The Sabbath and sabbaths:

Of the Christian Sabbath and heathen sabbaths about to be listed;

(1.) which Sabbath is of the Lord's historical, penitent,
and openly Christian Seventh-day Adventists;

(2.) which sabbath is of Satan's historical, impenitent,
openly sinning, openly guilty, deceptive,
and openly heathen Babylonians, from without; and

(3.) which sabbath is of Satan's historical, impenitent,
openly more sinning, openly more guilty, more deceptive,
and openly heathen Laodiceans, from within:

(A.) Sabbath-keeping;
(B.) Sunday-keeping;
   (C.) Sabbath-polluting?

 

    "35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give thanks to Thy holy name, and glory in Thy praise." --- 1 Chronicles 16:35.

    "5 Behold ye among the heathen [i.e., here the word, 'among,' is translated from the Hebrew word, 'beyn' (pronounced: bane), which means: between; in; within; among], and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you." --- Habakkuk 1:5. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "38 And ye shall perish among the heathen [i.e., here the word, 'among,' is translated from the Hebrew word, 'tavek' (pronounced: taw'-vek), which means: between; through; within; in the middle of; in the midst of; among] . . . ." --- Leviticus 26:38. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4

    ". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., and/or aiding Satan, who is a robber or thief, the father of lies, the adversary of souls, the enemy of God and man, the master of deception, the archdeceiver, a liar, a murderer from the beginning, a destroyer, a false accuser of the TRUE brethren, a deceiver, a tormentor, a rebel, an apostate, and the secretly disguised god of this world and of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing sheep's clothing guise, in a professing religious guise, in a professing Christian guise, and/or in a professing Seventh day Adventist guise] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." --- 4T 87:2, "The Testing Process," written in 1876. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "Those who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word [i.e., thus, they are foolish and stony-ground 'hearers but not doers of the Word'], are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., and/or so then because thou art 'aiding the enemy,' which is exactly what the predictably and frequently misused, mishandled, misrepresented, misapplied, and thus obviously misunderstood term, 'lukewarm,' really means, as clearly seen in 4T 87:2, which was written in 1876, and which was already cited two Heaven-sent quotations immediately above], and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' [Revelation 3:15-16.] If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power [i.e., no Christian energy; no Christian influence; no Christian hold; no Christian strength; no Christian control; no Christian Inspiration; no third person of the Christian Godhead; no Christian Latter Rain; no Christian Holy Spirit; and/or no Christian 'power'] to lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "5 . . . . covetousness . . . is idolatry . . . ." --- Colossians 3:5.

    "God does not regard all sins as of equal magnitude; there are degrees of guilt in His estimation as well as in that of finite man. But however trifling this or that wrong in their course may seem in the eyes of men, no sin is small in the sight of God. The sins, which man is disposed to look upon as small, may be the very ones which God accounts as great crimes. The drunkard is despised and is told that his sin will exclude him from Heaven, while pride, selfishness, and covetousness go unrebuked. But these are sins that are especially offensive to God. He 'resisteth the proud' [James 4:6], and Paul tells us that covetousness is idolatry. Those who are familiar with the denunciations against idolatry in the Word of God will at once see how grave an offense this sin is." --- 5T 337:3, "Worldly Ambition," written in 1885. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "5. . . . covetousness . . . is idolatry . . . ." --- Colossians 3:5.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14.

    "6 For I am the Lord, I change not . . . ." --- Malachi 3:6.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14-15.

    "5. . . . covetousness . . . is idolatry . . . ." --- Colossians 3:5.

    "17 Thou shalt not covet . . . ." --- Exodus 20:17.

    "6 For I am the Lord, I change not . . . ." --- Malachi 3:6.

    "'Thou shalt not covet' [Exodus 20:17.] . . . .
    The tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, PROHIBITING the selfish desire [i.e., thus, please see this openly covetous 'desire' and/or this openly idolatrous 'desire' discussed more, just below], from which springs the sinful act. . . .
    . . . . The people desired [i.e., thus, please remember this openly covetous 'desire' and/or this openly idolatrous 'desire' discussed more, just above] some image to represent God . . . God had [i.e., thus, the unchangeable God still has] given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had [i.e., still has] PROHIBITED any material representation for such a PURPOSE. . . But . . . they TURNED BACK in their hearts to the idolatry of Egypt . . . ." --- PP 309:4-5, 316:1, "The Law Given to Israel," "Idolatry at Sinai," written in 1890. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    "The church has TURNED BACK from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt." --- 5T 217:2, "An Appeal," written in 1882; and, thus, part of the great "light of 1882" by which "the church" will be "found wanting," as clearly explained by God in Daniel 5:27 [5T 83:3-84:1, written in 1882]; Daniel 5:27 [8T 247:2, 249:2-250:1; Revelation 3:9, 14-22]; and Daniel 5:27 [i.e., and, thus, with Daniel 5:27, please see "subverted" and/or "perverted" in 7BC 961:2:3-4, or MS 33, 1894; and, according to the Greek, in Titus 3:10-11].

    " . . . . the idolatry of Egypt." --- PP 316:1, "Idolatry at Sinai," written in 1890.

    "5. . . . covetousness . . . is idolatry . . . ." --- Colossians 3:5.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "11 . . . . the gods . . . of the heathen . . . ." --- Zephaniah 2:11.

    "15 . . . . the idols of the heathen . . . ." --- Psalms 135:15.

    "26 . . . . all the gods of the people are idols . . . ." --- 1 Chronicles 16:26.
   
    "The Egyptians and other heathen nations had many strange gods [i.e., and/or 'idols' (1 Chronicles 16:26)] - - creatures of their own fanciful imagination." --- 2SAT 182:3, "The Giving of the Law;" or MS 126, December 10, 1901. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "The church has TURNED BACK from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt." --- 5T 217:2, "An Appeal," written in 1882; and, thus, part of the great "light of 1882" by which "the church" will be "found wanting," as clearly explained by God in Daniel 5:27 [5T 83:3-84:1, written in 1882]; Daniel 5:27 [8T 247:2, 249:2-250:1; Revelation 3:9, 14-22]; and Daniel 5:27 [i.e., and, thus, with Daniel 5:27, please see "subverted" and/or "perverted" in 7BC 961:2:3-4, or MS 33, 1894; and, according to the Greek, in Titus 3:10-11].

    "7 . . . . the idols of Egypt . . . ." --- Ezekiel 20:7.

    "12 . . . . the gods of Egypt . . . ." --- Exodus 12:12.

    "26 . . . . all the gods of the people are idols . . . ." --- 1 Chronicles 16:26.

    " . . . . the idolatry of Egypt." --- PP 316:1, "Idolatry at Sinai," written in 1890.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    " . . . . the idolatry of Egypt." --- PP 316:1, "Idolatry at Sinai," written in 1890.

