february 01, 2021 Edition
thoughts on liberty and freedom
by steven f. hotze, m.d.
The Bible clearly teaches that,
“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).
This means that everyone has chosen to violate God’s standards, as written in the Scriptures, and is enslaved to sin and under God’s righteous judgement. God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us from the penalty of our sins and to give new life to anyone who would accept Him.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)
Biblical Christianity instructs us that in Christ we are free to practice whatever is good, right, honorable, holy and pure. Our liberty in Christ Jesus does not give us license to do as we please.
“Live as free people, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as a servant of God.” (1 Peter 2:16)
Atheistic Communism rejects God and His law, and exists in direct opposition to the revealed truth in the Bible. Communism exalts the totalitarian state and its rulers as the final arbiters of right and wrong. Biblical Christianity exalts God as the Sovereign Ruler of the universe. His laws and standards have the ultimate authority on how an individual should conduct himself.
Freedom and liberty for an individual, and for society at large, can only exist as we submit under the Sovereignty of Almighty God.
“His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His dominion rules throughout all generations.” (Psalm 145:13)
Where God’s law is forsaken, there is tyranny.
“Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law strive with them.” (Proverbs 28:4)
Opposition to tyranny is obedience to God. Christians must demonstrate the liberty that they have in Christ by opposing the forces of evil and wickedness that are seeking to destroy both Christianity and our American Constitutional Republic.