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 Numbers 11:31-34 which reads: “And there went forth a wind from the Lord, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day’s journey on this side, and as it were a day’s journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth. And the people stood up all that day, and all that night, and all the next day, and they gathered the quails: he that gathered least gathered ten homers: and they spread them all abroad for themselves round about the camp. And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague. And he called the name of that place Kibroth-hattaavah: because there they buried the people that lusted.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to The New England Journal of Medicine, “Cancer affects more than half a million lives per year in the United States alone. Obesity is believed to cause up to 90,000 cancer deaths per year. As body mass index (BMI) increases, so does your risk of cancer and death from cancer. For people with severe obesity, the death rate increases for all types of cancer. The death rate is 52 percent higher for men and 62 percent higher for women.”
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 5):
A Diet of Disease
No matter how strange something is, if you give it enough time, it becomes normal. Americans have now accepted heart disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases as a normal part of the American way of life.
One could not design a diet more efficient at clogging arteries than the American diet. Between animal foods and refined foods, our arteries don’t have a chance. What amazes me is that everyone doesn’t die of heart disease.
The war on cancer does not take place in hospitals or laboratories. It takes place inside you and battles are being won or lost every day, depending on your diet.
Nobel Prize Winner Albert Schweitzer said, “Each patient carries his own doctor inside him. We are at our best when we give the doctor who resides within a chance to go to work.”
The Laws of Heart Disease
Before 1900, heart disease was virtually unknown and so rare it wasn’t even included in standard American medical textbooks. Today, heart disease (cardiovascular disease) is the scourge of the nation. Practically everyone has heart disease, children are now taking heart medicines, and it’s the biggest killer in the nation – killing more than half the population – yet it’s the single most preventable major disease there is. Heart disease has become so prevalent that drug makers are now working to make cholesterol-lowering drugs non-prescription so taking them will be as easy as taking an aspirin. They’ve already made it that way in Britain.
While everyone is concentrating their efforts on selling drugs that treat heart disease, very few are talking about curing the disease. And almost everyone ignores the fact that a disease that kills over half the population and maims even more is solely the result of a bad diet.
And yet, heart disease can be easily cured with a change to the RAVE Diet. Heart disease isn’t just preventable – it’s reversible, no matter what your age. Heart disease immediately responds to changes in diet, as the body begins to heal itself once the onslaught of bad foods stops.
According to William Castelli, director of the famous Framingham Heart Study, entire populations have reversed heart disease by changing their diet. Before World War II, about three-quarters of the people in Belgium suffered from heart disease. During the German occupation, however, soldiers trucked every scrap of meat and all the livestock out of Belgium to Germany. Within two years, their rates of heart disease and cancer plummeted in the Belgium population, because they had no meat to eat. These diseases also vanished from the landscape in every other country where Germany removed livestock, including Holland, Poland and Norway, as well as northern France. Unfortunately, as farm animals returned to these countries after the war, so too did heart disease.
Incredulous as it may seem, advocates of high-fat diets will argue that meat-based diets can prevent and even reverse heart disease. The problem with such an argument is that there has never been a single human being who has ever arrested or reversed heart disease on meat-based diets.
Reversing heart disease is actually a very simple and inexpensive thing to do and there are literally millions of Americans dying to have their heart disease reversed on meat-based diets. Since there are so many people on “high-protein” diets, one would think that out of those millions, just one person would have reversed his or her heart disease – even by accident!
You have to ask yourself, “Why haven’t the high-protein people recruited someone with severe heart disease and reversed it?” If they had just a single individual who reversed heart disease on their diet, he or she would become the poster boy for that diet overnight – and their publicity machine would have a field day. Why hasn’t this been done? It would only take six months and they would have publicity to last them years. Then everyone could eat steak and eggs for breakfast.
I say to these people, stop the arguments and stop citing so-called “scientific” studies. Show me a real human being who has reversed heart disease on anything other than a RAVE Diet.
In fact, no one has ever arrested or reversed heart disease on anything but a RAVE Diet.
— 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.