Ellen White and other Early Adventist borrowed their ideology about health from this Preacher. Unfortunately; he is unknown to most Adventist. Most of his ideas about health are reflected in Ellen Whites guidance on health.
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Inventor of graham flour and the graham cracker
Sylvester Graham was an American Presbyterian minister (ordained in 1826) who preached on temperance and stressed whole-wheat flour and vegetarian diets. He was known for his graham crackers. His Graham Journal of Health and Longevity preached his principles of good health. He compared people physiologically to orangutans, and concluded that vegetarian food was natural for both primates.
Graham had many devoted followers, known as Grahamites, who slavishly followed his principles, which included temperance, sexual restraint, and baths, in addition to vegetarianism. He was so famous that his lectures on proper living were attended by thousands, and he was able to hold his audiences spellbound. He had many disciples who also worked diligently to further the vegetarian cause. When the British Vegetarian Society was founded in 1847, he helped found a similar group in America (see American Vegetarian Society ).
In 1831 and 1832, at the invitation of New York's temperance leadership, Philadelphia activist Sylvester Graham delivered lectures on the relationship between diet and disease. New Yorkers, Graham argued, had been fatally weakened in their ability to resist epidemics by the improper eating habits spawned by big-city life. Graham opposed the use of stimulants--not only liquor, wine, and cider but tea, coffee, and tobacco too. He advocated vegetarianism. He denounced urban bakers who used 'refined' flour--stripped of husks and dark oleaginous germ and whitened with 'chemical agents'--because it baked more quickly than traditional bread, even though the result was an almost crustless loaf without granular texture or nutritional value. He railed, too, against marketplace milk, much of which came from cows fed on leftover distillery mash (swill), with the anemic, liquor-inflected product made presentable by the addition of chalk, plaster of Paris, and molasses.
Clearly there is two spirits at work here and one of them is Not the Holy Spirit. See if you can tell who has the truth.
As a Bible student it is important to pray to the Holy Spirit to help with understanding but scripture also interprets scripture. Like Jesus the Holy Spirit never differs from scripture or contradicts scripture. We do not want to be like some charismatics who say things like "thus saith the Lord" or "the Holy Spirit told me" . When people speak of following the Holy Spirit with out talking of scripture alarm bells go off for me. Just like people impersonate Jesus people use the Holy Spirit to say things that are not according to scripture.
These posts are ridiculous and offensive and if the moderators don't put a stop to them, I and many others will abandon this site.
I guess we bear the burden of presenting the truth to people who were born into the church and see the world as the emerald city and church history and the writings as nothing more than mold covered books that can stay in the basement. Worse than that, they see the people who are commandment keepers as a hindrance, as dolts who do not understand the way things can be if only they would compromise. Leon has stated in other threads that he is the lonely bearer and teacher of truth. Truth he gathers from sites dedicated to the destruction of SDA.
Amen to that it is the truth. Now if he had gathered truth from the Bible it would have been a different matter.
That is just it. If it were Ellen White says this and the Bible says that. Respectfully what does this mean, then a valid discussion could take place. There is little respect
Ellen White never claimed that her writings were to supersede the Bible.7 She saw that her “first duty” was “to present Bible principles” and if there was no “decided, conscientious reform” she would “appeal to them personally.”8 In fact, her “Testimonies” would not have been needed “if you had made God’s Word your study with a desire to reach the Bible standard and attain Christian perfection.”9
Further, she never claimed infallibility, always emphasizing that “God alone is infallible.”10 She was always open to the unfolding of truth. Progressive truth, for her, would not contradict previously revealed truths but expand it.11
Correcting contemporary errors in Christian thought became an essential part of setting forth Biblical principles. Ellen White would say: “It has been given to me to correct specious errors and to specify what is truth.”12
In her primary concern that the Bible be seen as the Christian’s only rule of faith and practice, she felt compelled to emphasize that, in some instances, what had been understood for centuries to be “Bible truth” might be merely “floating germs” and the “rubbish of error.”13
In addition to correcting these “floating” theological germs that permeated conventional Christianity in the nineteenth century, she was shown that some basic Christian truths had lain dormant from the first century. These truths were to be recovered and placed within the larger framework of the “everlasting gospel” that was to be preached in its fullness at the end of time.14 http://www.whiteestate.org/books/mol/Chapt16.html
Good evening brothers and sisters, let me ask some pertinent questions. Are there any evidence to suggest that Mrs. White in her writings subscribed to other schools of thought in the penning of her written pieces and paraphrase them? If not, can it be qualified that 100% of her written work are her own, and as given by the Holy Spirit, whom she professed gave it to her?
This post is based on a portion of that Evidence. When you explore the origins of her health message you learn tha much of what she taught the borrowed from other leaders of the movement.
And because you find some of what EGW has written is found in other places you conclude it is not inspired? You gather your information from sites that has been put up to discredit her do you not?