6662 freedom, abuse of Christian

6662 freedom, abuse of Christian

Although Christians have been set free from condemnation by grace, they remain under an obligation to be obedient to God. Abuses of Christian freedom result from a failure to take responsibilities towards God seriously.

Christian freedom can be abused

Believers are freed from condemnation Ro 8:1 See also Isa 50:8-9; Ro 8:33-39; Col 1:22; Rev 1:5

Sin need not enslave believers Jn 8:34-36 See also Ro 6:16-18; Ro 7:14-25; 1Co 7:22-23; 2Pe 2:19

Believers must resist sin Ro 6:12,14 See also Heb 12:1-2; 1Jn 5:16-18

The false idea that grace gives believers the freedom to sin Ro 6:1-2,15 See also Ro 3:5-8; 1Co 10:23; Gal 2:17-21

The dangers of abusing Christian freedom

Becoming a stumbling-block to others 1Co 8:9-12 See also Ro 15:1-3

Indulging oneself Gal 5:13 See also Ro 14:1-18

Using freedom to cover up evil 1Pe 2:16

Examples of abuse of Christian freedom

Falling back into deliberate sin See also Ro 6:1-2; Heb 12:1; 1Jn 3:6; 1Jn 5:16-18

Disobedience towards God 1Jn 3:4; 2Co 10:6; Eph 5:6

Selfishness 1Jn 3:17 See also Lk 6:32-34

Eating food sacrificed to idols 1Co 8:1-13; Rev 2:14,20

See also

5020human nature
5220authority, abuse
5775abuse
6666grace
8272holiness, growth in
8298love for one another
8459perseverance
8482spiritual warfare
8703antinomianism
8770idolatry, in NT
8775libertinism
8827selfishness