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SDA and State.....What are my people doing?!?!?

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This power point is designed to highlight the dangers the SDA churches of the Caribbean are in by associating and rubbing shoulders with the "State" Beware brethren! Beware!

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  • From page eight : If you say some leaders compromise with Babylon; Question, who is driving the church? If it is the leaders, why you separate church and leaders on the same road? If leaders driving the Seventh Day Adventist Church to Babylonian road- and church is now in the heart of corruptness, One the other hand, you rebuking the some leaders not all and speaking piece word to the church-you don’t have to neutralize the word of God, you better rebuke both of them to the point of the needle; because church original theology, doctrine, believes etc was changed by leaders-these changes all characteristic of church-which is the people. And yet you speak piece word to the church and rebuke the leader; did you see some leaders making decision but whole church leaders compromise to agree? And yet you say some; is that the way you speak Gods word; God’s loves his people- be like John and Elijah when preaching and rebuking.
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SDA and State.....What are my people doing?!?!?

  1. 1. SDA with State in Trinidad SDA with “nominal churches” in Jamaica What are we doing? Jeremiah 9:1 “Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!”
  2. 2. Trinidad Jamaica
  3. 3. “To the Elect lady and her children whom I love in the truth” 2 John We have a glorious heritage, we do not need to leave “the path marked out for the ransomed of the Lord”
  4. 4. Isaiah 30:1-3 “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin: That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to trust in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the trust in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.” Many times when Israel had problems they would go to Egypt (symbol of the world). Has modern Israel done the same, because of some trouble… Let us seek counsel from the Lord.
  5. 5. Separated to Shine God has called His church in this day, as He called ancient Israel, to stand as a light in the earth. By the mighty cleaver of truth—the messages of the first, second, and third angels—He has separated them from the churches and from the world to bring them into a sacred nearness to Himself. He has made them the depositaries of His law and has committed to them the great truths of prophecy for this time. Like the holy oracles committed to ancient Israel, these are a sacred trust to be communicated to the world. {CCh 58.4} The three angels of Revelation 14 represent the people who accept the light of God's messages and go forth as His agents to sound the warning throughout the length and breadth of the earth. The love that Jesus manifested for the souls of men in the sacrifice which He made for their redemption, will actuate all His followers. {CCh 58.5}
  6. 6. Exodus 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: Psalm 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure. Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light: Peculiar Treasure Seventh-day Adventists have a special privilege and responsibility throw without incurring divine displeasure.
  7. 7. Partaker of evil deeds And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. (2 John 6-11) Question: “If we invite religious leaders to address entire body, are we receiving them into the house? What does it mean not to receive in one’s house? Whose house? What does it mean to bid “God speed?”
  8. 8. Partaker of her sins (Rev. 18:4) And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. The SDA church is not Babylon but some bold SDA members and leaders are collaborating with Babylon. The message must first come to us “go not in onto her (Babylon) these fallen churches” Else you as an individual will partake of her sins and eventually receive of her plagues. God has a distinct people, a church on earth, second to none, but superior to all in their facilities to teach the truth, to vindicate the law of God. . . . My brother, if you are teaching that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is Babylon, you are wrong.-- TM 50, 58, 59 (1893).
