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PRISONERS OF HOPE BR N. NKOMO INSIDE THIS ISSUE Editorial ……1 Covering My Head .….
PRISONERS OF HOPE BR N. NKOMO INSIDE THIS ISSUE Editorial ……1 Covering My Head .….

PRISONERS OF HOPE

BR

N. NKOMO

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Editorial ……1 Covering My Head .…. 2 The Pillars .….4 Exercise .….5

INSIDE THIS ISSUE

Editorial

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Covering My Head

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The Pillars

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Exercise

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Lift Up Your Heads

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Temperance

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Thoughts On Dress

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OCTOBER 2008

EDITORIAL

Last month while I was proof-reading this newsletter it dawned upon me that it was our 12 th edition of the monthly newsletter. In the last year the Lord has been very good to us and the circulation has steadily increased to a stage where we are disseminating the magazine to people in just about every corner of the globe. We thank you for all your feedback that we have received in the last 12months and we continue to be more than willing to listen to ideas and advice on making the newsletter a spiritually uplifting read every month. As ever we continue to appeal to you to send us email or physi- cal addresses of Adventist friends and family whom you would like to receive this newsletter.

I had an interesting experience that got me thinking in the last week that I would like to share in the editorial this month. As seems to be the norm for a number of companies, I was invited out for supper to which I obliged. What was different this time though is that I felt impressed to kneel down and pray before heading out my hotel room for the rendezvous. As I prayed, I found myself asking the Lord for an opportunity to say something to the three company members that I was going to supper with about my faith.

As I stood up from my knees the thought struck me that; ―when was the last time you prayed for God to provide you with a witnessing opportunity?‖ I will confess that even after racking my brain for a few seconds I could not even remember. My soul was much troubled by this realization. As a reader, when was the last time that you took time to go before God at the start of the day in prayer and asked Him to prepare a heart to hear His Word from your lips during the day? Why is it that I seem so re- luctant to ask of Him who will definitely provide a witnessing opportunity? Why is it that you are not daily at His feet seeking power from above to do His will and His bidding. I found myself wondering whether or not the myriads of people that we interact with on a daily basis even know that Christ is coming SOON. Do we believe that the Investigative Judgment is all but over? And if so, are acting in a manner that shows our conviction? Are we concerned that many within our sphere of influence have no idea how the signs on the economic, spiritual and nature-side fore-tell that the coming King is at the door?

On the plane back home I was reading some spiritual material and came across a quotation that took me back to the topic that had so absorbed my attention the night before: ―What is the Sentinel for, but to be the voice of the watchmen on the walls of Zion, to sound the danger signal? We are not to cringe and beg pardon of the world for telling them the truth: we should scorn concealment? Unfurl your colors to meet the cause of men and angels. Let it be understood that Seventh-day Adventists can make no compromise. In your opinions and faith there must not be the least appearance of wa- vering. The world has a right to know what to expect of us, and will look upon us as dishonest, as hiding our real sentiments and principles out of policy, if we carry even the semblance of being un- committed till the popular voice has pointed out the safe way. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, which Christ said He would send into the world, was to bear an unwavering testimony. Ms 16, 1890, p.

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We need to ask ourselves the question, are we truly standing as faithful watchmen on the walls of Zion? Can those that we are acquainted with testify that they know that which we believe, especially that our sojourn on this earth is at all but an end? Are we willing to tell the truth as it is and give the trumpet a trusty sound or are we too often found making excuses that our truths are unpalatable?

My experience had a happy ending in that we did talk, no matter how briefly during the evening meal, about the fact that the signs all are crying out that time as we know it on this earth is limited. My chal- lenge to each one of us is that we purpose in our hearts to daily remember to ask that Christ makes us an instrument of His will during the day. My humble prayer is that we may daily share something of the love of Jesus and His current ministration with someone with whom we come in contact.

we may daily share something of the love of Jesus and His current ministration with someone

