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How to Fail in the Best of Circumstances


1 Corinthians 10:1-10

As we come to 1 Corinthians 10, we return to a conversation in which Paul is persuasively arguing against idolatry. To skip down to his conclusion in vs. 20-21, Paul argues that idols are demonically sourced and energized; thus to worship idols is to worship demons. This leads to many probing questions about lifestyle; because as we shall see, Paul is tying lifestyle to idolatry, and idolatry is tied to demonism. Idolatrous living is Satanic; but Christian living is the polar opposite of this.

But there is irony in the end of the chapter, because in the larger context (ch. 8-10) Paul is actually arguing IN FAVOR of Christian liberty, with regard to a number of specific behaviors. So the problems he is addressing aren’t necessarily the specific behaviors themselves, but rather their power to cause a person to forsake faith in Jesus Christ in favor of idolatry, thus Satanic demonism.

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Jul 15, 2018 How to Fail in the Best of Circumstances Listen Download