1 Make it your practice to receive into full Christian fellowship people who are overscrupulous, but not to criticize their views. 2 One man believes that he can eat anything; another who is overscrupulous eats nothing but vegetables. 3 The man who eats anything must not look down on the man who does not do so, nor must the man who does not do so condemn the man who does, for God has fully accepted him. 4 Who are you to criticize another man's servant? It is his own master's business whether he stands or falls, and he will stand, for the Lord has power to make him stand.
5 One man rates one day above another, another rates them all alike. Let every man be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 The man who keeps a certain day keeps it for the Lord. The man who eats anything does it for the Lord too, for he gives God thanks. The man who refuses to eat anything does it for the Lord too, and gives God thanks. 7 For none of us can live alone by himself, and none of us can die alone by himself; 8 indeed, if we live, we always live in relation to the Lord, and if we die, we always die in relation to the Lord. So whether we live or die we belong to the Lord. 9 For Christ died and lived again for the very purpose of being Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 Then why should you criticize your brother? Or, why should you look down on your brother? Surely, we shall all stand before God to be judged, 11 for the Scripture says: "'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee shall bend before me, and every tongue shall make acknowledgment to God.'"
13 Then let us stop criticizing one another; instead, do this, determine to stop putting stumbling blocks or hindrances in your brother's way. 14 I know, and through my union with the Lord Jesus I have a clear conviction, that nothing is unclean in itself; that a thing is unclean only to the person who thinks it unclean. 15 For if your brother is hurt because of the food you eat, you are not living by the standard of love. Stop ruining, by what you eat, the man for whom Christ died. 16 Then stop abusing your rights. 17 For the kingdom of God does not consist in what we eat and drink, but in doing right, in peace and joy through the Holy Spirit; 18 whoever in this way continues serving Christ is well-pleasing to God and approved by men.
19 So let us keep on pursuing the things that make for peace and our mutual upbuilding. 20 Stop undoing the work of God just for the sake of food. Everything is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything when it makes another stumble. 21 The right thing to do is not to eat meat, or drink wine, or do anything else, that makes your brother stumble. 22 On your part, you must exercise your faith by the standard of yourself in the sight of God. Happy is the man who need not condemn himself for doing the thing that he approves. 23 But the man who has misgivings about eating, if he then eats, has already condemned himself by so doing, because he did not follow his faith, and any action that does not follow one's faith is a sin.