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Christian Vegetarianism

1 Corinthians 8:8 - "But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse."
Matthew 15:11 - "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man."

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Christian Vegetarianism

  1. Ellen G White
  2. William Cowheard
  3. George H Markus

Bible Christian Church - founded by vegetarian William Cowheard
7th Day Adventists - founded by vegetarian Ellen G White

Christian Vegetarianism

Christian vegetarianism is a Christian practice based on effecting the compassionate teachings of Jesus, the twelve apostles, and the early church to all sentient or living beings through vegetarianism, or ideally, veganism.

Old Testament

Claimed support for vegetarianism in the Bible comes from Genesis 1:29, '“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Man was originally vegetarian.  He had dominian of all the animals: the fish of the sea, the fowl of the air, and every other living thing that moves on the earth.

The difference here, was before the fall of man.  After man had sinned, and sin had entered the world, all things died. When Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge, they disobeyed God, and knew sin.  At this stage, they, and all things on the earth would know death. In Genesis 9:3, 'Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.'

A further thing to note, is that man is and never was equal to animals.  Man named the animals, and was given dominion over them.  Further more, animals only have bodies and souls.  A soul is the Mind to think, the Heart to feel, and the Will to decide.  People have bodies, minds, but are also of spirit.  It is our spirit that comes alive when we are born again, believing on the Lord's sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and His bodily resurrection three days later. The spirit is the seat of our intelligence and understanding (1 Corinthians 2:11)

Some arguments are made that the Lord allowed the slaying of animals in the days of Noah due to their being a shortage of plants after the flood.  This however is not true.  Adams own son, Abel, was a shepherd, and sacrificed a lamb to the Lord, which pleased the Lord, Genesis 4:4, 'And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:' as did Noah after the flood, Genesis 8:20, 'And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar.' which pleased the Lord, Genesis 8:21a, 'And the LORD smelled a sweet savour;'

The sacrificing of animals, the lamb (killing animals is not a vegan concept) pleased the Lord.  Sacrificing animals for atonement of sin is a theme carried through the Old Testament.

The sacrifice of animals represented the sacrifice of coming Saviour, the Lamb of God, Christ, who would sacrifice Himself for our sins.

New Testament

There is no support for Christian vegetarianism in the New Testament.  The Lord Himself ate lamb at Passover, Luke 22:11, “And ye shall say unto the goodman of the house, The Master saith unto thee, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples?”, the Lord ate fish after His ressurection, Luke 24:1, "And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.", and the Lord fed the multitude with fish, "And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. ... And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children." Matthew 14:19,21

The only way 'Christian' vegetarianism can support vegetarianism as scriptural in the New Testament, is by denying Biblical innerancy, that is, to claim the Bible is incorrect, or to call upon unsubstantiated, fraudulent, so called Clementine Homilies.

The Clementine Homilies are a false record of the Apostle Paul and a so called travelling companion.  In reference to this article, Eusebius, in Ecclesiastical History, written in 325AD says there is no record of it, and that is just appeared:

"And now some have only the other day brought forward other wordy and lengthy compositions as being Clement's, containing dialogues of Peter and Appion, of which there is absolutely no mention in the ancients."

In order to support the idea of Christian vegetarianism, one must commit the blasphemy that the scriptures are contradictory, that is, to ignore scriptures as to say God makes mistakes.  One must also use unsupported, fraudulent historical writings which makes contrary claims to the Bible, to say that Peter was a vegetarian, and, one must interpret scripture and claim revelation privately.

In contrast, the Peter states in the Bible, that scripture is no longer of private interpretation, that in old time prophecy came from holy men of God moved by the Holy Spirit, 2 Peter 1:20-21, 'Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.'

Hebrews 1:2 tells us that in these last days, God no longer speaks to us through prophets, but has spoken to us by His Son, "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;"

There is no support for Christian Vegetarianism in the New Testament.  To find it, one must turn to private revelation not of Scripture, and to say the Bible is incorrect.  All heresies.  As God says, Romans 3:4a, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;"

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:" 1 Timothy 1-4
Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clementine_literature#Early_references

Ellen G White

Ellen G. White, founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.  Advocate of vegetarianism.

