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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 4

April 4, 1901 - EXTRA NO. 2

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ERRATA

F. Jencks should be listed with the Nebraska Delegation, instead of from New Zealand.

P. Roth is from the Central European Conference instead of from the German Conference.

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

SECOND MEETING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 10:30 A. M.

Elder G. A. Irwin in the chair.

After the opening hymn, No. 162, Elder J. O. Corliss offered prayer.

On roll-call for delegates, those not present at first and second meetings were as follows: M. H. Brown, Geo. I. Butler, S. M. Butler, Wm. Ostrander, E. R. Williams, E. E. Franke, G. W. Schubert, A. L. Chew, E. Leland, N. P. Nelson (of Nebraska), S. S. Davis, E. G. Olsen, J. W. Adams, W. T. Bland, R. S. Donnell, C. P. Bollman. H. E. Osborne, D. W. Reavis, T. Valentiner, M. H. Gregory, R. S. Owen (Cal.), W. R. Simmons, L. Mathe, Paul Roth, J. P. Henderson.

The name of A. L. Lingle, of California, appears by mistake as a delegate.

New delegates reported as follows:—Montana, W. B. White.

The Chair: The Conference is open ready for business. What is your pleasure?

A. G. Daniells: I have a report to present. In our meeting yesterday a resolution was passed by the House, voting that the regular rules and usages for the management of the Conference should be suspended, and that the conduct of the Conference be placed in the hands of a committee that was nominated in the resolution. The committee aimed at was a representative one,—the presidents and secretaries of general organizations and the leading institutions, and a few persons who represent general interests. The resolution-also stated that this committee should be empowered to add to its number, from time to time, such persons as it seemed necessary to give the work a full, fair consideration. This committee has had one or two meetings, and has a report to present this morning.

Since the resolution was passed yesterday, it has appeared that there was some little misunderstanding with reference to the aim of the course that was taken. There were some who obtained the idea that we were instructed to place the management or the conduct of the affairs of this session in the hands of men who have not been on the general board during the past two years. And so when the resolution nominated some of these men, it was thought that the resolution was not in harmony with the instruction given.

Now we do not understand that that was the object, or that the instruction given, was entirely to replace the committee; but we understand that the Lord instructed us to enlarge this committee, to add to its numbers men who have been at work in all parts of the field, and connected with all phases of the work. And instead of having business prepared mainly by the Conference Committee, with the aid of a few men appointed on committee, who would meet together and counsel regarding the work, we should have a large body of men, to study all parts of the field, and its various interests.

In order to carry this out, the committee wish to nominate the following persons to be added to this number, and we place this nomination in the hands of the Conference to make the election. The names are as follows:—

W. C. White, L. R. Conradi, F. H. Westphal, F. I. Richardson. W. A. Spicer, B. J. Cady, E. S. Butz, B. L. Howe, N. Z. Town, G. W. Caviness,

W. H. Thurston, A. J. Haysmer, I. J. Hankins, M. C. Wilcox, Allen Moon, Lewis Johnson, H. Schultz, W. C. Sisle, P. T. Magan, F. M. Wilcox, J. E. White, E. J. Waggoner, E. L. Stewart, J. S. Reekie, J. C. Ottosen, C. C. Lewis, C. W. Irwin, Frederick Griggs, B. E. Nicola, J. W. Loughhead, M. H. Brown, W. S. Sadler, J. E. Tenney, Dr. D. Paulson, Dr. H. F. Rand, and the district superintendents and Conference presidents.

Now it may be asked, “Why not appoint the whole Conference?” If, however you will look at the question a moment, you will see there is quite a difference in this body of men for counsel, and the entire congregation here. Now I suppose that all the names put together would aggregate fifty, possibly seventy-five. How many are there in this delegation now? There are two hundred and sixteen delegates. I have not counted the names that will be on this committee. Say there are seventy-five. We are told that we have been following wrong plans and operating under wrong principles, and that we must get away from them. But one object of this council is to bring together these men who have been operating under those principles, so that they can study into them. We want to get our bearings. We want to get down on solid rock and start over. We are told we must reorganize. We must start out on a new and better way, and we want to do it. Everybody here wants to do it.

So we ask you to consider this nomination, and act upon it as you may see best. We hope that there will be a very clear understanding on the part of all with reference to what we are trying to do. And let me say this: It will not be strange if, in our efforts to work on new lines, we shall meet with some confusion, or that we shall have some misunderstanding, and not strike at once in the full way, to the satisfaction of everybody. But if we will follow the instruction given by the servant of God,—to say little, pray much, and study carefully what is placed before, us,—the Lord will lead us into clear light, and on right lines, and we shall have a meeting here such as this people have never witnessed, and we shall go from this placed prepared to do a work that this denomination has never seen since it began its work. I am satisfied of that.

The Chair: What is the pleasure of the Conference in regard to this request from the Committee?

E. E. Miles: I move that these names be added to the committee.

S. H. Lane: I second the motion.

The Chair: The question is now open for remarks.

Watson Ziegler: I believe that in considering this great work, bearing this last message to mankind, that persons who are active and aggressive field laborers in the field have that in store that God has given them through experience that will be a benefit and a blessing in the councils of this body, for the furtherance of this message. I believe that you have chosen as a council many of those; but I believe many that would be instrumental in bringing into the council the mind and talents that God has given, are left out, and left out largely. I do not say I believe there is any intention of doing it; for I do not. I give my brethren here, every one, credit of being and acting in that spirit of tenderness and unity with the cause that we represent. I believe there is something lacking in the make-up of this committee or council.

A. G. Daniells: The committee has not finished its work yet. We have made quite an addition this morning. We are studying the situation. We are pressing into the light, and we are thankful to assure you that we feel that God is leading us into the light, and we shall consider these matters further; and as the resolution states, we shall be able to recommend additions, as it may be impressed upon us in our study.

G. G. Rupert: I would say that I have no objection to those that have been selected on this committee. In fact. I believe the committee as it now stands is capable of deciding almost any question that would come before this Conference: and in this committee these questions will be discussed. Their report, as will be given to the remaining portion of the delegates, undoubtedly will be largely correct; and if it were not correct, about half of the Conference, or nearly so, belongs to the committee, and I do not know what remains for the rest of the delegates to do. While the Committee is large, and will be capable of carrying out plans that will come before them, I fear that those not on the committee will lose much of the benefit that they might derive from the Conference. And any decisions they may arrive at would be very difficult to be changed by those remaining who do not belong to the committee.

A. G. Daniells: I wish to state that it is not the purpose of this committee to make decisions in regard to the business to come before the Conference. I understand that the committee is appointed to study the field, to study the principles that should govern us in our work, and to bring measures before the Conference but not to make decisions regarding what shall be done. It is not to take the place of the Conference, or the discussion that should be given here, or the consideration that should be given to matters.

S. N. Haskell: It seems to me it will give the movement that has been made here, an enlargement. We have committees of three, five, or seven, and the work they usually do will now be done by seventy-five; and that brings into the matters they bring before the Conference seventy-five minds instead of seven minds. They can mature plans better, so that the delegates can act more understandingly upon propositions brought in from seventy-five minds than from seven minds. This is the substance of the whole matter. It is enlarging committee, and bringing together the leading men from all over the field to discuss questions to present to the delegates for them to act upon.

J. O. Corliss: I can readily see the basis of some of these remarks. The idea seems to be that this committee, as it is composed of nearly a majority of the delegates, and the strongest men of the Conference, if they bring in a recommendation and are all agreed, they being the majority in the Conference, will be sure to vote in their own recommendations, and there will be little or nothing for the Conference to do. I can not see where the danger is, in having this committee so large. But if, in their work, they divide up into subcommittees to consider the various phases of the work there will be no difficulty.

W. W. Prescott: If the committee suggested and appointed in this way will only do what the Conference has asked it to do, I think it will be all right. But if they go beyond that. I say, Stop them right off. All you have asked of that committee is that it shall be a committee of counsel, not a committee of decision, not a Conference to decide things; but if they go to deciding things and running things, tell them to stop immediately. It belongs to the Conference to do this.

Dr. J. H. Kellogg: The theory of this committee, as has been discussed in the committee, is that the committee

shall be large enough to include the particular representatives of every interest in the whole denomination, and then this large committee should be divided into subcommittees,—men who will discuss the very interests in which they are particularly interested, and bring the results of their respective considerations before the committee for unification, before it is brought before the Conference. Heretofore there have been standing committees, each one working alone, and very often you would come here, and there would be one standing committee working squarely against another standing committee, and each committee had something to drive through the Conference. Now it is proposed to have simply a unifying committee, a harmonizing committee, so that all the standing committees which have heretofore existed shall come together in one large committee, to unify their plans, and compare them one with another, so that in the Conference it may be a discussion of principles rather than a discussion of small things occupying a great amount of the time.

R. C. Porter: It seems to me that this committee should be in touch with all the workers. The different presidents understand the work in general, but it seems to me the committee should include more of the men that have been right in the field, and have had the actual experience in the line of field work. If they were not made members of the committee, they could be called in for counsel, I understand, just the same. I am not at all afraid of trusting the brethren on the committee, and believe it will be all right; but I think it will be unadvisable to make the committee so very large that it will become difficult for it to transact the business.

R. D. Hottell: There is a large portion of the territory in the South that is in charge of directors. There are perhaps only two or three Conferences organized in all the Southern field. It seems to me that those who have been appointed as directors of these States should be included on this committee.

The question was called, and carried.

The Chair announced that the Committee on Counsel would meet in the Review and Herald Chapel at 5 P. M.

Elder A. T. Jones stated that since the opening of the Conference, additional responsibilities had been placed upon him, and that therefore he had too much work. He earnestly requested that Elder J. O. Corliss might be placed on the staff of editors of the Bulletin. Moved by M. C. Wilcox and seconded by R. M. Kilgore that the request be granted. The motion prevailed.

At this juncture of the meeting, Dr. J. H. Kellogg requested an opportunity to make a statement with reference to the work at the Sanitarium. He spoke of the large membership of the family, and the great number of patients at the Sanitarium at the present time. Quite a number of the delegates had requested that they might have some medical attention, and he announced that such might call at the bureau of information in the Sanitarium chapel. All who desire treatment or medical counsel should enter the south door of the chapel, next to the greenhouse. The time for treatment would be from 8:30 to 9:30 A. M.; 2:30 to 4:30 P. M.; and after 7:30 P. M.

He then called attention to the question of a school of health, he said a number of delegates and visitors were desirous of having something of that kind carried on during the time of the Conference, not to take the regular hours of the Conference. An expression was taken to see how the delegation felt toward having such a school conducted during this time. The question was unanimously voted. The congregation joined in singing Coronation, after which Elder A. G. Daniells presented the topic, The Field and and its Needs, as announced in the order of business, page 17 of the Bulletin, the first topic having been considered at the 9:00 A. M. hour by W. W. Prescott.

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

OUR SUPPLY IN CHRIST

E. G. WHITE

Mrs. E. G. White, in Early Morning Meeting, April 3, 1901.

I thank the Lord that so many have come out to this early morning meeting to worship God. I desire that my heart shall be drawn out to God. It is our privilege to feel the deep movings of his Spirit.

We read in James: “James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” This is a wonderful position. And it is our privilege to occupy this position.

“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; but the rich, in that he is made low; because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth; so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Let us take in the idea of the privilege we have. There are so many who, when they are in trouble, forget the invitation God has given, and begin to look for human help. They go to human beings for aid, and this is the way in which their experience becomes feeble. In all our trials we will seek the Lord most earnestly, remembering that we are his property, his children by adoption, and we shall receive help. We are his by creation, we are his by redemption. By the cords of divine love we are bound to the Source of all power and strength. If we will only make God our dependence, asking him for what we want as a little child asks his father for what he wants, we shall obtain a rich experience. We shall learn that God is the source of all strength and power.

If, when you ask, you do not immediately feel any special exercise of feeling, do not think that your prayer is not answered. The One who says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you; for every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened,” will hear and answer you. Let us, then, ask and seek, and have the privilege of finding. Christ says, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,”—the yoke of restraint and obedience,—“and learn of

me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” We are to find rest by wearing his yoke and bearing his burdens. In being co-workers with Christ in the great work for which he gave his life, we shall find true rest. When we were sinners, he gave his life for us. He wants us to come to him and learn of him. Thus We are to find rest. He says he will give us rest. “Learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart.” In doing this you will find in your own experience the rest that Christ gives, the rest that comes from wearing his yoke and lifting his burdens.

God has been greatly dishonored by his people leaning upon human beings. He has not told us to do this. He has told us that he will teach us, he will guide us. We may come to him and receive help. “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God.”

I can not tell you how many letters came to me across the broad Pacific when I was in Australia, asking for counsel. What did Christ promise his disciples if they would believe in him as their personal Saviour? “Lo, I am with you alway,” he said, “even unto the end of the world.” Again he says, “I am at thy right hand to help thee.” Think of how many promises he has given us, which we may grasp by the hand of faith. When we go to the Source of power, we know that we shall receive that intelligence and wisdom which comes from a pure source, which is not mixed with anything of humanity. As we pray, it is our privilege to know that God wants us to pray, to ask him for help. He wants us to become acquainted with him, to speak to him, to tell him of our difficulties.

Christ took humanity upon himself. He laid aside his royal robe and kingly crown, and stepped down from his high command in the heavenly courts. Clothing his divinity with humanity, he encircled the race with his long human arm. He stands at the head of humanity, but not as a sinner. It is because there is no spot nor stain of sin upon him that he can stand there. Because he is sinless, he can take away our sins, and place us on vantage-ground with God.

When I open a letter beginning, “I am sorry to trouble you, Sister White, but I am in trouble, and I wish to know about something in regard to my family and in regard to myself,” I feel sad at heart. When it is essential for you to know, God will let you know. He has promised that if you ask wisdom from him, he will give it to you. But it is not always essential for us to know all the why’s and wherefore’s. We dishonor God by striving to get some one whom we think understands our case to help us. Is not Christ close beside us, and will he not give us the help we need? His word repeats the promise over and over again. “If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it,” he says. “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

It is no marvel to me that at the present time there is so much weakness where there should be strength. The reason of this is that instead of drinking of the pure water of Lebanon, we are seeking to quench our thirst from cisterns in the lowlands, which contain not the water of life.

I want to tell you, dear friends, that we have done great dishonor to our Master. Shall we continue to cherish the sin of unbelief, which doth so easily beset us, or shall we cast away this weight of unbelief, and go to the Source of strength, believing that we shall receive pity and compassion from the One who knows our frame, who loves us so well that he gave His own life for us, who bore in His own body the strokes which fell because of our transgression of the law of God. All this He did that we might be prisoners of hope.

We are not polite to Christ. We do not recognize his presence. We do not realize that he is to be our honored guest, that we are encircled by his long human arm, while with his divine arm he grasps the throne of the Infinite. We forget that the threshold of heaven is flooded with the glory proceeding from the throne of God, that the light may fall directly on those who are seeking the help Christ alone can give. He said to the woman of Samaria, “If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.... Whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

We are to recognize Christ. He does not want us to be as a band of mourners in a funeral train, bearing upon us the marks of care and perplexity. He wants us to commit the keeping of our souls to him. He wants us to put our trust in the naked promise. But, you say, I do not feel like it. Tell me what value there is in feeling! Is feeling stronger than the faith which it is your privilege to exercise in God? Feelings change with almost every circumstance; but the promises of the Eternal are as solid rock. Let us build our house upon the sure foundation, and rivet our souls to the eternal Rock, the Rock of Ages. If we do this, we shall find that it will become habitual for us to remember that we have a Companion. Wherever we are, we are to talk with God. This is the way Enoch walked with God. He talked with him. He recognized the Divine Presence. And in the days of Enoch the world was no more favorable for the perfection of Christian character than in 1901.

There is no dependence to be placed in humanity. Where do you get your mental food. Do you get it from the newspapers of to-day, which are filled with the most disgusting and horrible representations? We have something better than this, and we are to show to the world that we know the source of power and efficiency and comfort. The grace of God, which passes knowledge, is imparted to us. It is free.

The Lord can take every one of us in his embrace; for his arm encircles the race. Let us remember this, after Christ had taken the necessary steps in repentance, conversion, and faith in behalf of the human race, he went to John to be baptized of him in Jordan. “John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?” Jesus answered, “Suffer it to be so now; for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness.” When he came up out of the water, he knelt down on the banks of the Jordan, and offered a prayer such as had never before entered heaven. While he was praying, the heavens opened, and the glory of God, in the form of a dove of burnished gold, rested upon him, and from the highest heaven was heard the voice of the infinite One, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Have you thought of what this means to us:—that in this prayer is included every son and daughter of Adam, who will believe in Christ as a personal Saviour, and take the requisite steps in repentance, conversion, faith, and baptism? We are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these three great, infinite powers are unitedly pledged to work in our

behalf if we will co-operate with them. We are buried with Christ in baptism as an emblem of his death. We are raised from the water as an emblem of his resurrection. We are to live as new-born souls, that we may be raised at the last great day. You are to live in newness of life; for you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.” This is where you are to place your treasure.

Christ’s prayer on the banks of the Jordan includes every one who will believe in him. The promise that you are accepted in the Beloved comes to you. God said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” This means that through the dark shadow which Satan has thrown athwart your pathway Christ has cleaved the way for you to the throne of the infinite God. He has laid hold of almighty power, and you are accepted in the Beloved.

In every respect you are to honor God. But there is not in our experience that pleasantness and joyousness that there should be. Christ says that if he is in us, our joy will be full. Let us be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Let us not, by living inconsistent, earthly, sensual lives, heap reproach upon Christ. Let us rise above the malarious atmosphere that pervades the world, and breathe the breath of God. Let us feed upon the bread of life. Christ declares that if we eat his flesh and drink his blood, we shall have eternal life. His word will be to us as the leaves of the tree of life. If we eat the bread that came down from heaven, we shall have a connection with God. We shall bring eternity into our reckoning. We shall live as in the presence of the whole heavenly host. The angels are watching and guarding us. God loves us, but we fail to cherish that love. God wants us to recognize his ownership in every human being. They are mine, he says. I have bought them with a price. “Ye are not your own.... Therefore, glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

Shall we not take hold of our privileges? Let us not dwell upon the dark side of the picture, saying that we do not know how things are coming out: that everything seems to be torn up and broken to pieces. It is not so. We may place ourselves under the molding hand of God. He will make of us vessels unto honor, if we are willing to be made thus. God wants us to expect large things, to remember that the prayer which ascended to heaven at the Saviour’s baptism embraces every one of us. We are accepted in the Beloved. Christ has pledged himself to keep us. Then commit the keeping of your souls to him, as unto a faithful Creator. Repeat the words aloud, “I will commit the keeping of my soul to him.” We would better talk with God, even though our words are heard by others. When there are those around you who are stirred by passion, do not retaliate to their hasty words, but repeat the words of Scripture. Supposing you should do this in your dealing with your brethren and sisters. When untrue words are spoken about us, shall we flare up? Were not a great many untrue things spoken concerning the Saviour, and did He retaliate? God wants us to stand in moral dignity, recommending the divine power that enables us to possess our souls in patience.

