A Biblical Perspective on Freedom

A BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON THE MEANING OF FREEDOM
(Pastor Lee Jackson FFWC)

I. INTRODUCTION – THIS WEEK WE CLEBRATE THE 4TH OF JULY. (IT HAS BEEN 235 YRS SINCE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE WAS SIGNED ON JULY 4TH 1776.) IT IS EASY TO TAKE OUR FREEDOM FOR GRANTED, BUT AS YOU GROW OLDER YOU REALIZE THAT THE FREEDOM WE ENJOY TODAY HAS BEEN VERY COSTLY. MANY YOUNG MEN AND RECENTLY YOUNG WOMEN TOO, HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES TO GUARD AND PROTECT THE FREEDOM THAT WE ENJOY. THIS IS EVEN MORE SO FOR OUR SPIRITUAL FREEDOM: JESUS CHRIST DIED IN OUR PLACE TO PURCHASE AND SECURE OUR FREEDOM FROM THE BONDAGE OF SIN. In John 8:34 – 37 Jesus said “…everyone who sins is a slave to sin” BUT “If the if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

THERE IS A VERY STRONG LINKAGE BETWEEN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF A NATION AND FREEDOM OF ITS CITIZENS. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WAS FOUNDED AS A CHRISTIAN NATION AND HAS ENJOYED THE BLESSINGS OF GOD AND THE BLESSINGS OF FREEDOM AS HAVE VERY FEW NATIONS IN THE COURSE OF HISTORY. OUR PRECIOUS FREEDOM IS BEING ERODED TODAY, NOT BECAUSE OF EXTERNAL ENEMIES OR TERRORIST THREATS BUT BECAUSE OF THE SPIRITUAL DECLINE OF OUR NATION AND OUR CITIZENS.

THERE ARE MANY ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROMOTE FREEDOM WITHOUT REGARD FOR WHAT IS RIGHT OR WRONG OR SPIRITUAL VALUES. FOR EXAMPLE: PRO-CHOICE ADVOCATES CHAMPION A WOMAN’S FREEDOM TO CHOSE TO TERMINATE A PREGNANCY, AN EUPHENISM FOR KILLING AN UNBORN CHILD, WHILE DENYING THAT UNBORN CHILD EVEN THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOM OF ALL – THE FREEDOM TO LIVE.

THE 1ST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION GUARANTEES OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH, WHICH HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MEAN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION OF ALMOST ANY SORT. THERE ARE THOSE THAT INTERPRET THE 1ST AMENDMENT TO MEAN THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO USE PROFANITY, VULARITY, AND TO CURSE THE GOD OF HEAVEN, IN PUBLIC PLACES, ON RADIO, TV AND IN MOVIES, WITHOUT REGARD TO THE AGE OR CONSTITUTIENCY OF THE AUDIENCE. OTHERS FEEL THAT THIS SAME AMENDMENT GIVES ARTISTS THE RIGHT TO CREATE THE MOST OBSCENE AND OFFENSIVE MATERIAL OFTEN FINANCED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE BY THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.

