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“Men may close their eyes to the plainest truths in the word of God, they may trample his law under their feet; but THE LAW, instituted in the beginning, proclaimed from Sinai, and ENGRAVEN ON TABLES OF STONE, WILL JUDGE THEM IN THE LAST DAY.” (The Signs of the Times, August 5, 1886, “The Law in the Christian Age,” par. 15, by Ellen G. White)


“The ten commandments were spoken by God … and were then written on tables of stone, to be preserved till the judgment should take place. AFTER THE GIVING OF THE LAW, GOD GAVE MOSES SPECIFICATIONS REGARDING THE LAW. These specifications are plain and explicit. No one need make a mistake.

“IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT WE SHALL BE ASKED WHETHER WE HAVE LIVED IN HARMONY WITH THESE SPECIFICATIONS.” ([Australasian] Union Converence Record, March 25, 1907, “Words of Counsel,” pars. 3,4, by Ellen G. White)


“After the ascension of Christ, when his followers no longer enjoyed his personal presence and instruction, his disciples took up the work where he left it; and the words of truth, as they received them from Him who spake as never man spake, have come down to us clothed with divine power. Paul declared that he had taught the Ephesians ‘publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Peter and the other apostles preached the same gospel.

“Why should the apostles teach repentance toward God?–Because the sinner is in trouble with the Father. He has transgressed the law; he must see his sin, and repent. What is his next work?–To look to Jesus, whose blood alone can cleanse from all sin. Faith in Christ is necessary; for there is no saving quality in law. The law condemns, but it cannot pardon the transgressor. The sinner must depend on the merits of the blood of Christ. ‘Let him take hold of my strength,’ says our merciful Redeemer, ‘that he may make peace with me, and he shall make peace with me.’ Our Lord declared that he would love most to whom most was forgiven; and he only will feel that he needs forgiveness who sees himself as he is, defiled by sin, a transgressor of God’s holy law. He who has the fullest conviction of the sacred claims of the law, will most clearly see the enormity of his offenses, and will feel that he is indeed forgiven much.

“We are nearing the close of time; and a broader, clearer light than others have been favored with shines upon us. The mists are rolling away, and if we are humble students of the divine word, its truths will be clearly revealed to us. But Satan and his host are warring against the commandments of God as never before. Every attempt is made to blind men’s eyes to the truth. If it were possible, even the elect would be deceived. This is no common deception. Satan’s great success consists in keeping men in ignorance of his devices; for then, through his subtlety, he can confuse the minds of the unwary, and, as it were, lead them blindfolded. He is close on the track of all who make profession of Bible truth. He is constantly planning their overthrow, and his temptations are soliciting them on every hand.

“If there is one in a position to have a controlling influence over others, Satan works in a masterly manner to confuse that man’s mind, and make right appear wrong, and wrong right. His suggestions are always designed to lessen the importance of God’s requirements, and to set the mind at rest while the daily walk is contrary to the divine law, until finally the victim of his delusions flatters himself that he is walking with God, while he is all the time going contrary to his law.

“Such persons think they have faith; but it is presumption. The great adversary has woven a snare for their feet; and when once they become entangled, he has no lack of agencies to involve them still more deeply in his toils. Thus the deception grows stronger and stronger until souls are involved in irretrievable ruin.

“As Satan, the god of this world, tempted Christ in the wilderness, so he will tempt every son and daughter of Adam. Our faith will be proved, our motives and principles will be tested; and if we have not a daily, living experience in the truth, and a union with Christ, we shall be swept away from our steadfastness into the error of the wicked.

“If we could always remember that Satan comes to us in disguise, his motives concealed, and he himself clad in garments of light, we would be on our guard, and would not fall a prey to his devices. A defense has been furnished us. Says the apostle: ‘Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.’

“This is a safe armor, but it is not safer than we need; for the apostle continues: ‘We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,’ We should study the nature, character, and extent of this spiritual wickedness in high places, lest we become the dupes of the powers of darkness. But how difficult it is to awaken minds to realize the continual activity and great earnestness of our wily foe, notwithstanding the warnings and cautions of the Bible, and the experience of many who have been overthrown by his subtlety. The testimony loses its force; the warning passes out of the mind. Men cease to watch and pray; they do not solicit the aid of holy angels, who would lift up for them a standard against the enemy.

“When this earth’s history shall close, there will be only two divisions,–the righteous and the wicked. Every man, woman, and child will be found in one of these two armies. Jesus will be the leader of the righteous, and Satan of the opposing hosts. The angels who kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, are rebels against the law of God, and enemies to all who love and obey his commandments; and all who are breaking, and teaching others to break, the law of God, the foundation of his government in Heaven and on earth, are co-operating with these fallen angels in their work, and are marshaled under the same chief, who directs their operations in opposition to the government of God. These will seek to strengthen their forces by gathering as many as possible into their ranks; and they will annoy and harass, falsify and misrepresent, all whom they cannot influence to join them in their work.

“When Christ was upon the earth, there were some who bitterly opposed him. They did not like his teaching; his holy life was a rebuke to them. The apostles had the same spirit of opposition to meet. Spies were upon the track of these early preachers of righteousness, who caught up every word where there was the least chance to wrest the meaning. Paul, the great apostle to the Gentiles, was an especial object of wrath. His work and its results were falsely stated. His enemies sought to excite the malice of both Jews and Gentiles; and had it not been for the care of God, through the ministration of holy angels, his life would have been sacrificed long before it was, and his work cut short.

“God has a people in the world now, whom he has set for the defense of his law; and we need not be surprised, or in any way discouraged, if we have to meet the same spirit of enmity. Christ said to the religious teachers in his day: ‘Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!’ Why was this woe pronounced upon them? Was it because they kept the law of God?–No; ‘For ye shut up the kingdom of Heaven against men; for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.’ There are just such teachers now. They will not obey the plainest requirements of the word of God; and after they have turned from the light themselves, they use all their influence to lead others to reject it also. They will not enter the path of obedience, and they are very earnest to hedge up the way that others may not enter.

“They pervert the Scriptures, even teaching that it is a denial of Christ to keep the moral law. Error is cherished as precious light, while plain truth, so clear and pointed in the word of God, marking out the course they should pursue, is regarded as an idle tale. They may be professedly serving Christ; but they have changed masters, and are wholly on the enemy’s side. The reason is given by the apostle, when he says: ‘The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.’ These false teachers manifest the same spirit toward those who keep the commandments of God that the scribes and Pharisees manifested toward Christ.

“Some who are unacquainted with the Bible think that what the ministers tell them must be true. They do not, like the noble Bereans, search the Scriptures for themselves; but they accept the statements of those who have studied the word of God, not to learn the truth, but to sustain false doctrines, to justify their own theories. Many times these false theories are a jumble of inconsistencies; and if men would use their reason, and take the Bible as it reads, they would see the absurdity of their positions. The plain ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ would dispel their errors, as the mist is dispelled by the glories of the rising sun.

“As Protestants, the Bible, and the Bible alone, is the foundation of our faith; but by many ‘the Fathers’ are quoted as authority. They do not come as humble learners in the school of Christ, saying, ‘Lord, what I know not, teach me. ‘Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.’‘

“Says the wise man: ‘Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.’ MEN MAY CLOSE THEIR EYES TO THE PLAINEST TRUTHS IN THE WORD OF GOD, THEY MAY TRAMPLE HIS LAW UNDER THEIR FEET; BUT THE LAW, INSTITUTED IN THE BEGINNING, PROCLAIMED FROM SINAI, AND ENGRAVEN ON TABLES OF STONE, WILL JUDGE THEM IN THE LAST DAY. ” (The Signs of the Times, August 5, 1886 issue, article title: “The Law in the Christian Age,” pars. 1-15, by Ellen G. White)


“The Lord will not accept donations to his cause from means gained by the robbing of his treasury. This is not the way to make wrong deeds right. It will not blot out the record from the books of heaven. God requires strict impartiality in deal between man and man. ‘But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.’

