Christian Bondage!? What Christian Bondage??

“Freeing Christians from bondage!? But I’m a Christian and I don’t feel like I’m in bondage of any sort. I feel free!”

Here are a few quick relative examples I can think of regarding modern Christian bondage:

“If I don’t do right, god will judge me or his wrath will be on me. I need to remove my grandson from the church attendance so there won’t be any judgement brought on my church.”

“I have to tell everyone about Jesus or they’ll be tormented in the afterlife forever!”

“My great grandsons wife committed suicide and she was an atheist. That means she’s suffering fiery torment in the afterlife forever and ever and there’s nothing we can do about it except ignore it. Otherwise we wouldn’t be able to function.” (If we really believed it.)

“If I pay tithes to this church or pastor, god will bless my finances.”

“The world is getting worse and worse, it’s going to Hell in a handbasket and there’s nothing we can do about it. Thus we shouldn’t do anything about it because it’s supposed to get worse before Jesus can come.”

“Need to build up the church attendance so people can be saved but we have a hard time keeping people after they come.”

“Need a good soundman so the music will be perfect and will influence people to accept Jesus. We’re doing the lords business.”

“Don’t watch Harry Potter movies or the devil will influence your children!”

“Halloween is the devil’s holiday! Christians can’t celebrate that holiday!”

“Santa is the devil’s tool to hide the true meaning of Christmas! No Christmas trees! They’re idols from ancient pagan practices!”

“People of other religions are influenced by devils and demons. They can’t be trusted.”

“Homosexuals are sinners. They chose their lifestyle. No one is born homo. They need to stop being gay. I can’t accept them for who they are.”

“I don’t know if X who passed away was REALLY saved. Their lifestyle choices didn’t show it. We don’t know if they’re living an afterlife of bliss or an afterlife of eternal conscious torment.”

“My kids don’t go to church. I hope they’re really saved. I hope to see them in heaven and not being tormented in Hell in the afterlife.”

“Science is the devils religion. The earth is only 6000 years old. They’re trying to influence everyone to discredit the Bible. If the story of creation and Adam and Eve are literal, the universe has to be 6000 years old!”

“My interpretation is more accurate than their’s. They’re teaching heresy! We must rebuke them! Warn others about them! Create our own biblically accurate church!”

“I’m a warrior for the lord! I spend hours a day rebuking evil spirits! I’m all about spiritual warfare! I got no sleep last night because something was attacking me in my sleep! I’ve got the demon of oily hair today and the demon of dry hair tomorrow! Everything evil or wrong in the world is because of Satan. My desires for sex are satan and his minions trying to influence me to sin!”

“I’m a filthy wretched lowly good for nothing sinner that god hates. The only way I can get in god’s good graces is to know about his sons sacrifice, accept that sacrifice as true, and plead for mercy. Then I might avoid an afterlife of eternal conscious torment. I hope I’m really saved. I think I’m saved. Maybe I need to go up and rededicate my life to the lord again. I don’t feel any different. Maybe I should spell out all the sins I can think of and ask for forgiveness of them. What if I forget a sin? I need to work out my salvation with fear and trembling! I don’t want to go to hell! What if I go to Hell!?”

“I can’t love this person truly because they’re Jehovahs Witness. They might influence the kids into believing something wrong. If they don’t believe the right thing, they might end up in hell!”

“Bible says we’re to be observing the Mosaic Law! It doesn’t pass away till heaven and earth pass away! We’re supposed to be observing Sabbath days! Don’t eat shrimp!”

“I need to marry young in order to prevent being in burning passion and sinning against god. I hope I marry the right girl. The marriage has to be forever. It’s a decision that will affect the rest of my life!”

“I got a divorce! I wonder if god is angry at me. I wonder if he accepts the divorce or if I’ll be committing adultery by seeing other people. Is my new marriage valid or am I still married to my ex in the eyes of God?”

“I can’t be a pastor if I get a divorce. Oh no, I got a divorce, now I can’t be a pastor. I’m going to be a pastor anyways. I hope god accepts me and doesn’t judge me for preaching after having a divorce.”

“My grandson has left he faith. I choose to love him but will pray for his soul. I hope I see him in heaven in the afterlife instead of in hell being tormented forever and ever.”

“I can’t stand that guy on Facebook! He says things that are convincing people to question their faith! He’s leading the sheep astray! He’s a wolf! Fleeeeeeee!!!”

These are a few easy examples I can think of.

Biblical contextual studies can free a ton of people from these types of thinking. It can all be done without discrediting the faith or the scriptures.

Send me your ideas and examples and I’ll add them to this blog.

DK

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