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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 4

April 3, 1901 - EXTRA NO. 1

GENERAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN,
PUBLISHED QUARTERLY BY

The Seventh-day Adventist General Conference

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Entered at the post office in Battle Creek, Michigan, FIRST QUARTER, 1901.

ORDER OF BUSINESS FOR APRIL 3

Outline of topics to be considered at 10:30 and 3 o’clock periods:—

The Message: W. W. Prescott.
The Field: A. G. Daniells.
The Training of Workers: Dr. J. H. Kellogg.
The Need and Proper Use of Funds: I. H. Evans.

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

FIRST MEETING, TUESDAY, 9 A. M., APRIL 2.

Thirty-fourth Session (seventh biennial session) of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, convened at Battle Creek, Mich., April 2, 1901, at 9:00 A. M.

No. 104 of the Hymn Book was sung to open the meeting. Elder J. N. Loughborough read the 106th psalm for a scripture lesson, and Elder S. N. Haskell prayed, as follows:—

“Heavenly Father, we present ourselves before thee for thy blessing to rest upon us. We thank thee, O Lord! for thy sparing mercy that has been over us, and that we have this privilege of meeting once more in this General Conference under circumstances so favorable; and we pray, in a special manner that thou wilt come into our midst, and that thou wilt preside over us. We ask O Lord! that thou wilt work for us as thou didst for the disciples in early days. We are convinced that we have reached a time when we need more of thy Holy Spirit. We need a baptism of thy Spirit as the disciples had on the day of Pentecost: and we pray that thou wilt help us individually so to relate ourselves to thee that we can receive in large measure of thy Holy Spirit, that this Conference may be a success in the name of the Lord.

“O God! we pray thy blessing to rest in a special manner upon those that bear responsibilities during this Conference. Remember him that may preside over it. Remember each individual, we pray thee, upon whom thy providence has laid, or may lay, responsibilities. We ask God to be our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification, and our redemption.

“We thank thee, O God! that we have some part in the work that thou thyself hast inaugurated, and that thou hast brought out a people thus far. We pray that thou wilt point the right way before this people, and not only bless us who have assembled on this occasion, but remember thy people in every part of the world. O God! send forth thy light and thy spirit to enlighten and sustain, and to give success to the work in every portion of this world. We believe the time has come when new fields should be entered—new plans should be laid. We ask God to lead in all these things, and may there be within these walls a heavenly influence that surrounds us, and that comes from thee. Encircle us, we pray thee, and this congregation, by thine own power; and may there be angels that surround us, to keep back every influence that is not from thee, that Satan’s power may be paralyzed, and that God may be glorified.

“We commit ourselves to thee. We thank thee that thou hearest the prayers of thy people, and that thou hast a care for thy people here upon the earth. Accept us in Christ this morning. We believe that thou dost do this, O Lord! Let angels stand by each individual, we pray thee, that has a part to act in this Conference—each delegate, and those friends that have come in. O Holy Father! we pray that there may be a manifestation of thy power. And we ask thee to forgive us our sins—our neglect to move as we should in the past, to follow in thine opening providence, and understand the mind of thy Spirit. O Lord! forgive the past, and in the righteousness of Christ, accept us and bring us nearer and nearer to thyself: and when the conflict is over, and thou gatherest thy people, grant us each a part with thee, to meet around thy throne.

“We ask these favors through Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.”

The congregation sang hymn No. 767, after which the President of the General Conference, Elder G. A. Irwin, made the following introductory remarks to the business of the meeting:—

“We have come to the time of the opening of our General Conference, the thirty-fourth session of this body. I think it is hardly necessary for me to say to the delegates and brethren assembled, in view of the time of great peril in which we are living, and in which we are convened to consider the important interests of the cause of God, that this will be the most important Conference ever held by the Seventh-day Adventist people.

“Now it is not my purpose to take up any time this morning speaking to you,

because the time of this session of the Conference is very limited. There is much that needs to be done, and that must be done; so I do not feel like trespassing upon the time to any great extent; but I would like to express this thought right in the beginning: I trust that each delegate in this Conference will feel the burden of responsibility that rests upon him as an individual. The few who may take part in the discussions—those who shall be called to preside, or to take an active part in the meeting—will not be sufficient to do the work that is to be done; and it will not be enough for a few men to feel the burden, and to be seeking the Lord in prayer for his constant and abiding presence with us in our council; but it seems to me that if we shall meet the mind of God in this Conference, it will be necessary for every soul to seek God earnestly,—to seek the Lord as we have not done hitherto, that he may reveal to us whatever is wrong in our individual lives, that it may be put away from us; so that the Spirit of God can rest upon us as individuals without measure. If this is accomplished by us as individuals, the Spirit of God will rest upon the body collectively. And we are certainly in a time when we can not afford to move a single step unless we know for a certainty that God is leading the way.

“Therefore in the beginning I say: I trust that a spirit of prayer will come into all hearts,—not only the hearts of the delegates, but also of the visiting brethren who shall attend from day to day. I trust that such a spirit will pervade the entire Conference that it will be sensibly felt as soon as we have entered the house. God has promised, brethren, when we come together in these gatherings, to shut us in, to shadow us with a canopy of angels; and it is our privilege at this time to have this Spirit of God around us a wall of fire, to shut us in from the attacks of the enemy. So I trust that each one will feel the responsibility of this Conference resting upon his shoulders, so that if any evil thing comes in, it will not come in through him.

Now we will proceed at once to the organization of the Conference. The Secretary will call the roll of delegates as they have been sent in, calling the roll by States. The committee appointed to have charge of seating the delegates have done their work, and I trust you will all feel satisfied with the arrangement that has been made.

“The Secretary will now proceed to call the roll.”

The Secretary then called the roll, as follows:—

DELEGATES TO THE THIRTY-FOURTH SESSION OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE

Arkansas, 300. A. E. Field.

Atlantic, 856. A. E. Place, E. E. Franke. (Alternate: C. H. Keslake.)

British, 616. W. W. Prescott, E. J. Waggoner.

California, 4,485. C. Santee, J. J. Ireland, R. S. Owen, M. H. Brown, C. M. Gardner, J. W. Bagby, George Snyder, H. H. Hall, N. C. McClure, C. N. Martin, A. L. Lingle.

Central European, 658. L. R. Conradi.

Chesapeake, 630. O. O. Farnsworth, J. H. Neall.

Colorado, 2,200. George F. Watson, M. Mackintosh, W. W. Hills, H. L. Hoover, Watson Ziegler.

Cumberland, 394. (To be admitted.) Smith Sharp.

Dakota, 1,607. W. T. Millman, S. A. Hill, H. R. Johnson, W. G. Kneeland.

Denmark, 586. N. P. Nelson, J. C. Ottosen.

Florida, 269. Irving Keck.

German, 1,951. L. R. Conradi, L. Mathe, G. W. Schubert, Paul Roth.

Illinois, 1,692. N. W. Kauble, R. F. Andrews, J. P. Henderson, Charles Thompson.

Indiana, 2,194. R. S. Donnell, A. L. Miller, P. G. Stanley, S. S. Davis, A. L. Chew.

Iowa, 3,672. E. E. Gardner, C. A. Washburn, C. F. Stevens, E. G. Olsen, J. W. Adams, L. F. Starr, J. W. Dorcas.

Kansas, 3,000. J. W. Westphal, G. G. Rupert, C. A. Beeson, P. P. Gaede, A. E. Johnson, W. F. Surber.

Maine, 524. H. C. Basney, H. H. Dexter.

Michigan, 7,122. J. D. Gowell, M. J. Cornell, H. D. Day, S. E. Wight. S. M. Butler, W. C. Hebner, E. I. Beebe, M. C. Guild, W. R. Matthews, C. N. Sanders, E. Leland, Wm. Ostrander, S. F. Svensson, E. R. Williams, R. E. Horton.

Minnesota, 2,622. C. W. Flaiz, C. M. Everest, J. J. Graf, C. L. Emmerson, Fred Johnson, H. S. Shaw, A. Meade.

Missouri, 2,415. J. M. Rees, R. C. Porter, H. M. Stewart, James Cochran, H. K. Willis.

Montana, 339.

New England, 1,150. S. A. Farnsworth, E. E. Miles, D. B. Parmelee.

Nebraska, N. P. Nelson, L. Warren, G. H. Smith, O. S. Ferren, Fred Anderson.

New Zealand, 452. F. Jenks.

New York, 1,638. G. B. Thompson, A. O. Burrill, S. B. Whitney, J. W. Raymond.

New South Wales, 560.

North Pacific, 2,200. H. W. Decker, J. M. Cole, W. R. Simmons.

Norway, 660. O. A. Olsen.

Ohio, 2,300. A. G. Haughey, E. J. Van Horn, H. H. Burkholder, J. W. Loughhead, Ida M. Walters.

Oklahoma, 815. C. McReynolds, M. H. Gregory, G. F. Hoffman.

Ontario, 415. (To be admitted.) F. D. Starr.

Pennsylvania, 1,743. R. A. Underwood, L. S. Wheeler, S. S. Shrock, C. Meleen.

Quebec, 200. I. N. Williams.

Queensland, 226. (To be admitted.)

South Africa, 400. I. J. Hankins.

Sweden, 741. O. A. Olsen.

South Australia, 193. (To be admitted.)

Tennessee River, 400. W. J. Stone.

Texas, 1,200. E. T. Russell, W. S. Greer, J. B. Blosser. (Alternates: J. B. Beckner, H. B. French.)

Upper Columbia, 1,175. G. W. Reaser, E. L. Stewart, A. G. Christianson, S. A. Anderson. (Alternates: Dr. J. R. Leadsworth, I. C. Colcord.)

Vermont, 532. J. W. Watt, T. H. Purdon.

Virginia, 300. R. D. Hottel.

Victoria, 472. (Name changed from Central Australian.)

West Virginia, 300. S. M. Cobb.

Wisconsin, 3,513. W. S. Shreve, C. J. Herrmann, N. P. Nielsen, J. C. Mikkelsen, T. B. Snow, Wm. Covert, S. D. Hartwell.

