The heathen threat from within-4a:

(1.) God's first, second, and ninth moral laws against demon worship;

(2.) pictures of angels, of Christ, and of Heavenly things

in E. G. White's home, which the Lord said

were prohibited by the twentieth chapter of Exodus, and

which were thus some things the Lord instructed her to set right; and,

(3.) therefore, the history of true reformation is being repeated.


cccSo far, in this continuing series, on the heathen threat from within, or on today's Conference and many of the supposedly non-Conference ranks of the openly heathen, worse than dead, Satan aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans, we have seen how open heathenism or open idolatry results in the open transgression of God's first, second, fourth, and tenth commandments, which we have then seen God's Word restore.
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cccPrimarily, in this study #4a, we will focus on the topic specified in the title above and on the three topics specified and listed in the sub-title also above.
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cccGod our Father in Heaven, we pray that You help people to discern, to literally see, and to positively act on the openly heathen or the openly Egyptian-like threat from within. Help people to literally see how the impenitent, openly idolatrous, and openly heathen threat from within falsely profess to believe in the Bible and in the inspired writings of Ellen G. white; and, at the same time, they also seek to throw away or “to make of none effect” [1SM 48] those inspired writings that interfere with their open idolatry or heathenism. Therefore, help people to see that the truth on a subject is equal to the sum of all of it's parts, or the truth on a subject is equal to all of the inspired writings put together - - leaving nothing out - - throwing nothing away. Most of all, may Your will be done in all these matters. We praise God the Holy Spirit, as the “third person of the Godhead” [EV 617], as the third “person” [Ev 616] of the “three living persons of the Heavenly trio” [Ev 615], and as the third “person” [Ev 616] of the “three highest powers in Heaven.” Ev 617. Thus, we are grateful and thankful, as we claim the promise that the Holy Spirit will “indite” [RH February 9, 1897] this prayer and therefore intercede to make this prayer rise up acceptable and perfect before Your everlasting Throne. In the forever holy and forever sacred name of Jesus, our infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, immutable or unchangeable, and pre-existent Lord God and Saviour, we pray. Amen.
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ccc“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry [i.e, flee from open heathenism]. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.” — 1 Corinthians 10:14-15.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of Egypt . . . .” — Exodus 12:12.
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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“We are all Judgment bound. . . .
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 [i.e., heathen 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. . . .
cccThe church [i.e., the Laodicean church] has turned back from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt [i.e, is steadily retreating toward open heathenism and/or toward open idolatry and thus much more].” — 5T 14, 83-84, 217, written in 1882, and thus part of the great light of 1882.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of Egypt . . . .” — Exodus 12:12.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890.
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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 [i.e., they are Egyptian-like and/or openly idolatrous and much more]. 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. 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 to lukewarm Laodiceans.” — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of the heathen . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc“. . . the gods of Egypt . . .” — Exodus 12:12.
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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“They [i.e., the impenitent, openly heathen] drank wine, and praised the gods [i.e., the idols] of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.” — Daniel 5:4.
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ccc“The principle that man can save himself by his own works [i.e., thus, please see this 'work' described in the next four Heaven-sent quotations] 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 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“Among the heathen . . . ye shall serve gods [i.e., serve idols], the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.” — Deuteronomy 4:27, 28.
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ccc“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 [i.e., by silver; gold; stone; wood; paper; marble; brass; bronze; iron; paint; ink; lead pencil; felt; or by some other visible, dead, 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 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 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“Like attracts like. Like appreciates like.” — 5T 705, written in 1889.
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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 heathenism and/or from the openly pagan or heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm church of the Laodiceans], they entered upon a path which led farther and farther from the truth.” — 4SP 45, written in 1884.
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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“'Leave the service of senseless idols' . . . .” — ST November 18, 1880; or 1ST 198.
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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“All the gods of the people are idols.” — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of Egypt . . . .” — Exodus 12:12.
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ccc“The first and second commandments spoken by Jehovah are precepts against idolatry [i.e., against paganism; against heathenism; against Egyptianism; and/or against Laodiceanism]. This sin if practiced, would lead men to great lengths in rebellion . . . .
cccAgain 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, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.' They were in danger of imitating the example of the Egyptians [i.e., of the heathen and/or of open idolaters], and 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, December 10, 1901.
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ccc“The . . . heathen . . . dishonor Him . . . .” — 5T 196:2, written in 1882.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., the enemy's object] is to dishonor God . . . .” — 5T 295, written in 1885.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, December 10, 1901.
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ccc“Satan gives his power [i.e., his heathen power] to those who are aiding him in his deceptions . . . .” — 6BC 1106:1:2; or RH August 25, 1885.
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ccc“. . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan, the disguised god of ancient and modern heathenism] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class.” — 4T 87, written in 1876.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., the enemy's object] is to dishonor God . . . .” — 5T 295, written in 1885.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, December 10, 1901.
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ccc“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc“All idolatry is devil worship.” — Author Unknown; ST January 25, 1899.
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ccc“. . . . idolatry . . . is . . . demon worship.” — PP 685:5, written in 1890.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, December 10, 1901.
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ccc“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., against paganism; against disguised demon worship; against Egyptianism; against heathenism; and/or against Laodiceanism] . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of Egypt . . . .” — Exodus 12:12.
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ccc“All the gods of the people are idols.” — 1 Chronicles 16:26.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc“The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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cccThus, in consideration of the previous Heaven-sent quotations, we see that when people “have” other “gods,” and/or that when people “have” “idols,” and/or that when people make to themselves “pictures” and “images to represent God,” they are already involved in the “worship” of these forbidden and God dishonoring things, they are already thus in open “idolatry” or open heathenism, and they are already therefore in Satan's “heathen,” gods liking, pagan, Egyptian-like, openly idolatrous, God dishonoring, rebellious, dangerous, disguised, “demon worship.” Therefore, contrary to what perishing, impenitent, openly idolatrous, openly “heathen” or Egyptian-like, “worse than dead,” rebellious, demon worshiping, Satan aiding or “lukewarm Laodiceans” predictably say, to “have” “gods,” and/or to “have” “idols,” and/or to “have” forbidden “pictures” and “images” made to supposedly “represent God,” is already to “worship” them, and is thus expressly prohibited by God's first and second commandments.

