January 2008

Our heartfelt thanks as the PoH team for all the emails with encouraging words that we continue to receive and we continue to pray that you will pray for this ministry and that we may provide the saints of the Living God with solids. As some of you may be aware, we have not been able to distribute copies of this newsletter at church after the initial distribution that we did outside church grounds. The over-arching reason is that we were given a stringent set of rules, grievous to be borne, under which we would be allowed to distribute the newsletter. One of them included handing over editorial rights of the newsletter to the elders who would then decide on what could be printed and what not, as well as allowing them the right to shelve an entire issue; all this without a right to appeal their decision. While they have their reasons for the demands, which we must respect, we could not with clear conscience acquiesce to their desires of dictating content to us and hence our restraint from handing out the newsletter and choosing rather to email it to you. One of the issues that haunted us with the decisions taken was that we have a contingent of church members that do not have access to the internet who were thus being deprived of a chance to read this newsletter. However, we are glad to let you know that God has answered our prayers. A friend from America made a donation to Prisoners of Hope which has allowed us to top up and purchase a color printer for the ministry. This generous donation will also allow us to post a number of copies of this newsletter to people that do not have access to email. We therefore appeal to you dear readers, to please email us the names and physical addresses of Adventists that do not have access to email whom you would like to receive copies of this newsletter and we will endeavor by faith to post copies of the newsletter to all of them. We once again ask that you keep us constantly in your prayers. Have you ever found yourself in what is for many of us an awkward position of having to explain to someone why it is that you believe that the God that you serve is the true God and that the others are imposters? Have you ever found yourself having to answer to the question as to why you believe that the Bible is true in every particular and why it should be held in higher esteem than other religious blueprints such as the Quran? If you have found yourself in such a position, how did you respond? Did you have a ready answer on your lips? Did you stutter and mumble a response and later kick yourself for missing out on a valuable witnessing opportunity? If you have not been asked those questions, what responses went through your mind as you read the question? Unfortunately, far too many of us do not truly know nor understand why we believe what we believe. Unfortunately too many of us do not ask ourselves the probing questions that we should. Unfortunately too many of us cannot even begin to give a semblance of a defense for our core doctrines. I found myself having to respond to these questions in the last month and they really set my brain in motion. Unfortunately, to discover my advice on handling these challenges you will have to wait for the next newsletter but I encourage you to in the meantime ask those questions of yourself and fashion a ready response lest it be required of thee.

Editorial ..................................... ……1 Fill Jesus‘ Shoes ......................... .….2 A Few of my Favourite Things….....3 Tricks of The Devil ..................... …..6 Lift Up Your Heads………………..…...7 Shun Cares, Riches & Pleasures …..8 Contact Details ........................... …10

