Old Paths

Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. Jeremiah 6:16

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show them his covenant. Psalm 25:14


Vol. 20, No.3 Straight and Narrow March 2011


He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. John 15:5


The Sanctuary (Our Whole Message)

Martin Luther and Pope Leo X had opposing views on indulgences, faith, the church, and on many other issues. It was simply impossible for them to have similar views on these things because they each accepted a different foundation or standard from which to work.

Ellen White and Dr. Donald Grey Barnhouse had opposing views concerning the Adventist doctrine of the heavenly sanctuary. You know who Ellen White was, but have you ever heard of Dr. Barnhouse? He was pastor of the Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1927 until his death in 1960. He was a pioneer in radio broadcasting, and he published a monthly magazine entitled Eternity. In 1955 and 1956 Barnhouse, along with Walter Martin and some other Evangelicals, met with Roy A. Anderson, LeRoy Froom, and some other Adventist leaders to discuss what Adventists really believed about various topics, including the doctrine of the heavenly sanctuary. The result of these conversations became the book Questions on Doctrine.

In a taped telephone conversation with Al Hudson of Baker, Oregon, Barnhouse made the following statement concerning the biblical doctrine of the investigative judgment:

In fact, the doctrine of the investigative judgment is the most blatant, face-saving proposition that ever existed to cover up the debacle of the failure of Christ to come in 1844 as they said.

Barnhouse referred to the investigative judgment two more times in this conversation as “face–saving.” There can be no doubt that he held the teaching of the investigative judgment with great disrespect.

Not only did he hold the sanctuary teaching in contempt, but he spoke very inimically of the Sabbath. Notice these fantastic statements:

He [God] HATES the Sabbath day. (Ibid.; emphasis in the voice)

I hate Saturday as a Sabbath religious day. I hate it because Christ hates it.

Barnhouse also made other statements antagonistic to our faith, stating that “Jesus Christ was the God-man, not subject to fall. … [and] that He could not have sinned.” He said that one who believed that the Adventist Church was the remnant was “a megalomaniac” and those who believe the historical positions of Adventism were “screwballs and people on the fringe” (Ibid.). These thoughts run antithesis to the thoughts of Ellen White, who wrote concerning the sanctuary doctrine:

The scripture which above all others had been both the foundation and the central pillar of the advent faith was the declaration: “Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” Daniel 8:14. (The Great Controversy, p. 409)

The subject of the sanctuary and the investigative judgment should be clearly understood by the people of God. All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill. Every individual has a soul to save or to lose. Each has a case pending at the bar of God. (Ibid., p. 488)

Clearly Dr. Barnhouse and Ellen White had different views on the sanctuary and different views on the concept of the remnant, the Sabbath, and many other issues. Why do we bring up this Presbyterian minister, who died over fifty years ago? Because he was involved in the discussions that led to the publication of the book Questions on Doctrine, a book that, according to Dr. Denis Fortin, dean of the Theological Seminary at Andrews University, represents the theology supported by and taught at the seminary today!

God’s Way

Psalm 77:13 says, “Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?” God’s way is in the sanctuary, his whole way! Within the sanctuary we find the whole message of God. Proverbs 9:1 says, “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” In the introduction to this series on landmarks and pillars, we saw that the testimony of Jesus lays out seven pillars of our faith. Remember that in Proverbs 8, Jesus is spoken of under the symbol of wisdom, and chapter 9 continues right after the end of chapter 8. Thus, Jesus, “the wisdom of God” (1Corinthians 1:24), declares that there are seven pillars of our faith. The testimony of Jesus declares that the central pillar of our faith is the sanctuary doctrine. Ellen White also calls it a foundation of the advent faith.

Last month we saw that the truth of Jesus being the Son of God is the foundation of the Christian church (Matthew 16:13-19; The Desire of Ages, pp. 412, 413). Here we see specifically the sanctuary doctrine as the foundation of Adventism. This is added upon the foundation of the church as a whole. The picture that we are building is becoming clearer and can be illustrated with this graphic where we have the truth about the sonship of Jesus being the basic foundation and the sanctuary doctrine upon that and continuing upward as the central pillar of the faith, with three other pillars on each side, making a total of the seven pillars upon which Christ (wisdom) has built his house (church).

The Goal of the Sanctuary

What is the real purpose of the sanctuary which makes it so central and foundational? God commanded Moses: “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them” (Exodus 25:8). The purpose was so that he might dwell among them, but did or does God need a literal building within which to dwell? Could he not have revealed himself or dwelt in another way? Making reference to Isaiah 66:1, Stephen declared, “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands” (Acts 7:48). Solomon said in his dedicatory prayer for the temple, “Behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded” (1 Kings 8:27).

God would not fully dwell physically with the people in a man–made temple, but there was a reason for the construction of the tabernacle. In Isaiah we read: “For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones” (Isaiah 57:15). God wants to dwell with and in the humble heart. Paul writes: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you” (1Corinthians 3:16)? Here is the temple in which God wishes to dwell, but there is a problem. That temple is defiled by sin, and to sin God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; Hebrews 12:29). To be able to dwell in his people, God must, therefore, remove the sin, and that means is through the sanctuary.

The sanctuary is not the end of the means, but the means to the end of God dwelling in his people. For God to dwell in his people, he must have a way to free them from their sin, and that way is the sanctuary! The sanctuary has the whole message of redemption within it, and in this study we want to look at how the other six pillars are encapsulated within the sanctuary doctrine. Before we look at the theology, let us review a brief history of the origins and development of the sanctuary teaching. Though Walter Martin disagreed with much of our theology, he gave an excellent synopsis of the beginning of the movement:

Seventh–day Adventism, as a religious movement, sprang from the great second advent “awakening” which shook the religious world toward the middle of the nineteenth century.

During this particular period of theological development, speculation relative to the second advent of Jesus Christ had been rampant on the continent of Europe, and it was not long before the European prophetic scheme of interpretation bridged the Atlantic and penetrated American theological circles.

Based largely upon the books of Daniel and Revelation (both apocalyptic), advent theology became a topic of conversation discussed in newspapers as well as theological journals; in short, New Testament eschatological study suddenly competed with current stock market quotations for front–page space, and the “seventy weeks,” “twenty–three hundred days,” and “the abomination of desolation” (Dan. 8, 9) became common subjects of conversation.

Following the chronology of Archbishop Ussher and interpreting the twenty–three hundred days of Daniel as literal years, many Bible students of various faiths concluded that Christ would come back near or about the year 1843. Of this studious number was one William Miller, a Baptist minister and resident of Low Hampton, New York, who arrived at the final date, October 22, 1844, as the time when Jesus Christ would return for his saints and usher in judgment upon sin, culminating in the establishment of the Kingdom of God upon earth.

The great second advent movement, which was to sweep the United States particularly in the early 1840’s, stemmed from the activities of this William Miller, who confidently taught, beginning in the year 1818, that in “about” twenty–five years from that date, i.e. 1843, Jesus Christ would come again, or as Miller himself put it, “I was thus brought in 1818 at the close of my two–year study of the Scriptures to the solemn conclusion that in about twenty–five years from that time all the affairs of our present state would be wound up” (The Midnight Cry, Francis D. Nicol [sic], p. 35, Review and Herald, Washington, D.C.).

Lest anyone reading the various accounts of the rise of Millerism in the United States come to the unwarranted conclusion that Miller was a “crackpot” and an uneducated tool of Satan, the following facts should be known: The great advent awakening movement which spanned the Atlantic from Europe was bolstered by a tremendous wave of contemporary biblical scholarship, and, though Miller himself was uneducated, there were literally scores and scores of interpretative prophetic scholars, both in Europe and the United States, who espoused Miller’s view before he himself announced it; and in reality his was only one more voice proclaiming the 1843/1844 fulfillment of Daniel 8:14, or the twenty–three–hundred days’ period allegedly dating from 457 B.C. and ending in 1843/1844. William Miller was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, on February 15, 1782, and while still a young child his family relocated in Low Hampton, New York, close to the Vermont State (sic) borderline. Miller was raised by a deeply religious mother, but despite her zeal for his conversion Miller himself at length became an infidel, and only after a soul–searching experience which culminated in his conversion did he begin his preparation for the ministry in the Baptist Church. A great many books have been written about William Miller and the rise of the Millerite movement, but to this writer’s knowledge none of them has ever accused Miller on verifiable grounds of being either dishonest or deceptive in his prophetic interpretation of Scripture. Indeed, he always enjoyed the reputation among all who knew him as an honest, forthright, Christian man. (Walter Martin, Eternity, October 1956)

Hiram Edson was one of the leading advent believers. “During 1844 Edson and [Dr. Franklin B.] Hahn published at Canandaigua, rather irregularly, a small sheet they named The Day Star” (Arthur Spalding, Origin and History of Seventh-Day Adventist, vol. 1, p. 97). Edson and Hahn asked Owen R.L. Crosier to write for this paper.

They met together on October 22, 1844, to meet the Lord. When the morning frost melted, they looked for Jesus at noon. When noon passed, they thought surely his coming would be at evening. When evening passed, there was still hope, for the Scripture said, “Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning” (Mark 13:35). But when midnight came, their hopes were shattered. Edson described it thus:

Our expectations were raised high, and thus we looked for our coming Lord until the clock tolled twelve at midnight. The day had then passed, and our disappointment had become a certainty. Our fondest hopes and expectations were blasted, and such a spirit of weeping came over us as I never experienced before. It seemed that the loss of all earthly friends could have been no comparison. We wept and wept, till the day dawned.…

I mused in my heart, saying: “My advent experience has been the brightest of all my Christian experience. Has the Bible proved a failure? Is there no God in heaven, no golden city, no Paradise? Is all this but a cunningly devised fable? Is there no reality to our fondest hopes and expectations?”…

I began to feel there might be light and help for us in our distress. I said to some of the brethren: “Let us go to the barn.” We entered the granary, shut the doors about us, and bowed before the Lord. We prayed earnestly, for we felt our necessity. We continued in earnest prayer until the witness of the Spirit was given that our prayers were accepted, and that light should be given – our disappointment explained, made clear and satisfactory.

