1Corinthians 8:1-13 Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of him. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 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.
I would like to offer several last thoughts on the grey areas now that I am back from China and have just a little more time. I actually got up at 3 am due to my body having no idea what time it is.
Will you take note of the things mentioned in this chapter of the Bible.
First, if you think you know so much your probably don’t. You certainly haven’t learned all that you need to learn or will learn. I fear that one of the biggest mistakes that I made as a young man was to think that I knew things. I would hear it preached and accept it often without thinking. I hurt people. I hurt my family. I took things that men said way too literally. You don’t know what you think you know.
Eating the meat offered to idols or not eating it does not make you better than the other. Some where along the way we all want to find a set of rules to live by and of course mine is better than yours. Paul makes it simple. No it is not!
The idols and the false gods were nothing. The real question here was the conscience of my brother in Christ and I would not want to offend him because I knew something he didn’t or felt a freedom that he didn’t feel.
Regardlessly I should not let my freedom become a stumbling block to my brother or sister in Christ. That is where I would like to say to all. Quit flaunting your freedom. Quit getting with others and bragging about how you are better because you do not obey the convictions, rules, standards or whatever that others hold to. Just live to Christ. Keep the right spirit and attitude and you will have come much farther. Do what is right. Do not cause your brother to stumble.
Paul would rather never eat meat than cause a brother to stumble. That pretty well settles it. Be careful how you treat your brother in Christ.
Last thing, we live in grace. We are saved by grace. We are under no rules or regulations. That doesnâ€™t make us superior to others. It actually points out that we recognize our tremendous need of a Saviour. Grace certainly doesnâ€™t give us the right to mock others. It doesnâ€™t give us the right to act like we are smarter than, more spiritual than etc.
Be careful how you use the liberty that you have been given so that it never becomes a license to sin. Check out the following verses: Jude 1:4, Galatians 5:13, 1Peter 2:16