The believer’s freedom!
“23 “I have the right to do anything,” you say — but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything” — but not everything is constructive. 24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. 25 Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, 26 for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” 27 If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. 28But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. 29 I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? 30 If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? 31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32 Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God — 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.”
(1 Corinthians 10)
Model for decision-making based on Paul’s letter:
1. Convenience — is the action/habit convenient?
Definition: “suitable or agreeable to the needs or purpose; well-suited with respectto facility or ease in use; favorable, easy, or comfortable for use”.
2. Dominion — does the action/habit dominate you?
Everything that takes away our dependence on God is sin.
3. Edification — does the action/habit edify myself and/or others?
4. Fellowship — what I am doing harms others? Relationship with other people impose limits to our freedom.
5. Conscience — does my conscience accuse me? Do I have peace and tranquility?
If there is doubt an action is sin, it might be better not to do it.
6. Other people’s conscience — do others have peace and tranquility?
7. Glory of God/adoration — Does the action glorify and honor God?
If in the decision-making process, the action/matter being considered “pass” through this 7 steps, it is not sin!