Category: Reform Health

Thursday September 5, 2013

These Bible words make a nice lesson. Watch the parallel phrases and words, then the definitions.

To know wisdom and instruction;
To perceive the words of understanding;

To know is to perceive. Wisdom and instruction are words of understanding.

To receive the instruction of wisdom, justice, and judgment, and equity;
To give subtilty to the simple,
To the young man knowledge and discretion.

To receive instruction is giving subtilty and knowledge and discretion.

A wise man will hear,
and will increase learning; and

Hearing is to increase learning and attaining.

A man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels:

A wise man is a man of understanding and understanding is wise counsels.

To understand a proverb, and the interpretation;
the words of the wise, and their dark sayings. Proverbs 1:2-6

A proverb is the words of the wise and the interpretation is a dark saying.

There is no true wisdom apart from God and all wisdom is in fact Christ, the Word, in you, the hope of glory; the same Word was in the beginning, “and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:1-5

So God sent John the Baptist before Jesus Christ to prepare the way; “John was a representative of the people of God in the last days, to whom God has committed important and solemn truths,” Spirit of Prophecy, Vol. 2, page 44. Of him Christ said, he was God’s word teaching God’s word, John 5:35.

This means… that if you accept this method of hearing and increasing your learning, you will come to know wisdom, instruction and perceive words of understanding, you will receive instruction from God, gain subtilty, knowledge, discretion, the understanding of proverbs, parables, the words of the wise men of God and their dark sayings and be obedient to this instruction.

You will become a part of that group of the people of God in the last days of whom John the Baptist was a representative. Think very carefully of how John lived… and died.

God Bless your Study

Friday August 2, 2013

Notice God’s plan for the perfecting of the saints. Read carefully and notice what is being said. This is the correct understanding of many things regarding perfection.

It is not an easy matter to overcome established habits of taste and appetite for narcotics and stimulants. In the name of Christ alone can this great victory be gained. He overcame in behalf of man in the wilderness of temptation, in the long fast of nearly six weeks. He sympathizes with the weakness of man. His love for fallen man was so great that he made [an] infinite sacrifice that he might teach him in his degradation, and through his divine power elevate him finally to his throne. But it rests with man whether Christ shall accomplish for him that which he is fully able to do. p. 39, Para. 1, [26OT].

Will man take hold of divine power, and with determination and perseverance resist Satan as Christ has given him example in his conflict with the foe in the wilderness of temptation? God cannot save man, against his will, from the power of Satan’s artifices. Man must work with his human power, aided by the divine power of Christ, to resist and to conquer at any cost to himself. In short, man must overcome as Christ overcame. And then, through the victory it is his privilege to gain by the all-powerful name of Jesus, he may become an heir of God and joint heir with Jesus Christ. p. 39, Para. 2, [26OT].

This could not be the case if Christ alone did all the overcoming. Man must do his part. Man must be victor on his own account, through the strength and grace that Jesus gives him. Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming,

Notice the correcting wording of the matter. It is imperative that you forget all about the devices of Satan in the suggestions of saying, “man is not a co-saviour with Christ,” subtly implying that Christ does all the work, the righteousness of Christ covers everything, only believe. Such reasoning is a lie!  God has correctly stated the matter this way “Man must be a co-worker with Christ in the labor of overcoming,” and there we are to leave it, live it, repeat it.

and then he will be partaker with Christ of his glory. It is a sacred work in which we are engaged. The apostle exhorts his brethren, “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” p. 40, Para. 1, [26OT].

It is a sacred duty that we owe to God to keep the spirit pure, as a temple for the Holy Ghost. If the heart and mind are devoted to the service of God, obeying all his commandments, loving him with all the heart, might, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourselves, we will be found loyal and true to the requirements of Heaven. p. 40, Para. 2, [26OT].

God Bless your work on yourself

Thursday August 1, 2013

Since we were in No. 18, over eggs, I found several other items of interest and thought to place them here to pique your interest in reading this book. It is wonderful.

But when we take any course which decreases our strength, expends our vitality beclouds the intellect, and destroys the powers of the mind, we sin against God. In pursuing this course we are not glorifying him in our bodies and spirits which are his; but are committing a great wrong in his sight. p. 1, Para. 3, [18OT].

