This is not a teaching with emphasis on food above all other things or
even on a par. It is simply addressing an error among the Lord's people and
instructing them in the way they ought to conduct themselves in this
particular matter among others.
How is it men can corrupt the
heavenly food, but cannot corrupt earthly food?
The world says, "Eat dung; as long as we tell you it is food, it
looks like food, looks good, is convenient, tastes and smells good, case
closed; you're fine."
The Christian replies, "Sure I'll eat it. I have the Great Chemist
dwelling within; He has created me a marvellous body that can deal with what
I put into it and even heal itself...it is very forgiving. Besides, it isn't
what goes into the mouth but what comes out that defiles a man; I'm
spiritual, my mind is on heavenly things, the things above...I pay little
attention to food. The Lord created all things good and nothing to be refused
if it is received with thanksgiving."
Tell me, you who thinks he or she is spiritual and wise, how is it that
men can corrupt the heavenly food, the Scriptures and wrest them to their own
destruction, unrighteously dividing the Word of Truth thereby deceiving and
destroying many, but cannot do likewise with earthly food? Have you not been
subject to false doctrine and teachings at any time and have you not suffered
the consequences? Surely you have and if you cannot say you have, then you
are still in great darkness, not realizing that you suffer death even as you
read these words. "For lack of knowledge, My people perish."
The Christian believes the world, indulges with the world and then, alas,
suffers the same consequences. Then he cries out to the Lord, "Why did
my son die of cancer, my father of heart disease, why does my mother have
arthritis, why did a wonderful Christian like so-and-so, who had so much
faith, die...and so young, too? Why? Are we not Yours, Lord? Didn't You
promise us health and blessing? Do we serve You for nothing?"
The Lord did promise blessing, health and deliverance, provided we keep
His laws and act with good sense and reason. Where do we get off with a
notion that we can live ignorantly and recklessly in any area of our lives
before the Lord? While the Bible does refer to body, soul and spirit
comprising the man, this Greek notion of dividing up an individual into 3
parts as though separate, and treating each separately, is destroying many a
believer who to some degree, doesn't really believe.
Almost 100% of what one finds today on the conventional grocery shelves is
DUNG, YES, DUNG...in some cases, quite literally. In many cases, worse. Let's
take a look at what is there and prevalent:
1) There are the chemicals applied all along the food chain
process, starting with herbicides, pesticides and artificial chemical
fertilizers in the growing and for nutrient. Then we sometimes have lethal
chemicals for accelerating maturation (like Roundup for grain), then fungicidal
and pesticidal chemicals for storage and shipping, chemicals for enhancing
appearance and preservation for long shelf life. We are talking thousands of
chemicals which are proven harmful individually. Nobody knows how lethal they
are in combination with each other. The manufacturers make merchandise of
2) Processing of most foods removes much of the little remaining
nutritional value. To compensate, processors add artificial
"nutrients" such as vitamins lacking the life principle, and often
do even more harm than good. They make merchandise of you.
Land has been raped of health,
and it cannot provide the nutrients for foods.
3) Almost all meat on the market comes from animals which are
force-fed chemically-treated feeds, treated with growth hormones and
medications (harmful antibiotics, for example), and are kept in confined,
unnatural surroundings, fed unnatural feed for speedy and cost-effective
weight gain. A great part of the reason we have "super bugs" that
are resistant to any known antibiotics is because we have been ingesting
antibiotics in most meats thereby encouraging new resistant strains of
bacteria. And what saith the Scripture? "A righteous man
regards the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are
cruel." They make merchandise of you.
4) Homogenization and pasteurization destroy more of essential
elements like good bacteria (along with the bad) which are needed to help
digest dairy products and other foods. Why are so many people "lactose
intolerant" or allergic to dairy products? There are two reasons. One,
because the dairy products aren't what they are supposed to be as God created
and originally intended and two, because the consumer's immune system is
compromised over a period of time from what he consumes and is exposed to.
They make merchandise of you.
5) The food industry has introduced
irradiation of almost all foods on the shelves, without having to disclose
it is doing so, killing good
bacteria as well as bad, leaving the field open for bad. In other words, your
food can be and often is radioactive. Neither is it harmless as they claim.
