10. If we are Holy Spirit filled, we will not be condoning nor participating in the doctrines of devils, including FOOD heresies.
AND COMMANDING TO ABSTAIN FROM MEATS...
The word for ‘commanding’ in the Greek is ‘apecomai’, and means ‘to hold oneself off, to refrain from.’
The Jews had stringent food laws, and in the New Covenant they were done away, and all things foodwise became clean. Some in these last days are trying to reinstitute food laws, and other similar O.T. laws that do not apply to our day as a way of salvation.
The great emphasis today on food has made this easy... How much fat in it, how much salt, what kind of sweetener is used, etc etc.. are added to even the stringent laws of the Jewish people.
The idea is that they will tell others that they should not eat ‘meats’. Some go so far as to make it sinful, some just teach that certain ‘meats’ are deadly, and some just want to waste time teaching ‘diet’, and get some healthy bodies to go to hell, rather than an unhealthy one to go to heaven. The over-emphasis of such things, to the neglect of winning souls, is a trick of the devil. The Bible calls it being taken up with the ‘cares of this life’.
WHICH GOD HATH CREATED TO BE RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING
OF THEM THAT BELIEVE AND KNOW THE TRUTH...
God has created all food to be taken and enjoyed. The garden was filled with foods, Jesus ate meats, and Peter was told to bring in the Gentiles to the church who ate pork and other meats considered ceremonially unclean. The reason we are to eat such with ‘thanksgiving’, is that God gave them for mankind, for his diet.
FOR EVERY CREATURE OF GOD IS GOOD,
AND NOTHING TO BE REFUSED...
The word ‘creature’ means ‘created thing’. All creatures of God are made to be eaten. Some way, cooked in some way, every creature of the animal world is edible, beneficial, and can be delicious. Some may ‘frown’ at the thought of eating oysters, or snails. The thought of locusts to some may seem nauseating... But God made this planet for mankind.
The word ‘refused’ is from the Greek word ‘apobletos’ meaning ‘cast off, rejected’. We do not need to ‘cast off’, nor ‘reject’ any kind of meat.
IF IT BE RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING...
The word for ‘thanksgiving’ is the Greek word ‘eucharistia’, meaning ‘gratefulness.’ There is too much complaining to God and about diet, of this or that being ‘bad’ for one. If done in moderation, the diet God has planned for mankind is good, and we should be thankful, grateful. Lack of gratitude at the ‘diet’ of God for mankind, is an insult to God.
FOR IT IS SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER...
The word for ‘sanctified’ is the Greek word ‘hagiazo’ and means to be ‘made holy’, ‘purified’. The Word of God and prayer will bless any meal. We are to entreat God to bless our food, we are to speak the Word of God over it in such blessing.
IF THOU PUT THE BRETHREN IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE THINGS,
THEN SHALT THOU BE A GOOD MINISTER OF JESUS CHRIST."
The word ‘remembrance’ is the Greek word ‘hupotithemi’ meaning ‘to place underneath, to suggest, to remind." The Lord wanted us to not only know that the Spirit is ‘expressly’ and adamantly speaking this message, but that we are to carry such message too, and if we do, we are ‘serving’ the Lord Jesus. This is not to be allowed to continue unchallenged. We are not to fight about what food to eat, but we are not to allow a false doctrine, that certain foods are sinful, certain foods would damn a soul if eaten. This false doctrine, this heresy needs condemned.
In that passage, you notice that it says that one of the doctrines of devils, one of their seducing teachings will involve ‘commanding to abstain from meats...’
The word for ‘meats’ is the Greek word ‘broma’. It means ‘food’ in general. It refers to food items that are either forbidden or allowed by the Jewish law. It means victuals, in general. The root word is ‘bibrosko’ which means ‘that which is eaten."
One of the ‘twistings’ of the devil and those who follow the demonic obsession, is that this word means ‘food ceremonially pronounced clean’. That is a perversion of the meaning of the word, and yet, many follow that interpretation of the Greek. That way, they justify their pronouncing of pork, ham, bacon, etc. as sinful in our day, as much as it was in the Old Testament. They are twisting the meaning, and I have witnessed some ‘evangelistically gifted ministers, follow that false teaching, without doing some Bible study to verify.
Peter was given a vision of a large cloth, holding meats, animals of both the clean and unclean. Peter refuses to partake of that which had been taught to him to be ‘unclean’.
"PETER SAID, NOT SO, LORD, I HAVE NEVER EATEN ANYTHING THAT IS COMMON OR UNCLEAN."
"WHAT GOD HATH CLEANSED, THAT CALL NOT THOU ‘UNCLEAN’."
The word for common means ‘defiled’ or ‘forbidden by the law.’ Peter was protesting his innocence, and his reluctance to ever do what he had been taught to be evil. God says that He can ‘cleanse’ that which is ‘unclean’. For there to Peter (Acts 10:15), it says, ‘what God hath cleansed’. The word for ‘cleansed’ is the Greek ‘katharidzo’ meaning ‘to make clean’, ‘to purify’, ‘to ‘purge.’ And God lets us know that what He has cleansed is not to be called ‘common’ or ‘unclean’. That is a command, not a suggestion. Some today are disobeying that command, and calling some foods to be ‘unclean’ and ‘common.’
The word ‘common’ is from the Greek ‘koinos’, meaning ‘shared by all’, and refers to the ‘ceremonially unclean, the profane, the defiled, the unclean, the unholy.’ The word ‘unclean’ is from the Greek ‘akathartos’, which means ‘uncleansed, impure, ceremonially or morally lewd, demonically foul or unclean.’
So, since ‘broma’ means ‘food in general’, and God can cleanse all that once was called ‘unclean’, we should not, we must not, condemn any food as sinful.
How is food to be ‘cleansed’? Any food can be made holy, pure, and clean. And it is to be done by ‘prayer’ and the ‘Word of God.’
I Timothy 4:5
"SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER..."
Some depart from the faith in our day by going back to seeing things like 'food laws' as a means of salvation... We call this galatianism...
others undo law and go to lasciviousness, or a license to sin, as those hindering marriage, and instead just co-habituating...
So, one false doctrine of each extreme is shown... neither galatianism nor giving a license to sin is godly... and both extremes will see some depart from the faith...