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Excellence in Health

Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • December 29, 2014
    9:45 AM
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00:00 The devil knows that if he gets you now most likely he has you for the rest of your life; he knows that. God knows the same thing. The devil and God work the same way—let me explain that quickly before I am thrown out of the church. God advertises the benefits of the gospel. The devil advertises the benefits of sin. He told Eve in Gen 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” The devil advertises the supposed benefits of sin to make it attractive. God advertises the benefits of the gospel to make it attractive. They work the same way. The devil believes in brainwashing—by that I mean, constantly bombarding you with his messages. God does the same thing. Teach them to your children when you’re lying down, when you’re rising up, when you’re on your way, when you’re in your home—just constant bombardment of the word. They both use the same techniques. Acts 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” One accord is a powerful way to function. The devil does the same thing. When Stephen preaches a powerful sermon in Acts 7 the Bible says they rushed on him with one accord, to kill him and they killed him. So techniques that work are used both by God and the devil. I said that to say God knows the sooner He gets you the more likely He is to keep you. The devil knows the sooner he gets you the more likely he is to keep you. The question becomes whom will you allow to get you? It’s up to you. So I just want to tell you the gospel is not for all people. Hell is for all ages. Yesterday when we spoke about the Amalekites, 1 Samuel 15:3 God told Saul “Now go and smite Amalek and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling.” Genesis 19:4 when Lot entertained the angels the Bible says “but before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young.” The Bible said both old men and young boys came to sodomize the angels—so if sin can operate in the youth, and it does, righteousness can operate in the youth—that’s what God wants so badly. I pray that something in this conference, in the remaining days, will create in you a desire for spiritual decency, uprightness.

 

03:02 When I was a little boy—there is a term we used as young people. It was called infra dig which is a short version of infra dignitatem. Infra dignitatem is a Latin phrase which means beneath my dignity in other words, I don't do that; that's not for me. So someone says to you or to one of us, when we were small, let’s smoke and we would say no, that is infra dig. Meaning that is beneath us. I don’t do that. —Let’s rob a bank.—No, I don’t do that. That is beneath my dignity. Someone says let’s commit fornication. You must say the same thing, no, I don’t do that. That is beneath my spiritual dignity. Let’s cheat on the exam. No, that is infra dig. What does that mean? That is beneath. I don’t do that because I’m a prince. Why am I a prince? because my father’s—who? (God) and He’s a King. All princesses, may I see your right hand? Any princesses? None? Ah, we have one, God bless you! Is God your Father? (yes) Is God King? (yes) What does that make you? I ask again at the risk of getting a stone thrown, are there any princesses present this morning? May I see your hands whether they are manicured or not? Okay. (laughter) Any princes? I know the hands will go up quickly. Men are very aggressive. God bless you! God bless you!

 

05:09 This is not symbolic. This is literal. If God is your Father and God is King you are a prince and a princess. The world may not see it that way but that’s the way it is. Let’s get into our message our theme is excellence; excellence in health. Before I begin where’s my phone? There it is. If you don’t need this please turn it off.  I’ll turn mine off. Even if you need it because the Bible is on it, you don’t need sound. And please don’t go to WhatsApp and whatever else, Safari and download badminton games. Is that what Malaysia does very well, badminton? Aren’t you the best in the world at badminton? I think you are. Won’t get you to heaven though so be best in the word of God. Favor # 2 while I'm speaking what should you do? (pray) and what will you say? Lord, put Your words in that man’s mouth. I mean that with all my heart. I may say things that sound intelligent, sound smart but they have no value as far as your salvation, they really don’t. This will change your life. Ellen White writes in Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 100.1 “The Scriptures are the great agency in the transformation of character… If studied and obeyed, the word of God works in the hearts subduing every unholy attribute.” (COL 7:100.1)—if studied and obeyed—my favorite word—“the word of God works in the hearts subduing”—controlling, pulling down every unholy attribute. What is unholy attribute? Watching sites on internet you shouldn’t watch, trying to dress like the world half naked. What’s unholy attribute? selfish, self-centered, always thinking of you never thinking of anyone else. What’s unholy attribute? Always trying to make yourself available to the opposite sex. What is unholy attribute? Always lying. What’s unholy attribute? Always late. Ellen White says if studied and obeyed this—not the word’s of Randy Skeete—the word of God works in the hearts subduing—does it happen over night? No, but it will happen. So ask God to put His words in my mouth. And favor # 3 I want you to think as you listen. How many of you have been thinking so far during the conference? Anyone has been thinking? No one has been thinking? (laughter) You make me smile. You really do. Is it your culture not to answer? Let’s talk quietly. Is it your culture not to answer, yes or no? (yes) Why? (we are brought up that way) O, don't answer the preacher. I understand just ignore the man. (laughter) Okay, all right, let us not fight I accept it. God bless you. You’re still my brothers and sisters. All right let’s pray.

 

08:37 God in Heaven, we are just grateful for life this lovely Monday. Woke up to some drizzles but Father, the Earth needs the rain and the rain reminds us of the latter and the early rain. If we’ve offended you dear God, this morning forgive us. Please Father, when we sin we really don’t want to hurt you, forgive us, we pray and grant us Your spirit dear God, help us to listen with our hearts not just our ears. Put Your words in my mouth Father; help me to be conscious of the fact that everything I say must represent You. I humble myself before You. Take all the glory dear God, and grant me Your spirit. Bless my brothers and sisters; bless all the presentations I pray; possess the minds of the speakers. Bless the equipment. Let our presence in this place be a witness in this area. In Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.

 

09:33 Gen. 2:19 excellence in health. The Bible says “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” Now God brought the animals to Adam—must have been a remarkable sight, similar to the animals coming to Noah in the ark. Here come all these animals the leopard, the lion, the crocodile, the elephant, the bat, cat, and God leaves it up to Adam to decide what names they would have. God could have chosen the names. He left it up to Adam. Let me stress that point—He left it up to Adam. The Bible tells us every name Adam chose God agreed with. Gen. 2:19 ends with “and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.” God did not disagree with one name—remarkable communication between God and Adam.

 

11:10 Gen. 2:23 “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called”—why?—“because she was taken out of Man.” Now, Adam gives Eve a name. What’s that name? (Woman) does God change it? (no) Gen.2:23 “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman”—why?—“because she was taken out of Man.” So this is the second occasion we have Adam naming and God agreeing. Gen.3:20 the animals are named by Adam and God accepts every name; the woman gets a name, called Woman and God accepts that. Gen 3:20 “And Adam called his wife's name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” The third time God leaves it up to Adam to decide to choose a name. Why do you think God could do that? Please go against your culture. (Creator) okay one reason is He’s Creator. Why do you think God could trust Adam to come up with the right names? Because he had a connection with the mind of God. Adam’s mind was plugged into God’s mind—by the way, you and I can have that same relationship; without a change. I say again—you and I can have the same relationship through obedience of faith: your mind connected to the mind of God. Imagine the effect it will have on your mind. Any other reason why God allowed Adam to choose? All right—they were connected. Gen. 1:29, 30.  Our subject: Excellence in Health. We have seen how God trusted Adam to name the animals and twice to name his wife. First time he called her Woman. Second time he called her Eve.

 

14:14 Gen. 1:29 “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat.” Now, what has God chosen for Adam? (food) (diet) Now, what did we say about Adam naming the animals and naming Eve? God left it up to Adam to name all the animals. He left it up to Adam to name his wife, twice. He does not leave it up to Adam to decide his diet. God does that. Why? Take a wild guess. You’ll probably be right. Why do you think God does not leave it up to Adam to decide what his diet will be? God chooses it personally and very specifically. Why? Why do you think God would do that? (Perfect health.) Is diet important? Yes! It must be not just important but extremely important that God cannot trust a perfect man to make the choice. God makes it Himself. Diet affects spirituality.

 

16:32 Diet either adds to or diminishes the character of God, the image of God in us. Diet is absolutely important. We’re talking about excellence in health. Dan. 1:1 what we are about to read occurred in the life of Daniel when he was—and scholars believe he was—a teenager, just like you; maybe younger than many of you. The Bible says “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king’s seed, and of the princes.” Dan. 1:4 “Children in whom was no blemish, but well favored, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king’s palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.” Dan. 1:5 “And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king’s meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them 3 years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.” Dan. 1:18 “Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.” Look at verse 18 and verse 5. Dan. 1:5 ends by saying thus “nourishing them 3 years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.” Dan. 1:18 “Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.” They are standing before the king and he will exam them based on what they have learned. Are you with me? But verse 5 tells us that part of their standing before the king was based on their diet—put the two together. Nebuchadnezzar understood—whether his facts were correct or not—that their academic excellence would be affected by their dietary choices; their standing before the king was to be examined to see what they had learned—it’s like an oral examination. What have you learned in 3 years? But the diet was a contributing factor to their study experience. Diet, the king understood, affected the mind. Dan. 1:6, 7 “Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.” Dan. 1:8 “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” Let’s look at that passage microscopically.

