Is gluttony a sin? Is eating too much and indulging too much in food and drinks can lead us to hell?
Yes it is a sin and it can lead a person to hell instead of leading him to the kingdom of God. The word gluttony is derived from the latin word gluttire meaning to gulp down or swallow. It means over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of excess and waste.
The Bible instructs us to walk in Spirit instead of living in and fulfilling the lust of the flesh, which include too much wine, too much food, greed on money, sexual pleasures and other vices of the flesh which are from evil.
Galatians 5:16-18 (KJV)
I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
The Gospel also tells us that those who practice the works of the flesh, and the like, will not inherent the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19-21 (NKJV)
Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
God wants us to have self-control. He doesn’t want us to lose that self-control – so that we may not sin.
Galatians 5:19-22 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
It is a clear instruction in the Book of Proverbs not to join drunkards and gluttons.
Proverbs 23:20-21 (NKJV)
Do not mix with winebibbers,
Or with gluttonous eaters of meat;
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
And drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.
Proverbs 28:7 (NKJV)
Whoever keeps the law is a discerning son,
But a companion of gluttons shames his father.
Remember that we are the temple of the Spirit of God
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.
And that we must preserve our body as a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God. We must present our body as a manifestation of self-control and not a symbol of gluttony, abuse, laziness, obesity and disease.
Romans 12:1 (NKJV)
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.