WHY COVER YOUR HEAD? BY BR K WILLIAMS

The passage of scripture we are examining has seen various interpretations. The interpretations have changed as soci- ety has changed, and now it seems that whatever the inter- pretation, the conclusion is always the samewomen in our society do not have to cover their heads in worship. I came to the conviction in my early preaching years that the commands of this passage apply to women in worship in all places in all cultures. I have worked hard to make this a thorough and careful study of the verses and the various arguments which have been made on the verses. I have also tried to keep from any unfair or prejudicial language. I want this to provoke thought and study, not raise temperatures. May God bless us all as we study and try our best to follow His will. Paul K. Williams, Eshowe, South Africa

that women are to cover their heads when praying or prophesying and men are not to cover their heads. The first is the order of headship given by God. The Divine order of headship is: God, Christ, man, woman. It is well to observe that Paul talks about man in general and woman in gen- eral. It is not just that the husband is head of the wife, it is that man in general is head of woman in general. This teaching applies to married men and women, and to single men and womento man and woman. This makes the sub- ject of the head covering of first importance. The head must be covered or not covered in order to show the proper relationship of Christ, man and woman. ―The relationship set forth in 1 Cor. 11:3, is as unchangeable as the word of God, and will last until the end of time. The covering that symbolized woman‘s subjection to man is to be worn when she prays in the assembly as long as this relation- ship exists!‖ (What Did PaulTeach in 1 Cor. 11:2-16?, William H. Lewis.)

( What Did PaulTeach in 1 Cor. 11:2-16?, William H. Lewis.) 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Both in

1 Corinthians 11:1-16 Both in the matter of eating meat sacri- ficed to ancestors or idols, and in cov- ering or not covering the head when praying or prophesying, we should follow Paul because he was fol- lowing Christ. Remember that Paul taught the same in every church. “For this reason I have sent to you Timothy, who is my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, and he will remind you of my ways which are in Christ, just as I teach everywhere in every church.” (1 Corinthians 4:17) These ―ordinances‖ or ―traditions‖ are the inspired commandments which came from the apostles. To the Thessalonians Paul wrote: “So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the tradi- tions which you were taught, whether by word of mouth or by letter from us.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15). These are not human traditions, but the practices commanded by the apostles which all the churches must keep. (1 Cor. 4:17). 3But I would have you know, that the head of every man is

For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man

Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ

is God. The main subject of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16 is the head cover- ing. There are several reasons which Paul gives to prove

4Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishon- oureth hishead. Note, Paul does not say that this command is restricted to the church at Corinth. He bases the command on the fact of headship and says ―every man‖. The phrase ―praying or prophesying‖ occurs here and in verse five, while the word ―pray‖ alone is in verse 13. Notice that Paul joins the two actions with the word ―or‖. This means that the require- ment concerning the head covering applies to those doing both OR either oneeither praying or prophesying. It is not necessary for a person to do both of those things before the head covering rules must be followed.

5But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head:

for that is even all one as if she were shaven God‘s order for the woman is the opposite from His order for the man. When she prays or prophesies she must cover her head. If she does not, she disgraces her head (man). This means that she must show her subjection to God‘s ar- rangement of headship by covering her head while praying or prophesying. Her action in refusing to cover her head is a statement that she is equal in authority to man. In that case, she is the same as a woman who shaves her head like

a man might do. E. P. Gould comments: ―The long hair and the veil were both intended as a covering of the head, and as a sign of true womanli- ness, and of the right relation of woman to man; and hence the absence of one had the same significance as that of the other‖ (Commentary on 1 st Corinthians. pg. 94)

the other‖ ( Commentary on 1 st Corinthians . pg. 94) 6For if the woman be

6For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. The word ―also‖ shows that Paul is talking about two cover- ingsthe veil and the hair. If she does not cover her head (with a veil), then she might just as well cut off her hair or shave her head. Let her head be in all respects like a man‘s. Lipscomb and Shepherd comment: ―It is a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven because it fashions her, to that extent, as a man, and it is God‘s will, distinctly re- vealed in the Scriptures, to keep the sexes distinguishable. For a woman to remove her hair is in part to obliterate this outward distinction, and is therefore a trampling under foot God‘s will. And as further defense of woman modesty and morality, God forbids the sexes wearing each other‘s clothes: „A woman shall not wear that which per- taineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman‟s garment; for whosever doeth these things is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God.‟ (Deut. 22:5)”Paul would have a hard time making this argument today in American society. But it was a strong argument in the society of Paul‘s time, and has been in most societies since then. It is a shame to women that they want to look like men today. That it is not shameful for a woman to have her hair shorn (―cut short‖—Thayer) or to have her head shaved is an indictment on our society. It shows how godless we are becoming. (Read David W. Bercot‘s sermon in which he connects the teachings against the head covering with the rise of the feminist movement.)

