The Sin of Gluttony

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The forgotten Sin of Gluttony


Gluttony seems to be a sin that Christians like to ignore. We are often quick to label smoking and drinking as sins, but for some reason gluttony is FORGOTTEN or just Ignored and tolerated. Many of the arguments used against smoking and drinking, such as health and addiction, apply equally to overeating. Most believers would not even consider heavy drinking of alcoholic drinks or smoking cigarettes, but have no qualms about gorging themselves at the dinner table or restaurant to the point that they feel like they are going to explode. This should not be!

Proverbs 23:20-21 warns us against this, (NIV) "Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags." Proverbs 28:7 declares,(NIV) "He who keeps the law is a discerning son, but a companion of gluttons disgraces his father.” (when we become a Christian God becomes our Father and we should obey and bring honor Him) Proverbs 23:2 proclaims,(NIV) "put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony."

Controlling Physical appetites is a reflection of our ability to control ourselves. If we are unable to control our eating habits, we are probably unable to control other habits such as those of the mind (lust, covetousness, greed anger), and unable to keep our mouth from gossip or strife. We are not to let our appetites control us, but rather we are to take control over our appetites. (See Deuteronomy 21:20, Proverbs 23:2, 2 Peter 1:5-7, 2 Timothy 3:1-9, and 2 Corinthians 10:5.) The ability to say “no” to anything in excess, “self-control/temperance” is one of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit that is common to all believers (Galatians 5:22-23).

God has blessed us by filling the earth with foods that are delicious and nutritious. We should honor God's creation by enjoying these foods, and by eating them in appropriate quantities/ moderation, while controlling the appetite, rather than allowing it to control us.


Gluttony is a lust of the flesh and is NOT Godly see (I Jn.2:16)


NOTE: Gluttony of food usually results in an obese body which is not healthy. Obesity is the result of the sin and is not the sin but if the result is persistent it is a sign of a lifestyle of sin. There is one exception to the rule; Obesity can be caused by a malfunctioning thyroid gland or other medical reasons and is not the result of gluttony



Gluttony is usually associated with eating too much, but it has the much broader application of consuming or aquiring more of anything than you actually need.


Moderation and temperance is one of the main instructions for living the Christian life and can be accomplished only if we yield ourselves to the control of The Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18), rather than by a thought or activity. It is listening to His wisdom in those things which aren’t sinful but could lead you into sin the moment you give control of yourself to that activity. Eating is not a sin but when it becomes Gluttony you cross the line and God is Not pleased with that. Don’t let the Devil deceive you into allowing a necessary activity that sustains life to control you rather than you controlling it.


Something to think about and be totally honest with yourself;


Do you eat to live or do you live to eat?

Don’t let satan trap you into letting your god become your belly and reaping the consequences of it. ( Philippians 3 :18-19)




updated 12/31/20

Rev. George Pryor Th.M.

Pastor Emeritus.