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Manuscript Releases, vol. 8 [Nos. 526-663], Page 383

to the effect of these things, and who want to reform, have asked me to use my influence to prohibit tea and coffee and meat from coming upon their table.

But what shall be done with those in responsible positions who love these things, and who give their influence in favor of their use? I see no way but to dismiss them; lest the reforms that are hard enough to make when they have the support of all connected with the institute shall be given up in discouragement. The institution would thus be perverted from its real object, and would become like all popular institutions, where tables are spread with all the condiments and stimulants called for.—Letter 6a, 1890, pp. 7, 8. (To “The Managers of the Health Institution at Crystal Springs, St. Helena, California,” April, 1890.)

Every church should be staunch and true to the light God has given. Some justify their use of tea and of meat by saying that they have been in the habit of eating meat and drinking tea. But this is a great evil. He who thus tries to justify these practices is not walking in the light. Some try to live the truth but their habits are not brought into conformity with the will of God. Their appetites and passions bear away the victory, and the safeguards are broken down. How then will the church be prepared to help those newly come to the faith. They are far behind in the principles of health reform, and lead others in the same line.—Manuscript 49, 1898, 14. (“The Lack of Spirituality in Our Churches,” April 9, 1898.)

Released June 21, 1978.

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