Liberty and freedom is something many from all around the world claim to have. Even the communists claim they have freedom. In the U.S. the far left and the right have very contrasting views of what freedom and liberty is. Liberty and Freedom go hand in hand. They are identical twins. They look the same but they have different purposes. Understanding what liberty is and why it is important is crucial. Everyone has their own ideas and opinions about it. What is it really though?

The Academic View

Liberty:

the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views.

“compulsory retirement would interfere with individual liberty”

Oxford Languages (6/21/2023)

Freedom:

the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.

“we do have some freedom of choice”

Oxford Languages (6/21/2023)

Liberty and freedom both have similar meanings. The word oppression in the definition of liberty can be defined as unjust. In most definitions of oppression unjust treatment plays a role in its meaning. So think of it this way, “Liberty is a state of being within a society where one is free from unjustified restrictions imposed by any authority such as local or federal governments, law enforcement & courts to name a few, in regards to one’s way of life, behavior or political views.”

This entire definition hinges on one word. That word is oppression, or in other words, injustice. Let’s define the word “unjust”.

Unjust:

not based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.

Oxford Languages (6/23/2023)

Morality is the key to liberty according to many dictionaries. Without Morality you cannot have liberty or freedom within any society. Here is the issue before us, whose morality? The far left advocate for social justice. Whose morality is this justice based upon though? Is it God’s morality? Is it man’s morality? What standards do we base this morality off of? This is an extremely important issue. Some Atheists want us to believe there is a universal right and wrong. Other atheists believe right and wrong do not exist but are simply human constructs.

What one nation deems moral and immoral changes from another. What standard is there? By what standard of morality do we use to call out injustice? By who’s standard of morality do we hang liberty upon? Edward Mote wrote a hymn with these lyrics,

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
  All other ground is sinking sand.

Edward Mote, (1834) My hope is built on nothing less

In order for morality to ever be truly just it must be immovable, solid and fixed. A moral code must be a constant in a world of variables. The generations of man rise and fall like the flowers, springing forth in the summer to die in the autumn and are sprung up again the following year. Every idea and whim will pass through the earth. Every generation will judge the previous ones. In this ever changing world there is still a fixed law and a constant law giver.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

Matthew 24:35

After the Silent Generation, the Boomers, the X Generation, the Millennials, Generation Z and the Alpha Generation are all dead and gone the word of God will still remain. All of their ideas, thoughts, beliefs and morality will be judged by those after them just as we do to our ancestors. The idea of current generations judging the deeds, beliefs and actions of previous generations became very apparent with the judgmental attitude the millennials have towards those from the past. Others are guilty of it but it was not as dominant of an idea as it is with the Millennials. If time goes on eventually the world will see us similarly to the way, we see the ancient Egyptians. We will be a series of generations that are grouped together and studied for historical reasons. The word of God will still remain as it existed in the time of Ancient Egypt.

The word of God predates the written word that we have. In the beginning God spoke the world into existence. The word was here speaking but it was not being written down. Do not make the mistake of thinking the word of God is simply a written, printed, typed, electronic manuscript. The Bible itself tells us that God will destroy the entire planet with fire and everything in it in the future. That includes every single Bible. After that happens the word will still exist, how? Jesus is the living word. The book you have that you call the Bible is a representation. Jesus is the real thing. He existed and was known as the word prior to being born of a virgin.


The Worlds View of Liberty

If you ask people what liberty or freedom means to them, you will get different ideas and perspectives of what they mean. You can research and find books, documentary’s, YouTube videos and much more about people telling you what they think freedom and liberty is. Our dictionary’s will give you a more educated and somewhat consistent definition to what liberty means and what freedom means. It is very eye opening to hear what people think either of those terms mean. In many cases it is very sad and tragic to hear what they think those words mean.

Freedom is often associated with sin. Some believe their ability to have sex with whomever they want, when they want is freedom. Some people believe that a society can only truly be free when there are no laws to restrict anyone’s behavior. Many views, thoughts and ideas about what liberty and freedom mean are extremely dangerous and actually are by definition neither liberty or freedom. Many don’t understand freedom and do not realize that it requires safe guards and morality in order to work.