After breakfast I said to one of my brethren [Crosier], “Let us go to see and encourage some of our brethren.” We started, and while passing through a large field, I was stopped about midway in the field. Heaven seemed open to my view, and I saw distinctly and clearly that instead of our High Priest coming out of the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary to this earth on the tenth day of the seventh month, at the end of the 2300 days, He, for the first time, entered on that day into the second apartment of that sanctuary, and that he had a work to perform in the most holy place before coming to the earth; that He came to the marriage, or in other words, to the Ancient of days, to receive a kingdom, dominion, and glory; and that we must wait for His return from the wedding. (Review and Herald, June 23, 1921)

Crosier and others, such as Joseph Bates and James White, did not give up the correctness of the October 22 date but, with the revelation of Edson, began to study the issue of the heavenly sanctuary, especially in the books of Daniel and Revelation where their attention was drawn to Revelation 10:6-11:

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (Revelation 10:6-11)

As the book of Leviticus was studied, especially chapter 16, and the understanding of the Day of Atonement became clear, the Adventists were convinced that Edson was inspired on the event prophesied in Daniel 8:14. They clearly saw that instead of bringing temporal judgment to this earth, Jesus was working for the salvation of man. Jesus was now in heaven, making “the final atonement” for his people in the most holy place of the heavenly sanctuary.

God’s Way Is in His Law/Sabbath

If you were to consider the whole tabernacle with the courtyard, including the altar of burnt offering, you would find that from a geometric standpoint, there are two great focal points — one being the brazen altar and the other being the ark within the most holy place. One focal point represented the cross and the spilled blood of Jesus. The other focal point was the ark, containing the law, which lay under the mercy seat where the sprinkled blood was applied. “And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee” (Exodus 25:16). While the book of the law was put in the side of the ark and Aaron’s rod that budded and the pot of manna were laid up before the ark (Exodus 16:33, 34; Numbers 17:10; Deuteronomy 31:26; Hebrews 9:4), only the Ten Commandants were put inside the ark: “There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone, which Moses put there at Horeb” (1Kings 8:9).

The ark is also the focus of the sanctuary in heaven: “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail” (Revelation 11:19).

No society can peacefully exist without written or unwritten law. There can be neither government nor judgment without law, without a standard. Interestingly, Paul says: “Where no law is, there is no transgression” (Romans 4:15). Of course, there cannot be transgression if there is no law to break. Someone once told a group of parents that there was a way for them to manage their homes so that their children never disobeyed them — simply have no rules or laws! Thankfully, we can live in peace when we are within the strong, safe boundaries of God’s law.

The ark containing the law was made of wood overlaid with gold: “And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold” (Exodus 25:10, 11). The wood represented humanity, and the gold represented divinity. Interestingly, the LXX gives the reading of “incorruptible wood.” While wood represents humanity in general, this wood rightly represented Jesus, whose body saw no corruption (Acts 13:37).

The law was laid in the center, or heart, of the ark. God’s law is to be written within the heart of the believer. “After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people” (Jeremiah 31:33).

The law reveals and defines sin: “Sin is the transgression of the law” (1John 3:4). “The only definition for sin that we have in the Bible is that it is the transgression of the law” (Ellen White, The Signs of the Times, March 3, 1890). This law reveals that we are all guilty and in need of Jesus! “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). In our need for a Saviour, God gives mercy.

Above the law, on the top of the sacred ark, rested the mercy seat, made of pure gold (Exodus 25:17, 21, 22). Mankind alone would never be merciful; only divinity, represented by the pure gold, has grace and mercy. This was the one place that God, in the Shekinah, would meet with man.

The Sabbath was a special day at the sanctuary; it was the day the shewbread was baked and served (Leviticus 24:5-8; 1 Chronicles 9:32). Normally, food was not to be cooked or prepared on the Sabbath. (What has been prepared the day before may be warmed up; The Signs of the Times, May 25, 1882.) On the Sabbath, however, this bread was prepared and set in order on the table in the holy place. God was demonstrating the need for his people to have fresh spiritual food upon the Sabbath. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst” (John 6:35; also John 6:48, 51).

God’s Way Is in the Faith of Jesus

The second pillar we wish to see in the light of the sanctuary is the faith of Jesus. Only by bringing a lamb or goat for a sin offering could the sinner find forgiveness (Leviticus 4). When John the Baptist cried out, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), he was making a reference to the sin offering in the sanctuary. In fact, it was through the sin offering that the sinner was brought closest to the sanctuary, thus the closest to God.

The result of the sin offering of the lamb was an atonement of forgiveness. “And he shall take away all the fat thereof, as the fat of the lamb is taken away from the sacrifice of the peace offerings; and the priest shall burn them upon the altar, according to the offerings made by fire unto the LORD: and the priest shall make an atonement for his sin that he hath committed, and it shall be forgiven him” (Leviticus 4:35).

The sanctuary teaches us that the faith of Jesus provides not only forgiveness, but also cleansing. Throughout the year the sins were, in figure, transferred to the sanctuary where the record remained. The Day of Atonement was to cleanse the sins finally from the tabernacle, representing the final cleansing of the temple of the Holy Spirit from sin. Notice the result at the end of the procedure: “For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD” (Leviticus 16:30). Notice that “on that day” the priest makes the atonement of cleansing. This is not the same atonement of chapter 4, an atonement of forgiveness, but it is the atonement of cleansing. That “day” began October 22, 1844, not AD 31 when Jesus was crucified. Leviticus 4 and Leviticus 16, though similar, are speaking of two different atonements.

LeRoy Froom and Roy A. Anderson told Walter Martin and Dr. Barnhouse that there was a certain “lunatic fringe” among them that believed in a final atonement in heaven. Barnhouse said that “some uninformed Seventh-day Adventists took this idea and carried it to fantastic, literalistic extremes. Mr. Martin and I heard the Adventist leaders say, flatly, that they repudiate all such extremes. This they have said in no uncertain terms. Further, they do not believe, as some of their earlier teachers taught, that Jesus’ atoning work was not completed on Calvary but instead that He was still carrying on a second ministering work since 1844. This idea is also totally repudiated” (Eternity, September 1956). This statement stands in stark contrast to Leviticus 16 and to the testimony of Jesus:

The blood of Christ, while it was to release the repentant sinner from the condemnation of the law, was not to cancel the sin; it would stand on record in the sanctuary until the final atonement; so in the type the blood of the sin offering removed the sin from the penitent, but it rested in the sanctuary until the Day of Atonement. (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 357; all emphasis supplied unless otherwise noted)

The blood of Jesus Christ alone makes atonement. “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us” (Hebrews 9:11, 12). As the sinner came through the veil, or door, of the tabernacle (Leviticus 17:4), the sinner was exercising faith in Jesus who is the door, or way, to God (John 10:7, 9; 14:6).

Paul says that through Jesus we have a new and living way to God. “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” ( Hebrews 10:19, 20). Jesus is the only way we may have access to God. “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

What can wash away my sin?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus;
What can make me whole again?
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

Oh! precious is the flow
That makes me white as snow;
No other fount I know,
Nothing but the blood of Jesus.

For my cleansing this I see–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
For my pardon this my plea–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Nothing can my sin erase
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
Naught of works, 'tis all of grace–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

This is all my hope and peace–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!
This is all my righteousness–
Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

Robert Lowry

God’s Way Is in Knowing Him and Christ

The third pillar we wish to see in the light of the sanctuary is the personalities of God and Christ. The sanctuary was based upon a priesthood, with a high priest at the center. The other priests were simply to assist the high priest, who could not possibly do all that was required.

Jesus is our High Priest. “Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1). As he intercedes for humanity, however, there must be one with whom he intercedes! The priest must be a mediator between the people and someone; he cannot mediate with himself. “Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one” (Galatians 3:20). The Weymouth translation says, “But there cannot be a mediator where only one individual is concerned.” There must be someone else; another party must be present. Paul is presenting humanity and God as the two parties.

Some commentaries see Moses as the mediator spoken of because of his position in the Old Testament; however, in the new covenant only Jesus is a mediator: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Timothy 2:5). “The great Intercessor presents His petition to the Father. No middle-man comes between the sinner and Christ. No dead prophet, no buried saint is seen. Christ Himself is our Advocate” (The Signs of the Times, June 28, 1899). Because Jesus is both human and divine, man and God, he truly qualifies to be our mediator. If he were a part of a triune God, with one substance, as the trinity doctrine teaches, Jesus could not be our mediator, for he would be a mediator with himself.

While Moses was a type of mediator in the old covenant, the Bible teaches that only Jesus is the mediator of the better, or new, covenant. “Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:24).

But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. (Hebrews 9:11-15, 24)

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1)

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25)

The importance of having a proper knowledge of Christ’s high–priestly ministry is stated forcefully by the testimony of Jesus: “All need a knowledge for themselves of the position and work of their great High Priest. Otherwise it will be impossible for them to exercise the faith which is essential at this time or to occupy the position which God designs them to fill” (The Great Controversy, p. 488).

God’s Way Is in Life Only in Christ

The fourth pillar we wish to see in the light of the sanctuary is the non–immortality of the wicked. The sanctuary does not teach that sinners have everlasting life in an eternally burning hell. The sanctuary teaches the annihilation of the wicked.

In the sanctuary the fat was burned upon the altar (Leviticus 7:31) “for a sweet savour unto the LORD (Leviticus 17:6). One might wonder how the repugnant smell of burning fat would be a sweet savour to God, but the fat represented the excesses of life and sin. The destruction of sin is the goal of God, but he wishes to separate his people from the sin so they may escape destruction. In the burning of the fat at the brazen altar is prefigured the final destruction of the wicked: “But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the LORD shall be as the fat of lambs: they shall consume; into smoke shall they consume away” (Psalm 37:20).

The sanctuary taught this great truth to David, a man who lived under the inspiration of God throughout much of his life. At one time in his experience, David was discouraged over the seeming prosperity of the wicked. He writes about his experience and what he learned from the sanctuary that helped him:

Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. … When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. (Psalm 73:1-3, 16, 17)

As David saw the smoke arise from the fat burning upon the altar, he realized that the prosperity and favor of the wicked were only temporal and that they would, like all sin, be destroyed in the final judgment.

The final destruction of the wicked was also prefigured in the sanctuary services during the Day of Atonement, when those who did not afflict their souls were cut off from the people. “For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people” (Leviticus 23:29).

God’s Way Is in the Three Angels’ Messages

The fifth pillar that we wish to see in the light of the sanctuary is the three angels’ messages. These are so closely connected with the sanctuary that it is virtually impossible to separate one from the other.

The first angel’s message announces the the hour of the everlasting gospel, with the judgment of God, which centers on his law within the ark of the sanctuary. “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6, 7).

