Once the Devil was walking along with one of his cohorts. They saw a man ahead of them pick up something shiny. “What did he find?” asked the cohort. “A piece of the truth,” the Devil replied. “Doesn’t it bother you that he found a piece of the truth?” asked
the cohort. “No,” said the Devil, “I will see to it that he makes a religion out of it.” Klyne Snodgrass, Between Two Truths-Living with Biblical Tensions, 1990, Zondervan Publishing House, p. 35.
Too often we do exactly what the devil wants us to do; we take pieces of truth out of context and build a religion out of them. Instead, our theology needs to be balanced. In today’s text, Paul will teach us about balancing the freedom we have to enjoy the pleasures of this life with the duty we have to love God and one another. Without that balance, the devil will make us legalistic ascetics, or on the other extreme, self-centered hedonists.
May God richly bless our study today in 1 Corinthians,