WHY ARE GENTILE CHRISTIANS ALLOWED TO EAT PORK AND SHELLFISH?

While God gave pretty strict laws to the Israelites concerning food, Christians for the most part do not obey these laws. To learn why God gave these strict rules, food consumption and otherwise, read my posts “God’s Health Laws” and “God’s Tolerance In The Old Testament”.

Right after Gentiles started converting to Christianity, there were Jewish Christians who wanted to turn Gentiles into Jews by following all of the Old Testament laws. The Gentiles were uncircumcised, idol-worshippers, promiscuous, and ate pork and shellfish, as well as other things known as “common”. Common meant “defiled”. Peter was among those who wanted Gentiles to be turned into Jews while Paul was adamant in his opposition doing so. After a big debate, James in Acts 15:13-21 proposed a resolution to this problem. The key verse is 20, which states “But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”

See, many of the first Gentile Christians were Greeks and Romans, who made idols of their gods. Although it’s not clearly written that they did, I am one hundred percent sure that they made idols of their new God. They still do. The Gentile cultures were also very permissive sexually, so this would have to be dealt with. Staying away from blood is necessary because God says that is the life of a beast. Christians must obey these laws.

In his first epistle to Timothy, a close friend of Paul’s, Paul said (1st Tim. 4:1-4) “Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.” “Speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received of them which believe and know the truth.” “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving.” Timothy’s father was Greek, but his mother was Jewish.

Paul wrote these things about people in the last days who will say it is immoral to eat meat. The reason I say that is because he said that every creature can be received with thanksgiving. Giving thanks to God for the meat we eat makes it moral, and it is utterly immoral for anyone to call a meateater immoral. Even Christians do so. If you disobey things so clearly written, your soul will be very much in danger.

Bring on the shrimp!

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10 comments on “WHY ARE GENTILE CHRISTIANS ALLOWED TO EAT PORK AND SHELLFISH?

  1. John Brown says:

    “If you disobey things so clearly written, your soul will be very much in danger. ”

    That is not what Jesus said.

    =====
    Matthew 15
    17 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

    18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

    19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

    20 These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.
    =====

    It is what comes out of a man’s mouth that endangers his soul, not what he chooses to eat. In this case, eating CLEAN food with unwashed hands, since that was added by man, not God. Most people had sense to clean their hands before they ate, it was about ritual cleaning.

    As for twisting 1 Tim 4:4, you forgot what the colon is for at the end, you forgot to look ahead, Selah.

    How is it to be received with Thanksgiving? If God approves of it and you pray.

    Notice the word “IF” and the colon after thanksgiving.

    “if” it be received with thanksgiving:

    How do you receive it with the thanksgiving (of God)? What is after the colon ?

    1Ti 4:5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    SO, eating beef slayed before and idol is no big deal, if you gave God thanks for the cow.

    Shrimp is not sanctified by the word of God, no matter how much you pray over it.

    Eating it will not send you to hell, it goes in one end and out the other. It is still an unclean thing to do in God’s eyes.

    For those of us that gave up eating unclean things, once you start eating them again, they will make you sick, literally, if you can swallow it, and you can taste them even in the grease of things, as they taste like garbage once you have been cleansed.

    Since God designed them to clean the earth, all you do is load your own body with poison. Just as the swine in Germany, after Chernobyl, soaked up the radiation and the plants and cows did not. So, the government put a bounty on the swine so people would not eat them, gathered them, and buried them in deep pits.

    This is why the three Jews taken with Daniel to Babylon, did so well compared with their peers, when they rejected the king’s unclean meats.

    God did not design our bodies to eat the things that clean the earth or rodents. Most of the unclean things can not properly be broken down, protein wise, by our bodies. Or they contain exttremely harmful bacteria, such as the guts of rabbits and swine.

    A good example for protein would be squirrels that people in the south love to eat.

    For a collection of poison, even “tuna” is a good example, you always get the caution not to eat too much because of mercury. Why? It is unclean fish, the type of white tuna people eat, albacore, has SKIN and fins, not SCALES and fins, and is an apex predator.

    This is why Obama pushed people to eat pork, especially black people, because he knows God hates it, and wants to degrade them further.

    • Jesse Norman says:

      First of all, your whole comment doesn’t make sense. In one part you quote Jesus saying it is what proceeds out of the mouth that defiles a man, not what goes into it. Then you talk about eating unclean things is wrong. Your repeated comments about Obama are weird, and I am not saying this to be defensive. He pushes people to eat pork, especially black people? In other comments you talked about Obama being marked by God because a fly flew on his forehead. Who hasn’t had a fly land on their foreheads?

      Your assertion that I twisted 1st Timothy 4:4 is ridiculous. How does one give thanksgiving to God? IN PRAYER! As for the Word of God goes, this is why I pointed out the discussion the apostles had about what the Gentile converts were doing. What were the Gentiles eating in that day? Look it up. Did they mention to not eat pork or shellfish? No, but they did mention not to eat blood or things strangled. Why not mention the pork, and especially the shellfish? This was in Israel. Paul said all creatures are okay to eat. Peter also had a vision where he was told to eat things that were unclean, and after he refused he was told “What God has cleansed, do not call common.” As for Daniel and the others go, they were still under that law.

      • william Van says:

        You’re wrong Jesse Norman.

        ” and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received…”

        God did not make scavengers, such as pork, shellfish…etc…to be received as food. We are told not to eat it.

        The christian Jews were requiring non christian Jews to fulfill the covenant that God made with the Hebrews… I.e. circumcision… That was a blood covenant… No longer required because Jesus died for our sins.

        If you can’t get something this easy, correct, how am I to believe anything else you write?

      • Jesse Norman says:

        Did the apostles tell the churches to not eat shellfish or pork? They told them to not eat things strangled or blood. If I am this wrong over something so easy, then don’t come back. You’re not paying me.

  2. liam58 says:

    SHELLFISH?:

    1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

    “…Command to abstain from meats which God hath created to be received…”

    The meats that were created to be received (i.e. “eaten”; “consumed”…etc..) are reflected in the food laws and those laws have not changed.

    If all meats are to be eaten…as you have interpreted scripture, go shoot yourself a nice juicy buzzard after he has eaten on a rotting, bloated, maggot ridden corpse, and enjoy it.

    I wont be joining you.

    Peter, if you will recall, did NOT eat anything that was in the sheet or blanket that was lowered to him during his vision.

    You do make some good points in other areas. This is not one of them.

    I did not mean to insult your intelligence, after reading my original post I can see that it was very abrasive. My apologies.

    If you intend to teach, ask God for help to teach it correctly and accurately.

    • Jesse Norman says:

      What was Peter told after he refused to eat things “common” or unclean? Why did the apostles reiterate to the Gentiles to not eat blood or things strangled, but did not reiterate eating shellfish or pork? The Gentiles did eat them both. Remember the herd of swine that ran off the cliff after Jesus took the spirit of the Legion out of the man? The herd of swine wasn’t for petting. I am very confident in my thinking ability, my ability to teach, and most of all my standing with the Lord.

  3. liam58 says:

    I don’t know where the word “SHELLFISH?: ” came from. Something I copied by accident I suspect.

    • savedbygrace says:

      Brother Norman is emphatically correct. The immediate question is if one is justified or save by the eating of or not eating of pork. More more importantly the real question is if one is justified by the keeping of the law… Moral or Dietary?
      let’s allow the Bible to speak:
      Galatians 2:16 Romans 3:20 Romans 3:28 Romans 5:1 Romans 4:2

      here’s a more personal question, are there any among us who are perfect and who are without sin? before responding I suggest a reading of I’m James 2:10.
      and if you are too intoxicated to embrace this reality then 1John1:18 all have very little impact as well.
      At the end of the day, we celebrate God’s grace through the merits and power of Jesus Christ to Him and Him alone be the glory I respect your effort in keeping the law as your motives render praises to God, and your efforts spewed from your gratitude of a loving Savior. yet make no mistake about it we are saved by grace and grace alone no matter how good our intentions. Our good deeds are as filthy rags and are powerless as it relates to saBing ones soul.

      God Bless

  4. dinz86 says:

    Hi Brother, I am also part of the election of grace, was just woken up last year and I stumbled on your blog!!! We have the same life experiences, I find that His elect are all very similar in their upbringing.

    I especially liked that post where you mentioned “Don’t cast your pearls before swine” well, I’m learning that now! How people around me do not understand and judge and the unbelief is immense! They are just not spiritually capable to understand and I’m realizing that now. It makes sense but how much I want to change things around me!

    I agree with most of your posts and find some that have shed light to me, but this one I disagree with!

    There is a reason why we do not eat certain foods that YHWH has commanded us to stay away from, for a reason. They are NOT healthy for our bodies.

    • Jesse Norman says:

      Not everything is healthy, however taking things in moderation is fine. Alcohol is harmful to the body, yet our Lord drank wine. What is written in Acts 15:20 is final because the apostles made it final. Even our Lord said it is not what enters the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of it.

      I have gotten to a point where I am very in tuned with Him, and I do not feel any shadow of guilt eating pork, shellfish, or other things. If I did feel any sense of guilt, I would not ignore it and would tell all why I felt guilty.

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