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“It is not the fear of punishment or the hope of everlasting reward, that leads the disciples of Christ to follow Him. They behold the Saviour’s matchless love, revealed throughout His pilgrimage on earth, from the manger of Bethlehem to Calvary’s cross, and the sight of Him attracts, it softens and subdues the soul. Love awakens in the heart of the beholders. They hear His voice, and they follow Him” (The Desire of Ages, p. 480).
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There is no difficulty whatever in the Scriptures [regarding this question]; the difficulty comes in the attempt to reconcile the truth of the Bible with an impossible theory of human invention.
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This idea of working hard to maintain our relationship with the Lord is a subtle Old Covenant idea that has crept in. When you begin to grasp His seeking love, His cross, you will “hunger and thirst” for His “truth of the gospel.”
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"Although connection with the church is proper and a source of great benefit to the individual when the church is not in a fallen state, his relation to God and to the Gospel is the same as though he were living alone upon an island in the midst of the sea."
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In giving the pure message of righteousness by faith to His messengers, A. T. Jones, E. J. Waggoner, and E. G. White, God was trying to get us to discern what we as a church had become. Instead of humbly accepting the rebuke the message could sow in our hearts we were slow to listen and quick to use our tongues to resist the precious light. Articles were written, sermons were preached, arguments were made, and messengers were attacked, all because people were talking instead of listening.
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Watch next weeks's Sabbath School Today!
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James' view and the 1888 message go beyond the so-called Reformation view that justification by faith is merely a legal transaction taking place millions of light-years away, without respect to the heart of the believer himself. 
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There is a "rumor" that has become popular in the Church - that James was confused about the gospel and had mostly an Old Covenant understanding - that he was not truly a New Covenant writer.
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Watch next weeks lesson: "Faith that Works" today!