In view of the tragic and deeply sinful spectacle of the “coming out” of Bruce Jenner, at one time the greatest living athlete on earth, but now a confused,self deformed, depraved and tormented soul, I thought it would be appropriate to re-release an earlier series of articles, called “True and False Freedom”.
Many are heralding Jenner’s perverse publicity stunt, as “courageous” and bold. ESPN is giving Jenner the ESPY award for “Bravery”. Jenner edged out a double amputee war hero who doesn’t let his serious war injuries keep him from foot racing and other sports.Of course ESPN executives and announcers never miss an opportunity to celebrate Sodomites in sport, such as Michael Sam, and Jason Collins.
What is sad about all of this is the fact that in other times a person as conflicted as Jenner would elicit deep concern and sympathy, because people would all agree that he obviously is undergoing profound mental and spiritual crisis. He needs prayer and counseling, not awards for “Bravery”. Those who loved him would have shielded him and sought help for his crisis, they never would have dreamed of just accepting it and even encouraging him in his madness.
What you are seeing is the sad end of the liberation movement which began in the 1950’s or 60s. The culture has come under the spell of mad men who seek to throw off all “Shackles and bondages” in the name of self discovery. First came a “free speech” movement, liberating people from manners and civil discourse, then came a sexual revolution, which liberated us from marriage, romance, and true love. Eventually we had a homosexual liberation movement, and now we have a “transgender” crisis, for those who would be liberated from their God assigned gender!
The Biblical figure who was perhaps the free-est in this false regard, was the mad man of Gedara, who was free from people, chains, conventions, manners, family and even clothes! But where do we find this tormented soul?
He was weeping and crying in the tombs, obsessed with death and hurting himself constantly.
Who will weep for this perverse generation? Who will cry for the ones who have seized this same kind of ‘freedom’ and are now tormented and disfigured, pierced and tattooed, and wanting to die?
Truly, the “tender mercies of the wicked are cruel”, as scripture says.
True and False Freedom…pt 1
“If you continue in my word you shall be my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”(John 8:32)
“Promising them liberty, when they themselves are the slaves of corruption, for by what a man is overcome, by that is he enslaved” (2 Peter 2:19)
There is a true freedom, according to Jesus, for whom the Son sets free is free indeed.. And yet Peter warns us against the slavery of a false freedom. How can we know the difference between the true and the false freedom? Only by appealing to the only document of true human liberty. the Bible.
The Bible addresses the subject of human freedom right from the beginning in the garden of Eden. God created man in a state of freedom, but it was not autonomy. “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you may not eat for in the day you eat therof you shall surely die.”(Gen 2:17)
Adam and Eve were free to start a life, have children, build a family, they had meaningful work to do, they were free of want, strife, and need. they were free to walk with God and to know God, and free to worship God. However they were not free in an absolute sense. They were put under a limitation, there was a commandment to obey. They were not autonomous, their freedom was under God. But Adam and Eve were ‘free indeed’.
But we are told that the Serpent seduced Adam and Eve, into thinking they weren’t free after all. Satan led a ‘liberation movement’, and the first couple bought into it. He was going to set free, they were going to ‘throw off the shackles’ that God had imposed on them by the one prohibition that he put on them. “Promising them liberty… they became slaves of corruption, and so did we their seed.
The deepest bondage is not political, it is moral and spiritual. This is brought out in the context of Jesus’ famous ‘the truth shall set you free’ discussion. We are told that it was to those who believed on Him, that he directed this remark. But they didn’t believe that it applied to them,
Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?”
Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.(John 8:31-35)
Behold the power of self deception. They couldn’t see that even politically they were in bondage, “We were never in bondage to anyone!”, What are they talking about? what about the Babylonians, the Assyrians, not to mention the Egyptians, and in the context of that very day, the Romans! And yet the Jews of Jesus’ day are a microcosm of the whole world, Man is in bondage and his pride doesn’t allow him to realise it.
But Jesus goes beyond the political, and adresses the deepest bondage of all, SIN, and slavery to sin. But the promise is that the Son has the power and willingness to set us “free indeed” from the guilt and power of sin, and to allow us to “abide forever!’