Why Was The Health Message Given To The SDA Church


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“…Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come…”-Revelation 14:7 : 

“…Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come…”-Revelation 14:7 1st Angel’s Message-Rev.14:6, 7 The announcement of Judgment-From Daniel 8:14 began Oct. 22, 1844 This message began to sound 1830/1831 In the 1830’s William Miller, in the U.S. and dozens of others from around the world, were studying the 2300 year prophecy of Daniel 8:14 and all came to the conclusion that Jesus would return in about 1844.

“…Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come…”-Revelation 14:7 Continued… : 

“…Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come…”-Revelation 14:7 Continued… The Purpose of the 1st Angel’s Message: “The first angel's message of Revelation 14, announcing the hour of God's judgment and calling upon men to fear and worship Him, was designed to separate the professed people of God from the corrupting influences of the world and to arouse them to see their true condition of worldliness and backsliding. In this message, God has sent to the church a warning, which, had it been accepted, would have corrected the evils that were shutting them away from Him. Had they received the message from heaven, humbling their hearts before the Lord and seeking in sincerity a preparation to stand in His presence, the Spirit and power of God would have been manifested among them.”-GC, pg.379

What Does Health Reform Have To Do With The Third Angel’s Message?: : 

What Does Health Reform Have To Do With The Third Angel’s Message?: “The great threefold message of Revelation 14, which we designate by the term ‘the third angel’s message’, is declared to be ‘the everlasting gospel.’-Christ Our Righteousness, A.G. Daniells, Pg.65 “The health reform, I was shown, is a part of the third angel's message and is just as closely connected with it as are the arm and hand with the human body. I saw that we as a people must make an advance move in this great work. Ministers and people must act in concert. God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel. They have a work to do for themselves which they should not leave for God to do for them. He has left this work for them to do.”-1T, pg.486 “Several have written to me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message, and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity (For sure).”-R&H, April 1, 1890

What Does Health Reform Have To Do With The Third Angel’s Message? Continued… : 

What Does Health Reform Have To Do With The Third Angel’s Message? Continued… “The Third angel is leading out and purifying a people…”-1T, pg.207 “God has shown that health reform is as closely connected with the third angel’s message as the hand is with the body…Whoever violates moral obligations in the matter of eating and dressing prepares the way to violate the claims of God in regard to eternal interests.”-3T, pg.62

Why Did Christ Not Come Back In 1844? : 

Why Did Christ Not Come Back In 1844? “…The people were not yet ready to meet their Lord. There was still a work of preparation to be accomplished for them. Light was to be given, directing their minds to the temple of God in heaven; and as they should by faith follow their High Priest in His ministration there, new duties would be revealed. Another message of warning and instruction was to be given to the church.”-GC, pg.424, 425

The Investigative Judgment: : 

The Investigative Judgment: “Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative judgment is going forward in heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth. This work is more clearly presented in the messages of Revelation 14.”-GC, pg.425

Psalm 77:13 : 

Psalm 77:13 “Thy way, O God, [is] in the sanctuary…” The Plan of Salvation is revealed in the ancient sanctuary service.

The Sanctuary Service: : 

The Sanctuary Service: “In the typical service, when the high priest entered the most holy place all Israel were required to gather about the sanctuary and in the most solemn manner humble their souls before God, that they might receive the pardon of their sins and not be cut off from the congregation. How much more essential in this antitypical Day of Atonement that we understand the work of our High Priest and know what duties are required of us.”-GC, pg.430, 431

God Sends Warnings: : 

God Sends Warnings: “Men cannot with impunity reject the warning which God in mercy sends them. A message was sent from heaven to the world in Noah's day, and their salvation depended upon the manner in which they treated that message. Because they rejected the warning, the Spirit of God was withdrawn from the sinful race, and they perished in the waters of the Flood. In the time of Abraham, mercy ceased to plead with the guilty inhabitants of Sodom, and all but Lot with his wife and two daughters were consumed by the fire sent down from heaven. So in the days of Christ. The Son of God declared to the unbelieving Jews of that generation: "Your house is left unto you desolate." Matthew 23:38. Looking down to the last days, the same Infinite Power declares, concerning those who "received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved": "For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12. As they reject the teachings of His word, God withdraws His Spirit and leaves them to the deceptions which they love.”-GC, pg.431

The Typical Day of Atonement: : 

The Typical Day of Atonement: “And [this] shall be a statute for ever unto you: [that] in the seventh month, on the tenth [day] of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, [whether it be] one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: For on that day shall [the priest] make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, [that] ye may be clean from all your sins before the LORD.”-Leviticus 16:29, 30

The Day of Atonement, Or The Work In The Second Apartment: : 

The Day of Atonement, Or The Work In The Second Apartment: “…the day of atonement…was regarded as more sacred than any other day in the yearly round of service….The Israelite who did not afflict his soul upon that day was cut off from among the people.” The word “atonement” means at-one-ment.-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 29 Romans 5:1-“Therefore being justified (pardoned) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Duty Of The Congregation On The Day Of Atonement: : 

Duty Of The Congregation On The Day Of Atonement: “GOD expected His ancient people to serve Him faithfully every day in the year, and He accepted their services; but when the day of atonement came, there were special requirements enjoined upon them during that day, which, if they failed to observe, they were cut off from the people of Israel…. When the antitypical day of atonement arrived, and the investigative judgment opened in the heavenly sanctuary, God expects the antitypical congregation on earth to fulfill their part of the antitype just as faithfully as Christ, our High Priest, fulfills His part in the heavens…. God requires special service of His people now. They are to live while their cases are being decided in heaven, and Satan brings to bear upon the last generation, which are weaker physically than any previous generation, all the wisdom he has gained in a six thousand years' warfare. Those who, in the investigative judgment, are accounted worthy, will live for a time without a Mediator. Their experience will be different from that of any other company that has ever lived upon the earth. There are many reasons why God in His infinite mercy has enjoined special duties upon the last generation, that they might be more strongly fortified against the attacks of the enemy, and not be overthrown by his devices.

“Duty Of The Congregation On The Day Of Atonement Continued…” : 

“Duty Of The Congregation On The Day Of Atonement Continued…” In the ancient service, if an individual failed to keep the day of atonement as God directed, his sins were not confessed over the scapegoat by the high priest; but he was cut off from among the people of God. The individual who, during the antitypical day of atonement, or the investigative judgment, thinks that Christ will plead his case while he himself ignores the work God has enjoined upon the antitypical congregation, will find at last that his name is blotted out from the book of life.... Four things were required of each individual member of ancient Israel on the day of atonement….”-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 30

What Were The Four Requirements? Leviticus 23:27-32: : 

What Were The Four Requirements? Leviticus 23:27-32: 1. "The day of atonement . . . shall be a holy convocation unto you." 2. "You shall afflict your souls." 3. "Offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord." 4. "Ye shall do no work in that same day.”-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 30

A Holy Convocation: : 

A Holy Convocation: “That day was to be a holy convocation. The people were to assemble for religious worship. Paul speaks thus of individuals who, in the days when the High Priest should soon come forth from the heavenly sanctuary, would forsake the religious assembly: ‘Having a High Priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. . . . Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more as ye see the day approaching.’ The one that takes no pleasure in meeting with those of like faith to worship God, has an "evil conscience," and has lost faith in the near coming of our High Priest from the heavenly sanctuary. There is a special blessing in worshiping with others. God promises that where even two or three are gathered in His name, He will meet with them.”-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 30

“Ye Shall Afflict Your Souls”: : 

“Ye Shall Afflict Your Souls”: “Each individual was to "afflict" his soul-search his heart, and put away every sin, spend much time in prayer. With this was connected abstinence from food.... The individual who realizes that the judgment is going on in the heavenly sanctuary, and that his name will surely be presented before that great tribunal, will search his heart and pray earnestly that God will accept him. We need often to meditate upon the work of our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, lest by having the mind filled with earthly thoughts, we, like the foolish virgins, will find when too late that the bridegroom has come, the door is shut; that the work is finished, and we have no part in it…. The antitypical day of atonement covers a period of years. In the type there was a fast of twenty-four hours required. During this one day there was to be complete control of the appetite; and it was a type of the self-control to be exercised during the antitypical period of years. God designs that His people shall be masters of their appetites, and keep under the body. [1Cor. 9:27] Satan would give loose rein to the appetite, and let it control the person….

“Ye Shall Afflict Your Souls” Continued… : 

“Ye Shall Afflict Your Souls” Continued… God calls upon His people to be masters of their appetites instead of slaves to it, that they may have clearer minds to comprehend divine truth and follow the work of their High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary. How few are willing to deny themselves the things their appetite craves, even when they know the claims of God! The prophet Isaiah, looking down through the ages, describes the state of things as follows: "In that day did the Lord God of hosts call to weeping, and to mourning, and to baldness, and to girding with sackcloth: and behold, joy and gladness, slaying oxen , and killing sheep, eating flesh and drinking wine” [Isaiah 22:12, 13]. What a vivid picture of the present condition of the world! God calls upon His people to afflict their souls, to control their appetite, to partake of food that will give good blood and a clear mind to discern spiritual truths: but instead of obeying, they engage in "eating flesh and drinking wine." The prophet records the final result of this course: "It was revealed in mine ears by the Lord of hosts, Surely this iniquity shall not be purged from you till ye die” [Isa.22:14]….

“Ye Shall Afflict Your Souls” Continued… : 

“Ye Shall Afflict Your Souls” Continued… The Saviour gave special warning against the evil of giving loose rein to the appetite during the time when the records of human lives are being examined and individuals are being accounted worthy or unworthy of eternal life: "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. . . . Watch ye therefore, and pray that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man” [Luke 21:34-36]. The warning is against "surfeiting"-overeating, and "drunkenness "-eating injurious food. In other words, the Saviour designs that His people, during the antitypical day of atonement, shall take heed to both the quantity and the quality of their food. One can becloud the mind and ruin the health by overeating of the best of food. The glutton and the drunkard are classed together: "Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh; for the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty” [Proverbs 23:20, 21]. Our first parents failed on the test of appetite; but where they failed, Christ triumphed. And it is possible for a Christian, with the indwelling Christ in the heart, to be complete master of his appetite,-to abstain from all food that is injurious, however much the natural appetite may crave it, and not to overeat of good food…. Satan delights in beclouding the brain and destroying the health. All who will fulfil the antitype will be masters of their appetites, that they may prepare to meet the Saviour when He comes to the earth as King of kings and Lord of lords.”-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 30

Ellen White’s Comments On, What Does It Mean To “Afflict Our Souls”? : 

Ellen White’s Comments On, What Does It Mean To “Afflict Our Souls”? “In the typical day of atonement, every man was required to afflict his soul before God. He was not to afflict the souls of others, but the work was between God and his own soul. The same work of self-examination and humiliation is required of each of us now; and I entreat you to make thorough work for eternity. "Seek ye the Lord while he may be found; call ye upon him while he is near." Precious, golden moments which should be spent in seeking the inward adorning of a meek and quiet spirit, are frittered away in adorning the dress, and in other trifling matters not at all essential to comfort.”-ST, May 29, 1884 “We are now living in the antitypical day of atonement. The great and solemn closing work is going forward in the sanctuary above. Every man is required to afflict his soul before God; every heart is required to be in harmony with the divine will. In this important time the great enemy intercepts himself between man and his Creator. He is continually seeking to separate the people of God from the love of Jesus, to draw them away from his protecting care.”-RH, August 12, 1884 “In this great day of atonement our work is that of heart-searching, of self-abasement, and confession of sin, each humbling his own soul before God, and seeking pardon for himself individually. Anciently every one that did not on the day of atonement afflict his soul, was cut off from the people. God would have us work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. If each will search and see what sins are lurking in his own heart to shut out Jesus, he will find such a work to do that he will be ready to esteem others better than himself. He will no longer seek to pluck the mote out of his brother's eye while a beam is in his own eye.”-Historical Sketches, pg.213

What Does It Mean To “Afflict Our Souls”, Continued…? : 

What Does It Mean To “Afflict Our Souls”, Continued…? “Will the Israel of God awake [Seventh-Day Adventist]? Will all who profess godliness seek to put away every wrong, to confess to God every secret sin, and afflict the soul before Him? Will they, with great humility, investigate the motives of every action, and know that the eye of God reads all, searches out every hidden thing? Let the work be thorough, the consecration to God entire. He calls for a full surrender of all that we have and are. Ministers and people need a new conversion, a transformation of the mind, without which we are not savors of life unto life, but of death unto death. Great privileges belong to the people of God. Great light has been given them, that they may attain to their high calling in Christ Jesus; yet they are not what God would have them to be and what He designs they shall be.”-2T, pg.124

“Offer An Offering…”: : 

“Offer An Offering…”: “The third requirement enjoined upon the typical congregation on the day of atonement was to "offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord." The offerings made by fire were consumed upon the altar. In the antitype we do not offer burnt-offerings of bullocks and rams; but God expects us to fulfill the antitype of the offering consumed upon the altar. He desires that the "whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ;" that the entire life of the Christian be laid upon the altar, ready to be used as the Lord directs. None can do this who do not daily accept Christ as their sin-offering, and know what it is to be "accepted in the Beloved.”-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 30

“Ye Shall Do No Work…”: : 

“Ye Shall Do No Work…”: “The day of atonement was kept as a ceremonial sabbath by the ancient congregation. All work was laid aside, and the entire thought was given to seeking God and serving Him. God's work was given the first thought during the entire day. Such was the type; but it does not follow that on the antitypical day of atonement no one should attend to personal business, for God never intended His people to be "slothful in business.” He promises to bless them in temporal things if they fulfill the antitype by looking after His work and service first, and their temporal interests second [Matthew 6:31-33]. This was taught by the Saviour's words: "Take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with...cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares” [Luke 21:34].

