SPECIAL CONFERENCE BULLETIN N O . 2 A Memorable Sabbath By A. S. MAXWELL SUNSHINE after rain was never "We are to grow in grace, not more welcome than that which groan in it," he said. warmed the sodden camp ground "Some people pride themselves on Friday afternoon and raised on having been born Adventists; new hopes for a happy Sabbath. ing aroused some concern, but al- but what God wants is bom-again Half-past seven found well over most before the worshippers at the Adventists." twelve hundred people gathered morning prayer meeting had re- "When God made the world He expectantly in the large marquee. turned to their homes and tents, it didn't have a single man around As the ministers walked on to began to pass before the gathering to help Him. Thus H e showed the platform the choir softly chant- strength of the rising sun. By that H e is not dependent on us, ed those sweet solemnizing words 9.45 pm., when Sabbath-school but we on Him." so reminiscent of the recent Gen- commenced, all fears for the day's weather were set at rest. "Only two men have ever got out eral Conference : And what a crowd ! In addition of this world alive; yet to-day God "There is a place of quiet rest, to the many hundreds already resi- is planning to take hundreds; there- Near to the heart of God, dent in the 'district, great contin- fore how important it is that we A place where sin cannot molest, gents arrived from the various should seek a deeper spiritual ex- Near to the heart of God. perience." London churches, until the large "0 Jesus, blest Redeemer, marquee was filled to capacity, not "Enoch," said Brother Gilbert, Sent from the heart of God, to mention the Missionary Volun- "walked with God three hundred Hold us who wait before Th,ee, teer and children's tents, where years-yet we find it hard to walk Near to the heart of God with Him three minutes." other sections of the Sabbath- The m e ~ s % ~ e the hour was de- of school were in session. "We need God to-day," he said; livered by Brother MacGuire, and By the time the second service "indeed our greatest need is, as it surely went home to every heart. began there must have been, in- Sister White once said, 'A revival Taking one of the most familiar cluding t h e large, augmented of true godliness in our midst."' Advent chapters as his theme, he choir, almost two thousand persons Brother Gilbert, who as most of brought forth lessons new and old, present; and it was an inspiring our people know, is a converted all wonderfully appropriate for the sight to look down from the plat- Jew, used one illustration from the opening Sabbath service of this form upon this sea of eager up- ancient sanctuary which greatly great Second Advent Congress. turned faces. comforted everybody. You will find his address elsewhere What a treat it was, too, to lis- "Why was the pot of manna in this issue and you surely must ten to Brother F. C. Gilbert. Such placed in the ark?" he asked. read it quietly by yourself. There a friendly, homely, heart-to-heart "Why was it placed beside the is a blessing in it. talk he gave, sparkling with de- law ?" Damp mist early Sabbath morn- liciously trite phrases. Because the manna was "miracle British Advent Messenger AUGUST 4, 1936 food" supplied by God to His peo- ple in their emergency, and is 66 therefore a symbol of God's wil- lingness, through all time, to supply Dew From the Lord" the needs of His children accord- ing to His riches in Christ Jesus. Abstract of Bible Study given Friday Afternoon, July 31, 1936 Be sure to read this story in the fuller report on page 7. It is won- BY H. W. LOWE derfully cheering for all who are facing hardship through their de- termination to observe the Sabbath of the Lord. IT is a long time since I had the coming from the next cell. A ban- At the close of the service many pleasure of speaking to my fellow- dit serving a long sentence was on came forward in response to an countrymen. Since leaving the his knees speaking through a crack. earnest appeal for rec consecration, British field I have greatly enjoyed H e inquired as to who they were and stood before the platform as my work in different sections of and told them that he had never W. E. Read, the Division presi- the Northern European Division. heard such singing in his life. H e dent, led the great congregation in We hold meetings in many lan- told them that he had never seen prayer. guages, but wherever we go we a Bible, and that no one had ever That was at 1.15 pm., and it find the Lord's people one people. spoken to him about Christ. seemed but a few moments before They are very much the same in "When I come out of prison," he the next meeting began, an un- Poland and Norway as in England. said, "you must come and tell me usually interesting Bible study by I love the Lord's people wherever about it." They took his address S. G. Maxwell of East Africa. I am. and later visited him, held studies, This appears on page 9 of this The thing uppermost in my mind and eventually won him to the issue. since I left the British field, how- truth. Then came the Youth's Rally, ever, is not that I love the Lord's That is the burden that I believe splendidly organized by the Union people. There is no credit in lov- should come upon us, and in this Departmental Secretary, F. W. ing one's own people. Uppermost connection I would like to draw Goodall. Children with banners, in my mind has been the fact that your attention to a scripture which each with a different motto, came wherever we go there are millions describes the experience which the streaming in and lined the sides of who have never heard the sound people of God should be having the large marquee. Young people, of the Advent message. In many in these days. It is in Micah 5 :7 : singing appropriate hymnS, countries there are hundreds of "And the remnant of Jacob shall marched down the centre aisle to thousands who have never heard be in the midst of many people as take their places. It was a fine the name of Christ and never seen a dew from the Lord, as the effort to interest the rising genera- a Bible. I cannot get away from showers upon the grass." tion, and let the grown-ups realize it. It crushes me. Unfortunately Israel failed to something of what the depart- Down in East Europe there was come up to the Lord's ideal for ments are trying to do for them. a bandit-infested area which had them. In an interesting comment After supper, study was given never been entered by the message. on this text in Desire of Ages, to the educational work in the Two young colporteurs went to the page 27, we are told: Union, and W . G. C. Murdoch, elder of their church and asked "Even after Israel had been principal of Newbold College, gave why no one had been there. They wasted by war and captivity, the a pleasing and characteristic appeal were told that the bandits were so promise was theirs, 'The remnant on behalf of this important insti- bad that it was impossible even to of Jacob shall be in the midst of tution. As he pointed out so em- pay the driver of the horse-wagon many people as a dew from the phatically, there is urgent need to in the street. The two young men, Lord, as the showers upon the enior College here at grass.' . . . But the Israelites fixed :'LTiZroRe Empire. however, determined to go down. In two days they were in prison. their hopes upon worldly greatness. The response to the appeal was In their dark cell one of the young From the time of their entrance to 3158, but you can't build a senior men began to lose courage and be- the land of Canaan, they departed college on that or help many stu- moaned the folly of their having from the commandments of God, dents through their college course. gone down there. But the other and followed the ways of the T h e fund is still open. replied, "Don't you remember what heathen. It was in vain that God Well, it was a good Sabbath. Paul and Silas did when they sent them warning by His pro- Everybody says so. Everybody, so were in prison? Let us sing an phets. In vain they suffered the far as I know, received a spiritual Advent hymn." When they had chastisement of heathen oppres- blessing, and to some it was defi- finished singing they heard a rough sion. Every reformation was fol- nitely an epoch-making occasion. voice saying, "Sing it again." They lowed by deeper apostasy." So, even if it does rain the rest sang it once more, and again a I have been wondering if two of the week we can at least thank voice called, "Sing it again." They angels were conversing about the God for one grand, red-letter day. then discovered that the voice was world of the past fifty years, what British Advent Messenger they would say of the church. exodus of thousands of starving two or three showers a year. H e Would they say that "in vain" they people some years ago. he$ had showed me that the scrubby herb- have seen the greatest war, the seen most of their family die. age was covered with tiny crystals greate5t famine, the greatest re- Their horse had died and their of salt and told me that if I were volution, the greatest departure wagon was lost. They marched to go out in the early morning I from true religion? across the country eating grass would find that the salt crystals There is another statement in and herbs, and at last lay down caught every drop of moisture Haggai 1 :g, 10 which also may and prayed for death. While they from the air. The plants were sus- have its application in our time. lay there a man came along and tained by the dew, and they in Of Israel again it is said, "Ye seeing their condition gave them a turn gave life to the animals. looked for much, and, 10, it came few pieces of raw potato. When The remnant are to be like that. to little; and when ye brought it their strength revived slightly he Living in conditions which seem to home, I did blow upon it. Why? began to talk to them of the com- men to be impossible, they are to saith the Lord of hosts. Because ing of Jesus and of the time when be like the dew. Brother Read has of Mine house that is waste, and all things would be set to rights. told us that in the past quadren- ye run every man unto his own Hope revived in their hearts and nial period more souls have been house. Therefore the heaven over they began to pray that God might won with less money. We found you is stayed from dew, and the let them live a little longer and the same story at the General Con- earth is stayed from her fruit." that they might have strength and ference. Surely God is even now In times when there was a great power to give others the message. pouring out His Spirit