to secure advantage bys through them. It is seeking their good will by indulgence, that we may be held in greater estimation than others fully as worthy as ourselves. It is a hard thing to see one's own errors, but every oneeveryone should realize how cruel is the spirit of envy, rivalry, distrust, faultfinding, and dissension. p. 117221, Para. 54, [27OT4T].


 We call God our Father. W; we claim to be children of one family, and when there is a disposition to lessen the respect and influence of one another, to build up ourselves, we please the enemy and grieve Him whom we profess to follow. The tenderness and mercy that Jesus has revealed in hHis own precious life, should be an example to us of the manner in which we should treat our fellowbeings, fellow beings and especially those who are our brothersbrethren in Christ. p. 118222, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 God is continually benefiting us, but we are too indifferent to hHis favors. We have been loved with an infinite tenderness, and yet many of us have little love for one another. We are too severe upon those we suppose to be in error, and are very sensitive to the least blame or question in regard to our own course. p. 118222, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Hints are thrown out, and sharp criticisms of each otherone another, but at the same time the very ones who do thisthrow out these hints and criticisms are blind to their own failings. Others can see their errors, but they cannot see their own mistakes. We are daily recipients of the bounties of Hheaven, and should have loving gratitude springing up in our hearts to God, which should cause us to sympathize with out r neighbors and make their interests our own. Thoughts and meditations upon the goodness of God to us would close the avenues of the soul to Satan's suggestions. p. 118222, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 God's love for us is proved daily,; yet we are thoughtless of hHis favors and indifferent to hHis entreaties. He seeks to impress us with hHis Spirit of tenderness, hHis love and forbearance; but we scarcely recognize the marks of hHis kindness, and have little sense of the lesson of love hHe desires us to learn. p. 119, Para. 1, [27OT].


 Some, like Haman, forget all God's favors, because Mordecai is before them and is not disgraced,; because their hearts are filled with enmity and hatred rather than love and, the spirit of our dear Redeemer, who gave hHis precious life for hHis enemies. We profess to have the same Father, and are to be bound tofor the same immortal home, to enjoy the same solemn faith, and to believe the same testing message,; and yet many are at strife with each otherone another like quarrelsome children. Some who are engaged in the same branch of the work are at variance with one another and therefore at variance with the sSpirit of Christ. p. 119222, Para. 24, [27OT4T].


 The love of praise has corrupted many hearts. Those who have been connected with the Health Institute have at times manifested a spirit of finding fault with the plans oflaid, others, and Satan has given them a hold upon the minds of others there, who have accepted these persons as blameless, while innocent peoplepersons have been charged with wrong. It is a wicked pride that delights in the vanity of one's own works, that boasts of one's excellent qualities, seeking to make others seem inferior, in order to exalt self, claiming more glory than the cold heart is willing to give to God. p. 119, Para. 3, [27OT].


 The disciples of Christ will heed the Master's instruction. He has badebidden us love one anotheran other even as hHe has loved us. Religion is founded upon love to God, which also leads us to love each otherone another. It is full of gratitude, humility, long-suffering. It is self-sacrificing, forbearing, merciful, and forgiving. It sanctifies the whole life, and extends its influence over others. p. 120223, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Those who love God cannot harbor hatred or envy. When the heavenly principle of eternal love fills the heart, it will flow out to others, not merely because favors are received of them, but because love is the principle of action, and modifies the character, governs the impulses, controls the passions, subdues enmity, and elevates and ennobles the affections. This love is not contracted so as merely to include "me and mine," but is as broad as the world, and as high as heaven, and is in harmony with that of the angel workers. This love cherished in the soul sweetens the entire life and sheds a refining influence on all around. Possessing it, we cancannot but be happy, let fortune smile or frown. If we love God with all the heart, we must also love hHis children also. This love is the Sspirit of God. It is the heavenly adorning that gives true nobility and dignity to the soul, and assimilates our lives to that of the Master. No matter how many good qualities we may have, however honorable and refined we may consider ourselves, if the soul is not baptized with the heavenly grace of love to God and one another, we are deficient in true goodness, and unfit for Hheaven, where all is love and unity. p. 120223, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Some who have formerly loved God and lived in the daily enjoyment of hHis favor, are now in continual unrest. They wander in darkness and despairing gloom. This is because they are nourishing self. They are seeking so hard to favor themselves that all other considerations are swallowed up in this. God, in hHis providence, has willed that no one can secure happiness by living for himself alone. The joy of our Lord wasconsisted in enduring toil and shame for others , that they might reap abe benefited thereby. We are capable of being happy in following hHis example and living to bless our fellow-men fellow men. p. 121224, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 We are invited by our Lord to take hHis yoke and bear hHis burden. In doing this we may be happy. In bearing our own self-imposed yoke and carrying our own burdens, we find no rest; but in bearing the yoke of Christ there is rest to the soul. Those who want some great work to do for the Master can find it just where they are, in doing good and in being self-forgetful and self-sacrificing, remembering others and carrying sunshine wherever they go. p. 121224, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 There is great need that the pitying tenderness of Christ should be manifested at all times and in all places, --not that blind sympathy which would gloss over sin and allow God's cause to be reproached by ill doing, but that love which is a controlling principle of the life, which flows out naturally to others in good works, remembering that Christ has said,: "Inasmuch as ye have done it to unto one of the least of these mMy brethren, ye have done it unto mMe." p. 122224, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 Those at the Health Institute are engaged in a great work. During the life of Christ the sick and afflicted were special objects of hHis special care. When hHe sent out hHis disciples hHe commissioned them to heal the sick as well as to preach the gospel. When hHe sent forth the seventy, h He commanded them to heal the sick, and next to preach that the kingdom of God had come nigh unto them. Their physical health was to be first cared for, in order that the way might be prepared for their minds to be reached by those truths which the apostles were to preach. p. 122225, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 The Saviour of the world devoted more time and labor to healing the afflicted of their maladies, than into preaching. His last injunction to hHis apostles, hHis representatives upon the earth, was to lay hands on the sick that they might recover. When the Master shall come, hHe will commend those who have visited the sick and relieved the necessities of the afflicted. p. 122225, Para. 32, [27OT4T].


 We are slow to learn the mighty influence of trifles, and their bearing upon the salvation of souls. TAt the Health Institute those who desire to be missionaries, have at the Health Institute a large field in which to work. God does not mean that any of us shall constitute a privileged few, who shall be looked upon with great deference, while others are neglected. HeJesus was the Majesty of Hheaven,; yet hHe stooped to minister to the humblest, having no respect to persons noror station. p. 122 225, Para. 43, [27OT4T].


 Those who have their whole hearts in the work, will find at the Health Institute enough to do for the Master in relieving the suffering ones placed under their care. Our Lord, after performing the most humiliating office for hHis disciples, recommended them to follow hHis example. This was to keep constantly before them the thought that they must not feel superior to the lowliest saint. p. 123225, Para. 14, [27OT4T].


 Those who profess our exalted faith, who are keeping God's commandments and expecting the soon coming of our Lord, should be distinct and separate from the world around them, a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Among the peculiarities which should distinguish God's people from the world in these last days, is their humility and meekness. "Learn of mMe," says Christ, "for I am meek and lowly ofin heart,: and ye shall find rest tounto your souls." Here is the repose which so many crave and in vain spend time and money to obtain. p. 123, Para. 2, [27OT].


 Instead of being ambitious to be equal with, or higher thanto another in honor and position, or perhaps even higher, we should seek to be the humble, faithful servants of Christ. This spirit of self-aggrandizement made contention among the apostles even while Christ was with them. They disputed who should be greatest among them. Jesus sat down and called, calling the twelve, and said unto them, ": If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all." p. 123225, Para. 35, [27OT4T].


