Not everything is black and white. Good Christians disagree on many issues.
Listed are just a few of the areas Christians may disagree: Working on Sunday; Sports on Sunday; Attending movies; Drinking wine in moderation; Wearing bikinis; Playing pool or cards; Gambling for recreation; Smoking; Dancing; Listening to Rock Music; interracial marriage; Women wearing makeup; Men with long hair or earrings; Women wearing short skirts, shorts or pants; Taking sedatives; Tattoos; Speaking in tongues; Going to a psychiatrist. You could probably think of many more.
As you read this list you might tend to react with laughter or horror. On one hand, some of these issues are absolutely okay. Why would anyone think it is wrong? On the other hand, how could anyone feel free before God to do some of the things that are ‘obviously’ forbidden by principles of Scripture. Yet, if we asked ten different believers of various ages and backgrounds from different parts of the country to separate these activities into categories of ‘permissible’ and ‘not permissible,’ we would likely end up with ten different sets of lists. Christians disagree.
In the days of the Apostles, the issue was eating meat that had been offered to idols. Some felt it was wrong because it had been used in an idolatrous ceremony. Others felt that it was okay. Christians have been disagreeing about ‘gray’ issues ever since. But aren’t Christians to be unified?
The Apostle Paul presents us with some supernatural wisdom to help us decide on what is right and wrong and how to treat each other. We will discover godly wisdom when Christians differ. The 3-part sermon series is called: Gray Areas – Finding Truth when Life isn’t Black and White.
This Sunday the sermon title is “Liberty, Love and the Weaker Christian“ from 1 Corinthians 8. In the gray areas, Christians are free to choose. But Christian liberty must be surrendered to Christian love for the weaker Christian. Mature Christians have knowledge that certain activities are permissible. But there are things we should know about such knowledge. It’s going to be a great, practical sermon series.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.