“When man transgressed the divine law, his nature became evil, and he was in harmony, and not at variance, with Satan. There exists naturally no enmity between sinful man and the originator of sin. Both
became evil through apostasy.”
- The Great Controversy, p. 505
“But should they [Adam and Eve] once yield to temptation, their nature would become so depraved that in themselves they would have no power and no disposition to resist Satan.”
- Patriarchs & Prophets, p. 53
“’For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh’ [Romans 8:3] — it could not justify man, because in his sinful nature he could not keep the law.”
- Patriarchs & Prophets, p. 373
"If we come to God, feeling helpless and dependent, as we really are, and in humble, trusting faith make known our wants to Him whose knowledge is infinite, who sees everything in creation, and who governs everything by His will and word, He can and will attend to our cry, and will let light shine into our hearts. Through sincere prayer we are brought into connection with the mind of the Infinite. We may have no remarkable evidence at the time that the face of our Redeemer is bending over us in compassion and love, but this is even so. We may not feel His visible touch, but His hand is upon us in love and pitying tenderness."
- Steps to Christ, p. 97
"When the laborers have an abiding Christ in their own souls, when all selfishness is dead, when there is no rivalry, no strife for the supremacy, when oneness exists, when they sanctify themselves, so that love for one another is seen and felt, then the showers of the grace of the Holy Spirit will just as surely come upon them as that God’s promise will never fail in one jot or tittle. But when the work of others is discounted, that the workers may show their own superiority, they prove that their own work does not bear the signature it should. God cannot bless them.
- Selected Messages, Book 1, p. 175 (1896).