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Manuscript Releases, vol. 7 [Nos. 419-525], Page 114

Some have been looking with jealous eye upon the moves made at Battle Creek. They fear they should become Babylon if they organize. I was shown the churches in Central New York have been a perfect Babylon, confusion. And unless there can be a plan or system arranged whereupon the church can act, enforce, and carry out order they have nothing to hope for; they must scatter into fragments....

The influence of teachers upon the body has not been right.... These uncertain teachers have nourished the elements of disunion and confusion....

Some do not work directly to tear down, but indirectly. They look on with indifference, express doubts, suspicion, fears, and need greater evidence than a doubting Thomas. They will not, or do not, with zeal put their hand to the work and exert their energies to build up. Their influence is recorded as one which retards the work of advance and reform among God's people....

There has not been so glaring a departure from God. It has been gradual, and they knew not the time when God left them, for they were so assimilated to the world that heaven's light was withdrawn, and they are left blind, wretched, and naked.—Letter 16, 1861, pp. 1-5, 7, 8. (“To the Church in Roosevelt and Vicinity,” August 3, 1861.)

Released June 18, 1975.

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