LETTER TO STEVE WOHLBERG, MAY 3, 2012

I sent a very strong letter to Steve Wolhberg this week. I attended Hayden SDA two weeks ago when Steve W. gave his very shallow sermon against the movement who, as he insinuated, have taken Jesus out of the message and made the 2520 the main pillar. I warn you that it is a very pointed letter:

LETTER TO STEVE WOHLBERG, MAY 3, 2012

Steve,

I’ve inserted a section from your own blog received recently from White Horse Media:

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial that is to try you.” 1 Peter 4:12

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than the gold that perishes, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7

“Many shall be purified, made white, and tried … the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:10

“But the God of all grace, who has called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you.” 1 Peter 5:10

Abraham Lincoln once said, “God brings men into deep waters, not to drown them, but to purify them.”

Another famous proverb says, “A diamond is merely a chunk of coal made good under pressure.”

I have no idea how I got this mailing from you—maybe forward from someone else, but feel that God has asked me to write you. Ironically I migrated to Hayden SDA church to hear you a couple of weeks ago and was totally shocked at your weakness, lack of deep content and the blatant “wolf in sheepskin” approach against teachings I’d begun to study of the Millerite movement and the Watchmen message. I’ve been so moved by the messages you spoke against after longing for twenty-five years for “meat” from the Adventist pulpit and never finding it. Though I went every direction looking for a “meat and potatoes” message in any SDA establishment, I would have literally starved on the diet served. All the while God fed me privately as He did Elijah in the wilderness of discouragement. How faithful he has always been to provide incredible, astounding and deep information from His Word as I continue to grow in Him through horrific trials!! I grew up in the church and have amazing, faithful Adventist parents who love the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. My dad has been head elder of his church for 48 years and they love our Adventist message, too. I’m no weirdo, unbalanced or legalistic Seventh-day Adventist, but I deeply believe in obedience and standing on the foundation of our amazing revelation as a church in the early 1800s. I am a fourth generation Adventist.

Let me tell you what occurred to me as I read your description above of trials in this world. You believe they will happen to Seventh-day Adventists at the hand of those outside the church, but you are joining sadistically, sadly in the demoralization of the foundations of our own beginning beliefs! You are the enemy of God, part of the beginnings of persecution of God’s true remnant BY THE SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH AGAINST ITS OWN! I’m not one who has been in “this movement” that you now stand boldly with the Conference against, but I can tell you I began asking questions after your talk in Hayden. I got my hands on the letter from the Newport church which you signed and propelled myself deep into finding out what’s really going on in the matter. Because I know the evil thinking of people who call themselves godly I’ve disguised my identity. I’ve not been put up to this by anyone from “the movement” or conferred with any of them in writing this. I’ve never known any of these people you kicked out of the Newport SDA church and I’d never been to any of their meetings. Someone had given me some mp3s of some talks and I prayed for balanced perception before I listened to any of it. So, you see, I’m a beginner in finding out what we really believed in early Adventism. I can only tell you that I am completely amazed at such depth of study and am so glad to finally hear speakers who inspire me on how every part of the Bible points to our day. Long years I’ve wondered when these people that dream dreams and have visions and prophecy at the Time of the End would show up. How sure I was that there would be disguises and searching that had to happen and many false prophets in the process! For twenty-five years I’ve daily prayed, “God, never let me be deceived,” then stood in faith that I could look at everything laid before me and fully trust God to faithfully show me wrong and right. I believe we’re just at the beginning of dreamed dreams and visions and new light based on old passages.

Do you care to know what my week and a half of research has yielded? For one, literally hundreds of EGW quotes that tell how people in Adventist leadership would do just what you’ve done!

Often those who follow in the steps of the Reformers are forced to turn away from the churches they love, in order to declare the plain teaching of the word of God. And many times those who are seeking for light are by the same teaching obliged to leave the church of their fathers, that they may render obedience. {DA 232.2}

