Thursday, January 31, 2013

The Perversion of Liberty and Freedom

The Bible tells us that we have freedom and liberty in the Christian life given to us by the grace of God.

2 Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

 Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness. 

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 

There are several Bible preachers and teachers out there today who make a good living making people feel good about their sin under the guise of freedom, liberty, and grace. These three concepts they have wrenched from the context of scripture and attached their own ideas to them. Because of these teachers we have people who justify their lying, cheating, drinking, worldliness, immorality, partying, and the like by saying, "I'm free in Christ! I can do whatever I want!" Yes, as the bride of Christ we, the church are free to leave Him for an adulterous relationship with the world and our former slave owner, satan, but that doesn't make our actions right or pleasing to God.

This is so far from what Jesus wanted and from what Paul taught it is deplorable. 

Let's look at the Bible. That is supposed to be our rule, right?

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

So the idea of "living your life so that uptight Christians will doubt your salvation" is unbiblical.

What about the freedom part? Well, the Bible does tell us that we are free to sin or serve, to rebel or live righteously, but don't for a minute think that God is happy when we choose to walk in darkness back toward our old slave owner.

Galatians 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

Does our liberty have limits that God has asked us to impose upon ourselves? Yes!

 1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

1 Corinthians 10:29 Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience?

 Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

 Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

 1 Peter 2:16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness (wrong doing), but as the servants of God. 

Romans 6:22 But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. 

1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 

And so, in the end we learn that the freedom and liberty given to us by the grace of God should not be abused. Someone who uses liberty to excuse their sinful behaviour is simply lying to themselves, and standing in open rebellion against a Saviour who loved them enough to set them free.


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