“Because of Satan’s accusing power, it was not the plan of God to deal with him as he deserved. The tempter would throw all the blame of his course upon others who were below him. He would make it appear that if he could have moved according to his own judgment all this demonstration of rebellion would have been avoided. . . .
“He claims to be officiating as the voice and power of God, claims that his decisions are justice, are pure and without fault. Thus he takes his position on the judgment seat and declares that his counsels are infallible. Here his merciless justice comes in, a counterfeit of justice, abhorrent to God.”1
“God could employ only such means as were consistent with truth and righteousness. Satan could use what God could not—flattery and deceit.
. . . God permitted him to demonstrate the nature of his claims, to show the working out of his proposed changes in the divine law. His own work must condemn him. Satan had claimed from the first that he was not in rebellion. The whole universe must see the deceiver unmasked.”2
“God sees that the same course of action is being pursued the world over. Men and women come to the place where the road diverges: it is either right or wrong. Thousands upon thousands clothe themselves in what they supposed to be an impenetrable disguise, and choose the wrong. . . . God does not force anyone. He leaves all free to choose.”3
1. Ellen G. White, Christ Triumphant, p. 11.
2. Ibid., p. 12.
3. Ibid., p. 14.