Is The Old Testament Restriction Against Eating Unclean Meats Still Binding Today?

The Old Testament law did forbid eating certain meats which were considered unclean (Deuteronomy 14:3-19), for example pork and catfish. Is that prohibition still binding today under New Testament law?

Acts 10:9-16 reads, On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, 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: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.

At this point in time, Peter was still observing the clean and unclean meats distinction. But God corrected Peter. In addition to teaching symbolicly here that Gentiles could be Christians too, God makes it clear the restriction against eating what was considered unclean meats by the Old Covenant is no longer applicable under the New Covenant.

Romans 14:1-3, 14-16 says, Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. … I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

Romans chapter 14 is all about unclean meats – how it is not wrong in and of itself to eat unclean meats, but we should not eat them if it will cause someone to eat who (incorrectly) thinks it is still wrong. This chapter then confirms the teaching of Acts 10.

I Timothy 4:1-4 reads, Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 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. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

Many who claim to be Christians do exactly what I Timothy 4:1-4 condemns – commanding to abstain from meats. To the contrary, “every creature” is good to eat; nothing is to be refused … under New Testament law.

The above three Bible passages should settle this issue once and for all.

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