Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. This is episode #44. 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 Proverbs 23:20-21 which reads: “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Worth Media, In today’s America, junk, processed and fast food, along with soda, are relentlessly hawked by corporations to an increasingly obese public. In other words, the excess calories, sugar, salt and fat that we’re eating and drinking are slowly killing us. Now, they’re also lending a helping hand to COVID-19—the new “enemy.” The U.S. military is handicapped by the obesity epidemic. They have stated their current pool of potential recruits are so unhealthy, due to obesity and heart disease, that fitness standards were lowered in order to fill their ranks. A 2018 study, “Unhealthy and Unprepared,” concluded that overweight youth are having an impact on the military’s ability to maintain effectiveness. Currently one-third of 17- to 24-year-olds are ineligible to join because of their weight. Data unequivocally shows that being obese and/or having diet-related diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes or heart disease, or the conditions that flow from these like kidney failure, is responsible for 90 percent of non-age-related hospitalizations from COVID-19. So, if it isn’t bad enough that diabetes leads to amputations, blindness and dialysis, it also is a highly correlated factor for virus-related deaths.
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: No Vegetable Oils, Part 1:
Strictly speaking, vegetable oils are part of the Refined Foods group because they contain no fiber, they’re devoid of nutrients and they’re 100 percent fat. Although I say vegetable oils, because these are what are mostly consumed, I mean any oils (e.g., nut oils, coconut oil, etc.).
Vegetable oils constitute a whopping 11 percent of the calories Americans consume. Putting two tablespoons of oil in your salad has the fat equivalent of two scoops of ice cream. From a weight loss perspective, eliminating vegetable oils is a very easy – and healthy – way to cut calories.
There are other problems with vegetable oils, however. These oils contain high levels of saturated fat, which is essentially “cholesterol in disguise” because it stimulates your liver to make more cholesterol than your body needs and ends up clogging arteries. In fact, adding any oil to your food will raise your cholesterol level, even more than eating cholesterol itself.
Hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans-fats) are particularly efficient at clogging arteries and depriving your body of oxygen. These oils are found in all kinds of refined foods such as chips, cookies, crackers, cereals, breakfast bars and other baked goods. Every time you eat a bag of cookies it’s no different than biting into a piece of meat.
In packaged goods, look for the word “hydrogenated” in the ingredients list and put it back on the shelf. And any food that’s deep-fried, such as fast food French fries or donuts, will contain these artery-clogging oils. Many commercial brands of peanut butter will also use hydrogenated oils. If you like nut butters, grind your own at a health food store.
Hydrogenated oils are the “glue” that holds refined carbohydrates together in order to increase shelf life. In fact, the healthy amount of trans fats in your diet should be exactly zero. Ingredients used for longer shelf lives in food translate into longer illnesses and a shorter shelf life for you.
Fried animal foods, such as fried chicken, are probably the most dangerous foods in existence because they combine high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, with high levels of oil. In other words, your blood vessels are getting a triple-whammy when you eat fried animal foods.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— 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.