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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 5

April 1, 1903 - NO. 3

OAKLAND, CAL., APRIL 1, 1903.
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GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Third Meeting

G. A. Irwin

MONDAY, MARCH 30, 1903, 3:00 P. M.

G. A. Irwin in the chair.

The meeting was opened by singing Hymn 767, following which prayer was offered by Elder Loughborough. After prayer all joined in singing Hymn 741.

The Chair: We are very glad, I am sure, at this hour, that Sister White can be with us; so we gladly leave everything else to listen to what she has to say.

Sister White then spoke as follows:—

LESSONS FROM JOSIAH’S REIGN

E. G. White

Talk by Mrs. E. G. White

Night before last, the experiences and the work of Josiah, the king of Israel, as recorded in the thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth chapters of 2 Chronicles, and the twenty-second and twenty-third chapters of 2 Kings, were presented to me as a lesson that I should bring to the attention of this Conference.

“Josiah was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem.... And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or to the left. And it came to pass in the eighteenth year of King Josiah, that the king sent Shaphan,... the scribe, to the house of the Lord, saying, Go up to Hilkiah the high priest, that he may sum the silver which is brought into the house of the Lord, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people; and let them deliver it into the hand of the doers of the work which is in the house of the Lord, to repair the breaches of the house, unto carpenters, and builders, and masons, and to buy timber and hewn stone to repair the house. Howbeit there was no reckoning made with them of the money that was delivered into their hand, because they dealt faithfully.”

This record contains precious instruction for us. Born of a wicked father, surrounded, with temptations to follow in his father’s steps, with few counselors to encourage him in the right way, Josiah was true to the God of Israel. He did not repeat his father’s sin in walking in the way of unrighteousness. Although he had not the advantages of the Christian parental influences that many of us have had, he determined to climb upward, instead of descending to the low level of sin and degradation to which his father and grandfather had descended. Warned by their errors, he chose to walk in the right way, and, though surrounded by wickedness, he pressed in the upward path. His course of obedience made it possible for God to graft him from a wild olive tree to a good olive tree, giving him grace to do that which was right in the Lord’s sight. Thus he became a chosen vessel.

Josiah “turned not aside to the right hand or to the left.” As one who was to occupy a position of trust, he resolved ever to honor God, to obey the instruction that He had given. The only safety for every one in attendance at this Conference, is to determine that he will walk uprightly before God.

In the eighteenth year of Josiah’s reign, God chose him to superintend the repairing of the temple. It was as this work was being done that the book of the law was found. Through some mismanagement it had been lost, and the people had been deprived of its instruction. Brethren, have any of you lost the book of the law? Have not many of us lost sight of the precepts that are in the holy Book?

Upon finding this book, “Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan, the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.... And Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king. And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.”

The reading of the book of the law, so long forgotten, made a deep impression upon the king’s mind. He realized that something must be done to bring this law to the attention of the people, and to lead them to conform their lives to its teachings. By his own course of action, he designed to show his respect for the law. He humbled himself before God, rending his clothes.

In his position as king, it was the work of Josiah to carry out in the Jewish nation the principles taught in the book of the law. This he endeavored to do faithfully. In the book of the law itself he found a treasure of knowledge, a powerful ally in the work of reform. He did not lay this book aside as something too precious to be handled. Realizing that the highest honor that could be placed on God’s law was to become a student of its precepts, he diligently studied the

ancient writing, and resolved to walk in the light it shed upon his pathway.

When the law was first read to him, Josiah had rent his clothes to signify to the people that he was much troubled because he had not known of this book before, and that he was ashamed and painfully distressed because of the works and ways of the people, who had transgressed God’s law. As he had in the past seen the idolatry and the impiety existing among them, he had been much troubled. Now as he read in the book of the law of the punishment that would surely follow such practices, great sorrow filled his heart. Never before had he so fully realized God’s abhorrence for sin.

Josiah’s sorrow did not end with the expression of words of repentance, or with outward demonstrations of grief. He bowed his heart in great humiliation before God, because he knew the anger of the Lord must be kindled against the people. He rent his heart, as well as his garments, for the dishonor shown to the Lord God of heaven and earth. He realized what the outcome must be; that God’s displeasure would come upon His people.

AN INVESTIGATION INSTITUTED

The king did not pass the matter by as of little consequence. To the priests and the other men in holy office he gave the command, “Go ye, inquire of the Lord for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not harkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that is written concerning us.”

Josiah did not say, “I knew nothing about this book. These are ancient precepts, and times have changed.” He appointed men to investigate the matter, and these men went to Huldah, the prophetess. “And she said unto them. Thus saith the Lord God of Israel. Tell the man that sent you unto Me. Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the words of the book which the king of Judah hath read: because they have forsaken Me, and have burned incense unto other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands; therefore My wrath shall be kindled against this place, and shall not be quenched. But to the king of Judah, which sent you to inquire of the Lord, thus shall ye say to him, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, As touching the word which thou hast heard, because thine heart was tender, and thou hast humbled thyself before the Lord, when thou heardest what I spake against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, that they should become a desolation and a curse, and hast rent thy clothes, and wept before Me; I also have heard thee, saith the Lord. Behold, therefore, I will gather thee unto thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered into thy grave in peace; and thine eyes shall not see all the evil which I will bring upon this place. And they brought the king word again.”

In Josiah’s day the Word of the Lord was as binding, and should have been as strictly enforced, as at the time it was spoken. And to-day it is as binding as it was then. God is always true to His Word. What should we do, we who have had great light? The law has been kept constantly before us. Time and again we have heard it preached. The Lord’s anger is kindled against His people because of their disregard of His Word. Conviction of soul should send us in penitence to the foot of the cross, there to pray with the whole heart, saying, “What shall we do to be saved? Wherewithal shall we come before the Lord?” My brethren, inquire quickly, before it is too late.

Josiah sent as messengers to the prophetess, the highest and most honored of the people. He sent the first men of his kingdom,—men who occupied high positions of trust in the nation. Thus he conferred honor upon the oracles of God.

APOSTASY MUST BE PUNISHED

God sent Josiah the word that Jerusalem’s ruin could not be averted. Even if the people should humble themselves before God, they could not escape their punishment. So long had their senses been deadened by sinning against God, that if the judgments had not come upon them, they would soon have swung back into the same sinful course. But because the king humbled his heart before God, he received from Huldah the prophetess the word that the Lord would acknowledge his quickness in seeking God for forgiveness and mercy. Still, the king must leave with God the events of the future; for he could not change them. The provocation had been too great for the punishment to be averted.

The king, on his part, left undone nothing that might bring about a reformation. With the hope that something might be done to turn aside the judgment that was to be sent because of the leaven of evil permeating the principles and morals of the whole nation, he summoned a general assembly of the elders of the people, the magistrates, the representatives of Judah and Jerusalem, to meet him in the house of the Lord, with the priests and the prophets, and others engaged in various parts of the Lord’s service. All joined in the deliberations of the assembly. In the place of making a speech to the people, Josiah ordered that the book of the law be read to them. So earnest did he feel that he himself read the law aloud. He was deeply affected, and he read with the pathos of a broken heart. His hearers were greatly affected by the intensity of feeling expressed in his countenance. They were impressed by the fact that the king, notwithstanding his high official position, cast himself wholly on the Lord, trusting in the strength and wisdom of the King of kings rather than in his human wisdom.

If those occupying positions of responsibility were as fully resolved to obey God’s law as they are to make laws for governing those in their service, our institutions would be managed along right lines. Those who occupy positions of trust are to make it their highest aim to know God, as revealed in His Word; for to know Him aright is life eternal.

Josiah proposed that those highest in authority unite in solemnly covenanting before the Lord to cooperate with one another in bringing about a reformation. “The king stood by a pillar, and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all their heart and all their soul, which affirmed the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made

for Baal and for the grove and for all the host of heaven; and he burned them without Jerusalem, in the fields of Kedron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel.”

Like unto Josiah “was there no king before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; neither after him arose there any like him. Notwithstanding the Lord turned not from the fierceness of His great wrath, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked Him withal.” It was not long before Jerusalem was utterly destroyed.

LESSONS FOR US TO LEARN

To-day God is watching His people. We should seek to find out what He means when He sweeps away our sanitarium and our publishing house. Let us not move along as if there were nothing wrong. King Josiah rent his robe and rent his heart. He wept and mourned because he had not had the book of the law, and knew not of the punishments that it threatened. God wants us to come to our senses. He wants us to seek for the meaning of the calamities that have overtaken us, that we may not tread in the footsteps of Israel, and say, “The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord are we,” when we are not this at all. When we reach the mark of our high calling in Christ, the protecting arm of God will be with us. We shall have a covert from the storm.

We have many lessons to learn. May God help us to learn them. Let us ask ourselves, Am I keeping the law of the Lord? Do I bring its principles into my home? Do I reverence God’s Word?

I felt so thankful when the college in Battle Creek was moved from there to Berrien Springs. This was a right move. If there had been a further carrying out of the principles that God has laid down,—the instruction that He has given to make centers in many places,—His salvation would have been revealed. A wrong policy has been followed in centering so much in Battle Creek. The Lord has told us that His work is to be established all over America. In every city a memorial for Him is to be established. Are we ready for this work? “Lo,” said Christ, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, speaking the things I have commanded you.” We are to proclaim to all the world the truths by which every one is to be judged. When this gospel of the kingdom shall have been preached to every nation and kindred and tongue and people, the Saviour will come.