“The eighth commandment is to barricade the soul, and hedge man in, so that he shall make no injurious encroachment–which his self love and desire for gain would make–on his neighbor’s rights. It forbids every species of dishonesty, injustice, or fraud, however prevalent, however palliated by plausible pretenses. The ninth commandment requires of us an inviolable regard for exact truth in every declaration by which the character of our fellow men may be affected. The tongue which is kept so little under the control of the human agent, is to be bridled by strong conscientious principles, by the law of love toward God and man. The last commandment condemns covetousness. Every selfish desire, every degree of discontent, every act of over-reaching, every selfish gratification works to the strengthening and developing of a character which will destroy the Christlikeness of the human agent, and close the gates of the city of God against him.

“There will be astonishing revelations when the judgment shall sit and the books shall be opened. The Revelator says, ‘I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.’ O, I wish that men who filled responsible positions in the Review and Herald Office would carefully study the history of their works during their connection with the Office, and let their unfeigned prayers come up before God that his Holy Spirit shall quicken their consciences and memories. O that they might see the evil of practices utterly opposed to God’s holy law, and repent, and confess their sins before it shall be forever too late. They are transgressors of the law; he who offends in one point is guilty of all.

“THERE IS NOT A MORAL PRECEPT ENJOINED IN ANY PART OF THE BIBLE WHICH IS NOT ENGRAVED WITH THE FINGER OF GOD IN HIS HOLY LAW ON THE TWO TABLES OF STONE. A copy was given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The first four commandments enjoined upon man his duty to serve the Lord our God with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the mind, and with all the strength. This takes the whole man,. This requires a love so fervent, so intense, that man can cherish nothing in his mind or affections in rivalry with God; and his works will bear the signature of heaven. Everything is secondary to the glory of God. Our heavenly father is to be ever cherished as the first, the joy and prosperity, the light and sufficiency of our life, and our portion forever.

“O if men in exalted positions only knew their weakness and God’s strength and sufficiency and fullness, they would pray most earnestly let thy word be my counselor. I tell all who have any connection with our institutions, Take counsel with sanctified reason, surrendered wholly to God. Then you will be guided by the Lord. Many of you have kept the truth far away from the citadel of the soul. A man can not continue in sin, and be a Christian. Christ always separates the contrite soul from sin. Men may labor in connection with the work of God as did Noah’s carpenters, and yet resist the divine influences. The spirit of God is beckoning heavenward, to imperishable honors. The love of God pervading the soul possesses a re-created power through the Holy Spirit.

“God will not hold him guiltless that does not set the Lord ever before him. He will walk contrary to those who walk contrary to him. He will visit ‘the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate him; and will show mercy unto thousands of them that love him and keep his commandments. The heart’s inclinations are true when they remain under the restraint of the holy precepts of Jehovah. O that men would fear and tremble before the Lord God of hosts. He has made sufficiently plain his claims upon the human agent. The law speaks condemnation to those who are not doers of his precepts. God will accept no plea that man can offer to obtain acquittal. There is no power in law to save the transgressor of Law. But Christ, who gave himself as the world’s sin bearer, becomes the Mediator for man, and the sin pardoner for all who come confessing their sins, and accepting him as their Saviour. ‘As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.’ ‘And of his fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.’” (The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials, pp. 1385-1388, by Ellen G. White)


“I wish to say that all over the fields, there is not among the laborers that humiliation of soul, that sanctification of the Spirit of God, that there should be. Of what use is it for us to say that we have the grace of Christ unless this grace is revealed in the daily life, in the thoughts, the words, and the actions?

“Our only hope is to remember that we are little children–God’s little children. ‘Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance.’ We are inclined to exalt self. But God wants no self-exaltation in His work. He wants us to labor in simplicity and humility, as His little children, learning daily of Him. We must bring His Word into the practical life. We talk the truth, we preach the truth, but we do not live the truth.


“IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT WE SHALL BE ASKED WHETHER WE HAVE LIVED IN HARMONY WITH THESE SPECIFICATIONS. It is because we do not carry out these specifications in all our dealings, in our institutions, our families, and in our individual lives, at all times, and in all places, that we do not make greater advancement. It is by the directions that God has given that we shall be judged at the last day.

