The Satanic delusion

that God might be represented by material objects,

the works of men's hands - - Part 1.



ccc" . . . . strong delusion . . . ." — 2 Thessalonians 2:11.

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 [i.e., please see the next inspired quote below]. . . .
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. Everything which leads the affections away from God is an idol, and betrays us into sin. . . .
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." — ST May 19, 1881; or 1ST 227, 228.

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

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

ccc"Yet also I lifted up My hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; but 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 things; and/or after their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands]." — Ezekiel 20:15-16.

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.
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CONCLUSION:


cccTherefore, since the lukewarm church of the Laodiceans have obviously been led astray by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands, and since by the contemplation of these things their minds have been diverted from God, just as God has warned,--thus the lukewarm church of the Laodiceans have been led astray and are leading others astray by idols, and/or by gods, and/or by forbidden things, and/or by their fraudulently so-called true representations of God which they idolatrously make to themselves from material objects; and/or by the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. God cannot be represented by material objects; and, as we also have been plainly warned by His Word, it is a Satanic delusion to believe that He can be represented in this manner. Thus, the openly sinning and lukewarm church of the Laodiceans is readily discerned in that they are misled and are misleading others into Sabbath-polluting by idolatry and/or into Sabbath-polluting by accepting the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. Thus, as we have seen from God's Word, the lukewarm are polluting God's Sabbath with idols, and/or with gods, and/or with forbidden things, and/or with their fraudulently so-called true representations of God which they idolatrously make to themselves from material objects, and/or with the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. Therefore, as we also have seen from God's first commandment, no matter how much they may predictably deny it, the great mass of lukewarm Laodiceans are worshiping gods, and/or are worshiping idols, and/or are worshiping forbidden things, and/or are worshipping their fraudulently so-called true representations of God which they idolatrously make to themselves from material objects, and/or are worshiping the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands. Therefore, the openly sinning and lukewarm church of the Laodiceans are openly transgressing not only God's fourth commandment in this manner; but, they are also openly transgressing God's first commandment in this manner, as we have seen from God's Word; and, therefore, God's second commandment is also being easily disobeyed and openly disobeyed by the lukewarm church of the Laodiceans, just as God has plainly warned in His Word.

cccAs they characteristically and predictably do, will the openly sinning lukewarm now defend their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands; because, they falsely claim not to be worshiping these things? In other words, with the pretense of a misguided and false concept of worship, or with some other pretense, will the openly sinning and impenitent lukewarm predictably continue to defend their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands?--Yes, predictably, the lost and impenitent lukewarm will ever defend their acceptance and belief in this Satanic delusion; because, whether they know it or not, by God's definition the lukewarm are heathen and are aiding the enemy, Satan, as we shall see below from God's Word. Be not deceived. As we have already seen, and as God's Word reveals more to the end of these concluding remarks,--the lost, openly sinning, openly idolatrous and openly Sabbath-polluting, impenitent, "disloyal," "great mass" of the "lukewarm" and/or the Satan-aiding or "lukewarm," "Laodicean church" even "in the day of God" will still be trying to defend their Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, in that predictably, they will still be "aiding the enemy" or aiding Satan, even "in the day of God;" and, thus, tragically, no matter how much they self-inflate, no matter how much they boastfully profess to be Christians, and no matter how much they boastfully profess to be Seventh-day Adventists, these lukewarm, impenitent, open idolaters, and open Sabbath-polluters will not be gaining "passport" through the gates of God's "Holy City," just as God has also warned as follows:

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

ccc"'Thou shalt have no other gods before Me,' is the first great command, and upon this command depends all the rest. This is the substance of all obedience. Let those who profess to be Christians remember that profession will not save them. The life which Christ alone can give is given upon condition of obedience, an obedience which takes in the whole man,--mind, heart, soul, and strength. This is true sanctification. 'This do, and thou shalt live,' is the only genuine definition of sanctification. . . . .
cccThose who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word, are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit [i.e., by His power; and/or by His Latter Rain]. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power [i.e., no Holy Spirit; and/or by His Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans." — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50.

ccc"We may go to the heathen [i.e., to include: heathen, worse than dead, fraudulent, lukewarm Laodiceans, as revealed 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"They may profess to acknowledge Him as their Redeemer, but they have the same hostility as did the heathen of old, to that religion which calls for self-denial and self-sacrifice." — ST September 15, 1881; or 1ST 248:2:2.

ccc"The Word of the Lord came again unto me, 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 30:1-3.

ccc"The Sabbath is not introduced as a new institution but as having been founded at creation. It is to be remembered and observed as the memorial of the Creator's work. Pointing to God as the Maker of the heavens and the earth, it distinguishes the true God from all false gods. . .
ccc. . . . God's claim to reverence and worship, above the gods of the heathen, is based upon the fact that He is the Creator, and that to Him all other beings owe their existence. . . Had the Sabbath always been sacredly observed, there could never have been an atheist or an idolater." — PP 307, 336, written in 1890.

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

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

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]." — Ezekiel 20:16.

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

ccc". . . a willing obedience to all His requirements. This is true worship." — DA 189, written in 1898.

ccc"The incense of true worship, which should have been offered to God, has been mingled with the worship of self. In the place of lifting their thoughts to God, in the place of learning to know Him better, men deny Him in their lives. Their attention is taken up with objects that conceal God from their view." — 9MR 386; or Letter 143, 1904.

ccc"Self-love, self-worship, idolatry of self . . . ." — CTBH 74, written in 1890.

ccc"When my sisters [i.e., and when my brothers] catch a glimpse of what Christ has suffered in their behalf, that they might become children of God by adoption, they will no longer be satisfied with worldly pride and self-love. No longer will they worship self. God will be the object of their supreme regard.
cccMy heart aches as I am shown how many there are who make self their idol [i.e., and/or who make self their god; and/or who make self their worship]." — 1NL 9, written in 1904.

ccc"Love of self excludes the love of Christ [i.e., and/or love of self excludes the commandments of God and His true worship]. Those who live for self are ranged under the head of the Laodicean church who are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot. The ardor of the first love has lapsed into a selfish egotism. The love of Christ in the heart is expressed in the actions. If love for Christ is dull, the love for those for whom Christ has died will degenerate. There may be a wonderful appearance for zeal and ceremonies, but this is the substance of their self-inflated religion. Christ represents them as nauseating to His taste. 'Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.' Revelation 3:17-18. . . .
cccOnly those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. But there are many who take upon themselves responsibilities in connection with the work of God who are not wholehearted believers, and while they remain thus cannot receive the seal of the living God. They trust in their own righteousness, which the Lord accounts as foolishness.
cccThose who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. This is what distinguishes them from the disloyal, who have accepted a man-made institution in the place of the true Sabbath [i.e., please remember: accepting open idolatry or open Sabbath-polluting with idols, and/or with gods, and/or with forbidden things, and/or with the Satanic delusion that God might be represented by material objects, the works of men's hands,--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. . . .
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." — 7BC 962:2:2, or Manuscript 61, 1898; 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". . . . aiding the enemy [i.e., aiding Satan, the god of ancient and modern heathenism] . . . The term 'lukewarm' is applicable to this class." — 4T 87, written in 1876.

ccc"Satan gives his power [i.e., his heathen power; his heathen spirit; his heathen goddess; and/or his counterfeit latter rain] to those who are aiding 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 [i.e., open transgressors] of the law of Jehovah." — 6BC 1106:1:2; or RH August 25, 1885.

ccc"God can be no power [i.e., no Holy Spirit; no Latter Rain] to lukewarm Laodiceans." — ST August 2, 1899; or 4ST 50:1:4.

ccc"Multitudes will exult that God is working marvelously for them, when the work is that of another spirit [i.e., and/or of another power; and/or of a counterfeit latter rain]. Under a religious guise, Satan will seek to extend his influence over the Christian world. . . .
ccc. . . . It is only as the law of God is restored to its rightful position that there can be a revival of primitive faith and godliness among His professed people." — 1888 GC 464, 478.

ccc"A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work. . . .
ccc. . . . Are we hoping to see the whole church revived [i.e., to see the whole church of the Laodiceans revived]? That time will never come." — RH March 22, 1887; or 2RH 121.

ccc"A revival need be expected only in answer to prayer. When churches are revived, it is because some individual seeks earnestly for the blessing of God. He hungers and thirsts after God, and asks in faith, and receives accordingly. He goes to work in earnest, feeling his great dependence upon the Lord, and souls are aroused to seek for a like blessing, and a season of refreshing falls upon the hearts of men." — HM November 1, 1890.

ccc"God calls for a revival and a reformation. The 'regular lines' have not done the work which God desires to see accomplished. Let revival and reformation make constant changes. Something has been done in this line, but let not the work stop here. No! Let every yoke be broken. Let men awaken to the realization that they have an individual responsibility." — 14MR 204; or Letter 60, 1901.

cccOur Father in Heaven, may You help those who are worshiping, devoted to, and proud to be in the openly heathen church of the Laodiceans; who are only temporarily deceived; who are startled by what they see going on; who wish to stop being openly heathen Laodiceans and start being Christians and Seventh-day Adventists; who are willing to help themselves by sincerely seeking to pattern their will after Your will; who are truly humble; and who are always willing to genuinely repent, as You reveal the need from Your predictably neglected Word. You know who they are. Therefore, please, strengthen Your true people, who love You and keep Your commandments; Your true church; or Your faithful souls. May Your will be done. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

 

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