Summary: Don’t be caught up in finger pointing at a Brother in Christ just because he is different. Remember, God looks upon the heart!
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Pastor James May
Romans 14:1-5, "Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."
Doubtful Disputations! Now that describes the disputes and discussions of nearly every conversation in the world of Christianity. Everywhere I go, pious, self-righteous and religious people are having heated discussions over little nit-picking details of living a sanctified life. The problem is that, by the time each side presents its arguments and attempts to “convert” the other from the “error of his ways”, they are both acting as though they don’t even know what sanctification means. There are very little Christ-like attitudes showing now.
These same types of attitudes were becoming prevalent among the Christians of the church in Rome. Some, who were converted from Judaism to Christianity, and others who were converted from the idolatrous worship of Roman and other idols of gentile worship, were arguing and discussing just what constituted a sanctified life.
The argument in the Roman church was concerning the eating of meats and the observance of certain feast days and rituals. Without going into detail on the specific arguments of each side, let me say that the real problem was not in what foods were or were not being eaten. The real problem was not in whether the gentiles would observe the Jewish feast days. The real problem was a spiritual problem.
The Christians in the Roman church had begun to cause great divisions among themselves and placing condemnation upon one another. This would grieve the Holy Spirit and could eventually destroy the church at Rome.
The Bible still says in Luke 11:17, "But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth."