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Holy Flesh Movement 1899-1901, The - William H. Grotheer
Hour and the End is Striking at You, The - William H. Grotheer
the Form of a Slave
In Bible Prophecy
Doctrinal Comparisons - Statements of Belief 1872-1980
Paul VI Given Gold Medallion by Adventist Church Leader
Sacred Trust BETRAYED!, The - William H. Grotheer
Seal of God
Adventist Evangelical Conferences of 1955-1956
SIGN of the END of TIME, The - William H. Grotheer
fo the Gentiles Fulfilled, The - A Study in Depth of Luke 21:24
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Bible As History - Werner Keller
Place of the Bible In Education, The - Alonzo T. Jones
Facts of Faith - Christian Edwardson
Individuality in Religion - Alonzo T. Jones
Letters to the Churches - M. L. Andreasen
"Is the Bible Inspired or Expired?" - J. J. Williamson
Sabbath, The - M. L. Andreasen
So Much In Common - WCC/SDA
Daniel and the Revelation - Uriah Smith
Canons of the Bible, The - Raymond A. Cutts
Which Banner? - Jon A. Vannoy
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p 1 --
There wild be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls....
who have treated the light that the Lord has given as a common thing will
not be benefited by the instruction presented.
are those who will misinterpret the messages that God has given,
in accordance with their spiritual blindness.
Some will yield their faith, and will deny the truth of the messages, pointing to them as falsehoods.
Key Interpretive Principles
others will be greatly helped by the messages. Though not personally addressed,
they will be corrected, and will be led to shun the evils specified....
The Spirit of the Lord will be in the instruction, and doubts existing
in many minds will be swept away. The testimonies themselves will be
the key that will explain the messages given, as scripture is explained
by scripture. Many will read with eagerness the messages reproving
wrong, that they may learn what they may do to be saved.... Light will
dawn upon the understanding, and the Spirit will make an impression on
minds, as Bible truth is clearly and simply presented in the messages
that since 1846 God has been sending His people. These messages are to
find their place in hearts, and transformations will take place.
Messages, bk. i, p. 57 -- THE USE OF THE TESTIMONIES -- Time
and Place to be Considered --
- "Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to continue
always a child." (Oration XXXIV)
p 2 -- THE END WAS NEAR
FOR THE CHURCH. Vol.
4, p. 306. -- PREPARATION FOR CHRIST'S COMING -- In the late vision
given me at Battle Creek during our general camp-meeting, I was shown
our danger, as a people, of becoming assimilated to the world rather than
to the image of Christ. We are now upon the very borders of the eternal
world; but it is the purpose of the adversary of souls to lead us
to put far off the close of time. Satan will in every conceivable manner
assail those who profess to be the commandment-keeping people of God,
and to be waiting for the second appearing of our Saviour in the clouds
of heaven with power anal great glory. He will lead as many as possible
TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH, VoL. 5, p. 16 -- I would, at this time, sound the note of warning to those who shall assemble at our camp-meeting. The end of all things is at hand. My brethren, ministers, and laymen, I have been shown you must work in a different manner from what you have been in the habit of working. Pride, envy, self-importance, and unsanctified independence, have marred your labors. When men permit themselves to be flattered and exalted by Satan, the Lord can do little for them or through them. To what unTESTIMONY FOR TM CHURCH, VOL. 5, p. 18 -- I have been shown that, as a people, we are departing from the simplicity of the faith, and from the purity of the gospel. Many are in great peril. Unless they change their course, they will be severed from the True Vine, as useless branches. Brethern and sisters, I have been shown that we are standing upon the threshold of the eternal world. We need now to gain victories at every step. Every good deed is as a seed sown, to bear fruit unto eternal life. Every success gained, places us on a higher round of the ladder of progress, and gives us spiritual strength for fresh victories. Every right action prepares the way for its repetition.
TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 5, p. 382 -- cities, but into the highways and hedges. And now, my brethren who believe the truth, is your opportunity. We are standing, as it were, on the borders of the eternal world. We are looking for the glorious appearing of our Lord; the night is far spent; the day is at hand.