Eph 5 23-31 ― For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church: For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.‖ Much is made of women submitting to their husbands. We all ‗know‘ that the husband is the head of the home, but what kind of head is that? Christ is our great example. He was meek yet strong. He was never forceful or domineering, never churlish, never critical and overbearing. He chose to serve, rather than to be served. His one desire was to do the will of Him that sent Him. He submitted Himself to His Father‘s will and made himself nothing, for the sake of His bride, the Church. He let Himself, be led to and nailed to a cross, innocent as He was, so that undeserving humans would be with Him in paradise. Husbands, are you just as self-effacing? Do you truly act towards your wives the same way Jesus would? Or do you lord it over them until there is nothing Christlike in your bearing? Would Jesus ever shout and rant and rave the way you do at your wife, your poor children? Jesus never had a temper. He was never proud, never desired to force people to accept Him and His views. When about to be stoned to death, He just disappeared from the scene, even though He had the power to call down lightning to consume His enemies, instead He prayed for them. Husbands, when your children anger you, how do you respond? Do you punish in anger, or do you kneel and pray with them, showing them where they have erred and how it affects their relationship with their true Father; and only then discipline with love? Can your children come to you with any problem, knowing that you care and will do anything to help them? Do your little ones climb all over you as soon as you walk through that door after a hard day at work? ―Whatever may be his calling and its perplexities, let the father take into his home the same smiling countenance and pleasant tones with which he has all day greeted visitors and strangers. Let the wife feel that she can lean upon the large affections of her husband,--that his arms will strengthen and uphold her through all her toils and cares, that his influence will sustain hers, and her burden will lose half its weight. Are the children not his as well as hers?‖ CE p. 172. Are you as cheerful as you should be? The pen of inspiration reminds us to be sunshiny Christians, to spread the atmosphere of heaven wherever we may be, and most especially at home. ―Parents, above everything, take care of your children upon the Sabbath. Do not suffer them to violate God's holy day by playing in the house or out of doors. You may just as well break the Sabbath yourselves as to let your children do it, and when you suffer your children to wander about, and suffer them to play upon the Sabbath, God looks upon you as Sabbathbreakers. Your children, that are under your control, should be made to mind you. Your word should be their law. Will not parents wake up to their duty before it shall be too late, and take hold of the work in earnest, redeem the time, and make unsparing efforts to save their children? RH 09-19-54 Wisdom's ways "are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." Worldly pleasures are infatuating; and for their momentary enjoyment, many sacrifice the friendship of Heaven, with the peace, love, and joy that it affords.

Are the children not his as well as hers


― But these chosen objects of delight soon become disnificent ocean, walk by the calm lake and remind them of gusting, unsatisfying. RH 01-29-84. Sadly, for many of Moses crossing the Red Sea. us, religion has not been made as cheerful as it is. The Father, you represent Jesus to your children. You are the gospel is in itself GOOD news. But children tend to be priest of the browbeaten into it, and as a result, the pure truths of home. It is your heaven are tainted by harshness. As far as possible, our job to lead the children should be taught to love and honour God joyfamily in reverfully. Jesus was often heard singing hymns while helping ent and SpiritJoseph in the carpenter‘s shop. How often do our chilfilled worship, dren hear us singing to our Creator? While we are to remorning and frain from all worldly recreation, Christian recreation evening. ―By and amusements do exist and fathers play an important precept and exrole. The child hardly sees the father during the day. On ample, let the the Sabbath, there is time for the Father to read Bible stoyoung be taught ries to the young child, to go over the Sabbath school lesreverence for sons with the older child. There is time for the family to God and for His raise their voices in praise to the Lord of the Sabbath. word. Many of Fathers, let your children enjoy the Sabbath. Instead of our youth are becoming infidels at heart, because of the forcing them when very young, to spend the whole day at lack of devotion in their parents. The law of God should church, take them out into nature. Show them the creabe the law of the household tion that our heavenly Father has preserved for those Continued...p5. who love Him. Go out into the woods, drive by the mag-

The question of partaking of flesh foods always seems to cause contention and debate among those who discuss the topic and yet such clear counsel is given on the matter that no person should be left confused. Not only that, but even reason tells and shows us that the animal kingdom is diseased and that partaking of their flesh can only but bring disease upon mankind. Notice what the prophet of the Lord writes: ―The meat diet is the serious question. Shall human beings live on the flesh of dead animals? The answer, from the light that God has given is, No, decidedly No. Health reform institutions should educate on this question. Physicians who claim to understand the human organism ought not to encourage their patients to subsist on the flesh of dead animals. They should point out the increase of disease in the animal kingdom. The testimony of examiners is that very few animals are free from disease, and that the practice of eating largely of meat is contracting diseases of all kinds,-- cancers, tumors, scrofula, tuberculosis, and numbers of other like affections.‖ 1897 MS p3 The question of partaking of flesh foods always seems to cause contention and debate among those who discuss the topic and yet such clear counsel is given on the matter that no person should be left confused. Not only that, but even reason tells and shows us that the animal kingdom is diseased and that partaking of their flesh can only but bring disease upon mankind. Notice what the prophet of the Lord writes: ―The meat diet is the serious question. Shall human beings live on the flesh of dead animals? The answer, from the light that God has given is, No, decidedly No. Health reform institutions should educate on this question. Physicians who claim to understand the human organism ought not to encourage their patients to subsist on the flesh of dead animals. They should point out the increase of disease in the animal kingdom. The testimony of examiners is that very few animals are free from disease, and that the practice of eating largely of meat is contracting diseases of all kinds,-- cancers, tumors, scrofula, tuberculosis, and numbers of other like affections.‖ 1897 MS p3 ―Many times many people fall ill and do not truly know the cause of their illness. Visitations to various doctors will be made numerous times and yet all that they will do is remove the symptoms instead of the cause of the illness. Worldly physicians cannot account for the rapid increase of disease among the human family. But we know that much of this suffering is caused by the eating of dead flesh.‖ Letter 83, 1901