Why Was The Health Message Given To The Seventh-Day Adventist Church? It’s Purpose & Origin: : 

Why Was The Health Message Given To The Seventh-Day Adventist Church? It’s Purpose & Origin: “The record of the experience through which the people of God passed in the early history of our work must be republished. Many of those who have since come into the truth are ignorant of the way in which the Lord wrought. The experience of William Miller and his associates, of Captain Joseph Bates, and of other pioneers in the Advent message should be kept before our people. Elder Loughborough's book should receive attention. Our leading men should see what can be done for the circulation of this book.”-The Publishing Ministry, pg.30

Why Was The Health Message Given To The Seventh-Day Adventist Church? It’s Purpose & Origin Continued… : 

Why Was The Health Message Given To The Seventh-Day Adventist Church? It’s Purpose & Origin Continued… “Again & Again I have been shown that the past experiences of God’s people are not to be counted as dead facts. We are not to treat the record of these experiences as we would last year’s almanac. The record is to be kept in mind; for history will repeat itself. The darkness of the mysteries of the night is to be illuminated with the light of heaven.”-MR,#346 “We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us, and his teaching in our past history.”-LS, pg.196

Why the Light on Health Reform: : 

Why the Light on Health Reform: “The Lord has let His light shine upon us in these last days, that the gloom and darkness which have been gathering in past generations because of sinful indulgence, might in some degree be dispelled, and that the train of evils which have resulted because of intemperate eating and drinking, might be lessened. The Lord in wisdom designed to bring His people into a position where they would be separate from the world in spirit and practice, that their children might not so readily be led into idolatry, and become tainted with the prevailing corruptions of this age. It is God's design that believing parents and their children should stand forth as living representatives of Christ, candidates for everlasting life. All who are partakers of the divine nature will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is impossible for those who indulge the appetite to attain to Christian perfection.”-CD, pg.22

Introduction to the Alpha & Omega of Apostasy, John Harvey Kellogg & the Living Temple: : 

Introduction to the Alpha & Omega of Apostasy, John Harvey Kellogg & the Living Temple: “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.”-Testimonies, Series B, No. 2, pg.16, July 24, 1904

What the Apostasy Has/Is Doing: : 

What the Apostasy Has/Is Doing: “As in the alpha spiritual truths were to be eliminated, so in the omega the health message would be eliminated from the realm of sacred things and become only a tool by which to lead men and women into the realm of sacred things. Thus it would come about that men would not consent that the violation of natural or physical law is sin. Health would be health, and religion would be religion. The two would be divorced the one from the other. This thought has developed more and more until the great majority of the ministry of the denomination hold this view; and so the theology and religion of the denomination has for years been given this mold, and, note, there has been a corresponding decadence of health reform as given by the Spirit of God, until the abandon to appetite, in eating and drinking on the part of our preachers has become a proverbial and byword. Along with this decadence of health reform there has been a corresponding decline in spirituality. That these two must so link together is made plain in the following statement”:-The Alpha & Omega of Apostasy, Julius Gilbert White, pg. 15, 16 “There has been a continual backsliding in health reform, and as a result God is dishonored by a great lack of spirituality.”-R&H, May 27, 1902

The Health Message: : 

The Health Message: “When rightly understood, the message of health, hope, & healing that God has given to Seventh-Day Adventists is a message of restoration and redemption. It is a message that needs to be lived out in the lives of Seventh-Day Adventists today. And it is a message that needs to be proclaimed boldly to the world. When followed in its completeness, it is a message that restores mankind into the image of God-physically, mentally, and above all, spiritually. It is imperative then that we understand the components of that message.”-Adventist Heritage of Health, Hope, & Healing, pg.60

Hosea 4:6/Acts 17:30 : 

Hosea 4:6/Acts 17:30 “My People are destroyed for lack of knowledge…”/“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.” There can be no excuse for ignorance. The knowledge necessary for healthful living is readily available. It is for us to make the effort, first to procure the books, secondly to read and study closely, thirdly to apply the instruction.

The Two Extremes: : 

The Two Extremes: “Those who claim that a vegetarian diet and other healthful practices have nothing to do with salvation, as evidenced by them saying that in the day to day scheme of things, such issues are unimportant.” “Those who teach a philosophy called, ‘salvation by diet.’” Health Deform Results from Extremes: “Health reform becomes health deform, a health destroyer, when it is carried to extremes.”-CD, pg.202 Extremists Harm the Cause & Satan Loves Them: “Extremists do more harm in a few months than they can undo in a life-time. They are engaged in a work which Satan loves to see go on.”-Christian Temperance & Bible Hygiene, pg.56 “Narrow ideas, and overstraining of small points, have been a great injury to the cause of hygiene.”-CD, pg.197 Read Chapter eleven (11) in Counsels on Diet & Foods, which deals with “Extremes.”

Adventist Caricatures, A Website That Makes Fun of Seventh-Day Adventist: : 

Adventist Caricatures, A Website That Makes Fun of Seventh-Day Adventist:

William Miller, Born in 1782, in Pittsfield, MA, Died in 1849: : 

William Miller, Born in 1782, in Pittsfield, MA, Died in 1849: “Miller was a farmer, justice of the peace, sheriff, and Baptist preacher, who from 1831-1844, preached the immanent return of Christ. His mother was deeply religious and his father a soldier. Miller was largely self-educated, attending school only for three months each winter between ages 9-14. As a young man, Miller was influenced by reading and association to become a deist, the belief that God made the world then abandoned it to run according to certain natural laws. Miller volunteered for service in the war of 1812, and while in service saw evidences that there was a God. After the war he was converted and began a systematic study of the Bible to find answers to his former questions. In the process he discovered the prophecies of Daniel and Revelation, which seemed to predict that Christ was soon to return to earth in the year 1843. Miller began to spread the news along with the help of Joshua Himes, proclaiming the good news in small towns as well as in large cities.

William Miller, Continued…: : 

William Miller, Continued…: Miller had between 50,000 & 100,000 followers, commonly known as Millerities. The date of October 22, 1844 was eventually picked as the date for Christ return. The Great Disappointment took place, Christ did not return. Miller never accepted advancing understanding of the disappointment. Ellen White wrote: “I saw that William Miller erred as he was soon to enter the heavenly Canaan, in suffering his influence to go against the truth. Others led him to this; others must account for it. But angels watch the precious dust of this servant of God, and he will come forth at the sound of the last trump.”-EW, pg.258. After the disappointment, he wrote: “Although I have been twice disappointed, I am not yet cast down or discouraged….I have fixed my mind upon another time, and here I mean to stand until God gives me more light,-and that is today, today, and today, until He comes, and I see Him for whom my soul yearns.”-The Midnight Cry, Dec. 5, 1844, pg.179, 180

Timeline of the Gospel of Health Within the Seventh-Day Adventists Church 1821-1866: : 

Timeline of the Gospel of Health Within the Seventh-Day Adventists Church 1821-1866: 1821-Joseph Bates gave up use of distilled liquors. 1824-Joseph Bates gave up also ale, porter, & cider. 1827-Joseph Bates laid the foundation for the Fairhaven Temperance society, one of the first organized in the United states. 1832-Joseph Bates gave up coffee & black tea. 1843-Joseph Bates gave up eating of flesh foods and became a strict vegetarian. 1848-Cautions were given to Ellen White regarding the injurious nature of the use of tobacco, coffee, & tea. 1853-Article written in Review & Herald written against the use of tobacco. 1854-Light was given to Ellen White on the importance of cleanliness and the use of a diet not too refined or of foods that were rich. 1855-At a general meeting in Vermont tobacco use banned for church membership. 1863-Mrs. White given first comprehensive vision concerning health reform, in Ostego, Michigan, June, 6, 1863. 1864-A pamphlet written as “An Appeal to Mothers.” 1865-Mrs. White compiled articles (6-pamphlets) previously written for the Review & Herald into a book entitled, “Health, or How to Live”. 1866-Establishment of first health institution, a large home in Battle Creek Michigan, opened September, 5, 1866.

A Time of General Ignorance: : 

A Time of General Ignorance: “The formative years of the body of Seventh-Day Adventist may be roughly stated to have been from 1844 to 1855.” The Health Message Secondary: “There were other reforms to be adopted before Sabbath keeping Adventist were ready to accept the health reform principles. It is well-known proclivity of human nature to rise up against any interference with self-indulgent habits. Had the health message, with it’s call to self-denial, been introduced prematurely, it might have caused distraction and brought in confusion. It seems to have been in the providence of God, therefore, that the great fundamental spiritual truths should be presented first. By these the body of believers were unified and knit together before it was to be tested by the introduction of the health reform message, which though a matter of great importance, was nevertheless secondary.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.62 “The Lord also knew how to introduce to His waiting people the great subject of health reform, step by step, as they could bear it, and make a good use of it, without souring the public mind.”-R&H, November 8, 1870

Joseph Bates, Born in Rochester, MA, 1792, Died 1872, buried in Monterey, MI: : 

Joseph Bates, Born in Rochester, MA, 1792, Died 1872, buried in Monterey, MI: His family moved to Fairhaven, MA, a port city, where he became fascinated with the sea. At the age of 15 he served on a ship as a cabin boy. He was shipwrecked, captured, and forced to serve in the British Navy for 2 ½ years. He was released in 1815. Bates eventually served as captain of his own ship, beginning in 1820. In 1821 he gave up smoking and chewing tobacco, as well as the use of profanity. He later quit using tea and coffee, and in 1843 became a vegetarian. Bates retired from the sea in 1827 with a small fortune of $11,000. During his years at sea he was converted. After his retirement at 35, Bates became associated with several reforms, including temperance and antislavery.

Joseph Bates Continued…: : 

Joseph Bates Continued…: In 1839 he accepted the advent preaching of William Miller, and became an active and successful Millerite preacher. Bates experienced the 1844 disappointment without losing his faith. In 1845 he read a T.M. Preble tract on the Sabbath and was converted. In 1846, Bates wrote a tract on the Bible Sabbath. James and Ellen White read the tract, in August of 1846, around the time of their marriage, and then accepted the Seventh-Day Sabbath as a result of their study. Joseph Bates is one of the co-founders of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church along with James and Ellen White. The year he died he preached at least 100 times. He died at the age of 80 at the Health Reform Institute in Battle Creek.

Joseph Bates, The Health Reformer: : 

Joseph Bates, The Health Reformer: “It was during his seafaring life, while separated from the saving influences of the parental, Christian home, and exposed to the temptations of sailor life that Joseph Bates became impressed with moral and religious principles…While in Dartmoor Prison, Mr. Bates formed an intimate acquaintance with a Mr. Davis. They spent many hours together, talking over their desperate situation. Observing the ruinous habits of their fellow prisoners, they mutually agreed that, if liberated, they would avoid the dreadful habits of intemperance and seek for a standing among sober, reflecting men. After 6 ½ years of untold suffering and hardship, Joseph Bates returned home…For some time he kept his resolution to be temperate and abstained entirely from the use of ardent spirits, but later he returned to the to the moderate use of liquor…Upon discovery that the desire for that one glass…was stronger than his appetite for food, he…decided that he had committed an egregious error when he lapsed from his rule of strict abstinence. In the Autumn of 1821, he solemnly resolved never to drink another glass or ardent spirits as long as he should live…About 2 years later he took another advanced step in reform.”-The Story of Our Health Message Tobacco-“I was now free from all distilled spirits, wine, & tobacco. Step by step I had gained the victory…”-The Early Life & Later Experience & Labors of Elder Joseph Bates, pg.16 “Let…reform be progressive.”-CD, Chapter 21

Joseph Bates, The Health Reformer Continued… : 

Joseph Bates, The Health Reformer Continued… “In 1828 Captain Bates, at the age of thirty-five, retired from the sea and settled in New Bedford. Again, after this he took another forward step in health reform, and did it entirely on his own initiative because of experience and personal conviction. Tea & Coffee In 1839 captain Bates heard the advent message, and weighing and accepting the evidence, he threw all his energies and resources into its proclamation. Some of his friends protested, because he seemed to take less interest in the temperance cause, and they urged that a belief in the second coming of Christ ought to make him more ardent in suppressing the growing evils of intemperance. Joseph Bates reply: ‘In embracing the doctrine of the second coming of the Saviour, I found enough to engage my whole time in getting ready for such an event, and aiding others to do the same, and that all who embraced this doctrine would and must necessarily be advocates of temperance,…and those who opposed the doctrine of the second advent could not be very effective laborers in moral reform.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.57 “In his [Joseph Bates] heart-searching preparation for the expected return of Christ, Captain Bates was impressed to make still further reforms in his diet. In February, 1843, he relates, ‘I resolved to eat no more meat. In a few months after, I ceased using butter, grease, cheese, pies, and rich cakes.’” “Let…reform be progressive.”-CD, Chapter 21

Seventh-Day Adventist History: : 

Seventh-Day Adventist History: “Again and again I have been shown that the past experiences of God’s people are not to be counted as dead facts. We are not to treat the record of these experiences as we would treat last year’s almanac. The record is to be kept in mind; for history will repeat itself. The darkness of the mysteries of the night is to be illuminated with the light of heaven.”-Ellen White, MS#346, 1903 1 Corinthians 10:11, 12-“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (Written meaning Israelites, Old Testament, Exegetically could apply to present SDA’s reflecting back to the roots of Adventism.)

Health Reform Prior to Ellen White’s Vision: : 

Health Reform Prior to Ellen White’s Vision: “A call to reform personal health habits was urged by many, the best known of whom was Sylvester Graham, (1794-1851) a Presbyterian Minister. The great cholera epidemic of 1832 led Americans to give an attentive ear to Graham’s call for a vegetarian diet which placed a heavy reliance on coarse stone-ground whole wheat and rye grains.”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.20 “Graham in his early years had been afflicted with Tuberculosis, and the state of his health was a factor in arousing his interest in the temperance cause which coming into prominence, in which he made a special study of anatomy and physiology.”-Story of our Health Message, pg.45

Health Reform Prior to Ellen White’s Vision Continued… : 

Health Reform Prior to Ellen White’s Vision Continued… “Edward Hitchcock (1793-1864), third President of Amherst College, Congregationalist Pastor but then left the ministry to become a Chemistry and Natural History Professor, and Reuben Mussey at Dartmouth (1833-1892), a Union Army General during the Civil War, a distinguished lawyer, and the son of a Doctor, promoted a more complete health regimen, which stressed a moderate vegetarian diet, cleanliness of person, proper sleep and exercise, and abstinence from alcoholic beverages, coffee, tea, tobacco, and foods prepared with large amounts of grease.”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg. 20

Diet Reform Prior to Ellen White’s Vision on Health: : 

Diet Reform Prior to Ellen White’s Vision on Health: William Metcalf (1788-1862), pastor of the Society of Bible Christians of Philadelphia was an enthusiastic vegetarian and, as early as 1821, the author of a booklet entitled “Abstinence From the Flesh of Animals.” After corresponding with Dr. Graham, Dr. Alcott, and others who were leading out in diet reform, he initiated a convention of diet reformers in Clinton Hall, New York, May 15, 1850, where he launched the American Vegetarian Society, with Dr. Alcott as president, William Metcalf, corresponding secretary, and Dr. R.T. Trall, recording secretary. To give the society a voice, The American Vegetarian and Health Journal was issued.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.46

Pioneers Diet Prior To Light On Health Reform: : 

Pioneers Diet Prior To Light On Health Reform: J.N. Loughborough-“I was a great lover of animal flesh as food. I wanted fat pork fried for breakfast, boiled meat for dinner, cold slices of ham or beef for supper. One of my sweetest morsels was bread well soaked in pork gravy.”-Gospel of Health, Oct.1899. “Every fall four large, fat hogs and one beef (cow) were slaughtered as winter provisions for the family. Nearly all parts of the hogs were eaten ‘except the bristles and the hoofs.’-The Story of Our Health Message, pg.24

Pioneers Diet Prior To Light On Health Reform: : 

Pioneers Diet Prior To Light On Health Reform: J.N. Andrews-“In 1863, at the age of thirty-four, Elder Andrews found himself in very poor health with a congested brain, nervous dyspepsia, catarrah, salt rheum, and suffering from periods of utter prostration.”-The Health Reformer, 1869 “Elder Andrews recognized that the foundation of this condition had been laid in his youth.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.25

Pioneers Diet Prior To Light On Health Reform Continued… : 

Pioneers Diet Prior To Light On Health Reform Continued… “I was not instructed in the principles of hygiene, for my father and mother had neither of them any just knowledge of these. I was kept from the use of tobacco, and from even tasting strong drink; but I learned almost nothing of the evils of unwholesome food-at least, of such as was common in our own family. I did not know that late suppers, and ‘hearty ones’ at that, were serious evils. I had no idea of any special transgression in eating between meals. …I supposed old cheese was good to aid digestion. …As to mince pie and sausage, I had no thought that these were unwholesome, unless too highly seasoned, or, as it termed, ‘made to rich’. Hot biscuit and butter, doughnuts, pork in every form, pickles, preserves, tea, coffee, etc., were all common use.”-The Health Reformer, 1871

Prior to 1863 Vision: : 

Prior to 1863 Vision: “Although no united move was made among Sabbath keeping Adventists in behalf of a broad health message before 1863, certain preliminary steps were taken progressively through the formative years. Tobacco, tea, and coffee were involved in the first steps of reform….The principle reason given for putting away the narcotic was that the indulgence hindered spiritual growth. It was argued that ‘religion, for its full development, demands all our mental powers…proportion to their derangement, will be the defect of their action; so that, in this sense, it may be said with truth, that the person that uses tobacco, cannot be as good a Christian as he would be without it.”-Story of Our Health Message/R&H, December 13, 1853 “Christ will have a church without spot or wrinkle or any such thing to present to His Father…We must be perfect Christians, deny ourselves all the way along, tread the narrow thorny pathway that our Jesus trod, and then if we are final overcomers, heaven, sweet heaven, will be cheap enough.”-EGW, Letter 5, 1851 “If you would stand with the Lamb on Mount Zion, you must cleanse yourself from all filthiness of flesh and spirit, and perfect holiness in the fear of God.”-R&H, April 10, 1856, by J.N. Andrews

Diet & Health in the 1800’s: : 

Diet & Health in the 1800’s: Heavy, Greasy Foods-“The diet was heavy, laden with meats (bear’s meat or hog), filled with grease, hot with condiments (native peppers or imported spices)….No one-almost no one-saw any relation between this diet and the ills of the flesh they endured….”-Origin & History of Seventh-Day Adventist, pg.335, 336 J.N. Andrews says, “I had little other idea of headache, dyspepsia, nausea, fevers, etc., than that these were things that for the most part were wholly out of our control, and that like the various phenomena of nature they were ordered by God’s hand, and man had generally no agency therein.”-The Story of Our Health Message “It is only as we picture this background of health conditions as they were a century ago, that we can truly appreciate the great advance in the knowledge of physiology, hygiene, dietetics, and therapeutics that has been made in this generation, and which is the rich heritage of those who live today. Seventh-Day Adventist, were providentially led to accept as a matter of religious principle the sound reforms in health habits-and that at a time when these health principles were not popular-and to throw their energies into the campaign of health education that time has demonstrated to be rational and progressive.”-The Story of Our Health Message

Temperance Reforms: : 

Temperance Reforms: Dr. Benjamin Rush (1746-1813), one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence in 1776, advocated that the use and sale of “ardent spirits” should be banned. Used Calomel extensively, which “gained notoriety in the U.S. during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, which was used in treating victims. So debilitating were its effects that it is likely that more yellow fever victims died at the hands of Dr. Rush than from the disease itself.”-Adventist Heritage of Health, Hope, & Healing, pg.56

Temperance Reform Continued… : 

Temperance Reform Continued… American Temperance Society, established in 1826, by co-founder, Lyman Beecher (1775-1863), who was an ardent advocate of temperance reform, (formed in hopes that “by light and love to change the habits of the nation, with regard to the use of intoxicating liquors.”)

The Importance of Physiology Taught in Schools a Necessity: : 

The Importance of Physiology Taught in Schools a Necessity: “The introduction of the teaching of physiology in the public school was one of the issues on which a long but finally successful fight was waged. In 1850 some progress was made when the legislature of Massachusetts passed a law providing for the teaching of physiology and hygiene in the public schools. The following year, however, the Committee on Education of that state was divided over the question of the purchase of anatomical diagrams…and doubts whether enough teachers could be found that were qualified to teach physiology. A minority of the committee made a logical statement in protest against the majority in this matter. They made a plea for putting the study of physiology in the very forefront of the educational curriculum. In there unsuccessful attempt to influence public opinion before it was ready for such a progressive move, they declared that the education of children was “commenced wrong, continued wrong, and ended wrong.” The religious training was deemed of prime importance, then the moral, the intellectual, and lastly the physical. They urged the complete reversal of this order of instruction, asserting that the teaching of the mechanism of their bodies would be far more effectual in directing the young minds to the Creator.”-Story of Our Health Message

Physiology Continued… : 

Physiology Continued… “The knowledge of health principles disseminated (circulated) by the printed page, by lectures by the formation of health clubs, and by teaching of children in the public schools was as leaven that, by 1863, (when Ellen white was given her vision on Health Reform) was permeating society. Thus providentially was the way prepared for the great and important instruction on health reform that would become an integral part of the religious movement then arising with its divine commission to herald to the world a message designed to prepare a people “body, and soul, and spirit” for translation to heaven at the second advent of Christ.”

Ellen White’s Comment on Physiology: : 

Ellen White’s Comment on Physiology: “A practical knowledge of the science of human life is necessary in order to glorify God in our bodies. It is therefore of the highest importance that among studies selected for childhood, physiology should occupy the first place.”-Healthful Living, pg. Chapter 2, 1897, 1898 “So closely is health related to our happiness that we cannot have the latter without the former….How few know anything about the structure and functions of their own bodies, and of nature's laws! Many are drifting about without knowledge, like a ship at sea without compass or anchor; and what is more, they are not interested to learn how to keep their bodies in a healthy condition and prevent disease.”-Counsels on Health, pg.38, 1923

Eight (8) Reasons, From the Spirit of Prophecy, the Purpose of the Health Message: : 

Eight (8) Reasons, From the Spirit of Prophecy, the Purpose of the Health Message: To Secure the Highest Possible Development To Develop a Christ like Character To Prepare or Fit a People For Translation To Restore a People Back to the Image of God To Remove Prejudice To Guard Against Evils The Entering Wedge Escape Many Dangers

(1.)To Secure the Highest Possible Development: : 

(1.)To Secure the Highest Possible Development: “Let it ever be kept before the mind that the great object of hygienic reform is to secure the highest possible development of mind and soul and body. All the laws of nature--which are the laws of God--are designed for our good. Obedience to them will promote our happiness in this life, and will aid us in a preparation for the life to come.”-Counsels on Diet & Foods, pg.23

(2.)To Develop a Christ-Like Character: : 

(2.)To Develop a Christ-Like Character: Revelation 22:4-“And they [The Redeemed] shall see His [God’s] face; and His name [Character] [shall be] in their foreheads [Frontal Lobe].” “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judiciously that which is healthful. There are few who realize as they should how much their habits of diet have to do with their health, their character, their usefulness in this world, and their eternal destiny. The appetite should ever be in subjection to the moral and intellectual powers. The body should be servant to the mind, and not the mind to the body.”-CG, pg.398 “Christ is seeking to reproduce Himself in the hearts of men…The object of the Christian life is fruit bearing--the reproduction of Christ's character in the believer, that it may be reproduced in others…The Christian is in the world as a representative of Christ, for the salvation of other souls…Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own.”-COL, pg.67-69 “True sanctification is a Bible doctrine…The followers of Christ are to become like Him--by the grace of God to form characters in harmony with the principles of His holy law. This is Bible sanctification.”-GC, pg.469

(3.)To Prepare A People For Translation: : 