God wants his people to show to the world that they have opened the windows of the soul heavenward, that the Sun of Righteousness is shining into the soul-temple, and that the windows are closed earthward. We need an increase of faith and confidence in God. To the poor souls who have been leaning on the broken staff of humanity I would say, O that God would show you that there is a power above the power of humanity! May God help every one of us to work on the plan of faith, believing that the Lord wants to be represented in our world, that he wants his power to be revealed in his people. He will reveal his power through you if you will only place yourselves where he can give you this power. You may have hope and joy and strength.

The love of God in your heart will lead you to love your brethren. God wants you to manifest his love, that your life may be hid with Christ in God. The Father loves you as he loves his Son, because his Son has averted the sword of justice by offering himself as a sacrifice. Christ purchased you at an infinite cost, and he wants you to show that you appreciate what has been done to place you on vantage-ground. He says to the Father. “Here is a poor sinner I have given my life for him. He is saved by my grace. Receive him as your child.” Do you think the Father will refuse?

Let us at this Conference make it an individual work to seek God with all the heart, that we may find him. Do not hunt up the sins some one else has committed. God has not made any one of you a sin-bearer. You can not even bear your own sins. Christ must take your sins and the sins of every other mortal. Let us show that we appreciate his sacrifice in our behalf. Let us reveal in our lives the fragrance of his character. Be fragrant in your words. Remember that you are either a savor of life unto life or of death unto death. Let us be as fragrant flowers. Let the love of Christ pervade your lives. Let your words be such that they will be as apples of gold in pictures of silver.

This is the work the Lord wants us to do. Can not you think of enough to praise the Lord for? Can not you praise him because he died for you, because he has spared you for so long, because you have his word, which is so full of precious promises? He offers you the bread of life. He says, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” Eat his word, search it, dig deep for the hidden treasure. Do not talk. We have always had so much to say. God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Be still long enough to know that God is God. Remember that you are to help every one around you. Forget yourself, your bruises and wounds and difficulties. Praise God, and he will receive you. Because he lives, you may live also.

EVENING SERMON

A. T. JONES

By Elder A. T. Jones, 7 p. m. April 2, 1901.

The fourth chapter of Ephesians, beginning with the seventh verse: “Unto every one of us given grace according to the measure of the grace of Christ.”

The word was given to us to day that God calls for a reorganization of the General Conference, its work, and processes, that, consequently, must be our chief study, The General Conference is now formally, by representation, in session; but this representation that is here is not all the General Conference. We do not find all of the General Conference, till we have included every Seventh-day Adventist in the world. Consequently a reorganization of the General Conference calls for a reorganization of

each individual Seventh-day Adventist throughout the world.

This is called for not only on the part, and in behalf, of the General Conference itself, but it is called for by the interests of God in the earth. The world has reached that time in which a work is to be done by the Lord, which work he can not do unless each one of us shall be reorganized, renewed. Therefore I have begun with this verse, and we shall follow on through a number of verses of this same chapter; for this is the story of reorganization.

All organization that is not of God is a mere makeshift for the time being. There is no true organization but that of God. And it is only life that is the source of organization. Organization is not the source of life. Organization does not give life. Life produces organization. Therefore, for God to have a reorganization of only the General Conference that is in session here, demands that God’s life shall reach anew to us and in fuller measure than ever yet it has. And whomsoever it is that God shall reach by that life of his, that is organization: and whomsoever he shall reach by that life of his in greater measure, that is reorganization. Therefore I have read this verse; for this is the beginning of life.

All true organization comes from God to men, by the grace of God, which is the gift of God himself to men. So then “unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.” Then, since the grace of God is the fountain of all good to men, and that grace is given unto every one of us according to the measure of Christ, there is the supply, there is the source, the fountain; an abundance of grace to accomplish that for which God called to-day. For what is the measure of the gift of Christ?—“In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Unto every one of us is given grace according, then, to that measure of all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And he gave himself—not loaned himself, but gave, gave, in an eternal gift himself—to us.

That is the measure of the gift of Christ. There is no limit to it. It is boundless as the fullness of God; and is given to every one of us—US! to you, to me. O, then when God opens (I will not say the fountain) the boundless sea of his grace to you and to me individually, and then says to us that God calls for a reorganization, what shall hinder? Is not the prospect bright enough for us to throw ourselves away upon his offer,—to plunge off into that boundless sea of his grace, which works only salvation to every one whom it reaches? O, you know it is written,—

“There’s a wideness in God’s mercy

Like the wideness of the sea;

There’s a kindness in his justice

That is more than liberty.”

So much for the gift; so much for the inducement, the qualification, which he gives to every one of us to accomplish upon us, to accomplish in us, and to accomplish for us; and then, having accomplished upon us and in us and for us, to accomplish through us his wondrous purpose in this day, to glorify God upon the earth, and to finish the work which is given us to do. This having been presented in his word, now let us see what he proposes to do by that grace which he has given boundlessly to every one of us.

Let us read on: “Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore, he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.... And he gave some, apostles; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”

First of all, this grace is given “for the perfecting of the saints;” and all else for which this grace is given can never be accomplished, unless this first purpose for which it is given shall be accomplished, recognized, looked unto, and aimed at,—the perfection of the saints. For the next clause is, “for the work of the ministry;” and the next, “for the edifying [the building up] of the body of Christ.”

But what can God do with a ministry that does not recognize the perfecting of the saints? What can God do in building up his church, when God’s grace in the perfecting of the saints who compose the church, is not recognized? So then he has laid the foundation rightly; he has put the first truth first, rightly. The perfecting of the saints, then, is the first work of the grace of God. And since he has given all the grace that he has, and has given all the fullness of God in the gift of grace, all that God is, all his power, all his sanctifying holiness and Spirit—all this is given, pledged, to him who receives the grace, that that grace shall accomplish God’s purpose in bringing him unto perfection]

Then no one who has named Christ, no one who professes to have received the grace of God, is ever to be content for one moment with anything short of perfection as God sees it—as he has set it before our eyes in Jesus Christ. And it is he who is to do it; not we to perfect ourselves, not we to do the work, but he who gave himself that he might do it to me. Oh, there is the foundation of our confidence! there is the foundation of our trust fixed,—that it is he who is to accomplish it; and then we know it shall be done.

Then for the work of the ministry. This boundless gift of the grace of God is for the work of the ministry. And so that is the second thing in the work of the grace of God—not second in importance, but second in fact; because without the perfecting work of the grace of God, what shall the ministry be worth? The ministry of the gospel is the highest calling, and to be a minister of the gospel is to hold the highest position in the wide universe. That is the truth. I mean the highest calling among creatures, of course.

I say it again; the ministry of the gospel is the highest calling; to be a minister of the gospel is to occupy the highest position, and to hold the highest place, that there is to be held or occupied in the universe of God. And so, brethren, I would exhort every soul who has ever thought of the ministry, not to allow himself to entertain any thought of the ministry of the gospel that is any lower than that which I have named. For any one to allow himself to think of the ministry of the gospel of Christ in any lower degree, in any possibly conceivable extent, is to miss the ministry of the gospel. Any man who holds the ministry of the gospel at any lower standard, in any degree, than that which I have named has missed the gospel ministry. He has not got it; he has not got it. IT. Then may the Lord by his spirit and by the abundance of his grace work upon our minds and our hearts, to broaden our comprehension, and lift us to that height at which he himself has placed the standard of the ministry of the gospel of Christ.

O, think what it is to be a minister of the gospel! What is the gospel?—It is the power of God. Then the ministry of the gospel is the ministry of the power of God. You and I, brethren, are commissioned of God to go and minister to men the power of God. The power of God is to be ministered unto

men by us in such a way that it shall work their salvation.

But wherein lies the power of God in the gospel? Why is it that the gospel is the power of God? The next verse tells (Romans 1:16): “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation,” etc. But I want to call attention to that one thing,—what it is in itself. It is the power of God. Why? Next verse. “For therein,”—therein,—“is the righteousness of God revealed.”

The righteousness of God is the very essence of his character, and that is the source of the power of the gospel. It is the power of God, because therein—in the gospel—is the righteousness of God. The ministry of the gospel is the ministry of the character of God. To you and me, as ministers of the gospel, God has given by his grace that commission to preach the gospel, to preach the power of God, to preach the very essence of the character of God unto men; so that they shall find the power of God, so that they shall find the essence of the character of God, and in that find the salvation which God works in the lives of men, in human flesh.

Then, how shall that be done? How shall you, how shall I, how shall we, minister the power of God except we have the power of God? Except we shall be entrusted with the power of God—not entrusted in this way, that he gives to you and me his power, that we ourselves shall measure it out and pass it on to others. No. He entrusts us with that power in the way of clothing us with the power, that the words of the gospel which we speak shall reach the hearts of men in such a way that they shall know that God is speaking to their hearts. They shall recognize that God is present, and that they shall answer to God for what they shall do in response the work that he has given them. He clothes us—and entrusts us with his righteousness by so clothing us—with that essence of the character of God that we shall bring men to God in the fullness of free salvation.

And in the way of righteousness is life. It is the life of God. Is it not true that he has said that in former times we as Gentiles, were alienated, separated from the life of God? We are joined to the life of God, and that is eternal life. And so it is written, in John 5:24: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, that he that heareth my word, and believeth on me, and on him that sent me, hath everlasting life.” Hath it—not shall have it, but hath it. As to the future it is: “Shall not come into condemnation.” “But is”—now it swings back to the present—“but is passed from death unto life.” And now we are with him in life—the life of God. Joined to him, even as it is written, “With thee is the fountain of life.” And when we thus find his life, those connected with his life, joined to it, so that this life is our life, and there is the revealing of his power. For Jesus Christ is made an High Priest, after the power of an endless life.

I call your attention now to just that thought. There is power in life. In endless life there is more power. In life there is power. Our every-day life, the natural life, that is but a vapor, which appeareth for a time, and then vanisheth away. We let it go, and receive the endless life, which never vanishes away. Then since there is power in this life, power in life itself, what power is it that is of an endless life?—Only an endless power.

So I say, the gospel is the power of God, because that in it the righteousness of God is revealed, and in righteousness is life. And there is the hiding of his power, the endless power. And this endless life of God that comes in the boundless righteousness of God, is revealed in the gospel which he has given to us to preach.

Now another word about that life. O that I could—and I pray God that he will cause it to be so—enable you to see this thought that I now call your attention to, of being joined to the life of God. That life of God is in Jesus Christ. He is the source of life. Brethren, there is a higher calling for us than to think that we as Christians get our life through the breath which we breathe here, as all men breathe, and the food which we eat, as all men eat. We had all that before we were Christians at all. We would have had all that if we had never been Christians. We would have breathed, ate, drank, and lived; but when God calls us to him, to become connected with the life of God, we are lifted above the place we were before, and are joined to that boundless sea of the life of God. And there is the source of our life as Christians. God proposes so to connect us with himself that we shall be conscious day by day, and all the time, that there is an inflowing of life from the throne of the living God to the heart and life of the believer in Jesus. Then when we have allowed ourselves to be lifted up to that place, and to receive that flow of the life of God into our lives day by day,—O, then the power of God will be upon us! Then the power of God will be manifested in our ministry, even the endless power that belongs to the endless life of God. That is the truth.

There is just as much reality—in degree there is more, of course, because it is more substantial; but in the matter of fact—in the matter of tangibility, there is just as much reality in finding the life of God flowing to our lives day by day, when we believe in Jesus, as there ever was finding life flow to us day by day by our breathing when we first lived in the world. That is the divine fact.

And then, O, see what comes with that! Why is it that he has put us in that place? First, the perfecting of the saints; secondly, the work of the ministry. Then do you not see, brethren in the ministry (I mean the preaching ministry now; of course all are included, but I am speaking now to ourselves as preaching ministry), do you not see that when we find that source of life, we live in that? That is the true higher life. That is the true Christian life that we live, and the life that flows to us from Jesus Christ, we get from heaven to-day. We breathe it in from Jesus Christ direct, the Lifegiver. That is the Christian life.

But why is that given to us?—O, for the work of the ministry. But to whom do we minister?—To mankind. What do we minister?—O, Jesus Christ has thus brought us to the fountain of life, and connected us therewith, that we may be indeed those who shall stand between the dead and the living, to convey to the dead the life that shall cause them to live. That is what we are in the world for. It is that Jesus Christ, the living, may, by us, reach the dead with the life that measures with the life of God.

So we are ministers of life. We are called, correctly, truly, ministers of Christ. But what is Christ? Let us turn and read that beautiful passage in first John: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the World of life.” And that shall be all true of you and me today. True, John spoke of the time when they looked upon him in the flesh; but John did not stop with that. John

looked upon Jesus Christ in the Spirit after he had left the flesh and gone to heaven; and it belongs to you and me to look upon Jesus Christ, to behold him with our eyes as he is to-day at the right hand of God, to give forth repentance, remission of sins, to shed life to the dead.

“Which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”

Who is he?—The life. When we are ministers of Christ, we are only the ministers of the life. Oh, then, how can I be a minister of the life of Christ, a minister of the life of God, when my ministry is as continuous as my life, unless I am connected with that fountain of life, so that that is my life? Only then can I become a minister of life; and this is life eternal, you all know, “that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” Then we are ministers of Christ, and in that are ministers of eternal life to the dead. What a calling! and what a height there is to the calling!

Brethren, let us ask God to lift us up to the height of it; and there let us dwell. There let us remain, never asking to come down. There at that height let us abide, looking into his face, drawing from him the life, the light, the glory, that perfects saints, and makes efficient the ministry of the gospel.

That is the great thing. Each of those steps we must take, or the next one can not follow. Then I beg again, I pray again, that the Lord, in the abundance of his grace, may so impress it upon each soul here, that we have not found our true attitude in the Christian life until we know that there is flowing constantly to us from the throne, the stream of life that shall cause us to live, and make us the channel of life to the dead.

For the building up of the body of Christ, the church of God. First, the perfecting of the saints; then the work of the ministry; then the building up of the church. O, the church needs building up! That is why God calls for reorganization. Then let us recognize that he has set before us that true standard,—nothing short of the perfecting and the perfection of the saints. Then the true height of the ministry of the gospel, the ministry of Christ.

Now just a word or two before I leave that finally,—that this ministry takes in all: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Whosoever has received the grace of God has received in that the gift of the ministry of that grace, the ministry of Christ, the ministry of the word,—or the ministry of the gospel, as it is written in another place.

The fifth chapter of 2 Corinthians states that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, and that he hath committed unto us the ministry of reconciliation. Whosoever finds reconciliation, the reconciliation of God in Christ, in that finds the ministry of that same reconciliation to those who have not found it. So the ministry, this ministry, is universal. But, brethren, unless we who are called to the preaching ministry, appreciate what that ministry is, how can those to whom we preach ever appreciate it?

So, then, this is all given, “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man.” A perfect man. How many of us?—Till we all. Put the two together. Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ, till we all come to perfect men. Thank the Lord! “Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.”

Now, the next blessed reward that comes upon that: “That we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Brethren, God has that for us that shall make us stable. God has that for us that shall make us, in the truth,—in righteousness, and in the principles of righteousness,—as firm as the Rock of Ages himself.

More. Read in that verse again and the next one with it (Ephesians 4:14, 15): “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”

Now here is true reorganization, and there is no other: “Speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.”

There is reorganization, and there is no other: there is no other way. Any organization that does not come from Jesus Christ is no organization at all.

Note that this organization—this reorganization comes from the HEAD. Organization does not come from the members; it comes from the Head. Let me read that again now, and I will read another verse with it. “Speaking the truth in love,”—this body of Christ,—“Speaking the truth in love,”—these members,—“may grow up into him in all things, which is the Head, even Christ:” from whom?—from Christ—“the whole body”—that is, all the members. “The whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part,”—this from the Head,—“maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.” Then do you not see that this is organization in the church of Christ? All reorganization must come from Christ himself. He can do it; only he can.

Turn to Colossians, to the corresponding verse that I call your attention to in connection with this. (Colossians 2:18, 19): “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” It says, then, that this body is built from the Head: and that those who do not hold the Head are beguiled of their reward. O, yes, they humble themselves, and they work, and they pray, and all this thing; but what does it amount to? It is all simply works. And all this is because the Head is not recognized: “Not holding the Head.” So then the body is organized from the Head. The life energy, flowing from

the Head to all the members, each member actuated from the Head, each member guided by the will that resides in the head. That is perfection of organization, and the human body is the same. That is the illustration. Here is the human body - many members, but it is all one body, each member of this body of ours which God has given us.

By the way, let me pause upon that one thought. In our bodies, which we have ever with us, and to which we were directed to-day, - why is it that in all this exhortation of the Spirit of prophecy to reorganization, health reform comes in every time? Why is it, as to-day it was clearly cited, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made”? - It is because in this organization in which we ourselves are, our bodies which God has made us, he has presented before us an everlasting illustration of the organization of the church. And it is exceeding carelessness, and from that, blindness, that can not see the organization of the church, - what it must be, - when every day each one carries about with him, and is constantly using, this body, which is composed of many members. Every one of these members is actuated by the head, and no two of them ever come into quarrel, ever have any difference of opinion, or act in contrary ways. Or if they should by any means act in contrary ways, as the hands do to break a string, it is only apparently: they are actually pulling together. You simply can not have schism in the body which God has organized from the head. So then, since God calls for reorganization, let not a soul here be afraid that there is going to be confusion, or schism, or anything of the kind. There is no danger whatever - except among those who hold not the Head. Who is the church? - Those who look to the Head; those who seek the Head; those who are joined to the Head. Then there is no difference how many members there may be, though we are only one on one side of the earth, and another on the other side of the earth, we two members will move together, and act together, because the Head, Christ Jesus, the Lord, is organizing both, his will actuates both, he is the One who is doing that in both.

Then we come to this: There must be reorganization. God calls for it. In this reorganization now, God calls for an additional thing to what he called for before, and that is a change of men. Those other men that God calls for, and whom God will call - let me say that again, whom God will call, - these must come from this company. They must come from ourselves, must come from the church of God somewhere. Then that throws upon you and me, upon each soul of us, the Heaven-sent responsibility that each one of us shall be reorganized from heaven by the direct agency of the Head.

Then these coming men must be chosen to places. The Scripture says, has said it all the time. “Look ye out men.” In the looking out of these men, what are we to look for? How are we to look, and how are we to proceed to know the proper man to fill that place? We must ask God to open our eyes, and anoint our eyes with the heavenly eyesalve that we may see the men whom God has already called. That is the true way of “looking out men.”

Nothing short of that can be the looking out of men. These must be men looked out from among us, God has them. He has prepared them. They are already prepared. He has told us so. Then what we are to do is to ask that our eyes shall be opened, that God shall anoint them with the heavenly eyesalve, so that we shall be able to see and know that there is the man whom God has called to that place, to that work.

