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SUMMARY: The difference between spiritual freedom and personal freedom
People flock to cities from rural areas. They settle where economic opportunities can support their survival and well-being. Mental and physical health is included in this drive.
Many also see “belief” as central to their way of life and well-being. Many consciously choose Christianity or Islam, or Judaism as their response to, and experience of the God within. Others set off on alternative spiritual paths.
The Christian path sets down the way of life for Christ’s followers. Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did (1 John 2:6). Church Leader Pearls contends that this directly intrudes on a person’s power to do what one wants, when one wants, as one wants. In addition, living a life like Christ has no place for self-centred pride.
Christ demarcates what the church must do and look like in society. It must be glorious, not having spot - of impurity from any sin; or wrinkle - or deformity from any decay (Eph 5:27). It must grow Christians in Christ, in all things (Eph 4:11-16). This is possible if we walk in the Spirit and live by the Spirit. So there are very clear guiding principle as to what kind of people a church must mature.
Spiritual freedom is not about driving out do’s and don’ts from the church. Spiritual freedom is not just about singing the latest worship songs; moving from one evangelical high to another. Spiritual freedom is not about exploring opinions, beliefs, or theories that the New Testament forbids. These are the kinds of challenges and false teachings churches face. Church Leader Pearls contends that spiritual freedom must never be viewed as a freedom to violate Christ’s commands, but rather as the freedom and power to obey them.
Like most church leader fellow servants, Church Leader Pearls contends that spiritual freedom is about becoming a slave of Jesus Christ, doing the will of God from our hearts, and yielding self-will to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
This is the freedom with which Christ sets us free.