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    Omitted Statements

    “The first quotation mentioned by ----- is from a pamphlet of twenty-four pages published in 1847, entitled A Word to the ‘Little Flock.’ Here are the lines omitted in Experience and Views:AWLF 27.6

    “‘It was just as impossible for them [those that gave up their faith in the ‘44 movement] to get on the path again and go to the city as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another.’ [Page 14.]AWLF 27.7

    “I will give the context, that the full force of the expressions may be clearly seen:AWLF 27.8

    “‘While praying at the family altar, the Holy Ghost fell on me, and I seemed to be rising higher and higher, far above the dark world. I turned to look for the Advent people in the world, but could not find them - when a voice said to me, “Look again, and look a little higher.” At this I raised my eyes and saw a straight and narrow path, cast up high above the world. On this path the Advent people were travelling to the city, which was at the farther end of the path. They had a bright light set up behind them at the first end of the path, which an angel told me was the Midnight Cry. This light shone all along the path, and gave light for their feet so they might not stumble. And if they kept their eyes fixed on Jesus, who was just before them, leading them to the City, they were safe. But soon some grew weary, and they said the City was a great way off, and they expected to have entered it before. Then Jesus would encourage them by raising His glorious right arm, and from His arm came a glorious light which waved over the Advent band, and they shouted Hallelujah. Others rashly denied the light behind them, and said that it was not God that had led them out so far. The light behind them went out leaving their feet in perfect darkness, and they stumbled and got their eyes off the mark and lost sight of Jesus, and fell off the path down in the dark and wicked world below.”AWLF 27.9

    “Now follows the passage said to be in the original work, but not found in Experience and Views or in Early Writings:AWLF 28.1

    “‘It was just as impossible for them [those that gave up their faith in the ‘44 movement] to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another.”AWLF 28.2

    “It is claimed that these expressions prove the shut door doctrine, and that this is the reason of their omission, in later editions. But in fact they teach only that which has been and is still held by us as a people, as I shall show.AWLF 28.3

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