  9. 9. Why friendship with Babylon is wrong I saw that since the second angel proclaimed the fall of the churches, they have been growing more and more corrupt. They bear the name of being Christ's followers; yet it is impossible to distinguish them from the world. Ministers take their texts from the Word of God, but preach smooth things. To this the natural heart feels no objection.” {EW 273.1} To this the natural heart feels no objection. It is only the spirit and power of the truth and the salvation of Christ that are hateful to the carnal heart. There is nothing in the popular ministry that stirs the wrath of Satan, makes the sinner tremble, or applies to the heart and conscience the fearful realities of a judgment soon to come. Wicked men are generally pleased with a form of piety without true godliness, and they will aid and support such a religion. {EW 273.1}
  10. 10. Why friendship with Babylon is wrong Said the angel, "Nothing less than the whole armor of righteousness can enable man to overcome the powers of darkness and retain the victory over them. Satan has taken full possession of the churches as a body. The sayings and doings of men are dwelt upon instead of the plain, cutting truths of the Word of God. The spirit and friendship of the world are at enmity with God. When the truth in its simplicity and strength, as it is in Jesus, is brought to bear against the spirit of the world, it at once awakens the spirit of persecution. Very many who profess to be Christians have not known God. The natural heart has not been changed, and the carnal mind remains at enmity with God. They are Satan's faithful servants, notwithstanding they have assumed another name." {EW 273.2} Read more in “Early Writings” p. 274-276
  11. 11. The work to be done for the other Churches “Servants of God, endowed with power from on high with their faces lighted up, and shining with holy consecration, went forth to proclaim the message from heaven. Souls that were scattered all through the religious bodies answered to the call, and the precious were hurried out of the doomed churches, as Lot was hurried out of Sodom before her destruction. God's people were strengthened by the excellent glory which rested upon them in rich abundance and prepared them to endure the hour of temptation. I heard everywhere a multitude of voices saying, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." {EW 278.2} Read more in “Early Writings” p. 278-279
  12. 12. Partaker of her sins “For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil:…Hear me now therefore, O ye children, and depart not from the words of my mouth. Remove thy way far from her, and come not nigh the door of her house: Lest thou give thine honour unto others, and thy years unto the cruel: Lest strangers be filled with thy wealth; and thy labours be in the house of a stranger; And thou mourn at the last, when thy flesh and thy body are consumed, And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.” (Proverbs 5:3, 7-14) .
  13. 13. Promised liberty “Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet. These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.” (2 Peter 2:15-19)
  14. 14. Who does the promising? Even ministers who claim to believe the truth are only blind guides if the truth is not enthroned in the heart, and a thorough transition from darkness to light has [not] taken place. They are clouds without water. {TSB 153.2} Even ministers who proclaim the truth are only blind leaders of the blind,--clouds without water, carried about with every wind. {RH, December 18, 1888 par. 5}
  15. 15. What did the “clouds” turn from? For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. (2 Peter 2:20-22)
  16. 16. Who are the “clean escaped?” “Seventh-day Adventists have been chosen by God as a peculiar people, separate from the world. By the great cleaver of truth He has cut them out from the quarry of the world, and brought them into connection with Himself. He has made them His representatives, and has called them to be ambassadors for Him in the last work of salvation.” (Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 138.) God’s people are a separate people, connected with God. What a privilege!
  17. 17. Who will remain?” These false teachers, arising in the church and accounted true by many of their brethren in the faith, the apostle compared to "wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest…. Not all, however, would be ensnared by the enemy's devices. As the end of all things earthly should approach, there would be faithful ones able to discern the signs of the times. While a large number of professing believers would deny their faith by their works, there would be a remnant who would endure to the end. . . . The Acts of the Apostles, pp. 534-536. {RC 221.5}
  18. 18. Sealed – 144,000 “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, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” Rev 7:2, 3 Revelation 14:4 “These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins.” Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand. “Jer 6:2 I have likened the daughter of Zion to a comely and delicate woman. [ A ‘woman’ in prophecy is a symbol of a church] Here women, hence the symbol of churches.
