Worship: Spirit of Prophecy Reform / Wellness: From Masturbation to Mental Illness

Worship: For Heaven’s Sake  In order to save us, God gave to us the Bible, the greater light. More than that, He also gave us the spirit of prophecy, the lesser light, which reflects the greater light. Just as the moon, which has no light of its own and simply reflects the sunlight during the dark part of the day, so the spirit of prophecy, the writings of Ellen G. White, simply reflect the Word of God during the dark part of Earth’s history.

“The Word of God is sufficient to enlighten the most beclouded mind, and may be understood by those who have any desire to understand it. But notwithstanding all this, some 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 gives plain and pointed testimonies, bringing them back to the Word that they have neglected to follow. The Word of God abounds in general principles for the formation of correct habits of living, and the Testimonies, general and personal, have been calculated to call their attention more especially to these principles.—Testimonies For The Church 5:663, 664 (1889).” {Ev 256.4}

Because we did not give heed to the Bible, God mercifully gave to us the spirit of prophecy. To reject any part of the spirit of prophecy, says Pastor Flemons, is to reject the Bible. Your heart must fully belong to God. He gave us the reforms that we learn in the writings of Ellen G. White so that our lives can more righteously reflect His character and be saved. Without her writings, we would not know many of the modern applications of God’s word, he says. Her writings are biblical principles.

“The very last deception of Satan will be to make of none effect the testimony of the Spirit of God. ‘Where there is no vision, the people perish’ (Proverbs 29:18). Satan will work ingeniously, in different ways and through different agencies, to unsettle the confidence of God’s remnant people in the true testimony.—Selected Messages 1:48 (1890).” {LDE 177.5}

[For additional details, please read Revelation 12:172 Thessalonians 2:1-5; Revelation 19:10; 1 Corinthians 1:6,7; EvangelismEv 257; Job 31:26; Last Day EventsLDE 177.5; Counsels on HealthCH 506Special Testimony to the Battle Creek ChurchPH155.9.2; 12MR 201.1. Also listen to the recording to hear the commentary of Pastor Flemons, who sang Hymn 43, “When Morning Gilds the Skies.”]

Worship: For Health’s Sake  Shelem Flemons, a doctor of biblical wellness, says that masturbation can cause mental illness. From his own personal experience working at a mental institution, he confirms the claim that mental institutions are filled with those who have given themselves over to masturbation, formerly called secret vice. “It drains the electrical energy of the mind,” he says, and weakens the physical constitution.

Pastor Flemons read in part counsel from the book An Appeal to Mothers, by Ellen G. White, given in this regard:

“Mothers, the great cause of these physical, mental and moral evils is secret vice which inflames the passions, fevers the imagination, and leads to licentiousness. This vice is laying waste the constitution, and preparing the young for disease of almost every description. And shall we permit our children to pursue a course of self-destruction? {ApM 8.1}

“Secret vice is the destroyer of high resolve, earnest endeavor, and strength of will to form a good religious character. . .” {ApM 9.1}

With every ejaculation, a large amount of zinc is lost, says Pastor Flemons. Zinc, he says, is the protective measure against prostate cancer and a builder of the immune system. While this does not mean that all prostate cancers are caused by excessive ejaculations, it does mean that prostate cancers tend to reveal the absence of zinc.

“When you have no control of your passion,” says Pastor Flemons, “that means that you are going to engage in the fulfillment of that passion in an unnatural way, at an unnatural time, with an unnatural person: yourself. It is supposed to be with your spouse.” Even with your spouse, temperance must be the order of the day. It means doing in moderation those things that are good, but completely abstaining from all things that are harmful.

“We must be temperate in all things. The counsel is true, says Pastor Flemons. This act is not of God.”

(For additional details, please listen to the recording. Also, click on the link for the full reading titled “Appeal to Mothers Relative to the Great Cause of the Physical, Mental and Moral Ruin of Many of the Children of Our Time.”)

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TOPICS THIS WEEK – March 17 – 23

Worship  Sunday – Spirit of Prophecy Reform

Wellness  Sunday – From Masturbation to Mental Illness

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Words of Encouragement

Acts 7:22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. (Also read Conflict and Courage, CC 82.)

John 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (Also read With God at Dawn, WGD 78.)