It is not
the chief end of man to gratify his appetite.
There are physical wants to be supplied; but because of this is it
necessary that man shall be controlled by appetite? Will the people who are seeking to become
holy, pure, refined, that they may be introduced into the society of heavenly
angels, continue to take the life of God’s creatures, and enjoy their flesh as
a luxury? From what the Lord has shown
me, this order of things will be changed, and God’s peculiar people will
exercise temperance in all things.
who have received instruction regarding the evils of the use of flesh foods,
tea, and coffee, and rich and unhealthful food preparations, and who are
determined to make a covenant with God by sacrifice, will not continue to
indulge their appetite for food that they know to be unhealthful. God demands that the appetite be cleansed,
and that self-denial be practiced in regard to those things which are not
good. This is a work that will have to
be done before His people can stand before Him a perfected people.” Counsels
on Diet and Foods, 381.
reform is to do among our people a work which it has not yet done. There are those who ought to be awake to the
danger of meat eating, who are still eating the flesh of animals, thus
endangering the physical, mental, and spiritual health. Many who are now only half converted on the
question of meat eating will go from God’s people to walk no more with them.
. . .
while proclaiming the most solemn and important message God has ever given, men
war against the truth by indulging wrong habits of eating and drinking, they
take all the force from the message they bear.
who indulge in meat eating, tea drinking, and gluttony are sowing seeds for a
harvest of pain and death. The
unhealthful food placed in the stomach strengthens the appetites that war
against the soul, developing the lower propensities. A diet of flesh meat tends to develop
animalism. A development of animalism
lessens spirituality, rendering the mind incapable of understanding truth.
word of God plainly warns us that unless we abstain from fleshly lusts, the
physical nature will be brought into conflict with the spiritual nature. Lustful eating wars against health and peace. Thus a warfare is instituted between the
higher and the lower attributes of the man.
The lower propensities, strong and active, oppress the soul. The highest interests of the being are imperiled
by the indulgence of appetites unsanctioned by Heaven.” Ibid., 382.
Firm Stand Against Meat Eating
who claim to believe the truth are to guard carefully the powers of body and
mind, so that God and His cause will not be in any way dishonored by their
words or actions. The habits and
practices are to be brought into subjection to the will of God. We are to give careful attention to our
diet. It has been clearly presented to
me that God’s people are to take a firm stand against meat eating. Would God . . . give His people the
message that if they desire to have pure blood and clear minds, they must give
up the use of flesh meat, if He did not want them to heed this message? By the use of flesh meats the animal nature
is strengthened and the spiritual nature weakened.” Ibid., 383.
who use flesh meat disregard all the warnings that God has given concerning
this question. They have no evidence
that they are walking in safe paths.
They have not the slightest excuse for eating the flesh of dead
animals. God’s curse is resting upon the
animal creation. Many times when meat is
eaten, it decays in the stomach, and creates disease. Cancers, tumors, and pulmonary diseases are
largely caused by meat eating.” Ibid.
intellectual, the moral, and the physical powers are depreciated by the
habitual use of flesh meats. Meat eating
deranges the system, beclouds the intellect, and blunts the moral
sensibilities. We say to you, dear
brother and sister, your safest course is to let meat alone.” Ibid., 391.
Strength to Resist
our appetites clamor for the flesh of dead animals, it is a necessity to fast
and pray for the Lord to give His grace to deny fleshly lusts which war against
When Prayer for Healing is
are those among Seventh-day Adventists who will not heed the light given them
in regard to this matter. They make
flesh meat a part of their diet. Disease
comes upon them. Sick and suffering as a
result of their own wrong course, they ask for the prayers of the servants of
God. But how can the Lord work in their
behalf when they are not willing to do His will, when they refuse to heed His
instruction in regard to health reform? . . .
light on health reform has been coming to the people of God, but many have made
it a subject of jest. They have
continued to use tea, coffee, spices, and flesh meat. Their bodies are full of disease. How can we, I ask, present such ones to the
Lord for healing?” Ibid., 400.
Benefit of Self-Denial
we could be benefited by indulging the desire for flesh foods, I would not make
this appeal to you; but I know we cannot.
Flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being, and we should
learn to do without them. Those who are
in a position where it is possible to secure a vegetarian diet, but who choose
to follow their own preferences in this matter, eating and drinking as they
please, will gradually grow careless of the instruction the Lord has given
regarding other phases of the present truth, and will lose their perception of
what is truth; they will surely reap as they have sown. . . .
need ever to bear in mind that in these days of probation we are on trial
before the Lord of the universe. Will
you not give up indulgences that are doing you injury? Words of profession are cheap; let your acts
of self-denial testify that you will be obedient to the demands that God makes
of His peculiar people. Then put into
the treasury a portion of the means you save by your acts of self-denial, and
there will be that with which to carry on the work of God.
are many who feel that they cannot get along without flesh foods; but if these
would place themselves on the Lord’s side, resolutely resolved to walk in the
way of His guidance, they would receive strength and wisdom as did Daniel and
his fellows. They would find that the
Lord would give them sound judgment.
Many would be surprised to see how much could be saved for the cause of
God by acts of self-denial. The small
sums saved by deeds of sacrifice will do more for the up-building of the cause
of God than larger gifts will accomplish that have not called for denial of
self.” Ibid., 402–404.
Meat Eating a Curse
Lord would bring His people into a position where they will not touch or taste
the flesh of dead animals. Then let not
these things be prescribed by any physicians who have a knowledge of the truth
for this time. There is no safety in the
eating of the flesh of dead animals, and in a short time the milk of the cows
will also be excluded from the diet of God’s commandment-keeping people. In a short time it will not be safe to use
anything that comes from the animal creation.
Those who take God at His word, and obey His commandments with the whole
heart, will be blessed. He will be their
shield of protection. But the Lord will
not be trifled with. Distrust,
disobedience, alienation from God’s will and way, will place the sinner in a
position where the Lord cannot give him His divine favor. . . .
I will refer to the diet question. We
cannot now do as we have ventured to do in the past in regard to meat
eating. It has always been a curse to
the human family, but now it is made particularly so in the curse which God has
pronounced upon the herds of the field, because of man’s transgression and
sin. The disease upon animals is becoming
more and more common, and our only safety now is in leaving meat entirely
alone.” Ibid., 411, 412.
True to Principle
are determined to live out the principles of health reform, to walk in the way
of truth and righteousness. We shall
not, for fear of losing patronage, be half-and-half reformers. We have taken our position, and by God’s help
we shall stand by it. The food provided
for the patients is wholesome and palatable.
The diet is composed of fruits and grains and nuts.” Ibid., 414,