ccc“The first and second commandments spoken by Jehovah are precepts against idolatry [i.e., against paganism; against disguised demon worship; against Egyptianism; against heathenism; and/or against Laodiceanism]. This sin if practiced, would lead men to great lengths in rebellion . . . God would guard against the least approach to such abominations. . .
cccAgain the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc“. . . . they . . . mingled with the truth . . . the falsehood of idolatry. . . the worship at . . . heathen altars. . . the claims of God and His commandments had been lost sight of.” — 1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900.
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ccc“On the lips . . . most precious truth was turned into a lie [i.e., into a falsehood; into something fraudulent, or not genuine, or untrue; into a false witness; and/or into a transgression of God's ninth commandment]. The policy. . . was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism [i.e., and/or borrowed from the falsehood of open idolatry; and/or borrowed from Satan's heathen, gods liking, Egyptian-like, God dishonoring, dangerous, disguised, demon worship; and/or borrowed from the Conference and supposedly non-Conference ranks of the openly heathen, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly false witnessing, rebellious, Satan aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans].” — DA 540, written in 1898.
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ccc“And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” — Micah 5:15.
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ccc“And ye shall perish among the heathen . . . .” — Leviticus 26:38.
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ccc“. . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890.
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ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc“The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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ccc“'Thou shalt have [i.e., become; be like; come to pass; cause to be made; use; require; follow; like; worship; and/or have] no other gods before Me,' is the first great command, and upon this command depends all the rest. This is the substance of all obedience. Let those who profess to be Christians remember that profession will not save them. The life which Christ alone can give is given upon condition of obedience, an obedience which takes in the whole man,--mind, heart, soul, and strength. This is true sanctification. 'This do, and thou shalt live,' is the only genuine definition of sanctification. . . .
cccThose 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 [i.e., false witnessing] bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen [i.e., they are demon worshiping, Egyptian-like, worse than dead, openly idolatrous and thus openly false witnessing, rebellious, perishing, Satan aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans]. 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., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, who is the heathen, dangerous, fallen angel; Beelzebub; Baal; Belial; the beast power; the dragon; the prince of darkness; the prince of devils; the arch deceiver and tempter; the master of deception; the demon-god; the god of this world; the father of lies; the false father god; the counterfeit latter rain, or heathen power, or unholy spirit goddess; and the false christ god--all of ancient and modern heathenism], 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 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 true Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans.” — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.
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cccPlease, note the previous Heaven-sent quotation, just above, which plainly sounds the warning about openly visible or openly heathen, worse than dead, heathen gods having or false gods worshiping, openly idolatrous, openly false witnessing or fraudulent or not genuine, lukewarm Laodiceans. Also, especially note that the previous Heaven-sent quotation, just above, is dated August 2, 1899.