But the churches generally did not accept the warning. Their ministers, who, as watchmen “unto the house of Israel,” should have been the first to discern the tokens of Jesus’ coming, had failed to learn the truth either from the testimony of the prophets or from the signs of the times. As worldly hopes and ambitions filled the heart, love for God and faith in His word had grown cold; and when the advent doctrine was presented, it only aroused their prejudice and unbelief. The fact that the message was, to a great extent, preached by laymen, was urged as an instrument against it. As of old, the plain testimony of God’s word was met with the inquiry: “Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed?” And finding how difficult a task it was to refute the arguments drawn from the prophetic periods, many discouraged the study of the prophecies, teaching that the prophetic books were sealed and were not to be understood. Multitudes, trusting implicitly to their pastors, refused to listen to the warning; and others, though convinced of the truth, dared not confess it, lest they should be “put out of the synagogue.” The message which God had sent for the testing and purification of the church revealed all too surely how great was the number who had set their affections on this world rather than upon Christ. The ties which bound them to earth were stronger than the attractions heavenward. They chose to listen to the voice of worldly wisdom and turned away from the heart-searching message of truth. {GC 380.1}

Steve, I pray that you will humbly let God shine His light inside you and not side with those that EGW told us clearly would punish those lay people who are the Watchmen and have zeal to get the truth out before it is too late, who feel the urgency to warn people and prepare them for the time when even the “very elect” will be deceived. Those who end up on the wrong side will receive that “strong delusion to believe a lie.” We’ve all smugly sat here and said we would never have done what the Pharisees did to our Lord, yet that’s exactly what’s already taking place. Does it not floor you to think that you are the first Adventist church to expel members BECAUSE THEY TEACH THE TRUTH? You are the first Adventist church in America to shut out the truth! I saw you proudly stand up at Hayden to brag about it.

I’ve known who you are, read some of your books and respected you in the past. I predict that your message will appear to be of God, but that deep conversion will not happen among people who come into the church through your ministry since you have taken this stance. Your empty words and lack of depth at Hayden were like eating cardboard in comparison with the packed and inspired sermons of Emeliano Richards and Jeff Pippinger I’d heard just before you spoke at Hayden. I was privileged, because of my persistence to dig deeper into this whole thing, to learn of upcoming Sabbath meetings with Emeliano Richards happening locally. Sabbath and Tuesday I attended seven hours of his powerful presentations, sitting on the edge of my seat for the most incredible filling from God’s Word that I’ve had in my lifelong journey of Adventism! I am so blessed, so privileged to know what I now know…so much so I’ve wept several times that God would choose me to humbly know and receive truth so profound and empowering. His Spirit filled the humble building we met in.

I want to thank you for driving me straight to the message of real truth. I was so hungry after leaving your two meetings where so little and such shallow use was made of God’s powerful Word! I will pray that you not stand in the place of the Pharisees, but it would require you to humble yourself and apologize to those you’ve already hurt in this incredible end-time movement. Under reproof we either humbly admit fault and let God change us or we stand up and condemn, looking down our prideful noses at, while finding fault with, the mouth the reproof comes by. For Balaam it was the mouth of the ass he rode. God so wants us where we will see our folly and refuse rebellion, a haughty spirit and willingness to persecute people who are on the right path. How horrible to spend a lifetime in ministry to only find out we ministered darkness instead of light!! I genuinely say all of this not in anger, but with love. I cry often at thoughts of not getting to spend eternity with my children, family, friends and life-long, fellow Adventists either because they or I fall off that narrow path! You were so wrong in your statement that Jesus is not in this message of warning. HE IS THE VERY CENTER OF EVERY PART OF IT.

I urge you to look back at the 2-line quote you signed off on in the Newport letter under issue #2 (5T 81). First of all I would like to say that I saw NO PROOF against probation’s close for Adventists at the Sunday Law. Your referenced quote, “The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us” simply states the obvious: “EVERY SOUL” REFERS TO THE GENERAL CLOSE OF PROBATION FOR EVERYONE. EGW says: “We know not how soon our probation may close…” {FLB 215.6} This statement tells me that probation doesn’t close at the same time for everyone! You should be ashamed to be arguing against probation closing earlier for those with light. We should all be agreeing that probation could close at any moment for any one of us! That being said, I would like to get to the incredible, eye-opening discovery that searching your quoted passage turned up.

I read the entire chapter “The Testimonies Slighted.” While you tried to use it against the Watchmen message, numerous statements point fingers directly at you and your kind within the church. Here I see a repeat of the 1880s in Adventism happening right in our own conference with the Newport, WA pastoral staff and elders and the leaders of the Upper Columbia Conference. I’ve pasted the whole quote below for your ease of reference with highlights for emphasis. I’m sure, in looking for EGW quotes against Pippinger and others you never bothered seeing the context that speaks so strongly against you, Fleck and other leaders. You are the 5 virgins who will be frantic for oil and find none while the lights of Pippinger, Richards, Dewey, Campbell, Taylor, Sankey, Moeller, those at Advent Times and Prophecy Helps 101 and many others continue burning brightly!! God have mercy on you! It’s not too late…yet! But it would be very helpful for you to know IF PROBATION DOES CLOSES EARLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE MORE LIGHT!

EGW 5T pp. 63-8
“The Testimonies Slighted”

Before sending that testimony my mind was so impressed by the Spirit of God that I had no rest day or night until I wrote to you. It was not a work that I would have chosen for myself. Before my husband’s death I decided that it was not my duty to bear testimony to anyone in reproof of wrong or in vindication of right, because advantage was taken of my words to deal harshly with the erring and to unwisely exalt others whose course I had not in any degree sustained. Many explained the testimonies to suit themselves. The truth of God is not in harmony with the traditions of men, nor does it conform to their opinions. Like its divine Author, it is unchangeable, the same yesterday, today, and forever. Those who separate from God will call darkness light, and error truth. But darkness will never prove itself to be light, nor will error become truth. {5T 62.1}
The minds of many have been so darkened and confused by worldly customs, worldly practices, and worldly influences that all power to discriminate between light and darkness, truth and error, seems destroyed. I had little hope that my words would be understood; but when the Lord moved upon me so decidedly, I could not resist His Spirit. Knowing that you were involving yourselves in the snares of Satan, I felt that the danger was too great for me to keep silent. {5T 62.2}
For years the Lord has been presenting the situation of the church before you. Again and again reproofs and warnings have been given. October 23, 1879, the Lord gave me a most impressive testimony in regard to the church in Battle Creek. During the last months I was with you I carried a heavy burden for the church, while those who should have felt to the very depths of their souls were comparatively easy and unconcerned. I knew not what to do or what to say. I had no confidence in the course which many were pursuing, for they were doing the very things which the Lord had warned them not to do. {5T 63.1}
That God who knows their spiritual condition declares: They have cherished evil and separated from Me. They have gone astray, every one of them. Not one is guiltless. They have forsaken Me, the Fountain of living waters, and have hewed out to them broken cisterns that can hold no water. Many have corrupted their ways before Me. Envy, hatred of one another, jealousy, evil surmising, emulation, strife, bitterness, is the fruit that they bear. And they will not heed the testimony that I send them. They will not see their perverse ways and be converted, that I should heal them. {5T 63.2}
Many are looking with self-complacency upon the long years during which they have advocated the truth. They now feel that they are entitled to a reward for their past trials and obedience. But this genuine experience in the things of God in the past makes them more guilty before Him for not preserving their integrity and going forward to perfection. The faithfulness for the past year will never atone for the neglect of the present year. A man’s truthfulness yesterday will not atone for his falsehood today. {5T 63.3}
Many excused their disregard of the testimonies by saying: “Sister White is influenced by her husband; the testimonies
are molded by his spirit and judgment.” Others were seeking to gain something from me which they could construe to justify their course or to give them influence. It was then I decided that nothing more should go from my pen until the converting power of God was seen in the church. But the Lord placed the burden upon my soul. I labored for you earnestly. How much this cost both my husband and myself, eternity will tell. Have I not a knowledge of the state of the church, when the Lord has presented their case before me again and again for years? Repeated warnings have been given, yet there has been no decided change. {5T 63.4}
I saw that the frown of God was upon His people for their assimilation to the world. I saw that the children of Brother —– have been a snare to him. Their ideas and opinions, their feelings and statements, had an influence upon his mind and blinded his judgment. These youth are strongly inclined to infidelity. The mother’s want of faith and trust in God has been given as an inheritance to her children. Her devotion to them is greater than her devotion to God. The father has neglected his duty. The result of their wrong course is revealed in their children. {5T 64.1}
As I spoke to the church I tried to impress upon parents their solemn obligation to the children, because I knew the state of these youth and what tendencies had made them what they are. But the word was not received. I know what burdens I bore in the last of my labors among you. I would never have thus tasked my strength to the utmost had I not seen your peril. I longed to arouse you to humble your hearts before God, to return to Him with penitence and faith. {5T 64.2}
Yet now when I send you a testimony of warning and reproof, many of you declare it to be merely the opinion of Sister White. You have thereby insulted the Spirit of God. You know how the Lord has manifested Himself through the spirit of prophecy. Past, present, and future have passed before me. I have been shown faces that I had never seen, and years afterward I knew them when I saw them. I have been aroused from my sleep with a vivid sense of subjects previously presented to my mind; and I have written, at midnight, letters that have gone across the continent and, arriving at a crisis, have saved great disaster to the cause of God. This has been my work for many years. A power has impelled me to reprove and rebuke wrongs that I had not thought of. Is this work of the last thirty-six years from above or from beneath? {5T 64.3}
Suppose–some would make it appear, incorrectly however–that I was influenced to write as I did by letters received from members of the church. How was it with the apostle Paul? The news he received through the household of Chloe concerning the condition of the church at Corinth was what caused him to write his first epistle to that church. Private letters had come to him stating the facts as they existed, and in his answer he laid down general principles which if heeded would correct the existing evils. With great tenderness and wisdom he exhorts them to all speak the same things, that there be no divisions among them. {5T 65.1}
Paul was an inspired apostle, yet the Lord did not reveal to him at all times just the condition of His people. Those who were interested in the prosperity of the church, and saw evils creeping in, presented the matter before him, and from the light which he had previously received he was prepared to judge of the true character of these developments. Because the Lord had not given him a new revelation for that special time, those who were really seeking light did not cast his message aside as only a common letter. No, indeed. The Lord had shown him the difficulties and dangers which would arise in the churches, that when they should develop he might know just how to treat them. {5T 65.2}
He was set for the defense of the church. He was to watch for souls as one that must render account to God, and should he not take notice of the reports concerning their state of anarchy and division? Most assuredly; and the reproof he sent them was written just as much under the inspiration of the Spirit of God as were any of his epistles. But when these reproofs came, some would not be corrected. They took the position that God had not spoken to them through Paul, that he had merely given them his opinion as a man, and they regarded their own judgment as good as that of Paul. {5T 65.3}
