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Wednesday, August 13, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Timothy 4:1-5
1 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5 for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.
The Gospel isn't overly restricting; the pleasures God put on the planet that are healthy are there to be enjoyed in their proper context, including alcohol (yes, in moderation) and sex and lots of yummy foods. When a sect starts banning things that the Bible allows for, one needs to question the motives of the prohibitionists. If there is a contemporary problem that makes a certain item problematic, like avoiding shellfish if your area is prone to shellfish-borne diseases, fine. However, if such prohibitions are striving to be more pure than Paul, it might be a sign of a legalistic-at-best and heterodox-at-worst sect. God's not a grump; don't make Him out to be one.

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