The heathen threat from within - #2.

Restoring

the first, second, and fourth commandments of God;

God’s true revival of primitive faith and godliness;

and the true worship of God,

which the heathen have made void.


cccOur Father in Heaven, we pray that You help people not to perish and not to be lost, because of the openly heathen threat from within; but, to be able to especially discern and to literally see the impenitent heathen within. Therefore, we ask for Your power or Spirit to bless the restoration of Your commandments, which have been made void by heathen teachers. This petition includes a present request for Your blessing upon this study, as this study seeks to begin restoring: (1.) Your first, second, and fourth commandments; (2.) Your true revival of primitive faith and godliness; and (3.) Your true worship - - which have all been made void by the heathen. Most of all, may Your will be done in all these matters. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

ccc“And ye shall perish among the heathen . . . .” — Leviticus 26:38.

ccc“Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen . . . .
cccIt is time for Thee, Lord, to work: for they have made void Thy law. . . Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and Thy law is the truth. . . My tongue shall speak of Thy Word: for all Thy commandments are righteousness.” — Psalms 106:47; 119:126, 142, 172.

ccc“It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a [true] revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people.” — GC 478, written in 1888.

ccc“Among the heathen . . . ye shall serve gods.” — Deuteronomy 4:27, 28.

ccc“And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” — Micah 5:15.

cccThus, please see God's warning about the heathen, worse than dead, fraudulent or not genuine, lukewarm Laodiceans and/or the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans, as follows to the end of this study:

ccc“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, 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, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit [i.e., by His true power; by His true Latter Rain]. 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 Holy Spirit; no Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans.” — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.

ccc“Among the heathen . . . ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.” — Deuteronomy 4:27, 28.

ccc“ . . . . the gods of the heathen . . .” — PP 336:2, written in 1890.

ccc“All the gods of the people are idols.” — 1 Chronicles 16:26.

ccc“The . . . gods [i.e., idols] . . . of the heathen.” — Zephaniah 2:11.

ccc“. . . the abominations of the heathen . . .” — 2 Kings 16:3.

ccc“Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord . . .” — 2 Chronicles 36:14.

ccc“He said also unto me [i.e., the true Lord Jesus Christ said unto the true prophet Ezekiel], Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then He brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house [i.e., of the Lord's professed house] which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz [i.e., Tammuz was and is the visible false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism in a professing religious guise; and/or Tammuz was and is the heathen, dead, deified common man or so-called hero of ancient and modern heathenism in a professing religious guise; and/or Tammuz was and is the visible representation of Satan claiming that he is Christ Himself or that he is God in these last days; and/or Tammuz was and is a visible abomination of ancient and modern heathenism in a professing religious guise]. . . Then He said unto me [i.e., then the true Lord Jesus Christ said unto the true prophet Ezekiel], Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah [i.e., to the professed people of God] that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke Me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose [i.e., in this context, the expression: 'they put the branch to their nose' is a Hebrew idiom or saying, which means they are as those who mock the God of Heaven]. . . .
cccAnd 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. . . .
cccAgain the Word of the Lord came unto me [i.e., came unto the true prophet Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations . . . .
cccBecause they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., after their visible, heathen, false gods]. . .
cccThus Ezekiel is unto you a sign [i.e., a true sign]: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. . .
cccThe Word of the Lord came again unto me [i.e., came again unto the true prophet Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.” — Ezekiel 8:13-14; 11:12; 16:1-2; 20:16; 24:24; 30:1-3.
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cccccc“They [i.e., the impenitent heathen] drank wine, and praised the gods [i.e., praised the idols] of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.” — Daniel 5:4.

