sermon: Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen (Part Five)
Martin G. Collins
Given 09-Mar-19; Sermon #1477; 72 minutes
We must avoid forgetting the connection between past and present, especially as our forebears had to battle outer and inner enemies of God's truth. After the execution of Mary Queen of Scots and the destruction of the Spanish Armada, the climate proved favorable for the revival of Sabbath-keeping congregations in England. Thankfully, brave remnants continued to keep the Commandments of God despite the compromises of their leaders and brethren. As God worked through Abraham's family, He continues to work through families, such as those of Thomas Bampfield and Stephen Mumford, who preserved loyalty to the Sabbath and the identifier "Church of God," despite accepting the protective covering of the larger Anabaptist and Adventist Movements, already compromised with trinitarian Protestantism. The malady of the Sardis Congregation was capitulating to false doctrine via tolerance for sin. Since the days Stephen Mumford establish an American beachhead of the Sabbatarians at Newport, Rhode Island, Sabbath Keepers have merged, compromised, and mixed with groups having strains of Calvinism, Adventism and doctrines of demons. A few have been able to swim against the current, holding fast to the truth. It behooves God's called-out ones to "hold fast" to God's truth, resisting pressures of family and society to syncretize.
and our physical lives we tend to reach for the future. But in our spiritualized we must reach for the future without neglecting to reflect on the past. Nevertheless, we must beware of those who want to change, establish spiritually truth and rights of standards. In Proverbs 24 Verses 21 and 22 Wise King Solomon writes. My son Fear the Lord and the King do not associate with those given to change for their calamity. Will write rise suddenly and who knows the ruin? Those two that is the Lord of the King met can bring. So that was given to change can also be called restless spirits. Human nature tends to get bored and frustrated with things that are not made easier or seem mundane. Changes in life can be stimulating but also unsettling. And when it comes to changes in God's truth and standards, unless sort of let solidly back by God's inspired written word changes, we will sing critized doctrine and erode standards. Jesus Christ Command is that we must be responsible, responsibly, diligent, to be watchful, guard the truth and strengthen the wholesome things that remain. And his admonition to the church and sardines Jesus says in Revelation three versus two and three. Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die for. I have not found your work's perfect before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. So we must rate. Resist the influences that try to change God's truth and those unchangeable doctrine statues and spiritually principles that stabilizes. Storing the turbulent changes of life we absolutely need. We must hold fast and protect what we have and that has been biblically established. Abraham, who appreciated the new experiences to which God exposed him, knew what was changeable and what was not. He moved to a new land encounter, powerful kings like a been elected Pharaoh. He literally lost a son, and throughout it all, Abraham walk before God. Is there anything in Abraham's background? It reveals him as part of a chain rather than completely forging a new path for himself. Amazingly, his father, Tarak, was the first person in Scripture to name a son after his own father knock or gave birth to Tarak and terror gave birth to Abram, knack or and harem. Not only did Tarak respect the the connection between the past and the future what he named his son, but he impulsively took his family on an unprecedented journey, heading toward a destination. He'd never seen Canaan, and they did not make it all the way. But a generation later, following in his father's footsteps, Abraham did. So why did Tarak try to reach Canaan? It was known in ancient times that Kanaan had especially close connections with God, and it was where Jerusalem would be established, and it would become the land of his people. Tarak, perhaps, and in ways he did not even understand himself, wanted connection with God, and his son, Abraham carried out that desire. We know God inspired that God begins before even works with us. In setting things up, Tarak gave a springboard to Abraham by recognizing the value of the past and the spiritual wealth that had been for gotten over the generations since Adam With me, if you will, please to collage ins to and verse six collections to in verse six. No, in matters of the body we look toward tomorrow. Food production, medicals, procedures, transport and other similar concerns are all better today than they were last year. But in matters of the heart and mind we look toward yesterday first, then today and tomorrow and here in collage ins to versus 6 to 8, we see that Paul carries I'll out that pattern, as you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord already done, and it's continuing. So walking him that's in the present and the future rooted up a rooted and build up in him and established in the faith. And you have been taught abounding in it with Thanksgiving and as we abound in it, as we walk in it, we continue into the future. You're saying beware, lest anyone cheats you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of men according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Let that burn into your minds because the church, throughout church history from the time of Christ has forgotten that over and over and over again. We have been looking back at our church history from the time of Christ. In the sermon Siri's and my last sermon. We Got us faras the 16th century, the 15 hundreds ineighty 15 86 through 15 87. As I mentioned in my last sermon the conviction and execution for Conspiracy of Mary, the Catholic Queen of Scots, removed for the last time the threat to Protestant Britain. A renewal of Catholic domination by way of the throne. And there were other Catholic monarchs later. But they have had no opportunity to restore Catholic power, and the people absolutely would not allow it. In the following year, as the supposed invincible Spanish armada approach Britain to attack, it was utterly overwhelmed by a great storm. It see. Not only was England and able to remain politically free, she was encouraged to stay non class in on Catholic, which enabled her to throw off the bonds and change of the Catholic Church. The magnitude of this defeat made Europe's strongest Catholic power second rate, and his relied Britain was now supreme and in the political and moral climate of a freedom loving Protestant Britain, God's work could again develop and from here begins the story of the church in England and America, Will and Ariel Durant, authors of the story of civilisation, stated quote. We Americans are the best informed people on earth as the events of the last 24 hours. As of the events of the last 24 hours, we are not the best informed as to the events of the last 60 centuries. Isn't that even more true today than ever? It's an Israel I trait that we have forgotten our identity as a people. The descendants of the 12 tribes of Israel have forgotten the way of life of God gave them through Moses, and this is rely trait of the forget violence of God's Truth is also seen in the history of the Church of God. Time after time, this characteristic of forgetting is shown by those called by God to be among the first fruits of his kingdom. So far in this service, Siri's showing that many are called, but few are chosen. We have seen some of the spiritually problems of the early church congregations of Chapters two and three of the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ, you remember if emphasis lack