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I was referred to Rom. i, 18-32, as a true description of the world previous to the second appearing of Christ. The only hope for those who practice vile habits is to forever leave them if they place any value upon health here, and salvation hereafter. When these habits have been indulged in for quite a length of time, it requires a determined effort to resist temptation, and refuse the corrupt indulgence. The Mr. -, mentioned, had practiced these habits so long he seemed to have lost the control of himself. He was naturally a smart man, possessing more than common abilities.

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But how were all his powers of body and mind brought into subjection by Satan, and consumed upon his altar! This man had gone so far he seemed to be left of God. He would go into the woods and spend days and nights in fasting and prayer that he might overcome this great sin, and then would return to his old habits. God did not hear his prayers. He asked God to do for him what had been in his power to do for himself. He had vowed to God, time and again, and had as often broken his vows, and given himself up to his own corrupt lust, until God had left him to work his own ruin. He has since died. He was a self-murderer. The purity of heaven will never be marred with his society. Those who destroy themselves by their own acts will never have eternal life. They that will continue to abuse the health and life given them of God in this world, would not make a right use of health and immortal life were it granted them in God's everlasting kingdom. (ApM)

Мне было указано на Рим. 1:18-32 как на достоверное описание мира накануне второго пришествия Христа. Единственная надежда для тех, кто практикует отвратительные привычки, - навсегда оставить их, если для них еще важны здоровье здесь и спасение впоследствии. Когда таким привычкам потакают длительное время, требуется определенное усилие, чтобы устоять перед искушением и не отказаться от потакания развращенным похотям. Мистер (указано имя) практиковал такие привычки так долго, что, казалось, уже не мог контролировать себя. Он был от природы умным человеком, был весьма одарен. Однако вышло так, что все его умственные и физические способности оказались на службе у сатаны, сгорев на его алтаре. Этот человек зашел так далеко, что, казалось, Бог оставил его. Он мог уходить в уединенные места [в лес], проводить там дни и ночи в посте и молитве, чтобы победить великий грех, а затем опять возвращался к своим прежним привычкам. Бог не услышал его молитв. Ведь он просил Бога о том, что мог сделать для себя сам. Он клялся Богу снова и снова, и снова и снова нарушал свои клятвы, предаваясь развращенной похоти до тех пор, пока Бог не оставил его на пути погибели. После этого он умер. Он сам убил себя. Чистота небес никогда не будет запятнана его обществом. Те, кто разрушают себя своими собственными делами, никогда не обретут вечной жизни. Те, кто бесчестят здоровье и жизнь, данные им Богом в этом мире, никогда бы не смогли достойно воспользоваться вечной жизнью, которая могла быть дарована им в вечном Божьем царстве. (ApM 27-28)

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131. We must be constantly meditating upon the word, eating it, digesting it, and by practice, assimilating it, so that it is taken into the life current. He who feeds on Christ daily will by his example teach others to think less of that

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which they eat, and to feel much greater anxiety for the food they give to the soul. {CD 89.3}

The true fasting which should be recommended to all, is abstinence from every stimulating kind of food, and the proper use of wholesome, simple food, which God has provided in abundance. Men need to think less about what they shall eat and drink, of temporal food, and much more in regard to the food from heaven, that will give tone and vitality to the whole religious experience. {CD 90.1}

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307. All the fasting in the world will not take the place of simple trust in the word of God. "Ask," He says, "and ye shall receive." ... You are not called upon to fast forty days. The Lord bore that fast for you in the wilderness of temptation. There would be no virtue in such a fast; but there is virtue in the blood of Christ. {CD 189.1}

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308. The spirit of true fasting and prayer is the spirit which yields mind, heart, and will to God. {CD 189.2}

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310. There are some who would be benefited more by abstinence from food for a day or two every week than by any amount of treatment or medical advice. To fast one day a week would be of incalculable benefit to them. {CD 189.4}

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