whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.Philippians 3:19
Man is a spiritual being; his physical presence is simply a shadow of the spiritual. When God determined to make man in His image and likeness, He established, together with the declaration of His decision, that the spiritual is the foundation of man’s constitution, for what image and likeness would have been taken, if God is Spirit.
The image and likeness of God in man is not because man possesses a “spirit” of God, for man was not made fragmented; fragmentation arose just after Adam and Eve validated with their act their decision to disobey God’s command.
Nor is it a question of man possessing divine attributes, which would be tantamount to establishing that God’s attributes are apart from God; God is not an attribute of Himself, but as the author of the epistle to the Hebrews states, is the brightness of his glory, and the express image of His person. So, if man was made in the image and likeness of God, and since God is ONE, man is also a spiritual being, otherwise, if the spiritual were not the bond, how is it that the apostle John ensures that from His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
If man were not a spiritual being, neither would Jesus have had the faculty to take the form of a servant, and made in the likeness of men, for his humanization would have meant the loss of His divinity eternally. Nature cannot be disrupted; in doing so one is lost in the other.
In addition, there are sufficient records in Scripture that man is a spiritual being; for example, both the Old and New Testaments recognize that man does not consist of the body he possesses (σῶμα, “body” or σαρξ “flesh”), but in a spiritual part that transcends physical death, which they call soul or breath (ψυχήν); in the Words of Jesus, man’s life (ψυχήν) is that which leads to hell.
Man is a spiritual being but trapped within a physical constitution degraded by disobedience. Adam and Eve were degraded the day they validated their disobedience, their physical bodies became mortal bodies, and they lost all their spiritual faculties; their bodies took the form of one who had deceived them to death, and they became subject to the dispositions of the kingdom which Satan had established after the rebellion; this process is defined in the apostle Paul’s teaching as the process of subjection to vanity, i.e., the spiritual subject to the material.
For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,Romans 8:20
It is precisely because of this physical degradation that man is susceptible to being infected with the spiritual motivations of angelic beings who live in open rebellion against God.
But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.1st. Corinthians 2:14
The apostle Paul emphasizes that in the air operates a power that attracts to itself men prone to the same nature.
wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:Ephesians 2:2
Because of the disobedience to which Adam arranged to submit, man is susceptible to being infected by any spiritual presence that represents or suggests a change of state. Man is capable of capturing, adopting and/or harboring any spiritual presence that approaches him.
Being infected with every spiritual suggestion leads him to filth his spirit, and eventually, to defile it with demonic presences. In short, the process of uncleanness in the spirit of man develops from the acceptance of the suggestions that rebellious spirits, demonic spirits, suggest to him as life protocols.
The apostle Paul identifies that there are two types of filth with which man is infected: the flesh and the spirit. Our purpose is to highlight the danger of the spiritual filth by which man is constituted into an unclean being, which can lead him to be bound by demons, and even to be possessed by them.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.2nd. Corinthians 7:1
The defilement of man’s spirit is nothing more than the presence of spiritual forms that he grasped and decided to adopt and/or harbor. To capture means “to perceive”, that is to say, the sensibility to perceive the presence of spiritual forms in his environment; to adopt, means “to apprehend” uses, customs, habits and personality of the spiritual forces without necessarily entering into communion with them; and finally, to harbor, is the “marriage” that the man forms with this type of forces, that in his nature are demonic forces. These spiritual “unions” transcend and become “bonds” and finally “possessions” that destroy the person’s life.
A defilement is the index of the presence of spiritual forces coexisting in community with man. The concept of defilement was taught even from the Old Testament through the regulation of laws that commanded taking care not to participate in the cult of the dead, not to ingest unclean animals, not to have intercourse with a woman while suffering from her menstrual period, by the shedding of innocent blood, and by idolatrous practices. The New Testament explains through all its authors that the irruption of these laws leads the person to exposure to demonic forces that rule over them, in some cases without people noticing it.
The apostle Paul instructs the members of the Corinthian faith community that tolerance of idolatrous ritual practices can establish a diabolical presence even within a church, and they do not notice it.
