Debunking 10 Deadly Fables
Facing SDAs Today
By Clarence Settle
"His [Christ's] days were passed in ministry to the crowds that pressed upon Him, and in unveiling the treacherous sophistry of the rabbis...TMB:102.
"Unaccustomed to accept God's Word exactly as it reads, or to allow it to be its own interpreter, they the priests and instructors of the people read it in the light of their maxims and traditions. So long had they neglected to study and contemplate the Bible, that its pages were to them a mystery. They turned with aversion from the truth of God to the traditions of men. . . .3MR:432.
"Those who engage in the work of God's cause to-day will meet just such trials as Paul endured in his work. By the same boastful and deceptive work Satan will seek to draw converts from the faith. Theories will be brought in that will not be wise for us to handle. Satan is a cunning worker, and he will bring in subtle fallacies to darken and confuse the mind and root out the doctrines of salvation. Those who do not accept the Word of God just as it reads, will be snared in his trap. To-day we need to speak the truth with holy boldness. The testimony borne to the early church by the Lord's messenger, His people are to hear in this time: "Though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:8)." 7MR:358.
1. FABLE: "Laodicea is the last and final church, so it will not be 'spewed out' but rather will go glorious through to the kingdom."
FACT: This is the rallying cry of the majority of SDA's and the belief on which they pin all their hopes and aspirations. But I challenge anyone, would you give me a "Thus saith the Lord," an "It is written" for this expectation? I challenge you that no such statement exits for two very good reasons which I will substantiate for you. 1. Laodicea, despite what the SDA Bible commentary may say, is not God's final church [again, no inspired backing for that concept]; and 2. Laodicea is not God's true church of the last days. First let us look at the issue of Laodicea being the 7th and final church. We read:
"The messages given to the churches in Asia, portray the state of things existing in the churches of the religious world today. The names of the churches are symbolic of the Christian church in different periods of the Christian era; the number of the churches--seven--indicates completeness and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, and are enforced today; while the figures used are symbolic of the state of God's professed people--the wheat developing among the tares; truth standing on its own eternal basis in contrast with error." MS: 81, 1900, pp. 17, 18.
"I wish to emphasize the fact, that the churches to which John was told to send the instruction given him represent all the churches in our world, and that this revelation to him is to be studied and believed and preached by the Seventh-day Adventist Church today." 1MR: 372.
"The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian era. The number seven indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the world." AA: 585.
In complete harmony with the above quotes that the messages to the seven churches "portray the state of things existing in the religious world today", nowhere in the SOP will you find that Philadelphia ended in 1844 and only Laodicea exists today. That is solely an invention of the editorial staff or some other insider of the SDA church, as we shall see. On the contrary we read:
"After the passing of the time of expectation in 1844, Adventists still believed the Saviour's coming to be very near; they held that they had reached an important crisis, and that the work of Christ as man's intercessor before God had ceased...But clearer light came with the investigation of the sanctuary question. Now was seen the application of those words of Christ in the Revelation, addressed to the church at this very time: 'These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth; I know thy works; behold I have before thee an open door, and no man can shut it." (Rev. 3 7,8 quoted--a direct reference to the church of Philadelphia.) 4SP: 268
Fifteen years after 1844, we read this admonition to the church in 1859: "I was shown that the testimony to the Laodiceans applies to God's people at the present time.." 1T: 186. You realize of course that there was no such thing as a "Seventh-day Adventist" until the period of 1860-1863. (See 1T: 715). So where and what was the church from the period of 1844-1859? The only sensible answer, as we shall see, is that just as both cities existed simultaneously during John the Revelator's day, both conditions are obviously going on simultaneously until Christ's 2nd coming. That Philadelphia continues till the 2nd coming is clearly obvious when we simply compare the description of the 144,000 given in Rev. 14:1, the description of Philadelphia in Rev. 3: 12, and the way E.G. White puts them both together in EW: 15 where we read: "The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name."
Further, we have an example of both the Laodicean and the Philadelphian condition described as we read these words of inspiration. First we will see the Laodicean condition described: "The church was defective and in need of stern reproof and chastisement, and John was inspired to record messages of warning and entreaty to those who, losing sight of the fundamental principles should imperil their hope of salvation. But always the words of rebuke that God finds it necessary to send are spoken in tender love and with the promise of peace to every penitent believer. 'Behold I stand at the door, and knock,' the Lord declares; 'If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3: 20. (And immediately following we see the Philadelphia condition.)"And for those who in the midst of conflict should maintain their faith in God, the prophet was given the words of commendation and promise: 'I know thy works.." (Revelation 3: verses 8, 10, 2, 11 quoted.) AA: 587-588.
Again we read: "The same angel who visited Sodom is sounding the note of warning, Escape for thy life. The bottles of God's wrath cannot be poured out to destroy the wicked and their works (just before the plagues are poured out.) until all the people of God have been judged, and the cases of the living as well as the dead are decided. And even after the saints are sealed with the seal of the living God, His elect will have trials individually...The indelible mark of God is upon them. God can plead that His own name is written there. The Lord has shut them in. Their destination is inscribed--'GOD, NEW JERUSALEM.' They are God's property, His possession." TM: 446.
And again we read: "Just before us is 'the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.' Revelation 3:10. All whose faith is not firmly established upon the word of God will be deceived and overcome... 'Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I will also keep thee' (verse 1) is the Saviour's promise. He would sooner send every angel out of heaven to protect His people than leave one soul that trusts in Him to be overcome by Satan." GC: 560.
It is a mystery why the SDA church fixated on the Laodicean condition of 1859 when in Nov. 2, 1886 the warning to the Sardis church was applicable to the SDA church at that time. (see 3RH: 11/2/86). And in 4RH: 2/25/02 the Ephesus condition was "applicable to the Seventh-day Adventist churches in their present condition." And these (Sardis and Ephesus) conditions are re-iterated as applying to "us as a people" in MS: 18, 1903.
Will the 144,000 be Laodiceans or Philadelphians? Most SDA's believe and teach that the Laodicean condition is a requirement, when it is a choice! IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BE A LAODICEAN ANY MORE THAN IT IS NECESSARY TO BE A SINNER! Was Ellen G. White ever a Laodicean? God's last and final TRUE church on this earth will be those who 'preserve the faith in it's purity' (5T: 210); those who will 'heed the counsel of the True Witness TO the Laodiceans and will exalt the standard and pour forth the straight truth' [EW: 270]; those who will come out of apostate Laodicea and join the church of Philadelphia--God's true remnant church! [EW:261]
In an article published in THE ADVENT REVIEW in September, 1850 by the Publishing Committee under the direction of James White, he stated for the record, just what their position was in regard to the 144,000 and the true church of the last days. As you will see, they wrote: "Now just as sure as the Philadelphia church is the true church of the last days, just so sure the 144,000 are sealed, just before the coming of the Lord." And nowhere will you ever find that E.G. White ever countermanded this proclamation, although you will find that it was countermanded by the editorial staff of the SDA Bible Commentary! Whom do you choose to believe and follow?
Divine inspiration tells us "The state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state." RH: 8/19/1890 [Unlike those wise virgins who heed the call to "go ye out to meet Him," Matt. 25: 6--who follow the True Shepherd out of the sheepfold, John 10: 1-6; and who "go forth therefore unto Him without the camp." Heb. 13: 13.] [See also TM: 128]. That being the case, how can anyone continue to maintain that "Laodicea..will go through.." when not one of the foolish virgins made it into the kingdom?
2. FABLE: The oft misquoted statement that appears in bold print below, leading to the conclusion that no matter how deep the apostasy becomes, we are not to separate because the sinners are going to be "sifted out" of the SDA church. "Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his power as supreme. The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ." 2SM:380.
FACT: This conclusion ignores the fact that in the harvest process, FIRST the tares are bound in bundles, left in the field to be burned, and the wheat is then separated FROM the tares, to be gleaned. That gleaning process is when the chaff is separated FROM the wheat--It is the 2nd separation, not the first, which is being ignored or denied by those who resist the truth about separation. And what is it that sifts the chaff, separates it, from the wheat? We read:
"He will take charge of the flock Himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon human instrumentalities. But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor. The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Those who have rendered supreme homage to "science falsely so called" will not be the leaders then. Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent will not then stand at the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them." 5T:80.
"We are living in a time when every wind of doctrine is blowing, and when those who think they stand are liable to fall. We are living in a time when Satan is striving to implant seeds of skepticism and infidelity in every mind. We are living in a time when error is taught so insidiously that the faith of many is being rapidly undermined." Lake Union Herald:10/20/09.
"Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken and only those things that cannot be shaken will remain. Satan is making the most desperate efforts to induce souls to range under his banner, and all who yield to his deceptions will wage war against the servants of Prince Immanuel. Watchfulness and prayer must be our safeguards in these days of peril." 2RH: 11/06/83.
And what is meant by "every wind of doctrine" and can we recognize that this is happening? We read: "God will arouse His people; if other means fail, heresies will come in among them, which will sift them, separating the chaff from the wheat." 5T:707. The corporate, SDA Church has perverted the truths of God, but it is not until one separates from her communion that Satan comes in with deceptive and confusing heresies of all kinds such as the Yahweh movement, the Deliverance ministry, the Jubilee, the Shepherd's Rod movement, the Feast day movement, and the controversy over the Holy Spirit which we see causing so much controversy and division, at this time, among those who have separated from the apostate structure. This is the true fulfillment of that statement "The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out--the chaff separated from the precious wheat." And those that have discernment can see that process going on around us right now.
3. FABLE: We are not to separate now because we are told that the wheat and the tares are to grow together until the harvest, for don't we read: "The tares and the wheat are to grow together until the harvest; and the harvest is the end of probationary time." COL:71. ?
FACT: Just as the New Theologians believe that the Atonement was completed at the cross, just so do most fail to take into account that the harvest, like the atonement, is a PROCESS, not an EVENT! "The wheat IS being bound up--the tares ARE being bound in bundles." The harvest process IS going on now. We are at the END of probationary time which is not the same as the CLOSE of probation! We read:
"The events connected with the close of probation and the work of preparation for the time of trouble, are clearly presented. But multitudes have no more understanding of these important truths than if they had never been revealed. Satan watches to catch away every impression that would make them wise unto salvation, and the time of trouble will find them unready." 4SP:412.
What are some of those events? Let us place last-day events and the issue of separation in their proper perspective. We read: The things you have described as taking place in Indiana, the Lord has shown me would take place just before the close of probation. Every uncouth thing will be demonstrated. There will be shouting, with drums, and dancing. The senses of rational beings will become so confused that they cannot be trusted to make right decisions. And this is called the moving of the Holy Spirit...in camp meetings. 2SM:36. This of course is the statement referring to the present Celebration activities which have been pointed out by many as occurring in the SDA church today. As SDA's we know that immediately after probation closes the plagues will begin to fall, so then the term "just before the close of probation" can be understood correctly as the time just "before the plagues shall be poured out."
We now turn to Early Writings: 261 where we read: "I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out (today, "just before the close of probation"), ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth." I believe that this is seeing its fulfillment right now, and this is further substantiated by the present fulfillment of that divine prediction in TM: 409-410 which states "Many will stand in our (SDA) 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 (separated) from the people who think they know so much." How about that, the unfaithful ministers inside, and the faithful ones on the outside--removed from those who 'have need of nothing, and know not that they are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked! WE ARE AT THE END OF PROBATIONARY TIME RIGHT NOW! The next event after probation closes will be the falling of the plagues!
4. FABLE: "We are to wait for the angel to do the separating, after all "THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS" because we are told: "Let both tares and wheat grow together until the harvest. Then it is the angels that do the work of separation." MR.10:304.]
