General Conference President 1966-1978

Issue No. 2

Robert H. Pierson

His last will and testament to God’s faithful remnant people…

 Farewell Address 

Immutable Law of God  Righteousness by Faith  Seventh-day Sabbath  Victory over Sin Sanctuary Types and Antitypes  Three Angels’ Messages  Non-Immortality of the Soul Health Reform  Christ’s Fallen Human Nature  Ellen White - Gift of Prophecy

T h e Vo i c e o f Tr u t h i n Pe r i l o u s T i m e s

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SAH Issue No. 2 — In this issue:

1978 Farewell Address
Appeal delivered by Robert H. Pierson in 1978 to the Annual Council of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Robert H. Pierson

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Ron Spear, Jean Handwerk, Paul Williams

Freedom’s Test & Freedom’s Sign
Just as the Sabbath is a sign of our loyalty to our Creator, it is also a sign of the freedom that He provides for us.

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Ralph Larson

It is Now That We Must Act
The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land.

Ellen G. White

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Good Digestion Leads to Good Health
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Justification & Sanctification
The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes both pardon for sin and reclamation from sin.

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often without education. organization develops and institutions are established. I take my thoughts from something that Elder and Mrs. They do not need to hammer out their own positions. Each member makes a personal decision to join it and knows what he believes. Members have to be exhorted to live up to the standards. Preachers. Pierson. They do not necessarily know what they believe. With growth there comes a need for organization and buildings. retiring president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. SECOND ADVENT Herald his will be the last time that in my present role I shall stand before the world leaders of my church. sometimes employing extrinsic rewards as motivation for service by the members. Youth question why they are different from others. It has definite beliefs firmly held by zealous members. They say a sect is often begun by a charismatic leader with tremendous drive and commitment and that it arises as a protest against worldliness and formalism in a church. to the Annual Council of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. There is little organization or property. persecution begins to wane. since it is unpopular. and I have a few words to leave with you. Missionary zeal cools off. In the third generation. members become 4 . As prosperity increases. your church. The rich would lose too much by joining it. And then it passes on to the second generation. Preachers arise more by selection and by apprenticeship to older workers than by direct inner compulsion. The group has strict standards and controls on behavior. It is generally embraced by the poor. There is little concern about public relations. These have been worked out for them. As a result of industry and frugality. the number of administrators increases while the number of workers at the grass-roots level becomes proportionately less. The need is seen for schools to pass on the faith of the fathers. Pierson  T The following heroic appeal was delivered in 1978 by Robert H. and intermarry with those not of their faith. The group becomes lax about disfellowshiping non-practicing members. and persecuted by society in general. Ralph Neall have written describing how typically a sect evolves into a church. and there are few buildings. while at the same time the standards of membership are being lowered. born into the movement do not have to make personal decisions to join it.Farewell Address of  19 78   Robert H. our church. Leaders study methods of propagating their faith. Colleges are established. There is more concern over public relations. arise by inner compulsion. In the fourth generation there is much machinery. Children Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. despised.

to the Seminary. “Fearful perils are before those who bear responsibilities in the Lord’s work—perils the thought of which makes me tremble. as also the God who created it. what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church. Study. and engaging in a process of reorganization. men who in a crisis will not be found standing on the wrong side” (Ellen G. The founders of this system would go into the cities. There are those who allegedly are tired of the hackneyed phrases of Adventism. and those who would go the way of the secular. would be discarded. Its effect will be more devastating than the alpha. 1903). Our religion would be changed. There are those who covet and would court the favor of the evangelicals. The sect has become a church! Brethren and sisters. the leaders. but God being removed. is worthless” (Selected Messages. White. without God.” —Selected Messages. and this is no time Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. The task ahead of us is not going to be easy. 205). This is not just another church—it is God’s church! You are the men and women sitting in this sanctuary this morning on whom God is counting to assure that it does not happen. know what is ahead. There are some who point to the reformers and contemporary theologians as a source and the norm for Seventh-day Adventist doctrine.SecondAdventHerald. vol. and do a wonderful work. Services become This is God’s last church with God’s last message! I believe this morning. fellow leaders. then with God’s help prepare your people to meet it! Already. the church God has destined to triumph! The servant of the Lord says. who could stand before me in the breach to defend the land from ruin” (N. 2. intrepid leaders. Regrettably there are those in the church who belittle the inspiration of the total Bible. this must never happen to the Seventh-day Adventist Church! This will not happen to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. for men and women. You and I are the leaders who will face the omega that will be of the same subtle. with an interest in the arts: music. there are subtle forces that are beginning to stir. whom God is counting on to keep the Seventh-day Adventist Church God’s remnant church. materialistic world. There is a reexamination of positions and modernizing of methods. and seminaries are established. to Loma Linda University—don’t let it happen! We are not Seventh-day Anglicans. If I understand the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy aright this 5 . literature. The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. those who would throw off the mantle of a peculiar people. know what is ahead. study. and who subtly and not so subtly attack the Spirit of Prophecy.and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith. The Sabbath. they would place their dependence on human power. ”I looked for a man among them who could build up a barricade. Brethren. And in Ezekiel 22:30 we read. would be lightly regarded. who question the Spirit of Prophecy’s short chronology of the age of the earth. then with God’s help prepare your people to meet it! “God calls for men who are prepared to meet emergencies. who scorn the first 11 chapters of Genesis. architecture. that God is looking www. 1. 204. vol. the Review and Herald. A new organization would be established.B. The group enjoys complete acceptance by the world. a time of challenge such as this church and this world have never before known. to see that this church under God goes through to the kingdom. devilish origin.). More schools. of course. universities.Great church councils are held to define doctrine. The movement seeks to become “relevant” to contemporary society by becoming involved with popular causes. brethren and sisters. Attention is given to contemporary culture. There are those who wish to forget the standards of the church we love.E. p. These go to the world for accreditation and tend to become secularized. Books of a new order would be written. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. 391. “We are pressing on to the final conflict. I beg of you. ahead lies a time of trouble. Fellow leaders. pp. The Seventh-day Adventist Church had its alpha years ago. The servant of the Lord tells us “the enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists. A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. Were this reformation to take place. beloved brethren and sisters— don’t let it happen! I appeal to you as earnestly as I know how this morning—don’t let it happen! I appeal to Andrews University. which. November 5. men and women who love God’s church and God’s truth more than they love their lives. not Seventh-day Lutherans—we are Seventh-day Adventists! This is God’s last church with God’s last message! You are the men and women.

and that there was not a moment to lose. and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg. 205. This work is not dependent on any man. it is dependent on our relationship with Him. ‘Meet it!’” (Selected Messages. I had heard the words. that a divine hand is on the wheel. in which she saw a ship heading toward an iceberg. What a wonderful assurance we have this morning. December 6. 391). and give Satan the advantage in the warfare” (Ibid. Let no one turn traitor.1978 Farewell Address . that you and I are in God’s work. The engineer put on full steam. 1892). trembling from stem to stern. 1. He will gather from the world a people who will serve Him in righteousness” (Ibid. With a crash she struck the ice. for giving me the privilege of serving you for the past 45 years. There is only one way for us to face the future. but no lives were lost. pp.” “Well I knew the meaning of this representation. Pierson Robert Pierson spent a great portion of his life in the mission field --in India. The vessel was injured. Fellow leaders. When the battle wages sore. I must without delay obey the command. 2. vol. She said. and that God will bring His purposes to pass. It is no time to hide your colors. like a living There was a fearful shock. vol.. ‘Meet it!’ There was not a moment’s hesitation. Finally. A church with its eyes upon the Man of Calvary will never walk into apostasy. “There.php MEET IT! 6 Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. http://www. The time for decided action had come.. ‘Meet it!’ I knew what my duty was. towering high above the ship. that a divine hand is on the wheel. brethren and sisters. It was a time for instant action. brethren and sisters. And then I call attention to a vision the Lord’s servant had. Then she moved forward on her way. was a gigantic iceberg. and that God will bring His purposes to pass. as well as in Africa.greatcontroversy. it may be that in the not-too-distant future you will have to meet it. but not beyond repair. Ω Let us not forget that the three great powers of heaven are working. and may God bless every one of you. She rebounded from the contact.Continued to compromise. The passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collision. An authoritative voice cried out. p. but let us not forget that the three great powers of heaven are working. what a wonderful thought it is that the great controversy is nearing its end! “In the closing work we shall meet with perils that we know not how to deal with. I pray God will give you grace and courage and wisdom. 206). I had my orders. It is no time to lay down or conceal our weapons. He also served in America as president of the KentuckyTennessee Conference and then as president of the General Conference. and the iceberg broke into many pieces. and that is at the foot of the cross. falling with a noise like thunder to the deck. like a voice from our Captain. Robert H. Thank SECOND ADVENT Herald .

The full significance of this fact was made clear to God’s messenger in a vision presented to her on April 2. containing the altar of incense. if necessary. In Testimonies to Ministers. for the Sabbath was set apart to be kept in honor of God’s holy name. Then her attention was directed to the second apartment. the Sabbath commandment. and the candlestick with its seven lamps. since contacts of this type are part of the experience of most of us today. and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament.” It was not that they intensely hated the sanctuary. We will not weary you with statistical evidence. Here was the secret of the bitter and determined opposition to the harmonious exposition of the Scriptures that revealed the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. . the table of shewbread. They could have endured that 7 . The relation between the sanctuary and the Sabbath may not have been entirely clear to all of us. Ellen White quotes Satan as saying to his angels: Sabbath Coupled with Sanctuary Ministrations “The same light which reveals the true Sabbath reveals also the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary. and reported in Early Writings. And their hatred was so intense that they were willing to destroy the heavenly sanctuary. 1875: “As is perhaps natural. the Sabbath and the sanctuary are therefore firmly bonded. and that this chest was the place wherein rested the two tables of the law written with the finger of God. and will be. and e who attacks the sanctuary attacks the Sabbath. theologically. in Topsham. 32-33. In The Great Controversy.Freedom’s Test Sign Ralph Larson and Freedom’s Just as the Sabbath is a sign of our loyalty to our Creator. August 5. We read in Revelation 11:19: “And the temple of God was opened in heaven. 435. 1847. and he who is scornful of the one will. one to another. We need to remember this truth as we have increasing contact with Seventh-day Adventist Church members. and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of God’s dear. Thus Uriah Smith wrote in the Review and Herald. Maine. and the reason for their opponents’ great lack of appreciation for it. the Most Holy Place. it is also a sign of the freedom that He provides for us. Ellen White writes: ‘’None could fail to see that…an acceptance of the truth concerning the heavenly sanctuary involved an acknowledgment of the claims of God’s law and the obligation of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. H Photo Copyright: PaulBWilliams. the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers. where she saw the ark and the two tables of the law. She writes: “The four on the first table shone brighter than the other six. 472. shone above them all.” Historically. waiting saints. He who cherishes one of these two truths cherishes the other. and there has been no change in those battle lines since then. Let us consider the meaning and significance of this trend.SecondAdventHerald. but it has been unmistakably clear to our opponents. and even ministers who either ignore the sanctuary doctrine or sneer at it. The object of their bitter hatred was the Sabbath commandment. “I saw that the holy Sabbath is. Ellen White describes how she was shown the first apartment of the heavenly sanctuary. . the enemy of truth seems most persistent in trying to trouble and unsettle minds in regard to A Reason That Divided This understanding was at once the reason for our pioneers’ www.” We know that the ark was a chest beneath the mercy seat with overshadowing angels. The battle lines were thus drawn. But the fourth. sooner or later. as to the devil himself. in order to get rid of the Sabbath. The holy Sabbath looked glorious—a halo of glory was all around it.” great appreciation for the sanctuary truth. . become scornful of the other.

