God's Last Day Church
God's People Keep His Commandments
God has a church on earth who are lifting up the downtrodden law, and presenting to the
world the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world. . . .
There is but one church in the world who are at the present time standing in the breach
and making up the hedge, building up the old waste places. . . .
Let all be careful not to make an outcry against the only people who are fulfilling the
description given of the remnant people, who keep the commandments of God and have faith
in Jesus. . . . God has a distinct people, a church on earth, second to none, but superior
to all in their facilities to teach the truth, to vindicate the law of God. . . . My
brother, if you are teaching that the Seventh-day Adventist Church is Babylon, you are
wrong.--TM 50, 58, 59 (1893).
[1 THE BOOK OF REVELATION FOCUSES ON TWO SETS OF GOD'S PEOPLE--THE VISIBLE REMNANT
(12:17) AND "MY PEOPLE" IN BABYLON (18:4). THIS CHAPTER DEALS WITH THE FORMER,
AND CHAPTER 14, "THE LOUD CRY," DEALS WITH THE LATTER.]
They Have the Testimony of Jesus
As the end draws near and the work of giving the last warning to the world extends, it
becomes more important for those who accept present truth to have a clear understanding of
the nature and influence of the testimonies, which God in His providence has linked with
the work of the third angel's message from its very rise.--5T 654 (1889).
Men may get up scheme after scheme and the enemy will seek to seduce souls from the
truth, but all who believe that the Lord has spoken through Sister White and has
given her a message will be safe from the many delusions that will come in these last
days.--3SM 83, 84 (1906).
There will be those who will claim to have visions. When God gives you clear evidence
that the vision is from Him, you may accept it, but do not accept it on any other
evidence, for people are going to be led more and more astray in foreign countries and in
America.--2SM 72 (1905).
Their "Landmark" Biblical Doctrines
The passing of the time in 1844 was a period of great events, opening to our astonished
eyes the cleansing of the sanctuary transpiring in heaven, and having decided relation to
God's people upon the earth, [also] the first and second angels' messages and the third,
unfurling the banner on which was inscribed, "The
commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." One of the landmarks under this
message was the temple of God, seen by His truth-loving people in heaven, and the ark
containing the law of God. The light of the Sabbath of the fourth commandment flashed its
strong rays in the pathway of the transgressors of God's law. The nonimmortality of the
wicked is an old landmark. I can call to mind nothing more that can come under the head of
the old landmarks.--CW 30, 31 (1889).
The Distinctive Mission of Seventh-day Adventists
The Lord has made us the depositaries of His law; He has committed to us sacred and
eternal truth, which is to be given to others in faithful warnings, reproofs, and
encouragement.--5T 381 (1885).
Seventh-day Adventists have been chosen by God as a peculiar people, separate from the
world. By the great cleaver of truth He has cut them out from the quarry of the world and
brought them into connection with Himself. He has made them His representatives and has
called them to be ambassadors for Him in the last work of salvation. The greatest wealth
of truth ever entrusted to mortals, the most solemn and fearful warnings ever sent by God
to man, have been committed to them to be given to the world.--7T 138 (1902).
In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and
light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a
perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have
been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and
third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow
nothing else to absorb their attention.--9T 19 (1909).
Reasons Why the Seventh-day Adventist Church Was Organised
As our numbers increased it was evident that without some form of organisation there
would be great confusion, and the work would not be carried forward successfully. To
provide for the support of the ministry, for carrying the work in new fields, for
protecting both the churches and the ministry from unworthy members, for holding church
property, for the publication of the truth through the press, and for many other objects,
organisation was indispensable. . . .
Light was given by His Spirit that there must be order and thorough discipline in the
church--that organisation was essential. System and order are manifest in all the works of
God throughout the universe. Order is the law of heaven, and it should be the law of God's
people on the earth.--TM 26 (1902).
Organisation Will Always Be Essential
Unless the churches are so organised that they can carry out and enforce order, they
have nothing to hope for in the future.--1T 270 (1862).
