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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 27-

WHAT TO DO NOW-part 1-

AT THIS point let us change our focus from past history, and the crisis that lies just ahead, and consider the heart of the matter.

You can be God’s child just now –this very minute- if you will.  God has already done all that a God can do, until you accept what He has done.  God loved you so much “that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

ENABLING POWER

HAVE you received that gift? All who receive Him are given power to be God’s children.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).  You belong to God.  He made you.  So you are also His by creation. He redeemed you. So you are His by redemption.  But He will not take you by force; you must choose to be his; you must acknowledge His rights, and your relationship. When you yield to Him, then you are His.  See Romans 6:16.  Just the minute that you surrender your life to His guidance, that minute He takes control.  Then it is a minute-by-minute walk with God.  Led by Him, you are His child.  “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

Do you know that sin is the transgression of God’s Law? “Whosoever commiteth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law” (1 John 3:4).  See also Romans 5:13 and 7:7.

Do you know that the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord? “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all the work which he had made.  And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made” (Genesis 2:2-3). See also Exodus 20:8-11.

THE NEW BIRTH

WITH an earthy friend we make connection with a look for a touch.  With Jesus we make union with our thoughts. You believe God’s Word.  You believe with the heart.  See Romans 10:10. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Then the faith of Jesus comes by studying God’s Word.  See Revelation 14:12.  We must study to show ourselves approved unto God, and then obey present truth.  See 2 Timothy 2:15.  Then that Word (in your heart) begins the new life which is the “new birth”.  See 1 Peter 1:23.  Then, keep drinking the milk of the Word, and so, “grow”.  See 1 Peter 2:2. DO NOT WAIT FOR SOME FEELING. TAKE GOD AT HIS WORD, NO MATTER HOW YOU FEEL.

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 26-

SATAN COMMANDEERS THE WORLD-part 2-

SATAN PERSONATES CHRIST

AS THE crowning act in the great drama of deception, Satan himself will personate Christ.  The church has long professed to look to the Saviour’s advent as the consummation of her hopes.  Now the great deceiver will make it appear that Christ has come. In different parts of the earth, Satan will manifest himself among men as a majestic being of dazzling brightness, resembling the description of the Son of God given by John in the Revelation.  Revelation 1:13-15. The glory that surrounds him is unsurpassed by anything that mortal eyes have yet beheld.

The shout of triumph rings out upon the air: “Christ has come!” The people prostrate themselves in adoration before him, while he lifts up his hands and pronounces a blessing upon them, as Christ blessed His disciples when He was upon the earth.  His voice is soft and subdued, yet full of melody.  In gentle, compassionate tones he presents some of the same gracious, heavenly truths which the Saviour uttered; he heals the diseases of the people, and then, in his assumed character of Christ, he claims to have changes de Sabbath to Sunday, and commands all to hallow the day which he has blessed.

He declares that those who persist in keeping holy the seventh day are blaspheming his name by refusing to listen to his angels sent to them with light and truth.  This is the strong, almost overmastering delusion. Like the Samaritans who were deceived by Simon Magus, the multitudes from the least to the greatest, give heed to these sorceries, saying: This is “the great power of God” (Acts 8:10).

DETECTING THE DECEIVER

BUT the people of God will not be misled. The teachings of this false christ are not in accordance with the Scriptures.  His blessing is pronounced upon the worshipers of the beast and his image, the very class upon whom the Bible declares that God’s unmingled wrath shall be poured out.

And, furthermore, Satan is not permitted to counterfeit the manner of Christ’s advent.  The Saviour has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming. “There shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, the shall deceive the very elect…Where fore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth, behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.  For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17). This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting.  It will be universally known-witnessed by the Whole World.

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THE BIBLE ONLY

ONLY those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive.  By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise.  To all the testing time will come. By the sifting of temptation the genuine Christian will be revealed.  Are the people of God now so firmly established upon His Word that they would not yield to the evidence of their senses? Would they, in such a crisis, cling to the Bible and the Bible only? Satan will, if possible, prevent them from obtaining a preparation to stand in that day.  He will so arrange affairs as to hedge up their way, entangle them with earthly treasures, cause them to carry a heavy, wearisome burden, that their hearts may be overcharged with the cares of this life and the day of trial may come upon them as a thief.

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 25-

SATAN COMMANDEERS THE WORLD

THROUGH 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.  His temptations are leading multitudes to ruin. Intemperance dethrones reason; sensual indulgence, strife, and bloodshed follow.  Satan delights in war, for it excites the worst passions of the soul and then sweeps into eternity its victims steeped in vice and blood.  It is his object to incite the nations to war against one another, for he can thus divert the minds of the people from the work of preparation to stand in the day of God. Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls.

He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. When he was suffered to afflict Job, how quickly flocks and herds, servants, houses, children, were swept away, one trouble succeeding another as in a moment. It is God that shields His creatures and hedges them in from the power of the destroyer.  But the Christian world have shown contempt for the Law of Jehovah; and the Lord will do just what He has declared that He would- He will withdraw His blessings from the earth and remove His protecting care from those who are rebelling against His Law and teaching and forcing others to do the same.  Satan has control of all whom God does not especially guard.  He will favor and prosper some in order to further his own designs, and he will bring trouble upon others and lead men to believe that it is God who is afflicting them.

While appearing 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.

TROUBLERS IDENTIFIED

AND then the great deceiver will persuade men that those who serve God are causing these evils.  The class that has provoked the displeasure of Heaven will charge all their troubles upon those whose obedience to God’s commandments is a perpetual reproof to transgressors. It will be declared that men are offending God by the violation of the Sunday sabbath; that this sin has brought calamities which will not cease until Sunday observance shall be strictly enforced; and that those who present the claims of the fourth commandment, thus destroying reverence for Sunday, are troublers of the people, preventing their restoration to divine favor and temporal prosperity. 

The miracle-working power manifested through Spiritualism will exert its influence against those who choose to obey God rather than men.  Communications from the spirits will declare that God has sent them to convince the rejecters of Sunday of their error, affirming that the laws of the land should be obeyed as the law of God. They will lament the great wickedness in the world and second the testimony of religious teachers that the degraded state of morals is caused by the desecration of Sunday.  Great will be the indignation excited against all who refuse to accept their testimony.

Sunday is our mark of authority. The church is above the Bible, and this transference of sabbath observance is proof of that fact” (The Catholic Record, London, Ontario, September 1, 1923)

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 24-

WHERE DID SATAN, THE SOWER OF EVIL, COME FROM?-part 2-

CLOTHED WITH MYSTERY

SATAN had been so highly honored, and all his acts were so clothed with mystery, that it was difficult to disclose to the angels the true nature of his work.  Until fully developed, sin would not appear the evil thing it was. Heretofore it had had no place in the universe of God, and holy beings had no conception of its nature and malignity.  They could not discern the terrible consequences that would result from setting aside the Divine Law.  In His dealing with sin, God could employ only righteousness and truth.  Satan could use what God could not-flattery and deceit. 

The discord which his own course had caused in heaven, Satan charged upon the law and government of God.  All evil he declared to be the result of the divine administration.  He claimed that it was his own object to improve upon the statutes of Jehovah. Therefore it was necessary that he should demonstrate the nature of his claims, and show the working out of his proposed changes in the divine law. His own work must condemn him. Satan had claimed from the first that he was not in rebellion. He must have time to manifest himself by his wicked works. The whole universe must see the deceiver unmasked.