for the probability predicting human behavior. that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. there will be a removing of the landmarks. While we are sitting in the waiting room of the doctor’s office. for that is the citadel of our strength. or follow. without great success. an evangelical scholar and the successor to Walter Martin. They often make mistakes. . the true Sabbath. on their part. and planes. talent. and was only accepted because of Ellen White. .” He asked these Adventist ministers whether they agreed or disagreed with Ford’s statement. rejecting the sanctuary truth. 7. The purpose of all of this testing is prediction and the reduction of risk. . If we faithfully comply with the Sabbath He is planning to parole. In his questionnaire he included a statement by Desmond Ford that our sanctuary doctrine “had no biblical warrant. “Freedom’s Test and Freedom’s Sign. exalting the false sabbath. is would be clear. and 1. commandment. He therefore needs a test for the purpose of We had better prepare our minds. Their problem is simply that they do not have a perfect system for testing. or even incompetence. It is readily apparent that this decreasing respect for the sanctuary truth is accompanied by a decreasing respect for the Sabbath. It would have to be unique. The Sabbath … meets the need of a test for predicting Our Lord is in a similar situation. and where we may be sure that the inhabitants do not ever want to have any The Test of the Sabbath Let us begin with two familiar and cherished scriptures. that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. Many of the things that we use are tested. will make it their next goal to lead us into 2. Others either agreed with Ford or answered evasively. to be a sign between me and them. remember.” That statement was true in 1875. It would have to be applicable to people in all Let us then spend a few moments reflecting about our conditions of ability. and they shall be a sign between me and you. so that motivation and to us personally? The title of our study. too. from bolts.” Tests and signs are a part of our daily lives. not because of insincerity. A more decided effort will be made to exalt the false sabbath. Surely they are as concerned about the security of their families as we are. We are forcibly reminded of Ellen White’s prediction in The Seventhday Adventist Bible Commentary. nuts. we read with interest the signs on the walls which tell us the doctor has passed certain tests and is therefore qualified to practice his medical specialty. of Pentecostalism. tests. People are tested. What kind of test would meet His that those Seventh-day Adventist ministers and members requirements? There would be at least five essential elements: who have made it their first goal to lead us into the false doctrines of Calvinism. Experience teaches us that it is easier to test things than to test people. education. vol. 3. Ezekiel 20: 12 and 20: Test Based on Time There is only one thing that is available to people of all ages and all conditions in all parts of the earth. we are demonstrating what we will do when prisoners from this earth and release them into the society of other worlds the reason for God’s commandment is not altogether clear to us. then. all about? What is its real significance in the plan of salvation 5. Attacks on the sanctuary have been increasingly bitter and unrelenting in recent years.” the sanctuary. Of the 56 ministers who responded to his questionnaire. conducted a survey among ministers of the Southeastern California Conference. only 29 stated that they disagreed. What is the Sabbath really 4.” Photo Copyright: PaulBWilliams. 985: “After the truth has been proclaimed as a witness to all nations. It is their responsibility to try to predict human behavior in order to decide which prisoners can safely be returned to society. cars. Kenneth Sample. and wealth. SECOND ADVENT Herald 8 . and that is time. and it is true today.“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths. ships. It would have to be reasonable and fair. It would have to be applicable to all people in all have made it their second goal to lead us into the false worship places on earth. human behavior. and an attempt to tear down the pillars of our faith.” “And hallow my sabbaths. as it were. Our penitentiary parole boards have been struggling with this problem for years. where there has never been any sin. It would have to be applicable to people of all ages. Signs are often associated with. and screws to boats. precious heritage.

“I commandment. we are demonstrating what we will do when understand the need for rest. “Lord.” Now we are beginning to understand what the Sabbath is The Lord could answer. then. He is not obeying you. This test could be fair. Send him to some other planet. that doesn’t satisfy me at all. “We have a principle in the law all about. it meets the need of a test for predicting Sabbath commandment. Some even rest so they can be more efficient in doing evil. will of God. But what about the question of motivation? People rest for different reasons. Time spent in rest. even bad reasons. But how? To have a test involving time spent in work. unlike the other commandments. hut everyone can rest.” and the ability to say. “What will this would say. and I understand it.Everyone’s day has twenty-four hours. could easily happen. It therefore provides a very If that is what You want. or even on portions of Obey Even When We Don’t Understand the Reason What will we do when there is a requirement of God that we do not understand? This is the real test for the quality of our relationship with God. That is clear and reasonable. questions this earthling in regard to all of the other commandments except the fourth. but they do not restrict themselves will happen if at some future time there is a commandment to a particular time for resting. Please notice that there could be two human behavior. I Human reason can recognize the need for rest. that settles it for me.SecondAdventHerald.” I feel very sure that you would say. But I see no the reason for God’s commandment is not altogether clear to us. want him here. But what reasons. that their Creator. Not everyone can work. and nothing else. reason why the resting should be done on any particular day. or even play. If we see persons doing so. “Lord. I think you might say. everyone’s week has seven days. falls a little short of meeting the need for a universal test.” provides a time for rest. Moriah 9 . “I will not. and see what you think. but I don’t need to understand that. “Yes. just as we read in Ezekiel 20.” I think you clear and satisfactory answer to the question. the Sabbath commandment. but not for will rest when I need to rest. That makes sense. we that is not altogether clear to him? What will he do then? may be sure that the reason is their desire to do the will of Given his limited intelligence and his limited experience. To each commandment the earthling makes the same response. Not all persons can do these things. or study. What then is left? Time spent in rest. I can choose the time that is best rest on a particular day. He keeps saying that he will obey the Photo Copyright: PaulBWilliams. “You listen while we test him. he is agreeing with you. It is indeed a sign. please. that he is all right?” The Lord could say in reply. Then suppose that you learned that God is planning to “parole” a “prisoner” from www. The candidate from earth might say. This is the test that Abraham met on Mt. or study.” person do when he does not fully understand the reason for God’s commandment?” It is an effective test for predicting human behavior and for deciding who is safe to save. Motivation would be clear. “Are you sure. even should they so desire. Obey Even If Not Clear Suppose that you had been fortunate enough to live on a planet where there had never been any sin. I will gladly obey that commandment. for me. It specifically for the purpose of dealing with that question. and for worship. and so on. or even in recreation would be unfair.” I do not think you would be content. People rest for different commandments because they make sense to him. This is the test that Eve met in Eden and failed.” Then the Lord. Lord. You might express your concern by asking. A Very Specific Rest Planet Earth and to allow him access to your planet.” The command to rest upon the seventh day is not based on Or the candidate from earth might answer like this: “I human reason and. “I think he is all But suppose the Creator should set Total freedom must include both the absence of restraint forth a requirement that one specific and the absence of constraint--both the ability to say “I and particular period of time be spent will. for fellowship. in your presence. But He then questions the candidate from earth in regard to the more than this. I will faithfully rest. If we faithfully comply with the Sabbath different responses. let him come. and rightly so. I don’t understand why it needs no appeal to human reason. This fact is true of nothing but time. It is founded upon the revealed to be on a particular day. You would be concerned. The use of time for a test is therefore strongly indicated.” in rest? Let us reflect about this test for a moment. we don’t resting could be done on any day. makes understand the need for rest. As far as human reason is concerned.

” writes: We are looking at a picture of obvious confusion. it is committeth sin is the servant of sin. let this cup pass from me. a trip to the emergency room of the hospital may be required. but both based on human reason and …makes no appeal to are only partial definitions. It is founded [only] upon the revealed freedom must include both the absence of restraint and the absence will of God…. but thine. Whosoever chapter of Genesis. We be Abraham’s seed. He is impressively not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. “I will not. But what if the reproduction this study is “Freedom’s Test and Freedom’s Sign. “Father. What is the definition of freedom. they are likely to tell us that freedom is the absence of constraint. remembering still that the title to until the wound is healed.” Matthew 26:39. but if the shaking cannot be stopped. To argue that there is a moral actions of others. To have the power to initiate action but not principle involved in something that may be done for selfish to stop it would be even worse. involved in something that is done in careful regard for the if we so desire. respiratory tract of some irritation. If ye continue in my word. that—a dreaded word for a dreaded condition—cancer. ‘’Nevertheless. that is expressed will of the Creator. not my will. ye shall be free indeed. in order to clear the most meaningful sign. be done. it is also a sign of the freedom that He provides for us. This is the test that our Lord met in Gethsemane. and were never in who created something and then were not able to control it. Verily. I am astonished at the thinking of those theologians who say that there is a moral principle involved in resting. but that there is no moral principle involved in resting on God’s appointed day. “I will. verily. The holy Sabbath is truly a sign between ourselves and our Lord.” The command to rest upon the seventh day is not Then which definition is correct? Actually both are correct. anyway? Defining Freedom A Sign of True Freedom God Reveals Freedom Photo Copyright: PaulBWilliams.” of body cells cannot be stopped? We have a word for Just as the Sabbath is a sign of our loyalty to our Creator. or even immoral reasons. How could they misunderstand the meaning of freedom? This fact causes us to feel the need of a definition. the full ability to say. “I will not. To people who not very pleasant.If we put this question to young people. if it be possible. If the Son able to say “I will. When our body sustains an injury. the Sabbath is no sign.” Barth therefore shall make you free.” and is equally able to say. the full ability to say. it is wonderful to Let us now consider one other important element in the see how the body cells can reproduce themselves and grow meaning of the Sabbath. Ye shall be made free? The Swiss theologian Karl Barth points out that in the first Jesus answered them. but that there is no moral principle It is pleasant to be able to extend the hand and shake it.” But if we put the same question to the soldier in the trenches or to prisoners in chain gangs.” To be able to stop actions but not to initiate them would mean that we could only respond to the Surely there is confusion here. but to us it truly is a nice to be able to sneeze when we need to. These “A being is free only when it can determine and limit its and passed. but if the sneezing cannot be stopped. is strange indeed. Ask the victim of Parkinson’s disease. and ye shall know the truth. and the fate of the whole universe trembled in the balance while He prayed three times. bondage to any man: how sayest thou. Let us read John 8:31-36: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him.” and the ability to say. where our God is introduced to us. “I will not. men were even then under the bondage of Rome and were far from being free. And the whole universe won its reprieve when He finally said. of constraint--both the ability to say “I will. Total human reason. Pagan literature is replete with stories about pagan gods They answered him. I say unto you. This test we all must pass in order to be safe to save. and the truth shall make you free.” Luke 10 SECOND ADVENT Herald . then are ye my disciples indeed. they are likely to tell us that freedom is the absence of restraint. And the servant abideth made clear that He has no such problem. It is think in this way.

“I saw that the holy Sabbath is. as well. give evidence of being confused about freedom. They were in bondage to other men. Modern man may cry out. Thus the crop becomes his master.SecondAdventHerald. and who know what freedom is.” and celebrates His Sabbath. and then is afraid to keep the Sabbath for fear of losing his house. They will be unmoved by the clever arguments and cunning sophistries of the apostates about them. God had foreseen this problem and moved to prevent it. “But what of the weather?” The answer is Yes. because man is not like God! Man has demonstrated an impressive ability to say. Thus the house becomes his master. I will fly to the moon. He instructed man in Exodus 34:21: “Six days thou shalt work. a precious emblem of their special relationship. and only the works of a being like this are acts. In Bondage to Possessions Man plants a crop. ye shall be free indeed. and loyalty from their treason. They may insist that Sabbathbreaking is freedom. “If the Son therefore shall make you free. is a first criterion of the true deity of the Creator in the biblical saga. He understands it perfectly. God is a being like this. “I will. “I will not. Willingly Rest There are people in the world who are not confused. In the creation story the Bible presents to us a God who has the ultimate power of creation.activity. Book I. 33. and will be. and that becomes true of His followers. God understands these things perfectly. in no way threatened by what He has created.” He can say. vol. but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing [plowing] time and in harvest thou shalt rest.e. head of the theology department at Philippine Union College. Ω Ralph Larson served as professor of theology for Atlantic Union College. but modern man is in bondage to things. They also know that the Sabbath is a sign between themselves and their Creator God. the separating wall between the true Israel of God and unbelievers.. He is not afraid of anything or anybody. He is in a worse condition than were the Jews to whom Christ spoke. “I will plant a garden: I will build a house. but Photo Copyright: PaulBWilliams. 5. He never loses control of what he has created. He is always in charge. Volume III. How much man needs this rest. like the Jews to whom Christ spoke. His creative activity has its limits in the rest from His works. courage from their cowardice. Man builds a www. His freedom. but He is in control.” But he has a pathetic ability to say. They will boast of their freedom. They will “…gather warmth from the coldness of others. Some. He graciously invites man to join Him in His celebration of freedom by sharing the Sabbath with Him. not freedom.” Testimonies. i. determined by Himself. the rest of the seventh day.” then on the seventh day He demonstrates the fullness of His freedom by saying. perfectly balanced by an equal power of control. They are the kind of people who will walk calmly and steadfastly with their God through the perils of earth’s last days. They celebrate their freedom every Sabbath in fellowship with their Creator God. then exhibit their shackles. Some Freely.” Man might cry out in alarm. evangelist for many years in Hawaii. They are living witnesses that God is alive and that He is in control. and that the Sabbath is the great question to unite the hearts of God’s dear.” John 8:36. the symbol of His freedom. To such persons the Lord of all is still saying. Only those who truly believe this fact can understand and experience true freedom.” He is in control. For six days He demonstrates His ability to say.” Early Writings.” Church Dogmatics. revealed in this rest. God does understand about the weather. and pastor of many churches. surely the most pathetic of all conditions of human bondage. “I will. but then admit that the real reason for their Sabbathbreaking is fear of financial loss. waiting saints. 136. They are living in fear. “I will not. and then is afraid to take a Sabbath rest for fear that he will lose the 11 . “But what about my financial obligations? Does not God know what will happen if I do not make my payments?” The answer is Yes.

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. As the disrespect for God’s law becomes more manifest. He will also come as a protector of all those who have preserved the faith in its purity and kept themselves unspotted from the world…. But more especially will their prayers arise in behalf of the church because its members are doing after the manner of the world. The universal scorn thrown upon true piety and holiness leads those who do not connect closely with God to lose their reverence for His law…. The earnest prayers of this faithful few will not be in vain. but increased pride.It Is N O The seal of God will be placed upon Ellen G. idolatry. even of those who profess the truth. Those who walk in the light… are not to sit in quiet. Sigh. The choicest of heaven’s blessings have been given them.” …At the time when the danger and depression of the church are 12 SECOND ADVENT Herald . Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. Influenced by the unrighteous around them. They should realize that it is their duty to labor diligently to save others. Cry—and Work The crisis is fast approaching…. When the Lord comes forth as an avenger. Love for the divine precepts increases with one class according as contempt for them increases with another class. covetousness. White …T he nations of this age have been the recipients of unprecedented mercies. the line of demarcation between its observers and the world becomes more distinct. and base ingratitude are written against them…. many. comforting themselves with the belief that God will shelter His people in the day of visitation…. Contaminated by Iniquity But that which causes me to tremble is the fact that those who have had the greatest light and privileges have become contaminated by the prevailing iniquity. looking with strong faith to God for help. have grown cold and are borne down by the strong current of evil. unconcerned expectancy of the ruin. contempt of God. the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are done in the land.

but they departed from Him and led others into error. Those who link in sympathy with the world are eating and drinking with the drunken and will surely be destroyed with the workers of iniquity. and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. But the glory of the Lord had departed from Israel. …Those who have a zeal for God’s honor and a love for souls will not hold their peace to obtain favor of any…. These words strengthen www. and hence they are filled with grief and alarm. dignity. and therefore are brought under the divine displeasure. will be left without the seal of God…. “The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous. The day of God’s vengeance is just upon us. crying ones had been holding forth the words of life. those who have a zeal for God’s honor and a love for souls will not hold their peace to obtain favor of any…. those which provoked the jealousy of the pure and holy God. Times have changed. which is expressed in lamentation and weeping. His power and presence were lacking. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. The command is: “Go through the midst of the city. They were once His faithful servants. selfishness. or worldly wisdom. devoted followers of Christ will be distinguished from the rest of the world by their soul anguish. and little children all perish together. reproofs and warnings. through the midst of Jerusalem. No superiority of rank.… their unbelief. They are powerless to stop the rushing torrent of iniquity.SecondAdventHerald. avarice. Thus “Peace and safety” is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These persons come to feel secure in their deceptions…. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. they had reproved. Faithful Criers The class who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension. were Seal or Plagues? Our Choice It is with reluctance that the Lord withdraws His presence from those who have been blessed with great light and who have felt the power of the word in ministering to others. Those who have been regarded as worthy and righteous prove to be ringleaders in apostasy and examples in indifference and in the abuse of God’s mercies. Some who had been dishonoring God repented and humbled their hearts before Him. will preserve men from sacrificing principle when left to their own deceitful hearts. favored with His presence and guidance. nor mourn over the sins of others. no position in sacred office. But He will detect their hypocrisy and will open before others those sins which they were so careful to hide. counseled. Their wicked course He will tolerate no longer….W That We Must Act the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land. The seal of God will be placed upon the foreheads of those only who sigh and cry for the abominations done in the land. and deception of almost every kind are in the church. Men. maidens.” Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. and entreated. and excuse the great wickedness everywhere prevalent. and they say: The Lord will not do good. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God’s power as in former days. In the time when His wrath shall go forth in judgments. but by far the worst sins. these humble. neither will He do evil. Dumb Dogs. had betrayed their trust. They mourn before God to see religion despised in the very homes of those who have had great light. The great Searcher of hearts knoweth every sin committed in secret by the workers of iniquity. those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people. although many still continued the forms of religion. The ancient men.” These 13 . and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. …The church—the Lord’s sanctuary—was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The abominations for which the faithful ones were sighing and crying were all that could be discerned by finite eyes. They lament and afflict their souls because pride. While others try to throw a cloak over the existing evil.

for what can they then do in such a fearful conflict without His assistance! their souls. that by a wellordered family they might present to the world the influence of the truth upon the human heart. he will go into darkness and satanic delusions and will lead others in the same path. know the conflict of overcoming. if he refuses to be taught as a little child. there is no longer probation. our faith will never become firm. The decree has been passed by the highest earthly authority that they shall worship the beast and receive his mark under pain of persecution and death. By a life of holy endeavor and firm adherence to the right the children of God were sealing their destiny. This small remnant. There has been so little self-denial. So long as we choose the easy path of self-indulgence and are frightened at self-denial. every case is decided. it would be an eternal loss.” When this time of trouble comes. then it will be forever too late to repent and find shelter….com 14 . Men of finite judgment cannot see that in patterning after these men who have so often opened to them the treasures of God’s word. However high any minister may have stood in the favor of God. The most exalted of the redeemed host that stand before the throne of God and the Lamb. The seal of the living God is upon His people.” Follow Jesus’ Example Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. cold. and their failure to reach a high religious standard. Beset with temptations without number. fortitude. if he neglects to follow out the light given him of God. It is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters. Those Who’ve Gone Before Courage. who was crucified for them. they will surely endanger Deny Self. everyone that shall be found written in the book. and at any hour they might be called to lay off their armor.” Now is the time to heed the admonition of the True Witness: “I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire. for SECOND ADVENT Herald Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. They should have commanded their households after them. They eagerly accepted the light from heaven. We must be partakers with Christ of His sufferings if we would sit down in triumph with Him on His throne. It is the veil with which God covers His glory when He comes to impart rich blessings. not Gratify Self In this life we must meet fiery trials and make costly sacrifices. such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered. if he would know what the Lord requires of him. the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble. “And at that time shall Michael stand up. and should they come to the close of life with their work undone. faith. to cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. that thou mayest be clothed. they knew they must resist firmly or be conquered. they rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer for Christ. no longer mercy for the impenitent.” and miserable. with the humble. … even among those who teach the truth to others…. and white raiment. Their worthy example will be a comfort and encouragement to the people of God who will be brought into the time of trouble such as never was. and we cannot know the peace of Jesus nor the joy that comes through conscious victory. When the seven last plagues shall be poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation. when martyrdom seemed the only way out of their distress. they make other souls contented with their position. Everyone must now search the Bible for himself upon his knees before God. and blind. and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear. teachable heart of a child. unable to defend themselves in the deadly conflict with the powers of earth that are marshaled by the dragon host. When those early Christians were exiled to mountains and deserts. but the peace of Christ is the reward. clad in white. By their lack of devotion and piety. “The darkness that will then rest upon our path [in the day of trial] must not discourage us or drive us to despair. and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve. They felt that they had a great work to do. May God help His people now. Defects in Character Not one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them. so little suffering for Christ’s sake. that the cross is almost entirely forgotten. We feel rich and increased with goods and know not that we are “wretched. and torture. make God their defense.Our own course of action will determine whether we shall receive the seal of the living God or be cut down by the destroying weapons…. and implicit trust in God’s power to save do not come in a moment…[but] by the experience of years. when left in dungeons to die with hunger. These who were so familiar with prophecy and the treasures of divine wisdom should have acted their faith. that thou mayest be rich. and naked. Then the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost. that thou mayest see. as did the first disciples from the lips of Jesus. Jesus is the only true pattern. We are too easily satisfied with our attainments. and poor.

