Healthful Living


Relation of Health Reform to the Present Closing Work

An Entering Wedge

128. This work we begin to comprehend better,—the light given years ago,—that health reform principles would be as an entering wedge to be followed by a religious influence. To voice the words of John, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world,”—Unpublished Testimonies, November 19, 1895. HL 36.1

129. In the time of confusion and trouble such as never was since there was a nation, the uplifted Saviour will be presented to the people in all lands and in all places, that all who look may live.—Special Testimonies—Relating to Various Matters in Battle Creek, 7. HL 36.2

130. The need of healthful habits is a part of the gospel which must be presented to the people by those who hold forth the word of life. Every minister should carefully consider what effect eating and drinking have upon the health of the soul. By precept and example, by a life of obedience to nature's laws, he can present the truth in a forcible manner.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 30, 1896. HL 36.3

131. Take the living principles of health reform into communities that to a large degree are ignorant of what they should do.—Special Testimonies, Series A 5:5. HL 36.4

Preparation for Loud Cry

132. We as a people must make an advance move in this great work. Ministers and people must act in concert. God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel; they have a work to do for themselves which they should not leave for God to do for them. It is an individual work; one cannot do it for another.—Testimonies for the Church 1:486. HL 36.5

133. You have stumbled at the health reform. It appears to you to be a needless appendix to the truth. It is not so; it is a part of the truth.—Testimonies for the Church 1:546. HL 37.1

134. Its place is among those subjects which set forth the preparatory work to meet the events brought to view by the message; among them it is prominent.—Testimonies for the Church 1:559. HL 37.2

135. The presentation of health principles must be united with this message, but must not be independent of it or in any way take the place of it.—Unpublished Testimonies, May 27, 1896. HL 37.3

136. This branch of the Lord's work has not received due attention, and through this neglect much has been lost.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 121. HL 37.4

Prejudice Removed

137. Much of the prejudice that prevents the truth of the third angel's message from reaching the hearts of the people, might be removed if more attention were given to health reform. When people become interested in this subject, the way is often prepared for the entrance of other truths.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 121. HL 37.5

138. Those who proclaim the message should teach health reform also.... Satan and his angels are seeking to hinder this work of reform, and will do all they can to perplex and burden those who heartily engage in it.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 121, 122. HL 37.6

139. To make plain natural law, and urge the obedience of it, is the work that accompanies the third angel's message, to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord.—Testimonies for the Church 3:161. HL 37.7

Object of Health Reform

140. Let it ever be kept before the mind that the great object of hygienic reform is to secure the highest possible development of mind and soul and body.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 120. HL 38.1

141. He who 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.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 10. HL 38.2

142. God requires all who believe the truth to make special persevering efforts to place themselves in the best possible condition of bodily health, for a solemn and important work is before us. Health of body and mind is required for this work; it is as essential to a healthy religious experience, to advancement in the Christian life, and progress in holiness, as is the hand or foot to the human body.—Testimonies for the Church 1:619. HL 38.3