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A Self-Sacrificing Character

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The Path of the Just unto complete righteousness

Pathway to Righteousness
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One must study the word of God for themselves, prayfully and diligently, verifiying that what they are learning is complete truth, by means of the Word, as they carefully measure each line and precept Isa. 28:10.  All religions of the world today do not give their members the freedom to think and act for themselves, thus Christians in America are at an advantage, being provided the liberty of studying the Word without persecution at present -  see A Soul Sealed at Character Perfection p. 15.

Most Christian churches in the mid 1800's were not organized as corporate conglomerates:  but, they began as small churches.  When truthseekers begin to study for themselves, worldly leaders label them as alarmists, fanatics and offshoots: however, be encouraged as God calls these "Berean-minded" individuals reformers and His children Acts 17:10-11, Great Controversy p. 605.

 "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:  because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:  seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children" Hosea 4:6.  Martin Luther, a great Reformer, identified that the reformation would not end until the Second coming of the Messiah.  "The reformation did not, as many suppose, end with Luther".  "It is to be continued to the close of this world's history" Great Controversy p. 148.

The Great controversy relates to freewill and freedom, and when it is finished Overcomers will embrace eternal liberty from iniquity Rev. 21:4.  Mankind is a part of this great controversy because of freewill, as God has granted us genuine sovereignty.  Christ's Heavenly kingdom was established on different principles from this sinful, fallen world John 18:36, 2Cor. 4:15.  Within the kingdom of fallen planet earth, influence, wealth and education may be used to gain power.  However, in the Kingdom of God principles of, love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, temperance; self-sacrificing principles are upheld, opposing the fallen spiritual Kingdoms of the world Gal. 5:22-23.  "In the kingdom of God, position is not gained through favoritism".  "It is not earned, nor is it received through an arbitrary bestowal" Desire of Ages p. 549.

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