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Chapter 2 Paul's Letter to Laodicea

Chapter 2

1. Therefore, let no one influence your conscience, not through a bishop and a priest (i.e. uncalled by God), not through a day of feast, nor through the old Sabbath and new moon,

2. Nor through a temple, nor through a sacrificial ceremony, nor magnificent raiment, and just as little through food and drink.

3. Be moderate in eating and drinking; that is good for the spirit, the soul, and the body and is agreeable to the Lord;

4. But when someone says, teaches, and desires: “This and that particular food should not be eaten, because according to Moses it is unclean.”

5. Then I say in opposition to that: Moses and the prophets are fulfilled and redeemed in Christ; the Lord did not forbid us any food; He Himself ate and drank with sinners and publicans.

6. And He exclaimed: “What you eat does not defile you; but what comes out of your heart such as gossip, evil desires, miserliness, envy, manslaughter, rage, gluttony, voracity, fornication, adultery, and the like — that is what at all times defiles human beings.”

7. Since we have such a Gospel from Him, the sole Lord of all the Glory Himself, what great fools must we be if we voluntarily let ourselves be harnessed into the old evil yoke?

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