Is Gluttony a Sin?
In the turn of the century, early 1900’s you hardly heard of heart attacks, cancer, and other types of diseases like today. The bible does talk about drunkenness and gluttony. Did you know drunkenness and gluttony is a spirit? Do you feel good about yourself? It is an unloving spirit working on you to overeat. Is Gluttony a sin!
Sin of gluttony in America is a problem. In the turn of the century we eating 4 pounds of sugar a year. Today, we are consuming 130 pounds per person per year. Not only that most of your prepared food and even spices have sugars added to them. In the early 1900’s diabetes were very few and now over 10 million.
On saturated fats is much higher in our foods. Also in the turn of the century, heart attacks were unheard of. The death rate annually from hardening of arteries and degenerative heart disease in the United States is the highest in the world compared to everywhere else. Life Insurance Companies has shown that a man 45 years of age, who increases his weight by 25 pounds over standard weight, reduces his life expectancy 25%.
The reason is the types of fat we eat. People are misled by the polyunsaturates in margarines and oils. They don’t look for hydrogenated on the labels. The hydrogenated in your oil or butter is plastic.
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How to Overcome Gluttony?
We are overweight and eating all the wrong things. So, what does a person need to eat? I say the caveman diet. What is the caveman diet – eliminating processed foods. You want to lose weight? Then Eat as natural as you can such as:
- Fruits ad vegetables, including leafy greens
- Eat meat 3 times a week
- Eat less and more often.
- Don’t eat junk food
- Eat less sweets
- Stay away from boxed dinners
- Less carbohydrates and starches from bread
Include exercise such as a rebound trampoline in your house to jump while watching TV to overcome overeating. If you cannot control your food intake and overeat for comfort, you may have a spirit of gluttony. You may need deliverance from sin of Gluttony then you are able to overcome gluttony.
Other reasons of a spirit of gluttony is because of how we handle our emotions. When you feel rejected do you eat for comfort? Need for love? Do you, when you feel lonely reach for cookies? When you feel stressed, need to drink some type of alcohol to deal with your stress or some type of food? That is a false pathway to peace called comfort food or drink. That is when you use something else besides God to take care of your need.
Deliverance From Gluttony
Read this prayer of deliverance from a Spirit of Gluttony out loud to overcome gluttony
Father God I forgive those who rejected me and hurt me. I let go of any bitterness I have towards anyone. Amen. Father God, forgive me for eating food as a false pathway to peace. Instead of going to you because I feel lonely or rejected or stressed, forgive me for not going to you.
Forgive me father for drunkenness and gluttony and any other addictions such as to sugar, coffee, etc. or to any drugs or medicines. Father God, I come against these spirits of gluttony, addictions, false pathways to peace, loneliness, rejection, etc. I repent, renounce and I cast these spirits out of me and send them to dry places now in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.
Father God, I know addictions to food comes from not loving myself and when I feel depressed, I go to food for comfort. I repent and renounce for not loving myself and having a spirit of self hatred. I also forgive myself for all my past sins and regrets. I let myself go free and choose to see me as a child of the most high God who is the king of the universe. I also see me as God’s perfect handiwork. Amen.
I also address these other spirits by repenting and renouncing these spirits related to gluttony:
- Compulsive Eating
- Murder with the tongue
- Bondage to food
- Spirit of Fear
- Diet pills
- Self hatred, self-rejection
- Past regrets, self pity
- Addictions to food
- Craving for Alcohol
- Craving for Particular Foods
- False Pathway to Peace
- Not taking care of the temple
- Addictions to any kind
- I like to eat
Overcome gluttony spirits: I bind these spirits, break its power off of me, cast these spirits to the dry places now in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen.
Father God, fill me with your love, your peace and hope and with your spirit of self control in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Help me to run to you instead of food. Amen. Thank you for the deliverance from Gluttony.
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Do you know what Sodom’s sins were? You probably just thought about a particular sexual sin.
While that is true, it is not the complete story.
