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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 4

April 11, 1901 - EXTRA NO. 8

GENERAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN,
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The organization of the Southern Union Conference was completed the 9th inst. The constitution as adopted is found on page 132 of the BULLETIN. The officers so far elected are as follows: President, R. M. Kilgore; Secretary and Treasurer, I. A. Ford. Members of Executive Committee: Irvin Keck, W. J. Stone, Smith Sharp, S. M. Jacobs, and J. E. White.

“The command, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect,’ would never have been given if every provision had not been made whereby we could obey the requirement.—be as perfect in our sphere as God is in his.”

“Man is too often placed where God should be; man is praised and exalted until he loses sight of his dependence upon divine power; and in order to save him from ruin, God is compelled to let him see his own weakness, by withdrawing, in a great measure, the Holy Spirit from him.”

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

G. A. IRWIN

Tenth Meeting, April 10, 10:30 A. M.

G. A. IRWIN in the chair. After the opening hymn, Elder E. J. Waggoner led in prayer.

Elder D. T. Bourdeau took his seat with the delegates, representing the French-speaking people.

The Chair: You will notice from the Bulletin that the Conference adjourned pending the consideration of the report. The Committee on the More Equal Distribution of Funds will be before us this morning. We have just come to No. 5. But one member of the committee who has something to say upon this recommendation, is compelled to be absent this morning, and would ask, as a favor that the Conference defer the consideration of this number until some future meeting. Are you willing to grant the request of the member?

The request was granted.

The Chair: Are there any other committees prepared to report?

The Secretary: Brother Chairman, the Committee on Counsel met this morning, and selected the following named persons as a nomination for a committee on the Distribution of Laborers: I. H. Evans, N. C. McClure, L. R. Conradi, G. A. Irwin, L. Johnson, I. J. Hankins, W. H. Thurston, W. C. White, H. Shultz, L. A. Hoopes, W. A. Spicer, S. F. Svensson, Dr. David Paulson, and the superintendents of the eight General Conference Districts; making a committee of twenty-one.

The Chair: You have heard the report of this large committee. What is your pleasure?

A. O. Burrill: I move that we accept it.

F. H. Westphal: I second it.

The question was called for and carried.

The Chair: Are there other committees ready to report?

C. C. Lewis: The Committee on Education is prepared to make a partial report.

A. G. Daniells: The Committee on Organization, I think, is prepared to report. Dr. Kellogg is a member of that committee. He has a great deal on his hands to-day, and would like very much to have that report come up first for consideration.

The Chair: I presume it would make no difference to you to hold back the report. Then we will listen to the report of the Committee on Organization.

A. G. Daniells: The committee requested me to present the report. The number of recommendations starts as “five” in this report. We have presented four recommendations previously. The report is as follows:—

“5. That the General Conference Committee be composed of representative men connected with the various lines of work in the different parts of the world.

“6. That the General Conference Committee, as thus constituted, should take the place of all the present boards and committees, except in the case of the essential legal corporations.

“7. That the General Conference Committee consists of twenty-five members, six of whom shall be chosen by the Medical Missionary Association, and nineteen by the General Conference. That five of these members be chosen with special reference to their ability to foster and develop the true evangelical spirit in all departments of the work, to build up the ministry of the word, and to act as teachers of the gospel message in all parts of the world: and that they be relieved from any special business cares, that they may be free to devote themselves to this work.

“8. That in choosing this General Conference Committee, the presidents of the Union Conferences be elected as members.

“9. That the Medical Missionary Board be authorized to fill any vacancy which may occur in the representation from the Medical Missionary Association.

“10. That the General Conference Committee be empowered to organize itself, and to appoint all necessary agents and committees for the conduct of its work.

The Chair: You have heard the reading of the report. What is your pleasure concerning it?

Voice: I move its adoption.

Voice: I second it.

The Chair: It has been moved and seconded that this report be adopted. It is now open for remarks.

Voice: I call for another reading of the first recommendation.

The Chair: The Secretary will read the first recommendation.

Recommendation No. 5, as printed above, was then read by the Secretary.

C. M. Christiansen: How are these representative men to be chosen?

The Chair: That will appear further on in the report. The Secretary will read the next recommendation.

The Secretary (reading): “6. That the General Conference Committee as thus constituted should take the place of all the present boards and committees, except in the case of the essential legal corporations.”

A. O. Burrill: I would like to inquire if that really does away with our Foreign Mission Board?

A. G. Daniells: I will say, in answer to this, that the question of disposing of the Foreign Board was not fully discussed, and therefore no formal decision was reached by the committee. You will notice the recommendation has an exception in it—“except in the case of the essential legal corporations.” The Foreign Mission Board is a legal corporation. Whether it is an essential corporation to the advancement of the work, is a question that the Committee on Organization has not discussed. It has talked it over a little, but it has not discussed it, or come to any vote on it, and is not prepared to make a recommendation here this morning. In its future work the committee will discuss that question, and come to some decision. It will then be reported to you. But what is true of the Foreign Mission Board is true of all these other legal corporations. Whenever it is thought by you that any legal corporation is not essential to the work, it will be recommended to be discontinued, and steps will be taken to do away with it. But this recommendation does not do away with the Foreign Mission Board. It does not affect it a particle. That all depends upon the decisions to come in the future; and you will then have to say whether the Foreign Mission Board is essential or not.

J. W. Westphal: I do not know that I quite understand the meaning of that resolution. The speaker has just said that it does not affect the Foreign Mission Board a particle; but as it reads there, does it not affect the Foreign Mission Board in all its relations to the foreign mission work, outside of the legal aspect?

A. G. Daniells: In this recommendation, reference is had to the International Sabbath-school Association, the International Tract Society, and the International Religious Liberty Association; International Religious Liberty Association; but it does not yet affect the Foreign Mission Board in any sense, so far as I understand it, and so far as it was discussed by the Committee.

C. W. Flaiz: I would like to ask if there is anything further in this recommendation that will define the prerogatives or duties of the General Conference Committee, if so elected? Will it have supervision of the foreign missionary work?

A. G. Daniells: The prerogatives are not defined.

Watson Ziegler: If I couple the thought in this with a statement made in another clause regarding the General Conference Committee being organized for the furtherance of the gospel in all parts of the field, it seems to me that it would displace the power of the Foreign Mission Board.

A. G. Daniells: So far as the Committee is concerned, we do not see how it will affect the Foreign Mission Board more than the Medical Missionary Board. Both are incorporated associations. No one sees any trouble about the Medical Association, and it seems to me we are off from the point here, because no reference is made to the Foreign Mission Board. We can all take hold of that question when it comes up. It is for you to decide, when a proposition is made to do away with the Foreign Mission Board, whether or not that is the right thing to do. That is not the question we have before us in this recommendation.

F. H. Westphal: It seems to me that when we have that wording there,—“that the General Conference Committee as thus constituted should take the place of all the present boards and committees,”—we can not exclude the Foreign Mission Board.

A. T. Jones: It does not say the Foreign Mission Board.

A. G. Daniells: There is an exception clause—“except in the case of the essential legal corporations.” The Foreign Mission Board is a legal corporation, is it not? Is it essential? We are not discussing this last point. Some other day we may discuss that.

The question being called, the next recommendation was read, as follows:—

“That the General Conference Committee consist of twenty-five members, six of whom shall be chosen by the Medical Missionary Association and nineteen by the General Conference. That five of these members be chosen with special reference to their ability to foster and develop the true evangelical spirit in all departments of the work, to build up the ministry of the word, and to act as teachers of the gospel message in all parts of the world; and that they be relieved from any special business cares, that they may be free to devote themselves to this work.”

The Chair: Are there any remarks on this recommendation?

A. O. Burrill: It seems that the Medical Missionary Society selects a certain number of the General Conference Committee, and the General Conference selects the rest of them. It seems as if there is no equality in that. I may not understand it.

R. A. Underwood: If I have the right idea of what follows, it seems that if any meeting of the General Conference Committee is held where important matters are to be discussed, and any of the representatives of the Medical Missionary Association are not present, their board has the power to supply representatives to complete the number. If that would be right, should not the same privilege be granted to other departments of the work?

A. G. Daniells: The point which the last speaker has raised is considered in Recommendation No. 9. Would it not be well to defer discussion on that until we come to it?

The question that was raised by Elder Burrill is with reference to the question of the Medical Missionary Association electing six members of this committee, and the question was asked: Is that a proper arrangement to make? You will

notice that Recommendation No. 8 states this: “That in choosing this General Conference Committee, the presidents of the Union Conferences be elected as members.” Who elects the presidents of the Union Conferences?—The people in their respective Conferences. It seems to be the thought that the Medical Association will select six members to be on this committee, and the eight Union Conferences will select eight men to be members of the same committee. That is to say, This Conference is to recognize those presidents as members of the General Conference Committee.

G. B. Thompson: I want to say that, personally, I can not vote on such a tremendous recommendation as that, without having five minutes to think about it. I do not understand these recommendations fully; so I would like to have them printed, that I may have them before me to study for at least an hour or two, when I can vote on them more intelligently. I, therefore, move that these propositions first be printed.

A. G. Daniells: I will explain the situation in which we find ourselves: The days are packed full, and everybody is pressed with work. Yesterday we came to a general understanding on three points, but had not finished our work. We had our report, as far as we had gone, printed on little slips, which we intended to hand out; but in continuing our work last evening and this morning, we enlarged these recommendations somewhat, and this disarranged our report, which had been printed; hence we have no printed report to place before you. We are sorry for this. As there was no other special business to come, and so many were waiting for the report of this committee, and as there is a congested state of things in consequence of delay, we ventured to submit these recommendations to you. There is nothing that we wish to rush through, more than to put the Conference in a position to get along with its work.

W. W. Prescott: I do not blame the brethren for wanting this thing to be very clear. I think it due to all the brethren that the committee should say to the delegation that there is nothing hidden in this report. There is nothing aimed at except what is plain on the surface. I think that the whole body should have the benefits of some of the study which the committee has given to it and the purpose for which I arose was to propose that each member should have the benefit of any study that any other member has given to the question.

Here is the general principle upon which the committee acted: First, if this Conference were properly organized, so that all departments of our work were proportionately represented here, we should not bring in this report recommending that the different associations be elected a part of this committee. And that recommendation is not expected to be a permanent recommendation. When this Conference comes to recognize that the medical missionary work, as reported yesterday, is an essential organic part of the work of this message, and recognize it by giving that work its due and proper representation in this Conference, this idea will be wiped out. Therefore this recommendation was made to help this idea. This make-up of twenty-five members was reached in this way: There are now eight General Conference districts. It is recommended that the Medical Missionary Association choose six other members. That would make fourteen. It is recommended that five members of this committee be chosen with special reference to their ability to foster and develop a true evangelical spirit. That is to be the very strength of this work. These are to develop the true evangelical spirit in all departments of the work; to look after the ministry of the word, to act as teachers of the gospel in all parts of the world. That would make nineteen members. It was expected, although it is not here recommended, that the educational work would have a proper representation on the committee of those having had experience in our educational work, and that in the same way our publishing work should be represented by those who have had experience in that work. Now it seems to me that with all this representation on the board, we would have a well-balanced representative board that could carry on the work to advantage.

C. W. Flaiz: I am glad for all these remarks, but I would like to study this question for myself. I believe that there is nothing hidden in this; nevertheless, I believe that this matter ought to be studied over by every delegate for himself. I therefore second the motion made by Brother Thompson.

A. G. Daniells: Is the motion to defer the consideration of the plan, or the action to be taken on it? Do you wish to drop it all here? or would you like to go on and have the matter outlined, and then defer action until we could have it printed?

G. B. Thompson: My idea was to defer action, yet have the explanations.

The Chair: It is simply to defer action on the report until it can be printed, and be placed in the hands of the delegates.

F. D. Starr: In case new districts were organized outside the territory already organized in the District Union Conferences, how would such new districts be represented in the General Conference?

H. M. J. Richards: We want to cooperate, and in order to make this report a success, we must have time to consider it, that we may stand shoulder to shoulder in it. I am in favor of this resolution.

The question was called, and carried unanimously.

The chairman of the committee then made further explanations of the report.

A delegate: In the explanation by Professor Prescott, he did not speak of any representation for the Sabbath-school work, the tract society, or the foreign missionary work, in case the Foreign Mission Board should not go on with its work.

W. W. Prescott: That touches a principle which we ought to recognize, and so it is well the question is raised. I do not think it necessary to have an international association of some kind, and then have some member of that association placed on this committee, in order that that work may be represented on the committee. If we were rightly organized, and had been properly educated in the work, there would not be a man here who does not represent the Sabbath-school work and all other departments of the work. Every individual would be a General Conference all by himself; and then when we came together, we would be a General Conference all in ourselves, and would not have to hunt around so much for men to fill special positions.

G. G. Rupert: There has a question arisen in my mind regarding the different nationalities among us. I fear that in this present arrangement these might not be represented on that committee. They might be, but it seems to me that there might be a chance that they would not be. I believe we should be glad to have each nationality at least

represented upon the committee, and I would like to ask if that work has been provided for on the committee.

W. W. Prescott: It is provided for in the Bible. Neither barbarian nor Scythian, bond nor free, Jew nor Greek; ye are all one in Christ Jesus. It was suggested that I ought to say a word further on the matter previously considered. It was the mind of the committee that in the appointment of the agents and committees for the conduct of the work, there should be those appointed in departmental work, as was set before us in the case of the organization of the Australasian Union Conference, who would give special study to those departments of work.

R. C. Porter: I believe that is the right principle.

A. G. Daniells: If these general associations are dropped, then the General Conference will have a Sabbath-school department. I suppose they will select the best person they can find in the denomination, to look after that line of work, the details of which must naturally be looked after to keep the work all astir. So with any other line of work that needs special attention.

G. G. Rupert: There is a point in that question I raised. We all agree that we are all one in Christ; but it seems to me, in the question of languages, that some can not properly connect themselves with these different nationalities like others of their own tongue. It seems to me that, relative to the language and their associations, that these nationalities, at least those prominently represented among us, should be represented on the committee.

A. G. Daniells: Recommendation No. 7 has just been under deliberation. No. 8 reads as follows: “That

in choosing this committee, the presidents of the Union Conferences be elected as members.” That has already been explained. Then that the presidents of the Union Conferences shall be members of the General Conference Committee.” As long as the districts remain districts, they will be provided for in the election of the members.

F. D. Starr: I would like to repeat my question as to how new districts may be formed. How will they be represented?

A. G. Daniells: I understand that when a new district is formed, its president will be a member of the General Conference Committee. That is what this makes provision for. We have had that to meet in Australasia. When we formed our Union Conference there, provision was made that the presidents of the State Conferences should be members of the Union Conference Committee. At that time we had but three State Conferences. Now we have five; and as the new Conferences have been organized, the provision that was made brought these new men, the presidents, right into the Union Conference Committee.

Voices: Read it again.

A. G. Daniells (reading): “That in choosing this committee, the presidents of the Union Conferences [whether two, or eight, or nine] be elected as members.”

F. D. Starr: Would that enlarge the committee, make it twenty-six, twenty-seven, or more?

A. G. Daniells: We would have to adjust that, of course. Either have the committee enlarged or else have fewer other members, fewer persons of the other class; but that could be adjusted when you come to another term.

J. W. Westphal: I would like to say a word further in regard to what Elder Rupert has spoken of, and the reply that was made to him. Now I am certain that in our work we shall have to recognize conditions and circumstances.

It is true that we should be, and I trust that we all are, one in Christ: but while that is true, I believe that we should be careful not to take any step, nor do anything that would in any way help to take away that oneness; but every step that we take, everything we do, should tend in the direction of unifying the work more and more. I believe that is what we have done in recommending different institutions to be represented on the board. Now that principle holds true with reference to the other, just as well as this. And it is a fact that while we are all to represent different departments of the work, I think you will admit that an American or an Englishman who is laboring among the Germans or the Scandinavians can not represent the German or the Scandinavian work, and plan with reference to it as he could if he had someone there who understands that language to represent it.

E. J. Waggoner: I suppose it will come up further when we have the printed slips before us; but I have just been making a partial list of the different languages. We have: English, German, French, Danish, Swedish, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, Hungarian, Finnish, Turkish, Armenian, Greek, Arabic, Tahitian, Kaffir, Hindustani, Polish, Persian, Bengali, Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, etc. And there are quite a number of other languages, into which the truth has not yet been translated, or in which we have not Sabbath-keepers. Should we have a representative of each of these tongues on the committee, we would have to enlarge it considerably. We would have several times twenty-five.

So far as some of the leading languages being represented, I think it would be impossible to select a committee of twenty-five—that is, as recommended,—to represent the work in all parts of the world, mind you,—without having every leading language that is represented in the Seventh-day Adventist denomination represented on that committee. The leading workers in different parts of the world would represent the leading languages in the country in which they labor; for they must necessarily understand the languages of these fields where they are. So the very wording of the recommendation presupposes that the thing that has been suggested should be carried out.

A. G. Daniells: The next recommendation: “That the Medical Missionary Board be authorized to fill any vacancies which may occur in the representation from the Medical Missionary Association.” That is to say, we make the provision for the Medical Missionary Association to be represented. They select these men; but before we have another Conference, some of these men may die, or the Association may send all six of them out of the country, so that they would not be accessible, to act on the committee. What shall be done to fill their places? The board will select their successors, so that the representation will remain intact. The same provision is virtually made to have all the Union Conferences represented all the time. When the President of the Union Conference is called away to another field, then the board selects a successor, and that man goes on to the General Conference Committee; just the same as it is proposed to do with the medical representatives.

J. H. Morrison asked for a rereading of the last recommendation; his request was complied with by A. G. Daniells.

R. C. Porter asked for the previous recommendation to be reread.

A. G. Daniells (again reading): “That

in choosing this committee, the presidents of the Union Conferences be elected as members.” I will explain the way I understand it will be done. In our Union Conference in Australasia, when the Nominating Committee brings in its reports, it reads something as follows: “That the members of the committee be the presidents of State Conferences.” Then it names the remainder of the committee. So when this Nominating Committee for the General Conference shall bring in a report, it will recommend the presidents of the Union Conferences, the six members of the Medical Missionary Association, and then name the remainder. Do you get the idea? And when the vote is taken, they are elected.

C. W. Flaiz: I do not understand just how this is to work. Suppose that after the Conference adjourns, these various members of the Conference Committee depart to various parts of the field. For instance, the Union Conference presidents go to their fields, and scatter out over the world; the Medical Missionary Board send their representatives off to various parts of the world; then it becomes necessary that the committee meet together to confer with reference to matters pertaining to General Conference work. They are called together, but it is not possible for all of them to respond. Perhaps the Australasian Union Conference can not send their delegate or their representative, and these evangelistic laborers, who may be scattered in various parts of the world, can not come. Then there are portions of the Medical Missionary Board that can not be there. We understand that the Medical Missionary Board can select men to fill their vacancies by supplying the full number of six, while the rest of the members of the committee are not supplied. Is that the idea?

A. G. Daniells: I do not understand that this makes provision for the Medical Missionary Board to appoint six men to come to act upon a committee meeting. That is not the idea. The Medical Missionary Board will only appoint a successor to a man who can not reasonably be a member of the General Conference Committee.

W. C. White: I think we can under stand this by considering that there is no vacancy on a committee to be supplied until the man has resigned his position. When a man goes to a field in the United States, or out of the United States, or takes up a line of work which disqualifies him to be an efficient member, he is expected to resign, whether he be a medical missionary member, or whether he be a general member; and when he resigns, and leaves a vacancy on the committee, that vacancy must be supplied. When the vacancy is supplied, the new member occupies just the same position as the old member did. If a committee meeting is called, he attends, if he is there to act; if he does not attend, there is no provision made for alternates for any class of members, since they are all on the same footing.

