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Freedom From Religion

Why Understanding the Freedom Christ Brought Matters

The holidays are a joyous time of year for many. It’s a time of celebration, a time of thanksgiving, a time of looking forward to getting together with family and friends. Your lives are filled with supportive people who love you unconditionally.

But for others, it’s a lonely time. A time of dread and recriminations. A time of reviewing failures and looking at a future without hope. Maybe you have turned away from church or religion or have walked away from faith and God altogether because your experience has been one of rules and laws and judgment and accusation.

Mel Wild, of In My Father’s House,  says that Jesus came

“to annihilate the absurd notion of being right with God by following the Law in order to establish our new identity as adopted sons [and daughters] under the New Covenant with His death, burial and resurrection… It was never meant to make us righteous by our behavior. It was only meant to expose our unrighteousness.

“You see, Christ actually came to bring freedom from religion, not to put us under the yoke of a new one. (Gal.5:1) Why is this so? The Old Covenant saints did not have the resident Holy Spirit, which is why this moral restraint was necessary. Under the Mosaic Law, God had made a covenant with fallen man. But this is not true of you in Christ.

“If you are in Christ, you are a new creation and have the Holy Spirit to manage you from the inside out…You are free (Mt.17:26; Gal.4:6-7).”

Because of God’s grace, because of Christ’s death on the cross, we have been given the forgiveness and salvation and freedom to walk with him, to do right by him, and to accept his unconditional and overflowing love. When that acceptance happens, we are free to share that love with others.

It is only when we don’t accept God’s love that we fall backward into accusation, we decide it’s our job to judge instead of love, we shut the door to the immense love and peace of God to other people because we don’t want them to have his gifts. And they are his gifts to give.

These gifts have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with the inheritance we accept as a son or daughter of God. When we are wealthy in the freedom of love and acceptance, we want to give love and acceptance away. We want to do the right thing. We want to learn to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. We want to shine encouraging light onto others. We want to reach out for help. We want to walk humbly with God.

Eventually, we may want to do more: serve our neighbors, our communities, the hungry, the environment, disaster victims, orphans, the elderly. We don’t need religious law to keep us on the right path or boxed in. And we certainly don’t need man-made religious law to keep God boxed in. He is bigger than that.

Tami Benson of LessonbyHeart  said it best:

“There remains nothing more for us to do concerning salvation.

“This is not to be confused with the ‘good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them’ from Ephesians 2:10.

“Our work is not over…but it’s not for salvation, but rather because of our salvation.”

You are a precious child of God. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. If you have had a negative experience in church or with someone “religious” and judgmental, I apologize for them, and ask God’s forgiveness in their name. I pray it doesn’t permanently keep you away from the One who created you, the One who loves you unceasingly, the One who is faithful to you and awaits your return. Take heart, have hope, have faith. But most of all, have the love and freedom he offers.

21 comments

  1. Gede Prama · ·

    Amazing and Thank you for writing which is quite good and best wishes always, and greetings. Kindness blossoms in your heart

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    1. Thank you very much. Blessings to you.

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  2. Beautifully written.

    In spite of what I face, this is my desire everyday, “When we are wealthy in the freedom of love and acceptance, we want to give love and acceptance away. We want to do the right thing. We want to learn to produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. We want to shine encouraging light onto others. We want to reach out for help. We want to walk humbly with God.”

    As the love of God flows within us, an outpour of God’s love surrounds us and becomes the light that shines through us, illuminating in the presence of those we encounter.

    Thank you for letting your light shine. God bless.

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    1. Thank you so much. We who abide in Christ and have the Holy Spirit to guide us do want this. We must listen to our Guide, and that is the humbling part. So glad you are a part of my online life. From my light to yours.

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      1. You’re welcome. Yes we do. Abide in Him, and he will abide in us. Humbly submit, not to your will, but to His will. Amen.

        Thank you. I’m truly grateful to be a part of your online life and I thank God you’re a part of mine. 🙂

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  3. I so wish all who do not believe could take hold of this message and truly be set free!! I love your succinct explanation because really, only mankind has made salvation a more complicated matter than it truly is. It was never intended to be so complex with a bunch of laws and recrimination. “There is no condemnation in Christ!” Jesus had harsh words for the Pharisees in all their religious pomp and self-righteousness. The truth shall set us free….and what a wonderful feeling that is. Thank you for reminding me of the unconditional love that is the core of the Christian heart. xoxo, dale

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    1. And thank you again for your continued and loving encouragement. Bless you and your family this season. I know that each one is difficult, yet I pray that each one becomes better, and your heart is healed a little more. Love you.

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  4. Hi Irene, just to let you know I nominated you for the Most Influential Blogger Award. http://wp.me/p2AARC-JY

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    1. Thank you, Dotta. You’re such a blessing.

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      1. 🙂 bless you sis, one love.

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  5. Hi Susan. In case you’ve not seen it on the Reader I’ve nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award!

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    1. Thank you so very much.

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      1. No problem. You’re very welcome. 🙂

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  6. When we truly experience the freedom that comes from Christ, we can’t help but want others to experience it as well. May we be bold in sharing what Christ has done for us. Be blessed today and find a way to bless someone else!

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    1. Shelly, thank you so much for your comment. Boldness is important, especially during this season of impatience and “things” focus. Bless you. And I’m sharing the Romans 12:18 verse on Twitter this morning! Thank you for that reminder. 😉 Peace be with you.

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  7. It all boils down to this: “When we are wealthy in the freedom of love and acceptance, we want to give love and acceptance away. We want to do the right thing.”

    Once we know how deeply we are loved, our behavior changes…and without the grunting and forcing that trying to “make it happen” brings!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    \o/

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    1. You, too! Bless you for all the light you bring.

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  8. I loved the way you gave space on the page and some warm thoughts to those who are alone. Beautifully done.

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    1. Been there too many times. Thanks. Hope it was read by those who needed to hear it.

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  9. The title of this great post says it all Susan – ‘Freedom from Religion’. Only through God’s great mercy and grace offered to us through His son Jesus can we know true freedom from religion and then be released into the life He wants for us, despite the hurt that ‘religion’ and ‘the religious’ can, at times, cause. Bless you dear sister.

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    1. Thanks as always, Sherri.

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