Be careful how you stand, lest you fall. Does that mean our salvation is on shaky ground? Myth 31

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Myth 31: be careful how you stand lest you fall. 1 Cor. 10:12

We have always been taught to be humble. 1 Cor. 10:12 is usually quoted to support this. Some have said this verse clearly points that there is no security to salvation.

Let’s look at it in context. What is Paul talking about?

1st Cor 10:11 is sandwiched between 1st Cor. 8 and the rest of 10. What was the subject in question?

Let’s look at 1 Cor. 8: 1

Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that “We all possess nowledge.” But knowledge puffs up while love builds up.

Now 1 Cor 10:27  If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience.

See? Paul takes 2 chapters to address this issue. As such this verse has nothing to do with losing your security. It speaks about actually how not to stumble a weaker brother.

In fact Paul the states after this verse 2 grounds why a believer will not fall.

13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

So Paul is not saying that a believer can fall and lose his salvation. By the way since when did eating food belonging to idols cause you to lose your salvation? Ask any Asian, we eat food offered to idols everyday. The issue here is stumbling other people. Out of love, we don’t do it.

Peace.

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