Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Is It Alright to Eat Pork?

Is It alright to Eat Pork?

Yes, on general principle. The Law of Moses is still in effect for those of the Jewish faith, but Christians are under the New Covenant of Jesus Christ. “Acts 10 13 Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” 14 “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” 15 The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (NIV) Because Christ is the fulfillment of the Law, we who follow Him are not obligated to follow the Law of Moses. He has made all foods clean by His New Covenant.

“Acts 15 1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other believers, to go up to Jerusalem to see the apostles and elders about this question. 5 Then some of the believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees stood up and said,

“The Gentiles must be circumcised and required to obey the law of Moses.” 6 The apostles and elders met to consider this question. 7 After much discussion, Peter got up and addressed them: “Brothers, you know that some time ago God made a choice among you that the Gentiles might hear from my lips the message of the gospel and believe. 8 God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. 10 Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of the disciples a yoke that neither we nor our fathers have been able to bear?

11 No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are.” 12 The whole assembly became silent as they listened to Barnabas and Paul telling about the miraculous signs and wonders God had done among the Gentiles through them. 13 When they finished, James spoke up: “Brothers, listen to me. 14 Simon has described to us how God at first showed his concern by taking from the Gentiles a people for himself. 15 The words of the prophets are in agreement with this, as it is written: 16 “`After this I will return and rebuild David’s fallen tent. Its ruins I will rebuild, and I will restore it, 17 that the remnant of men may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who bear my name, says the Lord, who does these things’ 18 that have been known for ages.

<>19 “It is my judgment, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God. 20 Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood. (NIV)
Here, Paul, Barnabus, and Peter are discussing whether new Christians must follow the Law of Moses to be saved. The apostles conclude that the only dietary laws that Christians are obligated to follow are those listed in the scripture above.
Since we are saved by grace, following the Law of Moses is only adding conditions to our salvation that don’t need to exist. If God’s grace is sufficient, no extra laws should be held as a requirement for salvation. “Romans 14 13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love.

Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died.”(NIV) Here, Paul is addressing an issue of sensitivity. He is urging us to show love and respect for our brothers and sisters in Christ who follow dietary laws by are not not eating things in their presence that offend them. Even though we are not required to follow the Law to be saved, we should not be a stumbling block to those who do. So, I would say that the Law is in effect for Jews, but as Christians, we are not obligated to follow it in order to be saved. I don’t believe a Christian can lose their salvation by following the Law, but I think they may be missing a good part of the Gospel message by doing so and certainly are when the Law is interpretated as necessary for salvation.

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  1. Is Jesus Christ the Lord over all people, ethnic groups, and people of different religions; or is He just Lord over Christians? Either the Mosaic law is accomplished through Christ for all or it is not.


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