The three angels’ messages not only tell of a judgment of the people, but of the vindication of God and his character. “Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged” (Romans 3:4). The vindication of God’s character will be given in the lives of the saints who received the atonement of forgiveness and the atonement of cleansing.

God’s Way Is in the Testimony of Jesus

The sixth pillar that we wish to see in the light of the sanctuary is the testimony of Jesus. Within the holy place on the south side was the seven–branched candlestick, which was fed with the pure oi,l representing the Spirit of God.

In Revelation we see the candlesticks in heaven. “And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God” (Revelation 4:2, 5).

The oil represents the Spirit of Christ upon us, which was especially manifested in the Spirit of Prophecy, which coming from Jesus, is simply the testimony of Jesus. The testimony of Jesus is especially manifested in the remnant people.

And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 12:17)

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10)

In the sanctuary service, only the high priest lit the candlesticks: “And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it. And when Aaron lighteth the lamps at even, he shall burn incense upon it, a perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations” (Exodus 30:7, 8). Only Jesus gives light to his people. He is “the light of the world” (John 8:12). God sends light and encouragement to his people through the testimony of Jesus.

When Zerubbabel was trying under very adverse circumstances to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem, he came to a time when the difficulties appeared like mountains before him. Then the Lord sent His prophet with a message to help and encourage him. Zechariah was given a view of the golden candlesticks, and was also shown whence the oil came that supplied the lamps. He saw two olive-trees, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on the left side, which through golden pipes kept the lamps supplied with oil, that they might burn brightly. The prophet asked the angel the meaning of what he saw. In reply the angel said: “This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts.” [Zechariah 4:6] Then he gave a message to Zerubbabel to go forward, and said that the mountain of difficulties would become a plain before him, and that as surely as his hands had laid the foundations of the house of the Lord, so surely would he finish it. (Stephen Haskell, The Cross and its Shadow, pp. 52, 53)

Conclusion

We see that the truths of the six pillars that surround the central pillar are taught in the sanctuary. The law, including the Sabbath, which gives us a special time of fellowship and communion with God, rested inside the sacred ark of the sanctuary. This law, with the Sabbath, is one of the great pillars of our faith. In the sanctuary we learn that the law condemns us but through faith in Jesus, the lamb that was foretold in every offering, our sins may be washed away. In the sanctuary we learn that Jesus as the Son of God is our high priest and that the basis for his being able to be a mediator or priest for us is embodied in his sonship. In the sanctuary we see the necessity of the fatherhood of God, for without it we have no son. In the sanctuary we see the destruction of the wicked in the consuming of the fat from the offerings. In the sanctuary we see the very heart of the three angels’ messages and the 1844 atonement. In the sanctuary we see God’s desire not to hide from his people, but to communicate with them and send them the oil of his presence, the testimony of Jesus.

Yes, God’s way is in his sanctuary, and it does not matter what others, such as Dr. Barnhouse, think. He called our sanctuary teaching “stale, flat, and unprofitable” (Eternity, September 1956; emphasis in original)! I am willing to stand up and be a part of the “lunatic fringe” for a saviour who loved me enough to die for me. I am willing to stand tall and straight for a God who wants to dwell in me and have his abode, not in some far off corner, but here in my life. Are you willing to allow God full access? “For through him [Jesus] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father” (Ephesians 2:18).

Remember Proverbs 9:1? “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.” In the book Early Writings, Ellen White describes seeing the temple in heaven and wrote: “This temple was supported by seven pillars, all of transparent gold, set with pearls most glorious” (Early Writings, p. 19). God accounts these pillars as worthy of being constructed with transparent gold and set with pearls most glorious. This is his representation of the true beauty and worth of these pillars. God’s architecture reflects his thoughts about these pillars and how he values them. Is it any wonder that he sends a fearful message by his angel concerning the three angels’ messages, which like the sanctuary encompass the whole message.

Woe to him who shall move a block or stir a pin of these messages. The true understanding of these messages is of vital importance. The destiny of souls hangs upon the manner in which they are received. (Ibid., pp. 258, 259)

Beloved, we must cherish and hold on to these great truths. Even if the whole world and the church forsake the message, God has not lost control, he is still moving his message forward:

Christ has given to the church a sacred charge. Every member should be a channel through which God can communicate to the world the treasures of His grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ. There is nothing that the Saviour desires so much as agents who will represent to the world His Spirit and His character. There is nothing that the world needs so much as the manifestation through humanity of the Saviour’s love. All heaven is waiting for men and women through whom God can reveal the power of Christianity. (The Acts of the Apostles, p.600)

Allen Stump



 

Prayer Requests

In spite of confusing world events, we know that our heavenly Father reigns, and our trust is in him. We ask for your prayers for his work around the world that it will proceed quickly, efficiently, and always with his sweet blessing. Please continue to pray for those who are ill among us, especially Sister Ann Ford’s son, Kevin Dubbs, who will undergo heart surgery soon. Please also pray for God’s direction as we plan for camp meeting in June, and we pray that God richly bless you as you labor for him this month.

Please pray also for our Sister Arlene Bailey, who had a fall last month, and though there were no broken bones, she has had a difficult time recovering.

Finally, there is family near to us in spirit who has been going through some very difficult times, and we ask for God’s peace for this home and for his Spirit’s presence

Editors


Is Your All on the Altar?

You have longed for sweet peace,
And for faith to increase,
And have earnestly, fervently prayed;
But you cannot have rest,
Or be perfectly blest,
Until all on the altar is laid

 

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart, does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest
As you yield Him your body and soul.

 

In God’s Word we read about various offerings. Leviticus 1 speaks of burnt offerings, Leviticus 2 of meat or meal offerings, Leviticus 3 of peace offerings, Leviticus 4 of sin offerings, and Leviticus 5 of trespass offerings, but the focus of this article is on building of the altar and on the burnt offering.

Before the construction of the tabernacle in the wilderness, God’s people, as they moved about, would build an altar.

In Genesis 12: 7 and 8, we read: “And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Haion on the east; and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the Lord.”

The burnt offering had its origin with the first family. This offering extended to the cross, and its significance will last as long as mankind is subject to temptation and sin. Genesis 4:4 says: “And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering.” “These brothers had been instructed in regard to the provision made for the salvation of the human race. They were required to carry out a system of humble obedience, showing their reverence for God, and their faith and dependence upon the promised Redeemer, by slaying the firstlings of the flock, and solemnly presenting them with the blood, as a burnt-offering to God” (The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, pp. 54, 55). In the burnt offering, the entire sacrifice was laid upon the altar and burned, typifying not only a surrender of sin but a consecration of the entire life to the service of God.

Leviticus 1:3 states: “If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will.” A man might bring not only a bullock but also a sheep, a goat, and even turtledoves or young pigeons, always a clean animal without blemish. (See Leviticus 1:10, 14.) Continuing in Leviticus 1, we read: “And he [the sinner] shall kill the bullock before the LORD: and the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall bring the blood, and sprinkle the blood round about upon the altar that is by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he shall flay the burnt offering, and cut it into his pieces. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire upon the altar, and lay the wood in order upon the fire: And the priests, Aaron’s sons, shall lay the parts, the head, and the fat, in order upon the wood that is on the fire which is upon the altar: But his inwards and his legs shall he wash in water: and the priest shall burn all on the altar, to be a burnt sacrifice, an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the LORD” (vs. 5-9).

In his book The Cross and Its Shadow, Stephen Haskell wrote: “The whole burnt-offering was a type of the full consecration that must come into every life that God can use to His glory. Paul urged the fulfilling of the antitype in the following words: ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service’ (Romans 12:1; emphasis supplied unless otherwise noted).

The heart filled with love to God and our fellow-men is an offering always acceptable to God. In order to keep the heart in this condition, it must be filled with the life-giving Word of God. The Lord regards a “knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” The individual who will sacrifice selfish interests and pleasures sufficiently to take time morning and evening to study God’s word, will experience that love in the heart which always has been and ever will be far more acceptable to God than “whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices”.

The accounts of the burnt offerings in the Bible are a history of wonderful victories when individuals drew near to God by putting away their sins and surrendering their lives and all they possessed to the service of the Lord (p.133).

My favorite example of a burnt offering is when Abraham was commanded to offer Isaac upon Mount Moriah. Many times Abraham’s faith was tested and regretfully he failed. But God knew he was growing in grace and faith and so that he could present Abraham as the “father of the faithful.” God gave to Abraham the most severe test ever given to a man.

At the time of receiving this command, Abraham had reached the age of a hundred and twenty years. He was regarded as an old man, even in his generation. In his earlier years he had been strong to endure hardship and to brave danger, but now the ardor of his youth had passed away. One in the vigor of manhood may with courage meet difficulties and afflictions that would cause his heart to fail later in life, when his feet are faltering toward the grave. But God had reserved His last, most trying test for Abraham until the burden of years was heavy upon him, and he longed for rest from anxiety and toil. (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 147)

In the obedience of faith, Abraham had forsaken his native country—had turned away from the graves of his fathers and the home of his kindred. He had wandered as a stranger in the land of his inheritance. He had waited long for the birth of the promised heir. At the command of God he had sent away his son Ishmael. And now, when the child so long desired was entering upon manhood, and the patriarch seemed able to discern the fruition of his hopes, a trial greater than all others was before him.

The command was expressed in words that must have wrung with anguish that father's heart: “Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest,…and offer him there for a burnt offering.” Isaac was the light of his home, the solace of his old age, above all else the inheritor of the promised blessing. The loss of such a son by accident or disease would have been heart rending to the fond father; it would have bowed down his whitened head with grief; but he was commanded to shed the blood of that son with his own hand. It seemed to him a fearful impossibility. (Ibid., p. 148)

…Abraham was tempted to believe that he might be under a delusion. In his doubt and anguish he bowed upon the earth, and prayed, as he had never prayed before, for some confirmation of the command if he must perform this terrible duty.…Darkness seemed to shut him in; but the command of God was sounding in his ears, ‘Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest.’ The command must be obeyed, and he dared not delay. Day was approaching, and he must be on his journey. (Ibid.)

Abraham at last summoned his son, telling him of the command to offer sacrifice upon a distant mountain.…

Side by side the father and the son journeyed in silence…

…As they were about to begin the journey of the third day, the patriarch, looking northward, saw the promised sign, a cloud of glory hovering over Mount Moriah, and he knew that the voice which had spoken to him was from heaven.