It can be so. God does not do things in a corner, or under a cover, but openly before the eyes of all. All whose eyes God shall open and anoint, will see.

Then this also must be considered: that position, place, never gives authority. Authority qualifies for the place. I will say it again: it must be a watchword for every one in this conference: Position never gives authority. Whomsoever God has called to be the President of the General Conference the next term, when he shall have been chosen, and shall stand before us here elected, will have no more authority than he has right now - and we do not yet know who he is.

Place, position, never bestows authority. No authority is derived from the place. But authority that a man already has from God, which God has put upon him, will qualify a man for the place to which God calls him: and if he has not that authority before he enters the place, he has not the authority when he is in the place. The view that place gives authority is precisely the principle of papal infallibility. The pope is not infallible before he is elected. Nobody claims that. He is only a cardinal before he is elected; but as soon as he is elected, then he is infallible; then he is inspired by the Holy Ghost, because he holds his place. That is the papacy.

Christianity is that God clothes men with authority, and whether they have any place or position, or not, it is all right; they have authority, anyhow. Look at it: Jesus Christ was in this world, truly saying, “All power [and that is “all authority” in the Revised Version] is given unto me in heaven and in earth;” and he had no place at all, not so much as to lay his head. He had no position at all. The Pharisees, the priests, the scribes, the lawyers, the hypocrites, had position; they had place; and they could lord it over him, and set him before them, and sit in judgment upon him. Where was their authority? - They had none; and so he told the people: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do,’ - because, as they sat in Moses’ seat, they read the words that Moses had written. All right; that is the word of God, but “do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.”

With Moses in the seat, there was authority from the seat: but with a scribe and a Pharisee in the seat, in the place of Moses, there was no authority except from God in the word which the man happened to read, and which was altogether independent of him and apart from him.

But it is said of Jesus: They all “wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.” And why? - O, “he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.” Precisely. All that the scribes could speak was borrowed, and everybody would know that it was borrowed; for it was alone, so far as any connection that they had with it was concerned. But when Jesus Christ spoke the same words that the Pharisees and scribes had said, everybody knew that what he said was not borrowed, but was substance; that it was of himself; that that word lived in him; that he was but the expression of the word which he spoke: and when the word was spoken, it was with weight that impressively struck the ears, and rested upon the hearts, of those who heard. And it rested upon the hearts of those men with comfort, and brought them joy.

And that is the life with which God wishes to clothe every one in this whole assembly and throughout the world.

Thus Jesus Christ had the authority, and the people knew it, and the Pharisees who did not have it, grew so jealous of him that they could not stand him any longer. All the world has gone after him, and so they must put him out of the world to save our place. If we do not, we will lose our place.

The man who is connected with the Head, the man who serves God, the man who lives in Jesus Christ, can never lose his place; for his place is with Jesus Christ, under the wings of the Almighty, and he is safe. Where was Jesus’ authority, when he did not have any position or any place? How could he have authority? - It was in the truth which he preached from God. All man’s authority, all true and right authority in this world, comes to him through the truth of God which he receives. When we shall find a man in this world who has as much of the truth of God as Christ had in him, we shall find a man who has all authority in heaven and earth, because he has all the truth in heaven and earth. The measure of the truth that a man has, only that measure of authority he has wherever he is And if he is in the highest place of responsibility on this earth, and that is the president of the General Conference, if he has no truth, he has no authority. All the authority he can ever have in that place is the truth that is in him, which is a part of him.

Therefore Jesus said: “The princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you.” What do the princes of the world do? - They exercise authority.

Now God has never given to any man in his church authority to exercise authority. That is the difference between the princes of the world and the princes of God; for we are princes of God. The princes of the world exercise authority; the princes of God have authority, and it exercises itself.

Then there is no dominion among the princes of God. There is no lordship. There is no dominion. There is none of that kingly spirit which was described to us. No; there are no territorial boundaries among the princes of God. - that this is my Conference. It is God’s Conference. It is not my territory. It is God’s. So, the princes of this world exercise dominion; exercise authority. The princes of the world who have no real authority, exercise authority. The princes of God, have true authority but exercise no authority. The princes of God have authority, and that is enough to suit them, and God takes care of the rest, so that no one is greatest; but only one is Master, and all of us are brethren. So, then, this is the course of organization.

So, then, let us see that we be organized from the head. Let us see that our authority shall come from God; and that we never exercise authority. Yet speak with authority, because the authority is in the truth which we speak. Only there lies our authority.

So we put now another proposition: Place never gives authority. Authority qualifies for the place when God calls man to a place. And when that is done then he has authority, but he must have authority before he is there. So now I will read the passage over that we have read: “But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.” And he gave some apostles (and he who has the gift of apostleship will have the authority of the apostle, though he never have any place), some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the building up, or reorganizing, of the body of Christ; “till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.”

Remember that we were called to-day to put away childish things, to be no more children, - that we be no more children, tossed to and fro, not knowing where we are, not knowing whether we are on solid ground. God wants us to build upon the foundation, the truth, which makes man free, and which we know is the truth. Then will not we fear though the earth be moved out of her place, and the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. “No more children tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth.”

What man, what set of men, can select a worker here and another there, and fitly join them together? And well it has been expressed that this work of conducting the cause of God is the most delicate in the universe, because it deals with minds. How can we fitly join together living souls in spirit, with the life of God? Only God can do that. Only Christ, the head, can do that. He will use us in joining us together, knitting, - not weaving, but knitting - us together. You know in weaving the threads are held side by side, and across, that they shall hold; but in knitting it is only one thread. In and in, in and in, always each stitch holding to all the others. That is what God proposes to do with us. We are joined - knitted - together, and compacted by that which every joint supplies, and so makes the increase of the body; into the building up of the body itself; out of itself to build up itself from the Head.

That is organization. That is reorganization. Come, brethren, let us be organized: let us be reorganized.

BIBLE STUDY

W. W. PRESCOTT

By Elder W. W. Prescott, 9 a. m., April 3 1901.

GOD’S messengers have a message. A man who has not a message, no matter what place he occupies, is not God’s messenger, because God’s messengers have a message. They have always had a message. They have a message today: and being called out, as this people have been called out, to give a message, the most important thing for every one of us to know is, What is the message?

We may phrase it in a great variety of ways, and always speak the truth, when we know what the message is. Every one of us here who has been connected with this movement, and especially those who have grown old in this movement, know that this message is the advent message. Then we must learn

what the advent message is, because that is the message to be given now. There is no doubt about it. That will do the work. Every one who is to give the advent message must know what the advent message is. What is it?

The advent message is not a new message, yet it is new every morning, and fresh every evening. But really the advent message has been in the earth ever since the gospel was preached to man. In the first preaching of the gospel, when God himself, in few words, preached the whole gospel of hope and salvation to man, in saying, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” the advent message was proclaimed; and from that time to this, it has been nothing but the advent message.

But in this generation there is something true concerning this advent message, that, while it might have been a long time ago, yet never has been; and that is the thing that characterizes the present advent message. That thing is just this: When the advent message was first proclaimed in Eden, there was nothing said about time; yet the message that there was to be a coming One in the flesh took such a definite hold upon those who heard it, that they believed that message was to be fulfilled right in their generation. So when Cain was born, his mother thought the advent message was fulfilled right there, and she said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord,” That is the promise. How disappointing to the father and the mother, to say nothing of other intelligences looking on, when the hope that the advent message was being fulfilled in that son was all dashed to the ground, in the fact that he turned aside, and instead of being a messenger of life, became a taker of life.

So the world had to wait. There was a delay then in the advent message, and that delay went on and on. Then Israel was brought up out of Egypt, and hope was being restored that the advent message would be really fulfilled, and that song of praise, and of promise, in the fifteenth chapter of the book of Exodus brings out that advent message. I will read the closing words, beginning with the eleventh verse: “Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them. Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. The people shall hear, and be afraid; sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, which thou hast purchased. Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. The Lord shall reign forever and ever.”

That is the advent message, plain and straight; and yet when the children of Israel were brought into the land, and into the mountain of God’s inheritance, and into his sanctuary, instead of going right forward and accepting that message, they turned their attention to the things of earth: and because they were now where they could see the land that was promised,—because they could begin to see something coming out of that message,—they turned right away from the message to the things that were the consequence, the things connected with the message, and forgot the message itself. Then, of course, they turned away from God. And then the message was put off again, and again delayed. And it kept delaying. In David’s time it seemed as if it was just then to be fulfilled. Every outward circumstance would seem to indicate it: but there was the same difficulty again. Outward things, visible things, those which ought to have been merely object lessons,—forms from which the reality could come forth,—were taken for the reality, and the reality was delayed. Then the promise came in, and told how long would be that delay; not because the Lord wanted it that way, but because the people took such a course as to make it so.

Then there was the object-lesson, the open teaching, the manifestation to all the universe of the first chapter, as it were, of the open Book of the advent message, and he was here in the flesh. That is the advent message. The appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: not simply over there, but now in the flesh.—and over there, because now in the flesh. That is the advent message.

And the advent message began to be laid before the people in open page and the people that sat in darkness saw a great light; and then the light was again covered, and the very church that was brought out by that actual advent experience, and the people that were brought out by that very advent experience, went right over the same ground again, and took the outward, visible appearances, through which the message ought to be revealed, for the message itself, leaving the message out.

Now when you have simply the outward appearances and the outward forms for the message, but not the actual advent message in the forms, those forms will be prostituted to the worst kind of wickedness. And because there had been the plainest teaching that the world had ever known, of what the advent message actually is,—the presence and appearing of Christ upon the earth, because that truth was perverted, the world went into the greatest darkness that it has ever known. And so the development and the completion of the advent message was put off.

Then light broke again through the darkness, and the true advent message began to be proclaimed, not simply in handling dates and prophecies; but in handling the fact, and in experiencing the manifestation of God through Christ, and the Spirit in the flesh. He began to appear again in the world. Now that was again perverted, and the completion of the advent message was delayed again.

In this generation, a people have been called out to complete the advent message, and it will be done. How do we know? Some one says, “Why, they have always talked about the coming of the Lord, and he has not yet come.” Are we any wiser than all the good men who have gone before? The wisdom of God shines out clearer now than ever before. That will make a people wiser if they will receive it. But how do we know definitely? Turn to the tenth chapter of Revelation. Remember now this one word,—that from Adam’s generation until today the advent message has been in the world, but the completion of it has been delayed by the people. Now what have we come to?

“And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth

and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things when the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven. And swore by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.” “That there should be time”—that there should be delay—“no longer.” For that word “time” should be read “delay;” and you will find it so in the margin of the Revised Version, because the whole question from Adam down to this time concerning this advent message has been on the part of the people a delay, because of their attitude toward it. But the time has come, the word, the oath of God has gone forth that “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished”—there shall be no more delay. Thank the Lord. That brings before us the thought that we have come to the time in this glorious but ever new, advent message, when it is about to be finished.

What is the real advent message? Let me say that while dates, and figures, and historical events all have their places in the advent message, they are not the advent message. You may have all the dates, all the answerings of history to prophecy—you may be able to make them perfectly clear to all the people, and yet not give the advent message. What is the advent message? It is the appearing of the great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Where? In the flesh. Whose flesh? Answer for yourselves. I say, My flesh. But it is still just as true that the advent message means the actual, visible appearing of the Man, Christ Jesus, on this earth. But first, before the Head appears, He will build the body from the head. That is what the advent message is to this Conference. This has been set forth with such clearness and with such simplicity as only the wisdom of God can give in a great truth that is infinite, so that minds just like ours can grasp it, live in it, and abide, and be blessed in it, and our minds can go on to all eternity living in it, and by it, and being blessed in it, and never exhaust the same truth. But we must advance in the truth, or we do not have the truth.

Now I would like in few words to set your minds to thinking in a good, broad way, so that you may have something to think about until we go on further. I want to make plain, in a few words from the Scripture, that this advent message, when it is understood, is so comprehensive that it takes in every phase of truth that God wants a people to know, in order to be prepared for the completion of the advent message. I read from Haggai 1:1-13:—

“In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month, came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet unto Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, This people say, The time is not come, the time that the Lord’s house should be built. Then came the word of the Lord by Haggai the prophet, saying, is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes. Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways. Go up to the mountain, and bring wood, and build the house: and I will take pleasure in it, and I will be glorified, saith the Lord. Ye looked for much, and, lo, it came to little: and when ye brought it home, I did blow upon it. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste, and ye run every man unto his own house. Therefore the heaven over you is stayed from dew and the earth is is stayed from her fruit. And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labor of the hands. Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the Lord their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the Lord their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the Lord. Then spake Haggai the Lord’s messenger in the Lord’s message unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord.”

What did the Lord say?—“I am with you.” Immanuel! That is the advent message. “Build me a house;” I want to dwell with you. That is the appearing of the Lord; that is the advent message. Let me have the house; give me the opportunity to rule through you, and I will build the house through you, in you. I will make you the house. Whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence, steadfast unto the end? “Then spake Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, in the Lord’s message, unto the people, saying, I am with you, saith the Lord.” Immanuel! God with us.

“And the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the Lord of hosts, their God.”

Now that is simply the outward lesson, in that most wonderful kind of instruction,—object teaching,—that teaching which the Lord employs more than any other one kind, because he knows that it is best adapted to the mind that he has made so that men should be able to take hold upon realities.

Now that message has been given by the Lord simply concerning the building of the house, so that he may have his own dwelling-place, and dwell in it, and that the temple he designed should be his own temple, and that he should take his place in that temple, and shine forth from it to all the world, and give from it, just as he did of old, the message of salvation that should reach the people. What was the message of old, in the tabernacle? What was the message that was to go forth, not in words, but in the object-lesson itself?

In order to get the right view of truth, we must consider it from the right standpoint. We must not take just one thing, and make that all the truth. A truth is in harmony with all other truth, and no one truth shuts out any other truth. Our minds do not always grasp that; but seeing one truth, another thing comes in, and we do not see how the points fit together, and so turn away from that, as if it were not truth. We may not understand it all; but if we

have the spirit of truth, we shall know that it is truth, and shall study to know what it is?

Upon coming into the tabernacle of old, what was the first thing that would impress one, without which nothing else could make any impression concerning the tabernacle? The fact that there in the tabernacle were the seven candlesticks burning all the time and giving light. Suppose there had been everything else in the tabernacle, but no candlesticks. There were no windows in it; it was shut up from all which was outside. You would simply have been in darkness. But the seven-branched candlestick lighted up the whole tabernacle night and day. It was continually burning to shed light.

What does that mean? Turn to the fourth chapter of Revelation. Instead of being a book that hides the truth, and to perplex and confuse people’s minds, it is the final gift of God to mankind to uncover and unify all other truth in the Bible. Describing the sanctuary not now upon earth, but in heaven, it says: “And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.”

How many Spirits does God have? Why, God is God. Yes, certainly. But what are these seven Spirits of god? Turn to Isaiah eleven. Always let the Lord speak, rather than man: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: and the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord: and shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord.”

How many manifestations of that Spirit does that give?—Just seven. But it is one Spirit. Those are the seven Spirits of God, which are the one Spirit, working this way to give light, to give understanding, to transform, to build, to organize, or reorganize, to build the temple, and fill the temple.

In that tabernacle the light of the glory that appeared between the cherubim, so great that even with the veil hanging, the priest sometimes had to go outside - that light was the constant teaching of this very advent message, the appearing of the Lord, his manifested presence.

But go further. He wanted to appear for salvation. If he had appeared before the face of all the people in the fullness of unveiled glory, it would have been to the destruction of the people, and not to their salvation. So in the tabernacle, built so that no light should shine through into the inner apartment, was where the greatest unveiling of the light and glory of his manifested presence was,—his advent right among them. But in order that the priest might minister and live, something must veil that glory even from him; so constantly, there hung the veil before the ark. The veil did not reach up on to the top, so that no light should come forth. Light would shine forth in spite of the veil, and lighten up the place sometimes so that the priest had to retire. The purpose was not to hide the light, but to reveal it in the measure that man could look upon it and live.

When the high priest alone, once a year, went right in before that very presence, not in robes of glory and beauty, but in the plain white linen, then the censer and the smoke of incense must be both the intercession and the hiding-place. Then, that the people might get the benefit of the light and glory that is to shine out from the temple, there is another veil hung, so that even though the priest, in robes of glory and beauty, may stand before the first veil, the people were not to be shut away from this light of glory. O, no: but the veil must be hung, another veil even, in order that the light and glory might shine forth for salvation, and not for destruction.

So when the advent message in fact appeared in the world, the light and the glory were veiled: divinity was veiled in humanity. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. But in order that that advent message might actually appear as a fact to the people, that light and glory which are the very center of it all, the appearing of glory for salvation, must be veiled. Our way into the holy place, into the very presence of the Infinite glory, is opened, yet veiled; but “having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart.” Not in fear, no. The glory is for salvation. Do not be afraid of the glory. Be afraid to be where that glory is manifested, if we are not hidden in Christ Jesus; but, hidden in him, say, Let the glory dawn.

When that advent message is actually given, actually ministered, the advent message is the ministry of the very life, and presence, and power of Jesus Christ by his Holy Spirit, in the temple, the body,—and when by the actual giving of that advent message the work is accomplished, and every one in all the world has heard and decided about it, that builds up the body, edifying the body; and when the body is built upon the invisible Head, the visible head will appear and join itself to the body, and that will end the advent message. It will not end the experience, but it will end the advent, the message to the world, so far as probation, salvation, and preaching the gospel are concerned; for all of this work will be done.

Then the only thing is to give the actual advent message. Shall we give the dates and figures and historical facts, and show the people that from generation to generation and from century to century, the Lord’s word has been fulfilled in all these events?—Certainly; but let them see, and you see, and your minister in that thing the advent message. That is all. Will there be any lack of life and power in the advent message then?—I tell you, Nay. Will there be more than one message then?—I tell you, Nay.

In that advent message are medical missionary work, health reform, the whole question of the sanctuary, and the inheritance of the saints. In that advent message is the whole question of the nature of man. There is truth in it, and God wants us to get all the truth that is found in that simple advent message. I tell you, brethren, it is for us to know what the advent message really is. Why, the man that knows that message will live giving it, will die giving it. You will love it. You will live for the advent message. It is God’s message.

Turn with me to the first epistle of John. Let me say that if those who are called in the providence of God to deliver the message at this time, know what they are doing, they will all speak the same thing, and that will be the advent message. That is all there is to speak. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have

handled, of the word of life; for the life was manifested.” Now, brethren, you can easily put them together. Life and light; two l’s go together. Darkness and death; two d’s go together. He who is the prince of darkness is the one who has power of death. He who is the Lord, our righteousness, in him is life, and his life is the light of men.

