The “Saving” Doctrine Of Non-Freedom

March 2, 2013

Friends,
I received two comments yesterday at my comment page and here is the response I gave:

Ty and David,
I have tears flowing down my cheeks right now. Not sure why, but Ty, after reading your comment, it just sounds so much like so many people’s story and anguish and lostness and aloneness.  There is so much false doctrine out there –that which doesn’t free anyone or save– and so people get so sad and so lost. I know the Holy Spirit weeps in me.  If only people would run to the Truth!  It’s right there on their shelves in God’s Word!  If only they would ask the Holy Spirit to teach them!  But no, they want to listen to men.  It’s less work, in a way, I guess.  Or more acceptable in the culture.

David, maybe the tears are also sadness from your email (though it was Ty’s, which I read after yours that brought the tears.)  Please continue to read my posts, including past posts.  I try so hard to write clearly, to explain the Truth clearly, and it is a bit frustrating to hear that it confuses you.  The confusion, though, I suppose, comes because when Truth hits lies, the person who has both in their head, now understandably must be confused.  But if you cast falsehoods out in the name of Jesus, and study God’s Word objectively, the Truth will be made clear.  As Jesus says, “Everyone on the side of Truth listens to Me.”  (John 18:37)  He didn’t say, “Everyone on the side of Truth listens to the religious scholars.”  He also asks, “Why is My language not clear to you?  Because you are unable to hear what I say.”  (8:43)  And He goes on to inform them that they cannot hear the Truth of His teachings because they do not belong to God, but to the devil.  (v. 44-47)

I am not saying you belong to the devil as I don’t know your heart.  (You sound like you’re seeking Truth.)  But you have obviously been listening to those who belong to the devil.  Jesus, on the other hand, teaches us, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”  (Matt. 5:48)  That command is for absolute perfectionism.  Should we listen to those who teach, “That is unattainable, so don’t sweat it”, or, should we obey Christ’s command –right now –today?  Should we say, “Jesus, that command is impossible.” –?  Does our Powerful King and Lord give us commands that are impossible?  He does not.  But because people refuse to step fully into Him, and do all things through Him, they can’t fathom how it’s possible.

Can you whole-heartedly aim for perfection –just for today?  And then for tomorrow?  Can you take one step at a time toward it without turning back even once to gaze at what you’ve lost –that sin and the old life?  What are you saying?  –That Christ’s power in you is not adequate?  It is adequate.  If you are admitting that you still crave sin and so must give in to it, then you still serve sin, not Christ.  You can’t serve (desire / follow / obey) both.  (Luke 16:13 // Rom. 8:9 // 1 John 2:15-17)

Are you believing the false teachers, or are you believing God’s Word which says, “that our old self was crucified” (Rom. 6:6) –leaving sin “powerless”?  (same verse)  Are you believing the false teachers, or are you believing God’s Word which says, “the old is gone, the new has come.” –?  (2 Cor. 5:17)  Yes, we know that the Lie teaches, “Only SOME of the old is gone.”  Are you believing the false teachers, or are you believing God’s Word which says, “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires.” –?  (Gal. 5:24)  Yes, we know that the Lie teaches, “But we can’t help but resurrect that sinful nature daily.”

What kind of weak, confusing, wishy-washy, non-victorious freedom is that?!

Many just don’t want to believe the Truth –because they want an excuse to sin and be lazy about following Jesus.  But those who don’t believe are called “unbelievers”.  Jesus says that if we hold to His teaching, we will know the Truth and the Truth will set us free.  (John 8:31,32)  Are you denying Christ’s words about freedom?  He IS talking about freedom from sin (v. 34) –which He gives in completeness.  (v. 36)  He IS talking about giving up everything (that is not His will), and doing it today (Luke 14:33) –immediately!  (9:59-62)  That’s what “the decision for Christ” is all about.  And it needs to be a real, genuine, whole-hearted decision (to follow Christ and leave the old behind), or the person, in his foolishness, has not truly, before making the decision, “pondered the cost.”  (14:28)  He will not make it.  He will not be able to finish.  (v. 29,30)  –Because his faith, his decision, was shallow and unable to endure the tests (8:13) or life’s lure of pleasures.  (v. 14)

Dan Corner?  I hold to no man’s teachings.  If his and mine overlap within the Truth, so be it.

Oh, and yes.  You observe that I seem more lenient with those who do not claim to follow Christ.  You observe rightly.  For such people are at least being more honest than those who are claiming to follow Jesus yet are doing nothing of the sort, and who are actually putting His name, Gospel, power, and Truth to shame, and who by their continuation in sin are actually “subjecting Christ to public disgrace.”  (See Heb. 6:6)

Thank you, both of you, for your comments.  I trust we all will continue to seek Truth under the tutelage of the Spirit (John 16:13) –He who helps us get an “A” today, and every day, in today’s instruction and lessons, and then in tomorrow’s, and all the way through our schooling –until we are fully trained and like our Teacher.  (Luke 6:40)  But again:  That begins with making the effort –today– to get 100% on everything.

In Him,
Rachel

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