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Is Gluttony A Sin

Is gluttony a sin? Should we be more concerned if we have no control of our appetites? Can food be our drug of choice?Should we not keep the temple of God healthy?

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Yes, gluttony is a sin. Even overindulgence could be considered sin, not just gluttony. Moderation in all things is what we need. Even one sin can let demons inside to dominate your life.
---Betty on 5/7/09


Yes, gluttony is a sin. Paul says in one of his letters that some people make their belly their God ('whose god is their belly') and puts them with unbelievers. However, poor people tend to be fatter because they cannot afford to eat healthily, so we must not judge by appearances. When they get fat they need more to fill their stomachs, and so the awful cycle continues. It can kill you if you don't stop.
---frances008 on 5/5/09


I think gluttony might be a sin. But the way you ask your question concerns me. Don't use this information to go up to someone you know and tell them, "You are eating too much. You are sinning, you are doing this, blah blah blah."
---amand6348 on 5/4/09


Thanks Trish. I was endeavouring to show that there is much condemnation here regarding drunkeness. Some even push the idea that any drinking is drunkeness, which is silly. However these legalists don't have anything to say about the many Christian gluttons we see, even though God condemns this alongside drunkeness.

It seems that a glass of wine is seen as some special bad bad sin, but gluttony not.

They spend considerable time pointing the finger at others but this behaviour is problematical. When you point one finger at others three are poionting back at you.
---Warwick on 3/13/09


The "fruit" of the Holy Spirit includes "temperance" ("self-control") > Galatians 5:22-24. Fruit has more than one quality > self-control in the Holy Spirit's fruit is *one* quality, along with other qualities in the SAME fruit. And fruit takes time to grow to become sweetly fragrant and nutritious. In God's love, we g-r-o-w in our self-control, becoming more and more easily and sweetly in control of how we eat, relate in marriage, etc. This maturing self-control is in Your love's "incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in" Your sight (1 Peter 3:4). So, this does not come just by saying a prayer and believing we are forgiven, but with how You have us submitting to You.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/13/09




The Baptists that I hang around with sure have a lot of potluck meals, one after another. There is always enough food for everyone to overeat. I have never heard a sermon on gluttony at a Baptist church I have attended! God bless!
---JohnnyB on 3/12/09


Nana:- I know you speak true but God says I came to save sinners There are many on these posts who have similar feelings of Righteousness.During this season of Lent let us hope and pray that realisation touches The hearts of a few. Please God Jesus did not die in vain this we know.Enlighten those who are most in need of Your MERCY.
---Mic on 3/11/09


MIC,

Judging by mima's stand on these blogs, he is not into "CONTROL" or change for that matter. When he tells "I know he has forgiven me", that marks a done deal for him. No further action required... Don't you know this?
---Nana on 3/11/09


Mima:-You amaze me but God Bless-Having recognised the folly now comes the hard part CONTROL- U can do it- again God Bless.
---Mic on 3/10/09


Who is defining your eating as "gluttony" (harming what?, is it unjust and irresponsible?...are they simply jealous or prudish?). (More excellent way)
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No one has defined eating as gluttony. Gluttony is eating to excess, and habitually. A person who has two pieces of pie at a church potluck once a month may not be a glutton. A person who has two pieces of pie DAILY with one meal MIGHT be a glutton. It really has to do with the point at which health is compromised--just like the drinking issue. I don't eat pie at home, but have been known to have two pieces at a potluck once a month. I am only 5 lbs over my ideal weight, and am consciously working to take it off.
---obewan on 3/10/09




This blog is very condemning of me and my eating habits. This blog makes me recognize my sin. I have admitted my sin to the Lord, and I know he has forgiven me, so I will be thankful that this blog really hits home with me.
---mima on 3/10/09


Warwick: Your story about the pompous gluttons with whom you dined is excellent.

When I was in graduate school for social work, I did an extensive research project on obesity in America. I viewed a movie called "Supersize Me." A researcher does an experiment where he eats ONLY McDonald's food for one solid month. Prior to the month he had a complete physical. At the end of the month he discussed the results. It was amazing the health problems that developed.

Not only are we offered a large sandwich with 4 ounces of meat on it, but we can double that amount of meat, and supersize the fries and drink. If one is not prudent, they can eat more than one days' worth of calories in a fast food meal.
---Trish9863 on 3/9/09


JUDY:-)Gluttony:-Described as the HABIT of eating too much ! that being said "Do you live to eat or do you eat to live!!" Those who are moderate would pick the right answer. Look in the mirror before making your choice b/C this is what it boils down to.Jesus said Man does not live by bread alone.
---MIC on 3/8/09


Well said!
---Natalie2 on 3/9/09


JUDY:-)Gluttony:-Described as the HABIT of eating too much ! that being said "Do you live to eat or do you eat to live!!" Those who are moderate would pick the right answer. Look in the mirror before making your choice b/C this is what it boils down to.Jesus said Man does not live by bread alone.
---MIC on 3/8/09


More Excellemt Way, 'glutton' in the NT is a translation of a Greek word which means just that- a person who eats too much. It says nothing about ones table manners.

