They were so focused on minor matters that they neglected the important ones (Matt. The practical application is that we should be very sensitive about not doing anything that might cause a weaker believer to violate his conscience. We are far from holding that it is legitimate for Christians to use dangerous drugs. Young's Literal: and if through victuals thy brother is grieved, no more dost thou walk according to love; do not with thy victuals destroy that one for whom Christ died. b. ( A) on one another. The Bible itself never prohibited nor discouraged them from having contact with Gentiles (non-Jewish people)! If so, what are the proper grounds for this abstinence? 1986. This might explain the second meaning of common, a meaning which is also found in Greek. Ant . Don't encourage him beyond what he is able to handle. But judge this rather: hitherto his counsel was more general, respecting both the strong and the weak. Bread eaten with unclean hands was not better than excrement. The clause, however, furnishes a transition to the exhortation to the strong. The basic idea in the active sense is to cause one to come to accept a particular point of view or course of action. They are fit only for everlasting condemnation and destruction away from the presence and the glory of the Father. I overheard someone say, "I never miss a morning without having my personal devotions in the Word of God." "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". There is, no doubt, general agreement among Christian people that such substances as opium and marijuana, for example, are so dangerous and harmful, that they should not be used at all. They will be guilty before God someday because when they violated their conscience, in their heart they were disobeying God. They fail to take the power of the Holy Spirit into their reckoning. I haven’t needed any new ones—I’m still working on old ones like these: write at least a short note in my journal every day; make a strong effort to read my Bible and pray each day; organize my time; try to keep my room clean (this was before I had a whole house to keep clean). "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". All rights reserved). Only in the apocryphal literature does koinos mean “unclean” (ritually; e.g., 1 Maccabees 1:47,62). He uses the same Greek word (translated “ruined”) in 1Cor. This doctrine is proved by Romans 14:14 and I Corinthians 10:23. The truth is, however, that "science" is an abstraction. Hebrews 10:29-note How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. That’s one of the questions the apostle Paul answers in his New Testament letter to the Romans. The Christian is a stranger and pilgrim on the earth (Hebrews 11:13). Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. shows, to both parties. —Romans 14:13. BUT TO HIM WHO THINKS ANYTHING TO BE UNCLEAN, TO HIM IT IS UNCLEAN: di heautou, ei me to logizomeno (PMPMSD) ti koinon einai (PAN) ekeino koinon: But - term of contrast. The wise decision to take is, according to Paul, to avoid anything that might cause a shock ( πρόσκομμα), or even a fall ( σκάνδαλον), to your neighbor. 1974. Thinks (3049) (logizomai from lógos = reason, word, account) means to reckon, compute, calculate, to take into account, to deliberate, and to weigh. — Reprinted by permission. Lupeo has the basic meaning of causing pain, distress, or grief and is used by John to describe Peter’s reaction when Jesus asked Peter "the third time, "Simon, son of John, do you love Me?" The salvation which it brought was directed to the redemption of Nature, as well as of man, sanctifying the creature, and pervading all parts of man's being and all relations of life. Church members are supposed to be Christian people. By contrast he recalled how good it was when both sides agreed to disagree. BibliographyAlford, Henry. Amazed by his question, I hastened to affirm that this was both a good idea and God's plan for our giving. 14:14, “unclean”; of the blood of the covenant, as viewed by an apostate, Heb. The Spirit of God will work true holiness in the hearts and lives of the people, their consciences will be enlightened, and their walk consistent. Koinos gives us our word Koine, the Greek language commonly spoken and written in the Near East in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Nevertheless, notorious wickedness, whether in principle or practice, whereby society is injured,” and God dishonoured, “being a matter subject to no doubt, we ought not only to judge and condemn in our own minds every instance thereof, but should rebuke those sharply who are guilty of it.” But judge this rather — Instead of judging others, let us observe this as an important rule for our conduct; that no man put a stumbling-block — Any cause of stumbling; or an occasion to fall — Into sin; in his brother’s way — Hindering him in his way to heaven: let us do nothing, how indifferent soever it may be in itself, which may tend to prejudice, discourage, or mislead any other Christian; especially let us not, by an unseasonable use of our Christian liberty, induce him to act against his conscience, or with a doubting conscience, or unnecessarily move him to hate or judge us. Be honest in your evaluation as you answer the following questions: Are you using your freedom to cloak any evil you might be practicing? the English word ‘worldly,’ meaning first secular, then unspiritual). "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". This depreciation arose out of the transcendence of religion to the Eastern mind. to do what leads to peace and edification. CONCLUSION: The True vs. the False Doctrine. This meant that at this stage the hands were wet with water; but that water was now unclean because it had touched unclean hands. ----- IN the first three sermons on chapter 14 of Romans we have considered the the problems of living together in the fellowship of true believers. They are not alarmed by it, they can keep their balance well. As the Lord gives opportunity, you may teach him about true liberty in Christ. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Jude 1:3-note Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. That is fine; some people can do that. That does not make a man ceremonially unclean, (does not defile - koinoo) even though he eat it with ceremonially unwashed hands. Experience or science may show good reasons for abstaining from certain acts or habits — but experience or science can never of itself be binding on the conscience of man. This does not mean that church officers can examine people's hearts and admit to membership only those who are truly regenerate, for they cannot. He was concerned that they would flaunt their liberty in Christ to the detriment of weaker believers, who may be influenced to violate their consciences. He explained that before his conversion, he had run up many bills. Perhaps he goes along with you because he wants your approval, but he gets his eyes off of living to please the Lord. In a previous section of this discussion, we made the statement that "Since things indifferent are not sinful in themselves, the Christian is free to use them — except when there is some special reason for abstinence from them." That the Christian may continue in sin in order that grace may abound, is Antinomianism — which is one of the most harmful of all heresies. The use of alcohol is an example of a stronger brother who in the process of using his liberty regarding alcohol intake potentially sets a stumbling block in his weaker brother's way. This is proved by Romans 14:22, 6, 12, "The faith which you have — have you to yourself before God." If the thing is indifferent in itself, whatever it may be — then the individual Christian, not the church, has the God-given right to decide ethical questions concerning its use. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), GWT: "The Lord Jesus has given me the knowledge and conviction that no food is unacceptable in and of itself" (GWT), NLT: I know and am perfectly sure on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. This problem is far more important than is at first apparent. A weak Christian (Ro 14:1, 2, 3) can be hurt or distressed from watching another Christian say or do something he considers sinful. 20:3). A matter must be regarded as indifferent — until proved to be sinful, not vice versa. Peter referred to ceremonially unclean meat as being "common or profane" (Acts 10:14, marg.). Examples - The rabbis and Pharisees said touching a "defiled" plate made someone "unclean" if it had a rim. Young's Literal: I have known, and am persuaded, in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself, except to him who is reckoning anything to be unclean -- to that one it is unclean. Of course the church may and should require its members to abstain from everything that can be proved by Scripture to be sinful. (McGee, J V: Thru the Bible Commentary: Nashville: Thomas Nelson). A physician may give good advice concerning the care of the body and the proper dosage of medicines — but he has nothing to do with the consciences of his patients. No, because Paul adds, “but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” In other words, it is wrong to violate your conscience, even if your conscience is not completely in line with Scripture. Rather, it’s the brother for whom to drink a beer would violate his conscience. if a "weaker" Christian is distressed by what you eat, you are not acting in love if you eat it. In the present context it pictures a weaker brother looking at the issues involved and arriving at the conclusion that the issues are "unclean". They seem to presuppose that the voice of science can be heard, speaking with authoritative accents, by simply consulting a few volumes in the public library. “The apostle’s meaning is, Since we are all the servants of Christ, and are to be judged by him at the last day, we ought not to usurp his prerogative, by pronouncing one another profane, or bigoted, or wicked, merely because we differ in opinion about matters, concerning which Christ hath commanded … belonging to generality. Cross references. Therefore refers back to [Ro 14:10-12] in which Paul reminds his readers that God alone is qualified and has the authority to judge the minds and hearts of His people, who will all stand before His judgment seat (Ro 14:10) and give account of themselves to Him (v12 cf. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love (agape) for one another." Romans 14:14: “I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.” “Nothing” here is limited by the context. Whereas the wrong use of things indifferent, that is the abuse of them, is contrary to the glory of God and therefore sinful. (Phillips: Touchstone). Our drinking, even in moderation, could easily place a stumbling block in that brother’s way and cause him to fall back into his former addiction. Therefore no universal rule can be made in this matter, for what is an overwhelming temptation to one person — may be no temptation at all to another person. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. (1Cor 3:3), for we walk by faith, not by sight (2Cor 5:7), For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh (2Cor 10:3-see note), I urged Titus to go, and sent the brother with him. 10:22; 14:19; Jn. Letus not therefore judge one another any more; but judge this rather; that no man put a stumbling block, or an occasion to fall, in his brother’s way. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. There must be, whatever Meyer may say, a difference of meaning between the two substantives; not only because Paul does not use pleonasms, but also on account of the particle ἤ, or, which undoubtedly expresses a gradation: or even. O God, please help me to live In the formulation of creedal doctrine — the Christian church is strictly limited by Scripture. Having stated and defended the foregoing principles, we wish to add three qualifying statements in order to avoid any possible misunderstanding: 1. It is exegetical, historical and reverent. Peter Marshall, a late chaplain of the United States Senate, said: "Let us give according to our incomes, lest God make our incomes match our gifts." “The apostle’s meaning is, Since we are all the servants of Christ, and are to be judged by him at the last day, we ought not to usurp his prerogative, by pronouncing one another profane, or bigoted, or wicked, merely because we differ in opinion about matters, concerning which Christ hath commanded us to judge for ourselves. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ice/romans-14.html. Paul warns in our text that we must be doubly careful not to put a "stumbling block or an occasion to fall" in the way of a fellow believer. Jewish ordinances required these "vessels" to be immersed. Romans 13:14(NASB) Verse Thoughts In the Christian life we are commanded to be honest; to be respectful to others; to conduct ourselves with integrity and to love our neighbour as we love ourselves, for love is the fulfilment of God's perfect Law. That view is legitimate. In matters of science, every person must decide for himself. We fully agree with the general opinion of Christian people that such substances as opium and marijuana should not be used at all, except possibly by a physician's orders; but we claim the God-given right to make this decision ourselves, and not to have it made for us by an ecclesiastical judicatory. Scripture is a fuller revelation than natural revelation, and includes all of the latter and much besides; therefore when Scripture does not declare or imply that a certain practice is sinful — we cannot turn from Scripture to natural revelation for fuller light on the matter. And that’s just the problem. Romans 14:14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hdg/romans-14.html. Koinos describes that which is unconsecrated and thus is common or ordinary and the opposite of that which is holy (Rev 21:27). Impulsive love characterizes the spouse who announces to the other spouse that they are planning to divorce their mate. "Pastor, what do you think of tithing?" Cf.. Mk 7:4 explains that "when they come from the market place (agora from ageiro = to collect or gather), they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves." Let us not judge (krino) - Note that this phrase is a present imperative with a negative which means to stop an act (judging) that has begun. Matthew 13:38: "And the field is the world . You should each be fully convinced that whichever day you choose is acceptable. Their lives are wasted and useless (eternally)! It is a hurt to conscience, which, while not necessarily fatal, may lead to violation or hardening of conscience, and finally to fall. a trap set through questions) is so used. The Popular Conception: All rights reserved). Romans 15:13(NASB) Verse Thoughts The God of Hope - Oh what a glorious title and beautiful theme for