ccc“They . . . were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works [i.e., see this 'work' discussed in the next three quotes and more below]. And they served their idols [i.e., their gods]: which were a snare unto them.” — Psalms 106:34, 35-36.
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ccc“The principle that man can save himself by his own works lay at the foundation of every heathen religion . . . .” — DA 35, written in 1898.
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ccc“Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased. Their idols [i.e., their gods] are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat [i.e., thus, they are not alive; they are visible, but dead]. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” — Psalms 115:2-8.
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ccc“The idols [i.e., the gods] of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; They have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths [i.e., thus, they are not alive; they are visible, but dead]. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.” — Psalms 135:15-18.
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ccc“The light of God in nature is shining continually into the darkness of heathenism, but many who see this light do not glorify 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 [i.e., senseless gods] to adore. They make images which represent God . . . .” — ST August 12, 1889; or 2ST 311.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“The . . . heathen . . . dishonor Him . . .” — 5T 196:2, written in 1882.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“How my heart has been grieved as I have seen, in galleries of art, pictures representing Christ.” — 3MR 85; or MS 42, 1886.
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ccc“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.” — Acts 17:29.
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ccc“His arts and devices [i.e., Satan's or the enemies' arts and devices] 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, written in 1862.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., the heathen god's object; the enemies' object] is to dishonor God . . .” — 5T 295, written in 1885.
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ccc“ . . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class.” — 4T 87, written in 1876.
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ccc“Lukewarm [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan] and halfhearted, they dishonor God [i.e., please see below] far more than the avowed unbeliever.” — 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“True love seeks first the honor of God and the salvation of souls.” — PK 141, written in 1915.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“The angel with the writer's ink-horn by his side will not put the seal of God upon any . . . who . . . dishonors . . . God.” — SSW October 1, 1885.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“The work that is done to the honor and glory of God will bear the seal of God.” — Ev 329; or Letter 153, 1903.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. . . .
cccMany will not receive the seal of God because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.
cccThe 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 [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, who was and is Baal, Belial, Beelzebub, the beast power, the dragon, the prince of darkness, the demon-god, the master of deception, the god of this world, the father of lies, the false father god, the counterfeit power or unholy spirit deity, and the false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism] and halfhearted, they dishonor God [i.e., please remember the previous quotation above] far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness [i.e., thus, please see this 'darkness' of heathenism discussed more to the end of this study] . . . .” — 7BC 970:1:2, or Letter 164, 1909; 7BC 970:1:6, or Letter 76, 1900; and 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903.
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ccc“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. 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 of God's Word.” — SpTB11:27:3, written in 1907.
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ccc“The light of God is ever shining amid the darkness of heathenism.” — DA 59, written in 1898.
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ccc“But there is no union between the Prince of light and the prince of darkness, and there can be no union between their followers. When Christians consented to unite with those who were but half converted from paganism [i.e., and/or when Christians consented to unite with those who were but half converted from Laodiceanism or open heathenism], they entered upon a path which led farther and farther from the truth.” — GC 44-45, written in 1888.
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ccc“The light of God in nature is shining continually into the darkness of heathenism, but many who see this light do not glorify 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 [i.e., senseless gods] to adore. They make images which represent God and worship His created works [i.e., worship stone; wood; paper; gold; silver; bronze; brass; iron; paint; ink; charcoal; lead pencil; felt; or some other visible, dead, material objects or created works] as a partial acknowledgment of Him, but they dishonor Him in their hearts.” — ST August 12, 1889; or 2ST 311.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“Any habit or practice that would lead into sin, and bring dishonor upon Christ, would better be put away, whatever the sacrifice. That which dishonors God cannot benefit the soul.” — DA 439:2, “Who Is the Greatest?,” written in 1898.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“Thou shalt not make . . .” — Exodus 20:4.
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ccc“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” — Proverbs 28:9.
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ccc“The first and second commandments spoken by Jehovah are precepts against idolatry. This sin if practiced, would lead men to great lengths in rebellion . . . God would guard against the least approach to such abominations. The first four commandments were given to show men their duty to God . . . .
cccAgain the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., against open heathenism and/or Laodiceanism] . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., against open heathenism and/or Laodiceanism] . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc“ . . . idolatry . . . is . . . demon worship.” — PP 685:5, written in 1890.
