(Thus he declared all foods clean) Part 4 | Romans 14:14

Romans 14:14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean.

Here we have another verse from the writings of Paul which is ‘interpreted’ by mainstream theology, so as to claim that the Law of Moses, and more specifically ‘the Leviticus 11 Food Laws’, are abolished.

Let’s start with the deception; the ‘truth’ has been hidden from us for far too long!

In almost every single English translation of verse 14, we have the word “unclean”, three times!

This is a lie, three times!!

The Greek word that Paul actually wrote in this verse is κοινὸν/koinon, Strong’s G2839, all three times!!! This is the English word ‘common’, NOTunclean (or should we start calling ‘Koine Greek’, “Unclean Greek”???).

To mean “unclean“, Paul would have used ἀκάθαρτος/akathartos, Strong’s G169.

Instead, the Greek text reads koinon, which means ‘common’, ‘defiled’, or ‘profane’ (as opposed to holy or set-apart).

Therefore, in truth, the verse reads ~

Romans 14:14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is common in itself, but it is common for anyone who thinks it common.

Here is the disconnect: Scripturally, anything ‘unclean is defined by God Almighty. If He said it is unclean, then it’s unclean… Period. Unclean is as bad as it gets. It is impossible for an unclean thing to become ‘common’, defiled, profane, or not-holy’; it’s already worse than all of those!!! The only thing that can become ‘common/defiled/profane’, is something that is ‘clean’ or ‘Holy’.

So, now that we know only something ‘clean’ or ‘Holy’ can becomecommon”, what does that Scriptural fact reveal?

Well, since the apostle Paul actually wrote, “common”, it proves beyond the shadow of a doubt, that it was impossible for the food he referred to in Romans 14:14 to be an unclean animal; it’s impossible!

Paul did not say, unclean’ in this verse; we have been lied to!

The translators have ‘changed’ the Word of God, to twist the context of the verse in order to redefine the doctrinal position of the Apostle Paul, to fit preconceived denominational dogma. This is practically the same kind of deception I expounded upon in the first part of this series, ‘(Thus he declared all foods clean) Part 1 | Mark 7:19’. In that study, I showed how the majority of the modern translators ‘added to the Word of God’, in order to change the context of the Scripture; whether this was done on purpose or in ignorance, it’s still deception.

You need to understand, mainstream theology has kept hidden from us, the Truth of what the Scriptures actually reveal. There is a big difference between ‘koinos’ and ‘akathartos, between ‘common’ and ‘unclean’!

In Acts 10:14, Peter used both “common/koinos” andunclean/akathartos”, in the same sentence, to describe food that he had never eaten, nor would ever eat (see ‘Part 2’ of this study).

What does the text say?

Acts 10:14 But Peter said, “By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is G2839common or G169unclean.”

Since there was obviously a difference between the two terms to a 1st Century/post-resurrection Disciple of the Son-of-God, shouldn’t we also except the distinction?

Mistranslating a word from the original text in the Word of God, to twist the context, in order to ‘change’ God’s doctrine is blasphemy!

We know that the Bible defines “unclean” animals/meat in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, but when is meat considered “defiled/common”? The circumstances in which ‘animal/meat’ is considered defiled, is when a clean animal dies naturally or is torn by beasts (Leviticus 22:8); or, when the blood has not been properly drained from the clean animal (Leviticus 17:13-14; 3:17, Acts 15). Such animal flesh was considered common, or profane. Similarly, in Acts 15:20, 29, the Christian Council forbade the new converts to eat the meat of a strangled animal, or meat that had not been drained of blood, i.e. common/defiled/profane meats. These are basic food Laws from the Law of Moses.

Here is another disconnect: we have been taught for centuries that anything you can shove into your mouth is ‘food’, and that in times-past, some of it was considered ‘clean-food’, and some of it was considered ‘unclean-food’. That premise is 100% Scripturally wrong! God NEVER said, ‘pig, crab, snake, dog, vulture, etc. were ‘unclean-food’; He said, they were “unclean animals” and “NOT food”! | Leviticus 11.

In the case of Romans 14:14, “defiled or profaned” would have been the correct terms to use, as the meat under discussion was most likely that offered to idols then sold in the marketplace for public consumption. Remember, a lot of these believers outside of Israel were brought up as pagans/gentiles. They knew that some of the meats sold at market could have been used as sacrifices to idols. As Paul mentioned in ‘Corinthians’, we know this was an issue for some of his congregations. This concern among the 1st century believers is completely ignored as Scriptural context by today’s mainstream teachers.

To paraphrase then, the verse should read: “. . . there is nothing defiled of itself; but to him who considers anything to be defiled, to him it is defiled.”

The meat was not in fact defiled. However, those “weak in the faith” believed that, because the meat had potentially been offered to a pagan idol, it may have been defiled.

Paul explained, in 1 Corinthians 8:4-7, that the demon behind the idol is nothing, because “there is no other God but one” (verse 4). Thus, there is no ‘taint’ to the meat that could make it “defiled”.

What does the text say?

1 Corinthians 8:7-8 However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. But food does not commend us to God; for neither if we eat, are we the better, nor if we do not eat, are we the worse.

So, as we’ve read, Paul by no means claimed God’s Food Laws changed concerning clean and unclean animals. The topic of Law NEVER even comes up!

Mainstream theology ‘assumes’ that Paul endorsed the annulment of the dietary instructions in the Law of Moses; this is called ‘Eisegesis’. If you carefully read the chapter (without that preconceived idea), you will see that theory is false; it’s “assumed.”

