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Th e Voice of Tr uth in Perilo us Tim es Iss ue No. 8
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SAH Issue No. 8 — In this issue:
Spiritual Formation in the Church
Why Does God Allow Suffering?
The story of Job is at once an extremely interesting picture of God’s allowing Satan almost free rein in a man’s physical life, and a profound lesson ...
Hope for the Hopeless
Help with our growth in grace.
Ellen G. White
The Foundation of All Graces
“…Temperance alone is the foundation of all the graces that come from God, the foundation of all victories to be gained.”—Temperance 201
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Bible and Spirit of Prophecy Quiz
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The Cook’s Corner
Preserving & Canning Berries
Subscriber Submission John N. Loughborough
Words From Our Pioneers
Do our actions show we believe Christ is “even at the door?” Are we venturing all?
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Why We Cannot Join
What position should Adventists take in relation to the ecumenical movement?
F. D. Nichol
These semi-historical Jewish moral stories contain historical and doctrinal errors.
Jesus Exempted from Human Passions?
M. L. Andreasen
If God should exempt Christ from the passions that corrupt the natural descendants of Adam, Satan could claim that God played favorites, and the test was invalid.
The Augsburg Confession - Re: Sabbath
Condensed from Vance Ferrell’s upcoming publication on the Book of Revelation. What did Martin Luther, Melancthon, and the German princes believe about the Sabbath?
Keeping the Sabbath Holy: Potluck Perils
Divine counsel regarding fellowship meals.
Ellen G. White
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Dear Readers of Second Advent Herald,
From the Editor’s Desk
n 2001 the General Conference leadership voted to bring spiritual formation, contemplative prayer and the emerging church into all of our educational systems in the thirteen divisions. Spiritual formation was invented by Ignatius Loyola in the 15th century. He started the Jesuit Society of Jesus, responsible for killing millions of Christians during the Dark and Middle Ages. At the Vatican Council in 1960-62, the papacy decided that Ignatius Loyola had developed a plan where they could bring the whole Protestant world under their control. Today the majority of Protestants have yielded to this diabolical system, including the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Andrews University now offers a PhD degree in Spiritual Formation. During the past eleven years, all our colleges and universities around the world have been graduating students who do not understand the great pillars of the faith of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Where were the watchmen on the walls of Zion who allowed this satanic system of spiritualism to enter our educational system? Spiritualism in all its forms is the most dangerous weapon that Satan has ever invented. The tragedy that has come upon the Seventh-day Adventist Church is that of leaning on the guidance of leaders—pastors that have not been grounded in the pillars of our faith and that have no close connection with Jesus. Many of our pastors today “cannot successfully resist spiritualism. They have nothing wherewith to shield their flocks from its baleful influence. Much of the sad result of spiritualism will rest upon ministers of this age; for they have trampled the truth under their feet, and in its stead have preferred fables.” 1T 344. “The leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.” Isa 9:16 “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD…. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.” Jer 17:5-7. “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” Isa 58:1. The danger of those involved in spiritual formation equals that of King Saul, who sought counsel from the witch of Endor. Of this act, Ellen White wrote, “In his (King Saul’s) peril he dares to approach God, to inquire whether he shall make war with the Philistines. But as God has left him, he seeks a woman with a familiar spirit, who is in communion with Satan. Saul knew that in this last act, of consulting the witch of Endor, he cut the last shred which held him to God. He knew that if he had not before willfully separated himself from God, this act sealed that separation, and made it final. He had made an agreement with death, and a covenant with hell. The cup of his iniquity was full.” 1SP 375-7 For the last decade, the young people graduating from our educational systems around the world have been deprived of the great messages that God gave to our Seventhday Adventist Church. How can they share them? How many Go to Table of Contents
can be retrieved from this satanic system which destroys all the pillars of our faith, the soon coming of Jesus, the three angels’ messages, and the sanctuary message? Once captivated by this devilish system, very few will be interested in escaping their danger. God warned our Seventh-day Adventist church that the omega of apostasy would be of a startling nature: “Be not deceived; many will depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. We have now before us the alpha of this danger. The omega will be of a most startling nature.” 1SM 197. The leadership was divided over Harvey Kellogg’s book, The Living Temple. Ellen White’s vision of the iceberg was presented to that committee and it solved the problem. The church leadership took a strong stand against Kellogg’s pantheistic ideas and the church was saved. Will the leadership handle this current problem? The church will go through, but not until it is shaken and purified. “The church may appear as about to fall, but it does not fall. It remains, while the sinners in Zion will be sifted out—the chaff separated from the precious wheat. This is a terrible ordeal, but nevertheless it must take place. None but those who have been overcoming by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony will be found with the loyal and true, without spot or stain of sin, without guile in their mouths. We must be divested of our self-righteousness and arrayed in the righteousness of Christ.” 2SM 380. Ellen White wrote, “To stand in defense of truth and righteousness when the majority forsake us, to fight the battles of the Lord when champions are few—this will be our test” (5T 136). This test is now before the leaders, pastors and laity of our remnant church. “All who occupy positions in our institutions will be tested. If they will make Christ their pattern, He will give them wisdom and knowledge and understanding; they will grow in grace and aptitude in Christ’s way; their characters will be molded after His similitude. If they fail of keeping the way of the Lord, another spirit will control the mind and judgment, and they will plan without the Lord and will take their own course and leave the positions they have occupied. The light has been given them; if they depart from it, let no man present a bribe to induce them to remain. They will be a hindrance and a snare. The time has come when everything is to be shaken that can be shaken, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.” 7T 219. May God help us during this crisis hour not to lean on men, but to be guided by the Holy Spirit. Ω
Ron Spear continues to add to his 55
years of active service in the Lord’s cause as preacher, editor and author. He and his wife Carmen reside in Washington state and travel wherever he has speaking engagements.
for your adversary the devil. under Christ’s rulership. one that feared God and eschewed evil. and that he was exercising his “right” to travel all over it. Satan was saying that all men are selfish. and was “perfect and upright. he serves you! You reward him well for it. According to chapter 1. who trust Him. in fact. took over the claim of the whole world! In verse 7 of Job 1. Let’s now look at verse 6: “Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord. be vigilant. seeking whom he may devour.” etc. and lose everything!” In other words. why wouldn’t he serve you? You protect him and bless all that he has! Why. He also was saying that if God took away all of Job’s motivation (according to Satan’s selfish mind. He claimed that the only reason Job was serving God was because God was protecting and enriching him. in front of all the representatives of the other worlds. he’d be a fool not to serve you. offering sacrifices and burnt offerings in behalf of his children. when God asked Satan where he came from. being the usurper and presumptuous person that he is. Then Satan. A concordance defines “eschewed” primarily as “turned off. (verse 8). specified persons were priests. as a roaring lion. who was. Job would be angry with God and would choose to curse God.” “leave undone. Basically. After that time. and under appointment only. verse 1. he answered that he had been going to and fro in the earth and walking up and down in it. than Satan is. by choosing to disobey and go against what God had told them not to do.” “decline. whom did Adam and Eve choose? They. in fact. told God at this “committee meeting:” “Sure. which happened during the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt. and no better. in spite of Satan’s worst behavior. Satan acknowledged that God’s hand was over Job. Job lived in Uz.” Verses 4 and 5 describe his assuming the role of priest of the family. So we can deduce that the story of Job is very old. Job’s motivation was all of his possessions). The Lord next asked Satan if he had seen His servant Job. really. a servant of the Lord who maintained a righteous character in spite of being in Satan’s world. This tells us that this story unfolded before the Jews were chosen as God’s people. and no other people were to officiate in the role of priest except from the tribe of Levi. Verses 2 and 3 describe his wealth and end by saying that “this man was the greatest of all the men of the east. and exercising his “right” to run things according to his will—as far as he was allowed to? “Be sober. as he (Satan) is. 4 Go to Table of Contents .” What’s this all about? Is this possibly a “committee meeting” of the representatives of all the worlds? Who would be the representative of this world? We know Adam was given dominion in this world (Genesis 1:28). who also authored the first five books of the Bible. and thus before the system of priests. we believe that it was written probably by Moses. true to his typical excuse-making and seeking to evade the truth. and then. walks about . chose Satan. Let’s look at the first chapter of Job to see what we can learn. so why was God treating Job so well when he was no better than Satan? He also was saying that Job can be made to disobey God’s law found in Exodus 20:1 and to he story of Job is at once an extremely interesting picture of God’s allowing Satan almost free rein in a man’s physical life.T Corla Rankin and Satan. In reality. Observed closely. Satan was challenging God in that committee meeting. Does this not demonstrate that Satan was claiming that it was his territory. This story also clearly demonstrates the necessity on the part of God to watch over and protect us from Satan. tabernacle and so forth was initiated.” 1Peter 5:8. one can see the play and counterplay in the great controversy between Christ and Satan. and Satan came also among them. and a profound lesson of God’s ability to keep His own. protecting him from Satan’s ravages.
’put forth thine hand and touch his bone and flesh and he will curse you to your face. we would be destroyed. and which will help us. many situations in relation to Satan’s accusations versus God’s true character. nor had it been. Amen.” At this point even Job’s wife. Now Satan wants to go still further in his smiting Job. Blessed be the name of the Lord.. if we let it. Satan is “the accuser of the brethren. only upon him (himself) do not put your hand. the true nature of sin and of his (Satan’s) form of government and of Satan himself was not clearly seen. God was holding Job up. it was because of some great sin or sins in your life. a great wind (created by Satan) blew down the house that Job’s children were in and killed them all. and I will not have anything to keep when I die. The Lord gave. and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.) Let’s look very closely at the next verses. “Behold. and asking her if people receive only good from God. describe the disasters Satan brought upon Job: First the oxen and asses were stolen by the Sabeans under Satan’s temptations.” Romans 6:23. She says in verse 9: “Do you still retain your integrity? Curse God and die!” But Job still refuses. and I am so thankful that if we study carefully.” Job 1:21. and here is a replay of the sons of God—the committee members. of course. and lastly. in the face of all the representatives of the other worlds! It would be fair to draw back the curtain between this world and the eternal one. on trial before the entire universe.” See Revelation 12:9 & 10. as we discussed before. ‘Behold. Remember also that God allowed his character to be on trial so that all would clearly see who was right in this great controversy between Christ and Satan. then “fire of God”—really fire of Satan—fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants watching them. it’s Satan! Satan knows that he himself will be afflicting Job. and God’s keeping power was on display to the whole universe! Earth’s earliest people. verses 13 through 18. and not also evil. (Verse 10) It was not natural human strength. we go the chapter 2. have all believed that if you were afflicted. that was holding Job up and helping him not to sin. “In all this. “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling. and to tell you that Satan had so masked his own character that until he put Christ to death. note that the Bible clearly puts the blame on the cause of Job’s suffering in verse 7: “So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord. but. Verse 22 records the wonderful words. Satan again responds that he has been going to and fro in the earth and has been walking up and down in it. all that a man has will he give for his life. The Lord allows us to suffer those consequences because He loves us and wants us and/or others to learn that “the wages of sin is death. and is hanging onto his integrity. When God punishes Greater Suffering for Job If God didn’t take Satan’s blows first. dominion and power. They thought you were being punished by God. smite] all that Job has.choose Satan as his god. (Remember. as Satan desires. then the Satan-inspired Chaldeans stole the camels and killed the servants guarding them. God then asks him if he has noticed that Job is still perfect and upright. What did Job do? Did he succumb to the temptation to blame God.” So. or representatives of Go to Table of Contents Not All Suffering Is Because of Sin 5 . yet he has so long accused God of being the arbitrary. though Satan has succeeded in getting God to allow Satan to afflict him for no reason. Job 1. as evidenced by the Jews’ mindset. and Job would curse God to His face. Satan again comes to present himself to God. and one of the reasons is that it shows us that it is Satan that delights in afflicting people. be glory and majesty. harsh one. let’s go on. The character of God was. he is in thine hand [Satan’s]. that he will continue his course even in the face of God! And. and the Lord again asks Satan where he came from. nor “attributed folly to God. to the only-wise God our Saviour. not God.” Now. A principle to realize is this: “God is said to do that which He allows.” Now. Job in the Hand of Satan the various worlds—meeting with God. That said. but save his life. It is true that there are consequences to wrong-doing that one suffers as a natural result of wrong-doing. as most others would have done? NO! He said “I was born without anything. inspired by Satan. sustaining him and keeping him from yielding to evil. This story is recorded for several reasons.’” God answers Satan’s challenge by saying. Job’s will was surrendered to God.” The realization of this principle will help you to understand many. both now and forever. who is “touching” Job? It’s not God. Truth and the error lie very close to one another in this matter. observe how God replies: “And the Lord said unto Satan. saying to her that she is speaking as one of the foolish women would speak. Job sinned not. enters into tempting Job.” Job 2: 1-6..” Jude 24 and 25. and even the Jews throughout their history. and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown [head]. and the Lord has taken away. verses 11 and 12 of Job 1: Satan is speaking and he challenges God to “put forth his hand and touch [strike. and he says: “Skin for skin. But this Jewish belief of affliction being caused because of sin on the person’s part is evidence of one of the lies that Satan has told and promulgated about God. and allow only that which we can stand. Now. we can spot the counterfeit. all that he has is in thy (Satan’s) power.