7For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God:

but the woman is the glory of the man. Man is the image and glory of God, not because he is holy and pure, but because God gave him authority and domin- ion over all the animals and made him head over woman. Charles Hodge writes: ―The only sense in which the man, in distinction from the woman, is the image of God, is that he represents the authority of God. He is invested with domin- ion.‖ (Commentary on 1st Corinthians pg. 209-210).

Man must not cover his head (when praying or prophesy- ing) because he is the image and glory of God. This point is important when considering whether the head covering command was simply the enforcement of local or universal custom of the time. Heathen custom was the opposite of what Paul here states, and nothing in the law of Moses said a man must have his head bare when praying or prophesying. It is God‘s New Testament command.

8For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. 9Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. Paul is still with the creation account. Not only was Adam formed first, but the woman was created to be a helper for Adam (Genesis 2:18), or as Paul puts it here, “for the man’s sake.” These two facts explain why woman is the glory of man. (v. 7)

10For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. This verse is the conclusion of what Paul has argued in verses 8 and 9. Because woman is the glory of man and was created for him, she is to have a (symbol of) authority on her head. This symbol of authority is the covering. It is the symbol that man is her head.

11Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.12For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. These two verses guard against the possible interpretation that woman is inferior to man. Man is born of woman, and all things come from God. Man needs woman and woman needs man. Each has his or her own role, but both are equally precious and valuable in God‘s sight. Thus a hus- band must “grant her (the wife) honor as a fellow heir of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hin- dered.” (1 Peter 3:7)It is not true that because one person is in command and an- other is under him, that the one under the com- mander is inferior to This is best seen in the fact that Jesus is subject to His Heavenly Father. This does not make him inferior to the Father. BUT…… To Be Continued

that Jesus is subject to His Heavenly Father. This does not make him inferior to the

THEY WILL SEEK TO REMOVE THE PILLARS

BY SR EG WHITE

1Ti 4:1,2 . Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the lat- ter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hy- pocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; The time of this apostasy is here. Every conceivable effort will be made to throw doubt upon the positions that we have occupied for over half a century. 3SM, p408 I knew that the omega would follow in a little while; and I trembled for our people. I knew that I must warn our breth- ren and sisters not to enter into controversy over the pres- ence and personality of God. 1SM, p203 Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now be- fore us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature. 1SM, p197 Satan hopes to involve the remnant people of God in the general ruin that is coming upon the earth. As the coming of Christ draws nigh, he will be more determined and deci- sive in his efforts to overthrow them. Men and women will arise professing to have some new light or some new revelation whose ten- dency is to unsettle faith in the old landmarks. Their doctrines will not bear the test of God's word, yet souls will be deceived. False re- ports will be circulated, and some will be taken in this snare. They will believe these rumors and in their turn will repeat them, and thus a link will be formed connecting them with the archdeceiver. This spirit will not always be manifested in an open defiance of the messages that God sends, but a settled unbelief is expressed in many ways. Every false statement that is made feeds and strengthens this unbelief, and through this means many souls will be balanced in the wrong direction. 5T, p295 What influence is it would lead men at this stage of our his- tory 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 be- ginning of a work that would remove some of the pillars of our faith, I have something to say? I must obey the com- mand, "Meet it!" I must bear the messages of warning that God gives me to bear, and then leave with the Lord the re- sults. I must now present the matter in all its bearings; for the people of God must not be despoiled.We are God's com-

mandment-keeping people. For the past fifty years every

phase of heresy has been brought to bear upon us, to be- cloud our minds regarding the teaching of the Word-- especially concerning the ministration of Christ in the heav- enly 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. 1SM, p207/208 I know that the sanctuary question stands in righteousness and truth, just as we have held it for so many years. It is the enemy that leads minds off on side-tracks. He is pleased when those who know the truth become engrossed in collect- ing scriptures to pile around errone- ous theories, which have no founda- tion in truth. The scriptures thus used are misapplied; they were not given to substantiate error, but to strengthen truth. GW, p303 Satan is striving continually to bring in fanciful suppositions in regard to the sanctuary, degrad- ing the wonderful representations of God and the ministry of Christ for our salvation into something that suits the carnal mind. He removes its presiding power from the hearts of be- lievers, and supplies its place with fantastic theories in- vented to make void the truths of the atonement, and de- stroy our confidence in the doctrines which we have held sacred since the third angel's message was first given. Thus he would rob us of our faith in the very message that has made us a separate people, and has given character and power to our work.--Special Testimonies, Series B, No. 7, p.

