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General Conference Bulletin, vol. 7

June 2, 1913 - NO. 15


Published by
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

Editorial committee: W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson. Office editors: C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler. Copy editor: Mrs. C. M. Snow.

Application made for entry as second-class matter at the post-office at Washington, D. C., under the act of Congress of March 3, 1879.

DAILY PROGRAM (Except Sabbath)

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

A. M.
Devotional Meetings (in
Bible Study8:30—9:30
P. M.
Departmental Meetings
(in sections)
Missionary Talks and Other
Services (in big tent).4:30—5:30
Public Service7:30—9:00

The Sermon - “BE YE ALSO READY”


Sabbath, May 31, 10:30 A. M.

It has seemed to me this morning, the third Sabbath of the encampment, that I should talk about the things of our work and faith and hope, not perhaps in the way of a sermon, but rather with an effort to express the feelings of our hearts in response to the calls of this Conference for the consecration of our lives to God. Surely these two weeks and more that we have been together have brought to us a call for the consecration of life and soul and service such as never came to us before.

I will take a text from the seventeenth of Revelation, in which the prophet is speaking of the controversy between Christ and the powers of earth in the very last days. He says:—

“These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” Verse 14.

Well may we thank God for the pictures that he has given to us in the sure word of prophecy. In holy vision the prophet was shown the great controversy in the days when the apostasy was persecuting the church, and seeking to stamp the truth out of sight. And the prophet saw the witnesses for God triumphing over all the power of the enemy. He saw them overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, loving not their lives unto the death.


Wesley’s Motto: “The World Is My Parish.”

O that the world might taste and see
The riches of his grace
The arms of love that compass me
Would all makind embrace.”

—Wesleyan Hymns.

Again, as the prophet was given a view of the last work of God on earth, he saw the advent message being carried by that people keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. He beheld that people in controversy with the beast and its image. He saw that message spreading to every land; and then he beheld the coming of Christ to reap the harvest of the earth. Then the next thing he saw that same company of people standing on the sea of glass in the kingdom of God, triumphant over the beast and its image.

Brethren and sisters, this movement is going through into the kingdom. This movement, born of God, is to sweep in through the gates into the city; for in holy vision the prophet saw the movement ending on the sea of glass before the throne of God. Thank God for the cheering pictures given us in the sure word of prophecy. Men can fight with good courage, when they are sure of winning the victory. We know by the sure word that this advent movement that calls us together is sure to triumph. The infallible Word of God declares it. It is a blessed movement to be connected with. And the family of believers in the blessed hope is a good family to belong to. It is the same all over the wide world. It matters not to what country or nation one may go, he finds Seventh-day Adventist believers just the same,—the same key-note in their testimony, the same hope inspiring their lives.

In visiting various lands, I always want to learn first of all the two words “brother” and “sister.” In every tongue on earth, so far as I know, those two words have a sweet and tender sound. If I can do no more, I like to say “brother,” “sister,” for it expresses the fellowship we have in this blessed hope of soon meeting Jesus. I was with Brother Raft attending a meeting in Finland. One Finnish brother had come in from the country for a first meeting with our people. He had greatly enjoyed the conference. After the meeting, I met this new brother on the street. He was on his way to his home in the interior, and I on my way out of the country. He could not speak and I could not speak. We looked at one another, we hardly knew how to separate; I was surprised into losing my brief vocabulary. But suddenly I remembered that word “brother.” That was all I knew of Finnish, but I thanked God for that word. Tears filled his eyes, and my own, and we bade one another good-by, to meet, I hope, at Jesus’ feet. But up and down this world of ours a people is gathering, of many tongues, of many races, but they are all one people. Around this whole earth, in these many tongues, the prayer is going up to God, that last prayer of the Bible, “Even so, come [quickly], Lord Jesus.” Brethren and sisters, when the Lord has a people in every nation and tongue praying that prayer, he will answer it, and he will come quickly.

It is a blessed thing to belong to this family. The world may despise those who turn aside from the ways and the customs of the world, just as in the early days of Methodism those Methodist believers were despised and ridiculed. Lady Huntington, over a hundred years ago, had found the salvation of her soul

in the Methodist revival. She tried to bring influential friends among the nobility to the little meeting-place in Fetter Lane, London. She brought the duchess of Buckingham to the meeting once, and tried to get her to come again. But the duchess wrote that she could not see how her ladyship could go to a place where they taught that people of position were just as sinful as the poor wretches of the streets. But Lady Huntington counted it the highest honor to be among the despised children of God. She it was who gave us the hymn, -.

“I love to meet among them now.
Before thy righteous throne to bow,
Though weakest of them all;
Nor can I bear the piercing thought
To have my worthless name left out
When thou for them shalt call.”

It does not matter what the world may offer; the best thing, the sweetest thing, the truest thing on earth, is to have a part with the people of God.

At a court function a titled lady was asked by the Prince of Wales (later George the Third of England) where the Countess of Huntington was. “O,” the lady said, “I suppose she is some-where praying with her beggars!” “Ah,” the prince said, shaking his head, “I think that when I come to die, I would be very glad to hold the hem of Lady Huntington’s mantle!” For the highest in the world, for the poorest and simplest on earth, there is this precious gift from God, above all earthly cost or price. Some time ago, a German countess died in a hospital ward. She sent word to the little company of believers to which she belonged, that she died a Seventh-day Adventist, in the blessed hope of the first resurrection. That was worth more to that sister on the hospital cot than all the titles or the honor the world could give.

It matters not who it is; this hope is just as precious to the simplest on earth as the highest on earth. Last winter Brother Westphal and I visited the Indian mission on Lake Titicaca, in South America. Somehow, it seemed to me it was more into the wilds than I had ever been before. Brother Stahl told us of a young Indian girl, Marie, who had been constant in attendance at the meetings, a bright, sweet-faced girl. Sister Stahl had hoped to train her as a nurse and fellow worker. Suddenly Marie stopped coming. One Sabbath passed, another. Neither on Sabbath nor on week-day did she come to the mission, over that journey of nine miles from her village home. Then Brother and Sister Stahl went to the village to find out what had kept Marie; for her friends had all along been trying to persuade her not to come. They found her in a little hut, dying with the smallpox. She was able to recognize them. She wanted them to sing one of the hymns sung at the mission. And so in the little hut they sang one of the hymns of the kingdom, Marie with her parched and swollen lips trying to join in it. And then she said to them in whispers: “I am so glad you came to Peru. I know I am going to die, but I am not afraid to die. Before you came I would have been afraid; now I am not afraid; for I know that Jesus will take me when he comes.” And so Marie died in the blessed hope. What the saving grace of Jesus did for her, it is doing for souls in every land where the message of salvation goes. There is no difference.

The psalmist says, “I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.” Psalm 87:4. It was a great thing to be an Egyptian in the days of Egypt’s power. The Babylonian walked the earth with a proud heart; he belonged to Babylon, that ruled the world. Just so today, it is a great thing in each country to be a citizen of that country. But says the psalmist, “Of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the Highest himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there.”

Thank God for the new birth, Brethren and sisters, that second birth from heaven above, that makes us one in the citizenship of Zion. It matters not where a man may be born on this earth—everything depends upon that second birth from above. That makes us one family round the whole circle of the earth, the family of believers in the blessed hope! I thank God for the fellowship of the saints in Christ Jesus, for the brotherhood in service and in devotion, that God’s Spirit puts into the hearts of his children here below. We differ in temperament, and in our ways; but we all meet at Jesus’ feet in devotion to this blessed truth that God has given to us. We are going together into heaven in just a little time, in through the gates into the city. [Many amens.] I thank God that he is to give to us the spirit and the love of heaven to help us on our way to the gates of the city.

It seems to me, as never before, we must determine to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace and love till Jesus comes. [Amens.] In every church, in every conference, in every committee, we are brought together in common service. We have different ways of doing things, and ofttimes there are different ways of doing things. The right way for one man to do a thing is sometimes not the right way for another man to do it. Naturally we all think our way is the only way. After arguing for my way strenuously, I have often been surprised to see how well the way of the brethren came out, after all. It seems to me, in these days that lie before us, of strenuous activity, where the whole church must be aquiver with energy for the doing of the last work on earth, we need, as never before, to be cemented together in the bonds of fellowship in the love of Christ.

Years ago, in London, I used to go down to the house of Parliament at times, and sit in the strangers’ gallery. I have seen Mr. Gladstone on one side of the house, and Mr. Balfour on the other, differing with one another in politics, declaiming against one another’s positions with all the energy of skilled minds. You would have thought, to listen, that they would be deadly enemies after the controversy was over; but everybody knew that the moment the Parliament was out, those two men might be going down the street arm in arm, bosom friends. Certainly if two English gentlemen, moved by common courtesy, could do that, Christian workers ought to learn to differ and be kind. The Christian should learn to argue sternously for the things that his convictions tell him are right, and yet to love his brother who cannot see it just as he does. O, how much trouble would be saved in churches, in conferences, in all our work, if, above everything else, we maintained the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord!

I read this counsel, that applies to us as preachers, who must often give counsel to others in trial: “Behold, thou hast instructed many, and thou hast strengthened the weak hands. Thy words have upholden him that was falling, and thous hast strengthened the feeble knees. But now it is come upon thee, and thou faintest.” Job 4:3-5.

As ministers, as officials, as workers, we must bring ourselves in subjection to the love of Christ, as little children, that when the trials come to us, we may keep the love of God and the love of the brethren in our hearts, just as we expect the brethren in the churches to do. That is the greatest thing in the world. It takes more of the grace of God to keep one’s sins forgiven than it does to lead a conference. He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he that taketh a city. When the Lord’s honor-roll is opened, the first shall be last and the last first, and we shall see as heaven sees.

What are, after all, the greatest triumphs of the grace of God in the human heart? The apostle says that though we speak with the tongues of men and of angels and have not love, it is only as sounding brass; though we have the gift of prophecy, and understand all knowledge, and have not love, it is nothing. But I do thank God that the choicest gifts of heaven are for all. The simplest things are the richest things, and the president of a union conference or of the General Conference can know no deeper joy than fellowship with Jesus in the forgiveness and cleansing from sin; and the simplest believer on earth may have the same blessed experience.

Luther, you remember, leading the work in those strenuous days of the Reformation, was tempted of the devil in a very real way. Once the devil showed to him a list of his sins, and he said, “You pretend to be leading a reformation: look at this and see what a sinner you are!”

What did Luther say? Ah, he did not say: “Go away. I am a great reformer. I am doing a great work for God. Go away!” No, sir; he said, “That’s true, I have to confess it; but the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son cleanseth me from all sin!”

That is the thing that makes the heart of the worker strong and of good courage. It is that experience that keeps the lone missionary true away in the far places of earth, cut off from association with others,—the knowledge that the Lord Jesus has forgiven his sins, and that the Lord loves his poor soul.

Who is it that loves most?—The one to whom most is forgiven. Would we have a deeper measure of the love of Christ in our hearts, O, let us drink of the forgiving grace of Jesus! Too often we are weak in the power of his love because we receive too little of his forgiving grace. I thank God that we can be saved from our sins. I thank God that we can get down before Jesus and ask him, like little children, to forgive our sins, to wash our hearts and make them clean in the blood of the Lamb.

It is said of John the Baptist, “There was a man sent from God, whose name

was John.” It is a good place to come from—from God, from divine presence, to the work. Brethren and sisters, every day of our lives let us determine that, by the grace of God, it shall be said that we have come from God to the work to which he has called us. [Many amens.]

Brother Farnsworth spoke last night regarding the necessity as well as the privilege of prayer, and we said, Amen. But, brethren, few, perhaps, there are who do not have to confess neglect of prayer. Somehow, it seems to me the very surety of this truth is, in a way, a snare to us. We feel, “The work will triumph; prophecy will be fulfilled; God will do it.” But, brethren and sisters, if we triumph with it, we will have to know the meaning of that verse which says that as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. The Lord says of the closing part of his work: “I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will cry like a travailing woman; ... I will make waste mountains and hills.... And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; ... I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight.” Isaiah 42:14-16. We have reached the time when God is to do his mighty work quickly; and those who are with him in the triumph will know the labor and the struggle and the wrestling and the praying as the work is done. So, day by day, may it be said that we shall come as John did, from God to the work to which he has called us; and then the power and blessing of God will fill our own lives with tender love for others.

Love teaches the way. I know of no better illustration of that truth than the incident of the little girl who came home from school one day, and said, “Mama, Marie said I helped her so much today.” Marie was a little schoolmate who had just lost a baby brother. The mother said, “What did you say to Marie?” The little girl replied: “I did not say anything. I did not know what to say; but when Marie put her head down on the desk, and cried, I put my head down and cried with her. And Marie said I had helped her so much.” Ah, the love in that little girl’s heart taught her just the right thing to do! Love teaches the way. O brethren and sisters, as workers, as believers, more than any eloquence of lip do we need the gift of loving hearts. So loving others, and loving one another, this denomination bearing the last message to the world, is to go forward in its work.

We have just elected leaders for three great bodies, the General Conference, and the European and North American divisions. In our meeting we pledged ourselves to stand by the efforts of those men whom we ourselves have chosen to lead us in the work and service of God under him. We would have done it just the same whoever might have been put in those same positions. But that principle goes back to the local conference and to the church, does it not? Whomsoever God may call in conference or church, or any other organization, let us join him in the name of the Lord Jesus for the doing of the work. There was never a perfect church elder on earth, save our Elder Brother, the great shepherd of the flock. There was never a perfect conference president on earth; but, thank God, he can use human agencies for the doing of his work. And, brethren and sisters, we will stand by one another in the service of God, shoulder to shoulder, pushing the work of God to the finish, and get into the kingdom in just a little time.

Some of the best church testimony meetings I have enjoyed were meetings in which we said, “Now to-night we will not talk of our love for God, but we will talk of our love for one another.” It is a good thing to talk about it now and then, brethren, and the love will grow as we talk, and the Lord will unite the hearts of his people in service.

What kind of people will finish the work? We read in Isaiah of the last days, “The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.” Isaiah 52:10. The first verse of this chapter reads, “Awake! awake! put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.” Then again, “Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; ... be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.” That is a description of the advent people in the finishing of the work, is it not? When the Lord takes away the reproach of his people, when he cleanses our hearts from all unrighteousness, and our hearts are circumcised; when all confidence in the flesh is cut away, and we are made clean to bear the vessels of the Lord,—then it is that God’s arm is made bare in the sight of all the nations, and quickly all flesh shall see the salvation of our God.

Why, it is a fact, brethren, that this work of ours may close up any year in which God, in his infinite wisdom, shall see fit to finish the work. Let us never make the mistake of putting the time away off yonder, as though it would take the Lord so many years to do the work. We do not know anything about God’s way of finishing this work. We know this, that when the time comes, he will finish it. Until that time we must press on under the great commission, working with all our might, if we are to be saved when he does finish it. We do not know when we come up to these quadrennial meetings what the future has in store for us. Naturally, not a soul knows that he will ever attend another conference; but, more than that, we do not know any time when we get together in these meetings, whether the next General Conference may not be the general assembly of the church of the First-born in heaven. We cannot tell.

But in the finishing of this work, a people cleansed from sin, bearing the vessels of the Lord, will spread out to all the world, carrying the message of salvation. And, brethren and sisters, from this Conference we go to this work. And the message is, “Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.” Are we ready for God to say that henceforth none that are not clean shall have part in his work? In our own hearts let us say, “The Lord make me clean; make me clean now; just now, Lord, cleanse who are to do the work; and of the Lord, and have part in the closing work.” For it is those that are cleansed who are to do the work; and it is those who do the work that are to be saved when Jesus comes.

Ah, then, the line is not drawn merely when probation closes! It is drawn right here in our assemblies. We must settle it now. If we are to have a part in God’s work, we must put away all sin, and then we can come “from God” to the people with the message of God.

It does seem to me that we Seventh-day Adventists are prone to make a mistake just here. I have seen this in my own experience. Somehow our hope of the coming of the Lord just a little away over yonder, almost unconsciously leads us to plan that we will be ready when he comes. But, brethren and sisters, the only safety on earth is to be ready now, and keep ready. How may we have any assurance of being ready when probation closes?—The only assurance we can have is to be ready now, and keep ready by the grace of God. It is fatal to say, “Away yonder, when probation closes, I will have done with these little things that hinder my experience, and I will be ready then.” That is a fatal mistake. The word from God is NOW, now to know that our sins are forgiven, and that in Jesus Christ we are accepted of God, and rejoice in his saving grace. “Be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord.”

The apostle has given us counsel for these stormy times that are before us. Speaking of the days when false teaching had overthrown the faith of some, he said: “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19. In a time of confusion, in a time of trial, what is the word?—

“The foundation of God standeth sure. It never shakes; it never totters. Then put away sin; keep your sins forgiven.”

We have seen crises in which strong men took the wrong road when simple mothers in Israel, simple believers, could see the right road clearly. Put away iniquity; keep the heart pure and clean before God, so that we can be led of God in the right way. The clean heart perceives more clearly than the keen mind and clever head.

In the olden days, when the Lord’s people were being sent into Babylon, two men of the captivity were not walking right with God. The Lord said of them: “Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes; and of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in the fire; because they have committed villainy in Israel; ... even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:21-23.

That was in the early days of the captivity. Two men of Israel had done wrong in their private life. It was not generally known, but the Lord said, I know; I am a witness. And when their time of trial came, Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, threw them into a fiery furnace, and they were roasted to death. A few years after that three young men, also of the captivity, who had refused to bow down to the graven image, were brought before the same king Nebuchadnezzar. The king said, You have disobeyed. If you do not bow down and serve my gods, I will cast you alive into the fiery furnace. He had roasted two men in a furnace before; and he said, “Who is that God that shall deliver you out of my

hands?” But those three young men had clean hearts, and they said, If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and from the wrath of the king; but whether he deliver us or no, be it known unto thee, O king, we will not bow down nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. And they were cast into the fiery furnace. But God was with them in the trial. The form of the fourth was seen walking with them amid the flames.

Ah, brethren and sisters, in the time of trial before us, if God gives to us the cleansing by the blood of Jesus, he will walk with us in the fiery trials, and all the power of earth can go no further than the guiding hand of God permits! And the people of God will do the work of witnessing, and we will see the Lord Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven.

But it all turns upon this word. “now.” Today every soul of us is to know that every sin is forgiven. That is the message of God. “Behold, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2. Put with that another text, “And he said, Tomorrow.” Exodus 8:10. Who was it said “tomorrow”?—Pharaoh. Moses said, When shall I entreat the Lord for thee? When will you make this right with God. And Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow.” But the Spirit of God says, “Today.” It is the only time we have to make the life right with God. And, brethren and sisters of the Seventh-day Adventist people and of the blessed hope, preachers and people, our only safety is in keeping the record right day by day.

A few years ago the word came to us through the testimonies of the spirit of prophecy, that in these last hours of the judgment in heaven, no one should go to sleep at night without knowing that it is all right between the heart and God. We must not run long accounts with our failings. The instant sin appears in the life, that instant it is to be confessed and forgiven, and day by day we must keep right with God, ready to meet him should he call us in death, ready to do his work should he give us more work for him to do. The message is not, Get ready; it is, Be ready. I will read it to you in the Saviour’s words. Speaking of these last days, speaking to Seventh-day Adventists, saying, “Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come,” he says, “Therefore be ye also ready.” Matthew 24:44. That is the message,—every day to be ready for the coming of the Lord.

And, brethren and sisters, with sins forgiven, with hearts made clean by the blood of Jesus, we may know that we are ready. That does not mean that Christian experience is ended. It does not mean that there is nothing more to attend to; but it does mean that we are accepted of God; that Jesus has forgiven our sins; that we belong to him. We must know that every day, and be ready every day of our lives.

This parable of the ten virgins is spoken to Seventh-day Adventists, surely; for in the time of waiting, when some are saying, “My Lord delayeth his coming,” “then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,” who “went forth to meet the bridegroom.” Matthew 25:1. Five were wise, and five were foolish. The bridegroom tarried, and they fell asleep. Suddenly the cry was raised, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh.” Then all arose. They all had lamps, and their lamps were just alike. The form was all right. But only five of them had oil in their lamps. They had all intended to be ready; but when the cry was raised, “He is coming,” only five were ready; the others said, “We will get ready at once;” and they went quickly to get ready; but “while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.” Who went in?—“They that were ready.” Those that were getting ready were left out. Only those who were ready went in. How did they come to be ready?—They were ready all the time. They kept ready. And that parable is for us in the waiting time. O brethren and sisters, our only safety is to keep our lives right with God day by day, so that whether he calls us in death, or whether he gives us life until probation closes, we may be found in him, ready.

Here, today, with this vast multitude, how is it? How does the record stand with heaven? Are you ready? If any soul has one shadow of uncertainty, in the name of Jesus, make it right today. How?—“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Let us do it, brethren and sisters.

In western New York I met a sister who was a little girl in the days of ‘44. Her father was an Adventist believer. She told me that on that tenth day of the seventh month, when they expected Jesus to come in the clouds of heaven, the father and the mother and the children were out on the lawn, watching the sky. At last the sun was setting—and the Saviour had not come. Troubled thoughts were in the father’s heart; but just then the rays of the setting sun lighted up a cloud on the horizon, and it shone like burnished silver and gold. The father sprang to his feet and clapped his hands, crying, “O praise the Lord, our Saviour is coming!”

Ah, brethren and sisters, he was ready! Suppose that cry were raised today on the outskirts of the camp, “He is coming!” Is there anything that ought to be made ready? Would there be any one found on the camp not ready? O brethren, just as much as though we knew the next instant that cry would be raised, today is the day to make ready, to make sure that we have broken every band that binds us. With so many of us our wills are like wild colts, unbroken. We have sometimes brought our wills almost to the point of breaking, and yet reserved just enough to keep us in perpetual trouble. Let us break these wills of ours before God in absolute, unconditional surrender; and we will let the Lord Jesus have us just as we are, without one plea, save that his blood was shed for us. Let every heart make sure that it is done.

We will close the meeting with prayer, asking Elders Farnsworth and Haskell to lead us in spreading our needs and our burdens before the Lord. And, brethren and sisters, as they pray, let us lay every burden down. Make the surrender complete,—ourselves, our wills, thing up to Jesus,—our children, our everything up to Jesus,—our children, our families, our work. We will surrender all. In every meeting, we know, there are hearts that long for united prayer for dear ones not yet in the ark of safety. Thank God, he does hear his people pray. At one camp-meeting, a German mother said, “Pray for my boy; he is going away from home this week, and that means into the world.” And the entire congregation prayed for that boy. Before the meeting was over, the mother had a letter saying, “Mother, as I was going down the street the other day, I decided I would not leave home. I have changed my mind. You will find me when you come back.” That mother believes God hears prayer.

Last summer, at the Glendale (California) camp-meeting, Brother Andross had made a call for surrender. Many had given their hearts to God. After the meeting was over, a young woman came to me and said, “Do you remember six years ago, at a Minnesota camp-meeting, a little girl stood up and asked prayer for her father?” (I was just able to remember the little girl standing in a large congregation, and the childish voice asking us to please pray for her papa.) “Well,” she joyfully said, “He has come today. Today he has made his surrender.” Brethren and sisters, we will just hold on. First of all, are there parents who want these brethren and the great congregation, to especially remember wandering children before the Lord in prayer? You may stand up in place of your children here today. [Many stood.] You have registered that request before God in heaven. The Lord has so many angels; he can send an angel today to those children, to bring to them some message from heaven, to turn and live.

[As other calls were made, many stood to ask prayer for parents, for husbands, for wives, and for parents, for husbands, Many stood also for personal victory and full surrender, the laying down of every burden of unrest, the laying aside of every hard feeling toward any soul on earth, the giving up of every wrong thing. Elders Farnsworth and Haskell led the congregation in prayer.]

Conference Proceedings. TWENTY-SIXTH MEETING

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson

June 1, 10 A. M.

I. H. Evans in the chair.

N. Z. Town offered prayer.

Chas. Thompson: Two delegates from the Northern Union, Dr. C. W. Heald and J. W. McComas, have had to return home. Our committee has taken action substituting as delegates B. A. Wolcott, educational secretary of Iowa, and Sister J. W. Dorcas, of Iowa.

The Conference voted to seat these delegates.

The report of the committee on plans (page 217 of the BULLETIN) was called up, and recommendation 19 was discussed.

H. W. Carr: Item 4, under recommendation 19, reads: “That candidates for the ministry be encouraged to take a course of study in one of our training-schools, as a necessary preparation for their work.” Do we understand that any candidate for the ministry shall be instructed that it is necessary for him to take a course in one of our training-schools before he will be encouraged to enter the ministry?

In brief discussion of the wording of the recommendation, it was agreed that the wording of two items should be as follows:—

(1) That those who are ordained to

preach the word devote themselves as fully as possible to the work of the gospel ministry.

(4) That candidates for the ministry be encouraged to take a course of study in one of our training schools, for a better preparation for their work.

A. G. Daniells: I think it ought to be made plain, in our advocacy of the ministry devoting itself to the ministry, that the work of a conference president is the work of the gospel ministry. When we have our conference work outlined so that the conference is a great evangelical board, and that is the aim and purpose,—then it is just as proper for the minister to act as president of the conference as anything else; and while doing that work he can advance the work of the ministry, preaching the fairs. gospel and doing all that he is called to do in the supervising way. Now, we must all admit that if today we had laymen, business men trained for the work, to take the chairmanship of our institutional boards, it would be far better to have matters so arranged than to tie our ministers up on the detail administrative work on those boards. That is my conviction.


Luther preached the Word, and the Word wrought the Reformation.

I do not think that we can make this change suddenly. But there is one thing certain the messages that have come to us through the spirit of prophecy urge us to train business men, men of business talent and ability, to look after the business interests of this denomination, so that ministers shall not be called away from the preaching and from the ministry to attend so largely to business affairs. I understand that is what section five looks to. Surely that is a proper thing for this denomination to begin now to do. We are full late enough in passing an emphatic recommendation of this sort. It must be understood that this change can not be made fully this year, nor the next year. But we have business men on the General Conference Committee who are not ordained ministers, but are earnest Christians, men of sound business ability, and they are managing business affairs, and it is far better to have these men doing the work than to place these detail administrative burdens upon ministers.

God has given us hundreds of men of good talent and ability for business affairs and administration, who are not gifted for public speaking, but they are thinkers, they are plodders, they are splendid, hard-working men at the desk, and they can get around quickly and look after business interests. The strength of the denomination lies in the ministry giving itself to the work of the ministry, and drawing in this great, splendid body of laymen of business acumen to look after our institutional administrative affairs.

I may say that during the last quadrennial period this matter has been forcibly brought to my personal attention. Four years ago Sister White, who was here, carried a very heavy burden with reference to what we call our city work, and there was a call made for greater effort in behalf of our populous cities. During the Conference I could not understand what was meant exactly, and for a long time afterward I did not know what was meant. I favored voting more money to the city work; I favored calling some more preachers from the west’ to these large cities. But that did not meet the necessities of the work. The messages still kept coming to me with reference to this city work, and reproving me for not doing more. I did not know how to do more. I did not know just what was meant. But the message kept coming closer and closer, and finally I came to the place where I did not see what more I could do unless I should go into city work myself. Now, as we counseled and planned, the matter opened up like this, and word came from Sister White that helped to make the matter plain. It was to entrust to others a greater amount of the administrative work of the General Conference, and turn my attention in a large measure to problems connected with the evangelical work in our cities. I accepted it.

I met with the committee, and laid before them this matter. They accepted it, and they endeavored to relieve me of some of the details I had been carrying, and they withdrew some of my appointments to go abroad, and arranged for me to go spend the summer in New York City and Boston. So we endeavored to carry out the counsel that came to let the men in the General Conference whose business it was to look after the details, take part of my work, and they did it; and I went to New York City. And I want to tell you, my brethen, from the day I turned my face toward New York, I received a new blessing of God in my heart and my mind; and I want to say that the past three years have been the most precious to me of the twelve years I have been in General Conference administration. I want to bear that testimony, and I want to tell you that it has impressed my mind that I must steadily Press

toward this thing of passing on to other brethren these details of administration that they can do as well as I can, and yoke up with my brethren in the ministry in lifting our ministry to a higher plane of efficiency and to the point of becoming stronger preachers.

I tell you, brethren, you presidents of conferences, you are in danger of losing the real refreshing, life-giving power as ministers, because you are so wrapped up with administrative business details. I have gone over the ground myself in the local conference and the union conference and the General Conference. I do not say that the preachers should not be presidents of conferences. I believe in it; but I believe, my brethren, that just as fast as as you can, you should entrust all that pertains to business,—the buying and selling and the care of tents and the details of administration—put these things into the hands of treasurers and secretaries, and helpers, and give yourselves more fully to the work of the ministry. [Voices: Amen! Amen!] I stand for this, that the presidents of conferences should, above all things, be leaders among the preachers of the conference in evangelistic, soul-winning labor. And if there is anybody at the camp-meeting who ought to step in at the revival, who ought to encourage the discouraged, and the suffering, and to lift the people up spiritually, it is the president of the conference.

I know that you must have time for Bible study and prayer. One cannot go from the wearing consideration of business perplexities, and in an instant jump right into good evangelistic preaching work. What this recommendation means, as I understand it, is to distribute these things, so as to give our conference presidents more time to devote to the ministry. And I believe there is a reformation for us to make.

E. E. Andross: I want to say to the delegates that I am in full accord with the plan proposed in this resolution, and have been personally trying to labor to this end. I have labored earnestly to build up the ministry. I believe a minister is ordained to preach the word, and not to go off on a farm or engage in other matters part of the time. But, further, I believe that the minister is called to stand at the head of the conference just as much as he is called to preach the word, and in doing so he is not cutting himself off from the ministry or the preaching of the word. I fully believe that the Lord would have at least a fair representation of ministers on the conference committee. I believe none are so well fitted to direct the minister in his work as those engaged in the ministry. I think we ought to lift the standard higher, until we can have an efficient corps of ministers all over the land.

W. J. Fitzgerald: When I first was called to the presidency of a conference, I considered that my part was to manage matters so as to keep myself busy coming in contact with the workers, visiting the churches, and doing administrative work. That idea clung to me until five years ago, when I went to the British Union. Coming in contact with our brethren in committee work, I found that the European Union Conference presidents and local conference presidents considered that it was their business to manage their church work and direct the companies of workers so that they might be able to conduct public efforts. I considered it my first duty, however, to leave all this, until I had become thoroughly acquainted with the working of things. I was very reticent about the matter of engaging in public effort. I was rather afraid of adding to my duties that kind of work. But I found that when we had companies of workers together and I talked to them about doing things more vigorously along certain lines, now and then I would hear a gentle whisper, “You may have held public meetings before you were president of a conference in America, but you do not know how it is done here. You can not give us suggestions.” When I heard Brother Conradi say repeatedly that the presidents in the British field ought also to conduct public efforts, I made up my mind that was the only right policy. It has been my privilege during the five years connected with that work to conduct three public efforts. Since conducting those efforts, I am sure that the ministers and workers in the conference have had more confidence in what I said to them concerning public work. Now I have come to the conclusion that it would work a marvelous reformation throughout our conferences if the presidents of the conferences would conduct at least one or two public efforts annually.

I. H. Evans: I would like to call attention to a man who has done this kind of work, who, as president of a conference, has conducted public efforts. I would like to hear Elder Geo. I. Butler speak on this question, because I know he has had some experience.

G. I. Butler: I do not know what spirit brought this into my brother’s mind to think of me, but I was thinking of this thing quite seriously myself. I want to refer to an interesting item connected with the history of our people. It was the Snook-Brinkerhoof rebellion in Iowa. When these two men left the truth, they took with them a number of our people. I was put in as the successor of Mr. Snook, but had had no experience as a preacher. I had been a farmer for two years previous to the time I was elected to this office. But it seemed to me that it was a sensible thing for a man occupying a leading position to do all he could to bring souls to the truth. I remained president of that conference for eight years, and was then called to the General Conference. During that time we had been blessed by God in our conference work; and my experience in public work dates back to this great pullback we had from the apostasy of these two men. These men and their followers had discarded the testimonies. But God blessed us greatly, and we labored successfully in getting the people to return to the testimonies. I think there was the most rapid growth in that conference that I have ever seen in any conference in my experience.

After the early spring meetings, which were conducted in May, we had to plan for the summer. I had a fellow laborer with me, Elder Canright. We labored in several places, and scarcely ever failed to leave a church where we labored. I became very much interested in this kind of work, and preferred to engage in public work rather than do anything else in the field. Of course, I tried to discharge my other duties the best I could along with the public work. I would say in closing that I am getting to be pretty old, seventy-eight, but I have a longing in my heart to give myself wholly to lecturing in the field.

I. H. Evans: Elder Haskell has been called for.

S. N. Haskell: I do not know how I can help the discussion very much. I will only say this, that I was not licensed until I had gone around and labored continually, and we came up to 1869. The first camp-meeting was held in New England. There were no ministers in the Vermont and Maine Conferences, only a First-day Adventist preacher who later embraced the truth. This man, Rodman, and I had made up our minds we would go into the field. But we had no money with which to purchase a tent. So we decided we would buy a tent and pay for it after we had raised up a company of Sabbath-keepers. We were allowed three months to pay for it, and we believed that we would have enough church members to help pay for it by that time. However, when I got around to this camp-meeting, to my surprise, they recommended that I be ordained to the ministry and elected to the presidency of the conference. But here we had our tent on our hands. Both Brother Rodman and I agreed that we would not give up our tent, but would continue to preach. So we pitched the tent in Westerly, R. I.; and as a result, a company was brought out, and the child of one of those families has been president of conferences since that time. The Lord surely blessed us in our work there. And I believe it is the spirit of the message; it is to get the truth to the people, to win souls; and any minister or president of a conference, or any person professing to be a minister, who loses that spirit, has lost his message, and he had better quit, and get the message again, or go to some other work.

E. W. Farnsworth: I believe all that has been said on this subject this morning; but it has not all been said yet, in behalf of the presidents of our conferences. If a man is going to be president of a conference, he has got to do some visiting; he must visit his churches, at least I have always found it so.

Geo. I. Butler: We used to do that in the winter, when we could not get out with the tent, you know.

E. W. Farnsworth: Yes; but when you have a conference with sixty or seventy churches or more on your hands, and you have twelve or thirteen weeks in the winter to visit them, you cannot get around. If you hold a series of meetings or two, you will find that you will have to delegate the visiting of churches to somebody else. Generally speaking, the churches want to see the president of their conference at least as often as once a year. The most severe criticism I have ever had in regard to my labor as president of a conference was that I did not get around frequently enough to visit the churches. They demand that we shall visit them. But when most of the president’s time is taken up in carrying on tent-meetings, it is an absolute impossibility for him to visit his churches, if he has a conference of any size. Further than that, there are many of our churches in later times that have got so that they actually demand a pastor to be with them all the time. I suppose we have half a dozen or more churches in our California Conference that think they can hardly get along without a pastor. And they bring tremendous pressure to bear. They talk of the great number of inhabitants they have these are city churches, mostly and that it is a great mission field.

And they can produce an argument that is hard to answer by any means, because they say that it is just as good a mission field as anywhere. And there is an argument in it. While there has been a good deal said on the other side, I would like to have somebody tell me how a man can visit seventy-five churches during a year, and spend a Sabbath with each, and at the same time carry on two or three tent-meetings.

Geo. I. Butler: He cannot do it.

E. W. Farnsworth: No, sir; he cannot do it.

V. O. Cole: Is it the mind of the framers of this recommendation that now all business be left to the business members of the committee?

I. H. Evans: I suppose that bringing about this change would be a gradual process. They could not make these changes at once. We would not have the business men. Then you will understand that these recommendations provide for training. They are not only to be selected, but they are to be trained. Just how long that will take, I suppose we hardly know. The plan is evidently that the policy shall be changed, so that ministers shall not be giving their time to business all the while; but we want business men to take these business enterprises, while the ministry give themselves to the preaching of the gospel. I do not think anybody would understand this to mean a radical change immediately, but a definite policy to work to, to bring about just as rapidly and as quickly as changes can be safely made.

G. B. Starr: There is one feature of the matter that seems to have been overlooked a little, and that is, that the evident design of God in bringing in intelligent business men, and connecting them with the management of institutions and conferences, is that he sees that some will yet become strong evangelistic laborers in the cause, as in the case of our Brother Butler, and others who have been mentioned. These men are very modest. They do not see a place for them in the ministry. But it may work out, as in the case of Philip the evangelist, called as one of the deacons, but becoming a great laborer. Some of us feel that instead of working harm to the conferences, this will bring not only support and relief to the present laborers, but will add greatly to the force of laborers in the field.

C. L. Taggart: Would it not be well to put in this recommendation a suggestion to the ministers of the conference as to their duties in reference to aggressive work in the matter of a tent effort or two or more?

I. H. Evans: Is not the discussion just about as effective as a resolution?

E. L. Maxwell: I have found the same difficulty that Brother Farnsworth mentions. I am heartily in favor of all our conference presidents holding public meetings at least once a year; but as I have found times when I could not do that, I have endeavored to have the churches where I have visited, arrange the work in such a way that I could conduct an effort with them for a week or so. Even though we may not be able to go out and hold tent-meetings, yet we can in this way make our meetings of an evangelical nature.

F. W. Stray: I started in and worked on the plan of doing evangelical work. I could not give up the evangelical effort to which the Lord has called me, and for which I have been ordained. Now I realize that there are presidents and there are presidents. Some of us may like to do work among the churches and office work better than we do evangelical work. I do not believe this can be made so sweeping as to compel everybody to be an evangelist. But I am heartily in favor of this recommendation, and am going to try to live up to it. But is not this an answer to Brother Farnsworth’s question: If it is carried out will it not result in smaller conferences?

E. K. Slade: I am in perfect harmony with the recommendation. I feel it is timely. But I do believe we ought to avoid extremes. I think as a denomination we have made mistakes in going from one extreme to another. It would be absolutely impossible for a conference executive to carry out some of the ideas advanced in the discussion as our work stands today in some of the larger conferences. The greatest demand made upon me at the present moment is to get out to the churches, where they need ministerial help; and the demand is such that it seems to me it will require more than twelve months to meet it; and to attempt to carry on a tent effort, or to enter into two or three tent efforts, would be an impossibility. I do believe, however, that it is perfectly proper for the details of administrative affairs, business propositions, to be placed just as the recommendation requires; so that a minister of the gospel, a conference president, shall not have his time taken up with these matters. And I think that is being done, and will be done more fully, as the recommendation calls for, in the future. But if some of the remarks that have been made go on record in the BULLETIN, and our people feel that that is the thing the conference president ought to do, I am inclined to think several conference presidents will be pretty much inclined to retire from their positions, and go out and preach the word entirely, and let the administrative work pass to some one else. That is the way it seems to me.

A. G. Daniells: Now I want to make a word of explanation. This says the work of the ministry. Is not all this good help that is done for the churches the work of the ministry?—Surely. And every conference president must see that the churches are receiving the help necessary to keep them strong and vigorous and active in the work. It may not be necessary for the president to do all that work. He may divide the conference up, and arrange for different ministers to do this revival work in the churches, and this work of the ministry. But I could not think that a minister was missing his calling or his duty if he was giving himself earnestly to the revival of the churches, and to additions in places where there is an interest, and all that. I think Brother Slade has expressed the idea that we shall turn our institutional affairs and business details over as far as possible to other men, leaving our ministers free for this church work, and tent work, so far as the size of the conference makes it possible. I would not swing to an extreme. But surely, brethren, we cannot make a mistake to head in this direction, and avoid extremes. I do not think the people should be encouraged to feel that a conference president is of no account if he fails to hold a series of sent-meetings each year. Let him be governed by the size of his conference, and the conditions surrounding him, and then, as he engages in evangelical work, and tent-meetings if he can get the opportunity, he will enjoy it, and the people will be encouraged.

H. C. Hartwell: I am in favor of the spirit of the resolution. But I must confess that I fear there will be a tendency to run to extremes in order to avoid a good deal of criticism that may come to a president in the carrying out of this recommendation, if we are to stick strictly to the letter of it. Now I wish to speak from the standpoint of a conference president. I desire to state that when I started in on this line of work, I did not have the idea of a president’s work that Elder Fitzgerald suggested that he had. I was living in Boston at the time, and I decided to remain in the city and conduct a tent effort instead of moving to the conference headquarters.

I must confess that I had a most unsatisfactory time as a result of that attempt. I was continually being called off to attend boards and committees and to look after this and that and the other, and to arrange for matters in the field, so that I could not bind off the effort. I made up my mind that I would not attempt to carry on another tent effort, under circumstances so unfavorable. Then I thought I would hold winter meetings, and so conducted a hall effort in Boston in the winter, but with the same results. I was called here and there, to attend board meetings, or to visit churches; and I said, “I have about enough of this.”

The way we have attempted to carry on the work since that has been to spend all the time possible in the field preaching, and I think our laborers will bear me out in the statement that personally I am out preaching in tent meetings, in hall meetings, among the churches, a great deal of the time; but not to attempt to take the responsibility of conducting any particular effort. I do not feel able to give the necessary time and attention to it.

I want to say further that one of the important things that comes to officials in conferences is the responsibility of doing our share toward the support of missions in less favored lands; and this responsibility we have of keeping up on the Fifteen-cent-a-week Fund or some other fund, is continually being set before us by our brethren at the Washington headquarters, and we must necessarily give some time and careful thought to this matter of keeping up our finances; and the man that does not do this,—woe unto him! It takes some time to attend to this, and I have noticed that in conferences—at least some conferences—where this matter has been neglected, and the man has given himself to other lines, and has failed to attend to his administrative work, he has lost rich blessings, and has made a failure to his work. Now I do not propose to do too many things. Personally, I was ordained to the ministry and propose to give my time to that as much as I am able; but I am a man that believes in trying to do what I do right, doing it well, without trying to do things I cannot possibly accomplish.

I am in harmony with the spirit of this recommendation, but I want to say, brethren, that I am not promising to go out this summer and conduct a tent effort. Some of us have not got the

physical endurance to undertake everything, and if we do one thing well it is about all we can do. But I am in harmony with the spirit of this recommendation, and shall work toward it. I believe we will have to mix a little common sense with this, and work the thing out the best we can according to the circumstances.

J. H. Behrens: First of all, I wish to say that I am in hearty sympathy with the resolution. I believe we are heading in the right direction in calling the conference officials to turn their attention toward the evangelical work. It may not be possible to arrange conference affairs so that we can conduct two or three series of meetings this summer; but I believe that in the smaller conferences we can shape matters so that this will be possible, and personally I shall rejoice in it. In the second place, so far as the churches are concerned, it is a fact that they do like to see the conference president. And, as Brother Farnsworth stated, it is impossible to visit from fifty to seventy-five churches during the year, giving personal attention and work and thought to each church, and do the administrative work, and hold meetings as well. Now I have a suggestion to make,—divide this church work with the ministry during the winter season. I have another thought to suggest,—instead of visiting every church personally, call a number of churches together, especially inviting your church officers; and make it a time to train your elders, your Sabbath-school superintendents, your church clerks, and your church treasurers. Then you will have less trouble with the Fifteen-cent-a-week Fund, brother. You will never accomplish it unless you get the local church, through its local officers, to take hold of the work. The burden of effort comes from Washington to the union, from the union to the local, and from the local conference to the church; and of all places, brethren, where we need to strengthen the work, it is in the church officers. [Voices: Amen.] And I believe general meetings, where two or three or four churches can be called together, will be much better. It will bring more results, be more effective, and build the churches up more than to visit the churches individually. I think the resolution is heading us in the right line, and I am in hearty sympathy with it.

L. R. Conradi: I am very much pleased with this resolution, and I do not think it is as difficult to carry out as we think it is. By the grace of God, it has been my privilege to carry it out a number of years. I found that, the larger my field grows, there must be planning ahead to accomplish it. I have not the privilege at the present time, as Brother Daniells had, to labor in the cities, because our workers over there are city workers. With us the thing is turned about. All our work is city work at first; country work comes in later, and is much more difficult. But the union presidents now carry on the city efforts. Then what is my work?—We see some large problems in Mohammedan fields and heathen fields, and I have an interest in them. I do not know how to counsel the workers unless I go there for four or five months. Well, now, when I leave Europe, I leave it without the least concern. I know that the gospel ministry goes on; I know that the good boards go on, and that the conferences go on; and I am very happy to know that everything goes along well without me—that I can be spared. I believe we can do that; but I do admit that we plan from one to two years ahead, so I can get out that four or five months. I believe, brethren, by the grace of God, it can be done, and I find institutions are running successfully, the gospel work is going on, and we are getting thousands of people into the truth.

A. G. Daniells: Who runs your institutions?

L. R. Conradi: Business men; they have all the detail work, and we find also that the work is going on in harmony. And I am thankful to the Lord that we can enlarge, and go out, and carry the gospel to the very ends of the world. A few years ago, when that testimony referred to was read, one good brother came to me and said, “Now, you men must all get off every board.” I am perfectly willing to get off every board, but, brethren, if I get off every board, I want to be rid of every responsibility concerning the institutions. But a president can be on a board, and yet have good business men looking after all the details. We need good judgment, brethren and sisters. Some one says we have so many churches. Now we divided our conferences into as many districts as we have ordained elders. The first thing I did in German East Africa was to form three districts, and to have three district elders, so the superintendent did not need to go into all the details. By planning, I know it can be carried out successfully, and we shall see many more souls brought into the kingdom of God, and our institutions running with less debt, too.

G. F. Watson: I have not said a word in this Conference yet, but this subject nerves me up. I remember several years ago, when I was called to the presidency of the Colorado Conference. I hated to face what I had to face,—$7,600 in debt, and an overdraft on the tithe of twelve hundred dollars, with twenty-six workers. I begged to be relieved, but was not relieved. After we had our committee arranged, one of the men of the committee said to me, “Now, George, you must keep your hand on the treasury. You must stay in the office and see that the money is paid out very carefully.” “Well,” I said, “if you want me to sit in the office, I will not be there.” As Elder Daniells suggested, we divided our conference into divisions, and after visiting the churches, making my round as best I could, encouraging the churches, I took my tent and went into the field. I went into the mountains, forty miles from a railroad, and spent six weeks, holding a thorough tent-meeting in the mountains. I brought out there a company of people; and I want to tell you, our people from California, that the lady who stood at the head of the Paradise Valley Sanitarium for a number of years, I found over in the mountains forty miles from any railroad.

Voice: Did your churches criticize you while you were gone up there?

G. F. Watson: No; we raised the tithe, so we caught up, raised every conference worker’s wages, and Elder Daniells will remember that at one of our conferences in Denver, we donated to the General Conference seven thousand dollars in one vote. I am a union conference president now, and my men in this assembly can testify whether I am in the chair very much. I shall be glad to be relieved of the chairmanship of our only institution in that union, the Keene Academy, if they will furnish us a business manager that will conduct the work.

I believe, brethren, with all my heart that the spirit of this resolution is timely, and God speed the day when we as ordained ministers will have less to do along financial lines.

C. F. McVagh: I am glad for all this good discussion on both sides of the question. I believe with others that we are heading in the right direction. I have no desire to repeat what my brethren have said. But there are a few points that I perhaps may add a little something to. We cannot lay down a general rule that will fit every conference and every situation. When I came to the West Michigan Conference, I found sixty-nine churches and companies in that field. Many of those churches wrote me that they had not had the privilege of a visit from the conference president for a long time, and they were very anxious to have me visit them, and I was very anxious to visit them and get acquainted, and get acquainted with the situation in the different churches. I saw at once that we could not visit sixty-nine churches in one year and remain over Sabbath with each church. So I hit upon this plan, of inviting three or four or five churches that were close together to plan for regular union meetings, not simply for a special meeting on the occasion of the president’s visit, but to plan for a union meeting as often as once in three months. I have endeavored to reach these union meetings and become acquainted with the church officers and with the people in the different companies.

We have found this plan works admirably in West Michigan, and I believe the people have been greatly encouraged by it. We have also followed the plan of dividing the conference into districts, and making some tried laborer responsible in a way for the conditions of things in the different parts of the conference. There is one other thing I would like to say. I believe our people will be greatly encouraged when we as conference presidents get out and raise up churches, and new believers are added. I do not think that we can do anything that will more surely encourage them to faithfulness in paying their tithes and giving to missions, than to point to a new company or a new church. I am glad, too, that I had the privilege last summer of conducting a series of meetings. It was not altogether intentional, although I enjoyed it very much. The man who was appointed to head the tent company became ill and was unable to take the work, so I stepped in and helped to carry on the effort, and the Lord blessed, and souls were won to the truth; and I know it has been a blessing, an inspiration, and an encouragement to the people of the conference.

W. T. Knox: I would like to call the question, and in doing so would crave the privilege, after the recommendations have been considered, to introduce a report of the joint committee on finance.

I. H. Evans: The question is called. All in favor of adopting these

manifest it by the uplifted hand. [Carried unanimously.] Brother Knox still has the floor.

W. T. Knox: The questions of finance are so related to the two conferences, that the two committees have been operating together, and the partial report that we desire to present this morning really affects both conferences, but if possible we would desire that they be considered and separated, as the discussion will reveal where they belong. Brother Parmele is secretary of the committee.

R. W. Parmele (reading): The joint-committee on finance of the General Conference and the North American Division Conference, would respectfully submit the following report:—

Report on Finance

In harmony with the action of the General Conference Committee at Mountain View, in January, 1913,—

1. We recommend, The appointment of a finance commission of four members, one member to be appointed by the General Conference Committee, another member by the North American Division Conference Committee; these two to give their entire time to the work; the other two to be the treasurers of the General and the North American Division Conferences, and that the expenses of the commission be divided equally between the two conferences.

2. We recommend. The adoption of the actions of the General Conference Committee at Mountain View in January, 1913 (recorded on page 52 of the BULLETIN), regarding the relief of our institutions, with such revision as may be necessary to adapt them to the North American Division.

3. We recommend. That the North American Division Conference provide the necessary means for the building of the medical college hospital, by advancing the amount called for from its treasury, and replacing the amount by calling for donations from its constituency.

On motion to adopt, these recommendations were held over for consideration after being published in the BULLETIN.

Conference adjourned.

I. H. EVANS, Chairman;
W. A. SPICER, Secretary.



June 1, 8:30 A. M.

THE apostle John, in his first epistle to the church general, writes these words:

“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.” Verses 1-4.

It was the blessed privilege of the apostles to testify of what they had seen and heard, especially the privilege of John, who lived longer and testified, perhaps, more than any other. And the same motive that was in his heart to give to his hearers the benefit of all the encouragement, all the counsel, all the joy that he was able to convey to them, this same motive should prompt us in the words we speak to one another. And it is because of opportunities we have at general meetings to strengthen the faith and confidence of one another, that such gatherings as these are a blessing to the church. We assemble here and unite in prayer, unite in study, unite in seeking special help from God, and by his Holy Spirit he impresses hearts. And it is his will and purpose that we shall cherish the spirit of this meeting, that we shall remember the blessed things heard as expounded from the Word of God, and that we shall pray to God to help our memories, and to bless our tongues and our lips as we return home, that we may carry these messages to our friends and brethren.

It is my desire this morning to speak of some things connected with a vital interest of this work about which there are questions, about which with some there is uncertainty and perplexity. It is my hope that I may this morning present to you some statements which will confirm your faith, and which, repeated by you to others, will strengthen their faith in the solidity of this movement, in the clearness and consistency of the instruction which God has given us from time to time through the spirit of prophecy. My opportunity to speak to you this morning has come because the one who was appointed was called away unexpectedly; therefore, I have not had time to give as much study to the logical presentation of matters as I might otherwise have given. I feel that you are all my friends, and that you will value the things I read, without criticizing much the order in which they may be presented.

I will begin to read this morning just where I left off a few days ago, by reading a statement written by myself in answer to inquiries and questions regarding the influence of Sister White’s helpers over the testimonies. I read as follows:—

“The supposition that those who are closely associated with Sister White have a potent influence over the character and contents of the messages that she sends to the people, is not a new thought. In the days of Jeremiah, the princes questioned Baruch the scribe as to how he received and wrote the words of Jeremiah. They evidently suspected that he had brought in some of his own ideas.

“For many years there has been brought against the testimonies to the church the charge that some one has influenced Sister White to write as she has done. Referring to early experiences, mother wrote, June 20, 1882, as follows:—

“‘Many excused their disregard of the testimonies by saying, “Sister White is influenced by her husband; the testimonies are molded by his spirit and judgment.” Others were seeking to gain something from me which they could construe to justify their course, or to give them influence.’

“In the early days of our denominational work, this experience was often repeated. Elder James White, in his preaching, brought out new expositions of Scripture, and new thoughts regarding the best way to advance the cause of present truth; and shortly afterward, Sister White, in her testimonies to the church, advocated the same doctrine and policies. Then the critics cried out, ‘Is it not evident that she is following the lead of her husband’s mind?’

“But the true explanation of this was not difficult to find by those who sought it. The facts were these: The Lord had given to Sister White clear light regarding doctrines and policies. As this new light was given her, it was most natural that she should first tell it to her husband. Thus he learned enough about what had been revealed to her to give a new zest and direction to his studies, and a new mold and increased power to his discourses, and fresh vigor and greater breadth to his plans. Later on, when Sister White found time to write out her views for publication, they must necessarily agree with the teachings and plans of her husband, so far as his teachings and plans had been influenced by what he had learned from her.

“It was most natural that James and Ellen White should discuss freely and interestedly between themselves, plans and methods and ways and means for the advancement of the publishing work and the work of the ministers in the field, and that she should tell him of the views given her regarding the most effective methods of labor. As a result, he would shape his plans to harmonize with these views. Often his brethren would criticize these plans, which seemed too broad, and urge other policies. Then when Sister White was appealed to, and it was seen that her testimony was in harmony with the plans and teachings of her husband, some said, ‘She is influenced by him, her testimony is a transcript of her husband’s mind.’

“As James White gained experience and confidence as a leader, he sometimes made plans and inaugurated policies that were not in harmony with instruction given to his wife. But when reproved or instructed, through the testimonies to the church, for his error, he was quick to respond to counsel or reproof, and hearty in his confession of error....

“From 1903 to 1909 the thought was entertained by some that Sister White’s movements, her testimonies, and her attitude toward certain men and enterprises, were largely influenced by the president of the General Conference, and by the editor of the Review.

“The facts regarding this matter are that the views of these men, and the views of many of their associates, have been largely influenced by the written testimonies which they have received and read, and by the oral messages given them, in which they were warned of perils that threatened the church of God, and were charged in the most solemn manner to stand as faithful sentinels and wide-awake watchmen, guarding, warning, and protecting the church against the many wily attacks of the enemy.

“Many times I carried messages from Sister White to Elder Daniells, to Elder Prescott, and to other brethren in leading positions of responsibility, asking them to visit her, and I have been present as a learner and as a witness at the interviews. During these interviews, she would question them regarding their plans and policies, and would relate to them what the Lord had shown to her

regarding the work to be done, and the dangers and perils that surrounded the church, and the difficulties that confronted the various branches of its work. Often have I heard these men warned of the subtle and secret workings of the enemy to undermine the faith of our people in the peculiar truths which make us Seventh-day Adventists, and of his efforts to bring in discord that would rob the church of its strength. I have repeatedly heard the charge most solemnly given to Elder Daniells and Elder Prescott, that they must stand in defense of the truth, and must do all in their power to save the people from deception.

“Having had this experience, it seems to be plainly my duty to testify that these men have not, as some have supposed, led Sister White to take strong positions to harmonize with their minds and their views; but that they were led to take strong positions because they heard and heeded the solemn messages borne to them by her.

“I have known of messages of warning being sent to these men, pointing out that in their conference connection with ambitious leaders in certain branches of the work, there were dangers that they had not discovered. I have seen them read reproofs to themselves and to others, regarding the popular and accepted policies for the conduct of the publishing work and the medical work, and I have known of the struggle it cost them do decide that they would act upon the counsel received. I have knelt with them in prayer, and have heard their humble pleadings for grace to give up their will and way, and for strength and wisdom front on high to follow the course marked out for them.

“Regarding the development of our institutional work in Washington, D. C., it is my duty to testify that I had abundant opportunity to know that Sister White’s visits to Washington, her interest in the institutions there, and her anxiety that the sanitarium and the nurses’ training-school should be quickly put upon a strong footing, were the result of revelations from God, and not the result of the influence of men.”

Regarding the interest that Sister White feels for the work in the Southern States, it can truly be said that the intense interest which she manifested in the upbuilding of the Nashville publishing house, the Graysville school, the Graysville Sanitarium, the Huntsville school and sanitarium, the Nashville Sanitarium, and in the Madison school, was the result of revelations from God, and not, as some would say, enthusiasm aroused by appeals and representations of men.

But the question will be raised, Has not Sister White changed in her attitude toward some of our educational institutions? Has she not changed in her attitude toward some of those sanitariums?—No, I know of no change. Having loved our institutions, she loves them to the end. “How is it, then,” some have asked me, “that there are plans for closing some of them that are not succeeding financially? We hear that some of them are tottering, and will be closed unless the denomination puts its strong arm underneath to sustain them. Why is this?”

Now, brethren, let me illustrate by the experience of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. You who have read the early testimonies know very well the clearness, the strength, the earnestness of the appeals given to this people to establish a medical institution where the sick could come to be healed, and, while receiving the care of the most skillful physicians and nurses, be brought in daily contact with men and women who have strong faith in God, and who manifest by their lives that they have a hold upon Heaven, people who will lend their influence to encourage these patients to lay hold on God. You know the strength of these appeals, and also that Elder Loughborough and my mother and father and others put their whole heart into the work of establishing that institution. As it grew, demands came from the patients for more room and better accommodations. Then, without fully counting the cost, men began a new building. It was a good plan, and would have been a very good building if completed; but when it was partially completed, there came one of those crises which sometimes manifest themselves in our work. The work of building stopped. As my father and others studied the financial situation, they said, “It is hopeless to undertake to erect such a large building.” After one or two years, father called for workers to come with their pickaxes, crowbars, and shovels, and to tear that structure down.

It was not more than a year after this that my father saw his mistake, and felt deeply to regret that he had lifted his hand to undo that which had been begun. I have often heard him say, “If I had only waited; if I had only taken a broader and brighter view; if I had only had more faith that God would send us a strong management, I never would have lifted my hand to tear down that basement.”

Afterward, on the same ground, a larger building was constructed, and a greater work was done. This, in my mind, is a lesson with reference to other institutions that may be in financial perplexity. Let us have faith in God, and let us hold on to that which is most valuable. The most valuable thing of all in an institution of this character is the good will and confidence of the people. Let us hold on to the good will of the people. And if, because of lack of men to furnish strong management and efficient workers, we have to close some of them for a time, let us wait patiently until God gives us the men to open them again. Let us not tear them down, or give them away, or sell them. Such is the lesson from the earlier history of the Battle Creek Sanitarium. I think of it often in connection with some things we hear regarding the necessity of closing some of our institutions.

Has Sister White changed in her interest in the Graysville school? No! In the Graysville Sanitarium? No! Has she less interest in the success of the Nashville Sanitarium—No! Has she changed her views regarding the necessity and value of such an institution?—No, not at all! It may have been said by those who are perplexed over the great effort we are making to raise funds for the home and foreign mission work that if Sister White saw things then as she sees them now she would not have written as she did about the Madison school and other schools of that character. This is only a supposition. We have nothing from her pen, or from her, to intimate any such theory.

Have Sister White’s views changed regarding our schools because some schools have been located unfortunately; because some have been built where they are not needed?—No. She is sorry for every mistake that wastes the resources and mars the reputation of God’s cause. But her views are not changed with regard to the great work we are doing in educating our children and training them to enter the great army of God’s missionaries going to the ends of the earth.

Have Sister White’s views changed with regard to the value of establishing schools in the Central American republics and other child nations where education is necessary as a basis for successful evangelization? Have Sister White’s views changed because of some sad experiences like that in Spanish Honduras?—No! No! She is sorry for the mistakes that mortal man makes in carrying on God’s work, but her views of God’s work have not changed.

She has not changed her views with regard to the necessity of encouraging men and women in different States to leave their homes and go out into the unoccupied parts of their own State, or of other States where there are no Sabbath-keepers, and starting interests in these localities. We may hear from our conference officers that there are fifteen or twenty counties in their fields which have never been worked. Why do we not get men to go with their families into those unworked sections and hold aloft the torch of truth? Our time to work is growing short. God help us to have largeness of heart, and encourage the sowing beside all waters.

There is one question that a good many ministers and some laymen present to me: “Is everything that Sister White says or writes, inspired? Is everything that she writes in her articles, revelation?” Now I might say much about this, but I think it would be of more value to you, for me to read to you some things she has written. I hold in my hand a letter addressed to a physician, bearing date of June 14, 1906:—

“Dear Brother: Your letter came to me while in Southern California. For some weeks the consideration of matters connected with the development of our sanitarium work, and the writing out of the views given me regarding the earthquake and its lessons, have taken my time and strength. But now I must respond to the letters received from you and others. In your letter you speak of your early training to have implicit faith in the testimonies, and say: ‘I was led to conclude and most firmly believe that every word you ever spoke in public or private, that every letter you wrote under any and all circumstances, was as inspired as the ten commandments.’

“My brother, you have studied my writings diligently, and you have never found that I have made any such claims, neither will you find that the pioneers in our cause ever made such claims. In my preface to ‘Great Controversy,’ you have no doubt read my statement regarding the ten commandments and the Bible, which should have helped you to a correct understanding of the matter under consideration.”

Here is the statement. Please do not forget what I am reading. Most of you have “Great Controversy” in your homes. You will find this statement in the introduction. That introduction is worthy of much more study than it has received. Carefully studied, it will

answer many of the questions that arise over this subject.

Quoting from this introduction to “Great Controversy,” she wrote:—

“The Bible points to God as its Author; yet it was written by human hands; and in the varied style of its different books it presents the characteristics of the several writers. The truths revealed are all ‘given by inspiration of God;’ yet they are expressed in the words of men. The Infinite One, by his Holy Spirit, has shed light into the minds and hearts of his servants. He has given dreams and visions, symbols and figures, and those to whom the truth was thus revealed have themselves embodied the thought in human language. The ten commandments were spoken by God himself, and were written by his own hand. They are of divine, and not human, composition. But the Bible, with its God-given truths, expressed in the language of men, presents a union of the divine and the human. Such a union existed in the nature of Christ, who was the Son of God and the Son of man. Thus it is true of the Bible, as it was of Christ, that ‘the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.’ Written in different ages, by men who differed widely in rank and occupation, and in mental and spiritual endowments, the books of the Bible present a wide contrast in style, as well as a diversity in the nature of the subjects unfolded. Different forms of expression are employed by different writers; often the same truth is more strikingly presented by one than by another. And as several writers present a subject under varied aspects and relations, there may appear to the superficial, careless, or prejudiced reader, to be discrepancy or contradiction, where the thoughtful, reverent student, with clearer insight, discerns the underlying harmony.

“As presented through different individuals, the truth is brought out in its varied aspects. One writer is more strongly impressed with one phase of a subject. He grasps those points that harmonize with his experience or with his power of perception and appreciation; another seizes upon a different phase, and each, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, presents what is most forcibly impressed upon his own mind; a different aspect of the truth in each, but a perfect harmony through all. And the truths thus revealed, unite to form a perfect whole, adapted to meet the wants of men in all the circumstances and experiences of life.

“God has been pleased to communicate his truth to the world by human agencies, and he himself, by his Holy Spirit, qualified men and enabled them to do this work. He guided the mind in the selection of what to speak and what to write. The treasure was entrusted to earthen vessels; yet it is none the less from Heaven. The testimony is conveyed through the imperfect expression of human language; yet it is the testimony of God; and the obedient, believing child of God beholds in it the glory of a divine power, full of grace and truth.”

It is my belief, brethren, that if we faithfully study these statements regarding the method by which God communicates to his servant, and the method of writing out the light imparted, that we will find an answer to many of our questions regarding the character of the writings of Mrs. White.

(Proceeding with the letter):—

“In perfect harmony with this, are my statements found in the article, ‘The Testimonies Slighted,’ written June 20, 1882, and published in Testimonies for the Church 5:62-84. From this I quote, for your consideration, several paragraphs:—

“‘Many excuse their disregard of the testimonies by saying, “Sister White is influenced by her husband; the testimonies are molded by his spirit and Judgement.” Others are seeking to gain something from me which they could construe to justify their course, or to give them influence. It was then decided that nothing more should go from my pen until the converting power of God was seen in the church. But the Lord placed the burden upon my soul. I labored for you earnestly. How much this cost both my husband and myself, eternity will tell. Have I not a knowledge of the state of the church, when the Lord has presented their case before me again and again for years? Repeated warnings have been given, yet there has been no decided change.’

“‘Yet now when I send you a testimony of warning and reproof, many of you declare it to be the opinion of Sister White. You have thereby insulted the Spirit of God. You know how the Lord has manifested Himself though the spirit of prophecy. Past, present, and future have passed before me. I have been shown faces that I had never seen, and years afterward I knew them when I saw them. I have been aroused from my sleep with a vivid sense of subjects previously presented to my mind; and I have written at midnight, letters that have gone across the continent, and, arriving at a crisis, have saved great disaster to the cause of God. This has been my work for many years. A power has impelled me to reprove and rebuke wrongs that I had not thought of. Is this work of the last thirty-five years from above, or from beneath?

“‘When I went to Colorado, I was so burdened for you that, in my weakness, I wrote many pages to be read at your camp-meeting. Weak and trembling, I arose at three o’clock in the morning, to write to you. God was speaking through clay. You might say that this communication was only a letter. Yes, it was a letter, but prompted by the Spirit of God, to bring before your minds things that had been shown me. In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper, expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision—the precious rays of light shining from the throne.’”

I will not read further, as time is passing.

From my conversations with men and women, I have learned that many understand this last statement to mean that every article, every testimony, is the writing out of a presentation given just then and there; and therefore some conclude that because they continue to see articles in the papers, mother is writing today just as much as she used to write years ago.

The facts are these: At the present time mother is writing very little. But during many years of service, her work was done on this wise: Oftentimes mother’s mind was directed in the early morning to some particular subject. Sometimes the angel would awaken her as if some one touched her, and the message would be given, Write what I revealed to you at such and such a time regarding such and such a church or conference or movement. She would quickly arise and dress, and undertake the writing without delay. As she began, the matter was all fresh in her mind, just as it had been presented years before; and she would write on, page after page, and page after page. Growing weary, she would stop and rest, sometimes sitting in her chair, waiting a few minutes, thinking of what was to follow. Then again another view was flashed upon her memory, and she would write on and on until she became weary, and rested for a time; or perhaps she would write until the subject was entirely finished.

At other times letters came stating conditions in certain conferences or churches or institutions; and these brought to her memory that which had been revealed to her six months before, or three years before, or six years before, as the case might be, regarding the future of that conference or church or enterprise. In many of the views, it has been presented before her that if the brethren would take such and such a course, certain results would follow; and that if they would take another course, other results would follow. Under such circumstances, she would write out from memory the instruction that had been given her years before.

With reference to her recent articles, I may say that about six years ago, when her activities in traveling and in holding meetings were growing less, she devoted much time to the reading of what had been written in former years. When we copy her writings, we place one copy in the office file, and one copy we bind up and place in her room. Day after day, and week after week, she would take those bound volumes of manuscripts, and search through them, and mark certain articles, saying, “This must be published.” Some pages she would interline, and to some articles she would add pages of manuscript, and then pass them out to us with instruction that they should find a place in our papers as soon as we could copy them and they were found to be needed.

As her strength has grown less, she has depended more upon her helpers in the matter of selecting material. She gives general instruction, “Find what I have written on such and such subjects, and offer it to the Review.” Or, “Find what I have written on such and such subjects, and offer it to the Signs of the Times.” And so, as her strength is less, she depends more than formerly upon her workers to make the selection of material.

Sometimes the editors of our papers feel the need of articles on certain subjects, and they write to us, “May we feel free to reprint what appeared in the Review (or Signs of the Times) years ago?” We usually reply, “Yes; use your judgment.” At other times they tell us what they think is the need of the people, and we search in the manuscript files and find some precious document that contains the very warning and counsel that it is felt the people need. This is prepared for publication in article form, and sent forward. Thus there is a harmony of plan and a hearty cooperation in the work, and we who are helpers in this work find that it is a blessed privilege to have a part in it.


Sabbath afternoon, May 31, at 6 P. M., a meeting of students who had been attending our schools during the last year was called.

A. G. Daniells: For a number of days I have been wishing that we might get all the students who are on the ground together for a little heart-to-heart talk. So, without any previous arrangement, I had the announcement made. I am sorry we did not think of it a few days ago, so that it might have been better understood. And, too, I wished to have our teachers get together, that we might see them, and that all the students might see the presidents of our schools and members of faculties in different parts of the country.

The object of this meeting is not merely to see one another, but I feel like making an earnest appeal to you young men and young women that are here today. I want to impress upon you in just a word my earnest desire that you shall stand by this truth and this work that has called us out, that you shall stand by the principles set forth in the schools you have been attending the past year. We cannot thank the Lord enough for the blessings and the privileges of Christian schools, for the good instruction we have received in them in addition to the teaching from the text-books. We have had set before us the truth regarding God, regarding the inspiration of the Bible, God’s message to men and to the world, and we have all been taught that now, today God has a message being given to all the world, a special work for this time; and I have been wondering as I have thought it over, how many of the students in these schools will stand by this message and this movement and devote their lives to it. I wish that every one would do so. I know something of the value of this work, dear friends. I have watched young men and young women for more than a quarter of a century. I have seen some drop out, while some have consecrated their service to the message and held their consecration. I have seen others begin to waver, and then fail. I have watched the end of these two classes, and I want to tell you today that the blessing of the Almighty stayed with those who have stood by the movement.


I know that faithful work has been done in the schools. You have had placed before you these things in a prayerful way. Your teachers have prayed for you; these presidents of schools and members of faculties who are here today are more anxious than words can express that the young men and young women who have been in our schools shall stand by the principles set forth. We want you to know that you are not forgotten individually. We want you to know that we want to see you in this great movement, active and earnest. We want to see you doing that which God created you to do. We want to see you filling a place of value in the work, growing and prospering as preachers or teachers or nurses or Bible workers,—something in the work of God, helping by your might, your talents, your time, your efforts, to carry this work on to a glorious finish. Will you stand by? Will you stay with it? That is all I wish to say today. If you have not made the resolution, will you not make it on this ground, that, God helping you, you will never turn from this truth and this work?

I have not told a single teacher here that I am going to give opportunity for them to speak a few words to this student body from these various schools, but we will begin with the secretary of the Department of Education.

H. R. Salisbury: I have just come from a reunion of old Battle Creek students that has been going on in the Religious Liberty tent. The old students of that school are today the leaders of our work, from the president of the General Conference down through all its departments. It is a marvelous thing to see what God has done with students who gave themselves to Christ in that college, and they have been used by him in the work ever since. There were those over at the tent bent with age, very white, and there were some of them younger. Some were not present this afternoon, because of having gone to their long rest in Jesus Christ. The testimonies borne over there this afternoon showed that these have followed Christ all these years. And now this great battle is about to close. I hope that you will this afternoon consecrate yourselves, every one of you, to God, to be used of him in extending this glorious news of a soon-coming Saviour. I hope this company of students, as you go back to your various schools, will use your best efforts and your example to bring a better knowledge of the principles of Christian education to others, that they, too, may enjoy the blessed fellowship of Christ, and have places in the Master’s service with you.

C. C. Lewis: In this meeting to which Professor Salisbury has referred, of the Battle Creek College students and teachers, one thing was very noticeable of those who bore their testimony that while they had forgotten many if not most of the lessons that they learned from books in the Battle Creek College, the thing which had stayed with them all through these years is the Christian experience that they there attained, the religious influence that they there received, the influence of the Friday-night meetings, and especially the impression upon their characters of the godly lives of many of their teachers. These are the influences that stay with us to the end. Some one has said that every young man and every young woman ought in early life to attach himself to some noble cause, to which he may give his best efforts, his best thought, for which he may sacrifice, if need be, life itself. We have

such a cause. It embraces in it all these noble things for which men are giving their lives. How many there are who give their lives to the cause of temperance! This is a noble cause; it is worthy of the best efforts of any man. We have that, with many other causes, all embraced in this one glorious message. It is something worth living for, something worth working for, something worth sacrificing for, something worth dying for. Let us be true to this noble cause.

Frederick Griggs: The third angel’s message is the greatest message, the greatest proclamation, the greatest work that has ever been put before the world. As Professor Lewis has said, in it are embodied all the great upward movements of all times. Our schools are the heart of this message. In these schools there should be a deeper study, on the part of students and teachers, into the things of God, of heaven, and of our relation to mankind. The outpouring of God’s Spirit upon his people, the descent of the Holy Ghost for greater power and greater efficiency, is now due. It depends upon our teachers, it depends upon our students, very largely, to see that this is brought to this work, associated together as we are day by day in close relationship in class study, with opportunities for prayer, for the study of God’s Word, for earnest Christian service, and for missionary work. Thus, we need to consecrate ourselves to God in a manner that was not equaled even by the ancient schools of the prophets. If this work is finished, as we expect it to be finished, I believe it will be finished because of this deep, sincere consecration. May God help us to make it here. May God help us to carry this spirit back with us into our schools another year. May God place upon you students here a burden to bring every young person in this denomination into our schools. May God help you to make our schools what he designs them to be, as I have said, the heart of this great message.

A. G. Daniells: One of the oldest of our presidents is Professor Hughes, of Keene Academy.


C. B. Hughes: Four years ago, when I was on my way to the General Conference from Jamaica, I was given a berth in the forward part of the boat, from which I could look out upon the forward deck. I considered that quite fortunate. We generally have only one port-hole, but I had two. There was a disadvantage in case of disaster,—I was in the forward part of the ship, and if we should meet some other boat in collision, or if we should go upon the rocks, I was not in a very good place. I do not know why I should have had such thoughts; for I had traveled many thousands of miles and never had even been in a storm. While I was thinking about it, there rang out these words, “The lights are burning bright, sir.” I looked out of the forward port-hole to see who had spoken, and saw a young man on the deck. I watched him, and saw that he was pacing back and forth across the deck. When the bell struck, he would look over the side of the boat at the lights, and then turn back to the man on the deck, and say, “The lights are burning bright, sir.” I felt comforted. I thought, There is that young man out on the deck looking after the lights and keeping things in shape, associated with others who are there. And then my mind turned to the great numbers of our young people who are with us on the old ship Zion, and I thought, How much we depend upon them to keep their eyes fixed upon the lights! What a comfort. what a solace, it is to us in the midst of all the vicissitudes of life, to know that their eyes are fixed upon the light, and to have the assurance from them that the lights are burning bright?

You little realize, young people, how much we depend upon you. I ofttimes tell my students in school that they come to school to be helped by the teachers. But the teachers are helped by the students. We are associated together in this great work, teachers and students, and I am very glad indeed that the thought has come to Brother Daniells to call these young people here together; for we depend upon you, and God is looking to you. “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” May God bless us all, and at last bring us home to himself.

A. G. Daniells: Professor Irwin, of the Pacific Union College.

C. W. Irwin: I wish, first of all, to say Amen to all that has been said by those who have preceded me. I presume it is an old saying that the greatest asset this people has is its young people. I have been thinking of it this afternoon. While we were attending the reunion of the old Battle Creek College students, I was more and more impressed with that fact. While the men and women who were at that reunion this afternoon are not young men and women, there was a time when they were, and some one remarked, “What a blow if all the workers who have attended Battle Creek College and who are now laboring in this great cause, were struck out of this work!” Why, it would start with the president of the General Conference, and go right down through. It would be an immense loss to this work if those students were to leave the work of God at this time. Now, what those men who attended Battle Creek College have done, those who are present here this afternoon can do in the future. I have thought what a great work may be accomplished by this body of young men and women who are here, if wholly consecrated to God.

I know of no trait of character that works more for the things of God than loyalty. And those students who are loyal to the school they attend will be loyal to the message in after years. Those students who shirked in their school days, who caused trouble, who took the wrong side of every controversy, were the young men and women who dropped out of the work of God; but those who were loyal and true in every crisis are loyal and true today.

The great work that we have to accomplish at this time lies outside of this country, in the great mission fields. We must send forth an army of young men and women to do this work. They must learn difficult languages; and only young people can learn them. Of course we have to send tried men of experience to lead out in the work, but we must have hundreds of young people to go into the fields and learn the languages and spread the truth. We all look forward to the close of this work. We have passed through vicissitudes and sorrows of various kinds, and we look forward to the completion of this work. And it rests largely with these dear young friends to bring this great work to a speedy consummation. I believe that work must begin in our schools. As we have been told in the testimonies, the schools of the prophets are the examples we are to follow in our own schools. When the time comes that every student and every teacher is filled with this truth, the work will be done quickly. Then God will pour out his Spirit, and the loud cry will be given by our young people. I am looking forward to the great day when this work shall be consummated in the earth.

A. G. Daniells: Dear friends, let us stand by it. I want to tell you that the words of these noble men who are speaking to you make my heart burn with the resolution that, God helping me, I will stay by this work. Now, will you make that resolution? We will ask Professor Machlan, who has recently come from the Avondale College (Australia), and is now principal of the South Lancaster Academy, to speak.

B. F. Machlan: A few years ago there came into my hands a few manuscript pages of the book, “Ministry of Healing,” and with those pages came a great inspiration. There was a thought there that especially burned into my memory. It was this: “Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary. They are called to the service of God and their fellow men, and to fit them for this service should be the object of their education.” It seemed to me as I read those words that my life ought to be more closely related to God if I should be connected with the young people who had for their purpose the service of God and their fellow men. It said, also, that we are to stand by the side of Christ in unselfish service. And, O, my dear young men and young women, what a privilege to stand by the side of Christ in unselfish service! As I sat here this afternoon, and looked into your faces, and as Elder Daniells spoke to you, the thought came into my mind that a general gets his forces together, in order to inspire confidence and to understand what he has to work with. He brings his whole army on review. Here we are, recruits for the army of God; and here we are, reviewing. What an inspiration it is to know that every soul here has for his object “the service of God and his fellow men.” May God help you, and may God help me, to stand by this cause, to do the work of God, to do service for God and our fellow men, until Jesus comes!

A. G. Daniells: We will ask Professor M. E. Kern, the president of our Foreign Mission Seminary, to speak.


M. E. Kern: I think we are a specially privileged class, both teachers and students. As I contrast our ideals and purposes with those held up before the students of other schools, I think our students are especially privileged. [Many amens.] And as I think back over my own privileges in one of our schools, it seems to me I would have been an ingrate if I had not yielded myself to the good influences thrown about me, and dedicated myself to this work. I think that the young men and the young women who have these privileges and do not yield to the influence of God’s Spirit and give themselves wholly to this work, are surely making a tremendous mistake. Life holds no privilege more precious than to serve in behalf of the lost. We see men in the world—and students, too—striving for this thing or that thing. Many are striving to make a living, or to find a high place in life. But in our schools, we are striving to make, first of all, a life worth living, a life that will yield fruit in the salvation of other souls in the kingdom of God.

I think we, as teachers, are especially privileged to be able to work with the noble class of young men and women that we have in our denomination. I count it the highest privilege and joy of my life to have spent so many years in association with young men and young women who have a holy ambition, an ambition to be all that God would have them be, and to do what he would have them do. To be able to help such young people along and give them the right start in life, and to help point them to the right way, has been, indeed, a great privilege. I know there is hard work before us. There are the great unentered fields in regions beyond. I would like to leave these words with you, the words of that noble missionary, Falconer, who gave his life to the Mohammedan world, “The burden of proof rests with us that God has not called us to give ourselves to this work.”

A. G. Daniells: Professor Lucas, from San Fernando Academy, in Southern California, will now speak to us.

H. G. Lucas: I believe that success in education comes when we take God’s standard set down for our young people. When I go among the parents of the young people in the conference, I tell them that God has given them their children that they may educate them for his service. And when those young people are sent to our schools, I feel that the Lord holds me responsible for setting before them God’s own standard of education,—his standard in the subject-matter and his standard in administration. The Lord has laid down certain rules that we are to follow. He has told us in the testimonies some of the dangers that young men and women meet. So I feel that in our schools we must have standards of administration that will show we are believing what we are preaching, and that we eliminate from our curriculum all that pertains to foolishness. In my work at the San Fernando Academy, I have studied on this standard of administration. Of the young people that went out from our school, there are now about twenty-five in the foreign fields, and seventy-five in the home land in the work of God. It is God’s cause that we have been studying to advance there, and he has given us good success.

A. G. Daniells: In the State of Iowa we have a school that stands, I believe, for the State itself. Professor Lamson has charge of that school.

J. G. Lamson: I think if there is one word above another I would like to leave with you students today, it is that it is not necessarily a failure of life’s work because a person may have made some failures in school.

I should have been glad to be present at that Battle Creek College reunion today, and to look into the faces of that body of men and women who attended school there. I am sure that if I had, many little incidents would have come to my mind of wrong courses followed by many of the students there in the past. A wrong course in school does not fit an individual for life work, but sometimes individuals can use mistakes they have made, as stepping-stones to a better life. So do not become discouraged if you have taken a wrong course. When the wrong is discerned, turn square about.

Friday-night meetings have been the inspiration of more than one heart. The boys and girls who came to them always say, “I never can forget those meetings.” These meetings are a great inspiration for good in the students’ lives. I wonder if the students knew the burden their teachers bear in presenting them before the Lord, the many heart-breaking prayers they offer in their behalf. Very few know the long hours these teachers have spent upon their knees praying to God to win those boys and girls, and their sorrow when students return home with hearts untouched. We can then only pray the Lord to give us another chance, to send them back another year.

Conference presidents have come to me on this ground and said: “We want young men and young women for the work. Can you give us a young man that we can place in the ministry?” I was never in a conference where there was a harder pull by conference presidents to get workers than here. They have come asking for bookkeepers, stenographers, and Bible workers. When this word comes to me, I ask myself, “Have you used every opportunity, and done all you could to get men and women ready for this great cause?” It makes me sad when I think that I might have done more. May God grant me in the years to come more power to reach the hearts of the students placed in my keeping.

A. G. Daniells: This is my twenty-second year as president of some conference, and I can say that during the last two years the demands for efficient men and women workers in this cause have been the most pressing of the twenty-two years. It is a marvelous thing that, with all the schools we have and the thousands that are going into the work, the demands for efficient workers are today beyond anything in our history. There is a place for you, young friends, a place for you. God is preparing it, and he is calling you to it.

I do not see Professor Kellogg, of the Walla Walla College, here, but I do see Professor Cady, one of our oldest teachers in that school. I would like to have him say a word.

M. E. Cady: I have had connection with recruiting stations for our work in the field for ten years. In the past two years I have not been directly connected with our college, but somehow, as I view the situation, I am convinced that God is mustering his army for the final conflict. When I think, from the reports we have heard in this Conference, that twenty-six thousand of our children and youth are attending our schools, it seems to me that it is an omen which should greatly encourage us. Of these, perhaps fifteen thousand are in our church-schools, and about five thousand in our colleges, and outside of this there are some six thousand in other schools. May God hasten the day when, a hundred thousand strong, we may march against the fortresses of the enemy. I believe that under God these schools are calculated to turn out a mighty army to finish this work.

In the early history of our denominational work we had but one college, that of Battle Creek; then Healdsburg College was added, and, later, South Lancaster Academy. Then we went on for several years, until Keene Academy, Walla Walla College, Union College, and Mt. Vernon Academy were added. Then came this message from the spirit of prophecy, that this land should be dotted all over with schools before this work closed. And when these other schools I have just mentioned were established, Professor Prescott said, “It looks now as though that message is just about fulfilled.” But now we have probably more than threescore colleges and academies in our land.

God has told us that we should have intermediate schools, and then, in a later message, the Lord said that the reserve force that is going to take part in the final conflict are the children that are taught in our church-schools. Just think of that statement in Volume VI (I am not giving the exact words): When the older ones, or public workers, are not permitted longer to speak the truth in a public way, because of religious legislation, then the Spirit of God will come upon the children, and they will rise up and give the message. Now I look upon the children as the reserve force that God is going to call into action when it seems as though all our efforts are paralyzed. And we are told that as the children shouted hosannas when the Lord Jesus entered Jerusalem, so children’s voices in these last days will be raised to give the message.

Now I do pray that God will help us as teachers to be faithful in our work. We are reformers. God has called us out of the world. And I believe that Christian education is just as truly a part of the message as any other part of the work. And I want to be faithful in the part I have to do. I want to encourage young men and young women to give themselves to God, to be mustered into this great army of God.

A. G. Daniells: We would like to hear from many more, but our time will not permit tonight. Sister Peck, we would like to hear from you.

Miss Sara E. Peck: I certainly feel that this motto which we have had before us these days, is a motto that appeals to every one, from the youngest to the oldest, “The third angel’s message to the world in this generation.” When I think that the Lord has given not only to the older ones, but to every child, a part in this work, it is a thing to be thankful for. I know that, for my own part, I am grateful that I can have a part in this closing work; and, with the children, it is my prayer that we may all be faithful until the work shall be finished; that when the glad reunion comes, we can all go home,—the children, the older ones, the teachers, the school boards, and all the people in our ranks.

A. G. Daniells: We must have a word from Professor Benson, of Japan.

H. F. Benson: I thought I would be permitted to be seen, and not heard. But I would like to ask if there are not quite a number of young men and young women in this company who would be ready for the ship which sails, I think, the twenty-third of August, from San Francisco, for Japan. There is quite a company going to China at that time, and we would like to get up just as large a company for Japan. Elder Lewis said that every young person should identify himself with some great cause. Now we are all identified with one great cause; and I hope there will be some six or eight young men and young women who will identify themselves with the cause of giving the message to Japan. We have room for a large number, and we need you badly, more than you are needed in the home field. And I do pray that a large number will give themselves to the cause in Japan. And the Lord will truly bless you, as he has blessed us, and blessed all who have been there. The people may be hard to reach, but the Lord’s strength is sufficient for all. In closing, I do hope that with you all we may receive of the Lord’s Holy Spirit; that we may consecrate ourselves to his work, and be ready to go wherever he wants us to go.

Department Meetings

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson


Tenth Meeting

“PAPAL INFALLIBILITY” was the interesting topic.

Elder C. S. Longacre, assistant secretary of the Religious Liberty Department of the General Conference, read a paper on the subject, in which he quoted from authentic sources such statements and decrees as could be relied upon to determine the correct position that should be taken by Seventh-day Adventists when dealing with this subject. In the discussion which followed, in which workers laboring in Catholic countries of Europe and South America took part, many items of practical interest were set forth.


Fifth Meeting

The chair called the meeting to order at 8 A. M., May 28. A partial report of the committee on science equipment for colleges was presented by its chairman, L. H. Wood, with duplicate copies of the detailed part in the hands of the assembly. It was favorably discussed by Professors Derby, Olsen, and E. G. Salisbury, the speakers confining their remarks chiefly to the idea that when we give science the same attention, and place its work on the same thorough basis, as we do the study of God’s Word in written form, and as represented in history, we shall realize more fully the spiritual standards for our schools set forth in the spirit of prophecy, and shall attract and hold more of our brightest and best young people, who would otherwise drift into the world. The recommendations attached to this report were referred to the committee on plans.

A partial report of the committee on library was also submitted by its chairman, J. N. Anderson, acting for the original chairman, H. R. Salisbury. There not being time to discuss this report, it was referred to the committee on plans.

The Evening Service

W. A. Spicer, C. P. Bollman, C. C. Crisler, T. E. Bowen, H. E. Rogers, J. N. Anderson


May 30, 7:30 P. M.

Once again the large pavilion was filled to its utmost capacity with people anxious to hear the word of God. Nor were they disappointed, for a very tender, spiritual message was brought to them by E. W. Farnsworth. He spoke feelingly and forcibly on the theme, “The Prayer Life of Jesus.”

He first referred to the fact that of the four gospels the gospel of Luke gives us the clearest and fullest insight into the private, devotional life of our Lord. Luke recorded the earthly life of Jesus in detail, and we are given a graphic picture of him in prayer.

The circumstances surrounding his birth are fragrant with the atmosphere of prayer. The little human circle out of which Jesus sprang were devout, praying people. Mary was a woman of prayer. Joseph was a man of conscientious purity and devoted piety. It was to a devout circle in the temple that he was introduced in his earliest infancy. The presence and power of the Holy Spirit were recognized in this inner circle of the church where the Son of God became also the Son of man.

At his baptism Jesus prayed, on the banks of the Jordan, for strength for his mighty undertaking. After a day of miracles at Capernaum, we see Jesus going out early in the morning alone by himself to pray. At another time we read of his spending the whole night in prayer, so great was his sense of spiritual need. He prayed, and continued to pray till he could say, “I know that Thou hearest me always.” So may we learn to pray, till our prayers are answered and our lives filled with the power of the Holy Ghost.

On another occasion when the multitude he had fed held out to him the possibility of an earthly crown, we see our Saviour wrestling with God in prayer. He prayed not only for the people but for himself. He realized he must possess the power of God to succeed in his mission. Later in his ministry, Jesus went up into a mountain and prayed until the heavens were opened, and he was transfigured; and he saw in Elijah and Moses, who appeared before him, the certain success of the plan of salvation undertaken in his earthly life.

What a great part prayer has played in the redemption of the world! At the tomb of Lazarus, the prayer of Christ opened the sealed grave and brought the dead to life. At the high tide of life, when the Greeks would see Jesus, our Saviour prayed, and Heaven responded.

The great prayer of Jesus is recorded in the seventeenth chapter of the gospel of John, that wonderful prayer for the unity of his followers, which has been so wonderfully fulfilled in our midst here at this Conference. We must all be impressed that the unity and brotherly love manifested here at this meeting is the result of the presence of the Spirit of God. Let us thank God for this.

Finally, we hear Jesus praying in the garden, praying the will of God into the crowning sacrifice of his earthly life, praying the human nature into perfect submission to the will and purpose of God. His prayer was answered, and an angel sent to strengthen him to drink the cup which might not pass. The prayer on the cross is the fitting and natural climax of the blessed life of prayer our Saviour led.

In closing, Elder Farnsworth appealed with great force and tenderness to his hearers to renew their watchfulness, and to give themselves to untiring, victorious prayer. The hearts of his hearers were greatly touched, and we may believe more than one vow to more faithful prayer life was recorded in heaven. It was an hour of blessing and spiritual uplift to all the great congregation assembled.

The following texts were referred to in the discourse. They may be of real help to the readers of the BULLETIN: Luke 3:1; 4:42; Mark 1:35; Luke 5:16; 6:12; Matthew 14:23; Luke 9:18; Matthew 17:1; Luke 10:21; 11:1; John 11:41; 12:27; 17:1-26; Luke 22:41; 23:34; Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:46.


May 31, 7:30 P. M.

J. F. Huenergardt, of the Danube Union Conference, gave an interesting and graphic description of the scenes in the recent Balkan war, accompanying the lecture with stereopticon views. Religious liberty as we now enjoy it had its birthplace in Hungary, dating back four or five centuries. Early in the Reformation period Sabbath-keepers were found in those same lands. Descendants of those loyal people were found a few years ago, and our work has taken root among them. Elder Huenergardt said that the recent Balkan war had opened a great door of opportunity to the several millions of Moslems found in the various lands in that part of Europe. More liberty, and freer access to the millions of those countries, have come as a result of this fierce war.

We have workers and believers in all these lands except Montenegro, the little kingdom with a population of about two hundred fifty thousand.


May 31, 9 A. M.

Sabbath morning dawned beautifully fair, and promptly at 9 o’clock a song of praise ascended from the various divisions of the camp school. This song of praise was voiced by baby lips, by bright-faced boys and girls, by the youth, by men and women, sincere and devoted; and the language spoken was that of many tongues. The scene must have been one upon which angels delight to look.

In passing from one division to another, one could but be impressed with the wise, tactful, and appropriate exercises in the youth’s children’s, and intermediate divisions. Everywhere the eager interest of the members, the enthusiastic and capable methods of the teachers, were plainly to be seen. In the foreign divisions, although the words spoken were not intelligible to the visitor, one could sense the earnestness, and recognize the presence of the Spirit. In the pavilion the review was conducted by Elder E. J. Hibbard, of San Fernando, Cal. The review covered the principal points of the past week’s lesson, and was a model in point of brevity and completeness, the exercise occupying exactly ten minutes.

The subject of the lesson for the day was the cleansing of the sanctuary. Three points were emphasized,—the time of its cleansing, the work of cleansing, and its meaning to us. The cleansing of the sanctuary began in 1844, at the going forth of the great threefold message of Revelation 14, and the sounding of the seventh trumpet of Revelation 10 and 11. The work of cleansing is performed in the most holy apartment of the sanctuary, and involves the judgment of all men and the final removal of sin from the heavenly sanctuary. It is a solemn hour for all men, and for God’s people in particular. They are called on to warn the world of its impending doom. Those who love the truth are to come out from Babylon—apostate Christianity. The cleansing of the sanctuary involves the cleansing of the church, which is an individual experience. This experience is found in Christ, who “was once offered to bear the sins of many,” and who “is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him.”

Elder B. J. Cady, a veteran missionary in the Pacific Island field, gave a stirring missionary talk, relating personal experiences showing the effect of the gospel upon the hearts of the heathen, and how self-sacrificing these people are when they become converted, and, in proportion to means, how much larger their offerings to missions than are those by believers in the home land. Elder Thompson made a direct call for a five-hundred-dollar offering.

Youth and children60017.45
Foreign division21762.80

The average per member for the entire school was twenty and one-fourth cents. The total offering to missions from the three Sabbath-school sessions, is $1,301.45, as against $597.06 for the four sessions held four years ago.

Yesterday was a busy day at the camp. The weather was ideal, and there were many visitors. It was interesting to note the ease with which the thousands of people on the ground were handled at the dining tent. There was no confusion and every thing passed off pleasantly. The 2:30 hour usually given to conference business was devoted to preaching.

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