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PRISONERS OF HOPE

September 2008
EDITORIAL..BR N. NKOMO
Sitting in Sabbath School on the 16th of August, I heard a mission story that really got me thinking. It was
about a young man who chose to attend a public school instead of an Adventist one. His premise was
simple, “why should I go to an Adventist school where most people are already Christians instead of go-
ing to a public school where most are secular? In this way I will be able to turn the school into my mis-
sion field.” What a noble mission, I thought to myself as the reader continued with the story.
Being a sinful being, the very thought of this young man‟s mission that he recognized so early pricked my
conscience. My natural reaction was to excuse myself for my failure in my youth to do something similar.
You see, I attended an Anglo-Catholic school and apart from Chapel Service on Sunday evenings and
Christian Group on most Friday nights (which I attended in order to get out of prep), I never spent regu-
lar time with God. I did read my Bible once in a while, the reason probably being that I had received it as
a present from my father when I was 9 years old. And now, I could not comprehend that I had failed to
hallow the Sabbath for so many years. I justified my failure by reckoning that there was no way that I
would have been allowed not to partake in sports on Saturdays, (yes, God suffered long with me), as it
was compulsory to play sports and to support all the 1 st Teams on Saturdays. As I attempted to vindicate
my actions, a recollection of two Adventist young me, that did not take part in my Sabbath- breaking
seared my conscience.
The initial justification of my actions having failed to hold up to scrutiny, a second excuse was quick in
coming. “I would have been such an outcast at school if I had chosen to be true to Adventism, especially
as everyone knew how good I was in the various disciplines I was part of.” Yes, there I was now adding
pride to the sin of excusing sin! All the while that my mind was meandering through my sinful past, the
story was being read and I had not paused to hear the still small voice of calm.
When I caught my breath, I heard the Holy Spirit speak to me and say “You could have moved out of res
and stayed with your father and you would have been spared all your excuses.” I knew it was true and the
matter was settled as no excuse that I could conjure would stand against the voice of reason.
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
Why am I using this event in my life in the editorial? It is because I am convinced that my experience is
Editorial .............................. ……1
not unique. God sent two Adventists to my high school, who remained vegetarian and true to the Sab-
Homeopathy ....................... .….2
bath, in order to keep pricking at my conscience. I unfortunately did not heed His instruction at that
Thoughts On Dress ............. .….4
point in time even though I considered both young men good friends of mine. God pleads with us many a
There‟s a Meeting ............... .….5
time even in this day and age but, unfortunately, when many of us are faced with the truth our reaction
Lift Up Your Heads ............. .…7
is to strike out. Our response to our sin being exposed is to excuse it in one way or the other. Our re-
Faith Is ................................ .….8
sponse to light from above is to kick against the pricks.
Prophecies on Christ .......... .….9
How often do we seriously stop to listen to what God is saying to us? How often do we crowd out the
voice of the Spirit with our hardened hearts? How often are we willing to be broken on the Rock and ad-
mit our faults before God and seek to correct our evils? I was struck by the fact that even 13years after
leaving school, and 11 after my conversion I could still try to defend the evil deeds committed in the folly
of my youth.

I learnt valuable lessons from that trip into my thoughts which I pray that we will all cherish. I had no
excuse for not following fully the will of God; neither do you. I had no excuse for crowding out the voice
of God; neither do you. I continued to sin, back then, because I had no desire to fully dedicate my life to
God and to seek Him with all my heart. The same applies when you or I sin willfully. I had no excuse for
cherishing my sins from the past and going as far as excusing them; neither do you. The fact of the mat-
ter is that had I died back then I would have condemned myself to eternal death. Should you die today
whilst in the same state you too would be lost forever. My prayer is that my experience may in some way
serve as a reminder that we must always wholly commit ourselves to the living God and not excuse sin.
HOMEOPATYHY BY SR T ROESCH
My husband and I owned a Health Food store for 10 years, 2. What is the Origin of Homeopathy? Samuel Hah-
and our store was one of the few stores in the Country nemann published his foundational book, Organon of
where you could not buy Homeopathic Medicines. We did the Rational Art of Healing, in 1810. At one time,
some research on Homeopathy, its background and all, and Hahnemann abandoned medicine because of the barbaric
decided it wasn't something that we could sell, even though practices of his day. He began to translate books instead,
we had many customers come to us, asking us to stock the and while engaged in translating a book describing the ef-
Homeopathic Medicines. Many Christians use Homeopa- fects of quinine on malaria, Hahnemann took the drug
thy, thinking that it is "All Natural", not a drug, so it must himself and soon developed symptoms similar to malaria.
therefore be a good thing. Well, I would like to share with His experiment gave rise to law number one: Like Cures
you what we have learned, as I believe there are many Like.