To reiterate, Paul is discussing “food” (v.20) that may have ‘become defiled or common (v.14); unclean animal/meat can NEVERbecomecommon or profane, it’s ALREADY worse than that, it’s an abomination! ONLY that which is clean can become ‘common‘!

Most CRITICAL, just 13 verses later, Paul told us that “the Scriptures”, i.e. the Law, the Prophets and Writings, were written for our “instruction”. Those instructions, the ones that the Apostle Paul said are for you and me, they’re how we’re to determine what is food and what is not food; this is his conclusion to the issue of what is considered food.

What does the text say?

Romans 15:4 For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction

Paul told Timothy the same thing ~

2 Timothy 3:15-17 15and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

What mainstream theology fails to comprehend (and teach), is that Paul is NOT referring to his own letters when he says All Scripture” or “the sacred writings” or “the Word of God”.

Don’t misunderstand me, I am not saying Paul was not inspired by the Spirit of God when he wrote his letters, but think logically not emotionally; think like a 1st Century Berean. When the apostle Paul wrote these letters to Rome and Timothy, the ‘New Testament’ didn’t even exist yet! Paul is referring to the Old Testament, the Law, the Prophets and the Writings, when he says “All Scripture” or “the sacred writings”. The apostle Paul is stating that the Law is ‘profitable for teaching and training in righteousness’! He didn’t say it was abolished, did he? He said, ‘it is profitable‘! Please read ‘The Law: Fulfilled or Abolished?‘.

The Apostle Paul is unequivocally stating that God’s Instructions in Righteousness, are “The Scriptures” (the Law, the Prophets and the Writings), which tell us what is “Set-Apart ‘good’ food to eat”.

In ‘Part 1’, ‘Part 2’, and ‘Part 3’ of ‘(Thus he declared all foods clean)’, we read verses where Jesus, Peter and then Paul, all proved that the ‘Food Laws’ were either, not the topic of discussion, or they are manifestly promoted and upheld.

The Apostle Paul’s letters are ‘interpersonal commentaries’ to address specific doctrines and/or traditions, and how his assemblies were misunderstanding them or disobeying them. In Romans 14, the subject is not whether there was a change in the food Laws (or Sabbath Laws, for that matter)! Please read ‘Context, Context, Context’, which is a study of the first half of ‘Romans’ chapter 14. Verse 1 starts with Paul calling the whole contextual issue ‘an opinion’, not a new command; not a “thus declares The LORD” declaration. The apostle Paul is discussing his ‘opinion‘!

What does the text say?

Romans 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.

Paul was NOT introducing brand new doctrines; they were NOT ‘secret’ downloads from God that were independent of “established Scriptural doctrine”.

Never, in any of his letters, did the apostle Paul make a new declaration, “Thus says יהוה ”, or “Now the Word of the LORD came to me”, or “Thus, declares the LORD”; Never! He always quoted from the “established Scriptures”, and he said that those “Scriptures” are for our Instruction today.

Let’s use critical thinking and logic, not emotion.

Does God change?

What does the text say?

Malachi 3:6 For I the LORD do not change

The LORD God does not change; whatever has been ‘unclean’ or an ‘abomination’ to Him will never change.

The Lord GOD does not change; to claim that He does is blasphemy.

That being said, according to mainstream theology, Paul’s “mistranslated” statement in Romans 14:14 is a ‘change in the food Laws’. According to current mainstream doctrine, the animals which are listed as unclean, and an abomination to the LORD, have changed.

Mainstream dogma contradicts the established Scriptural truth that GOD does not change.

Lastly, I would like to bring to light another point of context which is NEVER taught from the modern mainstream pulpit:

The first 13 chapters of Romans has Paul promoting, reverencing, upholding, and teaching the Law of Moses:

Romans 2:13 for not the hearers of the law are righteous before God, but the doers of the law shall be declared righteous.

Romans 2:18,2018and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 20an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—

Romans 2:2323You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law.

Romans 3:1-21what is the value of circumcision? 2Much in every way.

Romans 3:31 Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law.

Romans 7:7 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin.

Romans 7:12 So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.

Romans 7:22 For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being

Romans 7:25 So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind

Romans 8:7 For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law

If you haven’t already, please read the 16 studies of these, and many other quotes from Paul, on my ‘Romans Page’.

Final Thoughts:

  1. In our “future”, at the End of Days, God’s Judgement will bring a consuming wrath upon those who eat unclean animals; Eating pig’s flesh will still be considered worthy of judgement and punishment by the LORD!

What does the text say?

Isaiah 66:16-17 For by fire will the LORD enter into judgment, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the LORD shall be many. “Those who sanctify and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following one in the midst, eating pig’s flesh and the abomination and mice, they shall be consumed altogether”, declares the LORD.”

Is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob a liar???

  1. The Greek word κοινός [koinos/common/G2839], and it’s cognates are used only 4 times in the Septuagint [Old Testament in the Greek], and every time in reference to things “shared in common”. In the Septuagint, the Greek word koinos is never used to refer to “uncleanness” or to something as “unclean”; NEVER!

In fact, in Leviticus chapter 11, the word “unclean” is listed 32 times in regards to animals that are NOT considered food.

  What does the text say?

Leviticus 11:4-84Nevertheless, among those that chew the cud or part the hoof, you shall not eat these: The camel, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is G169unclean to you. 5And the rock badger, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is G169unclean to you. 6And the hare, because it chews the cud but does not part the hoof, is G169unclean to you. 7And the pig, because it parts the hoof and is cloven-footed but does not chew the cud, is G169unclean to you. 8You shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall not touch their carcasses; they are G169unclean to you.

There are another 27 usages of the word “unclean” in the this chapter, and every single time in the Septuagint, “unclean” is translated from akathartos/G169, EVERY time!