by Ellen White
The experience of the past will be repeated. In the future, Satan's superstitions will
assume new forms. Errors will be presented in a pleasing and flattering manner. False
theories, clothed with garments of light, will be presented to God's people. Thus Satan
will try to deceive, if possible, the very elect. Most seducing influences will be
exerted; minds will be hypnotised.
Corruptions of every type, similar to those existing among the antediluvians, will be
brought in to take minds captive. The exaltation of nature as God, the unrestrained
license of the human will, the counsel of the ungodly--these Satan uses as agencies to
bring about certain ends. He will employ the power of mind over mind to carry out his
designs. The most sorrowful thought of all is that under his deceptive influence men will
have a form of godliness, without having a real connection with God. Like Adam and Eve,
who ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, many are even now
feeding upon the deceptive morsels of error.
Satanic agencies are clothing false theories in an attractive garb, even as Satan in
the Garden of Eden concealed his identity from our first parents by speaking through the
serpent. These agencies are instilling into human minds that which in reality is deadly
error. The hypnotic influence of Satan will rest upon those who turn from the plain word
of God to pleasing fables.
It is those who have had the most light that Satan most assiduously seeks to ensnare.
He knows that if he can deceive them, they will, under his control, clothe sin with
garments of righteousness, and lead many astray.
I say to all: Be on your guard; for as an angel of light Satan is walking in every
assembly of Christian workers, and in every church, trying to win the members to his side.
I am bidden to give to the people of God the warning: "Be not deceived; God is not
mocked." Galatians 6:7. 8T 293,4
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul." Psalm 19:7. Without
the law, men have no just conception of the purity and holiness of God or of their own
guilt and uncleanness. They have no true conviction of sin and feel no need of repentance.
Not seeing their lost condition as violators of God's law, they do not realise their need
of the atoning blood of Christ. The hope of salvation is accepted without a radical change
of heart or reformation of life. Thus superficial conversions abound, and multitudes are
joined to the church who have never been united to Christ. GC 468
They had made the outward forms all-important, while they had lost the spirit of true
worship. Their services were corrupted with the traditions and practises of heathenism;
and in the performance of the sacrificial rites they did not look beyond the shadow to the
substance. They did not discern Christ, the true offering for the sins of men. The Lord
wrought to bring the people into captivity, and to suspend the services in the temple, in
order that the outward ceremonies might not become the sum total of their religion. Their
principles and practise must be purged from heathenism. The ritual service ceased, in
order that the heart might be revived. The outward glory was removed, that the spiritual
might be revealed. PH048 42
The offerings of the church have been in many instances more numerous than her prayers.
The missionary movement is far in advance of the missionary spirit. Earnest prayers have
not, like sharp sickles, followed the workers into the harvest-field. PH048 43
Circumstances cannot work reforms. Christianity proposes a reformation in the heart.
What Christ works within, will be worked out under the dictation of a converted intellect.
The plan of beginning outside and trying to work inward has always failed, and always will
fail. God's plan with you is to begin at the very seat of all difficulties, the heart, and
then from out of the heart will issue the principles of righteousness; the reformation
will be outward as well as inward. PH048 48
What a lesson is this to men holding positions of responsibility today in the church of
God! What a solemn warning to deal faithfully with wrongs that bring dishonour to the
cause of truth! Let none who claim to be the depositaries of God's law flatter themselves
that the regard they may outwardly show toward the commandments will preserve them from
the exercise of divine justice. Let none refuse to be reproved for evil, nor charge the
servants of God with being too zealous in endeavouring to cleanse the camp from
evil-doing. A sin-hating God calls upon those who claim to keep His law to depart from all
iniquity. A neglect to repent and to render willing obedience will bring upon men and
women today as serious consequences as came upon ancient Israel. There is a limit beyond
which the judgements of Jehovah can no longer be delayed. The desolation of Jerusalem in
the days of Jeremiah is a solemn warning to modern Israel, that the counsels and
admonitions given them through chosen instrumentalities cannot be disregarded with
impunity. PK 416
There is no greater evidence that those who have received great light do not appreciate
that light, than is given by their refusal to let their light shine upon those who are in
darkness, and devoting their time and energies in celebrating forms and ceremonies.
Thoughts of the inner work, the necessary purity of heart, are not entertained. RH
The soul cannot be satisfied with forms, maxims, and traditions. The cry of the soul
must be, Give me the bread of life: lift up a full cup to my parched spiritual nature that
I may be revived and refreshed. RH MAY 12,1896
But Satan will bring to the mind many things to crowd out matters of eternal interest.
It is his opportunity to confuse the right by mixing it up with the wrong. Through
attendance at worldly gatherings a taste is created for exciting amusements, and moral
power is weakened. Those who love pleasure may keep up a form of godliness, but they have
no vital connection with God. Their faith is dead, their zeal has departed. They feel no
burden to speak a word in season to souls who are out of Christ, and to urge them to give
their hearts to the Lord. YI MAR.30,1893
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