What is law? Law is a system of rules that regulate actions. When you break the laws there are consequences, namely penalties. (See Google).
What is freedom? Freedom is the power to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. (See Google).
If you were to summarize your walk with the Lord, or your Church atmosphere, would you characterize it as Law or Freedom? If you need a second, take a look at the definitions again.
I am guessing that some of you who are reading this may have a law centered Christianity (if there can be such a thing). Your understanding of what it means to be a follower of Jesus is defined by the “Three R’s” (Rules, Regulations, and Rituals). You are not really sure why you do any of these things, but your religious leaders tell you that this is the system that you have to abide by, so you do it. Why? Because you assume they are not leading you astray. But let me ask, are you sure? Is this what Jesus saved us into, the three R’s?
My challenge to those who are involved in a law centered religion is to examine the Scriptures. What does God tell us in His Word about what it means to follow Christ? If you do, you will find verses that blow up your rule based system. One example is Romans 7:4, which tells us we are to be dead to the law. Dead to the law seems drastically different then a “Three R’s” type of religion. Likewise Galatians 5:1 it says, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
The truth is that Jesus came to Earth for a singular purpose, to save us. How does he do it? By fulfilling the law for us. Jesus lived a sinless life. He died on the cross and took our sin and gave us his righteousness (fulfillment of the law). This is what we call the Gospel. Gospel is just another way of saying “good news.” There are many reasons to call what Jesus did good news, but one reason is because we are now free from the “Three R’s.”
Too many people are being led astray by legalistic denominations and are rejecting Jesus’ gift of Grace. Too many people are being taught to wash the outside of their cup just like the Pharisees taught during Jesus’ time. Too many people are acting like Peter when Jesus tried to wash his feet. “Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no share with me." – John 13:8
Let Jesus wash you and set you free from the yoke of slavery that are the “Three R’s”. Let Jesus fulfill the law for you. Let Jesus serve you. Let Jesus save you. If you do, as Romans 7:4 says, you will finally bear fruit for God.