THE SAME SPIRIT

THE same spirit that prompted rebellion in heaven still inspires rebellion on earth.  Satan has continued with men the same policy which he pursued with the angels. By the same misrepresentation of the character of God as he had practiced in heaven, causing Him to be regarded as severe and tyrannical, Satan induced man to sin. And having succeeded thus far, he declared that God’s unjust restriction had led to man’s Fall, as they had led to his own rebellion. God gave an evidence of His love by yielding up His only begotten Son to die for the fallen race.  In the atonement the character of God is revealed. The mighty argument of the cross demonstrates to the whole universe that the course of sin which Lucifer had chosen was in no wise chargeable upon the government of God.

MORE THAN REDEMPTION

IT WAS not merely to accomplish the redemption of man that Christ came to the earth to suffer and to die.  He came to “magnify the Law” and to “make it honorable”. Not alone that the inhabitants of this world might regard the Law as it should be regarded; but it was to demonstrate to all the worlds of the universe that God’s Law is unchangeable.  Could its claims have been set aside, then the Son of God need not have yielded up His life to atone for its transgression. The death of Christ proves it immutable.

In the final execution of the judgment it will be seen that no cause for sin exists.  The cross of Calvary, while it declares the Law immutable, proclaims to the universe that the wages of sin is death.  In the Savior’s expiring cry, “It is finished”, the death knell of Satan was rung. The great controversy which had been so long in progress was the decided, and the final eradication of evil was made certain.  The whole universe will have become witnesses to the nature and results of sin.

SATAN COMMANDEERS THE WORLD

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 23-

WHERE DID SATAN, THE SOWER OF EVIL, COME FROM?-part 1-

THE ORIGIN OF SIN

TO many minds the origin of sin and the reason for its existence are a source of great perplexity. They see the work of evil, with its terrible results of woe and desolation, and they question how all this can exist under the sovereignty of One who is infinite in wisdom, in power, and in love.  It is impossible to explain the origin of sin so as to give a reason for its existence. Yet enough may be understood concerning both the origin and the final disposition of sin to make fully manifest the justice and benevolence of God in all His dealings with evil.  Sin is an intruder, for whose presence no reason can be given.  Could excuse for it be found, or cause be shown for its existence, it would cease to be sin.  Our only definition of sin is that given in the Word of God; it is the transgression of the law”.

GOD’S LOVE VERSUS PRIDE

THE law of love being the foundation of the government of God, the happiness of all created being depended upon their perfect accord with its great principles of righteousness. God desires from all His creatures the service of love-homage that springs from an intelligent appreciation of His character.  He takes no pleasure in a force allegiance and to all He grants freedom of will, that they may render Him voluntary service.  But there was one that chose to pervert this freedom.  Sin originated with him who, next to Christ, had been most honored of God and who stood highest in power and glory among the inhabitants of heaven.  Before his fall, Lucifer was first of the covering cherubs, holy and undefiled. See Ezekiel 28:12-15.

Lucifer might have remained in favor with God, beloved and honored by all the angelic host, exercising his noble powers to bless others and to glorify his Maker.  But, says the prophet, Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness” (Ezekiel 28:17).  Little by little, Lucifer came to indulge a desire for self-exaltation. “Thou hast said,…I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation…I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High” (Isaiah 14:13-14). Instead of seeking to make God supreme in the affections and allegiance of His creatures, it was Lucifer’s endeavor to win their service and homage to himself. And coveting the honor which the infinite Father had bestowed upon His Son, this prince of angels aspired to power which it was the prerogative of Christ alone to wield.

The Son of God was the acknowledged Sovereign of heaven, one in power an authority with the Father.  I all the councils of God, Christ was a participant, while Lucifer was not permitted thus to enter into the divine purposes. “Why”, questions this mighty angel, “should Christ have the supremacy? Why He is thus honored above Lucifer?

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 19-

INTERPRETING THE SYMBOLS-part 4-

UNION OF CHURCH AND STATE

WHEN the early church became corrupted by departing from the simplicity of the gospel and accepting heathen rites and customs, she lost the Spirit and power of God; and in order to control the consciences of the people, she sought the support of the secular power.  The result was the Papacy, a church that controlled the power of the state and employed it to further her own ends, especially for the punishment of “heresy”.  In order for the United States to form an image of the beast, the religious power must so control the civil government that the authority of the state will also be employed by the church to accomplish her own ends.