Even now he [Abraham] did not murmur against God, but strengthened his soul by dwelling upon the evidence of the Lord’s goodness and faithfulness. This son had been unexpectedly given; and had not He who bestowed the precious gift a right to recall His own? Then faith repeated the promise, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called”—a seed numberless as the grains of sand upon the shore. Isaac was the child of a miracle, and could not the power that gave him life restore it? Looking beyond that which was seen, Abraham grasped the divine word, “accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead.” (Hebrews 11:19). (Ibid., pp. 151, 152)

At the appointed place they built the altar and laid the wood upon it. Then, with trembling voice, Abraham unfolded to his son the divine message. It was with terror and amazement that Isaac learned his fate, but he offered no resistance. He could have escaped his doom, had he chosen to do so; the grief-stricken old man, exhausted with the struggle of those three terrible days, could not have opposed the will of the vigorous youth. But Isaac had been trained from childhood to ready, trusting obedience, and as the purpose of God was opened before him, he yielded a willing submission. He was a sharer in Abraham’s faith, and he felt that he was honored in being called to give his life as an offering to God. He tenderly seeks to lighten the father’s grief, and encourages his nerveless hands to bind the cords that confine him to the altar.

And now the last words of love are spoken, the last tears are shed, the last embrace is given. The father lifts the knife to slay his son, when suddenly his arm is stayed. An angel of God calls to the patriarch out of heaven, “Abraham, Abraham!” He quickly answers, “Here I am,” And again the voice is heard, “Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son, from Me.”

Then Abraham saw “a ram caught in a thicket,” and quickly bringing the new victim, he offered it “in the stead of his son.” In his joy and gratitude Abraham gave a new name to the sacred spot—“Jehovah-jireh,” “the Lord will provide” (Ibid., pp. 152, 153).

Abraham’s faith was manifested by his works (see James 2:21-24). Abraham laid his all upon the altar. Will you?

You have longed for sweet peace,
And for faith to increase,
And have earnestly, fervently prayed;
But you cannot have rest,
Or be perfectly blest,
Until all on the altar is laid.

Would you walk with the Lord,
In the light of His word,
And have peace and contentment alway?
You must do His sweet will,
To be free from all ill,
On the altar your all you must lay.

Oh, we never can know
What the Lord will bestow
Of the blessings for which we have prayed,
Till our body and soul
He doth fully control,
And our all on the altar is laid.

Who can tell all the love
He will send from above,
And how happy our hearts will be made;
Of the fellowship sweet
We shall share at His feet,
When our all on the altar is laid.

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest,
And have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.

Anna Ford


NLP — Modern-Day Hypnotism

By David Sims

Let us consider the methods Satan is using in these last days to attack the truth and to try to destroy and unsettle our faith in God’s word. In 2 Corinthians 11:3 we read how the serpent beguiled Eve: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” The word beguiled gives the connotation of deception. Satan deceived her, but more than this, he exercised a controlling power over her mind. We might marvel at this, but it is far more common than we have ever realized.

In 2008, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons printed an article that outlined a number of different points and aspects in Barack Obama’s speeches as presidential candidate that indicate he used hypnotic techniques over the people. Since that time, numerous articles have been published, even booklets, documenting scene-by-scene, speech-by-speech, word-by-word, and gesture-by-gesture various proofs that he has been using hypnotic techniques to control our minds.

It should make us angry that someone is trying to control the way that we think and trying to dictate our behavior for us, but this has been Satan’s methods from the very beginning. Satan introduced this mind science when he was in heaven. Isaiah tells us about Lucifer’s fall in chapter 14: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (vs. 12-14).

The trouble in heaven was not isolated with Lucifer alone. In prophetic language we read in Revelation chapter 12 of Satan’s fall that not only involved himself but also a third of the angels who were cast out of heaven with him. In the book Patriarchs and Prophets, the Spirit of Inspiration helps us understand why this happened. The following passage describes some of the methods Satan used in heaven to control angels’ minds and to get them to think like he was thinking and to behave the way he wanted them to behave.

Lucifer had presented the purposes of God in a false light — misconstruing and distorting them to excite dissent and dissatisfaction. He cunningly drew his hearers on to give utterance to their feelings; then these expressions were repeated by him when it would serve his purpose, as evidence that the angels were not fully in harmony with the government of God. While claiming for himself perfect loyalty to God, he urged that changes in the order and laws of heaven were necessary for the stability of the divine government. (Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 38)

The passage goes on to describe the subtle way that he worked:

By disguising himself in a cloak of falsehood, he had gained an advantage. All his acts were so clothed with mystery that it was difficult to disclose to the angels the true nature of his work. Until fully developed, it could not be made to appear the evil thing it was; his disaffection would not be seen to be rebellion. Even the loyal angels could not fully discern his character or see to what his work was leading.

Lucifer had at first so conducted his temptations that he himself stood uncommitted. The angels whom he could not bring fully to his side, he accused of indifference to the interests of heavenly beings. (Ibid., p. 41)

When I was working for a church in southern California, there was an individual in our conference who made suggestions in a language that was very ambiguous and vague and that could be taken to mean several things. He used this language to vaguely imply to certain people that things weren’t just the way they ought to be, that there was prejudice against the Spanish people and that the Spanish people needed to rise up and assert their rights, but he himself stood uncommitted. He presented his thoughts in a questioning way: “Well, is this happening?”. He would draw from the hearers statements and sentiments that they really had not thought of before but that he was suggesting to their minds. They responded, “Well maybe so.” After they had voiced these comments, he would use the statements he had thus drawn from them to tell other people to prove that this state of prejudice and strife actually existed. In doing this he himself would seem to be on the outside and not really involved. (“But, so–and–so said this, and so–and–so said that.”) Pretty soon he had stirred up the very strife and prejudice that he had worked to create, something that had not existed before. He was using a technique of mind control that Satan used in heaven.

What is hypnotism? A website that is meant to teach hypnotism tells us of some of the techniques of hypnotism. First of all, hypnotism is a way to stimulate desired changes in behavior. Some of the techniques used are affirmation, ambiguity, confirmation, hand clasp, levitation, linking, noticing, pausing, progressive relaxation, relax and repeat, tense and relax, vagueness, visualizing, wondering, confusion, etc. The underlying principle of the confusion technique, for example, is that a drowning person will clutch at a straw. So, push the person under water and then offer him or her a straw.

Events that repeat themselves help us predict and give us a good sense of control about the world, but when these patterns are disrupted, we become uncertain, and one of the techniques used by hypnotism is confusion. We have a deep need to understand the world around us, and when we cannot make sense of our experiences, we feel confused and scared and seek a way of getting out of the cognitive deep water in which we find ourselves. The advocates of hypnotism realize this, create confusion, and then offer a straw as a solution. They will ask questions that create confusion, such as what is the sound of one hand clapping or what is the sound of a tree falling in the forest when nobody is there? These are Zen or Buddhist sayings. The idea is to get you to focus inside, to go inside yourself and think so hard that you forget yourself and finally find nirvana. This technique of confusion, which hypnotists use, can send you so far inside, so deep, that it puts you into a trance. As you struggle to find a meaning where none exists, the assumption that an answer must exist sends you on an ever–deepening spiral. Confusion is used by hypnotists as a method of hypnotic induction. Increasing stress leads to a point where we go from seeking the best solution to a problem at hand to seeking a solution just to reduce the stress. Confusion is used in many persuasion techniques as a way of destabilizing the other person. Just as a drowning man will clutch at a straw, so will a confused person grab at any idea offered in the hope that it will help him or her crawl out of the sea of confusion in which he or she is wallowing.

The most common way of confusing people is to simply overload them, to keep giving them information until they crack. This is especially effective if what you are saying is of interest to them and makes them want to think and respond. Overload is multiplied when what is being communicated is complex or difficult to understand. This effectively shortens the time it takes for the other person to become overloaded and to need to stop and process the information given.

When my son, Jonathon, was about seven years old, we were at a camp meeting. On Sabbath night a video entitled Pilgrim’s Progress was played. Up to that point in time, Jonathon had never seen a video of any sort. The Pilgrim’s Progress is not a bad story and is even recommended in Inspiration, but about seven minutes into the film, my son began to cry out, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” He began to shake his head, to grab the sides of his head, and to tremble violently. He kept saying, “Daddy, Daddy, Daddy.” I had to pick him up and carry him out of the meeting. It took almost an hour for him to finally calm down. I did not understand at the time what had happened, but a couple of years later I listened to a lecture by Agatha Thrash about television programming, and she described how studies have been done with slides versus video and how a person will go into a trance or will have a type of nervous breakdown within seven minutes of watching television programming. Either the person blanks out the frontal lobe that is filtering the information and passing judgment on all the sensory input and goes into a trance–like state, or he or she will have a nervous breakdown because the mind is not able to assimilate and comprehend what is taking place. Someone who has not been in a trance–like state, someone who is used to having full control of his or her capacity and exercising that frontal lobe will tend to have a nervous breakdown-type of experience rather than go into the trance–like state. When I heard that, I realized what had happened to my son.

Television programming, the flashing from one scene to the next and the overload of sensory input typical with video, makes it impossible for the mind to keep up. The mind is making judgment calls on everything seen and heard, what is being focused upon as well as what is visible in the peripheral vision. Your mind takes in everything about you—the colors, the good and the bad, the ugly and the beautiful, the righteous and the unrighteous. On all of these things, subconscious decisions are being made. When the mind is overloaded, we come to a point in our experience where we either can’t handle it anymore and do something irrational, or we go into a trance.

There are a number of other techniques that are used in hypnotism. Diversion is one. Pickpockets use this and will put hard pressure on one side while they very gently and lightly use the other hand to pull your wallet out of your pocket. Martial artists use this principle, and it is also used in hypnotic suggestion. Magicians use it, too. They will do something with colors with one hand, to get your attention, while with the other hand do something that you cannot see to perform a trick. Hypnotists use distraction as well.

Affirmation can also be used: “You are beautiful. That’s right! Good! You can do it!” This not only builds self confidence and makes you more easily hypnotized, but it builds a bond between you and the hypnotist, making you easier to come under hypnotic suggestions.

Ambiguity, vagueness, uncertainty, and visualizing are used in hypnotism. The hypnotist will try to create images in your mind which you associate with certain feelings, such as being on a beach. The images chosen will arouse those feelings which the hypnotist wants you to feel.

