In our on going Truth Factor Discussion, we are currently studying through 1 Corinthians. Tomorrow, we will resume with chapter 8, verse 7b. (If you missed last week’s study, then feel free to catch up here: TF Discussion – Episode 73 – 1 Corinthians – 08-06-14.) Tomorrow, we will begin with the latter part of verse seven where the apostle Paul wrote, “However, there is not in everyone that knowledge; for some, with consciousness of the idol, until now eat it as a thing offered to an idol; and their conscience, being weak, is defiled“ (1 Corinthians 8:7, NKJV).
Christians are to love one another and to seek the spiritual well being of each other. In Philippians, chapter 2, the apostle Paul wrote, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4, NKJV). In 1 Corinthians, chapter 8, verses 7-13, the apostle Paul expresses his concern for the brethren who do not have the knowledge regarding the reality of idols and meats. These “weak” brethren (vs 11) cannot eat meats offered to idols because of their lack of understanding. As a result, when these “weak” brethren see another brother eating such meats, they may be “emboldened to eat those things offered to idols,” and thus sinning (or stumbling, vs 13) before the Lord. As the apostle Paul wrote, “For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols? And because of your knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ” (1 Corinthians 8:10-12, NKJV).
However, there are times when some will use this passage as leverage because they do not like something. You may hear them say, “Well, you can’t do that because that offends me.” While we are not to be selfish towards our brethren (and we should certainly consider the desires and wishes of one another) we must not allow this passage to be used as a tool to control other Christians who are seeking to faithfully serve the Lord.
What are your thoughts on this? Please feel free to leave your comments below and don’t forget to join us tomorrow at 11:00 AM CT at: live.truthfactor.com where we will discuss in greater detail the latter half of 1 Corinthians, chapter 8. Have a wonderful day!