upon those work to be done, the house of God When I met them in the meeting I who are willing in times when it to be built, and the nations enlight- asked them whether God had given would seem impossible for people ened, the people were running them the strength to do that for to do anything. about after their own affairs. They which they had prayed. The old had no time for the things of God. woman bade me wait until the mor- In the days ahead, I believe, God Could that also be said of the peo- row, and on going into the church has glorious surprises for us. We ple of God in our day? In times she showed me a row of people in the Northern European Division of distress and apostasy we should saying that every one had come in are a conservative people. It may give more time to the things of as a result of their prayer for life be that when the power of God God than to our own things. and power. descends as the life-giving dew, In a conference I attended some Thinking of dew, I was a few some of God's surprises will be in time ago there was a carpenter weeks ago in the desert of Arizona new openings, methods of work, who, in one of the meetings, with an Adventist doctor who was and enlarged horizons, which may praised God that he had won one working among the Indians. H e seem to our conservatism to be hundred souls that year. Speaking took me out among the natives and astounding and unorthodox. They to him afterward, he said, "Peo- I saw a woman making woollen will smash through this conserva- ple say I am a carpenter, but it is rugs. I inquired as to where they tism, if only we give ourselves to not so. I am only a carpenter to obtained the wool to make the rugs, Him and receive the dew from earn my living and keep my family. and was surprised to learn that the heaven. One has well written that, First and foremost I am a mis- Indians had sheep in this desert "the present darkness, like Calvary, sionary." For three years he had region. I asked on what the ani- is a divinely arranged setting for been doing a large work in gather- mals lived. The doctor took me out the display of some overwhelming ing souls in his town. One year into the mountains and showed me triumph." May the Lord take our he had won thirty-seven, another little scrubs of herbs on which the lives and pour His dew upon them forty-seven, and still another one sheep fed. I asked further how the and send us out into new experi- hundred. That man had the right plants managed to obtain moisture, ences and greater victories for vision. for he had told me they only had Him. I have been glad to hear the re- ports which have come to us, b which represent much work and prayer, yet when I look at the map of the British Isles and think of Preparation what remains to be done I feel that without an infilling of the for she Coming of power of God, without the dew #he Lord from heaven, there is no hope. Abstract of Sermon preached Friday Evening, July 31, 1936 The main reason for our coming together, I believe, is to pray that BY MEADE MacGUlRE God may make this remnant "as a dew from the Lord." Perhaps some may have heard I AM going to take for my text not know of any better subject that me tell the story of an old Russian the very large sign which is placed we can study to-night as we enter couple I met. These old people outside the marquee, "The Great upon the first Sabbath of this con- drifted from Russia in that great Second Advent Congress." I do ference than that of the second British Advent Messenger AUGUST 4, 1936 coming of Jesus. There is nothing filled." Brethren, I rejoice in that W H A T I S T H E "OIL"? in the world of so great an interest assurance. I believed this text Turning again to Matthew to us as a people as the coming of fifty years ago and with all the twenty-five we do well to inquire, our Lord Jesus Christ. It is this conviction of my heart I believe it "What is that oil?" for everything that makes us a separate people in to-night. I believe that this genera- depends upon having a supply of the world. tion will not pass until all has this oil in our vessel when the One of the first things I remem- been fulfilled. And I believe that crisis comes. ber, as a child, of this message is "this generation" has come very The oil is the righteousness of hearing ministers preaching on near to its termination. "But," Christ. It is the wedding garment. Matthew twenty-four. But I re- He continued, "of that day and If we do not have this when the member also that it was preached hour knoweth no man, no, not the storm breaks we are lost. Thc as though the message was pri- angels of heaven, but My Father time to get it is now. It is not marily to an unbelieving world. only." So Jesus solemnly warns possible for one man to secure this It was a startling discovery when us, "Watch therefore; for ye know righteous character for another. I realized some time ago that not what hour your Lord doth Each must obtain it for himself. Matthew twenty-four was not ad- come." Each must be purified from every dressed primarily to the unbeliev- I have been alarmed greatly as stain of sin. ing people of this world, but that I have seen the attitude of some it belonged to people like you and Seventh-Day Adventists. W e are me. often too complacent, too self- E X P E R I E N C E TO BE BOUGHT If you will turn to Matthew 24 :3 satisfied because we have this mes- I n Matthew 25 :8, 9 we are told you will find the statement, "And sage for these last days. We think concerning the foolish virgins that as H e [Jesus] sat upon the Mount we are all right and in no danger they "said unto the wise, Give us of Olives, His disciples came unto of being unprepared for His com- of your oil; for our lamps are Him privately, saying, Tell us, ing. But Jesus says to us, as to going out. But the wise answered, when shall these things be? and those intimate disciples, "Watch, saying, Not so; lest there be not what shall be the sign of Thy therefore." While we do not know enough for us and you: but go coming, and of the end of the the hour, our duty is to be ready ye rather to them that sell, and world?" every moment of time. buy for yourselves." It was to the inner circle of What does that expression mean, H i s disciples that Jesus gave the PARABLE OF T H E T E N VIRGINS "Go, . . . and buy for yourselves." words of Matthew twenty-four and What do you have to buy to be a Passing on into the twenty-fifth twenty-five, and it comes to His good Christian? You do not have chapter we come to the story of own intimate circle-to Seventh- to buy the Bible. If you can't af- Day Adventists-more than anyone the ten virgins. And in reading this parable we should remember ford it someone will give you one. else in the world to-day. You do not have to buy the Holy In verse four H e says further: that this, too, was given privately to Jesus' most intimate disciples. Spirit, for the Holy Spirit is also "Take heed that no man deceive given to all freely. There is one you." So the words of Jesus come A11 ten went out to meet the bride- groom; all had lamps; all lighted thing that you cannot have unless to you and to me just as though you pay for it. That is experience, they were spoken to-night, "Take their lamps; they all slept; all lamps went out; and they all Christian experience. It takes time heed that no man deceive you." on your knees, time to pray, time awoke. They were all the same up to this point. But five had a lack to absorb the heavenly influence DANGER O F S P I R I T U A L L E T H A R G Y of oil and because of that lack that comes down to soften your There were two things upon they were left outside. The other heart, to lift you up into the pres- which Jesus seemed to feel the five went in and the door was shut. ence of God. greatest concern, and of which H e This is not the only place where You say, "I cannot do it. It just warned His disciples again and Christ emphasizes this particular takes all my time to earn a living-." again. Of t k s e two things I shall lesson. In Matthew 7 :24 we have Isn't that just as it was in the only have tlme to speak of one, the story of the man who built his time of Noah, before the flood, namely, the danger of being asleep house upon the rock and the man when "they were eating and drink- and unprepared. The thing that H e who built upon the sand. Here we ing, marrying and giving in mar- wanted to stress was the danger have two persons instead of ten, riage, until the day that Noah en- of being asleep. I n verse 32 He but the same two classes, the wise tered into the ark."? Matt. 24 :38. says : "Now learn a parable of the and the foolish. When the floods Too busy to pay for a Christian fig tree; When his branch is yet came and the winds blew the one character. Brethren, our salvation tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye house stood and the other fell. One depends upon our paying that price know that summer is nigh. So house went down in ruin and one and storing up oil in our vessels likewise ye, when ye shall see all house withstood the storms. with our lamps. Buy it to-day be- these things, know that it is near, Christ seeks to rouse us from be- fore the storm breaks. That state- even at the doors. Verily I say ing complacent and self-satisfied in ment, "While they went to buy, the unto you, This generation shall not this time just before the coming bridegroom came," presents before pass, till all these things be ful- of the Lord. my imagination the saddest and British Advent Messenger most terrifying experience I can probably will be to the end. What, behind the message to-day. More possibly name. I think, too, of that then, does it mean? light is shining all the time, but other statement in the Spirit of It is the same awful, terrifying many of our people, I fear, are prophecy that the greater propor- picture brought to view in the like the woman who said she had ;ion of those who appear to be parable of the ten virgins. "held on to the message for thirty- genuine and true will prove to be five years." She certainly had held base metal. The Lord will see that KEEPING U P WITH THE MESSAGE on to i t ; she had never given it we are ready if we are willing to to anyone else. pay the price, but that is our re- Some years ago a very godly, Christian woman whom I knew This message has progressed and sponsibility. That is what Jesus is as we seek God day hy day H e trying to impress upon our minds. went to one of 'her neighbours and said, "Don't you think it would be opens our eyes and lets the light Brethren, may God help us to take shine on His Word, and