A Fundamental Excess
An Examination of an Accepted
following article has been several years in coming. It was one of the
first topics your author considered when he first created the Taboo
1998, but it was not written until now [8/2005]. Probably one
reason it was so long in coming is it will hit a lot of
their "gut" where it hurts, and he hesitated. You author is not an
Fundamentalist preachers. It should be obvious from his other writings
he is in the
Fundamentalist camp himself. Many Fundamentalist preachers are godly
who serve the Lord at considerable sacrifice, but a few, however,
as in any group, are less desirable.
The emphasis of this article is on the fact that the sin it exposes is
seldom mentioned within the ranks of Fundamentalism. It is a
that is "swept under the rug" and tolerated by the vast majority
because it is obvious many of their friends and peers have
succumbed to it's tentacles. This article is primarily aimed at
"preachers" because by the very act of
preaching they are identifying themselves with Christ and His word,
thus setting a high standard for themselves. However, the message can
apply to any believer, male or female. Each reader
will know if they
"Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at
It should be clear to any unbiased observer that America is a nation of
indulgence. Its citizens indulge and even gorge themselves on
types of activities, behaviors, and substances. "If it feels good, do
it," used to be a motto. Another is, "You only live once" implying an
individual should indulge himself in what he likes or desires without
thought of the potential consequences. This is to be expected of the
world. The hedonistic society the Devil oversees is replete with
"justifications" for people to indulge themselves to excess. But what
about the Bible Believing Christians? What about those who
allegiance to the Scriptures as the inerrant word of God? What is their
revealed position as a whole concerning these excesses to a lost and
Fundamentalist preachers have a reputation among the lost [and
believers as well] as primarily being "negative" and
against things. Some
complain by saying, "That
preacher says I shouldn't drink alcohol,
smoke cigarettes, go to movies, watch television, wear pants [women],
play cards, gamble, sleep too long, swim in public, and on and on. All
he does is
tell me what not to do." Some
preachers preach against things from
legalistic perspective insisting those who don't adhere to their "godly
standards" are out of the will of God or even lost [see From Liberty To Legalism], but most preachers
I have heard who speak against things as a warning of the potential
Only a couple of the "vices" in the list above are expressly forbidden
Scriptures, but the others can
be detrimental to the Christian
Nevertheless, Fundamentalist ministers are known as "nay-sayers" in a
world of indulgence, and that is more honorable than not.
Most Fundamentalist ministers can be counted on to routinely preach
certain indulgences or gratifications. Sexual relations outside of
marriage is one. Drinking alcohol is another. Some will proclaim the
real dangers of smoking or chewing tobacco and others the danger of
gambling. But there is one common indulgence your author has never
sermon on. It is a vice that is pervasive among many Fundamentalist
churches, especially the pastors. Unlike smoking, gambling, or watching
television it is a
practice the Bible clearly detests and the obvious indulgence of it by
many preachers with seeming impunity causes their words to have little
unmentioned, tolerated, and even desired sin is—gluttony.
Not So Hidden Sin
Gluttony is to be expected from the undisciplined in this "land of
plenty." With little incentive for self-control the present hedonistic
society doesn't restrain itself in much of anything. The term does not
of just the over-indulgence of food, although that is its primary
meaning; it speaks of the over-indulgence of anything. One can be a
glutton of pleasure, sleep, leisure, sports, NASCAR, parties, etc., as
well as food. None of these things are evil in themselves.
Needless to say, food is a requirement of natural life. Thus it is not
a sin in itself. It is man's misuse of it that is a sin, and its misuse
is very evident among many Fundamentalists.
How can an
overweight preacher [some overweight by 100 or even 150 lbs.] expect
to preach an effective sermon of temperance when it is obvious that he
does not practice any temperance, at least with food, in his own life?
