of Man-Made Tests
. . . of evil workers. . . . For we are the circumcision, which worship God
in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the
flesh. Phil. 3:2, 3.
There are those who need in their hearts the touch of the divine Spirit. Then
the message for this time will be their burden. They will not search for human
tests, for something new and strange. The Sabbath of the fourth commandment
is the test for this time.
of God that has been almost universally made void, is the testing truth for
this time. . . . The time is coming when all those who worship God will be
distinguished by this sign. They will be known as the servants of God, by
this mark of their allegiance to Heaven. But all man-made tests will divert
the mind from the great and important doctrines that constitute the present
It is the
desire and plan of Satan to bring in among us those who will go to great extremes--people
of narrow minds, who are critical and sharp, and very tenacious in holding
their own conceptions of what the truth means. They will be exacting, and
will seek to enforce rigorous duties, and go to great lengths in matters of
minor importance, while they neglect the weightier matters of the law--judgment
and mercy and the love of God. Through the work of a few of this class of
persons, the whole body of Sabbathkeepers will be designated as bigoted .
. . and fanatical. . . .
a special work for the men of experience to do. They are to guard the cause
of God. They are to see that the work of God is not committed to men who feel
it their privilege to move out on their own independent judgment, to preach
whatever they please, and to be responsible to no one for their instructions
or work. Let this spirit of self-sufficiency once rule in our midst, and there
will be no harmony of action, no unity of spirit, no safety for the work,
and no healthful growth in the cause....Christ prayed that His followers might
be one as He and the Father were one. Those who desire to see this prayer
answered, should seek to discourage the slightest tendency to division, and
try to keep the spirit of unity and love among brethren.