The Remnant Church of Jesus Christ
TEMPERANCE
We believe God has given us a command to be temperate, or to do all things in moderation while eliminating other things from
our bodies altogether.
(I CORINTHIANS 9:25) "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
INCORRUPTIBLE."
(II PETER 1:5-6) (5) "AND BESIDE THIS, GIVING ALL DILIGENCE, ADD TO YOUR FAITH
VIRTUE; AND TO VIRTUE KNOWLEDGE;  (6) AND TO KNOWLEDGE TEMPERANCE; AND TO TEMPERANCE
PATIENCE; AND TO PATIENCE GODLINESS;"

We  believe  God  wants us  to have  good  health, as far as possible,  (III JOHN 2)  "BELOVED, I WISH ABOVE ALL
THINGS THAT THOU MAYEST PROSPER AND BE IN HEALTH, EVEN AS THY SOUL PROSPERETH."

We believe that God  has commanded us to  put a difference between the clean and unclean meats that He created for us to eat.  
Who knows better as to what flesh meats we should eat-or not eat-than the God who created them, and us.  God has given this
health message to all of humanity that will do His will unto obedience.
 (I JOHN 2:17)  "AND THE WORLD PASSETH AWAY,
AND THE LUST THEREOF:  BUT HE THAT DOETH THE WILL OF GOD ABIDETH FOR EVER."  
(LEVITICUS 11:46-47)  
(46) "THIS IS THE LAW OF THE BEASTS, AND OF THE FOWL, AND OF EVERY LIVING CREATURE THAT MOVETH
IN THE WATERS, AND OF EVERY CREATURE THAT CREEPETH UPON THE EARTH:  (47) TO MAKE A
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE UNCLEAN AND THE CLEAN, AND BETWEEN THE BEAST THAT MAY BE EATEN
AND THE BEAST THAT MAY NOT BE EATEN."  
(II CORINTHIANS 6:17)  "WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG
THEM, AND BE YE SEPARATE, SAITH THE LORD, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING; AND I WILL RECEIVE
YOU."  
(EZEKIEL 44:23) "AND THEY SHALL TEACH MY PEOPLE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HOLY AND
PROFANE, AND CAUSE THEM TO DISCERN BETWEEN THE UNCLEAN AND THE CLEAN."
 (EZEKIEL 22:26)  "HER
PRIESTS HAVE VIOLATED MY LAW, AND HAVE PROFANED MINE HOLY THINGS:  THEY HAVE PUT NO
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HOLY AND PROFANE, NEITHER HAVE THEY SHEWED DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE
UNCLEAN AND THE CLEAN, AND HAVE HID THEIR EYES FROM MY SABBATHS, AND I AM PROFANED AMONG
THEM."
(LEVITICUS 10:10) "AND  THAT YE MAY PUT A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOLY AND UNHOLY, AND
BETWEEN UNCLEAN AND CLEAN;”

We believe that God’s faithful church is a holy and peculiar people.  What makes us peculiar is our obedience to God,  
(DEUTERONOMY 14:2)  “FOR THOU ART AN HOLY PEOPLE UNTO THE LORD THY GOD, AND THE LORD HATH
CHOSEN THEE TO BE A PECULIAR PEOPLE UNTO HIMSELF, ABOVE ALL THE NATIONS THAT ARE UPON THE
EARTH.”  
(I Peter 2:9; Deut. 26:18; Titus 2:14).

The following are the clean beasts that  we may eat thereof  with thanksgiving:
(LEVITICUS 11:2-3)  (2)  “SPEAK UNTO THE
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, SAYING, THESE ARE THE BEASTS WHICH YE SHALL EAT AMONG ALL THE BEASTS
THAT ARE ON THE EARTH.  (3)  WHATSOEVER PARTETH THE HOOF, AND IS CLOVEN-FOOTED, AND CHEWETH
THE CUD, AMONG THE BEASTS, THAT SHALL YE EAT.”

The  following  are  the  clean  marine life that we may eat thereof with thanksgiving:  (LEVITICUS 11:9)  “THESE SHALL YE
EAT OF ALL THAT ARE IN THE WATERS:  WHATSOEVER HATH FINS AND SCALES IN THE WATERS, IN THE
SEAS, AND IN THE RIVERS, THEM SHALL YE EAT.”

The following are the clean fowls  that  we  may eat thereof with thanksgiving:  Chicken, turkey, pheasants, dove, quail, and
grouse...

The following are the unclean  meats  that  we may not eat thereof:
 (LEVITICUS 11:4-7)  (4)  “NEVERTHELESS THESE
SHALL YE NOT EAT OF THEM THAT CHEW THE CUD, OR OF THEM THAT DIVIDE THE HOOF; AS THE CAMEL,
BECAUSE HE CHEWETH THE CUD, BUT DIVIDETH NOT THE HOOF; HE IS UNCLEAN UNTO YOU.  (5)  AND THE
CONEY, BECAUSE HE CHEWETH THE CUD, BUT DIVIDETH NOT THE HOOF; HE IS UNCLEAN UNTO YOU.  (6)  
AND THE HARE, BECAUSE HE CHEWETH THE CUD, BUT DIVIDETH NOT THE HOOF; HE IS UNCLEAN UNTO YOU.  
(7)  AND THE SWINE, THOUGH HE DIVIDE THE HOOF, AND BE CLOVENFOOTED, YET HE CHEWETH NOT THE
CUD; HE IS UNCLEAN TO YOU.”

The following are the unclean marine life that we may not eat  thereof:  (LEVITICUS 11: 10-12)   (10)   “AND  ALL  THAT  
HAVE NOT  FINS  AND SCALES IN THE SEAS, AND IN THE RIVERS,  OF ALL THAT MOVE IN  THE WATERS,  AND
OF ANY  LIVING THING WHICH IS IN THE WATERS, THEY SHALL BE AN ABOMINATION UNTO YOU:  (11)  THEY
SHALL EVEN BE AN ABOMINATION UNTO YOU; YE SHALL NOT EAT OF THEIR FLESH, BUT YE SHALL HAVE
THEIR CARCASES IN ABOMINATION.  (12)  WHATSOEVER HATH NO FINS NOR SCALES IN THE WATERS, THAT
SHALL BE AN ABOMINATION UNTO YOU.”

The  following  are  the  unclean fowls that we may not eat thereof:  (LEVITICUS 11:13-20)  (13)  “AND THESE ARE THEY
WHICH YE SHALL HAVE IN ABOMINATION AMONG THE FOWLS;  THEY  SHALL  NOT  BE  EATEN,  THEY ARE
AN ABOMINATION:  THE EAGLE, AND THE OSSIFRAGE (Sea eagle, seagull, the albatross, or any fish-eating eagle),
AND THE OSPRAY,  (14)  AND THE VULTURE, AND THE KITE AFTER HIS KIND (various hawks);  (15)  EVERY
RAVEN AFTER HIS KIND;  (16)  AND THE OWL, AND THE NIGHT HAWK, AND THE CUCKOW (seagull), AND THE
HAWK AFTER HIS KIND,  (17)  AND THE LITTLE OWL, AND THE COMORANT, AND THE GREAT OWL,  (18)  AND
THE SWAN, AND THE PELICAN, AND THE GIER EAGLE (type of vulture),  (19) AND THE STORK, THE HERON
AFTER HER KIND, AND THE LAPWING (woodcock, a plover, related to the sandpiper family), AND THE BAT.  (20)  ALL
FOWLS THAT CREEP, GOING UPON ALL FOUR, SHALL BE AN ABOMINATION UNTO YOU.”

We believe that God has duly warned His faithful church to keep themselves from committing the “abomination” because God
has “separated His people” (or church) from the rest of humanity.  He has commanded us to be holy because He is holy, and we
can not do that by being disobedient and by refusing to put a difference between the clean and unclean meats.  This is important
to God and to His church,
(LEVITICUS 20:25-26)  (25)  “YE SHALL THEREFORE PUT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLEAN
BEASTS AND UNCLEAN, AND BETWEEN UNCLEAN FOWLS AND CLEAN:  AND YE SHALL NOT MAKE YOUR
SOULS ABOMINABLE BY BEAST, OR BY FOWL, OR BY ANY MANNER OF LIVING THING THAT CREEPETH ON
THE GROUND, WHICH I HAVE SEPARATED FROM YOU AS UNCLEAN.  (26)  AND YE SHALL BE HOLY UNTO ME:  
FOR I THE LORD AM HOLY, AND HAVE SEVERED YOU FROM OTHER PEOPLE, THAT YE SHOULD BE MINE.”
(I Peter 2:9).  The abomination or the abominable:  (Rev. 21:8,27 and Titus 1:16).