How can he expect teenagers to restrain themselves from
sex, drugs, alcohol or anything else when he can't
himself from "Whoppers," pizza, hot-dogs, and even steak? How
make jokes and speak lightly about his
huge size and then expect believers to be serious about their vices? In
fact, the levity towards his own self-gratification and indulgence
essentially destroys anything else he says and much potential power in
How many of you reading this have heard an overweight preacher complain
of his back and/or knees hurting him? Of course they will hurt. They
were not designed by the Lord to support the weight of two people. How
many times of stomach or abdominal problems? It's simply cause and
effect. Can you imagine the amount of food their system processes in a
week? It is overloaded. Some deceitful brethren try to explain their
by claiming to have a "glandular," "thyroid," or "metabolism problem"
but when you
happen to see them at McDonalds with three "Big Macs" in front of them
and they are dining alone their excuse fades away. That is not to say
there are not problems such as these, but they are relatively rare.
Many more people use them as an excuse as actually have them.
Although he gets picked on a lot by all sorts of people, I saw a video
on the news
of Jerry Falwell getting released from the hospital recently. He looked
like an hippopotamus sitting in that wheelchair. He was
admitted because of "breathing problems." No wonder. It takes a lot of
lung power to simply move that blubbery chest up and down. Is his
"weight problem" mentioned as a cause of his ailments by Thomas Road
Baptist Church? Are you kidding? The obvious is completely glossed
over. He represents the typical Baptist, Fundamentalist
preacher to much of the world.
We used to know a
preacher whose whole family was very heavy. Several years ago
was building a deck on our house and my
wife asked me why I was using such heavy boards on the steps and deck.
I told her, "In case preacher [so-and-so] and his family come
thought for a second and understood. Don't laugh, the combined weight
of that family would be as much as a full grown horse! I felt sorry for
that "mini-van" they rode around in. I'm sure when they went to an
all-you-can-eat restaurant the manager cringed.
I once heard of a notable preacher who was grossly overweight and joked
to a congregation that the way he wanted to die was to "drown in a bowl
of chicken gravy." Yes, he got a lot of laughs, but that is not the way
he died, many years before his "time" [Eccl. 7:17]. As we said gluttony
tolerated but is an accepted sin among Fundamentalists and others. It
is a vice that is very rarely branded as sin. But worse than that, many
actually make jokes about their fleshly indulgences. In some ways this
levity is even a greater sin. Several times I have heard "horizontally
enhanced" preachers say things like, "You can see I'm just a skinny
preacher" when he is actually wider than the pulpit or, "You can tell I
don't eat much" when it is obvious he eats nearly everything in sight.
They will also
wrest Scripture to try and ease their insecurity. "All
the fat is the LORD'S" [Lev.
3:16] is a favorite saying of many,
but they conveniently omit the part of the same verse that says the
priests are to "burn"
the fat. "But
he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be
made fat," [Pro. 28:25] is
another pet verse. However, for some
reason they overlook, "They are waxen fat,
they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not
5:28]. That some feel the need to even bring up the issue of their size
indicates their conscience is bothering them. But instead of dealing
with the problem they make light of it.
Other portly preachers, though, don't seem to have a conscience about
their sin at all. They gloss over any mention of their weight and
sometimes reply with sarcasm. One brother said, "One
big fat preacher I know came to preach a
revival at my church.
The church ladies
put together a pitch-in dinner for him, and his preacher’s
was stacked up with home fried chicken. In
front of everyone his wife got on him about being so fat.
blustered, “I’m only fat because I am
trying to follow scripture perfectly. Haven’t
you ever read 1 Cor 9:26-27?
‘I’m not beating the air when I fight: but I buffet'
my body, and bring it into bondage’? I
take that literally and buffet'
my body as often as I
this preacher was using a "new" translation, he made a complete mockery
of the Scripture. As any reader of 1 Cor. 9:27 can see, Paul was
actually talking about how he "keep[s] under"
his body with restraint
and discipline. The exact opposite of this preacher's mockery.
Some reading this may think I am making a "mountain out of a molehill,"
and the fat preachers are just telling us with their jokes that they
are not taking themselves too seriously, but think a minute. What if a
believer stood up in church and made jokes about other sins and
vices? What if some other
intemperate believer made jokes about
getting drunk the night before or about what they saw in a
pornographic movie while they were scratching off their lottery
tickets? What if they wanted to tell a funny story about what they did
when they were "high" on some drug or how they cleverly cheated
that be proper or funny? Then
why should any believer make jokes
their lack of self-control, indulgence, and
intemperance regarding food? One thing is true, these fat brethren do
themselves seriously. The fat hanging off them is ample
Testimony to the World?
