This section addresses the subject of Christian liberty, both what it is and what it is not. The Christian church in every age is confronted by two dangers: false legalism and licentiousness. The Christian freedom is the freedom to serve God in love, and walk in His Spirit in obedience to His will. It is not a liberty to the flesh to walk in willful sin. To that liberty there are boundaries, for the moral will of God has not changed. We are not under law as the basis of our salvation. Our works are never the basis of righteousness but always its proper spiritual fruit. But faith without the fruit of faith is dead, James 2:17. In Christ's righteousness and freed from condemnation the law becomes the "law of liberty" (James 1:25) or rule of true gratitude.
The Christian is therefore called to exercise discernment in his Christian life as to what is and is not true Christian gratitude and freedom. There are two aspects to this subject: the doctrine of Christian liberty and the practical application of it. This section intends to address both. It should be considered with its companion section on the antithesis, which addresses the Christian warfare with sin in his life and walk in a sinful world.
The subject of Christian liberty is a rich one. As a general introduction to the subject, both doctrinal and practical, go to the booklet:
One of the important principles in the Christian life is its foundation in the love of Christ. See: