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1)    "The sword is without, and the pestilence and the famine within: he that is in the field shall die with the sword; and he that is in the city, famine and pestilence shall devour him. But they that escape of them shall escape..." Ezekiel 7:15-16.

2)   "Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the vessels of the Lord." Isaiah 52:11.

     "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues." Revelation 18:4.

     "You are exhorted to touch not the unclean thing; for in touching this, you will yourself become unclean.  It is impossible for you to unite with those who are corrupt, and still remain pure.  'What fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? and what concord hath Christ with Belial?'  God and Christ and the heavenly host would have man know that if he unites with the corrupt, he will become corrupt." Review and Herald, January 2, 1900 (vol 4, p 137)  (SDA Bible Commentary, vol 6, p 1102).

     "For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person...hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." Ephesians 5:5.

3)  "Great light has been given to the people of God.  Let our people awake, and go forward to perfection.  You will be exposed to the fallacies of satanic agencies.  Fearful waves of fanaticism will come.  But God will deliver the people who will earnestly seek the Lord, and consecrate themselves to his service." Selected Messages, book 2, p 47.

4)   "If Satan sees that the Lord is blessing His people and preparing them to discern his delusions, he will work with his master power to bring in fanaticism on the one hand and cold formalism on the other, that he may gather in a harvest of souls." Selected Messages, book 2, p 19.

5)  "We have found in our experience that if Satan cannot keep souls bound in the ice of indifference, he will try to push them into the fires of fanaticism."  Testimonies, vol 5, p 644.

6)  "Fanaticism will appear in the very midst of us." Selected Messages, book 2, p 16.

7)   "Deceptions will come, and of such a character that if it were possible they would mislead the very elect." Selected Messages, book 2, p 16.

8)   "To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is becasue there is no light in them." Isaiah 8:20.

     "There will be a hatred kindled against the testimonies which is satanic.  The workings of Satan will be to unsettle the faith of the churches in them, for this reason: Satan cannot have so clear a track to bring in his deceptions and bind up souls in his delusions if the warnings and reproofs and counsels of the Spirit of God are heeded." Selected Messages, book 1, p 48.

     "Men may get up scheme after scheme, and the enemy will seek to seduce souls from the truth, but all who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister Whtie, and has given her a message, will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last days." Selected Messages, book 3, p 83-84.

     "One thing is certain: Those Seventh-day Adventists who take their stand under Satan's banner will first give up their faith in the warnings and reproofs contained in the Testimonies of God's Spirit." Selected Messages, book 3, p 84.

9)    "Satan contests every inch of ground over which God's people advance in their journey toward the heavenly city.  In all the history of the church, no reformation has been carried forward without encountering serious obstacles.  Thus it was in Paul's day.  Wherever the apostle would raise up a church, there were some who professed to receive the faith, but who brought in heresies, that, if received, would eventually crowd out the love of the truth." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 245.

10)  "Luther suffered great perplexity and distress from the course of fanatical persons...Many who were lacking in faith and experience, but who had considerable self-sufficiency, and who loved to tell some new thing, were beguiled by the pretensions of the new teachers, and they joined the agents of Satan in their work of tearing down what God had moved Luther to build up.  The Wesleys also, and others who blessed the world by their influence and their faith, encountered at every step the wiles of Satan in pushing over-zealous, unbalanced, and unsanctified ones into fanaticism of every grade." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 245.

11)    "Luther at the Wartburg, hearing of what had occurred, said with deep concern, 'I always expected that Satan would send us this plague.'...From the professed friends of the Reformation had risen its worst enemies." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 147.

12)    "The agony of soul which Luther had so long ago experienced in his cell at Erfurth, now pressed upon him with redoubled power as he saw the results of fanaticism charged upon the Reformation.  The papist princes declared, and many believed, that Luther's doctrine had been the cause of the rebellion.  Although this charge was without the slightest foundation, it could not but cause the Reformer great distress.  That the work of Heaven should be thus degraded by being classed with the basest fanaticism, seemed more than he could endure." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 150-151.

13)    "About this time (1843-44), fanaticism began to appear...Satan was seeking by this means to oppose and destroy the work of God.  The people had been greatly stirred by the Advent movement, thousands of sinners had been converted, and faithful men were giving themselves to the work of proclaiming truth even in the tarrying time.  The prince of evil was losing his subjects; and in order to bring reproach upon the cause of God, he sought to deceive those who professed the faith, and drive them to extremes.  Then his agents stood ready to seize upon every error, every failure, every unbecoming act, and hold it up before the people in the most exaggerated light, to render Adventists and their faith odious.  Thus the greater the number whom he could crowd in to make a profession of the Advent faith while his power controlled their hearts, the greater advantage would he gain by calling attention to them as representatives of the whole body of believers." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 243-244.

