"Nowas in former ages, the presentation of a truth that reproves the sins and errors of thetimes will excite opposition. 'Everyone that doeth evil hateth the light, neithercometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.' John 3:20. As men see thatthey cannot maintain their position by the Scriptures, many determine to maintain it atall hazards, and with a malicious spirit they assail the character and motives of thosewho stand in defense of unpopular truth. It is the same policy which has been pursued inall ages. Elijah was declared to be a troubler in Israel, Jeremiah atraitor, Paul a polluter of the temple. From that day to this, those who would beloyal to truth have been denounced as seditious, heretical, or schismatic. Multitudes whoare too unbelieving to accept the sure word of prophecy will receive with unquestioningcredulity an accusation against those who dare to reprove fashionable sins. This spiritwill increase more and more. And the Bible plainly teaches that a time is approaching whenthe laws of the state will so conflict with
the law of God that whosoever would obey all the divineprecepts must brave reproach and punishment as an evildoer."
The Great Controversy, pp. 458, 459.
"Now I want to state a little further upon the principle that no Christian, being a citizen of the kingdom of God, can of right startany procedure in connection with civil government. After it is startedby the government itself, that is another questiion . . . I repeat therefore, that upon the principles which govern kingdoms and governments,the very principle of the law in heaven, or law in earth, a Christiancannot start any procedure in connection with civil government.And of all Christians, SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS cannot do it.The very keeping of the Sabbath forbids it."
Historic SDA Quotes Regarding Bringing Suit in Civil Court
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If God abhors one sin above another, ofwhich His people are guilty, it is doing nothing in case of anemergency. Indifference and neutrality in a religious crisis isregarded of God as a grievous crime and equal to the veryworst type of hostility against God.
Ellen G. White: Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, page 280