Set free or MADE free? (Part I)

January 11, 2009 by: KJVOnly

After publishing a recent post (shamelessly linked here), I got some comments that I’d blurred the distinction between being set free and made free. As I was guilty of what 99% of the world does and had muddied God’s wonderful plan, I wanted to clear the matter up.

Quite often you’ll hear a quote from Scripture, something like “The truth shall set you free” (from the movie Liar Liar) or “Whom the Son sets free he is free indeed”. As we shall see, not only are these misquoting the actual verses but they are misinterpretations of what happens!

Let’s look at John Chapter 8.

  1. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.
  2. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.
  3. As he spake these words, many believed on him.
  4. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
  5. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
  6. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
  7. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever comitteth sin is the servant of sin.
  8. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever; but the Son abideth ever.
  9. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

John 8:28-36 KJV

The first thing that jumps out is “set free” is used nowhere within the passage! As a matter of fact, “set free” is nowhere within the entire King James Bible! Even “made free” only occurs in the Gospels and in Paul’s epistles. So, anyone using “set free” is most definitely mis-quoting the Bible.

The next thing is to realize that made free applies to now in the spiritual sense but not in the physical sense. I’ll explain.

If Christ had set us free from sin then we could walk around each day as perfect beings, just like in the Garden of Eden before the Fall. We still have to struggle every day to fight the flesh and its lusts. Even the “greats” of Christianity struggled.

  1. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
  2. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
  3. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
  4. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
  5. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
  6. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
  7. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
  8. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
  9. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
  10. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
  11. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
  12. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Romans 7:14-25 KJV

Paul himself struggled with sin every day because his body was rebelling against his spirit and mind. Paul had another issue.

  1. It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.
  2. I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.
  3. And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;)
  4. How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
  5. Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
  6. For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
  7. And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
  8. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
  9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
  10. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

2 Corinthians 12:1-10 KJV

Even Paul suffered each day. For those who don’t know, the man he’s speaking about in verse 2 is himself! It was so he wouldn’t boast “I’m better than all of you. I’ve been with the Lord Jesus Christ!” that he was given the thorn in the flesh. Do you think he was set free? Christ told him to bear it so that Christ’s power would be magnified!

Christ doesn’t allow us to magically leave our situations, he gives us the grace and the strength to bear with it. Let’s look at another commonly misunderstood passage.

  1. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

1 Corinthians 10:13 KJV

Too many people focus on “make a way to escape” and don’t look at “that ye may be able to bear it“.

So, what way does he provide? I would argue the key is in the word way. Let’s look at John 14:6.

  1. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6 KJV

So, if Jesus is the way, how did he escape it? After all, he was tempted just as much as we are.

  1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
  2. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
  3. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
  4. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
  5. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
  6. And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  7. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
  8. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
  9. And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
  10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
  11. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Matthew 4:1-11 KJV

So, how did Jesus bear up the temptation? By relying on God’s Word! Every time he said “It is written.” That it was written is SO important! Romans talks about the Jews being entrusted with the oracles of God. How were those oracles preserved? By being written down! Anyone could say “God said this or God said that,” but when it’s written down it has a permanence. Everyone can see for themselves what God said. Not to mention that God himself promised to preserve his words.

  1. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
  2. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.

Psalms 12:6-7 KJV

  1. I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

Psalms 138:2 KJV

Since he was God, Jesus could have said anything he wanted and it would have sufficed. He could have replied like Foghorn Leghorn from the Looney Tunes cartoons and said something like “Go away, boy, you bother me.” He was and is God! But he didn’t.

Since Jesus specifically came to be the Jewish messiah, he had to stick with what Jews would use for comfort and resistance. All three quotations come from Deuteronomy, Moses’ passing on to the Jews the laws they were to follow in the promised land. Jesus didn’t even have to rely on any of the prophetic books, he was able to draw straight from the Torah!

In case you are questioning my statement about Jesus coming to be the messiah, look at his own words.

  1. Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.
  2. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
  3. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
  4. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of Israel.

Matthew 15:21-24 KJV

Jesus was sent to fulfill every prophecy and statement made about the Messiah. It was only because the Jews rejected Jesus and then Stephen that we who were Gentiles even had a chance to get saved! To the Jews we were dogs!

  1. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Matthew 7:6 KJV

Let’s go back to Matthew 15.

  1. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

  2. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.
  3. And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.

Matthew 15:25-27 KJV

Jesus wasn’t going to help the woman because she was a Gentile! This immediately and permanently puts the lie to “God loves everybody” and “Jesus welcomed everyone”. Jesus was sent to be the Jews’ Messiah and all that entailed.

Getting back to Jesus’ temptation, it’s wonderful to note that Satan quoted Scripture right back at Jesus. However, Satan’s quotation is from Psalm 91:11 & 12. Satan couldn’t go to the Law because Jesus fulfilled the law every day (in every way). All Satan could muster up was a statement that was part prophecy and part promise. Satan couldn’t say anything against Jesus, he could only try to tempt him to fulfill his role early!

Satan’s quoting Scripture also shows why you need to rightly divide Scripture to have it be effective for your situation. Let’s look again at 2 Timothy 2:15-16, the very reason for this site’s existence.

  1. Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  2. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV

Satan was trying to use Scripture against Jesus, so Satan’s statement became profane and vain babbling! Likewise anyone who tries to say the Beatitudes are how we should live our lives today (How’s the U.N. working out for “Blessed are the peacemakers?”) or says the Great Commission is the commandment every church should follow. All that is profane and vain babbling, not rightly dividing Scripture.

If those statements were true, we would be in the midst of a revival the world has never seen before! All the people who come forward at the altar calls would go out and set the world on fire, spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What’s happening instead? Scandal, corruption, churches declaring bankruptcy and the image of Christians at an all-time low. Why? Because they don’t rightly divide the Word of truth! They don’t even know what the word of truth is! (Answer: It’s the King James Bible and ONLY the King James Bible!)

If you go back and look at the Matthew 15 passage, the Gospels weren’t written to Gentiles, they were written to the Jews! We were dogs and swine! (Think of that next time some pastor with a $20,000 wristwatch preaches on not casting your pearls before swine. At the time of the Gospels, HE was the swine! I would suggest he still is.) How in the world could we think Jesus was talking to us when he refused to help the Canaanite woman until she showed she knew her place as a Gentile?!?

We didn’t have any hope of getting any more than the crumbs from the table until the Jews rejected Stephen and Jesus himself sent Paul to the Gentiles. (In addition to the verses quoted below, refer back to the passage from 2 Corinthians 12. They all show Paul being commissioned and taught directly by Jesus. Going to the Gentiles was NOT how the “plan” was supposed to go, even though God knew it would. If the Jews had accepted Stephen we might not even be here today! The 1000-year reign would have already concluded!)

  1. And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
  2. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
  3. And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
  4. And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?
  5. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
  1. Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
  2. And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
  3. But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
  4. For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

Acts 9:3-6, 13-16 KJV

  1. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
  2. Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing or else excusing one another ;)
  3. In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Romans 2:14-16 KJV

  1. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
  2. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  3. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:
  4. And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers.
  5. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,
  6. To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
  7. Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
  8. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.
  9. But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.
  10. Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
  11. Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
  12. And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:
  13. But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.
  14. And they glorified God in me.

Chapter Two
  1. Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
  2. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain.
  3. But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
  4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
  5. To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
  6. But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man’s person :) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
  7. But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
  8. (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
  9. And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.
  10. Only they would that we should remember the poor; the same which I also was forward to do.

Galatians 1:11-24, 2:1-9 KJV

As the above quotes go to great pains to explain, Paul’s gospel is NOT the same as that preached by Peter, James and John! Paul received his gospel directly from Christ Jesus, face to face!

I like how he puts it in Galatians 1:22 – “And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ:”. He made a point of showing that he went right out to the Gentiles, he didn’t follow the traditional path of starting in Jerusalem, getting a blessing (or commission) from the apostles, then preaching in Judaea and eventually (maybe) going out to the Gentiles.

No, he went into Arabia so that he wouldn’t be influenced away from the truth. Any teaching of the new gospel he got, he got from Christ Jesus. (It parallels Jesus going into the wilderness for forty days to talk with God, His Father, at the beginning of his ministry.)

SO, what does all this mean to set free vs. made free? I’m glad you asked!

Many people today think that when they are saved they are set free. They then are crushed the first time they give in to a temptation, have a bad thought, etc. The weaselly pastors use this against their own congregations. The pastors say things like “Well you obviously weren’t saved enough, or set free enough, etc. You need to come back up to the altar, confess that sin and try again.” That’s why churches today use so much guilt. Any problem the person has is due to a lack of faith or something the person did wrong.

The Catholics and their ilk have this down to a science, with the ritual of confession and the indulgences. If you did something wrong you have to pay for it so you can be set free again. (That is, until you trip up the next time, of course — more money in the collection plate for them!) What kind of saviour is it that saves someone, only to have to save them again?

Bunny trail: The word is properly spelled “saviour”. When spelled properly the word has seven letters, the biblical number of perfection. The American spelling, “savior” only has six, the number of man. See Revelation 13:18 in the KJV. Other versions generalize, confusing the meaning.

  1. Here is wisdom, Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Revelation 13:18 KJV

How wonderful to know this is completely not true! The Lord Christ Jesus ALREADY paid for your sins on the cross! Whatever mistakes are made in the flesh have already been paid for!

As we saw in Romans 7, even Paul struggled with the flesh. Did he fret every moment that he’d lost his salvation? Did he go running to a priest to confess his sins and receive penance? Did he throw himself on the mercy of the apostles in Jerusalem (especially Peter, whom the Catholics claim is the head of their church)? NO! He was secure in his position and kept pushing forward, serving Christ daily.