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The enemy of souls has sought to bring in the supposition that a great reformation was to take place among Seventh- day Adventists, and that this reformation would consist in giving up the doctrines which stand as the pillars of our faith, and engaging in a process of reorganization. Were this reformation to take place, what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the remnant

church, would be discarded.

what would result? The principles of truth that God in His wisdom has given to the

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Our religion would be changed. The fundamental princi- ples that have sustained the work for the last fifty years would be accounted as error. A new organization would be established. Books of a new order would be written. A sys- tem of intellectual philosophy would be introduced. The founders of this system would go into the cities, and do a wonderful work. The Sabbath of course, would be lightly regarded, as also the God who created it. Nothing would be allowed to stand in the way of the new movement. The leaders would teach that virtue is better than vice, but God being removed, they would place their dependence on hu- man power, which, without God, is worthless. Their foun- dation would be built on the sand, and storm and tempest would sweep away the structure. Who has authority to be- gin such a movement? We have our Bibles. We have our experience, attested to by the miraculous working of the Holy Spirit. We have a truth that admits of no compro- mise. Shall we not repudiate everything that is not in har- mony with this truth? 1SM, p204/205

Ju 1:17-20 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly

lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, hav- ing not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,

There is an alarming indifference in regard to the doctrines which are the pillars of the Christian faith. The opinion is gaining ground, that, after all, these are not of vital impor- tance. This degeneracy is strengthening the hands of the agents of Satan, so that false theories and fatal delusions which the faithful in ages past imperiled their lives to resist and expose, are now regarded with favor by thousands who claim to be followers of Christ. GC, p46

Anyone who has been a close student of the Bible will see and understand the solemn position of those who are living in the closing scenes of this earth's history. They will feel their own inefficiency and weakness, and will make it their first business to have not merely a form of Godliness, but a vital connection with God. They will not dare to rest until Christ is formed within, the hope of glory. Self will die; pride will be expelled from the soul, and they will have the meekness and gentleness of Christ.-- Manuscript 28, 1890

the meekness and gentleness of Christ.-- Manuscript 28, 1890 EXCERCISE … BY SR T NKOMO Why
the meekness and gentleness of Christ.-- Manuscript 28, 1890 EXCERCISE … BY SR T NKOMO Why

EXCERCISE

BY SR T NKOMO

Why don‘t we talk about it? Why don‘t we hear sermons about it? It‘s an arm of the 3 angels‘ messages, why is the church so silent? The world has jumped on the bandwagon. I heard more about it at school than I do in the ‗school of Christ,‘ why is that? Are we not doing it? Are we just lazy couch potatoes? What‘s our excuse? Ignorance? Not caring? We only have one body, we need to take care of it in the best possible way. God used the best materials for the temple He had Solomon build, doesn‘t He de- serve the same when it comes to our body temples?

morbid conditions. Inaction of any of the organs of the body will be followed by a decrease in size and strength of the muscles, and will cause the blood to flow sluggishly through the blood vessels. p. 76, Para. 2, [3T].

You call yourself a soldier of Christ, then come on, exercise! Look how fit the world‘s soldiers have to be, and they don‘t have as much to con- tend with as God‘s remnant church does. Not only is exercise good for our bodies, but it sharpens our minds too. Young man, how will you flee into the hills if you can‘t even take a flight of stairs without running out of breath! And yes, you too old lady! There‘s no reason to stay indoors the whole day unless you are TRULY an invalid. If you are unable to run, then walk outside in the sun- shine. Work in your garden, it might tire you, as EGW states, but it will be even better for you-what sweet sleep you‘ll have! Speaking of Ellen White, you know, she knew that exercis- ing only one part of the body was not doing justice to your body. So don‘t just exercise your abdominal muscles, use every part of your body, then your body will work harmoni- ously.

part of your body, then your body will work harmoni- ously. Yes, it‘s the dreaded word

