‘How Liberty is a Result of the Gospel’

Mark Rushdoony, 'The Sweep of History' | Lee Duigon

This essay by Mark Rushdoony, “How Liberty is a Result of the Gospel,” appeared in Chalcedon’s magazine in 2013.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/how-liberty-is-a-result-of-the-gospel

The ungodly “seek not freedom from sin but in sin”–which we see every day–and they want freedom from the consequences of sin.

But freedom in Christ, the freedom we receive when God in His grace drops the charges against us because Christ has paid our penalty, is transformative.

“The only way to change a culture,” Mark writes, “is by changing men, and this is only possible through the transforming power of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

9 comments on “‘How Liberty is a Result of the Gospel’

  1. That is quite a piece.

    “ The use of false guilt to manipulate Christians works directly contrary to the liberating power of the gospel. The motivation that is to be preached in the church is obedience following repentance and faith, restoration and empowerment, not guilt. Any other behavior done to counter guilt is a form of self-atonement.
    The state often does more than just use the language of ethics for its purpose, however. It often promotes immorality in the name of freedom to distract people from their own enslavement. It encourages a definition of liberty as freedom from morality, and classifies sins as human rights. License to sin is defined as the essence of freedom. Such a people then fail to see their enslavement through high taxes, The use of false guilt to manipulate Christians works directly contrary to the liberating power of the gospel. The motivation that is to be preached in the church is obedience following repentance and faith, restoration and empowerment, not guilt. Any other behavior done to counter guilt is a form of self-atonement.

    The state often does more than just use the language of ethics for its purpose, however. It often promotes immorality in the name of freedom to distract people from their own enslavement. It encourages a definition of liberty as freedom from morality, and classifies sins as human rights. License to sin is defined as the essence of freedom. Such a people then fail to see their enslavement through high taxes, intrusive government, a lower standard of living because of the lower purchasing power of the government’s fiat money, and the abridgment of their historic liberties. government, a lower standard of living because of the lower purchasing power of the government’s fiat money, and the abridgment of their historic liberties.“

    This is exactly what I see all around us. Sin is protected as a right, decency is kept in check.

    “ A sinful people want sin redefined to their advantage. They want their own inclination called justice and contrary views condemned. A guilty people are also less inclined to judge others, so standards generally decline. ‘The times we live in’ are blamed, but not an immoral people. In such a society criminals will be treated with kid gloves and penalties will be lessened. The result is not only increased lawlessness, but institutionalized injustice.”

    Very true. The “times” are not the problem, it’s the lack of moral character all around us that’s the problem.

    “ An immoral people have no moral fortitude to stand for anything except the right to be immoral. They cannot stand up for righteousness because that is a Christian concept. They cannot stand up for a justice for which they have no standard. Sin and guilt create a moral bondage which produces civil and social manifestations.”

    A comparison of life in the early ‘60s, with what we see now bears witness to this. The world of 60 years ago was not one of pedophiles and violent crime. Of course, some of this existed, but it was microscopic in comparison to what we see today.

    1. They put people in jail who’ve done nothing wrong, and they let people out of jail who’ve done very wrong things.
      Democrats have actually succeeded in living up to all the exaggerated caricatures we had of them. A staggering achievement.

    2. There were two news stories today. One was about a plea deal made by a man charged with 60 sex offenses getting a plea down to 2 charges with 1 year of jail time. He allegedly raped a 14 year old girl.

      Another story was about one of the people arrested for a brutal murder in Florida. The ringleader is Sadi to have 230 felony charges in his arrest record and was out on bail at the time of this particular crime.

      Why are people like that running around free? The least time I checked, raping a 14 year old girl was not considered a trivial matter. And 230 felonies charged against one person; is anyone surprised that he broke the law while out on bail?

      Things have deteriorated drastically in the last few years. Our collective moral character, as a civilization, lies at the root of this. One huge mistake that people make when dismissing sexual immorality as irrelevant is the fact that we only have one set of morals. If one is morally lax, theIr level of moral character has already been established.

      The moral character of this nation has deteriorated dramatically in my lifetime. Our quality of life, as a nation, has deteriorated, proportionately.

    3. What do they hope to gain? Control! Control of other people! That’s what turns them on. That’s their hunger and their thirst.

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