New Age Pantheism Seminars at Loma Linda
A Series of Articles By
References from Ellen G. White
2233 Mentone Boulevard, Mentone. California 92359
On March 13, 1985 the following appeared: "NEWSGRAM--LLU STUDENT AFFAIRS" a Calendar of Religious Events was sent out by the Pastors of the University and Campus Hill Churches to the public. One of the News items included this announcement:
"Louis Tice, lecturer for the video seminar "New Age Thinking for Achieving Your Potential" will speak at Loma Linda University on Friday, March 15 at noon in the University SDA Church. This exciting hour on reaching your, potential is open to all who wish to attend."
Dr. Deone Hanson, a 1953 graduate of the school of medicine at Loma Linda attended Lou Tice's lecture. Tice presented the same dangerous doctrine of pantheism that Dr. John Harvey Kellogg presented in his book "Living Temple" at Battle Creek years ago. These articles by Dr. Hanson are based on information obtained from the 3-15-85 lecture and Lou Tice's video tapes used at the LLU Seminars. 2
Dr. Hanson noted that the same slang profanity that took the Lord's name in vain in the church sanctuary 3-15-85 is used in the seminars at LLU'
The articles enclosed are the first of a series to follow.
THE PUBLISHER Leah Schmitke
A few years ago, Lewis Walton, author of "Omega," presented a Seminar at Loma Linda on the dangers of a final apostasy among God's people. Thousands were stirred by his stirring message. How few realized that the "Omega" would be proclaimed right before our very eyes a few years later. Lewis Walton urged all our people to read "Series 'B' No. 2 and 7" which gives a full description of what pantheism is all about and its results. These inspired messages by Ellen White in this book warn our people today, as the church faces the same heresies that appeared at Battle Creek as an "Iceberg dead ahead."
Again our people must take immediate action to "Meet it" with "fun steam ahead."
A compilation from the Spirit of Prophecy on the high points of the "Omega" are included by the publisher in this publication. A more -:"~ complete message is given in the book entitled, "Series 'B' No.2 and 7. This book is available at the Loma Linda ABC Book Store, and other ABC Bookstores and the Publisher at $3.00 each.
PUBLISHER Leah Schrnitke
"NEW AGE THINKING" AND "OL' TIME WIZARDRY"
By Deone Hanson (LLU),SM'53b}
"Achieve Your Potential" is the slogan used in advertising the "New Age Thinking Seminars" being sponsored by the Loma Linda Medical Center. The seminars which provide 20 hours of continuing education credit were promoted from the University Church pulpit 3-15-85. "New Age Thinking" is an outgrowth of the pantheistic belief that the Spirit of God is in the atom. This same thinking brought two devastating fires to Battle Creek in 1902.* The same sophistries are now being brought to Loma Linda.
The fact that the "New Age Thinking Seminars" are based on pantheism was made clear during the promotional talk at the University Church. In discussing the empty space within the atom, it was noted that if the entire church building was "crushed" into the size of its atomic particles, the actual mass would be reduced to the size of a measuring cup. This empty space within the atom is actually "nothing " according to the New Age speaker, Lou Tice. "This nothing is spirit. It is a positive spirit. It is a holy spirit. It could be called God. It is by some."
After establishing his pantheistic thesis that the holy spirit (God) is "within," the audience was carried into a working relationship with pantheism. They were told that success in our New Age depends on their harnessing the "spirit power" that was demonstrated by the "Wizard of Oz." Instead of saying, "I'm off to see the wizard, the wonderful wizard of Oz, because of the wonderful things he does," say instead, "I'm off to be the wizard, because of the wonderful things I does." Telling a person "You can do it" transmits the "power" to "do. " It works as long as there is "belief in the wizard."
The listeners were informed that alignment with the "right spirit" can make people "constructive wizards" who are helpful to others. A "constructive wizard" confirms "the positive" in people. All must be "alert" for "negative wizards." Note: How would a "New Age Thinker" relate to the apostle Paul's appeal for our "old man" to be "crucified with him (Christ), that the body of sin might be destroyed?" Rom. 6:6. 3
Lou Tice then demonstrated the art of witchcraft in the sanctuary.