who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth— these are receiving the heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. active faith! We need it. Jesus is our ever-present help in time of need. 12:17. that he cannot live the life of a Christian.they have come up through great tribulation. Now. joy out of sorrow. It will never be placed upon the forehead of the ambitious. The darkness that will then rest upon our path must not discourage us or drive us to despair. It is now that we must awake and make determined effort for symmetry of character…. for a living. What are you doing. 5. Rev. we must have it. watching for our Lord’s appearing. No One Hopeless or Helpless No one need say that his case is hopeless. her prophetic gift was instrumental in the formation of Seventh-day Adventism. It is now that we must wash our robes of character and make them white in the blood of the www. passion. and rest out of weariness for the The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that when the tests of a true prophet are applied to Ellen G. White. their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity.SecondAdventHerald. Vol. I can only write briefly… calling your attention to the necessity of preparation. or we shall faint and fail in the day of trial. waiting. 208–216. “are not in darkness. It is now that we must overcome pride. Ω 15 . and spiritual slothfulness. Oh. The world is in darkness. my brethren and sisters. That gift is one of two prominent characteristics of His church in the last days (Rev. brethren. Search the Scriptures for yourselves. that that day should overtake you as a thief. In that day when God has a controversy with His people. Her inspired writings continue to clarify and uplift the Word of God. 19:10). waiting. longing soul. world-loving man or woman. Go forward. Those who are distrustful of self. It is the veil with which God covers His glory when He comes to impart rich blessings. Those who have yielded to circumstances rather than engage in this conflict will not know how to stand in that day when anguish will be upon every soul. this experience will be a source of comfort and hope. All who receive the seal must be without spot before God….” says Paul. It will never be placed upon the forehead of men or women of false tongues or deceitful hearts. and indeed. We should know this by our past experience. “But ye. and He has promised to hear and answer your petitions. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed. Ample provision is made by the death of Christ for every soul. Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. they confirm beyond doubt that God bestowed upon her the promised gift of prophecy. …for everyone must deliver his soul by his own righteousness. The seal of God will never be placed upon the forehead of an impure man or woman. We are in a most trying position.” It is ever God’s purpose to bring light out of darkness. Now—Before Too Late It is now that we must keep ourselves and our children unspotted from the world. Now is the time to prepare. in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast. Only call upon Him in faith. brethren. that you may understand the fearful solemnity of the present hour.

we should “chew” soft foods long enough to get salivary enzymes flowing. 108. Optimal digestion is so often the key to our health. cheaper. well-cooked. water diminSECOND ADVENT Herald 16 . Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. For all of us. They are designed by God to work in tandem. mashed) is not as good for us as one which includes foods which we must chew thoroughly. time and care must still be taken to “chew” thoroughly whatever is taken into the mouth. “Many make a mistake in drinking cold water with their meals. prevention is a lot easier. stews. Only rarely does it mention or allude to the why of it. One instance is Paul’s advice for Timothy: “Drink no longer water.” Ibid. something dry should be eaten with them—something suitable that requires chewing. if we eat intelligently. prepared in the most natural.” which stimulates growth and repair of the intestinal lining. Yet although much emphasis is put on foods we should or should not eat. as they negatively impact digestion. food must be properly masticated (chewed) and digested by multiple digestive enzymes in order to make food nutrients available for assimilation through intestinal walls. It is a frequent focus in the inspired health writings of Ellen White.” Counsels on Diet and Foods. but as in all things. The Bible counsels us regarding what to eat or not eat.” Did you know that at least 80% of a person’s immune system originates in the digestive system? That high percentage should certainly get our attention. “Food should be eaten slowly and should be thoroughly Chew. “So much porridge [cooked grains and beans] eating is a mistake. but Don’t Drink Nor should liquids be drunk with the meal. nor the gratification of the taste so much on the amount of food swallowed as on the length of time it remains in the mouth. . The entire digestive process is so fundamental to health that when we eat. Chew Basically. It’s widely known that food plays a large role in our physical decline or restoration.” Digestion—and thus. . and understanding the why while not neglecting the what. The digestive fluids of the mouth are as important to digestion and assimilation as those of the stomach. can actually be harmful if it’s not eaten in an intelligent way at an intelligent time! And conversely. 294. This is necessary in order that the saliva may be properly mixed with the food and the digestive fluids be called into action.” Be Like Jesus. but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities. At Least 80% of Our Immune System It’s possible Timothy’s stomach was the primary cause of his “often infirmities. Apparently.. saliva contains “epidermal growth factor. Eat.Good Digestion leads to Jean Handwerk Good Health W “The benefit you derive from your food does not depend so much on the quantity eaten as on its thorough digestion. when and how we eat is every bit as important as what we eat. “Solid foods requiring mastication will be far better than mush or liquid foods. and more pleasant than recovery. If health or teeth issues prevent one from eating foods which require biting and chewing. in addition to digestive enzymes. Taken with meals. our health—begins in the mouth. we can be greatly benefited. That principle is also why a diet of mostly soft foods (soups. delicious way. and chew our solid foods till “juicy” for the same reason. Chew. When soft foods are eaten. By following the divine counsel for the when and how of proper eating. Timothy’s health—in this case. his stomach—was problematic.” 1 Tim 5:23. This is critical care to keep our immune systems functioning as ideally as possible. . The dry food that requires mastication is far preferable. 107. I dwell upon this as essential. to a great extent. e often take our good health for granted until we get sick. health will follow. Eating the freshest organic food.

fermentation and putrefaction follow. The body is then burdened as it attempts to deal with undigested food.ishes the flow of the salivary glands. . But if anything is needed to quench thirst. gastric juices started flowing into the bottle. resentment—all the negative emotions that war against the “peace that passeth understanding”—literally stop the digestive juices from flowing.” a proverb that clearly links one’s mental state to one’s health. Our mental/emotional state permits or prohibits the release of digestive enzymes from the various organs. Ice water or ice lemonade.. . “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine. frustration. 1884. . The Holy Spirit’s counsel on that topic is this: “In order to have healthy digestion.SecondAdventHerald. It is a clear-cut example of the mind’s direct influence on the health of the body. the more difficult it is for the food to digest. will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it to take up its work again. the greater the injury to the stomach. and therefore assimilation of nutrients. or in a great hurry. Hot drinks are debilitating. which poison the body. Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues. Fear. Eat slowly. drunk with meals. When food was placed before the hungry cat. an effort that depletes vital energy. is all that nature requires. Physical science bears out that statement. pancreas. do not bolt your food. for the vital powers. (It takes about an hour after the emotion or attitude is rectified for the sphincters to react as they should. possible or 17 . and allow the saliva to mingle with the food. drunk some little time before or after the meal. which therefore makes digestion and assimilation of nutrients possible or impossible. but a broken spirit dries up the bones. will do well to remember this. already severely taxed. . And if the food remains in the system too long. cannot supply the necessary gastric juice.) Continued on next Page >>> Our mental/emotional state makes digestion. worry. . . one of which is our bodies’ ability to utilize the food we eat. food should be eaten slowly. a tube was run from a cat’s stomach to a service to God. Those who are excited. anger. pure water. bottle. When a dog was brought too near the cat’s cage. . for the liquid must first be absorbed. would do well not to eat until they have found rest or relief. nor the gratification of the taste so much on the amount of food swallowed as on the length of time it remains in the mouth. and gall bladder to contract. . An Attitude of Gratitude Yields Peace— and Health The psalmist wrote. In one experiment on digestion. Once the dog was removed. The benefit you derive from your food does not depend so much on the quantity eaten as on its thorough digestion. Our state of mind affects our bodies in many ways. and the colder the water. stopping the release of necessary enzymatic fluids into the digestive tract and thus preventing the digestion of the food so it can be assimilated through the walls of the small intestine. If your time to eat is limited. anxious. and those who realize their obligation to keep all their powers in the condition which will enable them to render the best Photo Copyright: www. emphasis added. July 29. the flow of digestive juices ceased. but eat less.” Ibid. . Emotional stress at meal time can cause the sphincter muscles of organs like the liver. Those who wish to avoid dyspepsia [indigestion]. and eat slowly. The more liquid there is taken into the stomach with the meals.” Review and Herald. hurry. it took an hour before digestive juices could flow again.

