This Bible verse is sometimes interpreted as meaning meats sacrificed to idols (Gill did this, for one) but that cannot be since we have liberty to eat these meats with thanksgiving unless it offends a fellow Christian. No, the word is to abstain-to utterly avoid it.
Acts 15:20 but that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols…
and verse 29 that you abstain from things offered to idols…
How many Christians confess to knowing the pagan background of the things of Christ Mass and Easter? And then they go on to disobey God’s Word. Even today, these things are used in the idol worship of Wicca.
It is wonderfully liberating to know that our beloved God and Savior is not One to be appeased by rituals and traditions of men.
We live in an age hostile to correction. “No” has become a four-letter word in the modern vernacular. Our non-Christian friends don’t want to be told their unbelief warrants God’s judgment. That’s to be expected. But often our Christian friends don’t want to be corrected, either. And that’s sad, because a rebuke can be good for the soul. “The wise of heart,” says Solomon, “will receive correction” (Prov 10:8).
So how do you know when to correct a brother or sister in Christ? “To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!” (Prov. 15:23). How do we know when to give that word? Thankfully, Scripture provides a trustworthy answer. It tells us when to correct and when to overlook.
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