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- "How is the faithful city become a harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers."
'How is the faithful city become an harlot!' “My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the Divine presence and glory have departed.” ... !
How The Faithful City Became An Harlot!!!
THE ADVENTIST CHURCH FATALLY DISORGANIZED!
CULLED FROM ELDER DAVID BAUER'S
SILVERLAKE CAMPMEETING MESSAGE (1981)
And יהושוע YaHuWshuaH said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots!'
This was true for the Roman Soldiers who crucified the Savior. Can this verdict be true for any member of the Last Generation? Can it be said that you know not what you are doing or did? Are you deliberately blinding yourself to what's happening right before your nose? Here is a great opportunity to know what they have fought to ensure you do not get to know.
YaHuWaH bless you and your own as you enrich yourself from YaHuWshuaH's banquet table. Invite Him in, now.
The story of how the 'Faithful City' - the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, became 'an harlot', has been broken into three segments for your ease of study:
- The Founding of the Church and its Organization, its Corruption and first wave of Divine efforts to save her which of course did not heal her.
- The plunge into Apostasy and the second wave of Divine efforts to save her. This also, as you well know, was not successful.
- Finally, the Departure of the Divine Presence from her and the personal invitation to you to chose the Savior and dump the structure (Organization).
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FAILURE OF FIRST DIVINE EFFORTS TO SAVE THE CHURCH
Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their ... sins.
Whose sins? The other fellows? No. 'their sins' - 'Adventists' sins'.
Should we do any less than our marching orders from YaHuWaH? It says,
“Lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”
Many Seventh-day Adventists are not exactly sure when the Church was founded. There are two dates: 1844 and 1863. Which one is it? When was the Seventh-day Adventist Church founded? It is easier to answer the question if one understands what makes one a Seventh-day Adventist. If you believe the Spirit of Prophecy, we are told that it is the 'keeping of the commandments and the faith of YaHuWshuaH'. The things that make one a Seventh-day Adventist were studied out after the passing of the time in 1844 while Sister White's mind was sealed from understanding and participating in the Sabbath conferences (Bible Studies).
"Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid. My husband, Elder Joseph Bates, Father Pierce, ... Elder [Hiram] Edson, and others who were keen, noble, and true, were among those who, after the passing of the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure. I met with them, and we studied and prayed earnestly. Often we remained together until late at night, and sometimes through the entire night, praying for light and studying the Word. Again and again these brethren came together to study the Bible, in order that they might know its meaning, and be prepared to teach it with power. When they came to the point in their study where they said, "We can do nothing more," the Spirit of YaHuWaH would come upon me, I would be taken off in vision, and a clear explanation of the passages we had been studying would be given me, with instruction as to how we were to labor and teach effectively. Thus light was given that helped us to understand the scriptures in regard to the Messiah, His mission, and His priesthood. A line of truth extending from that time to the time when we shall enter the city of Elohiym, was made plain to me, and I gave to others the instruction that YaHuWaH had given me". "During this whole time I could not understand the reasoning of the brethren. My mind was locked, as it were, and I could not comprehend the meaning of the scriptures we were studying. This was one of the greatest sorrows of my life. I was in this condition of mind until all the principal points of our faith were made clear to our minds, in harmony with the Word of Elohiym. The brethren knew that when not in vision, I could not understand these matters, and they accepted as light direct from heaven the revelations given". For two or three years my mind continued to be locked to an understanding of the Scriptures. In the course of our labors, my husband and I visited Father Andrews, who was suffering intensely with inflammatory rheumatism. We prayed for him. I laid my hands on his head, and said, "Father Andrews, Master YaHuWshuaH maketh thee whole." He was healed instantly. He got up, and walked about the room, praising Elohiym, and saying, "I never saw it on this wise before. Angels of Elohiym are in this room." The glory of YaHuWaH was revealed. Light seemed to shine all through the house, and an Angel's hand was laid upon my head. From that time to this I have been able to understand the Word of Elohiym.
'What influence is it (that) would lead men at this stage of our history to work in an underhand, powerful way to tear down the foundation of our faith -- the foundation that was laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the Word and by revelation? Upon this foundation we have been building for the past fifty years. Do you wonder that when I see the beginning of a work that would remove some of the pillars of our faith, I have something to say? I must obey the command, "Meet it!" ... "I must bear the messages of warning that Elohiym gives me to bear, and then leave with YaHuWaH the results. I must now present the matter in all its bearings; for the people of Elohiym must not be despoiled." "We are Elohiym's commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word - especially concerning the ministration of the Messiah in the heavenly Sanctuary, and the message of Heaven for these last days, as given by the Angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of YaHuWaH . But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as Elohiym has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the Fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority."
The Seventh-day Adventist Church was founded in 1844,'after the passing of the time', not 1863. The formal, human effort to impose an organization on the Church already fully organized by YaHuWaH, was begun in 1863. The Church was founded in 1844 while the Organization was founded in 1863.
The Church was founded according to Early Writings and the Spirit of Elohiym's revelation to Ellen G. White, it was founded on this solid, immovable platform which cannot be changed. You cannot change it. ... The Church was built on this solid platform, you cannot tamper with it, and you cannot change it. When the Alpha of deception came into the Adventist Church, the Alpha of deception was merely an attempt to change the foundation upon which the Seventh-day Adventist Church was built.
“The past fifty years have not dimmed one jot or principle of our faith as we received the great and wonderful evidences that were made certain to us in 1844, after the passing of the time.
Now the Church was founded in 1844 after the disappointment and after the chaff had left and the faithful few,... got together and said, 'We are not going to give up. We are going to restudy'.
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FAILURE OF SECOND DIVINE EFFORTS TO SAVE THE CHURCH
The languishing souls are to be confirmed and quickened according to His (Elohiym's) word.
Then she mentions two specific groups in the Church. Both of these groups, friends, one group led out in the Alpha and the other group has led out in the Omega of the Apostasy of the Church.
“Many of the ministers of the gospel and YaHuWaH's physicians will have their languishing souls quickened according to the Word.” Ibid. The physicians led out in the Alpha and the ministers have led out in the Omega. But the promise is that many of them “will have their languishing souls quickened.” Ibid. Many of the ministers and doctors will see the light and turn back and get on the foundation again.
How much has been changed and how much can be changed of the original platform of the Church? This was written in 1905. “Not a word is changed.” Ibid.
How much can you change it? Now when you start re-wording it, friends, you are tampering and you are getting off the platform to adjust it. When you deny one word of the original platform as it was hammered out after the passing of the time in 1844 and a year or so after that it was completed and published in 1845, friends. Republished in 1846 and then republished again in 1850 in its original form.
