On Sat, Mar 31, 2018 at 9:43 PM, <williamvangrit@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear all,

It appears the current SDA church is by and large joining the other worldly churches in the fun of Easter. Is that acceptable? Is it time to be a Protestant?


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From: Tpp <info@testimonypress.org>
Date: March 31, 2018 at 7:39:48 AM EDT
Subject: Morning Manna (Sabbath) March 31

Have a Fair, *Tableaux, a Mock Trial, an *Antiquarian Supper, or 'Something to Eat', Sunrise Service Sunday, 
Ash Wednesday, Etc. 
    "Says Howard Crosby: 'The church of God is today courting the world. Its members are trying to bring it down to the level of the ungodly. The ball, (dance) the theater, (movies, plays, puppets etc.) nude and lewd art,  social luxuries with all their loose moralities, are making inroads into the sacred inclosure of the church; and as a satisfaction for all this worldliness, Christians are making a great deal of Lent and Easter and church ornamentation.
    (Lots of expensive and extravagant seasonal decor..and many SDA churches have joined others in Ash Wednesday, Stations of the Cross, Good Friday celebrations, theatrical presentations on Sabbath, and topping off with Sunrise services on Easter Sunday finishing with baptisms! Ezekiel 8:15-18. "Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these. And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD'S house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east. Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? For they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose. Therefore will I also deal in fury: mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity: and though they cry in mine ears with a loud voice, yet will I not hear them." (SAME today.)   It is the old trick of Satan. The Jewish church struck on that rock; the Romish church was wrecked on the same; and theProtestant is fast reaching the same doom.
      "In this tide of (1) worldliness and (2) pleasure-seeking, (3) self-denial and (4) self-sacrifice for Christ's sake are (5) almost wholly lost. 'Some of the men and women now in active life in our churches were educated, when children, to make sacrifices in order to be able to give or to do something for Christ. 'But" if funds are wanted now, . . . Nobody must be called on to give. Oh, no! Have a fair, *tableaux, a mock trial, an *antiquarian supper, or something to eat, anything to amuse the people.'  (Fall festivals, 'Mission/project' auctions/sales, breakfasts, etc. held in many church circles, folks pay MUCH more than the real value for goods purchased -because 'it goes for a good cause', not a sacrifice, true donation or gift at all ! ! In reality, POOR STEWARDSHIP !  Give a donation ... That means nothing in return. )
     Governor Washburn, of Wisconsin, in his annual message declared “that (1) church fairs, (2) charitable raffles, (3)concert lotteries for charitable and other purposes, (4) prize packages(5) ‘grabbags,’ (6) Sabbath-school and other religious chances by ticket, are (7) nurseries of crime, inasmuch as (8) they promise something for nothing, (9) are games of chance, and (10) are really gambling. He says that the (11) pernicious spirit of gambling is (12) fostered,  (13) encouraged, and (14) kept alive by these agencies (church sponsored activities listed above, etc.) to a degree little known by good citizens; and that, but for them, the ordinary laws against gambling would be much less violated and much more easily enforced.These practices, he declares, ought not to be permitted any longer to debauch the morals of the young.  GC88 386-387
(This article written so LONG ago, and STILL these things are prevalent in the churches TODAY in 2018 !! When is the rebellious spirit going to stop and conversion come in?  Where is Jesus reflected among the professed people of God?  Satan did NOT want this Morning Manna put out.  The program on my computer kept stalling the whole time every few lines!  But God WILL prevail.  And HIS TRUE AND FAITHFUL WILL CONQUER IN THE END! Red lettering added.)

*Definition of tableau

Plural tableaux play \ˈta-ˌblōz, at-ˈblōz\ also tableaus
1a graphic description or representation picture
  • Winsome tableaux of old-fashioned literary days
  •  —J. D. Hart
2a striking or artistic grouping arrangementscene
[short for tableau vivant (from French, literally, living picture)]
a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants
*Antiquarian Supper
Replaying the Last (Lord's) Supper is a way to do this
Jesus is Standing in Pilate’s Hall (What Will You Do with Jesus?)
Most likely a New song...but a good one for dedication today.
A little time before each verse starts to play...just wait a bit!
 Blessings From the Most Holy Place where Jesus is almost finished with the book work.