It was apostasy that led the early church to seek the aid of the civil government, and this prepared the way for the development of the Papacy –the beast. So apostasy in the church will prepare the way for the image to the beast.

HISTORY REPEATS

THE Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord there will exist a state of religious declension similar to that in the first centuries.  “In the last days perilous times shall come.  For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).  “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”. (1 Timothy 4:1).  When this state of ungodliness shall be reached, the same results will follow as in the first centuries.

FORMATION OF THE IMAGE

WHEN the 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, the Protestant America will have formed an image of the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenters will inevitably result.

 

“The wall of separation between church and state’ is a metaphor based on bad history, a metaphor that has proved useless as a guide to judging.  It should be frankly and explicitly abandoned” (Chief Justice William Rehnquist, Time, December 9, 1991).

A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court “declared that when religious rights clash with the government’s need for uniform rules, the court will side with the government.”  (Los Angeles Times, April 18, 1990)

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 18-

INTERPRETING THE SYMBOLS-part 3-

SPEAKS LIKE THE DRAGON

BUT the beast with lamblike horns “spoke as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed;…saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had that wound by a sword, and did live”  (Revelation 13:11-14).

The lamblike horns and dragon voice of the symbol point to a striking contradiction between the professions and the practice of the nation thus represent. The speaking” of the nation is the action of its legislative and judicial authorities.  By such action it will give the lie to those liberal and peaceful principles which it has put forth as the foundation of its policy.  The prediction that it will speak as a dragon” and exerciseall the power of the first beast” plainly foretells a development of the spirit of intolerance and persecution that was manifested by the nations represented by the dragon and the leopardlike beast.  And the statement that the beast with two horns causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast” indicates that the authority of this nation is to be exercised in enforcing some observance which shall be an act of homage to the Papacy.

Such action would be directly contrary to the principles of this government, to the genius of its free institutions, to the direct and solemn avowals of the Declaration of Independence, and to the Constitution. The founders of the nation wisely sought to guard against the employment of secular power on the part of the church, with its inevitable result –intolerance and persecution. 

The Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” and that “no religious test shall ever be required as qualification of any office of public trust under the United States.”  Only in flagrant violation of these safeguards to the nation’s liberty, can any religious observance be enforced by civil authority.  But the inconsistency of such action is no greater than is represented in the symbol.  It is the beast with lamblike horns in profession pure, gentle, and harmless- that speaks as a dragon.

THE IMAGE TO THE BEAST

SAYING to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast. Here is clearly presented a form of government in which the legislative power rests with the people, a most striking evidence that the United States is the nation denoted in the prophecy.  But what is theimage to the beast”? And how is it to be formed? The image is made by the two-horned beast, and is an image to the beast.  It is also called an image of the beast. Therefore, to learn what the image is like and how it is to be formed we must study the characteristics of the beast itself – the Papacy.

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 16-

In contrast to those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus, the third angel points to another class, against whose errors a solemn and fearful warning is uttered: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, he same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” (Revelation 14:9-10). A correct interpretation of the symbols employed is necessary to an understanding of this message.  What is represented by the beast, the image, the mark?

INTERPRETING THE SYMBOLS-part 1-

THE DRAGON

THE line of prophecy in which these symbols are found begins with Revelation 12, with the dragon that sought to destroy Christ at His birth. The dragon is said to be Satan (Revelation 12:9); he it was that moved upon Herod to put the Saviour to death.  But the chief agent of Satan in making war upon Christ and His people during the first centuries of the Christian. Era was the Roman Empire, in which paganism was the prevailing religion.  Thus while the dragon, primarily, represents Satan, it is, in a secondary sense, a symbol of pagan Rome.