    "Again, the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry by commanding Moses to say unto them, 'Ye shall not make with Me gods of silver [i.e., and/or ye shall not make with Me 'idols' of silver (1 Chronicles 16:26; ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3)], neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.' [Exodus 20:23.] They were in danger of imitating the example of the Egyptians [i.e., and/or they were in danger of imitating the example of the 'heathen' (2SAT 182:3, or MS 126, December 10, 1901; 5T 83:3-84:1, 160:3, 171:2-3, 217:1 2, written in 1882; 2SAT 182:3, or MS 126, December 10, 1901; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35)], and making to themselves images to represent God." --- ST May 6, 1880, "Giving of the Law;" or 1ST 154:2:12, 15. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    "Again, the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." --- ST May 6, 1880, "Giving of the Law;" or 1ST 154:2:15.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . the falsehood [i.e., and/or the false witness; and/or the lie] of idolatry." --- 1BC 1108:1:1, "Exodus," "Service of Altar Restored;" or MS 58, 1900. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "On the lips . . . most precious TRUTH was TURNED into a lie. The policy . . . was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism." --- DA 540:3, "Priestly Plottings," written in 1898. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "I wish to plead with our brethren who shall assemble at the General Conference to heed the message given to the Laodiceans. What a condition of blindness is theirs! This subject has been brought to your notice again and again, but your dissatisfaction with your spiritual condition has not been deep and painful enough to work reform. 'Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.' [Revelation 3:17.] The guilt of self-deception [i.e., thus, also, please see this 'self-deception' and more discussed in the very next Heaven-sent quotation cited immediately below] is upon our churches. The religious life of many is a lie [i.e., and/or (1.) the religious life of many is 'heathenism' (DA 540:3); and/or (2.) the religious life of many is the open 'falsehood of idolatry' (1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900)]." --- 16MR 108:1, "The Need for Love in the Church, and An Appeal to Heed the Message to the Laodiceans;" or Letter 19d, 1892. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    "Many are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception [i.e., thus, also, please remember this 'self-deception' and more discussed in the previous Heaven-sent quotation cited immediately above]. They clothe themselves in the garments of their own righteousness, imagining themselves to be rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, when they need daily to learn of Jesus, His meekness and lowliness, else they find themselves bankrupt, their whole life being a lie [i.e., and/or (1.) their whole life being 'heathenism' (DA 540:3); and/or (2.) their whole life being the open 'falsehood of idolatry' (1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900); and/or (3.) their whole life being under the historical, wickedly hoary with age and history, openly idolatrous and/or openly 'heathen,' and 'Laodicean' control of the historically impenitent, openly idolatrous and/or openly 'heathen,' and 'Laodicean' 'General Conference;' but, Satan's impenitent and openly 'heathen' 'Laodiceans,' from within, will predictably not see, nor understand, nor positively act upon these salvation-related matters nor upon other such matters; whereas, in 'DISTINCTION' from such 'heathen' ones, the Lord's penitent and openly 'Christian' Seventh-day Adventists will clearly see, will understand, and will positively act upon all of these salvation-related matters and many more such matters, because of Revelation 1:9; 2:9; 3:9, 14-22; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; TM 16:2; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 7BC 974:2:3, or RH April 14, 1896, or 3RH 350:1-2; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; Revelation 3:9; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; John 8:44; Exodus 20:16; 1BC 1108:1:1, or MS 58, 1900; Exodus 20:16; PP 309:2-3; Ezekiel 13:22; Revelation 3:9; DA 540:3; DA 258:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; DA 28:1, 29:2, 35:3-36:2, 258:1, 279:2-280:1, 280:3, 310:2, 397:3-398:4, 540:3; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; DA 540:3; 16MR 108:1, or Letter 19d, 1892; DA 540:3; 7BC 962:2:1, or Letter 66, 1894; 7BC 962:2:2, or MS 61, 1898; 7BC 961:2:3-4, or MS 33, 1894; 7BC 963, or MS 138, 1902; 7BC 963:2:4-5, or Letter 44, 1903; 7BC 966:2:4, or MS 139, 1903; 7BC 970:1:2, or Letter 164, 1909; 7BC 970:1:3, or MS 27, 1899; 7BC 970:1:6, or Letter 76, 1900; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; AA 248:4-249:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4; 1 Chronicles 16:35; AA 248:4-249:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; EW 48:2-50:3, 50:4-51:1, 66:3-67:1, 67:2, 269:1-2, 270:1, 270:2, 270:3, 270:4, 270:5-271:2, 271:3, 272:1-2, 272:3-273:1, written in 1882; 5T 83:3-84:1, written in 1882; EW 272:1-2, 272:3-273:1, written in 1882; 5T 83:3-84:1, written in 1882; EW 272:1-2, 272:3-273:1, written in 1882; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:1, 4; 1SM 357:1-2, 357:3-358:1, or RH July 23, 1889; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 6BC 1106:1:2, or RH August 25, 1885; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 3T 255:1; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:35; DA 540:3; Exodus 20:16; James 2:10; John 8:44; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4 (2 Chronicles 36:14; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Exodus 20:3; 1 Chronicles 16:26; PK 682:2; 1 Chronicles 16:26; 1T 296:2-297:2; 1 Chronicles 16:26; 1 John 5:21; 1 Chronicles 16:26; Ezekiel 20:15-16; 1 Chronicles 16:26; SD 57, or MS 2, 1893; ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2; SD 57, or MS 2, 1893; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; Ezekiel 11:12; 20:15-16; 1T 296:2-297:2; Ezekiel 11:12; 20:15-16; 1 Chronicles 16:26; SD 57, or MS 2, 1893; ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2; 1T 296:2-297:2; ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2; 5T 83:3-84:1, 213:3-214:2, written in 1882; ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2; 1SM 31:4-5, 31:6-32:3, 32:4 33:1, 48:4-5; ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2; 8T 247:2-249:1, 249:2, 249:3-250:1, written on April 20, 1903; Revelation 1:9; 2:9; 3:9, 14-22; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2; SD 57, or MS 2, 1893; 1 Chronicles 16:26; PK 682:2; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; PP 688:4-689:1, written in 1890; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; 1SAT 17:4, or MS 5, 1885; Matthew 15:9; Mark 7:7-8a; 5T 707:2; Mark 7:7-8a; Matthew 15:9; 1T 296:2-297:2; Matthew 15:9; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; PP 305:4-5, 305:6-306:1, 336:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; and James 2:10-19, 20-26)]. . . . .
    Only those who receive the SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. But there are many who take upon themselves responsibilities in connection with the work of God who are not wholehearted believers, and while they remain thus cannot receive the SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. They trust in their own righteousness, which the Lord accounts as foolishness.
   