20But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. 21Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.1st. Corinthians 10:20-21
The apostle John for his part dictates that anyone who claims to live outside the doctrine is made to participate with satanic behaviors,
9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.2nd. John 9-11
The apostle Peter also warns about the spiritual danger that those who do not take care to avoid falling into satanic filth,
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.2nd. Peter 2:20
In an effort to help the spiritual growth of the Gentile faith communities, the Jerusalem church arranged that they should be exhorted about the danger of continuing to practice the pagan customs to which they were accustomed,
but that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.Acts 15:20
The degree of filth that the person possesses is measurable. In the book of Genesis before Adam’s explanation that he was naked and therefore hid from God, his explanation determined that Adam had eaten from the tree of the science of good and evil.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?Genesis 3:11
In the case of Simon, the former magician of Samaria, the apostle Peter determined by Simon’s words the degree of defilement under which he found himself,
19saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost. 20But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. 21Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God.Acts 8:19-21
Even the disciples themselves suffered the effects of satanic defilements. The case when Peter wanted to correct Jesus’ decision to go up to Jerusalem,
But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.Mark 8:33
The case of the brothers, James, and John,
53And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. 54And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 55But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.Luke 9:53-55
These and many other cases show how through words, through intentions, and even through the actions of the people themselves, the degree of uncleanness that the person possesses can be measured.
The spiritual defilement that man captures and/or carries is housed in the belly. The apostle Paul writes to the Philippians and in his teaching about man’s depravity, he highlights the place where the defilement is housed that the person acquires and/or possesses.
Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly thingsPhilippians 3:19
Paul is not referring to the stomach, the word that the apostle uses in this text is the word κοιλιά, while the word “stomach” is in turn the word στομαχον. It is the “womb”, that is, the place where life is gestated in a woman, although the Bible identifies the same place also for man as the place where the capacity to procreate is established.
Regarding the text in question, it is a text badly translated in most modern versions, due to the lack of knowledge of revelation of the translators to understand what the apostle was referring to. The translators understood that Paul was giving life to the attribute of the person prone to gluttony, and so they used the copulative verb in its “is” form; in fact, there are versions that translate, “whose god is their appetite”. However, Paul is not identifying the attributes and/or activities of a gluttonous person, but identifying the location of the one who feeds his delirium, that is, identifying the seat of his defilement; therefore, the best translation is to use the verb to be in its stative form; the grammatical form in Greek allows it because Paul’s expression is written using two subjects: ο θεος η κοιλια; it reads literally, God the belly, there is no verb that unites them. Therefore, the text should be read as follows,
Whose end is destruction, whose god is (dwelleth in) their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
The contamination of the spirit of man is housed in the womb, and this because the womb is the seat of the spirit of man; Jesus taught on this subject in the following Words,
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.John 7:38
This is the reason the apostle Paul speaks of bowels in his epistles, what he is highlighting is the spirit with which people feel, and/or do things,
Ye are not straitened in us, but ye are straitened in your own bowels (σπλαγχνοις).2nd. Corinthians 6:12
In this text the apostle is referring to the fact that the thoughts, feelings, and actions of these believers toward them are scarce in manifestations.
And his inward affection (σπλαγχνοις) is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him.2nd. Corinthians 7:15
In this text the apostle emphasizes the overflowing passion of Titus for the believers of Corinth.
In the same way, an inward love, or simply to love with the bowels, is a spiritual love that transcends all human love, however sublime and self-sacrificing it may be,
For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.Philippians 1:8
If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,Philippians 2:1
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering.Colossians 3:12
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?1st. John 3:17
The vehicle of all filth that enters the man is food, not that the food is defiled, for we already know that Jesus Himself established that not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but the food is a vehicle that transports it, a clear example we have with Judas that while he was participating in the Pesach supper, a supper that according to the book of Exodus was instituted as a deliverance supper, and yet Satan entered into it after the mouthful of food.
for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evilGenesis 3:5
Another similar reference appears with Jonathan, King Saul’s son:
27But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb, and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened. 28 Then answered one of the people, and said, Thy father straitly charged the people with an oath, saying, Cursed be the man that eateth any food this day. And the people were faint. 29 Then said Jonathan, My father hath troubled the land: see, I pray you, how mine eyes have been enlightened, because I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much more, if haply the people had eaten freely to day of the spoil of their enemies which they found? for had there not been now a much greater slaughter among the Philistines?1 Samuel 14:27-30
Hence, from ancient had been stipulated by the Wisdom of the Spirit of God, the need to put a knife to the throat when facing the opportunity to eat in satiety. In light of this, annual times are recommended to avoid eating yeast, to share bread with the hungry, to complete vows to dedicate oneself to the Lord, and even to abstain from favorite delicacies during certain times.
Is all food a vehicle for transporting the forces of darkness? No, not all food is a vehicle to carry the forces of darkness. The foods that carry the forces of darkness are subject to certain spiritual considerations that make them susceptible to carrying unclean spirits.
