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November 30, 2007

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Beth

This is a beautiful and inspiring story of obedience and sacrifice. Mr. Bates was filled with truth and spoke in truth, giving the beautiful message of hope and salvation as God had called him to do.

Re: your questions: Neither! The Second Advent message is simply a message of hope for ALL people! Mr. Bates was an abolutionist, but that was secondary to his calling to preach the Gospel - the Good News that God is LOVE. God uses broken vessels, not perfect ones. "All have sinned and come short of the glory of God." "There is none righteous, no not one."Except for the covering Righteousnes of Christ, we are ALL lost, no matter how careful we have been about trying to understand and do the right things! Mrs. White said that it is possible to live so close to God that in carrying out His will we are carrying out our own. Mr. Bates was obviously in this place. I think your questions are irrelevant to the broader context.

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