BROTHERS and SISTERS, food does not bring us close to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. However, be careful that your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. For if others see you, who have knowledge, eating in the temple of an idol, might they not, since their conscience is weak, be encouraged to the point of eating food sacrificed to idols? So through your knowledge, should the weak brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when you thus sin against brothers and sisters, and wound their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never eat meat, so that I may not cause my brother to stumble. Am I not an apostle? Am I not free? Have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am one to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Saint Dorotheos says,
If one of you sees something unedifying and so much as goes on to pass it on and put it into heart of another brother, in doing so you not only harm yourself but you harm your brother by putting one more little bit of iniquity into his heart. Even if that brother has his mind set on prayer or some other noble activity, and the first arrives and furnishes him with something to prate about, he not only impedes what he ought to be doing, but brings a temptation to him.