Summary: 5 of 6. Peter revealed that a false liberty had been presented to the Church. The true Church yields to true liberty, but Why? We will examine 9 stipulations of true Liberty(God’s liberty)....
The PROMISE Of LIBERTY-V—2Peter 2:17-22
The Fourth of July was coming up, & the nursery school teacher took the opportunity to tell her class about patriotism.
"We live in a great country," she said.
"One of the things we should be happy is that, in this country, we are all free."
One little boy came walking up to her from the back of the room.
Standing with his hands on his hips, he said, "I'm not free. I'm four."
You may be something other than free!
There are many purveyors of false ‘truth’ who are infecting & effecting our great country’s government. In fact, because we are not a ‘Christian nation’ per se, but are rather a ‘Christian influenced’ nation,
The politicos promise happiness, prosperity, peace, freedom, wellness, care, etc. within a background of the church...BUT is their’s True(real/actual) Liberty/Freedom?
We must ask ourselves a question in all seriousness...
Is Liberty/Freedom a reality for you?
Peter revealed that a false liberty had been presented to the Church.
The true Church yields to true liberty.
But panderers of false Liberty/Freedom can mislead the Church.
Why must the Church yield to God’s liberty?
9 distinctions/functions/invitations/stipulations of true Liberty...God’s liberty.
We have found previously that...
True Liberty...God’s Liberty stipulates/assumes...
1. A QUENCHED THIRST(:17a)“wells without water”
2. ETERNAL LIGHT(:17b)“blackness of darkness forever”
3. HUMILITY(:18a)“great swelling words”
5. OTHER-WORLDLY ENTICEMENT(:18c) “allure”
6. A RESTRICTED SATISFACTION(:18d) “thru lusts of the flesh” “lewdness”
7—True liberty stipulates...
A RELIABLE PROMISE/Promise’s Liability(:19a)
Explanation:(:19)“promise them liberty”
:19—“While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.”
Their mantra may have been similar to our excuses, ‘I can do whatever I want!’ or ‘It’s legal so it’s okay!’ Such as these thrive on the coattails of majority opinion, crafting a salve of self-made morality(:18).
This is where the Church’s influence is brought into play. The true Church can & does positively influence the morality of the land. If it can not, it is because it is artificially silenced thru the authority of a secular culture made nervous at the prospect of accountability for personal sin.
Isa. 55:11—“So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”
And remember, ‘the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Good News.’
The Holy Spirit tells the Christian:
1Cor. 6:12—“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”