Do Not Destroy Your Brother – Idol Food | Holy Days – Part 4

In order to be categorized as a Christian who is either “weak” or “strong” in faith -without being guilty of committing sin in the process- Paul gives us 5 conditions we must use to examine our beliefs. We covered the first 4 conditions in Part 3. In Part 4, we will focus on the 5th -and most crucial- condition. It’s the one that many Christians would prefer to just skip over because it involves doing something that our flesh -our natural tendency to gratify our own desires- would have us ignore. However, this condition is extremely important because there is so much at stake… Continue Reading

Which One Am I? – Idol Food | Holy Days – Part 3

In Part 2 of this series, we introduced the concept of Christians who are “weak” in faith and Christians who are “strong” in faith. In Part 3, we are going ¬†to answer the question of “which one am I?” If I am strong, does that mean I am right? If I am weak, does that mean that my belief about a particular subject is wrong? If it is wrong, am I sinning by believing it? Should a “weak” Christian strive to be a “strong” Christian? In the end it all comes down to a matter of “conscience”… Continue Reading

Weak And Strong – Idol Food | Holy Days – Part 2

Some Christians say it is OK to drink alcohol, others abstain from it altogether. Some avoid cutting grass on Sundays, others say it is no big deal. The list goes on and on… Who is right? When the Apostle Paul addresses similar disagreements in his letters to the Romans and the Corinthians, he creates two categories of Christian: Those who are “strong” in faith and those who are “weak” in faith. What does that mean? As we continue in Part 2 of our series, we will explore these designations in depth. Continue Reading

What’s The Big Deal? – Idol Food | Holy Days – Part 1

Within Christianity, there seems to be a lot of disagreement over what professing followers of Christ are allowed to do. In some cases, entire denominations have been formed because of these differences. This is Part 1 of a series in which we will undertake the exposition of Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8. These two chapters of the Bible discuss strange practices like eating “food sacrificed to idols” or observing “holy days.” Included in letters written by the¬†Apostle Paul, these two chapters are typically written off as irrelevant to modern day Christians. But is there something more that we should be paying attention to? Continue Reading