Are We Free From Sin or Forced into Purity?

Some of us think Jesus makes Christians put on holy straight jackets, thereby enslaving us and making us get rid of all the fun stuff. Do you ever find yourself thinking like this: I don’t get to be pure before marriage, I have to be; I don’t get to serve others, I have to; you don’t get to be sober, you have to be.

If you feel enslaved by Christianity, then I have a challenge: stop sinning for a month. Just try it. You’ll fail because you’re not free, just fooled. Sin enslaves you and fools you into thinking your free. Jesus liberates, and teaches us the true meaning of freedom.

However, many of us know how horribly oppressing slavery to sin is. Guilt overwhelms us. Killing sin feels too weighty, even impossible. Lust, same sex attraction, pride, eating disorders, depression, cutting, anxiety,¬†loneliness, looking at pornography, fornication, alcoholism, drug addiction, gossip, and anger rule over us. We feel it, we hate it, and we try everything we can to end it, but we can’t.

2 Peter 1:3-4 says, “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

Let that promise soak in. We can do nothing, but through Jesus we have everything that we need to be godly and escape our sinful enslavements.

How? Trust in Jesus to be your liberator; the king who comes to free us from slavery! The king who frees us at the cost of his own blood. The king who offers us his personal victory over sin. The king who teaches us to worship the best things. The king who leads us to a new kingdom where slavery to sin, death, disease, heartache, pain, hatred, and decay no longer shackle our feet or nature’s beauty.

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About Patrick K. Miller

Currently I am living in Columbia serving at the University of Missouri with Veritas, The Crossing's campus ministry. In December 2010 I graduated from Mizzou with a degree in English Literature. My beautiful wife, Emily, works is an Interior Designer with a local firm. I like espresso, 30 Rock, and books. My favorite old dead guys are John Owen, Augustine and Francis Schaeffer. You should read something by them.
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