I am very
happy to be able to be with you today to study God’s Word together
on His Holy Day. We are very close to the end of the great controversy.
One of the evidences of that is the fact that we see the great
controversy raging in the hearts of God’s professed people. Everywhere
I go, people tell me about the temptations and the struggles and
the trials and the battles that they are going through.
This is because,
Ellen White says, as we draw near the close of the great controversy,
the contest will become more fierce. And this contest takes place
in the hearts of men and women, and the devil is trying to make
war against your soul. That is the reason you have all these
trials and temptations and troubles and I am here because I want
to give you a word of encouragement.
were going really, really awful, my brother, Marshall, used to
say, “No matter how bad things are, it is going to be temporary,
because we are Christians and the Lord is going to bring us out
of this.” John 17, is one of the great prayers of Jesus, one
of the few prayers of Jesus, which is recorded in Scripture.
is for the unity and harmony of His followers and believers.
I want to ask you a question. Do you believe that the Father
is going to answer the prayer of His Son? Is there going to be
a group of people in the world who really will have unity? I
am not talking about an outward unity. I am talking about what
the apostle Paul speaks of when he said in Romans 15 that we are
to have a oneness of mind.
We are to
be heart to heart with the Lord and we are to have brotherly love
for each other. Is there going to be a group of people who will
have that, or not? You can read about this in the book, The
Great Controversy, 464. Mrs. White says that before the end,
there will be a revival of primitive godliness that
has not been seen since apostolic times.
Ellen White saw a group of people who were perfectly united.
We know that it is going to happen. We do not know how
we are going to get there, but we know that it is going to happen
and this should be a subject of our prayers every day. We should
be working toward it and saying, Lord, what am I to do today so
that this can happen?
knows about this and he is determined that it will not happen
in your home, in your family, in your church, or in your Sabbath
School class. He is determined that it will not happen. Not
only this, but before this unity develops, before
this primitive godliness develops among God’s people, Ellen White
says that the devil is going to try to prevent it by bringing
in a counterfeit. (See, The Great Controversy, 464.)
I want to
tell you, friends, the counterfeit is already here! The counterfeit
of the great unity that Jesus prayed for in John 17 is what we
call the ecumenical movement today. The ecumenical movement has
attempted even to invade Adventism. I want to ask you a few questions
about the ecumenical movement.
First of all,
why can we not be a part of the ecumenical movement? Some Adventists
are asking that question today, and that question needs to be
answered. Why can we not be part of it? The second question
is, Why will it not work? And the third question is, How do we
know that it is of Satan and not the Lord? How do we know the
difference between the false and the true?
answer is found in Acts 2:1. It says, “And when the day of Pentecost
had fully come, they were all…” [The King James Bible says,]
“of one accord.” That is, they were of one mind. They had one
purpose. They were in unity and harmony, in one place.
Now, I need
to tell you, friends, this did not happen automatically. It was
not something that just automatically happened. It was something
that required a great deal of work. It required a great deal
of prayer and fasting. You might like to see the condition that
they were in just seven or eight weeks earlier to that.
In Luke 22:24
you will see that they were not at all of one mind or of one accord.
It says, “There was also a dispute among them as to which of them
should be considered the greatest. And He said to them, “‘The
kings of the nations exercise lordship over them, and those who
exercise authority over them are called benefactors [or well doers].
But not so among you; he who is greatest [but the one who is greater]
among you, let him be as the younger, he who governs [and the
one who takes the lead] as he [one] who serves. For who is greater,
he who sits [the one sitting] at the table or he who serves [the
one serving]? Is it not he who sits [the one sitting] at the
table? Yet I am among [But I am in the midst of] you as the one
who serves. But you are those who have continued with Me in My
trials [temptations]. And I bestow upon you a kingdom [am committing
to you] just as My [the] Father bestowed one upon Me [has committed
to me in order], that you may eat and drink at My table in My
kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
that before there can be honor in God’s kingdom, there must be
humility. Before there can be exaltation, there must be service.
