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Sabbath-keepers Forsake God?

Unfortunately, even among God's current commandment-keeping people are those who will ultimately forsake the God of the true Sabbath that they now observe. How can this be? It will happen because they've not made God the Ruler of their entire life. Yes, they currently keep the Sabbath. But there is more to honoring God as Creator than simply going to church on the proper day. Those who live for self, whether they attend church on the Sabbath or not, will eventually find themselves opposed to the Sabbath when world conditions heat to a boiling point and bring them to the very last moments of time.

The large majority who will forsake God's commandment-keeping remnant in the last days won't come to this point overnight. They will have followed their self-will down this path for some time. Are some being deceived right now to think that since they know the objective truths of the gospel, the Sabbath, the sanctuary, and of man's nature in death, etc., that this is going to be sufficient to save them? It certainly will not be if at the same time they are imbibing anger, bitterness, jealousy, or disobeying God in something that He has revealed to them. What is truly humbling is that we all are prone to make this fatal mistake. How important it is that we seek the Lord with all our hearts for His mercy and grace to give us a supreme love for Him and a faith which will obey implicitly!

Right now, we live in a time conducive to following God in all things. Relative peace and security still are ours. Revelation 7:1-4 says that this time of peace is for the sealing of God's people. As we've already seen, the seal has everything to do with whether we trust and obey God by faith. Now is our day of opportunity to settle into the truth that God is trustworthy. We can obey Him, and He will take care of us. Each day God is giving us opportunities to develop godly character. But, eventually, the winds will blow The time of trouble, such as no man has ever seen, will arrive. Then we will reveal character—not develop it. Let us praise God for the daily test and trials that try our patience and faith in

God. These are the greatest blessings He can send us when we consider what He is preparing us to face. Never resent God's providences. Seek Him with your whole heart and walk in faithful obedience, no matter how trying the circumstance.

Remember that the journey from following God to following the beast takes more than just one step. Slowly and almost imperceptibly is this road traveled. Nearly everyone would balk at the suggestion that he or she might someday worship the beast. But in the end, many will find it an automatic response to worship the beast. It will be the inevitable fruit of their cumulative daily choices.

On which side will we be in the end? Will we worship the beast or the Creator? The answer depends upon the daily decisions we make regarding the place of God in our life. Today is the day to commit 100 percent to Jesus and to gain, through obedience, an experience in trusting Him as Creator. Will we worship the beast or the Creator? It's our choice. Today.

1 David Briggs, "Lutheran Sex Study

Finished," The Associated Press, October 20, 1993.

2 Cited in National & International Religion

Report, volume 5, No. 26; December 16, 1991.

3 David Briggs, ibid.

4 Monsignor Segur, Plain Talk About the

Protestantism of Today, p. 213. Thomas B. Noonan & Co., Boston, 1868.

^ John A. O'Brien, The Faith of Millions, pp. 543, 544. W.H.Allen, London, 1958. Preface by Cardinal Griffin.

6 Peter Geiermann, The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine, p. 50. Rockford, IL: Tan Books and Publishers, 1977.

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