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    “See to it no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8).

    « Being "Relevant" | The Importance of Truth »
    Tuesday
    Mar202012

    On "Breaking Free"?

    There is a popular Beth Moore Bible Study called, "Breaking Free". Amazon's purchase page states,

    "Do you want to know God and really believe Him? Do you want to find satisfaction in God, experience His peace, and enjoy His presence? Do you want to make the freedom Christ promised a reality in your daily life? 

    In Breaking Free, Beth Moore embarks on a study of selected passages from the Book of Isaiah, drawing several parallels between the captive Israelites and today's Christians, in order to show how to make freedom in Christ a daily reality. Moore teaches readers to remove obstacles that hinder freedom by identifying spiritual strongholds in their lives and overcoming them through the truth of God's Word—truth that will set us free." (http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Free-Making-Liberty-Reality/dp/0805422943/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

     

    I can understand this premise as an attempt to show non-believers the potential freedom Christ offers, but it seems a false start to suggest Christians are in such bondage (can they really be Christians if they are true slaves to their sin?). Here's why:

     

    "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

    "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." (John 8:36)

    "You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness." (Romans 6:18)

    "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." (Romans 6:22)

    "Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death." (Romans 8:2)

    "For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord's freedman; similarly, he who was a free man when he was called is Christ's slave." (1 Corinthians 7:22)

    "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17)

    "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." (Galatians 5:1)

    "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." (Galatians 5:13)

    "But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it--he will be blessed in what he does." (James 1:25)

    "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom," (James 2:12)

    "Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God." (1 Peter 2:16)


    At the bottom of the scripture passage is a host of commentaries echoeing the sentiment that Christians are slaves to God and His law, not sin, not death. http://bible.cc/john/8-32.htm "Breaking Free" from major sin (though all Christians are still prone to sin) ought to be a non-issue. 


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