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Series: 1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 8
INTRODUCTION: As Christians we exist in a sub-culture (called the church) within a larger culture (called the world). We are called to be missionaries within the culture of the world and to work to influence the world for Christ. As such we are to be IN the world, but not OF the World. Jesus prayed, ''Father I pray that you don't take them out of the world, but that you protect them from the Evil One while they are here''.
Historically the Church has Err'd on one of two sides.
Fundamentalism tends toward sectarianism - come out of the world.
Liberalism tends toward syncretism - be OF the world.
Jesus says, I want you to be IN the world, yet not OF the world.
So don't make the error of the Ultra fundamentalist nor of the Liberal. Don't leave the world, but don't be like the world.
CONTEXT: For the Church at Corinth one of the key areas was related to - should a Christian participate in things related to their former idolatry. Specifically, can they eat the meat that was sacrificed to idols.
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 (ESV)
1 Now concerning food offered to idols:
We are not familiar with this form of Idol worship so let me explain it to you.
Each Family would bring a sacrifice to the idol's temple and give it to the priest. This was their tithe. It was returning a portion of their wealth to the god in order to seek his blessing on the remained of their household.
And the priest would slaughter the animal. Typically, he would cut off the legs usually from the knee down. He would split it open and pull out all the entrails and he would burn them on the alter. As he burned them, that smoke would go up supposedly rising into the nostrils of whatever god they were worshiping.
There was a carcass left. The priest would then cut off a little section for himself that's how he made his living. Then he would take the rest of the carcass and give it back to t ...
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