Spiritual Junk Food

“Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them.”  —  Hebrews 13:9

In many countries, childhood obesity is at an all-time hight. A major culprit in such unhealthy weight gain is poor eating habits and junk food.

The term junk food refers to items that taste good but lack nutritional value and are often very high in calories and fat. Chips, soft drinks, candy bars, cookies, and many meals purchased at fast-food restaurants fit these criteria.

To be spiritually healthy, we have to avoid “spiritual junk food” as well. Some religious teachers proclaim “a different gospel” (Galatians 1:6), ranging from health-and-wealth to a counterfeit spirituality. Also, some Christian music and books contain false teaching. Taking in this kind of “food” may seem to satisfy spiritual hunger, but it will not lead to spiritual health.

Hebrews warns us to not be “carried away by all kinds of strange teachings.” The tendency of the Church culture today toward this naiveté is no new thing. Undiscerning, uninformed Christians have been victimized by wolves in sheep’s clothing from the first century onward. False teaching is detrimental to our health and is not profitable, because it cannot cleanse from sin nor give power for spiritual growth.

Hebrews goes on to say, “It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace…” Truth, and the authentic work of God, bring life and spiritual health that will carry Christians through every trial and hardship of life. It is the grace of God that brings vitality and vision; diligence and discernment; health to the Christian and honor to Christ.

In these days, we must not devote our time and energies to that which is of “no value.” The finite theologies of our time have left us empty and bereft of spiritual strength. We need the pure, unadulterated Word of God! Only in it is there spiritual value…spiritual nourishment. David said in Psalm 19, “They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward (vs. 10-11).

We must avoid “spiritual junk food” and instead feast on God’s Word to promote spiritual growth.


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