Abraham Lincoln, in his 1838 Lyceum Address, warned that America's destruction could occur only from moral rot within, as exampled by the Roman Empire.
Any freedom to choose must be accompanied by a set of standards against which choices are made. The people of the world do not have this freedom.
The days, months, and times of Galatians 4:10 do not refer to God's Holy Days (which are not weak or beggarly), but to pagan rites the Galatians came out of.
Keeping God's Law brings bountiful blessings, harmony, and profound peace (Psalm 119:165), while the 'cheap' grace brings guilt, anxiety, and pain.
Sticking to timeless standards is not legalism. It is the only sane way to live.
While our independence means that we are self-directed and can make our own decisions, we are still members of a society and must conduct ourselves accordingly.
Mark Schindler, after reading excerpts from Abraham Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, declares that a piece of paper does not really set people free, especially from the slavery of human nature, perpetually at enmity with God and His Law. A piece of paper, even coupled with political and military might, cannot truly set …
We have been liberated from the degeneration of sin, the fear of death, corruption, and the elements of this world. If we live righteously, we remain free.
In this message, Martin Collins distinguishes two antithetical interpretations of freedom:(1)liberty — connoting a release from a former restraint or compulsion, and (2) license or independence — connoting an abuse of freedom, doing what we please and indulging our hedonistic impulses. In the first sense, liberty is …
Lonesome Dove contains the story of a cowboy who fails to perceive the line between right and wrong, and for his lack of moral sense, he pays with his life.
Liberty without guidelines will turn into chaos. We will be free only if we submit to the truth. All authority, even incompetent authority, derives from God.
As long as we are slaves of sin and following the dictates of our lusts, we have no free moral agency. God liberates us from sin so we are free to obey Him.
Only by using God's Spirit can we gain the self-discipline, self-mastery, and self-control to put to death the carnal pulls, giving us freedom from sin.