cccThen, please note the significance of the date and contents of the next inspired quotation, just one month later, which was thus sent by Heaven's supreme and divine authority on September 8, 1899, as follows:
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ccc“A warning has been given me in regard to our people. I have been instructed that they are certainly in danger.
cccGod declares, 'Thou shalt have [i.e., become; be like; come to pass; cause to be made; use; require; follow; like; worship; and/or have] no other gods before Me. Thou shalt not make [i.e., not bring forth; not fashion; not furnish; not gather; not get; not maintain; not observe; not be occupied with; not bring to pass; not procure; not provide; not put; not use; not cause to be made; not deal with; not worship; and/or not make] unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in the Heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: thou shalt not bow down thyself to them [i.e., not crouch thyself to them; not make to stoop thyself to them; not do reverence to them; not worship them; and/or not bow down thyself to them], nor serve them [i.e., nor be enslaved to them; nor enslave others to them; nor be kept in bondage to them; nor keep others in bondage to them; nor be a bondman to them; nor do bond-service to them; nor become a servant to them; nor do service to them; nor dress them; nor keep them; nor be compelled or forced to keep them; nor compel or force others to keep them; nor do labor for them; nor bring them to pass; nor work for them; nor make to serve them; nor make to serve self for them; nor cause others to serve them; nor cause to serve self for them; nor be a worshiper of them; and/or nor serve them]: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments' (Ex. 20:3-6).
cccShould we not make investigation in regard to the matter of illustrating our books so largely? Would not the mind have clearer, more perfect ideas of angels, of Christ, of all spiritual things, if no pictures were made to represent Heavenly things? . . . .
cccSome things have been presented to me which I must set right. In my own home, one after another, pictures have accumulated [i.e., pictures of angels, of Christ, and of Heavenly things have accumulated]. I see the same in every home to which I go. Is the Lord in this matter? Does not the charge in the twentieth chapter of Exodus prohibit this multitudinous picture-making which will continue to increase unless there is a decided reform, unless the people of God shall see that there is a decided reform . . . .” — 15MR 114, 115; or Letter 145, September 8, 1899.
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ccc“The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world's history.” — GC 148, written in 1888.
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ccc“History is repeating.” — DA 258, written in 1898.
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ccc“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” — Ecclesiastes 3:15.
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ccc“History repeats itself.” — ST November 8, 1899; or 4ST 74.
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ccc“History is repeating.” — ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 420.
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ccc“The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world's history.” — GC 148, written in 1888.
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ccc“The city of Bale was an important place to the Protestant reformers. The great snow-clad hills of Switzerland were among the first to catch the light of morning, and to announce the rise of reformation. And Bale was one of those points on which the rising day concentrated its rays, and whence they radiated over the country around. Early in the sixteenth century a small council of a municipal character sat at Bale. A civil war was feared; the people passed the night before in arms. In vain did the city authorities try to reconcile papists and reformers by half measures. The reformers denounced the mass, the papists demanded its continuance. Twelve hundred people who sympathized with Lutheranism insisted that there should be no more delay. They met one evening by torch-light, and said to the faltering Senate, 'What you have not been able to do in three years, we will do in a single hour.' Then they began their work of breaking down images . . . Thus . . . the Reformation opened in Switzerland . . . .” — RH October 13, 1885; or 1RH 553.
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ccc“. . . . the falsehood of idolatry.” — 1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900.
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ccc“The Reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther. It is to be continued to the close of this world's history.” — GC 148, written in 1888.
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ccc“There have ever been two classes among those who profess to be followers of Christ. While one class study the Saviour's life, and earnestly seek to correct their defects and to conform to the Pattern, the other class shun the plain, practical truths which expose their errors. . . .
cccBut 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 heathenism, or from Egyptianism, or from Laodiceanism; and/or when Christians consented to unite with those who were but half converted from the Conference and supposedly non-Conference ranks of the openly pagan or openly Egyptian-like or openly heathen, worse than dead, openly heathen gods having or openly false gods worshiping, openly idolatrous, openly false witnessing or openly fraudulent or openly not genuine, openly rebellious, openly perishing, openly demon worshiping, openly Satan aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans], they entered upon a path which led farther and farther from the truth. . . .
cccAfter a long and severe conflict, the faithful few decided to dissolve all union with the apostate church if she still refused to free herself from falsehood and idolatry. They saw that separation was an absolute necessity if they would obey the Word of God. They dared not tolerate errors fatal to their own souls, and set an example which would imperil the faith of their children and children's children. To secure peace and unity they were ready to make any concession consistent with fidelity to God; but they felt that even peace would be too dearly purchased at the sacrifice of principle. If unity could be secured only by the compromise of truth and righteousness, then let there be difference, and even war.
cccWell would it be for the church and the world if the principles that actuated those steadfast souls were revived in the hearts of God's professed people.” — 4SP 44, 45, 46, written in 1884.
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ccc“It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness [i.e., a true revival of primitive faith and godliness] among His professed people.” — GC 478, written in 1888.
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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.
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cccTherefore, it is plain in this study that the Lord's messenger called for reform in regard to God's first, second, and ninth commandments against heathenism, but that reform has predictably not been embraced by the Conference and many of the supposedly non-Conference ranks of the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans.

cccBy 1876, God had already warned us that the term, lukewarm, means aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, who is the secretly disguised, eternally deadly, false god of ancient and modern heathenism.

cccOn August 2, 1899, the Lord gave the warning that lukewarm Laodiceans are heathen, worse than dead, and fraudulent or not genuine. Therefore, Christians will know that heathen, worse than dead, and fraudulent or not genuine, Satan aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans can be readily discerned in that they openly transgress God's first and second commandments and more.

cccThen, just one month after August 2, 1899, on September 8, 1899, another divine warning came from the Lord. On September 8, 1899, after the Lord’s messenger stated that the professing Seventh-day Adventist people were in danger, and after then quoting God’s first and second commandments against idolatry or against heathenism, inspired counsel indicated that our minds would have clearer, more perfect ideas of angels, of Christ, of all spiritual things, if no pictures were made to represent Heavenly things. The Lord’s messenger went on to indicate that some matters had to be set right in her own home, because one after another, forbidden pictures had accumulated; and, again, the subject under discussion was pictures of angels, of Christ, and of Heavenly things. Even in 1899, the Lord’s messenger said she saw the same in every home to which she went. The Lord’s messenger indicated that the Lord was not in this matter. Inspired counsel or the Word then went on to indicate that the charge in the twentieth chapter of Exodus, or God’s first and second commandments, prohibited this multitudinous picture making, which would continue to increase unless there is a decided reform, unless the people of God shall see that there is a decided reform.

cccWhat does this have to say about the counterfeit reform movement and its proliferation of so-called pictures of angels today? What does this have to say about the counterfeit reform movement and its proliferation of forbidden pictures of the so-called three angel's logo today? What does this have to say about the counterfeit reform movement and its increasing use of so-called pictures of Christ and so-called pictures of other Heavenly things today? Among other things, it says that God's warning is true and that this type of openly idolatrous, dangerous, and forbidden picture-making would increase, unless there is a decided reform. Also, it says that the lost, perishing, impenitent, openly idolatrous and thus openly false witnessing, Conference and many of the so-called non-Conference ranks of the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans pick and choose what they want from the Word of God and they foolishly reject the rest. Particularly, they foolishly reject God's counsel against their own open heathenism or openly idolatrous practices. It says that openly heathen Laodiceans do just exactly what the openly heathen have always historically done. They choose an other god; they engage in the “falsehood of open idolatry” [1BC 1108] “making to themselves images to represent God” [ST May 6, 1880], which are expressly forbidden by God's first and second commandments; and, thus, while predictably making heathen or self-exalted “boasts of superior goodness” [FW 51-52], they are in reality perishing, because they refuse to serve the true and invisible God of Heaven.