” Lamentations 3:33. he would obey God (in God’s strength. however. then Satan is allowed more access to us. which God knows. and for a punishment had to spend the night in the barn. might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.. of course) and trust God to make it come out all right. but most of the time. if we let it.” Do we ever get sympathizers? Yes! And they can do more harm than anyone else. Rest assured. Yes. Then Job voiced his misery and wished that he had never been born. as at Sodom and Gomorrah. If we look back. First. anyway.” See Isaiah 28:21: “For the Lord shall rise up as in mount Perazim. because his character is just what he demonstrates in this story.. and which will help us. and other times when He has directly intervened by serious and deadly punishment. He will help us. Mold me. as Satan desires. receiving the end of your faith. fashion me. “In all afflictions. To understand God. Because we have chosen to do wrong. and bring to pass His act. guiding and protecting us and seeking to lead us to a closer walk with Him. it is called His “strange work.. He was afflicted. or had died at birth so he could escape all this affliction that has been brought upon him. I can assure you. If we have to have the hard times. or whether we refuse this process. He will be by our side throughout anything we have to pass through. Save me in spite of myself. and he hasn’t succeeded in getting Job to curse God. if their sympathies are misdirected. though it be tried with fire. for I cannot give it. and Satan does not want you to know that. We have nothing worthwhile to lose by choosing God. God must allow Satan to have his way. There is a story of a boy that had done something quite naughty. we would be destroyed. and as He will do at the end of the world. We choose whether we will allow God to make us pure and holy and safe to save. See Job 3:1-26. regardless of what circumstances occur? Job had gotten to know God on such an intimate level that he realized that no matter what happened to his outward existence. and lose eternal life. and I do not regret anything I have had to give up to Christ. I suppose. it is your own. for I cannot keep it for Thee…. the only way we can be changed and made pure is by the afflictions foisted upon us by Satan. His strange act. Next. lift me up where the rich currents of Thy love can flow through my soul. we have been only winners! The surrender of whatever it is has only freed us from bondage of the will. God invites us to begin to know Him. In other words. make me willing to be made willing!” is the keynote of my life. we tie God’s hands when we deliberately choose wrong. he wished he was asleep in the grave in peace. The Bible says. there followed sentiments from his “comforters” to the effect that there must be some great sins in Job’s life. carnal hearts that choose sin over good unless we allow God to help and change us.. they sought to win Job’s confidence and trust in them by displaying kindly sympathy. as well as of the mind and body. unChristlike self…. Having given it to Jesus. as at the flood. or whether we have to have some hard times to teach us. He was the one afflicting Job. and his challenge comes down through the centuries and ages to us: Will we put our trust in God. that God does not forsake us. “Take my heart. He doesn’t ask us to blindly trust Him without evidences in our lives that He has been working. If we cry out to Him. it is Satan causing the misery. That is a perfect portrayal of God’s character. many times. he next sends Job some “sympathizers. The dad felt so bad that he spent the night in the barn with his son. Lord. you will see by reading Job 2:11 and onward that since Satan isn’t allowed to go any further in afflicting Job’s body. In short. You created me. but down the road. One of the most powerful scriptures in this book which evinces Job’s trust in God is found in Job 13:15: “Though He slay me. we will be able to look back and see that anything that we are asked to surrender would only have hurt us. His strange work. we can see His hand. “That the trial of your faith. Job tried to defend himself.” This was the keynote of Job’s life. Keep my heart pure. whether or not the person really had an understanding of whom he was choosing to listen to. “He [God] does not afflict willingly [from His heart] nor grieve the children of men. We cannot surrender self of ourselves. my weak. even the salvation of your souls. and allow only that which we can stand. but buffered and filtered by God first in order to make us pure.” Isaiah 63:9. So with us. We have sinful. and you paid an infinite price to rescue me…. stating he had not sinned and brought this upon himself. we need to understand that there is a perfect balance between His justice and His mercy.” 1 Peter 1:7.” God does deal with sin and punishes. which is Satan’s way. and enjoying every minute of it. Gold or other precious metals must be heated in the furnace in order to be purified. choose our own way. yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain my own ways [of obedience to God] before Him. Unfortunately. but Christ will effect the surrender in us if we will ask Him to help us. The extent to which His hands are tied depends on our heart. leading. being much more precious than of gold that perishes. Next.men. He shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon. that He may do His work. If God didn’t take Satan’s blows first. to a greater or lesser extent—depending on. we may be called upon to give up things that we think we value very much. 9. If we will allow Him.. He knows whether mercy will melt our hearts. “Lord.” Sympathizers Can Do Much Harm Full Surrender is Freeing God our FATHER 6 Go to Table of Contents .
God gave Job TWICE as much Go to Table of Contents Corla Ranki n is the secretary for SECOND ADVENT Herald. 7 . and saw his sons. which make for VERY interesting reading if you would know the greatness.” Will we put our trust in God. and that He was upset with them.. and to have Job pray for them.. regardless of what circumstances occur? Job Rewarded on Earth as he had had before. along with 7 sons and 3 daughters. wisdom and power of God and the puny-ness of man and his wisdom. The Lord actually talked out loud with Job. and his sons’ sons for four generations. After that..” the Lord intervened in Chapters 38 thru 41. Job lived another 140 years.. After enduring all of the mistaken ideas and accusations of his “friends. The Bible in Job 42: 10 says that “. She lives in Montana with her husband.” Next. This incredible story is worthy of even deeper study and reflection. Bildad and Zophar—and told them that they didn’t speak correctly about God’s servant Job. let’s look at the ending of the story of Job.. I encourage each one to search for wisdom and comfort and truth in those verses of Job. Job 42:16. He rebuked the friends of Job—Eliphaz.the Lord turned the captivity of Job when he prayed for his friends. yet will I trust in Him. They were told to go to Job and offer up a sacrifice for their behavior.“Though He slay me. Ω Now.
tempted. neither are your ways my ways. you who are tried.. One hope will raise our spirits. and discouraged. If you look down. One heart can know what’s true. it is unmistakable evidence that we have not had a view of the beauty and excellence of Christ. One sunbeam lights a room. One laugh will conquer gloom. Isaiah 55:7. But do not be discouraged. But the sinner must look up. and to our God. One bird can herald spring.. The soul that is transformed by grace will admire His divine character.” “… Look up. thy transgressions. For my thoughts are not your thoughts. It is your thought that your mistakes and transgressions have been so grievous that the Lord will not have respect unto your prayers. the more faulty you will appear in your own eyes.. and tenderest compassion. saith the Lord. and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord. One touch can show you care. This is evidence that Satan’s delusions have lost their power. One tree can start a forest. God does not deal with us as finite men deal with one another. One life can make a difference. but if we do not see our own moral deformity. nothing is sure.” He says. if they will look to Him by faith. A view of our own sinfulness drives us to Him who can pardon. One candle wipes out darkness. “He will abundantly pardon. One vote can change a nation. Ω One song can spark a moment. You see. No deep-seated love for Jesus can dwell in the heart that does not see and realize its own sinfulness. It is ever safe to look up. the more we shall see to esteem in the infinite purity and loveliness of our Saviour. that the vivifying influence of the Spirit of God is arousing you. Author U nknow n 8 Go to Table of Contents One step must start each journey. love. One smile begins a friendship. . it is fatal to look down. His thoughts are thoughts of mercy. “I have blotted out. the most sinful. The hand of the Infinite is reaching over the battlements of heaven to grasp yours in its strong embrace. and your imperfections will be seen in broad and distinct contrast to His perfect nature. lift up. One flower can wake the dream. But heaven above you is calm and steady. The mighty Helper is nigh to bless. The less we see to esteem in ourselves. and there is divine aid for every climber. W hit e et the wicked forsake his way. it’s up to you. .Hope for the Hopeless L E. One star can guide a ship at sea. One word can frame the goal. the earth reels and sways beneath you. One word must start each prayer. and your indifference and unconcern are passing away. THE POWER OF ONE One voice can speak with wisdom. and will bless and save you …. for he will abundantly pardon.. as a thick cloud. G. The closer you come to Jesus. look up. and he will have mercy upon him.. and encourage the most erring. for your vision will be clearer. One handclasp lifts a soul. 8.
of subjection of the lower to the higher nature. 174. recreation. lead them to practice self-denial and temperance in all things. G. . We must cultivate useful habits in our children. Self has to do with the lower nature.” 1 Peter 2:11. God’s people will therefore differ noticeably from the world in their diet. The appetites and passions must be held in subjection to the higher powers of the mind. though. that they may keep their animal propensities in subjection. and hope for. self-discipline. the foundation of all victories to be gained. It is denial of the demands of the carnal nature.” CE 166. Go to Table of Contents Temperance resists the “lust of the flesh. Tourist guidebook in hand. listen to. purchases. and. We want houses where the Godgiven sunlight and the pure air of heaven are welcomed. Temperance in eating. work. sleeping. Our eternal welfare depends upon the use we make during this life of our time. their efforts accomplished nothing. if we cannot discern His voice because our minds and hearts are dull because of intemperance. happy influence in our homes. but that they should be kept from evil. dress. strength. What Exactly Is Temperance? Since temperance is “the foundation of all the graces that come from God. and influence. or drink. keep under the body. This self-discipline is essential to that mental strength and spiritual insight which will enable us to understand and to practice the sacred truths of God’s word. child-rearing—in their homes. and must instruct them in the things of God….” CC 271. having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. One special point of preparation was their practicing useful phrases in the native languages. “Christ prayed for his disciples. We want a cheerful.—that they might be kept from yielding to the temptations they would meet on every hand…. they’d ask in the foreign tongue. “All who would perfect holiness in the fear of God must learn the lessons of temperance and self-control. Those who are temperate “abstain from fleshly lusts. of the surrender of self to the service of God and man…. “Will not the inducements presented before those who are running in the Christian race. will be our requests for the Holy Spirit. and control the appetite and lustful passions? Then can they be partakers of the divine nature. 201 E. and the pride of life. “Where is the bakery/restroom/bus stop?” “How much does this cost?” Other than to build anticipation. It has to do with.” —Temperance p. conduct and worship— in what they look at.” 1 John 2:16. is often paired with. 9 “Whether therefore ye eat. For this reason temperance finds its place in the work of preparation for Christ’s second coming. rest. not that they should be taken out of the world. in the writings of Ellen White. W hit e T he family was eager to begin their European vacation.” “… We want temperance at our tables. the higher nature recognizes the righteousness of God’s principles and sets itself to follow them.” CC 249. and dressing is one of the grand principles of the religious life…. … of all victories to be gained. the “animal propensities. the lust of the eyes.The Foundation of All Graces “…Temperance alone is the foundation of all the graces that come from God. wills. which is amenable to God. think about. which war against the soul. self-control. drinking.” CG 394.” we must understand what temperance is. too.” and obedience to the higher nature. or whatsoever ye do. “…It is the result of self-discipline. “Temperance in all things of this life is to be taught and practiced. Nothing that concerns the health of the human agent is to be regarded with indifference.” CD 84. such traits as self-denial. What was not considered is that knowing how to ask the question is useless unless one also knows how to understand the answer! So. talk about.
