What does it mean to be a “weaker brother”?


Grace for my Heart

It’s Monday Grace!

There is a strange teaching among some legalists that we are all to submit our actions and decisions to the level of the “weaker brother.” It comes from Romans 14.

Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him.
Romans 14:1-3

Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.
Romans 14:13

It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak.
Romans 14:21

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