Reader: Only Jesus gives true freedom

Published 2:48 pm Friday, July 1, 2022

To the Editor:
This year, America celebrates 246 years of freedom. However, the sad fact is few are completely free and most are in slavery to sin, fear and addictions.
Everyone is made up of spirit, soul (mind, emotions and will) and body. The placebo effect and near death experiences prove we are more than just a body. The Bible tells us our body is the least important part of us. Jesus will very soon give all true Christians a new eternal body at the rapture.
Those controlled by their body are acting like animals. Even if their body isn’t behind bars, they aren’t free if their mind is controlled by sin, fear or addictions. In America millions are addicted to eating, shopping, video games, alcohol, sex, pornography, gambling and drugs. Addictions have caused people to lose their friends, job, house, spouse and lives! In fact, more than 107,000 people died last year in 2021 alone from drug overdoses — the highest number ever recorded in history. This includes 71,000 fentanyl deaths which are really poisonings or murders because it’s added to drugs and the user doesn’t know they are taking it. Fentanyl killed more young people last year than COVID or anything else but gets little media coverage. The media never stops talking about those murdered by guns because they want gun control.
Remind your children not to take any pills because one fentanyl pill could kill them. Also, remind your children that Socialism and Communism are evil and promises you free stuff but takes away your freedom. Choose freedom over free stuff! More people have addictions than ever before. Addictions destroy people and their families and hurt everyone by causing crime. Addictions can begin because parents fail to lock up their drugs, alcohol and pornography. Slave to drunkenness always want one more drink. Slaves to drug addiction always want one more high. Slaves to sexual lust always crave another score or more pornography. Slaves to materialism or greed always seek more to acquire. Slaves to bitterness and self-pity always look for someone to blame. Slaves to pride always seek more fame or popularity for themselves. They don’t care who they hurt. They are only focused on themselves. You always know Christians by their love and you usually know evil people by their pride and selfishness. C.S. Lewis said, “Look for yourself and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Jesus and you will find him and with him everything thrown in!”
Doctors say it can take 18 months to overcome addictions. Many addicts who became Christians say Jesus took away their addictions in one day. No education, counseling, positive thoughts, high self-esteem or good intentions can overcome our evil. We must turn from evil and change our minds and believe in Jesus’ blood, death, burial and resurrection as our only way to heaven. It’s only by abiding in Jesus that a Christian believer may be free from manipulation and have true, God-given self-control and true freedom. Abiding in Jesus means believing and obeying the words of Jesus. As America rejects Jesus the people are dying from the inside out and there is more disunity as Jesus holds everything together. To those without Jesus they become angry and life becomes bitter and hopeless. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and set people free. This was the first message Jesus preached. The solution is rebirth and transformation from the inside out that only comes from Jesus and the Holy Spirit. America needs a Jesus revival for survival! Real actual freedom and safety can only be found in Jesus and His blood covering your sins!
You can’t be a slave if Jesus has made you a son or daughter. “Entertainment will leave you empty, power will leave you heartless, lust will leave you loveless, money (and things) will leave you comfortless, drugs will leave you senseless or dead; Jesus won’t leave you regardless! Jesus led the most freeing revolution in history awashed in blood, His own. His revolution is one person at a time from the inside out. There’s only one way to have true freedom and live free in Tennessee and for eternity — Jesus!

D.D. Nave

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