And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the lightfrom the darkness. Genesis 1:4
It is quite discouraging to see the church, the one that you and I love and with certainty regard as the God’s very own movement, promulgate gross apostasies within our midst. As students of Bible history, we should not be shocked, because the bible warns us of how hard Satan will attack the truth in these last days.
Nevertheless, Sister Ellen White wrote, “Although there are evils existing in the church, and will be until the end of the world, the church in these last days is to be the light of the world that is polluted and demoralized by sin. The church, enfeebled and defective, needing to be reproved, warned, and counseled, is the only object upon earth upon which Christ bestows His supreme regard [emphasis supplied].”
In order for the church to be “the light of the world”, we, the church, must put ourselves on the right side of the question that the Apostle Paul asked the Corinthians.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” 2 Corinthians 6:14
The early faithful Christians understood the graveness of co-mingling with nominals of the same faith. The apostles encountered those in the church who professed godliness while they were secretly cherishing iniquity. The Lord’s servant wrote in chapter 2 of The Great Controversy, the following:
“But there is no union between the Prince of light and the prince of darkness, and there can be no union between their followers. When Christians consented to unite with those who were but half converted from paganism, they entered upon a path which led further and further from the truth. Satan exulted that he had succeeded in deceiving so large a number of the followers of Christ. He then brought his power to bear more fully upon these, and inspired them to persecute those who remained true to God. None understood so well how to oppose the true Christian faith as did those who had once been its defenders; and these apostate Christians, uniting with their half-pagan companions, directed their warfare against the most essential features of the doctrines of Christ.
“It required a desperate struggle for those who would be faithful to stand firm against the deceptions and abominations which were disguised in sacerdotal garments and introduced into the church. The Bible was not accepted as the standard of faith. The doctrine of religious freedom was termed heresy, and its upholders were hated and proscribed.
“After a long and severe conflict, the faithful few decided to dissolve all union with the apostate church if she still refused to free herself from falsehood and idolatry. They saw that separation was an absolute necessity if they would obey the word of God. They dared not tolerate errors fatal to their own souls, and set an example which would imperil the faith of their children and children’s children. To secure peace and unity they were ready to make any concession consistent with fidelity to God; but they felt that even peace would be too dearly purchased at the sacrifice of principle. If unity could be secured only by the compromise of truth and righteousness, then let there be difference, and even war.” The Great Controversy, p. 45
Well would it be for the church and the world if the principles that actuated those steadfast souls were revived in the hearts of God’s professed people. Shall we who are expecting to receive the latter rain at the end of the Christian church dispensation, ignore the methods of those who received the former rain at its beginning?