We believe God showed a difference between the clean and unclean  meats  centuries  before  the  first  Hebrew or Jew.   It was
shown unto Noah
(GENESIS 7:2-3,8)  (2)  “OF EVERY CLEAN BEAST  THOU  SHALT  TAKE TO  THEE BY SEVENS,  
THE MALE AND HIS  FEMALE:  AND OF BEASTS THAT ARE NOT CLEAN BY TWO, THE MALE AND HIS FEMALE.  
(3)  OF FOWLS ALSO OF THE AIR BY SEVENS, THE MALE AND THE FEMALE; TO KEEP SEED ALIVE UPON THE
FACE OF ALL THE EARTH.  (8)  OF CLEAN BEASTS, AND OF BEASTS THAT ARE NOT CLEAN, AND OF FOWLS,
AND OF EVERYTHING THAT CREEPETH UPON THE EARTH,”  
(Gen. 7:1-9)  The reason for the clean meats by sevens
was so that Noah and his family could eat and sacrifice to God without destroying the species.

We believe that God takes the eating of pork by  His  people very seriously, because those who do so will be consumed.  God
classifies the eating of the mouse and pork on the same level,
(ISAIAH 65:3-4)  “A PEOPLE THAT PROVOKETH ME TO
ANGER CONTINUALLY TO MY FACE; THAT SACRIFICETH IN GARDENS, AND BURNETH INCENSE UPON ALTARS
OF BRICK;  (4)  WHICH REMAIN AMONG THE GRAVES, AND LODGE IN THE MONUMENTS, WHICH EAT SWINES
FLESH, AND BROTH OF ABOMINABLE THINGS IS IN THEIR VESSELS;”  
(ISAIAH 66:17)  “THEY THAT SANCTIFY
THEMSELVES, AND PURIFY THEMSELVES IN THE GARDENS BEHIND ONE TREE IN THE MIDST, EATING SWINE’S
FLESH, AND THE ABOMINATION, AND THE MOUSE, SHALL BE CONSUMED TOGETHER, SAITH THE LORD.”

We believe that God has commanded  His  people not to eat rare meat with the blood or fat.  (LEVITICUS 17:10-12,14)  (10)  
“AND WHATSOEVER MAN THERE BE OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, OR OF THE STRANGERS THAT SOJOURN
AMONG YOU, THAT EATETH ANY MANNER OF BLOOD; I WILL EVEN SET MY FACE AGAINST THAT SOUL THAT
EATETH BLOOD, AND WILL CUT HIM OFF FROM AMONG HIS PEOPLE.  (11)  FOR THE LIFE OF THE FLESH IS IN
THE BLOOD:  AND I HAVE GIVEN IT TO YOU UPON THE ALTAR TO MAKE AN ATONEMENT FOR YOUR SOULS:  
FOR IT IS THE BLOOD THAT MAKETH AN ATONEMENT FOR THE SOUL.  (12)  THEREFORE I SAID UNTO THE
CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, NO SOUL OF YOU SHALL EAT BLOOD, NEITHER SHALL ANY STRANGER THAT
SOJOURNETH AMONG YOU EAT BLOOD.  (14)  FOR IT IS THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH; THE BLOOD OF IT IS FOR THE
LIFE THEREOF:  THEREFORE I SAID UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, YE SHALL EAT THE BLOOD OF NO
MANNER OF FLESH:  FOR THE LIFE OF ALL FLESH IS THE BLOOD THEREOF:   WHOSOEVER EATETH IT SHALL
BE CUT OFF.”  
(LEVITICUS 7:23-24)  (23)   “SPEAK UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, SAYING, YE SHALL EAT NO
MANNER OF FAT, OF OX, OR OF SHEEP, OR OF GOAT.  (24)  AND THE FAT OF THE BEAST THAT DIETH OF
ITSELF, AND THE FAT OF THAT WHICH IS TORN WITH BEASTS, MAY BE USED IN ANY OTHER USE:  BUT YE
SHALL IN NO WISE EAT OF IT.”  
(ACTS 15:20)  “BUT THAT WE WRITE UNTO THEM, THAT THEY ABSTAIN FROM
POLLUTIONS OF IDOLS, AND FROM FORNICATION, AND FROM THINGS STRANGLED, AND FROM BLOOD.”  
(Lev. 7:26-27; Acts 21:24-25).

There are many who use the following texts  to give them a clear conscience to eat anything they want.  However, this is not true
as we will see here.  God says that He will not alter that thing that has gone out from His lips, (Psalm 89:34; Malachi 3:6; Heb.
13:8).  If it was a sin centuries ago for God’s people and church of Israel, it certainly is today.  Sin never ceases to be sin.  The
first texts are found in Acts 10:9-34.  Peter was visiting Simon, the tanner.  While upon his roof, Peter was hungry and went into
a trance in which God showed him a sheet with all manner of animals on it.  Peter was told:  “Rise, Peter, kill and eat.”
 (ACTS
10:11-14,17,28)
 (11) “AND SAW HEAVEN OPENED, AND A CERTAIN VESSEL DESCENDING UNTO HIM, AS IT HAD
BEEN A GREAT SHEET KNIT AT THE FOUR CORNERS, AND LET DOWN TO THE EARTH:  (12)  WHEREIN WERE
ALL MANNER OF FOUR FOOTED BEASTS OF THE EARTH, AND WILD BEASTS, AND  CREEPING THINGS, AND
FOWLS OF THE AIR.  (13)  AND THERE CAME A VOICE TO HIM, RISE, PETER; KILL, AND EAT.  (14)  BUT PETER
SAID, NOT SO, LORD; FOR I HAVE NEVER EATEN ANYTHING THAT IS COMMON OR UNCLEAN.  (17)  NOW
WHILE PETER DOUBTED IN HIMSELF WHAT THIS VISION WHICH HE HAD SEEN SHOULD MEAN, BEHOLD THE
MEN WHICH WERE SENT FROM CORNELIUS HAD MADE INQUIRY FOR SIMON’S HOUSE, AND STOOD BEFORE
THE GATE,  (28)  AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, YE KNOW HOW IT IS AN UNLAWFUL THING FOR A MAN THAT IS A
JEW TO KEEP COMPANY, OR COME UNTO ONE OF ANOTHER NATION; BUT GOD HATH SHEWED ME THAT I
SHOULD NOT CALL ANY MAN COMMON OR UNCLEAN.”  
That which was shown positive here certainly had nothing to
do with the approval by God for Peter, or for anyone else, to eat whatsoever they desire.  Especially in view of the fact that
Peter lived with Jesus for three and one-half years and neither of them, nor any of His followers, ate of the unclean meats; Peter
made that very clear to the Lord; he wasn't about to start now.

The point of this message actually had nothing to do with the eating of meats, but rather with the words “common and unclean.”  
The Jews called the Gentiles unclean people and would have nothing to do with them socially or spiritually, and this is what
God changed from that time forward.  The gospel was to go to the whole world and no longer just for the Jews.  They were never
to call any man or Gentile common or unclean again, (Verse 28).  This message did not alter or nullify God’s health and dietary
message for His people.

Another  controversial  text  used  to supposedly prove their point that there is no longer a difference between the clean and
unclean meats is found in
(I TIMOTHY 4:3-5)  (3)  “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.  (4)  FOR EVERY CREATURE OF GOD IS GOOD AND NOTHING TO BE REFUSED, IF IT BE
RECEIVED WITH THANKSGIVING:  (5)  FOR IT IS SANCTIFIED BY THE WORD OF GOD AND PRAYER.  

They say that these texts prove that we can eat anything we want.  Not true!  First of all, these texts state: “Which God hath
created to be received.”

Now we have to ask the question:  What did God create that we could receive or eat?  Did God give us command or counsel on
this?  Most emphatically!  We find the answer very plain and clear to that in  Leviticus 11:1-23 and Deuteronomy 14:2-20.  The
scriptures also say:  “For every creature of God is good;”  yes, but only that “which He created to be received” as meat, because
there are many more that God created not to be received.  The final text that proves there is a difference between the clean and
unclean is verse 5, where it states:  “for it is sanctified (set aside) by the Word of God (the Holy Bible)” and prayer, as stated in
Leviticus, chapter eleven and Deuteronomy, chapter fourteen.  We must not ask God to bless a food or meat that He has
commanded us not to eat.

