you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies
a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
It is impossible
for a man to present his body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,
while continuing to indulge habits that are depriving him of physical, mental,
and moral vigor. Again the apostle says, "Be not conformed to this world:
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what
is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Rom. 12:2.
in a world that is opposed to righteousness or purity of character, and especially
to growth in grace. Wherever we look, we see defilement and corruption, deformity
and sin. How opposed is all this to the work that must be accomplished in
us just previous to receiving the gift of immortality! God's elect must stand
untainted amid the corruptions teeming around them in these last days. Their
bodies must be made holy, their spirits pure. If this work is to be accomplished,
it must be undertaken at once, earnestly and understandingly. The Spirit of
God should have perfect control, influencing every action.
reform is one branch of the great work which is to fit a people for the coming
of the Lord. . . . Men and women cannot violate natural law by indulging depraved
appetites and lustful passions, without violating the law of God. Therefore
He has permitted the light of health reform to shine upon us, that we may
realize the sinfulness of breaking the laws which He has established in our
very being. . . .
natural law plain, and to urge obedience to it, is a work that accompanies
the third angel's message. . . . He [God] designs that the subject shall be
agitated, and the public mind deeply stirred to investigate it; for it is
impossible for men and women, while under the power of sinful, health-destroying,
brain-enervating habits, to appreciate sacred truth. . . .
cherishes the light which God has given him upon health reform, has an important
aid in the work of becoming sanctified through the truth, and fitted for immortality.
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