Should Christians: Celebrate Christmas? Participate in Halloween? Go dancing? Drink alcoholic beverages? Get a body-piercing? Smoke? Play cards? Read Harry Potter?
These types of question are what Romans 14:1 calls disputable matters or opinions. They are the secondary issues, the non-essentials, the gray areas.What all these things have in common is that the Bible does not directly address whether these things may or may not be done.
How we deal with these kinds of issues places us in the realm of Christian liberty, that is, what do we have the freedom to do in Christ? The strong/weak distinction in Romans 14 is not a general evaluation of a person’s spiritual life but it is issue-specific (that is, weak in a particular area). Since there will always be diversity in the church, there will always be differences of opinion about what the will of the Lord is regarding these kinds of beliefs or practices. How are we to deal with these differences and maintain unity?
Folks, I don’t normally post two articles here on Inspirational Christian Blogs from the same blog site in the same day, but I was really impressed by John’s articles about Christian liberty and how to handle that, or not handle it. I highly recommend these two posts by John over at, The Glory of the Grind.
About the author: Greg is a strong believer in Jesus Christ and is also a political analyst, author, and is the Editor-in-Chief for the National War Council. By day he is a self-employed non-emergency medical transport driver, as well as being an author and blogger. His articles are first published on Inspirational Christian Blogs, and I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel of Christ! From there the articles are widely published on many well-known conservative websites. If you would like to republish his articles, please feel free to do so leaving all links intact and crediting the author and the website that the article appeared on.
Greg is the author of the newly released book: Spiritual Darkness is Destroying America and the Church
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