ROMAS 14, 14-23REV. RALPH WARDLAW, D.D.ROMAS XIV. 14 — 23.
" I knoWf and am peranaded bj the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing andeanof itself: bat to him that esteemetb anj thing to be unclean, to him it is un-clean. But if thy brother be grioTed with thy meat, now walkest thou notcharitably. Destroy not him with thy meat for whom Christ died. Let notthen your good be evil spoken of: for the kingdom of God is not meat and drink ;but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost For he that in thesethings serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men. Let us there-fore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith onemay edify another. For meat destroy not the work of God. Ail things indeedare pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It is good nei-ther to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stum-bieth, or is offended, or is made weak. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself be-fore God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which healloweth. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith : for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.**
In the preceding verse, in the form of reproof for the pastand admonition for the future, and on the ground of the ac-count to be rendered of their principles and conduct at the judgment-seat of Christ, the Apostle had inculcated an im-portant general duty : " Let us not therefore judge one an-other any more ; but judge this rather, that no man put astumbling-block, or an occasion to fall, in his brother's way."He proceeds here to apply this general precept to the par>ticular case : and he speaks with no uncertainty or hesita*tion. He expresses his "knowledge" and full "persuasion," — as a principle on which he felt himself at perfect liberty246 LECTURE LXIV.to act, without the slightest demurring of conscience — ^thatthere was " nothing unclean of itself."