DELEGATES AT LARGE

N. W. AlleeJ. W. Loughead
W. A. AlwayC. C. Lewis
A. J. BreedM. W. Lewis
M. H. BrownGeo. E. Langdon
W. T. BlandS. H. Lane
Geo. I. ButlerSaraMcEnterfer
C. P. BollmanJ. H. Morrison
A. W. BartlettAllen Moon
Mrs. G. H. BaberH. M. Mitchell
E. S. ButzP. T. Magan
H. W. CottrellL. T. Nicola
M. E. CadyB. E. Nicola
G. W. CavinessAndrew Nelson
B. J. CadyB. R. Nordyke
C. M. ChristiansenO. A. Olsen
Adelaide B. CooperR. S. Owen
S. N. CurtissH. E. Osborne
A. G. DaniellsSarah Peck
H. J. DirksenMrs. L. Flora
Guy DailPlummer
I. H. EvansF. I. Richardson
W. H. EdwardsD. W. Reabis
I. A. FordW. D. Salisbury
F. GriggsE. L. Stewart
L. A. HoopesE. A. Sutherland
S. N. HaskellL. C. Sheafe
Mrs. S. N. HaskellL. A. Smith
H. P. HolserH. Shultz
A. F. HarrisonA. Swedberg
S. B. HortonW. H. Saxby
Estella HouserW. A. Spicer
A. J. HaysmerJ. L. Shaw
B. L. HoweU. Smith
G. A. IrwinC. A. Thorp
Mrs. G. A. IrwinW. H. Thurston
C. W. IrwinN. Z. Town
C. H. JonesT. Valentiner
A. T. JonesI. D. Van Horn
J. O. JohnstonM. C. Wilcox
S. M. JacobsW. C. White
Lewis JohnsonMrs. E. G. White
J. E. JayneJ. E. White
Mrs. Carrie R. KingWm. Woodford
R. M. KilgoreA. O. Wilson
W. T. KnoxF. H. Westphal
J. H. KelloggJ. H. Watson
J. N. LoughboroughDavid Paulson

The following-named persons were not present at roll-call of first meeting:—

M. H. BrownW. T. Bland
Geo. I. ButlerC. P. Bollman
B. R. NordykeH. E. Osborne
Dr. D. PaulsonD. W. Reavis
S. M. ButlerE. Leland
Wm. OstranderE. A. Sutherland
H. ShultzT. Valentiner
E. R. WilliamsN. P. Nelson (Neb.)
Fred AndersonM. H. Gregory
E. E. FrankeR. S. Owen (Cal.)
O. S. FerrenW. R. Simmons
G. F. HaffnerL. Mathe
G. W. SchubertPaul Roth
R. F. AndrewsJ. P. Henderson
R. S. DonnellS. S. Davis
A. L. ChewE. G. Olsen
J. W. AdamsJ. W. Dorcas

The President then asked if there were any new Conferences to be admitted—State or territorial.

A. G. Daniells: In behalf of the Union Conference of Australasia, I wish to state that there are two Conferences there that wish to be admitted. They are Queensland and South Australia. I have asked brethren from that field to speak regarding these Conferences. Elder W. C. White will speak in behalf of the Queensland Conference.

W. C. White: Mr. Chairman, I take pleasure in formally introducing to this General Conference the Queensland Conference. It is already a member of the family, through its adoption into the Australasian Union Conference. The territory covered by this new Conference is about 668,000 square miles; or, to put in a more convenient phrase, it is six and two-thirds times the size of the State of Colorado. Colorado has just about 100,000 square miles, and is a very convenient block by which to measure other areas. The population of Queensland is a little less than half a million -482,400. The Conference was organized in October, 1899. It now has 6 churches, and 270 members. There are 2 ministers laboring in the Conference—Elder George Teasdale, and Elder Herbert Lacey. There are 3 licensed preachers, and 9 canvassers. The tithes of this Conference in the year 1900 amounted to $3,047.44; average for each member, $11.28. In this Conference there is a staff of workers—all persons embraced in the work of the cause. There are quite a number engaged in various lines. There are two bath-houses in operation in the Colony. In this Conference, as in all our Australasian Conferences, we have a book depository, and a well-organized tract and missionary department.

There are one or two characteristic features that would be of interest to you. One relates to the history of the Conference. The territory was large, and far distant from other groups of Sabbath-keepers, and it seemed desirable to organize at an early date; but in doing so, we would seem to transgress some of the precedents of waiting organization until we had reached three fourths. One is a membership of sufficient size to carry forward the work independently. We saw plainly that the interests of the field would be advanced by local government: but that, financially, it was not able to stand the load. Therefore we varied from the ordinary plan, and organized the Conference, with the understanding that it should have financial aid. Heretofore the Union Conference had been expending about two hundred pounds upon the field, and it was thought that by organization it would be able to do with one hundred; so the Conference has been having the privilege of self-government. As it gains in experience and strength, the amount expended by the Union Conference each year diminishes.

Another feature of interest regarding the Queensland work, is the character of its territory. It is naturally three great States, and you who are familiar with Australasian issues know that politically there is an agitation to divide it into three great States. The size of the territory is sufficient for three great States. And here are three groups of population, each reaching out their hands and pleading for the message, and two ministers to minister to these three great sections. We pray God that he may put it into the heart of some strong Conference to pray and to work for these unoccupied territories.

G. A. Irwin: You have heard the report in regard to the Queensland Conference. What is your pleasure with reference to its admission to this body?

O. A. Olsen: I move that we accept the request, and that it be made a member of this Conference.

W. T. Knox: I second the motion.

G. A. Irwin: It has been moved and seconded that the Queensland Conference become a member of this Conference. Are you ready for the question? As many as favor this motion will say Aye. Opposed, No. It is a unanimous vote.

A. G. Daniells asked W. D. Salisbury to introduce the South Australian Conference.

W. D. Salisbury: The South Australian Conference also wishes to be represented at this Conference. What Brother White has said about the Queensland Conference applies quite largely to the South Australian Conference. The area is larger—903,690 square miles, while the population is considerably smaller—370,700. This Conference was organized in November, 1899. Three churches are reported, although I believe at the present time there are one or two more. The membership is 211. There are two ministers, one licentiate, three Bible workers, and eight canvassers; so in respect to dearth of laborers, it is similar to Queensland. All the workers are colonial, except one Bible worker. The tithe for 1900 was $2,254, an average for each member of $10.68. The receipts for the year were more than the expenditures. A bath-house is being maintained in Adelaide, and is meeting with success in its work.

O. A. Olsen: I would also move that we accord the South Australian Conference a hearty welcome into this Conference.

The motion was seconded by R. M. Kilgore, and the Conference unanimously voted to admit South Australia into the sisterhood of Conferences.

N. W. Allee: I present to you for admission the Cumberland Conference, in General Conference District 2.

The following report is presented by the president of the Conference:-

The Cumberland Conference, embracing eastern Tennessee and eastern Kentucky, with a population of a little over two million people, and an area of something over 75,000 square miles, was organized by Elder George A. Irwin Sept. 14, 1900, adopting the constitution recommended by the General Conference. It contains seven churches, with a membership of some less than 400. There are also three unorganized companies and several isolated families and individuals of our faith. The tithe is a little over $4,000 per annum. The Conference has one ordained minister and two licentiates and six licensed missionaries. There are two meeting houses and a liberal supply of tents belonging to the Conference and a tent and camp meeting fund of $180. The Tract and Missionary Society which was organized at the same time has its headquarters at Lexington, Ky., is unincumbered, and doing a good business. The canvassing work is in a prosperous condition. One canvasser in a single day in a rural district in eastern Kentucky sold over $100 worth last summer, and we have plenty of territory for this work yet unentered. It is with pleasure that I now comply with the expressed wish of the Conference and respectfully request that the Cumberland Conference be admitted as a member of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

SMITH SHARP.
Delegate.

Upon motion, it was unanimously voted to admit the Cumberland Conference into the General Conference, and receive its delegate, Elder Smith Sharp.

A. J. Breed: I wish to present to this body the Ontario Conference, organized into a Conference at London, Ontario, during their camp meeting held in June, 1899. At the time of its organization, there were 7 organized churches, with a membership of about 350: and 8 unorganized companies. They now have 15 churches, nearly 500 members, 6 ministers, 1 licentiate, 6 Bible workers, and 11 canvassers. A Sabbath-school association and a tract society are in active operation. The population of Ontario is over two million, and in the Province there is an excellent class of people. The work in Ontario has been carried on for a number of years by Michigan and the General Conference, until in 1899, when it was thought advisable by the General Conference Committee, all things being favorable, that the Conference be organized. I move that Ontario be admitted to this General Conference, and their delegate, Elder F. D. Starr, who is here, be seated.

The motion was seconded, and carried unanimously.

The Chair: The Conference seems now to be fully and completely organized. The roll of delegates has been called, and those who are present have responded to their names; and the Conferences organized since our last biennial session have now been admitted. I have a brief address which I would like to present at this time:-

President’s Address

To the Delegates and Brethren Assembled in General Conference: Greeting.

Two years more of probationary time are in the past, and we are again brought face to face in another General Conference. The biennial period just closed has been the most eventful in the fulfillment of the sure word of prophecy of any similar period of time in the history of the third angel’s message. This time has been characterized by cruel and bloody wars, involving nearly all the principal powers of the Old World as well as the United States. In these wars many thousands of human lives have been destroyed: two republics have been overthrown; the oldest kingdom in the world has been brought to the verge of dismemberment, and virtually under the dictation and denomination of “The Powers;” millions of dollars have been, and are still being, spent in war equipments, to carry out the ambitious, covetous desires of men and nations to extend their borders, and make themselves a name in the earth.

During this time the religious world has been no less active. We recall the formation of at least six separate and distinct organizations, having as their avowed ultimate object, the union of all religious bodies and sects into one grand organization upon such points of doctrine as are held by them in common. Having arrived at this point, what do we see just ahead? -A general council! A world’s convention! Evangelical alliance, and universal creed! The accomplishment of this object by the religious world will be simultaneous with the complete dominancy of the ten kingdoms, or beast, in the Old World, and the two-horned beast in the New. Thus rapidly and surely the nations of earth are being brought under the control of the two great powers revealed by the seer of Patmos, that were to act so prominent a part in the closing scenes of this world’s history. Instigated by the influences that brought about a universal creed, these powers will unite in making war with the saints, by the enactment and enforcement of laws to dominate conscience, and otherwise oppress the people of God. Very soon no man can buy or sell unless he has the mark of these apostate powers.

