The heathen threat from within - #4c:

Restoring

the fourth and ninth commandments of God and more against Tammuz.

 

cccOur Father and God in Heaven, we prayerfully ask for Your blessing on this study, as we continue to restore the ninth commandment against bearing false witness -- the false witness of the openly idolatrous or openly heathen threat from within. Thus, we ask for Your blessing to expose the ancient heathen deception of the visible abomination of Tammuz; and/or the visible false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism; and/or the visible, heathen, dead, deified, common man; and/or the visible representation of Satan personating Jesus Christ and claiming that he is Christ Himself or that he is God. May people receive Your Word, rather than the idolatrous gossip and falsehood promoted by the openly heathen threat from within. Therefore, by taking heed to Your Laodicean message, may those who will be Judged by You to be true Seventh-day Adventists be enabled to literally see the deceptive Conference ranks and the more deceptive supposedly non-Conference ranks of the openly heathen, worse than dead, Tammuz-cherishing, Satan aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans. We give thanks for Your Words of warning against open heathenism. We pray in the forever holy and eternally sacred name of Jesus Christ, our infinite, omnipresent, omnipotent, immutable or unchangeable, and pre-existent Lord God and Saviour. Amen.

Tammuz --
-- the bewitching, spiritualistic, or heathen abomination; --and/or
-- the visible, heathen, dead, deified, common man or so-called hero; --and/or
-- the visible false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism:

 

 
1. Tammuz as he appeared in ancient times. The above image is the original and ancient woodcut image of “Tammuz,” as this visible "god" or "heathen" “abomination” appeared earlier in history, and as he is literally seen in Alexander Hislop’s book, The Two Babylons, pages 21, 99-103, & 199. See also Ex. 20:1-6, 23; Deut. 4:12-19; Rom. 1:21-32; Acts 17:29-31; 1 Cor. 10:13-15; James 2:10; Rev. 7:1-4; 9:1-4, 20-21; 21:7-10, 27; 22:14-15; Ezek. 3:17-21; 8:12-14; 9:1-4; 11:12; 16:1-2, 17; 20:15-21, 30-32; 23:28-30; 24:24; 30:1-3; Micah 5:15; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; ST Dec. 5, 1895; ST Aug. 2, 1899; Prov. 21:16; PP 684-686; and much more.   2. Let’s add a beard, and we now see Tammuz with facial hair. “Tammuz” is also the visible representation of Satan claiming that “he is Christ Himself “or that “he is God” “in these last days.” See 2 Thess. 2:1-5; 7BC 975, or RH Aug. 9, 1906; 6BC 1106, or RH Aug. 25, 1885; 4T 87-88; GC 557-558; Ezek. 8:12-14; 9:1-11; Rev. 14:9-11; EW 118, 279-282; Ezek. 24:24; 30:1-3; ST Aug. 2, 1899; Matt. 15:9; PP 305-306, 336; Ezek. 11:12; 20:16; 24:24; 30:1-3; 1T 179-141; Lev. 26:28; and much more.
     
 
3. Let’s remove Tammuz’s cross image head band. Tammuz’s head band depicted the cross image, which still is a visible and heathen abomination and an image of torture and death to Christ. The “self-made,” “shameful,” “ignominious,” and “cruel cross” of Tammuz is the direct opposite of the real “cross of Christ." See 4T 626-627; 1T 566, 577-578; MH 470; TM 67; RH July 24, 1888. The “cross of Christ” is not an image, but is any action of daily “self denial,” “self-sacrifice,” and/or “suffering for Christ’s sake;” and, thus, in exalting the false and heathen cross of Tammuz or the cross image, the true and Christian “cross of Christ” is “almost entirely forgotten.” See Matt. 16:24; 10:38-39; Lk. 14:27; 2T 177-178; 4T 47-48; 7BC 963, or MS 138, 1902; 7T 9-10; 5T 78, 215-216; and much more.   4. Let’s fluff up Tammuz’s hair in the front where it was held down by his cross image head band. Tammuz, the visible false christ god or heathen abomination, is now seen as he generally appears today: (a.) in the deceptive, openly heathen, Babylonian church; (b.) in the more deceptive, openly heathen, Laodicean church; and, thus, (c.) in Satan’s visible, “latter times,” “counterfeit” “revival” of open “heathenism,” and/or of “spiritualism,” and/or of secretly disguised “witchcraft and demon worship” -- all an on-going, beguiling, self-exalting “event to take place immediately before the second advent of Christ.” See PP 684-686; GC 464-465, 478, 554-558; 4T 87-88; GC 557; 5T 216; 7BC 959:2:1; 7BC 962:2:1-4; 7BC 970:1:2-7; 1 John 1:6; 3:4; 4BC 1161:2:2-3, 7; and much more.c

 

 

The seal of the living God; and
restoring the fourth and ninth commandments of God and more
against Tammuz--who was and is the heathen, dead, deified, common man; and/or
the visible false christ god; and/or the visible abomination of both ancient and modern heathenism.

ccc“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God . . . .
cccAnd I heard a great Voice out of the temple saying to the seven angels, Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth. And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.” — Revelation 7:2; 16:1-2.
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cc"This sealing of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation." — TM 445.

ccc"What are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast." — 5T 216, written in 1882; and, thus, part of the great 'light of 1882,' as seen in 5T 83-84.

ccc"The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God to-day. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen.
cc'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, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou are 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.' . . .
cccMany are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. They clothe themselves in the garments of their own righteousness, imagining themselves to be rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, when they need daily to learn of Jesus, His meekness and lowliness, else they find themselves bankrupt, their whole life being a lie [i.e., and/or their whole life being a false witness or a discernable and open transgression of God's ninth commandment]. . . .
cccIn a little while every one who is a child of God 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 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 distinquishes them from the disloyal . . . .
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 and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness . . . ." — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; 7BC 962:2:1, or Letter 66, 1894; 7BC 969-970, or RH May 28, 1889; 7BC 970:1:2, or Letter 164, 1909; 7BC 970:1:3, or Manuscript 27, 1899; 7BC 970:1:6, or Letter 76, 1900; and 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903.

ccc". . . . groping in the darkness of heathenism . . . ." — AA 248-249, written in 1911.

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. 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 Spirit; no Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans." — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.

ccc"We may go to the heathen [i.e., to include: the heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans, as God has plainly warned us about in the previous inspired quote immediately above] and say to them that we love the truth and serve the true God; and they will tell you that they worship the true and living God." — 1SAT 17; or Manuscript 5, 1885.

ccc". . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . .” — 2 Chronicles 36:14.

ccc". . . . the gods of the heathen . . . ." — PP 336, written in 1890.

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

ccc"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." — Matthew 24:37.

ccc"The men of that generation [i.e., of Noah's generation] were not all, in the fullest acceptation of the term, idolaters. Many professed to be worshipers of God. They claimed that their idols [i.e., gods] were representations of the Deity, and that through them the people could obtain a clearer conception of the divine Being. This class were foremost in rejecting the preaching of Noah. As they endeavored to represent God by material objects, their minds were blinded to His majesty and power; they ceased to realize the holiness of His character, or the sacred, unchanging nature of His requirements. As sin became general, it appeared less and less sinful, and they finally declared that the divine law was no longer in force . . . .
ccc'Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., idols] before Me.' . . .
ccc'Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image' . . . .
ccc. . . . The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects would lower man's conception of God. . . .
ccc. . . . The people desired some image to represent God . . . God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose." — PP 95-96, 305, 306, 316, written in 1890.

ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.

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, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.

ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol [i.e., and/or of a god; and/or of any prohibited representation of God made from material obejcts; and/or of the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands], and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.

ccc"They despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., and/ or after their gods; and/or after their visible and prohibited representations of God made from material obejcts; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands]." — Ezekiel 20:16.

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

ccc"Thou shalt have no other gods before Me." — Exodus 20:3.

ccc"The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.

ccc"The second commandment will be easily disobeyed if the first is not kept." — ST July 2, 1894; or 3ST 129:3:3.

cccThus, in these latter days, before the day of God, unlike the great mass of foolishly impenitent, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, openly heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans, -- if we wish to receive the salvation-related "mark" or "seal of the living God," -- we will learn from the Bible about the need to oppose the openly "heathen" or sorcery-like, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting "abomination" of "Tammuz," who was and is the visible false christ god / idol or the heathen, dead, deified, common man of ancient and modern heathenism; and, so, we first turn to the inspired books of Revelation and Ezekiel, in that order, as follows:

ccc“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. . . . ccc
cccAnd the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from Heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads. . . And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk . . . . ccc
cccHe that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be My son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire [i.e., also, see this 'fire' discussed more in the next quote] and brimstone: which is the second death. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great City, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God . . . And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination [i.e., thus, please see the abomination of Tammuz and much more discussed in Ezekiel, which is quoted next], or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” — Revelation 7:2-4; 9:1-4, 20; 21:7-10, 27. 9:1-4, 20; 21:7-10, 27.
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ccc“Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the Word at My mouth, and give them warning from Me. When I say unto the wicked [i.e., see 'the wicked' and more in 3T 266-267 and 5T 207-216, 474-475], Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul. . . .
cccThen said He unto me [i.e., then said the true Lord God Jesus Christ unto the prophet Ezekiel], Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth. He said also unto me, 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 which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz [i.e., and/or weeping for Satan's visible false christ god, or openly idolatrous lie, or openly idolatrous and lying wonder; and/or weeping for Satan's heathen, dead, deified, common man of ancient and modern heathenism; and/or weeping for Satan's visible representation or visible claim that he is Christ Himself or that he is God; and/or weeping for one of Satan's mammothly deceptive and yet highly visible abominations in these last days]. . . . cccHe cried also in mine ears with a Loud Voice [i.e., the true Lord God Jesus Christ cried also in Ezekiel's ears with a Loud Voice], saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men [i.e., six angels of God] came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side [i.e., God's sealing angel]: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon He was, to the threshold of the house. And He called to the man clothed with linen [i.e., God's sealing angel], which had the 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 [i.e., set the mark or salvation-related seal of the living God] upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for [i.e., of the men that stand against] all the abominations [i.e., to include: the abomination of Tammuz] that be done in the midst thereof. And to the others He said in mine hearing, 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 [i.e., the mark or seal of the living God]; and begin at My sanctuary. Then they began at the ancient men which were before the house. . . . ccc
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. . . Then fell I down upon my face [i.e., then fell Ezekiel down upon his face], and cried with a loud voice, and said, Ah Lord God! wilt thou make a full end of the remnant of Israel? Again the Word of the Lord came unto me [i.e., came unto Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, thy brethren, even thy brethren [i.e., even thy true brethren], the men of thy kindred, and all the house of Israel wholly [i.e., all the house of true Israel wholly], are they unto whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said [i.e., are they unto whom the inhabitants of heathen-abomination-cherishing, or Tammuz-cherishing, or visible-false-christ-god-cherishing Jerusalem have said], Get you far from the Lord: unto us is this land given in possession. . . . ccc
cccBecause with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life . . . .
cccAgain the Word of the Lord came unto me [i.e., came unto the prophet Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations . . . Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of My gold and of My silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them . . . .
cccBecause they despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., and/or after their gods; and/or after their prohibited representations of God made from material objects; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or after their openly heathen and visible abominations, like the openly heathen and visible abomination of Tammuz]. . . Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations? For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire [i.e., remember: this 'fire' for our time is the lake which burneth with 'fire' and brimstone, as we have seen in Revelation 21:7-10; and, also, remember, the perishing and professed people of God, who drift into heathenism, and who remain pridefully impenitent, have always historically behaved as the impenitent and ancient heathen behaved; and, therefore, rather than repent of open idolatry or open heathenism, today's lost, impenitent, and heathen Laodiceans are still murdering or sacrificing adult human beings and even their own children to 'fire' -- even to the lake which burneth with 'fire' and brimstone], ye pollute yourselves with all your idols [i.e., gods], even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. . . . ccc
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. . . . ccc
cccThe Word of the Lord came again unto me [i.e., came again unto the 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 3:17-21; 8:12-14; 9:1-6; 11:12, 13b-15; 13:22; 16:1-2, 17; 20:16, 30-32; 24:24; 30:1-3. ccc
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ccc“And ye shall perish among the heathen . . . .” — Leviticus 26:38. ccc
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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 [i.e., false witnessing or lying] 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. 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., see below] to lukewarm Laodiceans.” — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50. ccc
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ccc“Satan has come down in these last days to work with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. His satanic majesty works miracles in the sight of false prophets [i.e., and/or false shepherds], in the sight of men, claiming that he is indeed Christ Himself. Satan gives his power [i.e., his heathen power] to those who are aiding [i.e., see below] him in his deceptions; therefore those who claim to have the great power of God can only be discerned by the great detector, the law of Jehovah. The Lord tells us if it were possible they would deceive the very elect. The sheep's clothing seems so real, so genuine, that the wolf can be discerned only as we go to God's great moral standard and there find that they are transgressors of the law of Jehovah [i.e., that they are open transgressors of the law of Jehovah].” — 6BC 1106:1:2; or RH August 25, 1885. ccc
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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. ccc
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ccc“Thus 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. . . . ccc
cccThe Word of the Lord came again unto me [i.e., came again unto the 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 24:24; 30:1-3. ccc
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ccc“History is repeating.” — DA 258, written in 1898. ccc
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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. ccc
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ccc“History is repeating. . . . ccc
cccWhen Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritualism and theosophy--those modernized forms of ancient heathenism [i.e., see below]--to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 420. ccc
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ccc“Thus 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. . . . ccc
cccThe Word of the Lord came again unto me [i.e., came again unto the 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 24:24; 30:1-3. ccc
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ccc“The last books of the Old Testament show us workers taken from the laborers in the field. Others were men of high ability and extensive learning, but the Lord gave them visions and messages. These men of the Old Testament spoke of things transpiring in their day, and Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned them as present truth, but their sights reached down to the future, and to what should occur in these last days.” — 3SM 419-420; or Letter 132, 1898. ccc
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ccc“The book of Ezekiel is deeply instructive.” — RH February 25, 1896; or 3RH 335. ccc
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ccc“Only those who receive the seal of the living God [i.e., see below] will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City.” — 7BC 970:1:2; or Letter 164, 1909. ccc
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ccc“This sealing [i.e., see below] of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation.” — TM 445. ccc
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation [i.e., thus, as we have seen to the beginning of this study, the message to the openly heathen or spiritualistic, worse than dead, perishing, impenitent, devils worshipping or openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting and thus openly false witnessing or lying or fraudulent or not genuine or false-prophet-like or ravening wolves in sheep's clothing, Tammuz-cherishing or visible-false-christ-god-cherishing or heathen-dead-defied-common-man-cherishing or heathen-abomination-cherishing, Satan's-heathen-power-or-spirit-having, Satan-aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation] . . . .
cccWhat greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are all wrong! . . . .
cccMinisters who are preaching present truth should not neglect the solemn message to the Laodiceans. The Testimony of the True Witness is not a smooth message. The Lord does not say to them, You are about right; you have borne chastisement and reproof that you never deserved; you have been unnecessarily discouraged by severity; you are not guilty of the wrongs and sins for which you have been reproved.
cccThe True Witness declares that when you suppose you are really in a good condition of prosperity you are in need of everything. It is not enough for ministers to present theoretical subjects; they should also present those subjects which are practical. They need to study the practical lessons that Christ gave His disciples and make a close application of the same to their own souls and to the people. Because Christ bears this rebuking Testimony, shall we suppose that He is destitute of tender love to His people? Oh, no! He who died to redeem man from death, loves with a Divine love, and those whom He loves He rebukes. 'As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten.' But many will not receive the message that Heaven in mercy sends them. They cannot endure to be told of their neglect of duty and of their wrongs, their selfishness, their pride and love of the world. . . . ccc
ccc. . . . 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 [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 [i.e., of His professed 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 [i.e., the spirit of murder, and/or human sacrifice, and/or transgression of God's sixth commandment--see PP 308, 337] 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 and humble themselves because the danger of souls is felt by them [i.e., if you wish, see 'Joshua's Farewell Address' in ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227-228].
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., which easily beset the professed people of God]. Especially in the closing work for the church [i.e., especially in the closing works for the openly heathen, 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 [i.e., set the seal of the living God] upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for [i.e., that stand against] all the abominations [i.e., to include the heathen abomination of Tammuz] that be done in the midst thereof.' [Ezekiel 9:4.]
cccWho are standing in the counsel of God at this time [i.e., at this time of the closing work or last work for the Laodicean church]? 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 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 [i.e., of the five Heavenly angels of God] bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen [i.e., represented by the mark or salvation-related seal of the living God by God's sealing angel or 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, 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 [i.e., please note this: the Heaven-sent, sealing, and latter time vision in the ninth chapter of Ezekiel actually begins in the eighth 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 [i.e., the seal of the living God or God's salvation-related mark], is described in the order to the five men [i.e., five angels of God] 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 [i.e., and/or seal of the living God]; and begin at My sanctuary.' [Ezekiel 9:5-6.].” — 3T 252, 253, 257-258, 265, 266-267, written in 1873.