  1. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
  2. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
  3. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
  4. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
  5. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
  1. For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
  2. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:
  3. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression.
  4. Romans 4:4-8, 4:13-15 KJV

  1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
  2. By whom we also have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
  3. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulations worketh patience;
  4. And patience, experience; and experience, hope;
  5. And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 5:1-5 KJV

  1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
  2. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
  1. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
  2. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
  3. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs of Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
  4. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  5. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
  6. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
  7. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
  8. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
  9. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.
  10. For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth yet hope for?
  11. But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Romans 8:1-2, 8:15-25 KJV

The last passage, from Romans 8, says it the best possible way. If we had already been set free, we would have no suffering in this world. However, we have already been MADE free from the law of sin and death! What this means is that as we mess up, we are to acknowledge we messed up but then pick ourselves up and keep on going! None of this whipping ourselves or beating ourselves up for past mistakes. God doesn’t beat us up so why should we?

Note to anyone thinking they need to confess in order to be forgiven and then able to continue: Read Romans 8:1 again. It starts out “There is therefore now no condemnation…” so why in the world are you condemning yourself or letting someone else condemn you?

This is a great place to quote two of my favorite passages.

  1. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20 KJV

  1. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV

I LOVE these two verses because they give me such hope and allow me to go on.

My friends and co-workers could tell you I’m a master at beating myself up for current and past mistakes. It’s only because “I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” that I can learn to not beat myself up! Otherwise I would be at the altar every Sunday morning, Sunday evening and Wednesday evening to confess. If I was Catholic I would have to chain myself to a confessional just to confess all my past sins and mistakes let alone the new ones I would be making!

If I was living by my faith, like the Jews in Acts 1-8 did (and they will have to again in the Tribulation, read Hebrews to Jude to see all about that), then I would be living in fear every day. I would wonder “Is my faith strong enough? Did I adequately confess my sins? Did I make right my past wrongs? What is right? What is wrong? Are the unbelievers correct? etc.”

How WONDERFUL it is that all those questions become irrelevant when you are a Christian! THAT is what “living by the faith of the Son of God” means! Would any Christian seriously think that Jesus Christ still has to earn his place at God’s right hand? He paid the price and did everything his Father asked him to do! When God set Jesus at His right hand the work was truly FINISHED! There is nothing more to be done to “earn” our salvation!

Look at verse 20 in the following passage.

  1. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints,
  2. Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
  3. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
  4. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,
  5. And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,
  6. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
  7. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
  8. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
  9. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Ephesians 1:15-23 KJV

Since we are living by the faith of the Son of God, we don’t have to wonder each day if we’re good enough to reach heaven or if we’ve lost our salvation. The answer is we’re not good enough and it’s impossible for us to lose our salvation! We’re most certainly not good enough (and never could be) but since we trusted Christ and were crucified with him, now we live by him. It’s HIS faith we live by! It’s HIS faith that God sees when he looks at us. THAT is what allows us to be a new creature according to 2 Corinthians 5:17. My pastor coined the phrase “Happy New Second”. Every second of the day is new, a new opportunity to push forward.

Paul says it best, in Philippians 3. I’ll close this section with Scripture.

  1. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
  2. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
  3. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
  4. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
  5. Brethren, be followers of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
  6. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
  7. Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)
  8. For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
  9. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

Philippians 3:13-21 KJV

There are so many examples of people who still don’t get the difference. Look at verses such as Matthew 18:7-9.

  1. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!
  2. Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.
  3. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Matthew 18:7-9 KJV

Why do the people who so strongly believe the Beatitudes are the model for living today not follow these verses as well?

Why is it ok for them to follow some verses but not others?

Do they not realize that they are a big reason why the world views Christianity as a laughingstock?

I am amazed at how often I hear comments from the world, especially atheists, that speak dead-on to the current state of “Christianity”. The world clearly sees the hypocrisy involved by people who preach “Blessed are the poor” while wearing $20,000 watches on their wrist, who live in mansions and have private jets!

How do they get “God wants you to be rich” from verses like Matthew 19:23-24?!?

  1. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  2. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Matthew 19:23-24 KJV

It’s a good thing for us that Jesus repeated himself and mentioned the kingdom of God, otherwise this verse would be completely undirected at us. God knew what he was doing because Paul, our apostle, says the same thing.

  1. Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
  2. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
  3. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory;

Colossians 1:25-27 KJV

  1. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

1 Timothy 6:17 KJV

Here’s the topper.

  1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
  2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
  3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
  4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
  5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
  6. For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
  7. In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
  8. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

Colossians 3:1-8 KJV

Would we have to do all that if we had been set free?

It is a daily struggle to put the flesh to death. In 1 Corinthians 15:31, Paul said he died daily. This is what he meant.

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