2 Corinthians 6:14-18
The JWs leaders' view sees Paul as warning against eating things offered to
idols when, due to the proximity of an idol temple or someone pointing out that
they came from a sacrifice to an idol, the things have a connotation of idola-
try due to circumstance regardless of conscience.
Thanks to Atlantis of the Jehovah's Witness Discussion forum web site for the
scans of "Insight on the Scriptures," 1988, Vol.1, "IDOLS, MEATS OFFERED TO,"
How many feet away from the idol (probably a statue or some symbolic repre-
sentation) one had to take the meat to eat it isn't specified. The mistake of
the JWs leaders' idea is also clear if you apply it to the thing Paul makes a
parallel with in this section--the Lord's supper. An atheist isn't a Christian
because of a connotation the ceremonial things have if they eat near them.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
Paul quotes Is.52:11, Jer.51:45, Ex.23:32,33, and Deut.7:3 regarding idolatry,
violating God's laws of love and mercy, and yoking by marriage to idolaters with
immoral practices. His basic point is to avoid idolatry, worship of whatever
other than God, so the mention of idolatrous "unclean things" is to be taken
figuratively as being about idolatry itself since Christians don't have Mosaic
laws about avoiding unclean things.
This is generally held to be Paul's remembrance of events that happened about
the time of the Council of Jerusalem of Acts 15, with some thinking it may re-
fer to events that happened just before or after that time.
As noted on p.34, vv.7 and 9 indicate James, Ciphas/Peter, and John/Mark saw
their mission as mainly being to the circumcised while Paul and Barnabas were
mainly to go to the uncircumcised.
Gal.2 indicates that Paul and Barnabas had an occasion to feel that James was
getting carried away with his friendship with some Jewish law followers to the
extent that James acted like he had a Jewish law follower's regard for Gentiles
instead of a Christian's. Paul writes that he confronted James about it.
Again Paul indicates that the old Jewish laws on holy days and eating, drink-
ing, handling, touching, and tasting foods per se are obsolete ritual concerns,
and he emphasizes salvation by faith as necessary to combat sin successfully.
As with Paul's letters to flocks in Rome and Corinth, Paul wrote that Chris-
tians have the freedom of food choice of the common view of the Council of Jeru-
salem, not the limited choice of the JWs leaders' view. Paul is critical of
those who'd judge against Christians about the food they eat, in fact.
Fornication and idolatry are sins.
Again Paul indicates that commands to abstain from (Jewish law banned types
of) marriage and foods are obsolete and emphasizes a promise of a life beyond
this one by faith. Any food a Christian prays over and thanks God for with
proper understanding is sanctified (making it holy) and can be partaken of.
Again, and consistent with all of his other letters on the matter, Paul wrote
that Christians have the freedom of food choice of the common view of the Coun-
cil of Jerusalem, not the JWs leaders' view.
Fornication is a sin.