|Romans 14 |
1 Accept a person who is weak in faith, but not to judge over disputable things.
2 For one believes that he may eat all things; another, who is weak, eats only vegetables.
3 Let him who eats all things, not despise him who does not eat. Let not him, who does not eat, judge him who does eat; for God has accepted him. [From the Word of the Lord within: "Do not judge each other on food or drink." Let no one judge you on your food or drink, Col 2:16; what one eats and drinks is a matter of individual conscience. Since the conscience is subject to persuasion by the Spirit, everyone will have the same view on permissible food and drink when their faith has been perfected.]
4 Who are you to judge another man's household servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Yes, he will be helped to stand. For God is able to make him stand.
5 One man esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
6 He who observes a day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe a day, does so to the Lord. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, does so to the Lord, and gives God thanks.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and no man dies to himself.
8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore if we live or die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you value your brother as nothing? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
12 So then everyone of us will give an account of himself to God.
13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore; but rather resolve this, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way.
14 I know, and am convinced by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean in itself; but whoever thinks anything is unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 But if your brother is grieved because of your food, you do not walk in love. Do not destroy him with your food, for whom Christ died.
16 Do not let what you consider good be spoken of as evil.
17 For the kingdom of God is not in food and drink; but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.1 [In his sermon early Quaker Stephen Crisp, who dwelled in the kingdom, testified that in one day under the government of Christ, (in the kingdom), one has more joy, pleasure, and delight than a thousand days outside it.]
18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and the things with which we may edify one another.
20 Do not destroy the work of God over food. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil to eat [anything] if it offends another man. [In the company of those who believe eating meat is evil, we eat vegetarian, (but this would not apply to those who are only vegetarians because think a vegetarian diet is healthier). In the company of those who think alcohol is evil, we abstain from alcoholic beverages.]
21 It is good neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak.
22 Do you have you faith? Keep it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself for the thing he chooses to do.2 [You condemn yourself if you attempt to demonstrate the strength of your faith by eating meat in the company of brother who is vegetarian by conscience, or by your drinking alcoholic beverages in the company of a brother who thinks alcohol is a sin.]
23 And he who doubts about foods, is condemned if he eats them, because he does not eat in faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin. [From the Word of the Lord within: "What is perceived as sin, is sin."]
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1 the kingdom of God is not in food and drink; but in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. As Paul has said: "Man's eye has not seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, the things that God has prepared for those who love him." From the Word of the Lord within:
"Truly, I say to you, all the truth is magnificent; you will marvel when you see it.
There are very few people who, when they see what God is, would turn down union with him. "
Stephen Crisp spoke these words in his recorded sermon:
Where there is a great deal of pride, malice and envy, the spirit of Christ will root it up, and all that evil that the enemy has planted in men, he will pluck it up, and bring in everlasting righteousness, and plant love in the same soul, and establish and settle it. Such a one will have more joy, pleasure and delight, under the government of the Spirit of Christ in one day, than anyone can have that is governed by the evil spirit in a thousand days.
2 It is good neither to eat meat, nor to drink wine, nor anything by which your brother stumbles, or is offended, or is made weak. Do you have you faith? Keep it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself for the thing he chooses to do. This is easy to do if you know what another person's faith allows them to eat and drink; but if you are out to eat in the company of any whom you do not know what food and drink they consider improper, you can't just ask them if they are a vegetarian or if they don't drink, because that would create a question from them about your attitude and faith regarding food and drink; and your truthful answer might offend them. So, it is best to defer to them and follow their lead. If they order food without meat, do the same. If they decline an alcoholic beverage offered, do the same.
From the Word of the Lord within: "Refuse strong drink; but if others in your company order a drink, you may order something to drink with them." Note! This is not a command to drink: it is permission if others order something first, and you want to order something to drink with them.
It is possible that you have been instructed by the Lord to not drink alcohol, particularly if you have had a drinking problem in the past; so unless He specifically changes that order and explains why, the above instruction from the Lord does not apply to you; you will have to continue to abstain from alcohol, regardless of what others in your company do.
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