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Must Verify The Truth for Ourselves

๐€๐ง ๐€๐๐ฆ๐จ๐ง๐ข๐ฌ๐ก๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐ญ๐จ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ก-๐๐š๐ฒ ๐€๐๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฌ

[39] ๐’๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ; for in them ๐ฒ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ค ๐ฒ๐ž ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ž: and they are they ๐ฐ๐ก๐ข๐œ๐ก ๐ญ๐ž๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ฒ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฆ๐ž. {John 5:39}

We must Verify the truth for ourselves!

MOST FAIL AT THIS including "Seventh-day Adventists"

Misinterpretation leads to causing the Word of God to be of no effect:

โ€œBeware lest you read the Word of God in the light of erroneous teaching. It was on this very ground that the Jews made their fatal mistake. They declared that there must be no different interpretation placed upon the Scriptures than that which had been given by the rabbis in former years; and as they had multiplied their traditions and maxims and had clothed them with sacredness, the Word of God was made of no effect through their traditions; and if Jesus Christ, the Word of God, had not come into the world, humanity would have lost all knowledge of the true God.โ€ (FH 25.4)

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We must study the truth for ourselves. No living man should be relied upon to think for us. No matter who it is, or in what position he may be placed, we are not to look upon any man as a perfect criterion for us. We are to counsel together, and to be subject to one another; but at the same time we are to exercise the ability God has given us to learn what is truth. Each one of us must look to God for divine enlightenment. We must individually develop a character that will stand the test in the day of God. We must not become set in our ideas, and think that no one should interfere with our opinions. (RH, June 18, 1889-para.6)

Men entertain errors, when the truth is clearly marked out; and if they would but bring their doctrines to the word of God, and not read the word of God in the light of their doctrines, to prove their ideas right, they would not walk in darkness and blindness, or cherish error. Many give the words of Scripture a meaning that suits their own opinions, and they mislead themselves and deceive others by their misinterpretations of God's word.CW 36.3

There will be those once united with us in the faith who will search for new, strange doctrines, for something odd and sensational to present to the people. They will bring in all conceivable fallacies, and will present them as coming from Mrs. White, that they may beguile souls 1SM 41.3

Those who have treated the light that the Lord has given as a common thing will not be benefited by the instruction presented. 1SM 41.4

There are those who will misinterpret the messages that God has given, in accordance with their spiritual blindness. 1SM 41.5

Some will yield their faith, and will deny the truth of the messages, pointing to them as falsehoods. 1SM 41.6

๐…๐จ๐ซ ๐„๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐’๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ก-๐๐š๐ฒ ๐€๐๐ฏ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ, ๐ˆ๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐ˆ๐’๐ˆ๐Ž๐ ๐“๐ข๐ฆ๐žโ€”๐๐Ž๐–, ๐ง๐จ๐ญ ๐‹๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ (๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐›๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐จ ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž)

The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit. The publications distributed by missionary workers have exerted their influence, yet many whose minds were impressed have been prevented from fully comprehending the truth or from yielding obedience. Now the rays of light penetrate everywhere, the truth is seen in its clearness, and the honest children of God sever the bands which have held them. Family connections, church relations, are powerless to stay them now. Truth is more precious than all besides. Notwithstanding the agencies combined against the truth, a large number take their stand upon the Lord's side. GC 612.2

โ€œThose who have a hold of the truth theoretically, with their finger tips as it were, who have not brought its principles into the inner sanctuary of the soul, but have kept the vital truth in the outer court, will see nothing sacred in the past history of this people, which has made them what they are, and has established them as earnest, determined missionary workers in the world. The truth for this time is precious; but those whose hearts have not been broken by falling on the rock Christ Jesus, will not see and understand what is truth. They will accept that which pleases their ideas, and will begin to manufacture another foundation than that which is laid. They will flatter their own vanity and esteem, thinking that they are capable of removing the pillars of our faith, and replacing them with pillars they have devised. LS 430.3

Some will hold them up to ridicule, working against the light that God has been giving for years, and some who are weak in the faith will thus be led astray. 1SM 42.1

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2Ti 2:15 KJV)

But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: (Tit 2:1 KJV)

