_______ April 21 ______
WE WILL NOT LOWER THE STANDARD
If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up. __Daniel 3:17-18__
I saw the company of idolaters consulting together. Failing to make the Christians yield, they agreed to another plan. I saw them lower their banner and then approach that firm Christian company and make the propositions to them. At first their propositions were utterly refused.
Then I saw the Christian company consulting together. Some said that th would lower the banner, accept the propositions, and save their lives,and at last they could gain strength to raise their banner among the heathen. A few, how ever, would not yield to this plan, but firmly chose to die holding their banner. rather than to lower it.
Then I saw many lower the banner and unite with the heathen; but the firm and steadfast would again seize it and bear it on high. I saw that persons were continually leaving the company of those who bore the pure banner, and were uniting with the idolaters under the black banner, to persecute those bearing the white banner. Many were slain, yet the white banner was held high, and believ¬ers were raised up to rally around it. (Early Writings, 212)
From the history of their fathers they had learned that disobedience to God results in dishonor, disaster, and death; and that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the foundation of all true prosperity. Calmly facing the furnace, they said, “O Nebuchadnezzar, … our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.” Their faith strengthened as they declared that God would be glorified by delivering them, and with triumphant assurance born of implicit trust in God. (Prophets and Kings, 508)
From the beginning of time, God has had a people who would not lower the standard. In these last days, where will we stand?