Oh, how Satan would rejoice if he could succeed in his efforts to get in among this
people and disorganise the work at a time when thorough organisation is essential and will
be the greatest power to keep out spurious uprisings and to refute claims not endorsed by
the Word of God! We want to hold the lines evenly, that there shall be no breaking down of
the system of organisation and order that has been built up by wise, careful labour.
License must not be given to disorderly elements that desire to control the work at this
Some have advanced the thought that, as we near the close of time, every child of God
will act independently of any religious organisation. But I have been instructed by the
Lord that in this work there is no such thing as every man's being independent.[2. FROM
MANUSCRIPT READ BEFORE THE DELEGATES AT THE GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION, WASHINGTON, D.C.,
MAY 30, 1909.]--9T 257, 258 (1909).
As we near the final crisis, instead of feeling that there is less need of order and
harmony of action, we should be more systematic than heretofore.--3SM 26 (1892).
The Special Authority of God's Church
God has invested His church with special authority and power which no one can be
justified in disregarding and despising, for in so doing he despises the voice of God.--3T
God has bestowed the highest power under heaven upon His church. It is the voice of God
in His united
people in church capacity which is to be respected.--3T 451 (1875).
A Time of Spiritual Weakness and Blindness
I was confirmed in all I had stated in Minneapolis, that a reformation must go through
the churches. Reforms must be made, for spiritual weakness and blindness were upon the
people who had been blessed with great light and precious opportunities and privileges. As
reformers they had come out of the denominational churches, but they now act a part
similar to that which the churches acted. We hoped that there would not be the necessity
for another coming out.[3. THIS IS THE ONLY KNOWN STATEMENT FROM THE PEN OF ELLEN WHITE
INDICATING THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE LOST CONFIDENCE IN THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH
ORGANISATION. THE DOUBT WHICH SHE EXPRESSED HERE WAS NEVER REPEATED DURING THE REMAINING
TWENTY-SIX YEARS OF HER LIFE.]
While we will endeavour to keep the "unity of the Spirit" in the bonds of
peace, we will not with pen or voice cease to protest against bigotry.--EGW'88 356, 357
Of those who boast of their light and yet fail to walk in it Christ says, "But I
say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgement than
for you. And thou, Capernaum [Seventh-day Adventists, who have had great light], which art
exalted unto heaven [in point of privilege], shalt be brought down to hell: for if the
mighty works which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained
until this day."--RH Aug. 1, 1893.[4. THE BRACKETED COMMENTS ARE BY ELLEN WHITE.]
The church is in the Laodicean state. The presence of God is not in her midst.--1NL 99
Abuse of Power at Church Headquarters
The General Conference is itself becoming corrupted with wrong sentiments and
principles. . . .
Men have taken unfair advantage of those whom they supposed to be under their
jurisdiction. They were determined to bring the individuals to their terms; they would
rule or ruin. . . .
The high-handed power that has been developed, as though position has made men gods,
makes me afraid, and ought to cause fear. It is a curse wherever and by whomsoever it is
exercised.--TM 359-361 (1895).
There are altogether too many weighty responsibilities given to a few men, and some do
not make God their Counsellor. What do these men know of the necessities of the work in
foreign countries? How can they know how to decide the questions which come to them asking
for information? It would require three months for those in foreign countries to receive a
response to their questions, even if there was no delay in writing.--TM 321 (1896).
Those living in distant countries will not do that which their judgement tells them is
right unless they first send for permission to Battle Creek. Before they will advance they
await Yes or No from that place.--SpT-A(9) 32 (1896).
