False Freedom

Facebook and much of the media has been inundated lately with shocking accusations of sexual abuses and misconduct of the most egregious kind by Hollywood elites.

What astonishes me more is the apparent shock and surprise that the secular world seems to have about this.

As if the “Pandora’s Box” that was opened with the sexual revolution could have no possible devastating effects on our society.

This is the fallout that results when there is a “false freedom” that is embraced by society.

Proverbs 29:18 (NIV) gives some wise insight to this:

“Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.”

Whether you are a Christian or otherwise, there is an undeniable truth in this proverb;  appetites left unrestrained and without knowledge of morality or restraint of man’s carnality can cause their morality to spiral into a state of entropy.

The New Living Translation put it into these words:

“When people do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But whoever obeys the law is joyful.”

This is why subjective morality is so dangerous.

Society wants to say, “who are you to decide what is moral and just for me?”  or “you can’t judge me.” But if there is no “law” or rather no standard or instruction by which morality can be established, it begins to break down every social construct of what is considered sacred, innocent, moral and just and gives way to the full depravity of man.

We give our children borders, we give them structure and wisdom concerning their health, safety and wellbeing and rarely do we let others question our sovereignty to do so.

Even if you want to push religion aside, should we then not as a society have the same audacity to demand that society exercise some moral decency and restraint?

The problem with the sexual revolution that started in the 1960’s is that it has crumbled from being about perceived “freedom” into total anarchy.

One cannot reconcile temperance with lasciviousness.

But, that’s the real truth that the enemy never divulges.  Since the very beginning, Satan has been using this same kind of lie.

He used this against Adam and Eve in the garden.  Telling them they would in essence be “free” of Gods restrictions on them.  That they would be like God themselves and be omniscient or all knowing!

He twisted the truth of God’s word and they embraced a “false freedom” that led to death.

There is a truth, a knowledge that brings us to a place of understanding (revelation) that left to ourselves in our own minds and abilities that we cannot live a life that is good enough, moral enough or righteous enough.  It is through Christ alone (as He alone is the The Way, The TRUTH, and The Life) through which we can have and live a life that practices righteousness, holiness and goodness.

That we may live a life of restraint and of power over sin and indulging the appetites of our carnality.

One final thought, behavior modification is never going to get the job done.  The secular world teaches this and much of the church has even adopted this standard and system of thinking, pushing aside the reality that we are dealing with an issue that is influenced by supernatural entities.

This is why to see real change and change that is lasting, there must be a supernatural response – a change that takes place in us not only in our minds but in our very spirits.

Romans 6 New King James Version (NKJV)

Dead to Sin, Alive to God

6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10 For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. 11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.

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