Even if you are most strict in the quality of your food, do you glorify God in your bodies and spirits, which are his, by partaking of such a quantity of food? Those who place so much food upon the stomach, and thus load down nature, could not appreciate the truth, should they hear it dwelt upon. They could not arouse the benumbed sensibilities of the brain to realize the value of the atonement, and the great sacrifice that has been made for fallen man. It is impossible for such to appreciate the great, precious, and exceedingly rich reward that is in reserve for the faithful overcomers. The animal part of our nature should never be left to govern the moral and intellectual. p. 15, Para. 1, [18OT].

When I have been from home sometimes, the bread, and the food generally, brought upon the table, I knew would hurt me. But I would have to eat a little to sustain life. I have suffered for want of proper food. It is a sin in the sight of Heaven to have such food. p. 28, Para. 2, [18OT].

_____ _____ has been very deficient. His wife was not provided with wholesome food, and a plenty of it, and proper clothing, while in her best condition of health. Then, when she needed extra clothing and extra food, and that of a simple, yet nutritious quality, it was not allowed her. Her system craved material to convert into blood; but he would not provide it. A moderate amount of milk and sugar, a little salt, white bread raised with yeast, for a change, graham flour prepared by other hands than her own, in a variety of ways, plain cake with raisins cooked in it, rice pudding with raisins, prunes, and figs, occasionally, and many dishes I might mention, would have answered the demand of appetite. If he could not obtain some of these things mentioned, a little domestic wine [just like Paul counseled!] would have done her no injury, but would have been better than for her to have done without it. In some cases, even a small amount of the least hurtful meat would do less injury than to suffer strong cravings for it. p. 44, Para. 2, [18OT].

Regularity in eating is very important for health of body and serenity of mind. p. 68, Para. 2, [18OT].

Violent exercise should not be engaged in immediately after a full meal; neither should the student engage in study; for this would be a violation of the laws of the system. Immediately after eating, there is a strong draught upon the nervous energy, calling into active exercise the brain force, concentrating it upon the field of labor, which is the stomach; therefore when the mind or body is taxed heavily after eating, the process of digestion is hindered. The electricity of the system, which is wanted to carry on the work in one direction, is called away and set to work in another. p. 87, Para. 2, [18OT].

The brain nerve-energy is benumbed and almost paralyzed by being over-taxed through overeating. p. 89, Para. 2, [18OT].

By the law is the knowledge of sin. The mirror which would discover to them the defects in their character, they are infuriated against, because it points out their sins. Leading Adventists who have rejected the light are fired with madness against God’s holy law, as the Jewish nation were against the Son of God. They are in a terrible deception, deceiving souls and being deceived themselves. They will not come to the light lest their deeds should be reproved. Such will not be taught. But the people who profess to keep the law of God, he corrects, he reproves. He points out their sins, and lays open their iniquity; because he wishes to separate all sin and wickedness from them, that they may perfect holiness in his fear, and be prepared to die in the Lord, or for translation to Heaven. God will rebuke, reprove, and correct them. That they may be refined, sanctified, elevated, and finally exalted to his own throne. p. 144, Para. 2, [18OT].

Ample provisions have been made for all who sincerely, earnestly, and thoughtfully, set about the work of perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Power and strength, grace and glory, have been provided through Christ, to be brought by ministering angels to the heirs of salvation. None are so low, and corrupt, and vile, but that they can find in Jesus, who died for them, strength, purity, and righteousness, if they will put away their sins, stop their course of iniquity, and turn with full purpose of heart to the living God. He is waiting to strip them of their garments, stained and polluted by sin, and to put upon them the white, bright robes of righteousness; and he bids them live and not die. In him they may flourish. Their branches will not wither nor be fruitless. If they abide in him, they can draw sap and nourishment from him, be imbued with his Spirit, and walk even as he has walked, and overcome as he has overcome, and be exalted to his own right hand. p. 146, Para. 1, [18OT].

The word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind, to be understood by those who have any wish to understand it. But notwithstanding all this, some of those who profess to make the word of God their study, are found living in direct opposition to its plainest teachings. Then to leave men and women without excuse, God has given plain and pointed testimonies, [notice it is not Ellen!]  bringing them to the word they have neglected to follow. Yet all the light is turned from by those who serve their own lusts, and they will not cease their course of sin, but continue to take pleasure in unrighteousness, in the face of the threatenings and vengeance of God against those who do such things. p. 148, Para. 2, [18OT].

One family in particular have needed all the benefits they could receive from the reform in diet. Yet these very ones were completely backslidden. Meat and butter were used quite freely, spices were not entirely discarded. … There should have been a specified time for each meal, and the food should have been prepared free from grease in a simple form; but pains should have been taken to have it nutritious, healthful, and inviting. p. 191, Para. 1, [18OT].

