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 1 Corinthians 6:12 which reads: “All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to Medscape, Obesity is by far the greatest risk factor for developing type 2 diabetes, more than either having a genetic predisposition to diabetes or poor health habits, according to a large case-control study from Denmark. Specifically, among people who were mainly in their late 50s, the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes during the next decade or so was sixfold higher if they were obese than if they were a normal weight — much greater than the risk from a poor lifestyle (related to smoking, drinking, poor diet, not exercising) or genetic predisposition. Importantly, the study showed “individuals with an unfavorable lifestyle and obesity are at greater risk of incident type 2 diabetes regardless of their genetic risk.”
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: Baseline Measurements: Countering Skepticism, Part 2:
It should be mentioned that a recent study made headlines by claiming that low cholesterol is somehow linked to (and caused) cancer. Nothing could be further from the truth! In fact, some cancers cause low cholesterol levels because they impair the liver’s ability to produce cholesterol. The people in the study who had very low cholesterol levels had undiagnosed cancers. Their low cholesterol levels were the result of their cancer, not the other way around.
Despite the efficacy of these tests, they are still only markers, i.e., they do not measure the blood flow to the heart, i.e., how plugged up your arteries may be. For those truly concerned about their heart condition, you can get any number of tests that measure blood flow to the heart, e.g., a Thallium stress test or MUGA scan. Your doctor can tell you which test is the best for you.
Note: In the beginning, your HDL (“good cholesterol”) will go up because you are getting rid of excess cholesterol and clearing your arteries. HDL is a measure of the cholesterol leaving your body. Over time, however, the HDL will go down because there will simply be less cholesterol to get rid of, since you are not consuming it, nor high levels of saturated fat. Ideally, the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL should be less than 3. (Divide your total cholesterol by your HDL, e.g., 150 total cholesterol / 50 HDL = 3.) The point is, you should really be more concerned about your LDL (“bad cholesterol”), not HDL. This is the reason HDL is not listed, above, as a measurable goal.
— 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.