Before there can be greatness, there must be a humble heart and
a serving attitude. Jesus said, Who is the greater, the one that
sits at the table or the one that serves? The one who sits at
the table. And they understood what that meant because they lived
in a land where two-thirds of the people were servants, or bond
servants, or slaves. The slaves were the ones who served the
said to them, I am among you as one who serves. So they were
having a strife about who was the greatest. They were not at
all of one accord. And for ten days before Pentecost came, do
you know what they were doing? They were fasting and praying
They had to
do even more than that. They had to go to each other and say,
You know, brother, I wanted to be above you and I am sorry. I
am not going to try to be above you any more. I wanted to control
you. I thought that I was the one that should be in charge, and
I am not going to do that any more.
And the thing
that brought that about was the cross. The cross smashed their
goals to be lifted up, to be in charge, and to be rulers. Before
the cross they used to love it when Jesus said, like He said here,
The day is coming when you are going to sit on twelve thrones,
judging the twelve tribes of Israel. They loved to hear that.
But they did not realize the character preparation that was required
before they could do something like that.
hear it in all Christian churches around the world. People want
harmony and they want unity. Are you willing to pay the price?
They had to pay a price. They not only had to fast and pray,
they had to go to each other and say, You know, I wanted to be
in charge of the work, but I am not going to try to be in charge
of the work any more.
In fact, after
the cross, you will never see a time when the disciples tried
to lord it over the others and to be in charge of the work. Now,
actually they were in charge of the work. The Lord placed
them in charge of the work, and if you read the book of Acts,
you will see that they were in charge of the work. But before
they could be in charge of the work, they had to have a different
And the problem
with ecumenism is this. People receive the spirit and then that
is supposed to result in unity. But if you read the book of Acts,
that is not the way God worked then. First, they had to
not only pray, but they had to also go to each other and confess
their sins. They were in unity and harmony first and then
they received the spirit. Do you see that the two things are
In God’s program
His people fast and pray and they go to each other and they resolve
their differences and they come into unity, and after that, they
receive the Holy Spirit. That is what happened in Acts 2. But
the devil’s program is that you receive the spirit and that results
in unity. But the problem is, that kind of unity is a superficial
unity. And Jesus said, When the Spirit comes, He is going to
guide you into all truth.
Do you realize,
friends, this ecumenical movement has been in full swing for over
thirty years? Over thirty years it has been in full swing and
it has not led its adherents to truth! But the Holy Spirit, Jesus
promised, would guide us into all truth. You can read that in
John 16. So there is something wrong about what is going on in
Christendom today. It is completely opposite from what we see
first they came into unity and harmony, and they came into unity
and harmony on the truth. And they stopped trying to control
the work. Now they were in charge of the work, but you will never
find any apostles, after the crucifixion of Christ trying to control
the others. First they had unity on the truth and then,
after that, the Holy Spirit came.
They had been
confessing their sins. They had been making things right. They
had been praying for one anther as James says, so that they might
be healed. And I want to tell you, friends, we have a lot of
praying to do, because we have a lot of people among us who need
to be healed. There are a lot of wounded soldiers around. If
we want to receive the Holy Spirit, if we want to receive the
Latter Rain, if we want to be ready for Jesus to come, we have
a work of preparation to do in our hearts.
And if there
are things between us and someone else that need to be made right,
we need to make those things right. So a first contrast between
what is happening today in the ecumenical movement and what happened
at Pentecost is that it is taking a directly opposite course.
Back then they became unified on the truth, first, and in harmony
with each other, and then they received the Holy Spirit.
people receive the Holy Spirit who believe totally contradictory
things, they are not in unity and harmony on the faith at all.
I mean, there are Catholic priests who claim to have received
this charismatic gift and can speak in tongues. These people
believe that you can pray to Mary, to the saints, and to the Pope.
And they believe that they can say to you, I absolve you and you
are forgiven of your sins.
are other people who are receiving this spirit who are Protestant
ministers, and they do not believe that you can pray to the Pope.
