Faithfulness in Health Reform

If ever there was a time that required and demanded the top point of efficiency in activities and endeavors, the present day does.

By W. G. WIRTH, Head of Bible Department, College of Medical Evangelists

If ever there was a time that required and demanded the top point of efficiency in activities and endeavors, the present day does. This is so because all of us are under a stress and strain that our forebears little knew. The life they lived in a month, we crowd into a day. Ours is truly a speeded-up existence. The wear and tear of modern life is having its sinister results in the physical life of every human being. This is true of the three de­partments of human expression—body, mind, and soul.

1. The Bodily Forces.—Because of the nervous stress of our times, many are unable to stand the daily grind. The result is func­tional disorders of all kinds. Nerve exhaus­tion, worry, and emotional instability are tak­ing their dread toll. As to organic disorders, the tale is pathetic. At a time when strong hearts are needed to meet the increased issues of life, heart disease is tremendously on the advance. And what is true of the heart, is equally true of the kidneys, the stomach, and other important body organs. There is only one way to keep the body fit for this heavy strain, and that is by giving personal and in­dividual attention to our bodily forces, to see that proper care is taken of them.

The difficulty is with ourselves. We do not properly guard our health so as to secure the optimum of physical efficiency. If we would give half the attention to our bodies in the cause of health that we give to our autos for transportation, we would be a fitter generation to meet a fiercer environment. To the Seventh-day Adventist, this can mean nothing but a challenge to observe the principles of sound health reform.

2. The Mental Function.—Mentally, we are faced with the need of clear thinking in a confused and muddled world. Immersed as we are in a milieu of perplexity and uncer­tainty, decisive and crystal-clear thinking is imperative. The one way to get this is to have a proper balance between bodily function and mind function. Neglect of the body is the result of the neglect of the mind. The two cannot be separated. They form an unbreak­able unity. A sour stomach makes for a sour mind. An aching tooth makes for a troubled mind. Much of the confused thinking of today can be attributed directly to indifference and neglect of that which must be the foundation of right mental operation—bodily vigor and strength.

3. Spirtual Values.—Religion and spirit­uality likewise owe much to proper physical health. While there have been saints of God whose bodies have been racked with pain and stricken with depressing disease, as a general thing, sainthood does not come through the path of physical disability and physical weak­ness. The example of the greatest character that ever lived, Jesus of Nazareth, ought to have much significance for all. We do not read that He was ever ill. The picture we get is a perfect and smooth functioning of bodily and soul forces in the great Galilean. It is no wonder that His life ran so smoothly on the road of moral and spiritual accomplish­ment. So far as His own relationship to human living was concerned, the inter­ferometer of life recorded no appreciable hin­drance to the attainment of His goal. That lesson is needed by all of us, to see to it that we, individually, function through our own right habits of living without self-caused im­pediment. These words of Sister White should be impressed deeply upon our hearts:

"I am instructed to bear a message to all our people on the subject of health reform; for many have backslidden from their former loyalty to health reform principles. God's purpose for His children is that they shall grow up to the full stature of men and women in Christ. In order to do this, they must use aright every power of mind, soul, and body. They cannot afford to waste any mental or physical strength."—"Counsels on Health," p. 127.

There is no equivocation here. The heav­enly advice is that if we would be well-rounded children of God, we must "use aright every power of mind, soul, and body." We "cannot afford to waste any mental or physical strength." Again, the messenger of the Lord writes :

"Seventh-day Adventists are handling momentous truths. More than forty years ago the Lord gave us special light on health reform, but how are we walking in that light? How many have refused to live in harmony with the counsels of God! As a people, we should make advancement proportionate to the light received. It is our duty to understand and respect the principles of health reform. On the subject of temperance we should be in advance of all other people; and yet there are among us well-in­structed members of the church, and even ministers of the gospel, who have little respect for the light that God has given upon this subject. They eat as they please, and work as they please."—Id., pp. 131, 132.

Paul tells us in Romans 12:1 that we are to present our "bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God," which is our spiritual service. According to the apostle, to attend to the spiritual values of life is not enough. The responsibility includes more than that. It indicates the safeguarding of our bodily health, as well as the care of the soul. May God help us to meet the challenge in His way.

Ministry reserves the right to approve, disapprove, and delete comments at our discretion and will not be able to respond to inquiries about these comments. Please ensure that your words are respectful, courteous, and relevant.

comments powered by Disqus

By W. G. WIRTH, Head of Bible Department, College of Medical Evangelists

September 1939

Download PDF
Ministry Cover

More Articles In This Issue

Reducing Losses and Retaining Gains

How can we reduce our losses and retain our gains?

The Early and Latter Rain—No. 1

Biblical exposition help for your consideration.

Reaching the Women of India

Can we not get a vision from this of one way to break down prejudice against Christianity and build up strong favorable impres­sions?

Training an African Ministry

It is now more than forty-five years since our mission work began among the Afri­can people. Ever since, it has been the object of our missionaries to train the Af­rican to bear responsibility.

Personality Involves A Pleasing Voice

Probably no greater compliment was ever paid to a man than Mark paid to Jesus when he wrote, "The common people heard Him gladly." But it was not only what Jesus had to say; it was also how He said it, that caused the common people to hear Him gladly.

Are You Hitting at Nothing?

A Searching Question for Each Worker

Music in Present-Day Evangelism

Music is a handmaiden of religion.

Qualifications of Ministers

Vital "Testimony" Counsels

Three Schools of Prophetic Interpretation

There are three leading systems of prophetic interpretation current in the reli­gious world. Each of these systems has many eminent advocates, and each group, of course, thinks its own system to be the only correct one.

Editorial Keynotes

True Friends Greatly Needed

Fundamental Advertising Principles

Behind every method for bringing goods to the notice of the public are certain sound principles.

The President's Leadership

The wise president, with the interests of the young people pulsating in his heart, will seek to know the youth

The Missionary Nurse in Burma

It is my firm conviction that no class of worker has filled a more useful place in the Lord's work in Burma than has the consecrated missionary nurse.

Maintaining Rhythm in Digestion*

Perhaps no laws of physiology are more commonly disregarded than those relating to digestion.

Institute at Paradise Valley

I have always wanted to be in some type of work where I could help our own church members learn the principles of proper diet and healthful living, so that they could prac­tice these principles in their homes. My op­portunity came when I had the privilege of conducting the nutrition classes in connection with the institute for church workers held at Paradise Valley Sanitarium in April of this year.

Loma Linda Nutrition School

A report from a recent institute held at Loma Linda from April 9 to 13.

Clean and Unclean Meats

The question arises, Is there confusion in teaching that the record of clean and unclean meats of Leviticus II should be observed today, and at the same time teaching that the ceremonial law as a whole is done away with?

Dealing With the Tobacco Habit

Many of the men and women who come to our meetings, and have a desire to accept God's message, are apparently help­lessly bound by the tobacco habit. How can they find help?

Hebrew as a Tool Language

Our belief in the inspiration of the Bible makes the study of Hebrew particularly signifi­cant.

Bible Teaching in Our Schools—l

The secret of successful teaching of the word of God lies in the character of the teacher.

Editorial Postscripts

From the Ministry back page.

View All Issue Contents

Digital delivery

If you're a print subscriber, we'll complement your print copy of Ministry with an electronic version.

Sign up
Advertisement - Southern Adv Univ 180x150 - Animated

Recent issues

See All
Advertisement - Healthy and Happy Family - Skyscraper 160x600