I guess as we delve into Pride Manifested as Gluttony we should understand what Gluttony is,
glut·tony\ˈglət-nē, ˈglə-tə-nē\

  : the act or habit of eating or drinking too much
  1 : excess in eating or drinking

  2 : greedy or excessive indulgence
The dictionary I used also went on to say that “Gluttony is a serious failure of discipline.” Now I agree with this definition, and claim, but, I do not think that it limits it self to just eating and drinking in excess. Let’s look again at what Dante has said, “excessive love of pleasure”. I would also add to this with the excessive love of stuff. 
Having said all this I think that Gluttony is, like all Pride based sins, evidence of a lack of faith. And the the Bible tells us that faith cast out fear.

So in its basest form Gluttony, like Lust, is a manifestation of fear.
So, what are we afraid of? Gluttony seems to me as a fear of not having enough. It is totally distrusting God to supply your needs. It’s why the hoarder hoards, or the over eater over eats. If one of anything is good then 2 must be better, and so on. Like lust, Gluttony cannot be sated by any worldly thing, it is an emptiness that can never be filled, but will eventually consume the glutton. 

In the Old Testament there is a book called Ecclesiastes, which was believed to have been written by King Solomon. In the book the author confronts this topic, as well as others, concluding that all things are “vanity and vexation” in a life without God. In the New Testament Jesus tells us in Matthew Matthew 6:25-34:

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? 

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 

And why take ye thought for raiment? 

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

In these verses Jesus is telling us, the believer, that we have enough to consider without worrying about food and clothing, and that God knows what we need to live. Jesus desires that we choose to trust God, and bring Him Glory, in other words to live our lives today for God, and not to worry about tomorrow because there is plenty of evil to deal with today, but, therein lies the rub. Gluttony is a manifestation of fear, i.e. a evidence of unbelief, so in essence the glutton puts his faith in himself, and not God which is why Gluttony is a manifestation of Pride.


Pride manifested as Lust

In my first blog post, and my first post on the 7 deadly sins I stated,

“I believe that in reality Pride is our greatest sin, and the other 6 in this list is just different manifestations of Pride.”

As I’ve been looking into the topic of Pride it seems that there are several different views concerning the topic. Some discussions claim that there are 2 types of Pride, one that is healthy, and another that is unhealthy. At this point I would like to explain my position, I believe what some call healthy Pride I would call self-esteem, and unhealthy Pride, as the type of Pride that is destructive to the person suffering from it, and those around them.

So let’s begin, starting with with Pride manifested a Lust. Looking back to our list we find that Wikipedia defines lust thus:

Lust (fornication) — Unlawful sexual desire, such as desiring sex with a person outside marriage. (Dante’s definition was “excessive love of others,” and this reduced the love that a person could give God).

Now we see in the above definition that lust is an “unlawful sexual desire”, some of you reading this might say that lust doesn’t break any of the civil laws where you live, and I would have to concur with that, but this definition isn’t considering civil laws, it’s referring to the law of Moses as God gave it to him. If we should look at what the Ten Commandments say we would see that lust breaks the Tenth Commandment specifically;

Exodus 20:17

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.

Of course most people would say that this is a harmless thing, and in the American culture it is a major tool to motivate people to act, and do certain things like purchasing product, or joining a gym for example. Our society is bombarded with marketing ploys using our own lust against us. Again, most people consider this sin as acceptable, and not hurting anyone, but God considers lust as a form of idolatry which if we return to the Ten Commandments we find that it also breaks the First Commandment, and the Second Commandment;

Exodus 20:2-6

I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

And if you’re a professing Christian you also break the Third Commandment;

Exodus 20:7

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Now you may be thinking that this is something that I only do in my mind that lust is not a tangible action, that God is only concerned with our overt actions, but Jesus said;

Matthew 5:28

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

So now according to Jesus we’ve broken the Seventh Commandment;

Exodus 20:14

Thou shalt not commit adultery.

The reason that Jesus brought this up was to show us that not only is God concerned about what we do, but also how we think. That our thoughts also convict us. So you may think you have everyone fooled, and God will be please with your outward appearance to the world, and your charitable acts, but God is a judge of everything including your thoughts.

Again looking back at our Wikipedia definition Lust is also called as Fornication, which is defined as, “consensual sexual intercourse between two persons not married to each other.”, and most would say that this is best described as sex between two unmarried people. So why is this an important distinction? I believe that God wants us to be patient, and wait on Him to introduce us to the person we will spend our lives with, that fornication is committing adultery against the person who we will marry.

Sex outside of marriage is emotionally damaging, and promiscuity is not a badge of honor as some people believe it is, and this is where Pride manifest itself as Lust. It is a reason that abortion is a multi-million dollar business, just as pornography is, why people confuse sex with love, and why the pharmaceutical industry is thriving with sales of antidepressants and anxiety drugs. Lust isn’t harmless. It is though a manifestation of Pride, and pride is a sin and God hates sin, but, God loves sinners and stands ready to forgive every sin through His son Jesus Christ.