If we believers can see the obvious excess of these fat preachers, what
about the "good-ole-boys" in the world? They see it as well and are
usually not as charitable as Christians in expressing their
opinion. The lost examine preachers under close scrutiny, and that is
be expected. Often fat preachers are given nick-names of derision such
as, "Pus-gut," "Fat-so," and others I can't repeat. Preachers
claim to be the representatives of Christ. Christ, however, did not
a big gut hanging over his belt nor did He have the soft, delicate
hands that many preachers today have. I remember shaking a preachers
hand one time, and I don't think I ever shook a ladies hand that was as
soft. He was preaching to working class people, not pampered royalty,
thus his softness was a hindrance.
It seems anymore that as the world goes so goes the church. America as
a nation is getting heavier. All one needs to do is go to a Walmart or
nearly any other public place and just look around. He will see an
abundance of fat. Some are so fat they must ride around the store in
motorized buggies to pick up their potato chips, candy and "pop" [we
call soda "pop" here in the hills. I know some of you uncultured
readers have not heard that]. No wonder in
five years sales of oversized coffins at the nation's largest casket
company have risen 20 percent. Sadly, though, Fundamentalists have
in indulgence and intemperance at the same rate.
Although it is more the exception than the rule, one need not be
physically fat to be a glutton. Some people [who are the envy of
the obese] can seem to eat anything in nearly any quantity and not gain
much weight. This is usually when the person is rather young, and it
often catches up with them when they get older. Nevertheless, these
thin gluttons are still gluttons. They eat much more than they need,
and usually "junk-food" at that. I know people who are
not large, a little hefty, maybe, who talk food nearly every
They are either just coming from eating or going to eat it seems all
the time. They talk about cakes, pies, hams, pizzas, etc., like they
are intimate friends. Food consumes them. They are gluttons regardless
of their size.
On the other hand there are people who eat a large amount and it is
justified. Quite a few years ago I worked at a sawmill here in the
hills of the Alleghenies and was amazed at what some of the fellows
brought for dinner [you uncultured call it "lunch." You probably call
"supper" "dinner," too]. They would have a Coleman cooler, paper bag,
filled with food for the day. A normal sized lunch box couldn't begin
to hold the food they would consume. Some of these guys worked on the
chain" pulling freshly sawed boards from a conveyor onto a lumber
stack, and it was physically demanding. They burned so many calories
that they could consume a half dozen sandwiches, various cakes and
pies, a couple candy bars, and a large thermos full of coffee or tea
during a 8 or 10 hour
shift and not gain a pound. Work started at 7 am and before 9 am they
would start in on the sandwiches, all neatly stacked in their
By 4 in the afternoon their supply was depleted. I know some preachers
who need to work there a while.
Gluttony is actually a sin of rebellion. It is rebellion against God's
wishes that believers live in moderation and temperance. Furthermore,
it is not a minor or secondary sin, as if such a thing exists. Notice
the first mention of gluttony in the Scriptures,
shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and
rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a
drunkard. " [Deut. 21:20]
The Lord told Israel to stone this fat, drunken slob calling him
"evil"! The second mention is similar,
the drunkard and the glutton
shall come to poverty:" [Pro 23:21]
Solomon was even more forceful with these words,
"And put a
knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite." [Pro 23:2]
He later spoke of how a person's appetite is never completely satisfied.
the labour of man is for his
mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled."
The Scriptures mention "fat" men because it is not the norm,
brought the present unto Eglon king of Moab: and Eglon was a very fat
man." [Jdg 3:17]
The New Testament hits even closer to home with the modern practice of
church dinners and banquets. Some preachers can never have enough
church socials and dinners. One local fat preacher finds a way to talk
about food and dinners during nearly every service. By no means is
having a dinner occasionally sin, but Peter lists
[plural] with other vices to shun,
"For the time
past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the
Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine,
revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:" [1Pe 4:3]
is defined as, "A feast; luxurious living; rich entertainment." That
can easily fit some church dinners.
