THE PERVERSION OF CHRISTIAN LIBERTY
II Peter 2:l9-22
INTRODUCTION: You cannot set someone free if you are in bondage
yourself, and these false teachers were in bondage. Sin leads
to bondage and the bondage that sin creates is deceitful, for
the people who are bound actually think they are free. Too late
they discover that they are prisoners of their own appetites and
habits. Jesus taught freedom, but it does not mean "doing your
own thing" or "having it your way". That attitude is the very
essence of sin. The freedom that Jesus Christ offers means
enjoying fulfillment in the will of God. It means achieving
your greatest potential to the glory of God. The Quaker leader,
Rufus Jones, paraphrasing Aristotle, said, "The true nature of a
thing is the highest that it can become." Jesus Christ frees us
to become our very best in this life, and then to be like Him in
the next. John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the
truth shall make you free."
I. PROMISES. v.l9
A. Reveals They Are Prisoners. l9a
Again, they offer that which they can't produce.
B. Reveals A Principle. l9b
Romans 6:l6, "Know ye not that to whom ye yield
yourselves servants to obey, his servant ye are
whom ye obey, whether of sin unto death, or of
obedience unto righteousness?"
A man becomes a slave of whatever overpowers
It is bad enough to be a slave, but when sin
is your master, you are in the worst possible
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