Lt 61, 1904


Lt 61, 1904

Brethren Bearing Responsibilities

“Elmshaven,” St. Helena, California

February 1, 1904

Portions of this letter are published in TDG 40; MM 33. +Note

To my brethren bearing responsibilities,—

When God entrusts men with responsibilities, He expects them to obey His law. They are to deal justly, realizing that the Lord beholds all their dealings with their fellow men, and that He will punish every unjust, oppressive action. God gives men opportunities to become one with Christ and one with Him. Those who walk in the fear of God, meditating upon His character, will daily become more and more like Christ. Those who choose not to know God will be ostentatious and boastful. Lt61-1904.1

There are many who put on what they think to be great dignity. But in God’s sight they are fools. They have not looked into the divine mirror, and they do not know how ridiculous is their pretension in the sight of a holy God. He who looks beneath the surface despises their self-sufficiency. They may hold positions of trust in the church or in the world, but so long as they continue to dishonor their Creator, making themselves the object of worship, they are an offense to Him. Lt61-1904.2

God does not take pleasure in punishing those who walk contrary to Him, giving a false representation of His character. But unless they repent, the time will come when they must reap the sure reward of their course of action. Lt61-1904.3

God says, “Say to My people, It is not for want of opportunities and privileges, not because there is no means of knowing My will, that sinners perish. They perish because of their unwillingness to come out from the world, and be separate from selfish practices, dealing with justice and mercy.” Every soul will be judged by the knowledge that has come to him. Those who turn from the presentation of truth and righteousness, refusing to follow God’s way, and taking their own way, will reap as they have sown. Saith the Lord, “Come out from among them, you that profess to know the truth, yet accept the world’s ways, and mingle the leaven of unrighteousness with your pretentious righteousness. Come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean, and I will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” [2 Corinthians 6:17, 18.] Lt61-1904.4

Those who profess to be Christians, yet do not the works of a Christian, will have no excuse to offer in the day when every case stands out as it is. The line of demarcation between the obedient and the disobedient, between those who serve God and those who serve Him not, is to be clear and distinct. Those who have entered into a covenant to serve God are to fear lest their lives be such that they will not show the contrast between truth and error. They are not to turn aside to vain visions and human conjectures and flatteries. The lives of the righteous are to put to shame those who refuse to offer their allegiance to God. Lt61-1904.5

O that those who have a knowledge of the truth realized the result of failing to reach the Bible standard. God calls upon His people to walk before Him in all humility. He would have them reach higher and still higher in spiritual knowledge. He holds out every inducement to lead men to return to their allegiance to Him. The world would have seen the salvation of God, thousands upon thousands of souls would have been converted, if church members, instead of following the world, had consecrated their talents to the enlargement of Christ’s kingdom in the earth. Lt61-1904.6

There is a great work to be done. My heart aches as I think of the many who are unready to meet their Lord and of the wasted time that has passed into eternity. “O God, have mercy upon Thy people,” is my prayer. Grown-up men and women are acting like little children. There is not a particle of excuse for the strife and alienation that exist among us. Lt61-1904.7

No human, kingly power is to bear rule in any line of God’s work. There is but one supreme authority—the authority of God. Those occupying positions of trust are the ones, above all others, who should render perfect obedience to God. Lt61-1904.8

God is seeking to lead men to humble themselves. He tries to guide them to place their feet in the steps of the great Medical Missionary. But the Redeemer is often disappointed and crucified afresh by those professing so much. Lt61-1904.9