Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | August 25, 2008

Pentecostal Perspective: Articles Of My Liberation. No More GUILT! No More CONDEMNATION!

Romans 8:1
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

This week I’d like to talk about being free in Christ our Lord. I had been praying to the Lord asking Him to reveal unto me what topic I should discuss concerning His people. I guess all you clergyman can agree, I litterally had nothing to say. I could not hear nor see what God wanted me to share with His people this week. Normally topics just pop up all over the place but for some reason this week I heard nothing. God has shown Himself to be a very on time God and provides an on time Word in the time of distress. I thank and I praise God for that.

This Sunday, I decided to creep on over to see what my trinitarian Brothers and Sisters were doing at Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ here in Dallas Texas. I had heard the Pastor on the radio (Corby Bush) and the Hammond organ that was screeching behind him as he preached. Well, curiosity did not kill this cat. I visited Sunday and the Lord spoke to me through the preached Word of God to write on Articles of My Liberation.

Catch these words. Now that you are saved and sanctified you no longer need to walk around feeling condemned about your past or even your present. Romans 8:1 clearly says that “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”. Time and time again, you hear of Pastors preaching fire and brimstone sermons condemning a “saved” congregation to hell for sins that they have committed. We should never walk into the House of God with guilt and shame. Why? Because you are free! John 8:36 says that “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” Child of God, you have an advocate with the Father, someone who never looses. As a believer, refuse to live in guilt and shame. Its because of the works of the cross you no longer have to be condemned. The purpose of going to church is not to be condemned to go to hell. Do you go to a doctor to hear bad news with no hopes of living? (Granted some doctors practice that…I don’t know why but they do). NO! You go to a doctor so that you can get healed. There is something that that doctor has for you (what we call medicine) that is going to make you whole again. Its the same thing when we go to church, we should not go to church felling guilty, depressed, lonely and without hope. We go to church to get DELIVERANCE! Tell me how NOT to do those sins again so I can continue on with this Christian race.

Remember, all your sins have been forgiven. Romans 6:1-7 says ” What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. ” So now that we know for sure that we are dead to sin (guilt, condemnation and shame) we can begin to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and try again. Oh glory to God!

Some people will never step foot in the church because of condemnation that is thrown constantly at them. Instead, we the leaders of the church need to embrace all and LOVE THE HELL out of them. That’s right, LOVE THE HELL OUT OF THEM so that they don’t have to go to hell. Offer deliverance. Offer freedom (from our pulpits). Offer the complete works of the cross so that more souls will come to Christ. Victory is not just a one time deal. Victory is a daily thing. When you accomplish one victory, you have yet another victory to overcome the next day.

Keep these articles in mind:

  • Now that I am saved I no longer need to feel condemned.
  • Now that God has set me free I no longer need to live by the guilt of my past.
  • Deliverance at times is not overnight (granted God can deliver instantly, but other times its a process).
  • Walk in the freedom of God knowing that your sins have been forgiven. Why? Because you’ve been washed in the Blood of the Lamb.

I pray that this weeks short and simple message will allow you to progress in your Christian walk knowing that whom the Son has set free is free indeed. Not free to sin, but free to SIN NO MORE!

 


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