A web that was spun around and through the Body of Christ over the past few decades is now coming to light, and it is thick, strong, and sticky. It is a web that for a long time remained hidden in the shadows, but those shadows no longer exist. 2020 removed those shadows. And though the brooding darkness hovers overhead like a gathering storm, there is still light in the Body of Christ that is still exposing and confounding that darkness. What is troubling is that there are many in the Body, including the leadership, that remain entangled in that demonic web of deception, even now. But, I pray that their eyes will be opened to the truth that is there to set them free.
In recent days I have been reading of too many pastors and other commentators misusing the Scripture regarding meat sacrificed to idols in both Romans and 1 Corinthians in order to make a point about the vaccine. I even received an email (a bulk email) myself from a former pastor of mine. He, like a good many others, nearly always take the tact that the ones who are against something are of the weaker conscience, and those who are for something are of the stronger conscience. They then either conclude that we as Christians are to quit judging each other regarding gray areas OR we are to love each other OR both.
Romans 14:1-3 is often quoted, “1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him,” and 1 Corinthians 8:9-13 which says, “9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;11 And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died?12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.”
With those two passages they will then go on to make the point of application that we are not to judge one another’s choice to take the vaccine or not to take the vaccine. We are to love each other even when we do not agree on such ‘gray areas’. Taking the vaccine is violating the conscience of some believers, and Christians who have had the vaccine ought to show them compassion even if they do not understand. Plus, those who are not taking ought to be gracious with those who have. No matter whether one takes the shot or does not take the shot, the Biblical response is to be loving and compassionate. So long as what is done is done in faith and with thankfulness, then we must not condemn one another’s decision. Thus, the leadership are in the usual position of calling the Body to be non-judgmental and tolerant.
But, dear pastors and others who are using these passages to make this point, here’s the deal. The vaccine is not a non-judgmental gray area, nor is not taking the vaccine merely a matter of violating one’s conscience. Meat sacrificed to idols is a serious thing, and not to be taken lightly.
But, for the sake of argument, let’s just say that it was merely a matter of conscience. How then should the “strong” Christians respond to the “weak”? Well, according to Paul under inspiration of the Holy Spirit, they ought not to have taken the vaccine in deference to those who are weaker. The Apostle Paul said that he’d rather go without meat his lifetime so as not to cause his brother to be wounded in his faith. How would the weaker brother be wounded in his faith? He/she would be wounded by either turning from Christ or would end up eating meat in unbelief and without thankfulness and thus, would be sinning. Therefore, those Christians at this present time who have taken the vaccine in faith and with thankfulness, ought to have forgone (waived) their liberty for the sake of those who are the so-called weak. It is quite clear from both passages that there are times when the strong are to give up their liberty for the sake of the weak. But, has this been called for in the Church? No, this is not taught. Instead, the strong to do what they want, the weak fall, and everyone is called on to plain and simply get along, even at the expense of truth.
And that is what the sticky web is all about: stifling the Truth in the name of being non-judgmental.
The Bible however, does not teach this. It is quite the opposite. The Body of Christ is taught to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with patience and sound doctrine. Second Timothy 4:1-4 says, “1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” Furthermore, Jesus said that He is the Truth (John 14:6) and the Holy Spirit whom He sent to indwell us is called the Spirit of Truth (John 15:26).
The suffocation of truth is strongly linked to the spirit of antichrist as Daniel 8:12 reveals, “12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.”
So, what is the truth in the situation regarding the vaccine? Are Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10 actually applicable? Since “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,” (2 Timothy 3:16-17), what are the true points of Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10?
Threefold Points of Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10
1.) What we eat with thanksgiving or what we do with thanksgiving is done unto God, and each of us will be accountable before God who is our Master. Thus, we are not to judge each other regarding non-holiness/non-salvation issues. If two believers differ on an issue yet neither one of them is going to fall into sin by giving in to something they cannot do in faith, then they are to agree to disagree and not despise each other. So, quit judging, and quit fighting.
2.) However, we are to judge (make a judgment call) whether or not what we are doing will or is causing another to stumble and fall by emboldening them to do something without thanksgiving and without faith. Everything we do is not only for God’s glory (because we are His servants) but is also done for the edification of our fellow believers. This takes selflessness and unadulterated agape love. It is better to go without than to cause another to sin because of your liberty.
