Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 18 (1903)


Lt 91, 1903

Faith, Elizabeth

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

May 18, 1903

Previously unpublished.

Mrs. Elizabeth Faith

My dear sister,—

I am pleased to see that you have been enabled, in the light of the law of God, to see sin as it is. When we talked together in Battle Creek, you had not moral perception to enable you to distinguish right from wrong. You were transgressing the law of God, but you did not appear to understand what you were doing. If you have been enlightened, if you can understand what it means to keep the law of God, if you have a correct idea of what sin is, how thankful you should be. If you know right from wrong, if you can distinguish between the service of sin and the service of God, if you have a clear sense of God’s requirements, then you may safely engage in His work as providence opens the way. 18LtMs, Lt 91, 1903, par. 1

“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” [Psalm 19:7.] If a canvasser should be tempted by human agencies to do wrong, and should yield, and at the same time should think that he was doing right, should he continue to be trusted with a sacred, holy work? Will you think of this? You were dealt with as you should have been. A person doing as you did should no longer be left to handle sacred things. 18LtMs, Lt 91, 1903, par. 2

If the Lord has given you a true conversion, and you can distinguish between sin and righteousness, God will instruct you. If you put your entire trust in Him, He will accept your service. The Lord forgave David, but He punished his transgression. David sincerely repented, but he lost his child. 18LtMs, Lt 91, 1903, par. 3

I am thankful that you regard the past as you do, and I would encourage you to do all the good you can in humble, trusting faith. If you go forward in meekness and do your best, you will be kept by the power of God. 18LtMs, Lt 91, 1903, par. 4

I greatly desire the salvation of every soul. Each soul is precious in the sight of the Lord. He will give His grace to all who in sincere love for Him seek to do His will. He will pardon their transgressions. 18LtMs, Lt 91, 1903, par. 5

Praying that you may be an overcomer, I am, Your sister. 18LtMs, Lt 91, 1903, par. 6