An Impending Danger — As the end draws near, the enemy will work with all his power to bring in fanaticism among us. He would rejoice to see SDA going to such extremes that they would be branded by the world as a body of fanatics. Against this danger we are bidden to warn ministers and lay members. Our work is to teach men and women to build on a true foundation, to plant their feet on a plain “Thus saith the Lord.”
Mind Control One Form of Fanaticism
EGW has spoken distinctly regarding the dangerous science which says that one person shall give up his mind to the control of another. This science is the devil’s own.
This is the character of the fanaticism we had to meet in 1845. EGW did not then know what it meant, but EGW was called upon to bear a most decided testimony against anything of the kind.
Cherish an Impartial, Optimistic Outlook — There is no reason for us to fix our eyes upon error, to grieve and complain, and lose precious time and opportunities in lamenting the fault of others…. Would it not be more pleasing to God to take an impartial outlook and see how many souls are serving God and resisting temptation and glorifying and honoring Him with their talents of means and intellect? Would it not be better to consider the wonderful, miracle-working power of God in the transformation of poor, degraded sinner, who have been full of moral pollution, who become so transformed that they are Christlike in character?