Food consecrated to idols in pagan feasts.
4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one… 7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled.1st. Corinthians 8:4-7
Apostasy is associated with food, even if it is unlikely to believe it, but it is part of satanic strategies to corrupt entire peoples. The Old Testament narrates the apostasy into which the people of Israel entered because of a festival to which they were invited as a ploy suggested by Balaam to make them fall into idolatry,
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.Numbers 25:1-2
In the writings of the Gospels, it is proclaimed that in recent times apostate activity will multiply; it is not an ecclesiastical activity, but a regional activity based on socially and religiously accepted ritual practices that include food and drink.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 and knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.Matthew 24:38-39
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29 but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. 30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.Luke 17:28-30
Particular care should be taken by churches when they “accept” and celebrate regional festivals, allow the entry of apostate filth, and yield to the powers operating in those regions.
The case of Spain deserves a special mention, the churches and ministries established in Spain must know how to deal with the satanic powers of the region. The evangelization of Spain will not be possible until they see that the seat of apostate filth is found in the multitude of regional festivals that are held: bullfights and sacrifices of animal meat as part of the cuisine of the festivals, coupled with all the wine that is drunk is what gives strength to the satanic powers that operate in the country.
Mexico celebrates a cult of death, and its ritual is accompanied by food prepared for the dead. Mexico is one of the countries with elevated levels of witchcraft and sorcery and is based on the cult of the dead. Bread with allegorical figures to the “dead”, atoles and other celebrations that even the believing church has tolerated, are the strength of the satanic powers operating in the country. Mexico’s violence is only an expression of the satanic powers that operate and demand blood in the region.
Food prepared and/or eaten under some emotional state of crisis
When a person eats food under a crisis mood, the person “eats” his or her own emotional state and becomes filthy. It is any state of mind under crisis conditions: anguish, pain, resentment, suffering, depression. These crises cause the spirits that sustain this type of mood to be able to enter without any impediment through food.
15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died… 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.Romans 14:15-20
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:Ephesians 4:26
Now we can understand David’s words when he wrote:
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.Psalm 23:5
What David is simply stating is that he had placed his trust in the Lord, and that because of his trust in Him, his mood was not altered, mostly when he ate.
Food loaded with wickedness and/or malice
This case deserves special attention. It is about food prepared under the animosity of those who cook it; a person who cooks food and who has courage for something, or against someone, is food that is receiving all the “animosity” of those who cook, when ingested it carries a filth that can even affect the health of those who ate it.
When a person cooks must refrain from doing so under incorrect moods, and refrain from any perverted thinking directed towards someone, their mood is transmitted through the food they cook.
It is not convenient to eat food prepared by someone we do not know, so choosing where to eat when we are away from home is a spiritual task that demands spiritual sensitivity and not just a taste for food.
Under this principle all kinds of food carrying sorcery operate; many people have received spells through food they have ingested that has been cooked by others. It is not advisable to accept food on dates where pagan festivals are celebrated, such as Halloween, meals for funerals, even meals for birthday celebrations and weddings.
In short, spiritual strongholds tend to strengthen with age, with cyclic practices, and with the implementation of food and drink during exercise. The powers that promote them seek to introduce defilement into the spirit of man. The apostle Paul recognizes that many men and women of faith are spiritually asleep, and all because of the defilement that darkness introduced into their bosom,
29For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.1st. Corinthians 11:29-31
The Spirit of God is visiting entire villages to awaken the army of God who, having fallen asleep, has neither seen nor prevented the satanic forces from sowing apostate tares in the regions.
25but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?Matthew 13:25-28
All biblical quotations are taken from the King James Version.
Pastor Pedro Montoya
 Genesis 1:26
 John 4:24
 Hebrews 1:3
 Deuteronomy 6:4
 John 1:16
 Philippians 2:7
 Leviticus 20:15
 Mathew 10:28
 1st. Corinthians 15:49
 Romans 6:16
 Leviticus 21:1; Numbers 9:7
 Leviticus 11
 Leviticus 20:18; Ezequiel 18:6
 Numbers 35:32-34
 Leviticus 18:27-29
 Genesis 3:10
 1st. Timothy 5:23
 Deuteronomy 7:13; 28:4, 11 y 18
 Genesis 15:4
 Mathew 15:11
 Exodus 12:12—14
 John 13:27
 Proverbs 23:2
 Exodus 12:15
 Isaias 58:7
 Numbers 6:1-3
 Daniel 10:3
 Micah 6:5