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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 5

April 7, 1903 - NO. 7

OAKLAND, CAL., APRIL 7, 1903.
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GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Twelfth Meeting

H. W. Cottrell

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 9:30 A. M.

H. W. Cottrell in the chair. After the opening hymn, the Conference was led in prayer by H. Shultz.

The Chair: We will call up the report of the Committee on Institutions, found on page 67 of the “Bulletin.” Action on this report was deferred. The first recommendation had been read, an amendment was offered, and the question on the amendment is before us.

W. T. Knox: I would say that in our committee we decided to accept the amendment as our original resolution.

The Chair: Now this stands, by common consent, if there are no objections, as the original motion. The secretary will read the resolution as amended.

The Secretary (reading): “All institutions created directly by the people, through either General Conference, Union Conference, State Conference, or mission field organization, to be owned by the people, through these or such other organizations as the people may elect.”

E. W. Webster: Would the adoption of these resolutions put more work upon conference committees and tie up their energies in running these organizations, and thus keep them out of field work or evangelical work more directly?

W. C. White: I think a careful study of the whole list of propositions indicates that it is not the design to make conference committees the managers of details of various enterprises, but that the conferences,—local, Union, or General, are to organize proper departments, proper agencies, on a business basis, to manage these enterprises.

The question being called, the delegates voted to adopt the resolution. Resolutions 2 and 3 of the report were also adopted.

Resolution 4 was then read by the secretary.

A. J. Breed: Do I understand, if this passes, that such an institution as Walla Walla College, if it has any property on hand to dispose of, that it can not do it without the consent of the constituency, without the constituency’s being called together to authorize it?

W. T. Knox: I should like to say in answer to Brother Breed’s question that the thought was, that in case of institutions that are established on this basis, having institutional property used for the operation of the enterprise, there should be no alienation of the institutional plant without the consent of the constituency or electors. The institution might have other property, the school might have a timber claim given to it to be used in building up that work, or a sanitarium might have a piece of real estate given to it to be used for building it up. We do not consider it as being applicable in this case; but property that was especially designed for institutional purposes, for the operating of the business—that was not to be sold or in any way alienated without the consent of the constituency.

Watson Ziegler: If I understand this question rightly, this sets forth from the very beginning that property that is created by the people is in the disposition of the people; but the specific gift is at the disposition of those who have charge of the work to carry the donor’s purpose into effect.

W. C. White: It seems to me that the intention of the resolution is that there shall be no disposal of the institutions. The main plant, the thing itself, that is what is aimed at; not that they shall not buy or sell land, receive legacies and dispose of them, or transact the business that belongs to the department; but this is so worded that it could be easily construed as interfering with the ordinary business of the institution. It says “institutional property.”

A. J. Breed: That must mean the property owned by the institution, does it not?

W. T. Knox: I sought to make plain, Brother Chairman, in my answer, that it was designed to apply to the plant itself, and not to property that was given to it for its upbuilding.

W. C. White: Why not say plants instead of property?

G. B. Thompson: Would not the word “institutions,” instead of institutional property,” bridge the difficulty?

David Paulson: It must be plain to all that it is the duty of the constituency to instruct the trustees, and they ought to be perfectly competent to do it. If we pass this recommendation, it will be the means of putting into the hands of some narrow-minded person a weapon, so that when the smallest thing is done, as Brother Breed spoke about, something anybody would know ought to be done, he could oppose it as out of harmony with the decision of the Conference. Brother Knox has spoken fully on what it means, but that explanation is not going along with this recommendation, as I understand it. We understand it here, but when we want to sell a little corner lot, in order

to do something, some one comes along and says, “Was it not passed at the General Conference that the board was not to do anything without calling together the constituents?” We can not sell the smallest thing; there is no limitation. It seems to me if we want to put ourselves on such a record, to make such a sweeping provision as that to limit the action of a board, there is no need of having any. If the constituents can not keep the board straight, they ought to come together and elect a new one. It seems to me it is all out of place. I am sure that if we pass this sweeping motion here, it will help nobody, but will put an instrument in the hands of somebody to do some mischief with. I want to put myself on record, because I can not see in it any wise features.

C. Santee: I notice in this writing it says, “without a vote of the constituents authorizing the same.” It does not matter what that institution is, the constituency, at their annual meeting, or at some time, may authorize the board to buy and sell to a certain extent. Thus it has worked in conferences where I was connected. It seems to me that unless a board has been authorized to transact certain business, they ought not to do it. And if they have been authorized by the Conference or by the delegates present to carry on certain business during the year, they have the privilege of doing so, and it is expected they will do it during the year; so it seems to me that is certainly clear and the very thing we want to carry out.

L. R. Conradi: Brother Knox gave the committee’s explanation of the matter, as it was understood, and I think by common consent we have agreed to put in the words, “no disposal or transfer of institutions.”

The Chair: If there is no member in the house who objects to the committee’s making this change, it will be so accepted.

A. T. Robinson inquired if this section would have any bearing on the matter of handling the estate of the Avondale school, one portion of which is for sale, and the other portion not to be sold without direct vote of the people. The resolution, as changed, specifies only institutions.

The chairman explained that this action could not, he thought, affect any corporate bodies now in existence, or properties controlled by them.

E. R. Palmer: It seems to me that this change that is proposed in the wording of the resolution might open the way for the doing of that which the resolution is designed to prevent. As it was, it provided that property shall not be sold, except upon the vote of the electors. Therefore, if the constituents or the electors vote that the board is to have power to dispose of any properties or any portions of the properties, the board can do that from time to time. But the electors protect themselves against the original property, or any parts of the original property, being sold by the board without the consent of those who created the institution.

W. C. White: I would second Brother Conradi’s amendment.

N. W. Allee: I have no question in my mind about the motive or intent of this resolution. But it seems to me that we can not decide these things here, but must govern these institutions in the states where they are located, and under the laws by which they are to be incorporated and governed. We can outline policies in a general way, but I think we will have to be careful, or we shall place around our brethren a kind of moral obligation that will cripple them in their work.

Watson Ziegler: It is a fact that in almost every state there are civil laws that prescribe the rights and authority of corporate boards. The rights of a corporate board, as conferred upon them by statute, give them the privilege of selling property. But it is a fact that even in temporal business corporations there are by-laws that prescribe the rights of stockholders and the limitations of trustees. I believe that, in passing this, we are passing that which will make the people see that they have a right to express themselves on these questions. It is the moral obligation that we want, so that the confidence of this people may be just as far-reaching as our message.

An amendment to the amended resolution was discussed and failed to pass.

The question being called on the motion as amended, it prevailed.

Resolution No. 5 was then read, the question called for, and it was carried unanimously.

Resolution No. 6 was then read, and passed.

Resolution 7 was read.

A. J. Breed: May I ask a question again? Our college at Walla Walla is owned by several conferences. How will this affect that?

W. T. Knox: If I remember correctly, in the creating of that incorporation it was intended that it should be a corporation created by the Pacific Union Conference.

W. C. White: I wish to make an amendment so that this shall read: “That each line of institutional work shall be regarded as a department of conference work, and, where possible, that they be represented on the conference committee.” There are states already where we have so many institutions that this proposition would swamp the committee. It is my conviction that the real purpose of the framers of this resolution was in harmony with my proposition, that each line of work be represented, rather that each individual institution be represented.

G. B. Thompson: I second that amendment.

S. H. Lane: I have always strenuously opposed the idea that any man shall occupy a position because, perchance, he occupies another. I believe that every man should occupy that position for which he is best fitted. I believe, and fully believe, and hope that the time shall come, and that speedily, when every man shall be elected to any and every office because he has capabilities of making that office a success, and not because he happens to hold some other position. I think the principle is wrong.

C. H. Bliss: It says, “and where possible.” Now, if there were four lines of special conference work, and each one demanded a position upon the committee, then the committee would be composed of these four special lines of work, leaving only one to represent the conference organization. It seems to me this should be provided against.

Questions were asked as to the working out of the amended resolution.

W. C. White: I can most readily answer by illustrating how we try to work out this principle in this California Conference. We regard church-school work as one of the most important branches of institutional work, and the superintendent of our church-school work is made a member of our, conference committee. We have in this conference a medical institution at St. Helena, another at Eureka, another

at Sacramento, another at San Francisco, and there will be many more by the time we meet in General Conference again. It would be impossible, as well as undesirable, to have representatives from each of these institutions on the conference committee, but from the medical missionary work in California we are able to select a man who understands the medical work, who understands evangelical work also, whose interests are for the evangelization of the world, and whose efforts are to make the medical institutions evangelizing agencies; and such a man on our conference committee is of great value, and of great value to the institutional work. So also with our college work.

R. R. Kennedy: I would not like to have a resolution passed that would in any way hamper the selection of a conference committee. Men may be at the head of these different lines of work who are qualified to act their part nobly and well at the head of institutions or lines of work, but they may not be acquainted with the conference work, and there may be so many of them that it will not be practicable to have them all in the conference committee. I would like to see the selection of the conference committee left free and open, and then select as the case may seem to demand.

The question as amended was called for.

The Secretary (reading): “That each great line of institutional work be regarded as a department of conference work, and, as far as possible, be represented on the conference committee.”

The resolution was adopted.

Resolution 8 was called for.

The Secretary (reading): “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.”

The Chair: It is open for remarks.

C. W. Flaiz: What is meant? It simply says that this committee is to be selected for the purpose of studying these institutions. Nothing is said as to the object of the study.

W. T. Knox: I would say, in response to that, there is a thought that, while we could not, by these recommendations, affect any institutions that had already been established, as the right of adopting this rested with their constituency, whatever that might be, and yet still there might be some of these that were already established that would like to bring about such changes as would cause them to conform to the general idea of these recommendations. Therefore this recommendation was made, that a committee be appointed to study the conditions in any such institutions, and assist them in bringing such changes about.

C. W. Flaiz: I would like to move an amendment to No. 8: “That an advisory committee of three be appointed by this Conference for the study of institutions, with the view to bringing about such changes in the existing institutions as will bring them to conform with the foregoing recommendations.” That is the thought I have in mind.

E. G. Olsen: I second that.

W. T. Knox was asked to repeat his explanation as to the intent of the original resolution, and did so.

L. R. Conradi: There is another point mentioned in committee, and that was that in the case new institutions should be started, this committee would be able to look into the matter, and see that the new institution is started on this very basis. If this is followed out, there are a good many legal matters connected with the matter, and it takes men of experience to advise and see that the new institutions are started on the right basis from the very beginning.

W. C. White: I desire to call attention to the statements of the chairman of the committee, that it was not the design of this report to plow into existing institutions, but it was intended principally to assist in the shaping of the future work. To make the resolution in harmony with this, I would like to propose this amendment, in the third line, instead of reading, “for the study of institutions,” I would propose that it should read, “for the study of institutional organizations.” Then the whole resolution will be in harmony with the statements of the chairman of our committee, that this report is designed to shape up our future work. And it is my conviction that we shall benefit existing institutions more quickly, more peacefully, more successfully, by taking this course, than by taking the course intimated by the amendment proposed by my brother at the right. I will offer it as an amendment to the amendment.

E. T. Russell: I second the motion.

W. C. White: It is my conviction, brethren, that if we have a good committee studying into the legal status of this matter and how to adjust relations, and an advisory committee for all the new work that is formed, the success of that will be the best possible argument to such institutions as Healdsburg College, and the Pacific Press, and other stock-company institutions, to put their work on a similar basis; and whatever movement they made would come much better from the stockholders than to appear to come from the General Conference. That is the reason I favor this amendment to the amendment.

Question was called on the amendment to the amendment and carried, as also the resolution as amended.

E. J. Waggoner: I wanted to make a few remarks on the resolutions as a whole the other day, but it seemed as though, according to the ruling, it would not be directly to the point. Even now I would keep still, only I should wish I had said something. There has just been one line that has seemed to run through my mind in all of this; it has seemed as though one thing was paramount, and that has been like the old, northern farmer who could hear in the clatter of his horses’ hoofs over the ground nothing but “property, property, property.” It has seemed as though the word “property,” and “property,” has been the main thing, as though that were our work,—consideration of property,—and it seems to me it would be too bad to allow the impression to go out, to be carried away from here, to go to other parts of the field, to be read, as though the great burden of this work were the management of property. I have not had enough knowledge of the matter to be able to vote on it all either way; but it seems to me as if, if this thing should get out as it is, the sentiment would be carried and perpetuated, which is already too strong, that our work consists in considering institutions and the management of property. I do not believe the brethren think so; but it seems as though when we get together, just the legislation about institutions is the principal thing. I am quite strongly impressed that there is a good deal of truth in the statement by Buckle that no legislator ever passed any legislation that was any benefit to the people, except in repealing previous bad legislation; and all the good

legislators have done has been to repeal bad legislation. Now, there has been legislation on these subjects for years and years, and yet things have gone on, and there has been trouble, and I apprehend that in about two years from now—if not two years, four years from now—this same thing will be up, and some other amendments will have to be made to this.

Is there not something altogether more important than money and institutions?—It is men, and ability to work. I think it will be admitted that all this talk about the resolutions is to preclude the possibility of any man or men forsaking the truth and carrying off institutions. It is to safeguard institutions. Now, either a man is in danger of going off and carrying something with him, or else he is not. If he is in danger, then the thing to do is not to legislate concerning the things, but to go to him and try to straighten him out. The value of a man himself has been so far lost sight of that we fear that if he should go off and his soul be lost—will he carry some property with him? Now, it seems to me that there is a vital thing to be considered, that can not be reached by legislation, by resolution, or amendment. That is the whole thing. I know this is not to the point, for as I have listened to the discussion I have not had any interest to take part in it, because I do not believe that the passing of this report will make any real difference with the conduct of an institution. It depends entirely upon the men who have to do with these things; and we may pass all these, and the only effect it will really have on them will be to be used at some time to cripple somebody in his work; otherwise. I do not think it will have any effect. But now that this thing is passed. I do hope we can come as a Conference, either at this time or at all future times. to the consideration of questions which pertains really to the work, not legislating on theological theorems, for that can not be done, but the consideration of the wants of the field, the presentation of the progress in various parts of the field, and what ought to be done, rather than questions of dollars and cents.

IT MEANS MORE THAN PROPERTY

L. R. Conradi: I would certainly say, as a member of that committee, that when we considered the matter from the real practical point of view, we found that in considering this thing it really meant something for the work of God, a very much larger matter than mere legislation about property. I believe, brethren, it is a very important thing that our institutions stand on the right basis, so that there may be union in the cause of God; and I believe the union of the cause by having the institutions on the right basis helps the gospel work in all the world; and our committees pray for that very purpose, not for a committee of inquisition, sitting on any man, but in order that all these difficulties may be stopped, and the work of saving souls be carried on. I admit that if the men are not right, all legislation will not help anything; but I say right men want correct principles; they desire correct principles to guide them, and may God help us that we may have those correct principles.

W. C. White: I wish to express a most emphatic and hearty amen to what Brother Conradi has said. To me this means ten times, one hundred times more than property. This to me means reorganization. We all know, brethren, that reorganization, reforms, efforts to reorganize conferences and churches, will not count, unless the reorganization goes on in the heart; but the reorganization of the conference and the reorganization of the heart must go on together. And I want to say this: It is my conviction, brethren, that it is both the intention of those who act upon this, and that the result will be, not to make somebody trouble, but to prevent trouble.

R. C. Porter: I am in perfect harmony with everything that Brother Conradi has mentioned: but I wish to express, also, my sentiment as being in perfect accord with the suggestion that men should be regarded of more importance than property in connection with the third angel’s message.

The resolution, as amended, was called for.

The Secretary (reading): “That an advisory committee of three be appointed by this Conference for the study of institutional organization, and to render such assistance in the carrying out of these recommendations as may lie in their power.”

The motion was put and carried.

The Chair: The motion prevails, and this adopts this report.

W. A. McCutchen desired to have the memorial from the Southwestern Union Conference come up for action, and by vote it was decided that all memorials should be referred, without special order, to the Committee on Plans.

The Chair: I will now request the secretary of the Committee on Plans to present a further partial report.

FURTHER REPORT ON PLANS

G. E. Langdon (reading): “Your Committee on Plans and Constitution would respectfully submit the following further partial report:—

“We recommend,—

“9. That the General Conference Committee hereafter be the Mission Board of the denomination.

“10. That the General Conference Association reduce its number of trustees from twenty-one to seven.”

The Chair: Now we will call up the motion found on page 67.

The Secretary (reading): “8. We recommend, That the General Conference offices be moved from Battle Creek, Mich., to some place favorable for its work in the Atlantic states.

It was moved and seconded to adopt the partial report, including resolution 8, motion to adopt which did not appear in preceding minutes.

W. C. White: Can not we have an outline from some one who has been studying this of the work contemplated?

The Chair: As this is requested, we will ask Elder Daniells to explain.

A. G. Daniells: This proposition has been under consideration by different members of the General Conference Committee for many months. It has been quite thoroughly canvassed from time to time in our councils. It has seemed for some time that God was calling us to get out of Battle Creek, as far as possible, and decentralize.

Now, with reference to making the General Conference Committee the Mission Board: As the work is now shaping, the province of the General Conference Committee is of an advisory character to a large extent—not altogether, by any means—and it is of a missionary character or phase. The organization of the Union Conferences has taken the administrative work from any central place and located it in the Union Conferences, and placed the responsibilities upon the shoulders of those located in those different Unions.

One who has not been in our office can scarcely realize what a complete

change has been wrought at the headquarters of the General Conference. The details of the work of every character have been swept way, and the secretary has had very little to do along those lines. Of course, there has been some statistical work and some detail work with reference to transportation and collection of reports and work of that character, that must always be done. But the Administration in the United States has all been taken away, and is now placed in the hands of scores of men who have been appointed to that work in the East, and the North, and the South, and in the Central and Western states. But while that has been going on, our missionary problems have been greatly increasing. More workers than ever before are being sent out, and contributions for missions have doubled in the last few years. This has increased the work of the Mission Board. And as I have studied it, I have become convinced that one of the great purposes of the General Conference Committee would be to deal with these world-wide problems everywhere. I believe that the Committee ought to be composed something like this: That the president of every Union Conference and the chairman of every Union mission field in the world ought to be a member of that committee. This will give us a larger and more representative committee, even, than we have to-day. We get the whole world directly represented on the General Conference Committee. Then add to that the heads, the leading men in special departments, such as education, publishing, and medical, and put on a few men of special experience, and special ability from their experience, and you have a thoroughly representative committee, representing all interests of this great work in all parts of our little world. And that will give us a truly representative and General Conference Committee, a World’s Conference Committee.

Now, that, to my mind, brethren, is what should be the Mission Board of the Seventh-day Adventist denomination.

Further, it appears to me that that committee can only meet about once a year; and that as soon as you have appointed it, and this Conference closes, that large committee should take time, a week, or two weeks, if necessary, to thoroughly study, as well as it can, with the data it may have, all the field that it represents. And let it then, as a result of that study, come to an agreement regarding fundamental and general principles by which it will be governed in its administration during the year. Then the members of the committees can go to different parts of the field, working harmoniously, every one, though separated, to carry out this policy. Now, there must be some executive body appointed to carry out the policy. Now, that, I have thought, ought to be appointed like this: There should be two sections, we will call them, one in the United States and one in Europe. Here is the recruiting-ground for mission fields. The work of the section in this country will, as I view it, be to work among our people to raise funds and secure laborers of every kind for the needy and destitute fields in all parts of the world. I would blot out the word “foreign” from our board, and have it understood that a destitute and needy field in the United States, whether it be Mississippi, or Virginia, or Greater New York, or Canada,—I would have it understood that that field is a mission field, the same as Africa or any other fields with the same needs. Then I would have this section in the United States work in behalf of these needy parts here, and visit them, and unite with the conferences in charge of those fields in getting hold of the needs and unite on a general policy, and then have them work through this country to get hold of the kind of men that these fields need and the money they require to prosecute their work. In addition, this committee will have a great problem on its hands to furnish supplies for the front.

Now, the section on the other side of the Atlantic will be not so much a recruiting section to get men and means (that will be some of its work), but it will be. rather, a distributing section. As the laborers pass through Great Britain, on their way to Africa, South America. India, and the Orient, and to the Mediterranean fields, let there be a committee over there who will look after this, who will be strong to direct, to administer, and to assist those people in reaching their fields and prosecuting their work when they have reached them.

Now, where are the two points that these sections can be located to work advantageously?—As far as I can see, those points are New York City and London. New York City is the point from which our missionaries go to all parts of the world, to the East, at least. London or Great Britain is the point at which they land. It is a great highway. It is the highway to all the countries of the world; and Great Britain is a natural half-way house to India, Africa, Australasia, South America. Now, brethren, the temper of the British people is such that any man going to those fields from this country can well spend a few months in Great Britain. God has blessed the British people for a period of three hundred years in their stalwart effort to place His Word in the hands of all men, and to go as missionaries to all the benighted lands of the world. God has ?? that people because of the stand they have taken in this thing. And there is no place in the world where the missionary spirit burns so mightily in the hearts of men as in Great Britain. The European section, with headquarters in London, can operate in various parts of the European field. as the committee may direct. And when you get your offices located in the East, amongst those large cities, you will find great opportunities for missionary enterprise by the people that are connected with the office. When Sabbath comes, the workers can scatter out and go and work for somebody else. I should be in favor of their giving up Sunday to missionary labor, too, and have two days to labor for others. and throw out the fire, and gather in life—come in contact with people who need salvation—and then spend the other days in the week doing warm-hearted Christian office work.

Meeting adjourned.

H. W. Cottrell, Chairman.
H. E. Osborne, Secretary.

GENERAL CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS. Thirteenth Meeting

H. W. Cottrell

MONDAY, APRIL 6, 1903, 3:00 P. M.

H. W. Cottrell in the chair.

After the opening hymn, W. H. Thurston offered prayer.

The Chair: If there are no objections offered, we will ask the secretary of the Committee on Plans and Constitution to make a further report, in harmony with

a request which was made before we adjourned. We can waive consideration of present business long enough to hear that report read.

G. E. Langdon: Your committee would further submit the following:—

“11. We recommend, That the Treasury and Finance Department of the General Conference be broadened and strengthened by the selection of a treasurer of wide experience in the field, and the appointment of a sufficient staff of clerical help to do the office work.

“12. That the commandment of the Lord, that the poor shall be permitted to glean after the harvesters, be accepted as giving permission to representatives of needy missionary enterprises to visit the churches and families of the brethren in well-to-do conferences, for the purpose of arousing an interest in needy missionary enterprises, and collecting money for the same. That the story of Ruth be accepted as an illustration of the spirit and methods which should be followed in that work.

“13. That, in the interest of harmony and success, the local conference presidents be consulted before gleaming is begun in any field.

“14. That, in harmony with the foregoing, the General Conference shall aid the brethren of the Southern Union Conference in the raising of funds for the following:—

“FOR THE HUNTSVILLE SCHOOL

“a. Five hundred dollars for the establishment of broom-making, carpentry, cabinet work, blacksmithing, knitting, and dressmaking.

“b. One thousand dollars for the planting and developing of a fifty-acre fruit orchard.

“c. About two thousand five hundred dollars annually, from the sale of scholarships, from donations and collections, for the support of teachers in the Huntsville school, thereby relieving the general mission fund from a corresponding burden.

“d. Funds for the building of a school home, with a department for sanitarium patients, as has been proposed by the school board, the Southern Medical Missionary Association, and the Union Conference Committee, that there may be a place and facilities for the training of colored nurses.

“H. W. Cottrell, Chairman.
“G. E. Langdon, Secretary.”

The Chair: We will now call up the unfinished business. You will remember that it was the question of removing the headquarters of the General Conference. The secretary will please read the recommendation.

(Secretary read as requested from page 67 of the “Bulletin.”)

C. W. Flaiz: I am in harmony with the first part of this recommendation. I do not see how, understanding the situation as we do, we can do anything else than act in harmony with the proposition to remove the General Conference offices from Battle Creek. However, I am not so clear with reference to the latter part of the recommendation, that the General Conference offices shall be located on the Atlantic Coast.

The Chair: Are there any further remarks?

S. H. Lane: Oftentimes when a change is made, some will say, “If I had understood fully the significance of the change. I would not have voted as I did.” And I think that, before such a move as this is made, we should understand very thoroughly every bearing of the move.

E. T. Russell: I am in favor of this recommendation to move the offices from Battle Creek. I am not sure as to whether I am in favor of their going to the Atlantic Coast or not.

Another thought that suggests itself to my mind is this: Naturally the “Review and Herald,” our denominational paper, ought to be where the headquarters go. This seems self-evident to me. I do not know who could better inspire the right kind of life in our good “Review and Herald,” a true missionary spirit, than those who are in touch with missionary problems; and therefore it seems natural to me that our denominational paper should be located where the headquarters are located; and, as has been stated, if the “Review and Herald” is taken to the Atlantic Coast, the extreme eastern portion of this continent, it would not reach the readers in the West until the news had become, to a great extent, stale, that is, a portion of it.

W. C. White: I hope I may express the few thoughts I have, without consuming too much of your time. For some years I was foreign mission secretary of the General Conference, and for some years secretary of the Foreign Mission Board, therefore have had some opportunities to study these questions; and what I say will be based upon the supposition that we all are agreed in the fact that we have a General Conference which is a world’s Conference. It was always intended to be such, yet for a time our foreign work was so little that we talked about “home work” and “foreign work;” but you remember that about six years ago we decided to drop that term “foreign,” and have been working upon the basis, for about six years, that our General Conference is a world’s Conference. Therefore I think we may safely base our propositions and our plans upon that basis.

Now, if we have a center, a headquarters, where the officers, where the secretaries and the treasurers, shall be, where correspondence shall come for the world’s work, where should it be? Should it be in the interior of one of the sections? or should it be in one of the world’s great centers of travel?

Again, in sending forth missionaries to foreign fields, nineteen-twentieths sail from New York City; and in the return of missionaries and of representatives from foreign fields to the United States. nineteen-twentieths come through New York City.

As regards the proposition that the work of our people in America is largely that of recruiting missionaries, and the advantage of a recruiting center being in the center of the territory: It is plainly evident to my mind that economy demands that the headquarters of the General Conference, operating in all the world, should be either near London or near New York. “Why would you choose New York above London?” may be asked. Because a larger number of our people are at the present time located in the United States. As to the exact location, I do not think we need to deal with this question.

The Chair: Any further remarks?

R. C. Porter: I would like to ask if we are to understand by this discussion that, if we pass this recommendation, we virtually in our minds assent that the “Review and Herald” is to go to the same place.

The Chair: I do not think we are dealing at all with the “Review and Herald.” It might go there; I wish it might; but it is not in this.

R. C. Porter: Then I would like to say a word about the proposition before us. If it is divorced from the other, I have quite different ideas toward it than if the two were to be considered

together. I have been in the East, and have seen the needs of the Eastern work. We have so many large cities all through the East that I feel ought to be considered in connection with our general work. And locating our office in that part of the field would place the general officers in touch with this needy part of the work,—the large cities. They abound in that section of the country. It was one of the greatest problems we had to face when I was there,—how to reach them. We have had our attention called again at this time in the testimony borne to us that these general men should come in touch with these cities. Being right in their midst would throw them in touch with them. They would see their needs more, and that would make it easier for them to become interested in laying plans to help develop the work in these cities. And that makes it, to me, more clear that it would be well for the General Conference offices to be located in that part of the territory, and I would therefore be in favor of that, and then sending out workers in different parts of these cities, near where the offices are located, from time to time, would certainly be a very helpful missionary work. And I say that part of it I am very clear upon, that that would be an excellent thing, but when it comes to the “Review and Herald” part, perhaps I would not be so clear upon that.

H. Shultz: I have listened to everything that has been said. There is one point that I think we ought to consider in this matter, that one speaker merely touched, and no other one touched it, and that is the expense of this thing. How much is there to be removed from Battle Creek? How much does the General Conference own there? What will they have to do with it?

R. A. Underwood: I want to suggest a few thoughts on that, one or two of which have already been mentioned. The advantage to our foreign work, to have the Mission Board in the East, is not only that they will be in touch with all the foreign mails and the point where all our missionaries, or most of them, will pass through to other countries, but there is a vast population on the Atlantic Coast of almost all these foreign fields; and it seems to me, if the Mission Board is located adjacent to New York, Philadelphia, and other large cities on the coast, they will be able to bring from the recruiting territory in the United States men of all nationalities, and they will also be able to send out, perhaps, a better class of workers, and less who will return after going abroad.

A. G. Daniells: Some minds seem to be running on the question of our debit and credit features, the question of a cash policy or debt. I would like to read these recommendations for adoption right here before we launch this other question. You will find them on page 19 of the “Bulletin.”

Now it seems to me that these recommendations give us a guiding policy, something to help us, and to lead us, and I move their adoption.

A. G. Haughey: I second the motion.

The Chair: We will waive the further consideration of the former question, and consider this question of privilege. It has been moved and seconded that these resolutions be adopted. They are open for remarks.

The question was called.

The Chair: All in favor of this question, this cash policy, please rise to your feet. (Nearly all the delegates arose.) Any opposed may manifest it by the same sign. It is carried unanimously. The other question is now called up, and open for further remarks.

Watson Ziegler: I believe, when we do anything like this we have under contemplation at this time, that we ought to have a reason for doing it. I believe that there has been a good and sufficient reason brought before us for moving the General Conference offices somewhere near the Atlantic Coast. It seems to me that the greatest reason advanced is with regard to the missionary work that we are doing, and we are going over the territory where the work has not been done.

The question was called for.

E. W. Webster: I would like to ask a question, something about the expense of this matter.

The Chair: I think we decided the financial question just a moment ago by the vote of the people. No debt will be incurred by this move.

The question was called.

The Chair: The question is called. All in favor of the motion make it manifest by the uplifted hand. Any opposed, by the same sign. It is practically unanimous. I saw but one opposing vote.

The next resolution may be reread.

The Secretary (reading): “We recommend that the General Conference Committee hereafter be the Mission Board of this denomination.”

The Chair: It is open for remarks.

W. C. White: For myself, and in behalf of the other members of the committee that passed in this recommendation, I wish to request that its consideration be deferred until other matters connected with it can be further considered.

J. E. Jayne: I second the motion.

The Chair: If there is no objection, the question will be deferred.

The secretary may read the next recommendation.

The Secretary (reading): “We recommend that the General Conference Association reduce its board of trustees from twenty-one to seven.”

The Chair: It is open for remarks.

The question was called for.

The Chair: The question is called. All in favor of the motion manifest it by the uplifted hand. Any opposed, manifest it by the same sign. The motion is carried unanimously.

Are there any other committees ready to report? What is your further pleasure?

With your consent, we will entertain a motion to adopt this last report that was read just a little while ago.

J. E. Jayne: I move its adoption.

Delegate: I second the motion.

The Chair: It is moved and seconded that this report be adopted. The question is open for remarks. The question is called.

H. Shultz: I should like to ask for information if it is proposed that this treasurer shall travel all over during the immediate time between meetings, and spend more money than he will collect.

A. G. Daniells: No, sir. It does not mean that he shall spend more money for himself on his traveling expenses than he will collect for the field. I think you will all see, after a moment’s reflection, the value of such an officer in the General Conference. I do not believe that the treasurer of this denomination ought to be simply a bookkeeper in the office. I believe that he ought to be one of the clearest-headed, natural-born business men that we have in our denomination. He should be a Christian, a man who loves God, and is full of the Holy Ghost, a man like Stephen, and he should give his time up entirely to these great interests that we have.

The question was called for, and the

motion, being put, was carried unanimously.

G. G. Rupert: Mr. Chairman, I move that we adjourn.

W. C. White: I second the motion.
W. T. Knox: I should like to crave the indulgence of the Conference, and call attention to a matter. Two important committees are each short one member, the Committee on Finance and the Committee on Institutions. The personnel of both of these committees is almost identical. Brother Parsons was chairman of one, but he has left Oakland. I should like to move, if you will allow me, that the name of C. W. Flaiz be added to both these committees.
Lewis Johnson: I second the motion.
The Chair: Are there any remarks?
The question being called, the motion was put, and prevailed.
Benediction by E. J. Waggoner.

H. W. Cottrell, Chairman.
H. E. Osborne, Secretary.

THE WORK BEFORE US

E. G. White

Talk by Mrs. E. G. White, Sunday Morning April 5

I have been carrying a very heavy burden. For the last three nights I have slept very little. Many scenes are presented to me. I feel an intense interest in the advancement of the work of God, and I say to our leading brethren, As you consider the questions that shall come before you, you are to look beneath the surface. You are to give careful consideration to every question discussed.

There is need of means in foreign missionary work and in missionary work in America. It is a painful fact than although we have had a special message for the world for so many years, there are many, many cities in which we have done nothing to proclaim this message. In the calamities that have befallen our institutions in Battle Creek, we have had

AN ADMONITION FROM GOD

Let us not pass this admonition carelessly by without trying to understand its meaning. There are those who will say. “Of course the Review Office must be rebuilt in Battle Creek.” Why did the Lord permit Jerusalem to be destroyed by fire the first time? Why did He permit His people to be overcome by their enemies and carried into heathen lands?—It was because they had failed to be His missionaries, and had built walls of division between themselves and the people round them. The Lord scattered them, that the knowledge of His truth might be carried to the world. If they were loyal and true and submissive, God would bring them again into their own land.

We have a great work before us. The needs of the field demand that there shall be liberality on the part of the people of God. I point you to the city of New York. One hundred workers might be laboring there where now there is but one. How many of you have taken a practical interest in the work in this city? We have scarcely touched this field with the tips of our fingers. A few faithful workers have been trying to do something in this great, wicked city. But their work has been difficult, because they have had so few facilities. Elder Haskell and his wife have labored faithfully. But who has felt the burden of sustaining them in their labors? Who among our leading men have visited them, to learn the needs of the work, and have then gone forth to raise means for its advancement?

Who has visited the Southern field to do something to build up the work there? Who has gone there to study its needs? Some have allowed their minds to be leavened by prejudice and distrust. Some have tried to put blocks before the wheels of progress, though again and again our brethren have been warned against doing this.

OUR MEANS NOT TO BE TIED UP IN BONDS

A proposition has been made that our people purchase sanitarium bonds. But light has been given me that means is not to be thus drawn from our people. Last night, place after place that is still unworked was presented before me. These places are all ripe for the harvest. They are calling for workers, and the means of our people is not to be tied up so that it can not be used in this work.

If all our people paid a faithful tithe, there would be more means in the treasury to support the laborers already in the field, and to send forth still more laborers into the fields that are ripe for the harvest. One of authority, who pointed out these fields to me, asked the question. Who will go forth to proclaim the message in these places? Christ’s commission is. “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

There is a great and solemn work to be done by Seventh-day Adventists if they will only be converted. The great trouble is the lack of unity among them. This is a sin in the sight of God,—a sin which, unless God’s people repent, will withhold from them His blessing. There are those who are ready to die, those who are without God and without hope in the world. These need to be sought out and labored for. We may endeavor to be faithful in our own little compass, but this is not sufficient. We are to have a faithfulness that goes outside our little compass to the needy fields beyond.

God is not pleased with the present showing. Our means is not to be bound up for years where it is not available for missionary work. This God forbids. He sees the great work to be done in various places throughout the world. He sees the cities in which memorials for Him are to be established, to proclaim the truth for this time.

Regarding investment in bonds, I am instructed to say farther that if no voice were raised against this arrangement, if our people should tie up their money in such investment, when it became necessary to call for means for aggressive missionary work, it would be found that there was a greater dearth of means among us than there is now. Plans may be started that at the beginning seem very promising, but often the foresight would be much more pleasant than the aftersight, were these plans carried out. I have been commissioned to instruct our people to be economical, and always ready to give of their means to the Lord’s work. If you have a thousand dollars to spare, God wants it; it belongs to Him. If you have twenty dollars to spare, God wants it. His vineyard is waiting to be worked.

The light that God has given me is that there are proper ways that the Conference shall devise to help the sanitarium in Battle Creek. I wish that a portion of the work of this institution had been taken elsewhere. But the sanitarium has been erected in Battle Creek, and it must be helped. God will institute ways and means by which it can be helped. But He does not wish His people to invest their money in bonds.

There is a great field to be worked. God wants us to labor intelligently. We are not to grasp every advantage that we can for the part of the field in which we are laboring. We are to do for those working in hard, needy fields just what we would like our brethren to do for us were we placed in similar circumstances. There are small sanitariums to be established in various places. Medical missionary work is the helping hand of God. This work must be done. It is needed in new fields and in fields where the work was started years ago. Since this work is the helping hand of God and the entering wedge of the gospel, we want you to understand that you are to have a part in it. It is not to be divorced from the gospel. Every soul before me this morning should be filled with the true medical missionary spirit.

I present this matter before you that you may understand that our people are not to be encouraged to tie up their money for years by the purchase of bonds. I have nothing to say in regard to the sale of these bonds to the people of the world. It is in regard to our people tying up their money that I speak particularly. It is said that only a few of our people would take the bonds. But how long would it be before the few would increase to many.

No; God wants His people to look upon the world as their great harvest field, and to use their resources in working this field.

More must be done to sustain the work in the Southern field. There are ministers there who are not properly paid, who are suffering for the comforts of life. I know this to be so. The Lord has kept the needs of this field before me all these years. He has shown me what should be done. and I dare not hold my peace. Do not all who have heard the truth belong to God? Did He not purchase all with the blood of His only-begotten Son? Did not Christ die for all? Would you wish to come into judgment having done no more than you have for the colored people? Ever since their release from slavery, God has been appealing to you to help them. Yet how little has been done for them!

Earnest efforts must be put forth to raise means to sustain our workers. God does not approve of sending men to the most difficult fields. and then not giving them enough to sustain them. God calls for equality. The workers in our institutions have no right to grasp for high wages while there are those laboring in the field who are suffering because there is not sufficient money in the treasury to sustain them.

The question has been asked, “Would it not be well to pay men of ability wages that are in accordance with their experience and ability, so as to secure the very best talent?” The most valuable workers that can be secured for service in the cause of God are those who understand and obey the word, “If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” Justice, mercy, and the love of God are to be brought more decidedly into our work.

God bids me to say to this people, “You have left your first love. You have left many fields unworked, and yet you appear to feel perfectly at ease.” Will you heed the instruction that God is sending you, and will you work upon it? God desires His work to be carried forward on solid lines. He does not want one part of His vineyard to be left destitute of facilities, while to another part many facilities are gathered.

STANDING OF SANITARIUM TO BE EXAMINED

All that is done is to be carefully done. The standing of the sanitarium is to be carefully examined. God’s people are to understand just how it is to be conducted. It is to be managed by men whose feet are firmly planted on the platform of eternal truth, so that the helpers connected with the sanitarium shall be taught how to present the gospel to people in their words and deportment. If the workers believe the truth and are in living connection with the God of heaven, Christ will appear in their lives. and souls will be won to Him.

We need to understand what our Conferences are held for, whether to talk over a few preliminaries, or to set our souls in order before God, that when we return to the work, we may carry right principles into our churches and institutions. When we remember constantly that God has taken us into covenant relation with Himself, our work in connection with His churches and institutions will be of such a character that He can say to us. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Do we not all want to hear these words?

We are not to tie up our means so that it can not be used in missionary enterprises. We are to help the fields in which the people know nothing of the truth. Those who go to these fields are to be missionaries in every sense of the word. No one man is to carry the work by himself. The different workers, with their varied gifts, are to be linked together. Let none say, We can not do anything, because a certain brother is determined to do a special work. We are not all to take hold of the same lever. There are many different levers to be worked.

God wants us to receive the holy oil from the two anointed ones, “which through the two golden branches empty the golden oil out of themselves.” And as we receive the holy oil, we are to go forth for the saving of those who are ready to die. But let us not forget that different methods are to be employed to save different ones. “Of some have compassion, making a difference; and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

When the work is done that should be done in our cities, we shall not have to present the needs of this work before every Conference that assembles. You will have a wonderful testimony to bear regarding the way the Lord has blessed you as you have tried to follow His instructions.

These things are before me day and night. I pray that our conference presidents shall be very careful how they sanction this move or that move, until they are sure that it is according to the will of the Lord. If you are not sure whether by sanctioning these moves you are helping or hindering the work of God, I beg of you to fall on your knees before God in prayer, and seek Him until you find out.

DEAL GENTLY WITH ALL

Do not cut any man’s hands. I once read of a drowning man who was making desperate efforts to get into a boat close beside him. But the boat was full, and as he grasped the side, those in the boat cut off one of his hands. Then he grasped the boat with the other hand, and that hand was cut off. Then he grasped it with his teeth, and those inside had mercy on him. and lifted him in. But how much better it would have been if they had taken him in before they had cut off his hands!

My brethren, do not cut a man to pieces before you do anything to help

him. God wants us to have hearts of pity. He wants us to have reason and judgment and the sanctification of His Spirit. He is in earnest with us. We are but His little children, and we should ever be learning of Him. Do not stand in the way of others. Do not lose your first love. You may have much knowledge and much intelligence, but if the love of God is lacking, you are not prepared to enter heaven.

I have given you the instruction that has been presented to me. I felt constrained to speak these words this morning. I beg of you, for Christ’s sake, to remember the words, “Ye are laborers together with God.” Alone you can do no good thing. Let the Spirit of God guide and control you, and you will be rich in thoughts and suggestions. You will know how to plan and work intelligently. “Ye are God’s husbandry; ye are God’s building.” Then act as if you were.

These are the words that last night I was speaking to the people. May God give us a fresh baptism of His Holy Spirit.

CONDITIONS NECESSARY TO THE FINISHING OF THE WORK

A. G. Daniells

Sermon by A. G. Daniells, Sabbath, April 4, 3 P. M.

Since our meetings opened one week ago last night, we have given a little study to the time in which we live, the message we have to give, and the special providences of God that have been brought into existence to help us to give the message.

In our study, we have found that we have reached the last days of human history. We have found from the Scriptures that, from the most ancient patriarch to the latest apostle who wrote the Word of God, all taught clearly and continuously the truth that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, would come to this earth a second time, and come as King of kings and Lord of lords.

We have found that not all in all ages have been justified in looking for this coming in their generation. Even as late as apostolic times. believers in Christ were instructed that they were not to look for the coming of Christ in their day. They were told that His coming would not take place at that time; that there were prophecies to be fulfilled, a work yet to be done, covering centuries, before the Saviour would come. It was pointed out that the man of sin should be revealed and do his work; that his power would be broken, and that that would mark the time of the end, the day of God’s preparation; that then the generation would have come that might look for Jesus Christ to come in His glory, and establish His everlasting kingdom.

We have found that the prophecies referred to have been fulfilled, that the generation has come that is to look for the coming of Christ, and proclaim that event to the world. We have also found in our study that with the coming of that generation there would be revealed a special message to be given to the world, a message that would proclaim to men of all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples that Christ is coming. We found that, when that message shall have been given to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, the end will come. Christ will leave the courts of heaven, and come to this earth for His people. We have also found that, when the generation comes that is to hear the proclamation of the Advent message and witness the coming of Christ, the work of God in the earth is to be finished in that generation, and we are justified in proclaiming to the world that there shall be delay in this work no longer.

This afternoon I wish to add one thought to this line of study, and that is this, What are the supreme conditions upon which or by which God’s people at this time shall be able to finish the work committed to them? We have for a long time been in the place, have been at the time, have been in the hour, and with the message, when the work of God is to be finished; and we have been assured that, had we done our duty fully, the message would have been given, the work would have been finished, and Christ would have come before to-day.

Brethren, none of us can see all this matter without asking ourselves the question: What is hindering this work? What is hindering it to-day? Or, in other words, What is the thing to do that will cause this people now to rise up and finish the delayed work? Is not that a question of supreme interest to every one to-day? Without casting any reflections, let us ask the question, What is required to bring an end to this thing? What is it? I will read two or three scriptures in connection with this point.

In the twenty-eighth chapter of Isaiah, beginning with the fifth verse, I read, “In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.” The remnant people have come, and now is the time for God to give the crown of glory and the diadem of beauty to His people; now is the time for Him to come forth and give the spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for a strong power to him that turns the battle to the gate. The hour has come for the battle to turn to the very gate of the enemy, and bring this controversy to the very consummation. Who is to be the strength of the remnant people in doing that?—“The Lord of hosts.”

The twenty-first verse: “The Lord shall rise up as in Mount Perizom, He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that He may do His work, His strange work; and bring to pass His act, His strange act.” What is that work that He is to do? What is that act that He is to perform? It is with and through the residue of His people, the remnant people. And what is that which is to bring this great work to an end? It has been carried on before all the nations of unfallen worlds for six thousand years, and has been going on with the living and dying here in this world for that length of time; but some day it will be consummated, thank God; some day it will be brought to an end. That will be the accomplishment of His work. His strange work, His act. His strange act, among men.

Now the same thing is presented in Romans 9:28: “For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.” The statement has come to us that the hour has come for the close of God’s work, and that there shall be delay no longer. This was first written eighteen hundred years ago, by the apostle John, and it has been revealed to us that the hour of which John spoke has come, and that no longer will there be delay in closing the work of God.

In connection with this I will read from the twelfth chapter of Ezekiel the message that comes to us with great

force. The twenty-first verse and onward: “And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God.” Is not that a precious promise made to us at this time? It gives us personal assurance; it gives us a strong assurance that God has set His hand to accomplish the work and bring to pass His act, His strange act, among the children of men.

Let us read one more scripture upon this line. Joel 2:23: “Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain.” Then, beginning with the twenty-eighth verse, we read: “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit. And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call.”

Brethren. in these scriptures that I have read we have these thoughts presented to us: First. the unqualified promise of God that His people will take hold of His work in the earth to finish it, to bring it to an end. In addition to this, we have the promise set before us of the means by which He will do it. He will give to His people what He calls “the latter rain.” We are fully assured that the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel which we have read began with Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit fell upon the apostles. The disciples, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, set before the people the fact that what then took place was the fulfillment of the words of Joel. The outpouring of the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church in that special manifestation, therefore, was the beginning of the fulfillment of these words. That was the early rain. But there is to be a latter rain. The early rain was given to cause the seed to spring up and bear fruit. The latter rain is given to ripen that fruit for the garner. The early rain came at the beginning of the dispensation; the latter rain will come at its close. Pentecost was introduced by the manifestation of the Spirit of God in mighty power in the salvation of men and the extension of the gospel; the outpouring will come again with the manifestation of the same power, but in greater extent, to close up the work, and usher in the kingdom of God.

The scriptures relating to the time of the early rain inform us that the disciples were fully instructed that they never could do the work committed to them without receiving the Holy Spirit in its fulness. They were told not to try to do their work without it. They were told to tarry in Jerusalem until they received power from on high. If we can learn anything at all from this lesson, it is this: that the people who have the closing work to do can not do it without the Spirit of God; they can not do this without the latter rain. So, in a word. the one supreme consideration, the one great requirement of the people of God to-day, is the presence, in its fulness. of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. That alone is our sufficiency. That power will fit us for service, and will give us that fitness for service that will cause us to perform the service, and to perform it in such a way that we shall finish the service that it qualifies us to perform.

So to-day our great need is the indwelling of the Spirit. Our great need is to be possessed of the Spirit of God. Let Him come and take His place in our hearts, and He will bring with Him all other blessings: all other requirements will come with Him. Why should we lose sight of this fact for a single day? Why should not every laborer keep his eyes constantly upon this great truth? Why should not this whole denomination keep its eyes upon this fact? If we should do this, it would not be long until we would receive that endowment that we require for this work. The reason we do not is because we forget this fact; we wander away from it; we fail to comply with the conditions necessary, and so we can not receive the Spirit in its fulness.

I want to read a statement that came to us as a people some years ago: “Jesus longs to bestow the heavenly endowment in large measure upon His people.” Then why not permit Him to do it? Why does He not do it? There must be some reason why He does not; there must be some cause for this failure to bestow what He longs to bestow upon His church. Who is responsible for the existence of that thing which hinders Him from bestowing the full endowment upon His church?—We are responsible. Oh, my brethren, let us take this home! We are responsible for this delay; we have cut off this blessing that hangs over our heads; we are standing in the way of the bestowal of this mighty power to qualify us for service.

This statement was given to this people more than ten years ago. These years have passed. I want to tell you that this hour to which we have come to-day is a solemn hour; this time is full of meaning. We face to-day the greatest situation that we as a people have ever faced in our history. During the last ten years Jesus Christ has been waiting to bestow this “heavenly endowment” upon His people. The message that they have had to give has been delayed, the edge of the sword has been dulled. the progress of the work has been hindered, and instead of the large increase of souls, but little in the aggregate has been accomplished. Instead of the plain. clear manifestation of the divine power in the teaching of this Word. in the giving of this message with power, there has been a very manifest tameness and weakness.

Ten years ago these expressions should have aroused this people. We should be heralding to the world in power the message that will bring men to their knees. It has lost its full, definite, specific point, and something has been taking its place in a large measure. We have been side-tracked. I believe God calls us back to give a clear.

ringing message, and do the specific work of setting this people and this whole message to their supreme place in the world. No power will ever attend this message to finish it until it is brought back and lifted up and given its supreme place in our hearts and before the world.

“Jesus longs to bestow the heavenly endowment in large measure upon His people.” Christ ascended on high, leading captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. When, after Christ’s ascension, the Spirit came down as promised, like a rushing, mighty wind, filling the whole place where the disciples were assembled, what was the effect?—Thousands were converted in a day. We have taught, we have expected, that an angel is to come down from heaven; that the earth will be lightened with his glory. Oh, may God help us to get beyond the talking of this thing!

“Then we shall behold the ingathering of souls similar to that witnessed on the day of Pentecost. But this angel comes bearing no soft, smooth message, but words calculated to stir the hearts of men to their very depths. That angel is represented as crying mightily with a strong voice, saying: ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.’ ‘Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her plagues.’ Are we indeed as human agencies to cooperate with the divine instrumentalities in sounding the message of this mighty angel who is to lighten the earth with his glory?” You know the source of these stirring words.

Here are warnings, instruction, and promises to us: “A passive piety will not answer for this time.” “The weak shall be as David. and David as the angel of the Lord.” “Then the church will possess divine vitality throughout.” The remnant that is raised up in behalf of God’s work to-day needs to be mightily vitalized, that it may strike the blow that God has lifted it to strike, that it may aim the shaft, and send it to the mark which God designs it to hit. This great controversy is not play. All heaven is pitted against the powers of darkness, and the powers of darkness are pitted with fearful earnestness against the powers of heaven. This great controversy will end in a mighty conflict and a mighty crisis, and you and I, dear friend, must stand in all the fierceness of this mighty conflict. We can not be soft, easy, passive individuals, not knowing where we stand. Men must know where they stand at this hour. Men knew at the beginning of the sixteenth-century Reformation. Luther was a man who knew about his bearings.

God says that this people must have divine vitality for the work, and He tells us that it must come with this heavenly endowment that Christ longs to bestow upon the church. “How great and widespread must be the power of the prince of evil, which can be subdued only by the mighty power of the Spirit! Disloyalty to God, transgression in every form, has spread over our world. Those who would preserve their allegiance to God, who are active in His service, become the mark of every shaft and weapon of hell.” “If those who have had great light have not corresponding faith and obedience, they soon become leavened with the prevailing apostasy; another spirit controls them.”

It is the most dangerous thing under heaven for a man to trifle with the light of heaven that God puts into his soul. Just the moment a man ceases to live up to the light, he puts himself where he will receive error into his mind and heart, and he joins the very apostasy that he was at first raised up to meet and overthrow. Christ said, “While ye have the light, believe in the light,” and “walk in the light,” lest darkness come upon you. The only security of a man in the light is to continually disseminate that light against error and apostasy.

What I have just read is a call to this people to come back and examine the pillars of their faith, examine their foundations, get their bearings, and rise up in the strength and name and power of God, and enter this conflict anew.

“Let not the fear of man, the desire for patronage, be allowed to obscure a ray of heaven’s light.” Why is that caution thrown in? Why does the Spirit of God send this warning to us?—Because we are in danger of doing that very thing.

TO TAKE OUR STAND FOR TRUTH

I read here the other morning that the people who are to stand in the midst of burnings and all-devouring fire must be a people who walk uprightly, who speak the truth, who despise the gain of deceit, and who shake their hands from holding of bribes. There are many kinds of bribes in this world, and there are many ways for a man to be bribed. There is danger of every one of us standing in that position. There is danger of the president of a conference being untrue to his duty, untrue to his work, unfaithful in the delivery of his message, for fear it will offend others, and influence votes when it comes to a critical time. There is danger of men counting influences, and standing where they can step on one side or the other, whichever one wins. God calls for men to hate all that sort of thing. He calls upon men to see right, because it is right. He calls upon men to know what is the truth, and take their stand there, even if it means death to them as a result. No man can stand through the crisis upon which we have entered until he has counted the cost, and has laid himself upon the altar for exile or for death, whatever may come. The hour has come for us to value truth for truth’s sake. And when I speak of truth, I speak of God’s truth as revealed to this people in the third angel’s message, the whole truth that God has revealed to make this a peculiar people, to go to the world, to save a perishing world in the last hours of human history.

The hour has come for God to finish His work in the earth. There is one Sabbath-keeper in the United States for every 1,300 of the people who do not know and believe this truth. How long would it take this body of people to go to all the people of this country and give them a clear, full opportunity to know this message?—It could be done inside of twelve months, easily enough. If we had but a single year in which to live, we would do it inside of a year.

Let us rise up and do the work in the name of God. Let us pray for this heavenly endowment that Jesus longs to bestow upon us in large measure. “The Lord God of hosts will be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the remnant of His people, and for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment. and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.” God grant that He may be that to this people indeed and in truth.

We must not absorb in a few places all the money in the treasury, but must labor to build up the work in many places.—Testimonies, vol. 7.

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