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DOUBT: A Silent Killer

August 29, 2016

Monday

 

Doubt and Faith

 

Romans 14:23

 

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.

 

LESSON

 

This verse, in contrast to verse 22, seems addressed particularly to the weak. The weak brother, who eats something that he believes he should not eat, stands “condemned” by his own conscience and by God. His action is contrary to what he believes is right. “Faith” here, as in verses 1 and 22, does not refer to the teachings of Christianity but to what a person believes to be the will of God for him. If a person does what he believes to be wrong, even though it is not wrong in itself, it becomes “sin” for him. He has violated what he believes to be God’s will. His action has become an act of rebellion against God for him.

Whatever is done without the conviction that God has approved it is by definition sin. God has called us to a life of faith. Trust is the willingness to put all of life before God for his approval. Any doubt concerning an action automatically removes that action from the category of that which is acceptable.

“For a Christian not a single decision and action can be good which he does not think he can justify on the ground of his Christian conviction and his liberty before God in Christ.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 37:33

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