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The Meat Of The Adventist Health Message

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The Meat Of The Adventist Health Message
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page 34
The Cause of the Cause
The Cure for Masturbation
page 37

Seventh Day Adventists generally believe that they have been called and chosen by God in the latter days to spread the gospel to the whole world and bring people to God. One of the greatest tools for achieving this aim is their health message. It is intended to show people how to live more healthy lives and therefore lead them to Jesus Christ.

The Adventist health message is based on the counsels of their prophet Ellen G. White. As we shall shortly see, one would have to be an idiot to follow her counsel. Oh, there is no doubt that Ellen White gave a lot of good counsel. But after reading what is to follow, one must be very careful of anything that she has to say and probably should stay away from anything she wrote.

The 'meat' of the Adventist health message actually is based on meat or flesh food literally. Their whole health message hinges on this one item. Any Adventist to-day will tell you that most of them are vegetarian; probably 50% are most of the time. They will insist to you that they do not eat meat because meat eating is not in God's plan and the consumption of the flesh of animals can only lead to sickness, particularly cancer. They will tell you that chickens and salmon are full of cancer these days; and how could you possibly eat them and not end up with cancer yourself? Adventists do not realize the original reason why Ellen White condemned meat. That is to be the fascinating subject of this chapter.

Before we go into this further let me point out some good advice given by the writer of the book of Hebrews. "Do not be lead away by diverse and strange teachings; for it is well that the heart be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited their adherents". (Heb. 13 :9) The writer here is indicating to us that people preaching special diets as doctrine are teaching diverse and strange teachings. Further, diet has not done anything for the benefit or salvation of any of these fanatics.

The revelation that was to shape Adventist health reform was given to Ellen White in the famous vision of Otsego, on June the 6th, 1863. During a vision lasting 45 minutes they claim God exposed highly advanced, revolutionary medical principles that were supposedly years ahead of their time (Ellen G. White. Prophet of Destiny. Rene Noorbergen p. 98) One would think that in 1863, with man's knowledge of healthful living being rather poor, God would have several important topics to relate to his prophet. It turns out to be quite a shock when one finds out the particular item which was to take priority in the health message of the Adventist church. As indicated previously most Adventists to-day have no idea what that priority item was.

In 1864, just months after the famous health vision, Ellen White published a book entitled "An Appeal to Mothers. The Great Cause of the Physical, Mental, and Moral Ruin of the Children of Our Time". This was Mrs. White's first book on health reform. Its intent was to warn the world about the evils of solitary vice or masturbation.

It seems that Mrs. White was dissatisfied with the results of this production and therefore six years later in 1870, another publication was produced entitled "A Solemn Appeal" by Ellen G. White. This book was edited by her husband James White and included some articles from other writers to back up Mrs. White's counsel about masturbation and meat.

This fascinating booklet is not widely available currently. One can certainly understand why it is not advertised in the Adventist book catalogues. However there must have been some questions about this book as it was recently reprinted in small numbers for those who wanted to look into these original writings more deeply. Between 1976 and 1979 a total of 700 of these books were produced. I suspect they were generally confined to Adventist theology students, who by their very disposition could not be adversely affected by this information.

Fans of Ellen White often point out that her works can stand on their own merit. I would ask that Adventists hold to this saying. After I have pointed out some of the writings of Ellen White, I would ask them to make a careful and honest decision. The word of God says, "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. " (Matt.7:15-16) One should have no difficulty categorizing Ellen White as a false prophet when he becomes aware of some of the fruit she has produced.

Let us examine some of the passages in this important health book by Ellen White. "I feel alarmed for those children and you who by solitary vice are ruining themselves . . . you listen to numerous complaints of headache, catarrh, dizziness, nervousness, pain in the shoulders and side, loss of appetite, pain in the back and limbs, wakeful feverish nights, of tired feelings in the morning, and great exhaustion after exercising? . . . and have you not noticed that there was a deficiency in the mental health of our children?" (p. 11)

"Secret indulgence (masturbation) is, in many cases, the only real cause of the numerous complaints of the young. This vice is laying waste the vital forces, and debilitating the system." (p. 13) "The state of the world is alarming. Everywhere we look we see imbecility, dwarf forms, crippled limbs, misshapen heads and deformity of every description . . . Corrupt habits are wasting their energy, and bringing upon them loathesome and complicated diseases. Unsuspecting" parents will try the skill of physicians, one after another, who prescribe drugs, when they generally know the real cause of the failing health; but for fear of offending, and losing their fees, they keep silent, when, as faithful physicians, they should expose the real cause.... Children who practice self indulgence (masturbation) . . must pay the penalty." (p. 14)

