Our Present Dangers
by Ellen White
BRETHREN and sisters, I appeal to you as Seventh-day Adventists to be all that this
name signifies. There is danger of departing from the spirit of the message, and adopting
meas-ures that will imperil the work of God. As the Lord has presented these things before
me at several times and in different places, I have been brought into your assemblies
where articles were read and statements made which were false in principle and dangerous
in their tendency. I was shown that those who advocated these sentiments were not
following the counsel of God, but were bringing in that which would surely lead souls away
from safe ground, away from the third angel's message, into wrong paths, to a careless
disregard of the injunctions of God, thus imperilling their own souls and the souls of
In your councils, how little experience many of you have in humbling the heart before
God! How little you know of striving in prayer that you may enter in at the strait gate!
The question of highest importance to you is, "Do I have an experimental knowledge of
God? Am I ready to believe what He tells me, to do what He bids, instead of following my
own judgement? Am I drawing nearer to God?" The Scripture says, "The natural man
receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither
can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned." 1 Corinthians 2:14. If
your hearts are not fully surrendered to God, if you do not submit your will to His, you
will devise and plan without the guidance of Him who is mighty in counsel. Some have
manifested a spirit of Pharisaic prejudice and criticism. As soon as this is indulged, the
holy angels depart from you; for they cannot administer to sin. You possess in a large
degree the same spirit that was revealed in the Conference at Minneapolis. The deception
that was upon minds there still exists. Some have not been willing to see and acknowledge
their errors, and their blindness of mind remains.
You who have been educating yourselves and others in a spirit of criticism and
accusing, remember that you are imitating the example of Satan. When it suits your
purpose, you treat the Testimonies as if you believed them, quoting from them to
strengthen any statement you wish to have prevail. But how is it when light is given to
correct your errors? Do you then accept the light? When the Testimonies speak contrary to
your ideas, you treat them very lightly.
It does not become anyone to drop a word of doubt here and there that shall work like
poison in other minds, shaking their confidence in the messages which God has given, which
have aided in laying the foundation of this work, and have attended it to the present day,
in reproofs, warnings, corrections, and encouragements. To all who have stood in the way
of the Testimonies, I would say, God has given a message to His people, and His voice will
be heard, whether you hear or forbear. Your opposition has not injured me; but you must
give an account to the God of heaven, who has sent these warnings and instructions to keep
His people in the right way. You will have to answer to Him for your blindness, for being
a stumbling-block in the way of sinners.
"To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is
because there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20. Even the work of the Holy Spirit
upon the heart is to be tested by the Word of God. The Spirit which inspired the
Scriptures, always leads to the Scriptures.
"Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold." Matthew
24:12. The True Witness says of the church, after enumerating many virtues, "I have
somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love." Revelation 2:4. The
prevailing idolatry and iniquity have had a paralysing, deadening influence upon piety and
godliness. There is distrust, selfishness, and suspicion. A few hold fast their profession
of faith. Others have been leaving the simplicity of the faith, and as the result they are
now treading on the borderland of scepticism. They are spiritually beclouded; and thus
many are holding serious errors. Some sit in judgement on the Scriptures, declaring that
this or that passage is not inspired, because it does not strike their minds favourably.
They cannot harmonise it with their ideas of philosophy and science, "falsely so
called." Others for different reasons question portions of the Word of God. Thus many
walk blindly where the enemy prepares the way. Now, it is not the province of any man to
pronounce sentence upon the Scriptures, to judge or condemn any portion of God's Word.
When one presumes to do this, Satan will create an atmosphere for him to breathe which
will dwarf spiritual growth. When a man feels so very wise that he dares to dissect God's
Word, his wisdom is, with God, counted foolishness. When he knows more, he will feel that
he has everything to learn. And his very first lesson is to become teachable. "Learn
of me," says the Great Teacher; "for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls." Matthew 11:29.
Would that the spiritual eyesight of all the workers might be clear to distinguish the
sacred from the common. Blinded by self-love, many lose sight of the claims of others, and
also of the glory of God. When you see yourselves as you really are, and see God as He
wants you to see Him, you will feel deeply your need of Jesus, and will seek Him with
contrite hearts. Then He will be found of you. You will seek for His heavenly treasure of
graces as one seeks for precious pearls; and when you find it, there will be no doubt on
the minds of your brethren but that you have found the pearl of great price. You will have
the mind of Christ; you will work and speak as Christ did.