cccTherefore, since people were and still are in this state of danger, God called for true reform and God is still calling for true reform. A true reform, which the lost, impenitent, great mass of openly heathen, perishing, Satan aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans predictably have not sought; but, predictably, they will seek to make of none effect all true reform, while they continue to promote their counterfeit so-called reform, which cloaks over and excuses open heathenism or open idolatry. Indeed, people certainly are in danger. One can see how much danger, if they read the Word of God and accept it, rather than rejecting it. For example, in reading ST February 19, 1880, or 1ST 133 right on through ST June 9, 1881, or 1ST 233, one can see how the persistent refusal to repent of open idolatry or open heathenism eventually resulted in thousands and thousands of people having to be put to death at the command of the merciful and long-suffering Lord Himself.

cccMany, many more examples could be cited from God's Word regarding Satan's use of open idolatry to deceive people, to cause them to foolishly ignore God's warnings, and to cause them to suicidally make light of God's rightful demonstrations against all such open heathenism. The aforementioned danger, becomes eternally deadly, if we refuse to “repent” that our “sins may be blotted out” by our merciful and loving God. Acts 3:19.
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ccc“The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitory side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages. To the obedient it is a wall of protection. We behold in it the goodness of God, who by revealing to men the immutable principles of righteousness, seeks to shield them from the evils that result from transgression.
cccWe are not to regard God as waiting to punish the sinner for his sin. The sinner brings the punishment upon himself. His own actions start a train of circumstances that bring the sure result. Every act of transgression reacts upon the sinner, works in him a change of character, and makes it more easy for him to transgress again. By choosing to sin, men separate themselves from God, cut themselves off from the channel of blessing, and the sure result is ruin and death.
cccThe law is an expression of God's idea. When we receive it in Christ, it becomes our idea. It lifts us above the power of natural desires and tendencies, above temptations that lead to sin. 'Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them' (Ps. 119: 165)--cause them to stumble.
cccThere is no peace [i.e., no true peace] in unrighteousness; the wicked are at war with God. But he who receives the righteousness of the law in Christ is in harmony with Heaven. 'Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other' (Ps. 85: 10). — 1SM 235; or Letter 96, 1896.
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ccc“Repentance includes sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. . . .
cccThere are many who fail to understand the true nature of repentance. Multitudes sorrow that they have sinned and even make an outward reformation because they fear that their wrongdoing will bring suffering upon themselves. But this is not repentance in the Bible sense. They lament the suffering rather than the sin. . . .
cccBut when the heart yields to the influence of the Spirit of God, the conscience will be quickened, and the sinner will discern something of the depth and sacredness of God's holy law, the foundation of His government in Heaven and on earth. The 'Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world,' illumines the secret chambers of the soul, and the hidden things of darkness [i.e., of heathen darkness] are made manifest. John 1:9. Conviction takes hold upon the mind and heart. The sinner has a sense of the righteousness of Jehovah and feels the terror of appearing, in his own guilt and uncleanness, before the Searcher of hearts. He sees the love of God, the beauty of holiness, the joy of purity; he longs to be cleansed and to be restored to communion with Heaven. . . .
cccIf you see your sinfulness, do not wait to make yourself better. How many there are who think they are not good enough to come to Christ. Do you expect to become better through your own efforts? 'Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.' Jeremiah 13:23. There is help for us only in God. We must not wait for stronger persuasions, for better opportunities, or for holier tempers. We can do nothing of ourselves. We must come to Christ just as we are.” — SC 15, 16, 17, 26, 27, written in 1896, or the 1896 version.
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Your brother in Christ,

Pastor Michael O. Hodges
FORERUNNER, self-supporting ministries
Home church (since 1983)

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