The Message in Romans (53)

The responsibility of the believers continued.          

“Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.” Romans 14:13, NIV. All Christians are brothers and sisters in Christ. Some, however, are “strong in faith” while some are “weak.” The weak, Paul asserts, could get strong. However, all actions by the yielded believers must spring from an unwavering commitment to loving one another and seeking one another’s good. The vague and unsupportable suspicions are not a substitute for a clear understanding of issues under consideration.

One member of the body of Christ is not answerable to another member, for that which his/her conscience imposes on him/her. By the same rule, no member of the body of Christ has the right to impose on others his/her convictions. “Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil.” Romans 14:16, NIV. Each member of the body of Christ is answerable to God who gives insight and understanding to those who seek to glorify His name. The born-again believers have liberty in Jesus Christ. However, the liberty we have in Jesus Christ has serious constraints regarding the conduct directed toward another human being. These constraints are applicable, equally, to conduct toward the members of the body of Christ, and those who are not a member; regardless of where they choose to fellowship, even if they chose not to fellowship. These constraints also apply to the “strong in faith” and the “weak in faith” equally. The believers who are resting in Jesus Christ must be certain concerning their standing before God, in Jesus Christ, and thus shield themselves from the exercise of; the arrogance by the “strong in faith,” and the tyranny by the “weak in faith.”

These rules also apply to the administrative actions taken by the community of believers. The body of Christ must always be aware that when it implements an administrative action concerning a member of the body of Christ, it is taking upon itself the prerogatives which belong to God only. No community of believers has the inherent right to arrogate to itself the God’s sovereign privileges. All actions, either by the fellowship of believers or by a member of the community, must always conform to the universal principle of selfless love.

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Dan Lazich

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