physical stamina. galling yoke is manufactured for your neck. “The body is a most important medium through which the mind and the soul are developed for the upbuilding of character. to be able to pass by all provocation.do all to the glory of God. if Go to Table of Contents . and the length of life depend upon immutable laws. Jesus’ Self-Control Our Example “The highest evidence of nobility in a Christian is selfcontrol. There are thoughts and feelings suggested and aroused by Satan that annoy even the best of men. and word. Then come words of retaliation. for the impatient utterance of one leads another to retort in the same spirit and manner. they are to be controlled by the Spirit of God. but if they are not cherished. The advantage to be gained by temperance is laid open before us all through the Scriptures. and then from out of the heart will issue the principles of righteousness. The voice of God is addressing us. Let us remember that God sets our secret sins in the light of His countenance. by divine grace. But blessings of the greatest importance are to result from the patient endurance of these daily vexations. What harm is wrought in the family circle by the utterance of impatient words.. and do not recognize the workings of Satan to entrap their souls. He would not have revealed Himself to the wife of Manoah. will be worked out under the dictation of a converted intellect…. and allow them to irritate and vex us. “Temperance is exalted to a high level in the Word of God. He reviled not again. we fall under them. was reviled. “Those who would work in God’s service must not be seeking worldly gratification and selfish indulgence….” CD 35. and bear all things with Christlike meekness and forbearance…. We should copy the example of Jesus.’ and of ‘spiritual wickedness in high places. which is itself to be under the control of God. we can rise higher and still higher. But many become the sport of the enemy. They claim that the Lord does not concern Himself with such minor matters as our eating and drinking.” RC 154. sanctified. The passions are to be controlled by the will. Hence it is that the adversary of souls directs his temptations to the enfeebling and degrading of the physical powers…. but only for pity and love. But if the Lord had no care for these things. and deportment. giving her definite instructions and twice enjoining upon her to beware lest she disregard them. The kingly power of reason. How much better to have the oil of grace in the heart. What Christ works within. conqueror of his own inclinations. but “committed himself to him that judgeth righteously. “Out of the Heart” “The body is to be brought into subjection to the higher powers of the being. for we are to gain strength to bear greater difficulties…. “There seems to be a mist before the eyes of many. ‘Be ye therefore perfect. Intellectual power.. Through obedience to these laws. and so make stumbling blocks for ourselves and others. No mere restriction of your diet will cure your diseased appetite…. and it is by such words that a heavy. Temperance Exalted by God “Many make the subject of temperance a matter of jest. words of self-justification. man may stand conqueror of himself. they do not rest in Jesus. daily difficulties. the reformation will be outward as well as inward. The danger of intemperance is specified. for they fail to discern spiritual things. O that we might control our words and actions!. God’s plan with you is to begin at the very seat of all difficulties. for all these bitter words will come back in a baleful harvest to your soul…. is to bear sway in the life. Christianity proposes a reformation in the heart. Christians are not to be the slaves of passion. All the cruel taunts of the murderous throng who exulted in His humiliation and trial in the judgment hall could not bring from Him one look or word of resentment or impatience. conqueror of … ‘the rulers of the darkness of this world. Is not this sufficient evidence that He does care for these things?” CG 407.’” CC 249. even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect’ (Matthew 5:48)…. Men will never be truly temperate until the grace of Christ is an abiding principle in the heart…. for when He 10 “We should preserve the strictest chastity in thought. We make failures in our little. because when temptation comes. but worry themselves out of His arms…. Obeying His Word. the heart. He was the Majesty of heaven.” 1 Cor 10:31.” Our Redeemer met insult and mockery with uncomplaining silence. and in His pure breast there dwelt no room for the spirit of retaliation.
” OHC 69.” CTBH 39. I John’s Temperance to Be Ours Ministers. and at once put away those things that cause an unhealthy condition of the body and thus cast a dark shadow over the mind . which destroy the health. that. “A man who is intemperate … cannot be a patient man.” GW 240. True religion and the laws of health go hand in hand. Step by Step Heavenward “‘Beside this. By precept and example they must hold their perfect standard high above Satan’s false standard. disease. and prevent divine truth from impressing the mind. which destroy the health. to whom God has intrusted sacred truths to present before the people. John “was a representative of those living in the last days. Intemperance Blocks Entrance of Truth “In our sanitariums our ministers. in regular hours. showing that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Doctors to Instruct on Temperance “The great end for which Christ endured that long fast in the wilderness was to teach us the necessity of self-denial and temperance. should give short talks upon the principles of temperance. January 14. As this instruction is given. must be kept before the people. you are just as much doing the work of God as in holding meetings. the soul is not contaminated with guilt. in healthful exercise. will lead to misery. and to virtue knowledge. the people will become interested in Bible doctrine…. many sins that are now carelessly committed would cease from among us. in the power which Jesus came to bring him. who labor in word and doctrine. which. degradation. “… If all had a realization of the solemnity and weight of the message. and to knowledge temperance.” RH. It is impossible to work for the salvation of men and women without presenting to them the need of breaking away from sinful gratifications. we must be regulated by the knowledge which it is our duty to obtain that we may. debase the soul.” TMK 139-40. if followed. continual reform. “church work” dominates the life. Those ministers or doctors who do not make personal appeals to Go to Table of Contents 11 “Reform. Let those who have obtained a knowledge of how to eat and drink and dress so as to preserve health impart this knowledge to others. add to your faith virtue. They fail of doing the work which God has appointed them.” Te 245-6. debase the soul. This work should commence at our tables and should be strictly carried out in all the concerns of life. For many. The Redeemer of the world came from heaven to help man in his weakness. giving all diligence. and death for both body and soul. and no other is defiled by their influence. and prevent divine truth from impressing the mind. place ourselves in right relation to life and health. So temperance is a round of the ladder upon which we must plant our feet before we can add the grace of patience. in work. he might become strong to overcome appetite and passion and might be victor on every point. fit for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. O that we each might become a savor of life unto life to those around us! the people are remiss in their duty. in raiment. yet “when you take time to cultivate your garden. to prepare the way for the second appearing of Christ. and by our example we must enforce our teaching. Men and women must be taught to take a careful view of every habit and every practice.they are repulsed as hateful.” CH 125. Let the poor have the gospel of health preached unto them from a practical point . In food. through earnest endeavor. and bringing to the minds of the people the responsibility resting upon them as God’s purchased possession to make the body a holy temple. thus gaining the exercise needed to keep the system in good working order. God desires His light bearers ever to keep a high standard before them. 1909.’ Here the importance of temperance is brought to our notice…. And the same principles of temperance which John practiced should be observed by those who in our day are to warn the world of the coming of the Son of man. t is impossible to work for the salvation of men and women without presenting to them the need of breaking away from sinful gratifications.
for God’s people will learn that the food God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for keeping the body in a sinless state. the perceptive powers clear.” 21MR 286. always using glass instead of tin.” 1 Cor 9:25-27. “… God will give His people ability and tact to prepare wholesome food without these things [flesh meat. Let our people … discard all unwholesome recipes and learn how to live healthfully. oranges. and unflagging zeal in the service of Christ.” T Unimpaired Intellect. which is the temple of the Holy Spirit. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not. so that the workings of Satan and his snares may not be interpreted to be the providence of God.” 7T 135. I therefore so run. It is only through obedience and continual effort that we shall overcome as Christ overcame. when I have preached to others. And as we near the close of time. Many desire the final reward and victory which are to be given to overcomers. when. Clear Perception vs. and denial of self. as did their Redeemer. but how to perform that which is good I find not. but we an incorruptible. that they may know how to care properly for the body. 3T 491. His solution: “In the hope of impressing vividly upon the minds of the Corinthian believers the importance of firm self-control. in my flesh. he appetite and passions should be restricted and under the control of enlightened conscience. that I do. We are coming to the time when recipes for cooking will not be needed. Paul in his letter to them made a striking comparison between the Christian warfare and the celebrated foot races held at stated intervals near Corinth…. cream]. they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. strict temperance. I myself should be a castaway. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character. butter. but are not willing to endure toil. Let them impart this knowledge as they would Bible instruction. peaches.of view. so fight I. and now tell Go to Table of Contents . milk.” 7T 137. in Romans 7:18-19. the perceptive powers clear. that the intellect may be unimpaired. “Do Less Cooking” “It would be well for us to do less cooking and eat more fruit in its natural state. Paul’s Experience Paul. not as uncertainly. pain. “The Ruin of Thousands” “The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands. and all other kinds of fruit which can be obtained. “For I know that in me (that is. “Enemies of the Cross” Reject Health Reform 12 Paul also wrote of those who refused to be temperate: “(For many walk. Satan’s temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome. The “Those who overcome as Christ overcame will need to constantly guard themselves against the temptations of Satan. wrote. blackberries. The appetite and passions should be restricted and under the control of enlightened conscience. A similar passage ends slightly differently: “By precept and example make it plain that the food which God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for man’s use as he seeks to regain that sinless state. not as one that beateth the air: But I keep under my body. if they had conquered on this point. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown. eggs. apples. continual transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness. in accordance with the directions God has given. privation. so that the workings of Satan and his snares may not be interpreted to be the providence of God.) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me.” 21MR 286. and death as its fruits. that the intellect may be unimpaired. of whom I have told you often. “And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Let them preserve the health and increase the strength by avoiding the large amount of cooking which has filled the world with chronic invalids.” AA 309. Let us eat freely of fresh grapes. and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means. Let these be prepared for winter use by canning.
convicting and converting souls. and take up his cross. When we study this question in the fear of God. to take their stand upon the platform of self-denial and temperance in all things. public but exemplified at our tables. 1902.” 20MR 353.” PUR. to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord. In addition to this. acceptable unto God. Your body. but also on other appropriate Bible subjects. angels of God pass through the congregation. In these meetings there should be prayer and singing and talks. “Let Him Deny Himself…” “Then said Jesus to his disciples. that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice. in order to move wisely in this matter. Let us patiently study this question. and will yield their will to His will. which is your reasonable service…. says the apostle. that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction. and by them the message of temperance is to be proclaimed. if he shall gain the whole world. let him deny himself.you even weeping. Ω Teaching Reinforced by Example “Precept and practice make impressions because precept and practice are a power when not divorced but combined. and this message we are to proclaim in our camp-meetings and by other public efforts. Christ will dwell in the heart…. Preserving Health of Primary Importance Practical Work Effective “Seventh-day Adventists are handling momentous truths. and lost his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mat 16:24-6. We have found that where strict temperance is not only held forth in discourses before the Go to Table of Contents 13 . brethren. “To make plain natural law. and follow me. away from the indulgence of appetite and passion. the halt.” Romans 12:1. is the temple of the Holy Ghost. both for our physical health and for our spiritual advancement. White. If any man will come after me. and the blind. let a room be provided where the patrons can be invited to lectures on the science of health and Christian temperance. We need knowledge and judgment. hygienic restaurants are to be established in the cities. The question of how to preserve the health is one of primary importance. holy. those who reject the divine principles of health reform place themselves in this group. As the people are taught how to preserve physical health. a decided impression is made upon the community. and urge the obedience of it. “Medical missionary work … is to be done everywhere. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. It is truth exemplified that becomes a power. we shall learn that it is best. ‘Bring in hither the lame. by the mercies of God. For what is a man profiteth. On the subject of temperance they should be in advance of all other people. Whenever possible. “Providence has been leading the people of God out from the extravagant habits of the world. many opportunities will be found to sow the seeds of the gospel of the kingdom. whose God is their belly.” 7T 115. and whose glory is in their shame. Te 248. who mind earthly things. where they can receive instruction on the preparation of wholesome food and on other important subjects. The people whom God is leading will be peculiar. This study was compiled from the Word of God and the writings of Ellen G. and they are desirous to cooperate. Nature’s laws are not to be resisted.’ As in our meetings the subject of temperance is presented. Tragically. “I beseech you therefore.” CDF 69. Arrangements should be made to hold meetings in connection with our restaurants. God says.)” Phil 3:18-19. They will not be like the world. But it does not stop here. “The Lord has a message for our cities. and also through our publications. but obeyed. is the work that accompanies the third angel’s message. not only on health and temperance topics. November 6.” MM 273.” Mar 118. But if they follow the leadings of God they will accomplish His purposes. At our camp-meetings there should be men who devote themselves to the work of rescuing those held by Satan in the slavery of appetite. to observe simplicity in diet.
