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What is wrong with _______?

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you are aware that I have been a minister for over thirty years. During those years,  I have been asked numerous questions. The one question that is repeatedly asked is, “What is wrong with______. Usually it’s something they are already doing.

They really do not want to know what the Bible has to say but rather they are looking for someone who will condone their behavior. And if they look long enough, they will find someone who will give them the answer they are seeking. Fortunately, there are some people who are genuinely interested in living a lifestyle that is pleasing to God. There are many scripture passages that are very clear concerning our behavior, but what about those ‘grey” areas where scripture is not clear?

The Apostle Paul had to deal with such a problem. “We are allowed to do anything,” so they say. That is true, but not everything is good. “We are allowed to do anything”—but not everything is helpful.” 1 Cor. 10:23

  • Paul was saying that just because you have the “right” does not mean it is best. In exercising your freedom, do not hinder others. 1 Cor. 10:32
  • While the Bible may not clearly prohibit your action, there maybe a biblical principle that deals with it. The Bible does not say you cannot eat that third piece of cake, but the Bible does speak about over eating. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
  • Don’t be involved in activities that will hinder your Christian testimony 1 Thess. 5:22
  • Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you.  John 16:13
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