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IN TOUCH WITH GOD   by Edward Heppenstall

Committed to God MARCH 31


Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph. 6:11.

The worth and the reality of the remnant church is directly in proportion to the number of genuine Christians who make up our fellowship. There was a time when this question could be discussed on the theoretical level, but not any more. We have now come to the place where, first, the true church of God is the only body of Christians who know the whole truth by which everything else in the world must be judged. And second, the Christians who make up this body have repudiated religion as a neutral state, who bear witness to the sovereign role of Christ over the whole of their lives.

We have to make up our minds whether we are going to fall victim to the Laodicean mood or consider this hour the finest opportunity for the highest and freest devotion to Christ. This much we know: the remnant church is here to prove to the world and to the universe that God's supreme purpose is being fully realized in His people. In the midst of a world now fully secularized, show us the Christian who can lead others to an unparalleled allegiance to God; who can offer to men the faith of Jesus; a life cleansed from low, degrading passions; a pure mind and steadfastness of life.

The life of the people of God is not a soft life, though men sometimes seem to think so. God's last movement is a challenge to exercise our best powers, to inspire others to stand for the truth. Let no one think lightly as to what it means to be a Seventh-day Adventist.

Back in the days of the second world war, the Government drafted many of our young men, taking them from college and sending them to the battle front. One of these men had attended one of my Bible classes. He had given his heart fully to Christ and dedicated his life to the service of God. In the arenas and battles of the war, young men faced temptations that defied description. But he never wavered. Later, when he came back to finish college, he told me, "In my group of soldiers there were only three of us who stood loyal to Christ and to any kind of high moral standard. I was one of them. I thank you for making Christ real to me."

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