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August 28 - September 8, 2021

 

"If we Christians arrive at the conclusion that giving up some personal liberties for the sake of other peoples safety somehow makes us less free, then we have deeply misunderstood the cross of Jesus Christ."

 

Ben Cremer, Facebook, August 22, 5:50 PM

 

some, reading this, say

“Faithless!”

 

others, reading this, say

“Faithful!”

 

either way, someone has

misunderstood

 


 

This week I've seen both responses on Facebook. There is one group saying he is a deceiver and an enemy of the gospel. There is another group saying he preaches truth and is a blessing from God.

 

Someone has misunderstood.

 

Christians who believe that their freedom is somehow tied to what their government will or will not allow them to do seriously misunderstand what Jesus accomplished on the cross. He has made us free, we are no longer slaves to sin.

 

No other freedom is of any importance.

 


 

Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” They answered Him, “We are Abrahams descendants and have never yet been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, You will become free?” Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.”

 

John 8:31-36

 


Mis-Understanding the Cross
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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