Urgent Corinth the first one Chapter eight first Corinthians chapter eight first Corinthians chapter 8 let’s read the whole chapter let’s read the whole Bible okay thanks read the whole chapter not seem like so much every time I use this microphone I remind myself I need to order one of these whatever they call the lapel lease for it and.
Then as soon as I’m done preaching I put it away everything I’m busy talking to people and I forget about it and so.
I need to tell Google to remind me to do that here we are.
First Corinthians chapter 8 now stretching things offered unto idols we know that we all have knowledge knowledge puffeth up but charity had a fire and if any man think that he knoweth anything he knoweth nothing yet.
As he ought to know but if a man love God the same is known of him as concerning.
Therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols we know that an idol is nothing in the world and that there is none other God but one for though there be that are called God’s whether in heaven or on earth as there be God’s many and Lords many but to us there is but one God the Father.
Of whom are all things and we in him and one Lord Jesus Christ by whom are all things and we by him howbeit.
Well that’s a good statement of the faith isn’t it we believe.
About God we don’t need a catechism we just need.
First Corinthians chapter 8 and verse 6 it kind of tells us who God is howbeit there is not every man that knowledge for some with conscience of the idol unto this area eat it as a thing offered unto an idol and their conscience being weak is to fire Amica mended us not to.
God for neither if we eat are we the better neither if we eat not are we the worse but take heed lest by any means this Liberty of yours become a stumbling-block to them that are weak for if any man see thee.
Which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idols temple shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are off of titles and through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish for whom Christ died but when you send so against the Brethren and wound their weak conscience.
Ye sin against Christ wherefore if meat make my brother to offend.
I’ll eat no flesh while the world standeth lest I make my brother to offend so father I pray that you would help us not only to understand the text but God to have clear application of it and father even tonight the principles that are behind the text help us to clearly apply we pray in Jesus name Amen you know when you could get out and knock on doors in.
Neighborhoods a surprise you quite a little bit and how much idolatry is actually even in American culture but it’s not anything like any other culture I think the American culture is the most freeform idolatry of any culture that I’ve ever seen now we have people that have immigrated into the United States.
And have not assimilated into one of the great attractions that was part of our nation and that is the knowledge of God the Word of God and gotten the Bible culture American culture has its roots and biblical cultures really really there’s never been another nation in the world like this one there been other Republic’s in the world and there have been even other Republic’s that have been successful until the abuse until the people abused the.
Power that was vested in them but there’s never been a nation that has been founded on Bible principles just the Word of.
God like ours our language was chosen because of the Word of God and our heritage if you study is just this amazing country but most people today don’t know that most people today don’t know that that’s our heritage and there’s a lot of idolatry there is always been idolatry there have always been devil worshipers have always been.
Idol worshipers who deliberately do so but it is surprising to me when I get out and around in the neighborhoods when I was growing up the things that I saw his idols were Catholic relics a lot of Catholicism you know you see the bath tub with you know the lady in it that’s supposed to be married you know standing upright where they put a bathtub I think’s a bathtub.
Right so what they used to put the cover on Mary give her a little halo around her and you know you see little cherubs and just a little Oh pagan symbols of Catholicism and those certainly do have their roots in idolatry but I’m talking about you know it’s pretty common in restaurants now see Buddhism and the idols different types of idols in do a lot of Hindu idols and idolatry has become even in our.
Society something that’s a lot more pervasive then would have been even 15 years ago all right it’s it is.
An issue it’s a major issue but it we as believers especially the folks that would be generally part of the assembly this evening you’re just not as affected by idolatry as the Church of Corinth would have been literally the folks at Corinth would have worshipped idols until they came to Jesus so idolatry would have been steeped in their culture it would have been an important part of their culture.
And so idolatry is a major issue it’s not just fascinating but it’s it is worth our noting that in Acts when the elders or when that when the elders of the Church of Jerusalem gave their statement about not putting the Gentile believers under the law of Moses it’s interesting in verse 20 of Acts 15 but that we write.
In them that they have stained from pollutions of idols and from fornication from rings strangling from blood verse 29 that you abstain this to letter to the Gentiles that you abstain from meats offered to idols and from blood and from things strangled it from fornication from which if you keep yourselves ye shall do well and we saw we have seen the last three weeks in our study in 1st Corinthians the pervasiveness and the.
Danger of fornication fornication and idolatry were the two commandments given to believers to avoid her to abstain from we learned how that a believer is supposed to flee fornication and avoid fornication because those are that literally is a the setting sin that has an effect on the source of spiritual.
Affect another spiritual sin a sin that is directly spirit I mean capital or not capital has spirit but small as spirit idolatrous sin is worshipping of idols and there’s a lack of clarity at the church in Corinth on meat offered idols so in the New Testament we saw two major.