As an SDA you will be encouraged to become a vegetarian. Ellen indicated that your salvation could be dependent on giving up meat . No meat-eaters will be "translated" at Christ's coming (Counsels on Diet and Foods p. 380)

Wrote nonesense about Angels, such as Angels 'needing golden cards as gate passes to get in and out of heaven.' (Early Writings p. 37-39)

Frequently travelled to other planets in 'visions', and also claimed to have met Enoch. (Ellen G. White: The Early Years Vol.1 p. 114; p.157).

She taught that certain races of men are the result of amalgamation between man and beast. (SG Volume 3, p. 64,75).

William Cowheard

Founder of Bible Christian Church, again, a vegetarian.

People were not allowed to join his church unless they took a vow of vegetarianism.

Had a Pelegian approach which states that original sin did not taint human nature, and that man is capable of working his way into Heaven.  In contrast, the Bible teaches us that every man is a sinner, 1 John 1:8, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.", and that we need His righteousness, the righteousness of Christ by faith, Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith.”

Adopted Swedenborgianism, another false prophet claiming to have developed new extra-Biblical revelations. The New Church (Swedenborgianism), from the founder Samuel Swedenborg, teaches that God is love, and that the more someone loves, the closer they are to Heaven. 

The only way to Heaven is through the Lord Jesus Christ, recognizing ourselves as sinners, and believing on His sacrifice on the cross for our sins, and His bodily resurrection three days later, as the Lord says in John 14:6, “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

We're not saved by some new age story of love and hippy talk, but by faith in Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, our Savior.

Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_Christian_Church_(vegetarian)
https://ivu.org/history/thesis/bible-christian.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_Church_(Swedenborgian)#Main_doctrines

George H Markus

George H Markus, raw food vegan, promoter of his so called 'Hallelujah Diet' which espouses his raw food vegan diet belief.  One time Pastor of a Baptist Church in upstate New York.  Claims that in 1976, a chiropracter (who is unqualified to give cancer diagnosis) told him he had developed a cancerous tumour in his colon, Markus decided to avoid the medical route, as he had watched his mother die of colon cancer. 

Markus then claims to have taken advice from the great Evangelist Lester Roloff, who recommended a strict raw fruit and vegetable diet, and within a year, the cancer had disappeared.

IIn regards to Brother Roloff, this claim is highly doubtful.  Brother Roloff believed in heatlhy eating, but Brother Roloff was no vegetarian.  From Brother Roloff's book on Food, Fasting, and Faith,

'For protein - eat fish, fowl, wild game, avocado, egg yolks, nuts, cheese, cottage cheese, sunflower seeds, and a minimum of other meats.'
A man who recommends eating fish, fowl, wild game, cheese, eggs is no vegetrian.  So in the first instance, we have doubt on Markus's testimony.  Not only doubt on the claims in regards to cancer.  A chiropracter is in no position to make this diagnosis, the simply came from feeling a lump, which if there, could be explained by many other things.  Also, there is the issue of trust.  It is deceptive to imply that Brother Roloff was a vegan, as he was not.  Furthermore, it casts additional doubt on Brother Roloff recommending a raw food vegan diet, since Brother Roloff himself was not a vegan, nor did he recommend veganism, or vegetarianism, in his book, Food, Faith and Fasting

Little is known of Markus's beliefs in regards to Christianity, whatever they are, as he has abandoned any preaching of the Gospel, instead to preach an unscriptural diet, falsely using a well known respected Evangelist for creditibility, which is misleading at leat.  Instead of preaching the Gospel of Christ, he preaches a gospel of a false diet.  As mentioned in Christian Vegetarianism, he uses Genesis 1:29 to claim support for a vegetarian diet, again, as with Christian Vegetarianism, ignoring the fact that this was before the fall of man, that God gave different commandments after the fall of man, Genesis 9:3, 'Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.' That throughout the Old Testament, great men of God ate meat, Isaac ate meat, Gensis 27:7, '“Bring me venison, and make me savoury meat, that I may eat, and bless thee before the LORD before my death.” The LORD Himself and two angels ate meat with Abraham, Genesis 18:9, 'And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.'

There is nothing Christian in regards to Markus.  He does not promote Christianity, promote the Gospel, telling people how to get saved, instead, he is just another vegan diet promoter, making money from book sales.