Eating meat causes much of the illnesses we have and yet still we will not let go of it. We often repeat the saying ―You are what you eat‖ and yet do not take heed of that. ―The animals are diseased, and by partaking of their flesh, we plant the seeds of disease in our own tissue and blood. Then when exposed to the changes in a malarious atmosphere, these are more sensibly felt; also when we are exposed to prevailing epidemics and contagious diseases, the system is not in a condition to resist the disease.‖ 1896 MS p.603. Although we do not realize it immediately, the effect of eating meat is surely there.

when they have to travel far, they become surfeited and exhausted, and in that condition are killed for market. Their blood is highly inflamed, and those who eat of their meat, eat poison. Some are not immediately affected, while others are attacked with severe pain, and die from fever, cholera, or some unknown disease. Very many animals are sold for the city market known to be diseased by those who have sold them, and those who buy them are not always ignorant of the matter. Especially in larger cities this is practiced to a great extent, and meat eaters know not that they are eating diseased animals. Some animals that are brought to the slaughter seem to realize by instinct what is to take place, and they become furious, and literally mad. They are killed while in that state, and their flesh is prepared for market. Their meat is poison, and has produced, in those who have eaten it, cramps, convulsions, apoplexy, and sudden death. Yet the cause of all this suffering is not attributed to the meat. Some animals are inhumanly treated while being brought to the slaughter. They are literally tortured, and after they have endured many hours of extreme suffering, are butchered. Swine have been prepared for market even while the plague was upon them, and their poisonous flesh has spread contagious diseases, and great mortality has followed. Sp. Gifts IV p. 147, 148

If that doesn‘t do it, have you ever considered the state of the animal that will become your meat? If many knew, they The effect of meat is not only harmful to us physically, but would abstain from its use immediately: mentally and most importantly spiritually as well. ―A meat Often animals are taken to market and sold for food, when diet changes the disposition and strengthens animalism. We are composed of what we eat, and eating much flesh they are so diseased that their owners fear to keep them will diminish intellectual activity. Students would accomlonger. And some of the processes of fattening them for market produce disease. Shut away from the light and pure air, breathing the atmosphere of filthy stables, perhaps fattening on decaying food, the entire body soon becomes contaminated with foul matter. Animals are often transported long distances and subjected to great suffering in reaching a market. Taken from the green pastures and traveling for weary miles over He knew that the use of the hot, dusty this diet would create roads, or disease and insubordicrowded into filthy cars, fevernation ish and exhausted, often for plish much more in their studies if they never tasted meat. many hours deprived of food and water, the poor creatures When the animal part of the human agent is strengthened are driven to their death, that human beings may feast on by meat eating, the intellectual powers diminish proporthe carcasses. M.H. p.314 tionately. A religious life can be more successfully gained Many die of disease caused wholly by meat eating; yet the and maintained if meat is discarded, for this diet stimulates world does not seem to be the wiser. Animals are freinto intense activity lustful propensities, and enfeebles the quently killed that have been driven quite a distance for the moral and spiritual nature. ―The flesh warreth against the slaughter. Their blood has become heated. They are full of spirit, and the spirit against the flesh.‖ 1893 MS p. 613 flesh, and have been deprived of healthy exercise, and Take heed!


