We have discussed Romans 14-15 in both of our Wednesday and Sunday Bible Classes recently for multiple class periods. It wasn’t planned that way, the two coincided. I feel that this is one of the most neglected and needed passages for the church today.
The discussion boils down to how do we apply, live, practice this? And it isn’t simple.
I continue to be disturbed by statements that say either explicitly or implicitly:
- the lost are more important than the saved
- we should make decisions that will reach the lost even if it means losing saved members
- our Goal is to reach the lost at all costs, including sacrificing current members
- good leaders are willing to make decisions for evangelism to bring in new people, even if it means losing current ones
Is this Biblical? Does the Bible say that God loves the lost more than the saved? I think we all struggle with the balance. I don’t want a church that is controlled by the minority or one individual with a weak conscience. Is it really, “reach the lost at all costs?”
but this is what Paul said:
“If your brother is distressed because of what you eat (do/believe), you are no longer acting in love.”
“Do not by your eating (actions) destroy your brother for whom Christ died.”
Why are so many quick to throw this out the window to reach out to new people?
Can’t we do both. Is it really glorifying God if we only accomplish one and neglect the other?
How do you find the balance and apply this passage?