Manuscript Releases, vol. 5 [Nos. 260-346]


Relationship of the Spirit of Prophecy to Church Membership

Why the Testimonies Needed—False repentance for a wrong course is a base yielding to persuasion or fear. True repentance toward God reveals a humble mind that is full of sanctified boldness and courage to sustain the right. These will listen to hear the voice of God. They will obey the calls and warnings they receive. 5MR 350.2

There are many who seemingly make a beginning to repent and vindicate the truth and holiness, but they fail. Why? Because they love the praise of men more than the approval of God. They turn away from light, and do exactly contrary, supposing their human devising to be wisdom. 5MR 350.3

A godly jealousy is essential for us all. If the word of God were eaten as the food for the soul, if it were treated with deference and respect, there would be no necessity for the many and repeated Testimonies that are borne. The simple declarations of Scripture would be received and acted upon.—Letter 127, 1896, pp. 5, 6. (To O. A. Olsen, December 1, 1896.) 5MR 350.4