The case referred to above is not an isolated one. If it were, I would not introduce it here. When Satan takes possession of the mind, how soon the light and instruction that the Lord has graciously given, fade away, and have no force! How many excuses are framed, how many necessities made, which have no existence, to bear them up in their course of wrong, in setting aside the light and trampling it under foot! I wish to speak with assurance, that the greatest objection to health reform is, this people do not live it out, and they will gravely say they cannot live the health reform and preserve their strength. p. 193, Para. 1, [18OT].

We find in every such instance a good reason why they cannot live out the health reform. They do not live it out, and have never followed it strictly, therefore cannot be benefited by it. Some fall into the error, that because they leave meat they have no need to supply its place with the best of fruits and vegetables, prepared in their most natural state, free from grease and spices. If they will only skillfully arrange the bounties the Creator has surrounded them with, and with a clear conscience parents and children unitedly engage in the work, they would enjoy simple food, and would then be able to speak understandingly of health reform. p. 193, Para. 2, [18OT].

Wow! What a feast for a Thursday!
But, it gets better! Far better….

God Bless your Study

Wednesday July 31, 2013

Today we are looking at what God has to say through the voice of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

We must go no faster than we can take those with us whose consciences and intellects are convinced of the truths we advocate. We must meet the people where they are. Some of us have been many years in arriving at our present position in health reform. Reform in diet is slow to obtain. We have powerful appetite to meet; for the world is given to gluttony. If we should allow the people as much time as we have required to come up to the present advanced state in reform, we should be very patient with them, and allow them to advance step by step, as we have done, until their feet are firmly established upon the health-reform platform. But we should be very cautious to not take one step too fast, that we shall be obliged to retrace. In reforms, we had better come one step short of the mark than to go one step beyond it. And if there is error at all, let it be on the side next to the people. p. 22, Para. 1, [21OT].

And, above all, we should not with our pens advocate positions that we do not put to a practical test in our own families, upon our own tables. This is dissimulation, and a species of hypocrisy. In Michigan we can do better in leaving salt, sugar, and milk, than many who are situated in the far West, or in the far East, where there is a scarcity of fruit. There are but very few families in Battle Creek who do not use these articles upon their tables. We know that a free use of these articles is positively injurious to health, and, in many cases, we think if they were not used at all, a much better state of health would be enjoyed. At present, our burden is not upon these things. The people are so far behind that we see it is all they can bear to have us draw the line upon their injurious indulgences and stimulating narcotics. We bear positive testimony against tobacco, spirituous liquors, snuff, tea, coffee, flesh-meats, butter, spices, rich cakes, mince pies, a large amount of salt, and all exciting substances used as articles of food. p. 22, Para. 2, [21OT].

If we come to persons who have not been enlightened in regard to health reform, and present our strongest positions at first, there is danger of their becoming discouraged as they see how much they have to give up, so that they will make no effort to reform. We must lead the people along patiently and gradually, remembering the hole of the pit whence we were digged. p. 23, Para. 1, [21OT].

In this day and age, 169 years since 1844, the hole of the pit is the Seventh-Day Adventist church that is in such gross apostasy. It is this church that consistently uses the counterfeit SOP to make of none effect the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

Here is a passage that clearly tells us who the author really is.

I saw the state of some who stood on present truth, but disregarded the visions,–the way God had chosen to teach in some cases, those who erred from Bible truth. I saw that in striking against the visions they did not strike against the worm–the feeble instrument that God spake through; but against the Holy Ghost. I saw it was a small thing to speak against the instrument, but it was dangerous to slight the words of God. I saw if they were in error and God chose to show them their errors through visions, and they disregarded the teachings of God through visions, they would be left to take their own way, and run in the way of error, and think they were right, until they would find it out too late. Then in the time of trouble I heard them cry to God in agony–“Why didst thou not show us our wrong, that we might have got right and been ready for this time?” Then an angel pointed to them and said–“My Father taught, but you would not be taught.–He spoke through visions, but you disregarded his voice, and he gave you up to your own ways, to be filled with your own doings.” 1849 Broadside.

There are nine times in these seven sentences that God is identified as the author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. Because our leading subject here is using eggs for food I will point out that eggs are not mentioned in the above passage from No. 21. But this is in no way an endorsement of any item, just because it is not mentioned here.