FOR THE CHURCH, Vol. 5, p. 460 -- Vigilance
and fidelity have been required of Christ's followers in every age; but
now that we, are standing upon the very verge of the eternal world,
holding the truths we do, having so great light, so important a work,
p 3 -- THE SUNDAY LAW - A "SECTION" CORNER
FOR THE CHURCH. VOL. 5, p. 451 -- No. 32 THE COMING CRISIS -- to
supply the lack. To secure popularity and patronage, legislators will
yield to the demand for a Sunday law. Those who fear God cannot accept
an institution that violates a precept of the decalogue. On this battle-field
comes the last great conflict of the contorversy between truth and
error. And we are not left in doubt as to the issue. Now, as in the days
of Mordecai, the Lord will vindicate his truth and his people.
By the decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of God, our nation will disconnect herself from righteousness. When Protestantism shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power, when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with Spiritualism, when, under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every principle of its constitution as a Protestant and Republican government, and shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions, then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan, and that the end is near.
TESTIMONY FOR THE CHURCH, VOL. 5. p. 464-465 -- Eternity stretches before us. The curtain is about to be lifted. We who occupy this solemn, responsible position, what are we doing, what are we thinking about, that we cling to our selfish love of ease, while souls are perishing around us? Have our hearts become utterly callous? Cannot we feel or understand that we have a work to do for the salvation of others? Brethren, are you of the class who having eyes see not, and having ears hear not? Is it in vain that God has given you a knowledge of his will? Is it in vain that he has sent you warning after warning? Do you believe the declarations of eternal truth concerning what is about to come upon the earth, do you believe that God's judgments are hanging over the people, and can you still sit at ease, indolent, careless, pleasure-loving?
no time now for God's people to be fixing their affections or laying up
their treasure in the world.
The members of the church should individually hold themselves and all their possessions upon the altar of God. Now, as never before, the Saviour's admonition is applicable: "Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Those who are fastening their means in large houses, in lands, in worldly enterprises, are saying by their actions, "God cannot have it; I want it for myself." They have bound up their one talent in a napkin, and hid it in the earth. There is cause for such to be alarmed. Brethren, God has not intrusted means to you to lie idle, nor to be covetously retained or hid away, but to be used to advance his cause, to save the souls of the perishing. It is not the time now to bind up the Lord's money in your expensive buildings and your large enterprises, while his cause is crippled and left to beg its way, the treasury half-supplied. The Lord is not in this way of working. Remember, the day is fast approaching when it will be said, "Give an account of thy stewardship." Can you not discern the signs of the times?
p 4 -- A COMPARATIVE TIME LINE
p 5 -- SUNDAY LAWS and "LOUD CRY" (1888 - 1892)
AMERICAN STATE PAPERS p. 243 -- NATIONAL SUNDAY-REST BILL OF 1888 -- SENATE BILL No. 2983, INTRODUCED IN FIRST SESSION OF FIFTIETH CONGRESS, BY SENATOR H. W. BLAIR, MAY 21, 1888 -- BILL TO SECURE TO THE PEOPLE THE ENJOYMENT OF THE FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE LORD'S DAY, AS A DAY OF REST, AND TO PROMOTE ITS OBSERVANCE AS A DAY OF RELIGIOUS WORSHIP (2)
AMERICAN STATE PAPERS p. 244 -- Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That no person or corporation, or the agent, servant, or employee of any person or corporation, shall perform or authorize to be performed, any secular work, labor, or business, to the disturbance of others, works of necessity, mercy, and humanity excepted; nor shall any person engage in any play, game, or amusement, or recreation, to the disturbance of others, on the first day of the week, commonly known as the Lord's day....
STATE PAPERS p. 246 -- SUNDAY CLOSING OF THE CHICAGO EXPOSITION
-- First National Sunday Legislation in the United States -- BILL
APPROVED AUGUST 5, 1892 * -- And
it is hereby declared that all appropriations herein made for, or pertaining
to, the World's Columbian Exposition are made under the condition that
the said exposition shall not be open to the public on the first day of
the week, commonly called Sunday; and if the said appropriations be accepted
by the corporation of the State of Illinois, known as the World's Columbian
Exposition, upon that condition, it shall be, and it is hereby made, the
duty of the World's Columbian Commission, created by act of Congress of
April 25, 1890, to make such rules or modification of the rules of said
corporation as shall require the closing of the Exposition on the said
first day of the week, commonly called Sunday.