In regards to the health claims of vegetarianism/veganism, it's interesting to note that Paul did not give any such advice to Timothy,
“Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.” 1 Timothy 5:23

Bible Christian Church - founded by vegetarian William Cowheard

As mentioned when discussing it's founder, William Cowheard, the Bible Christian Church (not to be confused with the Methodist Church of the same name) teaches a works based Salvation, believing that original sin does not prevent mankind being able to work their way into Heaven.  Which is contrary to the Bible, which teaches that we are all sinners (1 John 1:8), and need the Lord's grace to have eternal life (John 3:36).

7th Day Adventists - founded by vegetarian Ellen G White

As mentioned earlier, founded by the false prophetess Ellen G. White. 

7th Day adventists teach to abstain from eating meat,

'Along with adequate exercise and rest, we are to adopt the most healthful diet possible and abstain from the unclean foods identified in the Scriptures.' (7th Day Adventist website)
Contrary, the Bible tells us that all meat is profitable to us, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:” Colossians 2:1
President of the 7th Day Adventists, Ted Wilson, “Nancy and I have been vegetarians all of our lives,” he said, referring to his wife, who was in the hall. "That doesn’t mean I’m any closer to the kingdom of God than the person who is eating meat,” he said. “It simply means that I am trying to follow God’s health laws so that the frontal lobes and the delicate nerve endings can receive the impressions of the Holy Spirit in a wonderful way.”

God's health laws and the 'frontal lobes and the delicate nerve endings'.  What nonesense!  God is a Spirit, and the Holy Spirit lives inside us as born again believers.  We don't get 'impressions' of the Holy Spirit by avoiding avoiding certain meats.  This is unscriptural, and unscientific, 1 Timothy 6:20 “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

When we deny the flesh, as born again believers, we draw closer to God.  We do this by living holy lives, preaching the Gospel, reading our Bible.  Fasting, which is denying the flesh, is a way to draw closer to God, however fasting is not vegetarianism, or veganism.  The Lord Himself ate lamb at the Passover supper, ate fish after His resurrection, and fed the 5,000 fish.  There are no longer clean or unclean animals, Colossians 2:16, “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

SDA's (7th Day Adventists) believe that Jesus is not really God, but is the arch-angel Michael. Although they confuse this doctrine by saying that Michael wasn't created, but has always existed.

They use something called the Clear Word Bible, which is a Bible full of heresies.  Again, confusingly, their official position is that they do not use the Clear Word Bible, yet at the same time, their printing press prints the Bible, The Review and Herald Publishing Association, so there is some form of endorsement.  It was also written by Jeam Blanco, a former dean of the Seventh Day Adventist Univeristy.

Here is an example of the Clear Bible in regards to the deity of Christ,

KJV:
John 10:30, 'I and my Father are one'
Clear Word Bible:
John 10:30, 'You see, my Father and I are so close, we’re one.'

KJV:
1 Thessalonians 4:16, '“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:”
Clear Word Bible:
1 Thessalonians 4:16, "When Christ descends from heaven as the Archangel, He will give a shout like a trumpet, which is God’s call to the dead, and those who died in Christ will rise first."

So we can see that a Bible written by a 7th Day Adventist, published by a 7th Day Adventist publishing house, states that Jesus is not God, but is an angel.

Furthermore, 7th Day Adventists teach a Salvation by works, that is, part faith and part works,

'The investigative judgment reveals to heavenly intelligences who among the dead are asleep in Christ and therefore, in Him, are deemed worthy to have part in the first resurrection. It also makes manifest who among the living are abiding in Christ, keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, and in Him, therefore, are ready for translation into His everlasting kingdom. This judgment vindicates the justice of God in saving those who believe in Jesus. It declares that those who have remained loyal to God shall receive the kingdom.' (From 7th Day Adventists official website)
What this is saying, is that it's not enough to believe, but only those who believe AND work, will make it into Heaven.  This is contrary to the Bible, which teaches us that the only way to Heaven is 100% faith.

Any works we do after we are saved, will contribute to our rewards in Heaven, but it has no affect on our Salvation.  When one adds works to salvation, as 7th Day Adventists do, then it is not faith, because one is still depending on one's own self righteousness to make it into Heaven.

Even with heretical position on Christ's deity not withstanding, having a part faith part works plan of Salvation is no Salvation at all.

Sources:  https://www.adventist.org/en/beliefs/restoration/christs-ministry-in-the-heavenly-sanctuary/
http://www.sdanet.org/atissue/trinity/michael.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Clear_Word

"For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." 2 Corinthians 11:4

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7th April 2018

 

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