Jude continues the thought,
are spots in your feasts of charity, when they
feast with you, feeding themselves without fear..." [Jude 1:12]
speaks about being "temperate" and
restrained, keeping his body under subjection,
every man that striveth for the
mastery is temperate in all things...But I keep under my body, and
bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached
to others, I myself should be a castaway." [1Co 9:25-27]
Notice if a minister wants to
have an effective ministry to others, he must be temperate in all
things, which includes food, and thus rule his body instead of letting
it rule him. Preachers and Christians in general cannot have
effective a ministry God desires for them when they are obviously
overweight. See also, Gal. 5:23; Tit. 1:8, 2:2; 2Pet. 1:6
Also gluttony identifies a obese believer with the lost, even though he
end is destruction, whose God
is their belly." [Phi 3:19]
The lack of temperance is one of the sins the Holy Spirit used to make
Felix tremble at Paul's words. Notice the other two words it is
as he reasoned of righteousness,
temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled,"
Also, preachers are often quick to point out that a believers body is
the "temple of the Holy Spirit," and it is each believer's duty to
treat his body as such,
know ye not that your body is
the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
How does a fat, "corpulent" preacher say these words with any effect?
Does his body glorify God?
The bottom line is a believer is not to let anything have a hold on
him. Whether it is leisure, sleep, recreation, or food, he is to be
known for his
therefore endure hardness, as a good
soldier of Jesus Christ."
The Christian life is likened to battle, and any reader of military
history is familiar with the plight of the soldier. He is to be hard
because he must be to survive. He must subdue the cravings of his flesh
and keep his body fit for battle. A fat, slobby soldier is a soon dead,
or at least, defeated soldier. Probably the strongest craving of the
flesh is for food but Paul said he would "keep under [his] body, and
bring it into subjection" so his ministry wouldn't be considered a
"castaway." He realized a ministry tainted with intemperance and excess
was a severely wounded ministry.
Paul's ministry was characterized by things that are unfamiliar to many
today, He said he served the Lord,
weariness and painfulness, in
watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and
nakedness." [2Co 11:27]
Many ministers today would "throw in the towel" if they had to suffer
these historically normal conditions of ministry. The ease of today is
an aberration. The normal Christian worker throughout history was
called on to suffer many things, and they did it gladly.
soldiers ate leanly to
remain fit, but other times it was simply because there was a lack of
food. History books are filled with stories of whole armies fighting
and traveling with little food. Suffering the pangs of hunger often was
part of being a soldier. Even today some soldiers in the Iraq war said
usually only got one meal a day and that is a single "MRE" ration. The
rest of the time they go hungry. During the American civil war soldiers
on both sides would often march 20, 30, even 40 miles all night long
with nothing to eat and then fight a battle the next morning. They were
always hungry, but seldom complained. That is the expectation of a
soldier. Even Confederate General Robert E. Lee often had very little
to eat. I read once that a single boiled head of cabbage a day would be
all he had to sustain him for many days at a time. If his cook could
find a small strip of meat, Lee usually wouldn't eat it saying
his men don't have any meat, he wouldn't eat any either. Does this
like you pastor? Do you forgo things for the good of your
congregation and the cause? Even things you may have a "right" to?
Just imagine with me for a minute. Throughout the 6000 years of man's
history the vast majority of people only had basic staples for food. In
America is was beans, potatoes, corn, some grains, some
fruits, garden crops, and occasionally meat, fish, eggs and
By no means did most people have all this all the time. This was just
the variety of food usually available depending on the season. Often
meals were just potatoes or just beans, etc. This was typical. Even
though the selection my be different, every culture was basically the
same. Many of you, especially the more seasoned, know this for a fact.
The rest can learn this from their parents or grandparents. The modern
practice of buying food from a grocery store [now a "Supercenter"] is
very recent, less than 50 years old in this area. My parents lived off
farms when they were children. They raised hogs for meat, cows for
milk, and a garden for vegetables. About all they bought from a store
was salt, coffee, and a few spices. Practically everything they ate
they raised or got from the wild.
Today, of course, things have changed drastically. Most of us buy our
food from strangers at a store, we raise nothing, milk nothing, but we
do have a huge variety of "food." However, the basic staples mentioned
above are still available and quite cheap at that. You can buy are
large bag of pinto beans that will feed you for days for $1. You can
buy a dozen eggs for around $1. You can buy cans of corn,
and fruit for 2 for a $1. You can get a sack of potatoes for $2, and on
and on. The basic foods are cheap. You can feed a family with
staples our ancestors relied on for millennia quite economically. But
won't do, will it? We have to have more, and you gluttons a lot more.
