Romans 14:17 Righteousness, Peace and Joy

Romans 14:17 (KJV)
For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

It would be completely inappropriate to take this passage to mean that doctrine does not matter. A careful reading of this chapter, together with a survey of the general teaching of Scripture, tells us otherwise. 

  • We are to separate from those with whom we have doubtful disputations. 
  • We are to be fully persuaded in our own minds
  • We are to have faith and whatsoever is not of faith is sin

What we do learn in this passage is to allow each one to be fully persuaded in their own mind. If one does not agree, it is not ours to go to war with them. But neither is it ours to compromise for them. There are plenty of souls with whom our faith agrees. Receive those into fellowship with whom we can fellowship. Remove from fellowship those with whom we cannot. 

And then, live in righteousness, peace, and joy of the Holy Ghost. 

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Romans 14:17 Righteousness, Peace and Joy

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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