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the Holy Place. Gen 22:11-18).” meaning the spiritual “mother” of all Christians? 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 What are the individual names usually given to the three woven curtains at the entrance to the courtyard. and part of the “angelic host” (Ms 101. Convicted though he was of the value of the counsel given by [the prophet]. built after the return from Babylon. since feast days had met their antitype in Christ? If Jesus “took not on him the nature of angels” (Hebrews 2:16). 1897. so that not one massive stone was left atop another? On what occasion did Satan want to rain down fire (“lightning” RH 9. I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but I will return again unto you. who is it that places a crown upon the head of Christ? What book mentioned in the Bible contains “the history of all ruling powers in the nations … from the beginning of earth’s history to its close”? What was in the Most Holy Place of the temple built after the captives’ return from Babylon? Does anything of the second temple remain? What occupies the site where the temple once stood? Why is the second temple. 1897). Satan will be permitted to “make fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. and what is another name for the Book of Psalms? Q U E S T I O N S Eve is the “mother of all living” (Gen 3:20). if God will.30. And he sailed from Ephesus. 12MR 395)? 15 . how many cherubim guarded the ark in the Most Holy Place? 24 25 26 27 28 29 Of what person does Inspiration record this unfortunate character assessment: “With no fixed purpose to do evil. and the second two? What does the word “Ecclesiastes” mean in the Hebrew? Which two authors wrote the most in the New Testament? Which Bible book and chapter enumerates the qualifications for ministers and deacons? What group of the dead will not rise in any resurrection? How did Solomon know the divine pattern for building the Temple? If “man did eat angels’ food” (Ps 78:25). and the Most Holy Place? Who writes the names in the Book of Life? 18 19 20 21 22 23 Who knocked down the walls of temple in Jerusalem.” the “highest of all the angels” (Ms 111. and as a consequence he advanced steadily in the wrong direction”? Where now is the ark of the covenant that used to be in Solomon’s temple? In the “final coronation of the Son of God” as He sits on His throne “far above the city” of New Jerusalem after it has descended from heaven onto the earth. he was also without resolution to stand boldly for the right. he had not the moral stamina to obey. then how could He be the “Angel of the Lord” (Ex 3:2.73) but was not permitted to? Does the heavenly sanctuary have a courtyard? Did the sanctuary priesthood end at the cross? Who supplied and who wrote upon the first two tablets of stone. called “Herod’s temple”? Revelation 13:13 tells us that in the very last days.” The upcoming feast was Pentecost. Why would Paul want to keep a feast. the “Michael the archangel. where were they sent? What claim of divinity did Satan make to Jesus during the temptation in the wilderness? In Solomon’s Temple. but who is the “mother of us all.” On what occasion does Scripture record his already having doing that? Go to Table of Contents 30 Acts 18:21 speaks of Paul.1 2 3 Who wrote the psalms? What does “psalm” mean. saying. does that mean angels eat manna? When Satan and his angels were expelled from heaven. He “bade them farewell.
Ethan the Ezrahite. That Jerusalem is free. the sons of Korah. hell in this usage (Strong’s 5020) means “a subterranean abyss of Greek mythology…. It is part of the realm of death designated in Scripture as Sheol … and Hades….” RH 8. Revelation 5:1-5. as well as divine Wisdom speaking through him). and two larger ones on the floor. being of faith. 1 Chron 28:10-12. Paul and Luke.” Yes. See 1 SP 399.9. when fire assumed to be from God consumed Job’s sheep and shepherds. That sacred ark is yet hidden. God supplied the first set. I Kings 6:2338. N S 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 No. and delivered them into chains of darkness. if thou wilt forgive their sin—. PP 297.4. in the creation of the earth and its inhabitants. 1st Timothy 3. emphasis supplied. “following a divine revelation. It was “after the expulsion of Satan and his angels [that] ‘the Father consulted Jesus in regard to at once carrying out their purpose to make man inhabit the earth.74 “…Satan was.” Satan “knows that the exalted position of this angel might have been his. to be reserved unto judgment…. Ex 32:15-16. the ark. “When God the Father set forth the true position of His Son” in heaven before the angels who were becoming confused or disaffected by Satan’s lies. musicians. he found a room in a cave in which he put the tent.” ST 4. Solomon. Jeduthun.. Clarke. or otherwise involved with the psalms. “an angel of lofty stature and majestic presence. where it was to be hidden from the people of Israel and Judah because of their sins. The only possibly historical reference to the present location of the ark is found in the 2 Maccabees 2:4-5. blot me. along with Asaph. Respectively.” A. Because of his fear of public opinion. During the challenge of Elijah to the prophets of Baal on Mt.’” ST 1. Heman the Ezrahite. Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by the Babylonians. as are her “offspring. then he blocked up the entrance. “Christ was still to exercise divine power. but not to build it.80. for by the time ‘creation’ week had begun. Job 1:16. and was to be no more restored to them. Commentary.” GC 669.” PK453. When Jeremiah arrived there. consigned or cast into Tartarus. 2 Peter 2:4: “For if God spared not the angels that sinned. too. They were the authors or contributors. Zedekiah. I pray thee.A 1 2 3 4 David. claiming to be the preincarnate Christ. but cast them down to hell. and .” PP 36. Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament. the door. and the altar of incense. David was also permitted to gather the materials for the temple’s construction. With mourning and sadness they secreted the ark in a cave. God does. And the LORD said unto Moses. Whosoever hath sinned against me. Not necessarily. It has never been disturbed since it was secreted. who wrote it out for Solomon. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Those whom God mercifully permits to be as if they never were. The Lord revealed the pattern to King David.83. compilers. It’s the earth.15. Sacred song. Angels of God. food provided for them by the angels. Zodhiates. See EW 276. God Himself wrote on both sets. out of thy book which thou hast written. Four. By chains of darkness we are to understand a place of darkness and wretchedness. he went off to the mountain which Moses climbed to see God’s inheritance [i.2.79. Moses. Two on the ark.” ST 1. Four angels also accompanied the ark of God in all its travels on earth. Satan told Jesus that he (Satan) “was the angel that stayed the hand of Abraham as the knife was raised to slay Isaac…. . Carmel.” The earthly Jerusalem of the Jews was “in bondage with her children” because it and they came to trust in works of the law for salvation. On either side Go to Table of Contents “Jerusalem which is above. It was transferred to the heavenly sanctuary at the ascension of Christ. Mt. 21 MR 66.’ that is. The book with seven seals. and Moses.” In the Greek. and if not. Gabriel is called ‘the brightest and most exalted of the sons of the morning [who] heralded… [Christ’s] glory at creation. on both sides. which states that Jeremiah.e. “Among the righteous still in Jerusalem … were some who determined to place beyond the reach of ruthless hands the sacred ark containing the tables of stone….. interview with Satan. and the veil. ordered that the tabernacle and the ark should accompany him. in effect. the second. from which it is impossible for them to escape.4. PK 457-460.” Gal 4:26. “‘Man did eat angels’ food.” Ibid. the gate.” S. him will I blot out of my book. Preacher (Solomon. Nebo]. In the first Temple the visible presence of Jehovah showed itself in the cloud of the Shekinah above the mercy seat covering the Ark of the Testimony. PK 150. Exodus 32:32-33: “Yet now. Creation week had not yet occurred. 19. made of olive wood overlaid with gold. “God cast the apostate angels out of his presence into that … blackness of darkness… where they will be forever banished from the light of his countenance…. Hence Creation week may have begun very soon after Christ’s 25 16 Gabriel. 34:1. Peter has adapted a word and not adopted a [pagan] theology.. king of Judah.” Ellen White wrote. and the Psalter.
They (perhaps unwisely) advised Paul to perform a purification ritual in the temple.” The NASB reads. of the Shekinah were the outspread wings of the cherubim. The addition of words in Acts 18:21 and elsewhere.” Ibid. The commentary for Acts 18:21 says that “textual evidence favors the omission of the words ‘I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: but. one can learn the truth of the matter by deeper study. Paul must have felt compelled to go. did the second temple exceed the first in glory. The NKJV reads. “the second temple … [was not] hallowed by those visible tokens of the divine presence which pertained to the first temple. 7 of the SDABC.). possible positive association with outpouring of Spirit on previous Pentecost). The commentary explains that they perhaps were inserted because of the information in chapter 20. and in this alone. 407. that in chapter 21. the RSV. The only substantial structure remaining from this time period is known as the Wailing Wall. Possible reasons are given on p. the ark. these were not divine commands not to go. no mention is made of his keeping the feast day there.” The Mishnah states: “After the Ark was taken away. It was three fingerbreadths high” (Yoma 5:2). Again. Religious worship and temple rituals continued during the reconstruction. No fire from heaven descended to consume the sacrifice upon its altar. He promptly met with the elders in Jerusalem. do not diminish the integrity of God’s Word. This he did. making a more efficient distribution of the relief offering he was taking there. When a verse seems to contradict another or others. which Paul would not have disobeyed. were derived from Angels and the Unseen Conflict by Donald and Vesta Mansell (Pacific Press.. the New English Bible. Also. Jewish Christians from all over Palestine. Questions and Answers for numbers 13-26. Only those who “search” the Scriptures. because he went anyway. which “textual evidence may be cited” for its omission.” See Vol. “For indeed He does not give aid to angels. On the Day of Atonement the high priest placed the censer between the staves of the ark. No cloud of glory was seen to fill the newly erected sanctuary. when Paul arrived in Jerusalem (v. We note. But in the Temple of Herod there was neither Shekinah nor ark. He was taken from the temple by an angry mob of Jews and saved by Roman soldiers. who put him into chains until they could determine what the cause of the tumult.W E R S 26 27 28 29 30 Acts 20:16 tells us Paul “hasted …to be at Jerusalem the day of Pentecost. who had heard of the spread of the gospel in Asia. and is considered the holiest place in the Judean world. SOP does affirm. but Abraham’s descendants. “keeping the feast” was not necessarily his reason.) It is a mistranslation of Hebrews 2:16. “For surely it is not angels He helps. Nevertheless. the NASB. though. but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. excepting 23 and 25. (He built a different temple to the goddess Roma about the same time in Caesarea. In any event.” The Bible does not record just why Paul wanted to be in Jerusalem for the feast. and the tables of testimony were not found there. that Paul was on his way to Jerusalem to “attend an approaching festival. The Islamic Dome of the Rock mosque. 389 (verse 16) in the commentary (large gathering of Go to Table of Contents Herod lavishly renovated and expanded the second temple and the surrounding temple mount.’” Although those words are also retained in the NKJV. a stone lay there from the time of the early Prophets and it was called Foundation. Despite warnings not to go there because of danger (Acts 21:4. and “study to show themselves approved. 2000). 17). when the Man of Nazareth taught and healed in the sacred courts. 597. The ‘Desire of all nations’ had indeed come to His temple. so the high priest rested his censer on a large stone called the “foundationstone.” AA 269. no mention of keeping any feast day. p. however. they are in fact properly omitted in the NIV. the mercy seat. “in being honored with the personal presence of Christ during His earthly ministry.” will gain the solid understandings necessary to preserve them when the evil one attempts to weaken their faith and their confidence in God’s Word. and perhaps others. The Shekinah no longer abode between the cherubim in the most holy place.” PK 596. There was no manifestation of supernatural power to mark its dedication. Not once did Paul express his disappointment over not keeping the feast. “For assuredly He does not give help to angels. Ω 17 . 10-14. in order to quell divisive rumors about him. verse 16. but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.” The NIV reads. All that we need for our salvation has been provided.
