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Doubtful Disputations- Romans 14:1

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September 22nd, 2014 | Filed Under: Author, Doubtful Disputations, Mitch Kuhn, Q and A0 Comments | Author:

(Rom 14:1) Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
(Rom 14:2) For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
(Rom 14:3) Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.

The first word is : G1261, and it means to dispute or argue about.

(Php 2:14) Do all things without complaining and disputing (G1261),

(1Ti 2:8) I am minded, therefore, that—the men in every place be offering prayer, uplifting hands of loving kindness, apart from anger and disputings (G1261);

So we are not supposed to argue and dispute about what? MATURE DISCERNMENTS, which is the next word.

G1253

(Heb 5:14) But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern (G1253) both good and evil.

(1Co 12:5) There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
(1Co 12:6) And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.
(1Co 12:7) But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:

(1Co 12:10) to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues.

Those that are mature have the ability to discern the truth from a lie, good from evil. They are the ones able to obey these verses.

(1Jn 4:1) Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Now with this understanding, let’s go back to Romans 14:1-3.

(Rom 14:1) Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things.
(Rom 14:2) For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
(Rom 14:3) Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.

We are commanded to bear with the weak in faith BUT NOT when they begin to dispute the mature discernment of the Word of God. We should not despise the weak that are struggling to understand with a humble spirit of a little child, but when the weak JUDGE the strong who are eating the mature Word of God, it must stop.

That is exactly what some weak in faith do; they dispute about the doctrine of Christ. The mature rise up and teach the narrow way, but the weak reject that wise counsel and continue to argue and dispute with no humility. They judge the strong and the doctrine of Christ.

Doubtfully disputing, also not recognizing and honoring leaders are directly linked. They do not esteem those highly who labor among us and therefore they cause disputings instead of peace.

(1Th 5:12) And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you,
(1Th 5:13) and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
(1Th 5:14) Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.

The whole reason that we have apostles, prophets, pastors and teachers among us is so that we not be blown about by every wind of false doctrine. If we do not respect these God given functions in the body, then there will be disputings with no peace, which will cause some to be carried away by false doctrine.

(Eph 4:11) And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
(Eph 4:12) for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
(Eph 4:13) till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;
(Eph 4:14) that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

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