1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. 2 For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. 3 Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. 4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand. 5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. 6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks. 7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself. 8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. 10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. 12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God. 13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of: 17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. 18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. 19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another. 20 For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. 21 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. 22 Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. 23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Romans 14:1-23 (KJV)
Shortest Verse (9 words) Rom 14:16, Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Longest Verse (52 words) Rom 14:6, He that regardeth3 the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
Middle Verse(s) (of 23 verses) Rom 14:12, So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.
Middle Five Words (of 526 words) [‘every knee shall bow to’] Rom 14:11, For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, [every knee shall bow to] me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
The important part of this is that you read through the verses at the top of each day!!!
The kashrut (kosher) laws and the Sabbath and feast days are dealt with here. The bottom line is – the day does not matter. The food does not matter, as long as one is giving thanks unto the Lord, as long as we worship the Lord, Reverence Him, and give God the Glory. I could give a lot of proofs here about Sunday being the correct day for Christian worship – but if you’re seventh day, here you go! Here’s the ultimate quote FOR you – “He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord”.
The entire second half of the chapter is probably one that most independent Baptists would do well to listen to. Do not put a stumblingblock before a weaker brother. Look, if someone thinks you should eat kosher because they’ve got a faulty doctrine, don’t deliberately stand there in front of him chewing on a ham sandwich! Depending on their level of Kashrus, their Hek’sher, that could go ALL THE WAY from not eating pork, to not eating meat with cheese, to not eating un-schected foods. If that’s the case, please understand, and don’t advertise the fact that you’re eating unkosher food just to rub it in!
If you don’t know what those terms mean, don’t worry about it.
I’ll just say I probably have one or two holdover superstitions from Judaism. I was just finally able to cut my nails over a trashcan the other day – up till now, it was habit to do it over the toilet, to make sure the fingernail clippings got covered in water. If you don’t know why that is, don’t worry about it.
Oh, I do know one weird Jewish superstition I still haven’t shaken… if I say the prayer over the meal, and have to stop and go do something while my wife starts eating, when I come back, I have to force myself to eat without praying again. While in Judaism, the ruling was, if you say the brakhah and there’s a separation or delay, say it again before you eat. Or if you say the brakhah for handwashing, you cannot say anything else until you say the brakhah for eating. So I’ve still got a couple of little holdover habits from Chassidism.
As a matter of fact, if you get my mind going, out of habit I’m going to reach for my chin. There were a bunch of us in the Lubavitch shul that when the Rabbi would give the speech, we’d sit there twirling our fingers in our beards as we listened. I don’t know if that was some kind of Chassidic superstition based on Der Tanya or on Kabbalah, or just a weird nervous twitch Jews have? I dunno.
Now, the quickest way to get on my nerves is to be a loudmouth, and start knocking on “you’re not in Judaism anymore!” or the weird one I get from time to time, “You’re not a Jew anymore!” which of course always gets the response, “Is Paul still a Jew? Is Jesus Christ a Jew?”
Boy, I tell ya, that’s the quickest way to uncover an anti-Semite, is to bring up the Jewishness of Jesus Christ. So what do I do? Challenge the antisemitism of a weaker brother?
Of course not. He’s a weaker brother, still trying to overcome that prejudice in his flesh.
So all this said, I think this is a message that we all know, we just have a habit of forgetting. I put this one in the category of “The pastor should remind the congregation every six months about this.”