1 Corinthians Sermon Series: May-Sept. 2018 # 11 – Are You A Stumbling Block? 07/29
In the Apostle Paul’s day, there was as there is today, a tussle or wide range of perspectives on what a Christian is allowed to do, shouldn’t do, can do or would be very wise not to do. He brings up the controversy of the day, which was eating food that had been offered to idols, but there were many other issues that I think he hoped they would apply these biblical principles to.
The list of things that these principles can be applied to is endless. They can help believers decide how to think about drinking, marijuana, movies, chew, whether saying ‘god’ as a slang word is bad, how to dress, what music to listen to, when it’s ok to do something else besides come to church, whether to allow certain things in your home, and what it means to be associated with some things, applicable today to literally what t-shirts we wear, what we share on Facebook, bumper stickers on our truck, and how both Christians and non-christians perceive us.
In some cases, he hoped they’d grow spiritually and that some of them would not be bothered by so many things and not be what he called legalistic. He makes the case that some of them needed to grow up a little and realize that not everything is actually a sin. But he also scolded some of them for not paying attention to what they were doing for they crossed the line in not even trying to live a holy life.