Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Christian Liberty

We should keep watch over our words and deeds, not only in their intent and purpose but also in their possible influence over others. There may be liberties which lead to no danger for us but which to others with less stable character, and less wholesome environments would be full of peril.
It is part of our duty to think of these weaker ones, and of the influence of our example upon them. We may not do anything in our liberty, which might possibly harm others. We must be willing to sacrifice our liberty if by its exercise, we endanger another's soul.
[J. R. Miller]

Romans 14:19 ... Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

Romans 14:20-21 ... For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.  It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

1 Corinthians 8:9-13 ... But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.  For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;  And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?  But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.  Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.

1 Corinthians 10:23-24 ... All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.  Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.