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The Destiny of a Movement

The Destiny of a Movement

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Published by Yoda&Soda
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The sun hangs low on the horizon on this wintry day in Wisconsin, U.S.A.
The study ofreligious history confirms that no spiritual revival has ever maintained the
pure principles of truth beyond the third and fourth generations. In Joshua's day, "Israel
served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived
Joshua, . . ."Joshua 24:31.Then came the repeated apostasies of the period of the Judges.
Samuel's uplift of God's people was followed by the dark days of Saul's reign, while those
of good King David gave place to the Baal worship of his successors. How short-lived was the noble work of Ezra and Nehemiah, while the wonderful spiritual life infused into the church through Christ and the apostles, did not survive even the lifetime of John the Beloved. See the tragic pattern repeated in the ministry of the Reformers, Wycliffe, Luther, and Wesley.
In every case, in the most subtle way, the heart was taken out of the great truths which
had, at the outset, separated them from Babylon. They returned again to antichrist's fold and fellowship. Yet, all the while, the appearance of separation was carefully sustained, together with the most solemn and earnest avowals that God still led and blessed them, even though in
no sense whatever was God any longer among them.
In the light of what,without exception,befell those movements before us, it would be
stupidly and dangerously foolish to assure ourselves that it could not happen again today, especially when it is seen that this self-assurance featured in every previous collapse.
This is the unbroken pattern of the past. It is also the history of the present.
In the middle of the last century, there arose like the glory of the morning sun, a
movement described by Inspiration as being the most free from human imperfection since the days of Pentecost. See The Great Controversy,401. The founding fathers fought with
courage, faith, and prayer for the faith once delivered to the saints.
But, glorious as was the rising of that sun, the day for its sad setting has come. Great
and compromising changes have been made, turning the movement of promise back into the fold and fellowship of antichrist. Deciding to believe that this is not so, will not change the fact that it is so. Our only eternal safety lies in seeing and relating ourselves to things as they actually are.
COVER PICTURE
The sun hangs low on the horizon on this wintry day in Wisconsin, U.S.A.
The study ofreligious history confirms that no spiritual revival has ever maintained the
pure principles of truth beyond the third and fourth generations. In Joshua's day, "Israel
served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived
Joshua, . . ."Joshua 24:31.Then came the repeated apostasies of the period of the Judges.
Samuel's uplift of God's people was followed by the dark days of Saul's reign, while those
of good King David gave place to the Baal worship of his successors. How short-lived was the noble work of Ezra and Nehemiah, while the wonderful spiritual life infused into the church through Christ and the apostles, did not survive even the lifetime of John the Beloved. See the tragic pattern repeated in the ministry of the Reformers, Wycliffe, Luther, and Wesley.
In every case, in the most subtle way, the heart was taken out of the great truths which
had, at the outset, separated them from Babylon. They returned again to antichrist's fold and fellowship. Yet, all the while, the appearance of separation was carefully sustained, together with the most solemn and earnest avowals that God still led and blessed them, even though in
no sense whatever was God any longer among them.
In the light of what,without exception,befell those movements before us, it would be
stupidly and dangerously foolish to assure ourselves that it could not happen again today, especially when it is seen that this self-assurance featured in every previous collapse.
This is the unbroken pattern of the past. It is also the history of the present.
In the middle of the last century, there arose like the glory of the morning sun, a
movement described by Inspiration as being the most free from human imperfection since the days of Pentecost. See The Great Controversy,401. The founding fathers fought with
courage, faith, and prayer for the faith once delivered to the saints.
But, glorious as was the rising of that sun, the day for its sad setting has come. Great
and compromising changes have been made, turning the movement of promise back into the fold and fellowship of antichrist. Deciding to believe that this is not so, will not change the fact that it is so. Our only eternal safety lies in seeing and relating ourselves to things as they actually are.

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COVER PICTURE
The sun hangs low on the horizon on this wintry day in Wisconsin, U.S.A.The study of religious history confirms that no spiritual revival has ever maintained the pure principles of truth beyond the third and fourth generations. In Joshua's day, "Israelserved the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlivedJoshua, . . ."
Joshua 24:31.
Then came the repeated apostasies of the period of the Judges.Samuel's uplift of God's people was followed by the dark days of Saul's reign, while thoseof good King David gave place to the Baal worship of his successors. How short-lived was the
noble work of Ezra and Nehemiah, while the wonderful spiritual life infused into the church
through Christ and the apostles, did not survive even the lifetime of John the Beloved. See thetragic pattern repeated in the ministry of the Reformers, Wycliffe, Luther, and Wesley.In every case, in the most subtle way, the heart was taken out of the great truths whichhad, at the outset, separated them from Babylon. They returned again to antichrist's fold andfellowship. Yet, all the while, the
appearance
of separation was carefully sustained, together with the most solemn and earnest avowals that God still led and blessed them, even though inno sense whatever was God any longer among them.In the light of what,
without exception,
befell those movements before us, it would bestupidly and dangerously foolish to assure ourselves that it could not happen again today,especially when it is seen that this
self 
-assurance featured in every previous collapse.This is the
unbroken
pattern of the past.
It is also the history of the present.
In the middle of the last century, there arose like the glory of the morning sun, amovement described by Inspiration as being the most free from human imperfection since thedays of Pentecost. See
The Great Controversy,
401. The founding fathers fought withcourage, faith, and prayer for the faith once delivered to the saints.But, glorious as was the rising of that sun, the day for its sad setting has come. Greatand compromising changes have been made, turning the movement of promise back intothe fold and fellowship of antichrist. Deciding to believe that this is not so, will not changethe fact that it is so. Our only eternal safety lies in seeing and relating ourselves to thingsas they actually are.

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