“Those who stand in defense of the honor of God and maintain the purity of truth at any cost will have manifold trails, as did our Saioiur in the wilderness of temptation. While those who have yielding temperaments, who have not courage to condemn wrong, but keep silent when their influence is needed to stand in defense of the right against any pressure may void many heartaches and escape many perplexities, they will also lose a very rich reward, if not their own souls. Those who are in harmony with God, and who through faith in Him receive strength to resist wrong and stand in defense of the right, will always have server conflicts and will frequently have to stand almost alone. But precious victories will be their while they make God their dependence. His grace will be their strength. ‘Their moral sensibility will be keen and clear, and their moral powers will be able to to withstand wrong influences. Their integrity, like that of Moses, will be of the purest characters.'” TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, Vol. 3, p. 302. Ellen White.
“The mild and yielding spirit of Aaron,and his desire to please the people, blinded his eyes to their
sins and to the enormity of the crime that he was sanctioning. His course in giving influence to wrong and sin in Israel cost the lives of three thousand men. In what contrast with this is the course of Moses. After he had evidenced to the people that they could not trifle with God with impunity; after he had shown them the just displeasure of God because of their sins, by giving the terrible decree to slay friends or relatives who persisted in their apostasy; after the work of justice to turn away the wrath of God, irrespective of their feelings of sympathy for loved friends and relatives who continued obstinate in their rebellion – after this, Moses was prepared for another work. He proved who was the true friend of God and friend of the people.”
TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, Vol. 3, p. 302. Ellen White.