“Not a word is changed or denied. That which the Holy Spirit testified to as truth after the passing of the time, and our great disappointment, is the solid foundation of truth. Pillars of truth were revealed, and we accepted the foundation principles that have made us what we are - Seventh-day Adventists, keeping the commandments of Elohiym and having the faith of YaHuWshuaH.” Ibid.
The Church was founded on that solid, immovable platform and if you change one word or deny one word, you are off the platform. Now those who stay on the platform are going through to the kingdom. And those who get off the platform are not. They are nominal Adventists from that time on, that is, they may have their names on the books but that is as far as it goes. They are not Adventists any further than just having their names on the books.
Now the only inspired history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, friends, is the Spirit of Prophecy. All other history books are tampered, doctored and the opinion of the historian who wrote them. The Spirit of Prophecy is the opinion of the Holy Spirit, not the opinion of Ellen G. White.
In 1852, ..., Sister White had a vision.“Dear Brethren and Sisters: YaHuWaH has shown me in vision some things concerning the Church its present lukewarm state.” Testimonies, vol. 1, 141.By 1852, friends, the Seventh-day Adventist Church and that is only how many years after it was founded? Eight years after it was founded, she was shown in vision that it was lukewarm.
What does that mean? Laodicean! Rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing! But in reality they were wretched, poor, naked, blind and all the rest. But they thought they were rich and increased in goods and in need of nothing. But a Church that gets in that condition, you have some problems that develop. The first problem, friends, is that people are self-satisfied and lukewarm. They usually are not doing too much, they are lazy.
And the leadership of the Adventist Church by 1852 had not realized it, because they had slipped into Laodicea, too. So Elohiym now sends a message and He says, Look, I am the physician here. I am diagnosing the condition of the patient. You are lukewarm. Read the rest of the chapter, friends. It is entitled, “Be Zealous Therefore and Repent.” That is, the only solution for lukewarmness is, repentance. There is no other.
You cannot buy the white raiment until you have repented. In another place Sister White says, the coin with which you purchase the eyesalve and the white raiment is repentance. Laodicea is hopeless until it repents. So the message of repentance was sent to the Church, it is a fascinating article, it is full of pertinent information, which you need now if you are a Laodicean Seventh-day Adventist.
Now the brethren had on their hands here a group of people who were Laodicean and they hobbled along and hobbled along and hobbled along and hobbled along and things were not going good. So pretty soon the hue and cry to arise in the Adventist Church, We must organize. Now Ellen G. White backed the movement for organization but she did not instigate it. You cannot find in the Testimonies a place where Sister White says, I was shown in vision that we should organize... No. The Brethren had a problem. They had a Laodicean Church on their hands that was going to sleep and it was contented and satisfied and was not doing what it was supposed to do. So they said, 'now, we have to organize'. One of the men who led out in this was James White. Another man who led out in it was J. N. Andrews. These men fought tremendous opposition because these Adventists felt a little bit like I do and that is, if you organize, you are opening the door for the devil to take over the organization.
One man, Elder Storrs once wrote and he said, 'The minute you organize you have become part of Rome.' So they could not get very far with organization. It took them another eleven years. Actually it was nine years when they organized the Mission Conferences and two years later the General Conference. Note that the reason they needed to organize, friends, is that when you have a group of people who are not under the guidance of Elohiym and are Laodiceans, somebody else has to tell them what to do. They are not getting their directions from Elohiym anymore.
So we organized and the organization then attempted to take over that which the people should have been getting from Elohiym on their knees. But Laodiceans do not get instructions from Elohiym because where is YaHuWshuaH? He is outside. According to Testimonies, vol. 2, 441, 442, the organization did not solve the problem. The date incidentally at the beginning of this article is 1868, this is after we organized.
The organizing did not cure the problem. The Adventist Church remained lukewarm but the machinery began to hum and I can read you statements where Sister White says that the smooth operation of the organization only rocked the people more soundly to sleep. So let us see what it was in 1868, five years after organization, had organization cured it? Bottom of page 441, “Like ancient Yisra'el the Church has dishonored her Elohiym by departing from the light, neglecting her duties.
What was the problem of Laodicea? Neglecting her duties. The purpose of organization was to get you to take care of your duties. During the 1844 movement we did not need an organization. They were not neglecting their duties until they became Laodiceans. So let us read on.And abusing her high and exalted privilege of being peculiar and holy in character. Her members have violated their covenant to live for Elohiym and Him only. They have joined with the selfish and world-loving. Pride, the love of pleasure, and sin have been cherished.Now listen to this. The part I do not like. By 1868 I want to read to you the condition of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “The Messiah has departed”. An accomplished fact. Not will, not maybe. Where is YaHuWshuaH? He is outside, trying to get in.
By 1868 by divine inspiration, the Holy Spirit, speaking through Ellen G. White said to the Adventist Church that the Messiah is outside the Church. Now that is hard to take, is it not? My Church that I loved and worked for, grew up in, I suddenly find when I read these books, that the Messiah was outside in 1868!
At this point, we need to better understand the difference between the Church and the Organization. The Organization was run by By-laws. The first constitution and by-laws drawn up by the Seventh-day Adventist. It was extremely short and extremely to the point. It was about a page and half in length. That is about two 3 by 5 cards. The current General Conference Constitution and Bylaws working policy takes five hundred pages
The Church is built on a solid and immovable platform, and of that platform, not one word can be changed or denied. How about the organization? “Article Nine. This Constitution may be altered or amended by a two-thirds vote of the delegates present at any regular meeting provided that any proposed amendment shall be communicated to the Executive Committee and notice thereof given by them in their call for the meeting.”
Now the organization, friend, is not built on a solid immovable platform. In its very inception under the guidance of James White, he was the architect of the original organization; it could be changed by a two-thirds vote of the delegates at any General Conference session. And it is a man's thing, created by man, regulated by man and changed by vote of human beings.
The difference between organization and Church is that Elohiym established the Church on a solid immovable platform which you cannot change by majority vote or any other way because Elohiym built it. ... So the Church is built on a solid immovable foundation. When they got into the Laodicean condition, the people went to sleep, they neglected their duties, they were not doing what they were supposed to do, so the hue and cry for organization came along to try to make Laodicea look like it was not so sound asleep and so content. The machinery worked. It produced literature. It produced baptisms. It produced sermons. It produced money. It ran along smooth, but it was still Laodicean.
But, the organization and the Church are not the same, they are built on different principles. The Church is built by Elohiym on solid foundation of truth; the organization was organized by men and by a two-thirds majority vote, it can be changed any direction that they want to go. That is the difference.
Of the Church it was written that by 1868, the Messiah had departed from her midst. That leaves a problem. The brethren were still confronted. They organized in 1863. It did not cure the problem, so things remained still bad in the Church.
G. I. Butler was then elected General Conference President. At the General Conference in 1873, ten years later, Laodicea was still Laodicea. The people are still neglecting their duties, they are drifting toward the world under the original organization set up by James White and the Constitution.
So G. I. Butler, being an intellectual and a thinking man and perceptive, decided that something needed to be done. Consequently he diligently studied and ... he wrote to the General Conference in 1873. The letter was entitled, “Leadership”. In this, G. I. Butler attacked the 1863 organization which claimed to be based on the principles stated in the Bible.
What are the New Testament principles of organization upon which the Church was built? You will remember that the Apostles had an experience and the mother of the sons of Zebedee, Yahuwchanon and James, came and said, Let my two sons sit on the right hand and on the left hand in the kingdom of heaven. Immediately the other ten Apostles were upset.
So suddenly YaHuWshuaH stopped. In MattithYahuw 20:24, we read,“And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation.”Now in all the time that I pastored Churches, friends, Nominating Committee time, as often as possible, I turned the chairmanship of the Nominating Committee over to somebody else and I tried not to get involved in the office-seeking and the rivalries in the Adventist Church.
As soon as the people got the idea of positions in the Church, we had dissension, even when there were only twelve of them. So the Messiah now sets forth the principles upon which to operate His Church.“YaHuWshuaH called them unto him, and said, "Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you.” Verses 25, 26.No authority and no dominion in Elohiym's Church.
The Savior continues,“But whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” Verses 26-28.The Disciples, haven been brought up in the Jewish system, friends, just as I was brought up in the Seventh-day Adventist system, they were thick-headed and they could not get it through their heads. So a little later, the Messiah elaborates on this in the twenty-third chapter of MattithYahuw, where He denounces the Scribes and the Pharisees and their putting heavy burdens and yokes on the people and He denounces the seeking of the highest seats in the synagogue and the chief seats, and so forth. He says, “But be not ye called Rabbi: for One is your Master, even the Messiah; and all ye are brethren.” MattithYahuw 23:8.
Now the original biblical gospel organization is covered in what I just read. The principles of organization upon which the Adventist Church operated before and in 1844 are the ones that I just read to you.
What Conference Committee sent William Miller out? What company (Conference) owned the Josiah Litch Publishing Company that published William Miller's sermons? That is right. It was all done by laymen. Was William Miller a preacher? (From Audience: A farmer) That is right. A layman. Was Josiah Litch a preacher? No, he was a printer. And you can go down the list. Very few ministers took part in the 1844 movement. How many of the people who hammered out the doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist Church after the passing of the time were preachers? James White had abandoned his school teaching and become a preacher and he had not gone to the theological seminary.
The other men had become preachers, too. But there was a doctor there, some schoolteachers and some retired people and some young people who had not had a career yet. They are the ones that hammered out the solid immovable platform. We do not look to some giant theologian of the likes of Martin Luther, or do we? Were these people theologians? What does it take to be a theologian, friends? Just a knowledge of Elohiym's Word, not a Degree.
So, all ye are brethren. The original organization was this type. All ye are brethren. Right around. There was none of the up and down business; from the leadership down to the laity. Or is it from the laity down to the leadership? According to the original statement of organization that we read, the leaders are which? They are servants. So who is down? The leaders are the servants of the people.
The original thing is, servants and people and leaders, all brethren, a brotherhood organization. This is the way it was organized in 1863. This was the model of organization that G. I. Butler attacks. Here him speak: “An objection may be raised here that the spirit and genius of the New Testament are against this idea because our Saviour says, “But be not ye called Rabbi: for One is your Master, even the Messiah; and all ye are brethren.” Now Butler is here admitting that what he is presenting, he looks to be against what the Messiah says.
This is in the Review and Herald, Editorial page, vol. 42, No. 23, November 18, 1873. Now this is after it has been adopted by the General Conference. They published it. “So an objection may be raised here that the spirit and genius of The New Testament are against this idea because our Saviour says, 'Be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even the Messiah; and all ye are brethren'.
G.I. Butler was advocating a top-down organization. Leaders at the top and the laymen at the bottom. That is what is in the article. Now to show you that he is attacking this parallel organization originally set up which had existed from 1844 on, I will read you one or two other statements. “What would a government be if all concerned in its administration were of equal authority?” Now you are getting the picture. Continuing, “What good could be accomplished if all were captains of equal authority?”
Are you getting the idea of the conflict that existed? Originally we had the Bible New Testament organization. It did not get the people out of Laodicea. They drifted into Laodicea under it. So then we organized and that did not cure it instead, according to Testimonies, vol. 2, 441, 442, 1868, she said that the Messiah was out of the Church. He was outside knocking to get back in.
So now Butler has got a problem and he does not solve the problem. The solution of the problem is 'repentance and buying the gold and the white raiment and the eye-salve'. That is the real cure. This Butler could not accept. Instead, Butler says, Let us reorganize the Church along an up and down principle of authority, contrary to the statements that the Messiah had given. And he knew what the Messiah said, because he quoted from it. He knew it because people have objected to it.
Butler continues his attack on the 1863 organization, “But does it follow from this that there is no authority in the Natsariym (Christian) Church? That all are exactly upon a level so far as position is concerned? Has the Messiah forbidden the Church to assign to those best qualified to guide and direct any office or authority.” Do you get the drift in 1873?
Butler submitted his paper to the General Conference and they voted thus:
“Resolved, that we fully endorse the position taken in the paper read by Elder Butler on leadership. (That is the one I just read to you from) And we express our firm conviction that our failure to appreciate the guiding hand of Elohiym in the selection of His instruments to lead out in this work has resulted in serious injury to the prosperity of the cause and spiritual loss to ourselves. And we hereby express our full purpose to hearken faithfully to regard these principles and we invite all of our brethren to unite with us in this action.”
So in 1873, friends, the Adventist Church went off of the original organization of 1863 onto an organization which Butler admits is contrary, in his presentation of it to the General Conference, to the Bible principles as stated by YaHuWshuaH. You did not know that, did you? I did not either...
What was the next thing that they did at this very General Conference after they accepted these new principles? Here it is. “That we consider it for the interest of the tract and missionary society to consolidate.” Review and Herald, vol. 42, No. 24, November 25, 1873, column two paragraph four. Immediately centralization (power and authority) had begun.
Now there were two men who wrote editorials commenting on this action: J. N. Andrews and Uriah Smith. The first one was J. N. Andrews. “Our conference which has just closed has been a very precious and blessed season from the commencement to the close. It was especially attended with the blessing of Elohiym. The preaching has been of a very solemn and heart searching character. The devotional meetings have been of earnest seeking after Elohiym. The hearts of the servants of Elohiym are now more closely united in the bonds of Natsariym (Christian) love and probably there has never been a time when such perfect unanimity of feeling and of judgment has existed as at the present time. It does seem that in an eminent sense the set time to favor Zion is come.” That is J. N. Andrews. He had gotten his way finally, friends. He saw a rosy picture and future for Elohiym's Church under the new organization.
