1 Corinthians 8- Stumbling Block

Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak 1 Corinthians 8:7-9

We all need to be on fire for The Lord, and we should all have great zeal for the Kingdom, however we also need to make sure we are not a stumbling block for those coming to Christ. We need to remember we are all on different levels and places in our walk with Christ. If we hinder people from seeking Jesus , what good does your zeal accomplish , except to exalt yourself?

We see many stumbling blocks in the Church of Corinth, we see some arguing with other Christians over what they are eating, whether they are circumcised, what day they are worshiping, sound familiar? Yes there are still many stumbling blocks in the Church today, as Paul says here “Take heed by any means this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to them that are weak” 

We have freedom and liberty with Jesus Christ, don’t allow your convictions to become a stumbling block for others. You might ask what do I mean? I know there are some who are convinced Christians must “Keep the Saturday Sabbath”, some have even said people are not saved unless they worship on Saturday. However this was never commanded by Christ or the Apostles, so why push your convictions on others? 

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; And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. 1 Corinthians 8:10-13

I’ll take this even one step further, being a stumbling block to other believers you sin against Christ The Apostle Paul says here “But when you sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ” There are many new believers that stumbling blocks prey on. They know they don’t have deep theological knowledge, so they push their false teachings upon them. This is a sin against the Church and against The Lord. 

Now there is nothing wrong with healthy internal discussions about differences in theology, in fact it’s very healthy. However we shouldn’t force our viewpoints on others or threaten their salvation if they don’t agree. The worst thing we can do is to become a stumbling block for those coming to Christ, we were all once lost also, be a Shepherd and not a wolf , Amen!

6 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 8- Stumbling Block

  1. Pingback: 1 Corinthians 8- Stumbling Block – Tonya LaLonde

  2. Pure Glory

    Better to avoid arguments about doctrine completely. It borders on being quarrelsome, which is a sin. Agreed we do not want to be a stumbling block. The best thing we can do show love unfeigned to one another and forgive quickly.

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  3. Zoe Brown

    I love this passage in 1 Corinthians 8! It is so important that we don’t hinder others in their walk with Christ. It is so easy to get caught up in our own zeal and forget that others may not be as experienced as we are. We need to be careful not to be a stumbling block and instead help others grow in their faith.

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