The less spiritual and self-denying the doctrines presented, the greater the favor with which people receive them. Satan is ready to supply what people want, and he palms off deception in the place of truth. This is how the papacy gained its power over the minds of so many.
And by rejecting the truth because it involves a cross, Protestants are following the same path. All who study convenience and popular opinion, so that they will not be out of step with the world, will be left to receive “destructive heresies” in place of truth (2 Peter 2:1). Those who look with horror on one deception will eagerly receive another.*
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Source: Ellen G. White, The Great Hope, pp. 24-25
*In the complete book, The Great Controversy, readers will find the story of how most of the Christian world gradually departed from the teachings of the Bible.