 

20:44 There are four things that happened to those four boys. Name the four boys (Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah). I no longer call them Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego. I prefer to use the names that God gave them not the names heathens gave them Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, Belteshazzar all connected to Babylonian gods. Now, we have Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah. What were the four things that happened to them as a result of the captivity of Judah? What happened to them in Babylon? Where were they from? (Judah) Where are they in that story? (Babylon) What happened to them? They were separated. They were captured. They were relocated. Are you with me? It is a traumatic thing to abruptly take someone from their homeland and take them to a strange land against his will. # 1 those four boys were relocated forcibly—it’s like Indonesia attacks Malaysia and carries away all of you off to some jungle in Papua, forcibly. What’s another thing that happened to them? Dan. 1:4

 

22:32 Look at the end of Dan. 1:4 a different educational system “whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.”  Now they go from a Bible-based curriculum to a heathen curriculum. That’s # 2. What else happened to them? Their names were changed. Dan. 1:6, 7. Names are important. The name is Randy the proper name is Randolph. When people buy tickets for me I’m very quick to write them and tell them don’t buy a ticket for Randy Skeete. It’s not in my passport. It is Randolph Skeete. Names—when you hear your name something happens to you emotionally. If 10 years from now I see you and I remember your name, o you’ll dance. You’ll be shocked, he remembered my name! Or vice-versa. Their names were changed. That’s # 3. Something else happened to them, what?

 

23:55 The diet was changed from a Leviticus diet to a Babylon diet. What else happened to them? We had them relocated, different curriculum, names changed, what else? (diet) Yes, the diet changed, the names changed, the curriculum changed, and the location changed. Let’s go over that again. Location— first they had to move—names changed, diet changed, curriculum changed—those are major changes to serious spiritual boys. Think with me—by the way the title for this afternoon is The Great Controversy. This morning: Excellence in Health.

 

24:52 Does the Bible record that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah put up a fight against being relocated? (no) Did they carry placards and march down the highway of Babylon? (no) Take us back home!—no. Did they protest the change of their names?—no. It’s not what people call you it’s what you call yourself. Throughout the book of Daniel, Daniel calls himself Daniel not Belteshazzar. Who else calls him Daniel? (his 3 friends) sure (God) through Gabriel. Gabriel calls him Daniel. Even though Nebuchadnezzar would call him Belteshazzar; and Belteshazzar called himself Daniel. Gabriel called him Daniel. Which name did Heaven recognize? Daniel. But even so, the Bible records no opposition by those boys to a name change. Is there an opposition to a change of curriculum?—no. You want to teach us Babylonian? Fine. We have the foundation to sustain whatever negative elements are in your curriculum. We have the foundation that will keep us strong: the Hebrew educational system. Did they resist the dietary change? Yes!  

 

26:38 In Eden did God trust Adam to name the animals? (yes)  Did He trust him to name Eve? (yes) Did He trust him to pick his diet? (no) Then diet must be so important that God says I’ll choose that for you. Yes, your mind is perfect but I will decide your diet because your diet will affect your reflection of My image. The three Hebrew boys, plus Daniel, were transported, were relocated—we can live with that. They changed our names—we can live with that. They changed our textbooks—we can live with that. They changed our food—what am I about to say?—we cannot live with that! we are not eating that food! That was a great controversy—it created a controversy. My brothers and sisters, something else about Daniel. What did the Angel tell Daniel in Dan. 12:4? What did He tell him to do with the book? Seal it up! Shut up the words until the time of the end! When did the time of the end begin according to Adventists’ eschatology, prophecy? 1798. Study it. The time of the end began in 1798. The end of time began in 1844; two different things. Now, that book was sealed up. Now in Rev. 10 John sees an Angel with a little book and He had in His hand a little book opened Rev. 10:2. That’s the book of Daniel because the Angel Daniel saw with one foot on the land, one foot on the sea in Dan. 12 was Christ. The Angel that John sees in Rev. 10:2 was Christ. Christ has a little book now and it’s open. In Dan. 12 it’s closed. In Rev. 10 it’s open. It is open and the first chapter of that book is about a crisis of diet!

 

29:12 What does that tell you about diet and understanding God’s word? Many of us do not understand the Bible because of the way we eat. Either we eat the wrong things or we eat too much of the right things. Many students sleep in school first thing in the morning because of the kind of breakfast they had—not that they have attention deficit disorder so many children are diagnosed as having and are put on medication. It may be traced to the diet. My brothers and sisters, what you eat affects you spiritually, mentally, psychologically in every single way! 3 John 2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God’s desire for us is that we have good health because health affects spirituality. There is also the reverse. Spirituality affects health. The more spiritual you are the more you benefit physically. A quotation from Ellen White from Mind Character and Personality, vol. 1, p. 34.3 “Let the mind become intelligent and the will be placed on the Lord’s side, and there will be a wonderful improvement in the physical health.” (1MCP 4:34.3)

 

32:14 “Let the mind become intelligent and the will”—the will is where you and I say yes or no, where we choose—“and the will be placed on the Lord’s side, and there will be a wonderful improvement in the physical health.” The benefits flow in both directions. Your diet affects your spirituality. Your spirituality affects your health. Everything physical—I’ve observed—has a spiritual parallel. Let me show you what I mean, John 6:51. Our subject: Excellence in Health.

 

33:28 John 6:51 the Bible says “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Christ is calling Himself: I am bread—Keep in mind, in that chapter Christ fed 5,000 with fish and bread. Read it in John 6:1-12. The crowd followed Him, John 6:25 “Master, whence camest thou hither?”—or Rabbi. He said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.” Bread is the theme; right through eating bread, from physical to spiritual. Jesus says I am the living bread which came down from Heaven. At a physical level what do you do with bread? (eat it) Where does the bread go? (stomach) The digestive processes take over, whatever is beneficial, the vitamins, minerals, proteins, they are extracted and taken by the blood to the cells to nourish. Yes! The Pharisees in John 6:52 said how can this man give his flesh to eat? Jesus says in John 6:53 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you.” Christ is using a physical reality to teach a spiritual lesson. Do we eat to preserve our life? (yes) Christ says at the spiritual level—the same thing happens—you eat bread to preserve your life. That bread of course is this. John 6:54 “Whoso eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:55 “For my flesh is meat indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.” John 6:56 “He that eateth My flesh, and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me, and I in him.” Ah let’s look at that.

 

36:12 You in Christ. Christ in you. All mixed. Christ says regarding excellence in health, if you eat My flesh and drink My blood; that’s your spiritual diet; I’ll be in you— you’ll be in Me. Have you heard the saying you are what you eat? It’s true not only at the physical level. It is true at a spiritual level. You are what you eat. If you eat this, what do you become? Like Christ. Literally because when you eat this digestion takes place in the mind; it goes to your spiritual cells and nourishes you spiritually and then you become what you eat: spiritual people just like Jesus. You don’t become Jesus. You become like Jesus. And so we have— at the physical level—to preserve health; we have to eat and drink what is good for us. Not alcohol, nor pork, nor clams, nor chowder, nor lobsters. Health—physical and health—spiritual function the same way: one affects the other.

 

34:12 In the U.S. billions of dollars are wasted every year because of people who have to take sick days and stay home—billions. People are sick. It happens in Malaysia. It happens in every country. Then health is a cost saving device. The healthier you are the more effectively you can serve God—not always sick at home, can’t go to church, can’t go to canvass, can’t go knock door to door, always sick at home. The healthier we are the more effectively we can serve God. Let me bring in something else. Let’s go to the 10 Commandments. Where are they found? (Exodus 20) Where else are they found? (Deuteronomy 5) The difference is in Deut. 5 Moses is recalling; in Ex. 20 Moses is writing word for word. We are looking at the 10 Commandments. We are looking at commandment # 6. Ex. 20:13 “Thou shalt not kill.” Let’s look at “Thou shalt not kill.” What does that mean?