Christians, who if they only knew what they were using, Hahnemann believed that diseases are not caused by any
would have nothing to do with Homeopathy. material substance or disease matter, but they are derange-
ments of spirit-like power (the vital principle) that ani-
1. What is Homeopathy? Homeopathy (hoe-me-AH- mates the human body. Homeopathy teaches that a cure
puh-thee) practitioners are generally qualified by local can take place only by the reaction of the vital force against
training seminars. These seminars teach a system of diag- the rightly chosen remedy that has been ingested.. In other
nosis and treatment that was devel- words, he believed that physical
oped by Samuel Hahnemann in the sicknesses are results of distur-
nineteenth century and is based on bances within the “vital force” and
the following laws: can be cured only by restoring the
vital force to its original state.
The Law of Similars: “Like cures Samuel Hahnemann was a fol-
like.” This errant law teaches that lower of Emanuel Swedenborg, a
any substance which produces symp- spiritualist and medium who
toms in a healthy person will in min- blended the world of nature with
ute doses cure a sick person with the the occult; this explains Hahne-
same symptoms. In fact, the origin of mann‟s view on medicine. With
the word homeopathy is in the Greek this background, we can under-
words for “like disease.” stand why Hahnemann felt that
The Law of Minimum Dose: Curative substances are illness and disease were energy issues, not matter issues,
made more powerful by dilution and shaking. After mixing and should be fought on a spiritual level.
one part substance with nine parts neutral solution (such Hahnemann also adhered to the beliefs of the Freema-
as alcohol or water), the mixture is shaken, then diluted sons, who are associated with mysticism and the occult.
again with the same proportions. The process is repeated He practiced mesmerism as well, a technique that was the
until a “proper” dilution is achieved. forerunner of modern hypnosis.
3. How Does it Work? A diagnosis is made by taking a
The Law of Single Remedy: Proper treatment entails
lengthy history while searching for unique symptoms. The
one remedy at a time.
illness can then be treated with a diluted amount of disease
The Law of Spiritual Cause: Homeopathy believes that -causing solution. The treatment is aimed at restoring the
disease has no “vital force” or undergirding the body to help dispel its ill-
..treatment is physical cause; ness.
rather, it is an im- This theory appears similar to the theory of immuniza-
aimed at restoring balance of the tions, which involves injecting a small amount of disease-
the “vital force” spirit-like power related material in order to stimulate the immune system.
or the vital princi- However, homeopathy differs in that it believes a change in
ple within the body. energy is what heals, rather than the physical working of
the immune system.

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However, homeopathy differs in that it believes a change in homeopathy must produce spiritual, not physical medi-
energy is what heals, rather than the physical working of cines.
the immune system. The cure supposedly comes not from Another major problem with homeopathy is the ever
the substance di- present fact that a homeopathic remedy is really just water
luted, but from the or alcohol. This in itself should warn us of its dangers. If it
shaking of the solu- is merely water or alcohol, we as Christians should ask,
tion, which provides “What makes it work?”
the “vital force” to 5. What Factors Should Be Considered? Those who
the solution. It does choose homeopathy must understand that the treatment
not always use dis- solutions consist of no original substance and that homeo-
ease-related mate- paths believe that they are “energized” in order to cure the
rial, as in the case of imbalance of vital force. This system of belief and practice
immunizations; is more of a “religious” approach to medicine, rather than a
rather, it uses anything that will produce similar symp- scientific one.
toms. I would highly recommend you getting an ORIGINAL Back
to Eden book, by Jethro Kloss. I stress, it must be the
Homeopathy is a rather complicated process of taking a ORIGINAL. The new Revised Version is not at all the same
particular substance, such as an herb, a plant, bacteria, or book and if Jethro Kloss could protest what they have done
diseased tissue, and making that substance into a trace to his book, I‟m sure he would. In his book, he talks about
substance. This begins with a long process of diluting one Homepathic Medicine, pages 49 & 50.
drop of a tincture of the substance with ninety-nine drops
of water or alcohol. The resulting solution is shaken for a “In the early part of the eighteenth century, a German
long time. It is this shaking process that is supposed to physician by the name of Hahnemann set forth the idea
give it its healing “energy.” Then one drop of that mixturethat it would be better to give small doses of medicines. He
is mixed with ninety-nine drops of water or alcohol to be started giving medicines in powdered form and in such
shaken again. This process is repeated several times until small doses that it had little effect as a drug. He did not
there is actually no original substance left. Homeopaths discard the old material medica, but in addition to giving
believe that this is the most power state, because at this mercury, arsenic, and all other minerals, included some of
point the solution has only a “memory” of the original sub-the most filthy serums, unsanitary preparations from bees,
stance, which is the healing “energy.” Thereby, homeopa- bedbugs, snake poisons, etc. Anyone with intelligence, who
thy deals with an “energy” disease and not with the physio-would take a few minutes to think about the make-up of
logical symptoms. the human body, would realize that minerals and such un-
sanitary medicines could not prove a panacea for any of the
4. What are the Concerns About Homeopathy? ills of man that they seemed to think they would.
One major error undergirding the founding of homeopathy Hahnemann was in the wrong when he ignored the fact
was Hahnemann‟s susceptibility of a type of sorcery. Hah- that it is the strength of nature that restores the body, when
nemann discovered that certain substances produced se- he said “like cures like.” Back to Eden, pages 49 & 50.
