“ … when Betterton, a celebrated actor, was dining with Dr. Sheldon, [then] archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop said to him, "Pray, Mr. Betterton, tell me why it is that you actors affect your audiences so powerfully by speaking of things imaginary." "My lord," replied Betterton, "with due submission to Your Grace, permit me to say that the reason is plain: it all lies in the power of enthusiasm . We on the stage speak of things imaginary as if they were real; and you in the pulpit speak of things real as if they were imaginary.”
MATTHEW 2:1, 2 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
HEBREWS 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: …Whose arrows [are] sharp, and all their bows bent,…, and their wheels like a whirlwind.
REVELATION 7:2, 3
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,…till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, …And again, departing from the coasts of Tyre and Sidon, he came unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the coasts of Decapolis.
Christ's method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Saviour mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, "Follow Me."--Ministry of Healing, p . 143.
DISCIPLES: PRESENT TRUTH NOT PLEASANT TRUTH EW p . 63.... “There are many precious truths contained in the Word of God, but it is " present truth " that the flock needs now.”
“ In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. ...They have been given a work of the most solemn import—the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages . There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. ....The proclamation of these truths is to be our work. The world is to be warned, and God's people are to be true to the trust committed to them.” 9T. p . 19
SOME THINGS ARE INEVITABLE: MERCENARIES AMONGST MISSIONARIES
And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar , [were] about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.
“ HYPOCRITES NEVER INTEND TO BE WHAT THEY PRETEND TO BE.”
PARABLE: WHEAT & TARES—MATTHEW 13:24-30
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence , or in truth , Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.