STUDY  30A

WHY DO SDA CAST OUT DAVIDIANS?

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WHY DO SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS CAST OUT DAVIDIANS?

DO SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST SHED TEARS?

"Many look with horror at the course of the Jews in rejecting and crucifying Christ; and as they read the history of the shameful abuse, they think they love Him, and would not have denied Him as did Peter, or crucified Him as did the Jews. But God who reads the heart of all, has brought to the test that love for Jesus which they professed to feel....many who professed to love Jesus...shed tears as they read the story of the cross,..."--Early Writings, pg. 260:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Surely, every Seventh-day Adventist has read the "story of the cross" in the four gospels. Have you? Did you "shed tears"? Did you say to yourself, "If I lived back in Jesus' day I would not have rejected the 'truth,' whom Jesus was (Jn. 14:6); nor would I have cast Him and His apostles and disciples out of the synagogues; and neither would I have crucified Him." Maybe, that is what you think you would do, "but God reads the heart of all," which includes every one in the Seventh-day Adventist church. He knows what you would do if you lived back in the days of Jesus, by what you do today. If you do today what the Jews did back then, then you are guilty of what they did! Such guilt means that you would crucify Him today, because Paul said so:

"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame."--Hebrews 6:6 (bold emphasis added).

The Jews rejected "truth" (whom Jesus said He was), and crucified Him. If you reject truth, then you have crucified Him "afresh" today! And that is what Davidians teach today--the truth! If you "shed tears" and say, "If I lived back in Jesus' day, I would not refuse to study with the apostles as did the Jews." But you would if you refuse to study with the Davidians today. For what you do today is what you would do in Jesus' day; thus, you would be shedding tears for your own self.

And if you "shed tears" and say, "If I lived back in Jesus' day, I would not trust my Pharisee in the synagogue, and let him lead me to reject Jesus--the truth." But you would if you trust the leaders or the minister in your church, and let him lead you to reject truth today. For what you do today is what you would do in Jesus' day; thus, you would be shedding tears for your own self.

And what else were the Jews guilty of? "For the Jews had agreed already, that if any man did confess that he was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue (Jn. 9:22). If you "shed tears" and say, "If I lived back in Jesus' day, I would not cast out Jesus or His apostles and disciples from the synagogues. But you would if you cast out Davidians from your church today. For what you do today is what you would do in Jesus' day; thus, you would be shedding tears for your own self. Thus, you would crucify Jesus "afresh"!

"The same hatred {of the Jews} that prompted the cry, 'Crucify Him! crucify Him!' the same hatred that led to the persecution of the disciples, still works {today} in the children of disobedience {tares in the Seventh-day Adventist church}."--Acts of the Apostles, pg. 85 (bold emphasis, braces added).

If, however, you still maintain emphatically that your "shed tears" are genuine, and that you would not reject truth, or cast out any brother or sister from the church as did the Jews, or crucify Jesus "afresh," then what kind of Christian Seventh-day Adventist do you think you are? Are you of the "wheat" (saints)? Or are you of the "tares" (sinners)?

JESUS SOWED THE WHEAT AND THE DEVIL SOWED THE TARES

You know the story of Jesus' parable of the wheat and tares (Mt. 13:24-30). He sowed the "wheat" (Mt. 24:37)--the saints, into the Christian church (Judah); and they are those who love Jesus--the truth (Jn. 14:6). But "while men slept" the devil (Mt. 13:39) sowed the "tares" (Mt. 13:25)--the hypocrites; and they are those who hate Jesus and the truth. The wheat and tares "both grow together" (Mt. 13:30) even unto the latter days. The "men" who "slept" are the ministers who baptized these "tares" into the Christian church all down through the New Testament Christian era. Today, the prophetess (Sis. E.G. White) of the Seventh-day Adventist church wrote that our ministers are "sleeping preachers preaching to a sleeping people" (2T337)! And though Jesus said it was "the devil" who sowed the "tares" (sinners), he could only do it if "men slept" (Mt. 13:25), as they are doing in God's church today.

