path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the
perfect day.” Proverbs 4:18. Notice, this verse does not say the room of
the just, but the path of the just. As you walk that path, if you stay on it,
the light is going to become brighter and brighter. But it is also true,
friend, that if you do not keep walking on the path, the light is going to
become darkness, because the light is moving.
Bible talks about present truth. (See II Peter 1:12.) There are certain things
that can be preached at one time that cannot be
preached at another time. There are some truths that are timeless, but there is
some truth that is present truth. What is present truth today is not exactly
the same as it was 100 years ago.
believe that very soon God’s servants are going to have to preach things
that we have never thought we were going to preach. We are in a situation very
similar to the Jews in the time of Christ. The devil had manipulated them into
a situation, through what they had been taught, so that they were ready to
reject the truth. They had developed a series of criteria which, if Jesus was
the Messiah, they believed He would meet. Interestingly enough, they based
these expectations on the Old Testament. Jesus did not, however, meet their
criteria. It is interesting to note, in the study of history, that almost every
time prophecy which is fulfilled is not fulfilled in the way expected.
Adventists used to wonder what Ellen White meant when she said, “I was
shown the startling fact that but a small portion of those who now profess the
truth will be sanctified by it and be saved.” Testimonies, vol. 1, 608. Very
soon we are going to find out.
concept that spiritual light is moving and the person who does not keep walking
in the light finds himself in the dark explains many spiritual phenomena that
are happening all around us that otherwise would be very confusing. A few years
ago, two Seventh-day Adventist ministers came to question me. One of them asked
something like this: “Do you believe that the Seventh-day Adventist
Church organization was ordained by God? Well, do you or don’t
you?” Well, let me ask you some questions? Do you believe that the Jewish
church organization was ordained by God, or that He had a hand in setting it
up? Was there a time when the Jews were in the light? Yes, there was. The Jews
had been called by God and chosen as His special people. They had been in the
light. They had, friends, the spirit of prophecy. They had all of the Old
Testament; that is the spirit of prophecy. But when the light moved, they did
not move with it. God had more light for them, but they would not accept it.
They stayed put and, as a result, they were left in the dark.
is the light of the world. I want you to notice Revelation 14:4 and what it
says about the 144,000. “These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever
He goes.” When the light (Jesus) moves, the 144,000 follow. The problem
today is that when the light moves, there are so many people who do not follow
it; they stay put. They are left in the dark and are then spiritually blind.
There was a time when they were in the light; but the light moved, and they did
not move with it. “As the light and life of men was rejected by the ecclesiastical
authorities in the days of Christ, so it has been rejected in every succeeding
Desire of Ages, 232. Did you notice that she said that this has
taken place in every succeeding generation? “Again and again the history
of Christ’s withdrawal from Judea has been repeated. When the Reformers
preached the Word of God, they had no thought of separating themselves from the
established church; but the religious leaders would not tolerate the
light.” Ibid. What happened? The religious
leaders refused to walk in the light. “And those that bore it were forced
to seek another class, who were longing for the truth.” Ibid. Everyone
who does not love the truth is going to be deceived and be lost.
are listening for the voice of God, and ready to accept truth in whatever guise
it may be presented. Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are
forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain
teaching of the Word of God.” Ibid. Did you know
that there are many people who no longer believe that this statement can apply
today? Have you ever heard people say, “Well, the cycles have to stop somewhere,
and they stopped in 1863 because that is when we incorporated”? The
trouble is, friends, The Desire of Ages
was not even written until 1898.
are living in a time that a few years ago no one expected to see. We believed
that when persecution came, it would come from outside of the church. We failed
to understand what Ellen White meant when she said that we have far more to
fear from within than from without. (See Selected Messages, Book 1, 122.) Who would have thought that
in Adventism the apostasy would become so great that in many places it would
become spiritually dangerous to even attend the local Seventh-day Adventist
Church because error was being “forced home to the people”? (See Early Writings, 125.) We were not
expecting the true and faithful Seventh-day Adventists to be disfellowshipped and persecuted by their former brethren
all over the world, as is taking place today. But when we go to the inspired
writings, we see all of this prophesied—we just did not understand it.