  19. 19. Strive to be among the 144,000 Those whom the Lamb shall lead by the fountains of living waters, and from whose eyes He shall wipe away all tears, will be those now receiving the knowledge and understanding revealed in the Bible, the Word of God. . . . We are to copy no human being. There is no human being wise enough to be our criterion. We are to look to the man Christ Jesus, who is complete in the perfection of righteousness and holiness. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the pattern man. His experience is the measure of the experience that we are to gain. His character is our model. Let us, then, take our minds off the perplexities and the difficulties of this life, and fix them on Him, that by beholding we may be changed into His likeness. We may behold Christ to good purpose. We may safely look to Him; for He is all-wise. As we look to Him and think of Him, He will be formed within, the hope of glory. {7BC 970.9} Let us strive with all the power that God has given us to be among the hundred and forty-four thousand (RH March 9, 1905). {7BC 970.10}
  20. 20. Necessity of purification Just as long as God has a church, he will have those who will cry aloud and spare not, who will be his instruments to reprove selfishness and sins, and will not shun to declare the whole counsel of God, whether men will hear or forbear. I saw that individuals would rise up against the plain testimonies. It does not suit their natural feelings. They would choose to have smooth things spoken unto them, and have peace cried in their ears. I view the church in a more dangerous condition than they ever have been. Experimental religion is known but by a few. The shaking must soon take place to purify the church. {Spiritual Gifts vol. 2, 284.1} …This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place.-- 2SM 380 (1886). {LDE 180.5}
  21. 21. Receiving Favors Just as long as we are in this world, and the Spirit of God is striving with the world, we are to receive as well as to impart favors. We are to give to the world the light of truth as presented in the Sacred Scriptures, and we are to receive from the world that which God moves upon them to do in behalf of His cause. The Lord still moves upon the hearts of kings and rulers in behalf of His people, and it becomes those who are so deeply interested in the religious liberty question not to cut off any favors, or withdraw themselves from the help that God has moved men to give, for the advancement of His cause. {TM 202.2}
  22. 22. But never by compromise Writing to a helper in the gospel work, a woman of good repute and wide influence, he [John] said: "Many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed: for he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of his evil deeds." {AA 554.2}
  23. 23. But never by compromise We are authorized to hold in the same estimation as did the beloved disciple those who claim to abide in Christ while living in transgression of God's law. There exist in these last days evils similar to those that threatened the prosperity of the early church; and the teachings of the apostle John on these points should be carefully heeded. "You must have charity," is the cry heard everywhere, especially from those who profess sanctification. But true charity is too pure to cover an unconfessed sin. While we are to love the souls for whom Christ died, we are to make no compromise with evil. We are not to unite with the rebellious and call this charity. God requires His people in this age of the world to stand for the right as unflinchingly as did John in opposition to soul-destroying errors. {AA 554.3}
  24. 24. Are we compromising?
  25. 25. Trinidad Jamaica
  26. 26. THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH in collaboration with the JAMAICA UMBRELLA GROUP OF CHURCHES and OTHER RELIGIOUS GROUPS invite you to a: “SATURDAY” not Sabbath “collaboration” thesaurus.com (synonyms):combination, partnership, teamwork, association, alliance, joint effort. (antonyms): separation, disunion, division
  27. 27. Annotation of Message from Prime Minister to SDA’s in Trinidad on January 10, 2015 Observe the rumblings of the Church gaining power over the State.
  28. 28. Taken from the official Trinidad and Tobago government site. This is the SDA rally, “The Shaking” held on January 10, 2015 http://www.news.gov.tt/content/prime-ministers-address-sda-rally#.VL-MafnYXXw
  29. 29. Notice the words - funding, resources, collaborative partnerships. “Partner”. “Defender” “You can feel confident that this will not change” - PM “ In the movements now in progress in the United States to secure for the institutions and usages of the church the support of the state, Protestants are following in the steps of papists.” Great Controversy, 573. Although church and state will unite their power to compel all, "both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond," to receive the mark of the beast, yet the people of God will not receive it. (Revelation 13:16) GC 450.1 Responsibilities of the State "The Constitution provides that 'Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof'..." {Ellen White, GC 442}
  30. 30. "THE UNION OF THE CHURCH WITH THE STATE, BE THE DEGREE EVER SO SLIGHT, while it may appear to bring the world nearer to the church, does in reality but bring the church nearer to the world." {Ellen White Great Controversy 297} "WHENEVER THE CHURCH HAS OBTAINED SECULAR POWER, she has employed it to punish dissent from her doctrines. Protestant churches that have FOLLOWED IN THE STEPS OF ROME BY FORMING ALLIANCE WITH WORLDLY POWERS have manifested a similar desire to restrict liberty of conscience..." {Ellen White Great Controversy 443}
  31. 31. An event called the shaking should bring the mind of an awaked SDA what the Bible and Spirit of prophecy has to say about the true “shaking.” We are in the shaking time, the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The Lord will not excuse those who know the truth if they do not in word and deed obey His commands.--6T 332 (1900). {LDE 173.4} “The Lord has marked out our way of working. As a people we are not to imitate and fall in with Salvation Army methods. This is not the work that the Lord has given us to do. Neither is it our work to condemn them and speak harsh words against them… The truth for this time is to be proclaimed. A decided testimony is to be borne. And the discourses are to be so simple that children can understand them.” {8T 184.3}
  32. 32. …Eusebius, a bishop who sought the favor of princes, and who was the special friend and flatterer of Constantine… (GC 574). It was he that opened the way for the Sunday observance in the Roman Empire. James_4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
  33. 33. 1Ki_18:19 Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. Religious leaders that are feeding from iniquitous church and State union. They are promised room at this table. “A leadership that listens to the people” – Democracy “guided by your wisdom”- ‘Your’ specifically the Christians. Hence, they (SDA in particular) would provide wisdom to the Government.
