THURSDAY April 19, 2018
For Conscience Sake
"If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner, and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience sake. But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake; for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”
1 Corinthians 10:27-28
Paul continued to address the problems of Christian liberty and a Christian’s conscience in exercising that liberty. If they were invited to eat at a non-believers home, and they served them meat; then they were to ask no question about it being offered to an idol. Just eat the food that was served before them without any question. Then they would have a clear conscience.
However if another believer told them it was offered to an idol, then for their sakes, because they are weaker in the faith, do not exercise your Christian liberty in front of them.
On one occasion, my son Ryan was invited to go to the movies. As he was sitting watching; his conscience convicted him not to be in there, and he left. He is a leader. What would happen if he had stayed? When the lights came on, people would have seen him there. If they knew Ryan, those people would have been stumbled.
The next time they heard Ryan preach, they would not believe the message––that’s the bottom line. Remember, it is not only about your Christian liberties, or your conscience it is about others, and what they think about you when you have stumbled them!
Conscience is the moral consciousness that an action is or is not in accord with moral judgment.
~John H. Gerstner~
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