Let us hear from Uriah Smith. “All the public deliberations and actions of this people have been to a marked degree harmonious and unanimous. But that true blending of spirit and union of heart contemplated in the text above referred to, is what has been wanting. And this though hidden from all eyes must impede that free working of Elohiym's Spirit which is essential to the full success of this work as effectually as Achan's golden wedge, though taken to the privacy of his own tent and then buried deep in the Earth, withered the strength of Israel.”
Which man was right? That is the way we all see things differently, do we not? And you have a perfect right to see them differently. But back in those days they did not mind publishing conflicting editorials, because they considered the laity to be intelligent. That is impossible today. The General Conference does not have any respect for your opinion or view. Why should you have any part in important debate or discourse, why?
Now poor James White, the architect of the original 1863 organization, had left Battle Creek and gone to California. I talked to Dr. Van Devere at Andrews and he told me that the committee notes said that “Ellen and James boarded the train this morning bound for California. The last words spoken were, 'we are going to California because nobody is paying any attention to us in Battle Creek.' ” They had reorganized the Church.
Now James went out to California and it takes a long time for the mails to get back and forth. He was still an editor of the Review. So we find that on the first of December 1874, James White responds to the scuttling of his plan of organization under an editorial exactly the same title as Butler's 'leadership'. And he hits practically every text that Butler uses and every argument that Butler uses and shows what is wrong with it.
“They passed over the teachings of the Messiah. (Is that not what Butler had done?) They passed over the teachings of the Messiah and His apostles relative to discipline and the proper means of securing unity in the ministry and in the Church. And do not let them have their proper qualifying bearing upon the subject. This has opened a wide door for men to enter the ministry who had not submitted their judgment and will to the Messiah as their leader.” Because from the minute they reorganized in 1873, in order to get into the ministry you submitted to the leadership, friends.
Noble soul, that he is, James White comes right out, very outspoken. He said that this reorganization, this setting aside of the Bible opened the door to let men into the ministry who had gotten in by submitting to the leadership and not to the Messiah. Continuing, “While at the same time they take the broadest ground and exercise the greatest freedom relative to the right of private judgment.”
All right, the next thing that Butler and J. N. Andrews wanted to do was draw up a creed and a Church manual. So what does James White say? “Creed power has been called to the rescue in vain. It has been truly said that the American people are a nation of lords. The Adventist Church, the true Seventh-day Adventist Church, is a group of equal sons and daughters of the King of Heaven. Heirs equal.” Then he goes on, creed power, what? They call it to action What does it do? “Church force cannot produce unity. But has caused division.” And I will tell you it always does. Always. “And has always given rise to religious sects and parties innumerable. And there are not a few professing Natsariym (Christians) who reject Church organization on account of the use that has been made of creed and Church power.”
Now he comes down to the thing that was upsetting him and he says this. “The remedy for these deplorable evils is found in the proper use of simple organization and Church order as set forth in the New Testament.” He covers every point that Butler put forth in the reorganization of 1873.
“And on the other hand the minister who submits his ministry to a superior bishop, the president or one in authority in the Church to be sent out and directed in his ministry cannot in the fullest be the Messiah's ambassador.”
In another editorial in the Review, January 4, 1881, titled “Organization and Discipline”, he again goes over the points. Here we find that James White says why the Church was organized in 1863. “Organization was designed to secure unity of action. And as a protection from impostures.”
I tell you at one meeting in Michigan, some people (strangers) came in. People whom nobody had ever seen or heard of before. But they were very friendly, very intelligent, and very vocal. They took the meeting over. And when the meeting was over people began to ask, 'Well who are those men?'. It was then they came to find out that they were some preachers from another denomination! This was how lax they were in those days. I do not see how they could be that lax. That is what James White meant when he said 'to protect them from impostures'.
Now I tell you those people must have been awfully Laodicean. They must have been terribly Laodicean to let some Baptists and a Presbyterian take over an Adventist meeting. And they certainly must have been ignorant if they did not detect the fact that these men were not Adventists. That is how bad off they were in Laodiceanism of their day. Are you that bad off? Well if not, then why are we as Adventists inviting these same kinds of men into our pulpits today? We must be just about as sound asleep only this time we know who they are and we still let them come.
All right, so it was, What? “To secure unity of action and protection from imposture. It was never intended to be a scourge (What was Butler using it for? By 1881 friends, the organization was being used as a scourge. A scourge to do what?) to compel obedience. But rather for the protection of Elohiym's people. The Messiah does not drive His sheep, He calls them.” When everybody tries to drive, friends, they are not the Messiah's shepherds. I doubt if they are even hirelings. They are working for somebody else.
J. N. Andrews went to Europe. But he was one of the top first men to push for creeds and Church manuals to regulate. He had made an almost a shambles of the work in Europe by using arbitrary authority and pushing for these things.
“Human creeds cannot produce unity, (Same thing he said in 1874. Continuing, Church (manuals) cannot press the Church into one body. ... No man can be the Messiah's ambassador until he has made a complete surrender of his right of private judgment to (The General Conference? No.), the Messiah. Neither can any man properly represent the Messiah who surrenders his judgment to his fellow men.”
“But here we wish it distinctly understood that officers were not ordained in the Natsariym (Christian) Church to order or command the Church or to lord it over Elohiym's heritage.” - James White.
The Butler system, friends, was a system of hierarchy. An up and down system introduced in 1873. But first commenting on the 1863 organization, G. I. Butler said, “Those who drafted the form of organization adopted by Seventh-day Adventists (in 1863) labored to incorporate into it as far as possible, the simplicity of expression and form found in the New Testament. The more of the Spirit of Elohiym manifested, the more simple, and the more efficient the system.”
Butler would never say something like that until he was old and about to retire. And he finally saw the light. And then they would not let him in office. They shipped him out to Allegheny to raise up new Churches.
In James White's last article on organization. In the year that he died, he said this, “They may counsel with the state conference committees in reference to ministers laboring here or there. But they should never direct.”
I have made a study of this, friends, and most authority that Ellen G. White ever gave to a conference president or a union conference president or the General Conference president or their committees was 'counsel and advice'.
“The head of every minister is YaHuWshuaH the Messiah. The minister who throws himself upon any conference committee for direction takes himself out of the hands of the Messiah.”
So where are our (Adventist) preachers today? Where was I for twenty-seven long years while I worked for them under the complete direction of the Conference Committee? Unfortunately I began to see the light and pretty soon I was not under their direction. And pretty soon I was not working for them any more.