FACT: Those who are against separating from the apostate structure believe that this statement indicates that they are to wait for God to send a literal angel to do the separating, which becomes quite confusing since they also believe that God is going to cleanse and purify the church--separate the tares from the wheat, so therefore none should separate from her. So does this mean that this "angel" is going to separate the wicked out of the apostate church? When in the history of the world has God ever done this before? But let's look at these inspired statements to determine what the truth truly is. We read:
"I then saw the third angel. Said my accompanying angel, "Fearful is his work. Awful is his mission. He is the angel that is to select the wheat from the tares, and seal, or bind, the wheat for the heavenly garner. These things should engross the whole mind, the whole attention." EW: 118
"I was shown that the third angel, proclaiming the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, represents the people who receive this message and raise the voice of warning to the world.." 1T:76.
"The angel represented in prophecy as delivering this message, symbolizes a class of faithful men, who, obedient to the promptings of God's Spirit and the teachings of his word, proclaim this warning to the inhabitants of earth. This message was not to be committed to the religious leaders of the people. They had failed to preserve their connection with God, and had refused the light from Heaven." 4SP:177.
"No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order." 2SM:387. And what about the reaping process? We read:
THE REAPERS: "All the members of the church, as reapers in the great harvest field, are to be earnestly praying and diligently working. Not once should they think or speak of failure. They are not to rely on their human ability, but wholly on the divine agency." ST:03/07/92
"We are not only to look upon the fields, be we are to reap, and gather fruits unto life eternal." 3RH:327.
"And he will reveal his power through us, making us as sharp sickles in the harvest field." 6RH: 02/14/99.
Here are some more statements regarding the wheat and the tares, keeping in mind this first quotation that tells that though difficult to tell apart when young, now, at the harvest time the tares are easily distinguishable from the wheat.
"The tares closely resembled the wheat while the blades were green; but when the field was white for the harvest, the worthless weeds bore no likeness to the wheat that bowed under the weight of its full, ripe heads. Sinners who make a pretension of piety mingle for a time with the true followers of Christ, and the semblance of Christianity is calculated to deceive many; but in the harvest of the world [at this very time] there will be no likeness between good and evil. Then those who have joined the church, but who have not joined Christ, will be manifest." COL:74.
"The world is leagued against the truth, because it does not desire to obey the truth. Shall I who perceive the truth close my eyes and heart to its saving power because the world chooses darkness rather than light? Shall I bind myself up with the bundles of tares because my neighbors refuse to be bound up with the wheat? MR.14:21.
"Every one will reveal the character of the bundle with which he is binding himself. The wheat is being bound up for the heavenly garner. The true people of God are now bound up for the heavenly garner. The true people of God are now pulling apart, and the tares are being bound in bundles ready to burn. Decided positions will be taken." 1888 Materials: 995.
"Christ requires personal faithfulness of his servants, and we are to show that we have no fellowship with the secret, hidden things of darkness. The wheat is not to sow itself among the tares;" 4RH:01/10/93.
"Those who have sought an excuse to avoid the cross of separation from the world, will, with the world, be taken in the snare. They mingled with the tares from choice. Like drew to like in transgression. It is a fearful assimilation. Men choose to stand with the first rebel, who tempted Adam and Eve in Eden to disobey God. The tares multiply themselves, for they sow tares, and they have their part with the root of all sin--the devil." TM:235.
5. FABLE: To separate from the organized structure is to become an "independent atom" for we read: "I know that the Lord loves His church. It is not to be disorganized, or broken up into independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in this. There is not the least evidence that such a thing will be. Those who shall heed this false message, and try to leaven others will be deceived, and prepared to receive advance delusions, and they will come to naught." MR.10:304.
FACT: Independent of what, the apostate structure--the hierarchical organization? Inspiration tells us:
"Yet notwithstanding all the evidences that God has been leading the body, there are, and will continue to be, those who profess the Sabbath, who will move independent of the body, and believe and act as they choose. Their views are confused. Their scattered state is a standing testimony that God is not with them." NL:56.
"God is leading a people out from the world upon the exalted platform of eternal truth, the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. He will discipline and fit up His people. They will not be at variance, one believing one thing, and another having faith and views entirely opposite, each moving independently of the body. Through the diversity of the gifts and governments that He has placed in the church, they will all come to the unity of the faith." 3T:446.
"Individual independence and individual power is what is now needed. Individual character need not be sacrificed, but modulated, refined, elevated." T25:50 And again: We feel as if we must belong to some organization if we would accomplish good. But John the Baptist did not work on this plan. His mission was to prepare the way for the Messiah by his God-given message; and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, he did the work appointed him without calling to his aid priest or rabbi." 5RH 03/29/98. [Would you then classify John the Baptist as an independent atom?]
We have another clue to our question as we read the following statement: "He [Satan] works to restrict religious liberty, and to bring into the religious world a species of slavery. Organizations, institutions, unless kept by the power of God, will work under Satan's dictation to bring men under the control [another word for "authority"] of men: and fraud and guile will bear the semblance of zeal for truth, and for the advancement of the kingdom of God. Whatever in our practice is not as open as the day, belongs to the methods of the prince of evil. His methods are practiced even among Seventh Day Adventists, who claim to have advanced truth." 1888 Materials. pg. 1433.
Acting independently of the body is NOT leaving the apostate structure, rather it is leaving the faith, abandoning the principles of truth that makes us God's Advent people--the exalted platform of eternal truth, the commandments and the faith of Jesus. That is moving independently. Is the apostate, corporate SDA church of today standing on that platform, or rather is it moving independently of that platform? What does the evidence show?
6. FABLE: "The church is not in apostasy, it has apostasy within it"
FACT: A look at our denominational history will reveal that there has seldom been a period in the church when it has been totally free of apostasy within its midst. Just to name a few--the McCullagh apostasy in Australia, the Canright and Oviatts apostasy, the Kellog apostasy, the Holy Flesh apostasy, the Brimsmead apostasy, etc., etc. The significant thing to keep in mind is that during these apostasies the leadership still maintained their faithfulness to the fundamental pillars of our faith--those truths that distinguished the SDA church from all the other denominations, they still held fast to the sacred trust. That is why I am totally convinced that E.G. White did not separate from the church in her day, and why I am just as convinced that she would not belong to the corporate structure now, for today we can clearly see the fulfillment of the "most startling" Omega of apostasy as described for us in 1SM: 204-5.
We were warned: "We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter into any new organization; for this would mean apostasy from the truth." MAR: 203. The Lord's messenger clearly warned us: "The enemy of souls [Satan himself] has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh-day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith [Indicates a traitorous doctrinal shift into apostasy], and engaging in a process of reorganization [Reorganization is a corporate action--not applicable to individuals]. Were this reformation to take place what would result? [So there will be no doubt as to how to recognize this corporate falling away] The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant church would be discarded. [The very principles that make us the remnant church] Our religion would be changed. [Now claiming authority to change fundamental beliefs and doctrines] The fundamental principles that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. [Conservative, anti-papal attitude discarded, Ecumenicism, Pentecostalism, Modernism etc. adopted] A NEW ORGANIZATION would be established. [A different church with a different gospel, not the one established and ordained by God] Books of a new order would be written. [KJV and SOP rejected, NIV and non-Adventist expositors preferred, as also Catholic-slanted hymnal] A system of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. ["Thus saith the Lord-It is written" discarded, no longer valued or desired] The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. [Stop-smoking clinics, Revelation/Marriage Seminars, etc] The Sabbath of course would be lightly regarded, [Letter of law kept, but sacred character diminished. Increasing emphasis on Sunday participation] as also the God who created it. [Doctrinal purity rejected-more relevant to 'be loving' and get along. Loss of reverence & sanctity in worship and music etc., not to mention abominable acts taking place in schools and colleges] Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the NEW MOVEMENT. [The apostasy will continue and increase till Christ returns] The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but GOD BEING REMOVED [Hierarchical structure--rule by priests, puts man in place where God should be] they would place their dependence on human power, which, WITHOUT GOD, is worthless. [Leaders maintain you cannot stop sinning, which you cannot--without God] Their foundation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure." [When storm of persecution comes, will be swept into Sunday-keeping/Will urge an "outward compliance with the laws of the land for the sake of peace and harmony." See 5T: 712. Headed in that direction now] 1SM: 204-205. The only part of this prophecy that awaits fulfillment is the very last phrase of the very last sentence.
The present Omega apostasy of the church, the NEW MOVEMENT, NEW ORGANIZATION SDA CHURCH leaves no doubt that it has stepped off "the foundation that God has established." It is not just a church which has great apostasy and worldliness in it, it is a church in apostasy, devoid of God's presence. We read, regarding the SDA church in these last days: "But the glory of the Lord had departed from Israel. Although many still continued the forms of religion, His power and presence were lacking." 5T:210. That being the case, then WHO are the many worshipping? WHO are they praying to? And WHO is answering their prayers?
In conclusion, let us look at these last inspired statements that clearly define the issue for us.
"I saw some who were not standing stiffly for present truth. Their knees were trembling, and their feet were sliding; because they were not firmly planted on the truth, and the covering of Almighty God could not be drawn over them while they were thus trembling. Satan was trying his every art to hold them where they were, [within the apostate SDA church] until the sealing was past, and the covering drawn over God's people, and they left out, without a shelter from the burning wrath of God, in the seven last plagues. God has begun to draw this covering over his people, and it will very soon be drawn over all who are to have a shelter in the day of slaughter. God will work in power for his people; and Satan will be permitted to work also." EW:44.
"Here we see that the [SDA] church--the Lord's sanctuary--was the first to feel the stroke of the wrath of God. The ancient men, those to whom God had given great light and who had stood as guardians of the spiritual interests of the people, had betrayed their trust. They had taken the position that we need not look for miracles and the marked manifestation of God's power as in former days. Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief, and they say: The Lord will not do good, neither will He do evil. He is too merciful to visit His people in judgment. Thus "Peace and safety" is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God's people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together." 5T:211.
"The angel is to place a mark upon the forehead of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel will follow, to slay utterly both old and young." 5T:505. Here we are clearly told that the sealing angel cannot place his mark upon any until they first separate from personal AND corporate sin--sin AND sinners." Then the destroying angel follows to slay all the "Men, maidens, and little children" who have refused to separate--those who believe that God is going to separate the tares from the wheat, even though we are repeatedly told that it is the wheat that separates FROM the tares.
"Study the 9th chapter of Ezekiel. These words will be literally fulfilled." 10MR:261.
"I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant." EW:261.
7. FABLE: We are not to leave the apostate structure, rather we are to work from within the church-- intercede from within as did Moses.
FACT: Did Moses intercede from within, what does the word of Inspiration tell us? We read:
"Moses requested all who had been free from this great sin of idolatry, to come and stand by him at his right hand; also, those who had joined the rebellious in worshiping this idol, but who had repented of their sin in so quickly departing from God, to stand at his left hand. There was quite a large company, mostly of the mixed multitude, who instigated the making of the calf, who were stubborn in their rebellion, and would not stand with Moses, either at his right hand or at his left. ["If God abhors one sin above another, of which His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of an emergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis is regarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the very worst type of hostility against God." 3T:280.]
Moses then commanded those at his right hand to take their swords, and go forth and slay the rebellious, who wished to go back into Egypt. None were to execute the judgment of God on the transgressors only those who had taken no part in the idolatry. He commanded them to spare neither brother, companion, nor neighbor. Those who engaged in this work of slaying, however painful, were now to realize that they were executing upon their brethren a solemn punishment from God; and for executing this painful work, contrary to their own feelings, God would bestow upon them his blessing. By performing this act, they showed their true feelings relative to the high crime of idolatry, and consecrated themselves more fully to the sacred worship of the only true God. The terror of the Lord was upon the people, and they were afraid that they would all be destroyed. As Moses saw their distress, he promised, according to their earnest request, to plead with the Lord to pardon their great sin.
