03 Man’s Improvements

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Man always wants to make good things better but it never works. God’s eternal purpose was to bring a people out of the world in practise. They would be different in the way they looked and acted and their amusements would be different. He wanted to give them the truth that they would hold it up so all the people from the four corners of the world would see it and be drawn out. A step by step chain of truth has progressed since the closing of the 2300 days.

God is leading out a people. He has a chosen people, a church on the earth, whom He has made the depositaries of His law. He has committed to them sacred trust and eternal truth to be given to the world. {1MR 360.3]

We need to take this seriously. Were the Jews given the sacred trust? Yes, but did they fulfil it? No. What happened to them? They have suffered. These lessons are not light material, it is very important. It isn’t difficult to work out what the truths were. Just read the books of the pioneers. The highway is made. Those truths God has committed to Seventh Day Adventist’s. They are what make a Seventh Day Adventist a Seventh Day Adventist. They are to be so distinct and peculiar but not in pride. The truth is to be the distinguishing factor of God’s people. The truth will triumph gloriously. Jesus wanted to call people out into the truth and the gates of hell would not prevail. Jesus said he is the way the truth and the life. Those who receive the truth because God has revealed it in his word will triumph with it.

Truth Will Triumph Gloriously

The church of God is only the church of God because it has the truth. If it doesn’t have the truth it is not the truth of God. Somehow the English language has twisted the word church to mean some institutionalized form of hierarchical structure. It is not biblical nor is it supported in the Spirit of Prophecy. This truth had been laid out up until 1905 but especially in the conclusion of the 1880 – 1890’s and the decade when there was a lot of emphasis on the nature and deity of Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit in connection with the previous truths. What could have been?

In the great disappointment of 1844 the faith of His people was tested as was that of the Hebrews at the Red Sea. Had the Adventists in the early days still trusted to the guiding Hand that had been with them in their past experience, they would have seen of the salvation of God. If all who had labored unitedly in the work of 1844 had received the third angel’s message and proclaimed it in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Lord would have wrought mightily with their efforts. A flood of light would have been shed upon the world. Years ago the inhabitants of the earth would have been warned, the closing work would have been completed, and Christ would have come for the redemption of His people. {8T 115.4}

Is this true? It is because this is the gift of prophecy. If all those people that were proclaiming the first and second angel’s message had followed through into the third angel’s message Jesus would have already come.

I saw that Jones and Waggoner had their counterparts in Joshua and Caleb as the children of Israel stoned the spies with literal stones of sarcasm and ridicule! I saw that you willfully reject what you know to be truth, just because it was too humiliating to your dignity, I saw some of you in your tents mincing and making all manner of fun of these two brethren! I also saw that if you had accepted their message we would have been in the kingdom in two years from that date (1888), but now we have to go back into the wilderness and there stay forty years. {GCB, 1892, May 7th.}

There are thoughts that the Adventist church didn’t have all the light but my question to that thought is if there was to be another reformation or more light to learn could the Lord have come at that time? Not at all. What Jones and Waggoner were preaching was truly the crowning work of the three angel’s message therefore Jesus could have come if the majority of the church accepted it and ran with it. The membership of the church in 1888 was approximately 25,000 members. Had the church taken hold of this message Jesus could have come within two years. People say the church has now accepted the 1888 messages and they teach righteousness by faith. Then why are we still here? The current membership of the Seventh Day Adventist church is 16 million and everyday for the last 6 years consecutively they have baptised approximately 3000 souls per day. If they hold the platform of truth then why are we still here? The fact is what they had in 1888 that could have gotten them in to the kingdom of heaven which now mustn’t be there because man wants to make some improvements. The Lord has a church it is the pillar of the truth. At the time of 1888 and in the 1890’s the Seventh day Adventist church was the church of God.

Because the church has released a lot of personal letters from that time many read these letters and see argumentation and problems and they conclude they were bad people that couldn’t be God’s church. If ministers have personal issues does that make God’s church not God’s church? Not at all. What makes God’s church is the upholding and proclamation of the truth. That is the single thing that makes God’s church. If there is fighting, discussions or difficulties among the members it doesn’t mean it was not God’s church. But if the truth is not there, is it God’s church? What if there was perfect harmony between members but the truth was not there? Is it God’s church? Let us not look for a church that has no dialog between their leaders over what is truth and what isn’t in the way of personal jostling and opinions. If the great majority had accepted the truth of the three angel’s messages as they presented publically, Jesus would have come