In view of these briefly stated facts, the policy and work of this Conference are clearly discernible. Instead of spending time in the discussion of trivial or minor questions, upon which there may be honest differences of opinion, the time should be devoted largely to prayer, self-examination, and the putting away of differences, that we may be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with power for service. The one great object in all our deliberations, and in the plans proposed for adoption, should be the rapid dissemination of the third angel’s message. ‘Tis for this purpose alone that we have been separated from the world. ‘Tis for this alone that we exist as an organization. ‘Tis for this alone that all our various institutions have been brought into existence, and are being maintained at great cost. ‘Tis for this alone that our Heavenly Father has blessed us with talents, both of means and intellect. This Conference will be a success, or a failure, in Heaven’s sight, not on account of the numbers present, nor by the amount of routine business it transacts in a given time, nor by the number of logical discourses given, nor by the selection of certain individuals to fill the various positions of trust and responsibility within its gift, but by the degree of the true missionary spirit and zeal manifested by its members, and crystallized into acts, when the voice of God is heard, saying, “Whom shall I send? and who will go for us?” by hundreds of voices responding, quickly, “Here am I, send me.”

While disease, famine, and pestilence, with disasters of various kinds, both by land and sea, have carried away their thousands, we have reason for

thanksgiving to God that only a few, comparatively, of our workers have succumbed to the fell destroyer. But of the number deceased, the larger part were experienced laborers, who occupied positions of responsibility at the time of their death. In view of the great need of such laborers, we may for the moment have been tempted to question the goodness and wisdom of our Heavenly Father in permitting them to fall at such a time; but faith comes to the rescue, so that without murmur or complaint we close up the ranks, and press on, saying, Whatsoever God doeth is well done. Brotherly love and Christian sympathy constrain us to speak a few words personally of each, but time and space admonish us that all we can do is to mention the names, that they, being dead, may yet speak to us from their remembered lives of unselfish devotion and consecration to the Master’s cause. They are: Elders G. T. Wilson, William Cottrell, D. A. Robinson, F. W. Brown, Jerome Fargo, W. C. Grainger, J. H. Cook, Harrison Grant, R. J. Lawrence, Mrs. S. M. I. Henry, and Dr. Geo. W. Burleigh.

GROWTH OF THE WORK

By a comparison of the statistical report published in the GENERAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN of the session of 1899 with the report that will appear in the minutes of this session, we find there has been a net increase in membership in the two years of 12,504, an amount nearly double the gain of the two preceding years. The present membership of the denomination throughout the whole world is 75,763. Sixty-three ordained ministers and sixty-seven licentiates have been added to the ministerial force. Two hundred and thirty-eight new churches have been organized. Four State or Territorial Conferences have been organized, and await admission to this Conference, namely: Ontario, including the Province of Ontario, Canada, organized June 18, 1899, with 14 churches and 412 members: Queensland Australia, organized Oct. 20, 1899, with 6 churches and 226 members: South Australia, organized Nov. 55, 1899, with 3 churches and 205 members: and Cumberland, comprising the eastern portions of the States of Kentucky and Tennessee, organized Aug. 17, 1900, with 6 churches, and a membership of 440. The tithe paid in the two years throughout the entire field for the support of the laborers amounts in the aggregate to $1,000,915.13, being an increase over the former biennial period of $205,341.89. Sixty-eight missionaries have gone out from the United States in the two years, under the auspices of the Foreign Mission Board, to various parts of the world. The Mission Board has received $151,008.45 in the way of donations and offerings to carry forward its work in the regions beyond. This is a gain of $23,240.31 over the amount contributed during the former biennial period.

THE PUBLISHING WORK

In the main our publishing work is enjoying a good degree of prosperity. The two representative institutions in the United States—the Review and Herald and the Pacific Press—each report the largest volume of business the past year of any previous year in their history. After deducting quite a large sum for new machinery to keep the plants up-to-date, and several thousand dollars in the way of donations, each reports several thousand dollars’ net gain. The Echo Publishing Company, of Melbourne, Australia, is also reported to be in a prosperous condition. To meet the demands upon them as publishers of present truth for that continent and the islands and countries adjacent, the managers have been compelled to enlarge their plant, and to put in additional facilities in the way of new and improved machinery.

Owing to a severe financial crash that came upon the city of Christiania, Norway, early last year, involving all its business interests, our publishing house in that city, which has been in operation for several years publishing literature in the Scandinavian languages, was compelled to suspend payment for a time. We are glad, however, to be able to report that arrangements have been made by the American brethren to relieve the embarrassment, and leave the institution free to carry forward its appointed work.

Our London publishing house reports no material advancement in the book business, its energies having been devoted more largely of late to the publication and sale of the paper Present Truth. The interest in this paper is steadily increasing, the average weekly circulation for the past year being over 15,000. The Good Health Publishing Company, that is especially engaged in the publication and sale of health books and literature, reports that success and prosperity are attending its efforts.

The Hamburg house reports a gain for the past two years of $16,000. They publish books and literature in fourteen different languages. Five papers are issued from their own presses, the principal one having a weekly circulation of over 17,000. Three papers, all in the French language, are published at the Basel house.

SANITARIUMS AND HEALTH INSTITUTIONS

This important branch of our work is enjoying well-merited support and prosperity. The Battle Creek Sanitarium, the oldest, and the cherishing mother, of all similar institutions, has enjoyed by far the largest patronage the past two years of any similar period in its history.

Hygienic living and the proper care and treatment of the body, both in sickness and in health, are a part of the reform of which the third angel’s message is composed: hence wherever the message is preached, and believers are brought into the truth, there soon follows a demand for a properly equipped sanitarium, supplied with doctors and nurses, more fully to teach these principles. Thus as the message advances, new institutions of this character are springing up all over the world. Since our last General Conference, nine such institutions have been started,-one in Germany, two in Australia, one in New Zealand, and five in the United States, thus increasing the number of such institutions in various parts of the world to twenty-four. A large number of small bath-and treatment-rooms have also been started, and are being maintained in various parts of the world.

In addition to rescue missions and industrial homes, another feature of this work has been the starting and maintaining of hygienic restaurants in several of our large cities. The journals and papers published in the interests of health principles have received a fair support, but not such as their importance demands. All should realize that an education along these lines is an important part of the Lord’s great work for the salvation of souls. There should be a revival of interest in this department of our work, both for our own good and the good of those who are living in ignorance and transgression of the laws of their being.

EDUCATIONAL

The reform inaugurated in our school system prior to our last General Conference has been steadily carried forward.

The lack of proper text-books, which in the beginning caused perplexity and threatened confusion, has been in a measure overcome by the preparation and publication of books embodying the principles of the reform called for. A council of ten days’ duration was held last August at Mt. Vernon, Ohio, at which were present Elder S. N. Haskell, Professor Magan, the president and secretary of the General Conference, and the presidents of each of our leading schools in the United States. At this meeting not only underlying principles, but the different phases of school work, were quite fully considered. Opportunity was given for each one to express himself fully and freely. The discussion resulted in a much better understanding between our leading educators, and more of that Christian love and sympathy that should characterize those engaged in one common cause. The council further developed that there was a strong unanimity of sentiment in harmony with reform, the differences that had heretofore existed being more in methods employed than in sentiment. It was the frequently expressed opinion of all present, that it was the most profitable meeting thus far held in the interests of our school work, and at the closing session a resolution requesting the General Conference to call a similar meeting next summer was unanimously passed.

While much has been accomplished along the line of reform in our school work, much remains yet to be done in order that it shall meet the mind of God, and accomplish the work he designs. Full and complete success can be attained only by a thorough study, on the part of both parents and teachers, of the great underlying principles, and a hearty co-operation in putting them into practice. Even when the goal is reached, it will require watchfulness on the part of all to maintain the standard.

Another encouraging feature has been the establishment and successful maintenance of so many church schools: for this shows that the church school has become an established fact and factor in our educational work. We have at the present time 6 colleges, 4 academies, 10 industrial and training schools, and 228 church schools, making a grand total of schools of all grades of 263, employing 381 teachers, with an average of 6,600 pupils.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY WORK

Referring to the GENERAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN of our last session, you will find that the recommendation concerning the transfer of the American Sentinel from the management of the Pacific Press to the Religious Liberty Association, and the change of the Association’s headquarters from New York to Chicago, was referred to the General Conference Committee for final action. The removal of the Association’s headquarters from New York to Chicago took place soon after the South Lancaster Conference, but arrangements for the transfer of the Sentinel were not fully completed, and the transfer made, until May 1, 1900. After the transfer the name of the paper was changed from the American Sentinel to the Sentinel of Liberty. The Association has rooms on the seventh floor of the Monon Building, 324 Dearborn St., Chicago, where all its business, except the press work upon the Sentinel, is transacted. The Association is now quite fully organized, with a full corps of office workers, such as editors, secretaries, and assistants, but it is still lacking in aggressive field men. Of late years the importance of this branch of our work has not been realized by the denomination at large as it should have been; hence I trust that it may receive its due share of consideration at the hands of this Conference, and that plans may be adopted that will enable the Association to enter upon more aggressive work at once, and to push it with vigor in the future.

WORK AMONG THE COLORED PEOPLE IN SOUTHERN STATES

Notwithstanding the difficulties that confront those engaged in labor for this people, we are glad to be able to report that some progress has been made. The time devoted to this work in the past has brought an experience to those engaged in it, and this has produced a change in methods, which is resulting in more permanent and substantial work. Not many new schools have been started, nor openings made of late, the means and effort being directed to some much-needed buildings, and otherwise strengthening and making more permanent the work already started, thus making it both an object-lesson and a center where others may be brought in, and trained for service in the fields adjoining.

