Those who apostatize in time of trial will, to secure their own safety, bear false
witness and betray their brethren. They will tell where they are concealed, putting the wolves on their track. Christ has warned us of this, that we may not be surprised at the unnatural and cruel course of friends and relatives.
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many” [Matthew 24:11].
False christs did arise [before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70] deceiving the people and leading great numbers into the desert. Magicians and sorcerers, claiming miraculous power, drew the people after them into mountain solitudes. But this prophecy was also spoken for the last days. This sign is given as a sign of the second advent. Companies inspired by Satan will be formed to deceive and delude. Manuscript 78, July 28, 1897, (see also DA 628-30)
Many have tried neutrality in a crisis, but they have failed in their purpose. No
one can maintain a neutral ground. Those who endeavor to do this will fulfill Christ’s words, “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” [Matthew 6:24].
Those who begin their Christian life by being half and half, whatever
may be their intentions, will at last be found enlisted on the enemy’s side.
Double-minded men and women are Satan’s best allies. Whatever favorable
opinion they may have of themselves, they are dissemblers. All who are loyal to God and the truth must stand firmly for the right because it is right. To yoke up with those who are unconsecrated and yet be loyal to the truth, is simply an impossibility. We cannot unite with those who are serving themselves, who are working on worldly plans, and not lose our connection with the heavenly counselor. We may recover ourselves from the snare of the enemy, but we are bruised and wounded, and our experience is dwarfed….
When a man loses the shield of a good conscience, he knows that he has lost the
cooperation of heavenly angels. God is not working in him. Another spirit inspires him. And to be an apostate, a traitor to the cause of God, is much more serious than death, it means the loss of eternal life. Manuscript 87, August 19, 1897, (see also TDG 140; 3RH 561, col 3)
It is not the fault of the gospel that apostasies occur. Those who apostatize are not truly converted. They have received the truth by halves. The light of truth has not been strengthened by practice, and it is soon quenched, leaving them in greater darkness than before….
Each man in this world is charged also with the souls that might have been saved had he used aright his God-given talents. Manuscript 13, February 9, 1898, (see also 7ABC 171)