“If you hold to
you are really
Then you will
know the truth,
and the truth
will set you
1. In the Bible freedom always means the liberty to obey God.
It is the freedom to know God's will and to do it.
Biblical freedom is therefore within the safe boundaries of the Law
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the
Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My
Father who is in Heaven." Matthew 7:21
(John 8:32; Romans 8:2; Genesis 1:28.)
2. To the
more of a
than a right.
doing unto others
what we would
want done to us.
"You, my brothers, were called to be free.
But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature;
rather, serve one another in love.
The entire Law is summed up in a single command.
'Love your neighbour as yourself.'"
Galatians 5:13-14 (1 Corinthians 8:9.)
3. We are warned to beware of those who promise freedom
but are themselves slaves of depravity.
In the Bible God forbids state interference outside of the realms of
national defence, law and order and justice.
For example: The Word of God forbids any taxation as high as
10% and excludes the taxation of property and inheritance.
"They promise them freedom, while they
themselves are slaves of depravity for a
man is a slave to whatever has mastered him." 2 Peter 2:19
(John 8:34; Acts 8:23; Romans 6:16; 1 Samuel 8:15-18; 1 Kings 21:3.)
4. True freedom can only come where
Jesus Christ is obeyed as Lord.
"Now the Lord is Spirit, and where the Spirit of the
Lord is, there is freedom." 2 Corinthians 3:17.
5. Freedom has to be based upon,
and in accordance with,
the Ten Commandments.
Adherence to God’s perfect Law of
Liberty, the Ten Commandments would
ensure true religious freedom
- freedom to worship and serve
the only true God,
the Creator and sovereign Lord
of the universe
- the only source of freedom.
And it would protect freedom of worship, speech, time, families,
life, love, morality, property, truth, reputation and conscience.
"The Law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The
statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple."
Psalm 19:7 (Exodus 20:3-17.)
6. It is not acceptable to justify evil in the name of freedom. There
can be no freedom for blasphemy, perversion, sodomy, cruelty
to animals, rape and child abuse (such as occurs in satanism)
in any civilised country.
Nor can the murder of human life in the womb (abortion) or the
exploitation of women's bodies for profit (pornography and/or
prostitution) be tolerated. We affirm the sanctity of life from
conception to natural death.
"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then,
and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of
slavery." Galatians 5:1 (Proverbs 6:16-19; Colossians 3:5-10.)
7. Religious freedom must include freedom for parents to
educate their children according to the Bible -
whether through state schools, independent Christian schools
or home schooling.
"Fathers, do not exasperate your children, instead, bring
them up in the training and instruction of the Lord."
(Deuteronomy 6:1-7; Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 3:16; Colossians 2:8.)
8. Religious freedom must include the freedom to proclaim the
God of the Bible to be the only true and living God, and to
objectively point out the errors in other religions.
'I am the way
and the truth
and the life.
No one comes
to the Father
Me.'" John 14:6
(Acts 4:12; 1 Tim 2:4, 5;
1 Kings 18:21.)
9. Any attempt by the state to register, or regulate, churches,
missions or Christian organisations such as schools and radio
ministries would be an intolerable breach of religious freedom.
Any proposals to establish a department of religious affairs or the
taxation of Christian ministries must therefore be rejected as
unacceptable interference by the state in religious matters and as
a step towards state control of the Church.
"Peter and the other apostles replied: 'We must obey
God rather than men!" Acts 5:29 (1 Peter 2:13-16; Ezra 7:23-24.)
10. True freedom
for a truly free nation
can only be laid
in characters, hearts,
minds, lives and families
by the Grace of God.
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but
be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will
be able to test and approve what God's will is, His good,
pleasing and perfect will." Romans 12:2
(Proverbs 16:32; Matthew 15:19; Psalm 1; Ezekiel 36:26; John 3:3.)
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