The Abuse of Christian Liberty
Bible Text: I Corinthians 10:23-33 | Speaker: Pastor James Zaebst | I Corinthians 10:23: Everything that is not specifically prohibited by scripture is not necessarily a good idea to do. We should always carefully consider the consequences of our actions (Proverbs 4:26).
I Corinthians 10:24: We should act in a manner that puts others first.
I Corinthians 10:25-27: Believers today in the age of Grace are not under any dietary restrictions whatsoever (I Timothy 4:4). This is in sharp contrast with the dietary instructions in Genesis 1:29 and then in Genesis 9:3 and 4 and Leviticus Chapter 11. Today it is lawful to eat anything, but it is not always a good idea to do so.
I Corinthians 10:28-30: Believers must be charitable in our exercise of our own Christian Liberty. We should not act in a manner that offends our fellow believers in Christ. A good example of this is in Acts 15:1-6 and 19-29. (the Gentile believers could lawfully eat any and all things, but it was not a good idea to eat that which was particularly offensive to the Messianic Jewish people). They knew that though it was lawful to eat as you please, it was not good for unity to do so.
I Corinthians 10:31-33: Always act in a manner that brings glory to God. Always ask the question: “Am I glorifying God in what I am about to do?” We must willingly refrain from that which offends or fails to glorify God. We must always put the spiritual wellbeing and the spiritual needs of others first before our own wishes and desires.