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As one person, in reality, how important are you to God?

 

cccOur Father, whose home is heaven, as we read your Word to gain a clear perspective of God's value for each one of us, may your Word also give each one of us encouragement, give each one of us your inner peace, give each one of us wisdom to prayerfully claim your promises, and cause each one of us to have increased learning in the lesson of quiet trust in God. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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ccc“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” — Matthew 25:40.
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ccc“They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.” — Isaiah 41:6.
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ccc“And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. — Luke 22:31, 32.
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ccc""The reason so many of Christ's professed disciples fall into grievous temptation is that they have not a correct knowledge of themselves. Here is where Peter was so thoroughly sifted by the enemy. If we could understand our own weakness, we should see so much to do for ourselves that we would humble our hearts under the mighty hand of God. Hanging our helpless souls upon Christ, we would supplement our ignorance with His wisdom, our weakness with His strength, our frailty with His enduring might. Peter fell because he did not know his own frailty. He thought himself strong. . . .
cccHad Peter walked humbly with God, hiding self in Christ; had he earnestly looked for divine help; had he been less self-confident; had he received the Lord's instruction and practised it, he would have been watching unto prayer. . . . Had he closely examined himself, the Lord would have given him divine help and there would have been no need of Satan's sifting. . . . There is no power in the whole satanic force that can disable the soul that trusts, in simple confidence, in the wisdom that comes from God.” — SD 91.
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ccc“God will honor and uphold every truehearted, earnest soul who is seeking to walk before Him in the perfection of the grace of Christ. The Lord Jesus will never leave nor forsake one humble, trembling soul. Shall we believe that God will work in our hearts? that if we allow Him to do so, He will make us pure and holy, by His rich grace qualifying us to be laborers together with Him? Can we with keen, sanctified perception appreciate the strength of the promises of God, and appropriate them to our individual selves, not because we are worthy, but because Christ is worthy, not because we are righteous, but because by living faith we claim the righteousness of Christ in our behalf?” —1SM 108; or MS 125, 1901.
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ccc“As the shepherd goes before his sheep, himself first encountering the perils of the way, so does Jesus with His people. 'When He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them.' The way to heaven is consecrated by the Saviour's footprints. The path may be steep and rugged, but Jesus has traveled that way; His feet have pressed down the cruel thorns, to make the pathway easier for us. Every burden that we are called to bear He Himself has borne.
cccThough now He has ascended to the presence of God, and shares the throne of the universe, Jesus has lost none of His compassionate nature. Today the same tender, sympathizing heart is open to all the woes of humanity. Today the hand that was pierced is reached forth to bless more abundantly His people that are in the world. 'And they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.' The soul that has given himself to Christ is more precious in His sight than the whole world. The Saviour would have passed through the agony of Calvary that one might be saved in His kingdom. He will never abandon one for whom He has died. Unless His followers choose to leave Him, He will hold them fast.
cccThrough all our trials we have a never-failing Helper. He does not leave us alone to struggle with temptation, to battle with evil, and be finally crushed with burdens and sorrow. Though now He is hidden from mortal sight, the ear of faith can hear His voice saying, Fear not; I am with you. 'I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive forevermore.' Rev. 1:18. I have endured your sorrows, experienced your struggles, encountered your temptations. I know your tears; I also have wept. The griefs that lie too deep to be breathed into any human ear, I know. Think not that you are desolate and forsaken. Though your pain touch no responsive chord in any heart on earth, look unto Me, and live. 'The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but My kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of My peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee.' Isa. 54:10.
cccHowever much a shepherd may love his sheep, he loves his sons and daughters more. Jesus is not only our shepherd; He is our 'everlasting Father.' And He says, 'I know Mine own, and Mine own know Me, even as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father.' John 10:14, 15, R. V. What a statement is this!--the only-begotten Son, He who is in the bosom of the Father, He whom God has declared to be 'the Man that is My fellow' (Zech. 13:7),--the communion between Him and the eternal God is taken to represent the communion between Christ and His children on the earth!
cccBecause we are the gift of His Father, and the reward of His work, Jesus loves us. He loves us as His children. Reader, He loves you. Heaven itself can bestow nothing greater, nothing better. Therefore trust.
cccJesus thought upon the souls all over the earth who were misled by false shepherds. Those whom He longed to gather as the sheep of His pasture were scattered among wolves, and He said, 'Other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice; and they shall become one flock, one shepherd.' John 10:16, R. V.” — DA 480, 483.
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ccc“The value of all the world sinks into insignificance in comparison to the value of one human soul.” — CW 126; or MS 1, 1875.
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ccc“Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God. You cannot burden Him; you cannot weary Him. He who numbers the hairs of your head is not indifferent to the wants of His children. 'The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.' James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them. Take to Him everything that perplexes the mind. Nothing is too great for Him to bear, for He holds up worlds, He rules over all the affairs of the universe. Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. 'He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.' Psalm 147:3. The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare, not another soul for whom He gave His beloved Son.” — SC 100.
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ccc“It will be seen that He who is infinite in wisdom could devise no plan for our salvation except the sacrifice of His Son. The compensation for this sacrifice is the joy of peopling the earth with ransomed beings, holy, happy, and immortal. The result of the Saviour's conflict with the powers of darkness is joy to the redeemed, redounding to the glory of God [i.e., the great honor of God] throughout eternity. And such is the value of the soul that the Father is satisfied with the price paid; and Christ Himself, beholding the fruits of His great sacrifice, is satisfied.” — GC 652.
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ccc“The Son of God is Himself the great Intercessor in the sinner's behalf. He who has paid the price for its redemption knows the worth of the human soul.” — PP 140.
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ccc“Rich and poor, high and low, free and bond, are God's heritage. He who gave His life to redeem man sees in every human being a value that exceeds finite computation.” — MH 162.
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ccc“One soul is of infinite value; Calvary speaks its worth. One soul won to Christ will be instrumental in winning others, and there will be an ever-increasing result of blessing and salvation.” — GW 184.
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ccc“A few words spoken in a hasty manner, under provocation, and which seemed but a little thing--just what they deserved-- often cut the cords of influence that should have bound the soul to your soul. The very idea of their being in darkness, under the temptation of Satan and blinded by his bewitching power [i.e., and/or blinded by his hypnotic, entrancing, beguiling, or heathen power; and/or blinded by his heathen spirit or the third person of the heathen godhead], should make you feel deep sympathy for them, the same that you would feel for a diseased, sick patient who suffers, but on account of his disease is not aware of his danger.
cccSouls who have cost the life of God's only-begotten Son must be estimated in value by the immense ransom paid for them; and, rich or poor, black or white, must be treated in respect to the value Christ has placed upon the human soul.
cccThese thoughts are worthy of solemn consideration. Any neglect on our part, any exaltation of self, any hasty, passionate exultations, may set a soul on the paths of destruction where he will never find the narrow path of holiness that leads heavenward.” — MM 210.
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ccc“However skilled and faithful a physician may be, there is in his experience much of apparent discouragement and defeat. Often his work fails of accomplishing that which he longs to see accomplished. Though health is restored to his patients, it may be no real benefit to them or to the world. Many recover health, only to repeat the indulgences that invited disease. With the same eagerness as before, they plunge again into the round of self-indulgence and folly. The physician's work for them seems like effort thrown away.
cccChrist had the same experience, yet He did not cease His efforts for one suffering soul. Of the ten lepers who were cleansed, only one appreciated the gift, and he was a stranger and a Samaritan. For the sake of that one, Christ healed the ten. If the physician meets with no better success than the Saviour had, let him learn a lesson from the Chief Physician. Of Christ it is written, 'He shall not fail nor be discouraged.' 'He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied.' Isaiah 42:4; 53:11.
cccIf but one soul would have accepted the gospel of His grace, Christ would, to save that one, have chosen His life of toil and humiliation and His death of shame. If through our efforts one human being shall be uplifted and ennobled, fitted to shine in the courts of the Lord, have we not cause for rejoicing?” — MH 134-135.
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ccc“The Lord would have us ever to urge the worth of the human soul upon those who do not understand its value.” — WM 144.
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ccc“As you see the peril and misery of the world under the working of Satan, do not exhaust your God-given energies in idle lamentations, but go to work for yourselves and for others. Awake, and feel a burden for those who are perishing. If they are not won to Christ they will lose an eternity of bliss. Think of what it is possible for them to gain. The soul that God has created and Christ has redeemed is of great value because of the possibilities before it, the spiritual advantages that have been granted it, the capabilities it may possess if vitalized by the word of God, and the immortality which through the Life-giver it may obtain if obedient. One soul is of more value to heaven than a whole world of property, houses, lands, money. For the conversion of one soul we should tax our resources to the utmost. One soul won to Christ will flash heaven's light all around him, penetrating the moral darkness and saving other souls.” — 6T 21-21.
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ccc“The value of a soul, who can estimate? Would you know its worth, go to Gethsemane, and there watch with Christ through those hours of anguish, when He sweat as it were great drops of blood.” — COL 197.
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ccc“I present Jesus before you. He came to save fallen man. He came to bring salvation to his own nation; but they would not accept him. They treated his mercy with insult and contempt, and at length they put to death Him who came for the purpose of giving life to them. Did our Lord turn from all the fallen race because of this? If your efforts for good have been unsuccessful ninety-nine times, and you have received only insult, reproach, and hate; if the one-hundredth time proves a success, and one soul is saved, oh, what a victory is achieved! One soul wrenched from Satan's grasp, one soul benefited, one soul encouraged! This will a thousand times pay you for all your efforts. To you will Jesus say 'Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.' Should we not gladly do all we can to imitate the life of our divine Lord?” — RH August 16, 1881.
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ccc“If you fail ninety-nine times in a hundred, but succeed in saving the one soul from ruin, you have done a noble deed for the Master's cause.” — 4T 132.
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ccc“The youth exercise their ability to execute this or that nice piece of art, but do not feel that God requires them to turn their talents to a better account, that of adorning their profession and seeking to save souls for whom Christ died. One such soul saved is of more value than worlds. Gold and earthly treasure can bear no comparison to the salvation of even one poor soul.” — 1T 512-513.
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ccc“In the command to go into the highways and hedges, Christ sets forth the work of all whom He calls to minister in His name. The whole world is the field for Christ's ministers. The whole human family is comprised in their congregation. The Lord desires that His word of grace shall be brought home to every soul.
cccTo a great degree this must be accomplished by personal labor. This was Christ's method. His work was largely made up of personal interviews. He had a faithful regard for the one-soul audience. Through that one soul the message was often extended to thousands.” — COL 229.
