Ellen White on Meat Eating
In the 1860's, Ellen White said in the Testimonies that she had given up meat eating. Then in later Testimonies, it is discovered that on occasion she did eat some meat. Is this a contradiction? Is this an inconsistency in her life? It is clear that Ellen White's first determination to not eat meat meant that she had decided not to SUBSIST on meat as a regurlar fare. In accordance with her frequent counsel over the years to use common sense, and to eat whatever was set before us when a guest, and, due to inconvenience by way of lack of provisions due to some situations of circumstance when travelling cross-country, Ellen White did occasionally eat some meat. This in no way violated her statement that she had decided to give up meat eating as a regular bill of fare. Even if Ellen White backslid in her experience to the eating of meat as a more regular bill of fare, we are not her judge and jury.
Those who criticize Ellen G. White, as though they knew all the circumstances accompanying her every act, have set themselves up as judge and jury of God's messenger to the world and the church, and will be judged just as severely for their wrong's and backslidings, and more so than Ellen White, because they do not know all the circumstances under which she operated. On the one hand they castigate her for being infallible, while they teach that infallibility to the point of being an overcomer is impossible. They thus serve to frustrate God's servants no matter what they do! That is the work of Satan, the accuser of the brethren!
And what about the Oysters? At the time Ellen White partook of Oysters there is a consideration to ponder. Oysters were used in her day for medicinal purposes, and she may have partook of them on infrequent occassions as a tonic or for other medicinal reasons. We should not judge her since she is not alive to consult on this matter. We are not her judge anyway! God is. And as we judge, so will we be judged. Those who are forever judging Ellen White so severely, without knowing all the circumstances that can alter cases, will be judged far more severely than Ellen G. White.