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ccc“All idolatry is devil worship.” — Author Unknown; ST January 25, 1899.
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ccc“But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” — Matthew 15:9.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.
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ccc“. . . them that hate Me . . .” — Exodus 20:5.
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ccc“Not by seeking a holy mountain or a sacred temple are men brought into communion with Heaven. Religion is not to be confined to external forms and ceremonies. The religion that comes from God is the only religion that will lead to God. In order to serve Him aright, we must be born of the divine Spirit. This will purify the heart and renew the mind, giving us a new capacity for knowing and loving God. It will give us a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship.” — DA 189, written in 1898.
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ccc“The incense of true worship, which should have been offered to God, has been mingled with the worship of self. In the place of lifting their thoughts to God, in the place of learning to know Him better, men deny Him in their lives. Their attention is taken up with objects [i.e., see these 'objects' discussed in the next three quotes below] that conceal God from their view.” — 9MR 386; or Letter 143, 1904.
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cccTherefore, please remember “objects” and more discussed in the previous quote; and please see these “objects,” see “material objects,” see what lowers man's conception of God, see what degrades man, see what pollutes God's Sabbath, and see much more discussed in the next three quotes and more below to the end of this study, as follows:
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ccc“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 [i.e., by stone; wood; paper; marble; silver; gold; brass; bronze; iron; paint; ink; lead pencil; felt; or by some other visible, dead, and material objects], the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God.” — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 277.
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ccc“The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects [i.e., by stone; wood; paper; marble; silver; gold; brass; bronze; iron; paint; ink; lead pencil; felt; or by some other visible, dead, and material objects] would lower man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded.” — PP 306, written in 1890.
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ccc“'Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.'
cccJehovah, the eternal, self-existent, uncreated One, Himself the Source and Sustainer of all, is alone entitled to supreme reverence and worship [i.e., true reverence and worship]. Man is forbidden to give to any other object [i.e., please remember 'objects' and more discussed in the previous three quotes above] the first place in his affections or his service. Whatever we cherish that tends to lessen our love for God or to interfere with the service due Him, of that do we make a god.
ccc'''Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness' . . . .
cccThe second commandment forbids the worship [i.e., forbids the vain worship; forbids the self worship; forbids the worship of created works; forbids the demon worship; forbids the Satan worship] of the true God by images or similitudes. Many heathen nations [i.e., to include: the heathen, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting and more, impenitent, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans] claimed that their images were mere figures or symbols by which the Deity was worshiped [i.e., was truly worshiped], but God has declared such worship [i.e., such vain worship; such self worship; such worship of created works; such demon worship; such Satan worship] to be sin. The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects [i.e., by stone; wood; paper; marble; silver; gold; brass; bronze; iron; paint; ink; lead pencil; felt; or by some other visible, dead, and material objects] would lower man's conception of God. The mind, turned away from the infinite perfection of Jehovah, would be attracted to the creature rather than to the Creator. And as his conceptions of God were lowered, so would man become degraded. . . .
cccBy causing men to violate the second commandment, Satan aimed to degrade their conceptions of the Divine Being. By setting aside the fourth, he would cause them to forget God altogether. God's claim to reverence and worship [i.e., true reverence and worship], above the gods of the heathen [i.e., above the gods of the heathen, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting and more, impenitent, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans], is based upon the fact that He is the Creator . . . Had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed, there could never have been an atheist or an idolater.” — PP 305-306, 336, written in 1890.
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ccc“. . . all the gods . . . are idols . . .” — Psalms 96:5.
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ccc“Because they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., after their gods; and/or after their forbidden images or pictures which were and are made to supposedly represent God].” — Ezekiel 20:16.
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ccc“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry [i.e., flee from heathenism; and/or flee from impenitent, openly heathen, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting and more, impenitent, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans]. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.” — 1 Corinthians 10:14-15.
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ccc“Thus saith the Lord, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for My salvation is near to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Blessed is the man that doeth this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keepeth his hand from doing any evil. . . Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of My covenant; even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer . . . .” — Isaiah 56:1-2, 6-7.
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ccc“He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” — Proverbs 28:9.