Many  use  the  following  texts  erroneously to prove, once again, that they can eat anything they want:
 (COLOSSIANS 2:14,16)
(14)  “BLOTTING OUT THE HANDWRITING OF ORDINANCES THAT WAS AGAINST US, WHICH WAS CONTRARY
TO US, AND TOOK IT OUT OF THE WAY, NAILING IT TO HIS CROSS.  (16)  LET NO MAN THEREFORE JUDGE YOU
IN MEAT, OR IN DRINK, OR IN RESPECT OF AN HOLY DAY, OR OF THE NEW MOON, OR OF THE SABBATH
DAYS:”  
Jesus did not go to the cross and die so that we could eat anything we want, especially swine’s flesh or pork and the
unclean seafoods.  Jesus did not nail the Book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy to the cross.  He did not nail the first four books of
the Bible (Pentateuch) or the entire Old Testament to His cross.  The cross represents His sacrificial death for our sins.  It
represented all of  “the sacrificial ordinances” of the Old Testament (the Mosaic Laws) with all of the Feast days, special
Sabbath days, holy days, holy convocations, and the new moons with all of their sin; meat; and drink offerings.  This was the
“Book of the Law” or the sacrificial ordinances, (Please read: Leviticus 23:4-44).
 This is what the “Book of the Law” or the
“sacrificial ordinances” were about.
 (DEUTERONOMY 31:26)  “TAKE THIS BOOK OF THE LAW, AND PUT IT IN THE
SIDE OF THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OF THE LORD YOUR GOD, THAT IT MAY BE THERE FOR A WITNESS
AGAINST THEE.”  
(Hebrews 9:18-22; Ezekiel 45:15-19; I Chronicles 23:31-32; II Chronicles 8:12-13; Nehemiah 10:33; etc).  
All of  these preceding  scriptural  sacrificial  laws  or  ordinances is what Jesus nailed to His cross.  Scripture says:  “Let no
man judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.”  All of these were
steeped or filled with the old “sacrificial laws” or ordinances, which the orthodox Christian Jews were still holding on to and
demanding that they still be kept.  They were creating great controversies and confusion in the early church, and this is what Paul
is saying here.

What made  these  ordinances  contrary  to us was all of the sacrificial rituals, the sacrificial holy sabbath days and feast days
that had to be kept, along with the expensive offering of animals for their sins and having to watch the animals being slaughtered
because of their iniquities.  This certainly was contrary and was meant to be a deterrent in keeping them from sinning.  This is
what Jesus took out of our way, nailing it to His cross.  It certainly had nothing to do with our diet.

We believe that it is God’s will  that  His  faithful followers abstain from all alcoholic beverages, tobacco in all of its forms,
illegal drugs, or anything that would not be acceptable to God.  We believe that the Christian can not glorify God while being
partakers of these worldly vices and addictions.  All of these things are known to defile the body that God has given us, which is
not our own.  
(I CORINTHIANS 3:16-17)  (16)  “KNOW YE NOT THAT YE ARE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, AND THAT THE
SPIRIT OF GOD DWELLETH IN YOU?  (17)  IF ANY MAN DEFILE THE TEMPLE OF GOD, HIM SHALL GOD DESTROY;
FOR THE TEMPLE OF GOD IS HOLY, WHICH TEMPLE YE ARE.”
 (I CORINTHIANS 6:19-20)  (19)  “WHAT? KNOW YE
NOT THAT YOUR BODY IS THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST WHICH IS IN YOU, WHICH YE HAVE OF GOD, AND
YE ARE NOT YOUR OWN?  (20)  FOR YE ARE BOUGHT WITH A PRICE:  THEREFORE GLORIFY GOD IN YOUR BODY,
AND IN YOUR SPIRIT, WHICH ARE GOD’S.”

We find here that these body temples are very  important to God, that we are not our own, and that we will be answerable for
whatsoever we take into - or whatsoever we do unto - these bodies that belong to God.                

