I hear the saying all the time, starting from the time of hippies the time of the millenials, all crying out, “We don’t want control! We want to be free to live as we please!” They seek to escape the restrictions of religion for a more enjoyable and flexible lifestyle that pleases them own self’s. Doing and moving about as they please with no control at all, and yet as they go on in this “freedom” they don’t realize that they are not free at all. One may be free from an organized religious ideology, but they are slaves to their own fleshly nature and whatever the philosophy of their mind at a given moment conjures up.
These same people claim to have escaped the bondage of religion and have done away with God, and yet they don’t realize that they have made them ownselves gods, controlled by the swayings of the flesh and desires for pleasure. No matter how much one tries to escape the idea of bondage and attain freedom, they must come to the realization that we are all under control of something or someone, whether it be our flesh and the world, or God.
“For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.” (2 Peter 2:18-19 NKJV)
The difference between control from the flesh and control from God is that one is a dictartorship while the other is Fatherhood. One controls by force while the other guides by grace and love. One pushes and pulls you into despair and emptiness while the other guides and leads you into an eternal hope.
The only way to attain true freedom is through Jesus Christ and through Him we can experience, not only an escape from forceful control, but also the restrictions of religion. Now at this point many are at odds to my last few previous words, but it is the truth. How? Jesus condemned the Pharisees and Suddecees for imposing religious restrictions on others and taught that only through Him can one be saved and live a life that is pleasing to the Father.
When we come to know Jesus Christ personally we can then begin to live and walk in the Spirit and at that moment begin to be transformed into His image. Living in the Spirit helps enable us to live according to the scripture, this is not to say that we will not stumble, but it is to say that we will continue to get back up and move forward in the grace of God, striving to come to full maturity in Christ, not as a means to gain eternal life, but to be a child of God that lives a life after the Spirit.
Only Jesus Christ can free us from the bondage of sin and the flesh as well as the restrictions imposed on us by organized religion. The first churches were designed to gather together as believers and build one another up in Christ and to help encourage and teach one another. The church was not designed or intended to judge one another and to act self righteous and try and impose non-scriptural man made creeds upon one another. This is not to say that we allow sin to abound in the church by no means, but to find that happy medium that we help each other overcome sin in our lives without judging or shunning.
“But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:22-23)
No matter how much one may deny God and try and find freedom elsewhere. No matter how far one may go they can’t escape the presense of the Almighty nor can they escape the flesh that clings to them without coming to Christ and being cleansed by His blood and being filled with His Spirit. Are you ready to experience true freedom? Jesus Christ is your answer.