I know that there are circumstances that you have no control over, such as a missionary working with a heathen tribe, and you dare not offend them for the gospel’s sake. JESUS says in Mark chapter sixteen and verse eighteen to the believer, “If they (the believer) drinks (or eats) any deadly thing it shall not hurt them.”
In Luke chapter ten, JESUS sends out the seventy and gives them instructions, and in verse eight HE says, “And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you:” Did JESUS mean, eat things that JESUS – the WORD – has said in the statutes are unclean? Of course not. The seventy are sent to the houses of Israel and in their houses would be no unclean thing.
What did JESUS eat? He attended the temple feast and wedding feast where there would have been both lamb and beef. Didn’t JESUS tell about the prodigal son and the father killing the fatted calf? Didn’t JESUS multiply the loaves and fishes? And after the resurrection, cooked fish on the sea shore and said in a parable that a father would not give his son a scorpion for an egg. Now if JESUS did not eat these, HE would not have used them in HIS teachings.
Oh! You are still not convinced. You say, “Paul said,” … let us see what Paul said, and then we will tell you why GOD says certain species are an abomination to HIM forever.
Paul said in Romans chapter fourteen verses two and three, “For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for GOD hath received him.” Paul is not in any way talking about eating or not eating unclean things, but that you are not to find fault with someone that is a vegetarian.
Again, Paul says in 1 Corinthians chapter eight, verse four, “As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other GOD but one.”
Verses six, seven and eight: “But to us there is but one GOD, the FATHER, of whom are all things, and we in HIM; and one LORD JESUS CHRIST, by whom are all things, and we by HIM. Howbeit, there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to GOD: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.”
And verse thirteen says, “Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”
In chapter ten, Paul concludes in verses thirty-one through thirty-three, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of GOD. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Heathens, nor to the church of GOD: Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.”
Why has Paul taken two chapters to talk about this subject? In Paul’s time, the animals were butchered in the open market place, and still are in many places in the world today. When these animals were slaughtered, the blood was caught and then offered to their heathen gods. Paul says I can eat the meat, but if it offends you, I will not even eat meat at all.
Who was Paul? You say he was an apostle, or he persecuted the Hebrew Christians, or he was ship wrecked. But who does Paul say he was? Let us start in Romans eleven, verse one: “I say then, Hath GOD cast away HIS people? GOD forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.” Again in Acts chapter twenty-two and verse three Paul says, “I am verily a man which am a Hebrew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city (Jerusalem) at the feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the PERFECT manner of the LAW of the fathers, and was zealous toward GOD, as ye all are this day.” We will conclude about Paul with his own words in Philippians chapter three, verse five: “Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee;”
What have we learned from Paul? First, he was not a Jew or a Judahite, he was a Benjaminite. Second, he learned at the feet of the most famous lawyer of his day – Gamaliel. Third, Paul was a Pharisee. Who were the Pharisees? They kept the law of GOD and other laws of man to the ridiculous.
Paul would never under any circumstances approve the eating of anything GOD said is unclean. We will continue our study of “Are you what you eat?” from the secular and medical world, but first, a couple of testimonies.
Erma and I were raised during the depression years and pork was staple table meat. Also, our Pentecostal heritage taught that Peter’s vision did away with the Levitical food laws. The smell of bacon or ham frying made Erma sick. Her folks would make her eat it for strength they said, but it would make her sick to her stomach, even to this day.
For many years, Erma and I owned a business called Technical Publications Services, which was a top-secret facility that had contracts with all the major aerospace companies, and the publishing contract on the check out, countdown and operational manuals for the Apollo Moon program.
In August of 1965, I had a major heart attack and was in the hospital. Demos Shakarian had prayer for me at the Saturday morning breakfast of the Full Gospel Business Mens’ Fellowship at Clifftons Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles. The LORD healed me, without further incident to this day, and we sold our company the same weekend.
We then traveled several years for the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship. Demos Shakarian appointed me to record all the meetings, and Erma to run the book table at all the conventions in hotels across America. As we traveled to the F.G.B.M.C.S. around the nation, we became acquainted with many wonderful ministers and teachers of the fifties, sixties, and seventies. This included meeting deliverance ministers such as Bro. Wilburn Duncan, Joe Williams, and Derek and Lydia Prince.
Once we were at the F.G.B.M.C. in Portland, Oregon. I had put all of the recording equipment away and Erma had closed the book table, or “put the book table to bed” as she would say. It was around midnight and there was a deliverance minister there that night, Bro. Wilburn Duncan . Erma asked him if he would pray for her. He prayed for both of us, but in praying for Erma he said, “I bind the serpentines and command them to come out.” We got to bed about 2:00 a.m. The next morning, when Erma said to me, “What is a serpentine?” and before I could say “I don’t know”, a fountain of vile, green fluid erupted out of her mouth, from the bed to the bathroom. The odor was like that of an old boar (male) hog or Billy goat.
We went back home to Northridge, California in the San Fernando Valley. I had some problem with our Lincoln car and asked Erma if she wanted to ride into Hollywood, to the Lincoln garage with me. She joined me, but the Hollywood dealership did not have the part that was needed, so they called around for me and found that the Lincoln garage in Santa Monica had the part. So to Santa Monica we went.
Now, ever since Bro. Duncan had prayed for Erma, and she had the violent deliverance that morning, she was continually fussing about what a serpentine was. When I pulled into the Lincoln garage in Santa Monica, Erma said, “Oh, there is the Santa Monica Library across the street. I’m going over there while you get the car worked on and see if I can find out what a serpentine is.” Well, after the car was repaired, I went across the street to the library to get Erma, and she had found out what it was. The librarian had helped her look it up, and in the books she brought Erma it said, “Serpentine, any thing seen or unseen that wiggles.” That really did not mean much to us right then.
A couple of Sundays after this, we decided to attend a special afternoon service at “The Country Church in the Vail”. It was two blocks from Vine street, and a couple blocks off of Hollywood Blvd. As we left the church, in the foyer was a book table. Well, Erma had to look the books over. I went on to the car, and pretty soon she came out and insisted I give her two dollars for a book she wanted. That book changed our understanding, and the error of our Pentecostal tradition. It was a small, fifty page book entitled, GOD’S Divine Diet.
A little later, a booklet published by the Library of Congress, written by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia was given to me. This booklet is about trichinosis, a parasite that is found only in pork, with several illustrations of the parasite in human bodies. I have tried to get additional copies of this booklet and was told it was no longer available.
In the August 1982 issue of the Saturday Evening Post, an extensive article on trichinosis and its effects on the human body was published. In an issue of the “American Medical Journal”, there was an article about trichinosis.
Trichinosis is a parasite, “serpentine”, too small to be seen by the human eye, that multiplies by the millions. It is believed that as much as seventy percent of the cases of arthritis actually are the parasite trichinosis in the joints, for which there is no known medical cure.