―The Lord has His people everywhere and soon, in fact,

already, this message that we are treading under foot is being taken by others and they are leading out. Animals are becoming more and more diseased, and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventh-day Adventists. Foods that are healthful and life sustaining are to be prepared, so that men and women will not need to eat meat.‖ 7T p.124

Arise Adventists! Shine! We have so much light given to us. Do not look at it as having to give something up, do not hold meat, or anything else so dear to you above Christ. Jesus paid it all, all to Him we owe. It is to him that overcometh that our Lord will give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. It is he who overcometh that shall not be hurt of the second death. ―To him that overOnly through Christ and his merits can we overcome. Apcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give propriate His victories as your own for in all points He was him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, tempted just as we are and yet He was without sin.

which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.‖ Rev 217. And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations Rev 226. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels Rev 35. ―Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name Rev 312. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.‖ Rev 321.

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Let fathers and mothers kindly and patiently instruct their children, both from the inspired word and from the book of nature, leading them to understand the character of God. Let them show in their own lives that they are continually seeking to know and to do His will. To secure the approval of their heavenly Father is the great motive to be ever kept before the minds of children. The service of God should be presented, not as an irksome task, but as a precious privilege, by which they may enjoy an honored, useful, and happy life here, and infinitely greater honor, usefulness, and joy in the life hereafter. 1913 MS p. 11 Fatherhood requires more than just siring offspring. Those children need to be nurtured and taught well. God has told fathers not to have child after child, with no thought about the poor mother who has to bear those children, and also take care of them after their birth. The mother also needs to have her burdens as light as possible, so by all means, if you can, please get her the necessary appliances to make housework a joy and not drudgery. Some poor mothers have child after child and the father barely takes any notice of the children. The mother is left to take care of them, feed them, bathe them keep them entertained even when the father is present and not doing anything. This is not the Lord‘s way. He took children on His lap, sang to them , played with them and made sure they knew He loved them. Fathers should learn to be dads- to have fun with their children. The ideal father is one that plays his part when present. As EGW asks ‗Are the children not his as well as hers?‖ The relationship between Abraham and Isaac is one worth emulating. Not only was Abraham a man of faith, but he taught his son to obey him and to trust him- no matter what. Only a Godly son, in the face of potential murder would allow their father to continue in what seems to be an aberration in the father. Not only did young Isaac trust his father in that situation, he also trusted him to find him a wife. Such is the relationship father and their children ought to have, one where the father is truly honoured- not because of fear, but because of their Godly example and love. The father‘s duty is to be stern- like God, yet also tender – like God. A shepherd loves his sheep and takes care of them in the blinding sun and in the chilling cold. The father is to shepherd is family under all circumstances in a loving way, sacrificing his comforts in order to lead his precious family to the kingdom. This world may not laud a well-run family, but God will honour the father that takes his duties seriously, and will hear his prayers. What a blessing to know that one day, your Father in heaven will say ―Thank you for preserving the children I lent you.‖ And if, by some mishap, after all that you have done, your children still choose to depart from the way, take heart in knowing that God will comfort your sorrow and will commend you for playing your part in raising that child well.