STATE PAPERS p. 249 -- NATIONAL
RELIGIOUS LEGISLATION -- Millan of Michigan, April 25, 1892; to Committee
on District of Columbia; reported with amendments; not acted on. C. R.
8367. "Prohibiting the sale and delivery of ice within the District
of Columbia on the Sabbath day, commonly known as Sunday." Hemphill
of South Carolina, April 25, 1892; to Committee on District of Columbia;
reported back with amendments; passed House; not acted on in Senate. C.
R. 23:3639, 4480.
7520. Sundry Civil bill, loaning $5,000,000 to Chicago World's Fair, conditioned
on Sunday closing. Approved August 5, 1892.
9710. "To aid in carrying out an act of Congress to provide for celebrating
the discovery of America" [with proviso for closing Columbian Exposition
on Sundays]. Reilly of Pennsylvania, August 4, 1892; to Committee of the
Whole House; passed House and Senate and received President Harrison's
signature August 5, 1892. C. R. 23:7040, 7064-7, 7086, 7102.
p 6 -- SABBATH QUESTION AGITATION - 1889 - 1905
of the Redemptorist Fathers - Industrial American, Harlan, Iowa:
Bible says: 'Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy,' but the Catholic
Church says: 'No, keep the first day of the week,' and all the world bows
in obedience." (January 19, 1889)
The Christian Sabbath, (2nd Ed.; Baltimore: The Catholic Mirror [Official Organ of Cardinal Gibbons]) -- "The Catholic Church for over one thousand years before the existence of a Protestant, by virtue of her divine mission, changed the day from Saturday to Sunday." (p. 29)
Dr. E. T. Hiscox,
Baptist Clergyman and Author of the Baptist Manual in a paper read
August 20, 1893 at Saratoga, NY, at a Baptist Ministers' Meeting. -- "Of
course I quite well know that Sunday did come into use in early Christian
history as a religious day, as we learn from the Christian Fathers and
other sources. But what a pity that it comes branded with the mark of
Paganism, and Christened with the name of the Sun-god. Then adopted and
sanctified by the Papal apostasy, and bequeathed as a sacred legacy to
Protestanism, and the Christian world...
The Catholic World,
a magazine of General Literature and Science, March, 1894. -- "The
church took the pagan philosophy and made it the buckler of faith against
the heathen. She took the Roman Pantheon, temple of all the gods, and
made it sacred to all the martyrs; so it stands to this day. She took
the pagan Sunday and made it the Christian Sunday...
"The sun was
the foremost god with heathendom... Hence the church in these countries
would seem to have said, 'Keep that old, pagan name. It shall remain consecrated,
sanctified.' And thus the pagan Sunday, dedicated to Balder [White God
of the Scandinavians], became the Christian Sunday sacred to Jesus."
A Letter from the Chancellor of Cardinal Gibbons to J. F. Snyder of Bloomington, Illinois, Nov. 11, 1895. -- "Of course the Catholic Church claims the change was her act. It could not have been otherwise, as none in those days would have dreamed of doing anything in matters spiritual and ecclesiatical without her. And the act is a mark of her ecclesiatical power and authority in religious matters."
John Milner, a Roman Catholic Divine, to James Brown, a member of a Protestant Religious Society, Letter #11 in The End of Religious Controversy (New York: P. J. Kenedy) [After reviewing the history of the Sabbath from Creation through the life of Christ, Milner drew the following conclusion in his letter] -- "Yet with all of this weight of Scripture authority for keeping the Sabbath or seventh day holy, Protestants, of all denominations, make this a profane day and transfer the obligation of it to the first day of the week, or the Sunday. Now what authority have they for doing this? None at all, but the unwritten Word, or tradition of the Catholic church,..." (p. 89, Emphasis his)
p 7 -- SABBATH QUESTION AGITATION - 1889 - 1905 (CONTINUED)
CssR, Kansas City, MO, June 16, 1899 (Catholic) -- "I hereby offer
$1000, to anyone who can prove to me, from the Bible alone, that I am
bound, under pain of grievous sin, to keep Sunday holy."
from T. Enright, dated April 26, 1902 from Detroit, MI. (Catholic) --
"I still offer $1000 to any one who can prove to me, from the Bible
alone, that I am bound under pain of grievous sin, to keep Sunday holy.
