(iv) SECTION FOUR: Chapter 10:14-22.

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Read the Scripture passage first....

 

1 Cor 10:14-22

14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

15I speak as to wise men; judge for yourselves what I say.

16The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

18Observe Israel after the flesh: Are not those who eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

19What am I saying then? That an idol is anything, or what is offered to idols is anything?

20Rather, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice they sacrifice to demons and not to God, and I do not want you to have fellowship with demons.

21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; you cannot partake of the Lord's table and of the table of demons.

22Or do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?

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Paul finally comes to the specific problem. What is it ? Read the passage again then answer which of the following you think is correct...

(a) The Corinthians should not be taking the Lord's Supper at all as they would be partaking it with demons.

(b) The Corinthians can freely participate in idol feasts as long as they take communion first.

(c) The Corinthians cannot go to the pagan temple because they would effectively be having fellowship with demons.

Eating food offered to idols is mot going to defile you, but participating in a ceremony that is obviously one of worshipping another god is destructive to the Christian as it is 'fellowshipping' with demons.

The 'idol feasts' the Corinthians were attending were part of a ceremony to worship the god represented by the idol. This is not a 'gray area' but an absolute practice forbidden by the Lord (Idolatry). Paul says that, just as Christian Communion is literally fellowshipping with Christ, so idol feasts are fellowshipping with their gods (demons).

We can apply this for us today by saying that Christians...(choose the answer you think is correct)..

(a) Should never eat food offered to idols.

(b) Should have nothing to do with the demonic or worshipping any idol.

(c) Should never set foot in a religious building of another faith.

Paul concludes by saying that a Christian cannot partake communion and also be involved in rituals that worship demons. This would be saying that they are stronger than God! (verses 21-22).

God has called us out of darkness to be light to the Gentiles, not to compromise and join them in their darkness. The Corinthian's so-called 'knowledge' is revealed to truly be foolishness. Let us have a dynamic testimony in our neighbourhoods and show we love the people but hate false worship of any kind.

Now we are ready to look at the last section: SECTION FIVE: Chapter 10:23-11:1


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