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The Pot Bellied Church

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The Pot Bellied Church

Let the record show that I’ve got a pot belly. My 226 lbs today is 98 lbs more than it was when I started evangelizing full-time in 1963. My flat tummy disappeared years ago. I don’t like it; I wish it were a one-day fix. It’s not. I no longer button my suit coats.

  • How does a man get a pot belly?
  • What happens to him?
  • How does he cope?

He’s not proud of the fact that the flatness of his stomach was replaced with a bulge that prevents him from buttoning his suit coat. He does not wish to get any bigger but he refuses to alter his detrimental eating habits. He also refuses to admit the growth of his girth.

What he did was just pull his pants up as far as was comfortable. His comfort zone now was no longer where it used to be. It was at the bottom of his pot belly.

He no longer could see his belt buckle without bending over. He had to continually keep pulling his pants up and finally realized why suspenders were invented. He might have gained weight, but he still wore the same size pants. Things were just moved to a lower level.

The line that was higher up, had to be moved lower. It got lowered one day at a time. It no longer looks like it did. It would take a major change to get it back to where it used to be. It’s not a one-day fix.

This is what happens when the diet of the church gorges itself on worldliness.

  • The line gets lowered.
  • Compromise begins.

To keep things from getting alarming low, additional help is required. Suspenders become necessary. They try to find attractive suspenders that get compliments so that the lowered line is ignored. Lowered lines are quickly seen.

Most with weight issues and lowered lines have also been known to express concerns about back problems as well. Being overweight causes back pain.

Back pain is caused from backbone problems.

Backbone problems are common among those that let down under pressure and give in to the spirit of the age.

P.S. The photos are not of me.

Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 11, 2010 at 11:44 am

Posted in Christian Living

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  1. Perfect example!

    Jennifer Heimoz

    May 11, 2010 at 11:07 pm

  2. Doctrine is like a backbone. Once it’s watered down or compromised, we can’t stand strong any longer. It’s a good illustration you’ve written. Thanks!

    surjanto tirtabudi

    May 12, 2010 at 4:09 am


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