Those who would have the SEAL OF GOD in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. This is what DISTINGUISHES them from the disloyal, who have accepted a man-made institution in the place of the TRUE Sabbath. The observance of God's rest day is the MARK of DISTINCTION between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not. . . .
    Many will not receive the SEAL OF GOD because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.
    The great mass of professing Christians will meet with BITTER disappointment IN THE DAY OF GOD. They have not upon their foreheads the SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness [i.e., and/or they grope in 'heathenism' (AA 248:4-249:1)] . . . ." --- 7BC 962:2:1, "Revelation," "Bankrupt!," or Letter 66, 1894; 7BC 970:1:2, "Revelation," "Passport to the Holy City," or Letter 164, 1909; 7BC 970:1:3, "Revelation," "The Mark of Distinction," or MS 27, 1899; 7BC 970:1:6, "Revelation," "The Seal and the Commandments," or Letter 76, 1900; and 7BC 970:1:7, "Revelation," "Bitter Disappointment in the Day of God," or Letter 121, 1903. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . groping in the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 248:4-249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "The prayer of faith is the great strength of the Christian and will assuredly prevail against Satan. This is why he insinuates that we have no need of prayer. The name of Jesus, our Advocate, he detests; and, when we earnestly come to Him for help, Satan's host is alarmed. It serves his PURPOSE well, if we neglect the exercise of prayer, for then his lying wonders [i.e., and/or for then his falsehoods of idolatry; and/or for then his heathenisms] are more readily received. . . His arts and devices [i.e., like the spiritually discernable and/or open 'idolatry of the heathen' (AA 239:2) is obviously one of Satan's 'arts and devices' (1T 296:2); and, therefore, the spiritually discernable and/or open 'idolatry of the heathen' (AA 239:2) is in and of itself heathenishly disguised but really open 'Satan' 'worship,' as defined in this present Heaven-sent quotation from 1T 296:2, and nobody needs to be literally praying to anything, nobody needs to be literally bowing down to anything, and nobody needs to be literally in a church building for this heathenishly disguised but really open 'Satan' 'worship' (1T 296:2) to be taking place; because, the spiritually discernable and/or open 'idolatry of the heathen' (AA 239:2), which includes the open 'idolatry' of Satan's impenitent and openly 'heathen' 'Laodiceans,' from within (ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; AA 238:4-239:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; and Acts 17:16, 29 31), is most definitely one of Satan's openly heathen 'arts and devices' (1T 296:2)] are received as from Heaven, and faith in the detector, the Bible, is destroyed in the minds of thousands. Satan here receives the worship which suits his Satanic majesty. Thousands are conversing with, and receiving instructions from, this demon-god and acting according to his teachings." --- 1T 296:2-297:1, "Philosophy and Vain Deceit," written in 1862. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . idolatry . . . is . . . demon worship." --- PP 685:5, "Ancient and Modern Sorcery," written in 1890.

    "Again, the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." --- ST May 6, 1880, "Giving of the Law;" or 1ST 154:2:15.

    "All idolatry is devil-worship." --- Historical SDA author unknown to this pastor at the present time; but, this quotation is from ST January 25, 1899, "The Blessing And The Curse;" or 4ST 15:3:3 [i.e., although this is not an Ellen G. White quotation; and, although the name of this historical, 1899, openly Christian, and openly Seventh-day Adventist author is unknown to this pastor at the present time; nevertheless, this 1899 quotation is indeed historical; salvation-related; heathenishly disguised but really open demon worship opposing, and/or heathenishly disguised but really open devil-worship opposing, and/or heathenishly disguised but really open Satan worship opposing, and/or heathenishly disguised but really open idolatry opposing, and/or heathenishly disguised but really open heathenism opposing, and/or heathenishly disguised but really open and heathen Laodiceanism opposing; openly Christian; and openly Seventh-day Adventist TRUTH].

    "Again, the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." --- ST May 6, 1880, "Giving of the Law;" or 1ST 154:2:15.

    "16 Now while Paul waited for them at Athens [i.e., thus if you wish, please see 'Athens' and/or the 'metropolis' of open 'heathendom,' and/or the 'metropolis' of open 'idolatry,' and/or the 'metropolis' of the open 'falsehood of idolatry,' and/or the 'metropolis' of the heathenishly disguised but really open and 'POPULAR worship of heathen deities;' and, also, please see the precise and Heaven-sent definition of exactly what 'graven images' are (AA 237:2), and see many more salvation-related matters in 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4 (1 Chronicles 16:35; ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; AA 238:4-239:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; 1BC 1108:1:1, or MS 58, 1900; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; 1T 296:2 297:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; Acts 17:16, 29-31; 2SAT 184:6, or 4BC 1145:1:7, or MS 126, December 10, 1901; Acts 17:16, 29-31; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; AA 238:4-239:2; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; AA 233:5 235:1, 237:2; Deuteronomy 4:12-16, 17-18; 6:14; 27:15; AA 237:2; Habakkuk 1:5; 2:18-19; 1911 GC 555:2, 680:1-2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; and James 2:10-19, 20-26)] his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. . . 29 Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. 30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because He hath appointed a DAY, in the which He will Judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead." --- Acts 17:16, 29-31. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "Again, the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God." --- ST May 6, 1880, "Giving of the Law;" or 1ST 154:2:15.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "11 . . . . the gods . . . of the heathen . . . ." --- Zephaniah 2:11.

    "15 . . . . the idols of the heathen . . . ." --- Psalms 135:15.

    "26 . . . . all the gods of the people are idols . . . ." --- 1 Chronicles 16:26.

    "In imitation of the gods of the heathen, images were made to represent Jehovah, and thus idolatry spread like a plague throughout the land." --- ST June 2, 1881, "The Angel's Reproof;" or 1ST 231:2:3.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . polluted the house of the Lord . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in My statutes, neither executed My Judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. . . .
    15 Yet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them [i.e., and/or, for us today, the 'antitypical land of promise' and/or God's Holy City is graciously discussed for the very real sake of your salvation and my salvation in God's clearly revealed Judgment and/or in God's clearly revealed Word in PP 688:4-689:1], flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 Because they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." --- Ezekiel 11:12; 20:15-16. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "The Sabbath of the fourth commandment is the TEST for this time, and all connected with this great memorial is to be kept before the people." --- Ev 213:3, "Sale Tests And Man Made Standards," "New and Strange Human Tests;" or Undated MS 111.

