"We cannot prepare the way by gaining the friendship of the world, which is enmity with God; but by His help we can break its seductive influence upon ourselves and upon others. We cannot individually or as a body secure ourselves from the constant temptations of a relentless and determined foe; but in the strength of Jesus we can resist them."
- Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 123
"'She [Babylon] made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication' (Revelation 14:6-8). How is this done? By forcing men to accept a spurious sabbath. Not yet, however, can it be said that ... 'she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.' She has not yet made all nations do this.... Not until this condition shall be reached, and the union of the church with the world shall be fully accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of Babylon be complete. The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Revelation 14:8 is yet future."
- The Great Controversy, p. 389-390
"When do her [Babylon's] sins reach unto heaven [Revelation 18:2-5]? When the law of God is finally made void by legislation."
- The Signs of the Times, June 12, 1893.
"There is nothing that Satan fears so much as that the people of God shall clear the way by removing every hindrance, so that the Lord can pour out His Spirit upon a languishing church.... Every temptation, every opposing influence, whether open or secret, may be successfully resisted, 'not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of hosts' (Zechariah 4:6)."
- Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 124
"Any kind of theory or hobby that Satan can lead the minds of men to dwell upon, he will draw their attention to, so that they shall not be engaged in giving the solemn message for this time. Do not, my brother, become entangled with ideas that have no connection with the work for this time. It is better to be teaching the truth as it is in Jesus. Better to be seeking for true godliness, heart holiness, freedom from all selfishness, freedom from all envies and jealousies."
- Manuscript Releases, Volume 21, p. 413
"I saw that none could share the 'refreshing' unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action. We should therefore be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord."
- Early Writings, p. 71
"The latter rain will come, and the blessing of God will fill every soul that is purified from every defilement. It is our work today to yield our souls to Christ, that we may be fitted for the time of refreshing from the presence of the Lord—fitted for the baptism of the Holy Spirit."
-Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 191