R. C. Porter: I will say that the recommendation about the Medical Missionary Board was special, and the more explanation was given about it because it had not been previously recognized; and therefore this was suggested, which otherwise would come only in the constitution; but this explanation was given because this was special. That makes it clear to my mind, and perhaps it may help others.

R. A. Underwood: It seems to me, with this explanation, if it just simply said in any single term, then the Medical Missionary Association should have the same right to supply its vacancies that the General Conference has, and there would be no discussion about it at all.

A. G. Daniells: That is the aim.

R. R. Kennedy: It does seem to me that it is not necessary to discuss the matter at all, since the General Conference Committee can supply a vacancy, and will. The only point with the Medical Association is this: They understand their business, and of course they can supply the vacancies on their part of the committee more intelligently than can the general body.

The Chair: We will have the next recommendation read.

“10. That the General Conference Committee be empowered to organize itself, and to appoint all necessary agents and committees for the conduct of its work.”

A. G. Daniells: “To organize itself.” This, you all understand, means that this Committee will have power to appoint its officers—its chairman, its secretary, its treasurer, and other necessary secretaries and committees, to do the departmental work. This General Conference Committee can select its Sabbath-school secretary, religious liberty secretary, the field secretaries, and whatever subcommittees it may think best to give special attention to lines of work.

H. C. Basney: Would it not be taking the power to elect the president of the General Conference out of the hands of these delegates, if this committee can elect its own chairman? If this is the way it is to be done, it appears to me as though more power will be concentrated in this committee than ever before.

S. B. Whitney: I rise to a question of privilege.

The Chair: State it.

S. B. Whitney: We have been exhorted with reference to the preciousness of our time; that each of us should be quick to hear, but slow to speak. I appreciate the interest of these brethren in these questions; but, brethren, we shall save time and labor for ourselves, if we think a little more before we speak! [Delegates: Amen! Amen!]

The Chair: The slips have been printed, and will be distributed immediately after adjournment.

Voted to adjourn. Benediction by Elder R. M. Kilgore.

G. A. IRWIN, Chairman.
L. A. HOOPES, Secretary.

MICHIGAN SANITARIUM BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION

J. H. KELLOGG

Second Meeting, April 10, 3 P. M.

Dr. Paulson: Recently I have been thinking more in reference to the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary and the cleansing of the earthly sanctuary. This truth is particularly beautiful to me. We have been urged to study the sanctuary question, and I have been trying to study it some. You know it says, “Unto twenty-three hundred days, then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Christ is not only a minister of the sanctuary, but also of the true tabernacle, which God pitched and not man. He is ministering not only the heavenly sanctuary, but also is ministering in everyone of these earthly sanctuaries—the soul temples. 1 Corinthians 6:19.

It is not a mere coincidence that when the light flashed to this people with reference to the cleansing of the heavenly sanctuary that at the same time corresponding light was flashing upon us as to how to co-operate in securing the cleansing of the earthly temple. It is not a mere coincidence, but was in the hand of God that a people should be

prepared to meet him, that a people should be getting ready to pass over without seeing death, that was to have a special cleansing work done for them, and that is why the light has been flashing upon this last generation. This great truth with reference to the cleansing of these soul-temples has specially come out in this last generation. Brother Loughborough, who sits here on the platform, preached this truth many years before I was born, is able to verify these facts, which to me are matters of history. Is it not true, Brother Loughborough, that the ministers in the ordinary churches drank liquor in those days?

J. N. Loughborough: Sometimes in preaching funeral sermons they would have some liquor right on the stand by them to wet their throats, and it was considered a great breach of etiquette if the friends of the deceased did not furnish liquor.

Dr. Paulson: Now, that is the point. Until this last generation the most outrageous things from a physical standpoint were considered perfectly orthodox. But that kind of body could not be taken over on the other side, as Enoch and Elijah passed over, and this cleansing work can not go on in heaven only as it has a chance to go on beneath, because the work above is a faithful representation of what is taking place beneath. So God began to flash out light. 2 Corinthians 6:16. “I will dwell in them, and walk in them;” that is, in these earthly tabernacles. “Christ in you the hope of glory,” or the “mystery of godliness,” which is to be finished in this generation. “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit.” And then what will be perfected? “Perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” That is the cleansing that is taking place beneath, the cleansing of this temple to which our attention was called years ago. I read from one of the first-page articles in the Review of 1890: “Christ is cleansing the temple in heaven from the sins of the people, and we must work in harmony with him upon the earth in cleansing the soul temple from its moral defilement. When we engage in this work, the angels of God will draw near to impart divine power, and combine heavenly strength with human weakness.”

Now, brethren, it is certainly consistent that God should, day by day, let light keep flashing in as to how to cleanse these earthly temples, and bear in mind the lesson that was shown way back there in the great day of atonement that every detail had to be followed out closely. It was of no use for some to say, back there, “Oh, those unimportant things do not count anything.” That is why the Lord laid such great stress on little things. Now, have you not sometimes read about some things back there, and said, “Why was the Lord so particular about small things? How could he lay such stress on that?” Brethren, that is to teach us to-day some of these things that concern our earthly temples. You and I can not cleanse either the heavenly sanctuary or the earthly. Brethren, it is just as impossible for you and me to cleanse the earthly temple as it would be to cleanse the heavenly, but we must co-operate if we have the cleansing work done.

Now the cleansing way back in the days of Israel was to teach us that those things that we call little things—such things, for instance, as concern us physically, as eating doughy bread, pasty mush, have a bearing on this work. Some people say, “Oh, that has nothing to do with religion.” But ask them whether in the cleansing of the sanctuary back there nothing was so small as to be important: Brethren, that is to impress upon us that there is nothing small that concerns such a great work, and God will hold us responsible for every ray of light that is flashed upon our pathway, and to pass that light on to others. There will be earthly temples here that will be fitted up, which will represent to others what God can do in human flesh when a person is fully given up to him. We need to be a people marching on, shoulder to shoulder, who will be able to say that they realize the advantage of thorough and complete consecration to the principles of truth and to God’s will.

Friends, the plagues, the troubles, are right upon us, and God is going to take this people, and transplant them over there without death, but we must have a little heaven to go to heaven in. We shall learn to bask in the blessed presence of Christ here, so that we shall be able to live before it when we get there. God help us that that work may begin at once, if it has not begun in our experience already, and that this great company may be gathered together with him.

Dr. J. H. Kellogg (coming in late): This is a meeting of the Michigan Sanitarium and Benevolent Association. We will come to order so that we may preserve our legal succession.

It may be profitable to devote this hour to a sort of social meeting, the gospel of health being our subject. Mrs. White was to speak, but not being able to appear, it is thought best to devote the hour to some reminiscences of the early days of health reform. There is not a particle of doubt in my mind that God is developing a truth in the world. This truth began to be developed in about 1844.

I was in Nebraska a few weeks ago, and sat at the table of the College View Sanitarium with an old gentleman 84 years of age. His hair was absolutely white, and his skin was as clear as a babe’s. Scarcely a wrinkle was on his face, and he was strong, hearty, and well. His wife was a patient at the sanitarium. He said, “Doctor, I am glad to see you. I have read your books for many years. I am well acquainted with you, though I never met you before.” We had a little chat about several things. He said, “I have read every number of the Good Health that was ever printed.” I began to talk about something. “Oh, yes, I know about that. I read that in the last number.” And he was posted right up to date. I said, “How long have you been in sympathy with these principles?”

“Oh,” he said, “since 1844.”

“How did you get hold of these principles?”

“I used to take dinners at a hygienic boarding-house in Boston, kept by Margaret Fuller.”

Many of you have heard of her as the great educational reformer. She introduced Froebel’s idea in this country back in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s. He said, “I sat at her table, and ate a dinner like this in 1844. And just across the table sat Horace Greeley;” for he was a vegetarian in those days. A little ways off from there was the Brook farm, where Bronson A. Alcott, Charles A. Dana, Hawthorne, and George Ripley, a famous Boston preacher and philanthropist, and nearly 140 others were frequently found. Many of these became eminent people, with worldwide reputations. They advocated the very principles that we represent here to-day. No tea, no coffee, no pork, no meat of any sort. The whole purpose of their movement was to encourage a return to nature, which means a return

to God; for God is in nature, and what is truly natural is truly spiritual.

Those men caught a glimpse of truth. Graham was one of the chief apostles, and Shaw, and William A. Alcott, whose son is now a minister in Massachusetts; and a score of other men. Sylvester Graham traveled extensively. He traveled in Michigan, and all through the West and in many new countries in those days. Anywhere that a conveyance could be found to take him where he could get an audience, all over the United States, he went preaching the gospel of health. There was a wonderful interest in it. Thousands of people became vegetarians, and abandoned the use of flesh food.

There was an epidemic of cholera in New York City about this time. Sylvester Graham advertised in the newspapers for vegetarians, and offered a reward for anybody that would bring forward a single case of a vegetarian who had the cholera. A brother told me yesterday that where he lived, there were one hundred cases of smallpox in the little town, but not a single vegetarian had the disease.

A brother who lived in the State of Indiana, about twenty years ago, said that during the three years that he had lived in a certain town, “every single family in town had malarial fever except his family, and not a single one of them ever had the malarial fever.”

But these men away back in the ‘40’s and ‘50’s saw these principles. I saw not long ago a little pamphlet on health reform, written by Elder Evans, of the Shaker fraternity, down in New York. In this he denounces the use of tea, coffee, meat, pork in particular, all kinds of meat, and recommends two meals a day, and simplicity in diet. That pamphlet was written in 1840. We do not have a monopoly of these principles.

