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    September 5, 1895

    “Thy Kingdom Come” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    We are taught to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.1

    The only part of this earth in which we are directly responsible that the will of the Lord shall be done is in our own hearts. Therefore it is impossible to pray this prayer unless the heart is surrendered to the Lord for the working of His own will.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.2

    “As It Is In Heaven.”-One Scripture which shows how the will God is done in heaven is Psalm 103:20: “Bless the Lord, ye His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word.” The attitude of the angels is that of waiting and listening to catch the first word of the Father’s command, then hastening to do His will. There is no hesitancy; for they go and return “as the appearance of a flash of lightning.” Ezekiel 1:14.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.3

    “So In Earth.”-The believer’s attitude is to be the same-heart yielded in willing obedience to the Master, the clamour of self silenced, and ears open to hear the first whisper of the Divine voice, then with feet swift to run in the way of righteousness. That strength that excels is for us also; for we are to “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” With “His glorious power” working in the heart “mightily” (Colossians 1:29), there can be no doubtful hesitating over the question of how the work can be done. As the Word is received the strength comes, and we may hasten joyfully forth to do His commandments.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.4

    “‘Grace for Grace’” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    Speaking of Christ the Word who was in the beginning with God, and who is God, the Creator of all things, the beloved disciple, His intimate friend, says by inspiration, “And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.” John 1:16.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.5

    Some versions give it, “grace upon the grace,” or “grace instead of grace,” all conveying the one idea that when God gives He simply adds to His own gifts. That is, God bestows good things upon us, not because we have done something to merit them, but because He has already given us good things.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.6

    There is no one who has not received much from the Lord. “He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.” Acts 17:25. “He is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.” Luke 6:35. He “giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not.” James 1:5. Now the very fact that we all, no matter what our past life has been, have received gifts from the Lord, instead of indicating that we have no right to expect more from Him, gives us the strong claim upon Him. He gives for His own sake. He gives, not as payment for what we have done for Him, but as a reward for our willingly receiving what He has already given us.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.7

    Therefore when we begin to realise that even when we have been warring against God, He has been heaping good things upon us, and we exclaim, “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?” The answer comes, “Take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord.” Psalm 116:12, 13. That is, if we would repay the Lord for His benefits to us, we can do nothing except take them as freely as He gives them, and ask for more. We say, “Lord, what shall I do to repay Thee for all Thy gifts?” And He replies, “Take some more.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.8

    “He delighteth in mercy.” Micah 7:18. He “hath pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Psalm 35:27. He gives us good things because He is good, and His nature can be satisfied only by doing good.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.9

    Let no one, therefore, hesitate to call upon the Lord. Let not a sense of unworthiness cause you to fear to come before Him, for “His mercy endureth for ever.” Let us say, “I love the Lord because He hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because He hath inclined His ear unto me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1, 2.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 561.10

    “Men Whom God Can Use” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    When those who profess the truth of God have allowed self to become so thoroughly dead that only Christ shall appear in all they do, then there will be mighty works done. Then may be fulfilled the words of Christ, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My father.” John 14:12. But those works cannot be done as long as there is any likelihood of any one’s taking any of the credit to himself.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.1

    Those who do them must have this spirit which was in Christ: “The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the work.” Verse 10. When men allow the Spirit of Christ to dwell in them and control them, and are willing and anxious that He alone should be glorified; when, like Samson, they can rend a lion with the strength given them of God, and tell neither father nor mother of it,—then will the kingdom of God come with power. Through such men God can work.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.2

    “What Intercession Is” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Hebrews 7:25. Let the reader disabuse his mind of a too common idea of the word “intercession,” as applied to the work of Christ. It is a grievous error to suppose that Christ intercedes to appease the wrath of God, and to induce Him to regard man with favour. God was not so angry with the world that it took the death of His Son to appease His wrath. No; “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.” God was man’s friend; man was God’s enemy. God did not need to be reconciled to man; but man needed to be reconciled to God.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.3

    The primary idea of “intercede” is to pass between. How involuntarily our minds turn to the statement in the Hebrews, that “God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, interposed Himself with an oath.” Hebrews 6:17, margin. It is that oath that gives us confidence in coming to Christ. Christ has pledged Himself-His own existence-for our salvation. His own life is the surety for our safety. So long as our faith holds on to God, the enemy cannot get us till He gets past God, for God has interposed Himself.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.4

    It is the life of God in Christ, that is our security. He has interposed His own life between us and the enemy of our souls. Before Satan could destroy a soul that trusts in God he would have to kill God. But that is an impossibility. Satan tried that once and failed. He could not touch that life, but Christ voluntarily laid it down. He laid it down that He might take it again, and having taken it, He holds it for ever. “I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.5

