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The Church
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             The Church
The Greek word for church means the called out
 ones (ejkklhsiva). Called out from the world:
  The collective body of Christians, or of those
      who profess to believe in Christ, and
 acknowledge him to be the Savior of mankind.




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 And I say also unto thee,
  That thou art Peter, and
 upon this rock I will build
my church; and the gates of
hell shall not prevail against
     it. (Matthew 16:18)

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Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and
hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice
to God for a sweetsmelling savour. (Ephesians 5:1, 2)

Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved
the church, and gave himself for it; That he might
sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by
the word, That he might present it to himself a
glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any
such thing; but that it should be holy and without
blemish. (Ephesians 5:25-27)




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The truth which Peter had confessed is the
foundation of the believer’s faith. (The Desire of
Ages, p. 412)

Peter had expressed the truth which is the foundation
of the church’s faith … (The Desire of Ages, p. 413)




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 The church is God’s fortress, His
city of refuge, which He holds in
a revolted world. Any betrayal of
the church is treachery to Him
who has bought mankind with the
blood of His only-begotten Son.
(Acts of the Apostles, p. 11)
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God has a church. It is not the
great cathedral, neither is it the
national establishment, neither is
it the various denominations; it is
the people who love God and keep
His commandments. (The Upward
Look, p. 315)
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Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done in earth, as it is in heaven.
(Matthew 6:10)

The Church should be a heaven on
earth.

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And let us consider one another to provoke
unto love and to good works: Not forsaking
the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another:
and so much the more, as ye see the day [of
atonement] approaching. (Hebrews 10:24, 25)

“Church” is not for what I can get out of it,
though we do, it is for what we can put into it
for others.

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Thy kingdom come. Thy will be
done in earth, as it is in heaven.
(Matthew 6:10)

The Church should be a heaven on
earth.

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Physical birth:




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Does not
 equal
spiritual
 birth!

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The Jewish people cherished the idea that they
were the favorites of heaven, and that they were
always to be exalted as the church of God. They
were the children of Abraham, they declared,
and so firm did the foundation of their prosperity
seem to them that they defied earth and heaven
to dispossess them of their rights. But by lives of
unfaithfulness they were preparing for the
condemnation of heaven and for separation from
God. (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 294)


        Sound like anyone you know?
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Synagogue
 of Satan

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Philadelphia
  Church
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You think, that those who worship before the
saint’s feet, (Revelation 3:9), will at last be
saved. Here I must differ with you; for God
shew me that this class were professed
Adventists, who had fallen away, and
“crucified to themselves the Son of God afresh,
and put him to an open shame.” And in the
“hour of temptation,” which is yet to come, to
show out every one’s true character, they will
know that they are forever lost; and
overwhelmed with anguish of spirit, they will
bow at the saint’s feet. (A Word to the Little
Flock, p. 12, response to Eli Curtis)
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By this time the 144,000 were all sealed and
perfectly united. On their foreheads was written,
God, New Jerusalem, and a glorious Star
containing Jesus’ new name. [Revelation 3:12.]
At our happy, holy state the wicked were
enraged, and would rush violently up to lay
hands on us to thrust us in prison, when we
would stretch forth the hand in the name of the
Lord, and the wicked would fall helpless to the
ground. Then it was that the synagogue of Satan
knew that God had loved us who could wash
one another’s feet, and salute the holy brethren
with a holy kiss, and they worshipped at our
feet. (A Word to the Little Flock, pp. 14, 15)
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And I saw a flaming cloud come where Jesus
stood. Then Jesus . . . took His place on the
cloud which carried Him to the East, where it
first appeared to the saints on earth—a small
black cloud which was the sign of the Son of
man. While the cloud was passing from the
Holiest to the East, which took a number of
days, the synagogue of Satan worshipped at the
saints’ feet. (Maranatha, p. 287)


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Christ speaks of the church over which Satan
presides as the synagogue of Satan. Its members
are the children of disobedience. They are those
who choose to sin, who labor to make void the
holy law of God. It is Satan’s work to mingle
evil with good, and to remove the distinction
between good and evil. Christ would have a
church that labors to separate the evil from the
good, whose members will not willingly tolerate
wrong–doing, but will expel it from the heart
and life. (The Review and Herald, December 4,
1900)
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    What About,
“No, Eighth church”?



