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HE HEARS OUR CRIES
There is a severe evil which I have seen under the sun: riches kept for their owner to his hurt.__Ecclesiastes 5:13__
The same state of things exists today that existed before the flood; and the nearer we get to the large cities, the worse the evil is. … How long will the Lord suffer oppression of the poor that rich men may hoard wealth? These men are heaping together treasures for the last days. Their money is placed where it does no one any good.
To add to their millions, they rob the poor, and the cries of the starving are no more to them than the barking of a dog. But the Lord marks every act of op¬pression. No cry of suffering is unheard by Him. Those who today are scheming to obtain more and more money, putting in operation plans that mean to the poor starvation, will in the last great day stand face to face with their deeds of oppression and injustice.
Those who claim to be the children of God are in no case to bind up with the labor unions that are formed or that shall be formed. This the Lord forbids. Cannot those who study the prophecies see and understand what is before us? The transgressors of the law of God have taken sides with their leader, the gen¬eral of rebellion.
He understands how to devise his satanic schemes and through whom to work for the carrying out of them. He is striving to lead every soul to take sides with him, and under the influence of his temptations, thousands are binding themselves up in bundles, ready to be consumed by the fires of the last day. Those who yield to his temptation become in their turn tempters, standing among the ablest of his helpers. (Letter 201, December 15, 1902)
Riches and worldly honor cannot satisfy the soul. Many among the rich olrzng for some divine assurance, some spiritual hope. Many long for something that wnie’ll bring to an end the monotony of their aimless lives. Many in official life feel their they of something which they have not. Few among them go to church; for they feel that they receive little benefit. The teaching they hear does not touch the heart. Shall we make personal appeal to them? (The Ministry of Healing, 210)