Preface: The link between our loving God and keeping of His commandments is stronger than we realize.
The schemes of the Babel builders ended in shame and defeat. The monument to their pride became the memorial of their folly. Yet people today are continually pursuing the same course of depending upon self and rejecting God’s law. It is the same principle Satan tried to carry out in heaven, the same principle that governed Cain in presenting his offering.
“There are tower builders in our time. Infidels construct their theories from the supposed deductions of science, and reject the revealed word of God. They presume to pass sentence upon God’s moral government; they despise His law and boast of the sufficiency of human reason. Then, ‘because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil’ Ecclesiates 8:11.”1
In the professedly Christian world, many turn away from the plain teachings of the Bible and build up a creed based on human speculations and pleasing fables. Then they point to their tower as a way to climb to heaven. People hang with admiration upon the words of eloquence while these very words teach that the transgressor shall not die, that salvation may be secured without obedience to the law of God. If the professed followers of Christ would accept God’s standard, it would bring them into unity; but so long as human wisdom is exalted above His Holy Word, there will be divisions and dissension.
The existing confusion of conflicting creeds and sects is fitly represented by the word “Babylon,” which prophecy applies to the world-loving churches of the last days. “Many seek to make a heaven for themselves by obtaining riches and power. They ‘speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily’ (Psalm 73:8), trampling upon human rights and disregarding God’s authority. The proud may for a time in great power, and may see success in all that they undertake; but in the end they will find only disappointment and wretchedness.
“The time of God’s investigation is at hand. The Most High will come down to see that which the children of men have builded. His sovereign power will be revealed; the works of human pride will be laid low. ‘The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of His habitation He looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth.’ ‘The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: He maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth forever, the thoughts of His heart to all generations.’ Psalm 33:13, 14, 10, 11.”2
1. Ellen G. White, Patriarchs and Prophets, p. 123.
2. Ibid., p. 124.