“Appetite and Passion” – Eunuchs for Christ
Mt 19:9 And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, commits adultery: and whoso marries her which is put away does commit adultery. 10 His disciples say unto Him, If the case of the man be so with his wife, it is not good to marry. 11 But He said unto them, All men cannot receive this saying, save they to whom it is given. 12 For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother’s womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it.
Is 56:4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep My Sabbaths, and choose the things that please Me, and take hold of My covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in Mine House and within My walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off.
Every true Christian will have control of his appetite and passions. Unless he is free from the bondage and slavery of appetite (Ex 20:1-2) he cannot be a true, obedient servant of Christ. It is the indulgence of appetite and passion which makes the truth of none effect upon the heart. It is impossible for the spirit and power of the truth to sanctify a man, soul, body, and spirit, when he is controlled by appetite and passion. Testimonies for the Church, p. 569-70, 570 Counsels for the Church, p. 226.5