they thus increase the difficulties upon them. 2. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character. emphasis added. when we lie down to rest. social get-togethers. all-you-can-eat buffets. tend to eat too much. Eating for the Wrong Reasons The positive or negative interplay of food. than from a moderate quantity taken at regular periods.” Ibid. the digestive organs become enfeebled. 59. eating twice. The result is that the digestive organs are disordered. Many of us happily indulge at family holiday feasts. persons may require a third meal. and eating frequently. When we eat greatly affects our bodies’ ability to benefit from what we eat.’ and desire for frequent eating. when. “the system receives less nourishment from too great a quantity of food. Many. should have its work all done.” An Appeal to Mothers. which causes faintness.” Ibid. their digestive organs would recover. Vol. and of food most easily Timing our Tasting When we eat greatly affects our bodies’ ability to benefit from what we eat. . But some have so long abused nature that she cannot recover entirely.” Counsels on Diet. although it may not be immediately realized. at most. They call their vital powers into unnecessary action to take care of the food that they place in their stomachs. and only about half as much as they have been in the habit of eating..” Ministry of Healing. in that obedience to His health counsel will allow us to recover our health to a greater or lesser degree! Photo Copyright: Hemera. and most persons who give the plan a trial will find that two meals a day are better than three. . the stomach will gradually recover. to a great extent. The stomach becomes weary by being kept constantly at work. when stressed or depressed. the more will be its clamors for gratification. The remedy such require is to eat less frequently and less liberally. it becomes exhausted. . and lessen their vitality every day they live. and too much. with all its train of evils. All praise to our Creator. When too much food is eaten. the digestive organs are weakened. when. 22.” Counsels on Diet. that it may enjoy rest. and fruit. as well as other portions of the body. The work of digestion should not be carried on through any period of the sleeping hours. they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan.” Ibid. Some of us. has performed its task. 112. The stomach must have its regular periods for labor and rest. Here many are deceived. disposing of food not the most healthful. even though we see the results in unwanted weight gain. . With regular habits. and think that it is the want of food Digestion—and thus. she will carry on her restoring process. “The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands. three times a day. how and how much we eat merely a physical matter. 275. From that last sentence we learn another benefit of eating wisely: “If nature’s laws have not been too long abused. yet under some circumstances. “The practice of eating but two meals a day is generally found a benefit to health. Nor is a careless attitude toward what. and be satisfied with plain. If persons were diseased before. “And the more the appetite is indulged. “. “. which has been overtaxed. Crackers—the English biscuit—or zwieback. Breakfast the Largest Meal “At breakfast time the stomach is in a better condition to SECOND ADVENT Herald 18 . simple food.. . After the stomach. and disease. 304. sluggishness of mind and body.” Counsels on Diet and Foods. even of the right quality. or cereal coffee. which for the time removes the faintness. The digestive organs need as much intelligent consideration as any other organ. they take more food. “Regularity in eating is of vital importance. even among Seventh-day Adventists. and proper food.” Manuscript Releases 3:326. our health—begins in the mouth.” Testimonies to the Church. be very light.There should be a specified time for each meal. is a most pernicious violation of the laws of health. . . if taken at all. hence eating irregularly and between meals. if they had conquered on this point. hence the sense of ‘goneness. “What influence does overeating have upon the stomach? It becomes debilitated. Yet “the stomach suffers when so many kinds of food are placed in it at one meal. however. is brought on as the result. At least five or six hours should intervene between the meals. If those who have brought themselves to this condition would eat proper food. 176. Their health would be much better if they ate less. and even negative mood changes. . 412. the stomach is overburdened. eat too freely. which produces such feelings. This should. “The stomach. At this time let everyone eat what the system requires and then take nothing more until the next meal. Sabbath potlucks. Furthermore. . . Having no time for rest. or. and without giving the stomach time to rest. This faintness is generally the result of meat eating. and the like. are the foods best suited for the evening meal. 303. and is unable to perform its proper functions. family and friends is a potent one.

few present-day work situations or family schedules are conducive to good digestive habits. improve the opportunity by taking a brisk walk in the open air. Nothing should be eaten between meals. hinders the digestive process. . 1. That Mid-Morning or Bedtime Snack Inspired counsel about snacking provides the digestive reasoning behind it: “Regularity in eating should be carefully observed. “We have crossed the plains fifteen times. . Easier Said Than Done? Fortunately. more beneficial healthwise. nuts. To engage in deep study or violent exercise immediately after eating. therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint. 104. Nov. . But a short walk after a meal.SecondAdventHerald. Younger people not yet suffering the cumulative effects of poor eating habits can learn from the mistakes and good examples of others. After the Meal “Exercise . . the Lord will give you wisdom and understanding as to how to overcome obstacles to healthy digestion. “There are conditions to be observed by all who would preserve health. Eat at regular hours. She also tries her hand at organic gardening. well filled with fruits and plainly cooked bread. exercising moderately. “walk out in the open air every day. 101.” Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene. which is needed to carry on the work of digestion. Ω Jean Handwerk. 71. to the detriment of health and cheerfulness. By so doing. All should learn what these conditions are.. we hopefully will ensure our future years are not made worse by our failure to correct our current eating patterns.” Ibid. .take care of more food than at the second or third meal of the day. . 1880. is called away to other parts. It will “work off the waste matter which accumulates in the system.” Counsels on Diet. On the other hand. right habits don’t take long to establish. Irregularities in eating destroy the healthful tone of the digestive organs. Sometimes we can’t walk right after meals. 180. . Especially should those in sedentary occupations. Make your breakfast correspond more nearly to the heartiest meal of the day. . a former teacher. [gives] the digestive organs a healthy tone. when you’ve lost your health. 390. weather permitting. and I know that I shall not be ashamed. is a great benefit. Ellen White wrote of her own experience. for the vitality of the system. . not much else matters except getting it back. However. and whenever the train stops for any length of time. “The Lord God will help me. If you are truly committed to making necessary changes.” Isaiah 50:7. and we would recommend to those contemplating such a journey strict temperance in all 19 .” Pastoral Ministry. Take your lunch-baskets with you. no confectionery [sweets]. .” Counsels on Diet. with the head erect and the shoulders back. Walking is often more beneficial to health than all the medicine that can be prescribed. The habit of eating a sparing breakfast and a large dinner is wrong. and nothing between meals. but far www. summer and winter. 121.” Review and Herald. fruits. renders the digestion of food more perfect. Exercise “gives a healthful stimulus to the appetite. Appl d e es Delic s R iou Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. or food of any kind. Now that you know how and when to eat for health—and why—don’t let any circumstance or person discourage you from protecting one of your most valuable earthly possessions—or from getting it back. .” Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene. now researches and writes on Biblical and natural health topics. but as we begin to pay the price for poor eating habits of earlier years. Giving up tasty between-meal snacks is a hard one for many. yet we would benefit from walking at any time.” Child Guidance. the journey will not only be more enjoyable. Let your heart say with confidence.

And perhaps I should have.” “What do you believe justification to be?” “I too believe that justification is God’s perfect work for man through His Son. of having been oriented to a worksSECOND ADVENT Herald 20 . Jesus Christ. he asked for my definition of sanctification. I replied: “Like justification.” “What do you think I believe?” “You believe that justification is God’s perfect work for man through His Son Jesus Christ. we cannot understand the gospel message. Galatians 5:6. But it is your false concept of sanctification with which I have a serious problem. have been led to believe that justification is the free gift of grace. After the service I did challenge the preacher: “What you said today would have been true.” My immediate impulse was to challenge such error right then and there in the church service. It is the faith that works by love and purifies the soul. A true understanding of sanctification underlies a true understanding of the gospel. Photo Copyright: HigherClips CD Concerning Good Works Those who believe in the fullness of the gospel believe it encompasses the total salvation acts of God through His Son. I believe that sanctification is God’s perfect work for man through His Son.Colin Standish and n o i t a c i f i t s u J Sanc tifica tion everal years ago I was alarmed when I heard a fellow minister proclaim from the pulpit that “to put justification and sanctification together in the gospel is to commit spiritual adultery. Jesus Christ.” Somehow over the centuries large segments of Christians S The fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ includes both pardon for sin and reclamation from sin. Such believers have often been accused of being perfectionists and legalists. Both justification and sanctification are free gifts from God through Christ. works of man. but that sanctification embodies merit from the Unless we understand true sanctification.” Without either confirming or denying what I had said. Acts 15:9. Nothing could be further from the truth. Jesus Christ. I cannot deny that there must have been many people in that congregation that day who took this perverse error at face value.” “What do I believe sanctification to be?” “You believe sanctification to be man’s imperfect works to God. given your false understanding of sanctification.

“To open their eyes.” Revelation 22:11. Verily. that of the inspired Bible writers. he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins [justification].” Selected Messages. But if Christ had not been born a babe in Bethlehem. we could not Justification and sanctification are characteristics of the final generation. “Sanctification is a very good principle. the two are placed together. As Ellen White has so wonderfully explained it: “While good works will not save even once soul. This belief is due to the false presuppositions concerning sanctification of the accusers. In the Bible.” Romans 1:16. Matthew 3:11). Those holding to this narrow concept of the gospel see the cross alone as the essential element in the salvation of man. Paul referred not only to the forgiveness of the gospel.” Acts 26:18. let him be holy still. I urged him to come back to the only valid source of definition. there is clearly implied the unity of justification and sanctification: www. John 3:5. we cannot understand the gospel message. or will do. but also to the power of the gospel: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. to the Jew first. “And forgive us our debts. The gospel that teaches justification by faith alone sees salvation only in the light of forgiveness. I was talking some years ago to a friend who was deeply involved in the New Theology. rather than central to man’s salvation.” 1 John 1:9. 377. When I explained to him the biblical concept of sanctification by faith (Acts 26:18). 1 Peter 1:22). his immediate response was: “Well. but deliver us from evil [sanctification].based salvation. Pardoned for and Reclaimed from Sin Of paramount importance is the fact that justification and sanctification are characteristics of the final generation who will be redeemed into the kingdom of God: “And he that is righteous [justified].org Photo Copyright: HigherClips CD 21 . yet it is impossible for even one soul to be saved without good works. I say unto thee. nothing that Christ did. the water clearly encompasses justification (Acts 19:4. but after the Spirit [sanctification]. and also to the Greek.SecondAdventHerald. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus [justification]. he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Except a man be born of water [justification] and of the Spirit [sanctification]. and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me [sanctification]. that they may receive forgiveness of sins [justification]. whereas being born of the Spirit encompasses sanctification (Acts 5:32. that’s not the definition that modern theologians use today. verily. Indeed. Unless we have a true understanding of the nature of sanctification. I talked to a prominent Adventist theologian. is directed to anything else but the salvation of God’s people. and to turn them from darkness to light. When we clearly recognize that the gospel of Jesus Christ includes both pardon for sin and reclamation from sin. and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [sanctification]. who quickly denied my affirmation that sanctification was indeed an integral part of the gospel. Sanctification Pervades New Testament On one occasion. who walk not after the flesh. But such is not scripturally valid. but it is not part of the gospel.” “Jesus answered. He said.” Romans 8:1. book 1. Within the great challenge of Christ to Nicodemus. And lead us not into temptation. we understand the fullness of the gospel.” It was difficult to understand how this learned scholar could be unaware that the New Testament is replete with statement after statement linking justification and sanctification in a perfect whole: “If we confess our sins. Even in the Lord’s prayer. is doing. The whole energy of Heaven is concentrated upon the restoration of harmony within the universe in the redemption of all who will accept the wonderful gift of God through Jesus. and from the power of Satan unto God.” Matthew 6:12-13. let him be righteous still: and he that is holy [sanctified]. as we forgive our debtors [justification].

