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Romans 14:1-12

Two of the quarrels that affected the early Church seem to still go on today. The main difference is that the circumstances have changed slightly. Some people today abstain from meat and sometimes other animal products for idealogical reasons and also try to make it into a spiritual issue. We may have changed from the days when food disputes were mainly over whether the meat was sacrificed to idols before being sold, but judgmental attitudes haven’t.

Another dispute that arises all too commonly is what holidays we do or don’t keep and whether we should worship on Saturday or Sunday. Some honest disagreement and discussion is one thing, but accusing fellow Christians of practicing paganism or having denominational splits over it is another. Agreeing to disagree on some matters goes a long way.

One thing we ought to remember in any dispute over beliefs is that it is God we’re accountable to, not fellow sinners passing judgement. You won’t have any greater standing with God for turning down that steak, nor will you have less for putting up a Christmas tree. At some point, I think we need to step back and realize that we aren’t the judge of peoples’ souls. Let’s leave that up to the One who has that right, shall we?

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September 14, 2014 - Posted by | Apologetics | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. Point well said and received. My obstacle has been Christians celebrating Halloween, & I do not mean Catholics’ All Hollow’s Eve or the following day, All Saints’ Day, but I do mean pagan Halloween. I’ve learned to be quiet about it, but in no way do I observe it. On the other hand, I do not object to some attempting to “Christianize” Halloween by having an alternative church-based celebration where the kids can dress up as biblical or “good” characters & the parents are being educated about the origins and present day practices by Wiccans,’ satanists, or any other pagan group. Jeremiah’s Films, Halloween, Trick or Treat’ is the one that persuaded me to cease all acknowledgment of Halloween. I’m interested in what others think.

    Comment by aislingthecraic | September 20, 2014 | Reply

  2. Hi Aisling, I have no problem with alternate celebrations. We live in a world that’s getting less and less safe. If I had kids of my own, there’s no way I’d let them go door to door where I live. I think each family does need to discern for themselves how to approach their celebrations. Thanks for your comment and welcome!

    Comment by celticanglican | September 23, 2014 | Reply

  3. Thank you for your feedback. I haven’t been online for several days so please excuse my delay in acknowledging your reply. I agree each family need to discern for themselves how to observe the holidays, but discernment seems to be a rare commodity now-a-days.

    Comment by aislingthecraic | October 2, 2014 | Reply

    • No problem! Please feel free to subscribe to updates so you can weigh in on new posts.

      Comment by celticanglican | October 2, 2014 | Reply


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