the triune God Who in unison are pledged to fill us with all joy, peace, love and hope, when we simply trust in the pure gospel of the Son of His love. But he sees you drinking and it tempts him to join in, even though he thinks that he shouldn’t. Koinos describes unclean...hands (Mk 7:2), meats (Acts 10:14, 28, 11:8, Ro 14:14), the blood of the covenant (Heb 10:29). "Commentary on Romans 14:13". If it became unclean it must be broken; and no unbroken piece must remain which was big enough to hold enough oil to anoint the little toe. In the New Testament the words aioon and kosmos are frequently used, the latter being much more common. This does not mean that there are no adiaphora or things indifferent in themselves; it simply means that the right use of things indifferent, that is, the careful, temperate, God-fearing and conscientious use of or abstinence from them — is for the glory of God. Compare 1 Cor. Love is not satisfied with giving trinkets; it must give at the cost of sacrifice: it must give blood, life, all. (Amplified Bible - Lockman), NLT: So don't condemn each other anymore. For a church judicatory to enact a rule prohibiting the use of opium by church members, for example — shows a presupposition that such a rule is necessary. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Out of love for him, limit your liberty in his presence. "Setting at naught" is a dangerous and deadly sin. We may abide by it, and need not fear being disproved and put to shame.". 5 In the same way, some think one day is more holy than another day, while others think every day is alike. Natural revelation is a provision of God by which the heathen, who do not have the light of Scripture, may know something of His power, divinity and moral law. These “stumbling blocks” make it difficult for followers of Jesus to continue in the way of faith that He came to show us—that salvation is by grace not works (Gal. 16:20; 21:17; Ro 14:15; 2Co. What God has clearly revealed — let the church confidently enforce. 6. (Read his full sermon -The Right to Yield), Wiersbe - What something does to a person determines its quality. . (See Spurgeon's comments on what it means to walk). Wesley then apologized to the man and asked his forgiveness. To put an obstacle or stumbling block in your brother’s way would be to do something in front of a weaker brother that for you is a matter of liberty in Christ, but it’s not something that he feels free to do. . Let us not therefore judge one another any more. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Since Christ, the perfect Son of God, loved that weaker brother enough to die for him, shouldn't the strong believer, who is to emulate Christ, love his brother enough not to devastate his spirituality by insisting on his own liberty regardless of the circumstances?Paul calls us to build one another up by not causing each other to stumble, to grieve, or to suffer spiritual loss....When we read Romans 14:15 and realize that the weak believer is devastated by our exercise of liberty and our failure to love him, we are reminded that he was one for whom Christ died. All rights reserved). The words “obstacle” and “stumbling block” are basically synonymous. Paul is telling believers not to go to the other extremes and give up their liberty entirely. 195, states: ". In addition to the obligation to separate from sin and from occasions of temptation to sin — there is a sense in which Scripture requires of the Christian separation from the world. The absurdity is in the notion that sin can be inherent in the use of any material thing — not in the Scripture doctrine that even the least sin has an absolute character. MacArthur - How would a weak brother be grieved? The authority of the church is ministerial and declarative — not legislative. "But you, why do you judge your brother? Used by Permission. That's a virtual repetition of 1 Corinthians 8:11. The Christian is, however, required to separate from all participation in the sins of the world. They see this as Paul encouraging these two groups to live in harmony, limiting their liberty for the sake of their brother. Those who wish to add to what God has spoken in Scripture, certain man-made regulations concerning things indifferent, often take this position because they believe these rules are necessary in order to prevent various evils. Renewal 1960. Amplified: I know and am convinced (persuaded) as one in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is [forbidden as] essentially unclean (defiled and unholy in itself). Thus proskomma can describe that over which a soul "stumbles," i.e. I Corinthians 7:31: "Those who use the world, as not using it to the full . "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Because it is the way to occasion him to sin, and consequently to do what in us lies to bring destruction upon him, for whom Christ died: Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. We are to build up our brother in love by not causing him to stumble, grieve, or be devastated by falling into sin. This principle, in the case of those who are themselves liberal and large-minded, should be not to put temptation in the way of their weaker brethren. 