They once claimed you could drink 2-4D, that thalidomide was safe and today
there are those who claim Roundup is harmless but it is proven that all three
are very harmful. They make merchandise of you.
6) Because of aggressive
profiteering in agriculture, land has been raped of health and nutrition
so that even if one grows food without
chemicals, without revitalization, the land can no longer provide the
nutrients that foods should have, and once did have many years ago. There
is an article in the August 1996 "Alive" magazine wherein it was
stated that land had generally lost much of its mineral nutrients. A footnote
in the article said that the article was 60 years old!
Think of it: Since
then we have had intensive use of agricultural lands with the ignorant notion
that we could do so forever without giving back to it anything but artificial
fertilizers. It is only in the past 50 years, since WW II, that governments
and zealous enterprisers introduced chemicals into agriculture and
food-processing in order to do something with all the stockpiles. It is
suspected that more people have been killed by the Second World War since
than during its "visible" period from 1939 to 1945, the casualties
escalating. They make merchandise of you.
7) Because we live in a day of modern
technology, packaging, transportation and effective transnational corporate
are reaped prematurely to enable the produce to last longer, surviving
shipping, storage and distribution over unnatural and unreasonable periods
of time. Scientists have recently discovered that vitamins and minerals
part of the equation and quite insufficient without...PHYTOCHEMICALS. These
are a component of fruits and vegetables vital to fight free radicals in
our systems which cause all kinds of diseases including cancer. Without these,
our immune systems are compromised.
Phytochemicals are found only in maturely
ripened fruits and vegetables. This is not a problem for things like lettuce
and potatoes but when it comes to apples, grapes, strawberries, to name a
few, we are robbed of essential nutrition. And, preservatives must be used
to make these products look good for as long as possible and to keep them
spoiling. Maturity of fresh foods has now been discovered to be very
important. Do merchandisers care? Rare few do.
Atheistic, presumptuous, and arrogant, man thinks
to better God in every way.
8) Most frightening of all, as if
any one of these others wasn't bad enough, science has introduced genetic
engineering of foods,
things like tomatoes with fish genes... crossing mineral, plant and animal
boundaries, intermingling their DNA and coming up with millions of little
Frankensteins in disguise, in the name of health, profit, more efficient
production to feed the increasing population of the world, etc.
scientists fear that this now present and active meddling with nature's
building blocks and wisdom will make the chemical era look like a Sunday
School picnic. In terms of insidious repercussions, they say, "You
haven't seen anything yet!" Scientists are warning that while chemical
pollution can be reversed, unleashing genetic alterations into the world
precipitates a change which has a hidden future and which cannot be called
back. The Lord forbade mixtures in the breeding of animals and growing of
grains on a much simpler level. How much more at the DNA levels! They make
merchandise of you.
Atheistic, presumptuous, and arrogant, man thinks to better God in every
way. An example of the fruits of atheism and evolution: tonsils were taken
out, deemed useless and potentially harmful as an aberration of evolution
(God made a mistake). Today, they are discovering that for one thing, tonsils
provide antibodies to fight disease.
9) In commercial production, like chicken processing in the U.S. (and
Canada), you can forget quality control, hygiene and health assurances. With
that chicken, says 60 Minutes, you are literally eating dung. You also eat
dung in beef because there are feedlots since the eighties who have taken
cattle dung, disguised it, hidden it in feed and fed it back to the
cattle...all scientific, legal and "wise." They say that cattle
digest very little of the food nutrient first time around, hence the
recycling for more profit. Have you tasted the difference between naturally
grown beef on non-chemicalized feed and beef one buys commercially? Try! They
make you eat dung to make merchandise of you.
Christians sanction and even sanctify
such practice by consuming the product.
“What does all this have to do with the Christian?” you ask.
Just that Christians are breaking every commandment in the Book, that's what.
How? I'll tell you how:
First, there are many nominal Christians who irresponsibly produce
food this way, not ever having given it any thought. In the process, they
kill necessary micro-organisms in soils; they kill both good and bad insects;
they kill birds and animals; they pollute all the water sources; they kill
plant life, themselves, people in the world, and finally their own brethren
who inevitably and ignorantly eat their produce. Does it not say that
inasmuch as you do something unto the least of the Lord's brethren, you do
it to Him? Does it not say that God will destroy them that destroy the earth?