God has set up the tests. We are in the patient, waiting, watching time and one of the tests God has arraigned is about our diet. It’s not a sin to eat an egg. But for you it might be a sin to make them a regular item of your diet. God has told us what is best. Everything else is something less than the best.

The question on the test is, are you going to conform your diet to the manna? or murmur and complain that you don’t have quail to eat, or their eggs? which others claim to be excellent in taste.

Eternal life, joy unutterable, comforts of every kind, security that will never ever be breached, forever at peace with all, no bills ever, wings to fly, friends who will never betray, food that you will relish at every bite, what’s it worth? A few years here to perfect your character? What is that? to the reward!!!!!

We have a hope that will not be disappointed, it extends so far beyond the grave that we can not comprehend it, but we trust in God, for he has proven himself to be pure, in every word, in every act.

God Bless your study

Tuesday July 30, 2013

Here are the three statements from the counterfeit on the use of eggs for food which the White Estate would have us study. As you read, be careful how you think. Firstly, this is the smooth reasoning of Satan, not Ellen. Second, God warns us on page 180 of the 1858 Great Controversy, that Satan is constantly putting suggestions into our minds.

And what might these suggestions be? Well, in the particular case at hand, the counterfeit SOP is so designed by Satan to deceive you into thinking that the eating of eggs is ok… for you. Better err on God’s side not Satan’s. Don’t lust for forbidden pleasures of taste. Eternal life is at stake, for you, I have made my decision.

Those who live in new countries or in poverty-stricken districts, where fruits and nuts are scarce, should not be urged to exclude milk and eggs from their dietary. It is true that persons in full flesh and in whom the animal passions are strong need to avoid the use of stimulating foods. Especially in families of children who are given to sensual habits, eggs should not be used. But in the case of persons whose blood-making organs are feeble,–especially if other foods to supply the needed elements cannot be obtained,–milk and eggs should not be wholly discarded. Great care should be taken, however, to obtain milk from healthy cows, and eggs from healthy fowls, that are well fed and well cared for; and the eggs should be so cooked as to be most easily digested. {MH 320.1}
The diet reform should be progressive. As disease in animals increases, the use of milk and eggs will become more and more unsafe. {MH 320.2}

Concerning flesh meat, we should educate the people to let it alone. Its use is contrary to the best development of the physical, mental, and moral powers. And we should bear a clear testimony against the use of tea and coffee. It is also well to discard rich desserts. Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit and cannot afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health reform diet. {7T 134.6}
Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. {7T 135.1}

Some of our people, while conscientiously abstaining from eating improper foods, neglect to supply themselves with the elements necessary for the sustenance of the body. Those who take an extreme view of health reform are in danger of preparing tasteless dishes, making them so insipid that they are not satisfying. Food should be prepared in such a way that it will be appetizing as well as nourishing. It should not be robbed of that which the system needs. I use some salt, and always have, because salt, instead of being deleterious, is actually essential for the blood. Vegetables should be made palatable with a little milk or cream, or something equivalent. {9T 161.4}
While warnings have been given regarding the dangers of disease through butter, and the evil of the free use of eggs by small children, yet we should not consider it a violation of principle to use eggs from hens that are well cared for and suitably fed. Eggs contain properties that are remedial agencies in counteracting certain poisons. {9T 162.1}
Some, in abstaining from milk, eggs, and butter, have failed to supply the system with proper nourishment, and as a consequence have become weak and unable to work. Thus health reform is brought into disrepute. The work that we have tried to build up solidly is confused with strange things that God has not required, and the energies of the church are crippled. But God will interfere to prevent the results of these too strenuous ideas. The gospel is to harmonize the sinful race. It is to bring the rich and poor together at the feet of Jesus. {9T 162.2}
The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs; but it is not necessary to bring upon ourselves perplexity by premature and extreme restrictions. Wait until the circumstances demand it and the Lord prepares the way for it. {9T 162.3}

These three different sources have a wicked harmony between them. First, in claiming that Ellen is the author, second, in catering to the lusts of the people.

The gospel takes a man where he is. This is a very important point. Any journey to any place of any distance must begin where you are, because there is no other beginning. But it is also true that you can not go anywhere without taking a step.

There are far too many who would remain at the beginning, hence they will not be in Heaven because they refuse to travel, to take a step, to grow, to perfect their characters.

Tomorrow we’ll look at what God has to say on this and I think that if you have never read it before, you will be surprised.

