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Summary: I looked topically at what being a stumbling-block is, and the implications. Didn’t answer a lot of questions, but it makes a listener think anyway.

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Have a Nice Trip? Being Stumbling Blocks

Example: 2 youth ministers giving out Bibles at a porn retailers convention

Example: my buying booze or fishing on Sunday

What is a stumbling block?

LEV 19:14 - " `Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of the blind, but fear your God. I am the LORD.

MT 16:23 - Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

Literally: scandalon, the metal bar that catches something in a trap

2CO 6:3 - We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited.

RO 14:1-23

1CO 8:1-13

1CO 10:14-2:1

Each time the NT mentions one brother causing another to stumble, the issue is food (except 2 Cor.6:3, where no particular issue is mentioned.) The gospel is mentioned as a stumbling block, and so is Christ, but these are not of us. The issue of eating food sacrificed to idols was obviously a hotbed of contention. Now, it isn’t even a concern. I wonder how many other hotbed issues today won’t matter 100 years from now…

Some thoughts about stumblong-block issues…

- some issues are not black and white

- we are all on different stages of our journeys; some are weak – Rom.14:2, 1 Cor.8-12

- so we will come to different conclusions

So what do we do about it?

- refrain from passing judgement on the weaker ones – Romans 14:1

- sort things out for yourself – Romans 14:5

- it should all be done in love – Rom.14:15

- sometimes keep your convictions to yourself – Romans 14:22

- just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should – 1 Cor.10:23

- freedom doesn’t mean you can do what you want, but rather serving others – Gal.5:13-14

don’t be a stumbling block for 3 reasons:

1) because sinning against others is sinning against Christ – 1 Cor.8:12

2) for others’ preservation – 1 Cor.8:11

3) for others’ salvation – 1 Cor.10:33


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