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Manuscript Releases, vol. 21 [Nos. 1501-1598], Page 157

MR No. 1533—Counsel to an Immoral Administrator in an Adventist Institution

(Written April 30, 1888, from Oakland, California, to J. D. Rice. Portions of this manuscript appear in Manuscript Release 454, Selected Messages, book 3, and Testimonies on Sexual Behavior, Adultery, and Divorce.) 21MR 157

I have had much burden of soul in your behalf, but at the same time strong confidence in God that He would on this occasion lead you to see your mistakes and errors. I so much desire that you, for your own sake and for Christ's sake, should so humble your heart by confessing your sins, that the burden shall be lifted from your soul, and the prayers of your brethren be united with your prayers, and you be healed from the wound sin has made. 21MR 157.1

“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” [James 5:19, 20]. “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed” [James 5:16]. 21MR 157.2

I am made sad to see my brethren cherishing doubts and talking doubts in regard to the light God has been pleased to give them. We shall all have to wrestle with doubts, for this is a constitutional tendency with not a few, while others believe on the simple evidence that God has been pleased to give them. But doubt is the atmosphere which surrounds many souls at the present time. Unbelief and doubts come forth from the lips as readily as their breath, and it is dangerous for the weak in the faith to be in their presence, inhaling the atmosphere which is poison to the soul, for the seeds of doubt soon germinate and bear a harvest of fruit which is dangerous to the health of the soul. 21MR 157.3

I feel so grateful to God that it is not too late for wrongs to be righted. I ask you, my brother, will you consider the value of your soul? Shall Jesus Christ have died for you in vain? Will you after you have preached to others, yourself become a castaway? May God forbid. I have been looking over the testimonies of counsels and warnings written for you and Brother R while we were in Europe. My heart is sore and sad, because you have not heeded the light you have had. 21MR 157.4

You have had great light, great opportunities and privileges, in 21MR 157.5

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