Romans 14:13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. 14 I know and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself, but it is unclean for anyone who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is grieved by what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. By what you eat, do not destroy the one for whom Christ died. 16 So do not let what you regard as good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for anyone to make another stumble by what he eats. 21 It is good not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that causes your brother to stumble. 22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. 23 But whoever has doubts is condemned if he eats, because the eating is not from faith. For whatever does not proceed from faith is sin.
Definition of “stumbling block”: (Greek word is proskomma) “provide an opportunity for a fellow believer to do what they consider sin” Definition of “hindrance”: (Greek word is skandalon) “To act in a way that another believer believes is sin and tempts the believer to do what he considers sin) Definition of “grieve”: (Greek word is lupatai) “to cause a fellow believer sever emotional or mental distress” Definition of “destroy”: (Greek word is appolooe) “to cause a fellow believer to be ruined in their walk with God by doing what they consider sin in his presence.” Definition of “Kingdom of God”: “The rule of God in Christ defeating His enemies and bringing to His people the blessings of His reign” (G. E. Ladd). Definition of “acceptable”: (Greek word is euarestos) “pleasing as a child is pleasing to his parents when he obeys and does what is right for his parents who accept him fully even if he doesn’t please them”.
We are taught by this text what we are to do and not to do in order to submit to God’s kingdom, His divine reign as King. God rules so we can live in righteousness, joy and peace. When people in a local church submit to God’s rule, righteousness, peace and joy is the result. Following is what Paul instructs believers to do and not to do in order to obey the King.
Believers are not to pass judgment on another believer’s lifestyle that is not sin according to the Scriptures.
Believers are to decide not to tempt other believers to sin by actions or arranging situations not considered sin by Scripture, but are considered sin by another believer.
Believers are not to ruin another believer’s walk with God by tempting him to do what he considers sin, but is not sin according to the scriptures.
Believers are not to let what they regard as good be thought of as evil (in other words, believers are not to do what they are free to do in the presence of a brother who considers it sin).
Believers are to serve Christ in ways that are pleasing to God and approved by people.
Believers are to pursue what makes for peace and the mutual building up of other believers in the local church.
Believers are not to ruin the work of God by exercising their freedom to do what is not sin according to scripture, but is sin according to another believer.
Believers are to keep to themselves things that are not scripturally sin, but considered sin by another believer.
Believers are not to condemn themselves by doing what is scripturally okay, but what they consider sin.
If we do what we think God calls sin, we sin even if it is not scripturally sin.
Are you submitting to the authority of the King for the building up of other believers in your local church? Or are you doing what you are free to do no matter what another believer thinks in your local church? You can tell people in a local church are submitting to the King if there is righteousness, peace and joy.