If your idea of freedom is being able to murder and steal whatever you want without the risk of the police or government punishing you, then what about the freedoms of those who are being murdered and are the victims of theft? You can find ideas all over that have nothing to do with freedom but are aligned with anarchy. Anarchy is known as the political views of politically illiterate adolescents. Many think that true freedom removes government when in reality true freedom requires government because there must be boundaries and morality for liberty and freedom to exist.

The Delusional Misconception that Anarchy & Freedom Coexist

Anarchy

1 a: absence of government

b: a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority the city’s descent into anarchy

c: utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government

2a: absence or denial of any authority or established order anarchy prevailed in the war zone

b: absence of order DISORDER not manicured plots but a wild anarchy of nature—Israel Shenker

https://www.merriam-webster.com/ (6/23/2023)

As you can see freedom is even in the definition of anarchy. The problem is that liberty is the expression of freedom. It is freedom in action. Freedom and Liberty must have morality which requires the boundaries anarchy wants to dismantle. Outside of the boundaries of a Biblically moral government there is no freedom whatsoever. It cannot exist. It is 100% impossible. Liberty requires morality. If we make up our own morality it is unjust morality. Hitler, Stalin, Lenin and Castro all believed they were morally good people. Each one was responsible for the murder of millions of people. This is not an unrealistic argument.

Big differences in morality exist today among nations that appear to be similar. If you compare the U.S., England, Canada and Australia will find some big differences in the governments as well as many similarities. When it comes to those differences which one is right? Which ones are wrong? If you simply compare the differences in laws in the U.S. states alone, you will find some vast differences in what is morally acceptable and what is not. What is morally right and wrong cannot hinge on what society says. It is always changing.

There are in fact different types of anarchy, each one with its own unique ideas of morality. The common theme however is blaming the world’s problems on the government. Anarchy is often associated with violence, sin, immorality and criminal activity. There is no doubt that many use the guise of anarchy because they want a lawless society. They want to commit sin and abominable acts of immorality with no repercussions whatsoever. Anarchy addresses the injustice of oppressive governments but fails to actually create a morally just one itself. It is a horrible theory at best.

Gandhi was a philosophical anarchist and he is often used and quoted by anarchists and their supporters who want to show a more peaceful side to anarchy. Gandhi also supported a classes state which is a shared view in communism. A few peaceful individuals cannot remove the stain of sin and chaos that surrounds anarchy however. Lawlessness runs to it. Remember Portland, Oregon’s autonomous zone also known as Chaz?

Chaz was an anti-police zone created by anarchists that consisted of Black Lives Matter and Antifa supporters. They spray painted Anarchist signs within their zone. I crossed out the Anarchy sign below because I strongly oppose anarchy and I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea.

The group violently attacked the police, committed a wide array of crimes and immoral acts. It was a zone of lawlessness. These are the people that are attracted to anarchy. Liberty cannot exist in this type of environment. There is no real freedom. There is violent chaos which is not freedom.

What did the Founding Fathers believe about Liberty?

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence

While we are contending for our own liberty, we should be very cautious not to violate the rights of conscience in others, ever considering that God alone is the judge of the hearts of men, and to him only in this case they are answerable.

George Washington (09/14/1775) Letter to Benedict Arnold

Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add “within the limits of the law,” because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual.

Thomas Jefferson

We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.

James Madison

Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin

Every man…is, of common right, and by the laws of God, a freeman, and entitled to the free enjoyment of liberty.

Benjamin Franklin

The only foundation of a free Constitution is pure virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our people in a greater measure than they have it now, they may change their rulers and the forms of government, but they will not obtain a lasting liberty. They will only exchange tyrants and tyrannies.

John Adams (06, 21, 1776)

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.

John Adams (1854)

Liberty will not long survive the total extinction of morals.

Samuel Adams

For no People will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can they easily be subdued, where Knowledge is diffusd and Virtue preservd . On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own Weight, without the Aid of foreign Invaders.

Samuel Adams

Abraham Lincoln had much to say about the word liberty and he addressed how different people see and use the word differently. You can read what he said here.

