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Stumbling or Stepping Stone (41 of 47)
We looked last week at the issue of the weak and the strong. As we look at these passages of scripture, we are going to continue to look at the issue, but Paul sheds some new light on the issue at hand. The thing we need to remember as we look at this passage of scripture today is what Paul says in verse 13, "Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way."
I. Things are Neutral (14-18)
14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
The first thing that Paul show us here is that THINGS are Neutral. He says in verse 14, "I am fully convinced that no food is unclean in itself." It seems that as Christians we get wrapped up in things. Many people in churches worship things about the church. I remember the first church I ever worked in they decided to remodel the inside of the church. Well, they picked their color scheme and they ran into a problem. They wanted to change the curtain that covered up the baptistry because it was maroon and it would not go with the new color scheme. Well, they ran into a little problem. There was this small group of people that were not going to let that happen because they new the person that had donated that curtain and they did not one to see it change. This became a big argument in the ch ...
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