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Christian Liberty (1 Corinthians 8:1-13)

Thomas E. Graham, 04/01/1973
Part of the - series, presented at a Sunday Morning service

Tags: Christian Liberty, Christian Life, Conscience, Discipline, Love


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1 Corinthians 8:1-13

1Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. 2And if any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 3But if any man love God, the same is known of him. 4As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. 5For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) 6But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. 7Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is defiled. 8But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols; 11And through thy knowledge shall the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? 12But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ. 13Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. (KJV)

Thomas E. Graham
About Thomas E. Graham: Thomas Graham was born in Melbourne, Australia to missionary parents. His father, a Scot, met his mother, an American, while on the mission field in Africa. Graduated from Weaton College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Graham pastored a small church in New Jersey before being called to Aisquith in 1969. A staunch Reformed theologian, Graham was recognized as a gifted preacher who occupied the pulpit each Sunday with very few notes. His love for our Lord and his awe of Scripture are evident in his sermons. During his tenure here he organized the Middle Atlantic Sovereign Grace Theological Society, attracting to Aisquith such speakers as R.C. Sproul, John Reisinger and John Gerstner. He also guided the congregation through its traumatic break with the United Presbyterian Church. He was diagnosed with cancer in February 1987 and was called Home in April of that year. His wife of nearly 26 years, the former Anna Green, remains active in Aisquith. One of their two sons now pastors the small New Jersey church once pastored by Tom, and the other is a successful Christian fantasy author. (We should note that the titles for Graham's sermons were, for the most part, not selected by him. In fact, he objected to sermon titles, generally, believing they might hinder his ability to change course, if he was so led, during the sermon. However, the presentation of hundreds of sermons, such as we have on this site, requires more description for the visitor than merely "The Sermon," which is what appeared in the weekly bulletin. We think, given our situation, he'd agree.)
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