(3.)To Prepare A People For Translation: “Among those who are waiting for the coming of the Lord, meat eating will eventually be done away; flesh will cease to form a part of their diet. We should ever keep this end in view, and endeavor to work steadily toward it. I cannot think that in the practice of flesh eating we are in harmony with the light which God has been pleased to give us. All who are connected with our health institutions especially should be educating themselves to subsist on fruits, grains, and vegetables. If we move from principle in these things, if we as Christian reformers educate our own taste, and bring our diet to God's plan, then we may exert an influence upon others in this matter, which will be pleasing to God.”-CD, pg.380

Continued… : 

Continued… “Those who have received instruction regarding the evils of the use of flesh foods, tea, and coffee, and rich and unhealthful food preparations, and who are determined to make a covenant with God by sacrifice, will not continue to indulge their appetite for food that they know to be unhealthful. God demands that the appetite be cleansed, and that self-denial be practiced in regard to those things which are not good. This is a work that will have to be done before His people can stand before Him a perfected people.”-CD, pg.381 “The health reform is one branch of the great work which is to fit a people for the coming of the Lord. It is as closely connected with the third angel's message as the hand is with the body.”-Counsels on Health, pg.20, 21

Why Was Meat Eating Permitted After the Flood?: : 

Why Was Meat Eating Permitted After the Flood?: “After the flood the people ate largely of animal food. God saw that the ways of man were corrupt, and that he was disposed to exalt himself proudly against his Creator and to follow the inclinations of his own heart. And He permitted that long-lived race to eat animal food to shorten their sinful lives. Soon after the flood the race began to rapidly decrease in size, and in length of years.”-CD, pg.373 “After the curse was pronounced upon the human family, God permitted man to eat flesh-meat. This He did that life might be shortened. The punishment of death has been pronounced upon the race, and the permission to eat flesh-meat was one of the means used by God to inflict this punishment.”-{PC 1.3}---Mrs.White, MS., July 15, 1901

Life Expectancy Before & After Flesh Diet: : 

Life Expectancy Before & After Flesh Diet: Before: Adam-930 years Seth-912 years Enos-905 years Jared-962 years Enoch-365 years on earth, then translated Methuselah-969 years Lamech-777 years After: Selah-433 years Serug-230 years Nahor-148 years Terah-205 years Abraham-Genesis 15:15-“…Buried in a good old age.” (175 yrs.) Normal Life Expectancy: Psalm 90:10-“The length of your years is seventy or eighty if we have the strength.”

(4.)To Restore A People Back To The Image Of God: : 

(4.)To Restore A People Back To The Image Of God: “There are conditions to be observed by all who would preserve health. All should learn what these conditions are. The Lord is not pleased with ignorance in regard to His laws, either natural or spiritual. We are to be workers together with God for the restoration of health to the body as well as to the soul. And we should teach others how to preserve and to recover health. For the sick we should use the remedies which God has provided in nature, and we should point them to Him who alone can restore. It is our work to present the sick and suffering to Christ in the arms of our faith. We should teach them to believe in the Great Healer. We should lay hold on His promise, and pray for the manifestation of His power. The very essence of the gospel is restoration…”-DA, pg.824

Before Sin: Genesis 1:26-“And God (Elohim) said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…” : 

Before Sin: Genesis 1:26-“And God (Elohim) said, Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness…” Physical, Mental, Spiritual Likeness: “When Adam came from the Creator's hand, he bore, in his physical, mental, and spiritual nature, a likeness to his Maker. "God created man in His own image", and it was His purpose that the longer man lived the more fully he should reveal this image--the more fully reflect the glory of the Creator. All his faculties were capable of development; their capacity and vigor were continually to increase.”-Education, pg.15 Reflected Creator’s Glory: “Created to be "the image and glory of God", Adam and Eve had received endowments not unworthy of their high destiny. Graceful and symmetrical in form, regular and beautiful in feature, their countenances glowing with the tint of health and the light of joy and hope, they bore in outward resemblance the likeness of their Maker. Nor was this likeness manifest in the physical nature only. Every faculty of mind and soul reflected the Creator's glory. Endowed with high mental and spiritual gifts, Adam and Eve were made but "little lower than the angels", that they might not only discern the wonders of the visible universe, but comprehend moral responsibilities and obligations.”-ED, pg.20

Before Sin Continued… : 

Before Sin Continued… In Outward Resemblance and Character: “Man was to bear God's image, both in outward resemblance and in character. Christ alone is "the express image" of the Father; but man was formed in the likeness of God. His nature was in harmony with the will of God. His mind was capable of comprehending divine things. His affections were pure; his appetites and passions were under the control of reason. He was holy and happy in bearing the image of God and in perfect obedience to His will.”-Patriarchs & prophets, pg.45

After Sin: Genesis 5:3-“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image…” : 

After Sin: Genesis 5:3-“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image…” Divine Likeness Marred: “Through sin the divine likeness was marred, and well-nigh obliterated. Man's physical powers were weakened, his mental capacity was lessened, his spiritual vision dimmed.”-Education, pg.15 The Deterioration of Man: “The days of man would be shortened by his own course of sin; he would deteriorate in physical stature and endurance and in moral and intellectual power, until the world would be filled with misery of every type.”-PP, pg.68

God’s Plan For Man’s Restoration: : 

God’s Plan For Man’s Restoration: Genesis 3:15-Immedietly following man’s disobedience, God made known to him a plan for his restoration. The Divine Purpose: “To restore in man the image of his Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind, and soul, that the divine purpose in his creation might be realized--this was to be the work of redemption. This is the object of education, the great object of life.”-ED, pg.15, 16 Matthew 9:35-Christ gave complete ministry of restoration: mental, spiritual, & physical.

God’s Plan Continued… : 

God’s Plan Continued… Christ’s Mission: “It was His mission to bring to men complete restoration; He came to give them health and peace and perfection of character.”-MH, pg.17 “The Saviour made each work of healing an occasion for implanting divine principles in the mind and soul. This was the purpose of His work. He imparted earthly blessings, that He might incline the hearts of men to receive the gospel of His grace.”-MH, pg.20 Matthew 9:2-7: The man sick of palsy-an example of complete restoration. Complete Restoration: “The paralytic found in Christ healing for both the soul and the body. He needed health of soul before he could appreciate health of body. Before the physical malady could be healed, Christ must bring relief to the mind, and cleanse the soul from sin.”-MH, pg.77 “Many of those who came to Christ for help had brought disease upon themselves, yet He did not refuse to heal them. And when virtue from Him entered into these souls, they were convicted of sin, and many were healed of their spiritual disease as well as of their physical maladies.”-MH, pg.73

Image of People at the Time of Christ: : 

Image of People at the Time of Christ: “The deception of sin had reached its height. All the agencies for depraving the souls of men had been put in operation. The Son of God, looking upon the world, beheld suffering and misery. With pity He saw how men had become victims of satanic cruelty. He looked with compassion upon those who were being corrupted, murdered, and lost. They had chosen a ruler who chained them to his car as captives. Bewildered and deceived, they were moving on in gloomy procession toward eternal ruin,--to death in which is no hope of life, toward night to which comes no morning. Satanic agencies were incorporated with men. The bodies of human beings, made for the dwelling place of God, had become the habitation of demons. The senses, the nerves, the passions, the organs of men, were worked by supernatural agencies in the indulgence of the vilest lust. The very stamp of demons was impressed upon the countenances of men. Human faces reflected the expression of the legions of evil with which they were possessed. Such was the prospect upon which the world's Redeemer looked. What a spectacle for Infinite Purity to behold!”-Desire of Ages, pg.36

(5.)To Remove Prejudice: : 

(5.)To Remove Prejudice: “Much of the prejudice that prevents the truth of the third angel's message from reaching the hearts of the people, might be removed if more attention were given to health reform. When people become interested in this subject, the way is often prepared for the entrance of other truths. If they see that we are intelligent with regard to health, they will be more ready to believe that we are sound in Bible doctrines.”-Counsels on Diet & Foods, pg.76

(6.)To Guard Against Evils: : 

(6.)To Guard Against Evils: “It was in love that our heavenly Father sent the light of health reform to guard against the evils that result from unrestrained indulgence of appetite.”-Counsels on Diet & Foods, pg.243 “Our heavenly Father sent the light of health reform to guard against the evils resulting from a debased appetite, that those who love purity and holiness may know how to use with discretion the good things He has provided for them, and that by exercising temperance in daily life, they may be sanctified through the truth.”-Counsels on Health, pg.120

(7.)The Entering Wedge: : 

(7.)The Entering Wedge: “Wherever an interest is awakened, the people are to be taught the principles of health reform. If this line of work is brought in, it will be the entering wedge for the work of presenting truth.”-Counsels on Health, pg.495

(8.)Escape Many Dangers: : 

(8.)Escape Many Dangers: “God has permitted the light of health reform to shine upon us in these last days, that by walking in the light we may escape many dangers to which we will be exposed.”-3T, pg.561

Methods Of Healing Prior To God’s Method Recognized by Seventh-Day Adventist: : 

Methods Of Healing Prior To God’s Method Recognized by Seventh-Day Adventist: Bleeding (President George Washington) Purging Poisoning (Calomel, Blue Mass, & sundry other poisons) When a person had a fever back in the 1850’s, the doctors thought he had too much vitality, so, by these three methods they would attempt to lesson the person’s life (vitality). In the mid-1800’s, early death was the rule rather than the exception.

Health & Medicine in the 1800’s: : 

Health & Medicine in the 1800’s: “At the time the Adventist Church was going through it’s birthing pains, life expectancy in the United States was less than forty years. Sickness and premature death were a standard part of life. Mary Kellogg, the first wife of John Preston Kellogg,…died from consumption at an early age. Her death occurred shortly after the birth of her fifth child. J.N. Loughborough, an early Adventist minister, recalled how at the age of eight he witnessed his father, afflicted with typhoid fever, being denied any fresh air or cool water while being lovingly poisoned to death with drugs. Nor where James and Ellen White spared. In 1860, their youngest son, Herbert, died just short of being three-months-old. Three years later, their eldest son Henry,, passed away at the tender age of sixteen.”-Adventist Heritage of Health, Hope, & Healing, pg.46

Health & Medicine in the 1800’s Continued…: : 

Health & Medicine in the 1800’s Continued…: “…Some knowledge of the difficulties and limitations faced by medical practitioners of those days, and the general ignorance of basic health principles, is necessary, in order to appreciate the value of the specific instruction on health given to Mrs. White in 1863.”-A call to Personal Ministry, pg.111 “The days of our fathers were days of many afflictions. They were smitten with sore diseases, described as lung fever, consumption, fever, and ague, scrofula, salt rheum, diphtheria, typhoid, cholera, rheumatism, indigestion, catarrh, and so forth. For relief their physicians gave them calomel, strychnin, mercury, ipecac, nux vomica, opium, Peruvian bark, alcohol, and tobacco. They forbade them water internally or externally, bled them, and on occasion sawed them asunder. Baths were accounted hazardous; children were sometimes ‘sewed up’ for the season in their winter clothing; and except for the old swimming hole or, with the extremely fastidious, the weekly wash-off in the old wooden tub by the kitchen stove, ablutions were reckoned a part of the unnecessary sorrows.”-Origin & History of Seventh-Day Adventists, Vol.1, pg.335

Health Conditions in the United States in the 1800’s: : 

Health Conditions in the United States in the 1800’s: Polluted water supplies. Unsanitary means of sewage disposal. Unhygienic methods of food preparation and transport. No control over mosquitoes, flies, and other insect vectors. Rooms were shuttered tight at night because of a fear of night air. Sunlight was shunned. Women’s dresses dragged in the filth of city streets. Babies clung to the filth laden hems of their mother’s garments or crawled on grimy germ-laden floors. Women of high fashion wore the wasp-waist dress, effectively constricting their abdominal organs. Men chewed and spit tobacco everywhere. The work of Pasteur and Robert Koch that formed the foundation for the germ-theory of disease lay 30 years in the future.

Diseases that Effected America in the 1800’s: : 

Diseases that Effected America in the 1800’s: Malaria-the most common and significant endemic disease in the early 19th century. Diarrheal diseases, especially dysentary-characterized by fever, cramps, and a bloody, mucous diarrhea. Respiratory diseases, namely pneumonia, influenza, & tuberculosis-one quarter of the adult population in the U.S. died from TB. Plagues of typhoid & smallpox struck communities with such abruptness and high mortality that the effects can only be compared to modern warfare in the 20th century. Cholera-The most devastating. Major epidemics occurred in 1832, 1849-1854, and 1866. In the 1854 epidemic in NYC, on at least two occasions the morning shift physicians discovered that during the night not only had all the patients on the cholera ward died, but so had all the nurses treating them.