Second, Christians sanction and even sanctify such practice simply by
consuming the product. Often they buy it out of ignorance, but the Bible is
clear that sins of ignorance also have consequence, and we see it work out
in our health, finances, relationships, etc. And even when they have been
and know better, they buy because it is cheaper than genuine, wisely and
caringly-grown food. "Looks the same to me," they think to
themselves. Often, with artificial means, it looks better!
Christians hate to admit they have a problem with money. After all, how
can they admit to loving mammon and hating God and still lay claim to His
Name without condemnation?
"It's not our righteousness," they retort. No, and not His
What about the slave labor used in the world to produce this cheap food
such as when they pay ugly-poor wages to Mexicans in California, Florida and
Texas where much of our food is produced? Those laborers also have shorter
life spans and health problems because of production practices, chemical
usage being a significant factor. It is bad enough for a Christian to support
the oppression of any peoples but I wonder how many have considered that
brothers in Christ, whether presently or ordained for the future, are
suffering that oppression? I suppose it could be argued that at least they
have a job which we are supporting by buying the fruits of their labors.
Do we realize that by eating that which the world produces today, we are
breaking every commandment? Look! Firstly, how can we say we love the Lord
with all our heart when we serve to destroy His creation including ourselves?
How can we say we have no other gods before Him when our focus is buying cheap?
You say, "But I can't afford more expensive food." Will not the
Lord provide if you do right? Or is your God only capable of providing
cheaply? He's on a strict budget, is He, and you'll have to settle for poison
because that which He has created and of which He can create more, He can't
afford! What god, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ are you serving
What are we doing following the
pernicious ways of this world?
How can we say we don't take upon ourselves His Name in vain when we serve
the destroyer? How do we keep the Sabbath day holy when not keeping any other
day holy, whatever our definition of the Sabbath is? How do we honor our
father and mother, whether our heavenly Father and Mother (the new
Jerusalem), when killing ourselves and our brethren, or our parents in this
world, feeding them and their loved ones physical evil, directly or
indirectly, whether in the sense of birth parents or other kinds of parents
in all of creation, like for instance, our ancestors and ancient saints and
brethren (our fathers) who practised and taught God's original ways of doing
It is not good enough that we become neutral on these matters. Are we not
supposed to be the salt of the earth, preserving, and the light of mankind,
teaching by word and example, leading, directing? What are we doing following
the pernicious ways of this world which lies in darkness, in wickedness?
have silly notions about how physical food fits into their
relationship with God. In Genesis 1:29, they read that God has declared every
herb and tree for food. Therefore they can eat or drink anything they want
"as long as it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer."
Yet it is manifest that certain plants are poisonous, whether in the
leaves, berries or roots. If this is not so, then why do you waste potato
tops and rhubarb leaves?
And certain foods are not sanctified by the Word of God
(especially if you mean the Bible which was the Old Testament at
the time), and God does not honor foolish, ignorant, carnal prayer. Do you
that there are foolish and illegitimate prayers? Talk about chaos and trouble
if God did honor every prayer that ever came out of man's mouth! Both armies
pray to the same God for victory; both football teams pray for victory; both
competitors pray to the Lord Jesus Christ for the result only one can
have. Is God bound by both prayers? True, many pray to another Jesus,
thinking they pray to the True One.
In Genesis 9:3, they read that every moving thing that lives was given us
for meat, so again, "God said we can eat any creature." Fine! Let's
have skunk for supper. Or how about a nice plate of tender, baby mice, or a
bowl of maggots? How about some certain kinds of fish, which in consuming,
can kill one in short order? These all move. Have you noticed where the
eating of these things is most prevalent? It is in those areas of the world
where Christianity and the Bible have had the least influence.
Why do people take the letter and do as they please? So that they can do
as they please. What happens when they do as they please? They destroy
themselves. Then they wonder why God wasn't there for them.
"Children of grace" declare
God gave them the right to destroy themselves.
