by Donald Cantrell

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Limiting Liberties at Corinth (10 of 21)
Series: 1 Corinthians
Donald Cantrell
1 Corinthians 8:1-13

I - Proper Perception (1 - 3)
II - Permissible Practices (4 - 8)
III - Personal Prevention (9 - 12)
IV - The Practical Path (13)

This sermon contains a fully alliterated outline with sub-points.

Theme: ''Looking at how we can abuse our liberty at hurt others''


Strength Can Become Weakness

A person who calls himself frank and candid can very easily find himself becoming tactless and cruel. A person who prides himself on being tactful can find eventually that he has become evasive and deceitful.

A person with firm convictions can become pigheaded. A person who is inclined to be temperate and judicious can sometimes turn into someone with weak convictions and banked fires of resolution . . . Loyalty can lead to fanaticism. Caution can become timidity. Freedom can become license. Confidence can become arrogance. Humility can become servility.

All these are ways in which strength can become weakness.
Dore Schary - Bits and Pieces

In our sermon today Paul is now going to address his third issue pertaining to questions from the letter that had been delivered to him. He had previously answered their questions concerning ''marriage and divorce'' and now he is going to answer their questions concerning ''meats and diet''.

We may look at this ancient anxiety with pettiness and smugness, but this was a very relevant issue in the early days of Christianity. We have our same issues today, but they aren't over our meats or our diets. In our religious circles there is much debate on drinking, dancing, dining, and whether gambling is a sin, is smoking a sin, is going to the movies a sin, is mixed bathing a sin, and the list goes on and on.

In the city of Corinth the easiest place to buy meat was at the meat market that was attached to the temple. The people of Corinth would take their best meat to the temple and offer it u ...

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