Ruin Follows National Apostasy
earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed
the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Isa. 24:5.
The people of the United States have been a favored people; but when they
restrict religious liberty, surrender Protestantism, and give countenance
to popery, the measure of their guilt will be full, and "national apostasy"
will be registered in the books of heaven. The result of this apostasy will
be national ruin.
decree enforcing the institution of the papacy in violation of the law of
God, our nation will disconnect herself fully from righteousness. When Protestantism
shall stretch her hand across the gulf to grasp the hand of the Roman power,
when she shall reach over the abyss to clasp hands with spiritualism, when,
under the influence of this threefold union, our country shall repudiate every
principle of its Constitution as a Protestant and republican government, and
shall make provision for the propagation of papal falsehoods and delusions,
then we may know that the time has come for the marvelous working of Satan
and that the end is near.
spiritualism, Satan appears as a benefactor of the race, healing the diseases
of the people, and professing to present a new and more exalted system of
religious faith; but at the same time he works as a destroyer. . . .
to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies,
he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin
and desolation. . . .
the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing
depart further and further from God, Satan is permitted to have power over
the children of disobedience. He hurls destruction among men. There is calamity
by land and sea. Property and life are destroyed by fire and flood. Satan
resolves to charge this upon those who refuse to bow to the idol which he
has set up. His agents point to Seventh-day Adventists as the cause of the
trouble. "These people stand out in defiance of law," they say.
"They desecrate Sunday. Were they compelled to obey the law for Sunday
observance, there would be a cessation of these terrible judgments."