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Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years: 1862-1876 (vol. 2), Page 491

Appendix A

Relation to Church Fellowship

By Francis M. Wilcox [F. M. Wilcox was editor of the Review and Herald and might be considered a “church statesman.” He was one of the five men appointed by Ellen White as trustees to care for her writings.] As we consider the subject of spiritual gifts and their manifestation in the Church, the question naturally arises, should faith in this doctrine be made a test of church fellowship?

Those seeking membership in the Church should be carefully instructed in all the truths of the gospel. They should know, first of all, that christ is their saviour and that their sins have been washed away in the blood shed on calvary. They should be taught that the test of faith and love is found in obedience to the divine requirements, but that the law of God can be expressed in the life only as it is written in the heart by the operation of the spirit in the new covenant relationship. They should be instructed in the evidences of Christ's soon coming, and in the prophecies pointing out last-day world conditions and the special work to be done in the preparation of a people to stand in the day of the Lord.

Candidates for church membership should be taught to realize that they are not their own, but Christ's, and therefore they should honor him in their bodies, his temples, by wearing proper attire, and providing such food and drink as make for strength and not for drunkenness; and that their lives and property should be placed upon the altar of sacrificial service for others as the spirit shall indicate. They should be instructed in church organization and polity, in the historical development of this movement, in the doctrine of spiritual gifts, and especially the gift of the spirit of prophecy, which heaven has used so largely in fostering the work

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