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!
Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,
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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.
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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This past summer I decided that now was the time for me to finally deal with gluttony. Not only was my weight creeping up higher and higher after each pregnancy, but for as long as I could remember I’d had a real problem with overeating that I seemed unable to conquer.
I first tried to get this problem under control when I was 15, and had been trying — and failing — ever since. None of the zillions of diets or programs or mental strategies I tried ever worked on a long-term basis. Starting this past summer, however, I decided to try something radically different: I would ask for God’s help. I was sure that this was the missing piece of the puzzle, that by leaning on the Lord I would be able to get my tendency to commit the sin of gluttony at least somewhat under control.
I was surprised and disappointed — you might say, “crushed” — when things didn’t play out like I’d hoped they might.
I was incorporating prayer into the fabulous No-S Diet plan for conquering gluttony, and that took me a long way…but not far enough. After a few weeks went by I started to fail. A lot. I have so many vivid memories of sitting in front of a plate of food and saying a prayer begging God to give me the strength to not have extra helpings, pleading for him to let me stop eating when I felt full…and then I’d eat to the point of being overstuffed anyway.
I know, it makes no sense. Why didn’t I just stop eating if it were so important to me? If you’ve never experienced this I’m not even sure I can describe it. “Stop! You’re full! You’ve had enough!” one part of me would say; but some other, much more powerful force within of me would rise up and override all other thoughts, fixating on the food in front of me in a blind panic. It was truly a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde type situation, the Dr. Jekyll in me powerless to stop the gluttonous Mr. Hyde.
I prayed over and over again to ask God to help me stop overeating, yet it continued to happen day after day, week after week. Eventually I stopped praying about it.
Then, a few months later, I got in a regular habit of going to Adoration. I even got to the point where I would leave my list at home and try to just clear my mind and let the Lord lead me. And a funny thing started to happen: even though I had long since given up on the topic, I started to feel strong guidance when it came to my food issues. Through prayer and meetings with my spiritual director I got a loud, clear message that my bad eating habits were not just leading me to the sin of gluttony but leaving me tired, sluggish, irritable, and thus impacting my family and spiritual life.
After a profound moment in Adoration when I finally realized after 17 years of repeatedly falling flat on my face that my way wasn’t working, I admitted my powerlessness and turned the whole thing over to God. With no more plans of my own, I finally began just listening when I prayed about this issue.
And, sure enough, God had something to say.
Shortly after that moment, a series of “coincidences” led me to discover the concept of food addiction. A rough summary of the theory is that some people’s bodies react to sugar- and flour-based foods like alcoholics’ bodies react to alcohol and that, like alcoholics with alcohol, these people need to surrender to the fact that they’ll never be able to eat those foods in moderation, that they must abstain from them completely.
It sounded pretty extreme. In fact, I probably would have blown it off I hadn’t encountered people who had had astounding results by putting it into practice.
I had the pleasure of corresponding with a blog reader who shared with me her own dramatic story of being chronically overweight, eventually topping out at 370 pounds and feeling suicidal. After she got the right information about food addiction she not only got down to a healthy weight of 150 and has kept it off for eight years and through two pregnancies, but her spiritual life grew by leaps and bounds as well (a version of her inspiring story written a few years ago is available in a Word doc here). When I joined the “The Body Knows” food addicts email list I encountered many other people who had almost identical stories to hers. Their testimonies were intriguing and compelling…and sounded vaguely familiar.
I prayed about whether or not I should consider doing some kind of food addiction eating plan, and the answer I heard could be roughly translated to, “YES!!!!!!”
After a lot of research and more prayer, I decided to go ahead and cut out all foods with flour and sugar, as well as other processed foods, just to see what happened. Unlike other times I’d done something like this as part of a short-term diet, this time I would do it indefinitely, letting God lead me day by day.
That was in late December, and the results over the past 12 weeks have been amazing.
- As the food addiction theory would predict, when I cut out the foods I was addicted to, the insane cravings went away. Not having those foods in my system tamed that Mr. Hyde inside of me, so much so that I could even serve my family things like biscuits or cookies without having one myself — something previously unthinkable.
- Gluttony has become manageable. I quickly realized that when there’s not a sugar- or flour-based food involved in a meal, I can act like a reasonable human being when I sit down to eat. Suddenly those voices that said “You’re full! Stop eating!” actually had some impact on my actions. Though I still have a tendency to be gluttonous that’s not always easy to overcome, with that powerful Mr. Hyde vanquished from the table it is at least now possible.
- I’m no longer yanked around by food-induced mood swings. Not only has it been easier not to commit the sin of gluttony with this new way of eating, but it’s been easier to avoid a lot of other sins as well. The post-meal “crashes” that I used to experience on an almost daily basis left me extremely vulnerable to angry, selfish, slothful behavior. I still have all my same bad personality traits, of course, but without the biochemical factors to exacerbate them it’s much easier to overcome them. (My husband says it’s been stunning to see how much more calm and “able to deal” I seem when he comes home in the afternoons.)
- I’m much more detached from food. When I used to think of detachment from food, I assumed that that always meant eating all things in moderation. For most people, that’s probably the case. It’s taken me 17 years of banging my head into the same wall over and over again to realize it, but I finally see that the way for me to be detached from food is to cut out the foods that I cannot control myself around. I am now able to enjoy meals in a spiritually healthy way — that is, appreciating and taking pleasure in them without obsessing about them — and I don’t even miss the foods I’ve given up now that they’re out of my system.
