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1 The Book of Liberty Created by David Turner

2 Commit to the Flag: Pledge Allegiance to the Flag I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands; one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. It is a commitment to liberty.

3 Declare the ideals of the Declaration of Independence “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is a declaration of liberty.

4 Remember the men that sacrificed to give us liberty. The founders of our country.

5 John Adams - He died on July 4, 1826 (incidentally, within hours of the death of Thos. Jefferson.) His final toast to the Fourth of July was "Independence Forever!" Late in the afternoon of the Fourth of July, just hours after Jefferson died at Monticello, Adams, unaware of that fact, is reported to have said, "Thomas Jefferson survives."

6 Political and Civil Liberty The Declaration of Independence is our declarative document of political liberty. Our Constitution is our legal document guaranteeing our civil and political liberty. Our Flag is our symbol of civil and political Liberty.

7 Political and civil liberties are grounded in a greater liberty A universal need for liberty from the human condition (Sin). –The document declaring and securing this liberty is the Bible. –The symbol for this liberty is the Cross.

8 The liberty of the Nation is dependent on religious liberty. From George Washington’s farewell address: “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.”

9 Our true source of Liberty I.The Bible is our declaration and constitution for liberty. II.Jesus is the Liberator. III.Liberty from sin frees us for other liberties.

10 I. The Bible is our declaration and constitution for liberty. A.It speaks of liberty from political bondage. 1.The OT is about God liberating his people from Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Greece, etc. 2.It promises the liberation of Israel in the future. 3.It promises the liberation of the nations.

11 I. The Bible is our declaration and constitution for liberty. B. It declares that we are all under Spiritual bondage. Romans 3:9-18 9 What then? Are we better off? Certainly not, for we have already charged that Jews and Greeks alike are all under sin, 10 just as it is written: “There is no one righteous, not even one, 11 there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. 12 All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.” 13 “Their throats are open graves, they deceive with their tongues, the poison of asps is under their lips.” 14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood, 16 ruin and misery are in their paths, 17 and the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

12 I. The Bible is our declaration and constitution for liberty. C. It declares a Liberator from Sin. John 8:31-36 (NET) 31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, you are really my disciples 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 “We are descendants of Abraham,” they replied, “and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, ‘You will become free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the family forever, but the son remains forever. 36 So if the son sets you free, you will be really free.

13 I. The Bible is our declaration and constitution for liberty. D. It declares the means of liberation. Romans 6:23 For the payoff of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 10:8-13 (NET) 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we preach), 9 because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and thus has righteousness and with the mouth one confesses and thus has salvation. 11 For the scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between the Jew and the Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all, who richly blesses all who call on him. 13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

14 A.Jesus was the prophesied liberator. Luke 4:17-19 (NET) 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and the regaining of sight to the blind, to set free those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” II. Jesus is the Liberator.

15 B. Jesus liberates us from the Law. Galatians 4:1-7 1 Now I mean that the heir, as long as he is a minor, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything. 2 But he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 So also we, when we were minors, were enslaved under the basic forces of the world. 4 But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we may be adopted as sons with full rights. 6 And because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, who calls “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a son, and if you are a son, then you are also an heir through God. Galatians 5:1 (NET) 1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery. II. Jesus is the Liberator.

16 C. He provides liberty from 1.Sin - Romans 6:6-7 6 We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 (For someone who has died has been freed from sin.) Romans 6:18-23 18 and having been freed from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19 (I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh.) For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification. 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. II. Jesus is the Liberator.

17 C. He provides liberty from 2. The fear of death - Hebrews 2:14-15 14 Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, he likewise shared in their humanity, so that through death he could destroy the one who holds the power of death (that is, the devil), 15 and set free those who were held in slavery all their lives by their fear of death. II. Jesus is the Liberator.

18 C. He provides liberty from 3. The Law of Sin and death - Romans 8:1-2 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the life- giving Spirit in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. II. Jesus is the Liberator.

19 C. He provides liberty from 4. Man - 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 19 For since I am free from all I can make myself a slave to all, in order to gain even more people. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew to gain the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) to gain those under the law. 21 To those free from the law I became like one free from the law (though I am not free from God’s law but under the law of Christ) to gain those free from the law. 22 To the weak I became weak in order to gain the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that by all means I may save some. II. Jesus is the Liberator.

20 II. Liberty from sin frees us for other liberties. A. This is where Liberation Theology of South and Latin America and Black Liberation Theology Ere. They deny the human condition of sin. Christ is not seen as a liberator from sin but from oppression. The source of oppression (Sin) is replaced by the effect (oppression). Christ is not viewed as the liberator of sin but of oppression.

21 II. Liberty from sin frees us for other liberties. B. Liberty from sin liberates from external oppression. 1.It liberates from the bondage of hate, bitterness and prejudice that rule the hearts of men to oppress. 2.It liberates from the view of Superiority - For there is neither Jew, Greek, Gentile, Male, Female. 3. It liberates from greed and covetousness that causes men to take rather than give - Economic oppression. 4.It liberates from sexual bondage which causes men to view others as an object lust rather than images of God. 5. It liberates from the stranglehold of Satan who blinds men's hearts of the love of God and from their potential in God. 6. It liberates us to be an instrument of God for good works.

22 I pledge Allegiance To my country and it’s ideals of political and civil liberties for all. To the US Constitution for it’s protection of my liberties and protection from political oppression. To the Flag as a symbol of the sacrifice of the founders of our nation and the soldiers that give their lives for my liberty.

23 But more so, I pledge Allegiance To my Savior for Spiritual Liberty and the forgiveness of sins. To the Bible as the declaration and constitution of my faith, guide for holy living, and promise of liberation/deliverance/salvation. To the cross as a symbol of the sacrifice Christ made to procure my liberty.

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