when we were enemies. and your faith is also vain. Indeed. Preaching and practicing the full gospel of Jesus Christ is essential to the disposition of sin and the heralding of the age of eternal peace. There is no biblical basis for misunderstanding the totality of the ministry of Christ for the salvation of mankind. being reconciled we shall be saved by his life. must we know the gospel. A The gospel makes it clear that there is no human merit in our sanctification. sanctification is the work of Christ through His sacrifice and ministry. holy people to take with Him into the kingdom. there is no need to infer that the gospel does not include sanctification with justification. we could not be saved. much more. full understanding of the gospel makes it clear that there is no human merit in our sanctification. Jesus said in His prayer for saved. Photo Copyright: HigherClips CD 22 SECOND ADVENT Herald . Like justification.” 1 Corinthians 15:14. The Cross not Full Atonement When the gospel is understood in the fullness of its biblical representation. They have faith that through the power of the sacrificed and risen One they may gain victory over every temptation of Satan. God’s people will not be united. however. we could not be saved. and Jesus will return. Their good works will in turn glorify their Father in heaven. we will not be saved. If He had not ascended into the presence of His Father. we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son. “And if Christ be not risen. your faith is in vain. then is our preaching vain. When the biblical concepts of the gospel are rightly understood. If He does not come with power and great glory to redeem His saints. Then the Loud Cry will be given in every corner of the earth. If He had not died on Calvary. If He had not been resurrected. If He had not lived a sinless life upon earth. The understanding of the breadth and the spirit of the gospel is essential to the salvation of God’s people..” Romans 5:10. Not only.. If He were not now ministering in the sanctuary above. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. we could not be saved. Ω Colin Standish is the foundational and current president of Hartland Institute in Virginia. Nor can it be said that to place sanctification with justification in the gospel is to put our salvation partly in the area of human works.” John 17:17. we could not be saved. ye are yet in your sins. Until we experience the fullness of God’s power in our life. A staunch defender of Bible-based Adventism. repetitive sin. And if Christ be not raised. The word sanctification in both the Hebrew and the Greek is from the same root word as “holiness. Paul made these points very clear by frequently indicating that we are saved because of His resurrection: “For if. they will bring rejoicing to the hearts of men and women who know that they do not need to remain in the bondage of continual. he has coauthored over sixty books with his twin brother Russell. we could not be saved.” God will have a sanctified. then the Lord will entrust His people with the Holy Spirit. 17.. we must also ask the Holy Spirit to translate it into the fabric of our lives. Jesus is the center of every aspect of our salvation. When that unity is achieved through a sanctifying truth.

as described in this inspired statement by Ellen White: “To those who are indifferent at this time Christ’s warning is: ‘Because thou art lukewarm. Lord? How can anyone understand their experience to find out if they are Laodicean? A Laodicean is a churchgoer. Revelation 3:14-21 tells 16 Million in Laodicea There are 16 million SDAs in the world. He cannot present your religious exercises with the request that grace be given you. “Can anyone in the Laodicean state be saved?” The answer is “No. but he does not participate. the faithful and true witness. and am set down with my Father in his throne. one day our loving Savior will hand you the key to the city of God. and he with me. and anoint thine eyes with eye salve. that thou mayest be rich. O God. They don’t know that they have this disease called “Laodicea. I stand at the door. as you prepare your mind to read this article. give diligent prayer.”(2 Cor 13:5 and Ps 139:24) If you do this. Is It I. . and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear. and knock: if any man hear my voice. for he has been too busy during the week to study his Sabbath School lesson or to have time to study the Bible. and repent. Because thou sayest.” and “Search me.” The next question is then asked. but the question is asked. He cannot endorse your teaching of His word or your spiritual work in anywise.” D many of these are in the Laodicean state?” Those in Laodicea are wretched. I know thy works. “How www. and increased with goods. and white raiment.THE CRISIS OF THE Ron Spear N A E C I D LAO CHURCH Without abiding in Christ. Photo Copyright: Hemera. “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans 23 . Many of our leaders boast of this great number. nor justification. Behold. that thou mayest be clothed. and knowest not that thou art wretched. blind and naked. and neither cold nor hot. So then because thou art lukewarm. the beginning of the creation of God. there is no recovery from the Laodicean condition. I will come in to him. nor sanctification. and know my heart: try me. even as I also overcame. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne. and will sup with him. Yes. He moves into the sanctuary service. dear reader. and blind. that thou mayest see. This is the picture that I see of a large proportion of the 16 million people in the SDA church. He goes home and eats a good dinner and heads for the bed to sleep the afternoon away.” because Laodicea will be spewed out of the mouth of God. I am rich. These two Bible texts will help you: “Examine yourselves. I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore. These things saith the Amen.SecondAdventHerald. He is faithful in his attendance at Sabbath School and church. As many as I love. but the tragedy of this condition is that they don’t understand their condition. I will spew thee out of My mouth’ Revelation 3:16. and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire. and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me. whether ye be in the faith. and lead me in the way everlasting. that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. miserable. I will spew thee out of my mouth. and poor.” 6T 408. poor. The figure of spewing out of His mouth means that He cannot offer up your prayers or your expressions of love to God. and miserable. . ear Reader. He listens to a preparation given by one who has studied. Then he listens complacently to a sermon that puts many of the listeners to sleep. and open the door. and neither cold nor hot. He has been able to visit with friends who relate their happenings of the last week and plans for the new week. Neither is there character development. and have need of nothing.

that.” 2 Tim. evil deeds are renounced. blind and naked. but the Laodicean believes he is okay. human beings may in this life attain to perfection of character. Another approach to the recovery of the Laodicean disease is found in Jer. He will then accept their efforts. Yes. and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God. Day by day—yes. “God’s work of refining and purifying must go on until His servants are so humbled. The Laodicean condition has made the believer satisfied that he can be saved sinning. Sanctification is now taking charge. all things are become new. the Saviour showed that through cooperation with Divinity. He wants to come in. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee. fully. when called into active service. rightly dividing the word of truth. and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. They don’t know they are wretched. The Cure What is the cure for the disease of Laodicea that is terminal in the lake of fire if one does not seek God for the cure? Scripture says Jesus is knocking at the door of the heart. in Desire of Ages. their eye will be single to His glory. 29:13: “And ye shall seek me. justification is at work. How does the Laodicean receive again that love he once had for Christ and His sacrifice? He must yield his mind and soul completely in full surrender of the Holy Spirit.” The Bereans were not Laodicean. In His humanity. he is a new creature: old things are passed away. but evidently some in Thessalonica were. God calls upon us to reach the standard of perfection and places before us the example of Christ’s character. but the recovering Laodicean has victory over every thought word and action in his daily life. their eye will be single to His glory. Removal of the Dross “God’s work of refining and purifying must go on until His servants are so humbled. 5:17. but what God will do in us. and searched the Scriptures daily. every sin. We find that the Laodicean state began when the Seventhday Adventist member lost his or her first love for Christ. in his sphere. “While the wind is itself invisible.they don’t know. whether those things were so. The promise is to those who are recovering from the Laodicean condition. his painful condition will become a powerful witness in his new experience with Jesus Christ. “Study to show thyself approved unto God. Then that power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God. We have the example of the Bereans in Acts 17:11: “These [the Bereans] were more noble than those in Thessalonica. to perfection of Christian character.” 2 Cor. so dead to self. The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God. or beholds the light descend from the courts above. it transforms the life. and peace take the place of anger. when called into active service. and they are victors over themselves.” 4T 86. so dead to self. in that they received the word with all readiness of mind. from impulse. He no longer sits before television shows every night being entertained by the devil’s music and drama. He is recovering his first love experience and now he wants to tell everyone what God is doing in his heart and mind. “Therefore if any man be in Christ. Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. Sinful thoughts are put away. and the countenance reflects the light of heaven. He now goes to bed early so he can get up early in the morning to meet again his lovely Jesus. 173. Let’s remember that the only way we will be an overcomer as Jesus was an overcomer. poor. concerning the Seventh-day Adventist who is delivered of his Laodicean state. This is God’s assurance to us that SECOND ADVENT Herald Recovering That First Love Also.” 2 Cor. because thou hast left thy first love. it produces effects that are seen and felt.’ We can overcome. He is now in a school where the Holy Spirit can reach and teach him. that we might overcome every evil temper. 10:5. moment by moment. envy. No one sees the hand that lifts the burden. a workman that needeth not to be ashamed. how fearfully is the cause of God marred by man’s perverse will and unsubdued temper! How much suffering he brings upon himself by following his own headstrong passions! God brings men over the ground again and again. and sit down at last with Him. It is our responsibility to let Him do it.” We are told that there will only be a very few Seventhday Adventists who will buy of Jesus gold tried in the fire and be relieved of the death decree which hovers over the Laodicean state. So the work of the Spirit upon the soul will reveal itself in every act of him who has felt its saving power. even as I also overcame. when ye shall search for me with all your heart. provision has been made for the believer to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness. they will not rush on and imperil the Lord’s cause.” 4T 86 love. “casting down imaginations. and am set down with My Father in His throne. “None need fail of attaining. he is all wrong. Jesus died to make a way of escape for us. those who have enjoyed coming into that experience of full victory.” Rev 2:4. 2:15. Oh. we see a picture of a Seventh-day Adventist who has been healed of his Laodicean state. Next comes the Bible study and prayer. that. they will not move rashly. is not by what we 24 . and sit with Jesus in His throne. When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart. and find me. in full obedience to all known truth.” 1T 144. being slaves to temptations and passions and followers of their own carnal minds set on fire by Satan.” Let us remember that. increasing the pressure until perfect humility and a transformation of character bring them into harmony with Christ and the spirit of heaven. miserable. behold. and he rejoices in his newfound faith in Christ. and strife. perfected by a life of constant resistance of evil. every temptation. However. humility. “‘To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne. Joy takes the place of sadness. By the sacrifice of Christ. entirely.