We have to have all the modern microwave conveniences, all the instant
foods, all the "frozen dinners," all the cakes, pies, and candies. We
can't be expected to live on what
our ancestors lived on. We are too good; too busy for that. "You don't
expect me to send my kid to school with a peanut butter sandwich, do
you? He's got to have "Lunchables," [at $3 a pop] ."
Now imagine the scene in heaven if things are tight financially for a
believer and he prays to the Lord to provide for his "needs." All the
has junk food here, potato chips there, candy bars in the drawer, Pepsi
in the fridge, ice cream in the freezer, etc., etc. Can you imagine
what the old saints would think if they could hear, and maybe they can?
They suffered through famine, pestilence, starvation, and want while
this believer sits in his easy chair eating popcorn, drinking "pop"
asking for more money so he can buy more "food"? You may say,
not that well off, brother, I ask for things I really need." I'm not
saying you shouldn't ask, I'm saying look how spoiled we have become.
We refuse to live like the vast majority of people who have lived upon
this earth before us. We feel we are entitled to much, much more. God
the electricity be turned off, even though it has only been available
for around 100 years. How did the saints of old exist without air
conditioning, or the Internet? Sometimes I think we would be better off
without it all.
Did you ever think about the fact that Christ sometimes did not have
anywhere to lay His head when you ask for things. So you are having a
hard time paying your electric bill. I have had at times, but I will
admit, it is hard for me to ask. Why do I need electric when Abraham,
Moses, David, and the Lord didn't have it? Why do I need the food I'm
used to when John the Baptist ate "locusts and wild honey" and many
saints much better than me had nothing at all? You say, it's the times
we live in, Brother. Really? Are we to be subject to the
It seems the more the Lord blesses us the more spoiled we get.
Great Food Object Lesson
After their deliverance from Egypt and their miraculous crossing of
the Red Sea, the Lord allowed Israel to get hungry [Deut. 8:3].
However, instead of asking the Lord to provide them with food to eat,
Israel murmured and complained about being hungry and said they were
better off in Egypt. Their hunger was a test, which they failed [Ex.
16:8], but the Lord in His abundant grace and mercy fed them anyway.
Every day but the Sabbath He sent them a sweet, crunchy food they
called "Manna" [Ex. 16:31]. The Lord didn't spoil them, though. He sent
the manna every day, but He didn't put it in their refrigerators, so to
speak. They had to get out of bed early every morning and pick it up
off the ground before it melted [Ex. 16:21]. Also, they couldn't store
any of it except on the day before the Sabbath, thus they had to
continually rely on the Lord to provide it. If they did try to keep it
overnight it became corrupt and bred worms. The Lord was teaching them
and us important lessons with this "manna." Among them are,
is not fashionable for many today
to trust the Lord day by day. With
their cupboards stuffed with weeks worth of food [for a modest eater],
their "fridge" filled with sodas, meats, candies, and ice
that would amaze a believer from any other century, believers in
general have gotten used to not trusting in the Lord. Don't get me
wrong, there are still faithful brethren doing the work of the Lord
that trust the Lord every day to provide the necessities of life, and
they are to be admired, but many today don't. They have decent jobs,
plenty of food, insurance plans, social security, 401k, and sometimes
even money in the bank. As a result they neglect to trust the Lord
daily for their needs. These things are NOT evil, but the problem is
many Christians trust them. They can, however, be gone in a day.
- The Lord will allow his people
to go hungry to try them.
- The Lord takes notice of His
- He will provide food for His
people when it fits His purpose.
- He will not spoil His people by
doing for them what they can do for their self.
- He will provide day by day in a
manner which requires faith.
- Food not eaten by faith can
breed "worms" and be detrimental.
- When used improperly God's
blessing becomes corrupt and a hindrance.
What does the Lord need to do to get us to look to Him, again? Raise
gasoline prices? [As I write this gas prices are going up about $0.10 a
gallon per WEEK!] Raise food prices? [The cost of food will heavily
increase sooner or later.] Restrict health care to only the rich?
[Health care costs are climbing faster than anything else.] Cause a
"stock market crash" to destroy our 401k and retirement plans? [This
will happen, sooner or later]. Personally, I have a retirement plan
where I work. I also have a 401k account and health insurance. The Lord
has been good to me, but do you think I actually trust in those things?
Not much. I don't expect there to be much of anything left after the
next few years. My attitude is use whatever is offered to you, but
don't TRUST in it! Trust in the Lord.
Gluttonous preachers overtaken by "crapulence" [look it up] are telling
the world they are NOT living by faith. Instead of trusting the Lord to
care for their needs day by day they rebel and gorge themselves to the
bursting point. If for no other reason they should loose weight just to
make it easier on the pall bearers who must carry them to the grave
[Have you ever had to help carry a heavy person in a coffin? It is not
Odds are they will die sooner than they should. How many very fat
do you know that are over 70 years old? Most die before they are 60. Do
they care that they are going to deprive their family of a father and a
husband? Do they care that their ministry will be shortened? Maybe
some, but not enough to change their ways.
Fat preacher, below are some necessary things to consider as a
result of your excess and intemperance,
are not used to being talked to
like this are you big fellow? You
are used to your poor wife overlooking your huge gut and pampering you
like royalty. You probably think since you are a preacher your
indiscretions should be overlooked. By
the way how do you know the
Lord didn't impress me to write this section about marital relations or
even the whole article because of the prayers of your WIFE? If there is
any doubt in your mind, it just may be true. That
poor woman may
just want a real man for a husband, not a food obsessed slob that makes
her wait on him. If you were a big and lazy when she married you then
she knew what she was getting, but if you put the bulk of your
weight and slothfulness on since then you are a cheat and
matter how big or
wife is. Don't blame your
"family genes" or your "metabolism." You
claim to like hard
"preaching," so take it like a man!
- How do you
expect to be able to preach against the
intemperance of others in your congregation when you are so obviously
intemperate yourself? How can you preach against other vices/sins of
intemperance such as drinking, smoking, gambling, pornography, drugs,
etc., with such lack of self-control manifested in your body?
- Do you not
realize that since you cannot preach
against those vices effectively that your church is going to attract
lazy, intemperate people like you? People who know you won't preach
"self-control"? Or do you try to preach, "Do as I
say, not as I do?"
- Don't you
understand that your bad
knees, bad back,
bad heart, high blood pressure, bad "sugar," lack of energy, etc.,
direct result of your sin? Don't you realize it will affect your
visitation program when the other men have to baby, pamper, and just
wait on you to catch up when you do go? There are houses you won't
visit just because
there are too many stairs, isn't there? How long are you going to let
others take up your slack?
- Does it not
bother you that you can't partake in any
sports or games with the youth in the church to much extent because you
are "winded" too easily and you must watch your knees? You can't go on
a hike with the brethren, go canoing [because you will
sink the canoe], or even sit in a normal "lawn chair" without danger of
collapsing it. Do you think
John the Baptist, Paul or any other saint in the Bible had these
self-caused problems? They could run circles around you even if they
were 70 years old, and you know it. It is only with considerable
difficulty that you can even pick a softball up from the ground, isn't
it? And even then you have to lean over sideways because of your
- Surely you
realize that your weight is going to take
further health tolls? If you don't die from a stroke or heart attack
while in your 40s or 50s your will become an invalid requiring other
people to take care of you long before its time.
- You surely
realize if you are versed in the
Scriptures at all that as a gospel preacher you represent the Lord
Jesus Christ in your community, don't you? Then why do you have a
reputation as a soft, fat, lazy slob? Do you not care how it reflects
your Savior and His word? Do people think less of Christianity because
- If some of you were
honest you would admit your big gut has
taken a toll on your marital relations with your wife. How can someone
with all the physical problems and limitations you claim to have
You do realize you are not to deprive your wife of these relations,
don't you [1 Cor. 7:3-5]? It is sin for you to defraud your
out of what is rightfully hers. Furthermore, your defrauding her may
lead her to fantasize or be tempted by another man. This is yet another
sin, all because of your fat belly!
Some of you
crapulent guys would like to "wring my
neck" right now if you could get hold of me, wouldn't you?. So much for
your grace and godliness. Unless you can find a way to sit on me or
fall on me I don't think I'm in much danger. You wouldn't be so angry
and defensive if you didn't feel these words applied to you. I don't
know you and God as my witness, these words are not addressed
anyone in particular. But if you are angry after reading this then some
part of this article applies to you. "It
is hard for thee to kick
against the pricks."
|The above words
may be for only
one person who reads this, but I feel compelled to include them after
prayer and many reviews.
It seems an
of "human nature" for people to indulge themselves. I am guilty as the
next. That large piece of cake, that bowl of ice cream, we act like we
deserve to eat it just because we can. I will admit that I can spare
some pounds. When I graduated high school I weighed around 170 pounds
being slightly over 6 feet tall. Now I weigh very near 200 pounds. I
could lose 20 pounds and not hurt myself at all. But the telling fact
about today's bloated society is many people consider me normal or even
thin. A thin 200 pound man? Hardly. Maybe if he was 7 feet tall. Since
she is only around 110 pounds, I am nearly twice the weight of my wife.
Until I was about 38 years old I wore a size 34 waist pants. Since then
I have had to switch to a size 36. However, when I shop for pants the
waist sizes usually start at 30 and go all the way to 48 or larger.
Size 34 or 36 is still on the small end! Nevertheless, I feel I need to
watch what I eat more and have cut back on the sweets. It is
joke to me. I can easily eat too much and that is sin. One
today is the deserts and sweets our ancestors had very rarely
only on special occasions, we can eat nearly every day. A child growing
up in the 1940s or 1950s may have gotten to drink a bottle
of "Nehi" maybe once or twice a month on a trip to
people don't even think of soda pop as a treat, it is the primary
source of "water" for millions.
I can hear all the excuses coming, "Brother Morton, I have always been
big," "My whole family is big," "I have emotional problems," "I am
depressed," "I can't stop myself," etc., etc. So are you saying you can
not control what goes into your mouth? Sure some people have a larger
frame than others and will weigh more than others, it is also expected
that a person put on a few pounds with age, but I am not talking
primarily about weight. I'm talking about size. Do YOU know you are too
big? Do YOU know you have a big gut that hinders you and your ministry?
Well, then, who can do anything about it except you? The issue
do YOU believe your are right where you should be concerning the
maintenance of God's temple? When you look at yourself in a mirror,
what do you see?
Some of you are pretending to take the "holy" route in your thinking.
You believe I am being very judgmental of fat believers and not giving
benefit of the doubt. You believe if I were in your shoes I wouldn't be
talking this way, but just wait a minute.
preacher, have you ever
admitted your obvious gluttony and intemperance
is a sin? This is the crux of
the issue. Are you willingly blind,
highly vain and conceited, or
just a continuous rebel? You preach that others should admit and
their sins, can you do so with yours? Can you at least admit
your sin before others and then with the help of the Lord and
it. Is that not what you would ask someone to do that had any other
- First, I don't know you thus
there is no way this can be personal.
- Second, the scriptures are
judging you. I listed several above. Many of you are quick to preach
against certain vices from the pulpit when you don't have an ounce of
to support you, yet you insist these things are morally
I'm not doing that. The Scriptures are clear, and they do not take
and this is the main
reason I have been so harsh in this article,
is many of you are the
ones making a joke of your sin.
You make jokes about it, laugh
it, and even exploit it to get sympathy. "Fools
make a mock at sin." This
is a wicked and
godless practice. It is one thing to be caught up in a sin and admit it, hate it,
resist it, and try and overcome it, But it is entirely another to make
jokes and fun about it and make little or no effort to overcome it.
blatant hypocrisy among Fundamentalist
preachers. It is sin as diabolical as mocking about lying,
adultery or any other transgression.
As Christians we all need to be
known for "moderation."
We should not
manifest excess in anything except serving the Lord. Modesty is another
noble and godly trait. We should live modest lives among this
unrestrained and evil world to show we have something they don't. We
should have nice but modest homes, vehicles, clothes and other material
things, but we should more than that have modest bellies. Our body is
the Lord's and He has chosen to dwell in us. How we take care of His
temple reveals volumes about what we really believe.