Think about it! There are do's and don'ts whether we like it or not. All
is ONE, not three. If we drink and get drunk, what does Proverbs say? That
our moral standards and restraints disappear (Pr. 23:29-33). Is not alcohol
physical? Though it goes into the mouth, yet it defiles. Drink too much and
it also comes out of the mouth and defiles...make no mistake, whether
directly in illness or by the words one speaks when drunk.
Tobacco is a proven killer. How many "God-loving" Dutch and
Christian Reform and Lutherans, etc. do I see smoking or chewing? What man in
his right mind even in the world can possibly justify it? And many men in the
world are putting it away, knowing better than the "enlightened
ones," those who "are no longer under the law," those to whom
"all things are lawful," those who, as "children of
grace," declare, in effect, that God has given them the right to destroy
what was Jesus meaning or talking about when He said that it is
not what goes into the mouth, but what comes out, that defiles a man? He
addressing those persons who depended on outward cleanliness for salvation
and favor with God, those who depended on ordinances:
"(Touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with the using;)
after the commandments and doctrines of men...which things have indeed a
show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body;
in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh"
(Colossians 2:21-23 KJV).
The Pharisees washed their hands and
cups and kept hundreds of meticulous carnal laws necessary for salvation,
in their view. Jesus was not addressing ACT so much as MOTIVE. I am not speaking
of the keeping of laws for spiritual salvation, but of the keeping of laws
because needful, useful, and sensible. God has put us in a physical
world and has given us minds to be exercised in this world according to laws
of which He is the Author, not laws that men create for their
own glory and selfish purposes.
Is it not ironic that those who accuse sensible, law-abiding people of
legalism are in fact the legalists themselves in that they judge the Lord and
His Words as though He addressed acts and not motives? Are they not taking
the letter, interpreting it carnally and applying it to their own destruction
while condemning others who understand and who live in wisdom to the benefit
of all? Are they not judging after the appearance? But the lawless do always
contradict themselves, serving their own bellies, finding ways of eating what
they will and\or excusing themselves from responsible conduct in the name of
being free in the Lord. These are the destroyers who destroy both the earth
and themselves and God shall destroy them.
Am I advocating laws, the penalty for which we suffer the wrath of God or
destruction if we step out but a crumb out of line? No. I have eaten all
those things here and there that should not be eaten. Sometimes I should not
have but of many of those times it did not matter. It is not to the saving of
my soul nor to the perfecting of my physical being which perishes daily that
I eat, but to the principle of generally doing what is right and sensible
If you disregard
God's Laws willfully, you will suffer the fruits of iniquity.
Let's go on: Coffee, because of the way it is grown, harvested, and processed
today, is toxic, as are so many otherwise good things. Unless you drink organically
grown and processed coffee, you are most certainly poisoning yourself. I
am told that coffee has several good things going for it, that it is unusually
high in antioxidants, for example. Nevertheless, all coffee, or so I am told,
whether organic or not, can be addictive. Taken in disproportionate amounts
without proper nutrition, as many addicts do, it can deplete needful elements
one's body, doing much harm.
I say to you that God has said that He is no respecter of persons, warning
that if you tempt Him and walk deliberately ignorant of, or disregarding, His
Laws willfully, you will suffer the fruits of unbelievers, that of iniquity.
In fact, you will suffer more because you, O enlightened one, should know better.
Has He not said, "To whom much is given, much is required"? Has He not said, "You
shall not tempt the Lord your God"? And to whom did Jesus make that statement
but to the same one who seeks to destroy you by persuading you to tempt God?
Go ahead, ignore gravity, hailstorms, tornadoes, sunburn; don't bother with
warm clothing in winter at -35 degrees; drink boiling water; play in
the traffic. The Lord will take care of you. Apply your reasoning to food,
trust man to do things right, and God to overrule that as well.
in itself, without spiritual implications, is enough of a consequence. "I can
do without coffee" you say. Try. You may be like the alcoholic who says, "Quitting
is easy; I've done it hundreds of times." One also finds caffeine in, and can
get addicted to, tea, cola, and chocolate. Nutritionists
say that chocolate is one of the worst things one can eat today.
of nutritionists, I refer to those interested in, and truly knowledgeable
about, health and natural eating, not those with their degrees, schooled in
company-sponsored universities and colleges, ingesting conventional theories
and lies, emerging from them brain-soiled, deceived and teaching them to
the world. When speaking of chocolate that is bad for you, the nutritionists
which we speak are talking about the non-organic, diluted, adulterated,
refined varieties, chemically grown and processed into many and varied products.
authentic, pure, organically grown and processed dark chocolates, we are
told, have some wonderful healthful qualities, and, when taken in moderation,
good for you, as with so many things.