Owing to the strong racial prejudice that now exists in many parts of this field, it is quite clear that the larger part of the work that is done for this people from this time on must be done by those of their own color; hence our future effort should be largely that of increasing our facilities for the education and training, in that field, of proper persons to engage in missionary and evangelistic work. At present the General Conference has upon its pay-roll twenty-five persons-only four of whom are colored-devoting their entire time to labor for this people. There are several General Conference laborers who devote a portion of their time to this work, and a few others who are doing self-supporting work, or are aided by an occasional donation from friends. In addition to the tithe paid to laborers, $5,156.27 has been received in donations for the support of this work. This does not include several thousand dollars that has been paid by the brethren in the way of donations to the Southern Society, nor $3,700 paid by the Review and Herald Publishing Company for use in this field.

What we have done and are doing for this people is only a beginning of what should be done. While we through the gospel are indebted to all men, we are doubly indebted to this,-in the main -ignorant and degraded people; for as a nation we are largely responsible for their condition. May the Lord grant us a large measure of his Holy Spirit in this council, and enable us to make plans and devise means for the speedy spread of the truth among them.

THE WOMAN’S GOSPEL WORK

What has come to be known among us as the “Woman’s Gospel Work” was started by our beloved Sister S. M. I. Henry. After her decease, it was carried on for a time by her stenographer. At the council of the General Conference Committee held last spring, this work came up for consideration, and it was found that it had assumed such proportions that it would be unwise to drop it. A committee of five sisters, with Mrs. Irwin as chairman, was therefore appointed to take charge of this work, and carry it forward until this Conference. A small part of the work of this committee has been to supply matter for the “Woman’s Gospel Page” of the Review, the greater part being in the line of correspondence with the women of the church, in an endeavor to revive the old-time missionary spirit, and get them interested and engaged in a practical woman’s ministry both at home and abroad.

The Lord seems to have blessed the

work thus far. Several conversions have been reported from among the requests for prayers that have been sent in, and have received attention at the weekly prayer-meeting. Husbands have been reclaimed from the drink and tobacco habits; discouraged ones have taken hold anew; the homeless, and those needing help and companionship, have been brought together; cases of destitution have been found and put in contact with those who were able and willing to help; the estranged have been brought together, and family and church difficulties have been settled. Temperance and Christian Help work in the church and neighborhood have been made prominent. Quite an amount of literature and clothing has been sent out by the committee, for free distribution. Sufficient cash donations have been received to pay postage and all incidental expenses connected with the work, besides several yearly subscriptions to the Review for worthy persons unable to pay for it themselves, and several small cash amounts used in extreme cases of need. If after hearing more full reports from this work, it is thought worthy of continuance, it will be the duty of this Conference to select, through its Nominating Committee or otherwise, some person, or persons, to have it in charge who can devote sufficient time and energy to carry it forward successfully.

I am admonished that I must close, although there are other important lines of work that deserve notice equally with those mentioned: but since we expect quite full reports from each, I will forbear further mention at this time.

Taken as a whole, our work is moving steadily onward, but not with that rapidity that the shortness of probationary time and the importance of our message demands. I can not close without again calling your attention to the thought expressed in the beginning, that should be the keynote of this Conference,—a thorough consecration of all that we are and have to the Lord, just now, that we may receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for service both at home and in the regions beyond.

CONCLUSION

In turning back the responsibilities placed upon me two years ago, it is with a keen sense of the many failures and mistakes I have made, and of how far short I have come of meeting the mind of God in the work intrusted to my hands. Nevertheless, I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for his loving forbearance, and at the same time am grateful to my brethren for their courteous treatment and cordial support.

My earnest prayer in conclusion is that the Lord may especially direct in all our deliberations. Ours is a momentous time, and this a momentous occasion. The wisdom of no human agent is sufficient for the planning and devising that needs to be done. If a willingness quickly to yield individual opinions and ideas to the manifest leading of the Holy Spirit shall characterize the delegates and members of this Conference, all will be well. May the Lord grant us grace to co-operate with heavenly intelligences in preserving the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. GEO. A. IRWIN, Pres.

The Chair: The Conference is now formally opened. What is your pleasure?

At this juncture Sister E. G. White, who was present, came forward, and spoke as follows:—

I feel a special interest in the movements and decisions that shall be made at this Conference regarding the things that should have been done years ago, and especially ten years ago, when we were assembled in Conference, and the Spirit and power of God came into our meeting, testifying that God was ready to work for this people if they would come into working order. The brethren assented to the light God had given, but there were those connected with our institutions, especially with the Review and Herald Office and the Conference, who brought in elements of unbelief, so that the light that was given was not acted upon. It was assented to, but no special change was made to bring about such a condition of things that the power of God could be revealed among his people.

The light then given me was that this people should stand higher than any other people on the face of the whole earth, that they should be a loyal people, a people who would rightly represent truth. The sanctifying power of the truth, revealed in their lives, was to distinguish them from the world. They were to stand in moral dignity, having such a close connection with heaven that the Lord God of Israel could give them a place in the earth.

Year after year the same acknowledgement was made, but the principles which exalt a people were not woven into the work. God gave them clear light as to what they should do, and what they should not do, but they departed from that light, and it is a marvel to me that we stand in as much prosperity as we do to-day. It is because of the great mercy of our God, not because of our righteousness, but that his name should not be dishonored in the world.

In the thirty-first chapter of Exodus God says: “Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.

It is not for men in any part of the world, in any line of his work, to depart from God’s principles in any business transaction. God wants the world to see that business can be carried on in accordance with the principles that mark the character of God in Christ. What are God’s commandments?—They are the wall which is built round his people. There is to be no departure from his principles, no bringing in of worldly policy principles. No worldly customs or practices are to be brought in for this people who are to be representatives of Christ to follow. When we keep the commandments of God, we are in touch with God, and he is connected with us.

We read in the first chapter of first Peter: “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Capadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.” To gain this inheritance, you must be incorruptible and undefiled. You are not to be perverted in any way from the straight lines which God has laid down.

“Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.” We are living in the last time. We are standing as it were on the very borders of the final conflict.

“Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in

heaviness through manifold temptations; that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” Think of this, brethren. Consider it. There are thoughtful men here, and they need to think.

“Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now you see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.” This is the standard that God wants us to reach. “Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you; searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of God which was in them did signify,” when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow; unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”

Every soul in every Conference, in every part of the Lord’s vineyard, has the privilege of knowing the truth. But truth is not truth to those who do not practice it. Truth is only truth to you when you live it in the daily life, showing the world what those people must be who are at last saved.

“Wherefore, gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance.”

Why, I ask you, are men who have not brought self into subjection allowed to stand in important positions of truth and handle sacred things? They have grown to the stature of men, but they have brought with them their childish tendencies. God does not want any such thing. He has made provision for all to have in them the grace of Christ. No others will enter heaven. There has been one rebellion there, and there will not be another. We have been given an opportunity to get rid of every kind of rebellion.

“As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.” When you leave this meeting and go to your homes, be quick to hear and slow to speak. Keep yourselves under subjection to the Spirit of God. At the last Conference which I attended here, there was gossiping and controversy in every house. If the people had prayed instead of gossiping, if they had talked with God, the condition of things would have been very different.

Many of you have been educating yourselves to talk with human beings instead of talking with God. You have built up barriers against the principles which should have been carried into every part of the Lord’s vineyard.

Slow to speak, slow to wrath. It only takes a word to fire up a man who has not made a practice of talking with God. This spirit is as contagious as the leprosy. One and another catch it, and thus dissension and strife and commotion are brought in. God is not in any of this work. Brethren, before we have finished, we shall know whether or not God is handling this Conference.

“As he which hath called you is holy, so be holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written. Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.” You may be exalted to heaven as far as position is concerned, but position does not make the man. Do you obey the commandments of God? Are you one with God? Are you sanctified by the Spirit of God? Those who fill positions in the Conference must have the righteousness of Christ. This gives a man a power in his work.

“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.” Do not exalt self. Christ has said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

“Pass the time of your sojourning hear in fear: forasmuch as ye know that ye are not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold.” If you depart from the principles that are to live through the eternal ages, and bring common things into God’s service, he will scatter your work to the four winds.

“Ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers.” There are those here that have traditions, and they stand just as the Pharisees stood Notwithstanding they may say that unity and love, compassion and tenderness are correct principles, yet in their own line of practice they cling to the old traditions. “You are to stand by the old traditions,” they say. But what we want is God’s traditions. We want to have the living principles of heaven brought into our lives.

You are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, the Lamb without blemish and without spot. And what were you redeemed from? Let me read it again. “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot; who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth”—it means everything whether you are bound up with God by the truth, or whether you are not.

“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently.” Think of this.

“Being born again.” You see, if we do these things, we are born of the Spirit. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” We want you to do all these things. Here are men, sober and right-minded men, who are occupying influential positions on committees, and are handling sacred things, things connected with the service of God. These individuals have been called to bear responsibilities, to carry an influence in the work of God, and the work has been increasing, and ought to increase to fourfold of what it is. Some of those engaged in the work have their intelligence sanctified, and others are unsanctified, but everything will be revealed; for “by their fruits ye shall know them.”

Now, whatever the work done by men in responsible positions, its character

will be testified to by its fruits. In the office of publication, the light that God has given me for years is that those in positions of responsibility there are to gather in the youth, to talk to them, to train them for the Lord’s service. Do not indulge a spirit of combativeness. Keep the unsanctified tongues under control. Do not blame and censure. Act just as you would want the overseers to act toward you were you in the position of these young people. God wants every individual in his service to represent him.

The men who have woven their own human passions into life and character, who have nurtured self all the way along, are not to think that they are qualified to deal with human minds. God wants every person to begin at home, and there live the Christ-life. In the church and in every business transaction a man will be just what he is in his home. If he submits to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in the home, if he understands his responsibility to deal with minds there, then when in responsible positions he will pursue the same course. Remembering the tenderness of Christ toward him, he will manifest the same love and tenderness toward others.

All who are educated in the office of publication should see there exemplified the principles of heaven. I would rather lay a child of mine in his grave that have him go there to see these principles mangled and perverted. The principles of heaven are to be carried out in every family, in the discipline of every church, in every establishment, in every institution, in every school, and in everything that shall be managed. You have no right to manage, unless you manage in God’s order. Are you under the control of God? Do you see your responsibility to him? If you do realize this responsibility, you will realize that you are to mold and fashion minds after the divine similitude: and then those in the different institutions here, who are being trained and educated to become workers, will work for God, to hold up the standard of righteousness.