There is a branch of this satanic science called NLP, which stands for neuro-linguistic programming. Another name for this is conversational hypnosis. It is a way that in seemingly casual conversation someone can actually hypnotize you. An advertisement on YouTube for an NLP class tells how you can influence people’s behavior and make people admire you and love to be in your presence through NLP techniques. While the advertisement is telling of this, there are visual images of a man surrounded with lovely, beautiful ladies and of business men getting all the calls and all the contacts from different businesses and these images you associate now with the technique of NLP.

In NLP a person is trained to control behavior with seemingly casual conversation, to create feelings and emotions and then transfer them to the object that he wants them transferred to. One illustration of this is when Barack Obama spoke in his campaign speeches of President John F. Kennedy, or when he spoke of the problems and need for change. He aroused emotion, and then by using subtle techniques, he shifted the focus of that momentum, the focus of that powerful emotion, on himself and that he was the one that could bring this change. What is scary is that not only is this used by politicians, spiritualists, and occultists, it is also used by ministers of the gospel.

I have copies of a few pages out of a textbook that was used by Andrews University, and on most of the copies are pictures of a person in a meditating posture, sitting inside of a triangle with another upside down triangle inside that triangle. The bibliography contains the names of Richard Bandler and John Grinder, the two co-founders of NLP. It also lists self-proclaimed spiritualists, Buddhists, and people of all kinds of pagan origins.

Genesis 3:1-3 states: “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” In our key text (2 Corinthians 11:3), we read of how the serpent beguiled Eve. He used mind control on Eve by questioning God and by misquoting the words of God. Satan began by asking a question: “‘Is it true that God hath said, Ye do not eat of every tree of the garden’” (Genesis 3:1, Young’s Literal Translation)?

While sounding similar to what God had told Adam and Eve, this was actually a very poor quotation of Genesis 2:16, 17: “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”

Satan drew from the woman a statement from God, but unfortunately, the woman misquoted God. She said, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die” (Genesis 3:2, 3).

Eve had overstated the words of God’s command. He had said to Adam and Eve, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” In Eve’s controversy with the serpent, she added the clause, “Neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.” Here the subtlety of the serpent was seen. This statement of Eve gave him advantage, and he plucked the fruit, and placed it in her hand, and used her own words, “He hath said, ‘If ye touch it, ye shall die.’ You see no harm comes to you from touching the fruit, neither will you receive any harm by eating it.” Eve yielded to the lying sophistry of the devil in the form of a serpent. (The Review and Herald, February 24, 1874)

God had never said they would die if they touched it. God did say they would die if they ate of the tree. To combine this thought with his original word distorted that word!

I would like to read what the Spirit of Prophecy has to say about misquoting scriptures:

All should become familiar with God’s Word; because Satan perverts and misquotes Scripture, and men follow his example by presenting part of God’s Word to those whom they wish to lead in false paths, withholding the part that would spoil their plans. All have the privilege of becoming acquainted with a plain “Thus saith the Lord.”…There are false shepherds who will say and do perverse things. Children should be so instructed that they will be familiar with God’s Word, able to know when part of a scripture is read and part left unread, to make a false impression. (The Signs of the Times, April 4, 1900)

Satan tempted the first Adam in Eden, and Adam reasoned with the enemy, thus giving him the advantage. Satan exercised his power of hypnotism over Adam and Eve, and this power he strove to exercise over Christ. But after the word of Scripture was quoted, Satan knew that he had no chance of triumphing. (Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1081; Letter, 159, 1903)

What made the difference between Eve and Christ? They both quoted Scripture; they both quoted a thus saith the Lord. Eve misquoted it, and she brought the woe of sin into the world. Christ brought salvation, and he quoted it the way it reads.

Satan has ever sought to infatuate the minds of men with subtle mysteries. Thus he beguiled Eve, and thus he seeks to seduce men today. Those who misquote the Word of God in an effort to substantiate error are following the example of him who beguiled Eve, and who tempted Christ in the wilderness. The enemy substituted for the Word of God his own misleading statements.

The same deceptive agency that seduced the angels in heaven is working in like manner upon human minds today. By means of his seducing statements he won the confidence of many of the angels, and there was a great war in heaven. Michael and His angels fought against Satan and his deceived followers.…(The Upward Look, p.338).

Brothers and sisters, we may think that this is far off and does not have anything to do with us. We may think that this has to do with those in the Catholic Church or with those in the charismatic churches, but it can happen in our church meetings, too. Satan has agents he uses to try to hypnotize us. One way this is done is when the word of God is misquoted and misapplied. I have a righteous indignation and a holy anger against this, for which I make no apology. The mentality of the Alexandrian school was that they had the power to drop out and to add and subtract freely as they would to God’s word, and as a result the greatest percentage of Christianity today has a false Bible, teaching all kinds of new age heresies. Brothers and sisters, we have no business and no precedent for adding to and for subtracting from God’s word.

Revelation chapter 22 says: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (vs. 18, 19).

In a recent meeting I attended, the speaker used various terms that were not even found in the Bible, not in the Greek, the Hebrew, or the English. When he came to words referring to God, Lord, or Jesus, most of the time, especially in the beginning, he refused to read what was written. He did not just insert a Hebrew or Greek word in the passage, but he would say “Most High” instead of God, or “Father” instead of God, or he would say something other than what was written. The speaker also said it was the Father who was leading Israel in the Old Testament, saying and doing various things. This is incorrect. It was not the Father, but Christ. The Scripture tells us that the Rock that followed them was Christ (1Corinthians 10:4). The Spirit of Inspiration, or the Spirit of Prophecy, also confirms that since sin entered the world, all communication between God and man has been through Christ (Patriarchs and Prophets, page 366). Christ was the one who led Israel in the Old Testament. The presenter flooded us with so much input and information, including scripture after scripture, that there wasn’t enough time to think about what was being read and said. When we were in a hypnotic trance, just taking in and long ceasing to remonstrate, to filter, to think clearly about what was being said, and to analyze for right or wrong, the speaker introduced the idea that the kingdom that was prophesied to come, the kingdom of God at hand, was the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the power to work miracles and signs and wonders. This was done in such a way to be a subtle subconscious suggestion because so much had come in that we were no longer analyzing anything, for our frontal lobes had shut off much earlier.

The different parties of professed Advent believers have each a little truth, but God has given all these truths to His children who are being prepared for the day of God. He has also given them truths that none of these parties know, neither will they understand. Things which are sealed up to them, the Lord has opened to those who will see and are ready to understand. If God has any new light to communicate, He will let His chosen and beloved understand it, without their going to have their minds enlightened by hearing those who are in darkness and error.

I was shown the necessity of those who believe that we are having the last message of mercy, being separate from those who are daily imbibing new errors. I saw that neither young nor old should attend their meetings; for it is wrong to thus encourage them while they teach error that is a deadly poison to the soul and teach for doctrines the commandments of men. The influence of such gatherings is not good. If God has delivered us from such darkness and error, we should stand fast in the liberty wherewith He has set us free and rejoice in the truth. God is displeased with us when we go to listen to error, without being obliged to go; for unless He sends us to those meetings where error is forced home to the people by the power of the will, He will not keep us” (Early Writings, pp. 124, 125; emphasis supplied unless otherwise noted).

That is exactly what happened in the previously-mentioned meeting. The error was forced home to us by the power of the will.

The angels cease their watchful care over us, and we are left to the buffetings of the enemy, to be darkened and weakened by him and the power of his evil angels; and the light around us becomes contaminated with the darkness.

I saw that we have no time to throw away in listening to fables. Our minds should not be thus diverted, but should be occupied with the present truth, and seeking wisdom that we may obtain a more thorough knowledge of our position, that with meekness we may be able to give a reason of our hope from the Scriptures. While false doctrines and dangerous errors are pressed upon the mind, it cannot be dwelling upon the truth which is to fit and prepare the house of Israel to stand in the day of the Lord. (Ibid., p. 125)

I watched a video clip showing a hypnotist hypnotizing a person, and it was mentioned in the writing below the video that the person did not even realize she had been hypnotized. The hypnotist proceeded to ask her if she thought that she could be hypnotized. She said no. This was after he had already hypnotized her and made her do all kinds of things. She thought that she could not be hypnotized even while she was under hypnosis. He picked up her arm and then let go of it in midair. She could not move her arm; she could not put it down or raise it. It was stuck in the air. He said, “So you think you can’t be hypnotized? Have you ever had a stranger come and pick up your arm and sit it in midair and you cannot move it?” She said, “No,” and kind of smiled, wondering what was going on.

Brothers and sisters, mind control is a satanic science, and we are to have nothing to do with it. Some people actually study techniques purposely to use on people. Others have studied so long under the prince of darkness that they have learned and imbibed these techniques without consciously doing it.

The theory of mind controlling mind was originated by Satan, to introduce himself as the chief worker, to put human philosophy where divine philosophy should be. (The Ministry of Healing, p. 243)

Doctors were beginning to use this technique in the days of Ellen White, and she wrote many counsels warning them to stay clear of this satanic science. One of these doctors was a well-known physician named Dr. John H. Kellogg. He successfully exercised his hypnotic powers even over some of our leading ministers. “I have seen how Dr. Kellogg has united with the arch deceiver in using hypnotic influence upon souls to deceive them. Those who sustain him in his course are guilty with him of resisting the Spirit of God. Such blindness of understanding seems strange in one who has known the truth for this time” (Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, p. 331). She saw Dr. Kellogg using hypnotic influence over souls to deceive them. The very next paragraph states: “A. T. Jones has a theory of the truth, as expressed in his books. He does not repudiate these, but he virtually goes back upon their teachings, by the course of action he is following” (Ibid.). “Unless Brethren Jones, Tenney, Waggoner, and others who have been flattered by the leaders of the medical work are especially worked by the Holy Spirit, they will never see things as they are. It is hard for those who have been charmed by seductive, flattering, soul–destroying theories to see where these theories will lead, or to discern, wherein their spiritual eyesight has been defective” (Manuscript Releases, vol. 11, pp. 248, 249). Two paragraphs above this, we read: “This same hypnotic influence is seen working among our people today. Ever since my return to America a heavy burden has rested upon me. Everywhere I see the power of the enemy. Were it not for the armies of the Lord’s host, led by Michael, the destruction that Satan would be pleased to witness would come to the people of God” (Ibid., p. 248).