 When the mother of two sons made a request that her sons should be especially favored, one sitting on the right hand and the other on the left in hHis kingdom, Jesus impressed upon them that the honor and glory of hHis kingdom was to be the reverse of the honor and glory of this world. Whoever would be great must be a humble minister unto others, and whowhoever would be chief must be a servant, even as the Son of God was a minister and servant unto the children of men. p. 124p. 226, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Again, our Saviour taught hHis disciples not to be anxious for position and name. "Be not ye called Rabbi, n. . . . Neither be ye called Mmaster; bs. . . . But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant, a. And whosoever exalteth shall exalt himself, shall be abased." Jesus cited the lawyer to the sacred law code, given from Sinai: "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." He told him that if he did this he should enter into life. p. 124226, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 "Thy neighbor as thyself,."--The The question arises,: "Who is my neighbor?" His reply is the parable of the good Samaritan, which teaches us that any human being, who needs our sympathy and our kind offices, is our neighbor. The suffering and destitute of all classes are our neighbors, and when their wants are brought to our knowledge, it is our duty to relieve them as far as possible. A principle is brought out in this parable that it would be well for the followers of Christ to adopt. First meet the temporal necessities of the needy, and relieve their physical wants and sufferings, and you will then find an open avenue to the heart, where you may plant the good seeds of virtue and religion. p. 125226, Para. 13, [27OT4T].


 In order to be happy, we must strive to attain to that character which Christ exhibited. One marked peculiarity of Christ was hHis self-denial and benevolence. He came not to seek hHis own. He went about doing good, and this was hHis meat and drink. We may, by following the example of the Saviour, be in holy communion with Him, and inby daily seeking to imitate hHis character and follow hHis example, we shall be a blessing to the world, and shall secure for ourselves contentment here, and an eternal reward hereafter. p. 125227, Para. 21, [27OT4T].


 Epistle NumberOPPOSITION Two. p. 126, Para. 1, [27OT].


O FAITHFUL WARNINGS I was shown, January 3, 1875, I was shown that there wasis a great work to be done for those who profess to believe the truth in California, before God can work for them. Many are flattering themselves that they are right with God, when they have not the principles of the truth in their hearts. This class can only be brought into working order only by seeking, with diligent, persevering earnestness, to heed the counsel of the True Witness. They are in a cold, formal, backslidden state. These are addressed by the True Witness: "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot;: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou are t lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spuespew thee out of my My mouth. Because thou 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.: I counsel thee to buy of mMe gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich;, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten;: be zealous, therefore, and repent." p. 126227, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 Bro.Brother C-----, God has claims upon you to which you do not respond. Your spiritual strength and growth in grace will be proportionate to the labor of love and good works which you do cheerfully for your Saviour, who has withheld nothing, not even hHis own life, that hHe might save you. You have the injunction of the apostle,: "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." It is not enough to merely profess faith in the commandments of God; you must be a doer of the work. You are a transgressor of hHis law. You do not love God with all your heart, might, mind, and strength,; neither do you live in obedience to the last six commandments, and love your neighbor as yourself. You love yourself more than you love God, and more than or your neighbor. Keeping the commandments of God requires more of us than you are willing to perform. God requires of you good works, self-denial, self-sacrifice, and devotion to the good of others, that souls, through your instrumentality, souls may be brought to the truth. p. 126228, Para. 31, [27OT4T].


 Our good works alone will not save any of us, but we cannot be saved without good works. And after we have done all that we can do, in the name and strength of Jesus we are to say,: "We are unprofitable servants." We are not to think that we have made great sacrifices and that we should receive great reward for our feeble services. p. 127228, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 Self-righteousness and carnal security have closed you about as with bands of iron. You need to be zealous and repent. You have been unfortunate in sympathizing with the disaffected, whose course has been in opposition to the work that the Lord was doing through hHis servants was doing upon this coast. The wrong men have had your sympathy. Because your heart was not right with God, you did not receive the light he He sent to you. You set up your stubborn will to resist the reproof which the Lord gave to you in love. You knew these things were true, but tried to close your eyes to the true state of your case. Whether you heed the voice of reproof and warning God has sent to you or not; whether you reform, or retain your defects of character, you will one day realize what you have lost by placing yourself in a defiant position, warring in spirit against the servants of God. Your bitterness of feeling towards Eld.er L----- is astonishing. He has endured, and sacrificed, and toiled on this coast to do the work of God. But in your blindness, while unconsecrated in heart and life, you have ventured to, handle the servant of God, in connection with S----- and B-- ---, to handle the servant of God in a cruel manner. "Touch not mMine anointed," saith God, "and do mMy prophets no harm." It is not a small matter for you to array yourself, as you have done, against men whom God has sent with light and truth for the people. Beware how your influence turns souls from the truth which God has sent hHis servants to declare, for a heavy woe hangs over you. p. 127228, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Satan has been using you as his agent to insinuate doubts, and to reiterate insinuations and misrepresentations which have originated in an unsanctified heart, which God would have cleansed from its pollution. But you refused to be instructed;, refused correction;, rejected reproof, and followed your own will and way. Souls are defiled by this root of bitterness, and are, through these questioning, murmuring ones, placed where the testimony of reproof which God sends will not reach them. The blood of these souls will be chargeable to you and to the spirits with whom you are in harmony. p. 229, Para. 1, [4T].


 God has given us, as hHis servants, our work,. He has given us a message to bear to hHis people. For thirty years we have been receiving the words of God and speaking them to his His people. p. 128, Para. 1, [27OT].


 We have trembled at the responsibility, which we have accepted with much prayer and meditation. We have stood as God's ambassadors, beseeching souls in Christ's stead beseeching souls to be reconciled to God. We have warned of danger as God has presented before us the perils of hHis people. Our work has been given us of God. What, then, will be the condition of those who refuse to hear the words which God has sent them, because they cross their track or reprove their wrongs? If you are thoroughly convinced that God has not spoken by us, why not act in accordance with your faith and have no more to do with a people who are under so great a deception as this people are? If you have been moving according to the dictates of the Spirit of God, you are right and we are wrong. God is either teaching hHis church, reproving their wrongs and strengthening their faith, or hHe is not. This work is of God, or it is not. God does nothing in partnership with Satan. My work, for the past thirty years, bears the stamp of God or the stamp of the enemy. There is no half-way work in the matter. The Testimonies are of the Spirit of God, or of the devil. You are, iIn arraying yourself against the servants of God, either you are doing a work either for God, or for the devil. "By their fruits ye shall know them." What stamp does your work bear? It will pay to look critically at the result of your course. p. 129229, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 It is not a new thing for a man to be deluded by the arch deceiver archdeceiver and array himself against God. Consider you courseyour course critically before you venture to go any further in the path you are traveling. The Jews were self-deceived. They rejected the teachings of Christ; because hHe exposed the secrets of their hearts and reproved their sins. They would not come to the light, fearing that their deeds would be reproved. They chose darkness rather than light. "This is is the condemnation," said Christ, "that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light , because their deeds were evil." The Jews pursued their course of rejecting Christ until, in their self-deceived, deluded state, they thought that in crucifying hHim they were doing God service. This was the result of their refusing light. You are in danger of a similar deception. It will be profitable for your soul, Bro.Brother C-----, to consider where the path which you are now traveling will end. God can do without you, but you cannot afford to do without God. He does not compel any man to believe. He sets light before men, and Satan presents his darkness. While the deceiver is constantly crying, "Light is here; Ttruth is here," Jesus is saying, : "I am the truth; I have the words of eternal life. If any man follow mMe, he shall not walk in darkness." God gives to us all evidence sufficient to balance our faith on the side of truth. If we surrender to God we willshall choose the light and reject the darkness. If we desire to maintain the independence of the natural heart, and refuse the correction of God, we willshall, as did the Jews, stubbornly carry out our purposes and our ideas in the face of the plainest evidence, and willshall be in danger of as great deception as came upon them,; and in our blind infatuation we may go to as great lengths in our blind infatuation as they did, and yet flatter ourselves that we are doing work for God. p. 130230, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Bro.Brother C-----, you will not long stand where you now are. The path you have started upon is diverging from the true path, and separating you from the people whom God is testing, in order to purify them for the final victory. You will either come into union with this body, and labor earnestly to answer the prayer of Christ, or you will become more and more unbelieving. You will question point after point of the established faith of the body;, become more self-willed in your opinion;, and grow darker and darker in regard to the work of God for this time, until you set light for darkness, and darkness for light. p. 131231, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Satan has great power to entangle souls by confusing the minds of those who do not cherish the light and the privileges which Providence sends them. Minds which are submitted to Satan's control are led continually from the light of truth into error and darkness. If you give Satan the least advantage, he will claim more, and will watch the outposts to make the most of any circumstance to advantage his cause and ruin your soul. p. 132231, Para. 12, [27OT4T].