They do not believe they can absolve your sins. They do not believe
that you can pray to the Virgin Mary. They do not believe that
you can pray to saints. These people have totally opposite beliefs,
and yet they are receiving the spirit, and they have received
the spirit for years, and it has not brought them into unity on
You see, something
is wrong! That is a first indication, a first reason why we cannot
be part of the ecumenical movement. We want to receive the Holy
Spirit, but we want to be sure that it is the right spirit.
You see, the New Testament points out the fact that you can receive
a spirit and can end up being under the wrong spirit.
like to read that. Turn to II Corinthians 11. We will read verse
4. Paul says, “For if one comes who preaches another Jesus [By
the way, that has happened] whom we have not preached, or if you
receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different
[another] gospel which you have not accepted [received]—you may
well put up with it.”
out three dangers in the Christian Church. First of all, preaching
another Jesus; second, receiving a different spirit; and third,
receiving a different gospel. And all those things have happened.
You see, just because you have received the spirit does not mean
that you have received the Holy Spirit. We are living in that
time predicted in the book, The Great Controversy, 587–588
where Ellen White says that multitudes will rejoice that God is
working marvelously for them when the work is the work of another
What you and
I want to receive is the true outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and
if we want that, we have a work to do in our hearts. We have
to go to the Lord in our own closet, or wherever you do your private
praying, and say like David said, Lord, search me and know me.
Is there any wicked way in me? Is there anything about the way
I think or about the way I feel that needs to be changed so that
I can meet You in peace?
That is what
David did. He went to his closet and he wrote it down, it is
in the Bible. He said, Lord, search me and see if there is some
wicked way in me. Are there thoughts that I have? Are there
feelings that I have? Are there words that I am speaking? Are
there actions in my life that are wrong that need to be changed?
That is what we must do if we want to be ready to receive the
You see, if
we receive the Holy Spirit, and if there is sin in my life, do
you know the first thing that the Holy Spirit does? You can read
it in John 16:8. Jesus said, When the Holy Spirit comes, He will
convict the world of sin. If there is sin in my life and I receive
the Holy Spirit, the first thing that the Holy Spirit does is
point out that sin. The first thing!
I am reading
a book by a lady who was of English descent, grew up in India,
become enamoured with the New Age movement, and become part of
it. She was living with a man who was also involved with the
New Age movement. They were not married, but they were living
together and they decided to go to a meeting. In this meeting
there was a Christian giving a presentation of the gospel, and
these New Agers were sitting in the congregation . After his
presentation on the gospel, he presented the charms of Jesus.
Now, I want to tell you, friends, there is nobody else in the
universe who has the charms of Jesus. There is nobody else in
the universe who could give you the satisfaction of soul and can
bring joy into your life like He can.
If you are
suffering from disappointment, loneliness, lack of fulfillment
or trouble in this life, it is not because of something that Jesus
has done. That is a result of the devil’s work, and of sin.
When you go to heaven, there will not be a single person throughout
all eternity that you will ever meet who will tell you that they
are not satisfied or not fulfilled. That will never happen.
never more be a dirge of buried affections and crushed and shattered
dreams and hopes like you see all over down here. That is all
a result of sin. Jesus came down to this world, friends, because
He could not bear to see you go through that and not make a way
to get you out of it. And all of your troubles, disappointments,
struggles, problems, loneliness, fears, and all of these awful
things that you go through, if you put your trust in Jesus, all
those things will be temporary. He is going to get you out of
all of that.
And this Christian
worker presented the charms of Jesus. Apparently this woman had
never, ever heard the gospel before. At the close of the presentation
this gospel worker made an invitation for anybody who wanted to
accept Christ as his or her personal Saviour to come forward.
This is what I want. I am going forward. So she went forward
and she gave her heart to Christ and she experienced the joy of
receiving Jesus. The organization that this gospel worker worked
for, gave her a Bible. She did not even own a Bible, but they
gave her a Bible and advised her to read it. What does the Holy
Spirit do if you are living in sin? What is the first thing the
Holy Spirit does, according to John 16?
