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'Whats sold in the shambles' avoiding offences
I Corinthians 10:25-33
25. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
26. For the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.
Shambles: a meat market, butchers bench, slaughter house. Make sure that you buy meat that is sold in the meat market with seal of the government approval (USDA.) If you buy met from off the street you’re taking a chance, or when you fish and hunt for meat you’re taking a risk. Someone might sell you something already dead of itself. Something that died of itself, the blood is still warm in the veins; if it has a disease you could get it too.
Eat what is set before you
If you buy it in the meat house you have a better chance of getting a lawsuit and if you get sick just pray over it with thanksgiving. Everything God created is good anyway, all things are his. The saying holds true, ‘It doesn’t matter what you eat as long as you pray over it and give thanks to God.’ Well, it depends on what kind of faith you have and what you’re eating, but food edifies the body but the conscience should govern the process of the mind because the conscience is he guide in all matters.
27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
28 But if any man says unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.
Bid: to call, invite command.
Dispose: to wish, purpose, to will deliberately, to arrange or settle affairs.
If someone invite you to dinner and they doesn’t believe that they should eat meat, and you agree and arrange to go to have dinner with them, don’t ask what kind of meat they’re having; just eat whatever they put before you, asking no questions about the meat. You’re trying not to offend them, so you agree to come dine with them; you have to eat whatever they offer you. But if they come to your place for dinner, you’re in the right because they have to eat whatever you present before them; this is so because you’ve let them know what will be at your dinner table.
Don't worry so much about your own conscience
If someone comes to your church who doesn’t believe that women should preach and you tell them you have a woman ready to preach; so if they come to your house of worship they have to accept the fact that you have a woman preaching at your church.
29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?
30 For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?
31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
32 Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:
33 Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
Don’t worry about your own conscience, God will take care of his own people, but be more concerned about not offending someone else’s conscience.
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Jesus said if you offend the lease of these it would be better if a millstone was tied around your neck and you were cast into the sea. This is a serious offence to the lease for Jesus to mention this, so it is better to not offend the lease of these.
If someone believes they shouldn’t eat meat, then you shouldn’t eat meat around them to respect their belief.
You know that you’re not sinning, but if you do, you’re sinning and wounding their weak conscience.
Whatever race, religion, denomination or creed, respect their beliefs. If Jews don’t believe in eating pork, then don’t eat pork around them, and whatever church you go to whatever they believe respect their beliefs.
Were are not to seek to please ourselves, but are looking for the benefit of other peoples conscience and not so much our own, we must have a mind t help others and win them to Christ.
Don't Let Meat Offend Others.
I Corinthians 8:12-13
12 But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ
13 Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.
There are ways of getting around offending people and their beliefs, use wisdom and right judgment in all such matters. The conscience and the heart both work together and the conscience will alert the mind when you’re doing wrong; you will receive a strong conviction on the inside by the spirit of God. There is an old saying, ‘sticks and stone will break my bones, but words will never hurt me’. This is a false saying, words hurt, words offend, words wounds the conscience, words causes’ trouble, words causes’ contention. I once gave a tract with an image representing Jesus to one of my Muslim co-workers; he took offence to it mentioning that he was a Muslim and that I offended him. I felt bad about that because my conscience was alerting me not to do that in the first place but I did it anyway. I offended one of my Jewish co-workers when I mentioned to them whether or not they believed in Jesus, it is sad that many will be offended when you mention the name of Jesus; but when it comes to mentioning the name of Jesus I will not bite my tongue because this name has power.
Think about the consequences first.
If you offend others will you lose your their trust? for the most part, offending others may cause ill-will and the person may hold a grudge against you in the long run. Evidently, if you do offend someone, be eager to apologize immediately. It is better to put out the dimly burning wick before a larger flame engulfs. there are weak brothers in the church, certainly Christ died for the weak brother. We can wound their conscience if we're not careful to consider them first.
It Is Impossible for Offences Not to Occur
How can you avoid offending in a situation where you were invited to dinner?
What if you have co-workers of other religions, how can you evangelize to them?