Ms 74, 1898


Ms 74, 1898

Extracts From Personal Letters From Sister White Concerning the W.C.T.U.


December 1, 1898 - June 21, 1899

Portions of this manuscript are published in WM 164.

December 1, 1898:

I thank the Lord with heart and soul and voice that you have been a prominent and influential member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. In the providence of God you have been led to the light, to obtain a knowledge of the truth; and the education you have received in the grand temperance work, in connection with your sister workers, is that which you need to bring into the work for women whose hearts are softened by the Spirit of God, and who are searching for the truth as for hidden treasures. Ms74-1898.1

For twenty years I have seen that the light would come to the women workers in the temperance lines. But, with sadness, I have discerned many of them becoming politicians, and that against God. They enter into questions and debates and theories of many things that they have no need to touch. Christ said, “I am the light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” [John 8:12.] How can they walk in opposition to His holy law, in the footsteps of the great apostate, and yet have clear, sharp discernment? ... Ms74-1898.2

The Lord does not bid you separate from the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. They need all the light you can give them. You are not to learn of them, but of Jesus Christ. Flash all the light possible into their pathway. You can agree with them upon the ground of the pure, elevating principles that first brought into existence the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. “I,” said Christ, “send you forth as lambs among wolves.” [Luke 10:3.] If He sends His disciples on such a mission, will He not work through them to open the Scriptures to those who are in error? Cherish the fragrance of that love that Christ has revealed for fallen humanity, and by precept and example teach the truth as it is in Jesus. Corruption extends everywhere, and the self you will meet in those who have been devoted working men and women all cause sadness. But I fear we often give up too easily. Ms74-1898.3