1893

The Lord has had a church from that day [Christ’s lifetime], through all the changing scenes of time to the present period, 1893. The Bible sets before us a model church. They are to be in unity with each other, and with God. When believers are united to Christ the living vine, the result is that they are one with Christ, full of sympathy and tenderness and love. When anyone is drawing apart from the organized body of God’s commandment-keeping people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales, and begins to pronounce judgment against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is on the wrong track. {Ms 21, 1893 , pp. 1-10.}

Beware of those who arise with a great burden to denounce the church. The chosen ones who are standing and breasting the storm of opposition from the world, and are uplifting the down-trodden commandments of God to exalt them as honorable and holy, are indeed the light of the world. {Ms 21, 1893 , pp. 1-10.}

How dare mortal man pass his judgment upon them, and call the church a harlot, Babylon, a den of thieves, a cage of every unclean and hateful bird, the habitation of devils, making the nations drunk with the wine of her fornication, confederating with the kings and great men of the earth, waxing rich through the abundance of her delicacies, and proclaiming that her sins have reached unto heaven and God hath remembered her iniquities? Is this the message we have to bear to the Seventh-day Adventists [in 1893]? I tell you, No! God has given no man any such message. {Ms 21, 1893 , pp. 1-10.}

Have you heard it said the pioneers where confused as to what was truth? Babylon means confusion. People will say because of these personal letters that have been released, the pioneers of our movement didn’t have it right and they were wrong as a body and now there needs to be improvements. If we all were to receive personal letters today and they were made public do you think our situation would appear worse than those? Yes by far. God has never given a message to say that the church in 1893 was confused. They had an extremely united front at that time. If you read their publications you will be very enlightened. Today you will hear something different from almost every minister and the church varies so much you can choose the church that suits your particular style of message but at that time it was not so.

I tell you, my brethren, the Lord has an organized body through whom He will work. {RH, November 8, 1956 par. 19}

Was the Seventh Day Adventist church organized at that time? Yes it was. Was he working through that organization and their publications? Yes he absolutely was. If I accept those publications, is that God’s work? Yes it is.

There may be more than a score of Judases among them; there may be a rash Peter who will under circumstances of trial deny his Lord; there may be persons represented by John who Jesus loved, but he may have a zeal that would destroy men’s lives by calling down fire from heaven upon them to revenge an insult to Christ and to the truth. But the great Teacher seeks to give lessons of instruction to correct these existing evils. He is doing the same today with His church. He is pointing out their dangers. {RH, November 8, 1956 par. 19}

As many as I love I rebuke and chasten. There were many letters to the rash Peters and the Judas’s among them, but did that make the historic advent church not his church at that time? We have evidence from the Spirit of Prophecy that it was his church and his work upon them but is the following statement past or future tense?

1905

In the future, deception of every kind is to arise, and we want solid ground for our feet. We want solid pillars for the building. Not one pin is to be removed from that which the Lord has established. {Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.}

God has established his church and it is on the right ground and you don’t want to leave it. This church will go through. This truth with triumph gloriously and those who are connected with this truth and uphold it will become this church. It may appear to fall but it will not fall. You can look around and say all the doctrines are gone but they appear to have gone but these truths still exist today and they are just as important if not more important today than they were then because we read that the truth will rise like the sun and it will get brighter and brighter and there will be no setting of it.

Not one pin is to be removed from that which the Lord has established….

At this point in 1905 we have a confirmation what the LORD had established in the pillar of truth was of God but:

The enemy will bring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith. {Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.}

We can clear see from this point in time changes will take place.

Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the Lord has been giving for the last fifty years. {Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.}

I saw a company who stood well guarded and firm, giving no countenance to those who would unsettle the established faith of the body. God looked upon them with approbation. I was shown three steps– the first, second, and third angels’ messages. Said my accompanying angel, Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received. I was again brought down through these messages, and saw how dearly the people of God had purchased their experience. It had been obtained through much suffering and severe conflict. God had led them along step by step, until He had placed them upon a solid, immovable platform. –Early Writings, pp. 258, 259. (1858.) {CW 53.1}

Is this the platform the gates of which hell will not prevail against? If it is immoveable and it is moved is it immoveable? Not at all. Immoveable means it will never move. If you stay on this platform will you move? No not at all. Hebrews says if that which shall be shaken will be shaken and that which cannot be shaken will remain. The church will be shaken and those who don’t stand on this immoveable platform of truth will drift away into other doctrines that God never gave to his people.

