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Temperance, Page 73

Section 4—Other Stimulants and Narcotics

Chapter 1—Abstain From Fleshy Lusts

There Is Always a Reaction—Under the head of stimulants and narcotics is classed a great variety of articles that, altogether used as food or drink, irritate the stomach, poison the blood, and excite the nerves. Their use is a positive evil. Men seek the excitement of stimulants, because, for the time, the results are agreeable. But there is always a reaction. The use of unnatural stimulants always tends to excess, and it is an active agent in promoting physical degeneration and decay.—The Ministry of Healing, 325.

Peter's All-Inclusive Warning—“Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul,” is the language of the apostle Peter. Many regard this warning as applicable only to the licentious; but it has a broader meaning. It guards against every injurious gratification of appetite or passion. It is a most forcible warning against the use of such stimulants and narcotics as tea, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, and morphine. These indulgences may well be classed among the lusts that exert a pernicious influence upon moral character. The earlier these hurtful habits are formed, the more firmly will they hold their victim in slavery to lust, and the more certainly will they lower the standard of spirituality.—Counsels on Diet and Foods, 62, 63.

Lessens Physical and Mental Activity—Never be betrayed into indulging in the use of stimulants: for this will result

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