THE LEOPARDILIKE BEAST

IN chapter 13 (verse 1-10) is described another beast, “like unto a leopard” to which the dragon-Satan and pagan Rome- gave “his power, and his seat, and great authority”. This leopardlike beast, as most Protestants have believed, represents the Papacy, which succeeded to the power and seat and authority once held by the ancient Roman Empire.  Of the leopardlike beast it is declared: “There was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies…And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations”. This prophecy, which is nearly identical with the description of the little horn of Daniel 7, unquestionably points to the Papacy.

“Power was given unto him to continue forty and two months”. And, says the prophet, “I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death”. And again: “He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword” (Revelation 13:10). The forty and two months are the same as the time and times and the dividing of time”, three years and a half, or 1260 days, of Daniel 7- the time during which the papal power was to oppress God’s people.  This period began with the supremacy of the Papacy, A.D. 538, and terminated in 1798. At that time the pope was made captive by French army, the papal power received its deadly wound, and the prediction was fulfilled, “He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity” (Revelation 13:10).

 

LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE, WHICH HAS COST SO GREAT A SACRIFICE, WILL NO LONGER BE RESPECTED

THOSE WHO HONOR THE BIBLE SABBATH WILL BE DENOUNCED AS ENEMIES OF LAW AND ORDER

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 15-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY-part 9-

THE DARK AGES REPEATED

SATAN’S policy in this final conflict with God’s people is the same that he employed in the opening of the great controversy in heaven.  He professed to be seeking to promote the stability of the divine government, while secretly bending every effort to secure its overthrow.  And the very work which he was thus endeavoring to accomplish he charged upon the loyal angels. The same policy of deception has marked the history of the Roman Church. 

It has professed to act as the vicegerent of Heaven, while seeking to exalt itself above God and to change His law.  Under the rule of Rome, those who suffered death for their fidelity to the gospel were denounced as evildoers; they were declared to be in league with Satan; and every possible means was employed to cover them with reproach, to cause them to appear in the eyes of the people and even to themselves as the vilest of criminals.  So it will be now.  While Satan seeks to destroy those who honor God’s law, he will cause them to be accused as lawbreakers, as men who are dishonoring God and bringing judgments upon the world.

COMPULSION BY CRUELTY

GOD never forces the will or the conscience; but Satan’s constant resort-to gain control of those whom he cannot otherwise seduce- is compulsion by cruelty. Through fear of force he endeavors to rule the conscience and to secure homage to himself.  To accomplish this goal, he works through both religious and secular authorities, moving them to the enforcement of human laws in defiance of the Law of God.

Those who honor the Bible Sabbath will be denounced as enemies of law and order, as breaking down the moral restraints of society, causing anarchy and corruption, and corruption, and calling down the judgments of God upon the earth. Their conscientious scruples will be pronounced obstinacy, stubbornness, and contempt of authority.  They will be accused of disaffection toward the government. Ministers who deny the obligation of the divine law will present from the pulpit the duty of yielding obedience to the civil authorities as ordained of God. In legislative halls and courts of justice, commandment keepers will be misrepresented and condemned.  A false coloring will be given to their worst the worst construction will be put upon their motives.

LIGHT EXCHANGED FOR DARKNESS

AS the Protestant churches reject the clear, scriptural arguments in defense of God’s Law, they will long to silence those whose faith they cannot overthrow by the Bible.  Though they blind their own eyes to the fact, they are now adopting a course which will lead to the persecution of those who conscientiously refuse to do what the rest of the Christian world are doing, and acknowledge the  claims of the papal sabbath.

LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE DENIED

THE dignitaries of church and state will unite to bribe, persuade, or compel all classes to honor the Sunday.  The lack of divine authority will be supplied by oppressive enactments.  Political corruption is destroying love of justice and regard for truth; and even in free America, rulers and legislators, in order to secure public favor, will yield to the popular demand for a law enforcing Sunday observance.  Liberty of conscience, which has cost so great a sacrifice, will no longer be respected.  In the soon-coming conflict we shall see exemplified the prophet’s words:The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ” (Revelation 12:17).