Diseases that Effected America in the 1800’s Continued…: : 

Diseases that Effected America in the 1800’s Continued…: Yellow Fever & Diphtheria: “Between 1800 and 1879, major outbreaks of yellow fever appeared every year except two. In the devastating epidemic of 1793 that hit Philadelphia, 4,000 out of 27,000 residents died. The magnitude of the destruction caused by this outbreak was particularly frightening since Philadelphia was the capital of the U.S. at the time and many government officials actually fled the city. Diphtheria was the bane of children. It is characterized by a severe sore throat and the formation of a membrane across the larynx that causes suffocation. Often several children in the same family would die during epidemic. Serious illness was thus a major part of the lives of Americans. Even the most rudimentary understanding of infection was lacking as physicians knew nothing of the role bacteria or viruses as casual agents. They were unable to diagnose most diseases and could only try to treat symptoms. The belief in disease being either a punishment of God or an affliction from Satan had carried over from the Dark Ages. Not knowing any other cause for her husband’s sickness, Ellen blamed James’ bout with cholera on Satan’s efforts to hinder the work. The same reasoning was exhibited when Edson contracted the same disease. ‘We believed the affliction of the child was the work of Satan, to hinder us from traveling’ (in evangelistic efforts.)”-Adventist Heritage, pg.52

Influence of Greek Thought on Western Medicine: : 

Influence of Greek Thought on Western Medicine: “Greek mythology…played a critical role in the development of the healing arts. Aesculapius was the Greek god of healing. The Aesculapian staff consisting of a serpent entwined around a wooden walking stick is reminiscent of Moses holding up the brazen serpent in the desert. In worship to Aesculapius, temples sprang up all over Greece.”

Drug “Medicines” of the 1800’s,Writings reveal that the free use of poisonous drugs was condemned. Amongst these were opium, aresenic, calomel, strychnin, mercury, asafoetida, prussic acid, caustic, ipecacuanha, laudanum, and elaterium, of these drugs it was said: : 

Drug “Medicines” of the 1800’s,Writings reveal that the free use of poisonous drugs was condemned. Amongst these were opium, aresenic, calomel, strychnin, mercury, asafoetida, prussic acid, caustic, ipecacuanha, laudanum, and elaterium, of these drugs it was said: They had no restorative power. Did not cure disease. Changed the form and location of the disease. Interfered with nature’s work of recovery. Worked great harm at a later period. Many suffered life-long illness. Created habits and appetites that ruin body and soul. Acted a part in laying a foundation for the liquor and other drug habits. Were a curse to society. Caused death. “Nothing should be put into the human system that will leave a baleful [deadly] influence behind.”-Medical Ministry, pg. 228 “The simplest remedies may assist nature, and leave no baleful effects after their use.”-Letter 82, 1897 (To Dr. J.H. Kellogg).

Use of Poisonous Drugs: : 

Use of Poisonous Drugs: “Two categories of drugs were used: emetics which induced vomiting, and cathartics or purgatives, that worked as powerful laxatives.” Calomel-a chloride of mercury to cleanse the bowels. Tartar Emetic-produced vomiting. In large doses, it lowered the pulse & body temperature. It was a lethal poision. Nitre or Salt-peter-depressed the heartbeat & was a deadly poison. “One can only imagine the debilitating and dehydrating effects such potent drugs had on a patient. Once the body had been cleansed of excessive fluids and the fever was reduced, tonics were administered with the purpose of building up the system through improved appetite and good digestion. One of the most popular tonics was arsenic. After the Civil War it was replaced by quinine and later strychnine. The most important tonic though and probably the most medicinal agent was beverage alcohol, almost always in the form of whiskey or brandy. Alcohol was used in both acute and chronic diseases, foremost among the former being typhoid and pneumonia. Then there were the analgesics of which opium and its alkaloid, morphine, were the most important. Opium was used by physicians in every conceivable illness. It was probably the most common treatment for diarrhea but physicians also prescribed it for fevers, inflammations, and aches and pains of all kinds. In 1888, a survey indicated that opium was in 14 percent of all prescriptions written…Before the Civil War, a Dr. Worthington Hooker wrote that ‘opium…is the most important of all drugs that are employed in the treatment of disease.’”-Adventist Heritage of Health, Hope, & Healing, pg.57

Drugs (medicines) Do Not Cure Disease: : 

Drugs (medicines) Do Not Cure Disease: Jeremiah 46:11-“In vain shalt thou use many medicines, for thou shalt not be cured. Galatians 5:19, 20 (Witchcraft/Greek meaning, Pharmakeia-medication, (pharmacy), magic, sorcery.) Same word used in three places in Revelation, as works of the flesh. Pharmakeia-The use or the administering of drugs. Poisioning, sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it. Revelation 18:23, Sorceries (pharmakeia) were all nations deceived. Revelation 21:8, talks about the second death, sorcerers (pharmakeia). Revelation 22:15, Sorcerers (pharmakeia) not having a right to the Tree of Life. 1 Samuel 15:23-Witchcraft is idolatry. Idolatry is the worship of the created (sun, moon, stars, or demons, angels, men, and animals) instead of the Creator.

Influence of Greek Thought on Western Medicine Continued…: : 

Influence of Greek Thought on Western Medicine Continued…: “Among the Greek physicians who engraved their mark on the annals of Western history was Pythagoras of Pythagorean Theory fame. He applied mathematical rules to the progression of diseases. Empedocles, one of his students, laid the foundation for the humoral system of medicine which dominated Western medical teachings for 2000 years. This concept taught that the four basic elements of the world-fire, earth, water, and air-had definite qualities of hot, cold, moist, and dry. These elements recurred in the body in the form of four fluids-blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile. Disease resulted when these four elements or humours were out of balance. The work of the physician was to restore the balance of these humours in the body and thus bring about healing.”

Introduction of Bleeding As a Panacea for Disease: : 

Introduction of Bleeding As a Panacea for Disease: “Remember the Greeks taught that an imbalance of the humours lead to illness. It was thought that the four humours (blood, phlegmm yellow bile, and black bile) were somehow intermingled or connected, possibly through tubes. Since blood was the fluid most available, it was believed that by removing any ‘excess blood’ balance could be restored among the humours. Thus began the practice of bloodletting or bleeding. This practice became a panacea for treating almost every disease and dominated Western medical thought well into the 1800’s.” On average the adult human body contains about five liters or one and a quarter gallons of blood.

President George Washington & Bleeding As A Cure: : 

President George Washington & Bleeding As A Cure: “…George Washington was stricken with a sickness that…proved fatal…He sent-not for a physician-but for a bleeder, who took from his veins about 14 ounces of blood. The next morning the family physician was called, who, discovering the case to be highly alarming, called two other doctors for consultation. While waiting for them, he directed a second copious bleeding. Upon the arrival of the first consultants in the afternoon, it was agreed ‘to try the result of another bleeding, when about 32 ounces of blood were drawn, without the slightest alleviation of the disease. The debilitating treatment was supplemented by the application of blisters, the administration of Calomel, repeated doses of tartar emetic, and frequent inhalations of ‘vapors of vinegar and water.’-Story of Our Health Message, pg.13 “…Some 80 ounces of blood had been removed in 12 hours. This was equal to about 35% of the total blood in his body.”-Adventist Heritage of Health, Hope, & Healing, pg. 55

Considering the times, one can understand why Ellen White wrote so vehemently against drug therapy: : 

Considering the times, one can understand why Ellen White wrote so vehemently against drug therapy: “I was shown that the innocent, modest-looking, white poppy yields a dangerous drug. Opium is a slow poison, when taken in small quantities. In large doses it produces lethargy and death. Its effects upon the nervous system are ruinous. When patients use this drug until it becomes habit, it is almost impossible to discontinue it…The opium slave is in a pitiful condition. Unless his nervous system is continually intoxicated with the poisonous drug, he is miserable. It benumbs the sensibilities, stupefies the brain, and unfits the mind for the service of God. True Christians cannot persist in the use of this slow poison, when they know its influence upon them. …God is displeased that his followers should become slaves to habits which ruin body and mind. Nux vomica, or strychnine, and opium have killed their millions, and have left thousands upon the earth to linger out a wretched, suffering existence, a burden to themselves, and those around them. Mercury, calomel, and quinine have brought their amount of wretchedness, which the day of God alone will fully reveal. Preparations of mercury and calomel taken into the system ever retain their poisonous strength as long as there is a particle of it left in the system. These poisonous preparations have destroyed their millions, and left sufferers upon the earth to linger out a miserable existence. All are better off without these dangerous mixtures. Miserable sufferers, with disease in almost every form, mis-shapen by suffering, with dreadful ulcers, and pains in the bones, loss of teeth, loss of memory, and impaired sight, are to be seen almost every where. They are victims of poisonous preparations, which have been, in many cases, administered to cure some slight indisposition, which after a day or two of fasting would have disappeared without medicine. But poisonous mixtures, administered by physicians, have proved their ruin. …God's servants should not administer medicines which they know will leave behind injurious effects upon the system, even if they do relieve present suffering.”-Spiritual Gifts, Vol.4, pg.138-140

God’s Three Priorities:“The Great Visions of Ellen G. White”, Chapter 7 : 

God’s Three Priorities:“The Great Visions of Ellen G. White”, Chapter 7 “God had His priorities in the timely introduction of His special health messages to the group that would become known as Seventh-day Adventists. As we survey the topical content of Ellen White's visions during approximately the first 20 years of her ministry, three identifiable categories emerge—one in each of the three successive decades here represented. (1.) The first vision was given on an unknown day in December 1844. During the balance of the 1840s—especially during 1848-1850—the predominant emphasis and focus of vision content appear to have been the sorting out and developing of a doctrinal framework of the Seventh-day Adventist belief system of “present truth,” as our pioneers were wont to call it. And not without good reason, for on October 23, 1844, the first day of the Great Disappointment of the Millerites, they had neither message nor audience. It would take no little time of intensive Bible study and reflection before they would have a coherent understanding of (a) the meaning of their disappointment, (b) the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 (especially the third), and (c) a rational justification for a renewed emphasis upon evangelism among unbelievers. Particularly during 1848-1850 their study tended to crystalize into a somewhat formal structure of doctrinal beliefs, aided and abetted as by a series of “Sabbath Conferences"—six in 1848, six in 1849, and 10 in 1850—held in New York and New England. By December 13, 1850, Ellen White could finally write, “We know that we [now] have the truth.”

God’s Three Priorities:“The Great Visions of Ellen G. White”, Chapter 7 Continued… : 

God’s Three Priorities:“The Great Visions of Ellen G. White”, Chapter 7 Continued… (2.) Then God moved to His second priority for the 1850s, the organization of His “remnant” church. Exactly 11 days later, on December 24, 1850, Ellen received her first vision upon this important, necessary subject. Given the substantial impediments that would have to be overcome, it would take a full decade before organization would become a reality. Finally, in 1860 the first steps in organization were taken: (1) the organization of the “first legally organized” church at Parkville, Michigan, on May 13, 3 (2) the adoption of the corporate name “Seventh-day Adventist,” on October 1, 4 and (3) the subsequent organization of the first Seventh-day Adventist institution, the Advent Review Publishing Association, in Battle Creek that same day. Within the next two years some eight local (state) conferences would be created, culminating in the organization of the General Conference itself on May 21, 1863.

God’s Three Priorities:“The Great Visions of Ellen G. White”, Chapter 7 Continued… : 

God’s Three Priorities:“The Great Visions of Ellen G. White”, Chapter 7 Continued… (3.) With organization now well on its way, the Lord could now turn His attention more directly and fully to His third priority, the development of a health emphasis (quickly to be dubbed the “health message”) among Seventh-day Adventists. Significantly, a mere 16 days after the formal organization of the General Conference, in early June, 1863, Ellen White received her first major health reform vision: “It was at the house of Brother A. Hilliard, at Otsego, Michigan, on June 6, 1863, that the great subject of health reform was opened before me in vision.”