Now, one doesn’t shut out the other, but if you get them in the right relation, you will never get confused studying these different phases of truth, and you will never confuse the people in teaching these different phases of truth in itself. You will never fail to make it clear to them that you are simply resting their minds by using different figures, different illustrations, different experiences to teach one thing all the time, but you do not want to say the same thing, or use the same object-lesson all the time. People tire of it just as people tire of eating the best food there is made for every meal. Now, do not misunderstand that. We won’t go into that, but it is something real.

Life and light mean the same—not mean the same but are the same. See the difference. The life was manifested. Now, when life was manifested light was manifested. “We have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us; that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.” This John was the one who in his experience with the Saviour was nearest to him. He was the one that learned on his bosom. By yielding to the working of the Lord, he was brought into that close touch with the Lord that he experiences these things. Therefore the Lord knew that he would reveal it to others. What does he write?—“This then is the message which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” Now, that is the advent message. That is simply the New Testament statement of an Old Testament object-lesson.

Light! God’s light! That is the message, and in him is no darkness at all. I feel perfectly free to say to you that in this message. “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all,” is bound up all the truth that any one needs to know. But we can not say this all at once. For. “if we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we talk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Then there is cleansing from all sin in knowing that truth that God is light. “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” That is because God is light, and light is life, and is the cleansing power of the universe; and because that light and that life are manifested, we have cleansing from our sins. That is what cleanses.

Turn to the fourth chapter of Romans, and let it reveal another thought. “What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly; his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying “Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. “When David said that, he was describing the righteousness of faith. That is clear. And that righteousness by faith is the simple forgiveness of sin, and forgiveness of sin comes by walking in the light, and believing that he is the light. When you start out on faith, doesn’t the field broaden out a little? We start out with a narrow line, and there is hardly room to get through, there is hardly room to walk; but it begins to open up and you follow it, and the light begins to spread, and you will walk in that very ocean that was brought out last night. But it all depends upon starting right toward it now. You will not get to that ocean of light by going in some other direction, or by stopping in the way before you get there. The light goes into darkness except as we let it shine.

Then the whole question of righteousness by faith, the whole question of the life of God in man, is the advent question. Do not misunderstand me now. Do not say that I do not believe in the near, actual, visible appearing in the clouds of heaven of the man Christ Jesus. That is what I am looking for all the time. But I want to tell you that no truth is of any value to any one when that truth is outside of him. And that is the attitude that we personally, and altogether, sustain to this question of the actual advent of the Lord right here in our midst by his Spirit. That settles the time of his actual, visible appearing in the clouds of heaven; for haven’t we known that it might all have happened years ago, and the advent message to this world have been closed up long ago?—Certainly. What hinders it?—It is the hindering of the advent message in our own selves. That is what hinders the completion of the advent message in the personal appearing in glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are brought to that time right here, and in this Conference, when we are going to take sides on this advent question. Now do let us take sides on the right side. Just let us have the advent message right here. It is here. Let it appear, and let there be set forth here and now one more grand object-lesson that shall last from now till we see the appearing and manifestation in the flesh of Jesus Christ our Lord.

THE ADVENT MESSAGE

C. H. KESLAKE

The dawning of the glory of Christ, our Lord and King,

Is breaking through the darkness; now let his people sing:

He’s coming, yes, he’s coming, in human flesh revealed:

No longer shall his presence from sinners be concealed.

Humanity’s Redeemer, the Holy Son of God.

In royal robes appeareth; the tidings spread abroad:

The glorious advent message, through ages past delayed,

Is rising in its splendor, in righteousness arrayed.

The oath of God declares it, delay shall be no more,

His gospel must be carried in haste from shore to shore.

The Spirit now is waiting with power to endue

His servants who are wiling, and to his Word are true.

C. H. KESLAKE.

THE FIELD

Talk of Elder A. G. Daniells, II:30, a. m. April 3.

The subject we have to consider this morning is our field and its needs. In a word, our field is the world. Its needs are the consecrated lives, loving service, and property of the people of God. But we wish to study some Scripture expressions regarding this matter.

In the fourth chapter of the gospel by John, and the thirty-fifth verse, we have the following statement: “Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the field.” This is the word of Christ. This is what we ought to do during this meeting as we never have before.

Lift up your eyes, and look on the field. What is the field?—In another scripture Jesus says, “The field is the world.” Then if we lift up our eyes and look on the field, we shall look on the great, wide world. That is the field.

Why are we to look on the field?—That we may see its condition and its needs, and that we may, under God, supply those needs. As we look on the field, what do we see?—We see the world lying in darkness, in the hands of the wicked one. Isaiah says: “For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.” The world is in darkness, and we must go to the world, bearing the light of heaven: and so the first verse says: “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” The people to whom light has come are to arise and shine in the darkness. Where is the darkness?—“Behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people.”

I understand it has been God’s purpose, from the time the gospel was made known, that his people should be lightbearers to the world and to those who are in darkness. We all understand this theoretically, but we must realize as never before the greatness of our field and the fact that we must go into that great, wide field with speed and with power.

The message of the third angel is to be given to the entire world. We are familiar with the scripture, but I will read it. Revelation 14:6: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth.” We have a map here [pointing to a large missionary map of the world] to which we may want to refer a number of times during this Conference. Let us look at it a moment, keeping in mind the thought, “I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth.” The entire globe is included—not simply a small portion on the American continent known as the United States, and a portion in the South; but the whole world—“every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.” No class of people has a monopoly of the message. It is confined to no country, to no nation or people, but it is for the whole world alike.

The apostle Paul says, in Romans 1:14: “I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.” That takes in all peoples. In another scripture we are told that “God is no respecter of persons;” and again we are told that he “hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth.” How can our Father be any respecter of persons? Every man is his child, every single human being is his. No one has prior claims upon him, and his light and truth.

Here is a statement in 1 Peter 4:10: “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” We were shown last night that every man who forms a union with Christ receives the life of Christ, and becomes the minister of life to those who have not the life. The light of the gospel that has come to me has made me a debtor to my fellow men, and I am under bonds to God and to man to bear that light to men.

The light must shine. The only way that a man can keep what light he has, is to shed it abroad. It is diffusion that causes increase to the individual. The man who fails to diffuse, to scatter out what God gives him, will lose the thing itself.

Brethren, we all assent to this fact, but do not sense it as God wants us to. I know that there are many who are persuading themselves that they appreciate this truth, that they are rejoicing in it, and they tell how much it has done for them, and how happy they are in it; and yet they are making no proper effort whatever to place it before people who are in darkness. I do not see how any one can really know the truth, and yet be indifferent to the crying needs of men and women who have it not.

Are we indifferent? Here is a statement from the Spirit of prophecy: “Ye churches of the living God, study this promise.” And this is the promise: “Thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.” “Ye servants of God, study this promise, and consider how your lack of faith, of spirituality, of divine power, is hindering the coming of the kingdom of God. Were every one of you living missionaries, the gospel would be speedily proclaimed in all countries, to all peoples, nations, and tongues. This is the work that must be done before Christ shall come in power and great glory.”

I earnestly pray that God will make us to understand this while we are here. The first statement is that our lack of faith, of spirituality and divine power, is hindering the coming of the kingdom of God. Let us get the faith of Jesus. Let us get the spirituality of Christ. Let us get the power of the divine Spirit, and then we shall no longer hinder the coming of the kingdom of Jesus. “Were every one of you living missionaries.”—oh that God may choose his servants here, and baptize them with the Holy Ghost for service, and send them forth into the great dark world to lighten it with the glory of God!

We know that we are living in the last great conflict. We know that the signs of the times everywhere, in the heavens and the earth, and among all the nations of the earth, tell us that we are in the last days. We are right in the end, and we have been there for many years; but God declares that the end is being delayed by his own people, to whom he has given the light and the truth; and that now the only way to hasten that end and bring it speedily, is for his people to do their duty,—to arise in the name of God, become what they ought to become, and then go forth in the world to give the message with power, to arouse a sleeping world, and gather out God’s people and bring them to the Lord.

Here is another statement: “If God’s people had the love of Christ in the heart: if every church member were thoroughly imbued with the spirit of self-sacrifice; if all manifested a thorough earnestness, there would be no lack of funds for home and foreign missions: our resources would be multiplied; a thousand doors of usefulness would be opened, and we would be invited to enter. Had the purpose of God been carried out by his people in giving the message of mercy to the world, Christ would have come to the earth, and the saints would,

ere this, have received their welcome into the city of God.”

Let us take this message to our hearts to-day, turn square about in the Conference, and place ourselves on God’s ground. Unless we see something definite, do you know that it will take a millennium to give this message to the world? We shall never, at the rate of progress we are making, get this message before the world in our day. We must have a definite experience, and I believe we shall. I believe that there will come liberty and freedom and power to God’s people, and we shall see this truth go by ways and means and operations that we have never seen in our lives. And it is our privilege to look for this, to pray for it, to live for it,—and when we live for it, we shall see it. Here is another statement:—

“We must devise and plan wisely, that the people may have an opportunity to hear for themselves the last message of mercy to the world. The people should be warned to make ready for the great day of God, which is right upon them. We have no time to lose. We must do out utmost to reach men where they are. The world is now reaching the boundary line in impenitence and disregard for the laws of the government of God.”

In every city of our world the warning must be proclaimed. We know that, and yet, dear friends, just look over the field. Look over the great world that we are to carry the message to. Every nation, kindred, tongue, and people must be warned, and in every city of our world the warning must be proclaimed.

It seems to me that these things should stir our souls to action. Let us look at our field for a few moments. Here is the part which we are most familiar,—the United States. Here are about seventy or eighty millions of people. That constitutes only about one twentieth of all the people of the world. Outside of all the people of the world. Outside of this country are nineteen twentieths of humanity. But we know that up to the present time our labors have been chiefly confined to this portion of the globe, and the great bulk of means has been expended in this part of the world. The great facilities that we have established are almost wholly in this part of the world. So that among the seventy-five thousand believers in the third angel’s message, about sixty thousand are here in the United States. And of the means that is raised throughout the field for the support of the ministry and the prosecution of the work, at least nine tenths of it is raised in this field, and expended, I presume, in this country. But the time has come for us to look long and steadily at lands beyond this country, at the regions that are afar off.

I know it is very difficult for us to realize the situation. There are in the world to-day, 1,000,000,000 heathen. Of the 1,400,000,000 people who are living, at least two thirds are heathen. They do not know about God; they have not the light of the Bible; they do not know about a future life as it is revealed here in the word; and yet our message is to these people. We are to go to them. Their number is so vast that we are told that even the death-rate among the heathen is one every second; that is to say, every minute that we sit here in this Conference sixty heathen die without hope in God. That is at the rate of 100,000 every twenty-four hours. It is simply appalling when we stop to look at it.

God has given us a message that will reach the heathen as well as people in what are called Christian lands. I have great hopes regarding the triumph of the gospel in the hearts of the heathen. Man is man; sin is sin; and the gospel is the gospel; and it does not matter whether we go to a white man or a black man, whether we go to an educated man or an illiterate man, whether we go to men in so-called Christian lands or in heathen lands, the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to every man alike. And when we have the gospel, and when the gospel has us, we can go to the darkest nations with the fullest assurance that we have something that will triumph with them. That will do its work. I do not mean to say that every heathen will be converted. You understand that; but the gospel will reach the heathen; and who is a heathen but a man who is separated from God, no matter where he is?

The Lord has given us a message with which to reach the world. As we pass from our country, that we are so well acquainted with, we immediately go into lands of enormous populations. Crossing over to England, what do we find? A country, small in territorial area but a country of an immense population—40,000,000 people,—half as many, at least, as there are here in the United States. Crossing the channel from England, we come to France, a country with another 40,000,000. In those two countries close together, there are as many people as there are here in the United States.

Then if you pass on from France into Spain, you will find 17,000,000 people; in Portugal, 7,000,000; in Italy, over 30,000,000; in Austria-Hungary, over 30,000,000; in Germany, 50,000,000. I think; then up in Scandinavia, 10,000,000; and across into Russia, 150,000,000. And so we might go into China, and Africa, and you see what enormous populations there are in those various countries.

Brethren, what are we doing to bear the message to those great masses of people. If you look at the believers, you will see that the great majority are centered here in the United States. If God’s purpose had been understood and carried out, hundreds and hundreds would have gone from this country to the other portions of the world long before this. I do not believe it is right for these thousands of believers to stick together in this country. I believe that God calls us forth into other lands and to other people.

Then again, not only the majority of believers are here, but the great majority of laborers are here, and their efforts are confined to the people of this country. I believe that many more laborers should have gone forth, and ought now to be called forth to these people in darkness, to give them the message. Brethren, there is a mighty call to this people in this country for men to arise and go to the masses of the people, and preach the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. And it seems to me that this Conference will miss a great deal unless it results in arousing these delegates, as they have never been aroused, in behalf of the people in the regions afar off, and I sincerely pray that every step that is taken here will lead to this result.

I have a message here that was written thirteen years ago. It was copied from Sister White’s diary only last year, but it was written in 1887. The message says:—

“We have just come from Europe, where we have been laboring for two years. We saw there on every side fields which needed to be entered and worked. The people were softened and subdued by the Spirit of God.”

When was this written?—One year before 1888; one year before that glorious message was brought out and developed in Minneapolis. And what is it?

“The people were softened and

subdued by the Spirit of God, and were longing for spiritual food.”

Brethren, what should this people have done right there?—That message should have been received in all its fullness, and God’s servants should have gone forth to the people of the world, whose hearts his Spirit had subdued and softened, and who were longing for the truth of God.

“They called for books and papers and for the living preacher. All was done for them that could be done. We knew that nothing more could be done unless hearts, were awakened to see the necessity of the work and the need of means to be used in sending those calling for help not only the books, but the living preacher.” That was the step that should have been taken there.

Well, this is a wonderful message to us. I can not read it all now, but we may have time to read it before the Conference closes. But here is a statement: “The work is to be made a living, breathing, vital power all over the world.” That was the message to us thirteen years ago, and that is the message of God, greatly emphasized, to us to-day. “This work is to be made a living, breathing, vital power all over the world.” Now we have been shown here that the only way the message can be a living, breathing, vital power among men is for it to be in the heart of the believer. And then he is to go forth through the world, and the message will be that all over the world.

Much is said in these communications regarding our duty toward England. Perhaps I ought to read another statement. “There is a great work to be done in England. The light radiating from London should beam forth in clear, distinct rays to regions beyond. God has wrought in England, but the English-speaking world has been terribly neglected. You that have the cause of God at heart, bear in mind the great work to be done in London and all through England.”

“It is essential that men be raised up to open the living oracles of God to all nations, tongues, and people. Let the brethren in America consider that the Lord expects them to deny self, take up the cross, and follow Jesus.”

“Thousands of places are to be worked. Let there be no parleying with flesh and blood.” O that God will teach us the meaning of that statement, “Let there be no parleying with flesh and blood.” I love that beautiful statement of the great apostle, where he says that when the truth of the gospel was revealed to him, immediately he conferred not with flesh and blood. O brethren! we want to cease to confer with flesh and blood in this thing. We want to know what God says to us about this world, and about giving this message to the world. We want to go to God and get light for ourselves regarding where our field is, and what our work is. And I will tell you, brethren, when we cease this conferring with flesh and blood, we shall get definite light, regarding our place and our work, and then we can go to that place and work effectually. And if we are called to a foreign land, we can go there for life; and when we get there, we can meet the difficulties triumphantly, and we can labor on until God comes, or until he calls us somewhere else. I do not believe in these short trips to foreign lands.

If it will not be out of place, I would like to state here a bit of personal experience. In 1886 the General Conference Committee wrote to me, stating that they wished me to go to New Zealand, and asked what I thought about it. It was a new suggestion: I did not understand it; I did not have any definite light; but to be a good, obedient servant, I said to the brethren: “I do not know whether I ought to go or not, but if you think I ought to go, I will go; but I will ask you to take the responsibility of the trip.” I had been taught by precedent, and believed the talk I had heard in Conference matters, that that was the way to do; but after my letter had gone. I was aroused, and I was told that that was not the position at all for me to take. I was made to realize that I was the servant of the living God, that he had called me to preach the gospel. The field was his, and he was the Lord, and he was to tell me where I ought to go. The brethren might make a suggestion, but God must tell me and make me understand it; and I will tell you, brethren, I went off up into a barn, and I got down there in the hay, and I told the Lord all about it. I told him I was his servant; he was the Lord, and he must tell me whether I ought to go to New Zealand or not. And I staid there until God did tell me, and I got just as clear evidence as I wanted that the Lord wanted me to go to New Zealand.

I came down from the haymow, went to my desk, and wrote another letter to the General Conference president. I said: “I want to take back what I have written: I want to tell you that I know where God wants me to labor. He has called me to New Zealand, and I am now ready to go there, and to go for life, and take the responsibility that will be connected with the trip.” I wrote it, and God let the peace and light come into my heart. Brethren, I took my things, what little I wanted to take, a couple of trunks,—I cut the tethering line, and I said, as far as I understood it, an everlasting farewell to everybody in the United States. I went to New Zealand for life. I never expected to set foot in this country again. I thought the Lord would come before this, and that when I met my relatives and my brethren, I would meet them either on the way to heaven or around the marriage table of the Lamb. That is the reckoning I made in that thing.

When I got there, I found difficulties, and it was not long till great darkness came over the situation. But, brethren, in all the darkness and difficulties of fourteen years, I have never had a single doubt as to my field of labor. I have known that I stood where God placed me; and when darkness came, I knew there was light beyond. That knowledge held and sustained me, and brought me into light and victory.

I believe that God wants us to get our bearings. He wants us to know where we stand. He wants us to stop conferring with flesh and blood in this matter. God is our Lord; the field is the world; all souls are his, and we are debtor to all; and we are here at this Conference to hear the voice of God speaking to us regarding the awful claims of the world, and telling us where we are to labor, and to whom we are to administer the loving ministry of our lives. O, I pray that God will select his men here, and baptize them for service. Are we going to dally with these things forever? Are we going to let this Conference pass, and receive no clearer impressions than we have had regarding our duty to the world, and then go back to our homes to live the same humdrum life, and wither and narrow down?—God forbid. I tell you, brethren, there is a different experience for us. I know this is a good time for every minister of Jesus Christ to feel for the foundations, and to find them.

If God calls you back to Iowa, Nebraska, or California, go where he calls you; but I believe the time has come for the ministers of this denomination to leave these fields that have had so much labor, and preach the gospel in foreign lands. These States have had

a great deal of help. Take the little State I was born in, and left to go abroad—Iowa. It is a little place, and there are but few people there,—only two million,—and yet there are in that State between three and four thousand believers in this message. The seed has been sown in that State for forty years. There has been enough preparatory work done now, so that the people of God may rise up and give the message with a power that would close up the work in that place in a very short time. If every minister of Iowa were a man whom God could use in the regions afar off, and should be called there, there are enough people in Iowa to rise up and close the work in six months in that State, provided God is with them. What are we going to do? Are we going back to Iowa to go around in the old treadmill, and spend $30,000 a year of tithes tramping the ground over and over, just as we have been doing?—God forbid!

