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Quotations from the writings of Ellen G. White with the phrase . . .
 
.  .  .  of  the Church    (  3,382 )      
 
+     Arms of the church   ( 12 )
+     Authority of the Church  ( 42 )    >  despise the authority of the church
+     Condition of the church  (  )   >   true spiritual condition of the church  (  )
The condition of the church at this time is pointed out in the Saviour's words in the Revelation: "Thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead." And to those who refuse to arouse from their careless security, the solemn warning is addressed: "If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee." Revelation 3: 1, 3.  Great Controversy, page 309.3  Read entire Chapter 17
   Corruption of the church   ( in the Catholic church )    
   Fellowship of the Church  ( 14 )  >  deprived of fellowship of the church  ( 2 )  Key  
+      Foundation of the church  (  )   see favorite below
+     the example of the church    ( 5 )
+     Head of the Church  ( 116 )    >    Great Head of the Church  (  )
   History of the Church   ( 57 )     >    History of the church in all ages
                                                                         >  in all ages of the church
                                                                    >   History of God's Church
+    Interests of the Church   ( 34 )   >   vital interests of the church  (  )
                                                                   >    spiritual interests of the church  (  )
   Leaders of the church   ( 28 )     >    see section for Leaders
+      need of the church  (  )   >   great need of the church  (  )
A fuller sense of God’s relationship to those whom He has purchased with the gift of His Son, a greater faith in the onward progress of His cause in the earth—this is the great need of the church today. Let none waste time in deploring the scantiness of their visible resources. The outward appearance may be unpromising, but energy and trust in God will develop resources. The gift brought to Him with thanksgiving and with prayer for His blessing, He will multiply as He multiplied the food given to the sons of the prophets and to the weary multitude. { PK 243.2} 
   Member of the Church  ( not finished )    >   worthy member of the church
+     Members of the Church    ( 698 )    >   All the members of the Church
                                                   
►  Let the members of the church have increased faith
                                                    >   Unconsecrated members of the church 
                                                   ►   Respect the rights of all  ( 3 )
                                                   ►   Guard the rights of all     ( 4 )
                   ( see Church Members )   
below
+     Organization of the Church   (  )
+     Out of the church  (  )   >   cast them out of the church  ( quote below )
+   Prosperity of the church ( 74 )   >  growth and prosperity of the church  (  )
+    Purification of the church  ( 17 )    >   testing and purification of the church  (  )
                                                  ►   Purify the church  (  )
+    Purity of the Church   ( 5 )     >    Health an purity of the Church
+     Reforming the church  (  )    >   reforming of the church  ( favorite below )
+     Rules of the church  ( 8 )    >   contrary to the rules of the church  ( 7 )
    Sin of the church  (  )    >    Sins of the Church   ( 3 )
"The Lord desires His people to realize that selfishness is the great sin of the world, and that it has also become the prevailing sin of the Church. . . ." { RH December 3, 1901, par. 1 }​
  State of the Church  (  )    >    Lukewarm state of the church  ( 1 )
                                                  >    see  condition of the church
+    Success of the church  ( 15 )   >   success of the church depends upon
+    Usefulness of the church
.  .  . of  the  churches
+    apostasy of the churches  (  )
 
Church  members
 
+     church members who have never been converted  ( 5 )  key
                 
>  see   Unconsecrated members of the church
+      new convert  ( 11 )     >   new converts  ( 123 )   >  educating the new converts  (2)
+     older church members  (  )
+     church-membership  (  )   (this needs construction)
It will not do for any of us to get careless and indifferent in regard to our church-membership. While on this journey that I am now taking, I have felt a most solemn responsibility to try to show our people that God holds them accountable to live lives that will keep the atmosphere of the church pure and fragrant. God is dishonored, and his Spirit is grieved, when this atmosphere is tainted by careless living and by evil-speaking.  {RH, January 19, 1905 par. 8}
 
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The Lord desires His people to realize that selfishness is the great sin of the world, and that it has also become the prevailing sin of the Church. The Lord has been greatly dishonored by the failure of the Church to impart of their means for the advancement of the work which He desires to see going forward with power. I entreat my brethren and sisters throughout the world to awaken to the responsibility that rests upon them to pay a faithful tithe. Do not allow lax principles to lead you to rob God. Keep a faithful account with your Creator. Realize fully the importance of being just with Him who has divine foreknowledge. Let every one search his heart diligently. Let him look up his accounts, and find out how he stands as related to God. { RH December 3, 1901, par. 1 }​
 
Only when the Church is composed of pure, unselfish members, can it fulfill God's purpose. Too much hasty work is done in adding names to the church roll. Serious defects are seen in the characters of some who join the church. Those who admit them say, We will first get them into the church, and then reform them. But this is a mistake. The very first work to be done is the work of reform. Pray with them, talk with them, but do not allow them to unite with God's people in church relationship until they give decided evidence that the Spirit of God is working on their hearts.  {RH, May 21, 1901 par. 7}
 
 
As we near the time when principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places will be fully brought into the warfare against the truth, when Satan's deceptive power will be so great that, if it were possible, he would deceive the very elect, our discernment must be sharpened by divine enlightenment, that we may not be ignorant of Satan's devices. . . . By giving us the cooperation of the holy angels, God has made it possible for our work to be . . . a glorious success. But success will seldom result from scattered effort. The united influence of all the members of the church is required.  {Mar 110.2}
 
When the prelate saw that Luther's reasoning was unanswerable, he lost all self-control, and in a rage cried out: "Retract! or I will send you to Rome, there to appear before the judges commissioned to take cognizance of your cause. I will excommunicate you and all your partisans, and all who shall at any time countenance you, and will cast them out of the church." And he finally declared, in a haughty and angry tone: "Retract, or return no more."-- D'Aubigne, London ed., b. 4, ch. 8.   Great Controversy, page 136.4  Read entire chapter 7
 
In the choice of instrumentalities for the reforming of the church, the same divine plan is seen as in that for the planting of the church. The heavenly Teacher passed by the great men of the earth, the titled and wealthy, who were accustomed to receive praise and homage as leaders of the people. They were so proud and self-confident in their boasted superiority that they could not be molded to sympathize with their fellow men and to become colaborers with the humble Man of Nazareth. To the unlearned, toiling fishermen of Galilee was the call addressed: "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19. These disciples were humble and teachable. The less they had been influenced by the false teaching of their time, the more successfully could Christ instruct and train them for His service. So in the days of the Great Reformation. The leading Reformers were men from humble life -- men who were most free of any of their time from pride of rank and from the influence of bigotry and priestcraft. It is God's plan to employ humble instruments to accomplish great results. Then the glory will not be given to men, but to Him who works through them to will and to do of His own good pleasure.  Great Controversy, page 171.1   Read entire chapter 9
 
The deputies had admonished the councilors to continue in the church, out of which, they declared, there was no salvation. Zwingli responded: "Let not this accusation move you. The foundation of the church is the same Rock, the same Christ, that gave Peter his name because he confessed Him faithfully. In every nation whosoever believes with all his heart in the Lord Jesus is accepted of God. Here, truly, is the church, out of which no one can be saved."--D'Aubigne, London ed., b. 8, ch. 11. As a result of the conference, one of the bishop's deputies accepted the reformed faith.  Great Controversy, page 181.1  Read entire chapter 9
 
The names of the seven churches are symbolic of the church in different periods of the Christian Era. The number 7 indicates completeness, and is symbolic of the fact that the messages extend to the end of time, while the symbols used reveal the condition of the church at different periods in the history of the world.  { AA 585.3} 

 
 
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