It says, “It
convicts you of sin.” She had never read the Bible before. So
she went home that night, got into bed, and she thought she would
read the Bible before she went to sleep. So she opened the Bible
to a place in the New Testament where the first words she read
were words of condemnation on fornication and adultery. And she
slammed the Book shut and said, I am not going to read that any
The next day
or two she opened the Book, she looked at it again. Every time
she opened the Book, she would fall on something that condemned
what she was doing. It finally got to bothering her conscience
so much that she told the man she was living with, “I cannot take
this any more. We have got to split up.” So they did.
You see, if
there is sin in your life, friends, and you give yourself to the
Lord and you receive the Holy Spirit, the first thing the Holy
Spirit will do is to put His finger on that sin and say, Pastor
John, what about this? I have noticed something very interesting
about the way God works. In my experience I have learned this.
God is much more patient and longsuffering with you and me than
we are with each other.
I have found
that if you have five or six, or eight, big problems in your life,
did you know that God does not even point them out all at once?
You know, when the woman was taken in adultery, the Holy Spirit
put His finger right on the problem. Jesus said, Do not do that
any more. She said, Okay. But that does not mean that the Holy
Spirit never came and told her about some other problem.
You say, Okay,
Lord, I will not do that any more. I am going to change. And
the Holy Spirit starts to work in your life and you start to have
an experience that is different than you had before. Your thoughts
are changed; your feelings are changed; your words are changed,
and your actions are changed. And that sinful behavior whether
it was thoughts or feelings or words or actions, becomes something
that is in the past. You start having victory on that point.
do you know what happens after you start having victory on that
point? If you are asking to be baptized by the Holy Spirit every
day, the Holy Spirit then puts His finger on something else.
What about this? Now you have to deal with that. And some people,
of course, will not deal with it. Have you ever been giving Bible
studies to somebody and they will accept this and this and this
and this and then they come up to a point and they just will not
accept it? Have you ever had that happen? Most Bible workers
have had that happen over and over again. So then you stop right
the Holy Spirit has put His finger on something four or six or
eight times before and those things are not a part of the person’s
life anymore, now the Holy Spirit puts His finger on something,
and the person says, No, I cannot do that!
Do you know
what happens then? That is when you start to travel in circles
in your Christian life. The Holy Spirit does not force you to
go on, but you stop right there. So you go around. You keep
going to church, you keep praying, that sin is still in the back
of your mind. When the time comes that the Holy Spirit puts His
finger on that again, What about this? Lord, I cannot do that.
We have had
people accept the Sabbath. I think of one young couple we were
studying with. In fact, they asked to be baptized. They had
been going to church with the antichrist. They belonged to that
power. When they accepted the Sabbath, they wanted to be baptized,
until we studied what the Bible said about tithing. When they
found that out, they decided they could not afford to be Christians.
the Sabbath, but decided they could not afford to do that. Then,
you start going in circles. Finally the Lord said, How about
this? And sometimes, friends, I find that a person is going around
in circles in their life for years. And every once in a while
the Holy Spirit puts His finger on that sore point again and says,
How about this? How about this? No, Lord, I cannot afford to
do that. I cannot do that right now.
We have had
a number of people that we have studied with in our area. They
have accepted the seventh day Sabbath, they have accepted the
law of God, they know that Jesus is coming soon. They have studied
it out and they know that Ellen White is a prophet. They can
prove all that to you. They believe the Spirit of Prophecy.
They believe everything, until you start studying about what the
Bible says about dress, adornment and jewelry.
say, Pastor John, I cannot accept that. I have had them say it
to me just about like that. I cannot accept that. So then they
start going around in circles. We have some people in our area
going in that circle right now. We are studying with them. We
hope that we can get them past that circle. We will either have
to get them past it, or eventually we will have to just let them
I have always
been persuaded that it is good to think when you are in church.
It is a good place to think, and I do want you to think. I want
you to think about your own life. Is there some area in your
life where you are going in circles? The Holy Spirit says, What
about this? And in effect what you have said is, Lord, not that.