diligence in love for the doctrine of Christ, Smyrna was sorely tested, and their appreciation for the doctrine of Christ per grimace compromised the doctrine of Christ and thigh attire was guilty of spiritually adultery, many state within the Catholic Church undervaluing the holiness of the doctrine of Christ. Now, as we look at the history of the Church of God from the 16th century, we will see that the church forgot much of the doctrine of Christ. Those called were only to grow to a certain point and were unable to go over the wall that prevented them from making substantial spiritually growth. The church is general characteristics throughout history are similar to the early church in Sardi's Please turn with me to the Book of Revelation, Revelation three. They did not prove all things and search the Scriptures daily with the help of the Holy Spirit, and the result was that they produced few works and in perfect works they were alive but on support, life support. And so their faith became fruitless. Faith without works is dead is a dead faith, and that was what they were faced with in their deterioration. Jesus Christ verified that the church and star disallowed jet God's truth to dissolve and B for gotten Revelation three. And we are going to read versus one and two into the angel of the Church and Sardis, right? These things, says he who has the seven spirits of God and the seven aren't stars. I know your works that you have a name that you were alive, but you are dead. It has to be watchful and strengthen the things which remain that are ready to die for. I have not found her works perfect before God. Jesus Christ said the outstanding characteristic of sword is church was that they had a name that indicated that they were alive from a physical point of view. They existed in the view of the world. However, according to the inspired original Greek, they were as if did their witness was too little or of no benefit. Christ exhorted the people of Sardi's to get busy in the original Greek. It reads, become watchful or wake up. They were to strengthen the things which remain. That is the doctrine they already had, what had neglected by not living as a true witness and teaching it to others. There was much that was lacking in the doctrine and practice they received from those who preceded them. they did not diligently teach their children proper organization, and biblically based teaching in the church was not strong enough to be effective. Of all the seven churches, Christ ahead at least had the least to say to start us off. And since there were only a few who had truly come out of the world, not just continuing on in Revelation three and the reverse is three and four. Remember, therefore, how you have received and heard hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you and verse for You have a few names even in Sardi's who have not defiled their garments and they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy. So there were a few faithful brethren in that church there and start us in the in Asia minor. That's still continued to teach their children and also to be a good witness. But the majority of the church was lackadaisical and spiritually headed toward death. Or as if dead, a few faithful saints had not to file themselves because they resisted the entitled Enticements of the World and many other weak members were more of the world than of the church. Only a few people who were associated with the church had kept themselves free spiritually from the prevailing corruption. And they were like people clothed in white, walking amid the defiled, yet keeping their clothing from getting soiled by sin. That was the faithful Sargis attitude affected, many professing Christians down through history. Not just that any one specific time period, and especially during the beginning period in about 80 15 85 15 85. I would like to say that do not worry about the dates, Trump. Try to remember them. I'm just giving them as a point of reference. So you're nowhere in history. We are. That is not my focus. Besides that in history class, even though I love history, I did terrible with dates. They just can confuse the issue, so just take them as a reference point. So God's Church began to revive, unlike the previous revivals and Asia Minor in Europe, and this revival began in England. The chamber's encyclopedia, under the article Sabbath, states that in the reign of Elizabeth, the first whose reign lasted from 15 58 to 16. 03 Many conscientious and independent thinkers advocated the seventh day Sabbath. Most of them, although they saw the truth about the Sabbath, were not truly converted in heart and mind. It truly convey. See the spiritual meaning of it. They merely understood the theological, the theology of it intellectually. Now, the beginning of the 17th century, a great disputation about the Sabbath arose. Now they would argue for the Sabbath, but they would not sincerely surrender to God and ingredients of repentance. They would do their own things on the sat, but they would find their own pleasures. They would even occasionally work. Sabbath keepers were what very well known, and books were published urging the keeping of the seventh day Sabbath Saturday, Sabbath. And one of those not satisfied with the Puritan Sunday observance was a very verbal minister named John Trask, T. R. A s K A. Now Trask also understood the truth concerning unclean meat, and he ordained for evangelists in about 80 16 16 and remember the King James Bible. But I was what you call it, instituted or commissioned, I guess, is the word to be written in about 16 11 so I think that's when they started it. In 80 16 11 the King James version of the Bible was begun. So this is Ineighty 16. 16 of these four Vangelis were ordained, whose labors resulted in the conversion of many people about 150 years later. Robert Coxes analysis, published in 18 65 Total Literature of the Sabbath Question. Volume one page 1 57 tells us that because of these things, Trask was censored in the Star Court Chamber, the Star Chamber. And that was an English court of law, which sat at the Royal Palace of Westminster. Anyway, Trash was denounced, humiliated, publicly whipped and then imprisoned for teaching the Sabbath. Three years later, having written and published a recantation, which was a more of a brief for a silly essay, he obtained his release. Yak, we asked. He gave in and afterwards relapse not into the same but other opinions rather humorous than hurtful. His wife died, having been confined for about 15 years for holding fast of the Sabbath. So so his wife remained faithful, but he did not sad for him. Another who shared trust, belief in keeping the Sabbath was Theopolis Bribe Rayborn. Yeah, it was brave. Born a former Puritan minister in Norfolk, England, where many AnaBaptists from Holland had migrated, he published books in 16 28 and in 16 32 advocating the true Sabbath. Now Cox, who wrote that analysis that I just mentioned set of thie awful ISS quote. He may be regarded as the founder in England of the sect at first known as Saboteur Ian's but now calling themselves Seventh Day. Baptists Close quote, Cox continues. This sector arose in Germany in the 16th century. Close quote. Now Cox was referring to those who the world loosely called AnaBaptists. Now. Later, official pressure was brought to bear on the office. Haycox wrote that the office quote became a convert, conforming himself quietly, though temporarily, to the Church of England. His followers, however, did not all accompany him back to Orthodoxy. Close quote. So he is their minister, went back to the Church of England, which is Sunday keeping church. But his parishioners or his the layman stayed faithful to the Sabbath. I think we saw that in worldwide court, often actually sadly, too, about this time, Philip Tandy, a minister of the Church of England and north of Northern England saw the truth concerning the Sabbath and the true mode of baptism and abandoned the Church of England. Edward Be. Underhill stated in his book, In Confessions of Faith and Other Public Documents. That another book and defense of the Sabbath was written by James Oxford and published about 16 40 to his enemies, called him an AnaBaptist. At this time, those who called himself the Church of God were commonly and falsely called AnaBaptists. Many others throughout the 16 and 17 hundreds also wrote and published works expounding and defending Biblical Truth, especially the commandment to keep God's Sabbath. God's called a God's Called were beginning to use his gift of the printing press, though still not with zeal needed to do a visible work. Not much is known of the congregations and local members of the true church. During the first decades of the 16 hundreds, For the most part, God's people had to stay very low key because it was still illegal. Well, then the whole Sabbath services for worship and preaching. Now, according to another book, and from 1910 from the 20th century, written in the 20th century, the seventh they baptised in Europe and America paid 78 by Albert and Rogers. Everything was religious service, everything was not easy for God's people. At least two ministers were martyred for preaching and conducting religious services outside the nationally organized church. Keep in mind this is during the 17th century that it's talking about. We know that one of the London Sabbath keeping churches goes back at least to the time of Trask in 16 28 and the four evangelists whom he ordained. Positive evidence is extent for the existence of several other Sabbath keeping congregations. In the 16 fifties, by 80 16 68 in England, there were at least nine congregations besides numerous scattered brethren of God's church. In other places, Edward Senate S T E N N e. T. T. Was one of the English ministers. Robert Cox, who wrote much later, 100 years later a so as who is mentioned, wrote in his literature of the Sabbath question. Paige to 67 quote. So wrote the famous Seventh Day Minister Edward standing to Rhode Island managed minister Rhode Island members not yet organized into our local church. Stennett addressed the roar of the Rhode Island members as the remnant in Rhode Island who keep the commandments of God and the testimonies of Jesus Christ. Close quote. The Standard Family, which provided ministers for the Church of God in England for four generations, is one example of the fact that Jesus Christ often works through families. We start with me to Genesis nine eighteen 18 and Verse 17 Genesis 18 over 17. No God used a similar approach with Abraham's family. God began working with Abraham and continued down through later generations with Isaac and Jacob, and got inspired Jacob to command his family as a physical religious unit to put away their foreign gods and to accompany him to Bethel Bethell. We're Jacob set up an altar. So here in Janice's 18 were going to read Vs 17 through 19. And this is 18 over 17 and the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham? What I am doing since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him in verse 19 for I have known him in order that he may come and his children and his household after him that they keep the way of the Lord to do righteousness and justice that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has spoken to him. Close quote. The covenants of God with the patriarchs are there are stories of blessings to families and descendants, generation after generation. And the channel was long. And God promises Abraham that his offspring will be as numerous as the dust of the Earth and from the friend that from the generations of his office spring would come or will come. Great nations and kings and Jacob's descendents were to be as the sand of the sea. Don't over to Exodus 20 in verse five. Scripture of Scripture you're very familiar with. In fact, you haven't memorized. Choosing to work in this large way through generations of families, God carries out his work through the smallest details of conception and birth. Each divinely ordered detailed joins the larger flow of events that God shapes in their human history, which moves along from one generation to the next. In the second of the 10 Commandments, God explains his dealings with people in the same generational terms. Exodus 20 versus five and six verse five, you shall not bow down to them that his idols nor serve them for I, the Lord your God am a jealous God visiting the iniquity of the Fathers upon the children, to the third and fourth generations of those who hate of those who hate me but showing mercy to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. There is the difference between and unsuccessful family and a successful family. God works through Abraham's family, as he promised through the generations to King David and through Mohr generations to Jesus Christ and in Jesus, the channel narrow to one brilliant point and then burst forward into a wide stream. So I'm 22 and 27 pictures. The huge multitude of people all the ends of the world, shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. God is interested in families, and he raises off families to do his work. And then it's our job as parents to continue to teach that this picture of all the families of the nation's worshipping crisis, the glorious end toward which all of the generations air moving God sees families as an important unit for working out his purpose. And Christ also used more than one member of several other families to proclaim his word throughout history. Please turn over Tax 28 Verse 30 among among them in about 80 16 75. As we progress through history, we are the Brothers Francis and Thomas Bamfield, B A M P F I E. L. D. Both wrote and published books on the Sabbath creation, The Law of God and Other Doctrines, The Duggar and DOD quote quoted in their book, which I Believe was written in the 20th century. The early 20th century on page 2 41 from France, quoted from Francis Banfield's book that the name of the church is the Church of God. Now he is the great living, eternal loving, merciful God and many other descriptive terms that can be applied to that. Francis Banfield was driven from his Church of England pastor in Devon share by the 16 62 act of conformity. The 16 62 active conformity and much of his remaining life was spent in various jails. He raised up a small Sabbath keeping congregation within the walls of Dorchester Jail and when released, he began to hold meetings in London in his own rented house, much like the Apostle Paul did. And we read that here in next 28 versus 30 31. Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house and received all who came to him preaching the Kingdom of God and teaching the things which concerned the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him. Then Francis Banfield organized the congregation that continued for over 100 years. Shortly after being seized again, he died in prison. Then Edward Stennett became pastor of the church. That same one that I mentioned earlier. Remember, Christ exhorted his people in, started storing that possible John's time to not forget the way they received his church. Don't forget the way or how they received his truth. Through the help of the Holy Spirit, they are in Revelation three inverse three Once again, remember therefore, how you have received and heard Behold! I mean, rather hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. so they were told to remember how they had received the truth. Not only that, they did, and they received it from Jesus Christ, who used the profits and the apostles to guard and teach the truth, even unto death, to preserve it. They did not receive the truth from those who had fallen away from it or who had perverted it, as the Jews and Gnostics had done.