Abiding in Christ “Abide in me.we. Little children. When the religion of Christ is most held in contempt. and my words abide in you. and men gather them. When I asked the Lord to change my heart. talking of His love and perfection of character. let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous. where he continues his lifework for the Lord. except ye abide in me. but you have to come out of the experience of abiding in Christ before you can sin. moment by moment. who will then be able to stand? Now is the time for God’s people to show themselves true to principle. When we abide here. Ask Him to show you your Laodicean heart and make it new. The very act of looking for evil in others develops evil in those who look. except it abide in the vine. we are changed into the same image. then should our zeal be the warmest and our courage and firmness the most unflinching. When God’s wrath is poured out upon the earth. “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him. Time to Stand is Now “Already the judgments of God are abroad in the land. and cast them into the fire. Without that key. the Laodicean has now become a saint. Then you will see His beauty and rejoice in His goodness. even as he is righteous. But by beholding Jesus. you can sin. and I in you. Neither is there character development. falling more heavily upon the speaker than upon the hearer. By contemplating the lofty ideal He has placed before us. in his sphere. and they are burned. and is 25 . And justification and sanctification will lead us to this experience of abiding in Christ.” MH 492. sanctified. You will be uplifted as if borne by everlasting arms.” AA 531. will be the experience of the Laodicean restored to Christlikeness. preparing the character for eternal life. By the sacrifice of Christ. I was basically a peaceful person. neither known him. Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. He who scatters the seeds of dissension and strife reaps in his own soul the deadly fruits. the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. no one can enter. With the power and light that God imparts. and it shall be done unto you. Come to Jesus as you are. He is now ready to stand the test that God has prepared for him. in earthquakes. in peril by land and by sea. that we receive not only the justification but the sanctification in our experience. nor sanctification. At this time we must gather warmth from the coldness of others. there goes forth from us a light that irradiates all who are connected with Urgent Appeal to Jesus You cannot walk with Jesus and be a Laodicean. there is no recovery from the Laodicean condition. So. as seen in storms. he is cast forth as a branch. He still travels to preach. www. may obtain complete victory. If a man abide not in me. in tempests.” AA 531 Yes. ye are the branches: He that abideth in me. no more can ye. When you are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.SecondAdventHerald. courage from their cowardice. Ask Him to place on you His robe of righteousness and give you the keys to the pearly gates of Heaven. holding the key to the pearly gates. to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few—this will be our test. nor justification. when His law is most despised. we shall be uplifted into a pure and holy atmosphere.” 5T 136 Justified. we become changed into His image. We cannot afford to live on the husks of others’ faults or failings. Without abiding in Christ. The nation will be on the side of the great rebel leader. you can comprehend more and accomplish more than you ever before deemed possible. “Walk continually in the light of God. “None need fail of attaining.” John 15:4-7. By dwelling upon the faults of others. “To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us. but you must not delay another minute! Ω Ron Spear hails from the state of Washington. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself. and you do not sin. There is still a bit of time to become justified and sanctified. even the presence of God. and once again is executive editor of a present-truth magazine. but irritations cropped up frequently. walking with our Lord day by day and moment by moment. The great I AM is speaking to those who make void His law. which is the key to the pearly gates. Your heart will glow with a sense of His love. in floods. provision has been made for the believer to receive all things that pertain to life and godliness. If ye abide in me. “Earnest workers have no time for dwelling upon the faults of others.” MH 514 Justification and Sanctification So we understand through the inspired statements of our prophet that God demands that we overcome.” 5T 136. ye shall ask what ye will. and I in him. and the irritations went away. you have the full protection of the Holy Spirit and the angels. and loyalty from their treason. To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us. for the two cannot exist together.” 1 John 3:6-7. Evilspeaking is a twofold curse. Laodiceans are easily irritated with life’s situations. Ask Him to teach you how to abide in Him and yield to His purpose for your life. So when you are abiding in Christ. Meditate day and night upon His character. I am the vine. to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few— this will be our test. too. They are at opposite purposes and directions. He did. you meet those annoyances with peace. to perfection of Christian character.

and perfect harmony exists among us on this subject. are the treasure committed to the disciples to be given to the world. It was then also Voted. and in knowledge of the mind of the Spirit. something we have always been opposed to as a denomination. not only in person. “It is the unanimous opinion of the committee appointed to consider the matter of the Church Manual that it would not be advisable to have a Church Manual. It was thought that this would lead to uniformity in all parts of the field. and three brethren were appointed a committee to prepare a manual. Christ not only outlined their work. the authority for their course of action. Year Book for 1883. ‘to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. for man’s theories and conclusions.” -. and SECOND ADVENT Herald 26 . Teach the people.” “On motion. would study it to obtain guidance in religious matters. The Year Book for 1883 and the Review and Herald of November 9. but for a time it was left unfinished. Nothing that does not bear His superscription is to be recognized in His kingdom. We consider it unnecessary because we have already surmounted the greatest difficulties connected with church organization without one.’ with the record of His own words and deeds. Some of the key portions of the minutes of the meetings dealing with the question are contained in the following extracts: Seventh Meeting of the GC of 1884: The committee appointed to consider the matter of the Church Manual made in substance the following report: Broad Issues Involved “At the recent Conference a committee of thirteen leading brethren were appointed to consider the whole subject. If we had one. It was in taking similar steps that other bodies of Christians first began to lose their simplicity and become formal and spiritually lifeless. Steps were taken several years ago to prepare a manual. It would seem to many like a step toward the formation of a creed or a discipline. there has been with some of our brethren a desire to have some manual of directions for the use of young ministers and church officers. No Church Manual “The writer was requested by the recent General Conference to make a brief statement through the Review of the action taken in reference to the proposed manual. their bond of union. especially those commencing to preach. None of these are Christ’s servants to teach. tell what took place regarding the question of putting out a manual. 33-36. was printed in the Review of November 27. and afford a means of instruction to those who are inexperienced. November 27. 1883. November 20. No laws ordained by ecclesiastical authority are included in the commission. that our tendency should be in the direction of the policy and close conformity of the Bible. Elder Butler’s article. rather than to seek for it in the Bible. 1883.Review and Herald. pp. and had doubtless been well considered by its readers. Last year at the Rome Conference the matter came up for consideration. but through all the prophets and teachers of the Old Testament. is here included. ‘The law and the prophets. rather than to elaborately defining every point in church management and church ordinances.Church Manual Do we need the ? Review and Herald. in short. Why should we imitate them? The committee feels. and submit it to the Conference this year for its approval or rejection. That which He had spoken. a copy of which follows. and the source of their success. etc. At the General Conference of 1882. Four or five years past. this report with reference to Church Manual was accepted. other than the Bible. Christ’s name is their watchword. and those who did not follow it would be considered out of harmony with established principles of church order. a committee was appointed to prepare a manuscript for a manual which was to be presented at the General Conference the following year. but gave them their message. 1883. That the President of the General Conference be requested to write an article for the Review. 1883 “It would gradually shape and mold the whole body. 826. explaining the action of the Conference on the subject of the manual. Background of the Vote: Back in the early 1880’s some of the leaders felt a need for a church manual. and from the leading of the Spirit of God.” Desire of Ages. or for church legislation.’ The disciples were to teach what Christ had taught. which would tend to their hindrance in genuine religious experience. their badge of distinction. Human teaching is shut out.” Our Counsel: “In the commission to His disciples. we fear many. There is no place for tradition. and be very convenient in many respects. During the past summer the matter they have prepared has appeared in the Review. He said.

more original. It thoroughly furnishes the man of God unto all good works. Better to www. Our brethren who have favored such a work. issued under the auspices of the General Conference. and those who did not follow it would be considered out of harmony with established principles of church order. It would gradually shape and mold the whole body. Do We Need One? A Perception of Authority make some mistakes and learn profitable lessons thereby. on a whole. as any others would have done in their place. but rather be left to individual judgment under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. when once started upon this road. would at once carry with it much weight of authority. and the judgment have a small field in which to reason and consider. Hence we stop without a church manual before we get started. Had it been best to have a book of directions of this sort. and gave many valuable directions concerning church ordinances. yet it must be evident that such a work. and had done as well. we have no desire to follow it. These have grown in number and authority till. we presume. but the minutiae in carrying them out. and quite unanimously decided against having any manual. they have tried to prepare directions to guide the inexperienced. God requires us to study important principles which He reveals in His word. In doing this they did not intend any disrespect to the worthy brethren who had labored diligently to prepare such a work. he leaves to individual judgment. should not be strictly defined and drawn out into minute specifications for the sake of uniformity. more self-reliant men? Could they be better depended on in great emergencies? Would their spiritual experience likely be deeper and their judgment more reliable? We think the tendency all the other way. but was only to be considered as a book containing hints for the help of those of little experience. than to have our way marked out for us by others. The history is before us. those in other denominations did not at first. and would be consulted by most of our young ministers. and to attain it. They did so. What it has not revealed relative to church organizations and management. accepted by all. A variation of circumstances requires variation in acting. And really. Minute specific directions tend to weakness rather than power. Bible Needs No Supplementation “The Bible contains our creed and discipline. promising heavenly wisdom in times of need. no doubt. if not to accomplish such a result? But would this result. 27 . they really become authoritative. and kindred subjects. the Spirit would doubtless have gone further. They lead to dependence rather than till this result is “When brethren who have favored a manual have even contended that such a work was not to be anything like a creed or a discipline. All attempts to do this in the past have proven lamentable failures. Very likely. rather than go to any church manual for specific directions placed therein by other uninspired men. His ministers are constantly placed where they must feel their helplessness and their seeking God for light. There seems to be no logical stopping place. The Conference thought best not to give the appearance of such a thing. The reasons underlying this action of the Conference were of a broader character. and left one on record with the stamp of inspiration upon it. never anticipated such a conclusion as we have indicated. is not this the object of a manual? And what would be the use of one. They relate to the desirability of any manual whatsoever. The conference acted upon this recommendation. and unanimously recommended to the Conference that it was not advisable to have a Church Manual. they have seen the need of uniformity. Man cannot safely supplement this matter with his weak judgment. After reaching a certain magnitude. holding business meetings and many other important questions. Their reasons were briefly given in the report of Conference proceedings given in last week’s Review. or to have any authority to settle disputed points. “The religious movement in which we are engaged has the same influence to meet which all genuine reformations have had to cope with. the duties of officers and ministers. be a benefit? Would our ministers be broader. They had presented much excellent matter.

which God has not framed. Let our people work intelligently. No laws ordained by ecclesiastical authority are included in the commission.. and have led believers to look to man instead of looking to God. Beware how you place men where God should be. we are to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. institutions. The difficulties before us. and they flatter themselves. Ministers will become weak and unchristlike if they continue to encourage this kind of work.” Ibid. It is often difficult for them to maintain a humble and teachable spirit. who claim to have advanced truth.TitheTruth. Their service belongs to Him. p. in restricting the liberty of God’s people. 220. They need to see its course of action in its true light. Butler. 28 a g t n e r S Fire Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. 1883. His methods are practiced even among Seventh-day Adventists. Their permissions and their forbiddings have fostered wrong ideas regarding the responsibility that individuals should carry. p. 417. 308. for they will surely disappoint us.” Special Testimonies Series A. and are a continual misrepresentation of His character. in arbitrary authority.) This article was compiled using information from www.” Ibid. contrary to the earlier decision of the General Conference in 1883. Let them stand where they can follow the will of God. We are not safe in taking men as our authority or our guide. General Conference President. not under the rule of any man. are far less than those we have had in the past. “for it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure. or for church legislation.” Loma Linda Messages. unacknowledged by God. so far as organization is concerned. and have prospered in so doing. Isn’ t it a much better plan that the people of God should return to the Word of God and put away the teachings of men? Important counsel from the Holy Spirit through Ellen G.” TM 357. 826. It is probable it will never be brought forward again. It is best to let well enough alone. “Brethren. None of these are Christ’s servants to teach. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.. For these and other reasons. 26. Those who dare to accept responsibilities that are contrary to the gospel plan are in a dangerous place. Note: It was not until 1932 that a church manual was finally introduced into the Seventh-day Adventist Church. All these things are strange that they will not fall under temptation. “Let our churches be guarded. The Church Manual has been updated and revised by men over and over and has in reality become more of a rule book than just a simple guide book. (Bolding added. Individually. in oppression. have indeed come to pass. It should be very obvious to the careful student of church history that the predictions made in 1883. binding them about by your plans and rules. but under the rule of God. Their capabilities and talents are to be refined.htm. “Organizations. Man power is not to rule the church of Christ. There is no place for tradition. Whatever in our practice is not as open as day. A mistake has been made that should be corrected before it is too late.“Thus far we have got along well with our simple organization without a manual.” Desire of Ages. and for the advancement of the kingdom of God. regarding the effects of adopting a Church Manual. in self-exaltation. unless kept by the power of God. White: “The exercise of authority has been carried to such extremes that it is now time to call a halt. neither have they come into His mind. 50. 221. “But strange fire has been offered in the use of harsh words. in domineering. purified. I beseech the people of God to depend upon the Lord for strength. Union prevails throughout the body. and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for truth. Number 9. We have preserved SECOND ADVENT Herald . for church members are receiving a false education. for man’s theories and conclusions. belongs to the methods of the prince of evil. “Human teaching is shut out. the Lord will bless you in an effort to break up this wrong influence. I. They suppose that their position gives them the power to control their fellows. as did Peter. in self-importance. Ω Written and submitted by G. Church Manual “There are reasons why we should not put our trust in men who are placed in positions of large responsibility.” Spalding and Magan Unpublished Testimonies. in self-righteousness. God is to be the strength and wisdom of His people. the church manual was rejected. will work under Satan’s dictation to bring men under the control of men. ennobled.