"You know I have the power invested in me, by me. You know I have it. I've been on TV. You know they wouldn't have me here if I didn't have this power. I declare you associate wizards. Go Act Like it."
Thus, the master wizard commissioned associates to use his technique for developing "the spirit power" believed to exist "within."
Loma Linda Medical Center was used as the entering wedge to re-introduce the pantheistic sophistries of "the Alpha of Apostasy,"** and then, the mesmerized listeners were swept into "the Omega"*** of wizardry. After being applauded by his new "associate wizards," the master was whisked off into the blue beyond in his chartered jet helicopter. His video tapes remain behind to be used by his followers on other naive Christians.
The Holy Scriptures label a "wizard" an "abomination." Deut. 18:11. Let us pray for forgiveness in profaning the Lord's sanctuary and misleading the faithful as we confess our grievous sin against the Lord. Let us pray that the "New Age Thinking Seminars" will be cancelled.
*Series "B" No.7, p.9; 8T 293; **ISM 197; ***Ibid., 8T 293-8.
AN APPEAL TO CANCEL THE
"NEW AGE THINKING SEMINARS" AT LLU
By Deone Hanson «LLU,SM'53b)
Cancellation of the seminars is most urgent because seminar speaker Lou Tice holds that "The Holy Spirit -some call it God," is "the power in the atom." This concept that God is in all substance is pantheism in pure form. History affirms that whenever people look away from the Creator God "above" and above all, to that which is "within," they return to creature worship and the false gods of the heathen.
The early scientific application of pantheism by Dr. John H. Kellogg in 1902 was described as "the Alpha of deadly heresies." Over the passing decades the methods of employing pantheistic concepts have become sophisticated. Tice is capitalizing on methods which he calls "tools." He couples his "tools" with the "power within" in helping people "achieve (their) potential." His seminars are designed to help people choose and accomplish goals by using pantheistic spirit power "within." His "tools" enable New Age Thinkers to destroy any established "belief" that conflict with their newly desired "goals."
The destruction of conflicting beliefs prevents guilt and liberates the conscience. New beliefs replace the old before the conscious mind can, freely act out new goals. Seminar methods work something like this: First, the participants are convinced with a little psychological game-playing that their abilities are restricted by their beliefs (or mind-sets). After a "put-down," the new enrollees are directed to search, "within" for goals that will help to achieve (their greater) potential. Each person is assisted in writing out his goals so they are clearly defined. Then the "tools" are applied to drive the goals into the subconscious where the conflicting beliefs are attacked and destroyed, new beliefs are established.
The tools are used twice daily just prior to going to sleep and immediately after awakening. At this time the subconscious is most susceptible to change. The new goals are verbalized, then visualized with mental imagery, and then emotionalized by fantasizing the feeling anticipated when goals are achieved. The process may take months before goals are acted out without any conscious effort. In the attempt to liberate the conscience, the New Ager may be using these tools to destroy beliefs established through the ministry of the Word by the Holy Spirit. The tools are capable of driving away the Holy Spirit. The euphoria experienced with achieving a new goal may be the result of the Holy Spirit withdrawing and no longer pricking the conscience. Grieving away the Holy Spirit to liberate the conscience leads to the unpardonable sin. 4
The New Ager considers any conscious effort to employ "the power of the will" to directly change behavior as "negative." A "no," or a "don't," is called "old age thinking." New Age Thinking indirectly attacks the "thou shalt not" principle written by the finger of God. New Agers are taught to say: "I AM (this," and "I AM (that)." Thus, they say in their hearts, "We are lords; we will come no more unto thee." Jeremiah 2:31. The do-it-yourself "tools" provide the "power" that converts participants into being their own gods. They no longer feel the need of agonizing in prayer to Christ for gospel power to overcome.
Help rescue the unwary. Retrieve those being turned from the Creator God by advanced pantheistic methods consistent with "the Omega " of deadly heresies. Encourage University personnel who are being intimidated for refusing to compromise their conscience by participating in seminars. Appeal to the University to cancel New Age Thinking Seminars. Write to:
New Age Thinking Seminars, 11234 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, California 92354.
General Conference of SDA, 6840 Eastern Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20012.
