Ease into freedom
I have spent some time over the last month working the Fields of Facebook and got hundreds of people to come look at the PreparingYou website.
How do you gather those precious stones and wash them in the truth that will set them free?
- How do you ease into freedom? Freedom is not easy and it certainly is not free. It requires humility to see and sacrifice to accept. It may even require special skills. Both Israel and the early church had to learn many things before they were ready to be set free by their deliverer. Many did not continue with Christ or Moses.
But there are lots of stumbling stones in the highway of life and lots of pitfalls along that road to righteousness. So many people want to be free more than they want others to be free, because they do not love their neighbor as much as they love themselves and what they want. That is a recipe for failure.
Can we gather a team that will go out into the world of social media and spread the good news?
A team of loving people that will diligently and patiently share the truth that sets man free?
- "How can we ease people into freedom in a way that they can adapt to it, and live with the greater burden of responsibility that it brings?"
My response was:
Freedom is not that easy.
This is why we created the wiki site PreparingYou, so that people can share information and work together. The early Church was eventually persecuted because they made a law where everyone had to join the state's welfare system. If most Christians today were doing what the early Christian church was doing, they would be exempt from Obamacare. We call this the Christian conflict
Then someone asked:
- "Can someone please help me find a scripture that shows where one man or group of men are justified in demanding another man's wealth that he has worked for or been blessed with?"
My response was:
Or how about Polybius who wrote after Rome was becoming a socialist state, "The masses continue with an appetite for benefits and the habit of receiving them by way of a rule of force and violence. The people, having grown accustomed to feed at the expense of others and to depend for their livelihood on the property of others... institute the rule of violence; and now uniting their forces massacre, banish, and plunder, until they degenerate again into perfect savages and find once more a master and monarch."
Peter told us we would be made merchandise... We are simply back in bondage like they were in Egypt.
Then there is David and Paul that warned us if we eat at their table we would be snared and trapped.
- Psalms 69:22 "Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap."
- Romans 11:9 "And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:"
We were told not to eat the dainties of rulers. Proverbs 23:1 "When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee: 2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite. 3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat."
Repentance is thinking another way. People said they believed, but they asked Christ for help with their unbelief. The Early Church took care of all the social welfare of Christians, even though there were many welfare programs offered by Rome including, at times, health care.
Rome's system was supported by taxes, but the early church used charity and what James calls "the perfect law of liberty". The answer includes home schooling, home health, home defense and then binding the people together in a network of charity so they do not need to look to the state, but instead they need to rely only on the perfect law of liberty.
Baptism was about submerging yourself into the water of Christ's love.
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