I saw individuals approach the platform and examine the foundation. Some with rejoicing immediately stepped upon it. Others commenced to find fault with the foundation. They wished improvements made, and then the platform would be more perfect, and the people much happier. Some stepped off the platform to examine it and declared it to be laid wrong. But I saw that nearly all stood firm upon the platform and exhorted those who had stepped off to cease their complaints; for God was the Master Builder, and they were fighting against Him. They recounted the wonderful work of God, which had led them to the firm platform, and in union raised their eyes to heaven and with a loud voice glorified God. This affected some of those who had complained and left the platform, and they with humble look again stepped upon it. {EW 258.3}

Here is this platform that came in 1905 and some wished to make improvements. They said there needs to be some slight alterations and some corrections here and there and we would be much better. Others said, no it is not laid correctly these people didn’t have the professional scholarships and they weren’t trained in the seminaries we have today.

The Testimony of Jesus

The testimony of Jesus said this platform of truth is immovable. If you believe that you have the testimony of Jesus but if you don’t believe it you don’t have the testimony of Jesus. You may say you do but if you don’t have it, you don’t have it. It is very evident. If you have the testimony of Jesus it on your bookshelf does that mean you have it? Not at all. The devil has the word of God on his bookshelf but does that mean he has it? Not at all. If we do not have this testimony in our hearts and believe it we don’t have it. If we don’t have it, are we not Seventh Day Adventists? Not at all because the hallmarks of a Seventh Day Adventist is that they will have the testimony of Jesus. If you don’t believe this testimony the best thing you can do is to stop calling yourself a Seventh Day Adventist. It will be a big favour to the world, to God and to everyone if you don’t have the things that make an Adventist an Adventist and you had best quit from saying you’re one.

This table is just a brief description of what was taught.

PROPHECIES SANCTUARY FAITH of JESUS
2300 Days Day of Atonement 2nd Coming
Three Angels Messages Health Message Sabbath Rest
Sealing 144,000 Organisation Justification Faith
Millennium Tithing Humanity of Christ
Seven Churches Baptism Divinity of Christ
Seven Seals Testimony of Jesus Holy Spirit
Seven Trumpets Beast & Image Sinless Character
Daniel 2,7,8,9 & 11 Seven Last Plagues State of the Dead

The prophecies such as the 2300 days have many pins in it such as the daily. There is controversy over wether the daily is paganism or the ministry of Christ. It is a very small pin in the doctrine of the 2300 days. It is not the doctrine. The 2300 day prophecy shows there is a day of atonement in the second apartment. Do you believe that sanctuary has two apartments and that it is a real sanctuary in heaven? Do you believe the health message and that there will come a time when it will not be safe to eat meat? Do you believe in the sealing of the 144,000 beginning in 1848? How do you know it was that year? God showed the pioneers in vision. Do you believe the third angel was the sealing angel? How many people have studied the seven churches and know the time periods of these churches? What about the seven trumpets? These are subjects the biblical institute explained. What are the trumpets? Often people today don’t know what they are. Why don’t people today know what they are? Is it because it doesn’t get taught and if it does get taught, is it the same as what was taught? You won’t know until you find out what was taught. What about Daniel chapter 11 or the seven last plagues? Do we get taught the truths of the seven last plagues or the truth on the humanity of Christ that he partook and was made of a woman under the law? The great law of heredity, do we believe that? Do we believe the divinity of Christ that he was equal with the Father? What about the sinless character? Do you believe God can cleanse us from all iniquity in this present world? This table is just a brief description of what was taught.

Words of Warning

A great reformation is needed among the people of God. Many sapless and unfruitful branches are to be removed from the parent vine. Everything will be shaken that can be shaken, that that which cannot be shaken may remain. The enemy has worked upon the minds of some, and has led them to do violence to our past experience by mingling with the truth erroneous and false theories. He has led ministers and teachers to weave into their doctrines some pleasing figures of his own invention. Every deviation from the truth as we have advocated it in the past is a departure from truth that has been witnessed by the Holy Spirit, and upon which God has placed His seal. Truth must stand in its own order, linked only with truth. Unbelief disturbs the balance of the system of truth, and tends to destroy the whole. {BTS, March 1, 1915 par. 2}

Every deviation from the truth as we have advocated it collectively in the published works is a departure from the truth. If we take one pin and change it there will be a great change of the whole. People take the majority of that platform but then weave in their own opinions. Let’s see what this leads to.

The enemy will set everything in operation to uproot the confidence of the believers in the pillars of our faith in the messages of the past, which have placed us upon the elevated platform of eternal truth, and which have established and given character to the work. {LS 430.2}

Has your confidence of what has been taught been shaken by what people have said? They seek to make you think they had it wrong. If I start thinking they had it wrong, whose work is that? God’s work or the devils? It is the devils.

The enemy will set everything in operation to uproot the confidence of the believers in the pillars of our faith in the messages of the past, which have placed us upon the elevated platform of eternal truth, and which have established and given character to the work. The Lord God of Israel has led out His people, {LS 430.2}

If they have been led out what are they? They are his church.

The Lord God of Israel has led out His people, unfolding to them truth of heavenly origin. His voice has been heard, and is still heard, saying, Go forward from strength to strength, from grace to grace, from glory to glory. The work is strengthening and broadening, for the Lord God of Israel is the defense of His people. {LS 430.2}

Those who have a hold of the truth theoretically, with their finger tips as it were, who have not brought its principles into the inner sanctuary of the soul, but have kept the vital truth in the outer court, will see nothing sacred in the past history of this people, {LS 430.3}

If this seminar doesn’t mean much to you or you think it is quite boring then something is wrong. These truths that God gave are not in your inner most sanctuary.

[They] will see nothing sacred in the past history of this people, which has made them what they are, and has established them as earnest, determined missionary workers in the world. The truth for this time is precious; but those whose hearts have not been broken by falling on the rock Christ Jesus, will not see and understand what is truth. They will accept that which pleases their ideas, and will begin to manufacture another foundation than that which is laid. They will flatter their own vanity and esteem, thinking that they are capable of removing the pillars of our faith, and replacing them with pillars they have devised. This will continue to be as long as time shall last. {LS 430.3}

I could be studying and say the Lord has given me great truth and this truth tells me they are wrong. That is the flattery of their vanity and esteem to think that God is going to tell me directly to my mind without the inspiration of the testimony of Jesus.

1905

If we are the Lord’s appointed messengers, we shall not spring up with new ideas and theories to contradict the message that God has given through His servants since 1844.

Any new truth must never contradict the old. Are the principles of 1+1 different at high school than primary school? It still stands and you don’t go into high school to realise that your primary school education was wrong and you have to start again as that is not advancement.

At that time many sought the Lord with heart and soul and voice. The men whom God raised up were diligent searchers of the Scriptures. And those who today claim to have light, and who contradict the teaching of God’s ordained messengers, who were working under the Holy Spirit’s guidance, those who get up new theories, which remove the pillars of our faith, are not doing the will of God, but are bringing in fallacies of their own invention, which, if received, will cut the church away from the anchorage of truth, and set them drifting, drifting, to where they will receive any sophistries that may arise. –Ms 75, 1905, pp. 2, 3. (Building the Waste Places. May, 1905.)

If we break down this foundation we have cut ourselves from the rock and we are a ship floating and not anchored in this time of storm. People say come to the ark and be saved but the ark they talk about is not anchored. It will sink. Don’t be deceived as the only thing that is infallible is the truth. The truth cannot be error. The truth is the truth. If God’s church is upholding the truth then it is God’s church for that is what it is. If people say they are God’s church and they are not upholding the Seventh Day Adventist doctrine in its purity then they are not the church. Does that stand to reason?

The Alpha of Apostasy

Has anyone heard of the Alpha of Apostasy? There is much debate as to what it is.

It isn’t too hard to work out. I don’t want to get into any debates about it but I will touch on this apostasy. It happened in 1903. It was through Kellogg and his book the living temple. Ellen White wrote against it and said that this is a dangerous situation. I would like to bring it to our attention to see if any of us are affected by it.

1903

Where God’s Spirit is at work, where God’s power is manifested, God himself is actually and truly present…Suppose now we have a boot before us, not an ordinary boot, but a living boot, and as we look at it, we see little boots crowding out at the seams, pushing out at the toes, dropping off at the heels, and leaping out at the top, scores, hundreds, thousands of boots, a swarm of boots continually issuing from our living boot, would we not be compelled to say, ‘There is a shoemaker in the boot? The Living Temple, pages 28-29.

Kellogg’s theory was that every living thing that produces cells and has a reproductive system. For example the plant that produces little plants, the presence of God’s person is actually there and I guess you could talk to God in it if you desired.

So, although God is so near that he is actually within us, a real, living, ever-present power, and yet physically invisible, we may clearly see him, not by blind belief, but by the eye of faith. The Living Temple, page 53.

It would be easy to think this is correct for isn’t Christ in us? Notice this books refers to any living organism. You don’t have to be converted because if you are living you have God inside of you and the fact that you have reproduced of your own kind. 

