Exhortations

Freedom

Freedom- Human and Divine

God will never tempt us because He cannot be tempted. We are made in His image and likeness, and that alone made us a chosen vessel and no one can ever go against our will. His weakness to forgive us for our sins is not a weakness at all.  It is His strength that without forgiveness, we will never be reformed and will never have a renewal of the spirit. No regeneration and reconciliation will ever take place.

Our freedom of will is not self-made or made by people as it is a gift from God and anything we do under this gift will never be charged against us. We must be mindful that anything we do according to the will and purposes of God must be in line with what the free will bestowed upon us. Our action, reaction, and decision must not be confused with our spiritual walk as our journey continues.  Our day-to-day challenges happen due to our character and behavior and have nothing to do with what God wants us to do.

The Freedom mandated by the human government almost has no difference from the freedom given to us by God. Both freedoms need human acts and both involve choices. The acts of free men to exercise freedom of speech do not include the abuse to overthrow the ruling human government, do not violate the law of the land, and the right of others to exercise their freedom within the limit of the law. The freedom of the press must not spread misinformation or fake news, must maintain honor, honesty, and integrity, and not cover up others’ corrupt practices.

The freedom to practice religion must not serve as a shield to cover motives such as, prohibition on Vaccination, distancing during service/mass, abortion of any forms in any situations,  marriage outside their group, cult, and occult practices…

Freedom of Will given to us by God is our choice to decide, to act, and react righteously. When we go out of bounds in this righteous living the responsibility is ours just like in the human government where there is a penalty for every violation. God is just and fair in all his proceedings against sin and sinners and to forgive our sins is His strength, but in human laws, violations have a different kind of forgiveness either monetary fine or are secluded from society.

Do not use freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love to serve one another. Galatians 5:13

Before God scattered humans over the face of all the earth, humans have one language and work as one and nothing they do will be withheld from them. This is the free will we discuss earlier and mentioned in Genesis 11:6.  As humans possess one language, one culture, and tradition according to the acts of God (Genesis 10), they come into the knowledge of being on their own without God; they built buildings and towers. Some ancient commentators even said that they built towers to reach God.

Man’s sinful nature in conjunction with the abuse of free will be given to humanity.  God came down and decided to confuse humans with different languages and break their sinful union and to keep humans from being too powerful and end up separated from Him, which is contrary to the will of God to be with Him. God sent the deluge and the reset of humanity on the face of the earth began.  Noah’s offspring were scattered.

Freedom is not freedom if we are not free at all if we are being controlled, but freedom without control will be used in wicked ways. Freedom can be abused by the powerful and the less fortunate will become a victim of the so-called freedom. Freedom must be enjoyed by every man in righteous ways.

Let the truth set us free and let the true freedom flow among us and live as people using freedom the right way and not being abused or cover-ups for evil works. Let us serve and live as servants of God—1 Peter 2:16.

God is all in all!

Bishop Joseph

Dr. Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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