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BABYLON: Part 2 - History Repeats quotes

1)    "The world must not be introduced into the church, and married to the church, forming a bond of unity.  Through this means the church will become indeed corrupt, and as stated in Revelation, 'a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.'" Testimonies to Ministers, p 265.

2)    “There is but one church in the world who are at this present time (in 1893) standing in the breach, and making up the hedge, building up the old waste places; and for any man to call...her as Babylon, is to do a work in harmony with him who is the accuser of the brethren.” Testimonies to Ministers, p 50.

3)    "God's promises are all made upon conditions." Faith and Works, p 47.

     "If they [God's people] did not keep His commandments, He would not--He could not--fulfill the rich promises which were given them on condition of obedience." Signs of the Times, vol 2, p 37.

     "God would in no wise excuse sin in a people who had been enlightened, even if He had, in their days of faithfulness and purity, loved them, and given them especial promises. These promises and blessings were always upon condition of obedience upon their part." Spirit of Prophecy, vol 2, p 54.

     "God had given them [Jews] His gracious promise that they should become a peculiar treasure unto Him, on condition of obedience; but if they were disobedient He would reject them, and choose another people." Signs of the Times, vol 1, p 152.

     "The promise of God to us is on condition of obedience, compliance with all his requirements." Testimonies, vol 2, p 146.

4)    "How dare mortal man pass his judgment upon them and call the church a harlot, Babylon, a den of thieves, a cage of every unclean and hateful bird, the habitation of devils...the Lord has had a church from that day (apostalic times) through all the changing scenes of time to the present period, 1893." Review and Herald, vol 6, p 515.

5)    "The world must not be introduced into the church and married to the church.  Through union with the world the church will become corrupt, 'a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.'  The customs of the world must not have a place; for they will be open doors through which the prince of darkness will find access, and the line of demarcation will become indistinguishable between him that serveth God and him that serveth him not....Satanic forces are continually at work through the world, and it is satan's object to bring the church and the world into such close fellowship that their aims, their spirit, their principles, shall harmonize..." Review and Herald, February 26, 1895 (vol 3, p 233).

6)    "The professed followers of Christ are no longer a separate and peculiar people.  The line of demarcation is indistinct.  The people are subordinating themselves to the world, to its practices, its customs, its selfishness.  The church has gone over to the world in transgression of the law, when the world should have come over to the church in obedience to the law.  Daily the church is being converted to the world." Christ’s Object Lessons, p 315-316.

     “It is a solemn and terrible truth that many who have been zealous in proclaiming the third angel's message are now becoming listless and indifferent!  The line of demarcation between worldlings and many professed Christians is almost indistinguishable.  Many who once were earnest Adventists are conforming to the world--to its practices, its customs, it selfishness.  Instead of leading the world to render obedience to God's law, the church is uniting more and more closely with the world in trangression.  Daily the church is becoming converted to the world." Testimonies, vol 8, p 118-119.

     "The central power of the earth is a demon.  His throne is in the midst of the world, where should have been seen the throne of God.  He has been patronized by the church, for the church has been conformed to the world, and is living in transgression of the Holy law of God." This Day With God, p 28.

     "The church has taken the world into her fellowship, and has given her affections to the enemies of holiness.  The church and the world are standing on the same ground in transgression of the law of God.  The church prefers to assimilate to the world rather than separate from its customs and vanities." Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of E.G. White, p 55 (Manuscript 44, 1900, p 19).

7)    "Our position in the world is not what it should be.  We are far from where we should have been had our christian experience been in harmony with the light and the opportunities given us, had we from the beginning constantly pressed onward and upward.  Had we walked in the light that has been given us, had we followed on to know the Lord, our path would have grown brighter and brighter.  But many of those who have had special light are so conformed to the world that they can scarcely be distinguished from worldlings.  They do not stand forth as God's peculiar people, chosen and precious.  It is difficult to discern between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.
     "In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed.  She will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had....Why is there so dim a perception of the true spiritual condition of the church?  Has not blindness fallen upon the watchmen standing on the walls of Zion?...One who sees beneath the surface, who reads the hearts of all men, says of those who have had great light: 'They are not afflicted and astonished because of their moral and spiritual condition.'  'Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.  I also will chose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before Mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.'  'God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie,' 'because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved,' 'but had pleasure in unrighteousness.' Isaiah 66:3, 4; 2 Thessalonians 2:11, 10, 12.
     "The heavenly Teacher inquired: 'What stronger delusion can beguile the mind than the pretense that you are building on the right foundation and that God accepts your works, when in reality you are working out many things according to worldly policy and are sinning against Jehovah?...'
     "Who can truthfully say, 'Our gold is tried in the fire; our garments are unspotted by the world?'  I saw our Instructor pointing to the garments of so-called righteousness.  Stripping them off, He laid bare the defilement beneath.  Then He (Christ) said to me: 'Can you not see how they have pretentiously covered up their defilement and rottenness of character?  'How is the faithful city become an harlot!'  My Father's house is made a house of merchandise, a place whence the divine presence and glory have departed!...'
     "Unless the church, which is now being leavened with her own backsliding, shall repent and be converted, she will eat of the fruit of her own doing, until she shall abhor herself." Manuscript 32, 1903 (edited version in Testimonies, vol 8, p 247-251).

8)    "Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.  Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.  Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." Matthew 7:16-20.

9)    "I am charged to tell our people, that do not realize, that the devil has device after device, and he carries them out in ways that they do not expect.  Satan's agencies will invent ways to make sinners out of saints.
     "I tell you now, that when I am laid to rest, great changes will take place....I want the people to know that I warned them fully before my death." Manuscript 1, Feb 24, 1915.