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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 5

April 3, 1903 - NO. 5

OAKLAND, CAL., APRIL 3, 1903.
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GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Seventh Meeting

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1, 1903, 3 P. M.

H. W. Cottrell in the chair.

Meeting opened by singing Hymn 134. S. H. Lane led in prayer.

The Conference then listened to reports from Union Conferences.

Southwestern Union Conference

G. G. RUPERT

REPORT BY THE PRESIDENT, G. G. RUPERT

The Southwestern Union Conference, as now constituted territorially, was organized at Topeka, Kan., in April, 1892. It covers a territory about 1,000 miles long and 800 miles broad. It embraces the states of Texas and Arkansas, and Oklahoma and Indian Territories. The total population of the Union Conference is 5,110,667. The predominant nationalities are the English-speaking people, Mexicans, negroes, and Indians. This territory is known in business circles as the “Southwest.”

The number of Sabbath-keepers is 2,802 with 87 churches, and 113 Sabbath-schools. There are three organized conferences in the Union. It has one academy, located at Keene, Texas, and 20 church-schools.

There are 21 ordained ministers, 38 licentiates, and 18 Bible-workers. The tithes paid by these conferences the past year have been as follows: Arkansas, $2,334.10; Texas, $8,027.29; Oklahoma, $9,869.88, making a total of $20,301.27. The Oklahoma Conference has paid one minister in a field outside the conference. The offerings by these conferences have been as follows: Annual offerings, $1,247.29; weekly, $807.32: miscellaneous offerings, $59.63; Sabbath-school offerings, $1,128.47; total, $3.242.72.

The enrollment at the Keene Academy the present year has been about 100 in the academic department, and about 100 in the church-school department. There have been eight teachers employed.

The value of publications sold in the Union Conference the past year has been as follows: Arkansas, $2,111.38; Texas, $10,258.95; Oklahoma, $13,042.31; total. $25,412.64. About fifty canvassers have been employed.

The local state papers have been discontinued, and a Union paper, called the “Southwestern Union Record,” takes their place. Its present circulation is about 750. The value of the printing material is about $500. This has been raised during the past ten months, since the Topeka Conference was held.

The financial condition of the Keene Academy is as follows: One year ago last January there was an indebtedness of between $17,000 and $18,000 against the school. There is still at this time a debt of $10,725. This is all due the General Conference Association, except $2,000, which is a local debt. One year ago last January we made a special effort to sell the “Object Lessons” to raise this debt. Oklahoma learned the names of all the Sabbath-keepers available in their conference, and ordered four books for each one, amounting, at $1.25 each, to a total of $5,300. These were sold unconditionally to the churches and members at the retail price, to meet this debt. All has been paid in, except $928. Texas also ordered a large number of books; on these there has been paid $1,925.86. Arkansas also did what it could, having sold $225 worth. This work is not yet completed in our Union Conference, and this summer we hope to make a special effort in this line. We feel confident that, with the past success we have had in reducing the obligations, the coming year will free us entirely from our present indebtedness. Texas has for the past two years experienced an unprecedented drought. This has hindered the work somewhat, from the financial side of the question.

In addition to the above, there has been over $1,000 raised to finish and equip the sanitarium at Keene, which is now in good running order, with Dr. P. F. Haskell and wife in charge. We now have a property there worth about $5,000. Three years ago this month the Arkansas Conference established a small sanitarium at Little Rock, which is still running in good order, with Dr. A. W. George in charge. That conference has just incorporated a Medical Missionary and Benevolent Association.

A few words concerning our needs may not be out of place at this time. First, the colored work in this Union Conference has been greatly crippled for the want of laborers who could labor for this race of people. Brother Sidney Scott, formerly of this Union, was recommended to labor in Missouri for a time. His loss has been greatly felt. Elder Ryles, of Arkansas, is doing a good work, but he is alone, and needs help. We have, in Texas, Brother Thomas Deireeze, who has labored somewhat for his people. Oklahoma has no one at present to

work for their large population of colored people.

The Mexican work has opened up in the Southwest during the past year, but, owing to the lack of funds and some one to labor in that line, this work has suffered. There is a good interest among this people, and the providence of God is now moving among them. There have been some who are capable of carrying the truth who have embraced the message the past year, and there should be something done at once to put printed matter in their own language, on the doctrinal points of the message, before them. We have done some translating and printing in this line, but there is a great need of more.

We would also call the attention of this Conference to the question of the publishing work for this vast territory. We feel there should be facilities provided for printing small leaflets and small pamphlets in both the English and Spanish languages. This printing done at home will have much more influence than to have it printed elsewhere. With our present facilities, but little would be required but a press. We have in the office a practical printer who understands the Spanish language.

In conclusion, we trust that this will be one of the most profitable conference ever held, both in seeking God and laying plans. We feel that the coming of the Lord is near and hasteth greatly, and what we do must be done quickly.

At the close of this report, the following memorial, from the Southwestern Union Conference, was presented:—

Memorial to the General Conference

The following-named delegates from the Southwestern Union Conference would respectfully ask your consideration of the following facts:—

Whereas, There exists a misunderstanding concerning the apportionment of the old debt of the General Conference Association, as to the amount allotted to our Union Conference, we would ask a reconsideration of this matter;

Whereas, The Arkansas Conference has been laboring for a number of years under a heavy debt to the publishing house, which it seems impossible for them to pay, therefore we believe this Conference ought to take under advisement the feasibility of relieving this conference from this debt;

Whereas, At the time of the organization of this Union Conference, at Topeka, Kan., in April, 1902, it was clearly understood that, because of its location and commercial connection with the Southwestern Union Conference, the Louisiana Conference ought to become a part of it, and that steps would be taken looking to that end, therefore we request this Conference to give the matter further consideration at this time.

G. G. Rupert,
G. F. Haffner,
W. A. McCutchen,
T. W. Field,
C. N. Woodward,
A. E. Field.

Following the report of Southwestern Union Conference, L. R. Conradi gave a partial report of the European General Conference, which will appear in the “Bulletin” when the entire report is submitted.

On motion, the name of S. B. Horton was added to the committee on Plans and Constitution.

Meeting adjourned to 10 A. M., April 2.

H. W. Cottrell, Chairman.

H. E. Osborne, Secretary.

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Eighth Meeting

W. T. Knox

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 1903, 10:20 A. M.

W. T. Knox in the chair. Hymn No. 639 was sung, after which prayer was offered by R. M. Kilgore.

The Chair inquired if any committees were prepared to report. It was stated that the Committee on Plans had a partial report. The report was called for.

H. W. Cottrell: The Committee on Plans and Resolutions are prepared to submit the following partial report:—

“Whereas, The one great work of this people is to carry the third angel’s message in this generation to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; and,—

“Whereas, About four-fifths of the laborers, and the means with which to support them, are now gathered in the United States, where there is only about one-twentieth of the world’s population; therefore,—

“1. We recommend, That a systematic and thorough campaign be entered upon and kept up to turn the attention of conference committees, ministers, and people to the needs of the fields outside of their respective conferences and outside of the United States: and that all conference resources of ministers and money be held open by the conference management to the needs and calls of the regions beyond, the same as within the bounds of local conferences.

“2. We recommend, That conferences urge their laborers to move out into needy fields, especially into fields outside of the United States, and pledge to support them there, as their own laborers, until they have raised up a sufficient constituency to give them their support.

“3. We recommend, That, in all cases where laborers are sent into another field, as above suggested, they work under the direction of the conference into whose fields they are sent; that the committee under whose direction they labor audit their accounts; and that all appropriations for their support be sent to the treasury of the Mission Board.

“4. We recommend, That the General, Union, and State Conferences give their internal workings and the expenses of administration careful study, to the end that all unnecessary expenses be eliminated, and the work put upon a sound basis.

“5. We recommend, That we encourage the states that are able to do so, to set aside a definite per cent of the regular tithe as an appropriation to the general work of the Mission Board.

“6. We recommend, That this forward movement in behalf of missions be placed clearly before our people, and that their responsibility to pay a full tithe into the Lord’s treasury be emphasized.

“7. We recommend, That, in addition to this devotion of conference resources to destitute fields, we urge all our laborers and people to agitate the matter of the regular weekly offerings to missions, known as the ten-cent-a-week plan, by which a large treasure may easily be turned to the evangelization of the world.”

H. W. Cottrell: I would move the adoption of this partial report.

N. W. Allee: I support the motion.

The motion having been carried, the secretary read the first recommendation, by request of the Chair.

The Chair: This recommendation is now before you. Are there any remarks? The question is called for.

The secretary read the second recommendation.

The Chair: Are there any remarks upon this recommendation?

H. Shultz: I rise simply for a little information. This recommendation is that “all conference resources of ministers and money be held open by the conference management to the needs and calls of the regions beyond, the same as within the bounds of the local conferences.” Does it mean that the General Conference or the Mission Board can come in to any of our local conferences and Union Conferences and say, Here, we will draw from you what we want?

A. G. Daniells: If I understand the spirit of this resolution, it is that the conferences should be ready always to give assistance as far as consistent with their home work. It is not the idea that the General Conference Committee or Mission Board shall enter any Union or state conference to engage workers or solicit money without the fullest counsel with the officers and the most friendly cooperation between them. The idea is to direct the attention of the conferences in America to the needy, destitute fields outside of their own boundaries, that they may keep those fields in mind, and be ready to respond by letting their laborers go, and giving of their means just as far as it is consistent with the demands of their own conference.

R. R. Kennedy: I am in sympathy with the spirit of this resolution. I know that the field is the world, but I do not like the wording of this resolution, especially the latter clause, “the same as within the bounds of local conferences.” I would like it changed to read. “As far as is consistent with the local work.” I think the management of that work is our first duty, and then we should do all we can for foreign fields.

Watson Ziegler: It seems to me if we look at it carefully, it places it all in the hands of the local conference, in consultation with the General Conference. We are asked to hold resources of means and workers open to calls from the most needy fields. We have it in our own power to say what we think is the “most needy” field, and we ought to be willing to do the work in the most needy fields. I can see no objection to it, and I should like very much to see this passed, in the guarded language in which it is expressed.

A. G. Daniells: Notice the expression, “be held open.” By whom are the resources to be held open?—“By the conference management;” that is, by your own State Conference. This is a qualifying clause. So far as I am concerned, I am perfectly willing to see inserted the further modification, “so far as consistent with local needs,” making this portion of the resolution read, “and that, so far as consistent with local needs, all conference resources,” etc.

C. W. Flaiz: I should not like to see this resolution modified in any way whatever. The principle underlying this recommendation is one we need to study. By this resolution we are simply invited to change the policy to which, for years, many of our state conferences have adhered. Many conferences have been organized simply for the purpose of carrying on the work within the conference limits. I do not believe that this is the right principle. We are organized in conferences for the purpose of advancing the work in the world. Any modification of this resolution will, I fear, modify our acceptance of the principle that should underlie conference management,—the principle that the field is the world.

R. A. Underwood: The principle that we are not to confine our work to certain boundary lines seems to be laid down very clearly by Christ. State boundary lines have been made simply for convenience. I believe that the principle set forth that resources of workers and money be held open to the needs of the regions beyond is right, and that to modify this resolution would be to lessen the importance of studying the principle of taking an unselfish interest in every part of the world-wide field.

H. Shultz: I did not raise this question to create discussion, but simply to bring out its meaning, so that when we go to our various fields we may work shoulder to shoulder, without any misunderstandings. For years I have been in favor of using the surplus means in the treasury for advancing the truth in needy fields, from which calls were coming for means. All the money that is given by the people for conference work is God’s means. The tithe does not belong to me, or to any other man; it is God’s, and should be used wherever it can best glorify Him and advance His truth.

C. P. Bollman: There is a point to which I should like to call attention, the phrase in the second resolution, “especially into fields outside of the United States.” I think we should remember that to the south of us we have a field described as one of the “most needy and most neglected fields.” I believe that sometimes it would be well to encourage laborers to enter that field under support of our older and stronger conferences. Some who could not go to foreign fields might do good work in the South. Among our brethren in the South there is a strong feeling that a mission should be established at Tampa, Fla., for the purpose of reaching Cuba. In this city there are thousands of Spanish-speaking Cubans. Constantly many are passing backward and forward. This, and many other places in the South, are real mission territory. The chairman of the General Conference called attention to what seemed to him a fact, that the situation could not be met simply by sending money into the field, but that laborers should be sent there. Between the brethren of the North and the South there needs to exist a closer bond of sympathy. How can such a bond be better maintained than by various Northern conferences putting laborers into the Southern field, supporting them there until they shall have raised up a constituency that will support them. I should like to see this resolution so modified that this Conference shall recommend the sending of paid laborers to the Southern field.

E. R. Palmer: I move that the clause, “especially into fields outside of the United States,” be stricken out.

This motion to amend was seconded and carried.

Smith Sharp: I move that the words, “and outside of the United States,” be stricken out of the first resolution.

C. P. Bollman: I support this motion.

A. G. Daniells: I hardly like to see this done. All the countries in the United States are nearer to us than are the fields abroad. We certainly know more about the various sections of our own land than we know about the more distant fields. The great world abroad is very imperfectly known to us.

With your permission, I will read to you something that I thing will illustrate how little we know of conditions in other lands. In my hand is a letter that has just come from Prof. B. G. Wilkinson. It was written from Barcelona, Spain, where two or three of our ministers have gone for a look over the ground and to study the openings for entering Spain with the message. These brethren give us a very encouraging report. Professor Wilkinson gives me a brief statement of a visit he has had with a native Spaniard. With his letter he has sent a translation of a statement this man made to him. Brother Wilkinson says:—

“Yesterday a man came to see us at our hotel at Barcelona, and gave us his history, as follows: He was converted seventeen years ago. From the day of his conversion he received the missionaries in his home. Later he was invited to sell out his business and enter the missionary work. He agreed to do so, leaving to the Lord the matter of supporting his family, with the promise from the missionary that his case would be presented to the Committee in Sweden. He labored at his own expense for five months before the answer came. He has gone through hard times, and has seen many deliverances by the Lord. A little girl of his and his father were the first persons to be buried outside of the Catholic Church in the town where he lived. The civil authorities had to protect him against the fury of the clergy during the burial. In one place where he preached, twenty-four were converted; in another place, thirteen, in twenty-two months. At the same time, he taught fifty-one pupils.

“To-day this man has taken us to the principal places where missionary work is being done in Barcelona. Of course, he speaks the language, and acts as interpreter for our brethren. Here is an abstract of his conversation with us on his way: ‘Most of the missionaries say, and write in their letters home, that Spain has rejected the gospel. I have traveled much in Spain, and have visited a great many mission stations, besides preaching the gospel for several years, and I can say that Spain wants the gospel. I know for a fact, that for each person that attends the Protestant meetings as regular members, there are a thousand of convinced ones who stay at home.’”

I must not trespass upon your time, to read more, but it is very interesting, indeed, as it opens up to us a knowledge of the field of which we have never had possession. We know nothing about the situation; and there are millions upon millions of people in those countries of whose condition we are entirely ignorant. I fell that in all our plans we should keep before us the great world abroad and outside the United States. We have many people who can go to the Southern or Atlantic fields, who could not go abroad. We can supply that help in this country, but when we get our vision extended to the very utmost, we shall find it is only to take in the needs, the destitution, and the openings of those great fields abroad. And while I am in favor of striking out in the second recommendation the words, “especially into fields outside of the United States,” I would say, Let us not strike out the similar words in the other. Let us not get it all out.

R. A. Underwood: While I feel anxious to see something done in the South, and also in the East, I want the delegates to know that in the state of Pennsylvania there are a goodly number of counties that, so far as I know, have never had the labors of a Seventh-day Adventist minister. We have had canvassers in those counties, and they have sold a great many thousands of dollars’ worth of books. Appeals are coming to me almost every week from places where they have never had a minister, where these canvassers have sold our books, appealing for a minister to come into their neighborhood. Yet I do not want a single person to come to Pennsylvania or into the East, for what I say of Pennsylvania is true of some of the other Eastern states; I do not want to see any one come there that can go abroad, but I believe there are other brethren or sisters who can go to some of these states who would not be prepared to go into distant fields

The Chair: The amendment is withdrawn. So recommendation 2 is before us.

H. G. Thurston: It seems to me there is danger that we weaken the force of the recommendation. So I am not in favor of striking anything out or changing it at all.

A. J. Breed: I would much like to see this first recommendation qualified as suggested by Brother Daniells.

A. G. Haughey: Are both recommendations before us—1 and 2?

The Chair: Number 2 is really before us.

A. G. Haughey: The remarks I want to make have to do with both. It seems to me that the latter part of No. 1 covers all that is left in No. 2, when we strike out the words, “especially into fields outside of the United States.” The expression in the latter part of recommendation No. 1 says, “The same as within the bounds of local conferences,” so that is all that is embraced in recommendation No. 2, when you strike out the expression, “the fields outside of the United States.”

H. W. Cottrell: It seems to me, brethren, that recommendation No. 2 should remain intact, by all means. It seems to me that we certainly would be doing the right thing if we reckon quite strongly in favor of doing something outside of the United States.

E. T. Russell: I would not like to see recommendation No. 2 stricken out. I like the spirit of it very much. It reads, “that conferences urge their laborers to move out into needy fields, especially into fields outside of the United States;” in other words, that means, if anything, that there should be a sentiment created in the states in favor of mission work beyond their own borders.

J. W. Watt: I would like to relate an experience we had in our conference last fall, in behalf of the resolutions. I suppose there is not a conference in all the United States that is more destitute of laborers than the little state of Vermont. When we came up to our camp-meeting, we had three ordained ministers, one licentiate, and one Bible worker. We had no idea of reaching beyond conference lines; but before the conference was over, we voted to send a man to a distant field, and to support him there. The spirit of these resolutions was really our experience, and I

think they are what God would have us experience as a people.

We were asked to send one of our three ordained ministers to a foreign field, and to support him there. Never in all my conference work have I had anything occur that so stirred a conference as that stirred that conference. We discussed it for one meeting, and then thinking that perhaps it was a wave of enthusiasm, and that we ought not to be too hasty in passing the resolution, we passed it over for the next day, and let the brethren have twenty four hours to think and pray over the matter. We came into the meeting again, and the feeling was just as strong as it was the day before to carry out the resolution. The Lord completely took that meeting out of our hands.

When the meeting adjourned, a lady came to me and said, “Elder Watt, I place in your hands that note of $200. I want it to be appropriated to the cause, wherever you may feel that it should go.” The next day another person came to me, and said, “I place in your hands $800 for the cause of God.” And so the work went forward until, in that little conference, we had $1,625 donated right there for the different branches of the work. Since that time we have had windfalls in tithe, more than equaling the expense of sending that laborer to his field. So I know by experience, brethren, that the Lord would have His people reach out beyond conference lines, and beyond the United States, and that there is nothing that will bring into our conferences and into the hearts of our people more courage spiritually and greater willingness to give financially than to reach out and say that we are going to warn the world. I believe that the stronger conferences should see this matter as it is; for I believe the Lord has taught us a lesson in the little state of Vermont.

J. E. Jayne: The delegate who has just spoken has called our attention to the fact that the Vermont Conference received spiritual blessing and help because of their effort to assist needy fields; in other words, they did not obtain this blessing and help until such time as they had carried their work far enough to actually reap results. Now if we disassociate Nos. 1 and 2, we will fail in this very thing. The second recommendation says that conferences “urge” their laborers. Now that means a good deal, that a conference shall urge their laborers to go. They do not simply say, “We will sustain you,” but, “We urge you to go, that we may sustain you there.” So if you stop short of this thing, you stop short of reaping the fruits that you really wish, and you spoil the whole thing. I should dislike, therefore, to see this recommendation stricken out.

S. H. Lane: I think there is one expression in No. 2 that contains salt enough to save the whole recommendation, and that is the thought of urging the men into the needy fields. I hope that both recommendations will be preserved, and not only preserved, but acted upon, and that that action will prove a great blessing, both at home and abroad.

W. A. Spicer: We have just received a letter from Brother J. N. Anderson, in China, which touches this very question. He is in that land of 400,000,000. We have half a dozen workers there; and Brother Anderson reports that he has made a journey into the far interior, to the province of Honan, and there he found six adult Chinese ready for baptism,—the result of work done by Brother Pilquist. They are men of intelligence, some of them being ready to go out into the work for others. The first Seventh-day Adventist Church has been organized in China (Amen!), not along the seacoast, but in the far interior; and Brother Anderson says the people are coming in from the regions round about, inquiring after the truth.

Now, with that situation pressing upon him, and with 400,000,000 of souls round about him in the darkness, he writes to this Conference, asking if it would not be possible to suggest that every conference in America send one of its laborers to enter that great land that we have neglected these fifty years. It may be thought too much, and that it is not a practical suggestion; but surely it would not be too much for China’s 400,000,000. These fifty years we have heard of the woes and the sorrows of China; but during these fifty years we have never told suffering China of the glorious message of salvation that God has given to us; and yet during all these fifty years, during every month of it, “a million a month in China have been dying without God.”

Now it is not the desire of the workers whose hearts are in other lands to cripple the work at home in any way, or to take from the work at home. It seems to me all these resolutions are formed in the spirit of God’s own call to us to “enlarge the place of thy tent; let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitation: spare not; lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes.” I believe this work will strengthen home conferences; it will strengthen the stake, and drive it down more securely, so that we may send out an even longer line, a life-line, to reach to the uttermost parts of the earth.

The question was called for.

H. W. Cottrell: I really think that the cream of this resolution No. 2 was taken out in the amendment that was passed a few moments ago. I should like to see this motion go through as written.

The Chair: It is moved and seconded that we reconsider our action. There is a motion before us striking out recommendation No. 2. This will have to be disposed of before we can consider any other action.

A. G. Haughey: I am in perfect harmony with the idea of sending laborers abroad, and to my mind the recommendation as it stands, with that thought stricken out, should stand.

The Chair: The motion is called on the amendment striking out recommendation No. 2. All in favor of this signify it by saying, Aye. Contrary, No. The motion is lost.

W. C. White: If we are to be a world’s conference, why do we discriminate against any section?

E. R. Palmer: I moved that the phrase be stricken out. I wish to state the reason why I did so. I am in harmony with the spirit of the phrase, and it never occurred to me until Brother Bollman spoke that it was so worded that it might seem to discriminate against a needy section of the field, and that it might be so understood, as intentionally worded that way by the people who lived in that section; therefore I moved that it be stricken out.

With regard to the second resolution as a whole, I think it is the complement of the first. The first is that the conferences open the door that the invitations may come in. The second is that the officers inside invite those who are inside to go out in response to those calls that they have let in. I think the second should be retained as the complement of the first, and that the

impression can be saved which might be caused by the expression, “especially outside of the United States.” I should be pleased to have that thought retained.

The Chair: The question is called on No. 2. The secretary will read No. 3.

No. 3 was read.

The Chair: The recommendation is before you.

J. W. Watt: I would like to ask a question. In our own experience in sending out workers, we only had in mind the wages of the laborer. This recommendation provides that the conference under which the laborer is working shall audit the accounts. Do we understand that this recommendation would have in mind that the expenses also be borne by the conference sending that laborer into a distant field, and that both laborer and expenses would be expected of the conference sending out the laborer?

On this recommendation, A. G. Daniells explained that conditions varied so greatly in various fields that the direct audit of laborers by home conferences was a matter of great difficulty. Such audit would sometimes be above and sometimes below the necessities or standards of the fields abroad. It is an aid also in arranging a worker’s labor in any field to have his accounts under the supervision of the local directors of the work. Further, having the money sent through the Mission Board enables the mission treasury to make a fair report at the end of the year of funds contributed.

Watson Ziegler suggested that some special case in mind might have been better dealt with had the home support been sent direct. He thought it might be better, and save hardship in some cases, if the Mission Board sent the funds direct to the worker, and moved to amend by adding the words, “and that funds designed for the support of specified workers be sent direct to those workers.” This would guard against any withholding of necessary means in a far-away field, where it would work great hardship upon the laborer to be deprived of his allowance.

E. J. Waggoner: I do not intend to make a speech; I have simply a few words to say. It seems to me that it is a wonderful anomaly of our position that we should need a resolution pledging ourselves to send workers to the world. That is what we are in the world for. But the trouble with us is we have made boundaries of imaginary lines. But there is one feature that I should like to have come before the brethren here, that they may understand an embarrassment that is sometimes caused. For instance, at a local conference camp-meeting in the United States, a recommendation is made that such and such a brother go to Scotland, or such and such a-brother go to Ireland, or such and such a brother go to Wales, or even more particularly, that such and such a brother go to the north of England, to labor. Sometimes the committee on the ground might find that some other portion of the field was more needy, and that that brother was better adapted to labor in some other portion of the field. It would ordinarily be better, in helping Union Conference fields, to assign the laborer to the Union field, allowing the local committee to determine in what part of the field he shall labor.

And I will take opportunity right here to say that the brethren and sisters, as well as the committeemen, across the waters feel most kindly and lovingly toward the brethren and sisters in America for the interest that is being taken in sending laborers to them. I know their hearts go out in gratitude and love to the brethren and sisters on this side of the Atlantic for the help that has been rendered.

G. W. Anglebarger: I wish to second the motion made by Brother Ziegler.

Pending the discussion on the amendment, the Conference adjourned.

W. T. Knox, Chairman.
H. E. Osborne, Secretary.

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Ninth Meeting

W. T. Knox

THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 1903, 3 P. M.

W. T. Knox in the chair.

Hymn No. 1219 was sung, prayer being offered by Elder J. N. Loughborough.

The Chair: At the time of the adjournment, we were considering recommendation No. 3. An amendment had been offered, and we will ask the secretary to read it.

The amendment was then read.

W. H. Thurston explained how difficult it would be to remit direct to workers supported by home conferences in such fields as South America.

W. A. Spicer suggested that any special difficulties might be met by treating the case in a special way, but that it would be exceedingly difficult, if not impossible, for the Mission Board to send money direct. In some distant parts, workers can only be properly supplied by a central treasury near at hand.

The question was called on the amendment, which was lost.

The fourth recommendation was then read.

A. G. Haughey: I would like to have this recommendation amended to read: “That the General, Union, and state conferences continue to give,” etc., not to cast any reflection upon past action.

H. W. Cottrell: I second that motion.

The amendment, being put to the meeting, was lost.

Question on recommendation 4 was then called.

The Chair: The secretary will now read recommendation 5.

R. T. Dowsett: I would like to ask whether this refers to the second tithe.

The Chair: Brother Cottrell, are you prepared to make a statement in regard to this?

H. W. Cottrell: I think it means only what it says, that the states be encouraged, as able to do so, to set aside a definite percentage of the regular tithe as a provision for the general work of the Mission Board.

N. P. Nelson: Is that the second tithe? We have the first tithe, to the Union Conference; then a second tithe, to the General Conference; and does this mean another tithe, besides these two?

H. W. Cottrell: Some conferences have been many years working a state, and have a small constituency to work for, with a large constituency of our people, and a large tithe. They can send out a good many dollars, and pay a second tithe, and give, perhaps, several thousand dollars from the tithe to foreign mission work. I think this is the idea of the resolution.

Question was called on recommendation 5.

Recommendations 6 and 7 were read, and the question called on each in succession. The question was then called

on the adoption of the entire report, and it was adopted.

Reports from other committees being called for, it was stated that the Committee on Institutions had a partial report.

C. H. Parsons: I offer this report in place of the secretary, as I desire to make some explanations of it:—

Report of the Committee on Institutions

We, your Committee on Institutions, submit the following partial report:—

GENERAL PLAN FOR REORGANIZATION OF INSTITUTIONS

W. T. Knox

1. All institutions to be owned directly by the people, either. General Conference, Union Conference, State Conference, or organized mission field.

2. The electors or constituents of each institution to be the membership of the denominational body owning same.

3. Where possible under existing corporation law, the controlling boards of all institutions to be elected by the Conference.

4. The power of all boards to be limited as follows: (a) No disposal or transfer of institutional property to be made without a vote of the electors or constituents authorizing same; (b) no large additions or extensions to be made to existing institutions without the electors or constituents authorizing the needed improvements; (c) changes and amendments to be made to Articles of Incorporation only by action of electors.

5. Where institutions are of a profit-earning nature, the Articles of Incorporation to be so formed that the electors or constituents be empowered to appropriate the profits at each annual meeting to either the betterment of the existing institution or to the starting or advancement of some other missionary, philanthropic, or benevolent enterprise.

6. Where the law is such that Conference trust associations can not operate institutions, that the Conference Association is recommended to own the property, and same to be operated by a corporation created for the express purpose of operating said plant, but the operating company is to be responsible to, and controlled directly by the Seventh-day Adventist Conference, as far as possible under existing state laws.

7. All institutional property to be treated as departments of Conference work, and where possible to be represented on the Conference Committee.

8. That an advisory committee of three be appointed by this Conference for the study of institutions and to render such assistance in the carrying out of these recommendations as may lie in their power.

C. H. Parsons,
W. T. Knox,
L. R. Conradi,
S. H. Lane,
W. D. Salisbury,
Committee.

With the reading of this report, I move its adoption.

E. T. Russell: I second the motion.

The Chair: It is open for remarks.

C. H. Parsons: I wish to offer a few words of explanation as to what was in the mind of the committee on these various recommendations. First, the idea is that all institutions,—publishing, educational, or sanitariums,—should be owned directly by the people, either General Conference, Union Conference, state conference, or organized mission field.

We start out with the accepted proposition that the parties that create the institution, that is, the section of the denomination that creates the institution, should be entitled to ownership. We do not mean in this that the ministers are to own it, or that the doctors are to own it, or that the professors are to own it, but that the people of the conference are to own it; that physicians, ministers, educational men, and people alike, should become united in their efforts to make the institution a success; that this thing of division among us into bodies, representing distinct lines of thought, should cease, and we should become united in all this work.

There is no drive at any individual, or any set of individuals. All we have in mind in connection with this is to get together as brethren and united in all of the work. I am a firm believer in the doctrine that it takes everything in the third angel’s message to make a complete Christian.

You will notice that we have General Conferences. Union Conferences, state conferences, or mission fields. It may be in the order of God’s providence that each one of these, or some of them, will have to own institutions. We can not tell how that will be worked out, and we did not desire to limit the operations of the plan.

C. N. Woodward: Now this is an important question. I wish it could be printed before we consider it.

On motion, action was deferred until printed, and the matter was made the special order for the next meeting.

The Committee on Plans and Constitution submitted a further partial report, one resolution only being prepared, as follows:—

“We recommend, That the General Conference offices be removed from Battle Creek, Mich., to some place favorable for its work in the Atlantic states.”

After questions and suggestions regarding further report of the committee bearing on the same question, it was voted to defer consideration until a further report could be made.

On motion, Judge Jesse Arthur was invited to address the Conference on the subject of the investment offered in the bonds issued for the rebuilding of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. While the matter was being discussed, it was voted that certain provisions of the trust deed should be printed on slips for the delegates, and the Conference adjourned.

W. T. Knox, Chairman.
H. E. Osborne, Secretary.

A Correction

Through an oversight for which the editors are not responsible, an omission of a few words occurred in paragraph seven of Sister White’s talk on Wednesday morning. April 1, on “Unity of Effort.” published on page 58 of the last number of the “Bulletin.” The paragraph should have read as follows, the italicized words indicating the words omitted:—

“And let me say that God does not design that the sanitarium that has been erected in Battle Creek shall be in vain. He wants His people to understand this. Now that the building has been put up, He wants this institution to be placed on vantage ground. He does not want His people to be looked upon by the enemy as a people that is going out of sight.”

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

E. J. Waggoner

Sermon by E. J. Waggoner, Monday, March 30, 7:30 P. M.

“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come;” and I am glad of it. Every act of our lives, and every thought, must have reference to the end; and I am glad there is an end coming, for that end will be the beginning. It will be an end of strife, and a beginning of universal peace; I long for it to come, and I know it is coming, because the Lord has said so.

We preach the end, and in preaching the end we preach the beginning.

Have you ever noticed that the last message to the last of the churches, the Laodicean church, begins: “Thus saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God”? That message which pertains to the end, which has in it the promise of the coming of the Lord, the promise of the sitting upon the throne with Him in His glory; that message which pertains especially to the end, brings us to Him who is the Beginning; and this is the “witness” that is to be borne. It is the witness that is borne by the Faithful and the True; for He is the beginning, as well as the end. So when we have come to the end, we are then at the beginning; when we come really to the beginning, lo, we are at the end; for the end of this world is but the beginning of the new earth; and the world which is to come is the world that was from the beginning, so that when the end comes, we are brought back to the beginning; for the heavens must receive Him “until the time of restoration of all things which God hath spoken by the mouth of His prophets since the world began.”

We sometimes get in too big a hurry for the end. You will say, “How can we get in too great a hurry for the end?” Well, we do and on the principle of that old proverb that we learned as children: “The more haste the less speed.” Sometimes we get in so great a hurry for the end that we rush on toward the end without beginning at the beginning; and then we have to go back and begin over again, and that delays the end; so our haste to the end without taking time to begin at the beginning only puts off the time that we would so gladly see come. The case of Ahimaaz is an illustration. He had no tidings, yet he wanted to run, and he was permitted to run. He proved to be a faster runner than Cushi; yet he had to stand aside, and everything had to wait for the man who carried the message. Nothing was gained by the haste of Ahimaaz.

Sometimes we forget who is the beginning. We think if we must go back to the very beginning and start there, it will take, oh, so long a time for the work to be finished up and for the Lord to come. That is where we make a mistake again; for just as soon as we have come right down to the very beginning, to the A B C of the truth, lo, we are at the end; for Jesus Christ, who is the beginning, is the end as well. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” And when we have come to the beginning, and to the perfection of the beginning, and have carried that beginning over all the world, lo, the end will have come. It is the witness of Him who is the beginning, of Him who is the Faithful and the True.

When we read this message of the Lord, “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come,” there is a grave error that we are liable to fall into,—one of the greatest errors that human beings can fall into,—and that is the error of substituting ourselves for the Lord, and putting ourselves in the Lord’s place. We forget who it was that spoke these words, and we make “this gospel” refer to the thing which we are preaching; and we think that when that, meager as it may be, has been preached in all the world, then shall the end come. That is a mistake. Who is it that said, “This gospel of the kingdom must be preached”?—It was the Lord Jesus Christ. He stands here, embodying in Himself the fulness of the truth; and it is He that says. “This gospel, this gospel which I am preaching, this gospel of which I am not only the representative, but the embodiment,—this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.”

You and I may go over all the world, and we may preach, we may preach earnestly, but if our preaching is not the preaching of the Lord Jesus, literally the preaching of the Lord Jesus, that is to say, not simply the preaching about Him, but the Lord Jesus Himself preaching, then either we shall have to go over the ground again, or somebody else will have to go over it after us.

The end shall come, but it surely will not come until this gospel of the kingdom has been preached in all the world for a witness.

Do you know what that means? I said, We must preach—it must be the Lord Himself that is preaching. The apostle Paul tells us that, “If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us,—hath put into us,—the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as though God were beseeching by us (as formerly He did by Christ in the days of His flesh). We pray you in Christ’s stead, Be reconciled to God.”

The problem which the Lord has to solve, that thing which He has to demonstrate before the world, before the end can come, is to give every part of this world an equal chance. That is to say, the testimony that was presented to the people of Galilee and Judea, when Jesus of Nazareth was there teaching and preaching, must be given to all the world; and every kingdom and tribe and people and nation on this earth must see and hear the very same things that those people saw and heard. And that is the gospel that must go to all the world.

What is “this gospel of the kingdom”? We read in the fourth chapter of Matthew that Jesus came up from Jordan, where He had been baptized and had received the witness of the Spirit, and from the wilderness of temptation, where He had conquered Satan, and in the power of the Spirit He went through all Galilee and Judea, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. His fame went throughout all the people and they brought Him

all that were sick, all that were lunatic, all that were oppressed of the devil, and He healed them.

We read in the first chapter of Mark, of the same time, the beginning of the ministry of Jesus: “Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came unto Galilee preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and saying, The time is fulfilled. The kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.” Then comes the calling of Simon, and Andrew, and James, and John, and then He came into Capernaum, “and straightway on the Sabbath day He entered into the synagogue and taught. And they were astonished at His doctrine, for He taught as one that had authority, and not as the Scribes. And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with Thee, Thou Jesus of Nazareth? Art Thou come to destroy us? We know Thee who Thou art, the holy One of God. And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him. And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? A new teaching! for with authority He commandeth the unclean spirits and they come out of him.”

Yes, Jesus came and brought a new doctrine into the world. There was new teaching, such teaching as they had never heard before. What was it?—The casting of an unclean spirit out of the man was the new teaching, and that was the expression of the gospel of the kingdom. And it was of that and of such things as that, that is to say, of the power equal to that, that Jesus spoke when He said. “This gospel of the kingdom must be preached In all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.”

The seventeenth chapter of Luke: “And when He was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation, neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And He said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them, for as the lightning, that lighteneth out of one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in His day.”

This last verse shows that these words of Jesus refer to His second coming, to the end of the world, and the time of restoration of all things so that we have the two things connected. This “kingdom of God,” of which Jesus says, “It is within you,” has direct reference and immediate connection with the coming of the Lord. Therefore we come to the same conclusion again, that we ourselves, to whom is committed the work of carrying the gospel to the world, must carry it, not in our hands, not in our pockets, not even in our Bibles, but in our hearts. And if it is not carried there, it does not get to the world. I never read these words without thinking that I am convicted—not condemned. I thank God “there is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus.” No matter how great the reproofs given from the Lord, there is no condemnation in them. (“Amen.”) And I am glad of that—that conviction is not condemnation. There may be a conviction secured against us every day, but it is not condemnation. God does not condemn; He justifies. The greater the sin that He reveals to us, the greater our lack, then the greater the justification.

He says with reference to the time when the redemption is near, and when the end of the world is about to be manifested. “Lift up your heads, and rejoice.” And if there ever was a time for rejoicing, it is when the devil works the hardest. In the twelfth chapter of Revelation we read: “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ.” Why?—“Because the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” When the devil works hardest, then is the time when the kingdom of God is come.

There are wondrous things that God has for His people, but we have not got to the end yet. I mean we have not exhausted the privileges of God. What is the message? The apostle John has told us in his first epistle: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”

That is the message, brethren. God is light, and we are to walk in Him, walk in the light, and we ourselves be lights to the world. We have not time to do anything, or to think anything, that will diminish or weaken our testimony to the world. We have all been conscious of a weakening of our testimony, because we were not light. We have interposed a veil between our hearts and the glory shining from the face of God, and just to the extent that we did that we were not the witnesses of the Lord.

Jesus says, “The kingdom of God is within you.” He came proclaiming the Word. He Himself was the Word, and that is why it was that when He came He said. “The kingdom of God is at hand;” for all the fulness of the power of the universe was manifested in Him. “In Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

The Lord has marvelous things for us; wondrous things He has for the people through us. The testimony of Jesus is to be given to the world; but it can be given only as Jesus Himself dwells in us to bear witness of Himself. And there is so much for us to learn. But when I say this, I do not mean it is going to take a long time. We have a Teacher such as the world can not give. Therefore it need not take so very long a time in which to learn it. We can determine ourselves how long it will be, or how short it may be. But one thing is sure, and we need not think that we can get away from it, and that is that nothing less than the complete fulness of the message, not only as it was proclaimed by the Lord, but as it existed in Him, must be given before the Lord can come.

He was the Word, the fulness of the

Word. What does that mean?—It means that just as every word of this Book testifies of Him, just as every word of this Book derives its power from Him, just as no word of this Book can be understood except in and through Him, and just as every word of this Book is necessary, because all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and it is all profitable, so we to whom is committed the glorious task of proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom to the world have given to us the task and the privilege of understanding and proclaiming the whole Word of God,—the privilege and the necessity of having that Word incarnated in us.

Are we content with the attainment that we have? Have we rested in inglorious ease and self-satisfaction that we knew the truth, simply because we have received certain things which in themselves are true? Have we thought that because we had certain truths that we knew the whole truth? Have we been studying our Bible? or are we content to take a portion of it? Have we been partial in the Word? Have we thought that we knew enough to carry the gospel to the world, because, perhaps, we knew more than somebody else knew?

All truth is one; but as long as there is any portion of this Word that is not incorporated into our being, how can we say that we are giving the whole message? How can we be satisfied that we are carrying the message to the world so that somebody will not have to go after us and make good that which we have left undone? If there is one portion of the Bible that you and I, as ministers of the gospel (and I do not mean simply those who have been ordained to stand in public and preach, but I mean every member of Christ’s body, every one who takes His name, every one who professes the message of the Lord’s soon coming,—they are all ministers), I say that if we have not got this, then there is a work for us to do, and we ought to be about it, and very speedily, too.

Seventh-day Adventists, standing before the world as the exponents of the greatest truth that was ever committed to the hands of any people, and boasting, as we have done, that we are a people who stand upon the Bible, a people who are Bible students,—I say we all have a right to be ashamed of ourselves, that we have neglected that very thing which has been committed to us, and so much of the Word of God has been left to lie idle. Because we have some truth that somebody else has not, and it is a marvelous thing to them, and they think surely this people have marvelous truth, we have been content to hear them say that, and we have looked at the little amount that we have, and we have been satisfied with that, rather than looking forward and upward to the great amount which we have not attained to, and which we do not yet know. We have turned around, and have looked backward, instead of looking forward. We have been looking at what we have done, and we have talked about that when we have come together, and that has taken away from our hearts the thought of the vast field of truth that is yet unexplored. But, brethren, the whole truth, and the fulness of truth, is due to the world. Christ Himself is due to the world, because the apostle says, “We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord.” And this is the testimony that is to be given to the world. And we have not done it, have we? Shall we do it? We may, but it means a reining of ourselves up; it means a denial of ourselves, of our flesh, of our appetites; it means a continual holding of ourselves in, not by our own power, but by the power of God, to which we hold ourselves subject; it means a continual fight with the world and the flesh and the devil already in us; that we do not relax our diligence; that we do not let our hands hang down; that we do not become satisfied with what we have attained, instead of pressing forward. When I say we are to look forward and not backward, forgetting the things that are behind, and reaching forward to the things that are before, we do not have to repudiate any truth that we once held, but we must understand that the path of the just is the shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. It is a seed that is sown and springs up and develops and unfolds.

So is the kingdom of God,—this kingdom which is to be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations,—as if a man should cast seed into the ground, and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. There is “first the blade, then the ear, and then the full corn in the ear;” and then he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come. That is the history of the gospel of the kingdom, for the harvest is the end of the world. The seed is sown. It springs up, and then comes the blade, and then the ear, and the full corn in the ear, and all this must take place before the harvest can come, before the end can come.

I hold in my hand some grains of corn. That is good seed, you see. I first exhibit it to some one and let him get a good look at it; I let him turn it over and over and get familiar with it. Now he knows it, and can tell it anywhere he sees it. Then I cast it into the earth. Three months later I take him along by the field, and I say, “There is our seed.” He replies: “No; it does not bear any resemblance whatever to what I saw; that which I saw had just this shape, just this size. I will hold to that; you can not deceive; I am not going to be led astray; there is no resemblance whatever between this and that.”

Now we are in danger of making this mistake, of thinking that the truth which we hear, which first comes to us, must be kept in just those dimensions, or else it is a denial of the truth; and, brethren, let me tell you this, that unless our eyes are opened, unless we learn enough of the divine nature of Jesus to know that it is infinite, and capable of an infinite variety of expression, we shall make the mistake of saying that truth that is developed into its glorious fulness is a contradiction of truth which was first sown, and it is not so.

How many of you have heard this statement, that men who had power in the message ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty, or forty years ago do not have that power in their preaching to-day? You all know that, do you not? I am not telling you anything new. Men have gone forth with but little knowledge of the truth, but it was new to them, and they went forth with the enthusiasm of a new truth; and that which was new to their own souls had the power with it, and men were converted. Then they said, “Now we have got it; now we can do it, and we will do it that way again;” and I am afraid that some souls have been going on that way for years. They feel as though the truth of God were circumscribed within certain limits, and when they

have got that, they imagine that they have learned all the truth, and they tell it over and over and over, and by and by every vestige of the freshness is gone out of it for their own souls, because they are not learning anything new; and the man who does not learn something new from his own preaching may be sure that nobody else is learning anything new.

God used the pioneers in this message mightily; but why did He use them so mightily?—Because they were true to the truth. It was not because they had all the truth that there was in the Bible and all the truth that there was for the world. It was because they were loyal to the truth that they knew and taught; and whenever new light came forth from the Word of God, they stood upon it, and that is why they had the power.

Now if we, in looking back to the fathers, think that we are disloyal to them, and that we are casting reflections upon their memories, if we dare see more in the Word than they saw, then we are showing ourselves to be disloyal to them and to the principles which they held, because it was not merely just a few circumscribed things, but it was truth as God revealed it to them that they preached, and that is what gave the power to the beginning of this message.

Now, when the same truth,—but not necessarily the same words, not necessarily in the same form, but in its enlarged, developed form,—and that same Spirit shall have taken hold of all of us, then the very same power that characterized the preaching of the pioneers of this message will characterize the preaching of those who follow them. And then the end can come.

It has been many years since I was here in California, and, as I go about, I see some of the gardens that I used to be so familiar with. I recognize this house: ?? that was being erected when I was here. There is a garden that was being planted. It does not look the same now. Those little shrubs that I looked down upon are now large trees. That little palm that was so small that you could carry it around in your hand now overtops the house. It is the same tree, nevertheless,—the very same plant. It does not look the same, but it is the same.

Brethren, a tree must grow, or else it will die. You may put a band around it, and say: “We have had the witness, we have had the testimony, that this is a good tree; it is a perfect tree. God Himself has planted the tree, and we know it. Now, lest we get away from this, we will put bands around that tree.” One of two things will take place; either that tree will die, or else it will burst those bands asunder.

But this truth is not going to die; it is not in the world to die, because it is life itself. And I have that confidence in the truth which the fathers preached.—in the truth which my father preached.—that it will break every band, and be a glorious tree, that shall spread out and blossom, and fill the face of the earth with fruit. It will do it. And there is the testimony that the Lord gives to us: “Loose thyself from the bands of the neck. O captive daughter of Zion; arise, and sit down.”

Or, again, the message comes to us, that message which is the message that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. “Arise, and shine; for thy light is come.” What is the light?—God is light, and God is come to us, to try us, to prove us. How?—To see whether we will accept Him, whether we will let Him fill us with all the fulness of God, even as He did Jesus of Nazareth, because Christ Himself, who is the fulness of God, dwells in our hearts by faith. So the light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee; and though darkness cover the earth, and gross darkness the people, yet the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.

How often I have prayed this prayer; “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto Thy name, give glory, for Thy mercy’s and for Thy truth’s sake”! I am so glad I can pray it with full confidence: “Lord, let Thy glory be upon me.” Afraid of getting lifted up and getting exalted?—Yes, I am, but not so long as I pray that prayer. Mind you, I do not pray, “Let me have glory,” but, “Let Thy glory be upon me. Let men see Thy glory, and see that it is Thy glory.” Do you not see that just as long as, and as often and surely as, we pray that prayer that the Lord will glorify us with His glory upon us, that men may behold the glory of the Lord, and recognize it to be the glory of the Lord, God may manifest to and through His servants any amount of glory, and the more the better? This is just what He has been wanting to do. “All flesh shall see the glory of the Lord; for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Shall He see it upon us?

When Israel came out of Egypt, and stood on the shore of the Red Sea, the message was; “Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward.” When they were encamped by the Mount Sinai, the message came to them. “Ye have compassed this mountain long enough.” And then, when at the last they came to Jordan, Joshua, at the command of the Lord, went through the camp, and told them to make the preparations, and to watch the ark of the Lord; for, He said, “Ye have not been this way hitherto.”

Brethren, that indicates our course,—always forward. “Ye have not been this way hitherto.” You do not know the way you are going. You have not been over this ground. But, oh, the Lord Jesus Christ has been over every step of the way, and He is the Way. And as we have not been this way hitherto, we may know that it is always new, always a new experience, always some new development of truth, but it is the same truth. Do not be afraid, brethren, of truth. It must develop more and more, or else we will never get the gospel of the kingdom preached.

I have thought upon my own experience in the past, and upon the experience of others, as I read it in reports (as I often do), and I have thought that we.—some of us, all of us, to some extent, perhaps, most of us.—are somewhat afraid of these truths which God has given us; and we call some of them “objectionable features.” But, brethren, I have come to the conviction that there is nothing objectionable in the truth of God, if it is presented as it is in Jesus. It is the truth of God that must win souls, and it will do it. But I find many thinking they must hedge about the Sabbath truth, for instance, and they must prepare and work up the way, and build up a foundation, hesitating and fearing and trembling and thinking, “Pretty soon we are going to spring the Sabbath upon them, and then we do not know what in the world will happen.” That is because we have not yet learned what the Sabbath means; for the Sabbath is God’s glorious gift to man; it is the gift of rest; it is the gift of His personal presence, the real presence. And when we learn

the truth as it is in Jesus, and we get the truth as it is in Jesus, in ourselves, if we have a congregation of people ready to hear, and we may never have them again, if the Spirit of God so move, we may give the whole counsel of God to them, and see souls converted, and they will know the truth. Having the fulness of the truth, and having it ever developing, we may see the same thing repeated that was experienced forty years ago, when they would go and pitch a tent Friday, and take it down Monday, with a congregation of believers there. That thing can be done; but do not think, brethren, that it can be done if you preach just a few narrow things. It can not be done unless you get a mighty truth, a comprehensive truth, with many, many features that were not apparent years ago, when we first got hold of it.

Do not think that all those things make the truth so complicated that people will become confused. It is not so. The greater the light that shines, the easier is it for people to see. So that, as we come to the end, and the truth shines with a broader light, a deeper light, a clearer light, than it could have done forty years ago, even to those faithful souls who started out in the message, the more easily will it be comprehended, for it is preached with the power of Him who is the Light of the world.

The words spoken by our Instructor impressed me deeply. Of those who had tried and tempted lives, the question was asked: “How do you deal with your difficulties? Do you harness yourself for an encounter with trial and temptation? And then do you lay hold on these temptations, as you suppose you must while your spirit is hot within you and wrestle with them, quite sure that this is what you ought to do? As you battle with your covetousness and uncharitableness on their own ground, do you come out victor?—No; you come out discouraged, bruised, and wounded, bound and enfeebled spiritually.

“What should you do? Simply put your whole trust in the One who understands your temptations and trials, the One who alone can master temptation. If you had not been premature in your efforts, you need not have fought so terrible a battle; for the Captain of your salvation was at work for you, ready to do for you that which you can not do for yourself, and to leave you free to do that which He has told you to do,—learn of Him His meekness and lowliness. He has been tempted in all points ‘like as we are,’ and He knows how to succor those who are tempted. Had you first talked with God in prayer, by faith grasping His promises, you would have received strength for the conflict.”—Unpublished Testimony.

THE GENERAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN

FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1903

Each day, at 1:30, workers especially interested in the Sabbath-school department gather for informal counsel regarding their work.

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”

“Only be thou strong and very courageous that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses My servant commanded thee; turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.”

Man’s ingenuity, his judgment, his power to execute, all come from God. To God’s service all should be devoted. The principles of the Bible are to control the Lord’s servants. His workers are ever to do justice and judgment, steadfastly keeping the way of the Lord. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Make this the point round which your life centers, and then all things needed will be given you. Put the Redeemer’s interests before your own or those of any other human being. He has bought you, and all your powers belong to Him.—Unpublished Testimony.

While the recommendation regarding the support of workers in needy fields was being discussed. Elder A. G. Daniells read the following list of the number of laborers different conferences have been supporting in fields outside of their own conference, during some part, or all of, the period of 1901-1902:—

“Ohio, 5; Upper Columbia, 1; Kansas, 1; Michigan, 8; Wisconsin, 2; Western Washington, 1; California, 1 in 1901, and 14 in 1902; Oklahoma, 1; Vermont, 1; South Dakota, 1; Western Oregon, several; Indiana, 1; Nebraska, several; Iowa, 4 in 1901, and 7 in 1902. Fifty-two or more in all, at an expense of $55,409.”

Of the high priest of Israel we read: “And Aaron shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goeth in unto the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.” What a beautiful and expressive figure this is of the unchanging love that Christ has for His people! Our great high Priest, of whom Aaron was a type, bears His people upon His heart. His earthly ministers should have this lesson graven upon mind and heart. As they labor in connection with one another, they are to follow the example of Christ, cultivating His tenderness, revealing His kindness, His courtesy, His love.—Unpublished Testimony.

“O praise the Lord, all ye nations; praise Him, all ye people. For His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of the Lord endureth forever.”

Unless the soul-temple is daily emptied of self, and prepared for the reception of the Holy Spirit, self will rule the entire being. The words and acts will be tarnished with selfishness. Christ will not appear in the life. There will be seen a self-confidence that is wholly inappropriate.—E. G. W.

“And there shall be no more curse; but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him. And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.”

“Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.”

“For the kingdom is the Lord’s; and He is the governor among the nations.”

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