ccc“History is repeating.” — ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 420.

ccc“This sealing [i.e., see below] of the servants of God is the same that was shown to Ezekiel in vision. John also had been a witness of this most startling revelation.” — TM 445.

ccc“Only those who receive the seal of the living God [i.e., see below] 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 [i.e., see below]. They trust in their own righteousness [i.e., self-righteousness], which the Lord accounts as foolishness. ccc
cccThose who would have the seal of God [i.e., see below] 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 [i.e., please know this: accepting the openly heathen or spiritualistic, worse than dead, Satan-aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church; and/or accepting open heathenism, or open idolatry and thus open Sabbath-polluting is also accepting 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 [i.e., see below] will be placed upon those only who bear a likeness to Christ in character. . . .
cccMany will not receive the seal of God [i.e., see below] 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., Satan aiding] and halfhearted, they dishonor God [i.e., see below] far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness [i.e., see below] . . . .” — 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. ccc
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ccc“The light of God is ever shining amid the darkness of heathenism.” — DA 59, written in 1898.

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 [i.e., please remember: lukewarm means aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, as seen in 4T 87], 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 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; senseless abominations] to adore. They make images which represent God . . . .” — ST August 12, 1889; or 2ST 311. ccc
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him. . . belittles God in the mind . . . associates Him with common things.” — 4BC 1145; or MS 126, 1901.

ccc"God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose." — PP 316, written in 1890.
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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. ccc
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ccc“ . . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, written in 1890. ccc
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ccc“All the gods of the people are idols.” — 1 Chronicles 16:26. ccc
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ccc“The . . . gods [i.e., the idols; and/or the God-dishonoring, forbidden, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God] . . . an abomination to the Lord . . . .” — Deuteronomy 7:25. ccc
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ccc“Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people, transgressed very much after all the abominations [i.e., and/or after all the gods; and/or after all the idols; and/or after all the God-dishonoring, forbidden, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God] of the heathen; and polluted the house of the Lord. . . . ” — 2 Chronicles 36:14. ccc
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ccc“Wherefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye polluted after the manner of your fathers? and commit ye whoredom after their abominations? For when ye offer your gifts, when ye make your sons to pass through the fire [i.e., please, remember: 'fire' in Revelation 21:7-10, 27], ye pollute yourselves with all your idols [i.e., and/or with all your gods; abominations; or God-dishonoring, Sabbath-polluting, prohibited, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God], even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone.” — Ezekiel 20:30-32.
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ccc“They drank wine, and praised the gods [i.e., and/or praised the idols; the abominations; or the God-dishonoring, forbidden, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God] of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.” — Daniel 5:4.
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ccc“Among the heathen . . . ye shall serve gods [i.e., and/or serve idols; abominations; or God-dishonoring, Sabbath-polluting, prohibited, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God], the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.” — Deuteronomy 4:27, 28.

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., and/or their gods; abominations; or God-dishonoring, forbidden, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God] 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., they are in reality 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“Like attracts like. Like appreciates like.” — 5T 705, written in 1889.
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ccc“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?” — 15MR 114; or Letter 145, 1899.
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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. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will Judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.” — Acts 17:29-31.
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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., and/or senseless gods; and/or senseless abominations] to adore. They make images which represent God and worship His created works [i.e., and/or worship stone; wood; paper; gold; silver; bronze; brass; iron; paint; ink; charcoal; lead pencil; felt; plastic; plaster of Paris; or some other visible, dead, earthly, corrupt, 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“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., 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“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 184; or MR #360, 1901.
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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“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the City. For without are . . . idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie [i.e., whosoever loveth and maketh a falsehood].” — Revelation 22:14, 15.
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ccc“. . . . the falsehood [i.e., the lie] of idolatry.” — 1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900.
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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, and would result in the offering of human sacrifices [i.e., would result in the offering of murder, and/or transgression of God's sixth commandment, and/or sacrificing adult human beings and even one's own sons and daughters to the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone rather than repent of open idolatry or open heathenism]. 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 heathenism; and/or against heathen 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“The . . . heathen . . . dishonor Him . . . .” — 5T 196:2, written in 1882.
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ccc“Thus 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 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 24:24; 30:1-3.
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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“'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness [i.e., see more of a 'form of godliness' later below], but denying the power thereof; from such turn away [2 Timothy 3:1-5-16].'
cccThe class here mentioned by the apostle are not mere heathen [i.e., remember the 'heathen' above; and see below].” — ST December 5, 1895; or 3ST 257.
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ccc“History is repeating. . . .
cccWhen Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritualism [i.e., see below] and theosophy--those modernized forms of ancient heathenism--to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.
cccSide by side with the preaching of the Gospel, agencies are at work which are but the medium of lying spirits.” — ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 420.

ccc"On the lips . . . most precious truth was turned into a lie. The policy . . . advocated was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism." — DA 540, written in 1898.
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ccc“Spiritualism [i.e., and/or heathenism] is a lie.” — ST November 13, 1884; or 1ST 470.

ccc"Many are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. . . their whole life being a lie [i.e., and/or their whole life being spiritualism or heathenism in a professing Christian guise and in a professing Seventh-day Adventist guise]." — 7BC 962:2:1; or Letter 66, 1894.

ccc"What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it [i.e., it is dead].” — Habakkuk 2:18-19.
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ccc“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His delight.” — Proverbs 12:22.
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ccc“We want to be true in all our representations of Jesus Christ.” — CW 171; or Letter 145, 1899.
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ccc“Neither God nor Heaven nor Christ, who is the image of the Father, can be truly represented by the art of man.” — 15MR 106; or MS 131, September 12, 1899.
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ccc“. . . . everything untrue, must be put away . . . .” — 18MR 247; or Letter 17a, 1891.
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ccc“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly [i.e., thus, please see 'truly,' see 'untrue,' and see much more discussed in the next three quotes] are His delight.” — Proverbs 12:22.
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ccc“The artist may do his best to represent the things his eyes have never seen, but his representations are so far beneath the reality that I am pained as I behold them. Neither God nor Heaven nor Christ, who is the image of the Father, can be truly represented by the art of man. If the Lord had thought it advisable to represent Christ in this way, His person would have been described in the writings of the apostle. . .
cccSatan is working with masterly power [i.e., with masterly, spiritualistic, and/or heathen power] to corrupt the experience of human beings, so that the influence of the truth will not appear in their lives and become a savor of life unto life to all who believe. Those who are purified and sanctified will have that faith that works by love and purifies the soul. . . .
ccc. . . . We need not any external representations of the person of Christ.” — 15MR 105-106, 107; or MR #1155, September 12, 1899; or MS 131, September 12, 1899.
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ccc“All these spiritualistic representations are simply nothingness. They are imperfect, untrue. They weaken and diminish the Majesty which no earthly likeness can be compared to. God can not be compared with the things His hands have made. These are mere earthly things, suffering under the curse of God because of the sins of man.” — SpTB07:62:4, written in 1905.
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ccc“. . . . separate . . . from . . . all . . . that is untrue to God . . . .” — PH167:8-9, an undated but inspired pamphlet.
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ccc“The developments of these last days will soon become decided. When these spiritualistic deceptions are revealed to be what they really are,--the secret workings of evil spirits,--those who have acted a part in them [i.e., those who unwisely choose not to repent and who have acted a part in them] will become as men who have lost their minds.” — BCL 124, written in 1905.
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ccc“Spiritualist teachers . . . 'put darkness for light, and light for darkness.' [Isaiah 5:20.]. . . .
cccSatan is making . . . the Saviour of the world . . . to be no more than a common man. . . .
cccIt is true that spiritualism [i.e., and/or heathenism; and/or heathen Laodiceanism] is now changing its form, and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise.” — GC 557, 558, written in 1888.

ccc"The only hope for the Laodiceans is a clear view of their standing before God, a knowledge of the nature of their disease. . . The internal work of grace is wanting in their hearts; of such it is said: '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.' . . .
cccTo be without the graces of the Spirit of God is sad indeed; but it is a more terrible condition to be thus destitute of spirituality and of Christ, and yet try to justify ourselves by telling those who are alarmed for us that we need not their fears and pity. Fearful is the power of self-deception on the human mind! What blindness! setting light for darkness and darkness for light!" — 4T 87-88, written in 1876.
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ccc“Spiritualist teachers . . . 'put darkness for light, and light for darkness.' [Isaiah 5:20.]. . . .
cccSatan is making . . . the Saviour of the world . . . to be no more than a common man [i.e., and/or to be no more than a Tammuz, who was and is Satan's heathen, dead, defied, common man or Satan's visible false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism / spiritualism].” — GC 557, written in 1888.

ccc"The city . . . was the metropolis of heathendom. . . Everywhere statues of their gods . . . met the eye . . . The senses of the people were entranced by the beauty and splendor of art. . . .
cccIn this great city . . . God was not worshiped . . . .
ccc. . . . Pointing to their statuary and idols, he [i.e., the apostle Pual] declared that God could not be likened to forms of man's devising. These graven images could not, in the faintest sense, represent the glory [i.e., the honor] of Jehovah. He reminded them that these images had no life [i.e., these images are dead] . . . ." — PP 233, 234, 237, written in 1911.
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ccc"What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it [i.e., it is dead].” — Habakkuk 2:18-19.

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

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, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.

ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol [i.e., and/or of a god; and/or of any prohibited representation of God made from material obejcts; and/or of the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands], and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57; or Manuscript 2, 1893.

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

ccc"Thou shalt have no other gods [i.e., and/or idols; and/or any prohibited representation of God made from material obejcts; and/or the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands], before Me." — Exodus 20:3.

ccc"The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.

ccc"Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men . . . .” — Mark 7:7-8.

ccc"The people desired some image to represent God . . . God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose." — PP 316, written in 1890.

ccc"Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, the likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth . . . Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which he made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee.” — Deuteronomy 4:17-18, 23.
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ccc"It is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature that by beholding we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. . . .
ccc'The worship of images [i.e., the vain worship of images of God] . . . was one of those corruptions of Christianity which crept into the church stealthily and almost without notice or observation. This corruption did not, like other heresies, develop itself at once, for in that case it would have met with decided censure and rebuke: but, making its commencement under a fair disguise, so gradually was one practice after another introduced in connection with it, that the church had become deeply steeped in practical idolatry, not only without any efficient opposition, but almost without any decided remonstrance; and when at length an endeavor was made to root it out, the evil was found too deeply fixed to admit of removal. . . . It must be traced to the idolatrous tendency of the human heart, and its propensity to serve the creature more than the Creator. . . .
ccc'Images and pictures [i.e., forbidden images and pictures of God] were first introduced into churches, not to be worshiped, but either in the place of books to give instruction to those who could not read, or to excite devotion in the minds of others. How far they ever answered such a purpose is doubtful; but, even granting that this was the case for a time, it soon ceased to be so, and it was found that pictures and images [i.e., forbidden pictures and images of God] brought into churches darkened rather than enlightened the minds of the ignorant- degraded rather than exalted the devotion of the worshiper. So that, however they might have been intended to direct men's minds to God, they ended in turning them from Him to the worship of created things.' -- J. Mendham, The Seventh General Council, The Second Of Nicaea, Introduction, pages iii-vi." — GC 555, 680, written in 1911.

ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.

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, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.

ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol [i.e., and/or of a god; and/or of any prohibited representation of God made from material obejcts; and/or of the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands], and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57.

ccc"They despised My Judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., and/ or after their gods; and/or after their visible and forbidden representations of God made from material obejcts; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands]." — Ezekiel 20:16.

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

ccc“Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image that is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed: and the workmen, they are of men: let them all be gathered together, let them stand up; yet they shall fear, and they shall be ashamed together. The smith with the tongs both worketh in the coals, and fashioneth it with hammers, and worketh it with the strength of his arms: yea, he is hungry, and his strength faileth: he drinketh no water, and is faint. The carpenter stretcheth out his rule; he marketh it out with a line; he fitteth it with planes, and he marketh it out with the compass, and maketh it after the figure of a man, according to the beauty of a man; that it may remain in the house.” — Isaiah 44:10-13.

ccc". . . . the workman made it; therefore it is not God . . . .” — Hosea 8:6.
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ccc“Spiritualist teachers . . . 'put darkness for light, and light for darkness.' [Isaiah 5:20.]. . . .
cccSatan is making . . . the Saviour of the world . . . to be no more than a common man [i.e., and/or to be no more than Tammuz, who was and is the heathen, dead, defied, common man and/or the visible false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism / spiritualism]. . . .
cccIt is true that spiritualism [i.e., and/or heathenism; and/or heathen Laodiceanism] is now changing its form, and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise.” — GC 557, 558, written in 1888.
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ccc“Amid the confusing cries, 'Lo, here is Christ! Lo, there is Christ!' will be borne a special testimony, a special message of truth appropriate for this time [i.e., appropriate for this time of 'The Closing Work,' which is the exact title of this Heaven-sent article], which message is to be received, believed, and acted upon. It is the truth, not fanciful ideas, that is efficacious. The eternal truth of the Word will stand forth free from all seductive errors and spiritualistic interpretations, free from all fancifully drawn, alluring pictures. Falsehoods will be urged upon the attention of God's people, but the truth is to stand clothed in its beautiful, pure garments. The Word, precious in its holy uplifting influence, is not to be degraded to a level with common, ordinary matters. It is always to remain uncontaminated by the fallacies by which Satan seeks to deceive, if possible, the very elect.” — RH October 13, 1904; or 3RH 83.
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ccc“Modern spiritualism, resting upon the same foundation, is but a revival [i.e., Satan's on-going, 'latter times,' 'counterfeit' 'revival,' which is a 'counterfeit' of God's true 'revival of primitive godliness, as has not been witnessed since apostolic times,' and/or which is a 'counterfeit' of God's true 'revival of primitive faith and godliness,' as all of this is plainly seen in GC 464-465, 478 and PP 684-686, 688-689] in a new form of the witchcraft and demon worship that God condemned and prohibited of old. It is foretold in the Scriptures, which declare that 'in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.' 1 Timothy 4:1. Paul, in his second letter to the Thessalonians, points to the special working of Satan in spiritualism as an event to take place immediately before the second advent of Christ. Speaking of Christ's second coming, He declares that it is 'after the working of Satan with all power [i.e., with all heathen or spiritualistic power] and signs and lying wonders.' 2 Thessalonians 2:9.” — PP 686, written in 1890.
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ccc“Spiritualism [i.e., and/or a modernized form of ancient heathenism; and/or spiritusalistic or heatnen Laodiceanism] is a lie. It is founded on the great original lie, 'Thou shalt not surely die.'” — ST November 13, 1884; or 1ST 470.
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ccc""On the lips . . . most precious truth was turned into a lie. The policy . . . was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism.” — DA 540, written in 1898.
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ccc ". . . . the falsehood of idolatry [i.e., and/or the lie of witchcraft and demon worship; and/or the lie of spiritualism; and/or the lie of heathenism; and/or the lie of Laodiceanism].” — 1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900.
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ccc“It [i.e., God's second commandment] forbids the making of any image which man might try to liken to the Creator. It forbids the making of an image of any creature to represent God or to be associated in any way with the worship of God. . . .
ccc. . . . The Egyptians and other heathen nations had many strange gods -- creatures of their own fanciful imagination. . . .
ccc. . . . The second precept, which forbids false worship, is also a command to worship God, and Him only serve. The Lord is a jealous God. He will not be trifled with. He has spoken concerning the manner in which He should be worshiped. He has a hatred of idolatry, for its influence is corrupting. It debases the mind, and leads to sensuality and all kinds of sin.
cccTo make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 2SAT 182, 184; or MR #360, December 10, 1901.

ccc"The church [i.e., the Laodicean church] has turned back from following Christ her Leader and is steadily retreating toward Egypt [i.e., toward heathenism]." — 5T 217, written in 1882; and, thus, part of the great 'light of 1882' by which 'the church' will be 'found wanting,' as explained in 5T 83-84.
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ccc“The first and second commandments spoken by Jehovah are precepts against idolatry [i.e., against heathenism]. This sin if practiced, would lead men to great lengths in rebellion, and would result in the offering of human sacrifices [i.e., would result in the offering of murder, or would result in transgression of God's sixth commandment, or would result in the historically heathen practice of engaging in human sacrifices to fire -- even to the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, rather than repent of open idolatry, as seen in Revelation 21:7-10, 27]. 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., and/or against heathenism; and/or against heathen Laodiceanism] 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 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“The iniquity prevailing in Israel during the last half century before the Assyrian captivity, was similar to that which prevailed in the days of Noah, and which has prevailed in every age when men have rejected God and given themselves wholly to evil doing. Always the exaltation of nature above the God of nature, the worship of the creature instead of the Creator, has resulted in the grossest evils. When the people of Israel paid to the images of Baal and of Ashtoreth [i.e., Ashtoreth or Semiramis, as she was also called, was Tammuz's mother; and, when she died, Ashtoreth or Semiramis was deified as the counterfeit holy spirit or power goddess, or as the counterfeit third person of the false godhead of ancient and modern heathenism; or, in reality, when Ashtoreth or Semiramis died she was deified as the representation of Satan's heathen power or spirit; and her visible symbol was and is an earthly dove image; her festival was and is Easter; and, in another study, we will discuss more of this moon goddess, or this counterfeit unholy spirit goddess, or this heathen power goddess of ancient and modern heathenism and we will plainly see that her openly heathen and Laodicean devotees in a professing Christian guise and in a professing Seventh-day Adventist guise are very much active today], symbolizing the forces of nature, the homage due to God alone, they severed their connection with all that is uplifting and ennobling, and fell an easy prey to temptation. The defenses of the soul broken down, the misguided worshipers had no barrier against sin.
cccIn the first chapter of the epistle to the Romans, the apostle Paul gives a startling picture of the debasing influence of creature worship. Of those who 'changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator,' he writes:--
ccc'When they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man [i.e., and/or made like unto the heathen, dead, deified, common man called Tammuz, who was and is the visible false christ god of ancient and modern heathenism], and to birds [i.e., and/orto earthly dove images, which are one of the express and visible symbols of the heathen, dead, deified, common woman called Ashtoreth or Semiramis, who was and is the so-called moon goddess, or the visible power goddess, or the visible unholy spirit goddess, or the counterfeit latter rain of ancient and modern heathenism, or the represention of Satan's heathen power or spirit], and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.' [Romans 1:21-23.].” — RH January 29, 1914; or 6RH 402.
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cccTherefore, as seen in the next five Heaven-sent quotes and especially in the fifth quote below from Romans 1:21-32, those who are living in the hope of being Judged by God to be genuinely penitent Christians and Seventh-day Adventists [i.e., as distinguished from impenitent, openly sinning or openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, openly heathen Laodiceans], will see that demon worship, and/or devil worship, and/or creature worship, and/or open idolatry, and/or making images/pictures to represent God results in homosexuality and results in many more sins among a people. In other words, as seen in the next five inspired quotes and especially in the fifth quote below from Romans 1:21-32, contrary to the teachings and denials of impenitent and openly heathen Laodiceans; and, contrary to their heathen, Laodicean, so-called masters of divinity and scholars and theologians and psychologists and psychiatrists, -- genuinely penitent Christians and Seventh-day Adventists will acknowledge and plainly see that God says the true cause of homosexuality and many other sins among a people is the fact that they refuse to repent of idolatry or they refuse to repent of making to themselves forbidden images / pictures to represent God, as follows:
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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“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 . . . 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“Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God [i.e., they honored Him not as God], neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory [i.e., the honor] of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore [i.e., therefore or for which cause] God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature [i.e., an inspired reference to the cause of homosexuality]: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men [i.e., another inspired reference to the cause of homosexuality] working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection [i.e., without natural affection means: truceless; truce-breakers; not to be appeased; relentless], unmerciful: Who knowing the Judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” — Romans 1:21-32.
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ccc“And the Lord spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the Voice of the Words, but saw no similitude; only ye heard a Voice. And He declared unto you His covenant, which He commanded you to perform, even ten commandments; and He wrote them upon two tables of stone. And the Lord commanded me [i.e., Moses] at that time to teach you statutes and Judgments, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go over to possess it. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flieth in the air, the likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth: And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the Lord thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. . . . Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God, which He made with you, and make you a graven image, or the likeness of any thing, which the Lord thy God hath forbidden thee. . . 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 4:12-19, 23, 27, 28.

ccc"The people desired some image to represent God . . . God had given no manner of similitude of Himself, and He had prohibited any material representation for such a purpose." — PP 316, written in 1890.
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ccc“. . . . the falsehood of idolatry [i.e., and/or of heathenism].” — 1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900.
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ccc“Spiritualism is a lie. It is founded on the great original lie, 'Thou shalt not surely die.'” — ST November 13, 1884; or 1ST 470.
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ccc“On the lips . . . most precious truth was turned into a lie. The policy . . . was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism [i.e., and/or from spiritualism].” — DA 540, written in 1898.
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ccc“Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His delight.” — Proverbs 12:22.
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ccc“Many are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. They clothe themselves in the garments of their own righteousness, imagining themselves to be rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, when they need daily to learn of Jesus, His meekness and lowliness, else they find themselves bankrupt, their whole life being a lie [i.e., their whole life being and abomination to the Lord; and/or their whole life being heathenism / spiritualism].” — 7BC 962:2:1; or Letter 66, 1894.
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ccc“Truth will never be agreeable to a liar. . . . ” — GC 542, written in 1888.
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ccc“The devil [i.e., the enemy of God and man] . . . from the beginning . . . abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.” — John 8:44.
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ccc“. . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan, who is in reality the secretly 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“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” — Exodus 20:16.
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ccc“There are those who, though professedly serving God, are witnessing against Him. To them the message to the Laodicean church is given.” — 7BC 963:2:5; or Letter 44, 1903.
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ccc“Let the son of deceit and false witness be entertained by a church that has had great light, great evidence, and that church will discard the message the Lord has sent [i.e., and, thus, the openly heathen and Laodicean church discards the Laodicean message which the Lord has sent], and receive the most unreasonable assertions and false suppositions and false theories. Satan laughs at their folly, for he knows what truth is.
cccMany will stand in our pulpits with the torch of false prophecy in their hands, kindled from the hellish torch of Satan. If doubts and unbelief are cherished, the faithful ministers will be removed from the people who think they know so much.” — SpTA:11:7-8, written in 1898; or TM 409-410.

ccc“Many are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. . . their whole life being a lie [i.e., and/or their whole life being falsifiers of those who have borne to them the Laodicean message from the Lord against their abominations of open heathenism / spiritualism].” — 7BC 962:2:1; or Letter 66, 1894.

ccc“They see no necessity for reform, and so they reject the Words of the Lord, and hate him who reproveth at the gate [i.e., if you wish, see this type of hate, which is also murder, or human sacrifice, or another practice of heathenism to include bein a practice of heathen Laodiceanism, and which is open transgression of God's sixth commandment, as discussed more in the Lord's comments on the sixth commandment in PP 308, 337; and, if you wish, also see the unholy spirit of hatred discussed in PP 308, 337 and in 3T 266-267].
cccThis very refusal to heed the admonitions which the Lord sends, gives Satan every advantage to make of them the bitterest enemies of those who have told them the truth. They become falsifiers of those who have borne to them the message from the Lord.” — SpTA:11:6:1-2, written in 1898.
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ccc“Spiritualism is a lie. It is founded on the great original lie, 'Thou shalt not surely die.'” — ST November 13, 1884; or 1ST 470.
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ccc“On the lips . . . most precious truth was turned into a lie [i.e., a falsehood]. The policy . . . was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism [i.e., and/or from spiritualism].” — DA 540, written in 1898.
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ccc“The . . . fraud . . . was . . . a . . . falsehood . . . .” — ST April 17, 1879; or 1ST 98.
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ccc“The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies . . . .” — Zephaniah 3:13.
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ccc“For He [i.e., God] said, Surely they are My people, children that will not lie: so He was their Saviour.” — Isaiah 63:8.
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ccc“Many are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. . . . their whole life being a lie.” — 7BC 962:2:1; or Letter 66, 1894.
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ccc“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews [i.e., which say they are the true people of God], and are not, but do lie . . . .” — Revelation 3:9.
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ccc“Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. . . .
ccc. . . . thou makest this people to trust in a lie.” — Jeremiah 7:4; 28:15.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.
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ccc“Many are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. . . their whole life being a lie [i.e., their whole life being open heathenism / spiritualism].
cccLove of self excludes [i.e., refuses to admit; refuses to consider; puts out; forces out; discards; rejects; expels] the love of Christ [i.e., the 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, who is the secretly disguised god of ancient and modern heathenism or spiritualism], neither cold nor hot.” — 7BC 962:2:1, or Letter 66, 1894; and 7BC 962:2:2, or MS 61, 1898.
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ccc“It 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 119:126, 142, 172.
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ccc“You have had a glimpse of the righteousness of Christ which you have not lost, as I am sure some others did when they came in contact with those who did not appreciate this blessed truth. . . .
cccWhen the third angel's message is preached as it should be, power attends its proclamation, and it becomes an abiding influence. It must be attended with divine power, or it will accomplish nothing. I am often referred to the parable of the ten virgins, five of whom were wise, and five foolish. This parable has been and will be fulfilled to the very letter, for it has a special application to this time, and, like the third angel's message, has been fulfilled and will continue to be present truth till the close of time. . . .
ccc. . . . There are persons who have received the precious light of the righteousness of Christ, but they do not act upon it; they are foolish virgins. They prefer the sophistry of the enemy [i.e., they prefer the cunning lies of the enemy] rather than the plain 'Thus saith the Lord.' . . . .
cccSatan uses those who claim to believe the truth, but whose light has become darkness [i.e., heathen darkness], as his mediums to utter his falsehoods [i.e., his lies] and transmit his darkness [i.e., his heathen darkness]. They are foolish virgins indeed, choosing darkness [i.e., choosing heathen darkness] rather than light, and dishonoring God. . . That which passes with many for the religion of Christ, is made up of ideas and theories, a mixture of truth and error. . . .
cccThe state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state. The True Witness declares, 'I know thy works [i.e., thy heathen / spiritualistic works], that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan], and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' . . .
ccc. . . . These professors of religion claim to keep the law of God, but they do not keep it.” — RH August 19, 1890; or 2RH 419, 420.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.
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ccc“You cannot affiliate with the world [i.e., see below] without becoming a partaker of its spirit [i.e., without becoming a partaker of its heathen power or spirit], without becoming guilty of treason against the Lord who has bought you.” — RH August 26, 1890; or 2RH 421.
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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 [i.e., please remember the previous inspired quote immediately above] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccLove of self excludes [i.e., refuses to admit; refuses to consider; puts out; forces out; discards; rejects; expels] the love of Christ [i.e., the 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], neither cold nor hot.” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; and 7BC 962:2:2, or MS 61, 1898.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.

 

Therefore, as heathen Laodiceans cherish and follow Tammuz in these last days,

just as God has predicted, Satan has united many in one heathen body; -- and/or

in one Satanic, worldly, spiritualistic, or openly heathen form of godliness; -- and/or

in one Satanic, worldly, latter times, counterfeit revival of open heathenism or spiritualism:


ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments. . . He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. . . . If a man love Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth Me not keepeth not My sayings: and the Word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent Me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world [i.e., see below] giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved Me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for My Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world [i.e., see below] cometh, and hath nothing in Me. . . .
cccIf the world [i.e., see below] hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you. If ye were of the world [i.e., see below], the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world [i.e., see below], but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world [i.e., see below] hateth you. Remember the Word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for My name's sake, because they know not Him that sent Me.” — John 14:15, 21, 23-30; 15:18-21.
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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 [i.e., thus, remember the Biblical counsel concerning 'the world' and more just above; and see the next very important Heaven-sent quote below] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccLove of self excludes [i.e., refuses to admit; rejects; expels] the love of Christ [i.e., the commandments, Words, and sayings 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], 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. [Revelation 3:17-18 quoted.]
cccSelf-exaltation [i.e., see below] is a dangerous element. It tarnishes everything it touches. It is the offspring of pride, and it works so ingeniously that, unless guarded against, it will take possession of the thoughts and control the actions.
cccThe Laodicean message must be proclaimed with power; for now it is especially applicable. Now, more than ever before, are seen pride, worldly ambition, self-exaltation [i.e., see below], double-dealing, hypocrisy, and deception. Many are speaking great swelling words of vanity, saying, 'I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.' Yet they are miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; 7BC 962:2:2, or MS 61, 1898; and 7BC 962:2:3-4, or RH September 25, 1900.
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ccc“The sanctification [i.e., as seen in FW 51, this is will-worship; and/or modern, counterfeit sanctification] now gaining prominence in the religious world, carries with it a spirit of self-exaltation [i.e., remember above; see below], and a disregard for the law of God, that mark it as foreign to the religion of the Bible. Its advocates teach that sanctification is an instantaneous work, by which, through faith alone, they attain to perfect holiness. 'Only believe,' say they, 'and the blessing is yours.' No further effort on the part of the receiver is supposed to be required. At the same time they deny the authority of the law of God, urging that they are released from obligation to keep the commandments. But is it possible for men to be holy, in accord with the will and character of God, without coming into harmony with the principles which are an expression of His nature and will, and which show what is well-pleasing to Him?
cccThe desire for an easy religion [i.e., the desire for an easy religion is the sin of covetousness for an easy religion -- see PP 309], that requires no striving, no self-denial, no divorce from the follies of the world, has made the doctrine of faith, and faith only, a popular doctrine; but what saith the Word of God? Says the apostle James: 'What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? . . . Wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? . . . Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.' [James 2:14-24.]
cccThe Testimony of the Word of God is against this ensnaring doctrine of faith without works. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions upon which mercy is to be granted. It is presumption; for genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.
cccLet none deceive themselves with the belief that they can become holy while willfully violating one of God's requirements. The commission of a known sin silences the witnessing Voice of the Spirit, and separates the soul from God. 'Sin is the transgression of the law.' And 'whosoever sinneth (transgresseth the law) hath not seen Him, neither known Him.' [1 John 3:6.] Though John in his epistles dwells so fully upon love, yet he does not hesitate to reveal the true character of that class who claim to be sanctified while living in transgression of the law of God. 'He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the love of God perfected.' [1 John 2:4, 5.] Here is the test of every man's profession. We cannot accord holiness to any man without bringing him to the measurement of God's only standard of holiness in Heaven and in earth. If men feel no weight of the moral law, if they belittle and make light of God's precepts, if they break one of the least of these commandments, and teach men so, they shall be of no esteem in the sight of Heaven, and we may know that their claims are without foundation.
cccAnd the claim to be without sin is, in itself, evidence that he who makes this claim is far from holy. It is because he has no true conception of the infinite purity and holiness of God, or of what they must become who shall be in harmony with His character; because he has no true conception of the purity and exalted loveliness of Jesus, and the malignity and evil of sin, that man can regard himself as holy. The greater the distance between himself and Christ, and the more inadequate his conceptions of the divine character and requirements, the more righteous he appears in his own eyes.” — GC 471-473, written in 1888.
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ccc“The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself [i.e., self-exaltation] as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord. . . For the day of the Lord is near upon all the heathen [i.e., upon all self-exalted or openly heathen Laodiceans]: as thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon My holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually, yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been.” — Obadiah 1:3-4, 15-16.
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ccc“Satan beguiles men now [i.e., Satan N.L.P.'s men now; and/or Satan bewitches men now; and/or Satan controls men with his heathen power or spirit now; and/or Satan controls men with his spiritualistic power or spirit now; and/or Satan hypnotizes men now] as he beguiled Eve in Eden, by flattery, by kindling a desire to obtain forbidden knowledge, by exciting ambition for self-exaltation. It was cherishing these evils that caused his fall, and through them he aims to compass the ruin of men. 'Ye shall be as gods,' he declares, 'knowing good and evil [i.e., from the Hebrew, 'knowing good and evil' means: that one falsely believes that a mixture of good and evil can be had and even taught, as if this mixture of truth and error were to be excused and accepted as a familiar friend; and, thus, through this false belief in foolishly accepting a mixture of good and evil, as supposedly being alright, men and women become as 'gods' themselves].' [Genesis 3:5.] Spiritualism [i.e., witchcraft and demon worship; and/or heathenism; and/or heathen Laodiceanism] teaches 'that man is the creature of progression; that it is his destiny from his birth to progress, even to eternity, toward the Godhead,' And again: 'Each mind will Judge itself and not another.' 'The Judgment will be right, because it is the Judgment of self. . . . The Throne is within you.'” — GC 554, written in 1888.
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ccc“We [i.e., those who will be Judged by God in His Judgment and found to be true Seventh-day Adventists and Christians] should be careful not to take into our hands the work of Judging that belongs to God.” — MH 484, written 1905.
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ccc“We are all Judgment bound.” — 5T 14, written in 1882.
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cccTherefore, one example of the openly heathen or spiritualistic church of the Laodicean's self-exaltation is making boasts of some type of superior goodness, which is reserved for the Judgment of God alone to decide. In effect, men and women become as gods; and, self-exaltingly assuming the Judgment Throne of God, they enter into God's Judgment making certain self-exalted claims or hypnotizing claims through their counterfeit Judgment. For example, no body of men or women can Judge and rightfully say they are the wheat or the true remnant on this side of the true Judgment of God, because this is a decision reserved for the true Judgment of God alone to decide -- not for the counterfeit Judgment of men and women acting as gods to decide. Please, prayerfully think about these matters dear friends.
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cccHowever, as we have just seen from God's Word, Satan's counterfeit revival of witchcraft and demon worship, and/or spiritualism, and/or heathenism, and/or heathen Laodiceanism is also synonymous with beguiling, bewitching, or hypnotizing self-exaltation. What is another example of this self-exaltation? Well, when men or women make a graven image or a so-called true statute of God, or when men or women make even a so-called true likeness or picture of God, what have they in reality done?--They have simply put their own thoughts into tangible form so they can see them. Therefore, beguiling, bewitching, or hypnotizing self-exaltation is one of the things forbidden by God in each of His commandments--to include in His first and second commandments against open idolatry, and/or against open heathenism, and/or against open witchcraft and demon worship in disguise, and/or against open spiritualism, and/or against an openly heathen form of godliness, and/or against openly heathen Laodiceanism.
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cccIn these last days, rather than growing in Christian humility, many perishing and openly heathen Laodiceans are self-exaltingly and hypnotically claiming to be historical Seventh-day Adventists, but are they really? What are the differences between a historical and true Seventh-day Adventist, and between a historical and openly heathen Laodicean? Well, God will be the One that decides in His Judgment who is really a historical and true Seventh-day Adventist; but, for one thing, historical and true Seventh-day Adventists will be humble and genuinely repentant, whereas historical and openly heathen or openly sinning Laodiceans will be hypnotically self-exalted, will excuse and cloak over the abomination of Tammuz, will be in highly visible and open idolatry, and will thus perish in their self-exaltation unless they repent. Thus, please, notice what the historical words of J. W. Watt were, as printed in the November 18, 1898, Signs Of The Times, as follows:
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ccc“When man has formed a graven image, what has he in reality done?--He has simply put his own thoughts into tangible form so that he can see them. . . Self-exaltation is one of the things God warns us against in the second commandment. . . .
cccThe Intelligent Catholic [i.e., and also the lost, more deceptive, and heathen Laodicean] will tell you that he does not worship the image that is before him, but that the image is there to remind him of the object he worships, adores, or whose aid he seeks; but even this is forbidden by the Lord." — J. W. Watt; ST November 18, 1898; or 3ST 515.

ccc"To make an image of God dishonors Him. . . belittles God in the mind . . . associates Him with common things." — 2SAT 184; or Manuscript 126, 1901; or 4BC 1145.

ccc"[Exodus 20:4-6 quoted]. If we attempt to represent God by an image or other object, we misrepresent Him; we belittle Him. It is a sacrilege, for no finite mind can imagine the form, or the glory, or the majesty of the Eternal One." — Alma E. McKibbin; Half Hours With The Bible; Pacific Press Association (1946); page 56.