A REFORMATION NEEDED

In every institution among us there needs to be a reformation. This is the message that at the last General Conference I bore as the word of the Lord. At that meeting I carried a very heavy burden, and I have carried it ever since. We did not gain the victory that we might have gained at that meeting. Why?—Because there were so few who followed the course of Josiah. There were those at that meeting who did not see the work that needed to be done. If they had confessed their sins, if they had made a break, if they had taken their stand on vantage ground, the power of God would have gone through the meeting, and we should have had a Pentecostal season.

The Lord has shown me what might have been had the work been done that ought to have been done. In the night season I was present in a meeting where brother was confessing to brother. Those present fell upon one another’s necks, and made heart-broken confessions. The Spirit and power of God were revealed. No one seemed too proud to bow before God in humility and contrition. Those who led in this work were the ones who had not before had the courage to confess their sins.

This might have been. All this the Lord was waiting to do for His people. All heaven was waiting to be gracious.

God is in earnest with us. If the heart is pure, there will be purity of action and nobility of purpose in all the work done. Every mind is to be cleansed, every heart purified. All are to understand that sin is not to be tolerated by the people who have received the most precious light ever given to mortals. Only a little while, and He who shall come will come, and will not tarry. Those who choose to cleave to their sins must perish. But God will have compassion on all who will make thorough work for eternity.

I wish to say that the work that is to be carried on by our people is becoming less and less appreciated by many—not by all. Many of us do not realize the covenant relation in which we stand before God as His people. We are under the most solemn obligations to represent God and Christ. We are to guard against dishonoring God by professing to be His people, and then going directly contrary to His will. We are getting ready to move. Then let us act as if we were. Let us prepare for the mansions that Christ has gone to prepare for those that love Him. Let us stand where we can take hold of eternal realities, and bring them into the every-day life. We are to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn of Him.

A GREAT WORK TO BE DONE

The Lord has a great work to be done. If this meeting is a success, the laborers will go from it to open up the work in new places. The salvation of God will be revealed. I am thankful that during the past year something has been done in Southern California. I praise God for what has been accomplished there. It is hard work to press the battle to the gates, but this must be done. God calls upon every one of us to take hold in earnest.

Here is the medical missionary work,—a wonderful work. God gave us this work thirty-five years ago, and it has been a great blessing. It is to be to the third angel’s message as the right hand is to the body. The gospel and the medical missionary work are one. They can not be divided. They are to be bound together. Medical missionary workers should be encouraged and sustained. And let them remember that they are working for the Master. Unless they do this, they can not exert a strong influence for good in the world. And they must ever keep clear and distinct the line of demarcation between worldlings and those who are carrying the gospel of the kingdom to the world.

In the place of erecting large sanitariums, we should establish smaller sanitariums in many places. A few patients in a small institution can be helped and educated to much greater advantage than a large number gathered together in a large institution. God help us to let the light shine forth. It must shine forth, and God will make us channels of light, if we will let Him.

The Southern field needs our help. I have carried this field on my heart

for many years. I have tried to make known its needs, and yet it has scarcely been touched. God has given me encouragement for the workers there, and I have followed them step by step in their work. There are those who say that mistakes have been made by the workers in the Southern field. Do you ever make mistakes? My husband and I used to grieve when we made mistakes. But often we found that in His providence God had permitted us to do as we had done, that we might understand what He wanted us to understand.

God does not cast us off because we make mistakes. Of Ephraim He says: “I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms.... I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love.”

THE SPIRIT OF CRITICISM TO BE BANISHED

My brethren, if you stand before God as true Christians, you will do in the year before us a work different from that which has been done in years past. Your wicked criticism is a sin in the sight of God. By it you are weakening the hands of God’s servants. This criticism is as a root of bitterness, whereby many are defiled. Let us come to the Lord in penitence, and ask Him to forgive us for not keeping His law, for not obeying the command to love one another as Christ has loved us. He says to us, “You have left your first love, and, unless you repent, I will remove your candlestick out of his place.” “Be watchful,” He pleads, “and strengthen the things that remain, that are ready to die; for I have not found thy works perfect before God.”

Speech is a precious talent. It is the means by which we communicate with one another. The man who, though professing to be a Christian, allows himself to speak angrily because his will is crossed, needs to go apart and rest awhile. Let him go to God, and tell Him that he is sorry for what he said, and that he is ashamed of himself. Let him not try to vindicate himself.

Those who criticize and condemn one another are breaking God’s commandments, and are an offense to Him. They neither love God nor their fellow-beings. Brethren and sisters, let us clear away the rubbish of criticism and suspicion and complaint, and do not wear your nerves on the outside. Some are so sensitive that they can not be reasoned with. Be very sensitive in regard to what it means to keep the law of God, and in regard to whether you are keeping or breaking the law. It is this that God wants us to be sensitive about.

If it were not for the burdens that rest so heavily on my soul, I could do tenfold more than I do. But night after night I am unable to sleep, because so many of the people of God act like quarrelsome children. My brother, my sister, when trouble arises between you and another member of God’s family, do you follow the Bible directions? Before presenting to God your offering of prayer, do you go to your brother, and in the spirit of Christ talk with him. Christ says, “If thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” Then you can offer it with a clear conscience; for you have cast out the root of bitterness.

There is much to be done at this meeting. But I do not feel depressed by the outlook. At times I do feel depressed, but I struggle against the feeling. I know that God wants His joy to be in us, that our joy may be full. He has a heaven full of blessings, and these blessings He will give to us, if we will take them. Our Father has an abundant treasure, but you do not want it. If you did, you would have it. You let so many things come between you and God! Your individuality is spotted and stained. It needs to be cleansed by the blood of the Lamb.

The judgment is right upon us. We can not afford to spend our time quarreling over little things. There is a great work before us. My brethren, we must wake up to the issues which face us, and that before this meeting closes. Heart must be cemented to heart. Pray for this; labor for it. Do not, I beg of you, allow differences to come in. May God help you to gather up the divine rays of light, and flash them across the pathway of others. May He help you to love one another as Christ has loved you. “By this,” He says, “shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

There is power with Christ to heal; there is power with Him to save to the uttermost all who come to Him. But we must be willing to be saved. We must put aside all self-sufficiency. We must be in spirit as little children, or we shall never see the kingdom of heaven. Our measurement of ourselves is too large. We are but little children. We have not attained to the full stature of men and women in Christ. There is much matured intelligence for us yet to gain.

We must overcome the pride that leads us to prefer to work by ourselves, rather than with a fellow-laborer, lest he rob us of glory. God wants us to press close together, that we may help one another. In Australia a minister was asked by a brother minister to leave the pulpit. “I want the people to see no one but me,” he said. And they did indeed see no one but him.

God calls for volunteers who will say, “I will do the very best I can.” God pities us as He sees the wickedness all around us. But He declares that we are not to be wicked. Though we are in the world, we are not to be of the world. The Lord desires His institutions to stand as educational powers in the world. Everything connected with them is to bear the seal of God. Every worker is to be sanctified, body, soul, and spirit. No coarse, rough words are to be spoken; no action that shows a grasping spirit is to be performed. In thought and word and act the workers are to represent Christ.

THE ADVENT MESSAGE TO BE GIVEN

G. A. IRWIN

Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel’s message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844. We knew then what the message meant, and we call upon our people to-day to obey the word, “Bind up the law among My disciples.” In this world there are but two classes,—the obedient and the disobedient. To which class do we belong? God wants to make us a peculiar people, a holy nation. He has separated us from the world, and He calls upon us to stand on vantage ground, where He can bestow on us His Holy Spirit.

Soon will come the time of which John writes: “I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven

fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works.”

How prone we are to look to human beings for help, to listen to their opinions, to rely upon them for sympathy, succor, and counsel! When in trouble, we should shut ourselves up with God. How many there are who realize no refreshing because they have forsaken the living waters, and have hewn out for themselves broken cisterns, which can hold no water! When men do this, what can we expect but barrenness of soul?

“Thus saith the Lord: Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land, and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.” Let us rely on God. He never fails a trusting soul.

From the moment of our conversion till the close of our earthly history, our lives are to be characterized by a spirit of true, intelligent service. Only thus can we be true to our covenant with God. He who is daily converted has crossed the boundary line that separates the children of light from the children of darkness. But he who professes to believe the truth, and acts as a sinner, will be treated by God as a sinner, and, unless he repents, will be punished as a sinner, only with many stripes, because he was given great light.

The Chair: We are told in the Spirit of prophecy that the gospel is simply the law defined, making it applicable to our lives as Christians, revealing our duties and obligations one to another. ‘And farther we have been told that before the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is to enlighten the earth with its glory these principles must be seen in our lives. It is no wonder, therefore, that the law of God has been held up before us so vividly this afternoon. We have been told before it was announced from this platform to-day of the possibilities of the last General Conference. We have been told what God wanted to do at that Conference; we have been told what He was graciously waiting to do; but that we failed to do the part we ought to have done, and so failed of receiving the blessing He desired to bestow upon us. And the saddest thought of it all is that the cause of God is years behind as the result of our failure at that meeting.