The people of God are not to be guided by the opinions or practices of the world. Hear
what the Saviour said to His disciples, "I will pray the Father, and he shall give
you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom
the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye
know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:16-17.
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be
called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not."
1 John 3:1.
The Coming Crisis
The Word of God plainly declares that His law is to be scorned, trampled upon, by the
world; there will be an extraordinary prevalence of iniquity. The professed Protestant
world will form a confederacy with the man of sin, and the church and the world will be in
Here the great crisis is coming upon the world. The Scriptures teach that popery is to
regain its lost supremacy, and that the fires of persecution will be rekindled through the
time-serving concessions of the so-called Protestant world. In this time of peril we can
stand only as we have the truth and the power of God. Men can know the truth only by being
themselves partakers of the divine nature. We have need now for more than human wisdom in
reading and searching the Scriptures; and if we come to God's Word with humble hearts, He
will raise up a standard for us against the lawless element.
It is difficult to hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end; and the
difficulty increases when there are hidden influences constantly at work to bring in
another spirit, a counter-working element, on Satan's side of the question. In the absence
of persecution, there have drifted into our ranks some who appear sound, and their
Christianity unquestionable, but who, if persecution should arise, would go out from us.
In the crisis, they would see force in specious reasoning that has had an influence on
their minds. Satan has prepared various snares to meet varied minds. When the law of God
is made void, the church will be sifted by fiery trials, and a larger proportion than we
now anticipate, will give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. Instead of
being strengthened when brought into strait places, many prove that they are not living
branches of the True Vine; they bore no fruit, and the husbandman taketh them away.
But when the world makes void the law of God, what will be the effect upon the truly
obedient and righteous? Will they be carried away by the strong current of evil? Because
so many rank themselves under the banner of the prince of darkness, will God's
commandment-keeping people swerve from their allegiance? Never! Not one who is abiding in
Christ will fail or fall. His followers will bow in obedience to a higher authority than
that of any earthly potentate. While the contempt placed upon God's commandments leads
many to suppress the truth and show less reverence for it, the faithful ones will with
greater earnestness hold aloft its distinguishing truths. We are not left to our own
direction. In all our ways we should acknowledge God, and He will direct our paths. We
should consult His Word with humble hearts, ask His counsel, and give up our will to His.
We can do nothing without God.
There is the highest reason for us to prize the true Sabbath and stand in its defence,
for it is the sign which distinguishes the people of God from the world. The commandment
that the world makes void is the one to which, for this very reason, God's people will
give greater honour. It is when the unbelieving cast contempt upon the Word of God that
the faithful Calebs are called for. It is then that they will stand firm at the post of
duty, without parade, and without swerving because of reproach. The unbelieving spies
stood ready to destroy Caleb. He saw the stones in the hands of those who had brought a
false report, but this did not deter him; he had a message, and he would bear it. The same
spirit will be manifested today by those who are true to God. The psalmist says,
"They have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea,
above fine gold." Psalm 119:126-127. When men press close to the side of Jesus, when
Christ is abiding in their hearts by faith, their love for the commandments of God grows
stronger in proportion to the contempt which the world heaps upon His Holy Precepts. It is
at this time that the true Sabbath must be brought before the people by both pen and
voice. As the fourth commandment and those who observe it are ignored and despised, the
faithful feel that it is the time not to hide their faith but to exalt the law of Jehovah
by unfurling the banner on which is inscribed the message of the third angel, the
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
Let No One Be Silent
Let not those who have the truth as it is in Jesus give sanction, even by their
silence, to the work of the mystery of iniquity. Let them never cease to sound the note of
alarm. Let the education and training of the members of our churches be such that the
children and youth among us shall understand there are to be no concessions to this power,
the man of sin. Teach them that although the time will come when we can wage the war only
at the risk of property and liberty, yet the conflict must be met, in the spirit and
meekness of Christ; the truth is to be maintained and advocated as it is in Jesus. Wealth,
honour, comfort, home--everything else--is to be a secondary consideration. The truth must
not be hid; it must not be denied or disguised, but fully avowed, and boldly proclaimed.
The Lord has faithful watchmen on the walls of Zion to cry aloud and spare not, to lift
up their voice like a trumpet, and show His people their transgression and the house of
Jacob their sins. The Lord has permitted the enemy of truth to make a determined effort
against the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. He designs by this means to awaken a
decided interest in that question which is a test for the last days. This will open the
way for the third angel's message to be proclaimed with power.
Let not one who believes the truth, be silent now. None should be careless now; let all
urge their petitions at the throne of grace, pleading the promise, "Whatsoever ye
shall ask in my name, that will I do." John 14:13. It is a perilous time now. If this
land of boasted liberty is preparing to sacrifice every principle which enters into her
constitution, making decrees to suppress religious freedom, and for the enforcing of papal
falsehood and delusion, then the people of God need to present their petitions in faith to
the Most High. There is every encouragement, in the promises of God, for those who put
their trust in Him. The prospect of being brought into personal danger and distress, need
not cause despondency, but should quicken the vigour and hopes of God's people; for the
time of their peril is the season for God to grant them clearer manifestations of His
power. We are not to sit in calm expectancy of oppression and tribulation, and fold our
hands, doing nothing to avert the evil. Let our united cries be sent up to heaven. Pray
and work, and work and pray. But let none act rashly. Learn as never before that you must
be meek and lowly in heart. You must not bring a railing accusation against any, whether
individuals or churches. Learn to deal with minds as Christ did. Sharp things must
sometimes be spoken; but be sure that the Holy Spirit of God is abiding in your heart
before you speak the clear-cut truth; then let it cut its way. You are not to do
There is to be no compromise with those who make void the law of God. It is not safe to
rely upon them as counsellors. Our testimony is not to be less decided now than formerly;
our real position is not to be cloaked in order to please the world's great men. They may
desire us to unite with them and accept their plans, and may make propositions in regard
to our course of action which may give the enemy an advantage over us. "Say ye not, A
confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy." Isaiah 8:12.
While we should not seek for controversy, and should not needlessly offend, we must
present the truth clearly and decidedly, and stand firm to what God has taught us in His
Word. You are not to look to the world in order to learn what you shall write and publish
or what you shall speak. Let all your words and works testify, "We have not followed
cunningly devised fables." 2 Peter 1:16. "We have also a more sure word of
prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
place." Verse 19.
A Call to Earnest Prayer and Faith
The apostle Paul tells us, "After that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom
knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that
believe." 1 Corinthians 1:21. This was the carrying out of God's plan for the
conviction and conversion of men, who are constantly tempted to magnify their own powers.
The Lord would make it manifest whether men by their own finite wisdom could acquire a
knowledge of the truth, whether they could know God, their Creator. When Christ came to
our world, the experiment had been fully made, and it proved the boasted wisdom of men to
be but foolishness. Finite wisdom was utterly unable to come to right conclusions in
regard to God, and therefore man was wholly incompetent to judge in regard to His law. The
Lord has allowed matters in our day to come to a crisis, in the exaltation of error above
truth, that He, the God of Israel, might work mightily for the greater elevation of His
truth in proportion as error is exalted.
With His eye upon the church, the Lord has again and again allowed matters to come to a
crisis, that in their extremity His people should look alone for His help. Their prayers,
their faith, together with their steadfast purpose to be true, have called for the
interference of God, and then He has fulfilled His promise, "Then shalt thou call,
and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am." Isaiah 58:9.
His mighty arm has been stretched out for the deliverance of His people. God reserves His
gracious interposition in their behalf till the time of their extremity; thus He makes
their deliverance more marked, and their victories more glorious. When all human wisdom
fails, the Lord's interference will be more clearly recognised, and He will receive the
glory that is His due. Even the enemies of our faith, persecutors, will perceive that God
is working for His people in turning their captivity.
What is needed in this our time of danger, is fervent prayer, mingled with earnest
faith, a reliance upon God when Satan casts his shadow over God's people. Let everyone
bear in mind that God delights to listen to the supplications of His people; for the
prevailing iniquity calls for more earnest prayer, and God has promised that He will
avenge His own elect, who cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them.
Men are prone to abuse the long suffering of God, and to presume on His forbearance.