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ccc“Little children, keep yourselves from idols [i.e., from gods; and/or from forbidden images or pictures which are made to supposedly represent God]. Amen.” — 1 John 5:21.
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ccc“. . . all the gods . . . are idols . . .” — Psalms 96:5.
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ccc“ . . . . the gods of the heathen . . .” — PP 336:2, written in 1890.
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ccc“All the gods of the people are idols.” — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc“The . . . gods [i.e., idols] . . . of the heathen.” — Zephaniah 2:11.
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ccc“The light of God in nature is shining continually into the darkness of heathenism, but many who see this light do not glorify 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 [i.e., senseless gods] to adore. They make images which represent God . . . .” — ST August 12, 1889; or 2ST 311.
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ccc“. . . the abominations of the heathen . . .” — 2 Kings 16:3.
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ccc“And ye have seen their abominations [i.e., and ye have seen the heathen's abominations], and their idols [i.e., gods], wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them.” — Deuteronomy 29:17.
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ccc“Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord . . .” — 2 Chronicles 36:14.
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ccc“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. . . .
cccAgain the Word of the Lord came unto me [i.e., came unto the true prophet Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations . . . .
ccc. . . . they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My Judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and My Sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out My fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. . . Because they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., after their gods; and/or after their forbidden images or pictures which were and are made to supposedly represent God]. . . Notwithstanding the children rebelled against Me: they walked not in My statutes, neither kept My Judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted My Sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out My fury upon them, to accomplish My anger against them in the wilderness. . . Because they had not executed My Judgments, but had despised My statutes, and had polluted My Sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers' idols [i.e., after their fathers' gods; and/or after their fathers' forbidden images or pictures which were and are made to supposedly represent God]. . . .
cccThus Ezekiel is unto you a sign [i.e., a true sign]: according to all that he hath done shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. . .
cccThe Word of the Lord came again unto me [i.e., came again unto the true prophet Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Howl ye, Woe worth the day! For the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.” — Ezekiel 11:12; 16:1-2; 20:13, 16, 21, 24; 24:24; 30:1-3.
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ccc“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. . . .
ccc. . . . they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., after their gods; and/or after their openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding, God dishonoring, forbidden images or pictures which were and are made to supposedly represent God].” — Ezekiel 11:12; 20:16.
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cccHow tragic that in Conference and supposedly non-Conference ranks the perishing, lost, impenitent, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans will do studies on Sabbath keeping or on how to keep the Sabbath holy; but, since the term, “lukewarm,” means “aiding the enemy” or aiding Satan [4T 87], they predictably will never talk about their polluting of God's Sabbath with their idols, and/or with their gods, or with their forbidden images or pictures which are made to supposedly represent God. Thus, impenitent and openly heathen Laodiceans aide and please Satan in their Sabbath polluting or in their deceptively exalting a Sabbath of Satan's creating. Thus, Satan, the secretly disguised, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting god of ancient and modern heathenism, is not only pleased that deceptive, impenitent, openly heathen Babylonians engage in Sunday keeping, and/or in sun-day-keeping, and/or in sun-gods-keeping, and/or in keeping idols, and/or in keeping to themselves forbidden images or pictures to supposedly represent God, but Satan is aided and pleased to a greater degree that even more deceptive, impenitent, openly heathen Laodiceans engage in Sabbath polluting, and/or in sun-gods-keeping, and/or in keeping idols, and/or in keeping to themselves forbidden images or pictures to supposedly represent God. Satan is pleased: (1.) by the deceptive, openly heathen, Babylonian church's Sunday keeping; and (2.) by the more deceptive, openly heathen, Laodicean church's Sabbath polluting. Therefore, both Sunday keeping and Sabbath polluting please Satan, and both are well suited to his satanic plans.
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ccc“As the people of God approach the perils of the last days, Satan holds earnest consultation with his angels as to the most successful plan of overthrowing their faith. . . .
cccSays the great deceiver: 'We must watch those who are calling the attention of the people to the Sabbath of Jehovah; they will lead many to see the claims of the law of God; and the same light which reveals the true Sabbath, reveals also the ministration of Christ in the Heavenly Sanctuary, and shows that the last work for man's salvation is now going forward. Hold the minds of the people in darkness till that work is ended, and we shall secure the world and the church also.'
ccc''The Sabbath is the great question which is to decide the destiny of souls. We must exalt the Sabbath of our creating [i.e., thus, seventh-day Sabbath polluting is a Sabbath of Satan's creating, as is first-day Sunday keeping yet another Sabbath of Satan's creating].'” — 4SP 337, 338, written in 1884.
