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    December 8, 1887

    “The Third Angel’s Message” The Signs of the Times 13, 47, pp. 743, 744.

    THE Third Angel’s Message being that part of the truth of God which is designed especially to warn the world against the worship of the beast and his image, and which embodies the truth, the love of which will save from the deceptions of Satan all who receive the love of it; and as the enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image, and the accompanying power and signs and lying wonders, is, as we have seen, most dangerously near, it becomes especially important that we should study this message with the most intense interest. This message presents the truth of God which is to save the people of this generation, whosoever of them will be saved when the Lord comes.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.1

    The Third Angel’s Message calls all men to the keep of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. The commandments of God here referred to are the ten commandments—the law of God—and that “law is the truth.” Psalm 119:142. The faith of Jesus is the faith of Him who said, “I am the way, the truth.” John 14:6. The truth of this message is therefore the very supremacy of truth itself, and to receive the love of the truth of this message is to receive the love of the very highest manifestation of truth that is known to the universe of God. How appropriate therefore that this should be the message which should be given to men to save them from the influence of the “lying wonders” of Satan’s greatest efforts—that this should be the truth the love of which should save the men of this generation from the delusion of believing only a lie.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.2

    The law of God is itself righteousness (Psalm 119:172), and therefore holds as unrighteous all the race of man, because all have transgressed it. Romans 3:19, 20. And being transgressors, the only way in which they can ever attain to harmony with the righteous law of God is through the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ. Romans 3:20, 21. The righteousness embodied in the Third Angel’s Message, therefore, is the very supremacy of righteousness itself, and to receive the love of the truth of this message is to receive the love of the highest manifestation of righteousness that is known to the universe of God. How appropriate therefore it is that this should be the message which should be given to men in this generation to save them from all the “deceivableness of unrighteousness” which Satan will work with all “power and signs and lying wonders.”SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.3

    The line is clearly drawn. The “strong delusion that they should believe a lie” comes upon men because “they believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” Because men received not the love of the truth, Satan works in them with all deceivableness of unrighteousness. In the Third Angel’s Message is embodied the supreme truth and the supreme righteousness. Satan’s work is to deceive men into the making of an image to the beast and the worshiping of the beast and his image. The Third Angel’s Message is aimed directly against the worship of the beast and his image. Therefore it is absolutely certain that in the Third Angel’s Message is embodied the truth, the love of which alone will enable any person to withstand the power and the lying deceptions of Satan, which are now dangerously near to being plunged upon the world. This message alone embodies the truth, through the love of which alone any soul will ever get “the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name.”SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.4

    We have found that the agency through which Satan is to develop his lying wonders is already in the world, and that the power—the tyranny of a national religion—by which Satan’s work is to be made effective is not only already in process of formation, but is near completion. But is not the Third Angel’s Message also already in the world? Most assuredly it is and has been for forty-two years. Starting in February, 1845, with but one person, it has spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and from British Columbia to Mexico; building up thirty-eight Conferences; establishing two large printing-houses, issuing millions upon millions of pages of printed matter every year; building one of the largest health institutions in the world, besides other important health and educational institutions—all in our own country. From this country it has spread to Australia, New Zealand, and the smaller islands of the Pacific; to Europe, establishing missions, churches, Conferences, and printing-houses in Great Britain, Scandinavia, Russia, and Central Europe; to Central America, South America, and South Africa: thus have almost compassed the earth with its solemn warning and its gracious call. The “few” everywhere receive the love of the truth which it embodies, while the “many” believe not its truth, and receive not the love of it, but have pleasure in unrighteousness.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.5

    That the Third Angel’s Message shall encompass the earth, even to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, giving them ample opportunity to receive the truth and the love of it, which, if received, will deliver them from the power of Satan and give them victory over all his deceivableness of unrighteousness, is clear from the word of God. This we shall now make plain.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.6

    1. This is the “third” in a series of messages in which the second and the third follow the first in quick succession. Revelation 14:6-12. The first of the three (verses 6, 7) said with a loud voice to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people; the second followed this one, and the third angel followed them. As, therefore, the first one was to go to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, and as the third one follows, it likewise must go to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.7

    2. The third angel says with a loud voice, “If any man worship the beast and his image,” etc. This phrase, “If any man,” shows that it is to all men; that it is a universal message.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.8

