Paul is well aware of the socioeconomic differences among the Corinthians (1:26). He argues that these divisions should be dealt with inside the community; a community that not only has some wealthy members but also some from the must scandalous of sinners (Willam F. Orr and James Arthur Walther 201). Paul writes to remind the church at Corinth (a city to be compared with our modern day Las Vegas) that they are emancipated from slavery and all things are permissible but not all things are advantageous (Sampley, First Corinthians 854).
Paul is asking the Corinthians to think about their actions and how they affect others in the community. The maintenance of personal freedom involves voluntary self-discipline (Willam F. Orr and James Arthur Walther 201).