    "The Lord hath avouched thee this day to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His commandments. Deut. 26:18.
    God has a TEST for us; and, if we come up to the standard, we shall be a peculiar people. The Sabbath draws a SEPARATING line between us and the world, not faintly but in plain, DISTINCT colors. To those who have received the light of this TRUTH the Sabbath is a TEST; it is not a human requirement, but God's TEST. It is what will DISTINGUISH between those who serve God and those who serve Him not, and upon this point will come the LAST great conflict between TRUTH and error. All who profess to keep God's law should stand united in the sacred observance of His holy Sabbath." --- HP 150:1-2, "God's Test of Loyalty;" or MS 3, 1885.

    "12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in My statutes, neither executed My Judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. . . .
    15 Yet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them [i.e., and/or, thus, again, for us today, the 'antitypical land of promise' and/or God's Holy City is graciously discussed for the very real sake of your salvation and my salvation in God's clearly revealed Judgment and/or in God's clearly revealed Word in PP 688:4-689:1], flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 Because they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." --- Ezekiel 11:12; 20:15-16. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    Thus, (1.) since all "idols" and/or "gods" [1 Chronicles 16:26] heathenishly pollute God's "Sabbath" [Ezekiel 11:12; 20:15-16]; and (2.) since literal, classical, and highly visible "idols" and/or "gods" [1 Chronicles 16:26]: (A.) include any "PROHIBITED" [PP 316:1] and "dead" [Acts 17:16, 29-31] picture or so-called "likeness" [Exodus 20:4; 15MR 114:1-4, or Letter 145, September 8, 1899] "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" the living "Jehovah" [ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; ST May 6, 1880, or 1ST 154:2:15], (B.) include any "PROHIBITED" [PP 316:1] and "dead" [Acts 17:16, 29-31] statue or "graven image" [Exodus 20:4; AA 237:2] "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" the living "Jehovah" [ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; ST May 6, 1880, or 1ST 154:2:15], (C.) include any "PROHIBITED" [PP 316:1] and "dead" [Acts 17:16, 29-31] and so-called "similitude" [Deuteronomy 4:12-16, 17 18; 6:14; Malachi 3:6; PP 316:1] "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" the living "Jehovah" [ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; ST May 6, 1880, or 1ST 154:2:15], (D.) include any "PROHIBITED" [PP 316:1] and "dead" [Acts 17:16, 29-31] and "material representation" [PP 316:1] "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" the living "Jehovah" [ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; ST May 6, 1880, or 1ST 154:2:15], and/or (E.) include any "PROHIBITED" [PP 316:1] and "dead" [Acts 17:16, 29-31] "image" "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" the living "God" [ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154:2:15], and/or "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" any One of the living "Godhead" [ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; ST May 6, 1880, or 1ST 154:2:15; Acts 17:16, 29-31], and/or "made" to allegedly and TRULY "represent" the living "Jehovah" [ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; ST May 6, 1880, or 1ST 154:2:15], and thus always "made" to still knowingly or unknowingly cause open "heathenism" (AA 238:4 239:2], and/or historical and openly "heathen" Laodiceanism [ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50:1:4], and/or open "idolatry" to all "spread like a plague throughout the land" [ST June 2, 1881; or 1ST 231:2:3]; - - therefore, - - from another perspective in God's Word, what is yet one more definition of literal, classical, and highly visible "gods" and/or "idols" [1 Chronicles 16:26]?

    "Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." --- SD 57; or MS 2, 1893.

    Therefore, since all gods and/or idols pollute God's Sabbath; and since literal, classical, and highly visible gods and/or idols include "anything that diverts the mind from God" [SD 57; or MS 2, 1893 cited immediately above], - - what in reality diverts the mind from God, according to God's revealed Judgment, and/or according to the revealed language of Heaven, and/or according to God's revealed Word?

    "The human mind is naturally inclined to dwell upon the things which are seen and heard, and to neglect the things which are unseen. The Lord had done marvelous things for His people in the manifesting of His power as the only TRUE and living God; yet many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God [i.e., thus, please compare this sentence with the Heaven-sent definition of an 'idol' being 'anything that diverts the mind from God,' as clearly defined in SD 57, or MS 2, 1893, which was the previous Heaven-sent quotation cited earlier above, and which is also the next Heaven-sent quotation cited immediately below]." --- ST May 19, 1881, "Joshua's Farewell Address;" or 1ST 227:3:2. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol [i.e., thus, again, please compare this Heaven-sent phrase particularly with the last sentence of the previous Heaven-sent quotation, which was ST May 19, 1881, or 1ST 227:3:2, and which was just cited immediately above], and that is why there is so little power in the church today." --- SD 57; or MS 2, 1893. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "26 . . . . all the gods of the people are idols . . . ." --- 1 Chronicles 16:26.

    "15 . . . . the idols of the heathen . . . ." --- Psalms 135:15.

    "11 . . . . the gods . . . of the heathen . . . ." --- Zephaniah 2:11.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . polluted the house of the Lord . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "12 And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in My statutes, neither executed My Judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. . . .
    15 Yet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them [i.e., and/or, thus, again, for us today, the 'antitypical land of promise' and/or God's Holy City is graciously discussed for the very real sake of your salvation and my salvation in God's clearly revealed Judgment and/or in God's clearly revealed Word in PP 688:4-689:1], flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; 16 Because they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols." --- Ezekiel 11:12; 20:15-16. Bracketed pastoral note supplied. 

    "26 . . . . all the gods of the people are idols . . . ." --- 1 Chronicles 16:26.

    "15 . . . . the idols of the heathen . . . ." --- Psalms 135:15.

    "11 . . . . the gods . . . of the heathen . . . ." --- Zephaniah 2:11.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14.

    "6 For I am the Lord, I change not . . . ." --- Malachi 3:6.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14-15.

    "10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." --- James 2:10.

    "4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." --- 1 John 3:4.

