“If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations – Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch (referring to things that all perish as they are used) – according to human precepts and teachings? These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.” – Colossians 2:20-23
Probably the greatest atrocity that the Chapel ever committed was their theological denial of sausage, bacon and rocky mountain oysters. In fact, many legalistic cults have a vendetta against porkchops and shrimp kabobs. Shame on you Bubba Gump!
Grasp this: the bible is not a health manual. But according to Murray, the meat you eat WILL COMMEND YOU TO GOD! Methinks Murray was overly influenced by Garner Ted…
“This is a basic law—a revelation from God to man about which kinds of flesh will properly digest and assimilate in the human system, and which will not…” – Herbert Armstrong, WWCOG
WRONG! It has absolutely nothing to do with that…
Praise the Lord, New Covenant Christians are not bound to Old Testament ceremonial laws regarding clean and unclean meats – it simply doesn’t apply to us. It has to do with ritual purity as pertaining to the Old Covenant Jews.
“I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.” – Romans 14:14
Murray knowing what the New Testament says about these things appeals to health concerns.
But the OT laws surrounding clean and unclean meats had nothing to with “health concerns”. Neither did God give these stipulations because the Frigidaire had not yet been invented. Not eating the flesh of pigs is no more commendable than not eating the flesh of cows or chickens.
Do you want to be placed under the bondage of OT ceremonial law? If you listen to the Chapel long enough that’s exactly where you will end up, under the law, under the curse.
The same thing happens when he beckons us to observe the Passover and reject Easter. It’s part and parcel with British Israelism I suppose.
But which ones do you want to keep? You pick and chose which OT rituals to keep and reject… when the New Testament is replete with example after example of our freedom from these things. It’s absurd bondage.
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace” – Galatians 5:4
The Chapel teaches slavery to ceremonial laws concerning ritual purity for Jews under the Old Covenant, it is very bad news…