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All Things Are Lawful, But Not Always Helpful

March 1, 2010

I Corinthians 6:12 is such a remarkable paradigm through which Paul encourages us to see the Christian life:

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All things are lawful for me,

But not all things are helpful.

All things are lawful for me,

But I will not be enslaved by anything.

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It isn’t a clean and easy data equation that produces the ethical norm for every situation.  Paul gives us a paradigm that forces Christians to investigate their hearts, motives, and allegiances.  We have to bob and weave a bit – sort of like, as David Powilson puts it, jazz.  There is a some subjectivity to it, though not a sloppy one that loses sight of the reality of the Gospel and the lordship of Christ.

No prohibition can justify us before God.  Yet, a blindly permissive heart offers itself up to a slave master impossible to appease.

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