Did you ever wonder what Christian liberty really means? Does it mean that anything goes within religion and its practises? Does it mean that believers can get away with anything and still be called Christians? If you ever wondered about the whole topic of Christian liberty, Christian Freedom: Faith Working Through Love is the book is for you.
Christian Freedom is a historical account of how Christians can attain the faith that is necessary for spiritual freedom. Martin Luther was one historical figure who had a passion for Christian liberty. He struggled to develop a free conscience. The freedom Luther sought was not political, economic, moral, intellectual, or philosophical in nature. Rather, it was a personal and spiritual kind of freedom. It is this spiritual longing that distinguishes Luther from so many others who wrote about freedom in that day. This was a revolutionary and new kind of freedom, one that no one could understand. As Luther studied Holy Scripture, his life changed for the better. He was able to clearly understand God’s grace and His righteous power to save. This made Luther’s life much more free and peaceful.
Because of this, Luther taught a new kind of Christian freedom by 1515 in his Lectures on Romans. Luther described how God can change our status by granting us freedom from sin so that we may, by faith, become slaves of righteousness. Luther knew that people who trust in God were not entirely free. They could not wallow in sin as they choose but are only free to walk in God’s ways according to faith. Luther imagined a day when the message of the churches would change. This would be a day when churches would free people from superstitious practices so that they would come to church with a free conscience. This would be the height of Christian liberty for Luther and for all those to come.
I loved Christian Freedom from beginning to end. I found it informative and learned a lot about church history around the time of Luther and beyond. This is a book that all historians who are interested in church history will love. It is technical in nature, and should be read slowly. It is suggested that the book be read a few pages at a time every night. This way the reader would be able to better understand the technical aspects of the book.