1 Timothy 4:3-5, “Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgivingof them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”
If you read verse 3 you will see that verse 4 is speaking of meats “which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving” by His people. And Biblical fact here is His people NEVER would give thanks for a pig or any other unclean meat as Leviticus 11, or Deuteronomy 14 speaks of. If you also look at verse 5 you will also see that these meats are those that are “sanctified” by the Lord. And the Lord never sanctified pigs or other unclean animals.
What really amazes me here is, 1 Timothy 4 starts out speaking of how many people in the last days people will be “giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” and this ability to eat unclean foods that were NOT sanctified or cleansed by the Lord is in fact one of those “doctrines of devils.” We are seeing this fulfilled IN OUR DAY!
By the way, if you think “giving thanks” for unclean foods will allow for sanctification upon you OR that food, think again, for it is written in Isaiah 66:17, “They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.” Many have declared to me in one way or another that “if they give thanks, the food they eat is blessed by God.” Isaiah just proved them wrong. DEAD WRONG. No man can make ANYTHING holy in any way shape or form. That is an act of God and God alone to make something holy.
One more thing. The next time you get sick from eating the unbiblical diet. Will you do as king Asa did?
2 Chronicles 16:12-13, “And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.”
He sought the help of MANKIND over and above the help of He who actually MADE mankind. Why is it everyone seeks to go to a doctor FIRST, and then when they realize it’s hopless, they finally decide to go to the Lord? Perhaps, that’s the only way some can learn. Still, His love for us is such that He will STILL heal us “IF” we have the faith it requires as this “certain woman” did…
Mark 5:25-29, “And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse, When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.”
As usual, and as history proves, the “physicians” helped her not at all. In fact, she got worse thanks to them! So after many years of suffereing she finally decided to go to the Lord. And was healed! I am not saying that ALL physicians are evil. But understand this, “drugs do not cure the disease! They only mask the symptoms! Seek the Lord first! In fact, it would be a far better idea to do as He said in the first place so this would never have to happen, for it is written…
Exodus 15:26, “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”
Deuteronomy 7:11,14,15 “Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle. And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.”
The Almighty who created the natural order of things, created it in such a way that if you do that which is against nature, “automatically” you will have diseases put upon you. It’s not that He seeks to punish us as much as it happens because we rebel against His truth filled loving instructions, and WE suffer for it.