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     Dates may not be exact




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But clearer light came with the investigation of the
sanctuary question. Now was seen the application
of those words of Christ in the Revelation,
addressed to the church at this very time: “These
things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that
hath the key of David, he that openeth and no man
shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth; I know
thy works; behold, I have set before thee an open
door, and no man can shut it.” [Revelation 3:7, 8.]
Here an open as well as a shut door is brought to
view. At the termination of the 2300 prophetic days
in 1844, Christ changed his ministration from the
holy to the most holy place. (The Spirit of Prophecy,
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The Shaking




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The mighty shaking has commenced
and will go on, and all will be shaken
out who are not willing to take a bold
and unyielding stand for the truth, and
to sacrifice for God and His cause.
(Word to the Little Flock, p. 3, 1847)



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I asked the meaning of the shaking I had
seen. I was shown that it would be
caused by the straight testimony called
forth by the counsel of the true Witness
to the Laodiceans. It will have its effect
upon the heart of the receiver of the
testimony, and it will lead to him to exalt
the standard and pour forth the straight
truth. This straight testimony some will
not bear. They will rise up against it, and
this will cause a shaking among God’s
people. (Spiritual Gifts, vol. 1, pp. 184,
185, written: 1858)  27
The numbers of this company [the faithful] had
lessened. Some had been shaken out, and left
by the way. The careless and indifferent who
did not join with those who prized victory and
salvation enough to agonize, persevere, and
plead for it, did not obtain it, and they were left
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behind in darkness, and their numbers were
immediately made up by others taking hold of
the truth, and coming into the ranks. Still the
evil angels pressed around them, but they could
have no power over them. (Spiritual Gifts, vol.
1, p. 186, written: 1858)
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Romanists have persisted in bringing
against Protestants the charge of heresy and
willful separation from the true church. But
these accusations apply rather to
themselves. They are the ones who laid
down the banner of Christ and departed
from “the faith which was once delivered
unto the saints.” Jude 3. (The Great
Controversy, p. 51)

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  Laying “down the banner of
Christ and departing from “the
faith which was once delivered
   unto the saints.” Jude 3 is
   leaving the “true church.”


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                        “Our doctrines cannot be
                       changed without changing
                         the nature of the church.
                        Let the word go out from
                         this Annual Council that
                        any attempt to tear down
                       the pillars of the faith will
                          be resisted.” (Adventist
                      Review, November 8, 1979,
                          speech given at Annual
                       Council, Washington, DC,
Neal C. Wilson
                                    October 1979)


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The Lord has declared that the history of the
past shall be rehearsed as we enter upon the
closing work. Every truth that He has given
for these last days is to be proclaimed to the
world. Every pillar that He has established is
to be strengthened. We cannot now step off
the foundation that God has established.
We cannot now enter into any new
organization; for this would mean apostasy
from the truth. (Notebook Leaflets, vol. 1, p.
51, 1905, See also Maranatha, p. 203)
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     True or False,
   Ellen White wrote:

“The Church Appears About
to Fall” (Maranatha, p. 203)


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Satan will work his miracles to deceive; he will set up his
power as supreme. The church may appear as about to
fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners
in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the
precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless
it must take place. None but those who have been
overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of
their testimony will be found with the loyal and true,
without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their
mouths.... The remnant that purify their souls by obeying
the truth gather strength from the trying process,
exhibiting the beauty of holiness amid the surrounding
apostasy. (Maranatha, p. 203)
 Letter 55, 1886. (Written from Basel, Switzerland, to
 G. I. Butler and S. N. Haskell, December 8, 1886.)
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God has a church. It is not the
great cathedral, neither is it the
national establishment, neither is
it the various denominations; it is
the people who love God and keep
His commandments. (The Upward
Look, p. 315)
               (Letter 108, October 28, 1886)

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Christ loves His church. He will give all needed help to those
who call upon Him for strength for the development of
Christlike character. But His love is not weakness. He will not
serve with their sins, nor give them prosperity while they
continue to follow a wrong course of action. Only through
faithful repentance will their sins be forgiven; for God will not
cover evil with the robe of His righteousness. He will honor
faithful service. He will abundantly bless those who reveal to
their fellow–men His justice, mercy, and love. Let those who
are engaged in His service walk before Him in true humility,
following faithfully in His footsteps, cherishing the holy
principles which will live through the eternal ages. Let them in
word and action show that they obey the laws which are obeyed
in heaven. (The Signs of the Times, November 13, 1901)

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