Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. My name is Daniel Whyte III president of Gospel Light Society International. 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 Psalm 78:17-19 which reads: “And they sinned yet more against him by provoking the most High in the wilderness. And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust. Yea, they spake against God; they said, Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to the AFP, a large-scale study published last week found that a three-fold jump since 1975 in the percentage of adults worldwide who are obese has been driven mainly by a shift in diet and lack of exercise, but genes do play a role as well. For people genetically predisposed to a wider girth, these unhealthy lifestyles compounded the problem, resulting in an even higher rate of weight gain. The study’s lead author, Maria Brandkvist of the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, said, ‘An altered dietary pattern is the most plausible environmental factor influencing excess weight. However, a more sedentary lifestyle and possibly changes in the biological environment could also contribute.’
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. This section is titled: Conventional Cancer Treatments (Part 4):
If you are skeptical that profitability is the prime decision-making criteria for mainstream cancer treatments, take the case of Dr. Anthony Sat-ti-la-ro, who contracted prostate cancer which rapidly spread throughout his body. He was just 46 years old when his oncologist told him the cancer had gone too far, there was nothing he could do, and that he should prepare to die.
A few days after this pronouncement, Dr. Sat-ti-la-ro happened across two young men looking for a ride and he decided to give them one. In their discussion, Dr. Sat-ti-la-ro mentioned the death sentence he was facing. The two men happened to be attending a macro-biotic cooking school and told him that if he changed his diet, the cancer would go away. You can imagine how an M.D. would feel about getting cancer advice from two young kids! The boys asked for his address and later sent him more information. The information could not satisfy his scientific standards, but he was driven by a combination of curiosity and desperation. After all, conventional medicine had given up on him. What did he have to lose?
He went to a meeting and decided then that he would adopt the diet. The tastes were different than what he had been used to, but he decided to stick with the diet because of one significant thing, which started happening very soon after he switched his eating habits: The terrible pain he was suffering started to diminish. He found he needed less pain medication and in just three weeks his cancer pain was completely gone. His energy returned and he was able to work again. He continued on what was essentially an Asian peasant’s diet with large amounts of brown rice and vegetables, while strictly avoiding all dairy, meat and refined foods.
A year later, he went to his doctor and asked to be re-tested for cancer. When the results came back, his doctors were shocked. The cancer was gone. It was no longer in his bones, his spine, his skull nor anywhere else in his body. For the next ten years, Dr. Sat-ti-la-ro led a life that was cancer free. He got so involved in diet that he wrote a book about his experience, entitled “Recalled by Life.”
Then something unfortunate happened. After ten years of a cancer-free existence, he decided to re-introduce fish and chicken into his diet. Shortly thereafter, the cancer returned, along with the pain. Despite ten years of being declared free of cancer following his change in diet, his medical mind was still not totally convinced the diet had made the difference. As a result, he continued eating chicken and fish, was forced to resume taking his narcotic painkillers — and soon the cancer killed him.
— 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, believe in your heart that Jesus 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.”
Until next time, may God bless you and keep you is my prayer.