Seventh-Day Adventists/Mark 7:15-23


Can you help shed some light on Mark 7:15-23 specifically verse 18 and 19 and especially the end of verse 19 as I read from the NKJV "thus purifying all foods."?


I believe I've answered this before on the basis of the parallel passage found in Matthew 15:1-20.  Neither passage is about food.  Both are about washing hands before eating and whether NOT washing your hands makes you ceremonially unclean (defiled).  Christ refutes that by saying that it is not your dirty hands going into your mouth that defile you (i.e., cause you to need cleansing/forgiveness).  Instead, it is the unholy thoughts and desires that come out of your carnal heart as a result of your sinful nature that causes you to need a Saviour.

As for the notion that the English phrase " cast out into the draught" (Matthew 15:17) or "...goeth out into the draught, purging all meats" (Mark 7:19) can be (mis)translated in the NKJV as referring to purifying all foods (as desired by omnivorous, carnal Man) -- that is just ridiculous.  The "draught" refers to the commode (privy) and the feces which comes out of your bowels.  Mistranslating this purge as a purification process is a pipe-dream.

"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."  (2Thes. 2:10-12)

May God richly bless you in direct proportion to your desire to know, and to do, the full truth even as it is in Yehsh' haMshyach, Jesus Christ, The Messiah, our Lord, and our Saviour.  Awmane!


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Dave L Clark


I can answer most any question which is truly Bible-centric. I make this distinction because there is much which is considered biblical; but, which, is actually based only upon the traditions of men. However, I will also state this caveat: not all traditions are necessarily "bad" by definition. Otherwise, the subject about which I am passionate is The Law of God. There is much misconception in this area. In point of fact, I, myself, only woke up a bit over 10 years ago (2002) to what is truly meant by the Law of God and how that relates to Salvation. This, of course, is a touchy subject when you start mixing the Law of God with the subject of Salvation -- which, everyone should know, is a gift of God, by grace, through faith and not of works; lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8,9). I am thankful that God the Holy Spirit has opened, and is opening, my eyes to these Truths.


I have taken Bible classes every year since the first grade through 4-year college level and study the Bible every week with others in Sabbath School. I have also continued studying the Bible, on my own, throughout my life -- particularly these last 10+ years. Therefore, I consider myself to have about 48+ years of both formal and informal Bible experience upon which to draw.

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I have 3 years of formal college and a 4-year college equivalence degree in Information Technology. Otherwise, I am not formally credentialed in Bible doctrine or theology. However, when did God ever say that He only speaks to or through theologian-type or highly-placed sources?

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