the Cities from Outposts
come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not
the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 2 Cor. 6:17.
commandment-keeping people, we must leave the cities. As did Enoch, we must
work in the cities but not dwell in them.
as possible, our institutions should be located away from the cities. . .
. It is not God's will that His people shall settle in the cities, where there
is constant turmoil and confusion. Their children should be spared this; for
the whole system is demoralized by the hurry and rush and noise. The Lord
desires His people to move into the country, where they can settle on the
land, and raise their own fruit and vegetables, and where their children can
be brought in direct contact with the works of God in nature. Take your families
away from the cities is my message.
must be spoken, whether men will hear, or whether men will forbear. The cities
are filled with temptation. We should plan our work in such a way as to keep
our young people as far as possible from this contamination.
are to be worked from outposts. Said the messenger of God, "Shall not
the cities be warned? Yes; not by God's people living in them, but by their
visiting them, to warn them of what is coming upon the earth."
abounds in a nation, there is always to be heard some voice giving warning
and instruction, as the voice of Lot was heard in Sodom. Yet Lot could have
preserved his family from many evils had he not made his home in this wicked,
polluted city. All that Lot and his family did in Sodom could have been done
by them, even if they had lived in a place some distance away from the city.
Enoch walked with God, and yet he did not live in the midst of any city polluted
with every kind of violence and wickedness, as did Lot in Sodom.
did not make his abode with the wicked. . . . He placed himself and his family
where the atmosphere would be as pure as possible. Then at times he went forth
to the inhabitants of the world with his God-given message. . . . After proclaiming
his message, he always took back with him to his place of retirement some
who had received the warning.