We should keep watch over our words and deeds, not only in their intent and purpose, but also in their possible influence over others. There may be liberties which lead to no danger for us, but which to others with less stable character, and less wholesome environments–would be full of peril. It is part of our duty to think of these weaker ones, and of the influence of our example upon them. We may not do anything in our liberty that might possibly harm others. We must be willing to sacrifice our liberty–if by its exercise, we endanger another’s soul. This is the teaching of holy Scripture:

Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another.” Romans 14:19

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.” Romans 14:20-21

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience–you sin against Christ. Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.” 1 Corinthians 8:9-13

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:23-24


– J. R. Miller
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