"The tares represent a class who are the fruit or embodiment of error, of false principles. 'The enemy that sowed them is the devil {through his sleeping preachers}.' Neither God nor His angels ever sowed a seed that would produce a tare."--Christ's Object Lessons, pg. 71:0 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Don't forget that in Jesus' parable, "The servants said unto Him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?" (Mt. 13:28). The "servants" wanted Jesus to give them permission to judge other church member as "tares," and then cast them out of the church. And how did Jesus' answer them in the Bible? "But He said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them." (Mt. 13:29). He also answered it in His Testimonies, the writings of His prophetess (Sis. E.G. White)--the "spirit of prophecy" (Rev. 19:10):

"The Lord forbids us {Mt. 13:29} to proceed in any violent way against those whom we think erring {by casting them out},...Finite man {in the SDA church} is likely to misjudge character {and label others as tares}, but God does not leave the work of judgment and pronouncing upon character to those who are not fitted for it. We are not to say what constitutes the wheat, and what the tares. The time of the harvest will fully determine the character of the two classes specified under the figure of the tares and the wheat. The work of separation {to 'burn' slay the tares--Mt. 13:30} is given to the angels of God {the reapers--Mt. 13:39}, and not committed into the hands of any man {to cast out or slay anyone}."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 47:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

So what do the saints (wheat) do? They know that "Nay" (Mt. 13:29) means "No;" therefore, they refuse to vote to cast out Davidians; because that is what Jesus said not to do. But what do the tares do? Well, everybody knows that they have always cast out the saints, especially during the Dark Ages (538-1798), and even today they cast Davidians from the Seventh-day Adventist church! But why?

"Well," you say, "we cast them out because they teach error." What error? If you refuse to study with them personally, then you really do not know that they teach error. And you will never know unless you "take pains"!

"If a message {of truth} comes that you {Seventh-day Adventists} do not understand, take pains that you may hear the reasons the messenger may give {at Bible studies}, comparing scripture with scripture, that you may know whether or not it is sustained by the Word of God."--Counsels on Sabbath School Work, pg. 29:0 (bold emphasis, braces added).

So how can you say that you are a saint (wheat) if you vote to cast out Davidians, because, you say, "They teach error," even though you did not "take pains" to personally study with them to prove any such error? And if you can't prove they teach error, then instead of being the "wheat" (saints) who cast out the "tares" (which saints would never do anyway), you become the "tares" who cast out the saints! Thus, you would "call evil good, and good evil" (Isa. 5:20). That is, your actions would mean that the "evil" of the tares casting out the saints is "good;" and that the "good" of not rooting up the wheat (Mt. 13:29) and letting the wheat and the tares "grow together" (Mt. 13:30), as Jesus said to do, is "evil"! But why?

CASTING OUT FOR OPEN SIN

"Oh," you say, "the Davidians do not pay tithe to the church as they use to. Now they pay it to support their teachings and work, which is an open sin, and that is why we cast them out."

"Christ has plainly taught that those who persist in open sin must be separated from the church, but He has not committed to us {Seventh-day Adventist} the work of judging character and motives {of a member as a tare to be cast out}. He knows our nature too well to entrust this work to us. Should we try to uproot {cast out} from the church those {Davidians} whom we suppose to be spurious Christians, we should be sure to make mistakes."--Christ's Object Lessons, pg. 71:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Did you "shed tears" when you read in the Bible that the Pharisees cast out Jesus and His apostles from the synagogue, because He had a treasurer (Judas) who collected tithe in "the bag" (Jn. 12:6; 13:29; D.A. 559:2) to support His teachings and His work? Then how come you do not "shed tears" when your pastor urges you to vote to cast out the Davidians for paying tithe to support the truth and its work which they teach? If you accuse the Davidians of "open sin" for not paying tithe to the church, then you must accuse Jesus and the apostles of "open sin" for not paying tithe to the Jewish church! But Davidians are not the only ones who do not pay tithe to the Seventh-day Adventist church, because Sis. White wrote:

