We often get conflicting information about Christian religious requirements. In addition to Romans ch. 14, where Paul talks about the role of freedom in Christ vs. religious observations, diet, etc. (“disputable matters”), in the Christian congregation, it’s important to know where to go to understand what Jesus and His apostles said:
-Jesus explains the instruction of the Holy Spirit
John 14:26 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
-James says, if you don’t understand something, ask God!
James 1:5-6 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
-Paul explains why it is so important to “grow up” as a Christian, so that we can’t be mislead by religious frauds and deceptions.
Ephesians 4:11-15 (New International Version 1984, ©1984)
11 It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, 12 to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.