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ccc“For the conversion of one sinner, the minister should tax his resources to the utmost. The soul that God has created and Christ has redeemed is of great value, because of the possibilities before it, the spiritual advantages that have been granted it, the capabilities that it may possess if vitalized by the word of God, and the immortality that it may gain through the hope presented in the gospel. And if Christ left the ninety and nine that He might seek and save one lost sheep, can we be justified in doing less? Is not a neglect to work as Christ worked, to sacrifice as He sacrificed, a betrayal of sacred trust?” — GW 465.
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ccc“The true ambassador of Christ is in perfect union with Him whom he represents, and his engrossing object is the salvation of souls. The wealth of earth dwindles into insignificance when compared with the worth of a single soul for whom our Lord and Master died. He who weigheth the hills in scales and the mountains in a balance regards a human soul as of infinite value.
cccIn the work of the ministry there are battles to fight and victories to gain. 'Think not that I am come to send peace on earth,' said Christ, 'I came not to send peace, but a sword.' The opening labors of the Christian church were attended with hardships and bitter griefs, and the successors of the early apostles find that they must meet with trials similar to theirs; privations, calumny, and every species of opposition meet them in their labors. They must be men of stanch moral courage, and of spiritual muscle.” — 4T 261.
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ccc“Do not become discouraged when there are only a few present to listen to a discourse. Even if you have but two or three hearers, who knows whether there may not be one with whom the Spirit of the Lord is striving? The Lord may give you a message for that one soul, and he, if converted, may be the means of reaching others. All unknown to you, the results of your labor may be multiplied a thousand-fold.” — GW 167.
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ccc“The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel [i.e., and/or the word of the Lord came expressly unto one human soul] . . . and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. . . .
cccThen said he unto me [i.e., and/or then said the Lord Jesus Christ unto Ezekiel, one human soul], Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth. He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz [i.e., and/or there sat women weeping for Tammuz--who was and is Satan's visible false-christ-god of ancient and modern heathenism--and, thus, see this heathen abomination of Tammuz on the last page of this study]. . . .
cccHe cried also in mine ears with a loud voice [i.e., and/or Christ cried also in Ezekiel's ears or in one human soul's ears with a loud voice], saying, Cause them that have charge over the city to draw near, even every man with his destroying weapon in his hand. And, behold, six men came from the way of the higher gate, which lieth toward the north, and every man a slaughter weapon in his hand; and one man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side [i.e., this is God's sealing angel with the salvation-related mark or seal of the living God]: and they went in, and stood beside the brasen altar. And the glory of the God of Israel was gone up from the cherub, whereupon he was, to the threshold of the house. And he called to the man clothed with linen, which had the writer's inkhorn by his side; and the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations [i.e., to include the abomination of Tammuz, the visible false-christ-god or the visible idolatrous-lie of ancient and modern heathenism in a professing Christian guise or in a professing Seventh-day Adventist guise, as plainly seen on the last page of this study--history is repeating] that be done in the midst thereof. . . .
cccMoreover the Spirit lifted me up [i.e., moreover the Spirit lifted Ezekiel up or lifted one human soul up], and brought me unto the east gate of the Lord's house, which looketh eastward: and behold at the door of the gate five and twenty men . . . princes of the people. Then said he unto me, Son of man, these are the men that devise mischief, and give wicked counsel in this city . . . And ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my Judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. . . .
cccBecause with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life: Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand: and ye shall know that I am the Lord. . . .
cccThen came the word of the Lord unto me [i.e., and/or then came the word of the Lord unto Ezekiel, one human soul], saying, Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. . . Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt [i.e., and/or defile not yourselves with the idols of heathenism]: I am the Lord your God. But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt: then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the midst of the land of Egypt [i.e., and/or in the midst of the land of heathenism]. . . Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; because they despised my Judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my Sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols. . . ye pollute yourselves with all your idols, even unto this day: and shall I be enquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. And that which cometh into your mind shall not be at all, that ye say, We will be as the heathen, as the families of the countries, to serve wood and stone. . .
cccThus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done [i.e., all that one human soul hath done] shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. . . .
cccFor the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen. . . .
cccYet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. O ye house of Israel, I will Judge you every one after his ways. And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten. . . .
cccProphesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to the valleys, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I have spoken in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame of the heathen. . . Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it . . . .
cccAnd the Levites that are gone away far from me, when Israel went astray, which went astray away from me after their idols [i.e., their heathenism, false gods, or so-called images of God]; they shall even bear their iniquity. Yet they shall be ministers in my sanctuary, having charge at the gates of the house, and ministering to the house: they shall slay the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and they shall stand before them to minister unto them. Because they ministered unto them before their idols, and caused the house of Israel to fall into iniquity; therefore have I lifted up mine hand against them, saith the Lord God, and they shall bear their iniquity. And they shall not come near unto me, to do the office of a priest unto me, nor to come near to any of my holy things, in the most holy place: but they shall bear their shame, and their abominations which they have committed.” — Ezekiel 1:3; 8:12-14; 9:1-4; 11:1-2, 12; 20:2-3, 7-8, 15-16, 31-32; 24:24; 30:3; 33:20-21; 36:6, 18; 44:10-13.
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ccc“The last books of the Old Testament show us workers taken from the laborers in the field. Others were men of high ability and extensive learning, but the Lord gave them visions and messages. These men of the Old Testament spoke of things transpiring in their day, and Daniel, Isaiah, and Ezekiel not only spoke of things that concerned them as present truth, but their sights reached down to the future, and to what should occur in these last days.” — 3SM 419-420; or Letter 132, 1898.
