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 1 Samuel 4:14-18 which reads: “And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli. Now Eli was ninety and eight years old; and his eyes were dim, that he could not see. And the man said unto Eli, I am he that came out of the army, and I fled to day out of the army. And he said, What is there done, my son? And the messenger answered and said, Israel is fled before the Philistines, and there hath been also a great slaughter among the people, and thy two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God is taken. And it came to pass, when he made mention of the ark of God, that he fell from off the seat backward by the side of the gate, and his neck brake, and he died: for he was an old man, and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to U.S. News & World Report, “Youth obesity prevalence is up to nearly 18 percent, based on findings from nearly 7,000 children ages 2 to 19. In 2001-2002, youth obesity prevalence was 15.4 percent. It increased to 17.1 percent in 2003-2004, then back down to 15.4 percent in 2005-2006. However, kids’ obesity rates rose to 16.9 percent by 2010 and to 17 percent by 2014.”
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 in Chapter 1: Diet, Disease, & Weight Loss (Part 8):
The Laws of Cancer
J. F. Brailsford, M.D. said, “During the past fifty years scientists experimenting with thousands of animals have found yoo ways of causing cancer. But they had not discovered one way of curing the disease.”
We have spent over 30 years and countless billions of tax dollars trying to find a cure for cancer, yet Nature has been solving the dilemma from the beginning. The cure for cancer is right inside all of us. It’s called your immune system.
Your immune system is your internal body armor. Picture your immune system as the front defensive line of a football team. The mission of this defensive line (your white blood cells) is to stop the other team (cancer cells) from getting through and scoring points. If the defensive line, your immune system, is weak or injured the other team gets through causing damage and scoring points. How do you build up your defensive team? The only way is through diet.
For years Japan had the highest per capita consumption of cigarettes, yet the lowest rates of lung cancer in the world, because Japanese smokers had strong immune systems due to their low-fat, plant-based diet. Of course, now that the Japanese diet is becoming westernized, they are compromising their immune systems and cancer is on the rise. Cancer is scoring points.
With respect to cancer, there are four “laws” that are irrefutable.
1) Your immune system is the only cure for cancer.
2) A weakened immune system is the biggest cause of cancer.
3) The higher the dietary fat, the more the immune system is weakened.
4) The only foods that contain immune-strengthening and cancer-fighting nutrients are plant foods.
Your eating habits can either strengthen or weaken your immune system. If you are not eating enough plant foods, you will be deficient in the antioxidants and phytochemicals that feed an army of immune system cells that defend the body against cancer. Your immune system has been trained over millions of years to recognize and selectively kill cancer cells and is at least a million times smarter at killing them than sledge-hammer — like conventional treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation. Those treatments indiscriminately kill cancer cells while also killing the only cure for cancer — your immune system cells.
In every population throughout the world eating an animal-based diet, cancer is the second leading killer, after heart disease. Among other things, due to the high-fat content, animal-based diets suppress the immune system by killing off immune system cells.
Imagine what an oil spill in the ocean does to the marine life it encounters. Most are killed, some are maimed. Birds covered with oil cannot fly. This is what happens when high amounts of fat hit your blood stream. Immune system cells die off, those that survive cannot “swim” in your blood stream, they become blinded and as a result cannot recognize and kill cancer cells. Now imagine eating three high-fat meals a day. Americans have created a constant oil slick in their blood streams, which is caused by breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The higher your intake of fat, the more your immune system is weakened, which leaves you open to infections and diseases. We have an epidemic of immune system impairment and this accounts for many of the diseases we are suffering from, especially cancers. In fact, we’ve become so used to a suppressed immune system that we now think it’s normal. We also think that dying of cancer is a normal part of the human condition. It is not.
Any kind of fat will compromise the immune system, even so-called “good fats” containing Omega-3 fatty acids. In addition to being an oil slick, it’s been found that Omega-3’s that come in concentrated forms, such as fish and vegetable oils, are composed of highly unstable molecules which decompose and unleash dangerous cancer-causing agents (free radicals), and cause damage to cells that can lead to cancer. Such fats also suppress natural killer cells and the production of immune substances, which are important not only for cancer protection, but protection against viruses, bacteria and parasites.
High concentrations of Omega-3’s also promote the spread of cancer cells. This is thought to be due to the production of free radicals, suppression of the immune system and changes that are caused in small hormones that promote tumor growth.
Unlike concentrated fats in fish and vegetable oils, the Omega-3s found in natural, whole foods are stable and do not produce free radicals. Thus, if you want Omega-3s, get them from whole plant foods, not vegetable or fish oils.
Eating concentrated sources of “good fat” really boils down to getting too much of a good thing. Just as a modest amount of sunlight can actually prevent cancer, too much sunlight can cause cancer. Just as we need a little saturated fat in our diet, too much can clog up our plumbing.
When vegetable oils are made, thousands of nutrients, as well as the fiber, are removed and all that’s left is 10% percent fat, or empty calories. This is an extremely concentrated form of fat and too much of a good thing, which will cause bad things to happen, like an oil slick in your blood.
The high-fat content of animal-based foods significantly suppresses the immune system, so it’s little wonder that heart disease and cancer are America’s two biggest killers. Lowering the fat in your diet is not only the best thing for your heart, but it’s also the single best way to strengthen your immune system. Instead of a steady stream of fat, the RAVE Diet will lower your fat intake and give you a steady stream of cancer-fighting nutrients that will feed your immune system and keep it strong.
— 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 email@example.com 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.