We continue this month with our series looking at variThe presupposition is that conservative people become ous tricks that the devil uses to come between us and our that way due to a natural bent, and liberals bend that way for similar reasons. The power of the Word of God to Saviour. change lives is ignored. The fact that those that strive I can’t understand those things trick most earnestly to bring their lives into conformity to the The Bible teaches that the gospel has been written in scriptures all move in the same spiritual direction is dissuch a way that the wayfaring man, though a fool need missed as evidence that they are of the conservative not misunderstand. Satan has a growing lack of demon frame of mind. The Word is undermined by this opinion. power on this earth. Human population has soared an astounding 600% in the last 130 years. During the same Serious arguments are dismissed, rather than considered, period of time the demonic forces have grown by 0%. with the brief excuse that the one presenting them ―is just Rather than try to man each human with a personal dethat way.‖ When men will not seriously study, they will mon, he has adopted the delegation method. He leads be seriously wrong. Arguments and reasons, the basis or most men and women to feel that they can not undercritical thinking in its positive sense, militate against the stand the Bible for themselves. And he leads a few others, various deceptions of Satan. He is careful to avoid the chosen if possible for their pliability, to feel that they un- dead-end of road of meeting them one by one with lies. derstand it better than The ―that is how they are‖ most. The former very trick is one his ways of doing naturally follow the latter away with all of them at the and all the local imps have same time. left to do is keep the leader under their influence. I see where you are goDon‘t be fooled. The same ing trick God that teaches the eagles Truth has components that to find their prey will teach are both simple and comhis children to find Him in plex. The latter thoughts His word. Learning, derequire connected reasoning grees, positions, these on the part of those arriving things may add influence at them. If you were to try to to a man, but they do not persuade a man that the give him an edge on spiriseventh day is the Sabbath tual discernment. and should be kept, you might begin by defining sin This is how I am trick as the transgression of the This one is intimately relaw. As one that considers lated to the kindred ―I himself to be a budding inneed to find myself‖ trick. ―Let no one say, I cannot rem- tellectual your listener might quickly perceive that to acedy my defects of character. If you come to this decision, cept the definition is, by and by, to accept the conclusion you will certainly fail of obtaining everlasting life. The that the Sabbath must be kept. He does not want to get impossibility lies in your own will. If you will not, then there and begins to resist points that he might readily you can not overcome. The real difficulty arises from the have admitted under any other circumstance. corruption of an unsanctified heart, and an unwillingness to submit to the control of God.‖ COL p. 331. The way we Now imagine that on your side are 20 arguments to his 3 are has only a limited relation to what we must become. counter arguments. If all 23 arguments were on the table As the mind becomes like that thing on which it mediat once, the truth could be readily seen. But by jumping ates, there is nothing so prone to slow down character ahead in the train of thought, the hapless listener has development than studying to find one‘s self. ―A fool hath managed to keep at all times a maximum of four thoughts no delight in understanding but that his heart may dison the table—his three and one of yours. At each point he cover itself.‖ Pr. 18:2. feel very justified in resisting your conclusion, for his arguments outweigh your argument. If you would know the That is how they are trick truth or falsity of an idea you will do better to hear the arguments for and against it, follow the thoughts, and to This fallacy is the demonic equivalent to man‘s famous straw-man argument. The soul under attack is led to be- postpone a conclusion until you have time to study the reasons. Do not be so afraid of losing the argument as of lieve that the reason men adopt high standards and selflosing the truth…….Continued on p8 denying lifestyles is that they are constituted that way.


