Welcome to the Overcoming the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony podcast, a companion podcast to the Acceptable Christian Sin of Gluttony message series. This is episode #58. 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 78:18 which reads: “And they tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust.”
Now, let’s look at gluttony and its effects in the news: According to MedPage Today, overall mortality rates for cancer continue to decline in the U.S., but since 2011 that decline has slowed for obesity-associated cancers, likely due to the obesity epidemic, researchers reported. The mortality trends for obesity-associated cancers mirror those for heart disease, according to Christy Avery, PhD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and colleagues. They explained in JAMA Network Open, “After four decades of decline, annual improvements in heart disease mortality slowed in 2011; this slowing has been associated with the obesity epidemic.” Analyzing CDC data, they found that deaths from obesity-associated cancers declined from 66.5 per 100,000 persons in 1999 to 58.2 per 100,000 in 2011, for an estimated annual rate of change of -1.19. However, in 2018 there were 54.9 deaths per 100,000 from obesity-associated cancers, for an estimated annual rate of change since 2011 of just -0.83. This trend differed from mortality trends for cancers not associated with obesity. The prevalence of obesity has tripled during the past 50 years, and approximately two of every five U.S. adults are now classified as obese. The researchers stated, “In addition to fueling a public health crisis with financial costs projected to double every decade to approximately $900 billion by 2030, obesity also has the potential to reverse gains in life expectancy achieved during the past century, with detrimental effects on par with cigarette smoking.”
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: Accelerating Weight Loss, Part 2:
One lady told me she was always hungry eating this diet. Her problem was that she was trying to lose weight the traditional way – by starving herself. She mistakenly felt that if she ate too much food she would gain weight. Eating the RAVE Diet is counter-intuitive because you should always eat when you’re hungry. In the beginning, many people find they’re eating more food than they ever ate in their lives, yet still losing weight. Don’t be afraid to eat natural plant foods because they are very low in calories and fat. As your body adjusts to this new way of eating, you’ll find your appetite will adjust, too. Just stick to it!
Another lady told me she wasn’t losing weight. Her problem was that she was making too many exceptions and loading up on refined foods. If you make exceptions like this – and can’t help it – then the only option you have is exercise. There’s no magic bullet that will automatically reverse a sedentary lifestyle. Only you can do it by making exercise a daily part of your life.
Believe it or not, the biggest complaints I’ve had were from individuals who were afraid they were losing too much weight! When you get down near your ideal weight, your weight loss will stabilize and your appearance will be transformed. People may call you “skinny” only because we’re used to seeing fat people as the norm. If you want to see someone at his ideal weight, take a look at Kevin Costner in the film “No Way Out.” He looks terrific and that’s how you can look, too, no matter what your age.
We will continue looking at this topic in our next podcast.
— 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.