we see the words of Jesus seriously. a nice thing if we had a little meeting around at our home one new glories in Christ and new evening a week, and just sit down ways in which that light may be- LIFE AND LIGI-IT with our Bibles and study the mes- come our life, and we say "Lord, sage and pray for more light." I will do it." W e are storing up There is a text that came to me Several readily agreed to come, but for ourselves oil in our vessels some time ago with a new mean- ing over here in Luke 8 :16 "No when she spoke to the wife of a with our lamps. man, when he hath lighted a can- physician, a very cultured woman, I am so thankful that God has dle, covereth it with a vessel, or brought up in the message, and given us this precious opportunity putteth it under a bed; but setteth who had gone through church to come here and study day by day it on a candlestick, that they which school, academy, and college, she these truths that stir our hearts enter in may see the light." It is replied, "Thank you for your invi- and awaken a great hunger and talking about a light, that is why tation, but I know all that. I have thirst after righteousness. May God I connect it with this study to- heard it all my life." My friends, help us that we shall not lack oil. night. I have heard ministers and I am fearful that unless something I am so thankful that H e leaders often counsel us, "Do not comes to waken that woman up, has pointed out our lack, so that hide your light under a bushel; she will be twenty-five years be- H e can supply our need and bring get it out where all the world can hind this message when the storm us up to the standard. As we seek see it." But the Saviour says, "No breaks. Him early God will come and re- man, when he has lit a candle, puts This message has not stood still. veal Himself to us, and we shall it under a bushel." If a man lights For many years it has been mov- go home from this conference a candle he holds it up, and if you ing on and anyone who got the transformed men and women, filled and I have not got our lights show- message thirty-five years ago and with the Spirit of God and with a ing to-night, we have not got any stopped there is thirty-five years new vision of Christ. light. Christianity does not con- sist of theory but of light. W e are accustomed so constantly to measure our Christianity by what we know in our heads. But God Morning Prayer Meeting measures it by what we live day by day. It is the life that proves Sabbath, August 1, 1936 the genuineness of the Christian experience. Returning to the thought that there will he many going out to at PROMPTLY seven o'clock a Therc were two things H e pro- try to buy some oil after the storm song of praise rang cheerily out on mised them : breaks, there is a Scripture in the the morning air. Evidently the 1. That H e would come again. Old T e s t w e n t which brings be- continuous rain and the conse- 2. That I-Ie would send His Holy fore us a GUerysimilar picture. It quently wet seats of the day be- Spirit. is in the eighth chapter of Amos: fore had not damped the Advent The Spirit would be their Com- "Behold, the days come, saith the spirit; for there was a large con- forter or Helper, never to be with- Lord God, that I will send a gregation, and happily all the drawn. Divested of human person- famine in the land, not a famine seats were dry. ality, H e could be with them al- of bread, nor a thirst for water, Pastor Dorland led us to the ways and everywhere, as Christ but of hearing the words of the mercy-seat with one of his char- in the flesh could not. "It is ex- Lord." Amos. 8 : 11. I read that acteristically clear-cut B i b l e pedient for you that I go away," text for many years and wondered studies. H e declared to them. (John 16 :7.) what it could mean. I used to say Notwithstanding Christ's cheer- How so? Why could not the Com- to myself, I wonder if the time will ing promise, recorded in John 14 : forter come while Jesus was with come when all Bibles will be des- 1-3, the disciples continued down- them? H a d H e not been at work troyed. I don't think so. There cast as they contemplated His go- from the very beginning; when H e are more Bibles every day, and ing away from them. brooded upon the face of the deep 6 British Advent Messenger , AUGUST 4, 1936 and brought order out of chaos? that ye are My disciples, if ye A very fitting solo was rendered Had not all the Old Testament have love one to another," says by Mr. J. Collins, a student from writers been inspired by Him? Christ. Love to those about us, to Newbold College, entitled, "The While Jesus was with them in friend and foe alike, is the hall- Lord Looked upon Peter." The the flesh, we are told in Desire of mark of the true Christian, the theme of this item was taken from Ages, page 669, His disciples de- crowning proof of the Spirit of Luke 22 :61, 62. sired no other helper. H e met all God in the heart. Pastor W. G. Murdoch took the their needs, so that they felt no The season of prayer that fol- lesson study from the desk. In our need of further aid. But it is those lowed this study was fervent and mind's eye we could once again see who hunger and thirst after unflagging. Frequent bursts of Christ in the judgment hall, first righteousness for tkernselves in song punctuated the prayers for before the high priest and then be- whom God comes to dwell. Hence an infilling of the Holy Spirit. And fore Pilate. Speaking of Pilate's the disciples must graciously be most of them were well pitched question, "What is truth?" Brother placed in circumstances where and well sustained. We suspect Murdoch pointed out that truth is this soul hunger would be stimu- that this was due to the presence a kingdom, and that Christ is the lated and encouraged. They must of some of those incomparable King of truth. It was pointed out, learn to lean upon the unseen Welsh songsters, who help so too, that truth is great and is cer- power of God through the agency much to warm the atmosphere of tain to triumph. of His Holy Spirit. our devotional meetings. And what would be the evidence The closing hymn, "Spirit divine, The lessons derived from the attend our prayer," was feelingly week's study were : of the Spirit's control of their lives? "By this shall all men know sung by all. H.F.D. 1. Beware of compromise. 2. T o remain silent under con- demnation. 3. Truth always wears a crown. 4. Money wrongly obtained will witness against us. 'Report of Sabbath-School 5. Criticism leads to greater Held August 1, 1936 sins. 6. Remorse is often confused with repentance. 7. The sinner takes his own life. "FATHER mercies ! in Thy of bers over the age of fifty. We were glad to have with us Word what endless glory shines !" Our attention was called to the Pastor S. G. Maxwell from East was the very appropriate hymn threefold aim of this department, Africa to give the missions appeal. with which we opened the first namely, "To Serve All the Flock," H e told us something of the needs Sabbath-school of the quadrennial "To Study the Word," and "To of the women and children of Af- session. Save Souls." rica. Both means and workers are The auditorium was filled almost How reassuring were the words urgently needed in this connection. to its capacity as the fifteen hun- of our next hymn, "Lord, Thy In response to this appeal our dred senior members and young Word abideth, and our footsteps members gave the magnificent sum people gathered together. It was a guideth." of $75, which included about $2 scene never to be forgotten as we We were reminded of the out- from the junior department. viewed the great concourse of peo- standing points in our previous While the senior Sabbath-school ple who had gathered from all week's lesson as Brother A. K. was being held, sixty children un- parts of our island home, and also Armstrong took the review. One der the age of nine years were from overseas. of the most serious thoughts im- meeting in the Stanborough Park The Scr&fure reading, Isaiah pressed upon our minds was that Church, and a hundred juniors be- 53 :1-9, was read by the young peo- as Peter followed Jesus afar off, tween the ages of eleven and four- ple in the congregation. so it is possible for us to do like- teen were gathered in the Mis- Following this, Pastor W. G. wise. We should ever be on our sionary Volunteer marquee. It is Murdoch prayed, making earnest guard against this great danger. It interesting to note that eighty- petition that God would bless not was also pointed out to us that in seven of this numbcr reported only those assembled together, but the denial of Peter, one sin led to daily lesson study for the week. also those who were left behind in another. Peter first of all denied Another seventy children between the churches and unable to join us. his Lord, and finally he cursed and the ages of eight and ten had their Brother Goodall welcomed the swore. After the pitying and sym- Sabbath-school in the children's Sabbath-school members who had pathetic look of the Saviour, Peter marquee. come in from all parts of the went out into the night with great An inspiring Sabbath-school was British Union. It was interesting sorrow of heart to the very spot concluded with hymn 160 and the to note that there were present Jesus had just left, in the garden benediction by Pastor A. K. about fifty Sabbath-school mem- of Gethsemane. Armstrong. KT.J. I\uc;UST 4, 1936 British Advent Messenger ble?" Indeed it is, for God would never ask of us what H e had not made provision for, because I read God's in my text again this statement : "Who gavc Himsclf for us, that Programme for H e might rcdccm us from a71 iniquity." T h c provision is ample, Abstract of Sermon preached on Sabbath Mornmg it is full, it is complete, that we might be redeemed from 1111 August 1, 1936 iniquity. But some may s a y : "I do not think I can reach that standard be- BY F. C. GILBERT cause I have so many temptations, so many perplexities." Well, let me tell you, beloved, God knows exactly what your "For thc grace of Cod that bring- to secure it. And, thank God, nature and mine are. H c knows eth salvation hat11 appeared to all every provision has been made we a r e bad, H c knows that you and men, whereby it is possible for every 1 cannot help heing bad, bccause we "Teaching us that, denying ungod- son and daughter of Adam, not were horn bad. So God has made liness and worldly lusts, we should live sobcrly, righteously, and godly, only to be a n apt student but to provision for us to gct a new birth. in this present world ; pass at the graduation day. You rcmember