 

39:42 Has anyone here ever killed anyone? You killed somebody? And you are walking free? I was preaching in a certain part of the world—I won’t say what part, this is serious. I was telling people to confess their sins to forgive others that hurt them. At the end of the service this man came to me and said I need to talk to you. We went to a little room. He said Pastor, I’ve killed someone 20 years ago. Literally, physically killed somebody. I don’t think any of you has ever done that. The Bible says thou shalt not kill. So you’ve never killed anyone? Have you been keeping that commandment, yes or no? What does it mean ‘thou shalt not kill’ whom? (yourself) I heard it, say it again (includes yourself). Not simply ‘thou shalt not kill’ thy neighbor or the homeless man who slept on your front porch. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ anything. Do not kill yourself. How do we kill ourselves? our lifestyle choices. Most people in the U.S. die by what is known as degenerative diseases; cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, and they are highly, highly preventable just by changing lifestyle choices! Multiple thousands of people literally kill themselves by the dietary choices they make.

 

41:30 I’m a black man. In the U.S. black people have a certain kind of diet. We call it ‘soul’ food. It is greasssy—everything friiiied—fried chicken, fried this, grease; we have twice as much hypertension, maybe twice as much obesity, twice as much—the effect diabetes has on the eyes—retinopathy. Who’s doing that to us? We are! Clogged arteries, blocked veins, stuffed up capillaries—just because of what goes in here! The Bible says thou shalt not kill. Then health is a matter of obeying one of the 10 Commandments. Are you following me? Let me make it more severe. There are two kinds of commandments in the Bible. What are they? Two laws: the ceremonial law and the moral law. Let’s go through the moral law. # 1 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Is that a moral requirement? (yes) If you have another god before God are you engaging in immorality? (yes)  All 10 are moral laws. When you worship an image is that immorality? (yes) When you take God’s name in vain? (yes) When you say you are a Christian but you dress like a demon is that immorality? (yes) When you break the Sabbath are you being immoral yes or no? (yes) because all 10 are moral laws. God is a moral god. That sets Him apart from all other gods. The other gods they sleep with each other, they have children and they sleep with this one, that one, that’s the way they function, all the other gods—of course they don’t exist but mythology. So Zeus slept with this woman, had a child, then some other woman; some man slept with an animal and had a baby, all kinds of rubbish.

 

44:12 God is a moral God. He gave a moral code. Commandment # 6 Thou shalt not kill. Is that moral to preserve your health? (yes) Because the health laws come out of the 6th commandment: Thou shalt not kill. Now reverse that: if you shouldn’t kill what should you do? Preserve life! Ellen White says God has laws He has instituted which if observed will keep men from disease and premature death. (CD 1:16.4) In other words, she’s saying too many die before their time because they do not obey the health laws. God has laws which He has instituted which if obeyed will keep men from disease and premature death. The commandment that says thou shalt not kill effectively says thou shalt preserve life beginning with yours. So when you go to Wendy’s—I saw Wendy’s. I was with Pastor S--. We had landed at Kuala Lumpur. We had to go from KLIA to Klia2 by some sort of train. So we got on the train. When we got to Penang we were going up some stairs to get to where the flights are and I saw a sign for Wendy's. I pointed and said there’s Wendy’s— very common in the U.S. Do you have Kentucky Fried Chicken now called KFC? You have that. You have McDonald's? You have Burger King? And you have your own kind. All these little stalls alongside the road you have a lot of that stuff. When you decide to eat that choice is a moral choice but too many of us we see morality as only don't commit adultery. If an adulterer, o you are immoral! That man is immoral he has two wives! He breaks the Sabbath. He’s not immoral. He’s just unwise. 1 Cor. 6:19, 20.

 

46:46 —Not easy to speak 4 times in a day. When you preach from your heart it gets you tired. The average preacher when he gets done from the pulpit the first thing he wants to see is a bed—take a spiritual nap.

 

47:10 1 Cor. 6:19, 20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”—is that from Revelation or from Corinthians? Is it literal or symbolic? This is literal. The Bible says you are not your own. If you loan me your car I will be more careful with your car than with mine. Are you with me? I want to return it to you in the same condition that you gave it to me. God has loaned us this. And He says for the duration of the loan which can be eternity, take care of what’s mine. Don’t put smoke in it. It’s not a chimney. Don’t fill it up to your throat with alcohol. Don’t pierce it. Don’t cut it. Don’t put tattoos on it. Don’t paint it. Just keep it as I gave it. Preserve it. 1 Cor. 6:20 “For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Not just your body but the non-physical part of you belongs to God. 1 Cor. 10:31. Our subject: Excellence in Health. 1 Cor. 10:31 you know that verse very well.