This is what God says about alcoholic (fermented) beverages,
(PROVERBS 20:1)  “WINE IS A MOCKER, STRONG DRINK
IS RAGING:  AND WHOSOEVER IS DECEIVED THEREBY IS NOT WISE.”  
(PROVERBS 23:31-32)  (31)  “LOOK NOT
THOU UPON THE WINE WHEN IT IS RED, WHEN IT GIVETH HIS COLOUR IN THE CUP, WHEN IT MOVETH ITSELF
ARIGHT.  (32)  AT  THE  LAST  IT  BITETH  LIKE A  SERPENT,  AND STINGETH LIKE AN ADDER.”
 When wine or
juice of the grapes begins to move itself, it is fermenting and turning to alcohol.  Alcohol in the mouth burns or stings like the
poison of a snake bite.

Drunkards  and  alcoholics  begin  with  their  first  sip and gradually succumb to its addiction.  Most alcoholics do not believe
they are.  How many people are in their graves because of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs?  There are countless numbers.  Does
God condone this?  No, indeed.  Law enforcement confirms that alcohol is involved in just about every crime that is committed.

We  believe that  the miracle of  the wine at Cana that Jesus performed and drank was the “new wine” (unfermented) or the pure
blood or juice of the grape.
 (ISAIAH 65:8)  “THUS SAITH THE LORD, AS THE NEW WINE IS FOUND IN THE CLUSTER,
AND ONE SAITH, DESTROY IT NOT; FOR A BLESSING IS IN IT:  SO WILL I DO FOR MY SERVANTS’ SAKES, THAT I
MAY NOT DESTROY THEM.”  
(DEUTERONOMY 32:14)  “BUTTER OF KINE, AND MILK OF SHEEP, WITH FAT OF
LAMBS, AND RAMS OF THE BREED OF BASHAN, AND GOATS, WITH THE FAT OF KIDNEYS OF WHEAT; AND
THOU DIDST DRINK THE PURE BLOOD OF THE GRAPE.”
 (Lev. 10:1-10).

We believe that unrepentant drunkards will not enter into the kingdom of heaven,
 (GALATIANS 5:19,21)  (19)  “NOW THE
WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE MANIFEST, WHICH ARE THESE; ADULTERY, FORNICATION, UNCLEANESS,
LASCIVIOUSINESS, (21) ENVYINGS, MURDERS, DRUNKENESS, REVELLINGS, AND SUCH LIKE:  WHICH I TELL
YOU BEFORE, AS I HAVE ALSO TOLD YOU IN TIME PAST, THAT THEY WHICH DO SUCH THINGS SHALL NOT
INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD."  
(I CORINTHIANS 6:9-10)  (9) “KNOW YE NOT THAT THE UNRIGHTEOUS
SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? BE NOT DECEIVED:  NEITHER FORNICATORS, NOR IDOLATERS,
NOR ADULTERERS,  NOR  EFFEMINATE,  NOR  ABUSERS  OF  THEM- SELVES WITH MANKIND,  (10) NOR
THIEVES, NOR COVETOUS,  NOR DRUNKARDS,  NOR REVILERS,  NOR EXTORTIONERS, SHALL INHERIT THE
KINGDOM OF GOD.”    
(Rom. 13:13;   Luke 12:45-46;    Luke 21:34;   Joel 1:5,15; Nahum 1:10; Isa. 5:11-13, 22-24; Prov.
23:20-21, 29-32; Deut. 21:18-21).

We  believe  that it is wrong  to  contribute or give another person alcoholic beverages,
 (HABAKKUK 2:15)  “WOE UNTO
HIM THAT GIVETH HIS NEIGHBOUR DRINK, THAT PUTTEST THY BOTTLE TO HIM, AND MAKEST HIM DRUNKEN
ALSO,  THAT THOU MAYEST LOOK ON THEIR NAKEDNESS.”  
Alcohol loosens the tongue and causes a person to reveal
the nakedness of their mind and their inner-most private and personal matters.  Alcohol also opens the door of the mind to allow
evil to do its ugly work.  In most cases, a sober mind would not say or do the things a mind under the influence of alcohol or drugs
would do.  Alcohol changes the demeanor of individuals.  It is a scientific medical fact that alcohol destroys brain cells; it has
also destroyed families, lives, careers, personal esteem and without repentance, it destroys eternal life.  Would God condone any
chemical to be taken into the body that could cause this much physical, mental, material, and spiritual destruction?  We do not
believe so.