 You are, bBrother and sSister C-----, you are neither of you are in a safe position. You despise reproof. Had smooth words been spoken to you, rather than words of reproof;, had you been praised and flattered, you would now occupy a very different position from what you do, in regard to your belief in the Testimonies. There are those who will,some in these last days, who will cry,: "Speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits." But this is not my work,. God has set me as a reprover of hHis people; and just so surely as hHe has laid upon me the heavy burden, just as surelyHe will he make those to whom this message is given responsible for the manner in which they treat it. God will not be trifled with, and theythose who despise hHis work will receive according to their worksdeeds. I have not chosen this unpleasant labor for myself. It is not a work which will bring to me the favor or praise of men. It is a work which but few will appreciate. But theythose who seek to make my labor doubly hard by their misrepresentations, jealous suspicions, and unbelief, thus creating prejudice in the minds of others against the tTestimonies God has given me, and limiting my work, have the matter to settle with God, while I shall go forward as Providence and my brethren may open the way before me. In shall do what I can in the name and strength of my Redeemer. I shall warn, and counsel, and reprove, and encourage, as the Redeemer I shall do what I can. I shall warn and counsel and reprove and encourage as the Spirit of God dictates, whether men will hear, or whether they will forbear. My duty is not to please myself, but to do the will of my Hheavenly Father, who has given me my work. p. 132231, Para. 23, [27OT4T].


 Christ warned hHis disciples,: "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Here is a test. Bro. need not go in uncertainly, and, Brother C- ----, you can apply it if you will. You need not go in uncertainty and doubt. Satan is at hand to suggest a variety of doubts, but if you will open your eyes in faith you will find sufficient evidence for belief. But God will never remove from any man all causes for doubts. Those who love to dwell in the atmosphere of doubt and questioning unbelief can have the unenviable privilege. God gives sufficient evidence for the candid mind to believe. H; but he who turns from the weight of evidence because there are a few things which he cannot make plain to his finite understanding, will be left in the cold, chilling atmosphere of unbelief and questioning doubts, and will make shipwreck of faith. Bro. C-----, you have seemed to consider it a virtue to be on the side of the doubting rather than on the side of the believing. Jesus never praised unbelief; He never commended doubts. He gave to hHis nation evidences of his messiah-ship His Messiahship in the miracles hHe wrought, but there were those some who considered it a virtue to doubt, and who would reason these evidences away, and find something in every good work to question and censure. p. 133 232, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 The centurion who desired Christ to come and heal his servant felt unworthy to have Jesus come under his roof,; but his faith was so strong in the power of Christ that he entreated hHim to just to say the word and the work would be done. "When Jesus heard it, hHe marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of Hheaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness;: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour." p. 134233, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 Here Jesus exalted faith in contrast with doubt. He showed that the children of Israel would stumble because of their unbelief, which would lead to the rejection of great light, and would result in their condemnation and overthrow. p. 135, Para. 1, [27OT].


 Thomas declared that he would not believe unless he put his finger into the prints of the nails, and thrust his hand into the side of his Lord. Christ gave him the evidence he desired, and then reproved his unbelief;: "Because thou hast seen mMe, thou hast believed;: blessed are they whothat have not seen, and yet have believed." p. 135233, Para. 2, [27OT4T].


