Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 124

claim to believe on Christ unless we acknowledge the claims of God's law and daily strive to obey its precepts.—Manuscript 25, 1886, 2. (“Sanctification,” sermon, June 20, 1886.)

The Lord calls upon all who think they know what faith is, to be sure that they are not pulling with only one oar, that their little bark is not going round and round, making no progress at all. Faith without intelligent works is dead, being alone. Faith in the healing power of God will not save unless it is combined with good works.—Manuscript 86, 1897, 12. (“Health Reform Principles,” August 25, 1897.)

Let no one imagine that it is an easy thing to overcome the enemy, and through faith and perfect obedience gain eternal life. Not one can be borne aloft to an incorruptible inheritance without effort on his part. To look back is to grow dizzy, to let go is to perish. Few appreciate the importance of striving constantly to overcome. They relax their diligence, and as the result become selfish and self-indulgent, spiritual vigilance is not thought to be essential. Earnestness in human effort is not brought into the Christian life.—Letter 53, 1887, p. 9. (To “Dear Brethren and Sisters Who Shall Attend the April Meeting at Oakland, California,” undated.)

Released January 20, 1972.

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