During the last part of the nineteenth century, the Lord brought a message of righteousness to the Seventh-day Adventist Church through Elders E. J. Waggoner and A. T. Jones. This message was made prominent at the General Conference of 1888 held in Minneapolis as well as in succeeding General Conferences for the next decade. It was identified by Ellen White as the beginning of the loud cry of the third angel whose glory was to fill the whole earth.
The loud cry was to go as fire in the stubble. What happened to it? The fact that we are still waiting for the return of Jesus nearly ninety years later is compelling evidence that this light was not accepted.
In 1895 Ellen White warned that those who were rejecting Christ's delegated messengers and the truth they Were bringing were rejecting Christ. Some said, "This is only excitement; it is not the Holy Spirit, not showers of the latter rain from heaven." There were hearts full of unbelief, who did not drink in of the Spirit.
In 1901 she said that because of insubordination we might have to remain here in this world many more years. (Evangelism, p. 696.)
More than 75 years have passed since then. What is our attitude toward the message of righteousness that God sent through Elders Waggoner and Jones? Are we resisting that light, or do we even know what it is? In Testimonies to Ministers, p. 91 Elders Waggoner and Jones are mentioned as being sent with a most precious message. In the same chapter (p. 96) the question is asked as to how long the messengers of God's righteousness were going to be hated and despised, and how long the message God had given them was going to be rejected.
We believe that the light the Lord gave through Elders Waggoner and Jones has been unknown for a great many years. But now once again the Lord has sent His Holy Spirit to bring this light to the Seventh- day Adventist Church, Two of Elder Waggoner's books, THE GLAD TIDINGS and CHRIST AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, can be obtained through Adventist Book Centers. Our purpose in this book is to make available more of the writings of Elders Waggoner and Jones. The Lord has sent light to break the power of Satan in the life and to bring in everlasting righteousness. Let us ask Him for hearts full of belief in Jesus, that we will drink in of His Spirit, and joyfully receive the light which is to fill the whole earth with its glory.
Faith in a lie will not have a sanctifying influence upon the life or character. No Error is truth, or can be made truth by repetition, or by faith in it. Sincerity will never save a soul from the consequences of believing an error. Without sincerity there is no true religion, but sincerity in a false religion will never save a man. I May be perfectly sincere in following a wrong road, but that will not make it the right road, or bring me to the place I wish to reach. The Lord does not want us to have a blind credulity, and call that the faith that sanctifies. The Truth is the principle that sanctifies, and therefore it becomes us to know what is truth. We must compare spiritual things with spiritual. We must prove all things, but hold fast only that which is good, that which bears the divine credentials, which lays before us the true motives and principles which should prompt us to action. Selected Messages Bk2, pg. 56
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