2013. An essay against binding the conscience with regard to practices which cannot be proved from Scripture. So, next, the hands had to be held with finger tips pointing downwards and water had to be poured over them in such a way that it began at the wrists and ran off at the finger tips. In sum, this type of behavior is NOT walking according to love. (Romans 14 - Bible Commentary). Its sinful character is not contingent upon special circumstances, but is inherent in its very nature and inseparable from it. Agape love lays down its rights, seeking the highest good of the other person. Then you are beginning to walk. It is not a sin to be tempted; the Lord Jesus Christ was tempted by the devil — yet He was wholly without sin. The question of the separated life is a very important one, not only because it is a practical question which must be faced by every thoughtful Christian, but also because of the doctrinal ramifications that it has. The doctrine that the church has the right to decide for her members concerning the use of or abstinence from things indifferent, appears to be very widespread, and very seldom challenged at the present day. There are some Christian denominations which actually single out certain specific acts, in themselves indifferent — and require of church members abstinence from those things as a condition of membership. A church judicatory may not decide cases by opinion, but must decide according to the law and the evidence. There is in the world today no such thing as the voice of science; there are only the voices of a multitude of scientists, and they are anything but agreed among themselves. Skandalon thus came to mean any entanglement of the foot. That would be training yourself to ignore the instrument through which the Spirit of God subjectively leads you. "It is good not to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do anything whereby your brother stumbles.". Only in Philodemus (1st cent. The whole passage, Galatians 5:16-24, is a radical antidote for the false belief that man-made rules and regulations can curb the sinful tendencies of the Christian's old nature. It is never wrong, morally, to eat what your body may enjoy. Or should the Christian assert his freedom by the free use of things indifferent before the eyes of men. 10:23-30). The one who is weak in faith lacks that confidence. Figuratively, as used most often in Scripture, skandalon refers to any person or thing by which one is drawn into error or sin. The hurt is deeper if the offending believer is admired and respected by the weaker one. But the Lord promises that those to whom He gives eternal life can never perish (John 10:28). Some may say that the individual's physician is the proper judge in such a case — but even so, judgment is still left with the individual; he is free to follow or to reject his physician's advice, and also free to change or dismiss his physician. Romans 14:13, KJV: "Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother's way." They tell them, “As a Christian, you can’t dress or look like worldly young people do. 8:31-39). Webster (1828) definition of common - Not distinguished or exceptional; inconspicuous; ordinary; plebeian; - often in a depreciatory sense. BibliographyEdwards, Justin. A few weeks later the eager Christian told me that he and his family learned an age-old lesson: the Lord can make 90 percent go farther than we could ever make 100 percent go. But the issue is not, “How does it affect me?” so much as, “If I do this, how will it affect my brother?” Will it make him stumble? Concentrating on the warts of others is a great way to feel better about ourselves. Mallon then implies prioritizing or ranking which elevates the better over the good, i.e. 8. They explain this by saying that if the weaker brother falls away so as to perish, then he was a “brother” in name only, not in actual fact. The Psalms are loaded with verses of trust in God in the midst of life-threatening situations. Most Christians see this section as a call for Christian unity in the midst of believers using their Christian liberty. (Building Up One Another Without Offending, Part 1 - See dropdown list), William MacDonald - "When I sit down to eat with a weak brother, should I insist on my legitimate right to eat Crab Louis or Lobster Thermidor, even if I know he thinks it is wrong? Cottrell writes "I must conclude, though, that this strong warning does imply that the careless and unloving exercise of Christian liberty can lead to actual loss of salvation for a weak brother. Lest this statement be misunderstood, we would add that the reference is to things indifferent as a class, not to every specific adiaphoron individually. 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