Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. The purpose of this podcast is to share with you, from a biblical perspective, the means by which we can combat and overcome the sin of gluttony and its outcome of obesity.
Our passage from the Word of God today is Genesis 25:29-34 which reads: “And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to the Stanford Health Care Center, Obesity is a major cause of high blood pressure. “Additional fat tissue in the body needs oxygen and nutrients in order to live, which requires the blood vessels to circulate more blood to the fat tissue. This increases the workload of the heart because it must pump more blood through additional blood vessels. More circulating blood also means more pressure on the artery walls. Higher pressure on the artery walls increases the blood pressure. In addition, extra weight can raise the heart rate and reduce the body’s ability to transport blood through the vessels.”
In this podcast, we are going through the book, The RAVE Diet and Lifestyle: The Natural Foods Diet With Meals that Heal, by Mike Anderson. He writes:
The yo-yo diet cycle is nothing new. The first popular “high-protein” diet book was published in 1864 by an English casket maker named William Banting. During this same era, P.T. Barnum told Americans, “There’s a sucker born every minute,” and the casket-maker’s diet did, among other things, prove P.T. Barnum right. The Atkins Diet, Zone Diet, South Beach and other “high-protein” diets all have their roots in, appropriately enough, a casket maker’s diet because they all contribute to heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis and our common cancers, not to mention the constipation, gastrointestinal difficulties, bad breath and other symptoms that are the result of “high protein” diets. Little wonder the American Dietetic Association has described these diets as “a nightmare.” The phrase “high-protein” is simply a euphemism for “high-fat” to disguise the fact these diets are plowing an incredibly unhealthy diet down your throat, with the Atkins Diet being up to 60 percent fat.
The fact that Banting’s diet was all the rage in the late 1800’s and Atkins-like diets are now the rage over 100 years later shows: 1) how little progress we have made in making people understand such quick fixes don’t work; 2) the power of advertising; and 3) how such diets come into vogue when the price of meat is cheap. People think Atkins has come up with something new in the diet field. All he did was popularize a failed diet that was over 100 years old.
Now, take a deep breath because I want you to think about something. Don’t you think it’s strange – perhaps more than a little embarrassing – that none of these diet plans work in the long term, yet we keep shelling out money only to prove that history does repeat itself – at least when it comes to diet plans? Have Americans become so desperate that common sense has totally gone out the window?
Think about it. We’re in such pathetic shape that the most educated population on the face of the earth now needs a doctor to tell them how to eat. In the meantime, billions of “uneducated” people throughout the world are in better health than most Americans, keep slim figures and many have never even seen a doctor. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that people were getting better advice about what they should eat when they were seeing witch doctors.
The goal of weight loss is to reduce the percentage of body fat and you cannot lose body fat quickly. Any program that promises quick weight loss is not losing fat, but simply water. Losing weight is not complicated at all. In fact, it’s quite simple and the Diet Doctors have done more to confuse the issue than anyone else. But there’s a method to their madness: The more complicated dieting seems, the more money there is to be made from all the confusion. And although these diets don’t work – even for the Diet Doctors – the good doctors are more than willing to accept your money for the advice they’re selling, advice they can’t even follow themselves.
Why are things so insane? In a word: money. Selling food, supplements and diet plans is big money. Selling the easy way out is big money. Telling people they can lose more weight watching TV than exercising is big money.
Once all the fog has lifted, you’ll see just how simple it is to lose weight. You won’t have to buy expensive supplements or special foods, join programs, make yourself miserable or participate in any of the money-making schemes designed to impoverish you. Americans are now spending over $40 billion dollars a year in their desperate efforts to shed pounds and get thin. What diet ads should say is “I lost $350 in two week! Ask me how!” And the vast majority of these bucks flow into the pockets of people with an M.D. or Ph.D. behind their names – and most should be ashamed of themselves for not telling people the truth about weight loss, but instead perpetuating a self-enrichment scam.
— PRAYER —
Now, in this series, as we focus on overcoming the sin of gluttony, and managing our bodies as God intended, we must not lose sight of the most important part of our existence — our spiritual life. Even those of you who are fit, who eat right, and who exercise regularly must still address the condition of your soul. You may keep your body in perfect condition till the day you die, but you will still die — we all will, and the only thing that will matter is the condition of your soul. Is your soul in shape? Is your soul in right standing with God?
The only way to make sure of that is to trust Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. He alone can save your soul, put you in right standing with God, and ensure that you do not perish in Hell. Now, if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can trust Him today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you believed in your heart that Jesus Christ died on the Cross, was buried, and rose again, allow me to say, congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour! For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
If you accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior today, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. There is some free material that we want to send you. If you have a prayer request, please e-mail that to us as well, and we will pray for you until you tell us to stop.
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.