When speaking of Jerusalem’s idolatry, the prophet Ezekiel said of them:
Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit (Ezekiel 16:49-50).”
Did you notice that pride was listed first, with food indulgence after that? You might ask, “What is wrong with being full of food?”
While nothing is wrong with eating to satisfaction, the Sodomites ate to excess as a lifestyle.
As a result, they became self-absorbed, indulgent and lazy. They were consumed with sensual pleasures.
They did not care about others, spending their time and resources only for themselves, not helping the poor and needy around them.
I believe the story of Sodom is a cautionary tale for believers in Christ today.
Some say that gluttony is the most accepted sin in the church.
Our attitude seems to be, “Lord, I’ll give you everything – but do not touch my food!”
However, for our mission’s sake, we must confront the spirit of gluttony that is rampant in the church.
Think about this: At the end of our lives, do we really want them to have been about eating “tasty treats?”
We are each called to make a positive difference in this world, to glorify our Lord in body and spirit! Jesus said in John 15:8:
“By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”
This is the fruit of God’s spirit – evidence of His work in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
This fruit grows in our lives as we renew our minds to God’s word and yield to the Holy Spirit’s leading in our actions in every area, which includes in our eating habits.
If we are not becoming more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, abounding in goodness, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled with each passing year, something is wrong with our Spiritual growth.
1 Corinthians 6:12 gives us wise guidance:
All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.
The Lord wants only good for us. He does not want us under the power of any habit that hurts us.
Gluttony and drunkenness are frequently linked together in the Bible – and that’s not good.
These habits destroy our health and interfere with our ability to think soberly and make wise decisions.
They also leave us more vulnerable to enemy attacks. 1 Peter 5:8 advises us:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
The spirit of gluttony is a seductive one because it promises an escape from life, a release from pain. However, as we overindulge in devouring food, the enemy is busy devouring us!
We become a rest stop for a wicked spirit.
As a Believer, we are called to be in the world but not of the world. The wisest thing to do is submit our pain to the Lord for healing in a spirit of humility. As He heals us, we can restore food to its proper place and get on with our Father’s business!
To confront the spirit of gluttony, you must also confront the deceptive foods in your life. Deceptive foods are those that seem harmless to you, but when you eat them you find that they hijack your brain!
When your brain is hijacked, you lose self-control, binge, and become emotionally unstable.
To avoid following the pattern of the Sodomites, let us confront the spirit of gluttony in our lives and cast it out.
Here is a prayer for you to use:
“Heavenly Father, you promised that if Your people, who are called by Your name, will humble themselves, pray, seek your face, and turn from our wicked ways, you will hear from heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
I thank you for giving me such a great and precious promise by which I can escape the corruption in the world and affect our nation!
I am Your child, the righteousness of God through Jesus Christ. I humble myself in this prayer, recognizing that I serve One greater than myself. I love you and you deserve all of me. My body and my spirit belong to You. Jesus bought me for You at a high cost indeed.
I am living to hear You say those wonderful words once I cross the finish line: “Well done, good and faithful child. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”
My Savior, Jesus Christ, is my compassionate High Priest. So I come to you in Jesus’s name, confessing my sin of gluttony. Lust for food has captured me. But I do not want to be like a Sodomite. I do not want to be selfish, so focused on indulging my flesh that I ignore poor and hurting people around me.
I renounce the spirit of gluttony. I take any thoughts captive in my mind that deceive me into thinking that gluttony is harmless. It is not harmless. It hurts me and it hurts others who are counting on my help. It is a wicked habit, a destructive habit. It destroys my health and keeps me trapped in a cycle of shame and guilt.
You don’t want me to live like that. Jesus came to set the captives free. I qualify! I repent Lord. I change my mind about this habit. You hate this habit as much as You hate drunkenness and I hate what You hate.
Open up my eyes as to what this habit has cost me, what it is costing me now, and what it will cost me in the future if I don’t change this now.
