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Saturday, May 12 2012
Liberty To The Captives
"Liberty" originated from a French word, liberte, which itself originated from a Latin word, libertas, all of which are now most-often defined as "personal freedom from servitude, confinement, or oppression." The English word liberal originated from the same root word as liberty (see the Fact Finder question below).
The Holy Scriptures have much to say about the two kinds of liberty that humans may choose for themselves: Godly lawful liberty, in which everyone is truly free because of the rights that the Law of God guarantees them, or Satanic lawless liberty, in which everyone is "free" to do whatever they please, to whomever they please - a "law of the jungle" predatory freedom.
Consider what happens when humans cross the line, from lawful liberty under the LORD, to lawless liberty of themselves - from "right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour" down to "Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty ... behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the LORD, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine."
"34:15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: 34:16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.
Satanic "liberty" isn't freedom. It only produces more and more "vanity," "lust," "corruption" and ironically, more "bondage."
"2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 2:19 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 2:18-19 KJV)
"So shall I keep Thy Law continually for ever and ever. And I will walk at liberty: for I seek Thy precepts"
Freedom under the LORD is pure and beautiful. The Law of God, and those who live by it, will continue in existence "for ever and ever."
"119:44 So shall I keep thy law continually for ever and ever. 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts." (Psalm 119:44-45 KJV)
The prophet Isaiah (see also What Did Isaiah Know About Jesus Christ?) was given to preach the Gospel of liberty to people who had squandered it for themselves because of their lawlessness. Their "beauty" had turned to "ashes."
"61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; 61:3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." (Isaiah 61:1-3 KJV)
"4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about. 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
"3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:17-18 KJV)
The Liberty that produces genuine freedom is based upon obedience to God's Law.
"1:25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed." (James 1:25 KJV)
In the Holy Bible, "works" means obedience to God's Law (see Works Means Obedience).
"2:12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
True Christians aren't rebellious criminals in their freedom: "As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."
"2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims [see Strangers And Pilgrims], abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 2:12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Fact Finder: How did Satan pervert true freedom?
This Day In History, May 12
1096: Before leaving on the First Crusade (the "Crusades" were wars by Roman Catholics against Muslims for control of "the Holy Land" - see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad), Count Emich von Leiningen and his army swept through their own German homeland, murdering thousands of Jews, whom they declared "murderers of Christ" (see Hate Jews? and 'His Blood Be On Us And Our Children'). When Emich arrived in the town of Worms (the English rendering of the German Vorms), the town's Roman Catholic bishop tried to protect the Jewish population, but the Crusaders overran his palace and slaughtered about 500 people who had taken shelter there. Another 300 were killed over the next 2 days. The graves of the massacre victims can still be seen at the Jewish Cemetery at Worms.
1310: 54 Knights Templars were burned at the stake as heretics in France. Established during the Crusades to protect pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land, this military order came into increasing conflict with Rome until Clement V officially dissolved it in 1312 at the Council of Vienna.
1820: Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, was born in England.
1870: Canada bought Manitoba from the Hudson's Bay Company and made it a Canadian province.
1926: Norwegian Roald Amundsen, Italian Umberto Nobile and Lincoln Ellsworth of the U.S. crossed the North Pole in the airship Norge.
1932: The body of the kidnapped son of Charles and Anne Lindberg was found in a wooded area of Hopewell, New Jersey.
1937: King George VI of Britain was crowned at Westminster Abbey in London. Princess Elizabeth, today Queen Elizabeth II, became heir to the throne.
1949: The Berlin Airlift ended when the Soviet blockade was lifted. The airlift began on June 26 1948.
1965: West Germany and Israel exchanged letters establishing diplomatic relations.
1975: As U.S. military involvement in Vietnam came to an end, Cambodia seized the U.S. merchant ship Mayaguez.
1982: An "ultraconservative" Spanish priest with a bayonet attempted to assassinate Pope John Paul II during a procession in Fatima, Portugal. The priest claimed that the Pope was an "agent of Russia" who was destroying the Church of Rome with liberal reforms.