“Have we studied these specifications? I heard them one night some weeks ago. It seemed as if they were being given to Israel, and there was the same solemnity that there was when they were given. I thought, This is given to me that I may tell our people that we must study these specifications. When the directions that God has given are followed, our institutions will be pure and clean, free from all selfishness and covetousness. The tenderness of Christ will come in. His love will fill our hearts. A sense of God’s goodness will make us weep, and sing, and praise God. Then we shall be living channels of light, prepared to do His will.

“We do not make enough of Deuteronomy and Exodus. These books record the dealings of God with Israel. God took the Israelites from slavery, and led them through the wilderness to the promised land. They had almost reached the end of their journey. Spies were sent over the Jordan to view the land, and bring back a report.

“God had shown his people what He would be to them, and what He would do for them. He had destroyed their enemies before them. Nevertheless, when the spies returned from their search, they came with hearts filled with unbelief. They enlarged upon the difficulties and dangers before the Israelites should they undertake the conquest of Canaan. They saw that the cities were walled and very great, and the people who dwelt there were strong, and it would be impossible to conquer them. ‘And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.’ They gave way to cruel, wicked unbelief, and cried, and murmured, and found fault. They accused not only Moses, but God Himself, of deception, in promising them a land which they were not able to possess, and they went so far as to appoint a captain to lead them back to the land of their suffering and bondage from which they had been delivered by the strong arm of Omnipotence.

“In their rebellion the people exclaimed, ‘Would God we had died in the wilderness.’ Their prayer was granted. God declared that for forty years Israel was to wander in the wilderness, and that there, all who had left Egypt, from twenty years old and upward, would die.

“Moses also had his trial. God chose him to deliver Israel. He had been trained as a general, and he thought that it was by force that he was to deliver the people. One day, seeing an Egyptian smiting an Israelite, he killed the Egyptian. Then he fled to Arabia, and for forty years he kept sheep. There his pride and self-sufficiency were swept away. He became patient, reverent, humble, ‘very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.’

“We need to learn the lesson of humility and meekness. And we need to learn to help one another all that we possibly can. When we see one whose soul is in peril, let us be very careful that we do not drive him farther from Christ. Let us speak and act as God’s little children, not as men who would kill.

“Do not cherish self-sufficiency. Walk humbly before God. ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to depart from evil is understanding.’ ‘Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.’

“It is because of the experiences through which I passed last night that I am led to say these things. It means everything to us whether we are sanctified to God, body, soul, and spirit; whether we are channels through which He can communicate His life and light.

“When, after Moses’ time of trial and preparation was over, he was once more told to go and deliver Israel, he was self-distrustful, slow of speech, timid. ‘Who am I,’ he said, ‘that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He pleaded as an excuse a lack of ready speech. He had been the general of the armies of [Egypt], and he certainly knew how to speak. But he was afraid that he would bring self into his work.

“We cannot guard too carefully against self-exaltation. We are to stand where we know that God is speaking to us. Only in this position are we safe. The Lord wants us to stand where we are sanctified and purified, wholly consecrated to His service. Unless we stand in this position we cannot offer Him acceptable service. We need to realize more fully than we do the preciousness of human souls.

“God wants us to learn what it means to be temples of the Lord. When we learn this, His saving grace will come to us, and the terrible dissension that is doing so much to weaken our efforts, will no longer be seen among us.

“Think of these words; pray over them. Come to the Lord as little children. Plead with Him for His salvation. If we receive His salvation into our hearts, His power will be with us, and success will crown our efforts.

“O, there is so much for us to learn. We must make advancement. God has a controversy with us. Many of us have left our first love. We have grown cold and indifferent. Let us not act in such a way that God will have to manifest the wrath that he is loath to manifest. He restrains Himself. The omnipotent One places Himself under the control of Omnipotence. God watches over His weak, erring, tempted children for their good. The punishment He sends them is for their good. He wants them to be saved, and that is why He sends His judgments. He desires them to learn to exercise the compassion that those who are saved must exercise.

“Let us co-operate with God. The Word says: ‘Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.’ ‘Ye are God’s husbandry; ye are God’s building.’ He wants you to co-operate with Him in cleansing the heart of all evil. He says that if we obey Him, He will make us a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and will give us the victory over our enemies.” ([Australasian] Union Converence Record, March 25, 1907 issue, article title: “Words of Counsel,” pars. 1-18, by Ellen G. White)