But there is a point in human iniquity when it is time for God to interfere; and terrible
are the issues. "The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all
acquit the wicked." Nahum 1:3. The long-suffering of God is wonderful, because He
puts constraint on His own attributes; but punishment is nonetheless certain. Every
century of profligacy has treasured up wrath against the day of wrath; and when the time
comes, and the iniquity is full, then God will do His strange work. It will be found a
terrible thing to have worn out the divine patience; for the wrath of God will fall so
signally and strongly that it is represented as being unmixed with mercy; the very earth
will be desolated. It is at the time of the national apostasy, when, acting on the policy
of Satan, the rulers of the land will rank themselves on the side of the man of sin--it is
then the measure of guilt is full; the national apostasy is the signal for national ruin.
God has thrust His people into the gap, to make up the hedge, to raise up the
foundation of many generations. The heavenly intelligences, angels that excel in strength,
are waiting, obedient to His command, to unite with human agencies; and the Lord will
interpose when matters have come to such a pass that none but a divine power can
counteract the satanic agencies at work. When His people shall be in the greatest danger,
seemingly unable to stand against the power of Satan, God will work in their behalf. Man's
extremity is God's opportunity.
Answering the Prayer of Christ
Now is the time when the loyal and true are to arise and shine; for the glory of the
Lord is risen upon them. It is no time now to hide our colours, no time to turn traitors
when the battle presses sore, no time to lay aside our weapons of warfare. Watchmen on the
walls of Zion must be wide awake.
I am so thankful at this time that we can have our minds taken off from the
difficulties that surround us, and the oppression that is to come upon the people of God,
and can look up to the Heaven of light and power. If we place ourselves on the side of
God, of Christ and the heavenly intelligences, the broad shield of Omnipotence is over us,
the mighty God of Israel is our Helper, and we need not fear. Those who touch the people
of God, touch the apple of His eye.
Now the great question is, Are we Bible Christians--doers of the Word? I have been
astonished beyond measure as light has been presented to me again and again concerning the
difficulties and dissensions that exist in our churches. What does it mean? With the
teachings of the Bible before them, how dare they be in such disunion, apparently not
caring to answer the prayer of Christ that His disciples might be one, as He is one with
the Father? How dare they set up their will, and imperil the cause of God in order to
carry things on in their own way?
The spirit of self-sufficiency and selfish independence that has for years been coming
into the hearts of our people is the work of the enemy, that he may cause our feet to
slide; and we cannot afford to indulge it. May God help us to put it away! Begin right in
your own homes; begin there to be truly courteous, as Christ was; be kind; live not to
please yourselves. Then if you are Christians at home, you will carry the same spirit into
the church. You will carry it into your councils, and will have evidence that Jesus is
indeed your Helper, your Stronghold, your Front Guard and your Rear-ward. The
righteousness of Christ will go before you, and the glory of God will be your rear-ward.
Brethren, will you carry the spirit of Christ with you as you return to your homes and
churches? Will you put away unbelief and criticism? We are coming to a time when, more
than ever before, we shall need to press together, to labour unitedly. In union there is
strength. In discord and disunion there is only weakness. God never designed that one man,
or four, or twenty, should take an important work into their own hands, and carry it
forward independently of other workers in the cause. God wants His people to counsel
together, to be a united church, in Christ a perfect whole. The only safety for us is to
enter into the counsels of Heaven, ever seeking to do the will of God, to become labourers
together with Him. No one company is to form a confederacy, and say, "We are going to
take this work, and carry it on in our own way; and if it does not go as we want it to, we
will not give our influence to have it go at all." This is Satan's voice, not God's.
Do not obey such suggestions.
What we want is the spirit of Jesus. When we have this, we shall love one another. Here
are the credentials that we are to bear: "By this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love one to another." John 13:35. We need to pray more; and
when we have Christ abiding in the soul, His spirit in me will harmonise with His spirit
in you; and He who controls our minds, controls also the heavenly intelligences, and they
co-operage with us. Then in every council you will have the presence of One mighty in
counsel. Jesus will be there. There will be no contention, no strife, no stirring up of
the worst passions of the heart. What we want is to find refuge in Jesus. What we want is
to be converted; and O, how I have longed for the converting power of God to go through
I fear that some will never be converted. Not because God is not willing to convert
them; but because they have eyes, and yet see not; ears have they, but they hear not; they
have understanding, and yet understand not. They are too proud to acknowledge their
errors, and in contrition of heart seek God in repentance. Now shall we put away this
impenitent spirit? Shall we fall on the Rock and be broken? Jesus is soon coming in the
clouds of heaven. What is He doing now?--He is testing a people here upon the earth, to
see if they can live in harmony, without revolt, in heaven.
The Danger of Scepticism
Do you think He will take those who are indulging scepticism and infidelity, who, when
He sends a message, stand back and refuse to accept it? Yet many have done this. When we
speak of the grace of God, of Jesus and His love, speak of the Saviour as One who is able
to keep us from sin, and to save to the uttermost all who come unto Him, many will say,
"O, I am afraid you are going where the holiness people go. I am afraid you are doing
after the Salvation Army." Brethren, you need not be afraid of the plain teachings of
the Bible. Do not fear to go where the voice of Jesus is heard saying, "Follow
me;" for this will lead you right. Do not let any man or woman, or any council or
party, lead you to suppress the precious light that God has permitted to shine from heaven
in regard to the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus. You need more, much more,
of the Spirit of Christ, to take the coldness and iron out of your hearts. Jesus humbled
Himself. His whole life was one of humiliation and suffering. He was a man of sorrows, and
acquainted with grief. And all this He bore, that sinners might be redeemed. This is the
spirit that must dwell in our hearts.
The object of our faith, hope, and love, should be Jesus--Jesus always, Jesus only. A
mere profession of faith will not save us; we must have real faith in Christ. Then the
heart will be renewed; we shall be born again. Christ takes our sins upon Himself, and
imparts to us His righteousness.
In the revival work that has been going forward here during the past winter we have
seen no fanaticism. But I will tell you what I have seen. I have seen men who were so
lifted up in themselves, and so stubborn, that their hearts were enshrouded in darkness.
All the light that Heaven graciously sent them was interpreted to be darkness. When the
enemy presents a device of his own, some are ready to accept that; but they have been so
very cautious that they would not receive the light which would have made them wise unto
salvation. The mission of God's servants was to open their eyes, to turn them from
darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. The bright beams of the Sun of
Righteousness, if received, would have illuminated the soul-temple, and driven out the
buyers and sellers, the pride of opinion and the lust of the flesh. But there are some who
have criticised and depreciated, and even stooped to ridicule, the messengers through whom
the Lord has wrought in power.
Press Together, Press Together
But, thank God, there are many who have been listening to His Word and feasting upon
it. What does Christ say?--"Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his
blood, ye have no life in you." John 6:53. Then let us feast upon Christ. Let us
enjoy His love, and praise God for this great salvation. Then we shall come together,
heart to heart. When we shall subdue our pride, when we shall pluck from the garden of the
soul every fibre of the root of bitterness, our hearts will flow together as the heart of
one. And the Saviour's promise is, "If two of you shall agree on earth as touching
any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in
heaven." Matthew 18:19. Then, I ask, Where is our power?--It is in the sincere
prayers going up to Heaven continually that Christ will reveal Himself to us. And He will
do it. The light and glory of God will rest upon His people. And then the world will see,
and will say, "Behold, how these brethren love one another." Then all this heart
burning and distrust will cease, and in place of it, there will be love and union,
courtesy, kindness, and tenderness. The very countenances will shine with the glory of
God. We shall all see eye to eye. We shall speak the same things, and be of the same
Suppose we labour to this end the coming year. Suppose we try daily to have our hearts
united in the bonds of Christian love. "I have somewhat against thee," says the
True Witness, "because thou hast left thy first love." And he says, Except thou
repent, "I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his
place." Revelation 2:4-5. Why?--Because in our separation from one another we are
separated from Christ. We want to press together. O, how many times, when I have seemed to
be in the presence of God and holy angels, I have heard the angel voice saying,
"Press together, press together, press together. Do not let Satan cast his hellish
shadow between brethren. Press together; in unity there is strength."
I repeat the message to you. As you go to your homes, be determined that you will press
together; seek God with all the heart, and you will find Him, and the love of Christ, that
passeth understanding, will come into your hearts and lives.
I tell you, we have enough to do. There is no time to lose in doubt and darkness and
inactivity. Your attention has been called to the need of missionary work in almost all
parts of the world. Today I would present before you the Southern field. How many
missionaries are now ready to take hold of the work to be done among the coloured people
in our own country? Where are the men and women who will go in among the thousands upon
thousands of these people in the South, and in a patient, humble way, seek to educate and
train them? O, there is so much to do! We cannot afford to spend our time in manufacturing
yokes to put upon our own necks or the necks of others. We want to go out as missionaries
for God. We want to awake from the dead, and Christ will give us life. There are souls to
be saved for whom Christ has paid the purchase money of His own blood, and I want you to
feel that if souls of the coloured race shall go down, unwarned, to destruction, there are
those who have the light and have feasted upon it from week to week and from year to year,
who will have to give an account to God; for the blood of souls will be upon their
garments. Brethren, we cannot afford this.
