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heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Ph. 3: 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil-workers, beware of the concision; 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.
1 Tim. 6: 3 If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, 4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
2 Jn. 10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11 For he that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. [See 18, 112, 175–7.]
478. False teachers destroy themselves and others.
Mat 15: 14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch. — 23: 13 Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering, to go in. 15 Wo unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is made, ye make him two-fold more the child of hell than yourselves.
MIRTH AND LAUGHTER.
479. Mankind prone to mirth — nature and tendency of.
Job 21: 11 They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance. 12 They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. 13 They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave. 14 Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us; for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
Pr. 14: 13 Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful; and the end of that mirth is heaviness. 21: 17 He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
Ec. 2: 1 I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth ; therefore enjoy pleasure: and behold, this also is
Needed and appointed.
vanity. 2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 10 Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labor: and this was my portion of all my labor. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labor that I had labored to do: and behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. -7: 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. 3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. 4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. — 11: 9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways
of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. 10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. Lk. 6: 25 Wo unto you that are full ! for ye
shall hunger. Wo unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
1 Cor. 10: 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them: as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
2 Pet. 2: 13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day-time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you. [See 698, 711.]
480. Missions needed and divinely appointed.
Ps. 9: 17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God — 74: 20 Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty.
Mat. 28: 19 Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Mk. 16: 15 He said unto then, Go re into all the worl], and preach the gospel to every cre::...
Missions encouraged - Moiesty required.
Rom. 2: 12 As many as have sinned without law, shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law, shall be judged by the law.–10: 14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent ? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! [See 359, 448.] 481. Encouragement of missions.
Ps. 68: 31 Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God. — 110: 3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.
Joel 2: 28 It shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions : 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.
Ac. 28: 28 Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. [See 90, 440.]
482. Modesty und lowliness required.
Pr. 25: 6 Put not forth thyself in the presence of the king; and stand not in the place of great men ; 7 For better it is that it be said unto thee, Come up hither; than that thou shouldest be put lower in the presence of the prince whom thine eyes
have seen. Mat. 11: 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me: for I am meek and lowly in heart ; and ye shall find rest unto
- 20: 26 It shall not be so among you : but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister: 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.
Rom. 12: 3 I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another,
National Organizations --Promises.
1 Cor. 13: 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Gal. 5: 26 Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
Ep. 4: 1 I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love.
Ph. 2: 3 Let nothing be done through strife or vain-glory ; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. [See 62, 437.] 483. Modesty in good works.
Mat. 6: 1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them : otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 2 Therefore, when thou doc- t thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hyjocrites do, in the synagogues, and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. 3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hanc know what thy right hand doeth ; 4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly. [See 703.]
NATIONAL. 484. National organizations appointed.
Gen. 21: 13 Of the son of the bond-woman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
Dt. 32: 8 When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.
485. National promises and favors to the obedient.
Ex. 19:5 If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people : for all the earth is mine: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.
Lev. 26: 3 If ye walk in my statutes and keep my commandments, and do them; 4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit: 6 And I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down, and none shall make you
Promises to the Obedient.
afraid : and I will rid evil beasts out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land. 7 And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. 8 And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. 9 For I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and establish my covenant with you. 10 And ye shall eat old store, and bring forth the old because of the new. 11 And I will set my tabernacle among you: and my soul shall not abhor
12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people.
Dt. 4: 5 Behold, I have taught you statutes, and judgments, even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. 6 Keep therefore and do them: for this is your wisdom and your understanding, in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people. 40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes and his commandments which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.
28: 1 It shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day: that the LORD thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: 2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God. 3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep. 5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store. 6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out. 7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways. 8 The LORD shall command the blessing upon thee in thy store-houses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto : and he shall bless thee in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 9 The LORD shall establish thee a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways. 10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and