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Principles of Behavior

  1. How does this activity affect my relationship to God? (1 Timothy 4:12)
  2. Would I want to be found doing this when Jesus comes? (2 Peter 3:11-12)
  3. Will it cause anyone else who is perhaps weaker in faith than I, to stumble? (1 Corinthians 8:12)
  4. Does it in any sense have the appearance of evil? (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
  5. Will it in any way impede my honoring the Lord? (Colossians 3:17)
  6. Can I wholeheartedly ask and expect God to bless it? (Proverbs 10:22)
  7. Will this activity be beneficial to me as a Christian?
  8. Will it weaken my reason and common sense? (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)
  9. Will it impair my sensitivity to the will of God and my relish for spiritual things? (Romans 12:1-2)
  10. Will it improve my health or be a hazard to it? (1 Corinthians 6:15-17)
  11. Will it exhilarate me mentally and spiritually, or will it appeal to my passions and lower nature? (Colossians 3:1)
  12. Will it increase the strength and authority of the body over the mind? (1 Peter 2:11)
  13. Do the people who engage in this activity fit in with my ideals of Christian living? Will association with them be helpful or harmful? (1 John 2:15-17)
  14. Does this activity teach skills which could be used in objectionable ways? Does it encourage habits I will want to retain for life? (Hebrews 12:1)
  15. Does it have a history that is questionable among God-fearing Christians?
  16. Is it contrary to Scripture? (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4,7)
  17. Does it defile the conscience? (1 Peter 3:16)

31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 32Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God…
—1 Corinthians 10:31-32