It is not wise to choose one man as president of the General Conference. The work of
the General Conference has extended, and some things have been made unnecessarily
complicated. A want of discernment has been shown. There should be a division of the
field, or some other plan should be devised to change the present order of things.--TM 342
(1896).[5. THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH WAS ORGANISED IN 1863 WITH 3,500 MEMBERS, HALF
A DOZEN LOCAL CONFERENCES, ABOUT THIRTY MINISTERIAL LABOURERS, AND A GENERAL CONFERENCE
COMMITTEE OF THREE. THE GENERAL CONFERENCE PRESIDENT WAS WELL ABLE TO PROVIDE THE
LEADERSHIP AND COUNSEL REQUIRED BY SUCH A SMALL ORGANISATION. HE COULD PERSONALLY ATTEND
EVERY IMPORTANT MEETING AND IN ADDITION GIVE PERSONAL ATTENTION TO MUCH OF THE BUSINESS
CONNECTED WITH THE PUBLISHING WORK. HOWEVER, BY 1896 THE WORK OF THE CHURCH HAD GREATLY
EXPANDED IN THE UNITED STATES, AND EXTENDED TO EUROPE, AUSTRALIA, AND AFRICA AS WELL. IT
WAS NO LONGER POSSIBLE FOR ONE MAN TO GIVE ADEQUATE SUPERVISION AND DIRECTION TO SUCH A
WIDESPREADING WORK. ELLEN WHITE URGED A DIVISION OF THE FIELD, SO THAT OUR CHURCH MEMBERS
AROUND THE WORLD WOULD NOT LOOK TO JUST ONE MAN FOR COUNSEL. THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY THE
CREATION OF UNION CONFERENCES AND WORLD DIVISIONS.]
Unwise Leaders Do Not Speak for God
The voice from Battle Creek, which has been regarded as authority in counselling how
the work should be done, is no longer the voice of God.--17MR 185 (1896).
It has been some years since I have considered the General Conference as the voice of
God.--17MR 216 (1898).
That these men should stand in a sacred place, to be as the voice of God to the people,
as we once believed
the General Conference to be--that is past.--GCB April 3, 1901, p. 25.
A New Denomination Not Needed
You will take passages in the Testimonies that speak of the close of probation, of the
shaking among God's people, and you will talk of a coming out from this people of a purer,
holier people that will arise. Now all this pleases the enemy. . . . Should many accept
the views you advance, and talk and act upon them, we would see one of the greatest
fanatical excitements that has ever been witnessed among Seventh-day Adventists. This is
what Satan wants.--1SM 179 (1890).
The Lord has not given you a message to call the Seventh-day Adventists Babylon, and to
call the people of God to come out of her. All the reasons you may present cannot have
weight with me on this subject, because the Lord has given me decided light that is
opposed to such a message. . . .
I know that the Lord loves His church. It is not to be disorganised or broken up into
independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in this; there is not the least
evidence that such a thing will be.--2SM 63, 68, 69 (1893).
I tell you, my brethren, the Lord has an organised body through whom He will work. . .
. When anyone is drawing apart from the organised body of God's commandment-keeping
people, when he begins to weigh the church in his human scales and begins to
pronounce judgement against them, then you may know that God is not leading him. He is
on the wrong track.--3SM 17, 18 (1893).
God Will Set Everything in Order
There is no need to doubt, to be fearful that the work will not succeed. God is at the
head of the work, and He will set everything in order. If matters need adjusting at the
head of the work God will attend to that, and work to right every wrong. Let us have faith
that God is going to carry the noble ship which bears the people of God safely into
port.--2SM 390 (1892).
Has God no living church? He has a church, but it is the church militant, not the
church triumphant. We are sorry that there are defective members, that there are tares
amid the wheat. . . . Although there are evils existing in the church, and will be until
the end of the world, the church in these last days is to be the light of the world that
is polluted and demoralised by sin. The church, enfeebled and defective, needing to be
reproved, warned, and counselled, is the only object upon earth upon which Christ bestows
His supreme regard.--TM 45, 49 (1893).