bruised or over-ripe juicy ones for immediate use. and in the morning I left for town to buy lemons. if stored where the temperature changes from hot to very cold. Add one teaspoon of salt to the berries and agitate gently. In making a loaf of bread. I went to the computer and searched online for some answers. He has given us the lemon tree to prolong life and health. since they can be left with no worry about weather changes. a screw-top lid. whole. Nov/Dec 1991 HYDROGEN PEROXIDE AS A LEAVENING AGENT This may take a bit of experimentation. blending them in a quart of hot water. “I called my husband’s cell phone while he was driving to the hospital and told him my findings. Ω 18 Go to Table of Contents . not having had much to do with doctors for a long time. which you’ve covered with a hand-held cloth. and the upside-down position will prevent any air from getting in or out. Without further shaking. Dole sells a variety of fruit concentrates to enhance the flavor of canned fruits without adding further sweetener: Mountain Cherry. In decomposing it gives off oxygen. just enough to work the salt down through. which “causes inflammation of the stomach and often poisons the entire system. with uneven success)? Here’s a tried-and-true method dating back well over 100 years: salting! Yes. He simply put him in a room on a table and left him there for a while. If problems in baking with hydrogen peroxide are experienced. but the third night. An article about how to use hydrogen peroxide in baking appeared in the Berkeley Daily Gazette. I am thankful for the power of the lemon.THE COOK’S CORNER PRESERVING BLUEBERRIES Want a way to preserve blueberries without freezing (fast. “My husband. Always stir it in gently and allow it to act (raise the batter) before baking. Salting 1 teaspoon per quart is excellent for storing berries anywhere remote. While they were getting ready to leave. This system works with fruit only. In two days he was on his feet helping his father with construction. my husband knew our son was dying. Colored glass should be used unless they can be stored in a completely dark area. and Country Raspberry.)—any berry that is fairly small with firm skin—are prime salting subjects. he would do nothing for our boy. STRAWBERRIES. it is not recommended for soft-skinned or large berries such as raspberries. we learned the hard way that you don’t TELL a doctor what is wrong with you. the bread was inferior to the yeast bread. June berries. spot. Unfortunately. After the dough is formed.google.” MH 300-302. they need some time in the canner. YET ANOTHER USE FOR LEMONS A testimony: “My son went to Guyana as a missionary bush pilot. preferably dark. He had been back only about a week before he became deathly ill. “… Comparative tests on breads made with yeast in the usual way and with hydrogen peroxide … found that the peroxide bread has as good a grain and fully as good a volume as the yeast bread. to relieve the pressure. White said that although God has blocked mankind’s access to the tree of life. However. canning (hot work. He never has had a relapse of jungle fever as most people do. after hearing some talk in the hall between the doctor and a nurse. water and 2T of Clear Jel or similar product. so within 3 weeks he was home again. In cake and biscuits the difference in taste is not so noticeable…. 3% commercial grade hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) ( NOT 35%) can be used to raise a batter instead of baking soda or powder. Well.) Seal it. (If using pint jars. let the bottles cool outside a few minutes before opening. is adequate. The man became enraged. till you hear a hiss of released air. ORGANIC (unsprayed) lemons and simply grate them on top of every dish you wish. one can puree some peaches and use the puree instead of another sweetener. Source: Country Cabin Cooking by Allison and Emily Waters. It leaves no residues.pdf TIP FOR QUICK CANNING OF FRUIT If the canning jar you use is hot. and if the fruit you put in the jar has been brought to the boiling point and then is immediately put into the hot jar. One can also use unsweetened pineapple juice or grape or apple juice concentrates as sweeteners. From Backwoods Home Magazine. dated October 28. To sweeten canned peaches. FREEZE SOME LEMONS Lemon peels contain far more vitamins than lemon juice itself—and most of us have been discarding the peels! From now on. Then they are baked in the usual way. use ½ teaspoon. then all you need to do is immediately put the hot jar lid on. ETC. which can be found at www. currants. Orchard Peach. or blend with ½ can of apple juice concentrate mixed with 6 oz. It does NOT work when canning vegetables. pressure in the jar will build up. The mission failed due to misinformation he had received before going. picked up our son. so when they got to the hospital at midnight. as it is very detrimental to the liver. “The amount of hydrogen peroxide necessary is small. MULBERRIES. “We all went to bed. My husband and I did all we could for him with herbs. however. carried him out to the van.” This process was patented in 1939 (#2. it is put in pans and the loaves are allowed to stand until the dough rises. All but the pineapple juice should be diluted with water and/or apple juice. In a few minutes he was sleeping. and when the jar is opened.” The solution: If it is warm inside but has been previously freezing. or else carefully and slowly unscrew the lid. or regular-size grapes. he got bitten by mosquitos. and turn it upside down to cool. The heat will seal the jar. It is in cakes and biscuit-making that hydrogen peroxide as a substitute for other leaveners appears to be at its best. and a better texture.com/patents/US2178959. I found that all his symptoms matched ‘jungle fever’ exactly. I gave it to my son to drink. one can find trouble-shooting advice in the patent’s text. and that was well over a year and a half ago. I came home with 20 pounds of lemons and 18 pounds of limes. putting side any broken. I had remembered that in the book ‘Back to Eden. A nurse who cared for Ellen White in her declining years stated that Mrs. freeze some washed. Use them just as you would fresh ones. sweeten 1 pint berries with 2 ripe bananas and blend until smooth (bananas keep them from being too runny). In taste. Most readers are aware of the many benefits of lemons to human health. and extra sweetening won’t be needed. put into storage in any available. wild cherries (perhaps even gooseberries and very small varieties of grapes—ed. and nutrients lost) or dehydrating (time-consuming. You will not need to put the jar into the canner at all. salt not only preserves meat and vegetables. hand-tightened. Put the firm ones DRY into quart bottles. screw on the outer ring. Just fill the jars with berries and smash them down tightly to remove any air space. He called to tell me what was going on. the hydrogen peroxide is added to the water or milk with which the dough is prepared. When ready to be used. CANNING RASPBERRIES. BOYSENBERRIES.’ Jethro Kloss says to use lemons for malaria. The salt won’t flavor them. They neither ferment nor spoil. but also fruit. According to the same source. and headed back home. so I was ready for them by the time they arrived. but unreliable electricity). for we are told by the servant of the Lord that quinine should NEVER be used. so he took him into our local little hospital. so I used our last 5 lemons. I began making him a gallon of lemon/lime water at a time. While there. but he kept drinking a gallon of lemon/lime water a day for three weeks. and will keep indefinitely. and plain water.959). BLACKBERRIES. lightly shaking to settle down and leaving about one inch of headroom. Raspberries and similar soft berries can be canned conventionally without any sweetener. The peroxide is the sole leavening agent…. 1937: “… Mixing the dough with a little bit of hydrogen peroxide will make it rise just like yeast or baking powder. strawberries. The berries will create a small amount of juice but remain firm.” God’s simple methods of healing really work. which causes the bread to rise. the contents will “explode. but over-the-counter.178. Here’s how: Check over the berries. my husband told the attending physician that the boy had jungle fever.
and besides. Once more would I cry. We have fancied that we were going into the kingdom without such a test of faith.… called by the Adventists.’ It requires the same faith that led Abraham to offer up Isaac. ‘Go ye out to meet him. or the three Hebrews into the fiery furnace. ‘shall lose his life. if they see the steamer coming.’ It is now literally. in the same degree. and a consecration of all to God. and their craft with which they came there drifts away from them. but are watching for the arrival of the steamship. there appeared. Others who come there think it is enough that they are on the rock. from the pen of George Storrs. or Noah to build the ark. 10. but now it is too late to let go their boats without being discovered. Loughborough Words from Our Pioneers “Go Ye Out to Meet Him” I Storrs’ Flat Rock In the Midnight Cry of Oct. to a glorious country. ‘What is the evidence that you had implicit confidence in the promise of the arrival n the periodical [Midnight] Cry of October 3. a lukewarm church. but I am satisfied we are not. it may be. under the heading “Go Ye Out to Meet Him. and is attended with a demonstration of the Spirit. farmers leave their farms. through grace. such as I never witnessed. or anything else that antediluvian Sodomites. There is a confidence in this truth such as was never felt in the previous cry. and venture out upon it. “…The present strong cry of time commenced about the middle of July. “On this present truth. “Storrs’ Flat Rock:” “How shall we be ready for that day?--Believe God’s truth. They have no doubt of the truth of the promise. A promise is made by a glorious and mighty prince that at a given time he will send a splendid steamer to carry all persons whom he shall find there with the evidence that they fully credited his word.’ where this cry has been fairly made. “The steamer arrives at the rock. such as I never witnessed when the cry was ‘1843. intend to cut their boats loose. The day arrives. This last truth brings such a test. was an article written by George Storrs. It appears in sight. cut the rope. and they look after it no more. and let them float off. when they are safe on the rock. There is a strong crying with tears. by John N.Venture Now & Venture All Excerpted from The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress. ‘Escape for thy life. dare venture all. and a weeping or melting glory in it that passes all understanding except to those who have felt it. madmen. the following.’ ‘Remember Lot’s wife.’ ‘Look not behind you. or for Daniel to go into the lions’ den. and risk all upon it. the same prudence would dictate now that they do not let their boats float away till they are certain that they are not mistaken in the approaching vessel. by strong faith that gives glory to God. or the children of Israel to stand all night waiting for their departure out of Egypt. or sleeping virgins are disposed to heap upon them. The prudent ones. and feel that to indulge in doubt about it would be to offend God and bring upon myself ‘swift destruction. When this cry gets hold of the heart.’ There is a leaving all that I never dreamed could be seen. 1844. But they would be ‘wise’ and not run too great a risk. “I cannot better illustrate what I mean than to suppose a large flat rock in the midst of the ocean. “‘According to thy faith be it unto thee’ had been sounded before the time the steamer was expected.’ I am satisfied that now ‘whosoever shall seek to save his life. with their crops. Many venture out to the rock. the same entire consecration to God and deadness to the world. Some.’ or by a fear to venture out on this truth. I. We must have the same state of mind that we would have if we knew we were to die upon that day. or Lot to leave Sodom.’ “ Go to Table of Contents 19 .” in which he said. and none will venture upon it but such as dare to be accounted fools. Now it comes so near that they cannot possibly cut loose without being discovered. and has spread with great rapidity and power. 1844. by indulging in an ‘if it don’t come.
when the great day of God should be at hand.’ Then it will be too late. which prostrated all before it. a breaking down before God.‘Get thee hence. and penitent. the New York True Sun.’ cries the commander of the steam vessel. brethren. 1844. 31. the potato crop was almost a total loss from the Go to Table of Contents . if he would let them. let your boats float out of sight. and those who were looking for the Lord afflicted their souls before him. It is now the last trial and temptation. It swept over the land with the velocity of a tornado. while those who clung to their earthly possessions. Satan. every family apart. my heart is pained for you. Make haste. and must have perished if the steamer had not arrived. such confidence shall not be disappointed. make haste before the ‘sign of the Son of man appear. O.’ ‘So they could not enter in because of unbelief. so that if the steamer did not arrive. push off that boat. ‘We thought we would be prudent. don’t dally. Then the devil leaveth him. N. thus giving to the world the best evidence of their sincerity and earnestness.) Eagle. or whose ropes have only been cut since I arrived in sight?’ They answer.” A Potato Field Under the stirring proclamation of the advent doctrine.” “No!” said Mr.” That fall. then.Rapid Work of the Midnight Cry of the steamer?’-’Our boats are cut loose. and there was a great mourning in the land. and venture all. as may be learned from the Claremont (N. a healing of controversies and animosities. ‘did you. such as we never before witnessed.” we gain a correct idea from the words of N.” As to the rapidity. and now you must reap the fruit of your unbelief. You made provision to return. for ‘whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it. power. angels came and ministered unto him. ‘if it don’t come. and ‘behold. “you may want them. a confession of wrongs. It caused self-abasement and prostration of soul. so that we could not possibly get to land. In the copy dated Oct. awful state of despair! “Cut your ropes now. As God said by Zechariah.’ said he. The commander asks.’ That ‘if’ will ruin you. using their substance in sustaining the public speakers in their labor. by the name of Hastings.’ O. and have floated away from us. It caused a weaning of affections from the things of this world. broken-hearted supplications to him for pardon and acceptance. and a turning unto the Lord with fasting and weeping and mourning. editor of the paper from which we have previously quoted-the Midnight Cry.’ “Those who had kept their boats made fast to the rock now crowd around and strive to get on board the steamer. and various other public journals. and in a manner which can be accounted for only on the supposition that God was in it. His neighbors were anxious about them and came to him offering to dig them and put them in the cellar for him free. Venture now.H.’ so saith Jesus Christ.’ ‘You made provision for the flesh. or supplying the wants of the needy. “I am going to let that field of potatoes preach my faith in the Lord’s soon appearing. one on each side of the question. yea. ‘come on board. ‘What mean those boats I see made fast to the rocks yonder. our Lord and Judge. they looked to him whom they had pierced. and so doubted my words? According to thy faith be it unto thee. who had a large field of splendid potatoes which he left undug. or you are lost. “for. we might have something with which to get back to land. and their wives apart. by Joel. but there seemed to be an irresistible power attending its proclamation. It produced everywhere the most deep searching of heart and humiliation of soul before High Heaven. Hastings. once more I entreat you. Do as our Lord did with the last temptation of the devil.H.. many disposed of their worldly possessions. or scattering the printed papers and tracts. commanded. it produced a rending of hearts and not of garments. for it is a rock where no other vessel ever passes. were marked by the worldling as not really believing what they professed.’ So will it be with you when you have gained this triumph. The evidence is against you. By way of illustration I will give two instances. Southard. 20 The first is that of a believer who lived in New Ipswich. and it reached hearts …Worldly Possessions Disposed of in different and distant places almost simultaneously. As God.’ cries the commander. and effect of the message of the “midnight cry. and made no special sacrifice for the work.’ ‘That is enough. a spirit of grace and supplication was poured out upon his children. O make haste! Let go every boat by which you are now calculating to escape to land.” said they. he says: “At first the definite time was generally opposed. then.
and who.” said uncle.” As expressed in the Sun. and were glad to pay a good price for them. declaring that the frown of God was upon them for their lack of faith. who made no religious pretensions. in the spring. He need not talk to me. A correspondent of a Philadelphia paper says the potato crop in that State is ruined. He was a man of considerable property. but learned from him that he did not wish to sell them. “How painful it is to learn that whole crops of this valuable esculent have been destroyed by the rot. and for the covetousness which had led them to withhold means from the cause of Go to Table of Contents 21 . written in 1905 and republished by Adventist Pioneer Library in 1992 (www. “You are too late! We have paid for all the printing matter we can possibly circulate before the end. and whose business was the buying and selling of stock. by J. An uncle of mine. The only section from which little complaint is heard.“potato rot. God when it was needed and would have been gladly used. he doesn’t believe a word of it. It was that of a church-member who had much to say in meeting about the Lord’s coming in the fall of 1844. and in anguish of spirit beg of him to take it and use it.org). Ω This article was excerpted from chapter 10 of The Great Second Advent Movement: Its Rise and Progress. but even there the crop has not escaped the disease. is Maine. until it was too late to invest it. and among other things. and said. but to his neighbors also. Hastings. “Because.” In distress of mind the men took away their money. “Cannot it be given to the poor?” The answer was the same. and Mr. Denied His Faith The second instance occurred in my own place of residence. struggling all the while under the conviction that they should use it to advance the work.” Means Offered Too Late There were men who held on to their means. We have hired several power presses to run night and day.” As the fall was mild. were obliged to buy seed potatoes of him. went to this professed Adventist to buy his hogs. we do not want any more money. What they supposed was going to be such a calamity to Mr. The reply was. and the world is coming to an end this fall. “he says the Lord is coming. God turned to a temporal blessing. none of them rotted. Such came to those engaged in printing the message.aplib. “That man doesn’t believe what he professes. but he wants to keep his hogs till next spring. “We have made provision for the immediate wants of all such that we can reach. pages 161. who was an Adventist believer. had a lot of hogs at just the right age for keeping over for the spring market.” Uncle came to my grandfather. Consequently he had an abundant supply for himself and his unfortunate neighbors who had been so solicitous for his welfare the previous October. but the reply was. urging them with tears to accept their money. Hastings’s potatoes were left in the ground until November. N. “You are too late! We don’t want your money now! We can’t use it!” Then they asked.168. as he was going to keep them over till next spring for “store hogs. Loughborough.” An eyewitness testified to me that he saw men lay thousands of dollars on the desk before the publisher of the Voice of Truth.” “Why?” asked grandfather. and not only to him.
Let’s join the ecumenical movement and go along with it until we are forced to leave is really to say. It is true today in a way that it never was before. we cannot join them. and for some indefinite time into the future. to seek to persuade others to keep it also. Come. “Come out.” But at the very heart of the Advent Movement is the command. it is the people who believe in the second angel’s message. They have said precisely that to us when we have sat as a reporter at their major meetings. At the heart of the ecumenical movement is the policy to softpedal what its communicants cannot agree on. that we must be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within us. then what reason can we give for not yoking up with the ecumenical movement? That is the Go to Table of Contents . a message that is in the center of the threefold message. For anyone to say. How else could such a movement gain cohesion or make progress at all? At the very heart of the Advent Movement is the conviction that we should emphasize our distinctive doctrines. Otherwise our evangelistic preaching would produce only Sabbathkeeping Methodists. and state-of-the-dead-believing Baptists. Let us operate within the fold of ecumenism. and so we might go on. Undoubtedly. we would ask: How do you understand the second angel’s message. Really. join. but let not that denunciation include the charge that we are deceitful. To anyone among us who would say. which is the prime justification for our existence? If ever there was a people who must stand alone. we should not set out on a program of denouncing all who are leaders in the movement. as long as we can. The essence of the ecumenical movement is “Come in. a program that is the very antithesis of what that movement stands for. we hold certain prime Christian doctrines in common with all other Christian people. what else could we do but come out? Political ideas may set men apart in the world of political parties. If we are not prepared to give good reasons why we should stand alone. That should be transparently clear to every Adventist who knows anything of the real spirit and nature of the Advent Movement. Let us never forget that most primary fact. Let’s join the ecumenical movement. Pray tell. we still could keep the Sabbath. We all know that the day is coming when Adventists will be denounced for their beliefs. the state of their heart.” Indeed. God judges men by their motives.Why We Cannot Join F. But the Advent people are one people—because we have come out. But though we should not judge them. the ecumenical movement is a challenge to us to sharpen and strengthen our reasons for the existence of Adventism as a distinct and separate religious force in the world. but it is doctrinal ideas that set men apart in the world of religion. only as we preach this command and call on men to be obedient can there be any Advent Movement. But why labor the point? Seventh-day Adventists simply cannot be a part of the ecumenical movement. you can still keep your Sabbath. It is to us an idea abhorrent and impossible that one should be able gradually to move from the Ad- W 22 ventist faith into some other faith. But we should remember that we are not only to keep the Sabbath but to proclaim it. Is not this in large part the explanation for our growth? True. a message that must be understood in the larger context of Revelation 18:4. The Adventist who does not realize that we must stand alone has not really grasped what the genius of the Advent Movement is. God forbid! Someone in the ecumenical movement may say to us. D. N ichol hat position should Adventists take in relation to the ecumenical movement? First. And it is only as we keep these points of difference clear that we protect against blurring out the edges of Adventism in a disordered world. but let us never forget that it is not our theological points of agreement but our points of difference that justify our existence as a separate people. sanctuary-believing Presbyterians.
1965 Elder F. prayers for the dead. In AD 1546. he has been unrelenting in his diverse efforts to either keep the Scriptures from humanity. though they often regard them as having “lesser status. And in that conflict we cannot be ecumenical. He also served as editor of the Review and Herald for 21 years and editor of the Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary. the Vatican at the Council of Trent declared the Apocrypha to be “Holy Writ” and officially part of the Catholic Old Testament. The answer to that question decides our whole religious program for the future. Nichol (1897-1966) was a minister and author of over 20 books and innumerable articles. For example.” Isa 8:20. The end is near. They point out that neither Jesus nor His disciples ever quoted or acknowledged in any way any of the books of the Apocrypha. And. then they have no light. hath God said…?” Since then. “Yea. One strong effort he made later in history concerned the apocrypha. Orthodox Christians and most Catholics may disagree on the legitimacy of a few of them but. or He has not. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word. Read the closing chapters of The Great Controversy and let that conviction roll upon you again. and other pagan teachings. They were semi-historical Jewish moral stories. that giving alms is sufficient for forgiveness of sin: “For alms doth deliver from death. generally speaking. a remnant people (Rev. and there is no reason for us to read them. consider them to be legitimate parts of the Old Testament. indeed.” However. it is because there is no light in them. Jean Handwerk THE APOCRYPHA atan’s first attempt to cause doubt or confusion regarding God’s word came in Eden. in which one can read inaccurate history and such concepts as salvation by works. decides the fate of the Advent Movement.” “…Manasses 23 . and error exists in the Apocrypha. They also point out the historical and doctrinal errors in those books. Our inspired counsel is. inerrant Word Go to Table of Contents S NO CONSENSUS DOCTRINAL ERRORS and yet be “lesser”? Are there degrees of sacred truth? Are some verses somehow less inspired or less true than others? Or. If God’s Word is true. If these apocryphal writings contain error. D. Ω Review and Herald. in fact. so that the truth cannot be learned in those pages. March 18. who are uniquely His own as an organized movement. the ecumenical movement should make us more conscious than ever before of the times in which we live. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life. then why should we stand out against the appeal of ecumenicity. If we do not believe that God has called out a people. the apocryphal writings have numerous doctrinal errors. Either God has called out a special people with a special message in the last days. are some of these books simply not inerrant? And if that’s the case. 12:17).question that churchmen would finally ask us. Tobit 12:9 and 14:10-11 teach that works merit salvation --specifically. or to change their wording by addition or subtraction. then the latter are not God’s Word. purgatory. They existed in the Greek Septuagint OT but not in the Hebrew.” is the name Jerome coined for allegedly inspired writings penned in the period between the Old and New Testaments. why are they included in any church’s Holy Writ? Jews and Protestants claim the apocryphal books are not part of the Old Testament. an appeal to join one great church? Finally. and shall purge away all sin. how could they be regarded as a legitimate part of the sacred. It is the uniting of the great religious bodies that makes possible the final conflict. The Greek work apocrypha. more honestly. meaning “hidden.
that noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves from sin. and lest thou gnash thy teeth in the end. O Lord.” Sirach doesn’t seem to have been fond of children. Sirach 42:13 teaches that women are evil: “For from garments cometh a moth. and how righteousness doth deliver…. Isaac and Jacob were sinless: “Therefore thou. the widows and orphans: “My son. the destitute. without mention of repentance and confession: “Whoso honoureth his father maketh an atonement for his sins. in that he was mindful of the resurrection: For if he had not hoped that they that were slain should have risen again. Chastise thy son. but thou hast appointed repentance for me.” In II Maccabees. lest thou have sorrow with him. Betook themselves unto prayer. Wherefore now. without the accompaniment of faith. and come short of the glory of God. doing therein very well and honestly. he sent it to Jerusalem to offer a sin offering. and let her go. And also in that he perceived that there was great favour laid up for those that died godly. “For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law. and make sin offerings to atone for their sins: “And upon the day following.” Sirach 3:3 also claims that one can be saved by one’s works. and besought him that the sin committed might wholly be put out of remembrance. either. Everyone determines his/ her own eternal destiny. and perished. that they might be delivered from sin. for he polluteth himself with other men’s meat: but a wise man well nurtured will beware thereof. “All have sinned. If she go not as thou wouldest have her. it had been superfluous and vain to pray for the dead. Then every man saw that this was the cause wherefore they were slain. and hold him to labour. for Abraham and Isaac and Jacob. And when he had made a gathering throughout the company to the sum of two thousand drachms of silver. who am a sinner. and from women wickedness.” How people have lived their lives relative to the law of God is what determines whether they have indeed “chosen life” or death.” Sirach 31:27 teaches that drinking wine is good for a person: “Wine is as good as life to a man. and beat him on the sides while he is a child. and escaped the snares of death which they had set for him: but Aman fell into the snare.” Yet Romans 2:12 teaches. Now under the coats of every one that was slain they found things consecrated to the idols of the Jamnites. Give the water no passage. and so bring sorrow to thine heart. 30:9-13 gives this severe counsel: “Cocker [pamper] thy child. as the use had been. Judas and his company came to take up the bodies of them that were slain. lest he wax stubborn. Give him no liberty in his youth. God of the righteous.” Sirach 30:28-9 contradicts Christ’s call for compassion on the needy. lest his lewd behaviour be an offence unto thee. and give her a bill of divorce. neither a wicked woman liberty to gad abroad. who had opened the things that were hid.THE APOCRYPHA gave alms. hast not appointed repentance for the righteous. Laugh not with him. Bow down his neck while he is young. consider what alms doeth.” Sirach’s hatred of women extends even to 42:14: “Better is the wickedness of a man than a woman who does good. and he shall make thee afraid: play with him. for better it is to die than to beg. who did not sin against thee. The life of him that dependeth on another man’s table is not to be counted for a life. my son. Whereupon he made a reconciliation for the dead. and through her we all die.” Romans 3:23 says. forsomuch as they saw before their eyes the things that came to pass for the sins of those that were slain. It states that obedience to one’s father atones for sins. the righteous Judge. which is forbidden the Jews by the law. it was an holy and good thought. and to bury them with their kinsmen in their fathers’ graves. and it is a woman who brings shame and disgrace. and be disobedient unto thee.” Sirach 25:24-26 states that one can divorce a wife for disobedience to her husband: “Of the woman came the beginning of sin.” Verse 8 in the prayer of Manassas states that Abraham. All men therefore praising the Lord. one reads the doctrine that one can pray on behalf of the dead. Besides. verses 39-45. if it be drunk modGo to Table of Contents 24 . and he will bring thee to heaviness. cut her off from thy flesh. and wink not at his follies. lead not a beggar’s life.