  34. 34. What doctrines? And why such a word? Together how? Remember she was speaking at a SDA convention. Together (Government and Religious bodies).
  35. 35. Said Christ, “My kingdom is not of this world.” It has no principles in common with the world. Human patronage is not to be sought by it. {PCO 126.5}
  36. 36. Did we consider this? “…again was demonstrated the evil results, so often witnessed in the history of the church from the days of Constantine to the present, of attempting to build up the church by the aid of the state, of appealing to the secular power in support of the gospel of Him who declared: "My kingdom is not of this world." John 18:36. The union of the church with the state, be the degree never so slight, while it may appear to bring the world nearer to the church, does in reality but bring the church nearer to the world.” {GC 297.1}
  37. 37. Did we consider this? “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh.” (1Cor 6: 15, 16) (2 Co 6:14,15) Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
  38. 38. Did we consider this? 2Co 6:16-18 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Pro_7:5 That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words. Pro_20:19 He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets: therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips. Pro_28:23 He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue. Pro_29:5 A man that flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet.
  39. 39. Do not hide your colours God has thrust His people into the gap, to make up the hedge, to raise up the foundation of many generations. The heavenly intelligences, angels that excel in strength, are waiting, obedient to His command, to unite with human agencies; and the Lord will interpose when matters have come to such a pass that none but a divine power can counteract the satanic agencies at work. When His people shall be in the greatest danger, seemingly unable to stand against the power of Satan, God will work in their behalf. Man's extremity is God's opportunity. {2SM 373.1} Now is the time when the loyal and true are to arise and shine; for the glory of the Lord is risen upon them. It is no time now to hide our colors, no time to turn traitors when the battle presses sore, no time to lay aside our weapons of warfare. Watchmen on the walls of Zion must be wide awake. {2SM 373.2}
  40. 40. Less prominent differences, no! Men will employ every means to make less prominent the difference between Seventh-day Adventists and observers of the first day of the week. A company was presented before me under the name of Seventh- day Adventists, who were advising that the banner, or sign, which makes us a distinct people should not be held out so strikingly; for they claimed that this was not the best policy in order to secure success to our institutions. But this is not a time to haul down our colors, to be ashamed of our faith. This distinctive banner, described in the words, "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus," is to be borne through the world to the close of probation. While efforts should be increased to advance in different localities, there must be no cloaking of our faith to secure patronage. Truth must come to souls ready to perish; and if it is in any way hidden, God is dishonored, and the blood of souls will be upon our garments. {6T 144.1}
  41. 41. God will honor the faithful. Just as long as those in connection with our institutions walk humbly with God, heavenly intelligences will co-operate with them; but let all bear in mind the fact that God has said: "Them that honor Me I will honor." 1 Samuel 2:30. Never for one moment should the impression be given to anyone that it would be for his profit to hide his faith and doctrines from the unbelieving people of the world, fearing that he may not be so highly esteemed if his principles are known. Christ requires from all His followers open, manly confession of faith. Each must take his position and be what God designed he should be, a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. The whole universe is looking with inexpressible interest to see the closing work of the great controversy between Christ and Satan. Every Christian is to be a light, not hid under a bushel or under a bed, but put on a candlestick, that light may be given to all who are in the house. Never, from cowardice or worldly policy, let the truth of God be placed in the background. {6T 144.2}
  42. 42. Warning from Isaiah Isa 8:9-12 Associate yourselves, O ye people, and ye shall be broken in pieces; and give ear, all ye of far countries: gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall come to nought; speak the word, and it shall not stand: for God is with us. For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. “Associate,” are we going to form an association – SDAs and other religious leaders combined to secure national “freedom” favours? Should we question whether it will fail, we are assured it will (v.9). The Bible will never err, is it in context, (now is the sealing time, v.16)
  43. 43. Warning from Isaiah Isa 8:13 Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. Isa 8:14 And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Isa 8:15 And many among them shall stumble, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken. Isa 8:16 Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples. Keep the Sabbath aright.( v.16) For all union with the unsaved are a snare.
