1 Corinthians 10:27-30
If some unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat
whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if anyone says
to you, 'This has been offered in sacrifice', then do not eat it, both for the sake of
the man who told you and for conscience' sake - the other man's conscience, I mean, not
yours. For why should my freedom be judged by another's conscience? If I take part in
the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for?
Paul uses the example of a meal and this meat that had been
sacrificed in the temple of the false gods to make his point about legality, liberty and
love. We see that, as believers in Jesus, we are free to eat whatever but we limit our
own liberty because of the love that we have for the unbeliever. Paul brings up the
matter of conscience and that is simply defined as a guiding voice or feeling to tell a
person what is right and wrong. This is from God and, for a Christian, this is the Holy
spirit speaking to our soul and sanctifying us. Paul asks a simple question that needs
to be asked more today than ever before among the "churches" when he asks why his
freedom should be judged by another's conscience. The answer is quite simple in that we
are all responsible for listening to the Holy Spirit and for what is said to our hearts
not what is said to another person's heart. This judgment by so-called "super saints"
has caused much damage within the body of Christ and the lives of individuals.