The “Food Gospel”?

Study of Acts chapter 10.

a. In a vision God shows Peter that he can now eat any kind of animal because God has “cleansed” them.

b. Peter is reluctant to believe the vision because it appears to contradict the Old Testament law.

c. God repeats the vision 3 times.

d. Peter understands God is referring to food, but he doesn’t immediately understand the implications of God “cleansing” all food.

e. Peter thought deeply as to what the vision could mean.

f. The vision is not metaphorical, it is literal. Peter, a Jew, may now lawfully eat anything because God has “cleansed” it.

g. Food, in itself, is not intrinsically good or evil. However, when God forbade certain foods, to then partake of those foods would mean disobeying God, and hence becoming defiled or unclean in the sight of God. It’s the man who becomes unclean, not the food. God gave strict dietary and other laws to Israel to make them distinct from all other nations.

h. Straight away Peter was called to the house of Cornelius, a Gentile.

I. Peter then understood the APPLICATION of the vision. If Christ, by His shed blood, has removed all the sins of man, whether Jew or Gentile, then, if Gentile believers are now clean, then their food is also clean. If God has accepted a man because of the blood of Jesus, He will not reject a man simply because of the kind of food he eats. A man is now accepted because of the Blood, not because of his food.

j. WARNING concerning those who teach this vision has nothing to do with food. That would be ridiculous. God told Peter he could now eat anything. Is God then going to chastise Peter for eating pork and say, “Well, I didn’t really mean you could eat pork, it was just a metaphor” ? That would be ridiculous.

k. Proponents of the “Food Gospel” twist this passage around by saying that God didn’t mean that it’s lawful to eat anything. Peter accepted it. Why can’t they? Because Peter was saved and therefore accepted what God said. Cultists are not saved, and don’t accept what God said.

l. “…Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.”

“I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

(Galatians 2:16, 21)

“For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.” (Romans 10:3)

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