Revival of Primitive Godliness Versus False Reformations
I have added the following statements to the Menu item above this one of yesterday on this subject.
Where and When the Real Primitive WorldWide Revival and Final Shaking of True SDAs Will Take Place
"But where, in the popular churches of today, is the spirit of consecration to God? The converts do not renounce their pride and love of the world. They are no more willing to deny self, to take up the cross, and follow the meek and lowly Jesus, than before their conversion....
Notwithstanding the widespread declension of faith and piety, there are true followers of Christ in these churches. Before the final visitation of God's judgments upon the earth there will be among the people of the Lord such a 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. At that time many will separate themselves from those churches in which the love of this world has supplanted love for God and His word." Great Controversy, p. 464.
The above statement has been totally misrepresented by SDA leaders as meaning that the SDA Church will revive and shake out the bad. That is a lie, as the full document (posted yesterday) proves. The entire context of the above statement is the final loud cry call out of the "popular churches." The first sentence establishes the context. However, since Adventism has numbered itself with these "popular churches," and since there are some true followers of Christ in all churches, the call will go to all churches, because they all will be doing after the manner of the world. Does that include MEMBERS of the professing SDA Church? Notice:
"The leaven of godliness has not entirely lost its power. At the time when the danger and depression of the church are GREATEST [TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE], the little company who are standing in the light will be sighing and crying for the abominations that are don in the land. But more especially will their prayer arise IN BEHALF OF THE CHURCH BECAUSE ITS MEMBERS ARE DOING AFTER THE MANNER OF THE WORLD." Testimonies, vol. 5, 209, 210.
Here we see that the MEMBERS of the church will be doing after the manner of the world, at the time of greatest danger. Does that sound like a primitive revival that revives the members of the church? Not to me! The true and faithful who are "standing in the light," must not be MEMBERS, else they would be doing after the manner of the world.