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A Response to the Video:
Seventh-day Adventism, the Spirit Behind the Church

by Bob Pickle

Answers to Questions Raised by:
Mark Martin, Sydney Cleveland
Dale Ratzlaff, The White Lie
. . . and
Others

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#122: "Adherents were exhorted to 'Sip no more the beverage of China, no more the drinks of Java.' A Solemn Appeal p. 257."—Narrator.

#122: She said, "Sip no more." These are the words of Professor O. S. Fowler, not Mrs. White, from his section in Solemn Appeal that was eighty-seven pages long. He was not a Seventh-day Adventist.

The shorter second edition of the video omits the brief explanation that James White, not his wife, put together this book (see #117-#118). Thus it is inevitable that the viewer of the second edition will wrongly conclude that Mrs. White said this.

If the video wanted to criticize her views on tea and coffee, why didn't it quote what she really did say instead of what O. S. Fowler said?

She did take a stand against the use of drugs, including the caffeine found in tea and coffee. But then, your doctor may have told you to kick these habits as well. It isn't easy, is it? Drugs are hard to get off of, even the milder ones.

When you think about it, just about our entire nation is hooked on dope of some sort: caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, and the narcotics we usually think of. Just think how the world would be a better place if we took the money saved by not using these substances and spent it on helping people. And think of how much we would save on doctor bills: Lung cancer and emphysema would become rare. The frequency of liver ailments and heart disease would lessen. Without the blood vessel constricting effects of caffeine, high blood pressure would be more easily controlled or cured. Without the sugar that often accumulates doses of caffeine and theobromine, dental expenses would drop. All without nationalized healthcare or health insurance!

Sounds pretty good. But again, Mrs. White didn't write the words quoted on the video.

A Response to the Video

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