God Bless your Study

 

Monday July 29, 2013

In continuing our look at the eggs in health reform… we will now look at the appendix that was added to the counterfeit SOP to explain away the point God is trying to make. This is found at the very end of Volume 2, or known as 2T. The caps are all their’s, the color is mine.

APPENDIX
PAGE 400–THE ADMONITION IN THE PERSONAL TESTIMONY ADDRESSED TO BROTHER AND SISTER E, THAT “EGGS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED UPON YOUR TABLE,” HAS BY SOME BEEN GIVEN A GENERAL APPLICATION. THAT THIS WAS NOT INTENDED AS A GENERAL TEACHING FOR FAMILIES OF NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCES IS MADE CLEAR NOT ONLY BY THE SETTING OF THE STATEMENT ITSELF, BUT ALSO BY NO LESS THAN THREE SPECIFIC PUBLISHED UTTERANCES OF ELLEN G. WHITE WHICH WOULD CORRECT ANY MISAPPLICATION OF THIS PERSONAL TESTIMONY. THESE ARE FOUND IN TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOLUME 7, PAGE 135 (1902), THE MINISTRY OF HEALING, PAGE 320 (1905), AND TESTIMONIES FOR THE CHURCH, VOLUME 9, PAGE 162 (1909). WE QUOTE THE LAST TWO STATEMENTS: {2T 712.1} [they then quoted from two sources in the counterfeit, which we place below. (tomorrow)]

These are the statements from the counterfeit, upon which we will comment at length. For starters, remember that we are dealing with on the one hand, the authentic Spirit of Prophecy of which we have proven that God is the author, not Ellen. On the other hand we have the lies of Satan in the counterfeit which speaks smooth things to the sinners in Zion. This is one such. I like the taste of eggs, but I like the taste of meat also; these things mean nothing, we are not to consult taste in the choice of food to eat. We are to be obedient to God.

In the appendix above they have very conveniently left out the next sentence, which says “They are an injury to your children.” The church would have us believe that this testimony is personal, only for these people, but is this the case? No! There are a great many personal testimonies for individuals in the church that are included in the Testimonies—for a reason. And here it is.

I have sought to do my duty. I have pointed out the special sins of some. I was shown that the sins and errors of all in the wisdom of God would not be revealed. All would have sufficient light; all could see, if they desired to do so, and earnestly wished to put their sins and errors from them, and perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. They could see what sins God marked and reproved in others. If these sins were cherished by them, they should know that they were abhorred of God, and were separated from him; and unless they earnestly and zealously set about the work to put them away, they would be left in darkness. God is too pure to behold iniquity. A sin marked in one is just as grievous in the sight of God in every case. There will be no exception made by an impartial God. All who are guilty are addressed in these individual testimonies, although their names may not be attached to the special testimony borne; and if individuals pass over their own sins because their names are not especially called, if they cover their sins, they will not be prospered of God. They cannot advance in the divine life, but will become darker and darker until the light of Heaven will be entirely withdrawn. p. 137, Para. 1, [18OT].

There you have the true position of the original testimony. Even though given to a specific party, and even though it is truly a “personal” testimony, as God points out in the above paragraph, it is truly applicable to all, and especially those for whom the eating of eggs is an idol.

If you give it a bit of thought, really nothing else goes into the egg before the chick comes out. That makes it a “form” of meat eating. I personally like eggs, especially good country eggs, which are called “premium” eggs in professional cooking. And with good reason, they taste great.

I also like Salmon, tri-tip and many other things that God points out are harmful to our my spiritual life. So I left them behind on the path… and continued walking in the light of the Midnight Cry so that I might not stumble and fall off the path. As a result I have been greatly blessed with more and more light. It is an amazing thing and I am very grateful to God for his great mercy on me.

 

More tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Sunday July 28, 2013

The health reform is not well received by many because it cuts directly across their favorite path. It is the voice of God pointing out the habits of diet that are harmful to the fine nerves of the brain, which are so necessary for comprehension of spiritual things. Satan wars against your understanding of these things, for in understanding new thoughts are formed, which are parent to new actions taken, which lead to eternal life.

Here at sopvindicated.org we strive to point out the dividing line between the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and the counterfeit. This dividing line is comprised of several items. We have the death of James, the date, August 6, 1881, of his death, the take-over of Willie and his team, the immediate beginning of an unbroken stream of R&H articles published under Ellen’s name, the immediate commencement of the re-writing of all the previously published authentic Spirit of Prophecy, and some small miscellaneous items.

