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July 3

"If the SON therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed."   John 8:36

"Tragically, the greater percentage of men ... willfully refuse to remove the blindfold"


There are at least two glaring implications from the immediate context and these words of our LORD:

  1. The SON is the sole liberator of the soul.

  2. Men are insidiously bound.

Further apparent from the dialogue between these pietists and CHRIST, is that this problem on our part is long standing: "They answered him, we be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest THOU, ye shall be made free?  JESUS answered them, verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin."  If the Scripture is to be believed, and that being extremely incumbent upon us, then every man is bound: "For all have sinned ..."  Negligence regarding this, while presently under the 'rockets red glare' of Hell fire, is not merely suicidal, it is eterna-cidal.

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other NAME under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."  The quest to emancipate sinners is multi-national in scope, but under the direct command of only one Cross!  "Believe on the LORD JESUS CHRIST, and thou shalt be saved ..."  In spite of the deep entanglement of sin's chains, the key to unlock them, thus setting the sinner free, is really very simple.  "GOD ... bringeth out those which are bound with chains:"  JESUS boldly proclaims from HIS risen throne: "I am HE that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death."

The facts of all of this have never been the issue, but rather the acceptance of said facts.  Tragically, the greater percentage of men, when presented with the terms of their condition, willfully refuse to remove the blindfold; choosing instead to perish, as proud soldiers of sin and of Hell.

"But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not ..." 

For Love of Country
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
(Signature to the Declaration of Independence)
"GOD WHO gave us life gave us liberty.  And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of GOD?  That they are not to violated but with HIS wrath?  Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that GOD is just; that HIS justice cannot sleep forever."

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