Romans Lesson 26 Day 2

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3. Welcome all believers with open arms, even if they have different opinions about disputable matters.

Paul encourages believers to avoid arguments, judgments, confrontations, and debates about matters of conscience. 

Undoubtedly these weak ones did not see themselves as weaker. It’s likely they thought they were the strong ones, and the meat-eaters were the weak ones. Legalism has a way of making us think that we are strong and those who don’t keep the rules the way we do are weak. Guzik

4. Sacred days and dietary laws

In Rome, it seems the more mature believers were free from observing the Jewish law. They felt free to eat meat without wondering if the vendor had offered it to an idol or if it was kosher. The more mature also ignored the Jewish calendar and didn’t observe the Jewish fasts and feasts.

Some newer believers still followed some of the rules and restrictions. Or perhaps, they just came out of idolatry and their conscience wouldn’t allow them to partake of anything associated with it.

There is a lot of useless, harmful division among Christians over silly, bigoted things. Paul isn’t telling these Christians to erase their differences; he tells them to rise above them as Christian brothers and sisters. Guzik

Sometimes mature believers are the ones defending disputable practices. Younger believers are often freer about dressing casually, prefer singing newer music and see nothing wrong with meeting on Friday or Saturday evening.

Disputable versus indisputable

Indisputable

The Gospel message —

The Messiah died for our sins,
    fulfilling the prophecies of the Scriptures.
He was buried in a tomb
    and was raised from the dead after three days,
    as foretold in the Scriptures.
Then he appeared to Peter the Rock
    and to the twelve apostles.  1 Cor 15:1-19 TPT

Disputable

Disputable matters are issues not identified as sin or essential doctrine in the scriptures unless it violates someone’s own conscience. However, we should extend grace to each other and especially to new believers. If we had to be without sin to qualify for fellowship, no one could qualify.

Examples

  • Jewish traditions and Old Covenant rituals
    • Dietary laws (Acts 10:13-17)
    • Religious holidays, fasts and feasts like Passover 
    • Circumcision (Often, disputable issues are complicated. Paul prevented Titus from being circumcised (Galatians 2:1–5), but circumcised Timothy (Acts 16:3). He exercised wisdom.
  • Movies and card games
  • Music styles and types of instruments (or no instruments)
  • The proper way to dress for meetings
  • Day and time to gather together
  • Drinking alcohol (not to excess)
  • Celibacy

There is a lot of useless, harmful division among Christians over silly, bigoted things. Paul isn’t telling these Christians to erase their differences; he tells them to rise above them as Christian brothers and sisters. (Guzik)

Not everything disputed falls into this category. 

5. Whatever we do should be done as unto the Lord.

Whatever we do we should be fully convinced and satisfied and it should be to the glory, honor, and praise of God.


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MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on Romans Lesson 26 Day 2 ~ Romans 14:1-8