There is a great illusion in the world today which is the cause of confusion in believers and non-believers alike. This dark magic from the devil has caused many Christians to believe that once they have “accepted Christ as their savior” they are free to live as they please, resting in the security of their salvation. The same sorcery is used as an excuse by sinners to claim that Christianity has people bound, keeping them from doing what they want to do. This lie is The Freedom Illusion. And this is exactly what Paul was dealing with in this sixth chapter to the Romans. The truth is that every person in this world is a captive. They are either servants of Jesus Christ, or they are slaves to sin.
“Know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are….whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16).
In order to understand the truth about freedom we first must understand this truth of captivity. We must see clearly that we are either a captive of Christ (captive by His will, captive by His laws, captive by His love) or a captive of sin (captive by the lusts of our flesh, captive by the ways of this world). Every man has a master!
Once we understand this, we can understand the Truth about Freedom. Every man is both free and captive at the same time.
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness” (Romans 6:18).
“For when ye were servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness” (Romans 6:20).
You are either free from sin and captive by Christ or you are free from Christ and captive by sin. The only difference is what your end will be: death or eternal life?
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).