So it is with many among our people who have drifted away from the old landmarks and who have followed their own understanding. What a great relief it would be to such could they quiet their conscience with the belief that my work is not of God. But your unbelief will not change the facts in the case. You are defective in character, in moral and religious experience. Close your eyes to the fact if you will, but this does not make you one particle more perfect. The only remedy is to wash in the blood of the Lamb. {5T 66.1}
If you seek to turn aside the counsel of God to suit yourselves, if you lessen the confidence of God’s people in the testimonies He has sent them, you are rebelling against God as certainly as were Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. You have their history. You know how stubborn they were in their own opinions. They decided that their judgment was better than that of Moses and that Moses was doing great injury to Israel. Those who united with them were so set in their opinions that, notwithstanding the judgments of God in a marked manner destroyed the leaders and the princes, the next morning the survivors came to Moses and said: Ye have killed the people of the Lord.” We see what fearful deception will come upon the human mind. How hard it is to convince souls that have become imbued with a spirit which is not of God. As Christ’s ambassador, I would say to you: Be careful what positions you take. This is God’s work, and you must render to Him an account for the manner in which you treat His message. {5T 66.2}
While standing over the dying bed of my husband, I knew that had others borne their part of the burdens, he might have lived. I then pleaded, with agony of soul, that those present might no longer grieve the Spirit of God by their hardness of heart. A few days later I myself stood face to face with death. Then I had most clear revealings from God in regard to myself, and in regard to the church. In great weakness I bore to you my testimony, not knowing but it would be my last opportunity. Have you forgotten that solemn occasion? I can never forget it, for I seemed to be brought before the judgment seat of Christ. Your state of backsliding, your hardness of heart, your lack of harmony of love and spirituality, your departure from the simplicity and purity which God would have you preserve–I knew it all; I felt it all. Faultfinding, censuring, envy, strife for the highest place, were among you. I had seen it and to what it would lead. I feared that effort would cost me my life, but the interest I felt for you led me to speak. God spoke to you that day. Did it make any lasting impression? {5T 67.1}
When I went to Colorado I was so burdened for you that, in my weakness, I wrote many pages to be read at your camp meeting. Weak and trembling, I arose at three o’clock in the morning to write to you. God was speaking through clay. You might say that this communication was only a letter. Yes, it was a letter, but prompted by the Spirit of God, to bring before your minds things that had been shown me. In these letters which I write, in the testimonies I bear, I am presenting to you that which the Lord has presented to me. I do not write one article in the paper expressing merely my own ideas. They are what God has opened before me in vision–the precious rays of light shining from the throne. {5T 67.2}
After I came to Oakland I was weighted down with a sense of the condition of things at Battle Creek, and I, weak, power less to help you. I knew that the leaven of unbelief was at work. Those who disregarded the plain injunctions of God’s word were disregarding the testimonies which urged them to give heed to that word. While visiting Healdsburg last winter, I was much in prayer and burdened with anxiety and grief. But the Lord swept back the darkness at one time while I was in prayer, and a great light filled the room. An angel of God was by my side, and I seemed to be in Battle Creek. I was in your councils; I heard words uttered, I saw and heard things that, if God willed, I wish could be forever blotted from my memory. My soul was so wounded I knew not what to do or what to say. Some things I cannot mention. I was bidden to let no one know in regard to this, for much was yet to be developed. {5T 68.1}
I was told to gather up the light that had been given me and let its rays shine forth to God’s people. I have been doing this in articles in the papers. I arose at three o’clock nearly every morning for months and gathered the different items written after the last two testimonies were given me in Battle Creek. I wrote out these matters and hurried them on to you; but I had neglected to take proper care of myself, and the result was that I sank under the burden; my writings were not all finished to reach you at the General Conference. {5T 68.2}
Again, while in prayer, the Lord revealed Himself. I was once more in Battle Creek. I was in many houses and heard your words around your tables. The particulars I have no liberty now to relate. I hope never to be called to mention them. I had also several most striking dreams. {5T 68.3}
What voice will you acknowledge as the voice of God? What power has the Lord in reserve to correct your errors and show you your course as it is? What power to work in the church? If you refuse to believe until every shadow of uncertainty and every possibility of doubt is removed you will never believe. The doubt that demands perfect knowledge will never yield to faith. Faith rests upon evidence, not demonstration. The Lord requires us to obey the voice of duty, when there are other voices all around us urging us to pursue an opposite course. It requires earnest attention from us to distinguish the voice which speaks from God. We must resist and conquer inclination, and obey the voice of conscience without parleying or compromise, lest its promptings cease and will and impulse control. The word of the Lord comes to us all who have not resisted His Spirit by determining not to hear and obey. This voice is heard in warnings, in counsels, in reproof. It is the Lord’s message of light to His people. If we wait for louder calls or better opportunities, the light may be withdrawn, and we left in darkness. {5T 68.4}
By once neglecting to comply with the call of God’s Spirit and His word, when obedience involves a cross, many have lost much–how much they will never know till the books are opened at the final day. The pleadings of the Spirit, neglected today because pleasure or inclination leads in an opposite direction, may be powerless to convince, or even impress, tomorrow. To improve the opportunities of the present, with prompt and willing hearts, is the only way to grow in grace and the knowledge of the truth. We should ever cherish a sense that, individually, we are standing before the Lord of hosts; no word, no act, no thought, even, should be indulged, to offend the eye of the Eternal One. We shall then have no fear of man or of earthly power, because a Monarch, whose empire is the universe, who holds in His hands our individual destinies for time and eternity, is taking cognizance of all our work. If we would feel that in every place we are the servants of the Most High, we would be more circumspect; our whole life would possess to us a meaning and a sacredness which earthly honors can never give. {5T 69.1}

Let no man flatter himself that he is a successful man unless he preserves the integrity of his conscience, giving himself wholly to the truth and to God. We should move steadily forward, never losing heart or hope in the good work, whatever trials beset our path, whatever moral darkness may encompass us. Patience, faith, and love for duty are the lessons we must learn. Subduing self and looking to Jesus is an everyday work. The Lord will never forsake the soul that trusts in Him and seeks His aid. The crown of life is placed only upon the brow of the overcomer. There is, for everyone, earnest, solemn work for God while life lasts. As Satan’s power increases and his devices are multiplied, skill, aptness, and sharp generalship should be exercised by those in charge of the flock of God. Not only have we each a work to do for our own souls, but we have also a duty to arouse others to gain eternal life. {5T 70.3}
It pains me to say, my brethren, that your sinful neglect to walk in the light has enshrouded you in darkness. You may now be honest in not recognizing and obeying the light; the doubts you have entertained, your neglect to heed the requirements of God, have blinded your perceptions so that darkness is now to you light, and light is darkness. God has bidden you to go forward to perfection. Christianity is a religion of progress. Light from God is full and ample, waiting our demand upon it. Whatever blessings the Lord may give, He has an infinite supply beyond, an inexhaustible store from which we may draw. Skepticism may treat the sacred claims of the gospel with jests, scoffing, and denial. The spirit of worldliness may contaminate the many and control the few; the cause of God may hold its ground only by great exertion and continual sacrifice, yet it will triumph finally. {5T 71.1}

