John 8:34-36 – “Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” NKJV
I heard or read a definition of Christian Freedom once and do not recall where or from whom that I thought was excellent. Christian Freedom: “A life controlled by truth and motivated by love.” I believe this is a direct result of a growing developing relationship with Jesus Christ who is TRUTH. It is, to me, a powerful condition and/or position for it carries a complete absence of ‘guilt’ and ‘condemnation’.
In Christ, there is wonderful freedom but there is a false freedom to be avoided. This so-called freedom comes not from heaven but hell and those who practice it are not free at all but in bondage of the worst kind – religious bondage. I believe it is clear from scripture that God wants man to be free, His method of attaining freedom is truth, and His revelation of truth is Jesus Christ. My consuming passion is to enter in and help others enter in to this freedom.
- Freedom to be all God would have us to be.
- Freedom to live without condemnation or guilt.
- Freedom from man-made traditions.
- Freedom to accept our responsibilities in this world.
We see this FALSE FREEDOM in 2 Peter 2 where false prophets and false teachers bring destructive heresies to the church. They use covetousness to exploit and deceive and the corruption they bring takes no holiday but continually corrupts. Peter identifies them as ‘wells without water’. They speak convincingly with empty words and lead people toward the lust of the flesh promising liberty but are slaves of corruption. Their lives are controlled by lies and motivated by lust. Frequently their targets are new converts knowing they are impressionable and more easily manipulated. Peter gives three reasons why the freedom they offer is dangerous.
- Dangerous Because Of Where It Comes From.
It comes from false teachers and is birthed in hell not heaven. (v.1) – They secretly introduce destructive heresies – They are not honest. (v.10) – They despise authority and are proud projecting the image that they are the only ones right. (v.3) – They use feigned words. The Greek word is (plastos) and is the word from which our word Plastic comes. He also says ‘they make merchandise of you’. Graft and corruption is part and parcel of what they do.
- Dangerous Because Of What It Offers.
Freedom without responsibility is offered and that is incredibly dangerous. Freedom without self-control will lead into bondage and corruption. The Prodigal Son is an example for he wanted freedom but without responsibility and there can be no freedom without responsibility and accountability. Freedom without reckoning is offered and today there are those who preach that no one will go to hell for a God of love could never allow that forgetting that God is also Holy! They offer Freedom without repercussions preaching a false and cheap grace suggesting there are no consequences for our actions.
- Dangerous Because Of Where It Leads.
It leads to bondage (vv. 19-20). In the new birth we have been offered tremendous potential and promise. We are FREE to become that which God desires and FREE to fulfill our potential to the Glory of God. In the freedom that Jesus brings comes LOVE and in His love FEAR is banished.
We are FREE to BE! So as you go through your day go in the grace, peace, and freedom that Jesus brings! Blessings!