Now, brethren, we have come right up to the very same point again. God, in His mercy, has brought us around to it again. By calamities and judgments during the past two years He has signified to us His displeasure with our course. And here we find ourselves in another General Conference, face to face with the same proposition. Now what shall we do? That is what the Lord asks us. That is the question which confronts us at this hour. Shall we simply listen to the stirring appeal that has been made in our hearing through the servant of the Lord, indited by the Spirit of God, and then dismiss this meeting, and go away to our several cares and responsibilities?

A spirited social meeting followed Elder Irwin’s remarks: in which many heartfelt confessions were made.

On motion, the Conference adjourned to 9:30 A. M., March 31.

G. A. IRWIN, Chairman
H. E. OSBORNE, Secretary.

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Fourth Meeting

G. A. Irwin

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1903, 10:30 A. M.

G. A. Irwin in the chair.

Meeting was opened with Hymn 833, and prayer by Elder R. M. Kilgore. The secretary read a condensed report of the minutes of the second meeting.

The Chair: We will now have the report of the treasurer of the General Conference. Brother Daniells will make the report.

A. G. Daniells: It was arranged that the treasurer should come, but, owing to the very severe illness of his wife, he was unable to do so; and two or three days after reaching Oakland, we received a telegram from Brother Mitchell that his wife had very suddenly passed away. The committee sent to him a telegram of sympathy and condolence. We regret very much that Brother Mitchell could not have come out, had the rest from the confinement he has had for two years, and have been with us during this Conference. This will make it necessary for some one else to submit the treasurer’s report. As I talked the matter over with him very carefully before I left, perhaps I am as thoroughly acquainted with the details of the report that he has submitted as any one else, so I will present it. He was compelled to leave one item somewhat indefinite, and that was the amount due laborers, for we had not audited the accounts when we left Battle Creek. Since coming to Oakland, the committee has audited all the accounts of laborers, and so we have been able to make it definite as to the amount that is due the laborers, and this gives us a complete and accurate balance sheet.

The treasurer’s report, the balance sheet, and the auditor’s report were then read.

Report of Treasurer of General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists for Two Years Ending Dec. 31, 1902

W. H. Edwards

RECEIPTS
Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1901$ 32 93
Tithes and donations received during 190152,494 59
Tithes and donations received during 190224,211 62
Received on deposit during 1901 and 190211,020 00
Received on Int. Tract Soc.
Fund during 1901-19022,144 24
Received on I. R. L. A. Fund during 1901-1902887 09
Received on S. S. Dept. Gen. Conference1,993 17
Received on “Advocates,” 19022,247 62
Received on Mission Board2,793 84
Overdraft on G. C. A., Dec. 31, 190221,123 46
$118,948 56
EXPENDITURES
Overdraft on G. C. A., Jan. 1, 1901$ 11,188 76
Overdraft on R. and H., Jan. 1, 19012,289 52
Due Int. Tract Soc Fund, Jan. 1, 1901458 37
Due depositors Jan. 1, 19013,600 00
Paid laborers and expense, 190158,295 08
Paid Laborers and expense, 190224,653 15
Paid depositors, 1901-19026,280 00
Paid I. M. M. and Benev. Ass’n, 19011,632 62
Paid Int. Tract Soc. Fund, 1901-1902562 44
Paid I. R. L. A. Fund, 190244 39
Paid S. S. Dept. G. C., 1902693 06
Paid on “Advocate,” 19022,239 10
On deposit R. and H., Jan. 1, 19036,508 03
On deposit Pacific Press, Oakland, Jan. 1, 1903494 00
Cash on hand Dec. 31, 190210 04
$118,948 56
Due Int. Tract Soc. Fund, Jan. 1, 1903$ 2,040 17
Due I. R. L. A. Fund, Jan. 1, 1903843 70
Due S. S. Dept. G. C., Jan. 1, 19031,300 11
Due Mis. Board, Jan. 1, 19032,793 84
Due depositors, Jan. 1, 19038,340 00
Due G. C. A. on overdraft21,123 46
Due laborers, Jan. 1, 19034,569 98
Total$ 41,011 26
Cash on hand$ 10 04
R. and H6,508 03
P. P. P. Co494 00
Total$ 7,012 07
Deficit33,999 19
Total$ 41,011 26
Deficit, 1900$ 41,589 11
Deficit, 190233,999 19
Gain 2 years$ 7,589 92

This is to certify that I have checked the books of the treasurer of the General Conference for the year ending Dec. 31, 1902, by receipt stubs, check stubs, deposit book, and president’s orders, and find them correctly kept, and the ledger in balance, as shown by the trial balance for Jan. 1, 1903. The cash on hand agrees with the cash book, and the deposit in the bank checks with the ledger account.

W. H. Edwards, Auditor.

The Chair: We will call for the report of the Atlantic Union Conference.

Elder H. W. Cottrell then presented the following report:—

Biennial Report of the Atlantic Union Conference

H. W. Cottrell

By the President, H. W. Cottrell.

The organization of the conference was effected at the General Conference, April 16, 1901, under the name of the “Eastern Union Conference,” embracing then the local conferences of Maine, Vermont, New England, Atlantic, New York, Pennsylvania, Chesapeake, Virginia, West Virginia, and Quebec, besides the mission fields of the Maritime Provinces and Newfoundland.

At the first biennial session of the Eastern Union Conference, held at South Lancaster, Mass., Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, 1901, the name of the conference was changed to “Atlantic Union Conference.” There were present at this meeting delegates from the Canadian field, who favored the organization of another Union Conference in British territory, and requested that the Conference of Quebec, the Maritime Provinces, and Newfoundland be set off from this union, the same to be incorporated with the Canadian field into the new organization when formed. After mature deliberation, the request was granted, and the territory mentioned was released.

At the same meeting steps were taken to form a legal organization of the conference, which was effected Jan. 9, 1902, and incorporated under the laws of the commonwealth of Massachusetts as the Atlantic Union Conference Association of Seventh-day Adventists.

There are five ordained ministers and four other laborers regularly employed by the Union Conference, besides several mission workers (varying in number) under part pay.

At a meeting of the local Atlantic Conference, held in the city of New York, Dec. 18, 1901, that conference was divided, forming the two local conferences of Greater New York and New Jersey.

The population embraced within the limits of the Atlantic Union Conference in 1900 was 25,512,176, which is nearly a million more than one-third of the entire population of the United States.

Since the Atlantic Union Conference office was not opened until July 1, 1901, and as most of the local conference secretaries have only reported for the year ending Dec. 31, 1902, instead of the biennial term, the financial part of this report will cover the year 1902 only.

During the biennial period there has been quite a revision of church records in several of the territorial divisions of this Union Conference, and from the reports of their secretaries we glean the following:—

CHESAPEAKE CONFERENCE

The membership of this conference is 745, which shows an increase of 71, notwithstanding the revision of church records. The conference employs four ordained ministers, three licensed ministers, and two Bible-workers, besides two ordained ministers who are paid from the Union Conference funds. The amount of tithe received during the year 1902 was $5,762.17; contributions for the year to foreign missions, $613; miscellaneous, $72.97.

MAINE CONFERENCE

The Maine Conference has a membership of 540, including isolated Sabbath-keepers. There are 21 Sabbath-schools, with a membership of 373, and one church-school, with a membership of 28. This conference employs four ordained ministers, two Bible-workers, and two other workers, eight in all. Tithe received during the past year, $4,524.35. Amount of funds for missions for the year was, all told, $839.19. Amount of tithe expended outside the conference, $453.52. Value of book sales, $2,779.80.

NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE

The New England Conference has a

church membership of 1,178, with a total of 1,213 Sabbath-keepers. About eighty have embraced the Sabbath during the conference term. There are 43 Sabbath-schools, with a membership of 1,043, and three church-schools. The conference employs nine ordained ministers, three licentiates, three Bible-workers, and eleven canvassers. The number under pay of conference is 19. The total amount of tithe for the past year was $13,121.65. Total donations for foreign missions, $3,701.83. Amount of tithe expended outside the conference, $1,308.41. Book sales reported for the year 1902, $8,124.56. The conference printing office has been enlarged from one small job press to two jobbers and one Cottrell cylinder press. Other machinery and type have been added to correspond. Employment is given to seven hands on an average, three of whom are academy students. The office has done over $6,000 worth of work the past year, including printing the “Atlantic Union Gleaner” and the “Bible Training School,” besides doing the job work for South Lancaster Academy, New England Sanitarium, etc. All things considered, it is thought that the plant has had a successful year.

NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE

The New Jersey Conference has a church membership of 365. The total number of Sabbath-keepers is 403. The total number on the conference pay-roll is six, including three ordained ministers, two licentiates, and two Bible-workers. Tithe for 1902, $4,193.84. Total offerings for missions, $506.12. Amount of tithe appropriated to fields outside the conference, $230.01. Received from Greater New York Conference, $1,875, and from Atlantic Union Conference, $1,500.

NEW YORK CONFERENCE

This conference has a population of 3,696,127, and has 68 churches, with a membership of 1,750; has 75 Sabbath-schools, with 1,325 members; 10 church-schools and 150 members; and shows an increase in church membership for the conference term of 112. The conference has 14 ordained ministers, nine licentiates, three Bible-workers, and eight canvassers, besides one laborer who is being supported in the West Indies.

Tithe for the past year, $11,894.04; total donations to foreign missions, $2,139.98; tithe expended outside the conference, $396.

Sanitarium treatment-rooms have been opened in Buffalo, in charge of Dr. and Mrs. Satterlee, and the work is meeting with good success.

GREATER NEW YORK CONFERENCE

(Besides Greater New York, five counties of the state are included in this conference.)

The population of this conference in 1900 was 4,515,810. There are eight churches, with a membership of 527. There are five ordained ministers, five licentiates, two Bible-workers, nine licensed missionary workers; total number under conference pay, 13, besides Union Conference workers. Tithe the past year, $9,068.11; total donations to foreign missions, $1,196.90. Amount of tithe expended outside the conference, $1,875.

PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE

The population of the territory embraced in the Pennsylvania Conference is 6,302.115. Total number of Sabbath-keepers, 1,550. Numbers of churches, 59, with a membership of 1,420. Number of Sabbath-schools, 110; membership, 1,457. Total tithe for 1902, $17,529.29. Donations to foreign missions, $2,535,38. Amount of tithe appropriated outside the conference, $1,205.88. Number of ministers, 11; Bible-workers, 10; canvassers, 19; total number paid by conference, 21.

VERMONT CONFERENCE

Vermont has 18 churches, and a membership of about 520, showing an increase of 24. There are three church-schools, with about forty members; three ordained ministers, one licentiate, and two missionary workers, besides one laborer supported in British territory. Number on conference pay-roll,—; tithe for the year 1902, $4,934.65; donations to foreign missions, $1,190.10; tithe expended outside the conference, $396; book sales, $1,006.08; number of Sabbath-schools, 32, with an average membership of 445.

VIRGINIA CONFERENCE

The Virginia Conference has 14 churches and 356 members. Total number of Sabbath-keepers, 445. Number of Sabbath-schools, 12, with a membership of 190. Church-schools, two, with membership of 24; ordained ministers, four; and four Bible-workers. Owing to illness of treasurer, a financial report was not received.

WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE

This conference has 16 churches and a membership of 360; total number of Sabbath-keepers, 415; increase in Sabbath-keepers, 90. The two church-schools of this conference have 20 members. There are six ordained ministers. Total number of laborers paid by conference, seven. Total tithe, $1,700.53. Donations to foreign missions, $350.12. Book sales, $1,821.93.

BIBLE TRAINING-SCHOOL

This school was opened in New York about June 1, 1901, under charge of Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell. The mission is now located in Brooklyn, N. Y. Since its opening, over thirty students have availed themselves of its advantages, many of whom are now engaged in conference work in different parts of the United States, largely in the conferences from which they came. There are usually from twelve to fifteen in course of training at one time.

There has been paid in wages to workers $2,878.12; traveling expenses of workers, $263.38; rent on houses and halls, $2,844.83. Total, $5,986.33.

The mission is free from debt, the money having been secured by donations from the people and the earnings of the mission workers.

SOUTH LANCASTER ACADEMY

This school is making the best record this year of any in its history. It now has 165 students enrolled, which is the greatest number it has ever had at any one time. The students are a well-matured class, thoroughly interested in their work, and imbued with the spirit of missionary effort.

Cash received by the academy to March 1, 1903, on “Christ’s Object Lessons,” $25,834.48. Pain on notes, $15,974.55. Paid on interest, $4,352.73. Paid on accounts, $1,608.82. Balance, $3,898.38.

NEW ENGLAND SANITARIUM

This institution was established at South Lancaster. Mass., in the summer of 1899, and enjoyed three years of phenomenal growth and prosperity. Its business increased to such an extent that its quarters were deemed too small. In the summer of 1902, an estate of about

forty acres, situated near Boston, came into the market, and, having an opportunity to sell the South Lancaster property at about cost, the deal was consummated, and the institution was removed to the new location, which is an ideal one for sanitarium purposes. It is located in the heart of the famous Middlesex Fells, and about seven miles from Boston. On account of its proximity to Boston, where property is much more expensive than at South Lancaster, its purchase increased the debt of the institution about $40,000. The incurring of this indebtedness, in my judgment, was not a wise move.

RECAPITULATION

Total number of Sabbath-keepers, 8,239; number of laborers employed, 124; total amount of tithe for 1902, $75,324.54; total foreign mission offerings, $13,145.54.

I humbly request that the conference, at this session, consider favorably the need of workers and means for carrying forward the work in the densely-populated eastern section of the United States, and make provision for supplying the same. There are in the Atlantic Union Conference 45 cities, with a population ranging from 75,000 to 3,450,000, besides scores of smaller cities. Our church constituency is only about 8,000, while the needs of our conference are great. The Spirit of the Lord has told us that “the message is to return to the East with power.” Is not the time at hand when this assurance is to be realized? and does it not place upon this body the responsibility of providing ways and means for reaching the multitudes in the Eastern cities?

H. W. Cottrell: In addition to the report as such, I have a memorial I wish to present in behalf of the executive of the Atlantic Union Conference, and for the interests of the work. It is this:—

Memorial to the General Conference

To the General Conference Assembled—

The delegates and brethren representing the work of the Atlantic Union Conference present to you the following memorial:—

In our study of the situation in the East, and in our view of the whole field, both in this country and in the Old World, we deem it essential that some definite measures should be taken at this session of the Conference to strengthen our denominational work in the densely-populated Eastern states, and especially to establish it more permanently in the nation’s metropolitan city, New York. We believe it would be greatly to the advantage of the work if the headquarters of the General Conference and Mission Board were removed to New York City. If its main office were established at this advantageous point, the eye of the denomination might be upon the work in all lands as it would not be possible for it to be at any other point in the United States. More direct attention could then be rendered those going to or returning from other countries.

It is also true that there are always a few of our strongest and most influential men connected with this office, each of whom could always improve his time profitably on Sabbath laboring for the churches in Greater New York. We therefore suggest that you favorably consider the advisability of making New York the executive center of the work for the present. We believe this to be in harmony with the mind of the Spirit of prophecy, which says that the message is to return to the East with power.

“I saw that when the message shall increase greatly in power, then the providence of God will open and prepare the way in the East for much more to be accomplished than can be at the present time. God will then send some of His servants in power to visit places where little or nothing can now be done; and some who are now indifferent will be aroused, and will take hold of the truth.”—Testimonies for the Church 1:149.

We think you will agree with us that the message has increased greatly in power; especially is this true in the department of the publishing work.

As this work was first started in the East, and the providence of God seems to have clearly indicated that the time has come when it should be removed from the location which it has so long occupied, the press being one of the most powerful factors in our work, we further request that you consider favorably the advisability of establishing the Review and Herald plant in some suburb of New York City, provided arrangements can be made satisfactory to the Pacific Press.

We offer these requests as being, in our view, for the best interests of the one great work in which we are all laborers.

H. W. Cottrell,
Frederick Griggs,
W. A. Wilcox,
J. E. Jayne,
S. N. Curtiss,
S. N. Haskell,
(Per. H. W. C.)
R. A. Underwood,
J. W. Watt,
S. M. Cobb,
A. E. Place,
G. B. Thompson,
P. F. Bicknell,
O. O. Farnsworth.

The Chair: I do not know that it is the province of this meeting to adopt these Union Conference reports. They belong properly to the Union Conferences. They come in here simply as a matter of statistics, that they may be printed in the “Bulletin,” and become a matter of record. The memorial that was read at the close of the report should, I think, be remembered by the Committee on Plans and Resolutions. I do not think this is the proper place to take action on it, as we expect to have such a committee, which will thoroughly consider all these propositions, and bring some definite recommendations before the Conference.

Meeting adjourned to 3 P. M., even date.

G. A. IRWIN, Chairman.
H. E. OSBORNE, Secretary.

God calls upon His servants to reveal a spirit of unvarying kindness and love. Nothing is gained by harsh denunciations and bitterness of spirit. To be harsh in trying to correct wrong is to commit sin in reproving sin. True reformers are not destroyers. They never seek to ruin those who do not harmonize with their plans. Reformers must advance, not retreat. They must be firm, decided, resolute, unflinching. But firmness must not be allowed to degenerate into an overbearing spirit. God would have those who serve Him as firm as a rock to principle, and yet meek and lowly, like Christ. Abiding in Christ, they can do the work that He would do were He in their places.—Testimony.

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Fifth Meeting

G. A. Irwin

TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 1903, 3:00 P. M.

G. A. Irwin in the chair.

Prayer by L. A. Hoopes.

The Chair: The Advisory Committee recommended that the Nominating Committee for the General Conference be selected by the several Union Conference delegations, each Union to choose one member.

On motion, the Conference took a recess of a few minutes, to allow the various Union Conference delegations time to comply with this arrangement.

After recess the secretary read the minutes of the third and the fourth meetings of the Conference, held 3 P. M., March 30, and 10:30 A. M., March 31.

L. A. Hoopes: I have no special objection to offer to the minutes as read, but I have been wondering whether these are really the minutes or not. According to the motion made the other morning, it will be difficult to ascertain whether what the secretary reads, or what is printed in the “Bulletin,” is the official record. You have asked the secretary to make a general statement each meeting. Is not this imposing upon him a useless burden, unless you have what he reads printed in the “Bulletin,” as the official record of the proceedings? I therefore move that the record of General Conference proceedings as published in the “Bulletin” be the official record of the Conference.

The motion prevailed.

The Chair then called on the Advisory Committee for their report on the standing committees for the session, which was read by G. B. Thompson, the secretary of the committee, as follows:—

STANDING COMMITTEES

On Delegations—S. H. Lane, J. M. Rees, J. N. Loughborough.

On Institutions—C. H. Parsons, W. T. Knox, S. H. Lane, L. R. Conradi, W. D. Salisbury.

On Nominations (the names are given in the order in which the various Union Conferences handed them in)—S. N. Curtiss, G. F. Watson, M. H. Gregory, G. A. Irwin, J. W. Collie, A. J. Breed, W. J. Stone, C. M. Everest, E. J. Waggoner, L. R. Conradi, J. D. Gowell.

On Plans and Constitution—H. W. Cottrell, E. T. Russell, P. T. Magan, D. Paulson, C. W. Flaiz, W. C. White, W. T. Knox, E. H. Gates, G. E. Langdon, C. N. Woodward, E. J. Waggoner, Smith Sharp.

On Credentials and Licenses—Wm. Covert, L. R. Conradi, R. M. Kilgore, W. A. Spicer, E. H. Gates.

On Distribution of Labor—The presidents of the Union Conferences.

Publishing Committee—W. C. White, E. R. Palmer, C. H. Jones, J. H. Kellogg, L. R. Conradi, W. D. Salisbury, A. G. Daniells, P. T. Magan, W. A. Spicer, J. E. White, C. P. Bollman, J. B. Blosser, A. F. Harrison, S. C. Osborne.

On Finance—W. T. Knox, C. H. Parsons, S. H. Lane, L. R. Conradi, W. D. Salisbury, R. T. Dowsett, Miss E. M. Graham, P. T. Magan.

On Education—L. A. Hoopes, M. E. Cady, E. J. Waggoner, E. A. Sutherland, H. A. Washburn, J. S. Osborne, S. M. Butler, R. C. Porter, E. K. Slade, Mrs. I. J. Hankins, and any other state church-school superintendents who may be in attendance at this Conference:

On motion of C. P. Bollman, the report as a whole was adopted.

The question being raised as to which member of each committee was to be considered as chairman of the committee, the Chair stated that was understood that the one whose name appears first will take the liberty to call the committee together, when they can organize themselves for business as they see fit.

The Chair then called for the report of the treasurer of the General Conference Association. The treasurer, H. M. Mitchell, being absent, S. H. Lane, the president, submitted the report as prepared by the treasurer, as follows:—

Financial Report of the General Conference Association, Dec. 31, 1902

RESOURCES
Real and personal property$ 9,200 00
Bills receivable116,598 02
Office furn. and fixtures1,000 00
General Conference21,146 01
Echo Publishing Co.2,230 90
Review and Herald (bank)1,861 02
New Zealand Tract Soc.3,469 35
Mission Board9,917 53
Southern Union Conf. Assn.10,000 00
Southwestern Union C. A.10,000 00
Walla Walla Association11,000 00
Accounts receivable1,611 14
Cash in hand120 14
Deficit7,434 84
$205,408 95
LIABILITIES
Bills payable$203,671 91
Accounts payable499 00
Depositors1,237 05
$205,408 95
H. M. MITCHELL, Treasurer.

A. G. Daniells then submitted the financial report of the treasurer of the Foreign Mission Board.

Financial Report of the Mission Board, Dec. 31, 1902

Dr.
Echo Publishing Company$ 19,401 57
Bills receivable4,200 00
Australasian Union Conf.839 11
Office fixtures899 47
Library Fund69 96
South African Conference97 97
Map Fund37 23
General Conference2,793 84
Review and Herald (bank)3,141 80
D. T. Jones Transfer534 15
Mission and tract soc. accts.100,657 43
Petty accounts1,149 09
Cash in hand1,936 98
$135,758 60
Cr.
P. P. Pub. Co., Oakland$ 688 28
Gen. Conf. Assn.1,971 78
Mission Board Fund45,413 78
Int. Tract Soc., London998 19
Ship Fund6,001 47
Institute Sanitaire, Basel154 96
S. S. Dept., Gen. Conf.139 16
Scandinavian Relief Fund1,366 87
Skodsborg Sanitarium37 08
Friedensau School (Germany)503 89
Nyhyttan School (Sweden)3,258 71
Australian Fund67 57
London Medical Treatment Rooms Fund181 72
Petty accounts649 09
Mission accounts16,745 11
Depositors1,392 29
Balance56,188 65
$135,758 60
RESOURCES
Echo Publishing Company$ 19,401 57
Bills receivable4,200 00
Australasian Union Conf.839 11
South African Conference97 97
Map Fund37 23
General Conference2,793 84
Review and Herald (bank)3,141 80
Accounts receivable3,952 69
Cash in hand1,936 98
$36,401 19
LIABILITIES
P. P. Pub. Co., Oakland$ 688 28
General Conference Assn.1,971 78
Institute Sanitaire, Basel154 96
Int. Tract Society, London998 19
Scandinavian Relief Fund1,366 87
Skodsborg Sanitarium37 08
Friedensau School (Germany)503 89
Nyhyttan School (Sweden)3,258 71
Australian Fund67 57
London Medical Treatment
Rooms Fund181 72
Accounts payable1,979 50
Balance25,192 64
$36,401 19

RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS OF MISSION BOARD FOR TWO YEARS

H. M. MITCHELL

1901
Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1901$ 15,594 48
Received in donations127,337 11
$142,931 59
Pd to missions for operating$110,450 01
Pd on Chris. Pub. House dbt26,444 43
Cash on hand and in bank December 316,037 15
$142,931 59
1902
Cash on hand Jan. 1, 1902$ 6,037 15
Received in donations144,763 64
$150,800 79
Pd to missions for operating$121,465 37
Pd on Chris. Pub. House dbt24,256 64
Cash on hand and in bank December 315,078 78
$150,800 79

H. M. MITCHELL, Treasurer.

AUDITOR’S REPORT

This is to certify that I have examined the books of the Mission Board treasurer for the year ending Dec. 31, 1902, checking the same by original vouchers, and letters from correspondents containing money, deposit book, and president’s orders, and find them correct, and the ledger in balance. The cash in drawer agrees with the cash balance, and the bank statement harmonizes with the ledger deposit account.

W. H. EDWARDS, Auditor.

Meeting adjourned to 9:30 A. M., April 1.

G. A. Irwin, Chairman.

H. E. OSBORNE, Secretary.

GOD’S HAND IN THE WORK

L. R. Conradi

Sermon by L. R. Conradi, Sunday, March 29, 10:30 A. M.

That is the most wonderful thing about this country. God has pictured it out for that reason in prophecy, and for no other reason. We read that as soon as the Declaration of Independence was made, it began to affect Europe. When France, though the most devoted child of the Papacy, heard of the principles of American liberty, it took hold of them, and this led them to throw off the yoke of the church. Not knowing any better, they went into infidelity; but even in their infidel condition I see the providence of God. While before that time they were devoted Catholics, they began now to say. “There is no God. We do not believe in the Bible; we will burn that book.” But God’s overruling power was seen. The very men who doubted the prophecies, who scorned the Word of God, were made the instruments to carry it out. And when the thing was done, or just after, in the year 1798, the president of that republic stated, in a speech, that they were carrying out the judgments upon that man in Rome. They knew it. They declared it publicly. No wonder that we now see, no wonder that at that very time expositors of the prophecies in Europe saw, that in the year 1798 such an important point was reached. The first men of Europe saw it and declared it; their eyes were opened.

It is no strange thing, therefore, that after that men began more earnestly to study the prophecies. And what follows, after God’s providence had prepared the way in this land?—We hear a mighty message going forth, “Fear God, and give glory to Him.” This was the very country that led in the movement. And it shook the country. Was it simply a recital of the prophecy, a chart hung up, or was there a power with it? The “Methodist Year Book” states that during the four years from 1840 to 1844, 256,000 conversions took place in America. They acknowledged it. How many the next four years? Their number diminished instead of increased. Then there must have been a power attending that awakening. That is wonderful; but still more. Did it affect Europe?—Yes. Men preached the message over there. One thing was fixed upon definitely, and that was that Christ was coming in their day. A mighty power went with this preaching, and souls were converted everywhere.

The hand of God was in the message, God setting His seal to it on both sides of the ocean. I can preach this message as freely across the waters as I can preach it here.

But after this the disappointment came. The believers were scoffed at and made fun of everywhere, and thousands left their ranks. Their numbers were reduced to a mere handful. Then testing truths came forth.—the Sabbath of the Lord, the Spirit of prophecy and other kindred truths. A little later on a little handful, of about forty, gathered in a barn, and began to study how they could begin to carry these truths to the world. Now their numbers have swelled into thousands all over the world. If we only had the same spirit, there could not be any difficulty. We would go on a little further. We want to see now the providence of God right in the wake of this message. After a time, we went over to England, to Scandinavia, to Switzerland, to the very country when the Reformation began. And as this message came from America over there, it began to bring new life into those fields, souls were converted, and churches were raised up. But there were other portions all locked up,—places where the government said, “You can not come and present this message here. No minister can enter this country; nobody is allowed to go here or there.” Walls were built up against the truth. Satan was beginning to build them up. But did those walls of Jericho last? Did they stand?

There is Russia, a country that has tried in every way to close her doors to this message. But God brought a man over from Russia, a simple, godly man, seeking freedom here to worship God. In 1880 or 1881, in response to a call from Elder S. P. Whitney, I was sent to South Dakota, to labor among the Russians who had settled there. Among those who embraced the truth was this man, an old gentleman, sixty years old. After receiving the truth, he said, “Brethren, I must go back to my home land; God calls me to carry the truth back to that country.”

He had a nice home here; but no; he could not rest. We felt at that time that he was not the man to go at all. What could a man of his age, with an impediment in his speech, and hardly able to speak, do in Russia?—He could not do anything; and you and I can of ourselves do nothing. But if Christ calls a man, He will make the weakest strong, if only he believes that Christ is with him. That man went forth; he did not have the power of speech, but he had Christ with him, and the message in his heart. So he set out for Russia. The only way he could finish his journey, after he had reached Russia, was to sell his good boots, supplying himself with a cheaper pair, thus obtaining enough money to continue his journey to the Crimea. Taking some of our little tracts with him, he would come to a person, and say, “Here, I am an old man; I can not read very well; will you please read this little tract for me, and oblige an old man?” They were glad to do it, and as they read the tracts they said, “What is this? We never heard of such a thing,” and they would ask for some of the tracts. He would say, “I will see that you get one.” And so in a little while all through that country the seeds of truth were scattered. People began to keep the Sabbath, and the pastors got together. They said: “What shall we do? What can we do? We can not take hold of the man; that would look too bad.” The truth seemed so weak and insignificant, but our Saviour above had chosen this poor, old man to carry the truth to that country. He was the man who got through the frontiers into Russia and sowed the truth; and even to the present time, when I go to Russia. I have people speak to me of that old man, who first brought those tracts and spoke to them about the truth.

Brethren and sisters, God calls every one of us into His service. Christ wants to come into us all, and use us to finish His work. If God could use an old man of sixty years, with stammering tongue, who of us can excuse himself from His service?

When I first visited Russia, about seventeen years ago, I knew the way was difficult; but the peasants flocked about me by scores. They sometimes remained as late as ten o’clock, although it was harvest-time. One night the windows crashed in. I said, “Never mind; it may be worse.” But I did not know what I said. A few days we were inside of a Russian jail. And the accusation was “Jewish heresy.” On the way to the place where the jail was, I asked a lawyer, “What does the Russian law say about this?” He said: “If your accusation is Jewish heresy, if that is the complaint against you, you go to Siberia without grace. That’s the law.”

Well, what could I do? The doors were locked behind us, and at night, when we knelt down to ask God to help us, a jailer who walked up and down would now and then look in through a small opening, and say scoffingly, “Your God does not hear you.” But we have a God who hears us. I am so thankful for that. He heard us then. And He had provided that the American minister to Russia should be a man from Detroit, Mich. Our people were not so well known in America seventeen years ago. That official might have been from some state where he would have known nothing of us. But coming from Michigan, he knew of our work. When his attention was drawn to the case, he said he would do his best for us. And when the authorities declared that we were Jews, teaching Jewish heresy, Mr. Lathrop said, “I know these people, and I know they are Christians, and believe in Christ.” And as he gave his testimony, the officials said, “Can you, on your honor, say that the Seventh-day Adventists are a Christian people?” And as he said it, the message flew over the wires to Petersburg, to the Crimea, “Let that man go.” The jailer and everybody said, “Your God does not hear you.” But the electric wire brought the message, “Let that man go.” And as that jailer let us out from the prison, he said to me, “I am not worthy to lead you.” I said, “Why?” “Oh, he said, “your God has heard you.” I am thankful to-day that there is a God in this message, that there is a Saviour who hears us.

Not only does He hear us, to open the doors in Russia, but to open the doors into every country in this world.

What is the condition to-day? In that very empire, in spite of decrees, though that empire is walled about, so to speak, there are to-day 1,300 Sabbath-keepers. They are in every part of that empire, not speaking German only, but representing half a dozen different languages. We have churches in the chief cities of the land, in Petersburg itself.

Just recently, since I came to this country, the message has come over the wires to the newspapers, “Religious liberty proclaimed for Russia.” What does it mean? Who brought it about? The angels of God have been at work. The Saviour has said that the barriers must come down.

O brethren and sisters, may we learn the lesson during this Conference that it is God who provides; that He is in the midst of His church always. There may be the early church, full of life, He is there; there may be the church persecuted, He is there; there may be a church lifted up, He is there; there may be a church smitten down, trampled upon, He is there; there may be a church having the name to live, and yet dead, He is there; there may be a church full of love, brotherly love,—Philadelphia,—He is there; and He is also with the Laodicean church, if we open our hearts, and let Him come in. He knocks at the door. He wants us to repent. He says to-day, “Open the door, and I will come in and sup with you.” Oh, that He may come in to you and to me, and sup with us, and give us the power of His Spirit, that we may, by His power, carry His message to the ends of the world, in this age, and at this time, to His name’s honor and glory, Amen!

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHURCH-MEMBER

A. T. Jones

Sermon by Elder A. T. Jones, March 29, 3 P. M.

“Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

That, as says the Word, is the church that Christ will present to Himself when He comes. He loved that church, the church, and gave Himself for it; and whosoever will be of that church when it shall be the glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, must love the church, and give himself for it.

That is the church by whom God will give His last message to this world “in this generation.” But He can not have that church by whom He can give that message, until He shall find a people who will love the church and give themselves for it.

This is in the philosophy of things, as well; for is not it written, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”? And when that mind in Him led Him to love the church, and to give Himself for it, what will that mind do in any other person? I need dwell no longer upon that.

The church is the body of Christ in the world. It is Christ manifested in the world; it is Christ Himself incarnate in the world. And that church, being His body, being Himself manifested, to love that church and give myself for it, is nothing less, and can not be anything more, than to love Him and give myself for Him.

Membership in that church, then, comes not by belonging to the church in order to belong to Christ, but by belonging to Christ in order to belong to the church. And the difference between these two things is the difference between Christianity and the mystery of iniquity. The difference between these two things is the difference between the mystery of God and the mystery of iniquity. The mystery of iniquity exalts the form, the name, the idea, of the church, and then calls, and sweeps, and forces, all the world into that church, in order that it may be what the mystery of iniquity designs,—not for salvation, for salvation is not in it; not for righteousness, for righteousness is not in it. The people are the same as before, though they bear a different name. They conform to different forms of things than they did before; but in character, in life, in all that they ever were, they are the same as though they were not members of the church at all.

But the church, the church of Christ, is Himself manifested. Therefore to belong to this church we must belong first to Him. And membership in this church depends altogether upon our membership of Him. And being in this church depends altogether upon our being in Him. Then when we come into the church by coming into Him, and be in the church by being in Him, that makes a new people. That changes the individual into another man. That makes him a Christian, such as is Christ, Christ manifest.

Then we need to consider ourselves daily, each one for himself, and ask, “Am I a member of the church? Not because I am enrolled on the books of the church. Not, Am I a member of the church because I have joined the church, and that is my dependence? But, Am I a member of the church because my name is in the book of life? Am I a member of the church because I have given myself to Christ, and belong to Him, and live and move, and have my being in Him?” Such as these are the only members of the church that there are on this earth. It matters not how much we have our names on the church book, nor how long we have been members of the church by joining what is an idea of the church in form, a collection of individuals. It matters not how much we do that, nor how long it be done, we will never be members of the church that way.

And though it should be that opportunity or circumstances prevent your name from being on any book on earth, or in any collection of individuals on the earth, yet if you are joined to Him, and live in Him, you are a member of the church, though you be the only soul on earth. That is the only true membership of the church of Christ, and that is the only way to membership in the church of Christ.

Christ loved the church, and gave Himself for it, in order that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word; in order that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Therefore this same mind must be in every one, in order that we should be Christians. The only thing for us to do is to love the church, and give ourselves for it, that we may be sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by the Word, that we may be presented to Him, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it. We are familiar with the thought that Christ “loved me, and gave Himself for me.” And we read in that, with other scriptures to the same purpose, that, in loving me, and giving Himself for me, He loved me and gave Himself to me.

It is the same with the church. He loved the church, and gave Himself for the church; and in loving the church, and giving Himself for the church, He has loved the church, and given Himself to the church. Then when I from Him, with His mind, and by Him, love the church, and give myself for it, I love the church, and give myself to it, so that I literally belong to the church.

A few words upon that. It is a common expression, “Such and such person belongs to the church,” “I belong to the church.” The question for us to ask nowadays is, Do I belong to the church, or do I belong to the world? Do I belong to myself or to the world; or am I possessed, owned, and held by the church, so that I literally belong to the church? Have I surrendered myself to the church? to Christ?

That is the kind of church that Christ left when He went away, or, at least, that He had in a few days afterward, when He bestowed the Holy Spirit. That is the kind of church, in other words, that He sent into the world to begin His great work on the earth. And that church of that kind, few in numbers, reached the world with Christ’s message in that generation, that was half gone when they began. It is not a question of numbers, nor of the size of the world, nor anything of that kind that is for us to consider to-day in giving this message to the world. The one thing for us to consider is, Do the Seventh-day Adventists all belong to the Church? That

one question settled, with the seventy-five thousand Seventh-day Adventists to-day,—that these seventy-five thousand, each, individually, for himself, belongs to the church,—the easiest problem that could ever occur on the earth would be to give the third angel’s message in this generation.

There were one hundred and twenty Christians to begin with that day when Pentecost fell. There are now enrolled not less than 75,000 Seventh-day Adventists. The world is not as much bigger to-day than it was when the apostles began from Pentecost, as the numbers of Seventh-day Adventists are more than the number then. Then when that little company could preach the gospel to the world so that the Scripture could say “to every creature under heaven,” in the generation that was then half gone, because they belonged to the church, so, to-day, it is perfectly easy for this number to reach the world in the rest of this generation, if only we shall all belong to the church. There is abundant means. Seventh-day Adventists have plenty of money, but it does not all belong to the church. That is the trouble. There is enough money amongst Seventh-day Adventists to-day to give an impetus to this message that would reach the world in the rest of this generation, if only that money can belong to the church. There are enough facilities, there is enough talent, there is enough ability, all the supplies that are ever needed, or ever shall be needed, if only those facilities, this talent, those faculties, shall belong to the church.

And it is a question worth asking, If my money belongs to the world, do I belong to the church? If my talents, my abilities are put into the work of the world, as of the world, and not into the work of the church, as of the church, then the question is worth considering, Do I belong to the church myself?

That turns our attention to the question, How much does it take to compose me? How much is there of a man? Could you have a man here, and his faculties yonder, his abilities in another place, and the fruit of his faculty, the fruit of his abilities, the results of his life and endeavor, in yet another place? Could that be, and the man be here,—all of him?—No, sir. All my faculties, all the fruit of my life, must be where I am, if I myself am to be there. We can not escape that. Then do I belong to the church? Do I? That is the question. Do these 75,000 Seventh-day Adventists belong to the church? Do we? That is the question.

To illustrate: Suppose that I have my name on the church book, belonging to the church. I am a school-teacher, and I spend all my time, all my endeavor, all my ability, and all my faculty as a school-teacher in the world’s school-teaching; and, teaching in the world’s school, in the world’s way, in the world’s education, it is worth asking, Do I belong to the church? Am I loving the church and giving myself for it? Whatever I may profess, my faculties, my life, what I am in the ability which God has given me, I am giving it to the world, for the world’s work, and to the world’s purposes. That is so. Then am I loving the church and giving myself for it? Do I belong to the church?

Suppose I am a physician, and I give my ability, my talent, my faculties, my life, and my endeavor to the world’s way of what is called medicine, the world’s way of treating disease. I stand as a member of the church, as belonging to the church, and I am to be sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by the Word of God, and in that Word of God there is given to the church the divine, the true system of medical treatment, the true philosophy and treatments with regard to health, disease, right living, and all these things. I belong to the church, to be sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by that Word. Instead of doing what that Word gives to me, to which I am committed as belonging to the church. I take what the world gives, and devote to the world that which I get from the world, and I belong to the church. Do I?

I belong to the church for the purpose of being sanctified and cleansed with the washing of water by the Word of God, to the church. There is in that Word, and that Word itself is, a system of education. That is the true and is the only true education. I say I belong to the church, but I am satisfied with the world’s education, with the world’s system of education, with the world’s philosophy of education, and I devote my life to that. I want to know, Do I really belong to the church? It is precisely so also as to medical or any other profession.

I am a man of other affairs in the world, whether it be business, or farming, or carpenter work; I mean the every-day, commercial, business world. I stand as belonging to the church, and in the efforts which I put forth of thought, of endeavor, the blessing of God upon it all, increase comes. I put it in the worldly bank. I am not a speculator; I belong to the church. But here is the means God has given to me as a member of the church, and I put it into the worldly bank; I loan it to worldly men to be used in worldly business, instead of in the work of the church, to which I belong. Then it is a fair question for me to ask, Do I belong to the church?

These references are enough to illustrate. And now there is not one here of these delegates who can not look all over this land and see thousands upon thousands of Seventh-day Adventists who stand in a position as belonging to the church, which leaves a wide-open question for each one to ask, Do I belong to the church? And every one here knows that if all the Seventh-day Adventists in the United States, from this day and forward, would really belong to the church, you yourself will confess that there is no question at all but that this message could be given to the world in this generation. You can all say amen to that. You know that that is so. Then you see, brethren, the problem is not difficult. It is just this question to be decided, by each one, for himself, Do I belong to the church?

And now shall not I, finding myself, my faculties, or my means wrapped up in the work of the world, used in behalf of the world, or engaged in the world’s work,—shall not I, will not you, whirl it away from there, and put it into the church’s work, enlist it in the cause of the church in the earth, to which I belong? Let that be done, and you know that spiritually it would shake this world out of its place. Think of it! If all the Seventh-day Adventists in the United States would really consider this, and love the church, give themselves, with their children, for the church, and to the church, how would our school work stand? It would stand where it ought. And such consecration as that would bring such power from heaven that the teaching would be easy. The lack

of teachers would not be such as it is now.

And so, with all the rest, if all the Seventh-day Adventists in the land would turn their families unto Christian education, unto the education that becomes the church, and that the world is calling for the church to give, and for the want of which, and because of the lack of which, the world itself is saying that the church in education is a distinctly diminishing quantity,—if this were done, the world could easily be reached in this generation.

It is time that there should be one church in the world that would arise and be, not a diminishing quantity in education, but be the whole thing in education. If the Seventh-day Adventists would really give themselves to the church, loving it and giving themselves for it, with all their talents, and all their means, and all their powers, then the whole problem would be solved. The world’s facilities are abundant. In Brother Daniell’s discourse last night that was presented to us all. Brother Conradi to-day showed how the fields are open and all ready unto the harvest. The prophecies, so abundant, showing that now is the time have been presented. Oh, let this people present ourselves to Christ to-day, loving the church and giving ourselves for it! Let this people, I say, present ourselves to Christ as His church, to love that church, to give ourselves for it, and to give ourselves to it, with all our effort and all the fruit of our effort, of whatsoever kind. Then, oh, it will be as it was before; this will be a holy church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing.

The church is the pillar and the ground, the support and the stay, of the truth in the world. The only means by which this world can ever obtain truth is by the church. It may be that the church, like the church of Israel and Judah, will not of itself voluntarily spread that truth abroad to the world. The people may, like Israel and Judah, shut themselves within themselves, and turn the truth of God awry, put other things in its place, and shut themselves away from the world, and thus fail to give it to the world. But if that must be so, then that church will be scattered, as was Israel and as was Judah, amongst the nations of the heathen; and there, in oppression and in bondage, the nations will find the truth through the church. So, whichever way it may be, the only way that the nations can get the truth is from the church. The only way that God’s truth can reach the nations is through the church; therefore this is how it is that the church of Christ, which is the body of Christ, is the pillar and the ground, the support and the stay, of the truth in the world. It is that which keeps alive the truth in the earth.

How, then, can the world obtain the truth from me, as of the church, when all my efforts are enlisted and spent in the world’s occupation and in the world’s philosophy of occupation? Can that be done?—No, sir. The world can not see the church in me in that condition of things. In order for the truth to reach the world by me, who am of the church, it is essential that I shall do the work as the work of the church. If I am a farmer, I farm as of the church. If I am a teacher, I am a teacher as of the church, a representative of the church. If I am a physician, I am a representative of the church, and I do my work as the work of the church. Therefore this calls that every one of us who professes to belong to the church, shall so really belong to the church that everything in our lives, in our actions everything that comes into the course of our lives, shall be distinctly of the church, shall relate to the church, and we will hold it up to the glory of God as of the church.

Then, oh, then, that church will be so filled with the truth, and will be so sanctified by the truth with which she is filled, that the glory of God which is in that truth will shine forth, and the world will see her, that glorious church. The glory of the Lord shall be seen upon thee, and the word will be fulfilled that she shall arise and shine, for her light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon her. You know that that is so.

Now, all this is only to have said, in other words, that in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God shall be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets.

That mystery of God finished is the gospel preached to all the world, that the end may come. That mystery of God finished in the world is the work of God finished in preaching the gospel to the nations.

And it is more than that, along with that. The mystery of God is God manifest in the flesh. The finished mystery of God is the completion, the perfection, of the manifestation of God in the flesh, in the believers in Jesus who belong to the church.

Thus there are two places occupied in the finishing of the mystery of God. One place is the world itself, to which the gospel is to be preached; the other place is the lives of the believers of the truth. We might preach and proclaim in words to the ends of the earth, to every soul on earth in our generation, so that phase of the work would be completed, and would be finished; yet if the manifestation of God in the lives of those who preach that is not completed also, we could preach that thing ten thousand years, and the end would never come. It is not simply that the gospel shall be preached to all the world, and fill all the world; but it is that when that is done, there shall be a people ready to meet Him at the end. Without the finishing of that manifestation of God in the flesh of each believer, there can be no finishing of the mystery of God. That mystery finished, God manifest in the flesh,—mark it,—means that only God is to be seen in every act of life of the believer; so that in his life God is manifest. Only that is the finishing of the mystery of God, in the way that it counts. And you know that if that way were wide open, and God were to take possession and fill the lives of the 75,000 professed believers to-day, it would be the easiest thing in the world to reach all the nations, so that the end should come.

