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BABYLON: Part 7 - Consequences quotes

1)    If you knowingly support those in apostasy with your tithes, gifts and money, then you would be guilty of using God’s money to spread satanic falsehood throughout the earth, and you would also be held accountable for every penny you give to these apostates (see Testimonies, vol 6, p 448; vol 1, p 261-262; vol 2, p 552; Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 339; Testimonies, vol 3, p 553; vol 4, p 469)!

2)    “The Seventh-day Adventist church is privileged, I believe, to have a treasure in our understanding of the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, and particularly the message of Revelation...the Three Angels' Messages. And the good news is that the proclamation of the gospel message and the Three Angels' Messages...is our highest priority by every means possible: through the spoken word from the pulpit of our churches; through the medium of public evangelism; by means of the airways and the media; through our institutional program, our publishing program; and through every avenue that's available to us. That is our highest objective, and it is the standard against which we measure our accomplishment....
     “But take it clearly from me, there is no adulteration or undermining of any of the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Take it as a simple statement of fact....Please take my word for it. The General Conference and the Seventh-day Adventist church stand behind our historic Adventist beliefs unequivocally. We preach them, we preach them clearly and fervently and compassionately.” Robert Folkenberg, "Issues and Interviews" on SDA radio station – KCDS, February 19, 1993.

     “...if a ruler hearken to lies, all his servants are wicked.” Proverbs 29:12.

3)    “We are in danger of becoming a sister to fallen babylon, of allowing our churches to become corrupted, and filled with every foul spirit, a cage for every unclean and hateful bird.” Last Day Events from the Letters and Manuscripts of Ellen G. White, p 64 (Letter 51, September 6, 1886).

     “Behold, every one that useth proverbs shall use this proverb against thee, saying, As is the mother, so is her daughter. Thou art thy mother's daughter, that loatheth her husband and her children; and thou art the sister of thy sisters, which loathed their husbands and their children.” Ezekiel 16:44-45.

4)    Websters New World Dictionary defines “apostasy” to mean “an abandoning of what one believed in, as a faith”.  

     “The term 'Babylon' is derived from 'Babel,' and signifies confusion. It is employed in Scripture to designate the various forms of false or apostate religion. In Revelation 17 Babylon is represented as a woman --a figure which is used in the Bible as the symbol of a church, a virtuous woman representing a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church.” Great Controversy, p 381.

     “Concerning Babylon, the symbol of the apostate church...” Christ’s Object Lessons, p 179.

5)    “...the term 'Babylon,' which prophecy (Revelation 14:8; 18:2) applies to the world-loving churches of the last days.” Patriarchs and Prophets, p 124.

6)   “...the fall of Babylon must apply to religious bodies that were once pure and have become corrupt.” Great Controversy, p 383.

     “The state of corruption and apostasy that in the last days would exist in the religious world, was presented to the prophet John in the vision of Babylon...” Patriarchs and Prophets, p 167.

7)    “...Babylon is represented as a woman, a figure which is used in the Scriptures as the symbol of a church. A virtuous woman represents a pure church, a vile woman an apostate church. Babylon is said to be a harlot...” Spirit of Prophecy, vol 4, p 233.

8)    “...one of the lies forged in the synagogue of the enemy, one of the poisonous drafts of Babylon.” Evangelism, p 247.

9)    “The wine of Babylon is the exalting of the false and spurious sabbath above the Sabbath which the Lord Jehovah hath blessed and sanctified for the use of man, also [it is] the immortality of the soul. These kindred heresies, and the rejection of the truth, convert the church into Babylon.” Selected Messages, book 2, p 68.

10)    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.

11)    “The capstone of the ecumenical effort came with the creation of the World Council of Churches....
     “On the basis of Bible prophecy and the writings of Ellen G. White, SDA's anticipate the eventual success of the ecumenical movement both in eliminating the divisions of Protestantism and in reuniting Christendom by bridging the gulf that separates non-Catholic communions from Rome. The ecumenical movement will then become a concerted effort to unite the world and to secure universal peace and security by enlisting the power of the civil government in a universal religio-political crusade to eliminate all dissent. SDA's envision this crusade as the great apostasy to which John the revelator refers as 'Babylon the great.' They understand, also, that God's last message of mercy to the world prior to the return of Christ in power and glory will consist of a warning against this great apostate movement, and a call to all who choose to remain loyal to Him to leave the churches connected with it.” SDA Encyclopedia, Volume 10 of the Bible Commentary Reference Series, p 410-411, under ECUMENISM.

12)    “...in the case with the [SDA] Laodicean Church, as a church, is different, the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. The last church will not be spewed out; it will not be rejected; it will go through triumphantly.” Review, November 9, 1939.

     “...because the church is under God's grace it 'may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall.'” Adventist Review, September 22, 1983, p 14.

     “The prophetic scenario assures us of the church's survival....[It will] go through until the very end....it does not fall...” Adventist Review, May 4, 1989, p 9.

     “The Seventh-day Adventist Church will triumph gloriously and will go through triumphantly, as a corporate body, to the sea of glass.” The Early and Latter Rain of the Holy Spirit, p 183, by Gordon W. Collier, Sr., 1973.
(Other statements along this same line: Adventist Review, November 25, 1982, p 3, 10; July 19, 1984, p 15; May 1, 1986, p 18; and November 2, 1989, p 31).

13)    “...[finding the SDA church is] Finding a Refuge.” Adventist Review, November 2, 1989, p 28.

14)    “Many times pastors have compared the church to an ark of safety, and I believe it is....The church is a place to preserve our lives...” Adventist Review, August 7, 1986, p 23.

     “Like the ark, the church will help save God's people...” Adventist Review, August 9, 1984, p 18.

     “Christ's statement is 'that the gates of hell shall not prevail against' the church....Let us stay with the ship. The church...is going through and will surely drop anchor on the 'sea of glass' because a 'Divine hand is on the wheel'--the hand of Christ.” Adventist Review, July 28, 1983, p 5.

15)    “The local (SDA) church becomes the 'port of entry' to the kingdom of God.” Adventist Review, October 1, 1992, p 23.

     “Your walk with God has a great deal to do with your desire to come back to church....As you return, seek Him. He has promised that you will find Him....You won't drop out again as long as you continue to grow in Him.” Adventist Review, November 2, 1989, p 27.

     “There is some relationship between salvation and church membership.” Adventist Review, August 9, 1984, p 18.

16)    “I appeal to all who are outside the fold [of the SDA church] just now....If you are not here, He [Christ] misses you....The Father owns the house. Return to Him. For every good love story should have a happy ending.” Adventist Review, November 2, 1989, p 8.

     “...when we backslide from the church, we also backslide from God.” Adventist Review, June 2, 1988, p 9.

17)    Jesus is the city of refuge (Patriarchs and Prophets, p 516-517; Christ’s Object Lessons, p 158; Sons and Daughters of God, p 79); Jesus is the place for the weary to find rest in (Isaiah 28:12; Sons and Daughters of God, p 298; Desire of Ages, p 328-332; Testimonies, vol 5, p 410; vol 2, p 562-563); Jesus – the truth – is the ark of safety (Testimonies, vol 5, p 279; Evangelism, p 397; Medical Ministry, p 317; Review and Herald, vol 2, p 102); and Jesus is the shelter from the storm and tempest soon to come (Testimonies to Ministers, p 182; Great Controversy, p 654)! No church – including the true church – is the city of refuge or the ark of safety for any of God’s true people! We must be hid in Jesus and Him only, not in any group or any church! Jesus is our only hope!

18)    “My [Ellen White's] brother continued to fail rapidly. If he felt a cloud shutting Jesus from him, he would not rest until it was dispelled, and bright hope again cheered him. To all who visited him, he conversed upon the goodness of God, and would often lift his emaciated finger, pointing upwards, while a heavenly light rested upon his countenance, and say, 'My treasure is laid up on high.' It was a wonder to all that his life of suffering was thus protracted. He had a hemorrhage of the lungs, and was thought to be dying. Then an unfulfilled duty presented itself to him. He had again connected himself with the Methodist church. He was expelled in 1843 with the other members of the family, on account of his faith. He said he could not die in peace until his name was taken from the church-book, and requested father to go immediately and have it taken off.
     “In the morning father visited the minister, stating my brother's request. He said that he would visit him, and then if it was still his wish to be considered no longer a member of their church, his request should be granted. Just before the minister arrived my brother had a second hemorrhage, and whispered his fears that he should not live to do this duty. The minister visited him, and he immediately expressed his desire, and told him he could not die in peace until his name was taken from the church-book; that he should not have united with them again if he had been standing in the light....Soon after this my brother fell asleep in Jesus, in full hope of having a part in the first resurrection.” Spiritual Gifts, Volume Two, p 163-164.

19)    “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:5.

     “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11.

     “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.

     “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.

20)    “Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Can one go upon hot coals, and his feet not be burned?” Proverbs 6:27-28.

     “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?” Amos 3:3.

     “We are exhorted, 'touch not the unclean.' Those who associate with the impure, themselves become impure. If we choose the society of the ungodly, we shall be affected by their ungodliness.” Review and Herald, October 23, 1888 (vol 2, p 255).

     “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.” Bible Commentary, vol 6, p 1102.

21)    “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith He, shall be one flesh.” 1 Corinthians 6:16.

     “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.

22)    “Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.” Hebrews 13:12-13.

23)    “Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the Lord's vengeance...My people, go ye out of the midst of her, and deliver ye every man his soul from the fierce anger of the Lord” Jeremiah 51:6, 45.

24)    “Of those who boast of their light, and yet fail to walk in it, Christ says, 'But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], with art exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell...'
     “'And now, because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not; therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by My name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim'” Review and Herald, August 1, 1893, (vol 3, p 69) [brackets in original].

25)    Either you follow the commandments and sayings of God and gain eternal life, or you follow the commandments and sayings of men and are lost (Mark 7:6-7, Colossians 2:22). Either you make God your trust and are blessed (Psalms 125:1-2), or you make flesh your arm and are cursed (Jeremiah 17:5). Either you follow God's will in bearing the cross of separation “out of the camp” (Hebrews 13:12-13), or you follow your own will in walking “in the sparks” of your own kindling (Isaiah 50:11).

26)    “If it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve...but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15.

     “Here and there an individual member of a family is true to the convictions of his conscience, and is compelled to stand alone in his family or in the church to which he belongs, and is finally compelled, because of the course of those with whom he associates, to separate himself from their companionship. The line of demarkation is made distinct. One stands upon the word of God, the others upon the traditions and sayings of men” Review and Herald, July 24, 1894 (vol 3, p 169).