The Straight Testimony
Our Greatest Need
Lest I am
accused of being self-righteous and/or judgmental, I need to
share with my reader the fact that this website has been put
together by one who has an acute awareness of his own failings
Yet I consider
this awareness to be an inestimable blessing in that it keeps
me cradled at the feet of the Master, and it keeps me coming
back, day after day, to feed on the Bread of Life - for unless
I attend the daily banquet, I find it extremely difficult to
live with myself - and I find it even more difficult to live
with certain aspects of my past.
This said, I
now feel at liberty to invite you to carefully consider a
question that needs to be answered with utmost urgency in this
Laodicean era . . .
How can God
make true Christians out of us
if we are of the sincere opinion
that we are doing just fine in the eyes of God?
The answer is
relatively simple - He has to reveal to us our spiritual
deficiencies, He has to expose us to our failings and our
needs, He has to show us that our characters fall far short of
His glorious character. This exposure will enable us to
realise our desperate need of a Saviour, our desperate need of
His righteousness (which is all His and none of ours), and our
desperate need of spending time alone with Him on a daily
realization also enables us to see the cutting truths, not as
cruel whips, but as gentle yokes that keep us depending on
Him, looking to Him, and learning from Him.
More than this,
it is the cutting truths that keep us from being deceived,
for . . .
deceived concerning the condition of their hearts. They do not
realize that the natural heart is deceitful above all things,
and desperately wicked. They wrap themselves about with
their own righteousness and are satisfied in reaching their
own human standard of character. [But man] has nothing of
his own but what is tainted and corrupted, polluted with sin,
utterly repulsive to a pure and holy God. Apart from Christ,
we have no merit, no righteousness. Our sinfulness, our
weakness, our human imperfection make it impossible that we
should appear before God.' (1SM320, 342, 333)
When viewed in
this light, therefore, we realize that it is the cutting
truths that enable us to accept the fact that . . .
`The nature of
man is in opposition to the divine will, depraved, deformed,
and wholly unlike the character of God expressed in His law.'
It is the
cutting truths, therefore, that keep us humble [but "in
humility there is strength". (YI 12-06-00)]. It is the cutting
truths that keep us reminded that we are the lost people that
Jesus shed His blood for. It is the cutting truths that keep
us reminded that we are the weak people that He has promised
to make strong - in Him. It is the cutting truths that keep us
reminded that we are the deplorable sinners that He came to
It is from this
understanding, therefore, that I invite you to consider the
following Spirit of Prophecy Counsels:
professed followers of Christ are no longer a separate and
peculiar people. The line of demarcation is indistinct. The
people are subordinating themselves to the world, to its
practices, its customs, its selfishness. The church has gone
over to the world in transgression of the law, when the world
should have come over to the church in obedience to the law.
Daily the church is being converted to the world. All these
expect to be saved by Christ's death, while they refuse to
live His self-sacrificing life. They extol the riches of free
grace, and attempt to cover themselves with an appearance of
righteousness, hoping to screen their defects of character;
but their efforts will be of no avail in the day of God.'
`Wickedness and deception are increasing among God's people who profess to keep His commandments. Spiritual discernment to see sin as it exists, and then to put it out of the camp, is decreasing among God's people; and spiritual blindness is fast coming upon them.
The straight testimony must be revived, and it will separate those from Israel who have ever been at war with the means that God has ordained
to keep corruptions out of the church. Wrongs must be called wrongs. Grievous sins must be called by their right name.'
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.' (1SG225)
was shown the churches in different states that profess to be
keeping the commandments of God and looking for the second
coming of Christ. There is an alarming amount of indifference,
pride, love of the world, and cold formality existing among
them. And these are the people who are fast coming to resemble
ancient Israel, so far as the want of piety is concerned. Many
make high claims to godliness and yet are destitute of
self-control. Appetite and passion bear sway; self is made
prominent. Many are arbitrary, dictatorial, overbearing,
boastful, proud, and unconsecrated. Yet some of these persons
are ministers, handling sacred truths.' (4T403)
some there is a shunning of the living testimony. Cutting
truths must not be shunned. It needs something besides the
theory to reach hearts now. It needs the stirring testimony to
alarm and arouse; that will stir the enemy's subjects, and
then honest souls will be led to decide for the truth. There
has been and still is with some a disposition to have
everything move on smoothly. They see no necessity of the straight
to whom the message of truth is spoken seldom ask, "Is it
true?" but "by whom is is it advocated?"
Multitudes estimate it by the numbers who accept it; and the
question is still asked, "Have any of the learned men or
religious leaders believed." ' (DA459)
there is need of the voice of stern rebuke; for grievous
sins have separated the people from God. Infidelity is fast
becoming fashionable. "We will not have this man to rule
over us" (Luke19:14) is the language of thousands. The
smooth sermons so often preached make no lasting impression.
The trumpet does not give a certain sound. Men are not cut
to the heart by the plain, sharp truths of God's word. When
will the voice of faithful rebuke be heard once more in the
was shown that the pointed testimony must live in the church.
This ALONE will answer to the message to the
Wrongs must be reproved, sin must be called sin, and iniquity
must be met promptly and decidedly, and put away from us as a people.'
truth must not be muffled now. Plain statements must be made.
Unvarnished truth must be spoken in leaflets and pamphlets,
and these must be scattered like the leaves of autumn.'
are now living in the last days, when the truth must be
spoken, when in reproof and warning it must be given to the
world, irrespective of consequences. If there are some who
will become offended and turn from the truth, we must bear in
mind that there were those who did the same in Christ's day.'
clear decided testimony is to be borne, for a people is to be
prepared to meet a time of trouble such as never was since
there was a nation.' (MM38)
asked the meaning of the shaking I had seen and was shown that
it would be caused by the straight testimony called forth by
the counsel of the True Witness to the Laodiceans [Rev 3:18].
This will have its effect upon the heart of the receiver, and
will lead him to exalt the standard and pour forth the
straight truth. Some will not bear this straight testimony.
They will rise up against it, and this is what will cause a
shaking among God's people. I saw that the testimony of the
True Witness has not been half heeded. The solemn testimony
upon which the destiny of the church hangs has been lightly
esteemed, if not entirely disregarded. This testimony must
work deep repentance; all who truly receive it will obey it
and be purified.' (EW270)
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