THOSE WHO PROMOTE UNRESTRAINED FREEDOM HAVE EXPERIENCED A HEAD-ON COLLISION WITH THE BIBLE. THEY ARE CONTEMPTIOUS OF THE BIBLE AND OPENLY QUESTION ITS AUTHORITY AND RELEVENCE IN OUR MODERN SOCIETY. THOSE IN CHARGE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION HAVE REPLACED THE GOD OF THE BIBLE AND BIBLICAL TEACHING OF ABSOLUTE RIGHT AND WRONG AND ACCOUNTABILITY TO GOD, WITH THE GODS OF HUMANISM, WHERE EVERTHING IS RELATIVE AND OUR ONLY ACCOUNTIBILITY IS TO HUMAN GOVERNMENT AND HUMAN LAWS. THE CONSPIRACY TO UNDERMINE GOD’S AUTHORITY AND RULE, IN THE NAME OF FREEDOM, BEGAN ON EARTH IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, WHEN SATAN, PROMISED ADAM AND EVE FREEDOM FROM GOD’S POWER AND AUTHORITY “THEY WOULD BECOME LIKE GODS THEMSELVES”. THIS NEW FOUND FREEDOM REMOVED THE SPIRITUAL COVERING THAT GOD HAD PROVIDED THEM AND MADE THEM SLAVES TO SIN. HUMAN GOVERNMENT AND SECULAR SOCIETY HAVE REBELLED AGAINST GOD’S RULE AND AUTHORITY FROM THE BEGINNING. PSALM 2
II. AS THEIR CITIZENS BECOME FOR SINFUL, THE LEADERS OF NATIONS CONSPIRE TO FREE THEMSELVES FROM GOD’S RULE AND THE RESTRAINT OF SCRIPTURE.
1. THE KINGS OF THE EARTH AND RULERS WILL UNITE AGAINST GOD AND HIS ANOINTED ONE (JESUS CHRIST).
A. “LET US BREAK THE CHAINS AND THROW OFF THE CONSTRAINTS OF BIBLICAL TEACHING AND BIBLICAL ACCOUNTABILITY”.
B. BEFORE CHRIST RETURNS THIS REBELLION WILL BE PERSONIFIED IN THE PERSON OF THE ANTI-CHRIST, WHO WILL DECLARE HIMSELF TO BE GOD – THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTI-CHRIST IS IN THE EARTH TODAY AND HAS BEEN HERE FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS.
2. GOD LAUGHS AND SCOFFS AT OUR FUTILE ATTEMPTS TO OVERTHROW HIS APPOINTED AUTHORITY.
A. HIS REBUKE BRINGS WITH FIRES, FLOODS, DROUGHT, HURRICANES, TORNADOES, EARTHQUAKES, AND VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS AND WAR.
B. GOD HAS INSTALLED HIS KING, HIS SON IS KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. (PSALM 110: 1 – 6)
C. THE DECREE OF THE GOD OF HEAVEN IS: “YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BECOME YOUR FATHER.
a) “ASK OF ME AND I WILL MAKE THE NATIONS YOUR INHERITANCE, THE ENDS OF THE EARTH YOUR POSESSION”.
b) “YOU WILL RULE THEM WITH AN IRON SEPTER; YOU WILL DASH TME TO PIECES LIKE POTTERY.” (DANIEL’S VISION)
3. THERE WILL BE A MARKED INCREASE IN REBELLION AND LAWLESSNESS BEFORE THE RETURN OF CHRIST BUT IT BEGAN LONG AGO: JUDE 8 – 16: SPEAKS OF WICKED MEN WHO:
A. POLLUTE THEIR OWN BODIES, REJECT AUTHORITY AND SLANDER CELESTIAL BEINGS.
B. SPEAK ABUSIVELY AGAINST SPIRITUAL MATTERS THAT THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND LIKE UNREASONING ANIMALS…
C. GRUMBLE AND FIND FAULT AND FOLLOW THEIR OWN EVIL DESIRES;
D. BOAST ABOUT THEMSELVES AND FLATTER OTHERS FOR THEIR OWN ADVANTAGE.
4. EVEN WHEN THE ANOINTED ONE IS REVEALED AND JUDGEMENT IS COME MANY WILL NOT REPENT: REV 16 SPEAKS OF THE SEVEN BOWLS OF GOD’S WRATH BEING POURED OUT: THE FOURTH ANGEL POURED OUT HIS BOWL ON THE SUN, AND THE SUN WAS GIVEN POWER TO SCORCH PEOPLE WITH FIRE. THEY WERE SEARED BY THE INTENSE HEAT AND THEY CURSED THE NAME OF GOD, WHO HAD CONTROL OVER THESE PLAGUES, BUT THEY REFUSED TO REPENT AND GLORIFY HIM. NIV