Therefore eating too much is a sin.

I find it interesting, and revealing that many on this site criticize those who drink any alcohol-not at all forbidden by Scripture-but rarely, if ever, write against gluttony which is a sin.

That is very unbalanced isn't it. Maybe it comes from a culture/s where gluttony has become the norm. Where people feel the need to call that which is not sin, sin, and ignore their own real sin?
---Warwick on 3/7/09


The cultures of the past were prudish and felt that a "sin against" (violation of) table manners was "gluttony". Many people also sin against etiquette and dress codes (propriety).

Enjoy eating if God provided you with the "bounty" to do so.

Do not sin against a PERSON and cause them harm or suffering.

You have the right to be happy and live according to the law of liberty (James 1:25, 2:12) because of what The Lord ABOLISHED (Ephesians 2:15). The bible is not a spiritual authority, Jesus Himself is the ONLY authority (Matthew 28:18).

The prodigal son even "sinned against heaven"/rightness, but heaven was not damaged and suffered no harm, the dad was the VICTIM.
---more_excellent_way on 3/5/09


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When on ministry in the US I went to a restaurant with a group of Christians. I looked at the wine list and received a lecture on the evils of wine- 'It wouldn't be a good witness brother.' How sanctimonious.

During the meal I watched these same men eat a mountain of food. Rather than rebuke them about their gluttony openly, as they had done with me, I spoke privately and they became hostile.

Both excessive eating and excessive drinking are warned against in Scripture but part of the US culture ignores the gluttony bit while condemning those who would drink but not get drunk.

Hypocrites!
---Warwick on 3/5/09


I guess it is a sin, but when that Hot Stromboli comes out of the oven, I have no self-control over myself...lol.

Seriously, I believe the fruit of self-control can help us control gluttony if we have it. The Fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy, kindness, etc., and self-control is at the end, it holds all the other fruits in place in our lives.

Food can indeed act as a drug to comfort us. If your compelled to eat compulsively, all the time, even if you're not hungry, then yes, you would need help in this area.

Ask the Holy Spirit for help if you are having a problem. Forgive yourself too, don't forget to do that.
---donna8365 on 3/5/09


Gluttony is not just on food. It is overindulgence on anything. Like when a person receives alot of money, they tend to overindulge in their spending. It all boils down to temptation. If a person can not give into temptation on anything, then they can't overindulge. ---Rebecca_D on 3/3/09

I think you are speaking about the sin of Avarice. Greed on everything else beside food.

These are the 7 Deadly Sins or Capital Sins as Defined by the Roman Catholic Church.

1. Pride
2. Avarice (Greed)
3. Envy
4. Wrath
5. Lust
6. Gluttony
7. Sloth (lazy or putting off something that needs to be done.)
---Natalie2 on 3/4/09


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Gluttony is not just on food.**

Yes, it is by the very definition, which is "habitual greed or excess in eating."
---katavasia on 3/4/09


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"Sin" means, "To Miss the Mark", so anything that causes a Christian to sin is missing the mark that God has established, and this includes gluttony. According to the Bible, our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Anything that damages or makes ineffective that temple is sin, and gluttony is one of those things. "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy, for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." 1 Cor 3:16-17 (KJV)
---wivv on 3/3/09


Judy:-Gluttony is a deadly Mortal sin.and it is so easy to appease.The Key word is MODERATION which we should ALL learn to practice which makes perfect.
---MIC on 3/3/09


Well, there is "the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience" (Ephesians 2:2), and this spirit of Satan indeed has emotions witch he uses to *work* people to seek pleasures. Satan's passions are driving, wasting,
*dictatorial*, won't take no for an answer. Therefore, ones can make plenty of money telling us that these dominating dictatorial passions are just "organic", medical, etc. There's a lot of money connected with this. But Jesus says, "Freely you have received, freely give," in Matthew 10:8. Ones of secular philosophy can have you trying to get healed to yourself. Or > Jesus-love can CURE us to become "healed" (James 5:16) to God, free of charge > 1 Corinthians 6:17.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/3/09


Who is defining your eating as "gluttony" (harming what?, is it unjust and irresponsible?...are they simply jealous or prudish?).

If The Lord has enabled you with a good job, and after paying all your bills, you have $30,000 disposable income for yourself, then you SHOULD enjoy The Lord's bounty that He has provided you with.

If another person is jealous/resentful of your happiness, or wants to be the "hero" that gets you to give to their charity, they will call it "gluttony".

If and when you decide to give your help/assistance to someone, you should not do it grudgingly, you should do it WILLINGLY/cheerfully (The Lord loves a willing/cheerful giver, not a hypocritical one).
---more_excellent_way on 3/3/09


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Gluttony is not just on food. It is overindulgence on anything. Like when a person receives alot of money, they tend to overindulge in their spending. It all boils down to temptation. If a person can not give into temptation on anything, then they can't overindulge.
---Rebecca_D on 3/3/09


Yes to all your questions.
---katavasia on 3/3/09


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