What is Gluttony?

Gluttony is a word that isn’t used very often. Many people don’t know what gluttony means. Gluttony is the attitude, focus, and disposition that lead a person to eat too much food.

Measuring the belly

The glutton is a person who eats too much at meal time and is often found eating between meals. If the taste buds call, the glutton is quick to answer with a snack.

Ellen White defined gluttony simply as eating too much. “The indulgence of appetite in overeating is gluttony.” (Mind, Character, and Personality, Vol. 2, p. 388.)  Because gluttons eat so much their bodies become bloated and obese. They develop serious health problems and die prematurely.

In 1 Corinthians 10:31 the Bible advises gluttons to change their eating habits. “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Jesus can cure gluttony. The reformed glutton will say with the Apostle Paul,I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

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