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Gluttony seems to be a sin that Christians like to ignore. We are often quick to label smoking and drinking as sins, but for some reason gluttony is accepted or at least tolerated. Many of the argu...
Lets face it. Christians love to condemn others for the things that they don't do. The gossips condemn the gluttons, the drinkers condemn the smokers, and the ones that don't do anything condemn everyone. The bible does give us guidelines. As far as drinking alcohol wine was given in the old testament as a blessing. Paul said the leaders in the church should not drink much wine. But the legalists love to twist scripture and make it no wine. Drunkeness is a sin. Proverbs shows us that. But drinking in moderation is not according to the bible. The bible says wine was given to make the heart merry. Smoking is not a good thing, but it is not named in the bible. Gluttony and gossip are. Which do you think God cares more about? We are to control our appetites. But you can't just stop eating altogether either. I have personally left these things up to the Lord as far as others go. I am sure not perfect. I still have to say, Lord be merciful to me a sinner. Then we all love to sit in Moses seat and hand down the law for others. We raise doubtful things to "thus saith the Lord." We love to pick at little sins and let the big ones go by. We strain at a nat and swallow a camel. Somewhere we have to draw the line between license and grace. May the Lord have mercy on us all.
1 Corinthians 6:10 says neither 'thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.' so yes, gluttony is a sin and it will keep the glutton from inheriting the kingdom of God.
I believe the Bible does speak out against gluttony in Proverbs. But it also speaks out against deception, slander, coveting, gossip, putting anything above God, and many other things, which all of us are guilty of. I don't believe this is meant to be a tool to judge and condemn others. It's a good idea to remove the block of wood in your own eye before you look to remove it in someone else's.
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