"But I have seen that there are many {Seventh-day Adventists} who are withholding their tithes altogether, and others are withholding a part,..."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 205:0 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Go ask your treasurer if every one in your church pays an honest and full tithe. Surely, the treasurer has told your minister about those who pay no tithe or a partial tithe to your church. How come he is not urging you to vote to cast out of your church the others who do not pay tithe? They are committing the same "open sin" which you accuse the Davidians of doing. Why do you have such great zeal to cast out the Davidians for paying tithe to support their work, but have no zeal to cast out other Seventh-day Adventist members who commit "open sin" by withholding their tithes? At least the Davidians are paying tithe, but these other Seventh-day Adventists pay no tithe or a partial tithe, which makes them robbers (Mal. 3:9)! Therefore, the fact that you dare not accuse Jesus and His apostles as robbers, and say they committed an "open sin" for accepting tithe to support their work; proves that you cannot accuse the Davidians as robbers for doing the same. Yet, the ministers in the Seventh-day Adventist churches continue to urge their laymembers to vote to cast out the Davidians; while at the same time they urge no one to vote to cast out the tithe stealers and robbers in their churches? But why?

These ministers must have some ulterior motive for their actions which the laymembers are not aware of. Let Jesus tell you what it is.

THE MINISTERS (ANGEL OF LAODICEA) HAVE NEED OF NOTHING

You know the Seventh-day Adventist church represents the seventh "candlestick," for two reasons: (1) Jesus said that "the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches" (Rev. 1:20). And (2) Jesus Christ, the "Son of man," is standing in the "midst of the seven candlesticks" (Rev. 1:13), which proves that they are Christian churches. The seventh candlestick called "Laodicea," which means "people declaring judgment," refers to the Seventh-day Adventist church; because "The message to the Laodiceans is applicable to Seventh-day Adventists..." (2 S.M. 66:2).

Furthermore, Jesus said that the "seven stars are the angels of the seven churches" (Rev. 1:20). When John saw Jesus standing in the midst of these churches (Rev. 1:13), he saw that "In His hand are seven stars, representing the ministers of the churches." (S.L. 78:0). Thus, the "angel of the church of the Laodiceans" (Rev. 3:14) represents the Seventh-day Adventist ministers. And Jesus said that they say, "I am rich, and increased with good, and have need of nothing" (Rev. 3:17). That means that the ministers think the Lord will not send any more truth to the Seventh-day Adventist church, because they have "need of nothing." But Jesus said in the Bible that they need more truth, the "eyesalve, that thou mayest see" (Rev. 3:18); and His prophetess (Sis. E.G. White) wrote the same:

"We {Seventh-day Adventist ministers} must not for a moment think that there is no more light, no more truth, to be given us. We are in danger of becoming careless, by our indifference losing the sanctifying power of truth, and composing ourselves with the thought, 'I am rich, and increased with goods {old light}, and have need of nothing {new light--truth}.' While we must hold fast to the truths which we have already received {the old light}, we must not look with suspicion upon any new light that God may send {by the Davidians}."--Gospel Workers, pg. 310:4--by EGW (bold emphasis, braces added).

You see what Jesus is telling you? There is a controversy going on in God's church over truth, which is a battle between the ministers and Jesus. The ministers say they need no more truth, whereas Jesus says they need the "eyesalve"--more truth. Therefore, when the Davidians tell the laymembers in the church that there is more truth, the ministers cast them out to keep the laity from accepting that truth. But why?

What harm can the true Davidians do by teaching a message of truth to other Seventh-day Adventists? After all, every Christian knows that any truth Jesus sends to His church can only bless them rather than harm its members. This truth has caused Davidians to continue believing in and teaching the writings of the Testimonies by the prophetess (Sis. E.G. White) of the Seventh-day Adventist church. It encourages them to be honest tithe payers, and to promote health reform (vegetarianism), and dress reform. It causes them to be faithful Sabbath keepers, and to believe and teach all the fundamental doctrines of the Seventh-day Adventist church. And it would exert a powerful influence to lead the laity to a higher standard by revival and reformation. The ministers, however, do not want this influence in their churches; and that is why they cast out the Davidians. But why?