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ccc“Thus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done [i.e., all that one human soul hath done] shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. . . .
cccFor the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.” — Ezekiel 24:24; 30:3.
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ccc“History is repeating. . . .
cccWhen Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for spiritism [i.e., spiritualism; heathenism] and theosophy--those modernized forms of ancient heathenism--to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.
cccSide by side with the preaching of the gospel, agencies are at work which are but the medium of lying spirits. . . .
cccOn the lips . . . most precious truth was turned into a lie. The policy . . . was based on a principle borrowed from heathenism.” — DA 258, 540.
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ccc“God's work in the earth in these last days is to reflect the light that Christ brought into the world. This light is to dissipate the gross darkness of ages. Men and women in heathen darkness [i.e., and/or in heathen idolatry; and, thus, in Sabbath-polluting--with idols--and/or with visible, false gods--and/or with idolatrous lies--and/or with heathenism--and/or with open heathen worship or idolatry] are to be reached by those who at one time were in a similar condition of ignorance, but who have received the knowledge of the truth of God's word.” — SpTB11:27.
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ccc“In all ages of the world the truth and its adherents have been unpopular; and how can we expect it to be different now, so near the close of time? It is impossible for a man to become loyal to God, rendering obedience to all his commandments, without finding himself immediately marked as odd from the rest of the world, and cut off from the society of those who transgress that law. If all would be obedient to the law of God, he would not be obliged to give up his former associates; but where one alone, or a very few at most, take a position on the side of right, a separation becomes necessary. There is a difference between the children of light and the children of darkness [i.e., and/or the children of heathenism; and/or the children of open idolatry and Sabbath-polluting with idols, while all the time professing to keep the Sabbath, and/or the children of heathen darkness]. Their tastes and habits are widely dissimilar. Though they may be thrown together, there is no congeniality between them; for one has a love for heavenly things, and the other for those that are earthly. 'What concord hath Christ with Belial?' What harmony is there between light and darkness [i.e., and/or between light and heathenism, or open idolatry, or visible false-gods]?
cccWhile living in disobedience, man is the enemy of God, and cannot harmonize with those who keep the divine law, and make God the supreme object of affection. They feel that the example of the obedient ones is a rebuke to them. . . .
cccWe are living in an age when the law of God is made void. Deceptive errors prevail to an alarming degree. Multitudes, forgetting that 'sin is the transgression of the law,' are following the lead of that great law-breaker, the man of sin [i.e., the Satan--the secretly disguised, widely-cherished, deceptive god--of ancient and modern heathenism--of ancient and modern darkness--of ancient and modern forbidden-idols-keeping--of ancient and modern sun-gods-keeping--of ancient and modern sun-day-keeping--and/or of ancient and modern Sabbath-polluting]. . . .
cccAll are not indifferent to the warning message.” — RH January 13, 1885.
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ccc“The children of the world are called the children of darkness [i.e., and/or the children of heathenism, open idolatry, or a lie]. They are blinded by the god of this world, and are led by the spirit of the prince of darkness.” — 1T 279.
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ccc“Satan, by means of his success in turning man aside from the path of obedience, became 'the god of this world [i.e., thus, please see the world or the church of the Laodiceans and more in the next quote below].' 2 Corinthians 4:4.” — PK 682.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccThe message to the Laodicean church reveals our condition as a people. . . .
cccThe Laodicean message applies to all who profess to keep the law of God, and yet are not doers of it. We are not to be selfish in anything. Every phase of the Christian life is to be a representation of the life of Christ. If it is not, we shall hear the terrible words, 'I know you not.' . . .
cccMany are Laodiceans, living in a spiritual self-deception. They clothe themselves in the garments of their own righteousness [i.e., self-righteousness], imagining themselves to be rich and increased with goods and in need of nothing, when they need daily to learn of Jesus, His meekness and lowliness, else they find themselves bankrupt, their whole life being a lie [i.e., their whole life being heathenism or open idolatry--with forbidden, visible, false idols--and/or with forbidden, visible, falsely so-called true images of God--and/or with forbidden, visible, false gods against God].
cccLove of self excludes the love of Christ. Those who live for self are ranged under the head [i.e., under Satan--the heathen, worldly, secretly disguised, cloaked over, Sabbath-polluting-church-excused, and widely-cherished idol or visible heathen-false-christ-god] of the Laodicean church who are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot. The ardor of the first love has lapsed into a selfish egotism. The love of Christ in the heart is expressed in the actions. If love for Christ is dull, the love for those for whom Christ has died will degenerate. There may be a wonderful appearance for zeal and ceremonies, but this is the substance of their self-inflated religion. Christ represents them as nauseating to His taste. . . .
cccOnly those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City.
cccThose who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. . . .
cccMany will not receive the seal of God because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.
cccThe great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God . . . .” — 7BC 959, 961, 962, 970.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 4BC 1145; or 2SAT 184.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., Baal's object] is to dishonor God . . . .” — 5T 295.
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ccc“At last the people see how greatly they have dishonored God. The character of Baal worship, in contrast with the reasonable service required by the true God, stands fully revealed.” — PK 153.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 4BC 1145; or 2SAT 184.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., Baal's object] is to dishonor God, and he works with every element that is unsanctified to accomplish this design. The men whom he makes his instruments in doing this work are blinded and do not see what they are doing until they are so deeply involved in guilt that they think it would be useless to try to recover themselves, and they risk all and continue in their course of transgression to the bitter end.” — 5T 295.