THE NEW AGE "GOSPEL BY-PASS" AT LLU
By Deone Hanson (LLU, SM'53b )
Serious coronary artery disease may be alleviated when a "coronary by-pass" is performed to restore life-saving blood to heart muscle.
Eighty years ago, a different type of "by-pass" was done at Battle Creek. In his book entitled "Living Temple,” Dr. John Harvey Kellogg wrote: "God actually entered into the product of his creative skill, so that it might not only outwardly reflect the divine conception, but that it might think divinely, and act divinely. ...God is not behind nature, nor above nature. He is in nature, -nature is the visible expression of His power. 'Christ is all, and in all.' Col. 3:11."(1)
Kellogg's pantheistic theories in his book entitled "Living Temple," were condemned by Ellen White as being "the alpha of deadly heresies."(2) These heresies directed the mind "to a self-made God "within." They were "deadly" because looking "within" by-passed the ministry of Christ in cleansing our hearts with His own life-saving "Blood." Hebrews 10:19. Kellogg's by-pass is best described as a "bloodless gospel by-pass"."
Battle Creek became a "danger" for students because "some of our ministers" were unable to "see the difference between light and darkness, between truth and error."(3) Ellen White wrote: "Open " rebuke is necessary , to prevent others from being ensnared. ...Those that cannot see the danger that is threatening the Lord's heritage , because of these things will soon feel no enmity against the arch deceiver”.(4) "Do not send your children to Battle Creek."(5) "How could we consent to send the flower of our youth called to Battle Creek to receive their education. ..."(6) In order to preserve God's heritage and the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the Lord countered Kellogg's "bloodless Gospel by-pass" with a divine plan for a new school at Loma Linda. This divine plan was the Lord's "Battle Creek by-pass." Tragically, the same pantheistic theories of "the Alpha" that surfaced at Battle Creek are now being trumpeted by Lou Tice at LLU. Participants in his "New Age Thinking Seminars" are told to look "within" for the "power" to achieve their "goals." In his Seminars presented by Video-tape, enrollees are taught to verbalize and emotionalize "affirmations" in a twice-a-day rosary-like ritual. These prayer-like recitations to self are directed "within" in order to destroy "beliefs" in the subconscious mind that conflict with desired personal "goals. " Lou is Catholic and has effectively joined pantheism with the ritualistic methods of Roman Catholicism to hammer affirmations into the subconscious. 5
On July 24, 1904 Ellen White wrote: "Be not deceived, many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We now have before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature."(7) The Lou Tice New Age Thinking Seminars are in essence a modern day "gospel by-pass" that also sets aside the ministry of Christ in the Sanctuary above. The "Omega " is more "deadly" than "the alpha" because New Age Thinking Seminars cloak pantheism in more sophisticate scientific terminology. Participants learn mind control methods that are not only applied to themselves, but anyone with their circle of influence. The patients and students at LLU may unknowingly experience a "gospel by-pass" by New Age thinkers. Therefore, they are in greater danger than the previous generation at Battle Creek.
Once again: "The battle is on. ...Where are the faithful guardians of the Lord's flock? ...Where are the watchmen? ...Where are the medical missionaries? Are they co-workers with Christ, wearing His yoke or are they wearing a yoke of human manufacture? ...Has your obedience to men become rebellious against God? 'Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves.' "(8)
(I) "Living Temple," p.40; (2) Series "B" No.2, p. 50; (3) Ibid., No.7, p.35; (4) Ibid., No.2, p.10; (5) Ibid., No.7, p.35; (6) Ibid., No.7, p.23; (7) Ibid., No.2, p.I6; *8) Ibid. No.2, p. I7.
WHAT IS PANTHEISM?
Webster's dictionary defines pantheism as follows: -"The doctrine that the universe, taken or conceived of as a whole, is God; the doctrine that there is no God but the combined forces and laws which are manifested in the existing universe."
Ellen White describes pantheism as follows:
"The theory that God is an essence pervading all nature is one of Satan's most subtle devices. It misrepresents God and is a dishonor to His greatness and majesty.
"Pantheistic theories are not sustained by the word of God. The light of His truth shows that these theories are soul-destroying agencies. Darkness is their element, sensuality their sphere. They gratify the natural heart and give license to inclination. Separation from God is the result of accepting them.
"Our condition through sin has become preternatural, and the power that restores us must be supernatural, else it has no value. There is but one power that can break the hold of evil from the hearts of men, and that is the power of God in Jesus Christ. Only through the blood of the crucified One is there cleansing from sin. His grace alone can enable us to resist and subdue the tendencies of our fallen nature. This power the spiritualistic theories concerning God make of no effect. If God is an essence pervading all nature, then He dwells in all men; and in order to attain holiness, man has only to develop the power that is within him.
"These theories, followed to their logical conclusion, sweep away the whole Christian economy. They do away with the necessity for the atonement and make man his own savior. These theories regarding God make His word of no effect, and those who accept them are in great danger of being led finally to look upon the whole Bible as a fiction. They may regard virtue as better than vice; but God being removed from His position of sovereignty, they place their dependence upon human power, which, without God, is worthless. The unaided human will has no real power to resist and overcome evil. The defenses of the soul are broken down. Man has no barrier against sin. When once the restraints of God's word and His Spirit are rejected, we know not to what depths one may sink.
"Those who continue to hold these spiritualistic theories will surely spoil their Christian experience, sever their connection with God and lose eternal life.
"The sophistries regarding God and nature that are flooding the world with skepticism are the inspiration of the fallen foe, who is himself a Bible student, who knows the truth that it is essential for the 6
people to receive, and whose study it is to divert minds from the great truths given to prepare them for what is coming upon the world.
"1 have seen the results of these fanciful views of God, in apostasy, spiritualism, and free-lovism. The free love tendency of these teachings was so concealed that at first it was difficult to make plain its real character. Until the Lord presented it to me, I knew not what to call it, but I was instructed to call it unholy spiritual love." 8T 281-2.
Again we read: "Let no one teach things that the Redeemer, He who owns man, body, soul, and spirit, has not taught. We need not any fanciful teaching regarding the personality of God. What God desires us to know of Him is revealed in His word and His works. The beautiful things of nature reveal His character and His power as Creator. They are His gift to the race, to show His power and to show that He is a God of love. But no one is authorized to say that God Himself in person is in flower or leaf or tree. These things are God's handiwork, revealing His love for mankind.
"But to take the works of God, and represent them as being God, is a fearful misrepresentation of Him. This representation I was called upon to meet at the beginning of my work, when in my youth the Lord commissioned me to go forth and proclaim what He should command me to proclaim. And as the Lord shall direct me, I must now do what I can to counteract all such teaching, and the theories which lead to such views. Those who hold these theories do not know whither their feet are tending." Medical Ministry, page 94.
Past Experiences To Be Repeated
Ellen White warned that the past experiences of pantheism, and other forms of spiritualism will break out again and again before the close of probation. Past history will be repeated. For we read further:
"The experience of the past will be repeated. In the future, Satan's superstitions will assume new forms. Errors will be presented in a pleasing and flattering manner. False theories, clothed with garments of light, will be presented to God's people. Thus Satan will try to deceive, if possible, the very elect. Most seducing influences will be exerted, minds will be hypnotized.
"Corruptions of every type, similar to those existing among the antediluvians, will be brought in to take minds captive. The exaltation of nature as God, the unrestrained license of the human will, the counsel of the ungodly--these Satan uses as agencies to bring about certain ends. He will employ the power of mind over mind to carry out his designs. The most sorrowful thoughts of all is that under his deceptive influence men will have a form of godliness, without having a real connection with God. Like Adam and Eve, who ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, many are even now feeding upon the deceptive morals of error.
"Satanic agencies are clothing false theories in an attractive garb, even as Satan in the Garden of Eden concealed his identity from our first parents by speaking through the serpent. These agencies are instilling into human minds that which in reality is deadly error. The hypnotic influence of Satan will rest upon those who turn from the plain word of God to pleasing fables.
"It is those who have had the most light that Satan most assiduously seeks to ensnare. He knows that if he can deceive them, they will, under his control, clothe sin with garments of righteousness, and lead many astray. "I say to all: Be on your guard; for as an angel of light Satan is walking in every assembly of Christian workers, and in every church, trying to win the members to his side. I am bidden to give to the people of God the warning: 'Be not deceived, God is not mocked.' Galatians 6:7." 8T 293-4.
