Our Code of Ethics 11.4.18

October 21, 2018
Youth Ministry Update



“Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess knowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.  Those who think they know something do not yet know as they ought to know.  But whoever loves God is known by God.

So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that “An idol is nothing at all in the world” and that “There is no God but one.”  For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”),  yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.

But not everyone possesses this knowledge. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat sacrificial food, they think of it as having been sacrificed to a god, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.  But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do.

Be careful, however, that the exercise of your rights does not become a stumbling block to the weak.  For if someone with a weak conscience sees you, with all your knowledge, eating in an idol’s temple, won’t that person be emboldened to eat what is sacrificed to idols?  So this weak brother or sister, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge.  When you sin against them in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ.  Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause them to fall.” 1 Corinthians 8 NIV

I often refer to this passage when confronted with situations where traditional or personal values are pit against contemporary or cultural values.  In the grand scheme of things, the line we cannot cross is loving God and others, and most actions taken in the true pursuit of those ends are not forbidden.  Jesus’s message was not one of a multitude of rules that we must follow, but of a mindset that we must maintain.  We are called to be holy and set apart from the world, yet loving and sensitive to the needs of those around us.  The Old Testament made this point by enforcing a strict code of conduct and set of rules.  Living under the New Testament, we are called to make this point by what we value.  If we hold anything in higher esteem than God, we are wrong; if we choose anything over loving God and others we have sinned.  We are not to think of ourselves in any way better for not participating nor better than those that do not participate in cultural activities, we are only to be concerned with our own motives and how they relate to our true purpose.

Upcoming Lessons:

  • Sunday 11/4
    • Luke 14:7-36: The Cost of Being a Disciple
    • PDYM Part 1:
  • Wednesday 11/7: Prepare for the Musical!

Event Updates:

  • Ignition: December 26-30

Prayer Requests:

  • Student Work Scholarship: We need work to do.  Please pray that people would be moved to assist our students in raising the money for Ignition.
  • Gratitude: I am not very good at expressing gratitude beyond those in front of me.  Please pray for me that I can be more appreciative of those who help from afar.  Our ministry would not exist were it not for God’s blessing through His church.

Greg Horton
Youth Director