Temperance (principle)

From the beginning of Adventism, temperance has been an important part of its doctrinal teaching. Although generally “temperance” refers to the matter of alcoholic beverages, to Seventh-day Adventists it has a broader context. Temperance, meaning self-control, is a spiritual foundation to the life, restored and provided by the Holy Spirit (see Gal. 5:22 , 23 ). Temperance pictures a life of victory over every harmful and defiling practice. It causes the believer to have a distinct separation from the allurements of idolatry, lust, and pride (see 2 Cor. 6:14–18 ), making the body a living temple of dedication to God. Therefore, Ellen White wrote in 1874: “Temperance alone is the foundation of all the graces that come from God, the foundation of all victories to be gained” ( Te 201...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.