"Let dress and health reform {vegetarianism} and a thorough acceptance of the Spirit of Prophecy {Testimonies by Sis. E.G. White}, without any mention of either worldly pleasures or sins of morality, be urged upon them {including tithe paying}, and thousands of so-called good Christians in unexceptionable standing in the {Seventh-day Adventist} church, will abandon their membership."--4 Tract, pg. 59:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

You see why? The ministers know that if many laymembers accept the message which the Davidians teach, and revival and reformation is urged, then thousands and thousands of "tares" (maybe even a million or more) out of the nine million in the Seventh-day Adventist church, would leave. And this, they think, would be catastrophic to the church, not only because of the members lost, but the loss of money. In reality, it would be a blessing to the church for them to identify themselves as "tares" and voluntarily leave. Yet, these ministers think that the truth would do harm to God's church by driving the tares out of the church. But when has truth ever harmed God's church? It has always blessed the saints; whereas the tares always harm God's church. That is the reason why "the devil" (Mt. 13:25,39) put them there in the first place--to do harm, because "tares" always hate truth. Thus, the ministers adopt the thinking of Caiaphas who said, "It is expedient for us, that one man {Jesus} die for the {Jewish} people, and that the whole nation perish not." (Jn. 11:50). And thus, the ministers say, "It is expedient for us, that we cast out a few Davidians for teaching the truth, rather than have thousands or millions of 'tares' who hate truth leave the church." But why?

IF ONLY 144,000 SAVED, WHY A NEED FOR NINE MILLION MEMBERS?

After Sis. E.G. White had her first vision of the 144,000, the early Seventh-day Adventist pioneers worked to bring into their church that number of members.

"God sent into their midst {early Seventh-day Adventist pioneers}, one, Ellen G. Harmon, seventeen years of age, to be His mouthpiece {prophetess} unto them. She was given a vision relative to the disappointment and the ingathering of the first fruits, the 144,000. (See Early Writings, pp. 13-20.)"--5 Tract, pg. 102 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"When the long-sought number (144,000) of living church members was finally reached in the year 1917, and the world had yet but barely been touched by the message, the leaders of the denomination became confused, but only because they lost sight of the truth that there were bad {tares} as well as good {wheat} in the 'net' (gospel church), as Christ had predicted: {Mt. 13:47,48}."--5 Tract, pg. 103:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

When they numbered 144,000 members in 1917, many of them were "tares;" and their numbers continued to grow until the church was glutted with these noxious weeds--the great majority of which are among the nine million Seventh-day Adventists today! But in spite of these many "tares," they misunderstood Sis. White's first vision and taught that the only ones to be saved in the latter days, would be the 144,000 saints (wheat) that they had gathered into their churches. And that teaching still persists among many in the church today, that only 144,000 out of the entire world will be translated at Jesus' second advent. The millions of "tares" in their churches, however, are not interested in receiving any message of truth from Jesus, especially among the ministers (the angel of Laodicea--Rev. 3:14) who say they need no more truth (Rev. 3:17). But why?

WHAT ARE THE SDA MINISTERS AFRAID OF?

When the ministers urge the laity to vote to cast out the Davidians, they are not only disobeying Jesus' command (Mt. 13:29) not to "root up" the "wheat," but they are also exposing themselves as "tares" for casting out the Davidians. Since, however, most of the nine million members are the "tares" in the majority, then it doesn't matter to them if they are exposed; because the protests of the few 144,000 members (the saints--wheat) in their midst, and their refusal to vote to cast out anyone, does nothing to stop this evil practice, and so it continues on year after year. Consider this illustration: What if the ministers refrained themselves, and stopped casting out members, then what would the Davidians do? They would tell the laity that Jesus said they need the "eyesalve" (Rev. 3:18), which is a message of truth brought by Elijah the prophet, whom their prophetess (Sis. E.G. White) predicted in 1890 was to come to their church:

"Prophecy must be fulfilled. The Lord says: 'Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord' {Mal. 4:5}. Somebody is to come {future tense--sometime after 1890} in the spirit and power of Elijah, and when he (a male person--Mal. 4:6} appears, men may say: 'You are too earnest, you do not interpret the Scriptures in the proper way. Let me tell you how to teach your message'."--Testimonies to Ministers, pg. 475:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Since Sis. White began her ministry in 1844 and wrote in 1890 that Elijah "is to come" in the future, then she could not have been that Elijah. The Lord proved this when He said: "And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time." (Judges 4:4). Did you notice that God's Word did not say that Deborah was a "prophet," a "husband" and a "he"? Why? because the Lord always refers to a male person as a "he" and a "prophet;" whereas He always refers to a female person (such as Deborah) as a "she" and a "prophetess"! And that is the reason why Malachi said that "Elijah the prophet" (Mal. 4:5) is to be a male person "he" (Mal. 4:6), as the first Elijah--John the baptist was a "he" (Mt. 3:1-3). This irrefutable fact proves, then, that Sis. White was not referring to herself as Elijah, but to a "somebody" who "is to come" after her day.