    “Spiritualism” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    When Spiritualism first began its modern manifestations-the thing itself is as old as the demon worship of Nineveh and Babylon-it made no profession of Christianity, or even of common morality. It derided the Lord, scoffed at the Bible, and showed the cloven hoof generally. But latterly a change has come in the attitude of the movement, and now it masks itself in the guise of religion, and is quietly taking possession of the outworks of the popular religions of Christendom. Canon Wilberforce is quoted as saying:—PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.6

    Those who are following Spiritualism as a means and not an end, contended warmly that it does not seek to undermine religion or to render obsolete the teaching of Christ; that, on the other hand, it furnishes illustrations and rational proof of them such as can be gained from no other source; that its manifestations will supply deists and atheists with positive demonstration of a life after death, and that they have been instrumental in converting many secularists from scepticism to Christianity.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.7

    “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” He must be so transformed, else he could not deceive the whole world, as the Scriptures declare that he will just before the end, by signs and wonders; “insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.8

    The knowledge of life and immortality is not to be found in Spiritualism. Christ “hath brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel,” and only in the Gospel is it brought to light. The only way to know that life is to know its power now, in the forgiveness of sins and the life of faith. The Gospel reveals life to come by giving life now. Paul desired to know the power of the resurrection life day by day, in order that he might “attain unto the resurrection of the dead.” Philippians 3:10, 11.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.9

    The manifestations of spirit life in Spiritualism can be none other than those “spirits of devils, working miracles” which the prophet declared would come in the last days. But the enemy has so cunningly perverted the truth, turning men from the Word and from the doctrine of the life and resurrection, that nearly all Christendom is ready to fall into the snare when the time comes for the great deceptions which are to crown Satan’s final efforts. 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.10

    “‘As He Walked’” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    The “disciple whom Jesus loved,” and to whom some of the deepest things of God were revealed both by Jesus in person and by the Holy Spirit, has written by inspiration of the Spirit, concerning Christ, “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6. In like manner the Apostle Peter has written that “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.11

    To be a Christian is to be a follower of Christ. The Christian is one in whom the life and character of Christ are reproduced. This is universally admitted, because the very name implies it; and yet there are many professed Christians who at times will talk as though the one thing necessary for a Christian was to be as unlike Christ as possible. On certain occasions they will argue to the effect that if Christ did a thing that is of itself sufficient reason for our not doing the same thing.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.12

    As an illustration of this, we quote the following from a letter written us by one who expresses the utmost astonishment that we should keep, and teach others to keep, the Sabbath of the fourth commandment-the seventh day of the week. He says:—PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.13

    According to your contention Christians are still under the law, whereas it is evident to readers of the New Testament they are under grace, the Christ having fulfilled the law for them.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.14

    We quote this because it expresses a very common idea. Perhaps nine out of ten who object to keeping the Sabbath of the law of God, will give as their reason for not keeping it the fact that Christ kept the law.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 562.15

    “NOT UNDER THE LAW’

    Before taking up this point, however, we must state again that we do not teach nor believe that Christians are under the law. Most emphatically they are not. And the reason why they are not is that they keep the law, even as Christ did. The Psalmist wrote, “I will walk at liberty; for I seek Thy precepts.” Psalm 119:45.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.1

    “Sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4. Now the Apostle Paul writes, “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.” Romans 6:14, 15. There is no necessity for any misapprehension as to what it is to be under the law, for the apostle says that those who are not under the law do not sin; that sin has no dominion over them. That is to say, they do not transgress the law. The man, therefore, who is not under the law is the man who keeps the law. Christians are under grace, and the grace of God saves from the transgression of the law.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.2

    FULFILLING THE LAW

    Come now to the thought that we do not need to keep the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, because Christ kept or fulfilled the law. This is an acknowledgement of two things, namely, that the seventh day of the week is the Sabbath of the fourth commandment, and that Christ kept it. But let us see how it will work to say that we are absolved from the duty of keeping the Sabbath because Christ fulfilled the law.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.3

    “What is written in the law? how readest thou?” Remember that there is more in the law than the simple keeping of the Sabbath, and that it all stands together as a unit. The answer which the Lord approved, and which He Himself gave on one occasion, is this: “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” Luke 10:26, 27. This is the whole law.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.4

    Now let us for a moment accept as true the statement that we need not keep the seventh day, according to the law, because Christ fulfilled the law, and see to what it leads us. It is true that Christ fulfilled the law. It is also true that the principal part of the law is, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart” etc. Now it is certain that Christ fulfilled this commandment. What then must we conclude, according to the theory before us?—Why, simply this, that we do not need to love the Lord our God, since Christ did it for us!PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.5

