Seeking Freedom From Guilt and Condemnation?


Notice that Paul uses the pronoun “they” rather than the pronoun “us” meaning that he is talking about someone other than believers. He is in fact speaking of “professing” believers who are actually non-believers because they have not believed the truth. They want to hear doctrine that is compatible with their lives, not doctrine that requires them to adjust their lives to God. Therefore, they find teachers who will teach doctrine that is compatible with their lives.

The term “sound” means “healthy”. If we are not hearing and practicing healthy doctrine, we are hearing and practicing unhealthy doctrine. Many people are not seeking doctrine that will contradict them; rather they are seeking doctrine that will confirm them. They want to be told what they want to hear rather than what they need to hear. They will leave teaching they need to hear and find teaching they want to hear. They will not endure sound doctrine. Meaning: they cannot handle the truth.

Sound teachers are becoming hard to find, and those who are willing to listen to sound teaching are equally hard to find. A day will come and is coming when people’s lives will become so complex and their hunger so deep for truth, they will seek out sound doctrine – something they can plant their lives on. In the meantime, people are going to reject the truth and propagate lies – choosing to listen to those lies because they enjoy hearing new things, it is easier, it is popular, it appears hip, and because of sin in their own hearts.

They will not find just one teacher that agrees with their sinful desires and doctrines, but they will accumulate false teachers; one on top of another. In order to appease their conscience, they need to take in false teaching by false teachers which will serve to confirm their lifestyles. Rather than devoting themselves to the truth, they devote themselves to justifying their own sinful practices. They choose to turn aside from the truth and accept myths, fables, lies, and the foolish ideas of men that contradict the Word of God. They prefer sermons that tickle their ears instead of convicting their hearts.

The truth is that we all have sin (Romans 3:23, I John 1:1). If we all have sin, why would we try to deny our sin? I pose several possibilities:

1) In order that we may “feel” justified before God. However, there is no need for a true follower of Christ to “feel” justified. We have been justified by faith (Romans 3:24) and there is no feeling to it outside of that coming from the fact we are fully accepted by our Father (Ephesians 1:6). We are no longer living in the kingdom of darkness because we are being transitioned into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).

2) In order to find freedom from our load of guilt. If we are a true believer, guilt should not be an issue (Romans 8:1). Jesus came to set us from guilt and shame by delivering us from the law of sin and death (Romans 5:18, 8:2). Sin in the life of the believer is not about guilt, but about grief (Ephesians 4:30, I Thessalonians 5:19). What we actually find in Romans 7 is a man filled with grief because the things he should do are not the things he does do.

Makes one wonder why anyone would want to hear teaching that tickles their ears. Could it be that there is has been so much “guilt trip” teaching that goes against the truth that we have chased people into seeking the “truth from false teachers”? Oh, by the way Satan does not desire for anyone to “actually get” the truth because he might lose yet another follower.

After all, the only thing that most people are seeking is freedom (John 8:32).

Yours for deeper contemplation,





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