Speaker: Pastor Celso Namuco
"It is good not to eat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin."
~Paul’s point in Romans 4:20 is that faith glorifies God: “Abraham grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.” The reason faithless acts are sin is that they don’t glorify God as trustworthy.
~In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul said, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” But you can’t glorify God if you are dishonoring him by not trusting him. So where there is no faith, 1 Corinthians 10:31 is being disobeyed in every action (no matter how neutral in itself).
~Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” Therefore, where there is no faith, all acts displease God. "All human ‘virtue’ is depraved if it is not from a heart of love to the heavenly Father — even if the behavior conforms to biblical norms.”
~When virtue is sin.
Romans 14:23 makes plain "that our depravity is a condition in relation to God primarily, and only secondarily in relation to man."
This is the great awakening that needs to happen for people to see the extent of their sin and the greatness of the Savior. Only God sees our hearts.
What questions are we going to ask if we aren't sure if what we are going to do is right?
- Will it strengthen my faith?
- Will it encourage others?
- Will it bring others to Christ?
- Will it glorify God in my life?
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