People have come to believe that these things would not happen until after the
National Sunday Law. Friend, that theory is a dangerous deception. The National
Sunday Law does not initiate the shaking; it brings the shaking to a climax!
Those who are waiting to take a bold, unyielding stand for the truth until the
Sunday law test comes are simply preparing to receive the mark of the beast.
see, when anyone rejects the light of truth that God has given to this people,
he has turned his back on the light and goes out in darkness. He may still call
himself a Seventh-day Adventist, but if he does not believe the First
Angel’s Message and the truth of the Investigative Judgment beginning in
1844, he has gone into darkness. You cannot, with safety, go to his church and
listen to him preach. When a person rejects the truth of the great Day of
Atonement that began in 1844 and says that instead of afflicting the soul
(Leviticus 16:29, 30) it is time to celebrate, they have gone out into
darkness. If a preacher says that you will sin until Jesus comes, he has
accepted Satan’s fatal sophistry (See The
Great Controversy, 489.), and you dare not go and listen to him preach lest
you be deceived and lose your own soul. Finally, if you are not hearing the
historic doctrines of Adventism preached in your church, if you are hearing the
same kinds of sermons that you could hear in any other church, then you are endangering
your soul if you do not either find a Historic Seventh-day Adventist
congregation, or start a home church where you can teach the truth, at least to
your own family.
opportunities for learning and knowing God’s last message to a perishing
world and being prepared for what is coming on the world are very limited at
best, and we dare not allow ourselves and our families to be exposed to either
heretical preaching or “peace and safety” messages that come just
before destruction. “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.” Early Writings, 125.
Sabbath after church, you should be more fitted to stand in the day of the Lord
than before. But the prophet wrote sadly, “Those who have been regarded
as worthy and righteous prove to be ring-leaders in apostasy and examples in
indifference and in the abuse of God’s mercies. Their wicked course He
will tolerate no longer, and in His wrath He deals with them without mercy.
is with reluctance that the Lord withdraws His presence from those who have
been blessed with great light and who have felt the power of the word in
ministering to others. They were once His faithful servants, favored with His
presence and guidance; but they departed from Him and led others into error,
and therefore are brought under the divine displeasure. …
all who profess to keep the Sabbath will be sealed. There are many even among
those who teach the truth to others who will not receive the seal of God in
their foreheads. They had the light of truth, they knew their Master’s
will, they understood every point of our faith, but they had not corresponding
works. These who were so familiar with prophecy and the treasures of divine
wisdom should have acted their faith. They should have commanded their
households after them, that by a well-ordered family they might present to the
world the influence of the truth upon the human heart.
their lack of devotion and piety, and their failure to reach a high religious
standard, they make other souls contented with their position. Men of finite
judgment cannot see that in patterning after these men who have so often opened
to them the treasures of God’s Word, they will surely endanger their
souls. Jesus is the only true pattern. Everyone must now search the Bible for
himself upon his knees before God, with the humble, teachable heart of a child,
if he would know what the Lord requires of him. However high any minister may
have stood in the favor of God, if he neglects to follow out the light given
him of God, if he refuses to be taught as a little child, he will go into
darkness and satanic delusions and will lead others in the same path. …
are you doing, brethren, in the great work of preparation? Those who are
uniting with the world are receiving the worldly mold and preparing for the
mark of the beast.” Testimonies,
vol. 5, 212–216.
it is a dangerous thing to fail to advance in the opening providence of God.
