1 Corinthians 6:12 – Real freedom25-03-2019 - Posted by Andre Piet
All is allowed me, but not all is expedient. All is allowed me, but I will not be put under its authority by anything.
Freedom is a keyword in Paul’s teaching. The adage in the letter to the Corinthians “all is allowed” expresses that perfectly. Yet it is only half of the story. Because “all is allowed” does not help in making the best choice. Hence the second part of Paul’s motto: “not all is expedient”. With just the motto “all is allowed” you can even destroy your own life and that of others. Some do that too. Under the guise of “it’s allowed right?!” But such an attitude is the opposite of “expedient” After all, that which builds up is useful (10:23).
“All is allowed” can also become an alibi for addiction. Then you use freedom as an excuse for not being free. Such a fallacy. As soon as something becomes an addiction, you are no longer free. Regardless of whether that is due to alcohol, tobacco or anything else. Real freedom has content. Freedom is not only freedom from something but also and above all, freedom too something. Freedom is positive. Free to serve GOD and being available to Him. And a blessing for others!