It is a serious problem that is before the laborers of this country. I have been in some of our colleges, and as I have seen the condition, and thought of the situation before us, I have in the middle of the night tossed on my bed until the perspiration has issued from the pores of my body. States full of laborers, as many as the tithes will support; scores and hundreds of young men and women being educated, who should enter some field; but when the term closes, where can they go? what can they do? who wants them? who will support them? They do not know which way to look, or to turn. There is nothing focused in the situation with them. Our young people are turning away to the world, they are turning away from the ministry of Jesus Christ into all sort of work. Our ministry to-day is not getting the bright, keen, vigorous, earnest young men and women in its ranks that it ought to be getting.

The situation is a serious one. What shall we do? I believe the time has come when God would take the ministers of these States, give them a knowledge of the gospel, and clothe them with the power of the Spirit of God, so that they could go into these towns where the truth has been preached, and preach it in a way and with a power that would cause the seed to spring into life, and bring the people who have been halting to an immediate decision. If that were done over the United States, during the coming year we should see a mighty work done through this country.

It is not only for foreign fields that we need earnestly to pray, and receive a qualification here at this meeting. It is for home fields as well. It seems to me we need to have more strong men among the masses of the people, preaching the gospel to them. It is not to fill offices, or to run machinery, that God calls for men to-day; it is not for our men to get hold of cranks and turn them. There are too many of our laborers coming in from the great, wide field, getting attached to machinery, turning cranks, and spending their energies in institutions. God calls upon us to get away from this, to get out among the masses, to come in personal touch with the dying world, look into their eyes, put our hands into their hands, and communicate to them the life of Jesus Christ.

God calls for us to do this work. I feel that if the steps which have begun to be taken here shall sweep out the unnecessary wheels, take off the unnecessary cranks in the machinery, and simplify the whole thing, so that there will not be friction, and so the energies of the great bulk of our laborers are not centered on the running of this machinery—if this shall be the result of the work done during this Conference, setting us free and saving us from confusion. O what a blessing will come to this cause and people! I earnestly pray for it. Let us not be afraid to let God put his hand in, and drag out the unnecessary wheels. He will not smash up things which do not need to be smashed. He will preserve everything that is necessary to do the work creditably to his name; but I believe, before God, that we have allowed form and unnecessary machinery and organization and institutional management to come in and rob the great field of men who ought to be out there giving the message.

I want to tell you, brethren, that out in some regions there are Conferences struggling with very little help, while in this country there are Conferences that are overburdened with men and employees. New South Wales is a fully organized Conference, with a school that had an attendance last year of 160. Do you know that in that fully organized Conference, with a million and a half of people, more than there are in California, there are but three or four Conference laborers to carry on the work? Those men must attend to all the affairs of the Conference, the churches and institutions as far as they have opportunity to do, and then they must enter new territory and bear the message to the people. Look at the picture, and then turn to one of our States, perhaps Iowa or California, with less territorial area, with no greater population, with thousands of believers, with thousands upon thousands of dollars of tithes, and with from seventy to one hundred laborers. Is there any equality in the distribution of these laborers in these fields?—None whatever, and I tell you before God we must change the situation, and destitute Conferences, that have millions of people, but few followers and no institutions, and with but five or six ministers to bear the message to the millions who have never heard that there is a message, must have our men and our money to aid their work for the people.

God is going to raise up a people among us who will see the condition of things, and who will not confer with flesh and blood, but will go to the ends of the earth and make the message known to the entire universe. God will do it, and I know it, and that gives me hope as I talk here this morning. If it were not for that faith, I do not know what I would do in the face of the situation, but I believe God has called us to action, and he says that his people shall be lightened in the day of his power. And the day of his power is here.

Our business in life is not to get ahead of other people, but to get ahead of ourselves. To break our own record, to outstrip our yesterdays by to-days, to bear our trials more beautifully than we ever dreamed we could, to whip the tempter inside and out as we never whipped him before, to give as we never have given, to do our work with more force and a finer finish than ever,—this is the true idea,—to get ahead of ourselves. To beat some one else in a game, or to be beaten, may mean much or little. To beat our own game means a great deal. Whether we win or not, we are playing better than we ever did before, and that’s the point, after all,—to play a better game of life.—Sunday School Times.

Make this world as true and as good as you can. And the best way for you to help on this end is to be yourself true and good. Live a real life, but cultivate the ideal, and remember that the highest ideal you dream out is far below the possible reality that God purposes for you.—Bishop Vincent.

BIENNIAL REPORT OF GENERAL CONFERENCE DISTRICT I

H. W. COTTRELL

This district comprises the States and Provinces of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut. Delaware, District of Columbia, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland, which are included in the following Conferences and Mission Fields, of which I give a condensed biennial history:—

ATLANTIC CONFERENCE

The Atlantic Conference shows an increase in membership of 119. Four churches have been organized and received into the Conference, making seventeen in all, with a membership of 801. Number of persons employed under pay of the Conference: Ministers, five; licentiates, one: Bible workers, three; other laborers, two. Public missions one. Amount of tithe received during biennial term, $18,179. Contributed to foreign missions during the term, $2,126.43. The amount of money secured by solicitation and applied on debts or otherwise used in local work, was $168.40. Net book sales, $9,000.

CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE

It will be remembered that this Conference was organized in April, 1899. There has been an increase of sixty-nine in the church membership during the biennial term. The Conference membership in 654. There are ten churches. The number under regular employ of the Conference are: Ministers, two: licentiates, two: Bible workers, four. The General Conference has also supported one minister in the Conference during the term. There are five church schools and one gospel mission. Tithe received during the term, $8,365.56. Donations to foreign missions, $1,532.04. Received from donations, and applied on local interests, $1,648.65.

MAINE CONFERENCE

The increase in membership during the biennial term, seven. There has been one church organized and received into the Conference, making twenty-two in all, with a membership of 524. There are under Conference pay: Ministers, five: licentiates, one: Bible workers, one; secretaries, one; mission workers, one. City missions, one. Amount of tithe received during the biennial term, $6,716.72. Amount donated to foreign missions, $539.74. Amount applied on various local interests, $814.36. Net book sales, $2,344.53.

NEW YORK CONFERENCE

This Conference shows an increase in church membership of 172. Five churches have been added to the Conference, making a total of sixty-five. Conference membership, 1,638. There are on the Conference pay-roll fourteen regular ministers, three licentiates, three Bible workers, two secretaries, and one printer. The number of canvassers have ranged from six to ten. There are four church schools and one gospel mission. Increase of tithe over previous term, $4,773. Total tithe for present term, $21,341,84. Total amount of money contributed to foreign missions, including that from the various departments of the Conference, $5,339.55. There has been $1,100 applied on the Conference debt. Net book sales, $11,120.16.

NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE

Increase of membership during the term, sixty-five. Six churches have been received into the Conference, making a total of forty-four, with a membership of 1,165. Ministers, eleven; licentiates, four; Bible workers, three; mission workers, one; secretaries, two; printer, one. One church school and one public mission. Increase of tithe during biennial term, over preceding term, $2,873.05. Total amount of tithe during term, $25,925.54. Amount of money denoted to foreign missions through the various channels, $7,622.39. Sabbath-school receipts during term, $2,463.30. Amount of money secured by gifts and applied on various local interests, $8,277.96. Net book sales, $6,727.71.

PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE

Increase in membership during term, about 250. Churches organized during term, seven, making a total of sixty-one, with a membership of about 1,750. The number of workers employed; ministers, eight; licentiates, four: Bible workers, three; other laborers, five. There are five church schools and one city mission. Increase of tithe over preceding term, $3,799.25. Total amount of tithe, $26,115.99. Amount of money donated to foreign missions through various Conference channels, about $4,257. Amount raised for local work under the head of different funds $1,698.18. Net valuation of book sales, approximately, $35,000.

QUEBEC CONFERENCE

Increase of membership, forty. Two churches have been received into the Conference, making seven in all, with a membership of 150. Number of workers employed: ministers, three; licentiates, two. There are two church schools. Tithe received during the term, $2,090.60. Amount of money donated to foreign missions from the various departments of the Conference, $273.74. Amount solicited and applied on local work, $300. Elders D. T. and A. C. Bourdeau have been laboring under the local direction of this Conference, but awarded by the General Conference. Amount of book sales, $700.

VERMONT CONFERENCE

Increase in membership during the term, twenty-three. One church has been organized, and received into the Conference of churches, making a total of twenty, with a membership of 529. Number regularly employed: Ministers, two; licentiates, one; Bible workers, two; and one secretary. Increase of tithe during biennial term, $1,291.21. Total tithe for biennial term, $6,863.77. Amount of money contributed to foreign missions from the various departments of the Conference, $876.92. Money solicited and applied in the various interests of local work, $842.42. Book sales at agent’s rates, $2,235.60.

VIRGINIA CONFERENCE

There has been an increase of twenty-five in conference membership during the term. Two churches have been received, making a total of fourteen, with a membership of about 400. Employed laborers: Ministers, three: licentiates, one. Tithe during term, $3,030.80. Contributed to foreign missions, $531.61. Amount applied on home interests, $657.41. Book sales, $100.

WEST VIRGINIA

Increase in church membership, sixty. Two churches have been received into the Conference, making the total number twelve, with a membership of 325. There are two ministers employed in the Conference, one being under General Conference pay. Licentiates, five: Bible workers, one; secretaries, one. One gospel mission. Tithe received during the biennial term, $2,695.18. Donations to foreign missions, $176.27. Amount paid publishing house on debt during the term, $1,444. Amount applied on local interests, $783.00. Amount on book sales, $1,115.00.

MARITIME MISSION FIELD

Increase in church membership forty-seven. Two churches have been organized, making eleven in all, with membership of 215. The number in this field under regular employ of the General Conference has varied from one to six, but there is only one regular minister at this time, with two missionary licentiates. Church schools, one. Increase of tithe, $438.88. Total tithe during term, $2,518.27. Foreign mission offerings through the Sabbath-schools and annual offerings’ $672.88. Value of book sales, $1,362.59. Amount of money secured by donations, and applied on local interests, $375.

NEWFOUNDLAND MISSION FIELD

This field has one organized church, with a membership of thirty. There are one minister and one Bible worker in the field. Tithe received during the term, $461.79. Annual offerings to foreign missions, $31.79. Money applied on local interests, $228.48. Value of books sold in the field at net prices, $888.13.

PERIODICALS

Just a few words in regard to the periodical work. Our church organ, the Review and Herald, has a fair circulation among our own people. The Signs of the Times has a circulation of 6,214; and 1017 copies of the Youth’s Instructor are taken in the district. The circulation of the American Sentinel, Missionary Magazine, and Good Health should be greatly augmented, together with those mentioned above.

District Institutions.

THE ACADEMY

The South Lancaster Academy has prospered during the biennial term both spiritually and financially. As the result of spiritual life, there is no friction in the faculty, or among the managers, and but little disciplining required among the students.

NEW ENGLAND SANITARIUM

The sanitarium has prospered remarkably since its establishment. It has been well filled with patients the greater portion of the time, and much of the time to its entire capacity. Modern improvements for giving treatments have been supplied, and the institution is rapidly gaining prestige among the better classes of society. A sisterly appreciation exists between each of the institutions and the Conferences comprising the district, so that each has the moral support of the other, all to the praise of God, whose they are.

SUMMARIES

Total increase of church membership
in the district
840
Total membership8,172
Number regularly employed162
Total amount of tithe$92,690.00
Total Foreign Mission Offerings$21,201.21
Total amount used in local work$17,305.45
Total net sales of books$60,693.72
Total amount of tithe$92,690.00

Although the work of gospel reform as now held by us as a denomination had its origin about fifty-six years ago in this district, yet the amount of labor thereafter bestowed in it, now a country of cities, was greatly abridged because of its westward course. The Macedonian call is now heard from almost every part of the district. Ears are open to hear, and hearts to receive, the glad tidings of the Messiah’s soon return, and kindred truths of a character-testing message. But truly the work is great and the laborers are few in this field of approximately thirty millions of people.

H. W. COTTRELL, Supt. Dist. 1.

BIENNIAL REPORT OF GENERAL CONFERENCE DISTRICT 2

N. W. ALLEE

In submitting the report of the work of this field for the past two years, it is with thankfulness to God for his mercy and blessing upon the efforts that have been made, but with exceeding sorrow of heart for the lack of discernment to understand the voice of God with regard to the work that has been so long delayed.

There are evidences of progress in the work in different respects, as the report will show, in the addition of churches and schools, and an increase in medical, canvassing, Sabbath-school, and tract society work, also in the amount of tithes paid, and the number of churches and school buildings erected.

The work of Elder J. E. White in connection with the Southern Missionary Society is accomplishing good results, special attention being given to the work among the colored people. Good buildings have been erected at Vicksburg, Yazoo City, and Columbus, Miss., and successful schools are now in operation at each of these places. Printing office, treatment rooms where training may be given to colored workers, bakery, and other enterprises are being established in Nashville, Tenn. These efforts should be encouraged, and much more should be done to five the colored people needed advantages in general education.

THE FIELD

This district is composed of the Tennessee River, Cumberland, and Florida Conferences, the mission fields of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana. According to the last census, the population of this territory is 14,908,768.

LABORERS

There are 24 ordained and 11 licensed ministers, 30 licensed and 15 self-supporting missionaries; number of medical missionaries not ascertained.

The tithe for 1900 from the mission fields is $7,072.84, which is a gain of $1,120.90 over the last year of the former report. Tithe for Tennessee River and Florida Conferences is $4,106, making a total for the district of $11,172.84.

PROGRESS OF THE WORK

There are 65 organized churches, with a membership of 1900, a gain since the last report of 20 churches and 332 church members. There are 28 companies, with a membership of 265, and 325 isolated Sabbath-keepers, a total membership of 2,490. Total gain in membership, 628.

There are 31 church buildings, valued at $16,810. Eleven of these were erected during the past two years, at a cost of $4,150. A commodious dormitory of two stories and basement has been erected at the Oakwood School, Huntsville, Ala., at a cost of about $3,000. The dormitory at Graysville, Tenn., has been painted, and finished inside; a water tower and tank have also been placed over the well which supplies water for the academy and dormitory buildings. The basement of the academy building has been supplied with bath-rooms and other appliances for the instruction of students in health and temperance work. The entire cost of these improvements was $1,000.

The brethren and friends at Alpharetta, Ga., have built a large two-story school building, costing $2,500. Additional buildings have been provided at Juniata, Ala., for the school work, costing $350. A school building has been erected at Oakwood, S. C., which is also used for a place of worship; when completed, this will cost about $400. The total amount expended for buildings in the interests of educational work is $7,250, besides some other buildings for

school and mission purposes, the cost of which was not reported. This does not include any of the work of Elder J. E. White, aggregating several thousands of dollars.

I wish to say in this connection, that the educational work is one of the most interesting and important means of carrying forward the work of God in this field. The time and services of one efficient man could well be employed in this line alone.

ORGANIZATION OF THE CUMBERLAND CONFERENCE

By recommendation of the General Conference Committee, the Cumberland Mission Field, composed of the eastern portions of Kentucky and Tennessee, was organized into a conference at the camp meeting held at Harriman, Tenn., Aug. 17, 1900. Elder G. A. Irwin, President of the General Conference, was present and presided at the time the organization was effected. The prospect for the financial support and numerical growth in this new Conference is very encouraging, it being one of the more populous and financially favored portions of the district. The organization of a tract society and Sabbath-school association was effected at the same time. Official headquarters, Lexington, Ky.

CANVASSING WORK

We are glad to note an increase of interest and consequent activity in this work. The past year has been quite encouraging in the amount and quality of work done. Fifty-six persons sold subscription books the past year, besides those who engaged in the sale of “Christ’s Object Lessons.” The amount of sales the past year nearly reached that of the banner year of 1892. With the more thorough organization and the growing interests in this branch of the message, we confidently expect a much greater amount of work to be done in the sale of publications in this district.

TRACT SOCIETY WORK

We are grateful to God for the return, in a measure, of the spirit of this work that was active in the earlier days of the message. This, we think, is due to the efforts of those who are earnestly laboring in the interests of the “Berean Reading Circle.”

The report of this branch of work in the Mission Fields for the year ending Dec. 31, 1900, as given by the corresponding secretary, shows an increase in the number of organized societies, more activity in the work, and more liberal donations.

SABBATH-SCHOOLS

This branch of the message seems to have a healthy growth, and the results are encouraging. There are 110 schools in the district, with a total membership of 2,186; 21 schools in the Tennessee River Conference, with a membership of 400; 27 schools in Florida with a membership of 424. The mission fields have 72 schools, with a membership of 1,362. Total donation from the mission field schools for the past year is $1,214.40. Donations from Tennessee River and Florida are not given.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES

Some efforts have been made to circulate the Signs of the Times, as recommended at the last session of the General Conference. Some valuable experiences have been gained, and the results of the efforts prove the value of this kind of work. Much more should be done to circulate this paper in this field. There are nearly fifteen millions of souls in this district, and 20,130 post offices. At the present but 315 of these post offices are being used to distribute the 1,321 copies of the Signs of the Times that are received each week, not counting the re-mailing of many of these papers. About one paper to every 64 post offices, and one paper to each 11,286 persons. There is a wide field for the Signs yet in this district. The foregoing figures do not include the sale of the special issues, which amounted to many thousands of copies. The paper is received with much cordiality, and read with interest in many homes.

CAMP MEETINGS

Thirteen camp meetings were held last year, and were seasons of encouragement in gaining deeper personal experiences and greater growth in spiritual life. Each year’s camp meeting work in this new territory convinces more and more of the importance and value of these meetings as a means of instruction to the brethren, also in arresting the attention of the general public to a consideration of the principles of the message. Nearly double the number of camp meetings is being planned for the present year. Each State will provide its own pavilion, family tents, and other equipments for camp meetings.

NEEDS OF THE FIELD

Another general laborer for camp-meeting and new field, work. A minister for pioneer work in the South Carolina Mission Field. An experienced minister for new field work in Louisiana. Also one each in Mississippi and Alabama. A number of Bible workers for many of our large cities, which lie untouched. More equipments for the different lines of industrial work in our central and mission schools, especially for the trades and the instruction in agriculture. Many consecrated families, who will esteem it a privilege to come to this field to engage in general canvassing work, selling the Signs of the Times, medical missionary work, mission school teaching, farming, professions, and trades, will find a wide field and large opportunities for their efforts to advance the cause of God.

N. W. ALLEE, Supt. Dist. 2.

BIENNIAL REPORT OF GENERAL CONFERENCE DISTRICT 6

W. T. KNOX

This district includes the States of California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah, also British Columbia. The territory is divided into four Conferences,—California, North Pacific, Upper Columbia, and Montana,—Utah still remaining a General Conference mission field. The history of the work in the district during the past two years contains some interesting features.