Lord, teach me Your way so that I may walk in Your truth daily. Your word is truth. Lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Gluttony is my enemy. Show me the foods that are hijacking my brain. Give me courage to kick them out of my life and replace them with foods that taste good but don’t hijack my brain.
I submit all emotional pain to You for healing, Lord. Help me regain emotional balance so that I put on the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
I know that You love me, Father and want what is best for me. You’ve begun a good work in me and will complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Each day, I hold on to Your unchanging hand. I trust that You will lead me in paths of righteousness for Your name sake. I will delight myself in You and You will give me the desires of my heart.
My heart’s desire is that You heal me and heal our nation so that the people in our land turns their hearts back to You.
An intolerable habit will remain in your life as long as you are willing to tolerate it.
Resist the enemy in this area and he must flee!
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“We overcome after a fashion, perhaps, our serious and dangerous vices, but there it stops. The small desires we freely let grow as they will. We neither embezzle nor steal, but delight in gossiping; we do not “drink,” but consume immoderate quantities of tea and coffee instead. The heart remains quite full of appetites: the roots are not pulled out and we wander around in the tanglewoods that have sprung up in the soil of our self-pity.”
– Tito Colliander, The Way of the Ascetics
Thus far, most of the seven deadly sins I have spoken of have seemed to be the more obviously deadly ones – but this sin, gluttony, is not one that is given much notice these days. And yet it is, along with lust, one of the most pervasive of sins in Western culture.
Gluttony is never being quite content with what we have, always wanting more (not in the sense of greed, on which I shall speak later), filling not only our stomachs but our entire lives with excess and still wanting more. It bloats and distracts the soul, causing us to form idols out of things we think we “need”, and helps us avoid reality by filling our lives with distractions (think shopping or eating as a “cure” for sadness). What we actually need has been replaced by want we think we need, what we think we want. But our hearts can only be restless until they rest in God. (cf. Confessions of St. Augustine)
Nevertheless, we see a kind of insatiable hunger to fill the void that only God can fill with anything and everything else. Even the way we eat in the West is often bordering on the ridiculous – we cram our bellies with as much food as we can, in as short a time as we can, and yet give our bodies no time to even digest what they have been given. We pile our closets full of clothes we never wear, and all manner of other things of this kind. “To want simply what is enough nowadays suggests to people primitiveness and squalor.”1 (Seneca)
The cure for the sin of gluttony is moderation – we eat to live, not live to eat, and this maxim can be extended to all other material things in life. “Food is to be taken in so far as it supports our life, but not to the extent of enslaving us to the impulses of desire.”2 (St. John Cassian) A good example is in drinking – I enjoy a good ale just as much as anyone else, but there is an obvious difference between enjoying a drink, and getting drunk.
But it might be asked, why write so alarmingly of such seemingly harmless things? Simply because “gluttony engenders love of pleasure and many other passions as well. It is the root from which the rest of the passions spring up in vigorous growth…”3 In other words, if we indulge our bodies in such ways as I have mentioned above, we will find that the sins of lust and greed will not be far behind, for these too are indulgences of the body.
Of course, it is prudent to mention once again, moderation. We are not to starve ourselves immoderately, to never enjoy life, and all the rest of it. But over-indulgence in even the little things an cause us to erect all kinds of idols in our lives that can distract us from God, and lead us into sin. Therefore, “Just as a horseman, before setting out on a race, bridles his spirited horse, so we, to take this road, must impose on our flesh the strong bridle of mortification, so as to bring under control all appetites and movements.”4 (Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary-Magdalen)Common sense alone teaches us this – it is not peculiar to the Christian faith. If I drink too much alcohol, I will become drunk, senseless, and sick. If I eat too much at a meal, I will become loagy and sick to my stomach. If I drink too much coffee, I will get the shakes and a headache. These are small and simple reminders that gluttony is not the way our bodies were intended to be treated.