The Lord is testing and proving you. He has counseled, admonished, and entreated. All these solemn admonitions will either make the church better or decidedly worse. The oftener the Lord speaks to correct or counsel, and you disregard His voice, the more disposed will you be to reject it again and again, till God says: “Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find me; for that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: they would none of My counsel: they despised all My reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.” {5T 72.1}
Are you not halting between two opinions? Are you not neglecting to heed the light which God has given you? Take heed lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God. You know not the time of your visitation. The great sin of the Jews was that of neglecting and rejecting present opportunities. As Jesus views the state of His professed followers today, He sees base ingratitude, hollow formalism, hypocritical insincerity, pharisaical pride and apostasy. {5T 72.2}

I have been shown that the spirit of the world is fast leavening the church. You are following the same path as did
ancient Israel. There is the same falling away from your holy calling as God’s peculiar people. You are having fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. Your concord with unbelievers has provoked the Lord’s displeasure. You know not the things that belong to your peace, and they are fast being hid from your eyes. Your neglect to follow the light will place you in a more unfavorable position than the Jews upon whom Christ pronounced a woe. {5T 75.3}
I have been shown that unbelief in the testimonies has been steadily increasing as the people backslide from God. It is all through our ranks, all over the field. But few know what our churches are to experience. I saw that at present we are under divine forbearance, but no one can say how long this will continue. No one knows how great the mercy that has been exercised toward us. But few are heartily devoted to God. There are only a few who, like the stars in a tempestuous night, shine here and there among the clouds. {5T 76.1}
Many who complacently listen to the truths from God’s word are dead spiritually, while they profess to live. For years they have come and gone in our congregations, but they seem only less and less sensible of the value of revealed truth. They do not hunger and thirst after righteousness. They have no relish for spiritual or divine things. They assent to the truth, but are not sanctified through it. Neither the word of God nor the testimonies of His Spirit make any lasting impression upon them. Just according to the light, the privileges, and opportunities which they have slighted will be their condemnation. Many who preach the truth to others are themselves cherishing iniquity. The entreaties of the Spirit of God, like divine melody, the promises of His word so rich and abundant, its threatenings against idolatry and disobedience–all are powerless to melt the world-hardened heart. {5T 76.2}

If all of those who come together for meetings of edification and prayer could be regarded as true worshipers, then might we hope, though much would still remain to be done for us. But it is in vain to deceive ourselves. Things are far from being what the appearance would indicate. From a distant view much may appear beautiful which, upon close examination, will be found full of deformities. The prevailing spirit of our time is that of infidelity and apostasy–a spirit of pretended illumination because of a knowledge of the truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. There is a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God and to the testimony of His Spirit. There is a spirit of idolatrous exaltation of mere human reason above the revealed wisdom of God. {5T 79.1}
There are men among us in responsible positions who hold that the opinions of a few conceited philosophers, so called, are more to be trusted than the truth of the Bible, or the testimonies of the Holy Spirit. Such a faith as that of Paul, Peter, or John is considered old-fashioned and insufferable at the present day. It is pronounced absurd, mystical, and unworthy of an intelligent mind. {5T 79.2}
God has shown me that these men are Hazaels to prove a scourge to our people. They are wise above what is written. This unbelief of the very truths of God’s word because human judgment cannot comprehend the mysteries of His work is found in every district, in all ranks of society. It is taught in most of our schools and comes into the lessons of the nurseries. Thousands who profess to be Christians give heed to lying spirits. Everywhere the spirit of darkness in the garb of religion will confront you. {5T 79.3}
If all that appears to be divine life were such in reality; if all who profess to present the truth to the world were preaching for the truth and not against it, and if they were men of God guided by His Spirit,–then might we see something cheering amid the prevailing moral darkness. But the spirit of antichrist is prevailing to such an extent as never before. Well may we exclaim: “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.” I know that many think far too favorably of the present time. These ease-loving souls will be engulfed in the general ruin. Yet we do not despair. We have been inclined to think that where there are no faithful ministers there can be no true Christians, but this is not the case. God has promised that where the shepherds are not true He will take charge of the flock Himself. God has never made the flock wholly dependent upon human instrumentalities. But the days of purification of the church are hastening on apace. God will have a people pure and true. In the mighty sifting soon to take place we shall be better able to measure the strength of Israel. The signs reveal that the time is near when the Lord will manifest that His fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor. {5T 79.4}
The days are fast approaching when there will be great perplexity and confusion. Satan, clothed in angel robes, will deceive, if possible, the very elect. There will be gods many and lords many. Every wind of doctrine will be blowing. Those who have rendered supreme homage to “science falsely so called” will not be the leaders then. Those who have trusted to intellect, genius, or talent will not then stand at the head of rank and file. They did not keep pace with the light. Those who have proved themselves unfaithful will not then be entrusted with the flock. In the last solemn work few great men will be engaged. They are self-sufficient, independent of God, and He cannot use them. The Lord has faithful servants, who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view. There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal. They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon you. But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed. In the day time we look toward heaven but do not see the stars. They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them. In the night we behold their genuine luster. {5T 80.1}

The time is not far distant when the test will come to every soul. The mark of the beast will be urged upon us.

Those who have step by step yielded to worldly demands and conformed to worldly customs will not find it a hard matter to yield to the powers that be, rather than subject themselves to derision, insult, threatened imprisonment, and death. The contest is between the commandments of God and the commandments of men. In this time the gold will be separated from the dross in the church. True godliness will be clearly distinguished from the appearance and tinsel of it. Many a star that we have admired for its brilliancy will then go out in darkness. Chaff like a cloud will be borne away on the wind, even from places where we see only floors of rich wheat. All who assume the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ’s righteousness, will appear in the shame of their own nakedness. {5T 81.1}
When trees without fruit are cut down as cumberers of the ground, when multitudes of false brethren are distinguished from the true, then the hidden ones will be revealed to view, and with hosannas range under the banner of Christ. Those who have been timid and self-distrustful will declare themselves openly for Christ and His truth. The most weak and hesitating in the church will be as David–willing to do and dare. The deeper the night for God’s people, the more brilliant the stars. Satan will sorely harass the faithful; but, in the name of Jesus, they will come off more than conquerors. Then will the church of Christ appear “fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.” {5T 81.2}
The seeds of truth that are being sown by missionary efforts will then spring up and blossom and bear fruit. Souls will receive the truth who will endure tribulation and praise God that they may suffer for Jesus. “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” When the overflowing scourge shall pass through the earth, when the fan is purging Jehovah’s floor, God will be the help of His people. The trophies of Satan may be exalted on high, but the faith of the pure and holy will not be daunted. {5T 82.1}
Elijah took Elisha from the plow and threw upon him his mantle of consecration. The call to this great and solemn work was presented to men of learning and position; had these been little in their own eyes and trusted fully in the Lord, He would have honored them with bearing His standard in triumph to the victory. But they separated from God, yielded to the influence of the world, and the Lord rejected them. {5T 82.2}
Many have exalted science and lost sight of the God of science. This was not the case with the church in the purest times. {5T 82.3}
God will work a work in our day that but few anticipate. He will raise up and exalt among us those who are taught rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the outward training of scientific institutions. These facilities are not to be despised or condemned; they are ordained of God, but they can furnish only the exterior qualifications. God will manifest that He is not dependent on learned, self-important mortals. {5T 82.4}
There are few really consecrated men among us, few who have fought and conquered in the battle with self. Real conversion is a decided change of feelings and motives; it is a
virtual taking leave of worldly connections, a hastening from their spiritual atmosphere, a withdrawing from the controlling power of their thoughts, opinions, and influences. The separation causes pain and bitterness to both parties. It is the variance which Christ declares that He came to bring. But the converted will feel a continual longing desire that their friends shall forsake all for Christ, knowing that, unless they do, there will be a final and eternal separation. The true Christian cannot, while with unbelieving friends, be light and trifling. The value of the souls for whom Christ died is too great. {5T 82.5}
He “that forsaketh not all that he hath,” says Jesus, “cannot be My disciple.” Whatever shall divert the affections from God must be given up. Mammon is the idol of many. Its golden chain binds them to Satan. Reputation and worldly honor are worshiped by another class. The life of selfish ease and freedom from responsibility is the idol of others. These are Satan’s snares, set for unwary feet. But these slavish bands must be broken; the flesh must be crucified with the affections and lusts. We cannot be half the Lord’s and half the world’s. We are not God’s people unless we are such entirely. Every weight, every besetting sin, must be laid aside. God’s watchmen will not cry, “Peace, peace,” when God has not spoken peace. The voice of the faithful watchmen will be heard: “Go ye out from thence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean that bear the vessels of the Lord.” {5T 83.1}
The church cannot measure herself by the world nor by the opinion of men nor by what she once was. Her faith and her position in the world as they now are must be compared with what they would have been if her course had been continually onward and upward. The church will be weighed in the balances of the sanctuary. If her moral character and spiritual state do not correspond with the benefits and blessings God has conferred upon her, she will be found wanting. The light has been shining clear and definite upon her pathway, and the light of 1882 calls her to an account. If her talents are unimproved, if her fruit is not perfect before God, if her light has become darkness, she is indeed found wanting. The knowledge of our state as God views it, seems to be hidden from us. We see, but perceive not; we hear, but do not understand; and we rest as unconcerned as if the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night, rested upon our sanctuary. We profess to know God, and to believe the truth, but in works deny Him. Our deeds are directly adverse to the principles of truth and righteousness, by which we profess to be governed. {5T 83.2}