Let us not forget that the sunlight is God’s smile of benediction; that the sunshine is Heaven’s light and life and glory, the true Shekinah, the real presence with which the temple needs most to be filled; that the cooling breeze is the breath of heaven, a veritable messenger of life, carrying healing on its wings.’ {‘The Living Temple, 412.}

You could think yes the LORD is in us, this is the mystery of God in us and Jesus can dwell in us. Then we could think he is in everything just by the fact of creation that he is in the sun and it is the true Shekinah and you can look at the sun and talk to God. Quite dangerous isn’t it. The following was quoted at his funeral.

I am formulating a scientific basis for faith,’ said Dr Kellogg. ‘Take prayer. Prayer is a cry for help instinctive to all life. We call for help when we are at the end of our rope. There would be no thirst if there were no water; no hunger if no food. A scientific experiment is a prayer, ideas, born of silence and concentration, by entering one’s inner chamber, are also answers to prayer.’

Report of the funeral sermon by Carleton B. Miller, pastor of First Congregational Church. December 15, 1943

This is spiritualism. If it is real that God’s personal presence is in me because I am alive then if I meditate and pray, I will find the answers of my prayer within me as there is a god in everyone. This is spiritualism.

What is Spiritualism?

Spiritualism teaches there is a god in everyone and you have to bring that god out.

Few can discern the result of entertaining the sophistries advocated by some at this time. But the Lord has lifted the curtain, and has shown me the result that would follow. The spiritualistic theories regarding the personality of God, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give John to give to His people. {SpTB02 54.1}

Sister White is talking directly about the living temple. There are ideas here if followed to their logical conclusion (which he did by his death) that God is in everything in a personal way irrespective of conversion which means that you can go to yourself and ask God for the answers right there at home. That is the logical conclusion. It says the logical conclusion will sweep away the whole Christian economy. They estimate as nothing the light that Christ came from heaven to give John to give to His people. Was John the Revelator a prophet? If Christ is in me and I can go to myself for the answers, why do I ever need a prophet? When I am studying out something I need to pray about it myself and the Lord has told me in the Spirit of Prophecy this is the answer but I will say I have to go pray about that. I have to see what God has to say about that. Didn’t God just tell you through a prophet? This really strikes hard at human pride that I can read a statement from the Spirit of Prophecy which is the testimony of Jesus given to his people and I cannot agree with it and I will say I am not convicted upon that yet. I need to go and pray and allow myself to be convicted upon it. Do you know what that is? It is spiritualism. God has ordained that he will speak through his prophets. God said He reveals his secrets through his servants the prophets.

An Example Of Spiritualism

If a person is wondering about a question or praying and studying about something and someone comes to their door and gives them a Bible study and showed them some very direct testimonies given by the Spirit of God in reference to their questions and then they say I need to go and pray and see what God is going to tell me; that is spiritualism. If God tells me through a testimony or through the Bible then why do I need to ask him to tell me? Hasn’t he told me? Absolutely he has. This really makes man dependant upon another person. People say no, no. We can’t depend upon the Spirit of Prophecy because that is leaning on the arm of flesh. Have you heard that? We can’t rely upon someone outside of myself because that is leaning on the arm of flesh. I have to personally have God tell me and inspire my own mind. When I have that conviction then God has told me. That is not the way God works according to the Bible.

If David thought I don’t need the prophet to come and tell me I’ve done something wrong, God is going to tell me. How did God tell David? If he disagreed with it and said I will go and pray about that Nathan would God tell David again? No, but who would come and tell him? The devil would come and tell him and inspire him because the fact of the matter is we are living in a sinful world and in an unconverted heart it is the devil that is there. The devil can come as an angel of light and bring suggestions to you but it will contradict the testimony of Jesus. If we go around the world telling everyone it will pull down the pillars that God has built.

The Omega of Apostasy

In the book Living Temple there is presented the alpha of deadly heresies. The omega will follow, and will be received by those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given. {1SM 200.1}

Who will receive the omega? Those who are not willing to heed the warning God has given will receive the omega. How does God give his warnings? He warns his people through his prophets. Those who want to disregard the prophet will receive the omega of apostasy. We should be very afraid of our own heads. When some notion comes into our heads we should be scared of it and feel it is so dangerous we will go to the Word and check it out. I should go to the testimony of Jesus and check it out because it has the imprint of God’s seal. As for my thoughts I put my own seal on it. God hasn’t put his seal on my thoughts. It is very clear what the alpha is. Alpha means the first and omega means the last. We want to understand what the alpha and omega of apostasy is.