In contrast to those who keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus, the third angel points to another class, against whose errors a solemn and fearful warning is uttered: “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, he same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God.” (Revelation 14:9-10). A correct interpretation of the symbols employed is necessary to an understanding of this message.  What is represented by the beast, the image, the mark?

 

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WORLD CRISIS FORETOLD –CIVIL AND DIVINE LAWS ENDANGERED-part 14-

TO UNDERSTAND WHERE THE PAPACY IS LEADING, LOOK AT HER PAST HISTORY-part 8

LAW AND ORDER THE REAL ISSUE-part 2-

SIN NO LONGER SINFUL

WHEREVER the divine precepts are rejected, sin ceases to appear sinful or righteousness desirable. Those who refuse to submit to the government of God are wholly unfitted to govern themselves.  Through their pernicious teachings the spirit of insubordination is implanted in the hearts of children and youth, who are naturally impatient of control; and a lawless, licentious state of society results. While scoffing at the credulity of those who obey the requirements of God, the multitudes eagerly accept the delusions of Satan.  They give the rein to lust and practice the sins which have called down judgments upon the heathen.

SOCIETY IN DISARRAY

ALREADY the doctrine that men are released from obedience to God’s requirements has weakened the force of moral obligation and opened the floodgates of iniquity upon the world. Lawlessness, dissipation, and corruption are sweeping in upon us like an overwhelming tide.  In the family, Satan is at work.  His banner waves, even in professedly Christian households.  There is envy, evil surmising, hypocrisy, estrangement, emulation, strife, betrayal of sacred trusts, and indulgence of lust.  The whole system of religious principles and doctrines, which should form the foundation and framework of social life, seems to be a tottering mass, ready to fall to ruin.

The vilest of criminals, when thrown into prison for their offenses, are often made the recipients of gifts and attentions as if they had attained an enviable distinction. Great publicity is given to their character and crimes. The press publishes the revolting details of vice, thus initiating others into the practice of fraud, robbery, and murder; and Satan exults in the success of his hellish schemes.  The infatuation of vice, the wanton taking of life, the terrible increase of intemperance and iniquity of every order and degree, should arouse all who fear God, to inquire what can be done to stay the tide of evil.

SCRIPTURES NOW REJECTED

THE iniquity and spiritual darkness that prevailed under the supremacy of Rome were the inevitable result of her suppression of the Scriptures; but where is to be found the cause of the widespread infidelity, the rejection of the Law of God, and the consequent corruption, under the full blaze of gospel light in an age of religious freedom? Now that Satan can no longer keep the world under his control by withholding the Scriptures, he resorts to other means to accomplish the same object.  To destroy faith in the Bible serves his purpose as well as to destroy the Bible itself.  By introducing the belief that God’s law is not binding, he as effectually leads men to transgress as if they were wholly ignorant of its precepts.  And now- as if former ages, he has worked through the church to further his designs.  The religious organizations of the day have refused to listen to unpopular truths plainly brought to view in the Scriptures, and in combating them they have adopted interpretations and taken positions which have sown broadcast the seeds of skepticism.

Clinging to the papal error of natural immortality and man’s consciousness in death, they have rejected the only defense against the delusions of Spiritualism.  The doctrine of eternal torment has led many to disbelieve the Bible.  And as the claims of the fourth commandment are urged upon the people, it is found that the observance of the seventh-day Sabbath s enjoined; and as the only way to free themselves from a duty which they are unwilling to perform, many popular teachers declare that the Law of God is no longer binding.  Thus they cast away the law and the Sabbath together.  As the work of Sabbath reform extends, this rejection of the Divine Law to avoid the claims of the fourth commandment will become well-nigh universal.

 

 

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