”Re 13:4 And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? the second paragraph is steeped in Masonic language. News: The top ecumenical officer of the Russian Orthodox Church reports that his December 7 meeting with Pope Benedict XVI was "an important moment on the path to Islam Heads Home :- To Rome Christian unity." Often when I share the prophetic message those not of our .......The likened ecumenical exchanges to "building a great faith one of the questions they invariably ask is how it is church, brick by brick." Although he declined to discuss his that the Muslims will be sucked in to paying homage to pa- conversation with the Pontiff in detail, the Russian prelate pal Rome . While the answer is self-evident when one looks said: "Each time we lay the next stone, we draw nearer to at the roots and foundation of Islam, along with the the completion of the extraordinary building that is Chris―coming one‖ they are awaiting, the noises that are being tian unity.‖ made by thought leaders within that faith are now sufficient to show that the two sides are dining at the same ta- Comment: The ultimate aim of the ecumenical movement ble. could hardly have been stated any clearer. The eventual aim is not only Christian unity, but a unity amongst all reNews: Pope Benedict XVI has answered a call for dialogue ligions which is not arrived upon based on God‘s principles between Christian and Islamic leaders, inviting a group of but upon principles fashioned by anti-Christ . 138 Muslim officials to Rome to continue the exchange. The Pope's answer to the Muslim leaders-- who had reNews: Pope Benedict XVI met on December 6 with particileased their open letter on October 13-- came in the form of pants in a conference on Scripture, jointly organized by the a letter to Jordan's Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad bin Talal, Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Baptist the president of the Aal al-Bayt Institute for Islamic World Alliance. Thought and one of the The Holy Father expressed his hope for the success of the 138 Islamic leaders who ecumenical discussions. He noted that the discussion of had signed the open letScripture "offers a promising context for the examination ter.... of such historically controverted issues as the relationship The Pope voiced his between Scripture and Tradition, the understanding of "deep appreciation" Baptism and the Sacraments, the place of Mary in the comfor the Muslim leadmunion of the Church, and the nature of primacy in the ers' initiative, and obChurch's ministerial structure." served: ―Without ignoring The quest to restore Christian unity requires believers to or downplaying our difaddress these questions, acknowledging their disagreeferences as Christians and Muslims, we can and therefore ments, "in a spirit of openness, mutual respect and fidelity should look to what unites us, namely, belief in the one to the liberating truth and saving power of the Gospel of God, the provident Creator and universal Judge who at the Jesus Christ," the Pontiff said. He added that ecumenism end of time will deal with each person according to his or is an obligation for all Christians, because the abher actions. We are all called to commit ourselves totally to sence of unity "openly contradicts the will of Christ, prohim and to obey his sacred will.‖ vides a stumbling block to the world, and harms the most holy cause of proclaiming the good news to every creature." Comment: It is very interesting from the above news to Comment: The above news item would be laughable if it did firstly note that the parties acknowledge that their talks not give us insight into what is to come in the near future. have been going on for a long time and therefore need to What is there to discuss on Scripture vs Tradition? The Bicontinue and secondly, and most importantly, that the Isble is plain! What is there to discuss on Sacraments and the lamic leaders are the ones in the fore-front of pushing for role of Mary in communion? Rightly asked Jesus ―How dialogue. In the comment from the pope the clarion call of readest thou the scriptures?‖ Of greatest interest is the ecumenism is once again proclaimed, and it is so sad that it statement in bold and what follows after it. is the same call that we are hearing with increasing rapidity from our own Advent movement : ―Let us look to what unites us‖. Rome will never change, she is the Mother and Final Thought all others are her children and not her sisters and therefore In light of the statements from the pope how long will it be before pressure begins to be exerted on Adventists for staythey need to ―go back from whence they came‖. ing aloof and refusing to be party to a unity not based on Sola Scriptura. Will our leaders stand on the side of truth Ecumenical Movement Gathers Pace Following on from our comments on the Russian Orthodox or will they, like our leaders during the World wars and archurch that we made last month is the following: Note how patheid in South Africa fail to be true watchmen on the walls of Zion?


when they are warned that a bomb may be in a building. Danger is avoided by caution. We are cautious not beWho gave men the ability to enjoy music, flowers, cause we are sure of loss, but because we are unsure. In warmth, and mangos? Who made the heart in such a way our illustration, a man living in 1845 might have asked ―is that it could be excited, the lungs with the power to the pleasure of smoking worth the risk that it might be laugh, and the eyes with the power to wink? Was it an the cause of these gentlemen‘s coughing and cancer?‖ A ambiguous force in nature that gave men an ability to endemand for proof might have lead to a fatal mistake. In joy high-speed spiritual things, Satan often leads souls to demand proof travel? The fact that their chosen vices are truly injurious. Proof is hard to that sin has decome by and easy to confute. Is a new vice harmless until generated our research shows it otherwise? In the area of music this powers and question has significant repercussions. changed our tastes should Evidence has been compiled by several authorities that encourage us. certain types of music lead to unwanted types of behavOur resurrected ior. Others contest the findings. What if the former views frames will be are correct? Are we willing to pull the trigger on the mustronger; our sic pistol on the whim that we have a 5/6 chance of getpassions more ting away with our souls? If the man giving evidence in fiery, our intelfavor of a truth in unacquainted with the best arguments, lect brighter. does it make the truth less true? The only safety from And our ability to enjoy will exceed anything experienced mistake is to go with the evidence and to display caution here. Do not suspected that the God who gave us such an proportionate to the gravity of the potential loss. You abundance of active and passive pleasures would not might walk a balance beam and risk falling two feet. But equip us to enjoy them in heaven. you would not walk it at 2,000 feet. When our eternal life is at stake, do we show a reckless hardihood to demand You can’t prove it trick proof before exercising caution? The Jews in the time of One hundred and sixty years ago there were a few people Jesus demanded proof in Matthew 12:38-39 because they that thought that smoking was unhealthy. They couldn‘t didn‘t really want to believe…...Continued on P10 prove it, but they saw evidence. No one demands proof I won’t like heaven; it won’t be fun trick

