♥ 12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are allowed to me,” but I will not be dominated by anything.♥ 1 Corinthians 6:12
God’s goal is to save our soul.
The bible is clear that whoever sins is condemned to spiritual death, and eternal suffering. But what the bible is not clear on is our freedoms as Christians. Obviously, we were made free from the corruption of the world- we won’t ever die, even when our body dies. We were made free from the power of sin, who held us as victims, and slaves. And we were made free to see, when we had been blind to God. The bible says that we all things are allowed to us, except those things that would make others stumble and those things that would make us slaves again.
We are free to eat, travel, buy homes, run businesses, enjoy leisure activities and so on. But as I said, we are not free to cause anyone else to sin, or even doubt their own walk. When we are born, we are born without the knowledge or care for God. Unless our parent, or environment teaches us about God we grow up godless, depending on our conscious. Eventually though, we do begin to wonder about a higher being and this is natural because our hearts are filled with eternity, although we can’t fully grasp the concept. (Ecclesiastes 3:11). And when people come to Christ despite of their biological age, they come to Christ as spiritual babes; and just as we have to treat newborns, and infants with gentle care, we also need to with young converts. There was a battle in the heavens for this one soul, and the enemy would be delighted to get that person back. We are to be careful not to offend young converts, because they can easily misunderstand things, and become prey to the enemy who will lead them away from the Lord.
We are not free if we can directly affect another believer, by our choices. For example, if I choose to wear a dress which is see through, really short or expository- I will easily lead any man into thinking of me inappropriately. After all, remember we are human: even the holiest man, has eyes, and high levels of testosterone. If our choice of clothes, will cause others to stumble then we need to guard our freedom. If we want to dress seductively, we need to do so in the privacy of our own homes. Then of course, there are people who believe wearing tight skirts, jewelry or jeans is a sin, so we simply respect their convictions. Which brings me to respecting other people’s beliefs (Romans 14:1). For example, if someone strongly believes that God is calling them to be a vegan, and eating meat is a sin, we need to respect their conviction and not eat meat around them. If they feel that drinking wine is a weakness, then we need to keep the wine drinking for another day when that person is not around (Romans 14).
- It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. Romans 14:21
- But you must be careful so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble. 1 Corinthians 8:9
- For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13
To be addicted to anything, even things that are not in the bible are WRONG! How many things can you think of that are prone to be addictive? Money, smoking, drinking, masturbation, sex, TV, music, eating, sports! And the perfect example is something like sports, which can become an addiction, if we are not careful. This is a double edged sword because it harms the Self, but also believers who are influenced by the individual. For example, if I am seen drinking, my actions would give the impression that drinking is OK. And the bible says it is okay, except that it also says ‘be drunk in the spirit, not with wine.’. So whoever chooses to use their freedom to drink must know that they need to exercise self-control, otherwise they are sure to fall.
We have FREE WILL, in making choices.
Thank you Lord, for making us free. Thank you for keeping us in your will, and for giving us your joy every single day, for we need your strength every minute. I present to you my life, and that of my fellow believers; I pray you bring us joy and courage to be responsible in our walks with you. I pray for you to help us all to be in our hearts as God, that we may be able to discern right from wrong, and the thin line that we may cross unknowingly. I give you praise because I know we are your temple, and you make yourself known. Show us where we need adjusting, and where we need correction. In Jesus name, Amen.