O, my very soul is drawn out in these things! Men who have not learned to submit themselves to the control and discipline of God, are not competent to train the youth, to deal with human minds. It is just as much an impossibility for them to do this work as it would be for them to make a world. That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people, as we once believed the General Conference to be,—that is past. What we want now is a reorganization. We want to begin at the foundation, and to build upon a different principle.

The institution under the management of Dr. Kellogg has done a great work for the education of the youth. It has sent forth more workers in the cause in medical missionary gospel lines than any other agency I know of among our people throughout the world. And I ask, How have you treated the matter? Have you felt that you were to honor God by respecting and honoring the work that has been done in his name for the upbuilding of his cause.

The principles of health reform have been proclaimed by us as a people for thirty years. And yet there are among us ministers of the gospel and members of the church who have no respect for the light that God has given upon health reform. They eat as they please, and work as they please. God calls for a straight testimony to be given to those who claim to believe that we are living in the last days of this earth’s history. A line of distinction must be drawn between those who serve God, and those who serve him not. God calls upon his people to put away self-pleasing. When in body, soul, and spirit they will dedicate themselves to God, his power will be revealed in a remarkable manner. Here are men who are standing at the head of our various institutions, of the educational interests, and of the Conferences in different localities and in different States. All these are to stand as representative-men, to have a voice in molding and fashioning the plans that shall be carried out. There are to be more than one or two or three men to consider the whole vast field. The work is great, and there is no one human mind that can plan for the work which needs to be done.

There are those who always take a negative position. This counts nothing toward building up the work. What has been done here in Michigan? What has been done in America, in the fields that have needed laborers and efficient helpers? I ask you what field where the people have never heard the truth, has been searched out and worked? Who has been preparing men to take hold of the field? And yet upon us rests the responsibility of fulfilling Christ’s command, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” After Christ’s baptism he preached the gospel to the cities that were round about. He was working and healing—the medical missionary work was bound up with the preaching of the gospel. I am so thankful for the medical missionary work, carried in gospel lines. It is to be taught, it is to be carried forward; for it is the very work that Christ did when on this earth. He was the greatest missionary the world ever saw.

You may say: “Why not, then, take hold of the work, and heal the sick as Christ did?”—I answer, You are not ready. Some have believed; some have been healed; but there are many who make themselves sick by intemperate eating or by indulging in other wrong habits. When they get sick, shall we pray for them to be raised up, that they may carry on the very same work again? There must be a reformation throughout our ranks: the people must reach a higher standard before we can expect the power of God to be manifested in a marked manner for the healing of the sick.

We talk of the Holy Ghost; we preach of the Holy Ghost; but we need to understand better what the office of the Holy Ghost is. We need to understand that we must co-operate with God in every sense or God can not co-operate with us. “We are laborers together with God.”

According to the light that has been given me—and just how it is to be accomplished I can not say—greater strength must be brought into the managing force of the Conference. But this will not be done by entrusting responsibilities to men who have had light poured upon them year after year for the last ten or fifteen years, and yet have not heeded the light that God has given them. The word of God is to be our guide. Have you given heed to the Word? The Testimonies are not by any means to take the place of the Word. They are to bring you to that neglected Word, that you may eat the words of Christ, that you may feed upon them, that by living faith you may be built up from that upon which you feed. If you live in obedience to Christ and his word, you are eating the leaves of the tree of life, which are for the healing of the nations.

Here are the very words that we want to bring into our life practice. The men that have long stood in positions of trust while disregarding the light that God

has given, are not to be depended upon. God wants them to be removed. He wants a new life element brought into the publishing institutions. There are those who have stood as managers and yet have not managed after God’s order. Some have served on committees here and committees there, and have felt free to dictate just what the committee should say and do, claiming that those who did not carry out these ideas were sinning against Christ. When the power of God is manifest in the church and in the management of the various departments of his work, when it is evident that the managers are themselves controlled by the Holy Spirit of God, then it is time to consider that your are safe in accepting what they may say, under God. But you must know that you are guided by the principles of the Word of the living God. The Great General of armies, the Captain of the Lord’s host, is our leader.

The children of Israel thought that if they should have a king and be like the other nations, they would be a wonderful people. God directed his servant Samuel to tell them what would be the result if their desire were granted. He told them what kings would do. Nevertheless, they said, we will have a king to reign over us. They had a king, and to their sorrow they learned of how little avail was an earthly ruler when God went not forth with their armies.

Now I want to say, God has not put any kingly power in our ranks to control this or that branch of the work. The work has been greatly restricted by the efforts to control it in every line. Here is a vineyard presenting its barren places that have received no labor. And if one should start out to till these places in the name of the Lord, unless he should get the permission of the men in a little circle of authority he would receive no help. But God means that his workers shall have help. If a hundred should start out on a mission to these destitute fields, crying unto God, he would open the way before them. Let me tell you, if your heart is in the work, and you have faith in God, you need not depend upon the sanction of any minister or any people; if you go right to work in the name of the Lord, in a humble way doing what you can to teach the truth, God will vindicate you. If the work had not been so restricted by an impediment here, and an impediment there, and on the other side an impediment, it would have gone forward in its majesty. It would have gone in weakness at first, but the God of heaven lives; the great Overseer lives, the One who knew where Cornelius lived, and who appeared to him as an angel, and declared to him, Your prayers and your alms have come up as a memorial before God. And now do you send men for one Simon, whose surname is Peter, who lives with one Simon a tanner. And he told him the very place where Simon the tanner lived. Then the angel of the Lord went to Peter, and prepared his mind for the reception of the men.

Our God knew about the Ethiopian who was in his chariot studying the prophecy of Isaiah concerning Christ, and he sent Philip to meet that Ethiopian, and the Ethiopian asked him to come and sit in his chariot, and there Philip proclaimed the truth to him more fully. And he said, Here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And he was led down and baptized, because he believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord enters into every house, into every office, into every room, where his work is done. Angel’s of God are passing and repassing through these offices, and there is a record kept of everything that is done in these places. By this record the workers are to be judged. “By thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned:” every word and action. God is watching, and every one will be rewarded according as his works have been.

The time has come when this people are to be born again. Those that have never been born again, and those that have forgotten that they were purged from their old sins, and can not see afar off, and have practiced their old habits of talking, prejudicing others, hindering the work, and being generally in the way of its advancement, would better be converted. God wants you to be converted, and may he help, that this work may go forward. He is a power for his people when they come into order. There must be a renovation, a reorganization: a power and strength must be brought into the committees that are necessary. Let every one of you go home, not to chat, chat, chat, but to pray. Go home and pray. Talk with God. Go home and plead with God to mold and fashion you after the divine similitude.

Let us right here at this meeting see that the converting power of God is essential. If we will take hold of the Master, take hold of all the power he has given us, the salvation of God will be revealed. Let me tell you that the sick will be healed when you have faith to come to God in the right way. We thank God that we have the medical missionary work. Wherever we carry the gospel, we can teach the people how to take care of themselves. This is our pioneer work. The medical missionary work gives us access to places where otherwise we could not enter, where the people would not give us a hearing. We have been in the field. We have been over the ground. We know what this means.

There are places in the South to be worked. God will help us all to act our part if we will only have the spirit of self-denial and self-sacrifice. In the name of the Lord we call for men to build up and strengthen this work; but they themselves need to be built up in the most holy faith, that they may work in the different Conferences, that there may be a healthy, holy influence circulating through each Conference, and that there shall be a supply in any case where God calls for men to enter missionary fields. There is a great work to be done, and my heart is panting and longing for the salvation of souls.

God wants us to love one another. He says, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another;” “as I have loved you; that ye also love one another.” This is the new commandment. It was new because Christ had not, before it was spoken, given the evidence of how much he loves us. “As I have loved you,”—that makes it a new commandment. He wants you to consider his love, manifested in dying for our sinful race; and consider what you can do in order to extend the knowledge of that love. Every believer in the truth has a relation to another soul, and that soul to still another, and through these lines of influence we may extend the blessings of God’s grace. Thus we may diffuse heaven’s atmosphere in place of the malarious atmosphere which has surrounded so many souls; and by means of which God’s work has been hindered and his name dishonored.

Brethren, remember that you are dealing with sacred things. Again I urge you to go home and pray. I have many things as they were written out in my diary ten years ago; I shall have these things copied that I may read them to you. I shall read you what God

expects of his people, who believe the grandest truth ever given to our world. We have a whole treasure house of truth, and if you will become familiar with the truth while here, you can bring from the treasure house things new and old, and you will be able to help the people wherever you may go.

In this city there are many in the school, many in the publishing house, and many training for the medical missionary work. And on every hand there is work to be done. There is work in the regions right around us, and a wide field for work in the regions beyond. God help us to stand prepared for the battle, having on the whole armor, and our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. That is what you need. Be at peace among yourselves. When you do that, you are educating character. You are forming characters for the future, immortal life. I want to have a home with the blessed, and I want you to have a home there. I want to work in harmony with you, and I want that every one who has an impetuous temper, that will flare up and lead him to act like a frantic man—I want him, as he begins to speak in this way, to remember Christ, and sit right down and hold his peace. Say not a word.

God help us to restrain our tongues. The voice is a precious talent, and it is to be used to a purpose. It is not lent to you that you may swear; but every one, who gives way to an unholy temper might just as well swear. God help us to submit to Jesus Christ, and to have his power right here and now.”

G. A. Irwin: These are certainly very plain words that we have listened to and it seems to me they come in very timely, right in the commencement of our Conference. We notice the burden of the testimony was reorganization. This must first begin with us as individuals, and I trust that it may begin in each heart. I, for one, want to accept the testimony that has been borne, and I want that work of reorganization and regeneration to be not only begun, but completed, in my life. I am glad that these words were spoken right now, at the very commencement of our General Conference. I take it that the reorganization means a change in our method of procedure, in the General Conference; and now, as we are just ready to organize the delegation that has been called, it seems to me it is an apportune time to begin the work of reorganization. I am sure we all want the Lord to lead in this Conference; and if there is any method that we have been working along that has bound, the Spirit of the Lord,—and surely, if I can understand the meaning of what has been said, we have been bound about by regulations and restrictions,—now is the time to break loose from these things, and to make a new start. So again I ask, What is the pleasure of the Conference at this time?

