Then…and Now…

Then…and Now…

True knowledge has decreased with every successive generation. God is infinite, and the first people upon the earth received their instructions from that infinite God who created the world. Those who received their knowledge direct from infinite wisdom were not deficient in knowledge.


God instructed Noah how to make that immense ark, for the saving of himself and his family. He also instructed Moses how to make the tabernacle, and the embroidery, and skillful work which was to adorn
the sanctuary. The women wrought, with great ingenuity the embroidery of silver and gold. Skillful men were not wanting to accomplish the work of making the ark, the tabernacle, and the vessels of solid gold.


God gave David a pattern of the temple which Solomon built. None but the most skillful men of design and art were allowed to have anything to do with the work. Every stone for the temple was prepared to exactly fill its place, before being brought to the temple. And the temple came together without the sound of an axe or a hammer. There is no such building to be found in the world for beauty, richness and splendor.


There are many inventions and improvements, and labor-saving machines now that the ancients did not have. They did not need them. The land has felt the curse, more and more heavily. Before the flood, the first leaf which fell, and was discovered decaying upon the ground, caused those who feared God great sorrow. They mourned over it as we mourn over the loss of a dead friend. In the decaying leaf they could see an evidence of the curse, and of the decay of nature.


The greater the length of time the earth has lain under the curse, the more difficult has it been for man to cultivate it, and make it productive. As the soil has become more barren, and double labor has had to be expended upon it, God has raised up men with inventive faculties to construct implements to lighten labor on the land groaning under the curse. But God has not been in all man’s inventions. Satan has controlled the minds of men to a great extent, and has hurried men to new inventions which has led them to forget God.


In strength of intellect, men who now live can bear no comparison to the ancients. There has been more ancient arts lost that the present generation now possess. For skill and art those living in this degenerate age will not compare with the knowledge possessed by strong men who lived near one thousand years.


Men before the flood lived many hundred of years, and when one hundred years old were considered but youths. Those long-lived men had sound minds in sound bodies. Their mental and physical strength was so great that the present feeble generation can bear no comparison to them. Those ancients had nearly one thousand years in which to acquire knowledge. They came upon the stage of action from the ages of sixty to one hundred years, about the time those who now live the longest have acted their part in their little short life time, and have passed off the stage. Those who are deceived, and flattered on in the delusion that the present is an age of real progress, and that the human race has been in ages past progressing in true knowledge, are under the influence of the father of lies, whose work has ever been to turn the truth of God into a lie.

Volume 4, Spiritual Gifts, pages 154-156

Update on Barbara O’Neill

Update on Barbara O’Neill

From Fulcrum 7:

Adventist Nutritionist Banned For Life by Health Care Commission

October 3, 2019NewsHound

NEW SOUTH WALES—Barbara O’Neill describes herself as a qualified naturopath and nutritionist and has worked at health retreats in Queensland, Victoria and NSW.

She gives lectures internationally, has authored books on health and nutrition, and appears in YouTube videos.

As a naturopath who informed clients that their cancer was a fungus that could be cured with bicarbonate soda rather than through conventional medical treatment, Barbara has been barred from practising for life, according to the New South Wales Health Care Complaints Commission.

The HCCC found:

“Mrs O’Neill does not recognise that she is misleading vulnerable people including mothers and cancer sufferers by providing very selective information.”

“The misinformation has huge potential to have a detrimental effect on the health of individuals as Mrs O’Neill discourages mainstream treatment for cancer, antibiotics and vaccination,” the commission’s decision, published in October, found.

She has been permanently barred from providing any health services either voluntarily or in a paid capacity, including giving lectures. This decision comes after the commission received complaints about O’Neill between October 2018 and January.

These included complaints about dietary advice for babies that O’Neill published on her personal website which, if followed, would lead to the child’s death or injury. According to the HCCC’s decision, O’Neill told the commission the dietary advice was based on her own experiences and she had never read the National Health and Medical Research Council’s infant feeding guidelines for health workers, which provide evidence-based recommendations.

A complaint was also received by the commission after O’Neill allegedly gave a lecture promoting the discredited theory that cancer is a fungus. The investigation found she encouraged clients to remove essential food groups from their diet such as fruits and carbohydrates, and to instead use probiotics and bicarbonate wraps to treat their cancer. According to the investigation, O’Neill falsely claimed in one lecture that a doctor had a 90% success rate curing cancer with sodium bicarbonate injections. According to HCCC, she produced no evidence to support the statistic.

According to the HCCC, O’Neill also gave advice based on theories from medical doctors who have been sued by their former patients for failing to treat them appropriately, including one doctor who was found guilty of manslaughter. The HCCC noted that after being informed by the commission of these legal cases, O’Neill said she would continue to use the advice from those discredited doctors in her lectures. HCCC claims that she also told her clients that following her treatments would be more successful if they gave up chemotherapy and other conventional treatments.

The HCCC noted that O’Neill frequently told the commission that she did not give clients advice, but merely provided them with information. The HCCC said this information included telling pregnant women not to take antibiotics for streptococcus B infections because “no baby has ever died from Strep B catching out of birth”. HCCC claimed that statistics from the Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists indicate early-onset Strep B has a fatality rate of 14% in neonates, and is a risk that can be reduced by 80% with antibiotics.

The commission found that O’Neill is a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church and usually delivered health lectures to congregants at church-organised events, and also lectured overseas and performed telephone consultations for a fee. The commission said she had no authority to provide advice in “highly complex and specialised areas such as cancer treatment, use of antibiotics for Strep B and immunisation”.

The Other Side of The Story

Barbara O’Neill – world renown, much loved and highly respected Nutritionist and Health Director from Misty Mountain Health Retreat is in crisis right now, with the HCCC prohibiting her to practice or speak, following false allegations from 2 people involved in a political difference with Barbara’s husband Michael O’Neill, for his involvement in a party that opposes compulsory medication.  At least one of those making the allegations is an active member of the Australian Skeptics and the Friends of Science in Medicine, two organisations that use bullying and vilification extensively, and they are using the HCCC complaint process to punish or eliminate an opponent that has a differing ideology.  Barbara has never advised these people, or had personal contact with them – it is purely a bullying tactic. Friends of Barbara O’Neill, Change.org

A petition on Barbara’s behalf has appeared on Change.org. There are currently 36,663 signatures.

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Seven on the Seventh

Seven on the Seventh

It is very special to me that the seven year anniversary of my marriage to Kalon Gesellchen falls on the seventh day, the Sabbath. The number of perfection and completion! We married September 28, 2012, and I am very thankful for these seven years and look forward to the rest of my life with Kalon. He is my perfect compliment in ministry and practical labor as well as my friend. I love him, and I thank the Lord for bringing him into my life. Together we seek Closure for Jesus!!
Who Is Singing?

Who Is Singing?

The angels sing for joy when a soul is snatched from Satan’s power, a trophy of the Redeemer’s sacrifice. { SW May 29, 1902, Art. A, par. 2 }

When a soul is captured from the ranks of Christ the synagogue of Satan sing in hellish triumph. (Letter 12a, 1893)

As I read these two passages this morning, my determination to keep the wicked demons silent was renewed. Can you imagine the chilling, hellish tune of a demon — or Satan himself — rejoicing over someone being eternally lost? A dirge! How horrible must be that “song”. Since Satan was the song leader in heaven before being cast out, what a horrible perversion this must be! Imagine looking into the face of Jesus at the loss, and at the wicked rejoicing of demons. Can you look into His face and not be moved? Can I? NO! I want to make the holy angels sing and make the heart of Jesus happy. Jesus needs closure!!

“Dear Father in Heaven, I ask for wisdom and the power of the Holy Spirit to win souls for You. Please give me the key to each heart you bring me in contact with. Help me to be faithful as a seed-sower. Thank you, Father! In Jesus’ name, AMEN.”

One Smooth Stone!

One Smooth Stone!