details a few more questionable or erroneous historical statements in Judith: HISTORICAL ERRORS: 25 . any inaccuracy in any of the apocryphal books would tend to do the same. Persia. Then the young man said to the angel.’ And the young man laid hold of the fish. Furthermore. Researchers cite up to fourteen historical errors or unsupported facts in the chapters of Judith as related to people in and the geography of Assyria. there a little.) says in its introductory comments that “these stories [Tobit. ‘Touching the heart and the liver. but for its story.htm. had they been included in the Hebrew sacred canon. The writings identify the angel as Raphael. it is good to anoint a man that has whiteness in his eyes (cataracts). the young man does what he is told. and he shall be healed. the writer claims he was born without taint of the fallen nature: “For I was a witty child. This lying angel teaches Tobit’s son Tobias how to use magic associated with fish organs to ward off evil spirits and heal diseases: “And as they went on their journey. Then the angel said unto him. Judith. And when the young man went down to wash himself. and “the which smell when the evil spirit had smelled.’” In chapter 8.” Scripture says Azarias was son of the high priest Zadok. he fled into the utmost parts of Egypt. To whom the angel said. and when they had roasted the fish. 602. and put them up safely. and the party shall be no more vexed. then they both went on their way. ‘Take the fish. … The Book of Judith in particular shows a bland indifference to history and geography. archeologists are continually discovering that once-doubted historical references in the Bible are indeed true. they did eat it. and the angel bound him.’ So the young man did as the angel said. which blindness had been caused by a sparrow’s excrement falling into his eyes as he lay on the ground in the evening. Babylon. direct point without correcting any other doctrinal misunderstandings among the listeners. “The author seems deliberately to have defied history to distract the reader’s attention from the historical context and focus it exclusively on the religious conflict and outcome. they came in the evening to the river Tigris. and drew it to land.” (p. for they were identified as parables and. where the author identifies King Nebuchadnezzar as king of the Assyrians in the city of Nineveh. He burns the fish parts. 1966 ed. the writer speaks of an angel of God who lies to Tobit. and take the heart and the liver and the gall. to what use is the heart and the liver and the gall of the fish?’ And he said unto him. till they drew near to Ecbatane. The website http://www. if a devil or an evil spirit trouble any. whose listing of errors this article greatly utilized. but the angel tells Tobit he is “Azarias. a fish leaped out of the river. and had a good spirit. anyway. understood to be intended to make a single. we must make a smoke thereof before the man or the woman. The Go to Table of Contents Jerusalem Bible says. How curious is the reasoning that error in one aspect would make truth in another aspect more compelling. here a little.biblequery.” In Tobit 6:1-8. 603) However.” But then the excuse is made that Judith wasn’t written for historical purposes. son of the great Ananias…. ‘Open the fish. I came into a body undefiled.org/apoc.” In fact. and they lodged there. Even the Catholic Jerusalem Bible (p. And would it not be sacrilege to deliberately put misleading material within the sacred canon? (The same charge cannot be applied to Jesus’ parables. and the deuterocanonical portions of Esther] treat history and geography with a good deal of freedom. and would have devoured him. and Israel. ‘Brother Azarias. being good. line upon line. Yea rather. As for the gall.) Such disregard of historical accuracy can be found in the very first verse of Judith. by the very nature of parables.” In Wisdom 8:19-20.AHPYRCOPA EHT erately: what life is then to a man that is without wine? For it was made to make men glad.” The fish gall is said to have healed father Tobit’s blind eyes. that carelessness in detail certainly would confound the counsel to search the Scriptures “precept upon precept.
8K [thousand] Seleucids plus 4K [thousand] Macedonians did not destroy 120.THE APOCRYPHA “1. not a Macedonian (additions to Esther). but Sargon II (Tobit 1:15). 3.” Light has no “communion … with darkness. 2.” as in Deuteronomy being the “second book of the law. The inerrant Bible has no “fellowship … with unrighteousness. 8. with a blatant error: “These are the words of the book written in Babylon by Baruch…. Daniel was then thrown into a lion’s pit. and never a part of the Assyrian Empire. The Babylonian and Assyrian rulers wanted people to worship their gods. Jerome came to accept only the Hebrew originals as divinely inspired. it is likely Babylon had not risen to power during Habbukuk’s prophetic ministry. Assyrians and Babylonians did not rely predominately on their cavalry. The Jews had not returned from exile in the time of the Assyrians or Babylonians. The Moabites and Ammonites were descendents of Lot. and then east to Rage. Babylonian General Holofernes and his massive campaign in Palestine are unknown to history and archaeology. 7. However. able to resist 132. inspired scripture. In Tobit 6:1. they went from Nineveh to the Tigris River. which contradicts Jeremiah’s prophecy of seventy years of captivity. but not themselves (unlike later Romans and Persians). The Bible has no fellowship with the non-canonical books. In modern Bible translations. they were not Canaanites. The term apocrypha then served to make a needed distinction between those questionable writings and true.” Christ has no “concord … with Belial. 5. 6. The canonical books of the Bible are consistent and can be trusted. sometimes these deceptive books are included. so they did not need to go to the river to go east. Tobit 1:4-5. a new term that is more ecumenically acceptable has been coined: deuterocanonical. 2. in the Roman Catholic Church. REASON TO GIVE THANKS In fact. 9.” canon. 1:11-13. and for which his life was demanded by the Babylonians and forfeited by the king.” That same website reveals several historical or geographic errors in Tobit: “1.C. Nineveh is on the Tigris River. 5. 4. Rather. 10. However.000 talents to the Romans [but] the Seleucids were not under the Romans. Apocryphal words within the two extra chapters added to Daniel (Daniel 14:23-30) include a fanciful story about a living serpent/dragon god named Bel whom the Babylonians worshipped.) yet he only lived 102 years. Haman was an Agagite.” But there is no scriptural evidence that either Baruch or Jeremiah were ever in Babylon.C. Habbukuk predated Daniel and was never in Babylon. Nicanor wanted to pay 2.” These errors in II Maccabees were also revealed by the same website: In verse “8:10. 3. Sennacherib was not the son of Shalmaneser. Baruch 6:2 says the Jews would have to remain in Babylon seven generations. although they were taken forcibly to Egypt from Jerusalem. in more recent times. they contain all that is needed to understand God’s plan of redemption for this lost race. he was deported to Nineveh with Naphtali (740 B. Nebuchadnezzar never sacked the cities of Ecbatana or Ragae. or an additional one. This contradicts the regular part of Esther (additions to Esther).” Additionally. Nobody has ever found a city with towers called Bethulia on the plain of Esdraelon near Dothan.000 Galatians in Babylonia. 26 Go to Table of Contents . 4. they are thus presented as officially approved and trustworthy—a “second Bible. We have reason to give thanks to God for preserving His Word through translations that are free from these efforts to confuse its sacred teachings or diminish its majesty. as defined by an online dictionary. Mordecai taken by Nebuchadnezzar (617 B. and to choose to live thereby.” 2 Cor 6:14.) 2nd year of Artaxerxes court (~130 years later). the Book of Baruch begins as Judith does. In 2 Maccabees 8:20. Nebuchadnezzar and Ahasuerus did not destroy Nineveh. but Nabopolassar the Babylonian and Cyaxares the Mede destroyed it centuries before (Tobit 14:5). the city of Rages was a part of Media. means “an ecclesiastical rule or law enacted by a council or other competent authority and. and 14:1-3 say Tobit saw the revolt of the northern tribes (997 B.000 soldiers.” By referring to the Apocrypha as deuterocanonical. and a light unto our path.C. which Daniel killed by feeding it balls of pitch and hair and fat. Ω Jean Handwerk writes from Washington on health and biblical topics. where he was fed by Habbukuk and ultimately delivered seven days later. In Tobit 1:14. sure lamp unto our feet. His Word is a safe. approved by the pope.). Deutero means “two” or “second. Neither Balbaim nor Cyamon have ever been found.” in other words.
which binds others. fear. While originally it has reference to sorrow. God had decided upon His course of action. Abraham. a non-entity. obligation. and upheld the infliction of its penalty. to exempt him from all temptation. asking no favors and receiving no special consideration. sorrow. By paying its demand He was now in position to forgive without being accused of ignoring the law or setting it aside. it is not confined to these meanings nor to passions of the flesh only. and condemned sin in the flesh. excuse. a kind of no-man. results in a creature less than a man. According to the terms of the covenant He was not to receive any help from God not available to any other man. the agony and sufferings of Jesus during the crucifixion or during the period following the Last Supper. This was a necessary condition if His demonstration was to be of any value and His work acceptable. love.” says Paul. when the time came. grief. pity. nullify the agreement. Romans 3:23. agony. He was different from other men. College Edition defines exempt: “to take out. L . none of whom is so exempt. but all failed to come up to God’s high standard. as well as anger.” Webster’s New World Dictionary. suffering. for long before. but includes all man’s emotions as mentioned above. “All men have sinned. even from eternity. hunger.” E READ with astonishment and perplexity. especially when others are not so released. Passion usually implies a strong emotion that has an overpowering or compelling effect. joy.… Exemption implies a release from some obligation or legal requirement. deliver.” To appreciate the import of this assertion. in fact. and what no one has ever done. W The College Standard Dictionary defines “exempt:” “To free or excuse from some burdensome obligation. Christ did not condone sin in the flesh.. which Markham calls a “brother to the ox. If Christ was exempt from the passions of mankind. and doubly unjust in punishing them for not doing what cannot be done. One thing greatly . and the test was invalid. released. Christ came as a man among men. and that he must overcome Christ or perish. that Christ was “exempt from the inherited passions and pollutions that corrupt the natural descendants of Adam. and completely contrary to what Go to Table of Contents 27 When it became evident that God intended to send His Son and in Him demonstrate that man can keep the law. excused. clear or excuse from some restriction or burden.” Romans 8:3. Accordingly. mingled with sorrow.” Temptations are the character building ingredients of life for good or ill. Satan could claim that God played favorites.” Seventh-day Adventists have always taught and believed. void the covenant. it includes. and in so doing upheld the power and authority of the law. Such teaching is tragic. set free as from a rule which others must observe.” Passion is an inclusive word. as man reacts to them. release … freed from a rule. etc. we need to define “exempt” and “passions. all temptations that incite men to action. and effectively destroy all hope for man. To take these emotions away from a man. Satan’s contention has always been that God is unjust in requiring men to keep the law. God was not moved by Satan’s challenge. a shadow man. By dying on the cross He further enforced the law by paying the penalty required for its transgression. “Passion” is defined: “originally suffering or agony … any of the emotions as hate. 383. His claim is that God ought at least to make a demonstration to show that it can be done. David— all were good men. Noah. Job. the false statement in Questions on Doctrine. An dreasen If God should exempt Christ from the passions that corrupt the natural descendants of Adam. free. in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin. The least deviation from this rule would invalidate the experiment. and done under the same conditions to which men are subject. p. God sent “His own Son. He condemned it.Jesus Exempted from Human Passions? M . Satan knew that this would constitute the crisis.
