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Welfare Ministry, Page 245

Of some have compassion, making a difference: and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Jude 22, 23.

Chapter 31—Working for Outcasts

The Gospel Invitation to All Classes—Christ illustrated the spiritual blessings of the gospel by a temporal feast, the invitation to the supper. He set forth the wonderful condescension of God in the earnest invitation of the master of the feast to all who would come. The special call of the gospel to be given near the close of earth's history is also presented.

The invitation was to go first to the highways, bidding all come to the marriage supper of the Lamb. That message to the people so highly favored was rejected.

The next call was made to the poorer class—the poor, the halt, the maimed, the blind. These were not exalted by ambitious projects. If they would accept the invitation, they might come. This message was given, and the servants brought the report, “Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.”

Then the Master said to His workers, “Go and seek in the byways, for the most degraded and the helpless, and compel them to come in, that My house may be filled.”—Manuscript 81, 1899.

“Compel them to come in,” Christ bids us.... In obedience to this word we must go to the heathen who are near us and to those who are afar off. The “publicans and harlots” must hear the Saviour's invitation.

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