What Should We Do? Pt. 4

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.  Hast thou faith?  have it to thyself before God.  Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that things which he alloweth.  And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Romans 14:21-23

We have seen several criteria in this chapter of Romans to help us make wise decisions regarding questionable things in life – things that the Bible does not specifically address.  The last thing that we will look at is found in the last verse of the chapter: “…he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”  Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.  When it comes to Scriptural criteria for making decisions, this is a big one.

Whatever it is that we are doing or not doing, we need to have faith that we are doing right.

This might be the simplest of all of the criteria to follow.  If we are thinking about a questionable thing and trying to make a wise decision, we need to ask ourselves one simple question: “do I have any doubts about this whatsoever?”  If we have any doubts, chances are very good that we should just avoid whatever it is.  As always, we usually do things in the wrong order.  When we have doubts about something, we usually just go ahead and do it, ignoring the fact that, deep down, it bothers our conscience.

Usually, if we will listen to our conscience and the Holy Spirit, it will settle most of the questions in our lives.  It is when we try to ignore those things that we get in trouble and make unwise decisions.  How are we doing?

 

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