Yes, it‘s the dreaded word-EXERCISE! What we‘re meant to do (according to the Spirit of prophecy) even when we‘re ill. Thousands are sick and dying around us who might get well and live if they would; but their imagination holds them. They fear that they will be made worse if they labor or exercise, when this is just the change they need to make them well. Without this they never can improve. They should exercise the power of the will, rise above their aches and debility, engage in useful employment, and forget that they have aching backs, sides, lungs, and heads. Neglecting to exercise the entire body, or a portion of it, will bring on

Even in the garden of Eden, man was meant to work. The work would not have been as strenuous as it is nowadays, nevertheless, we were never meant to be indolent. And to echo those garden-days, the best place for us to exercise is out in the fresh air, breathing in pure air. Not in a sweaty gym where you are forced to listen to secular music. And don‘t worry housewives-not only does Ellen White say it, but those in the business of doing weird research also say that-housework is a good form of exercise. And combine that with taking a walk outside, doing some gardening and you have a useful workout. The benefits are tremendous-a clean house, a healthy body and a good night‘s rest!

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health? Should I join the nearest gym and spend a lot of money to run in one spot on a treadmill? How can I go to the gym and stay in modest dress anyway? Fear not…you don‘t need to waste money at the gym. As previously men- tioned, the best place to exercise is outdoors. If you live near a park, near a common, near a mountain, take a hike up there. Going uphill will do you even more good and the fresh air, the beautiful scenery will bring you closer to God. Walking is the best form of exercise for those who are sick, and for those who are pregnant. It‘s free, easy, not hard on the joints. Working in the fields is a good way to not only exercise, but a good way to live

off the earth and learn to sustain one- self. We have been called to move out of the cities, if agricultural training were given the place it deserves, there would be a group of healthy young men who are able to sustain their families in rural settings. Children ought to be trained when young to also work in the field, this not only gives them physical strength, but in the seeds they plant, they learn about Christ too. Let us remember that God wants a well- balanced body. Not only should we eat right, but we should live right in all aspects. This means bringing our bodies to the best state of health possible.

the

next question is…How? How do I improve my

possible. the next question is…How? How do I improve my Let me list some more benefits

Let me list some more benefits that come with exercise… Improved mood. That is true. The brain releases endorphins-a feel god hormone- that gives you a natural high. No need to indulge in caffein- ated beverages that just injure your body. Can prevent high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, certain cancers and a host of other chronic diseases. Reduces the risk of strokes. Weight management-you take it off, and by continuing to exercise, you keep it off too. Improves sexual health and satisfaction. Men who exercise regularly have less chance of suffering from erectile dys- function. This is because of improved circulation. Couples, if you have been living sedentary lives, start with an eve- ning stroll after supper and take it from there. Exercise decreases stress levels and depression-makes sense, endorphins released. Alleviates menstrual cramps. Reduces risk of premature death. Improves brain functions- new brain cells are formed which help with memory retention and cognition.

Health is a great treasure. It is the richest possession mor- tals can have. Wealth, honor, or learning is dearly pur- chased, if it be at the loss of the vigor of health. None of these attainments can secure happiness, if health is want- ing. It is a terrible sin to abuse the health that God has given us; for every abuse of health enfeebles us for life and makes us losers, even if we gain any amount of education. p. 150, Para. 2, [3T].

Do you want to follow in the footsteps of the greatest medical mis- sionary there ever was; Jesus Christ?

Do you practice what the Spirit of Prophecy teaches on God’s ways of healing? Nature has ways to cure disease that science knows noth- ing about.

Do you want to go into real mission work, seeking to save and help the lost in outlying villages?

Do you believe that we are all called to proclaim the 3 Angels’ Mes- sages to the whole world an not just to those in prosperous cities?

Are you a doctor because you want to make money or because you want to help the ailing and SERVE as God’s voice to the unreached?

Are you willing to make a sacrifice? One not half as great as that made by our Lord?

