Sunday, July 18, 2010
Galatians chapter 5: 1- 6
Here Paul is preaching about the freedom in Christ that us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior enjoy but he is also warning us not to misuse our freedom.
There are two camps in the Bible believing world who have misused the freedom we have in Christ. Three if you count a group which is not in the Christian camp. Let me explain that one first to get it out of the way.
Some churches and American Christians as I call them instead of Bible Christians believe and preach one can get right with God by doing good works. They must have rejected or don’t know what Ephesians 2:8-9 says. Let me remind you what it says it is by grace you have been saved through faith not by works so no one can boast. The only way to be saved is to admit your need for Christ and to receive him through faith. Now lets move on to the two camps who are in the Christian world.
Here Paul is preaching to a group that is teaching it is Christ plus circumcision that one is saved by. This is not a teaching on weather parents should circumcise their kids now I have mixed feelings on circumcision from what I have studied on it is painful but lets not get on that rabbit trail . If you are depending on circumcision to save you or your child you are not reading or obeying the Bible. Do some people in the Christian world do that today> Lets look at how some Baptize infants. There is nowhere in the Bible you can find a baby being baptized. Now if you are having your child baptized because it is a thing your church does and it is more like a time to pray for the baby and the parents I have no issue with that. However if you and your church believes that will save your child you are not getting that idea from the Bible. It is Jesus only that saves one. It is not Jesus plus something good that saves us.
Now the next camp which has misused our freedom in Christ is those who have turned our freedom in the right to sin and live anyway you want to even if it is a sinful life. Now I don’t agree with the teaching Lordship salvation but those who teach that doctrine have been right to preach that followers of Christ may fall into a mud pile but we shouldn't live in a spiritual mud pile. Also it looks like verse four here is teaching you can lose your salvation. My Bible college teacher has taught me you don’t base your doctrine on one Bible verse. Paul here I believe is not teaching you can lose your salvation rather he is teaching we shouldn't use our freedom as the right to sin. Some have confused freedom and sin. I heard this man on the radio tell a story he was on the street and he saw a man who was drunk and he asked the drunk man if he wanted to receive Christ. The drunk replied give up all this freedom. Sin is not freedom but bondage. The drunk had confused bondage and freedom.