1 Corinthians 10:14-33
1 Corinthians 10:14-22-Paul is saying that participation in a religious ceremony means "sharing" (:16,18,20-Greek is "koinonia"-to have fellowship, intimacy, connection) with the one being worshiped at that ceremony. He says this is true of the Lord's Supper (:16-17), it was true of Israel in times of the OT (:18), and it is true of pagan ceremonies (:19-22). Because of this...believers are not to participate in pagan ceremonies because it would make them susceptible to demonic influence (:20).
1 Corinthians 10:23-33-It is helpful if we understand the words, “All things are lawful...”, to be read, “Some people say that all things are lawful...”. In this instance, Paul is correcting faulty theology. (Ryrie) Paul sums up his discussion about Christian liberties that began in 8:1 with several guiding principles: (1) Test all conduct by whether or not it manifests the characteristics of God; (2) is it beneficial? (6:12); (3) is it enslaving? (:6:12); (4) will it hinder the spiritual growth of a brother? (8:13,33); (5) does it edify, build others up? (10:23).
Prayer: Lord, sometimes I have to make choices about matters that are not as clear cut as whether or not to attend a pagan ceremony. I have to make choices whether or not to shop at stores that support non-christian values. You say that it's okay to eat meat sacrificed at a pagan temple, because in reality that god does not even exist. So, it must be okay to purchase the meat there...even though to do so would provide financial support for that pagan temple. If this bothers my conscience I should not do it...but if it doesn't, then it is okay to do so. I struggle with this Lord, because I don't want to support that store and its agenda. Yet, it offers the product that I want. Please give me wisdom here. I would rather honor You, than to purchase any product.