It was exactly the same as it was with the Sabbath truth that came to this people. The Seventh-day Adventists did not discover that the seventh day is the Sabbath. That truth has been in the world from Adam’s time down to the present. The Seventh-day Baptists came forward in England, and represented that truth two hundred and fifty years ago.

When I was a boy about thirteen years old, when these principles were first taught in Battle Creek, Dr. Trall came here, and gave us a little more light. Brother and Sister White and others gave us ideas and principles, and put books in our hands. The “Science of Life,” by Sylvester Graham, was also brought here and sold. Thus we received various ideas.

I shall never forget the first gem-pans we had, and the first gems. I was a boy at home; and part of my business was to get up in the morning, and make several pans full of gems for the whole family. I had some little experience in cooking that was very useful to me. And I remember that sometimes there was a strife among the brethren as to who could eat the most gems. One brother ate a dozen of those gems, but that was not very much, after all, for they were nearly all air.

In those days it was not very easy to be a reformer. I went to school, and I remember that I often had the finger of scorn pointed at me. They said, “There is a boy that lives on a horse diet,” because I lived on oatmeal. We were called by opprobrious names.

But that day has passed. These ideas and these reforms have found their place in the world. They have made a place for themselves. They did not originate with Seventh-day Adventists; but Seventh-day Adventists had the best chance anybody ever had in the world to be the chief apostles of this reform. Maybe we have a little chance left yet; but we have missed a great part of it; for these reforms are springing up in all parts of the world, and people are coming forward to champion these truths, who are as loyal and true as anybody could possibly be.

Our people are getting a reputation for being the Sanitarium people. I will tell you a little story to illustrate it. In northern Michigan, there is a brother who lives ten or twelve miles from any town, out in the woods. The principal merchant of the nearest town had been sick, and could not eat without soon vomiting his food. After two or three months, when nearly starved, he heard that away out in the woods there was a Seventh-day Adventist; so he had his horse and carriage got up, and went out there to see him. When he found him, he said, I am starving to death, and hearing that you are a Seventh-day Adventists, I thought you might know of something to tell me to do. That was a pretty good recommendation for that man. He had been living up to what light he had, and his neighbors knew it. It was a good idea to have that kind of reputation. He told the man what to do,—to eat zwieback, and two or three other things of that kind, but without meat. The man went home, and in two or three weeks he was much better. He went back to get some more information. He said, “Isn’t there something else I can eat?” The man gave him a few more ideas, and then he went back home. But the brother then wrote to me. He said, That man will be back again in a few days, and I want you to give me some information quick. I have told him all I know. So I sat down and gave the man quite a treatise on diet, and sent him everything I could to help him out. The last thing I heard of his merchant, he was well again, and had gone back to business; he got well simply by knowing how to eat.

I had a letter from a lady who is a thoroughgoing health reformer down in San Diego, Cal. She said she met a stranger on the street, and he came to see her, and told her his experience. He said he had come to town two or three weeks ago, and wondered where he could find a boarding-place where he could get a Battle Creek diet. He was walking along, and asked a man if he could tell him where there was a Seventh-day Adventist. He thought if he could find a Seventh-day Adventist, he could get a Battle Creek diet. The man he was talking to said, “I am a Seventh-day Adventist.” “All right,” he said, “I want to go home and live with you. I want to live with a Seventh-day Adventist, or a man who knows how to live.”

These principles are a life-line, that can be thrown out to men who are drowning in disease, and bring them back to life again. I have seen this thing done hundreds of times. Many people come to the Sanitarium, and what is the thing we do for them up there?—It is not to give them surgical operations. These principles that we have at the Sanitarium are not simply surgical principles: they are not medical principles; they are not simply curative principles, to cure bad stomachs, livers, and bad nerves, and bad skin, or bad eyes, etc.,—that is not the principal thing we have there. These are principles of life, of righteous living; and that is the most important thing we have.

The principles we use there are nothing more than ought to be in every single home, in every church. Why shouldn’t we have them in every single Seventh-day Adventist community? I want you to think soberly about this

thing for a few minutes. But if it is worth thinking about, give it a little earnest thought. Stir yourselves now, and think of it. You represent here seventy-five thousand people. I want you to get these principles into your minds and hearts, so that when you go home, you may do your utmost to get this whole seventy-five thousand people to plant their feet squarely on these principles of righteous living. You have been organizing Sabbath-schools, and other things and they are all good; but this is one thing that you have not been doing. Why not just take hold of this thing for a little while? Of these seventy-five thousand people, I do not think there are ten thousand who are receiving any of our health literature in their homes, or know anything about these principles. I have been making an experiment to see if we could not find out something about it. During the last six or seven months, we have been sending out our doctors to the different cities near by, in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and other States. Every Sabbath from eight to ten or a dozen doctors go to some church, and talk with them. They come back, and report a most lamentable state of things,—of people drinking tea and coffee, eating beefsteak, etc., and not caring much about these health principles.

We have no right to use our palates simply for the purpose of creating a little temporary pleasure by eating pickles and other such things. Some people regard their palates simply as a thing to be tickled, with a variety of flavors, or to produce a variety of sensations; and so they use pickles to get just as many tickles as they can. Once when I was eating my lunch on the cars, a professor in a medical college came along back of me, tapped me on the shoulder, and said. “Well, doctor, I have caught you right at it, and I am glad I have an opportunity to see what you have to eat. I have been looking over your shoulder for a minute. I noticed you eating your lunch. Is that all you have to eat?”

“Yes,” I said, “what more do I need? Here is bread—that is the staff of life; nuts—that is my beefsteak and butter; apples—the dessert,—pie, cake, sauce, and all the rest.”

“Well,” he said, “that seems to me to be rather a poor dinner. I have just been in the dining-room, and I think I have been having more fun than you.” I said, “You don’t know how much fun I am having. This zwieback is very sweet.”

He broke off a piece, and put it in his mouth. “I can not taste anything,” he said.

“Well,” I said, “of course you can’t taste anything; you have been in the dining-car, and eaten spices, pickles, mustard, pepper, and all sorts of things of that kind, so you can not expect to taste the sweetness in that dry crust.” He said that was just what he had been doing. He said he always like things that tickled his palate.

One man came to me, and said he had been at the Sanitarium for several days, and he could not understand our diet. When he went away, he had not had any beefsteak for a long time, so he thought he would go out somewhere else, and get a good big beefsteak. He said that the first piece he put into his mouth, he could not swallow. He absolutely could not eat it.

I want to tell you that these principles have done everything for me. When I was a boy, my father thought I wasn’t worth raising, I was such a runt of a boy, and was an invalid all the time. It has only been the last ten or twelve years of my life that I have known what it was to be free from pain. I can not remember a day of my life that I did not suffer pain. I inherited such a miserable nervous system that I thought I was a total wreck. I never expected to reach 20 years of age, and when I lived to reach 20, I said I should never reach the age of 30; and when I reached 30, I said I should never live to reach the age of 40; now I am nearly 50, and I am thinking of living to be 100. And I am strongly tempted—in fact I have made up my mind—to try to live forever. [Voice: Amen!]

Now I would like to hear a few words from some of the older brethren here as to their experience in these lines.

John Reeves, of Chicago: Three years ago I began taking Good Health, and stopped eating meat. I have not tasted meat since. Nine weeks ago I fell and broke my leg, but to-day I am nearly as well and strong as ever in my life. My circulation isn’t very good yet, for the reason that my leg has been in a cast for some six weeks or so. I am 78 years old.

Dr. Kellogg: That shows what the principles will do.

D. T. Bourdeau; I wish to pay a brief tribute to health reform. Forty-two years ago, in northern New York, I was told by a physician that I could not live three months. I was given up to die of consumption. The Lord gave me a new lease of life in answer to prayer. I groped my way in comparative darkness until I learned by instinct that pork was injurious. I dropped that, but before dropping the use of pork I was full of sores from head to feet. Were it not for that fact, you would not see a single gray whisker in my beard to-day.

Two years later Brother and Sister White came to my home in northern Vermont, and we talked this matter all over among us, and from that time to this my wife and I have not eaten meat. Of course there have been a few exceptions. I have outlived a great many of those who thought that I was going to die, because I have been very careful in living up to health reform. Seventeen years ago I was given up to die, but I am still alive.

Last summer I was in a forest of Canada, working my way along with a satchel in my hand and a bundle on my back, looking to God for strength, up there among the bears and wolves. There I saw women working for their husbands. I was holding a tent-meeting there, but I went to work with my hands, and mowed and pitched hay. There was only one man in the country who dared to come up and mow with me. So that I feel, at the age of sixty-six, that my youth has been renewed, and I have found physical exercise a great source of strength.

D. T. Shireman: I became acquainted with Elder Bourdeau in 1865, and I had no idea that he would live a year. He came to Marion, Iowa; and one day I examined his throat, and it was perfectly raw. I thought that he would not live a year, and have watched him ever since that time. I looked for his obituary notice in the REVIEW year after year. To-day as I heard him speak here, I was surprised to see how young he is. Of course he looks younger than I: for he is not as old as I am. I adopted health reform that year on account of my health, which was very poor, and the doctors had given me up to die. I adopted the two-meal-a-day plan, and gave up meat, butter, etc., and in two years I was as strong as ever, and I know that the Lord has given me strength through all these years; for I have worked hard from sixteen to eighteen hours a day.

A Sister: These things are just as good for women as they are for men. It

is now about three years since I have given up meat, and I find that my health is very much better than formerly.

The Chair: Here is a text which I will read in this connection: “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:5.

A Sister in the Gallery: That is just what the Lord has done for me. I think there are very few people who could stand before you to-day at the age of almost forty, and could say that they had their youth renewed as mine has been. Where I have been laboring in New York State [Lowville], a gentleman about seventy years of age recently gave up the use of all kinds of meat, and adopted the principles of health reform. When I went there his condition was such that his physicians said his case was hopeless, and that he was likely to drop dead on the street or anywhere, any time. He had such an extreme case of eczema that his hands had become stiff and cracked open, and in such a condition that he had to use poultices. Since Thanksgiving day he has given up the use of all kinds of meats; and now his hands are well, and he walks and appears as if he were only about thirty years old.

