By the atmosphere surrounding us, every person with whom we come in contact is consciously or unconsciously affected.… Our words, our acts, our dress, our deportment, even the expression of the countenance, has an influence. COL 339.
OFFICIAL Ellen G. White
Lust for Nakedness
looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already
in his heart. Matt. 5:28.
Many of the young are eager for books. They read everything they can obtain.
Exciting love stories and impure pictures have a corrupting influence. Novels
are eagerly perused by many, and, as the result, their imagination becomes
defiled. In the cars, photographs of females in a state of nudity are frequently
circulated for sale. These disgusting pictures are . . . hung upon the walls
of those who deal in engravings. This is an age when corruption is teeming
everywhere. The lust of the eye and corrupt passions are aroused by beholding
and by reading. The heart is corrupted through the imagination. The mind takes
pleasure in contemplating scenes which awaken the lower and baser passions.
These vile images, seen through defiled imagination, corrupt the morals and
prepare the deluded, infatuated beings to give loose rein to lustful passions.
Then follow sins and crimes which drag beings formed in the image of God down
to a level with the beasts, sinking them at last in perdition. Avoid reading
and seeing things which will suggest impure thoughts. Cultivate the moral
and intellectual powers. Let not these noble powers become enfeebled and perverted
by much reading of even storybooks. . . .
It is impossible
for the youth to possess a healthy tone of mind and correct religious principles
unless they enjoy the perusal of the word of God. This book contains the most
interesting history, points out the way of salvation through Christ, and is
their guide to a higher and better life. They would all pronounce it the most
interesting book they ever perused, if their imagination had not become perverted
by exciting stories of a fictitious character. You who are looking for your
Lord to come the second time to change your mortal bodies, and to fashion
them like unto His most glorious body, must come up upon a higher plane of
action. You must work from a higher standpoint than you have hitherto done,
or you will not be of that number who will receive the finishing touch of