Accepting One Another

Text: Romans 14

What We Must Understand As We Begin:

  • Controversy: Does Romans 14 allow ongoing fellowship with those in sin/error?
  • We can understand this (Ephesians 3:4)
  • Scripture does not contradict itself (John 10:35)

What Does This Chapter Teach & What Does It Not Teach?

  • Don’t judge others’ opinions by your opinions. NOT: Don’t judge. (v. 1-6)
  • God will judge all. NOT: God will accept all unconditionally. (v. 10-12)
  • Nothing is unclean in itself. NOT: Anything goes, we can do as we please. (v. 14)
  • Pursue the things which make for peace. NOT: Ignore sin & error in order to maintain fellowship & unity. (v. 19)

Passages Contradicted by the False View

  • 2 Thessalonians 3:6,14-15 – withdraw from brethren living in sin who refuse to repent
  • 1 Corinthians 5:9-10,13 – refrain from social contact with erring brother, except to teach (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:15)
  • Ephesians 5:11 – not to have fellowship with works of darkness; don’t ignore them, but expose them
  • Romans 16:17 – mark & avoid false teachers
  • 2 John 10-11 – receiving, even greeting, a false teacher amounts to participation in his evil deeds

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