Ellen G. White and Her Critics


Chapter 27—Mrs. White’s Teachings on Healthful Living

Charge Number 1:

In placing certain restrictions on diet Mrs. White goes counter to the New Testament, which informs us we are not “subject to ordinances” and that “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink.” The Jerusalem Council proves that the ancient ceremonial laws are abolished. See Acts 15:28, 29. EGWC 362.1

This indictment collapses when the true basis for Mrs. White’s teachings is set forth. Through the centuries there have been those who placed prohibitions on certain foods and drinks for ceremonial reasons. But Mrs. White does not. Nor is any attempt made to prove that she does. The charge simply assumes she does. There is not one line in her writings that could support the contention that she believed that merely refraining from some article of diet, or merely carrying out a certain regimen of living, would in itself have any saving virtue or any ceremonial significance. EGWC 362.2

There is nothing mysterious, occult, or ceremonial about her health teachings. No one is more emphatic than she that “the kingdom of God is not meat and drink.” Romans 14:17. But she often uses the New Testament text: “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31. There is no conflict between these texts. They are not contradictory, they are complementary. EGWC 362.3