The bulwarks of Satan will never triumph. Victory will attend the third angel's
message. As the Captain of the Lord's host tore down the walls of Jericho, so will the
Lord's commandment-keeping people triumph, and all opposing elements be defeated.--TM 410
Distribution of Responsibility Urged
What we want now is a reorganisation. We want to begin at the foundation, and to build
upon a different principle. . . .
Here are men who are standing at the head of our various institutions, of the
educational interests, and of the conferences in different localities and in
different States. All these are to stand as representative men, to have a voice in
moulding and fashioning the plans that shall be carried out. There are to be more than one
or two or three men to consider the whole vast field. The work is great, and there is no
one human mind that can plan for the work which needs to be done. . . .
Now I want to say, God has not put any kingly power in our ranks to control this or
that branch of the work. The work has been greatly restricted by the efforts to control it
in every line. . . . There must be a renovation, a reorganisation; a power and strength
must be brought into the committees that are necessary."[6. FROM ELLEN WHITE'S
OPENING ADDRESS ON APRIL 2, 1901, TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION IN BATTLE CREEK.]--GCB
April 3, 1901, pp. 25, 26.
New Conferences must be formed. It was in the order of God that the Union conference
was organised in Australasia. . . . It is not necessary to send thousands of miles to
Battle Creek for advice, and then have to wait weeks for an answer. Those who are right on
the ground are to decide what shall be done.--GCB April 5, 1901, pp. 69, 70.
The 1901 General Conference Session Responds
Who do you suppose has been among us since this Conference began? Who has kept away the
objectionable features that generally appear in such a meeting? Who has walked up and down
the aisles of this Tabernacle? The God of heaven and His angels. And they did not come
here to tear you in pieces, but to give you right and peaceable minds. They have been
among us to work the works of God, to keep back the powers of darkness, that the work God
designed should be done should not be hindered. The angels of God have been working among
us. . . .
I was never more astonished in my life than at the turn things have taken at this
meeting. This is not our work. God has brought it about. Instruction regarding this was
presented to me, but until the sum was worked out at this meeting I could not comprehend
this instruction. God's angels have been walking up and down in this congregation. I want
every one of you to remember this, and I want you to remember also that God has said that
He will heal the wounds of His people.--GCB April 25, 1901, pp. 463, 464.
During the General Conference the Lord wrought mightily for His people. Every time I
think of that meeting, a sweet solemnity comes over me, and sends a glow of gratitude to
my soul. We have seen the stately steppings of the Lord our Redeemer. We praise His holy
name, for He has brought deliverance to His people.--RH Nov. 26, 1901.
It has been a necessity to organise union conferences, that the General Conference
shall not exercise dictation over all the separate conferences. The power vested in the
Conference is not to be centred in one man, or two men, or six men; there is to be a
council of men over the separate divisions.--Ms 26, April 3, 1903.[7. FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION REGARDING ORGANISATIONAL CHANGES MADE AT THE 1901 GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION
SEE THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST ENCYCLOPAEDIA (VOL. 10 OF THE COMMENTARY REFERENCE SERIES),
REVISED EDITION, PP. 1050-1053.]
Confidence in SDA Organisation Reaffirmed
We cannot now step off the foundation that God has established. We cannot now enter
into any new organisation, for this would mean apostasy from the truth.--2SM 390 (1905).
I am instructed to say to Seventh-day Adventists the world over, God has called us as a
people to be a peculiar treasure unto Himself. He has appointed that His church on earth
shall stand perfectly united in the Spirit and counsel of the Lord of hosts to the end of
time.--2SM 397 (1908).
At times, when a small group of men entrusted with the general management of the work
have, in the name of the General Conference, sought to carry out unwise plans to restrict
God's work, I have said that I could no longer regard the voice of the General Conference,
represented by these few men, as the voice of God. But this is not saying that the
of a General Conference composed of an assembly of duly appointed, representative men
from all parts of the field should not be respected.
