Ellen White on Babylon--The Carefully Suppressed Truth
The professing Seventh-day Adventist church has gotten a lot of mileage from selecting some of Ellen White's statements on how the true SDA church triumphant will never be Babylon, and applying those statements to the SDA militant. These carefully selected statements appear in a book compiled by SDA church leaders, entitled The Remnant Church. Another place these biasly selected statements appear is in the first 50-60 pages of Testimonies to Ministers, which was also compiled by church leaders. It is these sources that contain the greater number of such carefully selected statements. Not one of these sources is fair to the weight of evidence principle by giving ANY of Ellen White's statements as to how the SDA church militant could well become A SISTER TO FALLEN BABYLON! This is abominable misrepresentation of the facts concerning this matter. This is a classic example of how SDA leaders have manipulated Ellen White's writings to support their cherished errors.
Those Who Confuse The Church Militant With the Church Triumphant Make a Great Mistake
The vast majority of professing Seventh-day Adventists have made and are making that "great mistake!" They are applying statements Ellen White applied to the church triumphant to the church militant. Here are some classic examples of what I am saying:
In Selected Messages, vol. 2, pp. 396, 397, the very heading of the chapter is The Church Triumphant. Yet the church militant always applies these statements to itself:
Did you Know That The Church Triumphant Co-exists With The Church Militant?
Few SDAs have ever heard or read Ellen White's statement that the church triumphant co-exists with the church militant. Most believe that the church militant becomes the church triumphant at some future time after the National Sunday Law, at which time they erroneously believe that all the bad are shaken out of the church militant to leave it the church triumphant! We have proven in other parts of our message that this cherished error is just that!
Now what a sham it is for the church militant to apply to itself, accolades that are clearly intended to apply to the church triumphant, which may or may not member with a church militant, depending on whether or not a once church militant has refused light. See Desire of Ages, 232, where sanction and even duty is prescribed to leave a church that refuses light.
The SDA Church Militant Has Applied Ellen White's Statement on Babylon, to Itself!
Ellen White said that the true SDA church that keeps the commandments of God and heeds the Laodicean message, will never be any part of Babylon! On the other hand, she says that if the church militant does certain things, it will become a sister to fallen Babylon. It makes Ellen White a self-contradictory, false prophet, to misapply her statements regarding the church triumphant never becoming Babylon, to the church militant that could and indeed has become part of Babylon.
Ellen White's Clear Statements That The SDA Church Militant Could Indeed Become a Sister to Fallen Babylon
"We must as a people arouse and cleanse the camp of Israel. Licentiousness, unlawful intimacy, and unholy practices are coming in among us in a large degree...We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen Babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird, and will we be clear unless we make decided movements to cure the existing evil? E. G. White, Manuscript Releases No. 449, pp. 17, 18.
"The world must not be introduced into the church and married to the church. Through union with the world the church will become corrupt,--'a cage of every unclean and hateful bird." E. G. White, Review and Herald, 02-26-1895, pr. 4.
So you can clearly see that Ellen White regarded it as possible for the church militant to become corrupt and a sister to fallen Babylon! Yet, she said that a true SDA church triumphant, that keep the commandments and the Laodicean message, would always exist, even it the church militant did become a fallen sister to Babylon!
When Ellen White Issued her Statements About the SDA Church Not Being Babylon, the Church Was Keeping the Commandments and Heeding the Laodicean Message
Why would anyone call people out of a church that was heeding the Laodicean message and keeping the commandments of God, and teaching the world that it was possible to keep those commandments, and heed the Laodicean message? Where would you go to find a church any better than that?! Jesus and the disciples were doing that, and they had a wolf in the pack by the name of Judas. But Jesus and His disciples left a church organization that claimed to be keeping the commandments of God and that claimed to be His chosen, enlightened remnant. When it can be proven that a church is teaching its membership and the world that it is impossible to keep the commandments of God, you have a New Movement we were never to join! If it is impossible to keep the commandments of God, then it is impossible to heed the Laodicean message! To say it is impossible to keep the commandments of God is to reject the third angel's message:
A church that has rejected all three angel's messages, is surely a sister to fallen Babylon, the Synagogue of Satan, Revelation 3:9. Here are other statements along the same line:
Quiescent, insincere believer tares, are not to be uprooted until the close of probationary time, Christ's Object Lessons, 72. Open sinning tares and thorns are to be uprooted, o the church will be overspread with them and they will choke out and kill the wheat, making it impossible for the wheat to mature. This is why the wheat must be separated from a church that is controlled by open sinning, apostate tares and thorns.
If those who persist in open
sin are retained in any church militant, it ceases to be a church militant
and becomes a sister to fallen Babylon. "Thorns--Nicolaitans to be
Separated From the Church--"It is our work to know our special failings
and sins, which cause darkness and spiritual feebleness, and quenched our
first love. Is it worldliness? Is it selfishness? Is it the love of
self-esteem? Is it striving to be first? Is it the sin of sensuality that is
intensely active? Is it the sin of the Nicolaitans, turning the grace of god
into lasciviousness? Is it the misuse and abuse of great light and
opportunities and privileges, marking boasted claims to wisdom and religious
knowledge, while the life and character are inconsistent and immoral?
