Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Liberty, Freedom, Christian, Slaves
Christianity | Practical Theology | Religion
Allotey, Harry, "Christian Liberty" (2021). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2825.
Christian liberty is freedom from the law, made possible through the finished work of Christ. This project seeks to present a biblical and theological explanation of Christian liberty and develop concepts that apply to the believer’s everyday experience. It is important to address the ever-present dangers of legalism and libertinism and their impact on the Christians and churches. The project focuses on a New Testament explanation of Christian liberty, drawing lessons from both the deliberations of the Jerusalem Council of 49 A.D. and the Pauline thesis to the Galatians. What happens after a person has been freed from the demands of the law? Critics believe that advocating for Christian liberty could send the wrong message that libertinism should be embraced. A faulty understanding of Christian liberty sends the wrong message that legalism or libertinism is welcomed, but that is far from the truth of the scriptures. Freedom from the law is not freedom to sin, but the freedom to serve God without the restraints of the law.