โ€œIn the judgment men will not be condemned because they conscientiously believed a lie, but because they did not believe the truth, because they neglected the opportunity of learning what is truth.โ€ โ€” (Ellen G. White, PP 55.2)

It makes every difference to us in what kind of spirit we come to the investigation of the Scriptures. If we come with a teachable spirit, ready to learn, with our hearts emptied of our prejudices, not seeking to bring the Scriptures to our ideas but to bring our ideas to the Scriptures, then we shall know of the doctrine. We shall understand it. But let me tell you, brethren, if you have discernment you can understand where God is working...(1Sat 140.3; EGW Materials 1888, 607.3); MS2-1890.4>The Spirit of Discernment.

The word of God is the great detector of error; to it we believe everything must be brought. The Bible must be our standard for every doctrine and practice. We must study it reverentially. We are to receive no one's opinion without comparing it with the Scriptures. Here is divine authority which is supreme in matters of faith. EGW Materials 1888, p.44.3

The truths most plainly revealed in the Bible have been involved in doubt and darkness by learned men, who, with a pretense of great wisdom, teach that the Scriptures have a mystical, a secret, spiritual meaning not apparent in the language employed. These men are false teachers. It was to such a class that Jesus declared: โ€œYe know not the Scriptures, neither the power of God.โ€ Mark 12:24. The language of the Bible should be explained according to its obvious meaning, unless a symbol or figure is employed. Christ has given the promise: โ€œIf any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine.โ€ John 7:17. If men would but take the Bible as it reads, if there were no false teachers to mislead and confuse their minds, a work would be accomplished that would make angels glad and that would bring into the fold of Christ thousands upon thousands who are now wandering in error. GC 598.3

We should exert all the powers of the mind in the study of the Scriptures and should task the understanding to comprehend, as far as mortals can, the deep things of God; yet we must not forget that the docility and submission of a child is the true spirit of the learner. Scriptural difficulties can never be mastered by the same methods that are employed in grappling with philosophical problems. We should not engage in the study of the Bible with that self-reliance with which so many enter the domains of science, but with a prayerful dependence upon God and a sincere desire to learn His will. We must come with a humble and teachable spirit to obtain knowledge from the great I AM. Otherwise, evil angels will so blind our minds and harden our hearts that we shall not be impressed by the truth. GC 599.1

It is the word of the living God that is to decide all controversies. It is when men mingle their own human smartness with God's words of truth in giving sharp thrusts to those who are in controversy with them, that they show that they have not a sacred reverence for God's inspired word. They mix the human with the divine, the common with the sacred, and they belittle God's word. EGW Materials 1888, p.45.1

Here is a precious promise; the purposes and plans of God are to be opened to His disciples. What is a disciple? A learner, ever learning. Coming events, of a solemn character, are opening before us, and God would not have any one of us think that in these last days there is no more that we need to know. This is a continual snare of Satan. He would have us meet coming events without that special preparation which is essential to guide them through every difficulty. He would have all stumbling their way along in ignorance, making self-conceit, self-esteem, self-confidence, take the place of true knowledge. The more satisfied anyone is with himself, and his present knowledge, the less earnestly and humbly will he seek to be guided into all truth. The less of the Holy Spirit of God he has, the more self-satisfied and complacent he will feel. He will not search earnestly and with the deepest interest to know more of truth. But unless he keeps pace with the Leader, who is guiding into all truth, he will be left behind, belated, blinded, confused, because he is not walking in the light.... The word of God is to be the man of our counsel.... All heaven is looking upon the remnant people of God, to see if they will make truth alone their shield and buckler. Unless the truth is presented as it is in Jesus, and is planted in the heart by the power of the Spirit of God, even ministers will be found drifting away from Christ, away from piety, away from religious principle. They will become blind leaders of the blind.โ€”

Ms14, 1886.1,5,6,8-11 (5MR 50.3)

Response to the Opinionated and Not Willing to Learn:

"It is necessary that our unity today be of a character that will bear the test of trial. We are in the school of the Master here, that we may be trained for the school above. We must learn to bear disappointment in a Christ-like manner, and the lesson taught by this will be of great importance to us. We have many lessons to learn, and many, many to unlearn. God and heaven alone are infallible. Those who think that they will never have to give up a cherished view, never have occasion to change an opinion, will be disappointed. As long as we hold to our own ideas and opinions with determined persistency, we cannot have the unity for which Christ prayed." โ€” Review and Herald, July 26, 1892, par. 6, 7 โ€ข Ellen G. White

Bewitching Lies of satan & human reasoning:

The mystery of the incarnation and the crucifixion will be plainly discerned; for it will be presented before the mind's eye and every condemned soul will read what has been the character of his rejection of truth. All will understand that they have erred from the truth by receiving the misinterpretations and bewitching lies of Satan instead of "every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." They read the announcement, "Thou, O man, hast chosen to stand under the banner of the great rebel, Satan, and in so doing thou hast destroyed thyself." Whatever may have been the endowment of talent, whatever may have been the supposed wisdom, the rejecter of truth has then no ability to turn unto God. The door is shut, as was the door of the ark in Noah's day.

The great men of earth will then understand that they have surrendered mind and heart to ensnaring philosophy which pleased the carnal heart. Hope and grace and every inducement had been held out by One who loved them, and gave His life for them, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life; but they refused the love of God. Their lofty opinions, their human reasonings, were extolled; they declared themselves sufficient in themselves to understand divine mysteries, and they thought their own powers of discrimination were strong enough to discern truth for themselves. They fell an easy prey to Satan's subtlety, for he presented before them specious errors in human philosophy, which has an infatuation for human minds. They turned from the Source of all wisdom, and worshipped intellect. The message and the messengers of God were criticized and discarded as beneath their human, lofty ideas. The invitations of mercy were made a jest, and they denied the divinity of Jesus Christ, and derided the idea of His preexistence before He assumed human nature. But the tattered shreds of human reasoning will be found to be only as ropes of sand in the great day of God. ST August 30, 1910, par. 2 - ST August 30, 1910, par. 3

In these days of peril we are not to accept everything that men bring to us as truth. As professed teachers from God come to us declaring that they have a message from God, it is proper to inquire carefully, How do we know that this is truth? Jesus has told us that โ€œfalse prophets shall rise, and shall deceive manyโ€ (Matthew 24:11). But we need not be deceived; for the Word of God gives us a test whereby we may know what is truth. The prophet says, โ€œTo the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in themโ€ (Isaiah 8:20). 2SM 99.1

From this statement it is evident that it becomes us to be diligent Bible students, that we may know what is according to the law and the testimony. We are safe in no other course of action. Jesus says, โ€œBeware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fireโ€ (Matthew 7:15-19).โ€”The Review and Herald, February 23, 1892. (2SM 99.2)

The soul that is in love with God and his work will be as candid as the day. There will be no quibbling, no evading the true bearing of scripture. God's word is our foundation of all doctrine. Some think it is a mark of intelligence and smart in them to get up side issues, and they twist the scriptures in a certain way which covers over the truth. EGW Materials1888, p.46.3

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JAMES WHITE - โ€œโ€˜Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for THE faith which was once delivered unto the saints....โ€™ Jude 3-4 ... So the exhortation to contend for the faith which was delivered unto the saints, is to us alone. And it is very important for us to know what the apostle meant, that we may know what for and how to contend. In the fourth verse he gives us the reason why we should contend for THE faith, a particular faith; โ€˜for there are certain men,โ€™ or a certain classes who deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.... The way spiritualizers this way have disposed of or denied the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ is first using the old unscriptural trinitarian creed, viz., that Christ is the eternal God, though they have not one passage to support it, while we have plain scripture testimony in abundance that He is the Son of the eternal God....โ€ (The Day Star, Jan. 24, 1846)

โ€œHere we migh mention the Trinity, which does away with the personality of God and His Son Jesus Christ....โ€ (RH Dec. 11, 1855)

"God has permitted the precious light of truth to shine upon His word and illuminate the mind of my husband. He may reflect the rays of light from the presence of Jesus upon others by his preaching and writing.โ€ - Ellen White regarding her husband, James White, 3T p. 502.2--1875

Could it be that, as Seventh-day Adventists, we have repeated the history of ancient Israel? We are told: โ€œSatanโ€™s snares are laid for us as verily as they were laid for the children of Israel just prior to their entrance into the land of Canaan. We are repeating the history of that peopleโ€ (EG White, 5T 160.2). Ancient Israel served the LORD in the days of Joshua and of the Elders, after Joshua and the Elders died, there arose a new generation that knew not the LORD, nor the works the LORD had done for Israel, and they led Israel into worshipping Baalim (Judges 2:7-11). Could it be that the history of ancient Israel is long repeated?

In the days of the prophetess Ellen White and the pioneers, Seventh-day Adventists rejected the trinity doctrine. Has our new generation since forgotten โ€œwhat it cost [pioneers] to search for the truth as for hidden treasure, [and how pioneers] labored to lay the foundation of our workโ€ (CW 28.1), and have we since brought in a reformation consisting of โ€œgiving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith [accounting as error] the fundamental principles that have sustained the workโ€ (1SM pp. 204-205).

Our pioneers were non-Trinitarian and regarded trinity as an error of Catholicism: โ€œAs fundamental errors, we might class with this counterfeit sabbath other errors which Protestants have brought away from the Catholic church, such as sprinkling for baptism, the trinity, the consciousness of the dead and eternal life in misery.

The mass who have held these fundamental errors, have doubtless done it ignorantly; but can it be supposed that the church of Christ will carry along with her these errors till the judgment scenes burst upon the world? We think notโ€ (James White, RH, 12 September 1854, Par 8).

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8T 297.1-4

Let none seek to tear away the foundations of our faithโ€”the foundations that were laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the word and by revelation. Upon these foundations we have been building for the last fifty years. Men may suppose that they have found a new way and that they can lay a stronger foundation than that which has been laid. But this is a great deception. Other foundation can no man lay than that which has been laid.

In the past many have undertaken the building of a new faith, the establishment of new principles. But how long did their building stand? It soon fell, for it was not founded upon the Rock.

Did not the first disciples have to meet the sayings of men? Did they not have to listen to false theories, and then, having done all, to stand firm, saying: โ€œOther foundation can no man lay than that is laidโ€? 1 Corinthians 3:11.

So we are to hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end. Words of power have been sent by God and by Christ to this people, bringing them out from the world, point by point, into the clear light of present truth. With lips touched with holy fire, God's servants have proclaimed the message. The divine utterance has set its seal to the genuineness of the truth proclaimed.

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Self-Examination by God's Spirit:

Dear Reader--you've examined the proof and discovered the truth. You have two options: (1)To accept the Truth OR (2)To reject the Truth

Consider these closing Scriptures in relation to your decision.

{Pro 14:12 KJV} There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof [are] the ways of death.

{Act 17:11 KJV} These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

{2Ti 2:15 KJV} Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

{1Ti 4:1 KJV} Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

{2Ti 4:3 KJV} For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;

{2Ti 4:4 KJV} And they shall turn away [their] ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. (John 17:3)

... truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (1 John 1:3)

{1Jo 2:22 KJV} Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.

{1Jo 2:23 KJV} Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [(but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also].

{1Jo 4:3 KJV} And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

{1Jo 4:9 KJV} In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

{1Jo 4:14 KJV} And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son [to be] the Saviour of the world.

1 Kings 18:21 NASB

Elijah came near to all the people and said, โ€œ How long will you hesitate between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal [false god], follow him.โ€

{Jhn 20:31 KJV} But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

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The question of most vital importance for this time is, โ€œWho is on the Lord's side? Who will unite with the angel in giving the message of truth to the world? Who will receive the light that is to fill the whole earth with its glory?โ€ R&H Nov. 5, 1889

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I saw that God has honest children among the nominal Adventists and the fallen churches, and before the plagues shall be poured out, ministers and people will be called out from these churches and will gladly receive the truth. Satan knows this; and before the loud cry of the third angel is given, he raises an excitement in these religious bodies, that those who have rejected the truth may think that God is with them. He hopes to deceive the honest and lead them to think that God is still working for the churches. But the light will shine, and all who are honest will leave the fallen churches, and take their stand with the remnant. EW 260.1


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