But that is what James White says friends. “The minister who (What?) who throws himself on any Conference Committee for direction takes himself out of the hands of the Messiah and that committee that into its own hands takes the work of directing the ambassadors for the Messiah takes a fearful responsibility. 'One is your Master, even the Messiah, And all ye are brethren.' MattithYahuw 23:8. May Elohiym (And this is his dying prayer, practically) May Elohiym preserve unto us our organization and form of Church discipline in its original efficiency.” That was as it was in 1863, not 1873.
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And poor James White. I think was laid to rest. Only a year or two older than I am when he died. Because what was coming upon the Church at that time I am quite sure would have broken his heart and he would have died of a broken heart.
What could Elohiym do with a situation like this, friends? Now the situation drifted from bad to worst. Elohiym sent two men, Jones and Waggoner to cure it. And you say, “Wait a minute, Jones and Waggoner preached justification by faith. That is what you have been taught. They had a whole lot more to say than that, friends.
Let us be clear friends. As long as we are Laodicea we must, if we are going to have any semblance of activity in Laodicea, we have to have Butler's principles. And we cannot operate on Bible principles because they are not for Laodiceans; they are for people who are led alone by the Holy Spirit.
This is why the 1888 message had to do with organization. Had they accepted the preaching of A. T. Jones and Waggoner in 1888 the Church would have gotten out of the Laodicean condition. That was the purpose of it. But no one can put new wine in old bottles. And people out of the Laodicean condition will burst Butler's concept of organization. Because they are being led by YaHuWshuaH and not by Butler. And they do not need a whip to be cracked.
They are getting their orders on their knees, friends. A minister who gets out of the Laodicean condition does not run down to the conference to find out what he is supposed to do. And when he gets a bunch of directives he throws them in the waste paper basket. Because he got his that morning on his knees in prayer.
So Butler's teaching, and A. T. Jones' teaching were at absolute collision course. So who do we find is the terrible bad guy that we blame the rejection of the 1888 message on? Butler, he was General Conference president, he opposed it friends, bitterly. He fought it. So did all the rest of the men in power excepting one or two. About the only one that I can find that Sister White says accepted, and you will be surprised at this, was Doctor J. H. Kellogg. And she says that he accepted it at the Minneapolis conference in 1888. And he backed and befriended Jones and Waggoner while the rest of the men attacked them and tore them to shreds. Later on this proved a snare to these brethren. From Testimonies to Ministers, page 363, we read the reason that the 1888 message of the Messiah our Righteousness of the righteousness of the Messiah by faith, or what ever you want to call it, was rejected.
“The righteousness of the Messiah by faith has been ignored by some; for it is contrary to their spirit and their whole life experience. Rule, Rule, has been their course of action.”
That is Inspiration, friends. Why did the brethren reject the message? Because they thought that if they got Laodicea out of the Laodicean condition this power structure that was erected in 1873 would crumble. And their spirit was rule, rule. Did you ever hear that in any of these so-called 1888 preachers? No, friends, they will not touch it. Endeavor to read through 'Testimonies to Ministers' chapter titled, “Thou Shalt Have No Other Elohiym Before Me.” Why was the message of 1888 given?
Again, Testimonies to Ministers, page 91: “YaHuWaH in His great mercy sent a most precious message to His people through Elders Waggoner and Jones. This message was to bring more prominently before the world the uplifted Savior, the sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. It presented justification through faith in the Surety; it invited the people to receive the righteousness of the Messiah, which is made manifest (In what?) in obedience (To how many commandments?) to all the commandments of Elohiym.”
Now, friends, these people who are supposedly preaching the 1888 message that say that you cannot keep the law of Elohiym are liars and deceivers. And they are not preaching the message of the righteousness of the Messiah, which is manifest in obedience to all the commandments. That is what it does for you when you accept it. The message that is being proclaimed in our Churches today does not have the righteousness by faith of the 1888 message, it is saying to the people “You cannot stop sinning.”
The message says, “If you accept it, you obey.” Why was it needed? “Many had lost sight of YaHuWshuaH.” Ibid. 92. Why? That is why the message was sent, friends. The organization had attempted and stepped in to carry on the work which the Messiah could not because He was outside the Church.
They rejected 1888. Sister White went around the country backing Jones and Waggoner to the various camp meetings. The brethren did not like that very well. So they got a plan together to send Sister White to Australia. And I have said for years that 'Elohiym did not send her down there'. And the brethren said, 'You do not know what you are talking about. Elohiym sent her down there'.
And then last year in the devotional, I think it is February 22, they published a letter from Sister White sent from Australia in which she said that she had not one ray of light that she should go to Australia. The brethren sent me down here and I wonder if I did wrong. (This Day With Elohiym, 61).
Now they sent her to Australia to get her out of their hair over the 1888 message. I think it was part of Elohiym's plan. Because with her gone they just kind of shunted Jones and Waggoner, they tried to keep Jones busy in other things. They made him Religious Liberty Secretary of the General Conference. Waggoner they tried to shove off. And they got these men, they thought, doing something else. And what happened to the Church? Would you like to know?
Well in 1896 they wrote to Ellen G. White and they wanted her to come back from Australia to the General Conference the next year. Now they had written to her and asked her to come back over to help them because the thing had gotten so bad, friends. I will tell you how bad it was. The Church had broken up into three factions. Jones and Van Devere labeled the General Conference faction, the educational reform faction; I think a better name for that would be the Spirit of Prophecy faction and the Kellogg faction. And it was about to fall apart. And these General Conference men even with their up and down regulation cracking the whip, they lost control. And now they are pleading for the prophet like Saul did? He had a crisis, Samuel was not there so he sent for Samuel. Samuel, I need you. Now the General Conference had a crisis. Now they sent for the prophet. Now they want the prophet to come back and back them.
Now let us read what the prophet wrote. “..., if I could have the joyful news that the will and minds of those in Battle Creek who have stood professedly as leaders, were emancipated from the teachings and slavery of Satan.” Testimonies to Ministers, 396. "I would be willing to Cross the broad Pacific to see your faces once more.”
Now you do not really get the full impact of that until you realize that Sister White was terribly seasick on the boat. Practically from the time she set foot on it until she got off. But she was willing to endure that. It was not a short trip then. It took weeks, almost a month. She continues, “But I am not anxious to see you with enfeebled perceptions and clouded minds because you have chosen darkness rather than light.” Ibid.
Now things had gotten so bad that they had thrown the culprits out. A. G. Daniells became President. That is more than we have done today. And they had put a new batch of men in the General Conference. In a little pamphlet published by the General Conference, Washington, D.C., 1906 while A. G. Daniels was President, on this General Conference that they wanted Sister White to come back to America, to attend, it says,
“During the session of the General Conference, however, testimonies were read showing that wrong principles of dealing had permeated the entire cause.”
And Sister White now was willing to come back and meet with them. The result was a fresh start. And in 1901 they reorganized again. This is the third organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. So let us read. The author of the reorganization this time was A. T. Jones not James White.
