Address at Blue Ridge Educational Convention, August, 1937.
By L. H. CHRISTIAN, Vice-President of the General Conference
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Any study of the trends which cause loss of church membership in North America must be approached in a spirit of humble consecration to the task of holding our believers in a fellowship with the Saviour, and with an earnest prayer that they may be sanctified.
In recent months we have heard much concerning the need for conserving our converts. Our leaders have urgently appealed by voice and pen for us to put forth every possible effort to stem our losses through apostasy.
Religious liberalism has undermined the meaning of the nature and citizenship of the kingdom of God, together with the time and manner of its establishment,—turns vainly to the creations of its own reasonings and fancy in unwitting harmony with the impending events so clearly revealed.
It is fitting at this time that we should review with our workers throughout the world field certain facts regarding the activities of the White Estate during the past twenty-two years, and that we should make a statement regarding the provisions made for the future conduct of its work.
Sensing our responsibility in giving leadership to this part of our work, as well as to all others, the General Conference leaders call upon all, leaders and people alike, to stand before the world as living exponents of health reform principles.