Is it ok for a Christian to eat pork? We know that the Seventh-Day Adventists and other Sabbatarians would say that it's wrong to eat pork. To back up their reasons for their belief that eating pork is wrong, they use Leviticus 11:7 which state that the swine (or pig) is unclean because it doesn't chew its cud although it has cloven hooves. Also, the pig is considered unclean because it eats slops and has the worm-like parasite.

But concerning the issue of the dietary laws dealing with clean and unclean meats on Leviticus 11:1-23, that's what God had set during a time period in the Mosaic covenant. But when Jesus Christ died on the Cross on Calvary for our sins, it lets us know that Jesus didn't want us to live in the past and He put us on a transition from law to grace.

On Matthew 5:17, Jesus said that he didn't come to destroy the law of the Prophets, but to fulfill it. What it means is that Jesus speaks out against the way the Pharisees follow the law. The Pharisees follow the old Levitical laws in order to earn their way into heaven. And you understand how the Pharisees said that what you eat defiles you. But on Matthew 15:11, Jesus stated that what you eat does not defile you, but what comes out of your mouth defiles you. In addition on Matthew 15:17-19, Jesus stated that what goes into your mouth goes into your stomach and then out of your body when you take a dump. But what comes of your mouth comes from your heart, and these defile you. The things that come out of your heart include sexual immorality including lustful and pornographic thoughts, murder, adultery, hate, dishonesty, theft, evil thoughts, and slander. These things make you unclean.

The point that Jesus was making is that it's not about what you eat; it's about your heart. Abstaining from pork doesn't save you. Yes, you can abstain from pork, but if your heart is not right with the Lord, you are unholy still. You may find on Galatians 6:12-16 that it deals with people who would keep parts of the law in order to gain favor amongst people, yet their hearts are not right with the Lord. Although we should eat right, it's not about eating right. It's about living right.

To answer the question "It is ok to eat pork?", the answer is yes. On 1st Corinthians 10:25, it tells you to eat anything that is sold in the meat market without questioning conscience. Also you may find on Acts 10:9-15 while Peter prayed and fell into a trance, he was surrounded by animals and the Lord spoke to him saying, "Get up, Peter. Kill and eat." But Peter replied to the Lord that he will not eat anything that is unclean. Then the Lord told him that what He had sanctified, he should not call it unclean. What it means is that the foods that God had sanctified you should not call it unkosher. Concerning pork, it does have a worm-like parasite. But to get rid of the worm-like parasite from the pork, all you got to do is to cook the pork thoroughly at the appropriate temperature and pray over it to remove the impurities. But I advise you to use wisdom and not eat pork too much because it can put you at the point when you get high-blood pressure. It's not about what you eat, but it's about how you eat it. So, enjoy pork in moderation. Keep in mind that pork gives you the itis. Also, if eating pork causes your brethren to stumble, don't eat it around them.

I myself asked some fellow Christians who don't eat pork about why they don't eat pork. I learned that they do not abstain from pork because of Leviticus 11. I learned that they avoid pork because they have high-blood pressure, they get headaches from pork, they're vegetarians, and they don't like pork at all. And if you ask me if I eat pork, I say yes, but I don't eat it too much.

The reason why I typed this message is because when I was a Senior in high school, a Seventh-Day Adventist girl was constantly nagging me about not eating pork and telling me that I was doing the wrong thing because I eat pork. Concerning the Dietary Laws, it can be used as something legalistic and a way to earn their way to heaven. I'm not dissing the Seventh-Day Adventists and the Sabbatarians, they are our brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. But the point that I'm making is that Christianity is about pleasing the Lord, not living by a list of do's and don'ts. Also on 1st Timothy 4:3, it deals with how people give in to man-made doctrines commanding people to abstain from foods which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who know the truth.

It's not good to judge people what they eat. The bottom line is that what you eat is between you and God. So, don't judge what people eat because you are not their God and Holy Spirit.

I hope this message is a blessing to you and if you agree with this message, give me an amen. Also, feel free to repost this message as "Is it ok for Christians to eat pork?". I can't leave you without proceeding what your soul needs, which is Jesus Christ, baby!!!!

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As Jesus said, Matt 15:11; it's not what goes in the mouth that defileth a man but what comes out of the mouth that defileth a man. This is something the Jews still carry on from Moses days and what was forbidden for them to eat. If you ask God to bless what you eat no matter what it is good and if you don't ask for His blessings and give thanks for what you eat then maybe none of it is good. I use to be wrapped up in that my friend. I was on a spiritual journey and was a (Black) Muslim and wouldn't touch pork though I grew up eating chitterlings, pork chops, ham and the likes. I was brainwashed as a lot of people. When my spiritual journey brought me back to where I began and God started giving me His understanding, wisdom and knowledge of His Word, my mind and my eyes began to open. As Paul said in Rom 14:1 - 29. By the way pork chops and ham never tasted so good! lol God Bless!
Praise and glory is God's my Sister because He shows us the way.
Acts 10:13: "Then a voice said to him, "Get up, Peter; kill and eat them." "Never, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never in all my life eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws." The voice spoke again, "If God says something is acceptable, don't say it isn't."

The New Testament doesn't say anything about pork specifically. In most of Paul's discussions about what Jewish Christians can or cannot eat he generally concentrates on the question of food offered to idols. (1 Corinthians 8 and 1 Corinthians 10) Probably the best discussion of keeping the requirements of the Law of Moses is found in Romans 14. There Paul says that each person should worry about his own conscience, since food means nothing. Yet, if eating pork causes a brother to fail in his obedience to Christ, don't eat pork in his presence. You may know it means nothing, but until he is convinced of that don't put a stumbling block in his path.
Amen, dont do anything that would cause someone to stumble, Deuteronomy 22:11 says not to wear diffrent types of fabric my shirt is blended fabic go figure. thank God for grace and mercy and pork

Ditto! LOL
Pork sausage, pork chitterlings, pork rinds, pork & beans, pork chops, pork roast, pork bacon strips, pork ribs, pork stew, pork franks, pork bologna, pork shoulders, pork, pork, pork, pork, pork. The other white meat. Love that pork! Pork skins, pork cracklin bread, pork...
This is so right on. Peter also said if it is a sin to someone to eat meat then don't make him do that because it is sin to him. Has nothing to do with food but calling what he created as unclean meaning people.

Well I have heard so many people say you not suppose to eat pork etc... etc... The main ones who talk about folk not suppose to eat it, is the main ones who is doing many other things that God say not to do. So there they go again casting their stones. They say a pig is unclean ok yeah it is unclean until it is cleansed amen that's like a unbeliever turning into a believer they taking off the old man and putting on the new when they go down in that water and come back up because when they were the old man they put alot of unclean things in themselves that is not right by God amen. So you know it all balls down to getting the right meaning and the right interpetation of what God is really saying and what he means amen. I am blessed that this discussion came up because folk need to be more open to certain things and closed to things they know really just not right... Ex: Gluttney, Adultery, Murder, Lusting, etc... these are things people need to stay away from and not to be so quick to judge someone because they eat pork hmmmm my my my they better let go and let God.... Peace N Blessings everyone...
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Sister April can I give you some change back from your 23 cents? LOL Go to 1Tim 4: 3 - 5 and tell me what you think is meant by the scripture. You see in verse 4 and 5 that receiving with thanksgiving every creature of God is good and nothing to be refused. For it is sanctified by the Word of God and prayer. Now if you don't give thanks to God in prayer you can eat an apple and it's wrong. Go back and see why and who God gave the guideline to as you say.
I believe that you would not be so hard on the pig. IF you knew what they feed, cattle,sheep,chickens etc.


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