Lk 814 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, self-esteem, in hiding from their view the perfect Pattern, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cathen his purpose is res and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no accomplished. It is fruit to perfection. unsafe for any one of us to allow temporal Lk 2134-36 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time and worldly things to your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenabsorb the mind and ness, and cares of this life, and [so] that day come upon affections. If the mind you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them is exercised almost that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therewholly in this direcfore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy tion, and the converto escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to sation is of this charstand before the Son of man. acter, the mind becomes earthly, senBrethren, your duty, happiness, future usefulness, and sual, and Christ and final salvation call upon you to sever the tendrils of your his grace are cut off affections from everything earthly and corruptible. 5T p. from the view. 1883 267 MS p. 238 Satan is constantly at work to separate man from Christ, and his power is especially exercised upon those who profess to be children of the light. If he succeeds in any way, through pride, covetousness, love of the world, or Mk 419 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.


The cares of the world engross the mind to that degree that self-examination and secret prayer are neglected. The armor is laid off and Satan has free access to them, benumbing their sensibilities and causing them to be unsuspicious of his wiles. 2T p. 126 The pains of duty and the pleasures of sin are the cords with which Satan binds men in his snares. Those who would rather die than perform a wrong act are the only ones who will be found faithful. 5T p. 53

thoughts fixed on the things of heaven. Satan is seeking to lead our minds away from God, and to centre them on the fashions, the customs, and the demands of the world, which bring disease and death. . .OHC 73 1Ti 6:9,10 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and [into] many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

If you allow your mind to be taken up with worldly cares, They are blinded by Satan and make themselves believe he will manage to have these cares so varied in character, that it is for good purposes they desire this gain; they and press so continually upon you, that you can find no strain their consciences, deceive themselves, and are contime for the spiritual and stantly coveting riches. 1T p. the eternal. 1884 MS p.86 541 I asked the angel why so few were interested in their eternal welfare, so few preparing for their last change. Said he: "Earth attracts them, its treasures seem of worth to them." They find enough to engross the mind, and have no time to prepare for heaven. Satan is ever ready to plunge them deeper and deeper into difficulty; as soon as one perplexity and trouble is off the mind, he begets within them an unholy desire for more of the things of earth; and thus their time passes, and, when it is too late, they see that they have gained nothing substantial. They have grasped at shadows and lost eternal life. Such will have no excuse. 1T p. 132 Excessive love and devotion to that which in itself is lawful, proves the ruination of thousands upon thousands of souls. To matters of minor importance is often given the strength of intellect that should be wholly devoted to God. We need always to be guarded against carrying to excess that which, rightly used, is lawful. Many, many souls are lost by engaging in those things which, properly managed, are harmless, but which, perverted and misapplied, become sinful and demoralizing. If we are constantly thinking of and struggling for the things that pertain to this life, we cannot keep our Today Satan presents the same temptations that he presented to Christ, offering us the kingdoms of the world in return for our allegiance. But upon him who looks to Jesus as the author and finisher of his faith, Satan's temptations have no power. He cannot cause to sin the one who will accept by faith the virtues of Him who was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin. 1SM p. 224 My dear brethren and sisters, let the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ be in your minds continually and let them crowd out worldly thoughts and cares. When you lie down and when you rise up, let them be your meditation. Live and act wholly in reference to the coming of the Son of man. The sealing time is very short, and will soon be over. Now is the time, while the four angels are holding the four winds, to make our calling and election sure. EW p. 58 If we would permit our minds to dwell more upon Christ and the heavenly world, we should find a powerful stimulus and support in fighting the battles of the Lord. Pride and love of the world will lose their power as we contemplate the glories of that better land so soon to be our home. Beside the loveliness of Christ, all earthly attractions will seem of little worth. MYP p.113

