Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)
You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything.
Should I or shouldn’t I? This is sometimes a difficult question to answer. The Corinthians also struggled with this question. Some of them insisted that since they were saved by grace, and since if we confess our sins God forgives us, then it is perfectly alright to do whatever we want, right? Paul answers this question with an emphatic “No!” His point is crystal clear: even though we are free in Christ that doesn’t mean that everything is permissible for us because not everything is good for us. Paul’s rationale is that “many things, even legitimate things, can enslave us. Paul refused to be “mastered by anything.” He was subject to the authority of God and Christ. He would not let things or human desire dominate him, not even things that were not sinful in them selves (Horotn, I & II Corinthians). If we have been set free, why would we want to start being enslaved again? As one ex-slave said after the Civil War, “if I ever thought I’d be a slave again I would just take a gun and end it all, because you’re nothing but a dog. Not a thing but a dog.” The same can be said of our spiritual lives. When we are slaves to sin, in actuality, we are slaves to the devil. So now that we have been set free from him why would we ever want to do something that would put us back under his control? It just doesn’t make any sense. If something is going to keep you in bondage leave it alone and get rid of it. Just because we are free doesn’t mean we should get into something that would enslave us all over again.