Brother Aaron Hilliard’s HomeOtsego, Michigan, 1863 : 

Brother Aaron Hilliard’s HomeOtsego, Michigan, 1863

Background of the Vision: : 

Background of the Vision: “In the autumn of 1848 her angel instructed her that tea, coffee, and tobacco were injurious, even life-threatening. And on February 12, 1854, she was told that (1) adultery was a serious problem in her church, (2) there was a physically dangerous lack of bodily cleanliness among Sabbathkeepers, and (3) control of appetite was sorely needed among them. But now, on Friday, June 5, 1863, there came the first major vision dealing with health concerns. (Although the calendar read June 5, Ellen dated her vision June 6, since it came after the beginning of the Sabbath at sunset. She apparently preferred to emphasize sacred rather than civil time.) What brought the Whites to Otsego, some 25 miles northwest of Battle Creek, that memorable weekend? There were at least two reasons: James White, though still but two months shy of his forty-second birthday, was suffering signs of what we today would call “burnout,” largely from “constant and excessive labor.” Perhaps the couple both thought a weekend excursion in a rural setting would tend to revive his flagging spirits. Also, R. J. Lawrence and M. E. Cornell were conducting an evangelistic tent campaign at Otsego. “Three or four carriage loads” of people drove up on Friday as a show of moral support. Included in the visiting company were George and Martha Amadon. George, 31, was at this time editor of the Youth's Instructor. Martha, 29, who had married George three years earlier, was the daughter of John Byington, elected two weeks previously as first president of the General Conference. We are indebted to Martha for an eyewitness account of what happened next—even if she had to “peek” during the prayer!”-The Great Visions of Ellen G. White, pg.92

Ellen White’s Vision Given Regarding Health Reform:June 6, 1863 in Ostego, MichiganMrs. Martha D. Amadon eye witness account: : 

Ellen White’s Vision Given Regarding Health Reform:June 6, 1863 in Ostego, MichiganMrs. Martha D. Amadon eye witness account: “Friday evening we found ourselves all assembled at Brother Hilliard's for family worship, about a dozen being present. A chapter was read and Sister White led in prayer, Brother White kneeling across the corner from her. Her burden in prayer was for him, and as she prayed, while still on her knees, she moved over to his side, laid her hands on his shoulders, and prayed until she was taken in vision. This lasted for about three quarters of an hour. “At this time she was given the light on the health reform. Brother White was also greatly blessed and encouraged, and he was relieved of the burden of discouragement that he had been carrying.”

Ellen White’s Vision Given Regarding Health Reform:June 6, 1863 in Ostego, MichiganMrs. Martha D. Amadon eye witness account Continued…: : 

Ellen White’s Vision Given Regarding Health Reform:June 6, 1863 in Ostego, MichiganMrs. Martha D. Amadon eye witness account Continued…: An initial, partial account of the specific content of this significant vision was written down by Ellen shortly after it was received. About two thirds of the document was counsel given specifically to alleviate James White's deteriorated state of health; the remaining third consisted of general counsels for the church. In the summer of 1864, however, Ellen White wrote a more complete account of the instruction given her (this time generally omitting personal family counsels). In print it fills some 30 pages, in chapter 39 (“Health”), of Spiritual Gifts, book 4. Some 10 categories of counsel are covered in this comprehensive account of this vision.”

“Part of the Ostego vision had been devoted to specific counsel to James and Ellen relative to their own health problems.” : 

“Part of the Ostego vision had been devoted to specific counsel to James and Ellen relative to their own health problems.” Ellen White & James White got their “toes stepped on as well”. All this was not accomplished without a struggle. Mrs. White, until now a great meat eater, at first could not persuade her stomach to tolerate bread in its place. But persistence paid off; soon “plain food” was “enjoyed with keen relish.” Intemperate labors in speaking and writing. James was not to let his mind dwell on the uncooperativeness of some of his associates. Gloomy thoughts were having an adverse effect on him physically. Ellen had to reform the family diet. Two meals per day-at 7am & 1pm-were instituted. Whole wheat bread, fruit, and vegetables replaced the flesh foods upon which they had depended so heavily.-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.109

Ellen White & The Dietetic Changes She Had to Make: : 

Ellen White & The Dietetic Changes She Had to Make: “…When we adopt the health reform we should adopt it from a sense of duty, not because somebody else has adopted it. I have not changed my course a particle since I adopted the health reform. I have not taken one step back since the light from heaven upon this subject first shone upon my pathway. I broke away from everything at once,--from meat and butter, and from three meals,--and that while engaged in exhaustive brain labor, writing from early morning till sundown. I came down to two meals a day without changing my labor. I have been a great sufferer from disease, having had five shocks of paralysis. I have been with my left arm bound to my side for months because the pain in my heart was so great. When making these changes in my diet, I refused to yield to taste and let that govern me. Shall that stand in the way of my securing greater strength, that I may therewith glorify my Lord? Shall that stand in my way for a moment? Never! I suffered keen hunger. I was a great meat eater. But when faint, I placed my arms across my stomach and said: "I will not taste a morsel. I will eat simple food, or I will not eat at all." Bread was distasteful to me. I could seldom eat a piece as large as a dollar. Some things in the reform I could get along with very well, but when I came to the bread I was especially set against it. When I made these changes I had a special battle to fight. The first two or three meals, I could not eat. I said to my stomach: "You may wait until you can eat bread." In a little while I could eat bread, and graham bread, too. This I could not eat before; but now it tastes good, and I have had no loss of appetite.”-2T, pg.371, 372

Otsego, Michigan Vision: : 

Otsego, Michigan Vision: “The outstanding feature of the vision was the presentation to Mrs. White of the relation between physical welfare and spiritual health, or holiness. Upon her and her husband was placed the responsibility of leading out in educating the people who were preparing for eternal life, regarding the reforms they should make in daily living.-Story of Our Health Message, pg.78 Mrs. White wrote: “I saw that it was a sacred duty to attend to our health, and arouse others to their duty….We have a duty to speak, to come out against intemperance of every kind-intemperance in working, in eating, in drinking, in drugging-and then point them to God’s great medicine: water, pure soft water, for diseases, for health, for cleanliness, for luxury….I saw that we should not be silent upon the subject of health, but should wake up minds to the subject.”-E.G. White Letter 4, 1863

10-Components of the Comprehensive Health Vision: : 

10-Components of the Comprehensive Health Vision: (1.) Care of Health is a Religious Duty. (2.) The Cause of Disease is a Violation of Health Laws. (3.) Intemperance in Every Form is to be Shunned. (4.) Vegetarianism is the Ideal Diet. (5.) Regularity in Eating Habits. (6.) The Role of the Mind in Sickness and Health. (7.) Natural Remedies in Healing. (8.) Personal Cleanliness. (9.) Environmental Concerns. (10.) Health Education by the Church.

The Ten Categories of Counsel: : 

The Ten Categories of Counsel: (1.) “I saw that it was a sacred duty to attend to our health, and arouse others to their duty. The body, which God calls His temple, should be preserved in as healthy a condition as possible.” She made it clear, however, that man earns nothing toward eternal life, by way of salvation, by following health principles. It is only after “man has done all in his power to insure health,” by various measures, that “then he is saved alone by a miracle of God's mercy. . . . [Only] then will he be benefited with the atonement of Christ.” (2.) “Many are living in violation of the laws of health, and are ignorant of the relation their habits of eating, drinking, and working sustain to their health.” (3.) “True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful and to use judiciously that which is healthful.” (4.) “God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature be taken.” (5.) “Indulging in eating too frequently, and in to large quantities, over-taxes the digestive organs, and produces a feverish state of the system. The blood becomes impure, and then diseases of various kinds occur.”

The Ten Categories of Counsel Continued…: : 

The Ten Categories of Counsel Continued…: (6.) “There is a class of invalids who have no real located disease. But as they believe they are dangerously diseased, they are in reality invalids. The mind is diseased, and many die who might recover of disease, which exists alone in the imagination.” (7.) “Drugs never cure disease…Nature alone has curative powers.” (8.) “I have been shown that a great amount of suffering might be saved if all would labor to prevent disease, by strictly obeying the laws of health. Strict habits of cleanliness should be observed.” (9.) “Every family that prizes health should cleanse their houses and their premises of all decaying substances.” (10.) “I saw that it was a sacred duty to attend to our health and to arouse others to their duty.”

Ten (10)-Laws: : 

Ten (10)-Laws: Ten laws of life designed to preserve and protect the human mechanism. God gave ten commandments to ancient Israel in the desert, so He gave ten principles for healthy living to the Adventist church in its early wilderness experience. Also, compare the basic tenets of the Mosaic Health Code.

Ten (10)-Laws Continued…: : 

Ten (10)-Laws Continued…: “The transgression of physical law is the transgression of God's law. Our Creator is Jesus Christ. He is the author of our being. He has created the human structure. He is the author of physical laws, as He is the author of the moral law. And the human being who is careless and reckless of the habits and practices that concern his physical life and health, sins against God. Many who profess to love Jesus Christ do not show proper reverence and respect for Him who gave His life to save them from eternal death. He is not reverenced, or respected, or recognized. This is shown by the injury done to their own bodies in violation of the laws of their being.”-CD, Pg.43

Health Vision Continued: : 

Health Vision Continued: “The greatest value of the revelation lay not primarily in the enunciation of correct health principles. There were by 1863 various persons who were teaching reforms in living and in the care of the sick. The outstanding contribution of the instruction that came through the Testimonies is the recognition that it is a part of religious duty to care for the body temple.”-Our Health Message, pg.79 Elder J.H. Waggoner- “We do not profess to be pioneers in the general principles of health reform. The facts on which this movement is based have been elaborated, in a great measure, by reformers, physicians, and writers on physiology and hygiene, and so may be found scattered through the land. But we do claim that by the method of God’s choice it has been more clearly and powerfully unfolded, and is thereby producing an effect which we could not have looked for from any other means. As mere physiological and hygienic truths, they might be studied by some at their leisure, and by others laid aside as of little consequence; but when placed on a level with the great truths of the third angel’s message by the sanction and authority of God’s Spirit, and so declared to be the means whereby a weak people may be made strong to overcome, and our diseased bodies cleansed and fitted for translation, then it comes to us as an essential part of present truth, to be received with the blessing of God, or rejected at our peril.”-R&H, August 7, 1866

Remarks by Dr. H.S. Lay, The First Head Physician of the “Western Health Reform Institute”: : 

Remarks by Dr. H.S. Lay, The First Head Physician of the “Western Health Reform Institute”: Dr. H.S. Lay was one of the five members of the medical staff at Dansville. Ellen White wrote: “God in His providence had directed the course of Dr. H. S. Lay to Dansville, that he might there obtain an experience he would not otherwise have had, for He had a work for him to do in the health reform…”-1T, pg.490, 491 “About two weeks after the vision Mrs. White was visiting in Allegan, Michigan, where lived a Seventh-Day Adventist physician who for some years had practiced medicine. During a ride with this Dr. H.S. Lay, Mrs. White related to him some of the principles pertaining to health as she had seen them. A few days later, at his home, the doctor asked her to relate that portion of the vision more fully. Regarding this interview, her son, W.C. White, who was present wrote: ‘Although the time was propitious, mother responded very reluctantly to this request. She said that she was not familiar with medical language, and that much of the matter presented to her was so different from the commonly accepted views that she feared she could not relate it so that it would be understood. Dr. Lay pleaded, ‘tell us what you have been shown, and see if we can understand it.’ Then mother told in simple language what she had seen….This conversation in Dr. Lay’s home continued for two hours. It covered comprehensively the fundamentals of the great truths that have led to our health reform movement. Dr. Lay was profoundly impressed by the factual accuracy of the principles of physiology, hygiene, diet, and therapeutics that lay at the foundation of what Mrs. White related as having been shown her in vision. He knew that her knowledge of these principles had not been acquired from human sources of information.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.82, 83 “Under divine guidance she took these revealed truths and wrought them into the warp and woof of the advent message as an aid to attaining that holiness of character to which those are called who expect to be translated at the coming of Jesus Christ.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.85

After the 1863 Health Reform Vision: : 

After the 1863 Health Reform Vision: “During the latter part of that year Mrs. White’s life was crowded with literary activity. She was endeavoring to complete the third and fourth volumes of Spiritual Gifts. At Battle Creek there were many demands upon her time and energies, and she longed for a place of quiet where she could write without constant interruptions. In August the White family left their home for a visit among churches in the eastern states, and plans were laid for retirement during the winter months in order that Mrs. White might give herself whole-heartedly to her literary work….At Topsham, Maine” [their plans became thwarted.]-Our Health Message, pg.86

Ellen White & Natural Remedies, Ellen White Understood Loss: : 

Ellen White & Natural Remedies, Ellen White Understood Loss: Fall of 1863-Henry (Whites firstborn son) stricken with pneumonia. “Conventional treatment by trusted local physician proved unavailing. The boy died.” 16 years old, 1847-1863, He was laid to rest in Battle Creek at the Oak Hill Cemetery. 1864-Willie White, youngest son, contracted pneumonia. “This time James and Ellen White decided to try simple water treatments rather than rely on a drug-prescribing doctor. For five days they battled. Willie’s life hung in the balance…the exhausted mother…fell into a quiet sleep and received a reassuring dream. Willie would recover. He needed fresh air as she had before she could sleep. Upon awakening she followed what she considered divine promptings. Willie did recover…she found that natural agencies…proved very effective.”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.109

After the 1863 Health Reform Vision Given to Ellen White Continued…: : 

