“One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind” (Romans 14:5).
With the reputation and the future of the church at stake, Paul urges this diverse body of Jewish and Gentile believers to come together on a united front; agree to disagree and not to become divided over non-essential matters such as eating meat and giving special observation to certain days. While varying ascetic practices may be considered important to some, if they are not specifically addressed in scripture, then they are but matters of conscience that each individual must decide upon in their own mind. It is a liberty entrusted to us and must be exercised not for bold individual expression but responsible community benefit.