Now the same held true much later in the 17th century, except it was the Catholics and the Protestants.
Even through fear of persecution in England, and later also in America, many of the called of God continued to fellowship with those who had fallen away—their mistake—and even with some of the churches of this world.
There was one minister in Worldwide who we attended with in Baltimore. He left the Worldwide Church of God, and one of things I heard not too long after that was that he was attending the Baptist church on the corner. He had been raised Catholic, so he was the one confused person.
In most cases, it pulled people out of the church because of the cancerous bitterness of those who leave the fellowship, spreading it to others. So everyone beware. Someone who has left the church, and is bitter, avoid them like the plague because you will be affected by it. We all think we are strong enough, but spirits and moods do affect us.
They proved that many are called, but few are chosen by the ease at which they committed spiritually adultery with mainstream, pseudo-Christianity. And so it was in all the history of God's church, many thousands were introduced to God's way of life through Scripture, and many of those promoted it to others, but most never took it to heart, internalizing it as a way of life that is worth dying for. So, we all must beware and take that caution very seriously.
Some of you here very likely—if the numbers hold true as they have for 2,000 years—will not be with us with the Church of God in the years to come. That should be one of the most sobering things that we hear today. I do not know who they are; only God knows the heart. But we just know by statistics that that's the case. And that's one of the reasons I'm giving this series—to show you how it has happened continuously in every century.
, James one and verse 21. If you turn with me there, please James one and verse 21. So God's Word was consistently passed along down through the ages, many times by God calling and raising up unconverted stones to help the physical promotion of God's truth, as was done with the printed Bible. Most were here is only, though, and The Apostle James gives an at description of the difference between a do ER and I here. Only in a sense of do around here on Lee is the same difference as I called and chosen person. One who is called Who doesn't follow the Call, James one versus 21 through 25. Therefore last side, all filth in. It's an overflow of wickedness and received with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls and there is 22 but be doers of the world and not here is only deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a here of the word and not a doer he is like a man observing his natural face in the mirror, Free observes himself, goes away and immediately forgets what kind of man he wass. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it and is not a forgetful here but a doer of the work. This one will be blessed in what he does. So many of the successors of the wall dens, Ian's your, um, call that from previous sermons later became Puritans. You're familiar with that term within the established Church of England. Others outside that church became had become Baptists to their own demise. Many of the ministers did not guard the truth and maintain fellowship with, and they and they did go ahead and maintain fellowship with the Protestants turned to Titus, one of her seven please Titus, one for seven. Now, back in the first century of the Church of God, the Apostle Paul gave instruction to the young pastor Titus about the responsibility of the ministry, and Titus faced the unenviable assignment of setting in order the church at Crete, which is in disarray and horrible shape, and Paul directs him to appoint elders, men of proven spiritually character in their home and jobs to oversee the work of the church. But elders are not the only individuals in the church who were required to excel spiritually. Men and women, young and old, each have their vital functions to fulfill in the church if they are living examples of the doctrine they profess, and parents have an undeniable responsibility to teach their children. Titus one versus seven through nine. For a bishop or minister, elder or pastor must be blameless as a steward of God, not self whale world not quick tempered, not given to wine. Not violent, Not not greedy for money but hospital boy lover of what is good, sober minded, just holy, self controlled, holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught that he may be able to buy sound doctrine both to exhort and convict those who contradict. Now, as a parent, think of these as a court requirement for you as well each and every one of us as a single person. Look at this. This is what you're you're shooting for. Is this list This is what? Jesus Christ, Warren, the church and Stardust not to neglect. He was concerned about the inevitable result of this relationship with the world that some of his people and ministers maintain. And they allowed and even encourage the circulation of false doctrine among the call of God, causing more to fall away. Now flip over to Second Corinthians six and Verse 14 please. Second, Corinthians six and Verse 14. Jesus commanded through the Apostle John that the church and Sardis must repent. They had tolerated sin and false teachers winter them wrist and the Apostle Paul gave a similar warning before John warned the church in service. Here's Paul Similar warning. Second, Corinthians six versus 14 through 17 Verse 14. Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers for what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness and what communion has light with darkness. And what accord has Christ with Belisle and what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols for you, the temple of the living God, as God has said, I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God and I will and they will, and they shall be my people for 17 come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. Sadly, the greater churches of God are still making the same mistakes they have down through history. Protestantism is still creeping it. We used to creep in. It's no longer creeping in. It is flooding in to the churches of God. The church in Sardi's had frequent and prolonged fellowship with unconverted Sunday keepers, and they'd listen to false teachers instead of separating themselves from such A from such an anti Christ influence. A close social or personal relationship with someone of contrary beliefs to God's truth often leads to compromise and tolerance of tolerance of sin in one's own life. I'm not saying it's wrong to you go to family dinners and things like that, and I mean, they are your family. I'm just saying that if you if you're best friends or those people are in the world and not in the church, then there is something really wrong with your life. So you have to be very careful at how close you get two people in the world. We all develop friendships with people in the world, and that's fine. But we have to keep it at arm's length because they will pull us them. A lesson in history is that tolerance is the device used to turn free people into slaves. Because when a society, or especially a church, tolerates the flagrant scent of others, that is adultery, sexual immorality, homosexuality, pedophilia, transgenderism and many other perversions that people think up and are becoming legal today. In this sick world, the unashamed sins sin puts the society or church