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    Joel Osteen Comes Out Against Bacon

    Joel Osteen Comes Out Against Bacon

    Say it ain't so.  What would life be without Bacon?  Joel says that turkey bacon tastes the same.  I say not.

    As someone who recently grilled "The Bacon Explosion", this teaching makes me nearly cry.

    So... what say you?  Should Christians abstain from pork?

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    1. Jamie on Mon, October 12, 2009

      What happened to the New Testament like Hebrews 13:8-9: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas. Your strength comes from Godís grace, not from rules about food, which donít help those who follow them?” Or Acts 11 and Peter’s vision about clean and unclean animals?

    2. RevJay on Mon, October 12, 2009

      Joel Osteen teaches a lot of things that Christians should and shouldn’t do… He is also an icon in Christian circles. He is also a man of similar devices, prone to being wrong when he gets away from Gods Word.  Abstinence from pork… may be a good idea and challenge to some, but it is probably better to use the God given judgment of moderation when eating or drinking anything.

    3. Pat on Mon, October 12, 2009

      From a health standpoint, we should indulge in pork sparingly.  And turkey and veggie bacon aren’t bad.  They tend to satisfy my craving for the real thing.

    4. rbud on Mon, October 12, 2009

      Apparently, Joel hasn’t actually tasted turkey bacon. To me, it tastes very differnt from pork bacon. Actually, I don’t much care, since I don’t generally eat bacon. But why the emphasis on this miniscule item of rule and taste? If one follows his logic, then, no pork rules. Sorry, I do enjoy fresh pork in its many varieties, and apparently it is healthier for the heart than beef.

    5. David Drake on Mon, October 12, 2009

      I have said it before and i will say it again:  Beacon is a secondary sign of the new covenant and I eat it as worship.

    6. Peter Hamm on Mon, October 12, 2009


    7. Stephen on Mon, October 12, 2009

      If I remember (and according to my “Good Eats” education) pork practices are far more advanced these days . . . pigs aren’t eating trash, etc. This is why it is OK to eat pork chops that aren’t actually well done.

    8. dave anderson on Mon, October 12, 2009

      Joel should watch the food network.  Seriously.  I saw a show where they had a deep fried bacon wrapped hot dog.  I want one so bad its not funny.

      I dont get why he would push this part of the law and not the whole law?  If you offend in one point of the law you are guilty of it all!  Is that not why Christ came?

    9. Gimme Tenderloin on Mon, October 12, 2009

      My question is, why do we debate these trivialities when people are dying and going to hell? Eating bacon or not eating bacon will NOT send a person to hell, but arguing about it can send people away from the Truth.

      And by the way, having helped raise hogs, the “garbage” that they eat is only the leftovers that the people who care for them haven’t eaten. They won’t eat cucumbers which cause gas in them, and we do. Who’s the smarter? I think before any preacher wants to come out and speak these things needs to spend some time on the hog lot finding out truth before he proclaims his words as such.

    10. brent on Mon, October 12, 2009

      Seems that he’s had to move from wealth to health since the economy is so bad!

    11. Paul Bowman on Mon, October 12, 2009

      Ha! He better get ready for a backlash from the National Pork Producers Council! Ok, pork may not be the healthiest, but to simply go back to OT laws???

    12. Dave on Mon, October 12, 2009

      Anybody watch “Dirty Jobs”? Modern Poultry farms are much less sanitary than the free range birds of the Exodus wanderings. I don’t know that I would trust Turkey Bacon over Pork Bacon if diet o the animal is a major concern. Modern Swine production also eliminates much of the disease Osteen describes in his sermon. At the end of his clip he talks about seafood. What kind of refrigeration was available during the Exodus and Leviticus wanderings? Anybody remember the beef industry taking on Oprah?

    13. Alan Jones on Mon, October 12, 2009

      so does that mean that pig farmers are living in sin?

    14. kent pattersom on Mon, October 12, 2009

      I have relatives that raise pork. Their feet never touch dirt - they are raised in sterile buildings with concrete floors - They never get the opportunity to scavenge they are feed scientifically developed feed - they ones who accidentally come in contact with the soil or who contract any disease are separated and destroyed - perhaps in OT times they ate slop, and possibly in some not as developed countries, but here in the U.S. rarely if ever do we eat slop fed pork.
      as for eating pizza without pepperoni - I think that is a sin ĖI would be careful following that teaching.

    15. Corbett Reeves on Mon, October 12, 2009

      “Yeah, but bacon tastes good… pork chops taste good…” ~ Vincent Vega

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