When you read the Bible, you’ll see often that Paul states that he is a “bondservant” of Jesus Christ. But in the Greek, he calls himself a doulos (a Greek word akin to double) with Christ. A doulos is one so committed to his master that he does whatever the master chooses, and is like a double. In a sense he has given up his own rights yet may be given new rights under his master. This is a concept too many preachers in the church do not fathom, mainly because they fail to study and learn the language the Bible was written in. (in this case the New Testament). The King James version is just that, one authorized by a politically motivated king who wanted the Bible translated in a particular way. It isn’t the first edition. If you have problems with that, take it up with God.
Do you want people to see Christ in you?
Be a doulos.
But this post is not just about being a doulos with Christ. It is about being free to be the one that God intended you to be.
If you have spent any time in a church that preaches the gospel, you have probably heard this phrase- “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” What or who is the truth? Jesus Christ. “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” So…if you know Jesus Christ, you will be made free. But free from what?
Under the Old Covenant, the Law reigns supreme. No one can follow every one of the more than six hundred laws in the Old Covenant- not their entire life; we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. That’s what the Bible actually says. Jesus said that not one letter (iota is a Greek letter) of the law would disappear. Follow the law and you will sin. The Law is a “school master” to bring us to Christ. The book of Romans, which does not seem to be as popular as it once was, explains all this. We are saved from the punishment of the judgement made by breaking the law if we repent of sin and follow God in a right relationship with Him. That is the “law” of Grace. Unfortunately, so many slick preachers are too worried about their finances and the “congregation’s finances” to want to be out from under some of the Law.
So…they try to mesh the two together…out of fear. I am speaking the truth and know many pastors will be furious with me, but when you know the truth, the truth will make you free, and I am free. The tithe is Old Covenant. Quite frankly, many pastors are afraid that people will not give at least 10% of their income to the church. Bills will not be paid. They won’t have a salary they can live on. The Bible DOES say the workman is worthy of his wages. It is Biblical to pay a man or woman of God, without question, for their work. But the New Covenant teaches us to do more than tithing, it focuses on giving generously. Generously means more generously. Ten percent is the Law. Grace is about living life abundantly. you can’t live abundantly on 10%. Try it, it doesn’t work. So why are pastors trying to run the church on 10%?
In the Bible, people often sold their land, giving the money to the community of Christ. Sold their land and the profits went to the body? Yes. Did they trust someone with that money? Yes. Do you trust every pastor you know with your money? Are they giving it to the cause of the gospel? Or, are they, like a couple of pastors I have known, buying their wives a luxury car that no one in the church could afford? Am I getting under your collar? I’m just writing what God desires I write.
So, are there places calling themselves churches that should not get your money? Absolutely. If they are not following the will of God, preaching the gospel, and living out that life daily, then why are you giving to a place that is NOT REALLY THE CHURCH? Leave that body and get with a congregation that is really serious about following Christ.
The church is to support the widow and orphan- the Bible- in the New Covenant stipulates this. It also gives directions for how the church should operate. I challenge any pastor who wants to live life 100% committed to God to study the New testament instructions for the church. Those instructions are for you, and me. They are for your congregation. They are there because they are the exercising of grace in action, the unmerited favor of God spread throughout the earth. Those instructions will bring a huge harvest of souls as well as keep the church focused, vibrant, and such a witness to the community, people will be coming to your doors off-hours trying to get in. Am I exaggerating? I have seen it. I am seeing it.
So, what does this have to do with freedom from bondage? Any time you are in bondage to anything, including to any of the Law, you are not able to reach your destiny in Christ Jesus. How will you live a life abundantly when you are trying to follow a law mentality? So, we are to do as Jesus wants us to do, living a life of generosity, not legalism. Legalism kills, the Spirit frees us.
Are you willing to live the kind of life Christ wants you to live?