Kellogg exercised his hypnotic power over Jones, Waggoner, Tenney, and others; leaders, ministers, champions of righteousness by faith. Are we above being hypnotized; are we above being deceived?

I hesitated and delayed about the sending out of that which the Spirit of the Lord impelled me to write. I did not want to be compelled to present the misleading influence of these sophistries. But in the providence of God, the errors that have been coming in must be met.

Shortly before I sent out the testimonies regarding the efforts of the enemy to undermine the foundation of our faith through the dissemination of seductive theories, I had read an incident about a ship in a fog meeting an iceberg. For several nights I slept but little. I seemed to be bowed down as a cart beneath sheaves. One night a scene was clearly presented before me. A vessel was upon the waters, in a heavy fog. Suddenly the lookout cried, “Iceberg just ahead!” There, towering high above the ship, was a gigantic iceberg. An authoritative voice cried out, “Meet it!” There was not a moment’s hesitation. It was a time for instant action. The engineer put on full steam, and the man at the wheel steered the ship straight into the iceberg. With a crash she struck the ice. There was a fearful shock, and the iceberg broke into many pieces, falling with a noise like thunder to the deck. The passengers were violently shaken by the force of the collisions, but no lives were lost. The vessel was injured, but not beyond repair. She rebounded from the contact, trembling from stem to stern, like a living creature. Then she moved forward on her way.

Well I knew the meaning of this representation. I had my orders. I had heard the words, like a voice from our Captain, “Meet it!” I knew what my duty was, and that there was not a moment to lose. The time for decided action had come. I must without delay obey the command, ‘Meet it’” (Selected Messages, bk. 1, pp. 205, 206).

Many of our people do not realize how firmly the foundation of our faith has been laid. My husband, Elder Joseph Bates, Father Pierce, Elder Edson, and others who were keen, noble, and true, were among those who, after the passing of the time in 1844, searched for the truth as for hidden treasure. I met with them, and we studied and prayed earnestly. Often we remained together until late at night, and sometimes through the entire night, praying for light and studying the Word. Again and again these brethren came together to study the Bible, in order that they might know its meaning, and be prepared to teach it with power. When they came to the point in their study where they said, “We can do nothing more,” the Spirit of the Lord would come upon me, I would be taken off in vision, and a clear explanation of the passages we had been studying would be given me, with instruction as to how we were to labor and teach effectively. Thus light was given that helped us to understand the scriptures in regard to Christ, His mission, and His priesthood. (Ibid., pp. 206, 207)

Thus light was given that helped us to understand the scriptures in regard to Christ, His mission, and His priesthood. A line of truth extending from that time to the time when we shall enter the city of God, was made plain to me, and I gave to others the instruction that the Lord had given me.

During this whole time I could not understand the reasoning of the brethren. My mind was locked, as it were, and I could not comprehend the meaning of the scriptures we were studying. This was one of the greatest sorrows of my life. I was in this condition of mind until all the principal points of our faith were made clear to our minds, in harmony with the Word of God. The brethren knew that when not in vision, I could not understand these matters, and they accepted as light direct from heaven the revelations given.

For two or three years my mind continued to be locked to an understanding of the Scriptures. In the course of our labors, my husband and I visited Father Andrews, who was suffering intensely with inflammatory rheumatism. We prayed for him. I laid my hands on his head, and said, “Father Andrews, the Lord Jesus maketh thee whole.” He was healed instantly. He got up, and walked about the room, praising God, and saying, “I never saw it on this wise before. Angels of God are in this room.” The glory of the Lord was revealed. Light seemed to shine all through the house, and an angel’s hand was laid upon my head. From that time to this I have been able to understand the Word of God.

What influence is it would lead men at this stage of our history to work in an underhand, powerful way to tear down the foundation of our faith--the foundation that was laid at the beginning of our work by prayerful study of the Word and by revelation? Upon this foundation we have been building for the past fifty years. Do you wonder that when I see the beginning of a work that would remove some of the pillars of our faith, I have something to say? I must obey the command, ‘Meet it!’

I must bear the messages of warning that God gives me to bear, and then leave with the Lord the results. I must now present the matter in all its bearings; for the people of God must not be despoiled.

We are God’s commandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to becloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word — especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heavenly sanctuary, and the message of Heaven for these last days, as given by the angels of the fourteenth chapter of Revelation. Messages of every order and kind have been urged upon Seventh-day Adventists, to take the place of the truth which, point by point, has been sought out by prayerful study, and testified to by the miracle-working power of the Lord. But the waymarks which have made us what we are, are to be preserved, and they will be preserved, as God has signified through His Word and the testimony of His Spirit. He calls upon us to hold firmly, with the grip of faith, to the fundamental principles that are based upon unquestionable authority. (Ibid., pp. 207, 208)

Brothers and sisters, in these last days Satan is seeking with all the power that he can muster to undermine our faith in inspiration, in the word of God, and to cause us to add to and subtract from it. He knows that the Scriptures are our only safeguard. In Colossians chapter 2 we read:

And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (vs.4-8).


WV Camp Meeting

We are pleased to announce that West Virginia camp meeting will be June 14 – 18 this year. The theme of the camp meeting is the landmarks and pillars of our faith. We certainly encourage you to come and share the blessing with us. We will have details in the coming months, but please check your calendars now and block off the time.


Youths Corner
The Happiest People in the World

By Eric B. Hare

The river steamer left Moulmein jetty at 8:30 in the morning. It was loaded high with bags of rice, and salt, and lentils; drums of oil, fish paste, kerosene, wagon wheels, sheets of iron roofing, nails, cement, and everything that jungle people need. It was crowded, too, with passengers — Burmese, Karens, Telegus, Bengalis, and Chinese. There were Buddhists, spirit worshippers, Hindus, Mohammedans, Confucianists, and Christians. They laughed and talked. They sang and prayed. They ate and drank. They read and slept.

The steamer chugged courageously enough against the muddy brown current of the mighty Salween River, but its progress was slow. The way was weary and hot, and by the time we reached the little village of Wootchyi, the sun was setting. There were still ten miles to go, and the captain was cross and irritable.

“Jildy! Jildy!” (quickly! quickly!) he shouted as the long narrow gang plank was pushed down on to the sandbank. “Jildy! Jildy!”

And forty passengers began to scramble aboard, with their pigs and chickens in baskets or on poles and their babes on their backs.

The clerk’s assistant, from a pile of rice sacks, clanged a big brass bell and shouted “Tick–ut, Tick–ut,” while the captain pulled the whistle and accompanied with staccatoed toots his never–changing cry of “Jildy! Jildy!” And up the gang plank they came, one–by–one, till there was only one lone passenger left on the sandbank — a little old lady — and she made no attempt to come on board. Everybody on the boat opened his mouth to shout. The clerk’s assistant got ready to give his bell an extra loud clang, and the captain took a deep breath in order to emit his hottest invective, but nobody said a word for suddenly everybody realized that the lone, little, old lady was blind. It was one of those helpless moments when everyone knew that somebody ought to do something but was waiting till someone else would do it. Silence like the tomb settled down over the whole ship, and during that silence we saw a strong young man bound back down the gang plank. Going to the little old lady, he stooped and said loud enough for all to hear, “Put your arms around my neck, mother, and don’t be frightened.” Then he picked her up in his arms and carried her on board.

The passengers cheered and clapped their hands. The clerk’s assistant clanged his bell and called “Tick–ut, Tick–ut.” The captain pulled the whistle and called “Jildy! Jildy!” But there was a noticeable softness in their voices, and many a tear was brushed away as the people turned to each other and murmured their approval of the beautiful thing they had seen.

I wiped away my own tears, swallowed hard, then started downstairs to speak with the hero of the day. At the foot of the stairs, I found the little blind lady, frightened by the recent applause. She, too, was brushing tears away from her sightless eyes, and I said, “Don’t cry, aunty. Don’t be sorry. We didn’t mean——”

“But I’m not sorry, Thara,” she interrupted, recognizing my voice, “I’m the proudest, happiest mother in all the land.” Can you believe that she was?

It is difficult for us young people to realize that tears can be a sign of joy. We think of the cross that must be carried, we think of the self that must be denied, we think of the will that must be surrendered in the Christian life; and we are tempted to think it must be a sad, sorrowful life. But listen, in Messages to Young People, page 58, I read: “Do not for a moment suppose that, religion will make you sad and gloomy and will block up the way to success.…No, no, those who in everything make God first and last and best, are the happiest people in the world.”

There are tears in the Christian life, but with the comfort and support of our Saviour and friend, they become “tears of joy.” Someday soon Jesus will wipe all tears away. There are tears in the broad way that leads to death also, but there is no comfort; there is no friend. There are tears of regret, and sorrow, and remorse. There is no one to wipe these tears away. Listen to the witness of Bible writers that those who walk the narrow way, the path of life, shall be happy:

“He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him,” says David (Psalm 126:6).

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation,” says Isaiah (Isaiah 12:3).

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth…might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory,” says Peter (1 Peter 1:7, 8), and thousands of voices bear witness to the truth of these statements.

Away over in Bombay in the year 1944, there lived a man, Mr. Soans by name, who was an expert welder in the largest electrical shop in that city. He attended a series of meetings held by Pastor George Hamilton, accepted the truth, and joined the church.

“I’m a Seventh-day Adventist now,” he explained to his manager, “would you kindly arrange my work so that I could have my Sabbath off?”

“We’ll have none of the Sabbath nonsense,” said his boss firmly. “You either work on Saturday, or get out of here.” To his great surprise, neither his years of service nor his expert ability availed anything, and with a heavy, sorrowful heart, he went out to look for a job.

Up and down the streets of Bombay he walked. From shop to shop he went, but there was nothing for a man who wanted to keep Saturday. One week went by, then two weeks. Satan pressed home his temptations: “Your God doesn’t hear your prayers. He is going to let your wife and children starve.” But resolutely determined to obey God, Brother Soans trudged on, looking for work.

Then one day into the inner harbour of Bombay came an ammunition ship, loaded with bombs and shells and mines, bales of cotton, and bars of gold. The coolies swarmed over the ship, uncovered the hatchways and got ready to unload. As one coolie was working at the hatchway, his lighted cigarette fell from his mouth and tumbled down, down, down till it came to rest between two bales of cotton in the bottom hold. Too frightened to speak, the coolie said nothing. The unloading progressed all day — nothing was noticed; all the next day — nothing was noticed; but on the third day someone thought they could see a little smoke. Investigation was made, and the bottom hold was found to be one red–hot smouldering mass.

