“I do all things for the sake of the gospel, so that I may become a fellow partaker of it” (1 Corinthians 9:23).

In Paul’s discussion of freedom there is an inference that is imperative to the exercise of freedom — it is to be applied to all things in life and not just one particular area. Those who most often speak of their freedom in Christ tend to do so in regard to one particular area that other fellow believers might find questionable or consider a stumbling block. Freedom in Christ, however, was never intended as a resource for justifying one’s personal lifestyle or practices. That abuse is a phenomenon unique to a self-absorbed, westernized version of Christianity. The intent of our freedom was and is for an outward focus — the furtherance of the gospel and the impacting of lives for the cause of Christ.

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