“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn.8:32)

“If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (Jn. 8:36).

“And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me” (Exo. 8:1).

Freedom in Christian term is a call out of “the called” in order to serve the Almighty God. The call out is to deliver believers from the bondage of sin and satanic slavery into the sheepfold of God. The call out is meant for believers to do according to His will, not according to their will. Therefore, believers are now under the directive of God, living by His rule.

By definition, freedom is exemption or liberation from slavery, imprisonment or restraints or from undue, arbitrary or despotic power and control of others. It is the ability or capacity to act without undue hindrance or restrains. This implies – No restriction of movement and choice, special favor and treatment, the type of freedom that Jeremiah had. The scripture says,

“And now, behold, I loose thee (Jeremiah) this day from the chains (oppression, depression, persecution, confrontation, hindrance etc.) which were upon thine hand. …: behold, all the land is before thee: whither it seemeth good and convenient for thee to go, thither go” (Jer. 40:4).

However, is it possible for freedom without a guiding rules, should there be freedom without some degree of restrains? Christian freedom without divine directive will result in confusion, competition, chaos, oppression and internal war within the body of Christ.

In the wilderness, the Lord God gave the Ten Commandments and other related laws, they are not meant to cage the Israelites or believers of this day. The fact that the Israelites were delivered from Egypt still required them to be under the umbrella and usher of the Lord. Freedom is not complete unless bound by laws or rules that protect the right of individual and without offending the other.

Modern day’s Christian freedom

It is unfortunate that many Churches and believers have taken their freedom to the level of killing spiritual and moral discernment in the church. They have yielded to the customs of the day; they are overwhelmed with anxiety not knowing that every anxiety is a spiritual and physical imprisonment; not minding the downtrend of the spiritual consequences that it will cause in their spiritual graph.

I remember when I was young, the church used to be a place of moral decency; a place where indecency hibernates; a place where wickedness is rebuked; however, what operates in this modern day churches is contrary. Minister and believer’s self-will, the adoption of several human rights based solely on personal wishes, feeling, or perception, rather than on objective facts and Biblical principles have caused spiritual backsliding among Christians.

Freedom should have limit, if not, it becomes a source of sinful act, corruption and moral breakdown. Freedom without divine restrain is an entrapment set by the devil, one of the most effective weapons to derail believers. He has successfully sown it into many churches of this modern day.

The true Christian freedom

True freedom is found in Jesus Christ and the word of God. The scripture says,

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge …” (Hos. 4:6).

The scripture again, says

“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:31-32).

The word of God protects a believer from stumbling; it teaches a believer how to walk with God, where to stand, and where to sit (Ps. 1:1). Therefore, Christian freedom is to set us apart for God. This is our liberation from sin, its power, the world and every oppressing power that is not found in God. Jesus said that, it is for this reason He manifest and had destroyed the works of the devil: all because of us that are called.

By Lawrence Abitogun

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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