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LIFT UP YOUR HEADS

BY BR NKOMO

News: In an historic move to reinforce Jewish-Catholic dialogue Pope Benedict XVI has asked an Israeli Rabbi to become the first Jewish spiritual leader to address a Roman Catholic synod. Father Fede- rico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said Shear-Yashuv Cohen, Grand Rabbi of Haifa, would ad- dress the two day Synod of Bishops in Rome next month, convened by the Pope to discuss the Bible, with the theme "The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church." More than 200 bishops are expected to attend. Rabbi Cohen is to explain to the bishops the Jewish interpretation of the Bible, whose first five books comprise the Torah, Judaism's most sacred writings. He told the Catholic News Service (CNS) in Jeusalem that he saw the invitation as a "signal of hope bringing a message of love, coexistence and peace for generations." Rabbi Cohen is already well known in Italy and the Vatican for his ac- tive promotion of Jewish-Catholic relations. In April Pope Benedict, who has followed John Paul II in giving priority to Jewish-Catholic dialogue, became the first pontiff to enter a synagogue in the United States. He is also due to meet Muslim scholars in the Vatican this autumn.

also due to meet Muslim scholars in the Vatican this autumn. NEWS : Representatives of the

NEWS: Representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate will be present alongside others from the Patriarchates of Moscow, of Serbia and of Romania, from the Orthodox Church of Greece and the Armenian Apostolic Church, as well as from the Anglican Communion, the World Lutheran Federation, the Church of the Disciples of Christ and the World Council of Churches, he ex- plained.

COMMENT: In a month where a number of key statements have been made by a number of leaders of various denominations in pushing the ecumenical agenda, we chose to highlight the above because of the number of firsts. A lot of work has obviously gone on behind the scenes as Jews reach over to grasp the hand of Ca- tholicism. What we are seeing is the manifestation of all that work. It is not long now until faithful and true Adventists are sin- gled out for not wandering after the beast.

NEWS: A reported miracle cure at a coastal shrine 60 years ago launched a devotion that continues to draw tens of thousands of people to celebrate the shrine's annual feast day. More than 150,000 Buddhists, Catholics and Hindus came to the shrine of the Holy Cross, situated in the middle of a cemetery near the town of Marawila, on Sept. 14, feast day of the Holy Cross. The

shrine, a simple structure open on two sides with a large crucifix, sits about 50 kilometers north of Colombo. It belongs to Our Lady of Presentation Parish in Marawila. Many people consider it

a place of healing. Pilgrims make vows and give offerings, hoping

for the healing of not just sickness or disabilities, but also family problems.

COMMENT: Had anyone told me a year before I became Ad- ventist that Buddhists, Hindus and Catholics would, in a few

short years, be worshipping together IN A CEMETRY, I would have assumed they were mentally unstable. I often wondered how

it was that all these religions could come together and attack the

Remnant given their varied beliefs. Now, given that ―In a mas- sive candlelight vigil protest at Orange County, California, Bud- dhist monks, Catholic priests, and leaders of other faiths led

thousands of faithful to pray

together in some countries as evidenced above, I am comfortable in the knowledge that it is possible; even if I don‘t know the intri- cacies.

and that they are worshipping

NEWS: Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams yesterday made the first visit of a leader of the Church of England to the Catholic shrine at Lourdes. Dr Williams said the story of Berna- dette Soubirous, the 19th century French peasant girl whose vi- sions of Mary led to the founding of the shrine, provided hope for those who were attempting to spread the Christian faith, The Guardian reports. He added that the experience of coming to a holy place "soaked in the hopes and prayers of millions" could help people grasp the "deep and mysterious" joy of God. Dr Wil- liams' pilgrimage to the holy site coincides with the 150th anni- versary of St Bernadette's visions and follows Pope Benedict's visit to the shrine earlier this month. "Bernardette's neighbors and teachers and parish clergy knew all they thought they needed to know about the Mother of God - and they needed to be sur- prised by this inarticulate, powerless, marginal teenager who had leapt up in the joy of recognition to meet Mary as her mother, her sister, bearer of her Lord and Redeemer," Archbishop Williams said during a sermon at the international mass at Lourdes cele- brated by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Vatican's pon- tifical council for the promotion of Christian

pon- tifical council for the promotion of Christian COMMENT : The above does not need any

COMMENT: The above does not need any to comment except to say that to my knowledge the Adventist church is the only ma- jor denomination that does not hold Mary in ―High Esteem‖. Add to this that the fact that all the other major world religions have a woman in a central place in their worship and one begins to see how lonely true Adventists are.

TEMPERANCE

With what does the apostle Paul class temperance? "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temper- ance: against such there is no law." Gal. 5:22, 23. What does the same apostle say of those who strive for the mastery? "And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things." 1 Cor. 9:25. In running the Christian race, what did Paul say he did in order to be successful? "But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:

lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." 1 Cor. 9:27. What is the effect of intemperance?

"Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine." Prov. 23:29, 30. Why were kings prohibited the use of strong drink? "It is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink; lest they drink, and forget the law, and per- vert the judgment of any of the af- flicted." Prov. 31:4, 5. Why were priests not allowed to use intoxicating drink? "And the Lord spake unto Aaron, saying, Do not drink wine nor strong drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee,

when ye go into the tabernacle of the congregation,

ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and be- tween unclean and clean." Lev. 10:8-10. Why did Daniel and his companions refuse to drink of the wine of the king of Babylon? "But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank." Dan. 1:8. After protesting against the use of the stimulants offered them, what did they request? "Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days: and let them give us pulse to eat and water to drink." Dan. 1:12. At the end of the ten days' test, how did these He- brews appear? "And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat." Dan. 1:15. At the end of three years (the time appointed for them to learn the Chaldean tongue, (Dan. 1:4, 5)

how many in the realm were found equal in learn- ing to these abstainers?

"Now at the end of the days

them; and among them all was found none like Daniel,

Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah

the king communed with

And in all matters of

wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm." Daniel 1:18-20. Did not Paul recommend the use of wine under certain conditions? "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stom- ach's sake, and thine often infirmities." 1 Tim. 5:23. NOTE. - There are two kinds of wine spoken of in the Bible. One of these was the juice of the grape, and was pressed from the fruit into the cup as it was needed to drink. Gen. 40:11. It is this kind that is said to cheer God and man (Judges 9:13), and is dried up when the vine is destroyed. Joel 1:10-12. The other kind was that which had stood until it fermented, and alcohol had formed from the decaying sub- stance. How is the first kind spoken of? "Butter of kine, and milk of sheep, with fat of lambs, and rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the fat of kidneys of wheat; and thou didst drink the PURE BLOOD OF THE GRAPE." Deut. 32:14. How is the second kind repre-

sented? "Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder." Prov. 23:31, 32. With what other low debaucheries is drunkenness more or less associated? "Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idola- try, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revel- ings, and such like." Gal. 5:19-21. Can a drunkard enter the kingdom of God? "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." 1 Cor. 6:10. How, then, should a Christian regard one who per- sists in drunkenness? "But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covet- ous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard." 1 Cor. 5:11.

is called a brother be a fornicator, or covet- ous, or an idolater, or a railer,

that

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THOUGHTS ON DRESS

FINAL

INSTALLMENT BY BR E PREWITT

Q. Is this a salvational issue?

A. Why do you ask? Let us face a few facts before answer- ing this directly. There are Bible issues that are causing a signifi- cant amount of controversy over theories. What you believe about Zechariah 14, Revelation 4, or about the identi- fication of the daily may make you a target of others that feel differently about the same. The last sentence of the following paragraph is particularly helpful in answering the question if we understand the sentences before it.

the question if we understand the sentences before it. It is often the case that the

It is often the case that the customs and climate of a country make a condition of things that would not be tolerated in another country. Changes for the better must be made, but it is not best to be abrupt. The truth received into the heart sanctifies the receiver. The power of the grace of God will do more for the soul than controversy will do in a lifetime. By the power of the truth how many things might be ad- justed, and controversies hoary with age find quie- tude in the admission of better ways. The great, grand principle, "Peace on earth and good will to men," will be far better practised when those who believe in Christ are labourers together with God. Then all the little things which some are ever harping upon, which are not authoritatively settled by the Word of God, will not be magnified into important matters. Testimonies to Southern Africa, pp. 79-

80.

Theories that are not authoritatively settled by the Word of God should not be magnified into important issues. But even these theories become salvational issues when controversy over them brings bitterness, dissention, alienation, and thus, a withdrawal of the Holy Spirit. You might say that it is the bitterness and dissention that are the salvational issues. Perhaps you are right. Dress can also become a salvational issue under the same circumstances. A hardening of the heart, a dis-

tancing of one‘s self from one‘s brethren, will have an impact on one‘s relationship to God.

Dress might also be a salvational issue to those with whom we associate.

Love of truth is most certainly a salvational issue. Idola- try of dress, not a rare ailment according to the Testimo- nies, is also. It should be a matter of church discipline.

