In their book Ethics For A Brave New World John and Paul Feinberg provide eight test “that each Christian must face when deciding whether or not to indulge in a given activity.” Here they are, with a little commentary from me:
- Am I fully persuaded that it is right? (Rom 14:5, 14, 23) When it comes to areas where there is no clear command or principle to obey, you need to examine if your conscience condemns you or clears you, if there is any doubt, don’t do it. But if your “fully convinced” then do it. Paul applied this principle to days of worship and unclean foods.
- Can I do it as unto the Lord? (Rom. 14:6-8) The Bible says we belong to the Lord now, we are his servants, so when we come to a particular activity, we should ask ourselves can I do this to the glory of God.
- Can I do it without being a stumbling block to my brother and sister in Christ? (Rom. 14:13, 15, 20-22) I think this one is tough for us in American culture because we place so much importance on the individual. Scripture ask us to put aside activities which may be stumbling to others.
- Does it bring peace? (Rom. 14:17-18) How much could be avoid if we pursue what makes for peace?
- Does it edify my brother? (Rom. 14:19) One side of the coin says we are concerned if our brothers will stumble the other side of the coin is asking if the activities will build up our brothers and sisters in Christ.
- Is it profitable? (1 Cor. 6:12) Will the activity be beneficial to you, is an important question to answer. Will it help your walk with the Lord and life.
- Does it enslave me? (1 Cor. 6:12) Will the activity have the potential to be addicting? There are many problems we can avoid if we ask this question before we partake in an activity.
- Does it bring glory to God? (1 Cor. 10:31)
Until Next Time
Solo Deo Gloria