By Steve Van Nattan


Someone has said, "An army moves on its belly."

"Americans equate a full plate with better value. As a result, many food marketers are now offering larger portion sizes. It's not unusual for consumers to order the largest sizes of fries and soft drinks at fast food restaurants, particularly when more of those larger sizes are being offered. The up-sizing trend also hits home when we consider that NPD has not observed that Americans are eating more meals now than in past years. So, that means we must be eating larger portions at the same number of meals (or possibly exercising less) to explain America's widening girth." -
Harry Balzer, NPDFoodworld

The slow bellied Fundamental Baptist preachers show their lust by ignoring their big belly. They lust for bigger portions of food, and they lust for bigger portions in the offering plate.

I note that many preachers wear three piece suits with oversized coats. They tighten their belt so that their belly is pushed up out of their drawers into their chest. The oversize coat then hangs loose and gives the illusion that they are under height instead of over weight.

Preacher, you have been caught.

:-) Get the fat off.

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

That Big Mac belly is a weight which offends God.

2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

Are you entangled in a 50 inch belt?

The statement was meant to show the importance of a soldier being in good health from eating right. Battles have been lost because the soldiers were starved.

Here is the classic example of a commender playing the fool with regard to food:

1 Samuel 14:1 Now it came to pass upon a day, that Jonathan the son of Saul said unto the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over to the Philistines' garrison, that is on the other side. But he told not his father.
2 And Saul tarried in the uttermost part of Gibeah under a pomegranate tree which is in Migron: and the people that were with him were about six hundred men;
3 And Ahiah, the son of Ahitub, Ichabod's brother, the son of Phinehas, the son of Eli, the LORD'S priest in Shiloh, wearing an ephod. And the people knew not that Jonathan was gone.
4 And between the passages, by which Jonathan sought to go over unto the Philistines' garrison, there was a sharp rock on the one side, and a sharp rock on the other side: and the name of the one was Bozez, and the name of the other Seneh.
5 The forefront of the one was situate northward over against Michmash, and the other southward over against Gibeah.
6 And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the LORD will work for us: for there is no restraint to the LORD to save by many or by few.
7 And his armourbearer said unto him, Do all that is in thine heart: turn thee; behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.
8 Then said Jonathan, Behold, we will pass over unto these men, and we will discover ourselves unto them.
9 If they say thus unto us, Tarry until we come to you; then we will stand still in our place, and will not go up unto them.
10 But if they say thus, Come up unto us; then we will go up: for the LORD hath delivered them into our hand: and this shall be a sign unto us.
11 And both of them discovered themselves unto the garrison of the Philistines: and the Philistines said, Behold, the Hebrews come forth out of the holes where they had hid themselves.
12 And the men of the garrison answered Jonathan and his armourbearer, and said, Come up to us, and we will shew you a thing. And Jonathan said unto his armourbearer, Come up after me: for the LORD hath delivered them into the hand of Israel.
13 And Jonathan climbed up upon his hands and upon his feet, and his armourbearer after him: and they fell before Jonathan; and his armourbearer slew after him.
14 And that first slaughter, which Jonathan and his armourbearer made, was about twenty men, within as it were an half acre of land, which a yoke of oxen might plow.
15 And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling.
16 And the watchmen of Saul in Gibeah of Benjamin looked; and, behold, the multitude melted away, and they went on beating down one another.
17 Then said Saul unto the people that were with him, Number now, and see who is gone from us. And when they had numbered, behold, Jonathan and his armourbearer were not there.
18 And Saul said unto Ahiah, Bring hither the ark of God. For the ark of God was at that time with the children of Israel.
19 And it came to pass, while Saul talked unto the priest, that the noise that was in the host of the Philistines went on and increased: and Saul said unto the priest, Withdraw thine hand.
20 And Saul and all the people that were with him assembled themselves, and they came to the battle: and, behold, every man's sword was against his fellow, and there was a very great discomfiture.
21 Moreover the Hebrews that were with the Philistines before that time, which went up with them into the camp from the country round about, even they also turned to be with the Israelites that were with Saul and Jonathan.
22 Likewise all the men of Israel which had hid themselves in mount Ephraim, when they heard that the Philistines fled, even they also followed hard after them in the battle.
23 So the LORD saved Israel that day: and the battle passed over unto Bethaven.
24 And the men of Israel were distressed that day: for Saul had adjured the people, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food until evening, that I may be avenged on mine enemies. So none of the people tasted any food.
25 And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.
26 And when the people were come into the wood, behold, the honey dropped; but no man put his hand to his mouth: for the people feared the oath.
27 But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.
28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint.
29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey.
30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?
31 And they smote the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon: and the people were very faint.

What folly by the commander, King Saul! He could have had a much greater victory if he had let his men take some food. His lust for revenge took control of his mind, and he thought food was not important.

So, the battle is not everything. In spiritual warfare the soldier must take care of his health, or he will become less and less useful to the Lord. Here is the instruction of Paul to Timothy, a young pastor:

1 Timothy 5:23 Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.

The water was probably poluted in the city where Timothy lived. The wine would have aldohol in it and be much safer. Other ingredients in the wine would possibly help with health also. We are not trying to start an apologetic for the use of alcohol. We refuse alcoholic bevereges in these days because it is NOT a beverage-- it is a social statement and a destroyer. The point here is this-- Paul was making sure Timothy stayed in good health so that he could carry out his duties in the spiritual area of his life and calling. You too must watch your health, Christian soldier.

If you have a problem being over weight, you will not finish your work and warfare for the Lord. You will have an early heart attack or stroke, and then you will spend the rest of your life trying not to have another one. Fat preachers abound around America. The image among Fundamental Baptists is terrible in this regard. Most men will not call you up short on this, but I will. A fat soldier is always given two choices: Either get the weight off and stay in the battle, or go home.


Alternatives are offered.