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A Solemn Appeal, Edited by Elder James White
This book, edited in 1870 by James White, deals in no uncertain terms with the evils of self-abuse and sexual excess in marriage. It comprehensively gives the vital knowledge and information that every family needs to know upon these subjects.
It defines what chastity is, what causes unchastity, explains about solitary vice and licentiousness, and the effect that these have upon the family and individual.
This book also explains in great detail what the abuse of the sexual function does to both sexes, listing the effects that it has upon the internal organs of the human body, and how a good diet plays a major part in helping to keep the sexual function under control.
The counsels given in this book are of use for all ages, and, as fitting as any good Christian book, A Solemn Appeal not only points out the causes and effects of existing evils, but it gives clear and practical instruction about how to be cleansed from them all.
Although this was written long ago — the problems addressed are still very much with us— only the settings have changed. The counsel is still of great value for anyone wise enough to recognize its truthfulness. For example— when novel reading is mentioned, with the harm it creates, just think of the romances and the TV soap operas of today; also women are not likely to be found laboring over the hot cook stove today— but instead a myriad of activities, clubs, groups and social events still take time and attention from the careful rearing and training of the family and the cultivation of moral graces.
An important book especially for those parents who would save their children from the leading sin of this age.
“A terrible picture of the condition of the world has been presented before me. Immorality abounds everywhere. Licentiousness is the special sin of this age. Never did vice lift its deformed head with such boldness as now. The people seem to be benumbed, and the lovers of virtue and true goodness are nearly discouraged by its boldness, strength, and prevalence. The iniquity which abounds is not merely confined to the unbeliever and the scoffer. Would that this were the case, but it is not. Many men and women who profess the religion of Christ are guilty. Even some who profess to be looking for His appearing are no more prepared for that event than Satan himself. They are not cleansing themselves from all pollution. They have so long served their lust that it is natural for their thoughts to be impure and their imaginations corrupt. It is as impossible to cause their minds to dwell upon pure and holy things as it would be to turn the course of Niagara and send its waters pouring up the falls. . . . Every Christian will have to learn to restrain his passions and be controlled by principle. Unless he does this, he is unworthy of the Christian name.” — The Adventist Home, by Ellen G. White, page 328.
Definition of Unchastity
Unchastity in the sight of God
Effects of Unchastity upon the Body
Effects of Unchastity upon the Mind
Effects of Licentiousness upon the Morals
Causes of Unchastity
Cure for Unchastity
Appeal to Mothers Listen to or Download this Chapter Free Online
The Cause of Exhausted Vitality
Derangements Observable in Mankind
Abuse of the Sexual Function a Prime cause of Derangements
Influence upon the Mind
Effects of Self-Abuse upon Children
Effects upon Women
Predisposing and Exciting Causes of Self-Abuse
The Marriage Relation
The Care of Children
Errors in Education
Obedience to the Law of God
Female Modesty Listen to or Download this Chapter Free Online
Evils and Remedy
It Injures Health
It Exhausts the Body
It Enfeebles the Mind
It Inflames the Whole System
It Deteriorates the Sexual Characteristics
It Diseases the Whole System
It Impairs Digestion and Circulation
It Deranges the Brain and Nervous System
It Engenders Depravity in all its Forms
It Perpetuates and Re-augments Itself
It Deteriorates Woman in the Estimation of Man
Signs of Sensuality in its Various Forms
Regain Your Health
Avoid all Stimulants and Irritants
Premature Development of Amativeness
Novel Reading, &c