vere and unwanted reactions in some patients. He there- (1975)
fore sought to reduce the dosages given. In attempting to Sadly, and criminally, that was not printed in the “revised”
find the smallest effective dose for his substances, he version of Back to Eden. Instead, they have put in a section
thought he encountered a curious phenomenon. The more on the “signature” of plants
he dilutes a given substance, the more powerful it seemed
to become. In fact, he believed the “medicines‟ were im- If you would like to study
mensely powerful when not even a single molecule of the this further, here is a
original substance remained. website that contains
Hahnemann also reasoned that we must be dealing with much of the above infor-
energy, not matter. If one can really produce dramatic mation and a lot more -
healing with virtually no physical medicine, then we must www.skepdic.com/
be dealing in t he real of a vital force or some spiritual homeo
power that resides within matter itself. He concluded that
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THOUGHTS ON DRESS PART 3…..BY BROTHER E PREWITT
CONTINUED FROM LAST EDITION: Our clothing should Less shear, less tight, more careful, and you would be dress-
be constructed for durability and practicality. It should be ing kindly. Beautiful and sensual, these are not synonyms.
well-fitting and warm in cool weather. Does this require fol- Review: The changes in what society regards as clothing for
lowing fashion? Adopting a style of dress that is in keeping females and males are arrayed against the plain statements
with our faith is good regardless of whether or not the world of God. The changes have diminished the distinctions. This
may wear it. But fashion is an idol and I am afraid that more is the very movement forbidden by God though Moses in
people put money offerings before Moloch than would admit Deut. 22:5. Changing society may dictate what “pertains to a
to doing it. woman” but never can dictate how similar that may rightly
be to what pertains to a man. In other words, the Jesus-
The lives and pleasing woman may chose her “pertains to a woman” attire
teachings of from among those items society labels as feminine. But she
Christian par- must let conscience dictate which of those “feminine” arti-
ents should cles are the result of a societal slide towards neutrality.
be in marked These are to be avoided for reasons mentioned above and to
contrast with boycott the Devil‟s cruel trick that is causing so much pain
those of un- today in solemn immoral crimes.
believers.
Worldlings Respond….let me know how you react to this paper?
teach their The End
children to FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
love display,
Q. What about when a lady is climbing trees?
and to bow to
the idol of fashion. They sacrifice themselves and their chil- A. Before we get to the question, we need to get to the root
dren upon this altar of Moloch. But Christians who profess of the problem that it implies. Let me illustrate with a differ-
to be seeking the heavenly Canaan, should obey the instruc- ent proposition and question. Proposition: We should not
tions of the Bible. We urge modern Israel to lay aside their frequent taverns where strip-dancing is practiced. Question:
ornaments, their jewels of silver and gold and precious But what about the man who evangelizes in the strip-tease
stones, to put off their costly-apparel, and to seek for the in- taverns? Answer: Oh, that is a hard question. Reply: Why?
ward adorning, even the ornament of a meek and quiet Answer: Umm, it confuses my epistemology. If a man, ac-
spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. Let children cording to Inspiration, is not to frequent such places, then
be educated, not to become devotees of fashion, but to be isn‟t the question a way of changing the source of authority
servants of God. {ST, May 26, 1881 par. 23} from Inspira-
tion to experi-
So that is all. We want to win the world. I conclude from the ence? I mean,
data above and lots and lots more that if ladies would dress if God says
ever so wholesomely “don‟t go
that they would be there” then
God has presented amazed at the in- isn‟t the ques-
several ide- crease in their wit- tion “what if I
nessing effectiveness go there?” a
als..regarding with men. If they type of hard-
dress. would make a stand ening the
that they would not heart?
bow at the idol of fashion, they would take a step that would
Now the Bible
make it more difficult for the world to say “they dress like us,
does not for-
they can‟t be that much different, why change?”
bid ladies
I didn‟t address the modesty issue really at all. Maybe I will climbing trees.
after writing another long disclaimer about being a man and
It does place
writing about sensually dressed females. That is an awkward
prohibitions on some seemingly harmless activities (like eat-
activity. But as a hint in the meantime…teasing outfits (that
almost reveal or make almost possible to see…) are to most ing fruit from a certain tree that looks like all the rest in the
men what a free cigarette is to a struggling tobacco addict. garden) on the basis of unforeseen problems. But climbing

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trees, if one does it carefully, appears even to me to be a it has been a long time since I have seen a lady in a tree.
harmless recreation, and in the case of Zacchaeus, even a (To get a dead cow on the altar would be a lot easier if
practical solution to some problems. In the same chapter there were only steps leading up to it. Think about that for
that we first find the ten commandments we find another a minute or two.) Maybe the confusion that was prophe-
little verse that helps us with the principle we are discuss-sied to come from a blurring of distinctions between men‟s
ing: Ex 20:26 Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine and women‟s clothing has included a confusion on the
altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon. roles that God intended women to fill in the family. If there
is a tree that must be climbed, and if there are men around,
The priests were to dress a certain way when ministering in
is it possible that they ought to be the ones to climb it?
the sanctuary. Someone might have asked “But what
should they wear when they go up on steps to the altar? It Q. Is a woman a witch if she wears pants?
wouldn‟t be modest to wear their special clothing there.”