Another item of health reform has come to my attention and we will discuss it today. Though it centers around eating eggs for food, the arguments in favor of this practice are specious and a blending of the counterfeit SOP to make a case against the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. There is a great need of all to understand this dividing line between the two and to understand that the counterfeit one is the smooth lies of Satan designed to steal your eternal life.

Here is what God has to say through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy.

The Lord, in his wisdom, designed to bring his people into a position where they would separate from the world in spirit and practice, then their children would not so readily be led away into idolatry, and become tainted with the prevailing corruptions of this age.

This is an excellent example of the meaning of the term “out so far,” as shown in The Day-Star, which some murmurers and complainers that rashly deny the light of the Midnight Cry grow weary of, this separation from the world.

It is God’s purpose that believing parents and their children should stand forth as living representatives of Christ, candidates for everlasting life. All who are partakers of the divine nature will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is impossible for those who indulge the gratification of appetite to attain to Christian perfection.

Some people just hate these absolute phrases, yet, it is God that reaches out to them through the authentic Spirit of Prophecy to touch their idols, showing them the deception they are under in believing that he will accept them in their sin, as opposed to from their sin.

You cannot arouse the moral sensibilities of your children while you are not careful in the selection of their food. The tables that parents usually prepare for their children are a snare to them. The diet is not simple, and it is not prepared in a healthful manner. The food is frequently rich and fever-producing, having a tendency to irritate and excite the tender organs of the stomach. The animal passions are strengthened, while the moral and intellectual are weakened. The lower order of passions bears sway, while the moral and intellectual are servant to the baser passions. You should study to prepare a simple yet nutritious diet. Rich cakes, rich pies, prepared with spices, of any kind, and flesh-meats, are not the most healthful and nourishing diet. Eggs should not be placed upon your table. They are an injury to your children.

The last two sentences immediately above are the focus of the White Estate comments. They would have you believe that this testimony is solely for the recipient, but, as we will discover, this is not the truth.

Fruits and grains, prepared in the most simple form, are the most healthful, and will impart the greatest amount of nourishment, and, at the same time, the intellect will be unimpaired. p. 68, Para. 1, [18OT].

This last sentence is in perfect harmony with that said in No. 17, page 192.
We will continue this discussion tomorrow.

God Bless your Study

Tuesday July 23, 2013

Corn is an interesting grain. Tis that time of year when it is a very cheap food of high quality, especially if you can get real organic. When I think of corn, I usually think of “corn and wine” and oil.

Until I come and take you away to
a land like your own land,
a land of corn and wine,
a land of bread and vineyards,
a land of oil olive and of honey,
that ye may live, and not die: and hearken not unto Hezekiah, when he persuadeth you, saying, The LORD will deliver us. 2 Kings 18:32

An interesting parallelism in this verse. Corn is an important grain. Often corn is taken to mean wheat, or something similar. I like the taste of Mexican tamales, specifically the Masa that makes up the body of the tamales.

So I began doing some research on Masa to learn something of it, how to cook it, &c. I learned something interesting. Corn, as it comes from the plant, is not the best of foods. It needs to go through a process called nixtamalization which can be studied on this Wikipedia page.

It is basically a chemical process of using an alkaline solution, usually limewater, to break down the corn into the better food it can be. But here is what I noticed in my research, the writers almost uniformly approach this subject as something developed by early native peoples.

However, we know this to be false. Being a believer in the Bible and God’s providence in all things, we know that Noah lived 950 years, that’s 350 past the flood. Two points on this. God instructed Noah in the building of the Ark, and I am quite sure he also gave him instruction in how to live after the flood, things about the climate were very different than before the flood. Secondly, Noah was smart. It takes some chemistry to understand what needs to happen to corn to make it into a better food. Two reasons I am sure this information came from God.

Think about it. This knowledge had to have been passed down over the years to the children and this is the source of the various “native” people of various lands all over the world. We have to think constantly in terms of God’s hand in the affairs of man to combat this constant pressure from Satan’s wiles.

This is a core reason for Christian education at home, separate from the world, read Satan here, and it’s teaching that is so destructive to faith.

Next time you pick up an ear of corn… and pause… and someone asks you if something is wrong, tell them, “No, everything is just fine, God is in control.”

YES!!! PRAISE GOD!!!

God Bless your Study

Monday July 8, 2013

While we are on this topic, on the side that is, about what Willie was up to; according to rough, preliminary math, taking the number of pages the White Estate claims Ellen wrote, divided by the number of weeks she “worked,” minus the Sabbath days, dear Ellen would have been responsible for about nine pages per day, every day.