3.) And finally, there is a warning to those who consider themselves strong and liberated and knowledgeable. These are to beware lest they fall. Christians are not to presume that they are spiritually safe no matter what they do and call it faith. No. Not only can such liberty lead to another believer falling, but can lead to that liberated Christian’s fall. Thus, it’s better to do without than to inadvertently commune with devils and commit idolatry.
Indeed, all of the advice that Paul gives in both Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-10 is actually to the “strong” believer. They are the ones who are to give up their rights for the sake of the “weak.”
Is Partaking in Thankfulness and Faith Enough?
In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul references the example of the children of Israel who had seen God’s wonders firsthand in Egypt, had seen the walls of water of the Red Sea on either side of them as they passed through on dry ground, who had drunk water from the Rock and eaten bread from heaven (manna), those same people broke off their jewelry and had a golden calf idol formed and called it Jehovah God. Even so, the Corinthian believers who were going up to the idol temples for business and fellowship and eating meat sacrificed to idols were not only causing their weaker brothers and sisters in Christ to stumble because of their liberty but were in danger of falling themselves.
How were they in danger of falling? I mean, wasn’t it permissible to eat meat sacrificed to idols? The Apostle Paul warns them that what they are doing in the idol temples when the meat was being sacrificed and then partaken of was actually communion with the devils behind the idols. And one cannot partake of both the Lord’s supper and the table of demons any more than the Israelites could worship a golden calf even if they did call it Jehovah God.
Were the Corinthians thankful for the meat in the idol temple? Yes. Were they eating it in faith. Yes. But their faith was as misguided as the Israelites who ate and drank and rose up to play around their idol, and as reprehensible and unacceptable as drinking blood or committing sexual immorality whether done in faith or with thankfulness or not. Partaking with faith and thankfulness is not always enough. Sometimes it is polluted no matter how you look at it. A little manure in a batch of cookies still taints the entire batch. Even if you eat it in faith and with thanksgiving you’re still eating baked goods with manure in them.
The same is true of the vaccine.
Did you know about the aborted fetal cells being used in the research for the vaccines? Did you know about the aborted baby cells that actually end up in the product? Is partaking of aborted fetal cells ever acceptable even if done with thanksgiving and the name of the common good?
Perhaps you say that aborted fetal tissue is not actually in the vaccine you’ve taken or will take, but aborted fetal cells were only used in the research for it and was necessary for the making of the vaccine. Really? Do you hear the defense you just used? How can something so immoral and reprehensible be deemed acceptable? How is it that leaders like Pat Robertson, Gordon Robertson, Franklin Graham, numerous pastors and leaders around this nation and the world dare to shrug this off? Did you even know that countless little unborn children between the ages of 3-6 months old were extracted from their mother’s womb and then savagely sliced and diced by scientists in nothing short of an Occult ritual (think Molech/think Aztecs) for the sake of extracting the very cells that were used in vaccine research?
My point is this. To partake of this vaccine, is to partake of the sacrifice. For, is this not akin to what the Corinthians were doing going up in the idol temple? Is this not the same as partaking of the table of demons? After all, the baby was sacrificed on the altar of Science, used in the production of vaccines which in turn wound up in the serum of the vaccine which in turn is partaken of by Christians in their arm.
Did God ever approve of child sacrifice? No. Would God’s gift to His Church therefore be a vaccine that utilizes sacrificed fetal cell lines in any capacity?
The Web Ever So Skillfully Woven
This is not merely a matter of conscience. This is not a matter of free choice. This is not a matter of being non-judgmental. This is not about getting along even when we disagree. Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8-9 cannot be applied here. This is not a gray area. Its’ not innocent like that! However, 1 Corinthians 10 can be applied to the situation at hand, for it seems that this is a case of misplaced trust and inadvertent idolatry. Oh the web of deception knitted with adept handiwork.
“But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication…Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth,” (Revelation 2:14, 16).
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ who are reading this, I am going to be very blunt with you right now. Please, please, do not allow the enemy to lull you into a false sense of security, thinking that with this vaccine all will return to normal. This is a trap, and is a way to get Christians to commit idolatry and partake of the modern meat sacrificed to idols – the vaccine.
Jesus is coming soon. Let’s repent and be ready.
