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not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from
death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother
abideth in death. 1 John 3:13, 14.
He who is closely connected with Christ is lifted above the prejudice of color
or caste. His faith takes hold of eternal realities. The divine Author of
truth is to be uplifted. Our hearts are to be filled with the faith that works
by love and purifies the soul. The work of the good Samaritan is the example
that we are to follow.
be impossible to adjust all matters regarding the color question in accordance
with the Lord's order until those who believe the truth are so closely united
with Christ that they are one with Him. Both the white and the colored members
of our churches need to be converted. There are some of both classes who are
unreasonable, and when the color question is agitated, they manifest unsanctified,
unconverted traits of character. Quarrelsome elements are easily aroused in
those who, because they have never learned to wear the yoke of Christ, are
opinionated and obstinate. In such, self clamors with an unsanctified determination
for the supremacy.
advances, and race prejudices increase, it will become almost impossible,
in many places, for white workers to labor for the colored people. Sometimes
the white people who are not in sympathy with our work will unite with colored
people to oppose it, claiming that our teaching is an effort to break up churches
and bring in trouble over the Sabbath question. White ministers and colored
ministers will make false statements, arousing in the minds of the people
such a feeling of antagonism that they will be ready to destroy and to kill.
of hell are working with all their ingenuity to prevent the proclamation of
the last message of mercy among the colored people. Satan is working to make
it most difficult for the gospel minister and teacher to ignore the prejudice
that exists between the white and the colored people.
follow the course of wisdom. Let us do nothing that will unnecessarily arouse
opposition--nothing that will hinder the proclamation of the gospel message.