    "We should never give sanction to sin by our words, or our deeds, our silence, or our presence." --- DA 152:3, "At the Marriage Feast," written in 1898.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    "At times, with burning earnestness and Words of terrible severity, Christ denounced the abominations [i.e., the 'heathen' 'abominations' (2 Chronicles 36:14)] that He saw in the church and in the world. He would not allow the people to be deceived by false claims to righteousness and SANCTITY." --- SpTB02:47:2, "Freedom In Christ," written on July 23, 1904. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    "MARK THIS POINT WITH CARE: Those who receive the pure MARK OF TRUTH [i.e., and/or those who receive the pure and salvation-related MARK OR SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD; and/or 'those who receive the pure MARK OF TRUTH'], wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a MARK by the man in linen, are those 'that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done' in the church [i.e., and/or, thus, are those that sigh and cry for all the openly idolatrous and/or openly 'heathen' 'abominations' that be done in the openly 'heathen' 'church of the Laodiceans,' as clearly seen in 2 Chronicles 36:14; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:1, 4 (1SM 357:1-358:1, or RH July 23, 1889; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 6BC 1106:1:2, or RH August 25, 1885; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 3T 255:1; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; Revelation 1:9; 2:9; 3:9, 14-22; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4, 1 Chronicles 16:35; Matthew 15:9; PP 305:4-5, 305:6-306:1, 336:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; 1BC 1108:1:1, or MS 58, 1900; Proverbs 12:22; 1BC 1108:1:1, or MS 58, 1900; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; and James 2:10-19, 20-26)]. [Ezekiel 9:4.]." --- 3T 267:1, "Testimonies for the Church," "The Laodicean Church," "Duty To Reprove Sin," written in 1873. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    "At times, with burning earnestness and Words of terrible severity, Christ denounced the abominations that He saw in the church and in the world [i.e., and/or, thus, 'Christ denounced' the openly idolatrous and/or openly 'heathen' 'abominations' that 'He saw' in the vastly historical, wickedly hoary with age and history, historically reoccurring, and openly 'heathen' 'church of the Laodiceans' and 'in the world,' as clearly seen in 2 Chronicles 36:14; SpTB02:47:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4 (4T 87:2, written in 1876; 3T 252:1-2, 254:2-255:1, 257:2-3, 265:2-266:2, 266:3-267:1, 267:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14; SpTB02:47:2-3; 2 Chronicles 36:14; 3T 266:3-267:1, 267:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 1 Chronicles 16:35; DA 258:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; DA 28:1, 29:2, 35:3-36:1, 36:2, 258:1, 279:2-280:1, 280:3; Revelation 3:9, 14-22; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; PK 682:2; 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; AA 248:4-249:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4; 1SM 357:1-2, 357:3-358:1, 406:1; 6T 146:1; 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; 6T 146:1; Ecclesiastes 3:15; RH April 20, 1897, or 3RH 458:1:3; DA 258:1; KC 153:4; 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; KC 153:4; DA 258:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; DA 28:1, 29:2, 35:3-36:1, 36:2, 258:1, 279:2-280:1, 280:3, 310:2, 397:3-398:4, 540:3, 733:1, 737:5-738:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; DA 258:1; and 1 Chronicles 16:35)]. He would not allow the people to be deceived by false claims to righteousness and SANCTITY.
    We are to unify, but not on a platform of error." --- SpTB02:47:2-3, "Freedom In Christ," written on July 23, 1904. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "14 . . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . ." --- 2 Chronicles 36:14.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "The great mass of professing Christians will meet with BITTER disappointment IN THE DAY OF GOD. They have not upon their foreheads the SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness [i.e., and/or they grope in 'heathenism' (AA 248:4-249:1), as clearly seen in the next six Heaven-sent quotations, and in more from God's eternal, predictably neglected, and yet graciously revealed Word and/or revealed Judgement] . . . ." --- 7BC 970:1:7, "Revelation," "Bitter Disappointment in the Day of God;" or Letter 121, 1903. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . groping in the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 248:4-249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . groping in the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 248:4-249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "God's work in the earth in these LAST days is to reflect the light that Christ brought into the world. This light is to dissipate the gross darkness of ages [i.e., and/or this light is to dissipate the gross 'heathenism' of ages (AA 249:1); and/or thus this light is to dissipate (1.) the gross, openly 'heathen,' and 'enemy'-'aiding' or 'lukewarm' Laodiceanism of ages with its openly 'heathen' 'form of godliness' in the 'perilous times' of these 'LAST days,' which is in direct contrast with, in direct opposition to, and in heathenishly 'wicked' 'DISTINCTION' from (2.) rightful and openly 'Christian' Seventh-day Adventism, as clearly seen in 1 Chronicles 16:35; AA 248:4-249:1; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903 (AA 248:4-249:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; Daniel 3:18; 5:4, 23b-27; 12:4, 10; Daniel 5:27; 8T 247:2, 249:2, 249:3-250:1; Revelation 3:9, 14-22; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; TM 16:2; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; ST November 7, 1895, or 3ST 251; ST December 5, 1895, or 3ST 257; 1 Chronicles 16:35; 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 6-13; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4; and 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 6-13)]. Men and women in heathen darkness are to be reached by those who at one time were in a similar condition of ignorance, but who have received the knowledge of the TRUTH of God's Word." --- SpTB11:27:3, "A Missionary Education," written on February 24, 1907. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . groping in the darkness of heathenism . . . ." --- AA 248:4-249:1, "Corinth," written in 1911.

    "The light of God in nature is shining continually into the darkness of heathenism, but many who see this light do not glorify [i.e., do not honor] the Lord as God. They do not permit reason to lead them to acknowledge their Creator. They refuse the Lord, and set up senseless idols to adore [i.e., and/or they refuse the Lord, and set up senseless 'gods' to adore, as clearly seen in 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4 (1 Chronicles 16:35; ST June 2, 1881, or 1ST 231:2:3; 1 Chronicles 16:26; PK 682:2; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; and 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903)]. They make images which represent God . . . ." --- ST August 12, 1899, "The Gospel for Both Jews and Gentiles;" or 2ST 311:2:2. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    "To make an image of God dishonors Him." --- 2SAT 184:6, "The Giving of the Law;" or 4BC 1145:1:7; or MS 126, December 10, 1901.

