by Protestants and Catholics
shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the
end shall be saved. Matt. 10:22.
There is no necessity for thinking that we cannot endure persecution; we shall
have to go through terrible times.
of Protestants by Romanism, by which the religion of Jesus Christ was almost
annihilated, will be more than rivaled when Protestantism and popery are combined.
people of God erelong will be placed in a most trying position; but all those
who have walked in the light, and diffused the light, will realize that God
interposes in their behalf. When everything looks most forbidding, then the
Lord will reveal His power to His faithful ones. When the nation for which
God has worked in such a marvelous manner, and over which He has spread the
shield of Omnipotence, abandons Protestant principles, and through its legislature
gives countenance and support to Romanism in limiting religious liberty, then
God will work in His own power for His people that are true. The tyranny of
Rome will be exercised, but Christ is our refuge.
leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine
as are held by them in common, shall influence the state to enforce their
decrees and to sustain their institutions, then Protestant America will have
formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties
upon dissenters will inevitably result.
teach that popery is to regain its lost supremacy, and that the fires of persecution
will be rekindled through the time-serving concessions of the so-called Protestant
world. In this time of peril we can stand only as we have the truth and the
power of God. . . . The prospect of being brought into personal danger and
distress, need not cause despondency, but should quicken the vigor and hopes
of God's people; for the time of their peril is the season for God to grant
them clearer manifestations of his power.