A truth that is important to understand is the issue of liberty vs. legalism. Some people can feel threatened and become emotional, angry or even hostile when their traditions are challenged. Even if you can prove to them from the scriptures it is wrong, many people still resist change. A person will always find a way to justify his or her actions. How can we deal with the strong traditionalists or those who may oppose what we believe?
How to Walk In Liberty Without Being Legalistic:
I have found a good rule to go by in dealing with these types of people and issues, is a principle found in Romans 14:1-5 and 10-13. Vs. 19-22
“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace to mutual upbuilding (edification). Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food in this case for the sake of TRADITION. Whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves.”
It is not our place to judge or condemn anyone for what their particular conviction may be (even if they are wrong). if the subject is not an issue of salvation or doctrine. It becomes a matter of conscience and falls under the same category of those Believers in Paul’s day, who ate food sacrificed to idols.
I Corinthians 8:9
“But beware lest somehow this liberty of yours becomes a stumbling block (or cause of offense) to those who are weak”
“Knowledge puffs up but it is love that builds up. Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual up-building…Let us not judge one another anymore but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brothers way.” Romans 14:13