A. This is not a frequently asked question. However, it did
That question would be backwards thinking. Forward
happen once upon a time that a young female student of
thinking would reason like this, “Neither should they go up
mine called her mother and told her that I said that if a
on steps to the altar since that would be immodest with the
woman wears pants that she is a witch. In case that rumor
clothing that has been proscribed.” The first question leads
has spread, I would like to lay it to rest. I never said that or
logically to situational ethics where what is right is based
anything related to it. It is a silly proposition at best. But
on what is happening.
furthermore, I would like to answer the unasked question
So now to the ladies in the trees. What should they wear? If behind it. That question is a FTQ (frequently thought ques-
indeed ladies should wear only feminine clothing, then it tion). “What do you think about me since you believe a
may be that they will need to be creative in regard to tree lady should wear dresses and I am a lady that wears
climbing. Maybe they could do it only when the boys are pants?”…..Continued on P10
away? Or when they are wearing pants underneath? I think

THERE‟S A MEETING HERE TODAY…..BY SR T NKOMO


When I was growing up, camp meeting was THE event of „fun.‟ “And we ARE worshipping God…aren‟t we?” I won‟t
the year. All the girls would ask „What are you going to be hypocritical though, as a teen, the preparations and “fun”
wear?” and we all got new outfits. It was a time for us to get that we had at the meetings touched my carnal, ignorant
together with our friends, away from our parents, and to nature and I really thought it was good enough for God.
have holy „fun.‟ I remember the one year how we sang cho-
ruses and had lots of „fun‟ listening to cool groups present- I don‟t remember one single sermon from camp meeting. I
ing their “doo wah” songs. By “doo- don‟t remember feeling God‟s presence
wah” songs I mean the type where the there, I just remember girls flirting with
bass aims to mimic a bass instrument boys, and people leaving the tent to go do
of some type, and acts as accompani- whatever young people do when their
ment to the rest of the group. The type parents aren‟t around and they are rebel-
of special item rendered was more of a lious. Even back then, I felt this was
'look at me' affair, than reverential wor- wrong, but I never really knew what we
ship and praise of an Almighty God. It were there for anyway, choosing rather
was all about the beauty of the voice to spend time with my female friends.
and how exciting and fun the songs The longest we stayed at camp meeting
were…I‟m sure by now you‟ve noticed was a weekend, and it really can‟t be de-
that I‟ve used the word „fun‟ many scribed as a camp, it was in chalets and
times. other residential type abodes. I was
shocked when I found out that some peo-
This is what I associated it with-what we grew up thinking. ple actually DO camp in tents and have camp meeting for a
Of course, if you like groups that make use of this musical week. Last week I read Testimonies volume 6, and this is a
form, you are likely to see nothing wrong with the kind of synopsis of what I discovered.
atmosphere I‟m describing, after all, it‟s „enjoyable‟ and
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Camp meeting is meant to be an evangelistic tool, and also aim for young and old, we would not attend hoping for en-
a way to uplift the church members spiritually. One exam- tertainment.
ple of this latter point is how parents are meant to be
taught how to train their children for the Lord, members Besides the meetings to convict us of sin, and to present the
are meant to be taught how they can best carry forward the 3rd angel‟s message to the unconverted, there should also
mission of the Church. be meetings where testimonies are given. Testimonies of
They are meant to last for 2-3 weeks…Yes, you read cor- praise, thanking God for the way He has blessed His chil-
rectly, 2-3 WEEKS. Not in out of the way places, but in the dren. “ There would be much more power in our camp
cities, where the gospel is hardest to share. She mentions meetings if we had a true sense of the goodness, mercy, and
how people should not „arouse opposition‟ by announcing long-suffering of God, and if more praise flowed forth from
the meetings beforehand, as people are prejudiced against our lips to the honor and glory of His name. We need to
us-still true today-and that the best way is to hand out leaf- cultivate more fervor of soul. The Lord says “Whoso offer-
lets once the meetings have commenced. eth praise, glorifieth Me” Ps 50:23”

Camp meeting, carried out in the correct way, is important In many cases there should be less of lengthy sermonizing,
for families to attend. “It is important that the members of and more hunting and fishing for souls. 6MR, p75.” In our
our churches should attend our camp meetings. The ene- labors at the camp-meetings more attention should be
mies of truth are many; and because our numbers are few, given to the work of teaching the principles of health and
we should present as strong a front as possible. Individu- temperance reform; these questions are to take an impor-
ally you need the benefits of the tant place in our efforts at this
meeting, and God calls upon you to time.” 1908MS, p. 362. After short
number one in the ranks of truth. talks, we are counseled to have time
Some will say: "It is expensive to for Bible studies and prayer. These
travel, and it would be better for us studies should be specifically on the
to save the money and give it for discourse that has just been pre-
the advancement of the work sented. We are also warned that
where it is so much needed." Do though Christ encouraged earnest
not reason in this way; God calls seekers of truth, we should not give
upon you to take your place among any time to those who only ask
the rank and file of His people. questions in order to debate or
Strengthen the meeting all you cavil.
