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- It is unequivocally sinful to get drunk. Eph 5:18; 1 Cor 5:11
- On issues of Christian liberty, we should be guided by love for one another. John 13:34-35
- The “stronger brother” should be careful with the conscience of the “weaker brother.” Rom 14; 1 Cor 8-9
- Given the weaknesses of may people toward alcohol addiction, it is wise to be very guarded about where and when we consume alcohol.
- We should not pass judgment on those who enjoy Christian liberties. Rom 14:3
- Ask a lot of questions. Prov 18:13
- This is very likely a symptom of a deeper issue.
- Encourage them to identify other issues in the marriage and talk to their spouse about those issues.
- Encourage them to get counseling.
- This is a wisdom issue. Therefore, there is plenty of room for disagreement.
- Whether a teen should date will depend upon the maturity of the teen.
- There may be value in training a teen in this area while they are still under your authority. Eph 6:4
- Older, mature teens who care about godliness could be allowed to date with close supervision and clear guidelines.
- Seeking reconciliation is the responsibility of both parties. Matt 18:15-17; 5:23-24
- Deal with your own heart first. Matt 7:3-5; Matt 12:17-21
- Before making an accusation, ask questions to confirm that a sin was committed. Prov 18:13, 17
- Give a gentle admonition from Scripture.
- It is not inherently selfish to want something; a desire becomes selfish when I insist on it. 1 Cor 13:5
- I should be more concerned about what the Lord commands me to do than what He commands others to do. Matt 7:3-5
- God gives to both spouses unconditional commands to give. Eph 5:22-25
- The commonly held meet-in-the-middle ethic for marriage is a recipe for disaster.
- Quality time is not a preference issue and should be pursued for the health of the marriage.
- There are two biblical reasons for ending a marriage – sexual immorality and abandonment by an unbelieving spouse. Matt 19:9; 1 Cor 7:15
- Just like dealing with any other sin, God does give us principles for dealing with abuse in marriage.
- In cases of physical abuse, God’s ordained authorities should be informed and involved. Matt 18:15-17; Rom 13:1-5
- Though Scripture does not allow for divorce in cases of abuse, separation is consistent with God’s care for the defenseless.
- Masturbation is wrong because it violates God’s principles for sexuality. 1 Cor 7:3-4
- The best course is to tell the doctor about your convictions and ask for alternatives.
- If the doctor will not allow other alternatives, find another doctor.