In my next post we’ll take a little look at Pride manifested as Gluttony, if you have any questions, or comments feel free to use the contact form on the home page. Thank you for your time. God bless, Pastor Charles Kahn

Super Moon as a Illustration

Lately there has been a lot of talk concerning tonights Super Moon, and I think this event will be magnificent. I have always been enamored with the Moon and night sky! I think what a lot of people may forget, or take for granted is that the Moon has no self illumination it for all intents and purposes is a large rock orbiting the Earth. The light we see coming from the Moon is not it’s own, but a reflection! It is the reflection of the Sun’s light. Now I’ve written all of this to get to this point, Christians are to be like the Moon in a sense, we are to be a reflection of a greater light.

We are not that light, and on our own we have no light at all, but when we submit to God, and allow Christ to work through us we become a reflection of Jesus’s light. Now the Moon is beautiful when it is full and in it’s glory, but if you look closely you can see that it is pocked and scarred, it is not perfect, it has endured thousands of years of abuse. It has been hit by meteors and other space debris, and yet even through all this in it’s fullness and glory it is awe inspiring. I know too, that Christians are also scarred, and damaged, but when Christ is reflected through us we can shine in His glory, and show the World the love of Christ.

In the book of Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” When Jesus enters into us and sets up His home in our hearts we become a beacon showing the way to God. Our salvation has never been about us alone, but about God, and His love for all people. We are saved to do good for people, and bring Glory to God.

Ephesians 2:10 says it this way, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” We are saved to do good for others, and this established through Christ. By nature with no influence we are selfish, we want what’s best for ourselves alone, but when we consider the cross of Christ, and what He has done for us how could we not desire to do for others in the same sacrificial way.

As you should also know when the Moon isn’t visible there is a great darkness, and even when the Moon is in it’s waxing or waning stages that even that small amount of light makes a difference, and when it’s full the results are magnificent. The world is like this as well. It is a dark place with plenty of snares to entrap us, but as Christians we are to bring illumination into the dark to lead people to the light. In Psalms 107:10-12 the Bible says, “Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron;
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help.”, and in Luke 1:79,”To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

One last thing before I wrap this up, The moon doesn’t roam through space on a random path, but it is on a fixed path. We too need to fix our path to do God’s will, and there is only one way to know God’s will and that is through God’s word. Psalms 119:105 says,”Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” We need to hide God’s word in our hearts, and meditate on it constantly so we can be a light in the darkness. God bless.

I apologize forgot picking up where i left off last week, I will return to my discourse on the 7 Deadly Sins though, probably next time as the Lord leads.

The 7 Deadly Sins

The Bible does not give us this list of sins, they come from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Wikipedia list the 7 deadly sins in order from the least to the greatest. In truth there no greater or lesser sin, and the Bible says that all sin is worthy of death (eternal separation from God). So at this point I would like to share this list with you.

1. Lust (fornication) — Unlawful sexual desire, such as desiring sex with a person outside marriage. (Dante’s definition was “excessive love of others,” and this reduced the love that a person could give God).
2. Gluttony — Wasting of food, either through eating too much food, drink or drugs, misplaced desire for food for its taste, or not giving food to the needy (“excessive love of pleasure” was Dante’s definition).
3. Greed (covetousness, avarice) — Greed is when somebody wants more things than the person needs or can use. Dante wrote that greed is too much “love of money and power”.
4. Sloth (also accidie, acedia) — Laziness; idleness and wastefulness of time that a person has. Laziness is hated because:
A. Others have to work harder
B. Delaying what God wants a person to do or not doing it at all It makes life harder for oneself, because useful work does not get done
C. It, like gluttony, is a sin of waste, for it wastes time, maybe because of pride
D. Sloth is a state of equilibrium: one does not produce much, but one does not need much either (in Dante’s theology, sloth is the “failure to love God with all one’s heart, all one’s mind, and all one’s soul”; specific examples including being lazy, being scared, lack of imagination, complacency, and not doing what the person should do).
5. Wrath (anger, hate) — Inappropriate (not right) feelings of hatred, revenge or even denial, as well as punitive desires outside of justice (Dante’s description was “love of justice perverted to revenge and spite”).
6. Envy (jealousy) — Hating other people for what they have. Dante wrote that envy is “Love of one’s own good perverted to a desire to deprive other men of theirs” (in other words, thinking that the person himself should have more, even if it means someone else will have less because of him.)
7. Pride (vanity) — A desire to be important or attractive to others or excessive love of self (holding self out of proper position toward God or fellows; Dante’s definition was “love of self perverted to hatred and contempt for one’s neighbor”).

I copied this list from Wikipedia. I believe that in reality Pride is our greatest sin, and the other 6 in this list is just different manifestations of Pride.

The Bible has a lot to say about Pride, but I believe this verse sums up the results of Pride pretty well;

“Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 16:18 KJV

With this I’ll close this first offering, and pick up next time from this point. Thank you for your time, and God Bless, Pastor Charles Kahn