Romanos 14

1 As for the man who is weak in faith, accept him, but not for disputes over opinions.

2 One believes he may eat anything, but the man whose faith is weak eats only vegetables.

3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not, and let not him who does not eat pass judgment on him who eats; for God has accepted him.

4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will be made to stand, for the Master is able to make him stand.

5 One man esteems one day as better than another; another man esteems every day alike. Let each one be fully convinced in his own mind.

6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.

7 For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.

8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's.

9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 Why do you judge your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of God.

11 For it is written: »As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,and every tongue shall confess to God.«

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another anymore, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in our brother’s way.

14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean.

15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer walking in love. Do not by your eating destroy the one for whom Christ died.

16 So do not let your good be spoken of as evil.

17 For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;

18 he who serves Christ in this way is acceptable to God and approved by men.

19 Let us therefore pursue what makes for peace and for mutual edification.

20 Do not, for the sake of food, destroy the work of God. Everything is indeed clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

21 It is right not to eat meat or drink wine or do anything that makes your brother stumble.

22 The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself for what he approves.

23 But he who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not act from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin.