Opinions We Make Into Law

One of my classes began a good discussion today on church views on music styles, then it led all kinds of good places. Along the way, we noticed that Romans 14:1 says,

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 

Notice that word, “opinions.” It works well in the context, because the Bible is teaching that issues like food preferences and special celebrative days aren’t law. They are “opinion,” and we ought to form our own convictions (verse 5) and hold them, while honoring the same of others.

My students listed the following examples of opinions we make into law:

  • church dress codes
  • alcohol use
  • smoking
  • tattoos
  • dancing

My students also rightly identified that, in churches, these issues of conscience too often trump Christ. They said that a wrong-headed focus on controversial opinions lames a church’s gospel mission. The world, you see, can tell the difference between Christ-centered focus and man-centered divisions. Can we?


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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