A. G. Daniells: A number of the brethren who have been in the city met yesterday in an informal way to consider the matters that have been placed before us to-day. Sister White was present, and spoke very plainly to us. The members of the General Conference Committee, the Foreign Mission Board, the different institutions, and presidents of Conferences, were present at the meeting. We received substantially the same instruction that has been given us to-day. We all feel that our only safety lies in obedience, in following our great Leader. We feel that we should begin at the very beginning of this work at this meeting, and just as nearly as we know how, build on his foundation.

After the instruction had been given to us, the matter was considered, and it was thought by many present that a change of Conference management should be introduced at the beginning of the Conference. I may say that I was acting as chairman of the meeting, and so, in behalf of the meeting, I am presenting the conclusions that we reached. In behalf of the meeting that I have referred to, I wish to introduce the following motion:—

“I move that the usual rules and precedents for arranging and transacting the business of the Conference be suspended, and that a General Committee be hereby appointed, to consist of the following persons: The presidents and secretaries of the General Conference, of the General Conference Association, of the European and Australasian Union Conferences; of the Review and Herald, Pacific Press, and Echo Publishing Companies; of the Foreign Mission Board, Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association; of Battle Creek, Healdsburg, and Union colleges; and the following-named persons: J. N. Loughborough, S. N. Haskell, A. T. Jones, W. W. Prescott, and such other persons as may be necessary to represent the important enterprises and interests connected with the work of the Seventh-day Adventists throughout the world, the same to be named by the committee when organized, and this committee to constitute a general or central committee, which shall do such work as necessarily must be done in forwarding the work of the Conference, and preparing the business to bring before the delegates.”

In the instruction given us this morning, committees were referred to, and we were told that these should be constructed of men who represent the varied interests throughout the great, wide world; that they should come together, and carefully counsel regarding the matters to come before the Conference, and the methods of work that are to be carried forward. The committee named here aims to embrace these organizations and institutions, and fields in all parts of the world. I sincerely trust that God will give us wisdom and understanding and light from heaven to carry forward this work. I believe—I know—that victory is for us, and I believe that God has begun to work out that victory. And if we will throw away our preconceived opinions, and will step out boldly to follow the light that he gives us, whether we can see clear through to the end or not,—if we walk in the light we have, go just as far as we can to-day, God will give us further light; he will bring us out of bondage into glorious liberty. He will not lead us into confusion, brethren. He will lead us into order, and the right kind of order,—order that he himself establishes, and order that will in no way circumscribe or hinder his work, but will carry it forward with power and great rapidity. Now our people all over the world have their eyes turned to this occasion to-day. Hundreds of prayers are going up in behalf of this meeting. They have been ascending, and God has begun to answer already; and, brethren, let not one of us stand in the way of God’s working out a complete deliverance, and bringing entire victory.

O, I am so glad we have a definite, certain voice to speak to us: and I am so glad that all through this meeting we can receive instruction and help. It seems to me that now is the time, brethren, to take hold of this matter of reorganization, and throw aside precedents, tradition, and everything that has so bound us, so we may get hold of the right thing. May God help us for his own name’s sake.

S. N. Haskell: It is evident that we have reached a crisis in the history of

our work. We have looked forward for the loud cry of the loud cry. We have looked forward to a time when we should see accomplished in present truth what we have never seen accomplished yet. From what has been said this morning, and from the light that has come to us on this occasion, it is evident that that time has come in the history of the Lord’s work, if we follow his own providences. I am in harmony with the motion which has been made, and the remarks made by Brother Daniells, and I would therefore second this motion.

The motion being reread, opportunity was given for remarks.

W. W. Prescott: Would not this proposal constitute a committee, the majority of whom would be the same persons that we now have in office? If it would, I can not see that this particular combination would remove the difficulty. This naming of the committee was not before our meeting yesterday. The principle before the meeting, and, if I understand correctly, the principle adopted or recommended by the informal meeting, was that some provision be made by the Conference for pointing out the principle. I do not wish to confuse the House by introducing another motion: but I would like to ask whether it would be proper that the eight districts composing this Conference, should, by their delegates present, each suggest one person, making a committee of eight persons, who should recommend this larger committee suggested in this recommendation.

A. G. Daniells: It is true that persons who are named for this committee are holding offices on different boards in different parts of the world: but it also provides that others shall be called in to join these brethren in their work. If I understand correctly, one leading feature of the instruction given us is the change of methods, the change of manner of doing, the way of preparing our business, the way of dealing with things: and not that men altogether are to be and not that men altogether are to be swept away. It is not a condemnation of men as men; but of methods and principles which must be swept away.

My thought is this: This disposes of the old method of appointing committees and managing business. It brings together in one body a much larger representation, and these men are to counsel together regarding the interests of the work in all parts of the world, and concerning every phase of the work. They can call in others,—men representing the Southern field, and other institutions, as they see fit,—men who have not held any position whatever in official capacity. Let it be a representative body to confer together regarding the work.

It seems to me that we are not called upon to sweep away every man who has held a position during the last two years; but we are to sweep away every wrong principle under which we have been working. If these men come together, not in an official capacity, but as counselors to confer together regarding their work, they will move out on new lines as the Lord may lead them.

S. N. Haskell: Is this a permanent committee, or simply for the Conference now assembled?

The Chair: For the Conference, I understand.

W. W. Prescott: The information that Brother Daniells has given, and that comes in reference to the matter, satisfies me, and I am willing to withdraw the suggestion that I made. The information that I thought all of us wanted has been given by the chairman, and I am willing to withdraw any objections that I had.

E. J. Waggoner: Without making any strictures upon the motion, or saying anything regarding the propriety of it or the membership of it, it seems to me that we are in great danger of going over the same road in a different rut. It is true that we have got to start. I read in the text that has come very forcibly to me. “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation,” Isaiah 33:6. It does not seem to me possible that in a moment this work that has been set before us can be done: that reorganization can be effected instantly. We can not, any of us, say that we will throw away old methods, old principles, and then, without any further instruction, without any further study, without any further knowledge, go on and do differently, because by our very education we shall go on in the very same way. We must know what we are doing. This may be right: but if there ever was a time when we could do that thing which has sometimes been presented, now is the time to begin: and that is, to know every step of the way, to be sure we are right. I believe that that is a possible thing. I wonder if everybody here who shall hold up his hand will know of a surety that this is just the thing to do. I am sure in our business, just as well as in our preaching of the gospel, it is our privilege to know, when we take a step, that that is the right thing to be done. If we do not know, then there is a place for us to seek wisdom. The Lord has said that he will guide us with his eye. He says, “My servant shall deal prudently;” and those who yield themselves to him to obey him are his servants. Therefore when we yield ourselves to him, and then seek wisdom from him, he has promised to give it in every detail; and then we shall know equity and every right way.

It does seem to me that after what we have heard yesterday and to-day, before we can be fitted to enter into anything like routine business, there should be a seeking of the Lord, a praying to the Lord, to know what is the right thing to be done. I do not believe that we shall lose anytime. I believe we shall gain time throughout this Conference, as we have seen in Conferences in the past, if, when we have come up to a critical time, instead of spending time in feeling our way, guessing our way, and some one throwing in a suggestion, and another one throwing in an ill-advised suggestion, we should stop and pray. If we would do that, the Lord would give us light in some way. It might be the Lord would throw in light through some particular soul, and then that soul would present it, and then we would say it is the truth.

We say we should have a representative body. But the representative body is here. I can not say that that thing would be done; if we would begin straightway; I can not say that it would not; for my part, I do not know. But here is the representative body. Why should this representative body, the first thing, centralize, and put the business into the hands of some committee to prepare and execute, instead of doing the thing for which it was sent here to do?

Whether this thing be right or wrong we want to know. I would so rejoice if this might be a Conference, the beginning of a new era, which shall be in every Conference that shall be held,—that we shall know that God is with us, and we shall know the truth. He says we shall. If we follow his Word, and continue in it, we shall know the truth, and know the way we are going; for we have not been in this way hitherto. When God led his people out of Egypt in a way

in which they had not hitherto been, he went before them and indicated just what they should do. I believe God will do that for us if we seek him. But I most earnestly wish that there might be a spirit of resting in God- a spirit of letting God rule. In quietness and in confidence shall be our strength. I do not believe we shall lose time, if we go slow enough so that every step that we take will be certain and sure, instead of doing a great deal of business, and having to undo three fourths of it afterward.

Mrs. E. G. White: I want to speak a word now, as I have spoken before. I want every one to be careful how he throws in a block-“Not now, wait, wait, wait, wait.” We want to know what the right thing is, and move right away. We ask you to pray to God, and we ask you to take your stand, that God can come into this meeting, and that you can come right to the point.

W. C. White: I do not understand Dr. Waggoner’s proposition was that we should long delay, but that we should ask wisdom of God now; so that we might know that we have his guidance and approval in taking so important a step. He is willing to give us wisdom, and he desires to give us oneness of heart. May we not, brethren, bow in prayer and ask his counsel before voting on so important a question? Let us unite in prayer.

A season of prayer followed, in which Elders W. C. White, S. N. Haskell, O. A. Olsen, and Dr. Waggoner and Prof. W. W. Prescott united.

Chair: “The question is before you. What is your pleasure?”

W. J. Stone: I wish to know if this committee is to take the place of the General Conference Committee.

Chair: I do not so understand it. I understand that this is a committee to make a program for the General Conference, and it will bring forward business for the Conference from day to day. Do I correctly understand the motion?

A. G. Daniells: Mr. Chairman, my thought is that this committee is to be a committee of counsel to continue through the Conference, to take into consideration all branches of the work. All features of the work and all matters of business that come before the Conference are to be brought forward by this committee; and if there is anything they do not bring forward before the Conference, the delegates have the privilege of bringing it forward. It is not a committee that is to continue of this Conference.