    The second great commandment of the law is, “Thou shall love thy neighbour as thyself.” But Christ fulfilled the law for us; therefore we do not need to love our neighbour at all!PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.6

    Or to go into particulars, the commandment says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.” But Christ fulfilled the law for us, reverencing the name of the Father; therefore we may curse and swear! The commandment says, “Thou shalt not kill,” and, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” Christ fulfilled this part of the law also for us, and so Christians may murder and lie!PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.7

    “No, no,” says our friend, “that is no part of Christianity.” And so say we. Our friend will say that Christians must reverence the name of God, must honour their parents, must not kill, steal, commit adultery, bear false witness, nor covet; and so say we, because the Bible says so. The fact that Jesus Christ loved the Father, was obedient to His earthly parents, did no violence to any person, and always witnessed the truth, is no reason why Christians should not do the same, but is the strongest reason why they should obey those commandments. So the fact that Jesus kept the Sabbath,—the very day enjoined by the fourth commandment, the seventh day,—is the strongest reason why Christians should keep it also. There is no argument against the Sabbath that does not strike equally against every commandment of the law. The law is one, and he that offends in one point “is guilty of all.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.8

    CHRIST’S LIFE IN US

    Christ fulfilled “all righteousness.” What for? Was it in order that we might be free from righteousness? Far from it. We were already free from righteousness; He fulfilled all righteousness in order that we might be freed from all sin. God sent His own Son, “that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us.” Romans 8:3, 4.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.9

    “For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Romans 5:10. But bear in mind that the life of Christ does us no good unless it is in us. “Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” 2 Corinthians 13:5. So that if the life of Christ is not “made manifest in our body” (2 Corinthians 4:10), we are not Christians at all. It is not the mere fact that Jesus kept the law eighteen hundred years ago that saves us, but it is the fact that He still lives, that His life now is the same as it was then, and that He lives in us, and fulfils the law in us, not outside of us.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 563.10

    “By the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.” Romans 5:19. Notice that it is not simply that by the obedience of One we are accounted righteous, but that it is by Christ’s obedience that we are actually made righteous. His obedience is not a substitute for our disobedience, but it is actually our righteousness. Oneness with Christ is the Christian standard. We are “crucified with Christ,” “buried with Him by baptism into death,” “risen with Christ,” in order that we might also “live with Him.” He set the example when He was on earth, and now He is to walk over the same road in us.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.1

    There is altogether too much failure to recognise what true Christianity is. Too many seem to think it is sufficient to acknowledge that Jesus Christ once came in the flesh, was crucified, buried, and raised, forgetting that true Christianity is the present life of Christ in human flesh. “Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God.” 1 John 4:2, 3. It is not enough to confess that Jesus Christ once came in the flesh; we must confess that He even now is come in the flesh, even ours, and that He is “the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), and that therefore His life in us must be the same that it was eighteen hundred years ago in Judea and Galilee.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.2

    Let us not therefore think that since Jesus fulfilled the law we may ignore any part of it, but rather remember that “He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk even as He walked.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.3

    “History Repeating Itself” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    A correspondent in the Midlands sends us a copy of one of the New York morning newspapers containing several columns on the trials of Seventh-day Adventists in the Tennessee courts, under the Sunday law, and giving, among other sketches illustrative of the case, a picture of our brethren at work with the chain-gang.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.4

    The account says that, as the guards had perfect confidence in our brethren and know they will make no effort to escape, they are not required to wear the chain, and are even allowed to return to their homes each week to spend the Sabbath, reporting themselves the following Monday.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.5

    It is very sure, however, that the principle animating the Sunday law will in future cases demand its full due for any present leniency. When the Christians in early centuries were brought before the courts of pagan Rome many magistrates dealt leniently with them at first, and tried by favours to win them from what they considered fanatical, though perhaps honest, disregard of established religious customs. Of the end of these efforts on the part of the magistrates one writer says:—PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.6

    When the Christian replied that he could not under any form or pretence whatever worship any other God than the Father of our Lord Jesus; nor honour any other by any manner of offering; nor call the emperor lord in the manner of the statute, then, the governor understanding nothing of what the Christian called confessions, and seeing what he considered the kindest possible offers counted of no worth, his proffered mercy was often turned into wrath. He considered such a refusal an evidence of ingratitude and obstinacy unworthy of the slightest consideration.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.7

