BAAL

In 1889, E.G. White said about the SDA church:

There has been a departure from God among us, and the zealous work of repentance and returning to our first love essential to restoration to God and regeneration of heart has not yet been done. Infidelity to God has been making its inroads in our ranks, for it is the fashion to depart from christ and give place to skepticism. The cry of the heart has been, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” Baal, Baal, is the choice. The religion of many among us will be the religion of apostate Israel, because they love their own way and forsake the way of the Lord. The true religion, the only religion of the Bible, that teaches forgiveness through the merits of a crucified and risen savior, that advocates righteousness by the faith of the son of God, has been slighted, spoken against, ridiculed.

It has been denounced as leading to enthusiasm and fanaticism. Take it back while it is not too late for wrongs to be righted, for you have sinned against God. But it is the life of Jesus Christ in the soul, it is the active principle of love imparted by the holy spirit, that alone will make the soul fruitful unto good works. The love of christ is the force and power of every message that ever fell from human lips. What kind of a future is before us if we shall fail to come into the unity of the faith. When we are united in the unity for which christ prayed, this long controversy, which has been kept up through satanic agency, will end, and we shall not see men framing plans after the order of the world because they have not spiritual eyesight to discern spiritual things. They now see men as trees walking, and they need the divine touch that  they may see as God sees and work as christ worked. Then will Zion’s watchmen sound the trumpet in clearer, louder notes, for they will see the sword coming and realize the danger in which the people of God are placed. {Lt24-1889}

There is no time now to range ourselves on the side of the transgressors of God’s law, to see with their eyes, to hear with their ears, and to understand with their perverted senses. We must press together. We must become a unit, to be holy in life and pure in character. Let us no longer bow down to the idol of men’s opinions, no longer be slaves to any shameful lust, no longer bring a polluted offering to the Lord, a sin-stained soul, which is represented by the offerings of the Moabites and Amorites. {Lt24-1889}

O, shall not repentance take the place of unbelief and rebellion? Or shall this state of impenitence and blindness continue until it shall be said unto us, as to the cities that spurned the offered mercies of Christ in the days of his ministry, “Woe unto thee, Chorazin! Woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell”? {Lt24-1889}.
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