14)    "I carried a sad and heavy heart much of the time.  It seemed so cruel that the cause of Christ should be injured by the course of these injudicious men.  They were not only ruining their own souls, but placing upon the cause a stigma not easily removed.  And Satan loved to have it so.  It suited him well to see the truth handled by unsanctified men; to have it mixed with error, and then all together trampled in the dust.  He looked with triumph upon the confused, scattered state of God's children.  We trembled for the churches that were to be subjected to this spirit of fanaticism.  My heart ached for God's people.  Must they be deceived and led away by this false enthusiasm?" Life Sketches, p 85.

15)    "Every phase of fanaticism and erroneous theories, claiming to be the truth, will be brought in among the remnant people of God." Selected Messages, book 2, p 14.

16)    "We know that there has never yet been a religious effort made in which Satan has not tried his best to intrude himself, and in these last days he will do this as never before.  He sees that his time is short, and he will work with all deceivableness of unrighteousness to mingle errors and incorrect views with the work of God and push men into false positions." Testimonies, vol 5, p 644-645.

17)    -- Principle #1.
     "Satan will insinuate himself by little wedges, which widen as they make a place for themselves.  The specious devices of Satan will be brought into the special work of God at this time." Selected Messages, book 2, p 21.

     The first principle of fanaticism is that it will start as little wedges attaching themselves to the truth until they find a place in the message.

-- Principle #2.
     "Some had been bringing in false tests, and had made their own ideas and notions a criterion, magnifying matters of little importance into tests of Christian fellowship, and binding heavy burdens upon others." Selected Messages, book 2, p 318.

     The second principle of fanaticism is that people will make their own ideas and notions into tests, or will magnify matters of little importance into being tests of Christian fellowship.

-- Principle #3.
     "He [or Satan] brings in little fables which are not worth a straw.  These he brings forward as tests God has given, when Satan has originated them to divert minds from the true tests God has given." Evangelism, p 213.

     The third principle of fanaticism is that little fables are made to appear as tests which God has given so minds can be diverted from the true tests.

-- Principle #4.
     "With some the evil has revealed itself in the form of man made tests for ascertaining a knowledge of the will of God; and I was shown that this was a delusion which became an infatuation, and that it was contrary to the will of the Lord." Selected Messages, book 2, p 28.

     The fourth principle of fanaticism is that man made tests are made to appear as God's will when they have nothing to do with God's will.

-- Principle #5.
     "With much that is truth there is mingled error that is accepted in its extreme meaning, and acted upon by persons of excitable temperament.  Thus fanaticism will take the place of well-regulated, well-disciplined, heaven-ordained efforts to carry forward the work to it's completion." Selected Messages, book 2, p 17.
     The fifth principle of fanaticism is that truth is mixed with error and then stretched to its extreme meaning which tends to produce excitement, and destroys organized efforts to carry forward God's work.

-- Principle #6.
     "Their religion (of fanatics) did not consist in righteous acts, true humility of soul, and sincere devotion to God, but in impulse, in noise and confusion, spiced with eccentricities and oddities." Testimonies, vol 2, p 553.

     The sixth principle of fanaticism is that actions are performed through impulse and some of these actions are spiced with eccentricities and oddities.

-- Principle #7.
     "There were some who professed great humility, and advocated creeping on the floor like children, as an evidence of their humility.  They claim that the words of Christ in Matthew 18:1-6 must have a literal fulfillment at this period, when they were looking for their Saviour to return.  They would creep around their houses, on the street, over bridges, and in the churches itself.  I told them plainly that this was not required; that the humility which God looked for in His people was to be shown by a Christ-like life, not by creeping on the floor.  All spiritual things are to be treated with sacred dignity." Life Scetches, p 85-86.

     The seventh principle of fanaticism is that the Scriptures are interpreted literally and the actions performed, when the Scriptures should have been interpreted spiritually, representing character.

-- Principle #8.
     "Everything seemed prepared for the work of Satan.  He led many on to lay aside reason and judgment, and to be governed by impressions.  The Lord requires His people to use their reason, and not lay it aside for impressions.  His work will be intelligible to all His children.  His teaching will be such as will commend itself to the understanding of intelligent minds.  It is calculated to elevate the mind." Testimonies, vol 1, p 230.

     The eight principle of fanaticism is that reason is laid aside to be governed by impressions (such as "I believe" or "I think" or "the Lord told me," which includes dreams).

-- Principle #9.
     "Not once should feeling be allowed to get the mastery over judgment.  There is danger of excess in that which is lawful, and that which is not lawful will surely lead into false paths.  If there is not careful, earnest, sensible work, solid as a rock in the advancement of every idea and principle, and in every representation given, souls will be ruined." Selected Messages, book 2, p 18.

     The ninth principle of fanaticism is that feelings will be followed instead of sound judgment and God's word.