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ccc“The great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness . . . .” — 7BC 970.
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ccc“God's work in the earth in these last days is to reflect the light that Christ brought into the world. This light is to dissipate the gross darkness of ages. Men and women in heathen darkness [i.e., and/or in heathen idolatry; and, thus, in Sabbath-polluting--with idols--and/or with visible, false gods--and/or with idolatrous lies--and/or with heathenism] are to be reached by those who at one time were in a similar condition of ignorance, but who have received the knowledge of the truth of God's word.” — SpTB11:27.
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ccc“The great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God . . . .” — 7BC 970.
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ccc“What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His [true] people? It is a mark which angels, but not human eyes, can read; for the destroying angel must see this mark of redemption.
cccThe angel with the writer's ink horn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel.
cccJust as soon as the [true] people of God are sealed in their foreheads--it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved--just as soon as God's [true] people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the Judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming. . . .
cccThe prophet Ezekiel describes a class [i.e., and/or the prophet Ezekiel, one human soul, describes a Tammuz-serving, openly idolatrous, heathen class--to include the Tammuz-serving, openly idolatrous, heathen church of the Laodiceans and/or the great mass of Tammuz-serving, openly idolatrous, heathen, lukewarm Laodiceans] whose example Christians should not imitate.” — 4BC 1161.
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ccc“The great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God far more than the avowed unbeliever. They grope in darkness . . . .” — 7BC 970.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans is a startling denunciation, and is applicable to the [professed] people of God at the present time.
cccAnd unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm [i.e., lukewarm and/or Satan-aiding and/or God dishonoring and/or forbidden-alleged-image-of-God-making and/or heathen-abomination-serving and/or Tammuz-serving and/or visible false-christ-god-serving and/or Baal worshiping], and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth. . .
cccThe Lord here shows us that the message to be borne to His [professed] people by ministers whom He has called to warn the people is not a peace-and-safety message. It is not merely theoretical, but practical in every particular. The [professed] people of God are represented in the message to the Laodiceans as in a position of carnal security. They are at ease, believing themselves to be in an exalted condition of spiritual attainments. . . .
cccWhat greater deception can come upon human minds than a confidence that they are right when they are all wrong! . . .
cccThe true people of God, who have the spirit of the work of the Lord and the salvation of souls at heart, will ever view sin in its real, sinful character. They will always be on the side of faithful and plain dealing with sins which easily beset the [professed] people of God. Especially in the closing work for the church, in the sealing time of the one hundred and forty-four thousand who are to stand without fault before the throne of God, will they feel most deeply the wrongs of God's professed people. This is forcibly set forth by the prophet's illustration of the last work under the figure of the men each having a slaughter weapon in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen, with a writer's inkhorn by his side [i.e., God's sealing angel with the salvation-related mark or seal of the living God]. 'And the Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations [i.e., to include the abomination of Tammuz, the visible false-christ-god or idolatrous-lie of ancient and modern heathenism in a professing Christian guise or in a professing Seventh-day Adventist guise--see the last page of this study--and remember the history of ancient heathenism is repeating] that be done in the midst thereof.'
cccWho are standing in the counsel of God at this time? Is it those who virtually excuse wrongs among the professed people of God and who murmur in their hearts, if not openly, against those who would reprove sin? Is it those who take their stand against them and sympathize with those who commit wrong? No, indeed! Unless they repent, and leave the work of Satan in oppressing those who have the burden of the work and in holding up the hands of sinners in Zion, they will never receive the mark of God's sealing approval [i.e., and/or they will never receive the mark or seal of the living God]. They will fall in the general destruction of the wicked, represented by the work of the five men [i.e., five angels of God] bearing slaughter weapons. Mark this point with care: Those who receive the pure mark of truth [i.e., those who receive the pure mark or seal of the living God], wrought in them by the power of the Holy Ghost, represented by a mark by the man in linen, are those 'that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done' in the church. Their love for purity and the honor and glory of God is such, and they have so clear a view of the exceeding sinfulness of sin, that they are represented as being in agony, even sighing and crying. Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel.” — 3T 252, 253, 266-267.
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ccc“Satan's object is to dishonor God . . . .” — 5T 295.

ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 4BC 1145; or 2SAT 184.

ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image . . .” — Exodus 20:3-4.

cccPlease, notice the definition of a “graven image” [Exodus 20:4], as defined by God's Word just below in the next quote, as follows:

ccc“The city of Athens was the metropolis of heathendom. Here Paul did not meet with an ignorant, credulous populace, as at Lystra, but with a people famous for their intelligence and culture. Everywhere statues of their gods and of the deified heroes of history and poetry met the eye, while magnificent architecture and paintings represented the national glory and the popular worship of heathen deities. The senses of the people were entranced [i.e., bewitched; hypnotized] by the beauty and splendor of art. . . .
cccWith hand outstretched toward the temple crowded with idols, Paul poured out the burden of his soul, and exposed the fallacies of the religion of the Athenians [i.e., and/or the religion of the heathen]. The wisest of his hearers were astonished as they listened to his reasoning. He showed himself familiar with their works of art, their literature, and their religion. Pointing to their statuary and idols, he declared that God could not be likened to forms of man's devising. These graven images could not, in the faintest sense, represent the glory of Jehovah [i.e., and/or these graven images could not, in the faintest sense, represent the great honor of Jehovah]. He reminded them that these images had no life . . .” — AA 233, 237.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 4BC 1145; or 2SAT 184.
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ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” — Exodus 20:3.
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cccSatan's object [i.e., the heathen, secretly disguised, demon god's object] is to dishonor God . . .” — 5T 295.
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ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc“Satan uses [i.e., the secretly disguised, demon-god of ancient and modern heathenism uses] those who claim to believe the truth, but whose light has become darkness, as his mediums to utter his falsehoods and transmit his darkness. They are foolish virgins indeed, choosing darkness rather than light, and dishonoring God. . . .
cccThe state of the Church represented by the foolish virgins, is also spoken of as the Laodicean state. The True Witness declares, 'I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth.' . . .
ccc. . . . These professors of religion claim to keep the law of God, but they do not keep it.” — RH August 19, 1890.
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ccc“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” — Matthew 15:9.
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ccc“The law is an expression of God's idea.” — 1SM 235; or Letter 96, 1896.
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ccc“It is working together with Christ that is true worship.” — 2T 24.
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ccc“They were called peculiar, because they alone, among all the nations of earth, preserved the true worship of God, by keeping his commandments.” — 4SG 99.
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ccc“The first commandment is a requirement in reference to man's worship.
cccThe second commandment prohibits man from worshiping [i.e., from vainly worshiping] the true God through any creature or image. It forbids the making of any image which man might try to liken to the Creator. It forbids the making of an image of any creature to represent God or to be associated in any way with the worship of God.
ccc'To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? The workman melteth a graven image, and the goldsmith spreadeth it over with gold, and casteth silver chains.' . . . .
ccc. . . . The Egyptians and other heathen nations had many strange gods--creatures of their own fanciful imagination. . . .
cccTo make an image of God dishonors Him. No one should bring into service the power of imagination to worship that which belittles God in the mind and associates Him with common things.” — 2SAT 181, 182, 184.
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ccc“The law of ten commandments is not to be looked upon as much from the prohibitory side, as from the mercy side. Its prohibitions are the sure guarantee of happiness in obedience. As received in Christ, it works in us the purity of character that will bring joy to us through eternal ages. To the obedient it is a wall of protection. We behold in it the goodness of God, who by revealing to men the immutable principles of righteousness, seeks to shield them from the evils that result from transgression.
cccWe are not to regard God as waiting to punish the sinner for his sin. The sinner brings the punishment upon himself. His own actions start a train of circumstances that bring the sure result. Every act of transgression reacts upon the sinner, works in him a change of character, and makes it more easy for him to transgress again. By choosing to sin, men separate themselves from God, cut themselves off from the channel of blessing, and the sure result is ruin and death.
cccThe law is an expression of God's idea.” — 1SM 235; or Letter 96, 1896.
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cccThus, as we shall see more in continuing, if people held fast to God's first and second commandments, they would know that it is idolatry / heathenism to make an image of God or that it is idolatry / heathenism to make an image to represent God. Therefore, God's first and second commandments are a “wall of protection” (1SM 235) against accepting or being deceived by Tammuz--who was and is Satan's visible false christ god or visible abomination of ancient and modern heathenism.
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ccc“History is repeating. . . .
cccWhen Satan has undermined faith in the Bible, he directs men to other sources for light and power. Thus he insinuates himself. Those who turn from the plain teaching of Scripture and the convicting power of God's Holy Spirit are inviting the control of demons. Criticism and speculation concerning the Scriptures have opened the way for Spiritualism and theosophy--those modernized forms of ancient heathenism--to gain a foothold even in the professed churches of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — ST May 9, 1906.
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ccc“The Egyptians and other heathen nations had many strange gods--creatures of their own fanciful imagination. . . .
cccTo make an image of God dishonors Him. No one should bring into service the power of imagination to worship that which belittles God in the mind and associates Him with common things.” — 2SAT 182, 184.
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ccc“Satan is making . . . the Saviour of the world . . . to be no more than a common man [i.e., to be no more than Tammuz--who was and is Satan's ancient, heathen, dead, deified, common man--and/or who was and is Satan's visible false christ god of both ancient and modern heathenism--as plainly seen in the deceptive, lost, Egyptian-like or heathen, Tammuz-keeping or heathen-visible-false-christ-god-keeping or sun-god-keeping or sun-day-keeping, Babylonian church--and as also plainly seen in the even more deceptive, lost, Egyptian-like or heathen, Tammuz-keeping or heathen-visible-false-christ-god-keeping or sun-god-keeping or sun-day-keeping, Laodicean church--right now--and even still in the day of God]. . . .
cccIt is true that spiritualism [i.e., heathenism] is now changing its form and, veiling some of its more objectionable features, is assuming a Christian guise.” — GC 557, 558.
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ccc“Spiritualism [i.e., heathenism] is a dangerous phase of infidelity, and we should not go into the assemblies of Spiritualists prompted by motives of curiosity. In so doing we are placing ourselves on Satan's ground, and cannot expect help from God unless he has a work for us to do to speak some message to those who are ignorant and deceived, and immediately leave the assembly. 'They are of the world; therefore speak they of the world, and the world [e.g. see below] heareth them.'” — ST September 3, 1894.