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ccc“Those who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the [true] 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 [i.e., remember; accepting open idolatry and thus accepting open Sabbath polluting is highly visible and clear evidence of having accepted open heathenism, 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.” — 7BC 970:1:3; or MS 27, 1899.
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ccc“Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City.” — 7BC 970:1:2; or Letter 164, 1909.
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ccc“Many will not receive the seal of God because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.” — 7BC 970:1:6; or Letter 76, 1900.
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ccc“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” — 1 John 3:4.
cccThe message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation . . .
cccI have been shown that God here illustrates how He regards sin among those who profess to be His commandment-keeping people. Those whom He has specially honored with witnessing the remarkable exhibitions of His power, as did ancient Israel, and who will even then venture to disregard His express directions, will be subjects of His wrath. He would teach His people [i.e., His professed people] that disobedience and sin are exceedingly offensive to Him and are not to be lightly regarded. He shows us that when His people [i.e., when His professed people] are found in sin they should at once take decided measures to put that sin from them, that His frown may not rest upon them all. But if the sins of the people are passed over by those in responsible positions, His frown will be upon them, and the people of God [i.e., the professed people of God], as a body, will be held responsible for those sins. In His dealings with His people in the past [i.e., with His professed people in the past] the Lord shows the necessity of purifying the church from wrongs. One sinner may diffuse darkness that will exclude the light of God from the entire congregation. When the people realize that darkness is settling upon them, and they do not know the cause, they should seek God earnestly, in great humility and self-abasement, until the wrongs which grieve His Spirit are searched out and put away.
ccc. . . . If wrongs are apparent among His people [i.e., among His professed people], and if the servants of God [i.e., if the professed servants of God] pass on indifferent to them, they virtually sustain and justify the sinner, and are alike guilty and will just as surely receive the displeasure of God; for they will be made responsible for the sins of the guilty. In vision I have been pointed to many instances where the displeasure of God has been incurred by a neglect on the part of His servants to deal with the wrongs and sins existing among them. Those who have excused these wrongs have been thought by the people to be very amiable and lovely in disposition, simply because they shunned to discharge a plain Scriptural duty. The task was not agreeable to their feelings; therefore they avoided it. . . .
cccThe spirit of hatred which has existed with some because the wrongs among God's people [i.e., among God's professed people] have been reproved has brought blindness and a fearful deception upon their own souls, making it impossible for them to discriminate between right and wrong. They have put out their own spiritual eyesight. They may witness wrongs, but they do not feel as did Joshua [i.e., if you wish, see 'Joshua's Farewell Address' in ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 277-278] and humble themselves because the danger of souls is felt by them.
cccThe true people of God, who have the Spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the people of God [i.e., the professed people of God]. Especially in the closing work for the church [i.e., especially in the closing work for the openly heathen, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church], in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the Throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God's professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet's illustration of the last work under the figure of the men each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side. 'And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.'
cccWho are standing in the counsel of God at this time? Is it those who virtually excuse wrongs among the professed people of God and who murmur in their hearts, if not openly, against those who would reprove sin? Is it those who take their stand against them and sympathize with those who commit wrong? No, indeed! Unless they repent, and leave [i.e., the word, 'leave,' means to go away from or to separate from] the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval. They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth [i.e., those who receive the salvation-related seal of the living God or 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., in the openly heathen, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting, vain worshiping, self worshiping, worshiping of created works, demon worshiping, Satan worshiping, Satan aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church]. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.
cccBut the general slaughter of all those who do not thus see the wide contrast between sin and righteousness, and do not feel as those do who stand in the counsel of God and receive the mark, is described in the order to the five men with slaughter weapons: 'Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity: slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women: but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.'” — 3T 252, 265, 266, 267, written in 1873.
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ccc“This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision.” — TM 445.
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ccc“'In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the Word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in Whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.' Ephesians 1:13. What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His [true] people? It is a mark which angels, but not human eyes, can read; for the destroying angel must see this mark of redemption.
cccThe angel with the writer's ink horn [i.e., God's third angel and/or also God's sealing angel of Revelation 14:9-12; 21:7-10, 27; Ezekiel 8:1-18: 9:1-11; EW 118:2, 279:2-282:2; Ezekiel 11:12; 16:1-2; 20:16, 30-32; 24:24; 30:1-3] is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners [i.e., all who are separated from sin and impenitent, open sinners], and the destroying angel follows this angel.” — 4BC 1161:2:2-3; or Letter 126, 1898, and Letter 12, 1886.
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ccc“Those who are distrustful of self, who are humbling themselves before God and purifying their souls by obeying the truth these are receiving the Heavenly mold and preparing for the seal of God in their foreheads. When the decree goes forth and the stamp is impressed, their character will remain pure and spotless for eternity.
cccNow is the time to prepare.” — 5T 216, written in 1882.
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ccc“Not all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. . . .
cccWhat are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world [i.e., please see below] are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast.” — 5T 213, 216, written in 1882.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“Satan, by means of his success in turning man aside from the path of obedience, became 'the god of this world.' 2 Corinthians 4:4.” — PK 682, written in 1915.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“I was shown the conformity of some professed Sabbathkeepers to the world. Oh, I saw that it is a disgrace to their profession, a disgrace to the cause of God. They give the lie to their profession. They think they are not like the world, but they are so near like them in dress, in conversation, and actions, that there is no distinction.” — 1T 131, written in 1856.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness. They are blinded by the god of this world, and are led by the spirit of the prince of darkness [i.e., led by the heathen spirit, and/or led by the heathen power, and/or led by the third person of the counterfeit godhead of heathenism, and/or led by the counterfeit latter rain of the prince of darkness].” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“None will enter the Holy City, the paradise of God, but as conquerors,--those who have separated themselves from the world.” — RH August 25, 1885; or 1RH 542.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“Satanic agencies are moved by a power from beneath to stir up wicked men to unite with the enemy [i.e., see below] in causing distress to the people who are keeping the commandments of God.” — RH August 20, 1901; or 4RH 327.
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ccc“ . . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan, the enemy of God and man, and the secretly disguised, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting god of ancient and modern heathenism] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class.” — 4T 87, written in 1876.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the [professed] people of God today. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen. 'And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and True Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, who was and is Baal, Belial, Beelzebub, the beast power, the dragon, the prince of darkness, the demon-god, the master of deception, the god of this world, the father of lies, the false father god, the counterfeit power or unholy spirit deity, and the false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' . . . .
cccLove of self excludes the love of Christ [i.e., thus, the love of self excludes the ten commandments of Christ]. Those who live for self are ranged under the head of the Laodicean church who are lukewarm [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, the god of this world who is represented by the visible idols or by the forbidden images and pictures of ancient and modern heathenism], neither cold nor hot. The ardor of the first love has lapsed into a selfish egotism. The love of Christ in the heart is expressed in the actions. If love for Christ is dull, the love for those for whom Christ has died will degenerate. There may be a wonderful appearance for zeal and ceremonies, but this is the substance of their self-inflated religion. Christ represents them as nauseating to His taste. 'Because 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: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.' Revelation 3:17-18.
cccSelf-exaltation is a dangerous element. It tarnishes everything it touches. It is the offspring of pride [i.e., the child of pride; and, thus, not the child of God], and it works so ingeniously that, unless guarded against, it will take possession of the thoughts and control the actions. . . .
cccHow few bear in mind that the tempter was once a covering cherub, a being whom God created for His own name's glory. Satan fell from his high position through self-exaltation; he misused the high capabilities with which God had so richly endowed him. He fell for the same reason that thousands are falling today, because of an ambition to be first, an unwillingness to be under restraint. The Lord would teach man the lesson that, though united in church capacity, he is not saved until the seal of God is placed upon him. . . .
ccc. . . . In a little while every one who is a child of God [i.e., not the child of heathen gods] will have His seal placed upon him. O that it may be placed upon our foreheads! Who can endure the thought of being passed by when the angel goes forth to seal the servants of God [i.e., not the servants of heathen gods] in their foreheads?
cccOnly 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.
cccThose 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.
cccThe seal of the living God will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness to Christ in character.
cccMany will not receive the seal of God because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.
cccThe 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 [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, the god of this world who is represented by the visible idols or by the forbidden images and pictures of ancient and modern heathenism] and halfhearted [i.e., also, please see 'half-hearted' in the next quote], they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness [i.e., also, please see this 'darkness' of heathenism and more discussed to the end of this study, which is fast approaching] . . . .” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; 7BC 962:2:2, or MS 61, 1898; 7BC 962:2:3, or RH September 25, 1900; 7BC 969:1:4, or Letter 80, 1898; 7BC 969-970, or RH May 28, 1889; 7BC 970:1:2, or Letter 164, 1909; 7BC 970:1:3, or MS 27, 1899; 7BC 970:1:4, or RH May 21, 1895; 7BC 970:1:6, or Letter 76, 1900; and 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903.