I can do this and this and this and this. I can follow You in
all those things, but not this one. This is too much. I cannot
So you are
going in a circle. From time to time the Holy Spirit puts His
finger on that. What about this? Do not keep going in circles
until Jesus comes, friends. We have to over come and get past
those things and be in harmony. You know, Jesus said, Man shall
not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of
the mouth of God. And that is not some arbitrary requirement.
That is because,
unless we meet that standard, if we keep going in circles, it
will be impossible for God to do for you what He wants to do for
you. I have three more things I want to cover very quickly.
Why we know
the ecumenical movement is a false movement and why we cannot
be part of it. Turn in your Bible to II Timothy 3:1. It says,
“Know this, that in the last days perilous times are coming [or
perilous times will come].” In the last days perilous times will
come and then he begins to list certain serious social conditions
that we see all around us in the world today, such as the fact
that children will disobey their parents.
We are living
in these last times that he talks about here, but I just want
to show you and review with you one of these signs of the last
days of the perilous times that we are living in. Look at verse
5. In the last days, it says, that people will have a form of
godliness but they will deny the power of it. And it says, “From
such people, turn away.”
Now some people
say, We should all get together. But the Bible says that there
are some people that have a form of godliness and deny the power
and you are not to congregate with them. You are to turn away,
you are to get away from these people, because if you do not,
you will end up being deceived and having a form of godliness
without the power, too.
Now I want
to discuss with you very briefly, what it means to have a form
of godliness and deny the power. Now to have a form of godliness
is not too hard to figure out. Those are the people who go to
church and they make a profession of religion. They are Christians
by profession. They have a form of godliness. They go to church.
They call themselves Christians.
But what does
it mean to deny the power of godliness? What is the power of
godliness? Well, let us just look at a few texts and let the
New Testament tell us what it is. Look, first of all, in II Corinthians
10:3. It says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not [make]
war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are
not carnal [fleshly] but mighty [are powerful] in God for pulling
[the casting] down [of] strongholds.” Now this is the power of
godliness. It is not fleshly weapons. It is not bullets, or
missiles, or planes, or bombs, or any of those things. They are
not fleshly weapons, but they are powerful spiritual weapons,
and the apostle Paul says these weapons of our warfare can cast
down strongholds. They are powerful.
In fact, look
at verse 5. The weapons of the warfare, Paul says, that we use
are so powerful that they can bring every thought of a person’s
mind into captivity to Christ. Every thought will be in submission
to Jesus Christ. That is powerful. There is no earthly spirit;
no weapons in this world that can do anything like that, let me
has none at his disposal. Man has none at his disposal. Now
you can put people in prison, you can kill them, but you cannot
control what a man or woman thinks. That you cannot do. And
for sure, love cannot be forced. But Paul says that the weapons
that we are working with are so powerful that they can cast down
strongholds and they can bring every thought into submission to
about that again in several places. He talks about it in Romans
8:3, 4, how that through the power of the spirit the righteousness
of the law will be fulfilled in us who walk not according to the
flesh but according to the spirit. Paul taught a gospel that
was powerful. It was so powerful; it would bring every thought
If you bring
every thought of a person’s mind into captivity to Christ, Christ
has total control of that person. Everything is surrendered to
Christ. But in the last days there are going to be people who
have a form of godliness and deny the power. What does it mean
to deny the power? It means that you teach a gospel that does
not involve bringing a person to that condition where they are
fully surrendered to Christ in every thought, word and action.
Or in other
words, to put it in very simple language, you teach a gospel which
does not involve victory over sin in the life. And this is one
of the principal characteristics of the ecumenical movement.
It just claims to bring people into unity and harmony from all
different religious backgrounds, but it does not teach them how
to have victory over sin in their lives. That is not on the agenda.
in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “The kingdom of God is not in word but
in power.” Oh, my dear friends, are you experiencing the power
of godliness in your life? Or are you part of the group, the
great majority in the world today who have a profession of godliness
but the power you are not experiencing? Now think this through,
friends. If you have a profession of godliness, but you are not
experiencing the power of godliness, your religion really is not
It says here
in 1 Corinthians 4:20, the kingdom of God is not in word. It
is not just in profession. It is in power. And if you are not
experiencing the power, you are not experiencing the kingdom.