What does the Bible say about Liberty?

God sees everything in the context of eternity. There are heavier matters and God sees what we do not. The Bible tells us that God’s understanding is higher than ours. The foolishness of God is higher than the wisdom of man. It would be wise to take heed to what God has to say about anything.

The Bible translates several different words with very similar meanings to the word liberty. One of the most used words for liberty in the Bible is a word that means, “A state of freedom from slavery”. Slavery brings extreme constraint and burden. You are not able to do what you want, when you want. You do as your master commands, or you will experience harsh chastisement.

Another way to look at the meaning of liberty is to see it as one being constrained to a small section and then being released from that containment. Now they are free to roam wherever they want. A prisoner being released from prison for example. Salvation itself is liberty. You are being pardoned for a crime you committed and are guilty of. That crime is sin. Christ died on the cross and through the power of his blood we now have liberty through him. He set us free.

And I will walk at liberty:

For I seek thy precepts.

Psalms 119:145

Psalm 119 is believed to have been written by David. He tells us the reason he is able to have so much liberty is because seeks and follows the commandments of God. If we seek after God and his will, God will make sure that we have all of the freedom we need to live our lives for him and to fully fulfill his purpose in our life.


The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, And recovering of sight to the blind, To set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luke 4:18

Jesus spoke these words in the Synagogue. He was quoting Isaiah. What does he mean though? The word Bruise means to crush or break into pieces. He already told us that he came to deliver the captives. This goes beyond that. They were not simply in bondage, but they were being heavily oppressed and broken down as a result of it. Jesus is telling us that he came to set the captives free and release them from the burdens of that oppression.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1

This is referring to being in bondage to sin. A human is made up of a spirit, soul, and a body. We are all born in a sinful fallen body. The Bible tells us about the works of the flesh.

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 

20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 

21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:19-21

Our flesh desires sinful things. We have a fleshly carnal mind (Colossians 2:18), (Romans 8:7), sinful works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19), and an evil heart (Matthew 15:19). We are born with sinful desires. The Bible tells us that we need a renewed mind (Romans 12:2), a Crucified flesh (5:24) and purified, cleansed heart (James 4:8).

16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 

17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 

Galatians 5:16-17

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

2 Peter 2:19

Peter is talking about false prophets that are trying to leer the Saints away from the church. They are in sin yet through blindness they proclaim liberty. They themselves are bound by sin and are not free. If you give into temptation, you are submitting yourself unto sin. Sin will gain power over you. The very moment you give into temptation there is a power exchange. Sin is gaining strength and power over you.

Just because you cannot stop sinning, it does not mean it is normal, natural or God’s will for your life. It means you are a slave to sin. You are overpowered and in bondage. It has control over you and your life. Through sin evil spirits have access to you, your mind, and your soul. You open up your life to demonic oppression.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 

2 Corinthians 3:17

The Holy Spirit is the one that gives us power to walk in victory. Through him we can have liberty and freedom from the bondage of sin. He has given us power and authority to overcome and walk in total liberty. If we were to walk back into sin, we would lose that liberty.

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Galatians 5:13

Some in the world think that being able to commit any and all the sins they want is what freedom and liberty is all about. The Bible tells us plainly that sin is what brings bondage, and it takes away liberty. True liberty and freedom can only be found through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In Proverbs it says that the simple do not see the danger of sin but are confident. In their foolishness and confidence, they are brought into bondage.

There are those that do not want this liberty if it means giving up their own sins. They love their sin and have no desire to give it up even though they are bound by it. The sinful fallen nature and carnal mind of man does not want to serve God. That is why the Bible says that Christians go through a process called being born again. They are born anew with new desires. The old man wants nothing to do with God. The new man however wants to please God.

Jesus tells us that sin tastes good, but it never satisfies. God on the other hand does satisfy. God does not look appealing to sinners because they think they won’t be free to sin. They believe this in ignorance, not realizing that sin is bondage. Nothing in the world can satisfy you like Jesus.

O taste and see that the LORD is good

Psalm 34:8

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *