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The Church: Its Organization, Order and Discipline

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    Light Rejected Caused Separation

    The course here delineated was the exact experience of those engaged in the great second advent movement in the year 1844, and resulted in a separation of the Adventists from the nominal churches. Such a separation on the part of those who resolved to follow the path of truth seems to be in harmony with God’s plan for the furtherance of his cause in the earth, as shown in the following quotation: “As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding generation. Again and again the history of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers preached the word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the light, and those that bore it were forced to seek another class, who were longing for the truth. In our day few of the professed followers of the Reformers are actuated by their spirit. Few are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatsoever guise it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many time those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience.”-“Desire of Ages,” Chap. 23, par. 5.COOD 78.4

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