What a tough verse to ponder! It sounds simple, but if you’ll bear with me, you’ll see that there must be more to this verse than what appears plain from a simple reading. Out of context, and all by itself, this verse seems to be a command not to judge…but in context, and using legitimate rules of interpretation and sound logic, I’ll show that this verse commands something different, and nearly opposite of that! When I’m finished, we will understand why false converts, false teachers and nonbelievers everywhere are shouting this verse from the rooftops, and you’ll be ready to defend your faith when you are accused of not being Christlike, because you are “judging.”
What a simple verse, truly! But as always, God’s text is packed with meaning, and in this case, utterly under attack for centuries now. Sadly, it is professing Christians who have likely done the most damage with attempts to put meaning here that is not inherent in the text. Notice I did not call those attempts “well-intentioned,” as a truly well-intentioned attempt at interpreting the Bible will start with a biblical worldview and a belief that scripture is the ultimate authority.
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Can a Christian smoke? Should a Christian drink “socially?” What’s ok before marriage? These are common questions, and they are good questions, for immature believers to ask, that is. How do they relate to the 1 Corinthians 10:31? I’ll try to show how.
THIS IS WHY I DO WHAT I DO. Many of you know that I do the work of an evangelist. I am actually super excited because I just received 2 boxes of 10,000 tracts that my church designed and ordered from www.customtractsource.com and on the same day, we launched our new improved website, www.bereanbaptistchurch.com and I got to be a part of both those things. Each of these activities is designed with one ultimate goal: to glorify God by pointing to Christ and His finished work on the cross. Our chief aim is to edify believers and herald the gospel to the lost.
The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament sheweth His handiwork.
Like so much of scripture, what a simple, yet profound thought! Whereas we humans, myself included, find brevity so elusive, God can proclaim His glory in two short sentences and refute millions of people’s false beliefs in 12 simple English words.
This is the first part of the teaching on God’s grace. Here we learn what grace really means and what our response that that grace should be.
So does God determine luck? In a sense, from a human perspective this would be our conclusion. God does determine or allow all events, and so from a human idea, he is the ultimate force that actually does determine good fortune. He IS what we consider luck. But the problem is that luck is not real. God is real.