After the 1863 Health Reform Vision Given to Ellen White Continued…: “As with the Seventh-Day Sabbath and the heavenly sanctuary, the health reform vision did not reveal an entirely new and unique viewpoint. All the major points emphasized had been discovered by persons like Graham, Coles, and Trall. The vision did convey to Seventh-Day Adventists the divine approval of natural remedies over drugs and of a balanced health program including diet, exercise, fresh air, rest, sunshine, and the curative powers of water….Ellen White was eager to share the ideas revealed at Ostego as she traveled throughout Michigan, New York, and New England that summer of 1863. Soon observant listeners began commenting on the similarities between her views on health and the ideas expressed in books by Drs. Trall, Jackson, and others. She was asked if she had read Jackson’s paper The Laws of Life or any of the major health reform treatises. ‘No!’ Ellen replied. Nor did she intend to until she had written out the major ideas seen in vision. She was determined that no one would say ‘that I had received my light upon the subject of health from physicians and not from the Lord.”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.108

Mrs. White’s First Published Health Publication: : 

Mrs. White’s First Published Health Publication: “An Appeal to Mothers, The Great Cause of the Physical, Mental, and Moral Ruin of many of the Children of Our Time”, 1864, 34 page pamphlet-“In the pamphlet is found the first published statement from Mrs. White showing the relation of diet to the spiritual life and advocating a return to the Edenic diet. Mothers were urged to show their children that ‘we make a great account of health, and that they should not violate its laws.’ Instead of wearing themselves out by cooking elaborate dishes and preparing food to tempt the appetite they should rather adopt a ‘plain, nourishing diet,’ which would not require so great an amount of labor. And it is significant to note that in making her first appeal for a return to God’s original plan for man’s diet, she laid down a principle of deeper import than the mere preservation of health. ‘In order to strengthen in them the moral perceptions, the love of spiritual things, we must regulate the manner of our living, dispense with animal food, and use grains, vegetables, and fruits, as articles of food.’”-An Appeal to Mothers, pg. 19, 20/Story of Our Health Message, pg.90

“Spiritual Gifts, Volume 4”: : 

“Spiritual Gifts, Volume 4”: “It was not long before the effects of the instruction on health as published by Mrs. White in Spiritual Gifts, Volume 4, began to be seen. In those days counsel from the Spirit of Prophecy was eagerly received. Her books or pamphlets, as they came from the press from time to time, were not large and soon found their way into nearly all Seventh-Day Adventist homes. An intimation of the eagerness with which the new volumes were received is seen in an announcement: ‘The call for Spiritual Gifts is so great that we are unable to fill orders as soon as they are received. We have two binders at work, but today have not a single copy in the office.’”- R&H, August 23, 1864, Story of Our Health Message, pg.93

The White’s First Visit to Dansville: : 

The White’s First Visit to Dansville: “In the letter written in 1863 to Dr. J.C. Jackson of Dansville, New York, soon after the instruction in regard to health reform was given to Mrs. White in vision, Elder James White had not only asked him for health literature, but suggested a visit to his medical institution in order to observe his methods of treating the sick….The proposed visit to Dansville was postponed for over a year, and was not made until after Mrs. White had completed the writing of Spiritual Gifts, Volume 4.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.98 [After Ellen White “had sketched out the major points of health reform, the Whites were ready to visit Dansville, New York, to observe the reforms being practiced there in Dr. Jackson’s ‘Our Home on the Hillside’….The White’s spent three weeks at Dansville…they…listened to Jackson’s health lectures, observed the variety of baths and packs prescribed, and tasted the hygienic food served…The White’s did not endorse the entire program at Dansville. The dances, card-playing, and amateur theatricals which formed a large part of Dr. Jackson’s recreational program seemed too ‘worldly’. ‘Those with religious principles’, Ellen wrote later ‘must carry along with them at all times the gospel sieve and sift everything they hear that they may choose the good and refuse the bad.’ Upon their return to Battle Creek the White’s began preparing a series of six pamphlets entitled Health or How to Live (1865 became a book, originally articles in the R&H). Each contained an article from Ellen’s pen devoted to a specific topic: diet, water treatments, the dangers of drugs, fresh air, healthful clothing, or proper exercise. By now James and Ellen had familiarized themselves with the writings of earlier health reformers. In each of the How to Live series they included lengthy extracts from the works of Graham, Coles, Dio Lewis, and other advocates of a ‘natural’ health program. Ellen had been surprised to find many of the ideas of these men ‘so nearly in harmony with what the Lord has revealed to me.’”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.110

Lectures on Health: : 

Lectures on Health: “After leaving Dansville, Elder and Mrs. White held some meetings in the eastern states. At each place they spoke upon the subject of health to those in attendance. An indication of the enthusiasm of the speakers and of the deep interest on the part of the hearers is found in the fact that at one place after Elder White had spoken for two hours on this theme, he was followed for another hour by Mrs. White; and, to quote Elder White, ‘the audience was held for three hours without manifesting the least impatience.’ “Upon the leadership of the recently organized Seventh-Day Adventist Church was now placed not only a great responsibility but a seemingly impossible task. Two decades before that, they had been called of God to lead out in the advocacy of unpopular reforms in religious teachings, and through His blessing the believers had grown to a united people, numbering about 10,000 Sabbath keeping Adventist. Now they were called upon to unite with these doctrines still other unpopular reforms in physical habits, changes that called for self-denial and a breaking away from popular customs and practices. They had begun the first task with three public laborers, no publications, and no financial support. They faced the second call to duty with one physician…[which had] no experience either as a public speaker or as a writer. There were among them no trained nurses, physiologists, and no lectures in the health field.”

Health Education Needed: : 

Health Education Needed: “…Elder White…realized that in order to give Seventh-Day Adventist the education they needed in health principles, more was necessary than for them to read merely the literature that had been produced by others who had blazed the trail before them….It was necessary for Seventh-Day Adventist that there should be a stronger appeal than mere factual scientific statements. These reforms were to be seen as ‘a part of the third angel’s message,’ and ‘just as closely connected with it as are the arm and hand with the human body.’…Elder White [purchased] twenty to twenty-five dollars’ worth of books on health, issued by Jackson, Trall, Coles, Shew, Graham, Alcott, and other health reformers….But only a few Seventh-Day Adventist would either go to the expense of purchasing such voluminous and sometimes technical works….So it was that Elder White recognized the urgent need for Seventh-Day Adventists to have publications ‘to meet their present wants’ and ‘at prices within the reach of the poorest.’ As an initial step in meeting these needs, Elder White announced the plan for publishing six pamphlets. Mrs. White was to ‘furnish a liberal chapter in each number on health, happiness, and miseries of domestic life, and the bearing which these have upon the prospects of obtaining the life to come.’-Story of Our Health Message, pg.105, 106

Six Pamphlets on Health: : 

Six Pamphlets on Health: “The proposed series of six pamphlets soon appeared bearing the title ‘Health, or How to Live’….By the end of January 1865, the first number was ready. In the first article, entitled ‘Sanctification,’ Elder White set forth the close relationship of the physical and the spiritual….‘As you value the blessings of health, and would honor the Author of your being, learn to live in obedience to those laws established in your being by High Heaven. A few dollars’ worth of books’ that will teach you how to live, may save you heavy doctor bills, save you months of pain upon a sick bed, save you suffering and feebleness from the use of drugs, and perhaps from a premature grave. God has strongly related man to life. If he will live in obedience to the laws of life, and give nature a chance, she will manifest her wondrous power in restoring the sick, and in preserving health to those who are well.’”-How to Live, No.1, pg.18/Story of Our Health Message, pg.106, 107

Dress Reform & Health, Was Addressed In Ellen White’s 6th-Article Entitled “Diseases & Its Causes”, Early Part of 1865: : 

Dress Reform & Health, Was Addressed In Ellen White’s 6th-Article Entitled “Diseases & Its Causes”, Early Part of 1865:

Deplorable Physical Effects of The Common Style of Dress of the 1800’s: : 

Deplorable Physical Effects of The Common Style of Dress of the 1800’s: “It is injurious to health, and, therefore, sin for females to wear tight corsets, or whalebones, or to compress the waist. Many Females drag down the bowels and hips by hanging heavy skirts upon them….The female dress should be suspended from the shoulders. The people of God, who are His peculiar treasure should seek even in their dress to glorify God, and by their simple style, rebuke the pride, vanity, and extravagance of worldly, pleasure-loving professors. They should not, however, be careless of their own apparel,…and dress without order and taste….Decency and neatness are not to be classed with pride. A greater uniformity in dress would be pleasing to God. The length of the fashionable female dress is objectionable for several reasons….The dress should reach somewhat below the top of the boot, but should be short enough to clear the filth of the sidewalk and street, without being raised by the hand. Whatever may be the length of the dress, females should clothe their limbs as thoroughly as the males. This may be done by wearing lined pants gathered into a band and fastened about the ankle, or made full and tapering at the bottom; and these should come down long enough to meet the shoe.” Mrs. White reply to those who would call this style of dress old-fashioned: “What if it is? I wish we could be old-fashioned in many respects. If we could have the old-fashioned strength that characterized the old-fashioned women of past generations it would be desirable.” She urged that womanhood should: “manifest a noble independence , and moral courage, to be right, if all the world differ from them.” “Christians should not take pains to make themselves gazingstocks by dressing differently from the world. But if, in accordance with their faith and duty in respect to their dressing modestly and healthfully, they find themselves out of fashion, they should not change their dress in order to be like the world.”

Vision of 3-Companies of Women, Written in 1867: : 

Vision of 3-Companies of Women, Written in 1867: “The first were of fashionable length, burdening the limbs, impeding the step, and sweeping the street and gathering its filth; the evil results of which I have fully stated. This class, who were slaves to fashion, appeared feeble and languid. The dress of the second class which passed before me was in many respects as it should be. The limbs were well clad. They were free from the burdens which the tyrant, Fashion, had imposed upon the first class; but had gone to that extreme in the short dress as to disgust and prejudice good people, and destroy in a great measure their own influence. This is the style and influence of the "American Costume," taught and worn by many at "Our Home," Dansville, N.Y. It does not reach to the knee. I need not say that this style of dress was shown me to be too short. A third class passed before me with cheerful countenances, and free, elastic step. Their dress was the length I have described as proper, modest, and healthful. It cleared the filth of the street and sidewalk a few inches under all circumstances, such as ascending and descending steps, et cetera.”-3SM, pg.278

James White’s Illness & It’s Cause: : 

James White’s Illness & It’s Cause: “During the Spring of 1865 James White had agreed to become president of the Seventh-Day Adventist General Conference. In preceding months he had stretched himself to help Ellen prepare the How to Live series. Unfortunately, James found it difficult to practice his wife’s instruction regarding moderation in work. On August 16, 1865, he suffered a severe paralytic stroke. During the next few days there was much earnest prayer, but only slight improvement in Elder White’s condition. For nearly five weeks Ellen utilized hydropathic and mild electric treatments, with little apparent success. Finally, too weak to continue, Ellen decided to take James to Dansville for treatment by Dr. Jackson. She was accompanied by two other ailing Adventist leaders, J.N. Loughborough and Uriah Smith….After a few weeks of…prescribed baths, exercises, and diet, there was little noticeable improvement. Frequently, only prayer helped the elder to relax enough to sleep….After 3 months at Dansville she decided to remove the still-ailing James to the home of friends in nearby Rochester. There, during a Christmas night prayer service, Ellen experienced another important vision…”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.111 “…Elder White, in the early part of 1865, found himself pressed beyond measure. His arduous laborers in behalf of his brethren who were being drafted into the army added to his already heavy burdens and told heavily upon his strength. Yet he rose above his weaknesses, and during the conference session in May he labored untiringly for the upbuilding of the cause he loved, not allowing himself proper periods of rest. Despite his plea that his burdens be lightened, he was persuaded to accept the presidency of the General Conference….Immediately after the conference Elder White and his wife were called by telegram to Wisconsin…From there they hurried on to Iowa to meet serious difficulties that had arisen in that conference. Unfortunately during their travels they were frequently unable to obtain suitable food, and this circumstance proved a severe tax on their waning strength. Soon after returning home from this exhausting experience, they were urged to attend week-end meetings in Memphis, Michigan. There, following a late Sunday night service and a very short sleep, they arose before sunrise and walked a mile to the station to take a train for Battle Creek, Michigan. Then missing a connection at Detroit, they did not reach home till midnight. The following day Elder White attended to important matters connected with the office, hoping then to take a sorely needed rest.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.133, 134

The Christmas Vision of 1865: : 