The Alpha of Apostasy

One thing is certain: those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan’s banner will FIRST give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God’s Spirit. {Letter 156, 1903,}

Alpha = giving up what the prophet said. Many think if Ellen White agrees with my opinion then she is a prophet but if she doesn’t agree with my opinion then she is not a prophet so who is the prophet? You think your own head is the prophet.

Omega

The very LAST deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. {2SM 78}

The Alpha and Omega of apostasy is simply disregarding the prophet. Some people advance the idea that the alpha and omega is believing the Holy Spirit is a person. But those who advocate such things deny what the spirit of prophecy said on the matter. She said the Holy Spirit is the third person of the Godhead and they say, no not really, that doesn’t agree with my opinion, she is wrong on that point. Then those who advocate that are themselves engaging in the alpha and omega of deadly apostasy. Don’t be caught in such things. There are so many divisions in Adventism today. The idea that the feast days are to be kept is not what the pioneers taught but it cannot be found in their public works.

Satan will work ingeniously in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony. Oh, how deceptive is the human heart! {2SM 78}

The Bible says the heart is desperately wicked above all things even the devil! Don’t trust your own heart. He that trusts in the heart is a fool says the wise man.

Oh, how deceptive is the human heart! How easy it is to harmonize with that which is evil! There is nothing more detrimental to the soul’s interest, its purity, its true and holy conceptions of God, and of sacred and eternal things, than constantly giving heed to and exalting that which is not from God. {2SM 78}

Very adroitly [skilfully] some have been working to make of no effect the Testimonies of warning and reproof that have stood the test for half a century. At the same time, they deny doing any such thing. {Special Testimonies, Series B, No 7, p. 31.}

Oh I believe the Spirit of Prophecy some say but there is a secret undermining, a very adroitly subtle pulling down making you think that she may not be really right. Oh, it was for her time and not our time is what we often hear.

All who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister White, and has given her a message, will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last days. {Ellen G. White, Letter 50, 1906.}

Is the testimony of Jesus telling me that if I want to be safe I need to hang on to the testimonies and the Bible? Is that is what it is telling me? Not my opinion, not what I think or read on the internet or what someone has said that sounds convincing, not at all.

The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines, which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganisation. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church, would be discarded. {1SM 204.2}

Have they been discarded as old doctrine or her work is not the work of a scholar?

Our religion would be changed. {1SM 204.2}

If our religion has changed but still has the name Seventh Day Adventist, does it mean it is Seventh Day Adventist? No. How do you know it is Seventh Day Adventist or not? Is it by who is on the church board or what is written on paper? Or if they have the things that make them what they are truth? If you have those things that make you what you are then you are what you are. But if you change the organisation but keep the name it is nothing short of nominal which means in name only. Some say the nominal Adventists were the Sunday keepers in 1840 indeed it referred to them but not to them only because nominal Adventists means in name only and if they were in name only does that mean no one else can be Adventists in name only? Anyone can be Adventist in name only, you just have to say it.

The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organisation would be established. {Ellen G. White, Letter 50, 1906.}

Lets not be a part of any new organisation because God’s church that he has established that we are not to call Babylon will go through to the end. The truth will triumph gloriously and those who connect themselves with the truth will triumph with it.

A new organisation would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. {1SM 204.2}

True, PhD’s will be introduced. It is interesting about PhD’s. To get a PhD or a doctorate you have to do something that no one else has done. You have to come up with something original. Do you know what is difficult about that? If the pioneers have laid out all the truth, anything original must be error because if they copied what they did they would not be original. I’m happy to copy what the pioneers have done then I can say it is not my opinion it is what the Spirit of God said. I believe it because I have the testimony of Jesus. If we don’t have the testimony of Jesus then we can believe what we like but don’t call yourself part of the remnant.

A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. {1SM 204.2}

Does a wonderful work necessarily mean it is of God? Bringing in lots of people and having emotional experiences and really saying wow if you were there you would have experienced a wonderful work. How do you know it was of God or not? You will only know if it is truly a wonderful work if it is done by the foundation of truth. If the presentation of the foundation of truth is a wonderful work then indeed it is a wonderful work but if some erroneous theories come in that does a wonderful work it is wonderfully bad.

The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. {1SM 204.2}

Don’t try and take this new movement on don’t stand in the way of this new movement and try and change it. The testimony of Jesus says no one can stand in the way of this new movement. It is moving on in the wrong direction.