I’m rich and doing evangelism trick The question ―What must I do to inherit eternal life‖ has often been answered by the human heart. In fact, all false religions are variations on the theme of ―activity saves.‖ The message to Laodicea is written to workers for God. Thinking that they are ―rich in good works,‖ even the poorest of Adventists are in danger of neglecting whole-hearted religion. Many that do not know Jesus in a very personal way dedicate hours and dollars into weekly outreach activities. Comparing themselves with the inactive majority they are certain that if anyone is truly Christian, they must be. Beware of that thought. It is a truly justified man in Ez. 33:13 that, after his true conversion is condemned for selfrighteousness. I thank you, oh God, that I am balanced and level-headed and not like this Pharisee…trick This idea works with astounding consistency. The plot goes like this: Satan convinces men that the arguments in the church are the result of extremists advocating extreme positions. Then he pulls the parallel trick—the Saduccees are like the liberals today, and the Pharisees are like the conservatives. Whether or not this is true is not relevant to the next step. He convinces men that by avoiding either extreme, they can land atop the narrow way. The way to find truth becomes a balancing act. Now the poor soul has no idea of the fact, but he has just put himself where he can be easily manipulated. If the Devil wants to push him to the right, all he has to do is bring into the man‘s association a great deal of very far right people. That makes the manipulee feel a bit left of center, and he moves accordingly. If the Devil would have him give up a few basic reforms, all he needs to do is bring in a host of men and women that militate for giving up all lifestyle issues. The poor soul suddenly feels very conscious of his glaring right of center tendencies. He needs balance. After an adjustment in his position, he is ready for the last step in the trick: Self-congratulation. He is so glad that he is not like the Pharisee in the front pew of his church that he becomes just like the Pharisee in the parable of Jesus—―I thank thee, oh God, that I am not…‖ Authorities disagree trick By the way, the title of the trick is certainly a truth. Eminent men are at each other‘s intellectual throats. Men that have spent thirty years with their noses in Hebrew manuscripts can not come to terms even on the most basic of Christian doctrines. ―Therefore said some of the [theologians] ‗This man is not of God, because he keeps not the Sabbath.‘ Others said, ‗How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles?‘ And there was a division among them.‖ Jn. 9:16. Now here is the question—Why can‘t they? Satan suggests the answer, ―the issues are too complex. The more you study, the more ignorant you realize you are. If educated men can not agree, lesser men would be heady in the extreme to dare an interpretation.‖ The logic is sound proof if the supposition is accepted. Are the issues honestly too complex? Is that the reason men do not agree? ―From whence come wars and fightings among you? Come they not from your desires that fight within you?‖ James 4:1. It is a lack of spiritual discernment that leaves these men destitute of truth. But hold! Careful how you relegate the trick to the Babylon without. Are there divisive issues in your church that it seems men have been arguing for years? Have you thought that their lack of consensus is evidence that neither side is right? Or that study of the topic is vain? Or that the issues are too complex for you? If so, you are a victim of the trick. Authority does not disagree. You can go straight to it for yourself.

The bulk of this newsletter is authored by members of the Mowbray SDA church whose desire is to provide a thought provoking newsletter for Adventists dwelling on the banks of Jordan; in the process appealing to entire fidelity to the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.

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