Again: You know that the mystery of God is “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Then the finished mystery of God is the finishing of the growth, the manifestation of Christ in the believers, so that we shall stand in this world in the image of Jesus Christ, reflecting only Him, that when the believers shall be seen, only Christ will be seen; everything that is said, everything that is done, every tone of the voice, all that we are, will tell only of Christ. Only that is the finishing of the mystery of God in truth, in the way that it counts. And that is what has to come, before the end can come. That is the church that He presents to Himself.

But more; the gift of the grace of God and of His Spirit is to the church “for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of, the ministry, for the building of the body of Christ,” the building up of the church, till we all come, do not forget it, “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 fulness of Christ;” that we shall stand in this world as Christ stood when He was here. Only that is the finishing of the mystery of God.

But this is not difficult. It need not take long, because Christianity is creation, not evolution,—Christianity is creation, not evolution. God speaks, and it is so. It takes not a long series of ages to develop, to evolve. No. We are His workmanship, created in Christ unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. All that is needed is surrender. All that is needed to put this denomination, this whole collection of people, so into the church, and to make us so of the church that the work shall be finished in this generation, is unconditional surrender to Jesus Christ, and that surrender everlastingly maintained.

And this finishing of the mystery of God is only, in another way, the story of the cleansing of the sanctuary. When the angel talked on the subject of the twenty-three hundred days, he did it differently from the way that I used to present it, and from the way that I have heard many others talk. When the angel of God came to talk to Daniel on the subject of the two thousand and three hundred days, he began thus: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city.” They will begin at the “going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem,” and will continue “sixty-nine weeks, unto the Messiah the Prince;” and then, after that, eighteen hundred and ten and one-half years, which will bring it to 1844, and then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. That is in it, but that is not the angel’s sermon here.

Listen: This is what the angel said, and this is what he preached in the twenty-three hundred days: “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.” Any preaching of the sanctuary, any study of the sanctuary, any proclamation of the sanctuary, that does not preach and proclaim the finishing of transgression in the life of him who preaches it; that does not mean, and manifest itself in, the making an end of sins in his life; that does not include the making reconciliation of iniquity in him who gives the message; that does not bring everlasting righteousness into the life of him who is preaching; is not preaching the message of the cleansing of the sanctuary at all. The messenger leaves out the very thing that the angel of God, in presenting it, makes the substance of the whole story.

Yet brethren are in this audience to-day who know of men who could run the gamut of the twenty-three hundred days, giving by rote every chapter and every verse, yet who did not know in their lives the finishing of transgression, that did not know the making an end of their sins, who knew no reconciliation for their own iniquity, and had no everlasting righteousness brought in to keep them back from sinning. You know that that is so. Then that kind of preaching of the sanctuary and of its cleansing will never bring the cleansing of the sanctuary, and will never bring us to the end. No, sir.

There is a cleansing of the sanctuary in heaven. That is true. And while that is going on in heaven, and there is the making an end of sins there, and a reconciliation of iniquity there, and finishing of transgression there, and all that, yet if that is not also done in the saints and believers on the earth, then that cleansing of the sanctuary can never end. We never could, in that case, come to the end of this world. So the cleansing of the church of the saints on earth must keep equal pace, must be exactly in proportion with the cleansing of the sanctuary in heaven, or that church will not be up to date.

Now let me put it the other way: Though I preach the finishing of transgression in the lives of individuals; and though I preach the making an end of sins, and the making of reconciliation for iniquity, and the bringing in of everlasting righteousness, in the life of the individual; and yet do not preach with it the sanctuary and its cleansing, that is not the third angel’s message. That great day can not come till the sanctuary is cleansed. The sanctuary can not be cleansed until transgression is finished in your life and mine; till an end of sins is made in your life and mine; and reconciliation made for the sins that have been committed; and then, oh, then in place of it all, everlasting righteousness brought in, to hold us steady in the path of righteousness.

You know what difficulties we have had of keeping righteousness in the life. We love it; we give ourselves to it, in surrender; but this comes up, and that comes up, and the other, and we grow feeble, and fail, and lose the power of that righteousness out of the life that alone can make it everlasting righteousness. Oh, then, in this Seventh-day Adventist Church, amongst these people who stand as belonging to the church, there is need of such a cleansing of the sanctuary, such an idea of the cleansing of the sanctuary as will finish transgression in the life of every Seventh-day Adventist, will make an end of sins there, and will make reconciliation for all the sins that have ever been there, and bring in, oh, to bring in everlasting righteousness,—a righteousness that comes to stay, a righteousness that comes to abide, a righteousness that comes to rule, everlasting, and to keep us unto that everlasting inheritance, and take us to everlasting mansions!

Your hearts and minds witness that only that can be any true cleansing of the sanctuary. And your hearts and minds will witness also to this, that if there can be such consecration, such surrender, as that; if there can be the receiving of such cleansing as that; and belonging to the church, indeed as this is; the giving of this message, the finishing of this work, with delay no longer, can be accomplished in the generation that remains.

And, brethren, your hearts will testify, also, that without these things we can talk, and talk, and talk, about it, and it all be true; but we can talk it all, and it will not finish in this generation.

Then here we are. Now shall we not, oh, shall we not, truly give ourselves to belong, literally to belong, to the church, loving the church, giving ourselves for it, giving ourselves to it, that thus we may be cleansed in this day of the cleansing of the sanctuary, with the washing of water by

the Word; that Christ may present it to Himself, as He has been longing, longing, all these years to do, a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without blemish?

THE GENERAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1903

Good meetings are sometimes spoiled by long testimonies.

The weighty questions before this Conference require much prayerful consideration.

The testimony meeting yesterday morning was a season of real refreshing. The present session of the Conference promises to be one of deep spirituality.

The key-note of Sister White’s testimony in this Conference is: “Take heed to yourselves.” “Humble your hearts before God.” “Seek righteousness; seek meekness.”

The cold rains of the past few days have been somewhat unpleasant, but the sun is shining above the clouds, and the earth needs the rain. In California, “April showers bring May flowers.”

The most effective testimony is not the one that gives a history of past experiences only, but the one that deals with the present. What is your purpose to-day? and what is the Lord doing for you now?

The conviction seems to be deepening that the Lord is coming soon. This fact gives promise of great spiritual quickening; for it is true that expectation leads to preparation. The Lord by His providences is saying: “Prepare to meet thy God.” “Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.”

Pay day, however postponed, arrives as certainly as the rising of to-morrow’s sun; and the thoughtlessly improvident person, who not only spends as he goes, but spends more than he earns, has pay day to reckon with, and too often meets it unprepared. Then, around one’s neck, weighing one to the earth, debt hangs like a millstone, and health, strength, enthusiasm, gayety, and joy in life vanish under its relentless pressure. As well may one drag a ball and chain around one’s feet as walk through life fettered by the clog of debt, which seems ever larger and less manageable the longer it is carried.—Margaret E. Sangster.

“And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

“Something has been done in foreign missions, and something in home missions, but altogether too much territory has been left unworked. The work is too much centralized.”

“When we believe the promise, ‘Lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world,’ we shall be strong to endure. We need a constant sense of the abiding presence of Christ. He is our righteousness.”

FROM AN OLD STANDARD-BEARER

In the morning devotional meeting yesterday, Brother J. N. Loughborough read from a letter just received, from Elder S. N. Haskell, who is held in Brooklyn, N. Y., by the pressure of his work there. Brother Loughborough remarked that it expressed so much of the key-note of the Conference as to the preaching of the definite message that he could not forbear reading it. We quote the following from it by request:—

“The two rocks on which there is danger of striking are a mere theory, dry and lifeless, and, on the other hand, to simply believe in Christ in the ordinary way, as though we had nothing special. God has given His people a message. It is a special message, as much so as was that of John the Baptist, or Christ’s message at His first advent. When we get off of our message by speculative theories, or by a ‘goody’ religion, we are sure to flounder. Let the old Advent ring come out. Strike somewhere, and hit the mark. It seems to me that we have been floundering about some ‘goody’ religion, until many of our people do not know where they are.

“It will be the straight testimony that will stir the ire of the dragon. He does not like to have God’s people strike at a mark and hit it. He does not object to their profession, if they do not live it. He does not object to a theory of the truth, if they venture nothing, for they act as though afraid somebody will think them peculiar. We are in for it anyway. Satan hates the remnant, and will not let them alone. So we might as well go ahead. We have gone too long on this road now to back out or to let the colors fall, unless we are shot down, like Brother Uriah Smith; but if we fall in the battle, some others will catch up the colors and go ahead with them.”

God says, “Go work to-day in My vineyard. Get away from the places where you are not needed. Plant the standard of truth in towns and cities that have not heard the message. Prepare the way for My coming. Those in the highways and hedges are to hear the call.”

God will make the wilderness a sacred place as His people, filled with the missionary spirit, go forth to make centers for His work, to establish sanitariums, where the sick and afflicted can be cared for, and schools, where the youth can be educated in right lines.—Unpublished Testimony.

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee; be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.”

The people of God need now to pray and humble their hearts before the Lord. Then they will see all things clearly. It is heart humiliation that is needed by those who have in trust so great and so important a truth,—a truth which, if received and believed, will purify the life from all selfishness, all emulation. Let the Lord’s people draw near to Him, and let them love one another as brethren. A guilty world is going to destruction; and if Satan can keep at variance those whose hearts should be full of tenderness and love, on whose lips there should ever be the law of kindness, how pleased he is!—Testimony.

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