I Corinthians 8:8 “But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.”
Liberty is jeopardized in many Christian churches. In Apostle Paul’s day there were those who would spy on the liberty of the sect called Christians. Those Judaizers would spend their time accusing believers of wrongdoing; they got their kicks by watching others suffer in the flesh.
Sadly, we continue to see people in the church that aren’t happy until they see all believers submit to their doctrines of the flesh.
Recently, I read an old article that was from the late 1800’s that tried to instruct the reader not to eat any flesh. Going way beyond the clean and unclean statement of Scripture, the author of this article tried to say that if a Christian would not eat flesh they would be closer to God. The passage quoted above absolutely refutes that statement. Really, are there people that believe that your diet can give you special access to God? The flesh profits nothing! (John 6:63). You can’t eat you way into favor with God.
The spirit that wants to control your liberty in Christ is not of God! Dear reader, it is my duty as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, called of God not of man, to warn you of such doctrines. “You have been called unto liberty, only use not liberty as a occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13).
Any man or woman, whither living or dead, that tries to tell you that certain food will bring you closer to God has erred concerning the Scripture. “The kingdom of God is not food and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). “Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food” (Romans 14:20a). “Food is for the belly, and the belly for food: but God shall destroy both it and them” 1 Corinthians 6:13a).
Let’s wake up Christian! Follow the Word of God, not the words on man. If the church would spent time talking about the need to fast instead of debating what we can and cannot eat, we could see a great revival sweep our land.
By Pastor Don Elswick