In fact, the question could be asked, Are you even part of the
kingdom? The kingdom is not in words, not in profession. It
is in power, Paul says.
I want to
give you an invitation. You do not need to raise your hand.
You do not need to change the expression on your face. I am not
interested in outward things. I just want you to be saved. I
want to be with you in the kingdom of heaven. I need you to pray
that I will be there. We need to be praying for each other, that
we will be faithful.
And, oh, friend,
are you experiencing the power of godliness in your life? If
you are not, I want to invite you again to go to your closet and
say, Lord, I do not want to have as pretend religion.
praying this prayer nearly twenty years ago when I started to
realize the scary situation that we were all in, how that there
would be multitudes of people, even Seventh-day Adventists in
the last days, who would not be saved.
said that she saw in vision that the majority of Seventh-day Adventists
would not be saved. And I started to come to grips with that
and I said, Lord, I do not want a pretend religion. You see,
a pretend religion is where you have a form of godliness and you
are going through all the motions and people look at you as maybe
a Christian leader. I was an elder in the church. I was a teacher
in an Adventist College. I was supposed to be a leader, and I
realized that all of that was nothing unless I was experiencing
the power of God in my life.
I said, Lord,
I do not want a pretend religion. Please, whatever has to happen,
I want the real thing. Do you want the real thing? God wants
to reveal His power in your life. His power will bring to you
the ability to live a holy life in the midst of this world.
to demonstrate something through you. He wants to show the world
that somebody with your heredity and your background and your
environment and all of the problems that you have, that by His
grace, you can keep His law. And not only can you keep His law,
but also you can be happy doing it.
I want to
tell you, friends, that in spite of what the devil is telling
everybody, the people who are breaking God’s law are not happy
over it. They think they are getting a thrill. The Bible talks
about the temporary pleasures of sin, but they do not get happiness.
I have been a pastor long enough to know that for sure. I have
dealt with people who have been involved in every kind of sin
for many years, until they are bound as slaves in sin, and they
would give their life to get set free.
We pray for
them, and I have seen God set some free. And, oh, friend, if
there is somebody here today and you are bound in sin, maybe have
been bound for many years, Jesus said He came to this world to
set the captives free. And He wants to set you free. He wants
you, not to just experience a form of going to church and making
a profession of being a Christian, He wants you to experience
the power of godliness in your life.
reason that we cannot be part of the ecumenical movement.
Turn to II
Corinthians 6:14. “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers.
[That is, with the unfaithful.] For what fellowship has righteousness
with lawlessness? And what communion [fellowship] has righteousness
with lawlessness [light with darkness]? And what agreement is
there between Christ and Belial? Or what part has the faithful
with the unfaithful? Or what unity is there between the temple
of God and idols? For you are the temple of God, of the living
God as it is written. For God has said, I will dwell among them
and walk among them and I will be to them a God and they shall
be to me a people. Wherefore, come out from the midst of them
and be separate, says the Lord and do not touch the unclean thing
and I will receive you and I will be to you a father and you shall
be to me sons and daughters, says the Lord, the Almighty one.”
are saying today, Well, we can all get together. We can get together
with all the people of all the different Christian faiths in the
world. We can even get together with the Buddhists and the Hindus
and the people who are not of Christian faith. We can all get
together, and by the way, that is going to happen, because the
book of Revelation teaches that the whole world is going to be
of one mind for a little while.
They are all
going to be united, but the Bible says, “Come out and do not touch
the unclean thing.” Now this word unclean has a very long biblical
history. It goes clear back to the writings of Moses, and if
you read Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, you will
find that there is a great deal of space used to show what is
clean and what is unclean; what is pure and what is defiled.
That is a
major subject all of its own in the writings of Moses. What is
clean and what is unclean? What is pure and what is defiled?
And you know, if you read Psalm 24, only those who have clean
hands and a pure heart are going to heaven. Those are the only
ones. Now the good news, of course, is that whatever is defiled,
can be cleansed by Christ, because the thing that defiles is sin.