The Christmas Vision of 1865: “This vision was supplementary to, and perhaps of equal importance with, the first vision given to Mrs. White on the health reform 1½ years before. The first revelation set forth great health principles and urged their adoption by the remnant church. The second pointed out that the response to the light on health reform had been far short of what it should have been, and it made more clear the relation of that reform to the gospel message to be given to the world. Of the inadequate response on the part of church members, Mrs. White wrote: In the vision given me in Rochester, New York, December 25, 1865, I was shown that our Sabbathkeeping people have been negligent in acting upon the light which God has given in regard to the health reform, that there is yet a great work before us, and that as a people we have been too backward to follow in God's opening providence as He has chosen to lead us…. While some feel deeply and act out their faith in the work, others remain indifferent and have scarcely taken the first step in reform.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.140/1T, pg.485, 486 “In it Adventist were reproved for having been too slow in following earlier counsel relative to changes in the diet, hygiene, and health care. She saw that the health teachings were to be as closely incorporated in the Adventists religious witness ‘as the arm and hand with the human body.’ The time had come for the church to cease relying on popular health institutions and develop its own. In such establishment the Adventist sick could receive proper treatment, and all could learn how to care for their bodies so as to prevent illness.”-Light Bearers to the Remnant, pg.112

Doing the Impossible: : 

Doing the Impossible: “To establish and to conduct a denominational health institution might seem an impossible undertaking for the few Seventh-Day Adventist of that time with their limited means and with almost no trained medical workers. But with the command came the faith and the enabling to obey. No one could have foreseen, in that day of small things, to what large enterprises and endeavors the instruction given in the vision of December 25, 1865, would lead. The sad afflictions of Elder White and other overburdened workers proved to be the birth pangs which marked the beginnings of our present system of health institutions and other medical missionary lines of service.”-Story of Our Health Message, pg.142

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Western Health Reform Institute

Israel & Seventh-day Adventist: : 

Israel & Seventh-day Adventist: “In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import--the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels' messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention.”-9T, 19

The Israelites Wilderness Wandering Heading to Canaan: : 

The Israelites Wilderness Wandering Heading to Canaan: Exodus 15:26 “In the teaching that God gave to Israel, the preservation of health received careful attention. The people who had come from slavery [Other Denominations] with the uncleanly and unhealthful habits which it engenders, were subjected to the strictest training in the wilderness before entering Canaan. Health principles were taught and sanitary laws enforced.”-MH, pg.277 “God gave to Israel instruction in all the principles essential to physical as well as to moral health, and it was concerning these principles no less than concerning those of the moral law that He commanded them…”-MH, pg.283

The Israelites Wilderness Wandering Heading to Canaan Continued…: : 

The Israelites Wilderness Wandering Heading to Canaan Continued…: “Had the Israelites [Seventh-Day Adventist] obeyed the instruction they received, and profited by their advantages, they would have been the world's object lesson of health and prosperity. If as a people they had lived according to God's plan, they would have been preserved from the diseases that afflicted other nations. Above any other people they would have possessed physical strength and vigor of intellect. They would have been the mightiest nation on the earth.”-MH, pg.283

Diet For Israel: : 

Diet For Israel: Exodus 16:35-Manna “In choosing man's food in Eden, the Lord showed what was the best diet; in the choice made for Israel, He taught the same lesson. He brought the Israelites out of Egypt, and undertook their training, that they might be a people for His own possession. Through them He desired to bless and teach the world. He provided them with the food best adapted for this purpose, not flesh, but manna, ‘the bread of heaven.’”-Counsels on Diet & Foods, pg.374 “The Lord plainly told His people that every blessing would come to them if they would keep His commandments, and be a peculiar people. He warned them through Moses in the wilderness, specifying that health would be the reward of obedience. The state of the mind has largely to do with the health of the body, and especially with the health of the digestive organs. As a general thing, the Lord did not provide His people with flesh meat in the desert, because He knew that the use of this diet would create disease and insubordination. In order to modify the disposition, and bring the higher powers of the mind into active exercise, He removed from them the flesh of dead animals. He gave them angels' food, manna from heaven.”-CD, pg.375 Why Does God Say Through Ellen White That We are Still Here? 1901-“We may have to remain here in this world because of insubordination many more years, as did the children of Israel; but for Christ's sake, His people should not add sin to sin by charging God with the consequence of their own wrong course of action.”-Evangelism, pg.696

God’s Purpose For Israel: : 

God’s Purpose For Israel: “When God led the children of Israel out of Egypt, it was His purpose to establish them in the land of Canaan a pure, happy, healthy people. Let us look at the means by which He would accomplish this. He subjected them to a course of discipline, which, had it been cheerfully followed, would have resulted in good, both to themselves and to their posterity. He removed flesh food from them in a great measure. He had granted them flesh in answer to their clamors, just before reaching Sinai, but it was furnished for only one day. God might have provided flesh as easily as manna, but a restriction was placed upon the people for their good. It was His purpose to supply them with food better suited to their wants than the feverish diet to which many of them had been accustomed in Egypt. The perverted appetite was to be brought into a more healthy state, that they might enjoy the food originally provided for man,--the fruits of the earth, which God gave to Adam and Eve in Eden.”-CD, pg.377, 378

The Benefits That Could Have Been: : 

The Benefits That Could Have Been: “Had they been willing to deny appetite in obedience to His restrictions, feebleness and disease would have been unknown among them. Their descendants would have possessed physical and mental strength. They would have had clear perceptions of truth and duty, keen discrimination, and sound judgment. But they were unwilling to submit to God's requirements, and they failed to reach the standard He had set for them, and to receive the blessings that might have been theirs. They murmured at God's restrictions, and lusted after the fleshpots of Egypt. God let them have flesh, but it proved a curse to them.”-CD, pg.378

Seventh-Day Adventist Wilderness Wandering Heading to the Heavenly Canaan: : 

Seventh-Day Adventist Wilderness Wandering Heading to the Heavenly Canaan: “Again and again I have been shown that God is bringing His people back to His original design, that is, not to subsist upon the flesh of dead animals. He would have us teach people a better way. . . . If meat is discarded, if the taste is not educated in that direction, if a liking for fruits and grains is encouraged, it will soon be as God in the beginning designed it should be. No meat will be used by His people.”-CD, Chapter 4 “The Lord intends to bring His people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains. . . . God provided fruit in its natural state for our first parents.-CD, Chapter 4

Parallels Between Ancient Israel and Early Adventism: : 

Parallels Between Ancient Israel and Early Adventism: “Like the early Adventist pioneers, the ancient Israelites were not a healthy lot when they left Egypt. Sickness and ill-health had been rampant in the country of their bondage. So upon their deliverance, the first message that God gave them was a health message. Exodus 15, the first 21 verse contain the song of Miriam, a song of deliverance and praise. Then there is the experience of the bitter waters at Marah. Just before the chapter concludes, verse 26 records the first words of instruction from the Lord after the crossing of the Red Sea.” “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I [am] the LORD that healeth thee.” “On May 21, 1863, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church was officially organized. Again, the first instruction that God gave for the edification and redemption of His people after that significant event was ‘the Comprehensive Health Message.’ Evidently as far as God is concerned, there is a close correlation between obedience to the physical laws of health and spiritual progress towards the Promised Land.” “The impact of that comprehensive health vision and subsequent visions on similar topics, was so great that just three years later, in the fall of 1866, the fledgling Seventh-Day Adventist Church opened the doors to its first health care facility, the Western Health Reform Institute. This became the forerunner to the world famous Battle Creek Sanitarium. The growth of that institution literally propelled Seventh-Day Adventists into the national limelight.”-Adventist Heritage of Health, Hope & Healing, pg.72-74

Quotes: : 

Quotes: "To leave off every injurious article of food, and to lead lives of temperance under the influence of good instruction and of conscience toward God, are among the things most essential to good health. Our bodies are the temples of the Holy Spirit. That we may truly glorify him in our bodies as in our spirits, how requisite that we possess in full vigor all the powers of our physical being! Thank God that this subject is now being especially set before our people. Health and strength are among the things most valuable to us, and of greatest consequence to those who shall witness the grand events of the time of trouble.“-The Great Second Advent Movement, by J.N. Loughborough, pg. 358 “Health Reform…is a subject that we must understand in order to be prepared for the events that are close upon us, and it should have a prominent place.”-CH, pg.453 “True conversion to the message of present truth embraces conversion to the principles of health reform.”-6 Bio., pg.199 “The work of health reform is the Lord's means for lessening suffering in our world and for purifying His church.”-CD, pg.77 “If Seventh-day Adventists practiced what they profess to believe, if they were sincere health reformers, they would indeed be a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. And they would show a far greater zeal for the salvation of those who are ignorant of the truth.”-CH, pg.575

Quotes Continued… : 

Quotes Continued… “Too little attention is generally given to the preservation of health. It is far better to prevent disease than to know how to treat it when contracted. It is the duty of every person, for his own sake, and for the sake of humanity, to inform himself in regard to the laws of life and conscientiously to obey them.”-MH, pg.128 “Obedience to nature’s laws is the direct path to heaven.”-CH, pg.222 “…Although God's voice should speak directly to them to put away those health-destroying indulgences, some would still cling to the hurtful things which they love. They seem joined to their idols, and God will soon say to His angels, Let them alone.”-CH, pg.453 “Men and women cannot violate natural law by indulging depraved appetite and lustful passions, and not violate the law of God. Therefore He has permitted the light of health reform to shine upon us…All accountable beings can understand it if they will. Idiots will not be responsible.”-3T, pg.161 “Christ fought the battle upon the point of appetite, and came off victorious; and we also can conquer through strength derived from Him. Who will enter in through the gates into the city?--Not those who declare that they cannot break the force of appetite.”-CD, pg.169, 170

Quotes Continued… : 

Quotes Continued… “Satan is constantly on the alert to bring the race fully under his control. His strongest hold on man is through the appetite, and this he seeks to stimulate in every possible way.”-CD, pg.150 “God…cannot enlighten the mind of a man who makes a cesspool of his stomach. He does not hear the prayers of those who are walking in the light of the sparks of their own kindling.”-CH, pg.576 “It is impossible for an intemperate man to be a Christian, for his higher powers are brought into slavery to the passions.”-3T, pg.51 “As we near the close of time, Satan’s temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome.”-CD, pg.59 “Indulged appetite is the greatest hindrance to mental improvement and soul sanctification.”-CD, pg.45 “Through intemperance, some sacrifice one half, and others two thirds, of their physical, mental, and moral powers, and become playthings for the enemy.”-CG, pg.394 “The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character.”-CD, pg.59

Quotes Continued… : 

Quotes Continued… “A man is not converted unless his appetite and diet correspond with his profession of faith.”-CD, pg.297 “I am instructed to say that if meat eating were ever safe, it is not safe now.”-CD, pg.384 “The fluids and flesh of these diseased animals are received directly into the blood, and pass into the circulation of the human body, becoming fluids and flesh of the same. Thus humors are introduced into the system.”-2T, pg.64 “Cancers, tumors, and all inflammatory diseases are largely caused by eating meat…We have plenty of good things to satisfy hunger without bringing corpses upon our table.”-MM, pg.278 “Meat should not be placed before our children. Its influence is to excite[s] and strengthen the lower passions, and has a tendency to deaden the moral powers.”-CD, pg.389, 390 “Among those who are waiting for the Lord, meat eating will eventually be done away.”-CD, pg. 380, 381 “Those who are in a position where it is possible to secure a vegetarian diet, but who choose to follow their own preferences…will gradually grow careless of the instruction the Lord has given regarding other phases of present truth, and will lose their perception of what is truth.”-CD, pg.403

Quotes Continued… : 

Quotes Continued… “Many who are now only half converted on the question of meat eating will go from God’s people to walk no more with them.”-CD, pg.382 “Grains and fruits…should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven.”-CD, pg.64 “I advise…avoid meat eating, not because it is regarded as sin to eat meat, but because it is not healthful.”-16MR, pg.173 “The question whether we shall eat butter, meat, or cheese, is not to be presented to anyone as a test, but we are to educate and show the evils of the things that are objectionable.”-3SM, pg.287 “God’s people are to take a firm stand against meat eating.”-MM, pg.278 “…The time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men.”-CD, pg.349 “In a short time the milk of cows will also be excluded from the diet of God’s commandment-keeping people.”-CD, pg.411 “In a short time it will not be safe to use anything that comes from the animal creation.”-CD, pg.411

Required Duties: : 

Required Duties: “God is testing the great antitypical congregation. Who will fulfill the antitype, and not forsake the assembly of God's people? Who will keep a clear mind by controlling the appetite, and a pure heart by prayer and deep heart-searching? Who will lay all their interests upon God's altar, to be used for His glory, and never let the "cares of this life" crowd out God's work or a study of His word? Over such as these our High Priest will say, "He that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy Still.”-The Cross & Its Shadow, Chapter 30

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