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可以作和不可作的事
作者:讀經:羅馬書14章12-13節

一位年輕信徒致電給我,向我提出一個重要的問題:「牧師,聖經有沒有列明,有甚麼事情是我們可以做,有甚麼事情是不可以做呢?」你會怎樣回答這個問題呢?

有關基督徒該有怎樣的品格行為,聖經已為我們提供了主要的答案。基督徒應否騙人或撒謊?聖經的答案是「不」。基督徒應否與未信者結婚?聖經的答案是「不」。聖經還有許多類似的明確指示。

不過,有不少問題是沒有明確答案的。我們今天的社會文化與聖經時代有很大分別;因此,我們必須解釋聖經所定下的原則,了解它們該怎樣應用在自己身上。

為此緣故,基督徒中便會對某些事情的解釋出現分歧。我們的背景會影響我們的行為。正如年輕人對事情的看法,會跟父母不同。究竟誰是誰非?我們如何判斷呢?

每間地方教會都該為信徒提供一套準則和指引。當信徒踰越這些準則,便要執行教會紀律。不過,即使有部分教會嘗試為每種行為訂定準則,卻也不可能為每個信徒判斷每件事情該做或不該做。

信徒仍然要自行判斷。我們的責任,是要按照聖經的亮光和聖靈的引導來作出決定。與牧者或基督徒朋友商討,也會帶來一定的幫助。

在接著的幾天,我們會一起思考這個重要的課題,以致能踏上蒙福之路。妥協和讓步通常都不是正路。當神的話語充滿我們的思想,當聖靈住在我們的心中,我們必能知悉神的心意。

反思經文:「我要教導你,指示你當行的路。」(詩三十二8)


WHAT CAN WE DO? WHAT CAN WE NOT DO?


BIBLE READING:Romans 14:12-23

‵Pastor are there any lists in the Bible which tell us what we can do or can‵t do?‵ A new young Christian had phoned me with this important question. How would you have answered him?

Many questions about our conduct as Christians are answered for us in the Bible. Should a Christian cheat or lie? The Bible says no. Should a Christian marry a non-Christian? The Bible says no. There are many other similar positive directions.

But plenty of other questions are not answered specifically. Our culture is different to the days in which the Bible was written. Consequently we have to interpret the principles laid down in the Word of God as they apply to us.

The result is that Christians differ in their approach to many matters. Our background can influence our behaviour. Younger people today see things differently to their parents. Who is right? How do we decide?

Every local church should have standards and guide lines. It ought to administer discipline when those standards are broken. But a local church cannot decide every question for us even though some churches try to do so.

The final decision is a very personal one. It is ours to make in the light of the Word of God and the guidance of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Talking it over with a pastor or Christian friends can usually help.

For the next few days we will think together about this very important pathway to blessing. The road to compromise is not usually the right way. When the Word of God fills our minds and the Holy Spirit fills our lives, we will know for ourselves what the Lord wants us to do.

A VERSE FOR TODAY: ‵I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go‵ Psalm 32:8.


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