Freedom in Christ?
Sabbath School Lesson 2017 Quarter 2 Lesson 11 Monday
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Read first paragraph,
“In the strongest possible language, Peter was giving his readers a warning against the dangers of false teachers. In 2 Peter 2:18-21 he warned that these false teachers, while promising liberty and freedom, would actually lead people into bondage.”
Can you think of any doctrines today that promise people freedom today, but actually enslave people instead?
What about penal substitution theology?
~ What does it promise? Freedom from punishment of sin (i.e. all sins were place upon Jesus, He paid that penalty, then you accept it, then you have legal declaration that your sins have been paid, and then you’re declared to be righteous even though you’re not.)
~ What does it deliver? Fear of punishment for sins unrepented of, fear of a god who must inflict punishment for un-repented sin, fear in a universe where their god is the source of inflicted pain and suffering, enslavement in a system of religion in which one lives in fear of doing something wrong:
- “Oh no, I had the TV on Friday afternoon, was talking on the phone and forgot to turn it off before sunset.”
- “Oh no, in a meeting at work I took a paperclip off a bundle of papers and put it in my pocket and then brought it home, did I steal from my employer? Have I done this before, will God punish me if I forgot to ask forgiveness for it?”
- “Is it okay to throw the Frisbee on Sabbath afternoon? What about a baseball, what about basketball, what about hitting a tennis ball?”
- “We must not stay after church in the lobby to visit lest someone speak about something not holy and we hear it.”
- “I haven’t taken communion in three years, am I still saved or am I in trouble with God?”
- “What if I get into an argument and impulsively curse a person, and then step out in front of a car and get killed before I confess this sin—am I still saved?”
- “I did a rolling right at a stop sign, didn’t stop completely, is that sin for disobeying the law? Should I confess it?”
- “I see people beside the road holding signs “homeless” “Will work for food” etc. Should I give them a donation? What if they use the money for drugs? If I don’t give does that mean I am selfish? Is it sin to give or not give? I don’t know what to do?”
Do you see the imposed law system creates entire lines of thinking, belief systems that darken the mind, incite fear, enslave with legalistic and ritualistic behaviors, steal joy and cause one to constantly look at themselves rather than to rejoice in their love and admiration for God and Jesus Christ!
This then leads to the false legal solution—well even if it is sin, I don’t need to worry because all my sins, past present and future were placed on Jesus at the Cross and God punished Jesus for my sins, I have accepted that legal payment and my record in heaven is stamped legally pardoned, and God declares me to be righteous, even though I am not. So, I don’t worry about whether these things are sins or not, because Jesus legally paid my penalty.
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