Does I Corinthians 8 apply to not annoying fellow Christians?

Question: After reading Would it be wrong to be buried in a denominational graveyard? I have a question: I knew that I Corinthians 8 addressed eating meat offered to idols.  I thought this portion referred to stronger Christians refraining from activities that may cause weaker Christians to stumble. For example, I had an active role…

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Do I need to apologize when I didn’t intend to cause an offense?

Question: Hello Mr. Jeffrey, I have a question.  Recently I visited a church small group. It so happened that the group, which was lead by a man, had 9 women and 2 men which is significantly more skewed than the general church’s ratio. I obviously was weirded out by this ratio and said, “If I…

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Everything offends me

Question: Hi, I read your article on the spirit of offense. I’ve been a believer for 40 years. Over that time, I’ve been harassed by unbelievers, assaulted by boyfriends who claimed to be saved, bullied by bosses and coworkers, and church workers have been rude and pushy, to say the least. The results? Depression, shame,…

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Does Jesus Offend You?

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/2018Spring6DoesJesusOffendYou.mp3 by Raymond Warfel, Jr. 2018 Spring Meeting

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Abigail’s Example

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/AbigailsExample.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton I.         There is much to learn from the pages of the Old Testament             A.        It is true that we no longer live under the Law of Moses. It passed out of existence when Jesus died upon the cross. However, it doesn’t mean than God meant for the Christian to discard its teachings.…

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On Stumbling Blocks and Offenses

by Doy Moyer via On Stumbling Blocks and Offenses at Moyer Press and Manipulating Offenses and People at Moyer Press When Paul made his arguments in Romans 14, he spoke of never putting “a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother” (Romans 14:13). This is one of the most significant ways that we can “pursue what…

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Offense

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Offense.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text Matthew 15:21-28   I.         We live in a society with a chip on its shoulder             A.        People are looking for reasons to complain and to blame.             B.        Say the wrong word and you will find your job in jeopardy, close friends will split, or long standing members of the church will leave…

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What is the spirit of offense?

Question: What is the spirit of offense? How do you know if you have it? Why do so many churches use this phrase against people to control them? Answer: The phrase “spirit of offense” is not found in the Bible. People can cause offenses by their behavior, but using the phrase “spirit of offense” implies…

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That Preacher Offended Me!

by Harry Osborne What would you think of a preacher whose sermons offended people and were taken as insulting by the hearers? What if a preacher caused the audience to be filled with anger because of the hard things that he said? What if he went so far as to mock false beliefs? Regardless of…

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