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10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
10:21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
10:22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.
10:24 Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth.
10:25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:
10:26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.

First Corinthians 10:23


This is quite the doozy.

Leviticus is full of rules and laws suggesting that not all things are lawful. Yet, here we have an indication that might be interpreted as "moderation in everything."

This scripture (in a different translation) has been used in defense of moderate use of alcohol (e.g., "Is it Wrong for Christians to Have a Drink of Alcohol?", referenced July 18, 2015). But it could, presumably, also be used to say that a little bit of pork isn't so bad, or cutting a little of the hair on the side of your head is lawful, or just a tiny bit of laying with a man as with a woman is lawful.

It's a slippery slope!

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