possibly can by being present with
your families. Put forth extra exer- At Camp Meeting, the issues to be
tion to attend the gathering of raised include building new sani-
God's people.” 6T, p. 38-39 tariums, new educational facilities, and frontier/pioneer
mission work. No other fundraising should be done. Some-
I remember one of the meetings was full of jokes and fun. times, converts would want the meetings to continue for
The choruses were the type calculated to get one moving, even longer than the allotted time. At this point, if possible,
not to get the Holy Spirit moving in the heart. Those who the speakers remained behind. If not, a few families stayed
preferred to sit out the gym session were labeled boring. I behind in order to strengthen and nurture the newcomers
remember how we ended up leaving, hoping that the to our faith. A team was to work under a married couple, as
„adult‟s section‟ would be more spiritual, only to find the a mission family, teaching and training. This was so that
hall too full for us to enter. “If our eyes could be opened to the devil would not have any chance to carry the seed away.
see the good and evil agencies at work, there would be no “Had work in these various lines been done earnestly and
trifling, vanity, no jesting or joking.” vigorously after all our camp meetings, many more souls
would have been gathered in as the fruit of the seed sown
The Specific Object of the camp-meeting is to lead the peo- at the meetings.” May those who organise camp meetings,
ple to discern what they must do to inherit eternal life.” find this as a starting
Pamphlet 89, p. 4. In preparation for camp meeting, all point to follow the ad-
members are to search their hearts, acknowledge any faults vice God has given us.
they have and put their sins away. If brother has hurt It requires much sacri-
brother, he is to go to his brother and confess his faults to fice, not only on their
him, so that the Holy Spirit can work. God cannot work part, but also on the
where there is no love and unity in truth. During the meet- part of the attendees,
ings, people will be more open for God to convict and con- but think of the souls
vince them of His love for them. The minister is told that can be saved and
“Arouse the people to see how far they have departed from edified. May our camp
the Lord‟s ordinances by adopting worldly policy and con- meetings truly provide
forming to worldly principles. These have brought them us with refreshing and
into transgression of God‟s law.” Certainly, if this was the new vitality for our souls.
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LIFT UP YOUR HEADS...
QUOTE: '“The tempest is coming, and we must get ready Divine Liturgy of the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, over
for its fury, by which the patriarch will preside in the Kremlin's Cathedral
having repen- of the Dormition… Cardinal Tettamanzi said he hopes the
tance toward pilgrimage experience "might contribute to enhance mutual
God and faith knowledge and the desire for unity." He also explained to
toward our his diocesan priests that "to be pilgrims, means to try to en-
Lord Jesus ter into the spirit of the Christian East and to begin to
Christ. The breathe, as John Paul II so dreamed, also with that lung of
Lord will arise Christianity."
to shake terri- "With emotion I say that I hope the day will soon come
bly the earth. when the patriarch of Moscow will be able to embrace the
We shall see Successor of Peter," he added.
troubles on all COMMENT: Having followed the ecumenical discourse
sides. Thou- between Rome and the Russian Orthodox church I find the
sands of ships will be hurled into the depths of the sea. Na- last sentence telling as to who will ultimately bow to whom.
vies will go down, and human lives will be sacrificed by the NEWS: BRUSSELS- A recent report from the Fundamental
millions. Fires will break out unexpectedly, and no human Rights Agency (FRA) of the European Union (EU) has called
efforts will be able to quench them. The palaces of the earth for binding EU regulations that would equalize the legal
will be swept away in the fury of the flames. Disasters by rail status of married heterosexual couples with that of same-
will become more and more frequent; confusion, collision, sex and opposite-sex couples across Europe. It also recom-
and death without a moment's warning will occur on the mends policies aimed at "promoting visibility of homosexu-
great lines of travel. The end is near, and probation is clos- ality and other gender identities" and criminalizing homo-
ing." Pamphlet 120 p. 10 phobia through "hate crime" legislation.
NEWS: Spain is grieving for the 153 victims of Madrid's NEWS….attorneys filed suit against the City of Elmira,
plane crash, as experts begin to look into why the jet N.Y., after police threatened to arrest three Christians if
crashed and burnt shortly after take-off. The country's they did not remove a shirt and stop sharing biblical mes-
prime minister has visited some of the 19 survivors, while sages during a "gay" pride event at a public park. John Bar-
King Juan Carlos met relatives of the victims at a makeshift nes wore a shirt with the message "Liberated from sin by the
mortuary. Three days of mourning have been declared and blood of Jesus" to the Southern Tier Pride 2008 at Wisner
flags are at half-mast. Of the survivors of the Spanair flight Park – a June 14 event promoted as a celebration of homo-
JK 5022 crash on Wednesday, several remain critically ill. sexual, bisexual and transgender lifestyles.According to the
NEWS: A passenger plane has crashed shortly after take- complaint filed in a U.S. district court, Elmira police Capt.
off from Kyrgyzstan's capital, Bishkek, killing 68 out of the Michael Marrone ordered Bar-
90 passengers and crew, officials say. There were many for- nes to remove his shirt to pre-
eigners on board, including Iranians and Canadians. The vent a "negative atmosphere" at
Itek Air Boeing 737 took off bound for Iran, but turned the event and arouse discomfort
round about 10 minutes later in other attendees.
News: Durban - Authorities on Sunday afternoon urged Another Christian, Julian Ra-
motorists to avoid using roads to Melmoth and Eshowe as ven, carried a Christian news-
fires that are believed to have claimed the lives of at least 10 letter to the event called the El-
people made driving dangerous. Melmoth Protection Ser- mira Protestor. Marrone threat-
vices officer Derek Horne urged motorists to stay away ened to arrest Raven if he dis-
…."It's like a war zone here. The fires are out of control. tributed the letter, saying it
Please tell motorists to stay away," he said. ….A police contained obscene or illegal
source in the area who spoke on condition of anonymity material, according to the com-
said the fire which claimed their lives was still burning out plaint.
of control. A further four fires are blazing in the Dubuni and Capt. James Wandell and Sgt.
Makasaneni areas near Melmoth. Local officials have also Sharon Moyer threatened a third Christian, James DeFerio,
reported that these fire are out of control. with arrest for holding a sign on a public sidewalk adjacent
COMMENT: The last month seems to me to have seen its to the park. The sign read: "Thousands of ex-homosexuals
share of aviation disasters and very near misses and it have experienced the life-changing love of Jesus Christ" and
frightens me to think that things are only going to get worse. listed websites for more information about ministry to ex-
The quotation above from the pen of Inspiration should jolt "gays."…. However, according to the complaint, officers
us into realizing that time for this world as we know it is in- then told him he was not allowed to talk to anyone at the
deed running out. event about the Bible.
NEWS: The archbishop and auxiliary bishops of Milan, as COMMENT: Jesus surely must be about to cast down the
well as 80 of their priests, have set off for Russia to visit Or- censer. Homosexuality is now so prevalent in our society
thodox Patriarch Alexy II…They will visit cathedrals and that it is hard to remember a time when just about everyone
monasteries, and participate in both Catholic and Orthodox frowned upon the abomination. Many around the world
liturgies. In addition to Alexy II, they will also be received have been arrested for using the Bible to back up their views
by Archbishop Paolo Pezzi of the Mother of God Archdio- and the silencing of the Word will only grow deeper all over
cese in Moscow. The Milan priests will participate in the the world in the coming months.
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FAITH IS ASSURANCE AND EVIDENCE..SR WHITE
Hebrews: 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped You are proved of God through the Word of God. You are
for, the evidence of things not seen not to wait for wonderful emotions before you believe that
When you respond to the drawing of Christ, and join your- God has heard you, feeling is not to be your criterion, for
self to Him, you manifest saving faith. 1SM, p334 emotions are as change-
Faith, saving faith . . . is the act of the soul by which the able as the clouds. You
whole man is given over to the guardianship and control of must have something
Jesus Christ. He abides in Christ and Christ abides in the solid for the foundation
soul by faith as supreme. The believer commits his soul of your faith. 1SM p328
and body to God, and with assurance may say, Christ is John 20:29 Jesus saith
able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against unto him, Thomas, be-
that day. All who will do this will be saved unto life eternal. cause thou hast seen me,
There will be an assurance that the soul is washed in the thou hast believed:
blood of Christ and clothed with His righteousness and blessed [are] they that
precious in the sight of Jesus. HP, p104 have not seen, and [yet]
You may ask, as many others have done, How may I know have believed.
