by Rev Joel Yong
Everything is clean to those who are clean. But nothing is clean to corrupt unbelievers. Indeed, their minds and their consciences are corrupted.
Jamieson Fausset Brown has this to say:
“”To the pure” inwardly, that is, those purified in heart by faith (Acts 15:9 Romans 14:20 1 Timothy 4:3), all outward things are pure; all are open to, their use. Sin alone touches and defiles the soul (Matthew 23:26 Luke 11:41). ”
There were false teachings then that Christians should not eat certain foods because these were unclean. These false teachings placed unnecessary restrictions on believers and caused them to rely on a hoped-for justification via their ‘observances’ more so than that of a justification by their faith in Jesus alone.
You see- our dietary preferences do not corrupt us. Sin alone corrupts us and it happens when we think, say, do things that are against God’s ways.
We need to distinguish between an outward observance and an inner conviction.
Touching a dead person does not defile us. Engaging in idolatrous worship on the other hand, breaks God’s laws.
On the other hand, GOING into a church does not necessarily make us a holy person either.
BEING the church instead – through our thoughts, words and deeds – that sets us apart.