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Fat People Don't Go to Heaven? Since When?

Fat People Don't Go to Heaven? Since When?

The lengths that people will go to, just to lose weight, never cease to amaze me, but this method may take the cake.

Recently I have been hearing a lot about the Remnant Fellowship Church in Franklin, Tennessee. This church preaches about God and weight loss in the Weigh Down Diet program. Amazingly enough, Weigh Down is the most successful Christian weight loss program in the country, which has many people flocking to Gwen Shamblin (pictured), the leader of Remnant, like fixated moths to a bright light.

The basics of the Remnant Fellowship are this: overeating is a sin. Her book The Weigh Down Diet, which has sold over a million copies worldwide stresses the benefits of eating tiny bites and objects to exercising to offset your caloric intake. The scare tactics and shame methods keep followers in line by telling them overeating will result in hell.

The best part. Remnant does not allow theological debate, and free will is basically out the door. Shamblin directs those with questions to her 800 number.

My take on this whole thing: The best way to lose weight from the Weigh Down Diet is by running (very, very fast) in the opposite direction of the Remnant Fellowship. This diet is cult-like and unhealthy, not only for the body but for the mind as well. I am all for a support group when trying to get fit, but not a support group that tells you it's either weight loss or hell. Shamblin is making millions while her followers are contemplating suicide, that's just not right.

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cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 7 years
I think the woman who is using guilt AND religion to create a diet plan is banking on those who will "falsely" not profit from this prophesy. I happen to think guilt usually MAKES people eat...and then again when they feel guilty about doing so. It is that merry-go-round many can't get off of. Tossing "religion" at a "huge" problem simply will result in bigger problems. This woman is whacko.
toughlove toughlove 9 years
What about these scriptures: All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship (Psalms 22:29, KJV) Let your soul delight itself in FATNESS (Isa.55:2) Eat the fat and drink the sweet (Nehemiah 8:10). I think God is quicker to condemn a heart bloated with pride in good looks than He is to send a Twinkie junkie to hell. Here is an excerpt of a poem posted on my site: Something's the matter with that fat pastor He's big as a whale and this fast won't help He'd sell his soul for a seafood platter His lard will fuel the fires of hell. I caught him with a bucket of chicken He swore he'd picked it up for his kids He always hangs around the church kitchen Throughout this fast he's sneaked tidbits. That Twinkie junkie is worse than Lenore He pops diet pills and vacuums food in That pastor's not fit to serve the Lord That man is a walking mountain of sin! * * * * * conclusion: I think people who eat are a little less grumpy than those who starve themselves.
The-Italian-Jem The-Italian-Jem 10 years
I know no one will probably ever read this because it is an old post, but I just have to... false prophets.
iloveclothes86 iloveclothes86 10 years
what if their weight were due to genetics? "hell" and "fat" genes are linked?
lemuse20 lemuse20 10 years
If being overweight is a sin, then having a crappy fake bake tan and a fried outdated hairdo must be too. The lady needs to check the plank in her eye then actually read the book.
DStirk DStirk 10 years
Does anyone else think that the chick that runs it is totally creepy looking?! She could use a hamburger or two. I can't believe that she tries to control people like that, ugh. Just try and be happy with yourself, don't turn to crazy boney cult leaders!
mandyjean mandyjean 10 years
its not the church its the people who run it. theyre called false profits.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
Any church that tries to MAKE you follow them or tells you it's their way or hell is not one I would belong to. But I do think it's offensive to say that churches in general are jokes. Churches are a place for people with similar beliefs to gather, converse, and support each other. Being a Christian in my eyes is all about doing what's right - what's best for EVERYONE. Respecting other people, helping out less fortunate. Churches are probably the number one resource that fuels charities. WITHOUT churches, the world would be a corrupt place - to call every church a corrupt organization is just WRONG. That's fine for you to be Godless - if you don't feel lost without Him, that's your life. But I don't call your beliefs or wherever you might go to find comradery and support a joke.
Vannuccia Vannuccia 10 years
lol, now this is why I don't have a religion. Not to offend anyone, but the 'Church' is a joke. People should just concentrate on being good people and treating each other with respect, instead of being trapped by a corrupt organisation.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i don't like this at all. i'm sure God wants you to respect your body (after all, He took the time to make it ~ millions of years went into the making of modern homo sapiens) but He most certainly wouldn't want you to hate yourself! :( it makes me sad to see people take advantage of others' faith and desperation to lose weight like this.
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