-- Principle #10.
     "There are many who claim to believe and teach the truth who have error and fanciful ideas of their own mingled with the truth.  But there is an exalted platform for us to stand upon.  We must believe and teach the truth as it is in Jesus." Selected Messages, book 2, p 29.

     The tenth principle of fanaticism is that error and fanciful ideas are mingled with the truth, and then this whole mixture is made to appear as the full truth.

-- Principle #11.
     "Some zealous ones who are aiming and straining every energy for originality have made a grave mistake in trying to get something startling, wonderful, entrancing, before the people, something that they think others do not comprehend; but often they do not themselves know what they are talking about.  They speculate upon God's Word, advancing ideas that are not a whit of help to themselves or to the churches.  For the time being, they may excite the imagination; but there is a reaction, and these very ideas become a hindrance.  Faith is confounded with fancy, and their views may bias the mind in the wrong direction.  Let the plain simple statements of the Word of God be food for the mind; this speculating upon ideas that are not clearly presented there, is dangerous business." Selected Messages, book 2, p 13-14.

     The eleventh principle of fanaticism is that something which is not clearly presented in God's word is speculated upon and made to appear as new truth directly from God.

-- Principle #12.
     "From the light given me of the Lord, men will arise speaking perverse things.  Yea, already they have been working and speaking things which God has never revealed, bringing sacred truth upon a level with common things.  Issues have been and will continue to be made of men's conceited fallacies, not of truth.  The devisings of men's minds will invent tests that are no tests at all, that when the true test shall be made prominent, it shall be considered on a par with the man made tests that have been of no value.  We may expect that everything will be brought in and mingled with sound doctrine, but by clear, spiritual discernment, by the heavenly anointing, we must distinguish the sacred from the common which is being brought in to confuse faith and sound judgment, and demerit the great, grand, testing truth for this time....
     "Never, never was there a time when the truth suffered more from being misrepresented, belittled, demerited through the perverse disputings of men than in these last days.  Men have brought themselves in with their heterogeneous mass of heresies which they represent as oracles for the people.  The people are charmed with some strange new thing, and are not wise in experience to discern the character of ideas that men may frame up as something.  But to call something of great consequence and tie it to the oracles of God, does not make it truth.  Oh, how this rebukes the low standard of piety in the churches.
     "Men who want to present something original will conjure up things new and strange, and without consideration will step forward on these unstable theories, that have been woven together as a precious theory, and presented as a life and death question." Selected Messages, book 2, p 14-15.

     The twelfth principle of fanaticism is that things which God has never revealed are made an issue and a test and connected with the sacred truth.  And when the truth is presented these false tests are also brought in and made to appear as a life and death question; meaning if you do not follow this new and strange doctrine, but reject it, then your salvation is lost--when no "Thus saith the Lord" can be used to back it up.

-- Principle #13.
     "The reproach resting upon the cause in regard to Sister A rests heavily upon you.  You made much of her exercises and experience.  She was weak, yet could in a measure fill her place in her family and keep her children together; but she had been from her home but a short time before her reason was dethroned.  The backslidden state of the professed Sabbath-keepers in ____ led you to influence Sister A to leave her family who needed her care and come to ____ that her influence might help the Sabbath-keepers there.  An unhealthy excitement marked her course." Testimonies, vol 1,  p 315.

     The thirteenth principle of fanaticism is that it leads to a broken home.  The fanatical believing spouse leaves the non-believing spouse because they will not go along with the new doctrine.

-- Principle #14.
     "Every phase of fanaticism and erroneous theories, claiming to be the truth, will be brought in among the remnant people of God.  These will fill minds with erroneous sentiments which have no part in the truth for this time.  Any man who supposes that in the strength of his own devised resolutions, in his intellectual might united with science or supposed knowledge, he can start a work which will conquer the world, will find himself lying among the ruins of his own speculations, and will plainly understand why he is there." Selected Messages, book 2, p 14.

     The fourteenth principle of fanaticism is that without a plain "Thus saith the Lord" as proof to back up their theory, fanatics will unite themselves with science and latch on to some scientific article or medical journal to prove that their idea is indeed the truth for this time.  (NOTE: you can find both sides to any argument printed in these scientific articles and medical journals).

18)    "There is danger that right sentiments will not be understood, and that Christ's words, 'Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you' (Matt. 28:20), will lose their significance.  There is danger that original devisings and superstitious imaginings will take the place of the Scriptures.  Tell our people: 'Be not anxious to bring in something not revealed in the Word.  Keep close to Christ.'...
     "Let us remember that the Word Christ has commanded us to preach to all nations, kindreds, tongues, and peoples is confirmed by the Holy Spirit.  This is God's plan of work." Selected Messages, book 2, p 18.

19)    "Much of that which today is called testing truth is twaddle which leads to a resistance of the Holy Spirit." Selected Messages, book 2, p 38.