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Christ tells us to love one another, but we're also forewarned to maintain sound doctrine.  Today there is an emphasis on love and unity, but a deliberate movement away from sound Biblical doctrine.  Church leaders refuse to teach Biblical separation, notwithstanding the abundance of related Scripture.  Bible believing and practicing Christians are the recipients of disparaging remarks for seeking to honor God's commandments.  Critics defend their practices with comments such as "We have liberty" . . . "love" . . . "we're not legalistic" . . . "we do not judge others."

"If ye love me, keep my commandments."
{John 14:15}

Once we've received our liberty where is there an end to it?  Those that focus on liberty without boundaries as a Biblical doctrine generally attribute  the term "legalistic" to those drawing a line for Christian standards.  To state that a Christian's life should be based upon "liberty," suggests that Christians have no boundaries.  Churches practicing "liberty" are generally those forfeiting Scriptural mandates.  Doctrine is replaced with human strategies which seek to eliminate anything that offends people or affects attendance goals. To go beyond in honoring God's Word is associated with "unloving".  (Does the currently popular word "intolerance" seem to fit in naturally for "unloving"!)  Suddenly, "liberty" appears to be quite similar to that of the secular world's "tolerance".


"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."
{2 Timothy 4:3-4}

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another."
{Galatians 5:13}

"As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God."
{1 Peter 2:16}

"All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy both it and them. Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body."
{1 Corinthians 6:12-13}

"All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.  Let no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth."
{1 Corinthians 10:23-24}

"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 2:19}

"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
{John 4:23-24}

Some will suggest that the Bible gives Christians the liberty to fellowship with anyone who says he "loves Jesus" regardless of his doctrinal beliefs.  Is that what the Holy Spirit, through Paul, meant by the statement "all things are lawful unto me"?  I think not!  The New Testament Scriptures do place limits upon our liberty.  We are:

... not free to be involved in any sort of uncleanness
{1 Thessalonians 4:7}
... nor to fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness {Ephesians. 5:11}
... nor to allow any filthiness of the flesh or spirit {2 Corinthians 7:1}
... nor to be involved in anything which has even the appearance of evil {1 Thessalonians 5:22}
... nor to love the things that are in the world {1 John 2:15-17}
... nor to befriend the world {James 4:4}

Paul meant that the Christian has been set

... free by the blood of Christ

... free from the wages of sin
... free from the condemnation of the law
... free from the ceremonies of the Mosaic covenant

But not free to sin, and not free to do anything which is not expedient or edifying. 

Unity is not found in uniformity of thought, but in the fellowship of the Spirit, based on sound doctrine which, in turn, is predicated on the clear teaching of Scripture. This is why Paul exhorts us to
"mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them"  {Romans 16:17}.

"When the Scriptures tell us to judge the prophets by their fruit, it means their holy living and conformity to God's Word for themselves and those they teach. It does not mean the number of spectacular events that transpire in their lives. Nor does it rest on how many people are blessed by them; many are blessed by New Age practitioners. [Nor does it rest on the number of moral causes they are involved in.] ... Yet today's prophets tell us not to judge the ungodly lives [nor the bad doctrine] of the prophets, but to believe them because of the 'fruit' of their ministries.  It is not to signs and wonders that we should look [nor to the number or nature of the moral causes they are involved in], but to the overall integrity of the man who performs them. Integrity not only includes liberty, but adherence to sound doctrine"  - author unknown

"I have preached God's truth, so far as I know it, and I have not been ashamed of its peculiarities. That I might not stultify my testimony, I have cut myself clear of those who error from the faith, and even from those who associate with them."  - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"Men are looking for better methods. God is looking for better men."  -  E. M. Bounds