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ccc“The message to the church of the Laodiceans applies especially to the people of God today. It is a message to professing Christians who have become so much like the world [e.g., remember above] that no difference can be seen. . . .
cccThe Laodicean message applies to all who profess to keep the law of God, and yet are not doers of it. We are not to be selfish in anything. Every phase of the Christian life is to be a representation of the life of Christ. If it is not, we shall hear the terrible words, 'I know you not.' . . .
cccLove of self excludes the love of Christ. Those who live for self are ranged under the head [i.e., and/or under Satan--the heathen, worldly, secretly disguised, Sabbath-polluting or sun-god-keeping or sun-day-keeping, false-christ-god head] of the Laodicean church who are lukewarm, neither cold nor hot. The ardor of the first love has lapsed into a selfish egotism. The love of Christ in the heart is expressed in the actions. If love for Christ is dull, the love for those for whom Christ has died will degenerate. There may be a wonderful appearance for zeal and ceremonies, but this is the substance of their self-inflated religion. Christ represents them as nauseating to His taste. . . .
cccOnly those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the Holy City. . . . .
cccThose who would have the seal of God in their foreheads must keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment. . . .
cccMany will not receive the seal of God because they do not keep His commandments or bear the fruits of righteousness.
cccThe great mass of professing Christians will meet with bitter disappointment in the day of God. They have not upon their foreheads the seal of the living God. Lukewarm and halfhearted, they dishonor God . . . .” — 7BC 959, 962, 970.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 4BC 1145; or 2SAT 184.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., the heathen, secretly disguised, demon god's object] is to dishonor God . . .” — 5T 295.
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ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” — Exodus 20:3.
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ccc“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image . . . Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.” — Exodus 20:3-4, 23.
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cccWhat exactly does God's mean, when he commands: “Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold” (Exodus 20:23)? Please, see just below, as follows:
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ccc“ The first and second commandments spoken by Jehovah are precepts against idolatry. This sin if practiced, would lead men to great lengths in rebellion, and would result in the offering of human sacrifices [i.e., and/or would result in the offering of open murder, or in the heathen's sacrifice of young and old human beings to fire--even to the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone on account of their idolatry or abominations--as seen in Revelation 21:7-10, 27; in Ezekiel 8:12-14; 9:1-4; 11:12; 16:1-2, 14-26; in PP 684-686; in GC 463-465; and in more]. God would guard against the least approach to such abominations. The first four commandments were given to show men their duty to God; the last six, to show the duty of man to his fellow-man.
cccAgain the Lord seeks to guard his people against idolatry by commanding Moses to say unto them, 'Ye shall not make with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.' They were in danger of imitating the example of the Egyptians [i.e., of the heathen or open idolaters], and making to themselves images to represent God.” — ST May 6, 1880.
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ccc“To make an image of God dishonors Him.” — 4BC 1145; or 2SAT 184.
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ccc“Satan's object [i.e., the heathen, secretly disguised, demon god's object] is to dishonor God . . .” — 5T 295.
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ccc“The idols [i.e., and/or the gods] of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, but they see not; they have ears, but they hear not; neither is there any breath in their mouths. They that make them are like unto them: so is every one that trusteth in them.” — Psalms 135:15-18.
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ccc“History is repeating.” — ST May 9, 1906.
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ccc“Christ presented the requirements of God's law with great force and clearness, but many of His hearers turned away, careless and indifferent. And to-day God's ministers preach the Word with power sent down from Heaven, but on the minds of many no permanent impression is made. The messages given by God are not received and practised. It is not thought necessary to bring the controlling power of God into the daily and hourly transactions of life. God is not known by an experimental knowledge, and therefore He can not encircle them with the realities of the unseen world. The eternal reward of the righteous does not impress their minds. The great day of the Lord, which is right upon us, awakens neither alarm nor rejoicing in their hearts. They have a form of godliness [i.e., thus, also see this same heathen form of godliness of the heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans--as discussed in the remainder of this same inspired quote together with the next four inspired quotes to the end of this salvation-related study], but not the power of the truth. Wrapped in self, nothing can help them till they realize their true condition.
cccThose who claim to be the children of God, and yet do not obey His commands, who are hearers but not doers of the Word, are regarded by the Lord as bankers regard fraudulent bank-notes. They are not genuine. They claim the name of Christian, but in reality they are heathen. To those who do not practise it, the Word of God is a dead letter. Christ says of such, 'I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.' If they realized that they were sinners, He could plead in their behalf, and the Lord would arouse them by His Holy Spirit [i.e., and/or by His power]. But He can not present them to the Father; for they are worse than dead in trespasses and sins. They hear the Word, but make no application of it to themselves. Instead, they apply the Word to their neighbors. God can be no power to lukewarm Laodiceans.” — ST August 2, 1899.
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ccc“The heathen [i.e., to include: the heathen, worse than dead, heathen-form-of-godliness-excusing, lukewarm Laodiceans--as we have just seen in the last quote] in their blindness bow down to idols of wood and stone.” — ST March 18, 1897.
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ccc“Among the heathen . . . ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.” — Deuteronomy 4:27-28.
