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I Timothy 4:4 - Does this say it is all right to eat any meat as long as you ask God's blessing upon it?
  1. The subject in question is not clean and unclean meats but vegetarianism.

  2. Some were teaching to abstain from meats – which Paul described as a doctrine of demons (verse 1).

  3. Paul was pointing out that meat is good – if it be received with thanksgiving of them which know the Truth. What is Truth? John 17:17 – Thy Word is Truth. God’s Word shows which meats are to be received with thanksgiving – in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.

  4. Notice verse 5. Certain meats are sanctified or “set apart” by the Word of God and prayer. We could not, in faith, give God thanks and ask His blessing on meat that is not set apart for food by His Word.

  5. Verse 4 is telling us, then, that all meat is good if we who know God’s Truth – who know Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 – receive it with thanksgiving.
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