Ellen G. White's Addiction to Vinegar

Did you know that Ellen White was a vinegar addict? Consider her own account of that "terrible" addiction as it appears in a letter she wrote 1911:

"I had indulged the desire for vinegar. But I resolved with the help of God to overcome this appetite. I fought the temptation, determined not to be mastered by this habit.

For weeks I was very sick; but I kept saying over and over, The Lord knows all about it. If I die, I die; but I will not yield to this desire. The struggle continued, and I was sorely afflicted for many weeks. All thought that it was impossible for me to live.

You may be sure we sought the Lord very earnestly. The most fervent prayers were offered for my recovery. I continued to resist the desire for vinegar, and at last I conquered. Now I have no inclination to taste anything of the kind. This experience has been of great value to me in many ways. I obtained a complete victory." (Ellen G. White, letter 70, 1911, reproduced in Counsels on Diet and Foods, page 485).

Do you think Ellen White was really "very sick" for weeks because of her "desire for vinegar?" Do you think it really was true that "all thought it was impossible for me to live?" Or are those statements simply more of Ellen White's exaggerations? Do you know of anyone who is, or who ever has been, addicted to vinegar? No? Well then, if Ellen White would lie about such an insignificant matter as her "desire for vinegar," creating a life-threatening crisis over vinegar, then do you really think she told the truth about her "visions" and her "conversations with angels?"

Furthermore, why did Ellen White condemn the use of vinegar when Jesus drank it on the cross? "When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost." (John 19:30).



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