Those who plead that great charity must be exercised toward the transgressors of God's commandments, may see in this instance of God's retributive justice how he regards that charity that would cloak sin, or shield those in iniquity...Aaron failing to stand up boldly for the right, his yielding to the strength of numbers, placed him with the majority. Aaron represents the cases of a large number composing our churches at the present day. They pass over sins existing in the church which grieve the spirit of God. They are lax where order and principle are involved, because it is not pleasant to reprove and correct wrongs. They are themselves carried along with the current, and become responsible for a fearful neglect of faithfulness.
Moses represents a class who will call sin by its right name; a class that will give no place to sin and wrong, but will purge it from among them. Our abhorrence of sin cannot be too strong, if we are controlled by no personal, selfish feelings, if we labor disinterestedly for the salvation of souls, pleading in behalf of the erring, and those blinded by their own transgressions.
On the morrow, Moses addressed them: "Ye have sinned a great sin; and now I will go up unto the Lord; peradventure I shall make an atonement for your sin." He went, and in his confession before God, he said, "Oh! this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt, forgive their sin; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written." The answer was "Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book. Therefore, now go, lead the people unto the place [separate them] of which I have spoken unto thee. Behold, mine angel shall go before thee; nevertheless, in the day when I visit, I will visit their sin upon them." The Lord further showed his displeasure at their act by afflicting them with a plague…
The Lord directed Moses to move his tent afar off from the encampment of Israel, thus giving expression to the people that he had separated himself from them. He would reveal himself to Moses, but not to such a people. Here he puts a difference between the faithful and the unfaithful; and this rebuke was keenly felt by the sinful Israelites.
In sadness they had buried their dead, the subjects of the wrath of an insulted God, and their sin had also separated Moses their leader from them. Moses pitched the tent where God indicated, but he called it the tabernacle of the congregation. Anxiously the people watched the movements of Moses as he repaired to the tabernacle. They feared that God had separated Moses from them that he might destroy them in his wrath. When Moses repaired to the tabernacle, every man stood in the door of his tent until he entered. The people had laid off all their ornaments, for the Lord had said to Moses: "Say unto the children of Israel, ye are a stiff necked people; I will come up unto the midst of thee in a moment, and consume thee; therefore now put off thy ornaments from thee that I may know what to do unto thee." They stripped themselves of their ornaments, and humbled their hearts in penitence before God. Moses had not informed the people with what success he had interceded with God in their behalf; but in response to his earnest importunities, God had promised to send an angel before them, but he had refused to go himself up in the midst of them, lest in their wayward course his wrath should consume them in the way.
As Moses entered into the tabernacle, the symbol of his glory in the cloudy pillar stood at the door of the tabernacle. Had Moses made an attempt to lessen the magnitude of the sins of rebellious Israel, he would not have been tolerated in the divine presence for a moment, for he would have shared the guilt of Israel. He plead before God that he should spare his people, notwithstanding their great sin, and in thus doing show himself a great and merciful God. Thus Moses cast himself and all Israel upon the large mercy of him whom Israel had dishonored. Moses then faithfully presented before the people the aggravating character of their sin. He knew that mere sacrifices and offerings would not remove the guilt unless their hearts repented sincerely of their transgression.
Some in this age of the world seem to think it a virtue to call sin righteousness. But Moses called sin by its right name, a transgression of God's holy law. Moses required all who were truly penitent and humble in view of their transgression, to manifest it by separating from the congregation, and in sight of all Israel repair to the tabernacle, and he would plead with God to forgive their transgression, and receive them back again to his favor. Conviction and thorough repentance was required of ancient Israel in order to meet the standard of God. No less does God require of His people in our day. There must be genuine heart work in repentance and humiliation, in order to come under this covenant care, and protecting love of God. Unmistakable evidence is given that God is a jealous God, and that he will require of modern Israel as he did of ancient Israel, that they obey his law. For all who live upon the earth is this sacred history traced by the pen of inspiration." ST:05/27/80.
Yes, Moses did intercede for God's people. But his pleadings were not heard by God until he separated himself from that sinful congregation. And what were the "truly penitent" required to do? They were also required to separate themselves "in sight of all Israel" to show that they had truly repented--and "no less does God require of His people in our day!" Today, many are saying, "Times have changed. These words strengthen their unbelief..." 5T:211. But God does not change. What He required of old, He requires no less today. Again we read of another time when Moses interceded for his people.
"Ye take too much upon you," said the conspirators, "seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord? ["Who are you to judge and criticize God's church--do you think you're better than us?"] PP:398.
As they were thus assembled before God, "the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation." The divine warning was communicated to Moses and Aaron, "Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment." But they fell upon their faces, with the prayer, "O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt Thou be wroth with all the congregation?" [Here is illustrated the principle of corporate accountability which many reject today.]
Korah had withdrawn from the assembly to join Dathan and Abiram when Moses, accompanied by the seventy elders, went down with a last warning to the men who had refused to come to him. The multitudes followed, and before delivering his message, Moses, by divine direction, bade the people, "Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins." The warning was obeyed, for an apprehension of impending judgment rested upon all. The chief rebels saw themselves abandoned by those whom they had deceived, but their hardihood was unshaken. They stood with their families in the door of their tents, as if in defiance of the divine warning.
When Moses was entreating Israel to flee from the coming destruction, the divine judgment might even then have been stayed, if Korah and his company had repented and sought forgiveness. But their stubborn persistence sealed their doom. The entire congregation were sharers in their guilt, for all had, to a greater or less degree, sympathized with them. [Has God changed His views regarding corporate accountability?] Yet God in His great mercy made a distinction between the leaders in rebellion and those whom they had led. The people who had permitted themselves to be deceived were still granted space for repentance.
The guilt of sin did not rest upon Moses, and hence he did not fear and did not hasten away and leave the congregation to perish. Moses lingered, in this fearful crisis manifesting the true shepherd's interest for the flock of his care. He pleaded that the wrath of God might not utterly destroy the people of His choice. By his intercession he stayed the arm of vengeance, that a full end might not be made of disobedient, rebellious Israel." Ibid. 400,401,402--this entire chapter should be diligently studied.
Please be aware that in both instances God required that all the people separate first before Moses' pleas for intercession were heard, and "no less does God require of His people in our day." Please also be aware that although Korah was destroyed in his rebellion, we read: "Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not." Numbers 26:11. Why were they spared? Simply because they obeyed, promptly and unhesitatingly, the command to separate, and thereby retained their lives. Following are two more startling examples of intercession, and the steps God requires to before He will hear intercessory prayer.
"Never was vice more bold, stubborn, or daring than it was in Zimri, a prince of the chief house in the tribe of Simeon. Such an exhibition of effrontery toward God was almost too great for belief. He publicly appeared before the people leading a Midianitish harlot, one of high standing, a daughter of a chief house in Midian, in the sight of Moses and the congregation. He thus showed open contempt of God. He gloried in his shame; for wine had perverted his senses. He openly declared his sin as that of Sodom. The position he had occupied had been one of influence. Moses and the people who had taken no part in this great departure from God's law, were weeping and lamenting at the door of the tabernacle for the sins of the people, and the plague that had begun. But amid all this demonstration of sorrow, this prince defied the judges to molest him if they dared. The priests were weeping between the porch and the altar, crying, "Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach." Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, and rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin, and went after the man of Israel into the tent, and killed them both. This staid the plague.
With this history before the peculiar people of God in these last days, there is no excuse for anyone who will follow the example of ancient Israel in sin. But Satan will work in this special temptation to make void the law of God, and make light of God's special injunctions and warnings. The point to be marked is, that Moses' prayers were not heard, neither his weeping nor the sorrow and prayers of those who had maintained their integrity, until justice was executed upon that demoralized God defying prince. God says of Phinehas, He "hath turned away my wrath from the children of Israel." It was the greatest mercy that Phinehas could do to Israel, to deal promptly and decidedly with the guilty, and thus be instrumental in turning the wrath of God from the congregation of Israel. Something besides prayers and tears are needed in a time when reproach and peril are hanging over God's people. The wicked works must be brought to an end. The very work of justice done by Phinehas was an atonement for Israel." 3RH: 05/17/87
In this example not even prayers and tears were enough. The sin had to be dealt with firmly, decidedly, and harshly. But if corporate sin cannot be eliminated from the camp, then we must follow the example of Jesus who "knew that His efforts to reform a corrupt priest hood would be in vain." DA 590. We read:
"Divine pity marked the countenance of the Son of God as He cast one lingering look upon the temple and then upon His hearers. In a voice choked by deep anguish of heart and bitter tears He exclaimed, "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" This is the separation struggle. In the lamentation of Christ the very heart of God is pouring itself forth. It is the mysterious farewell of the longsuffering love of the Deity." Ibid:620.
How many tears have been shed, how many prayers have been pled, by the faithful, for the church that God established and ordained to bring words of hope, and truth, and salvation to a doomed and dying world, and which now has joined the ranks of the adversary of souls? And how many have experienced the same heartbreak and struggle that our Saviour did knowing that the only action He could take was to separate from that apostate structure, and call the faithful out of that false SDA organization and into His true SDA church? [DA:680]
Here is the example of Elijah in his intercession for God's people. We read: "Again the voice of Elijah is heard in startling words of command to the people: "Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape." The people are ready to obey his word. They seize the false prophets [eight hundred and fifty in number] who have deluded them, and bring them to the brook Kishon, and there, with his own hand, Elijah slays these idolatrous priests... His work of slaying the pagan priests had not unfitted him for the solemn exercise of prayer. He had performed the will of God. After he had, as God's instrument, done what he could to remove the cause of Israel's apostasy by slaying the idolatrous priests, he could do no more. He then intercedes in behalf of sinning, apostate Israel." 3T:285,286.
Do these examples then not make it clear that the belief that we must stay "within the church" in order to intercede is without basis or fact, but based solely upon feelings and personal opinion, and not a "thus saith the Lord"?
8. FABLE: The ship [SDA church] is going through, because those who are calling for separation are exemplified by the Brother M. in the in the following illustration: "Dear Brother M: I had an impressive dream last night. I thought that you were on a strong vessel, sailing on very rough waters. Sometimes the waves beat over the top, and you were drenched with water. You said: "I shall get off; this vessel is going down." "No," said one who appeared to be the captain, "this vessel sails into the harbor. She will never go down." But you answered: "I shall be washed overboard. As I am neither captain or mate, who cares? I shall take my chances on that vessel you see yonder." Said the captain: "I shall not let you go there, for I know that vessel will strike the rocks before she reaches the harbor." You straightened yourself up, and said with great positiveness: "This vessel will become a wreck; I can see it just as plain as can be." The captain looked upon you with piercing eye, and said firmly: "I shall not permit you to lose your life by taking that boat. The timbers of her framework are worm-eaten, and she is a deceptive craft. If you had more knowledge you could discern between the spurious and the genuine, the holy and that appointed to utter ruin." 5T:571-2.
FACT: The vessel referred to here does not refer to the Seventh-day Adventist denomination at all, for we read: "There was also, during the time represented by volume 5, considerable opposition on the part of a small group of disaffected souls who years earlier had left our ranks. Their attacks were leveled primarily against the agent of the prophetic gift and her writings which have strengthened and built up the church through the years. Also, during the decade of this volume, one of our leading evangelists lost his way and was soon actively engaged in tearing down a work he had formerly established. Two communications be Ellen White to restrain this man from the plunge he was about to take, are found in this book. One commences on page 571, and the other on page 621. The attempt to save him was fruitless, and he turned in bitter tirade on Mrs. White and the prophetic gift." 5T:5,6 by The Trustees Of The Ellen G. White Publications.
But there is made mention of another ship that truly fits the state of the SDA denomination today as we read: "Spiritual death has come upon the people that should be manifesting life and zeal, purity and consecration, by the most earnest devotion to the cause of truth. The facts concerning the real condition of the professed people of God, speak more loudly than their profession, and make it evident that some power has cut the cable that anchored them to the Eternal Rock, and that they are drifting away to sea, without chart or compass." 2RH:07/24/88.
