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Some common applications of Christian Liberty would be drinking wine, having pets in the house, wives with outside jobs, children in sports, having a television, bungee jumping, hobbies, hours at work, cosmetic surgery, drinking beer, being a lawyer, motorcycles, dating, Thanksgiving Day, junk foods, children in daycare, breastfeeding issues, alternative medicine, marriage, pledge to the flag, coffee and tea, birth control, wedding rings, tattoos, length of hair, pants on wife, cigarettes, schooling options, interracial marriages, vaccinations, school curriculum, coarse language, spectator sports, epidurals and health foods (Dunn 45).
Limitations also apply to Christian Liberty which entail that creations are not allowed to get so dependent on any thing that they are unable to leave it (Dunn 72). This means addiction in any form or shape is not acceptable including psychological disorders such as obsessive-compulsiveness, all kinds of addiction, and others.
Christian liberty also prohibits any action or declaration that would argue or poke holes into the current doctrine. Such acts could become weaker in faith. The Christians should also avoid anything their conscience clearly doesn’t agree with. But despite these regulations, no one should have the right to prosecute or press charges on others or offend them in any way even if their faith or belief goes directly against the current belief(I Corinthians 6:12; I Corinthians 9:19; Romans 14:1; Phil 2:5).
Christian Liberty: Disputations and Arguments
Doubtful disputations regarding Christian Liberty are also not allowed. Such strife and argumentative behavior is entirely prohibited, especially in the confines of a Holy Church. They explain that arguments are simply subversive in nature and they can bring no good (Adams 68). This is not to say that Christians cannot ask questions. However, questions must be geared towards further understanding the doctrine not towards igniting debates or controversies.
One of the most controversial points is the possibility of a conflict between what the doctrine allows and what the conscience may feel good about. What if a conscience condemns something but the doctrine allows? (Matto).
Christian Liberty preachers say that if something is clearly allowed by the doctrine, man cannot interpret it any other way. Any effort to reinterpret or contradict what is written on the bible is a violation of the covenant. Churches are supposed to guide its people towards the proper interpretation. It is understood that not everyone will interpret the doctrine the same way but the church teaching is supposed to guide it (I Corinthians 8). Constant immersion to the concept of redemption, liberty and Christianity will guide a congregation in moving towards a common understanding of different concepts.
Dangerous & Deadly Things
Preachers of Christian Liberty believe that nothing is completely evil or completely good. Anything can be dangerous if not used properly. Then there are things which are condemned for no real reason by a group of people or cults and they begin to look like they are more dangerous and wrong than they really are (MacArthur).
Christian Liberty believes that the doctrine prevails, just because your mind has been brainwashed into classifying a certain object as evil or dangerous doesn’t make it so, and so many things. For example, extreme sports are considered high risk sports. The very nature of the games put the players at risk of getting injured or dying. Recent health advocates have also been enlightening the world on the benefits of eating natural foods and the danger of eating red meat. However, such a concept cannot be applied to everyone. Some people might consider extreme sport as a catharsis while those love meat might argue that taking in meat provides people a more balanced diet.
People always have the choice to take part in extreme sports and people always have the choice to go vegan or be a carnivore just as much as they have the liberty to do the sport or eat red meat. If you fall under the later, however, you cannot start riding camels just because you think cars are dangerous – camels can be just as dangerous as cars and motorcycles. There are so many things that have the potential to cause harm that it will be impossible to live with such a mindset.
Many people grow up in households dysfunctional parents and an even more dysfunctional set up. However, such cannot be used as an excuse to lead a life that abuses liberties awarded to Christians. At the end of the day, people have a choice and these freedom to choose is what they should use to make the choice to follow Christian doctrines and get redemption.
Christian Liberty & the Theology of Redemption
The theology of redemption is the primary basis for Christian Liberty (John 8: 34; Wright 142). The idea was to free man from our old spiritual masters of before so that man could serve only God, live in Christ’s shadow and express His divine love to others. Christians are supposed to follow Christ blindly and live by His word. In exchange, Christians will enjoy a free and peaceful life with salvation waiting in the end.
Freedom, however, is not immunity from institutional authorities. It is man’s right to choose a path to take, whether or not that path is towards salvation. Each path is accorded with different consequences. Whether or not the consequence is good depends entirely on the path take. However, freedom does not justify bad choices (I Peter 2: 16; Galatians 5: 13).
Guilt of Original Sin & Release from Judicial Debt
The assumption is that everyone is born with the original sin. The inherent corruption for man’s forefathers compromised everyone’s salvation. However, that problem was quickly fixed with the deliverance of Jesus Christ. It was the ultimate gift and God’s ultimate sacrifice to (Acts 15:9; Titus 2:14).
Sins no longer dominate Christianity in the way they dominated our parents and this is why we have a better chance of making ourselves sin free and devoted to the worship of God and Christ (Hubner 169). Even if bodies may still hold some of that corruptness, one can always use it as an instrument of righteousness against all evil forces that come in the form of desires and needs. All men need to do is keep believing in God and make sure the body listens to the owner – not the inherent evil that calls out to it.
Christians are also adamant that they are free from judicial debt of their sins because of their Lord’s resurrection (Gathercole 277). Both original and actual sins have been forgiven by God and there is no pending judicial debt or punishment that remains. In a way these sins have been cancelled entirely so they don’t apply anymore. This mean true Christians will not suffer from divine wrath or any kind of everlasting separation from God in the form of Hell (Ephesians 1:4; Colossians 2:13; Revelations 1:5).
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