Romans 14:1 As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. 2 One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. 3 Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
“Weak in faith” is different from “no faith”. “Eating vegetables to honor God” is different than “eating vegetable to gain acceptance by God” or put another way, to become righteous in God’s eyes. Paul has made the case to the Romans that all Jews and Gentiles have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23) and are made righteous (saved) only by faith in Jesus and not by works of the Law (Romans 5:1; 10:9-10; 9:30-33). “Weak in faith” means a believer thinks he is sinning by doing or not doing something when he really isn’t. A person weak in faith is a person who is saved by faith in Jesus but does not know the freedom he has in Christ. The person weak in faith needs to grow in the knowledge of God. We are to welcome the person weak in faith and teach him rather than judge him as a person with no faith. If God welcomes him, we are to do no less.
The person strong in faith is not to despise (disdainfully reject) the person who is weak in faith. The person who is weak in faith is not to judge the one who eats everything as one who dishonors God by not following the food laws. The one who eats and the one who doesn’t eat are both saved by faith and are servants of God. Believers are not to quarrel over opinions, but to understand that it is the Lord God who makes all believers stand firm in the faith – whether they follow Jewish food laws or not.
Are you rejecting fellow believers because of opinions you hold that have no basis in the Word of God?
(Note: For further information on the person weak in faith go to 1 Corinthians 8:4-13.)