He is a very prominent citizen of the place, being cashier of the bank, and the people acquainted with him have been greatly influenced by his change of life. They ask him what makes him so well, and what has caused this great change of appearance. Some have even asked if he would not allow them to come and live with him for a time, that they might learn how to live as he lives. While I was there, physicians and nurses came to me, and asked me to visit their patients, and some of these patients have been raised up to health, and now use our health foods all the time. They want a branch sanitarium started, and desire to obtain the health foods at some convenient place; in fact, they are all anxious to learn how to live healthfully. I hope the Lord’s people will in some way plan to carry the light of health reform to these people who are suffering because of a lack of knowledge of these life-giving principles which we cherish.

Dr. L. Bedford (of Chicago): I have been a vegetarian about nine years. Since I came upon this ground, I took a severe cold, and there developed an acute case of cystitis. I used hydrotherapy, and followed it up carefully in a private way, and the case became so severe that I was in excruciating pain. I saw one of the Sanitarium physicians, and in a few moments gave him the diagnosis. He wrote a prescription, and sent me to the Sanitarium for treatment. I wanted to get the benefit of the meetings held every day, and not miss one of them. I wanted to hear what Dr. Kellogg had to say on these things; for I believe in health reform, and practice it and teach it when I am at home. I told the Lord about it at the morning service alone. I told him how much I would like to take in the meetings. I said: “I have applied to the best physicians I know, and I am living up to the best principles I know, and yet I am suffering. Now, Lord, you can heal me. I could call the elders of the church; but you can heal me if you will, I know; and if it is your will, I would like to be free from this;” and so this morning I asked the Lord again. I said: “Now I do not want to trespass by setting a time when thou shalt do this; do it in your own good time.” I praise God that before the early morning meeting to this time, I have not had a symptom of any kind. Somebody may say, “O, this is divine healing.” Suppose the water treatment at the Sanitarium did it? Would not that be divine healing? The same God conducts the Sanitarium, and Health Reform Association, and reigns over all this world. I am so thankful that we have one God, who unifies all in one, who is the Guide of all. Let us thank God, journey on, and soon we shall be where there is no physical or spiritual disease. It is the same God who relieves from physical disease, who gives spiritual health. The water that relieves physical disease is a fit type of the water of the smitten rock that releases from spiritual disease. It is one God in all those cases, who heals.

The Chair: I am glad that we are all getting hold of that grand thought that there is only one kind of healing, and that is divine healing. We should bring this meeting to a close soon, that we may have a meeting of the International Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association. Perhaps there is a committee prepared to report.

H. W. Cottrell: The Committee on Nominations are prepared to submit their report. The secretary of this Committee, Dr. Craig, will read the report.

J. M. Craigg: The Committee on Nominations for Trustees of the Michigan Sanitarium and Benevolent Association submit the following-named persons for election: J. H. Kellogg, G. H. Murphy, David Paulson, A. J. Read, Geo. W. Thomason.

The Chair: The Committee on Nominations has brought in a report, naming persons to take the places of those whose term of office expires at this meeting. They have submitted the names of the same persons who have been in office heretofore. These persons are nominated for two years.

O. A. Olsen: I move the adoption of the report as it was read.

R. M. Kilgore: I second the motion.

The Chair: It is moved and seconded that this report be adopted. Did you make this motion with the understanding that elects these persons to fill these offices?

O. A. Olsen: Yes, sir.

The Chair: It is understood, then, that these persons will be elected to fill the vacancies of trustees for two years.

The question was put, and unanimously carried.

O. A. Olsen: I move that we adjourn to Monday afternoon (April 15), at 3 P. M.

The motion was seconded and carried. Elder O. A. Olsen dismissed the congregation.

J. H. KELLOGG, Chairman.
A. J. READ, Secretary.

TALK ON CONSECRATION

W. W. PRESCOTT

April 8, 7 P. M.

I would like very much to have a personal talk with everyone here in the house. I think there are times when a little personal talk is a good deal better than a big sermon. There is an opportunity right here now for a personal blessing. I mean right here in this meeting, and yet there is great danger of missing the most important thing.

I presume there are scores, perhaps hundreds, before me who do not dare say that they know that they are saved in Jesus Christ. There are doubts and fears about this matter, and yet God wants us to know it. If we could have, by God’s own Spirit, these things brought vividly before us, so that they may act upon us, I am sure this meeting would be a blessing to us all.

Now, let us rouse up in God, and take hold of what he offers us to-night. The

Lord has been spreading the table before us. If we have not taken hold to eat of the bread of life before, now is the time.

The seventh chapter of the epistle to the Hebrews deals with the priesthood of Christ. It speaks of the typical priesthood, of the Melchisedec priesthood, and the priesthood of Christ. Now let us read, beginning with the 23rd verse: “And they [that is, the priests in the typical service] truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death; but this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

Now note what the meaning of this is. Although those priests were men, subject to death, and likely to fall out by death at any time, the priesthood was always there. No one could come and not find the priesthood,—not necessarily the same priest; but there was this continuous priesthood in the type, in spite of the death of the priests, in order to set forth this truth that is brought out in the scripture we have read.

So let us read further: “They truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: but this man [Christ], because he continueth ever [is not hindered by reason of death] hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

What is the main thing to get hold of in this scripture? It is the same simple thing that is all through the Scriptures; namely, the fact that Christ himself is life, and that eternal life in us, as has been set forth in this epistle, from the very nature of Christ is the blessed hope of our salvation. That is what he is, in the very eternity of his existence, in the very nature of his being, that he has brought right in touch with us.

Some one asked me since I have been at this Conference: “Suppose a man should come to you and say, ‘I want to find the Lord; but I do not know how’—what would you say?” I said, “My brother, tell every such one the Lord has already found you.” Think of it. A man is lost in darkness; he does not know the way. And suppose he should hear a voice off somewhere in the darkness, saying, “Find me, and I will save you.” Then think of the man groping around in answer to that voice, and the first thing stepping over a precipice, or falling into the pit, or going into a snare. Then he is lost, and is in darkness; but he hears a voice offering help, somewhere, and in hunting around for that voice, down he goes.

The blessed truth is that although we were lost, and in darkness, he has sought and found us. That is a fact. He has sought and found us. He is right with us now, and wants us to recognize the simple truth of what he has done. That is personal salvation to every one of us right now.

It is not necessary to wait and doubt, and question, and wish, and long. Accept. That is all. Accept; surrender. Think of it. That is what we do, and yet we do not quite recognize it.

You remember a few months ago in the progress of the battle in South Africa, the English general had a good-sized army of the Dutch nearly surrounded in a place from which they could not extricate themselves, and were bombarding them from every vantage point. It was simply a question of time when the Dutch would all be blown to pieces. What was then the thing to do? The general saw that the only thing to do was to surrender. Now suppose he had got his leading advisers together, and said: “I wish we could surrender; don’t you? Don’t you think we ought to surrender and get out of this condition?” and they had replied, “Yes, I wish we could surrender.” Meantime the guns are pouring in upon them, and they are bemoaning their condition, and wishing they could surrender. What in the world is to hinder them from surrendering?—Nothing, only they do not like to surrender; and yet they talk about surrendering as the only way.

Let some of these wills that rise up against God’s way, go down; let them go all to pieces; let us learn what it is to fall on the Rock, and be broken. The Lord will gather us up. He will then heal us. Do not let us be afraid of getting all broken to pieces, but may we let the Lord make us over again.

What, then, is the thing to do?—Just that simple thing of surrendering to the life that Christ himself has brought to us. Now see what it means about Christ’s taking flesh. In taking flesh he united divinity with humanity; he united eternal life with our poor flesh,—not simply in Him who walked up and down in Judea,—but he made an actual union between divinity and humanity in our flesh. He has joined them together. Now, “what God hath joined together, let not man put asunder;” because, unless we do, by some real act of our will, separate Jesus Christ from us, put him away from us, refuse what he has done, he will save us; he does save us. He has done something for us; let us recognize it.

We are not to put him away. When he has found us, we are not to go on hunting for him, and so go directly away from him. The word is nigh thee, even in thy heart, and in thy mouth; the word of faith which we preach, that thou mightest do it.

Now the reason that he is able to save to the uttermost is the simple fact of what his life is. Just look at it. The whole question is, Shall we live? or shall we die? How to live is the whole question. We have had it, “The just shall live by faith.” That means now, and now, and now, and eternally now. Just simply accepting his life, the gift of himself, by our faith, taking hold upon what he has done, and not upon what we do. The power, the salvation, is wholly in him; “and because I live,” he says, “ye shall live also.” Now let us begin to take hold of it. I tell you by the word of the Lord, every one here, that Christ is holding out and offering to every one, here and now, a fullness of his life such as we have not yet received

This is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit; this is receiving the Holy Ghost; this is the gift of himself to us. He wants us to believe that fact, and act upon it. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” How many here have sincerely and honestly confessed, and do now confess, their sins to God? How many, acting simply on that promise, believe and accept the fact this very minute? [Many hands in the audience were raised.] Now hold it: hold it. Thank the Lord.

There are some, perhaps, who do not yet dare do this. But why should they not? Could any living soul in this audience stand up here, and give me one reason why he should not be saved from sin this very blessed night? Why not confess your sins, and act upon the promise like men and women, and be no more children, tossed to and fro? Take hold definitely, actually, of the fullness of the salvation of God? Let met ask you: If you believe the message, you

believe that the time is soon coming when the Lord will appear in the clouds of heaven, and he will say, “Come, ye blessed of my Father,” and you expect to start right up from the earth, and go up there to meet him, according to the creed. Now what in the world is going to be the power that will lift you right up off the earth, to take you up, and hold you there?—Just the very power that is in his own being when he says, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power.” It is the very salvation of God, by which he is able to do that. So long as we are afraid to trust ourselves in the hands of that power, we never shall be lifted up from this earth. If we felt ourselves going, we should jump to grasp the first thing in reach, to keep ourselves from going up. We should do like the man in the balloon or on the trapeze, who hangs on for fear he will fall to the ground. It is better to trust implicitly in that power now than to realize its force when too late to be benefited. It is not too late to-night.

It is not a question of position that any man occupies; it is not a question of how long he has been connected with this message; it is not a question of any other thing than just this: Do you know personally the definite message that the Lord is able to save to the uttermost? I tell you this is the advent message. If this message can come,—if it starts with out a half dozen,—God will sweep the world with it. He will do it, and he is going to do it in this generation. There will be delay no longer.

Who is going to stand off, and say, “I would like to see how that works”? What God wants to do at this very Conference is to transform, make over, and fit up channels for the fullness and blessing of the world. That is the message and the work we are here to face. If we never heard a thing about territorial organization, or resolutions of any sort; if every soul here was fired with the living truth of this message, and would go out, he would not ask what territory to go to; but he would find an unsaved soul, and by God’s help save him; then find another, and carry the same message to him, and let it spread like a prairie fire to all parts of the world. When that is accomplished, the Lord will come. Then let us be men in God. We shall miss our life opportunity if we do not improve it here and now. Therefore the whole thing centers in just this one thing—the taking hold of Christ’s life. It is to learn how to take hold of his life, and how to go on taking hold of it; how to receive his life in every way that he gives it, and to know the ways that he gives it.

Life is the question, life, not creed, not church, but life! The very best creed in this world never saved a single soul; but “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” It cleanseth all who will believe, from all sin. Now let us have the life, the life! I tell you the life will make the creed, and it will be a living creed, too. Now we need not fear that God’s own life will destroy his truth. It will not do it, because the life is the truth, and the truth is the life. Now when we know the truth that makes free, it will not be to know that certain things are true, and to be able to prove that they are true; but it will be to know him who is the truth. See how the disciples did. When he was making up his disciples, one went to another, and said, “We found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write.” He did not say, “We have found some new idea in Moses and the prophets about the Messiah; but we have found him,”—that is the personal Christ, the life. When that life fills every nerve and fiber of our being, it will be the rule of the brain; will think through the brain. It will speak through the tongue; it will use every member of the being. When that eternal life, that personal Christ, rules in that way, we shall simply be the body, and he will be the One who thinks, speaks, acts; and our lives will be the revelation of himself in us. What a blessed experience that would be! That is the actual provision for salvation from sin.

To sin is to be different from what God is. God himself, in Christ, has made provision to impart his eternal life to this mortal flesh, so that the life we now live in the flesh, we may live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved us, and gave himself for us. That is not a theory; it is not a creed, but a fact; and it means that we are to lay hold by virtue of the gift that has been made. We are to lay hold of that eternal life, and it is to live in us, right here and now, day by day. What is my part to do?—I am to stop hindering it.

Instead of our agonizing to do what Jesus Christ has already done, and what we can not do, let us agonize a little the other way. “Behold,” Christ says, “I stand at the door and knock. If any man open the door, I will come in.” Suppose that when you heard a familiar footstep at the door, and a familiar knock, you should rush forward, and slide the bolt in the door, then say, “Come in; come in.” He tries to come in, but the door is bolted. “Come in,” you say; “I want so much to see you, and have been looking, waiting, anxiously longing for you; do come in.”

Then unbolt the door! Open it, and there will be no trouble. It is this shutting the door, bolting and barring it, and then agonizing that makes the trouble. Stop bolting the door, and the Lord will come in. Let the things which we have built up, and are holding up of our own pride and self-will, our imaginings and determination to try to save ourselves, or to do something for our own salvation,—let all these go, and let us fall at his feet. Then he will come in and save. Why, it is good! We do not need to be afraid of it. It is salvation, truth, and strength. It is all that a good God can do for his children, if we will only accept it and enjoy it in him.

Look again at the priesthood for a moment. If you would get the right understanding of it, you would know that when you sit down to the table to eat the food that God himself provides, and that he intended man should eat, the priest is ministering his life to you. When we breathe the pure air that has the real life-giving power in it, he is ministering his life to us by virtue of his priesthood. When we drink the pure water just as he intended we should, he is ministering his life to us.

That is all true; but there is more life than can be in food, air, and water, and he wants us to receive more than can come that way. It is here now. “He ever liveth to make intercession” for us. That making intercession is not simply to stand there and pray to the Lord. Just think how real it is. He has joined himself to us. With his divine arm he takes hold upon the throne of God, while with his human arm he encircles humanity. That is his intercession. He stands there between the Father and us, not to separate us from God, but to unite us to God; to be in himself the union, having power over all flesh, that he should minister eternal life, so that he that believeth on the Son hath even everlasting life. “This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his

Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” Notice the next verse (1 John 5:13): “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life.”

Do you know it? I want to ask this to everyone in this house. Do you know that you have eternal life? These very things that I have read, he says he has written that we may know it. Everyone here, then, may know it by believing those words. He wants every one to know it.

Some think that to say so would be presumptive boasting. But let me ask, How many of you have sinned, and know it? “O,” you say, “there is no trouble about knowing that.” Everybody is perfectly positive, and willing to bear testimony straight off, as to what the devil has done in the flesh. I want to know if it is presumption, on the authority of the word of God, to be exactly as positive as to what Jesus Christ has done. [Congregation: Amen!] What is the use to be afraid of Christ, and not of the devil? When we rest in confidence upon the word of God, it is not presumption to know that it is true. When I come up to stand face to face with the judgment, I want some things positive; and inasmuch as we stand today face to face with the judgment. I want them positive now. [Congregation: Amen!] I bless God they are positive.

“The hour of his judgment is come.” That does not mean that we have come to a certain date simply. Read with me in the third chapter of the gospel by John. If we follow the rendering of the Revised Version, we shall, I think, see the meaning more clearly. Beginning with the sixteenth verse: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God sent not the Son into the world to judge [instead of condemn] the world: but that the world should be saved through him. He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light: for their works were evil. For everyone that doeth ill [evil] hateth the light, and cometh not to the light, lest his work should be reproved. But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made manifest, that they have been wrought in God.”

What, then, is the judgment?—That light is come into the world, and the attitude that persons take toward that light settles the matter. Light is come into the world. Some men love the darkness rather than the light, and they will not come to the light. Why?—Because if they come out into the light, they fear that their deeds will be reproved, therefore they keep hidden in the darkness. That judges them.

What is the judgment work and the judgment hour of this generation?—It is this advent message. How?—There is much light to come, and is coming, and from this day will come in more fullness than ever before. Here is light that is to come to the earth to lighten the earth more fully. How?—To lighten each individual. “Ye are the light of the world.” In all parts of the world there will be persons raised up whose light will shine forth, which light will be a condemnation of others. There will constantly be a judgment coming all the time, and the light will shine forth all the time. The full light of salvation and life is to shine forth from persons in every part of the world, under all circumstances, among every nationality, every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. That light shining out from consecrated hearts will be the judging of the world. The investigative judgment is the searching out of people everywhere, letting the light shine upon their lives, that it may be revealed who and what they are. We are in the hour of his judgment, and the very light that he has let shine here upon this people since we have been together, is the progress of the investigative judgment in our hearts. Shall we be afraid of the light because it may reprove our past course? Shall we be afraid of the fullness of the light, lest it should have to make some change in us? Walk in the light “while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.” That is the very advent message.

This is enough. Now let us act. If you have not got suggestion and help enough from our talk here, do not go away until you settle this matter. If we could have here now, not a lot of surface work, but some rock-bottom work from the heart, God himself only knows what would come to-morrow. Why not? Why keep back these things so long? Why delay? Let us settle the matter to-night. I would that every single soul here might, once for all and forever, settle this matter of personal salvation in God. Settle this matter for time and eternity, so far as we are concerned, and keep it settled.

Then light would shine forth from his word, as to the message that he would have us go out to give, and no man could measure the experience we would have in this message. I am talking facts. I am not imagining, or trying to stir somebody, only as God’s truth will stir them; but it is time we should be stirred with this truth. We have gone to sleep over it. We are in lethargy over it. We do not realize the time, and what this work is. Unsaved souls everywhere are waiting for the light of truth that God has given us, which we have not ourselves accepted! God forgive and help us, is my prayer.

Now, let us change this thing. Brethren, ministers, laymen, young, old, let it be recorded in the books of heaven that on this very night, in this very place, angels of God were here and engaged in God’s work, and that meant success from this time forward. Why not? No living soul can give an answer. Let us not argue against God and his Spirit. Let us act upon his word.

If it should take this whole night to do this, I invite every soul in this house who does not know where he stands now, to wait here and settle it with us before going. We could not spend time better than in doing so. Isn’t it so? Why, brethren, my soul is longing that this work should be done among us.

Let us have straightforward work. I would not give anything for a flight of revival feeling. Let us see where we stand. Let us think more about the solidity of our foundation and the certainty of our work than how we feel.

I believe in present salvation. That is the only kind I know about, and that is present just as long as I believe. My faith takes hold upon that. I believe Jesus Christ died for me. I know he did. I believe this very minute that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me from sin; and I have confessed my sins with the belief that God will take them away. And I testify to you, brethren, that it is a blessed thing to be free in Jesus Christ. I want everyone here to have that experience, and that will settle a thousand questions that trouble our hearts. So do not let one soul go away from this

house to-night who is not sure, in this hour of God’s judgment, that he stands clear and free in Jesus Christ.

MISSIONARY TALK

B. J. CADY

April 9, 9 A.M.