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ccc“In the days that were before the flood, men left God out of their reckoning, and followed the imagination of their own hearts until violence and cruelty, selfishness and self-exaltation, were the order of the day. The Lord destroyed the inhabitants of the world [i.e., see below] by a flood, and He declares that as it was in the days before the flood, so it shall be in the days when the Son of man is revealed.” — RH November 13, 1894; or 3RH 202.
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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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccSelf-exaltation [i.e., remember above; and see below] is a dangerous element. It tarnishes everything it touches. It is the offspring of pride, and it works so ingeniously that, unless guarded against, it will take possession of the thoughts and control the actions.
cccThe Laodicean message must be proclaimed with power; for now it is especially applicable. Now, more than ever before, are seen pride, worldly ambition, self-exaltation [i.e., remember above; and see below] . . . .” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; and 7BC 962:2:3-4, or RH September 25, 1900.
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cccTherefore, please notice what the Word of God says about God's true revival and about Satan's on-going, worldly, self-exalted, counterfeit revival, as follows [i.e., bracketed pastoral comments supplied]:
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cccBefore the final visitation of God's Judgments upon the earth, there will be, among the people of the Lord [i.e., among the true people of the Lord], such a revival [i.e., such a true revival] of primitive godliness as has not been witnessed since apostolic times. The Spirit and power of God will be poured out upon His children [i.e., upon those who will be Judged by God in His Judgment and found to be His true children]. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world [i.e., remember the previous inspired quote above] has supplanted love for God and His Word. Many, both of ministers and people, will gladly accept those great truths which God has caused to be proclaimed at this time, to prepare a people for the Lord's second coming. The enemy [i.e., please remember, lukewarm means aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, as seen and defined in 4T 87] of souls desires to hinder this work; and before the time for such a movement shall come [i.e., before the time for such a true revival or movement shall come], he will endeavor to prevent it, by introducing a counterfeit [i.e., Satan's ongoing, 'counterfeit' 'revival' or 'movement' of open 'heathenism,' or 'spiritualism,' or 'witchcraft and demon worship,' as seen in PP 684-686; and GC 464-465, 556-558]. In those churches [i.e., to include: the openly heathen, or worldly, or spiritualistic, or treasonous-to-Christ, Tammuz-cherishing, witchcraft and demon worshipping, self-exalted, Satan's heathen spirit or power having, Satan-aiding or lukewarm church of the Laodiceans] which he can bring under his deceptive power [i.e., under his deceptive, heathen spirit or power], he will make it appear that God's special blessing is poured out; there will be manifest what is thought to be great religious interest. Multitudes will exult [i.e., self-exaltation] that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit [i.e., of another heathen spirit or power]. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world.
cccIn many of the revivals [i.e., in many of the counterfeit revivals or movements of open heathenism or spiritualism, as seen in PP 684-686; GC 464-465, 556-558] which have occurred during the last half century, the same influences have been at work, to a greater or less degree, that will be manifest in the more extensive movements of the future. There is an emotional excitement, a mingling of the true with the false, that is well adapted to mislead. Yet none need be deceived. In the light of God's Word it is not difficult to determine the nature of these movements. Wherever men neglect the Testimony of the Bible, turning away from those plain, soul-testing truths which require self-denial and renunciation of the world [i.e., please, remember the previous Heaven-sent quote above], there we may be sure that God's blessing is not bestowed. . . .
ccc. . . . It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival [i.e., a true revival] of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people.” — GC 464, 478, written in 1888.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.
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ccc“Here are our children. Shall we allow them to be contaminated by the world [i.e., see below], by its iniquity, its disregard of God's commandments?” — SpM 245, written in 1902.
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ccc“The Church and the world [i.e., see below] are united in trampling upon God's commandments, and those who obey these commandments they threaten with death.” — RH July 16, 1901; or 4RH 318.
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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 [i.e., please, remember the previous four Heaven-sent quotes above] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccLove of self excludes [i.e., refuses to admit; rejects; expels] the love of Christ [i.e., the commandments, Words, and sayings 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, who is the secretly disguised god of ancient and modern heathenism or spiritualism], neither cold nor hot.” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; and 7BC 962:2:2, or MS 61, 1898.
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ccc“'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness [i.e., please see this 'form of godliness' discussed below to the end of this study], but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.' [2 Timothy 3:1-5.]
cccThe class here mentioned by the apostle are not mere heathen [i.e., see below].” — ST December 5, 1895; or 3ST 257.
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ccc“When the early church became corrupted [i.e., please remember: making images to represent God is the forbidden imagery that corrupts, as God has plainly warned in Deuteronomy 4:12-19] by departing from the simplicity of the gospel, and accepting heathen rites and customs, she lost the Spirit and power of God; and in order to control the consciences of the people she sought the support of the secular power. The result was the papacy, a church that controlled the power of the State, and employed it to further her own ends, especially for the punishment of 'heresy.' . . .
cccIt was apostasy that led the early church to seek the aid of the civil government, and this prepared the way for the development of the papacy,--the beast. Said Paul, There shall 'come a falling away, . . . and that man of sin be revealed.' [2 Thessalonians 2:3] So apostasy in the church will prepare the way for the image to the beast. And the Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord there will exist a state of religious declension similar to that in the first centuries. 'In the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness [i.e., see below to the end of this study], but denying the power thereof.' [2 Timothy 3:1-5.] 'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.' [1 Timothy 4:1; and see also PP 686.] Satan will work 'with all power and signs and lying wonders [i.e., the wide-spread acceptance of Tammuz, the visible false christ god, and/or the heathen, dead, deified, common man of ancient and modern heathenism, is just one example of Satan's lying wonders], and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness.' And all that 'received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,' will be left to accept 'strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.' [2 Thessalonians 2:9-11; and, remember, many are being 'led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God,' as explained in ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227; and, 'anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol' or 'god,' as seen in SD 57 and 1 Chronicles 16:26.] When this state of ungodliness shall be reached, the same results will follow as in the first centuries [i.e., thus, if you wish to see exactly how the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans is even now persecuting Christians and Seventh-day Adventists who stand against their open heathenism or paganism, please prayerfully read the chapter called 'Persecution In The First Centuries' in GC 39-48].” — GC 443, 444, written in 1888.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.
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ccc“The line of distinction between professed Christians and the ungodly is now hardly distinguishable. Church-members love what the world loves, and are ready to join with them; and Satan determines to unite them in one body, and thus strengthen his cause by sweeping all into the ranks of spiritualism [i.e., and/or into the ranks of cherishing Tammuz; and/or into the ranks of a modernized form of ancient heathenism; and/or into the ranks of a heathen form of godliness]. Papists, who boast of miracles as a certain sign of the true church, will be readily deceived by this wonder-working power; and Protestants, having cast away the shield of truth, will also be deluded. Papists, Protestants, and worldlings [i.e., to include: papist, so-called Protestant, worldly, openly heathen Laodiceans] will alike accept the form of godliness [i.e., see below] without the power . . . .” — GC 588-589, written in 1888.
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ccc“And how is this matter to end? The Satanic agencies are to combine with, and inspire, the professedly Christian world. Those who have the form of godliness [i.e., see below to the end of this study] without the power, will rank under Satan's banner, and will display their zeal in making void the law of God. The whole world will have the opportunity of choosing between Christ and Barabbas [i.e., Barabbas was a type of false messiah god or the false christ god of the heathen and Laodicean church with their heathen form of godliness at the first advent of Christ; and, thus, history is repeating, just as God has warned, and as seen in Revelation 3:14-18; ST December 5, 1895, or 3ST 257; DA 35-36, 172, 225, 258, 278-280, 733, 738-741; and 1SM 357, 406].” — BEcho January 25, 1897.
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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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“Satan came as an angel of light in the wilderness of temptation to deceive Christ; and he does not come to man in a hideous form, as he is sometimes represented, but as an angel of light. He will come personating Jesus Christ, working mighty miracles; and men will fall down and worship him as Jesus Christ. We shall be commanded to worship this being, whom the world [i.e., remember above; and see below] will glorify as Christ.” — 6BC 1105-1106; or RH December 18, 1888.
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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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] 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.” — 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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccLove of self excludes [i.e., refuses to admit; rejects; expels] the love of Christ [i.e., the commandments, Words, and sayings 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], neither cold nor hot.” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; and 7BC 962:2:2; or MS 61, 1898.
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ccc“God will test the fidelity [i.e., thus, please know: idolatry or heathenism is spiritual adultery or infidelity against God, as seen in PP 305-306] of His people. Many of the mistakes that are made by the professed servants of God are in consequence of their self-love, their desire for approval [i.e., their openly coveting or sinful desire for sinful approval, as seen in PP 309], their thirst for popularity. Blinded in this manner, they do not realize that they are elements of darkness [i.e., elements of openly heathen darkness] rather than of light. 'Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing [i.e., as we are instructed in 5T 14, touch not the unclean thing means do not imitate the practices of the ungodly]; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.' These are the conditions upon which we may be acknowledged as the sons of God--separation from the world [i.e., please remember above; and see below], and renunciation of those things which delude, and fascinate, and ensnare. . . .
ccc. . . . We are all Judgment bound.” — 5T 12-13, 14, written in 1882; and, thus, part of the great 'light of 1882' by which 'the church' will be weighed and may be 'found wanting,' as God has plainly warned in 5T 83-84.
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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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] 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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] the truth 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, [i.e., remember: openly sinning or openly heathen, lukewarm Laodiceans are also openly disloyal to God, as seen in 7BC 970 and ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; and, whereas, others who God will Judge as being true Seventh-day Adventists are 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; 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 [i.e., see below]. 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 [i.e., see below]?” — RH January 13, 1885; or 1RH 497.
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ccc“The children of the world [i.e., remember above; and see below] 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 [i.e., remember above; and see below]. They fulfill the command: 'Come out from among them, and be ye separate.' [2 Corinthians 6:17.] Here is the conditional promise: 'I will receive you.'” — 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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“The prayer of faith is the great strength of the Christian and will assuredly prevail against Satan. . . His 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. The world [i.e., remember above; and see below] which is supposed to be benefited so much by phrenology and animal magnetism, never was so corrupt. Satan uses these very things to destroy virtue and lay the foundation of spiritualism.
cccI was directed to this Scripture as especially applying to modern spiritualism [i.e., and/or heathenism]: Colossians 2:8: 'Beware lest any man spoil you [i.e., thus, beware lest Tammuz, who was and is heathenism's or spiritualism's heathen, dead, deified, common man spoil you] through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world [i.e., remember above; and see below], and not after Christ.'” — 1T 296-297, 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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.
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ccc“Spiritualism [i.e., and/or heathenism; and/or heathen Laodiceanism] is a dangerous phase of infidelity, and we [i.e., those who will be Judged by God in His on-going Investigative Judgment and thus declared by God to be humble, genuinely repentant, loyal-to-God, not loyal to open heathenism or heathen Laodiceanism, faithful, true Seventh-day Adventists and true Christians; and/or the wheat] should not go into the assemblies of spiritualists prompted by motives of curiosity. In so doing we are placing ourselves on Satan's ground, and cannot expect help from God unless He has a work for us to do to speak some message to those who are ignorant and deceived, and immediately leave the assembly. 'They are of the world; therefore speak they of the world, and the world [i.e., remember above; and see below], heareth them.'” — ST September 3, 1894; or 3ST 145.

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 [i.e., remember above; and see below] that no difference can be seen.” — 7BC 959:2:1; or RH August 20, 1903.

ccc“None will enter the Holy City, the paradise of God, but as conquerors,--those who have separated themselves from the world [i.e., remember above; and see below].” — 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 [i.e., thus, remember 'the world' and more discussed in at least the previous seventeen Heaven-sent quotes above] that no difference can be seen.
ccc'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 [i.e., thy secretly hidden works and thy openly heathen 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], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' . . .
cccOnly those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. . . .
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 Satan] and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness [i.e., see below] . . . .” — 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; 7BC 970:1:2, or Letter 164, 1909; and 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903.
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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. He sees that the popular churches [i.e., these popular churches include: (1.) the popular, deceptive, openly Tammuz-cherishing, heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, openly idolatrous and openly sun-day-keeping churches of the world, who openly worship Satan, and who do not profess to be Christian; (2.) the popular, more deceptive, openly Tammuz-cherishing, heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, openly idolatrous and openly Sunday-keeping, Babylonian church of Rome; (3.) the popular, still more deceptive, openly Tammuz-cherishing, heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, openly idolatrous and openly Sunday-keeping churches of so-called Protestantism; (4.) the popular, still even more deceptive, openly Tammuz-cherishing, heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, Conference ranks of the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans; and (5.) the popular, still even yet more deceptive, openly Tammuz-cherishing, heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, supposedly non-Conference ranks of the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans] are already lulled to sleep by his deceptive power. By pleasing sophistry and lying wonders [i.e., to include: by pleasing Tammuz pictures, which are one of Satan's lying wonders] he can continue to hold them under his control. Therefore he directs his angels to lay their snares especially for those who are looking for the second advent of Christ, and endeavoring to keep all the commandments of God.
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 [i.e., remember the previous quote] till that work is ended, and we shall secure the world and the church also.'
cc '''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, please remember: as first-day Sunday-keeping is a false sabbath of Satan's creating, seventh-day Sabbath-polluting with idols; and/or with gods; and/or with the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or with abominations; and/or with forbidden, God-dishonoring, so-called true images and pictures of God is also a false sabbath of Satan's creating, just as we have already discussed from God's Word in study #2, in study #3, and also in this present study #4c on the heathen threat from within].' . . .
ccc''Through those that have a form of godliness [i.e., see below] but know not the power, we can gain many who would otherwise do us great harm. Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God will be our most effective helpers. Those of this class who are apt and intelligent will serve as decoys to draw others into our snares. Many will not fear their influence, because they profess the same faith.'” — 4SP 337, 338, written in 1884.
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ccc“Those who make a profession of being Christians, that is, Christlike, and who yet live a life of sin, cast dishonor upon the truth of God. Many of this class trample upon the law of God, and teach others that its precepts are not binding, and yet they presume to take the name of Jesus upon their lips, and talk of being saved by His grace. Such teaching tends to enfeeble the moral tone of the church, and true godliness is banished while a miserable, heartless, outward form of godliness [i.e., remember above; and see below] remains. Such come under the rebuke of Christ when He says, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., also, please see 'lukewarm' and much more discussed in next three quotes just below], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' . . .
ccc'To the law and to the Testimony; if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no light in them.' Paul asks, 'Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?' and answers, 'God forbid.' Again he asks, 'Do we then make void the law through faith?' and answers, 'God forbid; yea, we establish the law.' God's will is expressed in His holy law, and Jesus says, 'Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of Heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven.' The law of God is the standard by which character is to be measured, and he whose life is in harmony with that law is worthy to be trusted, but of what value is the testimony of a man whose life and teaching contradict the law of Jehovah? He then measures himself by his own finite standard, and may claim for himself as much as does the pope of Rome; but in the light of the detector of sin, his character may be wholly wanting. He may claim great spiritual riches, and think that he is in need of nothing, and may boast of the grace of Christ, but at the same time may have turned that precious grace into lasciviousness. This spurious character of religion is on the increase, and many whose hearts are carnal prate of the grace of Christ, while at the same time they openly blaspheme the name of the God of Heaven by casting contempt upon the law of God, which rebukes their inconsistent course and detects their unchristlike character.” — RH August 28, 1894; or 3RH 181-182.
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ccc“. . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan, the secretly 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“But of how much value is salt that has lost its savor? When those who claim to be Christians, do not in their words and actions reveal the attributes of Christ, they are represented as salt that has lost its savor. Whatever may be their profession, they are looked upon by men and angels as insipid [i.e., as tasteless; as flat; as having lost its savor; as dull] and disagreeable. Of such Christ says: 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan], and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth.' They have a form of godliness [i.e., see below], a profession of religion; but it is contradicted by their lives.” — ST November 7, 1895; or 3ST 251 .
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ccc“Christ presented the requirements of God's law with great force and clearness, but many of His hearers turned away, careless and indifferent. And to-day God's ministers preach the Word with power sent down from Heaven, but on the minds of many no permanent impression is made. The messages given by God are not received and practised. It is not thought necessary to bring the controlling power of God into the daily and hourly transactions of life. God is not known by an experimental knowledge, and therefore He can not encircle them with the realities of the unseen world. The eternal reward of the righteous does not impress their minds. The great day of the Lord [i.e., also, see the second quote below], which is right upon us, awakens neither alarm nor rejoicing in their hearts. They have a form of godliness [i.e., again, please remember above; and also see the very next Heaven-sent quote below], but not the power of the truth. Wrapped in self, nothing can help them till they realize their true condition.
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 or lying] bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., aiding the enemy or aiding Satan], 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 Spirit; no Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans.” — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.
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ccc“'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness [i.e., thus, particularly remember the 'form of godliness' of the 'heathen,' 'worse than dead,' 'careless,' 'indifferent,' 'wrapped in self,' 'fraudulent' or 'not genuine,' 'lukewarm Laodiceans,' as discussed in the previous Heaven-sent quote immediately above; and, know that the openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, openly heathen church of the Laodiceans with its Tammuz-cherishing Conference and supposedly non-Conference ranks will not teach nor even acknowledge the previous five quotes just above, especially in combination with this present quote], but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.' [2 Timothy 3:1-5.]
cccThe class here mentioned by the apostle are not mere heathen [i.e., thus, if we are living in the hope of God accepting us to be true Seventh-day Adventists and thus true Christians, we must remember and pray for the impenitent, lost, great mass of openly heathen, perishing, openly a heathen-form-of-godliness-having, Tammuz-cherishing or heathen-abomination-cherishing, Satan-aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans and/or pray for the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans].” — ST December 5, 1895; or 3ST 257.

