We have pages here on Bright Beams covering the subjects of both personal and corporate revival. But revival cannot stand alone, else it will result in fanaticism. Hence, we introduce this page on the equally critical subject of reformation. It is the more difficult to accept of the two, especially if revival does not accompany it, for it requires us to bear a cross. We pray that you will review this information with much prayer, soul-searching, and maybe even fasting.
Statements on Reformation from Sister White
Reformation Must Blend with Revival
A revival and a reformation must take place, under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.
— E.G. White, Review and Herald, 2/25/1902
We Must Focus on Reformation Individually
By heart-searching and many prayers we may be more than conquerors through Him who has loved us. Self-reformation is all-essential. Step by step we must advance heavenward, leading others in safe paths. God is the giver of every good and perfect gift.
— E.G. White, Gospel Herald, 1/1/1901
There Will Be Shaking
A great reformation is needed among the people of God. Many sapless and unfruitful branches are to be removed from the parent vine. Everything will be shaken that can be shaken, that that which can not be shaken may remain.
— E.G. White, Bible Training School, 3/1/1915
Ministers, It Begins with You
A reformation is needed among the people, but it should first begin its purifying work with the ministers. They are watchmen upon the walls of Zion, to sound the note of warning to the careless, the unsuspecting; also to portray the fate of the hypocrite in Zion. . . .
One important part of the work of the ministry is to faithfully present to the people the health reform as it stands connected with the third angel’s message as part and parcel of the same work. They should not fail to adopt it themselves, and should urge it upon all who profess to believe the truth.
— E.G. White, 1 Testimonies, pp. 469-470
Reforms for Our People
Our studies over the years include several reforms, both old and new. In our pioneer days, we practiced many of these. Some, though, we never studied as a people at all. Ultimately, our goal is to completely restore the spirit, the power, and the practices of the Apostolic church. We pray that these pages and documents that we share below will bless, encourage, and challenge you.
Restoring Biblical Reverence
(1) Two Forgotten Ordinances
As we experience corporate revival of true reverence for God and love for one another, we will see a restoration of important biblical ordinances. We have collectively forgotten these ordinances, at least in part; now, we need to restore them to their rightful place in the body of Christ. Please read the following article to learn about two of them:
In the time of the end every divine institution is to be restored.
— E.G. White, Prophets and Kings, p. 678
(2) Worship Postures
Before thou prayest, prepare thyself; and be not as one that tempteth the Lord.
— Ecclesiasticus 18:23
Are we practicing this? Are we prostrating ourselves in contemplation of the majesty of the Most High, who is in the heavenly sanctuary, which we enter by faith? Or do we enter right into prayer without any pause or thought? And after we enter into prayer, do we continue with our faces down, or do we lift up our heads in a position of revival, up to God, who is above us? Do we fold our hands in the position of one who is dead, or do we raise them as an offering (1 Tim. 2:8; Psalm 28:2; 63:4; 134:2)? Find out in the presentation below, where we dig deep into the Scriptures and see also what our pioneers practiced and what Sister White counsels us to do.
There’s too much to this reform to include on this page. Please see our dedicated page on the subject:
(More to come!)