  44. 44. We can overcome, with God’s graceThough in many respects our institutions of learning have swung into worldly conformity, though step by step they have advanced toward the world, they are prisoners of hope. Fate has not so woven its meshes about their workings that they need to remain helpless and in uncertainty. If they will listen to His voice and follow in His ways, God will correct and enlighten them, and bring them back to their upright position of distinction from the world…. Opposing circumstances should create a firm determination to overcome them. One barrier broken down will give greater ability and courage to go forward. Press in the right direction, and make a change, solidly, intelligently. Then circumstances will be your helpers and not your hindrances. Make a beginning. The oak is in the acorn. {6T 145.2}
  45. 45. Way above human power Christ said, “My kingdom is not of this world.” It was not established by human power, and human power cannot overthrow it. {HFM 55.2} Christ declared, "My kingdom is not of this world" (John 18:36). While it imprints its influence upon earthly governments, it cannot take the slightest imprint from them without marring the divine similitude. {1MCP 14.3}
  46. 46. Simplicity of the gospel Those who are true to the divine Leader will hold fast to the simplicity of the gospel, and will put away the masterly sentiments and sophistries that are coming in to deceive. Those who would be saved from the wily, deceptive influences of the foe must now break every yoke, and take their position for Christ and for truth. They must reject all fictitious sentiments, which, if accepted, will spoil their faith and their experience. Unless they obtain this freedom, they will go on step by step in the downward path, until they deny Him who has bought them with the price of His blood. {SpTB02 45.3}
  47. 47. Watchmen Ezekiel 3:17-18 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Ezekiel18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
  48. 48. Let us return to the Lord Revelation 3:19 “As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” Hosea 14:1 O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Jer 17:5,7 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
  49. 49. Return Songs 6:13 Return, return, O Shulamite; return, return, that we may look upon thee. What will ye see in the Shulamite? As it were the company of two armies. RETURN “Church militant” that you may become “church triumphant” When difficulties arise in any branch of the cause—as they surely will, for the church militant is not the church triumphant—all heaven is watching to see what will be the course of those who are entrusted with sacred responsibilities. Some will stumble; some will give heed to seducing spirits; some will choose darkness rather than light because they are not true to God. Like their Master, those who are abiding in Christ will not fail nor be discouraged. . . . {CTr 123.2}
  50. 50. Let us return to the Lord Eph 5:25-27 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Songs 6:9-10 My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? Church Triumphant - (Jesus’ special one) after the
  51. 51. Should there be a demonstration? NOThe government under which Jesus lived was corrupt and oppressive; on every hand were crying abuses—extortion, intolerance, and grinding cruelty. Yet the Saviour attempted no civil reforms. He attacked no national abuses, nor condemned the national enemies. He did not interfere with the authority or administration of those in power. He who was our example kept aloof from earthly governments. Not because He was indifferent to the woes of men, but because the remedy did not lie in merely human and external measures. To be efficient, the cure must reach men individually, and must regenerate the heart. 566 {CCh 314.4} Jesus’ love will actuate all His children.

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