It was in 1929 that the Lord called a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church to the prophetic office of Elijah. His name was Bro. V.T. Houteff; and those who accepted his message of truth, he named "Davidian Seventh-day Adventists." Now to continue the illustration: What if the ministers did not cast the Davidians out of the church, and they could teach Elijah's message to the laity, then thousands of members (144,000) would accept it; which would start a mighty revival and reformation in the church. That would leave the other great majority of members (the tares) to choose one of or all three options: (1) Accept Elijah's message, reform their lives, and quit their sins. (2) Voluntarily leave the church. (3) Cast out the Davidians. And what options do you think these "tares" chose long ago when Elijah first appeared in 1929, and the Davidians first started to teach his message to the laity? (1) They chose to continue their rejection of Elijah's message, and practice their abominations. (2) They refuse to voluntarily leave the church. (3) They complain to their leaders about the Davidians. And so their ministers continue to cast them out of the church. But Why?

"...So now...we find the General Conference refusing to let God take the reins in His Own hands (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300), their attempting to usurp His throne by determining that they are to rule the {SDA} denomination until the end of this world, and their availing themselves of every chance to cast us {Davidians} out of their midst, in order to safeguard their control of it."--8 Tract, pg. 53:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

There is the answer to the same question asked several times: "But Why?." The basic reason why is because the great majority of the "tares" who have glutted the Seventh-day Adventist church and taken control of it, are "determined to rule the denomination until the end of this world," while they foster their abominations, harbor sinners in their midst, and cast out the Davidians! They are afraid that if the Davidians continue to teach Elijah's message, and the 144,000 are sealed, then Jesus, by His saints (wheat), would gain control of the church to correct its evils. And they fear that this would cause the great masses of "tares" to voluntarily leave the church, because they will not reform their lives and give up their abominations. And so the ministers continue to cast out the Davidians, even though they have not committed any "open sin." But Why?

In the beginning of the early Christian church, they had no sinners in their midst, because Judas, the betrayer, was dead. But Jesus predicted in His parable that these Christian Jews were the "wheat" (saints) which He, "the Son of man" (Mt. 13:37) sowed to begin His church. But in time, after the apostles died off, "men slept" (Mt. 13:25)--the ministers, and "the devil" began to sow his "tares" into the Christian church. During the Dark Ages (538-1798) these "tares" gained control of the church, and cast out and killed (martyred) the Christians by the millions (G.C. 59:3)! And these "tares" even permeated the reformatory churches started by Martin Luther; and continued to cast out the saints (wheat) who accepted the truth. In the days of William Miller, Sis. Ellen Gould Harmon (who later married James White) and her whole family were cast out of the Methodist church by these "tares" sown there by "the devil."

And it was just a few years after Sis. White's first vision, that "the devil" sowed his "tares" into the Seventh-day Adventist church. And now they have grown nine million strong and glutted the church with more tares! By them, "the devil" gained control of God's church through the errors they teach and the abominations they practice, a few of which are:

No reverence in the church (5 Test. 492-500); practice worldly fashions (Isa. 3:16; 1 Test. 189-191); selling SDA books on the Sabbath (1 Test. 471,472); disbelief in the Testimonies (5 Test. 217); observing pagan holidays (Christmas, Easter, Holloween); and eating the flesh of dead animals (C.D.F. 380,381).

And they cannot deny these irrefutable facts, and boast that there are no tares in the Seventh-day Adventist church who practice these and other abominations. Yet, these "tares" boast that they (ministers and laity alike) are the saints (wheat). But the abominations, which "are fostered by those in responsible positions" (3 Test. 270:2) proves otherwise; because it is not they but the Davidians who cry out against these abominations (Ezek. 9:4). In spite of this fact, though, these millions of "tares" will not voluntarily leave the church (because they have never done this before), and neither will they reform and put aside their abominations. And above all, "the devil" (Mt. 13:39) is not about to allow Jesus, the "son of man" (Mt. 13:37) to gain control of the church by His saints through the truth they teach from Elijah's message. Thus, the ministers have no other choice but to cast out the Davidians, because they cannot kill them:

"But as the {Seventh-day Adventist} church today is virtually everywhere in subordination to the state, and therefore utterly powerless to impose the penalty of imprisonment, torture, and death, as her predecessors frequently did {during the Dark Ages}, in punishment for supposed heresy, the threat of excommunication {casting out members} is consequently the highest price that the Denomination is able to impose upon any {Davidian} who would dare to awaken her sleepers. Likewise it {casting out members} is become her strongest weapon for persuading the awakened {who accepted Elijah's message} to retract {in fear} and to lapse back into Laodicean slumber and sleep."--White House Recruiter, pg. 72:3 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Still others {Seventh-day Adventists} hold back from openly taking their stand by the side of those {Davidians} who advocate plain but unpopular truth {Elijah's message}, because of the inconvenience, reproach, and persecution which follow in the wake of being cast out of the synagogue."--4 Tract, pg. 53:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

WHO WILL WIN THE GREAT BATTLE--THE DEVIL OR THE SON OF MAN?

The final answer to this question, "But Why?," proves that the reason why they cast out the Davidians is because there is a great battle going on between "the devil" with his sinners (tares), and the "Son of man" with His saints (wheat), each of which is fighting to gain control of "Laodicea"--God's last true church (Seventh-day Adventists). Will "the devil" win the battle by casting out the Davidians. Or will Jesus, the "Son of man," win the battle? Since Jesus died on the cross and bruised the head of the serpent (Gen. 3:15) two thousand years ago; then it is obvious that He will win the battle today? And He will not allow those "tares" who refuse to voluntarily leave the church, to stay in the church. He will send His angels to take them out!

"The class {of tares} who do not feel grieved over their own spiritual declension, nor mourn over the sins of others, will be left without the seal of God {for the 144,000}. The Lord commissions his messengers, the men {angels--Gen. 19:1,5; Dan. 9:21} with slaughtering weapons in their hands: 'Go ye after him through the city {SDA church}, and smite; let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity; slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children, and women; but come not near any man {wheat} upon whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary {SDA church}. Then they began at the ancient men {ministers} which were before the house."--5 Testimonies, pg. 211:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

Finally, at last, the Christian church, which was once free of the "tares" in the days of the apostles, will once again be free of the sinners today in the Seventh-day Adventist church (Laodicea). The "tares" will no longer be allowed to cast out the saints (wheat), and God's church will be forever pure:

"For the wicked shall no more pass through thee {hold membership in the Seventh-day Adventist church}; he is utterly cut off {killed--Isa. 53:8; Dan. 9:26}."--Nahum 1:15 (bold emphasis, braces added).

WHICH SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST WILL HAVE SHAME AND WHICH WILL HAVE JOY

"Every age has had its multitude who, instead of being baptized to follow Christ and His Truth, were baptized to follow man. They joined the multitude in the church instead of the multitude in heaven. Consequently, Christ {in the form of truth--Jn. 14:6} is a stranger to them, and when truth unfolds, they call it error, then follow men and reject the truth. This folly has been repeated again and again, with the result that the few faithful ones who have followed Christ and His truth, have been cast out of the churches and compelled to start all over again. So it is today {in the Seventh-day Adventist church}. But to these outcasts of Zion {Davidians}, comes the solacing voice: 'Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.' Isa. 66:5."--3 Answerer Book, pg. 40:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"At every upward step in Truth throughout church history and down to this day {in the Seventh-day Adventist church}, those {Davidians} who have ever embraced new, unpopular truths, have in every instance been thrown {cast} out of the church which they helped build {by their labor and tithes}. This has been done only because on the one hand the majority {of tares} have ever ruled, and on the other hand only the minority {the wheat} have ever been susceptible to present Truth, to 'meat in due season.'"--1 Timely Greetings, No. 42, pg. 7:1 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Finally, those {ministers} who cast us {Davidians} out, and who speak evil against us, those who are desperately fighting to keep the message {of Elijah} from the people, I am sure you now plainly see, are the very ones who are used by the rebel leader to deceive "even the very elect if possible" (Matt. 24:24). They are those who cast us {Davidians} out of the churches which we helped build {by our labor and tithes}; those who are threatening the laity, forbidding them to read the literature, and commanding them to consign it to the stove in order to keep them ignorant of God's message for the hour. All their efforts, though, will come to naught as verily as did the efforts of the leading Jews against Christ's first advent {who cast out Jesus, apostles and disciples from the Jewish church--Jn. 9:22}."--2 Timely Greetings, No. 43, pgs. 14, 15 (bold emphasis, braces added)

