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Experiences in Australia, Page 351

testimony to be borne by all our ministers in all our churches. God has permitted this apostasy to take place in order to show how little dependence can be placed on man. We are always to look to God. His word is not yea and nay, but Yea and Amen. All our labors to bring souls to a knowledge of the truth in such a way that it works a decided reformation in the heart and life. The work must proceed from inward to outward, transforming the character of all who receive the truth. We are not to throw our arms about the men who are Satan’s masterpieces for working out his will, <Satan’s theories,> as were the opposers on the campground at Adelaide. If the watchmen are left the mislead people in this way, God will hold some souls responsible for a lack of keen discernment. Truth is to be proclaimed in warnings that will make hearts tremble in contrition before God. A sharp, clean-cut testimony must be borne. (184) I hope that efforts will be made to encourage as many as possible to come to this first term of school, where the Bible will be made the most important line of study. God help you all to go forth with the sword of the Spirit, which cuts both ways, is my prayer. “Be ye wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.” Make no compromise with those who have apostatized, but treat them kindly, giving no occasion for your good to be evil spoken of. <Dwell on the sure word, which word is the explainer of the word.>

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