Acts 10:9-16 (NKJV) The next day, as they went on their journey and drew near the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray, about the sixth hour. 10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance 11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth. 12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air. 13 And a voice came to him, "Rise, Peter; kill and eat."
14 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean."
15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common." 16 This was done three times. And the object was taken up into heaven again.

This passage is one of the most used to support eating anything we want to eat. Out of context, it seems like a very viable passage; yet, within its context, it means something totally different. In verse twenty-eight, Peter explains the meaning of the vision.

Acts 10:28 (NKJV) Then he said to them, "You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any MAN common or unclean.

The meaning of the vision had nothing to do with opening up the food table for anything we want; its purpose, and subject, was opening up the Gospel to the gentiles. The gentiles were viewed as common, as unclean. The apostles were not going to the gentiles with the Gospel and God showed Peter that they were not to consider the gentile common or unclean.

Praise God for this vision; for many of you may not be reading this study if it were not for this vision.

We now know that Acts 10:9-16 is not God giving us the ability to eat anything we want.

Part 3 - Do Not Judge in Meat or Drink