that Jesus receives me and loves me? Shall I know by my Oh, I wish we could see these things as they are, and be
feelings? No; by obedience to His Holy Word. Appropriate sensible Christians! If we do not have ecstatic feelings, we
to yourself the rich promises of God. Believe His word that begin to doubt whether we are Christians or not, when we
Jesus is abiding in your heart by faith. Through faith and should not look at our feelings, but at God's word; for there
trust in God you may have His peace, and you can then say, is our assurance. We must bring our hearts into a right po-
"I know in whom I have believed. I will listen to every sition. We must put away all sin, all pride, all impatience,
whisper of His Holy Spirit." TMK, p41 all envy and evil thoughts, all jealousies, and then, while
It is the privilege of every one to say, "I will carry out my working out our own salvation, God will work in us to will
Captain's orders to the very letter, feeling or no feeling. I and to do of his good pleasure. RH, April 12, 1887
will not wait for a happy sensation, for a mysterious im- Only through faith in Christ's name can the sinner be
pulse. I will say, "What are my orders? What is the line of saved. . . . Faith in Christ is not the work of nature, but the
my duty? What says the Master to me? Is the line of com- work of God on human minds, wrought in the very soul by
munication open between God and my soul? What is my the Holy Spirit, who reveals Christ, as Christ revealed the
position before God?" Just as soon as we come into right Father. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evi-
relations to God, we shall understand our duty and do it; dence of things not seen. With its justifying, sanctifying
and we shall not think the good things we do, entitle us to power, it is above what men call science. It is the science of
salvation. RH, April 9, 1889 eternal realities. HP, p51
How I wish that we might all believe in the promises of Hebrews 10:22,23 Let us draw near with a true heart in
God. . . . We are not to look into our hearts for a joyful full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an
emotion as an evidence of our acceptance with Heaven, but evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
we are to take God's promises and say, "They are mine. The Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without waver-
Lord is letting His Holy Spirit rest upon me. I am receiving ing; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)
the light; for the promise is, 'Believe that ye receive the I AM the assurance of every promise. I AM; be not afraid.
things ye ask for, and ye shall have them.' By faith I reach "God with us" is the surety of our deliverance from sin, the
within the veil and lay hold of Christ, my strength. I thank assurance of our power to obey the law of heaven. DA p24
God that I have a Saviour." FLB, p9 2 Timothy 1:12For the which cause I also suffer these
God can and does save to the utter most all who come unto things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I
Him complying with the conditions specified in His word. have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep
Our work is to place our will on the side of God's will. that which I have committed unto him against that day.
Then, through the blood of the atonement, we become par- 2 Crinthians 5:7(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
takers of the divine nature; through Christ we are children God never asks us to believe, without giving sufficient evi-
of God, and we have the assurance that God loves us even dence upon which to base our faith. His existence, His
as He loved His Son. We character, the truthfulness of His word, are all established
are one with Jesus. We by testimony that appeals to our reason; and this testimony
walk where Christ leads the is abundant. Yet God has never removed the possibility of
way; He has power to dis- doubt. Our faith must rest upon evidence, not demonstra-
pel the dark shadows which tion. Those who wish to doubt will have opportunity; while
Satan casts across our path; those who really desire to know the truth will find plenty of
and, in place of darkness evidence on which to rest their faith. SC, p105
and discouragement, the Hebrews 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence,
sunlight of His glory shines which hath great recompense of reward.
into our hearts. 5T, p741
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PROPHECIES RELATING TO CHRIST
In what words did Moses speak of Christ? acquainted with grief, and we hid as it were our faces from
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not." Isa. 53:3.
midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me, unto Him ye Did this prophecy prove true?
shall hearken." Deut. 18:15. "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and
How may we know that the Prophet here spoken of the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His
is Christ? own received Him not." John 1:10-11.
"For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A Prophet shall the What was predicted of His preaching?
Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me; because the Lord
me," "Yea, and all the prophets from Samuel and those that hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He
follow after, as many as have spoken, have likewise foretold hath sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim lib-
of these days." Acts 3:22, 24. erty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them
Was this prophecy fulfilled? that are bound." Isa 61:1.
"Now all this was done [the birth of Jesus of the Virgin In what way was this prediction verified?
Mary], that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the "And He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up:
Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the
child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His Sabbath day, and stood up for to read. And there was deliv-
name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us." ered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when He
Matt. 1:22, 23. had opened the book, He found the place where it was writ-
Where was He to be born? ten, The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath
"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor: He hath sent
the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the
unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel." Micah 5:2. captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty
Was this prediction fulfilled? them that are bruised... And He began to say unto them, This
"Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears." Luke 4:16-21.
the king." Matt. 2:1. What was said He would do when on trial?
How was His advent to be heralded? "He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not
"The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye His mouth: He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His
for our God." Isa. 40:3. mouth." Isa. 53:7.
By whom was this fulfilled? When accused by His enemies before Pilate, how did
"And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests Christ receive their words?
and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?" "He "Then said Pilate unto Him, Hearest thou not how many
said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make things they witness against thee? And He answered him to
straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias." never a word; insomuch that the governor marveled
John 1:19.23. greatly." Matt. 27:13,14.
Under what striking emblem was He prophesied of How did the prophecy state that Christ's murderers
by Balaam? would dispose of His garments?
"There shall come a Star out of Jacob and a Scepter shall rise "They part My garments among them, and cast lots upon My
out of Israel." Num. 24:17. vesture." Ps. 22:18.
Is He designated under the same emblem in the New Was this literally accomplished?
Testament? "And they crucified Him, and parted His garments, casting
"I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the
morning star." Rev. 22:16. See also 2 Peter 1:19. Rev. 2:28. prophet, They parted My garments among them, and upon
What was predicted of the little children in connec- My vesture did they cast lots." Matt. 27:35.
tion with the birth of Christ? How was it said they would treat Him while on the
"A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weep- cross?
ing; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be com- "They gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they
forted for her children, because they were not." Jer. 31:15. gave Me vinegar to drink." Ps. 69:21.
How were these words of the prophet verified? What was offered Him, when in His dying agony?
"Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise "They gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and
men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink." Matt.
children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts 27:34.
thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time Where was the grave of Christ to be made?
which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. Then was "And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich
fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, say- in His death." Isa. 53:9.
ing, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and What was actually done with His body, after it was
weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her chil- taken down from the cross?
dren, and would not be comforted, because they are not." "A rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph,... went to Pirate,
Matt. 2:16-18. and begged the body of Jesus... He wrapped it in a clean
How was He to be received by His own people? linen cloth, and laid it in His own new tomb, which he had
"He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and hewn out of the rock." Matt. 21:57-60.
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If you are reading this, then I probably think very highly of you. I do not gather from
the thought-question that you will base your conclusions upon my evaluation. But per-
haps it is right that you would inquire whether or not I condemn you for not conform-
ing to my opinions. I do not. There was a time in my life when I thought the very ideas
in this paper were fanatical. I was as truly consecrated to Jesus then as now. I was row-
ing in grace and in the knowledge of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Unless there is
some other reason that I cannot, I will suppose the same about you. I appreciate your
devotion and service, your warmth and efforts. I trust your judgement and respect your
reason. If you read this prayerfully and conclude that I am wrong, I will not be sure that
you are wrong in that conclusion, however much I may think you are. None of these
PRISONERS OF
facts are reason enough to suppress a word of truth.
HOPE
Q. What about culottes?
The bulk of this newsletter is
authored by members of the
Mowbray SDA church whose See disclaimers above. This paper is not intended to do your thinking for you.
desire is to provide a thought
provoking newsletter for Ad- Q. Is this a salvation issue?
ventists dwelling on the banks A. Why do you ask? Let us face a few facts before answering this directly. There are Bi-
of Jordan; in the process ap- ble issues that are causing a significant amount of controversy over theories. What you
pealing to entire fidelity to the believe about Zechariah 14, Revelation 4, or about the identification of the daily may
Bible and the Spirit of Proph-
make you a target of others that feel differently about the same. The last sentence of the
ecy.
following paragraph is particularly helpful in answering the question if we understand
the sentences before it.
It is often the case that the customs and climate of a country make a condition of things
that would not be tolerated in another country. Changes for the better must be made,
but it is not best to be abrupt. The truth received into the heart sanctifies the receiver.
The power of the grace of God will do more for the soul than controversy will do in a
lifetime. By the power of the truth how many things might be adjusted, and controver-
sies hoary with age find quietude in the admission of better ways. The great, grand
principle, "Peace on earth and good will to men," will be far better practised when those
who believe in Christ are labourers together with God. Then all the little things which
some are ever harping upon, which are not authoritatively settled by the Word of God,
will not be magnified into important matters. – Testimonies to Southern Africa, pp. 79-
80.
Theories that are not authoritatively settled by the Word of God should not be magni-
fied into important issues. But even these theories become salvational issues when con-
troversy over them brings bitterness, dissention, alienation, and thus, a withdrawal of
the Holy Spirit. You might say that it is the bitterness and dissention that are the salva
tional issues. Perhaps you are right. Dress can also become a salvational issue under
the same circumstances. A hardening of the heart, a distancing of one‟s self from one‟s
brethren, will have an impact on one‟s relationship to God.
Dress might also be a salvational issue to those with whom we associate.
Love of truth is most certainly a salvational issue. Idolatry of dress, not a rare ailment
according to the Testimonies, is also. It should be a matter of church discipline.

But if you love truth above all else and want to make Jesus happy by your dress and de-
meanor, if you cherish love for your brethren and refuse to fall to bickering, if you resist
bitter thoughts and do what ever you can to meet the needs of the dying world, you are
acceptable to God and to all that are His. Even if you are a lady wearing pants. No one
can be (or should want to be) conscience for you.

But if you asked the question because you do not want to seriously consider what God
has said on the topic, quibbles will not avail in the judgement. Trusting God enough to
believe Him is a salvational issue…. To Be Completed Next Month

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