cccIn the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, we must show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. . . . .
cccThe clear, sharp testimony of living truth will separate the wheat from the chaff, the half-hearted from the humble and devoted.” — ST June 26, 1884; or 1ST 442.
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ccc“The light of God in nature is shining continually into the darkness of heathenism, but many who see this light do not glorify 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 [i.e., senseless gods] to adore. They make images which represent God . . . .” — ST August 12, 1889; or 2ST 311.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness.” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness. They are blinded by the god of this world, and are led by the spirit of the prince of darkness. They cannot enjoy Heavenly things. The children of light have their affections set on things above. They leave behind them the things of this world. They fulfill the command: 'Come out from among them, and be ye separate.' Here is the conditional promise: 'I will receive you.' From the beginning, Christ has chosen His people out of the world and required them to be separate, having no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.” — 1T 279:2, written in 1862.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness.” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness.” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” — Ephesians 5:11.
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ccc“The word 'fellowship' means participation, partnership. God employs the strongest figures to show that there should be no union between worldly parties and those who are seeking the righteousness of Christ. What communion [i.e., what true Lord's supper] can there be between light and darkness, truth and unrighteousness? None whatever. Light represents righteousness; darkness, unrighteousness. Christians [i.e., but not impenitent, openly heathen, Satan aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans] have come out of darkness into the light.” — GW 392, written in 1915.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness.” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“Many of the mistakes that are made by the professed servants of God are in consequence of their self-love, their desire for approval, their thirst for popularity. Blinded in this manner, they do not realize that they are elements of darkness rather than of light. 'Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.' [2 Corinthians 6:17-18.] These are the conditions upon which we may be acknowledged as the sons of God--separation from the world, and renunciation of those things which delude, and fascinate, and ensnare. . . .
cccThe church cannot measure herself by the world nor by the opinion of men nor by what she once was. Her faith and her position in the world as they now are must be compared with what they would have been if her course had been continually onward and upward. The church will be weighed in the balances of the Sanctuary. If her moral character and spiritual state do not correspond with the benefits and blessings God has conferred upon her, she will be found wanting. The light has been shining clear and definite upon her pathway, and the light of 1882 calls her to an account. If her talents are unimproved, if her fruit is not perfect before God, if her light has become darkness, she is indeed found wanting. The knowledge of our state as God views it, seems to be hidden from us. We see, but perceive not; we hear, but do not understand; and we rest as unconcerned as if the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, rested upon our sanctuary. We profess to know God, and to believe the truth, but in works deny Him. Our deeds are directly adverse to the principles of truth and righteousness, by which we profess to be governed.” — 5T 12-13, 83-84, written in 1882, and part of the light of 1882.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness.” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“In all ages of the world the and its adherents have been unpopular; and how can we expect it to be different now, so near the close of time? It is impossible for a man to become loyal to God, rendering obedience to all his commandments, without finding himself immediately marked as odd from the rest of the world [i.e., remember above; and see below], and cut off from the society of those who transgress that law. If all would be obedient to the law of God, he would not be obliged to give up his former associates [i.e., when you give up your former associates, who are impenitent and openly sinning, you separate from such former associates]; but where one alone, or a very few at most, take a position on the side of right, a separation becomes necessary. There is a difference between the children of light and the children of darkness. Their tastes and habits are widely dissimilar. Though they may be thrown together, there is no congeniality between them; for one has a love for Heavenly things, and the other for those that are earthly. 'What concord hath Christ with Belial?' What harmony is there between light and darkness?” — ST January 13, 1885; or 1RH 497.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness.” — 1T 279, written in 1862.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today [i.e., to the professed people of God today]. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“Satan will excite the indignation of apostate Christendom against the humble remnant who conscientiously refuse to accept false customs and traditions. Blinded by the prince of darkness, popular religionists will see only as he sees, and feel as he feels. They will determine as he determines, and oppress as he has oppressed. Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected. The church and the world [i.e., remember 'the world' and more above] will unite, and the world will lend to the church power [i.e., heathen power] to crush out the right of the people to worship God according to His Word. . . . ccc
cccHistory repeats itself. . . .
cccPaul writes to the Romans, 'If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.' But there is a point beyond which it is impossible to maintain union and harmony without the sacrifice of principle. Separation then becomes an absolute duty.'” — ST November 8, 1899; or 4ST 73, 74.
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cccAnd there is so much more.................
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cccThis series will be continued.
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cccOur Father in Heaven, teach us, “save us,” and “gather us” from the openly “heathen” threat from within. Psalms 106:47. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Pastor Michael O. Hodges
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