Texas. churches will be together. as many other honest people who have read it may do. my eyes are opened. even if it has to be a less timeconsuming layout (although it is lovely). Many of us did not know what this actually meant. . I shall be repeating to teach the GMOs lesson tomorrow at church where all the .com I K indly add our email address to your list of contacts for subscriptions and notices concerning Second Advent Herald magazine. United Kingdom T A his is great! Have you been holding out on me? Where do I sign up for a subscription? DL. which Mom forwarded to me a week ago. I praise the Lord. Vol. I will be translating this article for many of our people to read for themselves on this subject and the many others you may write and send us in the future. How the Ahimaaz story is expounded by elder Larson! That’s very inspiring. While we look forward to bimonthly in-hand issues. But after reading your article. AG. No.1. SB. also. USA friend forwarded me the premier issue of your publication and I am excited to spend some time reading it this weekend. While I find the magazine very reviving and inspiring. via email www. God bless the Second Advent Herald staff. United Kingdom thoroughly enjoyed your first issue and am sharing the e-mag with everyone. we are constrained for the moment to be an internet-only publication staffed entirely by volunteers.Letters to the Editor I have just completed reading the Second Advent Herald. Malawi. JJ. Africa our work is an excellent and needed project. Pennsylvania. Your loving brother and coworker in the Lord’s service. I wholeheartedly praise the Lord for the article. .SecondAdventHerald. – Editor Y W e have just returned from a “Gazeley” Sabbath with Ray DeCarlo preaching. Pastor MK. I got much impressed by the article on the GMOs (the Genetically Modified Food). USA Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. we have been receiving maize which we were hearing the government official arguing that it was not feed for human consumption because it belonged to the GMO foods. While our country is a third world country by economic rating. Please don’t give up. The words are the important thing. It will be received with joy and expectation. M__ had sent me the new magazine which I had printed out and had taken with me to the meetings to pass around and show people. via email We are not able to offer subscriptions yet. We all want to know how to get the magazine on a regular basis. Keep on writing and opening many people’s eyes on such health hazards as these. It LOOKS VERY GOOD. as we do not have sufficient funding for a print version 29 . All donations go toward the preparation and ultimate printing of SECOND ADVENT Herald. I am sure people are going to be very excited to know they can receive a Present Truth magazine. I have even brought this magazine to our students at our Medical School and taught about GMOs with courage and much confidence. THERE WAS A GREAT DEAL OF INTEREST with most of the people asking how do we get this magazine? I am e-mailing to a couple today and e-mailed to 3 others yesterday. Can you add me to your list for future issues? CH. 1. HA.

TheraFlu. Percocet. but “patients often mix the cold medications with pure acetaminophen drugs.S. ‘Unintentional and intentional overdoses leading to severe hepatotoxicity [liver damage] continue to occur.  Death from influenza is from multi-organ failure (liver and kidney failure) and brain involvement (encephalopathy). [following an FDA report that] found severe liver damage and even death can result from a lack of consumer awareness that acetaminophen– which is easier on the stomach than painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen– can cause such injury. Benadryl. . leaving them vulnerable to dangerously high levels of acetaminophen. . . the report said. health advisers recommended Tuesday to lower the maximum dose of overthe-counter acetaminophen–the key ingredient in Tylenol. 27 million people died worldwide. . “Do Not Use NSAIDs (including aspirin) with influenza infections. . ketoprofen (Actron. . Contac. Vicodin. ibuprofen (Advil. . When treated with a homoeopathic medicine (without aspirin). Wygesic. Unisom With Pain. Butalbital. for colds.’”3 Dr.” thinking there are no health risks in doing so. Reyes Syndrome has become very rare. . Vick’s Nyquil and DayQuil. and naproxen (Aleve). Norco. . Midrin. British Medical Journal [June 17. Motrin. Excedrin. which include aspirin (Bufferin.” If one gets the flu. Lortab. . Darvocet. but 5-30% of patients treated with aspirin in hospitals or in the armed forces died. . wrote 30 SECOND ADVENT Herald . headaches and fevers. “And consumers may not know that acetaminophen is present in many over-the-counter [and prescription] products . over-the-counter pain relievers. . .” 1 “Common names include Actifed.” Until further information indicates otherwise. . . Nuprin). John McDougall added critical dimensions and information in his newsletter’s “Swine Flu Alert: Do Not Take Aspirin or Other NSAIDs:” 4 “Two letters to the editor in the . Sedapap. For three decades doctors have known that when aspirin is given to children with viral infections. Sudafed. . Robitussin. “The safest advice would be to suffer through the flu rather than risk the medica- Photo Copyright: iStockPhoto. . Orudis). McDougall advises. With the restriction of aspirin use in children. . Sinutab. .”2 The maximum single dose of acetaminophen is now 650 milligrams. Dr. like Tylenol. and Zydone. . NSAIDs are well known to aggravate organ failure . . they have an increased chance of developing an often-fatal condition of multi-organ failure called Reyes Syndrome. . mortality was 1% or less. evidence that the restriction of use of these medications is associated with a reduction of death from the flu. Co-Gesic. . Fioricet.) During the 18 months of the 1918-9 influenza pandemic. AlkaSeltzer Plus. Excedrin). Bayer. ’09 issue] warned of an increased risk of death with influenza from taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Excedrin and many other pain-killing medications . .Health Alert “U. making it possible to exceed the recommended acetaminophen dose. Many people may take more than the recommended dose of acetaminophenbased. . (Italics added.

2009 . News and World Report online. The body has many ways of fighting off the invading viruses and repairing damage on its own. increases one’s risk of liver failure or damage. a liver transplant may be necessary in order to save a life. especially in the name of commerce. though. italics added 2 www. Antiviral drugs. Animal Machines 31 .S. we issue the disclaimer that we are not medical doctors and do not presume to offer medical advice for readers. a hot foot bath is effective in relieving headaches. June 2009: “Swine Flu Alert.”5 As a preventative. [Rest is also essential for recovery. . alcohol intake. and any kind of stress. .” Ruth Harrison.”� At this point. such as Tamiflu and Relenza. that our counsel from heaven is this: “It is true that [drugs] sometimes afford present relief. Maintain that temperature.wellnessresources. (Caution MUST be taken with diabetics!) Two final comments are these: “If the damage is severe.] If you become very ill. it is considered to be cruelty. July 16. We refer you to physicians for medical counsel. It is unknown how many have died prematurely. once large sums of money are at stake. from liver failure attributed to other causes. NAC can prevent liver failure if given early enough. Antibiotics do not fight off viruses and should not be given unless there are bacteriacaused complications. a poor diet with insufficient fresh fruit and veggies. .com/health/articles/tylenol_causes_650_ cases_of_liver_failure_in_2007. 4 drmcdougall. but when a lot of people are unkind to animals. July 21. Indeed. U. the cruelty is condoned and. such injury is not a trivial matter. ‘Fluids and food’ as needed is my conservative advice. Consider. many sources advocate taking NAC whenever acetaminophen is taken.” The benefits of hydrotherapy on flu sufferers must be mentioned.htm 6 www. 5 www. “Because your liver is the ‘brain’ of your body.emedicinehealth. Also. will be defended to the last by otherwise intelligent people. Health is recovered in spite of the drug. you will need medical care. too. when coupled with Tylenol.tions.) 1 Photo Copyright: especially the elderly. 2008. For example.” Italics added. . The antidote to acetaminophen overdose is [amino acid] N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). this is because nature has sufficient vital force to expel the poison and to correct the conditions that caused the disease. .  Your thirst drive and appetite will take proper care of your needs. It is most effective when given within 8 hours of ingesting acetaminophen. Immersing the feet to a couple of inches above the ankles in 104-110o F water for about 20 minutes is sufficient. (Those 650 instances are only the documented cases. are of limited value because resistance has developed to them.htm 3 Reinberg. and the patient appears to recover as the result of their use. . “If one person is unkind to an animal.SecondAdventHerald.” CH 89. Ω Endnotes Steve Reinberg.

. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me. and deliver me: let me not be ashamed. and his seed shall inherit the earth. 15 Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD. thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses. 9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his SECOND ADVENT Herald Ps a l m 2 5 1 Unto thee. 3 Yea. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth. 17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses. let none that wait on thee be ashamed: let them be ashamed which transgress without cause. for they have been ever of old. 22 Redeem Israel. teach me thy paths. 2 O my God. 20 O keep my soul. 4 Shew me thy ways. 19 Consider mine enemies. for they are many.SecondAdventHerald. let not mine enemies triumph over me. O LORD. I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed. 8 Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. O LORD. 11 For thy name’s sake. 16 Turn thee unto me. and have mercy upon me. for I put my trust in thee. nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake. 14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him. 5 Lead me in thy truth. and teach me: for thou art the God of my office@SecondAdventHerald. O LORD. O LORD. for I wait on thee. do I lift up my soul. and they hate me with cruel hatred. 12 What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. pardon mine iniquity. for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. for it is great. O God. out of all his troubles. 6 Remember.www. and he will shew them his covenant. O LORD. for I am desolate and afflicted. 18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain. and forgive all my sins. on thee do I wait all the day. 13 His soul shall dwell at ease. 10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.

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