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To Eat Or Not To Eat? (16 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, October 28, 2009
TEXT: Romans 14:1-23
INTRODUCTION: Our last lesson last had to do with submitting to governmental authority. The Bible teaches that we are to obey the government, so long as the government does not violate the Bible. If the government is in violation of God's rules, then Acts 5:29b says, "We ought to obey God rather than men."
Tonight, we turn our attention to another subject-the matter of personal convictions concerning the eating of meat, drinking of wine and worshipping on a certain day. It's good to have personal convictions, things we stand on; however, we are not to criticize those whose convictions are different than ours, unless they are a clear violation of scripture. Titus 1:13 says, "Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith."
Let's see what Paul has to say:
I. DOUBTFUL DISPUTATIONS (VV. 1-9)
A. The Weak in Faith (vs. 1)
1. In Paul's day, meat was often offered to idols. There were those who felt one should not eat meat that had been offered to an idol-even though it may have been later sold in the market place. Paul goes into some detail about this in
I Corinthians. In 1 Cor. 10:25-28, he writes, "Whatsoever is sold in the shambles (meat market), that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:  For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.  If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.  But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof."
2. Again, many Jews still held to the dietary laws
of the Old Testament, which forbid the eating of certain kinds of meat. In Leviticus 11:3-7, the law stated: "Whatsoever parteth the ...
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