Anti-LGBT Radio Host Fat Shames for the Lord to Sell His Diet Book

Tuesday January 10, 2017

"Is it a sin for a Christian to be obese?"

That's the question that anti-LGBT columnist and conservative radio host Dr. Michael Brown posed in his latest column, which, coincidentally also plugs his latest book titled "Breaking the Stronghold of Food: How We Overcame Food Addictions and Discovered a New Way of Living."

"It is true, of course, that the Bible never says that the glutton will not enter the kingdom of heaven," Brown wrote for the anti-LGBT conservative blog BarbWire. "But it is also true that the Bible speaks about gluttony in very negative terms: 'Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat, for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags' (Prov. 23:20-21)."

Brown also cited the apostle Paul to fat shame readers.

"Notice what Paul has to say about dangerous false teachers," Brown writes. "'For many are walking in such a way that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. I have told you of them often and tell you again, even weeping. Their destination is destruction, their god is their appetite, their glory is in their shame, their minds are set on earthly things' (Phil 3:18-19, MEV).

"Or, as the relevant phrase is rendered in different versions 'their god is their stomach' (HCSB); they "make their bellies their gods' (The Message); 'whose God†is†the stomach' (LEB). "

"How interesting that these heretics were also slaves to food!" Brown wrote.

"Does that describe you? Is your stomach your god? Are you a slave to your appetite?" Brown asks.

Brown does tell readers that God is not condemning them, but goes on to say: "I encourage you to confess your bad eating habits as sin, asking the Father for mercy and forgiveness, believing that Jesus paid for this sin as well, and trusting God for grace to overcome. With His help and with a good plan, you can do it!"

The "good plan" presumably can be found in Brown's book, to which he links.

Brown's latest fat shame to sell his diet book follows an article penned by him in the Christian Post where he cites an "ex-gay" man who said that sticking to his diet was more difficult than leaving homosexuality.