Apostasy has come in to our ranks as it came into heaven, and all who unite with Satan in this kind of work will act on the same principles Satan worked. Not open, not frank, but in secrecy. Satan must deceive in order to succeed. In vain the net is set in the sight of any bird….
Is not Satan the life and soul of every species of rebellion which he himself has instigated? By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of
thee with violence, and thou hast sinned….Thou hast defiled thy sanctuary by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick.” In this place ‘traffick’ is the emblem of corrupt administration…. Christ came to our world not to aid Satan in working in rebellion, but to put down rebellion. Letter 156, April 8, 1897. (see also 7ABC 47, 173-74)
At times I have had to face nearly the whole church in defense and vindication of the heaven-sent light….With every departure of our institutions from straight lines, with every new departure from right principles, strange methods and principles are brought in….
God is calling for volunteers, for men who will not turn away from the truth they have strenuously advocated for years to advocate erroneous doctrines….At the eleventh hour, when the work grows harder and the people are more hardened, there will be a variety of talent brought in. These workers will prove faithful and receive their penny. Sacrificing men will step into the places made vacant by those who would not be fitted for a place in the heavenly temple….He [God] will call upon the youth to fill up the places made vacant by deaths and apostasies. He will give young men and women, as well as those who are older, the cooperation of the heavenly intelligences. They will have converted characters, converted minds, converted hands, converted feet, and converted tongues. Their lips will be touched with a living coal from the divine altar….
Satan is moving with intensity from beneath and is bringing all his forces to bear to unsettle those who have once been established in the truth which they have once advocated, can do the greatest harm to the cause of God. Quite a large number will enter this path because the truth they once believed has not been brought into their life-practice. But those who depart from the faith and refuse to give the last message of warning to the world will walk in paths in which the Lord does not lead. Satan goes before them as an angel of light. They will follow on in false paths until they shall discern what is comprehended in the wrath of the Lamb. Letter 98a, April 9, 1897, (see also 3SM 348-49)