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There are different kinds of Liberty @fonta

The one we have been discussing is what I would term ontological liberty. This for me is the fundamental liberty since it is personal and real and permanent.

I believe the first step in advancing towards this kind of liberty is to see clearly that we are all actually in bondage to three things: the lust of our flesh, the lust of our eyes and the pride of life. This bondage is real although invisible. Men are under a different yoke than women but both sexes share the responsibility for their condition.

The second step is to accept our bondage as being just and to surrender to our Judge who has handed down our sentence which is death. That we are all condemned to die is self evident. That it is deserved is perhaps not quite so widely understood and accepted. That is has been remedied is similarly unknown to the majority of humanity which brings us to:

The third step which is to accept by faith that our Father in His Son the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free from this bondage and placed us under another yoke, the yoke of His nature and character which is love. He undertakes to change us from our present nature and character into the image of His own nature and character beginning in the realm of our spirit which is the first part of us to be brought into union with Himself. This is a process that is pictured for us in the three major Feasts of Israel and He will accomplish His purpose as we yield to Him, learn of Him and accept His discipline. In the interim during this process we are covered by His Life blood which speaks of His payment of our debt to Him as our Victim and acts as a shield against carnal and spiritual powers that would hinder us as we draw closer to our Father in the Spirit of the Son.

There are other forms of freedom that are on offer to us in the world but it is important to bear in mind at all times our real condition as noted above and to see these other "freedoms" in this light.

One such freedom that is very popular is financial or material "freedom" which is actually an offer to set us free from our obligations under God's Law and to seek liberty, also known as security, through Mammon. In other words this liberty is a false liberty and you will find that those who take this path become even more slaves of their lusts and pride. Pride is a very subtle counterfeit of love usually expressed as and promoted as self love and self esteem.

A second freedom is sexual "freedom" which is easily seen to be a false liberty that will only lead into deeper bondage.

The liberty that Ron Paul talks about is political liberty and this is a legal fiction, like equality, that serves a useful purpose. This political liberty is actually a counter movement against the political results of the inevitable desire of people to escape their God ordained bondage i.e. responsibility under the Law. In this light political liberty is a necessary antidote to the accretion of power by the central government which is given this power by the People in their effort to shift responsibility for their lives onto the government.

So while they are being offered "freedom" in the form of financial or material "freedoms" and sexual "freedom" they are actually sinking deeper into their bondage to their lusts and pride while surrendering their only hope of true ontological freedom in recognising their condition, accepting their responsibility and surrendering their lives to their Victim and Creator.

Dr. Paul has made allusions to this state of affairs I believe in his farewell address. He has always made it quite clear I believe that liberty is impossible without taking responsibility for one's own life.

Here is a scripture I was reading this morning that speaks to these things:

"Then Jesus called the crowd, along with his disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and for the gospel will save it. For what benefit is it for a person to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his life? What can a person give in exchange for his life?" (Mark 8:34-37)

"Jesus answered them: 'Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.'" (John 8:34-36)