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Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, Page 197

the sins of the world. Knowledge is power only when united with true piety. A soul emptied of self will be noble. Christ abiding in the heart by faith will make us wise in God's sight.

[For further study: Testimonies for the Church 2:133-136, 212-215; 3:186-188; 4:63-66; 5:341-345.]

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Chapter 27—Receiving Gifts

[Special Testimonies, Series A 3:32-35 (1895).]

January 30, 1895.

You inquire with respect to the propriety of receiving gifts from Gentiles or the heathen. [See Appendix.] The question is not strange; but I would ask you, Who is it that owns our world? Who are the real owners of houses and lands? Is it not God? He has an abundance in our world which He has placed in the hands of men, by which the hungry might be supplied with food, the naked with clothing, the homeless with homes. The Lord would move upon worldly men, even idolaters, to give of their abundance for the support of the work, if we would approach them wisely, and give them an opportunity of doing those things which it is their privilege to do. What they would give we should be privileged to receive.

We should become acquainted with men in high places and, by exercising the wisdom of the serpent and the harmlessness of the dove, we might obtain advantage from them, for God would move upon their minds to do many things in behalf of His people. If proper persons would set before those who have means and influence the needs of the work of God in a proper light, these men might do much to advance the cause of God in our world. We have put

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