Under Gods Command

PAUL ADDRESSES CHURCH PROBLEMS (1:1-6:20)

1 Corinthians 6:12 “Everything is permissible for me” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” but I will not be mastered by anything.

Apparently the church had been quoting and misapplying the words “I have the right to do anything.” Some Christians in Corinth were excusing their sins by saying that

(1) Christ had taken away all sin, and so they had complete freedom to live as they pleased, or (2) what they were doing was not strictly forbidden by Scripture.

Paul answered both these excuses.

(1) While Christ has taken away our sin, this does not give us freedom to go on doing what we know is wrong. The New Testament specifically forbids many sins (see 6:9, 10) that were originally prohibited in the Old Testament (see Romans 12:9–21; 13:8–10). (2) Some actions are not sinful in themselves, but they are not appropriate because they can control our lives and lead us away from God. (3) Some actions may hurt others. Anything we do that hurts rather than helps others is not right.
Lets Bring it Home: It might not be a sin, but it may have sinful side effects. Anything we do that hurts rather than helps others is not right.

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