 

48:58 The Bible says “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” So we go back to Wendy’s now. When you sit down at the table with your young friends on a Saturday night because you’re happy the sun has set—don’t look innocent. I know you’re guilty. You know how many Adventists rejoice when the sun sets? When I was a little boy at the church I would look out the window has the sun set? because I want to play or turn on the radio or run outside with my friends—we had no T.V. back then; way before your parents were born. We’re looking out the window—yes, we love God. We love Jesus but we want the sun to set so we can do things that won’t break the Sabbath. I say again when you sit Saturday night in Wendy’s or Burger King or KFC or Malaysia Fried Chicken—when you sit there—do you not realize your choice glorifies God or disgraces God? You have to choose like a holy person. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink”—what do you choose at McDonalds? soymilk, vegetarian sandwich—God is happy. Chicken legs, coke—God is not.

 

50:25 Several years ago I was going to Los Angeles to preach a weekend at an Indonesian Church. The pastor picked me up and he said are you hungry? I said yes. We went to a restaurant on the way to take me to the hotel. We sat down. The waitress came for our order when she looked at it she looked at us and said are you vegetarians? Why did she say that? She saw no meat. So she said are you vegetarians? The pastor said yes. We weren’t trying to impress anyone we were just hungry. We were eating what we usually eat. That was a witness right there. She said I want to be a vegetarian but I can’t. In other words it’s hard. I saw that as a cry for help. I told the pastor get the book Counsels on Diets and Food, or Ministry of Healing have the entire church board sign it, go back, find this young lady, and give it to her. Just by the way we chose from the menu conviction came to someone’s heart. If we had chosen ribs and cow heel—popular in the West Indies—and whatever, chicken lips, if we had chosen that—would she have said are you carnivores? (laughter) Do you not understand? you don’t have to wait until you are in church to be holy? Holiness is a life style. Somebody say amen. (Amen!)—I grew up with chickens that had lips (laughter)—God is good (all the time) and all the time (God is good).

 

52:32 My friends, let me appeal to your heart. You’re good people. You really are. I was in my room I said Father, I just can’t believe I fought with them so badly two nights ago and they just still come and they are so nice. I almost started to feel badly. (laughter) I really was praying saying Father, they are so nice despite what I did to them. (laughter)—don’t let your culture take you to hell please. If Christ doesn't come what you are doing now by being healthy you are laying the foundation for a healthy advanced life. Are you with me? Every human being has a limited supply of vital force. As you live some is spent, some is spent, some is spent. People in their 70s, 80s, 90s who are still vigorous laid a foundation. You must have read the article in National Geographic, (Nov. 2005) 9 years ago where they studied 3 populations of people trying to understand why they’re so vigorous in their advanced years: Adventists in Loma Linda, people on the island of Okinawa, and somewhere in some mountain in Nepal Sardinia because they were still vigorous. Excellence in Health. When Adventists in Loma Linda are studied they routinely have lower rates of all the major diseases and it has been shown they live an average of 5 to 7 years longer than the average population. Why? Faithfulness to health. God’s diet is the best: meat free. God talking to Adam in Gen. 1:29 “God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat.” God’s design and desire was every living thing would eat plants. The lion ate plants. The bear, the grizzly—plants. Human beings—plant life—different plants, of course, but plant life. Why and how did meat eating come about? Give me one word (sin). Let’s reason it out.

 

55:28 Here is God’s diet given when there was no—sin. Here is the popular diet today—meat which began because of sin. In the New World we go back to God’s recommendation so we have meatless before sin; meat during sin; meatless after sin. If you and I are preparing to be part of that meatless world what should be part of our preparation? Practicing that lifestyle now. Meat eating originated because of sin. Plant based diet originated out of sinlessness. Which one should appeal to us? Let me tell you something else, God prefers the ideal. Let’s go to Matthew 19:3 and then I’ll end—Matt. 19:3. Excellence in Health.

