Freedom in Christ

I have a LOT to write about this week.  Someone asked me to write about spirits (ghosts, demons, and angels).  I have a post on head coverings and 1 Corinthians coming up.  I have a Noteworthy, and I’d like to discuss a few other things, too… but first…

Isn’t it great to be free in Christ?  ‘He who the Son sets free is free indeed!’  It’s wonderful that we are no longer under the law.  We don’t have to worry about anything!  We can murder freely, we can steal freely, we can cheat freely.  We don’t have to observe any day, we don’t have to stay away from any food or drink, we don’t have to worry about sin at all.  We’re free – free to contact the dead, free to tear down anyone we want, free to have what we want, live like we want, and do what we want.  Isn’t God good!?

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You’re sputtering.  Stop it, or I might have to wipe off my computer screen to finish this.

I think it’s time we had a little talk about freedom, people.  You hypocrites.  And if you don’t think I’m talking about you, read on.  And brace yourselves, I’m going in.  We were never commanded to be healing balm, but to be salt – it stings, in case you didn’t know.  We were never commanded to be dimness – easy on the eyes – but light, which exposes, illuminates, blinds, and startles.  Sorry, dude, I didn’t write the Book.  But I’ll be damned if I let another person misuse it to justify themselves when they are directly defying the Lord.  There’s nothing that pisses me off more.  NOTHING.  My righteous indignation is lit.

I am reading my SIR this morning, catching up from the weekend.  Apparently there’s a new CGM, no-brainer, oh-so-inventive trend out there.  It’s to post two “Easter” phrases back to back, as seen on at least two dozen sites this morning (signifying originality, of course):  He is Risen!  He is risen, indeed!.  As if it (He is risen) needed clarifying and couldn’t stand on its own.  Lovely.  Why not?  Justification is the name of the day on Easter.  So let it carry thru, eh?  ((snorts in frustration))

He is Risen!  I don’t argue the point.  In fact, it’s probably the safest thing to say, since it’s true EVERY DAY and not just *that* day.  But He did not rise from the grave on Easter… and while I’m not getting into that again here (he who has a finger, click the link on the sidebar)… there *IS* something I’m getting into.  Justification.

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
~Romans 14:2-3

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord, and he that regardeth not the day to the Lord, he doth not regard it.  He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for He giveth God thanks: and he taht eateth not to the Lord, he eateth no, and giveth God thanks.  ~Romans 14:6.

These are verses people use to try to justify their celebrating of Easter, aka *not* obeying God’s Word.  Well, if I have freedom in Christ, it doesn’t matter what I do or don’t do, I’m free to do it.  Sure y’are… All things are permissible, right? Another fun one used for justification that DOES NOT wash:

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:  ~Col 2:16

So we can get roaring drunk, binge on food, celebrate Easter, screw Sunday services… because it doesn’t matter, right?  Hey, if you’re claiming religious liberties and using verses to back them up, it goes for all parts of it, don’t it?  Can’t pick and choose.

But, you stammer, we’re to be obedient to God!  We wouldn’t go against His commands willingly – not if we love Him!  You’re right.  Someone who truly loves the Lord would keep His commandments, wouldn’t they?  Jesus even said as much:  If you love Me, keep my commandments.  Freedom in Christ isn’t a freedom to sin.  And you’re fully correct… but a damn hypocrite.  Why?  Here are a few examples, by no means a complete list:

Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth; they are a trouble unto me: I am weary to bear them.  And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you… ~Isaiah 1:16-17a

O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows… Nahum 1:15

Even from the days of your father ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them.  Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.  ~ Malachi 3:7

When they desired him [Paul] to tarry longer time with them, he consented not; but bade them varewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast… ~Acts 18:21

What then?  Shall we sin, becasue we are not under the law, but under grace?  God forbid, Knew ye not, that to whom ye yeild yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness. ~ Romans 6:15-16

What am I getting at?  Here it is:

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s Passover.  ~Leviticus 23:5

Note that it’s the LORD’s feast, as opposed to YOUR feasts of Isaiah 1.  He set up days for us, and we have set up our own days instead.  Now does rejecting His ordinances for our own make Him happy, do you think?  If we are obedient to Him?  (((hint:  That’d be no.)))  The fourteen day of the first month is APRIL 24th, not March 27th.  And what has this to do with Easter?

Ye knew that after two days is the feast of Passover, and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified.  ~ Matt 26:2
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. ~Matt 5:17

The feast of Passover was set up THOUSANDS of years before Christ to foreshadow what would happen.  At Passover, they killed a spotless lamb and covered their homes with the blood to escape death.  Christ died ON PASSOVER – a spotless lamb killed, so that we might cover our hearts with his atonement and escape death for eternal life.  What is Easter?  Not God’s day, that’s for damn sure.  It’s a pagan celebration that the Catholics couldn’t get people to give up, so they *adopted* it, changing God’s way so that they could appease the world.  Now tell me where THAT’S endorsed in scripture… cause it ain’t.

Let’s look at the justification verses one more time (there were only three):

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.
~Romans 14:2-3

This is a verse about weak people… thos who don’t know the Truth well enough.  I have news – you know that Truth well enough.  It’s not your verse to claim.  And besides, if we’re following Christ, would we WANT to be weak, or strong?  Would we WANT to claim verses that strip us of a nearness to our Savior?  Surely not!  So stop it.  If you’ve read this post, you already know the Truth, and are no longer ignorant on the subject.  If you continue in your same way (contrary to the ordinances and commands of God), then you choose NOT to serve Him, honor Him, or emulate Him.  Ouch.  And for the record?  I don’t despise people for celebrating Easter who don’t know better.  But I DO despise the intentional neglect of Truth for the convenience of the world.

He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord, and he that regardeth not the day to the Lord, he doth not regard it.  He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for He giveth God thanks: and he that eateth not to the Lord, he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.  ~Romans 14:6

This verse does NOT condone not celebrating the Lord’s days.  In fact, it says that things are done to the Lord, as if it’s a good thing, but it’s not implied OR stated that it’s a good thing not to do these things for the Lord.  Obedience is the key.  Is celebrating paganism as a replacement to celebrating God’s set days obedience?  NOT.

Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:  ~Col 2:16

Key words: LET NO MAN JUDGE YOU… this doesn’t mean we are free to do what we want… it means that PEOPLE ARE WATCHING, and if you aren’t obeying God’s commands, they will judge you as such… so let no man judge you as being a compromiser, a hypocrite, a quasi-pagan, etc.  What does it look like to the world that we’ve so easily exchanged truth for a lie, Passover for Easter/Ishtar?  Are we sincere in our devotion to our Lord?

I’m sorry, but if you’re all over the Easter thing, and you post ‘devotion’ to God on your site… you’re a damn hypocrite.  And don’t think I don’t know better.  And if I know better, so do the nonnies watching you.  What kind of testimony is that?  A false one.  And yes – you may be ‘in Christ’… but you certainly aren’t reflecting Him.  Christ kept every feast, and it’s recorded all thru the New Testament.  He’s a FULFILLMENT of them, He’s the essence of them… and they are NOT fulfilled yet – only four of the seven.  So how can we put them behind us, when they’re yet in our future?

I don’t ever want to be called a Christian if liberty over obedience is the hallmark of their faith.  EVER.  And I pray you think hard on these things.

But He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?  For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.  But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;  And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.  Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,  This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?   But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.  ~ Matthew 15:3-9 ,12-14

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