Which means that every day she skipped, the next day she would have had eighteen pages to write. Again, this is just rough math here.

Then we find this in the counterfeit SOP.

“About a year after the death of my husband, I was very feeble, and it was feared that I might live but a short time.

But all this time day by day she must have been writing,… nine pages per day.

At the Healdsburg camp meeting, I was taken into the tent where there was a large gathering of our people. I asked to be raised up from the lounged on which I was lying, and assisted to the speaker’s platform, that I might say a few words of farewell to the people. As I tried to speak, the power of God came upon me, and thrilled me through and through. Many in the congregation observed that I was weak, and that my face and hands seemed bloodless; but as I began speaking they saw the color coming into my lips and face, and knew that a miracle was being wrought in my behalf. I stood before the people healed, and spoke with freedom.

Now she is healed and all is well.

“After this experience, light was given me that the Lord had raised me up to bear testimony for Him in many countries, and that He would give me grace and strength for the work. It was also shown me that my son, W. C. White, should be my helper and counselor, and that the Lord would place on him the spirit of wisdom and of a sound mind. I was shown that the Lord would guide him, and that he would not be led away, because he would recognize the leadings and guidance of the Holy Spirit.” (1SM, p. 54)

Assuming that the first paragraph is correct, from what we know of Willie, how convenient that this paragraph appears. Not only that, but how convenient that Willie is now “once saved always saved” in the eyes of… God???

We better back up here and take another look at what is being said here. As far as I am concerned Willie is the one who wrote the whole thing. I don’t even know if Ellen actually attended that meeting or not, one year after James’ death. That aside, Willie has just created for himself a job, the controller of the Spirit of Prophecy.

Some will disagree and that is ok, but let’s go on here. According to this alleged writing of Ellen’s Willie is getting “the spirit of wisdom and of a sound mind” in addition “the Lord would guide him, and that he would not be led away.” This really is amazing. This is saying that Willie would not go into error, or we could say that he is infallible?!

Now the “contexters” would have fun with this one. Especially after what we have been through the last few days. But again, it says what it says and very clearly it says that Willie would not sin?, would not make a mistake?,led away means something???

And it goes on… “because he would recognize the leadings and guidance of the Holy Spirit.” To me all this means that at the very least Willie’s judgment could be trusted… because God is guiding him,… the Holy Spirit is guiding him and leading him.

Let’s test it.

In 1872 God had this counsel for the saints, found in No. 21, page 22-23.

And, above all, we should not with our pens advocate positions that we do not put to a practical test in our own families, upon our own tables. This is dissimulation, and a species of hypocrisy. In Michigan we can do better in leaving salt, sugar, and milk, than many who are situated in the far West, or in the far East, where there is a scarcity of fruit. There are but very few families in Battle Creek who do not use these articles upon their tables. We know that a free use of these articles is positively injurious to health, and, in many cases, we think if they were not used at all, a much better state of health would be enjoyed. At present, our burden is not upon these things. The people are so far behind that we see it is all they can bear to have us draw the line upon their injurious indulgences and stimulating narcotics. We bear positive testimony against tobacco, spirituous liquors, snuff, tea, coffee, flesh-meats, butter, spices, rich cakes, mince pies, a large amount of salt, and all exciting substances used as articles of food. p. 22, Para. 2, [21OT].

Now go back to this post on the blog and read toward the bottom of it how Ellen Willie changed their minds about what God showed to them in No. 21, page 23, quoted above. Now, it must be, that God has changed his mind, apparently, and is telling his people that  “sterilized butter was a better fat for many people than any of the vegetable oils.” This is Willie’s words as reported by the White Estate.

 

This begs the question, what happened? According to Willie, God didn’t give very good light to Ellen and she had to then go to man for the “clearest and best light.”

Perhaps now you will understand why we claim that Willie and his team are responsible for the counterfeit SOP. And there you will find the source for those nine pages per day of written material.

Around here we take the clear position that God is the author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy and that every word of it can be trusted just as the Bible can be trusted. The authentic Spirit of Prophecy is not an addition to the Bible but that “God has seen fit in this manner to bring the minds of his people to his Word, to give them a more clear understanding of it.” p. 153, Para. 1, [27OT].

Stand on the proven truth alone.

God Bless your study

Friday April 26, 2013

Ending yesterday’s post, we mentioned that there were some items that once mentioned were never brought up again. It appears that the Apocrypha is in this same class.

