A Sermon on Romans 14:13-16Read more
While all Christians are Christian in the same way – through regeneration – we are not all identical in every respect. There is, as Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains, ethnic diversity, along with differences in personality and temperament. But the apostle Paul classifies Christians in another manner in Romans 14. He classifies them based upon maturity: the strong and the weak. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, in this message on Romans 14:13-14, draws our attention to the great Pauline principle which governs our Christian life: never put a stumbling block in front of a weaker brother or sister in Christ. Based upon our common membership in the family of God, the stronger Christian must remember their Christian brother is more important than different opinions. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, following Paul, warns of the danger of grieving a brother – causing confusion and leading him to violate his conscience. When we grieve our brothers, we are no longer walking in love, and we seriously endanger his spiritual condition. The supreme argument of the apostle is that while Christ was willing to give up his life for us, the strong hesitate whether they can give up meat for weaker brothers. Ponder Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones' unique answer to the challenge of life together in the family of God.
Additional Scripture Translations
Romans 14:13-16, New American Standard Bible
13Therefore let’s not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this: not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s or sister’s way. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to the one who thinks something is unclean, to that person it is unclean. 15For if because of food your brother or sister is hurt, you are no longer walking in accordance with love. Do not destroy with your choice of food that person for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;
Romans 14:13-16, King James Version
13Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way. 14I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died. 16Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.