It is enlightening to note that Ellen White's original writing of this last quotation has been changed in this later edition. Her husband, James White, the editor of the writing, deleted the evidence which indicated his wife had seen this in a vision from God. Was James embarrassed by the original version? "The state of the world was presented before me, and my attention was especially called to the youth of our time. Everywhere I looked, I saw imbecility, dwarfed forms . . . etc". The force of the later quotation is considerably dulled to, "Everywhere we look we see imbecility, . . . etc". Maybe James White didn't believe in his wife's so called visions. Let's study more of these enlightening visions.

"If the practice is continued from the ages of 15 and upward, nature will protest . . . and will make them pay the penalty . . . by numerous pains in the system, and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys and cancerous humours . . . There is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution; and death is the result." (p. 14 & 15)

"Many are ignorant of the sinfulness of these habits, and their certain results. Such need to be enlightened . . . Females possess less vital force than the other sex, . . . The result of self abuse in them is seen in various diseases, such as catarrh, dropsy, headache, loss of memory and sight, great weakness in the back and loins, affections of the spine, and frequently, inward decay of the head. Cancerous humour . . . commences its eating destructive work. The mind is often utterly ruined, and insanity, supervenes. . . Such are just as self murderers as though they pointed a pistol to their own breast, and destroyed their life instantly . . . The practice of secret habits surely destroys the vital forces of the system . . . Among the young the vital capital, and the brain are so severely taxed at an early age, that there is deficiency and great exhaustion, which leave the system exposed to diseases of various kinds. But the most common of these is consumption (tuberculosis). $ $ They must die. (p. 17)

"There is hardly an end to these diseases caused by solitary vice; dyspepsia, spinal complaint, headache, epilepsy, impaired eye sight, palpitations of the heart, pain in the side, bleeding at the lungs, spasms of the heart and lungs, diabetes, or incontinence of the urine,

fluor albus, whites, inflammation of the urinary organs . . . Besides rheumatism, affected perspiration, consumption (tuberculosis), asthma, catarrh, polypus of the heart, affections of the bones, fevers, priapism, strangury, polypus uteri, blood discharges, etc. . .

Then a case history is reviewed "A full and particular account of a little boy who at two years old was epileptic, from this cause; the vice taught to him by his nurse. . . Rendered him paralytic. By the most vigilant use of mechanical means for confining the hands, covering the genitals, etc. the child was at length cured; he now enjoys good health, and, with the exception of a remarkable loss of memory, retains no trace of his former indiscretions."

Picture yourself taking your two year old son to see a doctor after he has suffered a convulsion. The doctor tells you that he has been masturbating and this is the cause of his illness. You are going to have to bind his genitals and tie his hands until he is cured of the filthy habit. This is the kind of stuff that Ellen White believed with all her heart, has been commissioned to pass on to us, and we are expected to believe she is a true prophet.

Let us continue with more of these fascinating quotations. "Unchastity, as we have already seen, derranges, debilitates, and ruins the body. Now, out of this startling fact arises another fact, if possible more startling. It is that unchastity deranges, debilitates and ruins the mind . . . By unchastity, especially by solitary vice (masturbation), the mind suffers permanent debility . . . great debility of the memory, great prostration and foolish imbecility of the mind . . . Perception is made dull and obtuse, the reasoning powers are blunted . . . From debility the mind often sinks into idiocy . . . I saw a young woman in a town of Massachusetts who made herself an idiot by masturbation. (p. 2 & 3)

"In the fall of 1844, the writer visited the Massachusetts State Lunatic Hospital . . . Our attention was suddenly arrested by the peculiarly haggard, frantic, wild, fiendish appearance of a young man, with his eye turned back over his shoulder. Struck with his shocking aspect, we inquired of our attendant, a young physician, what was the cause of his insanity? 'Solitary vice', was the ready reply. Thought we, solitary vice produces solitary insanity! We further asked, have you many here from that cause? 'A large proportion', more than from intemperance? 'Oh, yes, far more.' . . . When they (crazy persons) do indulge, this act must be considered as a bad symptom, since it constitutes an insurmountable obstacle to the cure: it destroys the strength and finally produces in the patients, stupidity, phthisis, marasmus and death. . . Nurses, by manupulating infants to cure their crying, have been known to give them a notion, which has resulted in a habit of solitary vice." (p. 4)