Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 8 (1893)


Ms 95, 1893

The Seventh-day Adventist Church Not Babylon



Fragment. Previously unpublished.

[First 10 pages of manuscript missing.] ... The Lord has sent messages of warning and entreaties, messages of reproof and rebuke, and they have not been in vain. But we have not had any message that the Lord would disorganize the church, never any message to apply Babylon and give the Loud Cry to come out from the church, for this is not God’s plan at all concerning His Israel. 8LtMs, Ms 95, 1893, par. 1

We have brought before us the position the people of God should occupy to plead with God as did Moses in behalf of His people, notwithstanding their errors and their imperfections and their sins. The plea made by Moses is for us to consider carefully. The Lord has, by the mighty cleaver of truth, brought out a people from the quarry of the world. As He brought out a people from Egypt to keep His commandments, He has at every step shown them He was leading them into the paths of truth and righteousness. He has sent His light and His counsel to build institutions of learning, to erect sanitariums and publishing houses, and success has attended the carrying out [of] God’s plans. The money of this people has not been hoarded to live delicately or deliciously. Self-denial and self-sacrifice have marked their history and yet the work is progressive and aggressive. The world has a light constantly shining upon them because this people honor God in keeping His [commandments]. [Remainder missing.] 8LtMs, Ms 95, 1893, par. 2