LISTEN: Baseline Measurements: Countering Skepticism, Part 1 (Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony #29 with Daniel Whyte III)

Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. 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 Galatians 5:16 which reads: “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Yahoo News, New European research has found that for men, having a higher body mass index (BMI) at age 18 is linked with a higher risk of suffering a heart attack before age 65. Carried out by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the new study looked at Swedish men born between 1950 and 1987 who enlisted for mandatory military service at the age of 18. At enrollment, all the men — 1,668,921 in total — had to complete physical and psychological examinations which included measurements of BMI, blood pressure, IQ, and cardiovascular and muscular fitness. They were then followed for up to a maximum of 46 years. The findings, presented on Tuesday at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology, showed that a higher BMI at age 18 was associated with a higher risk of a heart attack before age 65, even after taking into account age, year of conscription, any other health conditions at the start of the study, parent’s education, blood pressure, IQ, muscle strength and fitness.

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. This section is titled: Baseline Measurements: Countering Skepticism part 1:

It’s difficult to convince many people that diet can be so powerful. Most eating diseases are like nutritional time-bombs which take decades to develop, so people may feel healthy now, but they no doubt have heart disease, cancer and other diseases slowly growing in their bodies.

I remember talking to a woman who was very skeptical of the RAVE Diet. She said, “Look at me! I’m healthy and I eat whatever I want!” She, like so many other people, considered herself as healthy as her peers. Unfortunately, being as healthy as one’s peers in American is not being healthy at all. She was grossly overweight (she called it a few extra pounds) and I could tell by just looking at her – and generally knowing what she ate – that she suffered from at least heart disease and no doubt other diseases were at work inside her body. A few years after our brief conversation, I learned through a mutual friend that she had a heart attack. Don’t let your skepticism keep you from this diet just because you’re as healthy as your peers. Our norms for what is healthy have steadily deteriorated over the years and these norms are killing people.

There are many claims being made by various diet plans, which would make anyone skeptical. If you are a “normally healthy” – and skeptical – person and want to try the RAVE Diet, what I would suggest is that you test your own skepticism by getting a few tests done before you start the diet, then re-test in six months (or earlier). That will be a measure of just how healthy your skepticism really was.

— 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, believe in your heart that Jesus 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.”

Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.