This morning as I was walking in the crisp morning air along a one-lane country road my mind was drifting here and there.  To be quite honest, I was kind of feeling a little sorry for myself.  I thought of all the people who contact me day by day for help with detoxing or other health and spiritual issues, and of how few express any real gratitude and how even fewer offer to support our labors financially.  Like the nine lepers of Luke 17, maybe one in ten shows any real sign of thankfulness.  I pondered the old phrase, “what’s the use?” for a few minutes.  Then the gentle quietness of nature seemed to vie for my attention and finally I stopped and just listened for a bit–soaking up the peace.  The birds, the crickets, the soft breeze in the walnut grove by the creek all captured my thoughts completely.  And then I heard that still, small voice I’m sure we’ve all heard.  You know what I heard?  Many of you have heard it before, and it was a phrase coined by the late missionary, Jim Elliot.

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

“Wow, Lord!”, I thought, “You sure know how to turn my thoughts to what’s real.”   Investment in heaven cannot rust or be stolen!!  It will all be worth it–here and now as well as in eternity.  

So often I become myopic in my daily life and in labors for others.  I see what is only right before me–the physical evidence.  But faith is not based on evidence.  (Hebrews 11).  God is enthroned above it all, and the wheel within the wheel is uncomplicated to Him.  (Ezekiel 1:16).  “Sow beside all waters”, we’re told.  “Thank You, Lord”, I quietly breathed, as I headed out on my walk again.

Needless to say, the rest of my morning walk had a different focus.  This time my thoughts went to the Bible story of David and Goliath.  Sometimes it seems the needs and sheer amount of labor needed in “the cause of God” (which sometimes has been my cause) looms before me like a mammoth Goliath.  As I walked, my thoughts developed…and my heart began to bow.

“Lord”, I said, “I have been trying to fit into Saul’s armor, haven’t I?”  Yes, and in many unintentional and undetected ways too!  God help me.  Consider this: 

“Let me tell you that the Lord will work in this last work in a manner very much out of the common order of things, and in a way that will be contrary to any human planning. There will be those among us who will always want to control the work of God, to dictate even what movements shall be made when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world. God will use ways and means by which it will be seen that He is taking the reins in His own hands. The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness.”—Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, 300  

“Simple means…”  Perhaps as simple as a sling and a smooth stone, whatever that may look like in my circumstances or yours.  My heart is refreshed this morning.  Energized by a renewed sense of my nothingness and the “everythingness” of God.  My part is vital and can have a huge impact.  But the work is the Lord’s.

“When churches are revived, it is because some individual seeks earnestly for the blessing of God. He hungers and thirsts after God, and asks in faith, and receives accordingly. He goes to work in earnest, feeling his great dependence upon the Lord, and souls are aroused to seek for a like blessing, and a season of refreshing falls on the hearts of men. The extensive work will not be neglected. The larger plans will be laid at the right time; but personal, individual effort and interest for your friends and neighbors, will accomplish much more than can be estimated. It is for the want of this kind of labor that souls for whom Christ died are perishing.” Christian Service, page 121 

Friends, as you look around at the needs of the work, the issues in the church and the world, and your own needs, cast off Saul’s armor.  Look around for your “sling and stone.”  With self humbled, surrendered and listening for marching orders, God wants to do something amazing in our lives!   You and I can be that one individual who earnestly seeks the blessing of God for effectiveness.  “Goliath” in his many disguises needs to go, and I am only a vessel.  The work is the Lord’s.  It’s time to sharpen our aim–or better yet, let the Lord “smooth us out”, for when the Lord directs, the stone shall accomplish its task. 

To Be Quite Honest…

To Be Quite Honest…

For anyone who spends much time in the woods, mushrooms are a fairly common sight. And if you happen to be among the growing group of individuals who enjoy foraging wild mushrooms, you recognize the importance of an accurate identification. An error could leave one quite ill, or worse, dead. And in the mushroom world, look-a-likes are common.

The Lovely Chanterelle

While foraging for mushrooms on a private farm recently, my husband and I stumbled upon what I consider to be a huge patch of delectable Chanterelle mushrooms. Dozens of cheerful little orange faces peeped through the leaf litter as if to say, “Peek-a-boo! Here I am!!” It was very exciting to find one, then a small cluster, then two here and there. And then I looked up and saw off in the woods a bit a huge patch of orange–large and bold. Could it be?