The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, [don’t smoke, drink nor eat pork etc] but God being removed, they would place their dependence on human power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. {1SM 204.2}

The General Conference May 11 1905

Ballenger, also held that not only was the atonement totally finished on the cross, but it was also finished when Christ put the blood on the mercy seat. {Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.}

Which Ballenger
believed took place in A.D. 31 when he ascended to his Father. Sister White replies to the teaching of Ballenger on May 25:

In the future, deception of every kind is to arise, and we want solid ground for our feet. We want solid pillars for the building. Not one pin is to be removed from that which the Lord has established. The enemy will bring in false theories, such as the doctrine that there is no sanctuary. This is one of the points on which there will be a departing from the faith. Where shall we find safety unless it be in the truths that the Lord has been giving for the last fifty years. {Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.}

Elder Ballenger thinks that he has new light, and is burdened to give it to the people; but the Lord has instructed me that he has misapplied texts of Scripture, and given them a wrong application. The word of God is always the truth, but the doctrines that Elder Ballenger advances, if received, would unsettle our faith in the sanctuary question. {Review and Herald, May 25, 1905.}

What will it do if anyone says the atonement was completed at the cross and there is no need for a Day of Atonement? It will unsettle the sanctuary question.

The light on the sanctuary question was given by the Spirit of God, and we who passed through the disappointment of 1844 can testify to the light that was then given on the sanctuary question. Elder Ballenger needs to rest awhile, and cease to sow the tares which will lead our people on a false track. As the messenger of God, I am to bear no hesitating message on this subject. Elder Ballenger does not see what he is trying to bring to pass. The message that Christ came to give to John on the Isle of Patmos needs now to be carefully studied by Elder Ballenger for these words of warning tell us that men will arise claiming to have new light, whose theories, if received, would destroy our faith in the truths that have stood the test for half a century. We need to study and understand the message given in the third chapter of Revelation. {Manuscript 145, 1905.}

The Laodicean condition is you think you are increased with goods and you have a mind so much in tune with your own opinion you think it is God’s opinion when it is not.

1908

In 1908 W.W. Prescott started bringing in that the daily (a small issue) was not what the pioneers had previously taught and that it was the ministry of Christ and not paganism. Ellen White writes the following to him:

It will prove to be a great mistake if you agitate at this time the question regarding the daily, which has been occupying much of your attention of late. I have been shown that the result of your making this question a prominent issue would be that the minds of a large number will be directed to an unnecessary controversy, and that questioning and confusion will be developed in our ranks. But I am instructed to tell you that this small matter upon which you are concentrating your thought will become a great mountain unless you determine to let it alone. {12MR 225.1}

Is the daily a big or small issue? It is a small issue. It is a pin and Sister White says it is a pin. Leave it alone otherwise it will become a big issue. In our next study we will see what man’s ‘improvements’ did. She writes the following to W.W. Prescott and to A. G. Daniels the president at that time.

You suppose that a mistake has been made in the view that has been held by some of our brethren in regard to the sanctuary question. There have been different opinions regarding the daily, and there will continue to be. If the Lord has seen fit to let this matter rest for so many years without correcting the same, would it not be wisdom on your part to refrain from presenting your views concerning it? I advise you not to present your ideas before our churches, but to let this matter alone, because at this period of our history the enemy will be served by an attack made on us regarding our disagreement on this point if it is made prominent, and this will lead to a worse issue. {12MR 225.1}

Ellen White is not going to get into the debate about it. She is simply saying leave it alone and if you don’t leave it alone it will create a worse issue. This is a small pin. The angel says Woe to him who moves a pin or stirs a block of these messages.

1910

A strange work has come in, and it is not in harmony with the work Christ came to our world to do; and all who are truly converted will work the works of Christ… And understand, the president of a conference is not a ruler. He works in connection with the wise men who occupy the position as presidents whom God has accepted. He has not liberty to meddle with the writings in printed books from the pens that God has accepted. They are no longer to bear sway unless they show less of the ruling, dominating power. The crisis has come, for God will be dishonored. {20MR 20.3}

In 1910 Daniel and Prescott wanted to overhaul the books and one of them was Daniel and the Revelation by Uriah Smith and Great Controversy. Do you know there is an edition of the Great Controversy called the 1911 edition? There is a 36-page letter to Willie White containing all the corrections that Prescott wanted to make in Great Controversy. There were a few that would make what Sister White said a little clearer and sharper which she approved of but if you read the other things he wanted to change in the Great Controversy you will be amazed. He wanted to take out the sixth trumpet (a time reference in 1840) He said it was not biblical and he wanted to change it and he also wanted to overhaul many other books. He wanted to change what was written about the French revolution. He felt what Ellen White had written wasn’t true so he wanted to change these details. Ellen White writes the crisis has come. God will be dishonoured.

