Brethren Worst Persecutors
shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.
As the storm approaches, a large class who have professed faith in the third
angel's message, but have not been sanctified through obedience to the truth,
abandon their position and join the ranks of the opposition. By uniting with
the world and partaking of its spirit, they have come to view matters in nearly
the same light; and when the test is brought, they are prepared to choose
the easy, popular side. Men of talent and pleasing address, who once rejoiced
in the truth, employ their powers to deceive and mislead souls. They become
the most bitter enemies of their former brethren. When Sabbathkeepers are
brought before the courts to answer for their faith, these apostates are the
most efficient agents of Satan to misrepresent and accuse them, and by false
reports and insinuations to stir up the rulers against them.
of distress before God's people will call for a faith that will not falter.
His children must make it manifest that He is the only object of their worship,
and that no consideration, not even that of life itself, can induce them to
make the least concession to false worship.
time the gold will be separated from the dross. . . . Many a star that we
have admired for its brilliance will then go out in darkness. Those who have
assumed the ornaments of the sanctuary, but are not clothed with Christ's
righteousness, will then appear in the shame of their own nakedness.
inhabitants, scattered in every land, there are those who have not bowed the
knee to Baal. Like the stars of heaven, which appear only at night, these
faithful ones will shine forth when darkness covers the earth and gross darkness
the people. . . . In the hour of deepest apostasy, when Satan's supreme effort
is made to cause "all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and
bond," to receive, under penalty of death, the sign of allegiance to
a false rest day, these faithful ones . . . will "shine as lights in
the world." . . . Philippians 2:15. The darker the night, the more brilliantly
will they shine.
From Maranatha - Page 197