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ALL THINGS ARE NOT HELPFUL

There are many activities that people of the world participate in that you may wonder ? "Would it be ok if I did that as well? The Bible doesn't expressly forbid it. Can I do it?" Certainly, there are some things that the Bible expressly says are sinful. Here is such a list.

Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:19-21)

Anything that does something evil, however small, should be abandoned at once. But there are many activities that are not evil of themselves and are not specifically forbidden in the Bible. How do you decide whether to do them or not?

In the first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul gives some very good guidance.

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (1 Cor. 6:12)

Similar guidance is given in 1 Corinthians 10:23-24:

All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not. Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.

From these two passages, the Apostle Paul gives three reasons to avoid certain activities. Let us evaluate each of the reasons that he gives...

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Ed Anderson
(Sierra Vista, AZ )


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