But what is meant by "chart and compass"? Let us let the word of inspiration define these for us, we read:
"The Bible is a chart, pointing out the waymarks of truth. Those who are acquainted with this chart will be enabled to tread with certainty in the path of duty, wherever they may be called to go." 1888 Materials:1784.
"The only safety for us is in trusting implicitly and following faithfully the instruction of the word of God. The Bible is the only chart that marks out the narrow path which shuns the pitfalls of destruction." 4SP:08/26/89
"The sailor who has in his possession chart and compass, and yet neglects to use them, is responsible for placing the lives of those on board his vessel in peril. The vessel may be lost by his neglect. We have a Guidebook, the Word of God, and we are inexcusable if we miss the way to heaven, for plain directions have been given us." ST:03/21/06
As surely as we, as Seventh-day Adventists, neglect, or reject the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, we are "drifting away to sea without chart or compass." And it is clearly evident from the description of the Omega of Apostasy [1SM:204-5], which describes the present, apostate condition of the corporate SDA church of today, that they are "drifting away to sea without chart or compass." And what will be the ultimate fate of those who insist on remaining with that ship? We read:
"I lately read of a [once] noble ship ["How is the [once] faithful city become an harlot?" 8T:250.] that was plowing its way across the sea, when at midnight, with a terrific crash, it struck upon a rock. The passengers were awakened only to see with horror their hopeless condition and with the ship they sank to rise no more." 2SM:128.
And here we are given again, the reason why this will happen: "God has appointed means ["Chart and compass"], if we will use them diligently and prayerfully, that no vessel shall be shipwrecked, but outride the tempest and storm ["storm and tempest will sweep away the structure"] , and anchor in the haven of bliss at last. But if we despise and neglect these appointments and privileges God will not work a miracle [He is not going to send an angel] to save any of us, and we will be lost as were Judas and Satan.
Do not think that God will work a miracle to save those weak souls who cherish evil, who practice sin; or that some supernatural element will be brought into their lives, lifting them out of self into a higher sphere, where it will be comparatively easy work, without any special effort, any special fighting, without any crucifixion of self; because ALL ["Men, maidens and children ALL perish together" 5T:211] who dally on Satan's ground [refuse to separate] for this to be done will perish with the evildoers. They will be suddenly destroyed, and that without remedy." TM:453.
And again we read: "The minds of many have been engrossed with contentions, and they have rejected the light given through the Testimonies because it did not agree with their own opinions. God will not work a miracle to convince these rebellious ones of the truth of the Testimonies, and compel them to acknowledge His message. He has given sufficient evidence for their faith, and it is only the stubbornness of the natural heart that prevents them from acknowledging the light." 1888 Materials: 505.
9: FABLE: Ellen White did not separate from the church in her day despite the apostasy, so she would not separate from the church today.
FACT: We are instructed: "Regarding the testimonies, nothing is ignored; nothing is cast aside; but time and place must be considered." 1SM: 57. And again: "It should be remembered that the promises and threatenings of God are alike conditional. Ibid.: 67. To attempt to maintain that the SDA church of Ellen White's day is the same church that parades the SDA name around today is to utterly reject the overwhelming evidence that is described for us in 1SM:204-5; to totally ignore time, place, and condition. The SDA church of today is a corrupt, apostate, hierarchical structure that no longer can claim God's presence. It is a "new organization--a new movement" Would Ellen White give countenance to such a treacherous development? What were her actions back in her day before the church was in such deep apostasy, when there were only wrong practices going on within the church? The honest in heart cannot deny by reading the following statements by E. G. White, just what her actions would be regarding separation, considering the state of the church in her day, and the state of the church in this, our day, as we read:
"I have a work to do, and I am now making decisions. I must remain away from conference meetings. I must not attend camp meetings. The spirit of drawing apart, as the result of judging one another, has become so common, and the churches are becoming so leavened with this spirit, that I have no desire to attend these meetings. After returning from them, it is often weeks before I am able to take up my neglected work.
Because those in positions of responsibility have for years left the Southern field unworked, notwithstanding the most decided testimonies urging them to take up this work; because they continue to neglect this field and use every manner of device in trying to uproot the confidence of the people in those who have done the hardest and most self-sacrificing work in the South, I have but very little confidence that the Lord is giving these men in positions of responsibility spiritual eyesight and heavenly discernment. I am thrown into perplexity over their course; and I desire now to attend to my special work, to have no part in any of their councils, and to attend no meetings, nigh nor afar off. My mind shall not be dragged into confusion by the tendency they manifest to work directly contrary to the light that God has given me. I am done. I will preserve my God-given intelligence.
My voice has been heard in the different conferences and at camp meetings. I must now make a change. I cannot enter the atmosphere of strife and then have to bear testimonies that cost me much more than those to whom they are sent can imagine. When I attend the different meetings, I am compelled to deal with men, standing in responsible places, who I know are not exerting an influence that God can endorse. And when I bear a testimony in reference to their course of action, advantage is taken of this testimony. These men have not clear understanding. Should I say the things that I know, they would not, with their present experience, use this instruction wisely, and would bring upon me inconceivable burdens.I shall, therefore, leave them to receive word from the Bible, in which the principles upon which they should work are laid down in straight lines." Manuscript 17: 65-66.
"All who are educated in the office of publication should see there exemplified the principles of heaven. I would rather lay a child of mine in his grave than have him go there to see these principles mangled and perverted. The principles of heaven are to be carried out in every family, in the discipline of every church, in every establishment, in every institution, in every school, and in everything that shall be managed. You have no right to manage, unless you manage in God's order. Are you under the control of God?" 1888 Materials: 1745
"The warning is given in the Word, "Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils." We now repeat, Parents, keep your children away from Battle Creek. Some of our medical missionary workers are becoming leavened with infidelity. Specious heresy has been taking hold of minds, and its threads have been woven into the pattern of the figure. Who is responsible for giving young men and women an education that has left a seducing influence upon their minds? One father writes that of his two children who were sent to Battle Creek, one is now a infidel and the other has given up the truth." Manuscript 20: 67.