Jesus Christ told "Looking for that blessed hop:, Nicodemus, "Verily, verily, I say and the glorious appearing of the unto thcc, Except a man hc horn ENOCH AN OBJECT LESSON rreat God and our Saviour Jesus Christ ; again, he cannot see the kinqdom "Who gave Himself for us, that God has given us a n object les- of God." No person will be lost He might redeem us from all iniquity, son that that is so, for in Hehrews hecause he is bad. and purify unto Himself a qxuliar 11 : 5 we read : "By faith Enoch people, zealous of good works Titus was trcmslnted that he should not WHY SOULS WILL RF: L O S T see death." H e r e was a man who Do you know why people will be lived in this world so sobcrly, lost? Not because they were bad, TIIIS scripture is God's pro- righteously, and godly that God but because they woulcl not Ict gramme for thc children of men actually translated him. We, too, Jesus make them good. In Trsti- in this world, not when the Lord are looking f o r translation, a r e we monies, Vol. 2, pagc 352, we are comes and we go to heaven. If you not? Oh, beloved, somehow let us told : "All may be savcd if thev and I do not live soberly, righ- pray that God might put in your will " Tt is left to us to make the tcously, and godly in this present heart and in mine that spirit, that choice Again I read in T e s t i ~ u o w cvil world I do not think any of power and ability, so that what , ies to M i n i s f c ~ s page 437 : "God us wlll ever have the opportunity Enoch was enabled to do, H e will not condemn any at the judg- of living in any other world. might enable each one of us to do. ment because they honestly he- God has arranged in His pro- Day by day Enoch had longed lievcd a lie o r conscientiously gramme that this world of ours for a closer union with God. cherished error. But it will be be- should be a school. In Isaiah 54 : Closer and closer had been his cause they neglectcd opportunities 13 it is written, "All thy children communion until God took him to of making themselves acquainted shall be taught of the Lord," and Himself. H e stood a t the threshold with the truth." in Matthew 11 :28 we a r e told who of the eternal world with only a This explains the testimony the Teacher is. "Take My yoke step between him and t h e land of given bp our Lord Himself in John upon you and learn of Me," says rest. And then the portals opened; 3 : 17 : "God sent not H i s Son into Jesus, "for I am meek and lowly in the walk with God so long pursued the worlcl to condemn the world." heart; and ye shall find rest unto on earth continued, and he passed W h v ? Because the world is al- your souls. F o r My yoke is easy, through the gates of the holy city ready conclemneil The world does ' and My burden is light." I t is truc -the first from among men to en- not need condemnation. "But that many people go to school and do ter. I understand from that that the world through I-Iim might be not learn W C might have a splen- Enoch's first day of his journey to saved " "He that believeth on did teacher and yet bc dull heaven was lived in exactly the Him is not condemned : but he that scholars. But I am so grateful same way as his last day on earth. helieveth not is condemned already, that in the school God has ar- T o such con~munionGod is calling because h e hath not believed in ranged for us in this world we us, for we are told concerning the the name of the only-bcgotten Son have a wonderful Teacher. peoplc of God in the last d a y s : of God " Now mark this, "This is Now what is it WC a r e to learn? "As was Enoch's must be their the condemnation, that light is W c are told in John 17 : 3 : "And holiness of character who shall be come into thc world, and men loved this is life eternal, that they might redeemed from among men a t the darkness rathcr than light, he- k~zozvThee." W e go to school to Idorcl's second coming." cause their dccds were evil." learn what eternal life is and how "Well," you say, "is that possi- If people p efer to follow dark- S British Advent Messenger AUGUST 4 , 1936 ness rather than light, if people and it means more than many of should be our first work. One day insist in doing wrong instead of us imagine in order to be ready for in the investigative judgment Jesus through the grace of God doing that outstanding event. Of all the Christ is going to come to your right, what can God do for them? millions and billions and tens of name. When my Lord, my High There is nothing H e can do. billions of men and women who Priest, comes to my name I want I hear people say so often, "If have lived in this world during the Him to be my Advocate. I want by you lived where I did, if you had six thousand years only two in- the grace of God to live soberly, to contend with all that I had to, dividuals ever got out of this world righteously, and godly in this you would think differently." But, alive. One was Enoch and the world that my Lord shall present beloved, environment has nothing other was Eiijah. But God has my name before His Father clothed to do with it. Nobody does wrong told us in 1 3 s Word, that in these and covered with the robe of His because he has to. W e do wrong last days H e is preparing not only righteousness. not because we have to, but be- one or two thousand but tens and The trouble with a lot of us to- cause we choose to. You cannot tens of thousands to look into the day is that we take a chance. We change your heart, but you can beautiful face of Jesus Christ, and want to be in heaven, we want, choose to serve Him. You can give we need to pray God to give us an when the Lord comes, to be saved, Him your will and H e will then experience that will enable us to but we take a chance. We are work in you to will and to do of get ready for that day. not seeking God with all our His good pleasure. Thus your hearts for power to live day by whole nature will be brought under ALL NEEDS T O BE SUPPLIED day a victorious Christian life. It the control of the Spirit of Christ. We need to worry not about is no use trying to excuse our sins. The religion of the Lord Jesus temporal things but spiritual You cannot excuse sin. The only is not a one day a week religion. things. You remember Aaron was way to dispose of it is to confess I remember some time ago in the told to take a pot of manna and it and get it forgiven. Why should States we were having a camp put it alongside of the law in the people go on day by day repenting meeting, and as we were getting ark. Now why do you think it and confessing, repenting and con- ready the preaching tent there was to be alongside the law? That fessing, when Jesus has made it were some lads who gathered God's children always might have possible that we may live soberly, around there rather inquisitive, the assurance that the man or the righteously, and godly in this pres- and they said to me, "Mister, what woman who will obey God and ent evil world. May God deliver us is this?" I replied, "This is going keep His commandments will have from this lethargy and indifference, to be a Seventh-Day Adventist bread to eat. hoping somehow, s o m e W h e re, camp meeting." The boy evidently People often ask what became of sometime we will by the grace of did not get my reply quite right, for the pot of manna. In Early Writ- God get ready. he called to a friend that it was the ings, page 32, the servant of the You know people say, "Well, "Seven Days Adventists." That Lord saw in the sanctuary in we are told there is a great made a great impression 011 my heaven in the ark the golden work to he done, and it may take mind. Really, are we simply to be pot of manna, Aaron's rod that years and years, so why hurry?" Seventh-Day Adventists or Adven- budded, and the tables of stone. We have a greater God than we tists seven days in the week? What So it is in heaven, where our great have a task. Did it ever occur to God does for man on the Sabbath High Priest is, and that is why you that when God made the world H e can do for him every day. If again and again when we face H'ie did not have a man to help we have not that experience in our peculiar situations, somehow God H i m ? H e made man the very last lives, we need to pray God to give marvellously opens the way. God thing on the last day of creation. it to us. who fed this people forty years Why? That ever after we might still lives to feed His people to- realize that God does not need man day if they will only be loyal to to help Him. W e must not say the God desires to "purify unto Him. God has settled the living Lord's arm is short. What God is Himself a pe&liar people," not a r question, and wants us to live in waiting for to-day is for people harmony with His will. who will so give their lives to Him odd, not a strange, not a freakish a n d S o consecrate themselves people, but a peczdiar people, dif- to Him that H e can use them R E V I V A L O F TRUE GODLINESS ferent from the world. There are mightily and fit them to get others many who can say, "I was born In Christ Our Righteousness we ready. There are too many taking an Adventist." But what matters read : "A revival of true godliness a chance. is, are you a "born-again" Adven- among us is the greatest and most tist? There are some people who urgent of all our needs." W e have TAKING A CHANCE groan in grace. W e want to grow many needs. W e need men, we in grace by studying the Word need means, we need institutions, I was once in a train passing of God. That is the only way. we need money. There are lots of over a trestle bridge when the train That is why so many to-day have things we need. The servant of the suddenly stopped. I got out and such a poor religious experience. Lord has told us that our greatest walked along the bridge. When I W e must remember we are here and most urgent need is a revival got to the end I saw a man lying to-day to get ready for translation of true godliness T o seek this at the foot of the hill It seems Ilc AUGUST 4, 1936 British Advent Messenger 9 was in a car with another man on It is almost fifty years since generations have gone by? I n Mat- the road which ran parallel to the Christ came into my poor heart thew 17 we are told that there were railway track. H e said to his and I have loved H i m these years. forty-two generations from the companion, "I am going to beat H e is everything to me and I have time of Abraham to Christ. There that train to the crossing." "All lived in anticipation of that great were twenty generations from right," said the other, "you take event that some day I should see Adam to Noah, and ten from Noah the chance, but not