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Lesson 13, Educating for Eternity

January 9, 2009


  • Identify key steps in developing the educational program of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
  • Explore the reasons for establishing a school system separate from publicly funded schools.
  • Identify the special characteristics that Ellen white included in her comprehensive plan for Adventist education in 1872.
  • Analyze the potential personal and corporate benefits to be derived from a Seventh-day Adventist education.
  • Analyze how Seventh-day Adventist should relate to threats to religious liberty.
  • Steps in Developing Educational Program

    Goodloe H. Bell

    The earliest Adventist attempts to start schools all failed—were short-lived. Goodloe Bell started the first official Seventh-day Adventist school.

    Philosophy of Education

    The “essential qualities” for teachers, according to Ellen White are self-control, patience, gentleness, love, firmness of character.

    Ellen White recommended manual labor because it provides physical exercise, discipline, practical skills, and rest of mind.

    Battle Creek College, according to Ellen White, should facilitate practical training by providing manufacturing and agricultural industries.

    Ellen White did not agree with Battle Creek College in their teaching of the classics, little religion, no practical skills.

    The basic principle for how many academies were begun in the U.S.A. is one per conference.

    The volunteers of ’97 dropped out of Battle Creek College in order to establish church schools. In 1897, five Battle Creek students interrupted their schooling to start church schools.

    In the past when religious groups have been able to use political power there has resulted a decline in spirituality [among the favored group]; persecution.

    In the past, Seventh-day Adventists in the United States have been the victims of church-state alliances. Over a hundred had been arrested for breaking Sunday laws.

    To combat religious persecution, the Adventist church set up the International Religious Liberty Association [and General Conference Department Government Affairs and Religious Liberty].

    A major concern that led James White to urge Seventh-day Adventist parents to hire Adventist teachers for their children was that Adventist youngsters would learn bad habits from their schoolmates.

    When reporting her 1872 education vision, Ellen White mentioned the mental, moral and physical aspects of a well-rounded education. She did not mention the social aspect.

    Compared with students who receive most of their education in public schools, students attending Seventh-day Adventist schools are more likely to remain in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

    The first Seventh-day Adventist college was located at Battle Creek, Michigan.

    It is always an appropriate time to teach one’s children about God.

    2 Corinthians 6:15, What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” 17″Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”

    1 Corinthians 15:33, Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

    Battle Creek, MI is the location of the first official Seventh-day Adventist denominational school.

    Healdsburg, CA is the original location of the forerunner of Pacific Union College.

    Battle Creek College was moved to Berrien Springs, MI

    The key steps in the development of the educational program of the Seventh-day Adventist Church include the Review and Herald articles on the dangers of public schools then Ellen White’s vision on education in 1872 after which Battle Creek College started.

    Seventh-day Adventist education provides benefits for church as a whole and to the individual student in particular. Christian education is one of the most important factors in leading Seventh-day Adventist youth to becoming committed Christians and reliable members of the church. Thr individual benefits: Moral training is more important than intellectual development; the emphasis on manual labor.

    Ellen White included in her comprehensive 1872 plan for Seventh-day Adventist education: Moral and religious training; the character of the teachers; the need of manual labor.


    Lesson Ideas

    Listen to Pathways of the Pioneers, Discs 21 and 22.

    Examine the history of your school. Some schools have anniversary editions with stories, pictures, etc.

    Using Adventist Archives have the students find stories about their school from the documents.


    Further Reading

    Education by Ellen White

    The Broken Blueprint by Vance Ferrell


    1853, Martha Byington, first teacher



    Edson White meets Goodloe Harper Bell. Edson, 18 years of age. John Kellogg, young as well.