"The Battle Creek Church.--There are serious objections to having the school located at Battle Creek. Here is a large church, and there are quite a number of youth connected with this church. And in so large a church, where one has influence over another, if this influence is of an elevating character, leading to purity and consecration to God, then the youth coming to Battle Creek will have greater advantages than if the school was located elsewhere. But if the influences at Battle Creek shall be in the future what they have been for several years past, I would warn parents to keep their children from Battle Creek. There are but few in that large church who have an influence that will steadily draw souls to Christ. There are many who would, by their example, lead the youth away from God to the love of the world." Test to the Church at Battle Creek: 50.
"Now, those who have had years in this same experience, know not God nor Jesus Christ whom He has sent, and should such go forth as representatives of Jesus Christ? These men will never give the right mold to other minds; they have not grown up to the full stature of men and women in Christ. They simply have the name of Christians but are not fitted for the work of God, and never will be until they are born again, and learn the A.B.C. in true religion of Jesus Christ. There is a little hope in one direction: Take the young men and women, and place them where they will come as little in contact with our churches as possible, that the low grade of piety which is current in this day shall not leaven their ideas of what it means to be a Christian." Manuscript 12: 334.
"I was confirmed in all I had stated in Minneapolis, that a reformation must go through the churches. Reforms must be made, for spiritual weakness and blindness were upon the people who had been blessed with great light and precious opportunities and privileges. As reformers they had come out of the denominational churches, but they now act a part similar to that which the churches acted. We hoped that there would not be the necessity for another coming out." Manuscript 11: 230.
Isn't Ellen White here strongly indicating that if things did not change, then as God's faithful have always done previously, once more there would be "the necessity for another coming out."? Can anyone honestly continue to maintain that she would urge all to remain associated with a church that now embraces papal actions and associations, that claims the authority to change fundamental beliefs and doctrines, and that holds the church manual above the Holy Scriptures. I cannot but believe that she would turn from such an abomination with revulsion and horror, and with tears of bitterness and sorrow for the shame and disgrace that has been brought upon the honor of God.
10. FABLE: We are not to separate from the SDA church unless and until it has apostatized so much that it starts keeping Sunday.
FACT: Our legal system, which is based upon Judeo-Christian principles, holds that if you are in the company of someone when they commit a crime, you are "an accessory to the fact." In other words, guilty by association. This principle is also illustrated by inspiration as we read:
"Those who occupy responsible positions in the office are accountable for the prevailing influence there, and if they are indifferent to the course of the insubordinate and impenitent in their employ they become partakers of their sin." 4T:205. Again we read:
"In our largest churches the greatest evils exist because these have had the greatest light. They have not a true knowledge of God and of Jesus Christ whom he has sent. The leaven of unbelief is working, and unless these evils which bring the displeasure of God are corrected in its members, the whole church stands accountable for them." Paulson Collection:340.
"God's command had been disregarded by one of those appointed to execute His judgments. And the nation was held accountable for the guilt of the transgressor: " They have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also." Instruction was given to Joshua for the discovery and punishment of the criminal. The lot was to be employed for the detection of the guilty. The sinner was not directly pointed out, the matter being left in doubt for a time, that the people might feel their responsibility for the sins existing among them, and thus be led to searching of heart and humiliation before God." PP:494.
"The names of those who sin and refuse to repent should not be retained on the church books, lest the saints be held accountable for their evil deeds. Those who pursue a course of transgression should be visited and labored with, and if they then refuse to repent, they should be separated from church fellowship, in accordance with the rules laid down in the Word of God." 11MR:209.
"So," you ask, "what does this have to do with the SDA church observing Sunday?" First, let us go to the Scriptures where we read these word of Jesus in Matthew 5:27,28: "Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in her heart." The point I'm trying to bring out here is that the present, corporate SDA denomination has given abundant evidence in pursuing an aggressive ecumenical agenda, that she is not only a willing party, that has lusted after the teachings and practices of the churches of Babylon--the foremost of which is Sunday observance, but has actively participated in them! The SDA church is keeping the letter of the law, but it cannot be denied that for the most part her intents and purposes are leading the people to diminish the sacred character of God's holy seventh-day Sabbath, and to exalt the observance of Sunday. Ample documentation is available to verify this. So, to conclude this issue, according to the divine principles given to us here, is not the SDA church by its many affiliations, associations, alliances, and agreements just as guilty of holding Sunday sacred as those Babylonian entities it is intertwined with as that "accessory to the fact," even though it is not actually "keeping" Sunday yet? The law of the land holds that even though you didn't actually pull the trigger--or even hold the gun, by being there, you are just as guilty! How much more does God, who holds us to a much higher standard, require of His professed church?
Beloved reader, which voice will you listen to, the false and deceitful voice of Satan that insists that the only way to become clean is to remain in the pigpen, the voice that insists that the only way to keep from going under is to remain in the quicksand, the voice that insists that the only way to keep from being consumed is to remain within the burning building, the voice that insists that the only way to escape the burning wrath of God in the 7 last plagues is to remain associated with the church which will be the first to receive of those plagues? Or are you going to listen to the true voice of the Holy Spirit that beckons you to separate from all sin and apostasy so that you can be sealed and take your stand with the remnant--those who have been called out of the "nominal Adventists and the fallen churches."?
In closing, undoubtedly there are more issues and arguments that will be, and are being raised by those who are standing against the issue of separation. But how many times must error be exposed before one is convicted of the truth? We are all familiar with the statement that says "A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still." This is illustrated in the Bible, where we read of the attitude of the professed Seventh-day Adventists in the days of Jesus: "...neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead." Luke 16:31.
My fervent prayer is that the light of truth will shine abundantly upon those who are truly seeking it, and that God's elect will discern and not be deceived by falsehood and error.