Buy your food
where it costs more in the short run, but pays dividends in the long.
Indeed, is our body a temple of the Holy Spirit, Christian? Then what business do we have justifying ourselves and indulging in the things we eat called food, deceived by the world whose prince is out to destroy us? Where's our vigilance? Do we not think he would attack us from this direction as any other? Why do we believe him and faithfully serve him? Have we not heard what his wages are? Do we not realize that we have been paid by him, we and ours? Are not those wages a terror and a sorrow to us? Has he not succeeded in discouraging us, in stealing from, and destroying, us?
Be ignorant no longer of what you find on grocery shelves. Buy your food
where it costs more in the short run but pays dividends in the long. Support
those who are fighting against the current and paying the price for doing so.
Pay that price with them.
Acts 10 and 11 (wherein Peter in a vision sees a sheet lowered full of
unclean beasts and is commanded to eat), is used as a pretext for eating
anything. But God was not speaking of eating anything there. He was, by use
of symbol, as He often does, teaching Peter that the Gentiles were now to be
preached to and received, that He was bringing them into the Kingdom of God. They were to be treated
no longer as unclean. It had nothing to do with food. Do not carnalize the
Word of God, destroying yourselves.
God put an end to ceremonial law but did He put an end to quarantine and
sterilization commanded in the Scriptures? For centuries these principles
were lost and hidden to many. More soldiers were dying on battlefields
because of infection than from the wounds, from the treatment of physicians
with unsanitary hands than from bullets. When the plagues hit Europe,
they found that Jews were not so affected by them. Why? Because they were not
eating pork and living a lifestyle of squalor and lacking sanitation as
were the nominally Christian Gentiles. God honors His Word always. So consider
diet as well.
Another passage used to justify destructive diet is Luke 10:8 where Jesus
tells the disciples to eat that which is set before them. He was simply
saying that the worker is worthy of his hire, that they needn't be concerned
about providing for themselves, that God would provide by those ministered
to. But remember at least two things and apply them to yourself for your
good, that of your loved ones and your neighbors:
1) that was 2000 years ago...long before we polluted and depleted the
planet as we have now done, and
2) at that time, they were sent only within Israel wherein, in the main, unclean foods were not eaten. Furthermore, Peter was
one of those spoken to and sent, and he says in Acts 10 that he had never
eaten anything common nor unclean (not even during the 3 years+ that he had
spent with Jesus Himself Who gave such instruction), so it ought to be
obvious, to those unbiased, that Jesus was not making a blanket statement
concerning diet but rather stating a principle of attitude and recognition of
God's provision on the way.
If we thanked the Lord for
our food, how is it we can throw some out in waste?
We touched on 1 Timothy 4:1-5 which many also use to justify themselves.
Well, if we wish to be so letterly dogmatic, then the next time we go
ministering to cannibals in some jungle, let us eat and enjoy, reminding
ourselves that, indeed, every creature of God is good, and nothing to be
refused; let us eat that which is set before us. But let's be careful we are
not devoured ourselves.
But what does it say? It speaks of sanctification by the Word of God and
prayer. The Word of God then was, in physical terms, the Old Testament, and
we well know what it had to say about what was sanctified and what was not.
As for prayer, again, there are prayers and there are prayers.
Speaking of prayer, what do we do with the food for which we give thanks?
Do we eat it all or do we leave some to be thrown in the garbage? If it is blessed
and we have thanked the Lord for it, how is it we can throw some out in
waste? Is this a demonstration of our thankfulness? Why does one take so much
in the first place, then waste it? Which is worse...to eat a few leftover
tidbits which are presumably blessed, serving God in sincerity and truth, or
watching our waist line, hypocritically serving our body rather than the
Lord, yet doing so in the Name of the Lord?