Even a suggestion as to inaccuracies would, if made public, lead some to vindicate their course of action in spending much time in an effort to search for flaws and to find fault. It is not safe to set some minds running in such channels of thought, as this would lead to a harvest of doubt and unbelief. I know whereof I speak, for the Lord has opened this matter before me. {10MR 365.4}

Even if there is a little inconsistence or inaccuracy bringing it to the public would make the people look at the book for error and the whole purpose of the books would be destroyed. Has that happened to the works of the pioneers that people read to find some error a little inconsistency that may not match with another statement? Different books were written for different reasons or topics. For example,if you wanted to understand the Godhead which book would you read, the Desire of Ages or Daniel and the Revelation? Of course you would read the book Desire of Ages for that is the book that deals with Christ. If you wanted to understand the prophecies would you read Desire of Ages or Daniel and the Revelation? Each book serves for what it is made for. Therefore, if there are some little inconsistencies and they are bought to the public what would happen to the books? Doubt, criticism and unbelief would come in. Has that happened? Absolutely.

I have seen that Satan would have been greatly pleased to see Elders Prescott and Daniell’s undertake the work of a general overhauling of our books that have done a good work in the field for years. But neither of you is called of God to that work.. I am bidden to counsel you to leave the work of book revision and devote the entire energies of your minds to the presentation of Bible truth to souls who have never heard the third angel’s message… In the night season I have seen men looking over our printed books in search of something to criticize, and the adversary was standing by their side, making suggestions to their minds. The natural result of unwise criticism would be to bring infidelity into our ranks. {–Letter 70, 1910, pp. 1, 3}

Who is pleased to have the books changed? The Devil is pleased because he knows if he can start changing these books he is going to be very happy and God will not be happy. What do you think about man’s improvements? It said that every deviation from the truth as we have advocated it in the past is a departure from the truth. So if I am going to change it all to my opinion, what have I done? I have departed from the truth.

1915

The enemy has worked upon the minds of some, and has led them to do violence to our past experience by mingling with the truth erroneous and false theories. He has led ministers and teachers to weave into their doctrines some pleasing figures of his own invention. Every deviation from the truth as we have advocated it in the past is a departure from truth that has been witnessed by the Holy Spirit, and upon which God has placed His seal. Truth must stand in its own order, linked only with truth. Unbelief disturbs the balance of the system of truth, and tends to destroy the whole. {BTS, March 1, 1915 par. 2}

Here is a testimony.

Dear Brother N: In my last vision your case was presented before me. I was shown that there are defects in your Christian character that must be overcome before you can perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. You love the truth, but you need to be sanctified by it. You are not selfish nor niggardly in hospitality or in sustaining the cause of truth; but there is one kind of selfishness which exists in your heart. You are wedded to your own opinion and extol your own judgment above that of others. You are in danger of exalting yourself above your brethren. You are exacting and are inclined to carry out your own ideas, independent of your brethren, because you consider your intelligence and experience superior to theirs. In this you fail to carry out the apostle’s injunction: Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. You have your notions, your purposes, and your plans, and you imagine they can never be incorrect. {4T 125.3}

So when it comes to the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation how many people like the book by Uriah Smith? They are wedded to their opinion. They believe their intelligence is much better and they could never be incorrect.

God is leading out a people, and bringing them into the unity of the faith, that they may be one, as he is one with the Father. Various views and differences of opinion must be yielded, that all may come in union with the body, that they may have one mind and one judgment. {RH, May 6, 1862 par. 3}

Are the 144,000 to be perfectly united? When did the sealing start? The sealing started in 1848. If the 144,000 are numbered from 1848 till the close of time as taught by the advent movement in the subject of the sealing message and I want to be part of the 144,000, must I be in union with those who have been sealed in the past? Yes! Therefore if the 144,000 are perfectly united and according to what the Bible says in Revelation 14:13 some of the 144,000 have already died waiting for the special resurrection and I have to be in unity, whose view do I need to take? You can have your opinion if you can wake up the pioneers from the dead and change their mind to your opinion. That is only when you will be in unity with them. If you can’t wake them up from the dead to impose your opinion upon them so they will be in unity with you, then the only way the 144,000 can be united in truth is for our generation to unite with the generation that was God’s church in the 1800’s. That is the truth of the matter. We have a humiliating work to do in our own lives and that is to give up our opinion. My opinion can seem to me as the light of heaven but if the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy does not signify it, give it up.

Amen.

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