Quotes of Significant Interest
Quotes of Significant Interest
The following quotes shed light on diet, how God’s Church should be regarded, and correct interpretation of scriptures. These, among other quotes, ought to be considered highly as through these, we may address some current issues that are extreme.
Ellen White Not Our Criterion
According to Roger Coon in his book ELLEN WHITE AND VEGETARIANISM Did She Practice What She Preached? - One of the most sensible things Ellen White ever wrote on the subject of health reform was the following: “Those who understand the laws of health and who are governed by principle, will shun the extremes, both of indulgence and of restrictions. Their diet is chosen, not for the mere gratification of appetite, but for the up building of the body. They seek to preserve every power in the best condition for the highest service to God and man. . .” (MH, p. 319).
Additionally, Ellen White cautions, “There is real common sense in dietetic reform. The subject should be studied broadly and deeply, and no one should criticize others because their practice is not, in all things, in harmony with his own. It is impossible [in matters of diet] to make an unvarying rule to regulate everyone's habits, and no one should think himself a criterion for all” (Ibid, p. 320).
Not only did Ellen White not wish to be a criterion for church members, but neither did she wish to be a criterion for the members of her immediate family, according to Coon. Ellen White is quoted as saying, "I do not hold myself up as a criterion for them"( Letter 127, Jan. 18, 1904; cited in CD 491, #22).
The Church Is the One Object of God’s Supreme Regard
Ellen White says of the church, “Enfeebled and defective as it may appear, the church is the one object upon which God bestows in a special sense His supreme regard. It is the theater of His grace in which He delights to reveal His power to transform hearts” (Acts of the Apostles, p. 12).
Not to Refer to the Church as Babylon
On another occasion, she discouraged folk calling the church Babylon, “Again I say, The Lord hath not spoken by any messenger who calls the church that keeps the commandments of God, Babylon. True, there are tares with the wheat; but Christ said He would send His angels to first gather the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into the garner. I know that the Lord loves His church. It is not to be disorganised or broken up into independent atoms. There is not the least consistency in this; there is not the least evidence that such a thing will be. Those who shall heed this false message and try to leaven others will be deceived and prepared to receive advanced delusions, and they will come to naught” (Manuscript Releases, vol.1, p. 348-357).
The Bible Contains All the Principles . . . .
The Bible contains all the principles that men need to understand in order to be fitted either for this life or for the life to come. And these principles may be understood by all. No one with a spirit to appreciate its teaching can read a single passage from the Bible without gaining from it some helpful thought. But the most valuable teaching of the Bible is not to be gained by occasional or disconnected study. Its great system of truth is not so presented as to be discerned by the hasty or careless reader. Many of its treasures lie far beneath the surface, and can be obtained only by diligent research and continuous effort. The truths that go to make up the great whole must be searched out and gathered up, “here a little, and there a little” (Ed 123.2).
It Is Easy to Put a False Interpretation on Scripture
Ellen White says, “it is easy to put a false interpretation on Scripture, placing stress on passages, and assigning to them a meaning, which, at the first investigation, may appear true, but which by further search, will be seen to be false" (This Day With God, p. 43). Also the same author said, “Only those who have been diligent students of the Scriptures and who have received the love of the truth will be shielded from the powerful delusion that takes the world captive. By the Bible testimony these will detect the deceiver in his disguise. To all the testing time will come” (GC, p.625).