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Manuscript Releases, vol. 14 [Nos. 1081-1135], Page 189

MR No. 1110—Study God's Word: Be Slow To Follow Self-Styled Prophets, Including Anna Phillips

(Written December 23, 1893, from Sydney, Australia, to “Dear Brethren and Sisters.”)

I have a message to you from the Lord. Brother Rice is not engaged in the work which the Lord would have him do. God has given to every man his work, and Brother Rice is stepping out of the lines to which the Lord has appointed him. He cannot see the outcome of this work which he has taken up. Anna Phillips is being injured; she is led on, encouraged in a work which will not bear the test of God.

Anna Garmire was thus injured. Her father and mother made her believe that her childish dreams were revelations from God. Her father talked to the child as one chosen of God; all her fancies and dreams were written down as Anna's visions. She had figures and symbols presented to her, and had reproofs for her mother and for her father. After a scathing reproof, there followed the most flattering representations of the wonderful things the Lord would do for them.

These things I was pointed to as spurious, a deception. They descended to the most minute and trifling matters, and commingled common, cheap things, with important subjects. The imagination was largely developed, there was a mingling of the sacred and the common. The truth of God was belittled, and yet some received these pretended revelations, and carried out their teaching. A little party was formed who were apparently inspired by

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