Twenty-nine churches have been organized during the past biennial period, the number in the district now being 184. There are also 27 unorganized companies. The present membership is 9,286; 8,488 being connected with the organized churches, 358 with the unorganized companies, and 440 isolated. This shows a gain of 1,260 Sabbath-keepers. Fourteen church buildings have been erected. There are 157 laborers in the field, 64 ordained ministers, 46 licentiates, and 47 missionary licentiates; 122 of these receive Conference support. Six of the workers have been ordained to the gospel ministry.

The financial statements show that $153,629,72 tithe has been paid into the treasuries, a gain of $28,730 over the previous two years. Every Conference has participated in this gain, the per capita rate being increased from $15.56 to $16.59, an increase of $11.03 per capita. The donations for foreign

missions, regular and annual, have amounted to $17,649.52, a gain of $7,384.62. During the same time the Sabbath-schools have contributed $15,020.75; $5,253.54 of this amount being devoted to the foreign work. A total from these sources of $22,903.06 has thus been given for the spread of the gospel in distant lands. The tithes, missionary offerings, and Sabbath-school donations have been $185,299.99. The canvassing work has not had that prosperity it should have enjoyed. Books to the value of $57,888.29 have been disposed of by a rather small corps of canvassers. The outlook for better work in this line is encouraging. Of our periodicals there are taken 1,519 of the Review and Herald, 5,583 Signs of the Times, 1,794 Youth’s Instructors, and 1,904 of the Sentinel of Liberty.

CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE

This is the oldest Conference in the Pacific district, having been organized Feb. 15, 1872. The territory embraced is California and Nevada, and consists of sixty-seven organized churches and seven unorganized companies. There are 4,760 Sabbath keepers in the Conference, the membership of the churches being 4,512 and of the companies forty-four, while 200 are isolated, and have no church privileges. In the past two years 640 baptisms have been reported, and 468 new converts,—a gain in membership of 316. Seven churches have been organized, and three church buildings erected. There are twenty-seven ordained ministers, sixteen licentiates, and thirty missionary licentiates, sixty-nine of these are supported from the Conference funds.

During the biennial term $87,266.75 tithe has been received, a gain of $14,388.80 over the two previous years, and an average of $18.33 per capita. The regular and annual offerings to the foreign missions have amounted to $10,635.30, giving a gain of $5,758.60. The Sabbath-school offerings have been $8,943.83, a loss of $90.68. From these funds there have been appropriated to the foreign mission work $3,640.43. From these three sources there has been raised for the work $106,845.88, of which amount $14,275.73 has been for foreign missions. There has been appropriated from the Conference funds, in addition to this $8,599.25 to advance the work in other fields. At no time has the number of canvassers been large, the average being five. The book sales have amounted to $26,619.59.

NORTH PACIFIC

This Conference contains all that portion of the States of Oregon and Washington lying west of the Cascade Mountains, as well as the same portion of British Columbia. The organization of the Conference was completed Oct. 25, 1887. There are fifty-eight organized churches, with a membership of 2,202; ten unorganized companies have seventy-nine members, the 125 isolated Sabbath-keepers give a total of 2,406 for the Conference, a gain of 429. The increase in members is largely found in the twelve new churches that have been added to the Conference. Four church buildings have been erected during the same time. The working force consists of seventeen ordained ministers, twelve licentiates, and five Bible workers; twenty-two of these receive Conference support.

The amount of tithe paid in during the biennial term has been $30,508.71, an increase of $6,700.71, and a rate of $12.86 per capita. In the annual and regular offerings, $3,728.63 has been given to foreign missions, and increase of $617.60. The Sabbath-school donations have amounted to $3,045.02, $251.21 of which has been devoted to the foreign fields, making a total for this work of $3,979.84. There has been $12,700.57 worth of books sold, the average number of canvassers for the two years being fourteen. One person has been ordained to the ministry.

UPPER COLUMBIA

This Conference was organized in 1880, and includes all that portion of British Columbia and the States of Washington and Oregon not included in the North Pacific, together with all the State of Idaho. There are forty-six organized churches, and five unorganized companies in the Conference. Nine churches have been added during the past two years, and four church buildings erected. The forty-six churches report a membership of 1,270, and the companies of 180; fifty isolated Sabbath-keepers are scattered throughout the Conference, making a total of 1,500 members, an increase of 320 for the two years. The tithe for the term has been increased by $2,700.54, making the total amount $22,400 an average of $14.93 per capita. There has been given for foreign missions $2,134.24 an increase of $278.15. During the same period there has been given in Sabbath-school offerings $1,510.23, of which amount $638.81 was appropriated to the missions in foreign lands, bringing the aid for this work up to the sum of $2,773.35. The Orphans’ Home received $300, and $13,000 worth of books has been disposed of.

There are in the Conference fourteen ordained ministers, fourteen licentiates, and six missionary licentiates. Seventeen of these laborers are on the Conference pay-roll. During the last two years four brethren have been set apart to the gospel ministry.

MONTANA

This is the youngest Conference in the district, having been organized Oct. 5, 1898. There are four ordained ministers, three licentiates, and four licensed missionaries, nine being supported by the Conference funds. Two church buildings have been erected during the two years past, and one church has been organized. Ten organized churches constitute the Conference, in addition to which there are four unorganized companies. The membership of the Conference is 434, divided as follows: 239 in the organized churches, forty-five in the unorganized companies, and fifty isolated. This shows a gain of 124. During the two years there has been paid into the treasury $11,116.16 tithe, a gain of $4,342.68. This is an average of $25.60 per capita, an increase in the rate of $6.86 a member. Missionary offerings to foreign fields have amounted to $1,100.54, which is $730.27 in excess of the offerings of the previous two years. The Sabbath-school donations have been $1,293.85, $669.92 of which amount has been for foreign missions. During the same time $202.75 has been raised for other interests connected with the general work, and books to the amount of $4,620.30 have been placed in the homes of the people.

UTAH MISSION FIELD

Utah is a General Conference mission field. It contains three churches, with a membership of 161, one unorganized company of ten members, and fifteen isolated Sabbath-keepers, 186 in all, a gain of seventy-one for the past two years. The working force consists of two ordained ministers, one licentiate, and two missionary licentiates. $2,338.10 in tithe has been raised toward supporting their own work, $598.70 in excess of the amount for the previous term, an average of $14.99 a member. The foreign missions have received in their offerings $50.51, a loss of $36.14. The Sabbath-school donations have been

$227.82, $53.17 of which went to foreign missions. One church building has been erected, and books to the value of $947.83 have been sold.

The work in general in the district is making a gratifying progress. The two colleges, Healdsburg and College Place, are both enjoying excellent patronage, and good results are being accomplished in the class-rooms and in some of the industrial lines; the latter is a phase of our educational work, however, that demands our careful consideration. The efforts that are being put forth to relieve the indebtedness of these institutions are meeting with pleasing success. The church schools are giving better satisfaction than at any time in the past: at the present time there are about thirty of these schools in the district, and the demand for competent teachers is continually increasing.

The sanitarium work has been steadily advancing. In the St. Helena institution many improvements have been made in the past year. An electric-light plant has been installed, and the crowded condition of the grounds has been relieved by the removal of the health food factory, a commodious building having been erected between the sanitarium and the town of St. Helena to accommodate this industry. The work of both of these enterprises is steadily growing. Branch treatment rooms, food depositories, and vegetarian restaurants have been established in a number of the cities of the State, and are meeting with success.

The influence of the Portland Sanitarium is also very gratifying; its facilities are now continually taxed to their utmost, and its financial condition is excellent.

The sanitarium at Spokane, which was started about two years ago, has also made a very satisfactory showing. The original investment was about six hundred dollars. From the first the institution has paid its own way. It has also established a health food store, and down-town treatment-rooms. Its original home has long since been outgrown, and the sanitarium is now occupying three additional buildings, with another in course of construction. The present worth of the plant is about five thousand dollars.

The business of the Pacific Press Publishing Company has continued to increase steadily; at many times the facilities have been taxed to their utmost, even when running day and night. One very gratifying feature of their work has been the large amount of denominational work that has been put out during the past year, an amount in excess of any previous year. Altogether, the business is in a very prosperous and satisfactory condition.

Other items of interest might be mentioned, but space will only permit the statement that the outlook in the Pacific District is very encouraging. A spirit of work is upon the people; and with the blessings of the Lord attending them, great things may be looked for in the advancement of the message in the coming years.

W. T. KNOX, Supt. Dist. 6.

THE WOMAN’S GOSPEL WORK

The work known as the “Woman’s Gospel Work” was started by our beloved Sister Henry in 1897. As she wished to come into correspondence with the sisters, she made out what is known as the Seekers’ and Workers’ cards, and sent them to all the sisters in the denomination. These cards were replied to quite freely. She also sent out several circular letters, telling the sisters of the work that the Lord had committed to her care. As we all remember, Sister Henry was a great Woman’s Christian Temperance Union worker, and spent a large portion of her time in the W. C. T. U. work; and she had so hoped that there might be a similar work started among us as sisters to further on the work of the gospel. Before her hopes were fully realized, she was laid away to rest.

The work was carried on for a time by Sister Mace. When the Council met last spring, they decided, after examining the work, that it had better be continued, and appointed a committee of five sisters to look after it until the next General Conference session.

I will say in regard to the work, that we have no discouraging report to bring. For a while the work seemed to progress slowly, but it has increased very materially in the last four months. For the nine months ending Dec. 31, 1900, we had received 1,066 letters, and written 1,226. For the past three months, we have received 713 letters, and written 741.

We have endeavored in our correspondence to lead our sisters to think less about their bodily ailments, and to get out and work for others. In many instances the second or third letter from a sister, instead of telling about her aches and pains, speaks of what she is doing for the Lord, and how he has blessed her in ministering to others. This is a great encouragement to us, and is a verification of the promises of Isaiah 58. We have also exhorted the sisters, both by correspondence and through the Review, to be good, faithful, devoted, and obedient wives, and never to deceive their husbands under any circumstances. The carrying out of these duties has resulted, in several instances, in the husband’s soon commencing to keep the Sabbath with his wife.

To attempt to enumerate the many interesting and needy cases which have come to our notice would certainly not be advisable in this connection. Some who have been drunkards have been reclaimed. In several cases where the husband had opposed the wife, they are now united in keeping the Sabbath. Those wanting homes, and those wishing to share their homes with others, have been brought together. The unfortunate ones have not been forgotten. The wants of the poor have been relieved to the extent of our ability.

Our page in the Review and Herald has given a fair representation of our work each week. Many letters have spoken of the comfort and benefit received from this department in the Review. We have endeavored to encourage the sisters to fulfill their mission in the home; to be systematic, cleanly, plain, and neat in their appearance and household adornment, and to practice economy in all things, so that each family might be free from debt, as this would in time tend to free us as a denomination from this great encumbrance. We have also urged the sisters to visit the sick where it was possible, giving them simple treatments. By assisting the poor and the afflicted, and thus relieving their pain and temporal wants, we can gain access to their hearts, and interest them in the truth. Our sisters have been asked to distribute our reading-matter wherever opportunity offered. A number of new reading-racks have been placed in depots and other public places, which we have been helping to fill. One sister is working among the lepers in a lazarette in Canada, where we have furnished large quantities of foreign and English literature, which is eagerly read by these lepers.

The requests for prayers in behalf of

unconverted relatives and friends, and from those passing through some peculiar trial, are becoming more and more numerous. A number of remarkable instances of answers to prayer have been reported. One case I wish especially to speak of—a sister’s drunken husband. We corresponded with her, and sent him literature, and now his wife writes us, and he also writes, that he has not tasted a drop for months, and is not only taking a deep interest in the temperance work, but is becoming interested in present truth. He is now requesting us to pray for a cousin of his, that he may be reclaimed also. Some have been healed of physical infirmities; several have been converted; others have gained victory in regard to appetite. We are sure that this bond of warm interest in each other’s experiences is a source of strength and encouragement. It sends us frequently to the throne of grace, where, in asking for others, we ourselves are renewed with love and thankfulness to our Heavenly Father.

We have found some of our sisters in extreme poverty, and some young women in the most unfortunate circumstances. In dealing with such cases, it has been our first aim to correspond with the president of the Conference in which they were, to find out what he could do for them. We are glad to say that in every case we have received most kind replies, and also material aid for these people, and we wish to express our thanks to all presidents of Conferences for the interest that they have taken in the Woman’s Gospel Work, and for their hearty co operation. In a few instances we have sent out clothing and provision. As these cases came to us, we felt the need of an emergency fund, whereby we could help the destitute by the loan of a little money, when absolutely necessary. We have also tried to make our work self-supporting in a measure. The needs of the work were mentioned in a quiet way through our department in the Review, and by correspondence, and so far over one hundred dollars has been received from sale of tracts and donations.

I wish to add a few words in reference to the temperance work. In harmony with the instruction from the Spirit of prophecy in the Review of May 22, 1900, that we should come shoulder to shoulder with temperance workers, and should call for signers for the temperance pledge, we have tried to arouse a deeper interest in this work. We have moved slowly, as we desired to work in harmony, and felt sure that some action would be taken at this Conference with reference to the temperance work. Through the kindness of the Review and Herald and Good Health publishing companies, we secured a supply of pledges free of charge. A great many requests for prayer for sons, husbands, brothers, and friends who are using liquor and tobacco, come in from our sisters; and we find that there is great need of temperance work in our ranks, to say nothing of the needs outside.

Sisters Beerman and Hansen have been faithful workers, the former for the Germans, and the latter for the Scandinavians. The correspondence which they have had has been very interesting and encouraging, although the work has moved slowly. They are anxious to get every new plan which we have for work, and pass it on to their sisters. Sister Hansen has recently gone to Scandinavia, and intends to carry on the work there for the sisters in that country, and also to correspond with the Scandinavians in this country.

We believe that the life of the Christian is made up of prayer and work, and our aim is to encourage every one of our sisters to do her part faithfully, so that when the Master comes, he can say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” MRS. GEO. A. IRWIN.

HEALDSBURG COLLEGE

M. E. CADY

At present the Healdsburg College district includes California, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, but the constituency of the college is very largely obtained from the state of California. Nevada has about one hundred Sabbath-keepers, while in Arizona and New Mexico the number is still smaller. The church-membership of the district is a little over four thousand.

The general interest in Christian education has been steadily increasing for the past two or three years, until at the present time there is a real interest on the part of most of our people in this important branch of the Lord’s work. In the school year 1899-1900 the enrollment was larger than it has been for several years. It numbered two hundred and fifty students. During that year there were eight church schools in operation, but at that time the work had not been very well organized, so that the results growing out of the church-school work were not very satisfactory.

During the present year, 1900-101, we have seen an advance in the church-school work: this is a source of great encouragement. There are thirteen church schools now in operation, with an enrollment of about four hundred pupils. In these schools seventeen teachers are employed, there being two teachers in the school at San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Fresno. We heard good reports from all these schools, and believe that the success of the work has resulted from the more systematic and careful organization of the work. At the teachers institute held last summer at San Jose, the church-school work was carefully studied in all its different phases, and a manual was prepared which outlined the course of study to be carried on: so that at the present time the same text-books are being used in all our church schools, and the same general plan of presenting the subjects is followed by the teachers. The church-school work, in order to succeed, must be thoroughly organized, and unity of action must prevail in order to give it strength and permanence.

The present year in the college has been quite gratifying, especially in view of the fact that but little field work was done during the summer vacation. The present enrollment of the college is two hundred and ninety. About fifty of these were those who came to attend the special Bible course held during the winter months.

The general spirit and work of the school have been better this year than last. There have been special visitations of the Spirit of God at different times during the school year, and the students have yielded to the convictions that the Spirit of God has brought home to their hearts by consecrating their-lives a new to his service. Elder Daniells was present for a few days during the first part of February, and the Lord greatly blessed his labors to the good of the school and the church. After he left Healdsburg, the work was still carried on by the teachers, and there has been good fruit borne from the work thus started. The faculty have felt more and more the importance of personal labor with the students. The reaction which so often comes in connection with a revival effort has not come to the school this year; and we believe that by faithful, earnest labor the good work begun

may go on, so that there will be a healthy religious growth on the part of both teachers and students.

There has been a spirit of unity and harmony in the faculty so that the work has progressed without any friction. On the part of the students there has been a spirit of co-operation with the teachers; and, generally speaking, the students have manifested a desire to progress as rapidly as possible in the work of preparation for some place of usefulness in connection with the cause. Many are looking forward to working in some special branch of the third angel’s message, such as the ministry, medical missionary work, canvassing, Bible work, or church-school teaching.

The industrial work being carried on at the present time includes printing, broom-making, tent-making, and the general work which comes in connection with the college and the college home. We find that the manual labor is one of the best disciplinary measures that can be brought into the school work. It serves as an outlet for the surplus energy that accumulates during the time the students are engaged in intellectual work. Each student is expected to perform—hours’ manual labor a week, in part payment for his regular expenses.

We hope to be able to start classes next year in dressmaking and domestic science. During the past year, a large class has been engaged in the study of practical nursing. This work is under the supervision of trained nurses, and the results have been very satisfactory thus far. Arrangements have been made to have the college give the first six months of the regular nurses’ course for those who expect to take the training class at the St. Helena sanitarium. We believe that this will more fully unite the interests of the two institutions, and prove to be a blessing to both.

Healdsburg College has an indebtedness of about $40,000. A little over a year ago, the question of liquidating the debt of the college was considered at the Stockholm camp meeting, and other local camp meetings held during the season. About $22,000 was pledged to be paid in three years’ time. The plan proposed by Sister White of devoting the proceeds from “Christ’s Object Lessons” to help relieve our institutions from debt, has been presented to our people in this district, and has met with general favor. Last fall a general canvass would have been made of the district if the publishing house could have provided the books. The books can now be had, and the month of May has been set apart for a special effort in the sale of “Christ’s Object Lessons.” The entire force of Conference workers will devote their time to the circulation of this book, and we believe that a large number will be sold, so that with the pledges amounting to $22,000, and the money which will come in from the canvass made during the month of May, the college will be nearly, if not fully, relieved from the heavy debt that has encumbered it for several years.

As we take a retrospective view of the educational work in this district for the past two or three years, we are greatly encouraged, and believe that the next two years will see a marvelous work accomplished for our people and their children in the line of Christian education. The conviction is fast gaining ground that it is through the grand principles of Christian education that the children and youth are to be separated from the world, and become thoroughly established in the truths of the third angel’s message. Through the education thus obtained, many workers will be trained for the cause of God, and the third angel’s message will soon swell into the loud cry. May God hasten the day.

M. E. CADY, Pres.

UNION COLLEGE

W. T. BLAND

This institution is now completing its tenth year, and in view of this fact it will be interesting to include in this report brief references to the past.

Since the last biennial report, the college has enjoyed a fair degree of prosperity. The enrollment has amounted to nine hundred and thirty-one. Good work has been performed by both teachers and students, a spirit of harmony has prevailed, and a feeling of confidence established generally throughout the district.

Making changes, by way of bringing about reforms in an institution of this kind, is generally fraught with more or less danger, and it is always best that such changes be made with much care. It is therefore a pleasure to report that while changes have been made, a feeling of general satisfaction prevails. The constant desire is to produce work of a more practical nature and higher character.

PRESENT AIMS

In offering outlines of work or courses of study, the great aim is to offer that which will give the best and quickest preparation for the important lines of work connected with the denomination. Thus at present much attention is given to the instruction and preparation of young men for the gospel ministry. A large number of young women are being carefully trained for church-school work. The importance of canvassing for our denominational literature is kept before the entire student body, and the best practical instruction to be obtained is furnished. To become efficient missionaries either for the home field or to enter foreign lands, is the desire of at least ninety per cent of the students of Union College.

COURSES OF STUDY

It has been felt by both teachers and students that better and more systematic work can be accomplished when carefully arranged plans have been made beforehand. This is especially true with young people, who need to form habits of thoroughness, and to have some definite object in view in all their efforts. Hence in order that the best results may be obtained, special courses of study have been outlined, leading to preparation for the different branches of the denominational work. Modified college courses—Scientific and Literary—are also offered to those who should go deeper in their studies, in order more thoroughly to fit them for responsible places. It is felt that the changes thus brought in, instead of lowering the intellectual standard of the school, have strengthened it, and at the same time put it on a decidedly more practical and spiritual basis.

ATTENDANCE

The college reached its highest attendance during the school year of 1892-93. After that the school in Texas was opened, and the Wisconsin Conference was added to the Battle Creek College district, thus cutting off a portion of the territory from which Union College had drawn a large number of students. During the last two years, however, the attendance has considerably increased. In fact, with the present dormitory arrangements the school is running at about its full capacity.

INDUSTRIAL DEPARTMENT

For lack of means the industrial department has not been built up as its

importance really demands. Still, something has been done.

The college farm has been successfully operated for three years, and has furnished work for a large number of students. The profits from the farm during this time have practically paid for it. Printing and broom-making have also been successfully carried on, though not on as large a scale as their importance would seem to justify.

Until the past year one of the most profitable features of the industrial department was the bakery, in which the various health foods were manufactured. Since the change was made, only such foods have been manufactured as are used in the college home.

The industrial department should receive careful attention from the incoming board.

CHURCH SCHOOLS

The managers of Union College have been interested in the establishment of church schools, and earnest efforts have been put forth by way of encouraging the churches in the district to take up this work, and of properly training teachers for the same. There is much to be done yet in this direction, and one of the most important features of the college work for several years to come will be the training of teachers for these schools.

During the past year sixty-three church schools, enrolling about 1038 pupils, have been held in Union College district. Besides these, one Conference has supported a school with an enrollment of about forty.

ENROLLMENT AND GRADUATES

The enrollment of the college during the ten years of its existence has been 4,116. Deducting one third as the approximate number of those counted more than once, the number of different students who have enjoyed the benefits of the college is nearly three thousand. Of this number one hundred and forty-nine have been graduated from some of the college courses.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT

When the college was dedicated in 1891, it was formally turned over to the board of managers by the officers of the General Conference Association free from debt, and with the special request that it be kept so. And so far as the running expenses of the institution are concerned, this request has been strictly carried out.

During the past year the total income amounted to $27,939.86, while the entire expenses were $22,872.56, leaving a balance of $5,067.30. This has been used largely in paying up back salaries of teachers, and in making some needed improvements and repairs. The prospect is that the running expenses for the present year will be fully met.

When the college was completed, all bills had been paid, or were, as was supposed, fully secured by notes held by the General Conference Association. These notes were given largely for real estate, consisting of town lots in College View. The financial depression in 1893 and onward caused so great a depreciation in the value of real estate, that these notes were largely repudiated, thus involving the Association in an unexpected indebtedness of several thousand dollars. An attempt is now being made to lift this through the sale of “Christ’s Object Lessons,” which has already amounted to $10,363.37.

SPIRITUAL INTERESTS

In closing this report I would make special mention of the religious privileges enjoyed by the students. While there are always a few who repel any tendency toward Christianity, yet this year, more than usual, there has been a decided spiritual awakening among the large majority of the students. A desire to prepare for greater responsibilities, and to do earnest, aggressive work for the Master, prevails. At different times during the year the Spirit of God has moved upon the hearts of the students with great power. The interest taken in the Sabbath-school work and the missionary society, and the freedom manifested in prayer and social meetings, have been greater than in the past. Especially have a number of our students felt stirred to prepare themselves for foreign mission work.

W. T. BLAND, Pres.

SOUTH LANCASTER ACADEMY

During the time since the last General Conference, the work of South Lancaster Academy, the central school of District 1, has been progressing favorably, and we trust has been keeping pace with the message. At the close of the General Conference at South Lancaster two years ago, revival meetings were held in connection with the church and school. This move seemed to be in the order of the Lord, and since this revival a healthy spiritual condition has existed in the school. We do not feel, however, that the spiritual condition of the school is all that the Lord would have it, and are conscious of the fact that there is need of a deeper work of grace to be done in the hearts of students and teachers in order to have the school come to the position that was occupied by the schools of the prophets during the most prosperous years of their existence.

Financially, the school has been prospered. At the board meeting first held after the General Conference, the teaching force was reduced, the salaries of the teachers were lowered, and every possible avenue of expense was curtailed, so as to bring the expenses of the school within its income. Our Conferences in the district are all contributing liberally to the support of the school, and are assisting in the payment of the teachers from the tithe, as directed by Spirit of Prophecy. The school has been enabled to pay all its running expenses, with a small surplus. The sale of “Christ’s Object Lessons” in the district has been the means of relieving the financial embarrassment of the school to a great extent. If it had not been for this avenue of meeting the indebtedness of the school, we should no doubt have seen some very trying times during these two years, from which God has thus in mercy delivered us.

The attendance of the school has been increasing steadily during this time. We have this year a total enrollment of one hundred and sixty-four as against one hundred and forty last year. Nearly all of these students are preparing for some line of work in the cause.

During this biennial period fifteen have gone out into the canvassing work, one into the ministry, seventeen into church-school work, one to a foreign field, twelve into the nurses training courses, and seven into other branches of distinctive gospel work.

Last year the school graduated nine persons from its courses, all of whom have gone into various branches of the work. The year before there were four in the graduating class. The class this year will be small. We do not, however, estimate our work by the size of our graduating classes, for we do not endeavor to hold our students here until graduation, but instead to give them just such a preparation as will fit them for work in the cause at the earliest

possible moment consistent with a good preparation.

Missionary societies have been maintained among the students in the school during this time, from which much good has resulted. During the school year our students are doing some work, such as Christian Help work, canvassing, colporteur work, etc.

In our industrial lines we have farming, broom-making, sewing, and cooking. These are the means of not only educating the students, but also of assisting them in getting through school. We are endeavoring to put all these departments upon a self-supporting basis, as we believe it is possible for them to be maintained on such a foundation. The greater portion of the students are assisting themselves in one way or another through school, and are doing manual work in connection with their studies.

The church-school work in the district has been progressing favorably. It has been the policy of the Conferences not to start schools any faster than they could be reasonably confident of their support. There have been twenty-six schools started during the past biennial period. There are twenty-four schools this year, employing twenty-four teachers, with two hundred and seventy-two pupils.

I have endeavored in this report to set forth the facts as they exist. It has been the aim of the management of the school to have the work upon a healthy, growing basis. While I have endeavored to be conservative in my statements respecting all features of the work, yet during these months intervening from the time of the last General Conference, we who have been closely connected with the work can not but feel to say that the Lord has wonderfully blessed and prospered us.

It is the constant endeavor of the instructors not to lose sight of the purpose for which the school is organized; namely, that of preparing workers for the cause of truth. We would also continually realize that in order to do this work acceptably, there must be the living presence of the Spirit of God in the school. He has drawn very near to us many times, often in a very marked manner, for which we feel to thank him. FREDERICK GRIGGS, Pres.

“BLESSED is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.”

BIENNIAL REPORT OF GENERAL CONFERENCE DISTRICT 5

R.M. KILGORE

In submitting the biennial report for District 5, attention is called first to the district as a unit, then to the Conferences of which it is composed; namely, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, and the Arizona Mission field.

The district has 263 churches with a membership, of 9,280—a gain of 16 churches, and a loss of 48 members, since the last General Conference. Tithes paid during this biennial period amounted to $122,440.42, an amount per capita of $12.91; amount paid to foreign missions, $17,641.06. The book sales aggregate $91,145.76. There were 14,-430 copies of the Signs of the Times circulated, 6,708 in clubs, and 7,723 single subscriptions. The total number of the Review and Herald taken is 2,096. There are in the district a total of 162 paid laborers—68 ministers, 48 licentiates, and 58 workers who hold missionary credentials. Twenty-six camp meetings have been held, with good results. There are ninety-one church buildings in the district, with a total valuation of $90,-925.

ARKANSAS

This Conference was organized May 21, 1888. It has 18 churches, and 300 members—an increase of one church and a decrease of 137 members from that reported at the last General Conference. Notwithstanding this decrease on account of the correction made in the church lists, and the reverses through which the Conference has passed, there is a better condition of affairs, and the work is rising in the Conference. It has two ministers, five licentiates, and one other worker. The tithes paid in the two years amounted to $3,479.20.—an amount per capita of $14.93. In the year 1900 there was $1,009.07 more tithe paid than in 1898,—an increase of $5.84 a member. There are three church buildings, valued at $1,300. The Conference is nearly out of debt, and the tract society shows a gain. The collections for home and foreign missions amounted to $354.64, sending to foreign missions $302.92. Their book sales were $9,041.61. They have in circulation 461 copies of the Signs of the Times, and 87 subscribers to the REVIEW AND HERALD. Unity, and a good degree of courage and hope now prevail.

COLORADO

This Conference was organized Sept. 26, 1883, and comprises the State of Colorado and the Territory of New Mexico. It has 42 churches, with a membership of 1,850. There has been a decrease of 50 members since last report, while five churches have been added. There are 16 ministers, 8 licentiates, and 14 other paid workers. Tithes paid were, $33,686.05,—$18.20 per capita. First-day offerings, $1,326.78; annual offerings, $1,576.91: Sabbath-school collections, $2,596.60; sent to the Foreign Mission Board, $52,629.79. The Conference has circulated 2,800 copies of the Signs of the Times and four hundred of the Review and Herald. Their book sales for the two years amounted to $9,963.77. Two camp meetings each year have been held, with good interest and results. It has 13 church buildings, valued at $25,575. The Boulder Sanitarium is located in this Conference. It has enjoyed a liberal patronage, and an improved degree of prosperity is now attending the institution. Those in charge will give a more detailed report.

KANSAS

This is the oldest and strongest Conference in the district. It was organized Sept. 10, 1875, and has 91 churches, two having been dropped since the last report. There are 2,863 members,—a decrease of 367. A few years ago this Conference reaped a harvest by a large emigration of members from Iowa and other States; its ranks are now being effected by an exodus of even whole churches to new fields south and west. The tithes paid were $41,684.63,—$14.56 per capita. Comparing the years 1898 and 1900 there is a gain in tithes of $4,356.20 for the latter year, and a gain per capita of $1.71. First-day offerings were $1,691.96; annual offerings, $1,846.92; Sabbath-school collections, $2,605,59; other objects, $1,177.37; total, $7,321.84. Sent to Foreign Mission Board, $6,651.95.

In the circulation of the Signs of the Times this Conference stands first, having distributed 6,469 copies in the two years. Review and Herald subscriptions are 645. The book sales amount to $15,791.20.

The laborers in the field are 16 ministers, 16 licentiates, and 17 having missionary credentials. Eight camp meetings have been held. The Conference has 21 church buildings, with a valuation of $24.150.

MISSOURI

This is the next oldest Conference in the district, and was organized June 2, 1876. It consists of 42 churches and 1,943 members—an increase of five churches and 123 members since last report. The tithes paid in two years were $16,029.77—$8.25 per capita. Comparing the tithes paid in 1898 with that of 1900, it shows an increase of $2,171.17. First-day offerings were $1,017.28; annual offerings, $1,462.91; Sabbath-school collections, $1,627.36; total, $4,489.48. Sent to foreign missions, $2,337.72. Copies of Signs of the Times circulated, 1,755; Review and Herald, 393. Book sales amount to $11.004.25. The Conference has 27 church buildings, with an estimated valuation of $21,600. Its laborers are divided into 13 ministers, 2 licentiates, and 10 other paid workers. The population of the State is 3,350,000, the largest in the district, having the greatest number of large cities.

OKLAHOMA

This conference is composed of the Oklahoma and Indian Territories. It is the youngest Conference in the district, being organized Aug. 31, 1894. It has 36 churches, and including the isolated Sabbath-keepers, a total of 1,300 members, an increase of 445 since last General Conference. Into these new fields many are flocking from other Conferences to secure cheaper homes. A new sanitarium is being erected and fitted up at Oklahoma City. There are 13 church buildings in the Conference, valued at $12,000. It has 8 ministers, 8 licentiates, and 6 other workers. The tithes paid during the biennial term amounted to $13,598.87,—an average for each member of $10.46. First-day offerings, $478.70; annual offerings, $412.38; Sabbath - school collections, $557.44; total offerings received for home and foreign missions, $1,448.52, of which $1,494.78 was sent to the Foreign Mission Board.

The number of the Signs of the Times taken in the Conference during the two years was 1,096 and 160 subscribers are taking the Review and Herald. The book sales for the same time amount to $23,925.78.

TEXAS

Territorially, this is the largest Conference in the district. The State has 265,780 square miles, with a population of 100,000 less than Missouri. The organization of the Conference was effected Nov. 18, 1878. It consists of 30 churches and 1,115 members. Although 5 churches have been added, its increase of 65 members is small, on account of the loss of three churches, which were broken up by the Galveston storm, and the floods in other parts of the State. Several of our own people with thousands of others, lost their lives at this time. There are ten church buildings in the Conference, valued at $2,600. Tithes paid since last General Conference amounted to $13,502.90,—$12.11 per capita. The increase of tithes paid in 1900 over that paid in 1898, is $6,666.36,—an average increase for each member of $5.84. First-day offerings, $344.92; annual offerings, $392.09, Sabbath-school offerings, $709.59; total, $1,446.58. Paid to foreign missions, $1,164.10. Book sales were $21.311.61. Copies of Signs of the Times taken, 1,662; Review and Herald subscribers, 325.

The working force of the Conference is composed of 11 ministers, 4 licentiates, and 9 other workers—a decrease of 11 laborers since last report.

The Texas Conference has, within its borders the Keene Industrial School and the Keene Sanitarium. The school is doing well, and those in charge are working hard to make it succeed. They will report more fully. The sanitarium has been closed for a time, but is now being fitted up for patients, and will soon be opened and operated under the direction of Dr. H.E. Garvin.

ARIZONA

In this mission field we have four organized churches, three of which have been developed since last General Conference. They are provided with a neat and comfortable meeting-house at each point (total value, $3,700), and so nearly paid for that they are practically out of debt. Two of these are Spanish-speaking churches, a few Americans being connected at Tucson. In the territory there are 111 members and 17 isolated Sabbath-keepers. Tithes paid to General Conference in 1900 were $459,—$4.13 per capita. Amount paid to the Foreign Mission Board, $59.90; book sales for six months, $107.50.

The workers in the employ of the General Conference are made up of 1 minister, 3 licentiates, and 2 Bible workers. One other man alone is devoting his time to the canvassing work.

At Tucson the Chinese have rented and fitted up, in the central part of the city, a commodious room for a mission school; and Brother W. L. Black and wife are teaching that people the gospel and the English language.

Throughout the district there is general good cheer, and courage all along the line. There are no large debts in any Conference, the workers are generally well paid, and a fair degree of success attends their efforts. The power of the Holy Spirit is the one thing needed. When our people realize their destitute condition, and consecrate all to God, he will fill them with the Spirit.

R.M. KILGORE, Supt.

OAKWOOD INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL

B. E. NICOLA

“We should educate colored men to be missionaries among their own people.” To put this and similar instruction into action, the Oakwood Industrial School for colored persons was established in January, 1896. In that month the General Conference came into possession, by purchase, of a three-hundred-and-sixty-acre farm, a typical Alabama plantation, with its “big house,” surrounded by numerous cabins, a well-preserved monument of that social evil, to abolish which required no less than a new birth and a new development in the character of the South. In the formation of this character we now have a part by the influence of our schools in the South. The work of emancipation is not yet done; for though emancipated from physical slavery, “the slavery of ignorance” still fetters many.

THE LOCATION

The interesting events leading to the providential choice of this location by those having the matter in charge, have previously been set forth in accounts of this work. The institution lies five miles northwest of Huntsville, now one of the most flourishing cities of the State. Though as far south as Alabama, a large percentage of the people, and a much larger percentage of the capital of its numerous industries, including five large plants for the manufacture of cotton goods, are from the North. This, with the fact that many of the farms in the vicinity of the school are owned by men from the North, enables us more or less frequently to meet with those who are at least not opposed to our work.

INFLUENCE AND GROWTH

Following the instruction that “the work in the South should be done without noise or parade,” the work at

Oakwood has steadily grown in the confidence of both colored and white; and we believe much prejudice has been lived down. The local influence of the school is wholesome.

The school has steadily grown from the first, the number of students in attendance depending upon the capacity for accommodating them. The enrollment last year was fifty-seven, only six of whom left before the close of the year. So far this year, fifty-four have enrolled, two of them are not in the home. A number of changes have been made in the plans of the work, and we believe yet others should and will be made. Old plans are not to be despised. They are the basis from which new plans may be operated with experience as the director. But the one plan of fitting these people to carry the truth to their race, and to live it out before them, should never be changed.

COURSE OF INSTRUCTION

The course of instruction has undergone some revision. The original four-years’ course has proved insufficient for the essential qualification for this field. We learn that “there are many among the colored people whose intellect has been too long darkened to be speedily fitted for fruitfulness in good works.” And yet, with our course lengthened to six years, it is required that the work in some of the years cover about what is planned for two years.

The course now offered includes the common branches, with rhetoric and a two-years’ line of nature study, or elementary science, about one year of which is physiology. With all this work there is set before the student the hand of the Creator, in whom we learn to delight as we study his works. Four years’ work is offered in regular Bible study, besides that included with work in the earlier years of the course. This year a nurse was added to our force, and a class of thirteen of our best qualified students are in the nurses’ class.

The religious interests in the school are encouraging. Near the close of last year, fourteen were baptized, leaving but one in the home not having taken this important step. Three more have been baptized during this year. As students go out from here having received the Word, they must meet the triple odds of color, religion, and a very limited knowledge of frugality. These combine to make a living hard to earn, and it must be regretted that some are unfaithful. But in justice it should be said that for all their proverbial instability, there are examples of rare Christian fidelity, which remain faithful through most discouraging reverses.

Ten young men from the school entered the canvassing field last summer. Through sickness greatly hindered and shortened their success, they report some excellent experiences. More are planning to enter the field next summer.

