“Masturbation is Self Murder” —Ellen White

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It’s scary how this practice(Masturbation) is widely accepted but the Bible does not sanction this act. Sin is the transgression of God’s law and no law breaker will be in heaven. Willful disobedience to God is an offense which can’t be pardoned unless repentance. Ellen White warned that masturbation destroys the body and deprived the mind of its vital power. It makes someone who is of a sound mind mentally unstable and spiritually dead. Such person could not discern spiritual things because his powers are wasted on moral depravity. Scientists agree with Ellen White warning on masturbation that it causes disease to the body if not stopped.

Below are quotes of Ellen White and scientists who testify of this fact:

Ellen White: The Mr. -, mentioned, had practiced these habits so long he seemed to have lost the control of himself. He was naturally a smart man, possessing more than common abilities. But how were all his powers of body and mind brought into subjection by Satan, and consumed upon his altar! This man had gone so far he seemed to be left of God. He would go into the woods and spend days and nights in fasting and prayer that he might overcome this great sin, and then would return to his old habits. God did not hear his prayers. He asked God to do for him what had been in his power to do for himself. He had vowed to God, time and again, and had as often broken his vows, and given himself up to his own corrupt lust, until God had left him to work his own ruin. He has since died. He was a self-murderer. The purity of heaven will never be marred with his society. Those who destroy themselves by their own acts will never have eternal life. They that will continue to abuse the health and life given them of God in this world, would not make a right use of health and immortal life were it granted them in God’s everlasting kingdom. – {ApM 27.2}

She stated again that if a person continues this habit they will eventually develop dementia.

Some Adventists have made fun of Ellen White’s counsel on this matter saying that masturbation can actually be a good thing to relieve stress.

Notice Ellen White’s counsel:

“Their [some students at Battle Creek College] thoughts were upon demoralizing matters, and both mind and body were
enfeebled through the habit of self-abuse. It was this vile practice, not over-study that caused the frequent illness of these children and prevented them from making the advancement which the parents desired.” Testimonies to the Church, volume 5, p. 91

“Your children have practiced self-abuse until the draft upon the brain has been so great, especially in the case of your eldest son, that their minds have been seriously injured. The brilliancy of youthful intellect is dimmed. The moral and intellectual powers have become weakened, while the baser part of their nature has been gaining the ascendancy. For this reason your son turns with loathing from religious things. He has been losing his power of self-restraint, and has less and less reverence for sacred things, and less respect for anything of a spiritual character.” Testimonies to the Church,
volume 2, p. 392

Was Ellen White right when she said that masturbation affects the mental powers even to the point of leading someone to be idiotic? Let’s see what two prominent physicians say:

Research shows: Oxford University teacher, Dr. David Horrobin, M. D., Ph. D., Zinc, Vitabooks, Inc., 1981, p. 8: “The effect of zinc deficiency has particularly profound effects on the male, because extraordinary amounts of zinc are found in the testicles and the prostate gland. . . The amount of zinc in semen is such that one ejaculation may get rid of all the zinc that can be absorbed from the intestines in one day.”

“In humans, among the most consistent effects of zinc deficiency are changes in mood and behavior. There is depression, extreme irritability, apathy and even in some circumstances, behavior which looks like schizophrenia. . . It is even possible, given the importance of zinc to the brain, that 19th century moralists were correct when they said that repeated masturbation could make one mad! Similarly, the high livers were also correct when they said that a diet rich in oysters was necessary to compensate for excessive sexual indulgence.”

Dr. Carl Pfeiffer of Harvard University: “We hate to say it but in a zinc-deficient adolescent, sexual excitement and excessive masturbation might precipitate insanity.” Carl Pfeiffer, Ph. D., M. D., Zinc and other Micro-Nutrients, Keats Publishing, Inc. 1978, p. 45.

We’re living in a world where people have distorted views and corrupt discernment. Masturbation is not acceptable, let me say NEVER acceptable in God’s word. The Bible condemns masturbation, sexual lust. Remember the Bible said the carnal mind can NEVER please God.

“Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.”

“The Bible said run from sexual sin. Masturbation is sin, committing adultery in the heart. It was this sin Jesus was rebuking in Matthew 5:27-30

Sin begins in the heart. Imagining and desiring a immoral sexual act is sin. This is what masturbation is about. In addition, you could see that any thing the world embrace is a sin. Gratifying the carnal heart desires is being at enmity with God.

You cannot please God while you’re living this immoral life without repentance but rather justifying it… God’s law condemns this lasciviousness

“Thou shalt not commit adultery.”
Exodus 20:14 “James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. 6:19 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? 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.

We Should Flee From Masturbation. Live For Jesus And Not The World’s Lust. “Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”


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