It is best to read the entire chapter entitled, "Dangers in Speculative Knowledge," in 8T 290-304.. Read also the chapter entitled, "The Essential Knowledge" found in 8T 255-278, and " A False and a True Knowledge of God," found in 8T 279-304.
The terrible consequences of these Pantheistic teachings that were taught in Battle Creek, by the highest man in the medical department, brought the destructive fires of not only the Sanitarium but also 7
the Review and Herald fires. An entire chapter on this subject is given in 8T -97-103. After the fire took place, Elder Daniells wrote a letter to Ellen White describing the fires that took place. Ellen White in return wrote a letter to the Brethren in Battle Creek saying:-
"To the Brethren in Battle Creek:- Today I received a letter from Elder Daniells, regarding the destruction of the Review office by fire. I feel very sad as I consider the great loss to the cause. I know that this must be a very trying time for the brethren in charge of the work and for the employees of the office. I am afflicted with all who are afflicted. But I was not surprised by the sad news, for in the visions of the night I have seen an angel standing with a sword as of fire stretched over Battle Creek. Once, in the daytime, while my pen was in my hand, I lost consciousness, and it seemed as if this sword of flame were turning first in one direction and then in another. Disaster seemed to follow disaster because God was dishonored by the devising of men to exalt and glorify themselves.
"This morning I was drawn out in earnest prayer that the Lord would lead all who are connected with the Review and Herald office to make diligent search, that they may see wherein they have disregarded the many messages God has given. " 8T 97.
"Great things shall come to pass after I am gone. Satan will work as never before. All that can be shaken will be shaken out." Report in the Asiastic Division News, May 1-15, 1915. (By W. C. White). 1
From time to time Ellen White has presented the danger of the false theories that the church would meet by some who were trying to define the Holy Spirit in connection with the Sanctuary message. Dr. J. H. Kellogg presented his erroneous theories of pantheism making void the atonement. This message was clothed in beautiful garments of sanctification: We have been warned that these same theories would Spring up again and again with even greater force and fiercer power.
It is therefore important that we are to review past history; and see WHY, HOW AND WHEN they have failed, so that we too will not repeat the same mistakes in our day.
The Dangers Coming In Must Be Met
"I hesitated and delayed about sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of God, the errors that have been coming in must be met.
"Shortly before I sent out the testimonies regarding the efforts of the enemy to undermine the foundation of our faith through the dissemination of seductive theories, I had read an incident about a ship in a fog meeting an iceberg. For several nights I slept but little. I seemed to be bowed down as a cart beneath sheaves. One night a scene was clearly presented before me. A vessel was upon the waters, in a heavy fog. Suddenly the lookout cried, 'ICEBERG JUST AHEAD.' There, towering high above the ship, was a gigantic iceberg. As authoritative voice cried out, 'MEET IT.' There was not a moment's hesitation. It was a time for instant action. The engineer put on full steam, and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg. With a crash she struck the ice. There was a fearful shock, and the iceberg broke into many pieces, falling with a noise like thunder to the deck. The passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collision, but no lives were lost. The vessel was injured, but not beyond repair. She rebounded from the contact, trembling from stem to stern, like a living creature. Then she moved forward on her way.
"Well I knew the meaning of this representation. I had my orders. I had heard the words, like a voice from our Captain, 'MEET IT.' I knew what my duty was, and that there was not a moment to lose. THE TIME FOR DECIDED ACTION HAD COME. I MUST WITHOUT DELAY OBEY THE COMMAND, 'MEET IT.' " Series "B" No.2, pages 51-2.
"One thing it is certain is soon to be realized, the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout." Series "B" No.7, Dec. 4, 1905. 8
"I awoke from my sleep last night with a great burden upon my mind. I was delivering a message to our brethren and sisters, and it was a message of warning and instruction concerning the work of some who are advocating erroneous theories as to the reception of the Holy Spirit, and its operation through human agencies.
"I was instructed that fanaticism similar to that which we were called to meet after the passing of the time in 1844 would come in among us again in the closing days of the message, and that we must meet this evil just as decidedly now as we met it in our early experience." ISM 221.