    Lesson 12, A Healing Ministry

    January 8, 2009


    • Assess the significance of the 1863 vision Ellen White received regarding health.
    • Analyze the health reforms called for in the 1863 vision in light of the social context and medical practices of the day.
    • Understand that the ultimate aim of the health message is to assist people in living a life of effective discipleship for Christ.
    • Examine the relationship that exists between good health and spiritual development.
    • Examine the contribution of John Harvey Kellogg in developing the Adventist health work.
    • Examine the development of Seventh-day Adventist health and medical institution and their role in worldwide missions.

    At the Dansville health spa the Whites disagreed with not being able to exercise or think about religion.

    Ellen White’s 1863 Health Vision

    The main subject of the vision given to Ellen White on June 5, 1863 was healthful living.

    Good Health and Spiritual Development

    Ellen White suggested that a person with good health practices is better able to serve the Lord than one without such practices. Whatever affects the body affects the mind. Whatever affects the mind affects the person’s spiritual dimension. Damaging our bodies breaks the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” The Scriptures say to avoid alcohol because it makes our judgment bad.

    The Contribution of John Harvey Kellogg to Adventist Health Work

    John Harvey Kellogg is important in the history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He graduated from Bellevue Hospital Medical School. He changed the name of the Adventists first health sanitarium from Western Health Institute to “Battle Creek Sanitarium.” Under his leadership, Battle Creek Sanitarium expanded into a world-famous institution. He was on the cutting edge of medicine. He said he was able to do so by testing new ideas by consulting with those of Ellen G. White. He wrote fifty books.

    J. H. Kellogg invented prepared breakfast cereal. Will K. Kellogg marketed his brother’s cereal idea. Kellogg’s Foods began this way. John coined the word “granola.” He invented numerous medical appliances. He established the first Seventh-day Adventist medical college. The doctors at Battle Creek had training in both hydrotherapy and medical science. He established at least twenty-seven sanitariums in various countries. When John Kellogg separated the sanitarium from the church, the Adventist medical training work moved to Loma Linda.

    The Development of Seventh-day Adventist Health Work in a Worldwide Mission Adventists noted that when people are helped with their health, they are more open to learning about the Bible.

    The Original Diet

    Adam and Eve were instructed to eat a vegetarian diet. Vegetables were first given man to eat right after the Fall. Adventists point out that when humans began eating meat, they deteriorated and their lifespan shrank.

    In nineteenth-century America prior to 1863, it was not a common medical practice to make sure that fever patients had plenty of cool water and fresh air. It was common to bleed patients who had a fever; to prescribing poisonous drugs; (Opium was one of the harmful drugs prescribed by doctors in the nineteenth century;) to suggest that smoking would strengthen the lungs of patients. Among other things, the health vision opposed as harmful: alcoholic beverages, coffee, flesh food, eating between meals, overworking, the use of drugs such as opium, the bleeding away of excess vitality. It supported the use of hydrotherapy, cleanliness, drinking water, fresh air and exercise.

    Emma Kellogg and Henry White died because of treatment received from conventional nineteenth-century physicians. Willie White didn’t die as did his brother Henry because they used a water treatment on him.

    Kate Lindsay was the founder of the first Seventh-day Adventist nursing school.

    Ellen White gave eight health principles. The conventional medicine of her day involved different treatment:

    The Health Principles and Conventional Medicine of the mid 1800’s


    • Pure air

    Loughborough’s father was forbidden to breathe fresh air when he was sick with typhoid fever.


    • Sunlight

    The lesson implies that shades were not opened in some rooms.


    • Abstemiousness (Temperance)

    Cigar smoking was advised to strengthen weak lungs. Smoking was suggested to J. N. Loughborough as treatment for his lung trouble.


    • Rest

    The lesson shows that overwork led to vulnerability to disease.


    • Exercise

    People evidently didn’t see its relationship to health.


    • Proper diet

    People did not understand the relationship between health and nutrition.


    • Use of water

    Bathing was considered hazardous.


    • Trust in divine power

    Not mentioned in lesson, but students may comment from personal conclusions.



    Further Reading:

    Review and Herald, October 8, 1867, Questions and Answers by Ellen White.