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Selected Messages Book 2, Page 162

Chapter 18—An Appeal to D. M. Canright

[Appeared in Notebook Leaflets, The Church, No. 8.]

Battle Creek

October 15, 1880

Elder D M. Canright,

[Other communications to D. M. Canright may be found in the following:

Testimonies for the Church 3:304-329, August 12, 1873, To a Young Minister and His Wife; Testimonies for the Church 3:516-520, about 1886, Suitable Reading for Children; Testimonies for the Church 3:571-573, An Impressive Dream; Testimonies for the Church 3:621-628, April 20, 1887, A Letter.]

Dear Brother,

I was made sad to hear of your decision, but I have had reason to expect it. It is a time when God is testing and proving His people. Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. Only those will stand whose souls are riveted to the eternal Rock. Those who lean to their own understanding, those who are not constantly abiding in Christ, will be subject to just such changes as this. If your faith has been grounded in man, we may then expect just such results.

But if you have decided to cut all connection with us as a people, I have one request to make, for your own sake as well as for Christ's sake: keep away from our people, do not visit them and talk your doubts and darkness among them. Satan is full of exultant joy that you have stepped

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