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FROM the very beginning of the great controversy in heaven it has been Satan’s purpose to overthrow the Law of God.  To deceive men, and thus lead them to transgress God’s law, is the object which he has steadfastly pursued. Whether it be accomplished by casting aside the law altogether, or by rejecting one of its precepts, the result will be ultimately the same.  He that offends in one point,” manifests contempt for the whole law; his influence and example are on the side of transgression; he becomes “guilty of all.” (James 2:10)

In seeking to cast contempt upon the divine statutes, Satan has perverted the doctrines of the Bible, and errors have thus become incorporated into the faith of thousands who profess to believe the Scriptures.  The last great conflict between truth and error is but the final struggle of the long-standing controversy concerning the Law of God.  Upon this battle we are now entering-a battle between the laws of men and the precepts of Jehovah, between the religion of the Bible and the religion of fable and tradition.

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INFIDELITY prevails to an alarming extent, not in the world merely, but in the church. Many have come to deny doctrines which are the very pillars of the Christian faith.  The great facts of Creation as presented by the inspired writers, the Fall of man, the atonement, and the perpetuity of the Law of God, are practically rejected, either wholly or in part, by a large share of the professedly Christian world.  Many ministers are teaching their people, and many professors and teachers are instructing their students, that the Law of God has been changed or abrogated; and those who regard its requirements as still valid, to be literally obeyed, are thought to be deserving only of ridicule or contempt.


IN rejecting the truth, men reject its Author. In trampling upon the Law of God, they deny the authority of the Lawgiver. It is as easy to make an idol of false doctrines and theories as to fashion an idol of wood or stone. By misrepresenting the attributes of God, Satan leads men to conceive of Him in a false character.  With many, a philosophical idol is enthroned in the place of Jehovah; while the living God, as He is revealed in His Word, in Christ, and in the works of creation, is worshiped by but few.  Thousands deify nature while they deny the God of nature. 

Though in a different form, idolatry exists in the Christian world today as verily as it existed among ancient Israel in the days of Elijah.  The god of many professedly wise men, of philosophers, poets, politicians, journalists- the god of polished fashionable circles, of many colleges and universities, even of some theological institutions- is little better than Baal,  the sun-god of Phoenicia.

No error accepted by the Christian world strikes more boldly against the authority of Heaven, none is more directly opposed to the dictates of reason, none is more pernicious in its results, than the modern doctrine, so rapidly gaining ground, that Gods’ Law is no longer binding upon men.  Suppose that prominent ministers were publicly to teach that the statutes which govern their land and protect the rights of its citizens were not obligatory-that they restricted the liberties of the people, and therefore ought not to be obeyed; how long would such men be tolerated in the pulpit? But is it a graver offense to disregard the laws of states and nations than to trample upon those divine precepts which are the foundation of all government?



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