The very God of peace
sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and
body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thess. 5:23.
When Paul wrote, "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly,"
he did not exhort his brethren to aim at a standard which it was impossible
for them to reach; he did not pray that they might have blessings
which it was not the will of God to give. He knew that all who would
be fitted to meet Christ in peace, must possess a pure and holy character.
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.
Greater reforms should
be seen among the people who claim to be looking for the soon appearing
of Christ. Health reform is to do among our people a work which it
has not yet done. There are those who ought to be awake to the danger
of meat-eating, who are still eating the flesh of animals, thus endangering
the physical, mental, and spiritual health. 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.
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. The continual
transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness,
pain, and death as its fruits. And as we near the close of time, Satan's
temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult
Again and again I have
been shown that God is trying to lead us back, step by step, to His
original design--that man should subsist upon the natural products
of the earth. 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.
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