Kill the Fatted Calf Diet and Lifestyle Episode #2
Welcome to the Kill the Fatted Calf Diet and Lifestyle Podcast Episode #2. I am your host Daniel Whyte III and the author of the book with the same title. The subtitle of the book is “How to Overcome the Sin of Gluttony and Still Celebrate and Enjoy Life with the Best Food”
Our Scripture reading for today is Philippians 3:19: “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things”
Allow me to share with you some insights regarding this Scripture from the Bible Knowledge Commentary:
These verses give the reasons for the exhortations in verse 17: many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. Believers should be able to determine truth from error. Paul was so concerned about the Philippians’ spiritual welfare that he warned them often and wept as he did so.
As enemies of God these false teachers were destined for destruction. Those Paul warned against were perhaps profligates in incipient Gnosticism who trusted in their own attainments and not in the sufficiency of Christ alone. All who do so are not children of God, so they await destruction. This word does not mean annihilation but rather ruination by separation from the presence of God in eternal judgment.
Three further descriptions of these false teachers follow. First, their god is their stomach. They had in mind only their own physical desires and unrestrained gluttony.
Second, their glory is in their shame. Instead of giving glory to God these teachers heaped praise on themselves. Ironically they prided themselves in the things they should have been ashamed of.
Third, their mind is on earthly things. It is certainly not wrong for God’s people to care about their earthly affairs. But those Paul warned against here were depending on earthly things to gain merit with God. The apostle frequently alerted the people of God against such a lifestyle.
Our “Kill the Fatted Calf” word for this podcast is FLEXITARIAN. Which means, “a person who has a primarily vegetarian diet but occasionally eats meat or fish.”
Our “Kill the fatted calf” quote for today is from Michael Pollan. He said, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Just to wet your appetite for future podcasts and the book with the same title that will be available soon, let’s talk a little bit about the problem of gluttony.
Statistics show that “between ages 20 and 50, the average person spends about 20,000 hours—over 800 days—eating.” Eating, and eating right, is very important for a healthy lifestyle. But, despite the Bible’s exhortation to do all things in moderation, we often allow our eating to run over into sheer gluttony.
We don’t talk about gluttony much today — especially in the church — but it used to be considered a major sin. It was named fifth on the list of seven deadly sins created by monks in the fourth and fifth century. Dennis Okholm, writing in Christianity Today, described the attitude of the monks as follows: “Gluttony propagates foolish mirth, uncleanness, babbling, and dullness of mind. Each of the seven parent sins can become deadly. In the case of gluttony, a person who occasionally eats more than is necessary or appropriate has committed a venial sin. Becoming so taken by the pleasure of gluttony that the delights of the palate turn one away from God and his commandments is to commit a mortal sin. Gluttony is deadly when a person makes a god of the belly.”
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.