Ellen G. White Writings

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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 198

sung more to men than to God. As your voice has been elevated in loud strains above all the congregation, you have been thoughtful of the admiration you were exciting. You have really had such high ideas of your singing, that you have had some thoughts that you should be remunerated for the exercise of this gift.

The love of praise has been the mainspring of your life. This is a poor motive for a Christian. You have wanted to be petted and praised like a child. You have had much to contend with in your own nature. It has been hard work for you to overcome your natural besetments and live a self-denying, holy life.—Manuscript 5, 1874, 1-4. (“Testimony Concerning Brother Stockings,” circa 1874.)

Released July 20, 1972.

MR No. 307—In Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, pp. 360-383

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