ccc". . . . the abominations of the heathen . . . .” — 2 Chronicles 36:14.
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ccc“He [i.e., Christ] said also unto me [i.e., said also unto the 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 which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz [i.e., and/or weeping for the visible false christ god; and/or the heathen, dead, deified, common man of ancient and modern heathenism]. . . .
cccAnd the Lord said unto him [i.e., unto His sealing angel], Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark [i.e., set the seal of the living God] upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. . . .
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 prophet Ezekiel], saying, Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations . . .
cccYet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Because they despised My judgments, and walked not in My statutes, but polluted My Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols [i.e., and/or after their gods; and/or after their forbidden, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, God-dishonoring, Satan-aiding, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or after their abominations]. . . .
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 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; 9:4; 11:12; 16:1-2; 20:15-16; 24:24; 30:1-3.
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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.
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ccc“ . . . . the gods of the heathen . . . .” — PP 336, 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 idols [i.e., and/or the gods; and/or the forbidden, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, God-dishonoring, Satan-aiding, so-called true images and pictures made to represent God; and/or the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; and/or the abominations] 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., 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“Howbeit in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men . . . And He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. . . Making the Word of God of none effect [i.e., making the Word of God of none effect is also the very last deception of both Satan and thus also of the great mass of openly heathen, Satan-aiding or lukewarm Laodiceans, who Satan uses as his mediums, just as God has plainly forewarned in 1SM 48; 5T 210-211; RH August 19, 1890, or 2RH 419-420; Matthew 15:9; PP 305-306; Leviticus 26:38; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; and 4T 87] through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye. And when He had called all the people unto Him, He said unto them, Hearken unto Me every one of you, and understand.” — Mark 7:7, 8, 9, 13, 14.
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ccc“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” — John 14:15.
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ccc“. . . . flee from idolatry.” — 1 Corinthians 10:14.
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ccc“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., against heathenism; and/or against heathen Laodiceanism] . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation . . . .
cccThe fear of God was daily growing less . . .The blasphemous tokens of their blind idolatry were to be seen . . . There were none who dared to expose their lives by openly standing forth in opposition to the prevailing blasphemous idolatry. The altars of Baal, and the priests of Baal who sacrificed to the sun, moon, and stars, were conspicuous everywhere.” — 3T 252, 262-263, written in 1873.

ccc“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” — Hebrews 11:1.
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cccTherefore, the true faith of Christian Seventh-day Adventists “is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” [Hebrews 11:1], whereas the direct opposite or counterfeit faith of the great mass of perishing and openly heathen Laodiceans is the substance of things they self-exaltingly guarantee for themselves, the evidence of things that they must literally see -- thus, their visible gods, (for example), and their self-inflated religion (for another example), which is all based upon that which must be seen, upon that which is visible, or upon the physical senses rather than upon the spiritual senses. Please, notice the words of the truly historical Seventh-day Adventist, E. A. Sutherland, as follows:

ccc“The ease with which men fell into evil habits is illustrated in the history of the world after the flood. . . They chose an education of the senses rather than one of faith . . . paganism [i.e., open heathenism or idolatry] took the place of the worship of God.” — E. A. Sutherland; Living Fountains Or Broken Cisterns; Review And Herald Publishing Company (1900); pages 54, 55.

ccc“History is repeating.” — ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 42.

cccAnd the Word of God says:

ccc“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., and/or against paganism; and/or against heathenism; and/or against heathenism Laodiceanism] . . . making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880; or 1ST 154.

ccc“Prophecy had declared that the papacy was to 'think to change times and laws.' [Daniel 7:25.] This work it was not slow to attempt. To afford converts from heathenism a substitute for the worship of idols, and thus to promote their nominal acceptance [i.e., to promote their in-name-only acceptance] of Christianity, the adoration of images and relics was gradually introduced into the Christian worship. The decree of a general council [i.e., the Second Council Of Nice, A.D. 787] finally established this system of idolatry. To complete the sacrilegious work, Rome presumed to expunge from the law of God the second commandment, forbidding image worship, and to divide the tenth commandment, in order to preserve the number. . . .
cccIt is a law both of the intellectual and the spiritual nature, that by beholding, we become changed. The mind gradually adapts itself to the subjects upon which it is allowed to dwell. . . .
ccc'The worship of images . . . was one of those corruptions of Christianity which crept into the church stealthily and almost without notice or observation. This corruption did not, like other heresies, develop itself at once, for in that case it would have met with decided censure and rebuke: but, making its commencement under a fair disguise, so gradually was one practice after another introduced in connection with it, that the church had become deeply steeped in practical idolatry, not only without any efficient opposition, but almost without any decided remonstrance; and when at length an endeavor was made to root it out, the evil was found too deeply fixed to admit of removal. . . . It must be traced to the idolatrous tendency of the human heart, and its propensity to serve the creature more than the Creator.' . . .
cc''Images and pictures [i.e., meaning: images and pictures of Heavenly things -- like forbidden, so-called true images and pictures of God the Father, of the Lord Jesus Christ, and of God the Holy Spirit; -- and, also, like forbidden, so-called true images and pictures of God's angels (see CW 171, or Letter 145, 1899); -- and, also, like forbidden, so-called true images and pictures of New Jerusalem, as forbidden in TDG 103, or Letter 54, April 4, 1886] were first introduced into churches, not to be worshiped, but either in the place of books to give instruction to those who could not read, or to excite devotion in the minds of others. How far they ever answered such a purpose is doubtful; but, even granting that this was the case for a time, it soon ceased to be so, and it was found that pictures and images brought into churches darkened rather than enlightened the minds of the ignorant--degraded rather than exalted the devotion of the worshiper. So that, rather however they might have been intended to direct men's minds to God, they ended in turning them from Him to the worship of created things.'--J. Mendham, The Seventh General Council, The Second Of Nicaea, Introduction, pages iii-vi.” — GC 51-52, 555, 680, written in 1911.
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ccc“. . . . the falsehood of idolatry.” — 1BC 1108:1:1; or MS 58, 1900.
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ccc“Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the City. For without are . . . idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” — Revelation 22:14, 15.
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ccc“We are all Judgment bound.” — 5T 14, written in 1882.
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ccc“Justice requires that man shall have light, and it also requires that he who refuses to walk in this Heaven-sent light, the giving of which cost the death of the Son of God, shall receive punishment. It is a principle of Justice that the guilt of the sinner is proportionate to the knowledge given him, but not used, or used in a wrong way [i.e., thus, this is one reason why the more deceptive, openly more guilty, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath-polluting, openly heathen church of the Laodiceans can never become the deceptive, openly less guilty, openly idolatrous and openly Sunday-keeping, openly heathen, Babylonian church; and, thus, to claim that the Laodicean church is the Babylonian church is to mount a direct attack upon this principle of God's Justice, is to also mount a direct attack upon the Investigative Judgment of God itself going on right now in the Most Holy Place of the Heavenly Sanctuary, and is also to mount a direct attack upon the Sanctuary message itself; but, predictably contrary to the great mass of openly heathen Laodiceans and the church they range under, God's Laodicean message does most definitely command a turning away and a separation from the impenitent, openly heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen church of the Laodiceans, just as God's Babylonian message also commands a turning away and a separation from the openly less guilty, impenitent, openly heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen churches of the Babylonians themselves -- this is the truth -- the science of true education is the truth -- the third angel's message is the truth]. . . .
cccIf God had failed to act His part, if He had given human beings any reason for neglecting the great salvation offered them, man might plead ignorance as a valid excuse. But He has made the way plain. When has He required any one to do anything without giving him full directions as to what He requires him to do? . . .
cccTo some is given greater light than to others. Each will be Judged by the light given him. The degree of light bestowed is the measure of responsibility. . . .
cccThe people of each age will be Judged by the light they have received.” — ST May 27, 1903; or 4ST 291.
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ccc“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry [i.e., and/or flee from open heathenism; and, thus, flee from the deceptive, openly guilty, impenitent, openly idolatrous and openly openly Sunday-keeping, vain worshipping, Tammuz-cherishing, openly heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, Babylonian churches; and, therefore, also flee from the even more deceptive, openly even more guilty, impenitent, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting, vain worshipping, Tammuz-cherishing, openly heathen-form-of-godliness-having, openly heathen, Laodicean church]. I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.” — 1 Corinthians 10:13-15.
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ccc“Again the Lord seeks to guard His people against idolatry [i.e., against paganism; and/or against heathenism; and/or against heathen Laodiceanism] . . . 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“Here the Lord gave expression to His abhorrence of idolatry. Those heathen nations had turned from the worship of the living God, and were paying homage to demons. Shrines and temples, beautiful statues, and costly monuments, all the most ingenious and expensive works of art, had held the thoughts and affections of the veriest slavery to Satanic delusions [i.e., please, see a 'Satanic delusion' and more discussed in the first and third inspired quotes just below].” — 2BC 996:2:1; or ST April 21, 1881.
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ccc“. . . . many had been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God.” — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227.

ccc"Anything that diverts the mind from God assumes the form of an idol, and that is why there is so little power in the church today." — SD 57; or Manuscript 2, 1893.
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ccc“History is repeating.” — ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 420.
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ccc“Under the leadership of Joshua, the Israelites as a nation maintained their allegiance to God, and His blessing attended them. . . .
cccAs Joshua felt the infirmities of age stealing upon him, and realized that his labors must soon cease, he assembled the elders, the judges, and the officers of Israel, that he might communicate to them his last warnings and admonitions. . . .
cccHe repeated the instructions given by Moses, that they were to form no allegiance with the idolatrous nations [i.e., thus, form no allegiance with impenitent, openly idolatrous, or openly heathen churches] . . . They were forbidden to manifest the least respect for the gods of the heathen, to take oath by their names, or to join in their worship in any manner. They were warned that familiarity with idolatry would remove their abhorrence of it, and would expose them to God's displeasure. . . .
cccWe are in as great danger from contact with infidelity as were the Israelites from intercourse with idolaters. The productions of genius and talent too often conceal the deadly poison. . . .
cccAs a rule, those who choose for their friends and companions, persons who reject Christ and trample upon God's law, eventually become of the same mind and spirit [i.e., eventually become of the same heathen mind and heathen spirit]. We should ever feel a deep interest in the salvation of the impenitent, and should manifest toward them a spirit of kindness and courtesy; but we can safely choose for our friends only those who are the friends of God.
cccThose who make the Word of God their rule of life are hated by the world [i.e., and/or are hated by the heathen church of the Laodiceans who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen, acording to 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903]. The ungodly are not willing to have their consciences aroused; and the silent example of Christ's true followers is a constant reproof. There are many professed Christians who partake of the spirit of the world, and love its friendship. But none need be deceived by their example; for the Word of truth declares that the friendship of the world is enmity with God. Those who take human feeling and human reasoning for their guide, will as surely separate from the wisdom of God, as did ancient Israel when they forsook the Lord to serve Baal and Ashtaroth [i.e., and/or to serve ancient and modern heathenism's three deities: #1. Baal or Nimrod, who was and is Satan's heathen, dead, deified, counterfeit father god, or sun god, and the so-called father of Tammuz; and #2. Ashtaroth or Semiramis, who was and is Satan's counterfeit power or spirit goddess or moon goddess or the heathen, dead, deified mother of Tammuz; and #3. Tammuz, himself, the visible false christ god or the son of the sun god of ancient and modern heathenism]. . . .
ccc. . . . In view of all that God had done for them, Joshua exhorted the people, 'Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve Him in sincerity and in truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served . . . and serve ye the Lord.' 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 stone; wood; paper; gold; silver; bronze; brass; iron; paint; ink; charcoal; lead pencil; felt; plastic; plaster of Paris; or by some other visible, dead, earthly, corrupt, common, and material objects], the works of men's hands. By the contemplation of these things, their minds were diverted from God. . . .
cccJoshua sought to show his people the inconsistency of their course of backsliding. He wished them to feel that the time had come to make a decided change, to put away every vestige of idolatry, and to turn to the Lord with full purpose of heart. . . .
cccOur dangers are similar to those which threatened the prosperity of ancient Israel. The oft-repeated warnings against idolatry addressed to the Hebrew host, are no less applicable to us. . . .
cccThe Lord our God is a jealous God. He is just and holy He will not be trifled with. He reads a deceptive heart. He abhors a double mind. He hates lukewarmness [i.e., thus, He hates the disease of aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, as seen in the inspired quote below].” — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227, 228.
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ccc“The Laodicean message [i.e., not the Babylonian message, but the Laodicean message] applies to the people of God who profess to believe present truth. The greater part are lukewarm professors . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class. . . .
cccThe only hope for the Laodiceans is a clear view of their standing before God, a knowledge of the nature of their disease. They are neither cold nor hot; they occupy a neutral position, and at the same time flatter themselves [i.e., since they flatter themselves, they are thus beguiling, hypnotizing, or bewitching themselves, as seen in GC 554-558] that they are in need of nothing. The True Witness hates this lukewarmness [i.e., hates this aiding the enemy or aiding Satan]. . . .
cccFaith and love are the true riches, the pure gold which the True Witness counsels the lukewarm to buy. However rich we may be in earthly treasure, all our wealth will not enable us to buy the precious remedies that cure the disease of the soul called lukewarmness [i.e., and/or the disease of the soul called aiding the enemy or aiding Satan, who is the secretly disguised god of ancient and modern heathenism].” — 4T 87, 88, written in 1876.

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“They should see the sinfulness of aiding the enemy of God and man by placing objects [i.e., please remember the 'material objects' and more, as discussed in the second and fifth quotes above; and see such 'material objects' and 'object' discussed more in the fourth inspired quote just below] before the mind to divert the attention from Christ and Heaven.” — RH January 27, 1891; or 2RH 460.

