Seventh-day Adventist approaches to theology are affected by the level of authority accorded the writings of Ellen White. Mainstream Adventists believe that White had the spiritual gift of prophecy, but that her writings are inferior to the Bible, which has ultimate authority.
White was a vegetarian health reformer, and vegetarianism and other health teachings of the Adventists are due to her efforts. She believed that the human body represented God’s temple and therefore it should not be abused. In her writings, White indicated that salvation could be dependent on giving up meat.
Seventh Day Adventists claim White’s teachings to be well ahead of their time, pointing to modern day studies about the benefits of vegetarianism.
However, according to the Holy Bible:
“…those whose faith is weak eat only vegetables.”
Also conveniently forgotten is Paul view:
“…eat anything that is sold in the meat market, without asking questions for conscience’ sake.”
1 Corinthians 10:25
Obviously no vegetarians evident in the early church!
Most of White’s concerns over diet were actually an effort to control what she considered to be an excessive sex drive in the male. She devoted endless pages to discussing “secret vice” (masturbation) and blamed the practice for a wide range of diseases.