 In this age of darkness and error, men who profess to be followers of Christ seem to think that they are at liberty to receive or reject the servants of the Lord at pleasure, and that they will not be called to an account for thus so doing. Unbelief and darkness lead them to this. Their sensibilities are blunted by their unbelief. They violate their consciences and become untrue to their own convictions, and weaken themselves in moral power. They view others in the same light with themselves. p. 135233, Para. 3, [27OT4T].


 When Christ sent out the twelve h, He commanded them,: "And into whatsoever city or town ye shall enter, inquire who in it is worthy;, and there abide untiltill ye go thence. And when ye come into an house, salute it. And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it;: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you. And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of Jjudgment, than for that city." They were warned to beware of men, for they should be delivered up to the councils and scourged in the synagogues. p. 234, Para. 1, [4T].


 Men's hearts are no softer today than when Christ was upon the earth. They will do all that is in their power to aid the great adversary in making it as hard as possible for the servants of Christ, just as the people did with Christ when hHe was upon the earth. They will scourged with the tongue of slander and falsehood. They will criticisze, and turn against the servant of God the very efforts he is leading them to make. p. 135, Para. 4, [27OT].


 They will, with their evil surmisings, see fraud and dishonesty where all is right, and where perfect integrity exists. They lay selfish motives to the charge of God's servants, when hHe hHimself is leading them, and when they would give even their own lives if God required, and if by so doing they could advance hHis cause. They who have done the least, and made the least investment in the cause of truth, are the most forward to express their unbelief inlack of faith in the the integrity of the servants of God who are placed in a position to bear financial responsibilities in the great work. They who have confidence in the work of God are willing to venture something for its advancement;, and their spiritual prosperity will be in proportion to their works of faith. p. 136, Para. 1, [27OT].


 God's Wword is our standard, but how few follow it.! Our religion will be of but little worth to our fellow-menfellow men if it is only theoretical and not practical. The influence of the world and of selfishness is carried about by many who profess to be following the Bible. They are like a cloud , chilling the atmosphere in which others move. Bro. ----, it will be an up-hill p. 234, Para. 2, [4T].


 OBSTINACY NOT INDEPENDENCE Brother C-----, it will be uphill work for you to cultivate pure, unselfish love, and disinterested benevolence. You have not much experience in yielding your opinions and ideas, and in sometimes giving up your own judgment, and being guided by the counsel of others. Bro. Brother and sSister C-----, you both need to have less of self and more of the grace of God. You both need to acquire a habit of self-government, that your thoughts may be brought into subjection to the Spirit of Christ. It is the grace of God that you need in order that your thoughts may be disciplined to flow in the right channel, that the words you utter may be right words, and that your passions and appetites may be subject to the control of reason, and the tongue be bridled against levity and unhallowed censure and fault-finding. "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." The greatest triumph given to us by the religion of Christ is control over ourselves. Our natural propensities must be controlled, or we can never overcome as Christ overcame. p. 137235, Para. 1, [27OT4T].


 There are thosesome among the professed followers of Christ who are spiritual dyspeptics. They are self-made invalids., and Ttheir spiritual debility is the direct result of their own short-comings. They do not obey the laws of God andnor carry out the principles of hHis commandments. They are indolent in theHis cause and work of God, doingaccomplishing nothing. B themselves; but when they think they see something with which they can find fault, then they are active and zealous. A Christian who does not work cannot be healthy. Spiritual disease is the result of neglected duty. In order for a man's faith to be strong, he must be much with God in secret prayer. How can a man's benevolence be a blessing to him if he never exercises it? How can we ask God to help in the conversion of souls unless we are doing all in our power to bring them to the knowledge of the truth? You have brought upon yourself a debility which has made you useless to yourself and to the church, and the remedy is repentance, confession, and reform. You need moral power and the real nourishment of the grace of God. Nothing will give bone and sinew and bone<