Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

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Bible References

A stumbling-block

1 Corinthians 10:32
Do not [do what could] cause Jews, Greeks [i.e., Gentiles] or the church of God to fall [away from God].
Romans 14:13
So, we should stop judging one another any more. But instead, you people should determine not to put anything in your brother's way [to cause him] to trip or fall [away from God].
Galatians 5:13
For you brothers were called [by God] to enjoy your freedom; but do not use this freedom as an excuse for living a sinful life; instead, use it to render loving service to each other.
Revelation 2:14
"But I have a few things against you because you have people there [in the church] who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to place a stumblingblock in front of the Israelites, [causing them] to eat food sacrificed to idols and to be sexually immoral [See Num. 23-24].


1 Corinthians 8:12
And in this way, when you sin against the brothers by injuring their weak conscience, you are [actually] sinning against Christ.
1 Corinthians 9:22
I behaved like a weak person in front of weak people [See 8:9-12], in order to win them over [i.e., to help them become stronger]. I have become all things to all people so that, in every way, I could save some of them.
Romans 14:1
But you should welcome [into your fellowship] the person whose faith is weak, and not argue [with him] over questionable matters.
Romans 15:1
Now those of us who are strong [spiritually] should put up with [or, help] the failings of [spiritually] weak people, and not [simply] do what pleases ourselves.
2 Corinthians 11:21
I am ashamed to say that we were [too] weak to do such things. [Note: Paul is probably saying, sarcastically, "We are too 'weak' to take financial advantage of people and mistreat them the way those 'super apostles' there in Corinth were doing"]. Yet, in whatever [matters] anyone [there] dares to boast about, (now I am really speaking foolishly), I will dare to boast also.

General references

2 Corinthians 6:3
[We try] not to place an obstacle in anyone's way [i.e., to keep them from accepting the Gospel message], so that our ministry would not be blamed.
Philippians 2:4
Each of you should not look out for your own interests [only], but also for those of other people.