"As one {a Davidian} witnesses for Present Truth, its enemies in the {Seventh-day Adventist} Denomination will oppose and disfellowship {cast} him {out} if he already holds membership there, but such deprivation must not discourage him. 'Blessed are ye,' says the Lord, 'when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate {cast} you {out} from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.' Luke 6:22."--4 Answerer Book, pg. 37:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Some {Davidians} have already had the experience of being carried bodily {cast} out of the churches for no other reason than for having read 'The Shepherd's Rod,' and for having said, 'I believe what It says.' Of course, it is incredible that men should act like demons. It is nevertheless so, and God Himself testifies against their demon practice. We do not pity ourselves, and are not at all angry at our adversaries, but we are sorry about their spiritual blindness, misery, poverty, and nakedness, for we know that the coming joy is to be ours {Davidians}, and the sorrow and shame and gnashing of teeth, theirs."--1 Timely Greetings, No. 45, pg. 14:4 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"The class who are in opposition to God {Jesus in the form of truth--Jn. 14:6} are either the majority, or, those who have a stronger influence upon the members of the church, for the verse says they cast out their brethren (the godly class) for His name's sake. The class who are casting out God's people think they are doing His service, for the scripture reads: [they] 'Said, Let the Lord be glorified.'"--1 Shepherd's Rod, pg. 160:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

"Plainly, then, the names of "the seven churches" (representing the successive sections of the Christian church, of which the Laodicean is the last) are not "just names." Take as another example the name of the sixth, "Philadelphia." Its meaning, "brotherly love," being a misnomer of the spiritual condition of any other church organization in the entire Christian era, implicitly fits, however, the state of charity common and singular to the sixth--the Millerite church."--3 Tract, pg. 62:2 (bold emphasis added).

"To repeat: the Millerite, or 'First Advent Movement,' being the only one that never cast out any of its brethren, is consequently the only church which can be represented by the white chariot, and the only one worthy of the name 'Philadelphia'--'brotherly love.'"--2 Tract, pg. 31:1 (bold emphasis added).

Only this church, "Philadelphia" meaning "brotherly love," did not cast out their own brethren. All the others, the Jewish church, the Catholic Church during the Dark Ages, the reformatory Protestant Churches, and Laodicea the last church--Seventh-day Adventists, are all guilty of casting out their brethren! Even Alonzo Baker, a prominent Seventh-day Adventist writer, rebuked any church that has "thrown out" (cast out) their members. He wrote:

"Thrown out of the church because one believes the Bible! Isn't that a sad commentary on present-day religion? No wonder Jesus said, 'When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?'"--Alonzo Baker, Signs of the Times, Feb. 5, 1935, p. 11.

"If you {Davidians} are cast out for the Truth's sake, do not become angry or discouraged, but rejoice in the divine consolation: 'Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at His word; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for My name's sake, said, Let the Lord be glorified: but He shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed.' Isa. 66:5."--13 Tract, pg. 27:2 (bold emphasis, braces added).

One day, thousands of Seventh-day Adventists will be sealed as one "of" or one "with" the 144,000; and the "tares" among the leaders and ministers will cast these Davidian saints out as members of the church, and delete their names off the church books. Will you be one of them and be filled with "joy"? Or will you be "ashamed" for taking part in casting them out of the God's church?

If you want to know why having your name of the church records does not mean that you are saved, then click on---> STUDY 34A.

END OF STUDY  30A

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