Not quite a year after the 1901 General Conference, we had a brief report by A. T. Jones. In the Review and Herald May 6, 1902, he says, “Reorganization has begun. It is going on and we are in it". But what really is it? In what does this reorganization consist? Let us study it.
"This reorganization began in the General Conference a year ago. And the General Conference pushed back to the Union conferences all that was possible of the work that was formerly done by the General Conference. But it does not stop there. That is only the first step toward reorganization for the Union must as truly push back to the State conferences all that can possibly be done by the State conferences. And it does not stop there. The State conferences must push back to the Churches all that can possibly be done by the Churches and it does not stop there. The Churches must push back to each individual all that can possibly be done by each individual but it does not stop there. Here each individual must push back to Elohiym all that can be done by Elohiym.”
Now here is the upside down thing. Under Butler's system it was Elohiym and G. I. Butler and the General Conference and then the Union and then the Local conference and then the local Church. And the layman was the bottom man on the rung and he got his orders from Elohiym through all of the other people.
Under A. T. Jones' concept and the Bible idea of organization friends, Elohiym is up here and the layman is next and then the Church and then the conference and then the Union and the General Conference is at the other end. This is why when the apostle Paul taught the Gospel under the Roman Empire which was run under the Devil's program they said 'these that have turned the world upside down have come hither also'. And I like the remark I heard back in Arkansas. And they said, “Well really Paul was not turning the world upside down he was righting it and turning it back right side up." Now that is what was attempted in the reorganization of 1901.”
Now Jones had one word to summarize his philosophy of organization. It is found in the next paragraph.
“Briefly this sketches the course which reorganization takes and discovers the point at which it culminates. And the principle of reorganization is seen to be the principle of self-government (But under whom?) under the Messiah. The layman and Elohiym together and the organization helping the layman in Elohiym do the work he is supposed to do.”
That is why the organization was created. But, it didn't quite work out, apparently, as Jones charged that they had gone back in 1903 on the 1901 plans. But Daniells denied it being the General Conference president. After going through six points they come to a summary and here is the summary. Now I want you to listen very carefully.
“So that at this time the General Conference does not own or manage a single institution in all the world.” So in 1901 they took away from the General Conference the management of every thing except themselves. In the next paragraph, Jones continues,
“It is very doubtful whether any delegate at the 1901 General Conference had any true conception at the time of the marvelous changes that would have the simple steps (What kind of steps? The one James White called for) taken in harmony with the counsel given. These changes have given new life and strength to our organized work in all lands. We have proved that the distribution of administrative responsibility and the transfer of ownership and management of institutions from the General to the Union and Local conferences does not mean disorganization. We have proved that all these changes do not put ourselves apart from one another and make us separate independent atoms. On the contrary they unify and bind together.
James White was right the whole time was he not? “This is the testimony borne by scores of men bearing official responsibility in all parts of our great world field. According to these facts, all of which can be fully confirmed by official documents the general Conference has been steadily and resolutely working away from a centralized order of things. Decentralization was the reform of the time into an administrative policy that is as wide as the world, one that establishes local ownership and control of institutional properties and full administrative responsibilities in all departments of the work.” Now, friends, that is 1901. Jones and the brethren agree, decentralization, local control and ownership.
Where are we today? Friends, you do not even own the Church you meet in, even if you built it. They proved that in the courts and kicked the people of Burbank out. Whatever happened to the 1901 reorganization. When I started in the ministry maybe, no, just before I started in the ministry when I was a child, all Churches were held by the conferences in trust and they were still owned by the congregation. What happened next? 1903 General Conference came along, Jones yelled his head off, I have the debates. There was a debate friends, and there was a minority report on organization. The men on the minority committee report who signed it are Jones, Waggoner, Willie White, Ellen G. White, Haskell, Magan, Spalding. And these men, the men on the other side, were Loughborough, A. G. Daniels and you list the rest of them.
All right, they turned down the minority report. Now Willie actually was a fence straddler. He appeared to be supporting his mother while he was actually supporting Daniells, too. Now the thing happened. Would you like to know the divine inspired comment on the 1903 General Conference? Would you like to hear it?
Now Jones says they went back, and this whole pamphlet says they did not. What does Elohiym say? We have a difference of opinion here. General Conference says, No, we did not go back on the 1901 reorganization. A. T. Jones says they did. The minority report was rejected on April tenth, eleven days after the rejection by the General Conference of A. T. Jones' concept of organization. So let us see what Elohiym says in Testimonies, vol. 8, 247-249, dated April 21, 1903. Here is what Ellen G. White was shown and told in vision.
“Our position in the world is not what it should be.” ... “One who sees beneath the surface, who reads the hearts of all men, says of those who have had great light: 'They are not afflicted and astonished because of their moral and spiritual condition.' 'Yea, they have chosen their own ways.’” What have they done again at General Conference? 'Chosen their own ways'. “'And their sole delighteth in their abominations. I will also choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.' 'Elohiym shall send them strong delusions.' YeshaYahuw 66:3, 4.” That is the Adventist leadership after 1903.
'Elohiym shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.' 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 10, 12.”
Now she gets down to the nitty gritty.
“The heavenly teacher inquired (and here is where Ellen G. White's words stopped, from this point on it is quotes.):
'What stronger delusion can beguile the mind than the pretense that you are building on the right foundation and that Elohiym accepts your works, when in reality you are working out many things according to worldly policy and are sinning against YaHuWaH . Oh, it is a great deception, a fascinating delusion, that takes possession of minds when men who have once known the truth, mistake the form of godliness for the spirit and power thereof; and when they suppose that they are rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, while in reality they are in need of everything.’” Pages 249, 250.
And here comes a change in Elohiym's dealing with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, friends. And pronounced in this book. “Elohiym has not changed toward His faithful servants who are keeping their garments spotless.”
Now I hear a lot about corporate responsibility. Corporate responsibility ended with this vision. And Elohiym changed from operating through the corporation, the body, the leadership, the organization, and the Church as a whole toward which He had changed. Because they had chosen wrong.
The next year, friends, Sister White, and from that date until her death, advocated that self-supporting institutions independent of the denomination are never to be controlled by the conference, General Conference or Union conference to finish the work. Establishing a true educational program under the denomination and she sent them down to start Madison College.
Are you getting the picture friends, of what happened in 1903? A change. All right I have not finished reading now. Now we will skip the next the rest of that paragraph. “Elohiym has not changed toward His faithful servants.” Ibid. The ones that were unfaithful Elohiym has changed towards, friends. He was sending them a strong delusion. And not the faithful ones. The ones who went the very next year and started Madison College and started spreading self-supporting institutions, Elohiym did not change towards them. I knew some of the men personally, friends, they were Saints. I wish that I were half as good as they were.
Now we get back to the Instructor, the words of YaHuWshuaH in assessing the Church after 1903. “Who can truthfully say: 'Our gold is tried in the fire; our garments are unspotted by the world.' I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness. Striping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath.” Ibid. ... 'Can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of (What?) character? How is the faithful city become a harlot! My Father's house is made a house of merchandise.’” Ibid. ... “My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the Divine presence has departed.” Ibid.
I have lived all my life, friends, in a Church whence the Divine presence has departed. It was Laodicea and the Messiah was outside trying to get back in. He is still trying to get back in, friends. You know what is keeping Him out? You, not the leadership.
There is a yet sadder picture. 1905 Sister White wrote a prediction. We had the 1901 principles introduced. 1903 they started down the wrong road and she then advocated self-supporting institutions.
The enemy of souls 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, and engaging in a process of reorganization”.
Now she says here that the Devil was going to try to reorganize the Church after 1901. She wrote it in 1903 and I believe the date is ahead of the 1903 General Conference.
The Devil got into that conference. He started the process of, the process, not a major reorganization. The Butler reorganization was a one act, one vote thing. The 1901 reorganization was a one act one-vote thing. The next reorganization Sister White was shown in vision would be a process, not a one act, one vote. But a little change in the wording here. In the next session a little change here. And another change, and another change. And the thing moved slowly at first but the minute they started down that long road the pronouncement was made “They have chosen their own ways.” Testimonies vol. 8, 249. And the statement was made, “A place whence the Divine presence had departed.” Ibid., 250
At the time in 1903, when the Fourth reorganization of the Church began we had no General Conference working policy. We had no Church manual; we had no centralized control of any thing in the entire denomination. And under A. G. Daniels who in the 1902 General Conference said that he put no stock in constitutions and bylaws, that the problem was in the hearts of men. And G. I. Butler now had his eyes open. And took a stand on the fence but mostly on the right side. And G. I. Butler made a speech and he said the problem is not in organization but it is in the minds of men who are determined to go contrary to the Spirit of Prophecy regardless of what it says.
In 1902 A. G. Daniells got himself voted in as General Conference President and in 1903 he made the wrong choice and he was on the wrong side and he rejected the minority report on organization.
The whole point is, friends, Daniells ruled with a rod of iron without making hardly any changes actually officially in the organization. I have the entire 1902 report of the General Conference Committee in my file at home. That was the first General Conference after my father went into denominational work. My father, I do not think I ever heard him say hardly one good thing about A. G. Daniels.
But my father was a great admirer of A. T. Jones. He collected his books and that is where I got mine. So they put Daniels out in 1922. It is a sad, dark story in the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Newspaper headlines hit the street in San Francisco saying, “A. G. Daniells, W. A. Spicer in contention for control of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.”
I have Daniells' speech on it and he accused the brethren that did not vote for him of dirty politics. And it was evidently so dirty and so wide spread that at that General Conference they passed a resolution condemning dirty politics.
The next year, friends, the brethren again and Elohiym leading them attempted to start to rectify things so they published this marvelous book called, Testimonies to Ministers, which is a republication of certain pertinent portions of Series B, Special Testimonies, No. B and No. A. And the brethren for reform printed this book with its strong statements on the organization and centralization and the desire to rule or ruin and they were trying to get them to again reorganize the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It was published the year I was born. So if you want to look at that, you can tell how old I am. The next year when Daniels found this out and looked at this book, it made him look pretty sad because, friends, the entire time that A. G. Daniels was president, the whole twenty years, his main aim was to squelch A. T. Jones and what he called Jonesites. And no preaching hardly of the 1888 message went on during this entire period.
Anybody that advocated Jones' ideas on reorganization lost their jobs. And it was from one of these Jonesite preachers that I got a lot of my material including this pamphlet here because he passed away up in Washington State. His children had left the Church and when they went through his things, they called me up and said, Would you like to have them?
Daniells, then, as Ministerial Secretary of the General Conference, got the Ministerial Department to authorize him to make a collection and compilation, the action says, on Sister White's statements on justification by faith, which he promptly went to work on. He must have started right after Testimonies to Ministers because he had it done and ready to go to press very quickly. When the book came out from the press, it was called, the Messiah our Righteousness.
Daniells' view of the Messiah our Righteousness, which has nothing to do with reorganization or the practical application of the principles of 1888, has been sold to the Church. Consequently, Daniells then used his position as Ministerial Secretary of the General Conference and the men with him, Meade MacGuire, etcetera, to go across the entire denomination preaching Daniells version of the 1888 message. That is what you have been hearing before today.
But Testimonies to Ministers did not solve the problem because Daniells had the pulpit and he had some very good speakers. I used to listen to Meade MacGuire and these men preach. They sold this view so there was no reorganization as a result of the publication of these principles again in Testimonies to Ministers. But the Church was in a steady slide to apostasy.
Elder McElhaney, how many of you know him? Now we are getting down to more recent history. Elder McElhaney was a very sincere man who was very concerned about the condition of the backsliding in the Church. McElhaney picked up J. N. Andrews' idea that a Church manual would serve to unify and stop the apostasy. He finally got it voted at the General Conference in 1930 to get a Church manual out.
Well, committees do nothing I have found when I have served on them, people do things and since it was J. L. McElhaney's burden to write a Church manual, he wrote the first one and it was published in 1932, when I was nine years old. In the mean time they decided that they needed to specify and try to cure the problems of the Church by rules and regulations. So now they are going to pass their own rules on debt regulation. And they passed nine rules. And they got the denomination pretty much out of debt. From that time on, friends, the brethren have been on a program of curing the problems of the Church by voting themselves more authority and passing more rules. In 1926 they published the first General Conference working policy, constitution and by-laws which contained eighty-three pages. The current one contains well over five hundred pages of man-made rules to solve the problems of the Church. Because, what did they say in 1924? They were not following the rules of the Bible or the Spirit of Prophecy. Solution? Working policy, more rules.
What were the principles of 1901? Decentralization. And we have been in the last ten years in such a plunge into centralization of authority in this denomination that you who are still Seventh-day Adventists do not even belong to the same Church that you did ten years ago.
Now, friends, this whole system that we are under now is which reorganization? The first one 1863, that is number one organization. The next one in 1873, that is the second one. The next one is 1901, that is the third one. The next one is 1903 in which they began a process of reorganization which is still going on, which is organization number 4. And when they tell you the organization we are under now was founded by James White, they are saying what they think will grab your confidence. But now, you know better. James White has nothing to do with the Organization running the SDA Church today. James White cannot be a member of this SDA Church.