But if you love truth above all else and want to make Je- sus happy by your dress and demeanor, if you cherish love for your brethren and refuse to fall to bickering, if you resist bitter thoughts and do what ever you can to meet the needs of the dying world, you are acceptable to God and to all that are His. Even if you are a lady wear- ing pants. No one can be conscience for you.

But if you asked the question because you do not want to seriously consider what God has said on the topic, quibbles will not avail in the judgement. Trusting God enough to believe Him is a salvational issue.

Q. What about when I am swimming or riding horses or climbing mountains or repelling or working in the gar- den?

A. See ―climbing trees‖ above. We would not want to rea- son backwards. We should keep the seventh-day Sab- bath. ―But what about if I play on the NFL?‖ ―Oh, that would never work. Muslims keep part of Friday. Maybe you should be one of them in- stead.‖ Can you see the fallacy in the question?

them in- stead.‖ Can you see the fallacy in the question? But regarding the working in

But regarding the working in the garden and riding horses, for most of the last 1,000 years ladies did these things a great deal. During that time they all wore dresses. During the last sixty years they have spent much less time in the garden and on the horses. Now they wear pants. Ironic, isn‘t it?

PRISONERS OF HOPE The bulk of this newsletter is authored by members of the Mowbray

PRISONERS OF

HOPE

The bulk of this newsletter is authored by members of the Mowbray SDA church whose desire is to provide a thought provoking newsletter for Ad- ventists dwelling on the banks of Jordan; in the process ap- pealing to entire fidelity to the Bible and the Spirit of Proph- ecy.

entire fidelity to the Bible and the Spirit of Proph- ecy. Q . Why do spiritual

Q. Why do spiritual people in leadership not believe this way?

A. Some do. Some do not. Some have been taught, some have not. But is the question

implying some deviant source of authority? Leaders thoughts are like your thoughts.

What they do not believe today they may well advocate tomorrow.

Q.

I don‘t want to. I don‘t want to. I don‘t want to!

A.

Oh.

Q.

This isn‘t suppose to be a big issue. It is a mistake to notice people‘s dress and then

to to evaluate their character accordingly. Why then did you write this paper?

A. God noticed these things and that is reason enough to notice them. ―We, by the law,

are dead to the law.‖ In other words, when we become obedient, the counsel or com- mand that we are obeying ceases to sound in our ears or to burden our consciences. Dress is to be a small matter indeed. A few hours in a lifetime will suffice to study the principles and determine a course of action that would harmonize with them. The lar- ger issues may well absorb thousands of hours of study and mediation.

But the little issues can not be well ignored while we give proper attention to the larger ones. For ourselves we know not which issue may prove to be the largest one as the Holy Spirit probes our lives for idolatry.

God leads his people on step by step. He brings them up to different points which are calculated to manifest what is in the heart. Some endure at one point, but fall off at the next. At every advanced point the heart is tested, and tried a little closer. If the professed people of God find their hearts opposed to the straight work of God, it should convince them that they have a work to do to overcome, or be spued out of the mouth of the Lord. Said the angel, "God will bring his work closer and closer to test them, and prove every one of his people." Some are will- ing to receive one point, but when God brings them to another testing point, they shrink from it and stand back, because they find it strikes directly at some cher- ished idol. Here they have opportunity to see what is in their hearts that shuts out Jesus. They prize something higher than the truth, and their hearts are not prepared to receive Jesus. Individuals are tested and proved a length of time to see if they will sacrifice their idols, and heed the counsel of the True Witness.2SG pp. 224-226.

Q. Do you realize that I feel hurt and a little angry that you would teach these

things?

A. I am sorry if you are hurt. I was nervous about writing it just because I was

afraid you might be. I was worried that you might become bitter and feel that your freedoms were being taken away. If what I write is true, then those free- doms were not really freedoms. If I am wrong, oh! I do want to know it! I want to know the better way to understand these statements. Believe I am sin- cere in this and help me before I lay a needless burden on the backs of many. Teaching it is a burden. But if it is true (as I believe) then it is a light burden and I am happy to bear it.

Q. So you are saying that there is an eleventh commandment? ―Ladies don‘t

wear pants.‖

A. No. There is a second principle. ―Love your neighbor as yourself.‖ The

question is not ―What may I get away with?‖ But ―What can I wear that would be, beyond a doubt, pleasing to Jesus?‖ You may answer that for yourself. The statements in this paper may help you if help is what you are looking for in Inspiration.

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