The Youth’s Instructor


October 15, 1896

Conduct in the House of Worship


The Lord through the psalmist says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;” but with many, propriety of conduct and self-respect are sacrificed to the smallest temptation. One act of irreverence removes the barrier for the next step in this direction. Each succeeding step will be easier to take. YI October 15, 1896, par. 1

Mocking and ridicule during religious service can be expressed by the eye and gesture. The Lord's name is profaned in this way, and the ministration of his word is to such a savor of death unto death. Every word, every act, and every thought given up to flow in this wrong channel, is registered in the books of heaven. A sneer will do much to efface religious impressions; it is difficult to answer, and often causes great unpleasantness. This is one of Satan's most successful weapons; but the only safe way to meet this class of opposition is to fix the eye on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Then your faith will remain untarnished. Jesus invites you to “Look and live.” Behold your Redeemer; think of him; talk of his love. If you do this, you will be safe. You will do a good work in reflecting the light of Bible truth, and will bear much fruit to the glory of God. And in the day of Christ's appearing, you will gain the overcomer's reward, a crown of life. YI October 15, 1896, par. 2

Mrs. E. G. White