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ccc“'This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness [i.e, please remember the last three quotes and more above], but denying the power thereof; from such turn away.'
cccThe class here mentioned by the apostle are not mere heathen. He describes them as 'having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.' He says, 'Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.' This is a delineation of the character that will be made manifest among those who profess godliness in the last days. But there will be another class. The apostle says: 'Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.'
cccThose who are deceivers are those who have turned away their ears from hearing the truth, and who have opened the door of their heart for the entrance of the sophistries of Satan. At first those who are finally deceived do not believe what they assume themselves; but as they misinterpret the Scriptures, as they claim to have received new light, as they enter into by-paths, as they repeat their own falsehoods, they come to look upon their theories as matters of importance. They deceive others, presenting the arguments that were prepared by the synagogue of Satan. Every repetition of their errors confirms them in their false theories. They are inspired by the satanic agencies to present falsehoods before others, and finally come to believe a lie, deceiving and being deceived. But Paul enjoined Timothy, saying: 'Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.'
ccc'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some [i.e., to include: the heathen, worse than dead, heathen-form-of-godliness-promoting church of the Laodiceans and/or the lost, openly sinning, impenitent, great mass of openly false witnessing or openly lying or openly false-god-keeping or openly idolatrous or openly forbidden-image-of-God-making or openly Sabbath-polluting or openly sun-god-keeping or openly sun-day-keeping, openly Tammuz-cherishing, heathen, worse than dead, lukewarm Laodiceans--who by God's definition are used by Satan as his heathen or spiritualistic mediums and foolish virgins--who claim to keep the law of God, but do not keep it--who thus engage in open idolatry, or in Baal worship, or in the popular worship of heathen gods--who therefore entrance or bewitch by art falsely so-called--and whose whole life is thus a lie or heathenism---all right now---and all even still in the day of God, just as each one of us have already seen from God's Word] shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils [Spiritualism]; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.'” — ST December 5, 1895.
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ccc“The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel [i.e., and/or the word of the Lord came expressly unto one human soul] . . . and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. . . .
cccThen said he unto me [i.e., and/or then said the Lord Jesus Christ unto Ezekiel or unto one human soul], Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth. He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord's house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz [i.e., and/or there sat women weeping for Tammuz--who was and is Satan's ancient, heathen, dead, deified, common man or representative--or who was and is Satan's visible false-christ-god of ancient and modern heathenism--and, thus, see this heathen abomination of Tammuz on the last page of this study; because God has plainly warned that the history of ancient heathenism is repeating in the heathen church of the Laodiceans--right now--and even still in the day of God]. . . .
cccAnd ye shall know that I am the Lord: for ye have not walked in my statutes, neither executed my Judgments, but have done after the manners of the heathen that are round about you. . . .
cccAgain the word of the Lord came unto me, saying [i.e., and/or again the word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel or unto one human soul, saying], Son of man, cause Jerusalem to know her abominations [e.g., to include: knowing the abomination of Tammuz, as seen on the very last page of this study]. . . Thou hast also taken thy fair jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given thee, and madest to thyself images of men, and didst commit whoredom with them . . . .
cccThus Ezekiel is unto you a sign: according to all that he hath done [i.e., all that one human soul hath done] shall ye do: and when this cometh, ye shall know that I am the Lord God. . . .
cccFor the day is near, even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen. . . .
ccc. . . . O ye house of Israel, I will Judge you every one after his ways. And it came to pass in the twelfth year of our captivity, in the tenth month, in the fifth day of the month, that one that had escaped out of Jerusalem came unto me, saying, The city is smitten.” — Ezekiel 1:3; 8:12-14; 11:12; 16:1-2, 17; 24:24; 30:3; 33:21.
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ccc“History is repeating.” — ST May 9, 1906.
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Your brother in Christ,
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Pastor Michael O. Hodges
FORERUNNER self-supporting ministries
Home church (since 1983)

P.S. On the last page of this study, see and please be warned of Tammuz, who was and is:--(1) Satan's visible false-christ-god--(2) and/or Satan's heathen, dead, deified, common man of the deification of the dead and of the disguised communion with the dead--(3) and/or Satan's visible false lord of the false lord's supper--(4) and/or Satan's visible heathen-abomination--(5) and/or one of Satan's visible representatives or gods - - all of both ancient and modern heathenism in a professing Christian guise and in a professing Seventh-day Adventist guise. If you wish, see that “heathenism” or “modern spiritualism”: (a) is a Tammuz-serving “event to take place immediately before the second advent of Christ;” (b) is Satan's Tammuz-serving, on-going, latter time, mammothly deceptive, disguised, “counterfeit” “revival” of “witchcraft and demon worship” or of “sorcery” or of “necromancy” or of the “communion with the dead” or of the “deification of the dead” or of the “worship of the dead” or of disguised “Satan” “worship” or of “heathen worship” or of “witchcraft and idol worship” or of open “idolatry” or of more. Thus, please see, be strengthened, and please be warned of Tammuz on the next page and/or in the following: Revelation 21:7-10, 27; Ezekiel 8:12-14; 11:12; 24:24; 30:1-3; 3SM 419-420, or Letter 132, 1898; Ezekiel 24:24; 30:1-3; 4ST 50:1:4, or ST August 2, 1899; 7BC 962:1-4 and 7BC 970:1:2-7 and 4BC 1161:2:2-4, 7; Ezekiel 24:24; 30:1-3; PP 684-686; GC 463:2-465:1, 551-562; 1T 296:2-298:1; Revelation 7:1-3; 9:1-4, 20-21; 21:7-10, 27; Ezekiel 8:12-14; 9:1-11; EW 279:2-282:2; and much more.

 

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