Am I Responsible for Their Behavior?

I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting; in like manner also, that the women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly clothing, but, which is proper for women professing godliness, with good works. ~ 1 Timothy 2:1-10

In this passage, Paul is teaching Timothy how to teach the people in his church.

Modest apparel is clothing that does not call attention to itself, but conforms to morally acceptable standards.

Does that short skirt draw attention……the skimpy bathing suit…..the low-cut neckline…then, according to the Bible (not my opinion) it shouldn’t be worn.

Why?

So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way. ~ Romans 14:12-13

and

But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours become a stumbling block to those who are weak. ~ 1 Corinthians 8:9

This question was posed to me a while back, and it was interesting to hear the other responses. This is a very clear example of why we need to know what God’s Word says about issues like this.

God gives us clear instructions. The problem is not with not understanding what He is saying…but, rather with not wanting to do what He is saying.

It’s almost like we don’t mind “consulting” with God’s Word, but we just want to add that to our “decision making process”. That is not obedience.

When we tell our kids to do something, do we accept for them to “reason” the pros and cons of doing so….well….okay, I guess there are many parents doing that these days, but, to raise a child who understands Biblical obedience (you know the punishment used to be stoning for disobedience?)them “reasoning” it out would not be acceptable.

God is perfect. He is holy. He expects us to be holy (mature, whole) and obedient.

So, according to God, we will be held accountable if we cause anyone to stumble. That responsibility goes above and beyond the choices that we make for ourselves, and invades the choices that we make for the benefit of others (as we are told to do).

 

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