That is why
we find over and over again in our evangelistic work that when
a person decides to follow the Lord all the way, very often they
lose their friends and they have to get new friends. Do you know
why that is? It is because they will not touch the unclean anymore.
one couple to whom we gave Bible studies, they were baptized and
their friends wanted them to go with them to the movies. No,
we do not do that any more. They wanted to have a drinking party.
No, we do not do that any more. They wanted to have a gambling
party, too. No, we do not do that any more.
Well, what do you do for a good time? You do not eat like you
used to eat, you do not drink like you used to drink, you do
not go to where you used to go, you do not do anything we used
to do to have fun. Now these people were having fun, but it was
a different kind of fun. The Bible says, “Come out from among
them and do not touch the unclean,” and God says, When you do
that, I will receive you.
I feel so helpless to impress it upon people’s minds. If you are
received by the God of heaven, even if you should lose everything
in this world, every friend you have, all your money, anything
that could make life dear in this world you would have it all.
If you lost it all, and you got Jesus, you would still get everything.
I have become
so frustrated in trying to help people understand this that I
have developed very, very crude illustrations to help them understand.
And one of my very crude illustrations to help people understand,
is this: If you have a chicken that lays eggs, tell me, who is
more valuable to you, the chicken or the egg. You know that there
are a lot of Christians who have their eyes on the eggs and forgot
the One that gave them the eggs.
It is true.
If you lost everything in this world, if you lost every gift of
God in this world like Job did, and you gained Jesus, you would
have gained everything, because He can give you everything. You
see, that was Adam’s problem. You know, Ellen White says that
when Eve tempted Adam, what Adam did not realize was that the
same God who had made for him a companion, could make him another
What would have happened to Eve. Well, the Spirit of Prophecy
is very clear that Jesus Christ would have put the plan of salvation
into existence to save one, and Eve was one. We do not know how
things would have worked out in that case. But, oh, friend, do
not let the devil trip you up thinking you are going to lose everything
if you accept Jesus, and maybe lose some things in this world.
When you gain Him, you have gained everything. He can supply
every need that you have and He keep the supply going forever.
point that we know the ecumenical movement is false, is because
the ecumenical movement is predicted in prophecy. It is predicted
to have the following characteristics:
1. It is
predicted that the United States will be one of the great leaders
in the ecumenical movement. (See Revelation 13.)
2. It is
predicted that the United States will give great honor to the
papacy, to the antichrist power of Bible prophecy.
3. It is
predicted that in the United States an image of the beast power
of the middle ages will be developed. In other words, that the
religious power would gain control of the civil power.
4. It is
predicted in Revelation 13 that this ecumenical movement will
involve a false manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit
in the Bible, by the way, is only promised to those who keep the
commandments. (See John 14.)
5. It is
predicted that this ecumenical movement will involve communication
with evil spirits claiming to be angels from heaven and the Holy
Spirit and Christ Himself.
it is predicted.in the book of Revelation that the whole world
will be deceived by these evil spirits. It says in Revelation
18:23 “All nations were deceived by her sorceries.” By the way,
does that include the nation in which you are living? If it says
“all,” that is all. And we see it happening today, we are very
close to the end
But they will
still be destroyed, and the book of Revelation tell us the way
to tell the difference between the false and the true is that
the true people of God, in the last days, are not described as
a worldwide conglomerate. They are described as a remnant, just
a few in comparison with the rest of the world population. And
they are described over and over again as that remnant that keeps
God’s commandments. (See Revelation 12:17; Revelation 14:12;
Revelation 22:14.) It says, “Blessed are they that do His commandments
that they may have a right to the tree of life and that they might
enter in through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs,
sorcerers, and all those lawbreakers.” (See verse 15.)
You see, numbers
did not count in Noah’s day. Numbers did not count in Jesus’
day. Numbers did not count in Martin Luther’s day, and numbers
do not count today. The only thing that counts is, is your life
in harmony with God’s Word and with His law?