Quickly the alarm was sounded, and soon seven fire engines were pumping water into that ship, but to no avail. The water was turned to steam by the great heat. They could not put the fire out.

Hurriedly the fire officials and ship’s officers got together and decided to sink the ship as the only way to save a terrible explosion. They sent for four expert welders to come from the largest electrical shop in Bombay to burn holes in the side of the ship under the water–line. The men came. They prepared their apparatus and began to work.

And while they were working on April 15, 1944, the fire reached the magazine and there was the most awful explosion that has occurred away from the front line of battle. Up went the ship like a huge volcano and rained down rubbish and rubble for a distance of three miles. Thousands of windows were smashed; hundreds of lives were lost. A 10,000–ton victory ship berthed beside the fated vessel was lifted right out of the water and came to rest on the concrete wharf.

And Brother Soans was still walking around looking for work. He heard the terrible noise and saw the volcano–like eruptions. Wondering what it could be, he ran in the direction of the harbour. For a while he stood there viewing the wreckage and piecing together the story. Then hurrying back to Pastor Hamilton as fast as he could, he exclaimed, “Pastor, pastor, I’m the happiest man in the world! If it hadn’t been for the Sabbath making me lose my job, I would have been one of those men detailed to sink that ship, and my life would have been snuffed out as theirs have been.”

Soon after, Brother Soans opened his own welding work shop, and when I last heard of him he was making three times as much money as when he lost his job. It is true; the Christian’s tears turn into joy.

Likewise, we young people should not be deceived by laughter and excitement. All laughter is not joy.

The old patriarch Job says: “The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment” (Job 20:5). Probe into the reasons for the great army of alcoholics. Probe into the reasons for the thousands of suicides every year, and you will find that the pleasure was just for a moment, then the laughter and excitement burst, leaving a shallow, disappointing nothingness behind.

But in contrast to the fleeting pleasure of the wicked, Christ himself says, “I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.”

A number of years ago I was ingathering in Moulmein. In Steel’s rice mill I met the chief engineer, Mr. Sinclair, and showed him some pictures of our dispensary work a hundred miles north among the spirit worshippers. The whistle blew as we were talking. “It’s time for lunch, Mr. Hare,” said Mr. Sinclair. “Come and have lunch with me, and tell me some more about your work in the jungle.”

So we lunched together, and I told him about the girl with the “burnt finger,” and how Brother Baird and I had amputated the arm at the elbow and saved her life.

“Wonderful! wonderful!” he exclaimed. “Tell me some more.”

So I told him about the man who was “stung” by an elephant, and how Brother Baird and I washed his bowels and put them back and sewed him up. I told him how the man had prayed his first prayer, “God of the white man, make me better.” And how God answered that prayer and saved that man’s life.

“But I don’t see how you men can do it!” said Mr. Sinclair. “I don’t see how you can be happy away up there in the Never Never — and no whisky–and–sodas!”

“Mr. Sinclair, no whisky–and–soda could ever give you as much ‘kick’ as we get when going from village to village we see the mothers running toward us with happy healthy babes in their arms, and hear them say, ‘Can’t you remember this one! He was nearly dead and you were kind to him, and now look at him! If it hadn’t been for you, our baby would have died.”

“Yes, yes, it must be wonderful, but what do you do with no jazz orchestras and dances?!”

And I told him about my brass band of twenty–five instruments and about my choir of eighty–three voices that could sing anthems in six parts, and I said, “Mr. Sinclair, no jazz band could ever compare with my brass band and my choir when they play and sing: ‘What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought since Jesus came into my heart.’”

“But you have no movies and no shows! How do you pass the time away?”

“Mr. Sinclair,” I said, “we have the real comedy and tragedy of real life up there in the jungle.”

And I told him about the little old lady who came to the dispensary one day with her face all scarred like a crazy patchwork quilt. It didn’t look like smallpox scars or tiger–claw scars. She smiled at me and said, “Thara, don’t you remember me?”

And I said, “No, aunty, I can’t remember anyone with such a strangely–scarred face.”

“Well,” she said, “now do you remember me?” and she threw the shawl from her left arm and showed me the stump where the arm had been hacked off just below the elbow. Then I remembered. Before I could stop her, she was kneeling at my feet sobbing out her thanks.

“Oh,” she said, “if you hadn’t come, that night when that Indian marijuana fiend ran amok and slashed my son’s neck and cut off two of his fingers and split my forehead and cut my cheek till it showed the teeth and tongue and slashed my right arm till you could see the bone in two places and hacked off my left arm; if you hadn’t come, I surely would have died that night. But you weren’t afraid of the night. You weren’t afraid of the tigers. You came, and now my son and I both live.”

And I said, “Mr. Sinclair, you can have all the farce and mockery of unreal life they give you in the movies. Give me the real joy and the real sorrow of real life.”

I continued: “A few weeks ago we closed our school for the year. I was working late at my desk that last night. It was away after midnight when I heard a timid knock on my door. I called, ‘Come in,’ and in a few seconds one of my big boys stood beside me. He tried to talk, but the words wouldn’t come. At last he said: “Thara, tomorrow we are going home, and I just wanted to come and say thank you before I left. You know I had no hope of heaven when I came to school, but you and Ma Ma have been kind to me and patient with me. I have always tried as hard as I could, but if I ever get to heaven, it will be because you and Ma Ma have been kind and patient.”

“Mr. Sinclair, the drunken applause of associates in a club can’t compare with the association of those to whom you have showed the way of life eternal.”

For a moment Mr. Sinclair was quiet as he struggled with his own emotions. Then he said, “You’re right, Mr. Hare, you’re right. Do you know, I’d give the world to experience a joy like that.”

“Mr. Sinclair,” I replied, “that’s what it takes; that’s what I gave. I gave the world for that joy.”

Dear young people, that is just what it costs for everyone. It costs the world. You can have the pleasure and excitement of the world if you wish, or you can have the joy of serving Jesus, but you can’t have both.

Reprinted with a few edits from the Australasian Record, November 5, 1951.


Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn
on Heart Disease (Part 2)

(Radio New Zealand interviewed Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr. on November 27, 2010. The interviewer stated that Dr. Esselstyn “was a researcher and clinician at the Cleveland Clinic in the United States for over thirty-five years, a highly–regarded member of the medical establishment, yet his nutritional theories about the benefits of an entirely plant–based diet are less mainstream. Famously Bill Clinton took his advice after heart surgery and said that it has changed his life, maybe saved it.” The following is the slightly–edited conclusion of the interview.    Editors)

We now know that the following foods, when immediately consumed, injure our endothelial cells: the processed oils — olive oil, corn oil, soybean oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, palm oil; dairy products — yes, milk, cream, butter, cheese, ice cream, yogurt; and anything with a mother, anything with a face — meat, fish and chicken. Low–fat products [of these food items] still injure the endothelium.

We thought until about 1980 that the endothelial cell was just a cute little sort of red brick, lining the wonderful pipes of our blood vessels, but by 1988 we understood that the endothelial cells were manufacturing this magical product, nitric oxide.

It was pretty hard to do research and to wonder why all these years that these common chronic illnesses that we have and that we sort of blindly accept as a process of aging really need never occur. We suddenly have now begun to evolve a basis of scientific understanding. Right now the data is absolutely so overwhelming of the injury that is received to the endothelium from dairy that it is irrefutable.

Concerning vitamin B12: There are some populations where they do not take any B12 supplements, and they are not necessarily deficient, but it is because their hygiene is somewhat compromised. We ourselves actually make some B12, but I think rather than a compromise on our hygienic efforts perhaps it is better to take B12. B12 is made by micro–organisms in the soil. If you do get it from animals out of their meat, how do they get it into their meat? By grazing. It is very interesting. It is not really a problem to take the B12 supplement, and it does not imply that a diet is inadequate. Rather than taking a form of food that is documented to cause injury, it is much better, perhaps, to take the vitamin, if you are not getting it from a toxic source. I also take vitamin D3 1000 IU daily and about 1000 mcg of B12 a day.

There is a very strong message in the research that we have done. For instance, in 1985 when we started, the idea was to see if we couldn’t take patients who were really quite ill with coronary artery disease [and help them]. They had either had their first or second bypass that had failed; they had their first or second angioplasty or stent that had failed. Five were told that they wouldn’t live out the year. Well, all those five made it beyond twenty years, and all the others who were fully compliant had no further progression of their illness. If you look at some of the photographs in the book, you will see some striking angiograms, x-rays of their blood vessels to the heart, which will show that we were successful not only in halting their disease, but also occasionally there would be rather striking evidence of regression of the disease. You are able to restore the capacity of the endothelial cells to once again make higher and higher levels of nitric oxide, which, as we reported earlier, are so protective to the individual.

Moderation in all things is a little bit like saying, “I think I’ll just have a few cigarettes. Maybe I’ll have a small lung cancer. I’ll have a little bit of cocaine.” It doesn’t take too long to go back and see where doctors were advertising using cigarettes, using themselves as examples. What usually happens to societies in these situations is that there first has to be a general, overall agreement on the science. Look how long it took us, even after it was absolutely apparent, to agree how harmful cigarette smoking is; how long it took to finally get a Surgeon General’s statement about it in 1964. That just took forever.

What I am simply saying is that our research has shown that patients who were absolutely at death’s door with heart disease could turn this around and really live the rest of their lives without having further progression of their disease. I do not think that is radical. Earlier in our conversation I made it very clear that we [need to] look at the autopsy studies of our GIs in Korea and Vietnam and, more recently, those between the ages of 17 and 34 who died of accidents, homicides, and suicides. The disease is now ubiquitous. I am not of the school that we ought to play brinksmanship with this disease once we absolutely know what the harmful products are.

The thing that makes this so powerful is when I start with somebody who, let’s say, weighs 120 kilos and has had a heart attack, either he or she — they get it [get what I am saying]. Now at the time that I see them, they also have diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and they are at risk for stroke, as well as already having had a heart attack. But they get it, and now a year later they weigh considerably less. Their obesity is gone. Their diabetes is gone. Their high blood pressure is gone, and interestingly enough, their likelihood of getting the common western cancers of breast, prostate, and colon is markedly diminished. Their likelihood of getting gallstones is gone. Their diverticulitis is gone, and some of these common autoimmune diseases—rheumatoid arthritis, MS, lupus—are gone.

