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    LET YOUR MODERATION BE KNOWN.-NO. 2

    J. N. LOUGHBOROUGH.

    THE question may arise, Why this plain talk, as if some one was objecting to church order? Who has tried to tear it down?-Some one has, for before me is a Testimony upon this subject, which reads:—HEVI 14.1

    E----has entertained ideas; and without waiting to bring his ideas before a council of brethren, he has advocated strange theories. He has brought before some of the people, ideas in regard to organization that ought never to have had expression. I supposed that the question of organization was settled forever, with those who believe the Testimonies given through Sister White. Now if they believe these matters, why do they work contrary to them? Why should not my brethren be prudent enough to place these matters before me, or at least to inquire if I had any light upon these subjects? Why is it that these things start up at this time when we have canvassed the matter in previous histories, and God has spoken upon these subjects? Should not that be enough? Why not keep steadily at work in the lines that God has given us? Why not walk in the clear light he has revealed; and in place of tearing to pieces that which God has built up, work on the side of Jesus Christ?HEVI 14.2

    My soul is much burdened; for I know what is before us. Every conceivable deception will be brought to bear upon those who have not a daily, living connection with God. In our work, no side issues must be advanced until there has been a thorough examination of the ideas entertained, that it may be ascertained from what source they have originated. Satan’s angels are wise to do evil; and they will create that which some will claim to be advanced light, and proclaim as new and wonderful things; and yet while in some respects the message is truth, it will be mingled with men’s inventions, and will teach for doctrine the commandments of men. If there was ever a time when we should watch and pray in real earnest, it is now. There may be supposable things that appear as good things, and yet they need to be carefully considered with much prayer: for they are specious devices of the enemy to lead souls in a path which lies so close to the path of truth that it will be scarcely distinguishable from the path which leads to holiness and heaven. But the eye of faith may discern that it is diverging from this right path, though almost imperceptibly. At first it may be thought positively right; but after a while it is seen to be widely divergent from the path of safety, the path that leads to holiness and heaven.-Dated, Jan. 14, 1894.HEVI 14.3

    In the light of such instruction relative to dangers as we near the end, we can surely see the force of the apostle’s admonition to let our “moderation be known;” also that of Solomon, “Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.” Proverbs 4:26. The Review and Herald, March 14, 1899.HEVI 14.4

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