We now find ourselves in the middle of what in 1903 Sister White warned against. That, We cannot now enter into a new organization for, this would mean apostasy from the truth. She was not talking, 1905, she was not talking about the Reformed Adventists or the Shepherd's Rod, they were not in existence. She was warning the brethren not to depart from the 1901 organization and enter into a new organization. In flagrant disregard of her warnings, friends, we have entered in for the, which time? The fourth time into an apostate reorganization, which Sister White said, if we did it, it would mean apostasy from the truth. We are going full steam ahead.
The Review and Herald announced, “The Church moves ahead in reorganization.” The entire article describing the reorganization plan of the 1975 General Conference is centralization.
Now, friends, here we are, we are marching steadfastly down the road toward Catholicism. The brethren in court in San Jose swore under oath to tell the truth, the whole truth that the Adventist Church is a hierarchy. They also swore that their antipathy and their animosity and their aversion to Roman Catholicism had been relegated to the trash heap. It is all on record in the court, under oath, presented testimony.
Now we have some problems that we are into. What are you going to do about it? Now the question really is, What can you do about it? How many of you think that you have as much influence in the Adventist Church as James White? Let me see your hands. Now James White tried from 1874 to 1881 to change the system. Did he succeed? All right, well let us go a little further. Maybe if you had as much influence as Ellen White had, you could have changed it.
Ellen White tried to change it until she died, friends. Did she change it? So how many of you think you can change it? I tried. I changed it in one conference until the General Conference sent the General Conference secretary out to order that it all be changed back. Elder R. R. Bietz liked what was done in the Nevada-Utah Conference and set up a committee, friends, to study it and draw up a sample constitution to be adopted by all the conferences in the Pacific Union.
He also advocated certain changes in the North American Division. They suddenly promoted him to be vice-president of the General Conference where he could do nothing about it. Then they started after me until I said I cannot work for you anymore. So do not try to change it. It is too far gone. Now, What did Sister White say at the end of this process of reorganization that is going to happen?
Their foundation will be built upon the sand, and storm and tempest will sweep away the structure. The organization, friends, stands not a ghost of a chance of going through to the Second Coming of the Messiah.... “But the Church founded in 1844 founded on the solid immovable platform of which not one word is changed or denied, and you have no authority to change one word or deny one word, is going through to the kingdom.” (Amein).
And this corrupt violent organization that has been reorganized four times is in the way just as it was in the way in 1888. What can you do? Go to YaHuWshuaH.
Then shall thy light break forth as (What?) the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of YaHuWaH shall be thy rereward.” My friends, it is a bright day. When that organization collapses, then this is going to happen. When we throw the yoke off of our neck, then this is our experience.
“Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of YaHuWaH shall be thy rereward. Then shalt thou (listen friends) call, and (What, who is going to answer, The General Conference president the local conference president, the local pastor, me? No, friends, you call and who answers?) YaHuWaH shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say (What?) Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke.
Throw off our neck the yoke of organization. Of an apostate organization. Do you believe your Bible? Do you believe your Spirit of Prophecy? Do you believe history? My friends, until we do what I have been presenting to you, we are all going to die in our sins. Until we do what this chapter calls for, YaHuWaH may never come. Your grandchildren will still be under some galling institution. Apostate organization.
Do not try to save the organization. It is a waste of time. The 'storm and tempest' will handle the problem that is the structure.
Continuing, “If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul.” Now that is not talking about the beggar on the street, friends. Those afflicted people are the Church members in the Seventh-day Adventist Church who have been scourged by the organization to be silent and to act in line and to shut up on the Spirit of Prophecy.
“Then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day.” Why, even the darkest place is going to be as bright as noonday, friends. “And YaHuWaH; (Who?) YaHuWaH shall guide thee” occasionally? Is that what it says? No. It says, “continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.”
Friends, that is what Seventh-day Adventists are supposed to have been the whole time. But instead the devil has gotten a major victory in the organization — not in the Church, but in the organization. If we will do what YeshaYahuw 58 says, Elohiym says, Why, your light is going to spring forth, obscure? You will not be any more. Elohiym will be with you.
Let us go to the thirtieth chapter of YeshaYahuw and verse twenty-one. “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way,(What?) walk ye in it, (When?) when ye (what? Thinking about turning which way?) turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” My friends, you can have Elohiym's guidance. You do not need me. I cannot do a thing for you except what I just got through doing for you: telling you and reading to you what is happened so that you can go to YaHuWshuaH and remove your dependence from mankind and from organizations and everything else.
Because if you do not, they are going to vanish and you cannot depend on them anyway. In fact, friends, if I read my Spirit of Prophecy correctly, because we have put our confidence in the organization, this is why Elohiym is going to destroy it in the hope that you will not erect another one to take its place, but go to YaHuWshuaH. YaHuWshuaH is the head of every man. How many? Everyone, man, woman and child.
Now let us go to the twenty-sixth chapter. You may say, Well, these are troublous times, this is going to be hard on my mind. Well, let us see what it says:
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in YaHuWaH forever: for in Master YaHuWaH is everlasting strength.”Not weakness.
The glorious days are ahead of the Church, friends, if we will obey in this crisis and make the right decisions and go to Elohiym and take YaHuWshuaH as the Head and answer the call of the Messiah to Laodicea when He is knocking on your heart's door. Open the door and say, YaHuWshuaH, come in! Then you will be able to obtain the eye-salve and you will be able to see clearly. You will not have to worry about what is truth and error. You will not even need to consult with somebody because you will have the eye-salve and you will get the white raiment. We need it, do we not? Every one of us, the robe of the Messiah's righteousness. And you will get the gold. What is the gold tried in the fire? That is faith and love.
Friends, there are glorious days ahead of us. Let us forget the criticizing and the condemning and differences of theology and let us every one of us tend to the only business that we can do anything about and that is our own selves. Be sure that we are following the Messiah.
Going over to Testimonies, vol. 8, 250 this time. This is after 1903.Unless the Church which is now being leavened with her own backsliding, shall repent and be converted, she will eat of the fruit of her own doing, until she shall abhor herself.
“When she resists the evil and chooses the good, when she seeks Elohiym with all humility and reaches her high calling in the Messiah, standing on the platform of eternal truth (When was that laid down? 1844. Then what is going to happen?) and by faith laying hold upon the attainments prepared for her, she will be healed. She will appear in her Elohiym-given simplicity and purity, separate from earthly entanglements.”
The stock market, Davenport's investments, the National Council of Churches and the United Nations and you name it, Democratic party, Governments, etcetera, educational associations, you name it, I do not know hardly anything that they are not mixed up with including the Communist party in Communist Countries.Separate from all earthly entanglements, showing that the truth has made her free in deed.Is that not what we have been trying to tell you all the time?Then her members will indeed be the chosen of Elohiym, His representatives. The time has come for a thorough reformation to take place. When this reformation begins, the spirit of prayer will actuate every believer (Not every Church member but every believer) and will banish from the Church the spirit of discord and strife.
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