The Hinges of Freedom

"For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 3:8).

In Galatians 5:1, Paul warns the church not to regress back into spiritual bondage. "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage" (5:1). These believers were delivered from Judaism, but they could create the same thing all over again if they compromised the gospel.

Galatians 5:1 would have haunted our country's forefathers if they would have fled political oppression in Old England only to experience spiritual bondage in New England. The last wills and testaments of many of our Founding Fathers, such as George Washington, John Quincy Adams, and many others, wanted political freedom as an expression and consequence of spiritual freedom.

Samuel Adams' Last Testament declares, "I rely upon the merits of Jesus Christ for a pardon of all my sins." Similar statements are on record from John Dickinson, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Richard Stockton, and others.

As our wise forefathers knew, other freedoms ultimately ride on the coat tails of the gospel. A pure gospel brings the greatest freedom and is itself the hinges on which national freedom swings wide open.