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Love, Liberty and Life - Pt. II (24 of 40)
Series: Living Under Kingdom Authority
Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 8
Now with our Bibles opened to 1 Corinthians 8, we're picking up where we left off this morning thinking about Love, Liberty and Life. As you study God's Word, keep in mind that the Bible is more of a book of principles than it is a book of rules.
It's true that in the Bible, God speaks to us about some things very specifically: You shall not steal; You shall not lie; You shall have not other gods before Me.'' His word is not void of rules to follow because He knew we needed them to keep us out of trouble. But by and large the Bible is a book of principles.
You say, ''Pastor, why is that? Why principles? It would be so much easier if we had rules to follow. Rules for the redeemed!'' Really? How's that going for you? I mean, following the rules? Hey, the truth is we have trouble following rules, don't we? And besides that, there cannot be a rule written for every situation that comes our way. And besides, every generation of believers deal with circumstances and challenges that the last generation never faced. And the next generation of believers will face circumstances and challenges that our generation never faced.
Now are you starting see why God's word is more principles than rules? The truth is, we need both principles and rules. The rules help guide us in those black and white issues. The principles help guide us in those gray areas that the Bible doesn't specifically speak to.
There is such a thing as absolute truth, those things that remain the same in every generation. But there are also those things that do not remain the same and 1 Corinthians 8 is a great example of that.
The believers at Corinth faced an issue that no one here as ever faced or probably will never face: is it OK to eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols? So, what benefit is a chapter like this is to us who will never face such an issue? Does God have ...
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