The Apostle Paul Teaches The Early Church To Eat Food Sacrificed To Idols
October 24, 2008 by A Watchman
Did you know that, According to Paul (Saul of Tarsus), it is ok if a Christian enters into an idol’s temple and eats food that has been sacrificed to idols?
1 Corinthians 8
1Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3But the man who loves God is known by God.
4So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
7But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.
9Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.
Hmmm… So according to Paul it is alright to eat meat at an idol feast that has been sacrificed to an idol (just make sure that no christians see you).
But isn’t the idol feast part of the worship of the idol? Of course it is!
Paul is teaching that a strong christian can participate in idolatry with a clear conscience. What a load of rubbish. How is it that christians can read these letters of Paul’s and still think that he is led by the Spirit of YHVH?
What do those who are really led by the Spirit of YHVH have to say about eating food sacrificed to idols?
In the book of Acts 15:20, James the Brother of Our Lord tells Paul to teach “telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols”. James and the other elders at the church in Jerusalem even wrote a letter to the ‘gentile churches’ that paul had established stating “You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality”.
Later, according to Acts 21:20-25, Paul still wasn’t listening because James tells Paul that the Christian Jews are angry about what Paul is teaching, and again James reinforces his stance on food sacrificed to idols by stating, “As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality”
YAHU’SHUA (Jesus) Himself condemns the practice of eating food sacrificed to idols. In the book of Revelation He is reported by John as saying:
Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality.
Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.
Now, many will come in defence of Paul and say things like: “But it was a very pagan place that they were living in, all meat bought in the market in those days had been sacrificed to idols”.
I am sorry But that is not a defense. Paul was not talking about buying meat in the markets… For Paul says in verse 10: “eating in an idol’s temple”. The only time you eat in an idols temple is in celebration and worship of that idol. What on earth would a believer and follower of YHVH and disciple of His servant Yehoshua be doing participating in a celebratory feast in an idols temple??? How un-Christ-like!!!
When the Jewish believers were trying to decide whether Gentiles needed to obey the Mosaic Law, they concluded that avoiding food sacrificed to idols is more important than circumcision, tithing, fasting, and Surprisingly, “Do not murder” didn’t make their list either, but “abstain from food sacrificed to idols” did.
All the prohibitions in the Acts 15 letter, are related to the participation in the temple worship ceremonies of idols – eating sacrificial meat, drinking sacrificial blood, strangling your sacrifice to the idol and eating it with the blood still in it, sex with temple prostitutes. The command from James, “You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality” is one command. not four. The command to not have anything to do with idol worship.
But notice that there is another sin that seems to go ‘hand in hand’ with the idolatrous practice of eating food sacrificed to idols in these verses…
The sin of ‘sexual immorality’.
Sexual immorality was an important act of worship in many of the the temples of the false gods and goddesses. Even today, shrines of fertility and seduction gods and goddesses have people who render their services as male and female temple prostitutes.
Don’t have anything to do with idols!!!
Don’t follow the teachings of Paul.
Don’t worship idols by eating with the idolaters in the sacrificial meals.
If Pauls teachings are contrary to those of YAHU’SHUA (Jesus) or the prophets, most christians will take Pauls teachings in the place of The Christ’s. That makes Paul ‘ än-tē’-khrē-stos ‘ (antichrist). Most people think the word antichrist in the bible refers to ‘opposite of Christ’ but it also means ‘instead of’ or ‘in the place of’ Christ. Any teaching that people follow instead of Christ’s is an än-tē’-khrē-stos teaching, and any teacher they listen to in the place of Christ is än-tē’-khrē-stos
For most Christians Paul is än-tē’-khrē-stos. And they don’t even realize it.
What Paul says in 1 Corinthians 8:10 “For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple” is absolutely ludicrous.
The one with a “weak conscience” is the one Not eating in an idol’s temple???
The one eating in an idol’s temple has some sort of superior knowledge over his weak brother who thinks that it is wrong to partake in idol celebratory feasts???
Where does this so-called ‘superior revelatory knowledge’ come from? The enemy of YHVH… That’s where! (Satan’s so-called deep secrets – Revelation 2:24)