 

56:52 The Bible says “The Pharisees also came unto Him, tempting Him, and saying unto Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause?” Matt. 19:4 “And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read”—why do you think Jesus said have ye not read? Do you read? I don’t mean your textbooks. Do you read? Jesus is saying if you had been reading you would not ask Me that question. I ask you again do you read? When was the last time you read a book from Ellen White? When was the last time you read through one of the books of the Bible, a long one? Isaiah—66 chapters. When was the last time you read something from one of the pioneers? J.N. Andrews, Ellen White, James White? Second generation Waggoner, Jones, Prescott, Stephen N. Haskell—when? And so Jesus says have ye not read? My young friends, read! Read this. Read Ellen White. Read the pioneers. In that order. Bible, Ellen White, pioneers. Ellen White says we must reprint what the pioneers have written because they studied the Bible in such a way that we don't understand today. And so Jesus said “have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female.” Notice the words of Jesus He which made them—when? at the beginning. Where is Christ going back? To creation, when Adam and Eve were put together, before sin. What He is saying is what God intended then is that which God wants now. He intended for Adam and Eve to remain together. He still desires that now. In other words, God prefers things the way they were before sin. They are asking the question after thousands of years of sin but Christ goes back for the answer to a time when there was no sin because God still prefers it the way it was in Eden before sin. What am I saying? The ideal diet is the one God gave. That’s ideal. Then there is a diet that is allowed, that’s meat. Sin led to the flood—the flood: destruction of the earth—nothing to eat—animals out of the ark—they provided food. This is ideal before sin. This is just allowed. Let me apply that academically. You’ll understand.

 

1:00:00 What classes are you taking right now in college? (Business.) What’s the highest grade you can get? (A) What’s the lowest grade anyone can get and pass? (C) What goes up here? (A) What goes down here? (C) What do you shoot for when you go to school? This is ideal—what’s this?—allowed. We will get you through the ‘C’—we’ll push you through that narrow opening with a ‘C’ with much effort but an ‘A’ you just walk out. You go to school, you want an ‘A.’ That’s ideal. In health? God wants an ‘A’ not a ‘C’ for carnivore. (laughter) He wants ‘A’ for Adventist. Can you say amen? (laughter) Let me close the Book. Do yourself a favor. Change your diet if necessary. For those of you who eat meat as if it is your spiritual gift. Let me make a recommendation to you. I am not telling you change overnight, right now! No. What I’ll say is go on a reduction program. If you eat meat 7 days a week and twice on Sunday then I’m suggesting let’s try it 6 days a week and once on Sunday. Do that for 3 weeks then another 3 weeks meat 5 days a week and none on Sunday. 6 weeks later 4 days a week but not on Sunday. Then 3 days a week—we can change any habit if we do it gradually. People who are afraid to fly—aerophobia or if you are afraid of a snake—ophidiophobia. You go to a psychologist to get you over that fear. What he may do is have you look at a picture of a snake. You look at a picture. You’re horrified. You’re backing up. Day after day you come in for your session. You look at the picture then finally he gets you to pick up the book with the picture of the snake and you’re comfortable. After a few weeks he brings in a rubber snake and you back up 2 ½ miles (laughter). Then you start getting closer to the rubber snake until after several sessions he has you holding the rubber snake and you realize I’m not dead. Then he brings in a living snake in a cage and you back up again. Then session after session you come closer gradually you’re improving then he removes the cage and the snake is out and you don’t run. He will get you to eventually pick up that snake. But it happened gradually. I’m not going to tell you stop eating meat today! What I’m going to say to you is ask God for help to gradually get off it. Your health will improve. Your mind will improve. And most importantly your spirituality will improve. Let me say it again:  Mind Character and Personality, vol. 1, p. 34.3 “Let the mind become intelligent and the will be placed on the Lord’s side, and there will be a wonderful improvement in the physical health.” (1MCP 4:34.3)

 

1:03:45 When we do what’s right spiritually we benefit physically. When we do what’s right physically we benefit spiritually. You are what you eat. You eat the word of God you become like God without becoming God. So I say to you my dear friends, you are morally required to take care of your body—morally required! The laws of health are as sacred as the moral law because they come out of the moral law. How many of you will say with me Father, help me to take care of my health that I may glorify you in my eating and drinking. May I see your right hand? I want you to mean it—hands down. Sickness is not necessary—as wide spread as it is. Yes, things happen but most cases of sickness are not necessary if we would simply change our choices, our eating, our drinking, our resting, our working, our recreation. We make those changes and we will live healthy lives that glorify God. Heads bowed. Eyes closed.

 

1:04:50 Our loving Father in Heaven, we thank you for your word. We thank you for the example of Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. We thank you that you desire above all things that we should have good health. Dear God in Heaven, help us in all we do to strive for the ideal spiritually and physically and if any young man or young woman embarks upon a program of eating less and less meat until he or she gets to the place where none is consumed bless that person’s effort I pray in Jesus’ name. Let God’s people say amen and amen.

 

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