A Good Word from Paul

“Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.  For instance, one person believes it’s all right to eat anything. But another believer with a sensitive conscience will eat only vegetables.  Those who feel free to eat anything must not look down on those who don’t. And those who don’t eat certain foods must not condemn those who do, for God has accepted them.  Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? They are responsible to the Lord, so let him judge whether they are right or wrong. And with the Lord’s help, they will do what is right and will receive his approval.

In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable.  Those who worship the Lord on a special day do it to honor him. Those who eat any kind of food do so to honor the Lord, since they give thanks to God before eating. And those who refuse to eat certain foods also want to please the Lord and give thanks to God.  For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves.  If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.  Christ died and rose again for this very purpose—to be Lord both of the living and of the dead.

So why do you condemn another believer? Why do you look down on another believer? Remember, we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.  For the Scriptures say,

   “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
   ‘every knee will bend to me,
      and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.’”

Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.  So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall.”

Romans 14:1-13


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5 thoughts on “A Good Word from Paul

  1. I’m with Paul all the way. I believe that the CoC only applies this to themselves(i.e. those who have the same doctrine). When anyone outside of the CoC isn’t even considered a Christian, this passage falls on deaf ears.

  2. To all those who took Romans 14:1-13 out of your Bible, I am asking you to please put Romans 14:1-13 back into your Bible. Do you know what the Bible says about taking away from the Bible . . . or have you taken that part away too?

    This is a great blog. Thank you so much for having it. 70,599 hits on the answeringchurchofchrist blog. Wow! That is so great. Praise God.

  3. Hi imalive1459 and TomS, glad you stopped by! We’re praying that the lots of folks who are visiting are learning from the experience.

    Blessings!
    Mr. Answer

  4. On July 30, 2008 at 9:24 pm imalive1459 Said:
    I’m with Paul all the way. I believe that the CoC only applies this to themselves(i.e. those who have the same doctrine). When anyone outside of the CoC isn’t even considered a Christian, this passage falls on deaf ears.

    – imalive1459 hit the nail on the head. This is how they view this passage.

  5. lets stop condemning each other?
    jesus own words do that. the southside three
    are the modern day pharasees.
    enough said.
    amen?
    lee

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