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Manuscript Releases, vol. 8 [Nos. 526-663], Page 298

MR No. 603—Cautions Regarding Work Contracts

Yesterday I sent you the letter containing the warning that has been given again and again: The workers in our sanitariums are not to sign contracts binding themselves to an association or an institution for a certain number of years. They are to be bound, not to men, but to God.

No man is to treat those who learn under him as if he owned them body, soul, and spirit. The Lord wants no such binding up with human beings, even if these human beings are without blame. There are those who are not holding the beginning of their confidence firm unto the end. The gospel ministry and medical missionary work are to be united.

I have recently been instructed that no one should be advised to pledge himself to spend two, three, four, five, or six years under any man's tuition. Brethren, we have no time for this. Time is short. We are to hold out earnest inducements to the men who ought now to be engaged in missionary work for the Master. The highways and byways are yet unworked. The Lord calls for young men to labor as canvassers and evangelists, to do house to house work in places that have not yet heard the truth. God speaks to our young men, saying, “Ye are not your own; For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (See 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20.)

The Lord must be given an opportunity to show men their duty and to work upon their minds. No one is to bind himself to serve under the direction of any human beings, for the Lord Himself will call men, as of old He called the humble fishermen, and will Himself give them the education He desires them to

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