Dennis Wiens
March 2, 2014
Dennis Wiens
Pastor

Reference

1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Paul's focus shifts from issues related to marriage to another "problem issue" in Corinth, namely, eating meat sacrificed to idols. What we discover is that the issue, more specifically, is eating idol meat in idol temples, which is something some of the Corinthians are contending they have the right and freedom to do. Their argument is grounded in the fact that they have knowledge about two important truths; first, that there is only one God, and second, that there is no reality to an idol. Paul will eventually deal with the issue of participating at idol feasts by outright prohibiting doing so, but here he tackles the matter differently. It is not "knowledge" or "rights" or "freedom" that determines Christian conduct, but rather "love for brother or sister."