Holy Light Ministries
Sources with quotes
- “COVID-19 Vaccine HEK293 Testing and Production Are Ethically Equal,” by Stacy Trasancos, https://cogforlife.org/2021/01/07/covid-19-vaccine-hek293-testing-and-production-are-ethically-equal/
“To summarize, if the in vitro lab test is part of the production manufacturing protocol, and it almost certainly is, then the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are no different ethically than the AstraZeneca vaccine or any other vaccine grown in fetal cell lines. In both cases, the production of the vaccine depends on the ongoing use of the illicit fetal cell line. To accept the vaccine means accepting the continued use of cells originating from an aborted child. Given the horrifying way aborted children are still being butchered for scientific research, this is not a time for complacency.”
“Moms have a saying about evil when kids want to argue that a little wrong should be okay. “It’s like poop in brownies. If I baked you a pan of brownies and told you that I accidently got some of the baby’s poop in the mix while stirring the batter, would you eat a brownie from the pan?”
Obviously, no. It does not matter if there is the tiniest smudge of poop, or if there is one or two bigger chunks, nobody is having it. In the professional realm, we call this “zero-tolerance.” A company that has a zero-tolerance policy for sexual abuse, for example, is not going to engage in a debate about whether one case of employee abuse is acceptable while two or three would cross a line. None of it is acceptable.
To bring this idea into the COVID-19 vaccine and aborted fetal cell line debate, I propose that the pro-life community get back zero-tolerance of the evil of abortion. Stop arguing about whether testing is better than production and specifically demand that all testing and production be ethically performed. Then focus energy on demanding an end to the use of aborted children in research and an end to abortion absolutely. As the Pontifical Academy for Life and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith instruct, that should have been the guiding principle all along.”
- “Francis Collins: ‘Give God the glory’ for vaccines ‘but roll up your sleeve”, July 23, 2021, https://baptistnews.com/article/francis-collins-give-god-the-glory-for-vaccines-but-roll-up-your-sleeve/
- “Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Interviews Dr. Theresa Deisher,” July 17, 2020, (the 12 minute mark explains 5-6 month old babies whose organs are harvested while they are still alive – that’s right, they are still alive when they are cut into for their beating hearts) https://www.bitchute.com/video/U2i5UzXj3hln/
“And you know what’s really alarming is that lack of outcry over human babies born alive at 5-6 months old so that their hearts can be attained beating. And they have to be beating to be used in the research that’s being done. If the heart has stopped beating it’s not useful. You cannot use it. And so these babies are delivered alive and their hearts cut out without anesthesia. I wouldn’t do that to a mouse.” Robert F. Kennedy Jr. at this point clarifies that this is a fetus that is 5 months old that is “live” birthed for this purpose. Dr. Deisher continues, “Their hearts are cut out. Or they cut through their faces to get good brain tissue.”
“Certain scientists will purchase the heart, another scientist would purchase the brain, and they purchase the legs, the eyes…the body parts are sold for research.”
- “The origin of the abortion-tainted vaccines, fetal cell line will sicken you – LifeSiteNews 1-12-21,” (interview of Pamela Aker by John-Henry Weston of Life Site News) January 14, 2021, https://www.bitchute.com/video/aogFUnP9C2O0/
“The spike protein by itself is in the words of one researcher ‘kind of floppy’. It doesn’t tend to keep its shape very well. And so scientists actually genetically engineered a spike protein that will keep its shape…and so this original design of this protein…they took that genetic information and they transformed cells to produce the spike protein…and that original experiment was done in HEK293 cells. So the spike protein that the vaccines code for was originally developed effectively in aborted fetal cells. And an additional way that the aborted fetal cells was used in the project is before they were going to inject this mRNA into a human being to see if you could get human cells to make coronavirus spike protein you would want to test that in cell culture, you’d want to test that in the laboratory because it’s a lot less expensive and dangerous than testing it in a human being…And so the cells that this was tested in were also HEK293 cells. And this has all been published in the literature…documenting that both of these vaccines used HEK293 in their testing…These also have to go through quality control testing…So the testing with these aborted fetal cells may actually be ongoing in the production of these vaccines.”
“There is a whole industry based on these aborted fetal cells in basic science research that I think people aren’t super familiar with.”
What is HEK293? Was it just one baby? And what about the other fetal cell lines such as WI-38, MRC-5, and PER.C6?
“For HEK293…people say ‘oh…there wasn’t documentation that that was an elective abortion…this is a bit disingenuous or ignorant on the part of these authors because in order to produce a viable cell line there’s a number of things that kind of go into that. And it is a very difficult thing to do…the number system that’s involved there (HEK stands for Human Embryonic Kidney) but 293 stands for…the 293rd experiment that this particular researcher did to develop a cell line. And that doesn’t mean that there were 293 abortions, but for 293 experiments you need far more than one abortion. And we’re talking probably hundreds of abortions.”
“Why couldn’t HEK293 have been just a spontaneous abortion? Why couldn’t it have just been a miscarriage? Because, you know, the hospital lost the documentation about this particular baby that was used to develop the cell line and so we don’t really know whether it was an elective abortion or a spontaneous abortion. Well, we have all the reason in the world to believe that it was actually an elective abortion that was done on purpose because the researchers who’ve been involved in this sort of thing have gone on record saying basically that you need to get that tissue within about 5 minutes of the abortion in order for it to be optimally viable. And if you wait an hour it’s useless…So this had to have been a baby that was aborted and they knew that that tissue was going to be used for research so they could get there within that 5 minutes to an hour window, preferably within the first 5 minutes in order to get that tissue preserved.”
(at 20 minutes and 40 seconds mark) “I was gonna say it’s even worse than that. Because – and this is where I always sort of issue a warning in case there are any little ears listening to me talk on a recording – because it’s a lot more graphic even that what I described. Because in a lot of cases the babies – because it is done on purpose for research purposes – so they will actually deliver these babies via Cesarian section. The babies are in some cases still alive when the researches start extracting the tissue, to the point where their heart is still beating and they are generally not given any anesthetic because that would disrupt the cells that the researchers are trying to extract. So, they are removing this tissue while the baby is alive, and in extreme amounts of pain. So, this makes it even more sadistic…likened to what the Aztecs used to do when they would consecrate their temples. They would literally rip out the beating hearts of the victims they were slaying on top of the temples and then sort of cast their bodies down the side. This is pretty much exactly the same thing that these researchers are doing.”
At the 17 minute mark she explains the cancer promoting “viral oncogenes” that “immortalize” (make it last longer) the aborted fetal cell line. And more info at about the 33-38 minute mark. “Oncogenes” according https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/viral+oncogenesis is the initiation of cancer, the development of a tumor. This is confirmed at the International Journal of Biological Science’s website: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2999850/
At about the 37 minute mark addressing adverse reactions including autism: “… but also it makes sense when you think about it from natural law if you’re going to do something as heinous as inject into yourself the remains of somebody who was murdered there’s going to be a natural consequence to that. Like you can’t just do that and not have any negative effects.”
- “Forsaking God for the Sake of Science,” by Debi Vinnedge, (in this article the history of vaccines is laid out),https://cogforlife.org/2012/06/13/polioperversion/
- Children of God for Life website with many articles regarding vaccines, fetal cell lines, freedom of conscience, etc. https://cogforlife.org/
- “Covid Vaccines: ‘The Ends Cannot Justify the Means’,” December 11, 2020, https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/covid-vaccines-the-ends-cannot-justify-the-means?fbclid=IwAR2hzaOk4a-az1MElFnPVm9n43vIdVGxFe2Y_cMvf5viFeyxUELz5ODqR-Q
“those who knowingly and voluntarily receive such vaccines enter into a kind of concatenation, albeit very remote, with the process of the abortion industry. The crime of abortion is so monstrous that any kind of concatenation with this crime, even a very remote one, is immoral and cannot be accepted under any circumstances…We are living through one of the worst genocides known to man. Millions upon millions of babies across the world have been slaughtered in their mother’s womb, and day after day this hidden genocide continues through the abortion industry, biomedical research and fetal technology, and a push by governments and international bodies to promote such vaccines as one of their goals…Bio-medical research that exploits the innocent unborn and uses their bodies as “raw material” for the purpose of vaccines seems more akin to cannibalism than medicine. We also ought to consider that, for some in the bio-medical industry, the cell lines of unborn children are a “product,” the abortionist and vaccine manufacturer are the “supplier,” and the recipients of the vaccine are “consumers.” Technology based on murder is rooted in hopelessness and ends in despair. We must resist the myth that “there is no alternative.”… The Lord said that in the end times even the elect will be seduced (cf. Mk. 13:22). Today, the entire Church must urgently seek to be strengthened in the doctrine and practice of the faith. In confronting the evil of abortion, more than ever [we] must “abstain from all appearance of evil” (1 Thess. 5:22). Bodily health is not an absolute value. Obedience to the law of God and the eternal salvation of the souls must be given primacy. Vaccines derived from the cells of cruelly murdered unborn children are clearly apocalyptic in character and may possibly foreshadow the mark of the beast (see Rev. 13:16).” (Bishop Athanasius Schneider is auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan.)
