"Physicians and Ministers Are to Unite"

Counsel from the Spirit of Prophecy.

Ellen G. White

"Physicians and ministers are to unite in an effort to lead men and women to obey God's commandments."—The Review and Herald, April 21, 1906.

"The work you have been doing in the cities is meeting heaven's approval. . . . What you have done demonstrates that if our physicians and our ministers can work together in the presentation of truth to the people, more can be reached than could be influenced by the min­ister working alone."—Medical Ministry, p. 263.

"God is calling upon young men and women who have already gained a practical knowledge of how to treat the sick, to labor as gospel medical missionaries in connection with expe­rienced evangelical workers."—Counsels to Par­ents and Teachers, p. 469.

"There are none too many godly physicians to minister in their profession. There is much work to be done, and ministers and doctors are to work in perfect union. . . .

"Ministers and physicians are to work har­moniously with earnestness to save souls."—Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 233.

"Our physicians are to unite with the work of the ministers of the gospel. . .

"Medical missionary work is in no case to be divorced from the gospel ministry. The Lord has specified that the two shall be as closely connected as the arm is with the body. Without this union neither part of the work is com­plete. The medical missionary work is the gos­pel in illustration."—Ibid., pp. 240, 241.

"To our physicians and ministers I send the message: Lay hold of the Lord's work as if you believed the truth for this time. Medical mis­sionary workers and workers in the gospel min­istry are to be bound together by indissoluble ties."—Ibid., vol. 8, p. 46.

"The medical missionary work is to be closely connected with the work of preaching."—Ibid., pp. 521, 522.

"Medical missionaries who labor in evange­listic lines are doing a work of as high an order as are their ministerial fellow laborers. This kind of medical work, combined with ministerial work, is not to be limited to the poorer classes...

"The faithful physician and the minister are engaged in the same work. They should work in complete harmony. They are to counsel to­gether."—Ibid., p. 546.

"I wish to speak about the relation existing between the medical missionary work and the gospel ministry. It has been presented to me that every department of the work is to be united in one great whole. . . The work that is to fit a people to stand firm in the last great day must not be a divided work.

"There is to be no division between the ministry and the medical work. The physician should labor equally with the minister, and with as much earnestness and thoroughness for the salvation of the soul, as well as for the restoration of the body. . .

"When connected with other lines of gospel effort, medical missionary work is a most ef­fective instrument by which the ground is pre­pared for the sowing of the seeds of truth, and the instrument also by which the harvest is reaped. Medical missionary work is the helping hand of the gospel ministry. . . . The Lord has ordained that Christian physicians and nurses shall labor in connection with those who preach the word. The medical missionary work is to be bound up with the gospel ministry. . . .

"Ministers of the gospel are to unite with the medical missionary work, which has ever been presented to me as the work which is to break down the prejudice which exists. . . .

"As physicians unite with ministers in pro­claiming the gospel in the great cities of the land, their combined labors will result in in­fluencing many minds in favor of the truth for this time. . . .

"The ordained ministers alone are not equal to the task. God is calling not only upon the ministers, but also upon physicians, nurses, can­vassers, Bible workers, and other consecrated laymen of varied talent who have a knowledge of present truth, to consider the needs of the unwarned cities. .

"No line is to be drawn between the genuine medical missionary work and the gospel minis­try. These two must blend. They are not to stand apart as separate lines of work. They are to be joined in an inseparable union, even as the hand is joined to the body. . . .

"Not one word too much has been said in vindication and praise of genuine medical mis­sionary work.... With medical missionary work acting as the helping hand of the gospel minis­try, the sick would be restored to health, and many souls would be led into the light. . . .

"The gospel of Christ is to be bound up with medical missionary work, and medical mission­ary work is to be bound up with the gospel ministry. The world needs the efforts of medi­cal missionaries who are bound up with the gospel message. . . . They [the ministers of the gospel] are to look upon it as the helping hand of the gospel, regarding it with great apprecia­tion as the means of preparing hearts for the sowing of the seed of truth, and of bringing many to Christ.".—Medical Ministry, pp. 237­253.

"The Lord has ordained that with those who preach the word shall be associated His medi­cal missionary workers,—Christian physicians and nurses, who have received special training in the healing of disease and in soul winning.

"Medical missionaries and workers in the gospel ministry are to be bound together by indissoluble ties. Their work is to be done with freshness and power. By their combined efforts the world is to be prepared for the sec­ond advent of Christ. Through their united labors the Sun of Righteousness is to rise, with healing in His wings."—Counsels to Teachers, p. 468.

"Successful evangelistic work can be done in connection with medical missionary work. It is as these lines of work are united that we may expect to gather the most precious fruit for the Lord."—Medical Ministry, pp. 26, 27.

"If ever the Lord has spoken by me, He speaks when I say that the workers engaged in educational lines, in ministerial lines and in medical missionary lines must stand as a unit, all laboring under the supervision of God, one helping the other, each blessing each."—Testi­monies, vol. 9, pp. 169, 170.

"My brethren, the Lord calls for unity, for oneness. We are to be one in the faith. I want to tell you that when the gospel ministers and the medical missionary workers are not united, there is placed on our churches the worst evil that can be placed there."—Medical Ministry, p. 241.

"Christ, the great Medical Missionary, is our example. . . . He healed the sick and preached the gospel. In His service, healing and teaching were linked closely together. Today they are not to be separated."—Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 170, 171.

"The life of Christ and His minisiry to the afflicted are inseparably connected. From the light that has been given me, I know that an intimate relationship should ever exist between the medical missionary work and the gospel ministry. They are bound together in sacred union as one work, and are never to be di­vorced. The principles of heaven are to be adopted and practiced by those who claim to walk in the Saviour's footsteps. By His example He has shown us that medical missionary work is not to take the place of the preaching of the gospel, but is to be bound up with it."—Coun­sels on Health, p. 528.

"God reaches hearts through the relief of physical suffering. . . . God works to-day to reach hearts in the same way that He worked when Christ was upon this earth. In reading the word of God, we see that Christ brought medical missionary work into His ministry. Cannot our eyes be opened to discern Christ's methods? Cannot we understand the commis­sion He gave to His disciples and to us?"—Medical Ministry, p. 246.

"If the medical missionary work is carried on as a part of the gospel, worldlings will see the good that is being done; they will be convicted of its genuineness and will give it their sup­port."—Testimonies, vol. 6, p. 292.

"The Saviour made each work of healing an occasion for implanting divine principles in the mind and soul. This was the purpose of His work. He imparted earthly blessings, that He might incline the hearts of men to receive the gospel of His grace."—The Ministry of Heal­ing, p. 20.

"There are precious blessings and a rich ex­perience to be gained if ministers will combine the presentation of the health question with all their labors in the churches."—Counsels on Health, p. 431.

"In God's work, teaching and healing are never to be separated."—Testimonies, vol. 8, p. 165.

"The gospel ministry is needed to give per­manence and stability to the medical mission­ary work; and the ministry needs the medical missionary work to demonstrate the practical working of the gospel. Neither part of the work is complete without the other. . . .

"In His word God has united these two lines of work, and no man should divorce them."—Counsels on Health, pp. 514, 515.

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Ellen G. White

October 1955

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