by Friends and Relatives
foes shall be they of his own household. Matt. 11:36.
When the law of God is made void, and the church is sifted by the fiery trials
that are to try all that live upon the earth, a great proportion of those
who are supposed to be genuine will give heed to seducing spirits, and will
turn traitors and betray sacred trusts. They will prove our very worst persecutors.
"Of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw
away disciples after them;" and many will give heed to seducing spirits.
apostatize in time of trial will bear false witness and betray their brethren,
to secure their own safety. They will tell where their brethren are concealed,
putting the wolves on their track. Christ has warned us of this, that we may
not be surprised at the cruel, unnatural course pursued by friends and relatives.
find that we must let loose of all hands except the hand of Jesus Christ.
Friends will prove treacherous, and will betray us. Relatives, deceived by
the enemy, will think they do God service in opposing us and putting forth
the utmost efforts to bring us into hard places, hoping we will deny our faith.
But we may trust our hand in the hand of Christ amid darkness and peril.
of Christ must expect to encounter sneers. They will be reviled; their words
and their faith will be misrepresented. Coldness and contempt may be harder
to endure than martyrdom. . . .
will turn harshly against their children who accept unpopular truth. Those
who conscientiously serve God will be accused of rebellion. Property that
was willed to children or other relatives who believe the present truth will
be given into other hands. Guardians will rob orphans and widows of their
just dues. Those who depart from evil will make themselves a prey through
laws enacted to compel the conscience. Men will take to themselves property
to which they have no right. The words of the apostle will be verified in
the near future: "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer
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