- “Catholic Conscience and the Covid-19 Vaccine,” Jan 19, 2021, https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/catholic-conscience-and-the-covid-19-vaccine?fbclid=IwAR2hzaOk4a-az1MElFnPVm9n43vIdVGxFe2Y_cMvf5viFeyxUELz5ODqR-Q
“The most prominent cell line, called HEK 293, comes from an abortion performed in the 1970’s. It’s labeled 293 because that’s how many experimental attempts the researchers needed to get a working cell line. Therefore, though the abortion-to-experiment ratio is not precisely one-to-one, hundreds of abortions went into the project, even if they didn’t result in the working line.
HEK stands for human embryonic kidney. To harvest a viable embryonic kidney for this purpose, sufficiently healthy children old enough to have adequately-developed kidneys must be removed from the womb, alive, typically by cesarean section, and have their kidneys cut out. This must take place without anesthesia for the child, which would lessen the viability of the organs. Instead of being held, rocked, and comforted in the time intervening between their birth and their death, they have organs cut out of them alive.
There is no way that a spontaneous abortion could result in the cell line (as the kidneys cannot remain viable past the brief window in which they must be harvested) or that some brilliant researcher found a way for great good to come out of a rare tragedy by making use of a child’s body donated to science after it was aborted. The deliberate killing of an unwanted child (a little girl, in the case of HEK 293) took place in the tortuous manner it did precisely to obtain her organs for research. The harvest of her organs was the direct cause of her death, prior to which, she was a living child, outside the womb…”
“…The information about how HEK 293 was created may call vividly to mind the current scandal of Planned Parenthood, who is selling human tissue to the highest bidder, and performing abortions in specific ways to obtain organs and preserve their viability—for the right price. Put more bluntly, the abortion industry performs vivisections on viable, healthy, and well-developed living children for massive profit, on a massive scale. What we are seeing now is the explosion of an industry trafficking in children’s bodies, which began with experiments in the 1970’s, including those on which the available COVID-19 vaccines rely.”
- “The Ethics of HEK 293,” by Alvin Wong, MD. “https://www.pdcnet.org/C1257D43006C9AB1/file/5265B61D5497F52585257D94004802BB/$FILE/ncbq_2006_0006_0003_0077_0099.pdf
“To summarize, appropriation of evil in its strictest sense is not about contribut-
ing to, but about benefiting from evil. In cooperation cases, the obvious evil to be
done is prospective, while in appropriation cases the gravely wrong act has already
happened. However, the appropriator now becomes the principal agent (compared to
the cooperator, who remains an auxiliary agent), and is faced not so much with an
external and visible problem, but with a more internal and intangible one, of how to
justify his profiting from a grave evil already committed.” (pg 480, “The Ethics of HEK 293,” by Alvin Wong, MD. “https://www.pdcnet.org/C1257D43006C9AB1/file/5265B61D5497F52585257D94004802BB/$FILE/ncbq_2006_0006_0003_0077_0099.pdf
“Self-deception, the second moral hazard, occurs when the cooperator becomes
self-deluded about the nature of his or her own intentions in acting. Particularly
if working in very close quarters with the principal agent, it is very difficult for a
cooperator not to get swept up into the principal agent’s project in such a way
that he or she wills its success. If he or she is an employee of the principal agent,
the cooperator’s career advancement may very well be tied to such success.
