Biblical liberty does not mean “you can do whatever you want,” no matter how many people may tell you it does.
Liberty in Christ is summed up by being delivered from the fear of death. Since we are dead in Christ already, crucified unto the world and the world unto me, we can now use our life and our stuff to help others, not narcissistically feed our fleshly lusts.
Human beings have to serve someone. Even the Bible points this out, very well in Romans 6, where we are told we no longer serve sin but now, in Christ, we serve righteousness.
If serving righteousness does not sound like liberty to you, may I suggest you are 1) not saved or 2) very misinformed as to what salvation is about.
We have been given liberty, set free from the world and its corruptions. This frees us to live for others, not ourselves like everyone else is doing. Note two verses:
“For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.”
“As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.“
These verses clearly demonstrate that biblical liberty does not mean you can do whatever you want!
We are to use our liberty to serve others and be a servant of God.
Serving God, to your flesh, sounds like drudgery. “How is that freedom?” I fear that those who say liberty means they can sin freely, do not love God, Christ, righteousness, nor the Gospel.
You have to serve someone. If you do not see the beauty in being equipped to serve God, if you don’t see that serving Him IS FREEDOM, then you do not understand many things.
1) You don’t understand the destructive nature of sin
2) You don’t understand the power of the Gospel to raise you to new life.
3) You don’t understand the beauty of doing what is right.
4) You don’t understand your inability to do what is right apart from Christ.
5) You don’t understand the power that death holds over you.
6) You don’t understand grace, which teaches us to do righteousness.
7) You don’t understand Scripture, nor its ability to perfect you and equip you to do good works.
8) You don’t understand the function of the church, which is to perfect you and equip you to do the work of the ministry.
9) You don’t understand how self-centered you are and how uncaring you are to the needs of others.
10) You don’t understand the character and person of Christ who humbled Himself in the form of a servant to die for you.
Serving Christ is freedom. If you think freedom means you can sin now and God is cool with it, you are deceived and heading away from Him.
Understand what freedom in Christ is, then use that freedom to serve Him and others.