We keep Sunday in obedience to the law of the Catholic Church. The church
made this law long after the Bible was written; hence the law is not in
the Bible. The Catholic church abolished not only the Sabbath, but all
the other Jewish Festivals."
from T. Enright, dated June, 1905 from St. Louis, MO. (Catholic) -- "I
have offered and still offer $1000 to any one who can prove to me from
the Bible alone, that I am bound, under grievous sin, to keep Sunday holy.
It was the Catholic Church which made the law obliging us to keep Sunday
holy. The church made this law long after the Bible was written. Hence
said law is not in the Bible. Christ, our Lord empowered his church to
make laws binding in conscience."
p 8 -- P. T. MEGAN'S PROTEST TO THE 1903 GC CONSTITUTION
1903 General Conference Bulletin, p. 150 -- P. T. Megan: I fully appreciate the gravity of this situation, and I have absolutely no intention of in any way filibustering or trying to use a little time in which to say nothing.
member of the minority of the Committee on Plans, and as a man, if I had
not been on the Committee on Plans at all, I am conscientiously opposed
to the proposed new constitution. I have always felt that the hardest
place that any man could be put in this life is to have to stand conscientiously
opposed to what the majority of his brethren believe to be right. To me
it has always appeared to be a much easier thing to stand in a position
of opposition to the world, and even to have to face a court of justice
in the world, for your faith, than to have to face your brethren for your
faith. And therefore I shall say to-day, as briefly and modestly as i
know how, what I have to say.
report expresses in a word the feelings which actuated the minority in
making the report, because we believe that the constitution proposed by
the majority of the committee appears to us to be so subversive of the
principles of organization given to us at the General Conferences of 1897
and 1901. Those principles were given to us by the Spirit of God. In my
judgment, and in the judgment of the minority of the committee, this constitution
is absolutely subversive of those principles.
The proposed new constitution reverses the reformatory steps that were
taken, and the principles which were given, and which were adopted as
the principles of reorganization, at the General Conferences of 1897 and
1901, and which were incorporated in the constitution of 1901.
I am not here for a moment to state that the constitution of 1901 is a
perfect one. To my mind, in many respects, it is very imperfect. To my
mind, in many respects it is very clumsily drawn. But I have learned this,
that all reforms come gradually; and in that constitution, clumsy though
you may call it, defective though you may mark it, there are principles
of reformation and reorganization for the head of this work which are
right; and those principles are absolutely subverted and swept aside in
the proposed new constitution.
be stated there is nothing in this new constitution which is not abundantly
safeguarded by the provisions of it; but I want to say to you that any
man who has ever read "Neandera History of the Christian Church,"
Mosheim's, or any of the other of the great church historians, - any man
who has ever read those histories can come to no other conclusion but
that the principles which are to be brought in through tthis proposed
constitution, and in the way in which they are brought in, are the same
principles, and introduced in precisely the same way, as they were hundreds
of years ago when the Papacy was made.
Further: This whole house must recognize this, before we are through with this discussion, that the proposed new constitution, whatever improvements may be claimed for it, whatever advantages it may be stated that it contains, that, in principle, as far as the head of the work is concerned, it goes back precisely where we were before the reformatory steps of two years ago. I do not deny for a moment but what improvements have been made in the distribution of administrative power. I am heartily in favor of all that has been done in regard to Union Conferences, but I say that, as far as the head of the thing is concerned, as far as the general administration of things is concerned, though not couched in the same words, though not hedged about with the same identical language, they are precisely the same principles which governed us up to two years ago; and that the moment you vote this constitution, which I do not believe you are ready to do, yet, when you understand this, the moment you vote it you vote yourselves right back where we were two years ago and before it.
Another point: It is a fact which I do not believe any one in this house
End of Part 1 of the manuscript available.