Can Christians eat pork?

Personal Questions | VBVM Staff | Feb-14-2014

Q. In Isaiah 66:12, we're told that those who eat the flesh of pigs will go to destruction. Doesn't this apply to Christians?

A. The regulations in Scripture against eating pork are found in the Mosaic Law, given to the nation of Israel by Moses as part of the Old Covenant. The Old Covenant was only binding on Israel. It was intended to set Israel apart from the Gentile world. Isaiah was speaking to Israel in 66:17, so God's admonishment was directed to Jews who were willingly violating the Old Covenant law.

Today, believers in Jesus Christ are saved by the grace found in the New Covenant, and as Paul taught, believers are not bound by the regulations of the Law found in the Old Covenant:

Rom. 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
Rom. 7:4  Therefore, my brethren, you also were  made to die  to the Law  through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
Rom. 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in  newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.
Col. 2:16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day —
Col. 2:17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Therefore, Gentiles and those who believe in Jesus Christ are free to consume pork or anything God has made. It is not a sin, because the restrictions found in the Old Covenant apply only to Israel apart from the grace of the New Covenant.

For more information on this issue, we invite you to read the following articles on the believer's relationship to the Law of Moses.

On Law and Liberty

Old Testament Law


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