Philippians 3:19: “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.”
Statistics show that “between ages 20 and 50, the average person spends about 20,000 hours—over 800 days—eating.” Eating, and eating right, is very important for a healthy lifestyle. But, despite the Bible’s exhortation to do all things in moderation, we often allow our eating to run over into sheer gluttony.
We don’t talk about gluttony much today — especially in the church — but it used to be considered a major sin. It was named fifth on the list of seven deadly sins created by monks in the fourth and fifth century. Dennis Okholm, writing in Christianity Today, described the attitude of the monks as follows: “Gluttony propagates foolish mirth, uncleanness, babbling, and dullness of mind. Each of the seven parent sins can become deadly. In the case of gluttony, a person who occasionally eats more than is necessary or appropriate has committed a venial sin. Becoming so taken by the pleasure of gluttony that the delights of the palate turn one away from God and his commandments is to commit a mortal sin. Gluttony is deadly when a person makes a god of the belly.”
Christian friend, honestly consider whether you have made a god of your belly. Do you always go for seconds? Do you find it impossible to turn away dessert? Do you often eat for the pleasure of eating and not for the sustenance of your body? The first step to overcoming gluttony is to recognize and admit that it is what it is — sin. It is proof that we have not truly died to self and that our flesh has not been crucified. It is also an embarrassment to the church and to our testimony to Christ when the world’s people take better care of their bodies which were made in the image of God. Christian brother or sister, I challenge you to abstain from gluttony.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.