    It was because the laws were in themselves wicked, and not because those who were charged with enforcing them were more brutal than average men, that such wicked results followed. And human nature and religious laws are the same to-day. From the Sentinel, the New York organ of our society, we learn that the judge in Tennessee who formerly declared the law unjust dealt lightly with previous cases, even recommending the governor of the State to “pardon” those convicted, now, in these latest cases, imposed fines from three to five times the amounts formerly set. Our contemporary says:—PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.8

    “Had heavy penalties been imposed upon the Rhea County Adventists for the first offence, public sympathy would have been aroused in their behalf, and the so-called law might have been swept from the statute books; but the sympathy of the judge, the kindness of the sheriff and his deputies, the pardon by the governor, all serve to create a feeling that having been treated with such a marked consideration, the Adventists ought to be willing to compromise, to surrender their consciences; and the fact that they will not compromise in the least, that they remain loyal to God and to conscience, is taken by many as an evidence of contumacy, and their further punishment is regarded as well merited.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.9

    “We have little hopes of influencing the State of Tennessee in this matter, or of even lightening the persecution of the Adventists there. Forewarned by the Word of God, we have long looked for such things in this country, and we expect them to increase rather than diminish. The return to the maxims and methods of the Dark Ages has begun, and the goal is certain. We expect to save from the ruinous course upon which they have entered neither the State of Tennessee nor yet the United States, which has in many ways approved the wicked principle which Tennessee has adopted; but we do expect to save honest-hearted individuals from participation in the wrong.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 564.10

    “News of the Week” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    -Affairs in Morocco are very unsettled, and there is fighting among the tribes.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.1

    -By a revolt in Ecuador the Government has been defeated and insurgents have captured Quito, the capital.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.2

    -Another Armenian district has been harried by Turks and Kurds, and the populace fear another massacre.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.3

    -The estimates of the grain product of the world for this year show a considerable reduction below last year’s figures.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.4

    -Russia is planning a canal to connect the Baltic with the Black Sea. The land is so level that it is said but two looks will be necessary in the whole distance.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.5

    -The peasantry in Sicily are in revolt. They say they can only starve at the present wages. Proprietors say that to grant the demands of the labourers would ruin themselves.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.6

    -The Sultan complained to France and Russia that Great Britain was pressing too severely for Armenian reforms. But those powers refuse to interfere, and Lord Salisbury declines to moderate his demands.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.7

    -Cholera is raging in Pekin, 40,000 deaths occurring during August. A few cases have been reported in Europe, but thus far there is promise that it will not come westward this year to any serious degree.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.8

    -Lincolnshire farmers say they can scarcely remember a time when harvest labour was so plentiful. A larger number than usual have come from Ireland and other districts in search of work, and thus labourers command less wages than usual.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.9

    -The Czar evidently knows how to give presents that will please those Balkan States which Russia desires to dominate. He has just sent 30,000 rifles, 15,000,000 cartridges, and cannon, machine guns and dynamite as a present to Montenegro.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.10

    -Germany has been celebrating the campaign of the Franco-German war with festivities and military and religious pomp. While Germany is rejoicing over her victory, her neighbour France is pledging herself to wipe out the humiliation of the defeat some day.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.11

    -There seems to be little to choose between Bulgarian and Turkish methods. Further particulars of the Bulgarian attack upon a Turkish village, show that the houses were blown up by dynamite bombs while the inhabitants were sleeping, and nearly 800 are reported killed.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.12

    -News during the past week shows that the French are getting well on toward the Madagascar capital, and it is said that the Queen and Court, thoroughly demoralised, are giving way to foolish dissipation and gambling. The Times correspondent says the French have armed a tribe of Sakalavas, half savages, who are preceding the expedition in raiding hordes.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.13

    -After considerable temporising the Chinese authorities have allowed British and American representatives to be present at the commission of inquiry into the recent massacres, and it is said the real criminals are being discovered. Usually some criminals or paupers entirely innocent of the offence charged have been executed by the mandarins to satisfy the demands of the powers in such outrages as these.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 574.14

    “Back Page” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    Many in South Africa, we hear, are protesting against the tax on breadstuffs while Cape brandy is free from excise. They say brandy is cheaper and bread dearer than in any other part of the world.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.1

    Canada joins in the cry for Sunday observance by authority of the police court, the Divine authority being lacking. A Seventh-day Adventist in Ontario has been sentenced to prison for thirty days for work done on a farm.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.2

    The great Catholic Congress closed last week in Munich with a parliamentary session attended by seventy members of the Catholic party in the Reichstag. Resolutions were passed in favour of the re-establishment of the Pope’s temporal power, and in favour of more complete Sunday observance.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.3

    The question of the marriage laws in the Crown colony of Malta is again being agitated. Even after all these years no marriage can be celebrated there save by a Catholic priest, under pledge that all children of such marriages shall be brought up in the Catholic religion.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.4

    It is to those who “look for Him” that Christ will appear the second time without sin unto salvation. “Every eye shall see Him,” but only those who truly look for Him will be abiding in Him and “not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” The signs of the times are to tell when He is near, “even at the door;” “but of that day and hour knoweth no man.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.5

    There are two possibilities that it is best for us to bear in mind when we think that our abilities are not recognised, and that we are rated by others lower than we deserve. The first is, that others may be able to judge of our ability better than we ourselves can; we may have over-estimated ourselves, while they may judge accurately. We are fully as liable to be mistaken in our estimate of ourselves as others are in their estimate of us. The second thing to consider is that they may be wrong; we may really have more ability than they think we have. In that case, their estimate cannot make any difference in the fact, and time will demonstrate their error. The combined result of keeping in mind these two possible conditions will be that we shall preserve our peace of mind, and shall not be betrayed into unseemly behaviour.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.6

    Added to its social troubles, which make an uprising of the peasants imminent, poor Rome-cursed Sicily has now to reckon with the advent of a “Messiah” after whom the ignorant and superstitious people are gathering in hundreds.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.7

    The proposed change in the religion of the baby Bulgarian prince is seriously discussed by Catholic organs, which speak of the “suggested apostasy of the infant heir.” When he gets older it may be explained to him how near apostasy he was.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.8

    “He that is not with Me is against Me.” If Christ is not given dominion in the heart, to live His life, there is no possible means by which we can escape having Satan in possession. There is no place for the man who does not do right, but who does “nothing very bad.” Not being with the Lord is rebellion against Him.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.9

    An unbelievers says his religion is to treat others as he wants them to treat him. That is good; it is the religion of Jesus Christ. But none but the Christian can follow the Golden Rule. Thus, the Lord is constantly treating the unbeliever kindly, giving him life and breath and all things, and in return he will not so much as thank the Lord for His goodness, nor give to the Lord his service, although God is constantly serving him.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.10

    Our printing works were again visited last Sunday by the Factory Inspector, and the visit will doubtless be followed by an early prosecution.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.11

    In advocating the truth simply by calling attention to what the Lord says, no one need feel anxiety at the opposition which may come. It can only work for the truth, as what God says in the Word will remain after all that may be set against it. One of the workers in the island of Jamaica, to which we have sent thousands of books, says:—PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.12

    Our work and books are being spoken against by both religious and secular papers, which only increases the desire to hear. To illustrate: one minister who read the reports, called and asked for the book spoken against, read it through, and said it was an excellent book.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.13

    “Religion In Buttons” The Present Truth 11, 36.

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    E. J. Waggoner

    Religion In Buttons.-There are many ways in which a church possessing governmental power may force itself upon unwilling people. In Russia there is considerable agitation just now among the students of the higher educational establishments over a law requiring the wearing of a semi-military costume, on the buttons of which are stamped the arms of the Holy Synod. Trouble is anticipated in enforcing the law, but the dignity of the Synod must be upheld, and the buttons must be worn.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.14

    “The Pope as Arbitrator” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    The Pope as Arbitrator.-A Rome despatch states that the presidents of the two West Indian republics of Hayti and San Domingo have written to the Pope expressing their willingness to accept his decision in the matter of a territorial dispute between the two countries, and the Pope has undertaken the role of arbitrator. Of course it is well understood that these matters are arranged by the agents of Rome, and the meaning of it all is well stated in the article in another column which shows how Rome papal has inherited and continued the policy of Rome pagan.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.15

    “‘We have a Law’” The Present Truth 11, 36.

    EJW

    E. J. Waggoner

    “We have a Law.”—That is what the leaders of the Jewish church said when Pilate declared Christ innocent. “And by our law He ought to die.” A newspaper in Tennessee, where a company of Seventh-day Adventists are at work in the chain-gang for loyalty to the Sabbath, has interviewed leading clergymen of the place on the question of Sunday laws. The Rev. Thomas C. Warner, D.D. said:—PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.16

    The question of righteousness should never decide whether an existing law is to be enforced or not. Is it the law of the land? That question settled in the affirmative, then let the law be enforced. If the law is unjust, if it works hardship to innocent persons, still let it be executed so long as it remains upon the statute books.PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.17

    This Doctor of Divinity is as unconscious of the fact that he is helping to fulfil the prophecies of Scripture concerning the final conflict before the coming of the Lord, as were the Jewish Doctors of the Law when, “because they knew Him not, nor yet the voice of the prophets,” they “fulfilled them in condemning Him.”PTUK September 5, 1895, page 576.18

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