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Manuscript Releases, vol. 8 [Nos. 526-663], Page 279

MR No. 598—Study Materials in SDA Schools

Infidel arguments have been brought into the college for the purpose of instructing our youth how to argue against infidelity. The seeds of infidelity may not at once be developed, yet they will manifest their existence when temptation arises. I have been shown that doubts will enter the heart, arguments in favor of infidelity will fasten in the mind which will finally lead to skepticism as a result of this course.—Letter 22, 1889, pp. 9, 10. (To R. A. Underwood, January 18, 1889.)

I want to tell you, brethren, there are debaters among us. I warned them in Minneapolis never to put a minister in a Conference by the side of a debater. For the last twenty years the light has shown upon me in regard to debaters. They will turn light into darkness....

God presented the case [of A.] before me. I told it to Brother B. when we were in Des Moines. Said I, “If you don't come out as Elder Canright, it is because you will be a converted man; but every soul that is connected with you, that you have educated and trained as a debater, you will wish that work were undone.” Brethren, we are not here for this work. We are not here to study infidel authors, to open our minds to the suggestions of the devil. We are here to get ready for the judgment, and we are right on the borders of the eternal world.—Manuscript 4, 1890, 2, 3. (Sermon, March 8, 1890.)

We do not study the Scriptures as much as we should. Instead of spending our time in studying the various themes of the day, we need to devote that

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