For four thousand years the race had been decreasing in physical strength. Only thus could He rescue man from the lowest depth of his degradation. (Emphasis supplied. If God extended special favors and exemptions to Christ. educator. Our Saviour took humanity with all its liabilities. “The temptations to which Christ was subject were a terrible reality. “When Adam was assailed by the tempter. Elder Andreasen was considered one of the foremost authority in that field.C. He stood in the strength of perfect manhood. The power of the Saviour’s Godhead was hidden. never has had to battle with passions.. If Christ had been exempt from passions. not considered by God capable of resisting and conquering the passions which He asks men to overcome. He would have fallen under similar temptations. 28. the divine nature. he was at odds with the church leadership over the contents of the book. 1901. “Letters have been coming in to me. Minnesota Conference. He permitted Him to meet life’s perils in common with every human soul. He held administrative positions successively as president of the Greater New York Conference. relying upon God for power. If He was not a partaker of our nature. He took human nature. and bore the infirmities of the degenerate race. There can be no heresy more harmful than that here discussed. Feb. would Christ come to this earth as a man with the limitations. 117. If God should exempt Him from the passions that corrupt the natural descendants of Adam.” Hebrews 2:17.) Ω Milian Lauritz Andreasen (1876-1962) was an administrator. His temptation and victory tell us that humanity must copy the Pattern. subject to the weakness of humanity. that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest … for in that He Himself hath suffered. Christ “vanquished Satan in the same nature over which Satan obtained the victory. therefore. It. that no one can claim to believe the Testimonies and also believe in the new theology that Christ was exempt from human passions. D. patent [obvious] to all. a helpless babe. Hutchinson Theological Seminary. in that very act He disqualified Him for His work. He is able to succor them that are tempted. 31. but was “exempt” from the very things that a true Savior must experience: such a savior is what this new theology offers us. to fight the battle as every child of humanity must fight it. Satan believed he might overcome Him. behoved Him “in all things to be made like unto His brethren.” The Desire of Ages. He was reconciled with the church leaders only on his deathbed. As a free agent He was placed on probation with liberty to yield to Satan’s temptations and work at cross purposes with God. men must become a partaker of A Savior who has never been tempted. His special area of interest was the doctrine of the sanctuary. This strained relationship led to the revocation of his ministerial credentials. One who has never struggled with passions can have no understanding of their power. 18. It is. none of the effects of sin were upon him. It was not thus with Jesus when He entered the wilderness to cope with Satan. and the test was invalid. 30. April 25. From 1956 until the time of his death in 1962. 117. of course. nor has he ever had the joy of overcoming them.” The Desire of Ages. If this were not so.” The Youth’s Instructor. weaknesses and infirmities which men had brought upon themselves because of excesses? If so. This is the privilege of all. If He did not have man’s nature.concerned him. he could claim that God played favorites. Oct. To accept the teaching of Questions on Doctrine necessitates giving up faith in the Gift God has given this people. It was a solemn reality that Christ came to fight the battle as man. and Union College. 18. He could not have been tempted as man has been. It has taken away the Savior I have known and substitutes for Him a weak personality.” The Temptations of Christ . He could not be our helper. and Christ took upon Him the infirmities of degenerate humanity. The enemy was overcome by Christ in His human nature. He took the nature of man with the possibility of yielding to temptation. Seventh-day Adventists Answer Questions on Doctrine . 49. He could not be our example. If it were not possible for Him to yield to temptations. 28 Go to Table of Contents . in mental power. in moral worth.” The Review and Herald. for if He had. He overcame in human nature. It is one thing or the other.” Ibid. He would have been unable to understand or help mankind. nor the world. being tempted. “Christ bore the sins and infirmities of the race as they existed when He came to the earth to help man…. and author. Then He could not have been placed in Adam’s position…. 1899. possessing the full vigor of mind and body…. affirming that Christ could not have had the same nature as man. He then taught at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary in Washington. 1890. He could not have been tempted in all points as the human family is tempted. The denomination is now called upon to decide. if it had not been possible for Him to fall.” who “though He were a son” never learned obedience by the things He suffered. It is not the kind of Savior I need. in man’s behalf. who has never “offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him who was able to save Him from death. In the following quotations we have God’s answer: “God permitted His Son to come. at the risk of failure and eternal loss. “Many claim that it was impossible for Christ to be overcome by temptation.” The Youth’s Instructor.
Johann Eck. “The Scripture teaches ‘Remember that you sanctify the day of the Sabbath.” The Augsburg Confession is the primary confession of faith of the Lutheran Church and one of the most important documents of the Lutheran reformation. Unfortunately. wrote a book of objections to Protestant teachings and practice which others could use in debates. and in the process. An apologist is one who writes or speaks thus. Saturday. 148. The Augsburg Confession became the primary confessional document for the Lutheran movement. vindication. he did not grasp all the truths of the Bible.” Philip Schaff. but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. Melanchthon worked on an “apology”* (afterward called the Augsburg Confession) and sent his draft to Luther at Coburg on May 11. sporadic and eventually almost unending war by Catholics against Protestant began and continued until the Peace of Augsburg in 1648. the doctrinal change from Sunday back to the Bible Sabbath never occurred. “Of Ecclesiastical Power. 20. 1533. In the following remarkable statement. pp 63-64. Handbook of Common Places against the Lutherans. as was showed before. 1530.Martin Luther. 1558. On April 3 the elector of Saxony and the reformers started from Torgau and reached Coburg on April 23. as it seemeth. and was presented by a number of German rulers and free-cities at the Diet of Augsburg on June 25. neither in the Gospels nor in Paul is it declared that the Sabbath has ceased. there is a controversy whether Bishops or Pastors have power to institute ceremonies in the Church and to make laws…. Sunday would have to give way .e. because it hath dispensed with a precept of the Decalogue. There Luther was left behind because he was an outlaw. according to the Diet of Worms. The rest reached Augsburg on May 2. six days shall you labor and do all your work. col. justification. ruled 1519-1556) had called on the princes and free territories in Germany to explain their religious convictions. Ω . contrary. regarding Revelation 3:1-2. Vol. 3. if Karlstadt were to write further about the Sabbath. and Luther approved it. the leading Catholic orator and debater against Luther. Thus. It will be included in his upcoming book on the Book of Revelation. the Protestants] do thus teach: that the Bishops have no power to ordain anything contrary to the Gospel. nevertheless the Church has instituted the Lord’s day through the tradition. In one somewhat sarcastic comment. to the Decalogue. It was written both in German and Latin. i. “The Sabbath is commanded many times by God. not long after this gathering. On the journey.The Augsburg Confession Regarding the Sabbath T he following condensation comes from Vance Ferrell’s (Harvestime Books) research on the Book of Revelation. must be kept holy. “Wider die himmlischen Propheten. The Augsburg Confession is the fourth document contained in the Lutheran Book of Concord.’ etc. Part 2. the German princes acknowledged that the seventh-day Sabbath was the correct worship day. Luther wrote these significant words: “… Indeed. But the Church [of Rome] has changed the Sabbath into the Lord’s day by its own authority. 7. “But of this question ours [our side. Martin Luther was trying to dig his way out of a great pile of papal error. They allege the change of the Sabbath into the Lord’s day.” ----Johann Eck. and they have no example more in their mouths than the change of the Sabbath. Vol. 29 *Definition in this context: something said or written in defense of a cause. in an attempt to restore religious and political unity in the Holy Roman Empire and rally support against the Turkish invasion. concerning which you [Protestants] have no scripture [in support of your Sundaykeeping]….and the Sabbath. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (1500Go to Table of Contents ------Augsburg Confession (1530).” in his Sammtliche Schriften. art. “Besides these things. The Creeds of Christendom. Luther rejected Karlstadt’s discovery of the Bible Sabbath and remained with Sunday sacredness.” ---. They will needs have the Church’s power to be very great.. His influence in this matter affected millions of Christians throughout later centuries.
In such instances. holy unto the Lord.” 1SP 226. nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD. Go to Table of Contents . Those who choose not to follow divine health reform may supply their own liquids. as on the six laboring days.” “ The fourth commandment is virtually transgressed by conversing upon worldly things or by engaging in light and trifling conversation. Talking upon anything or everything which may come into the mind is speaking our own words. and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth. their minds are beclouded. unless it is needful to do so for the sick and suffering. “Many make a mistake in drinking cold water with their meals. 3 30 Obey divine health reform counsel. as well as upon the other six days of the week. as well as of justice. “If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath. Many have erred in not practicing self-denial upon the Sabbath. they are stupid. Taken with meals. not doing thine own ways. honourable. some suffer with headache. and call the sabbath a delight.KEEPING THE SABBATH HOLY: 1 T Eat less food on the Sabbath. Do not tempt others by serving drinks with the meals. water [or any other liquid] diminishes the flow of the salivary glands. it is no violation of the fourth commandment to make them as comfortable as possible. from doing thy pleasure on my holy day. The great Lawgiver is a God of compassion. Every deviation from right brings us into bondage and condemnation. Such have no truly devotional feelings upon the Sabbath. and shalt honour him. The sick and suffering require care and attention upon the Sabbath. he following counsel from the Spirit of Prophecy can guide us in keeping the Sabbath holy during Sabbath afternoon fellowship meals. “The Sabbath of the Lord is a day of rest from labor. and the blessing resting upon the Sabbath does not prove a blessing to them. it is unnecessary labor to heat food. and the diet upon that day should be more simple. but rather. than upon the six laboring days.” CCh 263. and often drowsy. because we do not have that exercise upon the Sabbath that we have upon the other days of the week. and partaken of in less quantities.” POTLUCK PERILS 2 Our Sabbath conversation must be holy. let those of understanding and compassion lead in upholding the beneficial counsel. Isaiah 58:13-14 says. We are to guard those sacred hours as a “delight. and of fewer varieties. nor finding thine own pleasure. and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it. By partaking of full meals. During warm weather. the holy of the LORD. and it may be necessary for their comfort to prepare warm food and drinks upon the Sabbath.
31 . “On the Sabbath. and that they could not afford to lose the money invested in it. Hot drinks are debilitating. lest there be a lessening of spirituality. were very injurious. and besides. Nor should cheese be served. but Ellen White also warned that increasing disease in animals would make (ed.” CD 369. The more liquid there is taken into the stomach with the meals. He had traced the matter from cause to effect. Doctor Kellogg found to his surprise that a large quantity of cheese had been purchased for sale at the grocery. and engage in play or some kind of mischief. Eat slowly. Ice water or ice lemonade. Ω (1827-1915): The Seventh-day Adventist Church believes that when the tests of a true prophet are applied to Ellen White. drunk with meals.” RH. When meat is made the staple article of food. 19:10). the more difficult it is for the food to digest. and indeed. and are the cause of a decline in spiritual life…. 3SM 291. I have seen many families where father. Elle n G. 12:17. the higher faculties are overborne by the lower passions.] Families should stay together. Whatever we do in the line of eating and drinking should be done with the special purpose of nourishing the body.” CD 368. for the liquid must first be absorbed…. Food should not be washed down. 1901. Animal flesh is not to be served.. These things are an offense to God. and allow the saliva to mingle with the food. and knew that some foods generally thought to be wholesome. 1896.” CCh 234.” Letter 83. and bought the whole of it from them. Rev. That gift is one of two prominent characteristics of His church in the last days (Rev. July 29. He and some others objected to this. “The Lord has been teaching His people that it is for their spiritual and physical good to abstain from flesh eating. “Eating the flesh of dead animals has an injurious effect upon spirituality. There is no need to eat the flesh of dead animals. parents paying special attention to children on this day. the greater the injury to the stomach. [The only exception was “cottage cheese. no drink is needed with meals. that they may make it a delight. that we may serve God to His name’s glory.: has made) eating dairy products unadvisable. Thus the Sabbath has no sacred significance to them. The whole body is the property of God. After a while the children become weary and go out of doors. 3SM 290. I appeal to old and young and to middle-aged. 1884. and the older members of the household take themselves away from the younger children.” BEcho. Deny your appetite of those things that are doing you injury. mother. Doctor Kellogg asked the price of the cheese. for the religious life is closely related to physical habits and practices. which contain excitotoxins which kill brain cells]…. her prophetic gift was instrumental in the establishment of Seventh-day Adventism. W h it e 5 Go to Table of Contents “It was decided that at a certain camp meeting. will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it to take up its work again. and we must give strict attention to our physical well-being.” a soft cheese. as well as provide invaluable health counsel. and leave them to amuse themselves the best they can. 6 “Cheese should never be introduced into the stomach.” Letter 69. cheese should not be sold to those on the ground. February 13. Her inspired writings continue to clarify and uplift the Word of God. Upon this. 1899.4 and the colder the water. “I have been instructed that the students in our schools are not to be served with flesh foods or with food preparations that are known to be unhealthful [such as TVP and meat analogs. those who indulge in their use become slaves to the habit. Serve the Lord by sacrifice. they confirm beyond doubt that God bestowed upon her the promised gift of prophecy. but those in charge of the grocery said that the cheese had been bought with the consent of Brother -----. but on coming to the ground. parents should give all the time they can to their children.
” A braham Lincoln . and a garment a weaver.” Marquis de V auvenargues “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon earth and be an atheist. and a door a carpenter. so does the existence of the universe imply a Creator.“As a house implies a builder. but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.
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