Is Obesity A Sin?

Is Obesity A Sin? Bible Question.

Question:

“I have been a Christian for a few years. Lately, I have come to think my being overweight is a sinful issue. So many believers are overweight, surely God is not pleased by this?”

Answer:

Actually, the Bible nowhere condemns the size of a person’s stomach. God does speak of excess and intemperance . . .

Listen, my son, and be wise, And direct your heart in the way. Do not be with heavy drinkers of wine, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the heavy drinker and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe one with rags.Proverbs 23:19 – 21 (New American Standard Bible)

Gluttony in these verses does not refer to the size of the person, but the size of the appetites (for wine or food) of the person. God is not condemning obesity, but the human desire to overeat, overindulge and to cater to one’s appetites. The spiritual issue concerns what you worship. Is it food, or is it God?

That is why we are admonished, All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything (1 Corinthians 6:12). The apostle Paul tells us that food is to be received gratefully (1 Timothy 4:3, 4), but that we should not be enslaved by it. Obesity is a health risk. But obesity itself does not indicate someone who is out of control in eating. In fact, some can be quite thin and fit, and still be gluttonous. God is more interested in the condition of the heart than in the size of the waistline.

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Homosexuality and the Churches of Christ

Homosexuality and the Churches of Christ (Recommended Resources)

I have been following the work of Sally Gary and CenterPeace since the fall of 2006. At the time, I felt that one of my persistent prayers for the church had been answered. I can’t speak highly enough about the heart and quality of the brethren that labor in this ministry. A robust fellowship of believers grappling with homosexuality in a compassionate, hopeful, open, honest and redemptive manner was (is) very rare within the churches of Christ. Check out these links and resources. Share them with others.

Centerpeace

The core objective of CenterPeace is to provide support and resources for men and women who experience same-sex attraction. Clicking the banner will take you to their website. There you will find information about services and events available for individuals, schools, families and churches.

Jonathan Storment is the Preaching Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas. Click the cover of “Loves God, Likes Girls” to read his review of Sally’s book.

Sally Gary

Earlier this year Sally Gary and Jonathan Storment took to the stage at the Highland Church to discuss “The Idolatry of Sex”. If for some reason the video doesn’t appear in the space below, you can click here to view it at Vimeo. Note: Although the video blacks out for a couple of minutes (3:40 to 5:15), you can still hear the audio.

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Click here to find more resources and information about homosexuality at my other blog.

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The Truth About Lying – Part 2 [video]

(The Truth About Lying – Part 2) Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson. Video Lesson.

Thank you for reading this blog. Thank you for you studying, commenting, and sharing the information found here. The last week of March 2013 was our one year anniversary!

To express my appreciation, my goal is to enhance your experience by adding even more useful content. To this end, I am posting a total of 10 video lessons by the end of 2013 to spiritually encourage and challenge us all.

May the Lord be glorified and may His will be done!

Again everybody, thank you!

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