    "The . . . heathen . . . dishonor Him . . . ." --- 5T 196:2, written in 1882; and, thus, part of the great "light of 1882" by which "the church" will be "found wanting," as clearly explained by God in Daniel 5:27 [5T 83:3-84:1, written in 1882]; Daniel 5:27 [8T 247:2, 249:2-250:1; Revelation 3:9, 14-22]; and Daniel 5:27 [i.e., and, thus, with Daniel 5:27, please see "subverted" and/or "perverted" in 7BC 961:2:3-4, or MS 33, 1894; and, according to the Greek, in Titus 3:10-11]. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "Those who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word [i.e., thus, again, they are foolish and stony-ground 'hearers but not doers of the Word'], are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., and/or so then because thou art 'aiding the enemy,' which is precisely what the predictably and frequently misused, mishandled, misrepresented, misapplied, and thus obviously misunderstood term, 'lukewarm,' really means, as clearly seen in 4T 87:2, which was written in 1876, and which was already cited earlier in this study], and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' [Revelation 3:15-16.] If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power [i.e., no Christian energy; no Christian influence; no Christian hold; no Christian strength; no Christian control; no Christian Inspiration; no third person of the Christian Godhead; no Christian Latter Rain; no Christian Holy Spirit; and/or no Christian 'power'] to lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "God can be no power [i.e., no Christian energy; no Christian influence; no Christian hold; no Christian strength; no Christian control; no Christian Inspiration; no third person of the Christian Godhead; no Christian Latter Rain; no Christian Holy Spirit; and/or no Christian 'power'] to lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "The message to the Laodicean church is applicable to our condition. How plainly is pictured the position of those who think they have all the TRUTH, who take pride in their knowledge of the Word of God, while its SANCTIFYING power [i.e., and/or 'while its SANCTIFYING' and Christian energy; Christian influence; Christian hold; Christian strength; Christian control; Christian Inspiration; third person of the Christian Godhead; Christian Latter Rain; Christian Holy Spirit; and/or Christian 'power'] has not been felt in their lives. The fervor of the love of God is wanting in their hearts . . . .
    The TRUE Witness says of a cold, lifeless, Christless church [i.e., and/or the TRUE Witness says of a cold, lifeless, highly visible false christ god of ancient and present-day heathenism promoting, and/or 'Christless church'], 'I know thy works [i.e., I know thy Laodicean, and/or thus enemy-aiding or lukewarm, and/or thus Sabbath-polluting, and/or thus idolatrous, and/or therefore heathen works], that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., and/or so then because thou art 'aiding' Satan; who is the secretly disguised and heathen god of this world, of ancient and present-day heathenism, and of historical and openly heathen Laodiceanism, from within; and/or so then because thou art 'aiding the enemy' or 'lukewarm' (4T 87:2, written in 1876)], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth' (Revelation 3:15, 16)." --- 1SM 357:1-2, "Christ Our Righteousness Presented as Old Truth in New Framework," "The Laodicean Message;" or RH July 23, 1889. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., and/or aiding Satan, who is a robber or thief, the father of lies, a liar, a murderer from the beginning, a destroyer, a false accuser of the TRUE brethren, a deceiver, a tormentor, a rebel, an apostate, and the secretly disguised god of this world and of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing sheep's clothing guise, in a professing religious guise, in a professing Christian guise, and/or in a professing Seventh day Adventist guise] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." --- 4T 87:2, "The Testing Process," written in 1876. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "God can be no power [i.e., no Christian energy; no Christian influence; no Christian hold; no Christian strength; no Christian control; no Christian Inspiration; no third person of the Christian Godhead; no Christian Latter Rain; no Christian Holy Spirit; and/or no Christian 'power'] to lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., and/or aiding Satan, who is a robber or thief, the father of lies, a liar, a murderer from the beginning, a destroyer, a false accuser of the TRUE brethren, a deceiver, a tormentor, a rebel, an apostate, and the secretly disguised god of this world and of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing sheep's clothing guise, in a professing religious guise, in a professing Christian guise, and/or in a professing Seventh day Adventist guise] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." --- 4T 87:2, "The Testing Process," written in 1876. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "Satan gives his power [i.e., and/or 'Satan gives his' heathen, spiritualistic, sorcery based, witchcraft-based, and/or bewitching energy; strength; Satanic inspiration; entrancing charm; hypnotic enchantment; beguilement that takes possession; counterfeit latter rain; the third person of his heathen godhead or the heathen goddess, who represents Satan's heathen power or spirit over a people, and whose festival or 'appointed holiday' is 'Easter' (i.e., see FE 320:4-321:1; 1888 GC 386:4-387:1; 1T 296:2-297:2), which is a name derived from her heathen and Anglo-Saxon name of 'Eastre' (i.e., see Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, 1976 edition, pages 405-406 on 'Easter;' or the 1976 edition of 10BC 405 406), and thus 'Easter' is also described by the sure Word of the Testimony of Jesus as being part of the openly heathen 'old trick of Satan' (i.e., see 1888 GC 386:4-387:1), who is the idolatrous and heathen god of this world and of ancient and present-day heathenism; heathen hold; heathen control; heathen influence; heathen spirit; and/or heathen 'power'] to those who are aiding him [i.e., thus, also, please remember that 'aiding the enemy' is the very Heaven-sent definition of the term, 'lukewarm,' just as we have already clearly and repeatedly seen from the all-knowing and unchangeable Lord God's definition of the term, 'lukewarm,' in 4T 87:2, which was written in 1876, and which is cited immediately above and below] in his deceptions; therefore those who claim to have the great power of God can only be discerned by the great detector, the law of Jehovah. The Lord tells us if it were possible they would deceive the very elect. The sheep's clothing seems so real, so genuine, that the wolf can be discerned only as we go to God's great moral standard and there find that they are transgressors [i.e., there find that they are open sinners; and/or there find that they are open 'transgressors'] of the law of Jehovah." --- 6BC 1106:1:2, "2 Corinthians," "An Unfailing Test;" or RH August 25, 1885. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., and/or aiding Satan, who is a robber or thief, the father of lies, a liar, a murderer from the beginning, a destroyer, a false accuser of the TRUE brethren, a deceiver, a tormentor, a rebel, an apostate, and the secretly disguised god of this world and of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing sheep's clothing guise, in a professing religious guise, in a professing Christian guise, and/or in a professing Seventh day Adventist guise] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." --- 4T 87:2, "The Testing Process," written in 1876. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "The TRUE Witness condemns the lukewarm condition of the people of God [i.e., and/or the TRUE Witness condemns the 'lukewarm' 'condition,' and/or the 'aiding the enemy' 'condition,' and/or the 'aiding' 'Satan' 'condition,' and/or the 'aiding' the idolatrous or heathen 'god of this world' 'condition' of the merely 'professed' 'people of God' (i.e., see 4T 87:2, written in 1876; 3T 252:1-2, 254:2-255:1, 257:2-3, 265:2-266:2, 266:3-267:1, 267:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14; SpTB02:47:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14; 3T 266:3-267:1, 267:2; 2 Chronicles 36:14; SpTB02:47:2-3; 2 Chronicles 36:14; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:4; 4T 87:2, written in 1876; and PK 682:2)], which gives Satan great power over them in this waiting, watching time [i.e., and/or 'which gives Satan great' heathen, spiritualistic, sorcery-based, witchcraft based, and/or bewitching energy; strength; Satanic inspiration; entrancing charm; hypnotic enchantment; beguilement that takes possession; counterfeit latter rain; the third person of his heathen godhead or the heathen goddess, who represents Satan's heathen power or spirit over a people, and whose festival or 'appointed holiday' is 'Easter' (i.e., see FE 320:4 321:1; 1888 GC 386:4-387:1; 1T 296:2-297:2), which is a name derived from her heathen and Anglo-Saxon name of 'Eastre' (i.e., see Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, 1976 edition, pages 405-406 on 'Easter;' or the 1976 edition of 10BC 405-406), and thus 'Easter' is also understandably described by the sure Word of the Testimony of Jesus as being part of the openly heathen 'old trick of Satan' (i.e., see 1888 GC 386:4-387:1), who is the idolatrous and heathen 'god of this world' (PK 682:2) and of ancient and present-day heathenism; heathen hold; heathen control; heathen influence; heathen spirit; and/or heathen 'power over them in this waiting, watching time']." --- 3T 255:1, "Testimony for the Church," "The Laodicean Church," written in 1873. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., and/or aiding Satan, who is a robber or thief, the father of lies, a liar, a murderer from the beginning, a destroyer, a false accuser of the TRUE brethren, a deceiver, a tormentor, a rebel, an apostate, and the secretly disguised god of this world and of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing sheep's clothing guise, in a professing religious guise, in a professing Christian guise, and/or in a professing Seventh day Adventist guise] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." --- 4T 87:2, "The Testing Process," written in 1876. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "Multitudes will exult [i.e., are now exulting] that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit [i.e., and/or 'when the work is that of another' Satanic, heathen, spiritualistic, sorcery-based, witchcraft-based, and/or bewitching energy; hold; strength; Satanic inspiration; entrancing charm; hypnotic enchantment; beguilement that takes possession; counterfeit latter rain; the third person of his heathen godhead or the heathen goddess, who represents Satan's heathen power or spirit over a people, and whose festival or 'appointed holiday' is 'Easter' (i.e., see FE 320:4-321:1; 1888 GC 386:4 387:1; 1T 296:2-297:2), which is a name derived from her heathen and Anglo-Saxon name of 'Eastre' (i.e., see Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia, 1976 edition, pages 405-406 on 'Easter;' or the 1976 edition of 10BC 405-406), and thus 'Easter' is also understandably described by the sure Word of the Testimony of Jesus as being part of the openly heathen 'old trick of Satan' (i.e., see 1888 GC 386:4-387:1), who is the idolatrous and heathen 'god of this world' (PK 682:2) and of ancient and present-day heathenism; heathen hold; heathen control; heathen influence; heathen power; and/or heathen 'spirit']. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek [i.e., has now already sought] to extend [i.e., has now already extended] his influence over the Christian world. [1911 GC 464:2.]. . . .
    . . . . It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival [i.e., a TRUE, Christian, and Seventh-day Adventist 'revival'] of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people. 'Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.' Jeremiah 6:16. [1911 GC 478:4.]. . . .
    As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been SANCTIFIED through obedience to the TRUTH [i.e., and/or 'as the storm approaches, a large;' worldly; religiously disguised, but spiritually discernable; and/or open Sabbath-polluting excusing and supporting; and/or literal, classical, highly visible, and open idolatry excusing and supporting; and/or openly heathen; Satan-aiding, or enemy-aiding, or lukewarm; and Laodicean 'class who have professed faith in the third angel's message, but have not been SANCTIFIED through obedience to the TRUTH'], abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with the world and partaking of its spirit [i.e., and/or 'by uniting with the world and partaking of its' worldly, and/or spiritually discernable, and/or open idolatry promoting, and/or openly heathen, and/or openly bewitching control, influence, hold, the third person of Satan's heathen godhead, counterfeit latter rain, power, and/or 'spirit'] they have come to view matters in nearly the same light [i.e., and/or they have come to view matters in nearly the same worldly, spiritually discernable, and/or openly 'heathen,' and/or openly 'subverted,' and/or openly 'perverted' 'light,' just as this salvation-related matter and many more such matters are clearly seen in Titus 3:10-11 (7BC 961:2:3, or MS 33, 1894; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; AA 248:4 249:1; 1 Chronicles 16:35; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50:1:3-4; 1 Chronicles 16:35; 1SAT 17:4, or MS 5, 1885; Matthew 15:9; 1T 296:2-297:2; Matthew 15:9; 1 Chronicles 16:26, 35; PP 305:4-5, 305:6-306:1, 336:2; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; Malachi 3:6; 1 Corinthians 10:14-15; and James 2:10-19, 20-26)]; and, when the TEST is brought, they are prepared to choose the easy, POPULAR side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced in the TRUTH, employ their powers [i.e., employ their Satanic and heathen 'powers'] to deceive and mislead souls. They become the most BITTER enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and, by false reports and insinuations, to stir up the rulers against them. [1911 GC 608:2.]. . . .
    As the crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ. [1911 GC 624:2.]." --- 1911 GC 464:2, 478:4, 608:2, 624:2, "Modern Revivals," "The Final Warning," "The Time of Trouble," written in 1911. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    ". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., and/or aiding Satan, who is a robber or thief, the father of lies, a liar, a murderer from the beginning, a destroyer, a false accuser of the TRUE brethren, a deceiver, a tormentor, a rebel, an apostate, and the secretly disguised god of this world and of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing sheep's clothing guise, in a professing religious guise, in a professing Christian guise, and/or in a professing Seventh day Adventist guise] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." --- 4T 87:2, "The Testing Process," written in 1876. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14.