me.'' S o he Him face to face. I t would be a to Abraham, making seventy-two got out. T h e man accelerated and tragedy after one had lived many in all. he got to the crossing, but as he years in the hope of seeing Christ Now if you would like to double started to go over his car stalled, to discover a t the last that one had them f o r the past two thousand and the driver of the oncoming not made the necessary prepara- years that have gone by, it would train was unable to stop in time. tion. I bless God to-day with all give us approximately 150 genera- T h e front of the engine cut the car my soul that Jesus Christ h a s made tions that have passed from the in two. As I stood there and looked every provision to redeem us from time God began to give covenants a t the man I said, "You poor man, iniquity and purify us unto Him- and promises to H i s people unto you are only one of a multitude self a peculiar people if we will to-day. Yet God has promised that who a r e taking a chance in this only give H i m our hearts. I want H e will keep H i s covenant with world and also taking a chance to be ready to mect Him. Do H i s people for a thousand genera- with eternity." you? tions. There are surely enough to brinz home to us the certain ful- filment of the promises of God right through the millennium and into the countless ages of eternity. Proving #he Promises sf God Let us now take one o r two testimonies from those who have Abstract of Sermon preached on Sabbath Afternoon tested out some of these promises of God. August 1, 1936 Joshua was the hero of a hun- dred battles. H e tested out the BY S. G. MAXWELL promises of God. H e had been the leader of the people in a most diffi- cult time. A s he draws near the end of his creneration we hear him de- clare to the people gathered to- "See that ye refuse not Him that This afternoon I would like to gether : "And, behold, this day I spealteth. For if they escaped not study with you one of the things am going the way of all the earth : who refused Him that spake on we know will not be shaken in this earth, much more shall not we es- and ye know in all your hearts and cape, if we turn away from Him that terrible time that is just before in all your souls, that not one thing speaketh from heaven : us You will find it in Deuteron- hath failed of all the good things "Whose voice then S h o o k t l1 e omy 7 :9 : "Know therefore that which t h e Lord your God spake earth : but now H e hath promised, the Lord thy God, H e is God, the saying, Yet oncc more I shake not concerning you; all are come to the earth only, but also heaven faithful God, which keepeth coven- pass unto you, and not one thing "And this word, Y]et once more, ant and mercy with them that love has failed thereof." Joshua 23 : 14 signifieth the removing of those Him and keep H i s commandments T h a t was a fine testimony. Have things that are shaken, as of things to a thousand generations." H e r e that are made, that those things is one thing in which w e can confi- we so tested the promises that H e which cannot be shaken may remain has laid us for us in H i s Word Heb. 12 :25-g. dently place our trust. God is a that we can say that not one thing You will A t i c e that the apostle promise-keeping God, and the has failed of all the things God has here is contrasting two things, the covenants that H e has made with promise'd to do f o r us? things that will be shaken and re- His children will see us through Passing on several hundred years moved, and certain things which into the kingdom of God. another young man comes to the cannot be shaken and will remain H o w long is a generation? Back front with a similar ringing testi- even unto the days of eternity. To- in the time of Abraham, I believe mony. Solomon standing hefore a day we are in the beginning of that we could count a hundred years great congregation says : "Blessed shaking time. W e see the shaking to a generation; later on in Moses' be the Lord, that hath given rest of social customs to-day. W e see time, seventy years. If we take the unto H i s people Israel, according the shaking of nations and empires. seventy years as a generation God to all that H e promised : there W e see the threatened breaking up here promises to keep H i s covenant hath not failed one word of all His of our civilization. And we know, with H i s children for seventy good promise, which H e promised too, that the shaking will come thousand years hv the hand of Moses H i s servant." very near to us all Can we calculate how many 1 Kings 8 :56. British Advent Messenger AUGUST 4, 1936 The promises of God were not them into captivity? Why, he was fourth generation shall sit on the like the promises so often given dead and buried. Where was the throne of Israel." 2 Kings 10 :30. among the nations and in the busi- line of Babylon? Finished. Who In the following chapters we find ness world. God "remembered His was on the throne? Darius the that Jehoahaz, Joash, and Jero- holy promises" (Psa. 105 :42), and Mede. Did he know anything about boam I 1 succeeded in the direct God will always keep His pro- these captives? No, he was not line. But when Jeroboam died a mises to His people. interested in them at all. Where descendant of his did not immedi- Peter reminds us of the same was sympathy coming from that ately come to the throne. There thing when he says that "God is this prophecy might be fulfilled? was no sign of the fourth genera- not slack concerning His promise." Darius reigned two years and then tion coming to the throne. Baal Cyrus came to the throne, and the again came into the ascendancy, DELIVERANCE FROM EGYPT Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, and all Israel began to apostatize In the book of Acts we have an the king of Persia, and caused him once more. example of how in past days God to come to an understanding of the sav Would not the s c e ~ t i c in that remembered His promises to His time to the childrenLof GO& "Now people : "But when the time of the where is your God, where is the promise drew nigh, which God had promise that God gave unto Jehu? sworn to Abraham, the people The third generation has come to grew and multiplied in Egypt." d an end. ~ o said four generations, Acts 7 : 17. What were these pro- but only three have sat on the mises that God had made to Abra- throne in Israel." What could the ham? W e read of them in the people of God say in reply? There early chapters of Genesis, how was no sign of the fourth genera- that the Lord told him that his tion coming to the throne. There seed should be strangers in the land was confusion throughout the land. of Egypt, and that they should re- The first, second, third, and on to main there a certain definite num- the eleventh year passed away, and ber of years. Abraham believed still there was no evidence that the that promise and went to his rest. promise to Jehu was going to be Now Stephen reminds us that when fulfilled. They must have hung on the time of that promise drew in hope and in faith that God nigh God began to make prepara- would fulfil that promise to Jehu. tion for it to be fulfilled. In the Did God fulfil i t ? Yes. We twentieth verse we read that God notice in the eighth verse of the raised up a leader to see that that fifteenth chapter that after eleven promise was fulfilled. And in Pastor S. G. d f n m e l l . years God vindicated His promise, Exodus 12 :40 we read of the ful- Superintendent of the.East African Union and in the thirty-eighth year of filment of the promise In the Miss~on Azariah Zachariah reigned over "selfsame day" in which that Israel in Samaria six months God time-prophecy was to be fulfilled prophecy that Daniel had been pro- saw in the son of Jeroboam a the armies of Israel marched out claiming. And God was there to worthless young man. H e was not of Egypt. The whole programme vindicate that promise and caused worthy to be king, even over had been planned by God in ad- it to be fulfilled even to the very apostate Israel, but rather than vance, and H e was only awaiting day and hour. that the prophecy of God should the co-operation of His people. fail, God caused him to be king THE PROMISE TO JEHU in 1 note another ~ r o m i s e Daniel There is another promise to an for a period of six months. And so 9 : l , 2 which must have been a we read in the twelfth verse : great encouragement to the people individual of whom we do not know very much to-day, which "This was the word of the Lord of God at that time. There we are brings courage to my heart. It is which H e spake unto Jehu, saying, told that DA+pielcame to an under- Thy sons shall sit on the throne of standing of the number of the years a prophecy to Jehu, a captain of the host of Israel in the time of Israel unto the fourth generation. of the captivity as a result of his And so it came to pass." study of the prophecy of Jeremiah. Ahab. W e are told that Jehu cut They had been there sixty-eight off the house of Ahab completely. Now if God could keep His pro- years and yet not one of the cap- He also cut off Baal, and so zealous mise to Jehu, can H e not keep His tives had understood this special was he in the bringing of the peo- promises to us, even for a thousand promise. Daniel gave himself to ple back to the worship of God generations? Surely H e can. the study of God's Word and then that God gave him a promise. "And Now I would ask you this after- the light dawned upon him that the Lord said unto Jehu, Because noon whether we have come to the only two years were left before thou hast done well in executing place where we have so tested the God would fulfil that promise. that which is right in Mine eyes, promises to us, even for a thousand It was not easy to believe that and hast done unto the house of we can truly say that they are that promise would he fulfilled. Ahab according to all that was in "exceeding great and precious pro- Where was the king that had taken Mine heart, thy children of the mises," as Peter declared. (2 Peter British Advent Messenger 1 :4.) I believe that the measure of one other promise and this is the promise, and have proved it up to our Christian experience is our greatest of all. In the book of Acts the hilt. This Holy Spirit of God to the promises of God, we read, "Then Peter said unto has become my own possession, for Peter further tells us that faith them, Repent, and be baptized and I have seen the sanctifying in these promises will take us out every one of you in the name of power of God in my life." of the corrupting influences of this Jesus Christ for the remission of I pray God this afternoon that world, that they will make us godly sins, and ye shall receive the gift we may all be helped to a deeper and cause us to be partakers of the of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2 :38. desire for the searching of God's divine nature. Have we gone through these Word for these promises which three stages of repentance, bap- H e has left on record for us, and tism, and the reception of the that each promise may be sealed "YEA AND AMEN" Holy Spirit? W e need to pray God home so that we can say of each In 2 Corinthians 1 :20 the apostle in this gathering that we may come one, "True, Lord, this has been ful- emphasizes our proving of the pro- to the place where we can say, filled in my experience. Amen. mises of God in our own experi- "I have been right through this Praise the Lord." ences. H e says : "For all the pro- mises of God in Him are Yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us." I take it from that verse that we are to put the Amen to each of God's promises as they come into our experience. There GREAT WALLY OF YOUTH is not to be a single promise that God has left for us that is to be Sabbath Afternoon, August 1, 1936 left with a negative sign against it. What about a few promises? Here is one : "Call upon Me in the day of trouble : I will deliver thee, AT 4 :30 p.m. on Sabbath, ty-one were repeated by different and thou shalt glorify Me." Psa. August Ist, t o the opening strains sections of the audience. 50:15. Have we proved that? of, "Saviour, blessed Saviour, lis- How many can say Amen to that? A hearty welcome was extended ten while we sing," the 200 young to all by the chairman, and greet- "I will never leave thee, nor for- people in the M.V. Camp as- sake thee." Heb. 13 :5. ings were brought by Brethren sembled on the platform. H . T. Johnson and J. H . Parkin, "Honour the Lord with thy sub- At the same time eighty-four stance, and with the firstfruits of representing the youth of South juniors bearing banners of various and North England. Then followed all thine increase." Prov. 3 :9 Have we tested that one fully? greetings from Wales, Scotland, "Bring ye all the tithes into the and Ireland. The young people storehouse, . . . and prove Me now from these fields were invited to herewith, saith the Lord of hosts." 'rise to their feet as the conferences Mal. 3 : 10. Can we say Amen to and fields were mentioned. that one? An outstanding feature of the "Ask, and ye shall receive." Rally was a roll call of all the John 16 :24. societies in the British Isles. "I will take away sickness from the midst of thee." Exod. 23 :25. As the society's name was called "There is no want to them that the standard-bearer for that society fear Him.'' Psa. 34 :9. raised the banner showing the These are only a few. We could motto chosen. It was a sight long enhance our%-wn experience in the to be remembered to see the juni- things of God if, day bv day, we ors standing like a guard around made a list of these promises as the huge marquee and lifting their we read through God's Word. banners in response to the call. Set out on paper every promise and Over eighty societies were repres- ask ourselves whether they h a w ented, including the Stanborough been iulfilled in us. If they have Park Sunday-school, the Chil- not, let us examine the cause. Is Pastor F. W . Goodall. dren's League of Health, the Sun- it because we are afraid to test beams, and the Stanborough Park Union Departmental Secretary the promise? Many times it may Missionary Volunteer Guild. mean sacrifice. But before the During the singing of Hymn No. work is finished we must come to colours took their places around 224. "Hallelujah," the juniors the place where each one of these the large marquee. Portions of marched with their banners on to promises is fulfilled in us. Scripture from Psalm ninety-six the platform. Their varied colours In closing I will mention just and Revelation nineteen and twen- formed a striking background. IZ British Advent Messenger AUGUST 4, 1936 Greetings were also brought to reported more fully below. Master fact that God had brought him into us from West Africa in a personal Graham Maxwell sang "God Make the world to be a forerunner of the letter from A. W. Cooke of Ni- Me Kind." first advent of Christ. And no geria, and from East Africa A special hymn, "Eternal Love," Seventh-Day Adventist father or through the personal message of composed for this conference was mother to-day should deprive his Pastor S. G. Maxwell. Other sung in concluding this wonderful child of that kind of teaching. The countries such as Germany, Den- meeting. father or mother that does not let mark, Sweden, Norway, Canada, the teaching burn into the soul of Let all our youth their voices raise his child that he lives and exists Egypt, and even the I s l a d of In songs of praise through endless Mauritius were represented at this days, to be the forerunner of the second meeting. 0 pralse Him ! Hallelujah ! advent deprives his child of the Pastor Meade MacGuire gave To Him from whom all blessings most important thing in this world. flow, Every Seventh-Day Adventist an inspiring address to the youth Our hearts and lives His praise would emphasizing the importance of show. child should grow up with this con- standing loyal to the truth. It is Hallelujah ! Hallelujah. F.W.G. viction burned into his soul. The one thing for which God brought you into existence is to be of help in finishing the work. My dear young people and children, God has Sharing a place for every one of you in His work. I would not thank any- body to tell a child of mine, "You in #he Work of God cannot all be in the work." This text does not say five, ten, or fifty Abstract of address given at the Young People's Rally, per cent of your sons and Sabbath, August 1, 1936 daughters shall prophesy. God has a place in His work for every BY MEADE MacGUlRE Seventh-Day Adventist boy and pirl. ' 3 I remember one time, maybe twenty years ago, there was a I REMEMBER very well when I before we had anything of the group of young people's leaders was a child, and first heard this kind organized in this denomina- and secretaries who were talking message, there grew up in my mind tion. over matters, and one got up and a conviction that this message was A few years later I was called said, "The first time I saw Elder God's last message to the world, to the leadership of the young MacGuire, he told me that the only and that if I were to share in its people and immediately I began to thinp in the world I was interested ', triumph I must share in its ser- study of the Word of God and the in was riding steers, but I went vice. I felt that Jesus would never Testimonies to see what the Lord to the meetings, and one evening come down and say "Well done" had said about the young people's Elder MacGuire put his arm to me unless I did something. work in connection with this Ad- around my shoulders and said, I was teaching in a public school vent message. 'John, the Lord has a place for when I was eighteen years old, but I am going to read a text this you in H i s work. And now I want all the time I was troubled by the afternoon that has always been an you to get right off to school and feeling that some day the Lord assuring one to me for our young study hard, and get out into the would come and I would be left people : work and help me.' Well, Brother out because I had not done any- "And it shall come to pass after- MacGuire, here I am," he said. thing for Him. So, finally, I de- ward, that I will pour out My H e was then a young people's sec- cided I would have to go into the Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons retary in one of our conferences. work I n t k s e days it was not and your daughters shall prophesy, Now I wish somehow that God, so easy as it is to-day. There was your old men shall dream dreams, this afternoon, would start the no one to ask me to go into the your young men shall see visions." conviction in the minds of you work. No one ever invited me to Joel 2 :28. children and young people that God one of our schools, but I felt I had That is a wonderful text. I have has called you. Your name is in to get into the work because I had often thought of John the Baptist the Bible, young man. Your name to save my soul by sharing in this when he was out there in the wil- is in the Bible far more definitely work of God. derness. One day some of the Jews than John the Baptist's was. "Your Years later, when I got into the came after him to ask who he sons and your daughters shall pro- organized work, I felt that as they was, and he replied: "I am the phesy." My dear children, if your had young people's societies in voice of one crying in the wilder- father and mother, or even one of other churches, we ought to have ness." How did he know? The them, is a Seventh-Day Adventist, them in our churches. So I or- parents of John the Baptist in- then your name is right there in ganized a young people's society stilled into his mind from his the book of Joel. forty-five years ago, many years earliest understanding the solemn When 1 first went out to the British Advent Messenger Philippine Islands in 1920, sixteen they get through the lessons, they Sabbath." The director of that field years ago, there were 6,000 be- take one of the Bible readings, later baptized a good many people lievers in this island, and to-day and go out to give it. Seven of from the efforts of these young there are 16,000. Ten thousand these young men are preaching the people. have come in in sixteen years, and Bible readings and taking cottage So, my dear young friends, I am they have largely been brought in meetings, and they were all at it, so glad that the Lord has a place by young people. When our work and having wonderful experi- in His work for every one of our started in the Philippines, they got ences." Then she wrote a post- children and you. God has a won- a little group of Philippine young script down a t the bottom : "I derful career for every one of you. men together. These young men must not forget to tell you about Remember, young people, that if got a great conviction. They gave our office-boy. H e has had a cot- every one of you will just make themselves to the Lord and went tage meeting for weeks now, and Jesus first in your life, H e will out to preach, and it is wonderful he has thirty-nine people who have give you a work to do and a glori- what God did through them. signed the covenant to keep the ous reward in His kingdom. When I was down in the West Indies, in Central