God has ordained that the representatives of His church from all parts of the earth,
when assembled in a General Conference, shall have authority. The error that some are in
danger of committing is in giving to the mind and judgement of one man, or of a small
group of men, the full measure of authority and influence that God has invested in His
church in the judgement and voice of the General Conference assembled to plan for the
prosperity and advancement of His work.--9T 260, 261 (1909).
God has invested His church with special authority and power which no one can be
justified in disregarding and despising, for he who does this despises the voice of
God.--AA 164 (1911).
I am encouraged and blessed as I realise that the God of Israel is still guiding His
people and that He will continue to be with them, even to the end.--2SM 406 (1913).[8.
FROM ELLEN WHITE'S FINAL MESSAGE TO THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH IN GENERAL CONFERENCE
SESSION. THESE REASSURING WORDS WERE READ TO THE SESSION BY THE GENERAL CONFERENCE
PRESIDENT, A. G. DANIELLS, ON MAY 27, 1913.]
A Statement by W. C. White
I TOLD HER [MRS. LIDA SCOTT] HOW MOTHER REGARDED THE EXPERIENCE OF THE REMNANT CHURCH,
AND OF HER POSITIVE
TEACHING THAT GOD WOULD NOT PERMIT THIS DENOMINATION TO SO FULLY APOSTATISE THAT THERE
WOULD BE THE COMING OUT OF ANOTHER CHURCH.--W. C. White to E. E. Andross, May 23, 1915,
White Estate Correspondence File.
Spiritual Revival Still Needed
One day at noon I was writing of the work that might have been done at the last 
General Conference if the men in positions of trust had followed the will and way of God.
Those who have had great light have not walked in the light. The meeting was closed, and
the break was not made. Men did not humble themselves before the Lord as they should have
done, and the Holy Spirit was not imparted.
I had written thus far when I lost consciousness, and I seemed to be witnessing a scene
in Battle Creek. We were assembled in the auditorium of the Tabernacle. Prayer was
offered, a hymn was sung, and prayer was again offered. Most earnest supplication was made
to God. The meeting was marked by the presence of the Holy Spirit. . . .
No one seemed to be too proud to make heartfelt confession, and those who led in this
work were the ones who had influence, but had not before had courage to confess their
There was rejoicing such as never before had been heard in the Tabernacle.
Then I aroused from my unconsciousness, and for a while could not think where I was. My
pen was still in my hand. The words were spoken to me: "This
might have been. All this the Lord was waiting to do for His people. All heaven was
waiting to be gracious." I thought of where we might have been had thorough work been
done at the last General Conference.--8T 104-106 (Jan. 5, 1903).
I have been deeply impressed by scenes that have recently passed before me in the night
season. There seemed to be a great movement--a work of revival--going forward in many
places. Our people were moving into line, responding to God's call.--TM 515 (1913).[9.
FROM ELLEN WHITE'S FIRST MESSAGE TO THE GENERAL CONFERENCE SESSION OF 1913.]
The Patience of God With His People
The church has failed, sadly failed, to meet the expectations of her Redeemer, and yet
the Lord does not withdraw Himself from His people. He bears with them still, not
because of any goodness found in them, but that His name may not be dishonoured before the
enemies of truth and righteousness, that the satanic agencies may not triumph in the
destruction of God's people. He has borne long with their waywardness, unbelief and folly.
With wonderful forbearance and compassion He has disciplined them. If they will heed His
instruction He will cleanse away their perverse tendencies, saving them with an
everlasting salvation and making them eternal monuments of the power of His grace.--ST
Nov. 13, 1901.
We should remember that the church, enfeebled and defective though it be, is the only
object on earth
on which Christ bestows His supreme regard. He is constantly watching it with
solicitude, and is strengthening it by His Holy Spirit.--2SM 396 (1902).
God Works With Those Who Are Faithful to Him
The Lord Jesus will always have a chosen people to serve Him. When the Jewish people
rejected Christ, the Prince of life, He took from them the kingdom of God and gave it unto
the Gentiles. God will continue to work on this principle with every branch of His work.
