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Christian, Do All Strategically for God’s Glory by Seeking Your Neighbors’ Good

January 16, 2022 Speaker: John Bell Series: 1 Corinthians

Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:14–11:1

Paul prohibits the Corinthian Christians from eating meat sacrificed to idols in three contexts, but he allows it in two:

 

(1) Yes. You have the right to eat meat sacrificed to idols in an idol’s temple when it is not part of the pagan religious ritual (ch. 8).

(2) No. Give up your right to eat meat sacrificed to idols in an idol’s temple if it would harm a fellow Christian (ch. 8).

(3) No. Do not eat meat sacrificed to idols in an idol’s temple as part of the pagan religious ritual, for to do so would be to participate in demon worship (10:14–22).

(4) Yes. You have the right to eat meat sacrificed to idols that you can buy in the meat market and eat in your home or the homes of your neighbors (10:25–27).

(5) No. Give up your right to eat meat sacrificed to idols in another person’s home if a person informs you that the meat was sacrificed to idols and thus implies that they think you as a Christian would object to eating the meat because that would be participating in idol worship (10:28–30).

 

Questions for the Christian to consider: 

  • Does my correctly calibrated conscience permit my presence/participation? Do I have the “right” to be present? May I bend, or flex? I must not violate my conscience, nor the word of God!
  • What is the nature of the act? 
  • How does my “neighbour” view the act? 
  • How is it beneficial/constructive to them that I am “present” or “participating?” What is my motivation in being there? 
  • Am I participating in a sinful act? 
  • Am I aware of the unbeliever’s conscience?
  • Do they believe that by my “participating” or being “present” I am doing something unchristian/unbiblical? If so, then I must either correct them, or not go/participate.