Basket of Figs

Published 2002-4

Bud Powell

Trinity Covenant RCUS, Colorado Springs


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Eating Meat; Wearing Skins!

Doctrine of Devils


Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.   Genesis 3:21


Deuteronomy 12:21 If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.


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:  For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.   --I Timothy4: 1-5


In spite of sentimentality, Walt Disney, and eastern religions, animals were created for the use and service of men.  Those who would forbid their use to men are teaching the doctrines of devils, according to the apostle Paul.


There are many ways to attack the true faith, which alone saves the soul from hell.  Satan is familiar with them all.  It was God who clothed Adam and Eve with the skins of animals after the fall, and God who ordained that Israel should rejoice before Him with feasts of the flesh of animals. 


On the lowest level the prohibitions come from thoughtless sentimentality.  Human attributes are given to animals through imagination.  I suppose that the book Bambi and the Disney movie did as much as any thing to sentimentalize deer and allow emotion to replace ideas in people.


Deer are not cuddly and gentle animals.  In fact, they are wild and dangerous to the unwary.  They are beautiful in the wild, and even better when they are prepared properly in meat pies.  They also make a delicious sausage when mixed in the proper proportion with good ground pork and seasoning.  Their antlers make good trophies and the skins make good coverings for the floors of manly dens.


Of course, those who would be wiser than God would prohibit their use for food, adornment, or clothing.  Unbelief often tries to substitute imagination and emotion for the clear principles of Scripture.


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