Christians and Pork

In Leviticus 11 and other scriptures, the Jews are instructed not to eat swine (pork).

Believe it or not this still stands true for Spirit led Christians today. Do not eat pork otherwise you will be unclean before God!

OK before the would-be teachers, prophets and wannabee apostles have a fit, let me explain…

Jesus said in Matthew 5:17-20 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.”

We are called to heed these laws, for in so doing we stand strong in our faith and stand under the covering of Christ. But since we are Spirit filled Christians we operate within a different realm; the spiritual realm.

Jesus offended many of his followers by saying “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” John 6:51. Eating the flesh of Jesus was Christ saying consume all I stand for in a spiritual sense. Let your souls consume my words and teachings and let them become part of you, manifesting daily in your lives, just as the natural food we eat is absorbed and becomes part of our flesh.

In a similar sense we are instructed not to eat pork. Swine flesh is doctrine and teachings from those that have their doctrine from everything and anything. When you hear a preacher or teacher using doctrines from non biblical sources, when you hear Christian musicians with music that have secular roots, when you see Christian leaders succumbing to and teaching about the riches and pleasures of this world….. and you still choose to sit under their teaching and ministries, you are eating swines flesh, contrary to the law.

Do not then complain when God’s hand is then restrained in your life and those you are praying for. Swine (carnal leaders) get their food(doctrine) from anywhere and everywhere. They mix in the teachings of this world, they steal from other beliefs, they compromise, they titillate and warm the ears of listeners, they are comedians and chasers of mammon, they glory in the flesh and they refuse to allow the Spirit of God the opportunity to convict listeners for fear of losing their congregation, their income, their position and possessions. In so doing they preach an adulterated word.

John 16:7-8 “Nevertheless I (Jesus) tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” How often do swine teach on the righteousness of Christ, of sin and of the judgement to come?

Christians need to return to the world and prayer.. daily heartfelt fellowship and prayer, without which we are no longer in Christ. How can we be Spirit led, if we no longer have fellowship with the Holy Ghost. We may believe in Christ, we may confess Christ, but we are not led of him. Every Christian that is going through hardship, trial, uncertainty and lack is almost certainly low on prayer and low on the Word of God. Sacrifice a day for prayer and fasting and see your worries disappear. You might even receive conviction to come out from under that compromised teaching and find a fellowship that is offering the flesh and blood of Christ.

When Christian leaders err

Christianity in the west is in a time similar to that of King Ahaz. Ahaz chose to give lip service to the commandments of the Lord and invariably followed the blueprint that the secular world was espousing. The gods of Syria seemed more successful so Ahaz decided to reject God’s ways and choose the Syrian way. He ‘cut up the vessels of the house of God and shut the door of the house of the Lord and made alters in every corner of Jerusalem”.

Never once did he think he possibly might be contrary to God in all these decisions; after all he was the King of Judah. Its the arrogance that creeps in when leaders lose their dependency on God and become self driven. They don’t want to wait on the Lord, they want success now and they determine success by the standards of this world and not by God’s standards. Pretty soon their ‘success’ is the success that the world recognizes. The fact that they are no longer a success in God’s eyes no longer bothers them as they have a new blueprint for success. And no one dare question or rebuke them for their carnality. They are now Lord and no man or God should dare question their actions or decisions. They are the anointed.

That’s the Church in the west in this age; its full of Ahaz’s. Puffed up by their high visibility, their wealth and status they have unwittingly closed the door of the house of the Lord to all that follow them and they cannot see it. The praise and worship in their house resembles that of the ungodly, their ministries are man made programs of little spiritual value, their works are directed towards gathering mammon, overseeing natural assets and their is little time for establishing spiritual maturity in followers or saving of souls. Of course there are many followers as their ears are tantalized with positive messages, encouragements and false promises. That they offer no lasting impact or spiritual growth is irrelevant. Each week they are drawn back simply to survive (and part with their money) and hardly any mature or produce fruits of their own. They become slaves to man, instead of servants of the Lord.

Paul rebuked Peter at the first sign of compromise towards the gospel, yet in this day and age there is hardly a leader willing to give a rebuke to leaders that err, never mind one that could receive a rebuke and get correction. Thank God revival is coming soon.