A Christian friend of mine doesn't eat certain meat because of the Old Testament laws. I read an article recently that says that it doesn't apply to the New Testament church. Is that true?
That one confuses many. Here is what happened to Peter in Acts:
On the next day, as they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance; and he saw the sky opened up, and an object like a great sheet coming down, lowered by four corners to the ground, and there were in it all kinds of four-footed animals and crawling creatures of the earth and birds of the air.
A voice came to him, "Get up, Peter, kill and eat!"
But Peter said, "By no means,Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean."
Again a voice came to him a second time,
"What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy."
This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into the sky.
Through this vision, God was releasing the Jews from the dietary restrictions He had placed on them years before.
Today, I see many people put upon themselves laws and rules meant for the Jews long ago, gentiles no less, who were never meant to follow them in the fist place! It is strictly out of ignorance.
If you search the scriptures with an open heart and mind, you will find that Jesus talks about freedom more than rules and regulations.
That being said, I don't make it a practice to try to reform them, unless specifically asked. It really does not affect ones salvation. If men choose to enslave themselves, what is that to me? The Bible simply tells us not to offend the one who is weaker in the faith.
I suggest you read 1 Co. 8:1-13 and Romans chapter 14.