When a church proves unfaithful to the word of the Lord, whatever their position may
be, however high and sacred their calling, the Lord can no longer work with them. Others
are then chosen to bear important responsibilities. But, if these in turn do not purify
their lives from every wrong action, if they do not establish pure and holy principles in
all their borders, then the Lord will grievously afflict and humble them and, unless they
repent, will remove them from their place and make them a reproach.--14MR 102 (1903).
Judged by the Light Bestowed
In the balances of the sanctuary the Seventh-day Adventist church is to be weighed. She
will be judged by the privileges and advantages that she has had. If her spiritual
experience does not correspond to the advantages that Christ, at infinite cost, has
bestowed on her, if the blessings conferred have not qualified her to do the work
entrusted to her, on her will be pronounced the
sentence: "Found wanting." By the light bestowed, the opportunities given,
will she be judged. . . .
Solemn admonitions of warning, manifest in the destruction of dearly cherished
facilities[10. THE BATTLE CREEK SANITARIUM, THE LARGEST AND BEST-KNOWN ADVENTIST
INSTITUTION IN THE WORLD, BURNED TO THE GROUND FEBRUARY 18, 1902. THIS WAS FOLLOWED BY THE
DESTRUCTION OF THE REVIEW AND HERALD PUBLISHING ASSOCIATION, ALSO BY FIRE, ON DECEMBER 30,
1902.] for service, say to us: "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and
repent, and do the first works" (Rev. 2:5). . . .
Unless the church, which is now being leavened with her own backsliding, shall repent
and be converted, she will eat of the fruit of her own doing, until she shall abhor
herself. When she resists the evil and chooses the good, when she seeks God with all
humility and reaches her high calling in Christ, standing on the platform of eternal truth
and by faith laying hold upon the attainments prepared for her, she will be healed. She
will appear in her God-given simplicity and purity, separate from earthly entanglements,
showing that the truth has made her free indeed. Then her members will indeed be the
chosen of God, His representatives.--8T 247-251 (April 21, 1903).
Israel's History a Warning to Us
In these last days God's people will be exposed to the very same dangers as were
ancient Israel. Those who will not receive the warnings that God gives will fall into the
same perils as did ancient Israel and come short of entering into rest through unbelief.
Ancient Israel suffered calamities on account of their
unsanctified hearts and unsubmitted wills. Their final rejection as a nation was a
result of their own unbelief, self-confidence, impenitence, blindness of mind, and
hardness of heart. In their history we have a danger signal lifted before us.
"Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in
departing from the living God. . . . For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the
beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end" (Heb. 3:12, 14).--Letter 30,
The Church Militant Is Imperfect
The church militant is not the church triumphant, and earth is not heaven. The church
is composed of erring, imperfect men and women, who are but learners in the school of
Christ, to be trained, disciplined, educated, for this life and for the future, immortal
life.--ST Jan. 4, 1883.
Some people seem to think that upon entering the church they will have their
expectations fulfilled, and meet only with those who are pure and perfect. They are
zealous in their faith, and when they see faults in church members, they say, "We
left the world in order to have no association with evil characters, but the evil is here
also;" and they ask, as did the servants in the parable, "From whence then hath
it tares?" But we need not be thus disappointed, for the Lord has not warranted us in
coming to the conclusion that the church is perfect; and all our zeal will not be
in making the church militant as pure as the church triumphant.--TM 47 (1893).
The Church Triumphant Will Be Faithful and Christlike
The work is soon to close. The members of the church militant who have proved faithful
will become the church triumphant.--Ev 707 (1892).
The life of Christ was a life charged with a divine message of the love of God, and He
longed intensely to impart this love to others in rich measure. Compassion beamed from His
countenance, and His conduct was characterised by grace, humility, truth, and love. Every
member of His church militant must manifest the same qualities, if he would join the
church triumphant.--FE 179 (1891)