May God help us to awake to our duty! If you have hold of the work of God, I beseech
you, for Christ's sake, do not let go. If God sees that your souls are in danger, He will
send reproof to you. Do not rise up against it. Say, "I will seek God, I will find
Him, and will be converted." The True Witness says, "As many as I love, I rebuke
and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent." Revelation 3:19. Yes, repent. It is
not for you to be jealous of the reprover. It is not for you to dissect or discount the
message that God may send you. It is for you to receive it, and reform, and be thankful
that the Lord has not left you to blindness of mind and hardness of heart. May God help
you to be converted.
I beseech you to take Christ with you as you go to your churches. "Preach the
word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering
and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after
their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." 2
Timothy 4:2-3. Many are unwilling to have their way crossed. Now, it is not by following
your own way that you will enter heaven; it is by choosing God's way. Will you take it? It
is not your spirit that is going into heaven; it is Christ's spirit. Will you have it?
Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and
open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
Revelation 3:20. Then I ask, How is it that so many of you are saying you do not know
whether you are accepted of God or not; that you want to find Jesus? Don't you know
whether you have opened the door? Don't you know whether you have invited Him in? If you
have not, invite Him now. Don't wait a moment. Open the door, and let Jesus in.
Pray for God's Institutions
There are important interests at stake in Battle Creek, where so many of our
institutions have been planted. As we were planning for the establishment of these
institutions, how we prayed, and sought God day and night. Before the College was
established here, my husband would say to me in the night season "What shall we do
about establishing a school here? Let us get up and pray." Long before this, we used
to pray about establishing the printing office. Then it was the Sanitarium. Prayer was
interwoven with our very life experience. Day by day our petitions ascended to Heaven, and
God heard us. Now let us continue to pray. If we needed to pray about the establishment of
these institutions, how much more do we need to pray for God to keep them as guardians of
the truth. They are not to lift up any false standard. They are not to be false signposts
for the people. Wherever you are, pray that God will keep these institutions. If your
united prayers ascend to Heaven in their behalf, God will hear; and if the men who are
there prove unfaithful, He will remove them, and will put others there who will be true to
Him. God is not at a loss for means. If men will only respond to His call, all will be
Now let us take Christ's yoke upon us, and learn of Him. He says His yoke is easy, and
I believe it. He says the burden is light, and I believe that, too. When you are wearing
Christ's yoke, all your complaining and dissension will cease. When Christ's disciples
fell into controversy by the way, He asked them. "What was it that ye disputed among
yourselves by the way? But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among
themselves, who should be the greatest. . . . And he took a child, and set him in the
midst of them: and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall
receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me,
receiveth not me, but him that sent me." Mark 9:33-34, 36-37. Now let us be like
children before God. Let us be teachable, willing to learn, and then the Spirit of God
will cement our hearts together, and we shall be one in Christ Jesus. Then the Father will
love us, even as He loves His Son. Let this thought fill the soul with thankfulness, and
go on your way to Zion, making melody in your hearts to God. You are called out of
darkness to show forth His marvellous light. Go forward, rejoicing in the righteousness of
At the morning meetings I have enjoyed hearing the testimonies of those who came here
to learn--testimonies of how they have learned to believe that Christ has forgiven their
sins. It is very late--the eleventh hour--to learn that. But, thank God, it is not too
late, even at the eleventh hour, for wrongs to be made right. If we learn what is to be
the joy of our calling, we shall praise God with heart and soul and voice. And at last we
shall have a glorious triumph when our captivity shall be turned, and our mourning and
tears shall be forever past. What a shout of praise will then go forth from human lips!
Shall we begin it here? God grant that we may! God help you to put away every fibre of the
root of bitterness that has been planted in so many hearts. May you put it away, so that
it shall never bud nor blossom from this time. Let Christ kill it by His Holy Spirit in
every heart. God grant that the root of bitterness may die! The General Conference Daily Bulletin, April 13, 1891.