The strong must bear with the weak. Cautions against judging; and giving scandal.
NOW him that is weak in faith, take unto you: not in disputes about thoughts.
2 For one believes that he may eat all things: but he that is weak, let him eat herbs.
3 Let not him that eats, despise him that eats not: and he that eats not, let him not judge him that eats. For God has taken him to him.
4 Who are you that judge another man's servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. And he shall stand: for God is able to make him stand.
5 For one judges between day and day: and another judges every day: let every man abound in his own sense.
6 He that regards the day, regards it unto the Lord. And he that eats, eats to the Lord: for he gives thanks to God. And he that eats not, to the Lord he eats not, and gives thanks to God.
7 For none of us lives to himself; and no man dies to himself.
8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; or whether we die, we die unto the Lord. Therefore, whether we live, or whether we die, we are the Lord's.
9 For to this end Christ died and rose again; that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
10 But you, why judge you your brother? or you, why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written: As I live, said the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
12 Therefore every one of us shall render account to God for himself.
13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more. But judge this rather, that you put not a stumblingblock or a scandal in your brother's way.
14 I know, and am confident in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 For if, because of your meat, your brother be grieved, you walk not now according to charity. Destroy not him with your meat, for whom Christ died.
16 Let not then our good be evil spoken of.
17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but justice, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
18 For he that in this serves Christ, pleases God, and is approved of men.
19 Therefore let us follow after the things that are of peace; and keep the things that are of edification one towards another.
20 Destroy not the work of God for meat. All things indeed are clean: but it is evil for that man who eats with offence.
21 It is good not to eat flesh, and not to drink wine, nor any thing whereby your brother is offended, or scandalized, or made weak.
22 Have you faith? Have it to yourself before God. Blessed is he that condemns not himself in that which he allows.
23 But he that discerns, if he eat, is condemned; because not of faith. For all that is not of faith is sin.