America, I went away back into the interior among the Indians. I noticed in one meet- ing a little girl associating with THE IRISH MISSIONS one of our office secretaries. A few weeks' later she wrote to me about being in the work. She was Evangelists' Reports a very earnest little Christian and she said, "Brother MacGuire, I have been working with one of my girl friends in the high school Cork that Catholics were listening under and she has accepted the Sabbath, WE esteem it a privilege to bring one's feet. "So we thanked God, and took courage." and she is about to be baptized and greetings from the city of Cork, enter the church." A few months and to relate a few of our ex- As we neared the end of our six later she wrote to me about a periences and activities. Cork is months' rental, the problem re- whole family who were all inter- in the extreme south of the Irish turned of finding a better and ested, and beginning to keep the Free State. It has a population of cheaper hall. This proved exceed- Sabbath. I have been encouraged 80,000, of which 76,000 are Roman ingly difficult, as Roman Catholics so many times to see the amazing Catholics. were afraid to let their rooms, and things that God works through Our first great difficulty was to the only Protestant agent belonged young people who get the convic- find a hall. We were refused the to the Plymouth Brethren. We tion and go to work. use of any of the cinemas and all were guided providentially to a I went to another island where the Protestant halls. W e were Jewish merchant who agreed to the people were in a deplorable glad finally to hire a billiard hall, share a store-room with us. This condition. They were poor and ig- situated over a public-house and room is over insurance offices on norant. They had no school, but owned by a Roman Catholic. In one of the main streets. W e par- they had a little group of young the circumstances, our advertising titioned and decorated it, and to- people. I talked to them about all had to be limited to the 4,000 Pro- day it is one of the cosiest meeting- being in the Lord's work. But they testants who are scattered over places we have in the British Isles. did not have any books and did the city. During our nine months' mis- not know how to do anything. Our attendance was small when sion we have covered all phases of They had a young lady in charge we opened our first meeting on the message, also given twenty- of the society, a black girl, so I October 20, 1935. This was partly two lantern lectures, sold 300 sent for a few copies of that little due to the situation of the hall, books, and distributed over 1,000 book, Ho&-to Give Bible Readings, and partly to the opposition which magazines and tracts. W e contri- and T suppose you would not be came chiefly from the Cathedral buted $3 to the Big Week and so happy if I were to give you a ministry and the Baptist pastor. collected 335 for the Harvest In- hundred pounds apiece. They said, The Lord enabled us to remove gathering. "We have got a book that will tell much of the prejudice, however, Conditions in Cork are well us how to go to work for the and the attendance increased. In described in Gospel W o r k e r s , page Lord." spite of alcoholic odours and 462, where it is stated : A few weeks after I got home other adverse conditions over "In some places the work must I had a letter from the secretary which we had no control, the Lord begin in a small way, and advance down there and she said: "I am blessed us with a strong interest. slowly. This is all that the labour- sure you will be interested to know A number of Catholics used to sit ers can do." The people of Cork what has happened since you were in the room beneath to hear the are attached strongly to their here. They get together one even- message. I t added interest to the churches. And though they ac- ing a week, and each evening they presentation of Daniel seven and knowledge that we have the truth, study one chapter. Then when the change of the Sabbath to know yet they cling to their old affilia- British Advent Messenger AUGUST 4 , 1936 tions. But we believe that many of ened to ineffectiveness, and Rome A letter was put into the local them will yet respond to the call, is claiming the bigger share of the paper saying that there were "Come out of her, My people." A privileges of the city. The Order enough preachers and Christian few have begun to keep the Sab- of Orangemen, which has been for workers in Derry, and that there bath. One Baptist lady, who has two centuries a substantial politi- was no need for the lectures of given generous donations to the cal bulwark against Roman ag- Pastor Bailey. effort, has begun to observe the gression, is distressed because her Our first Sunday meeting had Sabbath. A man strongly addicted young men are frequently inter- an attendance of fifty. Now that to drink and gambling has re- marrying with Catholic girls, and the Sabbath has been presented formed his life and attends Sab- thus they lose their militancy. and summer time has arrived, this bath-school. Others are weighing "Who will carry on after we are has been cut down by one-half. the evidences of our faith and are gone?" is the sad lament of their W e have a reading list of twenty- counting the cost of obeying the fathers. There is a further frater- five. And so the people of Derry truth. nizing to be observed among the have stood afar off. W e are grate- In conclusion, let me say a word upper classes of the city, and many, ful, however, to the Lord for of appreciation for the good ser- for business reasons, establish raising up a friend, such as we vices rendered by Brother Zins. a compromise with "the enemy." have needed, in the managing H e has worked faithfully and Presbyterianism has the strongest director of The Derry Standard, adapted himself well to the pecu- Protestant following, and their the Presbyterian newspaper. The liar conditions of this Catholic city ministers maintain a strict over- gentleman, who is incidentally the with its multitudes of priests, sight of their flock. brother of Pastor S. Joyce, Sr., monks, and nuns. His has been no With such conditions prevailing, has given us wide publicity in pub- easy task, and we were encouraged I entered Londonderry in October lishing very full reports of my by his co-operation. W e believe last, with Sister B. Cleary as my ' lectures and has accepted for print that the prospects are bright for Bible-worker. in addition all my letters. Hence the Advent message in the city of Owing to strong religious preju- my audience has been multiplied Cork. J. A. MCMILLAN. dices existing, and the extreme manyfold. caution exercised, I could get no I might mention here that to a suitable hall within the walls, and strong presentation of the Sabbath, Londonderry was obliged to plafi my campaign covering a period of one month, from a centre in a suburb on the not one reply was forthcoming IT is not generally appreciated in other side of the river, where the from any of the church ministers. Great Britain that at one time the Orange Hall was offered me after The same can be said, with but one citizens of Derry-a mere handful my list of subjects had been ap- exception, to my sending all the -put up an heroic and successful proved by the committee of man- clergy a circular letter and litera- resistance to the 20,000 soldiers of agement. My campaign, however. ture on "The Change of the Sab- James IT, the emissary of Rome, was introduced by two week-night bath." until relief was brought by Wil- lectures at the Guildhall, the chief While presenting "The Mark of liam of Orange. This memorable hall of the city. Here I had an at- the Beast," a city councillor and siege determined whether a Catho- t e n d a n c e of thirty-four and president of the local branch of the lic or a Protestant king should eighteen. The opening was not Protestant League attended. At rule Great Britain, and the result very auspicious, for the meetings the close of the meeting he asked 1 was that James 1 lost his throne, had been well advertised by news- to be introduced to me, and gave fled to France, and left Derry and papers, posters, and handbills. me an invitation to give the same England to the victorious King Thus, with mixed feelings, we be- message "word for word" to the William. gan our campaign proper on the next Protestant League meeting Thus the gallant defenders of Sunday following, after church This provided for me my largest this small city in Northern Ireland time, at Waterside. meeting in a free hall in the city, changed the course of English his- Early we encountered opposition, with free advertising by newspaper tory in 16%$ since when the Pro- in the secretary of The Christian and handbills. Nearly two hundred testant religion and the liberties of Workers' Union publicly denounc- in this way listened with keen at- England have been maintained. ing us at an interdenominational tention to the third angel's mes- To-day what Rome did not ac- evangelistic meeting at the Guild- sage, many of whom expressed to quire by the army of James 11, hall. Church ministers began to me their great appreciation of all she is accomplishing by peaceful warn their congregations against they had h e a d . At the close, the penetration. The population of the false prophets. W e were declared committee thanked me, handed me city is 45,000, of which 27,000, or to be Mormons, then Russellites the collection, and presented me two-thirds, is Roman Catholic. The Plymouth Brethren were gal- with an Irish Blackthorn as a Priests and nuns are everywhere vanized into activity and had a token of their friendship. to be seen, and they boast of a special man from Belfast to con- A very lengthy report of this cathedral, convents, schools, and duct a series of meetings, and here lecture appeared in both the Pro- other institutions. again, I was held up as a danger testant newspapers of the city, and Protestant resistance has weak- to the welfare of the community. many are expressing their convic- AUGUST 4, 1931 British Advent Messenger 15 tion that the Bible requires the ob- We have started a Sabbath-school pite this fact we are able to show servance of Saturday, while Sun- and hold a regular Sabbath ser- a small increase over the previous day has for its authority the anti- vice. period and feel grateful to our Christian power of Rome. The work at present is slow, heavenly Father for the faithful- From those attending our meet- but as we hold on to it, we are con- ness of our people during these ings, there are about twelve mak- vinced that