under subjection to it are the people of the world slaves to this, they surely are. They're being made slaves under these things, dollars of sin moves those God calls from the liberty of the truth of God to the slavery of sin. If we are not careful now, you would think that at some point, following the repetitious behavior of tolerating sin, false teachers and false doctrines within the physical church, that Christians would learn from the bad examples of Christians before them, not to tolerate the false teaching of different doctrinal opinions within their midst, nor where they have invited ministers of other religions to preach to them. But it still happens. There is an example I was going to use here, but I'm going to save it for my next sermon. That shows that that was done in worldwide history shows that God's called out one's throughout the church. Throughout the church's history wave the banner of false emotional love and tolerance for those of false doctoral opinions. They make the foolish mistake of equating love and with tolerance and even mercy intolerance. And not they are not the same thing in Romans 13 a verse 10 The Apostle Paul defines love as love. Those does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law. God's law. Love is the fulfillment of the law. And in John First John five and Verse three, The Apostle Just John defines love. As for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments and his commandments are not burdened. Dirt burdensome. They're not slavery. Their freedom, mercy and tolerance are not the same thing, either. Basically, mercy is compassion or forgiveness shown towards someone whom it is within one's power to punish or harm. Basically, tolerance is the ability or willingness to tolerate something in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. So we have to be very careful that we do not confuse tolerance with the mercy or love mercy tolerance. Together, the Christians of many centuries, including the 17th century, did not realize that condoning false teachings by listening to them did harm to both the believer and the unconverted. And this prideful attitude was one of the was one of the primary reasons that the church and started is called Dead. They were dead partly because they did not watch out for Satan's infestation of false teachers and guard against it. I'll drop over to first Corinthians few pages over to first Corinthians five and verse one. And actually, since I got cut short on the sermon time, I'm going to just refer to this because you're very familiar with it. The Apostle Paul made it very clear that condoning evil in the church is not showing love by protecting the brethren. The event is. The inevitable result of such practice is expressed in First Corinthians five, where Paul chastises the church and court for tolerating flagrant sin in their midst. He says it is actually reported that there is sexual nor immorality among you. Ooh, and he says inverse to you're puffed up and you should have met been mourned or you should be mourning over it. And he also says you should deliver one to Satan. To further destruction of the flesh was flagrantly sitting like that for six year glorifying is not good little 11 Elevens, the whole lump and therefore purge out the old 11. So this treatment of sin is a common misconception of proud of the Protestants in their tolerant attitudes. They show themselves guilty of the very thing the Apostle John cautioned us off in first John, too. And Verse 15 do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Tolerance of sin is a way of loving the things of the world, and Christ warrants artists and Revelation three, Verse three that their ways would eventually leave them completely unprepared for his coming considering. Consider, for example, the 17th century history of the congregation founded by Francis Bamfield that I mentioned before faithful minister, According to the book, The Seventh Day, baptised in Europe in America paid 65 for many years. Another separate seventh Day congregation also met in the same hall. One church met in the morning, the other in the afternoon. Through the years of on several changes of meeting place, the two congregations continued to use the same hall wherever they went. They mainly differed on the saint on the question of Calvinism. What's Calvinism? Helminen? Calvinism was a prominent Protestant theological belief system that began in the 16th century. It basically it's basically the theological system system of John Calvin and his followers, marked by a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God and especially how it relates to the doctrine of predestination. In about 80 16 19 the Calvinists produced the five articles of the sin. Odd of Dort almost sounds like something out of the war, Lord of the Rings, which, among other things, proposed that Christ died exclusively for the chosen ones. Now, generally, the Calvinists believed that God shows specific people to save and no one else had and opportunities for salvation and that once chosen, a person was permanently saved. And we know this as the false doctrine, the false Protestant doctrine of one saved, always saved. Did he have influenced the Calvin have influence on them? church on the Protestant church. He certainly did. Today, Calvinism is the origin of the reformed and Presbyterian churches. I mention this false belief because its influence on Christianity and the 17th and 18th centuries was substantial enough to become an established doctrine in mainstream Christianity. Now, because of a lack of qualified ministers within the congregations of the churches of God, services were often conducted by the ministers of other churches, and during one period for different Baptist ministers preached to the afternoon congregation. Similar instances seemed to have occurred in the morning church as well. Gradually, the two congregations merged. By this time, 11 of error was firmly entrenched in the Church of God, according to the book The Seventh Day. Baptised in Europe in America, Page 42 tells that later this combined congregation merged again, this time with the so called mill yard short church milieu ARD M I. L L Yard. Why RD church significantly in the Mill Yard Church building. Also there had been separate morning and afternoon service is with separate minister since 17 54 and the and millions church records of that very year contain the earliest extent mentioned in England of a group known as a congregation of Protestants, dissenting from the Church of England, commonly called Seventh Day Baptists. That there were two separate groups of seventh day churches in England during this time is also indicated by the fact that ministers were often required to be re ordained to come from one Sabbath keeping congregation to another. They see one congregation was Protestant, and the other was 1/7 day. True Church of God. According to a book by Joseph Belcher published in 18 65 totaled religious denominations in the United States. By the late 17 hundreds, these people had so adopted Protestant viewpoints that they began to elect their ministers instead of relying on Jesus Christ to select them. Some of these ministers, even seventh day believers themselves, had for a long time pastored what were called first day congregations on Sunday, as well as congregations of the Church of God on the Sabbath. So they were double timing it on the weekends. Now, just very quickly, I'll mention that a X Worldwide minister came into the front lobby here and I did not know about