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Seven Deadly Sins – Part 1, Intro & Gluttony – Rev. Canon Robert Wills, Th.D.

This is the first of a multi-part series on the Seven Deadly Sins written by Father Robert Wills, Canon Theologian of the Mid-South Diocese, ICCEC. A new part will be posted on a regular basis. As a note, Canon Wills notes these are the Seven Deadly Sins recognized by a group of monks in the 5th Century.
JZ Holloway.

THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS
PART 1

What is sin?
Sin is any action by which humans rebel against God, miss His purpose for their life, and surrender to the power of evil rather than to God. One of the central affirmations throughout the Bible is humanity’s estrangement from God. The cause for this estrangement is sin, the root cause of all the problems of humanity. The Bible, however, gives no formal definition for sin. It describes sin as an attitude that personifies sin as rebellion against God. Rebellion was at the root of the problem for Adam and Eve (Gen. 3) and has been at the root of humanity’s plight ever since.

Four levels of sin:
Original Sin—Adam’s Sin Baptismal Regeneration Baptismal Confession
Personal Sin—All have sinned Being Born Again Personal Confession
Corporate Sin—National Being Spiritually renewed Corporate Confession
Generational Sin—Sin of the fathers Being Delivered Specific Renunciation

1.        Gluttony—Misuse of  Our Daily Bread.

Gluttony is a reversal of creation—the spoiling and corruption of bread and wine and all that goes with them. At its root is eating and drinking to sustain one’s self apart from God.  It may kill through over eating or poor nutrition, but also causes social problems when people withhold food from the needy and hungry.  It is manifested any time we eat without being thankful to God—feeding our flesh while displacing and displeasing God. Gluttony occurs whenever self and self comfort is placed above God. The desire for power or self advancement can also reflect Gluttony. Adam and Eve sinned the sin of Gluttony when they at of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil to become like God.

A GLUTTON is one habitually given to greedy and voracious eating. Gluttony was associated with stubbornness, rebellion, disobedience, drunkenness, and wastefulness (Deut. 21:20). A more general meaning for the Hebrew term as a “good-for-nothing” (Prov. 28:7 TEV) is reflected in some translations: wastrel (Deut. 21:20 REB); profligate (Deut. 21:20 NIV; Prov. 28:7 REB); riotous (Prov. 28:7 KJV). When Jesus was accused of being a “glutton and wine-drinker” (Matt. 11:19; Luke 7:34), it was in this expanded sense of being one given to loose and excessive living. The Bible knows gluttony makes one sleepy and leads to not working and poverty (Prov. 23:21).

We should pray, be thankful and trust God for our sustenance.

Mat 6:11  Give us this day our daily bread.

Mat 6:12  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

God is no a Glutton and neither should we be gluttons.

Luke 11:11  “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?

Luke 11:12  “Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?

Luke 11:13  “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Gluttony has bad results.

Prov 23:21  For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.

Rebellion is at the root of gluttony.

Deu 21:18  “If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother, and who, when they have chastened him, will not heed them,

Deu 21:19  “then his father and his mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his city, to the gate of his city.

Deu 21:20  “And they shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious; he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton and a drunkard.’

Deu 21:21  “Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death with stones; so you shall put away the evil from among you, and all Israel shall hear and fear.

Deu 21:22  “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,

Gluttony disrespects one’s parents and God the Father.

Prov 28:7  Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son, But a companion of gluttons shames his father.

Prov 28:8  One who increases his possessions by usury and extortion Gathers it for him who will pity the poor.

Prov 28:9  One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, Even his prayer is an abomination.

Prov 28:10  Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, He himself will fall into his own pit; But the blameless will inherit good.

Jesus implied that the religious Pharisees were gluttons.

Mat 23:25  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.

Mat 23:26  “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.

What do the apostles say about this?

1 Pet 4:3  For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles; when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.

1 Pet 4:4  In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.

1 Pet 4:5  They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.

Eph 5:18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

St. Paul had some strong words against gluttony for the Corinthian Church.

1 Cor 11:20  Therefore when you come together in one place, it is not to eat the Lord’s Supper.

1 Cor 11:21  For in eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.

1 Cor 11:22  What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you.

1 Cor 11:23  For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;

1 Cor 11:24  and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat; this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

1 Cor 11:25  In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

1 Cor 11:26  For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.

1 Cor 11:27  Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

1 Cor 11:28  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.

1 Cor 11:29  For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

1 Cor 11:30  For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep.

1 Cor 11:31  For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged.

1 Cor 11:32  But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

1 Cor 11:33  Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.

What is God’s answer to avoiding gluttony?

Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Rom 6:2  Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Rom 6:3  Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Rom 6:7  For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Rom 6:8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

Rom 6:9  knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

Rom 6:10  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Rom 6:11  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 6:12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

What is God’s answer to avoiding gluttony?

Rom 6:1  What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?

Rom 6:2  Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?

Rom 6:3  Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?

Rom 6:4  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

Rom 6:5  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,

Rom 6:6  knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.

Rom 6:7  For he who has died has been freed from sin.

Rom 6:8  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,

Rom 6:9  knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.

Rom 6:10  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.

Rom 6:11  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Rom 6:12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.

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