Are You Causing Others to Stumble?

“It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” (Rom. 14:21)

A very important principle is given here to every believer. We are not to take part in anything which might cause another believer to stumble or be tempted to sin. Alcohol is specifically mentioned here. There are many believers who have fallen for the lie that “social drinking” is somehow okay. Often those who do so use the excuse that it’s not hard liquor or real strong alcohol, therefore, it isn’t that bad.

But the issue here isn’t how strong the drink is because Paul even says here to avoid “wine.” The issue at stake is your testimony. Paul specifically mentions drinking wine and eating meat (“flesh”), referring to eating the meat which had been sacrificed to idols in that day. But he didn’t stop with that, he then says we are not to do any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.”

There many things which this world does, especially things which affect the body, that believers are to avoid. Just because it is popular or “cool” does not mean it is the best thing for your testimony. Younger believers, who are still growing in their faith, are watching you. And the liberties you are taking in the world, will cause them to stumble or be made weak in their faith.

The Bible says we are to “Abstain from all appearance of evil” (1Thess. 5:22). Is there something you are involved in which might be causing others to stumble? Ask God to reveal it and then avoid it!

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