I know this, that after
my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing
the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse
things, to draw away disciples after them. Acts 20:29, 30.
God has not passed His
people by and chosen one solitary man here and another there as the
only ones worthy to be entrusted with His truth. He does not give
one man new light contrary to the established faith of the body. In
every reform men have arisen making this claim. . . .
One accepts some new and
original idea which does not seem to conflict with the truth. He .
. . dwells upon it until it seems to him to be clothed with beauty
and importance, for Satan has power to give this false appearance.
At last it becomes the all-absorbing theme, the one great point around
which everything centers; and the truth is uprooted from the heart.
. . .
I warn you to beware of
these side issues, whose tendency is to divert the mind from the truth.
Error is never harmless. It never sanctifies, but always brings confusion
and dissension. . . .
There are a thousand temptations
in disguise prepared for those who have the light of truth; and the
only safety for any of us is in receiving no new doctrine, no new
interpretation of the Scriptures, without first submitting it to brethren
of experience. Lay it before them in a humble, teachable spirit, with
earnest prayer; and if they see no light in it, yield to their judgment.
. . .
Satan is constantly at
work; but few have any idea of his activity and subtlety. The people
of God must be prepared to withstand the wily foe. It is this resistance
that Satan dreads. He knows better than we do the limit of his power
and how easily he can be overcome if we resist and face him. Through
divine strength the weakest saint is more than a match for him and
all his angels, and if brought to the test he would be able to prove
his superior power. Therefore Satan's step is noiseless, his movements
stealthy, and his batteries masked. He does not venture to show himself
openly, lest he arouse the Christian's dormant energies and send him
to God in prayer.
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