“How can you know when you are trusting in man rather than in God? If you fall apart when someone else lets you down, or if the actions of others affect your walk with God, then you know you are leaning on the arm of flesh!” David Wilkerson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. If anyone supposes that he knows anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.” 1 Corinthians 8:1-3
Paul devotes considerable effort in his letters to the Romans and Corinthians explaining the necessity of restricting your liberty in Christ. Liberty is driven by knowledge; restraint is driven by love. God’s desire that you obey His commands, and that you be considerate of the needs of other Christians, limits your liberty in Christ. With privilege comes responsibility.
Greek and Roman idolatry pervaded culture in the days of Paul. Feasts, the administrations of justice, public entertainment, all were infused with religious service to the gods. One of the most perplexing questions related to the use of things offered to gods. Paul addresses the question pertaining to idols with a discussion of knowledge and love.
Knowledge is the entrance to liberty, the exit to irresponsibility. . ‘We know that an idol is nothing…Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge.” 104 The moral issue of right and wrong is never centered on an inanimate object, but in the use of it by an individual. The fact that you know that “an idol is nothing” gives you liberty, but although you are free to eat, you are bound by love to abstain. ‘Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.” 105
The Corinthians were arrogant, for they divorced knowledge from love, which inflated their minds. Knowledge and love are inseparable in the Christian life. You need knowledge in order to be free, but your knowledge obligates you to handle others in a loving way.
104 I Corinthians 8:4, 7
Numbers 29-31 Mark 9:1-29 (New King James Version)
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