More is NOT Better (5)

5. It puts us back in bondage.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. The Judaizers were adding to the scriptures and Paul told the Galatian Christians that by following these legalists they would be put back in bondage like they were before being saved. Jesus clearly said “…the truth shall make you free.” Paul’s message was that the commandments, traditions and standards of men will put you back in bondage

Bondage is a terrible thing because it keeps us from loving and reaching people with God’s love. We lose our freedom to “go ye into all the world” and make the impact that we were meant to make.  We are given this liberty from Jewish law and tradition in order to love and serve others.

Because of bondage we become like the nation of Israel and turn inward rather than outward. After the gospel liberated the apostle Paul he was able to make statements like “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” and “…I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” Bondage says don’t do what they like because those “who seemed to be somewhat” have declared it a sin. Unlike Paul, many churches choose music, clothing, scheduling, décor, etc. to keep within man’s commandments and to please the members rather than to influence the lost.

By coming up with things that are “wrong” according to some leader, things that God’s perfect, complete word never called wrong, we create a cultic bondage that says to the lost world “we are better than you and if you want Christ and His blessings you must be like us?” But being liberated by the love of God we say to the world “but for God’s love and grace, we are you; come and partake of His goodness.” The former is limitation; the latter is liberation. Let’s “proclaim liberty to the captives.”

Until next time,

Bro. Chris