Gluttony: One of the Seven Deadly Sins

Tonight we will be teaching on Gluttony. Tradition has labeled gluttony as a deadly sin but the Bible does not. It is evident from the silence in Scripture that God does not bless us according to our weight. However, Scripture does talk about food in a spiritual nature like:

• “Taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)
• “Desire the sincere spiritual milk of the word.” (1 Peter 2:2)
• “I am the bread of life. Come to me and you will not hunger.” (John 6:35)
• “Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)

1 Corinthians 6:12 summarizes God’s desire for us even when teaching on gluttony, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything. Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them.” We are to concentrate on pursuing the things of God. Food does not have to stand in the way of that pursuit. I really believe that our weight is more of a stumbling factor within our own minds than it is with the Lord.

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