The thing that makes me so passionate about this, quite frankly, is when we look at what really has to happen today. We need really to make a seismic revolution in health, and a seismic revolution in health is never, ever going to come from an invention of another pill. It is not going to come from the invention of another drug, of another procedure, or of another operation, but the seismic revolution in health is literally at our fingertips, if we are able to have the grit and the determination to really make the kind of lifestyle changes to help this mortal frame endure optimally for the time that we are given on earth.

My dad was an absolute fossil of the ravages of western nutrition — heart attack at 43, diabetes in his 60s, and then died of metastatic prostate cancer. All caused by lifestyle. Rather than say I am asking for something extreme, say I am asking for something significant. I am asking for you to eat a body of food that absolutely has tremendous variety and is delicious and will enhance your health and for you to give up a pile of delicious food that understandably is well–documented now to injure your health.

Let’s talk about extreme. In the [United] States we do 1.2 million stents a year. What is the mortality when you do a stent? Not much–1%. What is 1% of 1.2 million? 12,000. So 12,000 people die in the States getting their stents. Another 500,000 have a coronary bypass operation. The mortality is a little higher–3%. So now there are 15,000 who will die getting their coronary artery bypass. At the time that you get a stent, you also have a small likelihood of having a heart attack–4%. Four percent of 1.2 million is 48,000 heart attacks and 12,000 deaths. There is also a risk of stroke when you have the bypass–6%. Six percent of 500,000 is 30,000 strokes. We now have a diet in the United States that requires that we have 27,000 deaths, 48,000 new heart attacks, and 30,000 new strokes. To me, that is a pretty extreme burden to carry, and the real risk of all this is right now our nation is being pulled into the debtor’s prison faster than you can imagine. The thing that is doing it more quickly than anything is Medicare, and what is 45% of the cost of Medicare? Cardiology.

Changes that are this significant move with some degree of caution. Where do you think physicians who develop coronary artery disease go? They are coming to me. My big criticism at the present time with the medical profession is, quite frankly, as follows: The data are clear; the proof of the concept that we can halt this disease has been demonstrated.

Concerning omega 3s, I do not say no to them. In fact, in the course of the counseling seminar that I have for my patients with heart disease, we spend a significant amount of time talking about omega 3, but our omega 3s are largely received through taking a tablespoon of flax seed meal plus, and here is the place you really get the wonderful omega 3s, the green leafy vegetables, such as bok choy, Swiss chard, kale, collards, beet greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, napa cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, cilantro, parsley, spinach, romaine, arugula, and asparagus. When you eat fish and fish oil, you often do not know if you are getting mercury and other contaminants, plus there is recent evidence out of Harvard showing those who are taking the fish and fish oil have a greater tendency to become diabetic. So it seems to me to be much safer to get the omega 3 through the green leafy vegetables.

I have a chapter in my book entitled “Moderation Kills,” and my point simply is, if you know that pork chops, steak, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers are eliminating and crucifying your endothelial cells, why would you want to have a small heart attack or a small stroke?

When patients find us, either through the Internet, through reading my book, which is called Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, or because they have read The China Study by Colin Campbell, who devoted a chapter or two to what we do; they have already had a shot across the bowel, to speak. They, perhaps, have had a heart attack; they have had a stent or a bypass; and they are suddenly very, very open to some significant changes. Right now we are in the process of looking up another 240 patients whom we have treated. It is so exciting and heartwarming to think that these patients now fully recognize that they themselves have become the locus of control, not the cardiologist, not the cardiac surgeon, not the pills they are taking, but they themselves have become the locus of control to absolutely annihilate this disease that was destroying them.

It is important to exercise, but food trumps it all. I like my patients to walk and exercise, but I never want them to have the feeling that they can work out and somehow run down their cholesterol levels and avoid any calamity if they are strenuously exercising. That’s doesn’t compute.

How many failures have we had if the patients are fully compliant? In over the last twenty-six years, I can say honestly that there has been one, just recently, and I was so puzzled by this that I actually went to the person’s house to look at the refrigerator and check the cabinets, and I think we can tighten it up a little better, but I was a little bit disappointed. I am going to say that that was a failure on my part. (The person is living and doing well.)

There is a wonderful research center in Philadelphia called the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Just as we have receptors in our brain for cocaine, heroin, and nicotine, we have receptors in our brain for fat, and the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia did a very interesting study to see how long it would take to down–regulate the fat receptors. They took people who were getting 34% fat in the diet, 20% fat, and then about 11%, which is where our patients are. They found out that at the end of twelve weeks, only one of those groups had down–regulated their fat receptors to the point where they were no longer craving fat. That was our group at close to 11%, but we have seen many patients in our clinical experience where that happens in a much quicker time than that.

As far as what our patients die from, we have had some patients die of pulmonary fibrosis. Some patients have succumbed to amyloid disease, but they are both very, very infrequent and rare. Interestingly enough, we have not had any patient in our original small group of twenty-four, for over twenty years, with cancer. The diet that we are suggesting, from all the cancer work that has been done on research and cancer, certainly supports the identical type of diet because it appears that somehow animal protein is a very, very strong promoter for cancer.

If you were to autopsy and look at the prostate glands of one hundred Japanese men at age 50 and one hundred US [United States] men at age 50, you would find that 50% already had a very, very small noninvasive cancer of the prostate gland. These are people who have died of auto accidents and the like. The interesting thing is what happens over the next ten to twenty years. There will be much more of a significant number of US men who will now develop invasive prostate cancer; whereas, with the Japanese in Japan it will remain as an early, indolent, in situ, noninvasive type right up into their 80s and 90s. The implication is that it is the animal protein which serves as the promoter of this illness of a more aggressive type.

Concerning food, beans and rice are a real backbone. They are terrific. You put the cooked beans on top of the cooked rice and on top of the beans you have a whole panoply of cut–up vegetables — tomatoes, corn, peas, peppers, water chestnuts, scallions, sprinkled lightly with low–sodium tamari or salsa, and it is just an absolute treasure. Another thing we have come to enjoy are some wonderful pizza crusts made with whole grains for a cheeseless pizza. You just pour on every imaginable vegetable, and it is just delicious. There are different types of preparations you can do with stir–fry in a wok and then put on a grain, whether it is couscous, quinoa, wheat berries, rye berries, barley, and the like. My beloved wife, Ann, did all the 150 recipes in the book, and it has made it very easy for patients. Like a puppy in the deep grass when they first start this, they can suddenly get their feet solidly under them and know how to move forward. My family is on a plant–based diet. Our children are grown; we have eight grandchildren, and all the family and the grandchildren eat this way.

Some people are worried about where they are going to get their protein. [Along with] my good friend and colleague, Colin Campbell, who wrote The China Study and one of America’s premier nutritionists, clearly it is impossible to be protein deficient when you are eating a variety of the plant–based foods — all the whole grains for your cereal and breads, plus one hundred one different types of legumes, all the different, red, yellow, and green leafy vegetables and fruits. Body builders and champion athletes eat plant–based all the time.

I grew up on a beef and dairy farm. It has been twenty–six years that I have been eating this way, and I feel that it has helped considerably. When my father had his first heart attack at age 43, it put me in a pretty strong risk situation by having a first–degree relative under the age of fifty who had had a heart attack, and I feel that I have been able to construct a lifestyle that has saved me from a similar fate. I went to our Department of Cardiology, and I had a stress echo. That is a test which really will detect any weakness in your cardiac situation, and it consists of the following: They have a cot where you lie and you have a ultrasound probe that is placed over your heart in multiple different positions. Immediately next to the cot, they have the stress gadget that you walk on — a treadmill.You also are set up to an electrocardiogram. So at the time you are walking on this treadmill, the goal is to take you to your maximum pulse that you can possibly get and stress you out as much as they can under the very safe conditions. (I went all the way to the top and beyond for my age group.) They immediately lay you down again with the ultrasound probe, and now they measure your heart beat when it is going maximally, to see if there are any deficits. I am happy to say that this plant–based diet has made it so that at the present time there are no deficiencies in my heart when it is fully stressed out.

[There is a] reason I am so passionate now. When I started surgery I never thought when I retired from surgery that I would be continuing in medicine, but I must say that when my research began to sprout wings, it was pretty impossible to give up because I feel that we are at the cusp of what could really be a seismic revolution in health. I think one of the things that is really going to propel that forward is knowledge that is evidence–based research. We are about to report our last 250 patients, which I think will make a much more significant number. There are those who have decried the fact that our numbers were small originally when we demonstrated and proved that the concept was correct. Now that the numbers are larger, it is going to be very difficult to refute. ?

(Dr. Esselstyn offers the following sample recipes (with notes) from his book Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease, obtained and adapted from http://www.heartattackproof.com/recipes.htm. We tried them, and they are great!)

Kale/Lemon Sandwiches

This sandwich is stunningly delicious and tastes as good as it is healthy. Any greens of choice will work. The lemon adds an almost sweet taste. Be generous with it!

Toast bread well in oven or toaster. If using toaster, toast thick bread 2 or 3 times.

Put kale in a pot with about 4 inches of water in the bottom. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook until kale is tender. Check frequently.

Spread toast thickly with hummus; sprinkle green onions on the hummus; pile cilantro on top of the green onions, and then place a few thinly-sliced lemons slices on the cilantro.

When kale is tender, drain well. Shake the strainer so all water is gone. While still in the strainer, sprinkle the kale with lemon zest and remaining lemon juice. LOTS of lemon makes this good!

Then put a big handful of lemon–filled kale on top of each piece of bread. It is delicious as is or topped with a tomato slice.

Mango–Lime Bean Salad: Makes 2 servings

Everyone loves this, so double or even triple the recipe! It vanishes in a flash and also works well as a salsa. It really is our all–time favorite summer salad. The red onion adds a dash of color, and the zest intensifies the lime flavor.

Combine all ingredients. Serve on a bed of baby lettuce.

Lime Mousse: Serves 2-4

This is FABULOUS alone, topped with fruit of any kind, or as a frosting on cake. It is fast to make at the last minute. Use more or less lime, according to taste. It is beautiful served in dessert glasses topped with fresh raspberries (or other berries) and sprinkled with mint.

Blend tofu, maple syrup, lime juice and zest in a food processor until very smooth. Keep scraping down the sides of the processor to blend completely. Refrigerate until chilled.?


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