John G. Lake
All the things earthly that I possess shall not be considered
my own, but belonging to my Heavenly Father, and shall be held in trust by me to
be used and directed by the wisdom of the Spirit of God, as the law of love of
men as Christ loved them may dictate.
If at any time God should raise up men wiser than myself, I
will gladly commit my all to their use and turn over all my possessions to them
If at any time in my life I should be engaged in any earthly
business and should employ men to aid me in conducting it, I shall reward them
justly and equally, comparing their own energy expended with My own after adding
a sufficient amount to my own to cover all risk that may be involved in the
operation of my business.
I shall consider my employees my equals with rights to the
blessings of nature and life equal to my own. I shall not strive to elevate
myself to a position of comfort above the rest of my employees and shall direct
all my efforts to bring all mankind to an equal plane, where all enjoy the
comforts of life and fellowship together.
I shall not cease to cry to God and implore Him to deliver
mankind from the effects of sin so long as sin lasts, but shall cooperate with
God in the redemption of mankind.
I will have seasons of prayer and fasting in behalf of
mankind, weeping and bewailing their lost condition and imploring God to grant
them repentance unto life as the Spirit of God may lead me.
I shall live my life in meekness, never defending my own
personal rights, but shall leave all judgment To God who judges righteously and
rewards all according to their works. I shall not render evil for evil or
railing for railing, but shall bless all and do good to enemies in return for
evil. By God's grace I shall keep all hardness and harshness out of my life and
actions, but shall be gentle and unassuming, not professing above what God has
imparted to me, nor lifting myself above my brethren.
I shall consider righteous acts as more necessary to life and
happiness than food and drink, and not let myself be bribed or coerced into any
unrighteous action for any earthly consideration.
By God's grace I will always be merciful, forgiving those who
have transgressed against me and endeavoring to correct the ills of humanity
instead of merely punishing them for their sins.
I shall not harbor any impure thoughts in my mind, but shall
endeavor to make my every act uplifting.
I shall regard my procreative organs sacred and holy and
never use them for any purpose other than that which God created them for.
I shall regard the home as sacred and always guard my actions
in the presence of the opposite sex, so as not to cause a man and his wife to
break their vows to one another. I shall be chaste with the opposite sex who are
married, considering them as sisters. I shall be careful not to cause them undue
pain by playing on their affections.
I will always strive to be a peacemaker. First, by being
peaceful myself and avoiding all unfruitful contentions, and treating all with
justice and regarding their rights and their free agency, never trying to force
any to my point of view.
If I should offend anyone knowingly, I shall immediately
I will not scatter evil reports about any person and so try
to defame their character, or repeat things that I am not certain of being true.
I will strive to remove the curse of strife among brethren by
acting as a peacemaker.
I shall not become discouraged when I am persecuted on
account of the righteousness mentioned above nor murmur on account of any
suffering I undergo, but shall gladly give my life rather than depart from this
high standard of life, rejoicing because I know I have a great reward in Heaven.
I shall strive to make the above principles the ideal of all
the world and give my life and energy to see mankind get the power from God to
practice the same.
by John G. LakeCopyright © 2002
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