Category Archives: The Fruit of the Vine

Wine or Grape Juice

Over the past months I have had several posts dealing with Christian liberty and the use of wine, particularly in the Lord’s Supper.  Those were edited snippets from an article which has now been published in Ordained Servant, “Wine or … Continue reading

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Christian liberty, what does God require?

Although the focus of Paul’s teaching in Rom. 14 is on how the church is to treat the weaker brother, the apostle’s concerns go both directions: “Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not … Continue reading

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The teaching of Christian liberty abused

Paul’s teaching in Romans 14 and 1 Corinthians 8 has sometimes been distorted to encourage or even require believers to take a position of total abstinence.  In “The Weak and the Strong” (see the link here) John Murray writes: In … Continue reading

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Christian liberty includes concern for others

As those who belong to Christ our goal is to be well-pleasing to him.  That includes being careful not to cause those who may be weaker in the faith to sin. In Romans 14:14 Paul makes clear that what we … Continue reading

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The fruit of the vine: Christian liberty — Where are we going?

Why am I taking the time and space to reflect on the subject of Christian liberty?  It may be helpful to repeat what I pointed out at the beginning, that although the subject arose in the context of questions about … Continue reading

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