III. WHAT FREEDOM MEANS IN THE CONTEXT OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
1. WHEREAS WE WERE ONCE SLAVES TO SIN AND ARE SINFUL NATURE WE HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO GOD: ROM 6:20-23: WHEN YOU WERE SLAVES TO SIN, YOU WERE FREE FROM THE CONTROL OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. 21 WHAT BENEFIT DID YOU REAP AT THAT TIME FROM THE THINGS YOU ARE NOW ASHAMED OF? THOSE THINGS RESULT IN DEATH! 22 BUT NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN SET FREE FROM SIN AND HAVE BECOME SLAVES TO GOD, THE BENEFIT YOU REAP LEADS TO HOLINESS, AND THE RESULT IS ETERNAL LIFE. 23 FOR THE WAGES OF SIN IS DEATH, BUT THE GIFT OF GOD IS ETERNAL LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD. NIV
2. WE ARE NOT TO USE OUR FREEDOM IN CHRIST AS A COVER UP FOR DOING EVIL:
A. 1 PETER 2:16-21 URGES US TO: LIVE AS FREE MEN, BUT DO NOT USE YOUR FREEDOM AS A COVER-UP FOR EVIL; LIVE AS SERVANTS OF GOD. AND SPEAKS OF EVIL MEN WHO EMPTY, BOASTFUL WORDS AND, BY APPEALING TO THE LUSTFUL DESIRES OF SINFUL HUMAN NATURE, THEY ENTICE PEOPLE WHO ARE JUST ESCAPING FROM THOSE WHO LIVE IN ERROR. 19 THEY PROMISE THEM FREEDOM, WHILE THEY THEMSELVES ARE SLAVES OF DEPRAVITY-FOR A MAN IS A SLAVE TO WHATEVER HAS MASTERED HIM. NIV
B. GAL 5:13-15: YOU, MY BROTHERS, WERE CALLED TO BE FREE. BUT DO NOT USE YOUR FREEDOM TO INDULGE THE SINFUL NATURE; RATHER, SERVE ONE ANOTHER IN LOVE.
3. BEING FREE FROM THE SINFUL NATURE WE ARE FREE TO BECOME CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF CHRIST: 2 COR 3:17-18: NOW THE LORD IS THE SPIRIT, AND WHERE THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS, THERE IS FREEDOM. 18 AND WE, WHO WITH UNVEILED FACES ALL REFLECT THE LORD’S GLORY, ARE BEING TRANSFORMED INTO HIS LIKENESS WITH EVER-INCREASING GLORY, WHICH COMES FROM THE LORD, WHO IS THE SPIRIT. NIV
4. WE ARE ALSO URGED TO GUARD OUR FREEDOM: GAL 5:1-3: IT IS FOR FREEDOM THAT CHRIST HAS SET US FREE. STAND FIRM, THEN, AND DO NOT LET YOURSELVES BE BURDENED AGAIN BY A YOKE OF SLAVERY.

IV. A WORD TO OUR YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULTS ABOUT NEW FOUND FREEDOM
1. YOUTH ARE OFTEN ANXIOUS TO GET AWAY FROM MOM AND DAD AND THE CHURCH – TO THROW OFF THE CONSTRAINTS – TO DO YOUR OWN THING: RUN WITH WHO EVER YOU LIKE, DRINK LOTS OF ALCHOL, PARTY ALL NIGHT, SLEEP ALL DAY, DO DRUGS, EXPERIMENT WITH CASUAL SEX AND MUTIPLE PARTNERS.
2. THIS IS PERHAPS THE MOST DANGEROUS PERIOD OF OUR LIVES, WHEN WE FINALLY GET OUT ON OUR OWN – NO ONE LOOKING OVER YOUR SHOULDER – YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU PLEASE. FIRST OF ALL, IF YOU THINK THAT NO ONE IS LOOKING YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY WRONG: GOD IS LOOKING. HE SEES WHAT WE DO IN SECRET AND HE WILL REWARD US OPENLY. SECOND, DECISIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES; GOOD DECISIONS HAVE GOOD CONSEQUENCES, BAD DECISIONS HAVE BAD CONSEQUENCES; HORRIBLE DECISIONS HAVE HORRIBLE CONSEQUENCES THAT OFTEN HAUNT US FOR A LIFE TIME.
3. IF WE DO THINGS GOD’S WAY AND FOLLOW HIS PLAN HE WILL BLESS YOU. JER 29:10-12: FOR I KNOW THE PLANS I HAVE FOR YOU,” DECLARES THE LORD, “PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND NOT TO HARM YOU, PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE. NIV

 

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