About eight years ago I went to the islands of the sea, going out on the “Pitcairn.” During the time I have spent all my time among the islands until we returned to America a few months ago. We first visited the island of Pitcairn. We then called at the Tuamotu or Lower Archipelago; then at the Society Islands, farther to the west. I have also visited the Gambier Islands, about three hundred miles from the island of Pitcairn.

I had an idea, when I left for the islands of the sea, that things were quite different from what I found them to be. And I find that my brethren and sisters in general have had the same experience. I remember hearing one of our missionaries, who went with us to the islands, say he supposed that about all that was necessary to do in order to convert the islanders was to point his finger at them. And he supposed, as many others do, that the islands would be a very easy field. As one brother said to me just before I left for the islands, “I wish I could go, too, because I feel that if I were there, I would be appreciated.” This is the opinion of many people who have gone to the islands. They seem to think that if they can only get there, that people, not knowing nearly as much as they do, will appreciate them, and they will be able to do great things for them. While we have had quite a large number of missionaries go to those islands, at the present time we find that most of them have returned. I remember hearing one of them say, “I think that I shall like it real well down there, because I like to travel. I don’t care very much about staying at home, and I am not one of the lonely kind, but I enjoy traveling.” I have found that when these people reach the islands, they want to travel home just about as fast as they can go. The island missionary work is no light thing. There is nothing sentimental about it. It means earnest, hard labor.

I will give you a little description of the islanders, showing you something of their ways and customs. Only a little over a hundred years ago they were all worshiping devils; they were worshiping idols of stone and wood. Christianity has had its influence upon them; yet many of those who have gone to those fields to labor for the islanders, instead of following the instructions of God, and making it a heart work, have simply tried to get their dark brothers into their ranks, and have not looked after the people more than to see them converted to God. So it is that in the Society Islands, the islands where we have been, it matters not in regard to whether they may belong to the church or not, they all, from the drunkard on the street to the pastor in the church, pray to God. Whenever they go out to sea, they make prayers. I remember of traveling from one island to another, and I think they offered at different times about seven or eight different prayers before they went into the harbor; but as soon as they could get inside the harbor, the chief man of the schooner arose, and said, “Now, friends, be careful that you do not steal anything. Be careful you do not steal;” and we found that there were a great many lost things. Yet all of these men were professed Christians, whose names were on the church book, and they seemed to think that there was no wrong in taking something which belongs to someone else, and keeping it. Of course they do not call it stealing as long as they are the ones who are doing it.

I doubt if this class of people know or not whether they are Christians. They practice many heathenish rites, and have many heathenish customs. For instance, I remember one time of being in Raiatea, and hearing one of the deacons of a church say that they were going down to a certain district to find all the devils that were in there. I asked him if I might go with him. He said I might go. There were six or seven hundred persons gathered together to see the devil; and as he was, supposedly, found in various stones and shells, they gathered them together to burn them up. So they went here and there in different places looking for shells, and the man who claimed to be at the head of this work would say, “Now this is the shell that has the devil in.” These shells were then gathered together, taken to a fire, and placed upon the wood. As they would snap (you know how stones do snap when they are hot), the people would say, “Hear the devil; hear the devil. He is going out now!”

And all this is done in the name of Christianity. In fact, the deacon who had charge of this work, offered prayer and read passages of Scripture before he began.

We have found among the people where we have been, that there are those who walk over hot stones. They claim that they have the power to walk through fire and over hot stones, just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had. They walk over red-hot stones, and then say, “Do you not see that it was done through this power of God? Do you not see that it is a manifestation of the Lord?” We find this right in their every-day experience. They have a great many different practices mixed in with their religion. Before they walk over these red-hot stones, they pray to God to help them; but they pray to the god that has charge of the heavens and the fire to come down and cool those hot stones as they shall pass over them. It is not done in the name of Christ.

Voice: Do they walk over those stones with their bare feet or with shoes?

B. J. Cady: They go barefooted. They wear no shoes in that part of the country. I have examined the feet of forty or fifty persons, and find that they were not scorched in the least. Just before they would start to do this, I have taken some green leaves and thrown them on these stones, and they would burn instantly. So there was an abundance of heat there.

Voice: Would they walk over the stones fast or slowly?

B. J. Cady: They would walk just as I do now [illustrating], just as deliberately. The only thing I know about it is that it is not done in the name of God, because the men who do these things are not men of God. They are men who are evil in their habits. It has seemed to me as if perhaps this practice were the old heathen custom that was practiced in the days of old, of which the Lord said, “Ye shall not cause your sons and daughters to pass through the fire after the manner of the heathen.”

Working in a field of this kind is not like working in a field where the people are civilized. We find the people have everything to learn, and instead of a person going there and expecting to be appreciated, he must go with a willingness on his part to be thought nothing of, and to give up all for Christ’s sake and to save these souls. The Lord has precious souls there to be saved just as well as in other parts of the world.

When we arrived at Raiatea, the people asked us to remain with them to teach them the truth. We began to teach them as best we could. We had to learn the Raiatean language before we could speak to them. We found in a short time many of them saying, “Well, what we want, before we accept your religion, is that you shall write to your uncle, or to the president of the United States, and ask him to send over a number of men-of-war here, and drive away our enemies, and then we will accept your religion. That is how they feel about things of this kind. Their first thought is what they can get that will help them at the present time.

We began to labor for them. We had a school of about 120 or 125 enrolled upon our list of students, and we found that among these there were many bright boys and girls who seemed to learn as quickly as many of the children do here in America. We found the more we labored for them, the more the children seemed to appreciate, and the more the fathers and mothers seemed to think of it. I remember when I first spoke to them about teaching them, and began to talk about getting books, and about a house where we could teach them, they said, “You do not need any house; you do not need any books. All you need to do is just take a stick, and write out the letters on the sand, and then just teach them from that how to read; and the children can sit down any place outside, and you can teach them in that way.”

When Brother Gates came to visit us the second time, when we were leaving Tahiti and going to Raiatea, he said, “Brother Cady, I breathe easier now. Every time I come to this island it seems as if the state of morality is such, vice is so prevalent here, that it even has its influence upon the atmosphere. It seems as if it presses one’s soul, and makes one long to get away.”

A person who goes to the islands of the sea to labor, moving only by impulse, is very liable to find that when he gets down there, the impulse leaves him; and he is liable, to a greater or less extent, to imbibe the ideas of the natives. But the Lord has people there, and he desires to save them.

After a time we came to the conclusion that it would be better for us to take some of those young people into our homes, and try to educate them in that way. So we began to take some of the children. I remember the second boy that I took. He was about twelve years of age. He had stolen a pig the night before I took him; and I considered that he was one of the best boys there. When I was taking him home, some people said: “What are you going to do with that dog?” That is the expression he used. He said, “It is perfectly useless to try to do anything to help them. Others have tried it, and have found it useless. You can spend time and means, if you wish, upon them, but you will find that it will be with sorrow to your soul at last.”

Well, we took the boy, and brought him to our home. We began to teach him the English, and how to print. And I can say, to the glory of God, that it was not a great while until one of the men who was finding fault with me about this, said, “Well, Mr. Cady, I think you have got a good boy. I would like to have him come and stay with me now.” It was not a great while until the boy began to speak English quite well. Then we sent him to a French school for a time, trying to give him an education in French, and he became one of our most useful helpers in getting out the printed matter.

Just before we left Tahiti to come here, people came to me, and said, “Mr. Cady, the children we have sent to Europe to be educated come home, and they seem to lose all their civilization; they go right back to the native ways. But the children you have been teaching seem to be of a different kind. They behave themselves when they walk up and down the streets, and they know how to appear in society; and they are trying to be Christians.”

One of the near relatives of the former queen of Tahiti said, “Mr. Cady, I like to hear you speak; I like to hear you talk to us in regard to the truth; but of all the meetings, I enjoy those best where the young men and women testify for Christ. If I had had those influences placed around me when I was a girl, how much better off I might have been than I am to-day. How many of these vile habits which I have been practicing never would have been indulged by me. And it makes me long to become a true child of God.”

God is able to reach the hearts of even the darkest people. He has souls who are down in sin and wickedness, who need to be lifted up; and the question is not, What can we do to have an easy time? but what can we do to help those who most need help?

At the present time we have four church organizations there. Of course that is not a great many, but I think God has worked for that people; and I believe that the Lord is going to work more for them. We have about eighty church members there, and there are about one hundred and fifty who claim to keep the Sabbath, with their children. I read in Isaiah 42. See what the Lord says here in regard to Christ: “Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my Spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench; he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.”

Brethren, if the Lord is not discouraged, I do not think we have any reason to be. Let us go to work in that way. Let us remember that Christ does not get discouraged; let us take right hold and work individually, and I believe God will give us success. I do not mean by this that we shall see thousands of souls turning to the present truth; but I believe, brethren, we shall see the honest ones brought out, and a people prepared for the coming of the Lord. May the Lord bless us, and give us a real burden for his work in every branch, that when he comes, we may be among those who have faithfully done their duties here, that we may be saved in his kingdom.

THE WEST INDIA MISSION FIELD

A. J. HAYSMER

April 10, 9:15 A.M.

I will call attention to a very familiar text: “And he said unto them. Go ye into all the world.” This text has been emphasized at this meeting, but I want you to look at it once more. Christ speaks in this text, saying, “Go ye into all the world,” and my heart has been made to rejoice since coming to this meeting to see that we are getting our minds away from some of these congested places, and are looking at the whole world. Instead of making oceans separate mission fields, we now begin to see them simply as highways by which to pass from one field to another. A good brother came to me the other day, and said he was getting a burden for the missionary work. He was

getting a burden to go abroad. He said he was just waiting for the Lord to tell him to go.

But the Lord has not only told us to go into all the world, but this commission was the very last word of Jesus to men before returning to heaven.

I believe the Lord told me to go, and I am glad he gave me courage to pull up and go, I have never for one moment regretted the step either. Some of the brethren told me I had better be careful, for if I should go down to those fields where there are no other workers to counsel with, I would make a failure, and they said, “You know what that means.” But, brethren, when God says, “Go,” and we go, and God goes with us, our work is not going to be a failure.

Do you think that there is need of our going into all the world? I have hurriedly composed a chart of calculations, which I will present. I do not know that it is exactly correct, but I have been studying about the matter somewhat of late:—

One minister in the world to1,811,963
One minister in Asia and East
Indies to
290,833,333
One minister in Africa to9,074,169
One minister in Mexico to6,300,000
One minister in Europe to4,452,381
One minister in South America to2,713,333
One minister in the West India
mission field to
1,107,927
One minister in Ontario to883,333
One minister in Australasia to206,933
One minister in the United States to107,936
One minister in Michigan to37,122

Thus it will be seen that if all our ministers, ordained and licentiates, were spread over the world equally, we should have one minister to 1,811,963 persons. Can one minister do the work as the Lords wants it done among that number of people?—I do not think he can. In Asia and the East Indies we have one minister to 290,833,333 persons. Think of that! Can one minister over in Asia and the East Indies preach the third angel’s message to that many persons before we expect the Lord to come?

My heart has been stirred as I have heard at this meeting that we are going to spread out over the world. If the workers were divided equally all over the world, Michigan would have but one and one-third workers. God wants us to know that he says, “Go ye into all the world.” If the United States had no more ministers accordingly than Asia and the East Indies, it would have less than one third of a worker. We would have to have three times as many people in the United States as we have now in order for us to claim one worker.

Now, brethren, just a few words in regard to the field of my labors. I have been laboring for the last eight years in the West Indian Mission field. Upon our arrival there, we found six or seven who were keeping the Sabbath. We soon found conditions that decided us to work in a very quiet way for a time. So we bent all our energies to getting our papers, tracts, and books into the hands of the people. Our literature has since literally covered the island. No district is now without it.

In the island of Jamaica alone there are nearly one thousand who profess to love this truth. The work is now well started in other places, especially in Trinidad. The work has also extended to Barbados, the Antilles, and other places.

Each island is a little world of itself, and so must be worked as circumstances develop, because everything is so different. The people are poor, and it is hard to get them to accept the truth. In some of these islands the people do not own a foot of land. All the island is owned by perhaps a dozen or fifteen men over in England, and it is consequently managed by agents. All the people are dependent upon these men for work. They will buy our small books and read them; and many believe the truth. But there is not another They can not buy any land to work; they can not do anything only work for these land agents, and they will not let them keep the Sabbath. But, brethren, we are looking for a change in the West Indies, when those who are bound down will be set free in some way; and I believe the seed is being sown, from which such a harvest will be reaped.

We have a good start in Trinidad. The Lord is blessing in Barbados. That island has been literally covered with out literature, so that our agents there will soon go to other islands. Hard times have come in; they have had cyclones that have swept everything down. Some of our agents go out for a whole week, and come in with their faces glowing. We ask them how much they have made. Seventy-five cents,—a dollar at the outside. But they have had some glorious visits, and have come in beaming with brightness, because the Lord is blessing their work. They are not laboring for money in those islands. Right through here, in Montserrat, St. Kitts, St. Martin, the islands are right in the line of hurricanes. And one little island, Montserrat, had five hundred earthquakes in a year. One storm washed everything away that it could reach; and one terrible cyclone that passed over it, broke down all the fruit.

We could not keep agents there. We wanted to help support some agents, and keep them there; but we could not manage it just at the time. So we had to take all our agents out of those islands, and bring them over here in St. Kitts, Barbuda, Antigua, Tobago, and Trinidad. So all our agents now, with the exception of one who is in Santa Cruz, a Danish island, have had to be taken out, because of the hard times.

While in St. Kitts the other day, I went up where people were working on an estate. There was an old woman, as old as my mother, one limb all swollen up, perhaps eight inches across it, and she was working with one of those great heavy English hoes. I said to her, “Mother, how much do you make a day?” “Oh,” she said, “last week I made forty cents. I am getting old, and I can not work quite as hard as the younger ones.”

There are thousands in those islands who are just as poor as that, but they are as anxious for this third angel’s message as any others, and more so, because they feel the oppressions of this world, and long for something better. They can not buy our books. What do we want?—O, we want our brethren in America, or wherever they may be, to open up their hearts, and give us plenty of little leaflets, plenty of papers, so that we can give them to these people, and say, “Here, take this home and read it. There is something in there that will do you good,—something in there that speaks of a country better than this. Take it home and read it.” We want a plenty of literature like that, brethren.

Well, the Lord is blessing, and in the West Indies to-day we have about 1,500 Sabbath-keepers. But, you say, what per cent of those do you count on?—Brethren, we don’t count that way. We labor for them, set the truth before them, and believe that God will take care of the rest. We think that they will average as well as in any other place in this world. We have hardly touched Central America, Columbia, Venezuela, the Guianas, or Hayti. In fact, we have no worker in Hayti at all;

we have no workers in Cuba; nor in Porto Rico; we have no workers in the French islands, but there are people in those places who are seeking for the third angel’s message. There were two sisters at San Domingo who were desirous of being baptized. But there was a little difficulty between the two republics, and I was not allowed to land there, so I had to come away and leave them. There are enough English-speaking people there so that a person could work among the English until he could learn the Spanish language. What does the Lord say? He says, Go. I know that he means me. Does he mean you?

I am glad that God is in this work. As I look over the fields I want the Lord to come, and put an end to all this sin, misery, and woe, that we see everywhere. Brethren, the Lord is waiting for us to do our duty; but he is not going to wait much longer. O, may he let his Spirit rest upon his people at this Conference, so that plans will be laid to carry this message to every island of the sea, to every corner of the earth!

Our needs in the West Indies are great. We need Spanish and French workers. We ought to enter Cuba and the French islands; we should enter hayti, a French portion of the islands; we want to enter San Domingo, Porto Rico, Martinique, and Guadeloupe, all French Catholic islands. They are just steeped in sin and iniquity; but there are some noble souls whom God wants us to gather out.

Where are the young men who are studying Spanish, and getting ready for the Spanish field? Where are the young and strong minds that are studying French to enter these French fields? Where are the men and women that are consecrating themselves to God, in order to enter every needy field? May the Lord let us see glimpses of his glory; may he give us his Holy Spirit, so that we may know just what he wants us to do, and just how he wants us to do it. May he help us to do this work with all our might, because the Lord is soon coming to gather up his jewels.

“Men often think they are getting the earth, when, in fact, the earth is getting them, like the drunken man who thinks the earth is flying up into his face, when, instead, his face has fallen against the ground.”

“Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity.”

A LETTER. PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD, B. W. I

March 21, 1901.

Foreign Mission Board, Battle Creek, Mich., U. S. A.

Dear Brethren: I have just received a letter from Sister E. G. White, in which she says, “Keep your work and its needs before the General Conference. Write them freely.” This gives me courage to say a little more on the condition of things here.

Since writing before, we have started the tent in Tunapuna. We had to wear out the rabble before the people could hear very much. But the Spirit of Christ prevailed. I have as help C. D. Adamson, two young men from Port of Spain church, and two from San Fernando. These two last mentioned have had some experience in the Wesleyan church work, and seem to offer a fair prospect to grow. Also this week a young man has yielded to the truth, and wishes to enter the work. He has read our literature for eight years. No one has labored with him. The decision is entirely his own. He was sent here by the A. M. E. Conference to open a mission. But after a time he closed it, and the bishop came to reopen it. This he failed to do, and the next day after he left, the man accepted the Sabbath. Of course we do not wish to hold out any pecuniary inducement to any, but test their sincerity.

Those at the tent have been told that they will get a little more than their board for a few weeks, and then they can not expect permanent work. But if they are fit for the Master’s use, he will set them to work. I have offered this last man mentioned the same thing. He has not answered yet. I could get a dozen to enter the work, if I could pay them even common wages. But they would be in the way. We want men who will prepare their hearts, as did Ezra, and who can be trusted in any place,—men who will be true; who will do the work assigned, and bear their burdened, or be found dead under it. But they must be taught and tested and also trained.

The letter referred to says: “Better train laborers on the spot if possible. They can do a work among their own people that we can not. Then with some help from America who can do some work that they can not, the cause advances.” I am very thankful for this, and also for the privilege of the money I am permitted to use in this way, and it ought to be more. But the prospect is fair to see good results.

If another man is available, we shall shout for joy. If we can extend the work of training these mentioned above, we shall feel that it is really a thing of more importance. It is a laborious task. But if successful, as God only can make it, it will be a greater benefit to the work, and produce a more lasting effect, and larger results for the same outlay.

I know we must have small ideas of our ability, and not trust to men too much. But this must only cause us to keep near to the Lord, and not decline the burden.

Oh, I wish the call of the work could be sensed by the people. I am sure they would be blessed in taking hold to help.

It has thus far been impossible to get a proper place to worship in Port of Spain. To build will require a large outlay; but that is the only thing to do. At present we are surrounded with the vilest. Often loud quarrels, sometimes ending in fights, drown the sound of the gospel. The only way out of this difficulty, to continue the work, and honor the cause, is to build a church. And it will not be wise to make it small, as we are growing too fast to make this safe. I hope the brethren will think what will be the best thing for them to do. We are truly in a strait. May the Lord bless the General Conference with wisdom and grace.

Yours in the blessed hope,

L. M. CROWTHER.

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Demand more of yourself than anybody else demands of you. Keep your own standard high. Never excuse yourself. Be a hard master to yourself, but lenient to everybody else.”

“We should not be discouraged because we are tempted, for our Master himself was tempted. It is not the temptation, but the yielding, which is sin: while the resistance strengthens the character.”

ERRATA

On page 184 of the Bulletin, 2nd column, 3rd paragraph, 6th line, the word “not” should read “now.”

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