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The Spirit Of Liberty

Paul says,

” Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. “

2 Corinthians 3:17

When the Spirit of the Lord is present, one of the manifestations that always occurs is Liberty. Merriam-Webster defines Liberty as:

“The quality or state of being freethe power to do as one pleases, freedom from physical restraintfreedom from arbitrary or despotic control, the positive enjoyment of various social, political, or economic rights and privileges, and the power of choice”

Therefore, to the extent that people enjoy such freedoms, we say they enjoy liberty; to the extent that people lack such freedoms, we say they are in bondage.

Our country was based upon, among others, these words,

” We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

The idea of America is founded upon freedom from tyranny and it is why the revolutionary war was fought. This idea of liberty is so precious to us, many men and women gave their lives in wars defending it.

We also paid a high price for religious liberty

Likewise, the Puritans came to America to worship God in such freedom too. These people felt that they could not serve God in the Anglican church. Therefore, they risked all by crossing an ocean and pioneering a new world to gain religious liberty.

In our day and age, we value religious liberty so much, we even champion the right of other religions to practice their beliefs among us. Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, and every other type of religion are welcomed to worship as they desire on our shores.

If you crush God’s children, how will you stand in the day of judgment?

However, though many Christians believe in religious liberty, the words and actions of some are tyrannical. For some Christians, you must believe exactly as they believe or else they marginalize or even shun you. Instead of allowing God to lead and guide their members, they employ terrible, coercive tactics to keep God’s sheep in line.

In some congregations, you must believe a certain way in order to receive their love. They only treat you as a child of God “if” you agree with them. If someone in their congregation does not obey, they “make” them “repent”. They even cast out others for Christ’s namesake, saying to themselves “let the Lord be glorified”.

Crushing those whom God loves, misguided believers hide behind doctrine, turning the words of Paul into an instrument of torture, relegating supposed heretics to Satan. Having no sympathy, they invite the Devil to punish others until they “get in line”. Where is God in such punishment? Who made you judge and jury of another man’s servant?

While Jesus forgave the woman caught in the very act of adultery, some hardened legalists cannot even spare their own flesh from the fires of hell.

Jesus says,

” …Verily I say unto you, In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. “

Matthew 25:40

What part of this don’t they understand? Don’t they know that by harming one that Jesus loves they are hurting the Lord himself?

The Tabernacle Blessing is liberty

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. However, where the Spirit of the Lord is lacking, there is tyranny. Caring not for the plight of those around them, some preach and teach another gospel that lacks judgment, mercy, and faith. Shame on such people, they are blind leaders of the blind. Such know not the God of love.

The Tabernacle Blessing is true liberty to follow God’s Spirit wherever He may lead. To those who have elevated the New Testament to “another law”, God’s love is freedom to such bondage. We do not listen to what you say because we do not hear our Father’s voice. We are no longer bound to your law and we will not submit to those who do not walk in the law of love.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty – not bondage

In conclusion, God is coming to His church and is doing a new thing. God never forces anyone to do anything, but merely gives us a choice. If you are a believer who desires to be free, the glorious liberty of the sons of God awaits you.

Finally, love is a choice. Choose compassion even if you don’t intellectually understand it. Seek to heal and mend rather than to rend and wound. If your heart aches because of the words you inflict, listen to His Spirit rather than your head. Be a child of God rather than a disciple of Satan. Listen to and obey God’s Spirit, eschewing the bondage that caused the Jews to crucify their Messiah.

Our country is based on liberty and our American churches can be too.

God Bless The U.S.A by Lee Greenwood