    "6 For I am the Lord, I change not . . . ." --- Malachi 3:6.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14-15.

    ". . . . the falsehood [i.e., and/or the false plans; and/or the false way] of idolatry." --- 1BC 1108:1:1, "Exodus," "Service of Altar Restored;" or MS 58, 1900. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "Every false way is a deception; and, if sustained, will in the end bring destruction. Thus, the Lord permits those who maintain false plans to be destroyed. At the very time when praise and adulation is heard, sudden destruction comes. There are those who, notwithstanding they know of the reproof received by others, because of unfaithfulness, TURN AWAY from admonition. These are doubly guilty. They knew the Lord's will and did it not. Their punishment will be proportionate to their guilt. They would not take heed to the Word of the Lord." --- KC 106:2, "The Kress Collection," written on January 22, 1900.

    ". . . . punishment will be proportionate to . . . guilt [i.e., thus, please see 'punishment,' 'guilt,' God's predictably and heathenishly neglected 'principle of Justice,' 'measure of responsibility,' and more discussed immediately below]. " --- KC 106:2, "The Kress Collection," written on January 22, 1900. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    "Justice requires that man shall have light, and it also requires that he who refuses to walk in this Heaven-sent light, the giving of which cost the death of the Son of God, shall receive punishment. It is a principle of Justice that the guilt of the sinner is proportionate to the knowledge given him, but not used, or used in a wrong way. . . .
    Christ came that we might have life, and that we might have it 'more abundantly.' [John 10:10.] God expects human beings to accept His Son as the propitiation for sin, and to receive into their lives the TRUTHS He came to bring. Those who are overcome in the struggle with sin are without excuse, for the Saviour offers to all power that will enable them to overcome the evil that assails them.
    If God had failed to act His part, if He had given human beings any reason for neglecting the great salvation offered them, man might plead ignorance as a valid excuse. But He has made the way plain. When has He required any one to do anything without giving him full directions as to what He requires him to do? God would have all men to be saved. He communicates to all a knowledge of His will, that each may say, I know what the Lord desires me to do.
    To some is given greater light than to others. Each will be Judged by the light given him. The degree of light bestowed is the measure of responsibility [i.e., and/or, thus, in comparing heathen Laodiceans with heathen Babylonians, (1.) Satan's historical, eternal life-threatening, openly more sinning, impenitent, openly more 'guilty' before God and thus soon to receive comparatively greater 'punishment' unto eternal death or unto the second death by an offended 'God' (ST May 27, 1903, or 4ST 291; KC 106:2), open idolatry even more deceptively promoting and supporting, and thus open Sabbath-polluting or yet another Satanic and counterfeit sabbath and man-made institution of open heathenism even more deceptively promoting and supporting, and therefore openly heathen Laodiceans, from within, who have a comparatively greater 'measure of responsibility' to 'God' (ST May 27, 1903, or 4ST 291) in the day of Judgment for the greater light in both the Bible and the Heaven-sent writings of Ellen G. White, and therefore to heathen Laodiceans is given greater light and thus a greater responsibility to God than to (2.) Satan's historical, eternal-life threatening, openly sinning, impenitent, openly less 'guilty' before God and thus soon to receive comparatively less 'punishment' unto eternal death or unto the second death by an offended 'God' (ST May 27, 1903, or 4ST 291; KC 106:2), open idolatry deceptively promoting and supporting, and also open Sunday-keeping or a Satanic and counterfeit sabbath and man-made institution of open heathenism deceptively promoting and supporting, and therefore openly heathen Babylonians, from without, who have comparatively less of a 'measure of responsibility' to 'God' (ST May 27, 1903, or 4ST 291) in the Judgement for the light in the Bible; but, unlike the openly heathen Laodiceans, the openly heathen Babylonians are not responsible to God in the day of Judgment for the Heaven-sent writings of Ellen G. White]." --- ST May 27, 1903, "Man's Responsibility;" or 4ST 291. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . the falsehood [i.e., and/or the false way; and/or the false plans] of idolatry." --- 1BC 1108:1:1, "Exodus," "Service of Altar Restored;" or MS 58, 1900. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1899, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." --- 1 John 3:4.

    "We should never give sanction to sin by our words, or our deeds, our silence, or our presence." --- DA 152:3, "At the Marriage Feast," written in 1898.

    "Sins of ignorance call not for excuse but for repentance." --- ST July 22, 1880, "Special Requirements," "The Sin Of Ignorance;" or 1ST 172:3:6.

    "Bible SANCTIFICATION does not consist in strong emotion. Here is where many are led into error. They make feelings their criterion. When they feel elated or happy, they claim that they are SANCTIFIED. Happy feelings or the absence of joy is no evidence that a person is or is not SANCTIFIED. There is no such thing as instantaneous SANCTIFICATION. TRUE SANCTIFICATION is a daily work, continuing as long as life shall last. Those who are battling with daily temptations, overcoming their own sinful tendencies, and seeking for holiness of heart and life, make no boastful claims of holiness [i.e., and/or, thus, make no boastful claims of being the TRUE church and/or the remnant on this side of the Judgment of God]. They are hungering and thirsting for righteousness. Sin appears to them exceedingly sinful. . . .
    The most precious fruit of SANCTIFICATION is the grace of meekness. When this grace presides in the soul, the disposition is molded by its influence. There is a continual waiting upon God, and a submission of the will to His [i.e., thus, please remember, that TRUE 'meekness' consists of (1.) 'a continual waiting upon God,' and (2.) 'a submission of the will to His' (SL 14:2-15:1)]. The understanding grasps every divine TRUTH, and the will bows to every divine precept, without doubting or murmuring. TRUE meekness [i.e., thus, not (1.) Satan's openly heathen, Laodicean, counterfeit, and false meekness; which promotes and encourages effeminate behavior in men, and, then, falsely calls this meekness; and which also promotes and encourages many more wicked ideas among people, and, then, also falsely calls these meekness; but, instead, (2.) the Lord's openly Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, genuine, and 'TRUE meekness'] softens and subdues the heart, and gives the mind a fitness for the ingrafted Word. It brings the thoughts [i.e., thus, when it comes to the sin of 'idolatry' and/or to the sin of heathenism, please remember what we are 'not to think,' as clearly described by the Testimony of Jesus through the apostle Paul in Acts 17:16, 29 31] into obedience to Jesus Christ. It opens the heart to the Word of God, as Lydia's was opened. It places us with Mary as learners at the feet of Jesus. 'The meek will He guide in judgment, and the meek will He teach His way.' [Psalms 25:9.]." --- SL 10:2, 14:2-15:1, "True and False Theories Contrasted," "Substituting Feeling for Reason," "Meekness a Fruit of the Spirit," which was copyrighted in 1937, but which was originally written on January 18, 1881; or RH January 18, 1881, "Sanctification," or 1RH 251:3:2, 252:1:6;. Bracketed pastoral notes supplied.

    "Pleasing or unpleasing to human nature, faithfulness, vigilance, and boldness must be exercised, or sin will triumph over righteousness. A failure to see and sense the wants of the cause for this time, and to reprove sin, is called by some, meekness [i.e., and/or, thus, 'a failure' (1.) 'to see and sense the wants of the cause for this time,' and (2.) 'to reprove sin,' 'is called by some' of Satan's great mass of openly sinning, impenitent, openly Sabbath polluting, and thus openly idolatrous, and therefore openly heathen Laodiceans, 'meekness']; God calls it unfaithfulness, and spiritual sloth. . . .
    . . . . Idolatry in various forms
is at home in our midst." --- PH043:10, 12, "The Judgment," written in 1879; or "Ellen G. White Pamphlets In The Concordance," Volume 1, "The Judgement," pages 479:2:2 and 480:2:2, which was a Testimony from the Spirit of the Lord given on the morning of October 23, 1879, at about two o'clock. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    ". . . . heathen . . . worse than dead . . . lukewarm Laodiceans." --- ST August 2, 1890, "The Two Great Principles of the Law;" or 4ST 50:1:4.

    "In imitation of the gods [i.e., and/or in imitation of the 'idols' (1 Chronicles 16:26)] of the heathen, images were made to represent Jehovah, and thus idolatry spread like a plague throughout the land." --- ST June 2, 1881, "The Angel's Reproof;" or 1ST 231:2:3. Bracketed pastoral note supplied.

    ". . . . the idolatry of the heathen . . . ." --- AA 239:2, "Berea and Athens," written in 1911.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14.

    "6 For I am the Lord, I change not . . . ." --- Malachi 3:6.

    "14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, FLEE from idolatry. 15 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say." --- 1 Corinthians 10:14-15.

    "15 If ye love Me, keep My commandments." --- John 14:15.

    And therefore so very much more . . . . . . .

Your brother and friend in Christ,


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