R. C. Porter: Mr. Chairman, am I to understand that this committee will suggest the appointing of a committee that will simply take the place of the General Conference Committee during the General Conference?

A. G. Daniells: That will be left to the committee, and when they get together with representatives from other fields to consider the business, they will decide just how the matter shall be brought before the Conference, as far as they are concerned. They may appoint committees to do it.

The question was called for.

Chair: The question is called for; is there any one who wishes to speak upon this question further?

S. N. Haskell: It seems to me that we need something of this kind. You know that in our General Conferences before, every measure has been left to a committee, and then brought before the Conference. It has not been a representative committee of the different institutions, and that is one point in particular concerning which the voice of God has spoken this morning. A representative committee can appoint as many committees as they please; but they are the working committee for the Conference only, so that, in that sense, it relieves the Conference of the care and burden of recommending plans to bring matters before the Conference. It does not cut off anybody, but simply unifies the whole work, and brings matters before the brethren to act on when they have some point to present.

The question was called for, and was carried unanimously.

Upon motion of G. B. Thompson, the Conference was adjourned until three o’clock this afternoon.

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

BIBLE STUDY

S. N. HASKELL

By Elder S. N. Haskell, 3 P. M.. April 2, 1901.

Individually, I have never come to a Conference with a greater desire for the blessing of God than at this Conference. It has seemed that we have reached a period in the message when we should receive from God blessings that we have not received. There should be with us wisdom and power, the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us in a special manner, and we should be united; our hearts should beat in unison one with another. So far as I am concerned, as I have been through the country, and have met certain influences that were in opposition to the truth and to Christ, it has seemed that if ever in the world we needed the Spirit of God to open the way before us, and to speak through us, that it might accomplish its object, we need it to-day.

We can not go from this Conference to our homes, to our various Conferences, wherever the providence of God may call us, as we came here. That is evident; for already the Lord has spoken to us, and given us special instruction, that we should relate ourselves to his work in a different way from what we have in the past. And when we draw on right lines with the Lord, it is the Lord that does the work, not we. We simply become channels for the Spirit of God to work through, and then God does the work, and accomplishes his own purposes.

I understand that from henceforth, from the nature of the work, we shall see a greater manifestation of the power of God than we have in the past; but this is not because God in a special manner gives some persons a power to exercise, or to use, but it is because the individual himself occupies such a position that God can use him, speak through him, and work with him. So it will be God who does the work. It will be God who directs in the battle, and we simply sustain the right relation to God and to his work.

The words found in the fifteenth chapter of John come to my mind, and I wish to read them. I will read a portion of that chapter, and follow with other scriptures, and with thoughts that shall present themselves. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me and I in you. As the branch can not bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit, for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch

and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.”

Now these words themselves suggest to us many thoughts of our relation to each other, to Christ, and to the Father. Christ is the true vine, and we, his disciples, sustain that relation to him that he branches sustain to the natural vine. The Father is the husbandman; the Father is the one that cultivates the vine, and the branches sustain a relation to the vine; and if they do sustain that relation to the vine which they should, they will bear fruit. It is not fruit that they bear independently of the vine; but they will bear fruit because they are connected with the vine.

There is the closest union that can be imagined here brought to view. It is not that all will feel alike. We never shall feel alike, but we shall think alike. We shall bear the same kind of fruit; and the fruit that is borne by those that are connected with Christ will of itself give its own credentials. So if there is no fruit borne, or if the fruit borne is not of the nature of the vine, then it is because they are not properly related to the vine. That is the lesson that is taught here.

More than this, Jesus says, So shall ye be my disciples, if ye bear much fruit. If we are related to the vine, there is no question about the fruit. We shall bear fruit anyway: we can not live without bearing fruit, because the same sap and nourishment that sustain the vine will sustain the branches. There is nothing else that will sustain them. And when they are sustained by that same nourishment that sustains the vine, there will be a union, there will be a variety. There are no two branches of the vine that are just alike: so there will be no two individuals who will work in precisely the same way, but the fruit they bear will be of precisely the same character.

I do not know what words to use; but I will try to illustrate what I mean by various texts of scripture. The union will be the closest union in the world, and at the same time each individual will bear his own individuality in the work of God. He will have ways of his own, just as we have brought to view in the Bible. Every prophet has his own peculiarities: every apostle had his own peculiarities; and yet they all bore the same fruit. They all told the same story. They were all connected with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; and consequently there could be no division among them, no war, or one branch withered, because they came of the same stock. God would have his people connected with our Lord Jesus Christ in such a way that they will bear fruit.

I wish I could repeat that in a manner that would make an impression upon every mind. If we are connected with Christ, we shall bear fruit. We shall not live a useless life in this world. We shall bear fruit, and that fruit will be found attached to the branches, which are sustained by the vine.

God does not save any soul in this world independently of other souls; for each is related to some other soul. There never will be a soul saved in glory on an independent line. Individuals can not grow up of themselves, independently of other individuals, any more than the different sprigs in a branch can live independently of the branch in which they grow. God has so united the human family that, finally, in the kingdom of glory, there will be one universal joy, and that joy will be in seeing souls saved in the kingdom of God; and the nearest relation of individuals to one another in the kingdom of God will be shown by the interest they had for those individuals in this world. That will be the bond that binds them in the kingdom of glory; and their joy will be the joy of our Lord, the True Vine, who gave them nourishment in this world.

Now I will read a few verses from the sixteenth of John. That I think will set that thought before us. You know that the fourteenth, fifteenth, and sixteenth chapters of John were among the last words that the Saviour spoke to his disciples before he entered the garden and was taken to be crucified. The seventh verse of the sixteenth chapter says: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

Years ago these words troubled me considerably. I could not think why it was that it was necessary for Christ to go away from the disciples, in order for them to receive the Holy Spirit. But as long as he was with them, and they saw him, they associated with his personal appearance a literal king in Jerusalem, and they could not think of anything else. That was according to their ideas, and whenever Jesus wrought a miracle, it confirmed in their minds the idea that he was the Messiah, and that he was not only the Messiah, but was just the man to be a king in Jerusalem. It became necessary, therefore, for Christ to go away from them, to leave them; and when he had left them, and ascended to heaven, they did not behold him visibly, but by faith they could reach him as he was in the heavenly courts. And as their faith took hold upon him who was out of their sight, and they still believed his word and believed in him as he was there in heaven, they could trust him because he had spoken the word.

He had said this, and so they believed it: and by believing the word and resting on the word, they received strength and help, light and understanding, that they could not receive when their minds were centered on Christ as he appeared in their midst.

I read further: “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye can not bear them now.”

What do you suppose the Saviour wanted to open to the understanding of his disciples? He longed to open to them more clearly the nature of his mission, his crucifixion, and how he would be taken from them. But he could not do it. Why could he not do this? He had told them that he was going away; why could he not at once say to them that he would be crucified, and give them the particulars right there? Because they could not understand it; and if he had said that, they would have begun to question as to what he meant. They would have talked the matter over, and there would have been division; and the bond of influence that should exist between himself and them was of greater importance. He was not leading one individual independently; but he was leading all his disciples. So he spoke to them words which they could bear, and led them along together, that they might understand what he was about to reveal. In the next verse we read how the Spirit was to come: “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will show you things to come.”

We can add no words that will make that statement any clearer than it is given here. The Spirit himself will take the Word, and open the understanding of individuals, bringing to them a knowledge of light and truth that the Saviour himself could not tell them so that they could understand it. Then where should their minds be directed to receive the Spirit of God?- They should be directed to the Word of God itself. Then the Spirit of God will take that Word, and so open the understanding that they will sustain the right relation to each other and to God.

If the Saviour had desired to impart to his disciples knowledge, if that was of more consequence to Christ than simply to have them united he would have unfolded to them the very thing he wanted to unfold to them. But he could not tell them that, and they appreciated it. He left that for the Holy Spirit to do. And when he left them upon the earth, and ascended to heaven, their prayers and faith in an invisible Saviour, reached up to the heavenly courts where Christ was: and because they believed the word which connected them with Christ, God would give his Spirit to enlighten their understanding, and to unite them in their relation to each other, and also in their relation to our Lord Jesus Christ. Then they would also be united to the Father, the heavenly husbandman.

There are many thoughts in this fifteenth chapter of John that might be spoken of.

I will read the seventh verse: “If ye

abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” “If my words abide in you,”—if they take up a dwelling-place in you, and you become familiar with them; if you live on them, if you eat them, and they become a part of your being,—you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done. I am glad that there is a connection with God, and that all heaven is open to the individual who is thus connected with him. All the treasures of heaven are open to them, because Christ has purchased them all. He has promised them all; and the faith of the person who contains the words of God can draw from the great treasure-house of heaven the very strength and power that he needs.

I do not know how I can illustrate this thought that there is power; but the Word has the power. It is not the individual, but it is the power that is in the vine, and the power that is in the branches that draw their nourishment from the vine. There is power in the Word of God; and when we rest in that Word, we shall be the calmest people in the world. No matter what circumstances may be, God vindicates his own Word. But it has a character of its own, and this has been illustrated in a tract that I once read, in speaking of the Word’s being excluded, kept away from the people. The writer said that the Word was like a lion in a cage,—that as long as you kept it away from the people, you would need to keep it in a cage; but if you let the lion out of the cage, he would, in time, take care of himself. It is precisely so with God’s truth. The truth that is given to the people, that is let out of the cage, can take care of itself; and we need not have any fears about it, for God will vindicate his own Word. He can take care of himself, and of his own Word, and he will do it; if we trust him implicitly, if we trust the working of the Scripture, we shall see the power of God.

