|“The believer who knows that God will judge the sinner and fails to alert the lost of his impending judgment; that believer God will judge because of his neglect.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?” 1 Corinthians 10:30
Weak people do not consider themselves weak; if they did they would cease being weak. If someone comes to you saying, “I am one of those weak people Paul discussed in his epistles, and therefore you must accept my view on matters,” that person is committing spiritual extortion. “I am weak because I make essentials out of non-essentials, and you must accommodate me by making them essential too.”
In the days in which the Bible was written, weak people were those who, freshly converted from paganism, did not clearly understand the distinction between the true God and gods that are no gods. Meat offered to idols is as good as any other piece of meat. But you cannot eat such meat in the presence of weak people who see it as honoring the gods.
Today, weak people usually have known Christ for many years and because of their experience, add to the commandments of God. They consider certain practices sin because they perceive that they damage people, not because the Bible prohibits them. They interpret passages such as “abstain from all appearance of evil”342 to mean that you can’t drink, dance, etc.
You must respect the weaker person’s scruples, but not at the expense of your calling wrong what you know to be right. If you engage in a non-essential with thanksgiving for your liberty in Christ, no one has the right to denounce you. You respect the conscience of others, but you cannot in good conscience agree with them when they are wrong. You refrain from participating when in their presence, but enjoy with a clear conscience when away from them.
342 1 Thessalonians 5:22
Proverbs 27-29 2 Corinthians 10 (New King James Version)
2 Corinthians 10
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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