Beginning with Ellen’s first vision, published in The Day-Star, we have a couple of sentences that are not in Early Writings. They tell us something about the people who rashly deny the light of the Midnight Cry and fall off the path.

It was just as impossible for them to get on the path again and go to the City, as all the wicked world which God had rejected. They fell all the way along the path one after another, until* we heard the voice of God like many waters,** which gave us the day and hour of Jesus’ coming.”

* The actual end of the removed material.
** The special resurrection occurs at this point, page 205, 1858 Great Controversy, thus making “the living saints, 144,000 in number.”

Next we have the 1849 Broadside. This vision has two items that has never been published again, before James’ death. The first is seven sentences that nine (9) times define God as the true author of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy. They were republished, after Ellen’s death, in 1SM page 40. The second is two sentences about the angels having a golden card, used for access to the gates of the City. To my knowledge this information was only published twice more before James’ death.

There are two items mentioned in the 1854 Supplement to the 1851 CEV that suffer the same status. The first is gospel order and under that is the holy kiss. Never published again is the holy kiss, with gospel order being published after James’ death in the counterfeit SOP.

Please do not consider this a complete list. These are just the items that have come to mind for this post. There are doubtless a host more, especially considering the List of Lies category, on the right of the blog. Satan’s efforts to cover up the truth for the last days is severe. Truths that the 144,000 will need to make it through to the end, truths that the GCSDA church has helped to cover up and hide from the saints, are hidden by ignoring.

And one more.

No. 30, the last of the authentic Spirit of Prophecy Testimonies, published in 1881, pages 151 to 178, titled Simplicity of Dress, is all about dress reform. Largely speaking, dress reform is focused on the females. It’s just a fact of life. Satan has used and is using, unconverted women to his advantage against Christ.

Here are some passages from the mentioned section. It details the status of items seemingly left to trail in the dust.

Perhaps no question has ever come up among us which has caused such a development of character as has the dress reform. p. 162, Para. 3, [30OT].

    I had no burden of testimony on the subject of dress. I made no reference to it in any way, either to advocate or to condemn. It was the Lord’s purpose to prove his professed people, and reveal the motives of their hearts. At the camp-meetings, I seldom had anything to say upon the subject. I avoided all questions, and answered no letters. p. 164, Para. 2, [30OT].

    God has been testing his people. He allowed the testimony concerning dress to become silent, that our sisters might follow their own inclination, and thus develop the real pride existing in their hearts. It was to prevent the present state of worldliness that the reform dress was recommended. Many scorned the idea that this dress was necessary to preserve them from following the fashions. The Lord has permitted them to prove that pride was cherished in their hearts, and that this was just what they would do. And it is now shown that they needed the restriction which the reform dress imposed. p. 167, Para. 1, [30OT].

The fact that God allowed the testimony on dress reform to become silent is mute testimony to the other items listed above, and still more, also allowed to become silent.

If God says something one time that should be enough. The fact that it is repeated, even once more should greatly increase our attention. It is our responsibility to cherish the light God has given. We cherish this light from God by giving it the prime spot at our desk.

It is not for lack of knowledge that God’s people are now perishing. They will not be condemned because they do not know the way, the truth, and the life. The truth that has reached their understanding, the light which has shone on the soul, that has not been cherished, and which they have neglected, or refused to be led by, will condemn them. p. 15, Para. 2, [16OT].

    It should be the first business of your life to seek the kingdom of Heaven and the righteousness of God; then you have the promise that all things shall be added. Here is where you have failed in your family. Had you been agonizing, that you and yours might enter in at the strait gate, you would have earnestly gathered every ray of light that the Lord has permitted to shine upon your pathway, and would have cherished and walked in it. You have not regarded the light that has been graciously given you. You have had a spirit of rising up against the light the Lord has given upon health reform. You have seen no importance in it, why you should receive it. You have not felt willing to restrict your appetite. You could not see the wisdom of God in giving light in regard to the restriction of appetite. All that you could discern was the inconvenience attending the denial of the taste. The Lord has let his light shine upon us in these last days, that the gloom and darkness which have been gathering in past generations, because of sinful indulgences, might be dispelled in some degree, and the train of evils which have been the result of intemperate eating and drinking to gratify appetite, might be lessened. p. 67, Para. 1, [18OT].

And because the church has not cherished the light given, it has only been mentioned once, in some cases, and allowed to fall silent.

Grasp that light and hang on to it!

God Bless your Study