"Satan has laid his plans to undermine our faith in the history of the cause and work of God. I am deeply in earnest as I write this; Satan is working with men in prominent position to sweep away the foundation of our faith. Shall we allow this to be done?" RH Nov. 12, 1903.
Rebuke The Work of Deception As In The Early Days:
-"We have reached a time when things are to be called by their right name. As we did in the earlier days, we must arise, and under the spirit of God, rebuke the work of deception. " 2SM 26.
“I have been shown that deceptions like those we were called to meet in the early experiences of the message would be repeated, and that we shall have to meet them again in the closing days of the work. At this time we are required to bring all our powers under the control of God, exercising our faculties in accordance with the light He has given." 2SM 28
The Sin of Neutrality: - '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 281.
"The conflict that we are passing through is the last we shall have in this world. We are now in the midst of it. Two parties are striving for the supremacy. In this conflict we cannot be neutral. ...In this important period of earth's history, we cannot afford to leave anyone in uncertainty as to whose side we are on." RHJuly9, 1903.
"In the great conflict between faith and unbelief, the whole Christian world will he involved. All will take sides. Some may not apparently engage in the conflict on either side. They may not appear to take sides against the truth, but they will not come out boldly for Christ, through fear of losing property or suffering reproach. An such are numbered with the enemies of Christ; for Christ says, 'He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.' " RH Feb. 7, 1893.
The Dangers Coming In Must Be Met
"I hesitated and delayed about sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of Godl the errors that have been coming in must be met.
"Shortly before I sent out the testimonies regarding the efforts of the enemy to undermine the foundation of our faith through the dissemination of seductive theories, I had read an incident about a ship in a fog meeting an iceberg. For several nights I slept but little. I seemed to be bowed down as a cart beneath sheaves. One night a scene was clearly presented before me. A vessel was upon the waters, in a heavy fog. Suddenly the lookout cried, 'ICEBERG JUST AHEAD.' There, towering high above the ship, was a gigantic iceberg. As authoritative voice cried out, 'MEET IT.' There was not a moment's hesitation. It was a time for instant action. The engineer put on full steam, and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg. With a crash she struck the ice. There was a fearful shock, and the iceberg broke into many pieces, falling with a noise like thunder to the deck. The passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collision, but no lives were lost. The vessel was injured, but not beyond repair. She rebounded from the contact, trembling from stem to stern, like a living creature. Then she moved forward on her way. 9
"Well I knew the meaning of this representation. I had my orders. I had heard the words, like a voice from our Captain, 'MEET IT.' I knew what my duty was, and that there was not a moment to lose. THE TIME FOR DECIDED ACTION HAD COME. I MUST WITHOUT DELAY OBEY THE COMMAND, MEET IT. series B No.2, pages 51-52
“One thing it is certain is soon to be realized, the great apostasy, which is developing and increasing and waxing stronger, and. will continue to do so until the Lord shall descend from heaven with a shout"
S."B" N7 Dec. 4 1905
"I awoke from my sleep last night with a great burden upon my mind. I was delivering a message to our brethren and sisters, and it was a message of warning and instruction concerning the work of some who are advocating erroneous theories as to the reception of the Holy Spirit, and its operation through human agencies.
"I was Instructed that fanaticism similar to that which we were called to meet after the passing of the time in 1844 would come in among us again in the closing days of the message, and that we must meet this evil just as decidedly now as we met it in our early experience.” I SM 221
Importance of Reviewing Past History
"The past is contained in the book where all things are written. We cannot blot out the record; but if we choose to learn them, the past will teach us its lessons. As we make it our monitor, we may also make it our friend. As we call to mind that in the past which is disagreeable, let it teach us not to repeat the same error. In the future let nothing be recorded which cause regret in the by and by." 6T 150.
"It is just as essential that the people of God in this day should bear in mind HOW and WHEN they have been tested, and WHERE their faith has failed: where they have imperiled His cause by their unbelief and also by their self -confidence." 7T 210.
Volume 7 & 8 gives a good description of the terrible effects of pantheism, and the neglected work of Battle Creek. In Volume 8, pages 218-9, we are told that another reason for the destructive fires that took place in Battle Creek, was because of the neglected work of Isaiah 58, of centering too much in Battle Creek, and neglecting the Lord's vineyard in other needy fields. (Read also 8T 133-4).
