Eating Halal Certified Food

Q. What are your thoughts on consuming Halal certified food? Would you consider it food sacrificed to idols?

A. Paul answered your question in Romans 14, essentially saying that it’s a matter of individual determination. In Romans 14:14 he said no food is unclean in itself. But anyone who has a problem with eating certain foods or foods prepared a certain way should avoid them. The person who eats the food and the person who doesn’t should be fully convinced in his or her own mind, and neither should criticize the other.

Jesus said it’s not what goes into our mouth that makes us unclean, but what comes out of our mouth. Our mouth speaks the thoughts of our heart, many of which are evil and that’s what makes us unclean (Matt. 15:10-20).

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