“KALON!! Come quick!!!!”, I yelled, as I hurried to the site. I thought I’d found the much-coveted “Chicken of the Woods”, or Sulphur Shelf mushroom. Being in an oak dominated forest, the setting was perfect, so my assumption was logical. But as I approached the glowing mass my heart sank. What I’d found was a large specimen of a poisonous Chanterelle look-a-like known as the Jack O’Lantern. And it definitely does a fair job at imitating!

Both Chanterelles and the “Jack” mushrooms share the bright orange color. Both of them like oak (or hardwood) dominated forests. Both have what appears to be “decurrent gills”, meaning the gills run part way down the stalk. They also share the same growing season. But there are some dead-ringer ways to tell the difference between the two.

  1. While the Chanterelle appears to have gills, they are actually folds; the poison Jack O’Lantern has true gills.
  2. While the Chanterelle lives in a mycorrhizal relationship with the oaks, meaning it grows on the forest floor, the Jack is what’s known as saprophytic, meaning it grows directly on wood.
  3. While the Chanterelle is typically a smaller mushroom, the Jack can grow quite large.
Jack O’Lantern
See how large the Jack O’Lantern is?

What does this have to do with us? As Christians, we may put on a fair show of being genuine. But the Bible has a rule by which we must measure ourselves. That rule is found in Isaiah 8:20, “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, [it is] because [there is] no light in them.”

Perhaps I consider myself to be an honest, truth-telling soul. I hang out with Christians, go to church, dress right, eat right, etc. But am I thoroughly honest? Let me give you an example of what I mean.

I had a friend once who would come visit about weekly. I would throw up my Southern (as in hospitality) hand as she would leave and say, “Yeah, I’ll come visit sometime!”, but I never did. I would sometimes even say more specifically, “Yeah, I’ll stop in tomorrow sometime!”. Little did I know that she would wait, looking out the window off an on all day. Finally she confronted me and (very gently) assured me that it is dishonest to say you’d come for a visit and never show!

Maybe some would think her perceptions were too narrow or extreme, but were they really? Think again of the passage above from Isaiah 8:20. What does “to the law” mean? Buried within the heart of God’s law is “thou shalt not bear false witness”. To say I’d do something and never do it was dishonest. Granted, I never REALLY had any intention of going to visit my friend. It was just the “polite” thing to say, and that’s the way I grew up! We’d always say, “Y’all come see us!”, to which we would hear a dutiful response, “Yeah, we’ll do it!” In all honesty…that is not true!

I looked up some words as I pondered these things. Consider these:

Prevarication–speaking or acting in an evasive manner. A false or deliberate misstatement; a lie.

Equivocation–allowing the possibility of several different meanings, as a word or phrase, especially with intent to deceive or misguide; susceptible of double interpretation; deliberately ambiguous.

Ambiguous–open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal.

Guile–insidious cunning in attaining a goal; crafty or artful deception; duplicity.

Duplicity–deceitfulness in speech or conduct, as by speaking or acting in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter; double-dealing.

Dissimulate–to conceal one’s true motives, thoughts, etc., by some pretense; speak or act hypocritically. to disguise or conceal under a false appearance.

Discreet–judicious in one’s conduct or speech, especially with regard to respecting privacy or maintaining silence about something of a delicate nature; prudent; circumspect.

As I pondered these words and reflected on my life, I had to bow my head before the Lord and pray, “Search me, O God, and know my heart, and see if there be any wicked way in ME!!!” Psalm 139:23. It can be pretty easy to speak other than straightforward truth! To speak anything but the straightforward, honest truth, is a lie. And no liar shall enter the kingdom of God.

Psalm 34:13 “Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.” Duplicity–any deceit in my thoughts or speech–is guile. In this practice, Christ never once participated, as it says in 2 Peter 2:22 “…Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his (Jesus’s) mouth:” Of those who have a right to enter heaven it will be said, “And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.” Revelation 14:5

Take some time this week, (month and year) to ponder the definitions above, comparing them with your life and speech. But more importantly, compare your life and speech with the standard found in the Word of God. How do you measure up? If your thoughts are like mine when my friend confronted me, you may pride yourself in your honesty and be offended. But I encourage you to pray the prayer from Psalm 139:23,24. We cannot afford to miss heaven over our supposed honesty, so may the Lord bless us with clear-headed, Holy Spirit guided thinking in this matter. Blessings, friends!