    .3. Of the beast it is said that, “All that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb.” Revelation 13, 8. The work of the image of the beast is to cause the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the beast, as well as himself; therefore, the worship of the image of the beast is indirectly the worship of the beast, and it is the mark of the beast which the image causes men to receive. Now as the worship of the beast is to be by “all them that dwell on the earth;” as the Third Angel’s Message is the warning against that worship; and as obedience to this message is the only means of escaping that worship and the wrath of God; it is, therefore, certain that this message must go to “all that dwell on the earth”—the warning must be as extensive as the worship will be.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.9

    Here, then, is a message of the word of God which is to be sounded loudly to all the world, calling upon men to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, that out of “all that dwell upon the earth” there may be gathered a people of whom it can be truly said by the Lord, “Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus,” and that so all who will may escape the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation. Having almost compassed the earth, the preliminary work of this message is almost done. Soon it will rise up in the strength of God, and speak with a mighty voice that will arrest the attention of the nations and kingdoms of all the earth, and turn it to such a world-wide study of the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus as there has not been since the world began. This makes it incumbent upon all people now to study the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus as they have never studied them before, asking themselves the question, “Am I one o whom this scripture speaks? Am I one who truly keeps the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus? Have I received such a love of this truth that I can stand against all the wiles of Satan when he shall work with all power and signs and lying wonders?”SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.10

    By the evidences which we have now presented from the word of God, it is certain that we have reached the day and generation when all these things shall be. God sends no message to a people to whom its warnings do not apply. He did not send a warning of a coming flood to a people who should never see a flood; the people whom the Lord warned of a coming flood, those were the very people who saw the flood come. The people whom the Lord besought to escape from the impending doom of Sodom, those were the people who saw the doom of Sodom. So the people to whom the Lord sends this message of warning against the worship of the beast and his image, these are the people who will see the worship of the beast and his image. The people upon whom God calls to keep his commandments and the faith of Jesus, that they may escape the wrath of God which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation, these are the very people who will see the wrath of God poured out without mixture—these are the people who will see the seven last plagues poured upon the earth.SITI December 8, 1887, page 743.11

    It was necessary to bring out the points shown in this and the four preceding articles, that the reader might fully understand that which is to follow. In the next two, or perhaps three, articles we shall trace the development of the working of Satan, even to its culmination.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.1

    J.

    “A Sunday-school Lesson” The Signs of the Times 13, 47, pp. 744, 745.

    THE international Sunday-school lesson for November 27 was on Matthew 12:1-14, and was entitled, “Jesus and the Sabbath.” It has given the lesson writers of the “evangelical” papers another opportunity to display their erudition on the subject of the Sunday-sabbath. The one that seems to contain the most authoritative statements on the subject is found in the Congregationalist. The subject is summed up in the following oracular utterances:—SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.1

    “No rule for its observance can be binding, which has ceased to be useful in developing man’s higher life. No particular portion of time is in itself more sacred than another. God created the universe in six periods of time, and then entered on a period of rest. In Jewish law, corresponding to this fact, the last of the days of the week was fixed upon as the day of rest. But the day which we call Saturday was never in itself more sacred than any other of the seven. One-seventh of the time by divine law is sacred. Jewish law and custom made that time fall on Saturday. To Christians the day of the Lord’s resurrection, the first day of the week, gathered about itself peculiarly sacred associations. At first they observed Saturday and Sunday each week by abstaining from labor, and by gathering together for worship. Gradually they ceased their observance of Saturday, and made Sunday their sabbath. The custom became confirmed and sanctioned by the churches, guided by the Holy Spirit. Sunday is therefore the sabbath of the Christian church, and every true follower of Christ will use it as a precious gift of God for himself, for his neighbors, and for the world.”SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.2

    Here is a series of rather important statements, and we desire to examine them a little more closely than merely to read them over.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.3

    1. “No rule for its [the Sabbath] observance can be binding, which has ceased to be useful in developing man’s higher life.” In another place the same writer says, “The moral law which the ten commandments expressed ... is inseparable from the nature of man who is governed by it.” This being true, then can any rule for its observance ever cease to be useful in developing man’s higher life? God has given definite rules for the observance of the Sabbath. The Sabbath being a part of the moral law, and inseparable from the nature of man, then rules for its observance must involve moral duty; and again we ask, Can any such rule ever cease to be useful in developing man’s higher life? If it can, who is to decide just when it ceases to be useful? Is each man to decide the question for himself and in his own case? If so, then what is the use of having any rule at all in the matter? This proposition of this lesson writer inevitably makes every man his own judge in matters of morals, and ends in the subversion of all law.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.4