Rather than candidly acknowledging a sea-change or a gradual shift in his or her
moral stance, the cooperator might simply develop an elaborate scheme of self-
deceiving rationalization instead… If another agent’s evil acts contribute in some way to our own objectives, par-
ticularly in an ongoing manner, it is difficult not to view them in a more positive light than we otherwise would. Moreover, it is tempting to accustom ourselves to the benefits that flow from appropriation that we would be inclined to decide against taking steps to eliminate the wrongdoing, if the opportunity presented itself… Similarly, self-deception about one’s motives is also possible in appropriation cases.” (M. Cathleen Kaveny, “Appropriation of Evil: Cooperation’s Mirror Image,” Theo-
logical Studies 61 (June 2000): 306 from “The Ethics of HEK 293,” by Alvin Wong, MD. “https://www.pdcnet.org/C1257D43006C9AB1/file/5265B61D5497F52585257D94004802BB/$FILE/ncbq_2006_0006_0003_0077_0099.pdf pg 482)
– A Voice for Truth web site:
– A Voice for Truth – Fetal Cells in COVIC-19 Vaccines:
– A Voice for Truth – PDF containing list of vaccines using aborted fetal cells:
– A Voice for Truth – Infographics:
– A Voice for Truth – 25-page white paper PDF, Abortion, the Human Fetal Cell Industry
More on the Passages of Romans and 1 Corinthians
The Christians in Rome were divided and debating certain issues, especially the eating of meat and feast days. Why? Likely because they were a mixed group of both Jews and Gentiles. The Jews were used to eating kosher foods and keeping certain feast days unto the Lord. They were likely stricter regarding what to eat or not eat, and would not touch meat from the marketplace that had been sacrificed to pagan gods. Instead, they ate only vegetables.
On the other hand, the Gentiles were used to eating meat from the marketplace that had been sacrificed in the pagan temples and knew nothing of the God’s Biblical feast days.
Both sides held strong convictions. Both sides ate their food thankfully. Both sides appear to have been secure in their beliefs. But, they were also harsh in their judgments of the other side, and drew in new converts to this fruitless, divisive dispute. Paul therefore makes it clear that each of them was the Lord’s servant, and they were here to please Him not people. Thus, they were to quit judging each other in these matters, for each will give an account before God (vs 11).
However, Paul states that Christians are to judge whether or not what they are doing is causing another to stumble or fall away. In this case, the Christian is not to let their “good be evil spoken of” (vs. 16) but instead are to avoid such liberty in order that they not cause another Christian be emboldened to do what they see as a sin, “for whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (vs 23). Thus, “It is good neither to eat flesh nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak,” (vs 21). But this takes true selfless agape love – the style of love that regards another and perceives what is really going on in their brother or sister in Christ.
1 Corinthians 8-9
First Corinthians 8-9 is essentially the same as Romans 14, only in the case of the Corinthians the two Christian groups at odds were those who had “knowledge” that idols were nothing, and those who still felt that idols were very real. Yes, the knowledgeable ones knew there are principalities and powers who are also called gods (vs 5), but Lord God is all that matters for He is supreme over all (vs 4 and 6). Therefore, these knowledgeable believers not only boldly ate the meat but ate it within pagan temples precincts. This was not only their way of dining out, but was often where business was conducted. So, since they knew that idols were nothing and there is only one true God, they felt at liberty to eat in the pagan temples.
However, there were other Corinthian Christians who still believed idols to be very real. Did they think the meat was tainted by these gods? Were they superstitious? The passage is not clear. But, they did not want to go up to the idol temples, and to do so would have been detrimental to them spiritually.
Thus, Paul emphatically states to the “knowledgeable” Christians, “take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become[s] a stumbling block to them that are weak…when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ,” (vss. 9 and 12). Paul then goes on for twenty-seven verses giving himself as an example of sacrificing one’s rights for the sake of the Gospel. Christians of the Western world would do well to learn from Paul regarding giving up their rights for the edification of other Christians. But, that is another topic for another time!
1 Corinthians 10
First Corinthians 10 explains that Christians are not ever so strong that they cannot fall into various forms of temptations, and one of those is that of idolatry. Paul goes on to explain that the Lord’s supper which we partake of is a communion with believers as well as with Christ because that which we partake of, namely the bread and juice, makes us intimately connected with each other and Jesus our sacrificial lamb. Even so, Paul informs, that the pagans partake of their pagan altar and commune with the demons behind the idol, and he thus states that “I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils. Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?” (vss 20b-22). Though the Corinthians believed that all things were lawful for them because they were free in Christ, Paul made sure that they knew that not all was expedient (appropriate) nor edifying.
However, Paul goes on to explain that if one was buying meat in the marketplace, one was not to ask questions as to where it came from, but were to buy it and eat it thankfully. That being said, if one were invited to an unbeliever’s house for dinner, and someone there said to the believer that the meat had been sacrificed to an idol, the believer was not to eat the meat out of respect for the one who informed. But otherwise, one was to eat meat with thanksgiving and in faith, because God had blessed them with it.