Whatever it is that has been petted and cultivated until it has become strong
and overmastering, make determined efforts to overcome, else you will e lost.
It is these cherished sins, abhorrent to God, that make enfeebled moral
courage, and leave you to choose to walk apart from God, while you retain a
miserable, heartless, outward form. Once the soul was all aglow with the love
for Jesus; but all this is changed. The great Head who moves in the midst of
his candlesticks will never be without a church. There will be faithless ones
who will go out from us because they were not of us. There will be
apostasies. But 'nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having
this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.' There will be those who are
evil, who hold the truth in unrighteousness, who are sensual, who are
controlled by the master-worker in all evil, who will have to be separated
from the church."...
Other Ways by Which a Church Becomes a Sister to Fallen Babylon
In 1844, the mainline churches fell for rejecting the light of the Midnight Cry and the first and second angels' messages. So the principle of rejecting light causes a church to become a sister to fallen Babylon. Here are two very clear evidences of this fact:
How a Church Falls to Become Babylon, Without Embracing the Classic Doctrines of Babylon
Most Adventist think that the SDA church would have to embrace the doctrines characteristic of Babylon, in order to become a fallen sister to Babylon. The following statement exposes this belief as a mythological error of serious proportion, and proves that all a church has to do to become part and parcel of Babylon, is to reject truth and any one of the three angel's messages:
Most SDAs maintain that the people who left the churches in circa 1844, were kicked out and did not leave of their own volition. The above statements prove this a most erroneous misconception of the facts. Those churches became morally fallen in consequence of their rejection of the first angel's message.
SDA's Have Morally Fallen by Their Violation of The Midnight Cry, and The First and Second Angel's Messages
By MEMBERSHIP ecumenical linkage to fallen Babylon, in clear violation of the Midnight Cry and the first and second angel's messages, the professing SDA church has become morally fallen, and has become a sister to fallen Babylon. A publication of the World Council of Churches, entitled: Directory Christian Councils, lists Seventh-day Adventists as MEMBERS in at least seven different countries of the world, and the number has increased since the publication of that book. Such membership is FORBIDDEN by scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy. If the mainline churches became Babylon for rejecting these messages, then how can professing Seventh-day Adventists reject them imperviously?
Every excuse and every lie SDA leaders set forth about their ecumenical involvement is nothing more than a plea for union with the opposers of truth:
"They that forsake the law praise the wicked.' Proverbs 28:4. When those who are uniting with the world, yet claiming great purity, plead for union with those who have ever been the opposers of the cause of truth, we should fear and shun them as decidedly as did Nehemiah. Such counsel is prompted b the enemy of all good. It is the speech of timeservers, and should be resisted as resolutely today as them. Whatever influence would tend to unsettle the faith of god's people in His guiding power, should be steadfastly withstood." E.G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 661.
"Those who are uniting with the world [and churches that cannot be distinguished from the world, Early Writings, 273] are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the mark of the beast." Testimonies, Vol. 5, 216."
Yet another way in which Ellen White said that the SDA church could become part of Babylon is by becoming Laodicean:
"Among the professed followers of Christ, there is the same pride, formalism, vainglory, selfishness, and OPPRESSION, that existed in the Jewish nation." E.G. White, Sketches from the Life of Paul, 251-252.
In Jeremiah 11:9-15, the Jewish people of that generation committed “generational” unpardonable sin by conspiring with God’s enemies and returning to the iniquities of their forefathers. SDA’s have done the same thing by:
· Conspiring (syn. Confederating) with Babylon’s Ministerial Associations, National Councils, and other Confederacies.
· Returning to the false gospel of Babylon.
Why Ellen White did not Leave the Church
· The church was not any part of Babylon in 1893.
· The church was receiving the refreshing of the Holy Spirit by heeding the Laodicean Message and keeping the commandments of God, including Isaiah 8:9-13.
· The church had yet not done the very same thing the Jews did in Jer. 11:9-15.
· The church had not yet committed the Alpha and Omega of Apostasy.
· The church had not yet joined Babylon's Ministerial Associations, National Councils and World Council of Churches in 5 countries of the world.
· The church had not yet adopted the Trinity Doctrine. That occurred in 1930.
· The church did not have the same divorce percentage rate as the world.
· The church did not preach a false gospel at that time.
· The church did not preach two-gospels at that time--forked tongued deception.
· Paul says to accurse anyone, EVEN AN ANGEL who comes with a false gospel.
· Regardless which gospel is correct, BASED ON THE FOLLOWING VERSES FROM GALATIONS, THE TEACHERS OF WHICHEVER GOSPEL IS FALSE AND ITS ADHERENTS SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE CHURCH IF THEY WILL NOT REFORM.
Gal 1:8 But 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 1:9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Worse than Babylon -- "God's professed people are selfish and self-caring....They are idolaters, and are worse, in the sight of God, than the heathen, graven-image worshippers who have had no knowledge of a better way." Testimonies, Vol. 2, 441-442.
God bless all seekers of pure truth,