Something to Chew On
2 Peter 1:4-6 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nautre having escaped the corruption that is the world through lust.
This text gives us a promise of taking on the "divine nature" of Chirst. Isn't it just like Jesus to share His DIVINE NATURE with us? In verse 3, God calls you and me to glory and virtue. It is the glory of God to five His virtue to His children and we obtain this virtue by climbing the ladder of Christian progress. Note vers 6. As we progress up the ladder, we are to add to our knowledge TEMPERANCE.
In 1 Corinthians 9:25 we read "And every man that striveth for the mastery is TEMPERATE in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incurruptible. Temperance, by the way, is refraining completely from all harmful substances and only taking in moderation those things that are beneficial. In order to progress up the Christian ladder, we must master TEMPERANCE by the grace of God.
Look back again at 1 Corinthians 9 verse 27. "But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway." Christians have a duty to be temperate not only to progress upt the Christian ladder but also so that when they preach to others, they will not be "castaways."
As we move upward in taking on the divine nature of Christ, we want to place ourselves and those we serve in the best position to master temperance. We do not want to place anything before those we serve that would tempt them to lust or intemperance. Inside the sacred walls of the church, we refrain from alcoholic beverages, tobacco, drugs, caffeinated beverages, and meat because these things tend to produce intemperance and we want you to master temperance. Now we cannot be temperante in our own strength but "thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. I Corinthians 14:57.
The Health and Temperance Committee