LIBERTY IS NOT LICENSE

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Matthew 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Grace did not make the way we live broader for our flesh for the wide gate leads to destruction and the narrow (straight) gate is the way to life. We don’t enter into salvation by the straight gate to then live by the wide gate after we are saved. Grace makes it possible for us to live by the straight and narrow way. The narrow gate is only narrow on our flesh and carnality not our spirit which is wide open to all that God has, glory to God.

Jesus Christ has set every believer free from sin, satan, the curse, and e very form of bondage that exists. It is ours in Christ the moment we receive Him as our Savior and Lord. We have redemption which is a release through payment of a ransom or purchase price. It was Jesus’ sacrifice that paid this price and the sum total of all He purchased is available to any who believe and receive it. As the Apostle John said, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed John 8:36.” That freedom, that liberty is not license to do anything we please or it is not unbounded freedom that has no constraints. It is freedom or liberty bound to God’s moral nature, God’s character, and Word. Freedom is never inconsistent with or contradictory to His character or Word.

1. Our freedom, of course, is not freedom to be selfish and indulge the flesh.

Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

2. We are not free to cover bad behavior in the name of freedom or claim freedom as a pretext or cloak for evil.

1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

3. We are not free to harm others or ourselves in the guise of exercising liberty.

1 Corinthians 8:9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.

4. We are not free from all restraints, structure, authority, or regulated order in the various realms of life both spiritual and natural.

Jude 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 John 3:4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

Romans 13:1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

Our freedom by the grace of God should never make us more bound to sin, satan, or selfishness. What was considered moral in the OT is still moral today and even a higher standard in the NT. The difference being we now have by the grace of God the inward nature, spirit and power to fulfill all that God declared as moral, holy, and righteous.

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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