The light is moving. Are you moving with it or are you in the dark? Early in
her experience, Ellen White saw a vision about this light. You can read this
vision in Early Writings, 15–20. In other places in her writings, she
speaks about the light that was set up at the beginning of the path that the
Advent company was traveling that shone all of the way
up to the Holy City. This path, friends, is narrow, and if you do not have
light on the path, you are going to stumble and fall off.
was that light that was set up at the beginning? Sister White says that it was
the Midnight Cry. The Midnight Cry was based on the Bible prophecies of Daniel
8 and 9, and Revelation 14:6, 7—the message of the 2300 days and the
sanctuary and the Investigative Judgment. The devil knows that if we reject
these truths, we will stumble and fall off the path. It is amazing how
successful the devil has been in leading people to reject them.
have been told that, “When the power of God testifies as to what is truth, that truth is to stand forever as the truth. No after
suppositions contrary to the light God has given are to be entertained.” Selected Messages, Book
1, 161. Yet there are Adventist teachers and ministers today who no
longer believe these truths. Friend, if you are in the situation where you
listen to this error, you are in the dark; you are going to lose your way. The
Lord is not going to work a miracle to save you; you have turned your back on
the light. This idea that you can have a spirit of free inquiry and ask any
question you want to is not according to the Scriptures. Jesus rebuked people
for their doubt. Friend, if these truths are not being upheld in your church,
your church is in the dark.
Testimonies, vol. 2, 594–597,
Ellen White describes a very impressive dream. “I dreamed of being with a
large body of people. A portion of this assembly started out prepared to
journey. We had heavily loaded wagons. As we journeyed, the road seemed to
ascend. On one side of this road was a deep precipice; on the other was a high,
smooth, white wall. … As we journeyed on, the road grew narrower and
steeper. … We concluded that we could no longer travel with the loaded
wagons. We … took a portion of the luggage from the wagons and placed it
upon the horses, and journeyed on horseback. As we progressed, the path still
continued to grow narrow. … We then cut the luggage from the horses, and
it fell over the precipice. We continued on horseback. … A hand seemed to
take the bridle and guide us over the perilous way. As the path grew more
narrow, we … left the horses and went on foot, in single file. … At
this point small cords were let down from the top of the pure white wall; these
we eagerly grasped. … The path finally became so narrow that we concluded
that we could travel more safely without our shoes, so we slipped them from our
feet. … Soon it was decided that we could travel more safely without our
stockings; these were removed, and we journeyed on with bare feet.”
of the most interesting points of this dream is that several changes were made.
They began with heavily loaded wagons, then changed to horses with a portion of
the luggage, to horses with no luggage, to single file on foot, to removing
their shoes, and finally to removing their stockings. Notice that “at
every change some were left behind, and those only remained who had accustomed
themselves to endure hardships. The privations of the way only made these more
eager to press on to the end. … We pressed close to the white wall, yet
could not place our feet fully upon the path, for it was too narrow. We then
suspended nearly our whole weight upon the cords, exclaiming: ‘We have hold from above!’ ” Ibid.
light, friends, is moving. Are you keeping up with the providence of God? Are
you aware that the road we are traveling is getting narrower? Have you noticed
it? How are you going to stay on the path and keep up with the providence of
God? The only way is to have faith. These cords represent faith. A few years
ago a good friend of mine told me that he was sorry that I had worked so many
years for the Adventist denomination and now had to give up all of my
retirement benefits. If you stay on the road all the way to the end, you are
going to give up much more than retirement benefits.
friend, how much time are you spending in prayer? If you are energetic enough
to get up and to pray, God will hear and answer.
there is no active labor for others, love wanes, and faith grows dim.” The Desire of Ages, 825.
You must not only study your Bible and pray, you must
be actively involved in missionary work. If you are not, ask the Lord to show
you what to do to become involved in some type of outreach program spreading
the Third Angel’s Message.
did not follow the path to the end of the vision. The time came, however, when
the path disappeared and all that was left were the cords that had been let
down from above. When you come to this place in your experience, will you have
a faith that will hold you? Do you want the Lord to let down a cord of faith
today so that you can get a hold from above? If so, determine that from this
day forward you will faithfully walk in the light as God sheds it upon your
John Grosboll is Director of Steps to Life and pastors the Prairie Meadows
Church in Wichita, Kansas. He may
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