But it is not only moderation that is a solid weapon against the sin of gluttony – we also may make use of another, the practice of fasting. Fasting does not only mean giving up certain foods (i.e. red meats on Fridays), but also giving up many other things that we love, for the love of Christ and in order to maintain our gaze solely on Him. “It is impossible for us to carry our cross well and get through the temptation of the devil, the ordeal of the world, and the oppression of evil without fasting on the Mount of Temptation.”5 (Matthew the Poor) But fasting should always “be moderate so as not to attract attention and not to deprive us of strength to fulfill the rule of prayer.”6 (Theophan the Recluse) “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” (Matt. 6:16)
1 – Letter XC
2 – Institutes, “On the Eight Vices”
3 – Ascetic Discourse
4 – Divine Intimacy, 296
5 – The Communion of Love, 111-112
6 – The Art of Prayer: An Orthodox Anthology, 217
By Laura Murray, 30th Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL /> Posted in WikinutHealthDiet & Nutrition
You have discovered that you are a glutton. How do you overcome it? There are tons of diets and exercise programs, but those are just about weight. How do you really overcome gluttony?
- How to Overcome
- Don’t Give Up!
- About the Author
Overcoming gluttony is hard. I struggle with it from time to time as my comfort from emotional stress is to go to food. I want to make myself feel better through food. This has spiritual, as well as health related, issues.
The key to overcoming gluttony is two fold: you must become self-disciplined and you must give control over to God. These two things are always easier said than done. However, the rewards for success are unfathomable.
How to Overcome
First, getting right with God. This has to be first and foremost in order for you to be successful and remain successful. Be honest with God about your weakness. Ask for forgiveness and then hand this burden to Him.
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. – 2 Corinthians 12:9
Second, becoming self-disciplined. This second step is very important as well. You must be self-disciplined in your walk with God as well as with what you put in your mouth.
Make a time, every day, to spend reading the Bible and praying. If you have trouble doing this, start small. Say a few verses out loud every morning and pray for God’s help with gluttony.
Instead of eating three big meals a day, switch your routine. Start eating 5-6 meals a day with smaller portions. You will be eating about every 3-4 hours. Make a fist with your hand. For each meal, eat something the size of your fist. Some examples would be a small Wendy’s chili, a small hamburger, a fist-sized portion of spaghetti… anything that is the size of your hand balled in a fist. If you prepare the 5-6 meals in the morning for the whole day, you won’t have to worry about keeping up with things. You will know that when the food is gone, you are done eating.
Keep with you plenty of water and flavors for water. In-between the 5-6 meals, make sure and drink water. Add the flavor in to give yourself some variety and to help you make it to the next meal.
Allow yourself two snacks a day. These snacks should be something healthy like nuts, raisins, fruit, sunflower seeds, beef jerky, etc. The snacks can be anything, just avoid things like chips and candy. These snacks should also be small in nature. Check the serving size of the snack and pre-package it in a Ziploc bag. Then you will know that you are keeping your snacking within good guidelines.
If you start to feel tempted, go to Scripture. Repeat those verses out loud and ask God for deliverance. If you have someone you trust, ask them to partner with you in this. When you feel like you are going to break, give them a call. People need support to stay on track. We all falter sometimes. A friend is there to help you through it.
Don’t Give Up!
Remember, changing a habit is never easy and the path to change is never without bumps in the road. If you should mess up, ask for forgiveness, refocus, and plod on to your goal. God is there to help you. He wants your success as much as, or more than, you do.
Go to to see a list of verses for prayer and encouragement in overcoming gluttony.
About the Author
Laura is an author, writer, consultant, photographer, homeschool mom, Mary Kay consultant and Army wife. Her passions in writing are in food/health, Christian persecution and children’s curriculum.
Whether it be Crohn’s, IBS, diabetes, heart issues, obesity, or allergies, Laura has had to find ways to make food taste good while being healthy and maintaining strict dietary rules. Through that, she has had to find ways to do all of that on a budget! Laura has learned so much on this food journey and she aspires to help you eat healthy while keeping taste elevated and cost down.