Call to Reform
shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of
the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just;
to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. Luke 1:17.
John the Baptist went forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to prepare the
way of the Lord and to turn the people to the wisdom of the just. He was a
representative of those living in these last days to whom God has entrusted
sacred truths to present before the people to prepare the way for the second
appearing of Christ. . . .
are to prepare the way for the second coming of Christ are represented by
faithful Elijah, as John came in the spirit of Elijah to prepare the way for
Christ's first advent. The great subject of reform is to be agitated, and
the public mind is to be stirred. Temperance in all things is to be connected
with the message, to turn the people of God from their idolatry, their gluttony,
and their extravagance in dress and other things.
humility, and temperance required of the righteous, whom God especially leads
and blesses, is to be presented to the people in contrast to the extravagant,
health-destroying habits of those who live in this degenerate age. God has
shown that health reform is as closely connected with the third angel's message
as the hand is with the body. There is nowhere to be found so great a cause
of physical and moral degeneracy as a neglect of this important subject. Those
who indulge appetite and passion, and close their eyes to the light for fear
they will see sinful indulgences which they are unwilling to forsake, are
guilty before God. . . .
has been leading the people of God out from the extravagant habits of the
world, away from the indulgence of appetite and passion, to take their stand
upon the platform of self-denial and temperance in all things. The people
whom God is leading will be peculiar. They will not be like the world. But
if they follow the leadings of God they will accomplish His purposes, and
will yield their will to His will. Christ will dwell in the heart. . . . Your
body, says the apostle, is the temple of the Holy Ghost.
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