I will relate a little circumstance that illustrates this. When we were laboring in Queensland, there was a wealthy man who attended our meetings, and was somewhat interested in them. When we were building the meeting-house, we tried everywhere we could to get funds. We received some from Melbourne, some from one source, and some from another. One night I had been thinking about the power of the Word: and as this man came out of the congregation, I thought I would like to say something to him. I do not remember now what I said, but I had the thought in my mind that God could take care of his Word, and I thought I would say a few words that would direct his mind to our condition and our circumstances in building the house. Having done so: I thought no more about it. I simply dropped those words; but when I spoke, I was thinking of what God has said about his own Word. I thought to myself, I will now see if there is any power in this word, that will accomplish what we would like to have it accomplish. In a very short time after that, this man called at our house as we were going up to the tent, and asked if we would accept a little help from a man not of our faith. We said we would certainly be glad to, and that we would thank the the Lord for it, too. He said that he would make us a little donation, and slipped some bills into my hand. I thanked him, and then went off into another room to look at them, and found they were two five-pound notes—fifty dollars. That was his first donation, and that very donation brought him into a closer relation to us, and us with him, than we had been in before. What did it?—Simply the Word of God. It was God who impressed the man’s mind with a few words. I do not know how he did this; but from that time this man was very friendly, and he helped us more on the church than any other one person, or any one company. He would come around very friendly, and want to know how we were getting along. When we would tell him, he would say that he would help us out a little. One time when we were putting up a cheap fence around our church (the law there is such that every building has to be fenced in, and we thought we would fence our church as cheaply as we could), he asked why we were putting up such a cheap fence. We told him that we were putting up the best fence we could afford to. When he understood, he said that he would attend to our fence. And he did. He put up a good fence,—furnished the lumber, had the work done himself, and paid all the bills. Before we got through, he helped us to the amount of several hundred dollars.

But that is not all. I will relate another thing. When we came up to the day of dedication of the church, we were pound 38 (nearly $200) in debt. Now we had it in our minds that the house should not be dedicated in debt. I have nothing to say about other people or other houses; but we had that idea in our mind; so we made it a subject of prayer. I was for separating the debt of the house from the debt on the lot, as thus we could pay for the house; but some of the brethren, and my wife in particular, thought we ought to include all the debt, and that God would help us out. When we were ready, I explained to the company how much was wanting, and said we were going to pass around the hat before we would offer the dedicatory prayer. Brother Tenney was there, and he said he would not pray until the house was out of debt. The brethren had given all they could give, and we did not know where we would get the money.

The hat was passed around, and came back, and then I told Brother Tenney I thought he had better pray. But he said, “Aren’t you going to count your money first?” I said, “Suppose we have not enough?” Then he said he would not pray until we got money enough to get the house out of debt. We counted the money, and found that we lacked about fifteen pounds, or $75. I did not know what to say to the brethren, because I knew they were all poor, and had given all they could; so I simply announced how much we were behind. I do not know what else I did say,—I did not know what to say. I could not ask them to give any more; but as I stood there, I knew by the looks of our brethren, that they were all praying that some way might be opened. Soon one of the workers came forward with this word: “Mr.—[the same man I have referred to before] told me to tell you he would take the balance of the stock.” Well he did. So our house was free from debt. Now it was simply the Word of God that wrought in that man’s heart that bore that fruit.

I mention this to illustrate the thought that if we had more confidence in what God says, and would move in harmony with what he says, and let God work out the problem, he would work out a thousand problems that we wrestle with and can never solve. I thank God, my brethren, that we have a God like this. Often we wrestle and wrestle, because we can not see what is coming in the future; but let us trust God, and give the word, as Luther said at one time when he was speaking in the last years of his life of what had been accomplished. What did Luther do? He did enough; he set the Word to running, and in a short time down came thrones and popes, and a revolution was effected. He said all this was done by God’s Word. I believe that we should cultivate more trust in what God says, and that he will take care of the fruit. The fruit will come. It may not come just as we expect, but God himself will bring the fruit. I have perfect confidence in God’s Word; and I believe that if God can take care of his own Word, he can work out his own plans, providing we sustain the right relation to him.

I wish to read one or two other expressions touching this point of oneness. Romans 15:4: “For whatsoever things were written aforetime

were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”

If you have never noticed how much the Scripture says concerning miracles of deliverance, and should read your Bible with that thought in view, you will be astonished to see how many instances are recorded in the Bible of the miracles of deliverance that God has granted to his people. The greatest deliverances that ever have come have been directly contrary to what people thought ought to be, or would be. The Lord takes his people by surprise, because he works in a different manner from what they expected. If we would trust God so that he could lead, we should see the salvation of God. The children of Israel crossed the Red Sea: God went with them in the wilderness, and wrought for them. Take the history of the kings. How often they were brought into close places for the express purpose that God might magnify his name, and get honor and glory to himself.

I will read Romans 15:4-6; “For whatsoever things were written aforetime

were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus; that ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. The word “according” might here be rendered “after the sample of.”

Now it is not one feeling, but one mind. Our minds are enlightened by the Word, and we see clearly what the Word requires—that we have only one mind. Then we can glorify God through the divine gifts of his people, and this is according to Christ Jesus, or after the sample of Christ Jesus.

Take another text: 1 Corinthians 1:10; “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

It is Christ who is leading his people, and who is working for his people in his own way. God does not always lead his people in the way that they have planned, but he does something different than they ever thought of. Take the wars of the Old Testament, where the people of God went out against their enemies; there are no two battles just alike. If the battles had been just alike, Satan would have known just how to arrange his fortresses the second time: but God has one way to-day to make an attack, and to-morrow he has another way. The devil does not know how it is coming, so he is taken by surprise; but the Lord is never taken by surprise. The Lord not only saw everything the devil would do, but he saw everything the devil might do. His mind took in the whole of it; and taking in all the devil might do, the Lord never could be taken by surprise.

It is just so with us. We say that if the Lord knows everything, he knows just what course we must pursue, and so we must pursue just this course, and no other: but, my friends, the Lord knows every course we may pursue, so he placed us here as free moral agents, to take just the course we want. If the devil should take one turn, the Lord is all ready for him. If he should take another turn, the Lord is all ready for him. So we can praise God anew. We can rely upon God anyway; and when we do this, God leads. He orders the battle, and success comes every time. Sometimes the greatest blessings are at hand before we realize them, and we count them as curses simply because they do not come in just the way we expect they will come. I remember what Josephus says concerning a prayer that Moses offered to God when he came down to the Red Sea. It is not recorded in the Bible as Josephus records it; that is, not with the fullness that Josephus gives to it; but he gives it something like this: After Moses had quieted the people, who were almost ready to stone him because, as they said, he had got them into that strait place, he put up a prayer in substance like this: “O Lord! we despair of any hope but in thee. If thou shouldst say to these mountains. ‘Become a plain,’ we could take our flight that way; or if thou shouldst say ‘Take your flight through the air,’ we could do that way; and if thou art otherwise determined, and shouldst say to this sea, ‘Become dry land,’ we could pass over that way.”

He had no idea that their King had led them there to be destroyed. He believed that God had led them thus far, and that he was going to take them through. When such a prayer as that entered into the ears of the God of heaven, he could not disappoint his servant. The Lord said: “Lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” Great walls of ice were on either side as the children of Israel crossed; and I think the coolest and most comfortable walk Israel ever had was taken between those two walls of ice.

The greatest deliverances wrought for this people in this world will be wrought when the hours are the darkest. This is true of us as a people, and it will be true of us as individuals.

What shall I say that will give courage to trust God and confide in him? If there is a people on the face of the earth that should be thankful to God, it is Seventh-day Adventists during the closing part of this work. “Why,” says one, “are you not afraid? Do you not get discouraged sometimes?” I thank God I can answer that I have never become discouraged concerning the work of God from the day that I first indorsed it. If ever there was a discouraging time, it was when the number of believers in the entire world did not number more than one tenth as many as are in this Tabernacle this afternoon, and then some of the leading ones among this little company turned away, and gave-up the truth. Now there are persons all over the earth who are one in sentiment and one in Christ. What has done this? The Lord Jesus Christ has led thus far—do you think he will fail us now? No! We may fail, and we shall fail unless we confidingly trust in God; but if we trust him, we shall surely see a triumph of the work in the end. God has brought this people thus far, and he will carry them through to the end.

I desire to call your attention to another thought, and that is the gift of prophecy. If any people should be thankful for that, it is Seventh-day Adventists. While other people have gone into confusion. God is leading this people. He proposes to carry them through, and he will do it.

Although there are many lines and illustrations to which I might call your attention. I will forbear. I had the fifteenth chapter of Acts in mind, in which is recorded an account of the first General Conference in the gospel dispensation. One thing is certain, and that is that when those disciples went up to Jerusalem. God went with them. They went because there were in the church at Antioch differences which Paul and Barnabus themselves could not settle. They knew what the will of God was, for Paul and Barnabas were both prophets; but it was important that the entire Christian church be united in one body, one great whole, so they went up to this conference at Jerusalem. After the whole experience was related, James arose, and said that this agreed with the words of the prophets. He then quoted a prophecy which related, at the time it was given to a literal restoration of Jerusalem. It was given by Amos, the father of Isaiah the prophet. Isaiah had neglected his work because he was a man who loved husbandry, and this prophecy from Amos was to encourage Isaiah to build and restore the waste places of Jerusalem. He did it. That became an object-lesson of the time when the gospel would go to the Gentiles; and during this first General Conference, James made that application of it.

The building of the temple and the restoring of Jerusalem were object-lessons of the restoring of the people of God in the closing scenes of this world’s history, and of what God would do for his people who should live in the last generation, when God would gather together a remnant people. May the Lord help us to be among that people.

At this time, when so much depends upon our drawing nigh to God, and sustaining the right relation to him, we must spend much time in prayer and in seeking God: so that he may direct us. May the Lord guide us by his counsel, direct us by his Holy Spirit, and finally save us with an everlasting salvation in the kingdom of glory.

In laying hold on the promises, we should be careful not to mutilate them. There are enthusiastic persons who gather promises out of the Bible for personal use, much as little children gather flowers from the woods to transplant them in their own gardens; they seize upon whatever delights the eye, and appropriate it without stopping to notice whether it has any roots. As a rule the “I wills” of God are but the fair flowers of the promises that he would have us transplant into our own lives. The assurance that we are to have a particular blessing is worthless if detached from the conditions upon which the blessing is to be sent or, as we often need to be reminded, from the accompanying direction as to where it may be found. It matters little whether we accept the promises in the Bible as we are—as we are often—exhorted to do, if we do not accept them as they are.—Sunday School Times.

“‘As thy days, so shall thy strength be.’ The trial will not exceed the strength which shall be given us to bear it.”

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