FALSE FREEDOM

FALSE FREEDOM

II Peter 2:18,19 For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error, promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

It seems the more things change, the more they stay the same. Peter sounds like he is describing a group of people in our modern world who claim that they are Christians. As their story goes, they are free now to live as they please because of the grace of God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Actually grace is nothing like that. Grace reveals our sinfulness, displays the mercy of our God, cleanses us from our sins, and CHANGES US. By the grace of God we are freed from sin, not free to live a life of sin. Martin Luther dealt with the same issues in the 1500’s. Check out his words.

“There are two kinds of freedom. The first is a false freedom of false disciples. These people want freedom for satisfying their desires. They become Christians for that reason…However, people like this are scoundrels and don’t want to leave their lives of sin and idolatry or give anything to anyone. They want to live lives of sexual immorality and self-gratification as they did before coming to Christ. Yet they still want to be considered Christians. These are false disciples who only want freedom for their physical desires. They praise the gospel and at first follow it earnestly. Soon after, they do what they want, following their evil lusts and desires. They become worse and more indecent than before. They are smugger, wilder, and greedier. The second type of freedom is the true freedom of genuine disciples. Those who stick to God’s Word and endure, suffer, and tolerate what they must are the ones who will be set free. They will become stronger as time goes on.”

I love the power and grace revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were once slaves to our own lusts and held captive by the power of sin. When Christ came into our lives we were instantly forgiven for all of our sinful behavior. Not only were we forgiven, we were changed. We became new creatures in Christ. The old life has past, He is constantly making all things new in our lives. We have tasted a different type of freedom than the so called freedom the world embraces. The worldly man defines freedom as the the right to pursue happiness in the desires (or lusts) of his human flesh. I say that that is the worst kind of slavery, slavery to our sinful nature. In Christ we have tasted a new kind of freedom. This is freedom from the shackles of sin. We have been set free to pursue happiness, just a different kind of happiness. This kind of happiness is found in the presence of the Lord, that is true freedom.

7 Replies to “FALSE FREEDOM”

  1. I awake every morning now at 0500. This is my private time for prayer, reflection, and time for the Bible before starting my busy day. It is so wonderful to “Drink” from Bailey during that time also.
    Thank You.
    steve

  2. So true. It’s like you put on a different pair of glasses and a whole new world appears. Before I knew Christ, I was so blind to this awesome life where I’m free to enjoy God’s presence anytime anywhere. What a treasure to have this freedom. The great thing about this new freedom is the old world goes out of focus and fades out of view as you see Christ more clearly.

  3. Made me think of a word I read yesterday

    Mark 10:45 NASB
    “..For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

    I think people don’t form a deep connection with the Lord and allow the flesh and worldly things get to them.Or maybe they don’t wanna feel bad for doing sinful things so they sort of rewrite the law and Word.Which obviously you can’t do.Jesus wasn’t sent to sit on a throne and receive goods instead he walked the earth with the poor,ill,ect. washing feet performing miracles.He was a giver and not a receiver.We shouldnt call ourselves Christians b/c we want Gods blessing or we want to be forgiven then go off and do worldly things.That’s a slap in the face and its wrong!
    Mercy is not getting what we deserve(death,illness) Grace is getting what we don’t deserve(the Lords love compassion comfort healing acceptance our slate wiped free of sins..Praise God!)

    We shouldn’t take his grace lightly!

  4. And yes Im very thankful for his grace and mercy on me..but I don’t knowingly sin with drinking,sexual immortality and say hey its ok I’ve got Gods grace..that’s a wrong way of thinking

  5. Several scriptures I see described in this blog.

    “They praise the gospel and at first follow it earnestly. Soon after, they do what they want, following their evil lusts and desires. They become worse and more indecent than before.”
    Matthew 12: 43-45 “Now when the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came’; and when it comes, it finds it unoccupied, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and takes along with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. That is the way it will also be with this evil generation.” (red letters)

    “I love the power and grace revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We were once slaves to our own lusts and held captive by the power of sin. When Christ came into our lives we were instantly forgiven for all of our sinful behavior. Not only were we forgiven, we were changed.”
    Romans 8:6-8 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

    There is much I have yet to learn about that change spoken about in this blog. One aspect of that change I am aware of and my eyes are being opened more and more is the power over sin.
    Romans 6: 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

    The key to living as a Christian as exampled by Jesus Christ is through our access to the Holy Spirit and walking in the spirit. For good reading Romans chapture 8 is worth the time.

    Thanks for sharing a portion of your devotional time with us Pastor – GOOD STUFF!
    Empty hands raised high, \o/ Mark Stephen

  6. Great word. Many think that grace gives them a license to sin. They fail to realize that grace empowers us to live free from sin. True freedom lies in abiding in Christ. The more time we spend in His presence the more we are changed into His likeness. In His presence is fulness of joy. We are free to enjoy Christ as much as we desire. When we learn to choose Christ over all other things we can and will experience true freedom.

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