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

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

ccc"The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship." — 2SAT 181; or Manuscript 126, 1901.

ccc“'Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.'
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ccc''Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image' . . . .
cccThe second commandment forbids the worship [i.e., thus, as we have seen in this study, the second commandment forbids the vain worship; forbids the false worship; forbids the worship of created works; forbids the worship of created things; forbids the creature worship; forbids the devil worship; forbids the demon worship; forbids the witchcraft and demon worship; and forbids the secretly disguised Satan worship -- which all take place as soon as people make to themselves some forbidden image or picture to represent God] of the true God by images or similitudes. Many heathen nations [i.e., to include: the openly heathen, 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 false worship; such created works worship; such created things worship; such creature worship; such devil worship; such demon worship; such witchcraft and demon worship; such Satan worship; and/or such idolatry] to be sin. The attempt to represent the Eternal One by material objects [i.e., by stone; wood; paper; gold; silver; bronze; brass; iron; paint; ink; charcoal; lead pencil; felt; plastic; plaster of Paris; or by some other visible, dead, earthly, corrupt, common, 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. . . .
cccThe Sabbath [i.e., if sacredly observed, or if kept free from the gods of the openly idolatrous or openly heathen church of the Laodiceans] . . . distinguishes the true God from all false gods. . . .
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 worship], above the gods of the heathen [i.e., to include: above the gods of the heathen or openly idolatrous church of the Laodiceans], is based upon the fact that He is the Creator . . . Had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed [i.e., not satanically changed to Sunday-keeping by the deceptive, openly guilty, impenitent, perishing, openly heathen, openly idolatrous, Sunday keeping, Babylonian church; and not satanically changed to Sabbath-polluting by the more deceptive, openly more guilty, impenitent, perishing, openly heathen, openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting, Laodicean church; -- but, had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed], there could never have been an atheist or an idolater [i.e., and/or there could never have been an atheist, nor a gods-server, nor a secretly disguised Satan worshipper, nor a deceptive and heathen Babylonian, nor a more deceptive and heathen Laodicean]. . . .
ccc. . . . Through long intercourse with idolaters the people . . . had mingled many heathen customs with their worship . . . .” — PP 305-306, 307, 336, 364, written in 1890.
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ccc“And ye shall perish among the heathen . . . .” — Leviticus 26:38.
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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“O God, the heathen are come into Thine inheritance; Thy holy temple have they defiled . . . .” — Psalms 79:1.
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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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cccFather in Heaven, please strengthen us, according to Psalms 106:47: “Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen” - - from among the Tammuz-cherishing, pridefully and foolishly impenitent, openly heathen threat from within. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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Summary:

cccTherefore, as we have seen in this study, the “line of distinction” [GC 588]:

(A.) between perishing and openly heathen Babylonians, who profess to be Christians;

(B.) between perishing and openly heathen Laodiceans, who profess to be both Christians and Seventh-day Adventists; and

(C.) between the “ungodly” [GC 588] is now “hardly distinguishable” [GC 588].

