Letters and Manuscripts — Volume 7 (1891-1892)


Lt 11c, 1892

Haskell, S. N.

Melbourne, Australia

February 11, 1892

Portions of this letter are published in 5MR 130; 6MR 54.

Elder S. N. Haskell,

In the last mail I sent much important matter which will reach California before this is mailed. I hope the matter which I have sent to Elder McClure will receive due consideration. I have not much faith that Dr. Maxson and wife will go to St. Helena. I fear that [with] their false and distorted ideas of St. Helena Institute they would not work in faith, and with their present views and feelings in regard to it which is entirely the opposite of that which the Lord has presented to me, they will, unless changed by a new conversion, honor their own judgment and extol their own plans above God’s ways and the Lord’s plans. 7LtMs, Lt 11c, 1892, par. 1

The proposition of Dr. Kellogg I deem a wise one. This very thing has been laid open before me years ago—that it would be wise to have a branch office in or near Oakland. But the dearth of physicians seemed to make the beginning of this difficult. It certainly ought to be, and they should be physicians of sufficient ability and force to take in Oakland, Healdsburg, and Santa Rosa, to visit these places at set times and do a special work in this line. 7LtMs, Lt 11c, 1892, par. 2

Not half has been done that might have been done, because the physicians were not consecrated to God, but full of ideas and plans of their own. They wanted to be the first, where “I” should have the supremacy, where “I” is to have the control. This is the reason the Lord could do so little for them. This is the attribute of Satan, and the Lord Jesus and Satan can never work in co-partnership. 7LtMs, Lt 11c, 1892, par. 3

Had the Lord wrought in a wonderful manner all the glory would be credited to themselves. He that humbleth himself, himself shall be exalted. He that exalteth himself shall be humbled. He that would be first shall be last, and he that is last shall be first. 7LtMs, Lt 11c, 1892, par. 4

It is as much required of God that His followers shall in the medical profession reveal the spirit of Christ in harmonizing in their work as that the ministers of the gospel shall harmonize in their labors for the salvation of souls. This independence to do, every one, as appears right in his own eyes is after satanic order, but not after Christ. There is need of thorough order and all after Christ in the medical profession. One sets himself up in a certain place and commences practice, and another sets himself up in another place, and there is no more unity one with another than ropes of straw. This thing I have been shown is a disgrace to Seventh-day Adventists and a dishonor to God. 7LtMs, Lt 11c, 1892, par. 5

The medical line of workers should be subject to the church as verily as the ministers are subject to counsel and discipline. When this matter is established on a right basis then there will be a different mold placed upon the medical line of labor than has been in the past. I tell you if this should be there would be a telling influence go out from this branch of the work. There is need of physicians here in Australia and in New Zealand. There is much to be done and no time to lose. 7LtMs, Lt 11c, 1892, par. 6