We believe that gluttony or over-eating to the point of causing a health problem is against the will and purpose of God for His
people,
(PROVERBS 23:21)  “FOR THE DRUNKARD AND THE GLUTTON SHALL COME TO POVERTY: AND
DROWSINESS SHALL CLOTH A MAN WITH RAGS.”  
This poverty that God speaks of here can be materialistic poverty
and/or spiritual poverty.  God looks on the glutton and the drunkard alike as equal partners who will both share the same final
results at the time of the judgment, (Deut. 21:20-21).

We believe that all clothing and jewelry is to be worn as that which becometh Christian men, women, and children.  Large,
gaudy jewelry and/or excessive jewelry is unacceptable to God and is not to be worn in the church or outside of the church.  
The wearing of jewelry and facial make-up must be worn with simplicity and in moderation.  This is acceptable to God.
 
(EXODUS 33:5)  “FOR THE LORD HAD SAID UNTO MOSES, SAY UNTO THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, YE ARE A
STIFFNECKED PEOPLE:  I WILL COME UP INTO THE MIDST OF THEE IN A MOMENT, AND CONSUME THEE:  
THEREFORE NOW PUT OFF THY ORNAMENTS (jewelry) FROM THEE, THAT I MAY KNOW WHAT TO  DO  UNTO  
THEE.”   
(I TIMOTHY 2:9-10)  (9) “IN LIKE  MANNER  ALSO,  THAT  WOMEN  ADORN  THEM-SELVES (jewelry and
clothing) IN MODEST APPAREL, WITH SHAMEFACEDNESS AND SOBRIETY; NOT WITH BRAIDED HAIR, OR GOLD,
OR PEARLS, OR COSTLY ARRAY;  (10)  BUT (WHICH BECOMETH WOMEN PROFESSING GODLINESS) WITH GOOD
WORKS.”     
(Exodus 33:15;    Jer. 4:30;    I Peter 3:1-4;   Isa.3:11,13,16-24; Hosea 2:12-13; Ezek. 23:39-40; The apostate
woman or church decked with jewelry: Rev. 17:4).

We   believe that bodily exercise profits little and should not be done to the excess,
(I TIMOTHY 4:8)  “FOR BODILY
EXERCISE PROFITETH LITTLE:  BUT GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE  UNTO  ALL  THINGS, HAVING PROMISE OF
THE LIFE THAT NOW IS, AND OF THAT WHICH IS TO COME.”  
The Lord is speaking here of exercise that is performed
to excess and has become obsessive.

We  believe  that  whatsoever  we  do,  we  must do it to the greater glory of God,
(I CORINTHIANS 10:31)  “WHETHER
THEREFORE YE EAT, OR DRINK, OR WHATSOEVER YE DO, DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD.”

We believe that  we will all appear before the  judgment seat of Christ and will be answerable for the things done unto our
bodies,
 (II CORINTHAINS 5:10)  “FOR WE MUST ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST; THAT
EVERY ONE MAY RECEIVE THE THINGS DONE IN HIS BODY, ACCORDING TO THAT HE HATH DONE, WHETHER
IT BE GOOD OR BAD.”

We believe that  it  is our reasonable service  to  present our bodies a holy living sacrifice unto God, and that we are not to be
conformed to this world,
 (ROMANS 12:1-2)  (1)  “I BESEECH YOU THEREFORE, BRETHREN, BY THE MERCIES OF
GOD, THAT YE PRESENT YOUR BODIES A LIVING SACRIFICE, HOLY, ACCEPTABLE UNTO GOD, WHICH IS YOUR
REASONABLE SERVICE.  (2)  AND BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD:  BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE
RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT,
WILL OF GOD.”  

We are convinced that alcoholic beverages, tobacco in all of its forms, illegal drugs, and anything we do to harmful excess is
certainly not in accordance with the perfect will of God for us, and it is unacceptable and most assuredly a part of this world and
its sinful vices.