the church, and I told him, and he says, Well, I've been pastoring a Sunday keeping church down the road here, and he said, I was wondering if I could preach to your congregation and I said, Well, we are seventh. They sat with keepers. He goes, All doesn't matter walking street on Sunday or Saturday, Saturday or Sunday I said, Well, way have nothing in common. Oh, you can't. You can't preach here and never saw him again. I felt sorry for him because he was just the pitiful man. Looked like he was, You know, I had lost everything. So, Pete, there are ministers that do that. The natural result was a complete negligence of properly feeding the flock of God. They did little or nothing to promulgate God's truth. We can see why Christ call such a sardis type attitude Dead. The church is tolerance of this spiritual adultery made any of their efforts to remote God's truth dead and in vain. And James to inverse 20 Verse 26 says, But you, What do you want to know? Foolish man, that faith without works is a dead faith. Where is the body without the spirit is dead So faith without works is dead. Also unfaithfulness to God and his written word produces bad and spiritually were bad works and spiritually death. So the church, during the 17th and 18th centuries needed God's Holy Spirit to strengthen them. But through their pursuit of their own form of religion, they lost most or all of this gift of God, and error continued to weaken them, according to a history of the Sabbath pages to 7 to 33 and 2 34 By JN Andrews quote With the 18th century it zeal, that is, the church's it zeal vanished. Close quote and the cause was their willingness to remain in fellowship with false churches because of the political power of the Church of England. There were never very many Sabbath keepers in England. By about 1,800 they had become almost extinct again, since no seventh day. Pastor could be found in Europe or England, the three remaining English congregations imported and American, and he led them to limited prosperity again, but no longer as the Church of God. They now call themselves Seventh Day Baptists. But before these early congregations were completely, he swallowed up. In the seventh, a Baptist denomination, Jesus Cross Jesus Christ, caused his church the true Church of God to be established in America in the middle of the 17th century in America, local congregations of God's church began to be established. Remember, by this time there were no organized seventh a church's Ella any longer in England, other than what may have been pastored by that American. In 16 64 Steven Mumford M. U. M F. Org was sent from the Bell Lane Church of God in London, England, to Newport, Rhode Island, and for a while, he associated with the members of a Sunday Baptist Church and in time persuaded several of them to embrace his use of the Sabbath. After seven years and 1/7 a congregation off seven members was This was raised up from these people, and they identified it as part of the Church of God. The Church of God in Rhode Island became the mother church in America, and it grew slowly for about 30 years, and then in 17 08 the and large and geographically widespread Newport Congregation was officially separated into two congregations. The Westerly and the Hopkinton congregation retained the original records, being recognized as the leading or headquarters location. The reasons for this transfer is very interesting. Previous to this time, the Westerly or Hopkinton site had become the regular meeting place for a yearly meeting of members from all over. That is all over the East Coast of that time. It was such it was at such a meeting on September 28th on the Gregorian calendar that this the decision was made to establish a new congregation and details are lacking. But it is significant that this date falls during the Feast of Tabernacles of that year, according to the book Seventh Day Baptists in Europe in America, God, the earliest of these annual meetings had been held in late May of 16 84. Other annual meeting dates consistently felt fell either on the fall holy day season or near Pentecost. I'm one of these meetings came at Christmas, Easter or even in midsummer. It appears that God's people were, at least in part, attempting to follow the pattern of the Holy Days. He who had ordained So in the meantime, several other congregations of Sabbath keepers reformed mostly of new converts and immigrants from England. And though they recognize their relationship to the mother church in Rhode island distance made it necessary for the brethren in New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania to gather in annual meetings in their own areas. And these assemblies often sent greetings to each other by letters and delegates. At these times, according to the seventh, a Baptist in Europe and America, quote, the Sabbath, with its general communion, was indeed a high day close quote. Now there were only a few people during the 17th century who were truly dedicated Sabbath, Holy Day and commandment keeping Christians. It was not until much later that mature. The majority accepted the Protestant idea that God's holy days were done away. It's always been just a few, just a remnant to continue on after the main group goes into apostasy. It happens over and over and over again and has for almost 2,000 years. Then, in the 18th century in America, we find the establishment of more seventh day congregations. Many other Sabbath keeping congregations were continuously being formed, but disappointingly, many of the people of these congregations had not become converted nor acquired the habit of prayer and Bible study. So please start over to Jude three. Many did no personal Bible study of their own. They had merely accepted the doctrinal argument of the Sabbath. Among them were some individuals who had crept in unnoticed just a CZ. They had inju today for the specific purpose of drawing away converts to their own style of religion. Jude three were I mean, Jude, we are going to read versus three and four Jude three. Beloved. While I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you, exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once delivered for all delivered to the saints for certain man have crept in unnoticed who long ago were marked out for this condemnation ungodly men who turned the grace of God over God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. So one of these deceitful ministers was not evangelist who is very important historically in connection with the future development of the Seventh Day Baptist denomination in America. William Davis had studied at Oxford University to become a clergyman of the Church of England. However, he changed his mind and became a Quaker instead migrating to Pennsylvania, he soon fell into disagreement with other Quakers. He then switch to the Baptist. Soon after he accepted the Sabbath and founded the seventh, a church near Philadelphia. In 17 06 Davis began attending the Newport, Rhode Island, Church of God and applied for membership. He was turned down because he held wrong. Does it not wrong doctrines? We start over to first Timothy sixth, Verse three. Now, four years later, he tried again, but this time at Westerly and was accepted, subject to approval by the annual meeting. Approval was finally granted, though some still objected. In 17 13 he was authorized to preach to and to baptize. But he had not become a true member of God's church. As his fruits exposed, he was in trouble with the church and was in and out of fellowship for the rest of