Country Living
THE ADVANTAGES OF COUNTRY LIVING HAVE BEEN REPEATEDLY STRESSED THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF PROPHECY COUNSELS. THE GATHERING STORM CLOUDS SIGNALISE THE APPROPRIATENESS OF RE-SOUNDING THE CALL TO LEAVE THE CITIES. IT MUST BE EVIDENT TO EVERY THOUGHTFUL SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST THAT CITY LIVING, WITH ITS CONGESTION, ALLUREMENTS, AND MOUNTING LABOUR CONFLICTS, DOES NOT PROVIDE A WHOLESOME ENVIRONMENT FOR CHRISTIAN FAMILIES.

THROUGH THE YEARS THOUSANDS OF SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTISTS HAVE BEEN GUIDED IN THE CHOICE OF HOME ENVIRONMENTS AND IN THEIR RELATIONSHIPS TO ORGANISATIONS OF THE WORLD BY THE WIDELY PUBLISHED TESTIMONY COUNSELS ON THESE VITAL POINTS. AS THE OMENS OF THE IMPENDING CRISIS INDICATE THE SUBTLETY OF THE PERILS AND THE FURY OF THE CONFLICT BEFORE US, IT SEEMS FITTING TO REPUBLISH THIS COUNSEL IN SUCH FORM AS TO ARREST THE ATTENTION OF EVERY CHURCH MEMBER.

AND, CONSIDERING THE TIMES, IT IS IN PLACE, NOT ONLY TO REPEAT THE MORE FAMILIAR COUNSELS OF LONG PUBLICATION, BUT TO LEND FORCE TO THESE STATEMENTS BY PRESENTING WITH THEM THE MORE DETAILED INSTRUCTION PRINTED FROM TIME TO TIME IN THE REVIEW AND HERALD OR PENNED IN LETTERS OF COUNSEL ADDRESSED TO RESPONSIBLE WORKERS IN THE CAUSE OF GOD. SUCH ACTION IS IN FULL HARMONY WITH MRS. E. G. WHITE'S

INSTRUCTION TO HER TRUSTEES IN PROVIDING "FOR THE PRINTING OF COMPILATIONS FROM MY MANUSCRIPTS," FOR THEY CONTAIN, AS SHE SAID, "INSTRUCTION THAT THE LORD HAS GIVEN ME FOR HIS PEOPLE." THE YEAR OF WRITING OR OF FIRST PUBLICATION IS GIVEN WITH THE SOURCE REFERENCE OF EACH PASSAGE.

THE EARNEST APPEALS PRESENTED IN THIS PAMPHLET CALL FOR DECIDED ACTION, BUT SOLEMNLY WARN AGAINST PRESUMPTUOUS MOVES. WE WOULD DIRECT SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE CAUTIONS FOUND IN SECTION VII, "GUIDED BY GOD'S PROVIDENCES," APPEARING ON PAGES 24-28. THIS PAMPHLET IS NOW PLACED IN THE FIELD IN RESPONSE TO THE SETTLED CONVICTION OF THE LEADERS OF THE CHURCH THAT THE TIME HAS COME TO REITERATE THE CRY, "OUT OF THE CITIES."

THE TRUSTEES OF THE ELLEN G. WHITE PUBLICATIONS