Not making our brother stumble, Spiritual Food (Romans 14)

Spiritual Food comes in the form of milk, vegetables and Meat. In Romans 14, Paul addresses this matter, in great detail.

Many times preachers (including myself) get so fired up about what God shows them, they assume everyone should believe as they do. The truth is, other than the basic of Jesus being our Saviour, (and a few other things) how we believe really is a personal choice, and we are wrong to cram meat down someone’s throat.

I have struggled with my friends who eat “Mostly Vegetables” concerning the Word of God and those who eat more Meat.

It’s very simple really, to get along, and I wish I had seen this sooner.

Spiritual Meat can be harder to chew, harder to swallow, and you actualy need teeth to chew on it. I’m going to say some denominational churches eat “mostly vegetables” where as somechurches study what I would call the “meat’ of the word of God. Even in a simple thing like believing, you can become another son, become a minister, become a person who actually sees signs and wonders following you (Mark 16), or believing FOR miracles requires us to chew on some meat In the bible. There are also (Healthy) vegetables about basic Salvation, being a servant, and following him.

All of the word of God is food. Think with me- why they got manna in the wilderness (Bread of Life) it was the basics of what they needed to survive. They cried for Meat and choked on it, because they were not receiving even the basics by Faith and were not GROWING spiritually when they were following Moses. Why? (Ref: book of Exodus)

They were too busy whining about what they didn’t have, and their main goal was not to hear God, but have their comfort zone put back in place.

My Point is, we are not to Judge each other over such issues. this causes unnecessary divisions and strife in the Body, and it is not of God. The children of Israel were judged when their desires exceeded their love and respect for God so they literally turned on him, and turned to other gods. (Idols). Then they were judged by God.

You can read all of Romans 14 and see what I mean about meat and vegetables, but here is Romans 14 in Part:

6.”He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.

10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 11 For it is written:

“As I live, says the LORD,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.” NKJV

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