eventually, under the trying years. ing an attempt to keep the Sabbath. blessing of God, we shall gather We have done some pioneer Our average week-night atten- out a strong company of believers. work in the Orkney and Shetland dance is also about that number. F. C. BAILEY. Islands and also in the Island of Skye and hope to see some fruit for our labours in the near future. But when we realize the number SCOTTISH MISSION of towns and villages still un- worked we recognize we have a Superintendent's Report, 1932 to 1935 staggering task before us. There are scores of islands, together BY L. MURDOCH with very large agricultural areas, where as yet no work has been done and we do not have a single Sabbath-keeper. The followincr IT is with pleasure that I give a organized church in Aberdeen, and facts present a mighty challenge report of the progress of the work hope to organize a church in Dun- to our small force of workers. in the Scottish Mission during the dee as well in the near future. The There are sixty villages with ap- past four years. We feel that the members in Aberdeen have set proximately two thousand people, Lord has blessed His faithful their hearts on obtaining a granite forty with a population of between labourers, and we thank and praise church building of their own, and three and four thousand, thirty Him for the success H e has given. we believe that this will be a with a population of between five During this period twelve public reality before very long. and ten thousand, seventeen towns campaigns have been conducted by The Scottish people have always with a population of between ten our workers and 109 people been greatly interested in missions, and twenty thousand, fourteen brought into this message. A num- and the same spirit that urged towns with a population of be- ber of our lay brethren have held David Livingstone to open up the tween thirty and sixty thousand; small efforts and they have had dark continent of Africa is still not to mention that there are over the great joy of winning souls for manifest in our country. Perhaps a million people in Glasgow, where the Master. We plan to develop this is one reason for the good we have only one minister and one this phase of our work more and success we have had in our Har- Bible-worker. It will be necessary more, because we believe that God vest Ingathering Work. During for us to have more workers and has great opportunities for these the quadrennium $2,688 has been to make much larger plans and brethren in helping to finish our raised, this being an increase of probably change our methods if task in Scotland. nearly £700 over the previous we are going to take this message Four years ago we were carry- period. We thank God for this to these people in this generation. ing a debt of nearly 331,000 on our splendid achievement and also for Our colporteurs have laboured church buildings, but through the the number of people with whom untiringly, and the Lord has given earnest endeavours and the co- we have been able to get into touch them favour with the people by operation of our entire member- as the result of the Harvest In- supplying their needs and giving ship and the help of the British gathering, some of whom have them souls for their hire. Nothing Union, this large sum has been en- now become members of our brings greater joy to those who tirely cleared and sufficient money church. Our total mission offer- carry our truth-filled books than raised t o ~ ~ our buildings in good ut ings during this period have in- to see some souls brought into this repair. creased from 33,357 to £4,109. message as the direct result of During the past four months we The years of depression through their endeavours. have been able to obtain the ex- which we have passed have been We have a number of students clusive use of an excellent hall in most keenly felt in Scotland; large studying medicine in Glasgow and the centre of Edinburgh; though businesses have been moving to Edinburgh, some of whom have we can never feel satisfied until the south to such an extent that had remarkable success in obtain- we have a church building of our the Government has become ing medical scholarships. Last own in the capital of Scotland, so alarmed for the future of the Easter during the recess, whicl! that our work may be properly country, and at the moment plans lasted only two weeks, two of the represented. are in operation to stem the tide. medical students sold $100 worth Very good work has been done Because of this, the earning power of our bound books. The success in the north of Scotland during of our people has been greatly that has attended these students in this period, and we are happy to limited and this has had an ad- gaining scholarships, thus enabling report that we now have a fully verse effect on our tithes; but des- them to pay all their expenses British Adoent Messenger AUGUST 4, 1936 through a m e d i d college, should longing is to see this glorious everywhere, and we thank Him for inspire many of our young men to Advent message p r o c l a i m e d what has been accomplished. follow their example, so that our throughout the whole land with During the past few months I medical work may be greatly the zeal and religious fervour that have had the privilege of labour - strengthened in the British Union. characterized her earlier reform- ing in Glasgow. On Sunday eveli W e have six regular workers in ers. ing, May 31st, we had a sm:dl our Mission; they have laboured With the exception of seven or baptismal service. The church was untiringly through the years and eight, all her towns, some of them filled with people who had come to it has been a great pleasure to having a population of many thou- witness the sacred ordinance, at associate with them. Sister Archi- sands, have yet to be entered with the close of which nine dear souls bald has been connected with the the third angel's message. The were received into the church, work in Scotland almost from the thought of this, knowing the short- seven by baptism and two by vote. beginning and Sister McRorie, ness of time, is almost overwhelm- It was through the faithful follow- Sister Fleming, and Brother Tap- ing. Our cry is, "0 Lord, how ing up of Harvest Ingathering ping have been with us since leav- long?" W e do most earnestly pray work by Miss Mitchell, one of our ing the college almost six years that God will send us a larger local sisters, that one of these ago. Brethren F. W. Johnston number of workers, so that greater candidates was won. There are from Canada and S. G. Joyce from and more determined efforts than others who are interested, among Ireland gave us strong help with hitherto may be put forth to reach whom is the principal of one of our evangelistic work during this the inhabitants of this fair land. the colleges in Glasgow. W e do period, and we could not close this It is about forty years since our hope that these will take their report without speaking a word of blessed truth entered this land. W e definite stand. deep appreciation to all who have have some members who accepted laboured with us during the past it about that time and who are We appreciate the good help quadrennium. Brother Morrison, still faithful. T o them it is dearer given first of all by Miss Fleming who began work in Scotland a than life itself. W e can indeed and latterly by Miss McRorie, as quarter of a century ago and has raise an ebenezer to God for the also the unstinted service of since been working in the South wonderful keeping power that is in Brother Barr in arranging for the and North Conferences and also in this Advent message; when it gets music and singing. W e rejoice to- Wales, a few months ago returned a real hold it never does let go. gether in what has been accom- to the field of his former labours. Although the work in Scotland has plished and ask an interest in your Our people extended to him the gone slower than in other parts of prayers for the work in Scntland. warmest welcome back home again. the Union, yet God has a people D. MORRISON. W e sincerely thank all our mem- bers for their faithfulness and the loyal support and co-operation which has made this good report RESOLUTIONS possible. W e feel we can say with the psalmist, "How excellent is Thy lovingkindness, 0 God! RESOLUTION ON COLPORTEUR WORK Resolved, 1. That as members of therefore the children of men put the remnant church we do all in our God WHEREAS, has signally blessed power to encourage our young people their trust under the shadow of the efforts of our consecrated colpor- to obtain an education at Newbold Thy wings." "0 continue Thy teur-evangelists, resulting in an ever- Missionary College. lovingkindness unto them that widening distribution of the printed 2. That in all our churches and and the conversion of many know Thee : and Thy righteous- message the truth, souls to companies we follow the plan of hav- ness to the upright in heart." ing a Students' Aid Fund in order Resolved, That we pray the Lord to assist worthy young people who W e ask for an interest in your of the harvest to send more labourers do not have the necessary means to prayers that the work may advance into this field of service, and that we begin their College course. more rapidly in Scotland. unite in encouraging suitable men and 3. That we uphold in prayer our women to devote their lives to the teachers and those who have the literature ministry. leadership of the youth, that they may be given special wisdom and Glasgow RESOLUTION ON EDUCATION tact in dealing with those under their SCOTLAND one of the most is care so that the noble army of young WHEREAS, educational system Our people in our midst may be saved in wonderful countries in the world, was founded under the guidance of the kingdom of God. and certainly one of the most God for the purpose of saving our beautiful. Beholding her scenery youth and preparing them for ser- one is reminded of the lines, writ- vice in the Advent cause, and (( BRITISH ADVENT MESSENGER ten by her national bard, "From In WHEREAS, these last days our scenes like these, old Scotia's young people are being made a special object of attack of the enemy, and grandeur springs." I t is not, however, her natural beauty, nor her historic record that concerns us most. Our greatest Our WHEREAS, schools and colleges have been designated in the Spirit of prophecy as cities of refuge for our tempted and tried youth, I) EDITORS A S. Maxwell p. - W L. Emmtrson - : - - Printed and published in Great Britain by The Stanborough Press Ltd., Watford, Herts.