Speaking of the Loud Cry message, God’s servant said:
“The laborers will be qualified rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the training of literary institutions.” – Great Controversy, p. 606.
“He will raise up and exalt among us those who are taught rather by the unction of His Spirit than by the outward training of scientific institutions.” – Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 82.
Martin Luther is quoted as saying:
“‘God never selected as a prophet either the high priest or any other great personage; but ordinarily He chose low and despised men, once even the shepherd Amos.’” – Great Controversy, pp. 142,143.
“There is constant danger among our people that those who engage in labor in our schools and sanitariums will entertain the idea that they must get in line with the world, . . . This is one of the greatest mistakes that could be made. . . .
“Those who seek the education that the world esteems so highly, are gradually led further and further from the principles of truth until they become educated worldlings.” – Fundamentals of Christian Education, pp. 534-536.
We believe in establishing church schools whenever it is possible to have them in accordance with the divine directions.
As to the objection that we have no hospitals, we believe that “. . . drugging should be forever abandoned;. . .” – Testimonies, vol. 5, p. 311.
“More deaths have been caused by drug-taking than from all other causes combined. If there was in the land one physician in the place of thousands, a vast amount of premature mortality would be prevented. Multitudes of physicians, and multitudes of drugs, have cursed the inhabitants of the earth, and have carried thousands and tens of thousands to untimely graves.” – Selected Messages, Book 2, p. 450.
“As to drugs being used in our institutions, it is contrary to the light which the Lord has been pleased to give. The drugging business has done more harm to our world and killed more than it has helped or cured. The light was first given to me why our institutions should be established, that is, sanatoriums were to reform the practices of physicians.” – Medical Ministry, p. 27 (Emphasis ours.)
Was this warning heeded? Just the opposite happened! Adventist sanitariums were changed into worldly hospitals under the pressure of the American Medical Association. Drug therapy is practiced universally today in all Seventh-day Adventist medical institutions, the same as in all worldly hospitals. If this is not an outright apostasy from the divine blueprint, then what is apostasy? A divine reformation is called for in this area also. The Reform Movement strongly protests having hospitals of such a nature and has established successful sanitariums and health centers in several locations. Here all treatments are based on physiotherapy and other natural treatments.