6 Responses to LETTER TO STEVE WOHLBERG, MAY 3, 2012

  1. serve says:

    It is a sad trail to follow… Steve seems to have a track record for mis-quoting the Spirit of Prophecy. For years now, it seems he will use half a quote out of context to prove his point. When the whole quote is read, it can be seen that he mis-used it. It is a sad day.

  2. Richard Kenny says:

    STEVE WOHLBERG`s blood is not on your hands brother…….James 5:20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. 1 John 5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin [which is] not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it…….5 were disfellowshiped, some were censored, 12 total were under discussion.
    So were all the rest of the seven censored?
    Two were taken off the list that were the wife and son of the head elder, so 5 were censored, and five were dis-fellowshipped, 10 virgins total Five Wise and Five Foolish

    12th March 2005 to 12th March 2012 = 2520
    2 kings 8:1-6 = 2520 Woman goes into the wilderness for 7 times
    126 shekels equals 2520 gerahs
    Dan. 5 Meme Meme Tekel Upharsin
    It is impossible to describe the horror and despair of those who have trampled upon God’s holy requirements. The Lord gave them His law; they might have compared their characters with it and learned their defects while there was yet opportunity for repentance and reform; but in order to secure the favor of the world, they set aside its precepts and taught others to transgress. They have endeavored to compel God’s people to profane His Sabbath. Now they are condemned by that law which they have despised. With awful distinctness they see that they are without excuse. They chose whom they would serve and worship. “Then shall ye return, and discern between the righteous and the wicked, between him that serveth God and him that serveth Him not.” Malachi 3:18. {DD 49.1}

  3. Asoldier1844 says:

    It is a hard thing for a mind (which has been trained a certain way) to change or readjust their thoughts, our ministers have been trained under a false system of education [theology] therefore we see the results in what is taking place in Adventism. None the less those who are preaching the three angels messages will be doing so under the same rule of brother William Miller, a man whom Jehovah guided. “Line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little there a little.”

  4. Jeff Ruetz says:

    I’m just shocked at Steve Wolberg’s response Its almost satanic, the harshness
    against the original fail and our foundation. Its not just Wolberg , its most of the leadership in Adventism. Adventism is shutting the doors just like the churches
    did at the beginning of Adventism except now its Adventism it self.

  5. Brett H says:

    Wow. Nothing new under the sun. People believe what they want to believe, i guess, to avoid cognitive dissonance. While i am still studying aspects of 2520, i found ty gibsons letter to pippenger on a website, most compelling. Ive not found a response to ty’s response. I did find some of pippengers material on Islam in rev thought provoking…God bless Brett

  6. GC says:

    If people will make comments, can they please be clear with details instead of speaking like Babylonians. What is the issue with STEVE WOHLBERG. What does he preach that is not according to Scriptures and or Spirit of Prophecy. I don’t really know him. I did receive some videos about him from another church member with the subject being “Islam”. On these video, a 13 part series which I have not completely finished watching, he speaks about Abraham, Sarah, Issac, Ishmael, Hagar. He has someone on his show with the name of Stephen Dickie whom I don’t know or ever herd of. I did not agree fully with their approach on Islam (a subject that I have researched personally). I have not yet watched all the videos and can not fully give my final full opinion, since I’ve only watched two at this point and the second video not looking good at this point. Let me know your findings and opinions thanks

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