- There have also been some dramatic changes physically as well. I am noticeably less “puffy” (I get many comments on that), and less inflamed and sensitive to pain. Also, my body has started dropping weight like crazy, even though I wasn’t trying to lose weight. Despite eating more than the recommended calorie intake for pregnant women, I lost a few pounds during the third trimester, and am already down to a post-baby weight that it usually takes me months to reach (in fact, after baby #3 I never did get down to the weight I’m already at now). I’m trying to make sure I don’t get caught up in the dangerous “high” of the scale, but it’s been amazing to see how my body naturally began to release weight after I cut out processed foods.
- And, finally, my daily diet is so much more nutritious than it used to be. I eat so many more fresh fruits and veggies than I used to, I recently calculated that the increase in vitamins and minerals from my new way of eating is almost equivalent to taking a daily multivitamin.
The biggest lesson I learned, however, was about listening. In all that time I spent chattering at God about gluttony, ordering him to help me follow through with my plans to stop overeating, I thought I had all the answers; it never occurred to me that I might be barking up the wrong tree. It was only after I got still and calmly let the Lord guide me that I realized that my particular problem was one of gluttony and addiction, and that I couldn’t treat one without treating the other.
The lesson I’ve learned here has made me think about how often I do this in other areas of my life: I think I know exactly what needs to happen, so I pray to ask God to make it so, as if I’m the one in charge and he’s some kind of wish-granting genie. Considering the dramatic changes I’ve seen in terms of my relationship to food, it makes me wonder what else the Lord could do in my life if I spent a whole lot more time listening.
UPDATE: I posted some sample meals in #2 here.
Gluttony is an inordinate love of eating and drinking. Our Saviour warns us against this vice, saying, “Take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and the cares of this life.” (Lk. 21:34).
When you feel the promptings of this shameful disorder, subdue them by the following considerations: Call to mind that it was a sin of gluttony which brought death into the world, and that it is the first and most important passion to be conquered, for upon the subjugation of this vice depends your victory over all others. We cannot successfully battle with enemies abroad when the forces within us are in a state of rebellion. Thus we see that the devil first tempted Our Saviour to gluttony, wishing to make himself master of the avenue through which all other vices find an easy entrance.
Consider also Our Saviour’s extraordinary fast in the desert and the many other rigorous mortifications which He imposed upon His Sacred Body, not only to expiate our excesses, but to give us a salutary example. How, then, can you call yourself a follower of Christ, if, when He fasts, you abandon yourself to the gross pleasures of the table? He refuses no labor, no suffering, to redeem you, and you will do nothing for your own salvation!
If you find abstinence difficult, think of the gall and vinegar which were given to Our Saviour on the cross; for as St. Bernard tells us, there is no food so unpleasant that it may not be made palatable by mingling it with this bitter draught. Frequently reflect upon the terrible austerities and wonderful fasts observed by the Fathers of the desert; how they fled from the world to remote solitude, where, after the example of Christ, they crucified their flesh with all its irregular appetites, and, sustained by God’s grace, subsisted for many years on no other food but roots and herbs. Behold how these men imitated their Divine Model; behold what they thought necessary to reach Heaven. How can you gain this same Heaven by the path of gross and sensual pleasures? Think of the innumerable poor who are in need of bread; and at the sight of God’s liberality to you, blush to make the gifts of His bounty instruments of gluttony. Consider, again, how often the Sacred Host has rested upon your tongue, and do not permit death to enter by that gate through which life is conveyed to your soul.
We may say of gluttony what we have said of impurity, that its pleasures are equally restricted and fleeting. Yet earth, sea, and air seem unable to gratify this passion, for many crimes are perpetrated, the poor are defrauded and oppressed, and little ones compelled to suffer hunger, to satisfy the sensuality of the great. It is deplorable to think that for the gratification of one sense man condemns himself body and soul to eternal suffering. What incomprehensible folly to flatter with such delicate care a body which is destined to be the food of worms! For this miserable body you neglect your soul, which will appear before the tribunal of God as poor in virtues as its earthly companion is rich in sensual pleasures. Nor will the body escape the punishment to which the soul will be condemned. Having been created for the soul, it will share its sufferings. Thus by neglecting the nobler part of your being to devote yourself to the inferior, you lose both and become your own executioner.
To excite in your heart a salutary fear of this vice, recall to mind what is related in the Gospel of Lazarus, of his poverty, of his hunger which craved the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table, and how he was carried by angels to Abraham’s bosom; while the rich man, who fed upon delicacies and was clothed in purple and me linen, was buried in the depths of Hell. Moderation and gluttony, temperance and excess, will not reap the same fruit in the next world. To patient suffering will succeed ineffable happiness, and sensual pleasures will be followed by eternal misery. What remains to you now of the pleasures of your guilty excesses? Nothing but remorse of conscience, which will be the principal torture of the life to come. All that you have lavished upon your ungoverned appetite you have irrevocably lost, but that which you have given away to the poor is still yours, for its merit is laid up in the kingdom of Heaven.
That you may not be deceived by the snares of this vice disguised as necessities, govern your appetite by reason, not by inclination. Remember that your soul can never rule the flesh, if it be not itself submissive to God. This submission will be the rule and foundation of its empire. Let God command our reason; let reason direct the soul, and the soul will be able to govern the body. By observing this wise order decreed by the Creator, the whole man will be reformed. But when the soul rebels against reason, and reason against God, the body will soon rebel against the soul.
If tempted by gluttony, remember that you have already tasted its pleasures and that they endured but a moment. They passed like a dream, except that while the light of day dispels the images of the night, the remorse for gluttony remains long after its pleasure has departed. But overcome this enemy, and you will experience consolation and peace. Therefore, the following wise saying has justly become celebrated: “If you find difficulty in the performance of a virtuous action, the trouble is soon past and the virtue remains; but if you take pleasure in committing a base action, its pleasure disappears, but its shame continues with you.” (Aul. Gel., Noct. Attic. 8,15).