Did not Joseph, a man of God,
give his brother Benjamin a fivefold portion compared to that of his other
brothers? Was it sin for him to do so? Was it sin for Benjamin to partake
heartily? Was Joseph therefore advocating gluttony? Was the act condemned
by God? And if "every creature of God is good, and NOTHING TO BE REFUSED,
if it be received with thanksgiving, being sanctified by the Word of God and
prayer," then how is it we will eat this and not that, like this and not
like that (speaking of those things that God did truly intend and provide for
us to eat and for which we have given thanks at the table?) Those who say all
things are given of God to be partaken and enjoyed to His glory often
contradict themselves, and terribly so.
Having spoken of not wasting food, it is important to point out that it is
very possible that gluttony has done more harm and killed more people than
any of those things I have already mentioned in this writing. Gluttony is the
number one sin of the food world mentioned in the Bible. It condemns
overeating along with drunkenness. The two are brother and sister, both killers,
both ungodly, both dulling the physical, mental and spiritual senses and
abilities, both catering to the lust of the flesh. Christian, make no
mistake, if you are a glutton, you are a drunkard; if you are a drunkard, you
are a sinner every whit as much as the one in the gutter. Know it. There is
no way around it.
In obedience, we are
rewarded; in iniquity, we are punished.
If you have a weight problem, there is sin responsible, be it past or
present, yours or that of your ancestors, but sin is responsible. Your
privilege, as a believer, is to go to God, confess your bondage, find out
what that sin is if you can, confess it, publicly repent of it, and God will
deliver you as surely as you are reading this paper. Please read The
Perfect Diet. I know whereof I speak.
We are responsible for the entirety of our beings. In obedience, we are
rewarded; in iniquity, we are punished. A car is made to take gasoline and
oil, not ketchup and vinegar. If we are so free to do what we will, then why
is it we apply reason to our car but not to ourselves? How is it we will not
feed our pets and livestock some things? Give your cat radishes and onions,
your dog rhubarb, your horse poplar leaves, your cow stinkweed, your sheep
some old lumber, seeing as how they are yours and you are the Lord's. How is
it they won't eat them if you tried? Even animals know better, but when forced
or deceived, they may eat what they get and are destroyed with the destroyer,
going down to the slaughter house in vengeance, carrying the killer to our
Truly, physical food is not the issue, is it? But it is an element of our
lives which cannot be ignored. When you think about it, the whole Bible and
what God is doing is about eating! It all started with Adam and Eve having to
decide what they were going to eat. Abraham brought forth food, chosen for
quality, to feed the three men as the Lord visited him.
The Lord fed Israel
miraculously with manna, a physical food. The angel made Elijah to eat. We
work because the mouth craves it of us; we till the earth to eat; we die
if we don't eat; we are invited to dine at the banquet of the Lord in His
Kingdom. All the feasts were with food, significant food; food was a main
feature in celebrations.
All the sacrifices were related to diet and eating:
the Son of God is the Passover Lamb which we eat; Jesus said that we have
part in Him if we do not eat His flesh and drink His blood. Even after
the resurrection, Jesus had fish on the fire for His disciples! It's all
eating! Little wonder then, that even if the physical is only symbolic
of the spiritual, we have no right to be irreverent or irresponsible. All
and each reaps the benefits or consequences "according to his ways, and
according to the fruit of his doings."
Surely, we cannot escape pollution and deficiency in our foods entirely.
Today, it seems fairly certain that such is impossible. Where it is
impossible, God intervenes for those He favors, showing mercy. Where it is
not impossible, and given to us to do something, I believe we must. Failing
to do so is to tempt the Lord. Certainly, we can drink poison and it won't
hurt us as Mark says; the angels are given charge over us lest we should dash
our feet against stones, but to cast ourselves down deliberately or even act
carelessly is to court disaster. The Lord's answer to the tempter is eternal
and applies to us: "It is written, You shall not tempt the Lord your
Lord, grant us wisdom in those things we despise which ought not to be
despised, to have a godly perspective in all things, knowing You are the Law
and Life Giver of all.