cccThus, both the deceptive, openly guilty, impenitent, openly idolatrous or openly spiritualistic, Tammuz-cherishing, Babylonian church-members; and, also, the more deceptive, openly more guilty, impenitent, openly idolatrous or openly heathen or openly spiritualistic, Tammuz-cherishing, Laodicean church-members “love what the world loves” [GC 588], and are ever ready to join with “the world.” 7BC 959:2:1, or RH August 20, 1903; and 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903.
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cccTherefore, just exactly as God has forewarned, and as Satan has previously determined, Satan has already united deceptive, Tammuz-serving, openly heathen Babylonians and more deceptive, Tammuz-serving, openly heathen Laodiceans “in one body” [GC 588] -- in “one” openly idolatrous, and/or openly heathen, and/or openly spiritualistic, and/or openly Satan worshipping “body” -- and/or in “one” spiritualistic or openly heathen “form of godliness” in a professing Christian “guise.” GC 588-589; ST May 9, 1906; and GC 557-558.
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cccTherefore, just exactly as God has forewarned, Satan has already considerably strengthened “his cause” [GC 588] by sweeping all of these precious souls “into the ranks of spiritualism” [GC 588], -- which is the same thing as being swept into a Tammuz-serving or modernized form of “ancient heathenism” [ST May 9, 1906; or 4ST 420], -- which is also the same thing as being swept into the heathenism's open idolatry [PP 305-306], -- which is also the same thing as being swept into the ranks of Satan's secretly disguised, on-going, “counterfeit” “revival” of “witchcraft and demon worship” [PP 684-686; GC 464-465, 478, 556-558], or -- which is also the same thing as being swept into secretly disguised “Satan” “worship.” 1T 296-297.
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cccTherefore, papists, -- to include the deceptive and openly heathen Babylonians of the openly heathen and Tammuz-serving church of Rome; and, also, to include the more deceptive and openly heathen Laodiceans of the openly heathen and Tammuz-serving church of the Laodiceans, who mutually engage in self-exalting god-like-Judgment-Throne-of-God-assuming-counterfeit-Judgment and thus mutually self-exalt or “boast” [GC 588] of being the “true church” [GC 588] without any consideration of God's Judgment, -- have already been “deceived” [GC 588] by Satan's spiritualistic or openly heathen and “wonder-working power” [GC 588]. They have “cast away the shield of truth” [GC 588], and have become “deluded” [GC 588] by a lie. They have alike accepted the lie of the openly “heathen” “form of godliness without the power” [2 Timothy 3:1-5; GC 588-589; ST December 5, 1895; ST August 2, 1899], and they already blindly “see” [GC 589] in this spiritualistic “union” a so-called grand “movement for the conversion of the world” [GC 589]. “In these last days,” God says “turn away” [2 Timothy 3:1-5; Titus 3:10-11] from such openly heathen ones with their openly “heathen” “form of godliness” [ST December 5, 1895], when they persistently and arrogantly choose to remain impenitent. God has given more than ample warnings.
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cccNevertheless, it is amazing that the Tammuz-serving Conference ranks and certain Tammuz-serving supposedly non-Conference ranks of the highly visible or openly heathen church of the Laodiceans have been able to bewitch or hypnotize such a great mass of people into believing that no one can separate and “turn away” from the mammothly deceptive, openly “heathen,” Tammuz-cherishing, “heathen” “form of godliness” promoting, Satan aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church itself -- we are, according to openly heathen Laodiceans, just to "turn away from" the openly heathen, Tammuz-cherishing, Babylonian church. 2 Timothy 3:1-5; GC 588-589; ST December 5, 1895; ST August 2, 1899. What an absurd idea that Christian and Seventh-day Adventist men and women are not to turn away and to separate from open heathenism wherever it is stubbornly cherished! What supreme nonsense! As God's Word has plainly revealed in this study, the false belief that teaches there is no command for separation in God's Laodicean message is also a most absurd idea and supreme nonsense! Only a great mass of impenitent and openly heathen Laodiceans can irrationally advocate that no one can separate and turn away from the openly heathen, Tammuz-serving, and foolishly impenitent, Laodicean church; because, as we have just seen in this study of God's Word, God's Laodicean message not only commands such a turning away and such a separation, but God's Laodicean message also plainly teaches that just such a “separation is necessary” [RH January 13, 1885] from the Laodicean church.
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cccAs we have seen in this study of God's Word, here is an eye-opening summary of the highly visible, openly heathen,Tammuz-promoting, Laodicean church: God says it is a highly visible or openly heathen or worldly or spiritualistic, worse than dead, gods-serving or atheistic, papist, spiritually self-deceived and deceiving, wrapped in self, self-loving, living for self, selfishly egotistical, promoting a self-inflated religion or promoting a religion that hears the Judgment of God while making no application of it to themselves and while applying it only to others, vain, mingling truth with error, excusing their made-up mixture of truth and error, adopting heathen tradition, groping in heathen darkness even in the day of God, spiritualistic or heathen form of godliness promoting or thus lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, false prophets or ravening wolves in sheep's clothing, perishing, impenitent, openly devils worshipping or openly idolatrous and thus openly Sabbath polluting and thus openly false witnessing or lying or fraudulent or not genuine and much more, vain worshipping, false worshipping, created works worshipping, created things worshipping, creature worshipping, devil worshipping, demon worshipping, witchcraft and demon worshipping, Satan worshipping, corrupt and corrupting, world-loving or openly guilty of treason against Christ, disloyal-to-Christ, nauseating-to-Christ, visible-false-christ-god-cherishing or Tammuz-cherishing or heathen-dead-defied-common-man-cherishing or heathen-abomination-cherishing, blinded by the god of this world, led by Satan's heathen power or spirit, used by Satan, Satan's mediums or foolish virgins, Satan aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church. Therefore, what bewitching hypnotism it is to actually believe that God's Laodicean message does not command separation from the impenitent, openly heathen, Laodicean church! Heathen Laodiceans are giving the Babylonian message to perishing and heathen Babylonians; and, therefore, is it not supreme nonsense, self-inflated hypocrisy, and self-loving heathenism in and of itself to act as if the Laodicean message should not be given to perishing and openly heathen Laodiceans? God has given abundant forewarning regarding this openly heathen threat from within!
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cccIn our previous study, in this series on the heathen threat from within, we saw that the so-called true picture of Christ [sic] is at best hearsay, rumor, gossip, and/or a “he or she said Ellen White said” situation -- without any chapter or verse from God's Word for support of such a so-called true picture of Christ [sic] -- and without any book or page number from God's Word for the authority to even make a so-called true image or picture of Christ [sic]. Remember, the “supreme authority” [AA 69] of the Testimony of God's “Word” [AA 69] is always above the much advertised and misused “authority” [9T 260-261] of the openly heathen church of the Laodicean's “General Conference.” See AA 68-69; 9T 260-261; and please notice the dates. Thus, both in this present study and in our previous study on the heathen threat from within, according to the “supreme authority” [AA 69] of the Testimony of God's “Word” [AA 69], the so-called true picture of Christ gossip [sic] is most definitely a falsehood and is one of Satan's lying wonders that is still being brazenly used to lead people into the open idolatry or open heathenism of the deceptive Conference ranks and of the even more deceptive supposedly non-Conference ranks of the perishing, impenitent, openly heathen or spiritualistic, worse than dead, Tammuz-cherishing, Satan aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church. Therefore, as we also saw in our previous study combined with this present study, how tragic it is that the great mass of openly heathen Laodiceans are led to blindly follow after Tammuz [i.e., after a heathen and literally dead man, who was and is deified by ancient and modern heathenism]; and, also, how tragic it is that openly heathen Laodiceans misuse official church publications -- like the May 23, 1974 issue of the Review and others -- to pass off idolatrous gossip or to pass off the so-called true picture of Christ falsehood [sic], rather than accepting and promoting the weight of evidence from God's Word, which plainly states that making images and pictures to represent God is open idolatry or open heathenism. This is a serious matter! The “great mass” of “heathen,” “worse than dead,” “lukewarm Laodiceans” will “perish” and will thus most definitely “meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God.” Please, remember Leviticus 26:28; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; 7BC 970:1:7, or Letter 121, 1903; 1 John 3:4; 4BC 1161:2:2-3, 7-8; and much more.
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cccSince our previous study in this continuing series, very interesting news came in from Australia. A thoughtful brother from Australia was very kind and diligent enough to dig in his files, to locate and duplicate a portion of the January 11, 1997 issue of the Australian Record, and to thus mail us some information which is relative to the gossip and falsehood of the so-called true picture of Christ fable [sic] being corporately and officially promoted in Australia. I say thank you to him, but I will not carelessly reveal his name. God knows who he is, and there is no need for our Australian brother to incur unnecessary persecution from impenitent and openly heathen Laodiceans. Again, you remember from our previous study, we mentioned that the May 23, 1974 issue of the Review was misused in America to pass off the gossip and falsehood, which supposedly has Ellen G. White endorsing a so-called true picture of Christ [sic]. So, besides this corporate misuse of the May 23, 1974 issue of the Review in America, thanks to God and thus thanks to the information supplied by our Australian brother, we now see that even more recently the deceiving Conference ranks of the openly heathen, worse than dead, Tammuz-cherishing, Satan aiding or lukewarm, Laodicean church also misused the January 11, 1997 issue of the Australian Record to similarly pass off the gossip and falsehood of the so-called true picture of Christ gossip [sic] in that part of the world.
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cccAs graciously mentioned by our brother in Australia, the Record is to professing SDA's in Australia, as the Review is to professing SDA's in America. Interestingly enough, in the aforementioned January 11, 1997 issue of the Australian Record, after predictably lauding and promoting the gossip and falsehood regarding the so-called true picture of Christ [sic], and after thus displaying and foolishly promoting the openly idolatrous or openly heathen and falsely so-called true picture of Christ itself [sic], at least the January 11, 1997 issue of the Australian Record, on page 6, finally had the decency to note and to honestly state the following: “there is no mention of the picture itself in Ellen White's writings.” Therefore, the world-wide, openly heathen, Laodicean, Conference door was briefly cracked in Australia for just a moment of fresh air!
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cccSo, are we to accept fables or falsehoods, as evidence for or against a doctrine of religious faith? No! Are we to accept hearsay, rumor, gossip, or a “he or she said that Sister White said” without any inspired reference being supplied, as evidence for or against a doctrine of religious faith? No! But perishing and openly heathen Laodiceans predictably accept and promote just such gossip and just such falsehoods to support their openly idolatrous or openly heathen beliefs, as we have already seen in this series. Therefore, we should not be forever startled that the perishing, impenitent, great mass of openly heathen Laodiceans and the church they range under predictably use misrepresentations or falsehoods or lies, as they deem necessary, to promote and to cloak over Satan's highly visible, on-going, “latter times,” “counterfeit” “revival” of open “heathenism,” -- which is the same thing as Satan's “counterfeit” “revival” of open “idolatry,” and/or of open “sorcery,” and/or of open “spiritualism,” and/or of secretly disguised “witchcraft and demon worship,” -- and which is all a mammothly deceptive and bewitching “event to take place immediately before the second advent of Christ,” just as God has plainly forewarned in His Word and in His law. Please, see 1 Samuel 15:23; 1SM 357, or RH July 23, 1889; Leviticus 26:38; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; PP 336; Ezekiel 8:12-14; 11:12; 16:1-2, 17; 20:16; 24:24; 30:1-3; Matthew 15:9; PP 305-306, 684-686; and GC 464-465, 478, 556.
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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.” — 1SM 235; or Letter 96, 1896.
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cccTherefore, indeed, God's commandments are a “wall of protection.” 1SM 235. This includes being a “wall of protection” [1SM 235] against the Laodicean church's open idolatry or open heathenism. Satan does not care whether souls remain blinded and perishing in the heathen and Babylonian church, or whether souls remain blinded and perishing in the heathen and Laodicean church. Thus, because of this “wall of protection” [1SM 235], when Seventh-day Adventists or Christians go into a church that openly makes and stubbornly promotes images and pictures to supposedly represent God, they know right away that they are in an openly idolatrous or openly heathen or Satan aiding church. This is “not difficult!” GC 464. Similarly, because of this “wall of protection” [1SM 235], when Seventh-day Adventists or Christians go to a web site that openly makes and stubbornly promotes images and pictures to supposedly represent God, they know right away that they are viewing an openly idolatrous or openly heathen or Satan aiding web site. Why link to such a site? Again, this is “not difficult!” GC 464.
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cccIn the paragraphs below to the end of this study, I give the following testimony to strengthen and encourage my brothers and sisters, who are even now being wickedly persecuted by the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans simply for loving and trying to save heathen Laodiceans from the coming destruction. You are not alone. Christ is with you, Christ is a majority of One, and He understands exactly what you are going through, because He went through it all and infinitely more Himself! Contrary to the varied ranks of openly “heathen” and “worse than dead” “Laodiceans” today, “history is repeating,” and Christ denounced “heathenism” and/or the “heathen,” “Christless,” Pharisaical “church of the Laodiceans” at the “first coming of Christ” and He also denounced their “heathen” “form of godliness” at the first advent, which is the same thing as denouncing their “legal religion” [i.e., having a “legal religion” is what being legalistic and being in legalism really means] and/or their “loveless, Christless religion” at the first advent; Christ was rejected by the “heathen,” “Christless,” Pharisaical “church of the Laodiceans” at the first advent in that they chose a false messiah god named “Barabbas,” instead of the true Christ at the first advent; Christ “suffered” and “died outside the gate” at the first advent; and, as we approach the second advent, it is all that much more necessary to know and accept that being “baptized” into Christ's “sufferings” or fellowshipping with Christ in His “sufferings” “outside the gate” is the “most weighty trust” and the highest “honor” that Heaven can bestow upon men, women, and children -- indeed, “history is repeating,” just as God has forewarned. See Revelation 3:14-19; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; ST December 5, 1895, or 3ST 257; DA 35-36, 59, 225, 258, 278-280, 733, 738-739, 741; 1SM 406; 6T 145-146, 2 Timothy 3:1-5; ST December 5, 1895, or 3ST 257; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; Proverbs 21:16; 1T 183-184; and much more.
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cccI will never forget, some twenty years ago, when I was a pastor in the Illinois Conference, and my wife and I went to see the Conference President, Elder Everette Cumbo in his office. After seeking God in prayer, I went to his office to present President Cumbo my research on history being repeated, on the salvation-related seal of the living God and what was not being taught about receiving it, on the importance of the books of Ezekiel and Revelation concerning the seal of the living God, and on Tammuz [i.e., there is so much more on Tammuz than we have been able to introduce in this study]. At the time, President Cumbo verified my research saying that he had the same type of information and research in a file of his own; but, then, he told me to “put it on the back burner,” because the General Conference would never accept it! That was startling and shocking to me -- at the time! After much reasoning back and forth, President Cumbo finally agreed that I could teach these much needed subjects in the Elmhurst Seventh-day Adventist church where I was pastoring.
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cccAs time went on, the heathen threat from within began applying more and more pressure. Spiritually speaking, when you hold forth Christ's Word against heathen gods, their priests will rise up and manifest themselves in defense of their deities. One Sabbath, at a potluck at the Elmhurst church, I asked President Cumbo why he would not help me teach these salvation-related matters, since he knew they were true. I will never forget he waved his hand back and forth to take in the membership of the church, and he quietly said to me that he and I knew these things were true; but, as his arm waved over the crowd, he also quietly said: “the people do not know.” Furthermore, the wave of his arm and his demeanor clearly indicated that he did not want people to know these truths. However, the church board had agreed to let me present a study to them on these matters, so that event was going forward.
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cccThen, two church members decided to act on their own to remove idolatrous images from the church, just before the scheduled board meeting where I was to present a study on the issue as planned; but, when the two church members informed me as to their intentions, I told them about the scheduled board meeting and pleaded with them not to remove any images, until the church board could study the issue. I reasoned with the two church members saying that unless the church board saw the truth they would simply replace the images anyway; whereas, if the church board honestly examined the idolatry issue and acted accordingly, the forbidden images would be removed and would stay removed. There was a huge stained glass window depicting Tammuz above the altar in the Elmhurst church, and removing it was a real sore spot with the church board. They had objected saying it would all cost too much money. But God is very good, and He had sent an enthusiastic young man, whom I was getting ready for baptism, and who was part of the solution to the problem. I was taking this young man to the board meeting with me, since he was a stained glass artist by profession, and he said he would rearrange the stained glass for free to create an acceptable stained glass window, as the church board would so choose. Also, another brother on the church board had agreed to defray any unforeseen costs, which might arise in this stained glass renewal project.
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cccHowever, although I was not aware of it, contrary to my pleading and instructions, a week before the scheduled church board meeting, the aforementioned two church members acted on their own anyway and removed the other images from the church. When I found out what they had done, it was too late. Then, when I went to the church board meeting, the openly heathen and Laodicean threat from within, who were in the majority on the board, were absolutely enraged. Blaming and accusing me for all of it, they now refused to study the Word of God on the subject of idolatry or listen to any words of reason. The same board member, who previously offered to defray any costs, now offered to defray any other expenses incurred by the misguided action of the two men, if the board would just study God's Word on the subject at hand; but, the heathen Laodiceans controlling the church board flatly refused to study God's Word on idolatry, even though the Seventh-day Adventist Church Manual, revised 1981 edition, page 129 stated the following: “The church board is composed of the principle officers of the church. It has a number of important responsibilities, but its chief concern is the spiritual nurture of the church;” and, thus God's Word plainly says:
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cccBut instead of going to God's Word, the church board had summoned and gone to their tragically double-minded and vacillating President Cumbo to carry out their negative wishes. Even though the two church members, who had acted on their own to remove the offending images, came forward to tell the whole story and to attempt to clear me, it did not matter. President Cumbo suspended me from my pastorate taking the literal keys to the church from me. I thought this certainly could not be the Seventh-day Adventist church -- a church board that actually refused to study God's Word, even though their objections about monetary costs were all being met! [But, then, this was the same tragically spiritualistic or “heathen,” “worse than dead,” professedly Seventh-day Adventist church board that had much earlier attempted to pass off other predictable “supreme nonsense” on me in that they commanded me not to mention Ellen G. White's writings from the pulpit. See ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; and 1T 297-298. Such a god-serving command I could not and will not comply with. Contrary to the wishes of such openly heathen or openly spiritualistic and worse than dead Laodiceans, being a pastor and living in the hope of being Judged by God to be a Seventh-day Adventist, I gratefully appreciate the opportunity of utilizing both the Bible and the inspired writings of Ellen G. White to include utilizing both of these sources of inspiration when preparing sermons, as prayer and God directs, and to include utilizing both of these sources of divine inspiration when speaking from the pulpit during the Sabbath worship hour. No such Ellen G. White hating commands from any apostate body of Satan-aiding or lukewarm men and women steeped in open heathenism or open spiritualism and yet boastfully claiming to be Seventh day Adventists should be blindly followed and thus encouraged in any predictable endeavor to thus “make of none effect” the inspired writings of Ellen G. White in such a manner. 1SM 48.].
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cccSince President Cumbo had the keys to the church, I was directed to remain at home until further notice; but,then, after my wife and I and some precious others had been much in prayer, the tragically double-minded and ever vacillating President Cumbo called me into his office the very next day after taking the keys to the church. He now actually apologized, returned the church keys to me, called for a church board meeting, agreed that we should study this topic as a church, and he told me I was to preach that very next Sabbath back at Elmhurst. So, on Sabbath, at Elmhurst, I preached what turned out to be my last sermon in Conference employment, and it was entitled: “The Power We Dare Not Neglect” [i.e., we still offer this tape and many more for distribution, as listed on our web site at www.4runnerministries.com]; and, during the sermon, I could see out to the back of the church and into the foyer where some of the enraged church board members had gathered. They angrily refused to come into the sanctuary to hear God's Word. Its hard, even today, to forget those murderous looks of shear hatred. I forgive them and all others involved. Although a need exists in other cases, there is no need to mention their names here at this time. Their angry wives were bitterly weeping out there in the church's foyer. It reminded me of the text in Ezekiel, “weeping for Tammuz.” Ezekiel 8:14. After “The Power We Dare Not Neglect” sermon, God very strongly impressed me to have an unplanned altar call, and I was pleasantly shocked as nearly the whole church rose up as a body and enthusiastically began making amends one with another all around the sanctuary. That one day so long ago now, saw God's sweet presence and peace very strong in that Elmhurst sanctuary. While amends were being made all around by church members one with another, some other dear souls who had not yet been baptized came forward, and these baptismal candidates smiled warmly and pleasantly surprised me as they dropped jewelry on the podium in front of me saying they wouldn't be needing these things anymore. To God be all the honor, as it was such a privilege to see Him work during that Sabbath moment in time. That single altar call has been one of the most key memories I have to this very day. By God's amazing and very real power, a true revival was taking place before my very eyes; but, it only seemed to enrage the angry church board members gathered out in the foyer all that much more. It turned out that they had great anger, and they made a commotion over my sermon during the next few days; and, thus, in time, I was again suspended from the ministry by President Cumbo. Now, while shouting out his desires to suspend me, President Cumbo actually commanded me not to speak to any Seventh-day Adventists, until further notice! Was this actually happening in America, supposedly the land of free speech?
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cccMonths seemed to drag by. I thought this certainly could not be the Seventh-day Adventist church, but by profession it was! During this suspension time, with her permission, I prayerfully presented these subjects to Dr. Agatha Thrash, who was a guest in my home at this time; and, Dr. Thrash pronounced our study as being the truth saying: “this should go to the world,” although to my immediate thoughts the Elmhurst Seventh-day Adventist church seemed to be more than a full time situation in those days. Therefore, I entreated Dr. Thrash to help me get these related truths out to the people, and she said she would help. As it turned out, no Seventh-day Adventist will ever need the kind of “help” that was really offered! To make a very long story short, after much more turmoil with the Conference, and many more threats, attempted bribes, and opposition that probably would have to be seen with one's own eyes to actually be grasped, President Cumbo summarily terminated me from my Conference ministry. I wish I could tell you about the input of the very few, who were of such wonderful encouragement, like Pastor J. W. “Bill” Lehman; but, these things would require a book. After I was “terminated,” as President Cumbo called it, one worker on the inside track in Mark Finley's openly idolatrous or openly heathen sect told me in confidence that: “The way they are going to handle you is to pretend that you no longer exist!” Dr. Agatha Thrash, who had earlier said, “this should go to the world,” now passed off the “supreme nonsense” [1T 297-298] saying that since I was terminated, even for speaking the truth, that I could no longer preach, hold meetings, nor even hold worship in private homes! They had actually put a guard at the door of the Elmhurst Seventh-day Adventist church for the purpose of not allowing my wife and I to even enter on the Sabbath! Many members left the Elmhurst church to worship in neighboring churches. In the December 13, 1979 issue of the Adventist Review on page 6, the President of the General Conference, Neil C. Wilson, wickedly and openly said that he and others were “tired” of those who “sigh for the abominations;” and, at least for now, Mr. Wilson got away with it in that he was not terminated for such an outrage, but Mr. Wilson and those like him will not get away with it forever, because God has plainly stated that the “wicked” “mock,” “ridicule,” and “sneer at” the “sighing and crying” ones who stand against the openly “heathen” “abominations” in the openly “heathen” church of the “Laodiceans,” and Christ will soon return to deal with all such impenitent and openly “wicked” ones. See Ezekiel 8:12-14; 9:1-4; 11:12; 16:1-2; 24:24; 30:1-3; ST August 2, 1899, or 4ST 50; 5T 474; 3T 252, 266-267; and more. Knowing that my wife and I had no apparent way of making a living, President Cumbo coldly said that my wife and I would “blow away like the dust.” He brazenly offered us $500.00 to leave the state of Illinois. We stayed put; and, by the grace of God, over six years in home church, we made many of the tapes that are still being distributed and that are listed on this web site at http://www.4runnerministries.com/casettetapelist.htm.


cccThen, three years after we had been “terminated” by President Cumbo, he disfellowshipped my wife and I and four others in an absolute farce of a so-called trial [long story]. We were repeatedly falsified before and during this time by President Cumbo and by the rest of the openly heathen threat from within; but, then, the falsifying and also the shunning really commenced in earnest, after we were wrongfully disfellowshipped. Openly heathen Laodiceans, who profess to be Christians and Seventh-day Adventists, very frequently and typically misrepresent what you truly teach and believe. They falsely accuse you to others of teaching that which you neither believe nor teach; and, then, to supposedly win, they show people how their own made-up misrepresentations and falsehoods cannot be sustained from God's Word. What deception and Satanism! It all has never stopped for more than twenty years now. But, these past twenty years or so, we are very grateful and immensely thankful to God for continuing to teach us and for sustaining us in a self-supporting and full-time ministry. God is very, very good! God bless our dear brethren and friends. In Jesus' name, Amen. Remember, dear friends, the impenitent and openly heathen or spiritualistic threat from within will “put darkness for light, and light for darkness” [please see and compare Isaiah 5:20; 4T 87-88; GC 557], and they will betray and desert you; but, God will never betray nor desert you for He has promised: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5. God's promises are sure and are absolutely living truth.
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cccLet's close and persevere in prayer: Father in Heaven, please strengthen us, “save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the heathen” -- from among the lost, Tammuz-cherishing, perishing, pridefully and foolishly impenitent, openly heathen threat from within. Psalms 106:47. And most especially, we ask that this prayer arise in behalf of not only our persecuted brethren around the world, but also in behalf of the highly visible and openly heathen church of the Laodiceans itself, because its members are doing after the manner of the world and/or after the manner of open heathenism, just as You have forewarned. Thank You, Father, for providing this bread of life, this abundant forewarning and guidance from Your Word. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

Your brother in Christ,

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

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