    2. “No particular portion of time is in itself more sacred than another.” Perhaps not “in itself,” but when God makes sacred a particular portion of time, and calls it sacred, then it is more sacred than any portion of time which he has not made sacred. Now the word of God is, that “God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it;” and the Lord “rested the seventh day, wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” If, therefore, there is any such thing as the seventh day, then it is certain that that particular portion of time is more sacred than another. God blessed that portion of time and made it holy, which he has done to no other portion of time; therefore if the blessing and the hallowing of a thing by the Lord has any effect at all in making that thing sacred, then it is made certain by the word of God that that particular portion of time known as the seventh day is more sacred than any other. And whoever does not regard it so commits sin. The above statement by the Congregationalist’s lesson writer contradicts the truth.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.5

    3. “God created the universe in six periods of time, and then entered on a period of rest.” Yes, that is so, and these six periods of time were the first six days of the first week of time; and the period of rest upon which he then entered was the seventh day, which, when he “had rested” upon it, he blessed and sanctified, to be forever a like period of rest for man in his remembrance of the Creator. But it the lesson writer means here the geological idea of six periods of time for the creation of the universe, and then a seventh period for the rest of the Lord, then when did the seventh period end that the Scripture might be fulfilled in saying that he “blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because that in it he had rested”? According to the Scripture the seventh day and its rest were past before God blessed and sanctified the day. But according to the geological period idea, this period of rest is not yet past, consequently the blessing and the sanctification cannot yet have been put upon it, “because that in it he had rested,” and from that it inevitably follows that there is no divinely-appointed Sabbath for man. And the sum of the matter is that the scientific idea of creation is in direct contradiction to the word of God. We know that the great mass of the divines of the present day have adopted that idea, nevertheless; but that in nowise proves that the scientific idea is the scriptural one, as it contradicts the word of God; it only proves that in this the divines have forsaken the word of God and are turned unto fables.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.6

    4. “In Jewish law, corresponding to this fact, the last of the days of the week was fixed upon as the day of rest.” Is then a commandment that “is inseparable from the nature of man,” a “Jewish law”? If so, how so? And by whom was the last of the days of the week fixed upon as the day of rest? It was by the Lord himself. He not only in the commandment said the seventh day is the Sabbath, but by withholding the manna on a certain day and causing it to keep over that day, which it would not do any other day, and by continuing this for forty years, he showed to all people precisely what he means when he says in the commandment, “The seventh day is the Sabbath.” The people had no part whatever in the fixing of the day of rest. It was not only fixed without their will, but directly against the will of some of them. The lesson writer is correct in saying that the last of the days of the week was fixed upon as the day of rest. And it was fixed upon by the Creator himself, and no power can unfix it—there it must remain fixed forever. God has given commandment that the seventh day is the Sabbath, he has also given his own interpretation of what he means by the seventh day; that interpretation he has held before the world from Sinai to this day, and no power can reverse it. The day which God fixed as the Sabbath by withholding the manna is the day which he means when he says in the commandment, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God,” and that day is “the last of the days of the week,”—the seventh day, commonly called Saturday.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.7

    5. “The day which we call Saturday was never in itself more sacred than any other of the seven,” says Mr. A. E. Dunning, D.D., the Congregationalist’s Sunday-school lesson writer. But God says that is was, and is, more holy than any other of the seven. The Lord made that day holy. He calls it holy. He commands man to keep it holy. This he has done for no other day of the week. Therefore that day always was, it always is, and it always will be, “more sacred than any other of the seven.” We prefer to believe the word of God rather than that of Mr. A. E. Dunning, D.D., and everybody else will do well to do so also.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.8

    6. “One-seventh of time by divine law is sacred.” Which one?SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.9

    7. “Jewish law and custom made that time fall on Saturday.” Neither Jewish law nor Jewish custom made that time fall on Saturday. It was the example of God in resting that day from the work of creation; it was the law of God which commanded that day to be kept, and the custom of God, kept up for forty years, in withholding the manna on that day and causing it to keep over that day,—it was the law of God and the acts of God which made that time fall on Saturday. And those who have respect to the law of God and the ways of God, will remember that that time always falls on Saturday, and will honor God by keeping it holy unto the Lord. Isaiah 58:13.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.10

    8. “To Christians the day of the Lord’s resurrection, the first day of the week, gathered about itself peculiarly sacred associations.” Suppose it did, what effect can that have upon the peculiarly sacred associations of the seventh day and the commandment of God to keep it holy? By what right can the peculiarly sacred associations which the first day of the week gathered about itself, rob the seventh day of the peculiarly sacred associations with which God has clothed it? It is a queer idea that because the first day of the week should have gathered about itself peculiarly sacred associations, therefore the commandment of God, which enjoins that the seventh day shall be kept sacred, should be made void!SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.11

    9. “At first they observed Saturday and Sunday each week by abstaining from labor, and by gathering together for worship.” This is not wholly true. It is true that at first they kept Saturday, because the word of God says, “They rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment.” Luke 23:56. But as for their observing Sunday also, at first or at any other time, the word of God says nothing about it. But suppose we grant that they did keep Sunday also, by what authority did they keep it? The word of God says, they kept the Sabbath—Saturday—according to the commandment. Did they keep Sunday too according to the commandment? Is so, according to what commandment did they keep it? There is nobody in the wide world who can point to any commandment of God for keeping the day called Sunday. And nobody in the wide world ever kept Sunday in obedience to a commandment of God. There is no such commandment. Where there is no commandment of God there can be no obedience to God. And as there is no commandment of God for keeping Sunday, therefore nobody can obey God by keeping Sunday.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.12

    10. “Gradually they ceased their observance of Saturday, and made Sunday their Sabbath.” That is to say, they ceased to obey the commandment of God, and obeyed one of their own instead. As they made Sunday their sabbath, their own will was the only authority for its observance. Consequently their humility was only a “voluntary humility,” and their worship was only “will worship,” and as it was all contrary to the word of God, the result was to beguile them of their reward. But now, dear reader, “let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility ... after the commandments and doctrines of man.” “For these precepts, though they have a show of wisdom, in a self-chosen worship, and in humiliation, and chastening of the body, are of no value to check the indulgence of fleshly passions.” Colossians 2:18-23 with Conybeare’s and Howson’s translation.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.13

    11. “The custom became confirmed and sanctioned by the churches guided by the Holy Spirit.” We have read, before, somewhere, some such doctrine as this. Let us see where. Here is it:—SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.14

    Question—Is it, then, Saturday we should sanctify in order to obey the ordinance of God?SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.15

    Answer—During the old law Saturday was the day sanctified; but the church, instructed by Jesus Christ, and directed by the Spirit of God, has substituted Sunday for Saturday.SITI December 8, 1887, page 744.16

    Q.—Had the church power to make such change?SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.1

    A.—Certainly, since the Spirit of God is her guide, the change is inspired by that Holy Spirit.”—Catholic Catechism of Christian Religion.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.2

    The Sunday-sabbath doctrine leads to Rome every time, but this is not always so clearly shown as it is here by the Congregationalist’s lesson writer. Christians need to be told that the Holy Spirit guides neither the church nor individuals away from the law of God. Whoever turns away from the commandment of God is not led of the Spirit of God. The Holy Spirit guides men into the truth, and the law of God, exactly as he wrote it, is the truth. And “he that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” Proverbs 28:9.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.3

    .12. “Sunday is therefore the sabbath of the Christian church,” etc. But it is not the Sabbath of the Lord. And no man is under any obligation to keep the sabbath of the Christian church. The Christian church has no authority to make a Sabbath. And as this writer has plainly said that the Christians “made Sunday their sabbath,” we should like to know how and where the Sunday-sabbath comes in as “a precious gift of God.” God did not give it at all. They made it themselves, it is their own gift to themselves, and as they ceased to observe the commandment of God that they might make this for themselves, there is nothing precious about it. The Sabbath of the Lprd is that which the commandment of God directs shall be kept. And the word of God is, “The seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work.” Jesus observed it, and left us an example that we should follow his steps. Will you follow the steps of Jesus in keeping the Sabbath of the Lord? or will you follow the pernicious doctrines of men, which lead straight to Rome. J.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.4

    “True Temperance Is Self-control” The Signs of the Times 13, 47, pp. 745, 746.

    TRUE temperance is temperance in all things. To be temperate in one thing and intemperate in others is not temperance at all. This will be the more readily seen when it is understood, as it always ought to be, that temperance is self-control. Whatsoever it may be in which a person has not the control, the mastery, of himself, just so far he is intemperate. Thus it will be seen at a glance that the practice of temperance is not completed when a person has only renounced the use of strong drink. A person may never have touched a drop of spirituous or of malt liquors, yet at the same time he may be intemperate in many ways. In many things he may not have control of himself.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.1

    Some there are, yes, a multitude, who have not control of their temper. They are as quick-tempered as a flash. In this respect they have hardly any control of themselves at all. They are intemperate. Others there are by the thousands who are ruled by their passions. Such was Felix, before whom and with whom Paul reasoned of righteousness, self-control, and judgment to come. Such are intemperate. Others again are ruled by their appetites—things which in themselves are perfectly lawful, but by which thousands of people allow themselves to be controlled, instead of assuming the mastery themselves, and acting with self-control. These are intemperate. Others yet again allow the desire of gain to rule, and to drive them onward into many foolish and hurtful things. All such are intemperant.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.2

    So it is in all things, in every phase of life. Instead of ruling themselves they allow themselves to be ruled by some wicked, sinful thing. One is controlled by strong drink, another is controlled by impure thoughts and lustful desires, another by a gluttonous appetite, and so on through the long list of human frailties. All are intemperate. Each one lacks something of that self-control which he owes himself, in filling the place of a real manly man, or womanly woman, in the world. No one of us has much in which he can boast himself over his fellow-mortals.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.3

    “Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth,” saith the Lord. Romans 14:22. It is perfectly allowable to eat and to drink. How could any live without it? But the human race from the first pair onward through the world’s history has condemned itself in that thing which in itself is one of God’s good gifts to men. God created men and women in the world together. He himself established the marriage relation and surrounded it with his own holy sanctions. He created men and women with social qualities, capable of enjoying and mutually profiting by the social relation with the sanctions which he established. But for men and women to condemn themselves in these relations, which in themselves are perfectly allowable, has been not the least of the banes of human existence. The Lord directs that men shall be diligent in business, and prosperity is the inevitable result of such a course. But instead of holding the course with an even hand under God, men allow prosperity to lead them into the love of it for its own sake, and so condemn themselves in the thing which in itself is not only strictly allowable, but highly commendable. In all these things we must needs keep ourselves the subjects of our own control, or else we shall always be what we always have been, and that is, very slaves sold to serve under the arbitrary and cruel mastery of a perverted appetite or an unholy ambition.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.4

    It is for this cause that in the Scriptures we are so often exhorted to the practice of self-control, that is, temperance. Does the great apostle tell of “the faith in Christ”? He does it by reasoning of “righteousness, temperance [self-control], and judgment to come.” Acts 24:24, 25. Does he call men to a race for the heavenly crown? He lays down the one great rule of the contest, “every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.” 1 Corinthians 9:24, 25. Does he give directions as to who shall be intrusted with the care of the flock of God? One of the necessary qualifications is that he shall be “temperate.” Titus 1:8. Does he enumerate for us the fruits of the Spirit of God? One of these precious fruits is “temperance.” Galatians 5:23. Does Peter show us how we shall obtain an abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ? It is by adding to “faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance,” etc. 2 Peter 1:5, 6, 11. Does Jesus himself tell us who shall be his follower? He says: “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself [control himself, master himself], and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.5

    This is true temperance. Without it man is not himself. Without it he is not the whole man that God wants him to be, and which he must be to enjoy the full, symmetrical measure of all his powers.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.6

    It follows from this that if a man will be master of himself in all things, he must have the full use of his own will. Paul simply expressed the experience of the human race when he said, “To will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18. Every man is ready to, and does, will to do certain things, but he cannot hold himself up to the height of his will. He resolves to do many things, but cannot hold himself to his resolution. To will to do better is ever present with every man, but they do not do better. How to perform that which their own better judgment, and their honest convictions, tell them is the right thing to do, is what they do not find.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.7

    The sole trouble about all this failure is that men have not the full use of their own will. Evil habits and intemperate practices destroy the will; they render impotent the power to perform that to which the mind readily assents as being right and proper. To convince men of what is right is ever the easiest task of the reformer, while the hardest task is always to bring them up to the place where they will do that which they know to be right. With temperance workers it is not at all difficult to convince men that the use of alcoholic drinks is injurious, and that the only right thing to do is to let it entirely alone; but the great task is to get them to let it entirely and forever alone. It is not at all difficult to convince men that the use of tobacco is only injurious and that continually, without one redeeming quality; but it is the hardest kind of a task to get them to quit it, even when they themselves confess that they ought to quit it. It is so also with the man or woman who uses opium or arsenic or morphine, or who is addicted to any wrong habit whatever.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.8

    And yet all are ready to say, “Oh, I could quit it if I only would!” Yes, that is true, but they don’t. As one old gentleman expressed it, who had been an inveterate user of tobacco, and had at last really quit: “I always said I could quit it if I would, but I couldn’t would.” In that single expression there lies couched whole volumes of philosophy. Men can quit evil habits if they will, but they can’t will. Men can do right if they only will, but they can’t will. They can say “I will,” but they can’t do “I will.” This truth was excellently illustrated in an article in the sanitary columns of the New York Independent a few years ago. In discussing the subject of “Stimulants and Narcotics as Related to Health,” the writer referred to those who have become enslaved by the use of these things, and then remarked:—SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.9

    “If ever we have seen sadness in this world, it is in the case of those who are conscious of this enthralling enchantment and yet feel unable to extricate themselves from the wiles of the adversary... We do not believe anything has happened to us over and above the experience of most practitioners; yet we almost shudder to recall instance after instance where life has been burdened with this direful deceit, and whole families involved in the secret malady. The remedies are few unless the will itself is rallied to a high determination, and then for a time fortified and affiliated with another will stronger than itself.”SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.10

    This is true. And whether the remedies be many or few, this is the only one that is sure. But it is also true that with no human will can any will be fortified or affiliated in any adequate degree whatever. A stronger human will may be found, and by it the weak will may be fortified in a certain sense by personal encouragement and watchful influence, and this only while that stronger will is present. But even then there can be no affiliation of wills so that the weaker will shall be really vitalized from the energy of the stronger. That is an impossible relationship between human wills. Under such circumstances the most that can possibly be done is that the weaker will shall be encouraged and guarded by the stronger until it shall of itself recover its wasted energies. But that is not enough, by far, and therefore such a remedy can never be certain in its results.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.11

    Far more than that is required if the wasted energies of the will are ever to be restored. As we have stated, what is required is that the stronger will shall be one that can be ever present, and which, at the same time, can be so affiliated with the weakened will that the weaker shall be actually vitalized and renewed by the very energy itself imparted from the stronger. It is evident that such a remedy would prove effectual and permanent. And there is such an one offered willingly to every enthralled soul. It is found alone in the will of the Lord Jesus Christ. There is a will with which by faith every weakened and enthralled will on earth may be fortified and affiliated, and that to such a degree that whereas it was a struggling, despairing victim, it may be transformed and translated into the glorious liberty of a conqueror, to such a degree that whereas the enthralled soul could only cry, “O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me form the body of this death?” he may freely and gladly exclaim, “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” And then, and so, God, in Christ, “worketh in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Jesus is the great Physician, who will supply strength for every weakness, a remedy for every ill, freedom to every slave, and victory to every warrior. Through Jesus Christ alone every man may become master of himself, and so, alone, can we be temperate in all things.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.12

    But out of Christ none can attain to it. Christ filled the measure of every perfection. He did it as a man, that in him man might do it. Out of Christ man is not himself, as he ought to be, nor as God wants him to be; he is handicapped with the weight of his own wrong tendencies, entailed upon him or acquired by him, and of himself he cannot rise to the complete dignity of a man. But in Christ his lapsed powers are restored, he recovers the strength that he must have to control himself completely. In Christ, and in him alone, can man surely acquire the mastery of himself, and so succeed in the practice of true temperance—self-control. Then he will be his own free man and Christ’s servant forever.SITI December 8, 1887, page 745.13

    J.

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