One recently accepted a call to teach in a church school, and others will take up a similar work another year. A short summer normal is being planned for teachers in colored schools. This we hope will do much to encourage school work among the colored people.

The industrial department has had an important place from the beginning. This factor of the work, under the supervision of Brother S. M. Jacobs, is an essential feature of influence not only for its supply of educational and remunerative labor for the student: but thereby the soil is made to preach by the convincing argument of superior crops. Farming is thus far the only regular industry afforded the students; yet during the past two years a new school building and boys’ dormitory, thirty by sixty-four feet in size, and three stories above a good basement, has been erected. This had added much to the capacity and convenience of the work. There is also at present near its completion a sixteen-foot addition to the girls’ dormitory. Beneath the new part, and extending under the old part, is being fitted a basement dining room about sixteen by forty feet, which will very much relieve the badly overcrowded condition of the present dining room. Besides making the shingles, and getting out the foundation stones and the timber for much of the lumber, the work of building is mostly done by the students.

The students work five hours a day as payment for their schooling, including all expenses except books and clothing. There are no pay students, and for many it is very difficult to find money for the above-named expenses. About half of the students attend school in the forenoon, while the remainder work; and in the afternoon these exchange places, the chapel service being held after 6:30 P. M.

We will not at this time dwell upon our needs, which are many; but we wish to express appreciation of the widespread and kindly interest shown in the work at Huntsville by those who have donated to its support. Such aid is always in demand at Oakwood, and is always applied with greatest care.

Our students range in age from fourteen to forty-five years thus “having not only children, but fathers and mothers, learning to read.” Taken as a whole, they present a class of intelligent students, comparing favorably with students of the same grades in schools generally. And though they struggle against unusual odds to rise through most unencouraging conditions, we have seldom, if ever, seen more marked growth than is exhibited in these young people after a few months’ perseverance with their books. But most encouraging of all is the ever-present evidence of the Master’s kindness, whose glory alone is sought.

B. E. NICOLA.

THE WORK AMONG THE GERMANS

H. SHULTZ

The work of the Master is still onward. Though many a storm has passed over us during the last two years, and some have made shipwreck of their faith, and fallen out by the way, others have stepped in and filled up the gap.

The work is gradually spreading and reaching out in all directions. Several hundred members have been added to our older churches; and six new churches have been organized, and seven new church buildings erected.

H. SHULTZ.

REPORT OF THE CORRESPONDING SECRETARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL SABBATH-SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

C. R. KING

My work in connection with the International Sabbath-School Association commenced in May, 1900. Since that time I have been trying to become acquainted with the work in all its different phases.

In harmony with the first resolution adopted at the last General Conference, we have endeavored, in all our correspondence, to keep before the schools the necessity for the study of the word of God as a means of salvation and of spiritual growth. As a help toward this study, we have published in the Sabbath-School Worker, and, later, in the Lesson Quarterly, programs to aid in the daily study of the Sabbath-school lessons in the home, changing these whenever a change in the lesson made it necessary

In these programs we have been

careful to give attention to the children’s lessons, as the different subjects studied by the various members of the family suggest a danger that the children may be neglected.

The second resolution was in the interest of conventions and weekly teachers’ meetings. We have tried to encourage and help forward the work of conventions by assisting the State secretaries to arrange programs with practical and profitable subjects for discussion.

We believe that no Sabbath-school can be truly successful without teachers’ meetings; and we also believe that officers and teachers in our Sabbath-schools should make a thorough study of their work. In addition to the Bible, the Lord has given us, as text-books in this work, “Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work,” and the Sabbath-School Worker. In order to encourage the study of these, we have each month sent to the State secretaries a list of questions based upon “Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work” and upon the Sabbath-School Worker. These were to be sent out to all the officers and teachers, and used in connection with the weekly teachers’ meetings. The majority of the associations are using them. As an illustration of the favor with which they are received, and the good which is being accomplished by them. I quote the following from the president of the Iowa Association: “We have not missed a month in sending out a list of these questions to all our schools. It has done more to help us get our teachers’ meeting established than anything else. Most of our schools now hold teachers’ meetings, many of them having begun since we have been following this plan.”

The Maine secretary writes: “I think here is increased interest in Sabbath-school work in our State, and among the schools that have been following the teachers’ study.

This work has not been confined to this country. The secretary of the British Association writes that as a result of sending out these questions, several have ordered the Sabbath-School Worker, also “Testimonies on Sabbath-School Work.” They are also being used and appreciated in the Victoria Association, and, as far as possible, in New Zealand.

The work of many of the State associations is most satisfactory in its advancement. The California secretary writes: “We are having conventions in most of our schools twice a year, and the results show that great good is being accomplished by them. Many of our schools are following the teachers’ study, from which they seem to derive much benefit. A large number have also supplied themselves with kindergarten material, and are paying special attention to the children, both in the Sabbath-school classes and in holding children’s meetings.

Montana, Indiana, and Pennsylvania have also given much attention to the holding of children’s meetings.

The work in Ontario is opening up in a promising manner.

We have received most encouraging reports from the work in Australia. Sister Farnsworth, the general Sabbath-school secretary for that field, writes that the experienced persons who were connected with the Sabbath-school work there in its early days have given a good mold to it, so that it now compares very favorably with that in most of the States in America. She also speaks of the Sabbath-school at Cooranbong as being as nearly a model school as any that she ever attended. All the secretaries of the different associations in that field who have reported seem to be doing a a noble work, and give pleasing accounts of the advancement of the cause. There seems to be an urgent call from this field for more help for the Sabbath-school work, as those now engaged in it are burdened with other work. Since last General Conference, four new associations have been formed in that field.

The secretary of the British Association has been making a special effort to increase the circulation of the Sabbath-School Worker, and reports some degree of success.

The schools in Denmark are using the lessons published in Our Little Friend.

The West Indian secretary reports a membership of eight hundred and one.

The secretary of the Brazil Association says: “The work in our field is still onward, and from many parts come calls for light. Last quarter three schools were organized, averaging about fifty members each. So we now have eighteen organized schools.” After speaking of a man and his wife, over fifty years of age, who took a three-days’ journey on mule back, over such a road as few of us know anything about, to attend a funeral, she says: “The people are hungry for a heart-satisfying religion. I hope there will be at least two good workers sent out to our field by this General Conference, so that there will not be so many burdens resting on the shoulders of one or two.”

We have sent out letters to the State secretaries each month, in which we have tried to keep before them the needs of the work. Since my connection with this association, we have published a new pamphlet of “Lessons for Children’s Meetings.” We have also supplied the schools with seven thousand Commandment Cards. A new series of lessons for the assistance of mothers and teachers of the youngest children has also been provided. These are published in Our Little Friend, and notes on them are given in the Sabbath-School Worker.

In studying the field and its needs, it has seemed to me that the greatest hindrance to the advancement of the Sabbath-school work is that so many of the associations have for secretaries those who are already carrying as heavy a load as they are able to bear. Thus the Sabbath-school work takes second place, and can receive but a small part of the attention which its importance merits. In other cases the compensation allowed for this work is so slight that the secretary is forced to spend almost her entire time in other work in order to gain a livelihood.

We hope that the time will soon come when the importance of this work will be more fully recognized, and thus it be given its proper place.

MRS. CARRIE R. KING.

REPORT OF THE RECORDING SECRETARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL SABBATH-SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

M. H. BROWN

The following table shows the membership of our schools, the total contributions, and the amount donated to missions each year during the last fourteen years:—

YEAR.MEMBERS
CONTRIBUTIONS
TOTAL
TO MISSIONS
DONATIONS
TO ORPHANS.
DONATIONS
1887 23,700$16,751.83$10,615.72
1888 25, 37518,485.7710,755.34
1889 28,90022,541.2411,767.95
1890 32,00028,642.7517,707.39
1891 33,40029,435.0516,750.94
1892 35,30037,542.2723,618.77
1893 40,10037,936.1124,162.50
1894 49,62639,562.4220,850.05
1895 50,26637,336.3519,809.76
1896 54,07040,125.1323,666.08
1897 52,04541,541.4033,409.32
1898 55,16040,301.8721,475.18$4,795.16
1899 55,96739,071.7921,842.095,107.02
1900 55,25546,794.4025,235.475,861.06
Total$476,118.38$281,666.56$15,763.24

The following figures show the amount of donations to each mission field, and the time when they were given:—

South Africa, four quarters 1887$10,615.72
London, four quarters 188810,755.34
Missionary ship “Pitcairn,” first
quarter 1889 and first two
quarters 1890.
12,035.22
Russian field, second quarter 18892,783.48
Hamburg Mission, last two quarters
1889
6,377.97
South America, last two quarters 18908,278.67
“Pitcairn” running expenses, first
two quarters 1891
7,338.33
European Mission, last two quarters
1891
9,412.61
Haskell Home, first quarter 18927,079.94
West Indies and Polynesia, second
quarter 1892
5,364.04
Mexico and Central America, last two
quarters 1892
11,174.79
India, first two quarters 189311,999.66
Hamburg, last two quarters 189312,162.84
Africa, first two quarters 189410,736.94
Japan, last two quarters 189410,113.11
Zambesia, first two quarters 18959,132.32
China, and missionary boat for
Caribbean Sea, last two quarters 1895
10,677.44
Southern field, first two quarters 189611,574.04
India, last two quarters 189612,092.04
Japan, first two quarters 189712,050.81
Mediterranean field, last two quarters
1897
12,239.42
Haskell Home, two collections 18979,119.00
*Most needy fields68,552.74
Haskell Home, 18984,795.16
Haskell Home, 18995,107.02
Haskell Home, 19005,861.06
Total297,429.80
*This includes the donations for 1898, 1899, and 1900.

The following is a condensed summary showing the amount given to each missionary enterprise:—

Africa$30,484.98
London10,755.34
“Pitcairn”19,373.55
Hamburg18,540.81
India24,091.70
Mexico and Central America11,174.79
China10,677.44
Japan22,163.92
Southern field11,574.04
European Mission9,412.61
South America8,278.67
Haskell Home31,962.27
West Indies and Polynesia5,364.04
Russia2,783.48
Mediterranean field12,239.42
Most needy fields68,552.74
Total$297,429.80

There has been much discussion and some confusion in regard to the use of the Sabbath-school donations. We therefore take this opportunity to place before our people a few facts and thoughts on the subject, trusting that it may result in more harmony of action and a better understanding of the matter. We will first call attention to the facts.

1. When the plan of making Sabbath-school donations was first adopted they were designed and used for Sabbath-school supplies only. That was the original plan.

2. Afterward the plan was proposed and adopted of giving a portion of the donations for some particular foreign field. This plan originated in California, and was subsequently adopted by the International Association.

3. The idea of giving all the Sabbath-school donations to foreign missions was donations to foreign missions was never proposed nor approved by either the General Conference or the International Sabbath-school Association. If any of our laborers have used their influence in our schools to have them do this, it has not been authorized or warranted by the action of our people.

In view of the foregoing facts we trust that all our workers will use their in favor of the present plan, viz., using from the donations to purchase necessary Sabbath-school supplies, and sending the surplus to the Foreign Mission Board for the work in foreign lands. It is evidently our duty to carry out, and use our influence in favor of, the present plan, till it is changed by the official action of the denomination. To do otherwise is to cause confusion, and injury the work.

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Quarterly Summary of Sabbath-school Reports.
FOR QUARTER ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1900.
NAME OF ASSOCIATION.Number of
Schools
Present
Membership
Av.
Attends.
No.
Classes
Total
Contributions
Donation
for Org.
Tithes from
Schools
Donations
to Missions
Tithe to
International
Argentina
Arkansas1522517927$ 30.38$ 2.53$ 26.09$ 0.25
Atlantic2267851894271.15$ 38.0722.59111.662.30
Brazil
California1464,2363,4345992,301.45137.15120.04436.5512.00
Chesapeake
Colorado641,7691,373250438.1619.4145.05186.154.50
Cumberland16411216082.3015.116.5019.45.65
Dakota871,5301,082202296.4630.8127.81199.912.78
+European2625,2984,1087331,030.1567.80863.40
Florida273912294364.455.916.728.40.68
Illinois621,6021,239237237.9328.0833.86155.303.40
Indiana771,6891,249245367.0755.3528.69113.452.67
Iowa1823,0162,308449577.0677.9056.71284.555.58
Kansas1202,3101,674305546.47144.2342.19219.244.21
Maine294663247187.631.379.4358.13.94
Manitoba
Maritime Provinces112421823060.363.754.1737.06.41
Michigan1645,4348,7077411,134.92198.3199.69480.509.97
Minnesota1232,8401,798375573.95133.8246.38120.104.64
Missouri491,3761,033202260.3235.2718.3754.611.84
Montana2230923046311.5947.9111.26145.131.13
Nebraska1052,2711,742351378.4352.0352.03380.515.20
New England441,064763140559.42191.0032.48173.463.25
New South Wales
New York901,575950186280.5823.11106.272.31
+New Zealand3664141683177.91157.49
North Pacific861,9511,320229298.7543.86254.934.39
Ohio
Oklahoma641,159953174130.9716.4213.5361.831.35
*Ontario1430723939180.6716.6222.4588.122.25
Pennsylvania851,6321,000218325.7553.2537.66193.673.77
Quebec15131992324.052.102.6119.80.26
+Queensland72802033793.507.6545.47
South Africa
Southern District53890680123164.3419.8416.2753.871.63
South Australia
Tasmania
Tennessee River163322324835.081.843.9218.93.39
Texas
Upper Columbia
Utah41411012133.701.453.253.66.33
Vermont3840828572149.9932.838.9967.121.00
Victoria
Virginia101931422432.423.933.3412.50.33
+West Indian411,18559.762.38
West Virginia151911372921.472.5018.97.25
Wisconsin1302,9262,108402593.1378.2856.62332.425.66
Mission schools397731111.673.301.07
  Totals2,33450,80436,2616,92012,223.391,442.041,001.445,572.4591.39
[* For two quarters.]
[+ Quarter ending Sept. 30, 1900]

It is well for us to remember that no plan has ever been found by which to pay for Sabbath-school supplies, except the present one. This plan has been in operation through our entire history as a people since our schools were organized, and it has become well established. We can also add that it has been successful in its working, and has given excellent and almost universal satisfaction. Is it

wise to change to an untried plan from one that has worked so well?

The same argument can be made in favor of continuing the present plan of giving the surplus donations for the work in foreign fields. The help given by our schools to the foreign mission work by this plan has been a great blessing to our schools as well as to our missions. Shall this plan be changed, and an effort be made to have all the donations given to foreign missions? Will such a change be an improvement, and will it result in greater good to the cause?—Manifestly not.

We are aware that some have advocated such a change. It has seemed sometimes as if some of our laborers saw in our Sabbath-schools simply a money-raising agency, and all the interest they would manifest in them would be to appeal to them for money for foreign missions, or some other enterprise. But there is such a thing as killing (or starving) the goose that lays the golden egg. If the schools are robbed of the material support, which is one of the elements of success and prosperity, their vitality and strength will be correspondingly lessened. If all their life-blood is sapped for supporting other enterprises, how long will they thrive and prosper? The result would be disastrous.

What would we think of the business ability of a man who spends all his income for the support of others, and then undertakes to earn or procure another income for the support of himself and his family?—We would say that he is a foolish man. So if our schools give all their income to foreign missions, they will be obliged to raise another income to provide for themselves. Is that wise? Who can say that it is? It is a source of comfort and congratulation that there are very few indeed who have advocated such an idea, and we sincerely trust that their numbers will continually grow less.

There is another important fact that has a strong bearing on this question, and it deserves careful consideration. It is this: According to the present plan, our people are urged to give a weekly offering for foreign missions in addition to the annual offering, and services are held in all our churches on the second Sabbath of each month in the interests of that branch of our work. This plan reaches all our people, old and young, who attend the Sabbath services in our various churches. All these weekly offerings are devoted to the foreign mission work. This is an excellent plan, and deserves our cordial support. Shall we ask another weekly offering from the same people for the same purpose, and urge them to give it all, and leave no means for the home work? To ask the question is to answer it.

The truth is that the home work must be supported, and not left to suffer. Donations must be made for the poor, for church schools, for missionary supplies, for Sabbath-school supplies, for church expenses, for the erection of church buildings, and last, but not least, for the payment of debts on our churches and our institutions. We should remember that there is a limit to the ability of our people to give, and wisdom and sanctified judgment must be exercised in our appeals for financial aid.

In conclusion we would raise these questions for the consideration of our workers: What effect will it have upon the weekly offerings to foreign missions to urge our Sabbath-schools to give liberally, or give all their donations, for the foreign work? If the latter plan is pushed, will it not lessen the amount received from the weekly offerings? Is it wise to push both plans aggressively, and thus make prominent the fact that we are calling upon the same people for two weekly offerings for the same purpose? Which will produce the best results, to push a plan for supporting foreign missions in which all the donations are held sacred for that purpose, or one in which nearly half is used for another purpose, and in which a habit of making small donations has been formed and established by years of custom?

We will not attempt to answer these questions, but will leave them for the consideration of our workers. We sincerely trust that they will awaken thought, lead to right conclusions, and result in good to our work.

We now have fifty-four associations, comprising about two thousand seven hundred schools, with an approximate membership of fifty-eight thousand. Since our report two years ago, eight new associations have been organized as follows: Chesapeake, Cumberland, Ontario, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and the West Indies. It will be noticed that four of these are situated in Australasia.

M. H. BROWN, Rec. Sec.

WHOM GOD LOVES

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water.” Psalm 1:1-3.

Whatever the Bible says, it says to us. For no one who ever lived was the Bible any more especially written than for the one who is reading this article. It would be just as true to read the word “boy” or “girl” into the place of “man.” “Happy is the boy that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.” What does this beautiful language really mean?—Well, in the first place, let us remember that it means me. I shall be blessed or happy if I do not do what is pointed out. One passage of Scripture tells us, “Blessed [happy] are they that do his commandments.” But here is happiness as the result of not doing certain things that are very contrary to the law of the Lord.

If you wish to be truly happy, do not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. Practically, that comes straight home to every boy and girl. With whom do you take counsel? To whom do you confide your plans and troubles? Whose plans and ways are you following? Are you influenced by chums and companions? If so, you are not blessed or happy.

Do not stand in the way of sinners. Do not spend your evenings on the street or your time in rude company. Do not go where sinful people love to go,—to the theater, to the card party, to the dance. Do not go where God is not honored. If you do these things, you can not be truly happy.

Do not sit in the seat of the scornful. That is frequently the back seat a church. Boys and girls who attend sacred services, and spend the time whispering, giggling, trading, writing notes, or in any other way slighting God’s word, are scorning the service of God, and insulting him. To sit with such is to be reckoned with them. No one can do so, and be blessed or happy. It is a good thing for boys and girls to sit with their parents in church.

Our associations generally determine our character. If one takes counsel with ungodly companions, stands or goes with sinful persons, or sits with those who do not reverence God, he is sure to become a godless, sinful scorner. G. C. T.

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