Gluttony is an acceptable sin in our culture. You can see it in the waistlines of many of the preachers of our day and those in the congregation. I have honestly never heard a sermon preached from the pulpit against gluttony, have you? I asked the women in the chat room if any of them have heard one and no one said that they had.
“Gluttony, after all, is food worship. It’s table idolatry. It’s more about the direction of our loves than it is about the contents of our cupboards. How, then, do we discipline our appetites?…It was not just our pride and our anger and our greed that led Jesus to the cross. It was our gluttony as well. And so we should grieve for the times when we have worshiped and served the cafeteria rather than the Creator (Romans 1:25).”( from a very good article written by Johnathan Bowers)
And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite (Proverbs 23:2).”Stab thy gluttony, Restrain thyself by the strongest measures, convince thyself that thou art in the utmost peril, if thou art a glutton or wine bibber” (Pulpit Commentary).
“Use the strongest methods to keep thine appetite in check, if thou art likely to give way to it, and then, overcome by meat and drink, to say or do anything to offend thy host” (Ellicot’s Commentary).
Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh (Proverbs 23:20).
“Be not amongst winebibbers,…. Who drink to excess, otherwise wine may be drank, provided moderation is used; but it is not good to be in company with, excessive drinkers of it, lost a habit of excessive drinking should be acquired; among riotous eaters of flesh; flesh may be lawfully eaten, but not in a riotous manner, so as to indulge to gluttony and surfeiting (the act of feeding to excess); nor should such persons be kept company with that do so, lest their ways should be learned and imitated” (Gill’s Exposition).
I shared my weekend with my college friends a few months ago. Something I noticed about all of them is that none of them are gluttons and this is why they all look good at or near 60 years old. They eat their portion, they eat slowly, and they stop as soon as they begin to feel satisfied. I was actually very impressed with all of them since we live in such a gluttonous culture. Only a few of them drink alcohol and those who did only had a very small glass.
“…who by their gluttony and luxury ruin their own bodies” (Pulpit Commentary). Most diseases Americans suffer from today are from gluttony and abusing their bodies. They eat what they want, when they want, and how much they want. The don’t discipline their bodies for the purpose of godliness. No, they allow their bodies and appetites to control them.
For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags (Proverbs 23:21)
“…immoderate sleep and idleness, which is a ready a way to poverty as gluttony or drunkenness is” (Matthew Poole’s Commentary).
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.
1 Corinthians 9:27