his life. He twice moved to Pennsylvania and back, lived in Connecticut for a while and finally died among a settlement of his followers and their children in New Jersey. To the end, he maintained the rightness of his own views and argued with God's word. Listen to me part of his letter. See, we are first. I'm going to read here and said. And first Timothy, Then I'll read you part of his letter. Chris Timothy. Six. Let's see, Paul wrote to Timothy about this very thing. It inevitably happens repeatedly. First Timothy six, and we are reading versus three through five 1st 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and to the doctrine, which accords with godliness. He is proud, knowing nothing but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words. There is a dead giveaway if somebody's that way all the time, from which come envy strife, reviling an evil suspicions. Reverse five useless wranglings of man of corrupt minds and Destitute of the Truth. Who supposed the godliness is, um, is a means of gain from such Withdraw yourself. Now listen to part of the letter that Davis wrote defending himself and accusing the truth quote. Now all this enmity against me among Seventh Day Man arose against me, originally from a note seven on a noted seven day man and soul Seper See it sleeper, they called Soul Sleeper is the nickname for God's people in this country who above 20 years ago opposed me about my Christ and my Trin and the Trinity who having porous several other whoever who haven't pours in several other seventh day men with the mortal and an atheistic notion and set them against me. He secretly conveyed this trench that his accusation against me over the westerly to the to the persons before named who complying with him in their judgment, that is doctrines in the, uh I can't I do not not sure how this is pronounced, but it's so seen Ian and Auntie, treated to carry an error, drank it greedily down before I came along. Calls quote. So you can see that even his letter shows that everything was about him and he was claiming that those who believe did not believe in a Trinity were dumb. He knew better. You should dream believe in the train today, and so on notice, he continually accuses his opponents of being against me at the same time, tacitly admitting it was really of his false doctrines that were that that they were against doctrines which were totally at variance with the truth of the church had long held before he even came along. According to Corliss Fitz Randolph, a history of the seventh, a Baptist in West Virginia. In later years, many of William Davis's descendants and followers could be found in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. And this was how it came to be that as earliest 17 76 some Sabbath keepers began to take part in war and believed in a trinity and an immortal soul. So please turn with me to mark seven in verse. Eight. No. As we move into the 19th century in America. Over the next 100 years, these and other Protestant doctrines were prevalent in the Sabbath, keeping congregations. Many began to try to organize, so that at 1st 7 or eight and later, most of the congregation united to form a denomination and this group officially adopted the name Seventh Day, baptised in 18 18 So prior to this search of God had in England being gone, going by that name. But now, as they went into apostasy, these deformed US the nomination with many churches, a large organization, so 10 or 12 congregations in the Pennsylvania to Rhode Island area alone would not at least affiliate with this denomination of men. The tender 2012 common congregation said No, we do not want any part of it. And even his late is 18 28. Only 2012 18 28 16 to 20 congregations were being represented at the seventh Day Baptist Conference meetings. While they spoke disparagingly disparagingly of other fanatical and unworthy Sabbath keepers, meaning God's people as always, the few had refused to go along with false doctrine had remained faithful to the word of God rather than the tradition of men. And that's what constantly crept in the tradition of men, the teachings of men, the philosophies off men. As always, the few had refused to go along. Now, here in Mark seven, we are going to read versus 89 and 13 mark seven of her safer. Laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men, the washing of pitchers and cups and many other such things you do. And he said to them all to Well, you reject the commandment of God that you may keep your tradition verse 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition, which you have handed down, and many such things you do So about a generation later, a great movement, the Adventist movement, began among the Sunday keeping churches, basing their hope on William Miller's false control irritation of Daniel's prophesy of the 23 100 days found in Daniel eight. Verse 14. Many began to expect the return of Jesus Christ to Earth in the year 18 44 and it became known Azad Venice from the term Advent, meaning coming or arrival When Adventist on DH. When Adventist expectations for 18 44 proved to be an illusion, the advent is split into several different groups. According to their various doctoral backgrounds, The most important group refused to admit that they had been wrong about the date, so they accepted the idea that God's throne in heaven had needed cleansing at the time. If any place doesn't need, cleansing is God's throne. 1/7 they baptised woman in New Hampshire called the Sabbath to the attention of some of these Adventis. But it was not until about two years after their great disappointment that the seventh day was widely publicized among them, and the group then accepted the Sabbath, the seventh day Sabbath. But they did not join the Seventh Day Baptist. Instead, they began to assemble with the remnant of the True Church of God with whom they had come in contact, and this is shown by the fact that they gave up their former belief in the Trinity and an immortal soul. They began to call themselves by the biblical name the Church of God, and their first song book was dedicated to the Church of God, and some of them were active in publishing a periodical in the name of the Church of God. Nevertheless, those exit the AD. Venice were never spiritually apart of the Church of God. They had only associated themselves with God's church for a while later, most of them began following a woman whom some considered of prophetess. I'll turn over to first Timothy, four and Verse one police in 18 50 before the Adventis began to set a price on and to sell the religious literature, even though Christ tells his true ministers to freely Yes, And then in 18 60 they rejected the name the Church of God and officially adopted in the name of Seventh Day Adventists. As before, a few faithful members, but only the few of the Church of God did not go along. Some of the end Adventis type doctrines were prophesized for the latter times by Paul in First Timothy, for where he especially mentions forbidding the eating of meats, which the Adventists require. First Timothy for inverse one will read the worst versus one through three. Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving he to deceiving spirits and doctrine of demons, speaking lies and hypocrisy. Having their own conscious seared with a hot iron forbidding to marry and commanding toe abstain from foods. King James Translates Foods is meat, which God created to be received with Thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. Every one of the points prophesized here was not necessarily fulfilled at the same time, or in a single group of misled people. But each of these points has been fulfilled in one group or another that departed from the truth in the last few centuries. The error of their sin is that they allowed themselves to be deceived with the doctrines of demons. The early history of this Adventist movement shows the kind of spirit behind it. In its early days, the supernatural power of demons was manifest, for example, according to Elegy White's The Great Controversy, Page 3 66 In Norway and Sweden, children were encouraged to preach and spread the church's doctrines. Children, some of them were no more than six or eight years old, and these children were too young to have been able to experience true conversion. And this sounds similar to the Catholic beliefs, such as the children of Fatima, who would, who received the false who received the false prophetic vision. Notice how one of those deluded, misused Adventis children later described his experiences. Quote preached. Yes, I had to preach. I had no devising in the matter. A power came upon me and I uttered what I was compelled that by that power to utter close quote another who was 15 years old when these events occurred, said quote. As soon as we were seized by this heavenly power, we began to speak to the people and to proclaim with a loud voice that the judgment hour had come close. Quote to these examples are found in Emma. How's how Cooper's book, The Great Advent Movement, pages 22 23. God's spirit leads, but it does not force anyone to do anything Paul was inspired to write in Romans eight, verse 14 For as many as there are led by the spirit of God, these are sons of God Now here in our turnover to mark nine of us 20 please. The power that seizes and completely controls the human being is demonic. Mark nine and versus 2021 Mark nine, verse 20. Then they brought him to him. And when he saw him immediately, the spirit convulsed him and he fell on the ground and wallowed foaming at the mouth. So he asked his father, 1st 21 So he asked his father, How long has this been happening to him? And he said to him from childhood and often he the demon has grown as thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you could do anything, have compassion on us and help us. So you see there how the demons react when they are in people and how they influence people to do things that they do not Well, they have to be willing in order for that to happen or allowed by God to do that. That is in a child and a lot of demons. Not a lot. But there are demons that just travel through families. They continue from generation to generation. At least that's what experience seems to point to. So the Seventh Day Adventist Movement has its origins in doctrines and police that God's word go zzzz faras to say or demonic. The Seventh Day Adventist Church is not a true church of God. It has deceived many. Many have thought it wass. They are Traini, Terrian and Protestant. In their philosophy and tradition, collages to inverse ate once again beware, lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit according to the tradition of man according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ. So I mention this because many people have fallen for this deception that is, of the Seventh Day Adventists. But they are not a branch of God's church. When the Adventis organized themselves as a denomination in 18 60 only a few mostly in the states of Ohio, Iowa and Missouri did not go along. The printing plant and the magazine formerly published, published in the name of the Church of God, were taken over by the Adventists But in 18 61 a group of the faithful began to the publication of a new monthly paper called The Remnant of Israel, later changed to the Sabbath Advocate and finally, the Bible advocate. Soon, these people were heavenly, are heavily influenced by the Protestants around them. So they again began to organize themselves into a general conference and various state conferences. They even had a college in sale on West Virginia, which I have visited. Certain faithful families provided the Church of God a fragile continuity. These came to be located mainly in Missouri, Oklahoma and Oregon. Some of them retain knowledge of God's holy days and the identity of modern Israel. And during the same period, Church of God ministers began missionary work in Mexico and Chile and Argentina, the Philippines and other places during those last 70 years, from 18 61 on ly, a few individuals really repented and strengthen the truth that was slipping from their mist. Most of their ministers, instead of submitting themselves to be used by God, tried to carry on our work by their own human power. He's toying with me for a final scripture to Hebrews 12 and verse 25. By early in the 20th century, many were our only seeking and income for themselves. They were not diligently seeking to serve God. And these ministers had rejected God's authority and government, having lost the knowledge of how God governs his church and absorb the Protestant idea of democracy, applying it to church government with its accompanying divisions and controversies and self orientation, the result of rejecting Christ direction was increasing doctoral deviation and a lack of true conversion among the members. The Apostle Paul, likely author of the Book of Hebrews, warned the consequences of refusing to carefully listen to and diligently regard Jesus Christ instructions about the will of God. I'm going to read this to you. From the Amplified Version, he rose 12 versus 12 25 to 28 to see to it that you do not reject at him. That is Jesus Christ or refuse to listen to and heed him. Who is speaking to you now for if they the Israelites did not escape when they refused to listen and heed him, who worn and divinely instructed them here on earth, revealing with heavenly warnings his will? How much less shall we escape. If we reject and turn our backs on him. Who cautions and admonishes us from heaven? Then it mount Sinai. A CZ voice shook the earth, but now he has given a promise. Yet once more, I will shake and make tremble, not the not only the earth, but also the starry heavens. There is 27 now. This expression, yet once more, indicates the final removal and transformation of all that can be shaken. That is a that which has been created in order that what cannot be shaken may remain and continue Verse 28. Let us therefore receive a kingdom that is firm and stable and cannot be shaken, offered to God pleasing service, an acceptable worship with modesty, pious care and godly fear and all that's the attitude we should have while we are sitting here and praising him and worshipping him is in modesty, pious care, godly fear and all the phrase. What cannot be shaken refers to eternal godly principles of truth, of law, of righteousness and these air not changed or modified by time, circumstances, tradition of men or human laws. Physical things cannot limit them. Human reasoning cannot abolish them. Maliki three Inverse six quotes goddess saying I, the Lord, do not change. Many of the called refused to heed God's word, and they turned their backs on The Lord, our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. Well, sadly, by the beginning of the 20th century, only a few remain faith to God's truth. And these were the faithful converted ones who carefully submitted to and diligently carried out Jesus Isn't Jesus his instructions regarding God's will. Nevertheless, those few converted ones were the apple of God's eye.