Reprints Of Pioneers Important
"The, record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished. Many of those who have since come into the truth are ignorant of the way in which the Lord wrought. The experiences of William Miller and his associates, of Captain Joseph Bates, and of other pioneers in the advent message, should be kept before our people. Elder Loughborough's book should receive attention. Our leading men should see what can be done for the circulation of this book." Letter 105, 1903.
"I have been instructed that we should make prominent the testimony of some of the old workers who are now dead. Let them continue to speak through their articles as found in the early numbers of our papers. These articles should be reprinted, that there may be a living voice from the Lord's witnesses. The history of the early experience in the message will be a power to withstand the masterly ingenuity of Satan's deceptions. This instruction has been repeated recently, I must present before the people the testimonies of Bible truth, and repeat the decided messages given years ago. I desire that my sermons given at camp-meetings and m churches may live and do their appointed work." CW 26.
It is to be regretted that Elder I. N. Loughborough's books are nearly all out of print. A few years ago I paid $25.00 for his book entitled, "Rise and Progress of Seventh-day Adventists" but today it is impossible for $100.00 each. So I decided to take it upon myself to collect as many articles that I could find in older periodicals. I finally discovered some fifty-one of his articles in the "Review and Herald," 10
dated back from 1899 to 1903. These articles were written during the time of the Alpha Apostasy in Kellogg's time. I then added some additional testimonies of other eyewitness to the visions.
I also made a compilation of Elder William C. White's articles that he wrote in the Review and Herald back in 1935 -1937, just before his death. The sixty some articles were entitled, "Sketches and Memories of James and Ellen G. White". In these articles he gave some of the sermons that Ellen White gave at some of the camp meetings. Many experiences are not found in any other books available. The following books are now available:
"Heavenly Visions" by Elder J. N. Loughborough at $7.00 each postpaid. "Sketches and Memories of James and Ellen G. White" by W. C. White are $8.00 each post paid. "Series 'B' No.2& 7" by E. G. White are $3.00 each post paid. These are available at the following address:
Leah Schmitke 2233 Mentone Blvd., Mentone, Calif. 92359 Tel. (714) 794-1945.
WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT A WIZARD :
Webster's Dictionary defines a wizard as follows: "One devoted to the black art; a magician; a conjurer; a sorcerer; an enchanter."
Webster also gives a definition of the black art as follows:
"The art practiced by the witches; necromancy; conjuration; magic." It also describes a Witch as follows: "One who practices the black art, or magic; one regarded as possessing supernatural or magical power by compact with an evil spirit, esp. with the devil; a sorcerer or sorceress…”
Lev. 20:27 says: "A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a WIZARD, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them." Read also Isa. 8:19, 20; Lev. 19:31; Isa. 19:3; I Sam. 29:3? 2 Kings 23:24 and other texts.
"Even in its present form, so far from being more worthy of toleration than formerly, it is really more dangerous, because a more subtle deception. While it formerly denounced Christ and the Bible, it now professes to accept both. But the Bible is interpreted in a manner that is pleasing to the unrenewed heart, while its solemn and vital truths are made of no effect. Love is dwelt upon as the chief attribute of God, but it is degraded to a weak sentimentalism, making little distinction between good and evil. God's justice, His denunciations of sin, the requirements of His holy law, are all kept out of sight. The people are taught to regard the Decalogue as a dead letter. Pleasing, bewitching fables captivate the senses, and lead men to reject the Bible as the foundation of their faith. Christ is as verily denied as before; but Satan has so blinded the eyes of the people that the deception is not discerned.
"There are few who have any just conception of the deceptive power of Spiritualism and the danger of coming under its influence. Many tamper with it, merely to gratify their curiosity, They have no real faith in it, and would be filled with horror at the thought of yielding themselves to the spirits' control. But they venture upon the forbidden ground, and the mighty destroyer exercises his power to his direction, and he holds them captive. It is impossible, in their own strength, to break away from the bewitching, alluring spell. Nothing but the power of God, granted in answer to the earnest prayer of faith, can deliver these ensnared souls." GC 558-9.