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Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346], Page 78

MR No. 277—The Sabbath

When the people accept and exalt a spurious sabbath, and turn souls away from obedience and loyalty to God, they will reach the point that was reached by the people in the days of Christ.

Oh, if the world could only know this perilous fact, and turn away from the course which they are pursuing! How shortsighted is the policy that is being brought in by the rulers in the land to restore to the man of sin his lost ascendancy! They are manifesting wonderful zeal in taking this spurious sabbath under the care and protection of their legislatures; but they know not what they are doing. They are placing upon a false sabbath divine honors, and when this is fully done, persecution will break forth upon those who observe the Sabbath that God gave in Eden as a memorial of His creative power. Then the commandment of men will be clothed with sacred garments, and will be pronounced holy.—Manuscript 15, 1896, 14, 15. (“Revelation,” April 27, 1896.)

The people of God will have all the test that they can bear. The Sabbath question is a test that will come to the whole world. We need nothing to come in now to make a test for God's people that shall make more severe for them the test they already have.—Letter 19, 1897, p. 3. (To Elder J. H. Haughey, July 4, 1897.)

How could the fathers work in harmony with the directions here given, while accompanying their children to the schoolroom or the academy on the

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